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Historical Romance 101: What Makes a Great Heroine and Favorites

Historical Romance 101Welcome to another segment of Historical Romance 101!! Come and join along with myself, Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tales, Amanda @ On A Book Bender, and Quinn @ Quinn’s Book Nook. This is a special one, and I find one of my favorite things to talk about…our lovely heroines. Now we all know that it is more difficult to find a winning heroine than a hero. But it is such a special treat to find a heroine you can connect with.  Continue reading

ARC Book Reivew-An Heiress For All Seasons by Sophie Jordan

An Heiress For All Seasons
Debutante Files (1.5)
Sophie Jordan
Avon Impulse
E Book
Published November 4 2014
100 Pages
Holiday Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 9780062363633
Authors Website

Synopsis
When a holiday blizzard brings together a pair of reluctant lovers, the result threatens their reputations … and may cost them their hearts.

Feisty and independent American heiress Violet Howard swears she’ll never wed a crusty British aristocrat. Will, the Earl of Moreton, is determined to salvage his family’s fortune without succumbing to a marriage of convenience.

But when a snowstorm leaves Violet and Will stranded and alone, their sudden chemistry will challenge good intentions. Seized by a desire that burns through the night, they’ll toss reservations aside in favor of the heat found in each other’s arms.

Will their passion survive the storm? Will they realize they’ve found a love to last them through all seasons?

My Review

I received a ARC copy in exchange for a honest review, thanks to Avon Books and Edelweiss. 
 
In An Heiress For All Seasons, is a wonderful romance that just captivates you from the first chapter. For those of you who have yet to read a book by Sophia Jordan—YOU are missing out on one hell of a ride!! Sophie Jordan is a personal favorite, and I know when I am reading one of her books that its going to be everything I expect from a romance and more!! She has such talent in weaving a story that has characters that will captive you and leave you begging for more. In this short Christmas novella, we have a story of of a reluctant heroine. Violet is American, and her mother has dragged her to England to find a husband. Violet already loves another, but when she meets Will, the Earl of Moreton she knows she is in danger. Will is not your typical Aristocrat, but from the moment of their first meeting, Will knows that he must have Violet…she is the first women to intrigue him outside the bedchamber. But courting her isn’t a easy road, and definitely has its bumps. But when Will and Violet are stranded in a cottage during a storm…passion overrules the mind and soon they will be consumed with a fierce desire neither of them have imagined. This was such a fun and sweet romance!! I had such fun with it, the only problem I had…it was too short! 😦 When I am reading Sophie Jordan I am always left craving more, because her stories are so delightful…and this one is no different!! I could barely put this one down….I just adored both characters. Will was such a delight…a lovely hero I wouldn’t mind stealing a few kisses with. He definitely knows how to stir passion and he has such a intriguing personality that I almost wished I could just jump right into the story and have him all to myself. Violet…well I liked her and then I didn’t. She won me over in the end, but I was never able to fully connect with her character. I think I liked her more in the beginning than in the later half. The story was sexy fun and definitely is one I would highly recommend, especially if your looking for a short holiday interlude!! TANTALIZINGLY SWEET AND ROMANTIC!!

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books in Series 
A Good Debutante’s Guide To Ruin

ARC Book Review-A Good Debutante’s Guide To Ruin by Sophie Jordan

AGood Debutante’s Guide To Ruin
The Debutante Files (1)
Sophie Jordan
Avon Books
E Book
Published July 2014
Acquired: Edelweiss
384 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 9780062222503
Authors Website 

Synopsis
The last woman on earth he would ever touch . . .

Declan, the Duke of Banbury, has no interest in ushering Rosalie Hughes, his stepsister, into society. Dumped on him with nowhere else to go, he’s determined to rid himself of the headstrong debutante by bestowing on her an obscenely large dowry . . . making her the most sought-after heiress of the Season.

. . . is about to become the only one he wants.

But Rosalie isn’t about to go along with Declan’s plans. Surrounded by fortune hunters, how is she supposed to find a man who truly wants her? Taking control of her fate, Rosalie dons a disguise and sneaks into Sodom, a private club host to all manner of illicit activity—and frequented by her infuriatingly handsome stepbrother.

In a shadowed alcove, Declan can’t resist the masked temptress who sets his blood afire . . . any more than Rosalie can deny her longing for a man who will send her into ruin.

My Review 

Rosalie Hughes knows that she has no alternative but to go to her step brothers home in London, since she has no other place to go. Her mother left her at a school years ago and Rosalie hasn’t been able to reach her, and Declan is the only one she knows she can reach out to, not knowing the kind of reunion it will be. When they were younger Rosalie would get into all sorts of mischief and Declan was always there. Even now there is a part of her that loves him. Declan is not the same man that once climbed into trees with Rosalie and swam in the ponds. He has changed, and her mother is the reason. Only Declan knows the truth that changed him forever. Now he is the Duke of Branbury and he is a rake of the highest order. While coming home with a group of friends and ladies of the night, he comes across a figure in his sitting room…a young woman he hasn’t seen in years. Even now he tries to block his feelings for her, but it seems that his heart is stronger than his will and he can’t help but fall for this woman that held his heart years ago. Now he will need to make a choice, a choice that could imprison him or free him…

This story is the first book in the latest series by Sophie Jordan. Sophie Jordan is a personal favorite of mine and I always know that I will love her, and I adored this one. I just flew through this story because I just couldn’t get enough of it, and when it sadly ended I was satisfied but thinking “its over already??”  There is such sensuality to this story and oh boy enough to curl your toes with pure bliss!!! I LOVED it!!! The epitome of what I love in a solid regency romance. Not many authors can write like Jordan can and a SOLID A++++ to this author. What a winner of a story.

The story begins with Rosalie having no place to go, so Declan being a rogue and rake is rude and intolerant but can’t kick her out, something holds him back. So he decides to bring his aunt and cousin to his bachelor home to act as chaperone’s and introduce her into society so he can get her wedded and out of his hair. Rosalie is tired of orders and not having any joy or any say in her own life especially from Declan, who is so different from the boy she played with and followed around. So she decides to dress in disguise and go to a notorious night club “Sodom”, where she can find a man who will kiss her with desire. The man she finds unexpectedly….Declan….a man she has dreamed about and when he kisses her with such passion she is lost.

I loved the relationship between these two….it definitely has its rocky hills and jagged cliffs in the relationship….but what a sunset there is at the end!! These two are a hoot and I adored both of them and they seemed just right for each other. They definitely know how to make fireworks pop and what a engaging story this was!! The chemistry between them is electric….sizzling, sweet, tender and powerful!! There are so many scenes that pull you in further in the story. From the first page you will be hooked…line and sinker.  I couldn’t put it down at all…I was having way too much fun with this one. It just makes me want to read the rest of this authors books that I have yet to read. This story was a treasure to read….with jewels of characters, a golden romance to enchant you…..and from beginning to end it will DAZZLE!!!

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Book Review-One Night With You

One Night With You
Sophie Jordan
Avon Romance
Paperback
Published January 2008
353 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-06-133926-4
Authors Website

Synopsis 
Anything can happen after dark . . . — Tired of being treated like a servant by her own family, Lady Jane Guthrie finally has a chance to escape . . . at least for one night. Attired in a daring gown, she arrives at a scandalous courtesans’ masquerade ball looking forward to her few hours of freedom. But when she sees Seth Rutledge, her skin begins to tingle with anticipation. Many years ago, Seth broke her heart by falling for her beautiful, title-hungry sister. But now here he is, right in front of her, offering her his lips . . .

Embittered by war, Seth returns home to inherit the title that would have once won him the woman of his dreams. Though duty demands he wed, he’s convinced passion no longer has a place in his life . . . until a masked siren sets his heart aflame. Desperate to find her again, he has no idea it’s his childhood friend Jane–and that after one night together their lives will never be the same.

My Review

Lady Jane’s life has changed, ever since her husband died a year previously and she became a widow. Now she is living with her in laws, practically a servant to every whim and need. When a opportunity arises to leave for one evening, and attend a ball…she jumps at the chance. So dressed in a beautiful gown with jewelry to match, she goes to enjoy one night for herself. She then comes across a man, whom she has loved most of her life, who broke her heart, and now doesn’t even recognize who she is. Seth has been damaged by war and battles, and has come home with scars both on the outside and on the inner core of himself. He knows he will need to marry so he can have a heir, but when he comes across a seductress at a masked ball one evening, he will do all to find her. After sharing a passionate night together, Jane goes back to her unoriginal life, but when Seth keeps crossing her path, not knowing she is the mysterious “Aurora” with who he has shared sensual nights with, she knows it can never last. But when something unexpected happens, and they are forced together, and when the truth comes out, there will be some walls this couple will have to climb, in order to find the happiness they are both aching for in each other….

One Night With You is a single title by Sophie Jordan. I have fallen in love with this author, and each time I read her I am amazed on her storytelling capabilities and how they completely draw me in. This story is a fairy tale based romance. It definitely has a Cinderella theme quite strongly in the story. Jane is Cinderella, and Seth is the prince. Jane is living a life that a servant normally lives, without being paid only with her husbands relations being “gracious” enough to provide a roof over her head. There is one man she loves and craves even after all of these years, Seth Rutledge. Seth once loved her sister, but she broke his heart, and he has never been the same. But when Jane enters his life, his world comes crumbling when he finds himself in love with two women, not knowing they are the same person. One Night With You is the perfect title for this story. We see how these two keep coming together for one night, not knowing if they would see each other after the night was over. The only major conflict really is this huge secret that Jane is keeping from Seth, not revealing who she truly is. There is also a sub plot romance with Seth’s sister. It was fun seeing these two come together and I couldn’t have pictured Seth learning the truth any better. Quite the creative genius is Sophie Jordan.

There is quite a bit to enjoy in One Night With You. Jordan has created a beautifully crafted romance of a couple that need each other more than neither see. A fairy tale romance that is guaranteed to steal your heart, and keep you enraptured all the way through. Get ready for a romance that will make you cry and bring out various emotional responses from the reader! TOTALLY STUNNING!!!

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

ARC Book Review-How To Lose A Bride In One Night

How To Lose A Bride In One Night
Forgotten Princesses (3)
Sophie Jordan
Avon
E Book
Published July 30 2013
384 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-06-203301-7

He saved her life…

When Annalise Hadley is tossed over the side of her honeymoon barge, the newly-minted duchess knows she’s been left for dead — for her husband’s only interest is in her vast dowry, not her muddied lineage. However, she didn’t count on a savior. Especially not an honorable, sinfully intriguing earl who will tempt her to risk everything—again.

Now he will seduce her heart and soul

A man with his own demons, Owen Crawford, the reclusive Earl of McDowell, is enchanted by the mysterious, courageous woman he rescued. He will help her heal, teach her to protect herself, and then send her away—so that she’ll never see he’s far from the hero she believes him to be.

But days and nights alone prove that some secrets are meant to be discovered…some desires are too powerful to resist…and some wounds can only be healed by love.

My Review 
I recently discovered Sophie Jordan over the past few months, and have really loved her books that I have read so far. This newer series of hers, has been so far, inspirational. There is such emotion that is played out throughout this one. I read the first one not too long ago, so I was thrilled to have a chance to read this one though Avon and Edelweiss. This story brings out a unique tale of a woman that has had the shock of her life, and has to learn to rely on a stranger for help. When her husband on their wedding trip, tries to kill her and dumps her in the river, she barely survives, and with a broken leg, spends weeks with Owen Crawford. Owen is a army man, and has done many things that he regrets. He finds that Anna is a beautiful and engaging woman, too much temptation for him. Owen at first tries to resist her charms, but before long he sucumbs to a passion that sweeps them both away. Anna has a big secret that she must keep from Owen, in order to survive. She must never let her husband know that she is alive, or her life could be in danger again, and she might not survive the next time. I found this story to be a engaging story that was well worth the read. With some suspense, and intense drama at times, a few gypsy’s thrown into the mix,  and a villian that is bound to put chills down your spine. I found my attention captivated once more by Sophie Jordan. There hasn’t been one book by this author that I haven’t liked, and I have to say that “How to lose a bride in one night” went way beyond what I expected from Jordan. This couple may seem normal on the surface, but in the end they became very endearing especially in the end. A wonderful and sweet tale set in the Regency Era that is bound to curl your whole body. You are in for one hell of a find!!! Guaranteed for pure enjoyment.

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
Wicked In Your Arms
Lessons From A Scandalous Bride
This Earl In My Bed

Book Review-In Scandal They Wed

In Scandal They Wed
The Penwhich School For Virtuous Girls (2)
Sophie Jordan
Avon
Mass Market Paperback
Published April 2010
373 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-06-157921-9
Author’s Website

Synopsis
What kind of woman would marry a man she only just met?

The kind with nothing to lose.

Long ago, Evelyn Cross sacrificed her good name, her freedom, and any hope for love. Now, in the remote English countryside, she struggles to survive and avoid the scandal threatening to destroy all she holds dear . . . until a sinfully handsome viscount arrives on her doorstep, offering marriage, salvation, and tempting her with so much more . . .

What kind of man would marry a woman he only just met?

The kind bound by duty.

Fresh from war, Spencer Lockhart returns home to claim his title and right the wrong his cousin perpetrated upon Evelyn Cross. In need of a wife, his marrying her is a small price to pay for duty. But when he meets her, the fiery chit is not what he expects to find in a ruined lady. As desire flares hotly between them, honor is the last thing on his mind . . .

What kind of man and woman would marry when they’ve only just met?

The kind who could ignite a scandal with just one touch

My Review

Every time I get a chance to read from Sophie Jordan I find myself in for one hell of a ride of a story. I always know that it will be easy to read and I will be thoroughly entertained. Even though I enjoyed this one, there was just something I felt was missing. It was very easy and a quick read, which is the norm for Jordan’s book. But I felt like there wasn’t much of a “romance”, I wish there had been a bit more development between the couple. The end seemed a bit rushed, however I would slightly recommend this, just it wouldn’t be at the top of my list of favorites of this author.

Evie is one of the three girls where they formed a friendship at the Penwhich school for girls, which was misery in and of itself. Her father sent her there when she was a girl. Now after returning from Barbados, where she was almost attacked and raped, she knows that she will have to sacrifice everything for her sister, who is the only one in her family that loves her. When her sister Linnie gives birth to a son, with the father a soldier and serving elsewhere, she is about to lose her child. So Evie claims the child as her own, and is to be taken to the countryside and will claim to be a widow. Four years have passed since, and Nicholas, she considers to be her own, especially since Linnie died shortly after giving birth. Then she meets Spencer Lockhart, who claims to be the cousin of Nicholas’ father and Linnie’s lover. AT first she is resistant to him, but when he proposes marriage and a life of security and opportunity for her son, she is more than willing. At first she is afraid of his reaction to the truth, but the lie starts to eat away at her, and when her feelings for him start to slowly change into love, she knows she must tell him everything. But she wonders when the truth comes out will he still care about her, or will she lost him completely?

Spencer has retired from the army, since his brothers death, he knows it is up to him to take responsibility to the title that rests on his shoulders. He is still grieving for his cousin who was his close friend, and has dreamed for years of “Linnie”. Spencer is a bit arrogant, very sexual, and I had a hard time liking him for most of the book, until the end, he started to become a bit likable. So he was not my favorite, especially in his treatment of Evie, who I think has a heart of gold. Evie, has sacrificed everything for her family, and they still treat her like dirt. Spencer isn’t much different, its all about sex for him, whereas Evie wishes for something more in their relationship. I loved how strong willed she is, and doesn’t back down and demands respect for herself…I love seeing her develop some good backbone especially to her parents in the end. (they totally deserved it). I found something lacking in their relationship.

Overall this was my least favorite of Sophie Jordan so far. I was very surprised that I didn’t like it more. I found it to be a bit brutal for Jordan’s style. I didn’t really like it all that much, there were some good factors involved, but I felt like there was some substance missing from it. I felt like there could have been more development in their relationship, and I didn’t see how they went from sex and hating each other, to madly in love. It just didn’t fit for me completely. Disappointed, but plan on reading more from this author, since I know I have just loved her other books.

My Grade 
3 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
Sins of a Wicked Duke
Wicked Nights With A Lover

Book Review-Wicked In Your Arms

Wicked In Your Arms
Forgotten Princesses (1)
Sophie Jordan
Avon
Mass Market Paperback
Published August 2011
370 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-06-203299-7
Author Website 

Synopsis
One of the most notoriously eligible bachelors in Europe is finally ready to marry . . .

For fiercely independent Grier Hadley, being the illegitimate daughter of one of London’s most unsavory characters has only one advantage: an enormous, ill-gotten dowry.

Prince Sevastian Maksimi knows where his duty lies: he must find a well-bred young lady—one with a considerable fortune to her name—wed her promptly, and get to the business of producing an heir.

The last thing Grier needs is some unattainable prince curling her toes with his smoldering glances and wicked suggestions. As far as Sev is concerned, she lacks the breeding to become a princess. And yet one kiss from this arresting female is all it takes for him to realize that anyone else in his arms would be unthinkable . . .

My Review
Summary 
After fighting many battles and wars along side his brother and their fellow country men, many have died more than half of their army, but they have come victors, but then his brother is killed, and Sevastian becomes the heir prince, with more duties and obligations than he ever wanted for himself. He knows his duty, to marry a woman of good bloodlines and with a lot of money; in order to save his country. So he comes to England to find just that, but the pickings are a bit slim, but there is one woman that may have a lot of money, but could never be his future queen, yet she stirs something in him he has never felt before and he can’t help but be utterly fascinated and aches for more. Grier grew up in the country, but when her mother dies unexpectedly her birth father, a owner of a gambling hell, decides to put them in society, even though they have zero bloodlines worth anything, when Grier and her sister marry, the money that comes with them is sure to attract any male. Grier despises herself for putting up this ridiculous charade of being someone she isn’t. She craves freedom, and knows that it is her duty to marry high, and when she first meets the prince, she finds him a boor and rude and would never go after him, since he doesn’t seem to hold her in high esteem. But when they both end up at a country estate house party for a week, Grier wonders if she will be able to resist the temptation of one blissful night with him that would change her life forever.

My Thoughts 
I feel like every time I read a book from this author, I think to myself why did it take myself so long to read her. I have recently started reading more of her books, and the ones I have read so far, are some of my favorite romances. There is a certain way about her writing that captures your attentions from the first sentence. When I saw Wicked In Your Arms on the shelves at the library, I knew I had to pick it up, the cover alone is what really drew me, I love the vibrant yellows and oranges mixed in with the dark color of Grier’s dress. Then when I read the blurb, I instantly put it in my bag. This story is the first in the series,  and I do love a royal story, especially when in the beginning you wonder how they end up together, considering they are from two sides of the tracks right? Well it was pure bliss to read Grier and Sevastian’s story.

We begin with Sevastian having just returned from the war, still wounded but seeking his grandfather, who expects him to marry well to rebuild their country up again. Still mourning the loss of his brother and with a huge heap of responsibilities he never though he would have to endure, he heads to England to procure a bride. Then it jumps to two months later, at a ball, where Grier, who is content to hide behind plants rather than talk nonsense with the ton, overhears a conversation not very flattering about herself and her sister, between a prince and his cousin, and lets just say the outcome was hilarious and the humorous tension that builds between Grier and Sevastian is very entertaining to say the least. In fact this is probably one of the more entertaining read I have had a chance to read in quite a while. Then they are put together in a house party for a week, and the conflict between them only escalates further. In the beginning they almost despise each other despite the fact they desire each other. Then we see a strong emotional connection as well builds between them, and despisement turns to passion which turns into a intense love story. It is almost like a roller coaster going through all these emotions along side the couple, A whirl of fun this story is.

Now I had a hard time choosing which characters I liked more Sevastian or Grier. Sevastian in the beginning seems to be very conceited and very rude but we see another side to him. We see the true character, what is beneath the tough protective exterior and to the delicious part of him. Sevastian is a royal, but he wishes he could have love and someone to really care for. He also knows the chances of finding that are slim. I enjoyed seeing the hard part of him soften toward Grier, and that’s where it gets really emotional. Grier, just had my heart from the beginning, I felt it so easy to relate with her on a personal level. Grier has grown up riding astride horses, learning to fish and shoot, (nothing a proper woman should ever even think about), she likes to talk about real events instead of the weather or what needlepoint she is working on. I found her to be like a breath of fresh air. I also liked how resilient she is, pretty much everyone talks horribly behind her back, but she takes it all in stride, and puts a smile on her face even though inside she is hurting. I liked how brave she was and stood up to Sevastian constantly.

Overall I fell in love with Sevastian and Grier, and as we see their relationship progress, I couldn’t help but love seeing these two together. The story was a whirlwind of fun, passion, a bit of danger, and a whole lot of intensity that only made for a astounding read. A SEXY read that only demonstrates Jordans wonderful storytelling talent that reaches out to the reader. DELIGHTFUL!!!

First Line 
 He lived. This was Sevastian’s sole burning thought as he advanced down the wide sunlit corridor. 

Favorite Quote 
“You care whether I like you or not?” 
He gave a single nod, wondering how he’d gotten into such dangerous territory. He was actually trying to convince a female that he liked her. Why? To what end? Did he expect for them to be friends? That did not seem realistic. He’d never been friends with a woman before. 
“Why?” Her eyes narrowed on him “Why should you care whether I like you?”
The only thing he could think about just then was his ominous warning to his cousin. When he’d staked a claim on Miss Hadley and called her his. 
With that single thought burning through him, he inches his head toward hers, moving in slow degrees, as a hunter might close in on his prey. 
“I fear if you did not like me, I would never be able to do this.” He slanted his lips over hers. 

My Grade 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy 

Other Books In Series 
Lessons from a Scandalous Bride
The Earl In My Bed
How To Lose A Bride In One Night