Welcome 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
Burke Brothers (2)
Published February 2013
Regency Historical Romance
Maximmilian Burke has always known who and what he was, and for years he was in love with a woman, who abandoned him at the altar to marry his brother. Ever since the relationship between himself and his brother has been strained to say the least. London has become tedious and needing a change in his life, he decides to head out the the countryside to Cadgewyck Manor, and when he first sees the manor, he think he may be going crazy, but he feels a kinship to the crumbling building. When he arrives, he doesn’t get the welcome he expects or has become used to over the years due to his position. With rumors of ghosts and mystery and death, the estate appeals to him, but more than that, the stubborn and prideful housekeeper who has him on his wits end, amuses him and he finds himself attracted to a woman he normally wouldn’t be attracted to. Max hasn’t dallied with a servant for many years, but temptation is in every surrounding, and he can’t help but wonder what passion he could find in her arms, despite the schemes she and the other servants are playing on him, Max is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery and gain every secret the manor and this tempting housekeeper has….no matter what.
The Temptation Of Your Touch is the second in the series, and having loved every book this author has written, I had to wait quite a while for this book to become available at my local library, but once it did, I could hardly wait to pick it up. Even though the reviews and ratings for this story has been a bit lower than I expected, I wanted to try it out for myself, and even though the beginning of the story I had a hard time fully getting into, I was able to eventually get into it, and I found myself captivated by this author’s amazing ability with her storytelling. After loving the first one, and seeing quite a bit of Max, I was very anxious to read his story. This book is quite different from the first one in the series. The story starts with Max hearing rumors of ghosts and mystery and intrigue surrounding the manor, and I for one am a fan of mysteries, so from the get go I was intrigued by the beginning of the plot. The chemistry between Max and Ann isn’t all at once in the beginning, its more of a gradual build up. You see how much they are attracted to each other, but with Anne trying to drive off another “ruler of the manor” she is a bit preoccupied, but Anne is startled that none of their trickery is working, its only making Max’s stubbornness become more entrenched than she imagined. I enjoyed seeing the creativity of Anne and the fellow servants, it was quite entertaining at times, and honestly Max is a saint for dealing with it all in stride. The plot thickens even more gradually with more evidences coming to light pertaining to the mystery that is in play throughout the whole story.
The characters in this story were very lively and easily like able. I couldn’t help but loving the main and the side characters. Max has a strength of characters that is admirable, and his tenacity is to be commended. He doesn’t let anyone bully him, even if that someone is a beautiful woman that captures his attention everywhere he goes. I enjoyed having him play the part of the Hero, he definitely deserved the part. Anne definitely surprised me by how much I grew to like her. At first she was a average like of a heroine character, the more I delved deeper into the story, I grew to find her a endearing characters, with a nature that was intoxicating. Seeing Max and Anne together was very satisfying especially toward the end. I loved how self aware the heroine is, and fights for what she wants, but Max is definitely her equal match, and its quite evident as you read the story. I couldn’t help but find the deeply enriched emotion filling the pages enthralling, and the delightful mixture of mystery, drama, and passion. This author is stellar and I found her storytelling has still remained superb. BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN TALE THAT CAPTIVATES THE READ FROM THE FIRST PAGE!!
Maximillian Burke was a very bad man.
“I am the one who needs rescuing. Save me … Save me from going back to being the man I was before I came here. Save me from all the years of loneliness I’ll have to endure without you in my arms. Save me from spending the rest of my life longing for a woman I can never have.”
Other Books in Series
The Pleasure Of Your Kiss
Burke Brothers (1)
Pocket Star Books
Mass Market Paperback
Published January 2012
Regency Historical Romance
My Review (may contain spoilers)
Clarinda is on her way, to her forthcoming marriage to a Duke, one of the most eligible bachelors. Even though she doesn’t love him, she cares for him and respects him. She knows that it is time for her to settle down and have a family. On her voyage however, she and her friend end up being kidnapped by corsair pirates. When Ashton is informed by his brother the Duke, that Clarinda Cardrew has been sold into a harem, he knows he doesn’t have much choice but to rescue her. Ashton has always loved Clarinda but never felt worthy of her so left her in England, but now he finds out she is engaged to his brother and that she can never be his. However he is the only one that is capable enough to find her and rescue her so he heads to the harem where she is located. What he doesn’t expect is to know the Sultan that has possession of her which only results in complicating things further. He never though that he would find himself so drawn to Clarinda, or to find their love rekindled into a powerful desire that could threaten to destroy both of them in the process.
The Hero (Ashton Burke)
Ashton Burke, as the youngest son of the Duke, was always labeled as second best. His parents never considered him to be worthy of their respect. When he was young, Clarinda followed him around like a puppy dog. But when she blossoms into a woman, he falls madly for her. He then realizes that he can’t have her. He must build a life and a fortune so he can have her. He never thought it would take ten years before he would see her again. He knows that he has hurt her deeply. When he finds out that she is engaged to his brother of all people, he doesn’t know if he will be able to let her go when he finally finds her safe and unharmed. But his love for her is stronger than ever and may be the key to freeing them both.
The Heroine (Clarinda Cardew)
Clarinda has deeply loved Ashton since she was a little girl. When he abandoned her, she knew he would be leaving her for good, that he would never return. Now ten years later, she is engaged to his brother, the Duke. But on her way to the wedding, her ship is attacked by pirates, and she is kidnapped, and sold to a Sultan. But the Sultan saved her life, and is now about to marry the man, and still is untouched by him after three months living in his harem. But she knows that time is short, until Ashton arrives onto the scene. When she sees him she is astounded that he is here. He starts to slowly seduce her once more, and she is more than ever afraid that he will break her heart again.
After snatching this up from the local library, I was very thrilled to read this one. I have always enjoyed every book I have read from this author. From her older books to her more recent ones, her writing has only gotten better in my view. There were so many things that I loved about “The Pleasure Of Your Kiss”. First I want to talk about the characteristics about each characters. Ashton is quite a rake, traveled all over the world and takes pleasure where he can find it. Even though he has a very tough exterior he also has a bit of a soft side once you get past the outer shell. He can be very gentle and passionate. He is a charming character that makes me sigh whenever I think about him. Clarinda I found to be a very spirited character. She is very strong willed, intelligent and independent and doesn’t apologize for anything. I truly admired her most of the time. Now the plot was full of intrigue and intensity. I just loved a good harem romance, but this one was a bit different. There was also a side story romance that was charming. I fell completely in love with Poppy and the Sultan. I felt like the way that Medieros puts this book together was priceless. Such a vivid description of a romance that is full of depth and mesmerizing scenes. A uniquely depicted story that will thoroughly entertain you straight to your toes. A Sensual adventure!! (I can hardly wait for Max’s story….jumping up and down in anticipation)
“Oh Clarinda! Have you seen the latest edition of the Snitch? I picked one up at the docks before we sailed and there’s an absolutely delicious article about Captain Sir Ashton Burke!”
“Tutored?” Feeling his wariness grow, Ash glances at Luca, who was hanging on Farouk’s every word as if it would be his last. “In what subject, may I ask?”
Before Farouk could reply, Clarinda lifted her head, looked Ash dead in the eye, and said coolly “Pleasure, Captain Burke. How to give…and how to receive it.”
Other Books In The Series
The Temptation Of Your Touch
The Vampire Who Loved Me
E Pub Edition
Published September 2006
Portia Cabot, once saved the life of Julian Kane, a vampire and one who has been searching for his soul, so that he can be mortal once more. Its been years since he has seen his family and Portia sister-in-law to his brother. So when he sees her coming for him in a gambling hell, all the emotion he once felt for her comes riding back like a ocean current and he knows he must protect her, especially against those that would just as soon kill her, a ex lover and a woman who has possession of his soul, a very ancient vampiress. Portia knows that despite the fact that they haven’t heard from Julian in years, there is still much good in him, and her intent is to save him once more, with all the love she has always held for him…..
The Hero (Julian Kane)
Julian, turned into a vampire, has been searching and trying to kill the one who has it, and only when he destroys that vampire will he be able to have his soul back and be mortal once more. However he never thought that he would see Portia or that she would turn into such a independent minx with a fiery spirit that he remembers, the one woman whom saved his life almost at the cost of her own life. Julian starts to realize that Portia has always held his love and his heart for all time….
The Heroine (Portia Cabot)
Portia, as a young girl always believed in the magical creatures and creatures of the night, and couldn’t help but fall in love with Julian whom she adored years ago. Now seeing him once more, Julian is much different that whom she remembers, and is willing to do anything she can to save him or destroy him if need be, if he truly has turned to the darker side of his nature as rumors claim. But Portia sees inside of Julian, something good and pure and is willing to risk everything to believe in him and save him…
The Vampire Who Loved Me is the second in the Cabot series, and this is probably one of my favorite series by Teresa Medieros. This is a author that I have come to adore over the years of reading her books, and I fall in love with each and every one of her stories, and this is a re read and its been quite a while since I had read it, and I love historicals mixed with the paranormal (which can be hard to find at times) The Vampire Who Loved Me is a emotional and tender love story that will pull at your heartstrings with every page. Its such a story that even though filled with twists and turns, definitely a memorable story and a pure delight!!!
My Favorite Quote
“A lifetime won’t be long enough to love you. I told you once before that whether I was a vampire or a man, I would love you for all eternity.” He touched his lips to her brow. “My sweet…my darling…my angel…my bright eyes”
My Grade On This Book
Other Books In The Series
The Devil Wears Plaid
Published Sep 2010
Emmaline, out of duty and obligation, consented to marry the Earl of Hepburn, but knew in her heart she could never love him. Emmaline knows that marrying the powerful laird, she is only saving her family from ruin, and after sacrificing so much of herself for her family, she is also willing to marry a stranger in order to secure their future. But right before she says her vows, a dangerous highlander, enemy to her groom to be, kidnaps her. He is opposite of her groom in every way, handsome, virile, and sexy. Especially at first Emmaline is outraged at being taken by this highlander, however she knows that there is more to meet the eye when it comes to Jamie Sinclair and his men. So Emmaline starts to doubt what she previously had thought about the Earl and starts to believe and trust in the outlaw, scoundrel and man of her heart….James Sinclair
The Hero (James Alistair Sinclair)
Jamie, taking after his ancestors and the Highland tradition, steals his enemy’s bride, but never thought he would be driven to it. Jamie is determined to get back what was stolen from the Sinclair Clan, no matter the cost, even kidnapping a innocent woman. What Jamie never expected was not to find a simpering miss in his arms, but a fiery spirited woman, who doesn’t back down from him. And before he realizes it, Jamie doesn’t want to let go of the woman who holds his heart and he never wants her to leave him.
The Heroine (Emmaline Marlowe)
Emmaline, dreamed of her wedding day, of giving her heart to someone who loved her and whom she was completly devoted to, however not all dreams come true, and Emmaline knows it is one dream that won’t be coming true for her. Emmaline has always been a devoted daughter to her parents, never rebelling and always obeying them. Now she has to marry a old Laird and Earl, whom might be very powerful, but doesn’t stir up her passions like she has dreamed of. But when she is kidnapped at the alter, by the most handsome man she has come across, she wonders if fate has a way of interfering and showing her hearts desire in this one man, one who will change her life…forever. Emmaline is a heroine filled with deep desires and passions, but has had to supress them most of her life. She has never fallen in love like she has dreamed. Emmaline despite her obedient nature to her family, has a inner fire that needs a outlet, and the man who kidnaps her is the perfect outlet to bring out the true heroine in this book. Emmaline is strong, determine, loyal and ever persistent in finding her true love.
The Devil Wears Plaid, is a bit different scenery from all the other books that Teresa Medieros has written. The Devil Wears Plaid is a powerful story of two people that were so different from each other, but yet so right for one another. At the beginning of the story we see Emmaline and Jamie collide in tempers and passions, but as events surrounding them only escalate in danger and mystery, does the love for each other blossom. I found that I couldn’t put this one down, and before I knew it, the story was over and I was felt like “where did all the time go??” This has such a entrancing story line, one that will ensnare your attention from the first page and won’t let you go until the very end….definitely a romance you don’t want to miss out on. Teresa Medeiros does deliver…..and this one for me is a 5 rating!!! It compelely and deliciously won me over! The passion, the characters, the plot, the charming story, a magical read!!!
My Favorite Quote
“What are you doing?” she whispered, torn between hope and alarm.
“Making the biggest mistake of my life,” he said grimly, before dragging her into his arms and claiming her lips in a wild and desperate kiss that stole both her breath and heart away.
My Grade On This Book
A Whisper of Roses
Published October 1993
Georgian Historical Romance
The Cameron and the MacDonnell Clan have been enemies for generations. Sabrina Cameron was tormented when she was young by none other than the Morgan MacDonnell. She hasn’t seen him in years, when she comes to face him once more when his father came to make truce between the two clans. To Sabrina, Morgan has changed much, apart from him still calling her “brat” he is a strong, handsome and virile man that stirs up a hidden sensuality she didn’t even know she really had. When his father is killed by someone unknown, all truce is called off. Events occur in which Morgan ends up in the dungeon and is released when he agree’s to marry Sabrina as a truce between the two clans. Sabrina is horrified when her father announces her future marriage to Morgan. Sabrina feels betrayed by her father, since she is his only daughter and has dreamed of a love that her parents share. But she agree’s because she knows that she honestly has no choice in the matter. At first their relationship is withdrawn and cold, since they see each other as enemies of a sort. Morgan believes someone from the Cameron clan murdered his father, yet it is very hard for him to hate Sabrina. She stirs a fire within his body and heart that he can’t deny.
I truly enjoyed reading this one, albeit a bit different than other books that I have read from her. I fell in love with both characters, it was a enjoyable read. You have Morgan who after his father’s death has become chief of his clan, responsible for however few there are. When he spent time as a young lad with the Cameron’s he wanted Sabrina to hate him so she wouldn’t see how much he truly liked her. Now that they are both grown up, Morgan can no longer deny his true feelings for her. Sabrina, although tormented by Morgan as a young girl, could never hate him no matter how hard she tried. She just was able to sense something about it, and her heart softened toward him. Now as she see’s him a handsome man that takes her breath away with his kisses, she utterly wants him despite the fact that she was forced into the marriage. Even though they fight are argue constantly, so do they kiss and carress and she finds a way into his guarded heart. There were certain parts about this book that I didn’t like toward the end, the story just didn’t flow as well, at least for me, but at the very end is started to turn around as it was for the rest of the book. It had deep strong characters that were well portrayed, I wish that the surrounding scenes were better described, but other than a couple of things, I truly enjoyed reading it. It had a deep emotion to it, and a plot that just thickens the more you get into it.
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