DEBUT “When Harry Met Molly” by Kieran Kramer

"When Harry Met Molly" by Kieran Kramer

STORY:  Dashing Lord Harry Traemore is perfectly content to live out his days in the pursuit of pleasure. But when he’s named by the Prince Regent as one of society’s “Impossible Bachelors,” Harry is drafted into a ribald romantic wager. The rules of engagement are scandalously simple: The bachelor whose mistress wins the title of “Most Delectable Companion” gets to remain unmarried. Harry is utterly unconcerned about his status…until his latest lightskirt abandons him.

Enter Lady Molly Fairbanks. Harry’s childhood friend—actually, “foe” is more like it—is the most unlikely companion of all. She’s attractive but hot-headed, and in no mood for games. Besides, what could the self-indulgent Harry possibly know about what makes a woman delectable? It’s time for Molly to teach him a lesson once and for all…but will it led to “happily ever after?”

REVIEW:  Ms. Kramer had me at: A LOVE RECTANGLE OF TRAGIC PROPORTIONS! From that moment in the book I was very well on my way to enjoying one of this year’s great début books.

We meet Molly at thirteen years of age, and she is head over heels in love with Roderick, who is engaged to marry her older sister Penelope. Harry is Roderick’s younger brother, and Molly spies him kissing her sister. Oh, how we all can relate to this predicament of such a young and tender love!  She assumes that her sister doesn’t deserve Rodericks love and sets out to write a poem, which is to be read at the annual Christmas ball. Changing names of all involved was supposed to have worked, right?   Wrong!  Everything Molly planned goes awry.  Duke’s Christmas ball comes to a crashing halt as Roderick and Harry come to blows, Molly is banished to school for girls, and poor Harry is forced into the army. For the next eight years these two develop deep animosity toward each other and never fail to be at each other’s hair at family gatherings, as Roderick has forgiven Penelope and they’ve been happily married all these years.

Eight years later we meet Molly as she’s trying to elope with Cedric Alliston. They’ve stopped at an inn while on their way to Gretna Green. Here is where all the fun begins, and it doesn’t stop until the end of the book. We’re made to connect to a girl who never had her season, spent long periods of time away from her family, and at twenty-one, feels that life is passing her by. That is until she finally gets to know a man who for the longest time, she thought, she hated and despised.

Our Hero eight years later is with his friends, all bachelors, all deep in their cups, mourning one of their own that is getting leg shackled. The Prince Regent shows up at their club and decides to hold a contest where each of their mistresses will enter a contest to win the Most Delectable Companion. The Companion who wins, enables the bachelor another year of bachelorhood. The loser however has to propose marriage to someone who the others choose. None of them are happy about this game that their King decrees, but they have no choice in the matter, so let the games begin! I was a bit disappointed in him in regards to holding a grudge towards Molly for such a long time. He was a bit older than she so I did expect him to be more mature. However it didn’t detract or distract me from enjoying him and his life story.

I’m not going to tell you the rest because I want you to read the book and find out on your own. This is a fun, exciting and sweet story with plenty of love scenes and a first for me to read of a certain “position” where Harry instructs Molly….WHOA! I had so much fun reading this book, and I can only imagine the fun that Ms. Kramer had in writing it. I giggled and LOL’d reading of tests that the mistresses were put through. The characters were all three-dimensional, the story and plot unique. I was grinning, giggling and laughing through all of their adventures and misadventures! I’ve read some reviews where the readers are questioning the realism of the plot. Really? Seriously? THIS IS A ROMANCE NOVEL!!! Enjoy it as such! I have and I applaud the author for taking me with her on this romantic romp.

I hope you get to read this book and if you do please let me know what you think. It has been my great fortune to have discovered  a bunch of new women out there that are blowing my mind with their début novels! I say more power to them! Keep an eye on Ms. Kramer, she’s got two more coming out. They’re already on my MUST HAVE list!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

“The Devil Wears Plaid” by Teresa Medeiros

"The Devil Wears Plaid" by Teresa Medeiros

STORY:  Emmaline Marlow is about to wed the extremely powerful laird of the Hepburn clan to save her father from debtor’s prison when ruffian Jamie Sinclair bursts into the abbey on a magnificent black horse and abducts her in one strong swoop. Though he is Hepburn’s sworn enemy, Emma’s mysterious captor is everything her bridegroom is not–handsome, virile, dangerous…and a perilous temptation for her yearning heart.

Jamie expects Emma to be some milksop English miss, not a fiery, defiant beauty whose irresistible charms will tempt him at every turn. But he cannot allow either one of them to forget he is her enemy and she his pawn in the deadly Highland feud between the clans. Stealing his enemy’s bride was simple, but can he claim her innocence without losing his heart?

REVIEW:  I have to start this review by saying how much I enjoyed this book. These two characters were so well written that I was taking a journey with them. The author has taken us on a wonderful romantic adventure and helped us feel and sympathize with Emma and Jamie as they fought with their inner struggles.
You won’t be able to resist these two! I actually related to Emma on many levels. Here’s a girl who does everything as she’s told. She sacrifices not only herself but also her heart’s desire, for her family. Emma does this concisely and willingly. She understands the reasons why, she accepts her life as is. She is no simpering miss, as she’s taken, she knows her duty is to try to escape, and she does try. However Jamie does find her and here’s where things get complicated and interesting at the same time.  

Oh, and wait ‘till you meet James Sinclair!  He’s one young and naughty Highlander (that scene outside the cottage comes to mind) who is on a hunt for answers, revenge and justice. He will stop at nothing in finding the truth of his parents’ murder. I must admit that one was a total shock and surprise to me.

This author knows her craft and she has yet to disappoint. Her books are

"Goodnight Tweetheart" by Teresa Medeiros

fun and exciting to read. Elements of surprise are always present, and she’s got one in this story as well. If you’re looking to read a book that offers a lot of fun, you won’t go wrong with this one. Even though this plot may not be original, trust me, reading this story, I found it fresh and engaging. There’s plenty of romance, intrigue, subplots, humor and her love scenes are always very well executed!

Next month Ms. Medeiros has a contemporary story coming out (“Goodnight Tweetheart”), and I have to admit I’m not a fan of contemporary novels, but this one just grabbed me and I’m all “atwitter” in getting my paws on it!

 

 

 

DWTS-I’ll be watching it next year!

Congrats! Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough

Well, color me happy!!!! My team and apparently the best DANCE team win DWTS!!  I can honestly say that if Bristol won I would NOT be watching it next year. You can call me petty, you can tell me I’m ridiculous, but this was a matter of principal. Couple of years back American Idol had this dude Sanjaya on and people went nuts. Really? Seriously? The guy was a joke! These shows are losing their credibility with crazies out there! Any who: Just in case you missed it, let me recap for you. Bristol sucked as usual. The little Kyle was cute, as usual, and Derek and Jen ROCKED the house! Now, I’ll admit one thing. It’s true that she danced in her movie. She had some prior knowledge of dancing, and I’m seriously thinking that the show should have only stars that have ABSOLUTLY no dance training. I think that would only be fair. But, as we see from the past seasons, they don’t give a crap what we think, so they try to mix up the group and it looks lopsided somehow. I mean come on! The Hoff and Bolton against Brandy and Jennifer? P-LEASE!!!

As for the Judges this year: They were so rude, so pretentious and plain mean! I was glad that the professional dancers gave them as good as they got.  Good for them. I was happy for Jen and Derek, but Maks my Sweet, Adorable Maks; Sexy Maks needs to get that ugly Mirror Ball. I’m rooting for him next year that is if he comes back. He just might have been fed up with this whole thing. And who would blame him?

BTW: Were you aware that one of the Koreas attacked the other one on the results day? I was so immersed into the whole DWTS crap that I missed the whole Korea debacle! Oh, well.

WTH!? DWTS just booted Brandy & Maks?!

 

Brandy & Maks

REALLY? Seriously?!  Bristol Palin is going to the FINALS?!!! How did that happen? Am I to believe that this show is about dancing abilities? NO WAY! This is ridiculous!  I have absolutely NOTHING against Bristol, but let’s be fair here. She does not dance better than Brandy. PERIOD!

When this season’s stars were announced, I was sure I would not watch it, but then the star of one of my favorite movies was in it so I just watched to root for her, and vote for her. I’m talking about Jennifer Gray. I loved that they paired her with Derek Hough. That boy knows how to move and what a GREAT choreographer! Kyle and Lacey were AWESOME, too. Bristol, not so much. I mean the girl tried her best, I give her props for entering this contest, but she’s NOT better than Brandy.

Kyle & Lacey

You know it and I know it, the US of A knows it!  This thing was rigged. I’m too pissed now! My poor husband is telling me it’s just a DANCE show! EXACTLY! A dance and not popularity contest! I get his point. I take these shows too seriously…..AGHGHGHGH! Poor Brandy! Poor Maks! They were not my favorite, but I was ready for Maks to get the damn trophy. This guy’s been with the show for the longest time, and he has not had much luck with his partners, so this year he had a great shot at it with Brandy.  And what is up with the Judges this year? They were all rude this year and went a bit too far. First Bruno went off on Michael Bolton, and then Carrie Ann goes off on Maks! I was so glad he gave as good as he got! Way to go Maks! You’re the only one that tells it like it is! IT IS WHAT IT IS!

Derek & Jennifer

No one counted on Bristol coming from behind and blindsid all of us! Oh, man!  This is unbelievable! I’m thinking that there’s some kind of conspiracy happening here. You’ll see, we’ll find out after she wins the trophy!  Well, I sure hope Jen and Derek win, and if not…I’ll be venting again next Tuesday! Be warned!
 

Bristol & Mark

It will not be pretty if Bristol wins. Now, I’m off to get me a glass of wine….I’m staying up to watch Jimmy Kimmel LIVE, so I can see Brandy and Maks. I can’t wait to hear what Maks has to say about this. Brandy will be crying all over the place. This chick wanted that trophy so bad! What’s your take on this? I see FB’s going crazy with posts! As a matter a fact the “Internets” is a-buzz with this thing! Please, if you stop by and have some thoughts about this whole debacle let me know! Best part of us with blogs is your comments :) 

Currently Reading

I’m having fun reading “The Devil Wears Plaid” by Teresa Medeiros and will post a review of it by the end of the week. With the Holidays approaching, I’m the one that does the turkey EVERY year, I’ll be reading a bit less. I’m looking forward reading a couple of authors I haven’t read at all. I’ll get to read Julia London and Kieran Kramer. I’m saving Mary Balogh‘s book “A Christmas Promise” for Christmas Day. There have been so many books coming out and there just isn’t enough time to read them all…I have completed my collection of Lisa Kleypas, Mary Balogh, Sabrina Jeffries, Elizabeth Boyle, Susan Enoch, Loraine Heath, Eloisa James and Emma Wildes. I think I’ll be needing a new Bookcase very soon. In between my reads there’s a lot to do, like plan the Thanksgiving Dinner, and then Christmas decorating of the house, oh, and I mustn’t forget my son who just got engaged, set a wedding date for August next year, so I’m to help with the list of Family and friends, as well as get on that diet so I can fit nicely into a decent dress!  Then there’s a Christmas shopping to do! I just love this time of the year, but hate running around. Maybe I’ll hit the “internets” for shopping?

 

Brad Pitt and “Seven Years in Tibet”

Seven Years in Tibet with Brad Pitt

After I spent a day housecleaning, I was ready for some light-hearted TV. I must mention here that my awesome husband did try to recruit me for some leaf raking, but there was no way that was happening on a cold and windy day. So there I was surfing the channels and there was nothing. N O T H I N G! Marathons of everything from Real Housewives of….Take your pick… We’re now up to at least five states, right? What the Hell happened to my television? As soon as it went “REAL”, it lost its fun.  

Feeling bummed out, I turned to searching through movie channels and I stumbled on to an older movie, “Seven Years in Tibet” starring Brad Pitt. Okay, I admit, his name drew me into watching it, but the story was pretty good. Speaking of, I honestly think this guy is underrated. He’s one of those guys that people take for granted because of his good looks. He has been in the movie business for over 23 years! Give the guy a break! I’ll name just a few of my personal favorites: “Legends of the Fall”, “River Runs Through It”, “Interview With the Vampire”, “Seven” and “Babel”. He won a Golden Globe in 1995 for “Twelve Monkeys” and in 2008 he was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Benjamin Button in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. He has done a ton of producing of some very popular movies, but I digress….

Heinrich Harrar meets teenage Dalai Lama

 “Seven Years in Tibet” was released in 1997 and is based on the book by Heinrich Harrar who lived in Llasa, a forbidden holy city in Tibet. While there, he became a close friend of the young Dalai Lama.

Heinrich Harrar tutors Dalai Lama in Geography

The movie opens in 1939, with  him leaving his pregnant wife at a Vienna train station to join a German team of climbers led by Peter Aufschnaiter. They’re planning to travel to the Himalayas in search of adventure and glory for the National Socialism. Their attempt to reach the peak of Nanga Parbat fails when the British government of India declares war on Germany, and they end up as P.O.W.’s. He and Peter disguised, finally manage to escape, and together head for Tibet and then into Llasa. Upon arriving into the Forbidden  Holy City, they are befriended by and live under the protection of a court official. Several years pass before he’s summoned by teenage Dalai Lama. The young ruler is curious and eager to learn of the outside world.

Heinrich Harrar shares a somber moment with Dalai Lama

Pitt did a great job in portraying a man who was young and full of bravado, a man who thinks himself superior to his teammates and to the Tibetans. Dalai Lama although even as a boy we see as a protector of all living things, even worms that are lovingly relocated when Heinrich is building a movie theater. I liked the way the story took us behind the scenes into the life of young Dalai Lama. We could see how lonely and thirsty for knowledge he was. Through this movie Pitt as Harrar, showed us Tibetan culture and we root for its people. The end was very touching. We see Harrar returning to Austria and meeting his son for the first time. All in all, I enjoyed the movie as well as breathtaking scenery.

Best Books of 2010 in Romance by Publishers Weekly

I’m so happy that some of my favorite authors have made the list and I would just like to thank all of them for an outstanding job! And now, without further ado, here they are!

 “The Forbidden Rose” by Joanna Bourne (Berkley Sensation)

Bourne (The Spymaster’s Lady) returns to the French Revolution for her latest romance, this time matching up an English spy and a French aristocrat. Marguerite de Fleurignac, a noblewoman who smuggles émigrés to England, encounters William Doyle in the charred remains of her chateau outside of Paris. She needs sanctuary and agrees to let him escort her through the French countryside. Though she pretends to be Scottish and he claims to be French, no one in this book seems able to keep secrets: William knows Marguerite’s identity, she and the French secret police both know he is hunting her father, and everyone, including the secret police and the British, knows everything about the smugglers. Nonetheless, the romance is sweet, and once William and Marguerite admit their love, the ensuing adventure story is everything a spy thriller should be. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

“The Iron Duke” by Meljean Brook (Berkley)

After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power-and fear-of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession. But when Mina uncovers the victim’s identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans-and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen, as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke

 “The Heir” by Grace Burrowes (Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Burrowes debuts with a luminous and graceful erotic Regency. The earl of Westhaven is determined to avoid his father’s marital machinations by remaining in sweltering London while Society departs for the country. Westhaven takes great pleasure in his well-run household until his new housekeeper, Anna Seaton, mistakes his intentions toward a chambermaid and knocks him flat with a fireplace poker. Anna is too educated and polished to have been born to service, but she makes a tender nurse. As their affections grow, Westhaven believes he’s found a candidate for marriage who would please him and satisfy his father, but Anna refuses Westhaven’s proposal. Her hidden background contains ugly obligations, and she’s determined to keep outrunning them even as he tries to change her mind. Burrowes turns familiar tropes into a refreshing and captivating love story that will have readers eagerly awaiting the planned sequels.  Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

“Barely a Lady” by Eileen Dreyer (Grand Central/Forever)

Romantic suspense author Dreyer (Nothing Personal) makes a highly successful venture into the past with this sizzling, dramatic Regency romance. Olivia Grace is the betrayed, disgraced ex-wife of Jack Wyndham, the earl of Gracechurch. When Olivia finds Jack on the battlefield at Waterloo, inexplicably dressed in a French uniform and missing his memories of the past five years, they are taken in by Lady Kate, a dowager duchess who is no stranger to scandal. To aid Jack’s recovery, Olivia must bury her own anguish and anger over their divorce and pretend to still be his loving, passionate wife. Readers will love the well-rounded characters and suspenseful plot, and will cheer on intelligent, resourceful Olivia and Lady Kate as they take on disparaging men, backstabbing relatives, and stealthy assassins in their quest to protect Jack and create their own happiness in the midst of war.  Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

“Trial by Desire” by Courtney Milan (HQN)

Readers will be blown away by Milan’s second historical romance, following her excellent debut, Proof by Seduction (2010). At the outset, Lady Kate Carhart’s marriage is perfect in every way except one: her husband, Ned, doesn’t love her. Ned is always the perfect gentleman, but Kate wants a bit more passion and a lot less politeness from her new spouse. Just as Kate is about to set her plan to seduce Ned into motion, however, he announces that he is leaving the country on business. Now, after three years apart, Kate is certain that she has successfully gotten Ned out of her system; but when he unexpectedly returns home, Kate discovers she isn’t quite as over him as she believes. Milan deftly incorporates realistic historical grit in her coverage of the Opium Wars, social candor in her treatment of domestic violence, and stunning emotional depth in the mesmerizing plot, and the result is an exquisitely sensual and unforgettable romance by one of the genre’s incandescent new stars. –John Charles

Courtney Milan’s “Trial by Desire”

STORY: In the three years since her husband left her, Lady Kathleen Carhart has managed to forge a fulfilling life for herself. But when Ned Carhart unexpectedly returns, she finds her tranquility uprooted—and her deepest secrets threatened. Though she has no intention of falling for Ned’s charms, Kate can no longer deny the desire that still burns in her heart.Ned is determined to regain his wife’s trust by using unbridled seduction. But just as Kate surrenders to Ned’s passion, her carefully guarded past threatens to destroy her. Now Kate must place her faith in the only man she’s ever loved, and the only one who has ever betrayed her…

  
REVIEW: This book is a sequel to Milan’s debut book from last year, “Proof by Seduction”. In order for you to get the full effect of this book, I highly recommend reading “Proof by Seduction” before picking up “Trial by Desire”. In it she introduces Ned as a very pivotal second character. Have you ever read the book where a secondary character almost takes over the story (like the movie “Tombstone” with Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer, where Val just STEALS the movie as Doc Holiday)? Well, that’s how I felt as I was reading “Proof by Seduction”.

"Proof by Seduction" by Courtney Milan

Ned’s voice was loud and clear and I was so glad that Ms. Milan listened to it!  Reading it first will help you understand Ned and where he’s coming from, as well as the reasoning behind his desertion of Kate. From the first book we all know that Ned can be a very strong Hero, and in this book he proves us right. We so wanted him to redeem himself, so when he does, it makes our hearts sing!

As for our Heroine, even though she gets abandoned right after her wedding, this chick is not giving up. In time when women were considered property, she puts herself in a lot of danger by helping not just her friend but a lot of other abused women. These two people, Ned and Kate, after reuniting, get caught in a battle of wits and seduction. Kate is still hurt by his abandonment, and is slowly learning to trust Ned. Ned, on the other hand, is determined not to let his emotions show through and keeps his guard up. It takes danger to get that wall down, and once it does, well…..you should read the book.

This is a story that gives wonderful depth to all the characters. She did an extraordinary job in balancing two very touchy subjects such as spousal abuse and depression. Not an easy thing to tackle in a romance novel. I truly enjoyed this story of love and forgiveness. I was connecting to all of the characters, even the bad guy. This new author will be with us for years to come.

Courtney Milan is one of my favorite new authors and her books are definitely KEEPERS!!

Anne Gracie’s “Accidental Wedding”

Anne Gracie's "The Accidental Wedding"

STORY: When Nash Renfrew wakes in the bed of lovely Maddy Woodford, he has no memory. In the days following his accident, he is charmed by her bright outlook on life, but he lives for the nights, when she joins him chastely more or less-in her bed. When his memory returns, Nash asks for just one more night before he leaves. But it’s one night too many and it creates a scandal that leaves him no choice but to offer her marriage.

With five orphaned half-siblings in her charge, Maddy needs the security Nash offers and can’t resist the promise of passion she’s experienced in his embrace. Well born, but poverty-stricken, Maddy knows she’s not the wife he planned on, but he’s everything she’s ever dreamed of.

REVIEW: This book is part of Anne Gracie’s Devil Riders series. In it, she brings to life a wonderful story of two people who are product of their upbringing. Maddy Woodford is a respectable, single and hard-working young woman who lives in a tiny run down cottage raising her five younger half-siblings. Her life is made difficult by a father that left them destitute, an Estate Manager that threatens their home and livelihood, as well as a mysterious ghost that haunts them at night. To complicate matters more, she now saves a life of a stranger who gets thrown from his horse in front of her cottage. While she tends to his injuries, and upon learning that he’s lost his memory, she tries her best not to get too close to him, but living in cramped quarters and during long cold nights, she inevitably falls in love with him.  She does wonder, what will happen when her “dream” man remembers who he is…

Nash Renfrew, our wonderful hero has been brought up in a strict Aristocratic home with not one iota of affection from either his parents or servants. His only source of any kind of love came from his brother

"A Virtuous Widow" by Anne Gracie

Marcus, much too snobby Earl. He is a diplomat with love of adventure that his job provides. He returns to England from his latest post in Russia to do two things: a) check on an estate he has inherited from his uncle, Sir Jasper Brownrigg and b) to find a suitable bride; one of high birth and impeccable breeding, someone who would complement his station in life.  All this he plans to accomplish in a month or so. On his way to view the Estate, he gets thrown from his horse in front of a cottage and upon waking up, he finds himself suffering of amnesia, in bed with a woman who seems familiar, yet is a stranger to him. As he slowly recovers from his injuries, and slowly regains his memory, Nash is determined to fight his attraction to the young lady that saved his life….

There is much to recommend this book: all characters were well written, three-dimensional and believable, (even the secondary ones). The children were charming, friends and the bad guys were all interesting, but be warned: the mystery of who is tormenting Maddie and her brood is predictable.

But, as much as I loved it (I TRULY DID; I’m an all time sucker for amnesia stories, as well as Ms. Gracie’s books), I still found it not to be original and just too similar to her Novella of “A Virtuous Widow” from 2002’s “Gifts of the Season”. Now, that story is an original and I HIGHLY recommend you find and read.

Regardless of all this, I had a lot of fun reading it as well as adding it to my Anne Gracie Keeper Shelf.

Stephanie Laurens’s Books

Devil's Bride (original cover)

I can’t believe I never read Stephanie Laurens! A friend recently recommended her so I went out one afternoon to my local used book store and got ALL of Cynsters (no Devil’s Bride), and ALL of Bastion Club. As DB comes so highly recommended, I just naturally had to have it and so I stopped by my local Borders, and BINGO! They had it, and upon getting home I went to work in putting  them all in order.
I started reading with book #8 (or a Special Christmas Edition) “The Promise in a Kiss” as it tells the story of Devil’s parents Sebastian and Helena. Well, that one certainly wet my appetite.  From there I went to the next one, “Devil’s Bride”. I’m here to tell you I liked the prequel much better.

The Promise in a Kiss (step back)

The third installment, “A Rake’s Vow” left me scratching my head. I skipped most of the book as it was just too predictable and sooooo slow.
“Scandal’s Bride”

Scandals Bride (step back)

came next and it sort of gave me hope and determination to continue with this series (I mean, now I just had to read them…I invested almost $70, right?). Scandal’s story was a bit unique, and kept a good pace. Next please!

Now came “A Rogue’s Proposal” and I just JUMPED with excitement! Now, this one was in my estimation the BEST of them all. I feel that SL has taken her sweet time in developing the characters of Flick and Demon and their romance, and it shows through this book. Those two characters interact so well with each other, that they FEEL ‘real’. I’m floored by the way she’s written a story of actual courting of her heroine. The age difference was handled so well and I applaud her for that. I found Flick refreshing and Harry such a great and true Hero. Here is our sophisticated Hero, with all of his experience, finding himself completely blindsided with innocence. I also thought that the love scenes in this book were one of her best written EVER! They were not too long or too short. They were just right and actually made you want to keep on reading. This book defiantly hooked me from the first page and I hardly noticed it was over. That’s how well written it was. Keeper for sure!

A Rouges Proposal (step back)

“A Secret Love” came and went. I honestly didn’t like it. Enough said-NEXT!  “All About Love” was OK, “All About Passion” much better so I’m seeing a pattern in which every second book is either better or just ok.

So here I am on finishing #9 “On a Wild Night” (Amanda’s story).  This one is too irritating. Writing, as well as the Heroine are just getting a bit reminiscent of the other ones.  I’m looking forward to #10 “On A Wicked Dawn”.  If the pattern holds, this one should be better that #9.  After that one, I’ll take a little break from Cynsters and tackle Bastion series sometime next year.  Now, I‘m ready for some Debut writers as well as for some old ones that are out there waiting on my TBR shelf…..