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