Daniella Delaney wanted to make cupcakes and make her store successful but one man was making it very difficult, Nick St. George. He did not make her feel welcomed and wanted her gone. Daniella had no idea why but she was here to stay and determined to dislike him. That was difficult as she was finding him irresistible.
Nick St. George did not want any more humans in his town but it seemed that Daniella wasn’t going to budge. He was shocked that his usual techniques did not work which made her a mystery to him. Nick was determined to find out about this woman and the trouble that seemed to follow her.
Sleeping with the Entity is the first book to the series Entity by Cat Devon. I liked the book. It was kind of quirky with kind of being a little absurd but in a good way because you liked the characters.
This story is set in Chicago all around vampires and a cupcake baker. Daniella is a determined woman with a very sunny disposition especially when it comes to her cupcakes. I liked that when facing Nick she doesn’t fall over him even though she finds him very appealing. I loved the fact that Nick who was a pretty powerful vampire could not use his powers to compel Daniella to do what he wanted. They are kind of like adversaries in a way but obviously they get over that problem as they will be heating up the pages.
The supernatural aspect is a little strange. There are obviously vampires but Daniella is not just a normal human and Devon will explain more as the story goes on. That plays into a part with the bad guy as Daniella was to be a prize worth having.
Based on this first book I will be back to revisit Cat Devon’s series.
Meggie has been and always been the smart one, the nerd and she is now finding she wants to break that mold at least with who she is dating. She wants a Mr. Wrong and she finds him, Jacob, but courage is not her strong suite. She will find a way with Jacob and get her one night with Mr. Wrong but it turns out that she wants more and will get more of him by her side as she is being stalked by an unknown person.
Hope has little time to repay the loan from her stepbrother and he wouldn’t take an extension. Edward, the stepbrother, will send in Danny the CPA to assess the property. Danny is not a bad guy as he wants to help Hope which is a lot harder to do than he thought but with help from her two intervening friends he will show Hope that he cares.
Cami has always been the organized one which has made her obsessive about it. She will be however taking a walk on the wild side with her boss, Matt, who tempts to break her need to a perfect organized life at every moment of the day. But first they will have to find out who was the leak in their office.
Merry and Bright is a collection of short stories by Jill Shalvis. Reading books by this author you know that there will be some humor and compassion when it comes to these characters and it was true for these stories. All of these stories centered around the Christmas season which brought out the wishes for finding someone to love. Now even though it was the Christmas season there was still danger that drifted through these stories. The danger was not bombs exploding but harmless stalkers, Colorado’s wildlife and a half kind of crazy girl. For me I thought the danger was a little silly at times but it gave the hero and heroine something to survive and to bring them together.
Overall I thought these were cute and fun stories.
Sandy was heartbroken still after several months of Logan leaving. She was not expecting him to be gone so long but will be shocked when he shows up and she is in a Santa suite. She will not welcome him with open arms but Logan will charm her and her defenses will start to crumple. Logan will be determined to not let Sandy go this time.
Under The Mistletoe
Mia was floating on a cloud as life was good. She was doing well in life, was loved by both her parents and was in love with her boyfriend, Nick. She was also excited about going away for her Aunt’s wedding with Nick but he was not excited. Nick was terrified about the idea and will refuse devastating Mia. She will be surprised to find him coming after her and she wonders if they have a chance.
These were two short stories that followed the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis. They were grouped together in Christmas in Lucky Harbor which is with the first two books of the series. I have long since started this series and have really liked the stories. The newest books I am not as thrilled, still like them, but they do blend together sometimes. These two stories bring us back to the beginning characters who I loved reading about. I thought these two stories were very good at invoking the emotion that Shalvis is very good at creating, love and lust. That was a common theme in both of the books.
The first story is with Sandy and Logan. I couldn’t remember Logan but then Shalvis reminded the reader that he was Tara’s ex-husband. There interaction is explosive. Sandy holds out for as long as she can. Logan you can tell is a changed man and you hope he doesn’t screw it up again.
The second book was with Mia, who was Tara and Ford’s daughter. You met her in The Sweetest Thing. I really liked when Mia came on the scene and was excited to read her story especially it brought me back to the original three sisters of this series. Mia wanted one thing and that was to be picked as she had picked everything in her life. She does not give in but makes Nick fight for what he almost lost. Nick makes good on his mistake by staying and helping, and at the same time convincing Mia that he loves her.
After I finished these stories I always want more from these short stories, and I still do, but I feel that they were left off in the right spot. You knew that they would all have a happy ending.
Lady Imaculata Anne Egremont needed to leave London immediately to get away from her father. She will disguise herself as a housekeeper. She expected an elder man but her boss was a lot younger with a missing arm. Anne will do her job and will find herself falling in love with him as he will protect her.
Major Gareth Ripton-Jones wants to live in his own misery but it seems that his new housekeeper wouldn’t leave him alone. Gareth will come to know Anne and quickly come to want her more than he has wanted anyone before. She makes him become a better man but he wasn’t exactly ready for that. He still had to figure out who killed the woman who he once loved.
Lady Anne’s Lover is the third book to London List series from Maggie Robinson. First time trying out the author and I have to say that I will be coming back to her. The story caught my attention as Anne was recapping her scandal but what got me was why she wrecked havoc on her reputation. She wanted herself ruined as her father was trying to get a little too friendly towards her. Needless to say this was a touchy subject but I thought Robinson wrote it well but it didn’t completely concentrate on that subject. This story was really about Anne finding a way out and for someone that she could trust and love.
So Gareth almost seemed like a worthless cause as he was a drunk but he changed overtime in the book. He was a confident man and a master at seduction when it came to Anne. Of course he does fall back to drinking to hide and not confess his feelings which could ruin his chances to keep a hold onto Anne. Now Anne was a strong character as she was a fighter. She would not stop fighting until she was free. I liked that she was letting down her guard each day with Gareth and she was letting herself fall in love with this man. Through all of this they will also help solve the murder of Gareth’s first love. I was actually surprised by the murderer as I wasn’t not suspecting this person.
As I said above I will be coming back to this author. I wouldn’t mind reading the first book from this series which was the start of this paper that revealed scandal by certain members of society. If I can’t get that one I can always look for another book from Maggie Robinson.
Miss Calliope Worthington will stumble upon a large house, walk in and help herself to some jewelry. She wasn’t going to take it as she just wanted to try it on. She will be caught by the master of the house and she will be shocked by what he demands.
Mr. Ren Porter caught a woman red handed and instead of kicking her out of his house he tells her to pay him back she would have to spend one night per pearl on the necklace around her neck. Ren is humored by this thought but will be shocked at the next day that she agrees to his demands.
When She Said I Do is the first book to the series Worthington by Celeste Bradley. Bradley is not a new author for me as I have read her before but it has been about two years. The lapse in time is not due to Bradley’s writing as I like her as an author. The problem is I like a lot of authors and there is only so much time I have available to read. That being said I very much enjoyed this story. Think Beauty and the Beast but this is not a G rated, think more x-rated at times at least during those moments Callie and Ren are exploring their desires. It makes sense that this book was going this route as Callie had to give one night to Ren for each pearl from the pearl necklace.
What I liked about this story was that the characters of Callie and Ren were more than they appeared. Ren with his work as a spy and Callie’s view on romance which had stayed hidden from her family. Together they should have crashed but they were able work together, to find that peace as she was his light. There was also the raw desire they made each other feel which helped the situation, and because of Callie’s willingness Ren becomes stronger.
The family was not the ideal one that you would want helping. In fact they really don’t help all that much as they let Callie take the brunt of it. At the core of these family members they are good people, if not misguided, but they did annoy me at times. You wanted to shake them and stop them from anything else that could happen.
Now what would a love story be without your obstacles and villains. Obstacles were clearly Callie’s accidents that kept happening around her. It looked like she was mad but someone was clearly after her. The person after her was pretty clear but there were others that could have been dealing in this mischief that would be the downfall of Callie’s life. Now Callie was a Worthington and now Porter, and she would not go down without a fight.
Towards the end this book talked about a Liar’s Club and as I looked around I found one of Celeste Bradley’s series called Liar’s Club. The workings of spies can sometimes be a tad bit boring for me but I think with how Bradley spins her tales this would be something to try. Not to mention I will have to try out the second book to this Worthington series even though I am hesitant as this family drives me a little crazy.
Anthony Hurst, Duke of Kingsborough, is hosting the annual ball that has not been seen in his house for the last five years. He will be obligated to dance with potential brides but only one will stop him in his tracks. He will pursue her and end in an embrace that is until she runs out on him. He will look for her and find her fairly easily but she will not leap into his arms. Their happy ending will take some persuading.
Isabella Chilcott was meant for another but she wanted a night to forget what was needed to be done. She will find that night at the Kingsborough ball and in the arms of the Duke himself. She knows that the fairytale cannot last and she will flee before she wants more. She thought that night with the Duke would be the last she saw of him but he will be persistent and she will have to decide to follow her honor or her heart.
The Trouble with Being a Duke is the first book to Sophie Barnes series Kingsborough Ball. Overall I liked this book. At first that was not the case as I was almost indifferent, I just wasn’t getting into the story. I guess the beginning didn’t really capture my attention but as I kept turning the pages of the book I was pulled into the story of Isabella and Anthony.
The couple were very different in status and it would be unthinkable of a Duke marrying so low beneath but Anthony will fight through what society thinks and pursue the woman he has come to love. So as I am a sucker for romances Anthony was an ideal man for wanting Isabella despite her ranking. Isabella I liked for the sole reason was that she was honorable. She was going to marry a man she didn’t love to help her parents. Even when she started to have feelings for Anthony she would still do her duty to her family, but not too worry as this is a romance novel and a happy ending will come for the characters.
There are bumps in the road that happen, one is status but the other is the villain aka mean girl. Lady Harriett is a definite mean girl who wants Anthony and will do what she can to ruin Isabella. Barnes will not let Harriett prevail. Barnes also gives a little twist that is something that you could have guessed thanks to some clues.
Lady Evelyn Darlington needed help clearing her almost betrothed of the charges that were brought against him. She knew there was only one man she could trust for the task, Barrister Jack Harding. She will trust him to clear Randolph of murder, but as they work closely together the feelings she felt as a girl resurface and Evelyn will be shocked to finding herself falling love.
Mr. Jack Harding is a Barrister and is good at his job. He stops at nothing from giving a fair trial. He will be given the task to help Evelyn who was his mentor’s daughter. He will feel the need to help due to honor but other feelings for the daughter will rise and soon will be pursuing her for much more.
In the Barrister’s Chambers is the first book to the Regency Barrister series from Tina Gabrielle. Overall I liked the book as it kept me reading from beginning to the end. I wasn’t sure if I would like it as the first scene is having the reader step into the court room and waiting for a sentence that is about to happen. That kind of plot doesn’t always get me interested, of course the court room is not where the main plot of the story lies as you are quickly brought into a story of an actress being murdered and a man running away claiming innocence. So there was that intrigue which will keep you with the book.
The hero and heroine, Jack and Evelyn, were both strong characters and had strong convictions when they needed to do something. Nothing will deviate them from their path of clearing Randolph’s name from the murder charge. Then again when lust overwhelms them and they will give into temptation that had always been there from the beginning. I liked that Evelyn and Jack didn’t give right into temptation as she was almost engaged and that would make him biased on the case, but they will not wait forever.
The villain I had a feeling of at the very beginning. Not because they were being sneaky or anything, just that I guessed the person you wouldn’t see as the murderer. Now why they went ahead and killed the actress that was a guessing game as well because there are many reasons why a person would commit murder. Tina Gabrielle does not leave her readers in suspense as the villain will confess all towards the end.
I am interested in reading the sequel book to the series to find out more about these barristers.