Evangeline “Evie” Jenner had to find a way out of her guardians house so she could be with her father in his last few days. She will find a solution in marrying Viscount St Vincent as she knew he was desperate as well. Evie will find salvation but it will come at a price being married to this rogue.
Viscount St. Vincent known as Sebastian to few needed an heiress and he had one when he kidnapped one but it went wrong. He will be surprised when her friend will come to his door and proposition him with marriage that he will accept shocking himself.
Devil in Winter is the third book to the series Wallflowers by Lisa Kleypas. I was encouraged to read this book and I am glad that I did. Lisa Kleypas can write which I knew from reading one of her contemporary books and it shows in this one. I could not put the book down, I had to keep reading.
Kleypas weaves the tale of Sebastian and Evie well. She has Sebastian walking a fine line between good guy and bad which I found very entertaining. He showed his strength when it came to defending Evie when she was in danger and was a man you wanted to protect you. He was the man you also wanted to reform but not all the way because a little rake was a good thing especially in Sebastian. Evie was a very shy girl and stuttered when she was nervous but doesn’t do as much when she is around Sebastian. She grew up in an abusive family thanks to her mother’s side of the family, but she was not broken as she still fought back. She fights by alining herself with Sebastian which is a battle in itself. The passion between the two was unexpected but one that could not be ignored. Of course they do just that as they fight a lot and show a lot of indifference, but you know that there is love that is hiding under it all.
The villains are obviously Evie’s family on her mothers side but there are other dangers that are close to her as well. The danger will come from within the gambling hell. You don’t know how badly the person wanted Evie dead until the very end as the villain shows a lot of anger towards her.
I really liked the gaming club that is where most of the book took place. This kind of plot has been becoming more popular with some authors I have read and I think Kleypas did a good job. She wrote the atmosphere right that brought some danger and mystery to this club.
After reading this book I am itching to read more from Lisa Kleypas. I am on the waiting list for some of her contemporary novels that I want to read to finish up the Friday Harbor series. Now after reading this book I know that I have to find more of her historical romances.
Miss Charlotte Boscastle has wanted Gideon for over a year and in her diary she created that fantasy that he would be overcome with love and lust for her. Charlotte’s reality was anything but that is until her diary goes missing after the Duke read several pages. By trying to recover the diary she will find herself compromised with Gideon and only a marriage will make the problem disappear.
Duke of Wynfield, Gideon, did not want to be marry again in fact he was off to claim a new mistress but it was the words in a diary from Charlotte that had him stopping. He will soon find Charlotte in his arms only to have her family finding them behind a closed door. The only thing he can do is marry her but soon he finds out that will not be such a hardship.
The Duchess Diaries is the third book from Jillian Hunter’s series Bridal Pleasures. From start to finish I kept reading this book. There was something about Gideon and Charlotte that kept me drawn towards them the entire time of the book. I want to read more from this series and from the other one, Boscastle Family, which is Charlotte’s cousins. Within the book you get to meet several members of the Boscastle and from these scenes I have a feeling I am going to like this family.
Gideon was a rogue and liked it that way. He was not a bad man just someone who had no desire to marry again. I liked that he was going for a mistress but after reading several pages from Charlotte’s diary he decided against the mistress. He was intrigued by Charlotte and no other women would do at that moment. Charlotte was a strict headmistress and she needed to be. I loved that she had another side to herself and that came out as she wrote in her diary. She would write the truth and then write her fantasy of what she wished had happened in that situation. It was interesting that her diary was stolen but it made sense why when you found out who hired the thief. The culprit was pretty easy to decipher but nevertheless it was an engaging story.
Jillian Hunter will be a new author I will be actively looking out for to finish up the Bridal Pleasures series and starting the Boscastle Family series which I am excited to read.
A Tale for the Time Being is a novel by Ruth Ozeki which was selected for my March book club. I will say that this was a book that I would never have selected for myself like most of the books I have read for by book club. I would have walked right past the book and gone onto a romance that I wanted.
So the idea of this book was that a sixteen year Japanese girl, Nao, who grew up in California had to move back to Japan at 15 years old because her father was laid off. Once they move back the family goes through a crisis but they all deal with it on their own. Mainly it is suicide that is happening. The father has tried and going to try again and Nao is telling us that by the end of her story she will take the plunge as well. We know what is going on through Nao diary that she is writing. The interesting part is that we know about the diary as it is washed up along the shore of Canada and this woman Ruth picks it up and starts to read.
First off this was a very good book and I am happy to have read it. Now saying all that there are things that disturbed me which were all that was happening to Nao. She was tortured by these bullies in her school and I mean every single person. I don’t know how she didn’t flee from school after a week of that torment. It is unbelievable how the whole school attacked her and even the substitute teacher. You wanted all those people to be punished but if the adults are in on it who do you turn too? Her mother was no real help and her father was too far gone to really do anything. I will say that the father did try to help at one point but even then it wasn’t enough.
Then there is the character of Ruth, our author, who reads the diary and feels that she needs to save Nao even though rationally we know that these things in the diary have happened but then there are the dreams. My favorite is when Ruth will meet and Nao’s father in her dream and change what he was going to do and Nao’s path. This will lead them to have a chance to live.
Another amazing part of the book was the character Jiko, the great grandmother, who was a feminist nun and a Buddhist whose words were inspiring. When she spent time with her great granddaughter it made all the difference. There were still those bullies for Nao but she was a little stronger to a point. There are so many other parts to the book that I haven’t even mentioned as it is a story that can keep you discussing parts to the book over and over as new things will keep popping up.
Now from how the ending happened you are still left in the dark of what happened to Nao and her family. There is a letter from Nao’s father that tells the read what has happened and they are all good things, so I figured that is what I am going to believe as I want this family to have a happy ending.
Damaris Howard was an illegitimate daughter and looked down upon in society especially with her own scandal she created eleven years ago. Damaris will find herself being invited to a ball but her life will soon be threatened and she will be saved and swept away by the Earl of Rowden.
Alec Stafford, Earl of Rowden, sees Damaris in trouble and he does the noble thing and protect her from harm. It was a difficult task to keep her close as she tempted him with every glance.
A Summer Seduction is the second book of the series Legend of St. Dwynwen by Candace Camp. At first I thought this book was going to be a flop. I just couldn’t get into the story but as I read further I got caught up in the story, especially the characters of Damaris and Alec. They were an unlikely pair and would never work in society. They walked in together with the attraction both knowing that it would never work. That was never said but it was an unspoken truth especially as Damaris is an illegitimate daughter of a lord. I liked that their connection was not all fire and passion. Alec enjoyed talking to Damaris and they both talked about their pasts which at times was not very pleasant.
There was some danger that was thrown into the mix of things as someone was after Damaris. Alec immediately stepped up and would be the one to protect her from any danger. Now the person who hired these thugs was a mystery but I had a feeling about a certain person thinking that they might not be out of their lives. Damaris’s kidnapper will not have a happy ending like Damaris and Alec but that is the way with most villains.
I am intrigued to begin the series from the start where Gabe and Thea’s story will be told and then finish it up with Genevieve and Myles. Candace Camp could be another author to have me searching more of her books. I will see how my thoughts are once I find the other two books and finish off the series Legend of St. Dwynwen.
Jack Latham was a partner at his firm and was known to be the office hottie and ruthless in the court room. What he doesn’t let people know is his intrigue to Mallory. He will have a chance to get to know Mallory at a clients resort and find there is much more to this woman.
Mallory Sinclair was the only female associate in the firm. She worked hard and wanted to be a partner. She finds out that she will have to make a trip out with Jack who she has her own fantasies about but never would come forward, that is until they get to the resort. Mallory will show Jack she is not as frigid and cold as she comes off.
Seduce Me is a standalone novel from Carly Phillips. I liked the story as it was fast paced and had two characters who had a lot in common for not having the best childhood. It was enduring with what you learned within those few pages of the novel.
Now the book truly follows the title and the main character Mallory sets out to seduce and give a little lesson but she will be the one that will be seduced as well. There are plenty of steamy scenes of passion and teasing but I kept wondering when their job would be coming into play with them being lawyers. Of course their jobs are there as they try to get to the bottom of which spouse was cheating and what leverage they could use.
I liked that in the book the lawyers do change and become more than people who would do whatever they could to help their client. The ending gives us a fairy tale ending that will have you smiling that Jack and Mallory got it right.
Alex Nolan would wash his sorrows down with a bottle of whatever was available. He had been doing this for most of his life. He did not like the man he had become but was not going to change that is until he met Zoe. He will resist the temptation knowing he was not the man for her but little by little his resistance crumbled.
Zoe Hoffman needed help fixing up the house where she would be living with her grandmother. She will get help from Alex who will tell her to stay away from him but she will not listen. Zoe will find herself falling for this man even with all his own personal battles he had to face as she has her own struggles with taking care of her ailing grandmother.
Dream Lake is the third book from the series Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas. I was wondering if this was a book I would like with a character like Alex, but of course I did. I think I found those faults of drunkenness and surly behavior to be a major flaw but could be redeemed and was throughout the book. I liked Zoe for her strength and always to see the good in people. The pair are an unlikely couple but it works as they lean on each other for comfort. Their relationship was sweet and lustful. There is heartache and the ending took a surprising turn but a happy ending came about giving all the characters a second chance.
Kleypas also adds to Alex’s story little bits of his brothers story or at least what is going on with them during that time period. I like that at times and this was one of them because it made me curious to find out the other two brothers story.
It was interesting with the twist of the supernatural in the book and how the ghost and Alex formed a bond that kept them together. I wasn’t expecting a ghost and how he was connected to the characters in the book. From the sounds of it this series will follow the path of supernatural with Justine with witchcraft. I don’t know if the theme will follow the first two books but I know that I will be reading them to know more about the Nolan brothers.
Brylee Parrish had been left at the alter by a man she thought she loved. She had gotten over it but it felt as if she was just waiting for something to happen. Then she meets her new neighbor Zane and her heart starts beating a little faster.
Zane Sutton is taking a break from the Hollywood scene and back to his rodeo roots. He will be jaded when it comes to women but Zane will be changing his tune when he meets his neighbor Brylee. He will have to convince her that he will not be going back to Hollywood and was here to stay.
Big Sky Wedding is the fifth book to Linda Lael Miller’s series Parable, Montana. Now I did like the previous book with Casey and Walker but I would have to say that Brylee and Zane’s story was better. I was able to be drawn into the story more with these two characters. They were both broken or had their trust misguided at one point and were learning with each other. I guess I am a sucker for these types of characters.
Brylee was still bitter but not because of Hutch it was because she hadn’t found someone she wanted to be with. I liked Zane who was more down to earth actor which was because of how he was brought up. He had it tough but survived. They were both survivors which made them perfect for each other.
I am waiting for the next book Big Sky Secrets to be available to checkout which is with Landry and Ria.