Temple is known as the Killer Duke among society for the past twelve years. Society has shunned him for the violent act but Temple can’t remember that night. His answers will finally come to him when the woman he thought he murdered walks back into his life.
Mara Lowe has been in hiding for the past twelve years. She did not mean to ruin Temple but she had to find a way out of her situation. Now it turns out she needs the money her brother lost and the only solution is to go to Temple and ruin herself by coming back into society.
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished is the third book to Sarah MacLean’s series Rules of Scoundrels. Now although I loved the books from MacLean and I have been waiting for this book I was a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong this book had plenty of intrigue with what really happened that night, why it happened and what Mara was running from. It wasn’t the intrigue that left me bored, it was the unrealistic pairing of Mara and Temple. They were at each others throats for most of the book. Mara drugged Temple twice and left him ruined for twelve years. It seems unlikely that the pair would forgive and go straight into an intense passion filled relationship, but it happened nevertheless.
Still the writing was very well done and I kept reading from the first page to the last. What I thought was the best part of the book was the very end with the twist with Chase. I am looking forward to read all about Chase because MacLean drops a bombshell about this Fallen Angel that had me shocked. For three books I would have never guessed about Chase or perhaps I missed the clues that could have been there, but no matter as I am really excited to read the fourth book. The book doesn’t come until November of this year so I will have to find other books to read until then.
Juliana Fiori has lived with scandal since she set foot into London. She will find most are two faced with the exception of her brothers. She will be heart broken when the man, Duke of Leighton, is very much like the rest of London. She will be determined to show that the Duke of Disdain has passion whether he liked it or not.
Duke of Leighton, Simon Pearson, or the Duke of Disdain as he is called needs to marry to make sure his family’s reputation survives. He will find the perfect woman to marry but he keeps thinking about one that is not suitable for someone of his station. Simon will fight the attraction but he will be shown a new side of himself thanks to Juliana and its one he wasn’t too sure he wanted.
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart is the third and final book to the series Love by Numbers from Sarah MacLean. It was a book with up and downs with the characters who were fighting their attraction every step of the way.
So I really did like the book but Simon got under my skin. He was all about a good reputation and he looked down upon anyone who was not his equal. He was stuck up and very proud. He kept hurting Juliana even though he truly wanted her. I felt bad for Penelope who was engaged to Simon and how she did not get her happy ending but know that she has her own story in MacLean’s other series, Rules of Scoundrels, and a happy ending will be hers. Though it still takes years for Penelope to get to that point so it was heart breaking but I wouldn’t want her to be in a loveless marriage especially when Juliana and Simon were meant to be together. Juliana was a spitfire and determined to make her way into society even with all the cruel things people say behind her back and too her face. I liked that she was determined to make Simon to feel passion. Now the ending was perfect as Simon was not the perfect Duke but a man who was now flawed and loved a woman without caring about her status.
There is a little surprise with the St. John’s mother coming back to England and its kind of horrible at how bad of a mother she really is to her children. I liked that Juliana finally saw that she was nothing like her mother.
Now since I am finished with the series of Love by Numbers I am switching to the series Rules of Scoundrel. I am first going to re-read the first and second book then move onto the third book, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, which is sitting in my pile of books.
Lord Nicholas was considered to be a catch among London and at first he liked the attention now he wanted to get away from it. Helping find the Duke of Leighton’s missing sister seemed perfect. He was not expecting to find a woman that vexed him to no end and then make him lust after the next moment.
Lady Isabel Townsend was used to taking care of everything in the household and has been doing that for years. Everyone relies on her and Isabel does not want to let them down. At first she thought Nick was a sign to help them but will find that he is there under false reasons. She has too much too lose if her secrets come out.
Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord is the second book to Love by Numbers series from Sarah MacLean. I have only read the first book of this series along with rereading the first book to get back in with the family St Johns.
The second book to me was just as good as the first and something that I wanted to keep reading. I thought Nick’s character was charming to a fault but it was almost a defense mechanism to hide what he had went through with his past. Isabel has a good heart and is determined never to marry or to love anyone. She is blindsided when it comes to Nick but it still takes the very end for her to trust. I liked that it was almost a role reversal where Nick was giving his love but was rejected by Isabel. It is usually the heroine that is being rejected by the rogue when feelings are coming out into the open. Love will conquer all when it comes to these two characters giving them a happy ending.
There were several side characters to the story but the one I liked best was Rock. He was a friend to Nick and was the one who saved him from the prison.
The third book is next with the brothers half sister Juliana who will be up against the Duke of Leighton.
Justine Hoffman had never been in love. She will find the reason for her unlucky side of love was that she had a curse placed on her so she would never find love. For if a witch loved a man and that witch loved him back he would die. Justine didn’t know all the facts but was able to break the curse and will unleash a whole new set of problems.
Jason Black was here on the island for one reason and that was to find a witch, her key and her book. Jason will find that with Justine but he will find a problem with his need for the book as he starts to have feelings for her which makes his task a little more difficult.
Crystal Cove is the fourth book to the series Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas. Once again this was a book I couldn’t put down from the author. This book by far has the most magic which was very interesting to read about. The main element of the magic were witches. Justine was the main character who was a practicing witch. She is not fully trained but able to do magic. I liked that without tons of training she was able to break her own curse that she discovered was placed on her. This of course had consequences which leads her down to a whole new dilemma. Then there was Jason who was very different character as he had no soul. I have not read many books like that so it was interesting to read about him. He was devious but it was needed to get what he wanted. Between the two characters there was a lot of chemistry and it was amusing with the spell that Justine botched up but in the end everything worked out. Kleypas kept the ending with magic and a little surprise that gave Justine and Jason a chance at their own happy ending.
There is another book that is coming out this year. I don’t know who it will be about but one person I could see Kleypas writing about would be Priscilla because she is a witch as well. Until that time when Lightning Bay comes out I will be on the search for more books by Lisa Kleypas like her historical romances and the first book of Friday Harbor series.
Lucy Marinn thought life was good with her boyfriend as she finally had something for herself but she will be wrong as her sister gets her hands on him too. Lucy has been second string whenever it came to her sister who almost died as a child but Lucy will have enough as her sister went too far. Lucy will find help from Sam.
Sam Nolan was a confirmed bachelor and was set in his ways. He was forced to take interest in a woman but it wasn’t long before he wanted Lucy just who she was. Sam was not looking for a relationship but he will find that maybe changing his way wouldn’t be bad.
Rainshadow Road is the second book to Friday Harbor series by Lisa Kleypas. I had started with the third book and was caught up in the book. There is something of Kleypas writing that pulls you into the story and makes you just want to read the book. Rainshadow Road was very enjoyable to read.
Lucy I felt for as her relationship she had with her parents and sister was not ideal. After all that she went through I liked that she found something with Sam. You wanted to cheer for her to have that relationship work with Sam, the confirmed bachelor. I also liked the way she worked with glass which in a sense was magical. Now Sam was a good man even though he had commitment issues and was known as a womanizer. He was kind to Lucy and listened to her all the while seducing her into bed. He was blackmailed into meeting Lucy but I liked that he told her what was going on after the third meeting with her. Now the ending was sweet. It gave Lucy a chance to have her dream for her glass and a chance for their relationship to grow.
I liked that this book once again dealt with magic but with Lucy as the person who was behind it. It all steamed from the glass that Lucy worked with and had been taught to appreciate since she was a young girl. This supernatural part is not thrown in your face.
The characters I didn’t like were Kevin and Alice. Kevin the ex boyfriend of both sisters was a tool so I was happy that he didn’t get a happy ending. Now Alice wasn’t my favorite person. I am happy to see that in the end she starts to understand but there is a lot of hurt and betrayal that the sisters at least have to get through. Kleypas didn’t give the sisters a complete happy ending which I liked as it would be too unrealistic.
I have Crystal Cove in my pile next to read. I am interested in how this magic will follow through with Justine.
Clare Wingate thought the bridesmaid dress was bad enough, but she was wrong. Finding her fiance with the repairman was damaging for Clare but waking up after a night of drinking to a man who was her childhood crush was almost worse. Clare will find out that night wasn’t what she thought but will find out that her involvement with Sebastian will not be over.
Sebastian Vaughan was there at the hotel for the night and had no idea he would be running into Clare who was getting very drunk. Sebastian did the right thing and took care of her but let her think differently. He will find himself enjoying spending time with her and teasing her like old times, but he knows he doesn’t want anything series.
I’m In No Mood For Love is the second book to the series Sex, Lies and Online Dating by Rachel Gibson. I have now read several of Rachel Gibson’s books and have liked them. This one was no exception but it was not been my favorite of her books.
The characters were almost enemies at times throughout the book as they had an animosity to each other, of course that turns to passion pretty quickly. I liked that they didn’t just fall into bed but fought the attraction. That of course leads to bumps in the road for the characters but ultimately gives them a happy ending. It was interesting that both the main characters were writers and I did like that Sebastian started to read her novels and got inspired with her detail in the scenes she wrote.
I will be on the look out for more on Rachel Gibson.
Amy Bright wants love like her friends but so far that hasn’t happened. She was the towns matchmaker but didn’t have any luck for herself. She will now put an effort to getting Logan especially as he starts to look in other directions. She will end up getting his attention but now she will have to maintain it.
Logan Whitaker loved being a fireman but with a tragedy in the line of duty he felt broken. He needed a change from work and something more. He thought it was with Anna who suddenly appeared but he thoughts kept going towards his best friend Amy.
Willow Springs is the fifth book to the series Destiny by Toni Blake. I liked that this book was once again like the others with a chance at love, a first for both characters. Blake is telling a story with this series and Willow Springs is no exception. Love is no easy task and Blake makes it difficult for them throughout the book.
I loved Amy’s character. She was honest, good and nice but like every human she had her own flaws its just she didn’t show them. She shows them more as the book goes on with being more outspoken. It might get her into trouble but for once she is really letting go. Logan was a man who couldn’t make up his mind. I really did like him but it was hard to as he couldn’t commit and kept hurting Amy by chasing after Anna or letting him be pursued by her.
So I didn’t really like Anna. I think it is interesting to read that she came back and to hear at least somethings that had went on while she was gone. I didn’t like her because she was intruding on a relationship with Logan even though she saw him with Amy. She was soaking up the attention but then in her defense she went through something pretty dramatic. She does get better and I will read her story because I am sure she will be different.
I have to find the second book still now as well as the last book to the series at least it looks like to be the last. I am interested in reading Anna’s story even though I found her a little annoying in the fifth book as I mentioned above, but we now that characters change and I bet that the real Anna will show herself in her story.
Sue Ann Simpkins thought life was perfect with her husband and child but her world will turn upside down when her husband says he loves another woman. Sue Ann is devastated as Jeff was the only man she ever loved and now he was flaunting his new relationship and trying to get out of paying alimony. Sue Ann will fight to make sure that she will be able to keep her daughter and give her a good life but it will be hard to do. She will find help with her friends and an unexpected person Adam who will start to be more all thanks to a snowstorm.
Adam Becker was always looking forward to the holidays to spend time with his boys but they were gone to Aspen for a whole month. Adam becomes surly to those around him as he is disappointed for the holidays. He will show his rude behavior to Sue Ann but that will quickly turn to passion as they start sleeping with each other. As the relationship builds Adam wants more but knows that Sue Ann is not ready, he will do all that he can think of to get her trust.
Holly Lane is the fourth book to Toni Blake’s series Destiny. This was definitely a Christmas themed book and although Christmas time has come and gone it was still a very sweet book to read.
I liked Sue Ann okay in the previous books but as you got to know her I liked her a lot more. She became stronger on her own even though she had help from friends and from Adam. Adam was a great dad and good friend expect when you get him angry as he was like a Scrooge on Christmas. Blake adds a little humor in with Adams dreams that showed him how bad he had been acting and what would happen if he continued to be like that which was very much like a Christmas Carol. It was fun to read even though it was a little sappy at parts.
Their relationship was explosive from the start as they were together in a cabin with a snowstorm and although it was a little fast it didn’t lead them down the road to a happy ending. The happy ending waits until the last couple of pages and it only comes around once trust is earned and they admit their feelings.
Sophie was a cute addition to the story and I loved her Christmas wish of wanting a reindeer and she will be getting her Christmas wish and more. Now there are no real villains in these stories but I will have to say that Jeff, Sue Ann’s ex-husband, acted like a villain in the book. He was being a jerk about the alimony, flaunting his new relationship and not really caring how it looked. He even could take Sophie away. I am happy to say that he does change but it takes to the very end of the book.
Willow Springs is the next/last book I have from Toni Blake.
Tessa Sheridan is back home to Destiny as her interior designs did not work out. She will find an unlikely client who is the bad boy biker that just moved next door to her. Tessa feels the attraction but with her disease she doesn’t want anyone to see her when she is down.
Lucky Romo is back in his home town which he hasn’t set foot in for almost half his life. He is making a change as he got unexpected news about a son he fathered. Going back home was hard with all that had happened.
Whisper Falls is the third book to Destiny series by Toni Blake. I have skipped the second book because that book is not at my library but I have noticed that these books really can be read on their own. I do miss out on the introduction of Mike Romo and his story but he is certainly included in this book. I am interested in the disappearance of Anna Romo. She will be making an appearance in the sixth book I found out as I sneaked and read the summary. From what I have heard about her I am interested in her story with how she disappeared and what happened.
I liked this novel just as much as the first. It was a good story and hits the emotional target with both characters. You feel for Tessa and her disease, and how she was coping with it. I was happy that she found a champion in Lucky. Their romance was unlikely but it worked. Now Lucky was one that had drawn me in. You felt bad for him because once his sister was gone he did get pushed to the side. I understand why that would be something to push a kid into rebellion but Lucky goes further. He will join a biker gang and do things he wouldn’t be proud of during that time. I liked that he made it out and with his friend Duke.
The brothers relationship was strained as they were both stubborn, I think Mike was more stubborn that Lucky, but they were able to make it work. Of course it took most of the novel for that to happen and only when Mike figured out some facts about what happened after Anna disappeared. Now there is a villain in the book that is going after Lucky and its an unlikely one but it is logical once you know why they are doing this.
Holly Lane is the next book with Sue Ann which I am surprised at since it looked liked she had a perfect life with her husband. I guess I will find out very quickly as it is the next book I am reading.
Jenny Tolliver was tried of being the good girl as it got her nothing but a cheating ex-husband and a one way trip back to her home town. Jenny will soon be faced with the man that she had a crush on and find much more in his arms.
Mick Brody was back in his home town but had to be there secretly. Jenny the girl he had wanted back then stumbles upon his cottage and finds out his secret. He will be surprised as she keeps it and finds that he can have more with this woman.
One Reckless Summer is the first book from the series Destiny by Toni Blake. I got caught up in the book which surprised me because it was a simple plot, good girl wants to walk on the wild side with the bad boy. Its an age old story but it was how Blake wrote the characters that has you loving them.
Now on top of that there was pretty much instant sex happening between the two characters which was steamy but there was also intrigue. I wanted to know what was Mick hiding in the broken down cottage. Jenny and Mick were complete opposites and yet it worked. I liked that it was sweet and steamy all the the same time especially as it was a secret. Mick was truly a reformed bad boy and it was sweet what he was doing even though it was against the law. I liked that he trusted Jenny with his secret and that they formed a relationship even if it was unlikely. There are a few ups and downs that they have to overcome but Blake does write a happy ending as well as second chances for these characters.
I don’t have the second book as my library doesn’t have it but I do have the next three books of the series which I plan on enjoying next.