Bridgertons: Happily Ever After

The Bridgertons Happily Ever AfterThere is one series that I will always reference when talking about a family which are the Bridgertons. I was captivated with the series needing to read the entire series which also got me to buy the series.  Now I have found out that there is another book out with the Bridgertons which is The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After. When I saw the book at the bookstore I bought it knowing that I would love it before I even started to read it. This book gives us a second epilogue to all eight stories. The second epilogue for each story are around thirty pages.

I was pretty thrilled with each second epilogue as they followed through with how the Bridgerton’s acted and it gave us a little more detail at those characters happy ending. One that stuck with me was Francesca who finally got her baby, the one she longed for, but really all of the short endings were very enjoyable and brought a smile to my face. Then there is Violets story (the mother of all the Bridgerton children) which I liked but I knew that her happy ending with her husband would not go on forever so I wasn’t looking forward to that. I was happy with the outcome as it showed Violet to be that strong woman who was there for her children and her children were there for her.

For those who love the Bridgerton’s I would recommend that this book is a must to read.

If You Give a Girl a Viscount

If You Give a Girl a ViscountDaisy Montgomery will do what she can to save her home. She will enlist the help of a Viscount who will come to help her. She will want more from this man but there will be problems along the way and half of them come from her step-family.

Charles Thorpe, Viscount Lumley, did not want to marry but he would help out a woman who was in need. He will come to Daisy’s aide when he comes to her home and finds that he will be enticed and want more with this woman.

If You Give a Girl a Viscount is fourth book to the Impossible Bachelors series by Kieran Kramer who is a new author I found.

Daisy is like the character Cinderella but has more of a backbone and had to put up with a lot more attitude. Daisy’s family was pretty cruel to her. Then there is Charles who was a playboy at times but he was a good man with a good heart. They worked well together and there was plenty of passion but that will get in the way with all the things they had to do.

There are plenty of twist going on in the story with how bad the step-family can be and all that Daisy had to put up with. I was surprised at some of the identities that were revealed and how much hatred there was towards Daisy. What kind of bugged me was how forgiving Daisy was to her family members, well not all of them. I guess I thought some of those things really shouldn’t be forgiven, but it was.

I was happy for the ending as it gave Daisy and Charles a way to be happy. Overall I liked the book as it was cute, it didn’t really thrill me. I will probably read the other books from the series but I am not racing to the shelves of my library.

Vampire Most Wanted

Vampires Most WantedBasha Argeneau or known as Divine has been running from her family for a long time. She is fearful that she will be caught and killed along with her son. Divine will be caught by a family spy and find truths that had been hidden from her.

Marcus Notte was working for Lucien and his job was to locate Basha. He will find her but it will shock him that she will be something more to him.

Vampire Most Wanted is the twentieth book from the Argeneau Family series by Lynsay Sands. I have read all of the books to this series and am always wanting to read the next installation. I liked the book for what it was but I have to say that it took me longer to get through than most of her books. I think for one there was little to no humor that Sands usually would write especially in the beginning of the series. This book was more dire in the situation and more violent which I don’t mind but I felt that I had to force myself to read. I guess for me the beginning was slow and I wanted more to happen a little faster. Once I get over half of the book I do find myself picking up the pace because now it seems the story is moving along. It is still without much humor but the truth is becoming clear and Basha’s past is being revealed which I thought was interesting and horrible at the same time.

Sands write Basha’s past well and you feel for the character with all that she goes through. When you find out all that had happened to Basha you feel horrible for her as no person should be tormented that much. She only grows stronger as she finds the truth. I am happy that there was a light at the end of the tunnel for Basha and Marcus, and for Basha and her family.

What I thought was interesting was the mention of nanos which is usually present was not so much. Sands focuses more on the no fangers which were the bad guys and one that will be a problem as he is not caught at the end. You know that he will be trouble as he has been in the past but now his identity is known and you know he will be visiting again in the book as he will more than likely become a bigger threat. I will just have to wait for the next book to find out.

When A Duke Says I Do

When a Duke Says I DoMiss Elsie Stanhope was destined to be married to a duke as a contact was drawn up years ago. Elisa will honor the agreement but wanted to just once live a little and find love. She will soon being finding that exact thing in an apprentice painter Alexander.

When A Duke Says I Do is a novel by the author Jane Goodger. Alright now I don’t know if I was just in a mood not to read or what but I found that this was not really pulling me to read the story. I knew right away who Alexander really was so there was no mystery to who he really was.  There was his story that was interesting as Goodger did provide an interesting and tragic background for Alex who had to survive through it. The character of Elisa was a little too silly for me and even Alexander at times. Their love was blown up on the pages and it was at times a little too cute.

I was happy that they did eventually have a happy ending but I couldn’t say I was totally invested in this book. I will still try another novel by Jane Goodger so I am not just judging my experience from one of her books.

Between a Rake and a Hard Place

Between a Rake and a Hard PlaceSir Jonah Sharp was tasked with ruining a young innocent to help clear his name. Jonah figured it would be an easy task as he thought Serena would be a just like all the other silly young women. She was not as Jonah found out and with each moment he stayed at her side the more he wanted her and started to care for her, but he needed to make sure to keep his mind on finding a way to redeem his reputation.

Lady Serena Osbourne was to be considered for a royal marriage. She was going along with the idea to please her father. She knew it would not be a love match which was why she made a list of things to do before she was wed. They were her own adventure. She will find help from Sir Jonah as he will give her the chance to cross certain items off her list. She will even complete the one that was not on her list leading her to start to love the man but she will find out that he is not being entirely truthful.

Between a Rake and a Hard Place is the third and final book to the series Royal Rakes by authors Mia Marlowe and Connie Mason. I have enjoyed this series as a whole. I thought the plot of ruining a young innocent to redeem those gentleman’s reputation was not something I have read before.

Jonah and Serena were a good match for the most part as she wanted adventure and he would be able to give her a good amount. There was that little act of deceiving Serena to save himself so that wasn’t so good but he will redeem himself in the end of the book. I liked Serena but thought she needed a little backbone when sticking up for herself. She is able to do a little on her list which will give her a small adventure on its own.

There was a little side story with Amelia, Serena’s governess, and Serena’s father. I had not expected to find them really together. They acted distant to keep the gossip at bay. It seemed hypocritical that the father would think Jonah was below Serena’s station when the man was involved with a governess. Now the father will not be all overbearing as there is a kind man inside of him and that will give his daughter a chance at happiness.

The true villain in the piece was no real surprise as he was a shady man throughout all the books but I will say I didn’t have him pegged as the main bad guy. Now like all bad guys he will meet his final end like most bad guys in romance books which will result in Jonah and Serena’s happy ending and a conclusion to these soldiers mission.

One Night with a Rake

One Night with a RakeNathaniel Colton was one of three who was propositioned to ruin an innocent girl who was to marry one of the royals. He will be tasked to ruin Lady Georgette as he was once engaged to her sister who passed away. Nate will do his duty but he will find that Georgette was one person he wanted to be with and protect as danger was coming closer to her.

Lady Georgette was to marry a royal and was going to do her duty as that was what she always had done but little by little she was breaking out of that mold. This was thanks to her stubborn streak and need to do something and to Nate who woke something up inside of her.

One Night with a Rake is the second book from the series Royal Rakes. It is a collaboration from Mia Marlowe and Connie Mason. I have read the first book from these authors and really liked the book, the same can be said with the second book.

The stories are very similar so far as they are following a basic plot with ruination of innocent girls but the characters have their own voices and dilemmas that follow through the plot. I liked Nate as a rake who wasn’t really a rake. He was a broken man who was trying to earn his name back. Even though he was setting out to ruin Georgette he would have married her in the end no matter what as he was starting to feel things for her. Georgette was a headstrong girl who thought she could do things by herself which get her into trouble. Now their passion is definitely combustible when they get together on the pages but there wasn’t perfect harmony as Nate was guilty for ruining her and Georgette wanted a declaration of love, that all will happen a little later.

The villain is not overly obvious but is rather a slimy kind character who is bent on killing and has Georgette as the next victim. I guess I wasn’t overly surprised by the identity but it was still well done and I liked how the authors progressed the story.

I have the third and final book from the series which I am reading next.

Kill and Tell

Kill and TellKaren Whitlaw is no stranger to tragedy as her mother passed away three weeks ago.  She will then hear about her fathers murder whom she hadn’t seen in fifteen years. She will go down towards New Orleans to claim the body where she will meet Marc Chastain who was assigned to her fathers case. Trouble will start to happen to Karen when she gets back home to find that someone is after her and now she wonders if it is because of the package her father had sent her mother.

Marc Chastain was assigned the case of a shooting. When he gets there something doesn’t feel right as it looked as if the scene had been compromised. He will investigate the truth which will lead him to the last remaining family Dex Whitlaw had, his daughter. He will have an instant connection to this woman and want her but trouble will interrupt their happy ending and Marc will have to protect her from someone who wants to kill her.

Kill and Tell is the first book to the series CIA’s Spies by Linda Howard. I only have read a couple books from this author and I have been very entertained by her plots and characters that she writes. This book got me from the very beginning with the mysterious package that Dexter was sending to his wife back in Ohio. I wanted to know what was in the package and found it interesting that so many people were after it. You do find out what it is, a kill book. It is how Dex kept track of the enemies he killed as a sniper but there was one that was done solely for murder. This is the reason for everyone trying to find him and the book.

Karen is a good daughter but only to the one parent who didn’t desert her. She took care of her mother and was horrified when she died which all started with a simple cold. She was strong and stubborn but she does do the right thing. She will claim her father’s body but that will lead her into so much more trouble. The trouble comes in two forms, the men chasing her and the man, Marc, whose attraction scares her. That is because she likes to control what is happening and Marc was upsetting that control. Now Marc’s character is a man who is very good at his job. He is dedicated to his work and is a lady’s man but when he meets Karen something changes. He wants this woman more than he has ever wanted. There is a very intense scene on the balcony which leads straight to the bedroom and everything about them sizzle. Aside from the sex that happens their relationship is very high strung because of the accidents which are happening to Karen. Marc will protect her at all cost by keeping her by his side and to help solve why these men would be after Karen’s father.

The bad guys are pretty clear as they take center stage at certain points of the book. The ultimate bad guy is clear as he is the one really running the show. He needs this package destroyed as it is evidence to a bigger crime that would incriminate and ruin him, and this time the bad guys wouldn’t get away with what has happened.

I know that I will want to finish up the series at least with the second book because that will have John Medina as the main character. I am interested in what will happen to him now that his father’s murder was avenged.

Texas Bride

Texas BrideMiranda Wentworth never thought she would be a mail ordered bride but it was needed to get out of the orphanage. She would make a better life for herself, her brothers and eventually her sisters. Miranda will learn that life is difficult in Texas and especially with a man like Jake Creed who was not the warmest man but things are not always what they seem.

Jake Creed needed a wife to take care of his child and his home. He was lucky with finding Miranda but she brought more than she advertised and he will find that his new wife was hiding more than she was letting on. Jake will find a way with her no matter what as they will have only each other to lean on.

Texas Bride is the first book to the series Mail-Order Brides from Joan Johnston. I have already read the second and third book to the series and liked them without a doubt.

Miranda was a strong willed girl and determined to rescue her family. It was sad that she could only save her brothers but as I have read about Hannah and Hetty, I know that they do have a happy ending even though it was a little hard to get to. She will make the best of the situation when going to Texas and settling in her life. Jake was a hard man who lost the woman he loved and will be conflicted as his new wife was making him fall in love with her. He does push away especially when he finds that things are not all that they seem to be with Miranda but they do get through their difficulties and some are a little more difficult than others.

I liked that the uncle was introduced to us in the book. He was towards the end of the story and he didn’t stay long thanks in big part because of Miranda. She understood all that her uncle wanted and she was not going to be manipulated into signing away her fortune.

I liked finding out more on the history of this feud between the family. Of course when you find out what Blackthorne does it does make sense that Jake is not Blackthorne’s favorite person. I wonder if Cricket, Jake’s mom, will ever find out the truth about her first husband. Since it did not happen in the second or third book I guess it should happen in the fourth book which should be the last book to the series. Or it might not happy at all. I don’t know when that one is coming out but I assume it will be in 2015 since each book of the series has a gap of a year in between them. I can’t wait to read Josie’s story but in the mean time I think I will be checking out more from Joan Johnston.

Once Upon a Winter’s Eve

once upon a winter's eveViolet Winterbottom was sent to Spindle Cove like many other girls before her but not many went to find out if they were expecting a child. Violet gave the one thing she was supposed to give to a husband to the man she loved. Crushed that he left Violet knew to get on with her life. It has now been a year and she was to come back into society but on her last night at Spindle Cove a man will stagger into the ballroom and fall at her feet.

Once Upon a Winter’s Eve is a novella in the Spindle Cove series from Tessa Dare who really can’t go wrong with her books. It seems no matter what I will just keep reading from this author. With her two novellas that I have read I loved them and very quick to read. I read about Diana and Aaron first as I was waiting for this one to come available.

What surprised me with this novella was that there was a lot going on. It was non stop action once you found out that this mystery man was indeed the man that Violet loved. It was interesting as it did not seem like it but he quickly clears up the confusion, that is once they are away from others who would be listening to them. I liked that this dealt with a little espionage which gave a little more action to the book. Violet was a great character as she was very smart and knew many languages which helped her understand the intruder/Christian.

I was wondering how the ending would play out as Christian was a spy and needed to keep his identity intact. I was pleasantly surprised with the ending which lets Christian and Violet have an adventure along with a happy ending.

I can’t wait to read my next book from Tessa Dare. I don’t have anything in mind right now but I know eventually I will get back to the author.

Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed

Seven Nights in a Rogue's BedSidonie Forsythe set out in the night to trade herself so that her sister would live. Sidonie had dreaded the thought of bedding this man who was scarred leaving his face badly marked. She will be terrified but as the nights go by she will come to find there is more to this man and she starts to care but that happy ending she wants wouldn’t be easy.

Jonas Merrick was a man scarred for life and lives away from people as they call him a monster and a bastard. He will take pleasure in causing harm to his cousin, William, which is why he wanted Roberta instead he got her sister. Jonas will play the villain but finds that Sidonie doesn’t act like the normal scared woman he would expect.

Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed is the first book to the series Sons of Sin Trilogy from Anna Campbell who is a new author for me and one that I want to try more from. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought it played close to the Beauty and the Beast fairytale which I liked as that was my favorite when I was a child.

With the character Jonas he acted like the perfect villain but in reality he was a hero you just had to brush off the dust that had been building. He is cruel for the most part but that is because he has been hurt most of his life. I liked that he does soften a little by Sidonie’s presence being there in his house. She was a good sister for trying to help and use herself as a sacrifice but she is not one to be shy and scared. They battle each other but feelings start to happen and of course there will be a secret that Sidonie is hiding that will have Jonas hurt as it changed everything. There is no easy way for Sidonie and Jonas to find love as they start off like enemies, turn to lust then love and back to enemies that is until they find a way to be with each other. In order to do that they have to forgive and give each other a chance.

The villain is clearly William who is Roberta’s husband and Sidonie’s brother in law who likes to hit his wife. He is very cruel to the point of a monster who gets a thrill at causing damage. William will not be safe forever as he will see his own end by someone close to him.

There is no doubt that I will be coming back to this author to finish off her series and try her other novels.