Gabriel’s Gift

The holidays are upon the Prescott family and Gabriel is looking to spending that time with his family on Christmas day. Gabriel will quickly find that he wouldn’t be alone in the house on Christmas Eve. He will find a young girl hiding out in the attic and immediately begin to figure out where she is from, but he can only do that with the help of his family.

Gabriel’s Gift is a novella to the series Lost Hearts by Christina Dodd. This novella gives a little insight with how this extended family has grown over the years. The main character to the novella is obviously Gabriel. Gabriel’s character was a man who was still hurting due to his past but he was a good man. He loved his family with all his heart and his wife. When he interacted with the runaway girl he will have to talk about his past to help this girl heal, along with himself.

I have been a fan of this series, Lost Hearts, and Fortune Hunters which is linked through Gabriel’s character. This novella was very sweet and fun to read. It was actually very mushy with all the emotion but I thought that was just fine because this is a Christmas novella. It was supposed to be filled with love and hope and I think it delivers. The only criticism would be that it could be longer so you get more of this family.

Between Us: Reid and Lola’s Story

Reid McDaniels was in Vegas to make a name for himself, along with his brothers. Reid was looking forward to this new life and then everything stops when his life will be turned upside down by first Lola and then a blast from his past.

Lola Taylor was a showgirl but she wanted more. She was doing what she needed to do to make enough money to make the move to New York. She was doing her best but then she will get sidetracked when Reid comes into her life.

Between Us: Reid and Lola’s Story is the third story to Christine Bell’s series McDaniels Brothers. I really enjoyed this story. I don’t know if I have a favorite McDaniels brother because they are equally interesting characters but the all shared the traits of being kind and strong men. They are the ones you want in your corner.

Reid’s character was certainly a Boy Scout, as Lola referred to him, but he is much more. He is that sweet next door neighbor boy who had a bad boy streak. He wanted to do what was right even though it would hurt him. I liked that he was still sweet, his mother had not been successful in destroying the kindness in his soul. Lola’s character was another who had seen heartache and was doing to best to avoid that, though that shields her heart against truly making a connection to anyone. Lola will take the chance with Reid, her speech to him was sweet and it felt from the heart.

Sherri McDaniels story line for me was very predictable, but I have to say I would have been disappointed if her story line went any different. She was a vile character and it was shown through her actions perfectly.

I enjoyed reading each brother and the conflict they had felt from their tormented childhood. The McDaniels Brothers was very entertaining to read.

Trust Me: Matty and Kayla

Matty McDaniels took care of his brothers which was why he was allowing himself to be blackmailed by the neighborhood gangster. He would become Mick’s fighter for a year which would pay off his debt. Matty thought it would be easy, but he wasn’t counting on Kayla James.

Kayla James was good at her job and was now given more work when Mick was expanding to legit fighters. She was excited to work in the sport, even though she wanted to be the fighter. Kayla will become hesitant when she meets Matty.

Trust Me: Matty and Kayla is the second story to the trilogy the McDaniel’s Brothers by Christine Bell. After finishing the first book I was really looking forward to reading Matty especially as he was being forced to continue his association with Mick. I really enjoyed this story. It was frustrating that I couldn’t just sit down and read the story. I have been too busy with work but every time I pick up the book I was brought back into the story.

Matty’s character was someone who was a fighter, in the literal sense, and as a job. Matty had a terrible childhood, along with his brothers, but he kept going and providing for his brothers. He never lost himself to violence or drugs, like his parents. I wanted Matty to have his chance at a career as a fighter. You knew that he would but with the roadblock that was coming his way it would hurt him. Kayla’s character surprised me. I liked her immediately with her strength of character. She too was a fighter. She had a horrible childhood but fought against all that came her way. I wanted Kayla to get her chance at being a fighter, to live her dream.

The romance between Matty and Kayla was intense. It was a fire that burned between them and it burned brightly. It was sad with how they were each were broken in the relationship department but they healed each other. It was a slow heal with lots of bumps in the road.

The villain was of course Mick and the outcome did surprise me. I was happy with it but can’t help but wonder if the McDaniel’s are done with Mick. There will be an issue in Reid’s story with a character that is going to destroy the brothers, which I read in the epilogue. I am reading Reid’s story next which will end the trilogy.

Fix You: Bash and Olivia

Fix YouOlivia Beckett loved her boyfriend but found that he was changing before her eyes. No longer was he smiling and laughing but now had a cruel smirk and a violent streak. She will be saved one night by a man who worked at a college bar. Olivia’s life will be quickly spinning out of control but she will find a way to survive with Bash’s help.

Sebastian “Bash” McDaniels wanted out of Boston and he was going to get there with his boxing career. Though things will get complicated when he goes out of his way to help a girl who was being abused by her boyfriend.

Fix You: Bash and Olivia is the first book to the series the McDaniels Brothers by Christine Bell. This was a free book on amazon and it was a really great book, in fact I loved it. I sat down and read through the book in one sitting.

Olivia’s character was a sweet young woman who was in a bad relationship. Now even though she did not get away at the first sign of trouble, she did her best to get help. While doing that she grew more of a backbone. Bash’s character was a man who had a troubled past but was doing his best to make something of himself. I liked that Bash thought to help Olivia with no hesitation. He just went in and helped. It was unfair with how Bash was treated but understandable since Andy’s father was important in society. Now with Bash and Olivia I loved how they came to be. They were completely the opposite of each but they worked in the sweetest way.

Andy, Olivia’s boyfriend, was a piece of work. He was certainly the villain of the story and I was really hoping that Christine Bell would make sure that Andy got in trouble. I really loved the surprise at the end which gave the justice that was needed for Bash.

Since I loved this book so much I bought Matty’s and Reid story. My reading is going a little slow right now with tax season but I will be reading Matty’s story next.

Duke of Pleasure

duke-of-pleasureHugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle was on a mission to stop the Lords of Chaos. He will find help from a boy from St. Giles, Alf. Though Hugh will realize quickly that Alf is more than he appears, specifically that Alf is a girl.

Alf has disguised herself as a boy for as long as she could remember. It was easier to get around St. Giles as a boy. But Alf had another secret, she was also the Ghost of St. Giles. Alf will find herself helping Hugh and that interaction will lead her to have feelings for him.

Duke of Pleasure is the eleventh book to the series Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt. I really loved this book. It has been interesting learning about these vile Lords of Chaos and I loved that the Ghost of St. Giles was a woman.

Hugh’s character to me seemed a little too stuck up in the other books but as I got to know his character I found he was a brave man and committed to his task. Also, that he loved his sons, he just might not be able to show it. Actually Hugh has a problem expressing his feelings no matter what which is evident with how he acts with Alf. Though when push comes to shove Hugh will get it right. Alf’s character was intriguing. She was the one who got the information and she fought to protect those around her. I liked that even when she had to dress up as a lady the real woman was still there and not lost in all the glitz of the ball.

I liked the mystery of the Lords of Chaos. They are the evil guys and they need to be stopped. It looks like they will be here to stay as they will be in the next story. I am wondering who will be the person to stop the group.

I can’t wait to read Duke of Desire which will come out in October of 2017.

Once Upon a Moonlit Night

Once Upon a Moonlit NightHippolyta Royle was having a very bad night as she was running away from a duke who was blackmailing her so he could marry her. Hippolyta will find help from a man in a carriage even though he doesn’t believe her story.

Matthew Mortimer was on his way to his family home when his carriage was stopped. He will find a young woman who claimed to be an heiress. Matthew doesn’t believe the woman but he will help her anyways, then he finds out she was telling the truth.

Once Upon a Moonlit Night is number 10.5 in the series Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt. I really loved this novella. I loved that Hoyt starts off Hippolyta’s story right where the tenth book ended her part in story.

Hippolyta’s character was privileged but she wasn’t stuck up. She was a kind girl who was just trying to survive in this new environment. I thought she was a little too soft spoken at times but that was just because she was shy. She became more talkative about her life with Matthew which was what she had been hiding from everyone. By being brave and talking about herself gives her the strength to stand up to those who would look down upon her. Matthew’s character was a man who worked and now he had inherited an earldom which he wasn’t looking forward to having. He was determined to make things work, he was also a kind man as well as passionate. I liked that he showed that compassionate side and helped Hippolyta even though he had no obligation.

I am really looking forward to the eleventh book which I will be reading next.

Duke of Sin

Duke of SinValentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery dealt in secrets and blackmailing anyone he wanted. Though Val will find his latest scheme is being stopped by his housekeeper, who suddenly caught his attention.

Bridget Crumb was on a mission to find out what Val was blackmailing a person in Bridget’s life. She was desperate to find the objects but she will get sidetracked when Val makes his presence known in her life.

Duke of Sin is the tenth book of the series Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt. I really loved this book. I had been waiting to read this book as I was fascinated with Val and how evil he was, and he really was evil in the book.

Val’s character was a villain. There was a lot a bad in this man as he was blackmailing anyone and everyone but I found myself discovering the good as well. He wouldn’t necessarily be a hero at first glance, but it was there. I would say he was a white knight but his armor was tarnished. He shows his good side with how he protects his sister and how he helps those around him, well helps them in his own way. I really loved the interaction between him and Bridget. He was showing her how he was a horrible man but as he was around her, he kept letting his guard down little by little. Now Bridget’s character was interesting. She really took her job as a housekeeper seriously. She made sure everyone who was supposed to do their jobs got them done. Though there was more to Bridget and that intrigued me. I liked the secret she carried and how it played later on in the book. I also really liked that she was strong enough to want to love Val, to care for him when very few had done so before her.

I am reading Once Upon a Moonlit Night next which is a novella with the character Hippolyta Royle who was in this novel. I read the summary and it sounds like it takes place where her story had ended in the novel and I am looking forward to reading her story.