Dirty Money

Boone Price had made it rich along with his brothers thanks to oil, though he doesn’t get the respect that he needs. Boone knows what he needs, class, which he thinks will come from a classy woman. He knew the classy woman would have to be Ivy the moment he saw her.

Ivy Smithfield was a realtor but she was not thriving at her job especially as her bosses took the bigger clients. She will get a chance to make it big with a new client but that client will want more, he wanted her romantically.

Dirty Money is the first book in the series Roughneck Billionaires by Jessica Clare. After finishing the series Billionaire Boys Club and Billionaires & Bridesmaids I was bummed that there were no more billionaires I could read, then Jessica Clare writes this novel. I will have to say that this novel was very entertaining to read, and very different from the smooth billionaires in the other series. It looks like this series will have a story for each brother.

Boone’s character was what you would call trailer trash but then he gets rich. It appeared that being rich didn’t change things for Boone as he acted just the same. I liked that money didn’t change him. He was very brash with his words and very into sex with Ivy. He also did whatever he wanted. After reading about him in this story I wouldn’t  change him. Ivy’s character was also considered trailer trash but she was doing everything to change that image. I liked that Ivy fought for her new life, she was a strong woman and kept going. I didn’t like she was hiding who she was especially when Boone told her everything about him.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I don’t know when it will come out but I do know that it will feature Clay thanks to an excerpt at the end of the book.

The Stolen Mackenzie Bride

Malcolm Mackenzie was the youngest of the Mackenzie brothers and the wildest but that will all change when he sees Lady Mary. Mal will want Mary and will change his ways but it will be difficult to be together in the time of war.

Lady Mary Lennox was being the dutiful daughter but when she sees the wild highlander something inside her changes. Mary will find herself helping secure her sisters future and changing the path of her own.

The Stolen Mackenzie Bride is the eighth book to the series Mackenzies/Highland Pleasures series by Jennifer Ashley. I really enjoyed this book. This series has been one that I have loved since the very first book with Lord Ian.

I thought this story was interesting with the history of the family that I had loved reading about. It was interesting to read that what the history was to believed over the years was not exactly as it was thought to be, especially when it came to the fate of the Mackenzies. Although, I will say that with all the brothers in the story it was a little distracting. I almost wanted to just focus on one brother which was Malcolm. Then again as the story progressed I became invested with the brothers.

Malcolm’s character was a man of honor even though he was a wild one. I liked that when he saw Mary, he knew that Mary was the only woman for him. Mal fought for his family and the ones he loved. Mary’s character was a proper daughter who did what she was told. I liked that even though she was that type of person she had a backbone, and that backbone grew with her interactions with Mal at her side.

I thought that this was a great finish to a series.

Caroline Bingley

After reading through the collection of Jane Austen’s books I was given several suggestions by fellow blogger Dot at La Deetda Reads. She had suggested two books, Charlotte Collins and Caroline Bingley by Jennifer Becton. I had looked into the story about Charlotte first and discovered that it sounded familiar. I had read the book about four years ago, so I crossed that book off my list and went in search of Caroline Bingley from my library.

Caroline had been exiled from her family and she was sent to her mothers home. Caroline was very resentful of her brother and the Bennett sisters but she was determined to get back into his good graces and to find herself a wealthy suitor.

I was apprehensive of reading this story because like many who have loved Pride & Prejudice Caroline’s character was not loved. She was snotty and thought she was above everyone else, especially the Bennett sisters. After reading Jennifer Becton’s novel I will have to say that I like Caroline, don’t love her character, but definitely liked. I thought Becton did a really fantastic job on keeping Caroline’s character in tact from the original story.

In this novel Caroline was the main character, which really let you get to know her. I liked her in this novel because you got to read that she truly loved her family and wanted what was best for everyone. She just goes about things the wrong way. It also helped that Caroline was given a dose of her own medicine. She is humbled by the situation which lets her truly follow her heart.

In the end I was cheering for Caroline to find that happy ending with the right man.

Devil in Spring

Lady Pandora Ravenel just wanted to create her board games and sell them. She had no need to enjoy society as she was not looking for a husband, although that is exactly what she will get. Pandora will get caught up in a scandal and find out that having a husband might not be a bad thing.

Gabriel, St Lord Vincent, was only trying to help a young woman out of some trouble. Then he will be brought into a scandal and be forced to make that woman his wife. Though Gabriel will find out that it wouldn’t be quite as dismal as he thought.

Devil in Spring is the third book to the series Ravenels by Lisa Kleypas. So I have been waiting for this book and waiting since I had heard about it. It was only because I was excited to read about Gabriel, who is Evie’s and Sebastian’s son. They are from the book Devil in Winter, which has to be one of my favorites. After finishing the book I can say the book was okay, it was by no means my favorite, which is a shame as I was really anticipating loving this book.

I think my issues with the book was that it just felt very slow, I was pushing myself at times to read the story. Then the story line with the villain which really was rushed. I think a story line could have been developed a little better with the problem but it was just not. The last is Pandora’s character. Now I didn’t mind that she was clumsy or spoke her mind without thinking. You knew that she loved her family and did the best that she could. The part that was weird was when all of a sudden Pandora’s character became more childlike. It was strange and it threw me off the story a little.

Alright, enough of the bad and now with good. I loved that Evie and Sebastian make several appearances within the story. They made the story more interesting. Gabriel’s character was similar to his father. I liked that when he found the right woman he was to be devoted even when his ex-mistress comes into the story. Now Pandora, even though I disliked her at times, I loved her business sense. She was making her own board games and selling them. She was a strong female who knew that she wanted more from her life.

So even though I had some issues with this book I know when the next Ravenels books is out I will pick it up and read it.

Charming Sir Charles

Sir Charles had been courting Lady Norwood but she was oblivious to his attempts. Charles knew that he had to step up his attempts and he will get the chance with the help of Sally’s niece.

Lady Norwood, Sally, was escorting her niece Meg. Sally was happy with the season especially as Meg had a suitor, Sir Charles. Sally thought they would be a good match but she was conflicted as she wanted him, though she knew she could never have him.

Charming Sir Charles is the fifth novella to the series Dashing Widows by Anna Campbell. I was a little disappointed with this novella. It really didn’t have anything to do with the plot as I liked the idea of the plot. A younger man (only by four years) was wanting a mature woman instead of a school lady who would be eighteen. This plot had promise but for me it was slow going and not as fun as the other. The reason for me was Sally’s character. I thought Sally was a good woman and was trying to do what was right but she was so unsure. She drove me a little crazy with the switch of wanting Charles and then not wanting him. I just wanted her to make the decision. I also just wasn’t connecting with her character.

After reading this one from Anna Campbell I am hoping that the sixth novella from the Dashing Widows will be better. When the sixth story comes out I will give it a try and hope for the best.

A Match Made in Mistletoe

Serena Talbot has loved Paul since she could remember. She had been waiting for him to take notice and to know he wants to be with her as well. Serena will get her chance at happiness as it looked like Paul was going to propose but now Serena wasn’t as happy as she thought she’d be, as her mind was drifting towards Paul’s friend Giles.

A Match Made in Mistletoe is a novella by Anna Campbell. When I read novellas from Anna Campbell I usually almost always enjoy them and this one is no exception. I thought she did a good job on this novella and it was entertaining to read.

Now saying that I will say that I had a little problem with Serena. She was a little flighty with her feelings. I figure her feelings for Paul were because of a crush, a childhood crush. Paul was her fantasy and she was suck in that fantasy of him. She was not really seeing the man that he was. Then there was Giles who brought out lust with her. I wondered if she was really feeling things with Giles or it was just the lust. I believed that Giles did love Serena. I was cheering for him throughout the book especially as he had loved her from afar and was going to let her have her fairy tale with Paul. I thought Paul’s character was too perfect. He was the golden child and was loved by all. Though the moment things weren’t going his way he got all angry and was lashing out. He was still a good person but for me he was annoying.