Even though it is after the holidays I decided to read A Holiday By Gaslight by Mimi Matthews. This was a novella with a very Christmas theme and it was delightful.
Sophie Appersett was being courted by a suitor who was not a gentleman but he was as rich as one. Her parents supported the match but Sophie was having a hard time. She knew nothing of her suitor which did not sit well with her. Becoming bolder Sophie needed to know Ned more and at the Christmas party seemed the best idea.
Mr. Edward “Ned” Sharpe had been besotted by Sophie but he had no idea how to talk to a lady. He will follow a book which will make his seem distant. Ned believes that all is lost but then Sophie gives him a proposal.
I really enjoyed these characters. Sophie was often a little too shy at times and Ned was not forward enough but they got their act together. I liked that Sophie became a little more assertive and Ned took charge but he was not demanding. There was a part in the book that I thought all was ruined but thankfully they were able to talk.
The idea of gaslight was interesting to read and the father was definitely a visionary but he was too much of a dreamer and very selfish.
The one aspect I didn’t really love was Emily, who was Sophie’s sister. Emily was too spoiled for me. She wasn’t a villain but she wasn’t a great sister always. Deep down she was a good person, but I would almost prefer her to be the villain. It was annoying to have her in the book. I kept saying she was okay to she was annoying.
I am coming back to an author that has quickly become a favorite of mine, Mimi Matthews. I have read several of her books and have been impressed with her writing. The words just come together and create an engaging story to read. The Work of Art is another well done story that left me wanting my own Captain Heywood.
Phyllida Satterthwaite lived a sheltered life with her grandparents but when they were both taken away from her, her life was quickly turned upside down. A distant male cousin will come and take her to his household which he will present her to the ton. Philly will realize that her cousin has his own agenda and she would have to do what she must. Philly will be shocked to find help from Captain Arthur Heywood.
Captain Arthur Heywood had been to battle and came back but injured. He was a shell of the man he had been but Philly will have him live again. When he sees her fighting to not be trapped he offers his service and his life will forever be changed because of her.
I really loved this story. Philly was a compassionate woman who was sheltered but had a good heart. Her love of dogs was heartwarming. She did not pity Arthur as some would have done, she found a friendship with him and when all was almost lost for herself she did not ask him for help for herself, but for her animals. I loved Arthur, he was a broken man but not that broken. He just thought it would be easier to not care, but he changed and I liked that it was a subtle change. Not an overnight change.
These were two characters who were very similar and brought out the best in each other. The mystery behind the letter and the danger to Philly had left me questioning who the villain was in the book. There were several options. I had not guessed the villain, but they were on my list of possibilities.
I am looking forward to my next Mimi Matthews books, A Holiday By Gaslight.
Jennifer Ashley is back again with my favorite series the Mackenzies & McBrides. I have followed this series from the beginning and this one, A Mackenzie Yuletide, is full of fluff but I loved it. The ever growing family has gathered for the holiday and with this family comes mischief, especially from Jamie who is Ian and Beth’s oldest son. Jamie is on a quest to get the necklace for his father who is also looking for it to give to Beth. Jamie does not want to beat his dad, but to show him that he is just as smart, which would make his father proud. Now of course Ian is proud of all his children and by the end of the story Jamie will once again be reassured that his parents are proud of him.
Within the story there are a lot of offspring that comes from these families and it can get a little confusing but I think Jennifer Ashley does a good job. I thought that the story was very simple but it was great for the holiday season with the celebrating of Christmas that includes a little mystery with a theft and ghost. I am really looking forward to having the children who are all growing up to have their own story.
Melissa Oxford is a widow and a rancher, with a ten year old daughter. She gets by and is trying to make a profit with her farm. Melissa does not like to ask for help but she will get it with her neighbor and friend Cary. He was strictly in the friend zone but when he kisses her, everything changes.
Cary Nakamura has loved Melissa from afar. He has been patient and helping out when he could but he knew that he had to make his move. He wanted to have Melissa in his life as more than a friend.
Grit is the third book to the series 7th and Main by Elizabeth Hunter. Since reading Ink and Hooked I have been anticipating Cary and Melissa’s story. I am absolutely in love with this friends to lovers book. Everything about this book was charming, sweet and steamy. If you have not tried Elizabeth Hunter’s series 7th and Main check it out.
Melissa is a hard working woman who does not take handouts from nobody. She is stubborn and prideful but a good person. She makes sure that her daughter is provided for, even though her in-laws keep trying to make it seem that she could be doing more, that they could be giving more if she lived with them. Melissa was not going to do that. I was happy that she was fighting them, she should not be under their thumbs, but I was frustrated with Melissa since she kept Cary out. She does let Cary help some but only a little at a time, though it did make sense because of Melissa’s fear when it comes to relationships. She does not want to be alone again. Cary was amazing. He is a man who knows what he wants but is patient and gentle, and playful when he needs to be. It was also so sweet that he never gave up on Melissa, he kept going because he knew that she was worth it.
Abby, Melissa’s daughter, was too precious for words. She is ten years old and has a head for business and a love of goats. Her obsession with goats was pretty darn cute. There was one part that Abby had that was a major part in and it made me cheer for the little girl. She was brave to say the words that were needed, which also let some of the healing begin.
I hope that the series continues but will have to wait and see. If it doesn’t this was a great finish to the series. If the series does continue I would like to see Adrian, who is the lawyer in the story, to be the next main character in the book.
Tayla McKinnon has to make a decision. She needs to make a choice between her dream job and a relationship with Jeremy. With every date she finds herself falling for Jeremy but she is not a small town girl. Tayla loves the city and the cultural but doesn’t want to make those sacrifices her father had made.
Jeremy Allen has wanted Tayla the moment he saw her and will find out that he was going to lose her. He wanted to show her what their life could be together, but he knew that he could not force her decision. He wanted her to make the right decision for herself.
Hooked: A Love Story on 7th and Main is the second book from 7th and Main by Elizabeth Hunter. After reading the first book which I loved, I had pretty high expectations and this story did not disappoint. Although, I will say that I liked the first one more.
I thought that Tayla’s character was fun. She was outgoing and said what she wanted. Although, she was a little timid when it came to relationships. Throughout the story I was cheering for her and Jeremy to be together. Jeremy was pretty much the perfect man and you would think that would get annoying but it really didn’t. I really liked Jeremy and thought he was so sweet and loved that he was supportive, but on the inside the idea of Tayla leaving was tearing him apart.
The third book will be about Cary and Melissa which I can’t wait to read.
Emmie Elliot walked back into her hometown determined to sell her grandmother’s bookstore, but she could not take that step. She decided to keep the store open and was going to take on a tenant, which was when she would be meet Miles Oxford “Ox”, who was a tattoo artist in need of space to rent. They made the rules to keep everything platonic right before they opened but those rules were meant to be broken.
Ink: A Love Story on 7th and Main is the first book to the book 7th and Main by Elizabeth Hunter. I was recently recommend to read this book and I am glad I did, I loved this book. It was right up my alley. I am a lover of books and have a tattoo, in fact it is a book tattoo. I loved the concept of a bookstore with a tattoo artist. By the way I really love the cover of the book.
Emmie was a great character. She seemed buttoned up, but she had a many layers and you were at times cheering for her to not give up. The attraction between them was steamy and pretty perfect. Now Ox was a pretty fantastic character although he could be dense when it came to doing the right thing with Emmie and it was those little thing which kept them from getting truly close right away.
I am looking forward to reading Hooked which is the second book to the series.
Jennifer Ashley is back with the Mackenzies & McBrides series. A Rogue Meets a Scandalous Lady is the eleventh book to the series.
David Fleming is Hart Mackenzie’s right hand man. He was the one that got things done and did it in his own fashion. David was also always one for drinking but when he comes to his old tutors place plastered he will soon see a woman that will have him changing his ways. He wants to protect Sophie but also knows that he could never be with her.
Sophie, Lady Davenport was hiding at her Uncle’s place since her scandal was every where in London. She thought she would be alone with her Uncle but then David Fleming comes to their home. Sophie will be weary at first but as she spends time with David she will find that he hides the true man beneath the cynical words.
I love going back to this series. It has been one of my favorites. This book was really good. I enjoyed David getting his own story. At times I was annoyed with David in the past books because he was a threat between Eleanor and Hart, although that really would never happen. David was always and forever just a friend for Eleanor. I liked hearing more of David’s thoughts, he was thought to be very cynical man but he was much more and that made me like his character all the more. Now Sophie’s character was a vulnerable woman whose name was being dragged through the mud. I liked that she had backbone but she was also stuck and could not pull herself out of the scandal that was attached to her name. David and Sophie will help each other in their own ways and it is a sweet romance that builds between the two of them.
I had expected more of a retaliation from one character. A part of me wanted more with that conflict because it felt like the ending was rushed but the other part of me was happy to see how the author ended the story.
There is a novella that will be coming out which I know I will read. Can’t get enough of these Mackenzies.