Miss Calliope Worthington will stumble upon a large house, walk in and help herself to some jewelry. She wasn’t going to take it as she just wanted to try it on. She will be caught by the master of the house and she will be shocked by what he demands.
Mr. Ren Porter caught a woman red handed and instead of kicking her out of his house he tells her to pay him back she would have to spend one night per pearl on the necklace around her neck. Ren is humored by this thought but will be shocked at the next day that she agrees to his demands.
When She Said I Do is the first book to the series Worthington by Celeste Bradley. Bradley is not a new author for me as I have read her before but it has been about two years. The lapse in time is not due to Bradley’s writing as I like her as an author. The problem is I like a lot of authors and there is only so much time I have available to read. That being said I very much enjoyed this story. Think Beauty and the Beast but this is not a G rated, think more x-rated at times at least during those moments Callie and Ren are exploring their desires. It makes sense that this book was going this route as Callie had to give one night to Ren for each pearl from the pearl necklace.
What I liked about this story was that the characters of Callie and Ren were more than they appeared. Ren with his work as a spy and Callie’s view on romance which had stayed hidden from her family. Together they should have crashed but they were able work together, to find that peace as she was his light. There was also the raw desire they made each other feel which helped the situation, and because of Callie’s willingness Ren becomes stronger.
The family was not the ideal one that you would want helping. In fact they really don’t help all that much as they let Callie take the brunt of it. At the core of these family members they are good people, if not misguided, but they did annoy me at times. You wanted to shake them and stop them from anything else that could happen.
Now what would a love story be without your obstacles and villains. Obstacles were clearly Callie’s accidents that kept happening around her. It looked like she was mad but someone was clearly after her. The person after her was pretty clear but there were others that could have been dealing in this mischief that would be the downfall of Callie’s life. Now Callie was a Worthington and now Porter, and she would not go down without a fight.
Towards the end this book talked about a Liar’s Club and as I looked around I found one of Celeste Bradley’s series called Liar’s Club. The workings of spies can sometimes be a tad bit boring for me but I think with how Bradley spins her tales this would be something to try. Not to mention I will have to try out the second book to this Worthington series even though I am hesitant as this family drives me a little crazy.
Miss Mary Cynster is the last marriageable Cynster at least for right now so there were not going to be a lacking of suitors. Mary has her own mind set on her suitor as long as the necklace comes to life. She will be frustrated as it will but to the wrong man. Soon after Mary will find herself linked to this man and accidents start to happen to them.
Marquess of Raventhorne, Ryder Cavanaugh is the eldest brother of his half siblings which left him in charge. He will know that it is time to start looking for a wife and knew the perfect one was Mary. He will just have to convince her that he is the right man to wed which will get a little tricky as accidents keep happening to them.
The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh is the fifth and last book to the series Cynster Sisters from Stephanie Laurens. Like the previous book I liked the story. Stephanie Laurens can write well and her characters are engaging.
Mary is the last marriageable Cynster as of right now and I found it funny as that meant she was a prize to be had by suitors thanks to her family. Mary is an intelligent girl and knows her own mind with the exception of not seeing things how they are like pursuing a man who has no interest in marriage. It was kind of funny how she pursued one suitor who she thought would be perfect for her husband but her necklace did not react. It only reacted to one man who Mary had no desire to be shackled too. Ryder is the man that Mary is trying to avoid, but he is not really a bad guy. He is just a rogue who usually gets the girl and a caring one at that as he always has time for his half siblings. I liked their family unit with the siblings as it was genuine. I liked that Ryder wanted Mary not for a mistress but for a wife. He will attempt to seduce her to be his wife but there will be some things getting in his way, like the mysterious accidents that kept happening.
The act of the accidents I knew exactly who is was as it was pretty obvious right from the beginning. I wasn’t disappointed that I knew the culprit as you still did not know what kind of accidents were coming next. The villain has their own ending which will leave Mary and Ryder save from any harm.
Rhys Warrick has been dishonored for what happened during a battle but what the rumors were saying were not true. Rhys would do anything to restore his honor which meant he was to use his ability to seduce. His objective was to ruin a young woman who had the eye of one of the royal Princes.
Miss Olivia Symon was wanted for marriage because of her families fertility. Olivia will do what she is told but things will change when she meets Rhys who was supposed to be there from her intended. He will start to seduce her as he keeps her protected from accidents that happened around her.
Waking Up with a Rake is the first book to the series Royal Rakes from Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe. I really actually liked this book. It was a easy, fast paced and passion filled read.
I have not read too many where the man is being instructed to actually ruin a woman so he can have his reputation saved, but that is what Rhys has to do. I found him a loveable rake as he is one but he doesn’t want to actually go through with ruining her because he didn’t want her hurt. Olivia was the obedient daughter but when she is provoked her voice will come forward along with her passion when squaring off with Rhys. I thought the twist of marriage between them was humorous but there was still the accidents that kept happening around Olivia and Rhys honor to restore.
The villain was a toss up. The person that was being presented was too obvious so I figured it was not her. Now there was some who just seemed too nice but the only problem was I didn’t know why they would want Olivia hurt. The truth will come out and I was right about the person.
As I now have finished the book I immediately looked up the next two book and requested them from my library. They are both out so I will have to wait a little but I have plenty of books to keep reading.
Viscount Adrian Alister Rohan wanted pleasure and was going to have it with any who was willing but his attention soon will be fixed on an innocent. Adrian will think that by taking Charlotte for the night that drive to be with her will be gone but one night becomes two and he can’t stop thinking about her. Adrian will try anyways and find that it will be hard to do as she tries to provoke him at every turn.
Charlotte Spenser had been in love with Adrian for some time but knows that it would never come to be. Then she gets her chance to be with him as he seduces her into his bed. Charlotte may have been an innocent and in someways still, but she will turn out to be the seducer to Adrian and the tables will be turned.
Reckless is the second book to the series House of Rohan by Anne Stuart and one I couldn’t put down. I had read the first book of this series a couple years back so I wanted to refresh myself with Stuarts style of writing and the story. Now the first story was about the Viscount Rohan and Elinor back in 1768. The second book takes place in 1804 and will be with the next generation of the Rohan family. I was excited to see where this story would take us. The story was similar to the first as Stuart keeps that debauchery very clear in the book and the games that are played with the Heavenly Host. With all the harsh acts and words that are displayed in the book there are good people behind the facade which is why I loved reading this book.
I rather liked Charlotte and her continual fight that she had even though she was clearly in love with this man. Now she was never truly forced to be with Adrian but he does push the boundaries with her. Charlotte does not break even though there will be tears of her heartbreaking. Adrian is almost like a villain with his cruel words and vast appetite for pleasure from anyone who would give it. I liked that this man was being taken down by a woman who was an innocent and two years older than him. Their passion will be explosive with anger and lust every time they find a moment to be together.
Now once again the story is split with Charlotte and Adrian along with Simon and Lina. Simon and Lina had their own quarrels that had to be dealt with. There was a surprise with the good vicar, Simon Piagett, that was humorous and will give Lina her own happy ending like her cousin Charlotte.
The villain was Eitenne, Adrian’s father’s cousin who was from the first book, which I didn’t really expect in a way at least how he was in the first book. Through the dialogue it is clear that he has hatred for his family. He will stop at nothing to get what he wants but as with most villains he wouldn’t get what he wants in the end.
I am starting the third book next which will be with Miranda Rohan and I will have to see if she follows the same path of her father and brother.
Rhys St Maur was going back home that he had left fourteen years ago. Before he gets there he will see a familiar face in Merry, the young stable master’s daughter, and she had grown into a beauty. Rhys will want her for his wife and he will pursue relentlessly, but he will have to get over his demons and be careful as accidents start happening around him.
Meredith Maddox was the proprietor of the inn. She took over ownership six years ago and works hard to make it worthy of any quality traveling through their village. Meredith will soon see a man she knew long ago and will find herself still drawn to him. She will want him in her bed but is wary of more.
Twice Tempted by a Rogue is the second book to the Stud Club by Tessa Dare. Reading Dare’s novels I can get lost in them with the characters and plot. I loved Rhys as he was a rough man who looked the part but he was kind despite all that he had been through. Now of course there is a temper and he would use that in a fight. Dare writes Rhys a sad background story for his childhood and life as a young man. You felt sorry for this man and wanted him to find happiness finally. I liked Meredith as she was a hard working woman holding down an establishment and working to better the inn with finer things. I thought it was almost comical that the roles of woman and man were reversed when it came to Meredith and Rhys. Meredith wanted to bed Rhys and let it be the end of things while Rhys was wanting marriage before they took that step even though he had plenty of lust towards her.
More facts are revealed with the death of Leo and Dare is giving more clues to what happened that night. There was also the accidents that were happening with Rhys. The accidents started as warning but the last one was meant to kill. It was thought to be one man as he had issued enough threats but of course it wasn’t him. I was surprised by the culprit but it made sense why the person did it.
The last book is next in my pile with Julian Bellamy and it sounds like a murderer might be after him.
Officer Dare Barron has had a crush of Liza McKnight since he was a fifteen years old. He has been seeing her pop up every time she bails out her brother. He will find himself getting closer as he sets out to protect her.
Liza McKnight got used to the police waiting room as she got her brother out on a regular basis. She is very protective of her brother but wants him to get help. She will soon be pulled into more trouble than she can handle and will get her own kind of help with Dare.
Karma is the third book to the series Serendipity from Carly Phillips. I grabbed the book knowing it was the third book but as I was reading it I felt it was a standalone novel. The brothers connections were not lost in the book and you knew pretty much the history between the brothers whether it was in one sentence or one scene.
I could not get into the book in the very beginning but once I got through several more pages I got into the book. The interaction between the brothers was great and makes me want to read their stories. I liked Liza who was the caring one but was finally being taken care of, with the exception of her brother saving her that one time, by Dare. I liked Liza and Dare together. They weren’t instantly in love and it took some time and some trust.
The guilt behind the accidental death back when Dare was fifteen comes into play. Phillips tells the story of the accident well and puts in the guilt on both sides. The character Brian, the brother, is not such a bad guy that is once he comes clean and sobers up which is done with some help.
Karma will not be the last book I will be be reading from Carly Phillips.
Nicole Phillips is a successful artist but going through a divorce that is leaving her with too many problems. She will get some help with a new cook/housekeeper but she will be getting more than she realized.
Jake Colson is on a job thanks to a family member but it is not the normal security job. He has to play a role to help protect an artist who is being threatened by her ex-husband. He will keep an eye on her but his lust will take over even when the accidents gets too close.
One Lucky Vampire is the nineteenth book from the Argeneau Family series by Lynsay Sands. I have read all of the books of this series and it keeps me going with every book I have read. Lynsay Sands brings this series with a interesting twist with the nanos. This was another good book to read. She keeps growing the series with new family members and it looks as if she is giving more options going to the Notte side of the family. There is a side of me that still loves the very beginning books the best but no matter what these books are very entertaining.
I liked Nicole’s character in the book. She was an artist and stressed over all that she has been happening to her with the divorce. I liked that you found out more info on the soon to be ex husband which gives several answers to several situations that happened. Now there is of course our hero who is Jake. He was turned only seven years ago and doesn’t really like it. He does understand more now and stops hating what he is.
There will be plenty of sex between Nicole and Jake once they understand they are life mates and it doesn’t really stop. Their relationship goes fast pretty quickly but that is like most of the couples in the series. It gets a little humorous with Jake’s family intruding on them. I thought that getting to who is behind all the accidents took a while to have it all wrapped up together. There is a twist with this person that kept you guessing towards a different direction.
Charles “Charlie” Morwellan, the eighth Earl of Meredith, has decided on a bride because she never fawned over him like many other woman. He did not want a love match but soon will find that Sarah was pure temptation and someone who could make him fall in love.
Sarah Conningham did not want to marry anyone, she wanted to marry for love. She would give Charlie a chance to change her mind and will find he is a seducer. She will fall willing but will find that her marriage will not be going exactly as she planned.
The fifteenth book of the Cynster series is The Taste of Innocence which was well done. Stephanie Laurens continues the series and with this book brings up the heat with lust and a lot of sexual tension. Charlie and Sarah will be experimenting with their own desire before the wedding. He will show her how to be seduced but always stop before it goes too far. I loved these two characters together as they appeared perfect together but as this happened very much in the beginning of the book you knew there had to be a fall. They will not have martial bliss and it will be a struggle for Charlie to get over his fear of repeating the past with obsession like his father. At times like these you would start to dislike the hero because he is overly harsh to his wife but in this case he really wasn’t and you felt bad for both. I knew that a happy ending would happen so I wasn’t really torn up about their distance that was growing. Also Laurens keeps you distracted with the mystery of a missing journal, a person who wants to buy the land that Sarah owns and accidents that keep happening.
I liked that you basically knew the villain in the book but did not know why this person was aiming towards Sarah. Only that the land she owned was something that was wanted desperately.
Closing the book I am left smiling with the happy ending and look forward to picking up next the sixteenth book Where the Heart Leads.
Griffin York, Duke of Halford, was told by his mother he was to pick a bride out from Spindle Cove. He was against the idea but thought to use it to his advantage. He would pick the least capable girl for his mothers Duchess Training.
Pauline Simms was a barmaid in Spindle Cove. She had plans of owning her own bookstore for her town. Soon she will find that all the more possible when a Duke makes a deal with her to foil the Duchess Training his mother wanted her to do.
The fourth book from Spindle Cove is Any Duchess Will Do. Tessa Dare once again writes a story that has me stopping everything and just read. This book had a little more comical wit to it with Pauline who was just clumsy. I liked Pauline for that reason but it was also her attitude that never really changed. She knew what she wanted. She was determined to have her bookstore and not to lose her heart to a Duke. Now Griff was just determined not to marry. He had a lot of demons to work through, things he was hiding from. I liked that there was a carefree side that started to open up but only really when Pauline was around.
This is a story of improbability that a relationship would happen between a Duke and a barmaid but it was a story worth reading. I think I liked how Dare wrote the characters as they were walking into this scheme eyes wide open but soon feelings start to burst between them and gets a little more complicated.
A happy ending will happen for Pauline and Griff even though it seemed impossible but it happens. This was the last book that I had. There are two more novels on the series which I will be looking forward to reading and anymore that Dare decides to write.
Lord Richard Ellerby was in desperate need to find his sister who disappeared. He will be taken back when a young woman asks him to marry her and will soon find that this woman is the daughter of his friend. He will send her packing but find that will not be the end.
Lady Brenna Harrington needed a husband and fast as she had no desire to marry the man her brother had chosen. She will get her chance when she propositions a highway man to marry her, only she will make a mistake as this man was no commoner.
A Convenient Bride is the fourth book to the School of Brides series by Cheryl Ann Smith. This story seemed to be a clash of the headstrong characters. Both Brenna and Richard are unwilling to bend to others and will push each other through the story. There is also a certain attraction that is followed between them but they do not act upon it without holding back their true feelings.
The plot is kept simple with the act of married life and what comes from the relationship and those around them. There are betrayals laced through the pages of the story to keep it going. The villain is not who you expect which will leave you surprised.
Looking over the entire book I thought this story was more or less one that I have read before but the story was still enjoyable to read nevertheless. I am interested in reading the fifth book when it comes out.