Smooth Talking Stranger

Jack Travis was astonished when a woman and a baby showed up at his office claiming the child was his. Jack knew he was not the father but instead of sending them away Jack helped them. He wanted to keep Ella and Luke close to him.

Ella Varner always helped her sister which was why she ended up taking care of her nephew, Luke. She was out of her depth but was determined. Ella will end up getting help from an unexpected source, Jack.

Smooth Talking Stranger is the third book to the series Travises by Lisa Kleypas. I really loved this book. For me this series gets better and better. Hopefully the last book will keep going with the trend.

For me this was all about character development of Jack and Ella. These two characters very much had commitment phobia. Yet they were placed together and feelings towards each other started to take form. I really loved Jack. He was a dater of women but from the moment he saw Ella he wanted her, and for more than one night. I liked how he handled Ella with care and truly wanted her for her. He was very persistent. He was also very patient when helping with Luke. Ella character was a fixer. She tried to help her sister but it never really helped, though she always tried. That is why she helped take the baby Luke. She was very determined especially keeping away from Jack. I liked that she did try her best to stay away from him and didn’t just jump in his bed. Their courtship was a slow seduction that is until Jack made it clear to Ella with what he wanted.

Ella’s mother was a piece of work. She was all about herself and very manipulative especially when it came to Ella. I liked that Jack was able to handle her but it broke my heart how she couldn’t truly love her daughters. Then there was Tara’s character who started the whole mess. It wasn’t that I disliked her greatly but she did think more about herself than others. I will say that she made up for her mess at the end.

Now the mystery behind Luke’s father was very easy to figure out once the players were introduced, but I enjoyed the mystery behind it.

I am reading the last book to the series next.

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Marrying Winterborne

Marrying WinterborneHelen Ravenel was a sheltered young woman who will be awakened by Rhys. He will bring out the passionate woman that is inside Helen, a passion that had been suppressed. Though Helen will find trouble in paradise when the secret she is holding could tear apart her relationship with Rhys.

Rhys Winterborne was an ambitious man who wanted more than he had grown up with. He will succeed in business but he wanted more, he wanted Helen. Rhys will do what he can to get Helen.

Marrying Winterborne is a novel by Lisa Kleypas. This is the second book to the series Ravenels. I liked the first book to this series but I loved this one. Lisa Kleypas has a formula for how her characters are and it really works. I was drawn into this book a lot quicker than the first and it really was because Helen and Rhys story was already being told in the previous story. Their interaction intrigued me and I wanted to know how they would end up together.

Helen was shy and quiet. She did not raise her voice and was often overlooked when her opinion was being addressed. I liked that Helen did not stay that way. Because of Rhys, she was able to have authority and have her opinions be heard. Rhys is a hard man and from appearances he seemed very cruel but his character surprised me. I liked that he had a soft side especially when he was dealing with Helen later on in the book.

There is a secret that Helen has carried for years that will come out. I figured I knew how everyone would react but I think Rhys reaction surprised me.

The third book will be coming out in February 2017 and I am excited to read it because it will be about Gabriel, who is the child from Evie and Sebastian in the book The Devil in Winter.

Luring Lucy

Luring LucyLucy wanted passion and she was determined to get that passion from a one night stand, then Bram stops her. She will be shocked when Bram offers her a week together where he will show her what she had missed. Lucy was hesitant but will agree because the heat between them was undeniable.

Bram was furious that Lucy wanted to have an affair with someone else. He wanted that man to be him and him alone as he had loved Lucy for years. Bram was determined to show Lucy that they could work together by giving her a week of passion.

Luring Lucy is a novella by Lori Foster. This was a good quick and steamy novella that was enjoyable to read. I liked these characters but they were certainly not drawn out a much as they could have been. Though being a novella Foster does a good job with describing the characters and their traits.

So this book is pretty much about sex. There is not a lot of deep thinking but I liked the characters which made the story enjoyable. These characters were about 40 and one had already made the leap to 40. A lot of the stories I read are with couples who are in their twenties or with the romance novels its usually debutantes and the heroes are getting closer to their thirties. I liked that the characters were more mature and it gave their second chance that much sweeter.

Tempting Mr. Townsend

Tempting Mr. TownsendAnthony Townsend was in a panic as he raced to find his missing nephew. His search brought him to Lady Fenella Deerham. He will be shocked by this woman. She seemed quiet and fragile but she was stronger than she looked. Anthony will want her right away but will wonder if he could have her.

Lady Fenella Deerham has known the love of one man and for five years she had mourned his death. Now with the encouragement of her friends she is out to live again. But her heart will not be in it until she meets Anthony Townsend. Although she will have little time to think about it as she was searching for her son and Anthony’s nephew.

Tempting Mr. Townsend is the second book to the series Dashing Widows by Anna Campbell. I really liked this story. I pretty much devoured it in one sitting which of course didn’t take long as its a novella.

I had wondered about Fenella in the previous book. I had hoped that she would get out and try to enjoy life. She was too serious and even though you understood she loved her husband it had been five years. Fenella was still young and should find another man to love. What I also liked was that Fenella was stronger than she let others see. Anthony was a man of the working class and he made a life for himself. He was a brute of a man but when it came to Fenella he was tender.

I liked the beginning with the missing child and nephew. Fenella and Anthony had to work together to find them and I liked that you got to get to know the characters before they immediately had sex. Anna Campbell then went into the scenes where of course they had steamy sex but I think the timing worked, especially with this story being a novella.

I can’t wait to read Helena and West’s story which is now available to buy.

 

One Night…Nine Month Scandal

One Night Nine Month ScandalKelly had felt heartbreak four years ago when the man she loved left her four years ago. Now he was back in her life when she was trying to get rid of the last reminder of the man. She will soon be swept into that life once more but this time she will have a child to think about.

Alekos had loved Kelly but he could not be with her. When he sees her four years later he finds that they still had that fire between them. He will still want her in his life but he needs to work some things out in his life.

One Night…Nine Month Scandal is a novel by Sarah Morgan. I have only read one other book from this author and loved it. I wanted to try another book from the author which led me to this book. I will say that I did not read the summary before starting the book. I just opened the book and started reading. Now from the title you can pretty much guess the plot so I knew what this plot would be basically about.

As far as the story I liked it. I thought the story pulled me in right from the beginning and I wanted to know why Alekos left Kelly to begin with. It was a question that left you guessing but Morgan will give answers and things about Kelly and Alekos’s past will be revealed.

Alekos’s character was very controlling but not in a cruel way. He was just a force to be reckoned with and one who got his way. Kelly was the sweet and somewhat naive girl who was swept away with love. She grows up in those four years and is more jaded but I liked her spunk and she was able to stand up against Alekos.

When you read the book you wondered what Kelly and Alekos have in common. It’s simple, sex. They lust after each other no matter what they are doing. Morgan will write their scenes well but you know that the couple needs more than just sex. She will write a complication which is with their past. I liked that Morgan gave the couple something they could share which was a similar past. This helped both of them heal to get their happy ending which was sweet.

A Lady Never Surrenders

A Lady Never SurrendersLady Celia Sharpe had only two months to find a husband thanks to her grandmothers stipulation. Celia had found three possible suitors but will want Bow Street Runner Jackson Pinter to check them out. Celia will find that all three suitors were not the ones she wanted but Jackson.

Jackson Pinter is a Bow Street Runner and good at him job. He is investigating the murder of the Sharpe parents which happened nineteen years ago. Though now he has a new job for Lady Celia to investigate her suitors and the more time he spends with her he wants her for himself, but he knows that he could never give her the lifestyle she is used to.

A Lady Never Surrenders is the fifth book of Hellions of Halstead Hall series by Sabrina Jeffries. I thought that the book was good and had a good mystery with this family and what happened to the parents. I felt though that this was a story already in process and I am finding out the conclusion to this mystery.

I liked Celia who was a kind person and was finding out that love just happened when you least know it. I wanted Celia and Jackson together as they were compatible even though they were different in terms of society, but they will be finding that happy ending. Jackson was a good man but had some demons to get through that were from his father. Though Jeffries gives a little twist on that story which changes things.

This whole mystery from suicide to murder of the parents was interesting and I liked how Jeffries puts in these facts that are from Lady Celia when she was a very little girl that help solve some the mystery of her parents murder. I was not shocked by the outcome and who killed the parents as it was kind of easy to figure it out especially when all the pieces came together.

I will have to try out the first book of the series to see how it all started. There are six in total and as I read the fifth book which concluded the mystery I have to wonder what the story will be about. I know it is about Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, who was mentioned in the fifth story. I will find out more when I try out the rest of the series.

Romancing the Countess

Romancing the CountessSebastian Madinger, the Earl of Wriothesly, was devastated to learn that his wife and his best friend were having an affair and seemed to be running away when they died. He will want to keep this a secret but it will be hard to do when his best friends widow is causing scandal as she is not playing the grieving widow.

Leah George had stopped loving her husband after she found him with another woman. Now that he was dead she wanted to be free and decided to shock society which will bring scandal to her name. Her antics will be stopped, or attempted, by Sebastian who wants to move on. Leah has other things on her mind, freedom from the rules of society.

Romancing the Countess is the first book from Belgrave Square Affair by Ashley March. I liked the story, wasn’t blown away by it but it was a good story to read.

Sebastian and Leah are the ones who were hurt by their spouses who were in love. I felt for Leah as she was the one that found out about the affair first hand. I wanted her to be strong but at the time it was too shocking. I was glad that she found her courage to be more outspoken even though it was unorthodox according to society’s rules. Sebastian I understood his character but I felt like I wanted to yell at him because he was forcing Leah to keep being a shell of herself. She doesn’t listen to his advice which is good as she needed a way out of her life. I liked Sebastian for the reason that he was a good dad to Henry.

The couple were on the verge of seduction at the house party but then everything chances after the house party. Romance for these two characters was something that became very quiet. It was almost nonexistent as they both had to deal with different issues that were stopping them from finding that love between them. Love will blossom between Sebastian and Leah, it just takes a while.