To Catch an Heiress

To Catch an HeiressCaroline Trent was to get control of her fortune at twenty one which was only weeks away. She had to leave the home she was staying at but had no idea how. When she was whisked away by Blake Ravenscroft who thought she was a notorious spy she thought her prays were answered.

Blake Ravenscroft wanted revenge on the spy Carlotta De Leon. He thought he had grabbed her as she was sneaking out of the house but soon will find she is not a spy but an heiress.

I decided to pick up the book because I hadn’t read anything by Julia Quinn in a while and wanted to revisit the author. To Catch an Heiress was a book I had not tried before and was excited to start a new series even though there are only two books to Agents for the Crown series.

So the first book to me set the tone of these spies. They will do what they need to do in service. Blake was doing this more out of guilt and is rather on the serious side. His friend James who will be in the second book has more humor. Back to Blake, he is serious and determined to live in his own misery. He doesn’t like that he is attracted to Caroline as he doesn’t want to marry again and fail to save her if she is in danger. Caroline wasn’t looking for love either but there she was falling in love with this man. It was a battle with him but with all love stories a happy ending will happen. Of course danger does creep up on them with the enemy nipping at their heels.

I liked the first book and can’t wait to see how James will be in his own book, How to Marry a Marquis.

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Writing Jane Austen

Writing Jane AustenFinishing up on the series Darcys from Elizabeth Aston I looked on a website and found another book, Writing Jane Austen, that brings in Jane Austen but in a modern way.

Georgina Jackson is a published author working on her second book when her agent gives her a chance of a lifetime, help finish a Jane Austen manuscript. The only problem is Georgina has never read anything by Jane Austen and has no idea where to begin.

I wasn’t thrilled with the book in the beginning. It might be because I was immersed into the world of regency to be pulled our by the same author but in present day, but it does get better. Georgina’s character is a stressed writer who has got a mean case of writers block and is now given the unthinkable task of finishing a Jane Austen book. The plot I will say it something I haven’t read before and her character is written well done as a woman on a verge of a breakdown with all the pressure but in a comedic way.

All the characters were there to help push Georgina to finish the novel by educating her about an author she has never read a book from. It was funny finding that Georgina had to finish Austen’s manuscript without ever reading a book but she will find the joys of Austen when she finally reads the novels.

There is of course a romance throughout the book but it is very late in the game. Aston gives our character Georgina time to understand that her feelings for her roommate are not so platonic, but the problem is Henry has a girlfriend. The ending though will be sweet and a new chance for the budding romance which was nice way to finish.

Jewel of Atlantis by Gena Showalter

All Atlantis seeks the Jewel of Dunamis, which legend claims can overcome any enemy.  Grayson James, human agent of the utlrasecret Otherworld Bureau of Investigation, has orders to keep it from the wrong hands-or destroy it.  What he doesn’t know is that Jewel is a woman, not a stone!  But once he meets this precious gem, destroying her is the last thing on his mind…

Jewel, part goddess, part prophet, needs Gray’s help to win her freedom.  Gray needs her wisdom to navigate monster-ridden Atlantis. But need blossoms into passionate love as they battle demons, dragons and vampires-and fight for a future that seems impossible…

The second book to the series Atlantis is fantastic to read.  Reading the book I found it is a series but can be read out of sequence and will not get confusing.

Gray is amazing in the book with his character flaws and attributes.  Jewel is a gem, no pun meant, but she is a great character to read about.

The same sexual situations arrive and happen throughout the book for Gray and Jewel which is fun to read about.

The story line is fun and again imaginative with the world of Atlantis.  And there are some characters that are back and mentioned from the first one.  You hear about what is happening with them.

The second book, Jewel of Atlantis, was fun to read and entertaining.

The O’Hurley Siblings

Molly and Frank O’Hurley along with their only son Trace were expecting the fourth member of their family.  But Molly and the family were about to get a surprise.  Instead of one baby there were three.  Triplets, Chantel, Abby and Maddy.  These four stories The Last Honest Woman, Dance To The Piper, Skin Deep, Without A Trace, of Nora Roberts will charm you, make you laugh and feel for these siblings.

The Plot of The Last Honest Woman

Abby the middle triplet and the sensible one.  The only un-sensible thing she did was run off with a race driver, Chuck Rockwell at eighteen.  Now eight years later Abby is a widow with two children.  She has been a widow for five years and decided now is the time for her to give in to the book deal.  It’s for herself and her children who never really knew their father.  But the story is not what it seems to be and Dylan Crosby will find his answers.

Dylan Crosby an accomplished writer on biographies is getting the chance at Chuck Rockwell’s story.  Going there all he was thinking was that she was rich and had servants but he was finding out that was not true.  She was not who he thought.  Abby was hiding the truth from him and he needed to know.  But the truth is not always pretty.  Dylan will find out and experience more than he expected to with Abby O’Hurley.  And just maybe Abby will find something as well.

The Plot of Dance To The Piper

Maddy O’Hurley was a performer her whole life was on the stage, it was where she felt the most alive.  As the youngest triplet Maddy loved her sisters and brother but she wasn’t like them, not glamorous or generous she was just the cute sister.  She needed someone and that someone was Reed Valentine.

Reed Valentine was a cool business man running his fathers recording company.  They decided to try and back a play which is where he meets Maddy O’Hurley.  She isn’t anything he imagined.  She was so alive and it scared him.  He needed her but he was burned before by those he loved and was wary of a relationship with her.

But it may be just what Reed needs, Maddy’s spirit and love.

The Plot of Skin Deep

Chantel O’Hurley is an inspiring actress known for her roles and tabloid romances.  Chantel had everything going for her, she was loved by her family, doing something she loved and loved by fans.  But maybe one fan went a little too far.  A crazed fan is going above and beyond to get Chantel’s attention.  Matt, Chantel’s agent, gets an old friend Quinn Doran to help.

Quinn Doran is a tough P.I. and wasn’t thrilled with his assignment.  He thought she was overacting but then he saw the notes and the terror in her face.  Quinn decided to stay and help.  He wanted to protect her the best way he could but he disrupted her life and her life.

Quinn finds what he has been missing as he protects Chantel and Chantel will find the one man she is able to be truly happy.

The Plot of Without A Trace

Trace O’Hurley left his family early in his live to pursue something that is for him.  Trace knew that his father would be angry but he had to do this even though he would miss all of his family.  And now twelve years later Trace is looking forward to retirement from the agency.  A friend had died and he didn’t want to do this work anymore.  He had experienced a lot within these years but he wouldn’t be getting that retirement just yet.

Gillian Fitzpatrick was the woman who would bring Trace back to his work and towards his goal of retirement.  Gillian had a proposition to make for Trace.  She wanted his help to get her brother and niece back from the group Hammer who took them about six days before.  But she is also the one in danger as the men are also trying to get to her.

Trace takes the assignment against his better judgment.  One for the money and another for revenge.  There was also a part of him that wanted just to protect her.

The two are thrown into a whirlwind of action but end up finding comfort in each other.  Gillian knows what she needs and Trace just might find out what he really needs with Gillian’s help.

As I finished these four books I was amazed by the dynamic characters and plots which flowed through the pages of the stories.  I loved the fact that there were the set of triplets and only one brother.  It was also interesting with the family being performers and in one way each child possessed some side of this artistic trait whether they wanted it or not.  I really loved that all of the sisters or brother were talked about in each others stories.  You never forgot about the others.  These books were fantastic to read.