Scandalous Summer Nights

Scandalous Summer NightsLady Olivia Sherbourne has loved James Averill for the last ten years. She will hear that he is to go to Egypt at the end of the summer and knows that she needs to tell him of her feelings. Olivia will go forward with telling him but it does not go as planned, though all hope is not lost especially when she will find James eventually kissing her back later on.

James Averill had dreamed of going to Egypt and was finally getting the chance to go. His plan will be changed when he finds himself starting to kiss Olivia. He had never truly thought of Olivia that way but found himself wanting her more each moment they were together.

Scandalous Summer Nights is the third book to the series Honeycote by Anne Barton. This was another excellent book from the author. Anne Barton is becoming a favorite of mine. She writes with a style and its very easy. I fly through the pages whenever I pick up a book from her.

Alright now at the beginning of the book I thought Olivia was a little too naive. In the other books I liked her and wanted to read her story. Now throughout the book she grows up. She still has that charm and silliness that makes her character but she thinks about helping James with what he wants most. I love the ending and how Olivia surprised the man she loved. James is a man who has wanted one thing which was to explore. He never thought that he would be soon forced to be engaged to his best friends sister. I liked James and later on in the book he lightens up and you get to know him which of course made him more personable. I thought it was interesting how James and Olivia shared similar childhood stories which they were not proud of, though they did their best to rectify that treatment.

The romance was certainly on one side which was Olivia’s but that will change when James will continue to be at her side and have plenty moments to get closer to her. Once they are both on the same page the romance is sweet, tender and full of passion which will have you sighing and wanting more.

I can’t wait to read Rose’s story which is being released in October of 2015. I had thought that Rose’s story would be the last but then a surprise happens and the Duke, Olivia and Rose find out that they have a half sister Sophie. I have a feeling that Anne Barton will be including this new sister in the series, though only time will tell. Either way I can’t wait to read the next installment to the series with Rose.

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Once She Was Tempted

Once she Was TemptedBenjamin Elliot, the earl of Foxburn, was surprised to meet the woman whose portrait he has that hangs in his study. She is the exact opposite of what he thought and will figure he knows her type but will find out that is not true. He will be asked to help her locate the other portrait and will find himself falling for this woman.

Daphne Honeycotte had posed for two paintings that were slightly scandalous. She is now in good society and is frightened that her reputation will be torn apart if they see them. She will enlist the help of Ben who was the owner of one of them to help find the second portrait. Daphne will be thankful for the help but knows that she had to keep her distance from Ben because every moment she is at his side she falls deeper and deeper for the man.

Once She Was Tempted is the second book from Honeycotte series by Anne Barton. The first book for me was one I loved. Anne Barton can weave a story that got me to notice the characters and the plot. I loved this second book for very much the same reasons.

Daphne wasn’t someone I got to know much in the first book but with this book you certainly get to know her character. I liked that she did whatever she needed for those she cared about. Ben was a stubborn man and one who liked his isolation but that will be that life will be shaken up when Daphne comes into his life. It was interesting with the location of this painting and what depths Ben did to get this painting for Daphne.

The ending of the book was fantastic with the scene at the Ball where all is about lost but Daphne will triumph with how the situation is handled, Ben as well. His part was a little more sneaky which I loved. It brings that happy ending I was waiting for and a not so happy ending for Mr. Hallows, the villain. Mr. Hallows was not a very nice gentleman. He liked to drink and gamble and make life miserable for others around him. His target was Daphne as she was the woman in the painting and he wanted to see her suffer.

There are not many books to choose from by Anne Barton but Olivia’s story will be available sometime in October, so the book will be coming out soon as we are approaching that month on Wednesday.

When She Was Wicked

When She Was WickedMiss Anabelle Honeycote was a seamstress and very good at her job only the money was not very good. Anabelle found a more lucrative way of earning money which resulted with her blackmailing clients. She had done this only three other times before and on her fourth try she will be stopped by the Duke of Huntford. Her life will for the better because of his generosity but she will start to lose her heart to the him.

Owen Sherbourne, the Duke of Huntford, cares deeply for his sister and family which was why he would stop the extortion plan. He will surprise his blackmailer, Anabelle, and have her make his sisters an entire wardrobe. With every moment he has Anabelle in his house he will want to help her, to protect her and want her. Owen knows he can’t marry her but he knows he can’t lose her either.

When She Was Wicked is the first book by Anne Barton’s series Honeycote. I loved this book. I thought the writing was well done and even though the story line was not very different from ones I have read, it flowed and kept me reading until the very end.

What got me were the characters in Anne Barton’s book. Owen was really actually loveable. He was a very good brother who took care of his sisters. He wasn’t a blackguard but he was charming especially when it came to Anabelle who he wanted more and more. Anabella was a seamstress and blackmailer which was pretty interesting. I really loved her character as she was a survivor and she also loved her family as she would do anything to help them.

Romance between them was seductive and charming at the same time. I wanted them to have that fairytale ending and I wasn’t disappointed with Barton at the end.

I really liked the sisters on Owen’s side, Olivia and Rose. I was cheering for Rose to find her voice again and for Olivia to find happiness. Of course Olivia’s story will have to wait as that will be coming out in October of this year. No word on Rose’s story but I am sure that will be written eventually. The other sister is Daphne who is related to Anabelle. I liked her but I felt I didn’t get to know her that much so I am definitely looking forward to reading her story to find out more about her when I get it from my library.