Never Marry a Viscount

Never Marry a ViscountSophie Russell did not like waiting for her sisters who were trying to solve the mystery of who really took the money. She decided to go after their last suspect, Viscount Griffiths. She loathes the man but when she gets to know the real man she will find that she starts to feel things for him.

Viscount Griffiths knew that his new cook was more but not exactly what he had expected. He will work hard to find out her secrets only to be shocked with what he finds.

Never Marry a Viscount is the third and final book to the series Scandal at the House of Russell. I really liked this book. I thought it was a great finish to the series.

Sophie to me in the other books was a little immature and spoiled, and she was in this one but she learned. She became a better person as she worked but she still had her moments. Now Viscount Griffiths was a very confident man who had a lot of stress which was mainly due to his stepmother. He wasn’t a bad man per say but he did like to do things his way.

Anne Stuart creates the plot to be humorous when she has the viscount thinking that Sophie is to be his new mistress that was sent by an agency. This creates a problem for Sophie as she is pursued relentlessly by the viscount, though that chase will only last so long for Sophie until she gives in.

So there was a surprise moment that happened at the very beginning and it dealt with the villain of this book. You will quickly find out the identity and I have to say that I was surprised. I thought that Stuart described Rufus Brown perfectly especially with how he came to be such a villain.

I liked that the other two sisters were involved in the book as well. They were towards the middle to the end of the book but I felt that with them there it wrapped up the series nicely.

 

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Never Trust a Pirate

Never Trust a PirateMadeleine Russell knew she had to try and find out the truth as she knew her father had not runaway with all the money. She decided to go after Captain Morgan and to do so she will become a housemaid in his resident. Maddy will not be expecting the attraction she felt for the Captain and she will fight the attraction but not for long.

Captain Thomas Morgan aka Luca had a shady past and he was trying to become a better man but he was still ruthless. He will be instantly attracted to the new maid but angry at the same time knowing the maid was Russell’s daughter. He will watch her carefully as he tries to figure out what she was doing.

Never Trust a Pirate is the second book to the series Scandal at the House of Russell by Anne Stuart. I really loved this book. You are swept away into the story especially with the mystery that the daughters are trying to uncover, who killed their father. Well from the first book you already know who the killer was but it was interesting to read how each sister so far has dealt with the enemy and yet that enemy has gotten away. It will be up to Sophie in the last book to stop the killer.

So, Maddy’s character was not exactly a snob but she was used to a good life. She does work hard especially as the need to bring down her fathers murderer is pulsing through her blood. I liked the way that she stood her ground. She was a little whiny at times but it was nothing annoying. It was even understandable as anyone who life changed that dramatically would not always be in good spirits. Then there was Captain Morgan aka Luca. He was a heartless man and ruthless or at least he portrayed that man, and he did it well. I liked Luca for the most part but he was a hard man. When it comes to Maddy he doesn’t really soften but he lets himself feel more for this woman.

I will be reading the third and last book to the series next.

The Devil’s Waltz

The Devil's WaltzChristian Montcalm’s plan was to seduce an heiress and wed her. There was one problem that stood in his way which was Miss Annelise Kempton who tempted him like no other.

Annelise Kempton was not going to let her charge get seduced by Christian Montcalm. Though she did not expect him to turn the tables on her and try to seduce her as well.

The Devil’s Waltz is a novel by Anne Stuart which was one that I loved reading.

I loved Annelise’s character. She was a strong woman who had suffered loss but fought to keep going. I wanted her to find happiness in the arms of Christian but I also wanted her to hit him. He was a character that walked the line of villain and hero easily and Stuart writes those characters well. There are redeemable characteristics of Christian they are just buried deep. So really for a lot of the book I wanted to smack his head as well.

There were things I loved about this book and then there were things that got me annoyed. What annoyed me was Hetty. She was an annoying girl personally for me. She was too spoiled and headstrong, and didn’t think before she spoke. I didn’t want her to be with Christian as I wanted Annelise to be with him. I liked how Stuart wrote the scene that got me what I wanted. Though there were still problems that come from the book which prolonged that happy ending.

Now as I said Christian was like a villain but there were many in the book which could be thought of as a villain. The main one is like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

As the book concludes I was happy with how Anne Stuart left Christian and Annelise with the epilogue especially with all the cruelty which surrounded the book.

Into the Fire

into the fireJamie Kincaid’s cousin had died three months ago and she wanted answers. She will find Nate’s best friend, Dillon Gaynor, and demand answers. But Jamie will find that answer will not come easy as Dillon is not cooperating, she will also find strange things happening around them.

Into the Fire is a novel by Anne Stuart. This was a book that you will remember. It was dark and there were cruel characters, and situations where bad things happened to these characters. The situations that were written about were actually messed up. I liked the book overall just not every situation the characters were in.

Anne Stuart writes about dark and tough situations that the characters have to endure. There are sometimes no heroes in the book, the hero could be classified as a villain. Dillon would definitely be considered a villain, even though yes he is the hero of the story. He was not a nice guy, he was tough and cruel and actually treated Jamie like crap most of the time. It pissed me off because I liked Dillon for the hope of him being a better guy. There were parts of the story that you saw Dillon as a better man but he never took that extra step to really get rid of his cruelty towards others. Jamie was someone I wanted to cheer for but she was still a little naive as she still wanted Dillon. She was like an addict and Dillon was the drug. Again there were parts that when they were together it seemed right, it was just not a sweet romance.

I think those who have read Anne Stuart would like this book because they know her style of writing. Just be warned this is not a cute romance story.

Shadows at Sunset

Shadows at SunsetJill Meyer and her siblings lived in the notorious house where a scandal happened years ago. They were all to live there otherwise their father would get the house, which was something they did not want to happen. Jill will come to her father to demand that her brother keeps his job but she will encounter his number two man in charge, Coltrane.

Coltrane was a man out for revenge against Jackson Meyer and that way was through the oldest daughter, Rachel Ann. Coltrane’s plan will change when certain truths will be revealed. His plan for revenge will continue though on a different path.

Shadows at Sunset is a novel by Anne Stuart. Without a doubt I loved this book. I was brought into the story and did not want to stop reading the book. It was dark and full of mystery. I find that most books I read from Stuart are not those cheerful romances. The hero is not always that hero you love. They are usually tainted but there is a some hope which makes you cheer for him. Coltrane was that kind of hero. There was a lot of darkness in him but it came from a place of revenge. I liked that very slowly he starts to reform in a way which is mostly due to Jilly, also due to a twist that changed everything in his plan. Though he really is a devious man still. So Jill was a caregiver. She worried about everyone and never herself as there was no time. I liked that she took a chance with Coltrane, it took a lot of convincing in her mind but she does. They are good for each other its just that Coltrane’s state of mind is not exactly in the right place to be starting a relationship.

The Meyer family is screwed up in their owns ways. There is Dean who doesn’t have any real backbone and is a little sneaky. Jilly who as I said above was the caregiver. Then there is Rachel Ann who is an alcoholic and really messed up. I kind of disliked Rachel Ann because of what she had done but her character surprised me. She had greater depths than she was really using. There was one more member of the family which was Jackson Meyer, their father, who was certainly the villain. He was a vile man but he was worse than I thought and I cringed at the thought of what he wanted from his oldest daughter.

Now what surprised me was that there was a supernatural element to this story which I thought added to the plot. You got to know these siblings better from the ghosts point of view and then to hear what the ghost had seen. There were some twists which happened that involved certain people and those truths would come out towards the very end. Those truths also involve what really happened to those ghosts all those years ago.

There is an ending which I thought was appropriate for the book and it left you happy after all that had happened within the story.

Still Lake

Still LakeSophie Davis had wanted a change for herself, her sister and her mother which lead her moving them to Stonegate Farm. She will transform this place into a country inn but when a man moves next door her plans to get the land had taken a step back. When she meet John Smith she was hesitant, there was something dangerous about the man but nevertheless she was drawn towards him.

John Smith aka Thomas Griffin was back in the town that had accused him of murder. He had come back to find out the truth. He did not expect his neighbor to be distracting him from this task.

Still Lake is a novel by Anne Stuart. I loved this book. I was without a doubt brought into this story right away. The prologue writes about a young man, Thomas Griffin, who was being brought in for three murders that he supposedly committed. I wanted to know more. Anne Stuart then brings us forward twenty years when Griffin is back to find out what had really happened all those years ago.

Griffin was a man who had been almost convicted of murder and now he his back to find out the truth. He is a lawyer and is ruthless. He is not a friendly man but he is a passionate man and will show that side with Sophie. Now Sophie was timid but determined to do what she needed to do. She did have a backbone which was brought out whenever she was around Griffin.

I loved how Anne Stuart put together the mystery of these murders with Griffin. There was no doubt in my mind that he did not commit these murders which lead me to wonder who else would have done the deed. I had only one guess and it was just from subtle ways this person acted towards our heroine, Sophie. Throughout the book you got to know the thoughts of the murder and he was a man who was on a mission to cleanse these woman from their evil ways. It was because of these thoughts that I guessed the real murderer. Though just because I guessed the villain did not mean it was predictable.

Never Kiss a Rake

Never Kiss a RakeBryony Russell and her sisters were left with nothing thanks to her father who had embezzled a fortune and then died fleeing. Bryony knew that was not true but she had to prove otherwise. She will disguise herself as a housekeeper in the Earl of Kilmartyn’s house as he was one of her suspects who was the true villain. She will be surprised when lust will take over but knows that nothing can come from it as he is her suspect and was married.

Adrian Burton, Earl of Kilmartyn, knew that this new housekeeper was not all she said she was. He could instantly tell that she was lying and Adrian wanted to enjoy figuring out as she was a challenge. These days that is what Adrian wanted, a woman he could enjoy not like his wife who was a treacherous woman who set out to keep him in the sham of a marriage.

Never Kiss a Rake is the first book of the series Scandal at the House of Russell by Anne Stuart. This series reminds me greatly of the series House of Rohan which was a series I loved reading and it was the same with Scandal at the House of Russell. I loved this first book. With the romance books I have read I will say that this book is definitely one of the darker cast of characters as there is a lot of treachery, betrayal and sabotage, and plenty of lust. All of those qualities are what made the book for me.

Bryony is a determined woman who wants to find out the truth about her father. She will not stop until she found the man who was responsible for her families ruined reputation. I liked that she was brave but very self conscious about the marks on her face which were probably very little but as she was told she was ugly over and over it sunk in. Adrian is a charming man who is devious with a jaded past. He very easily could have been the villain but he is the hero of the story just one who has a darker side. I liked that he wasn’t convinced about Bryony and knew she was hiding things right away as that kept the story going. Bryony and Adrian certainly have that lust for each other but it is held back that is until they are ready to basically tear each others clothes off though there was that danger that was still in the background.

The villain is a particularly cruel sort of person who is bent on wrapping up lose ends which meant that Bryony was in danger. The villain was not a stretch are you already knew that they had evil tendency but I wasn’t sure if they were the true villain of the book that is until Stuart confirms it.

After reading this book I know I will be back to finish up the series with the other two books.