The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband

Cecilia Harcourt was on her way to find her missing brother when she will find instead his friend Edward Rokesby. She will care for Edward and pretend to be his wife to do so. She hoped that he would be able to tell her more about her brother but then she found out Edward had lost his memory .

Edward Rokesby could not remember the last three months of his life which is why he didn’t question that he married Cecilia and could not remember. He will try his best to remember what he had lost which will bring questions about who was telling the truth.

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband is the second book to the series Rokesby by Julia Quinn. I found this to be a sweet story especially towards the end, the romantic in me was cheering.

I liked Cecilia’s character. I thought she was brave to go to New York and look for her brother. There could have been many things that could have happened to her as a woman on her own. Edward’s character was a good man and what I loved about him was that he truly loved Cecilia through reading Thomas’s letters. You knew the lie would hurt Edward but it was not one that was done maliciously. She lied to everyone to help find her brother.

The ending left us with the knowledge of the next Rokesby to have his story, which will be Andrew Rokesby.

Because of Miss Bridgerton

Because of Miss BridgertonBillie Bridgerton family were good friends of the Rokesby and everyone always assumed that she would marry Edward or Andrew. No one would expect George as they never worked well together. Though something will change for Billie as she starts to see George differently.

George Rokesby was the heir of the family and the one that was protected. He was older than his siblings and always the responsible one. He though of Billie as an annoyance but then his feelings will change. He will see Billie in a new light and realize that he wanted her.

Because of Miss Bridgerton is the first book from Rokesby by Julia Quinn. I really loved that Julia Quinn is back with the Bridgertons and this book was really great. Now this is not with the siblings of the Bridgertons, this is with the aunt of those siblings when she was twenty three years old. This book did not focus on the Bridgertons but the Rokesby family.

Billie was often treated like one of the boys. She was always helping her father with the things on the estate. She also was never able to sit still. I liked that Billie was a tomboy and a free spirit. I also liked that she could be feminine if she wanted, it was just hard for her to show that she was interested especially with George. Now George’s character was a bit boring or that is how his siblings portrayed him to be. I liked that he was a man of habit but that was not all of him. George was a passionate man and good man looking out for those to help. The interaction between the two character is cute as they do banter back and fourth but it is playful, they just don’t see that yet.

Julia Quinn will be continuing this series but the next book is coming out in May of 2017. So I have a little bit of wait but I am looking forward to continuing the series.

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy

The Secrets of Sir Richard KenworthySir Richard Kenworthy needed a wife and needed one quickly. When he goes to the concert he will find Iris who looked to be faded in the background. He will quickly set his plan in motion to make sure that Iris had no choice but to marry him.

Iris Smythe-Smith was one that was overlooked but was loved by her family. She will be suspicious when Sir Richard starts to pay attention to her. She will be even more suspicious when he wants to marry her.

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy is the fourth book to the Smythe-Smith Quartet which is the last book of the series by Julia Quinn. I liked this book a lot. I thought it flowed well and it got me interested to know the secret which Richard was holding.

I liked Iris’s character. I thought she was a well rounded character that was someone you wanted to cheer for. I wanted her to have a happy ending and you knew that she wouldn’t or at least until Richard told her the truth. I liked that she wasn’t some fearful girl but was intelligent and was emotional but not overly excessive. I liked as well with how she helped out in a big way even though she was hurt. Now Richard’s character was all charm but it was a lie for the most part. He was a good man in a desperate situation. You kind of wanted to hit Richard for being stupid in the situation and not thinking of all the ways that his plan would hurt those around him.

So the secret that was being held back from Iris was not so terrible as I thought but it was still pretty bad of Richard. I was not all too happy with Richard and how he dealt with the problem that had fallen on his shoulders. I thought he should have come clean a lot earlier. He might have even had more help. On a side note I was surprised I didn’t think of the secret sooner. I suppose I thought it would be much more terrible that I didn’t catch the subtle clues which Quinn had written.

As a whole I thought that the Symthe-Smith Quartet was a fun series to read from Julia Quinn.

Bridgertons: Happily Ever After

The Bridgertons Happily Ever AfterThere is one series that I will always reference when talking about a family which are the Bridgertons. I was captivated with the series needing to read the entire series which also got me to buy the series.  Now I have found out that there is another book out with the Bridgertons which is The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After. When I saw the book at the bookstore I bought it knowing that I would love it before I even started to read it. This book gives us a second epilogue to all eight stories. The second epilogue for each story are around thirty pages.

I was pretty thrilled with each second epilogue as they followed through with how the Bridgerton’s acted and it gave us a little more detail at those characters happy ending. One that stuck with me was Francesca who finally got her baby, the one she longed for, but really all of the short endings were very enjoyable and brought a smile to my face. Then there is Violets story (the mother of all the Bridgerton children) which I liked but I knew that her happy ending with her husband would not go on forever so I wasn’t looking forward to that. I was happy with the outcome as it showed Violet to be that strong woman who was there for her children and her children were there for her.

For those who love the Bridgerton’s I would recommend that this book is a must to read.

The Sum of All Kisses

The Sum of All KissesHugh Prentice had a very good memory and a head for numbers which became his downfall and led him to a duel. For three years Hugh’s leg healed but he would always have a limp. This led him to close himself away from people but he will be surprised when Lady Sarah catches his attention.

Lady Sarah Pleinsworth hates Hugh Prentice because of what he had done to her family. Every time she is by him anger flows through her and she will be rude and/or yell at him. Then of course things start to change as she comes to knows him as a man.

The Sum of All Kisses is the third book to the Smythe-Smith Quartet series from Julia Quinn. I have read the first two books of the series a while back so I revisited them and was once again entertained by this chaotic family. The third book resembles the first two with its humor and wit that goes along with the characters.

Hugh’s story is recapped in the book so if you did not read the first two there was no problem understanding what had happened to get the duel started. I liked Hugh even though he was a little surly. I liked his sarcastic side that came out often in the book. Sarah was a good character although a little over dramatic at times and had her cynical moments. Of course she smiled plenty and had a lot to be happy about.

The two of them were almost like enemies for most of the story but the attraction that was between them started to build and once it was at the surface it bubbled over. When they weren’t auguring they were compatible with each other. On a side note I loved the character of Frances, Sarah’s little sister, as she was very sweet and got Hugh to lighten up.

The next book is of course not out yet but I wonder who will be the next of the Smythe-Smith family to be in the fourth book.

How to Marry a Marquis

How to Marry a MarquisElizabeth Hotchkiss needed to marry but her options were limited. Soon she finds a book at her employers house that looks to be like a guide to find a husband. She will be finding a person willing to let her practice on, the new estate manager James Sidwell.

James Sidwell, the Marquis of Riverdale, is playing the role of estate manager to help his Aunt find the blackmailer. James will be side tracked with Elizabeth determining if she was the blackmailer but soon finds that she is temptation, not a threat.

How to Marry a Marquis is the second book to the series Agents for the Crown. This was a fun second and last book to this series from Julia Quinn. James was what I expected. He had humor and was a good man for coming to the aid of his Aunt. There is a little deception that happens but it is not done maliciously towards Elizabeth. Now Elizabeth is someone who is doing her best for her siblings with very little means. Quinn weaves into the book with humor that will make you smile as you read the book.

I did like that all was not what it seemed. There was a little surprise at the end which helps give a conclusion to the blackmailer problem, so all worked out for the best. How to Marry a Marquis was another good book from Julia Quinn.

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.

A Night Like This

Anne Wynter is not who she says she is, but then who is? Anne has fled her past and has landed several positions as a companion and now governess. Anne likes her job but now with the young earl back she is distracted with his charm. She finds herself thinking of love but will leave that notion when danger has followed her to London. She will protect Daniel the best she can as her own reputation had been shredded years ago.

Daniel Smythe-Smith has returned after three years only to find his best friend being intimate with his sister. The only thing a brother can do is punch his sisters beau. Once the blood is whipped away Daniel will find there is a happy ending for his sister and now he will be going towards his own especially when he finds Anne Wynster the governess. She intrigues him to no end but with danger close at hand Daniel has to be careful to keep Anne away from harm.

A Night Like This is the second book to the Smythe-Smith Quartet from Julia Quinn. I really liked this book. After the first book I had high hopes and was not disappointed. Quinn takes off right where the first book ended which I liked.

A Night Like This was cute, whimsical and true to Quinn’s writing. Of course now the book was lighthearted but there was more to the plot with the act of revenge that could come from either character. Quinn really writes her characters well as they have more to offer than what is on the surface.

After reading this book I am certainly interested on who will be next to step away from the music in the Smythe-Smith Quartet.

Don’t Get Stuck at the Recital

Performing your musical talents is a Smythe-Smith tradition. Every year the sisters or cousins perform for all of the ton but it would help if any of them had any talent. Honoria is the youngest of the siblings and very much out of place with them but she finds her way in the world with trying to make the best at her situation but when fate drops in her brothers oldest friend. Honoria will think about a whole new possibility.

Marcus Holroyd is the only son and has been left on his own since the time of his mothers death. He had grown up a shy boy but had a great friend of Daniel Smythe-Smith. Growing up with Daniel’s family had felt like his own but never really his. But when he sees Honoria again he will start to see her in a whole new light especially after she saves him from fever.

Marcus and Honoria will set upon a romance that neither one admits until either can’t hold back to what they are feeling with the help of family.

Reading the series Bridgertons (which is a fantastic series) you will have already have heard of the famous Smythe-Smiths, and I love that Julia Quinn creates a series just for them. The novel, Just Like Heaven, is a sweet new series that follows just like the Bridgertons but Quinn gives Honoria her own voice and you fall for this completely sweet story.

The whole time I read it there was a smile that kept to my face as you read about her bantering to herself and to Marcus. Of course you can’t forget about the bad playing with the cousins which was comical and lightened the story even more.

Then when you came to Marcus you cheered when he found his own strength to show what he was feeling. I loved hearing his own words through the story and how Quinn expresses his thoughts progressing towards the act of love.

Now there is of course the unbridled lust in the story. This act though was tamed and towards the end giving the story a very sweet and cute plot with flirting and the possibility of more.

Just Like Heaven is the perfect start to the series Smythe-Smith Quartet and I can’t wait for the next one. Who will it be? My bet will be Sarah but I could be wrong.

When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn

After reading about Eloise I was eager to read about Francesca Bridgerton the next one to find her way to the alter, again. When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn is the sixth continuation of the series Bridgerton.

Michael Stirling is in love with his cousins wife. From the moment he saw her he loved her but it was too late. Francesca Bridgerton would now and forever treat him like a friend. He loved his cousin John and would never betray him but now John had passed. Still he could not be with Francesca until one night they kissed.

What struck me was this book was a lot more passionate than the others which I found interesting because it was the daughter who was wicked. She had the appetite that could not be ignored along with Michael.

I love how Quinn created the back story so you know how Michael feels watching the happy married couple. You feel for him and at the end was sweet with the letter. I like that Francesca is also different from all her family being a little more closed off, or really needs to do things on her own.

Quinn creates these characters to be lovable, smart and witty. The youngest sister is next which will prove to be entertaining.