Swept Away

Christobel Smyth had grown up in a certain life style but after her father died they were not as well off as they had been. Christobel was still a lady but she was not looking for a suitor. Thanks to her sister that was what she was going to get when she attends a house party.

John Leyden had not wanted to go to the house party because then he would see Christobel. He had wanted her since he first had seen her but he was not in her class. He always felt out of place but with the house party he will see that he and Christobel could have a chance.

Swept Away is a novella by Kristina Cook. It has been a while since I read anything by Kristina Cook and I have to say that I liked the book but for me I did have a little problem with Christobel. Her character was a little annoying in the beginning as she was acting like she was better than John. What helped was she really did not mean anything by it. She acted first then thought about what she should have done. Once I got into the novella I got to see that she was kind and thoughtful. John’s character was not one to express his thoughts well. I wanted to shake him and just shout at him to talk to her, instead of just giving her an expression of annoyance. He does warm up but it takes a little time.

With this being a novella, a lot of things are happening quickly. I thought this would have been a good story to be a novel. I wanted more background with both of the characters which would give them more depth.

Overall Swept Away was a good story to read.

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A Midnight Clear

A Midnight ClearTroy Davenport had left his family and the family business to pursue art which had been his calling. His art will lead him to many places and to his next muse, Miranda Granger. He will want more than anything to paint her but Troy had to convince her.

Miranda Granger had been ruined nine years ago only no one knew that fact. Miranda keeps herself distant from any man that might want more from her. She will be very weary when it came to Troy but she found he was bringing back emotions that had long ago buried.

A Midnight Clear is the first book to the series Edwardian Nights by Kristina Cook. I really loved this novel. Kristina Cook writes so that you love the characters, so that you connect with them through the good and bad things that happen to them.

I liked Miranda’s characters as she felt real. She had made a mistake and for the past 10 years she was not allowed to really forget that. She is almost like a doormat but underneath there is a woman with fire and courage to live again. It takes a charming painter to bring that out of her. Troy was that charming painter. He was a rogue but not in a villainous way or one that flaunted his affairs. If anything Troy almost lived under the radar which made sense as he wanted to be known as Troy the painter and not be connected to his wealthy family.

So within this novel there are no real enemies but I will say that I really disliked Gertie. I thought at first she was just immature. Well she is that but she is also vengeful when it comes to her older sister. I really didn’t like that Kristina Cook didn’t give us some conclusion with Gertie getting into trouble. I did like how Cook ended the book but I wanted to know that Gertie wouldn’t get away with what she had done.

Well I am done with reading Kristina Cook’s at least for now. I hope that she will continue with this series and maybe the next person will be with Caroline.

To Love a Scoundrel

To Love a ScoundrelFrederick was not looking forward to marrying because he didn’t want to change his ways, which was why he was happy with his choice. His intended bride was very plain and would not demand him home every night. Though the last time he saw Eleanor it had been four years ago and when he sees her again she is not the same as he remembered.

Eleanor had been in love with Frederick but she knew that he would never be hers. When she finds that her father signed the marriage contract she is outraged knowing that she can’t marry Frederick. She didn’t want to be alone in her love.

To Love a Scoundrel is the prequel to the series by Kristina Cook. I really liked this novel. Kristina Cook can write a novel that will leave you entertained the entire time. So this story is with Eleanor who is the twin of Henry, Lord Manderville. They were mentioned in the first book, Unlaced, and since I had already read that book I knew that happy ending would come for Frederick and Eleanor, it just might take some time.

Eleanor’s character was a woman who was practical and was rational. Though falling in love with Frederick was not at all rational. She loved him for four years even with the mean things that he had said to his friends. Eleanor wanted a life with Frederick even though she knew that would not be possible. I, of course, wanted them together but Frederick needed to come to terms with his past and Eleanor needed to have faith in Frederick.

Frederick’s character was a man with a past that was not tragic but neglectful at least on from his father. It wasn’t right with how his father dealt with his grief, he does get a little better in the present. Well due to this Frederick becomes a man that his father would dislike. It’s almost like he doesn’t let himself really feel, which protects him. So he becomes a rogue that is surrounded by scandal and has a mistress. I will admit that Frederick really isn’t that bad but what he does badly is buys a bracelet and engagement ring together and will give the bracelet to his mistress which his intended would get the ring. That happened in the very beginning and you knew right there that trouble would follow.

In the first book I had really disliked the mother and her treatment of Henry. She was a hard woman but in this one you saw a softer side. She truly did love her daughter and was trying to help. Though I still don’t like her for how she treated her son.

Well the series is over now and I thought each book was really well done and very entertaining. I decided to try out another book she had written.

Undressed

UndressedColin Rosemoor is a very good man but has some problems with not knowing always when to quit gambling, which will lead to his ruin. Colin was out for revenge but there was little he could do about it that is until he meets Brenna.

Brenna Maclachlan had been taken from her crib when she was a infant and was raised in Scotland. Twenty six years later her real parents will find her and want her back in England where she belonged. Brenna will return with them but knows that England will never be her home that is until she meets Colin and her feelings start to change.

Undressed is the third book to the series Undone by Love or Ashton/Rosemoor by Kristina Cook. I really love these books. This was another great one to read. I had not been expecting the beginning of the book where Brenna is taken by two people from Scotland who wanted an heir. They had taken the wrong twin but they kept Brenna and raised her as their own. In turn she because a very capable woman who could manage her keep and help her tenants. Brenna will be brave and go to England to have a season but she fully expected to come back to her home.

I liked Brenna’s character because she was independent. She looked out for herself and others. She had a passion and a curiosity but some times did not use her judgment to the best of her abilities. Colin’s character was a gentleman and to be thrown out of his club it destroyed him. His reputation was in ruins but he was out to get revenge against those who wanted to see him ruin. I liked that he didn’t just sit and do nothing but Colin’s character was a little of a “woe as me” kind of guy at times. He will get it together and with the help of Brenna who he doesn’t always deserve. Colin will become a better man but it takes him losing the one thing he truly wanted/loved to become that man.

I wasn’t a fan of her parents I will have to say. I get that what they wanted was their daughter back to them but they did it the wrong way. They threw her into society thinking that she would just get by. Brenna was not like them. If she had not been taken then she would have been like any normal debutante and had been married already.

Their were two villains. One had been Sinclair who had made himself known in the previous books but the other one was a surprise. I knew something was up with the character but I wasn’t really sure. You know they were a pretty nice person though things change. I kind of wanted more done to these two villains as they got away with doing some wrong deeds, well their reputation was ruined which will cause many doors to be shut on them.

So I have one more book to this series which looks to be a prequel to the series.

Unlaced

UnlacedLucy Abbington did not want a season but to appease her father she went. Lucy though has no desire to wed as she knows that her husband would demand she stop her healing animals. She will be tempted to give up everything to be with one man.

Henry, Lord Mandeville, did not want to marry especially anyone his mother wanted him to marry. Henry would marry but only a woman who would elevate his position in parliament. When Henry meets Lucy he will immediately want her but knows he can’t marry her.

Unlaced is the first book to a series. I am not sure what the name of the series is called as there are two names for this book series. One is Undone by Love and the other is Ashton/Rosemoor. Well never mind about the title of the series I loved this book. The book left me smiling. I had read the second book five years ago. I had loved the second book but getting Kristina Cook’s books were hard to do from my library. So I gave up and moved on to another series by another author. Well I am back with Kristina Cook and I have more books of hers to read.

I loved Lucy’s character. She was a fun character who had a backbone and a drive to do what she loved, which was to heal animals. She had a passion for medicine but because of her gender getting a degree was impossible. I liked that she wasn’t like the other woman who wanted Henry for his title. She didn’t want him but she will be tempted because of the man and of course lust. So Henry’s character¬† was a love/hate one for me. I liked Henry for his drive to be better but he was too critical and power hunger. Not exactly like his mother but he was trying to marry a woman who would elevate his position in society. Though when you get to know his character more you will fall in love with Henry, its another side of Henry that was gentler. Now with him there are plenty of things that he does wrong, especially when it comes to Lucy. I will say that he does redeem himself in the end.

Now there were some villains in this book. Mostly they are “the mean girls” who are too stuck up. Well one person that I thought was the worst was Henry’s mother. She was a vile woman who was power hunger and was not a kind woman to her son.

I am re-reading Unveiled and then on to the third book Undressed.