Christian Duvall was determined to be the Lord of the South. All he needed to do was defeat any challengers as Anthony, the present lord, was stepping down. Although, Christian will find that Anthony will be a lot of trouble especially with the woman Christian wanted.
Natalie Vivant Gaudet was a forensic accountant who was working for Anthony but only because he had blackmailed her. She will be working at the office when Christian walks into the office. Natalie will instantly want Christian and she will do what she can to protect him.
Christian is the tenth book to the series Vampires in America by D.B. Reynolds. I really loved this book. I wasn’t sure how I would like Christian since his sire was Mathilda who was very evil. Christian for me was a character I could easily like. He was a warrior and had good intentions with wanting to be the Lord of the South. He was also very strong, much stronger than any other vampire had known. This helped with the fight scenes which were in the book and the challenges, and those fight scenes were intense. Natalie was a smart woman being a forensic account, which I loved. I thought that in the beginning she was a little too much with the desire for Christian but I of course wanted them together. I did like that she was a woman who could handle herself. She was by no means like Cyn but she could handle some of the bad things that had come her way.
Anthony was a very devious lord. I disliked him right away as he tried to cheat and used his vampire powers to do that. I was horrified that he wanted Natalie and would use his mind control to make her want him. Luckily Christian was a strong enough vampire to stop Anthony before Natalie’s fate was sealed.
Matty McDaniels took care of his brothers which was why he was allowing himself to be blackmailed by the neighborhood gangster. He would become Mick’s fighter for a year which would pay off his debt. Matty thought it would be easy, but he wasn’t counting on Kayla James.
Kayla James was good at her job and was now given more work when Mick was expanding to legit fighters. She was excited to work in the sport, even though she wanted to be the fighter. Kayla will become hesitant when she meets Matty.
Trust Me: Matty and Kayla is the second story to the trilogy the McDaniel’s Brothers by Christine Bell. After finishing the first book I was really looking forward to reading Matty especially as he was being forced to continue his association with Mick. I really enjoyed this story. It was frustrating that I couldn’t just sit down and read the story. I have been too busy with work but every time I pick up the book I was brought back into the story.
Matty’s character was someone who was a fighter, in the literal sense, and as a job. Matty had a terrible childhood, along with his brothers, but he kept going and providing for his brothers. He never lost himself to violence or drugs, like his parents. I wanted Matty to have his chance at a career as a fighter. You knew that he would but with the roadblock that was coming his way it would hurt him. Kayla’s character surprised me. I liked her immediately with her strength of character. She too was a fighter. She had a horrible childhood but fought against all that came her way. I wanted Kayla to get her chance at being a fighter, to live her dream.
The romance between Matty and Kayla was intense. It was a fire that burned between them and it burned brightly. It was sad with how they were each were broken in the relationship department but they healed each other. It was a slow heal with lots of bumps in the road.
The villain was of course Mick and the outcome did surprise me. I was happy with it but can’t help but wonder if the McDaniel’s are done with Mick. There will be an issue in Reid’s story with a character that is going to destroy the brothers, which I read in the epilogue. I am reading Reid’s story next which will end the trilogy.
Hippolyta Royle was having a very bad night as she was running away from a duke who was blackmailing her so he could marry her. Hippolyta will find help from a man in a carriage even though he doesn’t believe her story.
Matthew Mortimer was on his way to his family home when his carriage was stopped. He will find a young woman who claimed to be an heiress. Matthew doesn’t believe the woman but he will help her anyways, then he finds out she was telling the truth.
Once Upon a Moonlit Night is number 10.5 in the series Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt. I really loved this novella. I loved that Hoyt starts off Hippolyta’s story right where the tenth book ended her part in story.
Hippolyta’s character was privileged but she wasn’t stuck up. She was a kind girl who was just trying to survive in this new environment. I thought she was a little too soft spoken at times but that was just because she was shy. She became more talkative about her life with Matthew which was what she had been hiding from everyone. By being brave and talking about herself gives her the strength to stand up to those who would look down upon her. Matthew’s character was a man who worked and now he had inherited an earldom which he wasn’t looking forward to having. He was determined to make things work, he was also a kind man as well as passionate. I liked that he showed that compassionate side and helped Hippolyta even though he had no obligation.
I am really looking forward to the eleventh book which I will be reading next.
Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery dealt in secrets and blackmailing anyone he wanted. Though Val will find his latest scheme is being stopped by his housekeeper, who suddenly caught his attention.
Bridget Crumb was on a mission to find out what Val was blackmailing a person in Bridget’s life. She was desperate to find the objects but she will get sidetracked when Val makes his presence known in her life.
Duke of Sin is the tenth book of the series Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt. I really loved this book. I had been waiting to read this book as I was fascinated with Val and how evil he was, and he really was evil in the book.
Val’s character was a villain. There was a lot a bad in this man as he was blackmailing anyone and everyone but I found myself discovering the good as well. He wouldn’t necessarily be a hero at first glance, but it was there. I would say he was a white knight but his armor was tarnished. He shows his good side with how he protects his sister and how he helps those around him, well helps them in his own way. I really loved the interaction between him and Bridget. He was showing her how he was a horrible man but as he was around her, he kept letting his guard down little by little. Now Bridget’s character was interesting. She really took her job as a housekeeper seriously. She made sure everyone who was supposed to do their jobs got them done. Though there was more to Bridget and that intrigued me. I liked the secret she carried and how it played later on in the book. I also really liked that she was strong enough to want to love Val, to care for him when very few had done so before her.
I am reading Once Upon a Moonlit Night next which is a novella with the character Hippolyta Royle who was in this novel. I read the summary and it sounds like it takes place where her story had ended in the novel and I am looking forward to reading her story.
Susannah Simon is officially engaged to the love of her life, Jesse, but an old enemy will make her future look bleak. Susannah will have to find a way to save Jesse and make sure that they have a future together.
Remembrance is the seventh book to the mediator series by Meg Cabot. So, I liked the book and then it bugged me at certain points. The mistake that I did was read some reviews which weren’t very nice. That jaded my thoughts when I was reading but I could completely understand what that reviewer was having issues with.
Susannah’s character has grown up but mentally I think she is the same girl. She goes into things without thinking. She doesn’t get backup when the situation is dangerous or even when she goes to see Paul. The question is why does she even respond to Paul. Paul has also not changed and he is still a manipulator. He knows what buttons to press and Susannah falls for it every time, and he will never change. Now Susannah is not an idiot, she knows when Paul is up to things but she still does not share that information with the man that she loves, a man she should trust completely. Now Jesse’s character was a man out of time but was adjusting and making something with his life. I liked that he truly loved Susannah and wanted her in his life, but at times I was wondering why he bothered when she wasn’t trusting him. Of course being a fan of Susannah and Jesse’s characters I wanted them to find happiness.
Within the book I did like the case she was on with the little girl’s ghost. I thought that was interesting. There was also a surprise when it came to Susannah’s step family which was comical though in away a little sad especially if the truth ever came out.
So, overall I have to say that I was happy to find out more about the characters and to read that Susannah and Jesse had their happy ending. I would have been happy with just the sixth book but with Remembrance you knew their future together was more solid.
Amy Comfort moved to the small town after a horrific incident in Seattle. She was looking for a quiet life so she could sell houses and write her romance novel. Then when her aunt becomes engaged and Amy is worried about the fiance. She will ask Owen to investigate him which will bring them a lot closer.
Owen Sweet wanted Amy from the moment he saw her. Owen will take the subtle approach when it comes to Amy but then things will get complicated when she needs his help as a private investigator. He will take the job and hope to get closer to Amy.
Connecting Rooms is a novel by Jayne Ann Krentz. I have read many books from Krentz and have liked them all, some more than others but they have all been enjoyable. It feels like its been a while since I picked up a book from Krentz and I will say it was fun coming back to the author. I thought this book was enjoyable and one that went very quick.
Amy’s character was a woman who was healing after a tragic event and moving on in her life. I thought she was funny with her imagination which came from her being a writer. Owen’s character was a private investigator and he really was a good guy but he wasn’t being assertiveness enough. That will change when he will show Amy that he does want her. The chemistry between the characters is subtle until Owen steps it up a notch and really shows Amy he wants her. I liked them together.
The mystery was good because I was thought I had the perfect suspect, but I was wrong. It is sometimes the most logical choice.
I don’t know what my next book from Jayne Ann Krentz will be but I will be on the lookout for one.
Ria Parkar was known as the Ice Princess. Ria had made herself distant from everyone else but now she was coming home for her cousins wedding. She wanted to be there but that meant she would see Vikram, the boy whose heart she had broken.
Vikram Jathar had loved Ria but then she had betrayed him. When Vikram sees Ria he will be angry as all those feelings come back to the surface. He will try to keep his distance but it will be a losing battle.
The Bollywood Bride is the second book to the series Bollywood by Sonali Dev. Like the first, I loved this book. Sonali Dev really integrates the culture and traditions well throughout the book. I wanted to find out all that was hidden in the past and to find out the real reasons why the characters were a shell of themselves.
Ria’s character was a young woman who had gone through a big trauma at a young age. You don’t know everything until later one. At first I thought Ria truly was an ice princess from how she handled things ten years ago, but I had a feeling she was not that cruel. Ria’s true self is discovered and your heart breaks for her as she is just a shell of herself. Vikram’s character was intentionally cruel to Ria and its because he felt betrayed. There is logic to that but I wanted him to at least move on and make a fresh start. I get my wish but the future is complicated for these two characters that is until everything gets out onto the table and they take a chance.
I really wanted something to be done about Vikram’s mother but I guess that would have put too much strain on the characters. I liked that he was standing up to her and taking a chance with Ria once again.
So Sonali Dev third book has come out in September and I will be reading that next but I am hesitant. It is with Nic and Jen who were in this book and are the ones that are getting married. It seems in the next book a tragedy will happen that break up the couple forever. Well I will find out more as I read the book next.
Josephine Carlisle is the adopted daughter a baron and because of that circumstance her suitors were limited. Josie cared little for that until she spots a man that has her stopping in her tracks.
Thomas Matteson, Marquess of Chesney, was a spy for the War Office but he had been forced to retire after an attack. Thomas wanted nothing more than to get back to being a spy, and he might get that chance by doing a job. Thomas will jump at the chance but he will find problems with the job especially when it leads him to Josie.
How I Married a Marquess is the third book to the series The Secret Life of Scoundrels by Anna Harrington. I really liked this book. For me I think this one was my favorite and it is mainly because of Josie.
Josie’s character was a surprise. First off she is the adopted daughter of a baron which is a situation I don’t read too much in historical romances. I liked Josie’s spirit. She was independent, knew her own mind, and was determined to do what needed to be done. Now Josie has a secret that leads her into trouble but she does what she needs to do so she can help others. Thomas’s character was broken. He was a spy but that was taken from him when he was injured. I liked that he felt a peace with Josie. Now Thomas is anything but perfect. He does a lot of wrong things before he does the right thing especially when it comes to Josie.
Harringotn will give an epilogue which for me ended the the story perfectly.
Ian Dare is the big brother of his siblings and the owner of an NFL team. He was a player but when he sees Riley something will change. Instead of wanting all woman he will only want Riley but he doesn’t know if he can open his heart to her.
Riley Taylor loved her job but will find herself jobless that is until Ian hires her. She knows it could cause tension but she will soon find that she loves the job and loves being close to Ian. Though when her past comes back to haunt her there will be problems between her and Ian.
Dare to Love is the first book to the series Dare to Love by Carly Phillips. I really liked this story. I was swept into the story especially when you find out that Ian and his siblings have half siblings. Their father had a completely different family at the same time. I was drawn into this strange family dynamic.
The character of Ian was the strong older sibling of both sets of family. His heart was hardened because of his father and he liked control. I thought that Phillips wrote his character well with how he interacted with Riley and when she wrote the scene with Ian extending an olive branch to his half siblings my heart ached for him when he was rejected. So Riley’s character had her own troubled past but she survived and she had made something for herself. She is guarded and will only let those in she trust completely. I liked that she was able to let Ian in and let herself find someone to love. I also loved it when she stood up to Ian. She wasn’t a pushover which was her mother’s fatal trait.
Ian’s father pissed me off with him having another family at the same time. I had instantly disliked him. I started to like him more as the story went on but still thought what he did was pretty shitty. Though Riley’s father tops Ian’s by a long shot. He is a very bad man that makes the situation very difficult for Riley.
So the Dare to Love series has nine books to it. Each story will feature one of the siblings and I am looking forward to reading their stories. I am reading Dare to Desire next.
Billionaire Sebastian Cabral never wanted to be famous like his family. He avoided their reality tv show like it was the plague. He will get worried when his ex shows up and wants to get back together. Sebastian will do something drastic and ask Chelsea to marry him. He will be shocked that she agreed to his proposal. The marriage was supposed to be platonic but Sebastian could not stop from wanting his wife.
Chelsea Hall was a happy person on the outside and around other people but when she was alone and in the dark she was terrified. Chelsea will have too many things happening which will lead to her to make a rash decision and get married to Sebastian. She will feel safe with him but she will be worried when her past and his reality collide.
The Billionaire Takes a Bride is the third book to the series Billionaires and Bridemaids by Jessica Clare. I really liked this book. It was fun with lighthearted writing, steamy scenes, then it will get darker as a secret from Chelsea’s past will come out.
I loved Chelsea. She was a young woman who had a tragic past and to help her handle the nightmares she becomes part of a derby. Playing lets her become stronger and not the scared woman that leaves on all the lights. I liked how Sebastian’s character will be a big help to Chelsea. Sebastian is a stand up guy who has a wacky family. I liked that Sebastian doesn’t want to be famous with his family and I liked how he finally stood up to his mother who did something bad without knowing.
The interaction between Sebastian and Chelsea was really well done. It felt real with how they were interacting together and it was sweet. Of course it will get steamy as they get closer and understand what they need from one another, especially Chelsea.
The secret that Chelsea was holding was predictable but well done. It was a tragic event that happened to her and it will get even worse towards the end which had me cringing.
I am waiting to read the fourth book which is out now. I am excited to read about Asher and Greer.