Blue-Eyed Devil

Hardy Cates was a self made man and always wanted more and he did all he could to get it. Then he found a woman, Haven. She was a woman he could not get but with her divorce Hardy was going to go after the woman he wanted.

Haven Travis had thought she married for love but she had been wrong. Now with a broken marriage behind her Haven will try to get her life together. She wasn’t expecting Hardy to come into her life.

Blue Eyed Devil is the second book to the series Travises by Lisa Kleypas. After I had finished the first book I was apprehensive about reading this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed this book. I picked up the book and kept reading from start to finish.

Hardy’s character was much better in his own story. I liked that there was no flirtation between him and Liberty. I didn’t want his pursuing of Haven to be tainted by that. I felt that he had matured some and wasn’t as cruel. Though he was still certainly rough around the edges and that will certainly help when he is needed by Haven. Now Haven’s character was the one that truly drew me into the book. I was drawn to her because of the mistake she made and cringed every time she was hurt. What I liked was she finally got the courage and changed what needed to be changed. She took her life back.

The villain is clearly Nick, Haven’s ex, who is a piece of work. He is an abusive man who wants only to have someone to beat down on. The other villain was Vanessa who seemed to be cut from the same cloth as Nick. I wouldn’t lie, I was pretty happy that there was some justice for their cruelty.

I am reading the third book next, Smooth Talking Stranger.

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.