A Winter Wedding

A Winter WeddingKyle Houseman was constantly on guard from his ex wife who would not leave him alone. His solution was to just give her money to make her stop harassing him. That will soon stop when he meets a woman who shows him that it was possible to move on from the only woman he had loved.

Lourdes Bennett had come to Whiskey Creek for one reason which was to write her songs for her next album. The problem was that Lourdes was heartbroken and writing was not coming easy for her, then she meets Kyle and things will change.

A Winter Wedding is the ninth book in the series Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak. I really liked this book. I liked that it was about two characters who had their heart broken and both needed to be mended. This was not a book where the characters jumped right into bed which I appreciated because you got to know them first, and the fact that they had become friends was very sweet. They helped balance things out in each others lives.

Lourdes character was one that I easily liked. She was a small town girl trying to make a career for herself and she was not a diva. She was a down to earth character and at this point she was pretty vulnerable but she had a strength inside. That strength was helped by Kyle. So Kyle’s character was I thought of a push over. Now don’t get me wrong he was a strong guy but when it came to his ex he just gave in. Before I read this book I had read When We Touch which was when Kyle cheated on Olivia with her sister, who had become his wife. Kyle was always doing the right thing. I liked that finally in this book he was getting more of a backbone when it came to his ex wife. He was living again especially with Lourdes in the picture. There was one part in the book that had me cheering because Kyle finally gets some justice with all that had happened to him because of his ex wife.

Noelle, Kyle’s ex wife, was a piece of work. Basically from the entire series she had been nothing but trouble. In this book it was like she went crazy. She will do a lot of harm to those around her and personally I was happy with her ending. There was one thing that bugged me with how Olivia forgave Noelle especially since she had stolen Kyle, but I guess that was how Olivia operated and it had been five years.

I have one more book left to read in my pile for Brenda Novak which will be the tenth book, Discovering You, and I am reading that one next.

The Serpent Prince

The Serpent PrinceLucy Craddock-Hayes was country bred and lived a quiet life. That life will be shaken when she finds an injured man. She will nurse him back to life and will find that her life will never be the same. Lucy will want to be with Simon who was different from any man she had ever met.

Viscount Simon Iddesleigh had been beaten to death but that would not stop his plan for revenge. He had to make sure the men who had killed his brother paid, their payment was death. Simon though will be distracted when Lucy will help him and have him wondering if death was the answer.

The Serpent Prince is the third book to the Prince Trilogy series by Elizabeth Hoyt. I liked this book a lot more than the previous books. I was drawn into the story pretty much right from the beginning. I will admit its still not my favorite of Elizabeth Hoyt but it was good.

I liked Lucy. She was quiet but there was a fire that was inside her and that was drawn out by Simon. Though she was still very much the voice of reason when it came to Simon. The character of Simon intrigued me. He was out for revenge because of his brothers death. I found Simon like two people, a good man and a bad man, and he is explained that way in the book, so I think Hoyt does a good job at that.

The quest for revenge was one that went throughout the entire book. Hoyt does a good job at writing Simon’s mission of revenge and how he changed as he got closer to his goal.

I am reading the last book to the series next.

A Pirate for Christmas

A Pirate for ChristmasBess Farrar was the vicar’s daughter and was used to helping the villagers in the small town. She will find herself with a problem when the new earl comes to their town as he was not writing her any reply’s to her letters. Bess will take it upon herself and meet the new earl only to be shocked at the instant attraction to him.

Lord Channing, Rory, just inherited his brothers earldom. He liked his life as a captain but knew that his life had to change. Rory will do his duty and take over. He will find that the task will not be such a hardship especially when he meets Bess.

A Pirate for Christmas is a novella from Anna Campbell. I really liked this novella. I thought that it was a fun Christmas story filled with lust, love, and some humor.

The character of Bess was a strong woman as she helped everyone in the village, but there is a sensual side to Bess. That side was not know to her until she meets Rory. When it comes to Rory she is unsure, although she has no need to be unsure of Rory’s feelings. So then there is the character of Rory who was a man that was not used to the privileged life. I liked that about him because he was not stuck up and had a good sense of humor. He was also very sensual when it comes to Bess.

This lust which is really love between the characters was sweet throughout the book. Its funny that with the books that I have read from Campbell the scenes are very steamy, but this was almost PG rated between them. That was not a problem for me. I liked that in this novella a romance builds.

So, I decided to keep going with Anna Campbell’s books and I will be reading The Seduction of Lord Stone next.

Not Quite a Lady

Not Quite a LadyLady Charlotte Hayward had made a mistake ten years ago and for that she knows to remain unwed. She will have accomplished that task but now a neighbor is showing her things could be different. She will start to relent and find that her past is catching up with her.

Darius Carsington is a smart rake who knows when to stay away from an innocent but with Charlotte something inside him changes. He will be pulled into the families life and will be getting to know Charlotte better and better.

Not Quite a Lady is from Loretta Chase. This book is considered to be part of two series Fallen Women and Carsington. I have read two books from this author beforehand and loved them. After reading this one I wasn’t loving it. It was entertaining and kept me going but I wasn’t pulled into the story as I would have liked to be.

There was nothing really wrong with Charlotte with the exception she just gave up her child. Of course at sixteen in her time that would make her an outcast but with her families support it would have been something that could have been handled. Darius was a good guy even though he was a rake. I guess the thing is it was a little on the dull side every now and then.

Now although this was not my favorite from Loretta Chase I am looking forward to getting the third book from the Dressmakers series which will be released in June of this year.

An Invitation to Sin

An Invitation to SinCaroline Witfeld wants to be an artist and she is close to her dream. Caroline will only need to find a model of an aristocrat and then comes Zachary. She will get him to pose for the portrait but she will find that is not all she will be wanting from Zachary.

Zachary Griffin was with his aunt because of his older brother. Zachary’s new goal was to join the army but that soon changes when he meets the Witfeld girls, well Caroline Witfeld. Zachary will want seduction with Caroline and succeed but he has to convince her that he will not stop her from her own dream.

The second book to the Griffin Family series is An Invitation to Sin from Suzanne Enoch. This follows well from the first book of the series. It was enjoyable as the first and something you wanted to take your time reading. This time Zachary is the main character and he lives up to his name being carefree. He was one to jump around to different ideas but you wanted to love him as he was a good person. Caroline was fantastic with her dream of being an artist. She was sensible but had a hidden fire in her.

The family of Caroline really played into the story and gave the charm and laughter. There are seven girls in all and they are all silly and giggling girls looking for a husband. Caroline was really the only sensible one. The girls mobbed any suitor leaving the suitor terrified. They kept the story going.

Now Sebastian played the part of the big brother but he was cruel in how he handled the situation which left me annoyed. He kept Zachary and Caroline apart but he did redeem himself at the end leaving me liking him once again. I will say at the end of the book I did love how Zachary and Caroline were reconnected and how paint was involved with their reunion. It was sweet and funny with the passion that they had in the beginning and never lost.

Rules to Catch a Devilish Duke

Sophia White is an illegitimate daughter of a duke. She has known her status all her life and has found a place for her at the club but now it is all being taken away from her. Sophia will do what her father has order her to do, marry a vicar in the country, so the club would not go under as he would do everything in his power to make it happen. But before Sophia walks the aisle she will find herself invited to a country house Christmas party. She will go to the party knowing she is to cause a stir but wants one grand Christmas before she gives up her freedom.

Duke of Greaves, Adam is throwing a Christmas party. His list of people he invited have been picked all with a reason. The gaggle of girls were picked for his up coming nuptials while his notorious friends are there to cause a stir especially Sophia White. But as luck would have it snow creates a problem and only Sophia will make it on time for the party. Adam will find it hard to leave her side for those days or her bed as they have found friendship, but Adam will still have to find a bride.

This is a very new series to Suzanne Enoch and since reading the first two I am hooked. Rules to Catch a Devilish Duke is one book you will not want to put downI loved this book.

Sophia was a character who did not fit the mold. She was a illegitimate daughter but she had an education. She was not a virgin and took charge of her life. Adam was a rake through and through but did not want to end up like his father. He acted like most but was not as crass as everyone thought he was. Enoch does a wonderful job at changing him throughout the book into the man you wanted him to be.

This book certainly puts the focus on the status of people born in the right ones and the ones who break society rules. I liked that the characters became friends there was something heartwarming about that and it makes you cheer for them to have a chance. I found it interesting that the plot stayed out of the club on this one but it was never out of your thoughts. I did miss the interaction of the club throughout the novel but it looks like Enoch will have it back with Emily in the fourth book. Sadly though Emily’s story will have to wait until next year but I suppose that will give me time to read more of Suzanne Enoch’s stories.