The Highwayman

The HighwaymanDorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More was a known criminal and had made a reputation for himself. Dorian will be searching for Farah and will find her. He will take her to his home to protect her and to use her secret which she had guarded for her life. Though Dorian will want more from Farah. He will want her to be bonded with him but he doesn’t want to taint her with his life. To keep her safe Dorian will do what is needed.

Farah Leigh Mackenzie worked for Scotland Yard for many years and for all of those years she had been alone. As a widow Farah had a certain freedom but she had a secret and one that she hid from everyone. Though now the secret will be used by Dorian, a man that had kidnapped her and will be the one who will marry her.

The Highwayman is the first book to the series Victorian Rebels by Kerrigan Byrne. This is a new author for me and I will have to say that I really liked this book. There were parts that were yes a little slow but the author was creating the scene.

The beginning of the book intrigued me. I was taken back to a movie that my mom watched, The Saint, when he was in the orphanage. You knew right away there was no hope for them but you hoped anyways.

Dorian’s character broke my heart. He was so cruel and broken, he became a shell of a man that he used to be. Though through all of that he still knew that Farah was the one he searched for, the one he protected. There was kindness there, he just didn’t know how to show it towards her since he had known cruelty for so long. Farah’s character was a woman who was strong and lonely but she did what she could. I loved that she was devoted to the boy that she loved so many years ago and still loved. She was a strong woman who held her ground and was just overall compassionate. There was also a secret that Farah kept which was about her past that I found interesting. That will come into play later in the book. Together Dorian and Farah should not work but together they are perfect for one another especially as she begins to heal the man that is buried deep inside of Dorian.

I am reading the second book to this series next.

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Romancing Lady Stone

Romancing Lady StoneLady Cecilia Evangeline Stone is in search of her son who is getting married in a few days. She wouldn’t be there to congratulate her son but to stop the wedding as he was going to marry an actress who was too old for him. Cecilia will have problems along the way in Russia but will be rescued by Mr. Levin.

Konstantin Alexie Levin was on the way to London to collect money that was being given to him. It would be a fresh start but before he could leave he will stop to help a woman. The attraction is instant for Konstantin and he will want nothing more to be with this woman but she will be an aristocrat.

Romancing Lady Stone is a novella to the series School of Gallantry by Delilah Marvelle. Well its been a couple years since I had found my first book by Marvella. The books I have read by this author haven’t been amazing that is until I read this book. I really liked this novella. Maybe it was because it was shorter and more to the point, I am not sure. Well I am sure that I liked the characters of Cecilia and Konstantin. They were a mismatch from the start and with her being a little older it would never do in society. Then there was Konstantin who was a former criminal. I liked him and even though he was 10 years younger than Cecilia he had a maturity that kept up with her. He was good for her as well in a way of letting her spread her wings. I liked that it was a romance that would beat the odds and win because it will, it just might take a little convincing between the both of them with the help of destiny.

I liked Cecilia’s character as she was a mother and was older but in life she hadn’t really lived and Konstantin brings that out in her especially the sexual side. Out of all the books I have read by Marvelle the one spot she always will write well are those intense love scenes. I guess for myself I just couldn’t get into the characters or the plot that was forming in the books. I really didn’t have a problem with the novella and I really did enjoy it.

So since I liked this novella I will have to try out this series School of Gallantry to find out if it is like this novella. That will be coming later as my pile of books hasn’t had the chance to decrease as I keep adding to the pile.

Take Me Home for Christmas

Take Me Home for Christmas (Whiskey Creek, #5)Sophia DeBussi had lived through her own personal hell and she knew she deserved it with the choices she made through life. Determined to get her life back after her husbands death she will do what she can not to be broken. Sophia will be surprised when Ted offers to help, but she knows that she can’t get close to him again as she was going to make sure to leave Whiskey Creek for good.

Ted Dixon had loved Sophie fourteen years ago and now all he felt was anger, at least that is what he wanted to believe. He was afraid that if she was around him for too long he would forgive and feel more. Ted will find it in his heart to forgive and hirer her when no one else would, but he will still be scared to take that next step that could lead to heartbreak once again.

Take Me Home for Christmas is the fifth book to Whiskey Creek series from Brenda Novak. I can’t get enough of this series and its sad as I only have one left to read in my pile. Every time I pick up a book from this series I know that there will be love but it is love that is hard, not the simple kind. There will be tough situations that the characters will have to get out of and they will make mistakes, sometimes a lot of them. Novak makes these characters seem real with their faults.

So Sophia is a changed woman. She changed the moment she married the slime husband of hers. She was a battered woman who needed a break and she does get it when her husband dies running away. Sophia’s biggest problem was believing that she wasn’t good enough and I liked that she became stronger and more secure as the book went on. I even liked her when she had a relapse as it made her more real. Ted was a man struggling to forget the one woman he loved. He makes mistakes in the book and will have to pay for them but he isn’t a bad guy, just human. He comes around and accepts his feelings for Sophia but it does take a while. Theirs was a romance that never ended, it was just waiting dormant until they were ready.

I hated the character of Chief Stacy. He was an ass and thought too much of himself. He was getting too dangerous as the power was going to his head. I have a feeling that just because of what happened at the end of the book will not stop him especially as he has several vendettas against several people. Though I could be wrong. I will find out soon as Come Home to Me is next on my list of books to read, and is my last book from Whiskey Creek.