Once Upon a Maiden Lane

Miss Mary Whitsun will be stopped at the bookstore by a man who thought she was his fiancee, Lady Johanna Albright. She will be told that she was the missing twin of the Albrights. Mary will immediately be taught all that it meant to be a lady and will learn that with this came a fiancee, Viscount Blackwell.

Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell was to marry the oldest daughter of the Albrights. It would have been Cecilia but she was never found, he was told to marry Johanna whom he thought as a sister. Now with Mary, he believes that she is the missing twin and Henry finds himself wanting Mary from the moment they interacted.

Once Upon a Maiden Lane is the third story from the Maiden Lane Novella series by Elizabeth Hoyt. I really loved this novella. It was really well done and it was fun that Mary Whitsun was the main character. She was always in the background.

Mary’s character was wonderful. She is a servant but really more of a friend to Lady Caire since she grew up in their orphanage. I liked that Mary was strong in her character. She did not back down but you knew that with everything that was happening it was overwhelming. She will be up to the challenge especially as she gets to know Henry more every time he stops by. Henry’s character was charming and smiled at the right times. I liked that he had to work at getting Mary to like him. I also liked that true feelings started to form.

There is a twist that is a little sad but with that twist comes an opportunity to change the situation and make a new future, which I really loved.

Now, I keep reading that this is the last book of the series for Maiden Lane. Don’t know if it is true. If it is then this was a great ending to the whole series.

Notorious Pleasures

Notorious PleasuresLady Hero Batten has now become engaged to a steady and solid man what some would say boring. Hero wants safety but things will start to change when she meets her fiancee’s brother. She will find a passion in his arms that scares her as she only wants more.

Lord Reading, Griffin Remmington has seen a woman who is all together perfect and she is marrying his brother. He knows they would never suite but Griffin can not stop thinking about her or how passionate she becomes in his arms. Griffin will though have another problem on his hand as his distillery was in danger.

Since I love to find new series I had grabbed the first four books of the Maiden Lane series feeling this would be a very intriguing series to read. After the first book I wanted more and personally the second book, Notorious Pleasures, did not disappoint. You are brought back to the family that started the series but encountering new characters. This is truly a worthwhile series to read at least so far. I am hoping that this will continue.

Hero was the dutiful sister always doing the right thing. At times that got annoying as you wanted her to break free and find a way with Griffin. I loved how very much of a rake Griffin was that is of course how he acted. The true man was yes a rake but not as much as everyone thought. Thomas, Griffin’s brother, I actually felt bad for once I came to the end of the book as he too wanted more. There is a happy ending for all even if they cut it close.

There is certainly no holding back with Elizabeth Hoyt as she lets her characters explore in the basic desires. You will get caught up in the moment as Hero and Griffin will not be able to keep away from each other. Hoyt also continues the theme of sin in theses characters life as they are told to stay away but it is there taunting them. Within the book I found it was not filled with as much debauchery that Caire had displayed in the first book. Griffin is a rake but I did not think him villain like at first as I did with Caire. There is of course that grit displayed from the slums of St. Giles which follows the book. Hoyt does describe the darker side of London that most romances do not place themselves in.

Silence and Winters are still around along with Meg who was introduced as Griffin’s little sister. Silence’s story is now making headway and I am interested to find out more especially now that a certain pirate is back. Silence and Mickey will have their moment in the third book Scandalous Desires, which I am looking forward to reading.

One Kiss from You

Although not reading the series in order you are are still captured by Christina Dodd’s characterization in the plot. The second book, One Kiss From You, to the series Switching Places is its own complete story.

Eleanor de Lacy’s one mission was to fool her cousins almost fiancee. The job was going to be simple but Eleanor was blinded by hope. Remington Knight is not a man to be dealt with lightly. He is coarse and determined but Eleanor found herself enticed by him but she could not be threatened by passion. She had to fool this man to make him think she was the duchess.

Remington Knight had a mission and that was to get his duchess, Madeline. He would have revenge on her family but what startles him is the lust. He did not expect to feel that for this woman. But he would not be misguided by those feelings as he needed the de Lacy family to suffer.

I was thrilled by this book with Dodd’s characters of Eleanor who was shy and quiet to Remington who was hard and determined. Eleanor comes into a new woman while Remington will take a step back. There characters were perfectly intertwined together.

As the reader goes through the book you will notice it goes up and down. You want one thing then it goes to the next. You think finally they will be happy but then another road block comes into play. Dodd is very good at keeping the suspense and the plot interesting for the reader to continue throughout the book.

Readers will enjoy how Eleanor fools Remington but looses her heart at the same time.

There Goes the Bride by Lori Wilde

Marrying your best friend sounds great. You have known each other forever and love each other but Delaney soon finds that Evan does not spark her. There is no chemistry between them and Delaney is too scared to call off the wedding.

With the advice of her friends she does something different only to get tangled with a cop who will get her fire going but it will take more to get her out of this mess.

With a kidnapper, a cop, a fiance, a magic veil, and a sisters ghost Delaney will find out what she needs to do and how she will get away from the alter before she makes a mistake.

Lori Wilde is an author I decided to try. Sometimes I go by book cover which is bad because you can’t judge a book by its cover but this one looked funny, so I did. There Goes the Bride is the first book of the series Wedding Veil Wishes. Lori Wilde for me is a fun writer. She brings in the characters through an outragous plot that will leave you smiling.

I liked the many stories that were happening. Each connected but you did not know how. The magic veil and her sister as a ghost in her dreams were a nice touch. It was something out of the ordinary that gave Delaney something more than the bride to be.

With a great set of characters Lori Wilde will have you keep reading from the very first page to the last in this humorous book, There Goes the Bride.

Thursday’s Child by Sandra Brown

Two sisters, twins, will make the switch but one sister is going to have a hard time getting rid of one of the men.  Ane and Allison Leamon are twins.  Anne is going under surgery and wants Allison to impersonate herself.  Allison doesn’t want to.  She can’t lie but she goes anyways.

Davis, Ann fiancee, loves her and wants to show her off.  Allsion gets the task to show off and to meet his best friend.  Spencer is the friend.  Allison stops breathing as she gazes on him.  She can’t play the cool sister like Ann.

Spencer falls for Ann, really Allison.  Falls hard and fast and lets her know.  Allison can’t handle it.  She finally tells everyone the truth.  But the story is not over for Allison.  Spencer still wants the woman he meet that night.  But who is Spencer and will Allison really have a chance.

This love story was fun to read.  There were humorous parts that left you smiling and sensual scenes.  Switching places is done a lot but Brown creates it to be fun to read. 

I loved Allison’s character and felt for her as she had to deal with her sisters liveliness when she was so shy.  But it was nice to see that she could get out of her shell.

Thursday’s Child is enjoyable, has a witty plot, and creative lovable characters.