Once a Scoundrel

Stephen Crenshaw, Marquess of Dunwich, was back in England after several years away as a soldier. He had been a rake back then but he has changed. He knew what was important and that was getting the woman he had loved back.

Lady Faith Westover, daughter of the Duke of Strathmore, had loved Stephan. She was blinded to his rakish ways but when he had left her eyes had been open. Now with Stephan back Faith will try to keep away but he wouldn’t let her, not until she forgave him.

Once a Scoundrel is the fourth book from the series The Secret Life of Scoundrels by Anna Harrington. I really enjoyed this novella. It was short and straight to the point. The novella covered a lot, a betrayal, love, second chances, rumors, and friendship.

Faith’s character had been hurt by the man she loved and wasn’t ready to forgive and forget. Her betrayal was understandable. I think the betrayal might have been a little over dramatic, though nothing annoying. I thought Faith was a refreshing young lady with a good head on her shoulders and now was guarded with her heart. Stephan will find a way to her heart but it will be Faith to make the ultimate decision. Stephan’s character had changed, and changed for the better. I liked that he truly did change and it wasn’t a facade in order to get what he wanted. He was sincere and filled determined to do right in his life. I liked that he had to work to get what he wanted.

Brown Eyed Girl

Avery Crosslin was a wedding planner who was trying to make her business profitable. When she lands a big client she is hopeful this will skyrocket her career. Though this job will have her getting close to Joe Travis, the one man she was trying to avoid. He was a temptation that she wanted to avoid, but Joe will not let her forget him.

Joe Travis had seen Avery and wanted her instantly. Joe will do all that he could do to get Avery’s attention. He will slowly entice her, seduce her, and show that he truly cares for her.

Brown Eyed Girl is the fourth and final book to the series Travises by Lisa Kleypas. I really enjoyed this story. For me it was a slow like. At first it was a little slow with getting to know the characters, but once I got to know them I was all in with the story.

Avery’s character was a dedicated worker and doing her best to elevate her career. Work was all she did as she had been burned before by her ex. Avery was guarded but with Joe she was letting down her guard. The part with the dog was too cute. It made me want to adopt another animal, but with a dog and a cat already I don’t have the room. There was another cute part with dogs that was at the ending, which gave a sappy yet very satisfying ending. Joe’s character was a man who had gone through a tragedy with losing his father and an accident that could have killed him. You would think that Joe would be withdrawn but he was easy going and it was clear he was besotted with Avery. I liked the way he pursued Avery. He confounded her when he couldn’t keep his hands off of her to being polite and almost indifferent. Of course you knew the whole time Joe wanted her but he wanted her to feel the same, and she will.

The bride to be and mother were terrible. At first I thought the bride to be was just a little spoiled but then I read the truth and it wasn’t good especially for the groom. I was happy that Avery went with her conscious on the situation.

I thought the Travises series was one that was worth reading.

Dirty Sexy Sinner

Jackson Stone had found out some life changing news, his whole life had been a lie. Jackson will find three brothers he never knew, one of them was his twin. He will try to make a relationship with them even as they were weary, though he will get some help from Tara.

Tara Kent had finally completed her business degree and had gotten a promotion at work. Her world will change once again when she meets Jackson, Clay’s twin.

Dirty Sexy Sinner is the fourth book to the series Dirty Sexy by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde. This last book was enjoyable and a good ending to this steamy series.

Jackson’s character was not the rich kid his brothers had thought him to be. He had his own crappy childhood that had not been filled with love. I wanted to give Jackson a hug when his brothers rejected him, but that was only at the beginning. These Kincaid brothers were not easily trusting. It was interesting that Jackson was Clay’s twin and pretty tragic with how Jackson had been taken away from his twin. Despite it all he turned out well adjusted, just like his brothers. Tara’s character was a young woman who had her tragedy early on in her life. She rose above her own tragedy and was able to make something of her life. I loved Tara’s spunk but she was still very insecure, Jackson will help with that insecurity.

The ending was very sappy but I loved it. The authors gave a conclusion to these brothers and their wives.

The Duke

Collin “Cole” Talmage, Duke of Trewyth, had been through hell with the war and he had not come out that battle whole. Loosing his hand had harden Cole which made him not be able to see the one woman he had been looking for.

Imogen Pritchard was a nurse at the local hospital and it will be there that she sees the man she had once spent the night with. Imogen had never forgotten Cole but the man that she saw was not the same man she had loved back then.

The Duke is the fourth book to the series Victorian Rebels by KerriganĀ  Byrne. I liked this book but it was by no means my favorite. I loved the last three books and couldn’t put them down. This one however was at times a struggle. I only continued to read because of the main character Imogen.

Imogen’s character had been a nurse and barmaid at a brothel, and now a lady thanks to her marriage. I loved her character for her strength and her intelligence. After all she had been through she wanted to help those around her, to make the world a better place. Cole’s character I felt was the complete opposite. He was selfish and cruel. Now the other heroes from the previous books were broken men but there was a strength about them, and there was goodness inside them. With Cole’s character he kept just being cruel and insulting to Imogen. The romance reader in me still wanted Imogen to have that happy ending and in the end Cole showed he loved her but it was a struggle to really like his character.

Kerrigan Byrne is continuing the series with the fifth book which will come out this October.

Pursuing Lord Pascal

pursuing-lord-pascalAmy, Lady Mowbray was not really ready for society but she made a pact with her two friends. Amy will do her best and will be surprised when the man she had a crush on since she was a teenager had taken an interest in her, and as a member of the Dashing Widows she was going to take a chance with Lord Pascal.

Gervaise Dacre, Lord Pascal needed to marry a wealthy heiress but none of them were interesting him. Then Pascal spots a woman he needed to know. Pascal will pursue Amy relentlessly and will find himself falling for her.

Pursuing Lord Pascal is the fourth book to the series Dashing Widows by Anna Campbell. I liked this novella. I thought it was a good continuation to a series that I thought was finished. In the third book Campbell finished with the three original friends but in the fourth one, three more friends are introduced and are determined to do the same as the the widows before them.

Amy was a sensible young woman in my opinion and was very smart. I liked that she was not afraid to explore her own interest which was with farming. Amy was also cautious with her heart which helps when there will be trouble coming her way. When that trouble comes I was happy to read that she wasn’t too scared to just talk about the problem. Pascal was a rake and in trouble financially. I liked him though he had to mature some which Amy will make sure that he does.

I am looking forward to reading about the other two friends.

Some Girls Lie

Some Girls LieJemima Jane “JJ” Ericson has been in love with Ethan for as long as she could remember. She knew that she could never have him that way which was why she remained his best friend. Though things will change when their ex’s start to cause trouble.

Ethan Weston lived his life for his daughter and when that livelihood was being threatened he knew to act quickly. He will find the solution with his best friend, though things will get quickly complicated when he starts to notice JJ as a woman.

Some Girls Lie is the fourth book to the series Outback Heat by Amy Andrews. Out of all the books I would have to say that this one was my favorite. I really liked JJ and Ethan’s story.

Ethan’s character was the work hard, driven man who was devoted to his daughter. You couldn’t fault that about his character. Though what you could find fault with the man was that he could not see who would be good for him. Ethan kept fighting his attraction to JJ once they slept together which was because he didn’t believe in love any more. Then there is JJ’s character. She was again a hard worker and loyal friend. She always tried to take the high road and protect those she loved. I liked that she was finally able to be with Ethan even if it was not on a permanent basis. Although there is one part in the book that will make you want to hit Ethan really hard and cheer JJ who finally expressed her feelings. What surprised me about JJ was her back story which had been about domestic abuse from her ex-husband. Well he will be back in the picture and up to no good.

Delia (Ethan’s ex and Connie’s mother) was a piece of work and she was making life difficult, which made it hard to like her. Things will change though and at last Delia will figure out what truly needs to change, her, otherwise she was going to loose her daughter forever.

Overall this was a fun and steamy series to read.

 

Wicked Sexy Liar

Wicked Sexy LiarLondon Hughes was happy with her life. She surfed, tended bar, and hanged out with her roommate. Then things change when she meets Luke Sutter. They will have a one night stand followed by a couple more times but London will know it wouldn’t last because of Luke’s reputation and her trust in the opposite sex.

Wicked Sexy Liar is the fourth book to the series Wild Seasons by Christina Lauren. I really liked this book.

London’s character is a confident woman except when it is with men and relationships. She had been burned by her ex which left her doubting love. I liked that London was trying to live again and open her heart though it will take some time for that to happen. Luke’s character was a good guy but he very much was a player and he enjoyed it because he was in it for just sex. Though when you get to the deeper part of the Luke your heart will break for him. When he broke things off with Mia a little of him died then too. That was why I was happy to read that Luke was opening himself up for something more with London.

This is the last book of the series but there could always be more written. If another story is written I would like to see either Dylan, aka Not Joe, or Magot. Maybe one some story with them getting together.