A Scot in the Dark

a-scot-in-the-darkMiss Lillian Hargrove was ruined by society’s standard. Knowing that she had only a little time before she was publicly disgraced Lily was planning her escape. The only problem was her guardian showed up and was insistent that she not run from her problems.

The Duke of Warnick hated everything English but he was determined to make sure his ward was taken care of. Warnick would make sure Lily was protected through a marriage. Though with feelings starting to form it was hard for Warnick to have Lily go with another.

A Scot in the Dark is the second book in the series Scandals & Scoundrels by Sarah Maclean. I ended up liking the novel. I thought it was cute but it was tough at times to keep with it, especially in the beginning.

Lily’s character was one that I grew to like. I thought she was interesting but she kept wanting to leave and express her misery. I understood why she was sad but it seemed that it went on a lot. She got better when she found herself challenging Warnick and really discovering what she wanted in life.

Warnick’s character was a man that didn’t want his dukedom. He was against it and against everything English. I actually really liked Warnick and wanted to know about his past as Maclean kept bringing up his shame. I wanted to know what he did that made him that shameful. The shame which kept getting brought up was a little much at times but once I found out what had happened Warnick’s character made sense.

The relationship between Lily and Warnick was driving me crazy. They were at some point arguing with each other, wanting each other and feeling ashamed for their own particular issues. All of these things are not bad, it was just expressed a lot. It helps when Maclean gives a little more explanation about the characters past.

The next book to this series comes out in June 2017.

Temptation and Surrender

Temptation and SurrenderJonas Tallent has lived for the life of London but now bored he has put his mind back on his country family home in Devon. He needs someone to run the inn and will find none up to the task until Emily Beauregard. He knows that she is hiding something and will be persistent to uncover it.

Emily Beauregard, but that is not her full name, is hiding the rest of her name so she can go unobserved in hopes to find what she is looking for. Emily along with her brother and sisters are in search of the family treasure that would restore their family to the status they once had. Emily has to be sneaky about it but finds it is hard to move around with Jonas Tallent watching her every move.

Temptation and Surrender is the seventeenth book and last book to Stephanie Laurens series Cynster. I really liked this book. I thought there was more life to this one and not so dark with the mystery. Mysteries with dark intrigue are good but I liked that this was a little more lighthearted thanks to the siblings of Emily.

The characters were well developed and engaging to read about. I liked Emily who did not see failure as an option. She was the caretaker of her family and was bent on doing everything she could to help them. Jonas was not the bored gentleman that left London. He was curious and put Emily as a project. He intended to find what she was hiding and would not fail. There is of course the lust that follows as they find themselves in one too many situations where they are alone.

The kids were a cute addition and had their own role to play. They were not just ones to be mentioned in the book. Laurens also adds a story for Issy and Joshua to find love which you could easily see coming but it was sweet.

Emily’s treasure hunt was the plot of the story and kept you moving along with the characters. I kept flipping the pages wondering when and if the treasure would be found. Now along with the treasure there was a villain. At first you think you know but the villain was not someone I saw coming but an explanation was given.

Stephanie ended the series well with this book. There are more books to read from her along with a new Cynster series called Cynster Sisters. I know that I will be coming back to more from Stephanie Laurens.

Return of the Viscount

Cecilia Mallory needed to marry to be able to control her money and take care of her brother and the estate. Cecilia imagined her husband to be an elder man and is stricken when she meets a young vibrant man. She will rethink the marriage to her husband but with every touch will send shivers down her spine. She will be distracted as she fears her life is starting to be in danger when accidents keep happening to her.

Viscount Michael Blackthorne was intrigued by the letter to marry his commanders daughter. As he felt he owed his commander Michael agreed. He was speechless six months later to be facing his wife he married by proxy. She was a beautiful woman and not an aged spinster he thought she would be. Michael will want to make this marriage real in all ways as every moment he spends in her company, but soon his mind will be on the accidents that keep happening to Cecilia.

Return of the ViscountSo I once again judged a book by his cover but it wasn’t for the picture only the name of the author. I thought it would be fun to read this author who spells her name as mine. When I was younger everyone of my friends and teachers would always spell my name Gail never Gayle, and I would hardly ever see my name spelled that way. So a few years ago I kept finding my name spelled Gayle of authors for their first or last name. This was the first time I saw Gayle Callen’s book and took in on a whim to read.

Since I had not read the summary page of this book I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked the book. I thought the characters seemed real like the relationship between brother and sister along with the only just meeting husband and wife. Oliver the brother was spoiled and guilt ridden which made his character interesting. You wanted him to grow up but as Callen uncovers the truth about Oliver you cheer for him. Then there is Michael who was very much the solider but who was also just a good man. He had hidden guilt which you can guess. Now Cecilia I really liked as she was a woman on a mission. She got things done and took care of everything. I was intrigued by the fact who would want to hurt this woman. Now the plot was simple as it was mainly about Cecilia doing what she can to help her brother. Callen brings in a sinister part when the accidents start happening. Personally I had no idea who would be plotting to harm or kill Cecilia so Callen did a good job at the surprise. I will definitely revisit Callen for another one of her books.

Wild About You

Wild About YouHoward Barr has some trouble ahead from the newly matchmaking vampire, Shanna when she learns who his celebrity crush is, but there is more. Howard will find out the man he thought was dead is very much alive. He will find a new way to seek his revenge on the man that destroyed his life.

Elsa Bjornberg and her crew travel the world fixing up houses for their tv show. She loves her work but at times hates her nickname. She wants to be cherished and not just be with one of the guys. She will soon meet a man that makes her feel small in Howard but there will be more to this man.

Kerrelyn Sparks newest book, Wild About You, in number thirteen to the Love at Stake series. With every book you are brought back into this world of vampires and were-animals. These books can be read on their own but its best to start at the beginning as you will get to know the character much better, like Howard. He was there since the beginning and over time in the books he was more or less overlooked until the twelfth book. In Wild About You Sparks brings in something new with guardians and magic which have not been really talked about. I thought it was a great add and gave something more for Howard and Elsa. Now Elsa was an fantastic character. I loved her description by Sparks. She is the ultimate amazon woman but with unknown power. Sparks does a good job at explaining about the guardians and the legend. There is also a twist involved which ties the whole story and legend together. Now lets not forget about the bad guys which is really Rhett and his minions. After the last book I had a feeling he wasn’t done. Sparks explains the feud for Howard and Rhett well never explaining the whole thing at once, she breaks it down slowly.

Wild About You was another well done, fun, quirky and passion filled novel from Kerrelyn Sparks leaving me to wonder who is going to be next in the series?

A Certain Wolfish Charm by Lydia Dare

“The rules of Society can be beastly-especially when you’re a werewolf and its that irritating time of the month. Simon Westfield, the Duke of Blackmoor, is rich, powerful, and sinfully handsome, and has spent his entire life creating scandal and mayhem. It doesn’t help his wolfish temper at all that Miss Lily Rutledge seems not the least bit afraid of him, and in fact, may be as untamable as he is…

When Lily’s beloved nephew’s behavior becomes inexplicably wild, she runs to Simon, the boy’s cousin and guardian, for help. But Simon’s idea of assistance is far different than hers, and Lily finds herself ensconced in his house and engaged to the rogue.

They both may have bitten off more than they can chew when each begins to discover the other’s darkest secrets…”

I found this author who has four books together out or will be coming out this year. All I can say is wow! Her plot and characters were delightful to read and had very steamy scenes that left you sighing. I loved that fact that the men are werewolves and it is written in the past. I love the brothers interaction with each other and the young boy Oliver. They will make a lively bunch and entertaining novels. And having Lily being thrown into the mix is fantastic.

Now the problem of finding a new author is to find the ability to wait for the next books to actaully come out, but the wait will be worth it if they are like her first book. The next book will be about Ben who finds he lost his wolfish ways and will be getting help.