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.

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Get Swept Away with a “Knight of Desire”

Margaret Mallory created a hit with the first book, Knight of Desire, from her series All The King’s Men.

Catherine Rayburn gave her body to a husband she did not desire but in return she would leak secret information to the King. She endured this relationship for five years. Now her husband is dead and she thought she would be free but the King has other plans.

William FitzAlan keeps his word to his King and in return he gets a piece of land and his own home which comes with a bride to be. He could turn her away to the tower or marry. William does not want to treat the woman as such even if she did betray her husband. William will be shock to find the young woman in front of him. She was the one that tormented his dreams five years ago.

The two marry and have to endure how to get along. Passion will ignite along with deceit as other players become deceiving and misleading the newly married couple.

I liked how Mallory creates her characters to be stubborn and for Catherine to be fearful because of her previous marriage. There is hurt and no trust but soon it forms. Mallory gives the readers many highs and lows in the book which will make you want to read as you don’t know how William will screw up when he talks to his wife. Or how she will react as there is passion but no trust.

The villains are clear in the book but there is a hidden one that Mallory waits to the end to reveal.

Knight of Desire was filled with passion and desire along with witty characters which will have you turning the pages to find the conclusion.

MacGregors: The Early MacGregors

As Daniel and Anna’s lives were revisited so will be the MacGregor family in the early past.  Nora Roberts brings the early members of the clan to the pages in Rebellion.

The Plot of Rebellion:

“Scotland, 1745.  Against the bloody background of the Battle of Culloden, another war waged and won-the price of honor, the victory, love.

Scottish beauty Serena MacGregor’s hatred of all English began as a child when she watched as a band of Englishmen attacked her mother.  Her brother’s friend Brigham Langston was no exception to Serena’s loathing-despite his supposed loyalty to the Scottish cause…and his good looks.

Although Brigham eventually proves himself worthy of the MacGregor family’s respect, Serena is still reluctant to abandon her hatred for him and his heritage.  But Brigham has other plans.  Serena has captivated him with her beauty, her passion for life and commitment to her beliefs-and he refuses to let her antagonistic attitude keep form winning her.  And Serena must learn to open her mind-as Brigham opens his heart-to see the true love awaiting her.”

The sixth book is intriguing and fantastic to read.  I like that we were taken back in time to see the earlier members of the MacGregor family.  The firery MacGregors are not a thing from the past.  Their stubbornness is as old as time.  You got to see how they were spread out and finally made it to America where some will stay permentanly.

“The Perfect Royal Mistress”

I don’t know why but I thought I would try another book by Diane Haeger.  I did like her other book but it just wanted to make me cry, so I hoped that this would not do so.

The story line of “The Perfect Royal Mistress” is about a lowly orange girl, Nell Gywnne trying to survive in this world in the time of 1666.  Her mother has been out of her life with drinking and Rose her sister took to prostitution to help provide food for them.  Nell has tried to keep her witt and strength in this time.

Charles II is king at this time married to Catherine but that doesn’t mean he stays faithful.  He has had many children with his mistresses.  He finds Nell as the lowly orange girl and finds her charming.  She tells him the truth with her witt, and she doesn’t know that he is king.

Nell finds herself being forced into sex by the actor Charles Hart which should have been the worst thing but Nell turns it into something she can use.   With the help of Richard Bell, Nell becomes a star on the stage in comedic plays.  It is at this time King Charles II sees her again and wants to get to know her better.

Nell lets the king and soon they begin their affair.  Nell though is different from all the other woman.  She ignores the other woman and lets him come back to her.  She continues on with her acting and all of London love her along with the King.

Okay so this book didn’t make me cry which was great.  Of course I was very frustrated throughout the book with the King and his commitment level to Nell.  I want them to always be together but he can’t stop with the cheating.  I personally would think that I would send the King packing with all the cheating but Nell is a different woman.  She loves the man and the King.  I wonder in today’s society would woman really be all that forgiving like Nell?  For me I know the answer is no.

What I also liked about this book was that its historical. These characters are real.  I liked how Diane places the facts and intertwines the fiction throughout the pages of the book.  It is also nice to have a little summary about what happens afterwards with Nell.

This book left me smiling more than “The Secret Wife of George IV”.  Over all I loved Nell strength in the book and found the atmosphere in that time fascinating to read.