To Catch an Heiress

To Catch an HeiressCaroline Trent was to get control of her fortune at twenty one which was only weeks away. She had to leave the home she was staying at but had no idea how. When she was whisked away by Blake Ravenscroft who thought she was a notorious spy she thought her prays were answered.

Blake Ravenscroft wanted revenge on the spy Carlotta De Leon. He thought he had grabbed her as she was sneaking out of the house but soon will find she is not a spy but an heiress.

I decided to pick up the book because I hadn’t read anything by Julia Quinn in a while and wanted to revisit the author. To Catch an Heiress was a book I had not tried before and was excited to start a new series even though there are only two books to Agents for the Crown series.

So the first book to me set the tone of these spies. They will do what they need to do in service. Blake was doing this more out of guilt and is rather on the serious side. His friend James who will be in the second book has more humor. Back to Blake, he is serious and determined to live in his own misery. He doesn’t like that he is attracted to Caroline as he doesn’t want to marry again and fail to save her if she is in danger. Caroline wasn’t looking for love either but there she was falling in love with this man. It was a battle with him but with all love stories a happy ending will happen. Of course danger does creep up on them with the enemy nipping at their heels.

I liked the first book and can’t wait to see how James will be in his own book, How to Marry a Marquis.

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Irresistible

IrresistibleClaire Banning was on her way home when her carriage was stopped and she was grabbed. Claire fought hard to get away only to be taken by a different man. She is thrust onto a ship and finds they think her to be spy.

Hugh Battancourt grabbed the woman he thought was a french spy but as he spends time with this woman he is not so sure. Soon he will believe her and let her go but he knows that he will be seeing her soon.

Irresistible is the second book to Banning Sisters series from Karen Robards. I loved this book. It was definitely romance but not an easy one where nothing bad happens. There was more mystery and a lot of adventure that flowed through the book, which I loved reading.

Claire was the beautiful one of the sisters but probably at this point the most miserable one of the sisters. She didn’t love her husband and was now kidnapped. I liked that she didn’t give up and kept trying her best to tell them that they were not the woman they were looking for. Hugh was a mystery. He was a spy for one thing and took his job very seriously. He was hard but had a sense of humor and a seductive way about him that made Claire melt eventually. The spying played more into the story than the first one and it was well done. Chemistry was also really well done by Robards. It was steamy between them once they were through with the kidnapping but it was not instant as they were both strong characters and did not give up easily.

I was not sure how this book was going to continue when Hugh was to be out of her life but there is a twist with who Hugh really is which was well done. I wasn’t sure if there was going to be a happy ending with the two since Claire was married but there will be once again a twist that will give Claire and Hugh a happy ending.

Now the villain in the book would have to be the person who was attempting to kidnap Claire in the first place or it is really the person who ordered the men to kidnap her. I was surprised by the villain but Robards explains why they were doing this to Claire.

Beth’s story is next and I can’t wait to read how her story will go.

Against the Night

Against the NightJohnnie Riggs is on assignment when he finds a dancer he wants. Exotic dancers were never his thing but this woman pulled him in with begin confident on stage and almost shy on the floor. He will find that Amy is not all she seems to be and in way over her head.

Amy Brewer took her sisters job in hopes to find a way to locate her sister who disappeared. Amy will be out of her element when dancing and investigating but will find help with Johnnie. They will keep going with the clues they find even with danger breathing down their necks.

Against the Night is the fifth book to Kat Martin’s series Raines of Wind Canyon. I keep going with the series and with every book Martin keeps the action, romance and the adventure continuing with those tough guys you love to read about. Johnnie was no exception to the rule. He was a tough man who knew what he wanted and that included the woman Angel or really Amy. Now Amy’s character is a contradiction and really fun to read about. She has fire and naivete all in one.

Now for me I think this had a little more violence in this one but there was a good plot and good characters. There was also a good amount of sex but the action of the situation kicks up and the plot becomes intense. There are some very intense scenes that will have you biting your nails and wonder what will happen next. The scenes become gritter when it comes down to the sister, Rachel. You weren’t sure throughout the book what would happen and if she was alive. You find out half way through the book and what happened to the sister is horrific but there will be justice seen for the villain of the story. Against the Night will be next.

Fire and Ice

Reading now my third novel from Anne Stuart I have come to realize that she writes romances but they have a tendency to be dark, as a thriller and mystery should be. Now I don’t know if this follows all her books but it seems certain this is the case in the series Ice and others like the House of Rohan.

Jilly Lovitz is a typical California girl except she is a genius, done with high school and college by eighteen. Jilly has a weakness though and he has bright red hair, tattoos and dangerous if crossed. Reno was her crush as an adolescent but nothing has changed. Now with danger breaking down the door he will be the only one to save her.

Reno is a dangerous man and a has a new mission, protect Jilly at all costs. He doesn’t want to be around her as she makes him forget she is off limits. When he first saw her he was intrigued but was told to stay away. Now he is all that is left to protect her from the thugs who are after her.

Fire and Ice is the fifth book to the series Ice. This book held no quiet moment for the characters as there was nothing but gun fire or brutal attacks. For me the plot was one you wanted to keep reading even if there was a lot of violence and cruelty in the book. The character Reno held the most cruelty at times which made you want to hate him but as Stuart gives him a voice through the book you understand his motive.

I was intrigued right away with Fire and Ice but felt I had missed a little interaction that was in previous books. For me the story was already in process but you still could understand the story and characters. I am interested in going back to the beginning to find out more of the committee.

Cry No More

Only till recently have I come across Linda Howard and decided to try one book. This time I made some inquiries and went for a book that was not part of a series, and one that would drive me to read. I found that book in Cry No More. This was a book that I didn’t want to put down. From the very start of the first page to the last I was hooked.

Millia Boone has had a tragedy. Ten years ago her son was taken from her, an infant, and she was left for dead. Millia did not give up like her ex-husband told her. Millia divorced and became Millia Edge once again and started Finders. She would find other lost children while still searching for her own. She gets close to the men and with the help of the dangerous James Diaz they find the clues to bring her closer to her son’s kidnappers, but Millia will find out they are closer to her than she knows.

Linda Howard has a gift of storytelling like so many accomplished writers but through this book it was full of grit. There was no happy plot, it was adventure, mystery and betrayal, all things that make a fascinating thriller.

I liked that it had started out with the one perspective of the client but then you started to get into everyone else’s. By doing this you found out who were the villains fairly quickly but what Howard does not reveal is the why. Throughout the book I kept guessing why the villains would do this to Millia and of course the answer was simple once you found out.

Millia Edge’s character was fantastic! She was strong, a fighter who did not back down but she was vulnerable at the same time. Then there was James Diaz who you were not sure of but the more he was around the better you liked him. He was that character who always stayed in the background. Howard did an impressive job giving those two characters that attraction and mistrust at the same time.

This book was bittersweet at times and how Howard gave Millia those challenges you would have begged for the character to have the happy ending. No ultimate happy ending comes until the very end but still sad. The last chapter Howard writes gives the read hope for what the future will come. Of course as the reader we are left to our own imagination.

Cry No More was a stellar book and one that needs to be read. This will not be the last book I will read from Linda Howard.

Cordina’s Royal Family by Nora Roberts

This is the collection of the first three books about the Royal Family of Cordina. I took the chance on these three stories after I picked up the fourth and final book. I liked the fourth okay, but I went to look at these three.  It was fantastic.  Within this series Nora Roberts creates this whimsical, adventures, enduring, romantic characters and plot. Makes you sigh and jump for joy as love conquers all for those royal siblings.

Affaire Royale

Recently kidnapped Princess Gabriella has amnesia, but in the arms of bodyguard Reeve MacGee she finds a passion that’s unforgettable.

Since I read the last book first I found out about their daughter before I read about the parents. I loved this story as the beginning. It was cute, entertaining, and enduring. I loved seeing how Camille’s parents met. The Royal family is a delight.

Command Performance

Though His Royal Highness Alexander is destined to rule Cordina, it’s regal-and elusive-Eve Hamilton who rules his heart.

The second was so sweet and romantic. Both wanted each other but never went for it. Then fate gives them their chance only to have it more obstacles put in the way but not forever. It was funny, completely romantic story between them.

The Playboy Prince

Why is reserved Hannah Rothchild so intriguing to dedicated ladies man Prince Bennett? Is it her secret mission-or the fascinating lady herself?

The last story was lovely. I loved how reserved Hannah was and able to get the playboy Prince on his bend and knee for her. You knew there would be a happy ending but there were some bumps in the road.

The series of Cordina’s Royal Family was a delight to read.



Child’s Play by Cindy Harris

Never reading anything from Cindy Harris I took her book and opened up the pages only to be charmed by the story.

The Plot of Child’s Play:

Rose Sinclair mourned only one thing when her philandering husband died-that she had no children.  But a visit from her spouse’s mistress shocks her to the core when the woman arrives with three children in tow-and claims that they are now Rose’s responsibility! Torn between sympathy and outrage, Rose learns that one of the children claims another man is his father, Sir Steven Nollbrook, a successful barrister.  Yet Steven insists that the child isn’t his-and Rose is haunted by the pain she glimpses in his arresting eyes.  Building a family isn’t child’s play, but as Rose discovery Steven’s secret, she vows to show him that love can be as simple as A,B,C.

This was a very charming tale of two people finding love and a family all at the same time.  The end of the book gave a little surprise that only makes sense as you find out about their characters.  The book has some steamy scense and as a whole it will leave you smiling.