The Leopard Prince

The Leopard PrinceLady Georgina Maitland doesn’t want a husband to run her estates. All she needed was a good steward, Harry Pye, but she will have a problem when she starts to feel things for the man.

Harry Pye prided himself on doing his job well but Lady Georgina was distracting. He will want her for himself but knows that would be impossible. The situation gets worse when he is thought to be a murderer but Georgina will stand by his side.

The Leopard Prince is the second book of the series Princes Trilogy by Elizabeth Hoyt. I had read the first book around three or four years ago and I had liked that book but I wasn’t amazed by it. I have to say I have the same feelings for this book. It wasn’t that there was anything really boring about the book but I just felt I was reading for the sake of reading. That is the complete opposite in the Maiden Lane series where I have loved each and every book.

So I will say that I liked the second book a little more. The reason being there was the intrigue of a murder that had happened in the village. The man suspected was Harry Pye but as the reader you knew he could not have been the murderer. It was not just in the his character. I did like Georgina and how driven and independent she was in her life.

I am on to the third book next. I don’t know if I will be blown away by the book but I am interested in trying as Elizabeth Hoyt is one of my favorite authors.

Undressed

UndressedColin Rosemoor is a very good man but has some problems with not knowing always when to quit gambling, which will lead to his ruin. Colin was out for revenge but there was little he could do about it that is until he meets Brenna.

Brenna Maclachlan had been taken from her crib when she was a infant and was raised in Scotland. Twenty six years later her real parents will find her and want her back in England where she belonged. Brenna will return with them but knows that England will never be her home that is until she meets Colin and her feelings start to change.

Undressed is the third book to the series Undone by Love or Ashton/Rosemoor by Kristina Cook. I really love these books. This was another great one to read. I had not been expecting the beginning of the book where Brenna is taken by two people from Scotland who wanted an heir. They had taken the wrong twin but they kept Brenna and raised her as their own. In turn she because a very capable woman who could manage her keep and help her tenants. Brenna will be brave and go to England to have a season but she fully expected to come back to her home.

I liked Brenna’s character because she was independent. She looked out for herself and others. She had a passion and a curiosity but some times did not use her judgment to the best of her abilities. Colin’s character was a gentleman and to be thrown out of his club it destroyed him. His reputation was in ruins but he was out to get revenge against those who wanted to see him ruin. I liked that he didn’t just sit and do nothing but Colin’s character was a little of a “woe as me” kind of guy at times. He will get it together and with the help of Brenna who he doesn’t always deserve. Colin will become a better man but it takes him losing the one thing he truly wanted/loved to become that man.

I wasn’t a fan of her parents I will have to say. I get that what they wanted was their daughter back to them but they did it the wrong way. They threw her into society thinking that she would just get by. Brenna was not like them. If she had not been taken then she would have been like any normal debutante and had been married already.

Their were two villains. One had been Sinclair who had made himself known in the previous books but the other one was a surprise. I knew something was up with the character but I wasn’t really sure. You know they were a pretty nice person though things change. I kind of wanted more done to these two villains as they got away with doing some wrong deeds, well their reputation was ruined which will cause many doors to be shut on them.

So I have one more book to this series which looks to be a prequel to the series.

Natural Born Charmer

Natural Born CharmerDean Robillard stopped when he saw a woman in a giant beaver costume which lead to him giving her a ride. Though Dean will not be able to get rid of Blue and soon will discover that he might want her to hang around.

Blue Bailey has had a string of bad luck. She will find that maybe her luck is changing when she hitches a ride and lands in Tennessee. Blue will start over once again but will find that maybe she might want to settle down.

Natural Born Charmer is the seventh book to the series Chicago Stars by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. This book is the last book to the series and was another fantastic novel.

Blue’s character was a drifter thanks to her childhood. She shielded herself from those who loved her and from herself loving anyone. You wanted her to let her guard down so that she could love and receive love. Dean’s character was someone who had his own messed up background. I liked that he made something of himself and he became gentler on the ranch, not that he was mean but he also shielded himself. On the surface they looked like they never would be together but they will look beyond and find that there is more than meets the eye.

The other story is with Dean’s mother and estranged father, a groupie and rock and roll singer. I liked this other story as it brought something more to the story. The parents will learn to live with each other again and that will mend hearts but its an up hill journey for them and Dean. The added character of Riley was adorable, Dean’s half sister. I loved how she started out as the insecure girl but grew into a young woman who was becoming her true self.

Alright so I thought that Blue’s mom was good for the work she did for others but she could have been a little more thoughtful to her own daughter. I guess it didn’t matter as Blue finally made peace with it all but it would have been nice for the mother to be there for her daughter.

Well now that I am done with this series I am taking a break from Susan Elizabeth Phillips, but I know I will come back and read more of her books.

Remember Me

remember meMargot Radcliffe had runaway from her home but will be back when tragedy strikes her family. Margot and her sisters will work together to try to save their family’s farm. The only problem was she had to try and hire back Travis who had rejected her all those years ago.

Travis Maher loved working with horses and was good at his job. He will be back working at Rosewood but will find that being that close to Margot was too tempting. He will succumb to his desire and show her that he had wanted her even back then.

Remember Me is the first book to the Rosewood Trilogy by Laura Moore. I had read the third book, Trouble Me, and thought it was a pretty great book. I will say that this first book was also a great book to read. Laura Moore captured me with the story and I kept going until the very end hoping for that ending where Margot and Travis finally get to be happy.

Margot was a woman who was thought to be spoiled but she was not really. She grew up privileged and then broke free. She went on her own to become a model and she had made it big. I liked that she defied her father and did not conform to what he wanted her to have. When Margot comes back to the farm she had to balance her career and to save her family farm. She is a strong woman who was doing what needed to be done, which lead her to rehire Travis. Now Travis was a man with his own past but he had become more than that. I liked Travis for the most part even though he hurt Margot, it wasn’t the right time for them to be with each other. They will get together and sparks will fly between them.

I liked the sisters and how they interacted with each other. Jade’s story I have already read and I thought it was interesting to read more about her and her rebellion that she had as a teenager. Now Jordan I felt bad for when she finds out some bad news which will carryover into the second book which is Jordan’s story.

I just now have to read the second book and I will be done with the Rosewood Trilogy.

Midnight Warrior

Midnight WarriorBrynn of Falkhaar was a slave and healer. She will be brought to another man to be her master so that she could heal his warrior. She will do the task that is asked of her. She had expected the warrior to be harsh and to hurt her but she will be shocked to find that he is not like the other men.

Lord Gage Dumont was given a slave who was a healer so that his friend could be saved. He doubted her skills but soon would find that she was a gifted healer. Gage will also find himself starting to lust after her. He will want only her and for no one else to have her. Gage will fight to keep her safe.

Midnight Warrior is a novel by Iris Johansen. I haven’t read anything by Iris Johansen in a while but I knew that I would love this book since her novels are always entertaining. They can be a little long at times but they are worth the read. From the very first page of the book I was pulled right into the story and needed to finish so I kept reading until the last page.

I was captured by Brynn’s character and fascinated by her powers of healing. Although she was not the normal healer. She could heal by her touch and take the pain away but she had to link with that person. She was a strong woman with her opinions which got her punished though she never backed down. Gage’s character was a warrior but he was not the brute that he appeared. I liked that with Brynn he was gentle even though it seemed that he was forever yelling at her.

There were several side characters within the story and I have to say that I really liked Adwen and Malik. Adwen was a character that grew from the sickly wife to a strong woman who was willing to fight. Malik was the injured solider with a sense of humor and a bit of a player but his eyes were soon only on one woman. I liked that Adwen and Malik had a chance at happiness along with the main characters.

Some Like It Wicked

Some Like It WickedCatriona Kincaid has thought of Simon Wescott as a hero as a young woman and when she needs help she will turn to him five years later. She needs someone to escort her to Scotland to find her brother, who is believed dead and for her to claim her land.

Sir Simon Wescott was not the hero that Catriona thought and he was determined to prove that point. The problem was that he was starting to feel things for his wife but he was still not brave enough to show it.

Some Like It Wicked is the first book to the series Kincaid Highland. This was an engaging story that was really fast paced and I can’t wait to read the next installation which happens to be the last book of the series.

I love Catriona’s character. She is a brave woman who was a little naive but was not a weak woman. She believed in what was right and saw the good in other people. Catriona is just a very likeable character. Now Simon is not a villain in any sense. He is also a good man and is a hero in his own right especially when he will do what he can to help Catriona. It might have started with a bargain but Simon will find more and want more. I was happy when Simon got it together and the ending was very sweet between these characters.

Medeiros follows up with an epilogue that will show how life is for Catriona and Simon. They are extremely happily married with a growing family but then a letter comes and you will find out that Connor who was thought to be dead was really alive, at least for the time being. I will be reading the second/final book of the series next.

Texas Bride

Texas BrideMiranda Wentworth never thought she would be a mail ordered bride but it was needed to get out of the orphanage. She would make a better life for herself, her brothers and eventually her sisters. Miranda will learn that life is difficult in Texas and especially with a man like Jake Creed who was not the warmest man but things are not always what they seem.

Jake Creed needed a wife to take care of his child and his home. He was lucky with finding Miranda but she brought more than she advertised and he will find that his new wife was hiding more than she was letting on. Jake will find a way with her no matter what as they will have only each other to lean on.

Texas Bride is the first book to the series Mail-Order Brides from Joan Johnston. I have already read the second and third book to the series and liked them without a doubt.

Miranda was a strong willed girl and determined to rescue her family. It was sad that she could only save her brothers but as I have read about Hannah and Hetty, I know that they do have a happy ending even though it was a little hard to get to. She will make the best of the situation when going to Texas and settling in her life. Jake was a hard man who lost the woman he loved and will be conflicted as his new wife was making him fall in love with her. He does push away especially when he finds that things are not all that they seem to be with Miranda but they do get through their difficulties and some are a little more difficult than others.

I liked that the uncle was introduced to us in the book. He was towards the end of the story and he didn’t stay long thanks in big part because of Miranda. She understood all that her uncle wanted and she was not going to be manipulated into signing away her fortune.

I liked finding out more on the history of this feud between the family. Of course when you find out what Blackthorne does it does make sense that Jake is not Blackthorne’s favorite person. I wonder if Cricket, Jake’s mom, will ever find out the truth about her first husband. Since it did not happen in the second or third book I guess it should happen in the fourth book which should be the last book to the series. Or it might not happy at all. I don’t know when that one is coming out but I assume it will be in 2015 since each book of the series has a gap of a year in between them. I can’t wait to read Josie’s story but in the mean time I think I will be checking out more from Joan Johnston.