How to Catch a Wild Viscount

How to Catch a Wild ViscountCecily Hale has waited for Luke Trenton for four years. Her love never disappeared for this man even though he had changed. Cecily will make sure that Luke knows it is safe for them to be together, that her love for him will never leave.

How to Catch a Wild Viscount is a novella written by Tessa Dare. I liked this book. Although I will have to say it wasn’t in the same category of the Spindle Cove series, which I loved. I thought that the novella could have been given more detail regarding these two characters. A little more back story, though you get the story between them within the novella.

I liked Cecily. At first I wondered if she was just going to be a naive girl but she was a mature woman who knew who she wanted to be with. She had grown up and was compassionate for others around her. Luke was tortured with what he had gone through in the last four years. He had been like a beast when he had to kill others who were out to kill him. He felt that he wasn’t right for Cecily even though he did want her.

There was also a legend that was within the story of a beast that these friends are on the hunt for and that gets Cecily into some trouble. Though she will be rescued by a different kind of beast.

The Bride and the Beast

The Bride and the BeastGwendolyn Wilder will be the most sensible person in her village but that will get her nowhere when the villagers believe that a dragon lives in the abandoned castle. The villagers believe to make the dragon happy a virgin sacrifice is needed and Gwendolyn is volunteered. She knows there is no dragon but she is still afraid of what will come to her when she comes to the castle.

The Bride and the Beast was fantastic. This is a novel by Teresa Medeiros and I couldn’t stop reading the story. Personally I think it is because it reminded me so much of Beauty and the Beast, which was my favorite story when I was a child. There was something enchanting with the story.

I loved Gwendolyn’s character. She was a woman of sense, was brave and tried to do what was right. It was kind of ridicules with the villagers and how they thought sacrificing Gwen would solve anything. I was kind of mad at the sisters who didn’t really fight to help their sister. The two older ones were not great sisters, at least Kitty had some sense even if it was a little. Now the Dragon as he called himself but his true identity was someone who was out for revenge. There was a need for revenge as that was what he had concentrated on for most of his life. There was no room for love for the Dragon but you knew Gwen would be the one to make him change.

There was a little surprise about the person who betrayed the Dragon’s family, which I had wondered about. Though the person who had betrayed the Dragon’s family will not be discovered until close to the very end. I liked that it was concluded and that the Dragon had to work for what he had lost with Gwen.

One Naughty Night

One Naughty NightLily St. Claire loves her family and will do what she needs to do to save them. Even when her past starts to show up but she will not be alone as unexpected help will emerge from a rogue whose family had destroyed the St. Claire’s long ago.

Lord Aidan Huntington knew he wanted her the moment he saw her. Aidan searched for the actress and then found her three years later. He will find himself getting closer and will find himself caring and wanting to help her when danger gets too close.

One Naughty Night by Laurel McKee is the first book to the series Scandalous St. Claire’s. I really liked this book. Not only were the characters ones I wanted to know more about, this was a very steamy book. The plot stays true to the title with how Aidan and Lily interact. As they are together whether they touch or not they are always about to burst with lust. They have instant attraction and lust and it is still there three years later. Now the book isn’t all about lust especially as our characters don’t trust each other completely, but there troubles surrounding them. The man in Lily’s past who can only be a vile villain that you want to see destroyed. I loved how there was justice at the end and how St. Claire’s and Huntington’s banned together for a greater purpose.

Scandalous St. Claire series is still new so there is only one other book out which I will want to read to find out what was going to happen with Dominic and Sophie as the grudge is still not over for St. Claire.

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?

The Wolf of Wierdmoor

With the title of The Wolf of Wierdmoor there is little doubt what this story is about but Mary Mackie will deceive you in the title. I was given the book by my mom as we often recommend books and certain authors that drive us to read. I was intrigued to read, but honestly I thought it would just be another quick novel to read. Of course in this case I was proven wrong.

Georgiana Forrest is a now jobless governess but soon she finds herself employed to the Cheviot family. She will travel through the moors of Moorhollow only to encounter more trouble. She will not know where the trouble will be but with a vicious girl, a doting suitor, and a dark stranger known as the wolf, Georgiana will stay and fight but who will she believe.

He is called the Wolf through legend but he is a man through and through. Ethan Marriot has been given a hard life the past couple years and had been badly scarred. His one task was for revenge and the new governess would be the perfect target for his revenge.

After finishing the novel which did not take very long. I found that I could not put the book down. I had to know who this wolf was and what was the danger.

From the title I had no doubt in my mind that this would be paranormal but I was certainly wrong, and I loved it all the more for it. I was definitely surprised as the book turned more towards a mystery novel rather than paranormal. Mackie gives the novel depth with the mysterious wolf and the driven character of Georgiana.

Having the novel in the first person really let the reader connect with Georgiana. I also liked how you felt for the wolf through her eyes, she saw the person not the the monster he is described to be.

With every good book there is a villain which you will loath to hate. Mackie gives her villain opportunities to show the type of villain they are. You are left guessing through the book to wonder but the thing that helps you will be the past. Mackie doesn’t stop there as there are a few twists along the way.

The Wolf of Wierdmoor was nothing I expected and everything I enjoyed. I know I will be looking for more on Mary Mackie.

The Wind Dancer by Iris Johansen

The first book of the trilogy The Wind Dancer brings a legend which will travel through the past to the present and will be hunted by many.

The Wind Dancer:

The Wind DancerIn Renaissance Italy, intrigue is as intricate as craved cathedral doors, but none is so captivating as that surrounding the prized Wind Dancer, the lost treasure of a family-and of the man who stop at nothing to recliam it.  Lionello Andreas is bound by his vow to guard the exquiste statue.  But to recover what is rightfully his, he will need the help of a thief-one he can control body and soul.  He finds his answer on the treacherous backstreets of Florence, in a sharp-witted young woman whose poverty leaves her no choice.  But in the end, the allure of the Wind Dancer, and the ruthlessness of those who would possess her, will catapult them both into terrifying realm where death may be the most merciful escape…

I was throughly impressed with the intense and complex characters along with the plot.  As far as the book it was not overly long, around 400 pages but worth reading each page.  You read so fast it goes by in a blink of an eye.  I love Johansen’s style of writing and how she gives twists to her books without you guessing all that is going to happen.

I have read Johansen and love her books.  Within this book I noticed there was a lot more tragedy with the characters which I liked.  I like when characters have a happy ending, and they do, but I like to see them fight for that ending.  It is not handed to them on a silver platter.  The tragedy which befalls upon the characters is the plague which the villain makes sure spreads through the town and to the people who matter most.  But he under estimates Sanchia.

The added part with the plague was interesting to read.  I have always been fascinated with that time period and liked how Johansen added in some historical facts.

The characters were amazing to read about.  They had such drive and complexity that you do not always get to read about.  Sanchia is a strong character right from the start and tragedy only helps that strenght grow.

Lion is another fantastic character because of his ruthless nature but there is kindness there and Sanchia brings that out of him along with the roughness.

Lorenzo is another character who is there but is a quiet character who holds the fate of the Wind Dancer in his hands which will be seen in the next book.

As I finished reading I couldn’t wait to find the next book to the series.  I had to find out when the Wind Dancer would show next now that it is in the hands of the French.

This is not your average romance book.  Johansen delivers intrigue, adventure, tragedy and betrayal while love in waiting to be discovered.

A worthy beginning of the trilogy of the Wind Dancer.  I recommed this book.