The Casanova Code

The Casanova CodeEdwina Hargrove has been fascinated by solving codes that were written in letters thanks to her brother and Treasure Island. Edwina will find her talents being used to help discover a mysterious letter that was found in an indecent book which will result in her reputation being ruined.

Ashton Trewelyn had lived through a reputation that was well earned but people change and Aston wanted to do something with his life. Aston will find himself changing but when he interacts with Edwina he can’t help the feelings that come along. Though lust will have to wait as they find a letter that could lead to a secret society.

The Casanova Code is the first book to the Rake Patrol series from Donna MacMeans who is a brand new author for me. I only have this one as it was the only one available. After reading this book I will definitely be revisiting the author with another new book.

I thought the book was fun, had that sexual appeal but also this mystery with the code breaking. I loved that it was Edwina who was the code breaker. She was truly the modern day woman and I loved that she was unconventional. Of course there were those predictable moments when she would believe all that was told by Constance, Aston’s stepmother, which of course were untrue or at times exaggerated as Aston’s character had reformed. I liked that he was not the rake he once was but there will always be a little of a rake in him.

The mystery of the letter was intriguing as it had to be broken with a code and I was looking forward to what this letter was saying. There is a little twist with the letter and incidentally it brings father and son closer. It was interesting that there was nothing really villainous that happens in the book in fact there is humor that comes from Edwina’s friends who were a lively group. There was however the issue of Constance who was a mean spirited woman and really she had no reason to complain. Walter was another character that was not desirable as he didn’t really care about Edwina, he just wanted a person to order around. Those who were coming in between Aston and Edwina will be out the way eventually but it takes to the very last few pages for the couple to have that happy ending and MacMeans makes sure that code breaking will play out until the very end.

Love in the Afternoon

Love in the afternoonBeatrix Hathaway loved animals no matter what type of animal came her way. She was kind and considerate but odd in society’s eyes. She has a hard time accepting society’s rules so she doesn’t follow them which can land her with troublesome rumors. Beatrix will land herself in trouble when she takes over corresponding for her friend Prudence and with each letter she will fall deeper in love with Captain Christopher Phlean.

Captain Christopher Phlean wanted one woman and thanks to her letters he survived the battles. Christopher will be baffled when he starts to feel things for Beatrix who he had nothing in common and fall out of love with Prudence who seemed different from the letters. He will find out the truth and find that there was one woman he wanted to be with, but first he would have to conqueror his own battles.

Love in the Afternoon is the fifth book to the series Hathaways from Lisa Kleypas. I thought this was a good finish to the series as it wrapped up all the unconventional Hathaways with their own happy marriages and ever growing families. Kleypas brings a little something more with Beatrix’s many animals and Christopher’s haunted reality.

I liked Beatrix and her unconventional ways with her animals. She cared for many and had quite a collection that made her odd to many, but she was one who had a compassionate nature. She had that way with humans as well and Kleypas keeps that up through the entire book with her trying to heal Christopher from all that he had suffered. She wrote to letters to keep him going which did pay off even though it was deceitful. I felt that Christopher was going to be cruel to the person who deceived him with writing those letters as that was how he was acting, but he does not go that route. He will be kind to her and understanding which did make sense because he was half in love with her already. He will have to face his demons and guilt for surviving and not helping more of his men especially his best friend. He will be saved thanks to Beatrix.

There is no real villain that plagues the pages. Prudence is not really a good person as she is a little too vain but she is in the story very shortly. There will be a problem towards the end of the book but all will work itself out in the end leaving everyone with their own happy ending.

This is the last book I have to read from Lisa Kleypas at least for right now but I will be back for more. Maybe trying another series or just go straight for some of her novels.

When A Scot Loves A Lady

When A Scot Loves a LadyLord Leam Blackwood was going back home to Scotland but with unplanned snow he was stuck at an inn with several of his friends and a temptation in the form of Kitty Savege.

Kitty Savege didn’t expect to spend the holiday at an inn. With the arrival of Lord Blackwood she found that her guarded heart started to beat a little more for this man who wasn’t all that he appeared to be.

When a Scot Loves a Lady is the first book to the series Falcon Club by Katharine Ashe. I had read one book from the author and I wasn’t floored by the story. I thought When a Scot Loves a Lady had potential.

The story was easy to get into but it was hard to understand at first. What was hard to understand was Leam’s words that were written. I had to stop and reread what Ashe had written as Scottish brogue is not something I read every day, but you do catch on. Other than that the story was easy to follow and I liked it.

It was fun to start of with a spy who was at the point of retiring but instantly getting sucked back into his old life. I also liked the band of men who were part of the group along with the one woman.

The character of Leam was all that you wanted in a hero as a handsome roguish Scotsman. Kitty was kind and had a wildness about her that sent Leam’s character spinning. It was fun to read as they interacted. Ashe will also keep you on your toes as there were several twist and turns throughout the book along with a happy ending for Leam and Kitty which was needed.

The Darcy Connection

The Darcy ConnectionEliza Collins and Charlotte Collins sisters and daughters to the Collins but couldn’t be more different. Both will come to London but one is going for a husband while the other is banished at least for a while. London will bring triumph and challenges for each sister they must overcome.

I checked out all of the books from Darcys series by Elizabeth Aston knowing I would want to read them all in a row. So far they all have been really great to read. Probably the first two are the favorites but now the fifth book, The Darcy Connection is right there with them. The Darcy Connection was like a breath of fresh air into the series. As I said I really liked so far all of the series but this book completely pulled me into their world, I loved this book. It was heartwarming with some humor along with a sense of seriousness.

I think what made it this way was Eliza Collins. At first she was flighty, flirty and desperately in love but then she is sent away with her sister to London. Eliza finds herself in London and sees things differently and of course there is a man that has her start changing her mind. Of course that is not instant as she is not fond of his prejudice and of course she is a little proud. The man who starts changing her mind is Bart Burton. Personally I was happy for her to be persuaded elsewhere as her beau was a little boring. Burton I found intriguing and full of life with his quick comebacks.

Now this story also focuses in on Charlotte but once again she was a little boring and she chose her life to be boring. She had spirit but thanks to George Warren that was squashed. And yes Warren is back and definitely not reformed in the least. Looking back now I am thinking I would be almost disappointed if he was as he is our main villain.

The final book to the series is Mr. Darcy’s Dream.

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.

Highland Avenger

The thirteenth book of the Murray Family series is Highland Avenger by Hannah Howell.

Arianna Murray Lucette has been married for several years in a lie with verbal abuse everyday of her marriage, but now she is free. Though freedom is not so easy for Arianna as she is soon on the run with her husbands illegitimate children to the outside world. She will find sanctuary in the arms of a man that will make her believe that love is possible.

Sir Brian MacFingal will find a woman he thinks is dead but soon finds out she is alive and not alone. He will rescue Arianna and her two wards from the danger that awaits her from her husbands clan. Brian will protect her body with his own and try to heal the wounds that are on the inside of Arianna while trying hard not to fall in love.

I thought it pretty amazing how Hannah Howell created the series as this family could go on and on, and I have a feeling she is not going to stop anytime soon. I liked this story as it went back to an enemy the Murray’s had been fighting over time but its been a while since they were spoken.

The main characters were fun to read about and I like how Howell brings in Arianna’s family to be the protective type. Our main man Brian plays the same role as many of the men of Howell’s series where they don’t understand what they are throwing away. Of course a happy ending will find its way to the pages.

I wonder now which Murray will have their story told.

The Many Sins of Lord Cameron

With the first book of the series behind me I couldn’t remember the next one so I randomly picked up The Many Sins of Lord Cameron. This book from Jennifer Ashley is the third book to the series but once you start it doesn’t really matter you don’t want to put it down.

Cameron Mackenzie is used to widows and married women who want a liaison with him but six years ago he was turned down. He wondered about the Mrs. Douglas and always he wanted more but he moved on that is until he came upon her again in his bedroom and no longer was she married. She could be his.

Ainsley Douglas is widowed after many years to a wonderful man but at this moment she had to concentrate on getting letters. She searched every room and the one she did not want to go to was Lord Cameron’s. She remembered six years ago and how she felt in his arms. She had an excuse then but no longer. At every touch Ainsley melts a little more but she knows she must do something to get into Cameron’s heart as well.

You will follow along the story line perfectly and want it to continue. Ashley creates the back story of these characters, Cameron and Ainsley, and only gives them little by little which is frustrating and rewarding at the same time. I loved how Ashley gave Daniel a bigger part in the book and will love to read when he has his own book.

Cameron as a rogue and seducer is perfect. His past is hurtful that it takes a lot of Ainsley’s pursing to get him to let his guard down. I also liked there was no actual milious betrayal on Ainsley’s or Cameron’s part. There is only hurt that is going to be healed.

The Many Sins of Lord Cameron will lead into the next story where Hart the oldest is going for a bride but how will she react to this news? Can’t wait for The Duke’s Perfect Wife.