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.

Nearly a Lady

Winnefred Blythe has been a burden all her life as no one wanted to take care of her which is why she learned to do everything herself except for the help of  Lilly. Surviving on very little Winnefred and Lilly are unexpectaly visited by one of the family members who have but them in this lifestyle close to poverty.

Gideon Haverston knew his stepmother had done wrong to these women but he learns just how bad it was as he visits. Gideon will be overwhelmed with wanting to help these two women especially Winnefred. He does everything he can to help repay these women for what they had to endure. But there is something that is blocking Gideon from letting her all the way in, a past wound that has not healed.

Nearly a Lady is a novel written by Alissa Johnson. I was not sure of how the story would go if the women would be believed or if Gideon would just brush them off, but this is a romance so of course Gideon is our hero. How Johnson writes the story the author is involved with the characters and you feel for them all.

Winnefred is quirky and afraid of society but the thing that the reader will like most is she is a delicate girl with seasickness. Johnson brings humor to her character that she is not as tough as she appears.

Gideon is hiding from his past and only towards the end will you hear the whole story. Johnson makes it hard for Gideon to get over the past and right down to the wire to get Winnefred back.

I liked how the side story of it all was about Lilly and the man she had lost who will happen to come back into her life.

Nearly a Lady is a fantastic novel by Alissa Johnson with humor within the ton of society.

Once Upon a Scandal

Lady Victoria Jane Emerson fell in love at seventeen with Jonathon Pierce Thatcher who was only nineteen. They shared a kiss and many letters but then they stopped. Victoria vowed she would never love because he broke her heart.

Five years later Victoria has to marry according to her father and Jonathon is back hoping to be the man she accepts. He understands he has done wrong but still wants her.

Victoria agrees but finds out things from Jonathon’s past that makes it harder to love or to give him the love that he requires. But Victoria never stopped loving him she is just not brave enough to say the words. Jonathon loves her as well and has since but so many things happened that Jonathon needs to know Victoria will stay, will be his love, his wife forever.

Once you read one of Delilah Marvelle’s novels it is easier because you know how she write. The second book, Once Upon a Scandal, to the series Scandal was interesting to read and I got into the story right away.

At times I hated that Jonathon went through what he did. Once you find the whole reasoning it is easier to understand but the character Victoria is pained. But I liked that Victoria was a strong woman and fought even as she pulled away.

The story will go fast for the reader as you soak up all the plot. The characters and plot will leave you wanting to know more.

To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn

It started with a condolence, then into friendly conversation soon they started to talk to each other through their written words. The next thing Eloise saw she did not expect, a marriage proposal in a letter. It seemed scandalous but she decided why not.

Phillip did not know what possessed him but he asked for her hand in a letter. He had no way of knowing if she would except until she was at his door. Phillip was blown away by her beauty and her ability to keep talking.

Together they got to know each other with the help of two children who saw nothing more entertaining than creating havoc on Eloise. Soon they would learn to behave and Phillip would learn love.

The fifth book was a delight to read. Eloise as a spinster did not work but as a wife she knew her part. I liked that as a chatter box she kept everyone on their toes, her family and especially her husband now.

The children were a fun twist that had to be dealt with. Their mischievous attitude was fun to read and made you care for them.

I love that the brothers/family are still part of the stories. It was funny to read about them charging into Phillip’s home in order to protect their sister.

Julia Quinn continues down the line of children with great wit. I love how all the characters are so much alike but completely different. To Sir Phillip, With Love as a wonderful story to read.

Long Time Coming by Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown is an author who keeps on delivering different types of love stories that you get caught up in.  Long Time Coming is just another one of those examples.

He arrived out of the blue-a fresh and blood phantom from the past in a sports car as sleek and sexy as Law Kincaid himself.  The world famous astronaut was a devastatingly attractive as teh first time Marnie Hibbs had laid eyes on him, seventeen years before.  But she well knew the perils of falling for a ladies man like Law.  And this time she had someone besides herself to protect.

Law is determined to discover who is sending him anonymous letters claiming he’d fathered a son he knows nothing about.  Showing up at the Hibb’s return address from the letters seemed like a step in the right direction.

Marnie swears she isn’t the guilty party, but when Law meets her son, it’s like a one-two punch to his solar plexus.  The boy is nearly the spitting image of Law.

Law can’t remember sleeping with Marnie then again, he can’t remember much about his crazy past.  But there’s more to it than that: Marnie claims the boy isn’t biologically hers.

As the tension between them becomes unbearable and the attraction undeniable, Marnie is forced to reveal a long-held secret…one that might cause her to lose both the boy she loves more than anyone and the man she desires more than anything.

Sandra Brown delivers a short romance novel which makes you melt.  Marnie’s character is a perfect woman but I hated when she felt the need to conform to Law’s word.  She shouldn’t feel the need.  And I got a little frustrated that she thought she was going to lose it all.  That would have been unfair.

Other than that the novel was a cute thing to read and let you see that love can find it’s way even from the past.

Tall, Dark, and Texan by Jodi Thomas

“Teagen McMurray would ride to hell and back to protect his land.  He’d certainly never felt that way about a woman.  At least not until Jessie Barton showed up with her three little girsl, desperate for a place to stay.  Suddenly he finds himself proposing marriage, telling himself it is only to protect her and her children…

Jessie had no place to go except Whispering Mountain-and to Teagen, the one person who couldn’t deny her, thanks to the correspondence he shared with her dead husband.  But what will happen when the man she’s loved through his letters discovers her tangle of lies?”

Jodi Thomas brings her third book of Whispering Mountain, Tall, Dark, and Texan.  Wow is all I can say.  Each book I read of this gets better and better.  I love the basic plot of the characters.  That Teagen is a man who likes to trust and Jessie is a woman who will be honest unless she is protecting the ones she loves.  I love that she is the actual pen pal of Teagen’s and not her husbands.  I also like that Teagen will teach Jessie what it is to have a pleasurable sexual experience but Jessie will teach him what it is like to love.

The three girls are a pleasant addition to this witty family of Texan men.  Then we have the character of Drummond Roak who is back and is planning to take Sage as his woman.  I have a feeling that the fourth book will give Drummond that chance.

Tall, Dark, and Texan is a charming, humoress, and touching third book of the series.

Tribute by Nora Roberts

“Virginia’s Shenandoah Vally, in the shadow if the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a long way from Hollywood.  And that’s exactly how Cilla McGowan likes it.

Cilla, a former child star, has found a more satisfying life working with her hands to restore homes from floor to ceiling and has come here to her grandmother’s farmhouse, tools at her side, to rescue it from ruin.  Sadly, no one had been able to save her grandmother, the legendary Janet Hardy.  An actress with a golden voice and a tumultuous life, Janet entertained glamorous guests and engaged in decadent affairs, but died of an overdose in this very house more than thirty years ago.  To this day, Janet haunts Cilla’s dreams.  And during her waking hours, Cilla is haunted by her melodramatic, five times-married mother, who carried on in the public spotlight and never gave her a chance at a normal childhood.  By coming to the East Coast, rolling up her sleeves, and rehabbing this wreck of a house, Cilla intends to take a shot at finding some kind of normalcy for herself.

Cilla has her work cut out for her, the house, once a place a comfort and simple rural beauty, is long neglected, crumbling, the grounds choked by weeds.  Plunging into the project with gusto, she’s almost too busy and exhausted to notice her neighbor, graphic novelist Ford Sawyer, but his lanky form, green eyes, and easy, unflappable humor (not to mention his delightfully ugly dog, Spock) are hard to ignore.  Determined not to carry on the family tradition of ill-fated romances, Cilla steels herself against Ford’s quirky charm, but she can’t help indulging in a little fantasy.

But love and a peaceful life may not be in the cards for Cilla.  In the house’s cluttered attic, she has found a cache of unsigned letters, tied with a faded red ribbon, suggesting that Janet Hardy was pregnant when she died, and that the father of her child was a local married man.  Cilla can’t help but wonder what really happened all those years ago.  The mystery only deepens with a series of cruel and intimidating acts and a frightening violent assault.  And if Cilla and Ford are unable to sort out who is targeting her and why, she may, like her world-famous grandmother, be cut down in the prime in her life.”

Reading any books from Nora Roberts you can’t help but be pulled into the story, into the characters and all that surrounds them.

As I started to read Tribute I was immediately pulled into Cilla’s life and her struggle for creating her life over, to start a new and actually have her own life.  Cilla is a fantastic character.  She is strong, determined, struggles in aspects of her life, which endures her character to the reader.

Ford is as well a very well-developed character.  He holds the humor of the book with his witty and words that he says.  I love how he is a very determined man to make Cilla his own.  She resists and resists but finally she gives into happiness which is in the form of Ford.

The shocking thing about the book which was nice to read was the idea that Cilla dreamt of her grandmother.  You learned a lot about the grandmother through the dreams but was it Cilla’s imagination or really her grandmother.  Another great part of the book is who really is behind the mischief that is plaguing Cilla and the mystery of how her grandmother really met her end.  The culprit(s) will reveal themselves and new ones will come to harm Cilla.

I wasn’t sure who the real person was until the very end of the book.