Once a Scoundrel

Stephen Crenshaw, Marquess of Dunwich, was back in England after several years away as a soldier. He had been a rake back then but he has changed. He knew what was important and that was getting the woman he had loved back.

Lady Faith Westover, daughter of the Duke of Strathmore, had loved Stephan. She was blinded to his rakish ways but when he had left her eyes had been open. Now with Stephan back Faith will try to keep away but he wouldn’t let her, not until she forgave him.

Once a Scoundrel is the fourth book from the series The Secret Life of Scoundrels by Anna Harrington. I really enjoyed this novella. It was short and straight to the point. The novella covered a lot, a betrayal, love, second chances, rumors, and friendship.

Faith’s character had been hurt by the man she loved and wasn’t ready to forgive and forget. Her betrayal was understandable. I think the betrayal might have been a little over dramatic, though nothing annoying. I thought Faith was a refreshing young lady with a good head on her shoulders and now was guarded with her heart. Stephan will find a way to her heart but it will be Faith to make the ultimate decision. Stephan’s character had changed, and changed for the better. I liked that he truly did change and it wasn’t a facade in order to get what he wanted. He was sincere and filled determined to do right in his life. I liked that he had to work to get what he wanted.

First Star I See Tonight

Piper Dove was trying to make something of herself and bring back Dove Investigations. She will get a job but will be found out quickly, though it will turn around when he hires her.

Cooper Graham was an ex-quarterback who had opened his own nightclub. He was living life but then Piper thrust herself into his world and it was forever turned upside down.

First Star I See Tonight is the eighth book to the series Chicago Stars by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I enjoyed this story. It has been about two years since I had read the seventh book. Luckily you don’t have to know the characters from the previous book, although they are mentioned, this could be read as a standalone novel.

Piper’s character was out there. She was a little crazy but really it was a defense mechanism to keep those around her at an arms distance. Even though she was unconventional she got the job done. When it comes to relationships she doesn’t want one as she knows it will lead to disappointment. I was glad that Coop was resilient. Coop’s character was a man who had gotten whatever he wanted and he liked it that way. Getting together with Piper was not in his plan but he went with it. I liked that Piper kept him on his toes and that he never truly gave up.

The rest of the novel is filled with strange friends, some thieves, kidnapping, and a buy out that was going wrong. There was a lot that was happening but somehow it fit and made sense.

Hard Justice

Justice Wallington was a hired bodyguard and was not looking forward to protecting a spoiled rich brat. Though when Justice meets Fallon he will discover that she is anything but spoiled or a brat. He will do whatever he can to let Fallon spread her wings but keep a very close eye on her especially when someone was after her.

Fallon Wade had been sheltered after a tragedy but she was ready to stretch her wings. She would get that chance with Justice at her side but quickly there will be a threat that would put her in danger.

Hard Justice is the second book to the series Body Armor by Lori Foster. I really liked this book. I thought it was very entertaining and I felt the connection I had been missing from the first book. It might have been fast paced but I was drawn in right away. I finished it easily in a few hours.

Justice’s character was intimidating to those around him but he was a softy especially when it came to Fallon. He was kind and sweet to her but if anyone looked at her wrongly (namely a guy) he would give them a glare that would send the men running. Justice was sort of adorable in the book. Every woman should have a Justice in their lives. Fallon’s character was quiet but she wanted a chance to live her life. She wanted to experience everything she had been hidden away from. I liked Fallon. At first she almost seemed childlike but that was not the case. She was mischievous and wanted to do more with her life.

The conflict was intriguing. First off something had happened to Fallon to make her family very protective. So right away I was trying to guess but my guesses was not correct. Then there were incidents that were happening around Justice and Fallon. Someone was out to get them which was the main mystery to this novel. The mystery was different but it definitely kept me invested in the story.

Close Contact is the third novel which is coming out in December 2017.

Devil in Spring

Lady Pandora Ravenel just wanted to create her board games and sell them. She had no need to enjoy society as she was not looking for a husband, although that is exactly what she will get. Pandora will get caught up in a scandal and find out that having a husband might not be a bad thing.

Gabriel, St Lord Vincent, was only trying to help a young woman out of some trouble. Then he will be brought into a scandal and be forced to make that woman his wife. Though Gabriel will find out that it wouldn’t be quite as dismal as he thought.

Devil in Spring is the third book to the series Ravenels by Lisa Kleypas. So I have been waiting for this book and waiting since I had heard about it. It was only because I was excited to read about Gabriel, who is Evie’s and Sebastian’s son. They are from the book Devil in Winter, which has to be one of my favorites. After finishing the book I can say the book was okay, it was by no means my favorite, which is a shame as I was really anticipating loving this book.

I think my issues with the book was that it just felt very slow, I was pushing myself at times to read the story. Then the story line with the villain which really was rushed. I think a story line could have been developed a little better with the problem but it was just not. The last is Pandora’s character. Now I didn’t mind that she was clumsy or spoke her mind without thinking. You knew that she loved her family and did the best that she could. The part that was weird was when all of a sudden Pandora’s character became more childlike. It was strange and it threw me off the story a little.

Alright, enough of the bad and now with good. I loved that Evie and Sebastian make several appearances within the story. They made the story more interesting. Gabriel’s character was similar to his father. I liked that when he found the right woman he was to be devoted even when his ex-mistress comes into the story. Now Pandora, even though I disliked her at times, I loved her business sense. She was making her own board games and selling them. She was a strong female who knew that she wanted more from her life.

So even though I had some issues with this book I know when the next Ravenels books is out I will pick it up and read it.

Gabriel’s Gift

The holidays are upon the Prescott family and Gabriel is looking to spending that time with his family on Christmas day. Gabriel will quickly find that he wouldn’t be alone in the house on Christmas Eve. He will find a young girl hiding out in the attic and immediately begin to figure out where she is from, but he can only do that with the help of his family.

Gabriel’s Gift is a novella to the series Lost Hearts by Christina Dodd. This novella gives a little insight with how this extended family has grown over the years. The main character to the novella is obviously Gabriel. Gabriel’s character was a man who was still hurting due to his past but he was a good man. He loved his family with all his heart and his wife. When he interacted with the runaway girl he will have to talk about his past to help this girl heal, along with himself.

I have been a fan of this series, Lost Hearts, and Fortune Hunters which is linked through Gabriel’s character. This novella was very sweet and fun to read. It was actually very mushy with all the emotion but I thought that was just fine because this is a Christmas novella. It was supposed to be filled with love and hope and I think it delivers. The only criticism would be that it could be longer so you get more of this family.

Duke of Sin

Duke of SinValentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery dealt in secrets and blackmailing anyone he wanted. Though Val will find his latest scheme is being stopped by his housekeeper, who suddenly caught his attention.

Bridget Crumb was on a mission to find out what Val was blackmailing a person in Bridget’s life. She was desperate to find the objects but she will get sidetracked when Val makes his presence known in her life.

Duke of Sin is the tenth book of the series Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt. I really loved this book. I had been waiting to read this book as I was fascinated with Val and how evil he was, and he really was evil in the book.

Val’s character was a villain. There was a lot a bad in this man as he was blackmailing anyone and everyone but I found myself discovering the good as well. He wouldn’t necessarily be a hero at first glance, but it was there. I would say he was a white knight but his armor was tarnished. He shows his good side with how he protects his sister and how he helps those around him, well helps them in his own way. I really loved the interaction between him and Bridget. He was showing her how he was a horrible man but as he was around her, he kept letting his guard down little by little. Now Bridget’s character was interesting. She really took her job as a housekeeper seriously. She made sure everyone who was supposed to do their jobs got them done. Though there was more to Bridget and that intrigued me. I liked the secret she carried and how it played later on in the book. I also really liked that she was strong enough to want to love Val, to care for him when very few had done so before her.

I am reading Once Upon a Moonlit Night next which is a novella with the character Hippolyta Royle who was in this novel. I read the summary and it sounds like it takes place where her story had ended in the novel and I am looking forward to reading her story.

His Royal Princess

His Royal PrincessPrincess Alexandra wanted to live a little and she will get that chance when she meets Luke Houston, the movie star. She will be shocked that Luke will want more and Alex will be willing but will be nervous to want more with Luke.

Luke Houston was on site for his movie but it was going down hill, then he will meet Princess Alexandra. He will be impressed by Alex and want to know more. Luke will do what he could to get to know Alex and get close to her.

His Royal Princess is a novella from Billionaire’s Boys Club by Jessica Clare. 3.5 novella. I thought this was a cute story and fun addition to the series.

I thought Alex’s character was intriguing. She was brought up to be proper and she was but there was an adventurous girl inside of her just waiting to step out. It was cute that her mother and grandmother helped her. It was not expected which was nice. Alex lets herself go from the stuffy upbringing and live a little when it comes to Luke. Luke’s character was a nice guy. He was not a player but a serious actor who wanted to do the best he could when it came his movies. Luke is definitely a lustful guy but he is sweet and playful especially when it comes to Alex. It was interesting getting to know these characters who were introduced in the fourth book of this series.

I am reading the last three books next which will conclude the Billionaire’s and Bridesmaids series and the Billionaire’s Boys Club series.