‘Til Death Do Us Part

'Til Death Do Us PartCalista Langley operated a business that helped single men and women find someone they could possible be with. Her business was going well with the help of her brother but she was plagued with someone who was watching her. When she receives her third gift she will get help from an author who will help find her stalker.

Trent Hastings was an accomplished author and he had come to Calista’s to make sure she was not a fraud as his sister was Calista’s client. Trent will find himself intrigued by Calista and he will find himself helping with her stalker issue.

‘Til Death Do Us Part is a novel by Amanda Quick. I really liked this novel. I will say that at times I thought the transitions were a little abrupt. I wanted more details with the characters. I also found the romance between Trent and Calista was not a big part of the novel like it is with some of her other novels. Though I will say that didn’t really bother me, it was more of an observation. What I really liked was that they had formed a partnership to help each other with the case, that brought me back to an earlier series Lavinia Lake/Tobias March.

Calista’s character was a business woman. I liked Calista because she had endured and was resourceful. She was level headed and did not believe in romance, not as she did as a young girl. I liked that her character stayed true till the very end. Although she did soften up a little. Trent’s character was interesting as he was a writer. I liked that he took on the style of his character when trying to solve the case.

With the side characters I wanted to know more about them. I really liked Trent’s sister and Calista’s brother. With Trent’s sister it looks like her story is finished but I wonder about Andrew. It would be interesting if he got his own story as he started his own detective agency.

Now in Quick’s style of mystery she certainly had me guessing about who the villain was which I liked though it was short lived as I guessed who the villain was pretty quickly. Though there was a twist that had me rethinking my guess.

I am looking forward to reading the next novel by Amanda Quick which comes out in May of next year.

A Scoundrel by Moonlight

A Scoundrel by MoonlightNell Trim was on a mission to stop the vile seducer that had left her half sister pregnant, which ended her life. Her goal was to get close to him to find the diary which had all the women the Marquess had ruined. Though when she meets Leath she can’t help but wonder if her sister had been wrong about her seducer.

Marquess of Leath, James Fairbrother, was on the road to become prime minister. He was very wary of scandal as he knew that would ruin his political career. Though when he meets Nell he will instantly want her, but he will not trust her as he knew she was up to something.

A Scoundrel by Moonlight is the fourth book to the series Sons of Sin by Anna Campbell. I really liked this book. It was filled with lust, love, a little mystery and of course betrayal.

In the previous book the Marquess seemed like a hard man and he is but he was only doing what he needed to protect his family. I liked that he lightened up especially when Nell came into his life. He became more carefree. Although reputation was still a big factor in his life. Nell’s character was a woman scorned. She wanted revenge. You can’t blame Nell for wanting revenge for her sister. You will find out quickly that all is not what it seems to be and Nell’s need for revenge is misguided.

The love/lust that is between Nell and James was done really well. There is an instant attraction between them but they don’t trust each other. That will change and with that change turns to love which was sweet. Although the scenes between them will get rather steamy.

So, I was wondering if there would be something happening with Marianne and Elisa who were at the end of this book. Well Anna Campbell has one more story to this series which is a novella that I will be reading next.

The Seduction of Lord Stone

The Seduction of Lord StoneCaroline, Lady Beaumont was a widow just coming out of mourning and she wanted to live her life. Caroline was on the hunt for a lover. All she wanted was a fling, nothing serious which was why she didn’t want anything with Silas. She knew that with Silas she could fall in love.

Silas Nash, Viscount Stone, has been in love with Caroline since his sister brought her to tea. He wanted to make her his wife but he had to convince her to take a chance on marriage again.

The Seduction of Lord Stone is the first book to the series Dashing Widows by Anna Campbell. I liked this novella. I thought it was a good start to a series which most likely will be a trilogy. Three woman who are all widows. Two of them hated being married to their spouses and one had found love and loss when he died. They are all realizing that they have to live again and it will be Caroline first.

I liked Caroline’s character. She was a woman who was lively then became almost a shell of herself because she stopped being happy for ten years. She is going to live again and find a lover. I liked that she was finding that courage to live again but I thought she was hurting herself with not trying to find real love especially with Silas. Silas’s character was a man who found love at first sight. I liked that he was Caroline’s friend but he needed to step up to get her attention. Don’t worry it will happen and it will get steamy when they find that passion.

So as said above in this novella there are two friends of Caroline and you know that their stories will be told. I am looking forward to when those books will be out, especially with Helena and West.

To Love a Scoundrel

To Love a ScoundrelFrederick was not looking forward to marrying because he didn’t want to change his ways, which was why he was happy with his choice. His intended bride was very plain and would not demand him home every night. Though the last time he saw Eleanor it had been four years ago and when he sees her again she is not the same as he remembered.

Eleanor had been in love with Frederick but she knew that he would never be hers. When she finds that her father signed the marriage contract she is outraged knowing that she can’t marry Frederick. She didn’t want to be alone in her love.

To Love a Scoundrel is the prequel to the series by Kristina Cook. I really liked this novel. Kristina Cook can write a novel that will leave you entertained the entire time. So this story is with Eleanor who is the twin of Henry, Lord Manderville. They were mentioned in the first book, Unlaced, and since I had already read that book I knew that happy ending would come for Frederick and Eleanor, it just might take some time.

Eleanor’s character was a woman who was practical and was rational. Though falling in love with Frederick was not at all rational. She loved him for four years even with the mean things that he had said to his friends. Eleanor wanted a life with Frederick even though she knew that would not be possible. I, of course, wanted them together but Frederick needed to come to terms with his past and Eleanor needed to have faith in Frederick.

Frederick’s character was a man with a past that was not tragic but neglectful at least on from his father. It wasn’t right with how his father dealt with his grief, he does get a little better in the present. Well due to this Frederick becomes a man that his father would dislike. It’s almost like he doesn’t let himself really feel, which protects him. So he becomes a rogue that is surrounded by scandal and has a mistress. I will admit that Frederick really isn’t that bad but what he does badly is buys a bracelet and engagement ring together and will give the bracelet to his mistress which his intended would get the ring. That happened in the very beginning and you knew right there that trouble would follow.

In the first book I had really disliked the mother and her treatment of Henry. She was a hard woman but in this one you saw a softer side. She truly did love her daughter and was trying to help. Though I still don’t like her for how she treated her son.

Well the series is over now and I thought each book was really well done and very entertaining. I decided to try out another book she had written.

Tempt the Devil

tempt the devilOlivia Raines is the most sought after courtesan in London. She chooses her partners carefully and leaves them when she is done with them. Lately she will be bored but when she meets Julian Southwood there is something that intrigues her and knows he will be her next protector.

Julian Southwood, Earl of Erith, was searching for his next mistress and will find her when he spots her in a crowd. He will want Olivia Raines from the moment he saw her and will get her, his need to possess her will be great. He will be able to capture his prey but will find out that there is more to Olivia than just a notorious courtesan.

Tempt the Devil is a novel by Anna Campbell. I have only read one other book from this author and remember loving it. This book is very much the same with my feelings, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I could not put it down, even though I had to since I had to work, but it was a struggle. So when I did finish the book I was cheering and wanting to read more from Anna Campbell who is becoming an author that I will be on the look out for more of her books.

This book held some mystery of what Olivia was hiding in her past. I knew it would be tragic as you clearly understood that what Olivia did was something she did not enjoy. You get to hear what had happened to her when Olivia finally lets in Julian. Now Julian was kind of like a villain with his demanding ways but he changed, not to a perfect gentleman but more gentle, mostly due to finding out certain facts of Olivia. I liked that he changed some as he became a better fit for Olivia.

The romance between them is not exactly a happy one. They were in a situation that was where the male was usually the one in charge but with Olivia she made sure her suitors understood their place. That is of course not the case as Julian likes to be the only one in charge. That will create many problems but leads them to grow and learn to trust each other as things are shared. Though it is not that easy. They don’t just learn to love and live happily ever after. There will be problems but with how Campbell wrote the ending it was worth going through the trouble to get that happy ending.

I have one other book from Anna Campbell which I will be reading next.

If the Slipper Fits

If the Slipper FitsAnnabelle Quinn was orphaned as an infant never knowing her parents just that she was illegitimate. Annabelle will have a chance to leave her position as a teacher and become a governess. She jumped at the chance as this place treated her more like a servant. She will find joy helping the young Duke but will find that the Uncle of the Duke was catching her attention especially with his seductive ways.

Lord Simon Westbury had taken his nephew over as a ward when Nicholas’s parents were killed in an accident. Simon had not seen his brother in over ten years due to a betrayal and had become jaded. When the new governess is brought in he will find his eyes following her and wanting her to be his mistress.

If the Slipper Fits is the first book to the series Cinderella Sisterhood by Olivia Drake. Olivia Drake plays off the fairy tale Cinderella which I really liked. It has been a while since I have read a book by Olivia Drake and I remember liking her but when I read this book I really loved it. Her writing is fun and lighthearted.

The characters of Annabelle and Simon are well written and I liked them both right off. Simon seemed standoffish due to his past with his brother who is deceased but he does come to term with it and becomes a better man. It takes Annabelle to make him see that and change. Annabelle was like the Cinderella especially with her glass slippers. It was kind of funny as those really didn’t have any real part in the book that is except towards the end. I liked that it was the slippers that will be taken from Annabelle as she found the man she will love. So maybe the slippers are a way to bring love especially by a woman, Lady Milford, who wants to play matchmaker.

As the shoes were taken in the first book I have a feeling that you will read about them in the second book, but maybe not. I will find out as I have the second book, Stroke of Midnight, and I’m reading it next.

Sunrise with a Notorious Lord

Sunrise with a Notorious LordChristopher Courtland, Earl of Vanewright, or known as Vane does not want to be married by anyone who his mother wants. Vane will be curious about the one woman, Isabel, who seems to be able to resist him.

Miss Isabel Thorne was in London to give her sister a season. She will be torn to help her sister find a husband as the man their patron wanted for Delia was the man Isabel wanted.

Sunrise with a Notorious Lord is the fourth book to Lords of Vice by Alexandra Hawkins. I had picked up Hawkins book on a whim and found it pretty good. I wasn’t blown away in the beginning but started to like it more as the story went on and you found out more with these characters.

Vane is a man who wants to do his own thing and doesn’t like his mother interfering which I thought was amusing at times. I liked that the rake in him was starting to reform as the idea of Isabel at his side did not have him running away. Isabel’s mission was to take care of her family. I liked that she finally got something of herself. Though they are a long way from a happy ending as there are secrets Isabel has and will sabotage the budding relationship. I am happy to say that the sabotage doesn’t interfere too much with the happy ending. I thought the sabotage was done well and felt bad for Vane and Isabel but because of that they were able to get to know each other.

I felt there was more to this story that I was missing. It wasn’t anything that disrupted from the books story, it was more like the background of Vane and his friends. I wanted to know more about how this group came together and more about his friends.

I have no love loss for Delia, Isabel’s sister. First the girl is too immature and was caught more than once kissing Isabel’s almost betrothed and seems to be kissing another that Isabel truly wants. From all of that I was inclined to dislike her but then in the story she seems to be okay and a decent person. I guess her character confused me, but I would say overall I wasn’t a fan of Delia.

Thanks to the intrigue of these friends who formed the group of Lords of Vice I will be looking out for the beginning books of Alexandra Hawkins series.

Mistress By Mistake

Mistress by Mistake (Courtesan Court, #1)Charlotte Fallon was considered a spinster and one with a reputation that could not be fixed thanks to her past. She will be thrust into a new scandal thanks to her sister who will flee her potential new lover for the man that wants to marry. Charlotte will be told to be the substitute mistress. Charlotte will not agree but before she can tell Sir Michael Bayard she will be swept up into a life of pleasure.

Sir Michael Bayard had lusted after his soon to be mistress and cannot wait to make her his own. Michael will find his lusty mistress but will be shocked to find that she is not the sister he paid for. Michael will be furious at the deceit but he cannot dismiss Charlotte from his life, that is until a part of his past comes to make trouble.

Mistress by Mistake is the first book to Maggie Robinson’s series Courtesan Court. Alright now she is still a very new author and from the last book I read I figured I would like this story. Now I really did like the book but for me it was a rough beginning as it was a little absurd with how they acted and the situation. The book gets better and I find myself turning each page to the end to find out what will happen to these two, the sister and this crazy ex wife.

I got to like the characters of Charlotte and Michael throughout the book and wanted them to find that happiness with each other. Now the romance between them is nothing but sex and they are very compatible in that aspect.

You saw the villain coming and I was kind of shocked at the scene towards the end where Michael is the one in trouble. I wasn’t so sure I was okay that the person involved wasn’t really punished but at least Robinson gave Michael and Charlotte a chance. Robinson wraps up Charlotte and Michael’s story and I can see myself going after more from the author.

In the Barrister’s Chambers

In the Barrister's ChambersLady Evelyn Darlington needed help clearing her almost betrothed of the charges that were brought against him. She knew there was only one man she could trust for the task, Barrister Jack Harding. She will trust him to clear Randolph of murder, but as they work closely together the feelings she felt as a girl resurface and Evelyn will be shocked to finding herself falling love.

Mr. Jack Harding is a Barrister and is good at his job. He stops at nothing from giving a fair trial. He will be given the task to help Evelyn who was his mentor’s daughter. He will feel the need to help due to  honor but other feelings for the daughter will rise and soon will be pursuing her for much more.

In the Barrister’s Chambers is the first book to the Regency Barrister series from Tina Gabrielle. Overall I liked the book as it kept me reading from beginning to the end. I wasn’t sure if I would like it as the first scene is having the reader step into the court room and waiting for a sentence that is about to happen. That kind of plot doesn’t always get me interested, of course the court room is not where the main plot of the story lies as you are quickly brought into a story of an actress being murdered and a man running away claiming innocence. So there was that intrigue which will keep you with the book.

The hero and heroine, Jack and Evelyn, were both strong characters and had strong convictions when they needed to do something. Nothing will deviate them from their path of clearing Randolph’s name from the murder charge. Then again when lust overwhelms them and they will give into temptation that had always been there from the beginning. I liked that Evelyn and Jack didn’t give right into temptation as she was almost engaged and that would make him biased on the case, but they will not wait forever.

The villain I had a feeling of at the very beginning. Not because they were being sneaky or anything, just that I guessed the person you wouldn’t see as the murderer. Now why they went ahead and killed the actress that was a guessing game as well because there are many reasons why a person would commit murder. Tina Gabrielle does not leave her readers in suspense as the villain will confess all towards the end.

I am interested in reading the sequel book to the series to find out more about these barristers.

Confessions from an Arranged Marriage

Confessions from an Arranged MarriageLord Blakeney never wanted to marry but he found himself being saddled with a wife thanks to one mistake on mistaken identity. He will soon find that his wife is not as cold as he thought especially in the bedroom.

Minerva Montrose wanted her marriage to mean something and to work in politics. She will be struck with Blakeney who doesn’t have political ambitions, but with spending more time with her husband she will find that there is more to the man and that he is hiding parts of himself.

Confessions from an Arranged Marriage is the fourth book to the series Burgundy Club by Miranda Neville. It was a pretty good book to read, maybe not my favorite, but overall something I thought was well written.

Blakeney and Minerva were two people who wanted nothing to do with each other. They were being forced to do the right thing and marry for their reputations. So the marriage started out as a necessity with no real feelings. The characters will find that harmony living with each other and love but it does take a while since they have to earn each others respect and trust. I liked that Neville took the time to have the characters struggle with trust and not straight into the bedroom.

There will be a villain, Huntley, among the story who will be threatening Blakeney to reveal the secret that he had been holding since a child. A secret of that magnitude has no choice but to be suspected. I was glad that in the end Blakeney is not disgraced as you thought he would be thanks to Huntley.

I think I would be interested in reading from the beginning of the Burgundy Club to find out more from the characters who had been mentioned.