Justice

JusticeJessica Ford was finding it difficult to work in a new firm especially when she is starting to feel that something is wrong. Jess will have to watch her back and find herself coming face to face again with Mark Ryan who broke her heart. She will be reluctant when he inserts himself in her life to protect her but when the danger gets too dangerous she will be accepting.

Secret Service Agent Mark Ryan will have  a second chance to get into Jess’s life as he will make himself her protector when danger comes too close. Mark will have to find the murderer who is after Jess and as they start to investigate things start to unravel quickly.

Justice is the second book to the series Jess and Mark by Karen Robards. So first off I really loved this book as a sequel. I was wondering how Robards would be taking Jess and Mark, and what they would need to be running from.

Now even though I said I loved this book there are a couple things I was pissed at which was namely Jess and Mark. I thought at the end of the first book they were going to be living happily ever after and then I found out he was found kissing her boss which pissed me off. I do know why it happened as Robards gives us a explanation namely Mark was afraid as things were moving to fast and wanted out. Stupid mistake on his part and I was pleased that Jess did not welcome him back in her arms right away. She made him wait and wait and wait some more. She was scared of a relationship as well and didn’t fight more but with how Robards ends the book I feel they were on the right track. Of course things could change if another book is written but for now I am content that they have that happy ending. And to be honest even though I didn’t like that they were broken up in the beginning it was good for the story as it gave more conflict and created that never ending sexual tension that was always sizzling between them.

Getting away from the romance aspect lets get to the action. There was some good plot deception with what was going on with these murders and how it relates to the trial that Jess was working on. I guess I wasn’t too surprised with what was going on. Certainly some of the characters you are surprised at for being part of this conspiracy but it was a little predictable. Now that being said I didn’t care about that because the story kept you interested, kept you wanting to know more. I liked the build up of the plot and how it all was connected. For the ending I was kind of shocked, not of how Jess and Mark ended which was great, it was how the murderer was going to be getting away with murder but with one last paragraph Robards will change that and give justice. Robards is a great storyteller and I can’t wait to read more from her.

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Otherwise Engaged

Otherwise EngagedMiss Amity Doncaster has dealt with scandal from six years ago as it still follows her but she will be in a different danger when she steps into the wrong carriage. The murderer named the Bridegroom will almost gets his hands on her but she will escape. The danger will not be over as now she had to find this killer before she is threatened again, she will find help from Benedict Stanbrige.

Benedict Stanbridge was a spy for the Crown and was almost killed but because of Amity Doncaster he was still breathing. He will feel gratitude but much more for this woman. Benedict will have to do all that he can to save this woman from the murderer.

Otherwise Engaged is a standalone novel by Amanda Quick a.k.a Jayne Ann Krentz. I had originally thought that this was going to be a continuation of the series Ladies of Lantern Street but I quickly figured out that it was not. I wasn’t too distraught as I love to read her books and it has been a while since I got a new book from this period so I was excited to read it. Her books are like a guilty pleasure for me. They’re the books that I can always reread over and over. This novel was one that I really enjoyed and reminded me of her other novels with the intrigue, murder, investigation and the connection between the two characters. Yes it is a formula as most authors have it, but I couldn’t put it down. I needed to know who was the villain and there were several to chose from so it was hard to make an accurate guess which made the book entertaining to read.

Amity was a world traveler and an accomplished one at that. She has dealt with scandal and deals with it again in the wake of this murderer. She is brave and expresses herself with no difficulty which I liked about her. Then there is Benedict who was clearly a man of mystery and was good at his job being a spy. Those abilities of investigation would come in handy to help Amity. I liked their teamwork as it was a give and take partnership.

The villain as I said above could have been a handful of people which left me guessing and trying to solve the plot as I read. This is something I like to do and when I can’t figure out the murderer before they are revealed I know that the author did a good job with writing the story.

The Seduction of Elliot McBride

The Seduction of Elliot McBrideElliot McBride was there to stop a wedding but as the groom left Juliana there was no need. All he needed to do was take the grooms place. Elliot needed Juliana, would make her his and bring her back home to keep the demons away.

Juliana St. John has loved Elliot McBride, her childhood friend, forever. She never imagined she would marry him but at the alter she stood. She will find that the Elliot she knew no longer existed but that did not stop her from loving this one or trying to help.

The fifth book, The Seduction of Elliot McBride, from Jennifer Ashley’s series Highland Pleasures was very engaging. I think this is a series that all the books really can be read on their own, you miss the connection of family but Ashley writes the book so they are mentioned again.

I could not get enough of the characters of Elliot and Juliana, especially Elliot. The book might not have had the temperamental MacKenzie around the entire story but Elliot does have a similar style to those brothers. I think its because he kind of reminded me of Ian who was the first brother I read about and had me falling in love with the series. The interaction between Elliot and Ian was slightly comical as they were almost acted the same due to the treatment they received in the past. Due to that past Elliot is a very strong character with lots of flaws and pain that he is trying to hide and handle by himself. Juliana I thought was another strong character. She did not back down when she found out what was going on with Elliot. She fought harder to help save him.

There is danger that also lurks around in the book. Danger that is following close to Elliot but it is not from the obvious enemy that is given.

I want more from the series now that I have finished Elliot’s story. Daniel MacKenzie’s story is coming out in November who is Cameron’s son. Daniel has been in the series since the beginning and I can’t wait to read about him as he has grown up.

Wicked Intentions

Elizabeth Hoyt is a completely new author to me. On my many trips walking through the library it seemed strange that I had never seen her books but thanks to a recommendation from La Deetda Reads I started with the first book, Wicked Intentions, of the series Maiden Lane.

Wicked IntentionsLord Caire, Lazarus Huntington needs a guide. He follows this woman knowing she would be the one to help him find the murderer. Lazarus did not expect to be blindsided by this woman. They investigate she starts to get under his skin drawing out a need he has never felt before.

Temperance Dews is in need of a benefactor for her foundling home or they are doomed to be evicted. She will find help with a strange offer in the night by Lord Caire. His proposal was simple. She would be his guide to St. Giles and they would find the murderer he had been searching for. Temperance will find herself being lured into Lazarus life and giving into temptations that she had suppressed.

Reading late at night my eyes were crusting over but I had to read more of this book. I don’t know what was compelling me but it was screaming me to read.

Wicked Intentions is on the darker side and a little gritty as it really takes place in basically the slums of England. Lazarus I wasn’t sure if I should hate or love. He was very much the silent type with his lets say interesting sexual appetites. This was very much a hot and heavy romance as Lazarus and Temperance come together. The character Temperance was a fantastic heroine but she was flawed which made her that all the more real as you read about her. She was one who punished herself and ignored her basic instinct to feel as a woman that is until Lazarus opened her eyes. I find that sin seems like a main theme in the book.

The other characters I could completely see each having their own story as they are all not the polished people of the ton. They have backbone and flaws coming from a broken home or scraping everything they have to survive. Like Silence, Winters or even Godric St. John.

Through the story Silence was having her own mini story being told. I liked this sister but felt sorry for her. I hated that her husband did not believe her but have a feeling her story is not over especially at the end when she finds something on her doorstep.

The last question in my head is who is the ghost? From reading the book he makes his appearance helping out and it looks as if he will be a character who will be revisited throughout the series.

After reading Wicked Intentions I only want more. On a whim I had grabbed a couple more from Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series knowing that once I start a series I like to read all of the books. I had a feeling I would like this series. Fortunately Elizabeth Hoyt has three more books in the series to read right away.