It Happened One Autumn

It Happened One AutumnLillian Bowman was an American who was searching for a titled man for a husband because that was what her parents wanted. She will be surprised when that the man that has her attention is Marcus who is one person she could not stand.

Marcus, Lord Westcliff, believed in order and Lillian disrupted that order. The only thing that could be done was to give in but there will be problems that will occur.

It Happened One Autumn is the second book to the series Wallflowers by Lisa Kleypas. I really loved this book which is a common phrase that I am using when expressing my like with Lisa Kleypas books. This book held more banter which was primarily from Marcus and Lillian. They were constantly bantering through the book but you knew that they liked each other, they were just too stubborn to admit it. They were actually similar in many ways. Lillian said what she wanted to say no matter what and Marcus did too but he was a little more reserved. I also liked that they pushed each others buttons to the point that almost went too far, but  it didn’t.

Alright now I have read the third book previously which is Devil in Winter and I enjoyed the book. I remember thinking that the main character St. Vincent was not exactly a villain but neither was he a good man. Well in this book you got to see him more as a villain, and personally I really wanted to hate him for what he was doing to Lillian. I know that the next book will bring a happy ending but it is kind of hard to see that with him acting like that. The other villain was the mother of Marcus. She was a piece of work but thankfully she was going to be out of the picture from now on.

So I am going to be rereading the third book, Devil in Winter, and then move on to Scandal in Spring.

Reap the Wind by Iris Johansen

The thrilling trilogy comes to an end as Reap the Wind ventures into the twentieth century. Johansen gives a fantastic finish which leaves the Wind Dancer a home but before it can be final there is still a fight that must be had.

Reap the Wind:

Some would kill to know what Caitlin Vasaro knows.  For the secrets she’s kept hidden all her life are the kind that the rich and the powerful will do anything to possess.  Yet not even Caitlin knows how much danger she is in-or how far someone will go to hunt her down.  But she is about to find out, when she enters a business deal with the mysterious and charismatic Alex Karazov and joins the hunt for one of the world’s most coveted treasures, the Wind Dancer, and ancient statue of legendary beauty and power.  But Karazov is a dangerous man who has an even more dangerous enemy, and suddenly Caitlin is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue and deception, unable to trust anyone, not even the one man who can help.  Now she must outsmart the cleverest of killers, a psychopath obsessed with the Wind Dancer whose ruthless plan spans continents and whose lethal rampage won’t stop at one death…or two…or even three-not until he finally gets what he wants: the secret Caitlin will die to keep.

This was a fantastic finish.  Johansen is an amazing storyteller with plot and characters.

Through the books I found that Johansen is a very detailed writer which gives them a certain complexity to the story. You devour more information because she gives you that.  You learn more about the past, how the characters work.

I have been finding out that Johansen carries her characters forward in her other books, series or regular novels which is fun to read.  In a previous book I found out that Andreas was indeed President and married to the movie star but it was fun to see how they first started.

Also Kemel is a character from Fatal Tide with Melis and it was interesting again to see how they started from the beginning and grew into the people they became.

Johansen creates her plot to be intricale and devious with twist and turns.  You do not know who is bad or good sometimes.  The line is blurred.  The series is a great mystery.

The villain in the book is truly horrible and gives the heroes a fight to keep their lives and to save those they love.  The Wind Dancer is tangled all up in this all because of perfume.

The plot of the book left me intrigued and fascinated by how the characters came around.

Some of the characters I liked were…

Caitlin who is the main character.  She is a strong woman with ties to Vasaro and only wants it to grow.  She gets tangled up in the web of lies but she is strong.

Alex is another strong man but he is unsure.  Doesn’t want to hurt Caitlin.

Jonathon Andreas is charming and I love his character how he doesn’t take no for an answer.

Chelsae is a perfect movie star who is strong and stubborn.  She is the loving mother and not perfect in any way.

Marisa is a sweet girl who had a trouble past.  She is strong in her own way and I love the end where she meets the man she is to be with forever which is told to you in Fatal Tide.

Kemel was a strange character.  You didn’t know what side he was on.  He was like Francois from Storm Winds.  He was helping those around him but for a great purpose but still a little selfish.  He finds the woman at the end, Marisa, who he knew she was the one.

All the characters were filled with complexity and depth which created a dynamic storyline to read.

Reap the Wind is a perfect finish to the trilogy and a worthy series to read.  I recommend this series.

Storm Winds by Iris Johansen

300 years later the Wind Dancer residing in France is sought after once more but by the family that wishes to get it back.

Storm Winds:

Storm WindsJean Marc Andreas wanted what was his by right.  He wanted the Wind Dancer which belonged to his family but the French held the statue.  Juliette was a young lady no one seemed to want around in the court of the French royalty until the Wind Dancer which brings them together.

Juliette and Jean face many hardships with the friends of Catherine, Philippe and Francois.

I was blown away by this heart pounding thriller.  The second book of the series The Wind Dancer was entertaining and amazing to read.  For me the second one held more of a depth to the characters.  I was on the edge of my seat the entire time that I was reading the book.

The Wind Dancer once again brings trouble to those who are trying to find the Wind Dancer.

The main characters, Jean and Juliette are fantastic together.  Jean is strong and wants the statue more than anything but as always he finds what he truly needs with Juliette.  He holds everything inside of him and shields any pain away.

Juliette’s character is fun to see go.  The entire book was intriguing because you got to see how the characters progressed and became who they were.  Juliette is strong but not as all she appears to be, which gives her character a depth which will bring her further into the book.  Gives chance to have her break and become stronger.

The playboy is Philippe and he annoyed me in the book.  He is kind but not very bright when it comes to protecting those around him.  Why do that when he can enjoy a woman.  Catherine has the crush on him and he fails to protect her when he should have.  It made me sick to think how selfish he truly was.

Francois also goes by William his real name.  He is a man that has a secret identity and is trying to save the queen and the royal family.  He encounters the Jean, Juliette, and Catherine.  He is a mystery man and will be very invested with Catherine who he feels guilty but soon enough also love.  He does not set out to hurt anyone but is doing the best he can for the common good.

Catherine is an amazing character.  She goes through the tragedy which Juliette endures as well but not to the same degree.  She endures a rape by two men and suffers greatly.  I was mortified when I read that scene.  Johansen makes you feel for Catherine and Juliette but more for Catherine.  It was a very good job describing the feelings of Catherine.  Francois helps her like no one can.  She is an inspiring woman as she goes back to her home which was created by Lorenzo.  I like that he was brought back into the book as he gave over the garden to the Andreas family as long as they named her Catherine.  The garden is a strong place that heals and Catherine soon discovers what is truly in her.  I love her character.

Johansen gives a strong description of characters and the plot.  The book progressed nicely along the pages and was thrilling to read.

Storm Winds is truly a fantastic tale of tragedy, adventure, heart pounding, a love triangle and finding true love.  There is still hope and new life with every tragedy.

I recommed this series.