Never Trust a Pirate

Never Trust a PirateMadeleine Russell knew she had to try and find out the truth as she knew her father had not runaway with all the money. She decided to go after Captain Morgan and to do so she will become a housemaid in his resident. Maddy will not be expecting the attraction she felt for the Captain and she will fight the attraction but not for long.

Captain Thomas Morgan aka Luca had a shady past and he was trying to become a better man but he was still ruthless. He will be instantly attracted to the new maid but angry at the same time knowing the maid was Russell’s daughter. He will watch her carefully as he tries to figure out what she was doing.

Never Trust a Pirate is the second book to the series Scandal at the House of Russell by Anne Stuart. I really loved this book. You are swept away into the story especially with the mystery that the daughters are trying to uncover, who killed their father. Well from the first book you already know who the killer was but it was interesting to read how each sister so far has dealt with the enemy and yet that enemy has gotten away. It will be up to Sophie in the last book to stop the killer.

So, Maddy’s character was not exactly a snob but she was used to a good life. She does work hard especially as the need to bring down her fathers murderer is pulsing through her blood. I liked the way that she stood her ground. She was a little whiny at times but it was nothing annoying. It was even understandable as anyone who life changed that dramatically would not always be in good spirits. Then there was Captain Morgan aka Luca. He was a heartless man and ruthless or at least he portrayed that man, and he did it well. I liked Luca for the most part but he was a hard man. When it comes to Maddy he doesn’t really soften but he lets himself feel more for this woman.

I will be reading the third and last book to the series next.

Wicked Seduction

Wicked SeductionKit Frazier was free and back to London but he was no longer the man he was even if he wished it to be. He will soon find himself in the company of his own angel who will stop at nothing to help him. He knows that he is a broken man and in need of no wife but he can’t seem to stay away from Maddy.

Maddy Wilson knew her time at her Uncle’s house was almost up especially when her Uncle gave her no other option than one that would ruin her for marriage. Maddy will find help in Kit and his need to protect her from the world and from him. Maddy will understand Kit and knows not to give up on the possibility.

Wicked Seduction is the second and looks to be final book of Jade Lee’s series Wicked. I am wondering if she is going to continue with Kit’s brothers or if she has already in another series. Either way this book was fun to read. I found that I enjoyed it more than the first one. For me I think it was because I really did like Kit, even though the first book left him to be little immature. Now with all the tragic things that happened he is a changed man. I liked how Lee writes him to in pain and to struggle as you felt it was real for someone who went through such an event. There is hope that is generated when he starts to find more of himself later in the book. Now Maddy was a diamond in the rough. She was a character you cheered for as she was always helping and had a sunny disposition and soon lustful when it came down to Kit.

What I wasn’t too thrilled on was the character of Rose. She wasn’t a villain but a very silly cousin of Maddy who didn’t think before she did something. What she did for the book was to keep things lighthearted, even though at times I found her very annoying. Now the villain was clearly the Uncle as he propositioned his niece, who was not related by blood but nevertheless this made him a man of low morals. I liked that in the end he got his dueThere was victory all around especially at the end when Maddy and Kit will be writing their own happy ending.

The Ugly Duchess

The Ugly DuchessTheodora Saxby was not known for her beauty but was going to make something of her life. Then her life changes when her best friend asks her to marry and she soon finds out it was all a lie. Theo will resolve in creating a new life without a husband, one that is orderly but it will all come crashing away when he comes back.

James Ryburn was young and stupid to listen to his father. He ruined his friendship with his best friend and was cast out of his own house. James will lead a new life for seven years only to come back to the one he once lived knowing that there was no way he would abandon his wife ever again.

The Ugly Duchess is the fourth book to the Happily Ever After series by Eloisa James. I have to say this book was okay and it took me a while to get into it. Reading the summary I knew that there would be a downfall for James and Theo and it wasn’t something I was looking forward to. There will be a second part to the book which will propel us forward through the years looking in on what was happening to the characters as they lived separate lives. This second part took me a while as it was seven years to get through. I don’t love the characters at this point as I feel they are not themselves as they are not whole anymore. Reading this part I knew it was necessary for this to happen as they both needed to grow up as they were both too young. I hoped there would be a happy ending but it was starting to look bleak. I did like when they encountered once again as there was more feeling again to the book. Eloisa James will have a happy ending once harmony is back.

Out of this series The Ugly Duchess was not my favorite but as the next book to the series comes out I will try it.

Scandalous Desires

The third book, Scandalous Desires, of the Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt was certainly worth reading as it will have you turning the pages right from the start.

Scandalous DesiresSilence Hollingbrook has lost her husband at sea but she is comforted by Mary Darling though now she finds the little girl is taken by none other than Charming Mickey O’Connor, the man who ruined her relationship with her husband. Silence though will take on the task and make another deal with Mickey. She will find things have changed as her eyes are starting to open to a new man in front of her. Though not all is well as her life and Mary Darlings life will be in danger from Mickey’s enemy.

Mickey O’Connor was calculated in his thinking and knew that by taking his daughter Silence Hollingbrook would follow right into his palace. Mickey had wanted Silence since the night they talked in his bedroom and now she is in his grasps. He will find himself at ends with this woman as she is not like any other women he has encountered before. She would not obey or sit meekly while he gave orders but rebel at every turn. This only made him want more of this woman. Mickey would make her his as he protected her from his enemy but things will start to look bleak as a traitor is found.

Since starting the series I was wanting more on Silence Hollingbrook as I felt that Hoyt was building up her story with each book. I was not surprised with the male lead as Mickey, he made an impact in the first book. I liked the two together as they were the complete opposites but if you looked deep within they were similar. They both were changing throughout the book in their traits, not a complete 360 but enough to show a difference. Mickey not so much as his was a change that happens much more at the end which was more plausible as he is a hard man. The scenes between them was a sizzle on the pages as Hoyt has done so in the previous books. Now the villain in this one is known but there is a twist with this villain. I had a feeling but did not think of it almost until the secret was about to be revealed.

With both books before this has a happy ending coming to the characters but we are left with a problem as the ghost of St. Giles has become injured and soon to be unmasked by none other that Lady Isabel Beckinhall but that will all come to play in the fourth book Thief of Shadows.