Lover Avenged

Lover AvengedRehvenge is a dangerous man that has worked with the Brotherhood but there is another side to his life. It is this life that will have someone approach him to kill the King. Rehvenge has to make a decision otherwise the life that he had been hiding will be uncovered.

Lover Avenged is the seventh book to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward. Well I did like this one but I will say that at times I felt lost or maybe overwhelmed would be a better answer. There were a lot of stories that are being told which got overwhelming. This book was also the longest one so far in the series. So aside from being a little overwhelmed at times I did enjoy the story and this other world of symphaths.

Rehvenge’s character was a darker character as he was leading two lives and one of his lives would make him an outcast. His other side is a symphath which is someone who can manipulate feelings in others. He was not always a nice guy but when you got to know him better you know that there is more to him. I liked seeing the softer side with him when he met up with Ehlena. Ehlena was the other main character who was Rehvenge’s love interest. She was another lonely soul like Rehvenge, in her own way she was an outcast, which made them almost perfect for each other. Though it would never be an easy way between them until Rehvenge came clean to what he was doing and who he really was.

John’s story is coming up so his activity in the book is making himself known more. I hated what he was doing to himself, he was having numerous amounts of sex with woman he didn’t even like all because he thought he was not worthy of one. I want him to find that happiness with Xhex, though that will be in the next story. Although there will be a problem because at the end of this book something will happen that will make trouble for John and Xhex.

I am reading John’s story next.

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Courting an Angel

Patricia Grasso brings us back to Brigette and Iain but the story will follow their daughter Rob in Courting an Angel.

Rob MacArthur was married at the age of eight but having a husband meant little to her then. Now at eighteen she wanted an annulment as her husband seemed to care little for her. She longed to stay in England where she was accepted even with the birthmark that caused her much turmoil as a child. Then there was her love Henry, but now her husband has come to collect her.

Gordon Campbell took his time to collect his bride as he was having fun with his mistress. He is appalled that his wife wanted an annulment. The marriage would stand and he would take her back home but she was not the same little girl as she was ten years ago. Gordon will seduce his wife but over coming their past will be a trial.

Grasso brings the readers in immediately to the story and you feel for Rob and the troubles she went through. I found it interesting that the birth mark was a thing of problems. It seemed strange that something simple would cause that much fear.

Gordon was not my favorite character as he really gave no regard to the girl he married. He was able to do what ever he wanted and with whom he wanted and there were no consequences. But Rob had to stay pure for her husband. Gordon grows on you but each time Grasso throws in a wrench to make you dislike him once again. It was almost like playing ping pong.

As I read these stories of the Queen or the Kings court I seem to have flash backs to high school and the ranking the students are subjected too. Court is something you needed to pretend nothing bothered you and hold your head up high. Its something you survive like high school.

Courting an Angel was fantastic even with all the problems Grasso throws into the plot. She keeps the stories fresh and interesting along with recurring characters like Magnus from the first book, Highland Belle, who is Gordon’s father.

The sixth book will be next with Blythe Devereux who will finish the series.

Highland Promise

Following up on the third book of the Murray Family series I wanted to find out how Hannah Howell was going to write Eric’s story.

Eric Murray wanted to branch out and meet his mothers side of the family to get their support and on this quest he comes across a very small woman with a baby. Eric is insistently protective of this woman and wants her with a fury. He will help her and show her the ways of the world but life is not easy for these two new lovers as her family is after her and he is trying to regain what has been taken away.

Bethia Drummond knew that her new family had killed her sister and brother in law. Bethia fled from the home with her nephew only to come across her knight. She found herself to be captivated by him. They shared mutual lust which turned into love but Bethia was wary. People always looked down on her and never proved to truly love her. With woman flaunting themselves at Eric she knew he would loose interest in her, but Bethia will prove herself worthy to those around her and herself.

Highland Promise was engaging right from the start. I liked how Hannah Howell started out with Bethia fighting her way out of the place that wanted her death. Howell creates Bethia to be a fighter but unsure of herself. I liked how Howell let her grow and believe in herself. It was a steady growth which fell into the story well.

Eric was a fun character. I liked that he found a place but still was an outsider in a way. He was easy going but fierce and a little naive in some aspects. I liked that he found love and a way to protect Bethia through the story, it gave a sweet side to the battle.

The family was entertaining with the wives now with plenty of children and advice. I am looking forward to continuing the tale of the Murray Family as now it will be all the children of the three brothers and their wives which is ever growing.

Taming the Shrew Didn’t Prepare Him For This

Merry Stewart has been taking care of her family since sixteen years old and now her chance of getting away and starting her own family is so close. What Merry hoped the most did not happen. Her soon to be husband was just like her brothers and father, drunks. She dreaded the marriage but soon found out that all is not what it appeared to be. But now Merry will have to survive her new marriage between drunken nights and accidents which kept happening.

Alexander d’Aumesbery hates the thought of indulging alcohol but it appeared he had lack of self control once he found himself with his new bride. All his manners left him and he acted like a drunken fool. Soon the thought was planted that there was sabotage going on as Alex knew he would not indulge. With helping survive the attacks and keeping his wife happy it was a long journey to see his sister.

The second book to Lynsay Sands series Devil of the Highlands is Taming The Highland Bride. From reading the first book I was anticipating what would come from the second one. I was happy with the result of the blend once again with the Scottish and English.

Merry had her fiery temper and was referred to as a shrew. In a way I guess she was but only to have certain things come her way which was always placed on her shoulders. I liked Merry as she was able to find a way to let Alexander help her through the book, as he took a few loads off her shoulders. Now Alexander you knew what you were getting with Sands description as he was a very loyal man and wanted to do right by most people. I liked that in his character. Then of course together they blazed up the pages and only left you wanting more.

Now as with the plot it was engaging but you were left wondering who the villain was. Of course throughout the book I was shouting its Edda as she could not have changed her spots that quickly, but then came the question of how could she when she was on English soil. The villain was the one responsible for all of the attacks on the road so it had to be one person who was blending in. Sands gives the identity of the attacker with a good twist that you saw coming but not with whom helped.

Now I can’t wait for the mysterious Kade to have his own story in the third book of the trilogy the Devil of the Highlands.

An Unexpected Song by Iris Johansen

Through Johansen’s work I have discovered her stories to be focused on the adventure, with mystery and love all thrown into the mix.  An Unexpected Song is a softer side of love but still danger is behind every corner.

Taking the stage that evening, Daisy Justine had no idea that she was auditioning for her life.  Watching from the darkness beyond the footlights was the world-famous composer Jason Hayes.  The reclusive genius was seeking a new star to play the tragic heroine in his latest wrok, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello.

From the moment he heard her sing, Jason knew he’d found the star he’d been searching for his whole life.  But coaxing her from Geneva to the bright lights of Broadway wasn’t going to be easy.  For she’d made a promise to another man that she couldn’t break-nor disclose to anyone not even Jason.

Jason has only two weeks to change Daisy’s mind.  But the closer he gets to her, the closer danger comes.  For there’s more than just artistic temperament behind Jason’s legendary seclusion.  He, too, is harboring a secret, stalked by a killer who’d followed him for decades.  Now he’ll do anything to protect Daisy from the greatest threat of all-himself.

I thought the story was a very cute, sweet and romantic tale of two people not wanting love but gets it in the end.  I liked the mix of danger which follows Jason in the form a woman but switches when she is setting her target to Daisy.

Johansen is never not without danger and adventure which makes her stories so thrilling to read.

An Unexpected Song has all the qualities you need, romantic, undenying love and the power of music which is turned to love but with a twist of sabotage.

Vampire Vendetta by Alexis Morgan

Seeing the book and reading the back I was interested but not really jumping for joy. The book seemed okay for a vampire book but I thought to give it a try. I wanted to try out Alexis Morgan, an author I have never read anything by.

The Plot of Vampire Vendetta:

“As the lone survivor of his vampire clan, Seamus Fitzhugh lives only for revenge. And now that he’s infiltrated the compound of his enemy his chance has come…until he rescues a stunning hybrid from certain death. Megan Perez is a woman on the run from her own demons, and she’s a distraction that could cost them both their lives. But the passion that burns between them is too hot to ignore, and not even the threat of danger can keep them apart.

Now their fates are intertwined-for better or worse-as they risk everything to experience the ultimate sensual release, as evil closes in all around them. Seamus must weigh how far he will go in the pursuit of vengeance…and love.”

Well as I finished the book it was good, not great. It was not something I would go out of my way to read again, but I will try her other books to see if I like them better.

I liked certain parts but it just wasn’t something I was excited to read. I thought the book was a little confusing with the idea of chancellors and vampires. As you kept reading you figured it out. The nice thing is she gave a little something different to the world of supernatural. The sensual sences with Seamus and Megan were intense I loved their chemistry within the book.

So this book was good to read but all in all it didn’t hold my attention till the really end. I find that sometimes vampire books need more and although Morgan gave something new I was just not enthralled with Vampire Vendetta.

Honeymoon by James Patterson

Going through boxes and boxes of books I came across this book, “Honeymoon” by James Patterson.  I have never read anything by him.  I read the back of the book and instantly I was intrigued by the summary.

“How does it feel to be desired by every man and envied by every woman?  Wonderful.  This is the life Nora Sinclair has dreamed about , the life she’s worked hard for, the life she will never give up.

When FBI agent John O’Hara sees her, she seems perfect.  She has the sophistication.  The tantalizing sex appeal.  She doesn’t just attract men, she enthralls them.

So why is the FBI so interested in Nora Sinclair?  Mysterious things keep happening to people around her, especially the men.  And there is something dangerous about Nora-something that lures Agent O’Hara at the same time that it fills him with fear.  Does a dark secret lurk behind the unexplained gaps in her past?  And as he spends more and more time getting to know her, is he pursuing justice?  Or his own fatal obsession?”

The key thing about this book is not to give too much on the book because you will find yourself becoming involved with the characters and the plot, and if you give too much away it could ruin it.

As I started to read the book I had an idea of what was going on with the main character.  What was her motive for what she was doing.  Who were these men.  The tourist and the insurance man, how were they connected to John O’Hara?  And who was the woman following close behind Nora but never seen by her?  All these were questions I had while reading the book and each of them were answered.

From the very beginning to the end I was enthralled and at the end you were left with a surprise twist.  The twist was good and bad according to how you viewed it from the characters point of view.  As I put down the book I thought wow that was an exciting book with thrills and suspense which was enjoyable to read.