A Scot in the Dark

a-scot-in-the-darkMiss Lillian Hargrove was ruined by society’s standard. Knowing that she had only a little time before she was publicly disgraced Lily was planning her escape. The only problem was her guardian showed up and was insistent that she not run from her problems.

The Duke of Warnick hated everything English but he was determined to make sure his ward was taken care of. Warnick would make sure Lily was protected through a marriage. Though with feelings starting to form it was hard for Warnick to have Lily go with another.

A Scot in the Dark is the second book in the series Scandals & Scoundrels by Sarah Maclean. I ended up liking the novel. I thought it was cute but it was tough at times to keep with it, especially in the beginning.

Lily’s character was one that I grew to like. I thought she was interesting but she kept wanting to leave and express her misery. I understood why she was sad but it seemed that it went on a lot. She got better when she found herself challenging Warnick and really discovering what she wanted in life.

Warnick’s character was a man that didn’t want his dukedom. He was against it and against everything English. I actually really liked Warnick and wanted to know about his past as Maclean kept bringing up his shame. I wanted to know what he did that made him that shameful. The shame which kept getting brought up was a little much at times but once I found out what had happened Warnick’s character made sense.

The relationship between Lily and Warnick was driving me crazy. They were at some point arguing with each other, wanting each other and feeling ashamed for their own particular issues. All of these things are not bad, it was just expressed a lot. It helps when Maclean gives a little more explanation about the characters past.

The next book to this series comes out in June 2017.

Stranded With a Scottish Earl

Stranded with a scottish earlMiss Charlotte Warren had been involved in a scandal which left her weary to want to marry. When he father sends her a man who would be perfect for her, Charlotte fights the attraction but that fight will only last so long. Charlotte will find Ewan someone she could love but she is afraid to give him her heart.

Ewan Macrae, Earl of Lyle, would not have believed in love at first sight but Charlotte changed his mind. He wanted Charlotte exactly as she was and did not want her to change into a timid woman like her previous suitor. Ewan will have to work hard to show Charlotte they could be good together.

Stranded With a Scottish Earl is a novella from Anna Campbell. I liked this novella. It was a fast paced story that told a story of love at first sight.

I thought that Ewan’s character was perfect, at times a little too perfect. He was a man who I thought at first was a rogue with his charming ways but he turned out to be a man who just knew what he wanted. I liked that he wanted Charlotte exactly as she was and did not want her changed. Although I will say that Charlotte was a little too surly at times. Though I did like her character. She was not a woman who just jumped into any rogues arms. She certainly wanted Ewan but she had to trust him first. That trust is built rather quickly but again this is a novella, so everything has to be built up quickly.

A Midnight Clear

A Midnight ClearTroy Davenport had left his family and the family business to pursue art which had been his calling. His art will lead him to many places and to his next muse, Miranda Granger. He will want more than anything to paint her but Troy had to convince her.

Miranda Granger had been ruined nine years ago only no one knew that fact. Miranda keeps herself distant from any man that might want more from her. She will be very weary when it came to Troy but she found he was bringing back emotions that had long ago buried.

A Midnight Clear is the first book to the series Edwardian Nights by Kristina Cook. I really loved this novel. Kristina Cook writes so that you love the characters, so that you connect with them through the good and bad things that happen to them.

I liked Miranda’s characters as she felt real. She had made a mistake and for the past 10 years she was not allowed to really forget that. She is almost like a doormat but underneath there is a woman with fire and courage to live again. It takes a charming painter to bring that out of her. Troy was that charming painter. He was a rogue but not in a villainous way or one that flaunted his affairs. If anything Troy almost lived under the radar which made sense as he wanted to be known as Troy the painter and not be connected to his wealthy family.

So within this novel there are no real enemies but I will say that I really disliked Gertie. I thought at first she was just immature. Well she is that but she is also vengeful when it comes to her older sister. I really didn’t like that Kristina Cook didn’t give us some conclusion with Gertie getting into trouble. I did like how Cook ended the book but I wanted to know that Gertie wouldn’t get away with what she had done.

Well I am done with reading Kristina Cook’s at least for now. I hope that she will continue with this series and maybe the next person will be with Caroline.

The Truth About Love

The Truth About LoveGerrard Debbington only wanted to paint the exclusive gardens of Lord Tregonning but could not unless he painted the mans daughter portrait. Gerrard did not want to but conceded and walked in on much more than a simple portrait.

Jacqueline Tregonning was told that she was to sit for a portrait. She knew that her father did not want the portrait for obvious reasons. He wanted the artist to paint her to show her innocence from the crime everyone thought she had done.

The Truth About Love is the thirteenth book to Stephanie Lauren’s Cynster series. I liked this book. There was more of a mystery going on that intrigued me to continue. I thought why would everyone assume a young woman would be able to lift up their own mother and toss her over the wall which she was killed. I liked reading about the revealing of the mystery and Laurens does it well with giving clues but keeping this mystery a mystery until close to the end.

Gerrard was not the average painter which I liked. He wasn’t self obsessed and was a good man. He was also a seducer but didn’t make that his job until it came to Jacqueline. His attraction to her is quick and intense but it is not all about that with Laurens. She writes a mystery of murder and a good who done it plot. I liked Jacqueline for the most part but wonder why she did not fight a little harder for people to believe she was not the murder.

I had wondered how in the beginning of the series Laurens would keep writing the series once the set of Cynster cousins were through. I do like that she continues the series with those related to the wives who married the Cynsters, like Gerrard who is the brother to Patience. Patience is the wife of Vane Cynster. Laurens keeps a family tree so far with every book that I have read which is useful since the family keeps branching off.

The next book is What Price Love?

The Sinner Who Seduced Me

The Sinner Who Seduced MeJames Marlowe, has to go undercover to find a traitor and he will do his job at all costs. James didn’t expect to find the love of his life staring back at him or that she would be his only solution to finding the traitor.

Lady Clarissa Collins is a painter under one of the best painters. She will find herself in trouble when she faces James and he is a changed man. She will help with the problem but will be wary of ever trusting him again.

Stefanie Sloane’s third book to the Regency Rogues series is The Sinner Who Seduced Me. I liked the book. It stays true to the series with these spies in the book. There was a little more mystery and a lot more betrayal when it came to double agents.

The characters were interesting as they were both wounded and not able to trust each other completely, at least until everything is cleared between them. Clarissa was a strong character but it left her cold and not able to trust, especially the man she loved. James was full of deceit and because of this he was ruthless and guarded his heart. I liked that there was still passion even though it was hard for both of them to trust. There is a happy ending which gives our characters a second chance at love.

An Invitation to Sin

An Invitation to SinCaroline Witfeld wants to be an artist and she is close to her dream. Caroline will only need to find a model of an aristocrat and then comes Zachary. She will get him to pose for the portrait but she will find that is not all she will be wanting from Zachary.

Zachary Griffin was with his aunt because of his older brother. Zachary’s new goal was to join the army but that soon changes when he meets the Witfeld girls, well Caroline Witfeld. Zachary will want seduction with Caroline and succeed but he has to convince her that he will not stop her from her own dream.

The second book to the Griffin Family series is An Invitation to Sin from Suzanne Enoch. This follows well from the first book of the series. It was enjoyable as the first and something you wanted to take your time reading. This time Zachary is the main character and he lives up to his name being carefree. He was one to jump around to different ideas but you wanted to love him as he was a good person. Caroline was fantastic with her dream of being an artist. She was sensible but had a hidden fire in her.

The family of Caroline really played into the story and gave the charm and laughter. There are seven girls in all and they are all silly and giggling girls looking for a husband. Caroline was really the only sensible one. The girls mobbed any suitor leaving the suitor terrified. They kept the story going.

Now Sebastian played the part of the big brother but he was cruel in how he handled the situation which left me annoyed. He kept Zachary and Caroline apart but he did redeem himself at the end leaving me liking him once again. I will say at the end of the book I did love how Zachary and Caroline were reconnected and how paint was involved with their reunion. It was sweet and funny with the passion that they had in the beginning and never lost.

Suzanna’s Surrender by Nora Roberts

The fourth book, Suzanna’s Surrender of the series The Calhoun Women is a thrill to read. This time it is Suzanna’s time and the emeralds are closer than they think.

Suzanna is a mother of two and after having a brutal marriage and divorce she is making it back on her own but she will get sidetracked with the new comer. Holt is back in town after several years away. He had the biggest desire for Suzanna when he was young and the years have only made it stronger. He will help bring passion back into Suzanna and help discover the location of the emeralds.

I couldn’t wait to read the story with Suzanna. I love her character as the good mother and hated to read her hardship. But when she gets the chance to find passion with Holt I was thrilled.

The secret of the emeralds is coming to an end with the help of Holt who is the grandson of Bianca’s lover. I liked the tie between the past and present.

The theif I thought was a good touch. He is coming closer and watching every move. But in the end good still will triumph.

The thing that I really liked was the ghost. It was interesting to learn about the lives of Bianca and now you got the insight of Christian which was fun to read.

Suzanna’s Surrender leaves the reader with a smile as the story is coming to a close but there is an addition with Megan when she will find the Towers as a new home in the fifth and final book of The Calhoun Women.