Ice Games

Zara Pritchard had been an Olympic but her reputation was in ruins when she walked away during her routine when she was fourteen. Now Zara has a second chance at figure skating with a reality tv show. She is hesitant and even more so when she meets her partner.

Ty Randall did not think that a ice skating show was going to repair his reputation with the MMA but he was forced to go with it. He will fight with his partner every step but then something will change between them.

Ice Games is the third book to the series Games by Jessica Clare. I really enjoyed this novel. It was a fun story based on Dancing with the Stars.

I liked Zara’s character because she had learned from her mistake. She had been young and thrust into the limelight. She was doing her best to still make something of herself. The reality tv show was funny with how it was rigged, which you have to wonder how many of those shows are rigged. Ty’s character was at first someone I thought I would hate. He was going to be too cocky but all he really wanted was a second chance at his career. He got it together with the help of Zara. The romance reader in me loved the ending because it wrapped up everything in a nice bow, and I was happy with that.

I am moving forward with the series and will be reading the fourth book next.

Once a Scoundrel

Stephen Crenshaw, Marquess of Dunwich, was back in England after several years away as a soldier. He had been a rake back then but he has changed. He knew what was important and that was getting the woman he had loved back.

Lady Faith Westover, daughter of the Duke of Strathmore, had loved Stephan. She was blinded to his rakish ways but when he had left her eyes had been open. Now with Stephan back Faith will try to keep away but he wouldn’t let her, not until she forgave him.

Once a Scoundrel is the fourth book from the series The Secret Life of Scoundrels by Anna Harrington. I really enjoyed this novella. It was short and straight to the point. The novella covered a lot, a betrayal, love, second chances, rumors, and friendship.

Faith’s character had been hurt by the man she loved and wasn’t ready to forgive and forget. Her betrayal was understandable. I think the betrayal might have been a little over dramatic, though nothing annoying. I thought Faith was a refreshing young lady with a good head on her shoulders and now was guarded with her heart. Stephan will find a way to her heart but it will be Faith to make the ultimate decision. Stephan’s character had changed, and changed for the better. I liked that he truly did change and it wasn’t a facade in order to get what he wanted. He was sincere and filled determined to do right in his life. I liked that he had to work to get what he wanted.

Caroline Bingley

After reading through the collection of Jane Austen’s books I was given several suggestions by fellow blogger Dot at La Deetda Reads. She had suggested two books, Charlotte Collins and Caroline Bingley by Jennifer Becton. I had looked into the story about Charlotte first and discovered that it sounded familiar. I had read the book about four years ago, so I crossed that book off my list and went in search of Caroline Bingley from my library.

Caroline had been exiled from her family and she was sent to her mothers home. Caroline was very resentful of her brother and the Bennett sisters but she was determined to get back into his good graces and to find herself a wealthy suitor.

I was apprehensive of reading this story because like many who have loved Pride & Prejudice Caroline’s character was not loved. She was snotty and thought she was above everyone else, especially the Bennett sisters. After reading Jennifer Becton’s novel I will have to say that I like Caroline, don’t love her character, but definitely liked. I thought Becton did a really fantastic job on keeping Caroline’s character in tact from the original story.

In this novel Caroline was the main character, which really let you get to know her. I liked her in this novel because you got to read that she truly loved her family and wanted what was best for everyone. She just goes about things the wrong way. It also helped that Caroline was given a dose of her own medicine. She is humbled by the situation which lets her truly follow her heart.

In the end I was cheering for Caroline to find that happy ending with the right man.

Once Upon a Moonlit Night

Once Upon a Moonlit NightHippolyta Royle was having a very bad night as she was running away from a duke who was blackmailing her so he could marry her. Hippolyta will find help from a man in a carriage even though he doesn’t believe her story.

Matthew Mortimer was on his way to his family home when his carriage was stopped. He will find a young woman who claimed to be an heiress. Matthew doesn’t believe the woman but he will help her anyways, then he finds out she was telling the truth.

Once Upon a Moonlit Night is number 10.5 in the series Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt. I really loved this novella. I loved that Hoyt starts off Hippolyta’s story right where the tenth book ended her part in story.

Hippolyta’s character was privileged but she wasn’t stuck up. She was a kind girl who was just trying to survive in this new environment. I thought she was a little too soft spoken at times but that was just because she was shy. She became more talkative about her life with Matthew which was what she had been hiding from everyone. By being brave and talking about herself gives her the strength to stand up to those who would look down upon her. Matthew’s character was a man who worked and now he had inherited an earldom which he wasn’t looking forward to having. He was determined to make things work, he was also a kind man as well as passionate. I liked that he showed that compassionate side and helped Hippolyta even though he had no obligation.

I am really looking forward to the eleventh book which I will be reading next.

Duke of Sin

Duke of SinValentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery dealt in secrets and blackmailing anyone he wanted. Though Val will find his latest scheme is being stopped by his housekeeper, who suddenly caught his attention.

Bridget Crumb was on a mission to find out what Val was blackmailing a person in Bridget’s life. She was desperate to find the objects but she will get sidetracked when Val makes his presence known in her life.

Duke of Sin is the tenth book of the series Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt. I really loved this book. I had been waiting to read this book as I was fascinated with Val and how evil he was, and he really was evil in the book.

Val’s character was a villain. There was a lot a bad in this man as he was blackmailing anyone and everyone but I found myself discovering the good as well. He wouldn’t necessarily be a hero at first glance, but it was there. I would say he was a white knight but his armor was tarnished. He shows his good side with how he protects his sister and how he helps those around him, well helps them in his own way. I really loved the interaction between him and Bridget. He was showing her how he was a horrible man but as he was around her, he kept letting his guard down little by little. Now Bridget’s character was interesting. She really took her job as a housekeeper seriously. She made sure everyone who was supposed to do their jobs got them done. Though there was more to Bridget and that intrigued me. I liked the secret she carried and how it played later on in the book. I also really liked that she was strong enough to want to love Val, to care for him when very few had done so before her.

I am reading Once Upon a Moonlit Night next which is a novella with the character Hippolyta Royle who was in this novel. I read the summary and it sounds like it takes place where her story had ended in the novel and I am looking forward to reading her story.

Pursuing Lord Pascal

pursuing-lord-pascalAmy, Lady Mowbray was not really ready for society but she made a pact with her two friends. Amy will do her best and will be surprised when the man she had a crush on since she was a teenager had taken an interest in her, and as a member of the Dashing Widows she was going to take a chance with Lord Pascal.

Gervaise Dacre, Lord Pascal needed to marry a wealthy heiress but none of them were interesting him. Then Pascal spots a woman he needed to know. Pascal will pursue Amy relentlessly and will find himself falling for her.

Pursuing Lord Pascal is the fourth book to the series Dashing Widows by Anna Campbell. I liked this novella. I thought it was a good continuation to a series that I thought was finished. In the third book Campbell finished with the three original friends but in the fourth one, three more friends are introduced and are determined to do the same as the the widows before them.

Amy was a sensible young woman in my opinion and was very smart. I liked that she was not afraid to explore her own interest which was with farming. Amy was also cautious with her heart which helps when there will be trouble coming her way. When that trouble comes I was happy to read that she wasn’t too scared to just talk about the problem. Pascal was a rake and in trouble financially. I liked him though he had to mature some which Amy will make sure that he does.

I am looking forward to reading about the other two friends.

Billionaire on the Loose

Billionaire on the LooseTaylor was a nerd and very much into computer games and anything with science fiction. She was not the girl to attract the attention of a hot guy like Loch, but she was loving the time she was able to spend with him.

Loch was being sent away from his home for a couple years and within a week he was bored. Though when he was with Taylor life was not too boring. He wanted to spend time with Taylor but he will complicate the relationship when he sets up a plan to get back home.

Billionaire on the Loose is the fifth book to the series Billionaires and Bridesmaids by Jessica Clare. I really loved this story and it was all because of Taylor and how her character was in science fiction. My mom is a Trekkie so I grew up with all things science fiction and have been to a convention, which I have to say was entertaining. I loved the references with Dr. Who. I think Jessica Clare did a great job with Taylor’s character.

With Taylor’s character you knew she was genuine. She tried hard and was goofy, and very kind. I liked that she put herself out there no matter what, but hated that she was loosing her self from the guilt that was being put on her. When she met with Loch I was cheering for her but knew that a problem would be coming between them. With Loch’s character I actually did like him but he was a little immature at times. It was all because of how he was raised but he does change and changes for the better. What threw me was when he decided to just use Taylor. His character wasn’t mean or cruel, I guess he was just thoughtless, but again he changes.

Well that finishes up the series and now I will be reading the last book to her Billionaire Boys Club, Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding.