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.

Last Night with the Duke

The Duke of Griffin needed a chaperone for his sisters and he immediately found one with Esmeralda Swift. He was determined she would be the right one. The problem was he started to feel things for Esmeralda and he needed to be clearheaded with a possible threat to his sisters.

Esmeralda Swift was working hard to keep the agency afloat. When The Duke of Griffin comes for employment her prays are answered. Though the job will get tricky when Esmeralda will start to have feelings for her employer.

Last Night With the Duke is the first book to the series The Rakes of St. James by Amelia Grey. This was a cute romance that was very quick to read.

I thought that Griffin’s character was wonderful. He was a rake but those were the old days. Now he just wanted to make sure his sisters had a chance in society. I liked that he took the situation seriously and wanted the best for his sisters. I also liked that his wanting of Esmeralda was more sweet. He didn’t act the rake he had been and rush her to the bedroom. Esmeralda’s character was all about business and keeping herself and sister safe from the poorhouse. She took her work seriously and I liked that she didn’t given into Griffin the moment the attraction was known between them. It was sweet as they became friends, then something more.

The scandal that happened with Griffin and his friends was a mistake and one that was making things difficult. It was cruel but no one had been ruined. Now with Griffin’s sister’s making their coming out he had to protect them from possible threats of ruination. I will say the threat was more overplayed in the book, that I had wondered if anything would happen.

The next book to this series will be coming out December 2017.

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.

Fighting Dirty

Fighting DirtyArmie Jacobson has wanted his best friends sister for many years but he has kept away. He didn’t think that he was good enough, then he will find himself playing protector to Merissa and things will start to change. He will find out that the woman he has wanted for years, wanted him as well. But there will be a problem and Armie will have to protect Merissa from being hurt when his past comes out.

Merissa “Rissy” Colter has loved Armie for years but she was always seen as a little sister. Then something changes. They will kiss and Merissa will become aware that Armie wants her, but he is still distant. Merissa will not let Armie go which means she has to pursue. Though Merissa will have a problem when accidents are happening around her and Armie’s past comes back.

Fighting Dirty is the fourth book to the series Ultimate by Lori Foster. I loved this book. So far, I’ve loved this series. Though as always I am a Lori Foster fan and I really loved that she went back to the stories with fighters, like the ones in SBC Fighters series. In this one she even brings back several of the main characters from the SBC Fighters series and Jude from the book Jude’s Law.

Alright, so Armie’s character is fantastic. He was not your typical hero. He was loud and known for his sexual exploits. But then he worked for kids and was sympathetic towards them. He was someone you could count on. Merissa was a woman who did the right thing and was just living her life. I liked Merissa but I wanted her to either take the chance and get closer to Armie or step away. Well she does take that step with Armie which I loved. Together they were perfect for each other because they completed each other. Armie was not that outrageous and Merissa was not that shy.

The problems that occurred were due to Armie’s past and Merissa’s. Armie’s past I had wondered about since the beginning of the series. I had a couple guesses and one of them turned out right. I liked that Foster will resolve the issue which helps Armie move on. Merissa’s problems weren’t from that long ago in the past, more towards the present. I thought that the problems they faced were well developed and it made me want to know more.

Lori Foster is continuing with the series but the next book comes out in January of 2017. So I have a bit of a wait but I have no doubt I will enjoy it.

Back to Buckhorn

Back to BuckhornZoey Hodge was back in her hometown to help her mother. Back when she was a teen Zoey’s ex boyfriend got into an accident and was killed, Zoey was blamed for the golden boy dying. When she comes back there will be those who still blame her but she could always count on the Hudson family to have her back, especially Garrett.

Garrett Hudson had a crush on Zoey when they were younger and he will find that his crush was not over. With Zoey back home he finds himself thinking of the possibility of spending more time with her. Garrett will find plenty of excuses to stay around especially when it looked like Zoey could be in danger.

Back to Buckhorn is the seventh book to the Buckhorn Brothers series by Lori Foster. I really liked this novella. Another great story from Lori Foster.

I really liked how Foster wrote Zoey’s character. Zoey was a free spirit and did not let things get to her. She accepted things and moved on. Well her attraction to Garrett was one thing she would never let go. I felt for Zoey when she came back to town and how there were some that still thought she was to blame for her ex’s death which it clearly wasn’t. The boy made the mistake and he faced the consequences which was sad for his family.

Amber is playing matchmaker throughout these books which is humorous. She is a force to be reckon with. I hope that Lori Foster will write a story with Amber and then another story but with Adam.

The last book that I am reading from the Buckhorn Brothers series is A Buckhorn Summer, which I will be reading next.

 

Married to the Boss

Married to the BossR. J. Maitland was the President of Maitland Maternity and will have to fight for his business when a baby is abandoned at the doorstep of the clinic. The news will claim the baby is his and he will have to do damage control. His solution is to marry his secretary, Dana Dillinger, and have a marriage of convenience, except that she doesn’t want that type of marriage.

Married to the Boss is the fifth book to the series Maitland Maternity series which is a collection of authors writing in this series. I thought that this book was a good quick read. Though I pretty much always enjoy reading Lori Foster’s books.

So I have been unloading some of my paperback books, I still have quite a lot, and buying some favorite books and putting them on my kindle. I have found that keeping all my paperbacks is getting way to crowded for my small room. Well getting rid of a lot of my books led me in search of several books I am looking for to complete the particular series I am searching for. I decided to go to Half Price Books and found this book for only one dollar and I knew I couldn’t pass that deal up. I had not read the book previous but as I have said, I like Lori Foster’s books so I figured I would like this book.

Alright now the character of RJ was someone I liked. He was a good man that was trying to help those in need. Though he might not have been the brightest when it came to seeing what was or should I say who was right in front of him, Dana. There was a ruthlessness about him as well which he clearly had gotten from his adoptive mother. Dana’s character was a woman who was dedicated to her job and her boss. Dana was in love with her boss and when she found that she would get the chance to marry him she knew it could not be a marriage of convenience. I liked that she was sort of blackmailing RJ into a real marriage. Although it wasn’t a real blackmailing situation as RJ wanted to go to bed with her as well.

There was one negative, well I wouldn’t say it was a negative, but answers were not given to some of the problems that happened in the book. I am assuming that will be handled by other authors who continue on with the series. The book I felt was a story that was already being told, and it was since it was the fifth book to the series. There were characters in this book that I had no idea who they were and from how they were written you knew they already had their story or was going to. Although, I can’t say I was confused by these characters. I just wanted to know their story going into this story. Married to the Boss is one that you can read on its own regardless of the other books to the series.

The Heiress Effect

The Heiress EffectMiss Jane Fairfield was out to make herself look foolish so that no man would want to marry her, which would protect her sister. Jane had become very good at that task until she meets Oliver Marshall. He was the one man that she might want more from.

Mr. Oliver Marshall had a goal which was to have everything. He was after a vote and would do what he had to do to get that vote. Though he will find that he was having a trouble getting that goal with Jane Fairfield as his obstacle.

The Heiress Effect is the second book to the series Brothers Sinister by Courtney Milan. I was waiting for Oliver’s story and was not disappointed. I loved this book. There is a way that Courtney Milan weaves a story that makes you compelled to read the story word for word.

Oliver was a man that did not know his place in society but was determined to get his place, for himself and for his father. I liked his drive that he had, but he was also a good man. When everyone laughed at Jane he did not. He knew what it was like to be laughed at. Now Jane’s character was also determined. Everything she did was to help her sister. Jane endured a lot of humiliation during those days.

I wondered about the romance between Oliver and Jane. It was a very slow build kind of romance and it was sweet as they were very much alike. Though because of those similarities that made the romance hard to handle at times.

The villain was clearly the Marquess and you disliked him greatly for how he was using Oliver and threatening Jane. There was also another villain in this book which was Jane’s uncle. He wasn’t a bad man on purpose but he was one that didn’t listen to reason.

There were several side story’s with Emily, Jane’s sister, and then one with Free, Oliver’s sister. I liked these side stories. I know that Emily’s story is over but Free will have her own story soon.