Midnight Angel

Midnight AngelTasia was able to escape her prison and flee from Russia to England. She will find help in her distant cousin who will get her a job as a governess. She needs to stay hidden from those who would take her back. As a governess she thought she would be safe but her employer, Lord Luke Stokehurst, tempts her and she finds that she will want more though she cannot reach for it.

Lord Luke Stokehurst loved his deceased wife and would never marry anyone else. He wanted it to be just himself and his daughter. When the new governess comes to them he knows that she is hiding more and Luke made it his mission to find out her secrets. Though as he spends more time with Tasia he finds that he wants the woman he was coming to know.

Midnight Angel is the first book to the series Stokehurst by Lisa Kleypas. So I really liked this book but I will say the beginning did not grab me right away. I kept going because I knew that I would find myself enjoying the book once I got further into it, and of course that was what happened.

Tasia was a very young woman of eighteen but she was very mature for her age. She was strong willed but there was definitely a softness about her that was very kind to others. Luke had stopped living when his wife had died. With Tasia in his life he started to live his life again. He wanted things and it helped that Tasia truly understood what he had gone through as she lived her own tragedy.

There was a mystery within the book which was what happened when Tasia blacked out. She remembers waking up and holding a bloody knife which is covered in her cousin’s blood. You wonder if Tasia did indeed kill the cousin but in reality you know that it is another person who did the deed. The question was who? Kleypas will give an answer and justice for these characters that will have you satisfied.

I thought that it was interesting that there was a little supernatural mixed into the book. Tasia had visions or dreams of things that will be happening in the future. There is a little vision that happens at the end which make you wonder if that will come true. I will find out in the second book which I will be reading next.

Romancing Lady Stone

Romancing Lady StoneLady Cecilia Evangeline Stone is in search of her son who is getting married in a few days. She wouldn’t be there to congratulate her son but to stop the wedding as he was going to marry an actress who was too old for him. Cecilia will have problems along the way in Russia but will be rescued by Mr. Levin.

Konstantin Alexie Levin was on the way to London to collect money that was being given to him. It would be a fresh start but before he could leave he will stop to help a woman. The attraction is instant for Konstantin and he will want nothing more to be with this woman but she will be an aristocrat.

Romancing Lady Stone is a novella to the series School of Gallantry by Delilah Marvelle. Well its been a couple years since I had found my first book by Marvella. The books I have read by this author haven’t been amazing that is until I read this book. I really liked this novella. Maybe it was because it was shorter and more to the point, I am not sure. Well I am sure that I liked the characters of Cecilia and Konstantin. They were a mismatch from the start and with her being a little older it would never do in society. Then there was Konstantin who was a former criminal. I liked him and even though he was 10 years younger than Cecilia he had a maturity that kept up with her. He was good for her as well in a way of letting her spread her wings. I liked that it was a romance that would beat the odds and win because it will, it just might take a little convincing between the both of them with the help of destiny.

I liked Cecilia’s character as she was a mother and was older but in life she hadn’t really lived and Konstantin brings that out in her especially the sexual side. Out of all the books I have read by Marvelle the one spot she always will write well are those intense love scenes. I guess for myself I just couldn’t get into the characters or the plot that was forming in the books. I really didn’t have a problem with the novella and I really did enjoy it.

So since I liked this novella I will have to try out this series School of Gallantry to find out if it is like this novella. That will be coming later as my pile of books hasn’t had the chance to decrease as I keep adding to the pile.

In My Wildest Dreams by Christina Dodd

Reading the first couple pages of In My Wildest Dreams I was immediately taken back to a movie I loved watching, Sabrina. The story is very much alike but set back in the 1800’s.

Celeste dreamed of one thing and one thing only it was to marry Ellery Throckmorton. A boy of the house where her father was the gardener. She loved him as a child but now she is a woman and back from Paris and Russia. She is everything a man like him would want. The spark was there but Ellery was getting bethroded.

Garrick Throckmorton is the oldest son and wants his brother to settle down but in comes trouble from the gardener’s daughter. She is stunning and needs to be kept away. His plan is to seduce her. Little by little the seduction turns serious and love is entered where it was the most unlikely.

The tale is truly compelling to read. Christina Dodd brings old and new characters to the story and you want to keep reading.

I love the older brother and the younger one you hoped he would grow up. Celeste’s fire is fun to read as she knows what she wants but then everything changes as feelings become real but for the wrong brother.

Readers will laugh and cheer for the older brother to get the girl in In My Wildest Dreams.

Explorer by Kathryn Hockett

The title of the book seemed interesting so I decided to try even though on the cover you have that cheesy picture of a bare chested man holding a sword and shield.  But you can’t rely on the covers of books people would miss too many amazing books out there.

Unaware he is the second son of a powerful Viking Jarl, dark-haired Sean was raised in an Irish monastery, destined to become a man of letters.  But then he offers shelter to a lovely young slave-and changes his life forever.  For when Natasha is recaptured and dispatched to Russia aboard a Danish Viking ship, Sean knows that he must rescue her.  With Viking blood coursing through his veins, he ventures through the high seas to an exotic land-seeking his heritage, his family, and his lady love.

Tasha had admired handsome, powerful Sean from afar and sensed that he was a man who would offer his protection when she fled her captors.  Though their time together blossomed quickly into passion, cruel fate soon tore her from his embrace.  Now, aboard a slave ship bound for Russia, Tasha is stunned to be reunited with her heart’s desire, who has been transformed into a Nordic warrior with bone-deep courage-and to whom she will pledge her own destiny…wherever it takes her.

Honestly I was excited to try Kathryn Hockett’s novel.  I love reading about viking since that is part of my heritage.  Now when I started it was a little slow but soon I was hooked on the characters.

I found the plot engaging and liked the subtle humor that was underneath.  This is the third book to the series and after reading this one I am intrigued to see how the series all started with the three siblings.

Have you read anything by Kathryn Hockett?