A Night to Surrender

A Night to SurrenderVictor Bramwell was not ready to give up his position in the army but now was given the title of Earl of Rycliff and given the task to set up a militia. The only problem is there are a lack of men in Spindle Cove.

Susanna Finch has made Spindle Cove a home for those who need to be rescued from society. Now her home is being disturbed by a new militia that is being followed by a man Victor Bramwell. She will not take this lying down.

A Night to Surrender is the first book to Tessa Dare’s series Spindle Cove which was a novel I could not put down. I loved this book. There is charm, humor, a little betrayal and of course lust. I have been told to read this series. I have read reviews and found them something I wanted to read. I had to wait for the books to get free from my library and now I have several of the books, and after this first one I know I will want more.

The plot is something that made me laugh. I loved the idea of Spindle Cove which was also named Spinster Cove. The idea of young woman who have been jilted, love the wrong man, need a cure come here to be free of what society thinks. I don’t think I have ever read a book like this.

There were plenty of characters within Spindle Cove. Dare focuses in on Susanna who was a very strong character who made this place for woman like her. She became the caretaker. I thought her past was interesting which came into play as Spindle Cove became her salvation. I was pretty horrified with what they thought to do to “cure” Susanna as a child. The other character of this book was Bram who was a soldier through and through but was very charismatic especially with Susanna when he was trying to seduce her. I liked instantly their banter back and fourth which quickly climbed to lust. Of course they were two strong characters who would not bend to each other, but the ending will give something for Bram and Susanna to be happy.

For the other characters they were all pretty interesting and will definitely enjoy reading more from them but I have to say that I did not like Susanna’s father. He was not a great father for Susanna. He appeared to not care and gets too selfish with his inventions. He does love his daughter but he keeps it hidden inside. Another person I wasn’t too thrilled with was Colin. He is not very thoughtful of really anybody except what he wants to do. Dare gives us a little something on his past which is intriguing and makes me want to know more. His story along with Minerva will be next in the Spindle Cove, which I can’t wait to start reading.

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How To Be A Proper Lady

How to Be a Proper LadyViola Carlyle has lived her life how she wants. She has freedom that a Lady would not have. Viola will be found and told of her past but she will not be willing to change her life as she knew it would confine her desires. But with the tempting Captain Jin Seton she might be willing.

Captain Jin Seton needed to find Viola in order to pay his debt and he always remembers who he owes. Jin finds Viola and knows instantly she is going to be trouble but he will find a way to take her back to her family. Even as she is tempting him the whole time.

The second book to the Falcon Club series is How To Be a Proper Lady by Katharine Ashe. I found this one entertaining mostly because of Viola and her ways of living. I don’t read too many books with a woman making her life on a ship but Ashe creates her character well. She was determined and stubborn and she was out of place when it came to being girly. There was a certain vulnerability in her character and she never succumbed to what others wanted even when they tried to make her into a Lady. She never lost herself.

The romance was there in the book but it wasn’t just Viola and Jin. There was Viola and Aidan Castle. Reading Castle’s character you knew he wasn’t the right man for her. Jin would be a better match and he shows that he is a gentleman when he gives her the chance to decide.

The ending stayed true to the characters which I liked and Ashe gave a happy ending for Viola and Jin. I checked out the third book where Wyn and Diantha will be crossing paths.

Swept Away By A Kiss by Katharine Ashe

Viscount Steven Ashford goes by many identities and only few know his true one. He uses each for a purpose and that one is to find a criminal and punish him. What he did not think would happen is the beautiful Valerie Monroe walking onto his ship in the heart of danger. He is dressed as a clergy and must keep the charde up or all is lost.

Valerie Monroe needs to get back home. She winds up on a ship which is held captive by a vile man. A man of the cloth saves her and tempts her at the same time but all is not what it appears to be. Valerie will be betrayed by the man as she find his true identity or one of many. Her heart is already in pieces as he tramples upon it but she will be able to pick up the pieces. She will find the solution as she becomes involved in the very plot Steven was hiding from her.

As far as a plot goes it was good. There was interesting turn of events but I was not floored by this book. Swept Away By A Kiss by Katherine Ashe is well written and the sensual parts were steamy. I think with Steven Ashfords ever changing attitude was a little confusing and frustrating that it turned me off as a reader at times which was truly for me the only problem.

The continuous plot of sabotage was interesting to read and you wondered how it would end and who would be caught in the cross fire.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters

The second surprising interesting sequel will pull you right into Percy’s world again as he will venture out again on a new quest whether it is his or not in Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea Monsters by Rick Riordan.

“Percy Jackson’s seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet.  Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus.  But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get…well, ugly.  And the unexpected arrival of his friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed.”

So after reading the first book I found that I loved reading about Percy Jackson.  The first book was fast and fun to read.  The second book I wasn’t sure.  I knew that I would like the character but was this just a fluke that the first book was good?

After reading I knew that it was not.  I really liked it.  This is a book that goes incredibly fast as you read.  The book is a lot of dialogue but also non-stop action.  I couldn’t put the book down.

The character Percy is intriguing and engaging.  You end up cheering for him and hoping that nothing bad will happen or if it does he will prevail (and of course he does since he is the hero!).  You get pulled into his life and problems that he must face, alone and with his friends by his side.  I love the fact that Percy finds a friend in Tyson who is not what he seems to be in more ways than one.

I love Percy’s friends in Annabeth and Grover.  They are always with him and help him when Percy needs it.  In this book you learn more about the prophecy but it might not be for Percy.  But the prophecy is going to be a child from the big three.

Through the act of friendship between the three friends and prophecy I find a similarity with the novel Harry Potter but that is not a bad thing.  I am finding this intriguing outlook to the book.  Gives you something to try and figure out.

This book shows promise of an intriguing future to the rest of the books.  I like how the villains are starting to show their true colors.  Our fallen Luke is with the bad guys and not coming back.  He is with the forces of Kronos.

Rick Riordan brought back Percy to the pages with this exciting sequel with Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters.  I am looking forward to the next chapter in the series.