Wicked Seduction

Wicked SeductionKit Frazier was free and back to London but he was no longer the man he was even if he wished it to be. He will soon find himself in the company of his own angel who will stop at nothing to help him. He knows that he is a broken man and in need of no wife but he can’t seem to stay away from Maddy.

Maddy Wilson knew her time at her Uncle’s house was almost up especially when her Uncle gave her no other option than one that would ruin her for marriage. Maddy will find help in Kit and his need to protect her from the world and from him. Maddy will understand Kit and knows not to give up on the possibility.

Wicked Seduction is the second and looks to be final book of Jade Lee’s series Wicked. I am wondering if she is going to continue with Kit’s brothers or if she has already in another series. Either way this book was fun to read. I found that I enjoyed it more than the first one. For me I think it was because I really did like Kit, even though the first book left him to be little immature. Now with all the tragic things that happened he is a changed man. I liked how Lee writes him to in pain and to struggle as you felt it was real for someone who went through such an event. There is hope that is generated when he starts to find more of himself later in the book. Now Maddy was a diamond in the rough. She was a character you cheered for as she was always helping and had a sunny disposition and soon lustful when it came down to Kit.

What I wasn’t too thrilled on was the character of Rose. She wasn’t a villain but a very silly cousin of Maddy who didn’t think before she did something. What she did for the book was to keep things lighthearted, even though at times I found her very annoying. Now the villain was clearly the Uncle as he propositioned his niece, who was not related by blood but nevertheless this made him a man of low morals. I liked that in the end he got his dueThere was victory all around especially at the end when Maddy and Kit will be writing their own happy ending.

The Healing

Taking a break from the romance novels my book club got us to read a book from Jonathan O’Dell who wrote The Healing. We read this a month ago but I found myself thinking how to write this post.

The concept of the story is about the life and workings that goes on on a plantation. The story is primarily around Granada who was a little slave girl. She was almost as a pet to the master’s wife. Granada grew up in the world of the white class but could never find a place that was hers. At twelve she is sent from the house as an assistant to a medicine woman. Life will only be more complicated to this little girl as she tries to find where she belongs.

The story itself was good, it was certainly different from what I have read before and O’Dell gives a very good detail on the time back then. He wrote very enriched characters especially Polly who was the medicine woman. The part I was not a fan of at times was Granada who rebelled against her own but that is because she thinks the white woman is her friend and will still protect her. Throughout the story she has the same outlook as she did as a little girl. She does grow and understand but for me you don’t really connect at times with Granada.

What I did find interesting was the twist at the end of the story which gave it a true ending. O’Dell writes in an insightful way which will have you enjoying the book. With most of my books I tend to stay more towards the female authors, so this was a nice change. I usually navigate towards female authors as most romance authors are woman so its always nice to read from other authors you wouldn’t have normally gone to.

Desert Eden

Heather Devereux is sailing away to meet and marry her French husband. She follows her families wishes but has no liking to her betrothed and longs for adventure. Soon she will find herself with all the adventure she will be able to handle as the ship is taken over by foreign warriors and Heather and her cousin are taken captive. Heather will find herself in a strange land, no family, and a slave to a Ottoman Prince. She will fight with all her strength but will soon find the adventure she has craved with the Prince.

Prince Khalid Beg is known as the “Sultan’s Beast”. His fierce fighting abilities and scar has proven his name and those around him cower in fear. But soon Khalid will find one woman who does not look upon his face in disgust. Thanks to his men he is given a new slave who is the answer for his revenge. He will use Heather and humiliate her in order to teach her obedience but when he is about to be rid of his slave Khalid will rethink getting rid of this woman.

The third book of the Deveraux series is Desert Eden and it was a whole new adventure from Patricia Grasso. So far the sisters of the Deveraux series have been fantastic. Grasso keeps them strong and not wilting flowers when they have to fight. Heather continues the theme of disobedience even more than her sisters making the story very entertaining to read.

Prince Khalid was a character that developed well. You disliked his cruel behavior of Heather in the beginning but throughout the book he changed. She developed that change really well. I liked that she built in the past for both Heather and Khalid that brought them closer together healing each other. Grasso keeps most of the book series with attacks on the sultan or Heather’s dreams but there are comical times especially with Heather’s tactics of disobedience.

The side characters of course were well developed. I especially liked Khalid’s mother. I disliked her but as she was kept in the picture she became a much stronger character and one you wanted to read about. At first I thought she was going to play a villain but that thought had been wrong. The main villain you will know but there are surprises on who are the other villains.

Richard Devereux will now have his chance next in Love in a Mist. 

The Wind Dancer by Iris Johansen

The first book of the trilogy The Wind Dancer brings a legend which will travel through the past to the present and will be hunted by many.

The Wind Dancer:

The Wind DancerIn Renaissance Italy, intrigue is as intricate as craved cathedral doors, but none is so captivating as that surrounding the prized Wind Dancer, the lost treasure of a family-and of the man who stop at nothing to recliam it.  Lionello Andreas is bound by his vow to guard the exquiste statue.  But to recover what is rightfully his, he will need the help of a thief-one he can control body and soul.  He finds his answer on the treacherous backstreets of Florence, in a sharp-witted young woman whose poverty leaves her no choice.  But in the end, the allure of the Wind Dancer, and the ruthlessness of those who would possess her, will catapult them both into terrifying realm where death may be the most merciful escape…

I was throughly impressed with the intense and complex characters along with the plot.  As far as the book it was not overly long, around 400 pages but worth reading each page.  You read so fast it goes by in a blink of an eye.  I love Johansen’s style of writing and how she gives twists to her books without you guessing all that is going to happen.

I have read Johansen and love her books.  Within this book I noticed there was a lot more tragedy with the characters which I liked.  I like when characters have a happy ending, and they do, but I like to see them fight for that ending.  It is not handed to them on a silver platter.  The tragedy which befalls upon the characters is the plague which the villain makes sure spreads through the town and to the people who matter most.  But he under estimates Sanchia.

The added part with the plague was interesting to read.  I have always been fascinated with that time period and liked how Johansen added in some historical facts.

The characters were amazing to read about.  They had such drive and complexity that you do not always get to read about.  Sanchia is a strong character right from the start and tragedy only helps that strenght grow.

Lion is another fantastic character because of his ruthless nature but there is kindness there and Sanchia brings that out of him along with the roughness.

Lorenzo is another character who is there but is a quiet character who holds the fate of the Wind Dancer in his hands which will be seen in the next book.

As I finished reading I couldn’t wait to find the next book to the series.  I had to find out when the Wind Dancer would show next now that it is in the hands of the French.

This is not your average romance book.  Johansen delivers intrigue, adventure, tragedy and betrayal while love in waiting to be discovered.

A worthy beginning of the trilogy of the Wind Dancer.  I recommed this book.