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.

The Duke

Collin “Cole” Talmage, Duke of Trewyth, had been through hell with the war and he had not come out that battle whole. Loosing his hand had harden Cole which made him not be able to see the one woman he had been looking for.

Imogen Pritchard was a nurse at the local hospital and it will be there that she sees the man she had once spent the night with. Imogen had never forgotten Cole but the man that she saw was not the same man she had loved back then.

The Duke is the fourth book to the series Victorian Rebels by Kerrigan¬† Byrne. I liked this book but it was by no means my favorite. I loved the last three books and couldn’t put them down. This one however was at times a struggle. I only continued to read because of the main character Imogen.

Imogen’s character had been a nurse and barmaid at a brothel, and now a lady thanks to her marriage. I loved her character for her strength and her intelligence. After all she had been through she wanted to help those around her, to make the world a better place. Cole’s character I felt was the complete opposite. He was selfish and cruel. Now the other heroes from the previous books were broken men but there was a strength about them, and there was goodness inside them. With Cole’s character he kept just being cruel and insulting to Imogen. The romance reader in me still wanted Imogen to have that happy ending and in the end Cole showed he loved her but it was a struggle to really like his character.

Kerrigan Byrne is continuing the series with the fifth book which will come out this October.

When a Scot Ties the Knot

When a Scot Ties the KnotMiss Madeline Gracechurch had written letters since she was sixteen to her brave beau, Captain Logan MacKenzie, and she was devastated when he had died. But Madeline had not truly known heartbreak as her Captain was imaginary. She will be shocked years later when Captain Logan MacKenzie comes to her home wanting to marry her.

Captain Logan MacKenzie had come to Madeline to find a place for his men and for himself. He also wanted to meet the naive English girl who had written him letters. Logan will be surprised when he meets his intended but nothing would stop him from his goal.

When a Scot Ties the Knot is the third book from the series Castles Ever After by Tessa Dare. I really loved this book. I love how Dare weaves together her plot and characters. In this story it is truly like a fairy tale when Captain Logan and Madeline meet at the castle. Although the problem in this fairy tale was they had never met before, the letters Madeline wrote were to a fictional man.

So the character of Madeline was interesting. She was a nervous girl who had created a beau so she could be left alone. Her shyness was overwhelming and with the explanation that Dare gives it was no wonder that she was scared of crowds.  Now Captain Logan was someone I liked but to be honest at first I was thinking he would not be a character I would like. He was being cruel to Madeline right from the beginning. Although when you get to know him and what had happened you start to truly understand him. I wanted him to find happiness with Madeline.

The ending was charming and very sweet, and it was very befitting to the story.

Scandal and the Duchess

Scandal and the DuchessRose Barclay was hounded by reporters where ever she went. She was not good at dealing with them always but then Steven McBride will be there to help as he will provide a fake engagement. With Steven so close Rose will find herself falling in love with him.

Steven McBride was home for a mission which would only bring sadness to him and the receiver. Steven will delay the news when he stumbles upon Rose and will find it necessary to help her. Steven will find that with every moment he spends with Rose the more he will want her.

Scandal and the Duchess is a novella in the series Mackenzies/Highland Pleasures. This novella is number 6.5 in the series. I really liked this novella. It was quick and fun. I liked that Jennifer Ashley is continuing on with the extension of the McBride brothers.

Steven McBride is mischievous but you know that he is a good man. He works hard and is a man who understands honor. Rose is a young woman who has been through enough but she still finds herself able to help others. Together they are on a mission and things will get heated. It is lustful but there is a sweetness between them, and it builds to a sweet romance.

I liked the mystery of the two pieces of furniture that Rose’s husband left in his Will. I was intrigued with what the Duke had left for his wife and when you found out the mystery it melted your heart. I loved the thoughtfulness of the Duke, it gave Rose something in the end.

I am reading Rules for a Proper Governess next.

Between a Rake and a Hard Place

Between a Rake and a Hard PlaceSir Jonah Sharp was tasked with ruining a young innocent to help clear his name. Jonah figured it would be an easy task as he thought Serena would be a just like all the other silly young women. She was not as Jonah found out and with each moment he stayed at her side the more he wanted her and started to care for her, but he needed to make sure to keep his mind on finding a way to redeem his reputation.

Lady Serena Osbourne was to be considered for a royal marriage. She was going along with the idea to please her father. She knew it would not be a love match which was why she made a list of things to do before she was wed. They were her own adventure. She will find help from Sir Jonah as he will give her the chance to cross certain items off her list. She will even complete the one that was not on her list leading her to start to love the man but she will find out that he is not being entirely truthful.

Between a Rake and a Hard Place is the third and final book to the series Royal Rakes by authors Mia Marlowe and Connie Mason. I have enjoyed this series as a whole. I thought the plot of ruining a young innocent to redeem those gentleman’s reputation was not something I have read before.

Jonah and Serena were a good match for the most part as she wanted adventure and he would be able to give her a good amount. There was that little act of deceiving Serena to save himself so that wasn’t so good but he will redeem himself in the end of the book. I liked Serena but thought she needed a little backbone when sticking up for herself. She is able to do a little on her list which will give her a small adventure on its own.

There was a little side story with Amelia, Serena’s governess, and Serena’s father. I had not expected to find them really together. They acted distant to keep the gossip at bay. It seemed hypocritical that the father would think Jonah was below Serena’s station when the man was involved with a governess. Now the father will not be all overbearing as there is a kind man inside of him and that will give his daughter a chance at happiness.

The true villain in the piece was no real surprise as he was a shady man throughout all the books but I will say I didn’t have him pegged as the main bad guy. Now like all bad guys he will meet his final end like most bad guys in romance books which will result in Jonah and Serena’s happy ending and a conclusion to these soldiers mission.

Once Upon a Winter’s Eve

once upon a winter's eveViolet Winterbottom was sent to Spindle Cove like many other girls before her but not many went to find out if they were expecting a child. Violet gave the one thing she was supposed to give to a husband to the man she loved. Crushed that he left Violet knew to get on with her life. It has now been a year and she was to come back into society but on her last night at Spindle Cove a man will stagger into the ballroom and fall at her feet.

Once Upon a Winter’s Eve is a novella in the Spindle Cove series from Tessa Dare who really can’t go wrong with her books. It seems no matter what I will just keep reading from this author. With her two novellas that I have read I loved them and very quick to read. I read about Diana and Aaron first as I was waiting for this one to come available.

What surprised me with this novella was that there was a lot going on. It was non stop action once you found out that this mystery man was indeed the man that Violet loved. It was interesting as it did not seem like it but he quickly clears up the confusion, that is once they are away from others who would be listening to them. I liked that this dealt with a little espionage which gave a little more action to the book. Violet was a great character as she was very smart and knew many languages which helped her understand the intruder/Christian.

I was wondering how the ending would play out as Christian was a spy and needed to keep his identity intact. I was pleasantly surprised with the ending which lets Christian and Violet have an adventure along with a happy ending.

I can’t wait to read my next book from Tessa Dare. I don’t have anything in mind right now but I know eventually I will get back to the author.

Redwood Bend

Redwood BendDylan Childress was a popular child star who learned what life in the spotlight could make a person become. Dylan was saved by his grandmother and he changed for the better. He will have a chance once again at a movie but wonder if he should accept it as his life had changed dramatically and he has started to feel things for a woman who was anything like the woman he preferred.

Katie Malone was a widow and mother of two twin boys. She lost the man she loved who was a soldier. She kept herself together for her boys five years ago and never found a man she wanted to be with until Dylan. She will feel lust towards this man but she will also be finding herself falling in love with him even though he was not going to stay.

Redwood Bend is the eighteenth book the series Virgin River by Robyn Carr. I have tried one book from Robyn Carr and this is now my second try with the author. Incidentally I chose the book that had come before Sunrise Point. I didn’t know this as I pretty much just grabbed one of her books. So once again this was a book that I did like for the most part and end up finishing. I just didn’t love it. Redwood Bend was just something that didn’t pull me to read it. For me the characters didn’t feel that real and at times it was a little too much with feelings. I know that it seems funny as this was a romance novel but I like my characters to feel real, that way the dialogue doesn’t seemed forced or too mushy. I did like the obvious happy ending that was going to occur because I can’t stop myself for wanting the characters to be happy.

I will be trying another one of her books but I think I am going to venture out of the Virgin River series. Maybe try another one of her series or one of her standalone novels.