Breathless

BreathlessMiranda Rohan had wanted an adventure but will pick the wrong man for the task as she will have her innocence taken and her reputation ruined. Her life might have been over in society but her family stood by her. Miranda will find herself in trouble again when Lucien De Malheur sets his sights on her.

Lucien De Malheur otherwise known as the Scorpion wants revenge for his sister who killed herself thanks to the Rohan’s son. He will find revenge when he sets his sights on Miranda and will start to weave a plot that will keep her by his side forever and hurt her family all at the same time.

Breathless is the third book from the series House of Rohan from Anne Stuart. This story centers in on Adrian’s daughter Miranda. He had three other sons, Charles, Benedick and Brandon.This was once again a story that I loved. It was gripping and I could not put it down just like the other two. I think so far out of all the books this one was probably the harshest and with the most cruelty. It is a book that will draw you into to its story and keep you until the end because you hope that the characters are redeemable. That is the hopeless romantic in me and personally I was half wondering if another hero would be coming into play because Lucien was at times too cruel to be redeemable but he was still the main lead to the story. He had a need for revenge as his sister killed herself after a broken engagement. I understood the need for revenge but I wonder if there was more to the story. Now his abducting Miranda did not make him a hero but more like a villain and he does stay that way throughout most of the book. Miranda’s character had been naive in the beginning of the book with her spoiled ways but she learned that is not enough as she gets tangled up with Lucien. She does have backbone and fights this man at every turn. There will be passion but it starts out with cruelty for most of the times.

There are plenty of betrayals throughout the book especially at the end when Lucien wants his final revenge which does not go exactly the way that was intended. A happy ending does come into play for Lucien and Miranda but at the end they almost could be at odds. Though from their interaction it seemed that heated arguments was something that would be present in their lives.

There was once again another story being told with Jane and Jacob Donnelly. Their story was unlikely as she was a lady and Jacob was a thief, a rather known one but together they did find a way. I was happy they did and that she got away from her fiancee as it looked like he used his fist when angered.

I liked how Stuart keeps this series going with the offspring of the previous Rohan. It looks like Benedick will have his story next so it wouldn’t be Miranda’s child but a continuation of Adrian’s children. This is fine with me because I am interested in how Benedick’s past and what will change as he is married and already has a child and another on the way.

Reckless

RecklessViscount Adrian Alister Rohan wanted pleasure and was going to have it with any who was willing but his attention soon will be fixed on an innocent. Adrian will think that by taking Charlotte for the night that drive to be with her will be gone but one night becomes two and he can’t stop thinking about her. Adrian will try anyways and find that it will be hard to do as she tries to provoke him at every turn.

Charlotte Spenser had been in love with Adrian for some time but knows that it would never come to be. Then she gets her chance to be with him as he seduces her into his bed. Charlotte may have been an innocent and in someways still, but she will turn out to be the seducer to Adrian and the tables will be turned.

Reckless is the second book to the series House of Rohan by Anne Stuart and one I couldn’t put down. I had read the first book of this series a couple years back so I wanted to refresh myself with Stuarts style of writing and the story. Now the first story was about the Viscount Rohan and Elinor back in 1768. The second book takes place in 1804 and will be with the next generation of the Rohan family. I was excited to see where this story would take us. The story was similar to the first as Stuart keeps that debauchery very clear in the book and the games that are played with the Heavenly Host. With all the harsh acts and words that are displayed in the book there are good people behind the facade which is why I loved reading this book.

I rather liked Charlotte and her continual fight that she had even though she was clearly in love with this man. Now she was never truly forced to be with Adrian but he does push the boundaries with her. Charlotte does not break even though there will be tears of her heartbreaking. Adrian is almost like a villain with his cruel words and vast appetite for pleasure from anyone who would give it. I liked that this man was being taken down by a woman who was an innocent and two years older than him. Their passion will be explosive with anger and lust every time they find a moment to be together.

Now once again the story is split with Charlotte and Adrian along with Simon and Lina. Simon and Lina had their own quarrels that had to be dealt with. There was a surprise with the good vicar, Simon Piagett, that was humorous and will give Lina her own happy ending like her cousin Charlotte.

The villain was Eitenne, Adrian’s father’s cousin who was from the first book, which I didn’t really expect in a way at least how he was in the first book. Through the dialogue it is clear that he has hatred for his family. He will stop at nothing to get what he wants but as with most villains he wouldn’t get what he wants in the end.

I am starting the third book next which will be with Miranda Rohan and I will have to see if she follows the same path of her father and brother.

Ruthless

Viscount Rohan, Francis, is known as Heavenly Host which is know for debauchery and non stop sex. Francis has become bored with the normal routine which is why he is intrigued with Elinor. She comes into the pits of hell looking like an innocent lamb and he knew he would have her. Francis will go after her but there will be trouble following her and he will be caught in this web.

Elinor Harriman knew she had to find her mother before all their money was gone. She followed her into the pits of hell only to encounter the Heavenly Host. She wanted to be rid of him and to have nothing to do with him but there is something there. Elinor will be forced to endure his presence as he will be butting in, but when she finds herself without a home she will accept his contract. Elinor will find herself in the arms of the Heavenly Host with a new danger lurking around the corner.

I was appalled throughout most of this book, not in hate or wanting to throw the book down but out of frustration. Ruthless by Anne Stuart is not a bad book quite the opposite. I liked this book a lot. It was not a love story. There was betrayal, mystery and a lot of shock value for the character Elinor.

Throughout the most of the book I was frustrated as the plot kept going from bad to worse in regards to Francis’s character. You loved to hate the Viscount as he was a heartless man as the Heavenly Host. You hoped he would find love with Elinor but it kept being a game for him. He hurt her so many times through his words that you wanted to hate him. Of course I kept reading because even though you hate him most of the time he does something out of character to lure you back.

Elinor’s character had you begging for a happy ending. After all that she went through that was all you hoped for. I was frustrated at her interaction with the Viscount because at times you wanted her to find bliss in his arms, but most times  you just wanted her to fight back. I loved her protectiveness of her sister and her relentlessness of doing what she needed to do.

Stuart will get you involved with the characters with their past that is intertwined within the story. She also keeps the side characters alive with their own voice through the story. I liked how the villain of the story was not known, it was not Francis’s even though he acts like one, you are given clues but do not know until the very end.

There is also a very present passion that is filled throughout the story. It is filled with sex from the side of the Heavenly Host. It is gritty because of that and shapes Francis’s character.

Even though this book did take longer to read and was frustrating with the amount of cruelty I am intrigued to know more. Anne Stuart has several more books out for the series and it looks to be of Francis’s family.