The Seduction of Lord Stone

The Seduction of Lord StoneCaroline, Lady Beaumont was a widow just coming out of mourning and she wanted to live her life. Caroline was on the hunt for a lover. All she wanted was a fling, nothing serious which was why she didn’t want anything with Silas. She knew that with Silas she could fall in love.

Silas Nash, Viscount Stone, has been in love with Caroline since his sister brought her to tea. He wanted to make her his wife but he had to convince her to take a chance on marriage again.

The Seduction of Lord Stone is the first book to the series Dashing Widows by Anna Campbell. I liked this novella. I thought it was a good start to a series which most likely will be a trilogy. Three woman who are all widows. Two of them hated being married to their spouses and one had found love and loss when he died. They are all realizing that they have to live again and it will be Caroline first.

I liked Caroline’s character. She was a woman who was lively then became almost a shell of herself because she stopped being happy for ten years. She is going to live again and find a lover. I liked that she was finding that courage to live again but I thought she was hurting herself with not trying to find real love especially with Silas. Silas’s character was a man who found love at first sight. I liked that he was Caroline’s friend but he needed to step up to get her attention. Don’t worry it will happen and it will get steamy when they find that passion.

So as said above in this novella there are two friends of Caroline and you know that their stories will be told. I am looking forward to when those books will be out, especially with Helena and West.

Unlaced

UnlacedLucy Abbington did not want a season but to appease her father she went. Lucy though has no desire to wed as she knows that her husband would demand she stop her healing animals. She will be tempted to give up everything to be with one man.

Henry, Lord Mandeville, did not want to marry especially anyone his mother wanted him to marry. Henry would marry but only a woman who would elevate his position in parliament. When Henry meets Lucy he will immediately want her but knows he can’t marry her.

Unlaced is the first book to a series. I am not sure what the name of the series is called as there are two names for this book series. One is Undone by Love and the other is Ashton/Rosemoor. Well never mind about the title of the series I loved this book. The book left me smiling. I had read the second book five years ago. I had loved the second book but getting Kristina Cook’s books were hard to do from my library. So I gave up and moved on to another series by another author. Well I am back with Kristina Cook and I have more books of hers to read.

I loved Lucy’s character. She was a fun character who had a backbone and a drive to do what she loved, which was to heal animals. She had a passion for medicine but because of her gender getting a degree was impossible. I liked that she wasn’t like the other woman who wanted Henry for his title. She didn’t want him but she will be tempted because of the man and of course lust. So Henry’s character  was a love/hate one for me. I liked Henry for his drive to be better but he was too critical and power hunger. Not exactly like his mother but he was trying to marry a woman who would elevate his position in society. Though when you get to know his character more you will fall in love with Henry, its another side of Henry that was gentler. Now with him there are plenty of things that he does wrong, especially when it comes to Lucy. I will say that he does redeem himself in the end.

Now there were some villains in this book. Mostly they are “the mean girls” who are too stuck up. Well one person that I thought was the worst was Henry’s mother. She was a vile woman who was power hunger and was not a kind woman to her son.

I am re-reading Unveiled and then on to the third book Undressed.

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.

The Season

The SeasonLady Alexandra Stafford was having her come out into society and was dreading the entire day. There will be help to make the day enjoyable as Blackmoor will be close to her side, but things start to unravel. Alex will hear a curious conversation that eluded to murder of the previous Earl of Blackmoor.

Gavin, the Earl of Blackmoor, was not ready for becoming the Earl but had to do it as his father was taken suddenly. Gavin will stay close to his friends the Stafford’s and will start to notice Lady Alexandra and that she was not a child any longer. Gavin will yield his attraction as a danger starts to follow.

The Season is a standalone novel from Sarah MacLean. I have read several books from her and really have gotten into them. I liked this one. It was good with the protective brothers, kind friends, and a mystery of murder to solve. I will say I am more drawn to her series Rules of Scoundrels which has a little more grit to it.

As the book lacked some grit it did make up with how a seventeen year old would be acting. They were silly and a little naive which sounded reasonable. MacLean keeps that up with the whole story. Of course Alexandra “Alex” was not just silly but inquisitive about the new information that was heard about Blackmoor. Now Gavin is everything that is dull or at least that is how he portrays himself to be. He will show a new side of himself as he soon finds himself thinking differently of Alex.

The danger that is following Blackmoor will have Alex falling into the crossfire and stumbling onto the secret. Through the words written the villain had a voice without being acknowledged. Now I had a strong hunch of the villain just as it seemed how the story was unfolding. I picked the villain pretty early on but it was interesting to read the dialogue.

Mr. Darcy’s Daughters

Mr. Darcy's DaughtersContinuing on with the search of Pride and Prejudice continuations or remolding of the classic story I stumbled upon several stories from Elizabeth Aston and her Darcys series.

Fitzwilliam Darcy and his wife Elizabeth are traveling overseas and left their five daughters to enjoy the ways of London under the watchful care of their relatives while the youngest siblings, the two boys, stay at Pemberely. All five daughters will find themselves holding onto their reputations as some of the ton of London will wish them to fail.

Mr. Darcy’s Daughters by Elizabeth Aston is a true continuation of the classic story Pride and Prejudice where you are shown what life could be if Jane Austen continued the love story of Darcy and Elizabeth. I loved that Aston made Darcy to have five daughters.

Aston creates fantastic characters that feel very much like in the world of Austen but a little more scandal than Austen would have, this especially occurs with all the sisters. Now I didn’t love all the sisters really only Camille and Alethea. The rest were too wild to like or uptight for me. Aston does a good job at giving each sister their own identity.

Within the book you are treated back to some old enemies like Caroline but now it will be her stepson, George Warren who will help in causing problems for the Darcy girls. Now although Sophie wasn’t a villain she was too spoiled for me to really like, especially as she was leading on her fiancee Wytton.  Wytton is a character I loved as he is our hero who is perfect for Camille and Aston will not leave us disappointed.

The series will feature Alethea next in The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy.

Notorious

NotoriousSusanna Burney is in the business of deceit but it will start to unravel as her past comes to haunt her. James the only man she loved was going to be an obstacle to complete her job and she knew not to let her guard down but her heart wasn’t going to listen.

James Devlin has been wooing the young heiress but there is no love between them. James wants money and some station in his life than what he has been. James will be sidetracked when his ex-wife will be back in his presence and looked to be up to no good. James will find ways to be around her, to seduce her and to find that passion they shared, but James will make the mistake letting his heart get back involve.

Loving the first book of the series Scandalous Women of the Ton I wanted more. I had taken what books there were available at the library which were the fourth and fifth book. Notorious is the fourth book to Nicola Cornick’s series. I got to know the character of James in the first book but he wasn’t featured as a main character, you remember him all the same. I loved James character as the seducer when he wanted to be which shows its side every time Susanna is around. Susanna I liked her character but hated what she had to do. Her story didn’t make me want to cry as much as Joanna’s story had but still Susanna’s story was horrific in a similar way. I liked that she recovered well to a point but there was a second chance for them.

Now the villain is someone who for me just showed up out of nowhere. His name is Thomas and from the sound of it he was in the previous story. Notorious can be read out of order as you can put everything together easily but you sometimes miss those little facts of other characters who already were part of the story. I am interested in finding out more with the villain. There was also another villain in my opinion who was the Duke’s son. His actions depict that he is a villain with what he does to Chessie.

The ending will make you want to melt with what happens between our two main characters. I will say that I do love reading so far this series. Notorious was worth reading and once I read the fifth book I know I will have to look for the remaining books of the series.

Along Came A Duke

Tabitha Timmons was a spinster and had acknowledge that she would remain so but then she receives an inheritance. Tabitha rejoices until she finds out that her Uncle says she has to marry this particular man or she can’t receive the inheritance. Tabitha is not thrilled at this prospect and even less so when she meets a man who makes her heart beat faster than she has ever felt before.

Duke of Preston is a man who has been given the direct cut by the ton as he has scandal follow him like a shadow. Preston will meet Tabitha and knows that there is more to her than the spinster everyone sees. When he finds out that she is to be betrothed he knows he must stop this from happening.

Along Came A DukeStill new to Elizabeth Boyle I found Along Came a Duke which is the first book of Rhymes With Love series. I have tried a couple of her books already in two different series.  I have found that with the other two books it was hard to get into her stories. The same can be said with this one in the very beginning. I found though once you got through a third of the book I was changing my tune and finding these characters and plot enjoyable. Tabitha did what she was told but there was a rebellious streak that she longed to go towards and Preston gives her those moments which I loved. I also liked how Boyle creates Tabitha’s family and her almost betroths family as villains. There was cruelty in how Tabitha was overlooked and secrets which made it easy to dislike them.

As I keep hopping from one series to another I think this time I will stick with Rhymes With Love series to the end.