Rules for a Proper Governess

Rules for a Proper GovernessSinclair McBride was a skilled barrister and took his job seriously. He had little time for anything but his job, even his children. His children were known to run wild and go through governess’s. Sinclair will find a solution has fallen into his lap when Bertie agreed to be the governess.

Roberta Bertie Frasier was from the gutters of England and was a thief. She will quickly find herself going from thief to governess as she will be hired by Sinclair McBride, a man she had tried to steal from. Though Bertie will find that she wouldn’t just be a governess but also the woman for Sinclair.

Rules for a Proper Governess is the seventh book to the series Mackenzies/Highland Pleasures. I really loved this book. I was swept right into the story.

Bertie’s character was lovable. She had a goodness about her even though she was a thief. She wanted to be better, always tried to help and cared greatly. Sinclair was a man that was drifting through life but he will get an awakening when Bertie comes into his life. I liked that he started to loosen up and had become the man he used to be.

The lust between the two of them was steamy and very passionate, and there was a lot of sex. I don’t think those scenes overwhelmed the book but they were very present. It made sense with Sinclair as he had been a man that had run wild. He let himself live again with Bertie.

I loved the children, Andrew and Cat. They were adorable and starved for attention for their father. They will get along with Bertie because she takes the time to get to know them. If Jennifer Ashley keeps writing the series I hope she will will write some stories on the children of these McBrides and Mackenzies.

I have only one more to read which is The Mackenzie Clan Gathering.

The Suffragette Scandal

The Suffragette ScanalMiss Frederica “Free” Marshall was a woman who had started her own paper that was written by women and for women. She will quickly find that she had made an enemy and one man will be there to help her.

Edward Clark wanted revenge against his brother for what James was going to do to Stephan. He will find himself helping out Stephan’s employer who was another target of James.

The Suffragette Scandal is the fourth book from the series Brother Sinister by Courtney Milan. I really loved this book.

Free’s character was really fantastic. She had been mentioned early on and had a small part here and there through the series but it was now her turn. She was a woman who wanted to change the world. She was making sure that women had a voice through her paper. She was fearless with all that she did but she wasn’t completely fearless as the things that she had done gave her nightmares at times. Then there is Edward’s character that is out for revenge against his brother who had abandoned him at war. Edward also wanted to set things right for the men who were his true family. Now even though Edward’s character was pretty cruel at times with his blackmail schemes he will show that he is someone who wants more when it comes to Free.

Free and Edward would not have worked if he had been a nobleman but he had renounced that title, at least for now. She falls for the man that Edward had become. Now they have that insistent mistrust when dealing with each other but that will change when feelings start to get involved.

The villain in this piece was certainly James, Edward’s brother. He was not the most evil villain but he was definitely a bad guy especially with what he will attempt to do to Free and what he did to his own brother.

I will be reading the Stephan’s story next.

Against the Sun

Against the SunJake Cantrell was not one to take orders especially from the people he watched over but Sage Dumont did just that. He would stick with his job no matter how attracted he was starting to feel towards Sage, but that will be pushed to the side when the threats start getting closer to her.

Sage Dumont was a strong businesswoman and did things her way. She will be furious with her grandfather for making her have a bodyguard because of the deal she was about to make, but Sage will soon learn that have Jake Cantrell was not a bad thing.

Kat Martin’s sixth book, Against the Sun, is from Raines of Wind Canyon keeps up the action with some foreign visitors but a similar plot with threats coming close to the woman that these Ranger men seem to get attached too. Now the characters of Jake and Sage to me were very much alike with their need to be in charge, so there is a little battle but soon they find a way to handle the situation. I liked Sage and the strength she had in the business world but she also wanted to help those who couldn’t like the daughter of the sheik. Then there was Jake who was a fantastic bodyguard. He was someone you wanted protecting you especially from the bad guy who was not someone I was expecting.

I loved the fact that the guys from previous books are mentioned and come into play with the story and more are added. With the way that Martin adds characters this series could keep going for a long time which is not a bad thing.

Lip Service

Lip ServiceSkye Titan always had done what her father asked her to do, she proved that by dumping her boyfriend to marry a man he selected eight years ago. Now that Skye is single her father is telling her once again to marry the man of his choosing. This time around Skye is not as cooperative especially when her old flame shows up.

Mitch Cassidy did not consider himself to be a hero even though he fought and saved many. He lost a leg in the Navy Seals and thought himself finished. He will travel back home to see many things have changed except for the intense feelings for his ex girlfriend.

So already reading the first book  of the series Lone Star Sisters I already know who the villain is supposed to be in Lip Service but Susan Mallery goes further and gives us more to hate. Jed is the ever loathing father that I really am disliking especially how he pins his children against each other and of course uses threats against them. Then there is TJ who is the new suitor who I knew was working for the ultimate bad guy, Garth who seems to get worse and worse. There was also Mitch had a moment of being the villain and even Izzy had played a little of the villain by not thinking about what she was doing. In the end she was doing it to show her sister but it could have been done a different way.

Now even though I really love reading so far this series it made me cringe. My hands were curling the pages of the book as you went further and further wanting to know when everything will burst. Lone Star Sisters has no readily happy ending as there are many obstacles that keep getting in the way. I hated that Skye was a little on the weak side when facing her father but with her past it is understandable. I thought Mitch was a diamond in the rough after he got over trying to get his own revenge on Skye.There was a lot of hurt that happened throughout their interaction but they were able to heal.  I loved that through it all there was a second chance that brought them together and a happy ending for them is possible.

So the ending has two big things that happen. There is a very harsh threat from Jed to his daughter which finally severs the ties she held on to and then Izzy is in a dangerous situation where she could have been killed. Is Garth going after Izzy now? Is he going further in the plan and trying to hurt them not just their reputation? The answers will hopefully be answered in the next book which I will be starting next.

Sheep vs. Wolf

Reading some of Donna Kauffman’s books I have found she has a lot of quirk in the characters and plot. That is not lost in The Big Bad Wolf Tells All. First off the cover is humorous and secondly it was not what I expected from this novel.

Tanzy Harrington is the most read romance columnist and she makes a whole new hit with her sheep/wolf theory. But that kind of attention also creates a problem for Tanzy as she will start getting threats of a stalker who wants her. Tanzy will get that help from her great aunt.

Riley Parrish was hired by Millicent Harrington to protect her grandniece. Riley figured it would be over and done with and he would leave. But Riley didn’t know the effect Tanzy would have on him or just how serious this stalker would be. Riley will play the sheep to Tanzy’s wolf but it will be Riley in sheep’s clothing.

Overall the plot was entertaining to read. You had several side characters who went along nicely and the idea of the sheep vs. wolf was comical and made you want to read more.

I like that both characters played the wolf but at times in sheeps clothing it was clever and fun. Kauffman also creates the villain to be unexpected but not so out of left field that you are confused.

After reading this book you will wonder if you are the sheep, the wolf or a whole new hybrid of the two.

Divorced, Desperate and Dating by Christie Craig

The second book in the series Divorced, Desperate is Divorced, Desperate and Dating by Christie Craig.

Sue Finley plots murder and does her research all for her books she writes. But something is happening. Threats are coming to her in the form of a dead rat and phone calls that wouldn’t stop. Jason Dodd will be there to help. They had a moment, a brief kiss but nothing else. Jason now getting a second chance will change that. Sue hopes that as well but she wants more and hopes that Jason will understand that.

I love Sue’s character. She is a mystery writer and takes her research seriously. She has a lot of secrets which gives Jason something to find. I like how Craig creates Sue’s character to witty and sarcastic and Jason’s as charming and a little pig headed. Together they make the pages sizzle.

The added in cats and dogs makes the story charming and sweet.

Divorced, Desperate and Dating is a great second book to the series. The next and last friend will be Kathy. The sole divorced women of the group but that will change.

An Unexpected Song by Iris Johansen

Through Johansen’s work I have discovered her stories to be focused on the adventure, with mystery and love all thrown into the mix.  An Unexpected Song is a softer side of love but still danger is behind every corner.

Taking the stage that evening, Daisy Justine had no idea that she was auditioning for her life.  Watching from the darkness beyond the footlights was the world-famous composer Jason Hayes.  The reclusive genius was seeking a new star to play the tragic heroine in his latest wrok, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello.

From the moment he heard her sing, Jason knew he’d found the star he’d been searching for his whole life.  But coaxing her from Geneva to the bright lights of Broadway wasn’t going to be easy.  For she’d made a promise to another man that she couldn’t break-nor disclose to anyone not even Jason.

Jason has only two weeks to change Daisy’s mind.  But the closer he gets to her, the closer danger comes.  For there’s more than just artistic temperament behind Jason’s legendary seclusion.  He, too, is harboring a secret, stalked by a killer who’d followed him for decades.  Now he’ll do anything to protect Daisy from the greatest threat of all-himself.

I thought the story was a very cute, sweet and romantic tale of two people not wanting love but gets it in the end.  I liked the mix of danger which follows Jason in the form a woman but switches when she is setting her target to Daisy.

Johansen is never not without danger and adventure which makes her stories so thrilling to read.

An Unexpected Song has all the qualities you need, romantic, undenying love and the power of music which is turned to love but with a twist of sabotage.