The Devilish Lord Will

Will Mackenzie usually works alone but then Josette will come to him with a request to help her group find a trove of gold. He will team up with Josette to help find the gold that is lost somewhere in the highlands, which will help Highland women who lost a lot in the war. Will trusts Josette, they had worked together as man and wife and she was the woman he loved.

The Devilish Lord Will is the tenth book from the series Mackenzies & McBrides by Jennifer Ashley. I have followed this series from the beginning and have loved most of the books. Anything with Ian has always been fantastic to read. This book was good but by no means was it my favorite.

I think it was a good story but I found it a little boring at times. It didn’t drive me to read and want to know more. I am not always a big spy reader but it wasn’t even that. Maybe there wasn’t enough to really draw me into that story. Although, it was still good just took me longer to finish. I did enjoy the characters of Will and Josette. I liked that they had been a team beforehand which of course turned to lovers. I enjoyed their teamwork and I think Jennifer Ashley wrote them well. There was sweet interactions between them that showed Will truly loved Josette and her daughter.

Of course when the next book to the series comes out I will read it right away because I really can’t get enough of this series.

Vampires in America Vol 2

Vampires in America, The Vignettes Vol 2 is a collection of stories from the series. D.B Reynolds had written Vol 1 several years ago which were very enjoyable. Vol 2 was also very enjoyable and most of them were very steamy. I liked some stories more than others. Most of the stories were very short. There were a couple that were a little longer but again very short.

Cyn and Raphael’s stories are of course some of my favorites. Then there was one with Jared, who is Raphael’s lieutenant, which was very sweet. The one that I was looking forward to was Luci and Juro’s story. The story was a short story at the beginning of their relationship.

I am now waiting for the next installment of the series which will be Quinn.

Relentless

Raphael has decided it was time to bring the fight to the Europeans. He needed to send a message especially after the most recent attempt to harm his vampires and his Cyn. He will travel to Paris and bring the fight to Laurent who had taken over after Mathilda.

Relentless is a novella, number 11.5, of the series Vampires in America by D. B. Reynolds. I really loved this novella though maybe not as much as the others. The beginning certainly pulled me in with the shooting. There were several parts in the middle that were a little slow for me but the fight scenes were good. It is always amazing how much power Raphael truly has. What I loved was the interplay between Raphael and Cyn which is always something I love to read.

So part of the book was introducing Quinn who will be the next Lord of Ireland, which will be the next book that is coming out this year. I am interested in learning more about Quinn in his book. Though what intrigued me greatly was the woman he had followed at the end of the story. I am sensing that she will be like Buffy the vampire slayer, but time will tell.

I am reading Vampires in America: The Vignettes Vol 2 next.

Christian

Christian Duvall was determined to be the Lord of the South. All he needed to do was defeat any challengers as Anthony, the present lord, was stepping down. Although, Christian will find that Anthony will be a lot of trouble especially with the woman Christian wanted.

Natalie Vivant Gaudet was a forensic accountant who was working for Anthony but only because he had blackmailed her. She will be working at the office when Christian walks into the office. Natalie will instantly want Christian and she will do what she can to protect him.

Christian is the tenth book to the series Vampires in America by D.B. Reynolds. I really loved this book. I wasn’t sure how I would like Christian since his sire was Mathilda who was very evil. Christian for me was a character I could easily like. He was a warrior and had good intentions with wanting to be the Lord of the South. He was also very strong, much stronger than any other vampire had known. This helped with the fight scenes which were in the book and the challenges, and those fight scenes were intense. Natalie was a smart woman being a forensic account, which I loved. I thought that in the beginning she was a little too much with the desire for Christian but I of course wanted them together. I did like that she was a woman who could handle herself. She was by no means like Cyn but she could handle some of the bad things that had come her way.

Anthony was a very devious lord. I disliked him right away as he tried to cheat and used his vampire powers to do that. I was horrified that he wanted Natalie and would use his mind control to make her want him. Luckily Christian was a strong enough vampire to stop Anthony before Natalie’s fate was sealed.

I am reading Compelled next.

Alec Mackenzie’s Art of Seduction

Alec Mackenzie was in search of his brother, Will. He disguised himself as a French painter who was to teach Lady Celia, whose father was thought to have information on his brother. Alec was to get that information any way but he found that he could not use Lady Celia. Instead he will help her and surprisingly she will help him

Lady Celia had lived through scandal and was suffering the consequences. She was instructed to learn to paint portraits and she was to learn by a Mr. Finn. Celia will soon learn that all was not what it seemed when he it came to Mr. Finn.

Alec Mackenzie’s Art of Seduction is the ninth book to the series Mackenzie’s and McBrides by Jennifer Ashley. I really loved this book. Though whenever I read anything with the Mackenzies I will almost always love the book.

Alec was a warrior and playing a part to help find information on his brother who had been captured. Alec is a good man who will do anything for his family. Though he does stop before any harm could be done to Celia. I liked that he did not lie to her for long. They made a good team as they worked together to find Alec’s brother Will. I loved that Alec really did treat Celia as an equal. Celia was a good daughter. She was not the spoiled girl that everyone thought. She had lived through years of her mother ordering about and a scandal that had happened because of her mother. Celia tried her best but I was happy to read that she was spreading her wings and taking chances. I did not want her to be weak because that was how English ladies were supposed to act.

The mystery behind Will’s capture was intriguing and of course it sets up for the next book which will feature Will Mackenzie.

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband

Cecilia Harcourt was on her way to find her missing brother when she will find instead his friend Edward Rokesby. She will care for Edward and pretend to be his wife to do so. She hoped that he would be able to tell her more about her brother but then she found out Edward had lost his memory .

Edward Rokesby could not remember the last three months of his life which is why he didn’t question that he married Cecilia and could not remember. He will try his best to remember what he had lost which will bring questions about who was telling the truth.

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband is the second book to the series Rokesby by Julia Quinn. I found this to be a sweet story especially towards the end, the romantic in me was cheering.

I liked Cecilia’s character. I thought she was brave to go to New York and look for her brother. There could have been many things that could have happened to her as a woman on her own. Edward’s character was a good man and what I loved about him was that he truly loved Cecilia through reading Thomas’s letters. You knew the lie would hurt Edward but it was not one that was done maliciously. She lied to everyone to help find her brother.

The ending left us with the knowledge of the next Rokesby to have his story, which will be Andrew Rokesby.

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 Stolen Mackenzie Bride

Malcolm Mackenzie was the youngest of the Mackenzie brothers and the wildest but that will all change when he sees Lady Mary. Mal will want Mary and will change his ways but it will be difficult to be together in the time of war.

Lady Mary Lennox was being the dutiful daughter but when she sees the wild highlander something inside her changes. Mary will find herself helping secure her sisters future and changing the path of her own.

The Stolen Mackenzie Bride is the eighth book to the series Mackenzies/Highland Pleasures series by Jennifer Ashley. I really enjoyed this book. This series has been one that I have loved since the very first book with Lord Ian.

I thought this story was interesting with the history of the family that I had loved reading about. It was interesting to read that what the history was to believed over the years was not exactly as it was thought to be, especially when it came to the fate of the Mackenzies. Although, I will say that with all the brothers in the story it was a little distracting. I almost wanted to just focus on one brother which was Malcolm. Then again as the story progressed I became invested with the brothers.

Malcolm’s character was a man of honor even though he was a wild one. I liked that when he saw Mary, he knew that Mary was the only woman for him. Mal fought for his family and the ones he loved. Mary’s character was a proper daughter who did what she was told. I liked that even though she was that type of person she had a backbone, and that backbone grew with her interactions with Mal at her side.

I thought that this was a great finish to a series.

Persuasion

persuassionPersuasion is the one novel that I was not really anticipating to read from Jane Austen.

The book is about a young woman Anne Elliot who had broken off an engagement to a poor officer. Now eight years later that poor officer, Captain Wentworth, is wealthy. Anne regrets letting her family persuade her but she has to live with her consequence.

So, years ago I had tried to watch the movie and it just bore me to death. Although, I have to remember I was ten years old and any movie that wasn’t animated or comical would not hold my attention. Now, before I read the book I decided to watch the movie which was made in 2007 and all I can say was, I was captivated. There was no time in the movie I wanted to fast forward. Sure I wanted to shout at Anne to do what she wanted. To marry the man that she wanted. The ending had me smiling but I had wondered if that ending would ever happen.

After I watched the movie I was very much looking forward to reading the story. I really liked the story but saying that I wonder if I would have liked it if I didn’t watch the movie. By watching the movie before reading the story I was able to follow along when the writing got a little long in certain parts.

I will say that one thing which bugged me was how Anne’s character just did whatever her family had said or requested. Anne was always in the background but no one really noticed her. I wanted Anne to break free of that hold they had on her. Also, her family was just horrible to Anne, but Anne didn’t stop their behavior. Although there was someone, which was Captain Wentworth. I liked that even though he had been hurt by Anne there was still a good man underneath all the hurt. He helped Anne out because he was a kind man which I loved about him.  What kept me interested in the story was the interaction of Wentworth and Anne. There were both unhappy yet content to live their lives with how they were living. Though they will get it right, it just takes losing each other again to make them realize how they still feel.

I am reading my last Jane Austen novel, Lady Susan, next.

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.