Pursuing Lord Pascal

pursuing-lord-pascalAmy, Lady Mowbray was not really ready for society but she made a pact with her two friends. Amy will do her best and will be surprised when the man she had a crush on since she was a teenager had taken an interest in her, and as a member of the Dashing Widows she was going to take a chance with Lord Pascal.

Gervaise Dacre, Lord Pascal needed to marry a wealthy heiress but none of them were interesting him. Then Pascal spots a woman he needed to know. Pascal will pursue Amy relentlessly and will find himself falling for her.

Pursuing Lord Pascal is the fourth book to the series Dashing Widows by Anna Campbell. I liked this novella. I thought it was a good continuation to a series that I thought was finished. In the third book Campbell finished with the three original friends but in the fourth one, three more friends are introduced and are determined to do the same as the the widows before them.

Amy was a sensible young woman in my opinion and was very smart. I liked that she was not afraid to explore her own interest which was with farming. Amy was also cautious with her heart which helps when there will be trouble coming her way. When that trouble comes I was happy to read that she wasn’t too scared to just talk about the problem. Pascal was a rake and in trouble financially. I liked him though he had to mature some which Amy will make sure that he does.

I am looking forward to reading about the other two friends.

Billionaire on the Loose

Billionaire on the LooseTaylor was a nerd and very much into computer games and anything with science fiction. She was not the girl to attract the attention of a hot guy like Loch, but she was loving the time she was able to spend with him.

Loch was being sent away from his home for a couple years and within a week he was bored. Though when he was with Taylor life was not too boring. He wanted to spend time with Taylor but he will complicate the relationship when he sets up a plan to get back home.

Billionaire on the Loose is the fifth book to the series Billionaires and Bridesmaids by Jessica Clare. I really loved this story and it was all because of Taylor and how her character was in science fiction. My mom is a Trekkie so I grew up with all things science fiction and have been to a convention, which I have to say was entertaining. I loved the references with Dr. Who. I think Jessica Clare did a great job with Taylor’s character.

With Taylor’s character you knew she was genuine. She tried hard and was goofy, and very kind. I liked that she put herself out there no matter what, but hated that she was loosing her self from the guilt that was being put on her. When she met with Loch I was cheering for her but knew that a problem would be coming between them. With Loch’s character I actually did like him but he was a little immature at times. It was all because of how he was raised but he does change and changes for the better. What threw me was when he decided to just use Taylor. His character wasn’t mean or cruel, I guess he was just thoughtless, but again he changes.

Well that finishes up the series and now I will be reading the last book to her Billionaire Boys Club, Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding.

Mansfield Park

mansfield-parkI decided the next book I wanted to try was Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. This one has been a favorite of mine with the movie.

Mansfield Park is about a young girl, Fanny Price, moving to her relatives home who are much more wealthy than her own. The story will be about her life at Mansfield Park from a young girl to a grown woman, and the obstacles she faced while she lived there.

I liked the book. I will be honest that it took me some time to get through some of the parts. I felt there was a little too much detail on some of the everyday things that went on in life. From book to movie this to me felt very different but that was only with the detail. The movie told the same story but things were shortened or switched slightly around. It would have been a very long movie if all of the parts in the book were put into the movie. I think it was a good thing that I had seen the movie before reading this book because at times I felt that I was a little lost with all the detail. You can certainly understand what is happening but as I said before it is long in certain parts.

I will say that you got to know the characters a lot more in the book. Though in the movie you got to see how these characters acted but no that much on the childhood, so that part I thought gave some good insight.

For the next book by Jane Austen I am going to read Sense and Sensibility.

Marrying Winterborne

Marrying WinterborneHelen Ravenel was a sheltered young woman who will be awakened by Rhys. He will bring out the passionate woman that is inside Helen, a passion that had been suppressed. Though Helen will find trouble in paradise when the secret she is holding could tear apart her relationship with Rhys.

Rhys Winterborne was an ambitious man who wanted more than he had grown up with. He will succeed in business but he wanted more, he wanted Helen. Rhys will do what he can to get Helen.

Marrying Winterborne is a novel by Lisa Kleypas. This is the second book to the series Ravenels. I liked the first book to this series but I loved this one. Lisa Kleypas has a formula for how her characters are and it really works. I was drawn into this book a lot quicker than the first and it really was because Helen and Rhys story was already being told in the previous story. Their interaction intrigued me and I wanted to know how they would end up together.

Helen was shy and quiet. She did not raise her voice and was often overlooked when her opinion was being addressed. I liked that Helen did not stay that way. Because of Rhys, she was able to have authority and have her opinions be heard. Rhys is a hard man and from appearances he seemed very cruel but his character surprised me. I liked that he had a soft side especially when he was dealing with Helen later on in the book.

There is a secret that Helen has carried for years that will come out. I figured I knew how everyone would react but I think Rhys reaction surprised me.

The third book will be coming out in February 2017 and I am excited to read it because it will be about Gabriel, who is the child from Evie and Sebastian in the book The Devil in Winter.

Dirty Rowdy Thing

Dirty Rowdy ThingHarlow Vega liked to experience life and took all that it had to offer especially having fun with guys but since her quickie marriage she hasn’t been successful. Then Finn Roberts will come back into her life on business. They make a deal to have fun while he is in town but when things start to get real between them they start to back off of each other and question what they want.

Dirty Rowdy Thing is the second book to the series Wild Seasons by Christina Lauren. I liked this book. It was a good addition to the series.

Harlow’s character is very loud and says what she wants, when she wants. I liked that she was protective and someone who fixed things for those she loved. She was perceived as a wealthy socialite by Finn when she was actually not a snob. Though one things Harlow does wrong is act first, think later which will get her into trouble. Finn’s character was quiet and had an attitude. He was always saying the wrong thing or he was bantering back and forth with Harlow. I actually liked the bantering but I wanted them to find that they were good together because initially it was like they were oil and water.

I found that they are actually very similar as they are the take charge kind of people. That is good and bad because they are both wanting to help or to take charge of the situation. They will work it out but it takes some time.

I am reading the third book next.

Outrageous

OutrageousJudd Sanders was undercover as a stripper. His job was to get close to one man who ran the illegal business but there will be a woman that gets in the way. Judd will be annoyed by Emily’s behavior but he knows he has to protect her.

Emily Cooper wanted revenge against the man that was responsible for selling her brother a gun. She will find help in a stripper but will find that Judd is not all that he seems.

Outrageous is a novel by Lori Foster. This book was one of the first novels by Foster. Now I liked it, but it wasn’t my favorite of her stories. It took me some time to truly get into the story and when that happened I felt that I wanted more with the characters. I wanted to know more about them, to flush out more detail about them. I thought that the plot was fun and a little silly with Judd being undercover and having to play a stripper. Then there is Emily who is a socialite but not really. She is a more down to earth than her wealthy parents.

Even though this one wasn’t my favorite I will still be completely willing to read more from Lori Foster as the majority of her books I have really loved.

 

Devil’s Bargain

Devil's BargainLynette wanted to take charge of her life and went to a woman who would help get her a husband. Lynette will not be prepared for what she will be walking into when she meets this woman and her nephew, Viscount Marlock. She will be stepping into a darker world which she will have to embrace if she wanted to succeed.

Viscount Marlock, Adrian, has been taking a young woman, teach her and sell her to an aging suitor. That was how he was making a living to raise funds for his crumbling estate. Adrian will quickly realize that Lynette was not like the other woman. He will be tempted but to give into the temptation he will lose all that he had worked for.

Devil’s Bargain is the third book to the series Regency Rages to Riches by Jade Lee. I was shocked by this book. I really did love it but from how the other two were written this one was darker with character cruelty on Adrian’s and his aunts side. But it was compelling to read and I needed there to be a happy ending for all the cruelty that had occurred.

So the story is basically about Lynette being led to a new life where she will be sold to the highest bidder, who will be an old man. Adrian will guide her in this training along with his aunt. So I really liked Lynette. She was a woman who had passion but didn’t understand that. She was also very emotional throughout the book, she was strong at one point and weak the next. There were points in the book that I was getting teary eyed for Lynette with what she had to endure. Adrian’s character was one that I really disliked right away but then knew that there had to be a redeeming trait in him. There was but he kept going back and forth between a man you wanted to cheer for to a man you wanted to hate. I was happy that Lee put in more about his past so that you understood him.

The ending was perfect and Lee did it with a good twist that changed everything.

No Place for a Lady

No Place for a LadyMarcus Kane, Lord Chadwick, has been on many missions and wondered if it was time to give it up. Though he will accept the mission that his old friends offers him. Marcus doesn’t like the idea that he will have a partner, but this partner will intrigue him, and everyday he is close to Fantine he wants her more and more.

Fantine (Fanny) Delarive plays a role. Some days she will be known as Rat, a barmaid, or a servant. Her latest role will be playing the lady she should have become. She will help a lord who is trying to change England in a good way but she wouldn’t be alone in her mission. She will have Marcus right at her side.

No Place for a Lady is the first book to the series Regency Rags to Riches by Jade Lee. I really liked this novel.I don’t always like spy stories but this one intrigued me, especially the characters.

Fantine’s character intrigued me right away with her double identity. I liked that she had so many identities she used in order to survive on the streets. For all the hardship I wanted Fantine to give in and just ask for help but you knew that was not her. Her character was very strong when she was faced with hardship but when it came to matters of the heart she is vulnerable. Then there is Marcus who was a lord, but also a spy. He was a little stuck up but that was due to his upbringing. I liked that he changed to become less stressed and that happened because of Fantine.

The mission to save one of the lords was well done. There was some underhanded characters stopping them along with some betrayals and a couple of twists.

I am reading the second book next.

A Midnight Clear

A Midnight ClearTroy Davenport had left his family and the family business to pursue art which had been his calling. His art will lead him to many places and to his next muse, Miranda Granger. He will want more than anything to paint her but Troy had to convince her.

Miranda Granger had been ruined nine years ago only no one knew that fact. Miranda keeps herself distant from any man that might want more from her. She will be very weary when it came to Troy but she found he was bringing back emotions that had long ago buried.

A Midnight Clear is the first book to the series Edwardian Nights by Kristina Cook. I really loved this novel. Kristina Cook writes so that you love the characters, so that you connect with them through the good and bad things that happen to them.

I liked Miranda’s characters as she felt real. She had made a mistake and for the past 10 years she was not allowed to really forget that. She is almost like a doormat but underneath there is a woman with fire and courage to live again. It takes a charming painter to bring that out of her. Troy was that charming painter. He was a rogue but not in a villainous way or one that flaunted his affairs. If anything Troy almost lived under the radar which made sense as he wanted to be known as Troy the painter and not be connected to his wealthy family.

So within this novel there are no real enemies but I will say that I really disliked Gertie. I thought at first she was just immature. Well she is that but she is also vengeful when it comes to her older sister. I really didn’t like that Kristina Cook didn’t give us some conclusion with Gertie getting into trouble. I did like how Cook ended the book but I wanted to know that Gertie wouldn’t get away with what she had done.

Well I am done with reading Kristina Cook’s at least for now. I hope that she will continue with this series and maybe the next person will be with Caroline.

Love Gone Wild

Love Gone WildMarissa Vanderson is a sheltered wealthy heiress that had a tragic past but she has had enough being protected. She wanted to live her life and experience things. She will enlist the help of a bartender, Dane Sinclair, but she will soon find out that there might be dangers out there that she wasn’t expecting.

Love Gone Wild is a novel by Michele Bardsley. This was a hard book to write a quick summary because there are many parts to it. For me I thought the story was humorous and wacky at times with the situation that comes up. At times the story was a little too silly for me but overall I liked it, just didn’t love it.

From how I wrote the summary it could be considered that Marissa was just a pampered heiress but she wasn’t allowed out of the protection of her parents because her brother had been kidnapped and her older sister killed all when she was a child. That part threw me when I started the book because the cover pretty much looks like a normal contemporary romance novel. Well there is certainly romance that Marissa tries to make happen between Dane and herself. Dane feels this romance but he doesn’t want to be with Marissa because she was a heiress like his ex-wife. That fight will only last so long for Dane.

Well Marissa has a list that she wants to cross off before her birthday which was a list her older sister had helped create. Dane is helping Marissa cross things off that list. Now that sounded fine but then the plot changes from Marissa to a serial killer and then to a US Marshall and another woman who is following Marissa. Needless to say the plot gets wacky as I said above. Though don’t worry because all these plots will interconnect in a surprising way.