I am coming back to an author that has quickly become a favorite of mine, Mimi Matthews. I have read several of her books and have been impressed with her writing. The words just come together and create an engaging story to read. The Work of Art is another well done story that left me wanting my own Captain Heywood.
Phyllida Satterthwaite lived a sheltered life with her grandparents but when they were both taken away from her, her life was quickly turned upside down. A distant male cousin will come and take her to his household which he will present her to the ton. Philly will realize that her cousin has his own agenda and she would have to do what she must. Philly will be shocked to find help from Captain Arthur Heywood.
Captain Arthur Heywood had been to battle and came back but injured. He was a shell of the man he had been but Philly will have him live again. When he sees her fighting to not be trapped he offers his service and his life will forever be changed because of her.
I really loved this story. Philly was a compassionate woman who was sheltered but had a good heart. Her love of dogs was heartwarming. She did not pity Arthur as some would have done, she found a friendship with him and when all was almost lost for herself she did not ask him for help for herself, but for her animals. I loved Arthur, he was a broken man but not that broken. He just thought it would be easier to not care, but he changed and I liked that it was a subtle change. Not an overnight change.
These were two characters who were very similar and brought out the best in each other. The mystery behind the letter and the danger to Philly had left me questioning who the villain was in the book. There were several options. I had not guessed the villain, but they were on my list of possibilities.
I am looking forward to my next Mimi Matthews books, A Holiday By Gaslight.
Lisa Kleypas has been an author that I have loved to read. Lately it has been a toss up if I liked the book. Previously I read Devil in Spring ( Gabriel was the son of Sebastian and Evie) and I had thought it was good, not great, but then I re-read it and fell in love with the story. Sometimes it really matters what mood you are in to read a book.
Now that the fifth book to the Ravenels series, Devil’s Daughter, is out I decided to revisit one of my favorite books, The Devil in Winter where Sebastian and Evie first met. I wanted to remember them as Phoebe was their daughter. I loved re-reading the story and it got me in the mood to read about Phoebe.
Phoebe, Lady Clare, will meet the man that had bullied her husband when he was a boy. She expected to hate him, she did not expect to be attracted to the man. She will have to fight the attraction at her brother’s wedding but it will be difficult when West Ravenel will be intensely watching her with heated stare. Something inside Phoebe will be awakened.
West Ravenel has lived a tough life and he makes no excuses for it. Then he meets Phoebe and everything changes. Although West wants Phoebe he knows that he needs to stay away from her.
At first you wondered if Phoebe would be a character you would like based on her previous interaction in Devil in Spring. Although, with her own book you got to see that there was a woman who was passionate that was screaming to be let out of her shell. I loved that West Ravenel was that man. She needed to take a chance otherwise she would live her life in the shadows and that would have broken her. West Ravenel was a good man even though he did not always act like it. He was a broken man due to his childhood but that did not mean he had turned out bad. I loved his interaction with Justin, Phoebe’s oldest boy.
Like in Devil in Spring Sebastian and Evie made an appearance. I loved their interaction because it showed that their love was still very present. Also, Sebastian showed that he was a good father and protective of his grown daughter.
Devil’s Daughter’s was a great addition to the Ravenels series.
Frankie Cole never thought love was for her because of her parents divorce. She threw herself into work as a designer for gardens. That was her true passion. Frankie will notice things start to change between her best friend Matt, who she liked more than she should’ve. She knew that if something happened between them it would not end well, but Matt will keep pursuing and Frankie will start to wonder.
Sunset in Central Park is the second novel to the series From Manhattan with Love by Sarah Morgan. This was a cute book.
I had to get into more of the novel to really love Frankie. It wasn’t right away but once I was there I really liked Frankie’s character. She was definitely shy and kept people at a distance when it turned romantic. I liked that she finally took a chance and really had a talk with her mother which really helped her find love. Matt’s character was the right man for Frankie. He was sweet to Frankie and wanted the best for her. Also wanted her romantically as he had loved her for years. I wanted Matt to take a chance and tell Frankie, subtle didn’t work with her. There are predictable problems but it makes it all the more sweeter when things go right for them.
I am on the list for the third book which will be about Eva who is the hopeless romantic of the group.
Avery Crosslin was a wedding planner who was trying to make her business profitable. When she lands a big client she is hopeful this will skyrocket her career. Though this job will have her getting close to Joe Travis, the one man she was trying to avoid. He was a temptation that she wanted to avoid, but Joe will not let her forget him.
Joe Travis had seen Avery and wanted her instantly. Joe will do all that he could do to get Avery’s attention. He will slowly entice her, seduce her, and show that he truly cares for her.
Brown Eyed Girl is the fourth and final book to the series Travises by Lisa Kleypas. I really enjoyed this story. For me it was a slow like. At first it was a little slow with getting to know the characters, but once I got to know them I was all in with the story.
Avery’s character was a dedicated worker and doing her best to elevate her career. Work was all she did as she had been burned before by her ex. Avery was guarded but with Joe she was letting down her guard. The part with the dog was too cute. It made me want to adopt another animal, but with a dog and a cat already I don’t have the room. There was another cute part with dogs that was at the ending, which gave a sappy yet very satisfying ending. Joe’s character was a man who had gone through a tragedy with losing his father and an accident that could have killed him. You would think that Joe would be withdrawn but he was easy going and it was clear he was besotted with Avery. I liked the way he pursued Avery. He confounded her when he couldn’t keep his hands off of her to being polite and almost indifferent. Of course you knew the whole time Joe wanted her but he wanted her to feel the same, and she will.
The bride to be and mother were terrible. At first I thought the bride to be was just a little spoiled but then I read the truth and it wasn’t good especially for the groom. I was happy that Avery went with her conscious on the situation.
I thought the Travises series was one that was worth reading.
For a year Gretchen has been planning her wedding to Hunter. She wants the craziness to be finished so she could start her life with her husband but there will be a problem with Hunter and that situation could unravel their wedding.
Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding is the last book to the series Billionaire Boys Club by Jessica Clare. I really liked this novella. I thought it wrapped up the series nicely and it was entertaining to read about Gretchen and Hunter again. I felt at times that it was very short but with Gretchen mentioned in the other books from the Billionaires and Bridesmaid I felt her story was complete.
It was fun to read about Gretchen and Hunters wedding. I had liked them from the beginning. Gretchen is still very outspoken and Hunter is still very shy but he is in complete love with his soon to be wife. Jessica Clare stayed true to how her characters were and interacted with each other especially with the conflict that comes between the couple, though it didn’t really, as it was all blown out of portion in Gretchen’s mind.
What surprised me was the other story line with Daphne, Gretchen’s sister, who was the singer/druggie. She was getting clean and I liked that she was staying clean. I was still not a big fan of hers but I liked that she did have some redemption and was becoming the woman she used to be.
Well this is it for me with the series from Jessica Clare but I will be back to this author.
Greer has loved Asher since college and she was ready to make him notice her. Greer will get Asher to notice her but it was not how she thought it would be.
Asher was living in his own self misery and then he made a mistake with his best friend. Asher will be shocked by the feelings he starts to feel for Greer and will do all he could to make her understand he truly wants her.
The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake is the fourth book to the series Billionaires and Bridemaids by Jessica Clare. I liked this book but I will say that the beginning felt rushed. I didn’t really get to connect with the characters until the middle of the story. Though once I did I liked the story line and wanted to see how Greer and Asher would get their happy ending.
I liked Greer’s character but I wanted her to stand up to those around her, like her father. A side note, her father is a horrible man and I hated that he learned nothing in the end. She stayed in the background. Though she was strong in her own way and she was pretty witty and stubborn when she was interacting with Asher. I liked that she made it difficult with Asher and didn’t just give in. She held a little of herself back. Asher’s character was a man who was loosing herself and he needed to change. I liked that when he looses Greer in his life he reevaluates what is important. Asher will go about things the wrong way but he was doing it to get Greer to forgive and give him another chance. I wanted that but also for Asher to grow up and get his life together.
Helena, Countess of Crewe, had gone through nine years of marriage to a man she loathed. She wanted to be free and to just live her life. She did not want to find another man to be with but Lord West will tempt her with wanting more.
Vernon Grange, Lord West, has loved Helena but was too young to realize it at the time. After ten years West was finally going to pursue Helena and would not stop until she was his.
Winning Lord West is the third book to the series Dashing Widows by Anna Campbell. I really liked this story. I had been waiting for Helena and West because there was always that connection between them.
The plot surprised me with West. You knew that he wanted Helena and that he wanted marriage because he loved her, but West had gotten sick while in Russia. I was really hoping that the sickness wasn’t going towards a premature death for West. What I liked with West was that he did put his heart on the line with Helena. He pursued because he truly loved her. I also liked that Campbell went back to the picnic that was in the first book which let you see what was said between West and Helena. So Helena’s character is very much a woman who doesn’t want to be with anyone because she had enough hurt for the last nine years. She didn’t want to open her heart up again. I liked that she was brave to do just that and because of that she became a stronger woman emotionally.
There is an epilogue which goes into what is happening several years later. I like it when authors do that so as the reader I know a little more on the characters and whether they are happy or not. Overall this was a really good series to read but this series is not over as I had thought. There is another book out Pursuing Lord Pascal which I will be reading soon.