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.
Amy, 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.
Caroline, 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.
Lynette 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.
Tyler Jenkins was working as a ranch hand but will quickly find he will be doing twice the work when he starts to help out a widow. Tyler didn’t find the task exhausting as it gave him an excuse to be by Janie.
Janie Smithwick has been widowed for a year now and the pain was still there, though she will find that she was mending as she started to desire again. Janie should have been wanting someone closer to her age but she will be attracted to a ranch hand.
Midnight Ride is the first book in the series Midnight Cowboys by Cat Johnson. I really liked this book. I thought it was a great start to this cowboy series. Within the book there was some fire and passion that burned between these characters but it was sweet as it was a courtship as well.
Ever since reading the series Oklahoma Nights I was waiting to read Tyler’s story where he had appeared. I had liked his character right away. He was charismatic, a flirt, funny and sweet. Now although he had a way with the ladies I wouldn’t say he was a true player. He definitely got around but it wasn’t as much as others thought. I liked that he was giving up his ways the moment he saw Janie. Janie’s character was someone who was still healing. Although she was ready to move on, she was scared especially to move on with a man who was over 10 years younger than her.
Throughout the book I kept thinking that nothing can really come of this because of the age difference but love does not work around ages. If you love somebody, you love them. I liked that Cat Johnson was letting the woman, a thirty six year old, find love with a younger man, a twenty five year old. For me this age gap is pretty common with historical romances, though its usually the man who is 10 years older than the young woman.
So the second book will be coming out this month and the third book will be coming out in February of 2016. Can’t wait to continue the series.
Cecily Hale has waited for Luke Trenton for four years. Her love never disappeared for this man even though he had changed. Cecily will make sure that Luke knows it is safe for them to be together, that her love for him will never leave.
How to Catch a Wild Viscount is a novella written by Tessa Dare. I liked this book. Although I will have to say it wasn’t in the same category of the Spindle Cove series, which I loved. I thought that the novella could have been given more detail regarding these two characters. A little more back story, though you get the story between them within the novella.
I liked Cecily. At first I wondered if she was just going to be a naive girl but she was a mature woman who knew who she wanted to be with. She had grown up and was compassionate for others around her. Luke was tortured with what he had gone through in the last four years. He had been like a beast when he had to kill others who were out to kill him. He felt that he wasn’t right for Cecily even though he did want her.
There was also a legend that was within the story of a beast that these friends are on the hunt for and that gets Cecily into some trouble. Though she will be rescued by a different kind of beast.
Lady Meredith Brookshire was in trouble. The new lord was coming to claim his inheritance and she would be out on the street as she knew he had to be like his brother, the previous lord. She will make up a lie of being pregnant but will find out that Nick was not a man that could be fooled.
Nicholas Caulfield had no desire for the new status in his life. He will take the title reluctantly and will be interested in helping the widow, that is until he finds out that she lied to him. Once he knows that she can’t be trusted he wanted to make sure that she is out of his life, the best way was to marry her off.
Once Upon a Wedding Night is a standalone novel by Sophie Jordan. I liked this novel. I thought that it was a good romance novel that pulled me into the story. Sophie Jordan had me wanting to know more about both characters of Meredith and Nick. I wanted to know what had happened in their past that made them how they were.
The story was simple between Nick and Meredith. It was a story of mistrust that grew to love, at least it turned to love when they let themselves love. The person who needed to let go of their past was Nick. Though for Nick that was difficult because he was far too jaded which resulted in becoming mistrustful. Meredith might not have been mistrustful but she lacked confidence. The loss of confidence was due to her husband not wanting her from the moment they had wed. I do like that she found some confidence when Nick showed that he wanted her. The romance between Meredith and Nick was shaky at best. There were plenty of ups and downs with them because Nick did not want to want her. Though don’t worry because they will get it right.
Lord Simon Roxbury was a rake and had no desire to change that is until his father too away his way of living. He was to marry or become penniless. Roxbury liked his wealth and reluctantly chose marriage which he found out would not be easy when a columnist decided to give rumor to him liking the opposite sex.
Lady Julianna Somerset created her column after her husband died. She lived for writing and was good at discovering peoples secrets. She will write a scandal relating to Lord Roxbury which will earn her an enemy with Roxbury. This will lead to her downfall in reputation which will lead her needing to work with Roxbury.
A Tale of Two Lovers is the second book to Maya Rodale’s series Writing Girls. This was another great book from the author. The plot flows easy as I read the story about Julianna and Roxbury.
Now this was a romance novel certainly as you can tell from the cover but these two characters were not in love whatsoever, at least not in the beginning. In the beginning they were mortal enemies. It was like they brought out the worst in each other yet underneath that anger was the wonder of seduction and lust. Roxbury was all about the seduction but it was more to teach her a lesson and Julianna thought about lust but did not want to push that idea to reality as she had been burned before in her previous marriage. They start getting along as they spend time with each other which is partly due to the need of repairing their reputations. I liked that they bonded over the hunt for the mysterious Man About Town and his identity.
Alright so now about the Man About Town this was a mystery. This person was a columnist who is competition for the Writing Girls. The person could be anyone but an older man since he had been doing the column for forty years. So my guess for this man was not even possible until Rodale gave one clue and then I knew exactly who this person was. I liked how Rodale ended it with this person which certainly gave Julianna the upper hand.
I am reading the fourth book next. I had previously read the third book to the series which featured Eliza. I can’t wait to find out more on Mr. Knightly.
Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, had been turned away from his own family when he was a little boy which left him estranged from his mother. He will receive a letter telling him that his mother was deathly ill and Pierce flees but will find out that was a lie by his mother’s companion. Pierce will be angry but will find himself staying to seduce the companion. By staying at his mothers home he will start to feel things again and will want his childhood he missed.
Mrs. Camilla Stuart was a widow with a young son and was companion to a countess. She will write a letter wanting the Earl home for the countess. Camilla had seen how sad the countess was and wanted to make her feel better. When Pierce does come home Camilla will find out that there is more to the story and neither mother or son were willing to discuss, at least not right away.
‘Twas the Night After Christmas is the sixth book to the series Hellions of Halstead Hall by Sabrina Jeffries. First off loved this book. I would say that my favorites of the series were with Oliver, Minerva and now Pierce who was an extension of the family. He was first introduced in the fourth book with Gabe. Pierce is the cousin of Virginia who made life a little difficult for Gabe in that book.
This last book is all about Pierce and his story which as I said above I loved it. This story is a heartbreaking tale of a son who loved his mother but was rejected by her and he was sent away to school and never to come back home for the holidays. You felt for Pierce, it was actually heartbreaking reading his thoughts about his mother. There was a strong sense of betrayal but in the back of my mind I thought that it did not make sense. The mother loved her son, so why did she turn her back on her son. Then you read what she said when he was twenty one and it further broke your heart for Pierce. Though once again it felt wrong with the mother. The mystery behind those years left me wondering and turning the pages.
Pierce was a cold man but that was thanks to his upbringing or lack there of. Though he had his good moments because he was a good man but it was under his exterior. He wanted to stay angry and to punish his mother. I like Jeffries writing for Pierce. With his thoughts you got to know the man much better. I liked Camilla who was the widow and companion of his mother. She was on the mothers side but she kept an open mind and soon becomes Pierce’s champion.
Love blooms between Pierce and Camilla though he doesn’t realize that because he doesn’t want to. Camilla wants him but knows he cannot love which means her future would be uncertain. I liked that Pierce did not stay the cold man as he was and doesn’t give up. There was also a surprise with Camilla that gave her something more.
The mystery of why Pierce’s mother turned her back will be solved at the end which was not as bad as I thought it would be. You felt for the mother as well but Jeffries will make sure that this mother and son have a chance for a do over and get that relationship that they were denied for years. So in the end we got our happy ending all around.
Kathryn Avinger had to endure ten years of marriage to a sadist man who could have been her grandfather but is now a widow. She had prayed for someone to save her but as the love of her life had abandoned her, she had to save herself. Or save what was left of her and thanks to the wolf inside of her, but now she will need help as someone is after her.
Renjiro Roesner was exiled ten years ago but what kept him away was the fact that the woman he loved had married another. He is back ten years later to find her widowed and now in danger as someone wants her dead.
Heart of the Wolf is a standalone novella by D B Reynolds. I really liked this novella but that wasn’t a surprise as with all of Reynolds books I get hooked on them and absolutely love them. This novella was not with vampires instead with werewolves. It was a change from these charming Vampire Lords but not a change from the world of supernatural.
As this is a novella it is a pretty short story but throughout it all I didn’t feel that I was missing anything along a story line as Reynolds gives enough details. I only wanted more just to enjoy the story more and to find out more about these characters but from what was given you certainly were able to learn about them. I was horrified with what had happened to Kathryn and inside that sham of a marriage. What horrified me more was the fact her father did that and nothing was done to help her. I didn’t like that the father wasn’t really in the book and getting what should have been coming to him. Now Ren who was our hero of the story. He was there to protect Kathryn and nothing would stop him from finding out who was after her. I liked his determination and how he handled the situations to keep her safe.
I was kind of surprised that nothing more was written about them or about werewolves. Don’t get me wrong I love the Vampire Lords and only want more but I wouldn’t have minded more to be written about these wolves.