Friday, January 30, 2009
ROR Winter Challenge #12.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Back Cover: A DANGEROUS AND IRRESISTIBLE ALLIANCE...
Marian Robertson rescued a child and destroyed her reputation. Now, to keep her family safe, she must marry the stern, dark-eyed warrior negotiating a truce between their clans- and risk her heart.
Manipulated into marrying the exiled "Robertson Harlot," Duncan, the peacemaker for the MacLerie clan, finds his new wife's courage and spirit make it impossible to resist her. But will he put his honor at stake to free her from her past- and claim her love forever?
Review: Bisbin is a new author to me, so I was a little unsure as to what to expect from this book. It started off a little slow, but mustering through I found this story to be very enjoyable. Duncan longs for the family stability and happiness that he has witnessed within the marriages of his closest friends and clansman. Marian craves the love and company that she has been denied since that fateful night five years ago.
Duncan and Marian are hand-fasted for one year and a day, at the end of which they can part ways. Duncan wants more than anything for Marian to lean on him and reveal her secrets. Her inability to share these secrets prevents Duncan from truly trusting Marian.
I wanted to cry when reading this book. The unfairness in which Marian has been treated broke my heart. The cross that she bears shows her strength and courage. Duncan overcoming this cross shows his compassion and loyalty.
Possessed by the Highlander started out with a solid 3 rating but definitely earned a 4.5 by the end of the story. I recommend giving this one a try!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
#9. Military or Civil Servant
Rating: 5 stars
Back Cover: Raised as a poor but cunning pickpocket, Jess Whitby may have grown into a wealthy young woman, but now she must once again rely on her guile. Her father's been wrongly accused of selling secrets to Napoleon, and he is going to hang-unless Jess finds the real traitor in the London underworld. She never dreamed her search would begin by waking up naked in a rude captian's bed. Or how little she'd mind...
When Captain Sebastian Kennett prevents a kidnapping on the London docks, he takes the headstrong would-be victin home. He's infatuated with her courageous spirit. She's enthralled by his commanding strength and the sexy spark in her eyes. The she discovers something else about the spellbinding seaman: He could be the traitor she's hunting, the man whose next move could determine her father's fate- and her future as well.
Review: My Lord and Spymaster was a great follow up to The Spymaster's Lady. The secondary characters, Adrian and Doyle, from The Spymaster's Lady made appearances here as well.
Jess has set her mind to figuring out who Cinq, the traitor selling information to France, and freeing her father before it is too late. Bastard Kennett is number one on her list of suspects. Her attempt to lift any information Kennett may be carrying on his body is foiled when a group of Irish men attempt to abduct Jess from Katherine Lane. She has now fallen into Sebastian's clutches and Adrian has requested that Sebastian protect Jess from Cinq and herself.
There is an immediate spark between these two, the tension is electric. You could feel Jess and Sebastian coming together...see Jess fighting it. It was sweet the way Sebastian took his time with Jess and seemed to know exactly what to do. He knew when Jess's mind was up to something that was going to get her into trouble and he always knew just what to do to help her. I was totally engrossed in My Lord and Spymaster from the very beginning, there was always something happening. Cinq' identity took my by surprise, I was not expecting it at all.
After reading Nicholas, this book seemed PG-13. I definitely recommend reading both My Lord and Spymaster and The Spymaster's Lady, and no they do not need to be read in order. There is actually a third book to this series, but unfortunately it is out of print.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
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Monday, January 19, 2009
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Sunday, January 11, 2009
Back Cover: Chicago quarterback Dean Robillard is the luckiest man in the world. But life in the glory lane has started to pale, and Dean has set off on a cross-country trip to figure out what's gone wrong. When he hits a lonly stretch of Colorado highway, he spies something that will shake up his gilded life in ways he can't imagine. A young woman...dressed in a beaver suit.
Blue Bailey is on a mission. As for the beaver suit she's wearing... Is it her fault that life keeps throwing her curve balls? Witness the expensive black sports car pulling up next to her on the highway and the Greek god stepping out of it.
They're soon heading for his summer home, where their already complicated lives and inconbenient attraction to each other will become entangled with a charismatic but aging rock star; a beautiful, fifty-two -old woman trying to make peace with her rock and roll past; an eleven -year-old who desperately needs a family; and a bitter old woman who hates them all.
Natural Born Charmer... for anyone who's ever thought about leaving their old life in the dust and never looking back. Susan Elizabeth Phillips takes us home again... and shows us where love truly lives.
Review: I have been wanting to read a Susan Elizabeth Phillips book since some of they lady's in a Shelfari group started raving about her. I must say that this must not have been the best one for me to start with. Had I not checked this out on audio I don't know that I would have finished this book. The first two chapters were really rough for me, not only was the story really bad but the the reader was awful. I hated the voices that she put to some of the side characters.
Fortunately the book and the reader did get better! I can at least rate this book at a 3. The relationship between Blue and Dean was just so-so. I hated the nickname "the Beave" that Dean insisted on calling Blue during the beginning of the book. Blue reminded me of a mix of Sandra Bullock characters in Two Week Notice and Miss Congeniality, you know the ones where she is a constant smart ass and not particularly smart or pretty person... the one you kind of feel sorry for but in the end you are certainly rooting for her. There are abandonment issues in both courts, but what Dean demanded of Blue to prove herself was selfish and mean.
It was just OK. Not a book that I recommend running out immediately to read this book. I will eventually read another SEP book, it just won't be anytime soon.
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Saturday, January 10, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
SRC: book 1 in the Bridgerton series
Rating: 5 stars
Back Cover: The duke and the debutante made a bargain to keep the ton's matchmakers at bay- but what happens when the charade becomes all to real?
Review: I read the third book in the series some time ago and it created an interest in the series but now the interest has grown into a definite need to read about the remaining siblings (and maybe a reread of An Offer From a Gentleman).
The Duke and I had me on a roller coaster of emotions. I was laughing out loud, cursing the father (and the duke occasionally), misty eyed, and yes sighing again and again! Daphne is the fourth in line of the Bridgerton 8 children, the oldest daughter. She has entered her second season as a debutante with a smidgen of marriage proposals all turned down for very good reason. She has started to loose all hope of finding a match that is tolerable. Her mother Violet, on the other hand thinks quite differently and is deemed one of the most eager Mamas of the ton.
Simon has just arrived back in England and has been warned that now that he has received the Dukedom he has become the most eligible bachelor in town. The Mamas and their daughters are going to be all over him. He strikes up a deal with Daphne to keep Violet from parading her in front of every suitable bachelor in England and to keep the marriage minded Mamma's away from him.
These two are a match made in Heaven however!
Another Highly Recommended must read. If you have not experienced the Bridgertons you are definitely missing out on a great time!
Saturday, January 3, 2009
SRC: Book two (book 1: The Raven Prince, read '08)
Rating: 5 stars
back cover: THE ONE THING A LADY MUST NEVER DO
Wealthy Lady Georgina Maitland doesn't want a husband, though she could use a good steward to run her estates. One look at Harry Pye, and Georgina knows she's not just dealing with a servant, but a man.
IS FALL IN LOVE...
Harry has known many aristocrats- including one particular nobleman who is his sworn enemy. But Hary has never met a beautiful lady so independent, uninhibited, and eager to be in his arms.
WITH HER SERVANT.
Still, it's impossible to conduct a discreet liaison when poisoned sheep, murdered villagers, and an enraged magistrate have the county in an uproar. The locas blame Harry for everything. Soon it's all Georgina can do to keep her head above water and Harry's out of the noose... without missing another night of love.
My Review: I had a rough time of getting started with this book. I don't know if it was all the activity that comes with the holidays or if it was just slow getting started. Being stranded in a car for eleven hours definitely cured me of whatever it was holding me back in getting into this Hoyt novel. I must say that it was definitely worth the wait!
I enjoyed the relationship between George and Harry much more than I did with Anna and Edward from The Raven Prince. I think it may have to do with the idea of forbidden love. George has waited so long... well not really waited so much as prolonged what seems to be the inevitable, only to find love in the arms of her "servant". George definitely knew what she wanted. You could definitely feel the internal struggles that both George and Harry experienced. This novel will definitely put you into a great big SIGH mode...sweet, passionate, and mysterious! The mystery surrounding this couple definitely added a little umph to the story line! While I wasn't completely taken by surprise with who was guilty of poisoning the sheep, it was rather surprising nonetheless.
The Loepard Prince is by far my favorite of the three Elizabeth Hoyt novels that I have read. It definitely earns a spot on my keeper shelf.