ENTHRALL ME, Tamara Hogan

ENTHRALL ME, Tamara Hogan

Enthrall Me (Underbelly Chronicles Book 4) by [Hogan, Tamara]

Genre: sci-fi and fantasy, Romance

Stupidly I just looked at description, thought it sounded fun and requested…so it wasn’t until I started to read I realised it was 4th in a series…doh. My bad, again.

Still, I did find it relatively easy to keep up, though I needed to back track a few times to check on who people were and how they fit the story.
I’d rather do that though, its my fault, than have authors bore established followers of a series with info they already know. I’ve found that in a few series I follow and to be frank its irritating. I always feel valuable story telling time is taken up that way, and if readers don’t know then they need to go back and read earlier books, or at least the samples so they get that info.

Its a fun story, one where the supernatural world is still hidden from humans but where they all interact, sometimes reluctantly, with each other, and where modern technology has meant they have to embrace it to keep themsleves hidden.
Its very sensual at times but sex that doesn’t dominate, fits the story-line. for me many promising books are let down when the sex overtakes the story, becomes the main them and I want story first, sex second.

I liked Tia, though she was very self confident at times, especially in the way she pushed Wyland. Its clear there’s a strong attraction between them, but they move in different circles and are hundreds of years apart. I found it a bit odd that she was never awed by what he’d seen and done, but just very interested in learning more. I don’t think I could help being a bit awed by him, but then Val and Thane are older than Wyland, and she’s the same with them.
Its that freshness, that taking them at face value that makes her so likable, and makes her fit in so well. That’s a good job because owing to the current danger surrounding her she’s had to move in to their household for a bit…..Wyland, watch out, she’s determined to open what you have – and she does. Poor guy doesn’t stand a chance.
There’s one bit I book marked that made me snigger ( there were a few but this one deserves retelling.) Tia has just got out a condom, “…. he smelled latex, and chemicals – odd but not off-putting, especially compared to sheep intestine….” That really sums up his age to me.

Its a fun story, plenty of action, lots of viewpoints, which I love, makes me understand characters better.
Its got a solid story-line too, and brings in characters from earlier books, which made me want to read their stories too.
I could see the differing arguments between the modernisers and the purists as being very real, there are always people with opposing views, and with a supernatural society there is plenty of space for revel/stay hidden, mix with others, stay within own species arguments and I really want to read further books in this series.

Stars: 4.5, a story I enjoyed even though I didn’t know the background having missed first three books ( bad Jeannie!)

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Soul Reckoning, Nancy E. Polin

Soul Reckoning, Nancy E. Polin

Soul Reckoning by [Polin, Nancy E. ]

Genre: sci-fi and fantasy, Romance

I really enjoyed Nancy’s collaborative novel After the curtain call, so when she asked if I’d like to review this new book I was keen to read it. Its a very different style, different genre, but the romance is the same tender, realistic type, and the characters feel very genuine.
I’ve a weakness for PNR, and for books set in new Orleans, its a perfect setting for the voodoo/houdou type read. With this book I could mentally visualise the characters and settings, and felt very much a part of the story. that’s important to me, I want to feel the danger, the surprise, the closeness of a relationship, not just watch it unfold, but really believe in it.

I loved Rowan, she’s a kind and generous soul, and the inheritance comes just at the time when she needs a fresh start. She soon finds out she’s inherited much more than just the tavern though, that it comes at a cost, and there’s no escape.

There are some great characters in her new life though, and they rally round to help where they can. Luke is one of them. He worked for her uncle, and lives – in the storeroom, sharing washing facilities with Rowen’s apartment!
They don’t hit it off at first sight, Luke is very antagonistic to her. Slowly they get to know each other though, and she discovers his prickly outlook is his way of protecting himself from his past tragedy.
Without either of them realising how, they’ve gone from surly comments to becoming lovers, and Luke fears for Rowan. He knows just how eerie New Orleans can be, how the things that go jump in the night aren’t always human, and certainly don’t play by human rules. The closer he gets to her the more he can see the danger and its coming to a head.

I loved the way this developed slowly, not just rammed in with an insta-lust relationship, and life threatening dangers from second chapter. Sometimes there’s far more to be gained from stories like this that are paced carefully, let plots develop and the reader work out whats happening, with having to be spoon fed it because there’s been no time to lay clues. That’s the best story for me, whatever the genre, one that flows at its own pace, lets me try to work out what is happening and puzzle over a resolution – not that I ever succeed. That’s why I’m a reader and not a writer.
Stars: 5. a fun, standalone paranormal romance, with the spooky voodoo spirits typical of stories in this setting.

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Grigori, A Royal Dragon Romance, Lauren Smith

Grigori, A Royal Dragon Romance, Lauren Smith

Grigori: A Royal Dragon Romance (Brothers of Ash and Fire) by [Smith, Lauren]

Genre:  Romance

I liked the sound of this but though I enjoyed it, I found it a bit light and fluffy, a little too predictable.
Not sure I’ll continue with the series but first books do have  a hard ask, telling a story, introducing characters and a new world so maybe I’m just a bit harsh…

Madelyn, she’s a professor but….doesn’t seem to have too much common sense, or self preservation. “ok this guy says he’s a dragon and…well, I’ve always had an interest in dragons and he won’t hurt me…” She doesn’t know him but not only does she fall into insta-lust with him but she trusts him incredibly quickly.
Grigori, two thousand years old, (or possibly three – both ages get a mention) but makes some stupid mistake that made me wonder how in earth he’d survived that long.

He wants the book back, seemed a pretty poor hiding place to me. I know there’s the “hidden in plain sight” thing but so much of it was out of his control there, given it was so crucial not to let humans see it. Still, he’s ready to seduce it out of Madelyn. Except he doesn’t need to do much in the way of that….
I had high hopes for his secretary, I do love those vengeful, jealous characters but it came to nothing really in this book, maybe the next one 😉

It’s a good storyline, but was all a bit too quick, too neat as to problems and solutions, and too simple/light for me to rate higher than 3.
Maybe the next books will get a bit more solid, bit more depth but of course there will be readers who love this just as it is.

Stars: Three, a read that’s easy to get in to, but just too light for me.

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Adam, Doms of the Silver Screen Book 2, Marie Tuhart. Breaking Hollywood, Samantha Towle

Adam, Doms of the Silver Screen Book 2, Marie Tuhart

Adam (Doms of the Silver Screen Book 2) by [Tuhart, Marie]

Genre: erotica, Romance

I struggled with book one in this series as it was just so short, but having enjoyed other books by Marie I wanted to give this series another go. Hollywood – one of my trigger tropes so I really wanted to like this series.
Sadly though this one is longer, just over 150 pages compared to 65 for book one, I still didn’t really enjoy it. It was the characters that didn’t work for me more than the story. Adam made me so so cross, and Nicki, well – I wanted to say Stand up for yourself woman!

Adam as a Dom was a complete failure IMO. I only know BDSM from books, but everything I’ve ever read suggests Doms consider their Subs needs first, and are always very composed, restrained, in control.
Adam isn’t, he’s angry, hot headed, jealous even though he has no cause, and to me he doesn’t deserve to be a Dom. Having someone’s trust means earning it and treating it as something precious, but he just steamrollers over Nicki’s feelings, ignores her wishes to get the result he wants. Bad Dom!!
And yet Nicki is so busy blaming herself for everything that when wrong. I wanted to shout at her, Stand up for yourself, he’s in the wrong, not you. They seem trapped in a vicious circle.
They reel from crisis to crisis, getting together for some hot and heavy scenes off-screen, and then something – usually Adam’s jealousy, crops up and its all off. I could see where the yoyo-ing was exhausting and why Nicky had enough.

When they do finally try to get to the bottom of their issues, to work things out I wasn’t convinced that what they did was the answer, they had much deeper issues, and needed to do so much more IMO before they stood a chance as a happy couple. Sometimes Love just isn’t enough, its needs some outside help and intervention.

A series that sounded perfect for me, but which has turned out to be one I’m better off without. As always though this will be perfect for other readers, even though its not one for me.
I do like Marie’s style, and have enjoyed other books she’s written, so though I’ll stay away from more of these I’ll happily look at others she has.

Stars: 2.5, there were bits I enjoyed but overall it was a miss for me.

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Breaking Hollywood, Samantha Towle

Genre:  Romance

Well, I loved the Storm reads, loved the Alexandra Jones ones too – years back when I read them, but like other readers pretty annoyed that series never finished. Its a real pet hate of mine that.
So I know I enjoy Samantha’s writing style, but this book didn’t quite hit the spot 😦

I guess that “hilarious” tag should have warned me. I’ve found in the past that’s usually humour that feels forced, and that’s exactly what I found here. At first I did find their banter funny, but it got old pretty quick, and at times felt like two teens were joking around not two adults.
I was disappointed too that almost all the book seems to take place in his apartment, and though he’s a Hollywood star he seems to be able to go out incognito pretty easily, and there wasn’t any actual film connection other than them spending a couple of pages talking about his past films and reading a script.
He could have been anyone, there wasn’t anything of the film world included and for me that was a big lack.

The romance was cute, I did feel some serious Lust between them but Love? I’m not sure about that. Whatever they feel Gabe falls at the first hurdle though, and even though the evidence looks solid he didn’t even question it internally, just waded in with blame. #Fail, Gabe!
There’s an event that makes this part clear to see coming from a long way off, and if it had been a bit more protracted then I could have got past that. However when the sh it hits the fan it blows over very quickly, and Ava just knuckles under and comes back. Gah, he was Awful to her, I wanted her to make him work a bit more, not just accept his apologies.

The pygmy goat….well, I’m keeping quiet on that except to say goats are Spawn of the Devil, I grew up with them, and Pygmies are no different 😉 They eat everything except what they should, smell atrocious – even the females ( though I don’t know what sex Gucci is it wears pink so I guess female), and how the heck she house-trained one that’s only 4 months old… a dog, cat, even a rabbit would have been a better choice, goats don’t belong in flats.

Its a decent read, if you like forced humour then you’ll probably love it. I’ve read other books where the humour has spoiled the story for me, but where its made it a five star read for other people. Thankfully we all have different tastes so this could be just what you want, it isn’t great for me though.

Stars: three, an OK read, but not the story I was hoping for.

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Forsaken by Night, Larissa Ione

Forsaken by Night, Larissa Ione

Forsaken by Night (Moonbound Clan Vampires) by [Ione, Larissa]

Genre: sci-fi and fantasy, Romance

I love the idea of this series, very different to many supernatural ones currently on offer. Here the vampires are in danger of becoming slaves if caught by humans, despite their strength and speed.
Its a story I enjoyed, as with earlier books and would love to read more. The biggest issue I have though is that’s its taking forever to get moving. I read the first book in 2013, second 2014 and this 2.5 book takes us a bit further along, but I’d forgotten so much of the previous stories its been so long between books.

Still, its a good read, typical Larissa solid writing, great characters and moving the overall story forward. I do wish these books were coming out more frequently as its refreshing to have a new slant on the vampire/shifter stories, and I love the addition of the Native Indian and mythology lore that’s included.

Its a fairly short read – guess that’s why its a halfway book, not a full one, but is a whole story in itself and it was good to meet up with others from first two books.

Stars: four, a good read, but I had to keep scratching my brain trying to remember how everyone connected, which took a bit away from the story for me.

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Free book, If You Were Mine – Melanie Harlow. Second Destiny,The older generation broke them apart, the younger generation reunites them, Gloria Silk

If You Were Mine  Melanie Harlow

If You Were Mine by [Harlow, Melanie]I haven’t yet read this, but its free for a limited time, and I’ve loved other Melanie Harlow books so its on my kindle now 😉

Theo MacLeod wasn’t supposed to be the one.

Tall, dark and handsome suits me just fine, but the cocky grin, know-it-all attitude, and mammoth ego? No thanks. I only hired him so I wouldn’t have to sit at the singles table again. It was just pretend.

He wasn’t supposed to kiss me.

My heart wasn’t supposed to pound.

We weren’t supposed to spend the night together—the hottest night of my life.

One night turns into a snowed-in weekend away, and even the blizzard of the century can’t cool the fire between us. I can’t get enough—of his smile, of his body, of the way he makes me feel.

We’re nothing alike. He’s a daredevil, and I’m a nervous Nellie. He’s a drifter, and I want to put down roots. He’s an opportunist with a checkered past, and I’m a Girl Scout volunteer.

But none of it matters when I’m in his arms.

I know he’s made mistakes. I know his wounds are deep, and he doesn’t trust easily. I know he doesn’t believe he could ever be enough to make me happy, but he could.

All he has to do is stay.

 

Second Destiny,The older generation broke them apart, the younger generation reunites them, Gloria Silk
First and Only Destiny: First Love, First Kiss, Forever Love? by [Silk, Gloria]
Genre: General fiction (adult) , Romance

I thought this sounded interesting, conflict of religions, conflict of career v relationship, and then Lia’s daughter falls in love with Devraj’ nephew Sanjay, and its the race/religion issue all over again.

Times change though and Lia’s daughter Danielle is determined to stand up for her love. She’s the same age as Lia was when she fell in love with Devraj, but very different in strength, outlook, confidence.
Lia’s brought her up sure of her own worth, whereas she was only of value to her family for the marriage she could make, not herself, her art, just a woman to be married off to the right man, the one the family chose, not the one she loved.
Its kind of easy to say she should have been stronger, but if you aren’t brought up to express your own feelings, push for your own way, know your own value then its hard to go against family pressure.
Lia’s a grown woman now though and she frustrated me, she’s still faffing about, not sure of what she wants and I just didn’t see what reasons she had to push Devraj away as she did. She’s still in love with him, she can have her newly fledged career and him, but she seems to think its an either/or situation, and I don’t see where that comes from.

I loved Danielle and Sanjay – very much in love, very determined to stay together. They have a real maturity about them that they’ll need, given the families opposition. Danielle’s dad is a typical misogynistic guy, men have all the answers, women are there for men’s convenience. He only pays lip service to his religion too – sadly there’s many like that, outwardly devoted to whatever religion, while actually ignoring all the tenants of it.
Gabe, Danielle’s younger brother was a great kid and felt very real, I liked his parts in the story.

Devraj, I understood his bitterness at Lia, but didn’t see where this antagonistic view of Danielle was coming from. He seemed the last person to me to object, if his nephew was happy, but at first he was so determined to split them up – then he does a complete turnaround, and that just didn’t feel real, didn’t sit right with me.

The story itself is a mix of Danielle and Sanjay, Lia and Devraj, and plods along gently, but without any real plots IMO. I felt it was filling pages much of the time rather than telling a story. I didn’t feel the drama, didn’t feel the situations were real, and that coloured my whole view of the romance(s).
The slightly clunky addition to the title sums up the way the novel felt to me, potentially great but for me too dated and bland, a lot like reading a 70’s M&B novel – millions of readers love them, and I’m happy for them, but they’re not for me.

Stars: Two and a half, sounded really interesting, there were a few good bits but mostly too bland for me.

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An Unsuitable Heir, KJ Charles

An Unsuitable Heir, KJ Charles

An Unsuitable Heir (Sins of the Cities) by [Charles, KJ]

Genre:LGBTQIA, Romance

KJ Charles is my favourite m/m author, and I love taking a dip back in time with her books.
This trilogy has been another fun read, and what amazes me is when in this final book little clues and things I recall from the previous two make sense now, plot lines that were secondary now fit in as major ones.

I love reading and am always in awe of just how cleverly authors wrap up a story, tie in lose ends, put everyone in the place I want them to end, when halfway through the final book I still can’t see how it can be done. This trilogy has been like that with each book.

It was good to catch up with Clem once more, I love him, so gentle and unassuming but so Right all the while. His character seems like he’d be background and yet he has an inner strength to him that others lean on. He’s a genuinely kind and caring man.
Julian from book two is here as well. Oh how I disliked him at the start of that but loved him by the finish, and here he’s the same slick character, incredibly clever, formed by his upbringing (or lack of it), but now with Nathaniel he can work at a living that doesn’t mean betraying the trust of others.
I love when that happens, he wasn’t happy at what he was doing, forced into it by circumstance and now with help he can find a way forward to be proud of. That past though, the skills he learned help him here, well, help him aid Mark, Pen and Greta anyway.
Pen and Greta, what a great pair, relied on each other for so long and have struggled so hard.
Life could be incredibly tough for people in the past, and in KJ’s books some of that comes over, making me look at why people do what they do, at the struggles they have, and for anyone like Pen who doesn’t fit the traditional roles society believes in, life gets really complicated. Greta understood him, few others did til Mark came along, and quiet, watchful Mark sees what Pen needs.
Mark, he’s been in earlier reads, and always seems the strong, silent type and slightly detached from issues. You get the feeling though that once his mind is set, once he decides to help he won’t stop till all avenues are exhausted. But for poor Pen the result Mark needs for his friends, what need to come out into the open to save them, is the one thing that will emotionally destroy Pen.
That tears Mark up, he can’t let more people die, and yet how can he condemn Pen to life in the public eye where his differences will be mocked, ridiculed and tear him apart?
I just couldn’t see how it could all work out, but luckily i’m just a reader and KJ has the perfect solution for everyone, wrapped up in a very neat way.

 

Stars:Five, a clever end to what seemed like an insurmountable problem and a trilogy that will join  the keepers.

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Haunted Blade, J.C. Daniels

Haunted Blade, J.C. Daniels

Haunted Blade (Colbana Files Book 6) by [Daniels, J.C.]

Genre: Sci-fi and fantasy, Romance

I love this series but somehow I missed the last book…don’t know how that happened? So many books, so little time…
Still, it didn’t affect this installment for me, I was able to keep up, even understood the references to what happened in that one because of the context. I might buy it and read when the series is finished. I love to do a whole back to back read of series, totally immerse myself.

Kit’s come a long way from book one, where she was so alone even though she had a very small group of trusted acquaintences. Now she has Damon, and through him the Cats, though many have become friends with her in her own right.
And she’s well respected and has gained friends and allies that way from different groups of non-humans. No longer the isolated person she was back then, she’s stronger both physically and mentally. That’s good because Fate – or perhaps not Fate but Smeone directing things – has much in store for her.

She’s still recovering from her last brush with death when weird events start stacking up. She’s not one to believe in co-incidences, and somehow all these supposed isolated events seem aimed at her.
Its a time when she really does need her friends and allies. Can she convince the others though that these events are connected, that its not just random crimes, mindless violence, but a concerted, orchestrated string of events with one aim in mind?
Trouble is she’s not certain of what that is, who exactly is the enemy apart from her family, and mostly how on earth she can defeat them, when she begins to understand exactly who and what is pushing the power struggle.

I love Kit, she’s very genuine, has moments when she’s bitchy, though with all the strain she’s under she’s very composed most of the time, a little letting out has to come.
She’s been through so much and her murderous family don’t seem to want to let her go. Its hard to understand who or what exactly they are, though as the books continue more comes out and I’m beginning to grasp it.

Damon, he’s perfect for her. Protective and yet he knows she doesn’t want wrapping in a blanket, tucked away from danger – it’s hard though as an Alpha and an alpha, to let her run into danger when he just wants to keep it from her.
He’s learned though from the past, is a terrific support when she needs it, cheerleader and motivator when she needs it, and of course the closeness they have, not just the erotic sexual connection but that melding of minds, that two becoming one connection they have is getting deeper all the while.
That’s important as she faces something she thought was years away, the release of some-one who she thought she wouldn’t need to see for a long, long while. Sadly all the murders have brought the vampire population into chaos, and to prevent even more bloodshed the powers that be have decided he needs to be released early…..

Its another great read, full of mayhem, murders, dangers, deceptions, plots, plans, it seems non stop at times and yet its inching closer to a kind of grand finale battle between her and her grandmother.
She’s going to need every ally, every favour, every connection she’s made these last few years if she’s to stop a catastrophe.
We catch up with characters from earlier books and meet a few more new ones. The ending is a kind of cliffhanger, but given we’ve been expecting things to move in this direction from an early stage its not totally unexpected.

Stars: Five, great read, fantastic series.

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Beg, Borrow or Steal, Susie Tate

Beg, Borrow or Steal, Susie Tate

Beg, Borrow or Steal by [Tate, Susie]

Genre: New Adult, Romance

A new to me author so came into this read expecting from the cover a light and fun romance, and it is, but with a sharp dose of the harsh realities of life as a single mother too.

Advice for would be authors is always write what you know, and Susie’s medical background certainly shows here, not to the point I was boggled by terminology but just that the reality for the settings and the characters was very good, felt totally genuine. I hate when I’m reading and I think “but in real life…”
Having said that, as a mother of three and grandmother of five kids, and having known lots more, I’ve never met a four year old quite like Rosie! She’s four going on forty at times and TBH a very unrealistic character and yet she was so good, so funny that I can ignore that and just enjoy her.

Jamie, he’s a great guy, comes from wealthy family and has worked his way up the ladder. He’s proud of where he’s got, but had some unpleasant pre-conceived ideas about the realities of life, from students all out partying and that’s why they’re tired, to Libby’s job, to which he has a typical male attitude.
I was so angry at him and yet sad too, because the way he saw it, the way his brother saw it, and even some of the other students was all too common. So much for a feminist world 😦
Libby was doing what she had to do to provide for her daughter. She could have given up school, and taken a shelf stacking job or similar, but that would mean working at min wage and very long hours, and there’s no future of ever getting a better life for her and Rosie that way.
Yet so much of their outlook comes from not understanding what its like to struggle for money, from never having had to choose between being behind with the rent or the electric, from seeking pennies down the side of the sofa to pay the kids school milk money, so they aren’t embarrassed by being the only ones not to have it, from eating toast yourself because its cheap and filling ,so you can give the kids a nutritious meal.
It’s hard to understand what you’ve never experienced, and of course that lack of experience mean snap judgments tend to be made, of the “you can get a better job/car/flat surely?”
We all know people like that, they’re judgmental, but really it’s a lack of understanding of these issues that drives the judgement. Doesn’t mean it hurts less though and I so felt for poor Libby when it happened to her.

Jamie’s actually a great guy though, and when he begins to see why Libby is late for lessons, why she’s not suitably dressed, he wants to swoop in on his charger and take her away from all that. Its not what Libby wants though, she’s aiming at independence and good for her.
Libby, who couldn’t admire her. Pregnant and 17 and abandoned by the father she’s struggled and yet is so determined to make a good life for her and Rosie. I really liked her, loved her strength of character in standing up for herself and Rosie, her determination to not be pulled down by those with petty small minds.

I loved the story, loved all the characters and the insights that things aren’t always as they appear. Millie/Dr nuclear winter for example. Rosie had the knack of bringing out the best in everyone, Kiki (think that was her name) was a terrific friend to Libby and great source of support. I loved her nicknames for people, loved the snark between her and Jamie’s friend Pav, loved the guys at the club Libby worked.

It made for a real read, one packed with honest humour, even if Rosie was a little OTT she still made me smile, filled with assumptions people make, snap judgments without knowing the facts, Jamie’s dad for instance, and not just second chances but third ones.
A great read I really enjoyed.

Stars: Five, a fun story, with some real life situations included.

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The Reunion, Sara Portman

The Reunion, Sara Portman

The Reunion (Brides of Beadwell) by [Portman, Sara]

Genre: Historical, Romance

I’ve read several contemporary and fantasy romances recently, so wanted something different to clear my mind. I’m not a huge historical reader but sometimes its nice to just dip back in time to a period with very different priorities not today’s ones.

This is Sara’s debut novel and its was a fun read. I look forward to the next one too, a snippet was at the end of this and its sounds another interesting read.

I like strong heroines, ones who have a mind of their own, and back then that wasn’t encouraged. Ladies were to sit prettily and be quiet, to take an interest in gentile pursuits like embroidery and afternoon teas…Emma isn’t like that and so far she’s avoided the need for a husband. She has a fiancee though, but after one disastrous meeting four years ago, following which he disappeared and was presumed dead, she’s content living with her aunt and uncle.
Then her fiancee turns up doing the rounds of the London Society circuit. Gossip has it he’s after a wife.
Emma is incensed, she doesn’t want to marry him anyway, doesn’t really want to marry anyone and after the scandal of him leaving their betrothal like that she’s been ignored by society anyway. Now after ruining her reputation he’s back, and ignoring the fact they are betrothed. Looks like he’s happy to heap more scandal n her head and she’s furious, she’s determined to meet him, give him a price of her mind and break the engagement.

John had reasons for leaving, is annoyed that he let his fury at his father blend over into rudeness to Emma, but remembers her as a mousy, quiet teen and assumes she’s married since he left. Now he wants someone with strength of character to marry, who can bring his sister into society and give her the kind of life she should have had if their father wasn’t such an a rse.
All he gets though are simpering, brainless misses, who want nothing more than to be his duchess and the prestige it will bring them. Then he meets someone who’s angry at him, answers him back, sparks off him and he’s intrigued. Even more so when he learns who she is. she’s perfect he thinks, but Emma has other ideas.

Its a fun read, typical Society gossip, where what you are seen to do is far more important than what you actually do. I loved Emma and John, although the man was blind with prejudice in his attempt to not be like his father…Gah, I wanted to smack him at times, shake him and say ” c’mon, what are you thinking Man!!”
I loved the other characters too, his friend Hugh, sharp wit on that man, and his sister Charlotte, who has such a massive transition in her life. She seems like an ungrateful, surly teen when we first meet her, but once we see things from her side – well, I had sympathy for her.
Then there’s Emma’s friend Lucy, vicars daughter who’d been Emma’s best friend since childhood. She’s the subject of the next book, and thats sounds another fun and spicy read. A great group, leading to a sweet fun romance with some surprising sensuality and erotic moments.
If you want a hot, sensual historical, with solid characters and a genuine period feeling you’ll enjoy this.

Stars: Five, its not a heart-stopping, pulse thumping romance, but a gentler period meander with some intensely sensual moments rarely found in the genre.

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