Sunday, May 15, 2011

Let's see if I can get my ass back in gear!

Moon Craving (Children of the Moon, Book 2) by Lucy Monroe

When Talorc-laird of the Sinclair clan and leader of his werewolf pack- must wed an Englishwoman, he's shocked to find that she is his mate. Deaf since childhood, Abigail hopes to keep her affliction from Talorc as long as possible, just as he has no intention of telling her that he's a werewolf. But when Abigail learns that the husband she's begun to love has deceived her, it will take all his warrior's strength-and his wolf's cunning-to win his wife back.

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Though I've only read 2 of the 3 books of this series, it's one of my favorites. Hot Highlanders AND shifters? Can't beat it! Though not absolutely necessary, I would read the first book before this one, as we were introduced to these characters briefly there. The story centered around their deceptions (she was deaf, he was a werewolf) which they attempted to keep the other from learning. Though the ending was a little abrupt and tidy for me, I still enjoyed it throroughly.

My Rating: *****

Her Every Pleasure (Spice Trilogy, Book 3) by Gaelen Foley

From the glittering ballrooms of Regency England to the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean, the dazzling finale of Gaelen Foley’s Spice trilogy unfurls the passionate tale of a rebel princess and the powerful warrior destined to become her champion.

Princess Sophia was only a child when Napoleon conquered the island paradise ruled by her father. Raised in England and now twenty-one, she means to claim the throne that is rightfully hers and bring peace to her war-torn land. But an ambush by enemies forces Sophia into hiding outside London. Disguising herself as a peasant girl until she can safely return, she meets Major Gabriel Knight, a wounded warrior whose brush with death has utterly changed him.

Heir to a great fortune, and a master swordsman, Gabriel has given up his worldly possessions and laid down his arms. Sophia is fascinated by his brooding magnetism, and Gabriel, lured by her fiery beauty and healed by her touch, is drawn back inexorably toward the world of the living.

But when Sophia’s royal destiny is revealed, Gabriel knows he must take up his sword again, whatever the cost, to protect his princess from those who would destroy her. And as longing blossoms into passion, Gabriel discovers the one cause that is truly worth fighting for. . .

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Though I'm a big fan of Ms. Foley's, I found this book to be a bit of a disappointment. Perhaps it's because I didn't read the first two books in the story. But this one was just missing "something"; not sure what. I did like Gabriel, though I did find find him a wee bit dim. (Seriously, he finds a girl in his barn and thinks she's a gift from his brother?! Christmas at the Knights' house must have been interesting!) I did find Sophia to be a bit irritating; I found it a little hard to see what Gabriel found so captivating about her. But it was entertaining enough to keep me occupied.

My Rating: ***

After Dark With A Scoundrel (Lords of Vice, Book 3) by Alexandra Hawkins

Notorious, handsome, and decadent, the Lords of Vice break rules and hearts with equal aplomb. But what if one woman is on to their game—and the player becomes the played?


Young, tender, and highly impressionable, Lady Regan can’t help but be intrigued by her brother’s wayward friends—the wickedly charming Lords of Vice. One man in particular, the dashing Lord Hugh Mordare (known simply as “Dare” among the ton), utterly captivates her—in spite of his reputation as a notorious womanizer. But when she steals an innocent kiss from Dare, Regan is swiftly packed off to boarding school, safely away from danger…and desire.


Five years later, Regan returns—a proper lady and ravishing beauty. Miss Swann’s Academy for Young Ladies has taught her how to behave in polite society. But all the training in the world cannot extinguish her love for Dare. Now, she hopes to beat the master of seduction at his own game—by daring Dare to love her in return. This time, both of their hearts are on the line…and winner takes all.

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This series is a hell of a lot of fun! I just adore bad boys in my books, and there are some awfully good ones here. This has been my favorite of the 3 books so far, and I hope there are many more to come. It starts out charmingly, with Regan as a young girl, being just one of the guys...until she has a kiss with Dare, and is packed off. Years later she returns, and she is reunited with Dare, who realizes she is now all woman. Regan is an engaging character, full of spunk and daring. Dare is a perfect hero for her. I'm certainly looking forward to the next one!

My Rating: **** 1/2

Vow of Deception (Knights of the Crusade, Book 2) by Angela Johnson

As a knight, Sir Rand Montague's allegiance is to King Edward I. But when the king orders Rand to escort Rosalyn Harcourt to court in order to wed her off to Sir Golan - a crass knight Rand abhors - he's torn between duty and desire. For Rand has never forgotten the woman he spent one incredible night of passion with...After suffering abuse at the hands of her deceased husband, Rose wishes to never wed again. But when Rand rescues her after Sir Golan attempts to compromise her, she agrees to marry Rand in name only. However, sharing such close quarters with Rand brings back memories of their torrid rendezvous - and tempts Rose to give in to an all-consuming desire...

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I enjoyed my second foray into the Knights of the Crusade series just as much as I did the first. Rand and Rose were secondary characters in the first, and I was quite looking forward to their story. Rose was an interesting heroine....abused by her first husband, she was wary of getting close to another man. And then there was the mystery surrounding the death of her abuser husband. I really liked Rand in the first book, and he was even better here. I hope Ms. Johnson continues with this series.

My Rating: ****

Touching Darkness (Offspring, Book 3) by Jaime Rush

They live ordinary lives, but they are extraordinary. They are the Offspring, children of a mysterious experiment gone awry—and they are in terrible danger.

Nicholas Braden has an uncanny psychic talent for finding things—which is why he's been recruited for a covert government program designed to hunt down terrorists. While his work for a shady controller named Darkwell is leading him down some very questionable alleyways, it's also bringing him closer to Olivia, Darkwell's stunning young assistant. A "good girl" with a wild, secret side, Olivia tempts Nicholas in ways he never believed possible—and in his business, a loss of control could prove fatal.

But there is something not right about the operation. And as Nicholas and Olivia's passion reaches a white-hot intensity, chilling reversals of good and evil, of right and wrong, suddenly threaten their very survival.

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Though not my favorite paranormal series, with the Offspring I'm always guaranteed a good, entertaining read. I enjoyed this one more than the last. Though I wondered how Nicholas would turn out as a hero, I was pleasantly surprised. I particularly liked Olivia - though working for the "bad guys", she was led to believe that the work they were doing was for the good of the country. She definitely finds out otherwise! Nicholas and Olivia had great chemistry. Hope the next story is just as good.

My Rating: ****

The Notorious Bridegroom by Kit Donner

Ever since the horrible day her brother was accused of treason, Patience Mandeley hasn't recognized her own behavior. Under normal circumstances she would never be disguised as a maid, skulking around a earl's estate for secrets she isn't meant to find. But now the situation is desperate, and Patience will do whatever it takes to spare her beloved brother the noose, even if it means finding the true spy herself.

To do that, she'll have to gain access to the estate of Lord Londringham, the most desired bachelor in all of England—without him knowing who she really is. But even in her maid's uniform, she can't miss the looks of unsuppressed desire she receives from her employer, and she finds to her dismay that the attraction is quite mutual. Though she knows she must ignore her feelings for this dark-haired rogue to save her family and escape ruin, his close proximity is making all reason impossible. . .and Patience may find that the real traitor is her own body. . .

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I guess this was okay for a first book. Frankly, it didn't do that much for me. But it did keep my occupied for a few hours, so it served its purpose. I didn't think that much of Patience; I found her to be quite irritating. I wasn't that impressed with the hero, either. I got the impression that the author wasn't sure if she wanted this to be a comedy or a serious story. Hopefully she'll improve with time. Especially since I have her follow-up book!

My Rating: ***

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