Review: Blame It on the Duke by Lenora Bell

Reviewed by Jen

This is my first book from Lenora Bell and my feelings for it is pretty lukewarm. I found the premise a little intriguing: The hero is a sexually experienced rake who refuses to fall in love because he is afraid he is going to go mad one day like his father. And his match is the smart, independent lady who only marries him for the freedom to live her life as she pleases. Together, they agree to a short time together –basically to get it on– and then go their separate ways to live their lives married, yet apart.

Raise your hand if you think that is how things will play out. [Read more…]

Review: Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Shelly

For my own greedy purposes, this was way too short. The 3rd book in Lisa Kleypas’s ‘The Ravenels’ picks up after Helen and Rhys have started their family. They’ve had a child. If you read any of the previous two stories this should meet your need for more. If you’ve not read the previous stories you can still enjoy this as a stand alone, but I would highly recommend Marrying Winterborne – absolutely brilliant that is.

Pandora Ravenel is a women ahead of her time and she’s very unlike her sisters, Cassandra and Helen. Pandora has no interest in marriage because to do that would mean she’d lose her own identity and her endeavors to create her board game would relegate to the bottom of her responsibilities. She doesn’t want that. At least until she meets Gabriel. Gabriel’s not only charming, smart, and funny – he’s quite good looking too. Takes after his father. [Read more…]

Review: Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks

Reviewed by Shelly,

This is my first historical romance by Maya Banks, and instead of the traditional book, I chose the audio version. The narrator, Kirsten Potter, really brought those words and scenes alive for me and made my morning and afternoon commutes pleasant. Highland based historicals haven’t been on my radar in years because they tend to be repetitive but I decided on this because a fellow reader/reviewer tried it. Eveline is deaf. She had a riding accident three years prior and was sick with a fever. Once the fever and her illness went away she was left without the ability to hear. We don’t know if it was the fall or the fever but it doesn’t matter because the end results are the same. [Read more…]

Review: One Heart to Win by Johanna Lindsey

Reviewed by Shelly

I’ve been a fan of Johanna Lindsey for many years. However, the only stories that I enjoy from her are her earlier ones. Gentle Rogue is still one of my all favorite stories. I thought this was a fair read, but I’ve read such good stuff from this author, I didn’t quite feel this one measured up to her better story lines and story telling.

Tiffany Warren is sent to her father’s (Frank Warren) ranch to meet the man that she’s been pledged to marry. Tiffany didn’t make the pledge; her mother did. Hunter Callahan is the oldest son from the sworn enemy of the Warren’s and his mother pledged him to marry Tiffany. All of this is to stem the ongoing feud between the Callahan and the Warren families. [Read more…]

Review: When the Marquess Falls by Lorraine Heath

Reviewed by Jen

If you’ve read The Viscount and the Vixen, you know how this story is going to end. And if you haven’t, you really need to, because without it, you’ll miss the perspective that is part of what makes this so compelling. It’s a love story that you know ends in tragedy… at least in a way. But what a lovely story it is. One that made me cry buckets for the last 10 minutes.

This is a prequel to the Hellions of Havisham trilogy and tells the story of how the Marquess of Marsden meets the love of his life. We know him as an old man, driven mad by the loss of his wife in the other books, but here we see George as realizes his feelings for Linnie, the baker’s daughter, and struggles with the seeming impossibility of them being together. [Read more…]

Review: Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Jen

It can be so much fun to see a villain redeemed, especially when it’s done right. And though Sebastian St. Vincent wasn’t exactly the villain of It Happened One Autumn, he definitely had some atoning to do. It was bad enough that he was a rake of epic proportions… he kidnapped his friend’s woman, tried to force her to marry him and threatened to rape her.  So no one was more surprised than him when Lillian’s friend Evie showed up at his door, offering a marriage of convenience. [Read more…]

Review: It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Jen

Lisa Kleypas gives us another winner with this second installment in her Wallflowers series. Here, she delivers on the promise of a relationship between Lillian and Marcus. These two were such fun enemies in the last book, you knew that fire would end up transforming into something else… and boy did it ever. These two have great passion and chemistry out of the gate, and it only gets better as they realize what they really want from each other. [Read more…]

Review: Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

Reviewed by Shelly

I wasn’t sure I would like this. I shouldn’t have worried because Beverly Jenkins is still a fantastic writer of historical romances. Even though I read Indigo, too many years ago to mention, I still reread it about once a quarter because it’s one of my favorite and most treasured dog-eared paperbacks. If you read Through the Storm with Sable and Raimond, this is her brother, Rhine. This is a standalone if you’ve not. [Read more…]

Review: My Fair Duchess by Megan Frampton

Reviewed by Jen

Megan Frampton shakes things up in her Dukes Behaving Badly series by focusing the fifth installment on a Duchess. In a rare allowance of succession, Genevieve has inherited the duchy from her father. Only, she has no training for the position. Her dad was a terrible duke, and she was essentially raised by servants in the country. Now she has people and estates to look after and absolutely no idea how to do it right. So she reaches out to her godmother for help, and the woman sends her steward to teach Genevieve the ins and outs of her new position. [Read more…]

Review: Someone to Hold by Mary Balogh

Reviewed by Jen

As a whole, I enjoyed this second installment of Mary Balogh’s Wescott series better than I did its predecessor, though it was a decidedly slow build. My chief problem with Someone to Love was that I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of characters and the interchangeable use of their names and titles. Here, that wasn’t as much as an issue because the supporting cast was brought in more slowly, after the primary leads were well established. Add to that my familiarity with the players from book one, plus a (somewhat complicated) family tree drawn out at the beginning, and I think most people will be able to follow along. [Read more…]