Malcolm MacDonald has a comfortable life in Edinburgh; he’s a lawyer in his uncle’s firm, lives in a small but adequate room off The Royal Mile, and has plans to propose to an accomplished lady with a good dowry. All that changes when three elders from his clan show up on his doorstep, having come all the way from Donbronach to tell him that his father has died and Malcolm is now the laird of clan MacDonald. He travels to the brooding, crumbling castle of his forefathers with bright hopes of changing and improving things, but is thwarted, frustrated, and quite frankly bewildered, by his clan’s reluctance to change. Then, the elders begin insisting that he marry—just so long as he doesn’t pick a MacLeod lass. The two clans are the bitterest enemies and the people of Donbronach couldn’t stomach such an insult. [Read more…]
This book did not ring my bell. It had hints of a forbidden romance and a sexy Highland laird, but it just did not engage me. There is a lot of narrative around the dialogue and wayyy too many cut-scenes that took me away from the core romance. And the romance itself was kind of meh.
Lady Alanna is betrothed to marry a marquess she has barely laid eyes on. Her sister jilted him and now her mother is forcing her to take her sister’s place. Alanna is a good girl, agreeable and pliant, and she plans on doing as her mother asks. But during a walk the day before her wedding, she gets lost in a snowstorm and is injured. Iain, the laird of the neighboring lands, stumbles upon her and spirits the unconscious woman to a nearby cottage for the night. He keeps her warm and mends her up before taking her back to his castle. [Read more…]
This book didn’t play out exactly how I expected it to, but sometimes, that’s actually kind of cool. What’s also cool: a hero who is A) wonderfully tortured and B) blinded in battle. The result is a man of honor who is tested to his breaking point; one who falls in love with a woman he never would have given the time of day without his wounds. His friends turn their backs on him. His reputation is destroyed. He can’t even care for himself. But our heroine sees the worthwhile man at his core and she won’t give up until he sees it too. [Read more…]
I’ve got mixed feelings on this one. There was potential there. I liked it in the first half, but the story took a hard left turn in the last nine chapters or so, that just didn’t gel with everything that came before it.
Meg and her family have been struggling ever since her father died, leaving them destitute. When the Duchess of Temberlay calls, trying to set up a wedding between her grandson and Meg’s sister, Rose, it seems like a perfect solution to their financial troubles. But Rose wants nothing to do with Nicholas and his terrible reputation as a rake of the first order. She runs away on the marriage, prompting Meg to take her place at the ceremony. Having never met Rose, Nicholas has no idea of the switch.
Nick hates the idea of getting married, but his grandmother blackmailed him into it. He is shocked when he actually begins to fall for his bride. She is fiery, beautiful and smart. But his reputation and a string of misunderstandings threatens to destroy their hopes at happiness. The story follows their power struggles and emotional entanglements as they try to make their marriage of convenience work.
I liked Meg a lot. She is practical and smart without being overly stubborn. Nick’s not bad, though sometimes he is a bit too arrogant. My only problem before the weird twist was the fact that Nick refused to clear up their misunderstandings when he had a chance. He knew Meg was hurting; he knew he could fix it, but he chose to wait –for some reason that completely eludes me. I still held out hope that it would give me a satisfying ending and then, well, it just went in a totally different direction. I didn’t like it –and I felt cheated that the dire circumstances brought about the resolution more than character growth on its own.
Like I said, it had potential. The writing was good and the sexual elements were there, but in the end, I was left off-kilter.
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How to Deceive a Dukeby Lecia CornwallRelease Date: November 27, 2012Publisher: Avon
Evelyn has become a social pariah since her husband Phillip went missing amidst allegations of treason. The men and women of the ton whisper that she may have been complicit in her husband’s misdeeds. She’s constantly being watched, both by her peers and even the crown… for some sign that she has done wrong or that she may know where Phillip is hiding.
Sinjon is a fallen army captain, accused of crimes he didn’t commit. He’s an honorable man: he even saves Evelyn from assault one morning in the park. Shortly after, an agent of the crown agrees to help him prove his innocence, if Sin agrees to infiltrate Evelyn’s home as a spy. He poses as a footman to gain entrance, but it’s a struggle for her to see her one time hero as a servant. The two slowly begin a friendship, which blossoms into an affair.
It takes awhile for things to heat up between Sin and Evelyn. But when these two are together, the book is at its best. Unfortunately, Sin’s deceptions hang over their relationship like the Sword of Damocles from the very beginning of the book. We have to wait and watch for the inevitable moment it will drop, and destroy what they have created. I liked the element of the class difference between them –and the moments Sin stands as Evelyn’s stalwart protector and confidante were warming. But the progression of their relationship was a little more predictable than I would like.
The external conflicts, centering on Phillip’s disappearance, a missing artifact, and the man who framed Sin, kept the story moving along fairly well. But nothing really knocked my socks off. It was a pretty standard Regency romance. 3 1/2 stars.
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The Price of Temptationby Lecia CornwallRelease Date: December 27, 2011Publisher: Avon