Secrets of Surrender

Posted on June 26, 2008. Filed under: Romance | Tags: |

Secrets of Surrender by Madeline Hunter

From the back of the book:

He catches her eye across the dining room – a handsome stranger who stands out among the lewd noblemen and bawdy painted women. But their worlds are about to collide in a way Roselyn Longworth could never have imagined. For before the night is out, she will be auctioned off to the highest bidder…and Kyle Bardwell will lead her from one kind of hell to another. Yet from the moment her wins her, Kyle treats Rose with a gentleness she hasn’t know since a family scandal destroyed her reputation. And when she finally learns what is really driving Kyle, it’s too late. for Rose has fallen for the man who knows her most intimate secrets. Now he has stunned her with a proposal of marriage – the first step in a seduction that will demand nothing less than her complete surrender…

Rose Longworth is a woman with a lot of trouble. First, her family is in ruin due to her brother’s criminal activities. Second, she engages in an affair where she had thought she was in love, but wasn’t. Third, Rose has been placed for auction and the highest bidder will get to do whatever he wants with her. I really felt sorry for Rose. Most of her problems were not of her making. Kyle Bradford is a man that doesn’t really belong. He was born in a coal mining town and has risen to be a man of means. Not quite a common man and definitely not an aristocrat. He sees Rose and wants her, but knows that she is too good for him. The passion that evolves between these two is very sweet. Kyle wants to take care of Rose and not let the turmoil in her life hurt her anymore than in has to. Through the story they learn to overcome the past and focus on the future. This book is a recommended read for anyone looking for a sweet love story that starts on rocky ground.

(This is the third book in the Rothwell series. You do not have to read the first two books to understand what is going on in the story.)

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To Taste Temptation

Posted on May 18, 2008. Filed under: Historical, Romance | Tags: , , , |

To Taste Temptation (The Legend of the Four Soldiers) by Elizabeth Hoyt

From the back of the book:

Lady Emeline Gordon is the model of sophistication in London’s elite social circles, always fashionable and flawlessly appropriate. As such, she is the perfect chaperone for Rebecca, the young sister of a successful Boston businessman and former Colonial soldier.

Samuel Hartley may be wealthy, but his manners are as uncivilized as the American wilderness he was raised in. Who wears moccasins to a grand ball? His arrogant disregard for propriety infuriates Emeline, even as his boldness excites her.

But beneath Samuel’s rakish manner, he is haunted by tragedy. He has come to London to settle a score, not to fall in love. And as desperately as Emeline longs to feel this shameless man’s hands upon her, to taste those same lips he uses to tease her, she must restrain herself. She is not free. But some things are beyond a lady’s control…

This book is the first in a new series by a great historical romance author. Those who loved The Serpent Prince, The Leopard Prince, and The Raven Prince will love To Taste Temptation. Each chapter starts with an excerpt from a fairy tale much like the “Prince” books did. I think that the additional story to follow adds to the book in a good way.

The chemistry between Lady Emeline and Samuel Hartley is electric. You can really feel her internal struggle of not wanting to love someone from a lower class and her inability to resist him.

I cannot wait for the next book in the series, To Seduce A Sinner (The Legend of the Four Soldiers), that comes out in November 2008.

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The Naked Gentleman

Posted on May 12, 2008. Filed under: Historical, Romance | Tags: , |

The Naked Gentleman by Sally MacKenzie

John Parker-Roth doesn’t want to get married. With no title to pass on and no need for an heir, he doesn’t see the necessity. He wants to spend his time working with his plants and avoiding his mother’s matchmaking schemes.

Miss Margaret Peterson knows that she needs to marry, but she wants it to be someone that she feels attraction for. So, she begins taking her “candidates” into the gardens at house parties to see if they are compatible.

Mr. Parker-Roth would never want a wife that wasn’t a gently bred, demure woman. So why is he so attracted to Miss Margaret Peterson?

I enjoyed this book, but there were several things that I didn’t like. The narrative would jump from the focus of Meg to that of Parker-Roth and the dialogue would repeat. So every once in a while you would have to read the same thing twice. I like when books give an insight into both the hero and the heroines point-of-view, but I don’t want to read the same thing twice. I also didn’t like the way the book ended, but I won’t talk about that (don’t want to give it away for those that want to read it.)

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Rules For Being A Mistress

Posted on May 10, 2008. Filed under: Historical, Romance | Tags: , , |

Rules For Being A Mistress (Zebra Historical Romance) by Tamara Lejeune

Sir Benedict Wayborn is in need of a wife. She needs to be proper, young, and respectable. After traveling from London to Bath Sir Benedicts plans meet an unexpected end.

Miss Cosima Vaughn is an Irish lass who just wants to take care of her mother and younger sister. When these two meet the sparks fly, but Sir Benedict Wayborn doesn’t offer marriage. He proposes that Cosy become his mistress. Outraged at this she sets out to teach him a lesson. But the lesson that is taught in the end is the lesson of love.

I really enjoyed this book, but didn’t particularly care for Sir Bededict Wayborn. His overbearing ways and the way he acted as if above everyone else really annoyed me. But I don’t think you have to like the characters to enjoy the story. I liked that the unlovable character could find love and be happy.

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