Wednesday, March 25, 2015

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean

★★★★ This book is the 3rd in the "Rules of Scoundrels" series. I had to take a pause after the second book as I LOVED it soo much and felt the third would feel as if it would in no way compare.  I am glad I did, as while this was an enjoyable read it didn't have the same allure that Pippa brought to her story. That said, Temple and Mara were both strong characters and their interactions kept me reading. I loved how Mara standing up to Temple just made him like her all the more!  I had wished for a few things that didn't come true, and sadly I knew of a spoiler throughout this entire series that I wish I hadn't.. I think it would have made a difference. I am looking forward to reading the final book in the series. MacLean is a wonderful writer and I highly recommend her.

Here's the Blurb:

A rogue ruined . . .

He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London’s corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he’s dreamed of . . . absolution.

A lady returned . . .

Mara planned never to return to the world from which she’d run, but when her brother falls deep into debt at Temple’s exclusive casino, she has no choice but to offer Temple a trade that ends in her returning to society and proving to the world what only she knows . . . that he is no killer.

A scandal revealed . . .

It’s a fine trade, until Temple realizes that the lady—and her past—are more than they seem. It will take every bit of his strength to resist the pull of this mysterious, maddening woman who seems willing to risk everything for honor . . . and to keep from putting himself on the line for love.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins

★★★★  I gave this book 4 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters,  the humour,  and the feelings that Higgins evoked. It's sometimes refreshing to read a story that you can feel the passion and desire... without reading about any sex.

I docked a star because this story was written in the first person (Callie) and while she was witty and told a good story.. I really wished I could have heard Ian's side. Ian was a great character, quiet, almost dispassionate, but knew what he wanted.  I think the two made a great pair.  I would recommend this book.

Here's the Blurb:

One Happily-Ever-After Rocking Chair... and no sign of any forthcoming babies to rock in ol' Georgebury, Vermont. 

For Callie Grey, turning thirty means coming to grips with the fact that her boss (and five-week fling) is way overdue in his marriage proposal. And way off track because Mark has suddenly announced his engagement to the company's new Miss Perfect. If that isn't bad enough, her mom decides to throw her a three-oh birthday bash in the family funeral home. 

Bad goes to worse when she stirs up a crazy relationship with the town's not so warm and fuzzy veterinarian, Ian McFarland, in order to flag Mark's attention. So Ian is more comfortable with animals.... So he's formal, orderly and just a bit tense. The ever-friendly, fun-loving and spontaneous Callie decides it's time for Ian to get a personality makeover. But dang, if he doesn't shock the heck out of her, she might actually fall for Vermont's unlikeliest eligible bachelor....

Sunday, March 08, 2015

The Look of Love by Bella Andre

★★ This is my first Bella Andre book. I was really excited to read her as I have heard soo much about her Sullivans. I love family series, getting to know all the siblings and relatives a little more with each story. Just makes you feel like your one of the family! I enjoyed her writing style which made the book seem promising.. however there was just too much sex for me. It seemed to me that is all they did, page after page. It got tiresome and I found myself skimming through the scenes.

The plot of an abused hero/heroine learning to trust again is not my favourite.  However, I have read stories in the past with this plot and it can be a very powerful story if done well. I felt that the timeline of this story (4-5 days) was not sufficient time to heal those kind of wounds if she was indeed suffering... and I got tired of each of the characters questioning themselves after each sexual encounter.... "oh i shouldn't of had sex with him. . I don't want to let a man into a position where he could have power over me" and him "oh I shouldn't of had sex with her.. she wasn't ready..I am not acting honourably.. I only want what she will give me freely".. I just wanted to scream at the book.

But even after all of that I still may try her again.. even though the next book sounds like a similar plot with probably just as much sex.  We shall see :)

Here's the Blurb:

Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she's convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he?

As a successful photographer who frequently travels around the world, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women, and whenever he's home in San Francisco, one of his seven siblings is usually up for causing a little fun trouble. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is--until the night he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley. Not only has he never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, but he quickly realizes she has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, he is willing to move mountains to love--and protect--her, but will she let him?

Chloe vows never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Only, with every loving look Chase gives her--and every sinfully sweet caress--as the attraction between them sparks and sizzles, she can't help but wonder if she's met the only exception. And although Chase didn't realize his life was going to change forever in an instant, amazingly, he isn't the least bit interested in fighting that change. Instead, he's gearing up for a different fight altogether...for Chloe's heart.