Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Ashford McNab

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½  I loved Lord Caire. I loved how he wanted Temperance right away and yet seemed to almost push her away and pull her close at the same time. He felt the desire to shock her often. How he wanted and needed her to care for him but thought that wasn't possible. He was a wonderful Hero!

Temperance was a strong lead. I liked her straightforward attitude and how she's willing to thwart convention for what she wants. I felt the sparks between these two right away and I kept reading, just waiting to watch them on the page together. I have had this book for a LONG time.. I cannot believe I haven't read it before now! Though on the plus side the Maiden Lane series has lots of books in it for me to enjoy!

I am pretty sure this is the first time I have read a book by Elizabeth Hoyt, but it will certainly not be my last! The Narrator Ashford McNab. She was fantastic!  Even just after this first time listening to her, I will be adding her to my favourites list!

Here's the Blurb:

Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows the area like the back of her hand—she cares for its children at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk…


Caire makes a simple offer—in return for Temperance's help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as a cold bargain soon falls prey to a passion neither can control—and may well destroy them both.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Showing Jessie by JoMarie DeGioia (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Wendy Rich Stetson
Cypress Corners #5

♥ ♥ ♥ ½  This is the first book I have read by Ms. DeGioia. I liked the community feel she had to the little town of Cypress Corners. There was a few chuckles here and there, and the secondary characters were a lively bunch.  I did find the starting a bit slow, however it picked up about halfway and I enjoyed how Noah couldn’t seem to get his mind off of Jessie. I do wish I had felt the chemistry more between the two leads though.

You can tell Jessie had lost her self confidence and self worth and it seems Noah will have to work hard building her back up which, sadly for me, made Jessie a bit too ‘woe-is-me.’ I understand having been in a previous abusive relationship making a person wary of them… but Jessie seemed a little too reluctant with Noah and I felt she made it all a bigger deal than it was. Noah took a bit to realize that he loved her, but at least when he did, he went after her. He gets props for that!   

The Narrator Wendy Rich Stetson had a clear voice and enough variety for the characters, that I found her easy to listen to.

*I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.*

Here's the blurb:

The guy who wants to settle down 

The girl afraid to lose herself again 

Showing her hand…showing his heart 

And a chance to have forever 

Jessie Wilde survived an abusive boyfriend and now just wants to live her own life. Her enthusiasm and expertise sell the environmental features of the idyllic town of Cypress Corners but she doubts her own worth, often hiding behind her glasses and bulky clothes. 

Former beach bum Noah Brady builds houses but he wants to make a home for himself and his young son. He doesn’t know if he has it in him, though. He’s never been a commitment or future kind of guy. 

When he meets Jessie, and gets to know the sweet smart girl inside, he has to figure out how to do this relationship thing. He’s starting to think she just might be his forever. 

Can Noah show Jessie there’s more to life than just surviving? 

Or will her fear of the past keep her from reaching for her future?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Mad for the Plaid by Karen Hawkins

Release Date: August 30th, 2016

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½  This book was great! This series was great! Seriously love these princes! Ailsa was wonderful and stubborn to a fault sometimes, but honest and caring as well. Nik was a great lead, he was sweet and protective. I enjoyed how he watched Ailsa while they camped, like he was trying to figure her out. Also, I love when the hero says something to the heroine in another language. Leaving me guessing at the meaning like the heroine, till he explains or I go and look it up, either way, it’s a favourite little tidbit for me. The witty banter was fun and their moments alone were charged full of electricity. All of these together made this book hard to put down!

Tata Natasha is ever the matchmaker and always brings a bit of a chuckle with her little plots. Maybe we will see her in the future playing out more of her schemes?? This series has been fantastic. To begin the series, I would suggest reading How to Pursue a Princess. As it’s technically the first book, although it’s not listed as the first, as it is part of another series. I also see there is another novella coming out for this series! Which is exciting!  Karen Hawkins is, as always, a wonderful storyteller. I look forward to reading her next book!  

The order I recommend reading this series in:
  1. How to Pursue a Princess (Duchess Diaries #2)
  2. The Prince Who Loved Me
  3. The Prince and I
  4. The Princess Wore Plaid
  5. Twelve Kisses to Midnight (In the What Happens Under the Mistletoe book)
  6. Mad for the Plaid
*I received and ARC in exchange for an honest review.*

Here's the blurb:

The third captivating, sizzling Scottish historical romance inNew York Times bestseller Karen Hawkins's Princes of Oxenburg series. Fans of Julia Quinn, Monica McCarty and Julie Garwood will be enchanted by this dazzling read.

Prince Nikolai Romanovin is bored out of his bejeweled crown with London's society scene. If he has to make inane small talk or dance with one more tongue-tied virgin, he might actually run off. So when he gets word his beloved grandmother might be in danger back in his homeland of Oxenburg, Nik is all too willing to rush to the estate she's been staying in in the snow-capped mountains of Scotland. Arriving in secret only to find his grandmother missing, Nik devises a plan to switch identities with a member of his honor guard so he can move around freely without the pomp and circumstance that comes with the Crown Prince title. He relishes the freedom that comes with losing his title, until he spots her...

While her five older sisters all enjoyed seasons, got married to men of high station, and had children of their own, Ailsa, the baby of the family, was left at home to be raised by her absent father and her sharp-witted, but ailing grandmother after losing her mother in childbirth. Now twenty-nine years old, the sole caretaker of her grandmother, and the entrenched mistress of the castle, Ailsa has resigned herself to living at the castle and enjoying the amusements offered - spending time with her grandmother, copious amounts of reading, wild rides through the moors, and the occasional ball in the local town. All in all, it's a satisfying, if sedate, life . . . But when she meets a guard more handsome, and far more arrogant and sure of himself than any man she's ever met, she's determined to figure out his secrets, no matter the cost.

Don't miss the previous sublime Princes of Oxenburg books:The Prince Who Loved Me,The Prince And I and The Princess Wore Plaid. And for more umissable Scottish historical romance, catch her amazing Duchess Diaries series.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sustained by Emma Chase (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Sebastian York
Legal Breifs #2

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥   This book was recommended to me and I am glad I picked it up. Jake likes to think he is such a badass…. I mean, he is… except when it comes to Chelsea and her bunch of rascals. With them, he just seems to melt into a big softie. He was always there for them when needed. The kids trusted and cared for him and he made sure they felt safe and happy. Which I loved. The way Jake handles the situations he found himself in were often laugh out loud funny. Although I haven’t read the first book in this series.. I may just go back and take a listen now!

Sebastian York did a fantastic job reading this book. I will be adding him to my list of favourite Narrators!

The Blurb:

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I'm going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal's office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This book was great! I laughed out loud often (the secondary characters just cracked me up!) Finn and Pru were wonderful toghether. I could feel attraction right from the beginning. Their banter was fun and flirty. I loved how care-free Pru was and how it brought out Finn’s smiles.  

This book has the feel of Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series and I truly cannot wait for the next book! Actually, I have already preordered them!!

Here's the blurb:

Choose the one guy you can’t have . . .

As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas—the hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors; problem is, she’s in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody But Her.

Fall for him—hard . . .

Pub owner Finn O’Riley is six-foot-plus of hard-working hottie who always makes time for his friends. When Pru becomes one of them, she discovers how amazing it feels to be on the receiving end of that deep green gaze. But when a freak accident involving darts (don’t ask) leads to shirtless first aid, things rush way past the friend zone. Fast.

And then tell him the truth.

Pru only wants Finn to be happy; it’s what she wishes for at the historic fountain that’s supposed to grant her heart’s desire. But wanting him for herself is a different story—because Pru’s been keeping a secret that could change everything. . . .

Monday, August 15, 2016

Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Mary Jane Wells
The Ravenels #2

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ I Loved Rhys Winterborne. He was a great leading man. Strong and gruff yet caring and sweet all at the same time. There was quite a few sigh-worthy statements from his lips. I enjoyed watching Helen come out of her shell. She was a kindhearted person with just enough grit to make Rhys smile and try just a bit harder for her. I could feel their chemistry and loved listening to them interact.  I thought this book was a lot better than the first and would recommend it.

The narrator Mary Jane Wells did a wonderful job.  I loved her voice for Rhys and I felt the emotion she put into her reading.

Here's the blurb:

A ruthless tycoon

Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better…

A sheltered beauty

Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable… the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…

Marrying Mr. Winterborne

Friday, August 12, 2016

Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas (Audio Edition)

Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
Series: The Ravenels #1
♥ ♥ ♥  I had high hopes for this book… because .. well.... it's Lisa Kleypas! Sadly, I found Kathleen hard to like. She seemed spiteful and rather bitchy to me. I am all for sticking to the rules of proprietary but when she did it, it just grated on my nerves.. and I am not sure why.

Devon was demanding and possessive (again normally things I don't mind) but I really couldn't feel the chemistry between these two. Kinda felt like she truly disliked him one minute then did an about face for no apparent reason.

The plot was good though, I enjoyed the storyline and I really enjoyed the secondary characters. West was funny and the slight romance blossoming between Helen and Rhys Winterbourne was one of the main reasons I kept reading.

The narrator was clear and easy to listen too. I am looking forward to the next book in the series: Marrying Winterbourne.

The Blurb:

A twist of fate . . .

Devon Ravenel, London's most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities . . . and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl's three innocent sisters are still occupying the house . . . along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon's own.

A clash of wills . . .

Kathleen knows better than to trust a ruthless scoundrel like Devon. But the fiery attraction between them is impossible to deny—and from the first moment Devon holds her in his arms, he vows to do whatever it takes to possess her. As Kathleen finds herself yielding to his skillfully erotic seduction, only one question remains:

Can she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she's ever known?

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Series: Bridgerton #9 / Rokesby #1

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This book was exactly what I thought it would be! Funny, charming, passionate, sweet and an all round fantastic read! I loved Billie and George together, their snippy bickering becoming playful once they start to really notice the other person. They have wonderful chemistry that you can feel building, and once they get together.. look out!

When I realized this book takes place before all the other Bridgerton books, it added a nice little surprise of learning how the mallet if death got its name! Or at least I like to think it was how (I haven't read the other Bridgerton stories in a while so perhaps the next generation called it that for a different reason instead of the name being handed down so-to-speak.) Regardless, it's fun to read about the generation that came before the Bridgertons that I love.

The secondary characters were great! I hope all the Rokesby boys get their own story. As always with Julia Quinn, I look forward to her next release!

The Blurb:

Sometimes you find love in the most unexpected of places...
This is not one of those times.
Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband... someday.
Sometimes you fall in love with exactly the person you think you should...
Or not.
There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George. He may be the eldest and heir to the earldom, but he's arrogant, annoying, and she's absolutely certain he detests her. Which is perfectly convenient, as she can't stand the sight of him, either.
But sometimes fate has a wicked sense of humor...
Because when Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, a whole new sort of sparks begins to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can't abide is the one person they can't live without...

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Playing for Love at Deep Haven (After We Break) by Katy Regnery (Audio Edition)

Narrated by: Megan Solesski

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ Katy Regnery really knows how to write emotion into her story. This book feels enough like real life to give you that powerful connection - with the knowledge that there's going to be a happy ever after, because let's face it, at some points you gotta wonder if it's gonna be there.  This is a second chance book. Not one of my favoured plot lines but it was still done well.

I love how Zach just eventually laid it all out there for her, kept telling her and pretty much just hoped to hell she felt the same. I understand why Violet was hesitant to put her feelings out there again… but at one point she had basically told him how she felt (without those using those 3 little words) and then she continued to treat the situation like she hadn't. Which sorta confused me… enough that I had to go back in the book and listen to what had actually been said… to see if I had imagined it. I hadn't.  
Aside from that though, this story was well written and enjoyable.  The Narrator Megan Solesski, did a good job. Her voice was a bit clipped at times but she was clear and easy to understand. She conveyed the emotions in the book decently, I thought.  I would listen to her again.

The first book I read by this author (Never Let You Go) was SO good, that in my eyes I feel she will have a hard time topping it. This book is my third of hers, and while it did not top my favourite one, I have not yet been disappointed! I will keep moving through Regnery’s backlist!  

The Blurb:

She was the girl. The only girl. The only girl I ever wanted. The only girl I ever loved. The only girl I could ever love. And I killed it. I destroyed it. I threw her love away. For nine years, I've kept the memory of her locked in the deepest corner of my heart... all the while hating myself for what I did to her. To us. 

Now, without warning, she's walked back into my life. I'm covered in tats. She's covered in Polo. I write heavy metal songs. She writes chick-lit. My eyes are angry. Her eyes are sad. I still long for her with every fiber of my being. But I have no idea if she feels the same. I guess it's time to find out. 

Monday, August 01, 2016

The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Alison Larkin

♥ ♥ ♥ ½ This book was alright. After reading a bunch of reviews saying it was great and having really enjoyed past books by this author, I must admit I had some higher expectations.  The plot was good, I really enjoyed Lady Beatrice - she gave me some chuckles - but I didn't feel the sparks between Abby and Max. I found more time was spent on the four girls and their backstories, than on the two leads romance together.  I will probably check out the next book in the series one day but not right now.

The Narrator Alison Larkin did a good job, she had a decent range of voices. I would listen to her again.

The Blurb:

Anne Gracie is “always terrific,”* and now the award-winning author delivers a brand-new series about four young women on the verge of destitution—until a daring act changes their fortune and transforms each of them into a glowing bride…
Governess Abigail Chantry will do anything to save her sister and two dearest friends from destitution, even if it means breaking into an empty mansion in the hope of finding something to sell. Instead of treasures, though, she finds the owner, Lady Beatrice Davenham, bedridden and neglected. Appalled, Abby rousts Lady Beatrice's predatory servants and—with Lady Beatrice's eager cooperation—the four young ladies become her “nieces,” neatly eliminating the threat of disaster for all concerned!

It's the perfect situation, until Lady Beatrice’s dashing and arrogant nephew, Max, Lord Davenham, returns from the Orient—and discovers an impostor running his household…

A romantic entanglement was never the plan for these stubborn, passionate opponents—but falling in love may be as inevitable as the falling of autumn leaves...