Sunday, April 30, 2017

Lady Bridget's Diary by Maya Rodale (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This book is very much a Bridget Jones meets Pride and Prejudice. It really is the best way I can describe it. The storyline is always a good one and I liked the slight changes in the details.

The narrator was new to me and she read well, I would listen to her again.

The Blurb:

In the first novel of Maya Rodale's stunning new series, an American heiress must learn to navigate London society and an infuriatingly irresistible rake . . .

Lord Darcy is the quintessential Englishman: wealthy, titled, impossibly proper, and horrified that a pack of Americans has inherited one of England's most respected dukedoms. But his manners, his infamous self-restraint, and his better judgment fly out the window when he finds himself with the maddening American girl next door.

Lady Bridget Cavendish has grand—but thwarted—plans to become a Perfect Lady and take the haute ton by storm. In her diary, Bridget records her disastrous attempts to assimilate into London high society, her adoration of the handsome rogue next door, her disdain for the Dreadful Lord Darcy, and some truly scandalous secrets that could ruin them all.

It was loathing at first sight for Lady Bridget and Lord Darcy. But their paths keep crossing . . . and somehow involve kissing. When Lady Bridget's diary goes missing, both Darcy and Bridget must decide what matters most of all—a sterling reputation or a perfectly imperfect love.

By Your Side by Kasie West

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Wow!! I totally LOVED this book. It starts off by being trapped in a library!!! It had me hooked from right then!

I have only read one other young adult book, and so I admit, I wasn't sure what to expect...but wow.. it was great! The flirty tension, fun dialogue, and wonderful lead characters just kept me longing to read. I did not want to put the book down! I am very glad my friend recommended this book to me.  Well worth the read!!!

The Blurb:

In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

Four Weddings and a Sixpence: An Anthology (Audio Edition)

By Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Gurke, and Stefanie Sloane

Narrated by Mary Jane Wells

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This was a wonderful anthology. I loved the idea of the sixpence bringing love to the person who held it, and definitely not always the love you think it to be.

These four authors are fantastic. Each story was well written and they blended together easily. I find sometimes the novellas seem rushed or lacking, but none of these felt that way. They were all full stories with engaging characters.  

The Narration was TOP NOTCH! Mary Jane Wells as always, does a superb job!!

The Blurb:

Beloved authors Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane deliver the stories of four friends from Madame Rochambeaux’s Gentle School for Girls who find an old sixpence in their bedchamber and decide that it will be the lucky coin for each of their weddings… 

“Something Old”
Julia Quinn’s prologue introduces her heroine Beatrice Heywood and the premise for Four Weddings and a Sixpence.

“Something New”
In Stefanie Sloane’s unforgettable story, an ever-vigilant guardian decrees that Anne Brabourne must marry by her twenty-first birthday. But love finds her in the most unexpected of ways.

“Something Borrowed”
Elizabeth Boyle tells the tale of Cordelia Padley, who has invented a betrothed to keep her family from pestering her to wed. Now she’ll need to borrow one to convince them she’s found her true love.

“Something Blue”
In Laura Lee Guhrke’s story, unlucky Lady Elinor Daventry has her sixpence stolen from her and must convince the rake who pilfered the coin to return it in time for her own wedding.

“... and a Sixpence in Her Shoe”
Julia Quinn finishes with the story of Beatrice Heywood, who never believed that the sixpence was anything but a tarnished old coin—until it led all of her friends to true love. But her faith in the coin is tested when it keeps sending her to the wrong man!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Last Night With the Duke by Amelia Grey

Series: The Rakes of St. James #1

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Right from the beginning I fell in love with Ms.Grey’s writing style! Her characters are full, the story is engaging and the dialogue is wonderful.

 Griffin and Esmeralda were fantastic together. From the first moment they are on the page together you could feel the chemistry begin to simmer. I am intrigued by the secondary characters and look forward to their stories.

I am very glad I took a chance and requested this arc from Netgalley and I am super excited to check out this author's back list!

The Blurb:

Could finding love be his greatest scandal of all? 

The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumors are swirling that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind--until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways he could never have expected, she arouses more than just his curiosity.

Esmeralda Swift considered herself too sensible to ever fall for a scoundrel, but that was before she met the irresistibly seductive Duke of Griffin. His employment offer proves too tempting for her to resist. She can’t afford to be distracted by his devilish charms because the stakes are so high for his sisters’ debut Season. . .unless one of London’s most notorious rakes has had a change of heart and is ready to make Esmeralda his bride?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Jennifer Grace

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I love the nerdy girl character. Loved all the random trivia she would blurt out, and I love it when the characters love each other because of their quirks! Quinn was a mystery.. though at points he was starting to seem a bit overprotective. I found this book funny and charming.. The characters chemistry is great, though I wish I could have seen more from Quinn’s point of view- just because that is a favourite of mine.. Seeing what the hero is thinking. This is the 3rd book I have read by Penny Reid and I am quite enjoying her style of writing.

The Blurb:

This is a full-length, 110k word novel and is the first book in the Knitting in the City series.

There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn't know how to knit.

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can't refuse.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Highlander Takes a Bride by Lynsay Sands (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Penelope Nederhorst
Series: Highlander #3

♥ ♥ ♥ ½ I quite enjoyed the chemistry and banter between Saidh and Greer. Saidh was a tomboy type woman, and how could she not be with 7 brothers! I loved her character, and Ioved how Greer found her qualities attractive instead of trying to change her. This would have been a 4 star book.. however, after the romance part seemed secure.. there was a murder plot that just seemed to get a bit convoluted and I started to lose interest.

The Blurb:

A bold, seductive laird meets his passionate match in a scintillating Highland romance from New York Times best-selling author Lynsay Sands

Sword fighting, swearing, and riding astride come naturally to Saidh Buchanan. Simpering and holding her tongue - definitely not. Raised alongside seven boisterous brothers, Saidh has little interest in saddling herself with a husband...until she glimpses the new Laird MacDonnell bathing naked in the loch. Though she's far from a proper lady, the brawny Highlander makes Saidh feel every inch a woman.

She has an angel's looks, a warrior's temper, and seeks out his kisses with wanton eagerness. Little wonder that Greer is intrigued by his comely guest. When reckless desire overtakes them, he's more than willing to make an honest woman of her. But Saidh is the target of a hidden enemy, and Greer faces the battle of his life to safeguard the woman he wants above all others.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

To Marry a Scottish Laird by Lynsay Sands (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Keiran Elliott
Series: Highlanders #2

♥ ♥  I don’t like giving negative reviews, but sadly this book was a disappointment. Not much happens. The plot had loads of potential and I wish the story had progressed farther before he found out the lad was a lass… Feels like there are some missed opportunities for funny situations.  Joan seems constantly reluctant and unsure of her worth even when Cam has reassured her.  By three quarters of the way through it started to feel like the author was just filling space… she would say the same thing in 5 different ways.

The narrator has a nice voice, however, I don't find him too engaged in the story. He has a different pace to his reading, which by the end almost seemed like he was somewhat bored with the story. So, honestly that probably took away from the story for me as well. As I see many good reviews for this book.. Perhaps skip the audio version and try the book/ebook version instead.

With that said, I am still looking forward to the next in the series, the narrator is a good one and the the plot seems promising!

The Blurb:

New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands returns to the Highlands of Scotland in her hottest new historical romance yet!

Highlander Campbell Sinclair is no stranger to battle, so when he sees a lad attacked by bandits, he jumps into the fray. He didn't count on being stabbed. Grateful to the boy for nursing him back to health, Cam offers to accompany Jo safely to his destination. But when he accidentally comes across the lad bathing in the river, Cam discovers that Jo is actually Joan...with the most sinful of curves.

Joan promised her mother that she would deliver a scroll to the clan MacKay. But traveling alone is dangerous, even disguised as a boy. When a Scottish warrior lends his aid, she is more than relieved...until he surprises her with lingering kisses and caresses that prove her disguise hasn't fooled him. As their passion ignites, will the secrets of the scroll force a wedding...and lead to a love she's never known?