Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Duncan's Bride by Linda Howard (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Lesa Lockford
Series: Patterson-Cannon Family #1

♥ ♥ ♥  I bumped this book up to 3 stars, due to the writing and narration as these were both well done. However, I just could not abide the hero. He was such a jealous stubborn jerk! The way he treated Maddie, and the things he said to her were terrible and uncalled for. Maybe I am jaded, but I don’t see this kind of person changing their ways, and I would not enjoy being in this kind of relationship, so I can’t understand why the heroine would want to.

Personally I think a man can still be “Alpha” and be able to treat people with respect. To give Maddie some credit, she didn’t take Reece’s crap.. Which was good. She stood her ground and made choices for herself. I did think she fell in love a bit too fast.. But hey.. ya never know right?

If you are looking for a story, where the hero has trouble getting over his past, and realizing his future… this may be a great story for you.

Lesa Lockford did a great job with her narration. She had a very calm relaxing attitude for Maddie's character which I thought fit well and her gruff, no nonsense voice worked perfectly for Reece.

The blurb:

Reese Duncan wanted a wife, pure and simple. Someone to have children with, someone to help him rebuild his ranch, someone uncomplicated...and someone very different from his first wife, the woman who'd destroyed his life. But he hadn't bargained on Madelyn Patterson. She was sophisticated and citified, and she was willing to herd cattle, keep house and start a family with Reese. The only thing she asked for in return was love - the one thing Reese refused to guarantee.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Season by Sarah MacLean

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ I thought this book was well written. I loved the relationship between Gavin and Alex. They had great chemistry, witty dialogue, and they had that "friends to lovers/boy next door" sort of plot I like.

As I am reading this with a young adult, I tried to look at this story from her point of view. She has never read a historical romance before and I thought there was just enough informative details - what types of clothes/layers of clothes they wore, the order of titles etc.- thrown in that I think it would be a wonderful introduction to this genre for her. Also, as this author usually writes more adult types of books.. this story is age appropriate.. nothing steamy, but all the good butterflies!

Lastly, I really enjoyed the secondary characters! Is it just me or does anyone else wish Vivi and Will would get together??   Now, I wonder if they have their own stories! … Perhaps they do?? I must check into this! I am very glad I read this book.

The Blurb:

Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued; in a house full of older brothers and their friends, she had to learn to hold her own. Not the best makings for an aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying Alex off to someone safe, respectable, and wealthy. But between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get herself into what may be her biggest scrape yet.
When the Earl of Blackmoor is mysteriously killed, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. But will Alex's heart be stolen in the process? In an adventure brimming with espionage, murder, and other clandestine affairs, who could possibly have time to worry about finding a husband? Romance abounds as this year's season begins!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Somewhere I'll Find You by Lisa Kleypas (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor

♥ ♥ ♥ This book was ok. It was not very intriguing and I found I got bored of the hero just trailing after her because he wanted sex (or so it seemed to me.) He kept using the line “we both enjoyed it”…She on the other hand, just kept pushing him away and while sometimes that plot works, here I found it didn't. The writing was decent, not the best Kleypas I have read - normally I love her books! I will say though, when the characters were actually on good terms and discovering their relationship together, it was good reading. I wish there had been more of that.

This book took me a very long time to make my way through. The narrator did a wonderful job, which definitely helped me finish it.

The Blurb:

The toast of the town...

All London is at Julia Wentworth’s feet — and anything she desires is hers for the asking. But the glamorous leading lady guards a shocking secret: a mystery husband whom she does not know, dares not mention...and cannot love.

For years Damon Savage has been searching for the
stranger his parents wed him to without his consent, hoping to legally free himself from matrimony’s invisible chains.

And he is astonished to discover his “bride” is none other than the exquisite lady he’d hoped to make his mistress! But though his wife by law, Julia will never truly be Damon’s — until he conquers her fears, his formidable rivals...and her proud, passionate, and independent heart