Monthly Archives: March 2013

Happy Easter!! Tonight- Game of Thrones

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I hope you all are having a Happy Easter.  This is a reminder that Game of Thrones starts tonight at 9pm on HBO.  Below is my “Family Arms” if you want your own Family Coat of Arms go to http://jointherealm.com .  Winter is coming!!

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Review- What Happened At Midnight by Courtney Milan

Title: What Happened at Midnight

What happened at Midnight

Genre: Historical Romance/novella

Author: Courtney Milan

Publisher: Courtney Milan, 3-14-2013

Source: Free for review from the author

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from amazon.com:

when John Mason discovers that his fiancée’s father has embezzled thousands of pounds from their mutual business, he’s furious. When Mary, his betrothed, flees, taking the money and all the evidence with her, he’s outraged. He plans to bring the woman he once loved to account–and he’ll shed no tears when he does. But when he finds Mary, she’s not living a life of luxury. Instead, she’s, serving as a companion in exchange for a pittance. The more he attempts to untangle the truth, the more he remembers why he first loved Mary…and how much he wishes he could do so again.

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This novella is reissued by the author in Kindle format for $.99.  It originally appeared in the book MINDNIGHT SCANDALS (Aug. 2012).  {Deet’s readers, even if you don’t have a Kindle you can read Kindle books on your smart phone or computer.  Just go to Amazon.com and search for Kindle reading apps.   Easy Peasey.}

A novella by Courtney Milan is like eating one or two Bon-Bons, you savor and moan with the deliciousness but when you are finished you crave more.  This one is a stand-alone story not connected with any series.  There are twists and surprises and lots of lust and longing along with dollops of misunderstandings.  We are not sure what secret is being hidden by Mary but it is something that she does everything in her power to keep to herself.  There is a complicated plot in this short book but Ms Milan walks us through it until we are cheering for our hero and heroine.  There are several side characters who are evil and although we hope they get their comeuppance we are not sure how that will ever happen.  All in all one terrific read to while away a rainy day or a sunny one on the beach.

In case you were wondering when the next full length Brother Sinister Series book is published, it will probably be in May.

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Meanwhile you can read all of Courtney’s novellas in one book

A Novella Collection

 Amazon.com price: $14.99 paperback and $2.99 Kindle.

The stories contained in A NOVELLA COLLECTION:

  1. The Governess Affair (Brother’s Sinister Series prequel)
  2. A Kiss for Midwinter  (Brother Sister Series –follow-up to BOOK #1,THE DUCHESS WAR)
  3. The Lady Always Wins(stand-alone)
  4. What Happened at Midnight(stand alone)

(All of these novellas and stories have been reviewed on this blog.  Use the search box on the left hand column to read these reviews and the review for THE DUCHESS WAR)

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Review-When She Was Wicked by Anne Barton

Title:  When She Was Wicked

When She Was Wicked

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Anne Barton

Publisher: Grand Central, Forever, Jan. 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Dressmaker in London’s busiest shop, Miss Anabelle Honeycote overhears the ton’s steamiest secrets-and (occasionally) uses them to her advantage. It isn’t something she’s proud of, but the reluctant blackmailer needs the money to care for her gravely ill mother. To make up for her misdeeds, Anabelle keeps to a firm set of rules:

Never request payment from someone who cannot afford it.

Never reveal the secrets of a paying client.

Never enter into any form of social interaction with a client.

Her list keeps her (somewhat) honest-until she encounters Owen Sherbourne, the Duke of Huntford.

Not only does Owen nip Anabelle’s extortion plans in the bud, the devilishly handsome Duke soon has the sexy seamstress dreaming of more than silks and satins. With Owen Anabelle enjoys pleasures she never imagined. . . until a scandal from the past resurfaces. Now her rules could mean his family’s ruin. Owen’s searing kisses carry the promise of passion, but how will he react when Anabelle’s most devastating secret is finally revealed?

**

This is Anne Barton’s first novel and all Historical Romance fans should stand up and cheer for this delightful addition to the genre.  The reader knows that what Anabelle is doing is morally wrong but we long for her redemption and happily ever after.  The Duke is everything Anabelle could want but the differences in their social standing is impossible to overcome.  There are difficulties a plenty on this road to true love.

I could not put this book down.  It was as if once I closed the book perhaps everything would stall and I must keep reading so that these wonderfully nuanced protagonists would not suffer from my neglect.  Barton’s ability to create a believable situation out of unbelieveably difficult circumstances is nothing short of miraculous.  Her side characters are just begging for their own books and Anabelle’s sister Daphne is the star of the next book due later this year.  I’m also hoping for Rose and Olivia’s books in the future.

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Review- Short Story- The Lady Always Wins by Courtney Milan

Title:  The Lady Always Wins

The Lady always Wins

Genre:  Historical Romance

Author: Courtney Milan

Publisher: self published by the author

Source: Free for review from the author

               Available from Amazon.com, Kindle$.99

Rating:  5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Railway financier Simon Davenant has waited seven years for a second chance with his childhood sweetheart and best friend. He’s not about to let his impending financial ruin destroy the opportunity.

This time, he’ll do anything he can to secure her hand in marriage—even if it means losing her heart for good.

**

If I had a top ten author list Courtney Milan would be on it every time she published.  This is a short story about 60-70 pages long.  Now you might think that is not enough length to fully develop a love story.  You would be wrong.  At first we don’t know why Simon feels an urgency to marry in three days and we wonder why this particular woman.  As the story unfolds we are privy to their long standing love and regard, and the problems that hindered them in the past and that have come to hinder them again.  There are heartbreaking memories that make the reader long for the couple’s happiness.   The romance in this story is exquisite.  If you ever thought roses were the flower of love your mind will be changed, for the flower of this love is the tulip.

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Sexy Man Tuesday- Don’t deny it, you’ve missed it.

It is raining in Florida, the Sunshine State!  So to brighten my day and yours.  Here are a just a few Sexy Men.  Don’t you just love a man willing to go to a black tie event?

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Thank you Carol Cook of Rakes and Rascals blog for this delight.

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This black tie guy I came across myself…

magic-mike-Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfeer

And lest we never forget Magic Mike and The Kid

(from Entertainment Weekly .com)

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Review- Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title:  Lord of Darkness (Book #4, Maiden Lane Series)

Lord of Darkness

Genre:  Historical Romance

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Grand Central Pub., 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

He lives in the shadows. As the mysterious masked avenger known as the Ghost of St. Giles, Godric St. John’s only goal is to protect the innocent of London. Until the night he confronts a fearless young lady pointing a pistol at his head-and realizes she is his wife . . .
Lady Margaret Reading has vowed to kill the Ghost of St. Giles-the man who murdered her one true love. Returning to London, and to the man she hasn’t seen since their wedding day, Margaret does not recognize the man behind the mask. Fierce, commanding, and dangerous, the notorious Ghost of St. Giles is everything she feared he would be-and so much more . . .
When passion flares, these two intimate strangers can’t keep from revealing more of themselves than they had ever planned. But when Margaret learns the truth-that the Ghost is her husband-the game is up and the players must surrender . . . to the temptation that could destroy them both.

**Godric St. John, The Ghost of St Giles, is definitely a hero.  He has championed and avenged the downtrodden.  He has a tortured past and has grieved for his true love lost to a wasting disease.  He has been blackmailed into this marriage with Megs and for two years since their wedding day, has not seen her although she writes to him from his country estate frequently.

Megs, has also lost her true love to murder.  She comes to London for two reasons, to find her love’s murderer and to seduce her husband into giving her a longed for child.

The story is beautifully played out with both our hero and heroine heartbroken and discovering that they can love again.

This is a most unique and delicious series and this, the fifth book, is as wonderful as the ones that went before.  Hoyt has a mastery of plot and characters that invites the reader to experience the atmosphere of eighteenth century London.  The couple comes together in a most believable manner; both reluctant at first and then discovering a passion that they thought would never exist between them.  I highly recommend this novel and this series to all those who like a dose of realism with their historical romance. There is catch-your-breath action and sizzling romantic sensuality.  Each book can stand alone but do treat yourself to this entire series.

The Maiden Lane Series:

  1. Wicked Intentions (Temperance & Lord Caire)
  2. Notorious Pleasures (Hero & Griffen)
  3. Scandalous Desires (Silence & Mickey)
  4. Theif of Shadows ( Winter & Isabel)
  5. Lord of Darkness (Megs & Godric)
  6. Duke of Midnight (coming Oct. 2013)

 

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News- Heads-Up from Deet- LUCAS by D.B. Reynolds is Kindle Deal of the Day today

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As you all are probably aware, I am totally ga-ga over Reynolds’ VAMPIRES IN AMERICA series. I want you all to read this series and since her latest book is today’s Kindle Deal of the Day You can read LUCAS for $1.99. This is book #5 in the series but each book stands alone and you won’t be lost if you start here. But let me warn you you will be compelled to go back to read book #1 RAPHAEL when you finish LUCAS. I’m so excited that you can get a taste of this series for only $1.99!!  To see my review of this book and others in the series type in “D.B. Reynolds” in the search box on the left hand column of this page.

What’s that? You don’t have a Kindle?  No worries, you can download a kindle app and read on your smart phone or your computer.

P.S.- HAPPY ST. PADDY’S DAY to all my Irish readers and followers! That means all of you since everyone is Irish today.

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Review- Austentatious by Alyssa Goodnight

Title:  Austentatious

Austentatious

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Fantasy

Author: Alyssa Goodnight

Publisher: Kensington, 2012

Source: Kindle purchase

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 4 (behind closed doors)

Description from amazon.com:

In this quirky, sexy novel set against the lively, music-filled backdrop of Austin, Texas, a young woman learns that romance can wreak havoc with even the best laid plans. . .

It started innocently enough. While browsing in one of Austin’s funky little shops, Nicola James is intrigued by a blank vintage journal she finds hidden among a set of Jane Austen novels. Even though Nic is a straight-laced engineer, she’s still a sucker for anything Austen-esque. But her enthusiasm quickly turns to disbelief once she starts writing in the journal–because somehow, it’s writing her back. . .

Miss Nicola James will be sensible and indulge in a little romance. Those twelve tiny words hit Nic like a thunderbolt, as if her diary was channeling Austen herself! Itching for a bit of excitement, Nic decides to follow her “Fairy Jane’s” advice. The result: a red-hot romance with a sexy Scottish musician who charms his way into Nic’s heart in about five seconds flat.

Sean MacInnes is warm, funny, and happens to think Nic is the most desirable woman he’s ever met. But a guy like Sean doesn’t exactly fit into her Life Plan. With no one but Fairy Jane to guide her, Nic must choose between the life she thought she wanted–and the kind of happy ending she never saw coming. .

**

I do love all the Jane Austen related/inspired books, some more than others.  This one was clever with Jane giving romance advice to the heroine through an antique journal.  The hero was a sexy Scot and there should not have been so much will she-won’t she if it were me…just saying.  This was a fun read, but be prepared for lots of pop-culture references and if you are hip it will flow seamlessly, if you are a bit out of it like me there will be some head scratching.  The dialog was not always crystal clear.  I thought that after all the sexual tension and build up to” the deed” that a bit more foreplay could have been included but those who would rather not have in-your-face-sex on the page will like this lots. Even with a few of these reservations I still enjoyed the book and will read the next by Ms Goodnight.

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Hm-m-m, e-reader or paper book?

This is a 40 second video, enjoy!

“Paper is not Dead”  http://vimeo.com/61275290

Thanks go to Patt for sending me this one.

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Review- A Most Scandalous Proposal by Ashlyn Macnamara

Title: A Most Scandalous Proposal

A Most Scandalous Proposal

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Ashlyn Macnamara

Publisher: Ballentine, Feb 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

After watching her beloved sister, Sophia, pine over the ton’s golden boy for years, Miss Julia St. Claire has foresworn love and put herself firmly on the shelf. Unfortunately, her social-climbing mother and debt-ridden father have other ideas, and jump at the chance to marry Julia off to the newly named Earl of Clivesden . . . the man of Sophia’s dreams.

Since resigning his cavalry commission, Benedict Revelstoke has spent his time in London avoiding the marriage mart. But when he discovers that the Earl of Clivesden has his sights set on Julia, Benedict tries to protect his childhood best friend from the man’s advances—only to discover that more than friendship is driving his desire to defend her. He surprises them both with the force of his feelings, but when Julia refuses him, and her father announces her betrothal, Benedict fears he’s lost her forever—until Julia approaches him with a shocking scheme that will ruin her for all respectable society and lead them into an exquisite world of forbidden pleasures.

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This novel had an interesting twist.  Instead of the usual one love story there are two love stories within this plot.  Both Sophia and Julia have romantic encounters and it was rather fun to read along and wonder how their lives would pan out.  Sophia has been besotted with the Earl of Clivesden for 5 years and he is not interested, he wants Julia.  Julia has no interest in Clivesden and won’t hurt her sister by marrying him.  She  frankly does not want a romantic match at all, she is in love with Benedict but he has no money and her family is on the brink of bankruptcy.  Benedict is our hero to die for, but he does get some help from another hero. Scheming parents add to the adventure.

This is an intricate plot that is woven seamlessly by new author Ms. Macnamara.  The writing is well done and the characters well drawn. I do believe Ms. Macnamara’s books will be on my “must buy” list.  Regency romance lovers will want to read this one.

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