Thursday, May 23, 2013

Lady Vivian Defies a Duke (Beau Monde #4) by Samantha Grace

The Naked Truth

Lady Vivian Worth knows perfectly well how to behave like a lady. But observing proper manners when there's no one around to impress is just silly. Why shouldn't she strip down to her chemise for a swim? When her betrothed arrives to finally meet her, Vivi will act every inch the lady—demure, polite, compliant. Everything her brother has promised the man. But until then, she's going to enjoy her freedom...

A Revealing Discovery

Luke Forest, the newly named Duke of Foxhaven, wants nothing to do with his inheritance—or the bride that comes with it. He wants adventure and excitement, like the enchanting water nymph he's just stumbled across. When he discovers the skinny-dipping minx is his intended, he reconsiders his plan to find Lady Vivian another husband. Because the idea of this vivacious woman in the arms of another man might be enough to drive him insane—or to the altar.

4/5 stars

I'm sorry to see this series end, but at least it ends on with a good book. I love Samantha Grace's writing style and hope her next series will be just as good, if not better, then this one. Her writing brings to life the beautiful English countryside and the lush life lived by the characters she fleshes out.

Lady Vivian Worth is my favorite kind of heroine. She rides astride, shoots firearms, goes swimming and reads scandalous books. She's the exact type of girl I would want to be friends with. Luke Forest is, as Vivian points out, perfectly imperfect. Even though he's a duke he doesn't act as one and takes a quick liking to Vivian. They made a cute happy couple.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book and think anyone who likes the historical romance genre will love it. You don't have to read the books in this series in order to read this one, but in order to experience the full impact of the stories I would suggest you do. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

A Highland Wolf Wedding (Heart of the Wolf #11) by Terry Spear

Elaine Hawthorn is a gray American werewolf, currently out of work, and on a mission to share in a family treasure. When she arrives in Scotland, she nearly has a head-on collision with one hot, kilt-garbed Highlander, and runs him off the road.

Werewolf laird Cearnach MacNeill isn't happy Elaine ruined his car, but he quickly becomes her protector after a misunderstanding lands her right in the middle of two feuding clans. Now he's out to ensure that this sexy female wolf gets her fair share of her clan's treasure. He knows he should leave well enough alone, but it's too late to leave his heart out of it.

4/5 stars 

This series is such a delight to read. It has the perfect blend of romance and action. And for that action to occur in the Highlands of Scotland ....oh yeah baby. I mean, is there anything sexier then a wolf shifter in a kilt speaking in that Scottish accent? Terry Spear writes with such great descriptions that you feel as if you can smell the heather in the air mixed with a bit of the sea.

Cearnach was such an easy going man that it was easy to see why Elaine would fall under his spell. He just seemed to take everything in stride and kept his alphaness under control until she was threatened, then hold on to your panties cause he came out raging to protect her at all cost.

My only complaint is that everything happened in two days. I'm not a huge fan of the insta-love type stories. I would've liked the relationship to develop gradually, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless.

We also got to see Ian and Duncan with their mates again which is always nice. You seriously can't have to many Highlanders around. Now if we could just find a mate for the fourth brother, Guthrie things would be great. Oh yeah, and mates for all those cousins running around the castle.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a sexy kilted wolf to snuggle up with. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an ARC for me to read.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Bare It All (Love Undercover #2) by Lori Foster

"A cop's craving to know more about the woman next door could prove fatal in the steamy new novel from "New York Times" best selling author Lori Foster"As the person responsible for taking down a brutal human trafficker, Alice Appleton fears retaliation at every turn. No one knows about her past, which is exactly how she prefers it...until the sexy cop next door comes knocking.

Detective Reese Bareden thinks he knows what makes women tick, but his ever-elusive neighbor keeps him guessing like no other. Is his goal to unmask Alice's secrets? Or protect her from a dangerous new threat? One thing is certain: their chemistry is a time bomb waiting to explode. And with no one to trust but each other, Reese and Alice are soon drawn into a deadly maze of corruption, intrigue and desire--and into the line of fire....

3.5/5 stars

This is the second in a new series that's kinda a spin-off of the Men Who Walk the Edge series. I read and reviewed the first book, Run the Risk, back in September of last year and skimmed through it again before reading this one. I'm glad I did because it picks up immediately after the first book with Reece going to Alice's apartment to pick up his dog, Cash. We met Reece in the previous book; he was Logan's partner who was somewhat shady to begin with til we understood his motives. Alice came from Trace's book in the aforementioned series. She helped bring down the human trafficking ring.

I really liked Reece in both books, but especially in this one since we got to see so much more of him and his personality. I love his interactions with Rowdy. He also seemed to have the patience of a saint in dealing with Alice. I didn't understand the attraction he felt for her since she seemed clueless when it came to him, but noticed every little tick when it was everybody else. I mean, she noticed a lady's emotions across a parking lot, but couldn't pick up on Reece's when he was standing right in front of her. She was around sex for over a year, but seemed as if she didn't understand it at all. I guess she was suppose to be damaged, but came off as being kinda slow witted to me.

I'm definitely going to keep reading this series cause next up is Rowdy then probably Dash, Logan's brother. I guess this could be read as a stand alone book, but I think it fully enjoy it you should read the books in order. It was also nice to see Trace for a small bit. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What a Lady Needs (The Redgraves #2) by Kasey Michaels

Lady Katherine Redgrave has one mission—to find her deceased father's journals, which may hold the key to a traitorous conspiracy that puts Kate's family in danger. Kate vows to let no obstacle stand in her way . . . but when she meets Simon Ravenbill, Marquis of Singleton, her attention is diverted as the sinfully handsome nobleman tempts her beyond reason.

Simon has a mission of his own: to uncover the truth about the secret society he believes murdered his brother. All he needs is to get to the Redgrave journals before Kate does. The solution is simple—he'll romance the fiery beauty in hopes of distracting her from her quest, all while covertly searching for the diaries himself. Yet what begins as a charade soon becomes an all-consuming desire . . . one that could lead them down the most dangerous path of all.

4/5 stars 

This was an interesting book. The series revolves around a secret society that uses sex as a way to trap men into doing the leader's bidding. Who that leader is is still a mystery as is the members of the club. A few of the members have been exposed and most of those members have died under mysterious circumstances. Enter the Redgrave family. The Society was founded by the grandfather and resurrected by the father of the current Earl and his siblings.

In this book, the second of the series, Kate is on a mission to find the journals of her grandfather and/or father and since they're pretty scandalous her brothers send in someone to help her find them and keep her from actually reading them. The man tasked with that is Simon Ravenbill. But once they set eyes on each other they have more then journals on their minds.

I really liked the attraction that Kate and Simon shared and felt that they were a good fit for each other. Simon was a very understanding man and tried to keep the worst of the Society from Kate while at the same time not hiding thing from her.

I think people will enjoy this book and series, if for nothing else people will kick a kick out of Adam Collier. But seriously, it's a interesting read about the "hellfire" clubs and the threat of sedition in England at the time.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Midnight Secrets (Wildefire #1) by Ella Grace

On a hot southern night, with a storm on the horizon, a family is shattered. Three beautiful daughters—Savannah, Samantha, and Sabrina Wilde—go on with their lives, each significantly changed, as they bear the memory of the murder-suicide that killed their parents. For years, they have stayed away from Midnight, Alabama. Until Midnight calls them home.

Savannah is the first one back, when a grueling case in Nashville leads the young prosecutor to seek shelter in the quiet of the once grand Wilde mansion. But when she finds letters casting doubt on her family’s dark, shameful past, she realizes that peace in Midnight is a shallow fa├žade and sinister secrets lurk beneath the surface. Zach Tanner, once the town’s bad boy, is now the new police chief and still has a wild hold over her. Zach can feel it, too, but he hurt Savannah once. As teenagers, they broke every rule together. Now it’s his job to keep her safe, even though he isn’t sure who her enemies are—or which ones might be his own.

5/5 stars

What a great start to a fantastic new series. It takes place in a small town in Alabama where a murder-suicide took place eighteen years ago. The daughters of that couple all grew up and left town ending up in different cities working in some type of law enforcement capacity.

After a big case in Nashville, Savannah comes back to get the old homestead packed up and sold. While doing that she runs into her first love from her teenage years, Zach, who has himself moved away for awhile and came back to become the chief of police. While dealing with a case Zach and Savannah are once again together and are fighting their feelings for each other. But due to past hurts it isn't a smooth courtship this time around.

I thought Zach and Savannah were perfect for each other and was rooting for their HEA right from the start. The story was full of twist and turns and a few creepy people that had me unable to put the book down (I read it one day). The secondary characters were pretty interesting too. I look forward to reading the stories of Samantha and Sabrina to see what kind of men makes those two women happy. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Against the Edge (Raines of Wind Canyon #8) by Kat Martin

A child he's never met. A danger he's never known.

That he's a father is news former navy SEAL Ben Slocum was not expecting. But once the initial shock wears off for the confirmed bachelor, he takes in the rest of what social worker Claire Chastain tells him: that his son is missing, abducted by a man who wants revenge against Claire and Sam's dead mother. And that Ben is now the child's only hope.

As Ben and Claire band together to track the two down, their concern for Sam draws them closer, each fighting feelings there's no time to explore. Because when their search takes them too close to Sam's abductor and his cohorts, the danger hits home-the son he's desperate to save, the woman he's desperate to love.... Ben's got one chance to take back what's his, and in one gunshot he could lose it all.

5/5 stars

Wow, what a book. This was my first Kat Martin, but after reading this book I've put the rest of this series in my TBR pile. This book started with Ben finding out he had a son and that his son was missing. From there the book didn't slow down at all. I really liked Ben and his determination to save Sam even though he had been kept from him for nine years. Claire was just as determined to save Sam any way she could. And of course together they stopped at nothing. They didn't make to bad a couple either. There was also couples from previous books that made an appearance or two. Even though this was the eighth book in the series I didn't feel lost in any way and don't feel as if you have to read the series in order to know whats going on, but I'm sure it would probably be more enjoyable.