Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review of Earls Just Want To Have Fun by Shana Galen

A great start to Shana's Covent Garden Cubs Series. I loved the way this book started with little Lady Elizabeth and what she thinks about, a unique insight into a five year old girl.  She is walking in the park with her nanny who becomes distracted and Lady Elizabeth is abuducted and never seen again.

Enter Marlowe, a 20 year old thief, pickpocket and a member of the Covent Garden Cubs run by a nasty villian by the name of Satin.  She is tough, cunning, and ruthless in protecting herself and the other cubs from Satin.  This is the only life she has ever known.  Then suddenly she is snatched off the street and taken to a mansion in Mayfair by two men and told that she is the Lady Elizabeth who disappeared 15 years ago.  She fights them but to no avail.  She is a prisoner until she can find a way to escape.

Sir Brook is an investigator who finds missing people and returns them to their family.  This night he borrows his brother's coach and his brother Dane decides to come along and see what his brother does.  Dane is an Earl who takes his responsibilities seriously and attends Parliament and helps defeat any bills to help the poor.  He thinks they are all criminals that are too lazy to work so they steal.

Then he meets Marlowe, who his brother thinks is Lady Elizabeth, and the sparks fly.  The way the author depicts the stark differences in the way that Marlowe has had to live and the way Dane has really shows how severly the classes were divided and isolated in Regency England. As Dane realizes how Marlowe has had to survive he realizes that he was wrong.  

I do not do spoilers in my reviews so you will have to read the book to find out whatp happens next. You will not be disappointed.  This book has everything you could ever want in an Historical Romance novel.  Shana Galen writes wonderful stores with heart wrenching emotion, action, laughter and best of all a memorable love story. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review of The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy

Another Smythe-Smith Musical disaster is in the making.  Iris Smythe-Smith is playing the celllo while her sister Daisy is sawing away at the violin and the guests all look like they would rather be anywhere else, except for one gentlemen who has been staring at Iris thru the whole concert.  As soon as the concert is over Iris tries to escape as quickly as possible, but she gets trapped into being introduced to him. Sir Richard Kenworthy is looking for a wife and he has to find one quickly.  He calls on Iris and appears to be courting her.  She knows she is not beautiful or popular and wonders why, she suspects something is not right with him but doesn't know why.  Sir Richard knows Iris is intelligent and he has to get her to marry him quickly but cannot tell her why.  He compromises her and they have to marry.  On their trip to his home in Yorkshire he does not exercise his martial rights which confuses and hurts Iris. After arriving at her new home and Richard still hasn't made love to her she doesn't know why.  Richard has a secret and he plans on using Iris to make sure nobody ever finds out about but of course his plans go awry when he realizes that he loves Iris.  Julia Quinn is an amazing writer who makes you laugh, keeps you in suspense and always make you glad that you read her books.  Her characters are strong, intelligent and sometimes can be annoyingly stubborn, but you will still fall in love with them.  The plot moves at a great pace and before you know it you have read an awesome romance that is a keeper to read again and again.  Julia is one of my favorite authors and I always wait impatiently for her next one.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Review of The Millionaire Rogue by Jessica Peterson

I have always been fascinated with the Hope Diamond since I saw it at the Smithsonian in D.C.

This book is a mixture of fact and fiction about the legendary diamond and the people who owned it, stole it, or wanted it.  Jessica Peterson writes a compelling, complex, intriguing fast paced plot that will have you turning pages far into the night.  I could not put this book down.  Thomas has earned a reputation as a hard working businessman who is honest and trustworthy.  A friend form his past appears and asks him for help to acquire the famous French Blue Diamond.  Thomas is reluctant to get involved but he agrees to buy the diamond discreetly and hand it over to his friend to help England in their fight against Napoleon.

Sophia Blaise is a young lady looking for husband in her first season.  She has to marry someone of her social status who has a lot of money to help her family.  She also has a secret hobby.  She writes memoirs for famous Courtesans.  She is visiting La Reinette, a madame at her brothel when Thomas charges through the door and demands to be hidden from villains that are chasing him.  He recognizes Sophia and insists that she hide too.  La Reinette hides them in a small space behind a bookcase where they barely have to breath.  The attraction is instant and mutual.

They both know that nothing can come of it, but they cannot seem to stay away from each other. Sophia is ripe for adventure and when the diamond is stolen from Thomas she insists on helping him find it.  Sophia and Thomas embark on a dangerous adventure that could ruin them both.  There are so many surprises and mysteries in this story and I loved every minute of it.  This is the first book I have read by Jessica, but it won't be the last.  She writes beautiful love scenes and hair raising adventures. I would recommend this book to anyone is likes mystery, intrigue and heart wrenching love; this is the book for you.