Saturday, June 24, 2017

Review of The Day of the Duchess by Sarah Maclean

Book three in the Scandal & Scoundrel Series is a an amazing journey of two people who experienced what few in the world do, a love for the ages.  This is a heart wrenching story of a love that is tested by sorrow, loss and separation.  Seraphina Bevingstoke, Duchess of Haven arrives home in England from self exile to demand a divorce from her husband, Malcolm Marcus Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven. Years earlier they were caught in a compromising position and were forced to marry. 

Sera has made a place for herself and all she wants is to forget the heartache, pain and sorrow that resulted from her marriage.  They are both hiding their feelings and the confusion and pain that they both feel hides the love that has always been present.   Sera also had a miscarriage and is told that she will never be able to have children and she knows that Malcolm needs a heir.  She is convinced that a divorce is the best option for both of them.

Can Malcolm convince Sera that he loves her and only wants to make her happy. He does not want a divorce.  This story has two strong characters whose suffering, pain, loss and newfound understanding of love and trust will make you cry.  I am not ashamed to admit that I cried tears of sadness and happiness.  This is truly a love story that is epic in the telling as only Sarah can do.  I knew when I read "Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake" that she was going to be one of my keeper authors.  I have read everything she has written since and have loved everyone of her books.  I recommend this book highly.  A perfect love story.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review of Three Weeks With A Princess by Vanessa Kelly

Vanessa has done it again!!  A love story between two people of two different worlds.  Lia Kincaid lives at Bluebell Cottage with her Grandmother and has the run of the estate Stonefell where she grew up.  Lia knows that she is a walking scandal.  She is one of the illegitimate offspring of a Royal Prince. Her mother and grandmother have been mistresses to powerful and wealthy men.  She has no intention of following them into that profession.  Then her grandmother's protector died and did not provide for them.  Now she has to find a way to provide for them both. 

Jack Easton's uncle has passed away and he must go to Stonefell to take over management of the estate and title of Marquess of Lendale.  The estate is nearly bankrupt from his Uncle's excesses and disregard for the condition of the people who depend on the estate for their livelihood.  As always when he visits the estate he always stops at Bluebell Cottage to see Lia and her grandmother.  Lia and Jack have been friends for ages.  Jack has to tell Lia and her grandmother that even though his uncle did not name them in his will, they will always have Bluebell Cottage and his financial support.

Lia knows that Jack cannot afford to support them.  She has decided to go to London and become an actor like her mother.  Jack follows her to London and mayhem commences.  

There are so many reasons why I love Vanessa's books.  Her writing is intelligent and insightful and witty.  Both Lia and Jack are complex, engaging characters that you will love.  This book is has the right mix of action, heart stopping danger and a journey that will take Lia and Jack to a HEA. While reading this book I could not see how Vanessa was going to resolve the problems of Jack's and Lia's class difference because it seemed impossible, there were too many obstacles to overcome, but she does it with a ingenious ending that will satisfy and delight. Vanessa is one of my go to authors when I want to read a well written love story, and all of her books are keepers that I will read over and over again.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review of Seducing Mr Sykes by Maggie Robinson

The second book in the "Cotswold Confidential Series is just as enjoyable as the first one.  What I really enjoy about Maggie's books is the humor and the lengths that the characters take to avoid each other when it is plain as day that they are made for each other.  The old adage "Opposites Attract" is the main trope to this series.

Sadie is sent to Puddling by her father to punish her and make her capitulate to his plans for her to marry.  Sadie wants nothing do do with the men of the Ton and the longer she can avoid, in her mind, a fate worse than death, maybe her father will give up and leave her alone.  Her plan is to stay in Puddling as long as she can get away with it.  Unfortunately she doesn't count on Tristan, our Hero who is a member of the Puddling Board that evaluates it's visitors and decides when they are rehabilitated and can leave to resume their normal lives.  From the beginning Tristan knows that Sadie is nothing but trouble, but he simply cannot resist her.

The only thing they do not count on is the fierce attraction that develops between them.  This is a story full of hi jinks, witty dialogue and moments of hilarity.  Maggie knows how to write a beautiful love story.  Her characters are amazingly complex and the plot is intricate and flows at a great pace.  This is a truly original story.  Maggie writing is smart and sexy.  I cannot wait to read the next one in the Series.