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

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Lady Bridget's Diary by Maya Rodale (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This book is very much a Bridget Jones meets Pride and Prejudice. It really is the best way I can describe it. The storyline is always a good one and I liked the slight changes in the details.

The narrator was new to me and she read well, I would listen to her again.



The Blurb:

In the first novel of Maya Rodale's stunning new series, an American heiress must learn to navigate London society and an infuriatingly irresistible rake . . .

Lord Darcy is the quintessential Englishman: wealthy, titled, impossibly proper, and horrified that a pack of Americans has inherited one of England's most respected dukedoms. But his manners, his infamous self-restraint, and his better judgment fly out the window when he finds himself with the maddening American girl next door.

Lady Bridget Cavendish has grand—but thwarted—plans to become a Perfect Lady and take the haute ton by storm. In her diary, Bridget records her disastrous attempts to assimilate into London high society, her adoration of the handsome rogue next door, her disdain for the Dreadful Lord Darcy, and some truly scandalous secrets that could ruin them all.

It was loathing at first sight for Lady Bridget and Lord Darcy. But their paths keep crossing . . . and somehow involve kissing. When Lady Bridget's diary goes missing, both Darcy and Bridget must decide what matters most of all—a sterling reputation or a perfectly imperfect love.

By Your Side by Kasie West

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Wow!! I totally LOVED this book. It starts off by being trapped in a library!!! It had me hooked from right then!

I have only read one other young adult book, and so I admit, I wasn't sure what to expect...but wow.. it was great! The flirty tension, fun dialogue, and wonderful lead characters just kept me longing to read. I did not want to put the book down! I am very glad my friend recommended this book to me.  Well worth the read!!!


The Blurb:

In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?



Four Weddings and a Sixpence: An Anthology (Audio Edition)

By Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Gurke, and Stefanie Sloane

Narrated by Mary Jane Wells

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This was a wonderful anthology. I loved the idea of the sixpence bringing love to the person who held it, and definitely not always the love you think it to be.

These four authors are fantastic. Each story was well written and they blended together easily. I find sometimes the novellas seem rushed or lacking, but none of these felt that way. They were all full stories with engaging characters.  



The Narration was TOP NOTCH! Mary Jane Wells as always, does a superb job!!


The Blurb:

Beloved authors Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane deliver the stories of four friends from Madame Rochambeaux’s Gentle School for Girls who find an old sixpence in their bedchamber and decide that it will be the lucky coin for each of their weddings… 

“Something Old”
Julia Quinn’s prologue introduces her heroine Beatrice Heywood and the premise for Four Weddings and a Sixpence.

“Something New”
In Stefanie Sloane’s unforgettable story, an ever-vigilant guardian decrees that Anne Brabourne must marry by her twenty-first birthday. But love finds her in the most unexpected of ways.

“Something Borrowed”
Elizabeth Boyle tells the tale of Cordelia Padley, who has invented a betrothed to keep her family from pestering her to wed. Now she’ll need to borrow one to convince them she’s found her true love.

“Something Blue”
In Laura Lee Guhrke’s story, unlucky Lady Elinor Daventry has her sixpence stolen from her and must convince the rake who pilfered the coin to return it in time for her own wedding.

“... and a Sixpence in Her Shoe”
Julia Quinn finishes with the story of Beatrice Heywood, who never believed that the sixpence was anything but a tarnished old coin—until it led all of her friends to true love. But her faith in the coin is tested when it keeps sending her to the wrong man!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Last Night With the Duke by Amelia Grey

Series: The Rakes of St. James #1

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Right from the beginning I fell in love with Ms.Grey’s writing style! Her characters are full, the story is engaging and the dialogue is wonderful.

 Griffin and Esmeralda were fantastic together. From the first moment they are on the page together you could feel the chemistry begin to simmer. I am intrigued by the secondary characters and look forward to their stories.

I am very glad I took a chance and requested this arc from Netgalley and I am super excited to check out this author's back list!



The Blurb:

Could finding love be his greatest scandal of all? 

The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumors are swirling that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind--until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways he could never have expected, she arouses more than just his curiosity.

Esmeralda Swift considered herself too sensible to ever fall for a scoundrel, but that was before she met the irresistibly seductive Duke of Griffin. His employment offer proves too tempting for her to resist. She can’t afford to be distracted by his devilish charms because the stakes are so high for his sisters’ debut Season. . .unless one of London’s most notorious rakes has had a change of heart and is ready to make Esmeralda his bride?