Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review: A Match Made in Texas by Katie Lane

Living with four over-protective brothers is enough to make a good girl go bad. But the day Brianne Cates hits the road for a taste of freedom, she gets more trouble than she bargained for when she's arrested by a sexy sheriff in mirrored shades. Now doing a stint of community service, she's not going to let a cowboy cop like Dusty Hicks mess with her newfound independence-even if he awakens every wicked fantasy she's ever had.

In Bramble, Texas, Dusty is the law. That means no leniency for the gorgeous rebel whose highway antics almost got them both killed. The divorced lawman doesn't need another rich, pampered princess, even if Brianne has the lushest body and sweetest smile in the whole darn state. But even as Brianne proves that she lives to walk on the wild side, Dusty begins to wonder if maybe he has what it takes to tame her....

It's nice to see the people of Bramble, Texas, haven't changed one bit! 

Brianne Cates doesn't know what hit her when she arrives at the Henhouse to escape an Internet scandal of her own making.  Well, she's actually run off the road by an Elvis lookalike; then she flees arrest, so needless to say, she's in just a little bit of trouble. 

Dusty Hicks has no time for those who abuse and misuse the law.  When he pulls Brianne Cates over, he expects to make an arrest.  He just didn't know he would have to chase her to do it -- or that he'd lose his heart to her in the process. 

This series is a lot of fun -- the secondary characters in Bramble continually crack me up -- and I'm interested to see what will happen in the next book of the series. 

(A very special thank you to Forever Romance, Hachette Book Group, and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of A Match Made in Texas.)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Review: The Trouble with Honor by Julia London

Passion and scandal collide in New York Times bestselling author Julia London's brand-new series about four sisters determined to rescue themselves from ruin…

Desperate times call for daring measures as Honor Cabot, the eldest stepdaughter of the wealthy Earl of Beckington, awaits her family's ruin. Upon the earl's death she and her sisters stand to lose the luxury of their grand home—and their place on the pedestal of society—to their stepbrother and his social-climbing fiancée. Forced to act quickly, Honor makes a devil's bargain with the only rogue in London who can seduce her stepbrother's fiancée out of the Cabots' lives for good.

An illegitimate son of a duke, George Easton was born of scandal and grows his fortune through dangerous risks. But now he and Honor are dabbling in a perilous dance of seduction that puts her reputation and his jaded heart on the line. And as unexpected desire threatens to change the rules of their secret game, the stakes may become too high even for a notorious gambler and a determined, free-spirited debutante to handle.

I had Ms. London's historicals on my To Read list several years ago but took them off because I never thought I'd get to them.  When I saw The Trouble With Honor, I decided I'd give this book a chance.  I'm certainly glad I did! 

Honor Cabot, the daughter of a bishop and stepdaughter of an earl, is an opinionated and bright young woman.  Her stepfather is ill, however, and she worries for the health of her mother and what will happen to she and her sisters when their stepbrother becomes the new earl.  She meets George Easton at a poker game and decides that he will be instrumental to helping her keep she and her sisters safe -- and in funds -- when their stepfather dies.

The one thing I could not understand is how Honor can conduct such schemes and sneak out at night and arrive unescorted in the daylight to a man's home and still retain her place in society.  The Trouble With Honor is a great way to spend an afternoon, and I'm looking forward to continuing this series.  And while Honor and George are both delights, how could some gossiping member of the ton not watch Honor like a hawk?  What about Monica's mother, who is clearly a busybody? 

I was able to suspend disbelief of Honor's reputation, so I'm interested to see what will happen to Grace in The Fall of Grace (July 2014).

(A very special thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of The Trouble With Honor.)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

Review: Sapphires are an Earl's Best Friend by Shana Galen

She Wants Him...

She Wants Him Not...

Lily Dawson, dubbed the Countess of Charm by the Prince Regent himself, plays the role of the courtesan flawlessly while her real purpose is spying in the service of the Crown. Her mission now is to seduce a duke to test his true loyalties. She'll do it, even though the man she really wants is Andrew Booth-Payne, Earl of Darlington—the duke's son.

Andrew is furious when he finds himself rivaling his father for Lily's attention. When he uncovers Lily's mission, Andrew is faced with impossible choices. It seems he is destined to betray either his family, his country, or the longings of his own heart...

Sapphires are an Earl's Best Friend is the final book of Jewels of the Ton trilogy.  Lily, the Countess of Charm, is not a courtesan at all -- she's really a spy for the Crown -- and her next mission is to find out whether the Duke of Darlington is a traitor or not.  Unfortunately, the duke's only son, Andrew, is the man she's loved for afar for several years. 

Andrew is surprised by Lily's interest in his father, a recent widower.  He's even more surprised when she admits she's in love with him and that his father could be a traitor to England. 

It is Lily who shines in this book.  She's one step ahead of Andrew and always thinking on her feet.  Though his kisses do at times take her by surprise. 

Sapphires are an Earl's Best Friend is a great conclusion to an enjoyable series full of romance, intrigue, and mystery. 

(A very special thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend.)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Review: Maid of Dishonor by Heidi Rice

When she's very, very bad…

Gina Carrington knows exactly how to have fun! But when she sleeps with her friend's brother, the off-limits Carter, she quickly discovers she's overstepped the mark.

…life is so much more fun!

Years later, Gina sees Carter again to prepare for her friend's wedding, and she can't help but wonder what the harm would be in one more night…. He's available, gorgeous and behind that laid-back Southern charm there's a wild side even she can't tame! But Gina has secrets which she can't hide forever—will their chemistry be strong enough to keep Carter by her side when her secrets come to light?

Maid of Dishonor is the third novel of The Wedding Season series.  The series follows four college roommates as they reunite for a wedding.  Maid of Dishonor brings Gina Carrington and Carter Price back together.  Gina and Carter had a one-night stand when Carter visited his sister -- and Gina's roommate -- Marnie.  That Carter was engaged to Marnie's best friend at the time helped to create a rift between Gina and Marnie that has never properly healed.   

After hearing that Carter is now divorced, Gina decides to visit him to apologize for her behavior.  Carter and his fiancee had a chastity pact, and by having sex with Gina, Carter broke it.  Carter, however, believes his night with Gina was the best thing to ever happen to him.  He held onto it during and after his marriage and believes they should give their attraction a go.  

Maid of Dishonor furthers the on-going arc of the series and brings up what will probably be a subplot for the fourth and final book, Last Groom Standing.   

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Review: Shoreline Drive by Lily Everett

Dr. Ben Faulkner is a veterinarian on warm, welcoming Sanctuary Island, a refuge for wild horses. Though he’s dedicated his life to healing animals and rescuing the ones no one wants, Ben is nursing deep wounds of his own. After tragedy tore his family apart, he gave up his dreams of finding happiness long ago…until Merry Preston arrives on the island. Vivacious, friendly, and instantly loveable, Merry is everything Ben is not. She’s also nine months pregnant and attempting to carve out a new life for herself and her unborn child.


Though Ben tries to keep his distance, when a raging storm cuts them off from the mainland, he’s forced to help bring her new baby into the world.  It’s a harrowing experience that leaves him with one great certainty: I want these two to be my family. Seeing his opportunity, he makes a dramatic proposal to the young mother: a marriage of convenience. If Merry marries him, he’ll draw up a contract naming her son as his heir and promising to provide for them both. But as they’ll learn, love is more than a business proposition…and it’ll take all the magic hidden in Sanctuary Island to turn Ben’s proposal into something real and lasting.

Merry Preston is kind of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your pants person, which is why she's very pregnant and hoping to reconnect with her mother.  She's convinced her older sister Ella that tracking their mother down is a great thing to do.  The women came to Sanctuary Island in the previous book by Ms. Everett, and Shoreline Drive lives up to the expectations set therein. 

Ben is Merry's polar opposite, so of course their chemistry is off the charts.  And Ben is concerning with Merry and Alex -- he helped her deliver her son, who is named after Ben -- but he's surprised by just how much he wants to be in their lives.  He proposes a marriage of convenience, which Merry accepts.  

Given that this is a romance novel, both Merry and Ben are going to figure out they're marriage is not just for convenience naturally.  Despite some interference by Ben's parents, things work out for Merry and Ben -- and then the book just ends.  I was most disappointed by that!  I wasn't ready for it to end just yet.  Since there is a third book in the works (Heartbreak Cove, March 2015), I'm sure we'll be treated to more glimpses of Merry, Ben, and Alex. 

(A very special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Shoreline Drive.)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

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