Displaying items by tag: historical
Thursday, 25 August 2011 17:50
“In Bed with the Highlander” by Maya Banks (historical, Ballantine, September 2011, $7.99, 368pp)
I was only a couple of pages into “In Bed with the Highlander” before I knew that I was reading a book that was destined to become one of my all-time favorites. The strange part is that my ARC of it had been sitting around for a while, and I wasn’t sure about whether or not I would read it. Maya Banks has been one of my favorite authors for years, but that opinion was based upon her contemporaries, erotic contemporaries and romantic suspense stories. I was unsure about her switch to historical romance. When a copy of the second book in the trilogy arrived on my doorstop, I went and found my copy of “In Bed with a Highlander” figuring that I needed to give Banks the benefit of the doubt.
Thursday, 11 August 2011 19:24
“The Many Sins of Lord Cameron” by Jennifer Ashley (historical, Berkley, August 2011, $7.99, 320pp)
Jennifer Ashley continues her Mackenzie brothers’ series with “The Many Sins of Lord Cameron,” the third installment. The story features the crafty Ainsley Douglas, who is at the beck and call of the queen often being called upon to solve difficult problems for the royal, and Cameron Mackenzie, a hardened and bitter rake extraordinaire. We first meet Ainsley when she searches Cameron’s bedroom for an incriminating letter the queen once wrote to a lover, which was stolen by Mrs. Phyllida Chase. Ainsley happened to see Mrs. Chase slip the letter into Cam’s pocket for safekeeping. But Ainsley’s search is interrupted by Cameon, and the sly Mrs. Chase, when the amorous couple seeks Cam’s bedchamber for some privacy.
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 19:50
“Romancing Lady Cecily” by Ashley March (historical, Signet eSpecial, August 2011, $2.99, 15,000 words): Lady Cecily Bishop is just your average London debutante, enjoying her season until her arranged marriage takes place - to a man whose identity is kept secret from her. Her betrothed invested in her father’s business venture in order to gain Cecily as his wife, but demanded she not be told his name. While the unknown man has been pushing back the wedding for the past two years, another man, Baron Sedgwick used that time to seduce our heroine. Ok, so maybe Cecily isn’t really a typical debutante.
Monday, 08 August 2011 20:15
“The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie” by Jennifer Ashley (historical, Berkley, August 2011 (reprint), $7.99, 336pp)
Lord Ian Mackenzie was born different – and no one really understood him. As a child, he had uncontrollable rages, problems with language, and he tended to get distracted easily. When Ian witnessed his father kill his mother, he was immediately confined to an asylum where he was subjected to unspeakable tortures that were disguised as treatments. Fortunately, his older brother was able to free Ian when their father died. Yet, the stigma of madness remained.
Sunday, 07 August 2011 19:45
“Confessions of an Improper Bride” by Jennifer Haymore (historical, Grand Central, August 2011, $7.99, 384pp): Ruined, devastated by the loss of her identical twin sister and facing poverty, Serena Donovan agrees to travel from her home in the West Indies to London posing as her deceased sister Meg and marry the man that Meg loved. But London, the place of her ruination, is the home of Jonathan Dane, now Earl of Stratford, the man who repudiated Serena after being caught in a compromising position with her at a London ball.
A younger Jonathan Dane caved to pressure from his older brother and father regarding the lower-born Serena. However, when told of Serena’s death (Serena’s mother told everyone that it was her ruined daughter who died rather than Meg), Jonathan was devastated and turned to a life of dissipation. When he unexpectedly inherited the title, he swore never to marry and tried to gamble the family's fortune away. But the man Meg loved, Captain Langley, helped pull Jonathan back to the land of the living.
Sunday, 07 August 2011 14:56
“Linnette, the Lioness” by Lavinia Kent (historical novella, Avon Impulse, July 2011, $1.99, 144pp, ebook)
In the second installment of Lavinia Kent’s The Real Duchesses of London series, Linnette, the Dowager Duchesses of Devonshire, finds herself the focus of several political cartoons. In the cartoons, Linnette is portrayed as pregnant, and the author speculates about the identity of the father. While Linnette is not pregnant, she is currently having an affair with the man that the second cartoon suggests is the father, James, the new Duke of Doveshire. Linnette suspects her friend Elizabeth, the only person who knows about the clandestine affair, is behind the cartoon campaign.
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 08:21
“The Bride Wore Scarlet” by Liz Carlyle (historical, Avon, August 2011, $7.99, 384pp): The second book in Liz Carlyle’s St. James Society series tells the tale of two extraordinary people who are determined to rescue and protect a gifted young girl. Geoffrey, Lord Bessett is a member of the St. James Society, a fraternal and secret organization dedicated to protecting those who have The Gift, mysterious and paranormal talents that manifest themselves in a variety of ways. Anais de Rohan is a woman who has been trained for most of her life to take her place in this society, even if it only admits men historically. Rather than immediately admit Anais into the group, Geoff asks her to play the role of his wife on his upcoming mission on behalf of the society.
Anais is determined to become a member and eagerly agrees to accompany Geoff to Belgium. She does make it clear that she is not a woman to be coddled and expects to be a full partner in the mission. Geoff is a bit skeptical. He believes Anais to be capable, but can’t get past his attraction for the exotic woman who will be posing as his wife.
Monday, 25 July 2011 09:03
“The Bed and the Bachelor” by Tracy Anne Warren (historical, Avon, August 2011, $7.99, 368pp): “The Bed and the Bachelor” is the fifth book in Tracy Anne Warren’s series, the Byrons of Braebourne and is the story of Lord Drake Byron. Drake is academically minded and has a tendency to scare off his household staff with outrageous scientific experiments. He also does work with ciphers for the War Office. Because the French can’t crack his codes, they blackmail Sebastianne Dumont into becoming Drake’s housekeeper to steal the cipher.
Sebastianne becomes Mrs. Anne Greenway, a 29-year old widow in desperate need of a job. Drake is immediately attracted to the young woman and knows that he should not give her the job. But, of course, he does. She uses her position in the house to locate the code and eventually steal it, but not before falling in love with Drake. Unfortunately, she sees no alternative to stealing the code because the French have threatened her ailing father and two younger brothers.
Saturday, 23 July 2011 12:28
“The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton” by Miranda Neville (historical, Avon, August 2011, $7.99, 384pp)
The third book in Miranda Neville's Burgundy Club series, “The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton” is a fun-filled romance with quirky characters, a wacky suspense plot about a missing jewel and lots of adventure. It begins with the kidnapping of our heroine, Celia Seaton. Celia is a spunky woman who manages to free herself, but then finds Tarquin Compton, the reigning dandy of the ton and man responsible for her social ruin, hurt and lying helpless on the floor. Despite her active dislike of Tarquin, Celia stops to help him.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 18:36
“The Sinner Who Seduced Me” by Stefanie Sloane (historical, July 2011, Ballantine, $7.99, 280 pp): At the end of the second book in Stefanie Sloane’s Regency Rogues’ series, “The Angel in My Arms,” James Marlowe, one of the Young Corinthians was hurt, believed to be a traitor and deeply undercover in a Napoleonic organization known as Les Moines. I was a bit stunned by James’ situation and the setup of the third book. I felt quite bad for James, but was also hesitant about reading his story. But read it, I did.
James, in his undercover role in Les Moines, journeys to France to help force a painter to return to London to paint a portrait of a young Canadian debutante. But what does he find in the painter’s studio? Lady Clarissa Collins, the love of his life. Clarissa and James ended their relationship several years previously when Clarissa’s father was accused of infidelity. Clarissa had wanted James to condemn her father, but he had refused. Shortly thereafter, Clarissa and her mother had fled to Paris where Clarissa eventually studied painting.