Displaying items by tag: historical
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.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:24
“Wicked in Your Arms” by Sophie Jordan (historical, Avon, August 2011, $7.99, $7.99): “Wicked in Your Arms” is the first book in Sophie Jordan's new series*, The Forgotten Princesses. The story pits the illegitimate, but heavily dowered, Grier Hadley against the marriage-minded and battle-weary Prince Sevastian Maksimi. Their battle begins when Grier, hiding behind a fern at a London ball, overhears the prince making disparaging comments about her. In retaliation, she throws her drink at him. Thus begins their rocky road to true love.
Sev has just helped end a bloody ware that took a massive toll on the royal family of Maldania. With the country secure, his grandfather, the king, sends Sev on his next mission – to find a wealthy bride to secure the royal succession and bring in much needed capital. While Grier’s money does make her a possibility, her low birth and common manners make her unsuitable to become the next queen of Maldania.
Saturday, 09 July 2011 16:12
“In the Heat of the Bite” by Lydia Dare (historical, paranormal, Sourcebooks, July 2011, $7.99, 384pp)
Lydia Dare continues her series following a coven of Scottish witches who mix with London’s elite Lycans and vampyres with “In the Heat of the Bite.” Rhiannon Sinclair, a witch whose powers allow her to control the weather, hightails it to London after her aunt, Miss Cooper, takes Rhiannon’s sister Ginessa there for the season. Rhiannon refuses to abandon Ginessa to the less than tender mercies of Mrs. Cooper, who is quite the nasty character. In the middle of one of her self-induced storms, Rhiannon meets Matthew Halkett, the Earl of Blodswell, after he attempts to rescue her from the storm.
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 18:17
“Kathryn, the Kitten” by Lavinia Kent (historical novella, Avon Impulse, July 2011, $1.99, 144pp, ebook): Lavinia Kent’s new series, the Real Duchesses of London, kicks off with the release of the novella, “Kathryn, the Kitten,” a story about a young duchess who is determined to rekindle her passionless marriage. After a devastating miscarriage, Kathryn and her husband Robert drifted apart, each of them withdrawing into themselves afraid of dealing with their loss. Kathryn consults her friends Linnette looking for advice about seducing her husband.
Kathryn isn’t able to use Linnette’s advice because she learns that Linnette and Robert had once been lovers (before Kathryn and Robert’s marriage). But the two do eventually talk to each other, deal with the loss of their baby, and straighten out their misunderstandings. I loved their reunion. It was rather steamy, but incredibly romantic and tender – very fulfilling.
Sunday, 03 July 2011 19:59
“The Angel in My Arms” by Stefanie Sloane (historical, Ballantine, July 2011, $7.99, 304pp)
One of my favorite things about reading is finding new authors – especially those writing Regencies which is my favorite time period. I was in heaven when I read Stefanie Sloane’s debut book, “The Devil in Disguise,” and was really curious to read her sophomore release “The Angel in My Arms.” Would I enjoy it as much? Would it live up to the expectations set in the first? Would Stefanie Sloane become one of my “must-buy” authors? Fortunately, it didn’t take more than a few pages for me to realize that Stefanie Sloane was not a one hit wonder.