Wednesday, 28 September 2011

WOYWW - nothing exciting to see here

**  Dangers of having two blogs, just posted this on the wrong one, will copy over to the correct one.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

#165 (#101) - Sinful in Satin ~ Madeline Hunter

Book 3 - Rarest Blooms Series

Celia Pennifold daughter of famous Courtestan Alessandra Northrope and Jonathan Albrighton a friend of Alessandra.  He's illigitmate too and a Government spy.

A 4 Star read.

#164 (#100) - A Lady of Expectations ~ Stephanie Laurens

ISBN:  978-0-7783-0228-5

It pains me to say this, as usually it just has to have her name on the book to entice me to read it, but this book was dull, dull, dull and only rated a 2 stars ... sorry!  Got to rate like I see it.

It probably is a required need in the story of the Lester's (I believe that this is book 2 .... I haven't read book 1 yet, but am assured that it's much better) - so read this but with the warning that it rally is a bit dull and you might be bored.

Jack Lester has acquired a vast fortune, and now needs to acquire a wife ... and only a golden headed one will do apparently .... so he whilst nobody is aware of his fortune he has stalked the ton's entertainment, but come up short.

The re-group and re-assess he goes hunting and finds just what he wants at a local ball .... Sophie Winterton.  She's poor and needs a rich husband, and whilst she also feels the strong attraction is convinced that they can only be friends as apparently poor Jack must find a rich wife!


Monday, 19 September 2011

#163 (#99) - Sealed Secrets ~ Jessica Blair *NEW AUTHOR

ISBN:  978-0-7499-3986-1

I didn't hold up much hope for this new book, but it was surprisingly nice to read once I settled down to a new author's way of writing.  Probably it was worth a 3.5 star rating, and I would definitely read more she has to offer.

Two concurrent stories running that merge nicely at the end.

The first is that of Besty Palmer and her relationship with mine employee Jim Fenwick.

The second is that of Robert Addison and his internal fight with himself when he finds out something about his father that he assumes would be scandalous if it got out.  The only way open to him is to leave his blossoming love for a family friend, Adele Jordan, along with his life and try to disappear.


#162 (#98) - Strand of Dreams ~ Audrey Howard

Molly O'Dowd's happy childhood is left behind after the Great War with the dead of her father and brothers.  She's therefore foreced to make her own way in the world.

She is always drawn to a special place a great house called known as Meddins, and this is where she meets the owner of the factory she works in, Tim Broadbent.

He's inherited the mill after his older brothers were killed in the war, and the shock killed his father, but is not untouched himself, as he has terrible panic attacks when faced with loud noises or intense pressure.

He's captivated by Molly, and she has been half in love with him since she saw him where she was a small girl.  Unusually, Tim offers to marry her and she is catapulted into a new and luxrious life ... and it seems very one of her dreams has come true.

The is only one fly in the ointment though, she met Tim's cousin for the first time at the alter when she married, and felt an overwhelming desire for him.

Joss Greenwood felt that desire too, and it's not long before they cannot hide their true feelings.

What will become of Tim, or the love that Molly and Joss have?

A 3.5 star read, not her best work but enjoyable nonetheless.


#161 (#97) - Provocative in Pearls ~ Madeline Huter

ISBN:  978-1-4084-9292-4

When the Earl of Hawkeswell's bride fled the Wedding Reception, he was left in a very difficult position.  He had agreed to the marriage of convenience for cold hard cash to put his beleaguered estate back in the black.  Now his wife had disappeared, but he couldn't get his hands on her money, nor could he believe that he would have to wait 7 years for her to be declared dead, after her veil was found in the river on the wedding night.  He was having the devil's own job getting an inquest before then, and running out of money fast.

So he decided to take up his friend, Lord Summerhays, up on an offer for a few days away in the countryside to take some time to relax and try to forget this misfortune.

Little did he know that he would find his errant bride hiding out at the Rarest Blooms, masquerading as Lady Audrianna Summerhays's friend, Lizzie.

He takes charge of his wife, but grants her a stay of execution as it where of not consummating the marriage until after the trip to the country on the proviso that she grants him three kisses a day.

Poor Verity's freedom is now curtailed, but will she fight her return to a loveless marriage, or offer the Earl a way out that will give him the funds he needs, and will see manage to find the man she loves?

A 4.5 star read, with an exciting chance to find out more about the Rarest Blooms, and speculate about the future books in the series.  Highly recommended - I've just downloaded the other books on the Kindle as I can't wait to see what happens.


When Miss Verity Thompson

Saturday, 17 September 2011

#160 (#96) Ravishing in Red ~ Madeline Hunter *NEW AUTHOR

ISBN:  978-1-4104-2771-7

Audrianna Kelmsleigh is desparate to clear her dead father's name, and so she risks all to travel to Brighton to meet the mysterious "Domino".  Lord Sebastian Summerhays also travels to the inn to meet the Domino, but he has a different agenda because he is heading up the investigation into the bad gunpowder supplies that Mr Kelmsleigh was suspected to have supplied.

Audrianna finds herself alone and in the dark with Lord Sebastian, a shot is fired and it sets the seal on their fate.....she is ruined and he offers her a way out, but will she take it, and why would he find her so Ravishing in Red?

Find out if her father is cleared, and if fates have conspired to give them the best outcome in a forced marriage in this 5 star read.  Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed this new author, and can't wait to read the rest of the tales in the Rarest Blooms series, and get my hands on anything else she's written.


#159 ~ Duchess by Night

Duchess By Night (Desperate Duchesses, #3)Duchess By Night by Eloisa James

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Desperate Duchess Series #Book3

Another in the Duchess series, this time about Harriet, Duchess of Berrow. Her husband, Benjamin had committed suicide after a chess game with the Duke of Villiers and she'd spent a long time in mourning.

At a party given by Jemma, Duchess of Beaumont she decides to be the forlorn widow no longer and persuades the Duke of Villiers to take her to a house party with Isidore, Duchess of Cosway. Only to avoid scandal is going disguised as a young male relative of Villiers (Harry Cope).. What could go wrong?

Lord Strange is well used to unusual happenings at his house parties, but he is used to not questioning his own sexual appetites, therefore when he starts to find the young Harry Cope more than attractive he begins to worry - especially as he has promised the Duke of Villiers to help make a man of young Harry, and therefore has to spend a lot of time with him.

Will his identify be found out?

A 4.5 star read all the way. I really loved it, and the doubt cast in Lord Strange's own mind was really well written and a different angle.

Product Details:

I borrowed a copy from the Library, but if you fancy giving this one a try, you can get a copy of it HERE.