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Archive for November, 2012

A brand new review of Anna Campbell’s latest book Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed (Sons of Sin #1)

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The Christmas themed romances I’m looking forward to reading during December.

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My auto-buy books to be published in December

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A recipe for Bara Brith – a delicious Welsh cake, inexpensive and simple to make

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Reviews of Passions of a Wicked Earl (London’s Greatest Lovers #1) and Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman (London’s Greatest Lovers #2) by Lorraine Heath

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A Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove, #2)

SPINDLE COVE (#2)

When a devilish lord and a bluestocking set off on the road to ruin…Time is not on their side.

Minerva Highwood, one of Spindle Cove’s confirmed spinsters, needs to be in Scotland. Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, a rake of the first order, needs to be…anywhere but Spindle Cove.

These unlikely partners have one week to…

~fake an elopement
~convince family and friends they’re in “love”
~outrun armed robbers
~survive their worst nightmares
~travel four hundred miles without killing each other

All while sharing a very small carriage by day and an even smaller bed by night.
What they don’t have time for is their growing attraction. Much less wild passion. And heaven forbid they spend precious hours baring their hearts and souls.
Suddenly one week seems like exactly enough time to find a world of trouble. And maybe . . . just maybe . . . love.

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There are so many wonderful reviews of this book, there’s little more I can say, other than…

This book is all sorts of amazing!!  AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ!!!!

Thank you Tessa Dare for writing such a truly wonderful book and creating such an unforgettable couple in Colin and Minerva! You made me laugh! You made me cry!  You made me blush! You made me sigh!

RATING : A STELLAR ★★★★★

[Read March 2012]

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“We’ve done it at last! All of my out-of-print full-length books are now available in Kindle and Nook —and are or will soon be released in other digital formats.” – Loretta Chase

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“This site is dedicated to giving you a closer look into the books, the inspiration, and the wonderful characters who comprise the world of The Devil DeVere.” – Victoria Vane

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FAIRY TALES #2

Official Blurb

Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a Beauty . . . Naturally, she’s betrothed to a Beast.

Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives in a castle in Wales where, it is rumored, his bad temper flays everyone he crosses. And rumor also has it that a wound has left the earl immune to the charms of any woman.

Linnet is not just any woman.

She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees. She estimates the earl will fall madly in love—in just two weeks.

Yet Linnet has no idea of the danger posed to her own heart by a man who may never love her in return.

If she decides to be very wicked indeed . . . what price will she pay for taming his wild heart?

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I loved this book and it more than made up for my disappointment with A Kiss at Midnight! Ms James manages to put a refreshingly different spin on a much loved fairy tale.

Meet the Beast

Crippled Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, is a brilliant doctor but he is bad-tempered, sarcastic and to say his bedside manner leaves much to be desired is definitely an understatement. Now, unless you’ve been living in Outer Mongolia for several years, I’m sure you’ll already know that Ms James based Piers on the cantankerous Dr Gregory House. Well, here in the UK, we have a TV series called Doc Martin and I can assure you that Dr Martin Ellingham could give Dr House a run for his money any day!

“Why must I say things I don’t mean, be someone I’m not and mouth imbecilities?”

Although spoken by Doc Martin, I could just imagine Piers saying these same words. They seem to fit him perfectly.

Meet Beauty

Miss Linnet Thynne has more going for her than just beauty. She’s intelligent, strong-willed and witty and is more than a match for Piers even at his most bad-tempered.

The pacing of their romance was just perfect and they have great chemistry. I really love their amusing verbal exchanges and the sensuous ‘swimming lessons’ in the rock pool. What a teasing minx Linnet is in the guardroom love scene and the unusual conversation is certainly different, lending the scene a slightly erotic feel. I like how Ms James turns the traditional fairy tale on its head in the final chapters.

The secondary characters add depth to the story and my favourite has to be Prufrock (love the name), Piers’s butler. Their conversations are hilarious.

”Your father has written,“ Prufrock told him. “I took the liberty of putting the letter on your desk.”

“Took the liberty of steaming it open, more like,” Piers said. “What does he have to say?”

“He expresses some interest in your marital future,” Prufrock said cheerfully. “It seems the last missive you sent him, the one listing all your demands for a spouse, did not dissuade him. Rather surprising, I must say.”

“The one that called him an idiot?” “Did you read that one too, you pestilent polecat?”

“You’re quite poetical today,” Prufrock observed. “All that alliteration in the service of mopsies and mollishers, and now for your lowly butler. I’m honoured, I assure you.”

Living in Wales, I loved the unusual setting for the story and this is how I imagined Piers’s Welsh castle :


Harlech Castle

VERDICT : A PURE DELIGHT FROM BEGINNING TO END, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

RATING: ★★★★★

[Read May 2012]

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FAIRY TALES #1

Official Blurb

Miss Kate Daltry doesn’t believe in fairy tales . . . or happily ever after.

Forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, Kate meets a prince . . . and decides he’s anything but charming. A clash of wits and wills ensues, but they both know their irresistible attraction will lead nowhere. For Gabriel is promised to another woman—a princess whose hand in marriage will fulfill his ruthless ambitions.

Gabriel likes his fiancée, which is a welcome turn of events, but he doesn’t love her. Obviously, he should be wooing his bride-to-be, not the witty, impoverished beauty who refuses to fawn over him.

Godmothers and glass slippers notwithstanding, this is one fairy tale in which destiny conspires to destroy any chance that Kate and Gabriel might have a happily ever after.

Unless a prince throws away everything that makes him noble . . .

Unless a dowry of an unruly heart trumps a fortune . . .

Unless one kiss at the stroke of midnight changes everything…

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After reading all the great reviews about this book, I was really looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately, I have to count myself amongst the small number of readers who found it disappointing.

I did enjoy the zany humour, the wonderful array of quirky secondary characters (particularly Kate’s ‘fairy’ godmother, Henry, with her deliciously wicked tongue), the royal menagerie and even the yapping rats. My problem was that I couldn’t seem to warm towards Gabriel and so the romance just didn’t work for me. Like some other readers, for me the love scene in the turret bedroom just seemed distasteful and it was more about like mutual lust than mutual love. Even Gabriel’s groveling came far too late to placate me.

Berwick, Gabriel’s half-brother, was the one who won my heart and I can’t wait to read his story in Storming the Castle.

Coco, Caesar and ‘Freddie’ – the three small, yapping, silky Malteses (aka the ‘rats’)

Overall, I was really disappointed with the first book in Eloisa James’s new series but I definitely want to read When Beauty Tamed the Beast.

RATING : ★★★½

[Read May 2012]

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Her Christmas Pleasure (The Merry Widows #2)

THE MERRY WIDOWS #2

Official Blurb

Damien Morton is madly in love. Unfortunately, it’s with his best friend’s widow, Lady Danver. Damien is not worthy of Celia. Or so he thinks. Desperate to escape his feelings for her, he plans to leave the country at the first of the year. Celia treats him as a family friend and nothing more–until they share a heated kiss beneath the mistletoe…

Celia is shocked by the passions that surge within her at her dear friend’s kiss. One touch and one taste aren’t enough to satisfy her cravings, and she is startled into action. Damien has stirred something inside her that she never expected to experience again, and she must have more. Full of shameless desire and emotions newly discovered, she decides to pursue Damien and won’t be deterred. Will she be able to convince him to stay–both in her heart and life–forever?

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…it had been the simplest and most devastating kiss of her life.

Charming, heart-warming, deliciously sensual, this friends-to-lovers novella is just perfect for bringing a little early Christmas cheer!

What I enjoyed…

Celia and Damien are such endearing characters and, even within the constraints of such a short story, Ms Erickson succeeded in giving them real emotional depth and made me care about them.

I really liked Damien from the start. He won me over with his intelligence, his charm, his sense of honour and his loyalty. Not to mention his sexiness! His overwhelming love for Celia which seemed so hopeless only made him more endearing.

I enjoyed watching Celia coming to terms with her changing feelings for Damien and cheered her for throwing caution to the winds in her bold pursuit of him. She’s also a kind, caring and protective mother.

How refreshing not to have danger or some long hidden secrets threatening the happiness of the hero and heroine; simply an engaging story of two people in love. Not that there isn’t conflict with Damien’s belief that he’s not good enough for Celia and Celia’s obvious concerns about what her in-laws might think about her re-marrying. I thought Ms Erickson resolved both issues in a believable way.

There were some blistering hot love scenes but Ms Erickson always excels in creating a wonderful blending of eroticism, emotional intensity and intimacy.

The secondary characters added appeal to the story.  Celia’s five year old son, Theo, was a perfect little matchmaker and how nice to have understanding in-laws! Celia’s father-in-law, the Earl of Urswick  is supportive of Celia and Damien’s relationship and even his wife comes round in the end.

HER CHRISTMAS PLEASURE is a delightful and deliciously sensual short story and so grab a sherry and a mince pie, put your feet for a few hours and enjoy!

RATING: ★★★★½

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