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TWICE THE TEMPTATION BY BEVERLEY KENDALL

Source: iBook won on Ms Kendall’s Release Party

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(The Temptresses #1)

Genre : Historical Romance (Victorian)

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Gentlemen of the ton…prepare to be tempted

Temptation is as old as Adam and Eve. Unfortunately, succumbing to it is as natural as breathing to the gentlemen in the haut ton. For prospective brides bent on fidelity, three of the ton’s most ravishing beauties will help determine the faithful from the philanderers. What they hadn’t counted on was emotional entanglements…

A Temptress in Love

Catherine Rutherford has been smitten with the sinfully handsome American, Lucas Beaumont, since their introduction the year before. And he appears just as enamored of her, for following his return to London he launches a seductive campaign to ensnare her heart and capture her hand in marriage. Never has Catherine been so confident in the outcome of a courtship…that is until she discovers her would-be groom proposed marriage to her sister first.

Although she and her twin share the same face, Catherine refuses to share a man’s affections much less be any woman’s substitute. So with the aid of her twin and two friends, she challenges the man she loves to the ultimate test of fidelity. Posing as her heartbroken sister–who is truly anything but–Catherine seeks his solace from an “unhappy marriage” and begins a tempestuous game of seduction where the true proof of his love lies in his ability to resist her charms.

The Temptresses series is connected to the Elusive Lords series.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★


THE DUCHESS HUNT BY JENNIFER HAYMORE

Source: Bought from Amazon Kindle

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(House of Trent #1)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

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THE DUKE’S DESIRE

Simon Hawkins, duke of Trent, is no stranger to scandal. Rumors and innuendo have darkened the House of Trent for decades, and it has fallen to Simon to restore his tattered family name. He lives by a strict code of honor, but when he is called home to investigate his mother’s disappearance, the distinguished duke will tangle with temptation. For there waits the only woman he has ever loved–and the last woman he should desire…

Sarah Osborne has spent her life dreaming of Simon’s touch. But dukes do not long for lady’s maids–or so Sarah believes, until a stolen kiss sparks a passion that could be her ultimate undoing. As the couple begins a forbidden romance, a cunning enemy plots to destroy the duke and everything he loves. Now, caught in a blackmailer’s web, Simon faces an agonizing choice: sacrifice his family’s future or break Sarah’s heart.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★


THE ROGUE’S PROPOSAL BY JENNIFER HAYMORE

Source: Bought from Amazon Kindle

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(House of Trent #2)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

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Lord Lukas Hawkins, the rakish second son of the House of Trent, has never found a wager he couldn’t win or a woman he couldn’t seduce—until his search for his missing mother leads him to a mysterious encounter with a beautiful stranger.

Luke’s mother has been missing for months, and while his honorable older brother Simon, Duke of Trent, leads the official investigation from London, Luke sets out on a somewhat seedier path. Sources have told him his mother was last seen with a scoundrel named Roger Morton, but their association isn’t clear. Was she kidnapped or did she go willingly?

While searching for Morton, Luke meets Emma Anderson, a secretive beauty with her own reasons for hunting Morton. At first Luke laughs at the idea of allowing a woman to join him in his search, but soon Emma’s insights into Morton—like the woman herself—prove impossible to resist.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

CHARMING THE PRINCE BY TERESA MEDEIROS

Source: Ms Medeiros offered a free iBook download for UK residents

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(Fairy Tales #1)

Genre: Historical Romance (14th Century)

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He never lost a battle until he met the one woman who might succeed in…Charming the Prince.

Dear Reader,

My enemies know me as Lord Bannor the Bold, Pride of the English and Terror of the French. Never in my life have I backed down from any challenge or betrayed so much as a hint of fear—until the war ended and I found myself a reluctant papa to a dozen unruly children.

Realizing that I couldn’t lop their little heads off or throw them in the dungeon, I sent my steward out to find them a mother and me a bride—an attractive, meek, maternal creature too plain to tempt me to get her with child. You can imagine my horror when he returned with Lady Willow of Bedlington, a spirited beauty who made me think of nothing else!

With her cloud of dark curls and the sparkle of passion in her eyes, Willow was everything I’d sworn to resist. I never dreamed she would join forces with those mischievous imps of mine to teach this cynical warrior just how sweet surrender can be.

Bannor the Bold,
Lord of Elsinore

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

OUTLANDER BY DIANA GABALDON

Source: Bought from Amazon Kindle

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(Outlander #1)

Genre: Historical Romance (Scotland, 1743)

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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon–when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach–an “outlander”–in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life…and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

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I spotted this gorgeous stepback for her book A KISS AT MIDNIGHT on Eloisa James’s Facebook page.

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FAIRY TALES #2

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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?

★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★

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

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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…

★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★★✩★✩★✩★

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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