“Merry” Mary Smith, the late vicar’s daughter, is in a very bad predicament. Her half brother is gambling and drinking her inheritance away and has decided to sell her to the highest bidder who happens to be a devastatingly handsome man who seems to be ill. Little does she know she is in for the adventure of her life. “So much for her prayers”.
Alasdair Thornham, Marquess of Datchworth, is in an opium laden state when he sees the man auctioning off a beautiful woman in the local tavern and feels compelled to save the damsel in distress. Little does he know he will have a handful to deal with after coming out of his stupor. “Welcome to hell, Alasdair, he reminded himself”.
This is a suspenseful and romantic adventure of two lost souls who are destined to torture and love each other no matter what the outcome. I find Ms. Frampton’s style very clean and refreshing and her characters are playful as well serious. The issue of opium addiction with soldiers of war is a new twist and very probable.
Thank you to Ms. Frampton, Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept Series and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.
“Ellie Vyne never had much sympathy for men, until she temporarily became one.” Her secret life as the gambling Count de Bonneville is helping her take care of her family and it is going to land her in more trouble that she ever dreamed. She is classified as an outspoken old maid at 27 years old according to society’s standards, but she is perfectly happy being single and has broken several engagements to prove it. Disguised as the Count she is given a lavish diamond necklace as an IOU payment from Lady Ophelia Southwold. What she doesn’t know is that the necklace belongs to James Hartley. The one man she despised since she was 16 years old when she overheard him denigrating her character in public.
“That Vyne woman is a danger to herself and to anyone who has the misfortune of crossing her path!” James Hartley is rich, arrogant and furious with Count de Bonneville for taking “The Hartley Diamonds” and he will get them back one way or another. However, when he goes to the Count’s dwelling, he finds Ellie Vyne lying in his bed. The young lady he has disliked since she was young and who painted a mustache on his face when he was sleeping under a tree.
After having a scandalous dance at Lady Clegg-Foster’s party, they make a pact to become engaged to fend off the matchmaking crowd. The provisions to their engagement become shocking and brazen and make for a sexy pairing.
With the help of the young Lady Mercy Danforthe, Ellie’s Aunt Lizzie and James’ valet, Grieves, this story is funny and engaging and there is never a dull moment. I couldn’t put it down.
Thank you to Ms. Fresina, Sourcebooks and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.
This is the first book in the The Daughters of the Glen series which takes us from 21st century Colorado to 13th century Scotland. Caitlyn Coryell has discovered her selfish, power-hungry fiance with another woman in his office and realizes that she didn’t really love the man in the first place. Conner MacKiernan is desperate to save his sister Mairi from being forced to marry the horrible MacPherson and relies on his Fae ancestry to find a woman for him to marry (something he vowed he would never do) in order for him to have the power to rescue his sister. Little do Caitlyn and Conner know that the Fae power will alter their lives forever.
This is my first Melissa Mayhue book and I’m looking forward to reading more in the series. I always enjoy time travel romances and this was no exception. The characters were fun and the plot line was unique with the Fae element added to it. I would like to read more about Conner’s Aunt Rosalyn and his sister Mairi and hope to see them in Mayhue’s future books in the series.
Davina Montgomery is a lovely and caring woman and has a dangerous secret. She is the eldest daughter of King James of England and has been cloistered away in St. Christopher’s Abbey all of her life. Men close to the King have found out her hiding place and have sent an army to kill her.
Robert MacGregor is a rugged and brave highlander who happened to save Davina from a massacre at the Abbey and now no one will get in his way to protect her, not even the King.
Davina and Robert’s story is about obligation, sacrifice and most of all a love that knows no bounds. They typically butt heads in the beginning, but realize the strength and beauty of each other and fall in love.
I liked the story, but not a lot. I guess I am jaded in that I have read many highlander romances and found this one lacking the conflict between lovers that I like so much. I felt that they fell in love too fast for my taste. Perhaps it was also the narrator’s voice, Carrington MacDuffie, that I couldn’t quite get used to. However, I liked the supporting characters, Finn and Will, and would enjoy reading their stories in the Children of the Mist series.
This is the fourth book in the Outlander series and Claire and Jamie’s new adventures are in the Americas. They travel with Ian Murray (Jamie’s nephew) to North Carolina where they meet Jamie’s Aunt Jocasta at River Run. Even though Aunt Jocasta wants to leave Jamie her estate, he prefers to settle at Fraser’s Ridge which it is more secluded and something he can call his own . Of course, Claire and Jamie run into Indians and bears on the way and meet interesting characters as well.
In addition to Claire and Jamie’s story, Brianna (Claire and Jamie’s daughter) and Roger Wakefield MacKenzie (distant ancestor of Dougal MacKenzie and Gilles Duncan) join the adventures by doing some time travel themselves. Brianna goes back on her own from the 1970’s to the 1770’s to warn Claire and Jamie about a historical fact that she finds out and Roger discovers where Brianna has gone and and follows her.
Of course I love this series, but I thought the whole Jamie/Roger misunderstanding and the search for him took too long. However, that won’t stop me from continuing on to the next in the series, The Fiery Cross. As always, Davina Porter is a fantastic narrator and I recommend trying out the books on CD. They are excellent!
At Jamie’s insistence Claire fled for her and her baby’s life back to the 20th century to escape the bloody fight at Colloden. Twenty years late in the 1960’s Claire discovers that against all odds Jamie survived Colloden and she must go back without her daughter. The reunion between Claire and Jamie is unforgettable and her initiation back into the 18th century brings surprises.
The third book in the Outlander series is my favorite so far. The story has much more action and adventure than the first two with fewer love scenes for you non-romance connoisseurs. This trip takes us from Scotland to the Caribbean with a few familiar characters popping up here and there. Some will surprise you.
Diana Gabaldon is a master story teller. Her wonderful descriptions of scenery, characters and historical events are fascinating and with the help of narrator, Davina Porter, the book on CD will transport you back in time.
I can’t wait to listen to Drums of Autumn!
This wonderful story continues. I admit I was a little leery about the beginning because it started in the 1960’s with Claire’s present life and was too slow in my opinion, but when it returned to Claire and Jamie’s adventures, I felt at ease once again.
If you really want to feel the experience, get the book on CD (33 of them). Davina Porter’s mastery of the accents is superb!
On to Voyager for me! (on CD of course)