Tag: Books: Romance


Review: The Rogue Not Taken

Posted 10 February, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal and Scoundrel #1)
By: Sarah MacLean
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Lady Sophie’s Society Splash!

When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocacy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn’t saving her from ruin . . . it’s filled with it.

Rogue’s Reign of Ravishment!

Kingscote, “King,” the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he’s more pretty face than proper gentleman, and an irate summons home to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the journey becomes anything but boring.

War? Or More?

He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, making opposites altogether too attractive . . . .

Okay, so readers of my historical romance book reviews know that I adored Sarah MacLean’s Love By Numbers trilogy (see author tag). Whilst her other book series didn’t really appeal to me, I ended up picking up this book because the premise sounded interesting–especially how she lands her brother-in-law in a pond in front of society–and I was looking for a fun read to balance out my to-read pile a bit.

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Review: When a Marquess Loves a Woman

Posted 9 February, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

When a Marquess Loves a Woman (Season’s Originals #3)
By: Vivienne Lorret
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

As a young, penniless gentleman, Maxwell Harwick knew he had little to offer Juliet White—the most beautiful debutante of the season—except his love, and one thoroughly scandalous kiss. But when they were discovered in a compromising position, a nearly ruined Juliet fled into the arms of a rich, older lord… taking Max’s heart with her.

Now a widow, Lady Juliet Granworth intends to use the fortune she inherited from her odious husband to build a new life in London. Five years have passed, but she’s never forgotten Max… or his soul-searing kiss. Yet it’s clear the newly-minted Marquess of Thayne has not forgiven her—after all, the infuriating man can barely stand the sight of her. But Juliet has endured far too much to give up without a fight and if it’s a battle of wills he wants, it’s a battle he’ll get.

He hates her for breaking his heart. She detests him for destroying her future. But beneath all the loathing simmers an intoxicating passion that neither can ignore… and the harder they resist, the harder they will inevitably fall.

And here we are, at the last of the Season’s Originals series. I’ve been enjoying this series and the build-up with the characters but at long last we’ve come to Max and Juliet’s story, which I had a feeling would be explored ever since they were introduced in the first book (as their chemistry even then when they were sniping at each other was through the roof) 😛

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Review: Pistols for Two

Posted 7 February, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Pistols for Two
By: Georgette Heyer
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

In eleven charming short stories, the Queen of Regency romance presents an exquisite romp through affairs of honor and affairs of the heart. Featuring rakes and rascals, orphans and heirs, beauties and their beaus, the legendary Georgette Heyer’s signature wit and inimitable style bring the Regency world dazzlingly alive.

I had been eyeing this short story collection by Georgette Heyer for ages but for whatever reason just did not get around to picking it up until recently. Anyway, this is very exciting, and you guys know that I’m a big fan of her books (see author tag) and as I was in something of a reading slump some time ago, short stories felt like a good way to pick me up a bit.

Pistols for Two was an eclectic mix of short stories featuring Heyer’s signature storytelling and the kinds of romantic tropes you’d see in historical romances: second chances at love, two people who hate each other but then fall for each other, love stories involving two people you wouldn’t imagine falling for each other in the first place, family members getting in the way of romances, young loves trying to run off to Greta Greene and their family members run in pursuit of them, etc. It’s all in good fun, really, but I think my favourite story has to be the title story, “Pistols for Two”; it stood out in my mind the most from all of the stories featured because it was more about the friendship between two gentlemen that becomes strained as they both become love rivals for this one rather popular woman who’s returned to their community. It was interesting and quite thrilling in that you don’t know how things were going to turn out.

The short stories may seem a little abrupt in their endings, but otherwise they felt pretty fleshed out, both in the character and presenting the situations that they are in when the story starts. I suppose if you’ve never read any of her books and want a bit of a taste in how Georgette Heyer writes, it’s not a bad place to start.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Review: This Earl is on Fire

Posted 6 February, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

This Earl is on Fire (Season’s Originals #2)
By: Vivienne Lorret
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

The sheltered daughter of a country baron, Miss Adeline Pimm comes to London looking for adventure… and finds it in the form of a bloody, unconscious man slumped in the doorway of her family’s rented townhouse. Though his identity is a mystery, Adeline is inexplicably drawn to the handsome, injured man and vows to nurse him back to health.

Liam Cavanaugh, the scandalous Earl of Wolford, is startled when he awakens in an unfamiliar bed, wrapped in bandages that hinder his eyesight, with no memory of why he was beaten half to death. Although he can’t see the witty young woman who tends to his wounds, her alluring voice—and a single stolen kiss from her soft lips—helps soothe his pain. But when he is fully healed, Liam is not ready to let go of the one woman who stirs his deepest longings.

Liam will do whatever it takes to see Adeline again, even if it means giving up his rakish ways. But his disreputable past is not so easily forgotten and his secrets are far more dangerous than he—or Adeline—ever imagined.

Whoo-hoo, second book in the Season’s Originals trilogy! I’ve enjoyed Vivienne Lorret’s books to date (see author tag) and more or less enjoyed the first book in this series (review) so I was curious to see how this second book fared. The Earl of Wolford, if I recall, did make an appearance in the first book but my memory’s a little hazy there–too many characters from a myriad of series to keep track of!–but nonetheless the premise sounded interesting.

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Review: Because of Miss Bridgerton

Posted 2 February, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #1)
By: Julia Quinn
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Sometimes you find love in the most unexpected of places…

This is not one of those times.

Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband… someday.

Sometimes you fall in love with exactly the person you think you should…

Or not.

There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George. He may be the eldest and heir to the earldom, but he’s arrogant, annoying, and she’s absolutely certain he detests her. Which is perfectly convenient, as she can’t stand the sight of him, either.

But sometimes fate has a wicked sense of humor…

Because when Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, a whole new sort of sparks begins to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can’t abide is the one person they can’t live without…

Yay, a new book from Julia Quinn! And something to read in the meantime to stave off the wait for the new editions of the final 4 Bridgerton novels (ugh, to buy them as physical copies to go with the first four, or to buy them as eBooks because I have no more shelf space? That is the question) 🙂

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