Tuesday, April 17, 2018

X Marks the Spot by Opal Carew

Abi fell in love with Del in college but he never acted on their attraction because he was her brother's friend.  Abi met and then married Del's best friend Liam.  When Abi and Liam's marriage falls apart, Del helps her pick up the pieces.

When Abi and Del are staying at a country inn for her brother's wedding, Abi decides that the time is right to seduce Del.  When she accidentally ends up in Liam's bed, the sparks fly and Liam starts fighting for his marriage. 

The relationship between Abi and Del and Liam was an emotional rollercoaster.  The book was so hot that it made my e-reader steam!  I absolutely loved it!  I liked the characters and the emotional connection.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

The Sheikh's Captive American by Leslie North

When he was in college, an old woman tells Sheikh Tarek of Zahkim that an angel will fall from the sky and save him and his kingdom.  He has ignored the prophecy until Tess Angel's jet crashes in an oasis in the Zahkim desert.  Tess is saved by Tarek and that starts his grandmother scheming to keep Tess in Zahkim.  Tarek has never fallen in love and doesn't recognize it until Tess is leaving.  He will do anything to get her back.

Leslie North is my guilty pleasure.  I love her books and this one was great.  I liked the characters and the quick moving story.  The HEA was wonderful.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A Lady's Honor by A.S. Fenichel

Phoebe Hallsmith missed out on the marriage mart to care for her ailing grandmother in Scotland.  She had a short-lived engagement that was broken.  Phoebe now works as an employee of the Everton Domestic Society of London.  She has been disowned by her eldest brother and mother.

She accepts an assignment to help Markus Flammel.  Markus was married to one of Phoebe's best friends who died in childbirth.  Now, Markus has lost himself inside a bottle and his daughter will not speak.  In sweeps Phoebe to help Markus put his life back together.

As they work together, Markus has to learn there is more space in his heart for Phoebe and move past his loss. 

This was a wonderful start to a series.  I loved the characters.  Phoebe was an amazing  heroine.  I loved her courage in setting her own course and ignoring popular convention.  Markus was the damaged hero that needed to learn to love again.  I liked how their characters meshed.  I can't wait for the next book!

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!!

Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon by Kerrelyn Sparks

Gwennore is an Elf who is Embraced.  She has grown up in the Convent of the Two Moons on the Isle of Moon with four other young girls who were left by their families.  They grew up as sisters. 

Two of the sisters are married to kings of neighboring kingdoms.  As they gather to celebrate the Spring Embrace, Gwennore is escaping the scornful glances and hurtful insults by going on a flower picking expedition with Eviana, one of her sister's daughter.  When Eviana is taken by a dragon, Gwennore attempts to rescue her.

They are taken to a faraway kingdom where she meets General Silas Dravenko.  Gwen discovers that there is an ancient curse that has poisoned the King and Queen.  She will do anything to save Eviana, so she promises Silas that she will help find a cure.  By staying, she is in close proximity to Silas and the desire brewing between them

Can she save a kingdom and find her own HEA?

I have loved this series since the first book.  This book was amazing!  I loved how it picked up with the first two in a seamless manner and built onto the next book. 

I loved the characters in this book.  The side story with Silas' cousin needs it's own story.  The only thing this book needed was more dragons and more romance.  It was a slow build to the romance.  The book has more of a fantasy feel, which I liked but I needed more of the romance between Silas and Gwen.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, April 6, 2018

The Sins of Lord Lockwood by Meredith Duran

Liam Devaliant, Lord Lockwood had the world at his feet.  Four years later, Liam has returned from hell and is struggling to find his place in Society.  He had married Anna, the Countess of Forth and then on their wedding night, she thought he abandoned her.  As a Countess in her own right, Anna needs an heir.  She is determined that Liam provide the needed heir, then he can go back to the hell he returned from.

Liam is seeking revenge on his cousin Stephen.  Stephen and Liam grew up together but Stephen betrayed Liam by arranging his kidnapping.  With the help of his friends, Liam is going to take down the man that stole four years of his life by destroying Stephen's fraudulent businesses. 

I was hooked and hated having to put his book down.  I loved the characters in this well-written novel.  I liked the flashbacks that helped build this story.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

A Marriage Most Scandalous by Victoria Vale

Sheridan Cranfield married Cecily Montgomery after being turned down by the woman he thought he loved.  As a gentleman, Sheridan was taught to treat his wife with the utmost respect in the bedchamber and to slake his most wicked desires with his mistress.  Sheridan realizes that he wants to do the wicked things he dreams of with his wife and feels that he is going to dishonor Cecily.

Cecily starts to feel frustrated with her marriage.  She loves her husband but knows he is holding something back.  Cecily seeks out Madame Petra, a skilled courtesan, to tutor her how to please Sheridan.  Can Madame Petra help their marriage?

While I am not new to menage romance, this is the first FFM novel that I have read.  I am a huge fan of Victoria Vale, so I decided to step outside of my comfort zone.  I liked the characters in this book.  I was thrilled that Sherry got his HEA.  I thought that Cecily was his perfect match.  I liked the dynamic that Petra added to their relationship.

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Lord of Temptation by Erica Ridley

Lord Zachary Nash, Marquess of Hawkridge, was in love with Faith Digby.  He is determined to marry her and they share a night of passion.  Instead of her beloved meeting with her father to ask for her hand in marriage, she receives a letter saying that their relationship is over.  In one night, he went from a young man in love to a man having to salvage the mess his father left the estate in.

Ironically, in the ten years since Hawk saw Faith, her father made a small fortune in business and Hawk is forced to go into trade to salvage his estate. 

I was in the groove, loving this book and how Hawk and Faith were rebuilding their relationship.  I liked how Hawk was working hard to salvage his family's estate.  Then, I discovered Hawk had gotten Faith pregnant on that one night.  I started to dislike Hawk.  At the end of the novel, while Faith and Hawk got their HEA, I despised both of them.  They both continued to lie to sweet Christina and not tell her the truth about her parentage. 

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!