Craig’s Legacy by Terry Campbell
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Release Date: 9/20/2011
She’s from the twenty-first century…
Thrust back in time, Frankie Mathews is the quintessential fish out of water. She’s gone from running a major money market fund to a world where women milk cows. Too bad for Frankie that the nearest she’s ever been to a cow is a “Got Milk” commercial. Now, she has to save the life of Confederate Colonel Benjamin Craig and return to her own century with him in tow, before she changes history beyond recognition—and gets killed in the process.
He’s been fighting the Civil War in 1864…
To survive the Union deserters and his grasping, widowed sister-in-law, Ben needs Frankie’s quick thinking and never-give-up attitude that comes from her independence as a 21st Century woman.
But can the two lovers span the centuries between them and find a common future?
This book spans centuries to bring two soul mates together. Craig’s Legacy combines outstanding characters and a beautifully told love story mainly set in war torn Virginia to produce a engaging story that is a must read. One of the most realistic time-travel romances I’ve read in a long time!
Craig’s Legacy was a wonderful surprise for me to read. I’m not sure what I expected from the blurb, but what I found was a wonderfully warm, humorous, gentle romance. Frankie Matthews has been voted the Twenty-First Century’s Financial Wunderkind. She’s a tiny little thing, but she carries a punch in the financial world as she is the portfolio manager for a major investment fund. She was orphaned at an early age and has grown up with her Aunt Ginny and Uncle Max as her “parents”. They own Craig’s Knoll – property that has been handed down through the generations, and Frankie has decided to move back home after being away from home for years. But her dreams start up again and neighbours claim that the house has a ghost. Next problem – she can see the ghost and he’s yummy! Not only that, he talks to her about saving him and leaves her flowers.
Ben Craig was killed by deserters in 1864 while trying to protect his family. He is now a ghost waiting for the right woman to go back in time to save him and recover his legacy. He feels that he has found the right woman in Frankie. He says “We’re soul mates. We’re meant to be together, in life as well as death. You must trust in yourself and me. We’ll be joined, but not in your time.” Frankie is understandably unwilling to go bak to a time with none of the comforts that she currently enjoys, but Ben pushes her into a wardrobe and she lands in 1864.
This is one of the few time-travel novels that I’ve read that dealt with the “realities” of a person being in a different time well. Frankie was not pleased to be sent back in time. The lack of e-mail and tampons did not make her a happy camper! She was continually being caught doing or saying something modern and as a result was looked at as being a bit touched in the head! The situations that she got herself in had me chuckling and even laughing out loud at points! Ben, the ghost, was an attractive, charismatic man accustomed to the customs and conveniences of the 21st century. Ben in 1864 was a somewhat chauvinistic man, typical of his time. It was interesting to see the clash of a woman from the 21st century and a man from the 1800s! It made for some lively disagreements!
The secondary characters were also outstanding. Beatrice is one of the evil characters and was so well written you just wanted to slap her! I loved the character of Uncle Henry. He was smart, pragmatic and full of humor. He served as Frankie’s ally and his character allowed the author to bring in all sorts of information, from the place of slaves in the 1860s to folk medicine.
This isn’t a short cute story. At about 400 pages, it could be an intimidating read. I found that it started out slowly – the first 50 or so pages almost dragged as it set the scene for the rest of the book. The slow feeling really didn’t last beyond that, in fact, I became so absorbed with the story that I read the last 200 or so pages without stopping. Happily finishing with tears and a kleenex!
I certainly recommend this book! It is a great time-travel novel and filled with great information on the civil war!
Craig’s Legacy is available on Amazon
Welcome to Steamy Saturday
Steamy Saturday is the day of the week where I review a romance that I’ve read that is on the steamier side! I hope you enjoy this week’s selection!
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Mine by Jill Noelle
Blurb: In a decadent empire of the far distant future, Gabriella is chosen to serve as a sexual companion for the king. However, Brie has no intentions of joining the Select Few. In fact, she has another mission, entirely…one that is destined to alter the future of the kingdom’s poverty-stricken population.
Michel also serves the king. It’s his job to train Brie to suit the king’s sexual preferences. Trouble is, Michel wants Brie for his own.
Gabriella is one of many chosen at a young age to serve the king. It is something that she has always know is her destiny while growing up. The time has finally come for her to enter her training to sexually serve the king and her tutor will be her friend Michel. Gabriella is attracted to Michel, she sits and watches him exercise, fantasizes about her training.
Michel serves the king as a trainer. He “trains” or initiates all the girls that will serve the king. He has been doing this for years, but he has reached the point where he can no longer support his king and has another agenda. He hopes to bring down the king’s corrupt rule. What he doesn’t realize is that Gabriella has an agenda as well.
This short little story is plenty spicy! At just over 70 pages the story is over and done with quite quickly. The author manages to pack alot of action into these pages and although this story doesn’t have many pages, it feels like a full length story. There is a comment at the end of the blurb on Amazon that although this story is set in the future, it has a “historical” tone. I thought that was an odd comment to make, but it is true. This story kind of feels old fashioned, somehow.
The characters are well formed and interact well together. I like the secondary characters. The king is suitable evil and uncaring towards his people. His character is so well written that his behavior elicits a strong negative feeling from the reader.
Pick up a copy of this book and experience it for yourself. Jill Noelle has several other stories published.
Her One Night Prince by Rebecca J. Clark
Publisher: BookStrand Publishing
Release: Dec 7, 2011
Source: Purchased this book to read and review
Blurb: Her One-Night Prince is a Cinderella story about a woman’s dream to be something she’s not for just one night at her class reunion.
As all fairy tales go, however, happy endings don’t come easily.
Shy and sheltered Lydia St. Clair is uncomfortable around men, so she advertises for a gay man to be her date and revamp her style. Mitch Gannon answers Lydia’s ad, and he’s perfect for the job—he’s handsome and, even more important, he’s charming.
Unbeknownst to Lydia, Mitch is straight and answered the ad as the unwitting victim of a practical joke. Before he can reveal the truth, Lydia is convinced he’s her fairy godmother, ready to transform her into the belle of the ball. And Mitch, prince that he is, doesn’t have the heart to set her straight.
Lydia St. Clair is determined to go to her high school reunion, but doesn’t want to go alone. Since she’s determined that she’s the worst judge of men ever, and doesn’t even want to think about getting another boyfriend, she places a personal ad for a gay man to be her date. Seemed like a good idea on the surface, but she didn’t anticipate being attracted to Mitch Gannon, who answered her ad. What she doesn’t know is that Mitch was dared to answer the ad, and isn’t gay at all. Once Mitch determines that she really needs him, he’s unwilling to let her know that he’s not gay, and that this whole thing started as a practical joke.
This is a great short story. Although it is only 120+ pages, it feel like a full novel. It is set on an interesting premise – how would you react to a date with a man who you think is gay. Is it easier to be you when the hopes of something more are removed? I liked this story and the characters that told it. Lydia is someone who has dated a bunch of jerks, and needs to find a decent guy. Mitch is tired of the same-old same-old and is taken by Lydia’s story. It’s interesting how this story starts so simply, needing a date to a reunion, turns into something more. So delightful!
Her One Night Prince can be purchased at: Amazon
Welcome to Sugarbeat’s Books – The Home of the Romance Novel!
Welcome also to Steamy Saturdays! This is the day of the week when we get to talk about a book that is on the steamier side of Romance. This week’s selection is One Queen with Two Kings by Louisa Neil. I enjoyed this book and I hope you enjoy my thoughts about it!
One Queen with Two Kings by Louisa Neil
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Release: Nov 16, 2011
Source: I received a copy of this book to read and review from TRR
On the morning of her second wedding, Thea realizes marrying Lloyd is a mistake and learns his ultimate motive is to gain control of her family business. When confronted, Lloyd admits lying. His bombshell confession is that he gave the search team false coordinates, wanting Thea for himself instead of looking for Dexter and Russell’s crash site. When the men are found alive, they bring home proof that their plane was sabotaged by Lloyd. While reconnecting with her husband and his friend, she realizes their relationship changed. Catching the men in a compromising sexual position reinforces her theory. Accepting Dexter and Russell had become intimate while on the island is earth-shattering. She’s floored when they suggest combining the two relationships into one, a threesome the men have dreamed about. Can she share her husband with his best friend? Can she be the queen with two kings?
One Queen with Two Kings is a menage that I picked up to read some time ago. From the blurb it seemed like an interesting concept for a story. Two best friends, Russell and Dexter, crash land a plane on a deserted island and are there alone for 2 years before they are found. In the meantime, one of the men’s wives has moved on and this book starts on her wedding day to another man. Realizing that she is making a big mistake, Thea backs out of the wedding, and the past two years, complete with all the false stories that her supposedly loving fiance has been spreading about her come to light. She comes to the conclusion that her husband and his friend might not be dead after all, and re-opens the search for them. The men decide that what happens on the island stays on the island, but they aren’t able to keep that promise after their rescue.
This is an ultra hot little menage story. At the beginning, it seems to be a bit over the top with the manipulative fiance, but everything fits into place after a few chapters. I loved reading about the relationship between these three people. Although this story is an erotic menage, it is truly written as a happily every after romance. Such a treat to read!
One Queen with Two Kings can be purchased at Amazon