I think I’ll participate in Saturday’s Blog Hop hosted by Burcikos’ Blog There has to be a first time for everything!
I’ve decided to participate in Book Chick City’s weekly Saturday meme – On my Wish List. The problem is narrowing down what to reasonably put on my wish list! Too many books I want to read!
The description for Miss Page-Turner’s blog is: “On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It’s where I list all the books I desperately want but haven’t actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming.”
Without further ado…..I have two books that I would like to include this week. The first one is Ten Ways to be Adored when Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean. I have just finished the previous books – Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake. I found it refreshingly entertaining. I had not read anything by Sarah MacLean and was very impressed by my first read of her’s.
Here’s the blurb from Sarah’s website: “Since being named “London’s Lord to Land” by a popular ladies’ magazine, Nicholas St. John has been relentlessly pursued by every matrimony-minded female in the ton. So when an opportunity to escape fashionable society presents itself, he eagerly jumps—only to land in the path of the most determined, damnably delicious woman he’s ever met!
The daughter of a titled wastrel, Lady Isabel Townsend has too many secrets and too little money. Though she is used to taking care of herself quite handily, her father’s recent passing has left Isabel at sea and in need of outside help to protect her young brother’s birthright. The sinfully handsome, eminently eligible Lord Nicholas could be the very salvation she seeks.
But the lady must be wary and not do anything reckless and foolish…like falling madly, passionately in love.”
There is no blurb on Sabrina Jeffires’ website but we are told that it is Minerva’s story. I have recently finished the first two books of the Hellion series – one I like more than the other – but Sabrina’s books are on my must by list!
Those are my entries for my Wishlist this week. Check back next week to see what else is on my list!
Publisher: Mira Historical Romances
Heart of Fire is number 2 in Kat Martin’s “Heart” trilogy. Our heroine, Coralee Whitmore takes over Krista’s writing at “Heart to Heart” while she was on her honeymoon. Coralee is a Viscount’s daughter and our story starts with the funeral of her sister. Coralee’s sister is believed to be guilty of committing suicide and killing her child in the process. Coralee is certain that her sister couldn’t have done such a thing and is determined to find out if Lord Tremaine seduced and then murdered her beloved sister. With this thought, Coralee heads off to Castle-on-Avon with only a maid for company and lies her way into Lord Tremaine’s house. Although this allows Coralee to come into close contact with Lord Temaine, a man who is still in mourning for the wife he lost four years ago, it pushes believability!! Would the daughter of a viscount really head off to the country without telling anyone and pose as a poor relation to live in the house of someone she believed murdered her sister???
As time progresses, Coralee decides that Lord Tremaine really couldn’t have killed her sister. Sadly, by this time, Coralee’s father comes searching for her, and when he finds her unchaperoned in Lord Tremaine’s house, forces her to marry him. Coralee is supposedly a good reporter for Krista’s newspaper, but shows herself time and again to be immature, reckless and not worthy of the hero, Lord Tremaine. Some of the scenes sizzle as is typical of Kat Martin, but I was disappointed by lack of believability of this particular story. What almost interests me more is that this book got wonderful reviews by various publications. It made me wonder if we were reading the same book. Have you read this book? What did you think?
Publishers Weekly – “Heart of Fire is blessed with a strong plot and a rich supporting cast, making this fun, full romance a surefire crowd pleaser.” The Romace Reader’s Connection, “Heart of Fire is a wonderful historical romance….Kat Martin has created a story that delivers emotion, steamy romance, and a suspenseful storyline. This is one you don’t want to miss.”
“Ms Martin keeps you burning the midnight oil as she sets fire to the pages of Heart of Fire…Don’t miss this fabulous series! It is a definitely a winner.” Reader to Reader
In honor of today being Friday, I thought I’d join the group celebrating ReCOVERy Friday. I certainly have something to show this week as yesterday the postman brought my Blaze subscription! I like getting these 4 little books each month as they don’t require much mental capacity to read (usually), they are small and fit in my purse, and they keep me entertained for a couple of hours! Best of all, the covers usually feature mostly naked, well-buffed men! Here’s what arrived yesterday:
Subject: Troy Metaxas. Intense—and intensely sexy—businessman. He never mixes business and pleasure…until he meets his sirenlike new lawyer!
Object: Kendall Banks. Hotshot attorney. Willing to do anything to save her family from ruin…no matter how devastating the cost!
Situation: They’re fighting to rescue an economically beleaguered town…right before Christmas. They’re also having mind-blowing sex that’s so steamy they can hardly be in the same room without ripping off each other’s clothes!
Unexpected maneuver: Troy discovers Kendall betrayed him…in business and in pleasure. Only one victor will emerge in this new personal battle…unless the spirit of the holidays inspires them to find a way they can both win—over and over again….
Marlie Waters’s Christmas List:
1. Get a roommate so she can afford her mortgage after broken engagement.
2. Check! Her old family friend Tyler Burton needs a room. So what if he’s been her longtime crush?
3. Ramp up her home-business success.
4. Oops. She works so much that Ty presents her with a 12 Days of Christmas charity auction dating package—just to get her out of his hair!
5. Okay, get a move on with twelve surprisingly fun dates.
6. Hmm. Start to see Ty as pretty hunky…and living under the same roof.
7. Wow. Kiss Ty. Get hot ‘n’ heavy under the tree one night!
8. Start to believe in holiday magic…
9. …until Ty breaks her heart again.
10. Make a new Christmas list. Well, maybe after unwrapping Ty just one more time….
From the time they were kids and neighbors, Reece Winston tugged Abby Harper’s pigtails and tormented her. But when Abby—now the sole owner of her parents’ vineyard—sees Reece Winston again after years apart, she’s unexpectedly struck by the need to play a much more adult kind of game….
Then a freak accident forces her to stay with Reece, and Abby decides that what she really wants for Christmas is Reece—perhaps wrapped with a red bow. But as Abby and Reece explore their naughty lists, they begin to realize that nothing is quite as easy as it seems!
Have I read any of these yet? Nope! Just have them propped up by my computer screen…….
Publisher: Zebra Historical Books
The 5th book in the “Company of Rogues” series – Dangerous Joy – begins with Miles Cavanaugh returning to his Irish estate where he is heir to the Earl of Kilgoran. He finds out that his step-uncle has died leaving him – not – his step-father guardian of Felicity Monahan for 6 weeks until she turns 21.
Felicity is known as a wild and willful heiress that Miles has to “guard” for 6 weeks until she reaches her majority. He only has to guard her for 6 weeks…. how hard can that be?? While on his way to meet her, he is kidnapped and tied up. The local woman who releases him offers him her body for his silence. He almost accepts until he decides that the woman is Felicity. At this point he realizes that it will be a long 6 weeks!
Felicity has decided for some, as yet, unknown reason, that she must marry Rupert Dunsmore – a man she clearly despises. Miles has to actually take her prisoner to prevent this from happening. One comment from another reviewer that sums up my feelings for this book: “Miles & Felicity are excellent characters and their interactions just sizzle. Wit, danger, sensuality, and much more combine to make this an excellent read. Miles is a war-hearted, easy-going hero faced with a hellion of a ward whose plans to make things better always seen to make things more difficult. Sparks fly between them in a dozen different ways, each of them delightful.”
In amongst all the drama of this book are several other members of the “Company of Rogues”; no Nicholas, but Lucien and Beth and Hal and Blanche play quite significant roles. This book is full of witty dialogue, hilarious situations, and a touch of the paranormal with lots of cats. I must admit, the Irish setting and the magical powers of the cats was a bit cliched. That aside, this book is a rollicking good time – another wonderful addition to the Company of Rogues series!
GEnie Romance Exchange has to say the following about Dangerous Joy: “…a smashing book: fast paced, tense and compelling, with a touch of Irish magic.”
RT BookReviews gives Dangerous Joy 4 stars and has the following comment: “Brimming with sensual adventure and daring wit, this lively tale gets off to a wonderful start, and readers familiar with the Rogues will revel at their latest reunion.“