Author: Kate Pearce

MARK OF THE ROSE by Kate Pearce

MARK OF THE ROSE by Kate PearceMark of the Rose by Kate Pearce
Series: Tudor Vampire Chronicles #3
Published by Penguin on 2011-09-06
Genres: Paranormal
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Shayna

Hearing that Henry VIII's new queen is in danger, Rhys Williams engages the help of Verity Llewellyn, a lady-in-waiting eager to prove her abilities as a vampire hunter. Rhys suspects the weakening queen has fallen victim to a vampire. And the fact that she is pregnant makes the situation all the more dangerous...

Druid Vampire slayer Rhys Williams has no desire to work with novice fellow slayer, Verity Llewellyn.  But as the Llewellyn family has long protected the Tudor kings from Vampires, Rhys has no choice but to form an alliance with the beautiful, determined Verity.  A mysterious Vampire is threatening the pregnant Queen Jane and in order to protect the future of the Tudor dynasty, Rhys and Verity will have to question everything they thought they knew about Vampires and Druids.  With time running out for the queen, neither Rhys nor Verity can afford any distractions.  And their attraction to one another is very, very distracting…


When it comes to the court of Henry VIII, the truth is often more entertaining than fiction.  That’s definitely not the case in Kate Pearce’s Tudor Vampire Chronicles.  In Mark of the Rose, Ms. Pearce delivers a story filled with Vampires, Druids, danger, magic, passion and romance that puts even the political and romantic intrigue of the Tudor court to shame.


Rhys, who was a fascinating secondary character in Kiss of the Rose and Blood of the Rose, gets his chance to shine in Mark of the Rose.  He’s been in love with Rosalind Llewellyn for years, but as readers of the Tudor Vampire Chronicles know, Rosalind found love elsewhere.  Rhys is a strong, honorable, sexy hero and I wanted him to find someone who would be perfect for him, and that’s definitely Verity.  I absolutely loved Verity.  People often see her as a pale echo of her cousin Rosalind and Verity struggles with this.  She wants to be respected in her own right, to be Rosalind’s equal, and she desperately wants Rhys to see her for who she truly is.  At times my heart broke for Verity; Ms. Pearce definitely had me turning the pages of Mark of the Rose, eager to see Verity find the happiness she deserved.


Mark of the Rose is the third book in the Tudor Vampire Chronicles, but Ms. Pearce provides enough information that readers new to the series can follow along.  So far each book has followed the battle between good and evil – with Vampires and Druids often blurring the lines as to who is right and who is wrong – with the backdrop of that battle being a certain point in time in Henry VIII’s reign.  In Mark of the Rose, Verity, Rhys, and their allies are determined to protect the pregnant Queen Jane who is being attacked by a mysterious Vampire.  I won’t spoil what happens, but suffice it to say that Ms. Pearce does an amazing job of working the paranormal aspects of her tale into historical events.


A cliffhanger of an ending and a couple of incredibly interesting secondary characters make me eager to see what Ms. Pearce will do next in the Tudor Vampire Chronicles.  All in all, Mark of the Rose was an engaging read and I am on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens next in this action-packed, engrossing series!



SIMPLY FORBIDDEN by Kate PearceSimply Forbidden by Kate Pearce
Series: House of Pleasure #6
Published by Kensington Publishing Corp. on 2011-02-01
Genres: Erotica
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Shayna

Your most scorching desires come blissfully true at Madame Helene's Pleasure House--an elite brothel in Regency England where passion has no limits. . .Nothing's More Satisfying Than. . .With an unconventional upbringing and a reputation as a shameless flirt, Lisette Delornay-Ross is not your typical young lady of the ton. Unlike her peers, she is not afraid to follow her desires. And what she desires is Major Lord Gabriel Swanfield. . .Fulfilling Forbidden Passions. . .Returned to England after his harrowing ordeal as a war prisoner, Gabriel has shunned society. When Lisette brazenly confronts him, he feels an overwhelming stirring of lust. He's sure she would never entertain the illicit desires he indulges at Madame Helene's. But when he kisses her, he discovers her thirst for pleasure--and adventure--matches his. . .Praise for Kate Pearce's Simply Sexual<P


At Madame Helene’s House of Pleasure, nothing is forbidden.  In the social world of London’ston, almost everything is, provided you’re an unmarried woman.  Lisette Delornay-Ross is both part and apart of both societies.  She’s the daughter of the infamous Madame Helene, and, when she was younger, acted out by enjoying the world of the pleasure house.  However, now that her younger, “legitimate” half-sister is coming out into society, Lisette is attempting to be the model of propriety.  Neither total abandon nor formidable strictures suit her, so Lisette lives a sort of half-life…until she meets Major Lord Gabriel Swanfield.

Gabriel’s upbringing has also been atypical, but unlike Lisette, the result of his past is that he has a very conventional view on women and marriage.  The problem is, Gabriel’s desires don’t fit his definition of “ordinary” and the fiery Lisette only heightens his illicit cravings.  One kiss, one taste, one touch is all it takes for Gabriel to question the path he has chosen to take.  But in trying to give Lisette what he thinks she wants, will he ruin their chance at a love, while unconventional, could make them both happier than they have ever been?

Get ready for the first truly spectacular book of 2011!  Simply Forbidden dazzles with its rich characterization, sexy-as-sin eroticism, and beautiful romance.

Lisette charmed me from the first in her parents’ story, Simply Shameless, and I’ve been looking forward ever since to her romance.  She’s an extraordinary heroine, filled with life, intelligence, and kindness, but there’s hidden vulnerabilities in her that she doesn’t always recognize.  She grew up in a French convent and wasn’t aware of her mother’s business until she was a teenager.  She also had no idea who her father was until that time.  Though she now has her family all together, Lisette has never trusted anyone not to abandon her, save her twin, Christian, and he has pulled away from her as well.  Lisette tugged at my heartstrings and I could see why she felt alone in a crowd.  Gabriel’s history also has left him with abandonment issues and the two are well-matched in that regard.  They strengthen each other, help one another learn to trust, to take a chance and open their heart.  Both Lisette and Gabriel make plenty of mistakes as they fall in love, but they learn and grow from them, their relationship coming out stronger because of it.

Simply Forbidden is the sixth book in Kate Pearce’s House of Pleasure series but it can be read as a standalone.  Fans of the series will rejoice that many of the characters from the previous books (Simply SexualSimply SinfulSimply ShamelessSimply Wicked, andSimply Insatiable) are at least mentioned, and as one might expect, Lisette’s parents play strong supporting roles in Simply Forbidden.  It delighted me that Ms. Pearce weaved in cameos or passing mentions of prior protagonists I’ve come to love while seamlessly adding in new characters to capture the heart.  She does this all while never taking the focus off of Lisette and Gabriel for a moment.  There is only one problem I had with Simply Forbidden, and it’s a problem of a greedy reader: I want more!  More House of Pleasure books and more of the Delornay-Ross family, in particular a certain sensual blond.  I’ve been dying for Christian’s story and with Simply Forbidden Ms. Pearce only left me with more questions about Lisette’s enigmatic twin.

Ms. Pearce packs heat and heart into all of her books in the most wonderful way, which is why so many of her novels land on my “favorites” shelf.  Simply Forbidden will be on said shelf as soon as I can stop re-reading it.  I Joyfully Recommend Simply Forbidden – it’s simply fantastic!


REDEEMING JACK by Kate PearceRedeeming Jack by Kate Pearce
Published by Self Published Genres: Historical
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Shayna

Disowned by his family and with his reputation in tatters, Jack Llewelyn survives by nursing wounded officers returning home from the Napoleonic Wars.  When the Duke of Diable Delamere offers to help Jack clear his name in exchange for Jack catching a runaway spy, Jack leaps at the offer.  His quest to capture the traitor lands Jack in the path of the one woman he thought never to see again — his wife.  Carys wants a divorce, but Jack finds he cannot let the woman who still holds his heart go.  Can he convince his wife to give him another chance?  Jack might not live long enough to find out the answer.

Secrets and smugglers, betrayal and romance, Redeeming Jack has it all.  Redeeming Jack is jam-packed with emotion and I loved the story for it.  Carys and Jack are two people who are still in love with one another, but they have to overcome past hurts, feelings of abandonment, and a few truly awful relatives if they hope to make their marriage work.  Kate Pearce swept me into their love story from the get go and I simply did not want to put Redeeming Jack down until Carys and Jack had found their happily ever after.  Added to the romance are healthy doses of danger, intrigue, and family secrets, making it a “full” book.  Ms. Pearce always writes an entertaining story and Redeeming Jack is no exception.  Jack and Carys’s story is sure to engage and interest readers from beginning to end.

Note: Redeeming Jack is the sequel to Educating Elizabeth, but it can be read as a standalone.  A word of warning to those who haven’t read Educating Elizabeth: be prepared for major spoilers.


EDUCATING ELIZABETH by Kate PearceEducating Elizabeth by Kate Pearce
Published by Self Published Genres: Historical
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Shayna

When Elizabeth Waterstone’s stepfather loses a large sum of money to the Duke of Diable Delamere, he does the unthinkable: trades the “services” of his stepdaughter to the duke in lieu of payment.  Rather than faint, cry, or run screaming, Elizabeth asks Gervase Saint-Malo, the duke in question, for help.  If she is to be ruined, she wants the rakish duke to teach her how to be a courtesan.  Elizabeth’s erotic lessons are complicated by the growing feelings she and Gervase have for one another.  And when Elizabeth unwittingly starts to aid Gervase in his quest to stop an assassination plot against the Prince Regent, their relationship becomes even more complex.  It soon becomes apparent to both Gervase and Elizabeth that her “education” has turned into something more than either bargained for.

Sensuality and intrigue go hand-in-hand in Educating Elizabeth.  I love that both Elizabeth and Gervase were far more than what they seemed.  Both were intelligent, pragmatic characters, something I found quite likeable about them, and their romance was engaging.  The assassination plotline of Educating Elizabeth was every bit as entertaining as the love story.  I did have a bit of an issue with some of the secrets being kept, particularly by Elizabeth.  Her reason for keeping Gervase in the dark about her brother wasn’t a very compelling one and it lead to big misunderstandings and drama which could have easily been avoided.  That being said, I really enjoyed Educating Elizabeth and upon finishing it I immediately began reading the sequel, Redeeming Jack.

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