Genre: Historical

A GENTLEMAN TIL’ MIDNIGHT by Alison DeLaine

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A GENTLEMAN TIL’ MIDNIGHT by Alison DeLaineA Gentleman 'Til Midnight by Alison DeLaine
Published by Harlequin on 2014-01-01
Genres: Historical
Pages: 384
Reviewed by Miranda

The complication they don't want… Lady Katherine Kinloch survived captivity once. Now the notorious captain of her own ship, she refuses to let anyone jeopardize her hard-won freedom. But on a voyage to England to fight for her family's endangered estate, Katherine is thrown off course when she unknowingly rescues celebrated naval captain James Warre…a man who stands for everything she despises. The passion they desperately need… Haunted by regret for his role in her dark past, James is determined to be more than the cold, calculating officer Katherine expects. Her seduction is his obsession, but his pride hangs in the balance if he gives in to temptation. And hiding beneath the scorching attraction between them lies a secret that could force the two apart for good.

Lady Katherine Kinloch was abducted and spent years in captivity.  She has persevered and now she is the Captain of her own ship.  She is famous among shipmen for her pirate tactics. Now, her inheritance is in jeopardy and she must head back to London to claim what is rightfully hers.  First, she must reluctantly rescue a shipwrecked man from the turbulent seas.

 

Famous Naval Captain James Warre went down with his ship.  He was about to give up on his chances of survival when a pirate ship plucked him from the water.  He lies about his identity for fear he might not be welcome if they knew he was a Naval Captain.  The journey back to London allows him to get to know Lady Katherine and her crew.

 

High seas are very dangerous but they do not hold a candle to the ladies of the London ton.  Katherine and James may bond at sea but things heat up once they hit the streets of London.  Will they be able to survive the sceptics of the Ton?

 

A Gentleman ‘til Midnight is a swashbuckling adventure bursting with steamy romance and witty characters.  I love that Katherine is the captain of her ship and she is an excellent one at that.  She commands her people and they love her for it.  I especially love the scenes with her daughter. They are so tender and sweet.  James is weak and desolate when we meet him but it doesn’t take long to learn there is much more to this man. Ms. Delaine definitely knows how to write strong characters that leave an impression long after the last line.

 

Katherine’s ship and the rough seas make a wondrous backdrop.  The way Katherine and James banter and flirt is fun and romantic.  I really fell in love with these two!  While there is plenty of romance the story features tons of laughs and drama as well.  A Gentleman ‘til Midnight captures the reader and will leave them wanting more after the last page.

TO WED A WICKED HIGHLANDER by Victoria Roberts

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TO WED A WICKED HIGHLANDER by Victoria RobertsTo Wed a Wicked Highlander by Victoria Roberts
Published by Sourcebooks on 2013-09-03
Genres: Historical, Scottish
Pages: 320
Reviewed by Miranda

Torn between his duty and his soul mate, what will this Highland bad boy choose? In the third book of this fun, action-packed Highland trilogy, Victoria Roberts introduces her baddest bad boy yet. Laird Alexander MacDonnell must choose between his duty or losing his heart forever to the woman who betrayed him- his own wife. Lady Sybella MacKenzie is forced to search for her clan's ancient seeing stone under the roof of her father's enemy. When she finds the precious artifact, will she choose the family who raised her, or will she stand with the man who has captured her soul?

Sybella MacKenzie has always been the adventurous sort.  She wanted to do things like her brothers, important things.  Unfortunately, when she finally gets called on by her father to do something important it’s marrying a rival clan’s laird.  Alexander MacDonnell isn’t exactly keen on marriage as he’s used to playing the field.  However, there is something about Ella that draws Alex.  He wants to figure out everything about the lovely Ella but she keeps holding back. Will he be able to woo Ella or will this marriage be over before it begins?

 

Victoria Roberts To Wed a Wicked Highlander is a great addition to the Bad Boys of the Highlands series.  Alex and Ella make for an entertaining couple.  Ella who has always wanted to be one of the boys isn’t exactly happy to be married off to the bed hopping Alex. Which makes for a great starting point for the pairing.

 

Roberts excels at witty banter and this couple are masters at it.  To Wed a Wicked Highlander is a wonderful highland romance.  It makes the reader feel like they are breathing in the Highland air with the characters.

THE TROUBLE WITH HONOR by Julia London

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THE TROUBLE WITH HONOR by Julia LondonThe Trouble with Honor by Julia London
Series: The Cabot Sisters #2
Published by Harlequin on 2014-03-01
Genres: Historical
Pages: 384
Reviewed by Miranda

Passion and scandal collide in New York Times bestselling author Julia London's brand-new series about four sisters determined to rescue themselves from ruin… Desperate times call for daring measures as Honor Cabot, the eldest stepdaughter of the wealthy Earl of Beckington, awaits her family's ruin. Upon the earl's death she and her sisters stand to lose the luxury of their grand home—and their place on the pedestal of society—to their stepbrother and his social-climbing fiancée. Forced to act quickly, Honor makes a devil's bargain with the only rogue in London who can seduce her stepbrother's fiancée out of the Cabots' lives for good. An illegitimate son of a duke, George Easton was born of scandal and grows his fortune through dangerous risks. But now he and Honor are dabbling in a perilous dance of seduction that puts her reputation and his jaded heart on the line. And as unexpected desire threatens to change the rules of their secret game, the stakes may become too high even for a notorious gambler and a determined, free-spirited debutante to handle.

The Mischievous Honor Cabot is ready to do whatever it takes to keep a roof over her and her sister’s heads after the passing of their step-father.  Her brother is about to marry a woman that really has no use for Honor or her sisters.  She is terrified of what will happen next so she comes up with a daring plan.

 

Honor decides to enlist the scandalous George Easton, the bastard son of a duke, in her plan.  Honor would like Easton to seduce her stepbrother’s fiancée away but she doesn’t count on the sparks that fly between herself and Easton.  Will Easton be able to complete her task or will his feelings for Honor change his feelings regarding love?

 

The Trouble with Honor is a fantastic start to London’s new Cabot Sisters series.  Honor and George made me laugh so many times while reading!   They have such a natural chemistry that steadily grows into something else, something stronger.  Their love story is a fun and entertaining read! Honor’s shenanigans are hilarious.  London writes her characters and plotlines with style.

SWEET TALK TO ME by Keiran Kramer

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SWEET TALK TO ME by Keiran KramerSweet Talk Me by Kieran Kramer
Published by Macmillan on 2014-03-25
Genres: Contemporary, Historical
Pages: 384
Reviewed by Vanessa

HE’S SURE GOT A WAY WITH WORDS…The last person True Maybank expected to run into while picking up her wedding gown was country music superstar Harrison Gamble. Years ago, when they were small-town teens in Biscuit Creek, South Carolina, they shared a forbidden night of passion. Now that she’s about to settle down, True’s love affair with the handsome crooner is a thing of the past. Or is it? From the moment he says hello, she has to fight swooning like an adoring fan. CAN SHE RESIST HIS CHARMS?Today he’s rich, famous, and on every woman’s hot list. But back in the day, Harrison wasn’t good enough for debutante True. Since then she’s had her fair share of marital prospects, including the perfect Southern gentleman she’s about to settle down with. Is Harrison the only one to realize the mistake True’s about to make? Can the society girl and the sexy singer make music together—this time around?

Years ago, True Maybank and Harrison Gamble shared a night of passion before he asked for more, and she turned him down.  Embarking on realizing his dreams, he walks away from the one woman that was his world, and True sets out to continue to appease her family and do what a Maybank is required to do.  When True is set to marry her on-again off-again love from high school, Harrison comes back in to her world and sets it on its side!

 

Now that country singer Harrison has made a name for himself and has countless adoring fans, he still finds that he is drawn to True, but that he will never be good enough for the Maybank princess from South Carolina.  Harrison isn’t happy to find that True is on the verge of marrying the man she was dating all those years ago when he had had her, but he soon realizes all isn’t what it seems in Biscuit Creek, South Carolina, either.  Will Harrison be able to dissuade True from her marriage prospect, does he even want to risk his heart on the debutante, or will Harrison be the one to walk away from the “family first” True?

 

Sweet Talk to Me was an enchanting romantic tale that was a joy to read.  I thoroughly enjoyed the dialogue and interactions between Harrison and True.  Rooting for them to find their way to their HEA, I became completely engrossed in their love and in Sweet Talk to Me.  I think their past could have been fleshed out a bit more, though.  I liked that in the end, both Harrison and True had to re-prioritize their lives in order gain their HEA, but it worked for them.

 

The secondary characters were interesting too, and they added more depth and reality to Sweet Talk to Me.  However, at some points, they took away from the tale and from Harrison and True, as well.  My one big complaint about Sweet Talk to Me is that someone didn’t truly get theirs in the end, and I’m holding out hope that Harrison will talk True into dealing that out later.  Otherwise, I found Harrison truly swoon-worthy, and True is damn lucky that he still wants her in the end!!

WARRIOR REBORN by Melissa Mayhue

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WARRIOR REBORN by Melissa MayhueWarrior Reborn by Melissa Mayhue
Series: Warrior #3
Published by Pocket, Simon and Schuster on 2012-10-30
Genres: Historical, Paranormal, Time Travel
Pages: 339
Reviewed by Vanessa

Award-winning author Melissa Mayhue delivers once more with her second enchanting novel of the MacDowylt clan, featuring a captive Scottish seer who awaits the man from her visions to rescue—and love—her. . . . Former special ops agent CHASE NOBLE has been searching his whole life for the place where he belongs. As a descendant of Fae, he senses fate has more in store for him. And he will not rest until he discovers what his true purpose is. When he travels back in time to medieval Scotland, he discovers his mission is to save a beautiful woman—the same woman he is destined to be with. CHRISTIANA MACDOWYLT possesses the gift of foresight. Prisoner of her evil half brother, Christiana has visions that show her that only one warrior can rescue her—a man she is mysteriously drawn to. The only problem is, he’s in the future. Now she must rely on the magic of a fairy to transport him to the past. And when Christiana finally meets Chase, the sparks between them set off a smoldering desire. But will the magic that brought them together also tear them apart?

Chase Noble, a soldier from the present, has been searching for a place to belong his whole life.  Only how was Chase to know that his place in this world is in the past?  Since he is part Fae when he is whisked back in time several hundred years, he is not too shocked.  Chase determines to find out why he was sent to the past and if it was where he was meant to be all along.

Christiana MacDowylt has a gift for seeing things that her evil half-brother, Torquil, uses for his benefit.  Seeing that there is an option to gain her freedom, she forgoes rescue by her other siblings.  Christiana can only be rescued by one man—one that she is drawn to and holds so much power in his hands.  Can Christiana be clever enough to trick Torquil in having the wolf in sheep’s clothing in his service, or will her scheme be discovered?  Will Chase be able to rescue Christiana and have what he has desired and sought his entire life?

Warrior Reborn is an engrossing time travel romance that mystified and bedeviled from the beginning.  It is the continuing saga of the Daughters of the Glen series and it explores their lives more fully.  I was eager to see an end to the villain from the last book in the series that I ventured through with Melissa Mayhue.

Warrior Reborn had some clever thoughts coming from Christiana and it was nice to see a heroine that could hold her own against most adversaries.  I truly felt that while Chase and Christiana belonged together, if she could have found another path to save the day, she would have taken it as well.  Who doesn’t like to see a female pull the wool over another character’s eyes a few times?

For the most part, you can’t go wrong with a Melissa Mayhue book if you are looking for some good old fashioned paranormal entertainment, and Warrior Reborn is no exception.

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