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THE OTHER MRS. BRIDGERTON by Julia Quinn

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THE OTHER MRS. BRIDGERTON by Julia QuinnThe Other Mrs. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
Series: Rokesbys #3
Published by Avon Genres: Historical


 

She was in the wrong place...

Fiercely independent and adventurous, Poppy Bridgerton will only wed a suitor whose keen intellect and interests match her own. Sadly, none of the fools from her London season qualify. While visiting a friend on the Dorset coast, Poppy is pleasantly surprised to discover a smugglers’ hideaway tucked inside a cave. But her delight turns to dismay when two pirates kidnap her and take her aboard a ship, leaving her bound and gagged on the captain’s bed…

He found her at the wrong time...

Known to society as a rascal and reckless privateer, Captain Andrew James Rokesby actually transports essential goods and documents for the British government. Setting sail on a time-sensitive voyage to Portugal, he’s stunned to find a woman waiting for him in his cabin. Surely, his imagination is getting the better of him. But no, she is very real—and his duty to the Crown means he's stuck with her.

Can two wrongs make the most perfect right?

When Andrew learns that she is a Bridgerton, he knows he will likely have to wed her to avert a scandal—though Poppy has no idea that he is the son of an earl and neighbor to her aristocratic cousins in Kent. On the high seas, their war of words soon gives way to an intoxicating passion. But when Andrew’s secret is revealed, will his declaration of love be enough to capture her heart…?

Poppy Bridgerton is dragging her heels on the marriage mart.  She isn’t about to settle for just any man who asks her – only someone who can match her quick wit and will treat her as an equal could catch her interest and none of her suitors have even elicited the slightest glimmer of attraction from her.  Taking a break from London, she goes to Dorset to visit a friend.  While exploring the coast, Poppy discovers a smugglers cave…which would be delightful if there weren’t smugglers in it when she did!  Resourceful as she is, this is one mess Poppy isn’t able to escape and she soon finds herself kidnapped and taken aboard the Infinity, to be presented to its less-than-pleased captain.

 

Captain Andrew Rokesby loves excitement, but a captive miss in his bed is definitely not the kind of thrill he seeks.  Andrew would like nothing more than to set Poppy free, but his duty to the Crown and the time-sensitive nature of his mission means the lady is stuck accompanying him to Portugal.  A battle of wills and words is about to take place on the high seas…the kind of battle that could cost both sides their hearts.

 

Oh, what fun The Other Miss Bridgerton is!  Julia Quinn’s characters are always lively and loveable, but there seems to be a special sort of magic to her work when the Bridgerton family is involved.

 

Poppy is cousin to Edmund Bridgerton (father of the original eight Bridgertons) and she’s as smart, curious, and sprightly as you’d expect her to be.  I absolutely adored her from the very first and couldn’t wait to see her fall in love.  Andrew is her match in every way; he’s charming, competitive, and bright.  I loved the banter between the two of them and really enjoyed watching them peel back the layers of each other’s characters.  Though their story begins in what both would consider less than ideal circumstances, it’s easy to see these two were made for each other.  In fact, had they met at an ordinary family event (quite possible since Poppy’s cousin Billie is married to Andrew’s older brother), you just know they would have fallen in love anyway.  But close quarters lead to a slightly less conventional love story and I loved watching their slow-burn romance unfold.  Add in a dash of adventure and what’s not to love about this book?  It’s a sparkling romance with good humor, endearing characters you can root for, and it’s so light on its feet that the pages of the story seem to fly by.  I absolutely adored The Other Miss Bridgerton and cannot wait to read it again.

ARCHANGEL’S PROPHECY by Nalini Singh

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ARCHANGEL’S PROPHECY by Nalini SinghArchangel's Prophecy by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #11
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal


 

Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly passionate Guild Hunter world, where human-turned-angel Elena Deveraux, consort to Archangel Raphael, is thrust center stage into an eons-old prophecy…

Midnight and dawn, Elena’s wings are unique among angelkind—and now they are failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she’s regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill.

Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena’s very survival, violent forces are gathering across the world. In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. In New York, a mysterious sinkhole filled with lava swallows a man whole. In Africa, torrential monsoon rains flood rolling deserts. And in Elena’s mind whispers a haunting voice that isn’t her own.

This time, survival may not be possible…not even for the consort of an archangel.

The last few years have been good ones, with the Cascade on some sort of pause.  It’s been business as usual for both Elena and Raphael, but it’s been like looking constantly over your shoulder for the next shoe to drop.  And drop it did, when Elena’s brother-in-law was attacked and left for dead in his home, and threats were left for Elena’s sister and niece.  To say Elena was in the hunt didn’t quite cover it.   Like that wasn’t enough to shake things up, the Cascade just roared forward again and it’s nastier than ever.

As Elena continues her hunt for who almost killed her brother-in-law and to protect her sister and niece, she finds that the attack is part of a series of killings. The question is who is behind them and why.  At the same time the Cascade has attacked not only New York, but also Africa and something crazy is going on in China.  So Raphael and Elena are working overtime to figure out what is going on.  Now you would think that would be more than enough, but no – another strange thing is Elena seems to be regressing and becoming more and more human again.  Plus there is a voice telling her she is part of a prophecy and one will have to die so the other can live.  So who has to die and who is going to live?

As the days go by the answers to who is behind the killings and brutal attack are beginning to point to someone that will hurt Elena to bring down.  And each day she is getting weaker and her wings are being threatened.  Everyone knows her day and night wings might be at risk with everything the voice is saying.  Raphael is trying to move heaven and earth to find the answers to save Elena, but everyone is coming up empty.  It’s becoming a race to see if Elena will capture the killer before she goes down herself.  When all the answers are known, will everyone come out safely on the other side, or will New York be rocked harder than ever before?

Love can conquer all they say, but is it stronger than the oldest and most famous seer in history?  I know that whenever I open a book featuring Elena and Raphael the action will be fierce and the love even hotter.  Archangel’s Prophecy was no exception.  I loved the hunt to find and end the threat to Elena’s sister and niece. I have to admit that I never expected who it turned out to be.   I also lost it several times as Elena was so affected by the Cascade and prophecy.  I saw the true love between Raphael and his consort as the pages became fewer and fewer.  I have to say that the ending was very bittersweet for me and I had to re-read the last couple of chapters several times because I thought a hard rule for me in romance had been broken.  I will also tell you that there is one hell of a cliffhanger.  If you don’t handle those well, you might want to wait until the next book comes out and read them back to back.  Over all, Archangel’s Prophecy is another excellent example of Ms. Singh’s storytelling.  It will challenge all of your emotions before you are finished.  I can promise you this.

 

CONSUMED by J. R. Ward

CONSUMED by J. R. Ward

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CONSUMED by J. R. WardConsumed by J. R. Ward
Published by Gallery Books Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed...

By her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer.

Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self.

Shattered and demoralized, Anne finds her new career as an arson investigator a pale substitute for the adrenaline-fueled life she left behind. She doesn't believe she will ever feel that same all-consuming passion for her job again--until she encounters a string of suspicious fires setting her beloved city ablaze.

Danny McGuire is a premiere fireman, best in the county, but in the midst of a personal meltdown. Danny is taking risks like never before and seems to have a death wish until he teams up with Anne to find the fire starter. But Danny may be more than a distraction, and as Anne narrows in on her target, the arsonist begins to target her.

J.R. Ward’s Consumed is a terrifically terrifying adventure from start to finish! From the first scenes in Consumed there is no doubt this book will be intense.  I’m not sure if I have ever been so engrossed in the first few pages of a book that nothing could distract. It’s been a little bit since I finished the book and I still get nervous butterflies when thinking about Consumed. The beautifully tragic imagery brought forth will leave you gasping for air…literally!

Ward brings her signature writing style to her new series giving the reader the multifaceted storytelling they adore. You always know going into a book from Ward that you will not be denied any of the characters point of view.

All of Anne Ashburn’s life she has been determined to follow in the family footsteps and leave a shining legacy within the fire department.  Tragic circumstances force her to completely rethink her life and what she wants from it.  Danny McGuire is the fire department’s golden boy until events lead him to begin taking unnecessary risks.  To say that these characters are deep would be a gross understatement. It’s impossible to miss the wealth of emotion that drives and sometimes helps these characters thrive.

Consumed, as cheesy as it is to say it will consume you from page one.  This exceptional suspenseful drama will have you dissecting the characters motives to discover the bad guy!  Anne and Danny’s romance is a slow burn in all the best ways.  We really get a chance to know them both and what is driving them. Both are complex and picking up the pieces after a life-changing event.   I fell incredibly in love with these two!

Enthralling, Exhilarating and Explosive are just a few of the words I would use to describe J. R. Ward’s Consumed. It’s most definitely a Recommended Read!

BORNE TO BE WILDE by Eloisa James

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BORNE TO BE WILDE by Eloisa JamesBorne to be Wilde by Eloisa James
Series: The Wildes of Lindow Castle #3
Published by Avon Genres: Historical


 

 

All of society knows that Lavinia Gray is bright, beautiful, and wealthy.  Only the last is a lie, as Lavinia herself recently found out.  Convention dictates Lavinia needs to marry a rich man as quickly as possible, which is why she lets her cousin talk her into proposing to Parth Sterling.  Not only is Parth one of the richest men in England, he’s a man who knows how to get things done.  The only problem is, the man she loved to tease in better times turned her down flat, which is devastating in more ways than one.

 

Parth Sterling has the perfect bride in mind, and it is definitely not the luscious Lavinia Gray.  He can’t help but feel for her, which is why he offers to find her a wealthy husband.  Except that the longer Parth spends around Lavinia, the less he can bear the thought of anyone but himself being her husband.  Parth doesn’t know it yet, but the woman who is the opposite of everything he thinks he should want may just turn out to be everything he needs.

 

Born to be Wilde snaps and sparkles all the way through.  I adore a good frenemies-to-lovers romance, and Eloisa James has delivered a truly delightful one in Parth and Lavinia’s story.

 

Lavinia has been brought up to be the wife of a wealthy man and not much more.  Despite this, she’s quite bright and incredibly charming.  She’s also in dire straits at the beginning of this story.  I won’t go into detail, but suffice it to say that Lavinia is hit with a lot of responsibility all at once and she doesn’t let it break her even though the life she has lived hasn’t prepared her to shoulder the burden she takes on.  What I loved best about Lavinia was her eye for fashion.  It’s so much more than the frivolous fancy people assume it is and what she does with her knowledge, skills, and talents had me cheering for her all the way through the book.  The one person who has the ability to knock Lavinia off her stride is Parth.  Parth is intelligent, clever, and handsome, but man does he get it wrong with Lavinia.  He’s attracted to her, but he sees her as shallow and he couldn’t be more wrong.  I loved watching them bicker and struggle against their mutual attraction even as they managed to peel back the layers of each other’s characters.  It’s a rocky road to happily ever after for these two, but they have such undeniable chemistry and their romance is so engaging that I was happy to go along for the ride.

 

Born to be Wilde is the third book in Ms. James’s Wildes of Lindow Castle series and though it can be read as a standalone, if you start here be prepared for major spoilers from Wilde in Love and Too Wilde to Wed.  The Wildes adopted Parth at five years old and they happily bring Lavinia into their fold, so it’s no surprise that most members of the Wilde family play supporting roles in this book.  The Wildes as a whole are warm, welcoming, funny, supportive, and endearing and they’ve made every book in the series shine.  I can’t count the number of times Born to be Wilde made me grin.  It’s a truly delightful story and I highly recommend it to any historical romance fan.

 

TOO WILDE TO WED by Eloisa James

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TOO WILDE TO WED by Eloisa JamesToo Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James
Series: The Wildes of Lindow Castle #2
Published by Avon Genres: Historical


 

 

It has been two years since Miss Diana Belgrave jilted Lord Roland Northbridge Wilde, and those two years have changed everything.  North went off to fight in the Colonies and has returned whole in body, though not in spirit.  And after being tossed out by her mother for breaking her engagement in favor of raising her orphaned nephew, Diana has taken a position as governess to North’s sister in the Wilde family household.  When North returns to England, the two come face-to-face and the sparks immediately begin to fly.  Even though she broke his heart and damaged his reputation, North still wants Diana.  And Diana is just realizing she never truly knew the man beneath the elegant mask North had put on to impress her during their engagement.  Is it possible for two outcasts who both want different things in life to find their way to a happily ever after together?

 

Too Wilde to Wed is such a fun book!  It’s fun, sensual, and in the Wilde family Eloisa James has created a host of bright, endearing characters who grab your heart and don’t let go.

 

Unlike most of the young women she knows, Diana has never wanted to be raised to the ranks of the upper aristocracy.  In fact, she positively panics at the thought.  I liked that Diana was unconventional, that she didn’t quite fit into the mold her mother tried to forcibly stuff her in.  After falling from society’s good graces, she finally finds her true self.  It’s a self that North has never seen.  He fell for her when he first heard her laugh (cue me melting when reading this), but he proposed to an elegant creation he only later realizes was not the true Diana.  My heart broke for North in the first Wildes of Lindow Castle book, Wilde in Love, as he tried to turn himself into a veritable peacock to attract Diana’s notice.  The North in Too Wilde to Wed is a hardened warrior with no patience for fripperies.  This North, the real North, is the man who ultimately captures Diana’s heart and one of my favorite things about this story was watching them talk openly and truly learn, one another.  Diana and North are clearly made for one another, but it isn’t easy for North to win over Diana.   But being in Lindow Castle, away from society’s judgmental eyes, frees them to be honest.  The resulting romance is by turns sweet and sexy and I was rooting for these two to find a way to get that perfectly happily ever after.

 

Too Wilde to Wed is the second book in Ms. James’s Wildes of Lindow Castle series and if you don’t mind some spoilers from the first book it can be read on its own.  My favorite thing about this series is the Wilde family as a unit.  They’re welcoming, loving, and incredibly funny.  I’m so glad North has a bunch of siblings because I don’t think I’ll ever tire of reading about their wild (pun intended) antics.  I finished Too Wilde to Wed a well-satisfied reader and I cannot wait to see what adventures Ms. James has in store for the Wilde family next!

IN MY SKIN by Shannon McKenna

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OCEAN LIGHT by Nalini Singh

OCEAN LIGHT by Nalini Singh

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SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE by L. Penelope

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FURYBORN by Claire Legrand

FURYBORN by Claire Legrand

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PROMISE NOT TO TELL by Jayne Ann Krentz

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HARD BREAKER by Christine Warren

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THE WHOLE WAY HOME by Sarah Creech

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WHISKEY SHARP by Lauren Dane

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GIVING CHASE by Lauren Dane

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DEAD GIRL RUNNING by Christina Dodd

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ALL WE KNEW by Jamie Beck

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