2009 New Author Challenge, Historical Romance

9781402217913-2From the back of the book:

A Fascinating And Exasperating Young Lady…

The Marquess of Darkefell has enough to worry about with a bloodthirsty wild beast rampaging the countryside and sinister family secrets to protest. Then Lady Anne Addison arrives, with unquenchable curiosity and intelligence that drive him to distraction…

An Infuriatingly Unyielding Man…

Lady Anne finds the Marquess darkly handsome, seductive, and forceful, with a ruthless magnetism that challenges and stimulates her. But he seems determined to keep secrets that may threaten both herself and her helpless friend…

Thrown together in a time of crisis, with a murderer on the loose, the Marquess picks an absolutely dreadful moment and the worst possible way to declare his intentions…

The beginning of this book hooked me right in. It had a very mysterious and Gothic feel. I was hooked for the first half and then the story started to drag. I wish there had been more interaction between the Marquess and Lady Anne. The Marquess was very one dimensional and not easy to get a real feeling for his true character. The book ended very abruptly, in my opinion. The mystery is solved and then nothing. There is a second book coming out later in the year and I really can’t wait to read it to find out what happens next with Lady Anne.

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To find out more about the author: Donna Lea Simpson

Historical Romance

first-comes-marriageFrom the back of the book:

The arrival of Elliott Wallace, the irresistibly eligible Viscount Lyngate, has thrown the country village of Throckbridge into a tizzy. Desperate to rescue her eldest sister from a loveless union, Vanessa Huxtable Dew offers herself instead. In need of a wife, Elliott takes the audacious widow up on her unconventional proposal while he pursues an urgent mission of his own. But a strange think happens on the way to the wedding night. Two strangers with absolutely nothing in common can’t keep their hands off each other. Now, as intrigue swirls around a past secret – one with a stunning connection to the Huxtables – Elliott and Vanessa are uncovering the glorious pleasures of the marriage bed…and discovering that when it comes to wedded bliss, love can’t be far behind.

This is the first book in a 4-book series about a family of three sisters and their brother. Vanessa Huxtable Dew is the middle sister, the plain sister, and the widow sister. Elliott comes across as controlling and a little too overbearing. He sets out to propose to Vanessa’s oldest sister as a way to make it easier to introduce the sisters to the ton. Vanessa offers herself instead, so that her sister can find true love. Elliott and Vanessa have chemistry, but it first doesn’t seem like a good kind of chemistry. They rub each other the wrong way. I liked that Elliott and Vanessa don’t automatically fall in love, they have to work at it.

The only problem I had with this book, was Con, the Huxtables 2nd cousin. I can’t quite figure out where he fits in the story. We are told he is a bad guy, but doesn’t defend or explain himself. There is never any concrete evidence of why he is bad, just what Elliott thinks. I hope that he is in other books and we can find out his true story.

I can’t wait to see what happens with the other sisters and their brother!

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To find more about the author: Mary Balogh

Historical Romance

to-tempt-a-scotsmanFrom the back of the book:

She has nothing left to lose –

After finding herself at the center of a very public scandal that left one man dead and another on the run, Lady Alexandra Huntington has exiled herself to her brother’s estate and is content to manage his affairs. But the arrival of darkly handsome Collin Blackburn awakens her curiosity and her desire – and the advantage of being a fallen woman is that she can be ruined only one…

Except her heart…

After a promise sworn to his father, Collin Blackburn is compelled to seek the aid of the woman who brought about his brother’s death in a senseless duel. Yet Lady Alexandra is not the shameless femme fatale he expected. In fact, Collin suspects she is guilty of nothing more than a hunger to experience passion, and the brawny Scot is certainly equipped to oblige. But the quick-witted, keenly sensual Alexandra has a few lessons of her own to impart – on life, love, and the delicious joys of succumbing to temptation…

I love Victoria Dahl, everything she writes is a keeper. In TO TEMPT A SCOTSMAN Alexandra is a fallen woman who is spending her days taking care of her brother’s estate. She is determined to have a fulfilling and happy life despite the scandal. Collin is trying to find out the circumstances around his half brothers death. These two feel drawn to other, even though they don’t want to. I couldn’t put this book down. The chemistry between the characters was electric, I couldn’t wait to read what would happen next between them. As much as I loved Victoria Dahls contemporary, TALK ME DOWN, I hope there will be more historical romances too!

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2009 New Author Challenge, Historical Romance

viscountFrom the book:

When all hope seems lost…

Louisa Shelby’s carefree life of elegant balls and beautiful frocks ended when her father died, leaving her penniless. With no hope of securing a proper marriage, the vivacious young miss accepts a position as a companion to an elderly viscountess. But temptation in a most unexpected guise awaits Louisa in the dowager’s home…

Once, Simon Wade was London’s most eligible accident forced him into seclusion, away from prying eyes and questions. He thought he’d never again experience the tender touch of a beautiful woman. But while he yearns to hold the enchanting Lousia and taste the intoxicating nectar of her kiss, he will accept no woman’s pity.

Louisa never desired a man the way she burns for Simon. And now her chance at happiness may rest in her ability to convince the stubborn viscount that her passion is real…and her love is true.

I have been looking for some good historical romance¬† books. THE VISCOUNT IN HER BEDROOM is a great historical. Louisa is a fixer. She wants to fix those around her and make them happy. Simon is a man in need of fixing, or so she thinks. These two had great chemistry and an affection that was based on a need to be important to someone for who they were on the inside. I felt a connection between the two characters was very strong.¬† The injury that Simon suffers is something that I had never read about before. I found the writing of his condition very believable. I can’t wait to read more by this author!

2009 New Author Challenge, Historical Romance

dukeLady Georgina Gordon’s sisters have all married prominent dukes or earls, and much to her dismay, she’s expected to make an even better match. There is no shortage of suitors for the vivacious beauty, but Georgina refuses to marry a man who doesn’t stir her urgent passion. Unfortunately her mother has already set her sights on Francis Russell, the powerful Duke of Bedford – a man who may be the most eligible bachelor in all of England but whose attraction completely eludes Georgina. Despite her staunchest efforts, and engagement with the Duke of Bedford may not be so easily avoided.

Scandal is sure to erupt, because Georgina is having trouble denying her desire for another man: John Russell, the duke’s dashing younger brother…

My first thought about this book is the amazing amount of research that Ms. Henley had to do in order to write it. The Decadent Duke is incredibly detailed and uses some historical facts in the story. As for the plot, I didn’t really care for it. For the first half of the book John Russell, the younger brother of the Duke of Bedford, is married and I didn’t see how he could have a relationship with Georgina. The Duke of Bedford was a terrible character. He is a womanizer, but Georgina’s mother kept pushing her daughter at him. It made me dislike the character of the mother and the Duke. In fact, there were very few characters in this book that I liked. Georgina was too young for everything that she was going through and John Russell was never really fleshed out. Much more time was spent letting the reader know who the Duke of Bedford was and very little was spent on John Russell. This just wasn’t a book I would really recommend.

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Historical Romance

dukeFrom the back of the book:

The Duchess of Cosway years for a man she has never met…her husband.

Married by proxy as a child, Lady Isidore has spent years fending off lecherous men in every European court while waiting to meet her husband. She’s determined to accept him, no matter how unattractive the duke turns out to be. When she finally lures Simeon Jermyn back to London, his dark handsomeness puts Isidore’s worst fears to rest — until disaster strikes.

The duke demands an annulment.

Forsaking his adventuresome past, Simeon has returned to London ready to embrace the life of a proper duke, only to find that his supposed wife is too ravishing, too headstrong, and too sensual to be the docile duchess he has in mind. But Isidore will not give up her claim to the title – or him – without a fight.

She will do whatever it takes to capture Simeon’s heart, even if it means sacrificing her virtue. After all, a consummated marriage cannot be annulled.

Yet, in forcing Simeon into a delicious surrender, will Isidore risk not only her dignity – but her heart?

This is a book in the duchess series by Eloisa James. I liked the book, although I was distracted by the many plot lines. This book focuses on the Duke and Duchess of Cosway, the Duke and Duchess of Beaumont, and the Duke of Villiers. The main focus is on the Duke and Duchess of Cosway and their 11 year marriage. A marriage that has never been consummated. I felt that their story was overshadowed by the other characters. Some major developments in the Duke and Duchess of Beaumont’s story line. I was much more interested in what was happening with them than what was happening between Isidore and Simeon.¬† I can’t wait until the next book, when we finally get to Jemma’s story.

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