When I first had my friend Dee design this blog for me, I told her I wanted icons to be able to use on the blog. For reviews and such. I loved what she and her husband made for me but I always felt I needed one to portray my feelings when I read something that didn’t work for me at all. I think her hubby got it with this icon…I love it! What do you think?
I think I need to think of some more icons for her hubby to make me…these are so cool! :)
WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE by Julie Anne Long
Copyright: February 22, 2011
Series: Pennyroyal Green Series, Book 5
Source: Purchased e-copy for Kindle via Amazon
For years, he’s been an object of fear, fascination . . . and fantasy. But of all the wicked rumors that shadow the formidable Alexander Moncrieffe, Duke of Falconbridge, the ton knows one thing for certain: only fools dare cross him. And when Ian Eversea does just that, Moncrieffe knows the perfect revenge: he’ll seduce Ian’s innocent sister, Genevieve—the only Eversea as yet untouched by scandal. First he’ll capture her heart . . . and then he’ll break it.
But everything about Genevieve is unexpected: the passion simmering beneath her cool control, the sharp wit tempered by gentleness . . . And though Genevieve has heard the whispers about the duke’s dark past, and knows she trifles with him at her peril, one incendiary kiss tempts her deeper into a world of extraordinary sensuality. Until Genevieve is faced with a fateful choice . . . is there anything she won’t do for a duke?
Really think I’m getting burned out on historicals right now. Have heard the “buzz” about this and it’s either my mood or the hype not living up to my expectations. I think I need to move on to another genre other than historicals for now.
I had issues with the hero targeting the heroine for revenge because of something her brother did that she had nothing to do with. I had issues with the pansy brother who was willing to throw his sister under the bus to get the duke’s attention off him and on someone else. I had issues with the heroine, who was “so in love” with her best friend that she felt the need to confess her love for him…while in bed with the hero after they shared some good times. I had issues with the friend who felt the need to do this “test” on the heroine because he was a flaming coward. Yes, the hero was clever, the heroine was clever, they were just both clever together but nothing about this story wowed me until the last 20-30 pages and even then I wasn’t wowed, just felt a sense of “Thank God, it’s about time.”
I’ve come to the conclusion that one of two things are going on. Either I’m slipping into a slump already this year or I need a bit of a break from historicals right now. The second part is a huge thing for me as historicals are my first love but looking over my reads so far this year, I can only count on one hand the historicals I’ve read and actually enjoyed.
AFTER DARK WITH A SCOUNDREL by Alexandra Hawkins
Copyright: February 2011
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Series: Lords of Vice — Book 3
Source: Received from Publisher.
Notorious, handsome, and decadent, the Lords of Vice break rules and hearts with equal aplomb. But what if one woman is on to their game—and the player becomes the played?
ONE STOLEN KISS
Young, tender, and highly impressionable, Lady Regan can’t help but be intrigued by her brother’s wayward friends—the wickedly charming Lords of Vice. One man in particular, the dashing Lord Hugh Mordare (known simply as “Dare” among the ton), utterly captivates her—in spite of his reputation as a notorious womanizer. But when she steals an innocent kiss from Dare, Regan is swiftly packed off to boarding school, safely away from danger…and desire.
ONE SWEET SEDUCTION
Five years later, Regan returns—a proper lady and ravishing beauty. Miss Swann’s Academy for Young Ladies has taught her how to behave in polite society. But all the training in the world cannot extinguish her love for Dare. Now, she hopes to beat the master of seduction at his own game—by daring Dare to love her in return. This time, both of their hearts are on the line…and winner takes all.
Here we are, back with the Lords of Vice. I have to be honest and say that after a while, since I read these back to back to back, whenever the term “Lords of Vice” was mentioned, I rolled my eyes because it’s said so many times in all the books. I get it. They’re the Lords of Vice. Wooo to the hooo. Can we just call them by name now? It’s so repetitive and I think I need to stop reading series/trilogies back to back like this because I’m finding I’m not enjoying them as much as I want to. It becomes a nitpicking thing to me to find similar phrases and/or a game of “See how many times Lords of Vice are mentioned on one page or how long I can read before it’s mentioned again.” Pure silliness on my part but it amuses me.
This one opens up when the heroine is 15 and the hero is in his early to mid 20s. At one point he’s got her in his lap and he’s thinking the following to himself:
As far as Dare was concerned, he had earned a hefty reward for resisting Frost’s tempting little sister. Two years ago, he had managed to keep his hands off her, had he not?
That gave me a slight ick factor moment because he had these thoughts about her when she was 13. Yes, I know it’s a historical and they married young but still…knowing it and accepting it are two different things and it just creeped me out a bit.
Anyway, they share a kiss, big brother Frost comes in, turns all icy on them and sends his sister away because while he’s part of the Lords of Vice and Dare is a friend of his, no way does he like the fact that one of the Lords of Vice is messing with his sister. Five years later, Regan finds her way back home by way of bending the truth. One, because she missed her brother and her home and two, because she was twenty now and she wanted to seduce Dare because she’s always loved him.
What ensues next is Regan doing whatever she can to get her way, Dare “pretending” he’s just looking out for his best friend’s little sister & Frost acting like the King he seems to think he is and making everyone around him his pawns. Throw in a few batshit crazy family relatives on Dare’s side and you have a riveting tale on your hands because you just have to see how it all plays out.
I will say in book 1, I thought Frost was a douchebag. In book 2, I thought he was an ass for the way he spoke about Sophia & in this one, at the beginning I thought he was an arrogant jerk but by the time I reached the end of the book, he seemed a little more human to me, not as icy/cold as he has been described. I’m still intrigued enough by this series to wonder if he will get his own book and if he does, I hope it’ll be by someone who will knock him on his ass and have him questioning everything he thinks he knows.
LONE RIDER by Lauren Bach
Copyright: November 2001 (So long ago that it looks like the author no longer has a website)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Source: Purchased it when it was first released. (yes, it’s been in the TBR for almost 10 years!)
TROUBLE JUST ROLLED IN…
A WOMAN IN DESPERATE NEED OF RESCUE
A deserted stretch of highway, a young woman stranded in a fancy car, and the sound of motorcycles in the black night….Tess Marsh’s cross-country trip ends all too suddenly when Dallas Haynes finds her. From his sexy bedroom eyes to his black leather jacket and dusty jeans, he spells trouble, but so does the nasty-looking biker gang that surrounds them. Within minutes, Tess is on the back of Dallas’s Harley, and at the mercy of a man who breaks through all of her defenses and makes her want him–good or bad, right or wrong.
AN UNLIKELY SAVIOR IN LEATHER AND JEANS
Dallas’s mission doesn’t need another complication, yet from the moment he sees her he wants her with a rough, hungry passion that can hurt them both. Claiming her and abducting her is the only way to protect her from the gang. Then all hell breaks loose, and Dallas and Tess are on the run with no place to hide–except in each other’s arms.
Found this book in my TBR the other day when I went looking through my stash for MOUTH TO MOUTH by Erin McCarthy because it was mentioned on Twitter the other night when recommended reads came up. I knew I had it in the TBR so I went looking for it. Found LONE RIDER instead. The TBR, she’s out of control. This ended up being my first read for Wendy’s TBR Challenge of the year.
I vaguely remember buying this not long after it was released because it was getting a lot of buzz online on the loops. Not sure why it sat in the TBR this long, though.
I have this thing about lone women getting stranded on the side of the road in the middle of the night. I always wonder, “Do you not check before you go on a road trip to make sure you have enough gas?” I don’t know why but this is like a huge pet peeve of mine. Yes, I know its fiction (I do!) but there’s that part in me that just can’t stop from asking that question when I see it happen in books. It’s just a huge moment for me.
Anyhoo, not long after Dallas saves Tess from the side of the road and takes her to his cabin hideout, we find out that Dallas Haynes is not what he appears to be. He’s actually an undercover FBI in the biker gang to get the information he needs to be able to bring down the leader. We know that but Tess does not. She thinks he’s what he looks like…a bad-ass biker who claimed her for his own to save her from one of the other bikers.
There were a few things that bugged me about this book.
1. That Tess, even though Dallas wasn’t really a bad guy, slept with him without protection. Hello? Seriously? You don’t know him from Adam but you have sex with him without protection?
2. That she didn’t stop to connect the dots about Dallas before his “unveiling”. Was she really that clueless?
I wouldn’t say this is a book I’ll ever reread again but it was an OK read for me. Nothing really stood out. Just found it to be a blah read. Filled with suspense and keeps you guessing until the end, LONE RIDER gets a 3 from me.