Tuesday, January 31, 2012

embracing the unexpectedembracing the unexpected by Ella Jade

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was really good. Parker's self-discovery and Jace's patience with him were very well written and the love scenes were steamy and explicit but tasteful and full of emotion. Definitely recommended for anyone who likes m/m romance.



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Monday, January 30, 2012

French Quarter (Hot in the City, #1)French Quarter by Lacey Alexander

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I got this as a free read for the Kindle (which I read on my droid), and it really held my interest. So many delicious fantasies in this one! I got a little frustrated at their lack of communication (I've said it a million times, just let the h/h be HONEST with each other and let the conflict come from elsewhere), but overall this is a smoking-hot one-handed read that I can definitely recommend, but only if you're prepared for SUPERNAUGHTY sexual behavior. (M/F, M/F/M, F/F)



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Monday, January 16, 2012

An Unexpected GentlemanAn Unexpected Gentleman by Alissa Johnson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews. 4 Kisses, 1/2 pepper (some love scenes, but not overly graphic)





Adelaide Ward is very reluctantly preparing to accept a marriage proposal from Sir Robert Maxwell. He’s a priggish jerk, but he has income that will save her family, and for Adelaide, that’s what really matters. Enter Connor Brice, who’s focused on revenge against Sir Robert, his half brother who had him wrongfully imprisoned when he was just fifteen years old. Connor publicly compromises Adelaide, and then offers marriage. Adelaide realizes he’s not an ideal husband and isn’t keen on being a tool for his revenge, but reluctantly decides he’s a better option than Sir Robert. Connor gets off to a bad start by being blatantly manipulative, but as the romancing begins, it becomes clear that revenge is only part of his motivation in pursuing Adelaide. As more is revealed about Connor and Sir Robert, it’s obvious that Connor is the more honorable man.



An Unexpected Gentleman by Alissa Johnson has great characters, believable and engrossing conflict, a powerful and tender romance, a stunning transformation and redemption of the hero, an easy-to-read pace, and overall just a really good story. I ended up liking Connor so much more than I thought I would at the outset of the story. The dialog between the characters was witty and charming, and there were parts that made me laugh out loud (or at least smile). I especially liked Adelaide; she’s reasonable, level headed, forgiving, and not bent on making Connor miserable, despite his obvious shortcomings. This book was not as sexually explicit as many books I’ve read, and I was rather surprised that I didn’t really miss it. I will be interested to read more books from Ms. Johnson.



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Educating ElizabethEducating Elizabeth by Kate Pearce

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews. 4 Kisses, 1 Pepper (M/F, oral sex)



Gervase, the rakish Duke of Diable Delamere wins a game of cards, but his opponent, Mr. Forester, doesn’t have the funds to pay his debt so he offers the services of his stepdaughter, Miss Elizabeth Waterstone, as payment. Elizabeth goes willingly, but doesn’t realize she's expected to share the duke’s bed. After he comes perilously close to forcing himself on her, Gervase is struck with guilt and offers her refuge from her abusive step father.



Elizabeth refuses Gervase’s initial offer of monetary compensation, instead she asks that he teach her how to be a courtesan. She figures that information will serve her well in the future, as her reputation will already be ruined. She also desires a way to earn money in order to help provide for her invalid brother. Despite the Duke's considerable seduction skills, becoming a courtesan is not an easy transformation for her. Her body is willing, even as her mind resists. Elizabeth is intelligent, humble, strong-willed, hard working and thoroughly likeable. And of course, Gervase is not the shiftless rake he appears to be. He was hurt by his late wife and is guarding his heart, but he's an intelligent and passionate man.



There's a plot to assassinate the Prince Regent, and Gervase and Elizabeth are caught in the thick of it. He works for the government, exposing gambling cheats and cracking codes and Elizabeth cracks a code it took experts months to decipher. She isn’t completely forthcoming about needing money to pay for her brother’s care, and her relationship to the questionable Mr. Forester, makes Gervase suspect she may be a French spy. Gervase hopes she’s not a spy because he’s coming to care for the feisty bluestocking.



Educating Elizabeth will suck you right in as it leads you through the twists and turns of the assassination plot and the tempestuous relationship between Gervase and Elizabeth. As usual, magnificently talented Kate Pearce has written a powerful and tender romance that readers won’t be able to put down. Add a healthy dose of political intrigue and suspense, and you’ve got a must-read historical romance.



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