Sunday, February 27, 2011

To Save the DevilTo Save the Devil by Kate Moore

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

In this case, "resists his aid" = TSTL. Can't make myself finish reading it.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

His Wife for One Night (Harlequin Superromance)His Wife for One Night by Molly O'Keefe

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I expected to enjoy this one more than I did. I usually love stories where the H/H have been best friends forever, but I just didn't feel much connection between these two (although I did feel her frustration), and the book ovcrall was pretty depressing.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

To Tempt a SaintTo Tempt a Saint by Kate Moore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I prefer books with a lot more heat and I'm never too keen on such a lack of communication between the H/H, but overall this was a good one. Plenty of sexual tension (but honestly, it almost got to be too much - I wanted to shake the hero and say "Oh, come ON! Bed her already!"). I did wish I felt more connected to the characters & their emotions. I did like that this was not just another story about debauched aristocracy -- it had more grit and took readers more deeply into the steamy underbelly of London, so that was a big plus.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Paranormal Romance Addict: Books with Love Hop & Giveaway

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Happily Forever After: What I Did For A Duke Giveaway

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Rake's Guide to SeductionA Rake's Guide to Seduction by Caroline Linden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The conflict at the end seemed a bit rushed and the loose ends tied up too easily, but it probably would have been frustrating if it had been any other way. Great characters, great passion, great story. I'd probably give this 4.5/5 stars, because while I really liked it, I try to reserve 5 stars for all-time favorites.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Wilde Thing (Wilde Series, #2)Wilde Thing by Janelle Denison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Janelle Denison write smoking hot heroes. The part about finding the skanky cousin was pretty weak, but it was still good.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

England's Perfect Hero (Lessons in Love, #3)England's Perfect Hero by Suzanne Enoch

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Robert is my kind of hero: imperfect, unsure, dark and emotionally damaged, physically scarred, loves with his whole heart.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

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Recommended Read

Simply Forbidden (House of Pleasure #6)Simply Forbidden by Kate Pearce

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is absolutely the best erotic historical romance series out there. I love, love, love Kate Pearce.


Lisette Delornay-Ross is not your typical nineteenth century young lady; her mother owns an infamous house of pleasure, and she and her brother were raised abroad. She’s known for her flirtatious ways and she isn’t the innocent miss one might expect. The man who isn’t immediately taken with her charms intrigues her.

Major Lord Gabriel Swanfield is a guest at her father's house party, but he isn’t really there to socialize; he’s there to buy horses. He was a prisoner of war and he’s very reserved. But he’s drawn to Lisette's ability to be comfortable in social settings while also being very sensual and forthright. He feels equal parts frustration and attraction. Gabriel won't let himself fuck anyone; he doesn't believe in sex outside of marriage. What he doesn’t initially know is that Lisette is exactly what he needs. She isn’t afraid of his raw sexuality and unconventional desires. She doesn't judge and loves him just as he is, emotionally damaged and all. Gabriel was accused of giving away military secrets and now society shuns him instead of giving him the hero’s welcome he deserves. And now the military issues are being brought up again, primarily by the members of his family who are unhappy that he inherited the title. But with Lisette at his side lending him her strength, Gabriel can overcome most anything.

Simply Forbidden is simply outstanding! Honestly, I wait on the edge of my seat for the next book in this series to come out. One of the things I like best about this series is there’s usually an open communication between the main characters. If they’re upset about something, they talk about it instead of stewing and fretting about it. That honesty is very refreshing. I’ve been looking forward to Lisette's story since we met her in a previous book. She's a flirt but she's very kind and non judgmental. The chemistry between Lisette and Gabriel is delicious, and Kate Pearce has a notable talent for writing smoldering sensuality. When I read her books I feel like I've crawled inside the brain of a creative genius and there's no place I'd rather be. If you like erotic historical romance, the House of Pleasure series is the best of the best.

5 Kisses, 2 Peppers (M/M, M/M/F, M/F - sex toys, anal sex, voyeurism), Recommended Read

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Blood of the Rose (The Tudor Vampire Chronicles, #2)Blood of the Rose by Kate Pearce

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In book two of Kate Pearce’s fascinating genre-bending series, unlikely lovers Rosalind Llewelyn and Christopher Ellis are reunited after being apart for one year. They’re enemies because of their family loyalties and ideologies, but they are once again brought together by a common goal: to eliminate any vampire threats to the king. Despite being at odds, they share a fiery passion. Continuing the story from the first book in the series, Rosalind and Christopher are still betrothed, and their families are none too pleased about it. But the families aren’t so opposed that they won’t try to use the betrothal to their advantage. Meanwhile, King Henry VIII has ditched his queen in favor of Anne Boleyn, who is not only a vampire, but part of a sinister vampire plot to take over the world. She also has her own dark agenda, and she makes a truly delicious villain.

Readers will enjoy this fast-paced tale of twisted and shifting alliances, passion, intrigue, suspense and deceit. I especially like the clever blending of fact and fiction and the utilization of recognizable historical figures as central characters in the story. This series brings the characters to life and will capture the attention of readers of both paranormal romance and historical fiction. The gorgeous cover deserves a special mention, because once again the folks in the art department at Signet Eclipse have pulled out all the stops.

While Blood of the Rose can probably be read as a standalone book, I would strongly recommend that the series be read in order for everything to really make sense. I suspect this will be even more important as the series progresses. The deeper I get in this series the more I like it, and I’m really looking forward to Ms. Pearce’s next book.

4 1/2 Kisses, 1 Pepper (m/f)

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