Heroine: Lucy Merryweather is an American heiress. She’s also a spinster, a runaway, and a burgeoning adventuress intent on fulfilling most of her great aunt’s bucket list.
Hero: Cameron Effington, the youngest son of a duke, and a journalist with lofty intentions of writing a book, meets Lucy and his identity is mistaken for that of a bodyguard/private investigator. He continues the charade because Lucy is a great muse.
Review: I loved the exploits (listed below to reduce unintentional spoilerage). They were fun and cute and risque for the period (some of them anyway). Lucy is a wonderful heroine who combines sense with adventure. Does she trust the hero too quickly and without references, of course, but she does so to keep her own runaway adventures a secret from her folks for as long as possible. Cameron is a sweet and sexy protector. I enjoyed the pairing very much.
Narrator: Gemma Dawson is very good. I loved the voices she created for the story. Dawson exhibited nice pacing. I would listen to her again. She’s definitely a candidate for being one of my favorite readers.
Buy: The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress
Exploits: painted nude, hot air balloon flight, ride an elephant, enter a gentlemen’s club, get a dog, make an unexpected friend, travel to England, dance with a prince
Summary: Society heiress Romi Grayson broke it off with sexy Russian tycoon Maxwell Black when she realized he wasn’t looking for commitment. There’s a reason Max held back, but now he’ll stop at nothing to have Romi as a willing bed partner. A little blackmail never hurt anyone, right?
Review: One of my new favorite books! This one is a keeper. I found the sexual and romantic connection between the characters to be off the charts. Maxwell is exactly what you’d expect in an alpha male and you’ll love him for it. At least I did. I also like a blackmail/MOC aspects to the plot. It’s always a good sign when the hero offers marriage, even if he doesn’t think he’s in love… because we all know there’s a “yet” involved.
Buy: A Virgin for His Prize (Ruthless Russians Book 2)
Summary: Harlow Telford, the Duke of Dangerfield, has won his neighbor’s estate. He plans to give it to his younger half-brother as revenge on the man who took advantage of his mother’s grief. Harlow isn’t expecting the man’s hellion daughter on his doorstep demanding he return the property. It wasn’t her father’s to wager. It was her property left to her through her mother’s estate. Even though his conscience demands he return it, Harlow chooses another route. If he marries the chit, she won’t need the estate. So he wagers her. The stakes are steep – if she wins, he returns the property; if he wins, she joins him in his bed.
Review: This book is my favorite in the trilogy. I love how tenacious Lady Caitlin “Cate” Southall is to see her future secure. She is also smart to demand the contests be fair. There’s horse racing (her pick), a bake-off (a bystander’s pick), and a game of cards (his pick). Who will win? Because the stakes aren’t what they appear – the true thing at stake is love. Fast, fun, and fabulous.
Narrator: The trilogy is narrated as a whole by Marian Hussey. I found her to be a pleasant narrator with good pacing. She can do a nice husky male voice which made the heroes all the more convincing. I’d listen to her again.
Buy: To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield (Wicked Wagers Trilogy)
Reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Synopsis: Brandt is aware of homeless going missing and an evil army vowing to take control of the city, but if he has anything to do with it, they won’t get the chance. Brandt has enough trouble on a reconnaissance mission to find out more on Menhadens, a restaurant in Central City. There he meets Rachel a waitress working there who takes his fancy almost in an instant with her amazing blue eyes.
Review: We first meet Brandt when he’s busy scoping Menhadens for the kind of people who enter the establishment. Brandt doesn’t like having a sidekick, and certainly not one he labels as the world’s most irritating vampire, Garrison. After being on Earth for a hundred years, he still can’t get on with people the way he hopes. He always gets ribbed about being anti-social by his sidekick and anyone else who knows him. When he meets Rachel she’s the most stubborn woman he has ever met, but there is something about her he can’t resist, even being a vampire.
He and Garrison are looking into the dangerous and cruel experiments that Panthera Laboratories are getting up to, and he is afraid that Rachel might also be getting caught up in them. Raymond Tyrone is the kingpin and things could get bad if anyone finds out. Rachel might have an attitude that offends the ones who eat at Menhadens, yet out of work she’s a caring person who feeds a street guy affectionately called “Hank.” She remembers growing up poor as a kid, and doesn’t mind sneaking food out of the work’s kitchens if it means saving someone from starving. Brandt begins to question his standing as a vampire when she has the ability to resist him, even though he is more than interested in her being the one for him. Rachel compliments Brandt’s lack of human warmth toward the men he works with, as she is compassionate even if she is stubborn.
- The humour that runs through the whole novel.
- Brandt is a very well thought out character and proves it.
- A place called Crap Alley and who coined the name.
Summary: This is a vampire cop mystery that will interest those interested in supernatural romance, and though it might seem that Brandt and Rachel aren’t made for each other, it could be said readers might change their minds half way through.
Buy: A Vampire’s Passion: A Romance In Central City, Novella Three
Reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Synopsis: Captain Lucas Blackstone has, unlike many of his men he served with returned from the battle of Waterloo unscathed. By coming back, he hopes to renovate what was once his family’s mansion, but seeing it in its current state causes him concern.
Debutante Annabelle Havenham’s father has to settle with his debtors and the only way he can is to sell the mansion he has come to see as his home. He thinks Captain Blackstone is the worthy buyer, yet he wants more into the bargain if he is to get his revenge on her father for what he had done in the past.
Review: Lucas comes to Annabelle’s father pretending to be a Mr Monserrat to avoid problems, but even in this deceptive manner, Annabelle’s father thinks he recognises him. Little by little, Lucas plans to take the loathed Mr Havenham down, knowing no one can prevent what will come to pass. Once Lucas meets Annabelle he has feelings for her as she is a strong-minded woman who wants to be seen as an equal in relationships. He wants to take down her father, yet he also has a hard time making her a worthy pawn in his game. Lucas makes the mistake of getting too close to her, close enough to have feelings for her that could cloud his judgement if he wants revenge against her father. He does have a heart, though but he keeps it in check for his own sake if he is to make her father pay for his past sins. In doing so, he puts his future and that of Annabelle’s at risk – she might never trust him after he tells her he wants to ruin him. He was after all a child when the incident happened and as a result, he could be alienating the only woman who would love him back, and the one man who, if Annabelle would accept his offer of marriage, would accept his offer of marriage without question.
- Annabelle’s first meeting with Lucas.
- The interesting business of the Havenham family painting that makes Lucas very nervous indeed.
- The mysterious cousin Hugh and how he fits into the story.
Summary: What starts out as a heated romance novel soon turns into a murder mystery both Lucas and Annabelle have to solve before it is too late. I found this an enjoyable and gripping novel that twists and turns really well until the satisfying reveal at the end.
Buy: Bought for Revenge