Summary: Marcus Danvers, the Marquis of Wolverstone, is a great big rake. He has been since the love of his life ran off to marry an older titled man. Marcus knows without a doubt that the Contessa Sabine Orsini is trouble, but he can’t resist her when she waltzes back into his life demanding his help. He gives it in exchange for her presence in his bed. It’s a deal Sabine is more than willing to make in order to get her revenge on the man who ruined her parents and her only chance of happiness.
Review: I found it difficult to like either the hero or heroine. He was an entitled prig. She was a cold fish. Then, just when they started to get enjoyable, Sabine runs off to the villain in a classic TSTL move, which was painful to listen to so I sped that part up.
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.
Warning/Spoiler: Sabine was raped by the villain, her son is the result of this sad event.
Buy: To Wager the Marquis of Wolverstone (Wicked Wagers)
Heroine: Isabelle Rochon thought this reenactment ball would be spectacular. She did the research, came dressed in a period-correct gown, and finds the evening less than enchanting. The women are dressed slutty, the dancing is a boor, the lights too bright, and her coworker crush turns out to be an ass. Where’s the magic? Clearly her expectation for the evening were to high, but wouldn’t this ball have been just the thing in the past? Sigh.
Hero: Lord Montagu, the Vicious Viscount, espies the lovely Isabelle Rochon in her exquisitely French and modish attire and is intrigued. He’s in luck that she’s talking to his cousin so he can finagle an introduction. She’s a delightful distraction and he rues his growing reputation because he feels it precludes him from pursuing her… but then he strikes on just the thing… she can be part of his scheme for revenge on the men involved in his sister’s ruination.
Review: Lord Montagu is the kind of perfectly charming and sincere man Isabelle has been looking for – but when she finally realizes what happened and that she’s back in time she’s heartbroken because she can’t have him. She takes his cousin in her confidence and shows off her phone (and calculator app) to prove her story… but alas the battery dies before she can show him (when she’s ready to trust him… after all Bedlam is not a nice place she hears).
Pro: A focus on the progress of the times – it wasn’t all balls and parades in the park, there was also science and differential engines, and flying mechanical horses (that didn’t work).
Con: The heroine was too hesitant to snap the hero up… Lord Montagu would have been whisked off his feet before he had a chance to rise up from his bow. 😉
One of the best time travel romances I’ve read. Definitely recommend.
Buy: Must Love Breeches: A Time Travel Romance (Must Love Series Book 1)
Heroine: Miss Emily Parr moved into her uncle’s home when her parents died. Her uncle sold everything she had of value because of his debts. His partner is a lecherous creep. She wants to get married and quickly to escape both men. Someone kind who will leave her alone to her books… but then she’s kidnapped.
Hero: The Duke of Essex, Godric St. Laurent, and his four best friends kidnap Miss Emily Parr in order to ruin her reputation or ransom her for the funds he’s owed (her uncle swindled money from Godric to pay his debts not invest.) To his consternation, Godric finds he likes the dauntless Miss Emily… and so do his friends.
Review: You’ve got to love a heroine who’s unwilling to remained kidnapped. She lets her captors know that the person they ruined was her not her uncle and the ruination was unjust. She expects one of them to marry her. Several of the gentlemen would be willing to do so, Godric more than any other.
But here lies the problem, there’s too many men interested in pursuing her and it leads to many scenes where the gentlemen argue over hurting her feelings and taking undue advantage of her. She became a “magic hoo hoo” without the sex for these gents, which is a phenomenon only meant to effect the hero.
Her spunk faded and the hero’s bristling broodiness turned into puppy love (which let me be clear would have been fine if the heroine was still acting spunky with escape attempts and fighting back.) The gents can all speak Greek and so can she so the private conversations are not so private (convenient). Overall while this book wasn’t for me I would definitely give the author another go because the good parts were good and the author made me laugh.
Buy: Wicked Designs (The League of Rogues)
Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds
This story is told in the first person.
Lucy Flannigan is mourning the loss of someone very special to her. And then she overhears something she shouldn’t have. Rhys Carlyle is a man who has quite the appetite for the ladies. These two have a very interesting first meeting. Rhys is one cocky man who is very sure of himself. He’s a man of mystery and is hard to figure out but he certainly knows how to take care of a woman.
The situation surrounding them is very serious but there are times that you just can’t help chuckling. As you read the scene where they are having tea, you’ll understand how smooth and cocky Rhys can be. He’s also a man who knows what he wants sexually so this isn’t for the shy or who like things missionary or vanilla.
Tarot cards become a part of self-discovery for Lucy. She’s given some choices that she needs to decide if she’s going to take. My question to you – “Would you take the chance and listen to what the cards are telling you?” Would you even go to a fortuneteller? Are you willing to push you comfort zone boundaries? You may even get some pleasurable ideas.
There are scenes that are going to be graphic and push sexual boundaries, but that just expresses the need between our two main characters. This is not just a book where two people get together and have sex. There’s also mystery and suspense that pulls this book together and then there’s the war that goes on between the head and the heart. Music plays a small part and an excellent way to set the mood so if you like classical get your favorites playing in the background. I found that this is a book that you can put down but the problem was trying to find just the right place to stop. But when you get to the end, be prepared… I look forward to see how our author does with the sequel.
Buy: Reckless Games
Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds
Make sure to read the Prologue because it prepares the reader for the first chapter.
Sally Fitzhugh is at an evening soirée and she has an interesting discussion with friends. Lucien, the Duke of Belliston, has a late night visitor and they have an interesting discussion – there’s no way you can stop reading now. Believe me, if you like to read historical, paranormal, and time travel romances by the end of chapter two this author will have you hooked.
Sally has an interesting personality and she’s a woman who doesn’t mind trying to figure things out. This author could have left that story at that and just let things unfold from there but she took it a step further- she’s added in a mystery to be solved. And don’t worry about wondering if you’ll be lost between the past and present – the author lets you know so there’s no confusion.
This was a book that looks to be part of a great series. My only disappointment was that I didn’t start reading this author’s work before now. I found that this book could be read as a stand-alone so you don’t need to read any of the other books to understand what is going on here. My only hope is that if you liked this book as much as I did, and you haven’t read this series before, you will want to go back and read more about the ladies of the Pink Carnation. If you’re patient, book twelve is scheduled to come out next August.
Buy: The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla: A Pink Carnation Novel