Hero: Andrew Clifton is Lord Amberstall. On his return to London society, he realizes he is being followed and takes measures to evade his pursuers. At first it seems like a successful attempt to escape… but then his horse nearly lands on a young woman and he gets thrown.
Heroine: Katie Moore used to love horses until she had a bad fall off of one that left her with a permanent limp. Her retreat to the countryside was a decision she took knowing she would never be on the marriage mart again. Terrified to be near horses, Katie is still determined to save Lord Andrew’s horse.
Review: First of all, I love this book title. How fantastic is it? I think it’s great. I also love the series title. The hero and heroine couldn’t be more opposite. The hero is pragmatic while the heroine is overly sentimental. Katie is determined to put her foot down on Andrew’s decision to shoot his injured horse. He says it’s a fatal injury. She claims it is not. Who is right? What is humane? If the horse can be rehabilitated it won’t be able to walk or run like normal. Katie is not impressed. She wins the first round by refusing to lend Andrew a replacement horse and invites him to stay on her father’s estate while the horse mends. I’m sad to say, that both characters were kind of flat for me and I was never really involved in the story despite the intrigue around Lord Andrew.
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Heroine: Katie Kendricks’ father has disappeared. He’s done it a time or two before but has never been gone for so long. It wouldn’t be a problem, except his creditors are breathing down Katie’s neck and frightening her. Her plan to reach her friend’s bar, The Merry Maidenhead, in London is met with success… but her plans to stay do not when she upsets a regular brute in the bar who wants to show her a lesson or two.
Hero: Lord Linden is a rake of the first order. He goes from one amusement to the next as the mood strikes him. He is easily bored with the London life, but what gentleman isn’t? Having once worked for the War Office, he recognizes on second look that the barboy is in fact a bargirl and is moved to rescue her from the lowlife attempting to teach her a lesson in the middle of the bar. When the owner of the Merry Maidenhead pimps her out, he’s disgusted at the man but pays him fifty pounds to save the girl from the other brute lined up… the more he learns about the girl, the more he’s certain he’s not good for her, but clearly someone needs to watch out for her as someone wants her dead.
Review: The hero, Lesley Byrne, Lord Linden, has made his way onto my favorite heroes list. He reminds me of Justin Alastair from These Old Shades, who is also one of my favorite heroes. There’s a striking contrast between his elegant ennui and his sincere desire to protect the heroine… even from himself. He wants her desperately, but can’t bring himself to debauch her and take her innocence. He’s frustrated and irritated by these new feelings and can come across cruel, violent, or forgetful, but he’s the opposite underneath his outward shell. That dichotomy is what makes it work for me.
The writing is nearly flawless. There was a time or two when a character would make an observation mentally and another character would also expound on it mentally as if in agreement. I had to reread those passages to see if I had missed something. Overall this was a delightful Regency romp that I wish I had known about sooner! It is well worth getting a hold of this book because I believe you will want to keep it on your favorite’s shelf and revisit often. I know that is what I will be doing.
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Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds
This book is told in the first person.
Elena has an abusive husband. Our author shows how a woman can feel as if she’s helpless and can’t get out of a toxic relationship. This is totally different from Gabriel’s story. I recommend that you read this series in order. This is a series about four friends and this is why you should read them in order.
Naima grabs the readers attention right away by showing how cruel some men can be to their wives. But we need to remember that we don’t have to take that kind of abuse anymore. This is a story of empowerment and it is also inspirational. I know Danielle is a fictional character but she shows the reader that you can be strong and overcome adversity – love is a great incentive to make that happen.
Malachim Jerrod is a Boston lawyer and he’s a friend of Gabriel’s. Danielle Warren seems to come out of nowhere in his hour of need. She’s a woman who seems a little skittish. Naima also reminds her readers that sometimes what you do in the past will come back to haunt you.
Just like with book one, my only disappointment is that I didn’t want to put it down when it was time to go to bed or to work. This is already a fast read so you don’t need to speed-read. But you’ll be happy to know that Raphael’s story is next. The bad news is that we have to wait until April 2014 before it comes out. If you’re not good about waiting, the author puts a teaser at the end of this book.
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Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds
This story takes place in the 1880’s.
Nora Rushton is a woman who has a secret that she keeps hidden from others. There’s a creep in town and he’s definitely the villain of this piece – I can picture him having a mustache that he twirls the ends of every day – and his name is Elwood Calhoun. Kat does a great job in creating this character because I really disliked him.
I’m happy to say that if he lived today, our judicial system (I would hope) would throw the book at him. He also has a son named Joe. Joe is what would be considered simple back then and you have to feel sorry for him. But at least Nora likes him.
Otakatay is on his way to Willow Creek. Otakatay has a very a painful past that he can’t forget. If you’re a sensitive person, you may find that Otakatay’s flashbacks will bring a tear to your eyes. There are certain things that just seem to touch your heart and this is one of those stories.
You also have to feel sorry for the life that Nora has but she still makes the most of it. She’s stronger than I probably would be in the same situation. The reader will also be reminded about the worth of money back then. Think of all you have now and then imagine if all that was gone and you had to make due with what was available in that time period – would you be able to cope?
I love how Kat has made this story to be what I feel is historically accurate and wondering as to the amount of research that was involved. It’s shameful but we can’t hide from our past – we can only learn from it. But Kat shows that love is possible even when the odds seem to be against you.
The author gives the reader a perfect ending to a great book and it’s done with no sex. Which goes to show you that sex does not always make for a great book. But it’s the author who makes a great storyteller. And it leaves you wanting to know what she has coming out next.
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Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds
Please make sure that you read the Dedication – Angel mentions some worthy military causes. I have to say that if you love this series, what better way to honor the author than to make a small donation in her name to one of the causes she mentions.
Sergeant Zeke Hayes hears a scream. He thinks his friend Rayna Chestain is someone special. They met under some pretty rough conditions. To make this series flow, we continue to read about the sad story of human trafficking. The story also shows the effects of those kinds of conditions on the people that are freed. Angel also reminds her readers that PTSD is no longer associated with just the military. You can’t be afraid to ask for help.
Luna Lawrence is an interesting character – I’ll let you experience her for yourself. But Angel leaves me wondering if she will make an appearance in the next book. She is one of those characters that you want her to have things to make her life better. And then she does a one-eighty.
One thing Angel is good about is showing her readers exactly how much of a Dom Zeke actually is. BDSM is an experience and he knows how to do it very well. Are you Vanilla or are you willing to be a voyeur? Or maybe you like to participate? We get to see the “lifestyle” and the scenes can be very graphic – but then you can’t be totally Vanilla your whole life. Live a little and explore your wild side. And if you don’t want anyone else to know what you’re reading, just read in bed.
I found that this book had a serious amount of testosterone going on. It makes me wonder if our author has any plans for Rayna’s brothers. It will be interesting to follow her and see what else she comes out with – if they show up in this series or even one of their own.
She also knows how to build the tension because of the evil that exists but it doesn’t overtake the storyline. The same goes for Garrett and Sage. Their story continues from when we first met them in Saved by His Submissive. We see them just enough to know what happened after their story ended.
Garrett likes to read an author that seems to be a rival of Angel’s. If you want to know more about this author just follow this link http://lexiblake.net/index.html. And if you haven’t read his story yet, make sure to change that.
If you’ve loved reading this series, you’ll be happy to know that Angel’s next book Surrendering To Her Sergeant will be out this November. It will continue the story of Ethan and Ava whom you also meet in this book. Angel is very bad in that she gives the reader a very short teaser to get you ready for the Fall.
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