Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Book Review: Bride by Mistake (Devil Riders #5) by Anne Gracie

Bride by Mistake (Devil Riders #5)
By Anne Gracie
Release Date: January 3rd, 2013
Format: Ebook
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Blurb from Goodreads:
Eight years ago, Lieutentant Luke Ripton made a hasty wartime marriage-in-name-only to protect a young girl from a forced union and left her protected in a remote mountain convent. Now, Luke is Lord Ripton, but he has been unable to obtain an annullment. Which leaves him no choice but to claim a wife he doesn't want.

For nearly a decade, Isabella has waited like a princess locked in a tower, dreaming of her handsome, dark-haired prince. Her dreams are shattered when Luke reveals himself not as a prince, but an autocratic soldier, expecting her unquestioning obedience, which is something Isabella's fiercely independent nature will not tolerate.

And while Luke and Isabella's fiery personalities clash at every turn, they remain bound to their vows, never expecting that the passionate fury they share could become passion of a different kind...

My Review:
The blurb of this story instantly drew me in as it kind of reminded me of my fav series, The Wife Lottery by Jodi Thomas and it was unputdownable as soon as I started it.

I really love the story and the characters. They were so fiery, interesting and engaging. It was really well written but the reason I subtracted a star was because of how Luke's greatest affliction was resolved. I thought it was done too quickly, before I knew it, Luke's nemesis was already gone and done for.

Overall, this was a story worth investing and losing sleep over and yes, this series can be read out of order or as a standalone.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Book Review: Only a Duke Will Do (School for Heiresses #2) by Sabrina Jeffries

Only a Duke Will Do (School for Heiresses #2)  
By Sabrina Jeffries
Release Date: August 29th, 2006
Format: Ebook

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Blurb from Goodreads:
Louisa North likes her independence very much, despite her royal father’s protests. So when Simon Tremaine, the dashing Duke of Foxmoor, whom she once loved — and had exiled from England — returns bent on marrying her, she’s skeptical.

The fire between them burns as hot as ever, but when Simon’s ulterior motive for marriage is exposed, along with the deeply buried secrets of his past, Louisa vows to make him pay . . . and the price will be his heart.

“Jeffries fans will devour this treat!” — Romantic Times

My Review:
After the somewhat moderate Never Seduce a Scoundrel (first in the series), I became skeptical and hesitant on continuing the series. I stopped for quite some time and indulge in other HRs. But, eventually, I decided to give the second book a go.

Boy, am I blown away because to be honest, this was one of the most impressive and powerful story I've ever come across, which was very political too. I was surprised that I really enjoyed it because political stories kinda turn me off but Sabrina Jeffries' adept writing made it into such an engrossing read.

Cheers to Simon and Louisa's story. So glad to finally see them have their HEA.

Book Review: The Secrets of Mia Danvers (Dangerous Liaisons #1) by Robyn DeHart

The Secrets of Mia Danvers (Dangerous Liaisons #1)
By Robyn DeHart
Release Date: June 18th, 2013
Format: Ebook/Kindle
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Blurb from Goodreads:
A lone witness finds her protector…

Since losing her sight in a childhood accident, Mia Danvers has resided in a small cottage on the vast Carrington estate. Thought to be dead, Mia lives a life of virtual seclusion—until one night, while walking home, she happens upon a horrendous crime.

Alex Foster, Eighth Duke of Carrington, lives according to society’s expectations for him. He’s never met the woman who lives in the cottage at the edge of his property. But when she arrives at his door in the pouring rain terrified and claiming she has witnessed a murder, she seizes his attention.

Mia is determined to help the authorities track down the culprit, even though the only person willing to accept her aid is the handsome, arrogant duke. Working closely together proves difficult as Mia’s beauty and independence tempts Alex to ignore convention and follow his desire. But what neither of them know is that this murderer has struck before in Whitechapel, taunting the British press only to vanish—a ruthless killer who knows that Mia is the only living witness to his crime…

My Review:
The day I bought this was also the day I finished it. So bloody good, thrilling and frustrating. You know, I didn't know anything about the author and the existence of this brilliant story. I read about it in my Heroes&Heartbreakers' subscription and it was these two main factors that drew me to get it:

1. The Murder - Yeah, I'm a sucker for murder and mystery stories/plot.

2. Blind Heroine - I know right? I've a penchant for blind, deaf, bluestocking and disabled one way or another heroes and heroines. They just somehow draw me in. Every single time.

To me, the beginning of the book should already hook me in because my mind can start to wander if it doesn't and Mia Danvers brilliantly succeeded. The characters were awesomely fleshed out and I LOVE that the murders and main arc for the series are centered around the infamous Ripper. I have always been fascinated by this unknown serial killer. Love his POV in the story as they added a creepy and thrilling feel to the whole thing. Really kept me on my toes.

I'm so glad that the side characters got their HEA while Alex frustrated me. At a certain point, I felt like slapping Alex awake but when I think back about the whole situation, it was understandable why Alex behaved and reacted the way he did.

As a conclusion, The Secrets of Mia Danvers is a great start to a brand new series by Robyn DeHart. I'm so glad to have found another historical romance author and series to love. Now, I simply can't wait to read Drew's story. I really feel for ya, darling. If no one wants you, I do ♡

Thank you Robyn for this wonderful book :D