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My Irresistible Earl – Gaelen Foley

My Irresistible Earl
By Gaelen Foley
Inferno Club – Book 3
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Description:
The Inferno Club: In public, this scandalous society of London aristocrats is notorious for pursuing all manner of debauchery. But in private, they are warriors who would do anything to protect king and country . . .

Once, she had vowed to marry the Earl of Falconridge. Now, she vows to forget him. After he abandoned her for a life shrouded in secrets, Mara, Lady Pierson, has succeeded in keeping him away, until he appears in London unexpectedly, making her fall in love all over again.

Forced back into Mara’s life by duty, the earl quickly stays for love. He has never forgotten this passionate beauty and never meant to break her heart. But their newfound happiness is endangered—because the Inferno Club demands much of its members, and his vital mission is exposing a deadly plot that could threaten their very lives . .

This Blonde’s Review:
Mara and Jordan had a whirlwind romance when they were young and they both fell in love quickly. Circumstances kept them apart. Jordan was a young man ready to head off on his first mission for the Inferno Club. Mara was a flighty girl looking for a way out of her unhappy home and ready to marry the first man who offered. Jordan was determined to be happy and not turn into one of the cynical bitter men he saw around him. Mara believed Jordan would come back for her. When Jordan was unable to write to her Mara believed he had been playing her false and quickly married another. Her disastrous marriage left both of them hurting and believing they must not have had the love the thought.

Several years later Jordan is back. Mara is a widow with a young son she adores. Jordan is the cynical spy he never wanted to be and believes the rumors he hears about Mara’s relationship with the prince. Duty requires him to talk to her again he soon finds that he was wrong about everything. As they get to know each other again they are quick to regain the love they had. Except this time Jordan isn’t getting ready to leave for a mission, he is in the middle of one. Trying to keep Mara from becoming further embroiled in the mess around him and prevent her from unintentionally ruining his plans again puts a gap between the two. When Mara learns the truth she has to decide if she believes in his love or his lies and what she wants from her life.

I really enjoyed this one. I loved Jordan’s character and what a solid man he is. Mara has a strength to be envied as well since she was burned so badly before but is willing to love again. Watching these two fall in love so quickly then hoping that the lies won’t come between them was an enjoyable experience.

If you’re like me and know that Gaelen Foley will always write something you’ll love then I’m sure you’ve already had plans ot pick this one up. If not you should get copies of the other Inferno Series books and get started on them soon. It is possible to read this one without the others and still love it though. If you start with book 3 you’ll soon find yourself looking for the first two in order to catch up on what you missed.

If you enjoy stories where strong men protect their king and country while trying to win the heart of the woman they love then you’ll want to get started on Gaelen Foley’s Inferno Club books as soon as you can find copies.

 
 

Mistress by Midnight – Nicola Cornick

Mistress By Midnight
By Nicola Cornick
Scandalous Women of the Ton – Book 3
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Merryn Fenner is on a mission to ruin the Duke of Farne. A beautiful bluestocking with a penchant for justice, Merryn has waited ten years to satisfy her revenge against sensual, mysterious Garrick Northesk. Her family name had been tarnished at his hands, her life destroyed. And now she intends to return the favor—by finding the true heir to the duke’s title and disinheriting Garrick.

Yet when a disaster traps Merryn and Garrick together, white-hot desire stirs between the two sworn enemies. Her reputation utterly compromised, Merryn is forced to do the one thing she cannot bear: accept the scandalous marriage proposal of the man she has vowed to ruin.

This Blonde’s Review:
Merryn is a girl who lives in the past. She is so set on getting revenge for her brother’s death that she can’t move on with her life and stop obsessing over Garrick, the man she blames. Garrick left town over the scandal of his best friend’s death and carries guilt from that day. When his father dies and he returns to town he hopes to move on with his life, only to have Merryn determined to see him disinherited.

When they find themselves trapped together Garrick and Merryn have to let go of their hatred and guilt long enough to help each other survive. As they attempt to help each other get through being trapped in a collapsed building they find themselves succumbing to their desire for each other. After being trapped together for several days they are forced to marry.

Garrick and Merryn have to marry and they each have to figure out how to be married to someone who causes such turbulent feelings. There is more to the story of Stephen’s death than Garrick is willing to tell Merryn, and she won’t let go. Merryn is determined to find out and may find herself wishing she had trusted her husband.

I really enjoyed Garrick and Merryn’s story. I actually liked this book much better than the one before it in this series. I connected with the characters much better in this one. I loved that Nicola Cornick took a little known true event and put her characters in the middle of it. As much as I hated what the secret Garrick was keeping from Merryn was, I loved the way it was written and felt it was perfect for this story.

If you enjoy seeing a couple who have passion yet are battling on different sides of a problem, then you’ll enjoy watching Garrick and Merryn try to navigate the complicated life they’re building together.

 
 

One Wicked Sin – Nicola Cornick

One Wicked Sin
By Nicola Cornick
Scandalous Women of the Ton – Book 2
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Once the toast of the ton, Lottie Cummings is now notorious for being divorced—and without a penny. Shunned by society, the destitute beauty is lured to become a Covent Garden courtesan. But after refusing to oblige her customers, Lottie’s about to be turned out onto the streets. Until a dangerous rake saves her with a scandalous offer.

The illegitimate son of a duke, Ethan Ryder rose to the ranks of Napoleon’s most trusted cavalry officer—until his capture landed him in England as a prisoner of war. Now on parole, Ethan is planning his most audacious coup yet. But he needs to create a spectacular diversion. Having infamous Lottie as his mistress will lull everyone into thinking he’s busily bedding her instead of plotting deadly treason. Yet their business decision ignites a passionate relationship. And their unexpected bond may scandalize even these two wicked souls

This Blonde’s Review:
When we start this story we find Lottie already shunned and living in a brothel. She is trying to overcome her revulsion to being paid to be with men she used to refuse. Until in walks a man she has never seen before, one who can command even the greedy woman in charge of whether she stays or goes. Lottie takes his offer to be his mistress.

Ethan is interested in more than the pleasure of Lottie in his bed. He needs her as a cover so that people would not see what he was really up to. He has more than himself to worry about. He also has his son to worry about. His son who is being kept in prison within seeing distance of where Ethan is required to stay. More than anything, he wants his son to be free.

They have an interesting relationship. They are strongly attracted to each other, yet they don’t trust either or their feelings. Through a series of encounters we see them learn to care, learn to trust. Lottie is even able to see her opinion has worth beyond the sex men want from her.

Can a traitor and a shunned whore ever hope to be together? Clearly, they can and Should.

This was the first of Nicola Cornick’s books I have read. I enjoyed it and will let you know what i think of the next book in the series soon.

If the description sounds interesting to you then you should definitely read it.

 
 

Undeniably Yours – Shannon Stacey

Undeniably Yours
By Shannon Stacey
Kowalski Family – Book 2
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Description:
One-night stand + two percent condom failure rate = happily ever after?

Bar owner Kevin Kowalski is used to women throwing their phone numbers at him, but lately he’s more interested in finding a woman to settle down with. A woman like Beth Hansen. If only their first meeting hadn’t gone so badly…

Beth’s tending bar at a wedding when she comes face-to-face with a tuxedo-clad man she never thought she’d see again. She tries to keep her distance from Kevin but, by last call, she can’t say no to his too-blue eyes or the invitation back to his room. Then she slips out before breakfast without leaving a note and, despite their precautions, pregnant.

Kevin quickly warms to the idea of being a dad and to seeing where things go with Beth. After all, he’s not the player she thinks he is. But she’s not ready for a relationship and, given his reputation, it’s going to take a lot to convince her to go on a second date with the father of her child…

This Blonde’s Review:
Kevin has plenty of opportunities to be a playboy as the beyond attractive owner of a successful bar. When he’s given a second chance with Beth he takes it, wanting more than one night with her. When she slips away after a night together he is very hopeful he’ll see again. What he doesn’t expect is that he’ll see her when she finds herself pregnant.

Beth doesn’t want to be another in a string of women for the gorgeous Kevin. When she finds out their night resulted in pregnancy she doesn’t want to be the woman he’s with because he has to be. She is determined to do it on her own, or as close to on her own as she can manage.

When Beth’s stubborn determination to go it alone and Kevin’s desire to build a family collide, they do their best to make things work for them. Kevin was the best part of this story, his patience and his dedication made him a dream guy. Beth drove me a little crazy by refusing to see what was right in front of her and what the people who knew Kevin best tried to tell her.

I enjoyed watching the strong woman Beth wants to be do what she can to stay true to what she feels she needs to do while still attempting to let this man she could too easily love in to her life. She may have driven a few readers a little crazy for not appreciate what Kevin is offering her, but I can appreciate her desire not to be the woman who depends on him. I can also respect her desire to remain true to herself without being swept away by Kevin’s enthusiasm and large personality.

Shannon Stacey does a fantastic job of making the side characters matter to us as well. This was the first book I had read by this author and I already want to go find the 1st Kowalski Family book so I can see what happened there and find out what comes next for this great family. Paulie and Sam are two great characters whose story we are able to see happening alongside Kevin and Beth’s. I loved them and would have enjoyed reading a book dedicated to their story alone, but I am glad we were able to read about them and I think their romance and their issues worked well within this story without taking away from Kevin and Beth.

If you enjoy a baby comes first story with a family oriented daddy and a hesitant mommy then you’ll want to pick up Kevin and Beth’s story soon.

 

The Kiss Test – Shannon McKeldon

The Kiss Test
By Shannon McKeldon
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Description:

Margo Gentry’s life is perfect. She loves her job as a DJ for Manhattan’s only country music station, and she has a great boyfriend who accepts her need to avoid marriage and tolerates her Elvis obsession-even the velvet Elvis painting in their bedroom.

But then it all falls apart. The radio station changes formats and fires all the DJs. Margo’s boyfriend decides he wants kids and a house in the suburbs and kicks her to the curb. And to top it all off, her Mom is getting married-for the 11th time! -and expects Margo to be there as maid of honor.

With no job and no place to live, Margo has to bunk on the couch of her best friend, Chris, whose revolving bedroom door has played host to half the women in New York-at least, the ones who pass his “kiss test.” Worse, he’s insisting she attend her mother’s wedding, and he’s personally driving her cross-country to ensure she shows up.

Forget about surviving the road trip-can their friendship survive The Kiss Test?

This Blonde’s Review:
Margo and Chris have been friends forever. She has decided she will never get married, after seeing how many times her mother has been married. Chris is a playboy who gives the kiss test to almost every woman he meets.

When Margo’s boyfriend insists on marriage and she runs, she finds herself without a place to stay. To top things off, she loses her job thanks to the sale of the radio station she works at.

Margo decides that is the perfect time to go on an Elvis vacation. Until she goes to crash on Chris’s couch and finds herself falling down the stairs. She is unable to drive and finds herself in need of a driver. Chris agrees to drive for her if she also goes to her mother’s wedding. The wedding Margo was determined to avoid.

Their road trip was a disaster including Margo’s lack of equilibrium, mosquitoes, being trapped naked in a bathroom, drunken tattoos, an incident at Graceland…. It was not exactly the trip Margo had planned or Chris signed up for.

Until one night when Chris gives Margo his Kiss Test and it changes everything.

I loved Margo. She is a little too obsessed with Elvis, but she is sure of herself and won’t allow a guy’s opinion to influence her. I didn’t understand how Chris could do some of the things he did (see the night of being trapped naked in the bathroom).

If this book sounds interesting you should definitely read it. I really enjoyed it much more than I expected.

 

Debutante’s Dilemma – Elyse Mady

Debutante’s Delimma
By Elyse Mady
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Description:
One woman in search of passion
Miss Cecilia Hastings has achieved what every young lady hopes for during her first London season…in duplicate! She’s caught the eye of not one but two of England’s most eligible bachelors. Both Jeremy Battersley, Earl of Henley, and Richard Huxley, Duke of Wexford are handsome, wealthy and kind, the epitome of proper gentlemen. But Cecelia doesn’t want proper, she wants passion. So she issues a challenge to her suitors: a kiss, so that she may choose between them.

Two men in love with the same woman
Friends since childhood, and compatriots on the battlefields of Spain, falling for the same woman has set Jeremy and Richard at odds, and risks destroying their friendship forever. But a surprising invitation to a late-night garden tryst soon sets them on a course that neither of them could have anticipated. And these gentlemen quickly discover that love can take many forms…

This Blonde’s Review:
Cecilia has done what every other girl has wanted. She has managed to catch an Earl and a Duke. Jeremy and Richard have been friends forever and have attempted to not let their love ruin their friendship, yet they know when she makes her choice it will change things between them. Since Jeremy and Richard are both honorable men they have been wooing Cecilia the honorable way, but that isn’t what she wants. Cecilia wants passion. So she challenges them each to a kiss to see which man she has passion with.

In a way that requires the author to suspend belief the virginial Cecilia is soon in the middle of a threesome with both men showing their passion for her. Rather than be intimidated or afraid of something so unconventional she is quick to embrace it and enjoy everything that being with two men can give to her.

Once they realize that they can love and have passion within the three, they still have the dilemma of which man to marry. The author wraps this up in a way that is very unlikely but still leaves room for a potential happy ending if we can ignore the obvious difficulties that would come about, especially in that era. I would have had an easier time with the way this story was put together if one man had a title and the other didn’t, but with two titled men clearly they would both need heirs and couldn’t share her forever.

It was an interesting story and perhaps could have been made better if it had been longer. It was enjoyable but my opinion was rather lukewarm. I don’t regret reading it but I doubt I’d be eager to read it a second time.

If you think the description sounds like something that would appeal to you then be sure to get a copy of the Debutante’s Dilemma, you may find it to be something you want to keep handy to read more than once.

 

Libertine’s Kiss – Judith James

Libertine’s Kiss
By Judith James
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Description:
Abandoned by his cavalier father at a young age, William de Veres grew up knowing precious little happiness. But William has put the past firmly behind him and as a military hero and noted rake, he rises fast in the ranks of the hedonistic Restoration court. Until he is forced to seek shelter from a young Puritan woman…

The civil wars have cost the once-high-spirited Elizabeth Walters her best friend and her father, leaving her unprotected and alone. She flees an unwanted marriage, seeking safe haven, but what she finds is something she never expected. When her kindness and her beauty bring her to the attention of William, and then the king, she will have a choice to make. After all, can a notorious libertine really be capable of love?

This Blonde’s Review:
I tried more than once to read this book, but I couldn’t get into it. I have read several good reviews of this book so don’t take my inability to enjoy it as a definite sign that it is not an enjoyable story. I do not enjoy posting negative reviews or saying I did not finish a book, but since I received this book for free in exchange for my honest, opinion I feel I have put the review off long enough.

Libertine’s Kiss is well written, but was not for me. If it sounds like the type of book you’ve read before and enjoy then you should read it, since it Is well written and there was no clear reason for me not to like it.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2011 in Book Review, NetGalley, Romance