Minute Reviews [4]

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Minute Reviews

It’s time for another installment of Minute Reviews! This time it’s all historical romance, all the time. (Which is appropriate because I went on a BIG ol’ HR binge recently.)

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Minute Reviews [4]Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Publication date: December 30, 2014
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: eBook, 390 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

After eight years of waiting for Piers Brandon, the wandering Marquess of Granville, to set a wedding date, Clio Whitmore has had enough. She's inherited a castle, scraped together some pride, and made plans to break her engagement.

Not if Rafe Brandon can help it. A ruthless prizefighter and notorious rake, Rafe is determined that Clio will marry his brother—even if he has to plan the dratted wedding himself.

So how does a hardened fighter cure a reluctant bride's cold feet?

● He starts with flowers. A wedding can't have too many flowers. Or harps. Or cakes.

● He lets her know she'll make a beautiful, desirable bride—and tries not to picture her as his.

● He doesn't kiss her.

● If he kisses her, he definitely doesn't kiss her again.

● When all else fails, he puts her in a stunning gown. And vows not to be nearby when the gown comes off.

● And no matter what—he doesn't fall in disastrous, hopeless love with the one woman he can never call his own.

In Review: My Thoughts

Say Yes to the Marquess is my second Tessa Dare title and it’s nowhere near the last of her books I’ll read. I think her Castles Ever After series was a perfect introduction to the world of historical romance. They’re a little lighter, a bit naughty and a whole lot of fun. I can’t wait to read the third book… especially since getting an ARC of it was what launched me into my HR frenzy. 🙂 (Soon. Very soon.)

Both Clio and Rafe were were fantastic characters. It’s probably weird to say this as a fan of romance,but I loved how he was trying to push her off on his brother, despite the feelings he had for her. I had every suspicion it would never happen and I think that’s the real reason I enjoyed it so much. It wasn’t like it was a true triangle, which make me kinda twitchy more often than not. These two just had fantastic chemistry. I loved how playful they were and their banter was top notch. It was sweet and romantic and the sexy times were steamy. I don’t think it’s possible to read this book without a grin on your face.

Say Yes to the Marquess is the perfect combination of awesome. I laughed, swooned and even teared up a little. I loved the characters and the relationships. The setting was described such that I felt like I was there with them. This was a fantastic addition to the Castles Ever After series!

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About Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twelve historical romance novels and four novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award and multiple RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance," and her books have been contracted for translation in a dozen languages.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kitties.

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Minute Reviews [4]It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas
Series: Wallflowers #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Publication date: October 13, 2009
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: eBook, 400 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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It happened at the ball...

Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren't entirely "the thing." And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London's most eligible aristocrat.

It happened in the garden...

When Marcus shockingly—and dangerously—swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a consuming passion for a man she didn't even like. Time stood still; it was as if no one else existed...thank goodness they weren't caught very nearly in the act!

It happened one autumn...

Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, a bedrock of stability. But with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable...as his bride?

In Review: My Thoughts

If you read my review for Again the Magic or Secrets of a Summer Night, you know just how much I love love loved the Wallflowers series and that I binged the hell out of them a week or so ago. I’d originally planned on writing long reviews for each of them, but they’re older books and honestly, it just didn’t seem necessary. I can say what I want to about each of them in a few sentences. Starting with: READ THEM. Seriously.

Historical romance is a new genre for me and I’m happy to say I’ve absolutely loved each book I’ve read thus far, in its own way. After reading five of Lisa Kleypas’ books in a week’s time, I totally understand why all my HR girls were all “YOU HAVE TO READ HER ASAP” as soon as I mentioned my interest in historical romance. Her ladies are strong, sassy and amazing. Her men are flawed, but sweet and sexy. I love the dialogue, characterization, sexy times and friendships. They’re seriously everything I could possibly want in a romance novel. (Or any book with kissing, honestly.)

It Happened One Autumn definitely put me through the ringer. I mean, all’s well that ends well, but I was a little worried there for awhile. I adored Lillian’s sassy, stubborn self and I felt like I’d been waiting on Marcus’ story forever (or, you know, two books…). I’d hoped all along those two would wind up together, so I was excited to read what would happen when these two – and all their chemistry – collided. They were so different in their upbringing and behavior, yet so similar in their stubbornness, that I knew it would be an interesting ride. Add in another possible suitor with Viscount St. Vincent and interesting was an understatement.

I just can’t recommend the Wallflowers series highly enough.

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About Lisa Kleypas

Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women's fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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Minute Reviews [4]Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
Series: Wallflowers #3
Genres: Historical Romance
Publication date: October 13, 2009
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: eBook, 384 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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My rating:

A Devil's Bargain

Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition: marriage!

Sebastian's reputation is so dangerous that thirty seconds alone with him will ruin any maiden's good name. Still, this bewitching chit appeared, unchaperoned, on his doorstep to offer her hand. Certainly an aristocrat with a fine eye for beauty could do far worse.

But Evie's proposal comes with a condition: no lovemaking after their wedding night. She will never become just another of the dashing libertine's callously discarded broken hearts --- which means Sebastian will simply have to work harder at his seductions ... or perhaps surrender his own heart for the very first time in the name of true love.

In Review: My Thoughts

It would be a HUGE understatement to say I had reservations going into this book. Nearly every one of my HR (historical romance) girls said that Sebastian is their favorite hero and Devil in Winter is their favorite book, but after Sebastian’s behavior in It Happened One Autumn, I didn’t see any world in which I would come to love him. I was wrong. Holy character growth.

I adored Evie, so when I realized she was going to be paired with the villainous Viscount St. Vincent, I was a little concerned. I thought her to be the most naive Wallflower of the bunch and I was afraid this man would walk all over her. I couldn’t have been further from the truth. She handled him like a pro, making deals and issuing challenges. Sebastian rose to the occasion, leaving no doubt in my mind that he really was an amazing guy who just happened to make some poor decisions in the past. I loved the passion between them. It was so easy to see it in nearly every action, nearly every scene, right from the very start. This was definitely a case in which opposites attract and combine in a powerful way. I loved them together.

It’s a tough race in the “favorite hero in a Lisa Kleypas novel” but I really do think Sebastian is at the top of the list. I never thought I’d say that, either. I’ve adored each book in this series in its own way, but this is easily my favorite. So many feels (and tears) and the romance was top-notch. This’ll be one I reread for years to come, when I’m in the mood for a good romance with a reformed bad boy.

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About Lisa Kleypas

Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women's fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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Minute Reviews [4]Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
Series: Wallflowers #4
Genres: Historical Romance
Publication date: March 17, 2009
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: eBook, 384 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

After spending three London seasons searching for a husband, Daisy Bowman's father has told her in no uncertain terms that she must find a husband. Now. And if Daisy can't snare an appropriate suitor, she will marry the man he chooses—the ruthless and aloof Matthew Swift.

Daisy is horrified. A Bowman never admits defeat, and she decides to do whatever it takes to marry someone . . . anyone . . . other than Matthew. But she doesn't count on Matthew's unexpected charm . . . or the blazing sensuality that soon flares beyond both their control. And Daisy discovers that the man she has always hated just might turn out to be the man of her dreams.

But right at the moment of sweet surrender, a scandalous secret is uncovered . . . one that could destroy both Matthew and a love more passionate and irresistible than Daisy's wildest fantasies.

In Review: My Thoughts

I thought it might be tough to top Evie and Sebastian’s story, but Lisa didn’t disappointment one little bit with Daisy and Matthew’s story. I couldn’t wait to see the last of the four Wallflowers find true love, but at the same time I hate to see the series end. (Or almost end, anyhow. There’s still the Christmas novel. I just don’t know if I can read it in the middle of summer. But I probably will…)

What I enjoyed about this book most (aside from the characters, who I just couldn’t get enough of) was the second chance meets antagonistic setup to Daisy and Matthew’s story. They were acquainted with each other before learning of Daisy’s dad’s desire to see them married, but both had changed since they’d last seen each other. Daisy didn’t hold Matthew in very high regard prior to being reacquainted with him and she had no idea the extent of his feelings for her. He was always pretty good at keeping things under wraps, which he illustrates again here as he tries to pawn her off on other potential suitors and as he keeps information about his past from her. Minus a couple more serious scenes, which totally made me all kinds of emotional, Daisy and Matthew’s story was a bit more light-hearted than some of the other Wallflowers’. Yet it still had the depth and passion I’ve come to expect from Lisa and this series.

I enjoyed this book so very much. Not only did the playful relationship between Daisy and Matthew make me smile, but the “secrets” he was holding back kept me guessing. I swooned over the romance and was excited to find romance novel-loving Daisy had some vixen tendencies when it came to getting what she wanted from Matthew. I loved the dynamic between these two characters. Speaking of characters, we are treated to some wonderful scenes featuring our other favorite Wallflowers and their men. This book totally made my heart happy.

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About Lisa Kleypas

Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women's fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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