Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Waiting On Wednesday: The Beauty of the Wolf

Waiting on Wednesday is all about sharing the books that I'm eagerly waiting to be released.
This week the book I'm waiting on is The Beauty of the Wolf by Wray Delany, an adult, historical retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
Released 21st February.

40907912What some might call beauty, I find monstrous'

In the age of the Faerie Queene, Elizabeth I, Lord Francis Rodermere starts to lay waste to a forest.

Furious, the sorceress who dwells there scrawls a curse into the bark of the first oak he fells:

A faerie boy will be born to you whose beauty will be your death.

Ten years later, Lord Rodermere’s son, Beau is born – and all who encounter him are struck by his great beauty.

Meanwhile, many miles away in a London alchemist’s cellar lives Randa – a beast deemed too monstrous to see the light of day.

And so begins a timeless tale of love, tragedy and revenge…

A stunning retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

Waiting On Wednesday 'Devil's Daughter'

Waiting on Wednesday is all about sharing the books that I'm eagerly waiting to be released.

This week the book that I'm waiting to be released is Devil's Daughter by Lisa Kleypas, the fifth book in The Ravenals series.  I absolutely love this series and cannot wait to read this installment.  I love the links to the Wallflowers series.
Released 19th February.
Image result for devil's daughter lisa kleypasAlthough beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he's a mean, rotten bully. Back in boarding school, he made her late husband's life a misery, and she'll never forgive him for it. But when Phoebe attends a family wedding, she encounters a dashing and impossibly charming stranger who sends a fire-and-ice jolt of attraction through her. And then he introduces none other than West Ravenel.

West is a man with a tarnished past. No apologies, no excuses. However, from the moment he meets Phoebe, West is consumed by irresistible desire...not to mention the bitter awareness that a woman like her is far out of his reach. What West doesn't bargain on is that Phoebe is no straitlaced aristocratic lady. She's the daughter of a strong-willed wallflower who long ago eloped with Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent—the most devilishly wicked rake in England.

Before long, Phoebe sets out to seduce the man who has awakened her fiery nature and shown her unimaginable pleasure. Will their overwhelming passion be enough to overcome the obstacles of the past? 

Only the devil's daughter knows…

Monday, 11 February 2019

Somewhere I'll Find You (Capital Theatre #1) by Lisa Kleypas

114173The toast of the town...

All London is at Julia Wentworth's feet—and anything she desires is hers for the asking. But the glamorous leading lady guards a shocking secret: a mystery husband whom she does not know, dares not mention ... and cannot love.

For years Damon Savage has been searching for the stranger his parents wed him to without his consent, hoping to legally free himself from matrimony's invisible chains. And he is astonished to discover his "bride" is none other than the exquisite lady he'd hoped to make his mistress! But though his wife by law, Julia will never truly be Damon's—until he conquers her fears, his formidable rivals ... and her proud, passionate, and independent heart.
Cover:  Bit of a boring cover to be honest, nothing to really grab your attention.

I love Lisa Kleypas's books.  She's one of my all time favourite historical romance authors, so I've been making my way through her older works.
Somewhere I'll Find You is the first book in the Capital Theatre duology.  I actually read the second book, Because You're Mine, first and it became one of my all time favourite historical romance and pretty much sparked my Lisa Kleypas obsession.
I enjoyed this one, but not quite as much as Because You're Mine.  I found the romance in this one...just less.
Interesting premise where the two protagonists are married by their demanding fathers as children, both rebel, and haven't seen each other since.
Damon has thrown himself into keeping his family estate alive after his reckless father gambled away the fortune.
Julia has assumed a life on the stage, becoming a revered actress.
When their paths cross again, they're surprised to find they might not want their marriage dissolved after all.
Over all I enjoyed the story, but not as much as previous novels by Lisa Kleypas.
4/5 stars.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Never Love a Highlander (McCable Trilogy #3) by Maya Banks

10378106In a tale of strong ties and true love, Maya Banks' trilogy comes to its conclusion, as the youngest McCabe brother uses sword and seduction to save his clan - and seal his heart.

Caelen McCabe’s young, reckless heart nearly destroyed his clan. Now, putting family loyalty above all else, he steps up to marry his older brother’s jilted bride and salvage the uneasy alliance between two clans. While beautiful Rionna McDonald is a fit wife for any man, Caelen trusts no woman, especially not this sweet temptress who torments him with white-hot longing.

As the sacrificial lamb in her father’s power game, Rionna will do her duty but vows to protect her heart and her pride from humiliation. Despite everything, though, the heat in Caelen’s touch melts her defenses, and she craves the sensual delights of a husband who guards his emotions as fiercely as his clan. But when the ultimate battle for the McCabe legacy is upon them, Rionna’s true warrior spirit emerges. She will risk the wrath of her father, the fury of her enemies, and her life to prove to Caelen that his wife’s love is too precious to lose.
Cover: Again, another raunchy cover for this series that I neither love or hate.

I completely devoured this series- as soon as I finished one, I had to pick up the next.  I was so devastated that I reached the end of this series.  It’s become one of my absolute favourites, and can’t recommend it enough for fellow historical romance fans.
I was slightly anxious about book 3, not only because it was the final instalment but because it was Caelen’s book, and while he has been supportive of his bother’s finding their matches, he’s been the most cynical of the brothers, due to a woman betraying him in the past.  I shouldn’t have worried, Maya Banks made me love him and his book just as much as the previous two!  I cannot pick a favourite out of the three!
I loved that Rhionna was a real match for him.  Unlike most women of this time, Rhionna is a real warrior and she fights for what she wants.  And what she wants is for them to have a real marriage, but it takes Caelen time to see that Rhionna isn’t like the woman that hurt him, and that he loves her just the way that she is.
5/5 stars

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Darkness Embraced (Hades Hangmen #7) by Tillie Cole


Born to sit on opposing thrones.⁣
They were never meant to fall.⁣

Tanner Ayers is the heir of the Texas Ku Klux Klan. Fed nothing but hate, violence, and intolerance from the day he was born, Tanner kills for his cause without remorse.⁣
Until he meets Adelita Quintana, the daughter of the most brutal cartel boss in Mexico.⁣

Adelita and Tanner hate each other instantly. But there is something between them that neither can explain or deny. Hate turns to desire, desire turns to love, and for the first time Tanner sees how wrong his whole life has been.⁣

For years, Tanner does everything he can to find a way for him and Adelita. He walks away from the Klan, his family, everything he ever believed, and joins the Hades Hangmen. But now the Hangmen are at war—not only with his own family, but with Adelita’s too.⁣

When Adelita and Tanner are thrown together again, they are forced to fight for a love that should never have been. For a love that puts them and everyone they have ever loved in danger.⁣

The White Prince.⁣
The cartel princess.⁣
And a future that seems shrouded in darkness…⁣

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up.⁣

Cover:  I love all the covers to this series.  They’re dark and sexy.  I love that this one has definite significance once you’ve read the book.

This series is hands down one of my favourites, I feel like a rave about it all the time.  But I really do love it.  I eagerly anticipate the release of each book, and Darkness Embraced was no exception.
Tanner and Adelita’s romance is forbidden.  He’s the KKK’s White Prince, heir to a world of hatred and prejudice, and she’s a cartel princess, daughter to Mexican drug King.  They should hate each other- and at the beginning they do.  But they’re soon drawn to each other and see past each other’s exteriors to the souls inside them.
AHHHHH, I love me a good Romeo/Juliet style romance and I just loved this story so much.  I liked that it went back and forth between 2 years ago when Tanner and Adelita first met, and then the present when they’re trying to be together amongst the war going on between the Hades Hangmen, the Klan and the Cartel.
These stories are all pretty dark, dealing with matters that can be pretty hard to read- drugs, guns, human trafficking, cults etc, and yet Tillie Cole manages to make seriously amazing romances out of them.  It continues to blow my mind.
As always I loved seeing the characters from the previous books, and we got some amazing revelations in this book!
I can’t wait for the next one.
5/5 stars.