A Dangerous Temptation by L.R. Olson

If you are a fan of epic novels, then be prepared to gorge yourself on this novel by LR. 25871622Olson. I know I spent a few sleepless nights absorbed within the saga between shy innocent Julianna and handsome domineering James. In A Dangerous Temptation: Volume 1-3, Ms. Olson weaves a tale of obsessive desire, heartless betrayal, sprinkled with a bit of utter madness. Anything can change in a minute – that’s what Julianna realized after her chance encounter with James. It was simply the beginning of this riveting narrative.

What was unique about A Dangerous Temptation was that each chapter was written from the perspective of James or Julianne. The first-person point-of-view allowed the reader an intimate understanding of the motivating factors driving each character’s actions. Ms. Olson did take some liberties with this novel by not following a rigid historical timeline. However, it worked. It was a perfectly blended delectable feast.

I can’t wait to read it again. I love, love, loved it!!!! Happy reading!

The Marquess’ Curse

I must admit that I have conflicting emotions regarding The Marquess’ Curse written by 32784325Jessie Bennett. I was quite intrigued by the synopsis of this story which held the potential to be a 5-star read. I did enjoy reading the story and was interested in the outcome. However, I did not fall in love with this story or its characters. Often a fast-paced read can be a wonderful thing, but I felt as if the story was too rushed. I would have enjoyed getting to know the characters better if the story line contained greater depth within each character’s emotions and backgrounds.

The concept that the handsome Marquess William was trying to mend his self-indulgent wrongs was honorable. This was especially true after reading chapter one where William faces the death of a barren wife whom he neglected. Right here in chapter one is a perfect example of how this story could have exploded into a 5-star read. It had everything – mystery, death, betrayal, etc. The mysterious cause of death caused so many theories to float around my head. I wasn’t satisfied with simply assuming her death was due to a weak heart. I wanted more! Not just facts either – I wanted the nitty-gritty. Relationships aren’t always pretty. I wanted a first-hand intimate glimpse into the pain William’s wife endured after being emotionally abandoned by her husband and the struggles for self-worth she felt after she, who could not have a child, learned of the illegitimate one he sired with his mistress. Even more than that, I wanted to experience the emotions that flowed through William when he realized just how damaging his wicked ways were. Destruction and despair – I needed to see that to become invested in William’s desire to become a better man. I never formed the connection that made me want to route for him.

The Marquess’ Curse had another twist which once again could have made a 5-star read. William decides that he should begin his life over again by setting sail on a ship to New Bedford, MA. While on the ship he encounters, Belle, a beautiful, soft-spoken princess. Of course, they are attracted to each other. And yes, a storm even brewed. When the princess, followed by her doctor, fell under a deep sleep illness, another mystery evolved. I knew the facts as to why she was slipped the herb but not anything sinister.

Overall, I’d recommend this book if you are looking for an entertaining read. The concept was brilliant and I’m so disappointed that I could not get emotionally involved. I felt rather distant from the action as I read. As a reader, I’m looking for an intimate connection with the characters. Nothing is better than to be so caught up in the outcome that I am transported into another place and time. I would be so happy if Ms. Bennett took this story and revised it. It she could simply delve deeper into these characters this book would be fantastic. I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion. I am looking forward to reading other novels written by Ms. Jessie Bennett.

A Knight’s Bridge Christmas by Carla Neggers

As most of us, I’m always on the go and spend an abundant amount of time driving around 26711332in my Rav 4. Although, my vehicle provides a comfy, smooth ride, it can get rather tedious behind the steering wheel. That was until I discovered that listening to the sometimes calming or at other times exciting lives of fictional characters to be a pleasant way to pass the time.

Recently, I popped A Knights Bridge Christmas written by Carla Neggers into my CD player. Immediately, I was immersed in a classic love story between handsome Logan Farrell and lovely Clare Morgan. As a native New Englander, myself, I simply adored this spot-on depiction of life in a small town community.

In her recently acquired position as director of the local library, Clare’s nervous, quit manner is challenged by the arrogant, self-confident ER doctor from Boston who just happened to be visiting a resident at the assisted living center where she was delivering books. In a tempting twist of fate, Daisy Farrell, the much-loved grandmother of Logan, requests that her home be decorated one last time for the Christmas season. Together, Logan and Clare are exposed to the meaning of love. Just like Scrooge they must face their ghosts from Christmas’s past and present and overcome the ghosts of Christmas’s to come.

A Knight’s Bridge Christmas offers hours of warm, fuzzy delight as this story takes you on a journey of hope, peace and happiness. Anyone who adores small-towns, holiday settings and classic love should give themselves of the gift of reading or listening to this heartfelt story.

Claimed By The Cowboy by Sarah M. Anderson

Flirtatious! Enchanting!! Irresistible!!!

29564623Claimed by the Cowboy, written by Sarah M. Anderson for the Desire line published by Harlequin Romance is part of the Dynasties series featuring The Newports.

I am a sucker for second chance romances and this delightfully fast-paced read did not disappoint. It featured straight laced Dr. Lucinda Wilde who was happily married to her job as a cancer specialist in Chicago. That was until Josh Calhoun sauntered into the hospital lobby, anyway. After years of trying to forget his rejection, she finds herself face-to-face with the man who caused her heartache. But Dr. Lucinda Wilde wasn’t the only one who had to come to terms with the past, Josh had some issues to handle as well. Starting with his feelings for Lucinda. He wanted her – wanted her badly just as much now as he did all those years ago. If she could just understand that it wasn’t right for him to become involved with his best-friend’s girlfriend. Things have changed – his friend is gone and there is no denying the heated desire that he retains for “his” Lucy.

If I seem rather enthusiastic about this love story, I am!!! Please do yourself a favor and devour the pages of this book. Happy reading!