Friday, 7 September 2012

The Romance Review (1)

I read a lot this summer and I've been reading a bit since school started and in that time, I've read quite a few romance novels. As my reading has been slower and my time has lessened, I figured I'd at least talk about all these books real quick. Consider this a branch off of Books I've Read But Won't Review.

With Seduction in Mind
Laura Lee Guhrke
HarperCollins
[August 25, 2009]

Her proposition...

London Society is harsh for a young woman with no family connections who has to work for a living. But when Daisy Merrick is sacked from yet another job, the fiesty and outspoken miss comes up with a plan that could give her a future beyond her wildest dreams. There's only one problem. Her success depends on a man, the most infuriating, impossible, immovable man she's ever met.

His resolution...

Sebastian Grant, Earl of Avermore, is England's most infamous author. Known for his notorious reputation, he is more interested in play than work, and has no intention of cooperating when Daisy shows up on his doorstep with a mad plan. The provoking, fire-haired beauty stirs his sense beyond belief, and Sebastian knows he has only one way to stop her. Seduction.

I really love Laura Lee Guhrke's books. They're easily among my favorite romance novels. They're unique and different and have these snarky, clever heroines. Highly, highly recommend her and this book.

Mine Til Midnight
Lisa Kleypas
St. Martin's Press
[October 2, 2007]

When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.

Wealthy beyond most men's dreams, Cam has tired of society's petty restrictions and longs to return to his "uncivilized" Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship—but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter....

I think my favorite thing about this one was the storyline about Cam being a gypsy and how that interacted with the story. It really gave the story a bit of a twist that I genuinely loved. 

When Beauty Tamed the Beast 
Eloisa James
Avon
[January 25, 2011]

Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a Beauty . . . Naturally, she's betrothed to a Beast.

Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives in a castle in Wales where, it is rumored, his bad temper flays everyone he crosses. And rumor also has it that a wound has left the earl immune to the charms of any woman.

Linnet is not just any woman.

She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees. She estimates the earl will fall madly in love—in just two weeks.

Yet Linnet has no idea of the danger posed to her own heart by a man who may never love her in return.

If she decides to be very wicked indeed . . . what price will she pay for taming his wild heart?

The Duke is Mine
Eloisa James
Avon
[December 27, 2011]

He is a duke in search of a perfect bride.
She is a lady—but a long way from perfect.

Tarquin, the powerful Duke of Sconce, knows perfectly well that the decorous and fashionably slender Georgiana Lytton will make him a proper duchess. So why can't he stop thinking about her twin sister, the curvy, headstrong, and altogether unconventional Olivia? Not only is Olivia betrothed to another man, but their improper, albeit intoxicating, flirtation makes her unsuitability all the more clear.

Determined to make a perfect match, he methodically cuts Olivia from his thoughts, allowing logic and duty to triumph over passion...Until, in his darkest hour, Quin begins to question whether perfection has anything to do with love.

To win Olivia's hand he would have to give up all the beliefs he holds most dear, and surrender heart, body and soul...
Unless it's already too late.

I put these two together because they're books 2 and 3 of the Fairy Tales series and because I read them one right after the other. This series is one of the more fun romance books I've read. More humor and little things that make my smile. I really enjoyed these two, but I think I loved The Duke is Mine a bit more because I liked Quin a lot. He wasn't the typical romance hero and I appreciated that.

Prince of Dreams
Lisa Kleypas
Avon
[August 1, 1995]

A wealthy and bitter exile, he most dangerous and desirable man in all of England, he burns to possess a proud, headstrong beauty who is promised to another. But winning Emma Stokehurst's exquisite hand through threats and determination does nothing to fill the empty spaces in Nikolas' heart until passion's magic carries the handsome, tormented prince back to a bygone era of splendor and romantic dreams. For there his destiny awaits him in a distant life. And in one remarkable woman's tender touch, achingly familiar but gloriously new, he must seek the elusive promise of ecstasy . . .and learn, at last, to love.

I enjoyed this story, but it was kind of...weird. Time travel and what not. I liked the technically two stories in the book and they were enjoyable but I had a hard time getting past the oddness of the whole idea.

I have more but I'm going to leave those for another time. 

Anything sound interesting to you? What romance novels have you read recently?

--Julie

2 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading Laura's Breathless, gotta grab a print copy of With Seduction in Mind. :)

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  2. I LOVE The Duke Is Mine and really need to read When Beauty Tamed The Beast.

    Also? I love these romance mini-reviews. Keep them coming :-)

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