Almost there … here’s another batched review of romance novels read in 2010.
Title: A Kiss At Midnight Author: Eloisa James Genre: Historical Romance Publisher: Avon Books Year Published: August 2010 Stand alone or series: looks like the debut of a new series Why I read it: It’s an Eloisa James novel, need I say more? The Cinderella angle promises sheer escapism. On the Back cover:
Miss Kate Daltry doesn’t believe in fairy tales… or happily ever after. Forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, Kate meets a prince… and decides he’s anything but charming. A clash of wits and wills ensues, but they both know their irresistible attraction will lead nowhere. For Gabriel is promised to another woman—a princess whose hand in marriage will fulfill his ruthless ambitions. Gabriel likes his fiancé, which is a welcome turn of events, but he doesn’t love her. Obviously, he should be wooing his bride-to-be, not the witty, impoverished beauty who refuses to fawn over him. Godmothers and glass slippers notwithstanding, this is one fairy tale in which destiny conspires to destroy any chance that Kate and Gabriel might have a happily ever after. Unless a prince throws away everything that makes him noble… Unless a dowry of an unruly heart trumps a fortune… Unless one kiss at the stroke of midnight changes everything.
In my books … Ms James sure knows how to bring new perspectives and twists to a familiar fairy-tale, and it didn’t hurt that she injected this novel with a bit of fun, comedy, romance and humour. There were a lot of whatifs that both main characters have to work on, but the happy-ever-after was so much more satisfying when the love lost and found angle worked out for all. Am already looking forward to her version of Beauty and the Beast, next in the loosely related series. IMB Rating: 4.0, Really liked it Title: A Hellion in Her Bed Author: Sabrina Jeffries Genre: Regency Romance Publisher: Pocket Star Year Published: September 2010 Stand alone or series: Book 2 of the Hellions of Halstead Hall series Why I read it: I’ve read and enjoyed some other books of Sabirna Jeffries and this one sounded interesting. On the Back cover:
Furious at his grandmother’s ultimatum to marry or lose his inheritance, Lord Jarret Sharpe wagers his luck—and his heart—at the card table against a most unlikely opponent. Mired in scandal after his parents’ mysterious deaths, notorious gambler Lord Jarret Sharpe agrees to tamely run the family brewery for a year if his Machiavellian grandmother rescinds her ultimatum that he marry. But the gambler in him can’t resist when beguiling Annabel Lake proposes a wager. If she wins their card game, he must help save her family’s foundering brewery. But if he wins, she must spend a night in his bed. The outcome sets off a chain of events that threatens to destroy all his plans . . . and unveils the secret Annabel has held for so long. When Jarret discovers the darker reason behind her wager, he forces her into another one—and this time he intends to win not just her body, but her heart.
In my books … It’s the rebellious hero looking for a chance to redeem himself who made the book work for me. This rogue may be a gambler, but in the end good intentions won the day, and the big risk he took on his heart paid big dividends, of course. IMB Rating: 3.0, liked it Title: A Rogue of My Own Author: Johanna Lindsey Genre: Historical Romance Publisher: Corgi Books Year Published: 2010 Stand alone or series: standalone Why I read it: I haven’t read any books by this author for a long while, and besides, the dangling situation described on the back cover promises a good read On the Back cover: For Lady Rebecca Marshall, a whirlwind of passion and excitement begins when she becomes a lady-in-waiting at the court of Queen Victoria. Rebecca’s mother is delighted – this appointment could be a golden opportunity for her to make a good match. But soon Rebecca is entangled in a web of deceit with the charming Marquis Rupert St. John. Devastatingly handsome, he seduces her and forces her to the altar. Only later does she discover that he is a secret agent of the crown, leading a double life. Finding herself with a husband who vows never to be faithful, can Rebecca’s wit, adventurous spirit, and generous nature turn his hatred into a passionate desire? In my books … I wasn’t too enamoured of the selfish, pig-headed hero, he made some amends in the end. The forced marriage angle is a perennial favourite plot angle in romance, and it did work to some extent, although the animosity between the pair grated on one’s nerves after a while. I mean, we get that the couple didn’t unite under the most auspicious of circumstances, so move on already, and get to the reconciliation. Anyway, I neither like nor dislike this book. The money could have been better spend of course, on another book. IMB Rating: 2.5