Review: And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke

Posted June 25, 2007 by Holly in Reviews | 9 Comments

Review: And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee GuhrkeReviewer: Holly
And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke
Series: Girl Bachelors #1
Also in this series: The Wicked Ways of a Duke, With Seduction in Mind
Published by Harper Collins
Publication Date: October 13th 2009
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Historical, Victorian, General
Pages: 384
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Supremely sensible Emmaline Dove wishes to share her etiquette expertise with London’s readers, and as secretary to Viscount Marlowe, Emma knows she’s in the perfect position to make her dreams come true. Marlowe might be a rake with a preference for cancan dancers and an aversion to matrimony, but he is also the city’s leading publisher, and Emma is convinced he’s her best chance to see her work in print…until she discovers the lying scoundrel has been rejecting her manuscripts without ever reading a single page!

As a publisher, Harry finds reading etiquette books akin to slow, painful torture. Besides, he can’t believe his proper secretary has the passion to write anything worth reading. Then she has the nerve to call him a liar, and even resigns without notice, leaving his business in uproar and his honor in question. Harry decides it’s time to teach Miss Dove a few things that aren’t proper. But when he kisses her, he discovers that his former secretary has more passion and fire than he ever imagined, for one luscious taste of her lips only leaves him hungry for more…


I haven’t really been in the mood for a historical in ages, but Kris had a review of this book up and it sounded nice, so I decided to pick it up.

Emma is a girl-bachelor and secretary to Harry, Viscount Marlowe. She’s been writing etiquette novels with the hope of being published by him, but he keeps rejecting her manuscripts. When Harry let’s it slip that he hasn’t actually read any of Emma’s works, she gets extremely angry and resigns her position with him – without notice – and starts writing a column for one of Harry’s competitors. Harry, left in a lurch at the sudden departure of his invaluable secretary, hunts her down to offer her job back to her. Something he feels is quite gracious. Emma refuses.

Through a series of events, however, Emma ends up writing for Harry once again and they both battle their mutual attraction for one another.

Emma was a wonderful heroine. She was a bit stodgy, but she was also a woman who knew her own mind. I really liked that she didn’t fancy herself in love with Harry like so many other women and that she was very practical. She was aware of her strengths and weaknesses, and was willing to admit when she was wrong or had made a bad judgment call. She was a breath of fresh air for a romance heroine.

Harry was also very enjoyable. Though he was somewhat predictable, I truly enjoyed watching him come around and realize what a gem Emma was. He was forced to face some hard truths about himself, and he did it with aplomb. Although it wasn’t as easy for him as it was for Emma, he, too, admitted when he was wrong. It was totally refreshing.

I seem to be following a pattern here, but one of the things that worked best for me with this story was that the focus stayed on Emma and Harry. We met several secondary characters – Emma’s roommates and Harry’s sisters – but they didn’t detract from the main protagonists HEA.

Although the story was rather simple, a bit predictable and somewhat fluffy, it was truly enjoyable.

3.75 out of 5

This book is available from Avon. You can purchase it here.


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Review: Maybe Baby by Lani Diane Rich.

Posted June 25, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Review: Maybe Baby by Lani Diane Rich.Reviewer: Rowena
Maybe Baby by Lani Diane Rich
Published by Warner Forever
Publication Date: June 1st 2005
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 285
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Dana Wiley's True Confessions (Or How Did I Get into This Mess?)
My mother's being held by kidnappers, and only Nick Maybe, the man I left at the altar six years ago, knows how to find the ransom-a big, smelly, flightless parrot.

Manhattan isn't exactly ideal for wildlife-unless you're talking about me and Nick. How can a man I haven't seen in six years make me so crazy-in all meanings of the word?

So the bird's worth a quarter million, and it turns out we're not the only ones who want it. Great. And Nick keeps looking at me with those eyes and kissing me with those lips...Oh, what the hell. There isn't a statute of limitations on love. Is there?

It would appear that Holly and I are on the same reading wave length because like her, I’m all about the human on human action right now. I don’t want to read anything too deep nor do I want read anything too dark at the moment. What I’m itching to read is some good chick lit or some lighter and fluffier romances that make me sigh with corny gooeyness.

I’m on the run more often than not these days and I still want to keep reading but I don’t want to take the time to actually dig down deep into a solid storyline so light and fluffy? Bring it on.

This book was one of the books I nabbed from Holly’s stash a few weekends ago and I read it within a couple of days and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. When I read the back of the book, I was unsure at how much I’d actually enjoy this book since it’s a book about an ugly, stinky bird and even though I have total faith in Holly’s pimp status, I was scared to read this one. I shouldn’t have been scared at all because this book was so cute and just right for me right now.

You see, this book is about a couple, Nick Maybe and Dana Wiley. Nick and Dana used to be engaged. They were almost married until Dana panicked and jumped ship, leaving a heartbroken sexy Nick at the altar.

Nick moves out of the house they share on Dana’s family winery vineyard place and moves over to New York. He stays in contact with Dana’s mom even though Dana doesn’t. Dana’s got issues with the institution of marriage since her mother left her father and her father never got over it. Her mother’s disappearing act changed her father for the worst in Dana’s opinion and she never really forgave her mother for leaving and dumping all of her father’s crap on her door.

So anyway, Dana’s winery is in trouble, some of her grapes got sick and she had to close the winery for a season and find some way to save the winery. One way was to take a loan out, but the bank wouldn’t give her the loan without a cosigner.

Enter Dana’s estranged mother.

Dana packs up and goes to visit her mother in hopes of gaining her permission to co sign for the loan she must take out to save her suffering vineyard. She doesn’t know that her mother still keeps in contact with her ex fiance nor does she know that he does odd jobs for her and her rich friends. So imagine her surprise when Nick walks into her mother’s house as if he’s there regularly, her surprise is made all the more outrageous when she’s been having these moments of clarity where she thinks that she made a mistake in leaving Nick. She realizes that she still loves him and seeing him again after all of that made her a little crazy.

The answer to all of their problems happens to be a bird that’s worth a whole butt load money. Babs can’t cosign for the loan, Nick doesn’t want Melanie Biggs to win this battle she’s got going with Dana and Dana just needs money period. All of these problems made for one seriously light, funny and oh so cute read.

It was nice to see these two find their way back to each other and the journey it took for Dana to finally realize the error of her ways and the error of her thinking was worth having to read through all of her insecurities. The bird bit was hilarious, I loved meeting Finn the bird thief and then the crazy kidnappers and just everything about this book screamed, funny and great!

I loved all the bits of Dana and Babs. It was nice to see them mend their relationship and I loved how protective Nick was of both of those women, even though one woman was the woman who tore his heart in two and the other is the woman who birthed the woman who ripped his heart to shreds.

I thought Nick was a fantastic hero. One who wasn’t uber alpha nor too beta to turn me off. He was the right amount of both and he was just so frickin’ hot that I want one of my very own. He was a good man with bad boy tendencies and man was he a delight to get to know through the pages of this book.

Dana was one crazy lady and I enjoyed reading about her and getting to know her through this story. She wasn’t the most perfect heroine, she was normal and I liked that about her. She had the same kind of worries that everyday women had and I thought she was one cool chick.

Overall this book was great, I definitely recommend this book if you’re in the mood for a cute funny read…

Grade: 4 out of 5


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New Releases!

Posted June 22, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in News | 3 Comments

June New Releases

Releasing on June 26, is The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (mass market paperback). I love Julia Quinn. While I’m sad there are no more new Bridgerton books, I’m looking forward to her new material. This one looks very promising.

2 March 1810 . . .

Today, I fell in love.

At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her-until the afternoon when Nigel Bevelstoke, the handsome and dashing Viscount Turner, solemnly kissed her hand and promised her that one day she would grow into herself, that one day she would be as beautiful as she already was smart. And even at ten, Miranda knew she would love him forever.

But the years that followed were as cruel to Turner as they were kind to Miranda. She is as intriguing as the viscount boldly predicted on that memorable day-while he is a lonely, bitter man, crushed by a devastating loss. But Miranda has never forgotten the truth she set down on paper all those years earlier-and she will not allow the love that is her destiny to slip lightly through her fingers . . .

Rowena and I are really excited for this one!!

Another one of my favorite authors, Jacquie D’ALessandro, is releasing a new book, Sleepless at Midnight (Mayhem in Mayfair). Since reading Not Quite A Gentleman, I’ve read and loved most of her books.

The ladies in London are abuzz over Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, especially Miss Sarah Moorehouse. Her imagination is fired up, so when she spies Matthew Devenport, Marquess Langston, mysteriously sneaking home in the wee hours clutching a shovel, she simply must investigate. Impelled by curiosity, the adventurous lass steals into his bedchamber-only to be caught red-handed by the impossibly handsome and totally naked nobleman.

The Marquess Langston has more important things to worry about than a group of literature-loving ladies. But Matthew’s grand plan to rescue the family from ruin could be lost when he discovers Sarah hiding behind his bedroom curtain. What is this meddlesome woman up to? And why are his desires inflamed by a chit who is too inquisitive for her own good? Well, two can play at this game . . . and when Matthew captures the beguiling Sarah in all her naked glory, the night of mischief has only just begun.

I can’t wait to run out to the store to get this one. Happy Reading!

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Booking Through Thursday: School Days…

Posted June 21, 2007 by Rowena in Discussions, Features | 1 Comment

…Golden Rule Days.

Alright, so I started doing this meme last week over at my personal blog, and we thought it’d be cool to do the meme here on our team book blog as a team, so starting this week, Izzy, Holly and myself will be adding our thoughts to the weekly questions over at Booking Through Thursday.

This week’s question:

Do you have any old school books? Did you keep yours from college? Old textbooks from garage sales? Old workbooks from classes gone by?

How about your old notes, exams, papers? Do you save them? Or have they long since gone to the great Locker-in-the-sky?

Rowena’s thoughts:

1) I wasn’t allowed to keep any of my high school text books because then I’d have to pay for them and well, my sister (who was my guardian throughout my high school years) would not let me keep them, not that I wanted to or anything so yeah, NO I didn’t keep those books but my college text books, I DID keep. I still have my math book, my English books and some other books that I still read from time to time, I love reading my Creative Writing text book, it gets my brain moving when I’m in my writing mode.

2) I didn’t keep any of my notes or anything like that but I do still have all of my A papers from college. I don’t have too many of my school papers from high school, the only things that I still have from my high school years are the letters that old boyfriends and my friends have written me over the years, it’s so funny to go back and read the crap we used to agonize over because all of it seems so silly to me now but back then???? Oh no, it was life or death. haha.

Izzy’s Turn

1) I used to keep the interesting ones. Like my anthropolgy book or my human sexuality book. Everything else went back to the bookstore. I needed cash. However, I no longer have the books I did keep. We did a big spring cleaning before I got married and there was really no point in keeping them so off to the used book store they went.

2) Notes are all gone. I’d keep them for the school year/semester. On the last day of class, those suckers went to the recycle bin.

Until next time!

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Review: The Kept Woman by Susan Donovan.

Posted June 20, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 3 Comments

Rowena’s review of The Kept Woman by Susan Donovan.

WHEN A GOOD-GIRL DIVORCÉE Playing by the rules has left Samantha Monroe with an AWOL ex-husband, maxed out credit cards, and the task of raising three children on a hairstylist’s salary. It’s time for a new game plan. When Sam learns that politician Jack Tolliver needs someone to play the part of his fiancÉe for six months in return for a generous paycheck, she’s ready to sign up on the spot.


Jack needs Sam and her kids to help tone down his image from womanizing cad to dependable dad. But he was expecting Sam to be a frumpy single mom, not a wickedly smart, sexy redhead. Keeping nosey newshounds from discovering that his engagement is a charade is going to be a tough job, but one mind-blowing kiss from Sam and suddenly Jack is ready to put in all the overtime necessary…


Now, with scheming opponents itching to bring Jack down, Sam’s ex returning to stir up trouble, one stubborn pre-schooler, two squabbling teenagers, a crazy dog, and some out-of-this-world sex, Jack and Sam are discovering that playing make-believe can be complicated—but not nearly as much as falling in love…

I started this book yesterday because I just couldn’t finish Crazy Sweet, it’s gonna have to be a DNF read for me because I just couldn’t get into it. I hated the whole Red Dog crap and I’m still peeved that Jane isn’t Travis’ heroine, though I did like C. Rydell Smith sounds like a really hot character, but meh…I couldn’t be arsed to finish that story right now, maybe I’ll go back and read it later but I don’t want to right now.

Instead, I picked up this book from the hundreds of books that I stole from Holly the other weekend. And I read it all in one sitting. It was a fast read and just a really cute book. I enjoyed the characters, the storyline and the hero…man did I enjoy the hero, so much so that don’t be surprised if you see the hero featured in an upcoming Hero of the Month because I was totally over the moon for him.

You see, the story is like this….Samantha Monroe is a divorced mother of 3 who is trying to make ends meet day in and day out and though she loves her job, it’s starting to not be enough to pay her bills, keep her kids happy and a roof over their heads, one night while out for drinks with her friends, she muses out loud that she would gladly be a kept woman if she could find herself a sugardaddy.

Imagine her surprise when she’s given just that chance….for sexy politician, Jack Tolliver who has to clean up his image before the elections or the primaries. What better way to clean up his image then to start seeing a divorced mother of 3 who turns him into a family man, instead of the womanizing cad that everyone thinks him to be.

They set it up where he hires Sam and her family to play the role of doting fiance’ and family for Jack and as you all know, things get complicated because they are fiercely attracted to each other and Jack can kiss like no other and so they start to slowly fall for each other and of course, Jack’s ex girlfriend is a psycho journalist who won’t get over his callous dumping of her years ago. Then add a dead beat dad and gay ex husband who wants to make some money and you get one funny, witty and just all out cute stories ever.

I really enjoyed how this story came together. I loved how Sam and Jack fell in love and I loved Sam’s kids and the relationship that Jack built with all three of them. I loved the bonds he formed with all the kids and I totally loved his potty training game with Dakota, Sam’s youngest.

This book was a light funny read that had me laughing, sighing and saying, HOT DAMN! all throughout the story. There was so many things that I liked about this book, I loved Jack, I thought he was a fantastic hero, sexy, smart and hot damn sexy! His sense of humor made me laugh and the way he was so hung up on buying lingerie for Sam made me laugh, a lot.

I thought that Sam was a great heroine too, I loved her friendship with Monte and the love she had for Monte’s kid, Simon. I thought that it was sweet the way she had formed her own little family when Mitch, her gay ass husband left her high and dry with 3 kids, I loved how she built a life for her family and tried her very best to make them all happy. I loved how her kids weren’t just her kids who did what she said, but who were apart of her plans, she didn’t do anything without running her ideas by them, they were a team and I really enjoyed that.

One of my favorite laugh out loud scenes was when Jack and Sam came back from dinner at the steakhouse and they had that episode in the car and then one of my favorite awwww moments was when Jack made peace with his mother and everything was laid out on the table and they hugged…it was so cute!

One thing I hate to read in romance novels, is when the heroine lies to the hero to protect him, I hate when they lie because they think they can save him, like the hero isn’t strong enough to save himself. And it happened in this book and that was the only part of the book where I was like, “YOU IDIOT, JUST TELL HIM! Love him and trust him enough to help you!” But of course that’s not what happened and it all got just so stupid but Jack made everything all better and so I was a happy camper but goodness, through the part where Sam thought she was doing the right thing, I wanted to backhand her dumb ass!

Regardless of that little issue I had with Sam, I didn’t hate her. I thought she was still a great heroine and the story was great. You guys should definitely read this book because it’s just a great, light romance that will have you laughing at the same time you’re sighing with delight. The characters were fantastic, the storyline was easy to follow and it was just all sunshiny and happy go lucky fun and perfect for a beach read in the summer time…READ IT!

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

This book is available from St. Martin’s Paperbacks. You can purchase it here.

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