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Review: In Total Surrender by Anne Mallory.

Posted October 5, 2011 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Published by Avon, Harper Collins

Rowena’s review of In Total Surrender by Anne Mallory.

Hero: Andreas Merrick
Heroine: Phoebe Pace

Andreas Merrick is the king of London’s dark underworld, having amassed unimaginable wealth and power . . . and a fierce reputation that leaves even the bravest men quaking in their boots. Yet one person is maddeningly unintimidated by his fearsome presence: the persistent Miss Phoebe Pace.

And one kiss always leads to another . . .

Equal parts honey and steel, Phoebe will stop at nothing to find her missing brother and save her family. Though associating with Andreas means peril and scandal, she never expects to experience a passion so intense that it threatens to consume her. But enigmatic Andreas is no ordinary man to love. He brings dangers from all sides— without and within—while tempting her beyond her wildest dreams . . .

It was hard to get into this book because the book is mostly told through the hero’s POV and that’s different from what I’m used to. Another thing that made it so different is the hero is a killer. He’s the lord of the underworld and taking peoples lives is something he does without thought. I’m used to that when I’m reading a paranormal but not really when I’m reading a historical. It was kind of unnerving, reading Andreas’ thoughts. He’s so dark but he was compelling as well.

One thing that jumped out at me when I was reading this book was, “Why isn’t Phoebe scared of him?” Hell, I was scared of him but over the course of this book, I softened toward him and then fell in love with him. We got a lot of page time reading through his thoughts and it took some getting used to but it wasn’t bad.

I will say that I spent a great deal of this book confused as all get out. There was just so much going on. You have quite a lot to keep up with, there’s the business with the debt, Phoebe’s brothers disappearing and everything with Andreas and Phoebe. It did make the reading experience fly by because I wanted to find out what happened next and so I kept turning the pages but my enjoyment of this book suffered just a tiny bit while I tried to make sense of what I was reading and keep everything straight in my head.

The romance between Andreas and Phoebe was entertaining and I enjoyed watching them go at it. After I got over the fact that Phoebe wasn’t scared of Andreas as any woman with sense would be, I felt that Mallory did a wonderful job with this pairing. There wasn’t another woman in this book who was as perfect for Andreas as Phoebe was. The romance built slowly but I liked it. I thought the way that Mallory dragged their romance out made the story that much more enjoyable because the tension is definitely there in spades.

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would and that’s saying something because throughout most of the book, Andreas is a dick but I never hated him. Phoebe was one of those heroines that took some getting used to with the way she was and the easy way she fit into Andreas’ life. He was like a historical mob King and she was his old lady.

This is one of those historical books that you should definitely check out. It’s interesting to get so much page time with the hero and I found that it was enjoyable. The romance between Andreas and Phoebe was slow but it felt right and I appreciated Mallory’s efforts with this book. I liked it.

Grade: 4 out of 5

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

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Review: One Night is Never Enough by Anne Mallory.

Posted February 8, 2011 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Published by Avon, Harper Collins

Rowena’s review of One Night is Never Enough by Anne Mallory.

Hero: Roman Merrick
Heroine: Lady Charlotte Chatsworth

From the first glimpse he knew he must have her — even if only for a single night . . .

Powerful, ruthless, seductive—the lord of London’s underworld—Roman Merrick gets anything he wants . . . and he burns for Charlotte Chatsworth, a polished jewel in the glittering ton. So he engages her debt-ridden gambler father in a game of chance, wagering ten thousand pounds against one night with the man’s exquisite daughter. And Roman Merrick never loses.

But one night is never enough . . .

Charlotte is devastated to learn that her reprobate father has lost her in a card game to the most dangerous man she’s ever met. With the threat of ruin behind every corner, Charlotte embarks upon a perilous path with the man she cannot forget. But in truth, it’s Roman who has everything to lose—for a game undertaken for pleasure alone soon has him gambling his heart. And love and passion unleashed could bring his great, dark empire tumbling down . . .

I’m trying to remember if I’ve read anything by Anne Mallory but nothing is jumping out at me. The thing that drew me to this particular book was the cover. I love the colors, so soft and inviting. The blurb did a great job of making me curious and when I flipped to the last page of this book, I was glad that I finished it.

This book follows Roman Merrick and Lady Charlotte Chatsworth down their road to true love. Roman is not of the ton, he’s like the historical mob leader and he’s a man of shady character and he won Lady Charlotte’s company for a night from her father. Yep, you read that right. Charlotte’s father gambled his daughter away for a night and lost. Roman collected and that night set off the story.

There were a lot of things going on in this story and while I enjoyed it, I didn’t feel like I connected with either Charlotte or Roman very much throughout the story. There was a lot of game playing going on and from time to time, it got a bit tiring.

Charlotte was a hard character to get a handle on. She was good to her sister and you could see her fighting her feelings for Roman and I enjoyed getting to know her but I didn’t really connect with her character. I felt bad for her because she had a horrid father but I think her relationship with her sister Emily made up for having such a rotten father and the way that her mother came around in the end was nice but overall, Charlotte wasn’t a very memorable character.

Roman was a much more colorful character and I enjoyed getting to know him. He spoke in riddles, he crept behind draperies and he was a fun character to get to know. I will admit that it was his brother Andreas that I was more intrigued by but Roman wasn’t a bad sort (no matter what he’d have you believe). There were a time or two that he would make me crack a smile and get all excited but for the most part, I was confused by what he was doing with Charlotte.

I’m interested to see if this book will be turned into a series because there were a lot of things that were left unsaid and a lot of questions rose after I closed this book. Who exactly is Andreas family? What about Emily? I’m curious enough to want to read more from these characters. I did enjoy the book but I didn’t exactly love it. All of the games, all of the riddles and all of the sneaking around dampened my enjoyment but still, it’s good.

Grade: 3 out of 5.

This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Review: The Bride Price by Anne Mallory

Posted February 19, 2009 by Casee in Reviews | 3 Comments

Published by Avon, Harper Collins

Winner take all . . .

Sebastien Deville, the debauched, dangerously handsome illegitimate son of the Duke of Grandien, has waited his whole life for revenge—and suddenly it is there for the taking. A competition sponsored by the ing has all the ton talking. The winner will receive an immense fortune, a newly created title, sponsorship, and a well-born bride—everything Sebastien needs to reclaim his mother’s stolen lands and to wield the colossal power itching beneath his fingertips. His victory is all but assured . . . until he meets Caroline.

Caroline Martin knows all about Sebastien, the legendary heartbreaker who leaves women weeping in his wake, and she is determined not to see him win the competition in which he would claim her friend as his bride. Yet sabotage is so very hard to concentrate on when the target’s searing glances promise incredible pleasure and his skillful hands vow unimaginable desire. She knows the danger he presents, the temptation he offers, yet she is willing to risk everything for all she holds dear.

But Sebastien Deville will do anything to win . . . and Caroline’s heart may become the ultimate prize.

After Three Nights of Sin, I was prepared to be dazzled by this book. Unfortunately, I wasn’t. The whole story fell flat for me. The characters fell flat. The book just felt wooden.

I can’t even be bothered to give this book a proper review. The premise is that there is basically a contest in which a certain number of men get to compete. The prize is money, land, and a bride. The bride in question is Caroline’s good friend, Sarah. Caroline is determined to help Sarah in any way she can, even if it means cheating.

Caroline has had her own bad luck with love. She fell for a man that only wanted her for her money. She thinks of herself as jaded when she is anything but. She first meets Sebastian when she goes on an errand for Sarah’s father, the earl of Something. She’s supposed to drawn a picture of the house and land that is supposed to be a part of the game. That’s where she meets Sebastian for the first time.

This is a reformed rake story. Sebastian wants to win b/c the land was his mother’s. He tried to buy it from his father, the duke of Oranother, but he would never sell it to him. So he is bitter and tortured, but still determined to get what he wants. What he wants is Caroline, which puts a serious crimp in his plan.

I just found that I couldn’t really care about the characters. I supposed that Caroline was supposed to be viewed as an independent woman, but I just found her to be over-the-top. She wanted [whatever] and that’s that. She used Sebastian even though she was convinced that he was going to use her.

If anything was worth reading, it was probably Sebastian. I’ve read positive reviews of this book, so maybe it’s just me. I doubt it though.

3 out of 5.

This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Review: Three Nights of Sin by Anne Mallory

Posted July 25, 2008 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments

Published by Avon, Harper Collins

Three nights of danger . . .

When her brother was arrested for murder, the ton shut its doors to Marietta Winters. No one would help her save him from the gallows—no one but Gabriel Noble. In exchange for taking the case, Gabriel requests three favors from the desperate young beauty, and Marietta has no other choice but to make a deal with the sinfully handsome devil.

Three nights of pleasure . . .

Searching for clues in the rough underbelly of London, Marietta must masquerade as a shamelessly wanton wench—much to Gabriel’s delight. But Marietta swears to herself that her passionate moans are just for show. She could never fall in love with such a maddening, arrogant, seductive stranger . . . could she?

Three nights of sin . . .

Night after night, she satisfies his wicked cravings. But soon Gabriel wants more from Marietta than just three nights of sin—and even a sordid secret in his past won’t prevent him from trying to possess her forever.

This book is fantastically awesome. I love historicals that depart from the usual Lord and Lady/Balls/Riding through Hyde Park, etc. This book is definitely not a fluffy historical.

Marietta Winters is desperate. When her younger brother is arrested for murder, Marietta has no where to turn. The ton has already tried and convicted him. With people that she thought were friends turning their backs on her family, Marietta’s only option is to seek out Gabriel Noble. Marietta doesn’t have the ten thousand pound fee that Gabriel requires for his services. Instead, Marietta has to agree to grant Gabriel three favors in return for him helping prove Kenny’s innocence. She doesn’t hesitate and soon finds herself involved with a man that is far more than he appears to be.

Gabriel has his own reasons for agreeing to help Marietta. From the night she showed up on his doorstep, he has been intrigued by Marietta. Someone who seems to be plain upon first inspection is anything but that. When Marietta agrees to grant him three favors, Gabriel also insists that she live with him in Middlesex. After all, finding the Middlesex Murderer would be best done by living in Middlesex. Though he expected Marietta to balk, he underestimates her desperation.

Together Marietta and Gabriel scour Middlesex trying to find anyone that knows anything about the night Kenny was found over a dead body. Despite Gabriel’s skepticism, he is soon convinced that Kenny is not the Middlesex Murderer, that he was in fact setup and could possibly hang for something he didn’t do. It’s not until the fourth victim is discovered that Gabriel realizes that all four victims have a significant tie to his past. When he begins to put everything together, he is appalled by the realization that the murderer could be someone he knows and trusts.

There were many things that I liked about this book. There was not an immediate attraction between Gabriel and Marietta. Even though Marietta thought Gabriel was probably the most beautiful man that she’s ever seen, that doesn’t stop her wariness. Both Gabriel and Marietta are outcasts from a society that they don’t want to be a part of. Marietta knows that even when Kenny’s innocence is proven, she will never return to the society that turned their backs on her. Gabriel has never been a part of society, nor does he want to be. What he wants is to keep Marietta for his own, much to his surprise.

I really liked how the story came full circle. It started out with Marietta going to Gabriel for help, yet it ended with Gabriel needing Marietta. What Gabriel overcame in his life was amazing, especially because of the person he turned out to be. I loved this book from start to finish and highly recommend it.

4.5 out of 5.

This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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