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Guest Review: A Most Improper Rumor by Emma Wildes

Posted March 5, 2013 by Ames in Reviews | 3 Comments

Ames’ review of A Most Improper Rumor by Emma Wildes.

What is society to do when the diamonds of the first water are caught in compromising situations, one after the other? Can the young ladies survive the season with their reputations intact…or will the scandalous whispers surrounding them bring about the ultimate ruination?

Once the toast of the ton, Lady Angelina DeBrooke is no longer known just for her exquisite beauty, but more for her notorious marriages. Dubbed the Dark Angel, she has fallen in love for the first time and wishes to marry, but fears finding herself a widow for the third time. With two poisoned husbands and a cloud of suspicion hanging over her head, she turns to the only man in England who might help her…

Benjamin Wallace, Lord Heathton, isn’t interested in playing detective again, but when Lady DeBrooke approaches him in a quest to clear her name, he finds the challenge irresistible. Her second husband was an old friend, and when he takes a closer look, he catches the scent of a foe he has hunted before—and knows this is his chance to finally trap the elusive prey…

This is book 2 in the Whispers of Scandal series.  You can my review of book 1, Ruined by Moonlight,  here.

A Most Improper Rumor, like Ruined by Moonlight, features Benjamin Wallace and his wife Alicia.  Because the story builds on the events from the previous book for this couple, I would suggest reading RbM.  However, I do believe it could be read as a stand-alone.  But it’s Emma Wildes – why wouldn’t you want to read the other book?  *g*

Lady Angelina DeBrooke is in love and because her first two husbands were murdered, she needs help figuring out who did it so she can be free to marry her lover.  As it stands, she is afraid that if she were to come forward with a new man, he would be killed.  And she was hauled before the magistrate when her second husband died, so she wants to avoid that at all costs.  And she’s heard that Lord Heathton has a talent for solving mysteries.

When Angelina first approaches him, Ben is at first unwilling to accept her case.  He wants to settle down with his wife!  But the more Angelina tells him, the more he’s sure that the person behind the murders is the mysterious villain from Elena’s kidnapping (from Ruined by Moonlight).  He wants to know who the villain is, so he takes on her case.  But things get personal real fast when he becomes the target!

I enjoyed a Most Improper Rumor.  I liked how it picks up Benjamin and Alicia’s story again.  And Alicia also helps out in this investigation as well.  They’re great characters so it was good to see them as central to the plot.

Angelina and her mystery lover – I wasn’t as involved in their story. I seriously like Ben and Alicia that much! They overshadowed the other couple!  But part of it could be that Angelina and her man are already in love. So this isn’t so much a typical romance in that we see two people meet, fall in love and get their HEA.  Angelina needs to overcome this obstacle (of someone trying to ruin her life) to get her HEA.  I was invested though.  I wanted her to have that.  But I kind of guessed who was behind things quickly.  Which is ok, Ben was right behind me.  LOL

There was also the introduction of two of Ben’s accomplices from his War Department days.  I hope to see more from them in future books as well.

Overall, A Most Improper Rumor was a solid read with great characters.  I’m giving it 3.75 out of 5.  I recommend it.

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

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Guest Review: One Whisper Away by Emma Wildes

Posted August 4, 2011 by Ames in Reviews | 3 Comments

Ames’ review of One Whisper Away by Emma Wildes.

Lady Cecily Francis is resigned to become the wife of Lord Drury, the man she suspects her sister is pining for. But upon her first scandalous encounter with the exotic Earl of Augustine-the American whom everyone is whispering about- Cecily is intrigued by the possibility of a more exciting life. If only she could contrive some way to marry the unconventional earl instead….

Around town he’s known as Earl Savage. Although he inherited his title legitimately-and, with it, responsibility for his three half sisters-Augustine is half American and part Iroquois. He can’t wait to settle his father’s estate, marry his sisters off, and return to his native soil. Until charming Lady Cecily has him considering a prolonged stay in England…

I’m a big fan of Emma Wildes and I always look forward to her books. One Whisper Away was no exception.

Lady Cecily Francis is at a ball when she accidentally spills some champagne on herself. Imagine her surprise when the ton’s most talked about Earl tends to her décolletage himself. Cecily is shocked and intrigued by this man who lives by his own rules. And it sets the tongues wagging when he whispers in her ear before taking his leave. What did he say? Everyone wants to know.

Everyone around Cecily would like the ensuing gossip about her to die down so they can all focus on her most ardent suitor, Lord Drury. But Cecily knows her older sister prefers Lord Drury so she approaches Augustine and proposes a fake engagement so the way will be clear for her sister and Lord Drury.

I can hear what you’re thinking – a fake engagement plot? But it’s not! As if Emma Wildes would do something so cliché. No, Augustine and Cecily both realize that there’s no way they can lie to everyone they love so they reluctantly admit the truth, they really want the other. It’s not so simple for Augustine however. He is American raised and made it known as soon as he arrived in England that he would return home as soon as all the estate business was wrapped up.

One Whisper Away is an enjoyable read. Despite the fact that I tend to not enjoy Native American characters in historical novels, I was willing to overlook that for Ms. Wildes. She didn’t romanticize Augustine’s culture too much (there were references to his spirituality) and he lived by his own personal code of honor.

Now Cecily is why I truly enjoyed this book. She’s not your usual blushing debutante. She sees and understands the world and the ways of the ton but doesn’t always agree with them. For example, everyone is shocked that Augustine brought his illegitimate daughter with him from America. But Cecily sees that as a good thing, he’s raising his daughter and not hiding her like some secret shame. He’s an honorable man.

All in all, One Whisper Away was an enjoyable read. I loved how Ms. Wildes built up Cecily’s and Augustine’s relationship. My only criticism of this book would be the sub-plot where someone is trying to kill Augustine. It is superfluous and I felt like it didn’t add anything to the plot. Everything else was good.

One Whisper Away gets 4 out of 5 from me.

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

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What I Read Last Week

Posted March 7, 2011 by Tracy in Features | 11 Comments

I have pictures! My youngest got her glasses this past week and she loves them. No problem with getting her to wear them as she wants to wear them constantly! I tried to get pictures that showed the true colors of the glasses but I don’t think they turned out well. The front of the glasses are a brown color with a turquoise and green inside. Very stylish and cute!
I’m just happy that her eyesight has improved! 🙂 We also had a parent/teacher conference with her teacher this week and she’s doing really, really well in school so that’s wonderful! (She obviously takes after her father in the math department because I suck at math! lol)
Other than glasses life is moving along in our house. It seems like life has its highs and lows but isn’t that how it is all the time? I think ours are just more intense.
I did go and see the movie The Adjustment Bureau yesterday. Kind of a strange movie but it had a very sweet romance in it so it made it all worth it. lol. I’m such a romantic!
Anyway, on to what I read this past week:
I was trying to catch up on my Book Binge reading this week so I read quite a few for that site.  I started off with Hidden Away by Maya Banks. This is book 3 in her KGI series and was Garrett’s story. He’s put in charge of watching a woman in hopes that her half brother will be drawn out and he can then be arrested as he’s not a nice man. Garret doesn’t expect to fall in love with the woman though. I really liked this book – not quite as much as I liked book 2, No Place to Run, but still a very good read. You can read my review here if you’re interested. 4 out of 5
Next was a very short book called A Good Bargain by DC Juris – another Book Binge read. This was a 10 page story of a 40 year old man who was married to a woman for various reasons – even though he’s gay and is now divorced and has decided to get back into the dating scene. He ends up going to a bar and picks up a very young man and brings him home. He starts to have doubts about whether he should really be bringing young men home but things end up working out in the end. It was cute. More sex than story but cute. 3 out of 5
I read Saddled and Spurred by Lorelei James after that – yet another Book Binge read (I told you I was trying to catch up!). This is book 2 in the Blacktop Cowboys series. The story was about Harper who lives in Muddy Gap, Wyoming and holds two part-time jobs. When one of her jobs goes under she is desperate to find work and there are very few options open to her for a variety of reasons. Her friend hooks her up to work as a ranch hand for a friend of hers, Bran. Harper is a nail technician and past beauty queen but she’s not afraid of hard work. Bran and Harper, though trying to keep things on a professional basis can’t deny their attraction to each other – or eventually their feelings for one another. This was another good installment in the series. I would have liked to have seen more depth with the characters at some points in the book but overall pretty good. 3.75 out of 5
My next read was The Vampire Voss by Colleen Gleason. The series is about Regency Vampires and the first book was about, you guessed it, Voss. He’s fallen for a human woman but she’s not all that happy to hear he’s a vamp. You can read my review here. 3.5 out of 5
Love in an Elevator by Vivian Vincent was one of my Tracy’s TBR Challenge reads for the week. This was a pretty short novella about a woman who is stuck in an elevator with her ex-boyfriends twin. They’ve always had feelings for each other but have ignored them. They do the nasty in the elevator but then Trey steps back and shuts himself off from Dana because he knows that he’s not her type. The sex was steamy in this one but the main characters acted so childish in this story I wanted to slap both of them. 2 out of 5
Another of my Tracy’s TBR Challenge reads for the week was An Indecent Proposition by Emma Wildes. This was the story of a Duke and an Earl who are mighty drunk and decide that to make a wager about who is the better lover. They get many offers from women who want to be the one to decide between the two but only one offer really intrigues them. When they meet the woman they find that she is a widowed lady who they have met before but she is known for her standoffish, icy demeanor. They are intrigued and the duke decides that they will spend a week together. I really liked both the lady and the duke together – there’s was just a sweet romance, even though the duke wouldn’t see it as a romance. The earl wagered but only because the woman he loved had gotten engaged to someone else. During the course of the book he not only helps the lady and the duke come together but gets off his ass and goes after the woman he loves. This was my first time reading Ms. Wildes’ work and I really liked it. I have another of her books on my shelf and will have to pull it out sooner rather than later. 4 out of 5
Another Book Binge read was Never Again by Michele Bardsley. This is book 1 in the Wizards of Nevermore series and it was good. I really like Ms. Bardsley writing. She has a great way of bring intrigue and fun together to make a great combo. In this book we meet Lucy who is desperate for shelter and is running away from an evil man. She heads to Nevermore to ask her ex-brother-in-law to help her. He turns her away – after all her sister tried to kill him 10 years before, but he gets a bout of conscience and heads after her. On top of the romance which was good but a bit rushed, imho, there was the story of a resident of Nevermore who was trying to gain power in an evil way. Despite the romance going to fast I really liked the book. 4 out of 5
Last on the list for the week was Mongrel by KZ Snow. I really loved KZ’s writing. She has this way of dragging me in to whatever story I’m reading of hers and not letting go. Mongrel was no different. This was a steampunk m/m novel where we met young and thoroughly human, Will, who works for the mechanical circus selling medicine/tonic. He meets Fanule who is a mongrel one night at the circus and eventually the two fall in love. But there’s so much more than a romance in this book. The story covers the constant hate and distrust of the humans of the mongrel community as well as the horrible things leaders of the province are subjecting the mongrels to. I really liked the world – although I think I would have liked to have learned more about Taintwell, where the mongrels lived. It’s a story about acceptance and fighting for your rights as a living soul and it was very good. 4 out of 5
My Book Binge reviews that posted this past week
Happy Reading!

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Guest Review: His Sinful Secret by Emma Wildes

Posted December 1, 2010 by Ames in Reviews | 4 Comments

Ames‘ review of His Sinful Secret (Notorious Bachelors, Book 3) by Emma Wildes.

Betrothed to one brother, then married to another, Julianne Sutton finds herself a pawn in an unknown game. The enigmatic new Marquess of Longhaven knows all about the art of deception but he’s baffled by innocence. His new wife is trusting, lovely, and utterly bewitching. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that she has secrets of her own. As he battles a ruthless enemy, he quickly learns that love has an entirely different set of rules.

His Sinful Secret is book 3 in Emma Wildes’ Notorious Bachelors series.

Michael, the Marquess of Longhaven, has been a somewhat enigmatic character in the previous two books. We know he was tortured in the war and that he’s still doing spy-like things even though their country is no longer fighting. At the end of Our Wicked Mistake, Michael told his friends that he was getting married, much to their shock.

What they didn’t know and what we find out is that Michael’s older brother, Harry, was betrothed to Julianne Sutton from when she was a babe. She grew up her whole life knowing she would marry the Marquess of Longhaven, who had always been Harry. But then Harry died and she still has to marry the Marquess, who is now Michael.

Michael, although he had no intention to get married, agrees to go through with the arrangement between his and Julianne’s parents out of guilt. Guilt that he’s still alive, and he also knows his parents will earn a little bit of happiness over his marriage. He’ll do anything to make up the loss of Harry to them. But he doesn’t know Julianne, and he may be surprised by his new young and innocent bride.

His Sinful Secret was another great read from Emma Wildes. I like how we didn’t really know Michael before but what little we did made us assume certain things about him. That he’d be a typical spy that didn’t want to get close to anyone and he’d keep all his secrets close to his chest. And yes, Michael starts off that way, but Julianne reaches into that part of him that wants to be close to someone and I really enjoyed seeing Michael change. And I liked how smart Julianne was. She also wasn’t a predictable naïve little thing and I appreciate that. Well-written characters make me happy. *g*

I really liked Julianne’s secret. And was somewhat happily surprised to Michael’s reaction to her activities leading up to the unveiling of the secret. He doesn’t react the way I expected and I think that’s why Emma’s writing works for me – she writes characters that are adult, mature and communicate with each other. There easily could have been a big misunderstanding, but there wasn’t. Yippee!

I don’t want to give too much of the plot away but know this – I really enjoyed His Sinful Secret and thought it was a good wrap-up to the Notorious Bachelors.

This one gets a 4.5 out of 5 from me. Go read it!

The series:
My Lord Scandal: Notorious BachelorsOur Wicked Mistake: Notorious BachelorsHis Sinful Secret: Notorious Bachelors

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

You can read more from ~ames~ at Thrifty Reader.

My Lord Scandal – Notorious Bachelors 1
Our Wicked Mistake – Notorious Bachelors 2

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Guest Review: Our Wicked Mistake by Emma Wildes

Posted November 19, 2010 by Ames in Reviews | 4 Comments

Ames’ review of Our Wicked Mistake by Emma Wildes.

When blackmail turns to murder, Madeline May turns to the notorious Viscount Altea, a man used to dealing with men of ill repute, and a man she despises with every fiber of her being.

From the very moment of their first meeting-and one unforgettable night of passion-Luke Daudet knew she was different. And when he received her fateful entreaty, he knew he would not be able to stay away…

First of all, a disclaimer over that blurb – Madeline does not despise Viscount Altea. Sheesh.

Second of all, this is the second Notorious Bachelors book (you can read my review of the first book here) and I can honestly say, this book was better than the first and I really enjoyed it!

Madeline is a widow, but she’s not your typical historical widow who hated her husband and hated the conjugal bed. Nope, Madeline loved her husband and actually enjoyed that part of her marriage. But Colin has been gone for years and someone is attempting to blackmail her into an affair with intimate knowledge of her marriage. So how did this come to pass? Colin kept a journal of his everyday life and he wrote down a few key details about what went on in the marriage bed…and as the case may be, a few times outside the marriage bed, like that one time at the opera house. And that journal was stolen.  How does Luke, Viscount Altea enter into all this? One night a year ago, five years after her husband passed away, Madeline and Luke spent a passionate evening together. And even though Luke gave Madge the cold shoulder after the encounter, she knows she can still turn to him when she koshes her would-be blackmailer over the head and believes him dead. And sure enough, Luke comes to her rescue.

And the would-be blackmailer isn’t dead – but having to explain his presence in her drawing room could create a scandal for Madge so Luke takes care of that for her. And it brings him back into her sphere. You see, after that one night a year ago, Luke gave Madge the brush off for his own self-preservation. He lost someone he loved in the war and no one knows about it and he doesn’t want to open himself up to that kind of heartbreak ever again, and he knows he could easily fall in love with Madeline.

And even though Madeline was upset with Luke’s actions a year ago, she still desires him and so she goes after him – not for marriage, but for an affair. Meanwhile, there is still someone out there who wishes Madeline ill, and it somehow ties into her deceased husband’s journal…

I thoroughly enjoyed Our Wicked Mistake! I loved that Madeline wasn’t your stereotypical widow and that after years of celibacy she decided to do something for herself. And Luke, sweet Luke. I thought it was an interesting twist for a hero to avoid a woman because he knew she would make him feel too much. Usually a man will deny deny deny. But nope, Luke knew from the get-go and so he decided to stay away from temptation. But Madeline grabbed life by the horns and decided to take her fate into her own hands and went after her man. She even understood that all he would be able to offer her was an affair, something temporary. I like historical heroines who own their sexuality, that defy the conventions of the time.

What truly made Our Wicked Mistake even that much more satisfying was the secondary romance between Luke’s younger sister Elizabeth and their step-cousin Miles. You know I love nothing more than a good friends to lovers story and that’s what this one was. Elizabeth and Miles were childhood companions who grew up together and Miles knew he loved Elizabeth but he wasn’t sure about her feelings and it ate him up inside that she was in the market for a husband.

The plot surrounding Colin’s journal was interesting as well. And it was kind of in the background which was perfect for the story. The focus was on Luke and Madeline and the mystery was there, but did not overshadow the romance.

Overall, I thought Our Wicked Mistake was a great read and highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read Emma Wildes before. For fans of her writing, this one is right up there with her other novels. I’m giving Our Wicked Mistake a 4.5 out of 5. I can’t wait to read the 3rd book, His Sinful Secret!

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

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