Tag: Historical

Review: Something Sinful by Suzanne Enoch

Posted May 3, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 5 Comments


Isabel’s review of Something Sinful (Griffin Family #3) by Suzanne Enoch.

It was lust at first sight . . .

She was a vision, an exotic goddess who floated across the ballroom, conjuring images of warm nights and silk sheets, and Lord Charlemagne Griffin felt lightning shoot straight to his . . . well, he was definitely interested. So the lady isn’t exactly the sharpest knife on the rack, as Shay soon discovers, but the generous bosom just above her low neckline more than makes up for it. Before he knows it, Shay is bragging about an impending business deal to impress her . . .

Lady Sarala Carlisle may appear naÏve, but too late Shay realizes her unconventional beauty masks a razor-sharp intelligence and flawless instincts-and she’d just bested him! Well, two can play at this game, and one of Shay’s many skills is the fine art of seduction.

But in this contest, the only thing to lose is one’s heart.

This is the third book in the Griffin Series.

Charlemagne “Shay” Griffin is a business man. He can bargain with the best of them and he enjoys it. While at a ball he spots Lady Sarala. He’s smitten with her and dances with her. For some reason, he tells her about some silk bolts he’s going to purchase thinking she’s not really understanding what he’s talking about. Little does he know.

The next day, he’s with the seller and asks for the silk. Seller says sorry, someone beat you to the punch. Lady Sarala. Turns out she’s a pretty good business woman. Now Shay’s pride is hurt and he wants those bolts back. Sarala is asking for 6,000 pounds. Shay says no. Now he must try and figure out a way to get those bolts from her. One which includes wooing her.

Lady Sarala was born in India. Her parents moved there and never planned on returning to England. Now that they have returned, her mom is insisting Sarala be English and make a match. She shortens Sarala’s name to Sarah, tells her to wear certain colors and gowns. Sarala’s mom is basically one of those dreaded title hungry, match making mammas.

Sarala and Shay are forced into marriage because they were caught in a compromising position. She was about to sell the silk to him and was sealing the deal with a kiss. And wouldn’t you know someone walked in on them.

The rest of the story was ok. You have Shay learning the bolts of silk were stolen so now Chinese henchmen are after them. Turns out the silk was for the emperor of China. Shay has to get them back from Sarala so she isn’t hurt. When Shay tells her what’s going on, she doesn’t believe him. She thinks it’s another ploy for the silk so she ups her price. She slowly starts to believe him when he says fine. Then Sarala figures she should call off the wedding so Shay doesn’t put his life in danger for her. She of course doesn’t.

The biggest thing that bothered me was when Shay found out Sarala is not a virgin. Now why is it ok for men to have tons of lovers but a woman has one and he goes ape shit. Shay is annoyed and Sarala calls him on it. When Shay demands the name of the man Sarala responds, “Not unless you’re prepare to name every woman you slept with.” Which shuts him up.

So yeah, there you. I wasn’t really impressed with the book. I didn’t feel a connection between Sarala and Shay. Her mom got on my nerves. Ugh. But I will read the last book in the series though.

Grade: 3 out of 5

The books in this series:

Sin and Sensibility
And Invitation to Sin
Something Sinful
Sins of a Duke (out next month)

Ps. Pardon my crappy review. I’m extremely tired and the coffee and Pepsi are just not doing it for me today.

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

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Weekly Reread: Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood.

Posted May 3, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 12 Comments

Weekly Reread: Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood.Reviewer: Rowena
Honor's Splendour by Julie Garwood
Published by Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: April 30, 1991
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
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five-stars

In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton—the Wolf—unleashed his warriors against Louddon's main. Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he catured...but when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life. In his rough-hewn castle, Duncan proved true to his honor. But when at last their noble passion conquered them both, she surrendered with all her soul. Now, for love, Madelyne would stand fast...as bravely as her Lord, the powerful Wolf who fought for...Honor's Splendour


Rowena’s review of Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood.

In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton—the Wolf—unleashed his warriors against Louddon’s main. Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he catured…but when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life. In his rough-hewn castle, Duncan proved true to his honor. But when at last their noble passion conquered them both, she surrendered with all her soul. Now, for love, Madelyne would stand fast…as bravely as her Lord, the powerful Wolf who fought for…Honor’s Splendour.

A goal of mine is to eventually write a review for all the books I’ve ever read and so each week I plan on doing a Weekly Reread post so that I can revisit all the books that I’ve read and loved from way back in the day.

This weekend’s reread was Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood. Holy hell it was just as great this time around as it was the first time I read it.

Duncan of Weston is one sexy beast.

So the story is about Duncan and Madelyne. Duncan wants to get under Madelyne’s evil brother Louddon’s skin, so him and his men breach Louddon’s castle and they burn it down and kill his men and steal his sister. The same sister that saves Duncan’s life by cutting him down from the post and warming his feet in the nearby Church. Duncan is amazed that she would dare save him from her evil brother and when she turns out to be totally different and unlike anything he ever imagined to find in Louddon’s sister, he can’t help but be taken by her beauty, her honesty and just everything about her.

Then he takes her home.

And things just heat the hell up from there. There’s the immediate reaction of Duncan’s family to Madelyne, the crush that Duncan’s brother Gilard has on Madelyne, the intense dislike that Edmond has toward her and then the whole ordeal with Duncan’s sister.

All that drama makes for one frickin’ heart warming and funny as all get out story.

Some of my favorite scenes are the scene with Duncan’s beard? sigh When she asks him if he’s gonna shave and he tells her, “After, love” Ooh, I get goose bumps everytime I read that scene and then the scene where Madelyne warms Duncan’s feet at the beginning, it was so unexpected and she was so scared of getting caught and getting in trouble but she did it anyway and it made me like her all the more because it was such a great way to begin the story.

I loved watching Madelyne’s interaction with Duncan’s family. When she got really sick and took to calling Duncan Odysseus and when she punched Edmond in the eye? Yeah, I was rollin’. I loved how Duncan wouldn’t leave Madelyn alone with anyone but him while she was sick, he didn’t want anyone but him offering her comfort or being the recipient of her passionate nature….HA! I loved how her relationship with Duncan’s sister, Adela blossomed. When Madelyne tells Adela about herself and then makes her wake up and face life again, I just absolutely loved it. It was great how as soon as the fight ran out of Adela, she was able to get herself together and marry Gerald.

I loved how throughout all of the crap that Madelyne went through, she leaned on Duncan throughout it all and Duncan shouldered her burdens for her and took such good care of her. I loved seeing the both of them falling in love with each other and I loved how Madelyne was such a paradox to Duncan. She was a fantastic heroine and she made the story a great reading experience for me.

This book totally rocks my socks, for real!

Grade: 5 out of 5

This book is available from Pocket Books. You can purchase it here.

five-stars

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Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

Posted April 27, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 11 Comments

Tough minded Jessica Trent’s sole intention is to free her nitwit brother from the destructive influence of Sebastian ballister, the notorious Marquess of Diain. She never expects to desire the arrogant, amoral cad. And When Daines reciprical passion places them in a scandously compromising, and public, position, Jessica is left with no choice but to seek satisfaction…

Dawn the minx for tempting him, kissing him…and then for forcing him to salvage reputation! Lord Dain can’t wait to put the infuriating bluestocking in her place — and in some amorous position. And if this means marriage, so be it — though sebastian is less than certain he can continue to remian aloof…and stell his heart to the sensuous, head strong lady’s considerable charms.

I really loved this book. It was soooo good.

First of all, Dain isn’t your normal hero. In the book he’s described as looking like Beelzebub. He’s called “big beak” and referred to as not very handsome and that’s how Dain thinks of himself. Which I found was different. Usually you get these handsome Brad Pitt looking guys. It’s not that Dain is ugly. He’s not. He’s just not like your normal hero.

Dain’s mother, the only person who loved him, ran off when he was young. His father was pretty much disgusted with him. Well, maybe not disgusted, just disappointed. His father had 3 handsome sons who died. So to have a not so handsome son, Dain, left daddy bitter. So Daddy dearest sends Dain away to school. Because he’s picked on, Dain learns to disguise his feelings by laughing things off and making witty remarks. He sounds as if he could care less. And he does. He has a front of being cool and collected. Until Jessica arrives.

You see, she wants her brother to stop hanging around Dain. Her family knows Bertie is an idiot. Dain knows he’s an idiot, so Jessica thinks he’s taking advantage of him. Which… I can’t remember why Dain befriended him in the first place.

Jessica and Dain have a love/hate relationship. However, they both realize they are attracted to each other. Which is nice. Most of the time the heroines deny the feelings they have for the guy. Not Jessica. After meeting Dain, she complains to her grandmother how handsome he is and how she feels something for him. Jessica is smart, feisty, and knows how to stand her ground with Dain. She doesn’t let him push her around. I love how Jessica spar back and forth with Dain. There is one incident where Jessica says she won’t argue with Dain. Which of course he doesn’t believe. After a month, Dain is desperate to have his Jessica back. He hates having a wife who listens and agrees with everything he says and does.

After getting caught in a compromising position at the ball, they are forced to marry. We get a glimpse of Dain caring for Jessica. He gives her a betrothal ring. He spent hours in a shop trying to find a ring for her. The jeweler gave Dain suggestions that made him want to vomit. A birthstone ring. A stone to match her eyes etc. Dain then finds the perfect ring and he knows the reasoning of picking it out is just as sappy as the jeweler’s. It’s a ruby for the girl who shed his blood (she shot him. You have to read it to understand) and diamonds representing the lightning that flashed when she kissed him.

As he waits for her reaction to the ring, he tries to tell himself he doesn’t care what she think. But he does. He really wants her to love the ring. We see even though Dain is the tough guy, all he really wants is to be loved. He is a sensitive person but not whiney sensitive. When Jessica gives Dain a birthday present, he’s shocked. He also treasures it and when asked to give his present up he refuses.

All in all I loved this book. The is much more to the story but you have to read it to find out. These are two quotes I love. There are many more, but these are what I have here at work.

Jessica to Dain

“I love these pet names,” she said, gazing soulfully up into his eyes, “Nitwit. Sap skull. Termagant. How they make my heart flutter!”

Dain’s reaction receiving the invitation to a ball is too funny.

“A part of his mind recommended he burn it.
Another part suggested he urinate on it.
Another advised him to shove it down Her ladyship’s throat.”

Go read this book!

Grade: 5/5

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