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Review: My Lady, My Lord by Katharine Ashe

Posted April 9, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: My Lady, My Lord by Katharine AsheReviewer: Tracy
My Lady, My Lord by Katharine Ashe
Series: Twist series #1
Published by Billet-Doux Books
Publication Date: March 10th 2014
Genres: Historical, Romance
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four-stars

The Bluestocking
Lady Corinna Mowbray has three passions: excellent books, intelligent conversation, and disdaining the libertine Earl of Chance.

The Rake
Lord Ian Chance has three pleasures: beautiful women, fast horses, and tormenting high-and-mighty Corinna Mowbray.

Neighbors for years, they've been at each other's throats since they can remember. But when a twist of fate forces them to trade lives, how long will it be before they discover they cannot live without each other?

Corinna and Ian were country neighbors growing up. They kind of had a love/hate relationship. They kind of liked each other but what came out of their mouths, every time, was kinda mean. Now they’re adults and it’s really no different. Corinna tries to stay away from Ian as much as possible but when his mother, who is a dear friend of hers, invites her to see some Greek statues she can’t not go. Of course Ian is there and they get into it as usual. They end up going their separate ways but that’s not where things end.

When Ian wakes up in the morning he’s not in his own house. Now he make like carousing but he always sleeps the night in his own bed – always. So why is he in a ladies boudoir? And why when he looks down at his body is he looking at a female hand? Turns out that not only is Ian waking up in Corinna’s body but she’s woken up in his. They get together and try to figure it all out but after a couple of days they aren’t any closer. They have to live each others lives as distasteful as that is to both.

Corinna has hang out with rakes and she finds…they’re not as bad as she thought – at least not all of them. She also finds that Ian is a much more upstanding guy than she originally thought. She begins to see him in a different light. Ian isn’t thrilled at all to have to have tea constantly and wear a corset – ug! He certainly doesn’t like to talk politics – which Corinna loves to do. But he sees Corinna in a different light as well.

Corinna figures out that Aphrodite might have something to do with this fantastical switch but if they get back into their own bodies what will happen? They may have found that they don’t hate each other as much as they thought but can they break down their walls enough to be together?

Oh what a great story! I really was not expecting the bit of paranormal body switching, that’s for sure. It added a wonderful little element that had the characters walking a bit in the others shoes and understanding the other more and more. This certainly didn’t last for the entire book, of which I was happy, but it was enough to get the ball rolling between our couple. Once they admitted to themselves that they wanted to be with the other person I thought that would wrap it up but unfortunately Corinna let her brain do too much thinking and didn’t let her heart go where it wanted to go. That was disappointing that she held out longer than I’d hoped but it didn’t ruin the story for me, that’s for sure.

I have enjoyed Ashe’s books in the past and this one is no different. It’s definitely not your typical historical romance but it was oh, so good and absolutely worth reading.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Katharine Ashe

four-stars

What I Read Last Week

Posted April 8, 2014 by Tracy in Features | 0 Comments

Hello!

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  Last Monday I had a horrible migraine and just couldn’t work up the brain power to write a post – sorry about that.  I’ve been having a lot of those lately and ended up having an MRI.  Wow – that sucked. lol  But…they said all was normal – well, at least as normal as it can be in my case. 😉

So the last time I posted I promised videos.  I’ve got one of my youngest doing her Taekwondo thing and one of both my girls playing their bells.  The one of my youngest is a bit different than her regular promotions.  I cut parts out but she does a few new things with a fan and then a different form that’s kind of a dance.  Unfortunately because they played music during that particular form the video isn’t available in all countries – sorry.

And here’s the one of my daughters playing their bells:

My daughters are the bleach blond in the middle and the one that’s 4 down from her (the shortest girl).

Since I missed a week I’ll just tell you what a read the week before last and their ratings and then move on to this past week.
March 24-March 30:
Can’t Stop Believing by Jodi Thomas  4.5 out of 5
When All The World Sleeps by Lisa Henry and JA Rock
4 out of 5
A Heart Too Proud by Laura London
3.5 out of 5 
The Wolf Siren by Karen Whiddon
3.5 out of 5
Betting the Rainbow by Jodi Thomas
4 out of 5 
One Night With an Earl by Jennifer Haymore
3.75 out of 5


This past week:

I started the week with My Lady, My Lord by Katharine Ashe.  This is a lovely story about two people who supposedly hate each other but actually love each other. That doesn’t stop them from arguing constantly.  Well, walking a bit in the others shoes – literally – really helps them see each other in a different light.  This one was really good and I very much enjoyed it.  4 out of 5

Next up was Once Upon a Billionaire by Jessica Clare.  This is book 4 in the Billionaire Boys Club series and it was a good one.  We got to see cynical and snobbish Griffin deal with countrified Maylee.  She certainly brought him down a notch or two and it was great.  You can read my review of this book here. 4 out of 5

Next was Red at Night by Katie McGarry.  This is a free novella that shows us Stella who grew up very poor mostly without a dad and Jonah who is trying to deal with a car accident that strongly effected him.  The pair are complete opposites but are perfect for each other.  I liked the way that McGarry brought the two together and had Jonah looking at a different side of life.  4.5 out 5

Another free novella was You Are Here by Liz Fichera.  The story was about a girl who had had tragedy in her past and it had effected her mother, her brother and her financially.  They get kicked out of their house and end up in a homeless shelter.  She misses her horse and her boyfriend who she thinks cheated on her.  The story was sweet and very sad but it was such an involved story I needed it to be longer in order delve farther in. It was just too short for me to feel the depth it needed.  3.5 out of 5

After that I tried to read Rules of Entanglement by Gina L. Maxwell.  This was just not for me.  I found the heroine to be completely annoying and uptight.  DNF (Book Binge book)

Alpha Wolf by Rebecca Royce is the story of Michael Kane who arrives in New Orleans to retrieve his long lost sister but ends up meeting his mate.  She is the pack punching bag and he gets pissed.  The story is about him cleaning up her pack and dealing with his mate Scarlett and her latent wolf.  The story was good but nothing too angsty. 3.75 out of 5 

Next up was Between the Devil and Ian Eversea by Julie Anne Long.  OMG I love this author!  She writes such damned good books I just can’t put them down!  This is Ian Eversea’s books, obviously, and he’s paired up with a woman who has lost everything.  Everyone thinks she’s this prim and proper thing but she has her secrets.  The book was amazing and I loved every minute of it. 5 out of 5

Crash Into Me by Katie McGarry is the story of Rachel who is a sheltered girl who loves cars and speed.  She is overprotected by her parents and 4 brothers and sneaks out to drive fast.  She end up at a street race and ends up barely escaping from the cops.  While at the race she meets and helps Isaiah and they both end up helping each other.  When the guy who was running the race thinks that Rachel was the one that called the cops and ripped him off (it wasn’t her) he makes her pay the $5,000.00 back.  The story is Isaiah and Rachel figuring out how to raise the money and also with Rachel finding her place in the world and not under her parents thumbs.  I really enjoyed this book.  I felt so sorry for Rachel and loved who she was when she was with Isaiah.  It was a very good book and I can’t wait to read the next in the series. 4 out of 5

Lion and the Falcon by Eve Langlais is book 4 in the Furry United Coalition (FUC) series.  The Falcon, Clarice, is on loan from ASS (Avian Soaring Security) and is partnered with a lion, Dr. Nolan Manners, to look for a shifter who was injected by a nut job and then turned mutant.  The mutant is after the employees of FUC so Clarice stays with Nolan. The lion cracked me up as he was so pampered but still a man.  He was just funny and he was a perfect fit for Clarice.  3.75 out of 5

Last for the week was Doe and the Wolf by Eve Langlais and is book 5 in the same series.  The story has Everett the wolf who is a bounty hunter (and previous FUC agent) looking for more mutants for the FUC.  He gets hurt by said mutant – a giant gecko – and is saved by Dawn a doe.  Dawn is actually one of the mutants but isn’t dangerous.  Everett ends up taking her home because he is attracted to her.  Unfortunately the gecko wants Dawn as well.  The story was cute.  It was a little slow but funny as well.  3.25 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted the last two weeks:
Guest Review: A Lady By Any Other Name by Jennifer Kitchens
Guest Review: Barely Undercover by Sarah Castille
Guest Review: What the Groom Wants by Jade Lee
Guest Review: Long Shot by Hanna Martine

Happy Reading!



Book Spotlight + a Giveaway: My Lady, My Lord by Katharine Ashe

Posted March 18, 2014 by Tracy in Giveaways, Promotions | 4 Comments


The Bluestocking

Lady Corinna Mowbray has three passions: excellent books, intelligent conversation, and disdaining the libertine Earl of Chance.

The Rake

Lord Ian Chance has three pleasures: beautiful women, fast horses, and tormenting high-and-mighty Corinna Mowbray.

Neighbors for years, they’ve been at each other’s throats since they can remember. But when a twist of fate forces them to trade lives, how long will it be before they discover they cannot live without each other?

Excerpt

“Pelley is in there.”

Corinna halted her flight and looked over her shoulder. Ian stood in partial shadow, his long legs and handsome face slanted with torchlight.

“He is?” she said.

He folded his arms over his chest. “I thought that might stop you.”

“Are you telling the truth?”

“I never lie.”

She bit her lower lip. “I didn’t consider the possibility of his presence here.”

He frowned, his gaze slipping along her bodice to her hips. “Apparently.”

“Don’t look at me with such disapproval,” she snapped. “Your doxies wear much less than this.” How on earth had she gotten herself into this? What had she been thinking? He was right: this was not she. She was trying to be something she wasn’t and making a fool of herself. And now Lord Pelley would see her in this scandalous gown, and any last hope she might still have of convincing him she was the serious woman to whom he should sell his publishing company would be lost.

“I don’t disapprove,” Ian said. “Quite the contrary. I’m merely curious as to your motive.”

The words that were so easy to practice alone in her dressing chamber now clogged her throat. His eyes sharpened. For a moment that seemed like forever, neither of them spoke.

He strode forward and grasped her arm. Raindrops pattered on the shoulders of his dark coat and her lashes.

“I’m taking you home.”

She resisted. “What if I don’t want you to?”

“Oh,” he said in a low rumble. “You want me to.”

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About the Author

Katharine Ashe is the award-winning author of historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including How to Be a Proper Lady, an Amazon Editors’ Choice for the Ten Best Romances of 2012, and I Married the Duke, Historical Romance of the Year nominee in the 2013 Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Awards. A professor of history, she writes fiction because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too. Please visit her at www.KatharineAshe.com

I’ve really enjoyed the Ashe books that I’ve read and I’m sure this will be no different. If you haven’t read any – here’s a chance to dig on in. If you have read her stories then here’s a chance to read her newest release. Good luck! (Giveaway runs through 3/30/14. If for some reason the rafflecopter isn’t showing up click on your refresh button and it should pop up.)

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Review: Kisses, She Wrote by Katharine Ashe

Posted December 3, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Handsome as sin and scandalously rakish, Cam Westfall, the Earl of Bedwyr, is every young lady’s wickedest dream. Shy wallflower Princess Jacqueline of Sensaire knows this better than anyone, because her dreams are full of the breathtaking earl’s kisses. And not only her dreams—her diary, too.

But when Cam discovers the maiden’s not-so-maidenly diary, will her wildest Christmas wishes be fulfilled in its pages . . . or in his arms?

Jacqueline is plain and she knows it. She describes herself as…just not quite. She is a princess though so though the London ton ignore her, her brother is determined to marry her off. She meets the Earl of Bedwyr on holiday and is entranced – so entranced that she starts writing about him in her diary. At first she just writes about him as any girl with a crush would but she soon realizes that as she’ll never have him for herself that she will make up their romance on the pages of her diary. She writes sensual and sexual scenes in her diary and hides it away.

Cam, the Earl of Bedwyr, is looking for a deck of cards when he comes across a book hidden in a drawer. He pulls it out and upon reading the description of the lady that is written he realizes it’s the princess’s diary. When he reads further and sees the description of the man that she is writing about he realizes it is him. He reads just a bit and then puts it down but he keeps going back to the diary and reads more as he’s so intrigued. When the scenes in the book start to become sexual he starts to see Jacqueline in a new light. He sees the feisty woman that she is inside that she shows no one on the outside.
 
When everyone decamps to London Cam makes it a point to befriend Jacqueline. He has started writing poetry and he finds that in reading her diary he has found his muse. Without Jacqueline in his life he is completely blocked for words and that is unacceptable. At first he spends time with her for the poetry but he finds himself falling in love with her. He, however, must marry the woman his great aunt has picked out for him so that he can get the one family estate he loves from her and Jacqueline is being made to marry the man of her brothers choosing. With his reputation and her brother in the way being together is an impossibility. Or is it?

Oh I love Ashe’s novella’s. They are always so romantic and though they are short they always pack a punch. In this story I loved that Cam fell in love with Jacqueline – first through the pages of her diary and then by getting to know her. He really had ulterior motives for befriending her but he soon found he couldn’t stand to be away from her for long – passing up all his previous pastimes (drinking, gambling – being a rake) in order to spend time with Jacqueline. sigh It was just great to read

Jacqueline was a very strong person. She had to be in order to withstand London’s snobbish society. She knew she was plain but seeing how everyone ignored her as if she didn’t exist hurt me and I wasn’t even there. She was a lovely person on the inside and Cam saw her inner light. By the end he thought her beautiful.

Now not all romances run smoothly – as we romance readers well know. Cam and Jacqueline had their issues – when Jacqueline finds out that Cam was reading her diary – but she found out in a very public way. This shouldn’t have mattered to either as they were made to marry others but Cam finally put on his big boy pants and went to get what he wanted. Again…sigh. The man screwed up royally but he fixed it in such a way that made it lovely to read about. Such a good story.

I really liked this one, as you can tell, and think it’s a definite must read for fans of historical romance.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Katharine Ashe

What I Read Last Week

Posted November 25, 2013 by Tracy in Features | 0 Comments

Well it was a pretty quiet week for me as I’m still playing the role of gimpy girl. 🙂

Yes, still on the crutches but I’m optimistic that when I get re-x-ray’d on Friday the docs will set me free! crosses fingers Since I couldn’t get around much and the crutching exhausts me I wasn’t very active this week. This made for a lot of down time, therefore a bit of reading was done.

What I read:

First up was Dragos Takes a Holiday by Thea Harrison. This was a novella in the Elder Races series and it centered around Dragos Cuelebre and his mate/wife Pia. They head down, with their son Liam, to the Caribbean for a holiday and some treasure hunting. A really good story. You can read my full review here 4 out of 5

Next was How I Met Your Father by LB Gregg. I thought this was gonna be about telling a kid how their fathers met but it was really about a guy who meets someone’s father (don’t worry, the dad’s only 44!) Really great story. You can read my full review here. 4.5 out of 5

Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye is about an ex-Special Forces team who was discharged from the Army after an ambush that was caused by the CO. The CO was crooked but they were blamed for the FUBAR. When the daughter of the CO looks up one of the SF guys, Nick, he wants nothing to do with Becca and helping her find her brother but he finally agrees. Not only that but he gets the remaining SF guys and what starts out as a search and rescue turns in to a possible way for the men to get their honor back. This was a great story and I really enjoyed it. I’ll post my review this week. 4 out of 5

A Dance in Moonlight by Sherry Thomas was a novella in the Fitzhugh trilogy. In book 2 of the trilogy, Ravishing the Heiress, we see Isabelle Inglewood who was Fitz’s love who he had to reject in order to marry an heiress to save his family’s estate. This story is how Isabelle meets a man who looks just like Fitz which is the initial attraction but she soon finds that Fitzhugh and Fitzwilliam are nothing alike. This was a very romantic novella and I just love the way Thomas brings her characters together. So good. 4 out of 5 (This was originally in the Midnight Scandals anthology)

Rodeo Queen by TJ Kline has rodeo queen and horse trainer, Sydney, getting her dream job. Unfortunately one of the co-owners of the ranch has a love/hate relationship with her. Scott’s not thrilled with Sydney being there but he can’t seem to keep his hands off of her. Unfortunately a past lover might mess up everything that’s between them. This was a good contemp. western. I’ll post my review of this one this week. 3.5 out of 5 

Desperately Seeking Heaven by Jill Steeples has Alice falling in love with Jimmy and vice versa but there’s one hitch…Jimmy’s dead. Yep, Jimmy’s a ghost. The story was very sweet but I couldn’t get over the fact that I was seeing this lovely romance between two people who could never be together. Very frustrating. 3.5 out of 5 (read for Book Binge) 

Last for the week was Kisses, She Wrote by Katharine Ashe and it was really great. Cam is a beautiful man and a rake. Jacqueline is the quiet and plain princess whose family wants to see her married – to the man of their choosing. He reads her diary and falls in love with her. It’s very romantic and I loved it. I’ll post my review for this one next week. 4 out of 5

 

My Book Binge reviews that posted:
The Virgin: Revenge by J. Dallas
The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas

Happy Reading!