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Guest Review: Days of Rakes and Roses by Anna Campbell

Posted September 13, 2013 by Judith in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review:  Days of Rakes and Roses by Anna CampbellReviewer: Judith
Days of Rakes and Roses (Sons of Sin, #1.5) by Anna Campbell
Series: Sons of Sin #1.5
Publisher: Forever Yours
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 93
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Series Rating: four-stars

Lady Lydia Rothermere has spent the past decade trying to make up for a single, youthful moment of passion. Now the image of propriety, Lydia knows her future rests on never straying outside society's rigid rules, but hiding away the desire that runs through her is harder than she could have ever dreamed. And as she prepares for a marriage that will suit her family, but not her heart, Lydia must decide what's more important: propriety or passion?

Simon Metcalf is a rake and adventurer. But for all his experience, nothing can compare to the kiss he stole from the captivating Lydia Rothermere ten years ago. Simon can scarcely believe he's about to lose the one woman he's never forgotten. The attraction between them is irresistible, yet Lydia refuses to forsake her engagement. With his heart on the line, will Simon prove that love is a risk worth taking?

I have to say right from the start that I am not a really big fan of novellas.  Now that’s not to say that I haven’t found many novellas to be highly entertaining and enjoyable.  It’s just not a literary format that appeals greatly.  Too short many times, with hurried conclusions or underdeveloped plots or characters.  Novellas take lots of talents.  It’s like preparing a public speech:  It takes twice as long to prepare for saying half as much.  Yet in this new novella there is lots to like.

It’s a romance that is old as well as new.  Lydia and Simon have walked the romance road before and Simon would like to go down that path again.   Lydia, on the other hand, found that earlier romantic encounter to be embarrassing and humiliating, and has how spent a decade training herself to be proper in all the ways that count and which meet the exacting standards of a society that spends a great deal too much time poking noses where they shouldn’t.  Yes, there’s lots of struggle, lots of going back and forth, lots of weighing pros and cons–family approval vs following one’s own heart.  But all that aside, it is a compelling story that does what it sets out to do and even brings the reader “up to snuff” with the background characters in the story.  For those like me who hadn’t read book one in the series, this was an important factor in figuring out what was going on.  I have great respect for authors who can do that with an economy of words and still maintain the integrity of the primary plot and story line.

All in all, it is a very entertaining novella and one that certainly fleshes out the lives and experiences of the characters in this series and prepares the reader for the second full novel in this series.  I have not read an Anna Campbell book for quite some time so was delighted to reacquaint myself with her writing style and her storytelling abilities.  Lastly, I appreciated the fact that there was no sense that the story ended in a hurried fashion.  It all came together just fine without seeming to be contrived or put together simply because it was time to end the tale.  Another indication that the author had good command of the literary format.  Anyone who has read book one will appreciate this novella, quite possibly more than some of us who had not met these characters previously.  But it is a story that will adequately introduce a reader to this series of books and I look forward to reading book two.

I give this novella a rating of 4 out of 5.

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Review: My Reckless Surrender by Anna Campbell.

Posted July 21, 2010 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Publisher: Avon, Harper Collins

Rowena’s review of My Reckless Surrender by Anna Campbell.

Hero: Tarquin Vale, Earl of Ashcroft
Heroine: Diana Carrick

Headlong into sin… A well-practiced rake, weary of easy conquests and empty pleasures, Tarquin Vale, Earl of Ashcroft, knows women- and his every instinct warns him to beware of this one. Diana Carrick’s brazen overtures have thrown the haunted, sinfully handsome lord completely off his guard. Why, the exquisite temptress stated outright that she wishes to be his lover. But it is neither Diana’s boldness nor her beauty that intrigues him so- it is the innocence he senses behind her worldly mask. Intent upon the seduction that will finally free her, Diana has set her sights on the notorious Ashcroft- never dreaming that there is much more to the enigmatic rogue than sin and deviltry. His kiss is bewitching, his caress intoxicating- and even the dangerous secret Diana must protect cannot shield her from Ashcroft’s dark allure. Unwittingly yet most willingly, they are playing with fire. Now the fuse has been lit and there is no escape…except surrender.

This book started off with a bang…not literally but it started with the heroine asking the hero for some banging action and for a historical, that certainly had my eyebrows rising to the top of my head because when does that ever happen in historical romances? So with that bang of an introduction to the story, I thought I would enjoy it a lot more than I actually did.

I’m not saying that it was a bad read, it was enjoyable but I guess I was expecting more and while I got a good story, I didn’t get the great story I was hoping for. The heroine is being blackmailed by this giant dickhead who wants to marry her but can’t get her pregnant so he wants her to go get pregnant elsewhere and then come back to him and if she doesn’t then he’s going to put the hurt on her loved ones.


So Diana marches her unhappy ass over to Tarquin’s house and propositions him and he throws her out on her ass with a resounding no. She’s confused because what man wouldn’t want a quick affair with no strings attached? Tarquin, that’s who. But he’s mostly erring on the side of caution because it is a peculiar proposition. But Tarquin changes his tune when he sees Diana again and when they start their affair, Tarquin is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding the fair Diana.

Watching the two fall in love was tainted for me because I could not frickin’ stand Diana’s little secret. Instead of being sympathetic, I found the whole thing to be rather silly and when I thought things would turn for the better, I was a little disappointed. I was disappointed because the villain, Edgar Fanshawer was laughable. It was hard for me to take him seriously when all I wanted was for him to take a bath and go to sleep or something. Whenever Edgar got page time, Gargamel from The Smurfs came to mind and I couldn’t help but laugh.

I didn’t hate Diana and Tarquin together because their relationship was pretty hot dang hot. The love scenes in this book held a lot of steam and when I closed the book, I knew that Tarquin was totally bangable. I was curious to see how Campbell would make it possible for Tarquin and Diana to be together and the way she brought them together, surprised me because I wasn’t expecting it but it worked. The book ended the way it was supposed to end and the happily ever after came about so though there were some disappointments, the entire book wasn’t a total loss.

Overall, there were things that I enjoyed about the book and things that didn’t work for me but on the whole, this was a pretty decent read.

Grade: 3 out of 5

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

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Winners for the Anna Campbell Giveaway!

Posted May 20, 2010 by Rowena in Giveaway Winners | 1 Comment

Publisher: Avon, Harper Collins

We have some winners to announce for the 2 ARC’s of the Anna Campbell upcoming release, MY RECKLESS SURRENDER!

The winners are:

Congrats to the winners and thanks to everyone who entered the contest, we do these for you!

Winners: Please shoot us an email with your snail mail addy and we’ll get those books sent out just as soon as we can. You can send your emails to: contests[at]the book binge . com (no spaces).

Thanks again and happy reading!

-Rowena, Casee & Holly

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Win an ARC of Anna Campbell’s MY RECKLESS SURRENDER.

Posted May 10, 2010 by Rowena in Giveaways | 27 Comments

Publisher: Avon, Harper Collins

The wonderful folks over at Avon have graciously offered us two Advanced Readers Copies of Anna Campbell’s MY RECKLESS SUMMER to give away on Book Binge and we’re going to do that.

 If you could recklessly surrender to something/someone, who/what would it be and why?

Leave a comment on this post, answering the above question and we’ll choose two winners. You have until 11:59pm on Thursday, May 13th to get your entries in and we’ll announce a winner shortly after.

Good luck!

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Review and Giveaway: Captive of Sin by Anna Campbell

Posted November 16, 2009 by Casee in Reviews | 21 Comments

Publisher: Avon, Harper Collins

Casee‘s review of Captive of Sin by Anna Campbell.

He pledged his honor to keep her safe…

Returning home to Cornwall after unspeakable tragedy, Sir Gideon Trevithick comes upon a defiant beauty in danger, and vows to protect her whatever the cost. He’s dismayed to discover that she’s none other than Lady Charis Weston, England’s wealthiest heiress-and that the only way to save her from the violent stepbrothers determined to steal her fortune is to wed her himself! Now Gideon must hide the dark secrets of his life from the bride he desires more with every heartbeat.
She promised to show him how to love – and desire – again…

Charis has heard all about Gideon, the dangerously handsome hero with the mysterious past. She’s grateful for his help, but utterly unwilling to endure a marriage of convenience-especially to a man whose touch leaves her breathless. Desperate to drive him mad with passion, she would do anything to make Gideon lose control-and fall captive to irresistible, undeniable sin.

I really enjoyed Claiming the Courtesan a few years back, so I jumped at the chance to give Captive of Sin a try. The blurb was really intriguing and does the book justice.

Sir Gideon Trevithick does not consider himself anyone’s savior, but that’s exactly what he turns out to be when he discovers a beaten woman in the stable of an inn he’s passing through. Something about her prevents Gideon from turning away and he reluctantly offers his help to the obvious damsel in distress.

Charis ran from her two step brothers without considering how she would get where she was going. When Gideon finds her, her first instinct is to flee. Everything that Charis knows about men tells her that she shouldn’t trust Gideon, but her instincts tell her otherwise.

Gideon and Charis are two unique souls. Both have a past that affects their present and will affect their future. As a result of torture, Gideon can’t stand being touched. Regardless of his attraction to her, Gideon can’t touch Charis for longer than a few moments without having a panic attack. Charis knows who Gideon is, but when he tells her his story, she is even more horrified. Everything that Gideon withstood to get home makes her life seem easy.

I think I was expecting something a little more unconventional. The way they came together was most definitely unconventional, but outside of that it really didn’t wow me like I expected it would. I liked the romance and seeing Gideon overcome his demons. Charis seemed rather childish to me, when it seems that her experience with her family should have matured her. The resolution was predictable, but I wasn’t unhappy with it.

4 out of 5.

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

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