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Guest Review: Not Proper Enough by Carolyn Jewel

Posted September 25, 2012 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Tracy’s review of Not Proper Enough (Seducing the Scoundrels #2) by Carolyn Jewel

The Marquess of Fenris has loved Lady Eugenia from the day he first set eyes on her. Five years ago, pride caused him to earn her enmity. Now she’s widowed, and he’s determined to make amends and win her heart. But with their near explosive attraction, can he resist his desire long enough to court her properly?

After the death of her beloved husband, Lady Eugenia Bryant has come to London to build a new life. Despite the gift of a medallion said to have the power to unite the wearer with her perfect match, Eugenia believes she won’t love again. And yet, amid the social whirl of chaperoning a young friend through her first Season, she finds a second chance at happiness.

Unfortunately, the Marquess of Fenris threatens her new found peace. Eugenia dislikes the man, but the handsome and wealthy heir to a dukedom is more charming than he has a right to be. Constantly underfoot, the rogue disturbs her heart, alternately delighting and scandalizing her. And when their relationship takes a highly improper turn, Eugenia must decide if the wrong man isn’t the right one after all.

Four years ago Lady Eugenia’s husband died. It took a a very long time to recover from his sudden death and just recently has she even been out of her mourning clothes. Now she’s in London as a chaperone. She runs into Lord Fenris who is her sister-in-laws cousin and she wants nothing more than to be away from him. He was a friend of her late husband’s and he’s never anything but mouthy and condescending to her.

The truth of the matter is that Lord Fenris, Fox as he’s known to his friends, has been in love with Eugenia for years. He wants nothing more than to tell her what is in his heart but she wants nothing to do with him. Only…they start a bit of a friendship. They’re terribly honest with each other and she tells him that she hates him and he just replies with an, “I know.” Their friendship turns into a sexual affair but Eugenia fights herself constantly about whether she should be doing it or not. Eventually both Eugenia and Fox have to decide how their future will be and if it will have the other in it.

This was a great follow up to No Wicked Enough that I read and loved earlier this year. In this story we read about Mountjoy’s sister in London dealing with society and her feelings toward Fox. The two of them play each other so nicely and their wit was extremely entertaining.

I loved that Fox made no bones about his feelings for Eugenia even though she didn’t believe him for a minute. She always thought he was kidding or just just trying to charm her in to bed. But he was extremely sincere in his affections and I loved seeing him finally get to be with the woman he loved.

Now I didn’t dislike Eugenia and actually liked her personality and sense of humor quite a lot but her lack of knowledge at how she felt about Fox started to wear on me toward the end of the book. I was surprised it took her so long and actually felt bad for Fox.

The story was great though and I couldn’t put the book down – was actually mad when I had to go to sleep and stop reading! Lol I can’t wait for the next book in this series to see what happens next.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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This book is available from Berkley. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

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What I Read Last Week

Posted September 18, 2012 by Tracy in Features | 5 Comments

Hello there!

Well another week has gone by and I’m not sure where it went. lol  I swear while I’m in the week I just need it to be the weekend and then BAM the weekend is over already.

Nothing too exciting happened this week so I’ll get right on to what I read:

I started off the week with Deadlock by Moira Rogers.  This story is about Alec Jacobsen and his romance with Carmen Mendoza.  They start a thing that quickly becomes much more.  Alec is torn about what must be done with the Council seats and the Conclave after Carmen is kidnapped by her family and then almost spelled to turn into a wolf.  The story was very good and I really enjoyed reading it. 4 out of 5

Next up was Lord of Temptation by Lorraine Heath that comes out next week.  This is book 2 in the story about the lost Lords of Pembrook.  The 3 brothers escape their uncle who plans to murder them and go their separate ways to hide.  In this story we hear about Tristan and his plans to seduce the passenger he has.  This was a really good book and I definitely recommend it.  I’ll be posting my review this week.

Genius and the Jock by Daisy Harris was up next – you can read my review here. 3 out of 5

Cipher by Moira Rogers is book 4 in the Southern Arcana series and I have to tell you it was an intense one.  This is Kat and Andrew’s story and if you’ve been reading the series you know that the sexual tension between these two is off the charts.  In this book Andrew is helping Kat with info on her mom that she uncovered.  Her mom’s been dead for years but there’s obviously info that someone doesn’t want to come out – or they do but they want what Kat finds all for themselves.  This was a good read but it wasn’t as intense between Andrew and Kat as I thought it would be.  For staying away from each other for so long they easily get together and that portion of thing was kind of white washed IMHO.  The intensity came from the search for the info and what happens when the crazies who want the info come after Kat.  It was very sad and I was upset by the end of the book.  Still good, but not what I thought it would be.  3.75/4 out of 5

After the kind of dark read that was Cipher I needed something I KNEW would make me smile so I re-read The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan.  I love this novella.  Serena Barton sits in front of the Duke of Clermont’s house demanding reparation.  The Duke gets his man, Hugh Marshall, to take care of it telling her that it was an employment issue.  What Hugh finds is a very different story and a wonderful woman who has been wronged by the Duke.  The story is very sweet and I love Hugh and Serena together.  5 out of 5

After that it was Not Proper Enough by Carolyn Jewel.  Book 2 in the Seducing the Scoundrels series.  Fenris has loved Lady Eugenia for years but acted like an ass before she met her husband.  Fenris will do almost anything to get Eugenia to see him and that he’s changed.  Though Eugenia wants to hate Fenris he makes it damned hard and she finds she wants to be around him for the fun they have, both in and out of the bedroom.  A very good story but I didn’t like it as much as I did Not Wicked Enough.  It still had a great intensity to it but it was on a different scale than NWE.  Read for Book Binge.  4 out of 5

Last for the week and another read for Book Binge was The Greatest Love Story of All Time by Lucy Robinson.  This is a story set in England and centers around Fran who is depressed because her boyfriend of 2 years has said that he wants a 3 month break.  She has NO idea why and is very confused.  Her friends talk her in to going on 8 dates before seeing Michael again just so she can see what’s out there.  The story is about Fran dealing with her life, her job, her stalking of a woman she thinks is dating Michael and her strange but wonderful friends.  It’s pretty darned funny and has a great Brit humor about it.  The love story itself was a bit of a shock as I wasn’t expecting where the book went but it was all good in the end. 3.75 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh

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Guest Review: Not Wicked Enough by Carolyn Jewel

Posted March 8, 2012 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Tracy’s review of Not Wicked Enough (Seducing the Scoundrels #1) by Carolyn Jewel

When Lily Wellstone heads to the Bitterward Estate to comfort her widowed friend Eugenia, she certainly does not have romance in mind. In fact, the playful but level-headed Lily is amused to no end when, en route, a Gypsy gifts her with a beautiful medallion, claiming it will ensnare the romantic desires of a stranger.

But fate has other plans in the form of Eugenia’s ruggedly handsome brother, the Duke of Mountjoy. One day at Bitterward and Lily can’t deny the sizzling attraction between her and the roguish duke. Nothing can come of it, of course. She’s not looking for entanglements and he’s practically engaged. But whether it’s her outgoing nature and the duke’s outlandish ways sparking off one another; or the mysterious gypsy medallion working “magic,”—hearts are stirring in the most unexpected and wicked ways. . .

Lily is visiting her friend Ginny when she meets Ginny’s brother, Mountjoy. He is the Duke of Mountjoy and Lily is instantly entranced by the man. Not because he is a duke but because he is a beautiful, vibrant man who can match wits with her any day of the week.

Lily and Mountjoy soon start a sexual relationship with the knowledge that their partnership will end when Lily heads home. Now you may be thinking that it’s unusual for Lily to be so free with her body but she wasn’t a virgin when she started the relationship. You see she was in love once before but the man had died in battle. She has sworn that she will never love again the way she loved her Greer, but Mountjoy is an amazing man and she finds herself getting emotionally closer to him despite her better judgment.

From the beginning of the book until the end Mountjoy and Lily have an incredible connection. They both give as well as they get in the witty repartee department and can talk and share ideas without fear that they be judged by the other. Lily is really an unusual woman. She has lived on her own since she was very young and has not lived a proper life. When she fell in love with Greer it was, to her, for forever and she didn’t plan on falling in love again. Mountjoy is a very compelling man, however, and she finds that he makes her want to stay with him.

This book, for me, was almost perfect. Yes, there were things about it that I didn’t care for:
**The fact that we never knew Mountjoy’s given name I found to be annoying. I know that it was common in those times to just use the title name but I thought his sister would use it as a more familiar term – or he would at least let Lily know what it was.
**Part of the story line included a medallion that Lily received from a gypsy. Supposedly it was supposed to bring the wearer of the medallion to their true love. The medallion is mentioned quite a bit throughout the story but more as an accessory to Lily’s fashion. I’m not sure if we were supposed to believe that it worked or not but I just thought it a bit silly. The couple had such chemistry that it just wasn’t needed.
**Then there’s Lord Fenris who is actually Lily’s cousin. He shows up and Lily is afraid that he and his portion of the family will try to take her inheritance away. While this was a good way to bring Lord Fenris into the story (I believe for future books) it was a bit rushed on Fenris’s part for my liking. He proposes to Lily at one point and says they’ll suit well – how can he know that when he doesn’t know her at all?

You’d think that those points would bring the score down further for this book but really, the other parts of the book were so damned good I just didn’t care about the niggles.

Lily and Mountjoy are simply amazing together. The romance, the passion, the intelligence in the book just had me turning pages as fast as I could. In fact when I finished the book I turned back to the first page and read it all over again. It’s a strong compelling story that truly makes you believe in the love between the hero and heroine.

I highly recommend this book and I will definitely be reading more in this series.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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

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What I Read Last Week

Posted February 21, 2012 by Tracy in Features | 8 Comments

Hi there!
I’m a day late with this but I’m finally putting it together.
Unfortunately my lovely 3 day weekend was spent taking care of a sick child (my youngest again) and heading to the urgent care. Luckily she’s better now and on the road to recovery but I think I might need 3 days off to recover from my 3 days off! lol
Since she wasn’t moving much we played a lot of games and watched a lot of movies while cuddled on the couch together.  (Unfortunately mommy couldn’t be too far away from her baby before baby started whining. :).) This weekend I saw (again): Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan (the live action one), The Prince of Egypt, Willow, Jumanji, Thor and A Series of Unfortunate Events. I think I’m movied out for a while. 🙂
My reading was a bit schizo this week as I had lots of little bits of time to read rather than long periods. Hopefully this week will be back to normal.
I started off with Sea Change by Darlene Marshall which is the book that I read for my TBR Challenge. It was a great historical – ship – with a cross-dressing heroine book. You can read my review here. 4 out of 5
After that it was I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. The story with this one starts with our heroine, Poppy, looking for her engagement ring after a tea with friends. She then gets her cell phone stolen and because she gave out the number to everyone to contact her about the ring – which is a family heirloom from her fiancé – she’s beside herself. She then finds a cell phone in the trash that still works and since it’s finders keepers she keeps the phone. She’s not really willing to give up the phone even once she discovers that the phone belonged to a personal assistant and the man she was assisting needs it back. A fun and funny story. You can read more in my review here. 4 out of 5
My next read was for The Book Binge and it was a novella called Love Revealed by Sorcha Mowbray. This was the story of a woman who is on the outs with the ton because of the fact that her now dead husband had syphilis. Of course it is thought that she must have it too – which is untrue. She takes care of her baser needs at a place called The Market where she can play out her sexual fantasies – and those she hadn’t ever thought about before. There she meets a man who goes by the name of Sir who wants her as a long term partner. Little do they know that they know each other. The story was definite an erotic historical romance that was light on the romance. It was a good book but just too short. There were lots of things to work out between the couple and I just didn’t think they were fleshed out enough by the end of the story. 3.25 out of 5
After that I picked up Few Are Chosen by Storm Grant. I liked this story so much but I wish there had been more of it! lol The story is about two boys who are fighting demons with one going the traditional demon hunter route with the speech and all and the other going more street gang. You can read my review here. 4 out of 5
The Husband Hunt by Lynsay Sands was my next read. This is book 3 in the Madison Sisters series and the story was about Lisa. Lisa is in love with Robert who she practically grew up with. Robert only sees her as a little sister and Lisa goes back and forth with giving up on him and hunting for a husband then trying to make him jealous. I really wanted her to choose one or the other and stick with the plan. You’ll be able to read more in my review when I post it this week.
Another book that I read for The Book Binge was Not Wicked Enough by Carolyn Jewel. This was the story of a woman who was visiting a friend and falls for her brother. Only she doesn’t exactly fall…more like makes a slow slide into it. lol The book was really great and I’ll definitely let you know when my review posts. 4.5 out of 5
Happy World by Kiernan Kelly and Tory Temple was about a man who works at Happy World (kind of like Disneyland) as a groundskeeper. Kyle loves working at Happy World but would really like to get into the theatrical part of it and become a “character”. For now Kyle is stuck training Rory as a groundskeeper and Rory isn’t one to follow rules to the T. The more time the men spend together the more they attracted they come and eventually start a relationship. But there are people who are out to get one or the other and secrets that are kept and this all might bring the relationship skidding to a halt. The story was very sweet and fun. I really liked both men and the story was great. Thanks for the rec., Tam! 4 out of 5
Another of Tam’s recommendations was Grand Jeté by Diana Copland. This story is about an ER nurse, Jordan, who starts falling for one of his patients, Davis. Davis is a ballet dancer who has been hurt and then deserted by his boyfriend and his dance company. He has nowhere to go so Jordan offers to let him stay at his place since he’ll only really be around for about a day. That day…and some…is enough for the two men to get together and form a bond. But Davis has to go back to the west coast and when Jordan tries to contact him his cell is turned off. Jordan has no way to contact him and eventually resigns himself to the fact that he was a bit used. But was he? This was a great story. I loved Jordan and Davis and though the book is pretty simple it was very sweet and pretty darned hot all at the same time. 4 out of 5
My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
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Review: My Forbidden Desire by Carolyn Jewel

Posted August 17, 2010 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Casee‘s review of My Forbidden Desire (My Series, Book 2) by Carolyn Jewel.

Alexandrine Marit is a witch in mortal danager. An evil mage craves the powerful, mysterious talisman that supplies her magic, and the only person who can keep her alive is a dark and dangerous fiend called Xia. With his fierce animosity toward witches, he’s hardly the ideal bodyguard. Yet as days turn into nights, she can’t deny the white-hot passion between them.

Xia hates witches. They enslave and mercilessly kill his kind. But he’s been ordered to protect Alexandrine, who, to his surprise, has a spirit he admires and a body he longs to possess. With the mage and his henchmen closing in, Alexandrine and her protector must trust the passion that can unite them . . . or risk losing everything to the enemies who can destroy them both.

In all the hoopla about Carolyn Jewel’s historical novels, I forgot how much I enjoyed her paranormals. Or paranormal. Singular. For some reason, after I read My Wicked Enemy (which I really liked), I didn’t pick up My Forbidden Desire. I had an ARC of it and everything. In hindsight, I’m glad I didn’t b/c good lord, it’s been a long wait between books in this series. This book was released in mid-2009. The next book is set to be released early 2011. Like I said; a long wait, yo.

As I started reading this book, everything started coming back to me. It’s actually the first time I actually read the glossary that’s at the front of the book. It helped that said glossary was only two short pages. So I started remembering magekind and mageheld. Mageheld bad. Lots of kin don’t like witches which brings us to our current situi-mation. Alexandrine opened up a huge can of worms when she decided to go looking for her father in Turkey. She picked up an amulet that her loving psycho father wants. Now the brother she thought was dead is back in the picture and he has a bodyguard for her. A bodyguard that hates witches. Translated: hates her.

Once mageheld, Xia has now sworn fealty to Nikodemus. That means that he can’t kill the witch that he’s supposed to protect. What Xia finds out after he shows up at Alexandrine’s house is that he has more reason to hate her; her father is the mage that held him captive for so many years. The fact that Xia is now sworn to protect the offspring of the mage he has sworn to protect is so out there that even Xia fails to see the irony. He just wants to kill Alexandrine.

Alexandrine is a witch, but not a powerful one. The most power she has is the power of premonition. She understands why Xia is taking his hatred of witches out on her, even why he would take his hatred of her father out on her. It’s still hard for Alexandrine to take since she has been nothing but “good” for her entire life.

After a few days spent in Alexandrine’s company, Xia grudgingly admits to himself that she’s doesn’t seem to be evil like the witches he’s know from the past. Which turns into a good thing since weird things start happening when they’re together. Now it’s Xia and Alexandrine against the world and it’s not nearly as horrible as Xia thought it would be. Alexandrine is still is a witch, something that Xia can’t easily get past.

When Alexandrine’s father gets his hands on Xia again, she knows that she can not let him make Xia mageheld. Going into the lion’s den with nothing but her wits and a warlord that hates her, Alexandrine is prepared to die for the man she loves; the man she knows will never love her. Alexandrine makes the ultimate sacrifice knowing absolutely that she will not be getting anything in the end. It was freaking amazing.

As for Xia, he wanted to kill her at the beginning at the book. At the end, he would have died for her.

4.5 out of 5.

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

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