Posted on March 28, 2009 by Farrah
FROM THE WEBSITE…“In this spectacular new romance from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather, fate deals one stubbornly single young woman and one deceptively heartless man a shocking hand in a high-stakes bet. But is love in the cards?
Jack Fortescu gambles to win, and this time his prize is not only his rival’s lavish mansion but everything in it–
including the man’s beautiful sister! But when it comes to games, Jack has met his match. . . .
Left homeless by her brother’s escapade, Arabella Lacey has two appalling choices: pack her bags–or agree to marry the lunatic who’s taken over her house. Why would such a handsome–and outrageously wealthy–man want such an unromantic arrangement? Arabella intends to find out, and have a little fun in the process at Jack’s expense . . . literally. As Jack discovers that his reluctant bride is no ordinary beauty, he feels a stir of admiration, among other emotions, that wasn’t part of the bargain. Now he’s the one with everything to lose. . . .”
FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…As usual, most historical romances are fairly similar but I still can’t resist reading them. In Almost a Bride, Feather creates a story of a vengeful man (Jack Fortescu) who brings his enemy to suicide and then claims all of his property including his half-sister (Arabella Lacy). After some thought of fearing she’d lose her independence, Arabella agrees to marry Jack with the understanding that they were marrying for convenience and that neither expects the other for anything more but to keep their freedom of independence and to produce an heir. Over time you watch the passions spark in overdrive and the compassion the other has for the other while trying their hardest “not to care” about the others supposed “actions”. When Jack finally learns to allow someone to step up to carry an act out to save his lost sister you can’t help but feel compassion for him and wonder for his wife’s selfless act of love. The book was a page turner, often made me grin, made me want to jump up and “high five” or slap a character for their actions. The only thing I wanted to read more about that was lacking was the dispensing of Jack’s mistress. I actually wanted some sort of “cat fight” between his wife and his old mistress and to know if Jack finally let her go financially.
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Posted on March 26, 2009 by Farrah
FROM THE AUTHOR’S SITE…“Helene, the Countess Godwin, knows there is nothing more unbearably tedious than a virtuous woman. After all, she’s been one for ten long years while her scoundrel of a husband lives with strumpets and causes scandal after scandal. So she decides it’s time for a change–she styles her hair in the newest, daring mode, puts on a shockingly transparent gown, and goes to a ball like Cinderella, hoping to find a prince charming to sweep her off her feet… and into his bed.
But instead of a prince, she finds only her volatile, infuriatingly handsome… husband, Rees, the Earl Godwin. They’d eloped to Gretna Green in a fiery passion, but passion can sometimes burn too hot to last.
But now, Rees makes her a brazen offer, and Helene decides to become his wife again… but not in name only. No, this time she decides to be very, very wicked indeed.”
FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…Eloisa James brings us another sultry read about an estranged married couple who’ve been apart the past 10 years who end up reuniting and creating a spark when brought back together to produce an heir and a musical score. Helene, the countess of Godwin changes from the prudish woman to a more daring and beautiful woman who entices many men after her change including her rake of a husband, Reese, the Earl of Godwin. In the past he’s refused to bed her for reproduction purposes and so she decides she just might get someone else to bed her instead for she longs for a child very much. Once he discovers this he insists that he be the one since he can’t be cuckold and allow the estate to go to anyone but an heir or his brother. So he finally agrees but she must come back to their house to help him with his music and all while his mistress of the past 3 years lives in her old room next to his. What a scandal…Will she do it? If you want a child and you’re married I suppose the man to father the child would be your husband and not just another man.
The only thing lacking for me was that I wanted a bit more “macho” action between the two men rivaling for her attentions. It’s always a bit more fun when 2 men fight over a woman.
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Posted on February 6, 2009 by Farrah
Blood Harvest by Brant Randall (aka Bruce Cook)
About the Book…“What drives a small town in New England in the late 1920’s to lynch a man? Immigrant Nic DeCosta’s skill as a wine grower makes him a fortune as a moonshiner and puts him at odds with the ’shine sales of the MacKay clan, even though he’s wed to their wild youngest daughter. An uneasy truce holds until the day Nick’s teenage son is caught with one of the MacKay girls.
The MacKays beat the boy senseless and throw him off a bridge to drown. Nick comes to his boy’s rescue, firing his shotgun into the persecutors, setting in motion a terrible train of events.
Three days later Nick’s body hangs over a smoldering fire, the noose still around his neck. The state militia arrive to bring peace to the town and to arrest the guilty parties. But then another body is found in the woods.”
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Posted on January 26, 2009 by Farrah
FROM THE AUTHOR’S PRESS RELEASE…What drives a small town in New England in the late 1920′s to lynch a man? Immigrant Nic DeCosta’s skill as a wine grower makes him a fortune as a moonshiner and puts him at odds with the ‘shine sales of the MacKay clan, even though he’s wed to their wild youngest daughter. An uneasy truce holds until the day Nick’s teenage son is caught with one of the MacKay girls. The MacKays beat the boy senseless and throw him off a bridge to drown. Nick comes to his boy’s rescue, firing his shotgun into the persecutors, setting in motion a terrible train of events. Three days later Nick’s body hangs over a smoldering fire, the noose still around his neck. The state militia arrive to bring peace to the town and to arrest the guilty parties. But then another body is found in the woods.
FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…Wow. What a book! Brant Randall aka Bruce Cook created a powerful book about a 1929 lynching and how it affected the people in the town. From the very beginning until the end I felt like I was walking among the town as if I was one of them sitting in the diner, camping out in the woods, in the house, or in the courtroom. The characters he gave birth to felt real and the emotions they felt you couldn’t help but feel. I have to admit that I was surprised yet I was not surprised with the outcome of events with some of the characters in the book. This is a book I highly recommend!
Check out the book trailer on YouTube by clicking on this link…
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Posted on November 15, 2008 by Farrah
FROM RANDOM HOUSE SITE BY THE AUTHOR… “Dear Reader, Almost Innocent is a romance that is particularly dear to me, with a heroine who surprised me with her strength and resourcefulness, and a hero who will always be one of my favorites. Growing up behind the impenetrable walls of an English fortress, young Magdalen does not know that she is the illegitimate daughter of a powerful English prince and his murdered French mistress — or that she has been a pawn in the struggle between England and France ever since she slipped from her dying mother’s womb. All she knows is that she longs for excitement. And then one day, as if in answer to her prayers, the splendid figure of Guy de Gervais, a true knight in shining armor, rides into her cloistered world and spirits her away. For Magdalen it is love at first sight. The one and only love of her life. Yet Guy sees only his responsibility to keep Magdalen safe until she can be wed to his nephew and thus fulfill her political destiny. Then duty calls Guy to the bloody battlefields of France, and when he returns, time has transformed Magdalen into a stunningly sensual beauty. Suddenly the noble knight is fighting the fiercest battle of his life: against a searing desire for a woman he cannot have. I hope that you will be thrilled by Magdalen and Guy’s passionate love story, and that you will have as much pleasure reading it as I had writing it. Warmest wishes, Jane Feather
FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…This is a quick and easy read filled with determination, love, and passion. You can feel Magdalen’s passion from the beginning as well as the passion, love, and lust all men feel for her. Couldn’t even imagine being betrothed to someone I didn’t know or love. I have to admit though that I was expecting a bit more “knightly” action but then again it is a love story.
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