Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Struggle Is Real // Kelly's List of Love Stories

The second stop on my love path is *gasp* The Forbidden Romances! I don't know why but as painful as they are to read, I love me a good forbidden romance. The struggle, the temptation, the angst, the STRESS while reading all is horribly awful but oh, so satisfying because the payoff and even a single kiss is so much better. They earn every touch, every glimpse, every kiss. *le sigh*

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor // I have a soul deep love for these books and this world and the first book especially is so beautiful. There are forbidden romances on a few different levels and how it's done is just...poetic. I cannot do it justice, you need to read these! {Review}

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski // Another example of just beautiful writing, The Winner's Curse is gorgeous in its prose and even more gorgeous in the love story. This book discusses and crosses the bridge of racism and slavery and is as intelligent as it is swoony. {Review}

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas // I love this series as a whole but Crown of Midnight might forever be one of the most romantic books I've ever read. Addison has my heart but holy hell, nothing beats the broody Captain of the Guard letting his guard down--see what I did there?--for the beautiful King's Champion and former Adarlan's Assassin. *swoon* {Review}

Love, in English by Karina Halle // One of my more controversial favorites because it deals with infidelity BUT if you know me you know I HATE cheating in books but this...it works for this story. It might not work for you but it oh, so works for me. Vera and Mateo's story is difficult but worth it. {Review}

Crown of Embers by Rae Carson // The second book in the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, this book has a major focus on our Queen Elisa and her Captain of the Guard, Hector. This book makes sewers romantic, you guys!!! It is a thing and it is possible! {Review}

The Virgin's Daughter by Laura Andersen // The first book in a spinoff series from The Boleyn King series, this romance focuses on Julien and Lucette, French and English, possible traitor and spy. This relationship is tight with suspicion but at it's core we have first true love and it is AMAZING! One of my favorite books, I've read it just a few times. {Review}

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead // Quite possibly my first forbidden romance, Rose and Dimitri are on another level of sexual tension. Teacher and student--she is of age, don't worry--dance around each other and if you think you're gonna start this book and get a happy ending, well...this is the first of six books but I read them all in a week, so hop to it! You can do it! {Review}

The Secret by Julie Garwood // THIS was my first historical romance ever and it is still one of my favorite romances of all time. British and Scottish unite in this hilarious and sensual battle of wits. Their shared stubbornness is hilarious and I haven't met anyone who doesn't like to read about a huge, sexy Scotsman brought to his knees by a woman. It's amazing. {Review}

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas // This book has so many amazing elements and genres and gender benders that it is just fantastic. A mix of historical fiction and fantasy, a young man is trying to save his kingdom and to do so he needs the next great elemental mage. He wants to hide her at his 1800s all boys school...but surprise! He is a she and things get complicated--and amazing and hilarious and swoony--from there. {Review}

Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory // A forbidden romance that really happened! A Duchess and a former squire...and that's all I'll say. I will also say that Richard Woodville is my ultimate historical crush and I swoon hard when I read about him. *le sigh* {Review}

Do you have some forbidden romances that you love?
Did you see my favorite Epic Romances?

Monday, February 8, 2016

Epic Love // Kelly's List of Love Stories

In case you're looking to start reading a book immediately, I'm starting with the big guns, The Epic Romances. These are the stories that stayed with me long after I turned the final page. The stories I come back to time and again to relive the magic. While I sincerely love all the books and stories I'm going to talk about this week, these stories just have a little extra something that makes my heart beat a little faster. Without further ado...

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons // This might be the most epic of epic love stories. Chance meeting, sacrifice, war, horrific circumstances keeping them apart, and true love. True, pure, deep love. *le sigh* {Review}

Lover Awakened by JR Ward // This book is my lifeblood. Zsadist will forever be my number one book boyfriend of all time. Nobody will ever dethrone him. He is my hellren. His love story with Bella is EVERYTHING to me. {Review}

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay // Hands down one of the best endings of a book I have ever read. This book has angst in the best way and is a beautiful story about two somewhat broken people finding each other. {Review}

Nash by Jay Crownover // If ever there was a character who is me in book form, Saint is it. We have some contrasting personality qualities but overall, she is me, I am she and Nash is somebody I would love to meet in real life. Their love story is full of redemption and self-acceptance and I love it. {Review}

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare // Will Herondale is the OG of book boyfriends and he and Tessa re OG lifeblood. Their banter, their connection, it is everything right in romantic tension. {Review}

Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas // Don't let the title fool you, this book has one of my favorite hero and heroines of all time. My love for Liberty as a heroine knows no bounds so we have a little platonic love fest going on here, too. {Review}

The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz // These books are my family. Soren and Nora are one of my ultimate ULTIMATE couples. The beauty of The Mistress is on another level that I cannot even begin to talk about because I will start sobbing and need to be in the fetal position. Feels. Are. Real. Note: this is the fourth book in the series but it is THE book destroys me. {Review}

The Boleyn Reckoning by Dawn Ius // This is the third book in the Boleyn King series BUT it is by far the most emotional for me. It is EPIC in all its definition of selfless love, sacrifice, EVERYTHING! I cannot even talk about this book without wanting to cry it's so heartbreaking and emotional. Love every heart-wrenching second of it {Review}

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson // I can give away hardly any information about this book because of how amazingly unique it is written but this is one of my favorite romances ever! It is so crazy unique and unlike any book I have ever read but I can't even tell you why it's epic to me...read the book and you'll know. {Review}

Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius // The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn by Robin Maxwell // Tarnish by Katherine Longshore
Listen. Not every epic love story will have a happy ending. It can still be epic, regardless. I feel this way about Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. As much as I despise that bastard for what he unjustly did to her, their romance was one for the history books. Henry changed his entire country's religion and breaking with the Catholic church in order to be with her. I mean, C'MON that's pretty fucking crazy...and swoony...that bastard. OK, anyways. I chose a few books that represent their love story. Anne & Henry is a modern day interpretation and it is FANTASTIC. The parallels are spot on and the representation Anne is beautiful. The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn best highlights the real Anne and Henry as it's her thoughts and feelings as the courtship and betrayal happens. Lastly, Tarnish is the love story for Anne that could have been. The friendship her and Wyatt share is seriously ALL the hearts in eyes, it is beautiful and charming and so pure, which sounds weird but compared to what happens to her later there's something in the innocence of it that makes it beautiful. 
{Anne & Henry Review // The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn Review // Tarnish Review}

Any of these book sound epic to you?
What are some of YOUR epic love stories?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Looking For Love? // Kelly's List of Love Stories

I love love stories. They drive a lot of what I read and what I will enjoy when I read. With Valentine's Day approaching I thought it would be fun to put together a few posts recommending my favorite love stories of all time so if you're looking for a great, swoony romance to read during this day of love, I hope to help you out. I thought I would do a top ten; then I started writing down my favorites and it kind of got out of hand. I had 27 when I finished so I divided them up--it worked out really well actually--into categories. Stay tuned next week and you shall have:

Epic Romances
My favorites among favorite. These couples go against great odds and sometimes sacrifice a lot to be together, sometimes they don't. These are love that have struck a massive chord within me and stayed with me long after the final page.

The Struggle is Real
The forbidden romances. Two people that shouldn't be together or aren't allowed to be together. These are always extra delicious to read about especially when things fall into place.

Tales As Old As Time
These stories are inspired by my favorite love story of all time, Beauty and the Beast. Give me a scarred, broody man any day of the week. He's mine! 

Sexy Times For The Win
These are mostly contemporary romances where the banter, dynamic, and sexy times are always a win.

Granted, a LOT of the books I highlight overlap but I tried to divide them up evenly...ish. My goal is to celebrate love and love stories and sexy times. I know a lot of people like to read winter or Christmas stories in December so I'm hoping some of y'all are looking for some literary romance in your life, be you single or attached, everyone needs an extra a little love in their lives. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thou Shall Not Crave

"I just keep thinking it'll happen for me...But it hasn't."
--JR Ward, Crave
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Signet
Pages: 454
Publication Date: October 5th, 2001
Source: Bought
Find On: Goodreads | Amazon
Previous Books in Series: Covet
Goodreads Description 

Seven deadly sins. Seven souls that must be saved. One more no-holds-barred battle between a fallen angel with a hardened heart and a demon with everything to lose.

Isaac Rothe is a black ops soldier with a dark past and a grim future. The target of an assassin, he finds himself behind bars, his fate in the hands of his gorgeous public defender Grier Childe. His hot attraction to her can only lead to trouble—and that's before Jim Heron tells him his soul is in danger. Caught up in a wicked game with the demon who shadows Jim, Isaac must decide whether the soldier in him can believe that true love is the ultimate weapon against evil.

I am so in love with this series, I just can't. I'm completely obsessed and I cannot stop reading! I actually cannot even verbalize how absolutely impressed I am by how JR Ward continues to surprise me with romances I am 100% fully invested in. I keep thinking, 'there has to be one that sucks' and it just isn't happening. Isaac and Grier are total opposites and that's what makes this even more delicious. Isaac is on the run from the same organization Jim works/worked for and to fund his life post-AWOL he fights in illegal MMA-style cage fights. Yes, you can start drooling now. He gets arrested and that's how he meets Grier, his court-appointed lawyer. The sexual tension is there immediately, obviously.

What I loved about this story was Isaac's juxtaposition between his appearance, his job, and his true nature. While he is a foreboding physical creature and a trained killer, he is at heart a Southern gentleman with impeccable manners and forethought. Example: He walks into Grier's front door, notices how nice her house is, unties his shoes and leaves them outside. Like holy fucking hell I think my panties melted. He is so kind and thoughtful and his actions towards Grier are totally swoon-worthy. Grier is pretty awesome herself. Smart, strong, and sassy. My kind of woman. I love that she is able to not fear Isaac and tell him like it is. She pushes him just enough without being overbearing or nagging. They are seriously hot, hot, hot.

Jim continues to impress me with how fucking badass he is. I'm totally falling for him, too. This big, sexy, moral man has a heart that is in the right place. The sacrifices he makes in this book broke my heart and his desire to free the young woman he couldn't in Covet makes my eyes leak. The teamwork of Jim, Adrian, and Eddie is fucking on point. They are all so fantastic to read about and I just can't get enough of this trio. And while there are still a few secrets lurking about these Angels I can't wait to keep reading and have everything come together. I also heard rumors a certain Angel from the BDB ties in somewhere...we shall see...until then I'll keep reading...

Backstage Pass
If you love broken heroes, fierce warrior Angels, and opposites attract...this book is for you.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Night and Day It's Cinderella

"It seemed any young woman at odds with her place in life--
might find a happier home within the pages of a book."
--Tessa Dare, Any Duchess Will Do

Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 375
Publication Date: May 28th, 2013
Source: Borrowed from Library
Find On: Goodreads | Amazon
Previous Books in Companion Series: A Night To Surrender & A Week To Be Wicked & A Lady By Midnight
Goodreads Description

What’s a duke to do, when the girl who’s perfectly wrong becomes the woman he can’t live without?

Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season--or any season--but his diabolical mother abducts him to “Spinster Cove” and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl.

Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn’t dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week’s employment. Her duties are simple: submit to his mother’s “duchess training"...and fail miserably.

But in London, Pauline isn’t a miserable failure. She’s a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure--a woman who ignites Griff’s desire and soothes the darkness in his soul. Keeping Pauline by his side won’t be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess--can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart?
I always love when you start a book or series and you end up really falling in love with it in a completely unexpected way...this is how I feel about Tessa Dare's Spindle Cove series. It started as a 'Alexa recommended this and it should be good' read and morphed into a series I find equal parts hilarious and off-the-charts sexy. But what I always take away mostly is the humor. I laugh OUT LOUD while reading. It is so funny! The mental commentary from our characters is so self-deprecating and witty that I have to stop reading at points because I'm actually laughing out loud. Griff, our hero, is no exception. There's one scene in particular where he accomplishes a physical feat and, of course, he acts like it's nothing when in his head he's saying most likely he pulled something and will pay for it later. I die. Love.

While Griff is hilarious, our heroine is nothing to scoff at. I love Dare's heroines because they are fierce, intelligent, opinionated, and witty as all hell. Pauline is a tavern waitress and farmer's daughter, and from the beginning she plays her own game. She is also hilarious! OMG her first interactions with Griff and his mother, I just can't. It's too good. And then you add in the sentiment of her sister who is a little mentally delayed and your heart is beating for her.

While I'm on the topic of characters, I have to talk about the Duchess. Talk about a character who came out of left field and stole my heart! She is rough in her demeanor because, duh she's a duchess, but once you get past the phlegm--read the book--she is a sweetheart. Her actions and motivations are pure and her dynamic with Pauline is probably legit the best part of the book for me. I just adore how the Duchess takes her under her wing and tries to make her into a duchess...and her plotting getting Griff and Pauline together is so legit.

The story is somewhat of a Cinderella fairy tale...and I loved every minute of it. Pauline's fascination with the dresses and parties while also have a blunt opinion of the higher classes was a great combination. Her attempts at failure but also success were great. The moments with Griff were...smeltering. Like...wow. I was fanning myself at one particular scene because HOT DAMN does Dare write some sexy scenes. Wowza. Approve.

We also get a lot of emotion from our characters because Griff is harboring a secret. The plot and pacing is well-done and I like that Dare doesn't give us a huge allusion so his 'secret' but rather it is slowly revealed how closed off he really is. I really appreciated and loved this!
Reserved Seating
If you love historical romance, hilarious banter, and sexy scenes...this book's for you.

Monday, February 1, 2016

A Heart That Grew Three Sizes One Day

"...she didn't mind being the prey.
If she were being honest, she preferred it.
Day in and day out, she was the one in control, the one holding people's lives in her hands.
But in bed...she submitted."
--Elle Kennedy, Midnight Revenge
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Signet
Pages: 384
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2016
Source: ARC provided by publisher
Goodreads Description 

From the USA Today bestselling author of Midnight Captive, the latest Killer Instincts novel is “off-the-charts-hot”* romantic suspense that takes readers into the heart of an enigmatic mercenary...

Out of all the stone-cold mercenaries in Jim Morgan's black ops organization, Derek “D” Pratt is the most intimidating. He is tight-lipped and covered in tattoos, and even the other guys on his team are afraid to ask him about his past. D’s been off the grid for years, but after his teammate Sullivan is mistakenly captured in his place, D is forced to come out of hiding and face his demons.

When D lands in Mexico, he’s ready to risk everything to save his friend. To complicate matters, Sofia Amaro, a feisty doctor whom D had a one-night stand with months ago, has tracked him down. And in an instant she’s unintentionally caught up in his life-threatening rescue mission.

Now D must extract not one but two people from the most violent world he's ever encountered. And one of them is carrying his child...
If you've been following my reviews of this series, you know that I've been waiting for D's book since the very first book of the series. Since the first time Derek Pratt was introduced as part of Morgan's Mercenaries I knew he was mine. He would be my favorite and that hadn't changed for the last six books. I was not disappointed.

Derek Pratt is known for being unfeeling, not caring, and being an overall badass super solider. Sofia is the team doctor and after treating Liam, D finds himself alone with Sofia and...bow chicka wow wow. While D, as he does, walks away, he still continues to think about Sofia and Sofia...well she has to think about him not only because he gave her the best sex of her life but because she gets pregnant. Sofia goes to tell D and in the midst of all this, Sully is still missing and D goes out to find him after getting a lead from one of his informants and Sofia gets whisked into this situation.

The political component of this story is, as usual, on point. Because of D's personality and lack of emotions, the outside threat seemed to overshadow the romance just a tinch. It's not a bad thing by any means and it makes sense because it would not be realistic and it would have pissed me off if D all the sudden was all mushy over somebody. With that said, the moment we get of D being vulnerable and Sofia tearing down his walls were EPIC. I LOVE him so hard. His past is...*shudder*. It is awful and painful and NOT what I expected at all.

Sofia is f'ing badass. She takes zero shit from Derek and forces him to acknowledge a lot of stuff he doesn't want to. And it wasn't in a nagging or annoying way. A lot of time females in books will push at the wrong time or say the dumbest shit and make it about them and Sofia does none of this. I love her so hard, too. She gives Derek a fantastic balance of pushing and letting him open up.

Now let's talk about D for a moment. His moment of vulnerability broke...my FUCKING...heart. Holy hell, guys. It was so fucking endearing and heartbreaking. I wanted to snug the shit out of him so hard. I loved that it wasn't a quick fix, too. I had zero doubts that Elle Kennedy would do us right and she so totally does. It's a difficult journey and he doesn't want to change, or feel, or start changing his whole life. I love how realistic it felt without being eye-roll inducing of back and forth and back and forth.

The surrounding plot with Sullivan and the boys was equally entertaining. Kennedy sure as hell is setting up some future stories and I cannot WAIT to see who the next book will be. I have a feeling of who it might be but I'm also crossing all fingers and toes that a certain rookie and barely legal blondie will be making an appearance VERY SOON!! Please, Elle? PRETTY PLEASE!!

Backstage Pass
If you love broody males, badass females, and inner pain...this book is for you.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Re-Read Challenge Check-Up January 2016

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Welcome to the first post of the Re-Read Challenge 2016!! I hope you all were able to start the new year off with revisiting a few favorite books, I know I did! Don't forget, in case you missed the original sign-up, never fear, you can join anytime and add any and all posts to ANY link-up. I am here to make this challenge and your rereading life as easy as possible! Here are my re-reads for January!

January 2016 Re-Reads: 3
Year To Date: 3 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Ride or Die

"What makes any of it wrong 
is when you pretend to be something you're not."
--Katie McGarry, Nowhere But Here

Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 496
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Source: ARC provided by publisher at BEA
Find On: Goodreads | Amazon
Previous Books in Series: First book in series of companion novels
Goodreads Description

An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.
Katie McGarry does it again. Don't ask what took me so damn long to read this (and post this review) because I have no idea. All I know is that once I started this book I didn't want to put it down and I couldn't wait until the moment I could pick it back up. Let's do this.

The Story
Katie takes is to a new locale in the great state of Kentucky, that being a motorcycle club in Snowflake. Is that a real place, Katie? Because the irony is not lost on me with all the descriptions of the heat. I digress. Emily is from Florida but her biological father Eli, who she has limited contact with after he abandoned her mom when he found out she was pregnant, lives there. After her mother discovers a close relative of Eli has passed away she make the executive decision to travel back to Snowflake. Cue hit shitting the fan.

Circumstances lead her to spending the summer with her bio dad and getting to know his life. Loved. This. Story. Ok. Contrary to reviews I have read, I LOVED the MC setting. I already knew all the lingo and how things were done. I love Sons of Anarchy and while I thought this book would be full of illegal operations and unnecessary bloodshed that is not the case. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself in the middle of a legit MC of brotherhood and legal activities. I loved that Katie went there and also showed us a very different MC as well. The security company most member of the MC worked for felt cohesive with the plot and I thought it tied the club and legitimate business and earning a living together seamlessly. I couldn't get enough of read of about their way of life and how things were done. The mystery and secrets surrounding Emily and her mother's past kept me turning the pages immediately and kept me on my toes the whole book. I loved unraveling this mystery piece by piece and I struggled along with Emily trying to find out the truth.

The Characters
Oz and Emily come the same but very different ways of life. Katie continues to impress me taking two people from very different upbringings and stripping away their initial judgements and prejudices and teaching them how to accept what is different from them. Won't lie, it took Emily awhile to get there but I thought it felt very realistic for it to be a slow burn for her to grow to accept the craziness going on around her. Oz was similar in his snap judgements and watching them get to know one another was more than half the fun. I loved Oz and Emily together. Emily is more gritty and direct than I think she even have herself credit for. And Oz has more potential and is more driven than he ever thought he was. The fact that the other person is able to bring out these characteristics in one another and help them recognize strengths they didn't know they had was fifty shades of beautiful. Their love story was one of hate to love and we know how much I love those.

Oz and Emily were only a portion of what I locked though. The supporting cast of Eli, Olivia, Razor, Chevy, Cyrus, and the rest of the club was uh-may-zing. Olivia is brash and takes no shit. I would love to have somebody that fierce in my life. Eli is an amazing guy and does so much we don't know to protect his daughter. Razor is a friend of Oz and the hero in our next book. H is tortured and broken and duh so obviously MY type of book boyfriend. Foaming at the mouth for his story. There is so much I could say for all the characters but know in short, I love each and every one so much. And there is so much more beneath the surface from all our characters. Love love love.

The Writing
As I said before, Katie does an amazing job of writing a slow burn romance that gets you invested in both characters. I thought that this book read more like an adult book in that the relationship dynamic is a perfectly paced slow-burn of attraction with a great balance of outside plot surrounding the romance. It wasn't all about them yet heir romance was not overshadowed by the plot either. The book is long if we're talking about page count but it doesn't feel that way at all. Nothing was rushed or felt superficial, it felt great to just relax into the story and take things as they come. I wish more YA writers would write this type of pacing because I love how this book was done.
Backstage Pass
If you know complex family dynamics, a good secret, and a wonderful slow-burn hate to love romance...this book's for you.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Protected By A Rogue

"Perhaps a woman could be sweet,
but if she was demure and obedient as well 
that would deprive a man of all the joys of a complex woman,
and a woman ought to be complex.
Simple things and simple people are quite overrated."
--Lauren Smith, His Wicked Seduction

Genre: Adult Historical Fiction
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Pages: 321
Publication Date: November 11th, 2014
Source: Gifted to me by the author, thanks Lauren!
Find On: Goodreads | Amazon
Previous Books in Series: Wicked Designs
Goodreads Description

Can the League’s most wicked rakehell be tamed? Or has this Rogue fallen too far?

The League of Rogues, Book 2

Horatia Sheridan has been hopelessly in love with Lucien, her brother’s best friend, ever since he rescued her from the broken remains of her parents’ wrecked carriage. His reputation as London’s most notorious rakehell doesn’t frighten her, for under his veneer of cool authority she has glimpsed a man whose wicked desires inspire her own.

Lucien, Marquess of Rochester, has deliberately nurtured a reputation for debauchery that makes every matchmaking mother of the ton quake with fear. His one secret: he is torn between soul-ripping lust for Horatia, and the loyalty he owes her brother.

That loyalty is put to the test when an old enemy of the League threatens Horatia’s life. With Christmas drawing near, he sweeps her away to his country estate, where he can’t resist granting her one wish—to share his bed and his heart.

But sinister forces are lurking, awaiting the perfect moment to exact their revenge by destroying not only whatever happiness Lucien might find in Horatia’s arms, but the lives of those they love.

Warning: This book contains an intelligent lady who is determined to seduce her brother’s friend, a brooding rake whose toy of choice in bed is a little bit of bondage with a piece of red silk, a loyal band of merry rogues and a Christmas love so scorching you’ll need fresh snow to extinguish it.
The Bromance
*sigh* Again, the bromine steals the show. This group of men steals my heart. I love them so much that I am foaming at the mouth for more of their stories. Their deep love for one another to protect each other from their shared enemy is so heart-warming. I just can't say enough good things about them except love love LOVE!

The Tension
The conflict with an old enemy continues to be a source of conflict and drives a lot of the plot. Because of this, we find half our beloved characters in Kent with Lucien's family during the Christmas holiday. There, we get the amazing tension between Lucien and Horatia and I loved the give and take of their relationship. Don't get me wrong, some delicious things happen before this *coughMasqueradecough* but I loved the revelations that occurred in their relationship being in Kent with Lucien's family...especially his mother. Oh, my gosh his mother is one of my favorite characters! Funny, manipulative, conniving, I loved everything about her meddling in her children's love lives. It was not only hilarious but effective. The history between Lucien and Horatia is deeply rooted and also complicated. Lucien's confusion as to his real feelings for her was endearing. I loved that Horatia was unrelenting in her feelings no matter how long it took for Lucien to get there. She was steadfast and strong and I loved that about her. Lucien was a hot freaking mess but I still loved him. Typical man, can't blame him really.

The Holiday Cheer
I looooooved that this took place during Christmas. I could feel myself in the old mansion with snow falling on the ground and all the holiday excitement. I loved the funny moments with the snowball fights, it was such a great contrast to all the seriousness of the threat. It created a fantastic atmosphere for the book and I would definitely suggest this as a holiday read. I loved the setting...especially the cabin...*cough*

Reserved Seating
If you love a wounded but strong heroine, a tortured hero, and a sinfully delicious love story...this book's for you.