Thursday, July 26, 2012

Desperate Duchesses by Eloisa James

A marquess's sheltered only daughter, Lady Roberta St. Giles falls in love with a man she glimpses across a crowded ballroom: a duke, a game player of consummate skill, a notorious rakehell who shows no interest in marriage—until he lays eyes on Roberta.

Yet the Earl of Gryffyn knows too well that the price required to gain a coronet is often too high. Damon Reeve, the earl, is determined to protect the exquisite Roberta from chasing after the wrong destiny.

Can Damon entice her into a high-stakes game of his own, even if his heart is likely to be lost in the venture?

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A fun, mostly lighthearted historical romance that is both intelligent and entertaining. The first part of the book has a very Midsummer Night's Dream feel to it that persists to a degree throughout the book. Certainly it retains the feel of a Shakespearean comedy even as things gradually become a touch more serious throughout. The various characters seem at first glance to be somewhat two-dimensional and shallow, though as you get to know them throughout the book you begin to see hidden depths that they hide from those around them, and sometimes that they've been hiding from themselves.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye

Two strangers…

Makenna James thinks her day can't get any worse, until she finds herself stranded in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call, the pin-striped accountant catches only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights go out.

Four hours…

Caden Grayson is amused when a harried redhead dashes into his elevator fumbling her bags and cell phone. His amusement turns to panic when the power fails. Despite his piercings, tats, and vicious scar, he's terrified of the dark and confined spaces. Now, he's trapped in his own worst nightmare.

One pitch-black elevator…

To fight fear, they must reach out and open up. With no preconceived notions based on looks to hold them back, they discover just how much they have in common. In the warming darkness, attraction grows and sparks fly, but will they feel the same when the lights come back on?

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A sweet story about two strangers that end up trapped in an elevator together for hours when the power goes out shortly after they'd gotten in. Sitting in total darkness, they begin talking to pass the time, and to help Caden keep his claustrophobia at bay. In the course of things they get to know one another better in the space of a few hours than most people do after months or years together.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

Northern Exposure

Even in Grundy, Alaska, it's unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham--who has been openly critical of Mo's ability to adapt to life in Alaska--has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble.

For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it's love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he's worried that he might be the violent canine in question.

If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if he's not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated. . . .

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A fun book that takes various wacky twists and turns along the way. It wasn't quite what I was expecting (not that I'm entirely sure just what I expected from it), but it was thoroughly enjoyable anyway.