Week ending April 11, 2014
Evans, Bronwen. A Promise of More. Loveswept: Random. (Disgraced Lords, Bk. 2). Apr. 2014. NAp. ebk. ISBN 9780345547293. $2.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
After an ill-advised duel forced him to flee London in disgrace, Sebastian Hawkestone, Lord Coldhurst, upon his return never expects to rescue from the Thames Beatrice Hennessey, impoverished sister of his unfortunate opponent. Sebastian is as handsome as he is rich, but rather than soliciting money to support her family or even seeking revenge for her brother’s death, Beatrice appeals to his sense of honor and offers Sebastian a marriage of convenience. Although he had not previously considered marriage, Sebastian readily agrees, believing that he is in no danger of ever falling in love with Beatrice—she has limited options in London society—and that she would make a suitable mother for his heirs. But the more time Sebastian spends getting to know Beatrice, the more she occupies his mind. When an unknown danger threatens both of their lives, Sebastian soon realizes that he cannot bear the thought of losing his wife.
Verdict This second novel in “The Disgraced Lords” series includes some of the same plot elements as the author’s debut novel, Invitation to Ruin, but it does not suffer for it. In both instances, the hero is almost self-destructive in his attempts to keep himself from falling in love, and while readers may prefer that their hero not stray too far from home, Sebastian’s struggles in this attempt help to demonstrate his growth throughout the novel and move the plot along to its natural conclusion. Readers may enjoy seeing how the other Libertine Scholars tackle their fall into marriage in future installments.—Natasha Grant, New York
Gail, Stacy. Dangerous Angel. Carina: Harlequin. (Earth Angels, Bk. 4). 2014. NAp. ebk. ISBN 9781426898099. $2.99. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Nikita Tesoro and Kyle Beaudecker are rival bounty hunters in Miami and spark enough sexual tension to generate a lot of heat. Nikita is a kick-ass heroine with a prickly exterior, haunted by a past that keeps her from making commitments. Kyle is an alpha male determined to make Nikita see that he not only wants her physically, he wants her for forever. But Kyle has a few secrets of his own, including that he is an angel/human descendent who has the ability to control and channel electricity and that his main purpose is hunting not bail jumpers but demons. When their paths cross on a bounty for a missing stripper, Nikita and Kyle discover that there’s no way to avoid the emotional and sexual conflagration between them. Although this is the fourth title in the “Earth Angels” series (after Wounded Angel), readers need not be familiar with the backstory; there is enough explanation given that newcomers can catch up.
Verdict Nikita’s and Kyle’s alternating points of view help to frame them as flawed characters we will want to root for, and several intense action sequences make for a page-turning read.—Charli Osborne, Oxford P.L., MI
Hunter, Kelly. What a Bride Wants. Montana Born: Tule Pub. (Great Wedding Giveaway, Bk. 1). Apr. 2014. 82p. ISBN 9781940296319. $2.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Cattle heiress Ella Emerson is content with her life on her Montana ranch except for the lack of passion. Her widower father, however, is ready to see Ella find someone who can handle her forceful personality and keep her out of trouble. Ella isn’t interested in any of the men her father has put in her way, but when he threatens to put out a personal ad for her, she agrees to try harder to find someone. The ad for a “docile house husband” had already been placed when Ella and a friend go to the local watering hole on Friday night and the offers started pouring in. Ella, infuriated, places her own ad for a “perfect lover: spark required.” After weeding out all the locals and undesirables, there is only one man left, new to town bartender Cameron Sawyer. While their relationship may have gotten started owing to a personal ad, Sawyer and Ella find that they have a lot in common, especially that “spark” Ella wants. However, they are from very different worlds and Sawyer isn’t planning to stay in Montana forever, lest his past catches up with him. What will it take to convince Sawyer to stay put and give up his nomadic lifestyle?
Verdict “The Great Wedding Giveaway” is off to a great start with Hunter’s novella. A little steamy, a little suspense, a little comedy all make for a fun and sassy romp across Montana cattle country.—Lisa Jordan, Gardner Neighborhood Lib., Johnson Cty. Lib., KS
Sands, Lynsay. Knight of My Dreams. Avon. Apr. 2014. c.100p. ebk. ISBN 9780062317247. $1.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Knight’s mother is determined that Knight marry. Mother enlists the aid of the king, who tells Knight he has two weeks to wed. Mother uses reverse psychology on Knight, and soon he’s in love and ready to get hitched. That’s this novella in a nutshell. The knight in question is Jonathan, Earl of Fairley. His mother is Margaret, and the young woman she tells him he absolutely must not marry is Lady Alice. Of course, because he’s stubborn and contrary, Jonathan pursues Alice because his mother tells him not to. And Alice is roped into the whole endeavor when she’s asked by Margaret to help Jonathan find a wife.
Verdict The historical detail is slight and the language is rather modern considering this novel is set in 14th-century Britain, but Sands’s trademark humor makes this a fun, frothy story.—Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI