Book Review: A Night of Forever (The Disgraced Lords: Book 6) by Bronwen Evans

A Night of Forever (The Disgraced Lords, #6)

Title: A Night of Forever

Author: Bronwen Evans

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept

Date of publication: October 25th, 2016

Genre: Romance

Number of pages: 300

Series: The Disgraced Lords

A Kiss of Lies – Book 1

A Promise of More – Book 2

A Touch of Passion – Book 3

A Whisper of Desire – Book 4

A Taste of Seduction – Book 5

A Night of Forever – Book 6

A Love to Remember – Book 7 (expected date of publication: June 6th, 2017)

The Disgraced Lords Series 3 Book Bundle: A Kiss of Lies, A Promise of More, A Touch of Passion

POV: 3rd person

Standalone: Yes

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

Distrust is no match for desire as a proper young miss and a self-professed rogue hunt down a murderer in this thrilling Disgraced Lords novel from the USA Today bestselling author of A Kiss of Lies and A Taste of Seduction.

Arend Aubury trusts no one besides his fellow Libertine Scholars. After his family escaped from France, penniless and persecuted, only the Scholars took him in. So when the stepdaughter of the villainess who has been plotting against them approaches Arend with allegations against their enemy, he suspects a double cross. Yet Isobel is a tantalizing prize, with lips as sweet as champagne and skin as creamy as Camembert. Is she a feast for the senses—or a bitter trap?

Lady Isobel Thompson dreams of marrying an honorable gentleman with a spotless reputation, a trait that Arend seems to lack completely. But Isobel believes that her stepmother is responsible for her father’s death, and only Arend has the skills to uncover the truth. As a cover, Arend suggests a fake betrothal—and soon Isobel finds herself forgetting that their courtship is a ploy. He’s so different from the man of her fantasies, and yet he’s so terribly handsome, so dangerously intoxicating—and all Isobel wants is more.

My review:

I went into this book thinking that it was going to be one of those historical romances that the heroine was a dimwit and the hero had major trust issues and couldn’t get over them. I was right about the hero but oh boy, was I wrong about the heroine. I admit when I am wrong. It isn’t often but I admit it.

Isobel really surprised me. I thought she would be one of those heroines who was always getting into trouble and then is like “why is this happening to me”. The only time that happened was in the prologue….when she was kidnapped by the Libertine Scholar’s enemy and sent on a wild carriage ride with Marisa that resulted in Marisa being seriously injured. All of the situations that she found herself in after that, she took responsibility for.

Arend Aubury, Baron Labourd, has some pretty dark secrets and was scarred by events that had happened to him while he was in Paris and Brazil. He refused to let anyone but the Libertine Scholars close to him and forget it if it was a beautiful woman. Then he froze her out. I honestly felt awful for him when he was reliving the past and it was refreshing to see a historical novel that dared to touch on some darker subjects in detail.

Isobel has fallen under Arend’s radar because her stepmother, Victoria, is believed to be the madwoman stalking his friends and their wives. They believe that Isobel is helping her. Which is actually the farthest thing from the truth. Isobel believes that Victoria killed her father (in a fire along with his mistress) and is trying to secure a marriage that will take her away from Victoria.

It doesn’t help that every time Victoria does something, Isobel is there or has knowledge of it. Still, even with all that hanging over her head, Arend still manages to become very attracted to her. Even goes as far as to propose a “fake” engagement after Isobel tells him what I outlined above. His reasoning, it would be a great way to fool Victoria and for Arend to keep a close eye on Isobel.

Yeah, that didn’t go over too well. Soon, Isobel and Arend have kinda sorted consummated their relationship in a stable (he went down on her). That leads to Arend getting struck on the head with a piece of wood and Isobel being kidnapped with her friend Evangeline’s young son Sealy. Which didn’t look well for her because her information (stolen from Victoria) led his friends in the opposite direction as to where Arend was. So yeah, it’s understandable why Arend and his friends didn’t really trust her. If I were in their shoes, I wouldn’t either.

The sex scenes between Arend and Isobel were unbelievably hot. Like off the page scorching hot. Which is another reason why I liked this book. Isobel actively went after Arend and told him what she wanted. Something other historical romances don’t do. Either they wait until marriage or the heroine’s first time is really rushed. Let’s just say that Isobel’s wasn’t nor were all the times afterward. They were like rabbits….lol.

I cried when Arend finally opened up (under duress but let’s not get technical here) about what happened to him. Isobel’s reaction was perfect and definitely what Arend needed.

In a way, I did feel bad for Victoria too. For something that awful to happen to a girl who was that young, it is bound to affect her and not in a good way. She let vengeance rule her life and she was willing to sacrifice everything to get to the son of the person she held responsible for what happened to her (not going to tell you who….read the book)

The end of the book and the prologue made me bawl. There’s a twist that took me by surprise. Also, there is a HEA for Arend and Isobel (and the other wives who were mentioned). The author did pave the way for book 7 and I can’t wait to read it. I also am going to eventually buy the other books too because I really want to read the other couple’s stories.

How many stars will I give A Night of Forever: 4

Why: A great historical romance with steamy sex scenes and plenty of action

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Adult

Why: Sex and violence.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

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Protect Me (The Donovan Family, Book 6) by Margaret Watson

Protect Me (The Donovan Family Book 6) by [Watson, Margaret]

Publisher: Dragonfly Press

Date of publication: November 11th 2015

Genre: Romance

Where the book can be found: Amazon

Series: The Donovan Family

Love Me – Book 1

Watch Me – Book 2

Find Me – Book 3

Trust Me – Book 4

Cover Me – Book 5 (review here)

Protect Me – Book 6

Save Me – Book 7

See Me – Book 8

Book Synopsis:

Police officer Mia Donovan is studying for the detective’s exam when her captain offers her an assignment – be Finn O’Rourke’s personal bodyguard for the next three weeks. He’s in town to film a movie, he has a stalker, and the threats are escalating. 

Mia isn’t interested – she’s focused on the looming exam. But her captain convinces her that successfully protecting Finn will look very good on her record when promotion decisions are made. So, reluctantly, she takes the assignment. 

Finn isn’t the arrogant, egotistical actor Mia expected. There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the ‘most hated man in America’, Finn’s nickname since he cheated on his girlfriend, a beloved pop star. 

But his stalker is lurking and the threat is escalating. Although Mia’s feelings for Finn are growing, her job is to protect Finn, not fall in love with him. 

My review:

This book is electric, right from the get-go.

Mia Donovan is what my mother in law would call a firecracker and I loved it. I didn’t expect any less and would have been disappointed if the author wrote her any other way. Even the way she introduces herself to Finn was gold. I loved it!!

I didn’t care for Finn’s character at first. I get he’s an Alpha male and thought he could protect himself from his stalker, but still. To take the risks he did the first day was stupid and he didn’t listen to Mia. Made me want to slap and shake him.

I was shocked at how fast they had sex. They didn’t even know each other a week. The more I thought about it, it made sense. They were together 24/7, no breaks and they were attracted to each other. I liked that they entered the relationship as adults. Except for the no condom sex and taking each other’s word that they were clean. You couldn’t pay me any amount of money to do that with someone I just met.

Mia being undercover was a hoot and I giggled when she became an airhead. It cracked me up. I laughed every single scene.

Finn’s issues with his ex wasn’t funny. He let her put his name through the mud and all because he’s a nice guy. I will say that it reminds me of the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard saga going on.

The stalker’s identity and the end of the book was a little bit of a shock to me. The stalker wasn’t who I pegged. I wasn’t expecting the book to end the way it did. I did get a little misty-eyed at it !!

How many stars will I give Protect Me? 4

Why? A great, fast-paced romance that pulls out all the stops. Mia and Finn were perfect for each other!!

Will I reread it? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age Range: Adult

Why? Lots of sex and some violence.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Wed by Fortune (The Fortunes of Texas: All Fortunes Children: Book 6) by Judy Duarte

Wed by Fortune (The Fortunes of Texas: All Fortune's Children Book 2479) by [Duarte, Judy]

Where the book can be found: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Genre: Romance

Series: The Fortunes of Texas: All Fortune’s Children #6

Publisher: Harlequin (US & Canada), Harlequin Special Edition

Book Synopsis:

You are cordially invited 

to witness the courtship 

of Graham Fortune Robinson 

&  

Sasha-Marie Gibault Smith 

 

Graham has always thought of Sasha as his “little sister.” 

Sasha has always considered the rugged rancher out of her league. 

Now that Sasha is all grown up, there is nothing keeping them apart… Except she has a daughter. An ex-husband. And a very noticeable baby bump. And the always proper Graham suddenly finds himself thinking very sexy thoughts about the sweet single mom! 

Perhaps Fortune is finally smiling on Graham—in the form of the true love this rich, unencumbered cowboy has always longed for!

My review:

3 Things I liked about Wed by Fortune:

  1. Sasha-Marie and Graham’s characters. They were cute together and the romance was adorable, in a bumbling way. I also loved how Sasha’s 7-year-old daughter fell in to love with Graham. OMG, the feels.
  2. The boys home substory.  I loved it. I thought that it great that the author decided to write about something like this.
  3. Sasha’s daughter. I thought she was the cutest thing ever!!!! From her not so subtle attachment to Graham to her wanting to be a cowboy, she stole every scene that she was in this book

3 Things I disliked about Wed by Fortune:

  1. Sasha’s ex. While he makes a couple of appearances in the book, what is revealed about him is awful. He is a selfish man-child, plain and simple. One scene, I actually wanted to shove a boot up his butt.
  2. Graham’s relationship with his father. Ok, I will be blunt, Graham’s father is a manwhore. I mean, who has 8 children with his wife and then goes on to father at least 4 other kids (as of this book). And he wasn’t very supportive of Graham at all, it seems.
  3. That this is the 6th book. While it is a standalone book, I felt that I was missing out on key plotlines.

How many stars will I give Wed by Fortune? 3 1/2

Why? It was too wham-bam-thank you ma’am and the book stalled about halfway through. I will say that this would be a great beach/pool book, though. No complicated plot.

Will I reread it?  Yes, after I read the first 5 books in the series.

Will I reccomend it to family and friends? Yes

Age range? Teen on up.

Why? It is a relatively clean book. A couple of kissing scenes and one sex scene that has zero description to it.

Other books in the series:

Fortune’s Heir (Book 1)

Fortune’s Perfect Valentine (Book 2)

Fortune’s Perfect Husband (Book 3)

Fortune’s Special Delivery (Book 4)

Fortune’s Prince Charming (Book 5)

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Love in Bloom (Finding Mr. Right: Book #6) by Karen Rose Smith

Love In Bloom (Finding Mr. Right Book 6) by [Smith, Karen Rose]

Where you can find Love in Bloom: Amazon

Publisher:

Date of publication: February 25, 2011

Genre: Romance

Goodreads synopsis:

Dr. Paige Conrad needs Clay Reynolds’ help. However, he can’t give it because she and the rest of the town of Langley, Maryland, might discover his secret. Clay has no memory of the first 25 years of his life. The past and his father’s rejection is behind him. Digging it up brings back nightmare he has fought for ten years to control. After spending three years in underdeveloped countries following her parents’ vision of healing, Paige has come to Langley to gain perspective on her life and help an old friend with his medical practice. Learning Clay was involved in a rock climbing accident and went through the rehabilitation process, she wants him to share his experience with a troubled teenager to give the boy hope.

Paige and Clay are inexorably drawn to each other. But can Clay trust Paige and share his secret? Can Paige dare to follow her own dreams?

My review:

What I liked about Love in Bloom :

  1. The characters. There was so much depth to them that I expected Paige or Clay to come strolling into the room. Plus the chemistry was sizzling between Paige and Clay from day 1.
  2. The romance. All I have to say is O.M.G.  I’m not saying any more, you need to read the story.
  3. I actually liked everything about the book. It was one of those that grabbed you from the beginning and made you keep on reading. Because you wanted to find out what was going to happen.

What I disliked about Love in Bloom:

* The ending. While it was perfect for the book, it seemed a little rushed and too predictable for me.

* Paige’s background story. All I have to say is when it was revealed (during a conversation with Doc), I went (to myself) WTF and shook my head.

* Clay’s background and his trust issues. He went hot and cold with Paige at the worst times and to be honest if a guy did that to me, I would have been long gone.

**I voluntarily reviewed this book**

Night Wish (Eyes of Darkness: Book #6) by Christy Poff

Night Wish (Eyes of Darkness Book 6) by [Poff,  Christy]

Where you can find Night Wish: Amazon

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Erotica

Date of publication: April 1st, 2010

Publisher: Torrid Books, Simon & Schuster

Amazon synopsis:

“Hayden Beaumont is unique in so many ways—his eternal birthright, his good looks—everything about him. Searching for the right woman to share his life has been a never-ending task until he meets an artist on his return to Paris. Chandra Richards has an interest in a man she barely knows, but after meeting him one night at the top of the Eiffel Tower, she finds out what never-ending love means. When an angry vampire from his father’s past comes after Hayden, the city of Paris literally rocks. Will the Beaumonts’ past come back to haunt them? Or will their night wish be granted?” 

My review:

What I liked about Night Wish:

  1. It had hot vampire sex. Lots of hot vampire sex. Even the bad guys got it on and had paragraphs devoted to their sex. Plus, whenever they had sex, they caused earthquakes or thunderstorms. Which, to me was interesting.
  2. I did like the story between Hayden and Chandra. Stripped down to the bones (ie no hot vampire sex), it was very sweet.
  3.  I also liked that Hayden wasn’t your typical vampire.

What I disliked about Night Wish:

  1. The hot vampire sex got old after a while. Only so much hot vampire sex scenes I could take before I started giggling.
  2. The fact that they had sex and drank each other’s blood kinda skeeved me out. Strike that. Not kinda skeeved me out….110% skeeved me out.
  3.  I wish that the ending didn’t seem so rushed and that they didn’t kill the main villain off so fast.

Would I read it again? Yup

Would I recommend it to other people? Yup

**I voluntarily reviewed this book**