Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dare to Believe (The Grey Court) 18+

The following review is for 18+ readers.

Dare to Believe (Gray Court, #1)
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He'll fulfill her wildest fantasies- but only if she believes. Leo Dunne has been searching his entire life for the one person born just for him. He finds her working in his own company, but the shy little Ruby Halloway constantly hides from him. He hatches a devilish plot with her best friend to bring her out of her shell, and the result proves her desire is more than a match for his own.
Ruby has had the hots for her boss for some time now, but she knows business and pleasure shouldn't mix. While that can't stop a girl from dreaming, she sticks by her guns and does her best never to be alone with the handsome CEO. Until the company masquerade party, where she discovers a passion with him that leaves a mark on her soul.
A family emergency calls Leo away, and rather than spend one night out of Ruby's arms, he convinces her to go with him. With his brother's life on the line, it's vital she learn how to deal with who, and what, her new lover really is--before it's too late.

Warning: This book contains explicit sex, graphic language, some violence, a bit of bondage, and a Sidhe Lord determined to claim and protect what is his.


Great start to a new series!
This book was a total winner for me. I love any story with a Fae theme and this one was packed full of it with leprechauns, vampires, seelie, unseelie, various courts (gray, white and black), definitely enough to keep my attention.
Mix all those in with a good storyline and a steamy hot couple and you have a pretty enjoyable book.
I really like Leo and Ruby although I would of liked to have found out a bit more about her background, especially why she thought she was so unworthy.
This was a short story though and usually you miss out on huge details not necessary to the plot. There was still a lot of information packed in there but not overmuch, really it was just right.
There was definitely enough to make me interested in finding out more, so a job well done in my book.
Can't wait for the next one with Duncan, Jaden and Moira, it promises to be a delicious little tale. 

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The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie 18+

The following review is for 18+ readers.

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Highland Pleasures, #1)
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The year is 1881. Meet the Mackenzie family--rich, powerful, dangerous, eccentric. A lady couldn't be seen with them without ruin. Rumors surround them--of tragic violence, of their mistresses, of their dark appetites, of scandals that set England and Scotland abuzz.
The youngest brother, Ian, known as the Mad Mackenzie, spent most of his young life in an asylum, and everyone agrees he is decidedly odd. He's also hard and handsome and has a penchant for Ming pottery and beautiful women.
Beth Ackerley, widow, has recently come into a fortune. She has decided that she wants no more drama in her life. She was raised in drama--an alcoholic father who drove them into the workhouse, a frail mother she had to nurse until her death, a fussy old lady she became constant companion to. No, she wants to take her money and find peace, to travel, to learn art, to sit back and fondly remember her brief but happy marriage to her late husband.
And then Ian Mackenzie decides he wants her.
The first of a new historical series


This truly was a romance novel of a different calibre. I don't believe I have ever come across a tortured hero quite like Ian Mackenzie. Truly tortured, you will have never met an hero like him.
Imagine what it was like back in the 1800's being born with some sort of high functioning autism.
Poor man, ice baths, beatings and electric shocks, what a nightmare. His own brother rescues him from the nightmare after there dad the duke dies,thank goodness, but he still believes himself truly mad and distrusts himself always.
Beth, a wonderful, genuine, caring, heroine seems to understand him as no other does, even his own family.
I do not think of him as Lord Ian Mackenzie, aristocratic brother of a duke and well beyond my reach; not as the Mad Mackenzie, an eccentric people stare at and whisper about.
To me, he is simply Ian.”
This review is going to dissolve in to a gush of feelings, but isn't that in itself a huge compliment? For a book to affect you so? I am not going to be able to do this book any justice going on and on about it, you seriously just have to read it.
Let's just say I fell in love with Lord Ian Mackenzie and his Beth. I felt such happiness knowing that he had found her and with her some comfort and happiness unlike he had never had before. If there ever was a man who deserved it, it's Ian.
This is simply historical romance at its best!
His story is emotional, mental illness is a difficult and misunderstood condition today,let alone in the 1800's. I think Jennifer Ashley did a fantastic job portraying Asperger's Syndrome in Ian, she made it really realistic.
Great read, with great characters and a very different storyline.
I will definitely be continuing this series. I am eager to read of his other brothers Hart, Cameron and Mac
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