How Beauty Loved the Beast
(Tales of the Underlight #3)
by Jax Garren
Adult -- Urban Fantasy
Jolie Benoit has become a skilled agent of the Underlight, relying on her savvy to complete assignments while Sergeant Wesley Haukon was out of commission. But an unexpected clue to the Order of Ananke’s diabolical scheme rattles Jolie, and she turns to Hauk for comfort.
It’s been years since Hauk took comfort from the touch of another person, though his love for Jolie is deep and powerful. Uncomfortable in his skin, scarred by a terrible fire, he is unable to give in to the pleasures that Jolie so desperately wants to grant him.
Meanwhile, the Order is lurking in the shadows—and when they strike, the blow is swift and terrible. Hauk and Jolie scramble to fight for their community, but with the future of the Underlight threatened, no one is safe. And Hauk will never be the same…
My Thoughts: A great conclusion to the Underlight trilogy. Highly recommended for readers who like to read fairy tales with some paranormal drama mixed in. My review can be found here.
Lord of Wicked Intentions
(Lost Lords of Pembrook #3)
by Lorraine Heath
Adult -- Historical Romance
Only one woman can break through his heart of stone...
Three young heirs, imprisoned by an unscrupulous uncle, escaped—to the sea, to the streets, to faraway battle—awaiting the day when they would return to reclaim their birthright...
Lord Rafe Easton may be of noble blood, but survival taught him to rely only on himself and to love no one. Yet when he sets his eyes on Miss Evelyn Chambers, and earl's illegitimate daughter, he is determined to have her, if only as his mistress.
After her father's death, Evelyn Chambers never imagined she would be sold to the highest bidder, yet circumstances give her little choice except to accept the lord's indecent proposal. Rafe is wealthy, as well as ruthless. Yet his coldness belies deep passion and deeper secrets. If she must be his, Evelyn intends to lay bare everything the Lord of Pembrook is hiding. But dark discoveries threaten to destroy them both until unexpected love guides the last lost lord home.
My Thoughts: Fun and dramatic romance that is the conclusion of a trilogy, but can easily read as a stand-alone. The hero is one of my favorites of 2013 so far and the heroine is just a genuinely nice person who is never boring. My review can be found here.