Wednesday, June 29, 2016

REVIEW: "Forevermore" by Kristen Callihan

Forevermore (Darkest London #7)
(Darkest London #7)

Historical-Paranormal Romance (Victorian England)
Forever -- June 28, 2016
eARC, 336 pages
Read in June 2016

Goodreads -- Author Website


Miss Layla Starling, the young, beautiful, and extremely wealthy heiress, is the talk of London. Until now, she's managed to evade the marriage noose. Despite the fact that she is unfortunately American, she's received a staggering number of offers. And turned down every one. St. John Evernight does not want to admit the relief he feels every time he hears that she has rejected one of her suitors. Which is unfair of him. Layla deserves to be happy. But he can not offer her happiness. He will never be normal, never be anything but a freak in her world. So St. John resolves to keep his distance, until he is recruited by the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals to guard Layla. For she is in grave danger, and he is about to learn the full extent of his powers.

Alternate Universe, Fated Mates, Second Chance At Love, Tortured Hero

I received an eARC of this book from Forever Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Forevermore is the last book in the Darkest London series and, while not my favorite, it is a satisfying conclusion to a fascinating group of stories.  While it is possible to skip the other installments, I highly recommend that interested readers check the series out in order.  Kristen Callihan has created a fascinating, but complicated world that could be confusing if one is not prepared.

St. John is the long-lost brother of the Ellis sisters who got their stories told in Firelight, Moonglow, and Winterblaze.  His existence caused quite a stir for these supernaturally-inclined ladies which was complicated further when it was revealed that he was working for the evil fae queen, Mab.  Now he is shunned by his sisters while also dealing with new abilities and new responsibilities.

His reclusive existence is threatened when he is assigned to watch over Layla Starling, a woman who is slowly evolving into something the world isn't ready to deal with at the moment.  What makes this situation even more heartbreaking for St. John is the fact that he has been in love with Layla since he was young.  For her part, Layla knows that something is happening to her and she feels like St. John is the person who can help her through the change.  She also knows that he is the man for her and she will stop at nothing to make him understand that.

I thought having Layla and St. John as the last primary couple worked well for this series.  Their positions in this world are important and help bring about a great deal of change.  As characters, I found both of them to be likable and interesting.  St. John is a tortured soul who has made bad choices and is trying to make amends for them.  I appreciated his devotion to his new role and thought it showed what a decent person he was.  Layla is intelligent, determined, and just naive enough to be trusting without being stupid.  I really admired her devotion to St. John especially when it came to standing up for him in front of his family.

Speaking of St. John's family, I just adored seeing the return of Miranda, Archer, Daisy, Ian, Poppy, and Winston.  These sisters are not perfect, but they are very real characters who are devoted to one another.  I also liked seeing how their relationships have evolved since I adore Archer, Ian, and Winston.  Family is clearly a big theme in this series and I was rooting for the Ellis/Evernights to finally trust each other enough to become one.

 There is a ton of action in Forevermore which is par for the course for this series.  The mystery surrounding Layla's evolution and whether that is connected to the demon that is threatening London was well-done.  I liked how this book looked back at the previous installments to provide details and tidbits about the characters and the world.  The big finale was suspenseful, violent, and had me on the edge of my seat while reading it.

My only quibble with this book was that I did feel like Layla and St. John's romance was underdeveloped.  It helped that they had feelings for one another from a previous encounter, but I finished the book feeling like I wanted more.  Also, I could have done without some of St. John's "I'm not good enough" speeches.

I am always hesitant when a favorite series comes to an end because I don't want it to be over and I am worried that the conclusion won't meet my expectations.  Forevermore does a great job of finishing out the overarching storylines and gives readers a good final look at some beloved characters.  I look forward to reading whatever Kristen Callihan decides to do next!

"Because you, St. John Evernight, are mine. Whether you will it or not. Your heart and soul have been mine to keep since I climbed up that bloody tree to drive you mad. Mine to protect. And if you are bloody broken, then I bloody well will be here to help you put the pieces back together."
2016 Historical Romance Reading Challenge
2016 Spooks, Howls, and Fangs Reading Challenge


Ember (Darkest London, #0.5) Firelight (Darkest London, #1) Moonglow (Darkest London, #2) Winterblaze (Darkest London, #3) Entwined (Darkest London, #3.5) Shadowdance (Darkest London, #4) Evernight (Darkest London, #5) Soulbound (Darkest London, #6) Forevermore

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Freebie--Favorite Debut Novels

Hosted by the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.

For this freebie week, I decided to look at my favorite debut novels.  It was fun to look back at how I discovered some of these authors, many of whom have become favorites.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (YA science fiction)
Cinderella as a cyborg?  This was just the beginning of what became one of my favorite series.

The Raven Prince (Princes Trilogy, #1)
2. The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt (historical romance)
I read this debut historical based on a recommendation from Julia Quinn and I have been obsessed with Hoyt's unique style ever since.

A Bollywood Affair (Bollywood)
3. A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev (contemporary romance)
I fell in love with Sonali Dev's characters and beautiful writing from the beginning and am eagerly waiting to see what she does next.

Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk, #1)
4. Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster (steampunk romance)
This was a major surprise to me, but I fell head over heels for Blade and Honor's story.

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)
5. Across the Universe by Beth Revis (YA science fiction)
I'm glad I gave this sci-fi romance a try because the trilogy became one of my favorites.

In For a Penny
6. In for a Penny by Rose Lerner (historical romance)
Lerner definitely isn't afraid to change things up in historical romance and her first book subtly showed that.

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)
7. Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (urban fantasy)
Bones and Cat are my all-time favorite paranormal couple and their first story always makes me smile.

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers, #1)
8. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean (historical romance)
A super-relatable heroine, a sexy hero, and a fun plot?  Sounds like a great historical debut!

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
9. Soulless by Gail Carriger (steampunk romance)
This was snarky, hilarious, and super-romantic.  A great debut though I will admit that I still need to finish the series.

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
10. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (YA contemporary)
This was just so freaking sweet!  The Parisian setting was a bonus.

Monday, June 27, 2016

REVIEW: "Bayou Moon" by Ilona Andrews

Bayou Moon (The Edge, #2)
(The Edge #2)

Urban Fantasy
Berkley -- September 2010
Mass Market Paperback, 447 pages
Read in June 2016

Goodreads -- Author Website


The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Walmart and magic is a fairytale–and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…

Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one.

But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge—and Cerise’s life . William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation’s spymaster.

When William’s and Cerise’s missions lead them to cross paths, sparks fly—but they’ll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.

Alternate Universe, Forbidden Love, Revenge Plot

Bayou Moon is the second in the genre-bending Edge series and focuses on William, a wolf changeling who stole every scene he was part of in the first book.  I fell head over heels for William in On the Edge and his story did not disappoint.  The plot was engaging, the characters all felt like they could just jump off the page, and the romance was charming.

William is comfortable in his new life away from the Weird, but he still desires revenge against Spider, a powerful spymaster who once killed a group of changeling children.  So, when he is offered the chance to go after Spider, he jumps at the chance and sets off to the Mire, a swamp that is as magical as it is mysterious.  It is during his mission in the Mire that William comes across the Mar family and gets sucked into their own revenge plot especially as he begins to fall for the violent, but intriguing Cerise Mar.

I loved getting to see the development of both William and Cerise.  I was already a fan of William from book one, but this book allowed readers to get to know more about him and how he became the man he is.  I appreciated the fact that the writers do not skimp on the violence associated with his species, but balanced it out with kindness and a desire for family that just grabbed my heart.  And Cerise was just so kick-ass and determined that I wanted to be her best friend.  I really admired her ability to keep her family's finances in order and, of course, her skills with a sword.  William and Cerise are just fabulous characters who are great together.

The plot of Bayou Moon was just as action-packed as I expected from Ilona and Gordon.  Spider and his gang are killer villains and they make it very easy to root against them.  I loved the way that the feud the Mars are in bled into William's revenge mission and that it allowed readers to get to know the Mar family.  I am particularly interested in Cerise's cousin, Kaldar, who is smooth, roguish, but also seems to be hiding something.

I had a great time reading this book and am just so impressed with the quality of Ilona and Gordon's writing.  They really are the cream of the crop in the urban fantasy/fantasy genre and this series is another example why.

“Some women waited for a night in shining armor. She, apparently, had ended up with a knight in black jeans and leather, who wanted to chase her down and have his evil way with her.”
2016 Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge
2016 Spooks, Howls, and Fangs Reading Challenge


On the Edge (The Edge, #1) Bayou Moon (The Edge, #2) Fate's Edge (The Edge, #3) Steel's Edge (The Edge, #4)

Friday, June 24, 2016

TAKE MY MONEY: July 2016

Where I feature new releases that grabbed my attention in the upcoming month.  As always, release dates are subject to change.  All titles link back to Goodreads.

Once Upon a Moonlit Night (Maiden Lane, #10.5)
Once Upon a Moonlit Night (Maiden Lane #10.5) by Elizabeth Hoyt [7/5]
Historical Romance
Hippolyta Royle is running for her life. Pursued by hounds on a cold rainy night, the heiress flags down a passing carriage and throws herself at the mercy of the coach's occupant. Whoever this handsome traveler may be, he is her only hope to escape a terrible fate. But should he agree to escort her to safety, he's in for much more than he bargained for.
At first Matthew Mortimer doesn't believe Hippolyta's story, that she's a fabulously wealthy heiress who's been kidnapped. He assumes she's a beggar, an actress, or worse. But once his new travel companion washes the mud from her surprisingly lovely face, and they share a breathtaking kiss, there is no turning back.

A Duke to Remember (Season for Scandal, #2)
A Duke to Remember (Season for Scandal #2) by Kelly Bowen [7/26]
Historical Romance
Elise deVries is not what she seems. By night, the actress captivates London theatergoers with her chameleon-like ability to slip inside her characters. By day, she uses her mastery of disguise to work undercover for Chegarre & Associates, an elite agency known for its discreet handling of indelicate scandals. But when Elise is tasked with locating the missing Duke of Ashland, she finds herself center stage in a real-life drama.
Noah Ellery left the glamour of the London aristocracy to pursue a simpler life in the country. He's managed to avoid any complications or entanglements—that is, until he lays eyes on Elise and realizes there's more to this beautiful woman than meets the eye. But when Elise reveals her real identity—and her true feelings for him—the runaway duke must confront the past he left behind . . . to keep the woman he loves forever.

Where the Wild Things Bite (Half-Moon Hollow, #5)
Where the Wild Things Bite (Half-Moon Hollow #5) by Molly Harper [7/26]
Paranormal Romance
Delivering a rare book to a valued customer is definitely part of mild-mannered archivist Anna Winthrop's job description. You know what isn't? Protecting her precious cargo from mid-flight theft by the very pilot who is flying her to Half-Moon Hollow...while trying to appear as unappetizing as possible to the only other passenger, a vampire. Undead bookstore owner Jane Jameson could be waiting a very long time for her book. Possibly forever.
Fortunately, Anna's dashing fanged companion Finn Palmeroy helps her fend off the attack, but not before their plane crash lands in the forest hundreds of miles from civilization. Great, now she's stranded with a priceless tome and a rakish vampire whose bedtime is fast approaching. Why does everyone want this book so badly, anyway? Anna just wants to get it to Jane before Finn decides to turn her into dinner-or sweep her off her feet. Okay, the second option is really tempting. But they're not out of the woods yet...

Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss, #4)
Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss #4) by Nalini Singh [7/19]
Contemporary Romance
After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she’d finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn’t love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.
Abe knows he’s to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life – the sexy, smart woman he adores – breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love...even if he knows he doesn’t deserve it.
But can he convince Sarah – now strong and independent without him – to risk her wounded heart one more time?

Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? (Dukes Behaving Badly, #4)
Why Do Dukes Fall in Love (Dukes Behaving Badly #4) by Megan Frampton [7/26]
Historical Romance
Why do dukes fall in love?
Michael, the Duke of Hadlow, has the liberty of enjoying an indiscretion . . . or several. But when it comes time for him to take a proper bride, he ultimately realizes he wants only one woman: Edwina Cheltam. He’d hired her as his secretary, only to quickly discover she was sensuous and intelligent.
They embark on a passionate affair, and when she breaks it off, he accepts her decision as the logical one . . . but only at first. Then he decides to pursue her.
Michael is brilliant, single-minded, and utterly indifferent to being the talk of the ton. It’s even said his only true friend is his dog. Edwina had begged him to marry someone appropriate–—someone aristocratic . . . someone high-born . . . someone else. But the only thing more persuasive than a duke intent on seduction is one who has fallen irrevocably in love.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany [7/31]
YA Fantasy
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

Just Kiss Me
Just Kiss Me by Rachel Gibson [7/26]
Contemporary Romance
"Hello, Ms. Vivian . . . it's been a long time."
And with those words, Vivian Leigh Rochet nearly melted. It's been years since she last saw Harrison Whitley-Shuler. She was a teenager scrubbing houses for a living. He was the gorgeous son of rich parents, not fit for the likes of her.
Vivian had vowed to get out of Charleston, become a big Hollywood star, and stick it to the snooty girls who made her cry.
She got what she wanted—and more—but why does her glamorous life seem so trivial?
Harrison got out too . . . making it all the way to Wall Street, until a heart attack forced him to trade in his cufflinks for a good set of hand tools.
Making furniture soothes his soul, but escaping the Whitley-Shuler heritage is nearly impossible. And now he's come face-to-face with the one who got away. He's not looking for love. He's not even looking for sex . . . so why is resisting her the hardest thing he's ever done?

Chasing Impossible (Pushing the Limits, #5)
Chasing Impossible (Pushing the Limits #5) by Katie McGarry [7/1]
YA Contemporary
Tough and independent, 17-year-old Abby lets very few people into her inner circle. It’s common knowledge in her Kentucky town that she deals drugs, but not even her closest friends know why. But when a deal goes south and Abby’s suddenly in danger, she finds herself reluctantly forced to lean on daredevil Logan—a boy whose restless spirit matches her own.
Logan has his own reasons for wanting to keep Abby at arms’ length. But he never expected to find in her the one person who might help him face the demons he’s tried so hard to run from.
Together, Abby and Logan will have to make a decision: let their current circumstances weigh them down forever…or fight for the future they both thought was impossible.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

REVIEW: "Only a Kiss" by Mary Balogh

Only a Kiss (The Survivors' Club, #6)
(The Survivors' Club #6)

Historical Romance (Regency England)
Signet -- September 1, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Read in June 2016

Goodreads -- Author Website


Since witnessing the death of her husband during the wars, Imogen, Lady Barclay, has secluded herself in the confines of Hardford Hall, their home in Cornwall. The new owner has failed to take up his inheritance, and Imogen desperately hopes he will never come to disturb her fragile peace.

Percival Hayes, Earl of Hardford, has no interest in the wilds of Cornwall, but when he impulsively decides to pay a visit to his estate there, he is shocked to discover that it is not the ruined heap he had expected. He is equally shocked to find the beautiful widow of his predecessor’s son living there.

Soon Imogen awakens in Percy a passion he has never thought himself capable of feeling. But can he save her from her misery and reawaken her soul? And what will it mean for him if he succeeds?

Opposites Attract, Inheritance, Tormented Heroine

In Only a Kiss, the focus shifts to the only female member of the Survivors' Club.  Imogen is the widowed Viscountess Barclay and she has become a recluse ever since her husband's death while they were overseas.  This lifestyle is made easier by the fact that the new owner of her husband's family estate has not been there in years.  But, of course, Percival eventually does get it into his head to visit Hardford Hall and Imogen's life is thrown into chaos from the moment he arrives.

Imogen, as a heroine, is just fascinating to me.  For most of the series, she has been this stoic, frigid side character who rarely has any personality to her.  This book does a wonderful job of diving deeper into her character and why she reacted to her husband's death the way that she did.  The first few interactions between Percival and Imogen allow readers to see hints of the type of woman she was before she became a widow which makes her much more likable.  It is rare in a romance (especially a historical) where the heroine is the tormented, reclusive character and I thought Mary Balogh handled her development very well.

Percival is interesting as well.  He has led a charmed life and is very aware of that fact.  The catalyst for his character journey is when he gets drunk on his birthday and decides (on a whim) to visit Hardford Hall which he believes to be a desolate ruin.  When he arrives and realizes that there is a lot going on in Cornwall, he finds himself in the strange position of having a purpose in life which he apparently needed.  I loved Percival's vivaciousness and kind nature even though he did try to play the bored rake at first.  His development was not as striking as Imogen's, but he still learned that there is more to him than good looks and breeding.

It definitely took time for the romance to develop between Imogen and Percival.  Their personalities clashed at first, but constantly interaction forced them to re-evaluate their earlier impressions.  I liked how Percival's needling forced Imogen to break out of her self-imposed shell.  For her part, Imogen's plight gave Percival a new perspective on life and how he could improve Hardford Hall.  Like with most Mary Balogh books, the romance was slow-burning, but sweet and satisfying.  I especially appreciated the mature way that these two communicated about what they wanted from one another until their relationship got to a point where they clearly needed more than just a bed partner.

There is a secondary plot in Only a Kiss involving a smuggling ring surrounding Hardford Hall.  This brings about a sense of danger to the whole book and also provides balance to the romance.  I quite liked the fact that the smuggling had such far reaching effects on the characters even dating back to when Imogen's husband was alive.  The revelation of who was actually running the ring was pretty obvious to me, but I still found the way that the mystery developed to be entertaining.

This was another successful Survivors' Club book with the bonus aspect of the gender role switching when it came to the tormented recluse.  It was very easy to root for Imogen and Percival and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them find happiness with each other.  I can't wait to read Only Beloved which acts as the conclusion to the series and will feature the stately Duke of Stanbrook whom I have long adored as a secondary character.

“Living is not merely a matter of staying alive, is it? It is what you do with your life and the fact of your survival that counts.”
2016 Historical Romance Reading Challenge


The Proposal (The Survivors' Club #1) The Suitor (The Survivors' Club, #1.5) The Arrangement (The Survivors' Club #2) The Escape (The Survivors' Club #3) Only Enchanting (The Survivors' Club, #4) Only a Promise (The Survivors' Club, #5) Only a Kiss (The Survivors' Club, #6) Only Beloved (The Survivors' Club, #7)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

SERIES REVIEW: Society of Gentlemen series by K.J. Charles

The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh (Society of Gentlemen, #0.5)The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh (Society of Gentlemen #0.5) by K.J. Charles
M/M Historical (Regency England)
Loveswept -- October 27, 2015

The youngest son and the blackest sheep in his family, Lord Gabriel Ashleigh never imagined he could sink so low. Though he’s a notoriously bad gambler, he takes on the formidable but strangely alluring Francis Webster, only to lose everything: all his money, the lovely estate he inherited from his aunt, and any hope of future happiness. So it’s a shock when Webster summons him to a private game for a chance to win back his possessions. The stake? If he fails, Ash must surrender his body.
Francis has been waiting years for this moment. At Eton, Ash’s elder brother harassed him relentlessly. Now, consumed by lust and rage, Francis is only too happy to exploit Ash’s foolish indiscretions. But as Francis strips the magnificently built youth—first of his family assets, then his clothes—he begins to wonder whether he’s been plotting revenge . . . or exquisite seduction.
I will admit that I read this prequel novella after I read the other three books.  Ash and Francis are wonderful characters that always stood out in the Society of Gentlemen series so it was great to read about how they found one another.  Ash is a such sweetheart that I wanted to hug him at all moments even if he didn't always make the best choices.  Francis wasn't as developed, but I still liked his character.  Their romance was short and sweet...the perfect way to introduce the series.


A Fashionable Indulgence (Society of Gentlemen, #1)A Fashionable Indulgence (Society of Gentlemen #1) by K.J. Charles
M/M Historical (Regency England)
Loveswept -- August 11, 2015

When he learns that he could be the heir to an unexpected fortune, Harry Vane rejects his past as a Radical fighting for government reform and sets about wooing his lovely cousin. But his heart is captured instead by the most beautiful, chic man he’s ever met: the dandy tasked with instructing him in the manners and style of the ton. Harry’s new station demands conformity—and yet the one thing he desires is a taste of the wrong pair of lips.
After witnessing firsthand the horrors of Waterloo, Julius Norreys sought refuge behind the luxurious facade of the upper crust. Now he concerns himself exclusively with the cut of his coat and the quality of his boots. And yet his protégé is so unblemished by cynicism that he inspires the first flare of genuine desire Julius has felt in years. He cannot protect Harry from the worst excesses of society. But together they can withstand the high price of passion.
What a romantic and poignant story!  Harry and Julius are fascinating and complex characters who shouldn't work as a couple, but are just magical.  They each have problems that have to overcome in order to achieve their happy ending which it was a pleasure to watch them do so.  I especially enjoyed the portrayal of Julius and how it showed that appearances can be deceiving.  I also loved the way that the author portrayed the political environment of the era and mixed that into the larger love story.


A Seditious Affair (Society of Gentlemen, #2)A Seditious Affair (Society of Gentlemen #2) by K.J. Charles
M/M Historical (Regency England)
Loveswept -- December 15, 2015

Silas Mason has no illusions about himself. He’s not lovable, or even likable. He’s an overbearing idealist, a Radical bookseller and pamphleteer who lives for revolution . . . and for Wednesday nights. Every week he meets anonymously with the same man, in whom Silas has discovered the ideal meld of intellectual companionship and absolute obedience to his sexual commands. But unbeknownst to Silas, his closest friend is also his greatest enemy, with the power to see him hanged—or spare his life.
A loyal, well-born gentleman official, Dominic Frey is torn apart by his affair with Silas. By the light of day, he cannot fathom the intoxicating lust that drives him to meet with the Radical week after week. In the bedroom, everything else falls away. Their needs match, and they are united by sympathy for each other’s deepest vulnerabilities. But when Silas’s politics earn him a death sentence, desire clashes with duty, and Dominic finds himself doing everything he can to save the man who stole his heart.
 A Seditious Affair features a couple that really had me wondering how they would get their happy ending.  Silas ad Dominic are the epitome of an opposites attract romance due to their class differences and their political alliances.  But, when they are together, they are just so electric and really help one another become a better person.  I appreciated the way that politics were used as a background to the love story especially since it gave it plenty of conflict.  


A Gentleman's Position (Society of Gentlemen, #3)A Gentleman's Position (Society of Gentlemen #3) by K.J. Charles
M/M Historical (Regency England)
Loveswept -- April 5, 2016

Among his eccentric though strictly principled group of friends, Lord Richard Vane is the confidant on whom everyone depends for advice, moral rectitude, and discreet assistance. Yet when Richard has a problem, he turns to his valet, a fixer of unparalleled genius—and the object of Richard’s deepest desires. If there is one rule a gentleman must follow, it is never to dally with servants. But when David is close enough to touch, the rules of class collide with the basest sort of animal instinct: overpowering lust.
For David Cyprian, burglary and blackmail are as much in a day’s work as bootblacking—anything for the man he’s devoted to. But the one thing he wants for himself is the one thing Richard refuses to give: his heart. With the tension between them growing to be unbearable, David’s seemingly incorruptible master has left him no choice. Putting his finely honed skills of seduction and manipulation to good use, he will convince Richard to forget all about his well-meaning objections and give in to sweet, sinful temptation.
The perfect conclusion to the series with the enigmatic valet Cyprian and his grumpy employer finally taking center stage.  I am a sucker for a good employee/employer romance and K.J. Charles really delivered.  The physical attraction is clearly there for both guys, but their biggest conflict is figuring out how they can be part of each other's lives.  Richard worries constantly about his position forcing David to do his bidding while David wants Richard to respect him enough to trust his decision-making.  The other Society of Gentlemen couples also have prominent roles in this book as their ongoing feud with Ash's brother finally comes to a satisfying ending.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Favorite Releases of 2016 (So Far)

Hosted by the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.

Listen to the Moon (Lively St. Lemeston, #3)
1. Listen to the Moon by Rose Lerner (historical romance)
Marriage of convenience story between a valet and a maid.

Hamilton: The Revolution
2. Hamilton: The Revolution by Jeremy McCarter and Lin-Manuel Miranda (nonfiction)
I'm obsessed with the musical so this insight into its creation and the lyric annotations was right up my alley.

Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane, #10)
3. Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt (historical romance)
Reformed villainous duke who falls in love with his housekeeper.

The Hunter (Victorian Rebels, #2)
4. The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne (historical romance)
An assassin is assigned to kill an actress, but falls in love with her instead.

Magnate (The Knickerbocker Club, #1)
5. Magnate by Joanna Shupe (historical romance)
Gilded Age NYC romance between a steel tycoon and the lady who wants his help starting her own brokerage firm.

Kings Rising (Captive Prince, #3)
6. Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat (M/M fantasy)
Conclusion to an addicting trilogy that pits two rival princes together.

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles, #4.5)
7. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (YA science fiction)
Collection of novellas in the Lunar Chronicles world.

Six Degrees of Scandal (Scandalous, #4)
8. Six Degrees of Scandal by Caroline Linden (historical romance)
Second chance romance between a widow and a rake with a secret.

A Gentleman's Position (Society of Gentlemen, #3)
9. A Gentleman's Position by K.J. Charles (M/M historical)
Cyprian was a major side character in the earlier books in the series and it was great to see him finally get his happy ending...with his boss.

Us (Him #2)
10. Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy (M/M contemporary)
Ryan and Jamie's initial romance (Him) was great and I loved seeing them adjust to life as a couple.