Series: The Duke's Sons #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on 01/05/2016
Nathaniel Gresham, the handsome Viscount Hargove, lives a life devoted to familial duty. As his father's eldest son, Nathaniel's identity remains the "heir to the Duke of Langford." But this quiet, restrained life changes the minute he marries sweet Lady Violet Devere.
Oppressed by her family all her life, Violet is longing for her marriage vows to be spoken. Though her arranged marriage to Nathaniel was not a match made for love, they're both looking forward to the comparative freedom of married life. And Violet is determined to show Nathaniel how to enjoy it, both in and out of the bedroom.
I’ve read this author before and enjoyed her books plus the premise sounded good on this one.
The opening pages started out so fun with this hilarious introduction to Nathaniel and his brothers who pull a wedding morning prank on him. The book introduced the rest of the players in this story, their situations, and then it just sort of fizzled out for me so at about 25%, I skimmed. Nada. It just did not draw my interest or seem like a romance. So, I called it and I’m moving on.
In the beginning, I was okay with learning that Violet had led a repressed life so she saw this marriage of convenience as an opportunity to gain some freedom and cut loose while Nathaniel saw it as doing his duty by marrying for friendship rather than love since he couldn’t find love during the several society seasons he tried looking.
But then, this pair just went their separate ways, pursued their separate pursuits, and I didn’t really care. Violet came across more as a petulant teen rather than a twenty something with her immature actions and need to cut loose with little thought for consequences. Nathaniel was nice, but he was preoccupied with family. There was just no chemistry to me and I felt like I was waiting for something to happen that didn’t.
So, no, this one didn’t work out for me. I didn’t hate it other than being annoyed with Violet, but I was not into it at all.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing this book for review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Published by Avon
Released on May 29, 2012
She’s 33, unmarried, and stuffed into a Bubble Yum pink bridesmaid dress. And the whole town wants to fix her up with anyone with a dental plan...
Who’s going to rescue Sadie Hollowell now? Everyone in Lovett, Texas knows Sadie has always been a ‘notional’ kind of gal. She got a notion to leave town ASAP and never visit her daddy (bless his heart). Now, she’s back and got the notion to invite a good-looking, hard-muscled, total stranger to her cousin’s wedding. Better a stranger than some of the losers she’s dated.
Vince Haven got his muscles the hard way -- as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan. He’s staying in Lovett to visit his crazy aunt -- the proprietor of the local Gas N Go. Before he can get the heck back out of the small town, his aunt makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Maybe he’ll stick around Lovett for a while. Maybe he’ll make a ‘go’ of the Gas N Go. Maybe he’ll rescue Sadie out of that pink dress!
My first time trying this author, but not my first rodeo with small-town Texas light romance. I was eager to dive in and have some fun and it started that way. The quote-able Sadie Jo was a hoot as this bird of a different feather was headed back to her hometown for a family wedding and encountered the smoldering hot former Navy SEAL by his broken down truck.
Rescue Me is book three in the Lovett Texas series. The hero’s sister was a previous books heroine, but this one stands fine on its own.
So, I was loving this one until I wasn’t. I got 25% in and then set it aside and had no trouble walking away to do other stuff and read other books. This one has all the elements I usually enjoy and I was already smiling and laughing over some quote-able lines in the first chapter. But then, I felt things start to slog and get irritating.
I’m pretty sure it is a mood and not the book because I was starting to get annoyed with piddling things that don’t normally get to me and losing interest even when there were things that would normally keep me reading. Sadie is adamant (me thinks she protests too much sort of adamant) against everything about her small town, her happy singlehood, and has trouble with her emotionally unavailable father. The continuous focus on her single-ism by the people in Lovett, Sadie’s putdown of the community, and I struggled with Vince, the hero, who had the tough guy who doesn’t do relationships, too. On the other side of the coin, it was just setting out some of the plot threads with Vince’s business opportunity with his aunt’s convenience store and finding a purpose and Sadie’s dad’s collapse and their chance to connect.
So, I’m stopping for now and I’ll pick it up later when I’m more in the mood to appreciate it. Those who enjoy small town contemporary light yet spicy romance should take a look-see.
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