The Heiress in His Bed by Tamara Lejeune

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I was disappointed in Tamara Lejeune's latest, The Heiress in His Bed. For those of you who are not familiar with the writing of Ms. Lejeune's, her books are what I would call screwball comedy. Sort of like the screwball comedies (movies) from the 40's and it takes a talented hand to write them, in fact I think comedy writing is probably one of the hardest to write. And, that's why I'm disappointed with this book. I liked her previous writings and found that her debut novel was hysterical, but this one just doesn't go there. Plus, it has one of my pet peeves, ye' olde mistaken identity. I realize that mistaken identity happens a lot in screwball comedy, but in this case it wasn't funny.

The reason this book doesn't get an F, is that the first half of the book is pretty good, but then Viola runs away to the country and all of these characters show up for what is supposed to be farce. But, it was just too forced. And, I thought Julian (the hero) was mean or stupid and not funny.

Can't recommend this one, if you want to read a screwball comedy, read her first book Simply Scandalous or better yet watch my all time favorite screwball movie "My Man Godfrey" with Carole Lombard.

Time Period: Regency, I think
Place: England
Sensuality: Hot


Bound By Your Touch by Meredith Duran
Last year Meredith Durah debuted with the novel The Duke of Shadows, which I loved. This year she has two, Bound By Your Touch and next month Written on Your Skin. I gotta tell you, she is rapidly climbing as one of my favorite authors. Bound By Your Touch is a joy to read!

This seems to be a familiar plot, the bluestocking spinster and the ne'er-do-well rake. However, it's not. There is a real development of the relationship between Lydia and James; their conversations are often humorous, often moving and filled with intelligence. They both have well-written problems with there fathers and their sisters. And, Lydia isn't a doormat, although at times she does come close, but she has something a lot of doormat heroines don't have and that is anger. I also found her reaction to the possibility of her father's villainy to be real, I think that I would react the same way. The family relationships in this book were really quite interesting.

There is also a secondary character named Elizabeth, who is James childhood friend. Very interesting character, and I hope there is a story about her or more later about her. She's a drunk and not at all discreet about her lovers, and very complex. In fact, there are a number of complex secondary characters in this book and the loose strings are not tied at the end.

I'm really looking forward to the next book.

PS ignore the jankey cover. And, I only knew the time period because of a rather amusing bustle scene.

Time period: 1880's
Place: England
Sensuality Rating: Hot


Four Dukes and a Devil, an anthology
Oh the novella or anthology or whatever. Why do I try? This one, Four Dukes and a Devil had five short stories by Cathy Maxwell, Elaine Fox, Jeanene Frost, Sophia Nash and Tracy Anne Warren. Cathy Maxwell, Sophia Nash and Tracy Anne Warren I'm familiar with and my favorite author out the group is Cathy Maxwell.

True to form, the Cathy Maxwell story The Irish Duke was my least favorite of the group, it just had the short choppy feel to it. The Irish Duke, didn't like

The Duke that Came to Dinner by Elaine Fox, this was a contemporary and as we all know I don't read contemporary. However, this one I liked and I thought it had some really cute funny things going on in it. So for those of you who read contemporary, maybe you should give Elaine Fox a try.

Devil to Play by Jeaniene Frost: the paranormal in the group. This was a DNF for me, it seem connected to other books and was way too involved in paranormal/demon worlds for me. Didn't like.

Catch of the Century by Sophia Nash: This one was my favorite, the characters were funny and the story was well written for a short story. And , characters from other books showed up. Good story!

Charmed by Her Smile by Tracy Anne Warren: I enjoyed this story also, although the bad guy was a silly plot and I it would had been a whole lot better if the characters were allowed more space. Should have been a full novel, it would have been so much better.

I'd like to say this is my last anthology, but I know it won't be. Overall there were three out of five that I liked and one was a contemporary. Who'd of thunk it!.

Time period: Various
Place: Various
Sensuality Rating: Hot


Don't Tempt Me by Loretta Chase

Warning: Feisty Heroine alert!

Don't Tempt Me by Loretta Chase was an interesting read for me. Interesting because Ms. Chase has the dubious honor of writing one of my all time favorite books, Lord of Scoundrels. So, I always have high expectations when one of her books is released. When I started reading this book, I thought, Oh Boy, another witty, funny, play on word romp. But somewhere along the line, it turned into a darker story and was a little disjointed.

The plot of the story isn't complicated and there are two distinct parts. In the beginning we see Zoe re-enter London society after being locked up in a harem for twelve years, and Lucien's fight against his attraction for her. In the second part an attempt on Zoe's life is thrown in. I'm not sure why, because honestly I don't think that particular plot device was needed and it distracted from the development of the romance between Lucien and Zoe. And, believe me, these two really had some problems to overcome...her fear of confinement and his fear of loving someone. And, yes his fear of loving someone is a standard romance cliche, but in this case, we really feel the fear. And, that was some good writing. I think the problem I had with this book was that it should have been either a funny book or a dark book, but not a combination of the two.

So, my final thought is that this book is written really well, with Ms. Chase trademark repartee, I just wish there had been more of it. This is an entertaining book, but there are really no new surprises.

Oh, and even though I'm not a big feisty heroine fan, I didn't feel that Zoe was a stupid feisty heroine (except for one part..if your life is being threatened don't sulk,) so for the most part I could live with her being feisty.

Time Period: Regency
Place: England
Sensuality Rating: Hot