Monday, October 23, 2017

Review: The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman

The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman
Series: Playful Brides, Book 8
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Genre: Historical Romance
ISBN: 9781250121714
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Source: Publisher
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N

Can two star-crossed lovers come together―until death do they part?

Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride―ideally, one who’s also well-connected and well-funded…

Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the brother of her best friend, ever since she was an awkward, blushing schoolgirl. If only she had a large dowry―or anything to her name at all. Instead, she’s from a family that’s been locked in a bitter feud with Hart’s for years. And now she’s approaching her third London season, Meg’s chances with him are slim to none. Unless a surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark a rebellious romance…for all time?

Meg Timmons has been in love with Viscount Hart Highgate since she was a teenager, but she knows she’ll have to take drastic measures to get his attention. Not only are their families feuding, but Meg is a penniless wallflower and not the well-connected heiress Hart’s father wants him to wed. When she hears that Hart is determined to find a bride, Meg takes the plunge and asks infamous plotter Lucy Hunt to help her capture Hart’s heart. But even the best-laid plans have a tendency to go awry…

The Right Kind of Rogue is part Romeo and Juliet, part Cinderella, but manages to feel like its own story instead of a retelling of either. I adore Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides series and I’ve been highly anticipating Meg and Hart’s book, as heroines who are in love with their best friend’s brother is a favorite romance trope of mine. Yet while I liked this book – mostly due to Ms. Bowman’s writing style, which I enjoy – I didn’t love it like I wanted to.

Meg is a likeable heroine whose rather horrid family makes her a sympathetic heroine. She’s been infatuated with Hart for years, but though she explains why she falls in love with him, I’m not sure why she stays that way. Hart is a good man with some good qualities, but you have to get past the drinking and self-centeredness to find a hero worth rooting for. While I have no problem with a protagonist who starts out unlikeable (it gives them room to grow), Hart took way too long to finally stop being selfish and to appreciate Meg. Most frustrating of all, Hart never took an active part in his own story. Meg bends over backwards for him, and even though she makes mistakes, she tries – something Hart never does. I find stories where the hero and heroine would never have gotten together without tons of pushing from their friends to be frustrating. Which brings me to the third main character of The Right Kind of Rogue: Lucy Hunt. The Duchess of Claringdon (and the first Playful Brides heroine) feels like she has nearly as much page time as Meg and Hart. Lucy starts out as a fairy godmother type, but she turns into a veritable tornado, uncaring of the damage she causes so long as the end result is what she planned. While I like seeing past heroes and heroines pop up in a series (Sarah and Christian of The Legendary Lord were charming in this story), Lucy steals the spotlight in this book and that’s not a good thing.

While I did have some issues with The Right Kind of Rogue, I don’t want to make it sound like a bad book. Ms. Bowman’s light, effervescent style still shines and I was drawn into the story even when I wanted to shake Hart. The romance also has some sweet moments and there is definite chemistry between Meg and Hart. So while Meg and Hart’s romance wasn’t all I’d hoped it would be, I still adore Ms. Bowman’s writing and I cannot wait to read the next Playful Brides book.


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Entangled's Halloween Spook-tacular


No tricks here, just treats for you!

Entangled is excited to be celebrating our Halloween Spook-tacular here with you! What better way to celebrate Halloween than with some fun treats? So we've picked 12 not to be missed paranormal reads that you will want to load onto your e-reader and even better each is on sale for just 99¢!
So be sure to pick these up while they're on sale for this week only!


Gone With the Wolf

When CEO and alpha werewolf Drake Wilder discovers that his one true love is a secretary in his company, his primal instincts kick into overdrive. Free-spirited bartender Emelia Hudson wants nothing more than to make her Seattle-based bar succeed. Upon learning that her bar has become property of Wilder Financial, Emelia is determined to get some answers. When Drake’s twin brother senses that Drake has found his match—and now inherits their father’s billion dollar estate—he plans to take Emelia out. Drake vows to protect her at all costs, but he might have to pay with his own life.



  












       

Sex and the Single Vamp

Deacon is a patient vampire. He’s only loved one woman in over five hundred years— CiCi— and she chose another. So when she shows up in his office asking for help, he finally has the chance to lay that demon to rest. He’ll help her, but for a price—a night in his bed. But Deacon has a secret and when Cici is suddenly mortal again, his deception might be the only way restore her immortality. Can love bridge the gap between a heartbeat and forever?



 

 











 
 


When Danger Bites

Buttoned-up Corporal Kaitlyn Amador is dangerous on every level. Marine Captain Jax can survive the temptation for only so long before his wolf takes over and pursues what it wants.










 

 
 
 
 
 
 







Love Me to Death by Marissa Clarke

Love Me to Death


Up until the moment she's shot and left for dead, biologist Elena Arcos lived a pretty nondescript life. Now the “Slayer” Nikolai Itzov has abducted and pulled Elena into a world she never knew existed alongside her own. He's been sent to kill her before she transforms into the dark creature she's destined to become. Yet something in this notquite-human woman calls to Nikolai's blood. To his desire. To his soul. Now he must protect her...until she changes into the one thing he is sworn by birth to hate.











 
 
 

The Red Lily


The Black Lily needs a larger army if they are to defeat the vampire monarchy. In order to do so, former lieutenant Nikolai must seek help from the red-hooded temptress he needs to avoid, for the secret he carries could prove dangerous for her if she gets too close. But Sienna will do anything for the Black Lily…





 
 

 










 

Night Walker

After catching her fiance with another woman, the last thing Kate Bradley needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she’s drawn to him in ways she doesn’t understand. Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies re-emerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he’s ever loved again.




 
 

 
 
 










Damage Control

Leigh Alphin is captain of the Fighter Force of the battleship Valiant Knox. He’s honorable, straightforward, and hard as nails – except for the soft spot he has for his new recruit Mia Wolfe. Now that she's one of his new recruits, it’s imperative he stop thinking about her in that way. Neither of them can afford to make this mistake, yet desire takes hold, consuming them. For the first time, Leigh's iron sense of honor falters as his heart fights for love...and against an enemy trying to destroy everything they hold dear.






 













 
 

Bittersweet Blood

Determined to solve the mystery of who she is and why everyone wants her dead, Tara Collins hires Christian Roth to help her uncover the truth. But Christian is more than your average PI. A vampire and ex-demon hunter, he lives among the humans, but now a crazed demon hell-bent on revenge is hunting him down, a fae assassin is on the loose with an unknown target, and the Order he abandoned desperately needs his help. As Tara's secrets and Christians problems collide, they'll learn that some rules are meant to be broken.



 
 

 
 
 







Shifter Planet by D.B Reynolds

Shifter Planet


Determined to remain on Harp to learn its secrets and call it home, Earthling Amanda Sumner sets out to become part of the planet's elite Guild. While he wants the Earthlings gone, Shifter Rhodry de Mendoza is reluctantly drawn to the fierce and lovely woman who's determined to prove herself. The pair is thrown together in what becomes a fight for their lives. And they might just lose everything–including each other–in their battle for the right to live in peace.



 
 


 
 









Undying Destiny

Emily Ross just wanted a fresh start. She’s a survivor, coming off the tail end of an abusive relationship, and craves time alone to learn who she is and to save the home that holds her heart. The last thing she needs is a controlling, alpha male calling all the shots. Meeting Kenric might just change her mind, though. He is wrong for her in all the right ways. But in order to keep her heart from breaking, he has to keep the hordes of evil vamps from stealing her very breath.






 
 
















Waking Up Dead

Waking Up Dead

It's been two years since the virus first hit the country, and Jackson Hart watched almost everyone she loves die...or turn into zombies with an insatiable appetite for flesh. Luke Granger never expected to see another living human being, let alone that she'd be a fiery little thing who stirs his blood. Outnumbered by the dead, their only hope is to get the hell out of Chicago. Jackson and Luke finally have something to live for in a world Jackson and Luke finally have something to live for––if they can just survive the night.



 
 











 
 
 

All Bets Are On

Derek Wescott, Prince of Hell, has just made a wager that he can entice the sweet yet plain Jaclyn Reynolds into bed before midnight. But Jaclyn is determined that it will be a cold day in Hell before she ever gets into his bed. So Derek offers her a friendly wager: he'll give her $10,000 if she can resist him on their date. Because he'll do just about anything to ensure that Jaclyn is completely—and infernally—his...