Spirit of the Knight By Debbie Peterson

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RATING: 5 Out 5 Stars

Mariah Jennings has been hired to paint a thirteenth century castle for an upcoming showcase. After reaching her new home for the next 6 months, she never expected it to be already occupied by a ghostly knight by the name of Sir Cailen Braithnoch and his entire fiefdom… But what is even stranger then meeting a castle of ghostly knights, is that she has seen Sir Cailen Braithnoch before, ever since childhood….
Sir Cailen Braithnoch has never been so entranced by a woman like he is with Mariah Jennings… And Mariah Jennings has been in love with him since the first time she sketched his form on paper… And after their first encounter their feelings just keep getting stronger. And as time goes by, Mariah discovers that Cailen and his fiefdom aren’t your ordinary ghosts… And that dark magic may have been involved….
Will Mariah and Cailen be able to find the clues to figure out the events that transpired when they died? And will they have their Happily Ever After?
I had the privilege of reading an ARC copy of this book and I wasn’t disappointed. I truly enjoyed reading this book. The story was well thought out, leaving no holes or leaving any unanswered questions by the end of the book. It was a fun storyline and I enjoyed every minute I read and wished I didn’t have to put it down to go to work, run errands, and etc..
I liked every last one of the characters. Mariah is one of my favorite heroines I have read in a book. She never backed down even when her fears played with her emotions, and she saw things through until the end. Cailen was an absolutely dreamy character, and makes me want pack a bag and go visit a thirteenth century castle to find him!!! And I loved how their relationship kept budding from page to page.
The knights of Cailen’s fiefdom were really fun, and it is shame that only few were able to make their presence really known in the book, because they were a bunch of fun and mischievous boys. But who knows maybe some of them will have their own story told?
I think Evan was really written well and the saying goes “never judge a book by its cover”.
This was really a fun book for me to read. I enjoyed it a lot more, because it didn’t have all the swearing and graphic sexual content that many books have nowadays, but I did enjoy the few steamy kiss scenes between our hero and heroine!!

 

**And On A Special Note:

The Wild Rose Press has released “Spirit of the Knight,” exclusively to Kindle Select, with an expected world-wide release date of July 9, 2014, in all ebook formats as well as print.

Get it @ Amazon

 

Moonbeam & Roses By Stephanie Payne Hurt

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Rating: 4.5 Stars

Sara knew Wes since they were kids, but they didn’t become very good friends until they reconnected at a neighborhood social event when they were older, especially since Wes is a cowboy and he follows the horse shows. So he wasn’t around for a few years, but after they reconnected they got reacquainted and become closer, and Sara has secretly been in love with him most of her life. When their relationship was about to embark at a turning point and become something more, Wes decided to take a job working on a ranch in Montana…
After hearing that Wes moved on with someone else after he left, Sara was heartbroken. So she wrapped herself in her art work, and eventually Brooke, her agent and best friend, decided to set her up on a blind date, and after meeting Quinn, they hit off quite nicely, though she was still in love with Wes. When things with Quinn started getting serious, a tragic accident happened, and Wes drives down to be with the one woman he loves and couldn’t forget. But when Sara wakes up, and discovers she is blind it will take fate to bring Sara and Wes together…

This book was written in a different format then I am used to, but fortunately it didn’t distract me from the story. The book was a fun read, I liked that it didn’t have any swearing and that the sexual content was just suggestive and didn’t go into details. I liked that Wes and Sara knew each other when they were kids and when they got older that they got to know each other and build their relationship, instead of diving head first into it. Wes’ character is every girls dream come true, in the way he treated Sara and took care of her, as well as doing everything in his power to help her get through this obstacle in her life. I enjoyed that they were different, him being a cowboy, and Sara being an artist, and being able to involve themselves in each others life without the characters getting frustrated or having it tear them apart. Sara was an admirable character. I like that she was true to her feelings for Wes, and though she tried to move on, she did it only because she thought Wes moved on and wasn’t going to come back to her. And when she lost her sight she tried to stay strong and to get the help she needed just in case she didn’t get her eyesight back.

This book was an enjoyable read and was just the right length. It wasn’t long and drawn out, and it had a great pace to it. I look forward in reading more from Stephanie Payne Hurt if her others are like this cute western romance.

The Wicked Wallflower (Bad Boys & Wallflowers, #1) by Maya Rodale

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Rating: 4.5 Stars

Lady Emma Avery had high hopes in her first season. She was hopeful that she will have a whirlwind romance and find a husband that loves her, and one she loves just as much. After meeting Mr. Benedict Chase, she thought all her wishes have come true… But now she is in her fourth season and though she loves Benedict, and is sure that he feels the same, he still hasn’t proposed. After the opening season’s ball her friends, Lady Olivia Archer and Miss Prudence Payton went to her room with a bottle of Sherry, and after a couple of glasses Olivia and Prudence put it into there heads to send a proposal announcement to the newspaper, but if they were going to do it, why should they settle for Benedict and decided that they might as well make it a proposal announcement of Emma with the most eligable bachelor….

Blake William Peregrine Auden, the ninth Duke Of Ashbrooke never thought of getting married. He has women falling at his feet, and some have dubbed it the Ashbrooke Effect. But when he sees the notice in the paper, he decides to play along with it, so he can better is reputation among the ton and his Aunt Agatha, who is the most important family member to him, and decides to go meet his future, if not-real bride, Lady Emma Avery. After he meets her and finds that his charms don’t work on her, he sets out to seduce her…

But what neither one expected was the attraction they had for each other or the growing camaderie they gain. It makes Blake wonder if he is ready to marry for real, and it makes Emma question who she truely loves, Benedict the man she has been in love with for the past three seasons, or Blake, the one that makes her want to be the woman he sees in her…

This was a great start in the “Bad Boys & Wallfowers” series. I enjoyed Blake and Emma’s story. I liked how they got to know each other throughout the book, even though they had an unorthodoxed start. Blake was an absolutely fun, dreamy character. I especially liked when Blake realized he was falling for Emma, and thought it was utterly romantic how he tried to make their whirlwind romance real, by what they had written in the letters they fabericated. And though at the beggining of the book, Emma didn’t hold a strong impression with me (after all who falls in love with someone they just met, unless your one of Disney’s heriones), as the story drew on her character grew on me and I was able to see how she evolved from the influences of Blake and Aunt Agatha, into a fun character. I especially liked how she took matters into her own hand to prove to Blake that she loved him and wanted to be with him.

I am looking forward to Olivia and Prudence’s stories. We didn’t really get to know their characters since they were breifly mentioned and when they were mentioned it was only when they were helping Emma with this or that, so I am looking forward to see what their personalities are like and who the gentlemen are that will when each of them.