Four Nights With a Duke by Eloisa James #Review

victorian horse racingMia Carrington has been in love with Vander Septimus Brody, Duke of Pindar, since her painful teens. In Four Nights With a Duke by Eloisa James, Mia knows that the action she is about to take will make him hate her forever but she can’t find any other way to take care of what needs to be done other than to blackmail Vander into marrying her. Vander has always felt bad about how he treated Mia when they were in their teens but that doesn’t give her the right to come to his house demanding that he marry her immediately.

I was so excited to get Vander’s story after really liking him in Three Weeks with Lady X and I feel like Four Nights With a Duke just didn’t quite deliver. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great moments and fabulous, FABULOUS, secondary characters (I adored the drunk great uncle spouting Shakespeare, with only Mia realizing he was quoting the bard and not just being crazy) and the initial scene between Mia and Vander were painfully awkward and well done. BUT (and is a big BUT) I ended up not liking Vander very much and I really didn’t like his treatment of Mia. I get that one of the great tools for a romance novel is mis-communication between the characters but it felt like Vander was just constantly mean in what he said to Mia and how he treated her and I struggled to understand why she would keep going back to him. I get it, the sex was great, but sex alone is not enough to fulfill someone and goodness knows that all Mia wanted was to be loved for herself. I also felt like Vander was unnecessarily crude during the scene where Mia is approaching him to marry her, he was a Duke raised from birth to treat ladies a particular way and I just feel like it was a bit out of character for him.

I did love Mia’s character, I loved that she was a secret novelist and loved the wink Eloisa James gave to other contemporary historical authors Julia Quinn and Lisa Kelypas “P.S. I include herewith not only Miss Julia Quiplet’s works, but a new novel written by Mrs. Lisa Klampas, which I believe you will enjoy.” And I really loved the reference to a Julia Quinn character who was an author “Another Author she knew had caused a character to be pecked to death by pigeons. Pigeons?” It is a stand alone novel but I recommend reading Three Weeks With Lady X before reading Four Nights With a Duke just so you understand the relationship between Vander and Thorn. Four Nights With a Duke is a good one time read but I doubt that I will be rereading it like I do with most of Eloisa James’s other novels.

There is some use of the “F” word.

You can read an excerpt here.

Desperate Duchesses Reading Order:

Desperate Duchesses

An Affair Before Christmas

Duchess by Night

When the Duke Returns

This Duchess of Mine

A Duke of Her Own

Three Weeks with Lady X

Four Nights With The Duke

four nights with a dukeRating: Star 3copy

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Title: Four Nights With a Duke

Author: Eloisa James

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

AISN: B00JBETURA

Publisher: Avon Romance

Release Date: March 31, 2015

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Jane Slayre by Charlotte Bronte and Sherri Browning Erwin #Review

As you can imagine from the title, Jane Slayre by Charlotte Bronte and Sherri Browning Erwin is a retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre only with paranormal creatures added. Is this humorous retelling Jane is the daughter of vampire slayers being raised (after her parents are killed by vampires) by her vampire aunt and three vampire children. I have to admit the scene where her cousin John attacks her takes on a whole new level of scary when you add in the fact he could easily drain her blood.

I enjoyed that Erwin kept the original story line for the most part, light gothic elements and truly a story about Jane coming of age and staying true to who she was. The one place, interestingly enough, where I felt like Erwin deviated from the original story was how there was some discussion about souls or minds being linked across distance in the original Jane Eyre. For example there were the twins who were part of the house party at Mr. Rochester’s that the doctor was there asking them questions, truly believing that souls could communicate across distance. So this one paranormal element that was in the original story, was left out in the new paranormal version of the story. I just that it was amusing that this was where Erwin deviated from the original, other than the one moment that Rochester calls out for Jane but it felt slightly out of nowhere especially considering all the other paranormal elements.

If you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies I think you will be entertained by Jane Slayre. I giggled through quite a bit of it (I mean really, zombies with bits falling of them while they are performing their tasks as servants) and appreciated the additions of the truly gothic elements. If you are expecting a more serious retelling of Jane Eyre you are better off just rereading the original but if you are interested in an entertaining couple of hours then Jane Slayre is a fabulous choice.

You can read an excerpt here.

Rating: Star 4copy

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Title: Jane Slayre

Author: Charlotte Bronte and Sherri Browning Erwin

Format: Paperback,  eBook

Page Nos.: 402

AISN: B003E7WJJQ

Publisher: Gallery Books

Release Date: April 2010

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

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Buzzfeed recently had a great post about 21 books-to-movies coming out in 2015.  There are many I am excited to see (Seventh Son and The Jungle Book) there are some I definitely won’t be seeing (that’s right, I’m looking at you Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride, if I wanted a main character I like to die then I would just read The Game of Thrones series). And there are several I am intrigued by and may or may not see (Moby Dick never seemed as exciting when I suffered through it in college as In the Heart of the Sea). 

Are there any movies coming out this year that you are super excited for? Besides the obvious Hunger Games and Divergent?!

When I Fall In Love by Lynn Kurland Review

Jennifer McKinnon has had enough, after her apartment in Manhatten gets broken into for the fourth time she is ready to concede that there are no knight in shining armor remaining and maybe, just maybe, a change of scenery will let her figure out what she wants from life. In When I Fall In Love by Lynn Kurland, Jennifer travels to England to spend time with family and roam the hills and castles.  But things get a little too real when Jennifer unexpectedly finds herself in medieval England, about to be burnt as a witch.

Nicholas de Piaget is a Knight without peer, chivalrous and one of the best swordsmen in England (second only to his father and older brother Robin), Nicholas is tired of the parade of women his grandmother has brought all wanting his lands and his title but not wanting him. When he saves the beautiful Jennifer from burning he has his suspicions about where, or more importantly when, she is from. Can he get past his fear of her leaving to see if they can hav e a meaningful connection or will he let his fear ruin his chance at happiness?!

I have to admit this was a reread for me. I love Lynn Kurland’s unsugarcoated view of how things really were during the middle ages. Jennifer is great if a little timid for me but it is Nicholas, who we got to know in the previous de Piaget novels that I really love. My biggest issue with When I Fall In Love is it feels like it takes a quarter of the novel before the story really starts moving. It is well worth a read but I kept feeling like smacking Nicholas upside the head to get him to start getting to know Jennifer and move the plot along. While there is some reference to sex in When I Fall In Love, it all happens after the couple are married and it is NOT descriptive which is why I gave it a four heart instead of five.

When I Fall In Love is an interesting cross over of Kurland’s de Piaget story line and her MacLeod’s story line. Obviously Nicholas is the second son of Rhys de Piaget and Jennifer is the sister of Victoria in Much Ado In the Moonlight.

You can read an excerpt here.

De Piaget Reading Order

Another Chance to Dream

If I Had You

Dreams of Stardust

When I Fall In Love

The Christmas Cat (novella)

One Enchanted Evening (you can read my review here)

This is All I Ask

The More I See You

From This Moment On

Tapestry (anthology)

Stardust of Yesterday

Till There Was You

One Magic Moment

All For You

Dreams of Lilac

The MacLeods Reading Order:

A Dance Through Time

The Very Thought Of You

Veils of Time

A Knight’s Vow

Opposites Attract

Christmas Spirits

My Heart Stood Still

A Garden In the Rain

Much Ado in the Moonlight

When I Fall in Love

With Every Breath

Till There Was You

Roses In Moonlight

Rating: Star 4copy

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Title: When I Fall In Love

Author: Lynn Kurland

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 464

AISN: B001RH5FUA

Publisher: Jove

Release Date: April 2007

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica