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The Bridal Quest, by Candace Camp
After her father's death, Lady Irene Wyngate vowed she would never marry. Her alcoholic father terrorized her family while she was growing up, and Irene determined she would rather remain a spinster than to put herself at the mercy of a man, even if that meant enduring the whims and self importance of her brother's wife, Maura. Fate, and Gideon, the Earl of Radbourne, however, have something other in mind.
Gideon, who had been kidnapped as a child, survived on the streets of London never knowing his good breeding. His uncle, the Duke of Rochford, manages to find him, Gideon no longer a child, but a grown man and successful businessman. Of course, the 'ton' hesitates to accept him, as he lacks the refinement they deem appropriate, but Gideon's Aunt Odelia believes everything will be remedied once Gideon marries well. She enlists the help of successful matchmaker Lady Francesca Haughston, who allays with Gideon in his quest to woo the resistant Lady Irene, believing in the power of love to conquer the nightmare of the Lady's childhood.
Camp adds additional interest to her story by conjuring the mysterious events of Gideon's abduction amid his difficult adjustment to life as the new earl. Lady Irene is a delightful female character, not something fellow broads hear me say often. The author gives her intelligence, common sense, and a great wit, writing superior dialogue in the exchanges between well written characters. Her heroine remains constant throughout the novel in her convictions, and it was wholly appreciated by this reader. The supporting characters played integral roles in Camp's story, their personalities able to shine without stealing the spotlight. Focusing on romance rather than sex, Candace Camp creates delicious tension as Gideon and Irene interact with one another; their obvious attraction suppressed beneath heated verbal sparring and increased by watchful observations. The Bridal Quest, is the first novel by Camp this broad has read, and I will describe it as absolutely wonderful! It is sure to please a broad looking for a great romance.
Fantasy Writing, Vampires, And A Dash Of Romance...
The title of this book is somewhat deceiving as the story is told from Michael Allen's perspective. Beginning with his normal young adult life in Chicago and taking the reader through his brutal transition to vampire, this novel continues into the present day where our hero leads a solitary life. Haunted and tortured by the memories surrounding the night he was bitten, Michael maintains a lonely existence, fighting against 'The Beast' and hating the very nature of what he is.
When Michael begins hearing a strange voice and finds himself inexplicably drawn to Kiara, a local young woman with a life almost as strange as his own, a longing takes root deep inside him - a longing that could end in disaster. What Michael doesn't know is that Kiara has secrets of her own, some she doesn't even know she keeps. Together, Michael and Kiara discover the peace of self-acceptance through their unconditional acceptance of one anot…
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB
at Should Be Reading. Here's how it
Grab your current read Open to a random pageShare two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that
page.BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you
share does not give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for
others!)Share the title & author too so other TT participants
can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 10 Men, Alexandra Gray
I've not started this novel yet, but it intrigued me as I browsed my local library's shelves. The reviews vary widely, so I imagine this will be a 'loved it/hated it' sort of read. Here's a teaser to get us all started, and I'll post a review when I've finished. We'll see how this Broad rates this controversial read.
Pg. 1 - 'It is one of the wonders of the twenty-first century that a beautiful, brilliant and broad-shouldered man could reach almost forty …
I know, I know. You've probably been wondering where we have been. Well, truth be told, your guess is as good as mine! Wandering around the corridors of reality and looking--in earnest--for the emergency exit. Real life has a way of derailing our engines and putting them on a completely different track.
During the spring, my kids happened. From sports to plays, the driving is endless. During the summer, my kids--again--happened. Though, in Hartford, Hereford and Hampshire hurricanes hardly ever happen. (Sorry about that, I had a moment.) In the fall....do we see the pattern here? Good. So, between the kids' activities and school, hubby's work, my work, still remodeling the house, and my newest occupation as college student, I have very little room on my plate for cookies. But damn-it, I like cookies. I would love to roll naked in cookies! Only metaphorically, I have no wish to explain those crumbs at the next gynie visit. That, ladies, is called thin…