Throwback Thursday-The Gift by Julie Garwood

Gift (Crown's Spies, #3)
Grade-C
Hotness Level-Blaze
Kink Level-No Kink
Series-Crown’s Spies #3
Genre-Historical
Reviewed by Kay
373 pages

This book was been on my to read list and then off again over and over. I saw it was at the library in Kindle format and thought, what the heck.

It starts when the hero was fourteen and the heroine was four. The King forced these two children into marriage because he was crazy and was sick of the two families fighting. Kind of like a milder Hatfields and McCoys type of feud. Nathan, the hero, is a Scot and the heroine, Sarah, is English. Her father signed the marriage contract for her since at her age she obviously couldn’t sign for herself. These two live seperately for years. Like fourteen years.

Nathan has made himself into a shipping magnate. He was an outlaw pirate for a while also but no more. He’s ready to get his wife into his life and pregnant with his heir. Over the years he’s never even looked in on her. Has no clue what she looks like. To him it doesn’t matter, she’s a means to an end. Knock her up and he gets the rest of the gift from the King from their marriage contract.

Sarah has always fancied herself in love with Nathan. At least her idea of him. She has grown up in an abusive household full of human vipers. She’s polite but semi reserved. When her aunt becomes a victim of family abuse, she becomes a bit more vocal. She breaks her aunt out of house imprisonment and the two try to flee London. When the man who orders her to let him help, she is skeptical to say the least. She totally flips out when she realizes he’s her husband.

This book was very cute. Very funny but I felt like they talked in all caps because they shouted at each other all the time.Truly shouted. The setting of the story mostly takes place on his boat and that is not my favorite thing but I pushed through. I liked the characters and the conclusion to the plot. The love scenes were frequent but not swoon worthy. I know the book was originally published in 1991 so I will give the bland love scenes a pass because of that. I enjoyed it but was expecting something more and better from what some call the legendary Julie Garwood. Undecided if I’d read more from her yet.

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Shipwrecked Seduction by Rosemary J. Anderson

Shipwrecked Seduction (MF)
Grade-C+
Hotness Level-Inferno
Kink Level-No Kink
Genre-Contemporary
Reviewed by Kate
Before we begin, please be aware that the publisher has tagged this book as “forced seduction.”
 
Jacob is a self-made billionaire and he holds Daisy’s father’s fate in his hands. When Daisy reluctantly approaches Jacob to help save her father, he agrees on the condition that she becomes his mistress.
 
This book has it all! We’re talking a virgin, a billionaire, a bargain, pirates, and a deserted island. How can this book fail?
 
I couldn’t get over the fact that Daisy, a 23 year old virgin, was quite schooled in the art of seduction. For being as sheltered as she was, I couldn’t help but wonder how exactly she knew so much. She falls for Jacob quickly, despite the nasty agreement. You’ve got to give a woman credit for being able to seperate mind-blowing sex from the contract she signed saying she has to provide sex.
 
Jacob was a rare billionaire that knew how to survive on a deserted island. I believe while attending the school of hard knocks he must have taken a course in survival, learning which things were edible and which things weren’t as well as how to construct a shelter with hardly any tools. He did ride the ass-or-not seesaw throughout the story. And generally ass-or-not seesaw riders are enough to make me hate a hero, but I honestly couldn’t get enough of Jacob.
 
If there was one thing that got on my nerves, it was both Daisy and Jacob’s attitude toward murder. Now I know that sounds funny and I’m not saying that they were pro-murder. It’s just that they were so anit-murder. We’re talking kidnapping, sex-hungry pirates. Jacob is prepared to kill Daisy if it comes down to it so she won’t have to suffer such a fate, but he’s not prepared to kill any of the pirates because that would be murder. They wouldn’t even think of killing any of the animals on the island for food.
 
Actually I enjoyed the crap out of this book. It’s one of those that I enjoyed more than I probably should have. I know it will be one that I will reread. If you enjoy reading about deserted islands, billionaires, virgins, and pirate villains, and you can ignore some outlandishness, give this one a try.

Lord of Temptation by Lorraine Heath

Lord of Temptation (The Lost Lords of Pembrook, #2)
Grade-B
Hotness Level-Blaze
Kink Level-No Kink
Series-The Lost Lords of Pembrook #2
Genre-Regency Historical
Reviewed by Kay
384 pages

This is the story of Lady Anne and Lord Tristan. Lord Tristan is known as Crimson Jack, captain of the Revenge. He and his brothers were held captive by their evil uncle. They escaped his clutches as young boys and each were forced to alter their lives. Tristan’s was to board a boat, which he did and made the sea his life. After he and his brothers made their way back into society, he fled back to the sea. He no longer fit in with the Ton and their expectations. They were also shunned by society.

Anne needed to say goodbye to her deceased fiancé. She hired Crimson Jack to take her to his final resting place. She kept this from Jack. His price for taking her was a kiss. She agreed so she could have her final goodbye and then re-enter society. She knew she needed to get a husband to please her father.

Tristan is a broken soul but finds his reaction to Anne, unsettling. He wants things he thinks he has no business wanting. He and Anne get to know each other a little on their voyage. When they part ways, he can’t quit thinking about her. He wants her, badly. They embark on a fling that leaves them both off kilter.

This was so enjoyable to read. Sweet and very passionate. Great primary and secondary characters you fall in love with. This was a balm to my soul as historical romance often is. I recommend this series to anyone who wants to read about broken and lost souls who find romance where they least expected it