The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Smythe-Smith Quartet Book 4) by Julia Quinn

*****5 Stars*****

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I am a big fan of Julia Quinn, and I have been for at least 15 years (OMG!), so I usually pick up her latest books. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t read them with a critical eye, and the last 4 books she’s written I’m sorry to say, I did not feel were up to her normal writing standards– in fact, I wasn’t even able to finish them and I was starting to rethink my “must buy” strategy where she was concerned.

That’s why I’m really happy to say that I’m so glad she’s back in form with her latest book, The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy. This book was a really fun romp– a story about an on-the-shelf spinster that no one notices, and an nobleman who must wed immediately for mysterious reasons!

Do yourself a favor and do not read the spoilers for this book! I haven’t included any in my review, but trust me when I say it’s much more fun reading this when you discover Sir Richard’s secret at the same time as our heroine.  I won’t give anything away except to say that the secret is believable, and nothing I’ve read in a romance novel before– which is quite a feat! (My only, minor, quibble is that there is a fairly obvious solution to Sir Richard’s problem, and it annoyed me that Iris didn’t suggest it, but I can’t suggest it here without giving away his secret!)

Richard and Iris have great chemistry and I really believed the growing love between them and his reasons for choosing Iris. The secondary characters were fully fleshed out and had individual personalities– something I love about Julia Quinn is the way she is able to do that!

Though this book is on the pricier side– it’s definitely not a “Kindle Deal” at the moment– I found it to be worth the price.

If you love historical romance and regency in particular, check this one out– I think you’ll enjoy it!

 

Arrogant Bastard by Winter Renshaw

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****4 Stars****

I was very pleasantly surprised by Arrogant Bastard, by Winter Renshaw! This was not the usual take on the Billionaire/Bad Boy/Stepbrother trope!  Without giving too much away (it’s right there in the description) this is like Dangerous Liaisons crossed with the TLC show Sister Wives or the show Big Love. If you’re as obsessed with trashy TV as I am you’ll love this book as it takes you behind the scenes of a fundamentalist cult that is operating on the fringes of society.

The Hero and Heroine of this book take two different approaches to the limitations put on them by their religion– the hero chafes against them and rebels, and the heroine submits willingly… at least, she does until the hero–her new stepbrother— comes into her life.

Waverly and Jensen have a ton of chemistry, and even though Jensen is the very definition of a bad boy I was rooting for him.

The ending of the book surprised me– in a good way! I suspected something more might be going on with someone else in the household (don’t want to give away too much), and I can’t wait for the sequel to find out more.

This is a standalone, but it looks like it’s going to be the start of a nice series.

Alpha, Beta & Omega by Jasinda Wilder

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ALPHA by Jasinda Wilder

* * * * 4 Stars * * * *

I picked up a copy of this book because it was free and I needed to fill up my kindle for my upcoming vacation, but I had not otherwise heard of this author.  I immediately found the premise intriguing — A random stranger starts sending our heroine money… and then a year later he comes to collect on his debt.

This premise–and the mystery as to WHY the hero chose the heroine–kept me hooked and reading quickly to the end. The writing skills of this author had me picking up her next two books in the series– Beta and Omega. (Again, the premise of the plot of Beta intrigued me! Ms. Wilder knows how to write a good hook! Omega gives us a nice surprise with a secondary storyline that is very sweet.)

While the plots of these books are very intriguing, they are also a bit thin. If you like hot & spicy romance though that’s okay because Wilder pads out the plot with a lot (and I do mean A LOT!) of sex scenes. I didn’t even mind though because the scenes were original, unexpected, and very, very, very hot! This book is definitely not for those under 18! (And be sure you have lots of batteries handy close by, if you know what I mean...;-)

I give the entire series 4 stars– it would have been 3.5 because the plot was quite thin in the end (though filled out with lots of action scenes as well as sex scenes), but the quality of this author’s writing bumped it up to 4 stars for me.

(I did not receive any compensation or promotional copy from this author, nor is this author otherwise affiliated with this blog at the time of this writing.)