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The Hidden Blade: A Prequel to My Beautiful Enemy (Heart of Blade Book 1)
The Hidden Blade: A Prequel to My Beautiful Enemy (Heart of Blade Book 1)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!!!, July 23, 2014
I finished it in one sitting... and cannot wait for the romance to begin in the next book!

Although it took a few pages to get used to the Chinese names/terms (even being Asian myself!), the story moved along seamlessly and quickly sucked me in. The Hidden Blade provides the back story for the hero and heroine (in their child to pre-teen years) who will appear as adults in Sherry's new book - My Beautiful Enemy. I think it is so clever of Sherry to write a prequel that allows her to explain in detail the events that shape the characters and the decisions they later make.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS

The hero and heroine do not meet in this book, except there is one brief moment (literally ONE sentence) near the end of the book in which the hero sees the heroine for a second, and then she disappears. The descriptions of the martial arts training that the heroine goes through with her master and the eventual fighting scenes that take place are beautifully depicted. And for the painful childhood and heartache the hero experiences... it is so gut-wrenching, that you cannot help but wonder how he will ever get past them.

END SPOILERS

I cannot wait for My Beautiful Enemy to be released! Highly recommend this prequel!


Mandarin of Mayfair (Georgian Romance)
Mandarin of Mayfair (Georgian Romance)
by Patricia Veryan
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
34 used & new from $0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars adventure and romance!, October 22, 2011
This book was so captivating. I agree with other reviewers that the entire League of Jewelled Men should be read in order to fully appreciate the final book! Especially since you get to experience the verbal repartee between Gwen and August from the beginning when they first meet in Time's Fool. I myself, went through the entire series and re-read all the scenes between Gwen and August.

Mandarin of Mayfair is definitely my favourite in the entire series. As August is the last to fall in love, you will enjoy seeing how he finally succumbs to it after constantly putting down his friends (other members of the Rossiter Preservers) for their "weaknesses". Gwen was a true heroine in her own right, and without her, August would not have been able to survive and complete his mission.

All the loose ends are tied up nicely in this book. You will get to revisit many of the other characters from the earlier books and will cheer for Jamie Morris when he finally has his happy ending.

Not to be missed - I ordered this from an used bookstore for around $4 USD.


The Heiress
The Heiress
by Jude Deveraux
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming! =), January 25, 2002
THE HEIRESS is definitely my favorite novel by JD. I've read many of her books, though many of them are excellent and carry a wonderful plot, the ending always seems to be written in a rush. Well... I can tell you that THE HEIRESS had a satisfying ending. The relationship between Axia Maidenhall and Jamie Montgomery was adorable, and really displayed true love. Jaime was chosen by Axia's father personally to bring Axia (who is a heiress - a really rich one in fact!) to her fiancé, but because he had never met her before he accidentally and quite naturally mistakes Axia's beautiful cousin and close friend Frances as the heiress. Well fortunately, Axia takes that mistake to her advantage and devises a plan to be Frances and for Frances to play along as the Heiress, that way Axia can finally have a taste of freedom along the trip. Sparks between Jamie and Axia totally FLY on the trip, and the two of them find themselves falling in love. But poor Jaime, he knows that nothing can happen between the two of them because he feels compelled to marry Frances, the heiress, for his family needs money desperately. Though Axia is afraid to tell Jamie the truth, not knowing if he would want her after she confesses, she is more worried that Jaime will only want her because of the money and then she will never be able to find out if he truly loves her.
This story is full of surprises (Axia's dad really surprised me in his behavior and actions, Toad - Axia's best friend, and even Frances' character grows) and full of humor!!! There are so many scenes I found myself laughing out loud!!! *when you get to the part where Axia is riding on a horse for the first time in her life, and how Jaime has to struggle to get her off the horse, you'll be wishing you had a box of kleenex beside you from all the tears pouring out of your eyes!!!* Enjoy!


Amanda Rose
Amanda Rose
by Karen Robards
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely irresistable!, January 24, 2002
This is another one of my favorite romance novels... I just simply adore Karen Robards' style of writing. If you feel like reading a book that'll take you on a wonderful journey with two passionate and unique characters, then AMANDA ROSE is definitely for you. Here's a brief review, but it is difficult to put in words the experience one receives when reading this enchanting novel. Set in the 1840s, between England and New Orleans, Matt Grayson is our handsome hero, who is sought after by the English police for a crime he didn't commit. He manages to escape a hanging but not without getting a shot in the side by the guards. It is Amanda Rose Culver, an orphan living in a convent, who discovers Matt's limp and battered body washed up by the shores near her convent. Though she knows the danger she's getting herself into, through her kind and sweet heart she rescues Matt and heals him. As the two get to know each other better, Amanda realizes that she's falling in love with Matt and Matt realizes how much he's come to cherish her and yearns to protect her with his life. But when one morning Amanda realizes that the authorities have found Matt's hidden place (a cave under the convent) she immediately runs down to warn him, but unfortunately for her she didn't know she was leading the authorities straight to Matt. Matt believing that Amanda has betrayed him manages to barely escape again. It is when Amanda, thinking Matt is dead, is ready to move on in life, she is captured by Matt's brother and is held captive on Matt's ship to New Orleans. It is there on the ship she comes face-to-face with Matt again. Matt treats Amanda horribly, but through it all Amanda realizes that she still loves him. How Matt gets over his misunderstanding, and how the two fall deeper and deeper in love, is so well-written by Ms. Robards that all the dialogue and scenes that take place will have your heart thumping and tummy fluttering! When you find out why Amanda was really capture and brought to Matt's ship, it'll have you hoping that there were more characters like his! This is a romance story not to be missed!!! It's incredibly romantic.


Educating Caroline (Sonnet Books)
Educating Caroline (Sonnet Books)
by Patricia Cabot
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious & Tons of Fun!!, November 15, 2001
Oh my! If the plot outline and the chapter one teaser that Amazon has provided doesn't excite you already, then I guess this book isn't for you!! ;) For me, all I did was simply read the plot synopsis and that got me on a yearning quest to get my hands on this book as soon as possible!
Lady Caroline Linford thought she had it all! Her only brother Tommy managed to live through an almost fatal incident, and she was engaged to the handsome hero, the Marquis of Winchilsea, who rescued her brother! What more could a girl have? Unfortunately for Caroline, all her dreams and hope abruptly ends when she finds her fiancé involved with another woman in an intimate act. Being a proper lady, Caroline chooses to keep this devastating secret to herself. That is until the fiancé of the lady's, Braden Granville appears demanding Caroline if she's seen his lady anywhere. Caroline, who has always been a horrible liar, decides to tell the truth, claiming that she saw his lady with a man, but of course does not mention his name. When Caroline breaks the sad news of her fiancé's treachery to her mother, her mother claims that Caroline needs to try harder to make the Marquis desire her in a way only a woman can. But sadly, Caroline doesn't know a stitch about lovemaking... so she seeks Braden for help...
For Braden Granville, he's earned his popular rank among London's society for two reasons: one - he's famous for his pistols and guns business and two - for his reputation as London's notorious Lothario. But well, nevermind that! He's on a serious mission! He needs to catch his unfaithful fiancé in an uncompromising act before he can call his engagement off. He knows that his fiancé has been disloyal but isn't able to get any proof whatsoever! So when Caroline comes seeking Braden for help in the love making department, and compromises that she'll be his witness in court, he takes full advantage of that deal. Of course, he never thought that he could fall in love with this "plain" girl that grows more and more beautiful every time they meet. Soon the two of them are spun in a web of passion, danger, and of course all-consuming love.
This novel is absolutely hilarious! Caroline's innocence and personality was a pleasure to read about! Her meaning of "lovemaking" and Braden's definition were so different that it was side-splitting! The way Braden looked at life was tons of fun! How the two fell in deep love was the sweetest treat to experience! These characters actually grow on you! It's about time we get to read more stories about Ladies who define the true meaning of being a Lady in the Victorian era, and a man who will do anything for the woman he loves. I look forward to reading more warm and fun books by Patricia Cabot! Have Fun! ;)


Warrior's Woman (Ly-San-Ter Family)
Warrior's Woman (Ly-San-Ter Family)
by Johanna Lindsey
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars *wonderfully FARDEN romantic!!!*, October 4, 2001
WARRIOR's WOMAN is the first novel i read by Johanna Lindsey AFTER i finished the whole MALORYS series. And you know what? I don't seem to be getting tired or sick of her writing - anytime soon for that matter! Warrior's Woman was a lot of fun, and carries a very interesting plot! Its setting is in the future and in the past! Kind of a mixture of time-traveling, and displays a cross-difference in culture, due to the interesting time periods Johanna Lindsey has chosen.
The book opens with our heroine Tedra De Arr, in the future setting... to be specific 2139. Lindsey makes a point of describing a lot of high-tech machines, and computers that do all the work for humans...including this really neat concept of a meditech (i think that's what its called) that "gives you a shower" without water, and it only takes 3 seconds! There are a lot of images of the kind of people living in that period, women and men who love to constantly have sex, and people are "born" not naturally though birth but more of the concept of stemmed-cell theory. Tedra works as security, also known as SEC 1, the highest honor! She's really cute, knows a lot of kung-fu and self-defense, and at the same time says the word "FARDEN" a lot, which honestly, i still don't know what it means! A problem arises, their government leader is kidnapped by the enemies, and its up to Tedra to save the day, but she needs help from people from other places, for the security people on her planet are disappearing. What ends up happening, is her personal computer "Martha' (who is absolutely hilarious!) sends her to another, get this, PLANET, which is actually, I would say..."back to the past". The time period... is let me just say is in the pre-historic times. Men are huge and have enormous muscles and fight with swords, and shields, and eat animals, with weird names. Here is where Tedra meets Challen, our handsome warrior! How they meet is absolutely amusing, and how they build their relationship is a delight to read! Moreover how Tedra learns about the differences between her time and the time period she's now stuck in, is entertaining, as well as looking from Challen's point of view. Oh! And of course the best part of all, is how the two fall in love. Especially since Challen is so stubborn and repeatedly says "warriors don't fall in love" is funny, since all he demonstrates is love and caring towards Tedra! And for sure there are a lot of stuff that happens, but i don't want to spoil a thing! All i'm going to say is that Challen goes back to the future with Tedra, and he helps her combat and win over the enemies.
A small warning: there is a lot of descriptive writing in Warrior's Woman, for Lindsey, I'm sure did her best in setting out the images of the different time periods for the reader. One might get bored from all the descriptions, but in my opinion I believed it enhanced the overall story of the book. Hope u Enjoy!


Just Imagine
Just Imagine
by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.77
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Imagine - not bad!!!, October 1, 2001
first things first: if this is your very first book you've read by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and you didn't like it - PLEASE don't give up on her books. She's an amazing author, full of wit and humor, has a super imagination and creates extremely exciting storylines. JUST IMAGINE was a satisfying read, SEP's only historical, and her very first novel. So you can imagine, that's probably why it doesn't fit up to her contemporary standards, or even up to your standards! Give it a try, if you like... i did, and i enjoyed the light read.
Read the book synopsis for the plot outline! Kit Weston is your everyday typical historical heroine... and she sure does remind me of Scarlet O'Hara. She's temper mental, stubborn at times, but definitely not one of those frilly-wily girls, and infact is very intelligent, witty and at the same time gorgeous. I can't agree more with the author, that Baron Cain was the perfect hero for Kit. He was the only one that was able to put a solid hand to her behavior and put up with her spoiled ways, (kinda reminds you of Rhett Bulter eh?) Set in the south, where the time period was a treat to read about, where the ladies were real feminine and the clothes and outfits were wonderful and fun to experience. Many interesting scenes, tons of arguments and sweet make-ups, and the ending was excellent! My favorite parts were when Kit was at boarding school, and SEP writes the transition of Kit from tomboy to a beautiful young lady. Very realistic, and another great part was when Baron sees Kit for the first time in 3 years, imagine his surprise! Well written by SEP.
so why 4-stars? maybe more in-depth characterization was required...more scenes between the hero and heroine that displayed true love, not lust then love, it could have been more convincing...and maybe after reading all of SEP's contemps, my standards were too high. I expected more of SEP's famous humour touch, but didn't find that many funny scenes in JUST IMAGINE. but all in all, it was a good read, and looks great in my SEP collection!
*must reads* her whole chicago football stars series - do not miss!!! ;)
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The Indiscretion
The Indiscretion
by Judith Ivory
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Fun, Fun 2 Read!, September 3, 2001
THE INDISCRETION by Judith Ivory is definitely a book that'll make you feel deep down good, and quite insatiable when you reach the end! Full of humorous dialogues and uncompromising events, THE INDISCRETION is a top-fun-filled romance not to be missed!
Setting: 1899, Devonshire, England
Lady Lydia Bedford-Browne, a beautiful, but very skinny lady (the author emphasizes this point quite a lot) of twenty-four, has finally found the freedom she's always sought. Three wonderful days on her own, which she intends to spend in London visiting a friend. On the way there, she takes a coach, and it is there we meet the hero of this fascinating story. Her only companion is an American rancher-looking type of guy, Sam Cody, but in actuality is a millionaire. He's beaten and bruised, and quite drunk, the reason for the previous situation is that he just saved a woman from being robbed, and as a result brings the explanation for the latter problem. Because of his heroic gesture, he has missed his wedding with the same bride, for the second time in a row! As they are riding along, the coach takes a wild turn, ends up crashing and leaving the two passengers really in the middle of nowhere. The place where they end up is known as the English Moor, and it is there, the two strangers really get to know each other, and really put their wilderness survival techniques to work. They end up spending four grand nights of passion and companionship, and are rescued by Lydia's maid the next day, whom Lydia was supposed to meet up with upon her arrival in London. Quickly Lydia and Sam make up a false story, to cover up Lydia's reputation, and from then, Sam and Lydia separate. Although Sam understands that Lydia is English, and that he is not noble enough to court a lady of her status (the Queen is her second cousin, and her dad is a Viscount), he still tries. But Lydia plainly states that it is not possible, and her parents will never allow her to marry an American. Well, all sorts of events occur, Sam obviously comes back into Lydia's life, and how, it's actually very funny and quite imaginative of Ms. Ivory! And how he begins to woo her again, is the best part of all. There's also a nice little glimpse of the romance between Lydia's parents, a little "different" or shall I say "unique" romance between her brother Clive and Barnaby, and of course Lydia's talent in archery that brings her a new Women's Archery Record.
The neatest part of this novel is the way Judith Ivory develops her characters. Lydia and Sam are just so much fun to read about! Lydia has two personalities, the real her is the one that Sam knows personally, and that is when she is her natural self, all passionate and open, then there is the snobby, yet still sweet Lydia when she is back at home, governed by the English society. As for Sam, well he's Sam! Always angry yet still silly, and messes up every "sentimental" situation he's in, even at one point, he humiliates Lydia terribly in front of all her friends and family, but gradually he manages to put Lydia's heart back together. Judith Ivory is wonderfully talented, and I also recommend THE PROPOSITION, another neat and sweet romance, between a lady and a rat-catcher.


The Princess Bride: S Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
The Princess Bride: S Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
by William Goldman
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humor, Adventure, Love, Revenge, Innocence, TPB has it all!!, June 16, 2001
Oh my, Mr. Goldman is one amazing writer!!! Full of humorous scenarios, characters, dialogues and one amazing imagination!! I can't wait to watch the movie version, and well, since the screenplay is also written by William Goldman, its gonna be excellent!! Anyway let's discuss the plot!!
Westley is a handsome farm boy who works for Buttercup (the love of his life) 's father. When Buttercup tells Westley that she is in love with him, he decides that it is time for him to go off to America and earn money so that he and Buttercup can settle down nicely. When he doesn't return, and gossip is spread by word that Westley has been killed by a pirate, Buttercup's heart dies too. She then is forced to marry Prince Humperdink. At this time, Buttercup is the most beautiful woman in the world, so it is not odd that a Prince would want her hand in marriage. As the days are counting down for the couple to marry, Buttercup gets kidnapped by three men. Scared, well not really scared, but worried as to how long this kidnap would take, a man in black comes to the rescue, however Buttercup does not really know this, since she is blindfolded. Well anyway, to get to Buttercup, the man in black has to surpass the three men - one at a time! First up is Inigo, one of the skinnest men out there, but an excellent fencer (he is the man that wants to revenge his father's death). A genuinely nice guy, honest, and sweet, just confused on who is the good guy in this case. Well anyway, the man in black conquers Inigo (does not kill him!!!) and moves on to the next man. Up next is Fezzik, a humongous giant, who is 100% innocent, and adorable. His strength is... well strength/power/muscle. He can knock down trees, and his arms will never get tired! Somehow, someway, the man in black surpasses him (I won't say anything it will ruin the plot!) And last but not least, is the man with the smartest brains. This guy is pure evil, not nice at all! Well the man in black is one courageous guy, and manages to outsmart him!!!! Amazing. after he saves Buttercup, she soon realizes who it is, and she is terribly happy, and soon they are trying to escape the Prince who is hot on their tail. They run into the swamp (a fire swamp - no one can get out of there alive) and come across many R.O.U.S (Rodents of unusual size), and how they still survive is wonderful and terribly romantic. However with honor and duty, Buttercup returns to Prince Humperdink, and the man in black, whom we now know is Westley is put in jail, where he is tormented by the Prince and his subordinate, Count Regen (the evilest man of all!!) How Westley and Buttercup find each other again is so sweet!! Inigo and Fezzik come back, save Westley, and all three of end up working together to beat the evil forces!!!
Can't say no more, read it! You will be glad you did!!!


Merely Married
Merely Married
by Patricia Coughlin
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than merely entertaining - this book was delightful!, June 15, 2001
MERELY MARRIED by Patricia Coughlin was an enchanting read from start to end. Not only was the plot line catchy, and interesting, the characters were also a delight to read about!
From the beginning you read about Adrian Deveanor, sixth duke of Raven, you'll quickly realize he is definitely a one-of-a-kind type of hero. Handsome, egotistical, conceited yet still at the same time, charming, he's really a man any girl would swoon for. As his name suggests, Wicked Lord Raven, he's well known among many as one of the ton's top-rated bachelors. Wanting to escape from all the nagging mamas, he and his friends come up with a, what they believe to be, brilliant plan for Adrian; he is to marry a lady, presumably dying, that way when he becomes a widow, the ton will be off his back and give him his own space as he deals with his "grief". Well this sort of lady they manage to find, and Lady Leah Stretton is the perfect match. Lady Leah was on her way to London, to prepare for her younger sister's coming out season, but managed to fall ill upon her arrival. Soon Adrian and Leah are married with Leah being semi-conscious throughout the whole ceremony. Two weeks pass, and Adrian has his first gathering at his house, with the ton's top gossipmongers and there he spills his whole marriage, and a made-up story of how the two met and courted, but the official death of Leah is still unknown to Adrian, so as a result, he still cannot publicly declare himself widowed. But imagine his surprise, when a very alive, energetic Leah appears at his home, and plays the role of his "wife" to perfection!
Woo-hoo, isn't Adrian in a fix now, for all his foolishness has caused him!!!!
Soon the two come up with a plan, Leah and Adrian will play the perfect husband and wife, until the end of the season, (by then Leah hopes her sister will have found herself a husband, and by using Adrian's great status as a duke, that should come easily), in which the two will have an annulment and Leah will return to her normal life. But as usual these silly plans never work out the way one wants it to, especially when the two realize in the end that they can't live without one another. But before that happens, Adrian and Leah must come up with enough courage to share with each other, the deep buried painful past they've both experienced in order for the two of them to achieve true love... how does this happen? You simply must indulge yourself in this funny, light and enjoyable read!
MERELY MARRIED is filled with hilarious dialogues, and as a reader, you can truly appreciate Ms. Coughlin's humor. Enjoy!


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