Waiting On Wednesday : The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine where you have the chance to spotlight an upcoming release that you’re eagerly anticipating.

The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh

The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh (The Cynster Sistesr Duo #2)

By : Stephanie Laurens

Expected Publication : June 25th 2013

The 2nd in the Cynster Sisters duo, #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens thrills with this fantastic tale of a Cynster who’ll stop at nothing for love.

Lady Mary has been waiting years for this opportunity. Not that her sister has thrown off her spinster ways and become betrothed, it’s finally Mary’s chance for true love. She knows exactly who she wants –and it’s not someone as wild, unmanageable, and sinfully seductive as Ryder Cavanaugh.

Ryder Cavanaugh, Marquess of Raventhorne, had never met a woman who wouldn’t happily fall at his feet–or into his bed…until Lady Mary Cynster. But Ryder has made some decisiosn abotu his life and he’ll only succeed at being the man he wants to be with Mary by his side. And convincing her of that fact is just the kind of challenge he thrills at.

Three Schemes And A Scandal by Maya Rodale

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Three Schemes and a Scandal (The Writing Girls #3.5)

Enter the Regency world of the Writing Girls series in Maya Rodale’s charming tale of a scheming lady, a handsome second son, and the trouble they get into when the perfect scandal becomes an even more perfect match.

Scheme: A folly, a swan, a little lie . . . a compromising position

Lady Charlotte Brandon is always up to something . . . but somehow her best schemes for matchmaking often end in disaster.

Scheme: A family feud, outrageously false rumors, a shattered priceless vase . . . an even more compromising position

It’s no wonder she’s considered by at least one devastatingly handsome man to be devious, destructive, and dangerously appealing.

Scheme: A fox, a rabbit, a childhood foe, and a dashing rogue . . . the proposal to end all proposals

It’s high time someone turned the tables on the lovely Lady Charlotte, and James Beauchamp is just the man to do it. Even if it means beating Charlotte at her devious game with a scandalous scheme of his own.

Review :

4.5 stars/ 5 stars

My first book in “We Love Lisa Kleypas (WLLK) Year Long Reading Challenge “. I put this on my New Author category. Yes, this was my first reading experience with Maya Rodale’s installment. I’ve heard about her just about early this year (I knew there’s author with her name, but never knew about her works), and when I looked this book had bargain price I grab it fast.

This book was great, great, great!!!! It was sweet romance, funny story, captivating characters and well done executed. But I must admit, the hilarious factor was the biggest reason I picked this one. And what an enjoyable experience reading the story about The mischief Lady Charlotte Brandon and her childhood friend, James Beauchamp.

The book was part of The Writing Girls series but it could be read as stand alone. and it was only 100 pages. The story started in a Ball when Lady Charlotte was creating a scheme for her friend Swan Lucy (Lady Lucy’s nickname – the reason of her name was hilarious) to met the renowned rake, James Beauchamp. Charlotte was design herself as matchmaker for her friend. The scheme involve bribery, secret meeting, a folly, and a key. Charlotte was planning locked the two of them in a folly, with high expectation they will fall in love and happily ever after.

Disaster happen. Charlotte was the one locked with James in the folly. Their encounter was awkward because though they were childhood friend and partner in crime, but they never spoke to each other for years. It was the result of Charlotte’s pet rabbit death, due to James’s friend, Dudley, who roasted the poor rabbit. The incident drove them apart and ever since both of them no longer speak.

Luckly, Charlotte and James was saved from the doomed fate, marriage. They were escape by the high window – Charlotte was, with the dress off, only with her undergarment. Just said that their escaping scenes were LOL moments. Incidents follow days after, and again luck still on her side. But the second scheme, which involve library, drape, illicit encounter, book, and a KISS, made them realize their own feeling. And the third scheme, design by James, was the grandest of all which made Charlotte the happiest girl in the world J

Reading this book left you with smile and laugh. Such a sweet romance with wonderful characters. The story was well executed. It was smooth and poignant. With her great writing skill, Maya Rodale revealed and pealed each characters with every words. And with each words, she showed us the beauty of the era. Yes, there’s some typo, but didn’t bother me at all.

How about the characters? Wonderful. I loved each and everyone in the story. The hero and heroine were amazing. I love that type of heroine. Such a strong, brave, and unique person, more so for that kind of lady at that time. She was trouble, and people feared her. But fortunately she was duke’s sister, and her position made her impossible to hate.

The hero, James, at first wasn’t too lovable. He was such ordinary nobleman – ordinary in the terms of gambling, wenching, carousing, and drinking. And I must admit though I like him a lot but his characters wasn’t deep enough to made me feel him. Despite his imperfectness, he was perfect hero for Charlotte. He knew her. He understand her quirkiness and her need to made everything in life exciting. Dullness was death for her, and James know it.

Other characters were as engaging as the hero and the heroine. Charlotte friends, Hariette and Swan Lucy were great addition. The Duke and Duchess, were interesting enough to made me pick their story as my next Rodale adventure. And the ton. Maybe sometimes she exaggerated their attitude, but their antic totally hilarious for sure.

Overall, Charlotte and James scheming deserved your time. If you loved Julia Quinn’s books made yourself a favor and pick this author.

Happy Reading!!!

Waiting on Wednesday #6

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Here’s the book I eagerly waiting :

When She Said I Do (Worthington, #1)

When She Said I Do (Worthington #1)

By : Celeste Bradley

Publication Date : January 29th 2013

Caught in a rainstorm, Miss Calliope Worthington takes shelter in a seemingly abandoned mansion. But when she finds a string of pearls in a dusty chest, she is caught red-handed by the house’s reclusive owner—Mr. Ren Porter—a fiery demon of a man who demands that Callie pay for the necklace…with her innocence.

When he first lays eyes on the beautiful trespasser, Ren mistakes her for an angel. But when he realizes Callie is a thief, he strikes a bargain she cannot refuse. She must take his hand in marriage and pay him back in full: one night of passion for each stolen pearl. But when Callie surrenders to his desires—night after wicked night—he awakens something deep inside of her. Something powerful and passionate. Like a fairy tale come true, the monster she married has become the man she loves…when she said I do.

I always enjoyed Celeste Bradley’s historical romance . And finally she published the new series after long hiatus. Looking forward to read this new installment…can not wait until January 29th – and guess what, the same date as my birthday,,yay 😉

Lisa Kleypas : Janji Di Tengah Malam / Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways #1)

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THEIR LIVES DEFY CONVENTION
When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.
THEIR DESIRE CONSUMES THEM BOTH.
Wealthy beyond most men’s dreams, Cam has tired of society’s petty restrictions and longs to return to his “uncivilized” Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship – but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter.
Mine Till Midnight (Janji Di Tengah Malam) merupakan buku pertama dari seri Hathaways. Seri Hathaways milik Lisa Kleyas ini salah satu seri yang digemari oleh para pembaca historical romance. Bercerita tentang Amelia Hathaway, seorang wanita muda yang merupakan anak perempuan tertua dari keluarga Hathaways. Hathaways bersaudara kehilangan kedua orang tuanya dan secara tiba-tiba kakak laki-laki Amelia, Leo, mewarisi gelar Lord. Sikap Leo yang acuh tak acuh membuat Amelia menjadi “pelindung” bagi tiga saudari perempuannya. Kehadiran seorang lelaki gypsi yang penuh dengan pesona, Cam Rohan, membuat Amelia goyah akan pendiriannya untuk tidak akan pernah menikah.
Layaknya novel karangan Lisa Kleypas lainnya, buku ini menghadirkan karakter utama wanita yang kuat, mandiri, dan tidak terikat stereotype sikap seorang Lady. Karakter utama lelakinya pun tidak terlepas dari pakem novel roman, tipe pria alpha yang posesif dan keras kepala. Sikap keluarga Hathaways yang eksentrik membuat Amelia, wanita dengan sifat penuh rasa tanggung jawab menjadi tokoh yang menarik. Ketika dia harus menghadapi “keliaran” Cam Rohan dan letupan-letupan gairah di antara mereka. Hubungan Amelia dan Cam menjadi rumit karena tanggung jawab Amelia terhadap keluarganya, posisi baru keluarga Hathways dalam lingkaran bangsawan, dan juga kenyataan bahwa Cam seorang gypsi.
Kekuatan penceritaan Lisa Kleypas tidak perlu diragukan lagi, pembaca akan merasakan keterikatan emosional dengan para tokoh-tokohnya. Cerita ini bukan hanya tentang Amelia dan Cam, tetapi tentang keluarga Hathaways. Membaca buku ini akan membuat kita penasaran dengan cerita anggota keluarga Hathaways lainnya. Sayangnya kehadiran banyaknya karakter sekunder, membuat pembaca akan merasa kurang puas dengan cerita Amelia dan Cam. Konflik yang muncul pun serasa tak berkesudahan. Memang wajar karena ini adalah buku pertama tentunya pengarang berharap untuk menjelaskan segala lika-liku kehidupan tokoh-tokohnya, akan tetapi untuk kali ini Lisa Kleypas tidak semulus yang diharapkan dalam menghantarkan ide-idenya.
Secara garis besar buku ini layak untuk dikoleksi. Kekuatan para karakter-karakter dan jalan cerita serta deskripsi penceritaan yang indah merupakan daya tarik untuk menikmati roman satu ini.

(Review ini bagian dari kontes “2012 End of Year Book Contest“)

The Perfect Rake : My First Trial of Anne Gracie

    Fleeing violent tyranny, Prudence Merridew escapes with her beautiful younger sisters to London. One of them must marry—and fast. To act as her sisters’ chaperone, Prudence invents a secret engagement to a reclusive duke…But when the duke arrives unexpectedly in London, she needs his help to avert disaster.

    Aristocratic Gideon, Lord Carradice, a handsome rakish and with a strong frivolous streak, casually hijacks Prudence’s game, awarding himself a stolen kiss or three along the way. Used to managing sisters and elderly men, Prudence is completely out of her depth with a charming, devious and utterly irresistible rake. And her plot goes terribly—if deliciously—awry.

My Review :
The Perfect Rake is the first installment of Merridew Sisters series by Anne Gracie. It’s great book with humorous element. The book have strong characterization, both the H/h and also the secondary. There is strong issue here about abusive behavior and actually it’s in the border line of the dark side, but the author didn’t explore it quite heavily, therefore the story still very enjoyable.

The heroine, Prudence, is an older sister of 5 (all of them woman), orphaned when she was 11 years old and since then the siblings become ward of they grandfather, who were very cruel man. The hero, Gideon, is a rake among tons and have easy going personality in the outside but inside he is a very caring and protective person. When a rake fall, he falls hard. And Gideon fall deeply in love with Pru. He called Prudence by the nickname, Imp, a shortened of ImPrudence, because he thinks the name Prudence didn’t match the personality of the owner. Pru very attracted with Gideon but she was promised to another man when she was only 16. And also there is big secret who held Pru to her-so-called-fiancee.

Hilarious factor of this book is existing by the bantering between Pru and Gideon. And the most interesting thing is the plain jane heroine. Yes, Pru is not a drop dead gorgeous lady, but describe as an ordinary woman – not pretty seems very harsh. Even though everyone agree, but in Gideon eyes Pru isn’t plain at all. She is beautiful – that is what Gideon always say.

Unfortunately, I’m not attached and engage with the story and the character like I hope to. Like I said before, there is abusive issue here. When I feel that’s it should have a very emotional one – the beating scene was cruel and quite sadist IMO – the author attempt to lighten the issue. Somehow as a reader I became emotionally detached by the scene, and as a result I’m not involve with the story, that’s why I only give this book 3++ stars.

“I am not a rake anymore. There is only one woman in the world for me: my Prudence.”