Scoundrel's Kiss by Carrie Lofty, Medieval Historical Romance, 2010, Grade = B+
- The best read of the month. A deeply flawed heroine (an opium addict!) and a former warrior hero who hopes to atone for his past by hiding away in a monastery. Two challenging characters who...well...challenge each other, and the author throws in plenty of derring-do to keep the whole thing humming along.
- I'm glad I wrote a review for this over at TGTBTU because thinking back, I didn't remember a darn thing about this story - other than it takes place in Elizabeth I's court. Hero and heroine are lovers who find their lives complicated by their social standings. He has a ton of it, and her? Yeah, not so much. McCabe continues to write really interesting settings and dayum is this girl one of the hardest working writers in the romance genre! She's got a back-to-back-to-back trilogy coming out (via Harlequin Historical) starting in April and she's got two books as Laurel McKee (via Grand Central) also on tap for 2010. Holy cow!
- There was so much I liked about this story. The unusual setting, the "not fake" courtesan heroine, the creepy villain and a good grovel by the hero at the end. Unfortunately the Old School vibe of the story extended over into the mind-numbing Let's Not Talk To Each Other conflict between the hero and heroine. Ultimately these two frustrated me so much that I was damn near exhausted by the time I got to that "good grovel." If you really miss the Old School, this one is right up your alley - trust me.
- My first read for Keishon's TBR Challenge. Doctor hero in need of physical therapy after a gunshot wound meets his match when the physical therapist heroine arrives on the scene to kick his butt. Great characters, good communication, loved the Michigan setting, but felt the author really glossed over the heroine's eating disorder.
- A traditional read with some holy cow(!) erotic sex scenes that wasn't always my cup of tea, but was a solid read. Sheltered web designer heroine trades services with security expert hero when someone vandalizes the house she inherited. Enjoyed that the heroine was sheltered and "young" without being a moron. A strong Alpha hero who finds his life turned upside down when he assumes responsibility for his special needs younger brother. Lots of sizzle in this one and it should be a winner for those readers who enjoy both "traditional" category and erotic romance. Says me.