tiistai 17. heinäkuuta 2018

Victorine E. Lieske: Accidentally Married

Victorine E. Liesken hömppäromaani löytyi ilmaiseksi Applen iBook-sovelluksesta: Accidentally Married (Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014; ISBN 9781499606331).

Kirja on aikamoisen älyvapaa kaunotar ja hirviö -tyyppinen tarina, jossa teeskennellään naimisiin menoa ja muutenkin juonitellaan niin että käänteitä piisaa.

Madison Nichols, aspiring actress, is floundering. Her rent is due and she needs a job. Desperately. After getting a tip about an open position, she rushes to Jameson Technologies and meets CEO Jared Jameson. Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding, she is put in the awkward position of pretending to be his girlfriend. Not the job she was applying for. And when she finds out Jared lied to her to get what he wanted, she decides to get back at him. In front of his family.

Jared is stunned when Madison announces they are getting married. She pushed her revenge too far. How can he tell them it's all a lie? And when his sick aunt asks them to be married before she dies, Madison comes up with a hair-brained plan to hire an actor and stage a fake wedding.

What they both don't know is Jared's father has found out about the fake wedding. And he's got his own hair-brained plan.

maanantai 16. heinäkuuta 2018

Suzanne Enoch: Good earl hunting

Suzanne Enochin historiallinen viihdenovelli löytyy Helmetin e-kirjoista: Good earl hunting (Nancy Yost Literary Agency, 2012; ISBN 978-1-617-50860-8).

Kirjassa on kevyttä päähenkilöiden välistä sanailua riittämiin, mutta romaaniksi asti aineksia ei ole, eikä novellistakaan paljon mieleen jää.

Geoffrey Kerick, the Earl of Vashton, has had marriage-minded ladies flung at him for the past two years—since he inherited his brother's title and wealth—which is much less amusing than when they were simply flinging themselves into his bed for fun.

However, this particular invitation for a country house party in Devonshire he accepts with alacrity; because this time someone has caught his eye.

Theodora Meacham is resigned to being second; a second daughter, second in beauty, and a distant second in charm. Knowing that the irritating Lord Vashton is coming to Beldath Hall to woo her sister, Theo is, for once, quite happy to remain detached from the silliness. But Lord Vashton isn't preciselyt he boor she expects. Even more surprising, he seems determined to ignore her sister... in favor of her!

Can two people who are perfectly ill-suited find that two wrongs do make a right?

sunnuntai 15. heinäkuuta 2018

Karen Hawkins: The prince and I

Karen Hawkinsin historialliseen viihderomaaniin on sotkettu vähän kaikkea, skoteista prinsseihin: The prince and I (Headline Eternal, 2015; ISBN 978-1-4722-2904-5).

Kirjan juonesta iso osa on päälleliimattua höttöä, mutta mukana on jonkin verran omaperäisyyttäkin, esimerkiksi naispuolinen "skottilainen Robin Hood".

Never cross a Scot. Never steal from a warrior prince. And never underestimate the power of passion.

Lady Murian MacDonald Muir seeks revenge against the evil earl who murdered her husband and stole his birthright. She and her band of loyal retainers waylay the earl's wealthy guests to gain entry to Rowallen Castle - a master-plan working splendidly until she stops the golden coach of Oxenburg's warrior prince.

Gregori Maksim Romanovin is in Scotland on a critical diplomatic mission. Held at swordpoint by a 'man' dubbed the Scottish Robin Hood the battle-savvy prince senses something's amiss. Furious at her escape, he vows to track down the red-haired vixen.

But once Max hears Murian's tragic story he resolves to assist her - and a fiery battle blazes. Soon Max must determine where his loyalties lie: to his royal duties, or the spirited woman who has stolen his heart.

lauantai 14. heinäkuuta 2018

Victoria Alexander: The perfect mistress

Kirjastosta löytyy kaksi Victoria Alexanderin historiallista viihderomaania, ja nyt olen lukenut ne kummatkin: The perfect mistress (Zebra Books, 2011; ISBN 1-4201-1705-X).

Kirjassa on monenmoista juonittelua ja ihmissuhdesotkua, mutta pelin henki on selvä kirjan ensi sivuilta alkaen. Helppolukuista höttöä ilman sen kummemmin mieleen jäävää sisältöä.

Widowed Julia, Lady Winterset, has inherited a book--a very shocking book--that every gentleman in London seems to want. For a charismatic businessman, it's a chance to build an empire. For a dashing novelist, it could guarantee fame. But to a proud, domineering earl, it means everything.

Harrison Landingham, Earl of Mountdale, can't let the obstinate Julia release the shameless memoir that could ruin his family's name. But the only way to stop her may be equally sordid--if far more pleasurable. For his rivals are intent on seducing the captivating woman to acquire the book. And Harrison isn't the sort to back away from a competition with the stakes this high. Now the winner will claim both the scandalous memoirs and the heart of their lovely owner.

perjantai 13. heinäkuuta 2018

Elizabeth Hoyt: The leopard prince

Elizabeth Hoyt tarjoaa roolileikkejä ja sanailua historiallisessa viihderomaanissa, jossa perijätär ei halua naimisiin: The leopard prince (Grand Central, 2010; ISBN 978-0-446-61848-9).

Hoyt on taitava kirjoittaja, ja vaikka teos on höttöä, on se mukavan humoristinen ja kujeileva.

Legally Blonde meets Cinderella in this role reversal of a ditzy heiress who's against marriage - but who desperately wants an affair.