Sunday, March 31, 2013

Lover Be Mine by Nicole Jordan + 2 Featured Freebies

Lover Be Mine (Legendary Lovers, #2)
When Lord Jack Wilde's cousin tries to match him with Lady Sophie Fortin, he isn't too thrilled by the prospect since Sophie's family has long feuded with the Wildes. Nevertheless he attends a masquerade ball in disguise and when he meets Sophie, he's drawn to her. The attraction is mutual-until she learns who he is. Angry that Jack has tricked her into lowering her guard under false pretenses, Sophie declares she doesn't ever want to see him again. But then Jack shows up in unexpected places, driving her crazy with his seductive advances. She doesn't want her parents finding out that she even knows him, let alone succumbed to his passionate kisses. If her father discovers Jack courting her, blood could be shed. Yet, Sophie still wants him and realizes that in order for the star-crossed lovers to be together, they must try to somehow settle the bitter feud between their families once and for all.


My Rating: 4/5

Wonderful! Lover Be Mine was a lovely historical romance, a truly enjoyable read.

I wondered how the author would make a Romeo and Juliet based romance work, but she definitely made it happen. I recognized some scenes that were directly based off a a scene in the play, like when Sophie and Jack meet at the ball. But, the author put her own spin on the story and it worked out very well.

Sophie was a wonderful heroine. My one issue with the book was that, for the first half, Sophie came off as a passive character. It wasn't a huge deal, but it was frustrating. However, after that first half, Sophie comes up strong. She decides to fight for what she wants. After that, I really liked Sophie. She was very likable and admirable in her determination.

Jack was amazing. He was so perfect. Sweet, determined, willing to do whatever is took to win the woman he loved. What more could you ask for in a hero? He was just utter perfection. I thought it was so sweet he knew early on that he wanted Sophie and was determined to win her over and make sure her parents approved of the match for her sake. I adored him and I'm sure many other readers will, as well.

Sophie and Jack were great together. Though they got off to a rocky start, their relationship grew quickly. And it was clear whenever they were together that they were perfect for each other. Though they were a mostly sweet couple, there was a sprinkle of spice to keep things interesting.

The plot moved quickly. I was completely absorbed right from the first page. The ending was lovely-a sweet, perfect romance ending.

Lover Be Mine was a top notch historical romance. Lovers of the genre, you have to read this.

*Thanks to Edelweiss and Ballantine Books for a copy!
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Featured Freebie:
Today, I have 2 historical romances for you, one that I read and really enjoyed and another that sounds great: By Any Other Name by Kathryn Loch and Price of Desire by Lavinia Kent. Go forth and get them for free!

1)
When Micah de Montfort's uncle, the man that raised him, tries to kill Micah in his rebellion against King Henry, Micah's faith in family and love are destroyed. Two years later, now a loyal knight to Henry in his attempt to make up for his family's history, Micah is ordered to take back Appleby Castle from the Scots who raided and captured it, killing Baron Liulf and his family. Micah is surprised to find that the Baron's only daughter, Kate, is alive, but had been imprisoned in the dungeon and badly mistreated. Micah helps Kate recover, both physically and emotionally, but Kate's existence threatens the barony that King Henry promised to him. Henry gives Micah the choice to send Kate to a convent and take the barony himself or marry Kate. Not wanting to imprison and betray Kate again, they agree to marry, but Micah continues to battle the emotional demons from his past. As Micah and Kate learn to care for each other, Micah begins to wonder if his dreams of love and family could possibly come true after all if he could learn to have faith in others again. But the Scots plot to regain the castle and Kate and there is a traitor in their midst.

2)
A Military Hero and a Despairing Wife . . .

Captain Wulf Huntington and Rose, Lady Burberry, become lost in pleasure on an anonymous afternoon and evening caught in time.

But reality intrudes sooner than either thought possible when both learn the other’s true identity and all the reasons why their love cannot be. He must return to military life and she to the only life she knows.

Until . . .

Years pass and now the widowed Rose seeks another husband. At a country house party organized to meet eligible men, an angry Wulf intrudes. He wants answers from Rose, answers she is not willing to give. Will past betrayals and secrets keep the lovers apart or will they come to embrace a love for all time?

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