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Review: The Rogue’s Proposal by Jennifer Haymore

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Title: The Rogue’s Proposal

Author: Jennifer Haymore

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

Release Date: 19 November 2013

Source: eARC via NetGalley

 

From Goodreads:

Lord Lukas Hawkins, the rakish second son of the House of Trent, has never found a wager he couldn’t win or a woman he couldn’t seduce—until his search for his missing mother leads him to a mysterious encounter with a beautiful stranger.

Luke’s mother has been missing for months, and while his honorable older brother Simon, Duke of Trent, leads the official investigation from London, Luke sets out on a somewhat seedier path. Sources have told him his mother was last seen with a scoundrel named Roger Morton, but their association isn’t clear. Was she kidnapped or did she go willingly?

While searching for Morton, Luke meets Emma Anderson, a secretive beauty with her own reasons for hunting Morton. At first Luke laughs at the idea of allowing a woman to join him in his search, but soon Emma’s insights into Morton—like the woman herself—prove impossible to resist.

 

Luke and Emma are brought together by devastating circumstances that each are facing on their own. Luke is on his quest to find his mother while Emma is trying to restore her father’s fortune and health and both of them need to find one person that can give them the answers they seek. And so begins a journey that took them to places both familiar and new and to heightened desires and awakened feelings.

 

In the beginning, I liked them enough but I had a hard time connecting with them. Although I wanted to know how they will go about their quest I wasn’t as invested in them as I would have liked to be. I was wondering why I felt this way about them when slowly but surely, they began to share more of themselves with the readers. And so as I got to know them better, the more I grew invested in what will eventually happen to them. And even I was surprised by the depth of my sympathy with them, especially Luke.

 

Birth secrets and cruel parents are almost de rigueur in the makings of a wounded hero of the story and from the start I have accepted that this was going to play a part in Luke’s story. But I had somehow taken this for granted and didn’t realize until the second half of the book the extent of what Luke had suffered through when he was but a child. And for the first time, I began to truly understand why he was the way he was.

 

Emma was a revelation to me, especially in the latter part of the book. She didn’t stand out as much in the earlier parts but what endeared her to me, without a doubt, was when she defended Luke most bravely and emotionally to his siblings. I mean that scene alone was, for me, worth reading the whole book for. It had me crying because of the powerful emotion that that scene evoked not just for the readers but for Emma’s characterization as well. Simply put, it was grand and beautiful.

 

The story was wrapped up well and the HEA of our hero and heroine was sweetly done. I appreciated the fact that amid all the mystery and the action that their journey brought them, at the center of it all is still their story together: how they shared themselves with each other, not just physically but emotionally and how they healed each other in many ways through acceptance and love.

 

I haven’t read Book 1 of this series so I don’t really know anything about Trent or the rest of the Hawkins family but I can’t wait to read more about them now. The eARC I received contained a teaser chapter for Jennifer Haymore’s next book and it features Sam, Luke’s older brother. And I can’t wait.

 

Ratings: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

 

About the author:

JenniferHaymoreJennifer Haymore grew up in California and on the Big Island of Hawaii. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in Education from UCLA. Before she became a full-time writer she held various jobs from bookselling to teaching inner-city children to playing bit roles in soap operas.

You can find Jennifer in Southern California trying to talk her husband into yet another trip to England, helping her three children with homework while brainstorming a new five-minute dinner menu, or crouched in a corner of the local bookstore writing her next novel.

Learn more about Jennifer Haymore via her Website, Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter accounts.

 

 

 

 

It’s Monday: What are you reading? (2)

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. It’s a great opportunity for bloggers to post what books they plan to read for the week.

I recently received approvals from some of my requested ARCs from NetGalley so I’m lining them all up for my TBR list. Here are few that are on the top of my list and there summaries from Goodreads:

 

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The Rogue’s Proposal by Jennifer Haymore

Melting Ms. Frost by Kat Black

All Fired Up by Kate Meader

Turned by Virna DePaul

 

 

 

The Rogue’s Proposal by Jennifer Haymore

Lord Lukas Hawkins, the rakish second son of the House of Trent, has never found a wager he couldn’t win or a woman he couldn’t seduce—until his search for his missing mother leads him to a mysterious encounter with a beautiful stranger.

Luke’s mother has been missing for months, and while his honorable older brother Simon, Duke of Trent, leads the official investigation from London, Luke sets out on a somewhat seedier path. Sources have told him his mother was last seen with a scoundrel named Roger Morton, but their association isn’t clear. Was she kidnapped or did she go willingly?

While searching for Morton, Luke meets Emma Anderson, a secretive beauty with her own reasons for hunting Morton. At first Luke laughs at the idea of allowing a woman to join him in his search, but soon Emma’s insights into Morton—like the woman herself—prove impossible to resist.

 

 

Melting Ms. Frost by Kat Black

When Aidan Flynn walks into Cluny’s Restaurant, he can’t take his eyes off his new flame-haired boss, Annabel Frost. With his heart set on seducing her, Aidan can think of nothing but getting beneath her cold exterior.

Known as one of the toughest women in the business, Annabel is impervious to Aidan’s many charms, and his grey-eyed gaze and lilting Irish accent do anything but captivate her.

But Aidan knows there’s more to Annabel than meets the eye. And he’s not going to stop until he reveals all…

 

 

All Fired Up by Kate Meader

Her sweetest mistake . . .

Cool as a Chicago winter, private events planner Cara DeLuca is a model of self-control . . . until she meets the one temptation she can’t resist: Shane Doyle. The sexy, Irish pastry chef is too hot, too sure, too young, and after a crazy night in Vegas – her new husband. While at first Cara wants nothing more than a way out of her sham marriage to Shane, she soon finds that beneath his farm boy demeanor lies a man who can match her drive, both in and out of the bedroom. How can the wrong guy feel so deliciously right?

. . . Tastes so, so good

Shane has carefully structured his career and life around one goal: connecting with the family that doesn’t know he exists. Marrying a woman with more issues than a magazine stand wasn’t part of the plan, but melting Cara’s icy exterior is so worth the detour. Now as the annulment date nears and long-buried secrets are revealed, Shane will have to fight for the one thing guaranteeing the perfect life he craves . . . the current Mrs. Shane Doyle.

 

 

Turned (The Belladonna Agency #1) by Virna DePaul

Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand.

Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden.

But there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules.

Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As a recruiter for Belladonna, a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, Ty must tap Ana Martin, a troubled ex–gang member and one of the few mortals who can infiltrate places that his kind and the law cannot. From their first encounter, Ty fights a hunger to make Ana his own.

When Ty claims to have information about Ana’s missing sister, Ana has no choice but to trust this captivating stranger who awakens her deepest desires. But as she and Ty climb the heights of pleasure and passion, an enemy is conspiring to destroy them both.

Can Ana help Ty find his humanity in a love that could heal them both, or will their passion lead them into a darkness impossible to escape?

 

 

This is my first time reading these authors but I’m really excited with these book summaries. I’ve actually started Jennifer Haymore and I can’t wait to read the rest.

 

What about you, guys? It’s Monday. What are you reading? I’d love to hear from you.