Romance Roundup

Title: Flashpoint
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Harlequin, 2008
Pages: 224
Rating: 3 stars

Brooke O’Brien has been a drifter all her life. Until she takes a new job in Cali as an EMT at a fire department and the sexy-surfer-boy-firefighter, Zach Thomas, catches her eye.  Brooke is a great character. She’s independent, smart, and physically fit. She holds her own on the job and in the bedroom. Zach harbors a conspiracy theory about a chain of fires in their district, and together they discover a deadly connection. She’s not a relationship person, but neither is he. Can they just enjoy their time together without getting serious? PUHlease. This is a romance novel.

Title: Lord of Scoundrels
Author: Loretta Chase
Publisher: Avon, 1995
Pages: 384
Rating: 3 stars

Sebastian Ballister is a notorious rake and scoundrel. He’s an imposing figure, which–in addition to his reputation as a hellion–makes him a person you’d do well not to cross. But Jessica Trent is sharp as a tack and beautiful and, boy, does she know men. She practically raised 13 boys and knows the male psyche through and through. And she better because Ballister gives her a run for her money. His past follows him around in quite a disturbing way, and makes Jessica wonder if she’s overestimated the man that she loves. Can she erase the pain and suffering caused by his parents and school bullies. Or is she destined to live a life of unrequited love? Don’t think too hard about that one :)

Title: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
Author: Sarah MacLean
Publisher: Avon, 2010
Pages: 432
Rating: 3 stars

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has frankly had enough with polite society. Being cordial to insufferable people all in the name of reputation has finally taken its toll on the 27(I think)-year-old spinster. She has a flawless reputation and she intends to sully it as thoroughly as possible. The first thing on her list is to be kissed passionately by the man she’s pined after for 10 years. But she can’t carry out the other things on her list without a willing partner in crime and to her amazement Gabriel St. John Ralston jumps to her aid. Could she be the woman who tames this infamous rake and the only object of her affection?

Ok, y’all know I’ve been on a romance novel kick lately. I can’t help it! I read them in like a day and that is incredibly satisfying!!

This time around, I thought I’d mix it up with a more modern romance (Flashpoint) and it was pretty good, but once again we have a heroine that can’t remember the last time she slept with someone (come on!). Plus, I have to admit that I liked my first Harlequin Blaze better.

Lord of Scoundrels was also pretty good, but comparing the love-interest to Lucifer got a little old. I mean I get it, he’s the devil incarnate. It was nice to have a male character that is insecure about his looks. He’s not the most handsome of men, but he’s got a rockin’ body and that’s all it takes to please Jessica Trent. He’s actually surprised that she wants to sleep with him, that’s a FIRST for me in a romance novel.

Nine Rules was odd. It started off too abruptly for my taste. However, I immensely enjoyed the fencing scene in this book and the fact that the heroine dressed as a man on several occasions to do something scandalous.

All in all a pretty solid round up, I’d say :)

About Natalie Ramm

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