Oh yeah, I'm spoiled already! These past few days, I've been reading like a madwoman, just to get through my pile of books (freshly bought in January).
The best thing of all is that I've had 3 keepers in a row! So I take it I'm a bit spoiled in that section ;-)
- She's No Princess, by Laura Lee Guhrke (I read this one in Dutch, with the title De Perfecte Kandidaat, which means: The Perfect Candidate)
- Passion, by Lisa Valdez (in English)
- Untouched, by Anna Campbell (also in English)
She's No Princess 9/10:
This book has the best heroine ever! Hahaha, probably because she is so very much like me. I really could relate to her. And she was just so, well yeah, ME.
I've never had that with a book before, really.
She, Lucia, is the daughter of an Italian prince. Well, see, my father was Italian too, though not a prince, heh. And so Lucia and I share that Italian temperament ;-)
She loves getting what she wants (I sure do too), and she makes sure she lives her life her way. I understood her completely. *Way to go, girl!!!*
The hero then, Ian. At first, I didn't like him at all. (Yeah, Lucia shared my feelings). But then 'we' got to know him better, and well, it got from 'irritating guy' to 'wow-guy'. I loved the way how he supported Lucia and stood up for her.
And I loved the fact it was Lucia who seduced him, instead of Ian seducing her ;-)
I also loved the relationship between Lucia and her mother. It was just so... true. I wouldn't be able to give my mom up either.
Passion : 9/10
This book has the most beautiful, heartbreaking declaration of love EVER. I mean it, I was crying along with the characters at that point. God, I could cry again now, just by remembering it.
The first few chapters are all about sex, though. I found myself blushing my ears off my head! I mean, uhm, WOW, how far can you take it, huh? *tomato red right now*
But after these few chapters, the characters, Mark and Passion, get to know each other, erm,... better. Their personalities are fleshed out and you see them grow.
This is done in a really great way. And then you get that declaration... and the tears are unstopable, *sigh*.
I finished this one this night. Here, it is the hero who is absolutely UNforgettable!!! Omg, *super-sigh*!
I want a Matthew for myself! I do, I do, I do!
I also read Claiming the Courtesan from this author. There, I had a few problems with the ending (heroine who acted a bit silly at the end, ugh :-s ).
But this second book, my, my, my.
Okay, at the end, the heroine showed a bit the same tendency as the previous one, but in a way, it was understandable this time.
But overall, that's just a minor, teeny-weeny, problem I had. (Yeah, call me demanding :P)
The rest was just, gosh, mindblowing, I guess ;-)
The hero, Matthew, is being kept captured by his uncle, who says Matthew is mad, but is actually out for Matthew's money. Greedy bastard.
Still, Matthew is a great guy, and soooooo sweet! I think he must be the perfect boyfriend, and if only he were real. (Although that torture/capture bussiness shouldn't be part of the package then, poor boy)
But yeah, if I have to picture my dream guy, it would be Matthew.
*rave, rave, rave*
Can you tell I'm in love? ;-)
I have to stop now, since I could go on and on about him...
Rrrrrrr, I want a Matthew!
Okay, I promise that was the last thing about Rrrrrrrrr-Hmmmmatthew.
By the way, I learned quite a bit 'dirty language' from this book. Hee hee hee, like that sentence: "Shut your gob".
Never knew something like that existed, but I quite like the sound of it.
And oeh, oeh, I almost forgot! There is something else that I have to say. It's about the last chapter. And the dog, Wolfram.
Matthew has this dog, Wolfram (I couldn't stop picturing Wolfram halogen lamps, every time I read that name). And Grace, the heroine takes the dog with her to safety.
That's the last thing you get to know about him.
So, my question is: What happened to the dog??? Especially since Matthew loved Wolfram so much, why don't they get back together at the end? Huh? Huh?
And that got me thinking about the last chapter. Now, you have a scene where Grace and Matthew make love in the summerhouse. Wouldn't it have been better if Grace had just been, let's say, reading with Wolfram by her side? And Matthew walked in, and he and Wolfram had got reunited? And Grace could have been like: "Oh, how adorable! Of course I want to marry you! Come in my arms, you, yummie Matthew!"
Or, thinking on it now,... why didn't she just give him the dog back once Matthew got free?
It's just, when you have a 'set up', there has to be a 'pay off'. (Ask my teachers, they taught me that)
And I know I would've want my dog back, you know.
Oh well, I'll just mail Mrs. Campbell to ask her ;-)
If you can (or want to), check these books out! They're really good.
Now, there are still a few books awaiting my greedy hands, so I'll try to put on some reviews in the following days. If I can, of course ;-)
Have a nice evening!