Profile for book worm with goggles > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by book worm with...
Top Reviewer Ranking: 154,317
Helpful Votes: 16

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
book worm with goggles

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2
pixel
Emerald Hazard
Emerald Hazard
by Joan Smith
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Emerald Hazard, 2 Aug 2014
Fresh from the lush green countryside, young Moira Dauntry enchanted all of London society with her exquisite beauty. But it was the enticing wildness of her spirit that lured James Raeburn to her side. Gowned in silk and satin, adorned in diamonds and pearls, courted by the most dashing lords in England, Moira was certain her most cherished dreams were about to come true.

Then, in a single night of danger, desire and deception, all her hopes were destroyed. The man who had seduced her with his burning ardor, who offered her his ring, now thought her a scheming adventuress. Never again would James sweep her to ecstasy's peaks, now that he knew she was nothing but the illegitimate child of unknown parents, the impertinent serving girl they called Emerald Hazard


Waiting at the Church
Waiting at the Church
by Paula Allardyce
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars A.K.A Emily, 2 Aug 2014
This review is from: Waiting at the Church (Hardcover)
Four years ago Emily Stacey was left jilted at the church by the handsome man she was to marry. All that she found waiting there was a letter telling her that the marriage wouldn’t take place. After her father died six months later, having lost all his money in bad investments, Emily left the village and took up employment in London. Now she’s the indispensable housekeeper for the ramshackle Amyas family, quietly doing her job while keeping the mystery of her past to herself.

Saul Amyas has returned from Europe after a number of years abroad and meets up with an old drinking acquaintance for whom he wrote a letter four years ago in an effort to spare the poor bride some of the shame her rogue fiance seemed not to care she would endure when he didn’t show for the wedding. Now he’s headed to his half brother’s London house before going on to his own property. But he arrives to find a mysterious woman who is obviously a lady working as a servant there and is determined to scout out her hidden past. What neither know is that the dastardly former fiance has designs on Saul’s heiress niece and will stop at nothing to see that neither Saul nor Emily stand in his way.

Can they stop him from ruining another poor girl, will Emily be able to forgive the man who is privy to the most humiliating episode of her life and what will they do about their feelings for each other?


Emily
Emily
by Paula Allardyce
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Also known as Waiting at the Church, 2 Aug 2014
This review is from: Emily (Paperback)
Four years ago Emily Stacey was left jilted at the church by the handsome man she was to marry. All that she found waiting there was a letter telling her that the marriage wouldn’t take place. After her father died six months later, having lost all his money in bad investments, Emily left the village and took up employment in London. Now she’s the indispensable housekeeper for the ramshackle Amyas family, quietly doing her job while keeping the mystery of her past to herself.

Saul Amyas has returned from Europe after a number of years abroad and meets up with an old drinking acquaintance for whom he wrote a letter four years ago in an effort to spare the poor bride some of the shame her rogue fiance seemed not to care she would endure when he didn’t show for the wedding. Now he’s headed to his half brother’s London house before going on to his own property. But he arrives to find a mysterious woman who is obviously a lady working as a servant there and is determined to scout out her hidden past. What neither know is that the dastardly former fiance has designs on Saul’s heiress niece and will stop at nothing to see that neither Saul nor Emily stand in his way.

Can they stop him from ruining another poor girl, will Emily be able to forgive the man who is privy to the most humiliating episode of her life and what will they do about their feelings for each other?


Hester
Hester
by Norma Clark
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars It was all terribly fascinating compared with Hester's sheltered existence at home, 29 Jun 2014
This review is from: Hester (Mass Market Paperback)
t was a whole new world...

Lovely Hester Wyckham was immediately drawn into the whirling social life of Littlecomb when she went to spend the summer with her sister Julie and brother-in-law Geoffrey at their idyllic country estate. There were parties, carriage rides and teas galore, and exciting new people. It was all terribly fascinating compared with Hester's sheltered existence at home.

Suddenly, Hester found herself attracted to the charming and sensitive Philip Boscroft. But Lord Markham had determined to make her his wife. She was utterly shocked when he played a trick on her. It was a dangerous trick--one that threatened her reputation as well as her life....


Bertie Women's Navy Casual Loafers LOFTIE 4 UK
Bertie Women's Navy Casual Loafers LOFTIE 4 UK

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 29 Jun 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Soft comfortable leather flats. They look good too.


JETech® Gold Slim-Fit Folio Smart Case Cover with Back Case for Apple the New iPad 4 & 3 (3rd and 4th Generation with Retina Display) / iPad 2 (Matte Plum)
JETech® Gold Slim-Fit Folio Smart Case Cover with Back Case for Apple the New iPad 4 & 3 (3rd and 4th Generation with Retina Display) / iPad 2 (Matte Plum)
Offered by JEDirect UK
Price: £5.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Very hard plastic like consistency. Could not use, 29 Jun 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Poorly made. Very hard plastic like consistency. Could not use.


A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels series Book 1)
A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels series Book 1)
Price: £3.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of angst and repressed feelings!, 14 Mar 2012
A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London's most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance--including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.

This is my first Sarah Maclean novel. The hero was obsessed with revenging himself on the man who had taken everything of value from him during a moment of gambling foolishness when he'd been only 21 years of age. He would let nothing stand in the way of this goal, including his former childhood friend Penelope who lived on a neighbouring estate to his.

It was an enjoyable read even though I found I was more interested in the secondary characters, Chase and Cross who were the hero's partners in the gaming hell and even in the heroine's sisters and the gorgeous housekeeper. I guess they will be getting stories of their own. Or at least I hope so.

And I didn't real get the villain's purpose in all if this. Why would he do such a terrible thing to his ward and the son of his best friend? I didn't buy the explanation.
But I enjoyed this book and will look for other Sarah Maclean novels.


The Love Affair of an English Lord: A Novel (A Boscastle Affairs Novel)
The Love Affair of an English Lord: A Novel (A Boscastle Affairs Novel)
Price: £3.20

2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me. Disappointing., 16 Feb 2012
Chloe Bocastle and her neighbor Dominic Breckland, Viscount Stratfield, meet unexpectedly. Wounded and dodging his enemies, Dominic hides in a trunk of filmy lingerie in Chloe's room. Dominic is allegedly dead, having attended his own funeral a month before, while he figures out how to seek his revenge. Chloe, too, has a no-less-fatal flaw in a woman of the time: the inability to be demure. He offers her a devil's bargain: to keep quiet about his presence while he determines who killed Chloe's brothers and wants him dead, too.

I thought the above summary was interesting and I was looking forward to reading the book, my first by this author.
Major disappointment. I thought the story was too unbelievable not in terms of the attempted murder and pretending to be a ghost.
I didnt feel like the character's of the heroine and hero were developped or the reason why they ended up liking each other. They meet for the first time, he's hiding in her undergarment trunk/wardrobe/ closet (not exactly sure what exactly it was finally). His stab wounds are infected, he's febrile and she's not sure he will survive the night, but he still has enough energy to try to seduce her??? That would be the furthest thing on his mind surely.

Every scene with the both of them was crammed with nonsensical dialogue that was meant to be witty banter. It just rang false. people would not talk to each other that way and definately not in those times. I found very little in the book that would correspond in any way shape or form with the period this story was meant to be set in. Not in the behavior of the characters or their speech and expressions. Definately not in the heroine's behavior. I doubt young ladies of the aristocracy would sleep so easily with a man they had only met few days before, a man of whom they knew little and who had promised them neither marriage or any sort of commitment. Like there were no consequences in those days. The reason for Chloe's wildness could be attributed to the fact that she belonged to the scandalous Boscastle family. It was mentioned far too many times. Sometimes I think that historical romance authors should stick to stand alone novels instead of series with an unending number of family members and their corresponding stories. We get to meet the whole cast of the Boscastle clan whether we want to or not in every book of the series.

Within 24hrs of their meeting, the hero is thinking to himself that the heroine is the only reason he can carry on with his mission. Please! He managed well enough and was focused enough for the 3 weeks prior to their official meeting. I just kept asking myself, why does he feel this way? They do not know each other. All we have been fed have been their empty emotionless conversations. Nothing that would have us understand any growing attachment between the both of them.

I reckon the story spanned a maximum of 3 weeks. On the day they officially met, the hero was described as looking like a shadow of his former self. He had lost a lot of weight and was gaunt. Throughout the story whilst he was supposed to be dead, he was living in a secret lair underneath his real home, but thank heavens managed to have a nightly wash in a stream. How he ate I know not. From being in pain, febrile with infected wounds, we carry on like normal with no mention of any treatment. At the end of the book, the evil villain is vanquished and Dom's relationship with Chloe is exposed. She is whisked back to town by her brothers. Dom follows her to her family home the next day and is granted an audience with her. I was baffled to read that he looked almost perfect. He had put back on, the weight he had lost. Did the author forget that they, Chloe and Dominic had met the previous day. Did he eat all night????

May be these little bits are not worth noticing. Personally the book felt not quite ready for public consumption. Needed a lot more polish. I did not feel like this was worth my time. I felt nothing for either the heroine or the hero. Didnt believe in their relationship, thought their dialogue was excessive and silly.. Did not correspond to the historical period. Maybe my teenage self would've enjoyed this. Will avoid further books by this author in the future. I had to abandon her "duchess diaries" after 100 pages.


A Promise of Spring (Signet Regency romance)
A Promise of Spring (Signet Regency romance)
by Mary Balogh
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Cougar for a heroine!, 11 Feb 2012
When Sir Perry Lampman's dearest friend is killed in an act of brave self-sacrifice, he leaves behind a sister who will be destitute without him. Although he does not love Grace Howard, Perry offers her marriage. Even when she confesses part of her scandalous past to him, he continues to press his offer. And so begins a marriage that seems doomed to unhappiness. The fact that Grace is ten years older than Perry does not help the situation.

The main issues were the 10 year age gap. Heroine is 35 and hero is 25 and the "scandalous past" which is revealed pretty early on in the story. The hero is such an amazing understanding person. The heroine seemed very passive and unable to take a meaningful stance, make a decisison and be firm with herself when someone from her past threatens the fragile happiness of her marriage. Of course things work out well in the end, but I cant help feeling that the hero deserved better.


Devil's Web (Dell Historical Romance)
Devil's Web (Dell Historical Romance)
by Mary Balogh
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £4.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tortured hero. Felt sorry for the heroine!, 11 Feb 2012
Lady Madeline Raine and James Purnell had been both attracted to each other and repelled by each other in The Gilded Web and Web of Love. Finally James left for Canada, where he worked in the fur trade. Madeline, left alone, convinced herself that she was over him, that she liked her life just as it was. But now James is back and Madeline has to face the fact that she has been deceiving herself.

Wow! I have given this book five stars even though I would not put myself through the pain of reading it again. And it was agony. I picked this book up without having read the first two in the series.

There seemed to be at least 3 parts to this book. In the first we meet a whole host of characters. Most having appeared in the two previous novels and are exposed to the happy marriages of the heroines brothers (too perfect) and a whole bunch of secondary romances. The hero, James is Madeline's brother in law. The relationship between the H/H was a lesson in how to hide your feelings. We were told that they deeply loved each other but they didn't seem to know how to communicate. They were hardly together at all in the first part of the book. Avoided even looking at each other except with cold glances and hardly acknowledging each other's presence. So it seemed kind of cruel to flaunt the perfect relationships of Madeline's brothers, Edmund and Dom in our and her face.
Suddenly I turn the page and Madeline and James are married. I seriously thought my ebook download was faulty and I was missing some pages. How, when? Did they speak. When did that conversation happen?
So the second part of the book is all about the beginning of their married life. Away from the others. But things go from bad to worse. We knew that James was a troubled soul and something was eating him up inside from the beginning. He had a lot of hopes and good intentions but they remained inside of him as if he was punishing himself for past wrongs and sabotaging his relationship with his wife. The skeletons in his cupboard are revealed to us and we understand why he has become this dark unhappy creature but he still doesn't change.
Madeline who seemed so poised and in control becomes a different person. Sharp tongued and ready to push James's buttons. I didn't blame her. Both remained tight lipped about their true feelings. We were told in the beginning that several years ago Madeline had confessed her love for James. He had dismissed it as mere lust. I sincerely wanted to give them both a kick on both their backsides.
In what I considered part 3 of this book, we find out whether Madeline and James were able to salvage anything from the wreck of their marriage. Again all the other couples and secondary romances are brought to the forefront and the H/H slip to the background. I find that I would have wished this book to be focused on the main romance. There were too many couples. Although I guess for those who had read the previous 2 books, this 3rd book in the series allowed readers to get a very generous glimpse of the happily ever afters of Dom and Ellen, Alex and Edmund.

So although this will definitely not be going into my "to read again" list, I take my hat off to Mary Balogh. It is very different from her usual style and I wouldn't have known this was one of her books. No matter what I think about the hero's behavior, I kept wanting to read more . Because I wanted to know " what is wrong with this man? What happened to him? Why is he the way he is? I was completely immersed in the story. I read it in one sitting. This book was about realish people, their flaws, their inner demons and how we don't always make right decisions because we are paralysed by fear or rejection and how not having the courage to reveal our feelings can result in happiness passing us by. You cant love somebody if you don't love yourself.


Page: 1 | 2