Hope you are all well. I know that my last post was over a week ago but I was unable to review anything due to an issue with my laptop, it’s fixed don’t worry. I thought of doing a catch-up post since I have had a lot to talk about, I hope you don’t mind.
Maia D’Apliese and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, “Atlantis”—a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva—having been told that their beloved father, who adopted them all as babies, has died. Each of them is handed a tantalizing clue to her true heritage—a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of her story and its beginnings.
Eighty years earlier in Rio’s Belle Epoque of the 1920s, Izabela Bonifacio’s father has aspirations for his daughter to marry into the aristocracy. Meanwhile, architect Heitor da Silva Costa is devising plans for an enormous statue, to be called Christ the Redeemer, and will soon travel to Paris to find the right sculptor to complete his vision. Izabela—passionate and longing to see the world—convinces her father to allow her to accompany him and his family to Europe before she is married. There, at Paul Landowski’s studio and in the heady, vibrant cafes of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again.
Goodreads Star Rating: 4/5
My expectations for this book were very low, I have been slowly getting into reading Historical Fiction and I really enjoyed this one. Maia is the older sister of six, she feels more comfortable staying in her family home and translating foreign books into French when after the death of her adopted father, Pa Salt and he left letters to all of his daughters and Maia decides to know where she is really from and head towards Rio, Brazil.
I love both Maia and Izabella’s story, both characters are different but their journey throughout the book made me want to learn more about Brazil. While Maia’s Story was learning about her great-grandmother and Izabella is about falling in love for a man who is not her fiance, it gave a sense how both women closed off from love for different reasons and yet they yearn to know and understand it more. With Maia learning about her biological family, it made me feel content that she was not upset about being adopted. And with Izabella makes me wish that she didn’t follow her families choices and should have made a choice that was right for her.
Finn Conleth leads his team of enforcer dragon shifters with an iron fist and a cold heart. Every dragon seeks his destined mate, but the process to turn the woman he once thought was his killed her and devastated him. He will never risk his heart again. His team is his family now. When his body eventually gives out, he’ll leave, living his last days alone.
Delaney Hamilton moved across the country to escape the freak fires that plague her. But when another suspicious fire erupts and rapidly escalates around her, her hopes for a new life go up in smoke. She has no choice but to turn to the mysterious men who come to her aid.
Finn knows the fire is dragon-caused, which puts Delaney’s problems directly in his jurisdiction. No matter how her wounded grey eyes call to every part of him, he refuses to risk her life in the mating process.
Until another dragon threatens to claim Delaney for his own, and Finn has to sacrifice everything to keep her alive…
Goodreads Star Rating: 4/5
I got this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
I mean, what is not to love? Strong sexy dragon-shifter but he is also a fireman. This book was very steamy. It has been quite a long time since I have read a paranormal romance novel and this was a really good book to get me back into it.
While I was interested in the concept and the history of Dragon-shifters, although thinking back to the relationship between Finn and Delaney, while Finn is a very interested character I don’t know how I feel about Delaney, at the end of the book it left me with a question as to what the significance of Delaney to the Dragons, it wasn’t explained properly.
A beautiful debutante in Regency London seems destined to make a good match. But the Somerset sisters have made courtship and matrimony a deliciously scandalous affair . . .
Hyacinth Somerset’s debut is the most anticipated event of the season, as it will be the reclusive young lady’s first public appearance. But within moments of being asked to dance by a dashing stranger, Hyacinth calls him a murderer, then faints dead away! Now all the ton is aflutter over Hyacinth’s baffling shun of their most intriguing newcomer—the wildly handsome Lachlan Ramsey . . .
Recently arrived from Scotland, Lachlan only wishes to claim his place in society to secure his sister’s future. When that is threatened by the accusations of a hapless slip of a girl, he will do anything protect his family. Yet it appears Hyacinth has only damaged her own hopes, inspiring the label of hysteric—and ultimately inspiring Lachlan to shelter her from harm. Now if only there were a defence for the surge of feeling he has every time Hyacinth turns her gaze his way. If only there were a way to make her his—while keeping the true secret in his past from destroying everything—and everyone—he cares about . . .
Goodreads Star Rating: 4/5
I also got this book on NetGalley for an honest review.
I really liked this book, Hyacinth the third of the Somerset Sister who is expected to debut into society but with her social anxiety, she struggles to be confident enough but also her sisters consider her to be a fragile doll and constantly treat her like a sick child but Lachlan doesn’t buy it. Lachlan arrives in Regency London because of an event that leads to him and his siblings to leave Scotland, while staying in London, Lachlan offers to help Hyacinth only to spark an interest in her.
I really liked this book, I would love to read the previous books in the series as I believe the third and final book in the series. It’s quite predictable being a romance novel and it does a good job in making a theatrical Regency London with gossiping neighbours and fancy parties.
And that concludes the books that I have read last week. I hope you are having a lovely day.
Also, I am trying to get back into uploading photos on Instagram, I haven’t been uploading much since June so I want to get back into the rhythm of uploading more, even if it’s stories I am going to try.