lauantai 24. helmikuuta 2018

Hannah Howell: Highland Knight

Hannah Howell on urakoinut uskomattoman määrän 1500-luvun Skotlantiin sijoitettuja historiallisia viihderomaaneja, mistä esimerkiksi sopii Murray-suvusta kertovan sarjan viides osa: Highland Knight (E-Reads, 2009; ISBN 978-0-7592-5955-3).



Kirja on ilmeisestikin rinnakkaisteos e-kirjana julkaistulle romaanille, ja näitä samalla kansikuvalla varustettuja kirjoja löytyy kirjastosta enemmänkin, kaikki ilmeisestikin tarjolla niille jotka haluavat lukea teoksen muuten kuin lukulaitteelta.

Tarina on monipolvinen mutta ennustettava, päähenkilö on paksukalloinen mies jonka päähänpiintymien muuttamiseen vaaditaan yksi jos toinenkin kohtaaminen naispuolisen sankarin kanssa.



When Cameron MacAlpin learns the identity of the golden beauty tossed before him as a debt payment, he can't believe his fortune! For cat-eyed Avery Murray is the perfect weapon to use against Payton Murray -- Avery's brother -- who dishonored Cameron's own sister. Yet his plan to deliver the same insult and avenge his clan is thwarted by spirited Avery herself, who tempts him to forget everything but the passion coursing through his blood. Still, a knight of the Highlands owes his allegiance to his clan before all else... even his heart.



perjantai 23. helmikuuta 2018

Elizabeth Hoyt: Once and always

Elizabeth Hoyt on kirjoittanut nimimerkillä Julia Harper romanttisen jännärin, jossa venäläiset gangsterit ryntäävät amerikkalaiseen pikkukaupunkiin pahat mielessään: Once and always (Piatkus, 2015; ISBN 978-0-349-40857-6).



Kirjassa on ammuskelua ja välienselvittelyä riittävästi vaativampaankin makuun, ja makeaa siirappia mausteena. En ihan ymmärtänyt millaiselle lukijalle teos on kirjoitettu, kaikkea tuntui olevan liialti, myös lunta.



Small town cop Sam West certainly doesn't mind a routine traffic stop: speeding ticket, stern warning, and sayonara. With a whopper of a blizzard closing in, that's all he has time for.

But the lawbreaker he pulls over is anything but typical. From her mile-long legs to her razor-sharp wit, Maisa Bradley is like nothing Coot Lake, Minnesota, has ever seen ... and she's about to take Sam on the ride of his life.

Whoever said blood is thicker than water probably wasn't related to a former Russian mobster. But an innocent mix-up and rumours of stolen diamonds soon have the Russian mob taking an unusual interest in the sleepy little town - and Maisa facing heated scrutiny from a certain tall, dark, and handsome deputy. Sam's dazzling blue eyes beg her to reveal all her secrets, but how much should she tell? Getting snowed in with the sexiest cop in the frozen north may not be the worst way to decide.



torstai 22. helmikuuta 2018

Elizabeth Hoyt: Dearest Rogue

Elizabeth Hoyt naittaa historiallisessa viihderomaanissaan lähestulkoon sokean aatelisnaisen ja sodassa rampautuneen sotilaan, ja yllätyksiä piisaa niin kuin arvata saattaa: Dearest Rogue (Piatkus, 2015; ISBN 978-0-349-40650-3).



Romaani on melkolailla rutiininomainen, mutta tälläkin kertaa Hoyt saa tekstin rullaamaan eteenpäin sen enempää kipuilematta.



Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by her side at all times - the very irritating Captain Trevillion.

Captain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and cursed with a leg injury from his service in the King's dragoons. Yet he can still shoot and ride like the devil, so watching over the distracting Lady Phoebe should be no problem at all - until she's targeted by kidnappers.

Caught in a deadly web of deceit, James must risk life and limb to save his charge from the lowest of cads - one who would force Lady Phoebe into a loveless marriage. But while they're confined to close quarters for her safekeeping, Phoebe begins to see the tender man beneath the soldier's hard exterior ... and the possibility of a life - and love - she never imagined possible.



keskiviikko 21. helmikuuta 2018

Elizabeth Hoyt: Darling beast

Elizabeth Hoytin historiallisessa viihderomaanissa on Kaunotar ja hirviö -juonenkuviota sekä monenlaista muuta kähmintää riittämiin, jopa niin että tarina on vähällä revetä liitoksistaan: Darling beast (Piatkus, 2014; ISBN 978-0-349-40649-7).



Kohtalaisen taitavasti kirjailija tarinansa saa kuitenkin pidettyä koossa. Puutarhurin ja näyttelijän salaisuudet paljastuvat vähitellen, ja onnellista loppua tässä tietysti havitellaan.



Falsely accused of murder and mute from a near-fatal beating, Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne has escaped from Bedlam. With the Crown's soldiers at his heels, he finds refuge in the ruins of a pleasure garden, toiling as a simple gardener. But when a vivacious young woman moves in, he's quickly driven to distraction.

London's premier actress, Lily Stump, is down on her luck when she's forced to move into a scorched theatre with her maid and small son. But she and her tiny family aren't the only inhabitants-a silent, hulking beast of a man also calls the charred ruins home. Yet when she catches him reading her plays, Lily realizes there's more to this man than meets the eye.

Though scorching passion draws them together, Apollo knows that Lily is keeping secrets. When his past catches up with him, he's forced to make a choice: his love for Lily ... or the explosive truth that will set him free.



tiistai 20. helmikuuta 2018

Elizabeth Hoyt: Duke of midnight

Elizabeth Hoyt jatkaa Maiden Lane -romaanisarjaansa teoksella, jossa päähenkilöillä on kummallakin melkoinen taakka kannattavanaan, toinen etsii vanhempiensa murhaajaa ja toinen haluaa saada veljensä vapautettua vankilasta: Duke of midnight (Piatkus, 2014; ISBN 978-0-7499-5817-6).



Juonittelua ja käänteitä riittää kahdenkin historiallisen viihderomaanin tarpeisiin, mutta melko näppärästi Hoyt tarinaansa pyörittää. Kirjasarjan aiemmista teoksista tuttujen juonikuvioiden toistoa tässä teoksessa silti on.



Twenty years ago Maximus Batten witnessed the brutal murders of his parents. Now the autocratic Duke of Wakefield, he spends his days ruling Parliament. But by night, disguised as the Ghost of St. Giles, he prowls the grim alleys of St. Giles, ever on the hunt for the murderer. One night he finds a fiery woman who meets him toe-to-toe—and won't back down.

Artemis Greaves toils as a lady's companion, but hiding beneath the plain brown serge of her dress is the heart of a huntress. When the Ghost of St. Giles rescues her from footpads, she recognizes a kindred spirit-and is intrigued. She's even more intrigued when she realizes who exactly the notorious Ghost is by day.

Artemis makes a bold move: she demands that Maximus use his influence to free her imprisoned brother-or she will expose him as the Ghost. But blackmailing a powerful duke isn't without risks. Now that she has the tiger by the tail, can she withstand his ire-or the temptation of his embrace?