Book Review: The Virgin And The Rogue

cover-the virgin and the rogueTitle: The Virgin and the Rogue [The Rogue Files 6]

Author: Sophie Jordan

Genre: Historical Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

A love potion…
Charlotte Langley has always been the prudent middle sister, so her family is not surprised when she makes the safe choice and agrees to wed her childhood sweetheart. But when she finds herself under the weather and drinks a “healing” tonic, the potion provokes the most maddening desire… for someone other than her betrothed.

With the power…
Kingston’s rakehell ways are going to destroy him, and he’s vowed to change. His stepbrother’s remote estate is just the place for a reformed rogue to hide. The last thing he wants is to be surrounded by society, but when he gets stuck alone with a wallflower who is already betrothed… and she astonishes him with a fiery kiss, he forgets all about hiding.

To alter two destinies.
Although Charlotte appears meek, Kingston soon discovers there’s a vixen inside, yearning to break free. Unable to forget their illicit moment of passion, Kingston vows to relive the encounter, but Charlotte has sworn it will never happen again—no matter how earth-shattering it was. But will a devilish rogue tempt her to risk everything for a chance at true love?

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

I absolutely loved this book. It isn’t often that you come across a historical romance where the heroine is the quiet, rather dull sibling. This book managed to flesh out such a character and turn her into a character worth taking note of. The romance between Samuel and Charlotte was sizzling without being raunchy and convinced me that the two characters, as different as they were, belonged together.

If you enjoy historical romances and you’re looking for a slightly different take on the usual fare, I’d certainly recommend giving this one a try.

Book Review: Red Night

cover-review-red nightTitle: Red Night [Vampire Files Trilogy 1]

Author: R.K. Close

Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Vampires

Rating: 4 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

Samantha knows what hides in the shadows…and now they know about her.

Beautiful, immortal, deadly, and living right under our noses. Vampires are real. How do I know this?
Because I met Adam, and he’s one of them.

My name is Samantha Chase, and I’m a private investigator. My life is about to change forever. Everything I thought I knew about the world around me is wrong, so very wrong.

Death in the desert.

A serial killer with an appetite for young blondes is on the loose in my city, and he’s just added me to the menu. I’m a pawn in a game played by beautiful monsters, and one wrong move could be my last.

If having one immortal after my heart isn’t enough to convince me I’m out of my league, there’s another one after my blood.

When did I become so popular?

Adam may be my only hope. Or he might be the wildest—and deadliest—mistake I’ve ever made.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

I enjoyed Red Night by R.K. Close. To be honest, I had some hesitation when I first picked up the book. The beginning of the story was eerily similar to another vampire book I’d read, and the comparison didn’t go unnoticed – but, that initial spark of familiarity quickly died out. The stories were vastly different, and frankly, this one was done better.

The writing was easy to follow and engaging. The characters had complexity and unique voices. Though not revolutionary, the plot at least followed through, though I’ll admit, it was a tad flimsy. Overall, I enjoyed the narrative voice and the story as a whole.

Would I recommend it? Yes. if you like paranormal stories, vampires, and tense, slow-burn relationships, you will probably enjoy this book. I look forward to continuing with the series.