Posts Tagged ‘Josi S. Kilpack’

I Am Delilah

Buy: I Am Delilah

Delilah, a country girl living in New York, is saving every penny she earns from her job as a nanny.  She’s trying to earn enough money so she can marry her high-school sweetheart back in her hometown in Bigfork, Montana.  However, a walk with her little charge lands Delilah smack dab in the middle of the biggest Hollywood story that America has seen in a long time.  With the press hot on her heels, Delilah is forced to give up her job and return home to Montana and goes into hiding.  The only problem?  She’s not alone.

Sam Hendricks, is drop dead gorgeous and America’s favorite actor.  He’s taken it upon himself to free a girl from her boring life every year and become her modern day fairy god mother.  Makeovers, spas, and luxurious retreats for the girl of his choosing and then a trip down the red carpet as his date.  Every girl’s dream come true…well every girl except for Deliliah.   Determined to save face after a very public and humility rejection, Sam follows Delilah back to her home town to try to make amends, but life as a country boy is not on his list of strong points.

I really enjoyed this book by Josi S. Kilpack.  It’s not your typical romance and the banter between the two had me laughing.  As a country girl I couldn’t help but laugh at poor Sam Hendricks trying to master the technique of farming in a small two week time frame.  I could definitely understand and could relate to Delilah’s frustration and the constant need to roll her eyes at the city boy that is used to being coddled and babied.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting a fun cute modern day romance.

I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Autumn Masquerade (Timeless Regency Collection)

Autumn Masquerade

A Merry Dance by Josi S. Kilpack

At nineteen years old, Lila has been living with her uncle in South Shropshire since she was six and to find a place away from everything new and unfamiliar she started hiding in her uncle’s study and for the last 13 years she would sit in her little corner and crochet while listening to the latest news.  While living with her uncle, Lila fell in love with her cousin Neville who has been away.  However, while crocheting a pair of socks she hears the worst news ever, her uncle is having Mortimer Lutherford come stay and look at property while secretly hoping there will be a match between his niece and Mortimer.  She is traumatized, and is determined to make the old man, thirty-three to be exact, dislike her by becoming the most obnoxious lady someone who he would surely run away from as fast as he can.

Unmasking the Duke by Donna Hatch

Extremely shy and a little clumsy, Hannah Palmer is forced into a Masquerade Ball by her sister.  Encouraged by the mask she hides behind, Hannah finds herself flirting with the most captivating man, after a fun game of giving out as much information about themselves without revealing their true identity the night ends in a kiss, and the revealing of the masked man who is none other than the Duke of Suttenberg, her neighbor and the man she could despise more.  The Duke must fight hard to win over the affections of the beautiful Hannah Palmer, and that’s what he plans to do.

What’s in a Name by  Nancy Campbell Allen

Persephone and Penelope or identical twins, but they couldn’t be more different.  Persephone follows all expectations set forth by society and Penelope, Penny, is everything but proper.  Scheming Persephone has set her eyes on the town Dr. and forces her sister to start writing in her place to the Duke of Wilmington.  It’s okay until Penny finds that she is falling for the Duke and a surprise visit from him has the twins scrambling to try to trade places.  The Duke of Wilmington has fallen hard for the woman in the letters and realizes right away that the girls aren’t who they say they are, but he’s willing to play along to see what the girls will think of next.

I have always loved regency and I absolutely love anthologies, so putting these together makes for a great read.  I love anthologies because you get a sample of your favorite author’s writings and you also are introduced to new authors.  The stories are quick and easy to read and you still have the same love of the characters even though they are presented to you in half the time. That’s what I like about these authors, they do an amazing job at delivering a great story line, creating amazing characters, and a smile on your face when you are done reading.

*I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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A Timeless Romance Anthology: All Regency Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology)

All Regency Collection

I love a good regency novel. Imagine how happy I was when I found I could get several in one setting that are easy quick reads. I also love this book because it introduced me to new authors that I have never tried before, giving me a new opportunity to read their other books.

The Wedding Gift: A Pride and Prejudice Story by Anna Elliott
This story was a new approach to the popular classic of Pride and Prejudice. There are several remakes and takes of the romantic love story. However, this is the first one that I’ve come across that takes a stab at what happens with Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet after they are engaged. This story takes on a mystery/suspense twist when Elizabeth Bennet finds herself thrown in a carriage and kidnapped. We follow this story in the form of a diary. I love the writing and find myself very excited to read other stories by Anna Elliott. I was caught up in Elizabeth’s character and was disappointed to have the story end.

Dream of a Glorious Season by Sarah M. Eden
Stuck in a world of expectations thrown at her by society, Elizabeth Gillford finds herself stuck at home and forced to watch an older sister Come out and enjoy her several seasons. Elizabeth is unable to make her “first bows to Society” until Mary, her mean and selfish sister is wed. Elizabeth has also found herself in love with Julian Broadwood, the neighbor, and has been since she was 8 years old. However, he has been “promised” to her sister. Heartbroken and looking as though she is to be an old maid, Elizabeth has an inviting personality and doesn’t let this break her. As a reader, I find myself cheering for her and Julian. Once again, another author that I will be looking into.

The Mender by Carla Kelly
A story of a young woman looking for adventure and stumbles onto one that is far greater than she could ever imagine. Thankful is traveling the ocean with her cousin from the Americas to Italy aboard his vessel, when they come upon a wreckage of boats and people. Being a mender, Thankful finds herself upon vessel helping heal the wounded because the ships surgeon, Adam had been wounded. Long story short Thankful and Adam fall in love and retire back in the Americas. This is one story that I could not find myself enjoying. The way the story was written, I was unable to follow it smoothly. It felt like I had to consistently reread passages to try to make them make sense. Part of it was because I was unfamiliar with the “Friends” background. Their way of talking and their names had me stumbling through the story line. I didn’t feel as if the characters were strong. It’s hard to give a strong character in a small amount of words, but I believe it could have been better. Not very often do I find myself glad when a story is done, but I found myself grateful that this one was.

Begin Again by Josi S. Kilpack
Regina is a “spinster of thirty-two years” who had lost her one true love years ago. With a promise of, “I’ll come back, Reggie. I promise I will…” fifteen years later Ross is keeping to his promise. However, Regina was not too thrilled with this new turn of events. She had waited six years before being engaged with another man, only to break that engagement. Then those six years turned into fifteen. During those years, she stayed with her brother and kept his house after the death of his wife. During her nieces engagement ball Ross decided to surprise Regina and wanted to back in her life. She was not having it and literally throws Ross out of her home. It is up to Ross to prove his love for Regina and Regina must find forgiveness and let him back in. This was a very easy quick read. I have read Josi S. Kilpack before, but not in a regency setting. I enjoyed it and found myself liking her writing in this genre.

The Affair at Wildemoore by Annette Lyon
This story touched my heart. As a married woman who loves romance, I find myself tired of the usual stories of first loves and swooning that getting married and then happily ever after. I enjoyed this story because it was a story of a couple that had been married for years and had older children that had found themselves strangers towards one another. Through lack of communication and a lost child, this couple grew apart. Bother missing each other, but both unable to speak of it. Being married doesn’t automatically make happily ever after one must work at it. This story gives me that reminder.

The Duke’s Brother by Heather B. Moore
A funny little story of a young woman, Mabel, who was different from what society had expected of young women. Raised by her father, a scientist, Mabel found herself more interested in the creepy crawly species than that of the human variety. Collecting insects and going out in rainstorms to collect slugs was where her heart lay. Her older sister Ethel was intent on getting Mabel out in society and hoping to turn her young wayward sister “normal.” In doing so Mabel is introduced to Ethel’s brother-in-law, the Duke’s brother, who quickly falls victim to Mabel’s charms and scientific ways. This was a very enjoyable fun quick read that anybody with a “weird” personality can relate.

I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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