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Thief of Shadows- Book Review

27 Feb

thiefofshadowsA MASKED MAN…

Winter Makepeace lives a double life. By day he’s the stoic headmaster of a home for foundling children. But the night brings out a darker side of Winter. As the moon rises, so does the Ghost of St. Giles-protector, judge, fugitive. When the Ghost, beaten and wounded, is rescued by a beautiful aristocrat, Winter has no idea that his two worlds are about to collide.


Lady Isabel Beckinhall enjoys nothing more than a challenge. Yet when she’s asked to tutor the Home’s dour manager in the ways of society-flirtation, double-entendres, and scandalous liaisons-Isabel can’t help wondering why his eyes seem so familiar-and his lips so tempting.


During the day Isabel and Winter engage in a battle of wills. At night their passions are revealed . . . But when little girls start disappearing from St. Giles, Winter must avenge them. For that he might have to sacrifice everything-the Home, Isabel . . . and his life

When you’ve exposed a weakness in battle, attack, don’t retreat.

While I really like the hero, I wish I could say the same about the story. I felt that the romance was quite rushed up and there was just too much sex, too explicit for my taste. And they fell in love too fast. Personally, I felt that the characters could have been given much more depth and characterisation because the story had a great beginning. And Isabel found out Winter’s secrets too fast..not much development there.

 “Every gentleman you meet must voice his admiration, his wish to make love to you. And those are only the ones who may voice such thoughts. All about you are men who cannot speak their admiration, who must remain mute from lack of social standing or fear of offending you. Only their thoughts light the air about you, following you like a trail of perfume, heady but invisible.” 

Anyway, here is why I liked the hero-Winter. He does not believe in casual sex and is in fact a virgin.And once he falls in love, he does not mind that Isabel can’t have children, he values her more than dreams which never existed.

I’m not like your society rogues, Isabel. I regard physical lovemaking as something sacrosanct to love. And if I loved a woman enough to take her to my bed, then I would love her enough to marry her. I don’t intend ever to marry, ergo, I do not intend to ever get close enough to a woman—physically or emotionally—to make love to her.”

Plus he takes tasks in his own hand-he does not depend on anyone else to do work. For instance, how he rescues kidnapped children and sets up a home for them even though he may risk losing his life in the process.  He’s protective, patient and can rein in his anger very well. And he’s awfully blunt – something I like a lot !

“Wear you social mask at your balls and parties and when you visit your friends out there, but when we are alone, just the two of us in here, promise me this: that you’ll show me only your real face, no matter how ugly you might think it. That’s our true intimacy, not sex, but the ability to be ourselves when we are together.


Unveiled : Book Review

30 Nov


Ash Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family–and now the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But instead he finds himself drawn to a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of vengeance….

Lady Margaret knows she should despise the man who’s stolen her fortune and her father’s legacy–the man she’s been ordered to spy on in the guise of a nurse. Yet the more she learns about the new duke, the less she can resist his smoldering appeal. Soon Margaret and Ash find themselves torn between old loyalties–and the tantalizing promise of passion….

Who will Margaret choose , her family who had never shown her respect or a stranger who treats her as an individual and an equal even when she has lost everything ?

10 reasons why I absolutely adore LOVE Ash Turner :

1. Makes everyone feel equal & important, that they matter in life.

Ash treats the servants like he would treat a nobleman. He dines with them and doesn’t consider them low or inferior. He has an ability to look a person in the eye, and know if he is trustworthy or not. “You’re important, you matter”

2. Doesn’t give a damn about society rules, class and rank.

“A gentleman would have just taken you to bed to begin with, without bothering to ask for permission. Luckily for you, I was too busy making my own way in the world to learn to be a gentleman.”

“I brown terribly in the sunlight. I’ll develop freckles.”

“Oh, no. That sounds awful.” He spoke with exaggerated solicitude, but he leaned down from his horse until his nose was a bare foot from hers. “Freckles. And what do those dastardly spots portend? Are freckled people thrown in prison? Pilloried? Covered in tar and sprinkled with tiny little down feathers?”

3. Does not treat women like objects to be used when convenient.

“They want a woman who is a canvas, white and empty. Standing still, existing for no other purpose than to serve as a mute object onto which they can paint their own hopes and desires. They want their brides veiled. They want a demure, blank space they can fill with whatever they desire.”

“Miss Lowell, you magnificent creature, I want you to paint your own canvas. I want you to unveil yourself.”

4. Respects a person based on his actions and not parentage or family.

His reaction to Margaret being his enemy’s daughter is the most unpredicted and most beautiful one. Read the book, you’ll know.

5. Works day and night to provide a secure future for his brothers.

6. He sacrifices to make his loved ones happy

7. You can become his friend if you defeat him in a sparring match !

8. His sense of humour

“Damn books. Damn words. And libraries and cold darkrooms can go to hell.” He slammed the tome shut against the table—and just as he did, he turned enough to catch Margaret’s eye.

He froze, his face a mask of obvious, inexplicable guilt. His fingers splayed across the book’s cover. They lay there, still for just an instanttoo long, before he ran his hands down the leather that covered the front chapboards. He looked as embarrassed as a man caught beating a puppy, his fingers petting the pages in an insincere, unconvincing half caress.

Margaret’s smile broadened.

He must have realized how ridiculous he appeared, because he shook his head. “No, madam,” he said. “There’s no problem here. We were having ourselves a friendly fight, we were—between me and this book.” He drawled out those words, mirroring the accent of the local men, as if he were some common laborer caught by the tavern keeper in the act of raising a chair.

She converted the giggle that rose up into a ladylike clearing of the throat, and put her hand on her hip. “We won’t stand for any trouble here, sir. Must I fetch the constable?”

“Wait. There’s a condition.”
“You know,” Ash said, his throat closing, “that if you are half-naked on my bed, all conditions will be met. Instantly.”

9.  His ability to forgive and give 2nd chances.

10. His understanding nature.

Out of frustration, Margaret throws mud all over Ash and curses him. But what does Ash do as an employer ? He doesn’t fire her, instead he brings a soothing drink for her and tells her to relax.

Oh Ash Ash Ash, I talked so much about him at home, that my mom said I had started fantasizing about a dream hero.

Courtney Milan has packed so much of emotion and character in her stories. *sighs*  We see a gradual transition in Margaret’s outlook of life. It crushed me to know that Parford didn’t give a damn, in fact spoke ill about his children in front of them.

Honestly, teenagers should read this book to know what true love means. This isn’t the regular “Oh ur hot, lets tumble on the bed” romance novel. It was about understanding ,patience and forgiveness. A definite keeper. Why can’t we have more people like Ash ?

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