Ex Libris Romance: Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hoping for a little romance on your Valentine’s Day?  Why not find it in a book?  Here are three that I enjoyed!

Find out more about my romance ratings here.

 

mrdarcyUnleashing Mr. Darcy
Author: Teri Wilson
Heat: Medium
Publisher: Harlequin
Available Now
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman teetering on the verge of thirty must be in want of a husband. Not true for Manhattanite Elizabeth Scott. Instead of planning a walk down the aisle, she’s crossing the pond with the only companion she needs; her darling dog, Bliss. Caring for a pack of show dogs in England seems the perfect distraction from the scandal that ruined her teaching career, and her reputation, in New York. What she doesn’t count on is an unstoppable attraction to billionaire dog breeder Donovan Darcy. The London tycoon’s a little bit arrogant, a whole lot sexy, and the chemistry between them is disarming. When passion is finally unleashed, might Elizabeth hope to take home more than a blue ribbon? – Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am always in for a P&P retelling and while this retelling was very loose, I really enjoyed the fresh take.  Focused around dog shows, this book takes the uptight Mr. Darcy and pairs him with an appealing, if not a bit more Bridget Jones than Lizzy Bennett, woman who finds herself in England caring for show dogs.  The romance was sweet and sexy and the modern take on the characters was enjoyable.  Fans of P&P will also notice some dialogue lifted from the original, which was really fun and was sort of an Easter egg for Jane Austen fans.  However, if you’ve never read Pride & Prejudice, that shouldn’t stop you from picking this up.  It would be enjoyable, either way.

 

 

closerCome A Little Bit Closer
Author: Bella Andre
Heat: Hot
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: 2-25-14
Movie star Smith Sullivan can’t afford any distractions. He’s staking his entire reputation on his new film…but he can’t stop thinking about Valentina Landon and the fire he sees smoldering just beneath the surface of her cool exterior.Valentina isn’t averse to sensual pleasure, or even to the idea of finding true love, but as a Hollywood business manager she’s watched too many smart women fall for actors…only to be torn apart when the fairytale comes to its inevitable end. But when intense weeks together on set turn their heated attraction into red-hot flames of passion, Smith knows he has to find a way to convince Valentina to let him get a little bit closer. Close enough to completely steal her heart…the way she’s stolen his from the start. – Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the Sullivan series and I have been waiting for Smith’s story for what seems like FOREVER.  It definitely did not disappoint!  Not only was it very steamy, but Smith’s character was just as lovable and sexy as you would imagine.  Valentina was a good foil for him, since she was really reluctant to have any relationships.  The way the story developed was great, as always, because the other Sullivan siblings, and their spouses, made appearances.  Not only do you get to see characters you loved in other books but you get a new and awesome love story.  As far as HEAs go, it doesn’t get much better than this!

 

 

seasonSeason of Second Chances
Author: Brighton Walsh
Heat: Medium
Publisher: Carina Press
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When a storm strands Claire Hanlin in Chicago on Christmas Eve, the last person she expects to come to her rescue is Logan Dawes, the man she almost married two years ago. The chemistry between them is dangerously potent, but with nowhere else to go, Claire accepts Logan’s offer to stay with him for the night. Back in the home they shared, surrounded by reminders of Logan and his young daughter, Claire begins to realize how much she misses the family she almost had. After a few cups of Christmas cheer, she falls right back into her ex’s arms-even though she knows it means setting herself up for heartbreak all over again. The magic of the season has thrown him together with the woman he’s never stopped loving, and Logan’s not about to pass up this gift. He’s not the workaholic he was two years ago-his family comes first. Now all he has to do is prove it to Claire, before the snow stops and she flies out of his life for good. – Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I always love the reunited trope and Season of Second chances was a nice Winter/Holiday read if you are looking for sweet, a little steamy and cozy.  The characters weren’t terribly well developed since we meet the couple after their split, but we are able to learn about their relationship through some flashbacks.  This wasn’t the most in-depth romance, but for a very short and pretty satisfying read, it worked for me.

 

I received these galleys in exchange for my honest review.

 

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Kate @ Ex Libris


9 responses to “Ex Libris Romance: Happy Valentine’s Day!

  1. Happy Valentine’s Day! I really loved Unleashing Mr. Darcy. It’s such a cute romance, and the fact that it involved dogs just totally won me over. Glad you liked it too!

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