Scoundrel In My Dreams by Celeste Bradley

Setting: 1816, Regency


The child is his: Jack, or rather, Lord John Redgrave knows it the instant he glimpses the blue-eyed girl who was abandoned on the steps of his gentleman’s club. Her mother came to his room one dark night more than three years ago—and spurned his proposal the very next day. But when Jack visits Amaryllis Clarke to demand an explanation, he receives the shock of his life. For it wasn’t proud, worldly Amaryllis with whom he spent that soul-stirring night. It was her infatuated younger sister, Laurel.

Laurel was only seventeen when she gave her innocence to Jack—and paid a steep price. She might be overjoyed about her reunion with little Melody, but Laurel won’t surrender to her desires again. Jack, meanwhile, has no wish to give up the daughter he never knew he had. Nor will he part with the sensual woman who makes him feel alive with longing. He intends to use any means possible to convince Laurel to stay. After all, all’s fair in matters of seduction—especially to a scoundrel in love…

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This is book 3 of the Runaway Brides trilogy.

I really loved the first two books in this series and I fell in love with this one too! Melody finally finds her father and we see Jack meet the woman of his dreams in the lovely and sweet Laurel. Celeste writes with her usual flare for hot, funny, tension-filled romance. I was hooked from the first and you will be too!

Jack is a rather unique take on the brooding, dark hero-He starts the novel off half a man, completely shut out from the world and the through the book we watch him start to come to life and healing through his love for Laurel. He does some stupid things, like not realizing how much he loves Laurel but he comes out a better man for it. He was a complex character that I felt was handled with skill. I enjoyed watching him come out of his shell little by little. As for Laurel, I simply loved her! She was such a lovely heroine and the perfect fit for Jack. She’s had her own problems too and I loved how she was willing to stand up for herself. Melody as usual was such a darling little thing and I loved how every scene she was in lit up with her bubbly and cheerful personality. I would really love to read more about her-how about her own love story, Ms Bradley?

The plot was unique in that most of the sexy stuff came in the form of flashbacks from that one night the two shared. And what a night :O Fans of a more erotic romance won’t disappointed in the scenes in this one! I enjoyed how the romance was developed though it was a bit improbable in a way. I would have liked it if the H and H spent more time together-it was more about the flashbacks of the time they spent together before that one night.

I also loved seeing the other heroes and heroines and how they were getting on. A trilogy is not a trilogy without connecting the books in some way! Overall, I felt this was a worthy ending to a brilliant and very original trilogy! Can’t wait to see what else she has in stores for us!

Sensuality Rating: HOT (Very explicit love scenes)

Final Verdict: Great ending to a great trilogy! Recommended!

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Rogue in My Arms by Celeste Bradley

Setting: Regency


Laconic Sir Colin Lambert isn’t at all worried about the prospect of fatherhood–not if it brings the lovely actress Chantal back into his life! She refused him once, but now with little Melody to tempt her, perhaps she will return to him and be his wife at last!

The only problem is, Chantal has disappeared!

Prudence Filby isn’t as lowborn as she seems, but no one would hire a lady as a stage seamstress. Now that the obnoxious Chantal has fled without paying Pru, she doesn’t even have that income and her little brother Evan is getting hungrier by the moment! When the lovesick Mr. Lambert offers to pay her to help him find Chantal–and help him mind little Melody on the journey–Pru has no choice but to take him up on it!

Colin wants to fly to Chantal’s side, but with Miss Filby and the little ones in tow, he finds his way hampered by mishap after mishap. Along the way he realizes that the woman he wants is not the one he’s chasing!

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After reading the first book in the series (Devil In My Bed), I was already anticipating reading this one months before it came out. Sir Colin was introduced as a scholar and a man who’s funny and outgoing, a direct contrast with his friend/enemy, Aidan. When I read the premise for this book, I knew it would be good. A man searching for one woman while slowly and unexpectedly falling for another? I knew it would make for some juicy awkward moments and a great payoff.

Sir Colin was a great hero, not a rogue at all! He never tried to take advantage of Prudence, our heroine and always apologized when he couldn’t stop himself from committing well, a indiscretion. 😉 Sometimes it’s great to have a good hero amidst all the tortured ones out there. It’s a nice change. There’s something to be said for a nice, honorable hero 🙂

Prudence Filby was an awesome character as well and I loved how layered she was and how Sir Colin managed to find the lady under her coarse exterior. I laughed when I watched them bicker and sighed when it seemed they couldn’t be together (even though we all know they would eventually:p). They had tension to spare! I don’t think I disliked anything in this book, except maybe for Colin taking a longer time than he should have admitting he felt something for Prudence.

The whole idea of this book which is based around a three year girl is highly original and makes for some entertaining, true to life scenes 🙂 Little Melody is still as adorable as ever, and plays another role in bringing Colin and Prudence together. Be sure to pick this one up as you won’t be disappointed.

Sensuality Level: HOT 😉

Verdict-Hilarious, touching, sexy, romantic-This book had it all! There was even a touch of mystery in it as well. BUY IT, JUST BUY IT

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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