Isabel Cooper: Historical Romance with a Paranormal Twist!

Imagine your standard historical romance, only with magicians, demons and all sorts of other magical beings. This is the concept behind new author Isabel Cooper’s sequence of books. Enter a Victorian world where no one is what they appear to be and magic exists.

Sounds interesting right? 😉

Here are a list of her books and those upcoming:

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Summary:

When a half-naked woman suddenly appears on his country estate, Simon Grenville doesn’t have time to be shocked. Demonic beasts are hot on his heels until the beautiful stranger unsheathes several knives strapped to her skin-tight trousers and kills them. As he stares at her fierce, heart-stopping face, Simon knows he’s in a hell of a lot of trouble…

Joan is from a time where demons run rampant and humanity is fighting for its existence. To prevent this terrible future, she is sent back to Victorian England to kill the magician responsible for unleashing the dark forces. But Joan is a soldier more used to sparring than dancing. To get close to her target, she’ll need Simon to teach her how to fit into polite society. Joan doesn’t mind practicing proper flirtation on Simon, but she can’t allow herself to be distracted by his gentle hands or devilish smile—the very future depends on it.

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Summary:

A woman with an unspeakable past

Olivia Brightmore didn’t know what to expect when she took a position to teach at Englefiend School, an academy for “gifted” children. But it wasn’t having to rescue a young girl who levitated to the ceiling. Or battling a dark mystery in the surrounding woods. And nothing could have prepared her for Dr. Gareth St. John…

A man with exceptional talent

He knew all about her history and scrutinized her every move because of it. But there was more than suspicion lurking in those luscious green eyes. Even with all the strange occurrences at the school, the most unsettling of all is the attraction pulling Olivia and Gareth together with a force that cannot be denied.

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COMING SOON!

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RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 1, 2012

What do you think? Will you be giving these new para-historicals a try? Or have you read one already?

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A Hint of Old Fashioned Elegance

Hey guys!

Sorry I’ve been kinda out of the loop for a while-Been very busy and it looks as if I’ll be busy the following week as well 😦

Just wanted to fill you guys in on a recent event that I attended recently which was a wedding of my father’s young cousin. Being a romantic, I naturally jumped at the chance to attend a wedding reception which would include a grand dinner at a fancy restaurant. I seldom get a chance to enjoy weddings and I believe the last wedding I went to was my aunt’s way back when I was 12.

After getting all dressed up (red for good luck-it was a Chinese wedding after all) I caught the bus into town and began the trip up the stairs (pretty grand with a chandelier and all). The dining room was huge and there must have been 40 tables in there! After joining table 14, and glancing up at slides of the bride and groom’s pictures, as well as a tall 8 tier wedding cake, the ceremony began. The MC welcomed everyone and then announced the arrival the bride and groom.

The lights dimmed, music played, and a spotlight was directed at the entrance where a beautiful archway had been built up. The bride and groom entered, followed by 2 flowergirls and I was enchanted. Completely and utterly beguiled by the sight. The bride had worn the most GORGEOUS and to die for gown that I had ever seen, real or otherwise! It was creamy, with a Georgian feel, a tight studded, beaded bodice and a frothy skirt that fell in layers and even had a train! The picture above and below were the only things I could find that had only a slight imitation of what the real dress was like. The groom wore a matching cream outfit but the focus was clearly the bride and her stunning dress. When the pair came walking toward the stage and near to where I sat, I was struck by the fairytale significance of it all-It seemed almost as if the two had stepped out from long ago, the prince and princess of a magical kingdom even! The bride’s hair was mostly up and braided through with beads (and decorated with a sparkly flower piece) with some of it coming down in curly waves. I was struck with a sudden determination-I HAD  to have a dress like that when I had my own reception!

After they had reached the stage and come down again, the dinner began. A few courses later and they were called up to cut the cake. Once again, I was struck by the beauty and elegance of the whole ceremony, and this later evolved as the couple poured the wine, fed each other cake, and shared a kiss requested by the rather enthusiastic MC. The whole night was just magical, almost like a moment out of time, something that just didn’t belong in our busy, modern, hectic life. The food was delicious as one would expect and I felt almost as if I had fallen back in time, to when things were slower, simpler and yet somehow more enchanting. The atmosphere was wonderfully romantic and soft and I think everyone must have been cheered up by the magic of it all.

Romance, great food, a magical and extravagant atmosphere… This was definitely a wedding Mr and Mrs Darcy would approve of.

Beauty and the Duke by Melody Thomas

Setting: 1840, Victorian

Summary:

The face he shows the world is not the face she sees. . .

Once, ten years ago, they were young lovers, sharing sinful touches and desperate ecstasy. But he was bound by his promise to wed another. Since that fateful time, Christine Sommers has grown into a headstrong beauty, the kind of woman who thinks nothing of daring travels to the ends of the world. But for all her achievements, Christine has never found anyone who makes her heart race the way Erik Boughton once did.

Since that fateful time, Erik Boughton, the Duke of Sedgwick, has become something of a beast, at least according to the gossips of the ton. They say that he’s cursed, that any woman who shares his bed will meet an untimely end. But when he comes to Christine, desperate for her help to preserve his family and his title, she does not fear the devil duke. Enthralled by his ravenous desire, she would give him anything he wished, even her body . . . and her heart.

Review:

This is the first Melody Thomas I have read and I bought this one mainly on the basis of the back blurb which made the book sound as if it had magical elements in it. The blurb is very misleading. I thought the story was an update of Beauty and the Beast (which is my favourite fairytale), but it turned out the duke wasn’t a beast at all. Still, this was an interesting novel and different from the usual run of romance novels as it had an element of the supernatural in it-in the form of a ring which grants the wearer what they most wish for. This was more of a mystery romance, with the heroine trying to help the hero discover what happened to his ex-wife. The idea was interesting but failed to keep me hooked and I found myself wishing the story would move a little faster. It dragged in a lot of parts and I didn’t feel there was enough romance between the leads.

The hero, Erik is distant, brooding and really wasn’t a ‘devil duke’ as the back cover suggested. There were no mentions of mistresses or other women apart from Christine. The so-called curse wasn’t present either. Erik was always an honourable man and was as far from a beast as there could be!

Christine, the heroine was smart, independent and determined. She was definitely a woman to admire, and the reader could really connect with her as she tries to find meaning in her life. I loved how she could take care of herself and how the hero didn’t have to take care of her and was instead helping at her side.

Another thing that drew me to this book was the fact that the leads had once been together years ago but had since then been separated. Perhaps, this meant that there was no need for extra tension between the two but I did feel that the tension between them was lacking. Sexual tension is important in a romance as it allows the reader to root for the characters to be together and gives us something to look forward to. This was one of the book’s biggest flaws for me as the payoff came too quickly, and there wasn’t enough leading up to it.

I also felt that the book suffered from a lack of conflict as the danger was never too threatening and the conflict was too easily resolved. There was also no doubt of Erik and Christine loving each other even from when they were married for convenience.

I did enjoy the small tidbits of Scottish words thrown in, and enjoyed that the book was set in Scotland, which made it unique. It was a nice read but could have been better, and been more intriguing.

Sensuality Level: Warm (Love scenes are short but spicy)

Verdict: Just ok

Rating: 3 and a half stars out of 5

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