Hello, and welcome back! I have the last of the June books to share with you this time out, before I dive into the July stack that's starting to grow on the corner of the desk.
The Wedding Trap (Ballantine) by Tracy Anne Warren is the last of her 'Trap' series. This time heiress Eliza Hammond turns to her friend Violet for help during her Season. Violet's brother-in-law Kit is just the man to help her navigate the treacherous waters of fortune-hunters and other rakes to find a suitable husband. Except that once Kit starts to transform Eliza, he doesn't want to share her with anyone else. Fortunately, unlike its predecessors, this couple can't lie about their identities. That makes this light, rather uncomplicated tale much more enjoyable. Not a keeper for me, but definitely a fine way to spend a summer afternoon. It's earned three of Cupid's five arrows.
Wishing and Hoping (Silhouette Romance) by Susan Meier is next. Tia Capriotti has dreamed for years about Drew Wallace. Their chance meeting has her hopes coming alive again, only to be dashed when he's furious to find out just who this alluring woman is. Worse, when she finds out she's pregnant, his suggestion of a temporary marriage makes her realize just how far from reality her dreams really were. Drew hasn't moved past his hurt and devastation over the betrayal of his ex-wife, which means letting his emotions have control is not an option. Tia and Drew have much to overcome to reach a happy ending, and, as usual, Ms. Meier manages to make us really like her characters, which is pretty impressive, considering how difficult Drew is. I'm giving this one four arrows.
Taken (Signet) by Barbara Freethy is next, with Kayla Sheridan shocked to find out that the man she married isn't really the man she married. Nick Granville is no more pleased about the situation than she is, and is determined to hunt down his old college foe once and for all. But the con artist is also determined, and his machinations have put Kayla and Nick in the middle of a dangerous and twisted quest. This one is a page-turner, with great suspense. The many threads coming together will keep you reading, though I was a little disappointed with the ending--but I can't really say why without giving too much away. Still, the rest of the book was good enough for four arrows.
Until next time, happy reading!