Books Worth Your Buck — Caroline and the Captain — Maggi Andersen

Welcome to Books Worth Your Bucks. This is an ongoing blog hop with fellow authors to introduce Indie or small pubbed authors to our readers. Each Friday, we will spotlight an author’s book, give buy links along with the links to the other authors participating in the hop, and say why we think this book is worth your bucks. Book Captain Nicholas Bonham of Wellington’s Peninsular Regiment, the 52nd Light Infantry, returns from fighting the Napoleonic wars to see his brother laid to rest. A skilled rider, George’s death remains a mystery, as does the parlous state of his finances. Debenham Park must be sold unless Nicholas can find a swift solution. George’s former fiancée, Miss Caroline Mirringham, harbors a secret. She has trusted no man except her father and George, and now considers her future to be a desolate one. When her father proposes that Caroline marry Nicholas, she is filled with dread. The captain is nothing like his amiable brother. He looks altogether too strong and harsh. He would demand far more from her than she could give. Review Since high school, Regency romance has been one of my favorite subgenres of romance. Although it may be an illusion, this time period appears to be a more innocent, romantic time than our current day and age. (Just as medieval times do.) Of course, this isn’t true, but it still holds that mystique. Unfortunately, over the past several years, finding good Regency romances has become a challenge, which is why I was delighted when I found Ms. Andersen’s Caroline and the Captain. Captain Nicholas Bonham is an alpha...

Reading Tastes in Romance

Although I’ve been aware of this for quite some time, it crystallized last night as I read the book Wild Cat by Christine Feehan. So many of my friends enjoy Ms. Feehan’s work. I can see why. She has created a very believable world with mostly likable characters. They are very distinct characters. So, why am I struggling with reading the book? Well, it simply comes down to reading tastes and maturity. (Maturity for me, anyway. Maturity may have nothing to do with anyone else’s reading tastes. It happens to be the case for me.) I say maturity because, in high school and college, I loved the Alpha males–the over the top Alpha males in particular. I delighted in reading about them. Not so much anymore. 🙂 As a person and a woman, the hero who makes me catch my breath is his own person, he’s intelligent and caring, he’s hot, but he also wants to be my partner. It’s not some dude who believes he knows better than me about everything–what I’m feeling, what I need, and only kind of listens to me. Even if he “loves” me and wants to “protect” me, this overbearing crap won’t fly with me… not even in my fantasies. LOL Part of me understands why women love these types of heroes, but another part of me doesn’t.  (I’m sure the readers who love these types of heroes feel the same about my reading tastes. LOL) If I’m honest with myself, I never liked Alpha males in real life. I think because I might have a little bit of an Alpha female in me (You think?), but, also, because most of the Alpha...

Books Worth Your Buck – Her Cowboy – Kate Richards

Welcome to Books Worth Your Bucks. This is an ongoing blog hop with fellow authors to introduce Indie or small pubbed authors to our readers. Each Friday, we will spotlight an author’s book, give buy links along with the links to the other authors participating in the hop, and say why we think this book is worth your bucks. Today’s offering is Her Cowboy by Kate Richards: Felicity Franceaux’s new position as head of the Corbin’s Bend emergency room meets all her expectations. A professional staff, challenging cases, and a home in a town where spanking is not only accepted, it is appreciated. But losing her late husband left her so heartbroken, she’s afraid to try again. However, if she did, the guy next door sure has her attention. John Estrada, former ranch foreman now successful cowboy novelist also likes what Corbin’s Bend has to offer, but he’s having a hard time letting go of life on the range for life in the Bend. He’d like to get to know the pretty neighbor lady who never gives him more than a casual wave.  If only they could find a way to connect. Of all the Kate Richards’ books I’ve read, this has to be my favorite. There’s a richness and depth to her writing in this book that surpasses the others I’ve enjoyed. (And I have enjoyed all of them.) You have two injured souls who find solace in each other and help each other heal. Neither is perfect; they don’t “complete” each other; they just are. This is part of what I like about this book, among many...