Monday, 30 May 2011

Review: Love Letters - Lori Brighton

Genre: Historical romance
Pages: Ebook, 99
Published: May 2011

The Art of Seduction
Clara Cameron will do anything to escape her impending marriage to the odious Lord Desmond, even if it means posing nude for artist Brendon Evans, the man she once loved. It's been years since they've seen each other, but Clara's love for Brendon hasn't diminished. Will Brendon recognize Clara and admit his feelings for the woman before Lord Desmond comes calling, claiming Clara for his own?

Meant For Me
For years Cynthia Shaw has replied to Gabriel Baston's letters, pretending to be his fiancé, Cynthia's wretched cousin Helen. When Gabriel appears at a masked ball and mistakes Cynthia for Helen, she can't help herself and gives her innocence to the man she has loved for years. Will Lord Kennwick realize Cynthia was meant for him before it's too late?

My thoughts:
I am not the best at reviewing novellas, you can't say too much and you must say something. They are sure tricky to review.

The Art of Seduction is the first story and it's about that first love you had  that never came to be. Clara was always in love with Brendon but he was older and never noticed her. And now she is on the run and she wants to see him again.

I liked Clara, she was innocent, but she still wanted something. Brendon was a bit broken and needed to be healed. And since this is a short story everything happens fast and it works. They meet and at the end they have their HEA. Since this is a  romance after all. There is also danger and passion.

Meant For Me was my favourite out of these two. It's about Cynthia who is mistreated by her aunt. They do not really care for her and she is the grey wallflower. But in fact she is full of life and she doesn't want her cousin to marry Lord Kennwick. She knows him, he knows her..but not really since he thinks he has been writing her cousin. Of course at one point I did think he should have thought of it sooner but hey we need some drama in this short story. It was a cute Cinderella story and just like story number 1 it had passion too.

Conclusion:
Two short and passionate tales about love found.

Cover:
It does look cool.

Source. Author

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And cos I am lazy. The winners of Wickedly Charming and Awaken the Highland warrior have been notified, and the name of the winners are in the original post




31 comments:

Jenny said...

I always have a hard time reviewing novellas as well, just like you said it's hard to say enough without saying too much. These sound like two fabulous stories though and I'm a big fan of Lori Brighton:)

Chris said...

LOL at your comment about reviewing novellas!

Misha said...

The cover is pretty!
Meant For Me sounds more interesting to me too. I have read and enjoyed the author's previous book , so will be looking forward to this one.

The Bookworm said...

Novellas are hard to review without giving away too much. I do like historical romance and this does sound good.

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Well if it's hard to review a novella you sure don't show it...awesome review hon!

Hawk

Book of Secrets said...

The cover is beautiful! They both sound like sexy stories. I am intrigued by the "posing nude" part of the first novella...

Blodeuedd said...

@Jenny
So hard, they are so short that if I spill all then there is nothing left. And so hard to review since not much happens in the end.

@Chris
Glad you liked it ;)

@Misha
It was the best one. I do like a Cinderella type story. And she was so deserving

Blodeuedd said...

@Naida
So very hard, but I gave it my best shot :D

@hawk
Awww, thanks! You are too kind

@Diana
Oh yes, she is gonna be nude, and I can't say more, well HEA lol

Anonymous said...

I like the premise of Meant for Me as well. Love letters, when well-written, have a place in my heart.

vvb32 reads said...

glad to see lori's latest are treats.

Blodeuedd said...

@Steph
That makes me think of my all time fav love letter. Captain Wenthwort's letter, awww lovely.

@VV
it sure was :)

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Ah, the novella problem. Yep. However, you did great and now I do want to read them. Especially b/c it has an HEA. ;D

Mari - Escape In A Book said...

Only 99 pages, wow I can understand that it was difficult to write a review. I thought your review was wonderful :)

Carole Rae said...

good review. I really like the cover...I might pick this book up.

Staci said...

Novellas are hard but I think you did a good job!

Jenny N. said...

Novella's are quick reads for me but usually leave me wanting more. Good to know that both these are good.

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

Novellas are hard for me, too. I can't seem to wrap my mind around enough to say. Great balance though! Lori is a great author :)

Amused said...

I don't think I've read any novella's but this sounds like a great one to start with!

serendipity_viv said...

I do like a nice and quick novella! I have yet to read Lori Brighton, so this might be a good place to start.

SusiSunshine said...

I think you did great and I want this one now.

Blodeuedd said...

@Melissa
Thanks :D I am always worried that nothing comes to light in my novella reviews

@Ladybug
And that was 99 pages with two different stories in it. So hard

@carole
It's so simple and yet so pretty

Blodeuedd said...

Thanks Staci :D

@Jenny
The good thing is sure that they are quick, but yet mostly they leave you wanting more

@Melissa
Exactly, I just never have enough things to say about them

Blodeuedd said...

@Amused
Never? o_O Not even a little tiny one?

@Vivienne
This one was perfect for me when I just has finished a 700 page long book

@Susi
Thanks :D

Aurian said...

Nicely done Blodeuedd, now I want to read this one!

Blodeuedd said...

Thanks Aurian
They are always the most tricky to review

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

I love Lori Brighton and will have to check this one out. Novellas are really hard to review!

Blodeuedd said...

@Bucky
I never know what to say but it always work out in the end :)

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

sometimes i love a short story

Blodeuedd said...

Carrie
They are sure great sometimes :)

Anonymous said...

These sound like wonderful novellas. I also have trouble reviewing a novella for fear of giving away the entire story. I might have to check these out for a fun, fast read. I also like the cover on this one.

Blodeuedd said...

@Deanna
It sure is hard, but I do like them too cos short can be so good when you are busy

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