Thursday 26 January 2012

Review: Her Ladyship's companion - Evangeline Collins

Genre: Historical romance
Pages: 330
Published: 2009
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Bought
In the Scottish countryside of Selkirk, Lady Isabella Stirling resides at Bowhill Park, serving penance for a sin that nearly ruined her family. For five years she has been condemned to a loveless marriage and confined to the estate where she does little more than tend her rose garden. With her husband absent for months at a time and few visitors, Bella lives a lonely existence, denying the passions that burn within her very soul.
Then her cousin comes for a visit and makes an outrageous suggestion: what Bella needs is a lover. A hired lover. Despite her need, Bella says no. But soon Mr. Gideon Rosedale arrives-and he is at her service for two weeks. Indulging in what she intends to be a harmless flirtation, Bella is overcome by Gideon's intoxicating presence. And when she at last permits him to satisfy her desires, she discovers she's done the unthinkable-she's fallen in love.

My thoughts:
I read another book by her and liked it, even though I didn't think I would. So of course then I had to get this book. At least now I was used to the prostitutes ;)

Isabella is married to a man who is never around. She is lonely, sad and there is passion in her that never gets to come out. When she finally gets to live she is a tad bit immature, but that is because she wants and wants. Kind of like me in a bookstore. The hero, oh yes, he is a male prostitute hired by her cousin. Now this is a romance so of course they fall in love, but can they be? She is married and he is nothing.

I can't say what it is about her books that make me like them so much. There is just so much passion, angst, and love around. And there is that big elephant in the room, how on earth could this possibly work? The road there is long and it has me wondering. Because I want them and need these two to be happy. She is so deserving and he, well he sure deserves better too.

I truly enjoyed this one and I recommend it. I really like her voice.

Something is wrong with his body


I am also now a permanent member of the gang over at and today I am reviewing Black Wings by Christina Henry.

As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black is responsible for escorting the souls of the dearly departed to the afterlife. It's a 24/7 job with a lousy benefits package. 

Maddy's position may come with magical powers and an impressive wingspan, but it doesn't pay the bills. And then there are her infuriating boss, tenant woes, and a cranky, popcorn-loving gargoyle to contend with. 

Things start looking up, though, when tall, dark, and handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in Maddy's building. It's probably just a coincidence that as soon as he moves in demons appear on the front lawn. But when an unholy monster is unleashed upon the streets of Chicago, Maddy discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Powers linked to a family legacy of tarnished halos. 

Powers that place her directly between the light of Heaven and the fires of Hell.


  1. I'm glad you liked it as much as the first :)

  2. You're going to have to read some of the historical m/m she writes as Ava March! :)

  3. Mary
    I sure did :) And this was her earlier novel so it was just as good

    But I am a bit scared :/

  4. hahaha the cover is a little odd...I'm not sure how all that is working, but oh well.. I'm glad you liked this one! Sounds like an impossible romance.

  5. Chris
    But I am :/ I fear it is the smexing *blush* I do not mind smexing, it's just that I want a story more. Though I do confess that Collins is an exception. Here it works.

    And now i feel silly for saying smexing, lol, it is those weird spammers ;)

  6. She does a nice mixture of story'n'smex. :) I get bored if there's too much smex for the amount of story, too.

  7. Carole
    I stared a while at it, he has one leg and that goes way way up

    I did read one MM story, but honestly they were at it all the time. I need to breathe once in a while too. But perhaps I would feel differently about her books

  8. I've been on such a historical romance kick lately, I just finished the Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt and am now craving more romances along the same lines. Might have to try this series out! I'm intrigued by the prostitute angle:)

  9. The cover is a little odd on this one. I'm glad they get a happy ending though.

  10. "Kind of like me in a bookstore."

    Haha! I think we are all familiar with that feeling.

    This book seemed to have some really great romantic tension. I hope the couple found a way to be together forever. :)

  11. I am glad you liked the book Blodeuedd, but it really is not calling my name.

  12. You're right that the man in the cover is eitehr deformed or at a very biazzare angle! Made me laugh. :)

  13. Jenny
    The prostitite angle sure is different and it works really well. She is with these two books one of my fav HR authors

    It looks really weird

    I am not telling but yes it is a HR so ;)

    No? But it is really good ;)

  14. Mel
    I honestly do not know where his 2nd leg would fit there ;)

  15. sounds cool
    odd cover ha ha
    i'll think about it if i wanna read it
    tnx 4 reviewing
    and congrats

  16. Roro
    Glad you enjoyed the review :)

  17. Used to the prostitutes? ROFL! You better watch that! *snicker*

    Hm... might need a historical smexing book. ;)

    Congraties on your new position. Um... I mean... on the reviewing job. ;)

  18. Hmmm, I'm not sure about this one for me. Sounds okay. :)

  19. I think I'm doing something wrong as I can't get my comment to post on Black Wings, so I'm saying it here to you. ;)

    Oh, I do have this one on my WANT list already. And this review reminds me why I want it. :) Thank you!

  20. Whoa - historical romance with sure know how to get me to covet a book!

  21. i've been wanting to read her ladyship for a long time!

  22. This looks good and you right about the man

  23. Haha, I love your comment on the cover :-) So succinct!

  24. Oooh, prostitutes... ;) lol. It sounds really interesting, I need to check it out! Your reviews make me super interested in Romance novles. Haha. :D

  25. Something is wrong with his body

    Lol, kind of one part of it is missing, right? Perhaps he is an alien?

    So Evangeline Collins and Ava March are the same person? I admit I read a short novella by Ava and I wasn't impressed - it was one long m/m sex scene. Well, if you look for such things it might work for you.

  26. LOL something is wrong with his body - gotta love that saying, Blodeuedd! That should go up in our favourite reviewer quotes somewhere... Surely someone should have noticed though, before it was published?

    Thanks for your great review,today, Blodeuedd!

  27. I like the Scottish setting and this does sound good. I dont like the cover, one of his legs is missing and why is he naked?

  28. Melissa
    I know, I am so eh now about the whole whore thing, I am down with that suff, lol, ok not really.

    *gasps* melissa!

    I do have the same problem now and again so you are not the only one. Some days it work, soem days not.

    It was :D

    Hihi, I try my best.

    I hope you get the chance cos it sure is worth it

    I know right, so weird

  29. Aarti
    Lol, I stared at it for quite some time

    I am glad to hear that, everyone needs a HR book now and again

    Alien with just one leg...freaky!
    Yup she is Ava March but I am not sure about wanting to read that, I need a story too, not just smexing. Sure they are at it here too, but it's still lots of other things going on too

    Lol, I guess nobody paid attention, well except for me, I seem to stare too long at covers ;)

    I am happy to be a part of the gang!

    Well they are getting down and dirty so that explains that. His leg though...yeah, he seems to have misplaced it

  30. I agree that the cover isn't fantastic. There is something about their bodies that don't work.

  31. I am sucker for authors with good voices... so even though historical is no my usual read, I might just make an exception for this one :)

  32. Alexis
    So very strange o_O

    You really should make an exception :) She is truly good



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