Mary Balogh

The Escape ~ Review

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Mary Balogh : The Escape (The Survivors Club #3)

Back Blurb :

After surviving the Napoleonic Wars. Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never doe’s Ben hope to imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering.

After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of her oppressive in-law’s – until she plot’s an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insist’s that he escort her on the fateful journey.

Ben want’s Samantha as much as she want’s him, but he is cautious. What can a wounded soul offer any woman? Samantha is ready to go where fate take’s her, to leave behind polite society and even propriety in her desire for this handsome, honorable soldier. But dare she offer her bruised heart as well as her body? The answer’s to both their question’s may be found in an unlikely place : in each other’s arm’s.

My View :

It has taken a bit of time due work and various other thing’s going on but I have finally finished this book and I have to say it was never a chore or hard work, Mary Balogh is an absolute joy to read and this “The Survivors Series” is one of my favorites of her’s. It is engaging and simply delightful. The characters are likable and so well written that they do feel very real.

The story line as ever with this series follows the lives of a group of severely scarred men and one woman who have been through the war and have come out the other side with horrific injuries. Some are very obvious like Ben and some aren’t so like Hugo but they band together to get each through their own personal hell and that is what is so engaging for me the real life of what these brave men and women have been through and what they are going through now to get their lives back on track.

Balogh has done an amazing job with each one of the characters, each one is so well researched and real and that is what make’s Mary Balogh such an incredible author.

This one tell’s the story of Ben and Samantha, both suffering in one way or another both have been through some horrific thing’s and you can see how that has effected them both, but once they are together there is a real magic and chemistry.

Through out the book Ben keep’s saying that he would love to dance that, that is is one dream and I love the fact that with Samantha’s careful and tender care of him he manages to for fill his dream and that for me is the scene of the book where Ben and Samantha get to do the Waltz it is a beautiful scene.

The orchestra struck an open chord and the lilting music filled the ballroom. Soon couples were twirling past the alcove.
“I always thought” she told him, “That the Waltz was the most romantic of dances”.
“But you do not want to dance it tonight?”
“Oh I do” she said “I want to dance it with you”.
He laughed softly “Perhaps,” he said “We can close our eyes and imagine it, like rising above the rain clouds in our hot air Balloon”.
She wanted to Waltz with him, he thought.
“Stand up Ben” she got to her feet.
He gathered his canes and stood, did she imagine he could dance? she took his canes from him just as she had done with one of them when he stepped into the sea with her, he remembered and set them aside.
“Put your right arm around me” she said.
He set it on her waist and took her hand in his, she did not set her other hand on his shoulder but about his own waist to support him, and she gazed into his eyes laughter and perhaps anxiety in her own.
Good lord! She was serious.
And they Waltzed.

The only thing I do have against Mary Balogh’s work is that it can be a little long winded there is an awful lot of long unnecessary conversations and I do think those rare moment’s do spoil these incredible book’s.

Balogh is an incredible author and The Survivors Series is so good it doesn’t need the overly long conversations that do seem to drag on a bit, but apart from that yet again this is another winner.

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Disney Book Tag!

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I have been Tagged to do the Disney Book Tag by the wonderful Shivalika from The Whimsy Journal’s.

I have to say that I was very interested and excited to be included in the Tag Game so here is mine.

 The Little Mermaid: a character who is out of their element, a fish out of water. 

I’m going to go with Billy Blade from Gaelen Foley’s : Lady of Desire (The Knight’s #4) He is a rough and rugged leader of an East End gang, who is forced off the street’s and back into the society he left as a child and Billy has to learn all etiquette all over again.

Cinderella: a character who goes through a major transformation.

I have to go with Sophia Fry from Mary Balogh’s : The Arrangement ( The Survivor’s #2). She start’s off as being called “the Mouse” and being ignored and put down and in the end she end’s up a Viscountess.

Snow White: a book with an eclectic cast of characters.

 

The Secret’s of A scoundrel by Gaelen Foley for me, it is full of spy’s, pirate’s,  kidnapper’s, prostitute’s, and a mix of everything in between

Sleeping Beauty: a book that put you to sleep.

I hate to say it but I have to say Stephanie Lauren’s : On A Wild Night (Cynster #8) which is a shame as I do really like her work but I did feel that this one did drag.

The Lion King: a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood.

 

This has definitely got to be Ian Mackenzie from the Mackenzie Series by Jennifer Ashley. Without giving anything away, Ian witnessed a awful even as a child that had him detained in a asylum.

Beauty and the Beast: a beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by but found the story to be beautiful. 

There are three that are quite big book’s, it’s the Languedoc Trilogy by Kate Mosse. Labyrinth,, Sepulchre and Citadel. Each one has it’s one beautiful story and the way that they are all interlinked together is really lovely.

Aladdin: a character that gets their wish granted, for better or worse. 

This for me is definitely Heathcliffe out of Wuthering Height’s, all his life he has wanted to be with Cathy and he doe’s eventually get to be with her. Do I have to say any more about him?

 Mulan: a character who pretends to be something or someone they’re not. 

In A Year Of Living Scandalously by Julia London, Kiera Hannigan and her cousin Lily swap place’s and Keira end’s up living as the Countess of Ashwood for a year.

 Toy Story: a book with characters you wish would come to life.

I would definitely love the entire Knight clan to come to life, from Gaelen Foley’s; The Knight Miscellany and The Spice Trilogy. Pure Heaven!

Disney descendants: your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character.

There are so many Villain’s out there. . .I am going to go with Valantine Napir from the Maiden lane series, he really is quite evil but yet he is so enthralling to read and with him being focus of the next Maiden lane series : Duke of Sin out soon, we will get to know so much more about this intriguing man.


I Tag for The Disney Book Tag

Carol : @RakesandRascals

Rebecca : @Rebeccabookreview

Caz : @Caz’sReadingRoom

La Deeta : @LaDeetdaread’s

 

The Arrangement ~ Review

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Mary Balogh : The Arrangement (The Survivor’s Club #2)

Back Blurb :

Blinded by a cannon blast on the Napoleonic battlefield’s, Vincent Hunt; Lord Darleigh, need’s to escape the well-meaning meddling – and matchmaking – of his family.

Luckily, he is saved by a stranger, a lady with a captivating voice. When Miss Sophia Fry’s intervention on his behalf find’s her unceremoniously booted from her guardian’s home, there seem’s only one solution: Marriage.

But Sophia fear’s her attraction to this handsome yet heartbrakingly vulnerable man. Could an arrangement born of desperation lead them both to love destined to be?

My View :

Mary Balogh is always a winner to me, she write’s well thought out and captivating novel’s they are light and full of emotion and strife especially The Survivor’s Club Series. With Balogh you don’t have your fast paced action packed stories that you do with such author’s like Gaelen Foley and Elizabeth Hoyt but that doesn’t take anything away from Mary Balogh she is a very talented writer, a writer that you know your not going to be disappointed when reading.

I love the simplicity of her book’s, the raw emotion and challenge’s that the character’s go through to get their happy ending is always entertaining. The Arrangement is no different, I have read this one so many time’s, it is one of those that you can never get bored of, the main character’s are as always with Balogh are an absolute delight to get to know. Sophia is just amazing the way she goes from being the neglected young girl, who is ignored and forgotten by her entire family to the courageous, intelligent and kind Viscountess who not just come’s out of her own shell but she pull’s Vincent out of his too. Once Sophia come’s out of her shell and start’s actually becoming her own person she is quite a feisty character, she is so full of self denial and self loathing at first but you see her become this incredible thoughtful person and the woman she become’s is provocative, hugely protective with an endearing slightly eccentric charm.

There is something very endearing and charming about Vincent and Sophia they are your classic match made in heaven couple as soon as they first appear on the same page as one another you know instantly that they are just made for each other, there isn’t this will-they-won’t-they there relationship, you know that they are just right for each other right from that first meeting and it is really lovely.

I urge all those that haven’t read any of Mary Balogh’s book’s to pick one up and give her a try, i would definitely start with this series. The Survivor’s Club is hugely enjoyable and I think it is a must for any Historical Romance reader and even more so if you are like me and have a certain fondness for the more damaged and tainted character’s then this is the series for you.

Friday’s Fab Five ~ Hero’s

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Today for my Fabulous Five the theme is all thing’s Wounded Hero and how a good woman can mend so many broken wing’s whether they be Soldier’s or Spies here is my favorite five.

1. Gaelen Foley ~ Lord Of Ice ( Knight Miscellany #3)

Lord of ice

 

 

 

Damien Knight, the Earl of Winterley, is proud, aloof, and tormented by memories of war. Though living in seclusion, he is named guardian to a fellow officer’s ward. Instead of the young homeless waif he was expecting, however, Miranda FitzHubert is a stunning, passionate beauty who forces him back into society. But can Miranda help severely scarred Damien over come his demon’s?

2. Mary Balogh ~ The Arrangement ( Survivor’s Club Series #2)

The arrangement

Blinded by a cannon blast on the Napoleonic battlefields, Vincent Hunt, Lord Darleigh, needs time away from the well-meaning meddling – and matchmaking – of his family. But anonymity proves impossible, and soon another marital trap is sprung. Luckily, he is saved in time by a stranger with a captivating voice that stirs something deep inside. And when Miss Sophia Fry’s intervention on his behalf finds her unceremoniously booted from her guardian’s home, Vincent can see a solution to both their problems: marriage

3. Elizabeth Hoyt ~ To Desire A Devil (Legend of Four Soldier’s #4)

To desire a devil

Reynaud St. Aubyn has spent the last seven years in hellish captivity. Now half mad with fever he bursts into his ancestral home and demands his due. Can this wild-looking man truly be the last earl’s heir, thought murdered by Indians years ago?

4. Gaelen Foley ~ My Ruthless Prince ( Inferno Club #4)

My ruthless prince

To London’s aristocracy, the Inferno Club is a scandalous society of men no proper young lady would acknowledge. In private, they are warriors who would do anything to protect their king and country. Book 4 of The Inferno Club focuses on Drake Parry, Earl of Westwood, who at the beginning of the series get’s court by the enemy and get’s tortured so badly that he loses his memory. This we see him regain his memory and try to defeat the evil Promethean’s at the same time trying to save not only the woman he love’s but his very soul.

5. Gaelen Foley ~ Her Every Pleasure (Spice Trilogy #3)

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Princess Sophia was only a child when Napoleon conquered the island paradise ruled by her father. Raised in England and now twenty-one, she means to claim the throne that is rightfully hers and bring peace to her war-torn land. But an ambush by deadly enemies forces Sophia into hiding outside London. Disguising herself as a peasant girl until she can safely return, she meets Major Gabriel Knight, a wounded warrior whose brush with death has utterly changed him.
Heir to a great fortune, and a master swordsman, he has given up his worldly possessions and laid down his arms. Sophia is fascinated by his brooding magnetism, and Gabriel, lured by her beauty and healed by her touch, is drawn back inexorably toward the world of the living.