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
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.