Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Coffee Pot Reviews: One True Love by Lori Wilde & The Mad Earl's Bride by Loretta Chase


 Coffee Pot Reviews
Welcome to Coffee Pot Reviews! These are short and sweet reviews done in the length of time it takes my coffee pot to brew! I have two Avon books to share with you. I've got iced mocha coffee so grab a cup and enjoy! 







One True Love
by Lori Wilde
Series: Cupid, Texas 0.5
Publisher: HarperCollins/ Avon
Publication date: May 21, 2013
Genre: Contemporary/Historical Romance
Source: Avon in exchange for unbiased review
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In Cupid, Texas, they say everyone has one true love. And if you write a letter to Cupid, you will get an answer in return . . . Now, from New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde, read how the legend of Cupid began . . . All it took was one great love story!  Too bad for pretty young housemaid Millie Greenwood that her one true love is John Fant, the handsomest, wealthiest man in town. But in 1924, a maid—no matter how lovely—isn't about to marry into the town's foremost family, and John is on the verge of becoming betrothed to another. Everything seems hopeless until Millie writes a desperate letter to Cupid, and the most romantic legend of all is born . . .
I have read and enjoyed some of Lori Wilde's Cupid Texas series books so I was excited to have the chance to learn how the legend of Cupid Texas began. Wilde take us back to 1924 in One True Love, and shares with us the sweet, heartwarming romance that started the legend. Millie was sweet and innocent and quickly fell for John Fant a wealthy landowner. It's an impossible romance as she is a maid but I enjoy these types of romances. The characters were sweet and a few like the maid and John's sister made me giggle. Wilde offered a sweet romance with some interesting moments regarding the period and I loved how the legend of Cupid Texas began. Fans of the series and those who are new to it will find this to be a delightfully sweet read. 

Three and half cups of coffee out of five 
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The Mad Earl's Bride
by Loretta Chase
Series: Scoundrels #3.5
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: HarperCollins/Avon
Publication date: June 4, 2013
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Originally appeared in the print anthology Three Weddings and a Kiss (1995). Gwendolyn Adams is about to propose to an earl. On his deathbed. Gwendolyn Adams isn't shocked at being asked to save a handsome earl's dying line, even when she learns the prospective bridegroom is seriously ill and possibly insane. She's quite a good nurse, after all, and her family is famous for producing healthy male children. Those stories about his riding the moors half-naked on a pale white horse? Extremely intriguing—especially after she gets her first look at the gorgeous lunatic. The Earl of Rawnsley wants only to lose what's left of his mind in peace and privacy. But his busybody relatives have saddled him with a surprise bride and orders to sire an heir forthwith. (And they say he's mad?) But with Gwendolyn, his health is returning, and his resistance ... crumbling. Is it possible that love is the finest madness of all?
As you know I love marriages of convenience and The Mad Earl's Bride has an unusual twist!  The Earl of Rawnsley is presumably on his death bed and will slowly go mad just like his mother. He suffers debilitating episodes that will only continue to worsen and his doctor believes he has only months before he goes completely mad and dies from the illness. As the last living son his death will be the end of his bloodline, so it is suggested he wed and while in a laudanum educed buzz he agrees. Gwendolyn Adams is a nurse and is asked to wed him and continue his line. The tale that unfolds is deliciously good with some wonderful medical history regarding the period which fascinated me. Gwen likes to solve medical mysteries and quite remarkable. She is outspoken, intelligent and resourceful. Dorian is rakishly handsome with long dark hair and the most unique eyes. I laughed, and even teared up as I found myself completely caught up in this predictable and sweet romance. I have not read the other books in this series but it works as a standalone. I finished this in one sitting and found it to be a delightful escape.

Four cups of coffee out of five 
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49 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 8:47 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I like them for when I finish a book before bedtime, and want to read something that won't keep me up with just one more chapter...hello 4 am...LOL these are perfect for that

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:48 PM , Anonymous Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...

I think I'll go look these up -- they sound like fun, and I can always squeeze in a novella somewhere.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

yeah I love Cupid, Texas:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous Danielle Chapman said...

I loved 'One True Love' and I am happy to see you liked it as well. Thanks for the reviews!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Oh I do too :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Lindy hope you get to read it:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I like her books as well but never read the anthology book.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous Anna@herding cats said...

The Mad Earl's Bride so sounds like one I'd love. I have a thing for the arranged mates/fake mate storylines.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous karina said...

You totally threw me with Loretta Chase's book. I thought it was a new one, but then saw that it was originally published in the 90s ;) She is one of my favorite historical authors and I automatically read everything she publishes. Glad you enjoyed the book! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous Lindy Gomez said...

Great Coffee Pot Reviews Kimba! The first story sounds like such a sweet romance! The second one appeals to me a whole lot! I love the whole marriage of convenience theme in books too! Thanks for sharing :)


Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I will make a time traveler out of you yet *evil grin*

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Ha..no not this particular cupid..you will have to read to learn :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous GRgenius said...

Enjoyed the reviews though book one has me wondering...would he really write back? Really? *ponders* ^-^ Thanks for sharing your thoughts and a cup of joe! Happy reading!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous Pnrurbfantasyreviews said...

I'm no Historical(anything) fan but you always make me want to read this genre based on your reviews, alone. Maybe someday I'll take the leap o.o and I'll have you to thank :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I am the same way and yes it was a perfect afternoon read:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

me too..hahaha!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Yes, Love at First Sight was released in June and All Out of Love comes out this month:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous Toni @ My Book Addiction said...

Will do, Kim. Thanks!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous Barbara Walker said...

Lori Wilde's? I'll have to check that one out, Mom will be thrilled. :) I saw Loretta Chase's Vixen in Velvet was put off until 2014. *sob*

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous Lauren said...

I am always up for a couple quick, sweet romantic reads! I don't mind predictability as long as the story is enjoyable, and it sounds like these are. I especially think I'd like The Mad Earl's Bride. Lovely coffee pot reviews (these are so fun!). :-)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It was very good Melissa:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I have read both of these authors before and quite enjoyed them

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Nice, I enjoyed these

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Thanks Andrea, I read a few of them and they are sweet, so it was nice to read about the legend.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Jenea, hope you have a lovely evening

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

do me a favor and next time you go to library check this out:
The Emperor's Conspiracy by Michelle Diener
Here is my review, I think this has elements that will appeal to you based on the other genres you like: http://www.caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/2012/11/the-emperors-conspiracy-by-michelle.html

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Barbara..i have her newest one and will be reviewing that later this month!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

I like honey every once in a while. ;)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I have her latest book to read this month!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Squeee...i delighted you:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Ali that was so sweet it oozed honey..LOL

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

that was such fun, and interesting too!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I think it is interesting too, I also find marriage and entailed properties and such fascinating as well. Thank you so much for stopping by today:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I love going to the library..hope you get this one:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It was enjoyable and perfect for a rainy day read:) Thanks Adria!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:55 PM , Anonymous Debbie Haupt said...

Thanks for the great reviews Kim, love the titles and the premise. Now on to the novels :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:55 PM , Anonymous Aurian said...

I think I do have that anthology, I just have no idea if I have read the book yet ... It sounds like a fun read.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:55 PM , Anonymous Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh I think I like the sound of the Mad Earl's Bride. I enjoy historical romance and she sounds intelligent! WIN!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:55 PM , Anonymous Andrea @The Bookish Babe said...

I've read the first book in the Cupid, Texas series, and I liked it. It's nice that they went back and told the legend of the town. It sounds like a good novella. Thanks for sharing, Kim!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:55 PM , Anonymous Jenea Whittington said...

Great mini reviews. I am happy that you enjoyed them. :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:55 PM , Anonymous Toni @ My Book Addiction said...

I love your coffee pot reviews, Kim. You know historical romance isn't my favorite flavor, but still awesome reviews. You could almost tempt me to read one of these based on your reviews. ;)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:55 PM , Anonymous Barbara Walker said...

More Loretta Chase makes me so happy! I'm glad you loved this one, awesome review - I'm grabbing this one right away. My mom is in love with the Wilde series, I didn't know about the novella so she'll be thrilled about this (I'm her source and you're my source for most of her cowboy-ish books). Thank you. ;) Great reviews, hon.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:55 PM , Anonymous thegeekyblogger said...

Great Mini's! Lori Wilde's newest was a book we read and discussed last night at bookclub. I didn't get a chance to get to the book (we read 4) but I do have it on my shelves!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:55 PM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

They both sound delightful :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:02 PM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

Both sound good, but I especially like the sound of The Mad Earl's Bride!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:02 PM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

These both sound like great reads! I think I would definitely like to try One True Love, I love books set in the early 1920's!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:02 PM , Anonymous fishgirl182 said...

i haven't read either of these but they both sound pretty interesting, esp the loretta chase. i have read a few historical romances where the male was really afraid of going mad. it is very interesting to see what people though of madness back then and how they treated it. thanks for the coffee pot reviews!


fishgirl182 @ nite lite book reviews

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:02 PM , Anonymous Michelle said...

Ooo The Mad Earl's Bride sounds good! I'll have to check out the Scoundrels series (I'm making a new library list...and I'm not loosing it this time)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:02 PM , Anonymous Adria @ Adria's Romance Review said...

I've been wanting to read The Mad Earl's Bride since I read the blurb on Goodreads. I'm in a real historical mood so I just might bump it up on my TBR mountain... er, list.

 

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