Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is a Valentine’s Day freebie and my post is inspired by Paperbacks and Planners’ postfrom last year! Their theme was too tempting to pass up and I’ve been waiting to get a change to use it!
Title: To Love and to Loathe Author: Martha Waters Rating: ★★★★
ARC provided by Atria Books through NetGalley.
To Have and to Hoax was a gem of a book that I had happened upon last year and ended up absolutely thrilling me. I knew immediately after finishing that I would read whatever else Martha Waters wrote, and I’m so pleased that To Love and to Loathe shines just as bright as it’s predecessor.
The only thing better than the promise of a frenemies-to-lovers situation, it’s when said book delivers successfully on that promise. Jeremy and Diana’s interactions in To Have and to Hoax had me hoping for a book focused on their story, and this did not disappoint in the least. There was so much to love: their constant bickering and witty remarks, the subtle attempts at undermining one another, the sizzling chemistry, the underlying romantic feelings obvious to everyone except themselves.
Besides the excellently written romance, I found Jeremy and Diana to be complex characters with personal struggles that resolve with character growth throughout the book. There is just so much emotion within the pages and I really loved reading it. To Love and to Loathe is a wonderful historical romance and I highly recommend it!
Title: A Rogue of One’s Own (A League of Extraordinary Women #2) Author: Evie Dunmore Rating: ★★★★½
ARC provided by Berkley through NetGalley.
Bringing Down the Duke absolutely blew me away, so I was stoked when A Rogue of One’s Own was announced. Once again, Evie Dunmore knocked it out of the park! A Rogue of One’s Own is a delightful historical romance full of amazing chemistry, a plucky heroine, and a scandal-filled love story.
After meeting Lucie in Brining Down the Duke, I was so excited to that she would be the protagonist in this. Lucie was such a strong, independent, smart woman and I was really looking forward to her getting her own book. I love how fiercely she fights for equal rights for women and what she believes in, despite the hardships she faces along the way.
The chemistry between Lucie and Tristan was sizzling! As with Bringing Down the Duke, Evie Dunmore expertly creates a simmering tension and longing between two characters that is palpable through the pages. All those repressed feelings and years of longing really build up the angst in the one which made the end result so much more satisfactory.
Evie Dunmore’s books have quickly become a “must-read” for me. From the high quality of her writing and the amazing chemistry between characters, A Rogue of One’s Own makes the perfect historical romance. I cannot wait for the next book from her!