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Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge: Whispers on the Wind
Look for it, then click the link to activate your account. Thanks for joining the All About Jazz community! My Content Membership has its privileges! Jazz Near You Partners. Search Albums by title. Links Jazz Albums Jazz Discographies. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well I didn't care for the heroine in this book at all, she was having intimate relations with one man while allowing another man to court her with intentions to marry him.
Then after she marries him still allows other man to kiss and basically molest her before she puts a stop to it. The fact that she later finds out that they are one and the same man means little to me and if I was hero I would be mad and question her ability to be faithful. If a hero did this I would not give him a pass so I Well I didn't care for the heroine in this book at all, she was having intimate relations with one man while allowing another man to court her with intentions to marry him.
If a hero did this I would not give him a pass so I won't be giving her one either. It happened after half way mark or I would have prob been able to not finish this book. I am obviously alone in my opinion cause no reviews hinted to this travesty. Cultures Collide Most Charmingly Having been raised in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where wives and children of husbands and fathers who spent far more time away at sea than at home learned quickly to rely on themselves, Belinda Latham considered herself a modern and independent American woman.
The year was , and following the tragic death of her mother, stepfather, and uncle, Billie was alone in the world and virtually penniless when she received word from Cornwall, England, that she was the so Cultures Collide Most Charmingly Having been raised in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where wives and children of husbands and fathers who spent far more time away at sea than at home learned quickly to rely on themselves, Belinda Latham considered herself a modern and independent American woman.
The year was , and following the tragic death of her mother, stepfather, and uncle, Billie was alone in the world and virtually penniless when she received word from Cornwall, England, that she was the sole beneficiary of a wealthy estate in St. With little more than hope and a steady trust in herself, and of course more than a fair share of her father's adventurous spirit, Billie took the reins of her life fully in hand and left America for England, intent on becoming the next Lady of Radborne Manor. Not that she had the first idea on how to be a Lady, really, but the opportunity would not be passed up.
What she got was a wealthy but forbidding estate full of dour colors and lifeless severity, a couple of friendly servants who were a bit aghast at her independence, a murder mystery, and the sexy as sin ghost of the former Earl of Strathorn, Maximillian Radborne, who insisted in quite a full-blooded and corporeal fashion that the manor was his, the bedroom was his, and while Billie was welcome in it, she was to do nothing at all with her new home, as he liked it quite a lot just as it stands. Billie, being the independent and progressive woman that she is, ignores the ghost - once that pesky fainting had passed - and sets about turning her new home and all its inhabitants, ghostly or not, on their ears.
Maximillian was running out of time to find the one responsible for his father's murder and his ghostly condition, and he was not thrilled to be left with only the stunning but stubborn witch Billie to help him. He had little choice, there were places he could not go, questions he could not ask, and he had to rely on her inherent curiosity to help him solve the mystery. Her inquiries, however, start drawing the wrong kind of attention and soon Max is torn between needing her help and wanting with heightening fervor to to keep her safe.
Unfortunately, when it comes to Billie's affections, Max is positively beside himself. While he knows he stirs her nightly passions, the local vicar John Bosworth has become quite her confidante these past weeks, and is obviously stirring her softer emotions. And no amount of bellowing at her to get rid of the fop is doing him any good whatsoever.
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He's got to find a killer, that must be his top priority, but he can't keep his mind off Billie, despite knowing his time running out. One way or another, his ghostly spirit will be laid to rest. I freely admit, I'm not a history buff. I couldn't begin to critique a historical romance on the merits of historical accuracy beyond the most egregious anachronisms. Like the use of a cell phone in Regency England or something. I don't even read enough historical romance to have more than the most basic grasp of certain times and cultures, so my feelings about this book are in no way based on technical historical accuracy.
It was only fair to get that off my chest, because I loved this book. It's probably a novella. Not only was the book not bad yeah, I know, double negative - sorry , but it also was in no way a novella. In fact, it's quite a thorough and lengthy book, so my deal-loving, reading-frenzied heart just went pitter-patter all the way through the thing.
The characters were great. I loved, loved, loved Billie, who was so clearly American in all ways. I can't recall ever reading a book quite like this before, where the effects of the difference in the cultures between America and a feudal England were so brilliantly utilized as both character development and a plot device. Billie, a relatively common woman by Nantucket standards, fresh from a country that disdains any form of monarchy and raised to be a self sufficient and independent free-thinker is thrust into a position of Lady of a wealthy manor and suddenly has servants and social obligations.
Not only does her upbringing so clearly define her mind and actions, it totally confuses and enchants And I thought her reaction to the ghost of Maximillian was both adorable and believable. Had it been a contemporary novel, it would not have worked for me at all, but it wasn't, and it did. Expounding any more on that would give away too many of the secrets of the book, so I won't. Actually, about those secrets It was relatively easy to suss out the mystery and put all the pieces of the great big puzzle together pretty much from the beginning.
If I was forced to say anything critical about the book, I guess that would be it. For all the twists and turns of the plot, and there were a plethora of them, none of it was in any way surprising to me, so the impact of any big reveal moment just didn't work. That usually annoys me. In fact, I've criticized more than one book for that very thing, and yet in this case, it just didn't. And I know why it didn't. Because Billie was just so darn appealing a character, and she didn't take any guff from Max, no matter how loudly he bellowed or how insistent he became, or how annoying he was popping into any room he wanted whenever he wanted.
I just loved that about her. And so I didn't much care that she wasn't as astute in figuring out one or two tiny little plot points. She was brave, and she stood up for herself, and she relied on herself. Yeah, Max was a charmer, too. His whole Lord of the Manor attitude was so completely ineffectual with Billie that it was hard not to just be amused by it. And Billie did figure out quite a lot, even if she wasn't totally certain of some things. I loved them together. I even liked the vicar, who just gave Max fits. I certainly have no complaints over the technical writing aspects either.
The narrative was smooth, nicely descriptive, and the dialogue fast and fun and conversational So yeah, I guess there were aspects of the plot that were a bit too easy to figure out, but in the end, for me it all came down to the characters and their chemistry. It came down to Billie. And my deal-loving, book-hungry Kindle. If you like fun characters with tons of chemistry and a female heroine with more spine than common sense to be fair, she had a lot of spine in your historical romance and don't mind a ghost or two, I can happily recommend Whispers on the Wind.
In fact, at that price, I pretty much insist on it. Okay, I have to go right into how I felt about this book. I absolutely loved this book, it was so enticing and grabbed my attention in an instant! Even the synopsis just pulled me in. The characters in this story are so well defined and I loved how Belinda was portrayed. Belinda is the outspoken, intelligent, clever woman, an absolute match for Maximillian who as you guessed is an arrogant yet handsome man. I enjoy reading stories that set back in the 19th or even older centuries where the women Okay, I have to go right into how I felt about this book.
I enjoy reading stories that set back in the 19th or even older centuries where the women are portrayed has having the same intelligence and courage as men. This story grabbed me from the very start when the author introduced Belinda as traveling through the storm, and immediately describes the haunting of the Manor. This got the best of my curiosity and as you guessed it I wanted to read more! The twist as the book neared to an end really got the best of me. I was absolutely shocked and I just couldn't stop smiling while reading the book!
You guys will know why if you read this book. The only negative comment I have to say is that I wished the scene in which the culprit was captured was elaborated in more details. Because I sure do want to know what happened to that person and what the punishment was. Besides that I loved this book! It definitely is a sweet blend of romance and mystery, which is a great combination for a book.
I assure you, you will be smiling during most of this read! Just don't let anyone catch you smiling, they might think your crazy! Donna Fletcher First published: Cornwall, England, Sex: Lord of the manor. Bright, free 20yo American from Nantucket with no family left. Light paranormal with ghosts. Completely anachronistic story with some twisty turns and explicit sex. It wasn't a great historical by any means.
But it was fun. And Billie made me smile. It's a Why not? Aug 11, Bronwyn rated it really liked it. Fun to watch a stubborn women and a proud man interact intelligently. Even though you think you know what is going on you can't absoluelty be sure. Just that little hint of could it be? Is he a ghost or isn't he. Who is the bad guy? Set in a wonderful English Manor with a village of people that have secrets. Oct 11, Tina rated it really liked it. This was a very enjoyable read with a nice little twist which I didn't figure out until the author mentioned it.
I had my suspicions but the outcome was different than what I had in mind. It was cleverly created. For a fun, keep-a-smile-on-your-face read, this is the one! Mar 21, Elaine rated it it was amazing. I can't believe I like this book so much better than the last one I read by this author! Mar 27, Sandra marked it as to-read Shelves: Above and beyond expectations I love Billie and max.
It was so awesome how everything was put together and the turn of events that occurred and led to them to finally getting the answers. Would most definitely read again. Nov 15, Ella rated it did not like it. Feb 08, sandy forguson rated it it was amazing. Sep 14, Paranormal Romance rated it liked it Shelves: With the death of her parents and her brother, there is nothing holding the heroine to her home town of Nantucket. So when she is name sole heir to an estate in England, she thanks her good fortune and sets out for her new life. Upon arrival in the small village, she soon learns that her new home is haunted by the frightening but much beloved spirt of it's previous owner.
Afraid of ghosts, but possessing a strong sense of courage, she nether the less stakes claim to her new ownership. The first With the death of her parents and her brother, there is nothing holding the heroine to her home town of Nantucket. The first night, exhausted by her journey, she is visited by this ghost. She is terrified but refuses to back down from his demands for her to leave and even if her knees are shaking, she'll never allow his shouting or overbearing arrogance to chase her away.
She vows to find why the man's ghost still haunts her home and in the process find a way to send him to the afterlife and leave her in peace.
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She seeks the aid of the local Vicar. The man may not be hansom but his is kind, gentle and quickly becomes the closest friend she's ever known. He is a shy man who stutters through his sentences upon first meeting but gradually opens up and his calm and safe personality draws her to him. And she needs him more than ever as the bane of her existence, the hero's ghost, plagues her nightly.
Where the vicar is easy and soothing, the hero is passionate and horribly frustrating.
He makes demands of her, shouts at her whenever she puts herself into situations where her safety could be in danger. She is confused as to why and how she could possible grow to feel affection and maybe even love for 2 men so drastically different. She beings to think to herself that her 'ghost' is not truly a ghost. He is a solid man and when he comes to her bed, she can feel his warmth and in his arms she can feel his passion. Yet with the Vicar, she feels that their love and friendship will surely outlast whatever mindless passion she feels with the hero. So when the gentle man offers marriage she accepts.
Much to the hero's fury. But what is she to do? She loves the Vicar, she's safe with the Vicar and even if the hero's a real man not a ghost, there's still no future for them. Especially knowing he keeps secrets from her. Secrets about why he died, why his father was murders and who is behind the smuggling on her property. Marriage to the man she's chosen, she is frustrated by his lack of passion for her.
Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge: Whispers on the Wind
Weeks go by without them commutating their marriage. She's able to resist the hero's advances out of loyalty for her new husband but she knows that she can't go on living life this. Then she is injured, she hits her head. And in the process, she is finally able to see clearly.
That her husband is actually the hero is disguise.