The Tempting of Thomas Carrick by Stephanie Laurens

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The Tempting of Thomas Carrick (Cynster, #22; Cynsters Next Generation, #2) by Stephanie Laurens
Published by Mira on February 24, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Romance
Pages: 456

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to Scotland, where destiny and passion intertwine...
Thomas Carrick is determined to make his own life in the bustling port city of Glasgow, far from the demands of the Carrick clan, eventually with an appropriate wife on his arm. But disturbing events on his family's estate force Thomas to return to the Scottish countryside—where he is forced to ask for help from the last woman he wants to face. Thomas has never forgotten Lucilla Cynster and the connection that seethes between them, but to marry Lucilla would mean embracing a life he's adamant is not for him.
Strong-willed and passionate, Lucilla knows Thomas is hers—her fated lover, husband, protector, mate. He is the only man for her, just as she is his one true love. How can he ignore a bond stronger than reason and choose a different path? She's determined to fight for their future, and while she cannot command him, she has enticements of her own to wield when it comes to tempting Thomas Carrick.

I really enjoyed this book, but then again I knew I would I’ve read all of the Cynster falling in love with them with the first book Devil’s Bride. I loved that they continued with the younger siblings of the Bar Cynster and now the next generation. I always had a soft spot for Richard Cynster and of course Catriona so I was happy to see this book was about their daughter Lucilla. How the two of them fight fait, or well how Thomas does makes for interesting interactions between him and Lucilla. As with the other books there is a mystery and it was a nice  journey watching the two of them solve the problems that are going on at Thomas’ uncles place. If you’ve read and enjoyed any of the other Cynster books that you will enjoy this one too. I look forward to Lucillas’ brother Marcus’ story when that one comes out next.


The Winter King (Weathermages of Mystral #1) by C.L. Wilson

The Winter King (Weathermages of Mystral, #1) by C.L. Wilson
Published by Avon on July 29, 2014
Genres: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 595

After three long years of war, starkly handsome Wynter Atrialan will have his vengeance on Summerlea's king by taking one of the man's beautiful, beloved daughters as his bride. But though peace is finally at hand, Wynter's battle with the Ice Heart, the dread power he embraced to avenge his brother's death, rages on.
Khamsin Coruscate, Princess of Summerlea and summoner of Storms, has spent her life exiled to the shadows of her father's palace. Reviled by her father, marriage to Wintercraig's icy king was supposed to be a terrible punishment, but instead offers Kham her first taste of freedom—and her first taste of overwhelming passion.
As fierce, indomitable Wynter weathers even Khamsin's wildest storms, surprising her with a tenderness she never expected, Kham wants more than Wynter's passion—she yearns for his love. But the power of the Ice Heart is growing, dangerous forces are gathering, and a devastating betrayal puts Khamsin and Wynter to the ultimate test.

I really enjoyed this story. Wynter and Khamsin are very complex characters, but so very much alike. Both have been hurt and betrayed by really the same people. They both deeply desire to trust someone but both have been hurt so badly before by trusting people that they are scared to do so now. The road that they travel together is filled with plenty of twists and turns and bumps but it is nice to see them really come together. To fall in love and trust one another when all of their instincts are screaming not to. To watch as their journey progresses and see that they are getting what they want, and both of them are healing their past scars and working together for their future. This was a great read and I am so very happy I had the chance to read it.