Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Review | The Malory's Saga By: Johanna Lindsey

Second verse – same as the first.

In this case I will be stealing the same review strategy I used for Percy Jackson for the Malory’s. Sum up of each book and then an overall feel for the series. They are in order of books written – the best way to go about reading the series.


Love Only Once

By: Johanna Lindsey

Is the story of Regina Ashton and Nicolas Eden. Regina is kidnapped as Nicolas mistakes her for his jealous lover, an affair he was about to end after her humiliation. Even though it is a simple misunderstanding, one that Regina is most amused about, the gossip mills got to town as the former lover delves all in hopes to regain Nicolas and drag him to the alter. Only Regina’s reputation is at stake and her chance for a match destroyed. Nicolas is forced, by her uncles, to marry Regina. However, he has a secret he is too ashamed to share with his new wife. A secret that drives them apart, until they are able to overcome their own stubbornness and find true love.

Tender Rebel

By: Johanna Lindsey

Is the story of Lady Roslynn Chadwick and Sir Anthony Malory. She an exquisite Scottish heiress, he a confirmed rake. She must marry to secure her inheritance and her life against her greedy cousin who schemes to marry her. She is terrified that once married, some tragic accident, instigated by her cousin, may befall her. She runs to London and the marriage mart in hopes to make a quick match to find her freedom. There she meets sensual Anthony Malory, the type of man she swore would never do for a husband. The type of man who inflames her senses. The type of man who becomes her savior.

Gentle Rogue

By: Johanna Lindsey

This is the story of Georgina Anderson and James Malory. Georgina comes to England to find her long lost fiancé, to marry and move on with her life. What she finds is a man who has abandoned her and made a life of his own. Her world shattered, she wants nothing more than to hightail it back to America. In her desperation to return home she takes on the guise of Cabin Boy to Captain James Malory, a man who swore not one could entice him to marriage. Aboard ship, her guise discovered, both find themselves caught by their desires. However, after he loses her at port in the Caribean, he seeks to regain what is his in whatever manner he can.

The Magic of You

By: Johanna Lindsey

This is the story of Amy Mallory and Warren Anderson. Amy is wild and reckless and determined. She is a woman who knows what she wants. She wants Warren Anderson, but under her own terms. Knowing his bitter past she seeks to bring happiness back to his life. But he resists her charms to his own misery. Against the judgment of her uncles she chooses a path that will obtain both her and Warrens happiness… later rather than sooner.

Say you Love Me

By: Johanna Lindsey

This is the story of Kelsey Langton and Lord Derek Malory. After her parents death, The Tragedy, her and her sister move in with their aunt and unlce. However, soon after it is discovered that they too are going bankrupt. With no other options immediately available Kelsey resigns herself to being sold as a mistress. Just slipping out of the grasps of a cruel bidder, she is rescued by Derek Malory’s bid. Hiding her past, so as not to shame her family, Derek does not realize the true gem he has one. However, he soon realizes that he is madly in love and will not live without her and dares risk scandal to marry her without knowing her true identity.

The Present

By: Johanna Lindsey

This book is about the history of the first Malory’s. How a Gypsy woman stole the heart of an English man to avoid a cruel marriage. A book read at Christmas that finally brings together Derek’s father and his true love – the parlor maid and Derek’s mother.

A Loving Scoundrel

By: Johanna Lindsey

This is the story of Danny and Jerome. Danny is a street urchin who can’t remember her past. Jerome and his friend find themselves in a predicament that only a thief can fix. They come up with a plan to hire a stealthy thief, much against the thief’s will. The thief however is not the young boy they pretend to be, but a girl with a forgotten past. Danny gets kicked out of her guild of urchins and thieves for breaking the rules and robbing the gentry in their own house. Pissed off and with nothing to lose she seeks out Jerome to give her a job. Her plans in life are to secure a job, find a respectable husband, have kids – in that order. Having a tryst with Jerome was not in her future plans. But passions can’t be denied. When faced with the decisions to lose the woman he has come to love and respect and risk scandal, he chooses scandal for the sake of love.

Captive of my Desires

By: Johanna Lindsey

The following is a capture from my previous review on Pirate Romance:

Gabrielle Brooks mother passes away. Her father somewhere down in the Caribbean. Being too young for her inheritance but not too young for a sea voyage with her maid she goes in search for her father rather than accept the guardian assigned to her in England.

Her ship gets attacked by Pirates and she is brought to a remote lair on an island were an alliance of pirates meet and use as a home base. She is to be ransomed to her father and is therefore treated with a certain amount of respect and care (she is not being damaged).

A dangerous pirate takes notice of her. Not the good dangerous, the bad dangerous. The serial stalker kind of dangerous. He would like to buy her ransom from the pirate that had captured her, but as the pirate who had captured her is still reuniting with his wife on the island, he must bid his time.

When the pirate who has captured her finally reemerges after days of reuniting (yah lopsided grin their as we all know what I am talking about) there is another pirate captain who has just sailed into the island. Upon seeing the girl he offers her immediate ransom and the pirate who has captured her accepts. The serial stalker pirate is out of duty as he got piss drunk the night before and hadn’t emerged in the morning to strike a bargain. Timing darlings.

Turns out the man who bought her is her father. Thus the foundation of piracy begins. He is in fact more a treasure hunter and remains a part of the alliance as a middle man who will often times purchase captives for the ransoms as it is burdensome to the rest of the pirates and can cause some captives their lives in impatience. Her father is to be viewed as a kind hearted compassionate man who inspires loyalty in his crew. And a treasure hunter not technically a pirate.

When she comes of age. Approximately 3 years later, she is shipped off to England on a husband hunt. Sent to approach an old acquaintance of her fathers to introduce her to society.

Drew Anderson, Georgina Malory’s brother, is drawn into the story as he is in town visiting his sister and coerced to attend some of the functions. He lusts after Gabrielle, and in his desire for her and his inability to attain her gets foxed and spills to the Ton that her father is a pirate thus systematically ruining her husband hunt in the London market.

We then find out her father is kidnapped by the serial killer pirate who wants her in return for her father’s life. She decides to abscond with Drew’s ship and him and his crew as revenge to his ruining of her reputation and as a means to rescue her father.

Love follows lust. Family is rescued. Treasure is found.

No Choice By Seduction

By: Johanna Lindsey

This is the story of Katey Tyler and Boyd Anderson. Katey Tyler, fled the small town of Gardener, Connecticut upon Boyd Anderson ship. His smoldering looks leave her fabricating a husband that doesn’t exist.

Sir Anthony Malory’s daughter is abducted from hide park by Anthony’s wife’s jealous cousins wife. The ransom note is mistakenly delivered to James Malory’s house – too many Malorys in one city, however as he is away on the high sees bailing out Drew Anderson, that leaves Boyd Anderson in residence to help Anthony.

Katey Tyler, on her grand tour of the world, hears a mewling sound that won’t allow her to sleep coming from the room next door. Thinking that she is simply going to rescue a trapped kitten she finds an abducted child. Instead of leaving her to her fait Katey endeavors to free the girl and return her to her family.

However, in a classic tale of mistaken identities and crossed lines she is mistaken as the culprit by lusty Boyd Anderson. Finally clearing her of false charges, she is thanked by the family, however she hodls a grudge to Boyd for her mistreetment.

His attemps to redeem himself to her and win a bride, bring up her solid resistance. It is also discovered that she may be a lost relative to the Malory clan, adding another obsticle in the way to Boyd’s seduction.


I have a certain weakness for historical romance. In truth it is pretty much the only type of romance I like to read. I mean of course if I were to receive an ARC of some other type of romance, I would read it, but if left to my own devices I most often pick up historical romance. Why? Because I like the old system of things. But I like it with my pink tinted glasses as observed through the romances genre. I like the big balls, and the gowns, and the lifestyles. I like to escape to a world that I will never get to truly experience.

The classic romance novel in this genre that I have read follows the following formula: Girl comes of age to marry, girl enters society to find husband, girl may have other motives for needing husband that may need to speed up the process, girl meets unwilling male, girl and male lust after each other, girl and male have sex, male is tricked into marriage, marriage trickery is overcome, girl and male live happily ever after. I like this pattern. It is familiar. It is nurturing to read. When I need comfort food in my reading selection, something easy and familiar to get through, romance is always there for me. I don’t have to expend to many brain cells keeping things straight, I just have to sit back and enjoy. It’s like a mindless vacation in a book .

With this series the Malory’s they can be read as standalone novels. I had actually read Captive of my Desires first when I was searching up Pirate Romance Novels. In each book they give you kind of a briefing of the backgrounds of each couple. So you never really are too far out of the loop. But I found in order to get full enjoyment of the series and really appreciate who the Malory’s were, it was best to start at the beginning and work my way through.

Now I admit, that after about 4 romance books in a row I was starting to feel a little gut rot. Like eating too many sweets and feeling like I was going to be sick. Because romance books are also like a box of chocolates. A fun notty desert to delve into, but not to overindulge or else it will lose its appeal. The fact though remains that they are best read in order. Maybe not back to back as I did it, but close enough that you remember the details, and are in on the jokes. Because each book subsequently thereafter are like an inside joke to the previous books. They make references and remarks and if you know the other books, you get more out of it.

Each book has it’s own unique tail of why girl needed husband and the circumstances under which girl obtained husband, but the characters are very two dimensional, with motives that would never work in reality. But it is escapist literature, and for that Johanna Lindsey succeeds marvelously. As a reader you must be able to suspend reality and how you would think that normal people in this day and age would behave, and you will find at once you are able to sit back and enjoy.

Johanna Lindsey writes some very witty dialogue. I found myself giggling quite a bit. Especially Tony and James constant ribbing of each other. It could become a bit tiresome as they were constantly at it, however they did remain very true to their characters.

In a Say you Love Me when Kelsey is kidnapped I absolutely could not put the book down. It was very suspenseful. However, the after shock of such an encounter should have left Kelsey with Post Traumatic Stress, but the book just has them carry happily along on the course of true love they were previously pursuing. Fitting for a romance novel, and I won’t begrudge it that. However, if it were any other genre I would seriously consider this woman’s mental health after that incident. It would make it a much stronger read, but at that point it would become a much different novel, if the author were to examine the darkness that would ensue after being kidnapped and almost tortured.

After getting through them all I was a bit sad to leave their world behind. I really got to know the characters, and cared for them and their circumstances. If you are looking for some escapist literature in the historical romance vein, then this family saga is one to put on your list.