Skinny Reviews: Necklace Trilogy by Kat Martin

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Skinny Reviews: Necklace Trilogy by Kat Martin
Title: The Bride's Necklace
Written by Kat Martin
Read by Henrietta Meire
Series: Necklace Trilogy #1
Published by Tantor Audio
Publication Date: September 6th 2016 (Originally Published in 2005)
Genres: Historical Romance
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: three-flames
Challenges: 2017 Historical Romance Reading Challenge, 2017 Review Challenge

Is her heart pure enough to survive the necklace’s curse?

Knowing that she alone can protect her sister from the Baron Harwood, their lecherous stepfather, Victoria Temple Whiting snatches the family’s heirloom necklace, believed to hold the power to bring great happiness or terrible tragedy, to pay for their escape to London. Terrified that the baron will find them, Victoria poses as Tory Temple and finds employment as a servant in the household of handsome Cordell Easton, the scandalous Earl of Brant.

The sisters’ arrival couldn’t have been more welcome. In need of a new mistress, Cord turns to Tory, whose wit and intellect intrigue him. But when the baron discovers the girls’ whereabouts, Cord learns Tory’s secret—her noble birth. Furious that he has compromised the daughter of a peer, Cord must decide—marry Tory and keep her safe, or allow his stubborn pride to deny his heart.

It has been a number of years since I read The Bride’s Necklace and I am amazed that I still love it as much as I did when I read it years ago!

This story centers around a cursed necklace! Okay, it’s not really cursed but the Bride’s necklace, an antique necklace, is rumored to bring bad luck to those not pure of heart but good luck to those that are pure. Naturally, our heroine Victoria steals it from her dastardly uncle who is out to take advantage of her younger sister, Claire. Victoria and Claire escape to London and Victoria is able to get a job as a housekeeper at Cordell Easton’s household. Cord immediately hires Victoria on the spot because he has eyes for the beautiful Claire, but soon discovers that it is Victoria that he wants in his bed.

I love how the relationship between Cord and Victoria develops. Victoria is also a smart young lady! In fact, she manages to play a game of chess with Cord!

I also like Cordell Easton. Sure, he is a player and very, very scandalous BUT he showed that he was a man worthy of Tory’s love. I also love how he focused on his family since he was also trying to rescue his cousin Captain Ethan Sharpe who has been taken prisoner by the French.

Overall, The Bride’s Necklace was a fun and enjoyable read. Full of passion and awesome banter between Cord and Victoria. This is definitely a solid first book of the series and effectively introduces the second couple in the next book.

This audiobook was narrated by Henrietta Meire and she is fantastic. I love her pacing and her accent and it did not distract me from following the story.


Skinny Reviews: Necklace Trilogy by Kat Martin
Title: The Devil's Necklace
Written by Kat Martin
Read by Henrietta Meire
Series: Necklace Trilogy #2
Published by Tantor Audio
Publication Date: October 11th 2016 (Originally Published in 2005)
Genres: Historical Romance
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames
Challenges: 2017 Historical Romance Reading Challenge, 2017 Review Challenge

To British privateer Ethan Sharpe, Grace Chastain was nothing but a pawn for vengeance against Harmon Jeffries, the traitor responsible for his brutal years in prison. Believing Grace to be Jeffries's mistress, he plans to humiliate his enemy by seducing her. Grace fears her priceless heirloom necklace has begun to live up to its curse when Captain Sharpe makes her his prisoner aboard his schooner. Defiantly she resists his coarse advances, and suspects there is more to this complex sea captain than his brooding anger and silent accusations.

But Ethan quickly realizes that she is not the wicked woman he imagined her to be. Grace is as headstrong as she is lovely, and the battle of wills that ensues weakens his resolve. Now Ethan must decide: can he settle the demons of his past and follow the destiny his heart commands?

The Devil’s Necklace is all about revenge! Captain Ethan Sharpe is out to get the woman who helped Harmon Jeffries, the traitor who leaked secrets to the French escape. Everyone thinks that Grace Chastain is Jeffries’ mistress and Captain Sharpe captures her for revenge.

The Devil’s Necklace didn’t charm me this time around. I know Ethan has a lot of baggage and he was tortured by the French but he just did not sit right with me. I didn’t like how he treated Grace, initially. He did start to grow on me later in the book, but I was already tainted.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that View Spoiler » Their falling in love was slow and Ethan was still very stubborn until the end that he ALMOST lost Grace!

Overall, I still enjoyed the book, but I did knock off 1 heart to my original rating of 5 hearts!

Henrietta Meire is still an amazing narrator. Although she used the same tones from the first book, it did not confuse me at all.


Skinny Reviews: Necklace Trilogy by Kat Martin
Title: The Handmaiden's Necklace
Written by Kat Martin
Read by Henrietta Meire
Series: Necklace Trilogy #3
Published by Tantor Audio
Publication Date: November 8th 2016 (Originally Published in 2006)
Genres: Historical Romance
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames
Challenges: 2017 Historical Romance Reading Challenge, 2017 Review Challenge

Can a necklace hold the power to right a love gone wrong?

Five years ago Rafael, Duke of Sheffield, believed he was betrayed by the woman he loved and the pain haunts him still. When Rafe discovers that he was cruelly tricked, and that Danielle Duval was never unfaithful, he's desperate to win her back. But Dani is already on a steamer bound for America to marry another man. Impulsively, Rafe follows her and, trapping her in a compromising situation, quickly makes her his wife.

Promising her that with time he can prove his love and win her trust, Rafe presents her with a stunning necklace rumored to hold great power. As much as Dani wants to believe it can right the wrongs of the past, she fears there is one truth it cannot conceal, a truth that could cost her this second chance with Rafe, the only man she has ever loved ...

FINALLY, the last book in the series, The Handmaiden’s Necklace. I am absolutely a sucker for second chance romance and this one is a classic! I mean, it still brought me to tears! Danielle was wrongly set-up by their friend and as a result, Rafe thought that she was unfaithful to him.

Five years later, Rafe is now in possession of the necklace and he finally hires a detective to find out what truly happened on that night. When he finds out that it was really a set-up and that Danielle was innocent of all wrongdoing, he decides to win her back, no matter what.

As I’ve said, I love a second chance romance and I was charmed by this story. I loved how Danielle and Rafe found love again.

Do you ever change your ratings after re-reading a book? I actually have and I even wrote a post about it here.



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