Sweet Liar by Jude Deveraux

Sweet Liar is another book of the Taggert series by Jude Deveraux.
This story involves yet another spunky heroine in a formulaic romance.

Samantha Elliots father, in his will, has given the stipulation that she must move to New York in order to search for his mother (her grandmother) who disappeared when Sam was a baby.Samantha arrives in New York to honor her father’s will, which requires her to live there for a year.
Micheal Taggert is the landlord of the brownstone she moves into, her father has assigned to be her guardian and a handsome, outgoing man.Yet Mike could only get so far with her–when he tried to get closer, it was like running into a brick wall. But Mike wouldn’t give up. Michael agrees to help Samantha find her grandmother and she finds herself falling in love with him.

As usual Jude Deveraux has written a smart, funny ,heartwarming  story. Though I enjoyed reading Sweet Liar it at times left me frustrated. Even though the mystery was interesting there were a couple of things in the plot were I felt that it was getting lost. Also a couple of things like how can Sam’s grandfather could  have known that Samantha was his grandchild simply by the newspaper photo of Maxie holding her when she was a baby? What happened to Ornette? Did record producer take an interest in him? And what about Kane? Why did he have to test Sam after his family rejected his late wife when she couldn’t “tell the twins apart”?  well in spite of all these questions i really enjoyed reading Sweet Liar because the romance was great and It contains many lovely characters.And the most I liked it was The family helping each other when Micheal and Samantha needed them the most.

A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

Well the second time-travel story that I read of Jude Deveraux is A Knight in Shining Armor. In this story Love sets no boundaries to time. Dougless Montgomery, a total pushover, tries to be the very essence of the modern American woman — competent and sexy, financially independent.  Abandoned by a cruel fate, she lies upon a cold tombstone, crying in fury and frustration, longing for a knight in shining armor to save her from this  mess. As if in answer to her prayers, Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck.. from the Elizabethan age, who was about to be executed in his period for treason is drawn to her.

In order to clear his name and save his family from destruction Dougless and Nicholas set forth to find evidence by researching the history books and trying to find the real culprit. First Nicholas comes to the twentieth century and then Dougless goes to the   sixteenth century (Elizabethan era), saving lives, righting the wrong and changing the history.

By clearing his name in the history books, also makes her realize that she is actually a strong woman who does not need to rely on other people. This story tells that love is eternal, true love always gives you strength to do what  an ordinary man cannot accomplish. True Love is a binding of two souls and not bodies.

Most of all this story makes me wish that I could have something half as magical , makes me believe that there is a Knight in Shining Armor out there for everyone.

Legend – Jude Deveraux

I am a fan of romantic novels,and one of my favorite authors is Jude Deveraux.  Her stories are about time travelings of the hero or heroins from one time to another, changing the history and meeting their lovers etc. Her books are so entertaining that I  cannot put the book down until I read the last page.

Legend is one of such books where the heroin a chef named Kady Long is engaged to Gregory who only wants to marry her so that she does not leave the restaurant. Her adventures of time travel began when she buys a antique flour tin and finds a charming old photo of four strangers, a delicate satin wedding dress, amethyst earrings, and gossamer veil inside. She tries the fragile dress on, gets dizzy and next finds herself in the 1800’s trying to save a man from the outlaws. She finds out that she is there for a reason, to right a wrong that was done out of grief and love.

In order to right that wrong Kady has to find the descendant of that family and go back to the time when the tragedy took place, in the process she falls in love with descendant

Tarik. While reading the book,I  got to travel to Colorado during the 1800s, where salons, and shooting and hanging people were a common sight.