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Highlander’s Revenge

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A Scottish Time Travel Romance 

by Blanche Dabney

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She’s a damaged woman trapped in the past. He’s a medieval highlander who’s never known love. Until it lands in his lap.

When Fiona Carrington travels through time to 13th century Scotland she’s no idea how to get home. All she knows is first she’ll need to find a way out of the heavy chains wrapped around her body.

Kirk MacClean is trapped in a dungeon with no way out. When a mysterious woman appears out of nowhere he makes her a deal. He’ll help her get back home if she helps him escape.

Working together, they might be able to win their freedom. But can they ignore their mutual attraction long enough to outrun the dark forces that threaten to destroy them both?

My Thoughts:

I thought book #1 was good but book #2 surpassed it.
I loved the Hero and his time traveling Heroine. The time period seems well researched and these two damaged and unloved souls each need someone to love them.

How Fiona, who traveled back in time to land in an oubliette along with Kirk and wakes to find herself chained and quite nude escape her captors? This is an extraordinary first meeting between this pair.

Kirk is almost certain he is seeing things that are not there. First there is a skeleton chained to the table and suddenly it is replaced by a flesh and blood nude woman.

How will they escape and are these two from different times and circumstances destined for one another?

I loved this book and readily gave it 4.75 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization. like the first book it gets a medium sensual rating as it would be considered a clean romance.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

This Series:

  1. Highlander’s Voyage
  2. Highlander’s Revenge

 


About The Author:

615cIe9h4bL._UX250_Blanche Dabney lives in Haworth, England, home of the Bronte sisters. A fan of time travel romance, she spent years wandering the moors of England and Scotland before finally sitting down to write the debut novel which became Highlander’s Voyage.

Outside of writing, Blanche loves curling up with a good book, fell running with her trusty canine companion, and exploring as many crumbling castles as she can find. 

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The Demon Duke

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by Margaret Locke

Series: Put Up Your Dukes, Book 1

Genres: Regency, Romance

Tag: USA Today Bestseller, Rita Finalist

Publisher: Locked On Love Publishing

Publication Year: 2017

Paperback Publication Date: May 20, 2017

Digital Publication Date: June 6, 2017

Length: Novel – 278 pages

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ISBN: 9780996317085

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A duke tormented by a painful secret meets the bookish miss who just might save him from himself…

Banished to Yorkshire as a boy for faults his father failed to beat out of him, Damon Blackbourne has no use for English society and had vowed never to return to his family’s estate at Thorne Hill, much less London. However, when his father and brother die in a freak carriage accident, it falls on Damon to take up the mantle of the Malford dukedom, and to introduce his sisters to London Society-his worst nightmare come to life.

He never planned on Lady Grace Mattersley. The beautiful debutante stirs him body and soul with her deep chocolate eyes and hesitant smiles. Until she stumbles across his dark secret.

Bookish Grace much prefers solitude and reading to social just-about-anything. Her family may be pressuring her to take on the London Season to find herself a husband, but she has other ideas. Such as writing a novel of her own. But she has no idea how to deal with the Duke of Malford.

Will she betray him to the world? Or will she be his saving Grace?

USA Today Bestseller and 2018 RITA® Finalist for Short Historical Romance,

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The Demon Duke is the first in Margaret Locke’s new 

Put Up Your Dukes Regency historical romance series.

“Locke has outdone herself with this sensitive, splendid Regency and her portrayal of its disabled hero…(T)he real value to this romance is Locke’s depiction of the lovers overcoming the social obstacles that others create out of fear and suspicion of Damon’s disability. This tale of hope and courage will appeal to Regency readers across the board. – Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review, March 2, 2018

“Regency romance lovers will savor this story, interspersed with perfect amounts of romance, intrigue and redemption.” – InD’Tale Magazine, October 2017. 

About The Author:

MLFrontSmileDarkBackgroundSmall-362x400Margaret Locke, 2018 RITA® Finalist and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Magic of Love and Put Up Your Dukes series, writes binge-worthy romance that keeps you up past your bedtime. She delights in making readers laugh, cry, and think. Because love matters.

You can usually find her in front of some sort of screen (electronic or window); she’s come to terms with the fact she’s not an outdoors person. Newly obsessed with coffee, she also fangirls over Jane Austen, history, cats, books, and Colin Morgan.

When not writing, Margaret adores spending time with her fabulous husband, two fantastic kids, and three funny felines. And chocolate. Don’t forget chocolate.

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From RITA® Finalist & USA Today Bestselling Author Margaret Locke

comes The Legendary Duke, Book 2

of the Put Up Your Dukes Regency historical romance series.

The Legendary Duke 

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For a Knight to win the Princess,
he first must slay his dragons …

Loosely based on the Arthurian legend Gawain and the Green Knight

The Legendary Duke provides adventure, mystery, desire, and betrayal

in this satisfying blend of Regency historical romance with a hint of medieval flavor…

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A tragic event in his youth led Gavin Knight’s mother to whisk him to Rome, where he lived a simple but secluded life—until, on her deathbed, she revealed who he truly was: the Duke of Cortleon.

Now twenty-nine, Gavin has returned to England, determined to learn what happened all those years ago. Despite charming his fellow lords and ladies alike, the new Duke disregards any notion of nuptials, as his honor first demands resolution–and retribution.

Then he meets Lady Elinor Greene.

For seven years, renowned beauty Elinor has refused all proposals, fearing marriage would curb her freedom. But when her family falls on hard times, Nelle must sacrifice herself to save them by marrying a man of means.
A wealthy widower seems the logical choice, a passionless union perfect. Until she meets the Duke of Cortleon, and learns one Knight can be legendary.

Soon Gavin and Elinor must each decide which quest is worth more: that for honor, or that for love…



Of Sin & Sanctuary

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A Revelry’s Tempest Novel

by K.J. Jackson

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A lady with a heart haunted by past mistakes. A scarred rake determined to avoid all responsibility. One night of gaming to change both of their fortunes.

No good deed goes unpunished.
Riddled with debt after her husband’s death, Lady Vandestile spent years rebuilding her life—a life free of any entanglements with men that would only betray her. But pity has its place. And after fronting funds to the wayward brother of her dearest friend, Lady Vandestile wakes in the morning to find Lord Alton has lost an enormous sum—enough to threaten the very existence of her exclusive gaming house. Enough to threaten her future. A future she once thought never to have. Demanding payment, or at least a guarantee to use against a loan, Violet is forced to corner the rake—or risk losing the only security she has in life. 

Demons of the past that refuse to yield.
He lost her money. And he did it callously, without a care. Violet had plenty, after all. And Theo had none. Never mind that he once would have moved heaven and earth for her. But that was before. Before the war marred him for life. Before he turned into a monster. 

One disastrous night of gaming could change both of their fortunes. 
As a third son, Violet had always been far out of Theo’s reach. Inheriting the earldom and its destitute estate had done nothing to change that fact. But as their lives unexpectedly entwine, danger rears, and Theo and Violet must gather the strength to not only move on from the past, but to surrender to the demands of their hearts.

Note:

The books in the Revelry’s Tempest series by K.J. Jackson are each stand-alone stories and can be read individually in any order. These historical romances are set in the Regency and Victorian eras, and do not shy away from scenes with steamy heat, occasional naughty language, and moments that might possibly make you squirm.



To Get Me To You

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A Small Town Southern Romance

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by Kait Nolan

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Just a city girl, living in a lonely world

Displaced Steel Magnolia Norah Burke doesn’t know the meaning of failure.  But when she threatens to blow the whistle on some shady business practices at her Chicago marketing firm, she gets fired fast as all get out.  Licking her wounds, she heads back below the Mason-Dixon for a little home-grown Southern comfort.

Just a small town boy

With his iron-clad Mississippi roots, Councilman Cam Crawford is a man who values tradition, preservation, and the love of a good dog.  When a big box warehouse store tries to capitalize on his hometown’s economic downturn, it seriously burns his biscuit.  He’s not about to let anyone’s ambition destroy what he holds dear.
A David vs. Goliath story with a side of grits.

This unlikely pair just might be the perfect allies–in war and out.  But as the battle to stop GrandGoods heats up and sparks of attraction turn to something more, will Norah’s bigger-picture perspective go with Cam’s “keep it as it is” attitude?  Are they meant to be like biscuits and gravy?  Or are they just as wrong as un-sweet tea? 

This southern contemporary romance is a perfect small town read that will appeal to fans of Candis Terry’s Sweet, Texas; Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor; Erin Nicholas’ Sapphire Falls; and Ava Miles’ Dare River.

 


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Publisher’s Description:

Wishful is a southern romance series written for anyone looking for love in a small town. If you loved Hart of Dixie and miss the residents of Bluebell, you just might fall in love with Wishful. It’s a town where everybody knows your name and hope springs eternal! This volume contains Books 1-3


TO GET ME TO YOU (Book 1)

512rRhaDw1LA David vs. Goliath story with a side of sweet tea.

Wishful, MS is Cam’s hometown. He’s not sure a city girl like Norah can understand the place well enough to help him save it from the corporate big-box store threatening to set up shop. She’s determined, though. She’s falling hard for the charms of town–and the man. But even if they send the suits packing, can she really give up her corner office for a corner booth a the local diner? 

 


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The historic Madrigal theater, in the heart of downtown Wishful, is about to close its doors forever. A last ditch fund-raising effort, a production of White Christmas, is probably the only thing that could bring Tyler Edison back to the stage after all these years. Little does she know that the leading man who broke her heart just blew back into town. Auditions start at six o’clock.


KNOW ME WELL (Book 3)

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Riley Gower is no stranger to hard work. She’s queen of Doing All The Things—solo. And that’s exactly how she likes it. She’s not holding out for a hero. When disaster strikes her business, former Marine Liam Montgomery jumps in to help–whether she likes it or not. Will they be able to work through their complicated past to save the pharmacy before she’s forced to close its doors forever?


About Kait Nolan:

Kait Nolan is stuck in an office all day, sometimes juggling all three of her jobs at once kaitnolan-profpicwith the skill of a trained bear—sometimes with a similar temperament.

After hours, she uses her powers for good, creating escapist fiction.

This Mississippi native has something for everyone, from short and sweet to Southern contemporary romance to small town romantic suspense—all featuring heroes you’d want to sweep you off your feet and rescue you from work-day drudgery.

When not working or writing, Kait’s hanging out in her kitchen cooking and wishing life were a Broadway musical



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Title: Discovering You

Author: Kate McBrien

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 7, 2018

Publisher: Kate McBrien

Series: Indigo

Format: Digital eBook / Print

Digital ISBN: 9781732223516

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Synopsis:

For fans of Love on the Edge of Time and A Knight in Shining Armor comes an epic romance that proves true love can never die.

Do you believe in soulmates?

A shy art historian. A sexy rock star. A mysterious medieval cross that holds a secret.

Lucy Bianchi has a plan: finish her PhD in art history and land a coveted job at a prestigious Los Angeles museum. Then—maybe—she’ll find time to start dating. Her controlled and predictable world begins to unravel when she chases a runaway dog on the beach and meets a gorgeous stranger.

Justin Hamilton is the charismatic lead singer of the British band Indigo. Years of touring and partying have won him notoriety, and he can have any woman he wants, but who he really wants doesn’t seem to exist.

Until now.

From their first look—their first touch—Justin and Lucy have a connection that defies logic and deepens their desire for each other. When they see the Varangian Cross at a museum exhibit, they’re flooded with inexplicable shared memories that draw them even closer together.

Justin has to return to London just as a salacious scandal explodes that could tear them apart. Lucy must choose between the safe life she’s cultivated, or go to Justin and discover a never-ending love.

My Thoughts:

200x300pix_DYBe warned before you read this, the ending is rather abrupt. It literally ends on a cliff hanger and you will have to wait for the next book in this author’s series. Not only that but this is her debut novel and I really did like it until I found out I have to wait for another book at least to resolve this story.

As I said this is her debut and I would like to have found a HEA ending but it isn’t there, at least not in this book.

I gave this title 4.25 of 5 stars for storyline and character development and a hot sensual rating of 4.75 of 5.0 flames.

This book is filled with intimate moments that are very descriptive.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this title to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily. 


Discovering You is the first book of a contemporary romance trilogy.

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Excerpt:

Copyright© 2018 Discovering You

Kate McBrien

Justin reached for her hand. “Come here.”

Lucy took one step forward, and Justin cradled her face, gazing into her eyes. He leaned in slowly and gave her a gentle kiss. His lips were soft and full as they touched hers. It was a tender kiss at first, but soon the kiss deepened. His kiss should have felt new, but instead it felt like coming home to something rooted deep within her. His fingers wound around her hair, pulling her even closer to him. He moaned as Lucy parted her lips, allowing his tongue access inside, exploring her depths. Something detonated inside Lucy as she ran her fingers through his hair. It seemed as if all the anxiety she usually had around men had evaporated.

Justin pulled away, his eyes exploring her face in silent wonder.

Lucy let her fingers trace down the side of his face and his stubble. He closed his eyes, leaning into her palm, and smiled with a soft sigh.

When Justin opened his eyes again, his arms slid down around her, pulling her closer, and he kissed her again. She could feel his growing erection, and it increased her arousal even more. She whimpered when he broke their kiss.

“I’ve dreamt of kissing you.” He kissed her again and then nibbled her bottom lip. “I’ve dreamt of you every night since I met you. I can’t get you out of my mind.”

His blue eyes were so like hers it was eerie. “I’ve had dreams of you, too,” she said with a smile.

With a sexy grin, he reached for her again and pulled her close. “I think I’m obsessed with you. You’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen,” he whispered, pushing his hips against her.

Lucy gasped as he pulled off her jacket and tossed it on a nearby chair. His hands caressed her bare arms and she shuddered. His hands were strong, with long fingers tenderly moving across her skin. The pads of his fingertips were a little rough as they touched her. “So soft,” he murmured before he leaned in and gave her shoulder a gentle kiss.

Lucy tilted her head back as he trailed kisses down her neck. He glanced up at her for a moment, as if asking for permission. He ran his fingers across the swell of her breast, bending down to place a gentle kiss. “I want you. I want to know every part of you.”

“Justin,” she whispered, leaning in to kiss him again. “I want that, too.”


About Kate McBrien:

Kate McBrien_squareKate has an MA in art history from San José State University and has taught art history at a local college. For many years, she has worked as a dental hygienist, courageously offering encouragement to her non-flossing patients.

She has always enjoyed writing but became more serious after being encouraged by a friend to participate in National Novel Writing Month. She began writing historical fiction but soon realized that the romance was taking over the history.

Kate is a Bay Area native who lives near the beach with her husband and Lola, their spoiled Labrador Retriever. When not writing, she enjoys cooking, music, movies, reading, and fangirling over Jamie Dornan.

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To Love A Duchess by Karen Ranney

It’s been a while since I read a Karen Ranney book, but this one caught my eye.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: All for Love #1
Publication Date: 7/31/18

This is a lovely read that is emotional and compelling. It is well paced, well plotted, and well written. The characters are fully three-dimensional and very likable and relatable. It is also very sad and melancholy in its telling of grief, despair, and loss.

Suzanne Whitcomb, the Duchess of Marsley, is merely existing. There is no joy, no happiness, no goodness – just nothing left in her life. All that mattered in her life died two years ago in a terrible accident. She just complies with everything now – her father orders her to attend a function and act as hostess – she does it – no questions, no arguments. Her disagreeable maid orders her to take her potion – she takes it – even though it makes her…

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The Rake Who Rescued Me

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by Samantha Holt

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Dashing and rakish by day, secretive and daring by night, Reed Valentine, Duke of Keswick’s uncanny ability to lie at a moment’s notice makes him an ideal candidate to spy for His Majesty’s Secret Service. But now that the war is over, and Napoleon is exiled to the island of St. Helena, he finds himself adrift. The life of a wealthy nobleman isn’t enough to satisfy him.
When the government tasks him with one last mission—to find out who is trying to kill Napoleon—Reed takes on the job with gusto. Disguising himself, he slips into the Romani world while convinced that one of them will know who was responsible for the attempt.
Orelia finds herself charmed by the stranger in their midst. When he comes to her rescue, however, that infatuation quickly comes to an end. As far as Orelia is concerned, the Romanis are being used as scapegoats—as usual. She’s determined to prove Reed wrong.
Together, they set out to find the truth. With their combined quick tongues and ability to slip in and out of society, it should be easy. But the more time spent together, the harder it becomes to understand—why can’t a duke and a poor gypsy girl be together? Will their wits be enough to carry them through their treacherous journey and bring them together, or will their differences and the danger force them apart?

My Thoughts:

This latest offering by Samantha Holt has a fairytale like storyline.
This author continues to amaze me with her differing scenarios.
Oreo is finds herself in need of being rescued. Her drunken fortune telling mother intends to sell her to a despicable man within their gypsy band.

Along comes Reed to the rescue. This duke turned spy is on the trail of a would be assassin. This culprit has been trying to kill England’s most famous prisoner, Napoleon Bonaparte. This most unlikely hero decides he needs Orelia’s help in tracking down his man. His most likely suspect is after all a gypsy too.
Will this unlikely pair come together despite their differences in origin?
I loved this book and finished it in one sitting.
I gave it 4.4 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual of 3 of 5 flames. You can depend on this author for a relatively clean read without overt sexual scenes.

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When a Rogue Loves a Woman

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Rogues of Redmere Book 2

by Samantha Holt

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Notorious rogue, Lord Nathaniel Kingsley always tended to leap without thinking. Becoming a smuggler, adopting a sheep, getting engaged to Miss Patience Grey….

Patience has no need for a fiancé, or a husband. For once in her life, she wants to prove she’s just as good as a man and she does not need Nathaniel Kingsley getting in her way. With her brother injured, it is up to her to continue her family’s work…and that means tracking down a French spy and ensuring said spy will turn.
Unfortunately, no one believes she can do it alone. Which is where Nathaniel comes in.

Nate is happy to be of service. Why pass up the opportunity to repay an old friend, especially with a little intrigue along the way? Find the spy, play escort to Patience, return home to continue smuggling. Easy.
Or at least it would be if the stubborn Patience would let him do his job. The breeches-wearing woman is determined to do it all alone and, he has to admit, there’s something quite distracting about a woman in men’s clothes.

Can he keep his attention from her long enough to complete their mission and persuade Patience to let him do his job and protect her? A job he’s beginning to find he’s enjoying a lot more than he thought he would…



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Their wedding was the event of the season…

A shy wallflower, Caroline hasn’t the faintest idea why the Duke of Readington chose her to be his bride. She could ask, but that would mean speaking to him…and truth be told she’d rather have a conversation with the devil. Her new husband may be one of the most powerful men in all of England – not to mention the handsomest – but he’s also cruel, callous, and has a heart colder than ice.

But it was never meant to be a love match…

Eric married Caroline for one simple reason: he wasn’t in love with her. Having seen firsthand how love can bring a man to his knees, he’s determined not to make the same mistakes his father did. Which is why he’s going to spend just enough time with his new bride to assure himself of an heir before he leaves her and returns to London. At least that was the plan until a winter storm leaves them stranded. Now every time Eric turns around he finds himself stumbling over the wife he never wanted…but is slowly beginning to desire.

….or was it?

As cold winds howl outside the manor, inside of it a duke’s heart is finally starting to melt as he finds himself falling for the one woman he was never supposed to love…but can she love him in return?

“JILLIAN EATON FINDS THE PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN INTENSE EMOTIONS, SIZZLING CHEMISTRY, AND LIGHT-HEARTED HUMOR.” – Swept Away by Romance

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The Secret Santa Wishing Well

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The magic of Christmas has been lost to Jacob Winston. At the suggestion of his ill sister, Jacob takes a job as a Secret Santa at the mall, hoping to restore his Christmas spirit. Even that doesn’t seem to work, until a special little boy ambles up to make a very special wish…

Cheyenne Jensen is struggling to raise her two kids without the help of her ex-husband who refuses to acknowledge his daughter’s existence and doesn’t provide for the son he does. This Christmas is shaping up to be as heartbreaking as the last, until her son Ben’s kind actions lead a stranger to them.

Ah, but it’s Christmas time and the magic has begun.

When Jacob and Cheyenne meet, neither can deny their immediate attraction to one another. As situations arise that require they spend more time together, their feelings grow stronger and stronger.

With Christmas fast approaching, the pair learn what matters most in life. Now, if only they could ditch the ghost of Christmases past.

Maybe this holiday will bring some wishes come true- for everyone after all.

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About The Author:

No matter where she goes, USA Today Bestselling author Nikki Lynn Barrett hears voices61da0GAe8uL__UX250_ in her head. Instead of calling her crazy and locking her up, her family realizes it’s just a product of being an author and allows her to write the stories so that the voices shut up.
But they don’t. And probably never will. There’s no need to lock her up, Nikki knows she’ll never escape the voices, not until each and every last story is written. And for every story she writes, about ten or more ideas pop up.

When she isn’t slaving away at her computer writing books that will probably make you cry and keep you in suspense, Nikki plots to take over the world one book at a time. What? It’s a sickness. One she can’t escape!

Books aren’t her only addiction, though. Nikki can be found making up parodies to drive her son crazy, and bantering back and forth with her husband, who somehow manages to steal her away from the fictional world she lives in all the time.

Nikki lives in Arizona with her husband and son, where she can be found using every creativity outlet she can find through music, photography, handcrafted things, and random interests that she may pick up from time to time.

If you want to learn more about the author who makes people cry for a living, check her out at www.nikkilynnbarrett.com

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Twitter: @nikkilynnbarret

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6583655.Nikki_Lynn_Barrett
Email: nikkilynnbarrett@yahoo.com

I love to hear from readers!



Christmas in Abundance

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A Novella

The Abundance Series

by Sally Bayless

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Publication Date: September 7, 2015

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An art teacher avoiding Christmas. A single dad planning a holiday light show extravaganza. A yuletide clash between neighbors that might spark a dazzling romance.

Lanie Phillips has a quiet holiday planned. So quiet, in fact, that the only sounds in the house where she’s staying should be the clicks of her computer keyboard and the occasional bark from a chocolate Labrador retriever. No joyous choirs of angels, no jolly laughs from Santa, and no jingle bells—nothing to distract her from her master’s thesis or bring up painful Christmas memories.

But for the single dad who’s her closest neighbor, simple holiday decorations just won’t do. Kyle Mattox is determined to give his five-year-old daughter the best Christmas ever—one that includes an outdoor display lit with fifty thousand lights, activated in time to music shared through four giant loudspeakers.

When Lanie comes to complain that she can’t write with the lights flashing and carols blasting, Kyle realizes that—unknown to her—their circuits have crossed in the past. If he wants his daughter happy, he needs to keep that information to himself, keep the show running, and keep his distance from Lanie.

Note: This companion novella fits well at any point in the series.  



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Enchant: Beauty and the Beast Retold

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by Demelza Carlton

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Print Length: 248 pages

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Publisher: Lost Plot Press 

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A beastly prince. An enchanting beauty. Only love can break the spell.
Once upon a time…
The wicked King Thorn forced the enchantress Zuleika to cast a terrible curse. She fled his court to travel the world, helping those who need her magic most. Until a search for her merchant father’s lost ships leads her to an enchanted island, where Prince Vardan, the island’s ruler, is afflicted by the most powerful curse Zuleika has ever encountered. She’s not sure she can reverse the spell, but she’s determined to try. After all, a prince who fights pirates can’t be all bad…no matter how beastly his appearance.
Together, can the enchanting beauty and the beastly prince break the spell?

My Thoughts:

Warning: This is not your typically sweet fairy tale retelling.

It does in fact contain violence almost immediately, in the form of rape. It is written for a mature, adult audience. 
If you are looking for a sweet/clean retelling of Beauty and the Beast this is not the book for you.

I purchased this book when it was offered for free at Amazon. Since I review a great deal of ARCs I put it aside after reading the first three chapters to finish it at a later date. 
I found it refreshing that this author doesn’t tone down reality by writing a typical “G” rated story. 

This is a book that is not meant for a younger audience. If you want that type of book you will not enjoy this author’s take on a beastly story that only Disney could spin as a clean fairy tale for children.

This and other medieval tales were originally written for adults of that time period, so this retelling consists of sex and violence.

I bought this book because I enjoy the retelling of such tales and in that I was not disappointed. I do think it could have been toned down just a bit though. Still, I did enjoy reading it and have now bought more of this author’s fairy tale retellings.

I gave this book 3.25 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a violence rating of 4 out of 5. I did not rate the sexual content due to the nature of it in this book.


Fly: Goose Girl Retold

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by Demelza Carlton

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Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1979865248

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Publisher: Lost Plot Press

Publication Date: October 4, 2017

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Two princesses. One prince. And the war has just begun.
Once upon a time…
Princess Ava was sent to a neighbouring kingdom as a lady-in-waiting to her sister, their future queen. Until a runaway horse, a case of amnesia and a cold-hearted king conspire to bring her to the prince’s attention.
Now the prince believes Ava is his bride, and her sister is just a serving maid. One thing is certain: the prince must marry one of the princesses, or there will be war.
But when all’s fair in love and war…who will win the battle for the prince’s heart?

The Romance a Medieval Fairytale Series:

Each book is a standalone, so they can be read in any order:

  • Enchant: Beauty and the Beast Retold (#1)
  • Dance: Cinderella Retold (#2)
  • Fly: Goose Girl Retold (#3)
  • Revel: Twelve Dancing Princesses Retold (#4)
  • Silence: Little Mermaid Retold (#5)
  • Awaken: Sleeping Beauty Retold (#6)
  • Embellish: Brave Little Tailor Retold (#7)
  • Appease: Princess and the Pea Retold (#8)
  • Blow: Three Little Pigs Retold (#9)
  • Return: Hansel and Gretel Retold (#10)
  • Wish: Aladdin Retold (#11)
  • Melt: Snow Queen Retold (#12)
  • Spin: Rumpelstiltskin Retold (#13)
  • Kiss: Frog Prince Retold (#14)

 

And More Still To Come!

  • Hunt: Red Riding Hood Retold (#15)
  • Reflect: Snow White Retold (#16)
  • Roar: Goldilocks Retold (#17)
  • Float: Enchanted Horse Retold (#18)
  • Cross: Billy Goats Gruff Retold (#19)
  • Weave: Rapunzel Retold (#20)
  • Claim: Puss in Boots Retold (#21)
  • Steal: Forty Thieves Retold (#22)
  • Call: Pied Piper Retold (#23)
  • Feather: Swan Maidens Retold (#24)

 

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My Duke’s Desire

Wicked Lords of London Book 4

by Tammy Andresen

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Lady Violette knew two things for certain. She must make an advantageous match to save her family and the lord who agreed would be less than desirable. It didn’t matter that she wished to sail off on a great adventure. It wasn’t her choice to make.
His Grace, The Duke of Waverly, had no intention marrying, no matter what his mother expected. That was one of the few advantages of being a duke and he’d sailed back from Barbados to inform her. On his journey home, however, a beautifully proper lady rescues him when his horse is injured. He can’t help but notice that Lady Violette is in need of rescuing herself. Much as she tempts him, he can’t be the man that saves her.

 


Hunt: Red Riding Hood Retold

Romance a Medieval Fairytale Series Book 15

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Publication Date: October 13, 2018

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A witch’s vow. A knight’s quest. A wolf hunting to kill.

Once upon a time…

Seven years ago, Rosa lost her family to a wolf attack during the coldest winter in living memory. But now the wolf is back, as bloodthirsty as ever, and she vows vengeance.

Work is hard to find in the dead of winter, and Sir Chase welcomes the chance to slay wolves if it means he’ll have a warm bed and food for the winter. He never counted on having to compete with a woman for his prize.

When the wolf proves more than one hunter alone can handle, can the unlikely pair join forces to defeat the menace?

 



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Collateral Damage

by Jessica Wayne

Publication Date: July 18, 2018

Genres: Romantic Fantasy, Romantic Suspense, Urban Fantasy

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After a spell left him frozen in time, Timothy McGinley swore off all things magic and accepted that he was destined to walk the earth forever. But when a witch saves his life, he discovers he is facing his own mortality for the first time in two centuries.

Paislee Adams was stolen from everything she knew because she possessed what one man craved: power. After she escapes, she dedicates her life to honing her magic in an effort to destroy the man who owned her for so much of her life.

Fate brings these two together and as they race against the clock to stop the man who has a deadly obsession with them both, Timothy and Paislee are both forced to face the demons of their past in an effort to secure a future they weren’t sure they deserved.

About Jessica Wayne:

Jessica Wayne was born and raised in southern California where she and her family trained horses. She grew up traveling to different competitions, as well as showing sheep and rabbits for 4-H and the FFA.

After moving to Texas with her family, Jessica joined the Army National Guard where she served for seven years.

From the moment her grandmother introduced her to Nora Roberts’ wonderful world of romance, Jessica knew she wanted to create her own stories and share them with the world.

She has been writing full time for the past four years, and is a stay at home mom. She currently resides in Texas with her husband, their two children, and their dog.

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Connected By A Kiss

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A Kiss At Christmastide

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by Christina McKnight

Publisher’s Description:

Lady Pippa Godfrey has suffered the most ruinous London Season. She escapes to her Somerset estate for a quiet Christmastide holiday with her family, away from society’s prying eyes. But before her parents can join her, a storm crashes down on Somerset to destroy any hope of Pippa’s white Christmas dream. The roads have flooded and travel is impossible, leaving her stranded and alone. But a muddied, angry and devilishly handsome lord appears at her door demanding shelter.

Lucas Hartfeld, the Earl of Maddox, has been summoned by his parents, the Marquis and Marchioness of Bowmont, to attend a holiday party in the wilds of the country, far from his London townhouse. He suspects they command his attendance for far different reasons than a simple country party. When a storm strands his carriage, he’s forced to seek shelter at the only home for miles around, a local manor called Helton House.

When Lady Pippa is reluctant to admit him, he does what he’s been raised to do—demand she provide him and his servants with shelter until the storm passes. But the beautiful woman draws his interest far more than he’s willing to admit. Can Lucas find a way out of the predicament his parents are planning?

As Lady Pippa scrutinizes another arrogant, demanding lord, she is bombarded with memories of betrayals in her past. Can she forget those difficult life lessons to claim a Christmastide kiss from a perfect stranger?

My Thoughts:

Who doesn’t believe in a little Christmas magic and this story depends on just that to make it possible.
This reader loves a good Christmas storyline and this is just that. The characters are well developed and the storyline is what we have come to expect from this author, an excellent HEA, with unforgettable characters that make you want more.
I would give this book a 4.25 star rating and look forward to the next installment in the series.
I received a digital ARC of this book compliments of the publisher and author in exchange for an honest review.


How To Kiss A Rogue

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by Amanda Mariel

Publisher’s Description:

A misunderstanding that wounds the bonds of friendship leads a lady to find the love of her life.

Lady Natalie’s betrothal is ended and frees her to pursue the man of her dreams. During a holiday party she discovers the lord she desires in attendance. So hatches a plan to snare him.

Lord Christian St. Vella the Marquis of Knightly has no desire to marry. The more Lady Natalie chases the more irritated he becomes. As the party progresses he cannot help but see past her shallow exterior and recognizes a lady he could fall for.

Will they come together to share a unforgettable Christmastide?

My Thoughts:

I read an ARC of book one of this three novella, three author series through NetGalley and was intrigued by this concept so I purchased books #2 &#3. Since they are all novellas I finished reading book #2 very quickly. I found it interesting since it is more or less an extension of book #1 although by entirely different authors You have to read book #2 to discover the reason for best friends for all their life seem to have a falling out.
It is a well written story and we already know most of the characters from the first novella.
I gave this story 3.75 of 5 stars for story line and characterization and 2 of 5 flames for heat.
Since most of the characters came from book #1 there was no need to develop them since the authors were working together on these 3 stories. It does have it’s heated moments but nothing overt.
You must read book #1 before reading this one though as it is most certainly not a stand alone.



A Wallflower’s Christmas Kiss

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by Dawn Brower

Publisher’s Description:

Have you ever dreamed of a Christmas wedding?

Spinsterhood has never looked so good, but unfortunately even that won’t save Lady Juliette Brooks. Her father’s arranged a betrothal for her to a brute of a man. She has one choice left—force the Duke of Kissinger to honor a long ago promise to save her.

Grayson Abbot, the Duke of Kissinger, does not want to marry Lady Juliette. He doesn’t want to marry anyone. But he did make her a promise, and he doesn’t go back on his word… So he reluctantly agrees to run away with her.

They set off on an adventure during the Christmastide season. As they race to Scotland they experience delays, cold weather, and a friendship they’d almost forgotten about. Will Juliette finally find out what it’s like to be kissed, and in return, win the duke’s heart?

My Thoughts:

This final of the trio of novellas by three different authors is in this reader’s opinion the best one.
I have read all three now and enjoyed them all but this one was my favorite. Unlike the first two this one did require the development of a new character, the lady Juliette.
Grayson Abbot, the Duke of Kissinger grew up with Juliette at his side until she was nine and he twelve. At that point Grayson went off to school and by the edict of his father was not allowed to return and resume his friendship which the Duke considered unacceptable because the friend was female.
I gave this story a 4.5 of 5 star rating for storyline and characterization.
The heat is subtle so it gets 2 out of 5 flames.
Dawn Brower has created a hit in my opinion.



Releases December 04, 2018

A Gypsy’s Christmas Kiss

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Connected by a Kiss , Book #6

by Dawn Brower

BN ID: 2940155637493

Publisher: Monarchal Glenn Press

Publication Date: 12/04/2018

Series: Connected by a Kiss , #6

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Lulia Vasile is a gypsy and proud of it. She’s a master fencer and skilled at fortune telling. She grew up playing roles in a traveling theater and performing at county fairs. Her life changed when she became friends with an earl’s daughter and became involved in an exclusive ladies only gaming den. She’s successful, but misses her family. She travels to their last known location to spend Christmastide with them. While there she must decide what she wants for her future. 

Finley Prescott, the Duke of Clare, doesn’t leave his estate unless it’s necessary. His injuries at Waterloo have left him bitter, and he never expected to inherit the dukedom. That was supposed to be his brother’s duty. Now he has responsibilities and people who depend on him when all he wants is to disappear from the world. For him all hope is gone, and he’s not the hero England believes him to be.

After a chance meeting, and a magical kiss Lulia and Finley discover that sometimes the one thing a person needs is the last thing they expect. 



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The Legacy’s Origin

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by Dawn Brower

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What makes a person a witch?

For those living in sixteenth century Scotland the very word witch is terrifying. Everyone is afraid of witches, both to be accused of one, and to be cursed by one. In a series of events beyond their control one family faces their ultimate fear and the consequences they can’t escape.

The very idea of witchcraft becomes all too real for the Dalais family. Caitrìona Dalais Guaire, Sorcha Dalais Creag, and Niall Dalais are torn from their homes and put on trial. Their very lives are at stake, and everything points to their eventual demise.

In an act of desperation one of them arranges for the children to be secreted away to safety. Only time will tell if they are successful and if their legacy will live on…


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One Enchanting Kiss

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Enduring Legacy Book 2

by Amanda Mariel

File Size: 4886 KB

Print Length: 21 pages

Publisher: Brook Ridge Press

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

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To most, she is Moire Noble, the average daughter of a unimpressive Scottish family that settled in London. But the truth is far more intriguing. Born with the ability to see premonitions, Moire must work hard to guard her secret or risk suffering the fate of her mother…accused of witch craft and burned.

For years her secret has gone undiscovered, but now that her twin Lili is engaged to be wed everything will change. Moire is forced from the comfort of her home and family, cast into the world around her, and exposed to new people. She has little choice but to act when she has a vision showing the death of a male guest at Lili’s engagement party.

Handsome-as-sin Thomas Astley is more than a little intrigued by the vibrant, saucy woman who saved his life. He knows she is more than she seems, and vows to discover all of Moire’s secrets. A move that unbeknownst to him threatens her future and all she holds dear…including her heart.

Enduring Legacy Series:

  1. The Legacy’s Origin by Dawn Brower (Available Now)
  2. One Enchanting Kiss by Amanda Mariel (Sept. 4th)
  3. Visions of Pleasure by Clair Brett (Sept. 11th)
  4. The Search for Sam by Rebecca Lovell (Sept. 15th)
  5. Highlander’s Legacy by Hildie McQueen (Sept. 25th)
  6. The Apothecary’s Assistant by Sandra Sookoo (Oct. 2nd)
  7. Rhapsody and Rebellion by Aubrey Wynne
  8. A Hunter, A Witch, and A Shrew by Leona Bushman
  9. Destiny’s Duchess by Gemma Blackwood
  10. Charming Her Rogue by Dawn Brower
  11. Mesmerizing the Marquis by Madeline Martin
  12. Kiss of the Grimoire by Torie James
  13. Fated for the Duke by Christina McKnight
  14. Capturing a Lady’s Love by Tammy Andresen


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Juliet’s plans to wed Lord Elbourne come to naught when she discovers he’s obliged to wed an heiress instead. To salvage her dignity, she enters into a ruse with the heiress’s brother, whom she views as a rake. Unfortunately, he’s also the most attractive man she’s ever met.

Cody Gryphon will do anything to see his sister Stephanie wed to Lord Elbourne, including entering into a temporary engagement with her romantic rival. Although he intends to return to Texas as soon as his sister is wed, he finds it increasingly difficult to resist Juliet’s charms.

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The Singular Mr. Sinclair by Mia Marlowe

Another review of The Singular Mr. Sinclair by Mia Marlowe. Opinions seem close enough so I still want to read this book.

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Tracy’s rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Series: The House of Lovell, #1

Release Date: July 17, 2018

Lawrence Sinclair has been smitten with Lady Caroline Lovell since the moment he laid eyes on her. But a former Major in his majesty’s Calvary and the estranged heir of an earl with no prospects, has no business wanting the daughter of an Earl – even if he did save her brother.

Lady Caroline has no desire to marry, after 3 seasons and many thwarted suitors, she holds out hope that she will make it to her 21st birthday, unwed and free to set her own course, thanks to a small fortune left to her by her grandmother. But Lawrence is a puzzle that needs solving and the first and possibly the only man that has ever made Caro rethink her future.

Lawrence would love nothing…

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The Vixen (Wicked Wallflowers #2) by Christi Caldwell

I won’t read the entire review just in case of spoilers because this one is on my TBR list of ARCs.

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The VixenThe Vixen (Wicked Wallflowers #2) by Christi Caldwell

Release Dates: August 7, 2018

fleurfleurfleurfleurSynopsisUSA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell pits a fiercely independent beauty against a devilish investigator.

Set apart by her ethereal beauty and fearless demeanor, Ophelia Killoran has always been a mystery to those around her—and a woman they underestimated. No one would guess that she spends her nights protecting the street urchins of St. Giles. Ophelia knows what horrors these children face. As a young girl, she faced those horrors herself, and she would have died…if not for the orphan boy who saved her life.

A notorious investigator, Connor Steele never expected to encounter Ophelia Killoran on his latest case. It has been years since he sacrificed himself for her. Now, she hires orphans from the street to work in her brother’s gaming hell. But where does she find the children…and what are her intentions?

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