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Duke with Benefits

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by Manda Collins

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LADY + DUKE = TRUE LOVE?

Lady Daphne Forsyth is a brilliant mathematician with a burning passion for puzzles. When she learns that the library belonging to her benefactress houses the legendary Cameron Cipher—an encrypted message that, once solved, holds the key to great riches—Daphne is on the case. Unfortunately, her race to unlock the cipher’s code is continually thwarted by a deliciously handsome distraction she hadn’t counted on. . .and cannot resist.

Dalton Beauchamp, the Duke of Maitland, is curious as to why Daphne is spending so much time snooping around his aunt’s bookshelves. He’s even more intrigued by her bold yet calculating manner: She is unapologetic about her secret quest. . .and the fiery attraction that develops between them both. But how can they concentrate on solving a perplexing enigma once the prospect of true love enters the equation?

“Witty, sensual historical romance that will captivate readers.” —Romance Junkies

Duke with Benefits is the second in Manda Collins’ Studies in Scandal series set in Regency England.

“Readers who relish historical romances served up with a generous measure of dangerous intrigue and sizzling sensuality will definitely want to test drive this smartly crafted tale.” – Booklist

My Thoughts:

Duke With Benefits is book #2 in this relatively new series.
Lady Daphne Forsythe  is an extremely intelligent lady, but like most people who are close to genius she is very likely to say something that is inappropriate. She sticks her foot in her mouth quite often, most of the time not having any notion how inappropriate it is.
Dalton Beauchamps, Duke of Maitland wonders why this lovely lady is so interested in the contents of his deceased aunts bookshelves.
There must be something quite valuable hidden in those shelves since his aunt was murdered and now there has been another murder in Beauchamp
House.
What could possibly be valuable enough to insight two murders?
Can Dalton and Daphne get past her misconceptions and find a lasting love together?
This witty and highly sensual historical romance will make you laugh and hopeful that these two can find their way to a lasting love.
I gave this story 4.25 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual historical of 3.75 of 5 flames.
The sensual nature of this story is essential to Dalton and Daphne finding their way to each other.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

The Series To Date:

  • Ready Set Rogue
  • Duke With Benefits

 

 



Golden Chances

Borrowed Brides Book 1

by Rebecca Hagan Lee

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Can you borrow a bride for nine months without her stealing your heart?
A demure member of the Richmond Ladies Sewing Circle, Faith Collins certainly isn’t the type of lady who would answer an advertisement to bear a stranger’s child.

Wealthy Wyoming rancher Reese Jordan isn’t looking for a lady—or a bride. But when the dark-eyed beauty responds to his ad, he cannot resist offering her more than just a contract to provide him with an heir to his fortune.

As they travel west and struggle to guard their wounded hearts, Faith and Reese quickly discover just how easily business can turn to pleasure…and pleasure to love.

Book 1 of the BORROWED BRIDES Series, which includes Golden Chances, Harvest Moon, Something Borrowed, The Counterfeit Bride and Twice Blessed: A Borrowed Brides Novella

“Tender, enthralling romance straight from the heart!”—Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author

“Sparkling romance and passion that sizzles…Rebecca Hagan Lee taps into every woman’s fantasy.”—Christina Dodd, New York Times bestselling author

“Golden Chances is delightful, warm, well-written…a ‘don’t miss’ read!”—Romantic Times

“A clever plot with true-to-life characters and plenty of emotion create a story that will touch your heart. Special enough to read in a single sitting.”—Rendezvous

“Historical romance fans are fortunate to have a treasure like Rebecca Hagan Lee.”—Affaire de Coeur

“Rebecca Hagan Lee is a writer on the rise!”—Romantic Times

“Every Rebecca Hagan Lee book is a tender treasure!”—Teresa Medeiros, New York Times bestselling author.

The Series:

  1. Golden Chances
  2. Harvest Moon
  3. Something Borrowed
  4. The Counterfeit Bride



Barely a Bride

Free Fellows League Book 1

by Rebecca Hagan Lee

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Can a lady tempt a Free Fellow to surrender his heart?
As a founding member of the Free Fellows League—a group of four gentlemen who signed a pledge to never wed when they were lads—Griffin, Viscount Abernathy, swears that he will put off marrying as long as possible. But when he is suddenly called off to war, he has no choice but to obey his father’s wishes and find a wife…

Just days later, he marries the lovely Lady Alyssa. For a man committed only to his freedom, she seems a perfect—and perfectly undemanding—bride. Intelligent and self-sufficient, Alyssa craves her independence just as much as Griffin loves his. But as the irresistible attraction between them flourishes with every look and touch, they discover there is something they desire even more than a loveless marriage of convenience—the passion they find in each other’s arms…

Book 1 of the “Free Fellows League” Series, which includes BARELY A BRIDE, MERELY THE GROOM, HARDLY A HUSBAND, TRULY A WIFE, A BACHELOR STILL and CLEARLY A COUPLE (a novella from TALK OF THE TON)

Barely a Bride is wonderfully charming! A must have!”—Romance Reviews Today

“Superb!”—The Best Reviews

“Historical romance fans are fortunate to have a treasure like Rebecca Hagan Lee.”—Affaire de Coeur

“Every Rebecca Hagan Lee book is a tender treasure! She warms my heart and touches my soul.”—Teresa Medeiros, New York Times bestselling author

“Sparkling romance and passion that sizzles…Rebecca Hagan Lee taps into every woman’s fantasy!”—Christina Dodd, New York Times bestseller

The Series:

  1. Barely a Bride
  2. Merely a Groom
  3. Hardly a Husband
  4. Truly a Wife
  5. A Bachelor Still

 



Fortune’s Flower

Passport to Romance Book 1

by Anthea Lawson

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A RITA finalist for Best First Book, full of wit, adventure, and plenty of passion!

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From USA Today, RITA-nominated author Anthea Lawson comes this *SPICY* full-length Victorian romantic adventure full of wit, adventure, and plenty of passion!

Miss Lily Strathmore has made a desperate bargain. One last adventure abroad with her botanist uncle and his family, and then she will do as her parents bid and wed the proper (and boring) viscount her mother has selected as Lily’s ideal husband.

James Huntington is on a mission. Retrieve his grandfather’s lost journals from the wilds of Tunisia, and win the estate and fortune he so desperately needs. This quest will be the making of him–or his ruin.

Thrown together on a botanical expedition, James and Lily’s attraction is immediate, and impossible. Despite every reason to keep their distance, the two find themselves inexorably drawn together as they race to reach a hidden valley before their enemies can bring all their dreams crashing down.

Note: This title was formerly published as PASSIONATE by Kensington books. It has been revised by the author and republished under the original title of Fortune’s Flower.

Review: Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

I really want to read this.

Historically Ever After

A love that neither can deny…
THE DAY OF THE DUCHESS
Scandal & Scoundrel #3
Sarah MacLean
Releasing June 27, 2017
Avon Books

The one woman he will never forget…

Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one.

The one man she will never forgive…

After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband…

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Released as a Single Title June 27th, 2017

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Kent Brothers Chronicles Book 1

by Elizabeth Essex

Previously appeared in the Vexed anthology

Publisher’s Description:

From award-winning author Elizabeth Essex comes an enchanting prequel to the Kent Brothers Chronicles…

JUST ONE BITE…
Nessa Teague has never believed in the magic that swirls around her village like a fine Cornish mist. She’s never had need of it. Until the day Lord Harry Beck returns to Bocka Morrow and Nessa realizes there is nothing, including the blackest of magic, she won’t do to have him for her own.

AND HE COULD BE HERS.
Harry Beck has left the Royal Navy only to find himself shoaled upon the rocky coast of Cornwall, where smugglers haunt every cove and treachery fouls the waters. His best hope to find the traitor selling secrets to the French is to charm the vicar’s observant and intelligent daughter, Nessa Teague.

But in a place where loyalty runs deeper than the deep blue sea, they’ll need more than charm to uncover the secret plot that threatens their country, and shakes their faith in the power and magic of true love.

A Note From the Publisher:

This novella previously appeared in the Vexed anthology. Book 1 of the Kent Brothers Chronicles. Regency Romance.

Advance Praise:
“This was my first time reading a book by Elizabeth Essex and it did not disappoint…The ending was great and a bit of a surprise.” -Sassy Book Lover

“Filled with adventure, possible treason, magic…

My Thoughts:

This novella which was originally published as part of ” Vexed” book #1 of The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor collection but this is my first time reading this particular novella from the collection.
I previously read two others, Romancing the Rogue by Erica Ridley and from book #3 “Mystified” The Mad Countess by Erica Monroe. All of these stories are loosely tied together either by the supposed haunting of the castle or the reading of the will of the late-Earl of Banfield.
This one is tied to the others by the supposed haunting of the castle. We have a mixture of smuggling, possible treason, magic potions and love in this well written novella.
I gave this title 4.75 of 5 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 2 of 5 flames. There are only a few heated kisses involved and the only flames lead to an explosion that kills the traitor and throws our hero and heroine together.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.



Pirates & Prejudice

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by Jane Reynolds

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She wanted a stable life, a good marriage, and a family. He stole her away to the sea.

Elinor is a woman of means, who is looking forward to her arranged marriage. As the eldest of three sisters, she wants to show her siblings that love, while ideal, doesn’t need to be the main component to a successful marriage. Duty to the family is more important than duty to one’s self. Her best friend, Samantha, doesn’t quite agree, but Sam has always been ideal and never particularly cared about making a smart match for herself.

Jaime Butler is a Scottish privateer, sailing the Seven Seas for treasure and freedom. When he gets word that his long lost sister is in the Caribbean, he rushes to obtain her and bring her back to his home in Scotland. He doesn’t think he would need to take her friend as well, an obnoxious English woman who wants everything done perfectly. At least he might be able to get a good ransom out of her – not that he needs it. He’s wealthy in his own right and only takes on the role of privateer because he wants the excuse to sail the seven seas, taking what he wants for the English king (the bastard).

When forces collide, bringing these two opposites together, both will learn that love is more than they originally thought it would be.

The Series:

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  • Heroes & Thieves: Book 1
  • Beauties & Buccaneers: Book 2
  • Corsets & Crossbones: Book 3
  • Manners & Marauders: Book 4
  • Pirates & Prejudice: Book 5 (Recent Release March 3, 2017)
  • Stone Castles & Scallywags: Book 6 (Recent Release May 5, 2017)

 



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by Julie Johnstone

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Desire tempted them. Honor forbade them. Love ensnared them.

Legendary warrior Lachlan MacLeod has never encountered anything or anyone he could not conquer. But when his younger brother confesses his love for Bridgette MacLean—the only woman Lachlan has ever wanted—Lachlan turns away from the beautiful Scottish lass, vowing to be no more than her friend. Yet his need for Bridgette enslaves him and may well prove to be the one thing he cannot defeat.

Fiercely independent Bridgette longs to be treated as an equal to the men. She always imagined great battles in her future, not great love. Then Lachlan saw her as no one ever had and captured her heart, awakening new cravings inside her without realizing it. But when Lachlan’s younger brother suffers a grave injury while saving her life, she feels unable to deny his plea for her heart. However, it is impossible to give what belongs to another…

Torn between their own desire and their loyalties, Bridgette and Lachlan must find the courage to grasp the passion awaiting them and face the pain their choice will cause. Yet even as they confront their future and love finally seems within their grasp, a fight for the Scottish throne divides the Highland clans and Bridgette becomes a pawn in a political game that threatens to tear her and Lachlan apart forever.



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Daylight Follows

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by Michelle Dare

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Daylight Follows is a standalone new adult romance.

Direction and a sense of purpose for her life evaded Daniella Archer. She was in college, but her classes didn’t hold her interest. She had a boyfriend, but never got butterflies when he was near. Her two best friends were her lifelines, the ones who always stood by her. Then tragedy shattered her world and she sunk into a deep depression. She watched helplessly as the rainy sky mimicked her tears and the dark clouds, her mood.

Garrett Ramsey secretly loved Daniella throughout their high school years. When he moved away, he finally put those feelings behind him and moved on with his life, or so he thought. Just seeing Dani again brought all of the feelings he thought were long dead, straight to the surface again. She never saw him as more than a friend, so he didn’t tell her how he truly felt.

Two people, two paths, both missing something significant. Storms swirled all around and the blackness of night seemed to last forever. They dared to hope daylight would follow.

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Release day for Alexa Aston: JOURNEY TO HONOR, book 4 of Knights of Honor

I think I will check this author’s books out. She is fairly new to me but I may have run across her at a Facebook event.

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Author:Alexa Aston
Genre: Historical Medieval Romance
Pages: 232
Published by: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc., 1 edition
Published Date: June 27, 2017
ASIN: B07118ZCNM

Knights of Honor Series:
Word of Honor
Marked by Honor
Code of Honor
Journey to Honor

Publisher’s Summary:

1366 A.D. – Kenric Fairfax is raised as the second son of the Earl of Shadowfaire. The day of his Knighting Ceremony, a tragedy takes place—and Kenric flees the north of England, putting his past behind him as he swears he will never marry. He becomes a trusted knight in service to Lord Michael Devereux, who asks Kenric to lead an escort party from London in order to bring his wife’s sister home to Sandbourne.

Avelyn Le Cler has spent a year as a lady-in-waiting to Queen Philippa and finds the treachery at the royal court not to her liking…

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Release Day Blitz in celebration of book two, THE HIGHLAND COMMANDER by Amy Jarecki

Waiting to read this review until after I finish the book.

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Author: Amy Jarecki
Published Date: June 27, 2017
Published by: Forever
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eBook: $3.99 USD
Audio: $22.98 USD

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The Lords of the Highlands Series
The Highland Duke, book 1
The Highland Commander, book 2
The Highland Guardian, book 3 releases December, 2017


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She cannot resist the man behind the mask…

As the illegitimate daughter of a Scottish earl, Lady Magdalen Keith is not one to partake in lavish balls or other frivolities. Yet at her father’s urging, she agrees to dance with the battle-weary officers at this year’s holiday masquerade. It’s practically her civic duty! But when one such officer—whose dashing good looks cannot be disguised by a mere mask—sweeps her off her feet and into his arms, the innocent lass can’t help herself. Her lips are his for the taking.

But will he betray…

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Three Weeks with a Princess

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WEEKS WITH A PRINCESS, book 2 in The Improper Princesses Series,

is out today, June 27th at the special price of only $4.99 in digital! 

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In Vanessa Kelly’s captivating series, three young women are descended from royalty—in the most improper way. But that doesn’t stop them from pursuing lives rich in adventure. . .

Lia Kincaid, illegitimate daughter of the Duke of York, comes from a long line of notorious women. Raised by her grandmother, formerly mistress to the late Marquess of Lendale, she has little hope of . But the new marquess, her childhood friend, Jack Easton, would make a very desirable protector . . . if he weren’t too honorable to take her to bed.a respectable marriage

It’s bad enough being saddled with a title he never desired. Now Jack must resist the beautiful woman he desires far too much. Duty calls, and he is duty-bound to choose a wealthy bride. But then Lia makes another outrageous suggestion: asking Jack to devise some tests to find her the perfect paramour. Tests that involve flirting, kissing, and other pleasurable pursuits. Tests that, in a matter of weeks, could transform friendship into the ton’s greatest scandal, igniting a passion even duty can’t deny. . .

My Thoughts:

This is book #2 of The Improper Princesses series, a spin-off of the Renegade Royals books. Book #1 “My Fair Princess” is an engaging title, but “Three weeks With a Princess” is even more so.

As usual, Vanessa Kelly has spun an entertaining and engaging tale of a young woman who is an illegitimate daughter of the Duke of York, but has no notion of her connection to the royal family.

With a touch of mystery, an abduction to a brothel and a friendship that has grown to something much more, this is another delightful read from one of my favorite authors.

Lia has grown up happily in the country living with her grandmother who was the former mistress to the late Marquess of Lendale. Because of her connection to her actress mother and her courtesan grandmother she has little or no hope for a respectable marriage. She grew up with the young heir to the title as her one and only friend.

Jack is the grandson of the Marquess of Lendale and the heir to the title which he never wanted. As fate would have it  he inherits the title and the property which is in dire straits.

Now Lia has grown into a beautiful and desirable young woman and Jack’s thoughts of her are certainly not those of a friend, but of a potential lover.

Jack needs to marry and marry well to an heiress with coin to spare in order to save the property and title he has inherited. He instead desires Lia who is most assuredly not the proper choice.

Will these two friend’s attraction for each other turn into something more lasting than mere friendship?

I loved this book with its enchanting and well-developed characters. I gave it 4.75 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 4 of 5 flames.
The chemistry and physical interaction between our hero and heroine combust in very heated encounters.

I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley to read.
This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I have read and reviewed voluntarily.


SALE!!

Two of Vanessa’s Renegade Royals books

are on sale for only $1.99!

Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom

Renegade Royal Book 2

by Vanessa Kelly

     

Publisher’s Description:

cv-confessions-royalThey are the Renegade Royals, illegitimate sons of the Royal Princes, each finding his rightful place in society–and the woman destined to be his perfect match. . .Some men are born into scandal. Others pursue it with a passion. Griffin Steele, secret son of the Duke of Cumberland, is guilty on both counts. Yet somehow London’s most notorious scoundrel has been saddled with an abandoned baby boy–and with the unflappable, intriguing spinster summoned to nurse him. . .

Justine Brightmore may be a viscount’s niece, but she’s also a spy’s daughter, determined to safeguard the infant when his suspected royal parentage makes him a target. Yet how to protect herself from the rakish Griffin? Marriage might shield her reputation, but it can only imperil her heart, especially with a groom intent on delicious seduction. . .

“Has all the elements of my favorite novels–a bad boy hero, a spirited heroine, a dash of intrigue, and a sizzling romance. Put her on your auto-buy list;you won’t be disappointed.” –Shana Galen


How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy

Renegade Royal Book 3

by Vanessa Kelly

     

Publisher’s Description:

cv-plan-weddingWhether as spies or lovers, the Renegade Royals—illegitimate sons of England’s Royal Princes—are bold, skillful, and a force to be reckoned with…

A war hero returned from Waterloo should be able to indulge in a bit of bad behavior. Instead, Captain William Endicott is summoned by his father, the Duke of York, to investigate an assassination plot. The unlikely suspect: William’s former sweetheart. Will can’t believe that innocent Evie Whitney could be mixed up in anything so nefarious. Then again, almost everything about Evie has changed—except for his body’s instinctive response to hers…

Just as Evie’s life is finally coming together, Will saunters back into it. Should she slap him—or seduce him? Even as she tries to decide, scandal pushes her toward marriage with a man she can neither trust nor resist—and into the heart of a deadly conspiracy…

Praise for Vanessa Kelly’s Renegade Royals series

“Will definitely resonate with fans of Mary Jo Putney and Joanne Bourne.” —Booklist

“Kelly combines diverting dialogue, delightful surprises and finely tuned pacing to make this a winner.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)


About The Author:

Vanessa-KellyVanessa Kelly is a USA Today Bestselling, award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.”  Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance.

Vanessa’s previous series, The Renegade Royals, was a national bestseller. She is currently writing a new spin-off series called The Improper Princesses. My Fair Princess, book 1, was named a Goodreads Romance of the Month and is a USA Today and BookScan bestseller.

Vanessa spends most of the year in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband, but she’s lucky enough to spend some of the winter in Florida.  When she’s not dreaming of plots for her next Regency novel, she’s writing USA Today Bestselling books with her husband, under the pen name of V.K. Sykes. She’s also a member of  The Glass Slipper Sisters, a group of authors who write royalty-themed and fairytale romance.



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June 27, 2017

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The Summer Star

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One Legend, Three Enchanting Novellas

Legends of Scotland Book 2

by Tanya Anne Crosby, Glynnis Campbell & Laurin Wittig

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Three best-selling, award-winning, authors, three heart-felt stories, the splendor of Scotland, and a legend passed down through generations. These are the romantic tales of The Summer Star… 

 

MAIDEN FROM THE MIST by Tanya Anne Crosby

Stricken blind by his grief, Caden MacSwein has sequestered himself like a beast in his castle by the sea. It is whispered he slew his own brother, and now is cursed by the Gods. When a maiden from Inverness arrives on his shores on the eve of the summer star, Caden convinces himself she alone holds the key to the return of his sight. But he must ken that his blindness comes from within… or he will never save the maiden from the mist from the danger that pursues her.

THE REIVER by Glynnis Campbell

Raised by her abusive uncle, Cristy Moffat will do anything to impress her brawny cousins, including reiving the neighbor’s cattle…until she steals the wrong cow and is caught in the act by the new laird. Brochan Macintosh has his hands full, repairing his tower house and raising his motherless twins. But when his plans to trade Cristy for his cattle go awry, he wonders if he wants to ransom her after all. Can he tame her wild ways and give her a family to love, and will Cristy be the one to heal his loneliness?

MACALPIN’S HEART by Laurin Wittig

Elspet MacAlpin needs a husband soon, but not just anyone will do. To protect the lore of the Guardians, her clan, and perhaps even Scotland, she must choose wisely…but she is also determined to marry for love. When Kenneth MacGregor arrives at Dunlairig Castle on a quest to find his lost brother, he is is drawn to the lively Elspet, but he will not allow himself to fall for her. His quest cannot be abandoned…and yet…Can duty be answered, as well as the destiny promised by the Summer Star?

 

Releases June 27, 2017

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Addicted to the Duke

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by Bronwen Evans

Publisher’s Description:

A lovestruck lady charms the duke of her dreams during an expedition on the high seas in this sexy, swashbuckling novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans.

Alexander Sylvester Bracken, Duke of Bedford, has a mission: sail to the Mediterranean and track down Lady Hestia Cary’s missing father. It is a straightforward task, but for two rather vexing complications. First, the sea holds painful memories; second, for her own safety, Hestia is to accompany him. As Alex battles the demons of his past, he must also resist Hestia’s surprisingly skillful attempts at seduction. After all, Alex has sworn to leave her untouched, and he intends to honor that vow—until he can properly ask the Earl’s blessing.

Ever since His Grace rescued Hestia from the arms of a Turkish pirate six long years ago, her heart has belonged to Alex. So when he agrees to help find her father, Hestia is thrilled. Although Alex tries to hide it, there’s passion in his eyes—and a frisson of desire in the air—whenever they meet. On board ship, miles from home, Alex won’t be able to deny her any longer. But with scoundrels lying in wait, she may not live to tell the tale of her conquest.


Look for the enchanting Disgraced Lords series from Bronwen Evans:

A KISS OF LIES | A PROMISE OF MORE | A TOUCH OF PASSION | A WHISPER OF DESIRE | A TASTE OF SEDUCTION | A NIGHT OF FOREVER


My Thoughts:

I have read almost every book this author has written and I usually have loved them.
This book, however is based on a completely different premise. It is most assuredly not my favorite. It is still well written even though I didn’t care for the basis of the storyline in this one.

Book #1 in this new series, Imperfect Lords, I hope for a more enjoyable story in the other books in this series coming sometime in 2018.

The twist to this story is that Alex has spent years fighting his opium addiction, while Hestia’s father forgives him for surviving what society at that time considered a fate worse than death.

Can this duke with an addictive personality kick his habits long enough to win the woman he loves? That is the question.

There is just too much violence and implied violence in this one for my taste.
We certainly know who the villain is but there are other evil characters in the underlying story.

I gave this book 3.5 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3 of 5 flames.
I don’t usually give a violence rating but will in this case. This story is heavy with violence so it gets a rating of 3.5 out of 5.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

About The Author:

Author Bronwen EvansUSA Today Bestselling author, Bronwen Evans (Bron), loves story-telling – gobbling up movies, reading books and attending the theater. Her head is always filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer.

Bronwen attended Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand earning a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Administration, majoring in Marketing and Accounting. She was all set on building herself a business career (which she did along the way).

But life never turns out exactly as one thinks. After working for a few years in marketing roles within New Zealand financial institutions, she left for a 6 month overseas experience in London, England. She loved England. She spent several years living in London, using it as a base to be able to work and travel from. She visited all four corners of the world. Her most interesting trips were a camel safari in the Sahara, a trip through Russia, a safari through Africa with her mother, and three months in the Mediterranean.

It was while living and working in London she discovered the offices of Mills & Boon and the germ of an idea to embark on a romance writing career was born.

Almost eight years later, on her return to New Zealand, encouraged by a close friend battling a life-threatening illness, Bronwen finally started down the path to publication by joining RWA, The Beau Monde, RWAustralia and RWNZ.

Bronwen’s first manuscript, INVITATION TO RUIN, was completed late 2009, and was sold to Kensington Publishing early 2010, in a two book deal. Her debut novel, INVITATION TO RUIN, received a 4.5 star rating from RT Book Reviews and was nominated in the RT Reviewer’s Choice Awards – Best First Historical. Invitation to Ruin was also won the RomCon Readers Crown Best Historical 2012.

Bron’s since gone on to win the RomCon Readers Crown three times. Her first book in her Disgraced Lords series hit the USA Today bestsellers list and she has hit it several times since.

She lives in New Zealand in sunny Hawkes Bay with her two Cavoodles named Brandy and Duke.



Knight Secrets

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Knights of the Swan

by C.C. Wiley

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Sworn to protect the crown, a Knight of the Swan must never surrender—not even to love . . .

England, 1415.

Ordered never to leave the lonely tower on her family estate, Lady Clarice Margrave is suddenly set free when her home is plundered. Now she is determined to discover the truth behind her father’s alleged treason. But an act of daring only propels her into a new prison, with the very knight who destroyed her home as her keeper. Sir Ranulf, Lord of Sedgewic, is ruthless in his inquisition, though there is a searing tenderness in his touch. Is it possible her bold jailor is the Red Wolf of whom her father spoke—and the one man she might be able to trust?

As a knight, Ranulf never questions his troth, but his beautiful prisoner stirs his heart and mind like no other. Clarice is achingly vulnerable—and extremely closed-mouth about her possible ties to the plot against the king. Duty demands he keep his distance, though he yearns to take her to his bed and adore her until he discovers what lies within her heart. And he would—if he weren’t in danger of losing his own .

Look For Two More Books in This Series to Come:

  • Knight Quests (Knights of the Swan #2) July 25, 2017       
  • Knight Treasures (Knights of the Swan #3) November 28, 2017

 


A Heart in Jeopardy

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A Regency Mystery

by Holly Newman

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She risked her life for honor…
And risked her heart for love.

Bound by duty, torn by love …

Miss Leona Leonard had never attempted anything so daring before … disguising herself as a man and rescuing Lady Christiana Deveraux from kidnappers. But her heart beat even more wildly at the sudden appearance of Christiana’s uncle, the scandalously handsome Nigel Deveraux.

Sir Nigel, now indebted to this bold beauty who had risked her life, gallantly offered his protection. But Leona yearned for something deeper–and gracefully refused. Until danger forced her to seek sanctuary at Deveraux’s ancestral castle–where she discovered the passion beneath his honorable intentions … and the soul-searing desire that would flame into a breathtaking love!



That Wicked Harlot

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A Steamy Regency Romance Book 2

by Georgette Brown

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Revenge is a dish best served hot…

In this steamy Regency romance, Darcy Sherwood holds her own among the cads and rakes who frequent the dubious gaming hall where she works. When she has the opportunity to exact revenge upon the family who wronged her sister, she intends to provide the arrogant Baron Broadmoor the biggest set-down of his life…by requiring him to be her suitor.

But when Lord Broadmoor begins to play his role too well, can she resist falling for the man she’s supposed to hate?
Radcliff Barrington, the Baron Broadmoor, has no intention of quietly submitting to Miss Sherwood—even if she does hold the deed that could ruin his family. He intends to turn the tables on Miss Sherwood. She must surrender the deed or surrender herself…

If you love Georgette Heyer, you’ll have fun with this super-sexy tribute to Faro’s Daughter!

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Seducing Mr. Sykes

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Cotswold Confidential Book #2

by Maggie Robinson

Kensington Books

Lyrical Press

Romance

 

Publisher’s Description:

“A Maggie Robinson book is like the best kind of chocolate: delicious and totally addictive!” —Vanessa Kelly, USA Today bestselling author

In Maggie Robinson’s sparkling new series, the quaint village in Gloucestershire is where the wayward sons and daughters of Great Britain’s finest families come for some R&R—and good old-fashioned “rehab”. But sometimes they find much more . . .

No one at Puddling-on-the-Wold ever expected to see Sarah Marchmain enter through its doors. But after the legendary Lady’s eleventh-hour rejection of the man she was slated to marry, she was sent here to restore her reputation . . . and change her mind. It amused Sadie that her father, a duke, would use the last of his funds to lock her up in this fancy facility—she couldn’t be happier to be away from her loathsome family and have some time to herself. The last thing she needs is more romantic distraction . . .

As a local baronet’s son, Tristan Sykes is all too familiar with the spoiled, socialite residents of the Puddling Rehabilitation Foundation—no matter how real their problems may be. But all that changes when he encounters Sadie, a brave and brazen beauty who wants nothing more than to escape the life that’s been prescribed for her. If only Tristan could find a way to convince the Puddling powers-that-be that Sadie is unfit for release, he’d have a chance to explore the intense attraction that simmers between them—and prove himself fit to make her his bride . . .


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My Thoughts:

I thought I couldn’t possibly enjoy a book any more than I did the first book in this delightfully comical new series but I did. This book made me laugh out loud as I read it. It is funnier and more engaging than “Schooling the Viscount” was which I didn’t think possible. The one flaw for both books is the unfortunate cover designs, but they grow on you.
Sarah was sent to recuperate at Puddling’s famous rehabilitation foundation. Her problem is simply that she doesn’t wish to marry, at least not to her betrothed.
When Tristan Sykes meets her he is certain she is just another spoiled socialite. His encounter with Sadie soon changes his mind.
I fell in love quickly with these delightfully wrought characters in this newest book of this comical series.
I simply could not put this book down and found myself reading into the early morning hours.
Maggie Robinson has outdone herself with this latest release in the Puddling-on-the-Wold Cotswold Confidential series.
Be prepared to be delighted.
I gave this book 4.75 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.75 of 5 flames. Even the most intimate scenes will make you laugh in this comically wrought book.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I read and reviewed voluntarily.


The Cotswold Confidential Series:

  1. Schooling the Viscount
  2. Seducing Mr. Sykes
  3. Coming Nov. 21, 2017: Redeeming Lord Ryder

About The Author:

maggierobinson_bw300dpiMaggie Robinson is a former teacher, library clerk and mother of four who woke up in the middle of the night, absolutely compelled to create the perfect man and use as many adjectives and adverbs as possible doing so. A transplanted New Yorker, she lives with her not-quite perfect husband in Maine, where the cold winters are ideal for staying inside and writing hot historical romances. A two-time Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice nominee, her books have been translated into French, German, Portuguese, Turkish, Russian, Japanese, Thai, Dutch and Italian.



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Marrying Mr. English

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The English Brothers #0.5

The Blueberry Lane Series

by Katy Regnery

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Publisher’s Description:

Trust fund playboy, Tom English, was supposed to find a “good woman” and marry her by midnight on his 32nd birthday. If he didn’t, his grandfather promised to disinherit him. Unfortunately for Tom, three days before he was set to get married in Vail, his fiance elopes with her skiing instructor leaving Tom high and dry. With only a week before his birthday, it looks like Tom will forfeit his millions.

When Eleanora Watters, a smart, sassy – totally broke – waitress, spies down-on-his-luck Tom English in the breakfast-all-day diner where she works, she doesn’t think much of him. He’s at least ten years older than she is and he looks like another trust fund jerk with a silver spoon shoved up his…a-hem. But Tom surprises her. Set up on a blind date by Eleanora’s cousin, the two bond over books, and after spending just a few hours together, Eleanora offers to marry Tom in order to help him secure his fortune.

After a whirlwind marriage in Las Vegas, Tom and Eleanora begin to realize that they’re not as unlikely a match as they once seemed, and their feelings for each other deepen. But when Tom’s grandfather sees through their scheme and threatens to cut them off, Tom will have to decide if he wants the money more than the Colorado waitress who seems to be something between “a dream and a miracle.”

This full-length, standalone prequel can be read before OR after the six English Brothers novels!

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Meet the families of Blueberry Lane!!

THE ENGLISH BROTHERS
(Blueberry Lane Books #1-7)

Breaking Up with Barrett
Falling for Fitz
Anyone but Alex
Seduced by Stratton
Wild about Weston
Kiss Me Kate
Marrying Mr. English

Note: Marrying Mr. English is a STANDALONE PREQUEL to the English Brothers series and can be read BEFORE *OR* AFTER the other six books.

THE WINSLOW BROTHERS
(Blueberry Lane Books #8-11)

Bidding on Brooks
Proposing to Preston
Crazy about Cameron
Campaigning for Christopher

THE ROUSSEAUS
(Blueberry Lane Books #12-14)

Jonquils for Jax
Marry Me Mad
J.C. and the Bijoux Jolis

THE STORY SISTERS
(Blueberry Lane Books #15-18)

The Bohemian and the Businessman
The Director and Don Juan
The Flirt and the Fox
The Saint and the Scoundrel

(Each Blueberry Lane family – English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, Amble and Atwell – can be enjoyed as a standalone series!)



No Match for Love Volume One Box Set

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Miss Match, Not Your Match, Mix ‘N Match

by Lindzee Armstrong

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Playing cupid may break her heart. With the matchmaking company she works for in decline, Brooke is desperate to sign Luke, her billionaire best friend, as a client. But Luke is more interested in capturing Brooke’s heart. Escape into this lighthearted romantic comedy today, which InD’Tale Magazine calls a “feel-good romance that will leave you swooning.”

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Sometimes it takes dating Mr. Wrong to find Mr. Right. Dating the wrong people has convinced both Ben and Andi that what they really want is each other. All that’s standing in their way is a fake boyfriend, a jealous ex-fiancée, and being afraid to risk their hearts. Explore this emotionally-charged romance today!

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Fire and ice aren’t meant to mix. Zoey and Mitch couldn’t be more opposite. One passionate kiss has convinced them they’d never work. But two weeks in Paris could change everything. Take a trip to Paris in this fun-filled romantic comedy!

The No Match for Love series follows the matchmakers and clients of Toujour on their journeys to love. Each story can be read as a stand-alone, so start with whichever book catches your interest the most!

Current books in the series:
Strike a Match
Meet Your Match – FREE NOVELLA – When You Sign up for Author’s Newsletter
Miss Match
Not Your Match
Mix ‘N Match
Mistletoe Match

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Recently Released: THE DEVIL IS FRENCH by Delilah Marvelle, book two of the series of the Whipping Society ~ not a book for the weak-hearted!

Looks Like an interesting read.

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Memorable Quotes:

A woman had to start living lest she start dying.

Learn to be soft when it matters most, but never always. Always isn’t going to protect you. Spoken by Mr. Ridley

Who cares if you offend the world? The world doesn’t care if it offends you.” Spoken by Mr. Ridley

A cross didn’t stop people from spitting. They simply nudged it out of the way.

There was a reason Eve darted out of Eden. It got boring. Thought by Jemdanee

My duality is hero and demon. Your duality is Indian and white. Spoken by Mr. Ridley to Jemdanee Lillian Watkins

Unlike most men, I enjoy discourse as much as I do intercourse. Spoken by Mr. Ridley

 

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Author:Delilah Marvelle
Genre:  Historical Victorian Romance, Erotica
Pages: 278
Published by: Delilah Marvelle Productions
Published Date: May 28, 2017

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