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No Match for Love

by Lindzee Armstrong

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Publisher: Snowflake Press

Publication Date: November 10, 2015

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Sometimes it takes dating Mr. Wrong to find Mr. Right…
“This pleasant tale will reward readers with the dance of life for a resounding happily-ever-after.” -Ind’Tale Magazine
Top 40 Amazon Bestseller in Inspirational Romance

Andi doesn’t believe in matchmaking. But when her best friend buys her a subscription to Toujour, a professional matchmaking service, she agrees to give it a try. She’s matched with a celebrity client, but he can’t make her heart flutter or her limbs turn to mush the way Ben, her best friend’s brother, can with a simple smile.

When Ben’s fiancée calls off their wedding—for the third time—he flees to Los Angeles, desperate for a new beginning. He moves in across the hall from Andi, his high school ballroom dance partner and his sister’s best friend. Despite nursing a broken heart, his long-forgotten crush flares to life. He’s just beginning to believe he can move past his breakup, and maybe even ask Andi out, when his ex-fiancée shows up on New Year’s Eve, determined to win him back.

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.

Part of the No Match for Love series, Not Your Match will delight readers who love Hallmark movies and sweet romance. This series combines complex characters with smart dialogue and a fast-paced plot, and each volume in the series can be read as a stand-alone.

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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:

  1. Strike a Match
  2. Meet Your Match
  3. Miss Match
  4. Not Your Match
  5. Mix ‘N Match
  6. Mistletoe Match
  7. Match Me If You Can (coming soon!)

 

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The Wayward Wallflowers, Book # 1 

by Anna Bennett

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Publication Date: October 4, 2016

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William Ryder, Earl of Castleton, is at the end of his noble rope. Not only has he broken ties with his longtime mistress, his mother has publicly announced her wish for him to marry a suitable young lady—if only to help him raise the twins left in his care. Hiring a governess should solve some of Will’s problems…but when he meets the candidate in question, he finds himself in an entirely new predicament.

TO DO A WALLFLOWER’S JOB

Miss Margaret Lacey is brainy, beautiful, and, once upon a time, Will’s betrothed. But she bowed out of the engagement—and, since then, has never been the same. A tragic accident robbed her of everything, and now, at age twenty-three, her marital prospects are slim to none. Penniless but not without pride, Meg convinces the vexingly handsome Will to hire her for the job. What neither of them could have expected from this arrangement, however, is an attraction that burns stronger than ever. Are these two lost souls finally ready to be schooled in the art of love?

My Thoughts:

Reviewed Through NetGalley – September 25th, 2016

I really enjoyed this tale of a vicar’s daughter and an Earl. Seems they had a mutual past and she was very surprised to be meeting him again under very different circumstances.
The characters were well developed and the twin six year old girls were delightful.

The story premise is a good one. I could not put it down even though I found myself needing to do so, still reading on into the wee hours of the morning.
This story gets a 4.5 of 5.0 star rating and a sensual rating of 4 of 5 flames for heat.
I would be delighted to read additional works by this author.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Series:

  1. My Brown Eyed Earl
  2. I Dared The Duke
  3. The Rogue is Back in Town (Coming January 2, 2018)

 



About Anna:

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Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager and decided historicals (with their balls, dukes, and gowns) were the best. So, when she had the chance to spend a semester in London she packed her bags—and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® for Regency Historical Romance.

She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

Anna spends a lot of time procrastinating on Twitter and Facebook, and she’d love to see you there! You can also keep up with her book news by signing up for her newsletter.

By the way, Anna wrote some books under the pen name Anne Barton, and you can find them on the Books page.



Mary Jo Putney’s Lost Lords Bundle

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Loving a Lost Lord, Never Less Than A Lady

Nowhere Near Respectable, No Longer a Gentleman & Sometimes A Rogue

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Publisher: Zebra (October 1, 2013)

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

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Loving a Lost Lord

 

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In the first of a dazzling series, Mary Jo Putney introduces the Lost Lords—maverick childhood friends with a flair for defying convention. Each is about to discover the woman who is his perfect match—but perfection doesn’t come easily, even for the noble Duke of Ashton. . .

Battered by the sea, Adam remembers nothing of his past, his ducal rank, nor of the shipwreck that almost claimed his life. However, he’s delighted to hear that the golden-haired vision tending his wounds is his wife. Mariah’s name and face may not be familiar, but her touch, her warmth, feel deliciously right. . .

When Mariah Clarke prayed for a way to deter a bullying suitor, she didn’t imagine she’d find the answer washed ashore on a desolate beach. Convincing Adam that he is her husband is surprisingly easy. Resisting the temptation to act his wife, in every way, will prove anything but. And now a passion begun in fantasy has become dangerously real—and completely irresistible. . .

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New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney continues her stunning Lost Lords series with this stirring, sensual story of a rebellious nobleman drawn to a lovely widow with a shocking past.

As the sole remaining heir to the Earl of Daventry, Alexander Randall knows his duty: find a wife and sire a son of his own. The perfect bride for a man in his position would be a biddable young girl of good breeding. But the woman who haunts his imagination is Julia Bancroft—a village midwife with a dark secret that thrusts her into Randall’s protection.

Nowhere Near Respectable

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Mary Jo Putney’s riveting Lost Lords series unleashes a high stakes royal plot—which may prove easier for Damian Mackenzie to handle than his own unruly desire. . .

He’s a bastard and a gambler and society’s favorite reprobate. But to Lady Kiri Lawford he’s a hero—braver than the smugglers he rescues her from, more honorable than any lord she’s ever met, and far more attractive than any man has a right to be. How can she not fall in love. . .?

No Longer a Gentleman

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Grey Sommers, Lord Wyndham, never met a predicament he couldn’t charm his way out of. Then a tryst with a government official’s wife during a bit of casual espionage in France condemns him to a decade in a dungeon, leaving him a shadow of his former self. Yet his greatest challenge may be the enigmatic spy sent to free his body–the only woman who might heal his soul.

Cassie Fox lost everything in the chaos of revolution, leaving only a determination to help destroy Napoleon’s empire through her perilous calling. Rescuing Grey is merely one more mission. She hadn’t counted on a man with the stark beauty of a ravaged angel, whose desperate courage and vulnerability thaw her frozen heart. But a spy and a lord are divided by an impassable gulf even if they manage to survive one last, terrifying mission. . ..

Sometimes A Rogue. . .

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Even the most proper young lady yearns for adventure. But when the very well bred Miss Sarah Clarke-Townsend impulsively takes the place of her pregnant twin, it puts her own life at risk. If the kidnappers after her sister discover they’ve abducted Sarah instead, she will surely pay with her life. . .

Rob Carmichael survived his disastrous family by turning his back on his heritage and becoming a formidable Bow Street Runner with a talent for rescuing damsels in distress. But Sarah is one damsel who is equal to whatever comes. Whether racing across Ireland with her roguish rescuer or throwing herself into his arms, she challenges Rob at every turn.



The Gilded Lily

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by Deborah Swift

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Publisher: Quire Books; 2 edition (April 17, 2017)

Publication Date: April 17, 2017

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Beauty is skin deep, blood runs deeper

One sister is pretty. One is plain.

Sadie Appleby is the plain one, and has never left her small village. But one night she is rudely awoken by her older and bolder sister, Ella, who has robbed her employer and is on the run.

Together the girls flee the hangman and head for London, and a new life. Seduced by the glitter and glamour of the city, the flirtatious Ella sets her sights on flamboyant man-about-town, Jay Whitgift, one of the notorious ‘Wits’ of Charles II’s court, and owner of ‘The Gilded Lily’, a beauty parlour for the wives of the London gentry. 

Ella thinks Sadie to be a millstone around her neck, and as she rises in society, she pushes Sadie down. Soon a deep rift forms between the sisters, 
 
But nothing in the capital is what it seems, least of all Jay Whitgift. And when a desperate danger threatens Ella, will blood prove thicker than water?

Set in a brilliantly realised Restoration London, The Gilded Lily is a novel about beauty and desire, about the stories we tell ourselves, and about how sisterhood can be both a burden and a saving grace. 


‘a fast-paced adventure peopled with ruthless villains and feisty heroines whose exploits grab the imagination and add suspense and excitement to a historical gem.” –Lancashire Evening Post 
“It’s hard to say why you find a novel unputdownable, but I’ve just spent about 4 hours curled up with the second half, and there was no way I was not going to finish it today!”

“The story line, like a meandering river, was full of unexpected twists and turns which enchanted me and made it very hard to put down.”

“Brilliant. a cracking good read couldn’t put it down, exciting from beginning to end the author really brought the characters to life.”

“I enjoyed this one particularly as it has a different and engaging storyline. It was another book I couldn’t put down…read in a day and enjoyed the characters and storline immensely.”

 



The Cursed Highlander

Lairds of Dunkeld Series, Book #4

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by Emilia Ferguson

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Publisher: MountainSky House Publishing Co.

Publication Date: November 10, 2017

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Will a Scottish beauty who can see the future, predict the doom of the Highlander she loves?

A Gifted Lass

Joanna MacConnaway’s future looks dark when her great-uncle passes, leaving Lochlann in the hands of a new leader. This handsome stranger, who has haunted Joanna’s dreams, soon finds himself in mortal danger. Joanna chooses to help him, against her misgivings and sense of impending doom. Can she trust him? And is he worthy of the feelings she soon develops for him?

A Cursed Leader

Dark and brooding Dougal Blackheath is haunted by ghosts that seem determined to take his life, and, when he moves to Lochlann Castle, the demons follow him to his new home. Though his father has decreed that he must marry a wealthy, powerful bride to serve his own ambitions, he makes the bold and brash decision to marry for love instead, and soon discovers that he has feelings for his new ward, the beautiful Joanna.

Ghosts of the Past

Joanna rescues Dougal, but the haunting carries on, and both of them, it seems, face mortal danger. When this bloodthirsty ghoul strikes against Joanna, the pair of them unite, to get to the bottom of violence that seems all too real. Otherwise, neither of the Highland pair will live to tell the tale.

Will Joanna discover the truth behind the Highland mystery that she’s inherited before it ruins her future? Or will her nightmarish vision become her everyday reality?

Can Dougal really be the doom of Lochlann Castle, or is something far more sinister — a flesh and blood culprit —behind the attacks on his life?



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Gun Moll

by Bethany-Kris & Erin Ashley Tanner

Gun Moll, #1

Publication Date: May 23, 2016
Genres: Interracial Romance, Erotic Romance, Organized Crime

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James “Mac” Maccari’s career in the mafia is at a standstill. As the best solider in his Capo’s crew, all he wants is to be noticed enough to get Made in the Pivetti Crime Family. But instead, his Capo’s interests seem more focused on keeping his solider hidden from the boss, and every other Made man he can. Seemingly stuck right where he is with no chance of going up, Mac doesn’t know what will finally get him the attention he needs to earn his button.

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Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

 

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Erin Ashley Tanner is the creator of stories featuring fierce females and the men who love them.

Erin is the author of Goddess of Legend, the first in her Demi-God Daughters paranormal romance series. The follow up, Goddess by Chance was released in November 2014.

Dirty Little Secrets, a light organized crime romance was released in June 2015. Her next release, an Organized Crime Romance, Devious Little Lies is scheduled for release in June 2016.

 

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Enchanting the Earl

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by Lily Maxton

The Townsends Book 1

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Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1544759053

Print Length: 240 pages

Publication Date: April 17, 2017

Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous

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Llynmore Castle is the only place Annabel Lockhart has ever considered home. For years, she’s been able to live as she wished, freely roaming the wild moors. Now there’s a new earl, as arrogant as he is handsome, and he wants her out. But if he thinks she’ll go quietly, he’s in for a surprise.

Theo Townsend returned from war a changed man. After unexpectedly inheriting an earldom and a secluded castle in the Scottish Highlands to go with it, he thinks he’s found the perfect place to hide from the world—until he arrives to find a spirited, beautiful woman already in residence. He can’t just throw her out, but surely there’s a way to get her to leave on her own. The sooner she’s gone, the better, especially when he realizes there’s more than just mutual dislike between them.


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The Rogue’s Conquest

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by Lily Maxton

File Size: 1124 KB

Print Length: 212 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1976079659

Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous

Publication Date: September 25, 2017

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Wallflower Eleanor Townsend is not like most women. She has no interest in marriage, the ton, or fashion. Instead, her heart lies with science. And when the opportunity to present a paper arises, she takes it, even though it means dressing as a man. But her disguise doesn’t quite work. Someone notices—and the brute intends to blackmail her.
Former prizefighter James MacGregor wants to be a gentleman, like the men he trains in his boxing saloon. His first step is gaining a beautiful, wealthy wife. Eleanor Townsend is not that woman, but a chance encounter gives him the leverage he needs. She’ll gain him entry to high society and help him with his atrocious manners, and in return, he won’t reveal her secret. It’s the perfect arrangement. At least until the sparks between them become more than just their personalities clashing. But there’s too much at stake for James to give in to his growing attraction.

My Thoughts:

(Reviewed at NetGalley September 14th, 2017)

If Eleanor could only be accepted by her scientific counterparts as what she is, an intelligent inquisitive woman. But no, society believes only a man holds such interests as bugs and their mating habits. Women are too delicate to cultivate such interests or so the scientific community of men believes.
Eleanor has written her detailed observations under a male pseudonym so when she is invited to present her observations to the local scientific community she decides to carry the mascaraed one step further by dressing as a man.
She is certain that she has been successful in her endeavor until James, a social climbing ex prizefighter let’s her know in no uncertain terms that she has failed to fool him. He decides he needs her help in obtaining a certain woman of higher social standing as his wife.
What starts out as a comical romp progressed quickly into a convoluted tale culminating into a most unusual love story.
I gave this book 4..25 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 4.5 of 5.0 flames. The intimacy in this story was late in this stories development but very heated being closer to hot than warm.
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.

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The Affair

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by Lily Maxton

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Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous (April 14, 2014)

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She was his for one week only…

When a beautiful stranger ducks into his bookshop during a rainstorm, Cale Cameron, well-known rake, is instantly attracted to her. Elizabeth, Lady Thornhill, is restless and hungers for something she cannot name. Society would never accept a countess and a mere bookseller, so they agree to a one week affair to indulge their desire.

As their passion ignites and their connection grows, Elizabeth threatens the one thing Cale has protected above all else – his heart. Letting her go is the only solution… and the one thing he is not prepared to do.

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Lily Maxton grew up in the Midwest, reading, writing, and daydreaming amidst cornfields. After graduating with a degree in English, she decided to put her natural inclinations to good use and embark on a career as a writer. When she’s not working on a new story, she likes to tour old houses, add to her tea stash, and think of reasons to avoid housework.

You can find Lily at www.lilymaxton.com, on Twitter (@LilyMaxton), or on Facebook (facebook.com/LilyMaxton).



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The Duke Who Came to Town

The Honorable Scoundrels

by Sophie Barnes
Publication Date: November 21, 2017
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance

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She doesn’t want to be a kept woman…

Josephine Potter knows she must retain her employment to provide for her younger sisters and to maintain the house. While a young woman working as an accountant – at a hotel no less – could be frowned upon by some, it’s still a respectable way to earn a living. No matter what a certain duke might think. Besides, Josephine has a few rules she lives by: Don’t rely on others, don’t accept money from someone you don’t know, and never allow a man to control your life. But when she is fired from her job, Josephine may have to bend a few rules…

Devon, the Duke of Snowdon, has never met a more bull-headed woman than Josephine Potter! The Potter sisters are granddaughters of a Viscount and should not have to work for a living. So despite Josephine’s arguments, Devon insists she end her employee status immediately and accept a stipend for her and her sisters. When she is then fired, she accuses him of meddling in her life…and things are about to heat up despite the cold winter weather. As they work together to figure out why Devon’s hotel is losing money, a mutual attraction that won’t be denied, grows between them.

But when rumors of impropriety abound, can Josephine’s reputation be saved…or will her life be destroyed by scandal?

My Thoughts:

This is the third book in this series about the Potter sisters and the only one I read in the correct order. I accidentally read books one and two out of order but it did not seem to matter at the time. I am glad that I read this one last though. Although reading it out of order may be a mistake it can stand on it’s own through almost all of the story.
Josephine Potter has been working at the local hotel as an accountant to maintain household expenses and help take care of her two younger sisters. Although working at any position is frowned upon by the gentry, it is imperative that Josephine maintain her position.
Devon, the Duke of Snowdon having met Josephine, decides he has never met a more stubborn woman. He must have her, but doing so would ruin the lady and that is not an option.
When the rumors of impropriety spread will he be able to save Josephine’s reputation?
Although this short sweet novella does blend with the other two in the series, it is not necessary to read the other two to enjoy most of the story because the connection is not apparent until near the end. The three novellas finally come together to blend near the end of this story.
I gave this story 4.25 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 1 of 5 flames as this story contains only sweet kisses and no real intimacy.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher to read via NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

About Sophie Barnes

Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian.

She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.

When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.

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Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every BritishChristy Carlyle costume drama she can get her hands on, Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there’s nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.

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An Unconventional Wallflower…
 
Clarissa Ruthven was born to be a proper lady, but she’s never wanted to live up to the expectations her late father set. Determined to use her inheritance to help the less fortunate women of London, she’s devastated to learn that she won’t be inheriting anything until she marries, a fate she has no interest in. Unwilling to let go of her plans, Clary works at Ruthven Publishing for Gabriel Adamson, a man who’s always hated her. She’s always returned the feeling, but as she begins to turn her family’s publishing company upside down, she finds herself unable to forget her handsome boss.
 
Never Follows the Rules…
Gabriel Adamson believes in order. He certainly doesn’t believe Clary should be sticking her nose in the publishing company, and she definitely has no business invading his every thought. But Gabe soon finds he can’t resist Clary’s sense of freedom or her passionate kisses and he starts to crave everything she’s willing to give him.
 
Especially When It Comes to Love…
 
When Gabe’s dark past comes back to haunt him, he’ll do anything to make sure that Clary isn’t hurt…even if it means giving up the only woman he’s ever loved.
 

My Thoughts:

This is the first book I have read in this series, although I have read other books by Christy Carlyle. I have recently purchased the other two books in the series and intend to read them soon. Although it is the third book in this series, I feel it reads well as a standalone title.
Gabriel Adamson has made his previously hectic life one of order. He has taken a new name and left behind the young boy who grew up in the slums of Whitechapel.
Revisiting his past is something he wants no part of but he has found it necessary.
Imagine his shock when he runs into one of the last people he would imagine to find there.
Clarissa Ruthven is determined to use her inheritance to help the unfortunate women of Whitechapel. She spends her time supporting a school there for girls who may otherwise become lost in this slum.
Gabriel is drawn to Clary and she to him, but this is a relationship that can not be.
Will their mutual attraction lead to their own happily ever after or will Gabriel’s past be their undoing?
I gave this book 4.5 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.5 of 5.0 flames.
Sparks fly when these two give in to their attraction.
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“Don’t assume every young lady is in need of rescue. Some of us wish to be a heroine who fights her own battles.”

—Journal of Clary Ruthven

London, 1899

Whitechapel repulsed Gabriel Adamson.

Grime and smoke hung so thick in the air that he could taste grit on his tongue. Narrow lanes conspired to trap the neighborhood’s fetid stench, and its tenements loomed above his head as if they’d crush him under the weight of their cramped, miserable inhabitants.

Now that he could afford proper togs for the first time in his life, he took care selecting the finest fabrics for his tailored suits and shirts. Today, he feared every stitch he’d donned would reek from the East End’s noxious stew of ash and muck.

The rain had been on and off and on all morning, but the heavens showed no mercy in a place like this. The sky opened the moment he alighted from the hansom cab, fat drops pelting his hat like the clatter of horses’ hooves on cobblestones.

Tugging up his fur-lined collar, he lengthened his stride and ducked under the awning of a grimy-windowed shop. He stared across the lane at Number 12 Doncaster.

The building slouched toward the street, its wooden frame worn by time and eaten away by moisture. The brick buildings buttressing each side were smart and modern by comparison, though their red bricks had been smoked to an oily black too.

As he gazed up at the house, echoes rang in his head. Raging shouts and desperate cries. The thud of fists on flesh. Bone meeting bone.

Peg Delaney was a cruel woman, but she was nobody’s fool. Gabe doubted she’d still be eking out a living in the last place he’d seen her. This venture was a fool’s errand.

He drew in a ragged breath, biting back a curse.

At least he’d had the good sense not to tell Sara of his trip. He couldn’t bear to dash his sister’s hopes, nor could he stand watching her fret over their mother’s fate when she should be focusing on her future and finally securing a bit of long-delayed happiness.

When the rain slowed to a sparse patter, he dashed across the narrow lane and knocked at the door. No answer came, and he suspected the landlord was far in his cups by this hour. The man had always been a wastrel. Trying the latch, he found the door unlocked and stepped into the dark, musty vestibule, choking on memories and stale air.

A discordant strain of music—a bow scratching at violin strings—echoed from upstairs. Gabe started up the worn slats. The wood creaked under his weight.

His mother’s door stood ajar, and nausea clawed its way up his throat when he caught a hint of her cheap perfume on the air. Bracing a gloved fist against the wood, he pushed inside and held his breath. Amid dried leaves and a cascade of cobwebs, the stench of rot turned his gut inside out.

Except for a single overturned chair, the room contained no furniture. Nothing hung on the walls. No personal effects decorated the space. She’d abandoned this place long ago, and no one had given a damn about the miserable lodging room since. Water ran down the walls, leaking from loose roof tiles.

Gabe strode to the back of the room and gripped a moldy edge of loosened wallpaper. Peeling back the paper revealed a gaping hole in the plaster. Reaching inside, he scraped his fingers around in the dust and dark until he felt a rounded shape. He tugged the object forward, grasping the tiny horse head in his hand.

Years ago, he’d found the knight chess piece in the gutter and had squirreled it away like a treasure. Even now, the chiseled quartz glinted in the weak light from the room’s single, cracked window.

“Wot you after?” A woman’s gruff bark sounded from the threshold, and Gabe turned, fists balled, muscles tensed.

“Mrs. Niven.” She’d been wrinkled and gray when Gabe was young. Now his old neighbor had the aspect of a wizened crone. If wizened crones wielded a violin bow in one hand and a revolver in the other.

Squinting until her eyelids were little more than creased slits, she shuffled forward. “Is it you?”

Gabe’s pulse slowed as he watched the old woman’s drooping mouth curl up in a toothless smile.

“Ragin’ Boy.” She drew close, reeking of smoke and soiled wool. “Never fought I’d see those eyes of yours lookin’ back at me again. ’Ow many years gone now, child? Five? Ten?”

Nine and a half years. He’d left Whitechapel at sixteen and never looked back. Never intended to step foot in the godforsaken place again either.

Tipping her chin, Mrs. Niven examined Gabe down the length of her bulbous nose. “Judgin’ by those fine togs you’re sportin’, I’d wager you’re not frowin’ punches for your supper these days, are ya boy?”

“Where is she?” He wasn’t here for small talk.

“Peg? ’Aven’t seen ’er in ages, boy.”

Gabe flexed his fingers. He fought the urge to throttle the old woman every time she called him boy. Mrs. Niven was thinking of another person. A child discarded long ago. An imp who woke angry every morning and spent his days fighting, striking out at anyone, anything that stood in his way. Bloodthirsty men had once had a use for him, betting on his skills in the ring. But he’d escaped. Taken a new name. Made a new life. Never looked back.

Until now.

“You’ve no idea where she’s gone?” He couldn’t lose sight of why he’d come. If he thought of anything else, the memories would break in, and he’d lose control. Control was how he survived. Imposing order on chaos had been his salvation.

“Not a clue.” Mrs. Niven choked before bursting into a racking, hollow cough. “Wot you need ’er for?”

“I don’t need ’er at all.” Neither did Sara. This ridiculous venture was what happened when he gave in to sentiment. He needed to stop making that mistake. Reaching into his coat pocket, he extracted a silver sixpence. The woman’s rheumy eyes widened, nearly bursting from their sockets, when Gabe deposited the coin in her grimy palm. “Don’t drink it all at once, Mrs. Niven.”

He started across the leaf-strewn floor, stopped, and turned back. After extracting a calling card from his waistcoat pocket, he offered the cream rectangle to her. “Send word if you hear anything of my mother.”

Mrs. Niven was decidedly less eager to claim the slip of paper than she’d been to take his money, but she finally hobbled forward and retrieved the card from his fingers.

Gabe didn’t look back as he descended the stairs and made his way onto the rain-drenched street.

Let his mother find them if she wished. Nothing would ever compel him to return to this godforsaken place.

The downpour had diminished to a drizzle as he started down the lane, heading for the busier cross street, praying for a stray cab rattling by in search of a fare. Strangely, this area of Whitechapel had begun to transform. Run-down buildings had been replaced by newer brick structures, and a few thriving shops lined the streets. Outside of a tea room, the pavement had been painted in whitewash, and chairs were arranged outside, awaiting diners and a drier, sunnier day. If he’d possessed no memory of these streets from a decade before, he could almost be lulled into believing the neighborhood a respectable one.

At the precise moment such hopeful nonsense teased at his thoughts, a screech rent the air. A rowdy brothel had once thrived around the corner, but the sound echoing in the narrow lane wasn’t one of pleasure. More like agony. A man’s bleat emerged again, high-pitched and pained.

Gabe’s body responded like a soldier’s on the eve of battle—muscles taut, instincts sharp, pulse throbbing in his ears.

“You bloody bitch!” the man squeaked.

Gabe rolled his shoulders and tugged off his gloves. Whoever the man was, he’d chosen to menace the fairer sex, and Gabe never had been able to stomach a bully. Too many times as a child, he’d watched helplessly as his mother cowered on the losing side of a man’s fists.

Until he was old and strong enough to beat them off himself.

Rounding the corner, he expected to find a man overpowering a woman with his height and strength. A sight he’d seen a thousand times in these streets. Instead, he spotted a man bent at the waist, clutching his groin, glaring toward the entrance of the Fisk Academy for Girls, according to the sign above the door.

“I’ll smash that pretty face of yours,” the wounded blighter cried.

“I don’t think you will,” a feminine voice countered. “And don’t let me see you darken this doorstep ever again.”

A croquet mallet emerged through the doorway first, the cylinder of wood painted with jaunty blue stripes around the edges. Purple ruffles came next, the edge of a skirt kicking up as a diminutive woman stomped out to face the wounded man.

Gabe rushed forward to assist her and jerked to a dead stop.

Clarissa Ruthven.

Pert nose. Guinea-gold hair. Wavy strands glinting in a beam of afternoon sun that managed to break through the clouds.

He recognized her, yet he squinted, unwilling to believe the evidence of his eyes. Queen Victoria parading down the sodden streets of Whitechapel wouldn’t have shocked him more. What business could the young woman have in this soot-smeared place?


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Romancing the Rules series:

  1. Rules for a Rogue
  2. A Study in Scoundrels
  3. How to Woo a Wallflower

 

Rules for a Rogue Synopsis:

Kit Ruthven’s Rules (for Rogues)

#1 Love freely but guard your heart, no matter how tempting the invader.

#2 Embrace temptation, indulge your sensual impulses, and never apologize.

#3 Scorn rules and do as you please. You are a rogue, after all.

Rules never brought anything but misery to Christopher “Kit” Ruthven. After rebelling against his controlling father and leaving the family’s etiquette empire behind, Kit has been breaking every one imaginable for the past four years. He’s enjoyed London’s sensual pleasures, but he’s failed to achieve the success he craves as London’s premier playwright. When his father dies, Kit returns to the countryside and is forced back into the life he never wanted. Worse, he must face Ophelia Marsden, the woman he left behind years before.

After losing her father, Ophelia has learned to rely on herself. To maintain the family home and support her younger sister, she tutors young girls in deportment and decorum. But her pupils would be scandalized if they knew she was also the author of a guidebook encouraging ladies to embrace their independence.

As Kit rediscovers the life, and the woman, he left behind, Ophelia must choose between the practicalities she never truly believed in, or the love she’s never been able to extinguish.

A Study in Scoundrels Synopsis:

Sophia Ruthven is the epitome of proper behavior. On paper at least, as long as that paper isn’t from one of the lady detective stories she secretly pens. She certainly isn’t interested in associating with the dashing Jasper Grey, the wayward heir to the Earl of Stanhope, and one of the stage’s leading men. But when she learns Grey’s younger sister Liddy has gone missing, she can’t deny her desire to solve the mystery…or her attraction to the incorrigible scoundrel.

Responsibility isn’t something Grey is very familiar with. On the boards and in the bedroom, he lives exactly how he wants to, shunning all the trappings of respectability and society. Grey knows he should avoid the bewitching Sophia, but he’s never been able to say no to what he wants. And having Sophia in his arms and his bed is quickly becoming the thing he wants the most. 

As Sophia and Grey’s search for Liddy continues across the English countryside, can this scoundrel convince a proper lady that he’s actually perfect for her or will their adventure leave them both heartbroken?


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Dear Hayley,

I’m assuming you’re still hungover, so I’ll make this brief.

Last night, you slipped under my sheets (without my permission), and we almost had sex. I got the hell out of the bed once I realized it was you, and I took you home.

That’s the story.

The end.

Period.

Just in case you’ve forgotten, you’re my best friend’s little sister. We will never be anything more. (We can’t be anything more.) Our previous friendship is still unresolved–or “over” in your terms, so I’d prefer if we worked on becoming ‘just friends’ again since you’re in town.

Nonetheless, I’m not a man who leaves questions unanswered–even the drunken ones, so to properly close our inappropriate conversation:

1) Yes, I liked the way your lips felt against mine when you were on top of me.
2) Yes, I do “prefer” rough sex, but I’m pretty sure I wasn’t rough with you.
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About Whitney G.

Whitney G. is a twenty-eight-year-old optimist who is obsessed with travel, tea, and great coffee. She’s also a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels, and the cofounder of The Indie Tea–an inspirational blog for indie romance authors.

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A Holiday Anthology

by Celeste Bradley, Eva Devon, Elizabeth Essex, Heather Snow

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Print Length: 438 pages

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Publisher: ERB Publishing, LLC (October 26, 2017)

Publication Date: October 26, 2017

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Best-selling and critically acclaimed historical romance authors Celeste Bradley, Eva Devon, Elizabeth Essex and Heather Snow heat up this Christmas with four never-before-released novellas guaranteed to make your holiday season merry and bright.

“A Rake for Christmas” by Eva Devon

Lady Evangeline Pennyworth is done with being a wallflower and turns to London’s most notorious rake, demanding he teach her how to be desirable. After witnessing the love of his parents devolve into pain and anger, Anthony Basingstoke has vowed never to be swept away by passion, even if he finds himself taken by this wallflower in a way he’s never been before. Only a Christmas miracle will make true love a gift that will last forever.

My Thoughts:

This story is just what it seem, a Holiday romance of a wallflower and a rake.

The story is woven around holiday revelry and a man who has steered clear of love because of the disastrous marriage of his parents.

I gave this mostly sweet regency 4 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization. This story was enjoyable but pretty much predictable.

“Up on the Rooftops” by Elizabeth Essex

Mischievous widow Caledonia Bowmont longs for London’s Christmas cheer, but a string of jewel thefts has brought the festive season to a standstill—and Society accuses the Scottish Wraith, Tobias McTavish. Toby is determined to clear his name and reclaim the life he’s built, so with Cally’s help, he heads up on the rooftops to trap the thief. Will they stop the high-carat crime, or find the hidden gem of lasting love instead?

My Thoughts:

I have read other works by this author and have found them all compelling.

Cally is sure she knows the identity of the thief, but it’s not who she thinks it is.

Toby once was known as the Scottish Wraith but he reformed and came back from war a hero. Now someone is mimicking his old crimes and has managed to get society to think him a thief once more.

Can Cally and Toby prove his innocence?

I gave this tale 4.5 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.75 of 5.0 flames. It, too isn’t strictly a holiday romance but a mystery woven around the season.

“The Very Debonair Lady Claire” by Heather Snow

When Claire Barton’s twin is murdered, she takes his place in the War Department to flush out his killer. Her ruse works perfectly—until the man who once broke her heart becomes her new spymaster. The worst mistake of Andrew Sedgewick’s life was walking away from Claire that Christmas six years ago. Now that he’s found her again, he doesn’t intend to let her go—if they both survive this holiday season.

My Thoughts:

This was my first time reading anything by this author and I was pleasantly surprised.

This story is much more than a holiday romance with murder being it’s true essence.

When Claire Barton’s twin brother is fatally stabbed she conveniences her family friend who is his superior in the War Department to let her masquerade as her brother and take his place. After all she has been the one solving the coded messages all along.

Andrew is appointed to oversee the department when it’s head man is also murdered. Imagine his surprise when he discovers Claire disguised as her brother. He had let his friend scare him away from his sister six years ago, but now that he has found her he will not leave her again or will he let the circumstances chase him away again?

I found this the most compelling of the four stories in this anthology.

I gave this novella 4.75 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 4 of 5 flames. There is only one very intimate scene but it truly heats up the pages.

“A Liar Under the Mistletoe” by Celeste Bradley

Fearless Amie Jackham doesn’t attend balls to dance, she’s there for the thrill of robbing the lockboxes of the unscrupulous. With the notorious Vixen still at large, Liar’s Club spy Lord Elliot Hughes is taking the opportunity to clean out a few lockboxes for the good of Crown and Country—and leaving the Vixen’s trademark lacy handkerchief behind.
Thief and spy can’t resist each other in this sexy, catch-me-if-you-can Liar’s Club holiday novella.

My Thoughts:

Who is the thief known as the Vixen? Is it Amie or Elliot or someone else entirely?

This is another well written tale by one of my favorite authors.

Will the actual culprit be found out or will these thefts lead to a very different ending?

I gave this novella 4.5 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 2.75 of 5.0 flames. This is another mystery of sorts woven around the holiday season.

I gave this collection an overall rating of 4.5 stars. I have rated each one individually above.

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



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Publication Date: December 1, 2017

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The story de Wolfe Pack readers have been asking for! The reunion of Scott and Troy de Wolfe wrapped up in a holiday short story!

It’s Christmas 1274 A.D., and the House of de Wolfe and their allies are gathering for a wedding, the marriage of James de Wolfe to Lady Rose Hage.

But someone is missing.

The closely knit de Wolfe family is feeling the absence of Scott de Wolfe, the first born of the eldest de Wolfe twins, Scott and Troy. Four years ago, the twins lost their wives in a tragic accident and while Troy de Wolfe was able to work through his grief (DARKWOLFE), Scott’s reaction to the tragedy was to run away and never return (SHADOWWOLFE).

But now, Scott’s running has come to an end. He returns to the family who greatly misses him, but there are those whose forgiveness he must seek. Experience the return of Scott de Wolfe to his family and, most importantly, to his brother, Troy, in this tender tale of forgiveness, of love, and of holiday miracles.

(This short story can be read as a stand-alone but will make much more sense if read after DARKWOLFE and SHADOWWOLFE, as it is an extended collective epilogue.)



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Introducing the Distinguished Rogues–wickedly irresistible lords and the enchanting ladies of the ton who capture their hearts. Bestselling regency romance author, Heather Boyd, brings readers the first three novels in this series in this special edition boxed set.

Chills (Book 1): Constance Grange has always clashed with the haughty Marquess of Ettington but nothing prepared her for the peril of choosing a husband that fails to meet his approval. Chills is a lively tale of reckless spending, fraudulent correspondence, and the humorous twists and turns of falling for the right rogue…

Broken (Book 2): Unrepentant rogue Giles Wexham, Earl of Daventry, is dedicated to avoiding needy women, and marriage. During his summer retreat, he becomes reluctant nursemaid to Lillian Winter, his former betrothed. Shy, fragile Lilly tempts him but to claim her Giles must expose the dangers her past–before it’s too late.

Charity (Book 3): Darling of the ton Oscar, Lord Carrington, has thoroughly lost his way but knows what he needs to be happy. However, righting past wrongs isn’t easy and he’ll have to risk scandal to make everything right again for the woman he loved and lost.

Three complete stand-alone novels. 

Related Set – Distinguished Rogues book 4-6

 
Distinguished Rogues Series
Book 1: Chills (Jack and Constance)
Book 2: Broken( Giles and Lillian)
Book 3: Charity(Oscar and Agatha)
Book 4:An Accidental Affair (Merrick and Arabella)
Book 5:Keepsake (Kit and Miranda)
Book 6:An Improper Proposal (Martin and Iris)
Book 7: Reason to Wed (Richard and Esme)
Book 8: The Trouble with Love (Everett and Whitney)
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by May McGoldrick

(a.k.a. Nikoo & Jim McGoldrick)

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Print Length: 284 pages

Publisher: Swerve (November 14, 2017)

Publication Date: November 14, 2017

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In this stunning series starter by USA Today bestselling author May McGoldrick, meet the new generation of Penningtons…five brothers and sisters of passion and privilege. Enter their aristocratic world…where each will fight injustice and find love.

Hugh Pennington—Viscount Greysteil, Lord Justice of the Scottish Courts, hero of the Napoleonic wars—is a grieving widower with a death wish. When he receives an expected crate from the continent, he is shocked to find a nearly dead woman inside. Her identity is unknown, and the handful of American coins and the precious diamond sown into her dress only deepen the mystery.

Grace Ware is an enemy to the English crown. Her father, an Irish military commander of Napoleon’s defeated army. Her mother, an exiled Scottish Jacobite. When Grace took shelter in a warehouse, running from her father’s murderers through the harbor alleyways of Antwerp, she never anticipated bad luck to deposit her at the home of an aristocrat in the Scottish Borders. Baronsford is the last place she could expect to find safety, and Grace feigns a loss of memory to buy herself time while she recovers.

Hugh is taken by her beauty, passion, and courage to challenge his beliefs and open his mind. Grace finds in him a wounded man of honor, proud but compassionate. When their duel of wits quickly turns to passion and romance, Grace’s fears begin to dissolve…until danger follows her to the very doors of Baronsford. For, unknown to either of them, Grace has in her possession a secret that will wreak havoc within the British government. Friend and foe are indistinguishable as lethal forces converge to tear the two lovers apart or destroy them both.

My Thoughts:

Spies, intrigue and romance… This well written and stunning beginning of this new series by this husband and wife author team is not to be missed.

Grace Ware is an enemy to the English crown. She unknowingly holds a secret that could have changed the course of the war at the very least and her life without a doubt.
Her talent for absorbing all that she reads or hears makes her a threat to a traitorous group of spies.

Hugh Pennington, Viscount Greysteil, and Lord Justice of the Scottish Courts is a hero of the Napoleonic wars and a grieving widower with a death wish. When his precious new toy, a hot air balloon arrives with a woman, near death nailed into the crate he suddenly has feelings he has no wish for.

After Grace survives it is the Pennington family’s wish for her to reveal herself to them. She decides it is best to pretend amnesia instead since she feels certain her truth could mean her imprisonment or death.

I could not put this book down. Although it is the first in this new series it can very well stand on it’s own.
I gave this book 4.75 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.75 of 5.0 flames. The heat between our hero and heroine is a palpable thing.
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.

About The Authors:

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USA Today Bestselling Authors Nikoo and Jim wrote their first May McGoldrick romance using historical figures that Jim researched while earning a PhD in sixteenth-century Scottish and English literature. Nikoo, a mechanical engineer, is a born storyteller. She is all about characters and feeling. Jim is about action and sense of place. Together, they have crafted over forty fast-paced, conflict-filled historical and contemporary novels and two works of nonfiction under the pseudonyms May McGoldrick and Jan Coffey.

Their stories have touched the hearts and minds of millions of readers all over the world. Their work has been translated into over a dozen languages, and counting. Because of their success, they have been frequent guests on local and national radio and television. They travel regularly, speaking at writers’ conferences, libraries, classrooms, and book group gatherings. 

For the past decade, Nikoo and Jim have been conducting workshops bringing 21st century collaboration and writing skills to students and teachers. 

These popular and prolific authors write historical romance, suspense, mystery, and young adult novels. They are three-time Rita Finalists and the winners of numerous awards for their writing, including the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Daphne DeMaurier Award, three NJRW Golden Leaf Awards, two Holt Medallions, and the Connecticut Press Club Award for Best Fiction. Their work is included in the Popular Culture Library collection of the National Museum of Scotland. 

Nikoo and Jim are often asked how they started to write together. Here is Jim’s version…

“When our first son was born, we were looking for a way to support ourselves and not put the baby in daycare, if we could help it. So Nikoo went back to her career in engineering, and I went to graduate school. That way we could take turns at home with the little guy.
We always knew that we were storytellers at heart. So while I was in grad school and had a chance to take a creative writing seminar, I jumped at it. The students wrote stories and then read them to the class. After each story, we’d all give our critique of it.
When I would write my story, Nikoo read it first. Her comments always went something like this. ‘Jim, the prose is beautiful, and the setting and descriptions are pure poetry, the plot is tight, and the action is riveting. But there’s not a single character in here that I give a damn about.’
So I, of course, simply chalked up her final comment to the fact that she was an engineer.
When I went in to read my story to the class, the critique always went like this: ‘Jim, the prose is beautiful, and the description is pure poetry, and the action is riveting. But there’s not a single character in here that I give a damn about.’
So I’d go home and tell Nikoo that they loved it.
Fast forward a few years. I was teaching in a university in Pennsylvania, and I saw a call for submissions for a national writing contest. It occurred to me that one of my stories would be perfect for it. I dug it out, polished it up, but before I could mail it, Nikoo said, ‘Let me read it over.’ She did. And then, with that diplomatic way she has, she looked at me and said, ‘Don’t bother.’
After a brief, more or less civilized discussion, we decided to sit down, side-by-side, and revise the story together. We worked on it for the entire weekend. In the end the story was transformed from a one-dimensional action tale into a story with feeling and depth. We both knew it was better than anything we could have done individually. We sent it off, certain that it was a prize-winner (and it was!).
The ink was not dry on that story when I turned to Nikoo and said, ‘That was cool. What do you want to do next?’ Without a blink of an eye, she said, ‘Let’s write a novel.’
And that’s how it all started.”

Nikoo & Jim now reside in a lakeside community in the northwest corner of Connecticut where Nikoo writes and Jim plays tennis (Nikoo’s side of the story (-: )
Hope you enjoy these few glimpses into their life…



New Beginnings

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 Second Chances Series Book 3

by Morris Fenris

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Publisher: Changing Culture Publications (October 19, 2014)

Publication Date: October 19, 2014

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Sometimes the darkest hour is simply the end of the tunnel just before sunrise. Tragedy can either break you or make you, the end result is up to you.

Sara flees California, from her husband of a few days who wants her dead because she has stumbled across his dirty secret, and finds her soul mate in Montana.

After Jane’s husband is killed in action, she lets her dreams of becoming a famous chef, living by the ocean and having a family of her own die with him. However, she gets a second chance and finds the answer to her dreams in California.

When Grace’s husband is killed in action she gets the surprise of her life – her baby girl who she names Daniella. With her daughter’s life hanging in the balance, she takes a step of faith and realizes the resurrection of her dreams in California in the form of her perfect man.

And then there are Jackson and Tori. They meet in California, but Montana brings them truly together. Without a place to meet in Montana and an opportunity to get to know one another better, they won’t be planning a wedding. They truly are a couple that meet in two different places, but attain the same goal: someone who understands you to go through life with.

Our four couples realize that true love can come around twice, you just have to be willing to take a chance on new beginnings.



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by Jennifer Blake

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Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press (September 13, 2017)

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The notorious swordsmen of New Orleans—charming by day, dangerous at night…

They are the pride—and scourge—of New Orleans: a dashing fraternity of master swordsmen whose infamy is matched only by their skill in battle, their allegiance to each other and their passion for the women they love. At ease making life-and-death decisions between breaths, their exploits in the boudoir are as infamous as those on the dueling field.

Bold, seductive and thrilling, the Masters At Arms series is swashbuckling romance at its finest by RWA Hall of Famer—and holder of RWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Romantic Times’ Career Achievement Award—Jennifer Blake.

Volume One includes Books 1-3:

CHALLENGE TO HONOR
When Celina barters herself to Rio de Silva to keep him from dueling her brother, he accepts. But Rio harbors a secret far more perilous than the way he sets her soul aflame.

DAWN ENCOUNTER
When the husband she never loved is killed in a duel with Caid O’Neill, Lisette is left at the mercy of her rapacious father-in-law. Caid agrees to be the desperate woman’s protector—but how can they fight the forbidden love between an heiress and a master at arms?

ROGUE’S SALUTE
Juliette, called home from a convent just before taking her vows, is in dire need of a husband. Nicholas, notorious swordmaster and mentor to a houseful of street boys, is in need of a wife. Their practical arrangement soon explodes with heady desire, but someone’s trying to stop the wedding, and Juliette must fight to claim a love worth any price.



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Crazy for the Best Man

by Ashlee Mallory

Crazy in Love #2

Publication Date: November 2017, 2017

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Sweet Romance

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As an entertainment reporter, Anna Blake strives to be the first to get the scoop on the citys hottest celebrity gossip. But when the competition outs her as the long-lost sister of the bride in whats been heralded as the wedding of the year, Annas forced to go undercover as a bridesmaid to find the scoop that just might save her job.

Best man Nick St. Claire hasnt forgotten that Anna almost cost him his first election ten years ago. When she appears as a less-than-enthusiastic bridesmaid right before hes set to announce his senate candidacy, hes more than suspicious. To ensure the weddingand his campaign announcementgoes off without a hitch, Nick makes a bargain with Anna: be the model maid of honor, and hell give her access to an exclusive story thats sure to save her job.

But in between dance lessons, bridal showers, and football game fun, these longtime enemies might discover theres something bigger to fight than each other, something a lot likelove.

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One wedding bell. Two wedding bells. Three wedding bells, Janie hollered, singing the countdown shed mandated for todays game.

Nick sized up the competition on team pinkor so the bedazzled tee shirts its members wore so identified, thanks to Janies skills with a glue gun. Chris, Josh, Trish, and Anna glared fiercely at him and the blue team as Janie counted. Nick just hoped that Jake and Megan would stop with the flirting and focus on what was happening on the field.

He meant to win this thing.

Break!

That was the defenses cue to charge the other team and the lucky person who might be carrying the ball. In this case, it was Chris, which meant an all-out fight to tag the professional football player, who thought he couldnt lose. Nick sprinted after the guy who, although fast, had been too cocky and miscalculated how close Nick was to overtaking him.

Or so Nick thought until the moment Chris tossed the ball directly to Anna, who was just outside the end zone. In two seconds, she crossed the line, making the touchdown.

Damn.

Winded, Nick paused to catch his breath, unable to miss Chris charging Anna and picking her up in a roar of excitement. To Nicks surprise, instead of ordering the hulk to put her down, she laughed out loud, her head falling back as if she was actually enjoying the moment. For reasons Nick couldnt identify, the action pissed him off.

He gritted his teeth as Chris slid Anna down his side and back to the ground, the blonde smiling and pushing at his shoulder flirtatiously. When did she learn to turn up the charm like that? It was almost likelike she was enjoying the attention.

Ignoring the couple, he joined his teams huddle, where, with only five minutes left, a winning strategy was the priority. All right. Remember, get in T formation and do whatever you have to to stop Chris from getting through. Jake? Megan? Be ready.

They lined up again, Dax ready to count down and put the ball into play. It was hard to miss the shine of excitement that flashed across Annas face as she stared directly at him.

Nick immediately had his defenses up. But the ball was in play in the next second and he didnt have time to think about it as Dax threw it to Jake, their decoy, and Nick raced to get into position. As planned, Jake handed the ball off to Megan and, just when the heat was on her, she stopped, took aim, and threw it back in Nicks direction.

Taking a few steps back, Nick moved toward the ball, which was still in the air, reaching his hands out to snatch it and

A smaller, lithe figure jumped up in front of him, snagging the catch and cradling the ball in her arms as she continued her arch backwards until she slammed full force against him, knocking the airand his center of gravityout of him. Nick landed on his back, a throbbing pain in his jaw becoming more pronounced from where her head had slammed on their landing.

Wait. Their landing?

Yep. Anna Blake was now splayed across him, her arm tangled under him and her soft breasts pressed directly against his right shoulder, her other arm clinging to the ball.

Her head bobbed up, and her eyes widened in surprise.

Grapefruit. That was what she smelled like. Vanilla and grapefruit. Fresh and sharp but also sweet andsucculent. Kind of like her.

He blinked. What the hell was wrong with him? That had to be the stupidest thing that had ever crossed his mind. He must have hit his head harder on impact than he thought.

Nick gazed up, aware that the group had gathered around them. Anna must have become aware of them, too, as she rolled off him and onto the ground.

You two okay? Janie asked.

Im fine. Just trying to salvage my pride, Anna said, still lying on the ground.

Nick? Dax asked.

Nick sat up, rubbing his jaw. Me, too. Just had the wind knocked out of me is all.

Chris reached his hand out to Anna and pulled her up in one motion. That a girl! Looks like you need to take a page from this beautiful womans play list, St. Claire. She just successfully intercepted the ball.

Now that any concerns of real injury were dismissed, a cheer went up among Janies team. It was hard to miss the smile of satisfaction on Annas face as she glanced back at him.

He nodded his head in acknowledgment, willing to give credit where it was due.

Shed outmaneuvered him.  He could own that.

But hed be damn sure not to let it happen again.

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For most of his life, James Thornhill accepted that his family would never see him as anything but a failure. But as the new CEO of Thornhill Management, he’s been given another chance to set things right. First order of business? Settling a nuisance lawsuit and bringing the pesky but dedicated employment attorney on board as part of his team. Second order of business? Resisting the prim but fiery attorney who has somehow become utterly indispensable in his life. 

Quinn Taylor has grown up always doing what was right and, likens herself to a modern-day David taking on the Goliaths of the world. Goliaths such as the CEO of Thornhill Management. Playing babysitter and muse to the overindulged CEO was not what she had in mind, but with mounting debt making even a cup of coffee a luxury, Quinn’s ready to swallow her pride and get in bed with the devil. Something that, the more time she spends with the man, becomes increasingly enticing. 

But the stakes are too high for either of them to risk an interoffice fling…until an unexpected trip to Quinn’s hometown brings a long-denied simmering attraction to a boil. They’ll have to decide what they’re willing to risk and how far they’re willing to fall if love doesn’t conquer all.

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Ashlee Mallory is a USA Today Bestselling author of Romantic Comedy, Suspense, and Thrillers. A recovering attorney, she currently resides in Utah with her husband and two kids. She aspires to one day include running, hiking and traveling to exotic destinations in her list of things she enjoys, but currently settles for enjoying a good book and a glass of wine from the comfort of her couch.

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Under Northern Lights

by Sonya Loveday

The Six Series #6

Publication Date: November 16, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

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In the coastal city of Nome, under the northern lights, sets exactly the right location for a government-funded secret sector of Cole Enterprise. But that’s not all Alaska has to offer. Amongst the natives is an unsuspecting woman who has been hand selected to join the undercover operation.

After his abrupt departure from Haiti, Eli Bennet never thought he’d see Nova again. The idea of recruiting her as a team medic excited him. There’s only one minor problem… he has no idea how to approach her.

Nova McCarty knew taking care of her grandmother wouldn’t be easy. Noni’s memory has fizzled to the point where it’s no longer safe for her to live alone. Bumping into Eli was the last thing Nova expected after returning home. But there he was as if she’d pulled him out of her dreams, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Can Nova figure out how to have what she wants without sacrificing a part of herself to get it? Furthermore, will Eli turn his back on the Six in order to stand by Nova when she needs him the most?

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Riley Clifton can’t remember a time when she wasn’t a part of the Six, a group of rowdy boys who would do just about anything for her. Growing up alongside of six guys is never easy. Especially in high school. Falling in love with one of the Six? Even harder when Ace has a hold of her heart, and he doesn’t even know it.

Jake (Ace) Aceton has loved Riley for a long time, but has kept the secret oath of the Six. Riley was off limits. At least until after graduation. When he overhears Riley admitting to her best friend, Paige how she feels about him, Ace doesn’t let his chance slip by. Riley, in his mind, has always been his.

When her college plan falls through, and her future is left to the hands of fate, Riley finds herself scrambling to keep up with all the changes. But that’s not the hardest part. The hardest part is saying good-bye, especially to Ace.

Heartache, hard lessons, and a love deeper than her Alabama roots will threaten to crumble Riley’s world as she waits for Ace’s return.

Will Riley and Ace’s love be strong enough to hold them together when life tries to tear them apart?

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Being stranded in L.A. wasn’t the best start to Jared Jackson’s music career. In fact, it should have been the forewarning that things were not what he thought they’d be. Especially when he’s collected from the airport by the band manager’s sharp-tongued niece.

The draw for Jared is immediate. In his heart, he knows Skylar Murphy is the girl for him. Proving it to her, however, is a whole other story.

As new friendships are forged with his bandmates, Jared learns that the guys are planning to start their own band, effectively severing their band manager’s control.

With his future in peril, Jared’s dream spirals in a tailspin as secrets and lies sweep him into a dangerous life.
One he wasn’t prepared for… and one he can no longer escape from.

Will Jared rise above the destruction or will his new circumstances be his undoing?
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Secretly located in the tunnels under Chicago’s city streets, Cole Enterprise is home to a group of trained soldiers. Jake Aceton is their newest acquisition. Recruited from boot camp before graduation after being handpicked by Grant Jackson, Jake is plunged into the mysterious underground world, forever changing his life.

Regardless of his relevance to Cole Enterprise, Jake has a hard time looking past all he has to give up. Can he learn to live in his own shadow in order to protect those he loves?

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This is not the way love is supposed to start… is it?

When arriving in Scotland, Aiden Jacobson is ready to take on the task of setting up Cole Enterprise’s newest underground headquarters. But when their most-wanted criminal, Robert de Fleur, goes into hiding, Aiden is placed undercover at a local coffee shop. His mission—gather intel from Brenda Anderson, sister of Robert de Fleur, while posing as a barista at The Grounded Bean.

Coffee shop owner Brenda Anderson needs all the help she can get when it comes to keeping the Bean up and running. Unaware of his ulterior motives, Brenda brings the mysterious and handsome Aiden in with only one thing on her mind… Airen. Maybe her gypsy-souled niece wouldn’t wander quite so far if she had someone like Aiden to keep her grounded.

Thrown together by circumstance, Airen becomes part of Aiden’s mission when Robert de Fleur emerges from hiding, demanding something none of them can give. Knowing Robert won’t stop until he gets what he wants, Aiden is ordered to stick as close as possible to keep an eye on them.

Staying at Brenda’s seems to be the simplest solution… until he wakes up in Airen’s bed.

Making a valiant attempt to shove his growing feelings aside, Aiden forces himself to walk away and protect Airen from afar.

Unfortunately, his plan backfires, and Robert de Fleur uses that weakness to make his move.

Kicking himself for allowing his feelings to get in the way of the mission, Aiden sets out to do what he should have done all along… take out Robert de Fleur once and for all. Can Aiden stick to the mission, or will Airen tear down every defense he puts in place and gain complete entrance to his heart?

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Mark and Paige are living in sin—that’s what any man of the cloth would say. All they want is to get married, but they refuse to exchange vows without their best friends—the Six. As they wait to hear back from them, Mark and Paige can’t help but feel they’ve been put off… forgotten.

When the threat of an enemy stalking them is brought to light, the call is made to bring them into the secretive world of Cole Enterprise.

Slotted for recruitment by the very agency that stole their chance at a normal life, Mark and Paige have to adjust to their new path as secret agents in a war they didn’t even know existed.

What neither fully understands is that nothing will ever be the same… and some vows are deadlier than others.

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Life hasn’t been the same since returning from Barbados. Josh has fallen. Hard. Unable to shake the feelings Ella stirred up in him, he retreats further into himself. He can’t tell her how he feels, because even if he did, it wouldn’t change the fact that she’s married.

Complicated is an understatement for Ella as she works through her own personal hell after finding out her dead husband is, in fact, alive and in hiding again. But life, and work, must go on.

An undercover job on a four-week cruise should be an easy mission for the Cole Enterprise operatives. Unfortunately, the client is one of Ella’s childhood friends, which leaves the pair wishing they’d come up with something other than being engaged as their cover. Playing the part may just hurt them both.

Falling in love is never easy. In fact, it can sometimes be downright painful. No strangers to pain, Josh and Ella find themselves at the crossroads of duty and love. Lines will be blurred. Hearts will be broken. And all that they are will be tested.

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Sonya Loveday is a full time author. Mother of two teenagers. Wife to an amazing man for 18 years. Dog lover. Cat lover. COFFEE addict. Night Owl. She’s a sucker for a good book. Loves the quiet life. Has the bestest best friend in the whole world. Her imagination never shuts off which makes it hard to sleep. The worst cook. Seriously.

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