Bella and the Beast
Cinderella Sisterhood Series
by Olivia Drake
St. Martin’s Press
St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Pub Date 03 Nov 2015
2016 RITA® Finalist for Best Historical Romance: Long!
Even a confirmed bachelor can meet his match. Because sometimes fairy tales do come true…
OF ALL THE FABLED TREASURES Bella Jones feels like a fish out of water in civilized England. Raised abroad by her explorer father, she’s amused by the very proper manners of the nobility. Nevertheless, to save her younger siblings from ruin, she must infiltrate a ducal household in order to find the map to an ancient treasure trove. Alas, the haughty, handsome duke stands in her way…unless she can tame his beastly temper, that is.
THE MOST PRECIOUS ONE IS LOVE Miles Grayson, the Duke of Aylwin, prefers antiquities to, well, everything else. Especially prying females with their irksome questions. But Bella’s blue eyes and beguiling smile are improbably charming, and the temptation of her kiss is impossible to resist. As the pair is swept into a mystery that reaches back to their childhoods, Miles realizes that Bella has made the rarest discovery of all-the key to his heart…
The Cinderella Sisterhood series is:
“Filled with romance [and] breathtaking passion.”-Night Owl Reviews
“Magical.”-Once Upon a Romance
“Sensual…engaging…beautiful.”-RT Book Reviews
I haven’t read all of the other books in this series, but have read other Olivia Drake offerings. I would not recommend this book as a standalone. There must be some tie-ins to other books in the series, but since I haven’t read all of the others I just don’t know for certain. It was well written and overall a good story. I just couldn’t get into the whole Beauty and the Beast theme and I don’t see it as a award winner although I know it was a 2016 RITA® Finalist for Best Historical Romance: Long!
It wasn’t bad, but in this reader/reviewers opinion it was not as good as His Wicked Wish, the next book in this series, which I just couldn’t put down.
I would give this book a 3.5 star rating.
I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Must Love Chainmail
A Time Travel Romance
Must Love Series Book 2
by Angela Quarles
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2016 RITA® Winner:
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Trapped in the wrong time, she needs a knight in shining armor, but this damsel in distress might be the real savior.
A damsel in distress…
With a day planner attached to her hip, the last thing Katy Tolson wants is a romance that threatens her well-ordered life. She’s set to marry the safe–but bland–guy, but something’s not quite…right. A careless wish thrusts her through time into medieval Wales and into the arms of…
A knight in somewhat shining armor…
Sir Robert Beucol, half-Norman and half-Welsh, lives with the shame of his father’s treason and vows to reclaim his family’s holdings and thereby his honor. To prove himself to his king, he must be more Norman than a full-blooded Norman. What better way to show loyalty than to fight his mother’s people? He has no desire to be sidetracked by the mysterious wench with pink toenails, peculiar habits, and passion smoldering behind her cool, collected exterior.
A rebellion that challenges both…
The Welsh uprising fits perfectly into Robert’s plans. Katy’s on the other hand? That’s a no. As they embark on a perilous journey through the heart of Wales, each passionate encounter pulls them closer together, but farther from their goals. When everything they value is at stake, can they save each other and their love?
The Warrior’s Maiden
The Warriors Series Book 2
by Denise Domning
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Josce FitzBaldwin holds the sheriff of Knabwell responsible for the death of his lord father and his two young stepsisters. He intends to shed the sheriff’s blood to avenge them. Instead the noble bastard finds himself enmeshed in a tangled web of deceit and betrayal where thieves don’t empty purses of their gold but slaughter innocent children. The last thing he expects is to lose his heart to the sheriff’s honest daughter or to beg her aid in securing the vengeance he so craves.
Elianne du Hommet, the destitute sheriff’s useless third daughter, has no future. She is doomed to a life as her father’s unpaid servant and his hapless pawn in his hopeless, money-making schemes. Then a slain nobleman’s bastard son rides through her gate, threatening to kill her father while offering Elianne the chance to know, just once, the joy of a man’s touch. She cannot resist, even though what he wants from her will result in her complete destruction
Celtic Rogues Book 3
by Kimberly Cates
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A fairy-kissed Irish healer…
Rhiannon Fitzgerald has no memories of her heritage, only her father’s claim that fairies bestowed her gift for healing. Traveling the Irish countryside alone, she cares for any wounded creature in her path. When she stumbles across a half-dead English officer amid the standing stones of Ballyaroon, she senses the turmoil in him—and the danger.
An English rogue beyond hope…
Shot in the standing stones above the ruins, Captain Lionel Redmayne expects to wake in hell for his numerous sins. But when he regains consciousness in a gypsy caravan under the care of a winsome Irish woman and her motley pack of animals he is impressed with the devil’s resourcefulness. Dumping the meticulous Captain into such chaos is far more torturous than flames.
A chance at redemption…
Rhiannon knows there is no place for a free-spirited gypsy in Redmayne’s rigid military world. Redmayne worries that Rhiannon will pay the ultimate price for his sins when his enemies stalk her for daring to help him. And though he wants nothing more than to allow this Irish beauty to lead him from the dark and twisted maze of secrets that imprison his heart, he fears that the only way to save her is to let her go. Or is it possible that a little chaos is exactly what Lionel Redmayne needs to save him from a cunning foe who stalks him still?
1. BLACK FALCON’S LADY (formerly published as NIGHTWYLDE by Berkley Books)
(Tade and Maryssa)
2. HER MAGIC TOUCH (formerly published as MAGIC by Pocket Books)
(Ciaran and Fallon)
3. BRIAR ROSE (Lion and Rhiannon)
4. STEALING HEAVEN (Aidan and Norah)
5. LILY FAIR (Niall and Caitlin)
1. GATHER THE STARS
2. ANGEL’S FALL
3. CROWN OF DREAMS
4. CROWN OF MIST
Miss Landon and Aubranael
Tales of Aylfenhame Book 1
by Charlotte E. English
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A historical Regency romance blended with fantasy and fairytale.
Tilby, Lincolnshire, 1811. Miss Sophia Landon is the daughter of an impoverished clergyman. Her father’s health is failing fast, but who wants to marry a woman without birth, beauty or wealth? Her prospects are limited indeed – until her friendship with the town’s fae denizens earns her passage to the otherworldly realm of Aylfenhame. Could her fate truly lie beyond the shores of England?
There she meets Aubranael, a young man with a warm heart and a ruined face. In Sophy he sees the answer to his loneliness, but how can a disfigured Ayliri hope to win her heart? When a mysterious witch offers him the temporary gift of beauty, he eagerly accepts: and so begins an adventure that could change his life, and Sophy’s, forever.