MY NEW RELEASE REVIEW of
Adored in Autumn
by Jess Michaels
Publisher: The Passionate Pen
Pub Date: January 10, 2017
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The final steamy chapter in the popular Seasons series from USA Today Bestselling Author Jess Michaels.
Viscountess Felicity Barbridge escaped a violent marriage with her life because she was willing to make desperate choices. Now those choices are back to haunt her, as is the object of her girlhood obsession, Asher Seyton.
Asher was never anything more than a servant’s son, but he’s elevated himself through an education and is now a respected solicitor. He only returns to his childhood home to help with a financial issue, but when he realizes Felicity is being threatened, he’s driven to stay and help. Even if he must now face all the feelings for her he tried to repress over the years.
Will Felicity be able to trust Asher enough to share more than passion? And will Asher’s own secrets unravel all they’ve built?
I have really enjoyed this series and am sorry to see it end.
Felicity and Asher’s story is in this reader’s opinion the best of this really good series. All of the characters are well developed and the storyline is a good one with just enough mystery to draw you in. We even get a surprise resolution to the mystery of Cecilia and Rosalinde’s father near the end of this book. All of the character’s being eventually drawn together as family.
This is not a standalone novel however and really needs to be read with the other books in the series in chronological order to be enjoyed at their utmost.
I would give this amazing ending to a very good series 4.5 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and 4 of 5 flames for heat.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book to read and review.
This in no way affected my opinion.
USA Today Bestselling Author Jess Michaels began writing full-time in 1999 after being encouraged by her husband to follow her dream. In 2003, she sold her first novella. Since then she has published over 60 novels and novellas under three different pen names with several major publishers, small presses and via self-publishing. Her erotic historical romances have won awards from booksellers and readers.
She and her awesome husband live in Arizona where she enjoys playing video games, exploring the beautiful desert, reading and petting her cat.
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The Unflappable Miss Fairchild
Uncommon Courtships Book 1
by Regina Scott
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From award-winning author Regina Scott comes a tale of choosing to follow the rules or being true to your heart.
The ever practical Anne Fairchild knows the rules of engagement in Regency England—the proper way a young lady should seek a husband. She’s been groomed to make the best match possible so she can help the two elderly aunts who raised her stave off poverty. So why is it one moment in the presence of the dashing Chas Prestwick, and she’s ready to throw propriety to the wind?
The black sheep of the family, Chas excels at shocking Society with his wild wagers and reckless carriage racing. But his bravado masks a bruised and lonely heart. Can the sweet-natured Anne convince him to take the greatest risk of all—on love?
This sweet traditional Regency romance was originally published by Kensington Zebra.
“. . . very likeable hero and heroine, humor, and one laugh-out-loud scene that stars one of the most outstanding examples of ‘bad’ writing since the Bad Hemmingway contest folded.” — The Romance Reader
“Ms. Scott’s appealing characters will win your heart.” — RT Book Reviews
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She’d heard that some members of the ton raced their carriages for sport, but she’d had no idea that a carriage could go so fast. Trees, houses, and other carriages whizzed passed so quickly that she barely had time to register them. There was no chance of escape. To jump would have killed her at this speed. Her heart was pounding as loudly as the thundering hooves of the bays. The wind whipped her face, snapping the ribbons of her bonnet against her cheeks. When she put up a hand to catch them, her bonnet flipped off the back of her head. In moments, her hair was free of its bun and streaming out behind her.
They careened around a turn, and the curricle tipped onto its right wheel. Anne watched terrified as the ground seemed to hurtle toward her. With a deft flick of the reins, Chas turned the horses and brought the curricle with a thud onto two wheels again. Anne swallowed her fear and clutched the curricle’s sideboard so hard her knuckles stood out of her grey kid leather gloves.
“Just a little farther, Angel,” he called over the roar of the wind. He winked at Anne, then frowned as if noticing her for the first time. “Don’t get sick on me, now. I thought you were made of stronger stuff. Relax and enjoy the ride.”
Relax? Had he lost his mind?
They whipped past a drayman’s wagon with inches to spare, the neighs of his frightened horses echoing behind them. Yet as they continued to fly down the road, she began to feel less afraid and more excited. The exhilaration of traveling as fast as the wind was rather heady, and she began to understand why gentlemen raced.
“What record are we trying to beat?” she ventured over the roar of the wind and the thunder of flying hooves.
“Curricle and pair to Kew Gardens,” he shouted back. “Lord Petersborough and I set the record last Season, fifty-five minutes from Knightsbridge, specifically to the Hose and Garter Inn. We were well nigh onto breaking it when the wheel came off.”
“Where do we stand now?” she asked.
Before he could answer, the curricle hit a rut, and she bounced in the seat so hard that her hands broke free of the sideboard. She slid across the leather seat, right up against Chas Prestwick. Face burning, she scrambled away from him to the other side of the curricle.
“Miss Fairchild,” he scolded, grinning wickedly as he whipped the reins again, “if you persist in throwing yourself at me, I will begin to think you have designs on my virtue.”
“Nonsense,” she managed to reply. “I believe the ton would agree that you have no virtue left on which to stake a claim.”
Chas only laughed at the comment and urged the horses on.
Anne shook the hair out of her face. The tension must have been getting to her, for she would never have been so bold with any of her other suitors. Why was it with him she felt so free?
Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she had learned a bit more about writing. Since her first Regency romance was published in 1998, her stories have traveled the globe, with translations in many languages including Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese.
She and her husband of nearly 25 years reside in southeast Washington State with their overactive Irish terrier. Regina Scott is a decent fencer; owns a historical costume collection that takes up over a third of her large closet; and is an active member of the Church of the Nazarene.
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Her Endearing Young Charms
by Heidi Wessman Kneale
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Miss Merribelle Hales spent years imbuing a silver locket with man-attracting charms. On her way to her first London Season, her locket is stolen–along with a kiss–by a highwayman. Her only clue to his identity: a pair of intense eyes. This vexes her. Without her best charm, how will she ever be able to compete on the Marriage Mart? It would be so much easier if she didn’t have to compete at all.
Lord Alexander Rochester, has worries aplenty. His ailing father’s estates are woefully in debt, so he must seek a wealthy wife. His courtship of Miss Hales goes terribly awry with a simple kiss that leads to his slapped face and an accusation of theft.
It’s a case of mistaken identity. Alexander knows and fears the real culprit. He faces the loss of his father, his estate and Miss Hales–whom he’s loved since childhood–by the hands of the dastardly Handkiss Highwayman.
A Regency Romance with magic that is sure to please fans of Mary Robinette Kowal, Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) and Georgette Heyer.
A Lady of Many Charms and Other Stories
A Collection of Romance
by Heidi Wessman Kneale
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Three tales–one past, one present, one future–explore what it is to love and just how far someone would go for the love of another.
Lady Daphne Collister is unimpressed with her fellow magic-wielding debutantes. She finds their methods overbearing. Surely there was a better way of finding a noble husband in Regency England?
Ellie loves Josh. Josh barely knows Ellie exists. For her, it is not enough to sit behind him at school every day. What must Ellie do to get Josh to notice her? How about a love spell? After all, what could go wrong?
Leo and his co-worker Katerina have fallen in love. Secretly, of course, for office romance is illegal and all marriages are strictly regulated. There’s only one exception: the Valentine Raffle. But to win at love, Leo and Katerina may need to cheat the system…
About The Author:
Heidi Wessman Kneale is an Australian author of moderate repute who writes escapist fiction. She is especially fond of Fantasy and Romance. Like most humans, she has a family. She keeps company with the World’s Most Boring Cat.
As a child, she developed the precocious and consuming habit of reading, devouring every book in her path. This habit also nutured her love of writing stories.
She wrote her first novel at age ten. She was first published at age seventeen–a fantasy poem. She’s written all kinds of things, from poetry to novels to screenplays and even wrote an opera once, music and all.
She earned a BA in Film and Music from the University of Utah. She has achieved Grade 6-Piano Performance from AMEB (UWA) and is currently pursuing an MSc from Swinburne University in Astronomy. (You can see how these fields are closely related.)
She joined the Online Writing Workshop (Formerly the Del Rey Online Writing Workshop) the first year of its inception. She’s been a member nearly every year since.
She’s had several short stories and articles and lots of random stuff published over the years, but her heart belongs to novels.