MY AUDIO & eBOOK REVIEW of
The Perfect Fiancé
Matchmaking for Wallflowers Book 0
by Bianca Blythe
Audio Book Narrated by:
Audio Edition Release Date: 01-25-17
1 hr and 49 mins
Audio Edition $1.99 with purchase of the Digital Edition
$6.95 When Purchased Alone at Audible
Publisher/Author: Bianca Blythe
Digital Edition Release Date: 03-22-2016
Digital List Price: $0.99
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Rosamund Amberly is overjoyed.
And soon, she’s certain, she’ll start feeling the emotion.
Rosamund prides herself on her matchmaking skills. After meeting Marcus Worthing, Earl of Somerville and her older sister’s childhood best friend, she knows she’s found the perfect fiancé . . . for her reclusive sister.
Unfortunately, she’s spending far too much time thinking about the man.
I both read the eBook and listened to the Audible edition together as well as separately of this delightful novella prequel to Matchmaking for Wallflowers series.
It is a humorous and intriguing tale of a young lady bent on matchmaking for those around her. She never fathoms that she could possibly fall for a man she meant for another.
The characterization and storyline in this short novella are well done.
I would give it 4.5 of 5 stars for character development and storyline and in the case of the audio book 4 of 5 stars for the narration which was well done by Rosalyn Landor who has narrated audio books for several authors of Historical Fiction and Regency Romance. The list of Authors include such well known greats as Mary Balogh, Alison Weir, Julia Quinn, Julie Garwood, Eloisa James and a host of others.
I thoroughly enjoyed it being read to me in such a delightful way as I read along with the narration.
This is a clean sweet story so there is no sensuality rating.
About the Author:
Born in Texas, Wellesley graduate Bianca Blythe spent four years in England. She worked in a fifteenth century castle, though sadly that didn’t actually involve spotting dukes and earls strutting about in Hessians.
She credits British weather for forcing her into a library, where she discovered her first Julia Quinn novel. She remains deeply grateful for blustery downpours.
Bianca lives in Massachusetts with her dashing rogue.
Bride for a Duke
by Fenella J Miller
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Anna Hadley has no option but to agree to a marriage of convenience with handsome, young Lord Rupert Shalford. If she does not do this, Sir John Radcliffe, her stepfather, will sell her to the highest bidder. However, Rupert’s older brother Ralph, The Duke of Westchester, has ideas of his own and is determined to have the union dissolved. Sir John is equally determined to discover the whereabouts of his missing step-daughter.
His Ruthless Bite
Historical Paranormal Romance
Vampires (Scandals With Bite Book 4)
by Brooklyn Ann
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The Lord Vampire of Rochester doesn’t do a favor without a price. And now it’s time to collect.
Gavin Drake, Baron of Darkwood is being pestered by nosy neighbors and matchmaking mothers of the mortal nobility. To escape their scrutiny, he concludes that it’s time to take a wife. After witnessing the young vampire Lenore’s loyalty to the Lord of London, he decides she is sufficient for the role.
After surviving kidnapping and abuse from rogue vampires, Lenore Graves wants to help other women recover from their inner wounds. She befriends physician John Elliotson and uses her vampire powers to aid him in using mesmerism on his patients. When the Lord Vampire of London declares that Lenore is the price the Lord Vampire of Rochester demands for aiding him in battle the previous year, she is terrified. Will all of her healing and hard work be destroyed by Ruthless Rochester? And yet, she can’t suppress stirrings of desire at the memory of their potent encounter.
After Gavin assures her that the marriage will be in name only, Lenore reluctantly accepts Gavin’s proposal rather than face potential animosity from her new lord. Determined to continue her work, she invites John Elliotson to Rochester. As they help women recover from traumas, Lenore explores her own inner turmoil and examines her attraction to her husband.
Gavin quickly realizes his marriage is a mistake. His new baroness’s involvement with the mesmerist is damaging his reputation among mortals and vampires alike. He knows he should put a stop to Lenore’s antics— yet her tender heart is warming his own and tempting him to make her his bride in truth.
As Lenore and Gavin’s relationship blossoms, the leader of a gang of rogue vampires embarks on a quest for vengeance against Gavin… using Lenore as his key.
Unmasking Miss Appleby
Baleful Godmother Historical Romance Series ~ Book 1
by Emily Larkin
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“Sexy, unusual, and vastly entertaining.”
~ Anna Campbell, author of the Dashing Widows series
She’s not who she seems…
On her 25th birthday, Charlotte Appleby receives a most unusual gift from the Faerie godmother she never knew she had: the ability to change shape.
Penniless and orphaned, she sets off for London to make her fortune as a man. But a position as secretary to Lord Cosgrove proves unexpectedly challenging. Someone is trying to destroy Cosgrove and his life is increasingly in jeopardy.
As Charlotte plunges into London’s backstreets and brothels at Cosgrove’s side, hunting his persecutor, she finds herself fighting for her life—and falling in love…
“The best historical romance I have read all year.”
~ Rachel @ Heroes & Heartbreakers
*Desert Isle Keeper*
~ Caz @ All About Romance
Q & A with the author
How would you describe this series?
It’s a fusion of magic and Regency England. I guess you could say it’s “Jane Austen meets Maleficent”. I hope to take readers on a journey from the glittering ballrooms of the aristocracy to the dark underbelly of Regency England – with passion, danger, adventure, romance, and a little magic thrown into the mix.
I think the series could also be labelled Regency Noir, because it falls on the darker, grittier side of the romance fence, although each book contains humor, too. The stories are emotional, but not sweet (there’s sex, violence, and my heroes do swear rather badly at times!).
Why did you write this series?
I wanted to get my well-bred heroines out of the drawing rooms and put them in the way of adventure and romance. But I didn’t want to write a series where magic is common; I wanted to write a series where only a few characters have magic, and it’s a deep, dark secret, and no one else knows.
But … do magic and Regency England go together?
Definitely! Many, many years ago I read Sorcery and Cecelia (or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot) by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, and totally loved it and ever since then I’ve thought that Regency England and magic go very well together. Other writers think so, too. Just look at Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories and Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.
What was the catalyst for this series?
A magazine article I read in which celebrities were asked what magic power they’d choose and why. That got me thinking! (I’d choose shapeshifting, by the way.)
How would you describe your writing?
Several reviewers have likened my writing to Georgette Heyer, which is the hugest compliment ever. I adore Georgette Heyer! She’s why I write historical romance, and I reread her books over and over. (If you’ve not read The Grand Sophy, please do so!) I’ve also had readers compare my writing to Courtney Milan and Mary Balogh, which are also massive compliments.
Who would like this series?
This series will appeal to readers who enjoy the historical backdrop of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, the dark and sensual ‘noir’ feel of Anna Campbell, the emotion of Mary Balogh or Courtney Milan, and the magic of Patricia Rice and Mary Robinette Kowal. Quite a broad range, really!
What order should I read the series in?
Each book, whether a novel or novella, can be read as a standalone, but many readers prefer to read them in order. And although the series is set in Regency England, a quartet of medieval novellas form the prequel.
The ideal reading order would be:
The Fey Quartet (series prequel)
The Baleful Godmother series
Unmasking Miss Appleby
Resisting Miss Merryweather
Trusting Miss Trentham
Claiming Mister Kemp
Ruining Miss Wrotham
Discovering Miss Dalrymple
Plus three more interlinked Baleful Godmother series to come.