Two For Tuesday Bargains, Freebies & Reviews

EmilyLarkin_ClaimingMisterKemp_800-683x1024




 reviews_200_120pro_reader_120eighty_percent_feedback_ratio_120netgalley_challenge_2016_gold_120favorited_reviews_120



MY RECENT RELEASE REVIEW of

Claiming Mister Kemp

EmilyLarkin_ClaimingMisterKemp_800-683x1024

Baleful Godmother #4

by Emily Larkin

Publisher’s Description:

A forbidden love…

Lucas Kemp’s twin sister died last year. He’s put aside his mourning clothes, but not his heartache. If Lucas ever needed a friend, it’s now—and who should walk in his door but Lieutenant Thomas Matlock…

Lucas and Tom are more than just best friends; they’ve been in love with each other for years. In love with each other—and pretending not to know it.

But this time, Tom’s not going to ignore the attraction between them. This time, he’s going to push the issue.

He’s going to teach Lucas how to laugh again—and he’s going to take Lucas as his lover…

My Thoughts:

This is a wonderfully written story of forbidden love. The time period is one that could have meant the certain death of the main characters had the wrong people discovered their relationship.
These men had loved each other since they were teenagers but had never expressed their feelings to one another. Probably the only reason their relationship progressed was the death of Lucas’s twin sister Julia which brought his vulnerability to light leaving Tom wanting to comfort him in his grief.
Emily Larkin has taken a very delicate subject and made it work in this story. I wanted to cry when I thought Lucas and Tom wouldn’t end up with each other.
This story is situated in times when people not only objected to, but severely punished those who dared to love someone of their own gender. It is still in our times sometimes frowned upon.
I gave this book 4.25 of 5 stars for storyline and character development and 3.5 of 5 flames for sensuality. It is a sweetly written take on this sensitive subject and was well done.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this title to read. This in no way affected my opinion and I am voluntarily leaving this review.


Unmasking Miss Appleby

Baleful Godmother Book 1

by Emily Larkin

Digital List Price: $3.99

FREE For a Limited Time at:

Amazon ~ B&N ~ iBooks ~ Kobo

Publisher’s Description:

EmilyLarkin_UnmaskingMissAppleby800-683x1024She’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…

“Sexy, unusual, and vastly entertaining.”
~ Anna Campbell, author of the Dashing Widows series

“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)
Maythorn’s Wish
Hazel’s Promise
Ivy’s Choice
Larkspur’s Quest

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.

Happy reading!



LAVENDER BLUE

51-2+u8wRbL

Historical Romance

by Parris Afton Bonds

Digital List Price: $4.99

FREE For a Limited Time at Amazon

Publisher’s Description:

The Frenchman was everything Jeanette St. John detested. A mercenary, a man with no morals, a renegade. But Kitt was reckless and daring, cautious and calculating – and he was captain of one of the fastest ships on the ocean. And so she bargained with the devil – on his terms. In exchange for transporting her cotton and turning it into medical supplies and ammunition for her beloved Confederacy, she was to let him ravish her for every shipment he delivered.



Sinful Deeds

Cynfell Brothers Book 2

by Samantha Holt

Digital List Price: $0.99

FREE For a Limited Time at Amazon

Publisher’s Description:

Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. The Cynfell Brothers are the very 51g55ifvvHLembodiment of a sinful existence. But could the right woman change that?

Envy

Being the mistress of one of the most notorious rakes in London was never going to be easy, but Josephine believed she was strong enough. After all, she loved Dante Cynfell to distraction. He provided her with a comfortable home and all the art supplies she could ever need. After a short marriage that left her near destitute, the widow couldn’t help but fall into his arms…and his bed.

But after four years of tolerating his drunken behaviour and late night calls, Josephine has had enough. Her paintings have caught the eye of a great patron of the arts. With promises of fame and fortune ringing in her ears, she realises being a mistress simply will not satisfy her anymore. She wants true love, marriage, and respectability.

When Josephine ends their arrangement, Dante is shocked. She had a comfortable home, his adoration…hell, even his faithfulness. What more could a beautiful woman want?
Marriage? Well, that’s one thing Dante Cynfell doesn’t plan to offer any woman—not even Josephine. He’s witnessed too many miserable marriages. Why put the person you care about through such misery?

Positive he can win her back, he sets out to remind her how good they are together. One thing is for sure, Dante will not give her up easily—especially to another man. Josephine is about to learn that an envious Cynfell man is not to be trifled with.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s