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MY NEW RELEASE REVIEW of

It Started with a Kiss

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The Worthingtons

by Ella Quinn

Publisher’s Description:

What is a young Worthington woman to do when the man of her dreams is not who she thinks he is?

This season, all eyes are on the Earl of Worthington’s spirited, beautiful sister, Lady Louisa Vivers. Many gentlemen are vying for her attention in and around the ton. Yet, Louisa longs for someone who can take her beyond the ballroom—a man who is worldly, adventurous, and passionate. She won’t settle for just any suitor. She wants her true soul mate—and she’ll know him when she sees him.

Is Gideon, the Duke of Rothwell, him? The moment he and Louisa meet, they share a powerful attraction. Rides at sunrise and waltzes at dusk follow. Finally, Gideon can no longer resist the urge to embrace her, and Louisa is sure he will ask for her hand. But Gideon believes he is in no position to marry. The Rothwell estate has gone bankrupt, a scandal simmers in its wake, and he has nothing left to offer. Now, he must decide if he will let pride stand in the way of true love—or if he will risk everything, and let the lady decide for herself…

Praise for The Worthingtons series

“A classic Regency romp! Perfect for fans of Grace Burrowes.” –Caroline Linden, USA Today bestselling author on When a Marquis Chooses a Bride

“Three Weeks to Wed is a delightfully heartwarming escape into the sparkling world of the Regency.  Ella Quinn weaves magic.” –Cathy Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author

My Thoughts:

I have loved all of the books I have read in this series. There is always the obligatory addition of children, dogs and antics.

Gideon, our hero has come home after an extended trip to Canada. His father has died and left the estate in complete disarray. He seems to have given carte blanc spending to a mistress.

Louisa is the sister of his friend but Gideon isn’t aware of the relationship when he first sees her on a ride in the park. They immediately feel an attraction for each other but due to his father’s careless ways just before his death he is not in position to seek a bride.

Will these two be able to find their Happily Ever After with each other in spite of Gideon’s financial problems? Will he come clean about the situation to Louisa?

As usual in this series there is both a serious storyline and a comical nature involved.
I gave this book 4.25 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensuality rating of  3.75 of 5 flames.
I received an invitation to read  a complimentary digital ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinion and I have voluntarily reviewed this title.


When a Marquis Chooses a Bride

The Worthingtons Book 2

by Ella Quinn

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when-a-marquis-chooses-a-brideThanks to their large extended family and unconventional courtship, the Worthingtons have seen their share of scandal and excitement. But nothing has prepared them for this…

The Dowager Lady Worthington isn’t quite sure what to make of country-girl Dorothea Stern. As the granddaughter of the Duke of Bristol, Dotty is schooled in the ways and means of the nobility. But her sharp wit and outspoken nature has everyone in a tizzy. Especially their cousin, Dominic, the Marquis of Merton.

Prematurely stuffy, Dom was raised by his cheerless uncle to be wary of a host of things, including innovation, waltzing, and most perilous of all: true love. Still, there’s something about Dotty, beyond her beauty, that Dom cannot resist. But the odds are against him if he intends to win her as his bride. Will he choose loyalty to his family—or risk everything for the one woman he believes is his perfect match…
 
“A classic Regency romp! Perfect for fans of Grace Burrowes.”–Caroline Linden, USA Today bestselling author



To Catch a Lady

A Hunt Club Novel

by Pamela Labud

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If you love Mary Balogh and Eloisa James, don’t miss Pamela Labud’s sensuous Hunt ClubTo-Catch-A-Lady series! To Catch a Lady introduces four lordly, rakish sportsmen whose bachelor paradise is threatened by a matchmaking aunt—and by the sting of unexpected love.
 

Ashton Blakely, the Duke of Summerton, cannot stop his aunt from meddling in his affairs. So rather than let her select a most disagreeable mate, Ashton decides to fire the first volley by holding a ball as a scheme to bag the ideal wife: a deferential girl eager to produce and raise an heir, leaving Ashton to his beloved hunting lodge and titled friends. But when Ashton falls for the one woman who isn’t willing to play his game, all his plans scatter like buckshot. Suddenly, the chase is on!
 
Caroline Hawkins has no interest in marriage. In fact, she has devoted her life to defending women from the indignities visited upon them by their husbands. She only chaperones her beautiful younger sister to Summerton’s ball in the hopes of saving her family from bankruptcy. She certainly doesn’t expect to catch the Duke’s eye . . . nor is she prepared for the heat that rises every time she thinks of his powerful build or his dark, tantalizing gaze. Caroline can run, but she cannot hide—for Ashton has already captured her heart.

Praise for To Catch a Lady

To Catch a Lady has all the elements of a great romance, with two characters who have no interest in marrying suddenly finding themselves married—to each other. This is a fun story that made me laugh and sigh.”—Sharon Cullen, author of Sutherland’s Secret

“Pamela Labud takes two strong-willed hearts, an unconventional marriage agreement, and the elitist rules of Regency London and weaves a delightfully sensual romance. I loved this first installment of the Hunt Club series and can’t wait for the next one!”—Maeve Greyson, author of My Tempting Highlander
 
“I enjoyed this author’s writing style and how much emotion she put into the story and the characters.”—The Romance Factor
 
“An enjoyable historical romance with a rocky, roller coaster relationship before a happy ending.”—Ramblings from a Chaotic Mind
 
“Pamela Labud started the Hunt Club series on a very positive note with this first installment.”—Ramblings & Musings

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

My Thoughts:

I read an ARC of this book for review in February of 2016.

I believe this may have been the first book I had read by this author.

The plot was somewhat unusual in that it was sort of backwards in nature.  The hero starts out by choosing a bride. Not a lady he has fallen in love with, but one of accidental choice.

I did end up liking it even though I was at first skeptical. 

It has it’s funny points like wild animals and farm animals running rampant through the house and goats eating anything they can get their mouths on. Also our heroine wakes up with said goat and a lamb in bed with her as well as a Buck (deer) using her carpet for his toilet.
I would and did give this author’s works another chance.



Keeping Katerina

The Victorians Book 1

by Simone Beaudelaire

Digital List Price: $2.99

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Publisher’s Description:

The 1840s:

51anUfwkM9LA time of increasing social awareness, particularly for progressive cotton mill owner Adrian Bennett and his son Christopher. But one social issue Christopher has never considered much is violence against women. A Robert Browning poem and a chance encounter with Katerina Valentino change everything.

Katerina is in fear for her life from her father’s constant beatings. That is, until Christopher becomes entranced by the delicate dark-haired beauty, and decides that he must rescue her from her father–by marrying her.

But Katerina’s years of abuse have left her physically and emotionally scarred. And those scars threaten the newlyweds’ hope for happiness. Is Christopher’s tender affection enough to help Katerina heal her broken spirit?



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Publication Date: March 27th, 2017

When a Highlander Loses His Heart

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Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts Book 4

by Julie Johnstone

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She was nothing more than retaliation against his enemies…until she became the woman he could not live without.

Set on revenge, Highland warrior Graham MacLeod abducts Isobel Campbell never anticipating his enemy’s daughter would awaken an irresistible hunger in him. But when his beautiful, headstrong captive challenges his will and proves her courage and honor by willingly risking her life for his, he cannot deny the dangerous passion she stirs in him. Suddenly, his agreement to deliver Isobel to the king who wishes to use her holds little appeal. Yet, with a battle for the Scottish throne brewing, he knows the king will not relinquish the pilfered prize. To everyone else, Isobel is a pawn to be manipulated, but the more time Graham spends with her, the less he sees her as an adversary and the more she becomes the forbidden temptation he must resist.

Isobel Campbell is a wanted woman, but not for who she is, only as the heiress of a castle that holds the key to power over the Scottish isles. And when she is kidnapped by her family’s bitter enemy, all she wants is to return to the father she idolizes. But she soon discovers that those she considers her protectors may in fact be her biggest threats, and the brave, fierce warrior she fears may actually be the one person she can rely on.

A chasm of distrust and an undeniable yearning flare between Isobel and Graham, along with the promise of unexpected love. However, in order to triumph, they must find a way to vanquish their doubts and build an alliance that can withstand the devastation of war and a king determined to sacrifice anything—and anyone—to keep his throne.



 

 

 

 

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