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Oh What A (Wedding) Night

Brazen Brides Book 3

by Cheryl Bolen

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1284730915SPECIAL NOTE:

The sample pages of Oh What a (Wedding) Night may appear familiar. That’s because they appeared in an earlier novella titled Lady Sophia’s Rescue (no longer available). At readers’ request, the story has been turned into a full-length novel with a completely different middle and ending.

Publisher’s Description:

As Lady Sophia Beresford (recently Lady Finkel) passes through the gates of her new bridegroom’s country estate and he begins to whisper in her ear of the delights that await her in his bed, Lady Sophia realizes she has made a most dreadful mistake. There’s only one thing to do. She must bolt.

The bride-on-the-run is rescued by the exceedingly handsome William Birmingham who thinks she’s a woman named Isadore, and though he’s the richest man in England, she mistakes him for a common (but well-to-do) criminal. Since she’d rather be dead than wed to Finkel, Sophia pretends to be Isadore and take her chances with the provocative Mr. Birmingham. But how could she have known that her ruse would bring the gallant Mr. Birmingham into such peril from the wicked man she married? And how could she have known her enigmatic rescuer would ignite passions she’d never known she possessed?

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Praise for Cheryl Bolen’s novels:

“Cheryl Bolen’s books are going to be keepers.” – Christina Dodd, NY Times Bestseller

“Once again the author has proven herself to be one of the best authors in the Regency romance field today.” – Huntress Reviews

“. . .a rising star in the historical/regency romance genre.” – A Romance Review

“Bolen. . .does a wonderful job of building simmering sexual tension.” – Booklist



My Lord Wicked

Historical Regency Romance

by Cheryl Bolen

IDA 

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1163668440Winner Best Historical Novel in the 2012 International Digital Awards
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Publisher’s Description:

What woman would dare make her home at eerie Marshbanks Abbey, perched on a stony hill in remote Northumbria? It is said its owner, the brilliant botanist, Lord Stacks, killed his beautiful bride there ten years earlier.

Unaware of the tales of Lord Stacks’ wickedness, Freddie Lambeth comes to live with her guardian, and through his caring blossoms from a plain, shabbily dressed girl to a lovely young woman. Freddie and Lord Stacks come to need each other as his flowers need sunshine, but Stacks cannot allow himself to love her. His own wickedness has destroyed any chance for happiness.

EXCERPT:

Was he in a hurry to be rid of her? At least he wanted a sensational mate for her. There was only one mate for her, she thought morosely. And he would be sensational. She closed her eyes and thought of being enfolded in Lord Stack’s strong embrace, of resting her face against his chest, of lifting her lips to his. She grew hot as she imagined what it would feel like to have his mouth on hers, his tongue parting her lips. A wet heat centered between her legs. Her thoughts drifted even further away. She thought of lying with him, wet flesh against wet flesh. She could almost feel his mouth close around one breast.

“You do not look happy,” he said.

She drew a deep breath and faced him. “It seems my company grows tedious for you. You are in so great a haste to marry me off, to be rid of me.”

He reached out and touched a finger to her cheek. “I attempt to be selfless, Miss Lambeth. I want what is best for you. For myself, I would have you at Marshbanks Abbey until the end of my days.”

Until the end of his days. If only. . . He studied her face for a moment. “I believe the prospect does not offend you.”

“You must believe me when I tell you I’ve never been happier than in these past few months at the abbey.” She had wanted to say these past few months with you.

“Then your life must have been singularly uneventful before.”

She smiled. “That, too.”

He took a sip of wine, peering at her over the rim of his glass. “Do you miss your father?”

She gathered a handful of soft fabric from her skirt into her hand. “To be honest, no.”

His brows lowered. “How can that be? You seem to worry over every creature. You are so very caring.”

“The exact word I would use to describe you, my lord. However, caring is not a word I would use to describe my father, although he did care very much for my mother. Unfortunately, he held me responsible for taking her from him.”

“But that’s ridiculous! You didn’t ask to be born!”

“He did not see it that way.”

Stacks watched the leaves of the tree shimmer in the breeze and did not speak for a moment. “So that explains why your education in the feminine arts was so neglected.”

She nodded. “You have shown me more love in these past few months than I received in an entire lifetime.” She felt her cheeks growing hot. Why had she used the word love? She had not meant to burden him with details of her unhappy life, but she felt incredibly open whenever she was with him. “That is why I’ve been so happy here, why I am in no hurry to leave the walls of Marshbanks Abbey.”

He reached out and took her hand. “You have a home here for as long as you want.”

She looked up at him, her eyes swimming in pools of unshed tears.

Lord Stacks was moving to her. She felt his arms close around her. She felt his warm breath on her cheek, and she lif



Three Weeks To Wed

The Worthingtons Book 1

by Ella Quinn

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19057414Publisher’s Description:

In the first book of her dazzling new series, bestselling author Ella Quinn introduces the soon-to-be Earl and Countess of Worthington–lovers who have more in common than they yet know. The future promises to be far from boring…

Lady Grace Carpenter is ready to seize the day–or rather, the night–with the most compelling man she’s ever known. Marriage would mean losing guardianship of her beloved siblings, and surely no sane gentleman will take on seven children not his own. But if she can have one anonymous tryst with Mattheus, Earl of Worthington, Grace will be content to live out the rest of her life as a spinster.

Matt had almost given up hope of finding a wife who could engage his mind as well as his body. And now this sensual, intelligent woman is offering herself to him. What could be more perfect? Except that after one wanton night, the mysterious Grace refuses to have anything to do with him. Amid the distractions of the Season he must convince her, one delicious encounter at a time, that no obstacle–or family–is too much for a man who’s discovered his heart’s desire…

Meet The Worthingtons:

Three Weeks to WedOk, I’ll be the first to admit that this series has a lot of people in it. So I thought I’d give you a chance to get to know them. The series begins with Three Weeks to Wed. This is Matt and Grace’s book.

Mattheus, Earl of Worthington – Matt is in his early thirties and has spent most of it playing around, except when he is acting more like a father to his four step-sisters, ranging in age from eight to eighteen, than their father ever did. However as the book opens, his mind has turned toward marriage.

Lady Grace Carpenter – When she was barely twenty-one, Grace’s mother dies in child birth. Her father died eight months prior. Her mother has one last wish, to keep all the children together, and Grace promises she will. Unfortunately, none of her uncles on her father’s side think she is capable of raising seven children; the youngest still in leading-strings. But Grace prevails, and even though it means she’ll never marry, she is determined to raise all the children.

Patience, the Dowager Lady Worthington – Patience was married to Matt’s father at the tender age of sixteen. She expected a grand love, but wasn’t to be. The former Lord Worthington never stopped loving his first wife. Since her year of mourning ended, she has become a leader in the ton.

The Children: From eldest to youngest.

Lady Charlotte Carpenter and Lady Louisa Vivers – Charlotte and Louisa are both eighteen and ready to make their come outs.

Charles, Earl of Stanwood – Charlie is Grace’s brother. He is sixteen and attending Eton, but already takes his role as head of the Carpenter family seriously.

Lady Augusta Vivers – At fifteen, she is still in the schoolroom and is not sure she really does want to come out. Languages are much more interesting to her.

Walter Carpenter – Walter, age fourteen, is more than ready to join his brother at Eton. He is interested in horses, boxing, and has lately found a passion for languages. Augusta has become a welcome friend.

Ladies Alice and Eleanor Carpenter and Lady Madeline Vivers – Alice, Eleanor, and Madeline are all twelve and very silly. They have also become inseparable. Matt is dreading the day they make their come out.

Philip Carpenter – At age eight, Philip is missing that fact that his father is no longer around. Despite their age difference, he and Walter are very close.

Lady Theodora Vivers – Theo, eight going on eighteen, was the baby of the Viver’s family until they joined with the Carpenter brood. Her mother swears she earned her name with Theo. She has also become great friends with Mary.

Lady Mary Carpenter – Even at the young age of five, Mary has shown remarkable empathy for others around her. It will be interesting to see what life brings.

The Animals:

Duke and Daisy are both Great Danes. At age three, Duke is a well behaved gentleman. Daisy, on the other hand, is not quite a year and a half and not at all well behaved.

 

Please visit again as this list will be updated as the series progresses.

“Oh, the tangled webs we weave…especially when our hearts are involved. 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

Meet Ella:

USA Today bestselling Regency author Ella Quinn lived all over the United States, theella-quinn Pacific, Canada, England and Europe before finally discovering the Caribbean. She is currently living on a sailboat, with her wonderful husband of over 30 years and a Portuguese Water Dog. Ella loves when readers connect with her.

Website: www.ellaquinnauthor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/EllaQuinnAuthor

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ellaquinnauthor

Blog: http://ellaquinnauthor.wordpress.com

Check out the rest of this series below:

My Previously Published Reviews for Them are included.

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When a Marquis Chooses a Bride

by Ella Quinn

Kensington Books

Zebra Shout

Romance

Reviewed on 22 Aug 20162126824676

Publisher’s Description:

Thanks 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…

My Thoughts:

This is a very good and well written book from Ella Quinn.

Although I have not read the first book of this series (this is book #2) I would say that “When a Marquis Chooses a Bride”can easily be read as a stand alone.

The characters are engaging and the story line is well thought out.

I would give this book 4.25 of 5 stars and wish I had not missed reading the first book in this series as I’m certain it is probably as good as this one.

I received a compliumentary digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.


The Second Time Around

by Ella Quinn

Kensington Books

 Zebra

History , Romance

659444898Reviewed on Feb 27, 2017 

Publisher’s Description:

Can a beautiful Worthington widow find love again? Depends on who’s asking . . .
Before he died, Patience was the Earl of Worthington’s second wife. So why shouldn’t Patience be allowed a second chance at marriage, too? Of course, finding a new husband was not something the mother of four had ever planned on. But a surprise encounter with her first love has suddenly made the impossible seem possible all over again . . .

It seems like a lifetime ago that Richard, Viscount Wolverton, was halfway around the world, looking for adventure . . . while Patience, at her coming-out, was left with no choice but to take old Worthington’s hand. Richard never forgot the woman whose heart he yearned for—and now that he’s back, he’s not going to let her slip away again . . .

My Thoughts:

This delightful novella length continuation of the Worthington series tells us of the love of Richard and Patience. Before she married the old Earl of Worthington Patience had been in love with her childhood friend and companion Richard. Having decided to go abroad and promising to return before Patience’s first season Richard left only to have his return delayed.

Now twenty years later he is back again and has come to claim his love.
Can Patience and Richard find love again in this second time around?
Again we find ourselves totally drawn into this madcap household with a combined group of ten children who belong to various family members and a young Great Dane all living and reeking havoc under the same roof.

This sometimes comical regency romance was a delight to read. The storyline is as well developed as a novella can be and since we have met most of the characters in the previous installments we continue to grow to love This is much better if read in series order rather than as a standalone but it is good enough to stand on it’s own.

I gave this title 4.25 of 5 stars for characterization and story development. There is a very sensual background crammed into this short novella getting 4 of 5 flames. I received a complimentary digital copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley to read and review. This in no way affected my opinion or review of this title.

 


It Started with a Kiss

by Ella Quinn

Kensington Books

Zebra Shout

Romance

Reviewed on 20 Mar 20171840224083

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.

 

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