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Ruining Miss Wrotham

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Baleful Godmother #5

by Emily Larkin

 

Publisher’s Description:

If he helps her, he’ll ruin her… 
Eleanor Wrotham has sworn off overbearing men, but she needs a man’s help—and the man who steps forward is as domineering as he is dangerous: the notorious Mordecai Black.
The illegitimate son of an earl, Mordecai is infamous for his skill with women. His affairs are legendary—but few people realize that Mordecai has rules, and one of them is: Never ruin a woman.
But if Mordecai helps Miss Wrotham, she will be ruined.

My Thoughts:

I have read other books in this series but to me this was the best one yet.
The characters are memorable and the storyline well thought out and developed.
Mordecai and Eleanor’s story, book #5 of this series is an unforgettable mixture of mystery, love, magic and the heroine’s ability to trust the actions of an overbearing hero.

Although part of a continuing series this book reads well as a standalone. There are a couple of repeat characters but knowing their story is not an essential element to the enjoyment of this book.

I gave this book 4.5 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 4 of 5 flames.

It is not necessary to read the other titles in this series to enjoy this read.

I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the author/publisher via NetGalley to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.


About The Author:

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© 2016 Tim Cuff

 

 

Emily Larkin grew up in a house full of books–her mother worked as a librarian and her father is a well-known New Zealand novelist. Emily has studied a wide number of subjects, including geology and geophysics, canine behavior and ancient Greek. Her varied career includes stints as a field assistant in Antarctica and a waitress on the Isle of Skye, as well as five vintages in New Zealand’s wine industry. Most recently, she has worked in one of New Zealand’s most isolated national parks, Fiordland National Park.

 

Emily loves to travel and has lived in Sweden, backpacked in Europe and North America, and traveled overland in the Middle East, China, and North Africa. She enjoys climbing hills, yoga workouts, watching reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, and reading.

Emily writes historical romances as Emily Larkin and fantasy novels as Emily Gee. Her websites are www.emilylarkin.com and www.emilygee.com.

Q & A with the author:

How would you describe this series?

It’s Regency England with a dash of magic. 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!



Starling

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South Landers

by Virginia Taylor

Print List Price: $15.00

Currently FREE in Digital Format at:

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Publisher’s Description:

An aspiring dressmaker, orphaned Starling Smith is accustomed to fighting for her own survival. But when she’s offered a year’s wages to temporarily pose as a wealthy man’s bride, she suspects ulterior motives. She can’t lose the chance to open her own shop, but she won’t be any man’s lover, not even handsome, infuriating Alisdair Seymour’s…

To prevent his visiting sister from parading potential brides in front of him, Alisdair has decided to present a fake wife. He lost his heart once, and had it broken—he doesn’t intend to do it again. But stubborn, spirited Starling is more alluring than he bargained for, and Alisdair will risk everything he has to prove his love is true…

Set against the sweeping backdrop of 1866 South Australia, Starling is a novel of cherished dreams and powerful desires, and the young woman bold enough to claim them both…



True Born

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The Bastard and the Countess

by Lara Blunte

Digital List Price: $0.99

FREE For a Limited Time at:

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Publisher’s Description:

At seventeen, Miss Georgiana Blake knows that John Crawford is the only man she will ever love — and that she will marry him.
Never mind that John is the bastard son of an Earl, or that he is leaving to fight in India. John is indestructible: he will be back, and she will wait.
Georgiana cannot imagine how crucial her marriage will become to her family. Though she knows that she is giving up love and happiness, she must forsake John.
A man whose virtue is not forgiveness

If you love the elegance of the 18th century with its balls, duels, wigs, wars — and you enjoy tales of deep passion, betrayal and a love that survives all things, this story is for you. Find out what happens when a strong, wild man is sure that there is only one woman for him — and this woman belongs to another.

Non-explicit sex scenes, some violence

“An amazing and timeless historical romance…” – Amazon Reviewer



Lost in the Highlands

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The Thirteen Scotsman

A Scottish Time Travel Romance

by Lorraine Beaumont

Digital List Price: $2.99

FREE For a Limited Time at:

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Publisher’s Description:

A Bewitching Interactive Scottish Time Travel Romance—Magic, Mystery, Steamy Romance, Treasure, A Loch Monster, and a whole lot of Hunky Highlanders –from #1 Bestselling Time Travel Romance Author Lorraine Beaumont.

When Paige Walsh attends the annual Highland Games on Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina and makes a deal with a Gypsy she has no idea that her illustrious plans to find a Hunky Highlander for her own would backfire and instead of one man wearing a kilt, she somehow ends up in the past facing an entire clan of Hunky Highlanders.

Interactive game included inside.

“Irresistible characters, fresh voice and a hero to die for…what’s there not to like!” Jamie Scott, Award Winning Author

Buyer’s Warning:

There seems to be an inordinate number of bad reviews for this book. Since I have not read it I can not say if it is bad or not but since the title is free at this time you are only wasting a little time to try it.

 

 

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