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My Recent Release Review of

Mad For The Marquess

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Reluctant Hearts Book 1

by Jess Russell

Publication Date: July 14, 2017

The Wild Rose Press, Inc

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Publisher’s Description:

James Drake, Marquess of Devlin, had everything—until he was found covered in blood, standing over a dead girl. Now locked away in a madhouse, he has one short year to recover his memories and prove his sanity, or be condemned for life. But the demons inside Devlin’s head are far easier to battle than the evil surrounding him at Ballencrieff Asylum.

Anne Winton hardly expects to find her calling—or love—while working in a lunatic asylum. But despite all warnings, the “Mad Marquess” proves dangerously fascinating to innocent Anne. She vows to save him not only from his adversaries, but from himself.

Initially, Anne is only a pawn in Devlin’s bid to gain his freedom, until he begins to see her not just as a means to an end, but as a beautifully passionate woman. He must choose: compromise the woman he loves, or languish forever in hell.

My Thoughts:

This is the first time I have read this author’s work but hopefully not the last.
It is amazing at times how far society has come with their conception of mental illness.

In the past people with mental instability were locked away and treated very badly. Their mistreatment often lead to their death or was detrimental to their health in general.

This heart rending tale of a man with only a slight affliction accused of a murder he has no memory of committing is an excellent example as to what society did to these unfortunate people.

I realize the author has toned down the “treatment” that people received in the past by using the mildest forms in this story but it does give the reader an excellent glimpse of the bias of society in those times.

James and Anne’s story is a very moving, sometimes funny but more often sad tale.
Will Anne’s passionate need to help this lord turn into an undying love or a tragic ending?

I gave this book 4.25 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 4.5 of 5.0 flames. The underlying characters in this story are very interesting and essential to the plot. The sensual nature is very heated even though not so much physically, it has an undeniable sensuality.

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

 

About The Author:

71Z3Yn1dfPL__UX250_Jess lives in New York City with her husband and son and disappears to the Catskill Mountains whenever she can. She is a sometime actress, award winning batik artist, and accomplished seamstress. Along with her sewing machine, she loves power tools and, what’s more, she knows how to use them.

Her second book, MAD FOR THE MARQUESS is now out!

Jess is a member of RWA, as well as the Beau Monde and the NY chapters of RWA. THE DRESSMAKER’S DUKE was a double finalist in the National Readers Choice Awards for Best First Book and Best Historical.

Jess is currently working on CRAZY FOR THE COUNTESS (working title), the second book in the Reluctant Heart series.

She would love to hear from you!

http://jessrussellromance.com



Abandoned & Protected

The Marquis’ Tenacious Wife

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Love’s Second Chance Series Book 4

by Bree Wolf

Digital List Price: $2.99

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Publisher’s Description:

He forced her hand.
Now, she will deny him her heart.

After what her father did to her mother, Henrietta’s worst fears are to be realised when her uncle decides to marry her off to a Scot. Gentleman or not, Henrietta knows that at his core he is still a barbarian. What will she suffer at the hands of this savage?

Connor Brunwood, Marquis of Rodridge, can’t believe he fell head over heels in love with this thin, pale twig of a girl. However, the moment he saw her, he knew he had to make her his wife. If only she didn’t hate his guts!

However, when his life is suddenly in danger, an assassin lying in wait, everything they thought they knew is put to the test.

Will Henrietta betray her husband or stand by his side? Will she take the opportunity to rid herself of him forever? Or will she risk everything to save his life…as well as her heart?

*Although certain characters appear in multiple books, ‘Abandoned & Protected – The Marquis’ Tenacious Wife’ can be read as a stand-alone. However, in order to avoid spoiler, I’d advise against reading them out of order.


Love’s Second Chance Series

#1 Forgotten & Remembered – The Duke’s Late Wife
#2 Cursed & Cherished – The Duke’s Wilful Wife
#3 Despised & Desired – The Marquess’ Passionate Wife
#4 Abandoned & Protected – The Marquis’ Tenacious Wife
#5 Ruined & Redeemed – The Earl’s Fallen Wife
#6 Betrayed & Blessed – The Viscount’s Shrewd Wife (coming fall 2017)
#7 Deceived & Honoured – The Baron’s Vexing Wife (coming 2018)
More to follow!


A Forbidden Love Novella Series

#1 The Wrong Brother
#2 A Brilliant Rose
#3 The Forgotten Wife
#4 An Unwelcome Proposal
More to follow!



The Earl’s Unsuitable Bride

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A Sweet & Clean Historical Romance

(The Chase Brides Book 1)

by Lauren & Devon Royal

Digital List Price: $4.99

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“The Earl’s London Bride” is the SWEET & CLEAN ROMANCE edition of “Amethyst” by Lauren Royal.
From a New York Times bestselling author and her daughter!

London, 1666: Amethyst Goldsmith makes dazzling jewelry, but her future isn’t nearly as bright as the pieces she creates. Though custom dictates she wed her father’s apprentice, her heart rebels against the match. In mere days Amy will be condemned to a stifling, loveless marriage, and she sees no way out—until the devastating fire of 1666 sweeps through London, and tragedy lands her in the arms of a dashing young earl who knows a diamond in the rough when he sees it…

Colin Chase, the Earl of Greystone, has his future all figured out. He’s restoring his crumbling castle and estate to its former glory, and the key to its completion is his rich bride-to-be. But the Great Fire lays waste to his plans, saddling him with trouble—in the form of a penniless shopkeeper’s daughter with whom he’s most inconveniently falling in love…

PLEASE NOTE: This book is the SWEET & CLEAN version of “Amethyst” by Lauren Royal. If you’d prefer to read the original book, which includes steamy love scenes and stronger language, look for “Amethyst.”

BOOK DETAILS

• Humorous historical romance
• Book One of Lauren & Devon Royal’s sweet romance The Chase Brides series
• A full-length novel (equal to about 450 printed book pages)
• PG-rated: Kisses only, no love scenes!

This e-book includes Bonus Material: an Author’s Note, a preview of Lauren and Devon’s next book, and a link to an online contest where you can enter to win a piece of jewelry.

CONNECTING BOOKS

While THE EARL’S LONDON BRIDE can be read as a stand-alone novel, many readers enjoy reading it as part of a series. All of Lauren & Devon’s books feature Chase family members. Should you wish to read them in chronological order, this is the sequence:

The Chase Brides
1666 – THE EARL’S LONDON BRIDE (Colin & Amy)
1667 – THE MARQUESS’S SCOTTISH BRIDE (Jason & Caithren)
1667 – THE LAIRD’S ENGLISH BRIDE (Cameron & Clarice)
1668 – THE DUKE’S RELUCTANT BRIDE (Trick & Kendra)
1673 – THE VISCOUNT’S WALLFLOWER BRIDE (Ford & Violet, coming soon)
1677 – THE BARON’S HEIRESS BRIDE (Rand & Lily, coming soon)
1677 – THE GENTLEMAN’S SCANDALOUS BRIDE (Kit & Rose, coming soon)

Regency Chase Brides
1815 – ALEXANDRA (Tristan & Alexandra)
1816 – JULIANA (James & Juliana)
1817 – CORINNA (Sean & Corinna + Griffin & Rachael)

Renaissance Chase Family Series
1549 – ALICE BETROTHED (Adam & Alice, coming late 2016)

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

LAUREN ROYAL decided to become a writer in the third grade, after winning a “Why My Mother is the Greatest” essay contest. Now she’s a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of humorous historical romance novels. Lauren lives in Southern California with her family and their constantly shedding cat. She still thinks her mother is the greatest.

DEVON ROYAL is the daughter of romance novelist Lauren Royal. After attending film school, she wrote an award-winning TV comedy pilot and spent several years working in digital video production before turning her focus to fiction writing. Devon lives in Southern California with her fiancé. She also thinks her mother is the greatest.



When a Marquess Loves a Woman

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The Season’s Original Series

by Vivienne Lorret

Print List Price: $5.99

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Publisher’s Description:

As a young, penniless gentleman, Maxwell Harwick knew he had little to offer Juliet White—the most beautiful debutante of the season—except his love, and one thoroughly scandalous kiss. But when they were discovered in a compromising position, a nearly ruined Juliet fled into the arms of a rich, older lord… taking Max’s heart with her.

Now a widow, Lady Juliet Granworth intends to use the fortune she inherited from her odious husband to build a new life in London. Five years have passed, but she’s never forgotten Max… or his soul-searing kiss. Yet it’s clear the newly-minted Marquess of Thayne has not forgiven her—after all, the infuriating man can barely stand the sight of her. But Juliet has endured far too much to give up without a fight and if it’s a battle of wills he wants, it’s a battle he’ll get.

He hates her for breaking his heart. She detests him for destroying her future. But beneath all the loathing simmers an intoxicating passion that neither can ignore… and the harder they resist, the harder they will inevitably fall.



A Christmas in July Offer

Mystic Mistletoe Murder

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Mystic Isle Mysteries Book 2

by Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens

Print List Price: $11.99

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Publisher’s Description:

From USA Today bestselling authors Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens comes a ho-ho-hilarious Mystic Isle Mystery…

‘Tis the season at The Mansion on Mystic Isle, and Melanie Hamilton, resident tattoo artist at the resort renown for its supernatural atmosphere, can feel the holiday spirit everywhere in the Louisiana bayou. The festive mood runs deeper than just the tinsel, mistletoe, and twinkling lights, as the milk of human kindness is flowing with gift giving, good cheer, and donations. But when Papa Noël turns up as dead as the Ghost of Christmas Past, and all the bounty from a recent charity drive is stolen, Melanie turns to Jack Stockton, the resort’s handsome general manager, to help her find the killer and get it all back.

Who wanted Papa Noël dead and why? Was it the bag of loot they were after, and Papa just got in the way? Or was it a more personal attack on the jolly man in the red suit? Not only does Mel find herself in a fight to prove one of her co-workers innocent, but she’s also in a race against a ticking clock to save the life of a sick child. Before long, she closes in on the killer—or maybe it’s the killer closing in on Mel!

Mystic Isle Mysteries:
Mystic Mayhem (book #1)
Mystic Mojo (shorts story in the Killer Beach Reads collection)
Mystic Mistletoe Murder (book #2)

What critics are saying about Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens:

“Charming, cunning and clever, MYSTIC MAYHEM is a smartly paced murder mystery.”
—Romance Junkies

“Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens bring the beauty of the bayou alive with this cozy murder mystery. If you like flirting and fun with your dose of fear this is a must-read.”
—Night Owl Reviews

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