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MY RECENT RELEASE REVIEW of

Somewhere My Lady

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Ladies in Time, Book One

by Beth Trissel

 

Publisher’s Description:

Lorna Randolph is hired for the summer at Harrison Hall in Virginia, where Revolutionary-War reenactors provide guided tours of the elegant old home. She doesn’t expect to receive a note and a kiss from a handsome young man who then vanishes into mist.

Harrison Hall itself has plans for Lorna – and for Hart Harrison, her momentary suitor and its 18th century heir. Past and present are bound by pledges of love, and modern science melds with old skills and history as Harrison Hall takes Lorna and Hart through time in a race to solve a mystery and save Hart’s life before the Midsummer Ball.


My Thoughts:

This unusual take on time travel is a poignant love story blended with past and present.
Our hero and heroine have a past together. One that Lorna has no real memory of. After her first encounter with Hart’s ghost she begins to have brief glimpses of that past life that heretofore was blocked from her conscience memory.
There are two distinct problems that our couple must face. They both died in this shared past.
Can Lorna and Hart find a way to prevent the tragedy from being repeated or will the tragedies that lead to their demise keep repeating themselves?
This poignantly romantic and ghostly tale is sweetly romanticized and completely suitable for young adult readers as well as their older counterparts.
I gave this wonderfully written book 4.25 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 2.5 of 5.0 flames. The only really heated scenes were comprised of a few passionate kisses and snuggling in bed together.
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 which I read and reviewed voluntarily.


Excerpt:

Something about him held her spellbound…the tilt of his head, arch of his brow, glimpse of his profile… She followed his every move with the fixity of an owl.

He turned blue-gray eyes toward her and sensuous lips curved into a smile on his handsome face.

Hands down. No contest. He was the hottest guy ever. Her heart beat a thrilling new rhythm.

He circled closer to where she stood rooted in the foyer, not moving a toe, scarcely drawing breath. Did he truly see her backed tremulously against the wall, or did it only feel that way?

Unlike the others in the ghostly assembly, his eyes didn’t skirt past her. He paused in the dance. Bending at the shoulders, he tipped his hand to her in a genteel flourish.

He’d freakin’ bowed. Her jaw dropped. He most definitely saw her. And she sure as heck saw him.

A sparking sizzle jumped between them, awakening her as she’d never been roused before. Even more than when the house charged through her at her arrival. It was as if she were plugged in—to him.

How that could be, she had no idea, but when he gazed into her eyes, time seemed to stop. She spiraled into moonless stars, and back again to this dizzying realm. To him. Even if she were dreaming, she’d never forget this moment.

“Dance with me.” He beckoned to her.

“I don’t know how.” She forced the panted reply past the tightness in her throat.

He shook his head. “Nae, lady. You are grace itself.”

Gallant of him to say. “Clearly, you’ve never seen me play tennis.”

Humor flickered in his eyes and touched his mouth. “I should like to.” A look of urgency displaced the fleeting mirth. “Wait. Stay a moment,” he entreated.

Was she fading into dreamland, or was he?

Freeing himself from the others, he dashed to her and slipped something into her hand. “Keep this.” His voice a whisper in her ear. “I’ve been waiting for you.”

She eyed him incredulously. “But how—”

“Did I know you would be here?” he finished for her, melting tenderness in his gaze. “Because we have been here before.” He gestured at the doorway. “Danced through the foyer and into the garden.”

“What? When?”

He answered by cupping his hands to her face and pressing his warm lips to hers in a brief, but impassioned kiss. Any remaining breath she had was forfeited to him.

“Until we meet again, sweet lady.” He swept her a bow and was gone, and the others with him, like the mist vanishing in the sun streaming through the windows.

She stared after him, or the place he’d been, with her lips slightly parted. There were no words, only her wildly beating heart.

She shook her head to clear it, almost expecting the party—and him—to reappear. No. She was alone in the foyer. It was a dream. He was, too. Had to be. The most vivid, never-to-be-forgotten, dream ever. But she was awake, and when she glanced at her hand, she still held the scrap of paper.

Unfolding it, she mouthed, Wait for me, a simple request inked in penmanship that reflected the bold spirit of the young man who’d given it to her.


About The Author:

Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of 001_BethVirginia with my human family and furbabies. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. I’m especially drawn to colonial America and the drama of the American Revolution. And I love a good ghost story. In addition to historical romance, I also write time travel, paranormal, YA/NA fantasy romance, and nonfiction.

2008 Golden Heart® Finalist
2008 Winner Preditor’s & Editor’s Readers Poll
Publisher’s Weekly BHB Reader’s Choice Best Books of 2009
2012 Double Epic Award Finalist
2013 Book of the Month at Long and Short
2016 Winner April Creme de la Cover
2016 Winner Book of the Month at Long and Short YA



Love’s Harvest

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A Regency Romance Harvest Collection

Regency Collections Book 4

by Various Regency Romance Authors

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7 delightful Clean Regency Romance Harvest stories from number 1 best-selling authors. Immerse yourself in Love’s Harvest, and be swept away by love!

Finding the Duke’s Heir

A bored Viscountess, a despairing Duke, a charitable project, a Lady lost, a secret heir, a new chance for love. Julian Stafford, Duke of Windemere, lost his only son in a duel – a duel partly caused by his dead wife. His son’s betrothed vanished, and Julian has nothing but his dead wife’s debts left. Widow, Lady Sylvia Edgeworth, Dowager Viscountess Pendholm, wants something to do, now her children are married. She starts a charitable project. Her offer to buy a house uncovers mysteries for the Duke, and brings them together. What really happened around that duel? Can Lady Sylvia trust her attraction to the Duke? Will the Duke allow himself to love again?

The Earl’s Harvest Dilemma

Lady Sophia missed her season while mourning the death of her mother. With few options for marriage, she is horrified when she overhears her stepfather planning her betrothal to the offensive Duke of Wyndham. The Earl of Gifford inherited an estate in disrepair and faces a failing harvest, whilst his brother runs up gambling debts. An option which could save him and his brother, places him in a dilemma. Can the Earl and Lady Sophia find their way to love, or will others’ greed destroy them?

Dream of a Duke

In the style of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Ms. Thorne tries a more gothic style Regency Romance in ‘Dream of a Duke’. Alexandra Burton, now a governess, goes back to her childhood home to care for the son of a Duke, who once was her friend. Her station makes it impossible for her to be his wife. She refuses to be his mistress. Nothing could bring people of such different classes together, except the Duke’s son… by a different mother.

A Perfect Match

Miss Elizabeth Devereux needs a wealthy husband, for her family to survive. Visiting the daughters of the Earl of Cambury, she hopes to meet a suitable man. Her friends want her to marry their brother –she is not so sure. Mr Alastair Chamberlain has newly come into wealth, but his inheritance is conditional on him marrying soon. Visiting Cambury he meets Elizabeth, and the attraction is mutual. Can they trust their emotions? Are they each simply seeing the other as a solution to a problem? Can they overcome the jealousy and plotting of her friends? Will they eventually find true love?

The Duke’s Matchless Maidservant

A Maid, a Manager, a Duchess’ secrets, an unexpected heritage, a love fulfilled. Colin Brown is the handsome property manager of the Weston estate. Lovely Leah Hoskins has just been hired as the Duchess’ lady’s maid. There are some mysteries at Weston Hall and whilst sparks fly between Leah and Colin, things seem hopeless — until the Duchess steps in to give them help, a future, and… a hope.

Tempted by a Duke

Miss Josephine Dudley loves horses. The daughter of an affluent landowner, fallen on difficult times, she has always dreamt of marrying the Earl of Langdon, who has the best stable in the county. Then, through a chance encounter, she meets the Duke of Granger. What starts out as loathing, soon turns into something else. But can a dashing rogue really turn into a handsome prince?

The Duke’s Secret Love

Cecilia Hatch meets the Duke of Northcastle by chance, in a thunderstorm, and offers him some advice about his intended betrothal. Soon, interfering with his plan to marry has undesirable results. Tangled in Lady Charlotte’s web of lies and deceit, Cecilia is at a loss – who to believe? Is the Duke really a cad as Lady Charlotte says, or can Cecilia believe his innocence? Will Cecilia’s life be forever ruined or will she finally discover the love her heart yearns for.



A Wild Night’s Bride

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The Devil DeVere Book 1

by Victoria Vane

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**Library Journal Best E-Book Romance 2012, 2013 RONE Nominee, 2013 IRC Best Historical Romance Nominee****

When The Devil Plays Cupid … There Could Be Hell To Pay..
She needs a protector… Once seduced by whispered promises of a faithless lover, Phoebe Scott is determined to make a name on the Covent Garden stage, but after three years of bit parts, she realizes she’ll never achieve her goals on her own merits. Finally acknowledging her success is dependent on a powerful patron, Phoebe determines to seek out a protector at London’s most notorious brothel.

He’s avowed to celibacy… Sir Edward “Ned” Chambers has been lost and lonely since his wife’s death in childbirth. Burdened with blame, he has sworn to a life of celibacy, but after three years, he is inwardly edgy, irritable, and increasingly discontent.

Desperate times call for devilish measures…

Viscount Ludovic “The Devil” DeVere, a rake of the first order, is hell-bent to return his best friend Ned to the land of the living. Perceiving the cause behind his best friend’s unhappiness–as well as the obvious cure–DeVere takes matters in hand. DeVere’s meddling machinations result in an outrageous wager that could lead Ned to a new love… or land them all in the Tower. Hijinks and passion abound in this sexy, rollicking Georgian romp.

“The “Devil DeVere” series is a variation on the rake’s progress, or the rake’s reformation, except that is doesn’t start with said rake as the main character–a device that is amazingly clever on Vane’s part and allows her to circle in on DeVere without revealing too much at the outset. In the first two books DeVere is the puppet master, rearranging his friends’ lives. But in the background, readers catch hints that there’s more to him than the debauched reprobate they see. By the time we find out his story, we’re invested. The series is erotic and sexy, and sometimes you want to shake the characters until their teeth rattle, but it is absolutely marvelous.

THE DEVIL DEVERE SERIES:

  • A Wild Night’s Bride #1
  • The Virgin Huntress #2
  • The Devil You Know #3
  • The Devil’s Match #4
  • A Devil’s Touch #5
  • Jewel of the East #6

Library Journal  Best E-book romance of 2012.  “Absolutely marvelous. This one should be read with bonbons. And a fan!” — Marlene Harris for Library Journal



It’s Almost Time For Post-Season Baseball

So Here are a Couple of Baseball Specials For You

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

Second Chance Hero

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Bad Boys Redemption Book 1

by Kimberly Readnour

Publication Date: October 23, 2017

Digital List Price: eBook: $2.99

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Publisher’s Description:

Meet bad boy pitcher, Zach Pritchett…

Two things I love, baseball and Lacey Stark. Back in college, I had them both. But after graduation, I made the biggest mistake of my life. I let Lacey go.

Five years later, I can’t complain. A Cy Young winner, I’ve achieved what I set out to do–pitching in the Major Leagues. Life is great.

Until it’s not.

And the day it all went south? The day Lacey Stark appeared at my post press conference. The reality of not having her slams against my chest. Lacey’s still sexy as hell, sporting more curves and a little more sass. Pitching in the Majors isn’t the only thing I want anymore. 

Now, it’s time to go after what I’ve denied myself all these years. I want Lacey and will stop at nothing until I make her mine.

Lacey seems determined to stay away, but we belong together. I know this. I just need to convince her to give me another chance. Because one thing is guaranteed, I won’t stop until she’s back in my arms.

Second Chance Hero is book one in this new standalone sports romance series. If you like sexy, alpha baseball players, click to download Zach in this hot, new series.



Catching Zia

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Spring Training Book 1

by Becca Jameson

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Publisher’s Description:

Welcome to the Spring Training series by best-selling author Becca Jameson. Spring Training follows the lives of several major league baseball players as they deal with the fame and reality of life and love. This first book in the series, Catching Zia, features the second baseman and his desire to meet a woman who isn’t after him for his money or his celebrity status.

With two strikes against him, this baseball player is desperate to make contact.

Zia’s main passion in life is art. And she’d gladly spend days on end sketching the hunky man who stops to admire her work while jogging through the park one sunny afternoon.

Brett has been ogling Zia for days. The sketch in her lap provides the perfect opening. When it’s immediately obvious she has no idea he’s a major league baseball player, he relishes the opportunity to take a gorgeous woman out on a normal date.

But what Brett doesn’t know is that Zia grew up with a compulsive liar, and his omission is more than she can tolerate. Second chances are rare in this life, and somehow Brett manages to squander that one also. He’s got an uphill battle if he wants to fight for this strong-willed woman.

 

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