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3.25 stars

MY RECENT RELEASE REVIEW of

The Unwilling Smuggler

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by Bree Verity

Publisher’s Description:

From the parlors and ballrooms of London, through to the wild, open coastline of Kent, this tale of romance and adventure will have you spellbound.

Jean de Lacey is a jaded French émigré who reluctantly decides the only way to revive his fortunes is by marrying a wealthy wife. But before he proposes to anyone, he must free himself of the smuggling gang he has been involved with since his arrival in England.

He woos young, beautiful Eugenie Ponnette, a fellow émigré, however de Lacey resists agreeing to the love match she insists on, even though his passion for Eugenie is different to anything he has experienced before.

Before he can offer marriage, they are both caught up in danger – he from the smugglers he once called friends, and she from de Lacey’s deranged ex-lover.

But Eugenie is no damsel in distress – except from the suppressed memories of the horrors she experienced in Paris, and her own discoveries about de Lacey’s none-too-salubrious past.

Can de Lacey admit his feelings before it is too late?

About The Author:

Bree Verity was raised on a diet of tea and crumpets, romance novels, old movies and musicals, it’s no wonder she spends her days writing love stories.
Some say she must have been a gypsy in another life, her thirst for travel is so deep.
But her wanderlust extends to other times as well – she’d love to visit the past. Or the future.
Since she is stuck here, she finds solace in reading novels that explore time slip and time travel.
She shares her life with her teenage son, her long-suffering partner, and her two rescue dogs, Millie and Boofie. She keeps it very quiet from them that she is equally as much a cat person.
When someone invents a way to inject tea directly into the veins, Bree will be the first in line to sign up.
Bree hopes you like what you read, but if not, then read what you like. Life is too short for crappy books.

My Thoughts:

This is the first book I have read from this author and I felt it dragged along and became bogged down in places. I didn’t care over much for either the hero or heroine and found it difficult to finish. It did have it’s moments though so I would give the author another chance.
In places this book was rather comical and I did enjoy those parts of the story. I read a lot of Historical Romance and this one was just not among my favorites.

French Revolution and the premise of this book just did not appeal to my reading taste.

I gave this book 3.25 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.0 of 5.0 flames.
I received a complimentary digital ARC via NetGalley from the publisher to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I read and reviewed voluntarily.



Caroline

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Rakes & Rebels

The Beauvisage Family Book 2

by Cynthia Wright

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Lose yourself in the perfect Romance by a perfect author!” ~ BERTRICE SMALL, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
~ In 1783, Alec Beauvisage is returning from the Revolutionary War when he discovers Caroline in the Connecticut woods. Dressed as a boy, she has no memory of her past. Against his better judgment, he takes the lovely foundling with him to his home in Philadelphia and finds his life increasingly complicated as the fiery attraction between them builds and Caro’s dangerous past reaches out to her.

CAROLINE is Cynthia Wright’s unforgettable debut novel and is on keeper shelves worldwide. The story of a confirmed rake and an innocent, spirited young woman, it is filled with sensual romance, evocative history, memorable characters, and the joy of true love.

Rakes & Rebels: The Beauvisage Family:

  1. HEART OF FRAGILE STARS: a novella prequel to CAROLINE (Jean-Philippe & Antonia)
  2. CAROLINE (Alec & Caro)
  3. TOUCH THE SUN (Lion & Meagan)
  4. SPRING FIRES (Nicholai & Lisette)
  5. HER DANGEROUS VISCOUNT (Grey & Natalya)

Rakes & Rebels: The Raveneau Family:

  1. SILVER STORM (André & Devon)
  2. SMUGGLER’S MOON (Sebastian & Julia)
  3. THE SECRET OF LOVE (Gabriel & Isabella)
  4. SURRENDER THE STARS (Ryan & Lindsay)
  5. HIS RECKLESS BARGAIN (Nathan & Adrienne)
  6. TEMPEST (Adam & Cathy)
  7. HIS MAKE-BELIEVE BRIDE (Justin & Mouette)


The Taming of Lady Kate

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Six Rogues and Their Ladies Book 2

by G. G. Vandagriff

#1 Amazon Bestseller in Regency romance

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Publisher’s Description:

Lady Kate Derramore and the Marquis of Northbrooke have one thing in common: In order to receive their inheritances, they must marry. Lady Kate, prevented from marrying the man she loves by her father’s will, determines to marry for convenience. With the forthrightness for which she is noted, she sets her sights on Jack–aforesaid Marquis. Jack, meanwhile, has tumbled into love with Kate at their first meeting.

All might have gone swimmingly, were it not for his “other life,” the mysterious job that calls him out of town at the most inopportune moments. Unwittingly, he puts Lady Kate’s life in danger, and while attempting to rescue her comes up against her “reins-grabbing” nature.

Will he ever be able to master Lady Kate? Will he ever be able to oust another man from her heart? And, despite Kate’s penchant for disaster, will he be able to save her life and his own?

“Like [Georgette] Heyer, she [Vandagriff] centers her novel on witty characters that readers will love. These brilliant characters combine with an unexpected witty and humorous tone to create a must read.” –Deseret News



What You Desire

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Anything for Love Book 1

by Adele Clee

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Sebastian Ashcroft, fourth Marquess of Danesfield, had no intention of accompanying Sophie Beaufort on a ludicrous quest to find her missing brother. Nor did he want to be part of the investigation into her brother’s dealings with the mysterious Comte de Dampierre.

But desire can do strange things to a man.

Threatened with an indecent proposal from a dissolute French comte, Sophie Beaufort is forced to travel to London to discover the reason behind her brother’s mysterious disappearance. Capable of handling her own affairs, the last thing she wants is to be encumbered by the dishonourable Marquess of Danesfield – a man she so desperately wants to hate.

But does love once blossomed ever truly fade?

Features:

  • Regency historical romance novel with elements of crime and mystery
  • Note – This novel contains descriptive love scenes.
  • Complete ‘standalone’ novel (no cliffhangers)
  • 83,000 words

The Series:

  1. What You Desire
  2. What You Propose
  3. What You Deserve
  4. What You Promised


Unmasking Miss Appleby

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Baleful Godmother

Historical Romance Series Book 1

by Emily Larkin

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“Sexy, unusual, and vastly entertaining.”
~ Anna Campbell, author of the Dashing Widows series

She’s not who she seems…

On her 25th birthday, Charlotte Appleby receives a most unusual gift from the Faerie godmother she never knew she had: the ability to change shape.

Penniless and orphaned, she sets off for London to make her fortune as a man. But a position as secretary to Lord Cosgrove proves unexpectedly challenging. Someone is trying to destroy Cosgrove and his life is increasingly in jeopardy.

As Charlotte plunges into London’s backstreets and brothels at Cosgrove’s side, hunting his persecutor, she finds herself fighting for her life—and falling in love…

“The best historical romance I have read all year.”
~ Rachel @ Heroes & Heartbreakers

*Desert Isle Keeper*
~ Caz @ All About Romance
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)

  1. Maythorn’s Wish
  2. Hazel’s Promise
  3. Ivy’s Choice
  4. Larkspur’s Quest

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The Baleful Godmother series

  1. Unmasking Miss Appleby
  2. Resisting Miss Merryweather
  3. Trusting Miss Trentham
  4. Claiming Mister Kemp
  5. Ruining Miss Wrotham
  6. Discovering Miss Dalrymple (Coming Late 2017)

Plus three more interlinked Baleful Godmother series to come.

Happy reading!

 

 

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