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The Taste of Temptation

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The Matchmaker of Edinburgh Series Book 2

by Julia Kelly

File Size: 3590 KB

Print Length: 241 pages

Publisher: Pocket Star (February 5, 2018)

Publication Date: February 5, 2018

Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc

Language: English

ASIN: B074ZPFV2B

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Publisher’s Description:

Travel back in time to Scotland with bestselling author Julia Kelly for this delightful second installment in her latest historical romance series, The Matchmaker of Edinburgh series. Accomplished matchmaker Moira Sullivan knows that sometimes, the most unlikely pair can be the most entertaining.

Only desperation could have driven Caroline Burkett to her brother’s home in Scotland, but desperate is exactly what she is. After suing her former fiancé for breaking their engagement and causing a scandal in the papers, her only hope of starting over is to enlist the help of Edinburgh’s famous matchmaker, Moira Sullivan.

Born to a butler and maid, Jonathan Moray fought hard to find his place in Edinburgh society. Now a powerful newspaperman, he can make or break a person’s reputation with his headlines, but Jonathan knows his success isn’t guaranteed. He needs salacious stories to keep his readers enthralled, and Caroline’s story is just the sort to sell papers in droves.

When Moira introduces Jonathan and Caroline at a salon, Caroline knows the editor is exactly the wrong man to associate with if she wants to find a husband and restore her reputation, but even as another, more suitable suitor begins to court her, she can’t deny the power of her attraction to Jonathan. Now she must ask herself if she’s strong enough to choose between the man who can give her a secure, quiet life, or the one who promises her a passion she’s never known.

My Thoughts:

I try not to miss a book by Julia Kelly.
This second book in the matchmaker’s series is an exceptional read.
Caroline Burnett is on the run from a scandal which was not of her own making. At the urgings of her now deceased mother she sued and won that suit, her fiance who jilted her. Now due to that very suit she finds herself almost penniless and in need of a husband and a new start. She heads for Edinburgh and her brother’s home as a nearly last resort. There she seeks the help of a matchmaker.

Johnathan Moray is the last man on earth that Caroline should find herself attracted to. He is a newspaperman who makes his living off of scandals such as the one that sent her running to Edinburgh. He is not without secrets of his own though.
Will their mutual attraction prove to be their undoing or will it survive another scandal of their own making?
I gave this book 4.75 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development and a high sensual rating of 4.5 of 5.0 flames.
There is passion abounded in this well written novel.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book via NetGalley from the publisher to read and review. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

This Series:

  1. The Look of Love
  2. The taste of Temptation
  3. The Allure of Attraction ( Coming May 14th, 2018)

 The Highlander’s Awakening

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Lairds of Dunkeld Series

A Medieval Scottish Romance Story

by Emilia Ferguson

File Size: 2718 KB

Print Length: 297 pages

Publisher: MountainSky House Publishing Co.

Publication Date: January 19, 2018

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B0795DJ92H

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A shy and innocent beauty…a handsome Highlander…and a brutal clan leader with a daughter promised to the lad in question…

A Knight’s New Charge…

Henriette Fraser, fondly known as Ettie, finds herself in a quandary now her parents are running for their lives. She ends up staying with her dour Uncle Heath and must adapt to the new situation. Heath Fraser, a quiet man hiding a tragic secret, knows that he must do his best to see his new ward married and happy.

Son of a Thane, Betrothed…

Handsome Brodgar MacConnoway was promised to marry the daughter of a rival clan to bring peace between the two families. However, once he lays eyes on the beauty visiting his family’s castle at Dunkeld, he knows that he’ll never be able to keep his end of the bargain. Whether it means begging for release or something more demanding, he’ll figure out a way to keep the innocent lass who has captured his heart entirely.

Drastic Measures to Consider…

When Brodgar and his best friend Alf meet with the father of the would-be bride, they quickly discover a new problem on the horizon. They learn that much more is at stake than they could have imagined. If they fail, it could mean reigniting the war between the MacDonnell and MacConnoway clans, and this is unacceptable. Even if it means sacrificing the one woman who holds the key to his heart in her pale and smooth hand…

For the brave and handsome Highlander, there seems to be only one option—and the extreme action could cost not only his life but hers as well…but is it worth it?

Can the brave Scot and his beloved instead find a way to escape the threat of war and find peace with their families—and perhaps allow true love to blossom once again?



Conquest

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The Montbryce Legacy

Anniversary Edition Book 1

by Anna Markland

Series: The Montbryce Legacy Anniversary Edition

Paperback: 434 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

February 2, 2018

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1984037749

ISBN-13: 978-1984037749

File Size: 516 KB

Publication Date: February 5, 2018

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B078QM97B2

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Publisher’s Description:

 

Celebrate the tenth anniversary of the inception of this enthralling story, chronicling the Norman invasion of England in 1066AD, the patriotic Welsh rebellion against it and the impact on the defeated and humiliated Saxons.

Conquest is the combination of two of Ms. Markland’s epic tales, Conquering Passion and Defiant Passion, with added scenes and new plot twists.

Conquest covers a span of over ten years and is rich in details of 11th century England, Scotland and Wales.

Book One of the Montbryce Legacy (Anniversary Edition) introduces the three Montbryce brothers, Rambaud (Ram), Antoine and Hugh, sons of a noble Norman family with a long and illustrious military history.

Ram de Montbryce is an ambitious warrior, greedy for glory and power in the service of his friend and duke, William the Conqueror. His heroism at the Battle of Hastings helps secure a Norman victory. Nothing can stand in the way of his ambition, especially not love. He recognizes he has an obligation to marry, but believes the woman his father has chosen for him is unsuitable.

Mabelle de Valtesse has spent years wandering through Normandy with her exiled father. When his lands are finally restored to him and freedom is within her grasp, her father betroths her to Ram de Montbryce.

Follow Ram and Mabelle’s journey through the labyrinth of dangers in the aftermath of the Norman Conquest of England. Granted an earldom in the Welsh Marches as a reward for his bravery during the Battle of Hastings, Ram is expected to quell rebellious Welsh patriots, led by Rhodri ap Owain.

Mabelle, a strong heroine, is more than a match for her warrior hero. Passion quickly flares between them, but both are reluctant to admit their love. Ram demands obedience in a wife. Can he find love with the wilful refugee brought to his bed in an arranged marriage?

Only through trials and tragedy do they finally realize that they can no longer deny what their hearts have always known—love conquers all.

But will the same hold true for Rhodri, or is he fated to live a lonely life fighting against a powerful enemy?


Original Books

Conquering Passion:

The year is 1066. Events are unfolding that will change the course of history. Conquering Passion is an epic medieval romance. The first book in the family saga series, The Montbryce Legacy, Conquering Passion introduces us to Rambaud, Antoine, and Hugh de Montbryce, brothers from a noble Norman family with a long and illustrious military history.
The eldest brother, Ram de Montbryce, is an ambitious warrior, greedy for glory and power in the service of his friend, William the Conqueror. His heroism at the Battle of Hastings helps secure the Norman victory and earns him an earldom in newly conquered England. Nothing can stand in the way of his ambition, especially not love.
He recognizes he has an obligation to marry, but believes the woman his father has chosen for him is unsuitable.
Mabelle de Valtesse has spent years wandering through Normandy with her exiled father. When his lands are finally restored to him and freedom is within her grasp, her father betroths her to Ram de Montbryce.
Together, Ram and Mabelle struggle to establish a powerful dynasty in a hostile and dangerous medieval world. They share passion, but can a warrior like Ram, who demands obedience in a wife, find love with the wilful refugee brought to his bed in an arranged marriage?
They are drawn to each other physically, but it takes a cruel separation to make them realize the depth of their mutual love. Power and wealth will mean nothing if Ram cannot rescue her from her kidnappers.
Can love survive and flourish amid the carnage, hatred, betrayals, and dangers of the Norman Conquest?
Juicy historical fiction.
A story of intimacy, ambition, conspiracy, and vengeance. It’s a medieval world far removed from ours, and yet the characters are men and women who struggle with many of the same internal conflicts we face today.
If you enjoy sensual medieval romance rich in historical detail, you’ll love Conquering Passion. You’ll want to read the other books in the family saga series, If Love Dares Enough, A Man of Value, and Passion in the Blood.

Defiant Passion:

Patriotic rebellion.

Steamy historical fiction at its best.
“Lovers of medieval romance, and English and Welsh history will enjoy DEFIANT PASSION.”
Overview:
Rhodri ap Owain, the Prince of Powwydd, is a constant thorn in the side of the Norman Marcher lords. His sorties into the border counties of England from his stronghold in the Welsh mountains leave a trail of fear and destruction in their wake. He hates Saxon and Norman equally and burns with Celtic fervour for a Wales free of their domination.
He embodies primitive masculinity and vitality, with the tanned, weathered skin of a man who lives his life in the open air. He is intimidating to behold, and the mention of his name strikes fear into the hearts of those living on the English side of the Welsh border. To them he is a feral force. To his own people he is a folk hero of mythical proportions. Though few have ever met him, all know of his deeds.
Rhonwen Dda is a shy healer, a diminutive woman of peace renowned for her mystical aura. Though she is drawn to Rhodri, she can see no future for them. Rhodri believes she is his destiny. Will he convince her to share his lonely life as the champion of an oppressed people?
Defiant Passion is a 28,000 word novella.More praise for Anna Markland:
“Her books are page turning reads. I can’t put them down. Ms. Markland has created true to life characters. They are real people struggling with real problems and dangerous challenges.”

“The book’s scenes of intimacy are well written. Set in the tapestry of ongoing conflict and politics in the 11th century, this sensual, bittersweet love story is beautifully written.”

“The research in this book shone through every page. If you like history, you’ll love Defiant Passion.”

“Anna Markland weaves a fantastic tale of love, passion, raw emotions and inner conflict. Ms. Markland has obviously studied the medieval period well. The characters become real people and I was transported back to 11th century Europe, with all their trials and tribulations. The historic detail wound into their love story is simply brilliant! A fantastic read!”

If you enjoy the historical richness of Ken Follett, you’ll love Anna Markland’s books. Follett with a woman’s touch!



The Lady’s Favor

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The Southern Sisters Book 1

by Tess Stuart

File Size: 2012 KB

Print Length: 240 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publication Date: August 21, 2017

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B074R7BZ7G

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Olivia Palmer is the perfect daughter, prepared to marry the heir to the neighboring plantation for convenience, despite her longing for true love.

Jessica Carter is the belle of Atlanta society and the target of many a determined suitor, all of whom have failed to catch and convince her that they could provide her with the sort of happy marriage her parents share.

When their paths intertwine in the busy port city of Charleston, both of their love lives take an extraordinary turn. One twenty years in the making—because it turns out the girls are twins who were separated at birth. But instead of a joyful family reunion, they experience a case of mistaken identity instead: one that leads to Olivia being kidnapped and swept up in a dashing pirate captain’s quest, while Jessica is thrown into dangerous waters of her own as she tries to navigate her twin sister’s life of plantations and politics.

Still, despite the danger, there may be love waiting for them in their new lives, too—the true kind.

But only if they can be brave enough to navigate the twisting, unexpected paths that stretch before them.

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