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MY REVIEW of

2018 Rone© Awards Nominee

Historical/Ancient Category

SUMMER’S REIGN

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Seasons of Fortitude, Book #2

by Elizabeth Rose

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Publisher’s Description:

Book 2 

At a young age, Summer has sacrificed herself for the sake of her family by marrying the evil and abusive Baron Mowbray of Suffolk. A few years after birthing him a son, the baron mysteriously dies, leaving her toddler heir to his estate. The king grants Summer one month to find and marry a man of her choice. But Summer would never consider marrying any relative of her late husband, especially not his domineering nephew. 

Sir Warren Mowbray returns from battle to find his uncle has died and with him went the man’s promise that Warren would inherit his holdings. Now, to add insult to injury, the king has assigned him as the widow’s guardian and advisor while the woman chooses a husband. Once he arrives at the castle, he discovers Summer is a beautiful, smart, determined woman but with a mind of her own. He plans to woo her, but she wants nothing to do with him. 

Can a strong, determined woman and a controlling warrior find love between them or will they destroy each other first? 

My Thoughts:

What starts out as a serious story of an abused bride turns into a delightful mixture of mystery and love with a decidedly comical nature.

Summer chose to marry the baron in the place of another. After all he only wanted a bride to give him sons. After three unsuccessful pregnancies, she has given birth to a stillborn son.

The cruel man states she is to report to his chambers the same night after giving birth to submit to him once again in an effort to again conceive. Summer falls asleep and fails to appear until the next morning. When she goes in search of her young son who had been taken from her by the baron after she gave birth to the stillborn babe she finds her husband dead. He is thought to have died in his sleep until the arrival of his nephew who suspects foul play.

Sir Warren is the baron’s nephew who has been assigned the duty of being Summer’s guardian by the king. He doesn’t immediately suspect that his uncle’s death is not just what it seems, but he soon begins to think otherwise.

Can Warren and Summer get past this inauspicious beginning and find love?

This story takes a comical turn when Warren begins to desire Summer and due to stress and a lack of sleep acts on his desire by sleepwalking.
Summer constantly finds him in her room and in her bed. Although nothing untoward happens she decides to make him think otherwise by planting a story of love making in the mind of Warren’s manservant.

This is a story filled with mystery and the search for a murderer but still has a comical nature.

I liked this book more than I did book #1, Spring’s story, Highland Spring.

Both are well written but to me this one was more compelling.

I gave this book 4.25 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 2.5 of 5 flames.

Most of the scenes that could have been really heated turned comical because of our hero’s habit of sleepwalking.

I received a complimentary advance digital copy of this book from the author to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.



New Pre-order

HIGHLAND SECRETS

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by Elizabeth Rose

$3.99 in E-Book

Releases July 6th, 2018

The Lady Captive: 
Being a daughter of one of the Legendary Bastards of the Crown proves to be a blessing as well as a curse for Fia Douglas. Having both English and Scottish blood, she is being fostered in Northumberland per the late English king’s wishes. This puts her far from her beloved family and homeland of Scotland. 

When war breaks out between England and Scotland, Fia finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Alone with a wounded Highland spy in the late queen’s secret garden, she ends up being kidnapped by the Scot and brought back to the Highlands where she is now a prisoner in her own land.

The Highland Laird: 
Laird Alastair MacPherson is wounded and left for dead after being ambushed on English soil. When he stumbles into a secret garden in the woods to find refuge, he discovers a red-haired beauty whose life he’s saved several years earlier. She is inclined to help him so she can pay back the favor. But when his life is threatened once again, he is backed into a corner and has no choice but to use her as a hostage to escape.

Can a rugged Highlander love a lass whose secrets threaten to ruin his one chance at redemption? And will a woman who has fallen in love with her captor, be able to betray him if necessary?



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Elizabeth would also like to invite you to join her on Thursday April 19th to celebrate the release of her book Forbidden: Claude (Second in Command Series Book 2).

The party starts at 5pm Central with a live video where Elizabeth will be answering your questions; there will also be guest authors stopping by and lots of giveaways and prizes and free books.

Just head over to the party page and click “Going” (and turn your notifications on) – and while you’re there, get entered in her pre-party giveaway by leaving a question in the comments on this post!


My Pre-Release Review of

FORBIDDEN
CLAUDE

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Releases April 18th, 2018

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Publisher’s Description:

The heartbroken knight. The runaway bride.

A love between them that is Forbidden! 

The Heartbroken Knight: 
Frenchman Sir Claude Montague returns to England still in love with Lady Rose after she has broken his heart eight years ago. She is now married and wants him by her side in her husband’s absence, as she is about to give birth to her first baby. He would do anything for Rose, but can he let go of the thoughts that bind him to his past, making him wish he were her husband? 

The Runaway Bride: 
Lady Evelina Du Pont escapes France and travels to England in disguise, running from an unwanted betrothal to an evil lord. She wants time to find a husband on her own and is looking for a man who will be loyal, protect her, and treat her kindly. Evelina is looking for love! First posing as a nursemaid, she is accepted at Briarbeck Castle where she hunts for the perfect husband. But with the suspicious Sir Claude getting in her way, she cannot restrain herself from pointing out his flaws. 

With Claude’s attention taken by the boisterous but beautiful Evelina, he finds a new home for his misplaced love. However, Claude is a knight and she is naught but a servant. Falling in love with a woman of a different status is highly forbidden. 

Will a woman searching for a man to love, have her secret identity exposed by a knight who is living with a broken heart from the past? Or will the past and the future collide, causing both Claude and Evelina to change their ways before they realize the present isn’t always as it seems? 

Forbidden:

Claude, is the story of the son of the hero and heroine from The Baron’s Destiny – Book 3 of the Barons of the Cinque Ports Series. While it is recommended to read that book first so that no surprises will be ruined, it is a standalone book that can be read by itself without prior knowledge of any other series.

My Thoughts:

This book unlike most I have read by this Author has no magic involved.
This is a well written medieval tale of a young man who as a teen became infatuated with his friend. She was in love with another and married that man instead.
Now Rose and her husband have asked Claude to watch over her while her husband is away. Rose is imminently expecting a child and having lost two previously she is frightened and would like the company of her friend.
Evelina is a French lady hiding,disguised as a nursemaid from a cruel betrothed. She is attracted to Claude even though she fights it. And he is attracted to her even though he doesn’t trust her.

Will their attraction for each other then into love? Will Evelina reveal the truth to Claude?

I gave this short read 4.25 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.5 of 5.0 flames. There is only one physically intimate passage in this book but it is rather sensual.

I recieved a complimentary copy of this book from the author to read and review. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

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