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Primrose and the Dreadful Duke

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A Baleful Godmother Novel

Garland Cousins, Book #1

by Emily Larkin

File Size: 3499 KB

Print Length: 355 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publication Date: August 7, 2018

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B07FQLNN26

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Publisher’s Description:

An irrepressible duke, a bookish spinster, a devious murderer … Regency house parties have never been so hazardous!

Oliver Dasenby is the most infuriating man Primrose Garland has ever known. He may be her brother’s best friend, but he has an atrocious sense of humor. Eight years in the cavalry hasn’t taught him solemnity, nor has the unexpected inheritance of a dukedom.

But when Oliver inherited his dukedom, it appears that he also inherited a murderer.

Oliver might be dreadfully annoying, but Primrose doesn’t want him dead. She’s going to make certain he survives his inheritance–and the only way to do that is to help him catch the murderer!

My Thoughts:

This newest addition to Emily Larkin’s Baleful Godmother’s novels and book #1 in the Garland Cousins spin off is so delightful. This humorous story with a mystery is a real page turner. 

Unlike some other readers I couldn’t finish it in one sitting although I would have liked to. It is Back to school season and I work at an office supply store. Those in this industry treat this like Christmas with extended hours and lots of sales so work has been a priority over reading.

I loved the characters and the storyline. Even with the attempted murder of our hero and the suspected murder of others that held the title of Duke before him no matter how briefly, this book was humor filled and had a very sensual ending with steamy love scenes.

I gave this book 4.8 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.75 of 5.0 flames. I this case the most heated intimacy was saved for the last.

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


Book #2 Coming in 2019

Violet and the Bow Street Runner

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A Baleful Godmother Novel

Garland Cousins, Book #2

by Emily Larkin

About The Book

Violet Garland might be a duke’s daughter, but she has a strong streak of daredevil. The one thing she wants in life is adventure—and when she encounters a Bow Street Runner among the ton, she knows she’s finally found it. She’ll help the investigator track down his villain, whether he wants her assistance or not!


Ruining Miss Wrotham

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Baleful Godmother Book #5

by Emily Larkin

File Size: 3527 KB

Print Length: 400 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: Emily Larkin

Publication Date: May 25, 2017; 1st edition

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B07174BPTD

Digital List Price: $4.99

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Publisher’s Description:

If he helps her, he’ll ruin her…

Eleanor Wrotham has sworn off overbearing men, but she needs a man’s help—and the man who steps forward is as domineering as he is dangerous: the notorious Mordecai Black.

The illegitimate son of an earl, Mordecai is infamous for his skill with women. His affairs are legendary—but few people realize that Mordecai has rules, and one of them is: Never ruin a woman.

But if Mordecai helps Miss Wrotham, he’ll ruin her.

My Thoughts:

Reviewed  June 18, 2017 at NetGalley

I have read other books in this series but to me this was the best one yet.
The characters are memorable and the storyline well thought out and developed.

Mordecai and Eleanor’s story, book #5 of this series is an unforgettable mixture of mystery, love, magic and the heroine’s ability to trust the actions of an overbearing hero.

Although part of a continuing series this book reads well as a standalone. There are a couple of repeat characters but knowing their story is not an essential element to the enjoyment of this book.

I gave this book 4.5 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 4 of 5 flames.
It is not necessary to read the other titles in this series to enjoy this read.

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

Length: Full-length novel of 94,000 words
Sensuality level: A hot Regency romance with steamy love scenes


Unmasking Miss Appleby

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Baleful Godmother, Book 1

Historical Romance Series

by Emily Larkin

File Size: 3476 KB

Print Length: 393 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: Emily Larkin

Publication Date: November 7, 2016; 1st edition

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Language: English

ASIN: B01KBGITJQ

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On her 25th birthday, Charlotte Appleby receives an unusual gift: 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 at Cosgrove’s side, hunting his persecutor, she finds herself fighting for her life—and falling in love…

 

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.

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!



The Devil of Dunmoor

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by Meggan Connors

File Size: 1976 KB

Print Length: 249 pages

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC

Publication Date: October 25, 2017

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B0765D2YM6

Digital List Price: $3.99

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Ethan Standish, fourth Duke of Dunmoor, is a man cursed by a past that refuses to let him go. Twenty years after enduring captivity as a prisoner of war, he has withdrawn from society, living ensconced at his estate. He takes no visitors and no risks. He needs nothing and no one, finding comfort in his solitude, with only his demons to keep him company. 

That all changes the day Catherine Kirkcaldy arrives on his doorstep. 

The governess for the children of the late Earl MacLendon, Cat has come to the estate of the enigmatic Duke of Dunmoor to inform him of his new status as their guardian. Despite her initial misgivings, she finds herself drawn to this contradiction of a man, a man with a fearsome reputation but a kind heart no one is allowed to see. 

A single letter exposes a shared connection with their pasts, setting Ethan and Cat on a path of danger and revenge. But even as Ethan pursues retribution for the past that should have never been, he finds himself falling for Cat, a woman with a ready smile and an open heart. Can he bury his long-held demons in exchange for a future with Cat? Or will he forever be the Devil of Dunmoor? 



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by Tammy Andresen

File Size: 2452 KB

Print Length: 103 pages

Publication Date: August 3, 2018

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Language: English

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One family united by loss, driven to find love…

Lady Delia Alban absolutely cannot marry the handsome rake, Roderick Maddox, fourth Duke of Manchester, despite her brother Stone’s insistence she do just that. Though he has long reformed his ways, he steals her breath away every time their eyes meet and she simply doesn’t deserve that kind of happiness. Not after the death of her brother, Reginald. She must pay penance, because, if not for her, he would still be alive.

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