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MY NEW RELEASE REVIEW of

The Highlander Is All That

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Untamed Highlanders

by Sabrina York

File Size: 1284 KB

Print Length: 257 pages

Publisher: Swerve

Publication Date: October 10, 2017

Sold by: Macmillan

Language: English

ASIN: B0746MVRWN

E-Book: $3.99

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Publisher’s Description:

Elizabeth St. Claire has always been hard to please. Dreaming solely of Highlander men her whole life, no prancing London Lord can stand a chance at winning her heart…

… But perhaps a Scotsman can.

Elizabeth watches intrigued as the Highlander of her dreams, a Scotsman named Hamish Robb, arrives to oversee her season at the behest of her cousin, the Duke of Caithness. Elizabeth doesn’t hide her feelings for the striking Scot. But Hamish, determined to obey his order to protect the St. Claire sisters, steadfastly rejects her every seducing lure.

Believing that the debutante Elizabeth deserves a better, wealthier man, Hamish continues to turn away from her affection, even though he doesn’t exactly want to. Can this Highlander Scot resist the tempting seductress’ attempts to win his heart?

My Thoughts:

This wonderfully written, humorous tale is one for the keeper shelf.

The combination of these sister’s antics and the underlying love stories is a fabulous mix.

Understanding that although it seems a foregone conclusion that both Anne and Elizabeth will get their happily ever after doesn’t detract from this story. This book , on the surface is Elizabeth’s story but Anne’s story is no less involved in the storyline.

All I can say is WONDERFUL! It is a laugh a minute through most of the book. The inclusion of the smelly Lord Twiggenberry as a suitor for Elizabeth, who will not take no for an answer is without a doubt genius.

I simply could not put this one down.

I gave this book a solid 5.0 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 4.5 of 5.0 flames. The intimate scenes between Elizabeth and Hamish were both intense and humorous. Anne and Ranald contribute to the sensuality with their own heated encounter.

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.


The Series:

  1. Hannah and the Highlander
  2. Susana and the Scot
  3. Lana and the Laird
  4. The Highlander Is All That

 


About The Author:

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Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous romances. Her titles range from sweet & snarky to scorching romance in historical, contemporary and fantasy sub-genres.

Represented by Nicole Rescinti at the Seymour Agency.

 

2017 Rita Nominee for Susana and the Scot

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Visit Sabrina’s webpage at http://www.sabrinayork.com to check out her books, excerpts and contests.

Current Giveaways: http://sabrinayork.com/current-giveaways/
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Hidden Passions

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Regency Historical Romance Novella

House of Camille Trilogy #1

by Paige Powers

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A REGENCY HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Desire. Control. Romance. Deceit. Who will leave unscathed and who will fight for their every desire? A captivating regency historical romance story of passion and intrigue.

As a young girl Elisabeth dreamed of belonging to the hustle and bustle of the city of London. Her passion for design and fashion grows daily. With the aid of her grandmother’s finances she is able to purchase her own dress shop, the House of Camille and begin creating wonderful detailed gowns and dresses for the elite of the city. Her first assignment is for a young lady’s coming out ball. The dress is exquisite and Elisabeth soon finds that she is a well sought after seamstress with enough money to keep her shop and hire a staff.

Adelaide is learning how to be an adult in society. Her family is well off and she is presented to those in their social circles as a lady finally ready to mix with the likes of Earls and Countess’. It is here that she meets an intriguing man who sweeps her off her feet and makes her forget all her previous desires in life. He draws her into a world of the physical and she is head over heels devoured by it and him.

Robert, Earl of Lovelace is searching for the right woman to meet his needs. His father has promised him his name and fortune if he marries before his 21st year. Upon meeting Adelaide he is certain he has found that girl and prepares to marry her. Their first meeting is laced with desire and intimacy.

Little do the three know that soon their worlds will be so intertwined that none will know up from down as they delve deeper into desires, control, romance and deceit. A married couple with duty and emotion, travel with a seamstress who has yet to meet and marry, but finds herself enthralled with a woman who boasts dreams of adventure. Who will leave unscathed and who will fight for their every desire? Find out in this captivating regency historical romance story of passion and intrigue.

The Series:

  1. Hidden Passions (Novella)
  2. Secrets Behind Walls (Novella)
  3. Embracing the Inevitable (Novella)

 



Borrowed Dreams

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Book 1 of the Scottish Dreams Trilogy

From USA Today Bestselling Author

May McGoldrick

Prequel to the Pennington Family Series

Publisher: MM Books

Publication Date: September 14, 2017

Sold by: Macmillan

Language: English

ASIN: B075NJZWGV

 

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THE PROPOSAL
Driven to undo the evil wrought by her dead husband, Millicent Wentworth must find a way to save her estate and free the innocent people he enslaves. Her only hope is a marriage—in name only—to the notorious widower, the Earl of Aytoun.

THE GROOM
Devastated by the tragic accident that killed his wife and left him gravely wounded, Lyon Pennington, fourth Earl of Aytoun, is tormented by the accusations that blame him for the catastrophe. Filled with despair, he lets his mother lure him into a marriage of convenience—for the sake of a good-hearted woman on the verge of financial ruin.

THE DESIRE
Under Millicent’s gentle gaze, Lyon begins to regain his strength and his wounded heart begins to heal. And soon Millicent discovers that beneath his unruly beard and grim demeanor, Lyon just may be the most handsome—and caring—man she’s ever encountered. For the first time in her life, she realizes that she is alive—alive with a smoldering desire for the one man she’ll love forever…

Holt Medallion Winner for Best Historical Romance

Romantic Times Award Winner for Best British-Set Historical Romance


The Trilogy:

  1. Borrowed Dreams
  2. Captured Dreams
  3. Dreams of Destiny

 



My Highland Spy

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Highland Spies Series Book 1

by Victoria Roberts

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“Beautiful! From the opening pages, I knew it would be great. This book has it all. A gorgeous English spy. A handsome Highland laird with a heart of gold. And more treachery than anyone needs.” – Night Owl Reviews Top Pick 

Publisher’s Description:

This Highland Laird won’t bow to the Crown

Laird Ruairi Sutherland refuses to send his only son away to be educated by the English. And he most definitely will not appear in Edinburgh to pay homage to a liege who has no respect for Scotland. So he does what any laird would do-he lies to the king. The last thing Ruairi expects is a beautiful English governess to appear on his doorstep.

But this lady spy might make him…

Lady Ravenna Walsingham is a seasoned spy who is sent to the savage Highlands to uncover a nefarious plot against the Crown. Playing the part of an English governess-a job easier said than done-she infiltrates the home of Laird Sutherland, a suspected conspirator.

If she doesn’t betray him first

Ravenna soon discovers that the only real threat Sutherland poses is to her heart. But will the proud Highland laird ever forgive her when he discovers the woman he loves in an English spy?

Praise for X Marks the Scot:
“Brimming…with pride and passion, betrayal, trust and most of all the power to make a bad boy a hero.” RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars
RT Reviewers’ Choice Award Winner: Best Medieval Historical Romance



Divorced, Desperate and Delicious

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Divorced and Desperate Book 1

by Christie Craig

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Live . . . Laugh . . . Read . . . with New York Times bestselling author Christie Craig . .

“Readers who enjoy Jenny Crusie and Janet Evanovich will fall head over heels for Divorced, Desperate and Delicious . . .”- New York Times Bestseller Dianna Love

“Funny, hot, and suspenseful, Christie Craig’s writing has it all. Warning: definitely addictive.” – New York Times Bestselling author Nina Bangs

Publisher’s Description:

Ever since photographer Lacy Maguire caught her ex playing Pin the Secretary to the Elevator Wall, she’s been content with her dog Fabio, her three cats, and a vow of chastity. But all of that changes when the reindeer-antlered Fabio drags in a very desperate, on-the-run detective who decides to take refuge in her house—a house filled with twinkling lights and a decorated tree. (Okay, so it’s February, but she has a broken heart to mend, a Christmas-card shoot to do, and a six-times divorced, match-making mother to appease.) For the first time in a looooong while, Lacy reconsiders her vow. Because sexy Chase Kelly, wounded soul that he may be, would be an oh-so-delicious way of breaking her fast. Now, if she can just keep them both alive and him out of jail . . .

Bonus Content:

At the end of the book, get a sneak peek at Christie Craig’s book in the Divorced and Desperate series, Divorced, Desperate and Dangerous!

And as an added bonus, you’ll also get a look at the first four chapters of Reborn, the first book in the New York Times bestselling YA paranormal series Shadow Falls: After Dark, that Christie is writing as C. C. Hunter!!

About the Author:

Photojournalist, Author and Speaker

tnBioPhotoNew York Times bestselling author Christie Craig grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she’s still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals and hasn’t kissed a frog in years. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog—who has a bad habit of eating furniture—a son, and a prince of a husband who swears he’s not, and never was, a frog.

If Christie isn’t writing, she’s reading, sipping wine, or just enjoying laughter with her friends and family. As a freelance writer, Christie has over 3,000 national credits, as well as three works of nonfiction, including the humorous self-help/relationship book Wild, Wicked & Wanton: 101 Ways to Love Like You’re in a Romance Novel. Christie writes humorous romance novels for Grand Central, as well as the New York Times bestselling Shadow Falls series, under the pen name C. C. Hunter. Contact Christie—she loves hearing from readers—or learn more about her and her work through her website: www.christie-craig.com.

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Re-Cap of My Review of

The Black Lily

Reviewed March 28, 2017

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Vampire Blood Book #1

by Juliette Cross

 

Publisher’s Description:

Cinderella like you’ve never seen before…

With the threat of the vampire monarchy becoming stronger every day, the Black Lily must take drastic measures. As the leader of the underground resistance, Arabelle concocts the perfect idea to gain the attention of the Glass Tower. Her plan? Attend the vampire prince’s blood ball and kill him. Fortunately for Prince Marius, her assassination goes awry, and Arabelle flees, leaving behind only her dagger.

Marius is desperate to find the woman whose kiss turned into attempted murder, hunting for the mysterious assassin he can’t push out of his mind. But what he uncovers could change the course of his life forever…

My Thoughts:

This was my first time reading anything by this author.

It is an interesting take on the fairytale Cinderella. It obviously only feels like this fairytale near the start of the book with the nasty pair of sisters trying to catch the attention of the Prince. This is where the Cinderella parallel ends.
Although Arabelle tries desperately not to she falls for her enemy the Vampire Prince and he for her.

How can they possibly find their happily ever after with so much angst between them?

I liked the concept of this book and enjoyed the read. The premise is a unique one.

I gave this book 3.75 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 4 of 5 flames. The intimacy is pretty hot between these two.

I received a complimentary digital ARC of this title from the publisher to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book and I have left this review voluntarily.


and My Review of

The Red Lily

Reviewed June 19, 2017

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Vampire Blood Book #2

by Juliette Cross

Publisher’s Description:

When Red falls for the Big Bad Wolf…

The Black Lily resistance needs a larger army if they are to defeat the vampire monarchy. In order to do so, former lieutenant and traitor to the vampire Crown, Nikolai must seek help from the red-hooded temptress he needs to avoid at all costs. The secret he carries could prove dangerous for her if she gets too close…even though keeping her close—very close—is the only thing on his mind.

Sienna will do anything for the Black Lily, and when Nikolai asks for her assistance to gain the trust of the commonwealth, it’s the last thing she wants to do. The thought of leaving her woods and her wolves behind is terrifying…not to mention the danger being with Nikolai poses.

My Thoughts:

This paranormal tale of love with the enemy is loosely based on Little Red Riding Hood.  Like the first book in this series it is no fairytale but weaves the premise of the afore mentioned story throughout.
This and The Black Lily can easily be read as standalone titles as they are very loosely connected.

Former lieutenant and traitor to the vampire Crown, Nikolai must seek help from the red-hooded temptress Sienna who is an enemy he should be avoiding.

Sienna will do anything for the cause of the Black Lily, but should she trust this man (vampire) who is her enemy?
I gave this book 4 of 5 stars for the storyline and character development. It is a sensual story that rates 3.5 of 5 flames for heat. This book is not as heated as book #1 but has it’s moments.
I received a complimentary digital copy to read via NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.


Up Next in this Series

The White Lily

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Vampire Blood Book #3

by Juliette Cross

File Size: 1601 KB

Print Length: 326 pages

Publisher: Entangled

**Publication Date: October 23, 2017**

Sold by: Macmillan

Language: English

ASIN: B0763T5WBM

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Being the fairest one of all comes at a high price… 

To the north of the Varis empire, a mysterious faction spreads propaganda against the vampire monarchy. Friedrich Volya, the Duke of Winter Hill, seeks to discover who they are before his uncle finds them first. King Dominik will punish the traitors with brutal force.

Local schoolteacher, the raven-haired Brennalyn, is on her own mission—to spy on the duke and discover what she can for the Black Lily. She longs to help the commonwealth and bring justice to the many orphans left behind from the ravages of the blood madness, like the children she lovingly keeps in her care. What she doesn’t plan for is the heart-pounding attraction she feels for the duke, enemy to the Black Lily.

But when Brennalyn’s secret puts her life and the life of her children in danger, Friedrich steps in as her protector, she finds out there’s more to the duke than she thought.

Look For My Review of

“The White Lily” Coming Soon!


The Final Book in This Series

The Emerald Lily

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coming January 29, 2018


About Juliette:

Juliette lives in lush, moss-laden Louisiana where she lives with her husband, four kids, and black lab, Kona.

Multi-published author of paranormal and urban fantasy romance, she loves reading and writing brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes.

From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own

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Mystik Warrior

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Dark Warrior Alliance Book 2

by Brenda Trim & Tami Julka

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After suffering a century of torture and humiliation, Jace still bears the scars that have left his heart closed to love and acceptance. He escapes the prison walls only to realize he’s mystically bound to his tormentor. Believing he doesn’t deserve a Fated Mate, he keeps his distance from females. Renowned for being a level-headed warrior, his control is pushed to the limit when he meets the Vampire Queen’s sister. Not only is his patience tested by Cailyn, but his skills as a sorcerer are challenged when he fights to save her mortal soul.

Cailyn is instantly spellbound by the damaged soul she views in the sparkling depths of Jace’s amethyst eyes. The attraction is so strong that it forces Cailyn to question the direction of the life she has planned with another. Her mundane human life is shaken up by a violent car crash, a Fae spell, expeditions into the bayou, and battles with demons. Amidst the chaos, the developing bond between her and Jace strengthens, leaving their desire for one another undeniable. Of one thing Cailyn is certain, she must help Jace explore the depth of his scars to overcome the wounds of his tortured past and find a future…but will it be with her?

“What an amazing second book in this fabulous series. It has a really great story with lots of interesting characters and the story flows seamlessly from book one to get you right back into the action of these amazing vampires. It is a beautiful, erotic, romantic story of two people having to fight their own demons, to have the perfect life that they richly deserve.”~The Romance Cover



Bad Magic

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10 Novels of Demons, Djinn, Witches, Warlocks,

Vampires, and Gods Gone Rogue

by Christine Pope, Debra Dunbar, Pippa DaCosta, C. Gockel, Sara C. Roethle,

C.J. Archer, A.W. Exley, Stacy Claflin, Rachel Medhurst, & Lisa Blackwood

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Bad magic can be so good …

These 10 full-length novels of paranormal romance and urban fantasy will keep you on the edge of your seat and up past the witching hour. Black magic, adventure, and romance … they’re all here.

Something this good can’t last forever … download this set before it’s gone!

About the Books:

Chosen by Christine Pope
When a fatal fever nearly wipes out the entire world’s population, the survivors of what became known as “the Dying” believe the worst is in the past … 

Dead Rising by Debra Dunbar
Solaria Ainsworth was born a Templar, destined to take up the mantle of responsibility and duty as her family’s Order had done for hundreds of years.
Except she refuses to take her Oath of Knighthood.

Hidden Blade by Pippa DaCosta
Kicked out of the underworld and cursed to walk this Earth for all eternity, Ace Dante is not the hero New York needs, but when Egyptian gods start killing, Ace is the city’s only defense. 


Wolves by C. Gockel
When Amy prays for help, Loki the Norse God of Mischief and Chaos isn’t the savior she has in mind.


Bitter Ashes by Sara C. Roethle
She’s not their long lost fairy princess, she’s their executioner. Legends of Norse Myth and Necromancy collide in this fast-paced Urban Fantasy with a dark romantic twist.

The Last Necromancer by C.J. Archer
For 5 years, Charlie has lived as a boy in the slums, but when she’s arrested, her only means of escape lies with raising the dead. Now people are hunting her for her necromancy, but only one man succeeds in capturing her: a man known as Death, as compelling as he is frightening.

Nefertiti’s Heart by A.W. Exley
1861. In a steam and mechanically powered London, feisty Cara Devon uses her dead father’s secret notebook as a guide in her pursuit of powerful ancient artifacts.

Lost Wolf by Stacy Claflin
She’s hiding a dark secret. It already killed her once.

Thunder Hunter by Rachel Medhurst
For Thor to Live, Thunder Hunter must die. For a thousand years, Thor’s power has been inside Trygger. Can he finally defeat the Fallen Ones to give it back?

Sorceress Awakening by Lisa Blackwood
When Lillian finds herself facing off against vampires, help comes from an unlikely source—the stone gargoyle who has been sleeping in her garden. In a heartbeat, her ordinary life becomes far more complicated, and if her overprotective, shape-shifting guardian is to be believed, there’s an evil demi-goddess just waiting for the chance to enslave them both

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ALWAYS

A Legacy Novel

by Bethany-Kris

Cross + Catherine, #1

Publication Date: October 2, 2017

Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Coming of Age, Mafia

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SYNOPSIS:

A Legacy Novel

A wild boy.

A sly girl.

Cross Donati defines trouble. He does what he wants because he’s never known anything different. He’s unapologetic, and he owns it.

Catherine Marcello is every bit a good girl … on the outside. Her entire world is a legacy, and she lives it. She’s curious, and she’s exploring it.

She chases bad things.
He never learned to be good.

They’re late nights, stolen cars, first times, fist fights, leather jackets, beaches, bloody smiles, and life.
They’re vicious and precious, dangerous and harmless, innocence and sin. They are love.

Love is killing for someone.
Love is living for someone.

Sometimes, you can’t keep saving your heart when it means sacrificing it, too.
Sometimes, you have to learn to save yourself.
Sometimes, love has to fall, crash, and burn.

This is what love is like when you’re a principe and principessa della mafia.
This is what love is like when you’re Cross Donati and Catherine Marcello.

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Always is a Legacy Novel, and while it is standalone, it can also act as a prequel for Revere. Each Legacy Novel stands alone from any other book, series, or collection.

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Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

 

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EXCERPT:

“And the guns?” one of the sitting men asked.

Theo passed the guy a look. “They’ll be here sometime this week, which gives the six of you time to make friends, and figure out which way you’re going to go. The faster you go, the better it’ll be and the less likely it is that someone will get picked up.”

“As for the guns in particular,” Theo added, “that’s where the real work comes in. These rifles are coming in fully disassembled, mixed up in several crates. Each gun needs to be assembled, checked to ensure no parts are missing, disassembled, and repacked into new crates before being loaded between the three vans parked in the back of the warehouse. Got it?”

“How many guns?” Cross asked.

“There should be one-hundred-fifty.”

“Between three vans?”

“That’s why they’re going to be taken apart and packed back down after you assemble them again, New York.”

Cross bristled at that nickname, but ignored it for the moment. “And we can’t just assume that the weapons are fine and nothing’s missing?”

“Sure, if you want to be on the buyer’s shit list when he gets them all reassembled only to find out he’s missing a few. I sure as fuck don’t.” Theo sighed, and rubbed a hand down his face. “Listen, I’m doing this run as a favor to a friend who got picked up last month. He contacted me, said this drop was already in progress, and all we needed to do was pick it up, get it into Chicago, and then drop it down to Mexico. That’s what we’re doing.”

“Just one run?” another man asked.

Theo cleared his throat. “Depending on how it goes, we’ll see. Take that as you want because I’ve got fuck all to say about it, otherwise.”

Then, Theo pointed between the two men at the end sitting next to one another, the two men in the middle, and then to Cross and the one guy standing.

“Meet your partners on this run, say hello, get acquainted, and do whatever the fuck else you need to make friends. That’s what makes this work—having the right friends.”

The guy who was standing turned to face Cross. It was then that he got a good look at his face, and realized something important. He was no older than Cross, if that, and maybe younger. They were definitely the two youngest in the warehouse, anyway.

Cross held out his hand.

The guy took it.

“Cross Donati,” he said.

“Tommaso Rossi,” the guy replied.

Well, shit.

Another boss’s son.

Cross had a feeling the partner Theo chose for him was not accidental.

Not at all.

Theo clapped his hands, drawing their attention back to the front of the warehouse again. “Keep the phone calls out limited for the next couple of weeks, just to be safe. When you do call, you’ve got nothing to tell. Be fucking smart, and this run will end the way it needs to. Understood?”

Confirmations echoed from each of the six men.

“Good.” Theo opened his arms wide. “Let’s run some guns, boys.”

CHAPTERS ONE THROUGH FOUR CAN BE FOUND HERE

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The Governess Who Stole My Heart

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A Historical Regency Romance Novel

by Hanna Hamilton

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The heart always knows best…

Everything changes in Susan Wilton’s life, when she takes the position of nanny-governess to Elizabeth, the five-year-old daughter of the Duke of Lennox. The Duke while charming and vigorous is still suffering from the loss of his wife in giving birth to their daughter.

As Susan and the Duke work together, they find they have a lot in common, and mutual fascination grows, followed by a developing romance. However, Susan, also courted by Daniel, a handsome and dashing naval captain, finds she is torn between the two men and feels she is unable to commit to either.

But things are never exactly what they seem to be, and soon life-changing events begin to alter the dynamics in the two relationships as Susan begins to learn more about the two suitors.

♥ A historical romance novel full of twists that’ll keep you turning the pages ♥

*The Governess Who Stole My Heart is a historical standalone story of 85,000 words (around 350 pages). No cheating, no cliffhangers, and a sweet happily ever after.

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Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice

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by Heidi Ashworth

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RONE Award Finalist for Historical: Post Medieval and the recipient of InD’tale Magazine’s 4.5 star review and coveted Crowned Heart for excellence!

 

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Miss Elizabeth Armistead, India born and raised, is happily betrothed to British soldier, Duncan Cruikshank. When she arrives in London a month prior to the wedding she meets Mr. Lloyd-Jones and soon finds that he has invaded even her dreams. Besides Duncan, Mr. Lloyd-Jones is the only man who makes her feel as if he sees past her exceptional beauty to the person within. Her mother would prefer Elizabeth marry the rich and well-connected Mr. Lloyd-Jones while his sister is ecstatic that he is now free to woo Miss Armistead since he has broken off his engagement to the disgraceful Cecily Ponsonby. However, Elizabeth’s commitment to the man she promised to marry is at odds with the likes of Mr. Lloyd-Jones who has cried off from one engagement already. How can she betray the man she believes to love her for her virtues so as to indulge her love for a man she fears she cannot trust?

Jaded and betrayed, Mr. Colin Lloyd-Jones and Sir Anthony Crenshaw make a solemn vow to avoid the Marriage Mart for the duration of the London season. When Sir Anthony is called away on a journey in the company of his grandmother’s ward, Miss Delacourt, Colin finds he cannot abide by their agreement, especially when his father expects him to squire his sister to society’s endless balls and routs. When Colin encounters the breathtakingly beautiful Miss Elizabeth Armistead, he is intrigued by her lack of fascination for his great standing in society, family fortune, and captivating charm. When he learns that she is already betrothed, he feels himself safe from hurt in her company until he discovers the secret she has been guarding, one that threatens to batter his vulnerable heart all past mending.



The Hanover Square Affair

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London, 1816
Cavalry captain Gabriel Lacey returns to Regency London from the Napoleonic wars, burned out, fighting melancholia, his career ended. His interest is piqued when he learns of a missing girl, possibly kidnapped by a prominent member of Parliament. Lacey’s search for the young woman leads to murder, corruption, and dealings with a leader of the underworld. At the same time, he struggles with his transition from a soldier’s life to the civilian world, redefining his role with his former commanding officer, and making new friends–from the top of society to the street girls of Covent Garden.

Book 1 of the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries.



A RE-CAP of MY REVIEW of

The Lady Travelers Guide

to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen

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A Historical Romance Novel

Lady Travelers Society

by Victoria Alexander

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Publisher: HQN Books

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File Size: 2467 KB

Print Length: 544 pages

Language: English

ASIN: B01MXKL0P2

Publication Date:  May 23, 2017

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“Readers will savor every page.”—Publishers Weekly on The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen, STARRED review

“(an) exceptional start to the author’s sparkling new Lady Travelers Society series”—Booklist

Publisher’s Description:

Embark on the breathtaking romantic adventures of The Lady Travelers Society in the brand-new series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander

Really, it’s too much to expect any normal man to behave like a staid accountant in order to inherit the fortune he deserves to support the lifestyle of an earl. So when Derek Saunders’s favorite elderly aunt and her ill-conceived—and possibly fraudulent—Lady Travelers Society loses one of their members, what’s a man to do but step up to the challenge? Now he’s escorting the world’s most maddening woman to the world’s most romantic city to find her missing relative.

While India Prendergast only suspects his organization defrauds gullible travelers, she’s certain a man with as scandalous a reputation as Derek Saunders cannot be trusted any farther than the distance around his very broad shoulders. As she struggles not to be distracted by his wicked smile and the allure of Paris, instead of finding a lost lady traveler, India just may lose her head, her luggage and her heart.

My Thoughts:

(Originally Reviewed May 19, 2017)

Welcome to the first book in this delightful new series by Victoria Alexander.

Be prepared to laugh out loud!

The premise of three little old ladies that are widowed and unwilling to ask for financial assistance from their families, bilking others of their age and generation out of their money may not be laughable on the surface, but these three characters make it hilarious.

I loved this funny and touching novel that begins with the supposed disappearance of India Prendergast’s fifty-something year old cousin who has recently embarked on a journey after joining the ranks of the Lady Travelers Society.

India suspects not only fraud, but possible mayhem and that Derek Saunders is behind it all.

Derek Saunders has absolutely nothing to do with the Lady Travelers except that he has discovered that his favorite elderly aunt has come up with the concept that he fears may be fraudulent and frankly quite illegal.
He becomes involved because he is trying to save his aunt and her friends from possible charges of fraud.
What starts out as a relationship of the suspicions of two seemingly incompatible people turns into a love for the ages with three little old ladies telling themselves they are responsible for the ultimate results.

This book is quite a laughable romp. With a frankly staid heroine and a roguish hero and a group of comical cast, how could you go wrong.

I truly loved both the storyline and the characterization and gave this book 4.75 of 5 stars.
There is a underlying sensual nature to this story so it gets 3.75 of 5 flames.

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

Free bonus story included in this volume! Don’t miss The Proper Way to Stop a Wedding (in Seven Days or Less), a The Lady Travelers Guide novella.


Up Next in This Series

The Lady Travelers Guide

to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger

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Publication Date: November 28, 2017

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Join the Lady Travelers Society in their latest romantic misadventure, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander

She must secure her future

A lady should never be obliged to think of matters financial! But when Lady Wilhelmina Bascombe’s carefree, extravagant lifestyle vanishes with the demise of her husband, her only hope lies in retrieving a family treasure—a Renaissance masterpiece currently in the hands of a cunning art collector in Venice. Thankfully, the Lady Travelers Society has orchestrated a clever plan to get Willie to Europe, leading a tour of mothers and daughters…and one curiously attentive man.

He must reclaim his heritage

Dante Augustus Montague’s one passion has long been his family’s art collection. He’s finally tracked a long-lost painting to the enchanting Lady Bascombe. Convinced that the canvas had been stolen, he will use any means to reclaim his birthright—including deception. But how long before pretend infatuation gives way to genuine desire?

Now they’re rivals for a prize that will change everything

Willie and Dante know they’re playing with fire in the magical moonlit city. Their common quest could compromise them both…or lead them to happily-ever-after.

“Look For My Review of This Book Soon!”


About The Author:

51N03Ud8xeL__UX250_New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

Since the publication of her first book in 1995, she has written thirty-one full length novels and six novellas. Find a complete list on her website http://www.victoriaalexander.com and chat with her on facebook https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaAlexandersPlace

The Perfect Wife–originally published in 1996 and reissued in March 2008–hit #1 on the New York Times list. Sixteen of her books are bestsellers hitting the New York Times, USA Today and/or Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. With books translated into more than a dozen different languages she has readers around the world and has twice been nominated for Romance’s Writers of America prestigious RITA award. In 2009 she was given a Career Achievement Award from RT Bookclub and was named Historical Storyteller of the year in 2003. In 2008 she was the keynote speaker for the Romance Writers of American annual conference in San Francisco. Victoria credits much of her writing success to her experiences as a reporter.

Her years as a broadcast journalist were spent in two radically different areas of the country: Nebraska and West Virginia. In West Virginia, she covered both natural and manmade disasters. She was on the scene when a power plant construction accident in a small town left 52 men dead. She once spent the night on a mountain waiting to learn of the fate of coal miners trapped in a mine collapse. Victoria was producing a newscast when her husband (who worked at the same television station) and several other journalists were held hostage by a disturbed Vietnam veteran. In Nebraska, she reported on the farm crisis and watched people lose land that had been in their families for generations. She covered the story that was the basis of the movie BOYS DON’T CRY and once acted as the link between police and a gunman who had barricaded himself in his home. Her investigative work exposed the trucking of New York City garbage to a small town dump in rural Nebraska.

During her journalism career, Victoria covered every president from Ford to Clinton. She knows firsthand what it feels like to be surrounded by rising floodwaters and inside a burning building. She’s interviewed movie stars including Kevin Costner, ridden an elephant and flown in a governor’s helicopter. She’s covered a national political convention and Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Denver as well as small town festivals celebrating everything from walnuts to Glen Miller. Her work was honored by numerous organizations including the Associated Press who called a feature about a firefighter’s school “story telling genius”. It was the encouragement she needed to turn from news to fiction. She’s never looked back.

Victoria is a former president of the Omaha Press Club and in 2009 was named an OPC Face on the Barroom Floor. A caricature portrait of her joined previous faces including presidents, sports figures and politicians in a tradition that began in 1971.

Victoria claims her love of romance and journalism is to due to the influence of her favorite comic book character: Lois Lane, a terrific reporter and a great heroine who pursued Superman with an unwavering determination. And why not? He was extremely well drawn.

Victoria grew up traveling the world as an Air Force brat. Today, she lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and her dogs. Victoria had two bearded collies, Sam and Louie (named from characters in one of her books). Sam (on the left), the best dog in the world for 13 ½ years, passed away in September 2010. Louie took on the position of loyal companion and did a fine job even though he doesn’t understand that kitchen counter surfing is not allowed! Now he’s been joined by Reggie, king of the lilacs.

They all live happily ever after in a house under constant renovation and the accompanying parade of men in tool belts. And never ending chaos. Victoria laughs a great deal–she has to.



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Tapping the Billionaire

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Sexy Romantic Comedy

by Max Monroe

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A secret duo of romance authors team up under the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling pseudonym Max Monroe to bring you a sexy, laugh-out-loud new series. Are you ready to meet the Billionaire Bad Boys?

Blind dates? Online dating profiles? Been there, done that.

Georgia Cummings has zero luck with dating, and the era of the internet is not her friend.
No matter how fast she runs, how many corners she turns, she can’t find her way out of this weird, alternate universe where men think d*ck pics are a replacement for small talk and getting to know a girl. One more crotch selfie and she might write men off for good…

But why can’t she stop fantasizing about him?

Kline Brooks is the quintessential billionaire bad boy—dark, styled, short hair, muscles for days, and a panty-dropping smile.
Except—he isn’t.

As his employee, he won’t touch her with a ten foot pole.
But she won’t touch him either.

Too bad their hormones missed the memo.

Disclaimer:
If you’re the type of woman who prefers crotch selfies to small talk, this book isn’t for you.

If you enjoy random men you’ve never met filling up your inbox with dirty words and p*rn—for reasons focused more towards diddling your donut than laughing at the absurdity—this book isn’t for you.

If you HATE laughing, this book isn’t for you.

If you want your male leads to grunt, thrust like jack rabbits, and have one-track minds that prefer a nice pair of t*ts to brains every hour of every day for the rest of forever, well, then, this book still isn’t for you.

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If you enjoy a good swoon, a hearty laugh, witty banter, and some hot as f*@% f*@%ing, then consider Georgia Cummings your Girl Friday and Kline Brooks your next irresistible book boyfriend.

This is a series of interconnected romantic comedy standalones.
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  • #1 Tapping the Billionaire
  • #1.5 Tapping Her
  • #2 Banking the Billionaire
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  • #3 Scoring the Billionaire
  • #3.5 Scoring Her


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Living near a village of gnomes in the enchanted forest called Jagged Wood, Wanda Tempest owns a magic supply shop, practices witchcraft, drinks hard liquor, and does her best to keep peace with the local two-thousand pound Wood Trolls. She also happens to be a promising, if only part-time, Private Investigator. She’s talented, attractive, and has earned the respect and admiration of the equally talented, though far less striking, Pumpkintown Police Inspector Sam Shamrock, a tobacco-tainted, lascivious, and loud-mouthed leprechaun. Sam’s crazy about Wanda… she’s crazy about her cat-food-hating whiskered companion, Jinxy.

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A Knight to Remember

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by Cynthia Luhrs

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Fall through time…

Vacation to England.
Check.
Haunting castle ruins.
Check.
Proper English lord for a boyfriend.
Well, almost check.

Be careful what you wish for…

Lucy Merriweather’s supposedly perfect boyfriend attempted to murder her during a visit to Blackford Castle. Falling through time to 1300s medieval England, she lands in a tangled heap at the feet of a tarnished grumpy knight with secrets of his own and no time to spare for a crazy damsel in distress.

Note: This book is rated PG13

The Series:

  1. A Knight To Remember
  2. Knight Moves
  3. Lonely is the Knight
  4. My One and Only Knight (novella)

 



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MY NEW RELEASE REVIEW of

Grigori

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A Royal Dragon Romance

Brother of Ash and Fire Book 1

by Lauren Smith

Publisher: Swerve

Sold by: Macmillan

Genre: Paranormal Romance

ASIN: B0746M73YM

ISBN-10: 1250142547

ISBN-13: 978-1250142542

Publication Date: October 3, 2017

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He’s one of the last of a powerful but vanishing bloodline …
Grigori Barinov is the eldest in an ancient line of dragon shifters and the guardian of his family’s lands and fortune. Sworn to protect their history and magic, he won’t rest until he neutralizes any threat to their existence. When he discovers an ancient manuscript that exposes his family and their dragon lineage has fallen into a mortal woman’s hands, he knows he must get the book back by any means necessary. If that means seducing a nosy American woman with an intoxicating scent, he is more than willing to carry her off to his palatial home deep in the heart of Russia.

She’s the one woman who could expose him to the world…
Madelyn Haynes has never fit in. As an adopted child she grew up in a loving home but never felt as though she belonged. Plagued by mysterious dreams she’s had of a silver scaled beast ever since she was a little girl, she is convinced dragons are real. While in Russia working on her PhD in mythology in order to escape the ridicule from fellow professors, she unexpectedly crosses paths with the sexy and dominating Grigori, and after just one night with the man whose eyes seem to burn, she starts to change inside. Isolated in the Russian wilderness Grigori calls home, Madelyn can’t help but fall under his sensual spell, yet something deep inside her calls out that she can’t trust him. She has to show the world dragons are real to salvage academic reputation, even if it means costing her the heart of the dragon she’s falling in love with.

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My Thoughts:

Lauren’s description of Grigori in dragon form was so good that I pictured him in my mind’s eye and was ready to get out the prisma colors to draw him.

Grigori Barinov is the eldest in an ancient line of dragon shifters. When a young American woman happens to show an interest in a book written long ago about his Dragon Shifting family, Grigori has her abducted and brought to him.

Madelyn was adopted as a young child and never fit in. Her belief that Dragons had at one time been real brings her to Russia in search of answers to save her job. She is astounded by her discovery.

Will Grigori and Madelyn’s attraction for each other lead to their Happily Ever After?

I loved this book and finished reading it the same day I started it. I can hardly wait for book #2, Mikhail’s story.

Even the love at first sight thing didn’t bother me very much. I am now in love with dragon shifters again. Throwing in another mythical character in the form of the heroine, who wasn’t a dragon but another mythical being who happens to be an enemy of the dragons was a brilliant touch.

The only other Dragon Shifters series that captured my attention as much as Grigori was the Drakon Series by Shana Abe’. I couldn’t wait for the next one of them to release and bought the whole series in hardcover.

I gave this book 4.5 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a hot sensual rating of 4 of 5 flames. The intimacy between our hero and heroine is surprisingly sweet as well as scorchingly hot.

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


The Series:

  1. Grigori
  2. Mikhail (To Come)
  3. Rurik (To Come)

 


About The Author:

lauren.smithUSA TODAY Bestselling author LAUREN SMITH is an Oklahoma attorney by day, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. To connect with Lauren, visit her at www.laurensmithbooks.com or twitter at @LSmithAuthor.

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Inked Hearts

by Lindsay Detwiler

Publication Date: October 21, 2017

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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“Six years, a complex about my freckles, a love for pastrami, and a fear of failure.
That’s what he gave me before slaughtering my heart and my faith in men.”

Suffering from the sting of betrayal, twenty-eight-year-old Avery Johannas quits her job and moves hundreds of miles away to Ocean City, the beach town of her dreams. With the help of her zany roommate, Jodie, Avery finds a new career, home, and freedom. Throughout her self-exploration, she makes only one rule: She won’t give her heart to a man again. She’s living for herself this time.

But then she meets Jesse.

A tattoo shop owner, the green-eyed Jesse Pearce is wild with a touch of mystery. As Jesse and Avery explore Ocean City and their friendship, they’ll have a hard time drawing a line in the sand between their hearts.

When summer nights get a little more heated than either expected, they’ll have to ask themselves: Can they let go of their notions of love, or will their hearts be permanently inked by past pain?

About Lindsay Detwiler

An English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay’s the English teacher cliché; she loves cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.

She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, Marjorie, and Bob; and their Mastiff, Henry.

Lindsay’s goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she’s done her job.

Lindsay’s hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

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MY NEW RELEASE REVIEW of

Pirate in the Mist: Brody

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Second in Command Series – Book 1

by Elizabeth Rose

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Publication Date: October 5, 2017

Book Length: 95 Pages

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(Extended version, Revised, New Cover. First seen in the Mists and Moonrise collection.)

Brody, Captain of the Sea Mirage finds himself a victim of his mutinous crew. When he’s thrown overboard, he swims to an island. His vengeance of wanting to kill Old Man Muck, the pirate responsible for the upheaval, is what keeps him alive.

Gwendolen Fisher is the daughter of a fisherman, trying desperately to fill the shoes of her three brothers who have abandoned the family business and disappeared. When she spies a man adrift at sea, she convinces her father and the crew to help him. Once aboard the ship, the man is recognized as a pirate. Before they can address the situation, a storm at sea washes Gwen overboard. The handsome pirate named Brody jumps into the water to save her.

Hanging onto wreckage, Brody and Gwen fight nature as the sea washes them toward the legendary lovers’ caves of Cornwall. Can a pirate and a young maiden find love together or will trouble continue to follow them from both their pasts, making it impossible to be together?

This story was first seen in the Mists and Moonrise multi-author boxed set that is no longer published. However, this is the extended version with a new cover, and never-before published scenes, as well as an epilogue with a surprise ending. This is the story of the secondary character, Brody from the Legendary Bastards of the Crown Series. Brody’s story picks up where it left off in Reckless Highlander – Book 3 of the Legendary Bastards of the Crown Series. It is best to read the Legendary Bastards of the Crown Series first. Also, it would be good to read the Seasons of Fortitude Series before this, so it doesn’t ruin the surprise in the epilogue. Either way, the book can still be read as a stand alone.

Watch for more stories in the Second in Command Series to follow. Each will be a stand-alone book featuring a secondary character from one of Elizabeth’s many series.

My Thoughts:

I liked this well written short read. I finished it in just over one hour yesterday. I had put it aside and almost forgot it was releasing as a single title today. I noticed it on my Kindle App. on my tablet and checked to see if I had missed the publication date. I was happy to see that was not the case.

Brody has been a pirate for several years after being abducted by a group of pirates when he was ten years old. They actually had their sights on his friend, but Brody stepped in to save the day by distracting them while his friend made his escape to get help. Unfortunately he was unable to make it back in time to save Brody from his fate.

Gwen is the daughter of a fisherman and since the death of her mother she has sailed with her father disguised as a lad.

After the crew of the Sea Mirage led by scalawags Old Man Muck and Lucky force Brody to walk the plank into the sea and almost certain death, Gwen spots him afloat and saves him. Then as fate would have it due to a violent storm both she and Brody end up back in the sea.

How will this interesting first book of the Second in Command Series end?

Will Brody and Gwen find their Happily Ever After in this quick but convoluted tale.

I gave this book 4.25 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.0 of 5.0 flames. There are only kisses in most of this story with one intimate encounter. You will find many familiar characters if you have read other books by Elizabeth Rose, in the epilogue.

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

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Ian

MadMan MacKeefe Series Book 3
Highlander Medieval Romance


Highlander Ian MacKeefe faces his dark past. On the night of All Hallow’s Eve he sees the face of a man in the bonfire that he’s killed. Like a ghost of the past, Tearlach MacTavish is alive again, and now betrothed to Kyla – Ian’s best friend’s sister. Ian has never thought of Kyla in a romantic sense, but when her life is in peril, he realizes their relationship is much more than just friends.


Lady and the Wolf

Tangled Tales Series Book 1
Medieval Paranormal Romance


Lord Hugh de Bar is known as Wolf because of his curse that turns him into a wolf at night. He’s vowed vengeance against the man who almost killed him. Now his past captor’s granddaughter is hunting wolves in the forest. Lady Winifred (Red) Chaserton is on a mission to find a secret knoll in the woods. But what she finds is a wolf and a man who is as handsome as he is mysterious.


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Daughters of the Dagger Series
Medieval Romance


Lady Mirabelle de Burgh is desperate to give her husband a child. Listening to superstition, she buys four jeweled daggers from a blind hag that is supposed to assure she has four children. But when she tries to steal a fifth dagger, her fate is sealed and her life doomed.


Ruthless Knight

Legendary Bastards of the Crown Book 2
Medieval Romance


Rook the Ruthless is one of the legendary bastard triplets of King Edward III. As a child he found out his father ordered them killed and now he and his brothers vow vengeance against the man. Rook lives in the catacombs like Lord of the Underworld when one day Lady Calliope stumbles into his lair and brings light back into his darkened life.


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Basil Wensilton III is the caretaker of Showman’s Hill Cemetery – and also a vampire. Hundreds of years ago when his family’s circus train crashed, some of them died – and some of them were cursed. Now he owns a bar and watches over the rest of the vampires, guarding a secret potion. But when Cassie Briggs, a snoopy reporter comes to his bar searching for her missing sister, Basil’s secrets are threatened to be exposed. He finds himself attracted to this human with virgin blood – and struggles with his decision if he should kiss her or bite her.


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Gravely injured during the massacre at Berwick on Tweed and with no memory of his past, Brother Lazarus was raised by monks until called upon by the Catholic Church to take up arms and protect pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land. As a member of the ill-fated Knights Templar, he is haunted by the horror of battle and the atrocities he witnessed at the hands of the French King, Philip the Fair, in his attempt to destroy the once-sacred order. Aided by a disgruntled French guard, he escaped on the night before his execution and flees to Scotland, but remains a fugitive. King Philip is convinced he also absconded with religious artifacts and a valuable treasure.

Despite his attempt to remain sequestered with the monks who raised him, Lazarus visits Berwick, convinced it holds the key to his identity and past. While there, he prevents a lass from being raped—a Good Samaritan act that has him questioning his vows of celibacy and puts him and anyone around him in danger.

Sheena MacClaran, wrongly accused of being a whore, harbors secrets of her own, but finds herself drawn to the mysterious monk who tends to her injuries and befriends her wee brother. Has she finally found a man she can trust and love, or will demons from his past and a king’s wrath catch up with them and tear them apart forever?



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by Tracy Cooper-Posey & J.A. Templeton

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Vaughn wants revenge.  Elisa wants her son back.  Neither expected to want each other.

Elisa’s determined to have her son back at any cost, even if it means marry a vicious stoat of a man like Rufus Wardell, but her plans and her life are turned upside down by the sudden reappearance of Rufus’ grown and estranged son, Vaughn.

Lured by the contrast of Elisa’s sweet beauty with the wicked rumors of her wanton past, Vaughn embarks on a seduction as scorching as it is daring. What he finds is not at all what he sought: Elisa is an innocent, but with a sensuality so raw he cannot resist her…

…even though their passion is forbidden.

This book is part of the Scandalous Sirens Series:
Book 1:  Forbidden
Book 2:  Dangerous Beauty
Book 3:  Perilous Princess

 

Reader Advistoy:  This book contains frequent sex scenes and sexual language.

A Sexy Historical Romance Novel
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I cannot say enough wonderful things about this story.– In the Library Reviews

This is a story that will linger on long after you turn the last page. — Fallen Angels Reviews
 
The wonderful end deserves cheers. —Sensual Romance

Readers will be swept up into this stunning historical story. —eCataRomance Reviews
 
Forbidden is probably one of the better historical romances this reviewer has read in a long time. —Love Romances
 
Pros: You root for the hero and heroine to get together.  Cons: none. — About Romance Fiction
 
Secrets, lies, lust, hate and love. An exceptional story. — Coffeetime Romance
 
I was swept away by this wonderful read and so will you! —Cupid’s Library Reviews
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Tracy Cooper-Posey is an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author.  She writes vampire romances, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, urban fantasy romances and science fiction.  She has published over 85 novels since 1999, been nominated for five CAPAs including Favourite Author, won the Emma Darcy Award and a SFR Galaxy Award. 

J.A. Templeton writes historical, time travel, vampire and contemporary romances, enjoys collecting and reading research books, traveling, haunting bookstores and libraries, riding motorcycles, and spending time with friends and family.



The Duke’s Mistress

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by Carol Mortimer

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The Duke’s Mistress is the first story in Carole Mortimer’s Regency Unlaced series. Hot and steamy tales of Regency heroes and heroines, with a dangerous dash of romantic suspense, as only Carole can write them!

Carole has written over 200 books, in contemporary romance and Regency. She is the Recipient of the 2015 Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a USA Today Bestselling author. Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Romance Author. 2014 Romantic Times Pioneer of Romance. Was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, for her “outstanding service to literature”.

Author’s Note:

Please be aware that the stories in the Regency Unlaced Series are more explicit in language and sexual content than my other books.

Publisher’s Description:

The young widow Lady Dorothea Fitzroy is bored with her life. Most especially so with her role as mistress of her brother’s household, and the endless round of society engagements this forces her to endure.

What Thea so badly needs is a secret and passionate lover, to become mistress of another kind entirely, and so add excitement and spice into her humdrum life. But where is she to find this handsome and inexhaustible gentleman?

Julian Remington, the arrogant and haughty 17th Duke of Blackmoor has no interest in finding a mistress for his bedroom or his home. He’s jaded, cynical, and distrustful when it comes to women. One woman, a woman from his past, has caused too much grief in his life for him to ever trust another.

Thea and Julian are about to be caught up in a passion for each other that blazes so fiercely, and so out of control, it is beyond the power of either of them to resist.

The Duke’s Mistress is the story of an arrogant duke and an adventurous young widow, caught up in their insatiable desire for each other, the vengeful woman who would like nothing better than to see Blackmoor suffer as she has suffered, and believes Thea Fitzroy to be the means by which she will achieve it.


Other books by Carole Mortimer

Contemporary Alpha Series:

  1. Christmas Alpha (Alpha 1)
  2. Dark Alpha (Alpha 2)
  3. Shadow (Alpha 3) Author’s 200th Book
  4. Midnight Alpha (Alpha 4)
  5. Renegade Alpha (Alpha 5)
  6. Warrior Alpha (Alpha 6)
  7. Rogue Alpha (Alpha 7)
  8. Savage Alpha (Alpha 8)

Regency Unlaced Series:

  1. The Duke’s Mistress (Regency Unlaced 1)
  2. Claimed by the Marquis (Regency Unlaced 2)
  3. Taken by the Earl (Regency Unlaced 3)
  4. Pursued by the Viscount (Regency Unlaced 4)
  5. Desired by a Lord (Regency Unlaced 5)
  6. Captured by a Gentleman (Regency Unlaced 6)
  7. Pleasured by a Duke (Regency Unlaced 7)
  8. Seduced by a Marquis (Regency Unlaced 8)
  9. Tamed by the Earl (Regency Unlaced 9)

 


Contemporary Knight Security Series:

  1. Alexandre (Knight Security 0.5)
  2. Defying Asher (Knight Security 1)
  3. Challenging Gabriel (Knight Security 2)  

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by Tamara Gill

About TO CONQUER A SCOT:

Time-traveling isn’t what Abigail Cross had in mind for her Scottish vacation, nor was a potential marriage to the Laird Aedan Macleod. The fact that the obnoxious, yet hot, and definitely sexy Highlander sees the world very differently than she does, is beside the point.

Aedan Macleod knows what he wants in a wife, and Abigail certainly doesn’t meet his Highland standard, even though he must rein in his desire, because beautiful, opinionated Abigail would never suit as a laird’s wife.

Tempers flare yet passion is undeniable, as Abby navigates her way in seventeenth century Scotland—without toilet paper. When two rival clans threaten the maddening twenty-first century minx who’s captured Laird Aedan’s heart, the mighty Highlander is willing to sacrifice everything to keep Abigail safe.

My Thoughts:

A meddlesome sister in medieval times. A less than happy young woman in modern times. A spell that brings present day to the past!
These are the elements of this well written, comical at times time travel romance by one of my favorite authors of historical and time travel romance novels.
Can this medieval hero and this twenty-first century heroine make each other happy? Will Abby deign to stay in the past without the comforts of 2017?
As per usual by Tamara Gill I was not disappointed in this read.
I gave this book 4.75 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 4 of 5 flames.
This book is both delightful and at time comical.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the author via personally sent pdf. and the publisher via Netgalley.
This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I have read twice now prior to publication and have reviewed voluntarily.

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Lady Alexandria MacKenzie is one of Abbot Matthew’s network of rebels, fighting for Scottish independence. When her father dies, leaving their clan without a laird, she asks the abbot for aid in finding a husband. He sends her a selection of three noblemen from which to choose. Accompanying them is secret agent and reputed rake, Rory MacVie, who must assist Alexandria with a perilous mission for Scotland. But the abbot makes one point very clear–Rory is not a potential suitor.

This is a passionate story of honor, rebellion, and forbidden love.



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What happened to Dr. Jonathan Brandon, a dashing RAF flight surgeon, who disappeared from London in 1945? Kidnapping? Murder? Or did Brandon merely vanish of his own free will, seeking another life? American teacher Anne Howard is stunned by a different explanation―that her British grandmother’s long-lost fiancé was unwillingly wrenched back through time, to Elizabethan England. Anne knows time travel is nonsense―until she is handed a fresh-cut thornless rose, a bloom extinct for over four hundred years! And then, when the impossible happens and Anne journeys back to 1560 London, she must somehow survive encounters with royal enemies, accusations of witchcraft and the possibility of never returning home. In the midst of the chaos, she meets Brandon. Drawn into the perilous web of Elizabethan court life, they must confront their growing feelings for each other, complicated by poignant familial ties, while struggling with the shared danger of knowing what the future holds.



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Larue Donavan is a small town girl who just happens to be a world-renowned psychic medium. Yes, she talks to ghosts, but not just any ghosts… lately she’s become a celebrity ghost whisperer. Famous ghosts won’t leave her alone. Unfortunately, they’re not the only ones interested in Larue. Evil entities have their sights set on her too, and they keep popping up around every corner.

This time Larue finds herself in the presence of iconic film star Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn is a sex symbol in the afterlife too. Also there’s a mysterious man in town and Larue wonders what secrets he’s hiding. She has a strong suspicion he knows about the evil spirits. Plus, a young girl is interested in witchcraft, and Larue thinks her curiosity might be related to recent sightings of the shadow people.

On a recent investigation, Larue might have unleashed a demon. Now she thinks it’s after her and everyone she loves. But does that mean she has to push her best friend Mindy and boyfriend Callahan away forever? Does the mystery man hold the key to getting rid of the demons? Can Larue convince him to help? Larue might find the answers from the ghoul of her dreams.

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THE SCOT BEDS HIS WIFE

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by Kerrigan Byrne

Summary:

The Scot Beds His Wife is the next lush, captivating Victorian romance in the Victorian Rebels series by Kerrigan Byrne.

They’re rebels, scoundrels, and blackguards—dark, dashing men on the wrong side of the law. But for the women who love them, a hint of danger only makes the heart beat faster.

Gavin St. James, Earl of Thorne, is a notorious Highlander and an unrelenting Lothario who uses his slightly menacing charm to get what he wants—including too many women married to other men. But now, Gavin wants to put his shady past behind him…more or less. When a fiery lass who is the heiress to the land he wishes to possess drops into his lap, he sees a perfectly delicious opportunity…

A marriage most convenient

Samantha Masters has come back to Scotland, in a pair of trousers, and with a whole world of dangerous secrets from her time spent in the Wild West trailing behind her. Her only hope of protection is to marry—and to do so quickly. Gavin is only too willing to provide that service for someone he finds so disturbingly irresistible. But even as danger approaches, what begins as a scandalous proposition slowly turns into an all-consuming passion. And Gavin discovers that he will do whatever is necessary to keep the woman he has claimed as his own…


The Series:

  1. The Highwayman
  2. The Hunter
  3. The Highlander
  4. The Duke
  5. The Scot Beds His Wife

 


Author Bio:

Kerrigan ByrneWhether she’s writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, Kerrigan Byrne uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in every book. She lives at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her handsome husband and three lovely teenage girls, but dreams of settling on the Pacific Coast. Her Victorian Rebels novels include The Highwayman and The Highlander.

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My Thoughts:

A woman running from a less than lawful past with another secret to conceal and a man who wishes to change and also put his shady past behind him. These are the elements that comprise this convoluted tale of Book #5 of the Victorian Rebels series.
Samantha has returned to Scotland to escape her unlawful past in the Wild West. Gavin is also trying to escape an equally unlawful past as a smuggler.
This pair come to a bargain of a marriage of convenience which turns out to be less than convenient after all.

I have read this entire series to date but this one is my least favorite. There is just too much use of the “F” word and the storyline was just not to my liking. It also has a feel of a less than historical story. I know it’s not a regency and is a bit more modern as a Victorian title but it feels just too modern.

I gave this book 3.25 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.5 of 5.0 flames. When the intimacy kicks in it can be rather hot and sensual. However it seems to be a different story when that happens.

This book can be read as a standalone title as there seems to be less tie ins to the other four books than would be expected.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this title via NetGalley from the publisher to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.


Chapter Two

Union Pacific Railway, Wyoming Territory, Fall, 1880

Samantha Masters squeezed the trigger, planting a bullet between her husband’s beautiful brown eyes.

She whispered his name. Bennett. Then screamed it.

But it was the woman in his grasp she reached for as he fell to the ground.

Though they’d known each other all of twenty minutes, she clung to Alison Ross as though the younger woman were the most precious soul in the entire world, and they sank to their knees as their strength gave out.

 Alison’s hold was just as tight around her, and their sobs burst against each other’s in a symphony of terror, shock, and abject relief.

 What in the hell just happened?

Not twenty minutes ago, Samantha and Alison had been no more to each other than amiable fellow passengers on an eastbound train, chugging across the wintry landscape of the Wyoming Territory.

What were they now? Enemies? Survivors?

“I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.” Samantha repeated the words with every short, sobbing exhale. Though she couldn’t have said who the apology was to, exactly. To Alison? To Bennett? To whoever had been shot on the other railcars?

To God?

This morning she’d been the irate, disillusioned wife of a charming and dangerous man. An insignificant and unwilling member of the outlaw Masters Gang.

This afternoon, she’d been the new acquaintance and confidant to Alison Ross, commiserating over childhoods spent on secluded cattle ranches.

This evening, because of what she’d just done, of what they’d all just done . . . chances were good that she’d be hanged.

This train job was supposed to be like any other. Each of the Masters boarded on the last platform for miles and miles. To avoid detection or suspicion, Bennett, Boyd, and Bradley Masters would each take a seat in separate passenger cars.

Samantha would be placed in the least populated car, usually first class, as it was also the least dangerous. Once civilization completely fell away, the signal was given, and the men would strike, rounding up all passengers into one car.

This was done for the safety of the passengers as much as the Masters, themselves, as the gang didn’t generally rob people. Cash, jewelry, and personal items were never as valuable as actual cargo. The Union Pacific Railway didn’t only deliver citizens across the vast American continent. It delivered goods, sundries, and often . . . federal funds.

Even in these modern times, when it seemed all the gold had been mined from the rich hills of California, American currency was still minted in the east. Which meant everything from company payrolls, to government bonds, to cash and precious metals were transported by transcontinental railways.

 And the Masters brothers, aspiring entrepreneurs, had decided that if the government wouldn’t allow them land, nor the banks grant them loans . . .

Then they’d take what they needed.

This was supposed to have been their fifth and final train job. It was supposed to have gone like the others.

No one harmed or robbed. Merely a bit inconvenienced and perhaps a little shaken. The Masters would escape with a few bags of money that the government could simply print again, a “frightened” female hostage as played by Samantha herself, and the papers would have an exciting story to publish in the morning.

The signal, both to each other and to the passengers, was one shot, fired at the ceiling, and then a command to disarm, get moving, and a gentle promise that all this would be over before they knew it. Samantha’s job was to act like any other passenger, and incite them to obey. Then, if necessary, act as the hostage to force compliance.

“People are sheep,” Boyd had always said. “They’ll follow a sweet thing like you to their doom.”

On this job, Samantha had been more comfortable than any other. At this time in October, with winter settling in but Christmas still a ways off, travel wasn’t foremost on the mind of the average American.

Her railcar had only two occupants other than herself. Alison Ross, a lively, bright-eyed San Franciscan socialite, and a well-dressed businessman more interested in his paper than conversation.

At first, Alison’s friendly overtures had vexed Samantha, as she found it hard to concentrate on responses when her blood sang with equal parts anticipation and anxiety. But, she realized, to not engage would be suspicious, and before long she’d found herself enjoying Alison’s company.

She’d not known many women her age, least of all friendly ones.

Samantha imagined that in another life, she and Alison could have, indeed, been friends.

Had she not been about to rob the train.

Had there not been more gunshots than were agreed upon . . .

Had Boyd and Bradley not bailed with the money, leaving Bennett to come after his wife, his white shirt and dark vest splattered with blood.

Oh God. What had they done?

Over the deafening beat of her heart, she’d heard Bennett say something about federal marshals. About someone taking a bullet in the shoulder. Boyd? And then a shootout.

Through vision blurred with tears, Samantha glanced at the businessman, dead-eyed and bleeding.

Her fault. All her fault.

Bennett had shot him without a word or warning. Then he’d grabbed Alison and put his pistol to her temple, because he’d known.

He’d known the second he’d seen the horror and denial on Samantha’s face at the blood on his shirt, that she wouldn’t have gone with him. That, while she’d have stayed married to an outlaw, she could never love a murderer.

“Come with me, Sam,” he’d ordered tersely. “Come with me now, and we will go to Oregon.”

It was in that moment Samantha had known he lied to her.

They’d fought about it the night before, when he’d said Boyd wanted to go south to Texas or the New Mexico Territory instead of north to Oregon like they’d planned. That oil towns were the new gold rush.

She’d railed at him. It wasn’t the life he’d promised her. They were supposed to go to the sea to make their fortune in lumber. He was going to build her a grand house on a cliff and make love to her while serenaded by thunderstorms. They’d only just escaped their desolate life on a cattle ranch in the high desert. She didn’t want to go back to bleak sweaty days beneath the harsh, unrelenting sunshine. She wanted pretty green hills, trees, and meadows. She wanted to live somewhere she could wrap a shawl about her and listen to sea storms toss rain against her windows.

Last night, she’d been shrill, and Bennett had been cruel.

But he’d awoken his charming self, randy as he ever was before a dangerous job. And she’d lain beneath his thrusting body, unable to relinquish the churning of her resentments and worries enough to appreciate his affections.

Then it was time to wash, and dress, and commit a crime.

Bennett had promised to revisit the issue. To make her smile again, to fulfill her dreams.

Problem was, Samantha had already lost faith in Bennett Masters’s charming promises. A part of her had begun to accept what she’d long feared. Bennett would never go against his brothers, brutal and backward as they were. If Boyd decreed the family was going south to work in stinking, desolate oil towns, then there was no other option but to do exactly that.

Boyd had once whispered to her in secret that, while Bennett might love her, he feared him more, and fear was always more powerful than love.

“He’d let me fuck you, if I wanted,” Boyd had threatened once when she’d been mouthy. He’d grabbed her through her trousers, his fingers digging painfully against her sex. “You’d best keep that in mind.”

She’d never forgotten that night five months ago. Because she’d told Bennett of Boyd’s behavior.

And, as Boyd predicted, he’d done nothing.

Now, when Bennett held his pistol to this helpless woman’s head, and ordered Samantha to open the door to the railcar, she’d looked into the eyes of her husband of four years.

And seen a stranger.

“You’ll let her go,” she’d reasoned evenly. “You’ll let her go, and we’ll get out of here.”

She’d opened the door. Bradley had the horses keeping pace with the train as it slowed around the McCreary Pass bend. She motioned to him, and he spurred his ride faster. They’d get off the train, and she’d figure out just what the hell had happened before making any hasty decisions.

“She’s seen us.”

Bennett’s words had frozen her blood as she realized that he wasn’t wearing his bandana.

“People have seen us before,” she’d said over her shoulder.

“Not like this, Sam. We can’t leave witnesses. She has to die—”

Samantha had reached across her body, drawn her Colt single-action, turned, and shot him between the eyes in the time it took him to pull back the hammer of his highercaliber, slower-action Smith & Wesson.

Only now, while clinging to a stranger on her knees, did she have time to think about what she’d just done.

She’d killed a man. Not just any man.

Her husband.

“Thank you,” Alison said ardently against her ear. “Thank you. I know he was your man, but I wasn’t ready to die.”

Pulling away from Alison, Samantha noted the mark that Bennett’s recently used gun left on her pale temple. He had to have killed before, hadn’t he? He just . . . murdered that innocent man like it was nothing to him. He didn’t even hesitate. And then to even consider executing a slight and lovely girl like Alison?

Her husband of four years.

God, had she ever known him at all? Wood paneling splintered above them as a bullet pierced the wall, and Alison screamed, lifting her arms to cover the green silk hat perched above a wealth of mahogany curls.

Bradley.

Samantha’s head whipped around to see that he’d gained on their car, and had witnessed the entire thing. Luckily, of the four of them, Bradley was the weakest shot and only the second-best rider.

The distinction as the best, of course, belonged to her. Boyd was the gunslinger.

Samantha dimly remembered Bennett saying that Boyd had been wounded, and with any luck, those wounds would be fatal.

Bradley’s mount galloped closer, and Samantha realized that if he gained on the train, he’d be coming for her, and only one of them would survive the encounter.

She’d found her gun where she’d dropped it, but Alison stayed her hand. “I know a way to keep your neck out of a noose,” she said, her blueberry gaze surprisingly steady through the tears. “But we’ll have to . . . to get rid of the body.”

 Samantha’s racing heart shriveled, but she and Alison stayed low as they rolled Bennett’s limp body the few feet to the door.

“You’re dead, Sam!” Bradley, unable to reload his pistol on horseback, was reaching across his saddle for his rifle. Which gave the women no time to pause. No time to hesitate.

Together, they pushed Bennett through the door, and the force of the train, the wind, and momentum pulled him sideways down the iron steps. The broken sounds his body made when he hit the earth nearly killed Samantha, but Alison slammed the door just as Bradley’s rifle had found purchase on his shoulder.

Samantha could tell his shot went wild, and waited a few eternal seconds for another.

Alison gathered her wealth of skirts and knelt on a seat, peeking through the window. “He’s stopped.” She breathed in obvious relief. “He’s stopped for your—for the body.”

It was only then that Samantha began to shake. Great, bone-rattling tremors coursed through her. All warmth leached out of her, and she slumped into a seat knowing her freezing limbs wouldn’t hold her weight for much longer.

Resolutely, Alison Ross claimed the seat across from her. A bone structure as sharp and perfect as hers was only accentuated by pink blush and rouged, full lips. Emeralds swayed and twinkled in her ears, catching the light as she leaned toward Samantha.

“He called you Sam,” she noted in a sweet voice that contrasted with her sharp tone. “That’s your name?”

“S-S-Samantha,” she managed through rattling teeth. “H-his brothers. T-they’re going to kill me. I’d rather hang.”

“You told me you grew up on a cattle ranch. Was this the truth?”

Samantha nodded, wondering if she’d ever be able to breathe again. Assaulted by the picture of Bennett’s handsome face marred by a perfectly round hole between his eyes.

“You can shoot, obviously. Can you ride, herd cattle, work figures?”

She nodded again, before the absurdity of Alison’s question registered. “W-why are you being kind to me? My—my husband almost—” She couldn’t bring herself to say it. It was too horrible.

In spite of everything, a corner of Alison’s painted mouth lifted at Samantha’s expression. “Where I come from, in my country, saving a life is no small debt. Also, in my savage part of the world, from the time we’re very, very young one law is paramount to all others. Tha an lagh comraich.”

Comraich?” Samantha blinked rapidly at the lovely, obviously wealthy woman. Either she’d gone mad, or Alison was speaking in tongues.

“It means sanctuary.”

Shaking her head, Samantha tried to understand the woman. That word had no meaning to her. What was Alison talking about, her country? She didn’t look or sound at all like an immigrant. Was she not American? Had she not said she had a fiancé in San Francisco? That her family had been wealthy ranchers and she was forced to travel east to settle a land dispute?

“I don’t know what you’ve been through, or what has happened to bring us to this place, but I think we can help each other,” the elegant woman was saying.

“I’m lost,” were the only words Samantha could conjure. Hopelessly, incredibly lost. Adrift. Misplaced. In every conceivable way.

Alison’s gaze gentled. “Tell me, Samantha, have you ever been to Scotland?”

 

Copyright © 2017 by Kerrigan Byrne and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Paperbacks.



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Meet the Author:Darcy Burke

Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and three Bengal cats. Visit Darcy online at www.darcyburke.com and sign up for her newsletter, follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/darcyburke, or like her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/DarcyBurkeFans.

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The Duke of Danger - BK 6After killing his opponent in a duel, Lionel Maitland, Marquess of Axbridge, is known as the Duke of Danger. Tortured by guilt, he shields himself with a devil-may-care attitude. However, when he kills another man in another duel, he’s beyond redemption, even though it wasn’t his fault. He refuses to smear a dead man’s name, especially when he’s left behind a blameless widow who doesn’t deserve an even bigger scandal.Widowed and destitute, Lady Emmaline Townsend must marry the man of her parents’ choosing or beg unsympathetic relatives for support. The only way out is to ask for help from the one man she’s sworn to hate, the man who owes her anything she asks, the man who killed her husband. They strike a devil’s bargain in which passion simmers just beneath the surface. But her dead husband’s transgressions come back to haunt them and threaten their chance at love.


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Wow!!
Just when I think Darcy Burke can’t possibly write a better book she more than exceeds my expectations.
This entire series has been remarkable, but Lionel’s and Emmaline’s story has been the best yet. This somewhat sad tale has just enough of several different elements to make it a keeper on any historical romance reader’s shelf.
It is a poignant tale that is filled with enough heated intimacy to set fire to the sheets in the reader’s imagination. I literally could not put it down. I came close to being late for work trying to find a stopping point.
This untouchables book #6 is not to be missed.
I gave this book 4.75 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 5 of 5 flames. The intimate scenes are scorching!
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this title to read from the author and her publicist. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.


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At last, he heard footsteps. The latch clicked, and the door opened. Lady Townsend quickly stepped inside, closing the door firmly behind her.

She took in the small space and positioned herself as far away from him as possible. That still only allowed maybe four feet between them. “This is rather close.”

He straightened to his full height, pushing off the shelves behind his back. “It’s also out of the way.”

She elevated her chin. “I suppose it is.”

“Forgive me, but I’ve been trying to reason why you’d want to marry me, and I’m afraid I’ve come up with absolutely nothing.”

“I admit it’s a severe plan, but I’m at my wit’s end. I’m destined for a marriage I don’t want, and it’s all your fault. You did say you would do anything to help me. Didn’t you mean that?”

“Of course I did. I’m a man of honor, for better or for worse.” Often for worse, it seemed.

She looked away from him, her jaw tightening. When her gaze found his once more, her eyes were fire and ice, a mixture of hot anger and frigid determination. “Your honor has definitely been worse for me. Which is why I am seeking your help—you owe me.”

“I do.”

“Yes, and I’d planned to demand money to settle Geoffrey’s debts. After I gave you the cut direct. Which I didn’t get to do.” She folded her arms across her chest, and he felt her frustration fill the small space. “Things are not going the way I’d planned.”

“I’m sorry things aren’t progressing as you wanted.” His chest squeezed, and he fought to take a breath. “Your life isn’t at all what you’d expected it would be, and that’s entirely my fault,” he said quietly. “I will give you the money you need and anything else you require.”

Anything. Yes, you said that last summer too.” Her gaze locked on to his. “My parents have decided I should marry someone I don’t want to. They have already set things in motion. I need you to marry me instead.”

“Forgive me, Lady Townsend, but I find it difficult to comprehend there is anyone you’d rather marry less than me.”

She laughed, a dark, hollow sound that made his guts twist. “Yes, I can see why you’d think that, and if we were to have a true marriage, it would likely be accurate. However, to save me from marrying Sir Duncan, we will wed, and it will be a marriage of utter convenience—for me. I shall be independent to do as I please, you will provide me with ample pin money, and there will be absolutely no intimacy.”

“You want me to accept an agreement of marriage in which I have no children, not even an heir?”

Her icy gaze didn’t waver. “Yes.”

Bloodiest of hells. How could he possibly agree to that? He had a responsibility to his title, his family. Yes, there was someone—his second cousin’s son—who could inherit, but that wasn’t the point. His father, if he were still alive, would be devastated to think that Lionel would trade away their legacy in such a fashion.

And yet…he owed her. He’d promised her. And if he was nothing else, he was, above all, a man of honor.


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