Upcoming Release: The Aussie Next Door by Stefanie London

I am reading this book for review. Even though I read mostly historical romance books this one caught my interest.

The Aussie Next Door

by Stefanie London

The Aussie Next Door by Stefanie London


The Aussie Next Door, an all-new standalone romantic comedy by USA Today Bestselling author Stefanie London is coming August 27th!

American Angie Donovan has never wanted much. When you grow up getting bounced from foster home to foster home, you learn not to become attached to anything, anyone, or any place. But it only took her two days to fall in love with Australia. With her visa clock ticking, surely she can fall in love with an Australian—and get hitched—in two months. Especially if he’s as hot and funny as her next-door neighbor…

Jace Walters has never wanted much—except a bathroom he didn’t have to share. The last cookie all to himself. And solitude. But when you grow up in a family of seven, you can kiss those things goodbye. He’s finally living alone and working on his syndicated comic strip in privacy…

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To Dare a Duchess

Lords of London Book 5

by Tamara Gill

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TDADAfter five long years trapped in the country, newly widowed Nina Granville, Duchess of Exeter, has returned to town to start over. But it was here she committed an indiscretion—one stolen night of pleasure—that would threaten all she holds dear if revealed.

Byron always loved Nina from afar—until the house party that turned his world upside down. Guilt saw him flee England’s shores, and Nina wed to a man old enough to be her grandfather, but now the handsome rogue is back…and ready to claim what is his.

Yet Nina has kept a secret from Byron, one that could threaten their sizzling attraction and sever their longstanding friendship forever. With Byron’s brother determined to reveal the truth, Nina must use her power in the ton to ensure her secret is kept safe. Even at the expense of love…

My Thoughts:

Secrets and lies abound

I loved Nina and Bryon’s story and the twin girls were a nice touch. 
Secrets abound in this wonderfully written romance by Tamara Gill. Both Nina and Bryon are keeping something from each other and those secrets could change the scope of everything they think they know.
I gave this book 4.75 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization. As this series continues this is one of my favorites.
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When a Laird Loves a Lady

Highlander Vows- Entangled Hearts Book 1

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A need to belong drives her. A longing to forget compels him. Fate may send WALLALthem into each other’s arms, but only love can mend their hearts.

An Outlander

Raised by a tyrannical father, Marion de Lacy yearns for the comfort of belonging to a loving family. So when her father announces her betrothal to an evil knight in exchange for his help to overthrow the king, she concocts a desperate scheme to avoid the marriage: feigning her own death and then fleeing England. But when her plan goes terribly awry and she’s captured by the knight, not even her careful preparations could ready her for the Scottish barbarian who rescues her and then informs her that he’s to marry her by edict of her king. Certain her father will defy the king’s orders and wed her to the knight if she refuses the Highlander’s hand, Marion agrees to marry the strangely compelling but obstinate laird of the MacLeod clan. 

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After the death of his beloved wife, Iain MacLeod has no desire to marry ever again. Yet when he finds himself obliged to do so to secure the freedom of his childhood friend and king, he reluctantly travels across England to collect his unwanted bride, expecting to find a cold Englishwoman. Instead, he discovers a fiery, bold beauty who is fiercely loyal, protective of those she loves, and defies him at every turn, challenging his certainty that his heart is dead.


Following a hasty marriage and perilous journey to Scotland, Marion harbors no illusions that her new husband loves her. Still, her heart cannot resist the noble, brave warrior, and she cannot suppress the hope that she has finally found where she belongs. However, the harder she tries to fit in with the clan and gain Iain’s love, the farther away her dreams drift. Iain is more than willing to give his respect to his courageous wife—her kisses and caresses even ignite his blood and demand his passion—but he refuses to give up his heart. That is, until enemies near and far threaten to take Marion from him. Now the demons that haunt him can only be conquered by surrendering body and soul to Marion, if only it’s not too late…

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Engaging the Enemy

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by Heather Boyd

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ETE CoverA duchess should be regal, aloof and the image of calm elegance. But those words have never applied to Mercy, Duchess of Romsey. A widow and mother of a young duke, Mercy is lonely and floundering to keep the estate afloat. When she discovers the existence of Leopold Randall, her husband’s estranged cousin, Mercy commits to help him locate his missing siblings if he’ll return the estate to order. Although cautioned against trusting a man who would inherit everything should her son die, she impetuously hands over the estate to Leopold’s care in the hope of keeping him near.

Leopold Randall, heir to the young duke, has returned to Hampshire to demand information regarding the fate of his missing siblings. Unfortunately, the Duchess of Romsey is clueless about them, yet her struggle to maintain the estate tugs at Leopold’s sense of duty. At her insistence, he steps in to bring order to chaos while searching for hints to his family’s whereabouts amongst the old duke’s papers. Yet the duchess tempts him in ways best unspoken. He fights to hide his weakness for her and a shameful past that could see him banished again. But when Leopold discovers a threat against the duchess and young duke’s life, he must join forces with the temptress to protect his last known relative.

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The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

I wish I had read this book. I admit that the UK cover to me was more inticing to me this time. But this looks like an excellent read.

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The Wallflower Wager (Girl Meets Duke, #3)The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare
Tracy’s rating: 4.5/5 of 5 stars

Series: Girl Meets Duke #3

Release Date: August 13, 2019

When her adopted parrot Delilah escapes her cage and flies into the neighboring house, Lady Penelope “Penny” Campion of course follows, but finds a lot more than just her wayward parrot. She finds the new owner of the house, Gabriel “Gabe” Duke, AKA the Duke of Ruin, barely dressed and dripping wet and for the first time in her 26 years, Penelope feels lust and desire so intense it stuns her.

Gabriel Duke is a self-made man, he grew up penniless and destitute and has worked hard to amass a fortune that will ensure that he will never know poverty again. He hates aristocrats and thinks nothing of using their secrets and debts against them earning himself the moniker of the Duke of Ruin. Gabe bought the house…

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The Society for Single Ladies is a crime-solving club founded by the wealthiest woman in London. Yet even Miss Angela Childers’ charming detectives are not immune to the forces of love . . .

Dorothea Rowland attends a country house party to investigate a long-lost heir—not to find a husband. But when the dashing American claimant discovers her prowling for clues, she is startled—and then seduced—by his provocative kiss. It’s all Dorothea can do to remember her mission. Especially when a series of accidents adds up to something far more dangerous…

Benedict only meant to silence lovely Dorothea—not find himself enamored. What’s a gentleman to do but join forces—and propose to the clever beauty? Yet as Ben and Dorothea pursue the truth about his inheritance, their faux betrothal threatens to become the real thing. Soon Ben’s plan to return to his life in America is upended—not only by his deepening…

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Review: A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase (2017)

It’s been a while since I have read a Loretta Chase book but this one sounds good!

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Difficult Dukes, Book 1

Heat Factor: There’s a good deal of yearning and burning

Character Chemistry: Aces: I’ve known who you are for years. Why did it take me so long to realize you’re my other half?

Plot: Runaway bride snares groom’s best friend, angst ensues

Overall: Loved it!

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Missing Female Beagle; PLEASE HELP!

River is still missing!

This three year old female beagle was last seen the weekend of the

Greenville KC Dog Show near the show site!

New posters are going up on a regular basis; small ones and larger ones with a reward posted on them. We are trying to get the word out to veterinarians so they will check chips on any new beagles.

We believe someone scooped her up. We are putting signs up at the cable company parking lot. It has been raining almost every day so we have to put new flyers up daily.

She was last seen near North Pleasantburg Drive and Tower Drive,

near the downtown airport in Greenville, SC.

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No record of her being chipped

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51iw0IJTY-L._SY346_She cannot resist the man behind the mask…
As the illegitimate daughter of a Scottish earl, Lady Magdalen Keith is not one to partake in lavish balls or other frivolities. Yet at her father’s urging, she agrees to dance with the battle-weary officers at this year’s holiday masquerade. It’s practically her civic duty! But when one such officer—whose dashing good looks cannot be disguised by a mere mask—sweeps her off her feet and into his arms, the innocent lass can’t help herself. Her lips are his for the taking.

But will he betray his country for a kiss?

Navy lieutenant Aiden Murray has spent too many months at sea to be immune to the charms of this lovely beauty. Even after he returns to his ship, she lives in his dreams. But when he discovers Maddie’s true identity—and learns that her father is accused of treason—will the brawny Scot risk his life to follow his heart? 

My Thoughts:

Amy Jarecki has crafted another well written story. It begins like many stories of young love but leads us on a convoluted journey to it’s end years later.

It was difficult to read some parts of this story with the brutality that was involved. I’m certain that Amy softened some of that by not going into greater detail.

This part of the story reminded me of the difficulties of Jamie Frasier in the Outlander novel.
It sickened and brought this reader to tears but is an intricate part of this tale.
Maddie and Aiden are destined for one another but will their travails end in death or a lasting love?

I gave this book 4.25 of 5 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 3 of 5 flames. This story has more strife than passion therefore the lower sensual rating.

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 story which I read and reviewed voluntarily.




51su9TTC86LHe has sworn to protect her…

Captain Reid MacKenzie, Earl of Seaforth, is a man of his word. During a harrowing battle at sea, the heroic Highlander makes a vow to a dying friend to watch over the man’s daughter. His plan: send the child to boarding school as quickly as possible so he can continue his mission. But Reid’s new ward is no wee lass. She’s a ravishing, fully grown woman, and it’s all he can do to remember his duty and not seduce her himself.

But he might be her greatest threat…

Miss Audrey Kennet is stunned by the news. First this kilted brute tells Audrey her father is dead, and next he insists she marry. But as Reid scours England for the most suitable husband, Audrey soon realizes the brave, brawny Scot is the only man she wants—though loving him means risking her lands, her freedom, and even her life.

My Thoughts:

I usually love everything I read by this author, but I could only feel luke warm about this title.
There just didn’t seem to be any real chemistry between our couple.
Maybe the fact that our hero thought he was going to be in charge of a child that he could send off to boarding school was the beginning of his problem. Discovering his charge was far from a school girl turned him on his ear.
Our heroine was not what was expected.
I gave this book 3.25 of 5.0 stars for story line and character development and a sensual rating of 3 of 5 flames.
I just didn’t see anything that indicated these two belonged together.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley to read and review. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.




51I8ejXMlWLHe is the last man she would ever marry…
After being unceremoniously jilted by her betrothed, Lady Mairi MacKenzie is humiliated and heartbroken – but she’s not desperate. As the daughter of an earl, she won’t give her hand to just anyone, and she definitely isn’t swayed by a last-minute proposal from Laird Duncan MacRae. The powerful clan chieftain may be disarmingly handsome and charming, but he’s not a nobleman. Mairi doesn’t want his pity or his charity – even though his dark smoldering gaze makes her melt with desire.

She is the only woman he could ever love…
Dunn may be a battle-hardened clansman, but he’s always had a soft spot for Mairi. For years, she tormented him with flirtation – only to reject him. But he’s not giving up. When Mairi is attacked by redcoats, Dunn goes after the woman he loves. Through brute strength and fierce action, he will protect her life at any cost. But to win her heart, he will have to show her the tenderness in his own. 




51-hic+xr9LShe is the daughter of his sworn enemy.
Famed for his fierceness, Laird Robert Grant is above all a loyal Highland clan chief. But when redcoats capture his rival’s daughter, he sets aside their feud and races to her rescue. Aye, Janet Cameron is beautiful, cunning, and so very tempting, but a Cameron lass is the last woman he should ever desire.

He is her one hope of happiness.
Janet refuses to meekly surrender, not even when surrounded by foes. She takes every chance to escape, first from the English soldiers and then from the wickedly handsome Robert. Yet with each day they spend together, his unexpected gallantry chips away at her reserve little by little. As danger and treachery loom, can she trust him enough to choose love over vengeance?




415425jopuL._SY346_Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets Outlander in this action-packed Scottish romance where a marriage of convenience leads to secrets that could be deadly.

With two young sons to care for and a large estate to run, John Erskine, the widowed Earl of Mar, needs to remarry as quickly as possible. And beautiful Lady Evelyn Pierrepont would be the perfect match. But there’s more behind the English lass’s calm demeanor than she’s letting on, including a smoldering allure not even John can ignore.

Evelyn has no desire to wed the rugged Scottish earl, but at least she’ll be able to continue her work as a spy-as long as her husband never finds out. Yet the more time Evelyn spends with John and his boys, the fonder she grows of their little family, and the last thing she wants to do is put them in danger. As alliances shift and enemies draw closer, soon everything they hold dear is at risk: their lands, their love, and their very lives.

My Thoughts:

With two young sons to care for and a large estate to run, John Erskine, the widowed Earl of Mar, needs to remarry as quickly as possible.
Evelyn has no desire to wed the rugged Scottish earl, but at least she’ll be able to continue her work as a spy-as long as her husband never finds out.
I have read this author’s work before and found this particular title to be one of the best i have read. The characters are well drawn and engaging and the story is engrossing.
I gave this newest title 4.65 of 5.0 stars for story line and characterization.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

Her Highland Secret

Scottish Medieval Highlander Romance Novel

Highlanders of Cadney Book 1

by Fiona Faris

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Her Highland SecretOnly she can save him… Only he can protect her…

Running from a fate that was thrust upon them, Ella Pearson and Lucas MacGille find their lives intertwined.

Ella finds her self fleeing from an arranged marriage when she stumbles upon a Scottish couple’s farm.

She quickly learns that they are protecting a secreta heavily wounded Highlander warrior. Can she save him?

Lucas MacGille, heir of Clan MacGille, barely survived the brutal battle against the English.

Finding himself in the healing hands of a Sassenach Lady, he must now protect her even if it means going to war all over again, this time for his heart

Can sworn enemies learn to trust and protect each other?

*If you like brawny Highland warriors with a soft heart, and romantic stories depicting the majestic and mysterious Scottish Highlands, then Her Highland Secret is the perfect novel for you.

The Lady’s Dangerous Love

The Langley Sisters Book 6

by Wendy Vella

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The lady's Dangerous LoveFrom two different worlds, their passion is dangerous…

Determined and dashing, Benjamin Hetherington vowed that he would never give a woman the power to hurt him again. So far, he’s succeeded, but then Miss Primrose Ainsley comes stomping into his life. She has too much to say, is nothing like any debutante he’s ever met, and seems not to give a fig about proprietary. Ben fights the emotion she provokes in him by pushing her away, but too late he realizes that in Primrose he has found someone that may heal the dark stain on his soul.

Primrose is very aware of her shortcomings, her family have certainly commented on them often enough. She’s forthright, and bookish, both qualities that are not in her favor. Attending a house party during her one and only season, is not going well. In fact, her entire debut is a nightmare, until she meets Benjamin Hetherington. The man has seen her at her worst, and yet incredibly she still sees the burning desire in his gaze. Honor wars with irresistible passion, but when disaster strikes and her reputation is ruined, Primrose realizes she’s made the foolish mistake of falling in love with him.

Primrose is not going to bend to society’s demands, but Ben’s scandalous demands are something entirely harder to resist.

The Langley Sisters Series

  1. Lady In Disguise
  2. Lady In Demand
  3. Lady In Distress
  4. The Lady Plays Her Ace
  5. The Lady Seals Her Fate
  6. The Lady’s Dangerous Love

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Letter From A Rake by Sasha Cottman

Maybe I will read this book. The cover is enticing after all.

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Letter from a Rake (The Duke of Strathmore, #1)Barbara’s rating: 3 of 5 stars

Series: The Duke of Strathmore #1
Publication Date: 9/9/17
Number of Pages: 304
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** 3.5 Stars **

I believe this was the author’s first book – and that shows, but it is a good story and I look forward to reading more by her. This is the first book of the series and does a good job of introducing the characters for at least the first four books of the series. I believe I learned more about them than I did the hero of this book. It is a typical first book in a series – with many characters and set-up of future stories, etc., so it was very busy. Our hero was a bit on the young side at twenty-three and we could easily tell that from his actions and attitudes and I didn’t really buy…

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The Duke’s Daughter by Sasha Cottman

This author’s work has not impressed me. She continues to show a lack of research or knowledge of the time period her books are set in.

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The Duke's Daughter (The Duke of Strathmore, #3)Barbara’s rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Series: The Duke of Strathmore #3
Publication Date: 9/8/17
Number of Pages: 302
AUDIOBOOK REVIEW – Narrator – Janine Haynes

The narrator did a good job – her voice was well suited to the book and I enjoyed listening to her. We met Lady Lucy Radley in the first and second books of the series and I really liked her, so I was looking forward to reading her story. I was so very disappointed as this book presented a Lucy I didn’t recognize in the least – nor did I recognize the rest of her family – especially her father. Everything seemed so very contrived. This book is one of the author’s first, so I’m sure her later books are better.

Avery Fox came from an abusive family and ran away at thirteen to join the military. They definitely were not of the upper…

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