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Fated for Love Series #1

by Dayna Quince

File Size: 1862 KB

Print Length: 219 pages

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Publication Date: July 12, 2013

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Book 1 of the Fated for Love Series.

Masquerading as a maid, Lilly loses all hope of returning to the life she once knew. How did she get here? She has no choice but to embrace her new identity or risk being found by the man responsible for destroying her life.

But, her refuge is not as safe as it seems. When she finally meets the master of the house, she discovers the new Earl of Redwick could be a danger to her masquerade…and her heart.​



Cupid Stupid

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Contemporary Western Small Town Romance

Return To Cupid, Texas Book 1

 by Sylvia McDaniel

Series: Return to Cupid, Texas (Book 1)

Paperback: 146 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: April 26, 2017

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1544134525

ISBN-13: 978-1544134529

File Size: 3402 KB

Publisher: Virtual Bookseller, LLC

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Nothing says bad judgement like trying to prove a superstition true…
 
Taylor Braxton, along with a few adventurous girlfriends, decides to test one such superstition on Valentine’s Day – the day Taylor’s ex-fiancé is to be married. A few bottles of wine help lower her inhibition and go a long way to giving her the courage to try to heal her broken heart. After all, Taylor reasons, what is the worst thing that can happen – the superstition of finding her true love might come true?
 
Sheriff Ryan Jones is used to getting calls about the odd dancing around the downtown fountain. When you live in Cupid, Texas, there were always some residents who believed if you dance naked around the fountain, you were guaranteed to find your true love. What he doesn’t expect is to find the lovely, but spirited Taylor Braxton confronting him at midnight – sans clothing. Unfortunately, a long-held promise and his badge stand between him and what he wants – Taylor.
 
Will the Cupid Superstition help Taylor and Ryan overcome the past and take a chance on love again? Or will a promise he made to her best friend, and his career, deflect Cupid’s arrow?



Bold Seduction

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The Hornsby Brothers

by Karyn Gerrard

File Size: 407 KB

Print Length: 121 pages

Publisher: Lyrical Press (September 1, 2015)

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

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An Intriguing Proposition
Passion. Seduction. Pleasure. These are the qualities of any courtesan worth her salt. As owner of The Starling Club, London’s most notorious house of ill-repute, Madame Philomena McGrattan has seen it all, heard it all, done it all. There is little that surprises her anymore, and even less that excites her. So when she is presented a chance at an irresistible seduction, she can’t help but rise to the challenge.

 
A Dangerous Game
Studiousness. Practicality. Discipline. Such are the attributes of a good scholar, and such are the principles Lord Spencer Hornsby has built his life around. Alone in the Welsh countryside, with only his wolfhounds for company, Spencer has thrown himself into his work. There is little time for the pleasures of society, not even to think of the joys of the fairer sex. But when an unexpected guest arrives at his isolated hunting lodge, Spencer cannot help but be baffled by the presence of this dangerously beautiful woman. And when he discovers the reason for her arrival, and the pleasures she promises, he cannot help but find himself irresistibly intrigued . . .



My New Release Review of

Marriage with a Proper Stranger

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Men of Wollstonecraft Hall, Book #1

by Karyn Gerrard

Paperback: 218 pages

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Publication Date: February 6, 2018

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1516105494

ISBN-13: 978-1516105496

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Print Length: 220 pages

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“Build a wall about your heart.”

Riordan Wollstonecraft labors under the heavy burden of his forebears. For generations, a curse has followed the dashing young men of his family, guaranteeing the women they love an untimely death. The youngest grandson of the Earl of Wollstonecraft Hall, charismatic Riordan is quietly resigned to his fate, an educator who devotes his life to good works, and ignores any longing for something more . . .
 
Widowed and penniless, Lady Sabrina Lakeside is desperate to avoid a second forced betrothal—this time to an aged marquess. Her chance encounter with Riordan leads her to an impulsive offer: a temporary marriage of convenience that could benefit them both. His agreement is as surprising as it is welcome. Before long, Riordan’s keen intellect and kind words have Sabrina rethinking her plans of a union in name only. But her new husband is holding something back. Will giving in to their tantalizing passion lead her only to further heartache . . . or could it be the first step toward healing them both?

My Thoughts:

This book is an interesting take on a marriage of convenience.
Riordan never plans to marry due to the curse on the men of his family.
Lady Sabrina Lakeside wants nothing to do with a second forced betrothal and marriage especially after the violence of her first marriage.
Coming together in a planned marriage of convenience these two both have their own secrets. Sabrina eventually comes forth with hers, but has her husband done the same or is he still holding his secrets in check?
I gave this book 4 of 5 stars fro storyline and character development. It is possible that secondary characters in this story will have their own books.
Although a marriage conceived of convenience this couple finally gives in to their desires. I gave it a sensual rating of 2.5 of 5.0 flames.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

About The Author:

Karyn Gerrard, born and raised in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada, now

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makes her home in a small town in Northwestern Ontario. When she’s not cheering on the Red Sox or travelling in the summer with her teacher husband, she writes, reads romance, and drinks copious amounts of Earl Grey tea.

Even at a young age Karyn’s storytelling skills were apparent, thrilling her fellow Girl Guides with off-the-cuff horror stories around the campfire. A multi-published author, she loves to write sensual historicals and contemporaries. Tortured heroes are an absolute must.

As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden. Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement and loving support keeps her moving forward.

To learn more about Karyn and her books, visit www.karyngerrard.com

Coming Soon in This Series:

  • Scandal With a Sinful Scot (The Men of Wollstonecraft Hall #2) June 2018
  • Love with a Notorious Rake (The Men of Wollstonecraft Hall #3) December 2018


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How to Woo a Wallflower

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Romancing the Rules

by Christy Carlyle

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Series: Romancing the Rules (Book 3)

Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: Avon Impulse (December 26, 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0062572407

ISBN-13: 978-0062572400

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Print Length: 336 pages

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An Unconventional Wallflower…

Clarissa Ruthven was born to be a proper lady, but she’s never wanted to live up to the expectations her late father set. Determined to use her inheritance to help the less fortunate women of London, she’s devastated to learn that she won’t be inheriting anything until she marries, a fate she has no interest in. Unwilling to let go of her plans, Clary works at Ruthven Publishing for Gabriel Adamson, a man who’s always hated her. She’s always returned the feeling, but as she begins to turn her family’s publishing company upside down, she finds herself unable to forget her handsome boss.

Never Follows the Rules…

Gabriel Adamson believes in order. He certainly doesn’t believe Clary should be sticking her nose in the publishing company, and she definitely has no business invading his every thought. But Gabe soon finds he can’t resist Clary’s sense of freedom or her passionate kisses and he starts to crave everything she’s willing to give him.

 Especially When It Comes to Love…

When Gabe’s dark past comes back to haunt him, he’ll do anything to make sure that Clary isn’t hurt…even if it means giving up the only woman he’s ever loved.

My Thoughts:

This is the first book I have read in this series, although I have read other books by Christy Carlyle. I have recently purchased the other two books in the series and intend to read them soon. Although it is the third book in this series, I feel it reads well as a standalone title.

Gabriel Adamson has made his previously hectic life one of order. He has taken a new name and left behind the young boy who grew up in the slums of Whitechapel.

Revisiting his past is something he wants no part of but he has found it necessary.

Imagine his shock when he runs into one of the last people he would imagine to find there.

Clarissa Ruthven is determined to use her inheritance to help the unfortunate women of Whitechapel. She spends her time supporting a school there for girls who may otherwise become lost in this slum.

Gabriel is drawn to Clary and she to him, but this is a relationship that can not be.

Will their mutual attraction lead to their own happily ever after or will Gabriel’s past be their undoing?

I gave this book 4.5 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.5 of 5.0 flames.

Sparks fly when these two give in to their attraction.

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



The Keep

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Giving Hope to Those Who Had None

by Sherry Bult & Silver Lady

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It’s 1862, during the reign of Queen Victoria in England. Lady Patricia Spencer of London inherits the family fortune–which includes a Keep in Scotland, a mysterious medallion that can bring hope of a better life to so many if put into the right hands. Lady Patricia is thrown into a world of secrets, greed, cruelty, danger,travel and love–though finding love was not part of the plan. The force that drew them together was seen by everyone but them. Will she honor her grandmother’s legacy to make her wealth count? Will she give hope to those who have none–at her own great expense?

 

 

 



The Last Tudor

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The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels

by Philippa Gregory

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Print Length: 529 pages

Publisher: Touchstone (August 8, 2017)

Publication Date: August 8, 2017

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New York Times Bestseller
The latest novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory features one of the most famous girls in history, Lady Jane Grey, and her two sisters, each of whom dared to defy her queen.

‘How long do you have?’ I force a laugh.

‘Not long,’ he says very quietly. ‘They have confirmed your sentence of death. I am so sorry. You are to be beheaded tomorrow. We don’t have long at all.’

Jane Grey was Queen of England for nine days. Using her position as cousin to the deceased king, her father and his conspirators put her on the throne ahead of the king’s half-sister Mary, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her crown and locked Jane in the Tower. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner’s block. There Jane turned her father’s greedy, failed grab for power into her own brave and tragic martyrdom.

‘Learn you to die’ is the advice that Jane gives in a letter to her younger sister Katherine, who has no intention of dying. She intends to enjoy her beauty and her youth and find love. But her lineage makes her a threat to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and, when Mary dies, to her sister Queen Elizabeth, who will never allow Katherine to marry and produce a potential royal heir before she does. So when Katherine’s secret marriage is revealed by her pregnancy, she too must go to the Tower.

‘Farewell, my sister,’ writes Katherine to the youngest Grey sister, Mary. A beautiful dwarf, disregarded by the court, Mary finds it easy to keep secrets, especially her own, while avoiding Elizabeth’s suspicious glare. After watching her sisters defy the queen, Mary is aware of her own perilous position as a possible heir to the throne. But she is determined to command her own destiny and be the last Tudor to risk her life in matching wits with her ruthless and unforgiving cousin Elizabeth.

The Last Tudor was first released on 8th August, 2017. It is out in paperback in the UK and Ireland on 8th February 2018, in the USA and Canada on 20th February 2018, and in Australia and New Zealand in April 2018.

Behind the Book:

A Note From The Author:

Released in 2017:

This has been a journey of discovery for me into the lives and characters of the Grey girls. I knew of Jane before I started research but I knew next to nothing about her sisters and it was a lucky guess that there was more behind the sentimental portrait of Jane that took me to the stories of the three of them. I struggled for a title until I had finished the book and then I chose this ambiguous one. Mary is the last Tudor of the Brandon branch – a fascinating and unknown character to end such a famous line – but Elizabeth is the last ruling Tudor, the throne inherited by a Stuart. She could have named Katherine as an heir and put a Tudor/Seymour boy on the throne of England and broken the jinx on Tudor male heirs. But her rivalry and paranoia was too much for her. The stories of the Grey girls show the enterprise and courage of young Elizabethan women who defied two queens, to make their own lives. Jane chose death rather than deny her faith, and her sisters conspired against the throne, pursuing their own loves and ambitions and risking their sister’s fate: execution for treason. This is the darkest portrait I have ever seen of Elizabeth – I have responded only to the facts of her treatment of her cousins, who as kinswomen and heirs should have been under her protection but found themselves at the centre of her fears.

 

The book opens in 1550:

England’s king, Edward VI, the Protestant son of Jane Seymour and Henry VIII, is not yet 18 years old. The country is ruled by a council of men who jostled for control of the young king. Edward has no male heir, and does not favour his two half-sisters, Mary and Elizabeth. When Edward’s health starts to deteriorate the race is on to secure an heir and the council looks to Lady Jane Grey, granddaughter of Mary Tudor Queen of France.

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About The Author:

51MBG3nV0mL__UX250_Born in Kenya in 1954, Philippa Gregory moved to England with her family and was educated in Bristol and at the National Council for the Training of Journalists course in Cardiff. She worked as a senior reporter on the Portsmouth News, and as a journalist and producer for BBC Radio.

Philippa obtained a BA degree in History at the University of Sussex in Brighton and a PhD at Edinburgh University in 18th-century literature. Her first novel, Wideacre, was written as she completed her PhD and became an instant worldwide bestseller. On its publication, she became a full-time writer.

Wideacre was followed by a haunting sequel, The Favoured Child, and the delightful happy ending of the trilogy: Meridon. This novel was listed in Feminist Book Fortnight and for the Romantic Novel of the Year at the same time.

Her next book was The Wise Woman, a dazzling, disturbing novel of dark powers and desires set against the rich tapestry of the Reformation. Then came Fallen Skies, an evocative realistic story set after the First World War. Her novel A Respectable Trade took her back to the 18th century where her knowledge of the slave trade and her home town of Bristol explored the human cost of slavery. Gregory adapted her book for a highly acclaimed BBC television production which won the prize for drama from the Commission for Racial Equality and was shortlisted for a BAFTA for the screenplay.

Next came Earthly Joys and Virgin Earth, based on the true-life story of father and son both named John Tradescant working in the upheaval of the English Civil War. In these works Gregory pioneered the genre which has become her own: fictional biography, the true story of a real person brought to life with research and verve.

The jewel in the crown of this new style was undoubtedly The Other Boleyn Girl, a runaway bestseller which stormed the US market and then went worldwide telling the story of the little-known sister to Anne Boleyn. Now published globally, this classic historical novel won the Parker Pen Novel of the Year award 2002 and the Romantic Times fictional biography award. The Other Boleyn Girl was adapted for the BBC as a single television drama and by Sony as a major motion picture starring Scarlett Johansson as Mary Boleyn, Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn and Eric Bana as Henry VIII.

After adding five more novels to her Tudor Court series including The Constant Princess and The Queen’s Fool, two of her best-loved works, Philippa moved back in time to write about the family that preceded the Tudors, the Plantagenets. Her bestselling six-book Cousins’ War series tells the story of the bloody struggle for the throne in the Wars of the Roses from the perspective of the women behind the scenes. The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker’s Daughter were adapted by the BBC and Starz in 2013 as the hugely popular TV miniseries The White Queen.

Having completed The Cousins’ War series with The King’s Curse, Philippa has come full circle back to the Tudor court. Her latest novel is about Margaret Tudor, the older sister of Henry VIII: Three Sisters, Three Queens. Her other work in progress is the young adult series The Order of Darkness, set in medieval Italy after the fall of Constantinople, feared at the time to be a sign of the end of the world.

A regular contributor to newspapers and magazines, with short stories, features and reviews, Philippa is also a frequent broadcaster, a regular contestant on Round Britain Quiz for BBC Radio 4 and the Tudor expert for Channel 4’s Time Team. As well as her extensive array of historical novels she has written modern novels, children’s books, a collection of short stories, and a non-fiction book with David Baldwin and Michael Jones: The Women of the Cousins’ War.

She lives in the North of England with her family and in addition to interests that include riding, walking, skiing and gardening (an interest born from research into the Tradescant family for her novel Virgin Earth) she also runs a small charity building wells in school gardens in The Gambia.



 

On this day in history – February 8th, 1587

©Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, 1587, color plate from ‘Pictures of English History’ published by George Routledge & Sons, 1850 (© The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)

Once the ruler of Scotland, Mary Stuart was forcibly removed from power, lost a battle to regain it, and after being convicted of a plot to assassinate England’s Queen Elizabeth I, is beheaded at age 44.



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Never Dare a Wicked Earl

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The Infamous Lords

by Renee Ann Miller

Series: The Infamous Lords (Book 1)

Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: Zebra Shout (January 30, 2018)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 142014457X

ISBN-13: 978-1420144574

File Size: 1134 KB

Print Length: 336 pages

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Publication Date: January 30, 2018

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A ZEBRA SHOUT FRESH NEW ROMANCE

They are the infamous lords, unrepentant rogues whose bad behavior makes for good gossip among the ton. But these sexy scoundrels have stories no one knows. And it takes a special touch to reveal the true hearts behind their devilish disguises . . .

Known as a brazen philanderer, Hayden Milton, Earl of Westfield, is almost done in by a vengeful mistress who aims a gun at a rather essential part of his anatomy—but ends up wounding his thigh instead. Recuperating in his London townhouse, Hayden is confronted by his new medical attendant. Sophia Camden intrigues him, for behind her starched uniform is an enticing beauty better suited for bedding than dispensing salves and changing bandages.

Unshaken by his arrogance, not to mention impropriety, Sophia offers Hayden a dare: allow her ten days to prove her competency. If she resigns in exasperation like her two predecessors, she will be beholden to this wicked seducer. As a battle of wills begins, Sophia finds herself distracted by the earl’s muscular physique . . . and discovers that the man within longs only for a second chance to love.

My Thoughts:

This wonderfully written debut novel is going to make it difficult to write anything to surpass this one.
I was engrossed in this book from page one.
Hayden, after narrowly escaping losing a very essential appendage, seems bent on getting rid of every nurse procured to make certain he heals.

Sophia isn’t easy to scare off. She is bent on becoming a doctor in spite of the undeniable fact that women aren’t allowed to study medicine. She embarks on a dare with Hayden that she can last ten days. If she can last, Hayden will owe her a boon. If not she will owe him, but what will he collect?

A battle of wills ensues. Will it lead to a lasting love?

This book starts off with so much humor then turns much more serious. and poignant.
The humorous part made me laugh out loud. The serious part made me want to cry.

I gave this exceptional debut novel 4.75 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 4.5 of 5.0 flames.

The intimacy between our hero and heroine is a well drawn out part of this story. Sparks fly when these two get 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.


This Series:

  1. Never Dare a Wicked Earl
  2. Never Deceive a Viscount (Coming May 29, 2018)

About The Author:

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Renee Ann Miller writes historical romances that are sometimes witty, sometimes dark, but always sexy. She was a 2015 & 2016 finalist in the Golden Heart Contest® from Romance Writers of America®. She penned her first book at the tender age of seven and even drew the impressive stick figures—though clearly those characters weren’t as spicy as the ones she writes now.

Renee lives in the Northeast with her husband and during winters is always anxious for spring. She enjoys gardening, DIY projects, and pastries. And though she grew up in a household of hockey fans, she now watches football, which is unavoidable in her house.

You can find out more about Renee Ann at www.Reneeannmiller.com, or connect with her at https://twitter.com/reneeannmiller and at https://www.facebook.com/Renee-Ann-Miller-1692280541055070/ Or sign up for her newsletter at http://reneeannmiller.com/newsletter/



Always Believe in Love

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Emerson Book 4

by Maureen Driscoll

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From the author of the Kellington series of Regency romances, comes the fourth book in the Emerson saga.

Nicholas Chilcott is the Earl of Layton, though his biological father was actually the late Earl of Ridgeway. When Nick’s cousin Simon challenges him for the title, Nick must travel to the coastal village of Weymouth to uncover secrets from the past. But, instead, he finds the woman he wants to build his future with.

Kate Winston serves as the church archivist, while trying to evade the unwanted advances of the new vicar. When a handsome earl comes to town on a mission, she cannot resist helping him, though she has no desire to join his world in the ton.

As Nick and Kate work to find answers to the past, they discover a passion that neither can deny.

ADVISORY:

ALWAYS BELIEVE IN LOVE is, technically, historical romance. But it is very light on the history and rather heavy on the passion. It has adult situations and graphic sexual content. You will not like this book if you don’t like those things. It does contain some information about fish. You might like that part of the story if you like fish.



My Enemy, My Earl

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Scottish Historical Romance

A Laird to Love Book 1

by Tammy Andresen

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“An exquisite blend of romance and storytelling, My Enemy, My Earl is a keeper!” USA Today Bestselling Author, Hildie McQueen

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Neither wants the other, but how can they continue to deny the passion between them?

 Fleeing London, and scandal, Lady Clarissa Burton runs directly into the wife-hunting Earl of Dumfries while traveling on a rutted Scottish road. She wanted peace in Scotland, not a tall and brooding laird who makes her forget that handsome lords are nothing but trouble.

Having spent years of his life fighting English wars, Ewan McDougal, Earl of Dumfries, wants nothing to do with England, or its people, for as long as he lives. He wants a nice Scottish lass to warm his bed and raise a family. So why can’t Ewan stop thinking about Lady Clarissa’s pouty lips or her curves made for a man’s hands? And what happened to her in London that has her running scared?



The Dress of the Season

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by Kate Noble

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Originally published in 2012.

Harris Dane, Viscount Osterley, orders a very fine and scandalously cut dress to be made for a certain lady he wishes to woo. While with the dress designer, he also orders a pair of gloves to be sent to his ward, Miss Felicity Grove, to wish her well for the new Season. But when Felicity accidentally receives the dress, along with Osterley’s affectionate note, it sets into motion a tale of scandalous misunderstandings and love in the last place you look.


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Wicked Regency Romance

The Wicked Earls’ Club Book #4

by Aubrey Wynne

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Publication Date: January 30, 2018

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He’s inherited the title of rake.

She hides behind her independence…

Fate accepts the challenge.

Grace Beaumont has seen what love can do to a woman. Her mother sacrificed her life to produce the coveted son and heir. A devastated father and newborn brother force her to take on the role of Lady Boldon at the age of fifteen. But Grace finds solace in the freedom and power of her new status.

Christopher Roker made a name for himself in the military. The rigor and pragmatism of the army suits him. When a tragic accident heaves Kit into a role he never wanted or expected, his world collides with another type of duty. Returning to England and his newfound responsibilities, the Wicked Earls’ Club becomes a refuge from the glitter and malice of London society but cannot ease his emptiness.  

Needing an escape from his late brother’s memory and reputation, Kit visits the family estate for the summer. Lady Grace, a beauty visiting from a neighboring estate, becomes a welcome distraction. When the chance to return to the military becomes a valid possibility, the earl finds himself wavering between his old life and the lure of an exceptional—and unwilling—woman.

All books in this series are by a different author. They are being released one each week until the last one in March 2018.

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My Thoughts:

The title is deceptive in this sweet regency title.

This is a sweet regency title with the underlying background of an abusive father and a rake of a husband who would not hurt any woman.

Now we get to the meat of this story after the rakehell husband dies and his title is to go to the next in line, a twin brother who really never wanted the title.
Christopher (Kit) returns from war to take the title he never wanted but was the one ultimately suited to. He is a man who wants no part of marriage and with the revelation from his sister in law that she is expecting he may only have the title until she produces a male heir. The title will still be his, however if the baby is a girl.

Grace is the cousin of the deceased Earl’s wife and had met the new Earl briefly when his twin had married her cousin. There was a bit of attraction between the two at that time over a year earlier.

Will their attraction grow to something more?

I enjoyed this sweet and sad tale. It is the first time I have read anything by this author.
The addition of a five year old little brother to Grace, a very precocious young man, really helped this storyline along. He is maybe the highlight of the story and a definite wonderfully wrought character. I immediately fell in love with this little boy.

I gave this book 4.25 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 2.5 of 5.0 flames. The only intimacy involved is a couple of kisses making this a sweet regency romance.

I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book via NetGalley to read and review.

 



Forbidden

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Scandalous Sirens Book 1

by Tracy Cooper-Posey & J.A. Templeton

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Publication Date: September 19, 2012

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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

The Complete Series

Reader Advisory: 

This book contains frequent sex scenes and sexual language.

A Sexy Historical Romance Novel
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Amazon #1 Best Seller, Historical Romance
ARE Bestseller, Historical Romance
Amazon Best Seller, Regency Romances
CAPA Award Finalist

About Tracy Cooper-Posey:

Tracy Cooper-Posey is #1 Best Selling Author. She writes science fiction and romance. She

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has published over 90 books since 1999, been nominated for five CAPAs including Favorite Author, and won the Emma Darcy Award.

She turned to indie publishing in 2011. Her indie titles have been nominated four times for Book Of The Year and Byzantine Heartbreak was a 2012 winner. Faring Soul won a SFR Galaxy Award in 2016 for “Most Intriguing Philosophical/Social Science Questions in Galaxybuilding” She has been a national magazine editor and for a decade she taught writing at MacEwan University.

She is addicted to Irish Breakfast tea and chocolate, sometimes taken together. In her spare time she enjoys history, Sherlock Holmes, reading science fiction and ignoring her treadmill. An Australian Canadian, she lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, a former professional wrestler, where she moved in 1996 after meeting him on-line.

http://TracyCooperPosey.com

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I’ve been writing romance for over twenty years now, and have had the priviledge of

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writing for New York publishers, small innovative E-publishers, as well as Indie publishing my own work. Indie publishing has proven to be the best of all worlds for an author like myself, who enjoys writing in all sub-genres of romance, including the young adult genre (my personal favorite).

Aside from writing and reading, I’m a certified psychic medium who loves history, research, traveling, hanging out with family, and riding motorcycles with my hubby, my first and only love, who stole my heart when I was fourteen and he was eighteen (yes, he robbed the cradle).

I love to hear from readers.  If you feel so inclined, please fill out my contact form or send an email to ja@jatempleton.com.  I respond to all emails.



Satyr’s Son

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A Georgian Historical Romance

Roxton Family Saga Book 5

by Lucinda Brant

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Publication Date: October 18, 2017

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Lucinda Brant brings the Georgian era to life as no one else can! —Cynthia Wright, New York Times bestselling author

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Roxton Family Saga Book 5: Henri-Antoine and Lisa’s Happily Ever After

London, 1786. Lord Henri-Antoine has returned from the Grand Tour to a life of privilege and excess. A vast inheritance allows him every indulgence, free from responsibility. Yet, Henri-Antoine maintains a well-ordered existence, going to great lengths to conceal an affliction few understand and many fear.

Miss Lisa Crisp is a penniless orphan who relies on the charity of relatives to keep her from the poorhouse. Intelligent and unflappable, Lisa will not allow poverty to define her. She leads a useful life working among the sick poor.

Under startling circumstances, Henri-Antoine and Lisa meet. There is instant attraction. When they find themselves attending the same wedding in the country, Henri-Antoine offers Lisa a scandalous proposition, one she should refuse but yearns to accept. Following her heart could ruin them both.

A standalone romantic adventure set against the backdrop of Treat, ancestral home of the dukes of Roxton. SATYR’S SON will delight fans of the series with cameos by many beloved characters, while new readers will discover the myriad pleasures and glittering aristocratic world of the Roxton family through the fresh eyes of newcomer Lisa Crisp. SATYR’S SON is a Cinderella story with a heartwarming Happily Ever After.

A must-read for fans who enjoy it when a rake is brought to his knees. A heady tale full of laughs, uniquely touching moments, and an amazing plot that will keep you on edge right to the end. I loved the Roxton family so much I’ll be going back to read the previous books that I missed. This book totally engaged me at an emotional level. For those looking for an intellectual read where you actually learn something integral to human nature, this book is for you.” —Maureen Dangarembizi, 5 STARS Readers’ Favorite

Just when you couldn’t imagine Lucinda Brant upstaging her previous, wondrous tales that star the Roxton family and friends, out comes Satyr’s Son, one of the best Cinderella stories ever. All books in this series easily stand alone but for those fortunate to read all the Roxton tales it will be like a homecoming of sorts. Reading and reviewing Satyr’s Son was an absolute joy. Any fan of historical romance just has to read this book. Totally addictive and marvelous.” —SWurman, 5 STAR REVIEWER TOP PICK Night Owl Reviews

144,000 words, about 570 standard pages (not including bonus material)
Non-explicit, mild sensuality

Connecting Books:

Many readers enjoy Lucinda Brant’s books as part of a wider series since her characters inhabit the same meticulously-researched 18th Century world with people and events cross-referenced throughout. Should you wish to read each series in chronological order, here is the sequence:

Roxton Family Saga
1740s NOBLE SATYR (Renard and Antonia)
1760s MIDNIGHT MARRIAGE (Julian and Deb)
1770s AUTUMN DUCHESS (Antonia and Jonathon)
1770s DAIR DEVIL (Dair and Rory)
1770s PROUD MARY (Mary and Christopher)
1780s SATYR’S SON (Henri-Antoine and Lisa)
ETERNALLY YOURS: Roxton Letters Volume One
FOREVER REMAIN: Roxton Letters Volume Two

Salt Hendon Series
1763 SALT BRIDE (Magnus and Jane)
1767 SALT REDUX (Antony and Caroline)
SALT HENDON COLLECTION — with bonus novella SALT ANGEL

Alec Halsey Mysteries
Spring 1763 DEADLY ENGAGEMENT (Country house mayhem)
Autumn 1763 DEADLY AFFAIR (The mysterious Miranda)
Winter 1763 DEADLY PERIL (Bloody intrigue abroad)
Summer 1764 DEADLY KIN (Coming soon)

 



Katie

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Clover Springs Mail Order Brides Book 1

by Rachel Wesson

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When Katie O’Callaghan left Ireland in search of a better life in America, she never dreamed that she’d end up having to flee Boston and head West less than a year later. But after suffering at the hands of her greedy Uncle, she is forced to take the only way out she can … marry a stranger out west.

Daniel Sullivan is in need of a wife if he wants the bank to lend him money for his new business. Too bad the only girl he’s interested in – one he met during a train robbery – is already taken.
Katie is determined to honour her promise to marry her fiancé despite losing her heart to Daniel.



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The Matchmaker of Edinburgh Series Book 2

by Julia Kelly

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

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

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

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

This Series:

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

 The Highlander’s Awakening

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Lairds of Dunkeld Series

A Medieval Scottish Romance Story

by Emilia Ferguson

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Publication Date: January 19, 2018

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

A Knight’s New Charge…

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

Son of a Thane, Betrothed…

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

Drastic Measures to Consider…

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

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

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



Conquest

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The Montbryce Legacy

Anniversary Edition Book 1

by Anna Markland

Series: The Montbryce Legacy Anniversary Edition

Paperback: 434 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

February 2, 2018

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1984037749

ISBN-13: 978-1984037749

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Conquering Passion:

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

Defiant Passion:

Patriotic rebellion.

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

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

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

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

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



The Lady’s Favor

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The Southern Sisters Book 1

by Tess Stuart

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

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

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

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

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

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A Dragon Romance

Dark Kings, Book #12

by Donna Grant

Series: Dark Kings (Book 12)

Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1250109574

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He knew her round eyes and the deep shade of brown along with the band of black that encircled her irises. He knew the slope of her breasts, the indent of her waist, and the flare of her hips. He knew the way she preferred to wear muted colors to help her blend in with a crowd. It had taken one look to put all that to memory, but he found his eyes going to her again and again, as if he couldn’t get enough.

Nikolai is a dragon shapeshifter who knows well the meaning of loss. Orphaned and raised to be a Dragon King, he never accepts defeat. Now, Nikolai prefers his solitude. . .until a beautiful, irresistible woman calls upon him for help—and Nikolai’s whole world goes up in flames.

Ever since MI5 agent Esther woke to discover her mind taken over with magic, she feels like a stranger to herself. She looks to a notorious dragon, one who has the power to help her find her memory. But as she and Nikolai come closer to discovering what really happened to her, a dangerous passion ignites between them. Can this lone Dragon King help the woman he’s grown to love to uncover the truth about her past—or will a deep and fiery danger tear them both apart in Heat, the next Dark Kings novel by New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant.

My Thoughts:

“Heat” reads much better and with more ease than the other book I have read in this series, “Blaze”. I have read other titles by Ms. Grant but they were read several years ago as hardback and paperback titles when I read more paranormal type romance. Now my taste runs more toward Historical romance and Historical Fiction with some lighthearted contemporary romance thrown in for good measure.
Blaze was much too violent for my taste. This book was much more of the soul searching variety.
It is important that I have only read two books in a very long series, because this is book twelve.
This is not a book to be read as a standalone title. The reader could become lost with so many characters most of which were introduced and visited in prior books of the series.
I liked the underlying story of Nikolai and Esther, but thought the jumping back and forth from their story to the others in this book very distracting. Maybe that would not be the case if I had read the entire series from the beginning.
We have dragon shifters, light and dark fae, druids and other paranormal beings. Thankfully this book didn’t contain all of the violence the prior book did. It was a much easier read with the much milder violent nature.
I gave this book 4 of 5 stars for storyline and character development and a mild sensual rating of 3.5 of 5.0 flames. The intimacy is not overly descriptive but we can feel the heat between our hero and heroine.
I received a complimentary digital ARC by invitation, of this book to read and review. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

About The Author:

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Donna is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty-five novels. Her most popular series is the breathtaking Dark King (aka Dragon King) series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

In addition to her novels, Donna has written over forty short stories, novellas, and novelettes for digital-first and print release. She has been dubbed as giving the “paranormal genre a burst of fresh air” by the San Francisco Book Review. Her work has been hailed as having “deft plotting and expert characterization” by Publisher’s Weekly and “sizzling” by RT Book Reviews.

She has been recognized with awards from both bookseller and reader contests including the National Reader’s Choice Award, Booksellers Best Award, as well as the coveted K.I.S.S. Award from RT Book Reviews

Donna travels often for various speaking engagements, conferences, and book signings. She is also a frequent workshop presenter at national conferences such as RT Book Lovers Convention and Thrillerfest, as well as local chapters.

Born and raised in Texas, she also has ties across the border in Louisiana. Growing up with two such vibrant cultures, her Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding. She is never far from her faithful 80 pound dog, Sisko, or her three cats. She can often be found at the movies or bookstore with her children. Or buying makeup. And shoes.

 

 



The Temptation of Dragons

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Bishop Nigel smiled at me. ‘Holy water doesn’t harm vampires. Which is just as well, as it would make it impossible to baptise them.’

When I was asked by a dragon to give him the last rites, I never dreamed it would lead to negotiating with his cannibalistic family or running from snail sharks. Life as the priest of a small English village is quite tame in comparison. At least I have Morey, a gryphon with sarcasm management issues, to help me. And if all else fails, there’s always red wine and single malt whisky.

As if my life weren’t complicated enough, a darkly beautiful dragon named Raven keeps appearing where I least expect him, I’ve met a handsome police inspector who loves science fiction as much as I do, and my younger brother is getting into trouble for trying to pick up vampires.

That’s what happens when you’re dealing with an incredible and dangerous parallel world full of mythical creatures.

And I have to learn to navigate it all without losing myself, or my brother…

‘This is a novel that everyone should read. It has so many layers; religion, humor, friendship, family, marriage, and social norms. Everyone can find something to love. I haven’t been able to stop talking about it! It’s original, refreshing, and delightful!’ ★★★★★  Readers’ Favorite

‘The world is richly penned with fully developed larger-than-life characters, a beautiful and believable world, and a premise that will tickle the fancy of anyone who loves a decent mystery wrapped in a shroud of fantasy. …A nearly flawless tale of a flawed woman doing her best with humor and faith, though not always with dignity, in a strange new world, this is one magical creation not to be missed!’  ★★★★ 1/2 InD’Tale Magazine

‘Fast, funny, and full of faith, this is the best fantasy series I have ever read!’ Melissa Storm, USA Today Bestselling Author



BARON OF GODSMERE

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A Medieval Romance

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by Tamara Leigh

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THE FEUD
England, 1308. Boursier, De Arell, Verdun—three noblemen who secretly gather to ally against their treacherous lord. But though each is elevated to a baron in his own right and given a portion of his lord’s lands, jealousy and reprisal lead to a twenty-five year feud, pitting family against family, passing father to son.

THE DECREE
England, 1333. The chink in Baron Boursier’s armor is his fondness for a lovely face. When it costs him half his sight and brands him as one who abuses women, he vows to never again be “blinded” by beauty. Thus, given the choice between forfeiting his lands and wedding one of his enemies to end their feud, he chooses as his betrothed the lady said to be plain of face, rejecting the lady rumored to be most fair.

THE ENEMY
On the eve of the deadline to honor the king’s decree of marriage, the fair Elianor of Emberly takes matters into her own hands. Determined none will suffer marriage to the man better known as The Boursier, she sets in motion her plan to imprison him long enough to ensure his barony is forfeited. But when all goes awry and her wrathful enemy compels her to wed him to save his lands, she discovers he is either much changed or much maligned. And the real enemy is one who lurks in their midst. One bent on keeping the feud burning.

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From USA Today Bestselling author, Tamara Leigh, the seventh book in the inspirational AGE OF FAITH series—featuring Lady Laura Middleton of THE YIELDING and Sir Lothaire Soames of THE VEXING.

FAR BETTER TO LOVE WITHOUT PROFIT…
Even if she must sell herself in marriage to the highest bidder, Lady Laura Middleton is determined to provide her daughter a home and protector. But when Queen Eleanor presents her cousin with four suitors, among them is one who believes Laura betrayed him ten years past. Despite her attempts to discourage his pursuit, he is determined to have her for the dowry needed to save his lands. Should he prevail, how is she to shield her daughter from the enemy who lurks within his walls? And what of her heart? If she reveals the truth of her betrayal, might he love her again?

…THAN LOVE NOT AND REAP BITTERNESS
Beware the Delilah, my son. Beware the Jezebel—advice Baron Lothaire Soames should have heeded as a young man. Now in need of funds, he faces marriage to the woman he lost to scandal. Though he vows to find another way to return prosperity to his lands, his former betrothed proves his only hope and he grudgingly vies to become her worthiest suitor—only to be struck by how little it takes his heart to pick up where it left off. Can he forgive what cannot be forgotten? More, will she forever yearn for the man who fathered her child?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

814+axhdb-L__UY200_Tamara Leigh holds a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology. In 1993, she

signed a 4-book contract with Bantam Books. Her first medieval romance, Warrior Bride, was released in 1994 and nominated for a RITA award. Continuing to write for the general market, she was published with HarperCollins and Dorchester and earned awards and spots on national bestseller lists.

In 2006, Tamara’s first inspirational contemporary romance, Stealing Adda, was released. In 2008, Perfecting Kate was optioned for a movie and Splitting Harriet won an ACFW Book of the Year award. The following year, Faking Grace was nominated for a RITA award. In 2011, Tamara wrapped up her Southern Discomfort series with the release of Restless in Carolina.

When not in the middle of being a wife and mother, Tamara dips her writer’s pen in ink and nose in a good book. In 2012, she returned to the historical romance genre with Dreamspell: A Medieval Time Travel Romance, followed by the Age of Faith series, which now includes the seventh book, The Awakening. Tamara’s #1 Bestsellers—Lady at Arms, Lady Of Eve, Lady Of Conquest, and Lady Betrayed—are among her general market romances to be rewritten as clean reads. Baron Of Blackwood, the third book in the #1 bestselling series, The Feud, is now available.

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Nicole Flockton:

USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love.
On her first school report her teacher noted “Nicole likes to tell her own stories”. It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book.
Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.

 

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Award-winning paranormal romance author, Abigail Owen, grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.No matter the genre, she loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.

Abigail also writes award-winning contemporary romance as Kadie Scott.

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Modern-day King Arthur meets Snow White for a surprising happily ever after in this magical mash-up of legends and fairy tales.
The victim of an ancient curse, Sasha White has wandered the world alone for centuries. The only way out of this endless, lonely cycle is to break the fabled Immortality Stone, which she’s finally located. Infiltrating Chevalier Jewels as an expert diamond cutter, she’s determined to steal the stone from her employers—the same seven men her wizard father was once sworn to shield.
 
Security expert Derek Arthur has gone undercover in order to catch a jewel thief for his latest, and greatest, client. But all his military training didn’t prepare him to deal with Sasha, the woman Chevalier Jewels assigned as his boss to complete the disguise. The need she ignites within him catches him off guard. Meanwhile, his own powerful secrets are attracting mysterious visions and dangers at every turn.
 
Can an immortal jewel thief and the man hunting her down find trust a way to trust? Or will the evil that separated them long ago continue to deny them their true destiny?

My Thoughts:

This book seems to be a mixed up combination of legends and fairytales. I read it because it was offered to me by invitation. However this book is just not my cup of tea. I did finish it but would not buy it. I have read other book in a similar genre that I enjoyed immensely but this one just didn’t come across in the same way.
I would rate this book 3.0 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and give it a hot sensual rating of 4.5 of 5.0 flames.
In this readers opinion the sexual scenes are about the only thing that made sense in this whole book.
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Grigori: A Royal Dragon Romance

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by Lauren Smith

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“Lauren has created a new series that will capture you from page one! Grigori is exactly what a dragon should be. Smoking hot, sexy, and wickedly dangerous. You’re going to love this book!” – New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Ivy

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.

 

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 prisms colors to draw him.
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.
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.

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Mikhail: A Royal Dragon Romance

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by Lauren Smith

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A dragon never leaves his hoard unguarded. His heart is another matter.

The second eldest in an ancient line of Russian dragon shifters, Mikhail Barinov had one job: protect one of the family hoard of jewels. Distracted by the English virgin queen Elizabeth, who was as dazzling as she was devious; he lost everything. Five centuries of exile later, news that a construction crew has unearthed a massive trove of gold and jewels sends him racing to London, determined to steal back his family’s treasure…and his honor.

Professional gemologist Piper Linwood can’t wait to bury herself in her newest project, evaluating a hoard of Elizabethan-era treasure. But both her life and career are threatened when a mysterious, brooding man with a dangerous smile—and an even more dangerous kiss—snatches the lot.

Unwillingly swept along for the ride, Piper discovers Mikhail is no mere thief. And the dragon on his back is more than a tattoo. It’s a living, breathing extension of a bad boy she’s finding harder and harder to resist. But his heart is a treasure she can never own…because to save her career, she’ll have to betray his trust.

My Thoughts:

Although I don’t read much paranormal or shifter romance I have read both books so far in this series and look forward to reading book #3, Rurik.

After reading book #1, I thought Lauren’s imagination could not possibly extend to making this a three book series. Well so far, so good.
We don’t get as much description of Mikhail as we did Grigori, but we do find his tattoo an ingenious addition. I became so absorbed with this book that I found it difficult to put down.
Although I feel each book could be read as a standalone, I think you should read them all in order to get full enjoyment of this wonderfully imaginative series.
I gave this book 4.75 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development and a high sensual rating of 4.5 of 5 flames. We’re not talking graphic sex, but some of the love scenes are really heated in nature, so be prepared to swoon.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this title from the author and her publisher to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

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Rurik: A Royal Dragon Romance

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A dragon’s prisoner…or his deepest desire?

The fiercest of a royal line of Russian dragon shifters, Rurik Barinov spends most days defending his family’s homeland from rival clans. By night, sins of the flesh—drinking, dancing, and sex—keep his volatile warrior dragon in check. Barely.

With his choice of mortal women to bed, he has no interest in changing his bad-boy ways—until a creature of molten sex poured into a tiny red satin dress steps into his nightclub. A jagged edge of raw desire nicks the impenetrable armor around his heart.

Charlotte MacQueen has been told since childhood to stay in school, live a normal life. Leave the family business—hunting down dragons—to her brothers. But tonight, she’s shed her chemist’s lab coat and infiltrated enemy lines to bag a dragon of her own.

She never expected sexy, all-too-wicked Rurik Barinov to capture her, body and soul—the perfect weapon to use against her brothers. Or that she’d fall for the brave, battle-scarred dragon shifter who covets her heart like the most precious of jewels.

Twilight meets Games of Thrones in this hot new dragonshifter romance by USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Smith!

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Of Sand and Stone

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She was destined to save his heart of stone…

Bookish museum curator Rebecca Clark has given up on dating. Real life men aren’t nearly as perfect as the men in the paintings and statues she sees every day at her job. But one night she whispers a prayer to the universe to send her the perfect man. She had no idea a goddess is listening…

Devon Blake was Regency London’s most wicked lover but when he sleeps with the wrong woman and leaves her unsatisfied, he finds himself cursed by none other than the Goddess of love herself. After living two centuries trapped as a marble statue, Aphrodite gives Devon one chance to redeem himself or he’ll face an eternity of made of stone. He must prove he can satisfy a woman’s every desire without satisfying his own.

When Rebecca discovers a naked man in her art gallery instead of a priceless statue at midnight she has no idea he’s the answer to her prayers. Aphrodite has sent Devon to be Rebecca’s perfect man. Can Devon earn Rebecca’s love and trust by proving his selflessness or will it be too late?

My Thoughts:

I pushed this short novella ahead of my other reads just because of the nature of this read. I had recently finished Grigori, a Dragon Shifters romance also by Lauren Smith and could not put it down. I don’t read as much paranormal as I do historical romance titles, but since Grigori was so good and this one was short, I could hardly wait.
I was not disappointed.

Rebecca loves her job as a museum coordinator and when a fabulous marble statue of a nude man by an unknown artist comes her way she stays over to make sure he has center stage in the exhibit.
She has been left alone in the museum when to her surprise the statue is no longer made of marble but manifests itself as a flesh and blood and very nude man.
Surely this is just her overactive imagination working overtime! What has actually become of the statue and where did this confused, if gorgeous man come from?

Devon was in his time known as London’s most wicked rake, but his one flaw as a lover was that he always reached his own satisfaction but never gave his partners the same. He left one woman too many unsatisfied. That bed partner was the goddess of love and for his misdeeds she turns him to stone.

What will it take to make Rebecca believe Devon’s remarkable and far fetched tale? Will this lead to more between this time traveling man and the woman who brought him back to life?

I enjoyed this short read very much. I gave it 4.5 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 3.75 of 5.0 flames. Since Devon must give his new lover satisfaction without finding his own that limits the intimacy but it is combustible beyond measure when it finally occurs.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book as a member of Lauren Smith’s Private Review League to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

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About The Author:

2cd46-lauren_smith_2014-240x300USA 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 http://www.laurensmithbooks.com or twitter at @LSmithAuthor.

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The Dark Prince

Dark Prince

The French Fae Legend: Book 1

by Emma V. Leech

Series: Les Fes: The French Fae Legend (Book 1)

Paperback: 320 pages

Publication Date: February 14, 2015

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN-10: 1507785542

ISBN-13: 978-1507785546

File Size: 3096 KB

Print Length: 321 pages

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Publication Date: February 12, 2015

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Two Fae Princes.
One human woman.
And a world ready to tear them all apart.

Laen Braed is Prince of the Dark Fae, with a temper and reputation to match his black eyes, and a heart that despises the human race. When he is sent back through the forbidden gates between realms to retrieve an ancient Fae artifact, he returns home with far more than he bargained for.

Corin Albrecht, the most powerful Elven Prince ever born. His golden eyes are rumoured to be a gift from the gods, and destiny is calling him. With a love for the human world that runs deep, his friendship with Laen is being torn apart by his prejudices.

Océane DeBeauvoir is an artist and bookbinder who has always relied on her lively imagination to get her through an unhappy and uneventful life. A jewelled dagger put on display at a nearby museum hits the headlines with speculation of another race, the Fae. But the discovery also inspires Océane to create an extraordinary piece of art that cannot be confined to the pages of a book.

With two powerful men vying for her attention and their friendship stretched to breaking point, the only question that remains … who is truly The Dark Prince?

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A Studies in Scandal Novel

by Manda Collins

Series: Studies in Scandal (Book 3)

Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (January 30, 2018)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1250109906

ISBN-13: 978-1250109903

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Publication Date: January 30, 2018

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THE PICTURE OF ROMANCE

A dedicated painter, Miss Sophia Hastings is far more concerned with finding the right slant of light than in finding Mr. Right. But when an overheard conversation hints at danger for another local artist, Sophia is determined to get involved. Even if it means accepting help from an impossibly good-looking vicar who insists on joining her investigation—and threatens to capture her heart…

Reverend Lord Benedick Lisle knows that Sophia is no damsel in distress. But he won’t allow her to venture into peril alone, either. . .especially since he finds Sophia’s curious, free-spirited nature so alluring. But protecting her from harm is becoming more difficult than the vicar could have expected as he and Sophia confront their fiery mutual passion. Who could have known that the art of love would prove so irresistible?

My Thoughts:

“Wallflower Most Wanted” is the newest release of the Studies in Scandal series by Manda Collins, a page turning Regency romance.

This incredible book is #3 of this series. I have read them all but this one is my favorite of the series so far.

Sophia Hastings is one of four young ladies who have inherited Lady Celeste Beauchamp’s estate. She is a dedicated artist and while painting a scene she is passionate aboutshe is startled by voices and falls down a cliff.
The local vicar, Reverend Lord Benedick Lisle rescues Sophia after her fall. The two of them overhear a startling conversation that hints at a murder plot.
Because the target is a local artist Sophia insists on investigating. Benedick will not allow her to jump into this alone.

Will this lead to a lasting love?

I gave this book 4.75 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 3.5 of 5.0 flames. This one kept the intimacy until later in the book rather than jumping right in. This helped me understand the growing attraction between hero and heroine much better.
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 title which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

This Series:

  1. Ready Set Rogue
  2. Duke With Benefits
  3. Wallflower Most Wanted
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manda-collinsManda Collins grew up on a combination of Nancy Drew books and Jane Austen novels, and her own brand of Regency romantic suspense is the result. An academic librarian by day, she investigates the mysteries of undergraduate research at her alma mater, and holds advanced degrees in English Lit and Librarianship. Her debut novel, How to Dance with a Duke spent five weeks on the Nielsen Bookscan Romance Top 100 list, was nominated for an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for best debut historical romance, and finaled in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence contest. Both How to Entice an Earl and Why Dukes Say I Do were selected for inclusion in Eloisa James’s Reading Romance column. She has been reviewed in Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, RT Book Reviews, and USA Today.

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  • Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense
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  • Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence (Winner)
  • Original Golden Opportunity 
  • RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Innovative Historical Romance
  • RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Debut Historical Romance


Bold Seduction

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by Karyn Gerrard

File Size: 407 KB

Print Length: 121 pages

Publisher: Lyrical Press (September 1, 2015)

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

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An Intriguing Proposition
Passion. Seduction. Pleasure. These are the qualities of any courtesan worth her salt. As owner of The Starling Club, London’s most notorious house of ill-repute, Madame Philomena McGrattan has seen it all, heard it all, done it all. There is little that surprises her anymore, and even less that excites her. So when she is presented a chance at an irresistible seduction, she can’t help but rise to the challenge.

 
A Dangerous Game
Studiousness. Practicality. Discipline. Such are the attributes of a good scholar, and such are the principles Lord Spencer Hornsby has built his life around. Alone in the Welsh countryside, with only his wolfhounds for company, Spencer has thrown himself into his work. There is little time for the pleasures of society, not even to think of the joys of the fairer sex. But when an unexpected guest arrives at his isolated hunting lodge, Spencer cannot help but be baffled by the presence of this dangerously beautiful woman. And when he discovers the reason for her arrival, and the pleasures she promises, he cannot help but find himself irresistibly intrigued . . .



Glitter and Gold

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A Canary Club Prequel

by Sherry D. Ficklin

Paperback: 160 pages

Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing

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ISBN-10: 1634222571

ISBN-13: 978-1634222570

File Size: 7430 KB

Print Length: 178 pages

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Publication Date: March 23, 2017

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Of Glitter and Gold: A Canary Club Prequel
Set during the flamboyant anything-goes era of 1920’s America, these three historical romance tales are filled with intriguing characters and rich imagery from the time period—with flappers, jazz music, gangsters, and lavish wealth. Escape to a different decade today with the compelling stories of the Canary Club. This novel can be read before or after The Canary Club.

Novels inThe Canary Club Series by Sherry D. Ficklin:

  • The Canary Club (Stand Alone)
  • Glitter and Gold: A Canary Club Prequel
  • Additional books following secondary characters coming soon.

Novelette 1- Gilded Cage
Masie, the flaxen-haired daughter of notorious bootlegger Dutch Schultz, returns home from boarding school to find her family in crisis. Her mother is dangerously unstable, her father’s empire is on the brink of ruin, and the boy she once loved has become a ruthless killer for hire. To keep her family’s dangerous secrets, Masie is forced into a lie that will change the course of her future—and leave her trapped in a gilded cage of her own making.


Novelette 2- All That Glitters
A dame with brains, moxie, and killer curves, June West isn’t your average flapper. She’s managed to endear herself to the son of one of the most powerful gangsters in New York, earning herself a spot in the limelight that she’s always longed for. With the infamous playboy at her side, June has become accustomed to living the high life. Lavish parties, expensive clothes, sparkling jewels—nothing is beyond her reach. But when her carefully woven web of lies finally catches up with her, she must make an impossible choice… come clean about her past and risk losing everything, or find a way to bury her demons—once and for all.


Novelette 3 – Nothing Gold
Dickey has been down on his luck since the day he was born. Flat broke and sick of being looked down on, he meets young socialite Lilly Rose at a wild party. The connection is like a strike of lightning. From a wealthy New York family, this debutante is everything he’s been told he can never have—and the only thing he wants. Determined to win her, he knows the only way to get her parents approval is with cold hard cash. So when a shot at the biggest score of his life comes around, he just can’t refuse…


Perfect for fans of Beatriz Williams’ A Certain Age or Libba Bray’s The Diviners, The Canary Club by Sherry D. Ficklin will entice Historical Romance fans of all ages. This Gatsby-era tale filled with dazzling speakeasies, vicious shoot-outs, gritty gangsters, and iridescent ingenues has also been compared to the television series Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING and BOARDWALK EMPIRE.


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A Devil in Scotland

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A No Ordinary Hero Novel, Book #3

by Suzanne Enoch

Series: No Ordinary Hero (Book 3)

Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages

ISBN-10: 125009545X

ISBN-13: 978-1250095459

File Size: 2834 KB

Print Length: 320 pages

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks 

Publication Date: January 30, 2018

Sold by: Macmillan

Language: English

ASIN: B073TSQZ3J

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The dawning of desire
1806, Scotland. Wild, reckless Callum MacCreath is in no hurry to become someone’s husband. But when his responsible, steady older brother Ian announces his engagement to their childhood friend Rebecca, Callum makes a startling discovery: he wants the lovely young lass for himself. But it’s too late, and when Ian banishes him for his duplicity, Callum is only too happy to leave Scotland forever.

…is delicious and dangerous
1816: Marrying Ian was the practical, logical thing for Becca to do. But once Callum sailed away to America, she missed his rakish charm and lust for life. Now Becca is a widow when a much-changed Callum returns to his Scottish homeland. Will he remember their spirited, fiery connection or does he blame her for his brother’s unexpected death? This time neither of them can deny their scorching attraction. But will their hearts be burned in the blazing heat of scandal?

My Thoughts:

I have loved all of the books I have read by Suzanne Enoch. She quickly became a favorite author of mine.
This is the third book in the No Ordinary Hero series.
Callum has always been a bit of a scoundrel. When he discovers Ian has asked Rebecca to marry him, Callum suddenly realizes he wants their childhood friend for himself but when he asks her to elope with him she tells him he is a drunken boy.
Ian and his guest overhear and this leads to Callum’s banishment from his home and eventually from Scotland. But before he leaves he tells the unscrupulous Duke that he will return to kill him if anything happens to his brother.
Ten years later in Kentucky, Callum learns of his brother’s demise and returns to Scotland with murder on his mind.
He is certain that Ian’s death was certainly not the accident it was thought to be after all Ian couldn’t possibly have drown.
Callum is sure it was murder and also suspects that Becca’s father was murdered too.
Did Rebecca have a hand in her husband and father’s demise.
It is love at first sight when Callum meets his young niece.
Margaret is a precocious six year old who becomes enchanted with Callum’s wolf, Waya. She quickly claims the wolf as her own even though she already has a dog, and wraps Callum around her little finger.
Will Callum and Becca be able to crack the mystery of Ian’s death?
Will their search for the truth bring them back together in a second chance at love?
I gave this well written and enchanting title 4.75 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 4 of 5 flames. When Callum and Rebecca come back together it leads to a very heated relationship.
I received a complimentary digital copy 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.

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Midnight Secrets

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Killdaren Series Book 1

by Jennifer St. Giles

Series: Killdaren

Paperback: 356 pages

Publisher: Fireside Reads

Publication Date: 3rd edition; May 9, 2016

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0692713263

ISBN-13: 978-0692713266

File Size: 6286 KB

Print Length: 358 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692713263

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: Fireside Reads

Publication Date: May 14, 2016

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B01FP4H1VG

Digital List Price: $0.99

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Is he her darkest dream…or most terrifying nightmare?

Cassiopeia’s dreams have never been her own. They are harbingers of death. Yet when she learns her gentle cousin, Mary, has disappeared from a remote castle on the Cornish Coast, the official story doesn’t fit with Cassie’s prophetic dream.

The mystery compels her to leave the safety and middle-class comfort of Oxford to take a job as a maid in the house of Killdaren. There she discovers more than the daily indignities the working class must endure. There’s a darkness surrounding Sean Killdaren, a man born with his hands at his twin’s throat. Whispers of the murderous Dragon Curse…and an aversion to daylight that adds vampire to spine-chilling rumors.

When Cassie encounters him in the shadowy corridors, his touch should make her tremble in fear. But that’s not what makes her knees shockingly weak. It’s the spell of desire he casts with his wicked green eyes…and the small acts of kindness that soften her heart.

The closer she comes to the truth, the greater the danger. Mary isn’t the only woman lost to the Killdaren brothers’ curse. And as a killer lurks ever closer, Cassie wonders whom she can trust…and if she will be the next victim.



The Wicked North

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Hearts Touched By Fire Book 1

by Gina Danna

Series: Hearts Touched By Fire

Paperback: 358 pages

Publisher: Gina Danna (May 24, 2016)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0989664473

ISBN-13: 978-0989664479

File Size: 5025 KB

Print Length: 360 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989664473

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: The Bitter End Publishing

Publication Date: June 26, 2016

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Bound by duty and honor to wear the Union blue, a Southern-born West Point officer fights his own desires and the need to protect the woman he abandoned, he disobeys his orders to find her, as the Army of the Potomac marches toward her family’s home near Richmond.

She has the guts and willpower to protect her home from the hated Yankee aggressors, but when that traitor to the South appears at her door, she’s torn between wanting to shoot him and to be held in his arms again.

Can she forgive him for their past indiscretion or does she turn him in to be executed, a traitor to both sides?

In the summer of 1862, her family’s plantation becomes the personal battle ground between them as deceit, betrayal and passion ignite the flames of love and hate that burn brighter than the roar of the guns and rivers of blood surrounding them.

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