I HOPE YOUR EASTER IS WONDERFUL
& SPENT WITH THOSE YOU LOVE!
Have a Fabulous Day!!!
With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter dares to hope that she finally has it all: a wonderful new husband, Jonah, a successful career and the chance of a precious baby of her own. Life couldn’t be more perfect.
But the reality of becoming parents proves much harder than Lucy and Jonah imagined. Jonah’s love and support is unquestioning, but as Lucy struggles with work and her own failing dreams, the strain on their marriage increases. Suddenly it feels like Lucy is close to losing everything…
Heart-wrenching and poignant, this latest work by bestselling author Amanda Prowse asks the question: what does it mean to be a mother in today’s hectic world? And what if it’s asking too much to want it all?
This poignant, heart wrenching tale kept me in stitches always hoping for the best for the heroine. I know only from the experience of friends and family the joy of a child’s arrival and the sorrow of loss when this much anticipated life ends too early.
This story is so well written with characters that you both love and hate. You can not help but feel the drastic loss each time it happens and the anticipation that just maybe this time will be different
I gave this book 4.25 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization. This is not my usual type of read but it kept me totally engrossed in this often sad story.
Be prepared … This one will not leave you untouched!
I was invited to read and received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I have voluntarily reviewed.
About The Author:
Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author who has published sixteen novels in dozens of languages. Her recent chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’ and ‘My Husband’s Wife’ have sold millions of copies around the world.
Other novels by Amanda Prowse include ‘A Mother’s Story’ which won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award and ‘Perfect Daughter’ that was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016. Amanda’s latest book ‘The Food of Love’ went straight to No.1 in Literary Fiction when it was launched in the USA and she has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘The Queen of Drama’ for her ability to make the reader feel as if they were actually in the story.
Now published by Lake Union, Amanda Prowse is the most prolific writer of contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also score the highest online review approval ratings for several genres.
A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda Prowse is a regular panellist on the Channel 5 show ‘The Wright Stuff’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She makes countless guest appearances on BBC and independent Radio stations where she is well known for her insightful observations of human nature and her infectious observational humour.
Become friends with Amanda on Facebook: AmandaProwseAuthor and follow her on Twitter: @MrsAmandaProwse or Instagram: MrsAmandaProwse. For more information on her books, lifestyle and inspirational advice see http://www.amandaprowse.com
Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…
Praise for Amanda Prowse…
‘A powerful and emotional work of fiction’ – Piers Morgan
‘Deeply moving and emotional, Amanda Prowse handles her explosive subjects with delicate skill’ – Daily Mail
‘Uplifting and positive, but you will still need a box of tissues’ – Hello!
‘A gut-wrenching and absolutely brilliant read’ – The Irish Sun
‘You’ll fall in love with this…’ – Cosmopolitan
‘Deeply moving and eye opening. Powerful and emotional drama that packs a real punch.’ – Heat
‘Magical’ – Now magazine
In bustling Victorian London, a desperate woman turns to the last man who would ever want to come to her aid…
Years ago, when Helena Martin escaped to London with a dashing captain, she had no idea she was endangering her entire village. Little did she know, the arranged match she fled was the little town’s last chance at prosperity. Now, with her beloved grandmother’s health failing, Helena must face the damage she wrought. And she must do it with an unlikely escort: her jilted fiance’s brother.
Daniel Lanfield is undoubtedly attracted to Helena—and furious with her. Though it was unintentional, her thoughtlessness has caused great misery to their village. Yet Daniel is uniquely positioned to help her return home, and strangely compelled to keep her close along the way. For no matter what their pasts, the desire between them now is ever-present…
A thief turned reluctant protector… A countess who resents but can’t resist him…
Sir Geoffrey has dedicated his life to exacting revenge on the men who killed his parents and stole his birthright. The son of a baron, he has been reduced to stealing the resources he needs to reclaim his family legacy. Just when he’s on the verge of success, his uncle asks him to put his plans on hold to help protect a wealthy countess. It’s a distraction Geoffrey resents, even more so when he meets Lady Sara. The gorgeous, complicated and alluring lady is everything he’d want in a woman—and everything he can’t have.
With her betrothed coming to claim her hand in marriage and a distant cousin intent on usurping her earldom, Lady Sara Caiser feels beset by controlling, unwanted men. As if that weren’t enough, her father’s deathbed request was for two lawless border reivers to serve as her protectors. Despite her misgivings, an undeniable attraction pulls her into Sir Geoffrey’s arms. The man she thought nothing more than a thief is more dangerous than she believed, for he’s noble, caring and sinfully attractive. As the threats against her continue to mount, Sara must decide what’s more important—her duty or her heart.
The Thief’s Countess, set in 13th century Northumbria, is the first book in a historical romance series.
If you like strong female heroines, alpha male types, and sizzling romance, you’ll love the first full-length installment of the Border Series.
Transport yourself to the medieval world of The Thief’s Countess today!
This is a well written first full length romance debut by Cecelia Mecca.
I read the prequel novella but failed to enjoy it with nearly the intensity of this full length book.
Our heroine is on the verge of an arranged marriage to save herself and her recently deceased father’s holdings.
Our hero is a displaced nobleman, turned reiver due to his dire circumstances.
Sara takes an instant dislike to Geoffrey.
Will her feelings change? If she does will it lead to an uncommon love between these heretofore strangers?
In this, the debut full length novel by Cecilia Mecca we find a young countess who has been betrothed by the king to a man who is unknown to her.
This is a well written book situated in medieval Scotland along the borders and is so much more enjoyable than the prequel novella.
Sara is a young countess who strives to do her King’s bidding by marrying a man she has never met instead of the man sent to assure her safety.
Geoffrey is the man sent to keep her safe and in spite of their almost instant dislike for each other or maybe because it that enmity turns to passion and finally to love.
I enjoyed this book with it’s surprising outcome.
Ms Mecca has written a surprisingly good story with unforgettable and well developed characters.
I gave this book 4.25 of 5 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 3.75 of 5 flames.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this title to read. I have voluntarily left this review.
AN INNOCENT WOMAN DETERMINED TO WIN THE ELUSIVE MAN SHE WANTS.
In her grimy, coal stained world, Olive Thompson knows one thing for certain – Mr. Edwards is the one she wants. When she’s with him, every part of her feels alive. And when he looks at her, a forbidden world glows in his gaze. She wants what he threatens, what he promises…no matter the price.
A PASSIONATE MAN DESPERATE TO SAVE AN ANGEL FROM HIS DARK DESIRES.
Intuitively a man knows when a woman can unravel him, regardless of what he tells himself. Jamie Edwards, master of the sensual and elite art of shibari rope, has always kept Olive Thompson at a distance. For two years, he’s endured constant vigilance, denial, and endless hunger … until today. Today he will steal a taste, something to remember after he walks away forever. Because who he is and what he wants are not for someone so pure. She thinks she wants him… she has no idea.
AFTER THE DARKEST NIGHT, THE SUN ALWAYS RISES – WHETHER YOU’RE READY FOR THE LIGHT OR NOT.
“The second book in Holland’s Velvet Basement series features two strong characters whose unconventional and passionate courtship will keep readers turning pages. Her incorporation of Shibari provides a unique, refreshing look at Victorian England and its interpretation of foreign cultures. This is no typical romance–readers should expect scenes involving BDSM–and Holland continues to surprise and delight.”~ RTBookReviews 4 STARS SCORCHER
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:
For me Olive and Jamie’s story, encourages us to have the courage to be and express our passions in life, no matter how unlikely. I wanted to show the beauty of rope and its cultural connection to the sacred through Japanese culture. It expressed to me, a symbol of how we bind those we love to us, how we may be bound by invisible ropes, and that sometimes the most simple and innocent of touches can be the most devastating. I hope you enjoy it. Elsa
**All the books in The Velvet Basement Series are stand alone
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Look, I get it, I’m not asking for miracles. I might be a closeted hopeless romantic, but I’m also a realist. I don’t need fireworks. I’m not asking for magic. Of course, my date won’t be Prince Charming. All I’m asking for is a pleasant night out on the worst single day of the year. That’s not exactly shooting for the stars, now is it?
Apparently, it is.
Because not only am I stuck with the date from hell, but the fates don’t think I’ve suffered enough, so why not seat me next to my secret crush. Trauma surgeon, Xavier Knight, is the most gorgeous man alive, and completely out of my league. An unobtainable, impossible dream that makes my heart pound whenever he gets close. Fantastic. Now he’ll bear witness to my humiliation.
Ah, life, you really know how to kick a girl when she’s down.
Desire waylays the plans of a man with a mysterious past and a woman with an uncertain future, in Susanna Craig’s unforgettable series set in Georgian England.
After her much older husband dies—leaving her his fortune—Charlotte Blakemore finds herself at the mercy of her stepson, who vows to contest the will and destroy her life. With nowhere to turn and no one to help her, she embarks on an elaborate ruse—only to find herself stranded on the way to London. . .
More than twenty years in the West Indies have hardened Edward Cary, but not enough to abandon a helpless woman at a roadside inn—especially one as disarmingly beautiful as Charlotte. He takes her with him to the Gloucestershire estate he is determined to restore, though he is suspicious of every word that falls from her distractingly lush lips.
As far as Charlotte knows, Edward is nothing more than a steward, and there’s no reason to reveal his noble birth until he can right his father’s wrongs. Acting as husband and wife will keep people in the village from asking questions that neither Charlotte nor Edward are willing to answer. But the game they’re each determined to play has rules that beg to broken, when the passion between them threatens to uncover the truth—for better or worse. .
I don’t read much Georgian period romance as there is much more out there in Regency and Scottish Historical, but I really liked this read.
This was the first time I had read anything by this relatively new author. I can find only two previous books by her all from this same series. I will endeavor to read the first two and if they are as good as this one I am sure to enjoy them too.
Although this book is number 3 of this series, I feel it reads very well as a stand alone title.
Our heroine is a recently widowed Duchess who is believed to be the illegitimate daughter of a French whore.
Her stepson, the new Duke, intends to have her marriage to his deceased father nullified since he feels his father was tricked into the marriage and Charlotte deserves nothing from the estate.
She runs away with only her maid as a companion but due to her endeavors to hide she ends up destitute after sending her maid away disguised as herself and her as the maid.
Her rescuer is an aristocrat who has only just returned home after many years. She thinks him only a steward and he intends to keep her in the dark about his true identity
This begins a compelling story with a bit of mystery added for good measure.
This well written third book in this series makes me want more by this author.
I gave this book 4.25 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3 of 5 flames.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley to read. This in no was affected my opinion of this book which I have reviewed voluntarily.
About The Author:
A love affair with historical romances led Susanna Craig to a degree (okay, three degrees) in literature and a career as an English professor. When she’s not teaching or writing academic essays about Jane Austen and her contemporaries, she enjoys putting her fascination with words and knowledge of the period to better use: writing Regency-era romances she hopes readers will find both smart and sexy. She makes her home among the rolling hills of Kentucky horse country, along with her historian husband, their unstoppable little girl, and a genuinely grumpy cat.
Susanna Craig writes historical romances that will “leave you breathless,” says New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston. The first three books in the Runaway Desires series, To Kiss a Thief, To Tempt an Heiress and To Seduce a Stranger are available now!
Susanna is represented by the amazing Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
Fiona promises to introduce her dying grandmother to her secret fiancé… but she’ll have to find one first. When she crosses paths with Percival, the handsome new Duke of Alfriston, will he agree to a make-believe engagement
One reclusive bluestocking…
Fiona Amberly is more intrigued by the Roman ruins near her manor house than she is by balls. When her dying Grandmother worries about Fiona’s future, Fiona stammers that she’s secretly engaged. Soon she finds herself promising that she will introduce her husband-to-be by Christmas.
One dutiful duke…
Percival Carmichael, new Duke of Alfriston, is in a hurry. He’s off to propose to London’s most eligible debutante. After nearly dying at Waterloo, he’s vowed to spend the rest of his life living up to the ton’s expectations.
A HISTORICAL CHRISTIAN ROMANCE…
The historical town of Eagle Harbor awaits readers in book one of the bestselling Eagle Harbor Series.
Tressa Danell is finished with men—from the wastrel who left her a widow, to the smelly trapper who keeps proposing, to the banker who wants to repossess her bakery. Every hour is spent working to pay off her late husband’s debt and keep a roof over her son’s head, though it’s doubtful she can do both for very long. But one thing’s certain—she’ll never be beholden to a man again.
Tired of living in a small town that blames him for actions his father committed ten years ago, Mac Oakton is scheduled to leave Eagle Harbor. So why does the pretty widow at the bakery keep tugging at his heart? He can’t get involved in her predicament when he’ll only be around for two more weeks.
But when Tressa’s burdens overwhelm her, they both face a decision. Can Mac set his own plans aside to help? And can Tressa accept his support if that means giving up her independence … and being obligated to a man again?
Disguised as a country miss, Charlotte Devon flees London, desperate to leave her tattered reputation behind. In Scotland, her estranged father’s noble blood will finally make her a respectable debutante. Except she finds herself accidentally wed to a devil-may-care rogue with a sinful smile. He’s the last thing she needs…and everything her traitorous heart desires.
Charming rake Anthony Fairfax is on holiday to seek his fortune…and escape his creditors. When an irresistible Lady Luck wins him in a game of chance—and a slight mishap has them leg-shackled by dawn—the tables have finally turned in his favor. But when past demons catch up to them, holding on to new love will mean destroying their dreams forever.
In this first book of her newest series Erica Ridley brings us a dissolute and charming rake who can not stay away from games of chance and any sort of gambling. He has lost repeatedly but still can’t resist the chance to win it all back.
Our heroine is the illegitimate daughter of a lady of the night and a nobleman. She has left London to find her estranged father. She needs money to help her along the way and joins the card game in which our hero is winning.
Can this pair thrown together by odd circumstances find love or will they part after living out this farce.
I enjoyed this book and even read it twice before leaving my review.
I look forward to subsequent additions to this new series.
I gave this book 4 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 2.5 of 5 flames. It is a mildly sensual read with almost no sexual interaction.
I was invited by the publisher to read this book and received a complimentary digital ARC via NetGalley.
This in no way affected my opinion and I have voluntarily left this review.
A Standalone Short Story with No Cliffhanger!
The last thing Meredith MacDonald wants is to be married off to someone in a clan friendly with the infamous Campbell’s. After a night of drink, she gets it into her head to run off and make her way to distant relatives in England. On the road a gunshot startles her horse, and in pursuit of it Meredith stumbles, almost literally, across a man called Ethan. He appears to be running away as well, and agrees to accompany her to the next inn.
Her father’s men are close behind, however, and it doesn’t take long for them to catch up and drag Meredith and Ethan, who she discovers was the man she was set to marry, back to the castle. While Ethan is far from what Meredith imagined her husband would be, she still hides a secret that could turn his affections away from her and ruin the alliance that their marriage has bought.
WARNING: It contains mature language and content, intended for 18+ readers only!
Two beautiful sisters – one illegitimate, the other nobly born – compete for love amidst the scandal and intrigue of a Regency London Season.
Lissa Hazlett lives life in the shadows. The beautiful, illegitimate daughter of Viscount Partington earns her living as an overworked governess while her vain and spoiled half sister, Araminta, enjoys London’s social whirl as its most feted debutante.
When Lissa’s rare talent as a portraitist brings her unexpectedly into the bosom of society – and into the midst of a scandal involving Araminta and suspected English traitor Lord Debenham – she finds an unlikely ally: charming and besotted Ralph Tunley, Lord Debenham’s underpaid, enterprising secretary. Ralph can’t afford to leave the employ of the villainous viscount much less keep a wife but he can help Lissa cleverly navigate a perilous web of lies that will ensure everyone gets what they deserve.
THE MYSTERIOUS GOVERNESS is Book 3 in the Daughters of Sin series but can be read as a stand-alone as it features the sibling rivalry between Viscount Partington’s two nobly-born and three illegitimate daughters from a completely different perspective.
Book 1: Her Gilded Prison
Book 2: Dangerous Gentlemen
Book 3: The Mysterious Governess
Book 4: Beyond Rubies
Heat rating: sensual.
The Daughters of Sin series has been described as a Regency-set ‘Dynasty’.
What readers are saying:
“The storyline is uniquely designed, and cleverly executed. Spies, traitors, deception, betrayal, mystery, suspense and romance, bring together an intriguing Regency Romance, with many twists and turns, and an abundance of adventure”~Amazon customer.
“Magnificent and mesmerising.” ~Amazon customer.
The second book in the Medieval Herb Garden Series…
“Captures the very essence of medieval life!” –Wordweaving
“Lush, romantic, unputdownable!” –bestselling author Cheryl Bolen
From NEW YORK TIMES and USA Today bestselling author Colleen Gleason: a sweet romance of ladies, lords, knights and chivalry.
In the Age of Chivalry…
A time when kings and queens vie for power amid treachery and betrayal…a time when brave knights live and die by a code of honor…And a time when women are nothing more than political game pieces, moved at will by the men in their lives.
One woman dares to be different.
Maris of Langumont manages her father’s vast estate, rides as well as any man, treats the sick and injured with herbs from her garden, and boldly argues politics with her father’s peers. But everything changes the day her beloved father pledges her hand in marriage to a man she’s never met.
Dirick of Derkland cares about nothing but seeking vengeance for his father’s brutal death. When the beautiful and spirited Maris mistakes him for her betrothed, sparks ignite, and he suddenly finds himself torn between honor and the only woman who may be able to heal his soul.
A Whisper of Rosemary
Maris is a gifted healer who can cure many ills with the herbs in her garden. But can she find a remedy for the danger and deception that threaten to keep her from the man she loves?
“A story of kings, queens, adventure and knightly love. I loved this book! Five stars all around.” — Huntress Reviews
“Colleen Gleason has produced a spellbinding novel set in the time of lords, maids, kings and duplicity. From the opening lines the reader is transported back to the sights, scents and excitement of medieval times.” — AuthorZone.com
The Medieval Herb Garden Series does not have to be read in order.
However, for those who want to read it in chronological order, the stories go as follows:
A WHISPER OF ROSEMARY
SANCTUARY OF ROSES
A LILY ON THE HEATH
In the tradition of Lara Adrian, Paula Quinn, Catherine Coulter, Julie Garwood and Roberta Gellis, A Whisper of Rosemary is a delicious medieval romance.
Dartmouth Brides, Book 2, 2nd Edition – Revised and Reedited
A LADY WITH A SECRET
The Ravishing Miss Burke has everything a young lady could want—beauty, status and suitors lined up just to beg for her hand. Until a blackmailer from her past holds her future for ransom.
A MAN HELLBENT ON REVENGE
Colonel Rupert Delacorte, Viscount Darling will go to any length to ruin the woman responsible for his beloved sister’s death. But the Ravishing Miss Burke is nothing like the icy murderer of his waking dreams—she’s nothing but a bluestocking with a shocking secret she’ll go to almost any length to keep. Even succumbing to his sinful seduction.
A Sense of Sin was originally published in 2011. This new edition has been revised and reedited.
This is the best book I have read by this author. Had they all been this good I would be addicted.
I realize this is a re-release of a book that originally came out in 2011 that has been revised and reedited. I never read the original version so I can’t say if I like this one more or less, but if the original came anywhere near the quality of this one it was very good.
I have read other books by this author but none of them came near the excellence of this one. I was beginning to think I was led astray as to her writing and storytelling abilities. This book has however changed my mind.
It is full of sensuality and intrigue.
I loved this story. The only thing I would change is the extensive number of chapters. There are several that I would combine as I think there is no need for them to be separate.
I gave this book 4.25 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 5 of 5 flames. Although it starts out with only sensual language for most of the first half of the book, it gets progressively heated as the story progresses.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I have reviewed voluntarily.
A woman out of her time…
Another ahead of hers…
and the men they yearn for…
Francine Larrabee is thrown back in time, landing in Victorian England. She’s nearly killed by a team of black horses led by the angriest man she’s ever met. Though she’s drawn to the Duke, her rescuer wants nothing to do with her—despite the pull he feels in her presence. Francine sets out to win the heart of a man she can’t understand. He saved her, allowed her sanctuary to heal, but avoids her at every turn. Francine wants answers—and him.
Meanwhile, after a brutal attack, once a simple, frail miss, Lilly Steele finds strength and courage in her recovery. Feeling a connection and a sense of security around the brother of The Duke of Roxleigh, Lord Peregrine Trumbull, Lilly tempts him with her persuasive but innocent ways. However, Perry ignites when she touches him, setting him on fire for a woman he knows he shouldn’t touch. For Lilly to heal from the wounds of her past Perry must submit to the woman he desires, going against everything he believes.
Can two women in a world dominated by men find a way to seduce the men they desire into the submission of their hearts, minds, and bodies?
THE BOOKS IN THE LORDS OF TIME SERIES:
THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE : BOOK ONE in the Lords of Time Series
THE DUKE AND THE BARON : BOOK TWO in the Lords of Time Series
THE DUKE AND THE DOMINA : BOOK THREE in the Lords of Time Series
THE TROUBLE WITH GRACE : BOOK FOUR in the Lords of Time Series
THE SPARE AND THE HEIR : BOOK FIVE in the Lords of Time Series
From bluestockings to scandalous heiresses, these strong-willed, unconventional historical romance heroines don’t let anything stand in their way when it comes to love and happily ever after. Featuring seven novellas and novels from award-winning and bestselling authors.
The Pursuit of Pleasure by Elizabeth Essex
Independent, politically-minded heiress Elizabeth Paxton has never wanted to marry, but longs for the freedom afforded to widows. The last thing she wants is dangerously attractive Captain Jameson Marlowe as a husband.
The Thief Steals Her Earl by Christina McKnight
The Earl of Cartwright is determined to find out who stole from his family. When he finds out the thief is the woman he’s fallen in love with, he must choose between duty and love.
Secrets in Scarlet by Erica Monroe
When a bluestocking with a scandalous past meets an idealistic sergeant, sparks fly as they work to solve a murder…but her secrets may lead to their undoing.
Sleeping Beau by Lila DiPasqua
Inspired by the tale of Sleeping Beauty—a scorching hot historical romance novella from the Fiery Tales series. One sleeping rake, one scorching kiss, one night of unforgettable passion…
The Art of Seduction by Eileen Richards
A spinster finds freedom as a theatre set painter until a chance meeting with the marquis who broke her heart has her questioning what she wants for her future.
The Madam’s Highlander by Madeline Martin
What’s the madam of a successful bawdy house in Edinburgh to do when she finds one of the English supported Black Watch soldiers needing to desert his post? She helps him, of course – but there’s a high price to pay.
Reckless Wager by Christy Carlyle
Victorian propriety and passions collide when a beautiful widow makes a wager with a wounded police detective bent on solving the Ripper mystery.
Difficult and defiant as a child, Bran Crowther, Earl of Knighton left England as a young man to pursue independence and adventure. He never expected to inherit the title and when duty calls him home, he still finds Society’s codes constricting and others’ expectations oppressive. Nevertheless, he needs a wife to be a mother to his young daughter, preferably a woman of intelligence and warmth who is, above all, immune to his idiosyncrasies—and to falling in love.
Widow Joanna Shaw isn’t interested in a second marriage, not after the loveless, passionless union she endured. She’d much rather dote on her young niece and nephew since they will likely be the only children in her life…until she meets a precocious girl, in desperate need of a mother. But her father, the so-called Duke of Defiance, is as peculiar as he is handsome, and Jo won’t take another risk with…
When her mother dies, Elizabeth Benjamin heads home to Key West, determined to transform herself into the perfect Southern belle her parents always wished her to be. But nothing goes according to plan. Her crippled brother resents her, the servants do not obey her, and Rourke O’Malley, the dashing man she vowed to forget, refuses to relinquish his hold on her heart. Worst of all, it becomes painfully obvious that her father is not the upright man he appears to be.
As family secrets come to light, Elizabeth is faced with a difficult choice: to do her duty and abandon her dreams, or to leave her life of privilege behind to chase the man her father sees as little better than a pirate.
From the first emotional page, author Christine Johnson throws readers into a world of impossible choices, hidden desires, and heart-melting romance in the steamy south. Readers will cheer for Elizabeth and Rourke as they battle the odds and the elements to secure their future.
A man torn between two worlds. Both need him… neither wants him.
Groomed for a life amongst the English aristocracy, Lord Erroll Rushton is unexpectedly thrust back into his father’s Scottish world when the Englishwoman he compromises refuses to marry him.
No gentleman breaks into a lady’s bedchamber…but then, no lady sleeps with a pistol under her pillow.
Miss Eve Crenshaw will marry for love or won’t marry at all. When London’s most notorious rakehell breaks into Eve’s bedroom in the dead of night and compromises her beyond repair, she plans a daring elopement that shocks even the earl.
This was not my first time reading a Tara Scott book and it will not be the last. Although I found myself getting confused at times this read was overall a good one.
Whispered accusations of a compromised lady lead our hero to breaking into what he believes is that same lady’s room at an inn. His mistake is that this is the older sister who has herself been previously ruined and consequently sleeps with a pistol under her pillow.
She has vowed never to marry if said union is not for love.
Enter the younger sister who concocted the rumors that began this whole mess and her mother who obviously had a hand in the treachery and deception.
Will these two actually find their happily ever after and if they do will it be with each other?
This is the beginning of a wonderful if sometimes confusing romp. I both loved and totally disliked both our hero and our heroine at different times in this story.
It is mostly a well written story with amusing and well developed characters although the ending is rather abrupt. Since this is book #1 of the new series maybe we find out more about this pair in a subsequent title,
I hope for more information on this couple and maybe connecting characters in the next installment.
I gave this book 4 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3 of 5 flames.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley to read.
This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I have reviewed voluntarily.
Come back to a time when manners are everything and rules are made to never be broken. Come back to a time when men are in charge and women do what they are told…
Yeah, that never happened.
Welcome to Megan Bryce’s Regencyland, where ladies with backbone get what they want. Where a woman can thumb her nose at rules and care little for convention, and yet somehow, unexpectedly and most reluctantly, find love.
To Wed The Widow
A man with a Future, the Honorable George Sinclair would rather poke his eye out than take his place beside his brother and learn How To Be An Earl. But when an earl orders, a brother obeys. And when an earl tries to make his brother steady and responsible and old and gray, well… it just might kill them both.
A woman with a Past, Lady Haywood is a scandalous distraction that no honorable gentleman can ignore. Especially one who’s just been told that his very happy life is changing irrevocably to the boring. But even if a scandalous distraction is what George wants, what he needs is a wife. A virgin wife. A scandal-less wife…
The earl would be the first to say that his brother has always had a problem choosing what he needs over what he wants. Lady Haywood would say that very few women who have buried five husbands would bother with a sixth. And George would say… why, this sounds like fine fun.
~The Reluctant Bride Collection~ (books can be read in any order)
To Catch A Spinster
To Tame A Lady
To Wed The Widow
To Tempt The Saint
If Lord Donovan Trent had his way, he would spend his days carelessly wooing the women of London society. Instead, he found himself banished to the English countryside of Cornwall, forced by the decrees of his father’s will to run his family’s tin mines and find a country bride. The last thing the handsome lord needed was a local lass sticking her nose into his affairs, but that seemed to be exactly what the parson’s daughter Corisande Easton had in mind.
“It’s been five months since my last four-heart rating, but this book was worth waiting for. Miriam Minger’s Secrets of Midnight wins with a finely woven story . . . a marvelous tapestry of plots.” – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“A sumptuous read!” – Romantic Times
“Miriam Minger is a master storyteller who illustrates the full gamut of emotions felt by her characters. Emotions so strong that you are pulled into the pages and into their lives.” – Inside Romance
“With Miriam Minger, you’re assured of a good read!” – Heartland Critiques
Author’s Note: If you don’t envision yourself enjoying a Marriage of Convenience story paired with The Taming of the Shrew, then this story might not be your cup of tea. All it takes is one headstrong young woman and a strong-willed duke’s son to ignite fireworks, adventure, and romance in Miriam Minger’s Secrets of Midnight! Don’t miss Book 2 of The Man of My Dreams Series–My Runaway Heart–featuring Corie’s best friend Lindsay’s love story!
More Historical Romances by Miriam Minger
The O’Byrne Brides Series
The Man of My Dreams Series
SECRETS OF MIDNIGHT
MY RUNAWAY HEART
Captive Brides Collection
THE PAGAN’S PRIZE
Dangerous Masquerade Collection
THE BRIGAND BRIDE
THE TEMPTRESS BRIDE
THE IMPOSTOR BRIDE
Specially Priced Box Sets
CAPTIVE BRIDES COLLECTION
DANGEROUS MASQUERADE COLLECTION
THE MAN OF MY DREAMS COLLECTION
Lords of Ireland II
Contemporary Romance with a Historical Romance Twist
TO LOVE A BILLIONAIRE: THE SERIES
About Miriam Minger:
Miriam Minger is the bestselling author of emotion-packed action adventure historical romances that sweep you from lusty medieval times to Regency England—and with some dangerously seductive 18th century tales in between. With two dozen books published in five languages, Miriam is also the author of contemporary romance, romantic suspense, inspirational suspense, and children’s books. She is the winner of several Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards—including Best Medieval Historical Romance of the Year for The Pagan’s Prize—and a two-time RITA Award Finalist for The Brigand Bride and Captive Rose.
Miriam loves to create stories that make you feel the passion, live and breathe the adventure, laugh and cry, and that touch your heart. For a complete listing of books as well as excerpts and news about upcoming releases, and to connect with Miriam, visit www.miriamminger.com.
She was supposed to be his prize… But not all rewards are sweet…
Laird Brody Keith, Marischal of Scotland, has been asked by his future king to travel with William Wallace to Dunnottar Castle, where they will seize the castle back from the English. If he completes his mission, the castle, the land and all it holds, will be his. Brody is more than eager to sink his blade into the hearts of his enemies after the brutal murder of his sister and father. But what he doesn’t count on is finding an English lass in need of his protection…
Lady Guinevere has led a less than pleasant life in Scotland over the past year, and now she can either run for her life, or accept the proposal of a man who should be her enemy. Survival bids her to acquiesce, but that doesn’t mean she has to play nice. Except, she’s coming to adore the people whom she’s always been told she should hate, and respect the man who risked his life for her.
Joined for a mutual purpose, Brody and Guinevere seem doomed from the start, but as time passes, and their true enemies draw closer, they’ll form an alliance that not even the devil himself can break.
Other books in the Conquered Bride Series:
Conquered by the Highlander
Seduced by the Laird
Taken by the Highlander
Claimed by the Warrior
She belonged to another… But was destined to be his…
Lady Arbella de Mowbray abhors the idea of marrying an English noble occupying Scotland. When she arrives in Stirling, she is thrown into the midst of a full battle between the Scots and the English. Besieged by rebels, she is whisked from her horse by a Highland warrior who promises her safety. But when he kisses her she fears she’s more in danger of losing herself.
The last thing Magnus Sutherland wants is to marry the beautiful English lass he saved. As the laird of his clan, he has a responsibility to his clan and allies. But when Arbella is attacked by one of his own men, he determines the only way to keep her safe is to make her his. A decision that promises to be extremely satisfying.
Magnus brings Arbella to his home of Dunrobin Castle in the Highlands. And that’s where the trouble begins… Their countries are at war and they should be each other’s enemy. Neither one considered their mock marriage would grow into a deeply passionate love. What’s more, they were both unhappily betrothed and those who’ve been scorned are out for revenge. Can their new found love keep them together or will their enemies tear them apart?
(Full-length Scottish romance novel of approximately 260 pages.)
About Eliza Knight:
Eliza Knight is a USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author of sizzling historical romance and time-travel erotic romance. Under the name E. Knight, she pens riveting historical fiction. She runs the award-winning blog, History Undressed. When not reading, writing and researching, she likes to cuddle up in front of a warm fire with her own knight in shining armor. Visit Eliza at www.elizaknight.com or www.historyundressed.com.
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Time, worlds, and hearts collide in this mesmerizing time-travel romance, perfect for fans of Diana Gabaldon.
Colin O’Rourke’s elite matchmaking service is taking off until Winifred Emsworth, Great Britain’s most influential gossip columnist, writes a scathing article about it. She’ll retract the column…if Colin can match her shy, bookish niece with a modern British aristocrat.
But that’s not Colin’s only problem. As one of the O’Rourke time-traveling Guardians, Colin’s destined for one woman only. His thinks he’s found her when she wanders into his cousin’s garden, but she leaves before he can get her name. If he doesn’t track her down again, he’ll never know true love.
Eleanor Carberry is happy with her life as a bookshop owner, and she knows she has her dear aunt Winifred to thank for it—especially as Winnie helped smooth over a very public breakup and a very personal loss. Her aunt has never expected anything in return, so when she asks Ellie to help vet an American matchmaking company, Ellie reluctantly agrees.
When Colin and Ellie meet, Colin realizes she’s the woman from the garden. He’s bound by contract to find her an Englishman, or he’ll lose the business he’s worked so hard to grow. Despite the distance he tries to keep between them, Fate has other plans when Ellie takes an unexpected trip back in time—once upon a summer night.
When I read the description of this book I expected a traditional time travel romance. What I got was something entirely different!
The beginning of this book was a sometimes confusing and stilted read. I almost put it aside for something else, but I did agree to read it so I went on. As it progressed I found it more compelling by the chapter.
the final half of the book was very well written and kept my interest.
The characters also became more interesting and compelling as the story progressed.
I gave this book 3.75 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization. and a sensual rating of 2 of 5 flames. There is almost no physical interaction between our hero and heroine. There is, however the threat of rape when our heroine is kidnapped.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this title from the publisher to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed.
Meet The Author:
Born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts, Nancy wrote her first romance novel at age 16, when she realized that fictional boyfriends were much easier to figure out than real ones. In the time since, she managed to earn a degree in English, obtain a graduate certificate in creative writing from the University of Cambridge, and marry the man of her dreams (but she still holds tight to her fictional boyfriends).
Nancy adores all things misty, caffeinated, chocolate, and grammatically correct. Currently, she resides in Puerto Rico with her husband, two small children, and two not-so-small dogs.
When not writing, Nancy spends her time reading, reviewing and blogging about romance novels, and watching too much HGTV.
This Bundle Includes:
TRUST IN ME by bestselling author LANA WILLIAMS
Lord Nicholas de Bremont is determined to get revenge against the man who harmed his brother. He joins Lord Crefton’s daughter Elizabeth in a chaste marriage as punishment, but he soon finds himself falling for the woman he’s determined to ruin…
LOYAL HEART by bestselling author ANNA MARKLAND
An impossible choice…love or family loyalty.
Sophia falls in love with a guest at her brother’s wedding, but he is an envoy sent by her father’s enemies.
Brandt intends to return home as soon as his unwelcome obligation to attend the wedding is fulfilled. It quickly becomes apparent he’ll be lucky to leave the celebrations alive.
SCANDALOUS REDEMPTION by USA Today Bestselling author AMANDA MARIEL
Ruined by scandal, Claudia Akford survived years of marriage to a cruel brute. Widowed, she is determined to regain her standing in society, but Lord Shillington personifies temptation. Kind and gentle, yet masculine and sinfully handsome, he would make the perfect lover, but he wants more than she is willing to give.
While Henry Shillington knows a little of the beautiful but notorious Lady Claudia Akford, he is struck by her kindhearted, accomplished, and witty demeanor. The more time he spends in her company, the more he dreams of a future with her. But the lady resists his honorable overtures, and a mistress will never do for him.
Can two wary people overcome past hurts, an old scandal, and social strictures to embrace true love?
ONE KNIGHT IN THE FOREST by bestselling author CATHERINE KEAN
When Lady Magdalen Suffield finds a letter ordering her best friend’s husband to commit murder, she flees into the woods. Pursued and injured, she collapses into the strong arms of Lord Cynric Woodrow, the local sheriff. As Cyn treats her wound in his forest home, he wonders why she’s running from a man he considers an honorable friend. She refuses to confide in Cyn, but as his fascination with her grows, he must choose between loyalty to her or to his friend. Can Magdalen win his trust and stop the murder, or will the danger destroy far more than the love Cyn and Magdalen seem destined to share?
MY ONCE & FUTURE LOVE by bestselling author RUTH KAUFMAN
En route to rescue his imprisoned father, an arrow wound saps Morgan ap Myrddin’s powers. Annora of Amberton, who fled her castle to prove she’s not the lunatic her uncle claimed when seeking wardship, reluctantly helps him. Desire and respect spark as he aids her in return, but danger, destiny and his mysterious past thwart the power of love.
HEART OF THE HIGHLANDS by award-winning author APRIL HOLTHAUS
Rylan has spent most of his life keeping his identity a secret, even from those he loves. But in order to secure his future, he has to face his past. On the run as an outlaw, trying to clear his name, Rylan comes across a woman who he discovers has dark secrets of her own.
Living a simple life with her young son, nothing seemed as if it could go wrong, until a Highland drifter shows up on her doorstep. Dragging her into his world of chaos and deception, Fallon finds herself at a crossroads that may impact both of their lives.
As secrets become exposed, will Fallon choose the right path to change her life, and will it be enough to save Rylan from the noose?
A FLAWED JEWEL by bestselling author DAWN BROWER
Pieretta boards a ship, unaware that Thor is waiting to kidnap her for revenge against her grandfather. Will love intervene, altering both their courses?
Wickedly brilliant, dark and addictive!” – Jodi Ellen Malpas, #1 New York Times bestselling author
The price of survival…
Gabriel Miller swept into my life like a storm. He tore down my father with cold retribution, leaving him penniless in a hospital bed. I quit my private all-girl’s college to take care of the only family I have left.
There’s one way to save our house, one thing I have left of value.
A forbidden auction…
Gabriel appears at every turn. He seems to take pleasure in watching me fall. Other times he’s the only kindness in a brutal underworld.
Except he’s playing a deeper game than I know. Every move brings us together, every secret rips us apart. And when the final piece is played, only one of us can be left standing.
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THE PAWN is a full-length contemporary novel from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren about revenge and seduction in the game of love. It’s the first book in the brand new ENDGAME series.
Elizabeth is a survivor. Betrayed, kidnapped and left for dead, she awakens on a ship bound for the Indies, in the bed of a stranger claiming to be her husband. As she recovers from her ordeal, the gift of the seer emerges; the ability to see and speak with the dead. A descendant of druids, Elizabeth knows she must hide her strange gifts as her new husband could claim she’s insane and commit her to a madhouse. Can she trust this Dark Hero her grandmother conjured from the Gothic romances Elizabeth once devoured?
Donovan survived betrayal, imprisonment and torture. Deception and subterfuge are the weapons used to keep people at a distance. Donovan’s penchant for deception and disguises may be his undoing when his bride awakens after her rescue and doesn’t recognize him. As he struggles to rekindle their love, he fears he may be locked in a prison of a different kind; a loveless marriage to a woman who fears him and cannot abide his touch.
The Reluctant Heroes Series:
Bold Men, Independent Women; finding true love was never in their plans!
Book One: Dark Hero, A Gothic Romance
Book Two: Bright Scoundrel
Book Three: Gallant Rogue
Only Her Desire. . .
After losing his wife in childbirth, Colin Barrett, Duke of Northrop, does not trust healers. So when he discovers Selina White cleansing his home, he is livid. As duke, Colin is accustomed to his charges taking orders from him. But the fiery Selina has the audacity to defy him when he asks her to leave his lands. More infuriating, he cannot stop thinking about the seductive sway of her hips when she walks.
Can Heal His Heart. . .
The sick tenants of Northrop Park depend on Selina, and she’s not about to let a man tell her she must leave her village–even if he is a duke. And while Selina does not fear Colin’s temper, she is afraid of the secrets she keeps from him and of the desire he sets off in her every time he is near.
Praise for the novels of Christie Kelley
“A passionate and sexually charged tale. . .” —Romantic Times Book Reviews on One Night Scandal
“A sexy Cinderella story–racy and romantic!” –Anna Campbell on Scandal of the Season
“Rollicking, sexy. . .you’ll enjoy this one!” –Kat Martin on Every Time We Kiss
“Kelley joins the ranks of Cheryl Holt, Pamela Britton and Lisa Kleypas.” —Romantic Times Book Reviews on Every Night I’m Yours
Only His Passion. . .
With his estate near bankruptcy, Simon Blakesworth, Earl of Hartsfield already has a perilous secret to keep. Still, when he finds Mia Featherstone badly beaten, he doesn’t hesitate to shelter her in his home. . .and offer marriage to protect the lovely healer from her attacker. But Mia is concealing a danger this honorable earl never imagined–and can’t resist. . .
Can Save Her Love. . .
Mia’s valuable discovery on Simon’s land saved her patients’ lives. Now the only way she can help the man she’s always loved save his home is to secretly find the rest of a cache of hidden artifacts. But their passion is making it impossible for Mia to ever walk away–even from a love that may not survive the truth. . .
Only Her Fire . . .
As the reluctant new Viscount Middleton, Braden Tavers already has several reputations to save–including his own. So it’s imperative he rescue his estate’s healer Tia Featherstone from her impetuous plan to find his rakehell brother Jonathon. And he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her determined spirit and unworldly charms at arm’s length. But protecting this stubborn beauty from himself is only stoking an irresistible desire–and an insidious danger threatening them both . . .
Can Win His Heart . . .
Tia must get Jonathon back under her care before his unforgiving brother discovers how ill he truly is. But searching London’s most scandalous hellholes and staying two steps ahead of Braden is uncovering the viscount’s deepest secrets–and a longing to make his wounded heart her own. To save him, she must risk a deception that could put his past to rest–or separate them forever . . .
DARE TO FALL IN LOVE
Scotland, 1812 –
Rugged Highlander Graeme’s loyalty to his clan means that their enemies are his own—even when that includes his neighbor, the Duke of Lattimer. It’s a fight he doesn’t relish, but when Graeme’s reckless younger brothers foolishly kidnap Lattimer’s younger sister, all bets are off…
Lady Marjorie Forrester may be aligned with the enemy, but capturing her puts Graeme squarely in the middle of a war. If he turns Marjorie over to his clan chief, she could be killed. If he lets her go, his brothers could face prison. In addition, the woman can’t stop trying to civilize the lot of them! What’s a Highlander to do, then, but keep the stubborn lass close…and explore the unexpected passion that develops between them?
But how can Graeme protect Marjorie and his brothers when both Lattimer and his own clan are on the warpath – and will do whatever it takes to tear these two star-crossed lovers apart, in My One True Highlander, the next No Ordinary Hero Scottish romance from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch.
I laughed, cried and trembled with fear for our heroine and her hero in this delightful new novel by Suzanne Enoch.
Suzanne Enoch never fails to entertain me.
This book is number two in this wonderful new series and I have read both of them. I loved every minute of this story with it’s humor and angst between our main characters.
The addition of a very delightful eight year old little boy who collects a menagerie of animals such as rabbits, foxes, and mice adds just the touch of humor needed in this very well written book.
After his younger brothers kidnap Marjorie, Graeme decides forcing her to marry him is the answer to most of his problems but he never counted on actually falling in love with her.
I found the characters in this story to be well developed and the storyline to be exceptional.
Connell (our eight year old boy)is a scene stealer with his effectively childish innocence. This book would not be the same without him.
I gave this book a lofty 5 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.5 of 5 flames.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I have voluntarily reviewed.
The year is 1968.
Jeremiah Coffey is a twenty-seven-year-old teacher — Catholic, conservative and plagued by guilt on account of his relationship with a beautiful bisexual called Aisling O’Connor.
Aisling is everything that Jeremiah is not — feisty and radical, angry and committed. She is a leading figure in the Irish civil rights movement and is planning to help organize a potentially explosive protest march inspired by the US black civil rights activists’ Selma to Montgomery marches of three years before. The scene is set for a brutal confrontation to match the 1965 Bloody Sunday in Selma.
While Carrie Bradshaw was in Manhattan looking for Sex in the City, the Dixie Virgins looking for love, marriage, and a baby carriage.
Sweet, sassy, and laugh aloud funny, this 7-book series follows seven women from the Deep South who met at a summer camp for girls when they were in pigtails and remained best friends through the years. Now in their early twenties – some of them in college, some in new jobs – they’ve all set out to snare a man while staying true to the rules they made that long ago summer.
Lucy Jennings has given up on love.
After having her heart broken she finds solace in music. All she dreams of is getting her break, of making a living through her music. It’s the only way she finds peace.
So when a strange old woman offers her the chance to obtain her heart’s desire she jumps at the offer. She travels to Scotland to play in an orchestral tour but stumbles through a ruined archway and finds herself thrown back in time five hundred years – and right into the path of Andrew Harris, a brooding highland laird.
This wasn’t the deal. How is Lucy supposed to find her heart’s desire in a strange time, a strange land, with a man who treats her like a child? Andrew Harris is arrogant, aloof and rude.
But she soon begins to discover that’s not all he is. As they get closer she begins to peel back his armor and see the man beneath. And she realizes that her heart’s desire might not be what she thought after all.
But Andrew Harris has demons of his own. Plagued by guilt following the death of his family, he struggles to trust anyone. Lucy Jennings might just change that. But dare he take the risk?
Can Lucy and Andrew heal each other? And will they realize what they truly desire before it’s too late?
Echoes of a Highlander is the third book in The Arch Through Time time travel romance series. Each book can be read as a standalone novel.
Book 1, Dreams of a Highlander, and book 2, Touch of a Highlander, are available now!