Blog Tour: How To Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days

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How To Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days

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Ladies of Passion #2

by Harmony Williams

Published by Entangled Publishing 

Publication Date: June 5th 2017 

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Publisher’s Description:

In 1814 London, England, a lady is defined as a demure, delicate flower. Miss Francine Annesley is not that lady. If men were like plants, she would have a garden of admirers to choose from instead of the thorn in her side since childhood, Julian Beckwith. But she would make an even worse nun than she does a lady, which will be her fate if she can’t dig up a husband before the Season ends. However, Julian is not an option.

With only ten short days left in the Season, Francine doesn’t have time to waste on petty squabbles or knee-weakening kisses, even if Julian’s offer to fulfill her every wish rouses her curiosity. It seems men are more complicated than plants. Too bad love bloomed at the most inconvenient of times…

My Thoughts:

This book is written mostly in first person and I am not overly fond of this writing style. I prefer an overall picture rather than the thoughts of an individual character.
That being said, the characters are interesting and the storyline isn’t a bad one, just the writing style was not to my liking.

This is my first time reading this author’s work and although I was not overly impressed with this one I will give her another chance.

I gave this book 3.5 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 2.5 of 5 flames.
There isn’t a great deal of sexual interaction but what is there is somewhat heated.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book to read from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

About Harmony Williams:

Harmony Williams has been living vicariously in Regency-era England since she discovered Jane Austen. Since time machines don’t yet exist, she’s had to make do with books—fictional and non-fictional. On the rare occasion she doesn’t have her nose stuck in a book, she likes to drink tea and spend time with her 90-lb lapdog. A feminist, she writes stories about strong women and the men who support them as equals.

 



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MY RECENT RELEASE REVIEW of

Forbidden Knight

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by Diana Cosby

Publisher’s Description:

Diana Cosby is superbly talented.” —Cathy Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author

Deep within Scotland, a healer and a warrior join forces to protect Scotland’s future . . .

There is an intruder in the woods near King Robert Bruce’s camp, but when Sir Thomas MacKelloch comes face-to-face with the interloper, he is shocked to discover his assailant is a woman. The fair lady is skilled with a bow and arrow and defiant in her responses. The wary Knight Templar dare not allow her beauty to lower his guard. Irritated by his attraction, he hauls her before his sovereign to expose her nefarious intent.

Outraged Sir Thomas dismissed her claim, Mistress Alesone MacNiven awaits the shock on the arrogant knight’s face when he learns that she has told the truth. But it is she who is shocked, and then horrified, as it is revealed that her father, the king’s mortal enemy, has betrothed her to a powerful noble, a deal that could jeopardize the king’s efforts to unite Scotland. Robert Bruce orders Sir Thomas to escort Alesone to safety. As they embark on a harrowing journey through the Highlands, Alesone tries to ignore her attraction to the intimidating warrior, but as she burns beneath Thomas’s kiss she realizes this fearless knight could steal her heart.

Praise for the novels of Diana Cosby

“Cosby gives you it all—passion, danger, lush history and a touch of magic. Excellent reading.” —Hannah Howell, New York Times bestselling author

“A sexy new voice in historical romance. Scottish historicals have a bright new star.” —Sandra Hill, USA Today bestselling author

“Diana Cosby writes wonderful historical romance!” —Susan King

My Thoughts:

Forbidden knight is another fine example of Ms. Cosby’s excellent writing style. It is book #2 of this series which although containing some characters in common, can easily be read and enjoyed as standalone titles.
I have read both books in this series and enjoyed each one equally.
Sir Thomas is another of the Knights Templar. Like his friend Stephan he desires no bride. That is until he meets Alesone. She is like no other woman he has ever met and Thomas finds himself drawn to her in spite of his vow to never wed.
Alesone is equally drawn to this fearsome knight.
Will the attraction of these two for each other heal the rift caused by her supposed father or will it tear them apart?
I found this title more engrossing and entreating than the first book in this new series, Forbidden Legacy. There is most certainly a higher sensuality rating.
I gave this wonderfully written book a 4.75 of 5.0 star rating for character and storyline development and a sensual rating of 4.25 of 5 flames.
The sensual nature of this book is much more heated and an essential element to this story.
I received a complimentary digital ARC via .NetGalley from the publisher to read. This in no way affected my opinion b of this title which I read voluntarily read and reviewed.

About The Author:

611EpVEQnYL__UX250_Most people think of retirement as a time to relax. For me, retiring from my job as a Navy Chief Meteorologist/ Oceanographer allowed me to pursue my passion–writing romance novels. With 34 moves behind me and having traveled through many more countries, I was anxious to create characters who reflected the amazing cultures and people I’ve met over the years.

My years of living in Europe drew me to write in the medieval time frame. After watching the movie Braveheart and with my passion for writing complex plots, I knew I had to write in this volatile medieval time-frame, hence the MacGruder brothers were born.

I have many passions in life, but one that resonates in my life is that of giving. I firmly believe that each of us can make a positive difference in another person’s life. There are so many charities that I believe in. With each book I sell, I will tithe ten percent of my royalties to a charity of my choice. Some of the charities I’ve chosen are:

-The National Trust for Scotland, which acts as guardian of Scotland’s magnificent heritage of architectural, scenic and historic treasures.

-Habitat For Humanity [http://www.graysonhabitat.org/], which gives a deserving family more than a home, but a foundation upon which to build their dreams.

-Ducks Unlimited [http://www.ducks.org/], which supports wildlife and wetlands conservation.

Magazines Diana has appeared in:
-The April 17th issue of Woman’s Day Magazine in a story about, “Achieving Your Dreams Over 40!”
http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Life/Personal-Stories/Achieving-Your-Dreams-Over-40.html

-Quoted in the article, “7 Life Lessons from Romance Novels,” on WomansDay.com.
http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Life/7-Life-Lessons-from-Romance-Novels.html

-The November 21st – December 12th edition of FIRST for Women magazine about how I started my annual international food bank food drive.

Venues Diana has spoken at:
-On December 5th, 2012, Diana was honored to speak at the Library Of Congress.

Diana Cosby, International Best-Selling Author
www.dianacosby.com
His Captive-Alexander MacGruder / His Woman-Duncan MacGruder
His Conquest-Seathan MacGruder / His Destiny
(Updates on the MacGruder brothers series coming soon!)
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Shiver Me Timbers

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A Pirate Anthology

by Erin Danzer, Bridgette O’Hare, Christina Walker, Corinne O’Flynn, Lichelle Slater, Nicole Zoltack, Susan Burdorf & CD Scott

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  5. Dragon Treasure
  6. Treasure
  7. Ransoming His Heart
  8. Maiden’s Freedom

Publisher’s Description:

Come aboard for adventure! Set sail on the high seas with eight different tales of swashbuckling and scallywags. Whether in the Caribbean, far off seas or even in outer space, these captains give no quarter.

  When Captain James Spark is returned to the court of the woman he once loved and learns a shocking truth, he’ll stop at nothing to protect the daughter he never knew he had.

  All Alyssandra Burnet wanted was safe passage to her ailing father’s side, even if that passage came from the likes of Capt. Colin Slade—the most unorthodox, infuriating pirate she could imagine. She never counted on Slade being the key to finding out who she really was and finding the family she’d been hidden from since birth—the family she never knew existed.

  Lyra wants to escape her domineering father and find freedom among the stars. Drake wants to live up to his father’s legacy as captain of the infamous Shadow Nebula. When Lyra seeks passage from him, her past hot on her heels, Drake has no choice but to help her—and gets more than he bargained for.

  Thrust into a life at sea by circumstance and fueled by a need for revenge, the infamous Fog Queen returns to London to claim her treasure.

  Roen was just supposed to get the map to the dragon’s treasure and go, not fall in love with the owner of it. Nickolas is a pirate with no wish to be anything else, Elizabeyta is a mystery he must solve. It takes an old pirate to teach them a lesson in what is truly a treasure. Rosina Nightshade has been given a special mission by her father, the king of the pirates–. All she has to do is hold the duke of Crescent Moon for ransom. Will she finally gain her father’s gain approval, or will the suspecting duke send her straight to the gallows?

  When Captain Ansley Grace sails into port, she doesn’t expect the king’s assassin to be waiting on her–an assassin that she’s known her whole life. Now, escaping out to sea, she must evade the king’s ships while trying not to fall for the man sent to kill her.



Love, One Summer in Bath

A Regency Romance Summer Collection

8 Delightful Regency Summer Stories

Regency Romance Collections Book 4

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by Arietta Richmond, Isabella Thorne, Katherine Keats, Kelly Anne Bruce,

Alyce Healey, Regina Darcy, Gemma Blackwood & Catherine Windsor

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Enchanting the Duke

A young Lady, a too charming Lord, an elegant Duke, an infatuation, a dramatic confrontation, a chance for real love. Lady Cordelia Branley, daughter of Baron Tillingford, in London for the first time, is captivated by Lord Edward Fitzhugh. But her chaperone, Miss Millpost, is not so convinced of the young Lord’s character. Philip Canterwood, Duke of Rotherhithe, is set in his ways as a widower – until the request of his dying friend, Baron Tillingford, to investigate the man that Lady Cordelia fancies herself in love with. Once he begins to look into it, everything changes… Is Lord Edward as charming and pleasant as he seems? Will Lady Cordelia find true love in the end? Or will she be blinded by charm with no substance? And will the Duke allow himself to love again?

The Duke and the Lady’s Maid

Eric Caxton, the Duke of Amesbury, suspected that Olivia was no ordinary lady’s maid. She was too refined and a bit impertinent. All Olivia wanted was to free herself from the employ of her aunt and cousin who delighted in her discomfort. A summer trip to Bath would be just the ticket to find a respectable Lady in need of a maid, but Olivia found more than she bargained for when she caught the interest of the Duke.

Hope for Charity

Rumor has it that the Earl of Wentwell is a self-serving rogue who is desired by all the women of the Ton. Lady Charity Abernathy is the epitome of naiveté and believes everything she hears. Both are hoping for happiness. Both are longing for love. And things are not always what they seem.

Summer with the Duke

Abigail Jones is unhappy with life on her family’s farm and flees to Bath for the summer, to work in her aunt and uncle’s shop. Quite by accident, she meets the Duke of Hampston’s daughter, who takes an immediate liking to her, and invites her to her home for tea. Abigail, unaware that she will be visiting the home of a Duke, agrees. Jealousy ensues when the Duke’s almost fiancée sees how well both the daughter and the Duke hit it off with Abigail. Will the Duke stay the course and marry Lady Margaret? Or will he confess that he’s secretly falling for Abigail?

The Duke’s First Love

Rose expected a proposal from the dashing Duke of Highbury, but it did not come. When she finds out he is marrying another, she reluctantly goes with her family to Bath for the summer. Will the round of summer parties help wash her sour memories away?

The Duke’s Scandalous Scholar

Widower Evan Aldercliffe, Duke of Foxchester, joins his family in Bath, hoping to regain his footing and recover from grief. There he meets Bridget Stanhope, a free-spirited woman who thinks that all men are foolish. Sparks fly immediately, but the result is… magical.

The Governess and the Scandalous Duke

Miss Beatrice Lakeheart is left in the most unfortunate circumstances after the death of her mother and the remarriage of her Papa. When she is offered employment as a governess for the scandalous, world weary Duke of Carrington, little does she know that her very innocence will attract him to her like a moth to a flame. But between her jealous stepbrother and his jealous (and unpleasant) fiancée, can they still find their happily ever after?

Amelia and the Earl

Amelia Dane, plain, sensible, and poor, gave up her dreams of a husband years ago. When a chance accident introduces her to the handsome Earl of Banfield and catapults her into Bath’s high society, she enjoys it while it lasts, never dreaming that more will follow…

 

The Highlander’s Viking Bride Blog Tour

MY RECENT RELEASE REVIEW of

The Highlander’s Viking Bride

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by Cathy & DD MacRae

Publication Date: May 22, 2017 

Publisher: Short Dog Press

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Calder MacGerry, laird of an impoverished clan, has resolved to end the bitter feud between the MacGerrys and Sinclairs. He jumps at Laird Sinclair’s offer of marriage to his only daughter, Katja, to seal the agreement between their clans—only to get more than he bargained for.

Katja’s chance to escape her father’s harsh treatment appears to be too good to be true. But becoming Lady of a clan that despises her because she’s a Sinclair, doesn’t make her life any easier. When the attacks turn deadly, she fights her way out, making a dangerous passage to the Shetland Isles for refuge with her Viking family.

Calder and Katja’s marriage, built on mistrust, rushes quickly into disaster. As Calder seeks to repair the damage, Katja discovers not another enemy, but a husband who pledges a new beginning.

From the Author:

Meet Katja Sinclair, a young woman who is forced to make some difficult decisions. After years of living beneath her father’s harsh rule, marriage to a neighboring laird seems a path to freedom and possibly happiness. But things soon go very wrong, and when she is obliged to fight her way out of a life-threatening situation, escape to her Viking family via a dangerous route to the Shetland Islands may be her only option.

My Thoughts:

This isn’t my first time reading a Cathy MacRae book but it is the first one I have read that was co-authored by DD MacRae.

Although this book is part of a series it does read well as a standalone story. There are no carry over characters and the story is written and developed as if it was intended to be a standalone title.

The characters are very well drawn out and the storyline is well written and engaging.

There was only one question that I felt was never completely answered. Why does Katja’s father feel such animosity toward her? She seems to try to gain his respect but nothing she does is deemed right by her sire.

Calder has become clan laired after the deaths of his father and elder brother. Although this situation would never have been his choice he is determined to do anything necessary to bring peace between the MacGerry and Sinclair clans. Even marry the Sinclair’s daughter.

Can these two enemies bring peace to the clans or will their mistrust of each other break them apart?

I gave this well written book 4.75 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.75 of 5 flames. There are very heated encounters between our hero and heroine even though they find it difficult to trust each other.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book provided by Author’s Pal to read for a Blog Tour.
This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I have read and reviewed voluntarily.



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Meet the Author:

Cathy MacRaeCathy MacRae lives on the sunny side of the Arbuckle Mountains where she and her husband read, write, and tend the garden—with the help of the dogs, of course. You can visit with her on Facebook, or read her blogs and learn about her books at www.cathymacraeauthor.com. Drop her a line—she loves to hear from readers!

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DD MacRae enjoys bringing history to life and considers research one of the best things about writing a story! With more than 35 years of martial arts training, DD also brings breath-taking action to the tales. You can connect with DD through www.cathymacraeauthor.com. It’s always exciting to hear from readers!

 

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The Duke Suggests a Scandal

Redeeming the Rakes Book 1

by Gemma Blackwood

Page Count: 160

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Death has made Harry Marsden the most fortunate man in England. Six years ago he thought himself doomed to misery, ordered into a marriage for money by his profligate father. The space of the past year has found him first fatherless, then a wealthy widower, and finally the unexpected heir to the Dukedom of Westbourne.

If only good fortune were contagious! Nothing could be more devastating than the news that his old friend, Catherine Sharp, is about to agree to an unwanted betrothal. A penniless gentleman’s daughter, Catherine aims to give up her own freedom to secure better prospects for her sister.

Harry must engineer the scandal of the season to overturn her engagement. Surely a Duke will serve better than any other for Catherine’s marriage of convenience?

A scandal is one matter. The heart is quite another. In order to wed her, Harry must convince his childhood sweetheart that their marriage will not be a match of convenience, but love.



Provoked

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by Joanna Chambers

Page Count: 208

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David Lauriston is struggling to build his reputation in Edinburgh’s privileged legal world. His humble origins are enough of a hurdle, never mind his recent decision to defend a group of weavers accused of treason, prompting speculation that he may harbour radical sympathies. The last thing he should be doing is agreeing to help the brother of one of the convicted weavers find the government agent who caused his brother’s downfall.
David’s personal life is no more successful. Tormented by his forbidden desires for other men, and the painful memories of the childhood friend he once loved, David tries his hardest to live a celibate existence, castigating himself whenever his resolve slips.
But then—into David’s repressed and orderly world—bursts Lord Murdo Balfour.
Cynical, hedonistic and utterly unapologetic, Murdo could not be less like David. Whilst David refuses to entertain the prospect of entering into a loveless marriage for propriety’s sake, Murdo is determined to wed one day—and has no intention of giving up the company of other men when he does so. But as appalled as David is by Murdo’s unrepentant self-interest, he cannot resist the man’s sway.
Murdo tempts and provokes David in equal measure, distracting him from his promise to find the agent provocateur responsible for the weavers’ fate, and forcing him to acknowledge his physical desires.
But is Murdo more than a mere distraction?
Is it possible he could be the very man David is looking for?



Rose

A Wildflower Bride Book 1

by Vanessa Vale

Page Count: 160

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Montana Territory, 1885 – Chance knows exactly what Rose needs…and he’s going to give it to her.
Rose Lenox has always been more comfortable on the back of a horse than wearing ribbons and bows. For years, she’s been content working on the family ranch, but lately she’s finding herself wanting more. She’s determined to strike out on her own and find freedom from her unorthodox family.

Chance Goodman has watched Rose grow up from a spitfire little girl into a fiery woman. He’s wanted her for years, waiting patiently until he could make her his. When she leaves the Lenox ranch determined to abandon her former life and to stay good-bye to him, he knows now is the time he must claim her. Letting her go isn’t an option.

Warning: Panty melting! Rose is the first book in the Wildflower Bride series. It’s is a wildly dirty romance with a feisty heroine and obsessed alpha cowboy determined to make her his.

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Duke of My Dreams

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Every lady dreams of a duke…
Read these six enchanting love stories as each of these ladies finds, not just the love of her life, but the duke of her dreams.

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When the pompous earl in charge of the Midsummer Art Fair at the Royal Botanical Society refuses to allow Millicent Harkness to exhibit her paintings because he considers her a young lady of no consequence, she decides to find herself a duke to sponsor her and give her the necessary prestige. Any duke will do, even the handsome and daunting Brandon Avebury, the Duke of Melbourne, who is her last hope.

As Millie fights for her artistic dream, she begins to have dreams of a very different sort about this handsome duke who has agreed to help her. Can she win the competition and the duke’s heart? Or will he never see her again once the art fair is over?
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MY NEW RELEASE REVIEW of

A Suitable Affair

A Debut Novel

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by Erica Taylor

Publisher’s Description:

Despite being beautiful and wealthy, Lady Susanna Macalister’s marriage prospects are rather lacking. To avoid a life of spinsterhood, she decides a loveless marriage to the dull and unromantic Lord Riverton is better than none at all. But still, Susanna longs for true, passionate love, the kind she grew up hearing stories about.

Enjoying a quiet walk with her insipid suitor one afternoon, Susanna is nearly trampled by the handsome Earl of Westcott as he rides through Hyde Park. Driven by his own guilt and despair, the earl embraces this chance encounter as an opportunity for vengeance, for Lord Riverton is the very man whom Wescott suspects is responsible for the untimely death of his beloved sister. But is his mission of separating Susanna from Lord Riverton simply a desire to save another unsuspecting lady from his sister’s fate, or something deeper?

As Susanna helps Lord Westcott investigate her future fiance, she realizes she might have found what she was looking for all along. Can the pair keep their budding romance a secret from everyone around them until the investigation is over? Or will the unsuspecting Lord Riverton win Susanna’s hand in marriage before the truth comes out?

A thrilling romance story fueled by secrecy, A Suitable Affair will leave readers breathless and guessing at every turn of events.

My Thoughts:

I knew I had never heard of this author before, and found there was a good reason. This is her début novel and it’s an exceptional start.
If you like your regency romance woven with mystery, then you are going to love this book.
Lord Westcott is desperately seeking the man who murdered his younger sister. Unfortunately for Lady Susanna Macalister the prime suspect is the man who is courting her.
Ian is also very attracted to Susanna, but at first refuses to act on his feelings. Finding and bringing the killer he is seeking to justice is currently the most important thing in his life.
Can Lord Ian and Susanna keep their mutual attraction a secret long enough to catch a serial killer?
This wonderfully romantic, sometimes humorous regency with more than a touch of mystery and intrigue is one you will not want to put down.
I was so very surprised to find that this book is this author’s first published novel and look forward to more.
I almost didn’t request it because the cover art wasn’t the best, but I am pleased that I did.
The characters and storyline are well drawn out with sensual and sexy scenes and dialog between our hero and heroine.
I gave this book 4.75 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 4 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 voluntarily read and reviewed.

About The Author:

oSYms35r_400x400Erica Taylor is a mother of two and military wife married to her high school sweetheart. Raised in the mountains of Colorado, she holds a BA in History from the University of Colorado. Erica has been writing stories since she can remember, picked up her first romance novel while on a beach vacation as a teenager, and fell in love with falling in love, with sexy heroes and the feisty women who challenge their lives.

A self-confessed geek, Erica loves anything Harry Potter, Doctor Who or Star Wars, can spend hours in Target with a Starbucks, and truly believes a cat makes a home. Currently living in South Africa, Erica can often be found writing during soccer practice or piano lessons and is not afraid to let dinner burn if it means getting the story out of her head.

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A Bit of Heaven on Earth

by Lauren Linwood

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2015 EPIC Awards Finalist / 2015 RONE Finalist

 

When Gavin of Ashgrove and his closest friend are captured in a fierce battle during the Hundred Years’ War, their captors demand a hefty ransom from their fathers for their return. Robert is quickly set free, but Gavin’s father refuses to pay for his son’s release, leaving him to rot in a squalid French prison. Aided by a sympathetic priest, he escapes and returns home to England, only to find he has been proclaimed a bastard and disinherited.

With nowhere to turn Gavin journeys to Kentwood, where he fostered as a boy, hoping Lord Aldred will take him on as a knight in his guard. The old warrior is close to death, but he soon realizes Gavin is his son. Aldred plots to have Gavin inherit Kentwood and marry his much younger wife, Elizabeth, a famed and opinionated beauty who remains a virgin after a decade of marriage.

Will the king recognize Lord Aldred’s first request of a marriage between Elizabeth and Robert, uniting Robert’s estate with Kentwood–or will the temperamental Edward reward Aldred’s years of service and honor a dying man’s final request?



Of Cinder and Madness

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by Nicole Zoltack

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The stories about her have been greatly exaggerated. Yes, she is beautiful, with wavy blond hair and big, blue eyes and flawless skin, but her charming façade is a lie, a mask, a deceit.

Yes, yes, I’m sure you think me merely jealous. I’m not. I’m the victim, and I can prove it.

You see, Eleonore deserves to be locked away. My, she even deserves to be killed!

This gripping retelling of a much-loved fairy tale will make you question all you think you know about the girl who steals away to a ball and leaves behind a slipper.

Once Upon a Darkened Night reading order:

Of Cinder and Madness
The Cost of Love
The Cost of Grief
The Cost of Power
Of Slumber and Discord
The Cost of Magic
Of Rose and Cruelty
The Cost of Rage
The Cost of Treachery
The Cost of Enchantment
Of Bones and Ashes – coming soon!

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Oh What A (Wedding) Night

Brazen Brides Book 3

by Cheryl Bolen

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Publisher’s Description:

As Lady Sophia Beresford (recently Lady Finkel) passes through the gates of her new bridegroom’s country estate and he begins to whisper in her ear of the delights that await her in his bed, Lady Sophia realizes she has made a most dreadful mistake. There’s only one thing to do. She must bolt.

The bride-on-the-run is rescued by the exceedingly handsome William Birmingham who thinks she’s a woman named Isadore, and though he’s the richest man in England, she mistakes him for a common (but well-to-do) criminal. Since she’d rather be dead than wed to Finkel, Sophia pretends to be Isadore and take her chances with the provocative Mr. Birmingham. But how could she have known that her ruse would bring the gallant Mr. Birmingham into such peril from the wicked man she married? And how could she have known her enigmatic rescuer would ignite passions she’d never known she possessed?

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Praise for Cheryl Bolen’s novels:

“Cheryl Bolen’s books are going to be keepers.” – Christina Dodd, NY Times Bestseller

“Once again the author has proven herself to be one of the best authors in the Regency romance field today.” – Huntress Reviews

“. . .a rising star in the historical/regency romance genre.” – A Romance Review

“Bolen. . .does a wonderful job of building simmering sexual tension.” – Booklist



My Lord Wicked

Historical Regency Romance

by Cheryl Bolen

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What woman would dare make her home at eerie Marshbanks Abbey, perched on a stony hill in remote Northumbria? It is said its owner, the brilliant botanist, Lord Stacks, killed his beautiful bride there ten years earlier.

Unaware of the tales of Lord Stacks’ wickedness, Freddie Lambeth comes to live with her guardian, and through his caring blossoms from a plain, shabbily dressed girl to a lovely young woman. Freddie and Lord Stacks come to need each other as his flowers need sunshine, but Stacks cannot allow himself to love her. His own wickedness has destroyed any chance for happiness.

EXCERPT:

Was he in a hurry to be rid of her? At least he wanted a sensational mate for her. There was only one mate for her, she thought morosely. And he would be sensational. She closed her eyes and thought of being enfolded in Lord Stack’s strong embrace, of resting her face against his chest, of lifting her lips to his. She grew hot as she imagined what it would feel like to have his mouth on hers, his tongue parting her lips. A wet heat centered between her legs. Her thoughts drifted even further away. She thought of lying with him, wet flesh against wet flesh. She could almost feel his mouth close around one breast.

“You do not look happy,” he said.

She drew a deep breath and faced him. “It seems my company grows tedious for you. You are in so great a haste to marry me off, to be rid of me.”

He reached out and touched a finger to her cheek. “I attempt to be selfless, Miss Lambeth. I want what is best for you. For myself, I would have you at Marshbanks Abbey until the end of my days.”

Until the end of his days. If only. . . He studied her face for a moment. “I believe the prospect does not offend you.”

“You must believe me when I tell you I’ve never been happier than in these past few months at the abbey.” She had wanted to say these past few months with you.

“Then your life must have been singularly uneventful before.”

She smiled. “That, too.”

He took a sip of wine, peering at her over the rim of his glass. “Do you miss your father?”

She gathered a handful of soft fabric from her skirt into her hand. “To be honest, no.”

His brows lowered. “How can that be? You seem to worry over every creature. You are so very caring.”

“The exact word I would use to describe you, my lord. However, caring is not a word I would use to describe my father, although he did care very much for my mother. Unfortunately, he held me responsible for taking her from him.”

“But that’s ridiculous! You didn’t ask to be born!”

“He did not see it that way.”

Stacks watched the leaves of the tree shimmer in the breeze and did not speak for a moment. “So that explains why your education in the feminine arts was so neglected.”

She nodded. “You have shown me more love in these past few months than I received in an entire lifetime.” She felt her cheeks growing hot. Why had she used the word love? She had not meant to burden him with details of her unhappy life, but she felt incredibly open whenever she was with him. “That is why I’ve been so happy here, why I am in no hurry to leave the walls of Marshbanks Abbey.”

He reached out and took her hand. “You have a home here for as long as you want.”

She looked up at him, her eyes swimming in pools of unshed tears.

Lord Stacks was moving to her. She felt his arms close around her. She felt his warm breath on her cheek, and she lif



Three Weeks To Wed

The Worthingtons Book 1

by Ella Quinn

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In the first book of her dazzling new series, bestselling author Ella Quinn introduces the soon-to-be Earl and Countess of Worthington–lovers who have more in common than they yet know. The future promises to be far from boring…

Lady Grace Carpenter is ready to seize the day–or rather, the night–with the most compelling man she’s ever known. Marriage would mean losing guardianship of her beloved siblings, and surely no sane gentleman will take on seven children not his own. But if she can have one anonymous tryst with Mattheus, Earl of Worthington, Grace will be content to live out the rest of her life as a spinster.

Matt had almost given up hope of finding a wife who could engage his mind as well as his body. And now this sensual, intelligent woman is offering herself to him. What could be more perfect? Except that after one wanton night, the mysterious Grace refuses to have anything to do with him. Amid the distractions of the Season he must convince her, one delicious encounter at a time, that no obstacle–or family–is too much for a man who’s discovered his heart’s desire…

Meet The Worthingtons:

Three Weeks to WedOk, I’ll be the first to admit that this series has a lot of people in it. So I thought I’d give you a chance to get to know them. The series begins with Three Weeks to Wed. This is Matt and Grace’s book.

Mattheus, Earl of Worthington – Matt is in his early thirties and has spent most of it playing around, except when he is acting more like a father to his four step-sisters, ranging in age from eight to eighteen, than their father ever did. However as the book opens, his mind has turned toward marriage.

Lady Grace Carpenter – When she was barely twenty-one, Grace’s mother dies in child birth. Her father died eight months prior. Her mother has one last wish, to keep all the children together, and Grace promises she will. Unfortunately, none of her uncles on her father’s side think she is capable of raising seven children; the youngest still in leading-strings. But Grace prevails, and even though it means she’ll never marry, she is determined to raise all the children.

Patience, the Dowager Lady Worthington – Patience was married to Matt’s father at the tender age of sixteen. She expected a grand love, but wasn’t to be. The former Lord Worthington never stopped loving his first wife. Since her year of mourning ended, she has become a leader in the ton.

The Children: From eldest to youngest.

Lady Charlotte Carpenter and Lady Louisa Vivers – Charlotte and Louisa are both eighteen and ready to make their come outs.

Charles, Earl of Stanwood – Charlie is Grace’s brother. He is sixteen and attending Eton, but already takes his role as head of the Carpenter family seriously.

Lady Augusta Vivers – At fifteen, she is still in the schoolroom and is not sure she really does want to come out. Languages are much more interesting to her.

Walter Carpenter – Walter, age fourteen, is more than ready to join his brother at Eton. He is interested in horses, boxing, and has lately found a passion for languages. Augusta has become a welcome friend.

Ladies Alice and Eleanor Carpenter and Lady Madeline Vivers – Alice, Eleanor, and Madeline are all twelve and very silly. They have also become inseparable. Matt is dreading the day they make their come out.

Philip Carpenter – At age eight, Philip is missing that fact that his father is no longer around. Despite their age difference, he and Walter are very close.

Lady Theodora Vivers – Theo, eight going on eighteen, was the baby of the Viver’s family until they joined with the Carpenter brood. Her mother swears she earned her name with Theo. She has also become great friends with Mary.

Lady Mary Carpenter – Even at the young age of five, Mary has shown remarkable empathy for others around her. It will be interesting to see what life brings.

The Animals:

Duke and Daisy are both Great Danes. At age three, Duke is a well behaved gentleman. Daisy, on the other hand, is not quite a year and a half and not at all well behaved.

 

Please visit again as this list will be updated as the series progresses.

“Oh, the tangled webs we weave…especially when our hearts are involved. Three Weeks to Wed is a delightfully heartwarming escape into the sparkling world of the Regency.  Ella Quinn weaves magic.” –Cathy Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author

Meet Ella:

USA Today bestselling Regency author Ella Quinn lived all over the United States, theella-quinn Pacific, Canada, England and Europe before finally discovering the Caribbean. She is currently living on a sailboat, with her wonderful husband of over 30 years and a Portuguese Water Dog. Ella loves when readers connect with her.

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When a Marquis Chooses a Bride

by Ella Quinn

Kensington Books

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Thanks to their large extended family and unconventional courtship, the Worthingtons have seen their share of scandal and excitement. But nothing has prepared them for this…

The Dowager Lady Worthington isn’t quite sure what to make of country-girl Dorothea Stern. As the granddaughter of the Duke of Bristol, Dotty is schooled in the ways and means of the nobility. But her sharp wit and outspoken nature has everyone in a tizzy. Especially their cousin, Dominic, the Marquis of Merton.

Prematurely stuffy, Dom was raised by his cheerless uncle to be wary of a host of things, including innovation, waltzing, and most perilous of all: true love. Still, there’s something about Dotty, beyond her beauty, that Dom cannot resist. But the odds are against him if he intends to win her as his bride. Will he choose loyalty to his family—or risk everything for the one woman he believes is his perfect match…

My Thoughts:

This is a very good and well written book from Ella Quinn.

Although I have not read the first book of this series (this is book #2) I would say that “When a Marquis Chooses a Bride”can easily be read as a stand alone.

The characters are engaging and the story line is well thought out.

I would give this book 4.25 of 5 stars and wish I had not missed reading the first book in this series as I’m certain it is probably as good as this one.

I received a compliumentary digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.


The Second Time Around

by Ella Quinn

Kensington Books

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History , Romance

659444898Reviewed on Feb 27, 2017 

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Can a beautiful Worthington widow find love again? Depends on who’s asking . . .
Before he died, Patience was the Earl of Worthington’s second wife. So why shouldn’t Patience be allowed a second chance at marriage, too? Of course, finding a new husband was not something the mother of four had ever planned on. But a surprise encounter with her first love has suddenly made the impossible seem possible all over again . . .

It seems like a lifetime ago that Richard, Viscount Wolverton, was halfway around the world, looking for adventure . . . while Patience, at her coming-out, was left with no choice but to take old Worthington’s hand. Richard never forgot the woman whose heart he yearned for—and now that he’s back, he’s not going to let her slip away again . . .

My Thoughts:

This delightful novella length continuation of the Worthington series tells us of the love of Richard and Patience. Before she married the old Earl of Worthington Patience had been in love with her childhood friend and companion Richard. Having decided to go abroad and promising to return before Patience’s first season Richard left only to have his return delayed.

Now twenty years later he is back again and has come to claim his love.
Can Patience and Richard find love again in this second time around?
Again we find ourselves totally drawn into this madcap household with a combined group of ten children who belong to various family members and a young Great Dane all living and reeking havoc under the same roof.

This sometimes comical regency romance was a delight to read. The storyline is as well developed as a novella can be and since we have met most of the characters in the previous installments we continue to grow to love This is much better if read in series order rather than as a standalone but it is good enough to stand on it’s own.

I gave this title 4.25 of 5 stars for characterization and story development. There is a very sensual background crammed into this short novella getting 4 of 5 flames. I received a complimentary digital copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley to read and review. This in no way affected my opinion or review of this title.

 


It Started with a Kiss

by Ella Quinn

Kensington Books

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Romance

Reviewed on 20 Mar 20171840224083

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What is a young Worthington woman to do when the man of her dreams is not who she thinks he is?

This season, all eyes are on the Earl of Worthington’s spirited, beautiful sister, Lady Louisa Vivers. Many gentlemen are vying for her attention in and around the ton. Yet, Louisa longs for someone who can take her beyond the ballroom—a man who is worldly, adventurous, and passionate. She won’t settle for just any suitor. She wants her true soul mate—and she’ll know him when she sees him.

Is Gideon, the Duke of Rothwell, him? The moment he and Louisa meet, they share a powerful attraction. Rides at sunrise and waltzes at dusk follow. Finally, Gideon can no longer resist the urge to embrace her, and Louisa is sure he will ask for her hand. But Gideon believes he is in no position to marry. The Rothwell estate has gone bankrupt, a scandal simmers in its wake, and he has nothing left to offer. Now, he must decide if he will let pride stand in the way of true love—or if he will risk everything, and let the lady decide for herself…

Praise for The Worthingtons series

“A classic Regency romp! Perfect for fans of Grace Burrowes.” –Caroline Linden, USA Today bestselling author on When a Marquis Chooses a Bride

“Three Weeks to Wed is a delightfully heartwarming escape into the sparkling world of the Regency.  Ella Quinn weaves magic.” –Cathy Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author

My Thoughts:

I have loved all of the books I have read in this series.

There is always the obligatory addition of children, dogs and antics.

Gideon, our hero has come home after an extended trip to Canada. His father has died and left the estate in complete disarray. He seems to have given carte blanc spending to a mistress.

Louisa is the sister of his friend but Gideon isn’t aware of the relationship when he first sees her on a ride in the park.

They immediately feel an attraction for each other but due to his father’s careless ways just before his death he is not in position to seek a bride.

Will these two be able to find their Happily Ever After with each other in spite of Gideon’s financial problems?

Will he come clean about the situation to Louisa?

As usual in this series there is both a serious storyline and a comical nature involved.

I gave this book 4.25 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensuality rating of 3.75 of 5 flames.

I received an invitation to read a complimentary digital ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinion and I have voluntarily reviewed this title.

 

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by Robyn DeHart

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A secret princess. A confirmed bachelor. A hasty wedding.

When a fellow member of the Brotherhood of the Sword drops off a mysterious lady in need of protection at the house of Viscount Jason Ellis, he agrees to keep her safe not fully knowing what that will entail. Once Isabel Crisp learns the truth of her identity, that she’s the last remaining member of the royal family from the island nation of Saldania, her world is tipped upside down.

A plot to usurp the throne from Victoria after a marriage comes to light. Isabel realizes rather quickly that if she were already married the men would not succeed with their plan. Jason reluctantly agrees to marry her, but in name only as he’s bound to learn the title to his brother’s son, the rightful heir. But keeping his hands off his tempting and willing wife proves too difficult and the passion between them ignites.

My Thoughts:

This is the final installment for this series. I read book #1 and this one is book #3. 

This being the second book I have read in this series and the second book I have read by this author I am getting adjusted to her writing style. 

I must admit that I didn’t like the first book I read, but found this one more enjoyable. The first thing that attracted my attention was the lovely cover. The title description also attracted my attention. I did recognize some characters from the previous read and it is important as I feel you need to have read at least part of this series to get the most out of this book. It does however read OK as a standalone.

Jason holds the title of Viscount but was actually fathered by someone other than the prior Viscount.
Knowing this has made him take a different path than most young noblemen.
He intends not to marry or sire any children that may succeed him to the title.

Isabel is a lost princess but doesn’t know this fact and thinks she is likely the illegitimate daughter of a nobleman. She has been hidden away in a girl’s school until this time.

When she lands in Jason’s care they decide that the best solution to keeping her safe is for he to marry. It seems the best choice for her groom is the very man who is now responsible for keeping her safe.

Will this unusual marriage lead to love or will they part ways after the people plotting the queen’s demise are caught.

This unusual storyline held my interest. I gave the storyline and character development 4.25 of 5 stars and a sensual rating of 3.75 of 5 flames.
This couple are very attracted to each other and act on this attraction but not immediately.
There are two physical encounters, one of which is heavy petting with nudity and one where their marriage is consummated.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

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Meet Robyn:

robyn-dehart-e1348522915473I’m one of those writers who always knew that she wanted to be a writer. It took me a while, however, to figure out precisely what I wanted to write. Reading Kathleen Woodiwiss’ “A Rose in Winter” sealed the deal for me and I’ve been reading and writing romance ever since. I should have known I was destined for this when my Barbies insisted on hosting elaborate masquerade parties, complete with stolen kisses in the moonlight.

I’m the youngest of three children, so of course I’m the favorite. I was raised in central Texas, in the beautiful Hill Country, right smack-dab between Austin and San Antonio. My parents were high school sweethearts and married a week after my mother graduated – they both needed their parents’ permission to marry since they were so young. So I blame them and their amazing marriage for the fact that I’m a hopeless romantic.

Somewhere along the line, I graduated from college with a degree in Sociology, only after completing an internship with none other than award-winning best-selling author, Pamela Morsi. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life and I learned more about the writing business than I could have hoped.

After college I worked a myriad of jobs: Computer Software Trainer, Recruiter, Administrative Assistant. But no matter what my day job, I come home to my real job and click, click, click away on my computer and get lost in my imaginary world where justice always prevails and the girl always gets her guy! It’s the coolest job in the world.

I’m married to the most amazingly supportive man. He’s so proud of my career, and loves to tell people, “My wife is a romance novelist.” We live in the Austin area, where my husband is a university professor. He’s ridiculously smart, but remains goofy enough to make me laugh every day. We’re the parents of two beautiful and precocious little girls who keep me quite busy during the day. We also have two very spoiled cats who are of no help at all when it comes to my writing, although they sometimes nap in the same room where I sit diligently working.

I’ve published eleven historicals so far, all of which have received great reviews and a handful of them have won awards. I love to hear from readers, so feel free to send me an email or you can find me online at The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills, or, Peanut Butter on the Keyboard, my newest blogging endeavor that’s all about writing moms or moms who write. You can also find me on my Facebook or my Facebook Author page and on Twitter.

I’m everywhere!



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Seventeen-year-old Aspen is a skydiving, rock climbing, adrenaline junky. All her life, she’s been fascinated by the dragons who roam near her home in Yellowstone Park. Yes, Dragons. Though no human has ever gotten close enough to touch one.

Except Aspen.

While most people avoid the national parks because of the resident dragons, Aspen spends most of her free time in search of the feared and misunderstood creatures. For her, studying the dragons is a way to escape a painful past and avoid getting too close to anyone.

She’d rather track dragons in the wild and through the lens of her camera than talk to real people. But then Aspen meets a hot new guy at school, Sid King. He’s the one person she’s ever met who shares her obsession with all things dragon. But even as she feels strangely drawn to the mysterious boy, she senses he’s hiding his own set of dark and powerful secrets.

When hikers start turning up dead in the park, everyone suspects the formidable predators. Unless Aspen can prove their innocence, every one of her beloved dragons is in danger of eradication.

After Aspen and Sid uncover a sinister plot behind the brutal attacks, Aspen can no longer deny that Sid somehow knows more about the deaths than he should and the secrets they both keep threaten to rip their lives apart forever.



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CONFESSIONS OF A ROYAL BRIDEGROOM

Renegade Royal Book 2

by Vanessa Kelly

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They are the Renegade Royals, illegitimate sons of the Royal Princes, each finding his rightful place in society–and the woman destined to be his perfect match. . .Some men are born into scandal. Others pursue it with a passion. Griffin Steele, secret son of the Duke of Cumberland, is guilty on both counts. Yet somehow London’s most notorious scoundrel has been saddled with an abandoned baby boy–and with the unflappable, intriguing spinster summoned to nurse him. . .

Justine Brightmore may be a viscount’s niece, but she’s also a spy’s daughter, determined to safeguard the infant when his suspected royal parentage makes him a target. Yet how to protect herself from the rakish Griffin? Marriage might shield her reputation, but it can only imperil her heart, especially with a groom intent on delicious seduction. . .

“Has all the elements of my favorite novels–a bad boy hero, a spirited heroine, a dash of intrigue, and a sizzling romance. Put her on your auto-buy list;you won’t be disappointed.” –Shana Galen


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Renegade Royal Book 3

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Whether as spies or lovers, the Renegade Royals—illegitimate sons of England’s Royal Princes—are bold, skillful, and a force to be reckoned with…

A war hero returned from Waterloo should be able to indulge in a bit of bad behavior. Instead, Captain William Endicott is summoned by his father, the Duke of York, to investigate an assassination plot. The unlikely suspect: William’s former sweetheart. Will can’t believe that innocent Evie Whitney could be mixed up in anything so nefarious. Then again, almost everything about Evie has changed—except for his body’s instinctive response to hers…

Just as Evie’s life is finally coming together, Will saunters back into it. Should she slap him—or seduce him? Even as she tries to decide, scandal pushes her toward marriage with a man she can neither trust nor resist—and into the heart of a deadly conspiracy…

Praise for Vanessa Kelly’s Renegade Royals series

“Will definitely resonate with fans of Mary Jo Putney and Joanne Bourne.” —Booklist

“Kelly combines diverting dialogue, delightful surprises and finely tuned pacing to make this a winner.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

 

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by Donna Grant

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His strength, his masculinity brought out something primal within her. In his arms, she felt like the Amazon warrior she’d once pretended to be as a little girl.

Anson is a fierce Dragon King, a dragon shapeshifter born and bred to protect his own. But when a rogue tech company hacks into their world, he must join forces with the unlikeliest of allies: a human female. Her name is Devon Abrams. A rising star at the firm, she has no idea that her boss is in league with the sinister Fae and their secret war against humanity. If Anson gains her trust, he can defeat the enemy from within. But first he must fight his own attraction—to this exquisitely beautiful mortal…

Devon loves her job at the firm. But sometimes she wishes she could find a man—a real man—who isn’t threatened by her success. When she first meets Anson, she’s overwhelmed by his powerful masculine presence and disarmingly gorgeous smile. But when he reveals his true mission—and his ability to transform into a dragon—she’s irresistibly drawn into an epic battle between humans and immortals, magic and technology, danger and desire. Anson vows to protect her from the Fae.

But can he control the flames of passion that blaze within his heart, in Blaze, the next sexy Dragon romance in the Dark Kings series from New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant.

There is much happening in the DK world. Here are a few reminders, hints, and teases for the 11th book.

  • BLAZE takes place the same time as FIRESTORM and DRAGON FEVER
  • Many things shift in the story for a couple of important characters
  • Two former enemies will form an alliance that could be the undoing of the Dragon Kings
  • Rhi has an important decision to make that could change everything
  • The showdown between Con and Ulrik is nearly upon them

My Thoughts:

Fae, Dragons, and Druids along with other supernatural beings,…
If you are a fan of this genre I don’t see how you could go wrong, though I personally prefer lighthearted over violent.
The sensual parts to this book and the mystery about who is behind the deaths and mayhem kept me reading.
Anson is a Dragon King. He shifts from a brown (bronze colored) dragon to human almost at will. Devon is a young woman employed by the company that he knows is behind what is going on that is dangerous to the continued existence of his race.
Can an unbelieving young woman make herself believe in something that is frankly mythical in her mind? Will her attraction to Anson continue after he reveals his true self to her?
I gave this book 3.75 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3.75 of 5 flames.
What started off as a very good story to me digressed into something that was not about love, but about violence. This book would otherwise have scored higher with me.
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 read and reviewed voluntarily.

About The Author:

donna_grant_new-200x300Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the sizzling Dark King series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding.

Despite deadlines and voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two children, four cats, and one long haired Chihuahua.



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Working graveyards in a gas station seems a small price for Cory to pay to get her degree and get the hell out of her tiny town. She’s terrified of disappearing into the aimless masses of the lost and the young who haunt her neck of the woods. Until the night she actually stops looking at her books and looks up. What awaits her is a world she has only read about—one filled with fantastical creatures that she’s sure she could never be.

 

And then Adrian walks in, bearing a wealth of pain, an agonizing secret, and a hundred and fifty years with a lover he’s afraid she won’t understand. In one breathless kiss, her entire understanding of her own worth and destiny is turned completely upside down. When her newfound world explodes into violence and Adrian’s lover—and prince—walks into the picture, she’s forced to explore feelings and abilities she’s never dreamed of. The first thing she discovers is that love doesn’t fit into nice neat little boxes. The second thing is that risking your life is nothing compared to facing who you really are—and who you’ll kill to protect.

First Edition published by iUniverse, February 2005.

The Plus One Chronicles Boxed Set

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The Complete Collection of

The Proposition, Possession and Obsession

by Jennifer Lyon

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The Plus One Chronicles is a trilogy that is intended to be read in order:

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A proposition brings billionaire ex-UFC Fighter Sloane Michaels and beautifully damaged Kat Thayne together in fiery passion, but will a dark and dangerous obsession tear them apart?

Book One: THE PROPOSITION:

Rich, sexy and volatile, Sloane Michaels has a dark agenda that keeps his heart on ice. His extreme wealth gives him the control he craves and his skills as an ex UFC fighter the tools he’ll need to extract his ultimate revenge. But when the woman he never believed he’d see again crosses his path, Sloane is caught between the vengeance he needs and a sexual conquest he craves.

Kat Thayne has been in survival mode for six years, hiding behind the sweet creations for her bakery. But when a random carjacking brings her face-to-face with her darkest fears and hottest fantasy, Kat is forced out of hiding and offered a dangerously passionate proposition. One she knows she isn’t strong enough to refuse.

Book Two: POSSESSION:

Savagely sexy billionaire Sloane Michaels ruthlessly controls his life and everything in it. Even his sex partners are carefully negotiated plus-one arrangements, including his latest, the fiery bakery owner, Kat Thayne. But Sloane’s control is challenged when his mentor becomes seriously ill, and Kat takes over more and more his heart. Sloane is in a desperate balancing act of trying to keep the woman he loves while attaining the vengeance he craves.

After surviving an attack six years ago, Kat Thayne escaped her fears in the protective world of her beloved bakery. Then Sloane Michaels storms into her life, making her feel beautiful, strong and sexy. Yet as Kat pushes her boundaries and uncovers a dangerous secret in her past, Sloane’s controlling side emerges. Worried that Sloane will possess her mind, body and soul, Kat fights to keep her hard won independence. But just as Sloane demands her complete surrender, she discovers he has a dark side that could destroy them both.

Book Three: OBSESSION:

In the explosive conclusion to The Plus One Chronicles Trilogy, obscenely rich, jaggedly handsome and still obsessed with love and vengeance, Sloane Michaels must face an impossible choice: lose the woman he loves or betray his twin sister’s memory.

Watching the man she adores destroy himself for revenge, Kat Thayne knows she should run and never look back. But running isn’t her way anymore. Kat has grown into a fierce fighter, and the man who helped her get there is the very man who needs her strength now. But as the sizzling passion and hard-won love bind Kat and Sloane even tighter together, old secrets and lies explode around them. Danger threatens. And Kat soon realizes that she’s risking more than her heart to be with Sloane…she’s risking her very life.



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MY RECENT RELEASE REVIEW of

The Lady Travelers Guide

to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen

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by Victoria Alexander

Harlequin (US & Canada) / HQN Books Romance

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

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

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

My Thoughts:

Welcome to the first book in this delightful new series by Victoria Alexander. Be prepared to laugh out loud!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Publication Date: June 5th, 2017

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Midsummer Moon

by Laura Kinsale

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A duke’s well-ordered world is turned upside down when a female inventor sends
his heart soaring in this Regency romance by a New York Times–bestselling author.
 
Merlin Lambourne has invented the “speaking box”—a sort of telephone—which is so valuable that Napoleon has killed for it. Sent by the crown to bring both inventor and invention to safety, Ransom Falconer, Duke of Damerell, is shocked to learn Mr. Lambourne is a Miss.
 
Perhaps more shocking, however, are his feelings for the eccentric genius. She is everything he doesn’t like: incapable of following orders, unaware of conventional etiquette, preoccupied, disorganized, and unkempt. Yet she beguiles him. One of the most ingenious inventors in England, she is also one of the country’s greatest hopes in the defense against the power mad Napoleon Bonaparte. Now, if he could just get her mind out of the clouds and convince her to marry him . . .

Merlin is not absentminded, it’s just that she only seems to be able to pay attention to one thing at a time. And maybe she does take everything people say literally, but people ought to say what they mean. Now this Ransom Falconer wants her to forget her current interest in flying machines and focus on the speaking box she’s lost interest in finishing. It’s quite disconcerting. In fact, everything about him is disconcerting; in her isolated life Merlin has never met anyone who affects her quite like Ransom does.
 
With her trademark blend of heartwarming characters and a hilarious conflict, Midsummer Moon is yet another winner from the author of Flowers from the Storm, praised by Lisa Kleypas as “the gold standard in historical romance.”

The Rose and The Thorn

MacPherson Brides Book 1

by Mischelle Creager

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She didn’t trust any man. He didn’t trust himself.
The death of Sarah Greer’s husband granted her two things—freedom from his abuse and his large estate.  In hopes of freeing her younger brother from their controlling grandfather, the pair travels to the new mining town of Central City, only Sarah finds herself caught up in scheme that forces her to marry again.
The last thing widower Mac MacPherson wants is a marriage of convenience. Haunted by the past, the only reason he left his family’s Colorado ranch is to hunt down the last man to see his wife alive. But when he finds himself hitched to Sarah, he can’t ignore the woman who gets under his skin—or the sparks that fly when they’re together. 
Can Sarah and Mac put the past behind them and find a future together?

This edgy historical romance is Book 1 in the MacPherson Brides series.

Book 2: The Scar and The Star
Book 3: The Hawk and The Eagle



Letters From a Patchwork Quilt

by Clare Flynn

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“A story of love, loss and tragedy:

a heartbreaking and moving tale” Readers’ Favorite

From the author of A Greater World

In 1875, 18-year-old would-be poet, Jack Brennan, runs away from home to avoid being pushed into the priesthood. Life soon looks rosy for Jack when he lands the teaching job he’s always dreamed of and meets the love of his life, Eliza Hewlett. But his world is shattered when Mary Ellen, his landlord’s daughter, falsely accuses him of fathering the child she is expecting.

Jack and Eliza decide to escape to America. As they are about to sail, Jack is arrested and dragged from the ship, leaving Eliza alone en route to New York with only a few shillings in her pocket. Desperate and helpless, Jack is forced into marrying the woman he despises.

How will Eliza cope alone and penniless in New York? Can Jack make a new life amid the ruins of his hopes and dreams? Will the lovers meet again?

If you like complex and believable characters with flaws and weaknesses you will love Letters from a Patchwork Quilt.

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Publication Date March 20, 2017

A Regency Romance and

Murder Mystery Box Set

by Anya Wylde

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Penelope

Leaving behind the rural charms of Finnshire, Miss Penelope Fairweather arrives in London with hope in her heart and a dream in her eye. The dowager, no less, has invited her for a season in London, where she will attempt to catch a husband.

Thus begins our heroine’s tale as she attempts to tackle the London season with all her rustic finesse. Unfortunately her rustic finesse turns out to be as delicate as a fat bear trying to rip apart a honeycomb infested with buzzing bees.

What follows is a series of misadventures, love affairs, moonlit balls, fancy clothes, fake moustaches, highwaymen, sneering beauties, pickpockets, and the wrath of a devilishly handsome duke.

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The Wicked Wager

The infamous rake, Lord Richard Hamilton, has finally chosen his bride—the very appropriate Miss Emma Grey.
The ton approves, Lord Grey is pleased, Lady Grey delighted, and Emma is over the moon, but her uncle, (the blasted) Duke of Arden opposes the match, and Emma is ordered to move to the duke’s estate to think things over.
Richard Hamilton refuses to take things lying down and concocts a plan. A plan that should have brought the lovers together and had them married within a month. It was a simple matter of masquerading as the duke’s gardener, compromising the lady, and then having the duke rush them off to Gretna Green.
Alas, he underestimates the duke’s intelligence and the tangled situation on the estate—never had he imagined that compromising a lady could be so difficult.
His endeavours lead to a comedy of errors, charades, and knotty love affairs. Yet he forges ahead in spite of pesky house guests, a flea bitten mattress, his lovesick best friend, and a blackmailer.
Just when things seem to be going well, someone is murdered (very inconvenient), and he happens to be one of the suspects (extremely inconvenient).
His simple plan for winning the wager suddenly becomes … a tad complicated.

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Murder At Rudhall Manor

A murder and a theft have been committed at Rudhall Manor. A box of jewels has vanished and Lord Sedley, a lusty old aristocrat, has been stabbed six times in the chest.
It is all very mysterious, and the Sedley family and the servants have decided that Miss Lucy Anne Trotter, a recently employed governess, is to blame for the unfortunate events.
The legendary and wickedly handsome Marquis, Lord William Adair, learns of the matter and decides to uncover the truth.
Lucy, however, has little faith in blue blooded creatures—even if they possess dashing good looks— and, accompanied by two naughty pugs and a moody raven, decides to investigate and unmask the killer herself.
But the hunt for the killer turns out to be far more complicated than she anticipates—what with snooty servants, warts in odd places, mixed up love affairs, agitated chickens and dreadful disguises ruining her plans.
Soon she begins to wonder if, for once, she is in over her head….



A Dangerous Deception

The Spies of Mayfair Series Book 1

by Maggi Andersen

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London, 1816. A handsome baron. A faux betrothal. And Horatia’s plan to join the London literary set takes a dangerous turn.

Baron Guy Fortescue arrives in England to claim his inheritance, abandoned over thirty years ago when his father fled to France after killing a man in a duel. He is set upon by footpads in London, and on his way to his country estate, robbers attack him again. Guy escapes only to knock himself out on a tree branch.

Aspiring poet, Horatia Cavendish has taken to riding her father’s stallion, “The General,” around the countryside of Digswell dressed as a groom. When she discovers Guy lying unconscious on the road, the two are forced to take shelter for the night in a hunting lodge.

Someone wants Guy dead. Is it his relative, Eustace Fennimore? He has been ensconced in Rosecroft Hall during the family’s exile and will become the heir should Guy die. Guy proposes a faux betrothal to give him more time to discover the truth.

Horatia is determined to keep alive her handsome fiance, who has proven more than willing to play the part of her lover even as he resists her attempts to save him.



Unmasking the Spy

by Janet Kent

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Alicia Kinsey is the only child of an antiquities-collecting baron living in trendy London. She tends her live-in aunt and dreams of making a love match. But while her father plots to marry her off to a social-climbing wretch, a masked gentleman emerges from the shadows to steal a kiss… and her heart.

Ian Morrissey, an ex-government spy, is stuck in London against his will as a favor for a friend. All he wants is to return to his country home and live a low-profile life of bachelor solitude. Instead he finds himself on the hunt for a thief… and in bed with the thief’s daughter!