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A Sleepy Hollow Kiss

A Sweet and Spooky Halloween Romance

(Snowdrop Valley Series Book 2)

by Vivien Mayfair

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Print Length: 342 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1733226133

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Publisher: Bramble House Books

Publication Date: September 15, 2019

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A Sleepy Hollow KissEverybody’s getting ready for Halloween in Snowdrop Valley, especially the College of Literary Arts, where horror literature is taken very seriously. Pay a visit to the sleepy little book town where coffee shops serve hot caramel apple cider, bookstores display chilling horror reads, and BnBs turn front porches into cornucopia wonderlands.

Headstrong Lane Sharp survived a traumatic childhood event lost in the woods over Halloween week during the Salem Witch Festival. Only to find herself still shaking ghosts as an adult, she is determined to never be alone, even if it means keeping her brother out of a special school in Boston. When her boss at the college demands she host gothic literature week for visiting students. Lane becomes saddled with a literary consultant to help her design the event and create new horror curriculum despite her pet peeve for the genre. What she wasn’t prepared for was an irresistible know-it-all with an adorable twang and lonely little girl to turn her life upside down.

For Southern Georgia boy and horror expert Miles Hall, the offer for a consulting gig in a famous book town was too good to pass up. He heard all about how their homely women book-loving types were happy to start a family, and a family is exactly what he needed for his motherless daughter. Burned by his first love, he vowed never to open his heart again. A platonic relationship and small community life were all that he required. But when he arrived in Snowdrop Valley, he didn’t expect a stubborn and beautiful blond with a sassy mouth and old fears to unlock his frozen heart.

An enchanting holiday romance that pulls readers into the nostalgic clutches of a forgotten holiday. A Sleepy Hollow Kiss will make you want to light candles, turn out the lights, and cozy up with a warm blanket and bowl of candy corn as a fresh take on Halloween, where books override ghouls and old fears disappear in the arms of sweet new love. Ideal fiction reading for fans of sweet and clean contemporary romance authors such as Debbie Macomber, Sheila Roberts, Holly Martin, Tilly Tennant, and Debbie Mason.


The Snowdrop Valley Series:

  1. My Christmas Darling
  2. A Sleepy Hollow Kiss
  3. Wedding at Walden Pond
  4. Once Upon a Thanksgiving Dreams of Mistletoe
  5. An Alcott Alcove Proposal

My Thoughts:

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This newly founded town of Snowdrop Valley celebrates all of the holidays with a fever including Halloween.

Headstrong Lane Sharp survived a traumatic childhood event lost in the woods over Halloween week during the Salem Witch Festival. Only to find herself still shaking ghosts as an adult, she is determined to never be alone. Certain that the new guy in town means to take her job and leave her and her genius younger brother without a home.Halloween_Castle_Transparent_PNG_Clip_Art

For Southern Georgia boy and horror expert Miles Hall, the offer for a consulting gig in a famous book town was too good to pass up. He heard all about how their homely women book-loving types were happy to start a family, and a family is exactly what he needed for his motherless daughter. But how was he to know that his new rival was just the woman he needs.

I have found myself in love with Vivian Mayfair’s new series. There is a bit of slapstick comedy in each of these books as well as some touching moments.

I gave this book 4.25 of 5.0 stars for story line and character development. I received a complimentary copy of this book via Booksirens and am voluntarily leaving a review.



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The Highlander’s Christmas Bride

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Clan Kendrick Book 2

by Vanessa Kelly

File Size: 1101 KB

Print Length: 432 pages

Publisher: Zebra Books (November 1, 2019)

Publication Date: October 29, 2019

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Highlander's Christmas Bride CoverIn bestselling author Vanessa Kelly’s irresistible Clan Kendrick series, Christmas in the Highlands means family, celebration—and for one brother, the beginning of a passionate adventure . . .
 
Being thrown over by the man she expected to marry was humiliating enough. Now that Donella Haddon, grandniece of the Earl of Riddick, has also proven a failure as a nun, she has no choice but to return to her family’s estate. The brawny Highlander sent to escort her is brash, handsome, and the only thing standing between Donella and a gang of would-be kidnappers. But the scandal in her past can’t be so easily outrun . . .
 
Wealthy widower Logan Kendrick was expecting to meet a plain, pious spinster—not a gorgeous, sharp-tongued lass who can hold her own in any ambush. Though she’s known as the Flower of Clan Graham, Donella is no shrinking violet. In fact, she might be the perfect woman to bring happiness back to his lonely little son’s life, just in time for Christmas.  But first he must protect her from ugly gossip and a mysterious threat—and convince her that their wild, unexpected desire is heaven sent.

My Thoughts:

Being thrown over by the man she expected to marry was humiliating enough. Now that Donella Haddon, grandniece of the Earl of Riddick, has also proven a failure as a nun.

Wealthy widower Logan Kendrick was expecting to meet a plain, pious spinster—not a gorgeous, sharp-tongued lass who can hold her own in any ambush. Though she’s known as the Flower of Clan Graham, Donella is no shrinking violet. In fact, she might be the perfect woman to bring happiness back to his lonely little son’s life,

I loved the by play between Donella and Logan. Donella is such a spitfire and Logan is her match in every way.

This is an amazingly well written page turner by Vanessa Kelly that you will not want to put down. I know this is a Christmas tale but it doesn’t come across that way and could actually be read anytime of year. The introduction of Logan’s young son into the story line is a real treat and is the holiday tie in.
I gave this delightful and sometimes humorous tale 4.75 of 5.0 stars for plot, story line and characterization.
I loved this book a nd would gladly re-read it several times. It is one for my keeper shelves.
I received a complimentary copy of this book to read via NetGalley.
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(Clan Kendrick Book 1)

by Vanessa Kelly

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Publisher: Zebra Books (November 1, 2018)

Publication Date: October 30, 2018

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Bestselling author Vanessa Kelly returns with an enthralling new series about the men of the Kendrick clan—and the women who claim their hearts . . .

Lady Ainsley Matthews, heiress and darling of the ton, was expected to make a magnificent match. Instead she’s hiding on a remote Scottish estate, terrified that her vicious former fiancé will use her pregnancy to force her into marriage. One man can help her—Royal Kendrick, son of a distinguished Highland clan. Though a mistake drove them apart long ago, Royal is the only person Ainsley trusts to protect her baby—even if that means agreeing to never see either of them again . . .

Scarred in body and soul by war, Royal suddenly has a purpose—caring for an innocent babe and thereby helping the woman he can’t stop loving. But when Ainsley ultimately returns to Scotland, determined to be a real mother to her child in spite of the risk, there’s only one solution: marriage. And only one likely outcome: surrendering to the desire that’s simmered between them for so long, no matter how dangerous it may be . . .

My Thoughts:

Read and Reviewed Oct. 29th, 2018

Vanessa Kelly never disappoints this reader.
Her characters are well thought out and her stories amaze me.

Raped and left pregnant by her intended, Ainsley is hiding in the Highlands fearing retribution by her vicious former fiancé. The thing she fears most is that he will discover her daughter and use her to force a marriage between them.

Royal who has returned home after Waterloo suddenly has a purpose for his life. Caring for Ainsley’s innocent baby daughter and ultimately her mother makes his life worth living again.

Will these two opposites find more than a mutual attraction.

I gave this heart wrenching story 4.5 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization.

This is a story that will at times bring tears and at others make you very angry and perplexed.

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



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by Tabetha Waite

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Print Length: 298 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1689771712

Publication Date: September 24, 2019

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Amaris Maxwell has lived her entire life with ill health. As the daughter of a prominent doctor, it never occurred to her to question his abilities, nor his associate’s rather unorthodox treatments. But the life of a sheltered woman has its disadvantages. She yearns to be free, to live an existence outside the same four walls. It isn’t until fate thrusts her into the path of Mr. Jackson Moreland that she begins to question everything she’s ever known. As a mysterious killer begins to terrorize the streets of London, Amaris realizes that things are not always how they may appear…
But how close is the true villain?
Jackson Moreland has lived the last two years of his life in a personal hell after the brutal murder of his wife. Released from an asylum, he struggles to come to terms with his reality. When he is engaged by Scotland Yard to assist in learning the identity of the murderer of Whitechapel, everything changes the moment he meets Amaris. He knows something isn’t right and he’s determined to find out what it is.
As things progress between them and secrets are revealed amid their growing attraction, they begin to fear that the true threat may not be the Ripper after all.

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An evil lurks in the darkest corners of Victorian London…

Amaris Maxwell has lived her entire life with ill health. As the daughter of a prominent doctor, it never occurred to her to question his abilities.
As a mysterious killer begins to terrorize the streets of London, Amaris realizes that things are not always how they may appear.
Jackson Moreland has lived the last two years of his life in a personal hell after the brutal murder of his wife. Released from an asylum, he struggles to come to terms with his reality. Everything changes the moment he meets Amaris. He knows something isn’t right and he’s determined to find out what it is.
This isn’t the first book of read by this author but it is the first one in this genre. When I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. It is a real page turner with a new surprise around every corner.
This re-imagined account of Jack The Ripper is full of mystery and suspense.
I gave this book 4.8 of 5.0 stars for story line and characterization. It is more of a suspenseful tale than a romantic one but it does have it’s romantic and intimate moments.
I received a complimentary copy of an ARC of this book to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I reviewed voluntarily.

Tabetha grew up in a small town in Missouri with big dreams of being a published author after her fourth grade teacher said she liked reading her stories. She began her journey by putting pen to paper writing anything from fantasy to mystery, but it wasn’t until she started high school that her grandmother introduced her to the classic, Gothic novels. As her love of romance grew to encompass Harlequins, it wasn’t until she read “Midnight Bride” by Kathleen Drymon did she develop a fascination for historical England. After discovering Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, she was hooked!
It wasn’t until 30 years and 63 rejections later that her debut novel, “Why the Earl is After the Girl,” the first book in her Ways of Love series was picked up for publication in July 2016 to critical acclaim, winning the 2017 Best Indie Book Award in Romance and the Second Place Feathered Quill Book Award in 2018 for Romance. “Where the Viscount Met His Match” was a 2019 romance finalist in the International Book Awards, and a 2019 romance finalist in the Book Excellence Awards. “When a Duke Pursues a Lady” was a romance finalist in the 2018 Book Talk Radio Club Awards, and “Who the Marquess Dares to Desire” was a 2019 Raven Awards finalist.
When she’s not writing, Tabetha is reading as true bookworms do, checking out any flea market, antique mall, or doll show she comes across, and working as a lunch lady at the local community college. She is a certified PAN member of the RWA.
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Lady Abigail’s Perfect Match

(The Townsbridges Book 2)

by Sophie Barnes

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Print Length: 99 pages

Publisher: Sophie Barnes

Publication Date: October 29, 2019

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Lady Abigail has been infatuated with Mr. James Townsbridge for three years. But when she is finally introduced to him, she finds him arrogant and rude. Unfortunately, this doesn’t stop her heart from racing or her stomach from flip-flopping while in his presence. In fact, being near him makes her feel somewhat ill. Which complicates matters when they are suddenly forced to marry.

James doesn’t like the aloof young lady to whom he has recently been introduced. And since he has a blistering headache, he doesn’t have the patience for someone who clearly doesn’t want to be in his company. But when she lands in his lap and he accidentally rips her gown, his duty is clear. Now James must try to get along with his awful fiancée, or risk living unhappily ever after. But is that possible?



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A Kiss at Mistletoe

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(Kiss the Wallflower Book 2)

by Tamara Gill

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Print Length: 140 pages

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Publication Date: October 15, 2019

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Lady Mary Dalton fills her time with anything she pleases–and she pleases to do as she likes. With no interest in a husband, Lady Mary is perfectly content to remain in Derbyshire for the rest of her days. However, Mary’s parents have other ideas.

For the Christmas festivities at Bran Manor, Mary’s brother brings home the Duke of Carlton, an infamous man known for his many improprieties, as well as for his distaste in matrimony. Despite his rakish ways, Mary is drawn to him in the most vexing and exasperating way.

But when Mary stumbles into the Duke of Carlton’s arms one snowy eve, an undeniable attraction is set into motion. Suddenly, marriage no longer seems so horrific–for either of them.

My Thoughts:

Lady Mary Dalton fills her time with anything she pleases–and she pleases to do as she likes. With no interest in a husband, Lady Mary is perfectly content to remain in Derbyshire for the rest of her days. However, Mary’s parents have other ideas.
For the Christmas festivities at Bran Manor, Mary’s brother brings home the Duke of Carlton, an infamous man known for his many improprieties, as well as for his distaste in matrimony.
Staying away from marriage is no longer a problem for either of them.
Their attraction is undeniable so instead of staying apart they can’t seem to get enough of each other.
This novella is written in one of my favorite tropes, best friend’s sister love and attraction. It is the second book in the Kiss the Wallflower series and so far my favorite of the two.
I gave this book 4.5 of 5.0 stars for story line and characterization. This one has it’s spicy moments but not so graphic that it’s distasteful.
I received a complimentary copy of this book to read. I also ordered a copy in advance of the release.
This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.


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A Kiss in Spring CoverA broken carriage wheel at the base of the Scottish highlands is the last thing Sophie Grant needs on her trip to Scotland. Determined to make the most of her stay in the quaint village of Moy, she discovers some delightful attractions, including the Laird Mackintosh, who lives nearby.

Upon an invitation to the Laird’s home, Sophie is thrust into a world of decadence, privilege, and wealth–everything she never had. Laird Mackintosh is tempting and beguiling with his scandalously hot kisses. However, Sophie knows he’s hiding something–something that could change everything.

Brice Mackintosh is torn between his family’s expectations, and his newfound feelings for Sophie. What started out as a game, a distraction before he fills his obligations is turning into more. But when the truth surfaces, Brice worries that he may lose the only woman he’s ever loved.


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Lady Jane

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Ladies of Disgrace 

by Vicki Hopkins

File Size: 4159 KB

Print Length: 172 pages

Publisher: Red Brick Media

Publication Date: September 16, 2019

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Jane Cavanagh possesses the most scandalous reputation in London. With an ample allowance from her father, she’s able to live a lifestyle of autonomy. She answers to no one regarding her choices in life. For entertainment, she engages male companionship, enjoying multiple trysts without an ounce of guilt. After a few months with a man, she moves to the next, leaving scattered victims of broken hearts strewn across the social landscape. Her motto is no love, no babies, and no marriage.

When someone from her past returns into her life, Jane is sent into a tizzy of emotions she would rather not face. In a shattering display of spilled champagne, she comes face-to-face with Colonel Matthew Rutland, a decorated war hero and widower. If it wasn’t for him, she might have turned out to be a different woman altogether. After a few painful interactions, it becomes obvious they both have unfinished business that needs resolving. Jane, however, isn’t keen on settling anything with the man who cruelly discarded her to pursue a military career.

My Thoughts:

Jane Cavanagh possesses the most scandalous reputation in London. With an ample allowance from her father, she’s able to live a lifestyle of autonomy.

After suffering a few painful interactions with a man from her past it becomes obvious they both have unfinished business that needs resolving.

This was my first time reading a book by this author.

I found this book to be engaging in the beginning but it bogged down. I wished for more background about the couple but it just never was explained to my satisfaction. The read and the story just didn’t seem to have the flow to it that I hoped for.

I gave it a rating of 4 of 5 stars. I was hoping in the beginning for a more complete story line but it just never happened.

I received an advance review copy for free from Book Sirens, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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Gambling Hearts Book 3

by Jacquie Biggar

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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until he learns their first guest is his ex-girlfriend, her parents–and a fiancé.
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Seductive Secrets

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by Colleen Connally

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A historical romance with a touch of paranormal!

seductive secretsFrom the author of a #1 Amazon Historical Romance- BROKEN LEGACY

Someone wants Alyce Hythe dead… 

Shunned from London society for being the daughter of England’s most notorious spy, Alyce Hythe desires only to clear her father’s name. For years, she has been hidden away from prying eyes, given a new identity, and told to forget who she was. But strange things have been happening, causing old rumors to be once more whispered. 

Long has Lord Julian Casvelyn lived with guilt brought on when England’s most infamous traitor murdered his brother. But one eventful night has changed everything Lord Julian believed about his brother’s death. Never did he suspect the woman he has just saved from certain harm is the daughter of that man. 

Now Julian is caught in a conspiracy and desire for that woman. Thrown together by fate, the two searches for answers long denied them and along the way, discover a love that can free them both. 

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A Stripped Standalone 

by Skye Warren

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Print Length: 198 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1514199769

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“Better When it Hurts is an intense and heartbreakingly beautiful story. I couldn’t read fast enough to see what would happen next with Blue and Lola. A definite 5 star read for sure!” ~ Jenika Snow, USA Today bestselling author

A forbidden romance about pain that binds us together…

Five years ago we lived in the same house. He was the ultimate bad boy.

And my foster brother.

Now he’s back. Tougher, harder, meaner. All of it aimed at me, because I was the one who sent him away. It’s payback time. He wants his pound of flesh, and I am helpless to say no.

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BETTER WHEN IT HURTS is a full-length romance that does stand alone.

Fair warning: Blue is a cruel bastard and a dirty talker!

Books in the Stripped series:

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1. Love the Way You Lie
2. Better When It Hurts
3. Even Better
4. Pretty When You Cry

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“5 Angsty Love-versus-Hate Stars! Better When It Hurts sucked me in hook, line, and sinker within the first few pages.” – Allison, The Reading Escapade Book Blog

“There’s one thing I can say with certainty, Skye Warren never fails to deliver a heartfelt, slightly dark, I can’t stop turning the pages story. This one is no different.” – Di, Twisted Sisters

“Very Angsty 5 Star Read! This book is so compelling, you won’t be able to put it down, this is one of those books that you’ll want to save to re-read.” – Melissa, Books Can Take You There



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Lord, Snow and Mistletoe

A Regency Christmas Collection

by Bianca Blythe

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#1 The Wrong Heiress for Christmas

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A reclusive duke…
Lord Frederick Bowen, Duke of Salisbury, is expecting an heiress for Christmas. The fact does not bring him pleasure. Ever since the war ended, he would rather focus on experiments for his new waterproof material.

A commoner…
Celia might be the daughter of an earl, but she’s of the illegitimate variety. She has resigned herself to life as a maid for the wicked countess and her two half-sisters.

A Christmas house party…
When Celia’s half-sister begs her to pretend to be her, Celia finds herself in a fairy tale. Everyone knows though that fairy tales never come true…

My Thoughts:

What a delightful read!!

This sixth book in Bianca Blythe’s Matchmaking For Wallflowers Series seems to be a Holiday take on Cinderella. It includes a wicked countess, half sisters(one who asks Celia to pose as her), and a Duke who is her unlikely suitor.
This fairytale like Christmas Romance will engage the reader and keep your attention. I couldn’t put it down once I began reading.

Lord Fredrick Bowen is an unlikely Duke. He much prefers his chemistry experiments to anything society has to offer. He needs to marry to carry on the title so along with his mother he invites Lady Theodosia Fitzroy to his home and to a ball to be held there.

Lady Theodosia has ideas of her own. She is in love with a French Comte and intends to elope to marry him. She asks Celia to take her place and thus ensues our story.

Our basic rags to riches Cinderella tale turns into a wonderfully told regency romp.

I gave this delightful tale 4.75 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 3.0 of 5.0 flames. Our tale is mostly a comically sweet one with only one intimate encounter.

I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the author via Bookfunnel to read and review as part of her review team. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.


#2 The Earl’s Christmas Consultant

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Flora has been masquerading as a French maid for years. Though she despises having to hide her skill at the piano and has no innate fondness for mending, she is happy to no longer be on the run. When a handsome earl who sent butterflies fluttering through her chest as a child discovers her French is atrocious, Flora is in immediate need of a new position, lest her true identity be discovered.

Christmas has never been Lord Wolfe McIntyre’s favorite season. His parents never celebrated it, and he never thought he would succumb to sentimentality as an adult. After all, he runs a gaming hell. But after his sister’s engagement is broken, Wolfe vows to host a magnificent holiday ball so his sister can find a husband before the next season. The only problem? His lack of knowledge about the holiday. 

Wolfe is shocked when his friend’s maid appears at his manor house in Scotland. When he hired a Christmas consultant, he was expecting a stern Bavarian woman with a knowledge of Yule logs, not an alluring young woman whom he last saw claiming a blatantly false identity and who seems distressed at seeing him. Wolfe is even more shocked when he discovers he… desires her.

Earls are certainly not supposed to find their servants appealing, no matter how much they fill their homes with Yuletide joy and music. But perhaps there’s a reason Flora looks familiar…

My Thoughts:

Why does Flora seem so familiar and what is she hiding from.

This is a delightful holiday romance with a touch of humor. This is the shortest read of the three books in this series and is easily read in one sitting.

I gave this book 4.5 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization.

This short tale has just enough sensuality and humor that you should breeze through the read.

I received a complimentary ARC of this title to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.


#3 How to Capture a Duke

How to capture a Duke

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All she had to do was find a fiancé. In four days. In the middle of nowhere.

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.

One fallen tree…
When Fiona tries to warn a passing coach about a tree in the road, the driver mistakes her for a highwaywoman. Evidently he’s not used to seeing women attired in clothes only suitable for archaeology waving knives. After the driver flees, Fiona decides she may as well borrow the handsome passenger…



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Not Always a Saint

The Lost Lords series Book 7

By Mary Jo Putney

Digital List Price: $6.30 

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New York Times bestselling author and historical romance legend Mary Jo Putney delights readers with this meticulously researched and page-turning story in her sensual Lost Lords series…

SYNOPSIS:

5db468b607e3bAfter the death of his sweetheart when he was at university, Daniel Herbert buried his grief in medical studies and his passion for healing. Viewed as a saint by those who know him, in his own mind he never quite manages to live up to his own high standards. 

Most men would be thrilled to learn they’ve inherited a title and estate from a distant relative, but Daniel is appalled because the burden of wealth will interfere with his medical calling.  Warily he accepts that he must enter society and seek a wife—a sensible woman who can oversee his properties, leaving him free to continue his work. He does not expect to become intoxicated by a woman called the Black Widow, who is as mysterious as she is shockingly beautiful…

Jessie Kelham’s looks have always been a curse. Now alone with a young daughter and a perilous secret, she is in need of protection. But dangerously attractive Daniel Herbert is not the kind of husband she has in mind. If he recognizes her, the demons of her past will surely erupt. Yet they cannot keep apart—and soon they are drawn into a union that may bring joy—or shattering danger…

“Adventure, passion and pure reading pleasure!”  
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MY THOUGHTS:

Reviewed Sept. 09, 2015

Mary Jo Putney is well known for including a great deal of mature, thoughtful conversations between her heroes and heroines, and you’ll find that in Not Always a Saint. In addition, you’ll find a lot of plots, sub-plots and side plots, perhaps too many for one book. Something has to give in a Regency romance, when you add in the requisite descriptions of period costumes, furnishings, lavish entertainments and the like. In this case, the villains (and there are many) are too one-dimensional unlike the main characters. It would have made the book far better had they been rounded out. The main characters, however are very well developed. This is not the first book I’ve read by this author and this one is not the last I will read, I had not, however read any others of this series
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Daughters of the Dagger Series

by Elizabeth Rose

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Prequel

Daughters of the Dagger Series

File Size: 3970 KB

Print Length: 66 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: RoseScribe Media Inc.

Publication Date: December 23, 2013

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B00EAMJHOE

SYNOPSIS:

Prequel CoverMirabelle de Burgh is desperate to give her husband an heir. She’s heard of the superstition that to buy a jeweled dagger from a blind old hag would ensure her of conceiving a child. One child for each dagger bought.

The old hag she hunts down has many jeweled daggers, but Mirabelle has limited coins and wants many children. Her greed gets her in trouble and she finds herself in a predicament which causes many circumstances in her life to change.

Four jeweled daggers and four daughters, each with a story, and a surprise later in life that none of them would ever suspect, in Daughters of the Dagger. Ruby – Book 1; Sapphire – Book 2; Amber – Book 3; Amethyst – Book 4. Followed by Onyx – Book 1, MadMan MacKeefe Series.

Prequel approximately 8,000 words.
Excerpts included at end of prequel.


Ruby

(Daughters of the Dagger Series Book 1) 

File Size: 3884 KB

Print Length: 268 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: RoseScribe Media

Publication Date: August 2, 2013

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B00EBV3Z24

SYNOPSIS:

Book 1

Ruby, Book 1coverRuby de Burgh is the first born of the four daughters of Earl Blackpool. They were all named after the stones in daggers, bought by their late mother regarding a superstition. Ruby acts more like the son her father always wanted, and nothing like a lady. And she is not pleased to find out her father has promised Lord Sheffield his choice of one of his daughter’s hands in marriage.

Lord Nyle of Sheffield needs a wife so he can carry on his secret mission for the king. However, after losing three wives in a matter of months, he is sure their deaths were not accidents as it seemed, but rather they were murdered. Now to catch the murderer that he believes to be inside his castle walls, he chooses a wife as bait who he knows can wield a sword and hold her own against any attacker.

Will murder and mayhem place a wedge between an unconventional wife and the Lord of Death, or bring them closer together as emotions are brought to the surface in Ruby – Book 1 of Daughters of the Dagger?


Sapphire

(Daughters of the Dagger Series Book 2)

File Size: 2544 KB

Print Length: 206 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: RoseScribe Media Inc.

Publication Date: August 20, 2013

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B00ENTR0RA

SYNOPSIS:

Book 2

Sapphire book 2 coverSapphire is one of four sisters named after the gems in daggers bought by their late mother in regards to a superstition. She has been betrothed to Lord Roe Sexton, a man she’s never met. But when she goes to Rye to meet him, she’s told he’s dead, and she’s married off to the evil baron instead. So she sneaks out in disguise not only to get away from her abusive husband but to find the meaning of true love, stopping at a nearby tavern in the process.

Lord Roe Sexton returns from war overseas after being away for over a year. Victorious and celebrating their success, he stops with the soldiers at a tavern looking for a drink and a woman for the night. The one he chooses seems to be trying to tell him she’s a lady, but he doesn’t believe her since she’s dressed like a harlot.

A mistaken identity turns into a night of passion that neither of them will ever forget. But when Roe returns to his castle the next day to find his lover there and also married, things get very complicated. And when he exposes a ring of smugglers, Sapphire’s life is endangered and one wrong move could bring about disastrous results for both of them.

Can a woman who was thrown into an abusive marriage with a man she despises, find love and passion with the man she was truly meant to marry? Or will greed and deceit keep them apart? Emotions and intrigue are taken to the limit in the second book of the Daughters of the Dagger Series – Sapphire.

MY THOUGHTS:

I have read other books by this author that I thought were better written than this one. Although it was not a totally disappointing read, I do think it could have been better.
In this reader/reviewer’s opinion it had a decidedly child-like fairytale feel to it.
I prefer a more adult themed reads.
It is well written in spite of it’s nature so I gave this title 3.5 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and a sensual rating of 3 of 5 flames.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book in addition to purchasing both the eBook and the Audible copy.
This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I have read and reviewed voluntarily.


Amber

(Daughters of the Dagger Series Book 3)

File Size: 2354 KB

Print Length: 248 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: RoseScribe Media Inc.

Publication Date: September 17, 2013

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B00F9UBU6Y

SYNOPSIS:

Book 3

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Amber de Burgh is a novice of the Sisters of St. Ermengild, in training to take her final vows of becoming a nun. But when the doors to the church slam open one night and a wounded man named Lucifer who everyone thinks is the devil enters, her life changes forever.

Lucifer, or Lucas as he prefers to be called, has a very tarnished past and a future that fares no better. And when he lays his eyes on the abbey’s new novice, he knows he can never let her become a nun.

Having been abandoned as a baby on the steps of the church, Lucas will do anything to live a different lifestyle. And before he knows it, he finds himself right in the middle of church corruption. He is sent to Canterbury on a pilgrimage with Amber, but while she intends to pray, that is the furthest thing from his mind.

His mission is to steal the Regale ruby of Canterbury Cathedral at Becket’s shrine. Can a pure dove change the morals of a devil or will he change her morals first? Find out in Amber – Book 3 of the Daughters of the Dagger Series.


Amethyst

(Daughters of the Dagger Series Book 4)

File Size: 1918 KB

Print Length: 208 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: RoseScribe Media Inc.

Publication Date: October 17, 2013

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B00FZXPQKG

SYNOPSIS:

 Book 4

Amethyst coverAmethyst de Burgh has been sent by the archbishop as assistant to her uncle, the master mason in building a castle for the border lord, Marcus Montclair. She has always dreamed of this opportunity, but knows a woman in this position would not be accepted if it wasn’t for the sealed and stamped missive giving the order, sent by the Archbishop himself.

Marcus is not pleased when a woman shows up saying she is the new assistant to his master mason. And when his father arrives with a missive from the king, things only get worse. Now he’s expected to marry the girl when she challenges his every word.

With his castle unfinished and his defenses low, he knows it won’t be long before the Scots come over the border and they are attacked. But facing the enemy isn’t half as challenging as dealing with his new wife.

A hardened border lord and a headstrong woman are forced to work together to change their ways. And in the process they learn that things are not always as they seem . . . in Amethyst, Book 4, the last book of the Daughters of the Dagger Series. 

Note: This is a standalone story. 

Books in the Daughters of the Dagger Series:

  • Daughters of the Dagger Prequel
  • Ruby – Book 1
  • Sapphire – Book 2
  • Amber – Book 3
  • Amethyst – Book 4. 

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The Trouble With Tigers 

Shenanigans Book 2 

by Gail Koger 

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Comedy, Action

Lions and tigers and skunks, oh my! Kandi Cain’s a psychic pet detective. Her cases range from wrangling baby goats, to finding lost critters. Her current case is rescuing a lion from a Nigerian warlord. Kandi knew dressing up as a demonic clown and walking a lion down a city street would freak people out. But, wow! She didn’t expect Armageddon.
The hot as hell Detective Dutch Callaghan’s on her trail again and showing more than a professional interest. Kandi’s talents have attracted the attention of a CIA black ops agent who wants her to steal twelve endangered white tigers from a Pakistani warlord. The mission’s crucial to prevent a terrorist attack.
Wait! What? Terrorists? What had she gotten herself into? Kandi wasn’t a superhero. She couldn’t bend steel with her bare hands, and she wasn’t faster than a speeding bullet. She’s Doctor Doolittle. She talks to the animals and occasionally the dead. 

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Shenanigans 

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Kandi Cain inherited her Dr. Doolittle abilities from her grandmother and became a psychic pet detective. To her dismay, she just acquired the power to communicate with the spirit world, but dead people give her the willies. 
Just when Kandi thought her life couldn’t get more complicated, the neighbor from hell moved in next door. The nasty guy’s name is Dutch Callaghan. How can someone so gorgeous be such a dick? Kandi could chalk some of it up to his job. Dutch is a Phoenix PD homicide cop. 
Kandi’s current case is rescuing a Yorkie from a brutal dog fighting ring. Little does she know her dog napping suspect is involved in a series of brutal murders. Disguised as an elderly nun, Kandi rescues the Yorkie and, in the process, blows the hell out of Dutch’s undercover operation.
Kandi now finds herself a person of interest in her client’s murder and her sexy-as-hell, pain-in-the-butt neighbor is in hot pursuit of the Ninja Nun. Is Dutch about to slap the cuffs on? Only time will tell. 
How do I come up with my stories? Being psychotic helps. I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for way too long. All those years of wild requests, screwy questions, bizarre behavior and outrageous demands have left me with a permanent twitch and an uncontrollable craving for chocolate. Don’t get me wrong. Working as a 9-1-1 dispatcher can be very rewarding. BUT – some days I felt like the entire world was nuts. I mean, c’mon, who in their right mind calls 9-1-1 for the winning lottery numbers? To keep from hitting myself repeatedly in the head with my phone, I took up writing. 

I made the Night Owl’s Awesome Paranormal Romance Authors List. 

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