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Highland Spitfire by Mary Wine

July 25, 2017 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Highland Spitfire by Mary WineHighland Spitfire by Mary Wine
Series: Highland Weddings #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on February 2, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 315
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
five-stars
Passion flares between enemies
Two hotheaded Highlanders, the offspring of feuding lairds, are tricked by the King's Regent into a desperate choice: marry or die. Bhaic MacPherson is more disposed to lead his clan into battle than stay married to the daughter of his enemy. But perhaps the intensity of his feelings has more to do with desire than hostility.


And the Highlands ignite
Ailis Robertson wanted a husband, not a savage-but when her family was faced with a deadly ultimatum, she had no choice. The union of a MacPherson and a Robertson could end three generations of hostilities between the two families, but can bitter rivals truly become lovers?

Another fantastic highland romance from Mary Wine!  HIGHLAND SPITFIRE pits the MacPhersons against the Robertson clans and to stop the endless feuding, the Queens Regent has ordered a marriage alliance between the two warring clans.  Ailis Robertson is quick to agree in order to save her father from the hanging that will follow if she does not.  Bhaic MacPherson reluctantly agrees much for the same reason.

Despite fierce opposition to her presence in the MacPherson castle, Ailis holds her head high and does her absolute best to make this alliance work.  She works without complaint and refuses to show fear in the face of the “enemy.”  She’s definitely the “highland spitfire” as the title suggests.

Bhaic is a fearsome warrior with a patient, loving heart beneath his tough exterior.  He is patient with Ailis and understanding of the foreign situation she finds herself in.  Bhaic is incredibly protective of those he loves and a typical brawny, brutish highlander, but he wants a willing wife, not a miserable one so he is willing to put aside his ways to woo his wife.

Together and after several trials, Ailis and Bhaic feel intense passion for each other.  Ailis is a little scared of the large warrior and Bhaic is unexpectedly overwhelmed at the thought of losing her, but nothing can stop the love that develops between these two enemies-to-lovers.

The world-building in this novel is phenomenal and the heat is off the charts!  Mary Wine always does a fantastic job of drawing her readers into a deep, historical story that ensures a scintillating love story.

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Heir to the Duke by Jane Ashford

July 20, 2017 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Heir to the Duke by Jane AshfordHeir to the Duke by Jane Ashford
Series: The Duke's Sons #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on January 5, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
two-stars
Nathaniel Gresham, the handsome Viscount Hargove, lives a life devoted to familial duty. As his father's eldest son, Nathaniel's identity remains the "heir to the Duke of Langford." But this quiet, restrained life changes the minute he marries sweet Lady Violet Devere.

Oppressed by her family all her life, Violet is longing for her marriage vows to be spoken. Though her arranged marriage to Nathaniel was not a match made for love, they're both looking forward to the comparative freedom of married life. And Violet is determined to show Nathaniel how to enjoy it, both in and out of the bedroom.

Violet Devere and Nathaniel Gresham have been engaged for years and Violet cannot be more excited to get out from under the thumb of her over-bearing grandmother.  HEIR TO THE DUKE begins almost immediately with the arranged marriage between Violet and Nathaniel.  While the focus is still on this couple finding happiness and love together, it takes the rather unusual position of beginning with the marriage rather than ending with it.

Violet is quiet and demure, but eager to find herself outside the influence of her grandmother.  Once married, she spends a great deal of time dancing and strolling around town, reveling in her freedom.

Nathaniel the young and handsome heir to a dukedom of some sort whose brothers have always relied on his dependability to get them out of scrapes.

The problem – one of many – was that the couple barely spent any time together.  Additionally, the story spent more time revolving around the evil grandmother than the couple.  I found Violet to be very childish.  She was more interested in buying new dresses and gallivanting about town than spending time getting to know her new husband.  Nathaniel isn’t much better, though I’d imagine a brick having more personality.  Nathaniel’s sole job throughout this book appeared to be reading innocuous letters from his five younger brothers.

I’m not really sure how I actually finished this book.  It was very nearly a DNF.

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The Truth About Him by M. O’Keefe

July 18, 2017 Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Reviews 0 ★★★★½

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Truth About Him by M. O’KeefeThe Truth About Him by M. O'Keefe
Series: Everything I Left Unsaid #2
Published by Random House on November 24, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
four-half-stars
We played our roles, told each other lies.

But now Dylan is no longer just a mysterious deep voice on the other end of the line. We’re face-to-face and our relationship is very, very real.

We still have secrets—but so much is crystal clear:

The thrilling danger.

The raw, naked desire.

The need to keep feeling the way he makes me feel. Forever.

Dylan is putting up walls, trying to keep me safe, but he can’t shut me out. He has seen my darkness and rescued me. Now it’s my turn, if only he will let me.

THE TRUTH ABOUT HIM is told in the dual POV of Annie and Dylan.  You must read the first book in the series before beginning this one because this book picks up right where the first one left off.  Trouble follows these two wherever they go and right from the start Dylan and Annie are in physical danger.

Annie is trying to heal and move past the events of the last book.  Dylan wants to protect her, but is afraid his presence in her life is just going to complicate things further.  Together, they’re a hot, complicated duo that can’t seem to keep their hands off each other.  And where the last book focused entirely on Annie’s growth as a character, this book focuses on Dylan – his relationship with his estranged father, his MC brother, and the accident that changed his entire life.

Overall, I really enjoyed all the suspense and action packed into this second book.  The writing sucks you into the story and is phenomenal.  THE TRUTH ABOUT HIM  is a quick, super-steamy read perfect for a summer beach trip!

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The Highlander’s Accidental Marriage by Callie Hutton

July 13, 2017 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Highlander’s Accidental Marriage by Callie HuttonThe Highlander's Accidental Marriage by Callie Hutton
Series: Marriage Mart Mayhem #6
Published by Entangled Publishing on November 20, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 250
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
four-stars
She never intended to take a husband...

Scotland, 1817

The Duke of Manchester's sister, Lady Sarah Lacey, always abides by the rules of etiquette. Fate, however, has no such confines. On a journey to the Scottish Highlands, Lady Sarah is set upon by misfortune-leaving her without carriage or chaperone, and left to the mercy of a kind and handsome gentleman. Whom (in order to secure a room at an inn) she announces is her husband.

When she proclaims they're married in public, Professor Braeden McKinnon can't bring himself to correct the lovely Lady Sarah. After all, her reputation would be ruined. Nor can he tell her that her proclamation is not only legally binding in Scotland, but sharing a room is considered to be an act of consummation...

Now they are bound together until death do they part-even if Sarah has no intention of becoming any man's wife.

Lady Sarah Lacey never wants to have a husband.  She’s convinced a husband will only stifle her dreams of becoming a writer and she enjoys her independence far too much to let a man tie her down.  A catastrophic trip to Scotland to see her married, pregnant sister lands her in the path of Braeden McKinnon.

Professor Braeden McKinnon is Sarah’s sweet-natured rescuer.  He’s intelligent, but just as hard-headed as Sarah.

Well, apparently in nineteenth-century Scotland, marriage is as simple as stating you’re married.  And that’s exactly how Sarah and Braeden end up married to one another – Sarah gets spooked by a funny look from an innkeeper and nervously declares that she’s married to Braeden to lessen the perceived impropriety of their situation.

I was a little annoyed by both Sarah and Braeden.  Both characters had their beliefs and misconceptions about the other that I feel could have been cleared up with a simple conversation.  But no, Sarah does what she wants and Braeden does what he wants and neither bother to compromise with the other until the very end.  It seemed like every major plot point turned on some form of miscommunication, though I’ll give points back for the author creating two very distinct character goals that cannot co-exist, requiring these stubborn characters to actually compromise of their desires like any normal couple.

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One Rogue at a Time by Jade Lee

July 11, 2017 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

One Rogue at a Time by Jade LeeOne Rogue at a Time by Jade Lee
Series: Rakes and Rogues #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 1, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
three-stars
A brown-eyed bastard with nothing to lose

As the illegitimate son of a duke, Bramwell Wesley Hallowsby grew up tough, on the fringes of society, learning to hide his hurt and cynicism with charm and Town polish. He’s carved out a place for himself as a mercenary, serving as bodyguard and general strong arm for the peerage. Bram has nothing to lose… and he’s exactly what Maybelle “Bluebell” Ballenger needs.

Meets his match in a blue-eyed beauty with everything to hide

Maybelle needs a mentor to teach her to speak and act like a lady, so she can claim the place in society she was denied. As they team up to take on the ton, Bram knows she’s hiding something even from him. Despite the deception he sees behind those sparkling blue eyes, Bram wants to believe that Maybelle’s love is no lie. But it seems fate has served him up his just desserts in the likes of this determined damsel.

Maybelle Ballenger learns on her mother’s deathbed that she is in fact the granddaughter of an Earl and Maybelle is determined to go to London to demand recognition.  She’s a hard worker and has made a life for herself selling possets within her tiny village.  Yet she yearns for more and knows she’s destined for greater things than her small village life.  And she may have just found her ticket out of the village in the form of Bramwell Hallowsby.

Bramwell Hallowsby is a bastard with a white knight complex and can’t resist a damsel in distress.  But he’s also a little jaded from people taking advantage of him.

Maybelle tricks Bram into helping her learn to be a proper English lady and together they travel across the country before settling in London where Bram’s sister accepts Maybelle’s challenge to teach her the ways of the ton.  By this time, Maybelle and Bram are quickly on their way to falling in love, but are also faced with the reality that Bram is far below Maybelle’s station.

ONE ROGUE AT A TIME is a fun read with captivating adventures and a deep understanding of the time period as reflected in the writing.  But the romance didn’t really work for me.  Bramwell is a little problematic given his attitudes towards Maybelle and Maybelle is almost equally concerning in the way she brushes off certain important topics and secrets.  The romance seemed a little forced, but did get a sweet HEA ending.

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In Search of Scandal by Susanne Lord

July 6, 2017 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★½

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Search of Scandal by Susanne LordIn Search of Scandal by Susanne Lord
Series: London Explorers #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 1, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 408
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
two-half-stars
A DARING EXPLORER

All of London is abuzz with the tale of Will Repton. The lone survivor of a massacre in Tibet has returned to England a hero, but the traumatized explorer has no time for glory. Another dangerous expedition awaits. Nothing will deter him from his quest, and no one will unearth his secret—until Will meets Charlotte Baker.

IS NO MATCH FOR AN ADVENTUROUS HEART

Vivacious Charlotte Baker also has a mission—to find a man whose bold spirit matches her own. When she meets Will Repton, she immediately recognizes him as her soul mate, and she’s naively willing to turn her back on the rules of propriety to ensnare him. Will is torn between his fascination with Charlotte and his vow to finish his quest. He knows what it is to risk life and limb—but what if his most perilous adventure doesn’t lie across an ocean, but within his own lost heart?

Charlotte Baker knows that it is her duty to marry well and return her family to the status they once enjoyed amonst the ton.  When she encounters William Repton, the famed botanist, she sees her chance.  William is something of a celebrity and marrying him will surely push her family back into the limelight.  Charlotte has built him up in her mind as the perfect man, but she is unprepared for what he truly is – a man broken and haunted by a horrendous expedition in Tibet and China and thoroughly repulsed by her obvious hero-worship.

A good effort for a debut novel, but a lot of the plot and characterization fell flat for me.  I especially didn’t like the heroine’s single-minded determination to snare the hero.  I had hoped we’d moved beyond the time when a woman’s sole life goal was to catch a husband.  And yes, I realize that was likely in Victorian England, but this is romance – we read to escape reality and there are certain expectations that come with the genre nowadays; specifically that the heroine have a motivating goal beyond finding a husband!  However, points regained for excellent writing craft and use of language.  Susanne Lord is clearly a talented author that just needs to re-evaluate her chosen plot devices.

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Rebel Bride by Elizabeth Moss

July 4, 2017 Historical Erotica, Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★★½

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Rebel Bride by Elizabeth MossRebel Bride by Elizabeth Moss
Series: Lust in the Tudor Court #2
Published by Hodder on March 27, 2014
Genres: Erotica, Historical Erotica, Historical Romance
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
four-half-stars
He is under her spell...

Hugh Beaufort, favoured courtier of King Henry VIII, likes his women quiet and biddable. Susannah Tyrell is neither of these things. She is feisty, beautiful, opinionated and brave. And Hugh is fascinated by her - despite himself.

Their lust is undeniable...

When Susannah pulls her most outrageous stunt yet and finds herself lost in the wilds of England, Hugh must go to her rescue. Neither of them is prepared for the dangers that lie in wait. But most dangerous of all is their desire for one another. Alone together in the forest, far from the restraints of court...

Their passion knows no bounds

You don’t need to have read the first book in the series to thoroughly enjoy REBEL BRIDE.  This installment of Elizabeth Moss’s sexy Tudor trilogy features Susannah Tyrell (sister to Eloise from the first book) and Hugh Beaufort (a friend of Lord Wolf, Eloise’s husband).  And if you read the first book and thought Eloise was a stubborn heroine, well that’s only because you haven’t read about Susannah!  She puts a mule to shame – but in a delightful, sexual tension-building sort of way.

Susannah is desperate to escape her father’s plans to marry her off to an old (read that literally) friend of his.  In a mad-cap plan, she dons boy’s clothing and runs off to seek shelter with her sister in London.  Of course, things don’t go according to Susannah’s plan and soon she needs rescuing.  Enter Hugh Beaufort, sent to find Susannah by Lord Wolf.  The two immediately clash – Hugh likes his women pliable and obedient, but Susannah is anything but!  However, they cannot deny the lust they feel for one another and their forbidden romance soon puts them at odds with society’s expectations.

Overall, I’d describe this book as a guilty-pleasure read.  This is an erotica novel, so the sex is scorching hot, almost to the point where the plot is secondary.  But placed within the context of the Tudor period (one of my favorites!) and juxtaposed against a decidedly feminist heroine, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and can’t wait for the next book!

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What a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace Burrowes

June 29, 2017 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★½

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

What a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace BurrowesWhat a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace Burrowes
Series: MacGregors #4
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on October 7, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 407
Format: eBook
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
three-half-stars
To escape a scandal, Lady Joan Flynn flees to her family's estate in the Scottish Highlands. She needs a husband by Christmas, or the holidays will ring in nothing but ruin.

Practical, ambitious mill owner Dante Hartwell offers to marry Joan, because a wellborn wife is his best chance of gaining access to aristocratic investors.

As Christmas—and trouble—draw nearer, Dante and Joan's marriage of convenience blossoms into unexpected intimacy, for true love often hides beneath the most unassuming holiday wrapping...

WHAT A LADY NEEDS FOR CHRISTMAS is the fourth in the MacGregors series, featuring Lady Joan Flynn (from book #2) and Dante Hartwell.  I recommend reading the other books in the series before beginning this one as there are many characters featured in this book whose backstories are somewhat necessary to fully enjoy this book.

Joan is passionate about designing clothes and is searching for a way to make a living from her dreams, despite her aristocratic lineage and the demands that come with it.

Dante expects loyalty, but he’s not afraid to get down and dirty either.  He unapologetic about his industrialist ways and comes to Joan’s rescue hen she needs it most.

Joan believes someone took advantage of her while she was intoxicated (not my favorite plot line) and requires a husband quickly.  Dante obliges and their romance builds slowly.  One of the interesting twists is that even after Joan and Dante come together, Joan is unable to find her release until she comes clean about her secret.

The blackmail plot was a little convoluted and confusing at times, but the book as a whole was an enjoyable holiday read.

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Getting Rough by C. L. Parker

January 26, 2016 Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Reviews 0 ★★★½

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Getting Rough by C. L. ParkerGetting Rough by C L Parker
Series: Monkey Business Trio #2
Published by Bantam on January 26, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
three-half-stars
Hotshot San Diego sports agent Shaw Matthews and his sexy professional adversary Cassidy Whalen have gone head-to-head in the boardroom—and the bedroom. Now Shaw has scored a big promotion—but only because Cassidy turned it down and ran off. There are many things he wants when it comes to Cassidy—just not her pity. So Shaw rushes to a small town in Maine to retrieve his dignity—and maybe the woman he’s hungry to claim once more.

Cassidy has pushed herself to the max to realize her career dreams—until a family crisis brings her home. But Shaw isn’t letting Cassidy go that easily. Neither is gorgeous heartthrob Casey Michaels, the childhood sweetheart she left behind—and who now wants to win her back. As the rivalry between the two alpha males intensifies, and Shaw’s seductive moves reach a whole new level of heat, Cassidy has to make a choice. And this time, it’s for the highest stakes of all.

GETTING ROUGH is the second in a series and it is highly recommended that first-time readers read PLAYING DIRTY (first in the series) before reading this novel.  This installment of the trilogy picks up right where the last book left off.  Shaw is about to enjoy his new promotion and Cassidy has run off to her hometown in Maine.  Despite their animosity-hiding-possible-love, Shaw makes the decision to follow Cassidy to Maine and when a hurricane comes hurtling through the sleeping lobster-catching village, Shaw and Cassidy are forced to confront whatever-it-is simmering underneath the surface of their fights.  Add to this volatile mix the presence of Cassidy’s childhood sweetheart also vying for Cassidy’s heart and readers are in for a steamy, passionate treat!

I enjoyed this new set of characters we meet in Maine as well as the new setting.  Cassidy and Shaw are very much city-folk, so to see them trying to figure out whatever-it-is between them in the sleepy Maine town was endearing.  I just hope they’ll be able to maintain it once they go back into the city.  Told from multiple points of view, readers get inside not only Cassidy and Shaw’s heads, but also that of the childhood sweetheart and a few others.  While this isn’t my favorite form of storytelling, it was helpful to get the plot moving along while providing some explanation as to why characters were acting in certain ways.

 

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GIVEAWAY!! One Texas Cowboy Too Many by Carolyn Brown

January 25, 2016 Uncategorized 0

One Texas Cowboy GiveawayIs it possible to have too many cowboys? Preorder your copy of Carolyn Brown’s March release, One Texas Cowboy Too Many, and find out!

Follow the link below for more information on how to receive a signed book plate and to be entered to win a gourmet chocolate bundle from premiere chocolatier Le Chocolat as well as a complete set of the Burnt Boot, Texas series.

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Giveaway Link: http://bit.ly/BrownPreorder

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