Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Release Day Blitz of How To Marry A Marquess by Stacy Reid



About How to Marry a Marquess


Lady Evie Chesterfield is a darling of the ton who refuses to become engaged. She’s been desperately in love with her brother’s friend, Richard Maitland, Marquess of Westfall, since forever. But the dark, dangerous Marquess only sees her as a friend and refuses to marry any woman. When circumstances change and Evie has no choice but to take a husband, she decides to convince London’s most notorious gentleman to marry her by seducing the scoundrel.

Richard Maitland decided long ago that he wanted nothing to do with love. So when the gorgeous, off-limits Evie asks him for lessons in seduction, Richard knows he’s playing with fire. Despite Richard’s determination to protect her from his dastardly reputation, he is tested at every turn by his need for the infuriating, but enticing, Lady Evie. Before too long he is faced with making an impossible choice…

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About Stacy Reid:

I am an avid reader of novels with a deep passion for writing. From an early age, I started writing short stories for pleasure. I knew the dozens of romance novels I devoured were onto something when I met my husband at fifteen and fell in love after a week!
Life got in the way and I stopped writing for years. Then at the age of twenty-six with a degree in Human Resource Management, I decided to focus on my passion—writing. I especially love romance and adore writing sensually hot paranormal fantasy, historical and contemporary stories.
I live a lot in the worlds I create and I actively speak to my characters (out loud). I have a warrior way “never give up on my dream.” When I am not writing, I spend a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, watching Japanese Anime and playing video games with my love—Dusean.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Review of Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses by Lorraine Heath



Book 4.5 of The Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James.  Lorraine has written a novella that reads like a full-length novel.  This story is about Rexton's younger brother and Tillie's younger sister.  

Lord Andrew Mabry is the spare.  He lives on an allowance and does what he wants and has no responsibilities to speak of.  He has no intention of ever marrying.  He is an expert at loving and leaving the ladies.  

Miss Virginia Hammersley is an American Heiress who wants to fall in love and marry.  The only problem is that she is attracted to her sister's brother-in-law Andrew.  She knows that he is not the marrying kind but she can't stop thinking about him.  Andrew seems to have the same problem.  The more time they spend together makes it harder to remember that their lives are supposed to go in opposite directions.

This is classic Lorraine Heath.   A wonderful story of two people who know what they want out of life until they meet.   This plot is engaging and charming.  Gina and Andrew are amazing characters that you will love from the beginning.  There is no angst and misunderstandings that you sometimes find in romance novels, just a well-written love story that you will enjoy  I have read all 45 of her books and loved them all.  I purchase all of Lorraine's books in print form so I can save them and go back and read them over and over again.

Review of The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare


A truly wonderful tale of a love that will make you laugh and cry.  This is a highly creative take on Beauty and the Beast.  A great start to "Girl Meets Duke Series". 

The Duke of Ashbury is a recluse since he came home from the war.  He was badly burned and disfigured.  His fiancee has broken off their wedding and he knows that it will almost impossible to find someone who will marry him, he needs an heir to his title and estate.  

Emma Gladstone is a brave, practical young lady who has made a life for herself on her own.  As a seamstress, she is living a precarious existence.   She arrives at the Duke of Ashbury demanding payment for a wedding dress that she made for his ex-fiancee so she can pay her rent and eat.  She is not afraid of the Duke, his temper or his appearance.  

Ashbury cannot believe that the young lady that has barged into his house has not gone screaming into the night after seeing his horrid visage.  He immediately proposes marriage.  She thinks he is touched in the head from his injuries and just wants her money.  When he shows up at the dress shop she works at and lays out the reasons for the marriage she agrees to his conditions and she becomes his Duchess.

The witty back and forth that they engage in was smart and hysterical.  I haven't smiled and laughed this much while reading in awhile.  Emma is an amazing character who sees beyond Ashbury's appearance to the man beneath.  His heart, his bravery, his honor make him a man she can love. Ashbury cannot seem to keep Emma at a distance.  She keeps breaking through his guard and he finds himself caring for her and giving her whatever she asks.  This is a breathtaking love story that will bring joy to your heart.

I have always liked Tessa's writing.  This book takes her writing to another level.  I absolutely loved this book from the first paragraph.  This story had it all.  Everything a lovely romance should have.  All I can say is I cannot wait for the next book in this series.  Tessa is one of my go too authors and all of her books are keepers.

Review of Traitor in her Arms by Shana Galen


The first book in the new Scarlet Chronicles Series is an action packed adventure with heart stopping peril, steamy sex, and a truly wonderful love story.  What would you have done if the Scarlet Pimpernel contacted you and asked you to go France during the revolution and steal a valuable piece of jewelry to bribe the warden to free a mother and her child?  Gabrielle has had to learn how to survive to keep a roof over her head since her husband died and left her buried in debt. She is strong, stubborn and fearless.

Ramsey, Lord Sedgwick is living a lie.  If he is found out he will hang.  Only one person knows his secret, a Madam who expects him to do what she wants whenever she wants.  Now she wants to know the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel.  Sedgwick, even though he has secrets is still a good and honorable hero who only wants to help his tenants and his family.

Gabrielle and Ramsey wind up reluctant partners on the journey to France.  Both keeping their secrets close.   They find themselves in lust with each other and give into their passions.  But is it just lust or something stronger.  They will have to trust each other with their deepest darkest secrets.

I am a big fan of Shana's writing.  The first book of hers that I read was "When You Give A Duke A Diamond", and I was hooked.  Her characters are strong and intelligent.  Her stories are not the same old romance plots.  This book is a perfect example of using historical events and weaving in a story that will enjoy till the very end.  This one is a keeper!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Review of An Earl by Any Other Name by Lauren Smith


Sometimes if you haven't read one of your favorite authors in awhile you forget how much you loved their writing.  This new Series takes place eleven years into the Twentieth Century.  A Large number of the English Aristocracy were on the verge of losing their fortunes and the land that has been in their families for hundreds of years.  Leo, Earl of Hampton will do whatever is necessary to make sure the legacy that his father almost destroyed will last through his lifetime and that of his children.  He has to find a way to invest in other ways besides land management and tenant farmers.  But to do that he has to marry an heiress above reproach who will never cause a scandal.  He just doesn't count on his widowed mother's house party plans that will reunite Leo with the only girl he ever loved.

Ivy Leighton is the daughter of a rich newspaper man.  A modern woman who wants the vote and will never marry and become someone's property.  She watched her mother, a servant who never had control over her life.  Even if she fell in love she doesn't know if she can give up her freedom.  The only man that she ever loved was a childhood friend who she hasn't seen since she was seven.  She remembered he was a cheerful young man who was always nice to her.  When they meet again as adults, he doesn't know who she is, and she is sad to see him so proper and joyless.

This is a wonderfully written story that you will truly enjoy.  Lauren is a talented author who has the art of word craft down to a science.  I sincerely love her writing and know that if you read this book you will too.   I highly recommend this beautiful love story.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Review of Just Another Viscount in Love by Vivienne Lorret


The newest addition to The Season's Original Series.  From the first paragraph, I was hooked.  Viv's writing is lyrical and enchanting.  This book brought a smile to my face that lasted through the whole story.  

Gemma is a young lady who has spent most of her life trying to escape from her father.  He is a criminal that forced her to help him cheat people.  She has finally back in England with her Aunt, but she cannot escape the notoriety of her surname.  She is ostracized by the Ton.  Her Aunt decides it is better to leave London and tour England.  All Gemma wants is a family to love, a husband and children.  

Samuel Wortham, Viscount Ellery hasn't had much luck finding a bride.  So far he has selected two women who happen to love someone else.  He doesn't really trust his judgment so he decides to host a house party and invite debutantes looking for a husband.  He doesn't count on finding a captivating woman while walking on is property.  He is smitten almost from the start.  She is intelligent, lovely, and has a sense of humor that is unusual in young ladies he has encountered before.

There is no brooding, uncertainties, or those misunderstandings that usually occur in some romance novels.  Gemma is a sweet and is never mean or petty.  Sam is a truly honorable man with a heart of gold.  They are made for each other.  Unfortunately, there are other young ladies at the house party who want Sam for themselves and will do anything to break the fascination between Gemma and Sam.

When Sam finds a necklace belonging to another lady at the party he is confused and cannot believe that Gemma is a thief.   His reaction convinces Gemma that he is just like everyone else and she doesn't give him a chance to think through the circumstances of what happened.  She assumes that he is thinking what everyone else does, that she is a thief like her father.  She thought he was different maybe she is wrong.  Brokenhearted, will she run or stay and fight for love.

Do not miss this one.  It is a lovely novella that will keep you reading until the last word.  It is great to see Ellery get his HAE.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Release Week Blitz and Review of Too Scot To Handle by Grace Burrowes







As a captain in the army, Colin MacHugh led men, fixed what was broken, and fought hard. Now that a titled gentleman, he's still fighting—this time to keep his bachelorhood safe from all the marriage-minded debutantes. Then he meets the intriguing Miss Anwen Windham, whose demure nature masks a bonfire waiting to roar to life. When she asks for his help to raise money for the local orphanage, he's happy to oblige.

Anwen is amazed at how quickly Lord Colin takes in hand a pack of rambunctious orphan boys. Amazed at how he actually listens to her ideas. Amazed at the thrill she gets from the rumble of his Scottish burr and the heat of his touch. But not everyone enjoys the success of an upstart. And Colin has enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin him and anybody he holds dear.



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THE WINDHAM BRIDES SERIES

THE TROUBLE WITH DUKES, #1
TOO SCOT TO HANDLE, #2
NO OTHER DUKE WILL DO, #3


EXCERPT

He’d taken care that this kiss be private, and thus unhurried.

Anwen liked the unhurried part exceedingly. Lord Colin held her not as if she were frail and fragile, but as if she were too precious to let go. His arms were secure about her, and he’d tucked in close enough that she could revel in his contours—broad chest, flat belly, and hard, hard thighs, such as an accomplished equestrian would have.

Soft lips, though. Gentle, entreating, teasing…
Anwen teased him back, getting a taste of peppermint for her boldness, and then a taste of him.

“Great day in the morning,” he whispered, right at her ear. “I won’t be able to sit my horse if you do that again with your tongue.”

She did it again, and again, until the kiss involved his leg insinuated among the folds and
froths of her riding habit, her fingers toying with the hair at his nape, and her heart, beating faster
than it had at the conclusion of their race.

“Ye must cease, wee Anwen,” Lord Colin said, resting his cheek against her temple. “We must cease, or I’ll have to cast myself into yonder water for the sake of my sanity.”

“I’m a good swimmer,” Anwen said. “I’d fish you out.” She contemplated dragging a sopping Lord Colin from the Serpentine, his clothes plastered to his body….

“Such a sigh,” he said, kissing her cheek. “If ye’d slap me, I’d take it as a mercy.”

“I’d rather kiss you again.” And again and again and again. Anwen’s enthusiasm for that undertaking roared through her like a wild fire, bringing light, heat, and energy to every corner of her being.

“You are a bonfire in disguise,” he said, smoothing a hand over her hair. “An ambush of a woman, and you have all of polite society thinking you’re the quiet one.” He peered down at her, his hair sticking up on one side. “Am I the only man who knows better, Anwen?”

She smoothed his hair down, delighting in its texture. Red hair had a mind of its own, and by
the dawn’s light, his hair was very red.

“No, you are not the only one who knows better,” she said, which had him looking off across the water, his gaze determined.

“I’m no’ the dallyin’ kind,” he said, taking Anwen’s hand and kissing it. “I was a soldier, and I’m fond of the ladies, but this is… you mustn’t toy with me.”

Everlasting celestial trumpets. “You think I could toy with you?”

“When you smile like that, you could break hearts, Miss Anwen Windham. A man wouldn’t see it coming, but then you’d swan off in a cloud of grace and dignity, and too late, he’d realize what he’d missed. He wouldn’t want to admit how foolish he’d been, but in his heart, he’d know: I should ne’er have let her get away. I should have done anything to stay by her side.”

I am a bonfire in disguise. “You are not the only one who knows my secret. I know better now too, Colin.” She went up on her toes and kissed him. “It’s our secret.”

MY REVIEW

Another wonderful novel from Grace Burrowes.  I loved that Anwen is a strong young woman who takes on responsibilites that most young woman would not dream of doing.  She is also flexible and takes advice when she needs to.  Colin is a Scotsman who is practical, honorable and finds himself fascinated by Anwen.  He is torn because he wants to return to Scotland but knows that he will be miserable without Anwen in his life.  

Adventures and mystery abound in this delightful Regency Romance.  I love Grace's writing.  I enjoy the calmness and the deep character development.  I do not get antsy and skip pages when I read Grace's novels.  I especially love the Windham Series and now I have to go back and buy the stories that I have not read yet. I truly enjoyed every word of this book and know you will too.

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