Saturday, February 10, 2018

Review of A Devil In Scotland by Suzanne Enoch

Book Three of No Ordinary Hero Series is now one of my favorites, right up there with "London's Perfect Scoundrel" which is my all-time favorite of her books.  

Callum MacCreath is simply amazing, he has everything you would want in a Highlander.  He is handsome, sexy, honorable, loyal and has a heart of gold.  He has returned to Scotland after ten years after he learns that his brother is dead.  They say Ian drowned, but he knows that can't be what happened and he will not stop until he finds out who killed his brother and bring true highland justice knowing that to get his vengeance that he will probably lose his own life in the process.  When he arrives at his brother's home he discovers that he has a niece and he knows that he will have to stay alive to protect her and his brother's widow, so he will have to get his vengeance without dying.

Becca MacCreath cannot believe that Callum is back.  They were childhood friends who were inseparable until she agreed to marry Ian,  Callum left and was presumed dead, since he never answered any of Ian's letters or the lawyers after Ian died.   Becca doesn't know what to make of the Callum who is back. When she saw him last, 10 years ago, he was an irresponsible young man who drank and whored.  She can't believe that Ian was killed and when Callum tells her the truth, she will do anything to protect her daughter and help Callum bring the murderers to justice.

What I really loved about Callum was as soon as he met little 6-year-old Margaret he immediately became her protector and she wrapped him around her little finger.  He was so loving and tender with her that you couldn't help smile as he realized all the ways that "bug" as he called her changed his life, and opened his heart to her and Becca.  Callum and Becca are perfect for each other and as their feelings for each other grow stronger and stronger they realize that until they make the murderers to justice their lives are on hold.

Becca and Callum are wonderful characters that deserve their happiness and Suzanne writes a truly wonderful love story that will leave you aching for more.  I really loved this book and I think that you will too.  I highly recommend this book. 

Review of Wallflower Most Wanted by Manda Collins

What do you get when you read a Manda Collins Historical Romance?
Intrigue. Murder, a little mayhem and a mystery that will take you totally by surprise when you get to the unveiling of the villain at the end of her book.  She is so good at keeping you in suspense so that when you get to the climax you are completely surprised of how well she blends mystery and romance into every book she writes.

I loved this book.  The hero, Benedict Lisle,  is a Vicar...this is the first time I can remember reading a historical romance novel where this occurs.  He is the son of a Duke and the brother of Freddie Lisle who is from another Series by Manda, The Lords of Anarchy.  Our Heroine is a young talented artist named Sophia.  She is very popular with the local gentleman, but she doesn’t see what all the fuss is about.  She is just an average girl who sees herself as a little plump.  

When Ben and Sophia overhear a conversation that sounds like two men hatching
a plan to kill someone, the game is on!!  Ben knows that he cannot keep Sophia from investigating so he agrees to help as long as she doesn’t put herself in danger. Alas, you know she will and Ben must rescue his love and catch the culprits who have already committed one murder and will stop at nothing to keep secrets safe.

I love the way Manda lets you into her characters heads and their hearts.
Her love making scenes are sensual as well as very hot!!!  
I know I will never look at a Vicar in the same way ever again.
This is the third book in a series, but can be read as a stand alone novel.
Manda has a marvelous talent that makes her books unique and addictive.  
Do not miss this one.

Received a complimentary copy from the publisher for an honest review.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Review of Beyond Scandal and Desire by Lorraine Heath

An amazing start to a new series by Lorraine.  This is a story that shows the class differences in England in the 1900's especially the way bastard children were treated.  There was a sharp divide between the rich and the poor.  If you were born into the Aristocracy you never mixed with the middle or poor classes.  What could a man born on the wrong side of the blanket and a young lady who was raised by a Duke and Duchess be to each other?

Mick Trewlove is a bastard who has worked his whole life towards one goal.  To make his father The Duke of Hedley acknowledge him as his son.   To get his father's attention he is in the process of ruining his legitimate son by encouraging his gambling habit and collecting his vowels and unentailed properties.  He also has plans to seduce the woman that his half-brother has plans to marry.  He does not count on the feelings that she awakens in him and the choices that he will have to make to keep her in his life.

Aslyn has always been loved and sheltered by the Duke and Duchess and has never questioned her life or the fact that she has been chosen for Kip, the Duke's son.  She has never traveled out of the safe environs of Mayfair.  One night Kip takes her to a Pleasure Garden and she is amazed at the variety of people mingling together.  She is especially intrigued by a man that Kip introduced her too,  Mick Trewlove is not like anyone she has ever met and she is fascinated by him.  After their first meeting, she cannot seem to stop herself from seeking him out and grows more and more attracted to him.  She realizes that she loves Kip like a brother and the feelings that she is developing for Mick are growing stronger and definitely not brotherly.

As the story progresses you think you know the whole truth and then the plot twist will blow you away!!! Lorraine draws you into a tale of a love between her characters that is tragic, lovely and will leave you smiling at the end.  What I really love about Lorraine's writing is that there are so many twists and turns to her stories and when you think that there is no way that this story can have a happy ending she surprises you with another turn to the story that you don't see coming.  I have every one of her books and I am a big fan who hopes she will always keep writing Historical Romance.  I highly recommend this book and cannot wait for the next one in the series.

Received a complimentary copy from the publisher for an honest review.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Review of The Trouble with True Love by Laura Lee Guhrke

Book two in The Dear Lady Truelove Series tells the story of a shy young lady who believes in love and happily ever afters.  Unfortunately, the man she has fallen in love with wants nothing to do with love and never plans to marry.

Clara Deverill is the sister of the heroine in the first book in this series and is left in charge of the newspaper that her sister saved and kept them from being destitute.  Now Irene is on her honeymoon and Clara is in charge of the newspaper.  She has never been the kind of girl to put herself forward and she let her sister take care of everything.  Now she realizes that it up to her to keep the business going until her sister returns.  She is having trouble with almost every part of the newspaper but mostly the advice column that her sister started called Dear Lady Truelove.  She has no idea how to give advice to woman and men about their life and love.  Then one day she is in a tea shop and hears a conversation that will change her life forever.

Rex, Viscount Galbraith is a man who has a reputation as a rake.  The rumors of his love affairs, drinking and spending money has landed him in a spot.  His father has cut off his allowance and refuses to relent until he finds a suitable young lady and marries her to ensure the succession.  Rex has no intention of listening to his father, being that his father and mother married for love and what a disaster that turned out to be.  When one of his good friends asks to meet to discuss a problem he is having with his mistress.  Rex's has no idea that his advice to his friend would be overheard and printed almost word for word in a gossip column.  When he goes to the office of the newspaper and finds a young lady he is dumbfounded.  What happens next will turn his life upside down and makes him doubt his long-held beliefs in love and marriage.

I loved this book, it is pure enjoyment from cover to cover.  Laura is an exceptionally talented writer who knows how to write a beautiful love story that has wit, wonderful characters that will stay with you long after you finish this book.  Clara's innocence and belief in love are contradictory to everything Rex has ever believed and wanted.  The way Clara slowing chips away at Rex's beliefs are both touching and witty.  From the first meeting, they have a connection that will surprise them both.

I have read all of Laura Lee's books and loved them all, but Clara will hold a special place in my heart because I was kind of naive and innocent when I first went out into the world and like Clara I found my true love and happily ever after.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Review of The Earl Most Likely by Jane Goodger

Jane has done it again, another outstanding Historical Romance with a wonderful and unique plot and absolutely lovable characters that come to life for your reading pleasure.  Jane's stories are full of laughter, heartfelt emotion, and best of all what we all read Historical Romance, a love to last a lifetime and beyond.

What do you get when you have a plain, skinny girl who is the daughter of a tin mine owner with a photographic memory and a heart full of courage and strength and a handsome Earl who needs help restoring his ancestral home back to the way it was before his dead wife practically destroyed the history of the estate.  An enthralling and witty read that will leave you never wanting it to end. 

This is a story about the preconceived notions of both the common people and the titled.  Augustus has plans that do not include a girl that makes him crazy with lust.  He needs his home restored so that he can hold a ball and find a proper young lady to marry and produce heirs.  Only he doesn't count on Harriet.  She is not the plain or common girl he first thought,  and he wants her.  Harriet knows that she will never marry because she has been ignored by everyone except her beloved younger sister.  Her parents practically act like she doesn't exist.  Here is her chance to experience what life has to offer and she jumps right in.

To find out what happens you will need to read this book.  It is the second in The Brides of St. Ives Series but can be read as a stand-alone.  If you have never read a book by Jane, I say it's about time and this one is a great place to start.

Received a Complimentary Copy for an honest review.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Review of Anything but a Gentleman by Elise Braden

Book eight of The Rescued from Ruin Series is another amazing addition to Elisa's spectacular Series.
The cover alone is worth the price.  Sebastian Reaver is the owner of the most exclusive gaming hell in London.  He is a giant of a man who knows what he wants and never takes no for an answer.  When a beautiful young lady invades his club and demands the vowels of a young lord and she refuses to leave until he makes a deal with her.   He thinks if he makes an outrageous proposal she will go away and leave him alone.  He demands that she be his Mistress and to his astonishment, she agrees.

Augusta Widmore is determined to save her sister from ruin.  The only problem is that Sebastian Reaver is in the way.  She has always taken care of her younger sister and feels that she has let her down and will do anything to make her happy.  If becoming the mistress of a notorious game hell owner is the only way to get what she needs, so be it.

Sebastian and Augusta are strong and intelligent both with a stubborn streak that will test the boundaries of their beliefs and the strength of their hearts.

Elisa is a truly talented author who just keeps getting better.  Her books are wonderfully addicting and her plots original. I am a big fan and cannot wait for the next book in the series.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Review of The Duke of Her Desire by Sophie Barnes

Book 2 in the Diamonds in the Rough Series is a lovely read full of action, mystery, witty banter and a beautiful love story.  Amelia and Thomas are strong intelligent characters that you will love.  Sophie's characters are wonderfully complex.  They will stay with you long after you have finished this book.

Amelia is a lovely young woman who has definite ideas about how she is going to live her life.  She will only marry for love and will not accept a man who will oppose her dream of opening a school for poor children in St. Giles.  She has known hardship and despair and wants to give the poor a chance to rise above their station and live a life where they can find a craft and support themselves and their families.  

Thomas is the Duke of Coventry who has secrets and has experienced his own fair share of sorrow.  His life is complicated and he has no time for a wife, he is not ruling it out, but he has other issues that have to be his priority.

When Amelia's brother asks Thomas to keep an eye on his sisters Thomas agrees, thinking it will not be hard to do his friend this favor.  After all his mother would love to have two beautiful young ladies to introduce to the ton and help find them husbands.   You what they say about best-laid plans.  

Amelia has been secretly in love with Thomas since she met him.  She also knows that she is not good enough to marry him.  He must marry someone equal to his station.  So she keeps her love a secret.  As Thomas helps her with her project for the children they grow to be friends.  Amelia has no idea that Thomas is having trouble keeping his hands off her, but he knows that she wants marriage and that is something he cannot do.

When accidents start to happen at the school she is renovating Thomas suspect foul play and will do anything to keep Amelia safe.  There are many facets to this story that make it a compelling read from the first paragraph to the last.  Sophie is a very talented writer and you will be swept into the fabulous world she has created in this book, leaving you wanting more.  No worries, there is still another sister who needs her HAE, stay tuned