Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review of The Scandal of It All by Sophie Jordan *The Rogue Files"


Leave it to Sophie Jordan to write a truly astounding story that is a page turner you don't want to put down!  This one is unique in that the heroine is older than the hero.  Graciela, the Duchess of Autenberry has been a widow for 10 years.  Her marriage was an unhappy one, the only good that came out of it was her daughter and her step-children Enid and Marcus.  If you read the first book in this series you have already met Marcus, the Duke Of Autenberry and his best friend Colin, the Earl of Strickland.  Don't worry if you haven't, this book stands alone as a must read.

Ela decides that it is time to start living for herself and her best friend talks her into going to a club where you can indulge in almost any fantasy you desire.  As soon as she enters she realizes that this is a mistake but she cannot seem to move.  All around her people are engaging in all kinds of sexual acts that she didn't even know existed.

Colin, Earl of Strickland is no stranger to the sophisticated and jaded woman who frequent this club. He is just strolling through a room when he notices a woman standing in the middle of the room looking like she was lost and frightened.  Being a Gentleman he approaches her to see if he can be of assistance.  Ela is horrified that Colin is here.  He comes to her rescue and keeps Marcus from discovering that his step-mother is here.  There is an instant sexual attraction that scares Ela and she refuses to entertain any relationship with Colin.  He is younger and she has never thought of him in that way until he awakens feelings that she never experienced with her husband.  Colin is fascinated with Ela and realizes that he was always attracted to her but kept himself from thinking about her as anything than his best friends step-mother.  Now he has had a taste of Ela and will not give up until he has her in his bed.  Can Colin convince Ela that they should be together?

I have everyone of Sophie's Historical Romances.  Her writing is intricate, intelligent and addictive. This story is not your typical romance novel.  The age difference is just one of the many plot twists that make this a wonderful and compelling read.  I loved the journey of discovery Ela went through and how Colin was determined to make her see that their was a future for them.  I admit I teared up a couple of times, especially the last three chapters and the epilogue.  Don't skip a word of this book or you will miss a splendid love story that will leave thoroughly satisfied but asking for more.

Received a complimentary copy for an honest review.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Review of The Pirate and I by Katharine Ashe


Another wonderful addition to the Devil's Duke Series.  This novella is about Charlie Brittle and Esme Astell.  Esme works in a shop across the street from Charlie's family printing business.  She secretly loved him and he didn't know that she existed.  Then one day Charlie disappeared and never returned. Two years later Esme is in Scotland attending the Society of Perfumers to learn and obtain a post as an apprentice to a master perfumer and move to Paris.  

Walking back to her boardinghouse one night she literally runs into Charlie.  He has changed so much physically.  If she didn't recognize his scent she would not have known who he was.  Charlie pretends not to know who she is and disappears into the night.  

When Charles appears again it is to ask Esme to help him find a dog that will buy his freedom from the pirate that he is being pursued by.  He needs Esme nose to sniff out the scent and lead him to the dog. Charlie has been enslaved on a pirate ship for the past 21 months having suffered torture and other cruelties, he is not the same man he used to be and will never be able to go home.  So begins the adventure that will lead Esme and Charlie on a path brimming with danger, excitement and a new beginning for both.

Katharine is one of my favorite Historical Romance Authors.  Her stories are original.  Her characters are intelligent, strong, brave and a joy to get to know.  Her writing is sensual and beautiful.  She is also historically accurate and I learn something new with each book she writes.  This is a novella that reads like a full length novel, full of hair raising peril, unforgettable characters and a Happily Ever After.  I recommend this book to anyone who loves superb stories that will leave you wanting  more.

Received a complimentary copy for an honest review.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Blog Tour for The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean



Blurb
The one woman he will never forget…

Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one.

The one man she will never forgive…

After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist.

A love that neither can deny…

The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day...
Author Info
New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on Jezebel.com's Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her "gracefully furious." A graduate of Smith College & Harvard University, Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
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Excerpt
Chapter 1
DESERTED DUKE DISAVOWED!
August 19, 1836
House of Lords, Parliament

She’d left him two years, seven months ago, exactly.
Malcolm Marcus Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven looked to the tiny wooden calendar wheels inlaid into the blotter on his desk in his private office above the House of Lords.
August the nineteenth, 1836. The last day of the parliamentary session, filled with pomp and idle. And lingering memory. He spun the wheel with the six embossed upon it. Five. Four. He took a deep breath.
Get out. He heard his own words, cold and angry with betrayal, echoing with quiet menace. Don’t ever return.
He touched the wheel again. August became July. May. March.
January the nineteenth, 1834. The day she left.
His fingers moved without thought, finding comfort in the familiar click of the wheels.
April the seventeenth, 1833.
The way I feel about you . . . Her words now—soft and full of temptation. I’ve never felt anything like this.
He hadn’t, either. As though light and breath and hope had flooded the room, filling all the dark spaces. Filling his lungs and heart. And all because of her.
Until he’d discovered the truth. The truth, which had mattered so much until it hadn’t mattered at all.
Where had she gone?

The clock in the corner of the room ticked and tocked, counting the seconds until Haven was due in his seat in the hallowed main chamber of the House of Lords, where men of higher purpose and passion had sat before him for generations. His fingers played the little calendar like a virtuoso, as though they’d done this dance a hundred times before. A thousand.
And they had.
March the first, 1833. The day they met.
So, they let simply anyone become a duke, do they? No deference. Teasing and charm and pure, unadulterated beauty.
If you think dukes are bad, imagine what they accept from duchesses?
That smile. As though she’d never met another man. As though she’d never wanted to. He’d been hers the moment he’d seen that smile. Before that. Imagine, indeed.
And then it had fallen apart. He’d lost everything, and then lost her. Or perhaps it had been the reverse. Or perhaps it was all the same.
Would there ever be a time when he stopped thinking of her? Ever a date that did not remind him of her? Of the time that had stretched like an eternity since she’d left?
Where had she gone?
The clock struck eleven, heavy chimes sounding in the room, echoed by a dozen others sounding down the long, oaken corridor beyond, summoning men of longstanding name to the duty that had been theirs before they drew breath.
Haven spun the calendar wheels with force, leaving them as they lay. November the thirty-seventh, 3842. A fine date—one on which he had absolutely no chance of thinking of her.

Book three in the Scandal & Scoundrel Series is a an amazing journey of two people who experienced what few in the world do, a love for the ages.  This is a heart wrenching story of a love that is tested by sorrow, loss and separation.  Seraphina Bevingstoke, Duchess of Haven arrives home in England from self exile to demand a divorce from her husband, Malcolm Marcus Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven. Years earlier they were caught in a compromising position and were forced to marry. 

Sera has made a place for herself and all she wants is to forget the heartache, pain and sorrow that resulted from her marriage.  They are both hiding their feelings and the confusion and pain that they both feel hides the love that has always been present.   Sera also had a miscarriage and is told that she will never be able to have children and she knows that Malcolm needs a heir.  She is convinced that a divorce is the best option for both of them.

Can Malcolm convince Sera that he loves her and only wants to make her happy. He does not want a divorce.  This story has two strong characters whose suffering, pain, loss and newfound understanding of love and trust will make you cry.  I am not ashamed to admit that I cried tears of sadness and happiness.  This is truly a love story that is epic in the telling as only Sarah can do.  I knew when I read "Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake" that she was going to be one of my keeper authors.  I have read everything she has written since and have loved everyone of her books.  I recommend this book highly.  A perfect love story.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Review of Catching Captain Nash by Anna Campbell


The Dashing Widow Series is one of the best in the Historical Romance Genre and Anna Campbell is an exceptional story teller.  Even though this series is written as novellas, they read like a full length novel.

This story begins with a husband thought dead arriving home to find his brother Silas announcing the engagement of his wife to another man.

Captain Robert Nash was lost at sea and picked up by pirates and was kept prisoner for five years.  He was cut off from all human contact and tortured daily.  The only thing that kept him sane were thoughts of his wife and dreaming of seeing her again.

Morwenna Nash has mourned her husband for five years and is finally persuaded by his family to move on with her life.  She knows that she will never love another man like she loved her husband Robert. What no one counted on was her husband appearing at her betrothal ball to another man.

Robert is not the same confident, witty gentlemen he was when they married, and she is not the same naive young woman.  Can they find the way back to the love that brought them together five years ago?

This is a beautiful love story that runs a plethora of emotions that will take them on a journey of revelations that brings sorrow or a love to last a lifetime.

I would read an ingredient label if Anna Campbell wrote it.  She is that good.  This book is worth so much more than the 99 cents price tag.  I recommend Anna's book whole heartily.  


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Review of Confessions of a Dangerous Lord by Elisa Braden


Every time I read a new Elisa Braden Historical Romance I think that the next one cannot be better,  I am proven wrong.  This is number seven in the Rescued from Ruin Series and it is as exceptional as the last six.  Elisa writes a stunning story of revenge, unrequited love, and a surprising climax that will captivate and satisfy anyone who loves to read Historical Romance.

Lord Dunston, Henry is a Gentleman of many talents.  No one who knows him would believe that he has been ruthlessly searching for the man that killed his father.  His public persona is of a happy go lucky Gentleman without a care in the world.  He is witty, handsome and has a penchant for colorful waistcoats.

Maureen Huxley has secretly been in love with Henry for years.  The problem is that he has made it plain that he will always be her friend and cannot give her more.  Henry is hunting for a individual that will kill anyone that he feels is in his way.  Henry does want Maureen, but he is not willing to declare himself until he has brought this maniac to justice.  It is only when a suitor starts to court Maureen  that he finally realizes that he wants her forever and hunting the murderer will have to be put aside.  He does not want to lose her to some one who cannot not love her like he does.

Elisa knows how to write beautiful stories with enthralling , intelligent characters that you will fall in love with.  There is no skipping paragraphs and pages when I am reading one of her books.  Every word is an intricate part of the story and you don't want to miss a moment.  I recommend this and the previous six whole heartily.

Received complimentary copy for an honest review.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Review of Duke with Benefits by Manda Collins


The second book in the "Studies in Scandal Series" is a delightful read.  I am so glad Maitland and Daphne got their own story.  This story has a great mystery, a treasure hunt,  murder,  mayhem and a really nasty villain.

One of four young ladies to inherit an estate, Daphne is the mathematician who loves anything to do with numbers.  When a cipher that will lead to lost gold is found Daphne is the only one who can solve it.   She has always been an outsider to the world that she has lived in her whole life.  She doesn't mean to be socially awkward but her straightforward approach tends to rub people the wrong way.

Until she meets Dalton Maitland,  Dalton seems to understand her and is very attracted to her and would like to have a future with Daphne.  Daphne is perfectly willing to become Dalton's lover but she has no interest in matrimony.  Dalton will use all his Dukely wiles to convince Daphne to marry him.

Manda writes a fast paced exciting story that will have you reading non-stop.  Her characters are wonderfully witty and intelligent.  If you like adventure and a truly gorgeous love story, this is your kind of book.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Review of A Most Unlikely Duke by Sophie Barnes

 

This not my first Sophie Barnes Book, it's my favorite!!  The cover alone should sell this book!!  Raphe Matthews is an amazing hero.  Orphaned at a very young age by his father's suicide after his mother left him and his three young sisters.  Because of the huge debt left by his father he had no choice but to accept help from an unsavory character to survive and support his younger sisters.  Raphe is the perfect "Diamond in the Rough".   

After living for years in the slums of St. Giles he unexpectedly inherits a Dukedom and moves him and his sisters to Mayfair where they experience the attitudes and prejudices of the Aristocracy.  When he encounters Lady Gabriella Radcliffe he thinks she is just another spoiled young lady who has always had everything given to her on a silver platter.  He couldn't be more wrong.  Gabriella volunteers to help him and his sisters tutor them in everything that they need to know to become accepted members of Society.

As the story progresses Raphe and Gabriella spend time together and find themselves falling in love. 
Will they be able to make a life for themselves among the Ton?  What I love most about Sophie's writing is her characters.   They always have such depth that they practically leap right off the page. Add a well paced plot that is full of surprises that will make you smile throughout and you have the perfect Historical Romance Novel.  Do not miss this one!!