Monday, February 20, 2017

ARC Review of Sinful Scottish Laird by Julia London

Wonderfully addictive, could not put it down.  Julia London is one of my go to Authors.  I have read all of her Historical Romances, they are all keepers.

This is the second book in the Highland Grooms Series.  Cailean is the son of Arran MacKenzie, who is the hero in the first book Hard-Hearted Highlander. 

Cailean is a Highlander to his core and wants nothing to do with any Sassenach woman.   He learned his lesson when he was a young man in England.  All English are treacherous, they have no loyalty.   Daisy is a young widow with a son.  Her late husband has put her in a difficult situation.  She must marry in three years or she will forfeit her son's inheritance.

Daisy decides to leave London to get away from the Fortune Hunters and travel to her late husband's lodge in Scotland.  Even before she reaches the lodge she encounters Cailean on the road when her carriage breaks down.  She has never seen a real Highlander before.  He is tall, rugged, handsome and exuding potent sexuality.  Cailean is wary of Daisy, she is beautiful, spirited and most defintely trouble.

So begins a splendid story that you will love.  Julia's writing is witty, intelligent, and her verse is smooth and the romance is irresistible.  Cailean and Daisy are complex characters that make this book an amazing read.
I highly recommend this book to Historical Romance readers everywhere.

Received a complimentary copy for an honest review.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

ARC Review of A Lady's Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran

This is the 5th book in The Rules of the Reckless Series.  I absolutely love this series.  I especially liked this one because the hero actually started out as the bad guy.   

Crispin is a ruthless politician who will do anything to become the new Prime Minister of Great Britain.  He is not above blackmailing anyone who gets in his way.  Then one night while he is investigating a clue to a mystery he is attacked and almost killed.  When he wakes up he is in bed with a cracked skull and no memory of anything after he was at Cambridge.  

Jane is an orphan and heiress to a huge fortune and she is trapped in the country where her aunt and uncle control her and her money.  She is just biding her time until she can run away with a servant, marry him, and take a ship to America.  What she doesn't  count on is her uncle's business partner will stop her.  Crispin has an agenda and cannot let Jane marry and disappear.

When Crispin loses his memory Jane has an idea.  Pretend that they are married so she can have access to her fortune and her Uncle cannot do anything about it.  What Jane doesn't count on is that Crispin is a completely different man when he wakes up.  They don't  count on liking each other or God forbid fall in .

Meredith writes intelligent characters with a fast paced plot.  Her writing is sensual, witty and totally captivating.  This book has everything you would want in a Historical Romance.   It is witty, sensual with a mystery that will keep you guessing to the very end. Crispin and Jane are extraordinary characters in a riveting story that will leave you wanting more.  The journey of Crispin and Jane to their HAE is fabulous.  I will read anything that Meredith writes. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

ARC Review of The Scoundrel's Honor by Christi Caldwell

The second book in the Sinful Brides Series is definitely a keeper.   Ryker and Penny are two completely opposites that wind up together in a incredible story of danger, redemption, forgiveness and most of all Love.

Ryker grew up on the streets in St. GIles and has no use for anyone or anything that will take him away from his gaming hell and his adopted brothers.  He is ruthless and believes this is the only way to live.  Don't let anyone into his world that will jeopardize his club.  He especially has no use for the nobility, having been born the bastard son of a Duke, and then sold to a ruthless criminal hours after he was born.  Unfortunately his younger sister is married to a nobleman and she has talked him into attending a ball at her home.  Scandal erupts when he drags a young lady out from under a bench in the garden where he escaped from the Ballroom.  He is discovered by the young ladies brother while he is holding her down and looking for a weapon.  Ryker thinks that she is in league with his competition and enemy.

Penny Tidemore is determined to prove to her family that she will be the exception to the numerous scandals that have plagued her family over the years.  Penny is a dreamer who only sees the good in people and she will have her happily ever after with her Prince Charming.  As to mock her and her efforts to find love she winds up a participant in a major scandal with a gambling hell owner.  They are forced to marry to save her reputation and his club.  

From the start Ryker has avoided her and shuts her out of his life.  She cannot compete with the most important thing in his life, his club.  Ryker does not know how to treat a wife, especially a noble one.  He restricts her their room,  never to enter the gaming floor and bother him while he is working.  Penny has no 
intention of being locked away from the world.  She will push and test Ryker's patience to see that she is not going to blindly follow his dictates.  Penny is convinced that she can bring Ryker out of the darkness that has been his life, and into the light of day with love and determination.

Christi writes a beautiful, heart wrenching story that will make you smile as Penny pushes all of husband's buttons.  Her writing is poignant, strong and you can actually feel the emotions that Ryker and Penny feel while reading.  You can read the strength that she instills in Ryker and Penny.  Christi's books are a pure joy to read.  Christi is an amazing writer and she should be at the top of your must read list!

Received a complimentary copy for an honest review.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Review of The Rakehell's Seduction by Lauren Smith

Smart, sexy and witty.  That is what I love about Lauren Smith novels.  This is the 2nd in The Seduction Series, the first one The Duelist's Seduction was a wonderful read and this one is just as fabulous!!  Lauren writes compelling stories with fascinating, smart characters that kept me up half the night to finish this book.

Ambrose and Alex are too stubborn to see that the feelings they are experiencing for each other is different than any that they have felt before.  Alex fell in love with a neighbor and thought they would live happily ever after, but he left her and married someone else.  Her heart is broken and has no interest in courting, love or marriage.  Ambrose is a self proclaimed rake who has no interest in innocent young ladies and plans never to get married.

I know what you are thinking, this is just another romance novel.  You would be wrong!  Lauren writing is captivating and addictive.  I am a great admirer of her Historical Romance novels.  She gives her characters free rein and when they get the bit between their teeth hang on for a funny, erotic and splendid read.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

ARC Review of The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne

This is the fourth book in the Victorian Rebels Series.  This Series is absolutely amazing in the scope of the bone chilling danger and heart stopping romance.  

Imogen and Collin are wonderfully complex characters who are smart and sexy.
This story is full of surprises and we meet all the characters from the first three books in the series.    

Imogen is a strong young woman who will do anything to keep her mother and sister safe and pay off her late fathers gambling debts.  Collin is a grieving young man who has just lost most of his family when he meets Imogen in a tavern and assumes she is a prostitute.  

This book takes place over the space of three years that brings joy and heartache to both Imogen and Collin.  What is so great about this story is the obstacles that Imogen and Collin encounter on their way to their HAE.  

I discovered Kerrigan's books last year and she is now one of my go to Authors.  I will read whatever she writes and know that I am getting a beautiful love story with a intriguing plot that will keep you reading late into the night.

Friday, February 3, 2017

ARC Review of Someone to Hold by Mary Balogh

The second book in The Wescott Series takes us back to the Orphanage for another wonderful story.  We met both of the main characters who were a intricate part of the first book.  Joel is the young man who grew up in the orphanage with Anna in the first book and Camille is Anna's half sister.

Joel is an artist and a orphan and has never thought that he would ever find out who he was and where he came from.  One day he is summoned to a mansion by a man he has never heard of.  He thought he was there to discuss a proposal to paint a portrait.  What he finds out changes his whole world.

Camille was brought up a lady who never questioned anything that happened in her life.  She listened to her parents and became everything that a nobleman would want in a wife.  She never thought about herself or what she desired out of life.
Then her life is turned upside down and will never be the same again.

This is a story of two people from vastly different backgrounds that find common ground in each other as their worlds are coming apart.

The reason that I love Mary's books so much is that you don't have to ride the emotional roller coaster.   Her characters have character.  They talk to each other about what they are feeling.  Mary gives you amazing insight into who they are with vivid and amazing detail.  If you want to read beautiful love stories that will make you laugh and cry, Mary is the author for you.

Received a complimentary copy for an honest review.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Review of Someone to Love by Mary Balogh

The first book in Mary's new Series is absolutely smashing!!  I have found my new favorite Mary Balogh Hero.  Avery Archer, Duke of Netherby is simply one of the best Historical Romance Hero's ever!  I am a life long Mary Balogh fan and will proudly proclaim that she is my favorite.  I know that by the time I have finished reading one of her books, I will experience a plethora of emotions.  Her characters are truly amazing and her writing is sublime.  

Avery is an average size man with a very big consequence that he using to hide his true self from Society.  He uses snuff and has a quizzing glass that he puts to good use keeping anyone from really getting to know him.  No one has ever been able to see behind his mask, and then he met Anna.

Anna Snow is a school teacher at the Orphanage where she grew up.  She has no idea who her parents are and is perfectly content to live at the Orphanage and teach and love the Orphans in her care.  Then one letter delivered to her changes her whole life.  

To find out what happens to Avery and Anna you will have to read this book.  I do not mean to be mysterious, but I do not do spoilers in my Reviews.  This is a new book in a new series that you have to read for yourself.  I promise you that you will not be disappointed.

Now on to the next in the Series....Someone to Hold!!!