Friday, August 16, 2019

Review of A Kiss from a Rogue by Elisa Braden

A stunning and beautiful story that will be the last in one of the best series in recent Historical Romance.  This is book ten in The Rescued from Ruin Series. I have read and enjoyed all ten books.  These are also wonderful stand-alone love stories.

This story is about a young lady who has endured ten years of physical and emotional torture.  A man who has spent most of his life at war.  They are brought together in a perilous journey that will test both their spirit and their hearts.  Can they overcome the past and build a future together.  Hannah and Jonas are unforgettable characters that will capture your heart. 

You also get to catch up with the characters from all the previous books. This story is full of tear-inducing moments, along with witty banter that makes this story a must-read.

Elisa's writing is incredible, right up there with some of the best in this genre.  The depth of the emotions that she brings out in her characters and stories is the reason I will always read her novels.

Review of Brazen and the Beast by Sarah Maclean

The Bareknuckle Bastards Book II

What do you get when you mix a headstrong Lady who is determined and ambitious and a ruthless Bastard who rules the most dangerous neighborhood in London along with his siblings?  The answer, a tale of adventure, intrigue, heart-stopping danger and a love that will last a lifetime.

Meet Miss Henrietta Sedley, daughter of a self-made shipping magnate that has been granted the Title of Earl by the King.  Henrietta is more comfortable on her father's ships and docks than she is in any Ton event. Her dream is to own and run the business after her father.  She just has to convince her father that she is smarter than her brother and deserves to run the business.  Of course, she has no idea that her brother has run afoul of the underworld criminal called Beast and it will be up to her to save him and the business that she has dedicated her whole life to.

Savior Whittington known as Beast finds himself waking up in a carriage occupied by two ladies and all he can remember is being knocked on the head while escorting smuggled goods that would make their way to fancy homes in Mayfair, one enterprise that makes up the Bareknuckled Bastards many sources of their wealth.  Abandoned and raised with his siblings by his adopted mother in the poorest section of London.  They have become the protectors and providers of the downtrodden and those forgotten and left to struggle for survival in the environs of the slums.  Vowing revenge on the person who has stolen at least three of his shipments he will do whatever it takes to protect his family and the people who depend on him.

When Henrietta finds out that his stupid inept brother has stolen from Beast she makes a deal with him.  If he helps her with the plans she has for her life she will pay him back for the lost shipments.  Neither one of them counts on the unexpected attraction and the deadly game that is being played out with an enemy that could destroy everything that their hearts desire.  Beast will try to push Henrietta away to save her life.  Henrietta will do anything to save Beast him and their love.

I love Sarah's books.  They are full of stunning characters, fast-paced plots with surprises and beautiful rich prose that will leave you breathless and endings that will satisfy the romantic in readers who crave Happily Ever Afters.  I recommend this book and Series to all who love Historical Romance.

Received a complimentary copy for an honest review.

Friday, July 19, 2019

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne

Having read all of Kerrigan's Historical Romance novels I expect an excellent experience when I read her books.  They are always powerful and enthralling stories of unforgettable characters who through their extraordinary courage and perseverance survive unspeakable tragedies and come out at the end with a love for a lifetime. 

The graphic description of a sexual assault that the heroine endures at the beginning of the story shapes her life in ways even she can never imagine.  In the past, historical romance novels had rapes and non-consensual sex, which were not unusual and were seen as typical of the genre.  Now in our new enlightened era, you can dive into the psychosocial consequences to the characters and how it affects the course of the story.  No one has done it as well as Kerrigan has in this book.  Both characters have had experiences that make them vulnerable in ways that they cannot foresee. 

Another reason to love this book is that it really does take place in Ten Days!  Kerrigan's writing pulls you into and doesn't let go until you have finished the book and leaves you wanting the next book in the series.  She delves deep into Alexander's and Pier's hearts and souls and you feel what they feel, it is an amazing experience that is not to be missed.  There is mystery, suspense, mind-numbing terror and a surprise that will leave you gasping!!

I cannot say enough about Kerrigan's writing!  She is a force to be reckoned with in this Genre. I love everything about her writing.  She hangs her characters out there and lets them loose to discover what they are capable of, which is stunning because you get to take the ride with them.  I have every book she has written in the Historical Romance Genre and they are keepers that I will have to read over and over again.  This is a must-read!!  Do not miss it!!!

Received a complimentary copy for an honest review.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Review of The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

At Last!!  Penny gets her Duke!!  Lady Penelope Campion is the sweetest young lady with a tender heart who rescues animals that most people would just as soon throw away as look at them.  A dog with wheels instead of hind legs, a parrot from a brothel who has foul and hilarious one-liners, a goat with digestive problems and a hedgehog who likes her belly rubbed.  Just to name a few.  She is a true romantic, who loves her friends and wants everybody to be happy.  As for herself, she never goes out into Society.  Her first foray into Society was a disaster and she is perfectly happy with her life just the way it, or so she thought. 

Gabriel Duke is a self-made man.  Born in the slums, sold for a shilling he grew up alone, cold, and hungry.  He has clawed his way up to the top, one of the richest men in England.  He hates the Aristocracy.  He is ruthless and has ruined an untold number of noblemen.  He feels only contempt for fools who gamble away their inheritance or are so incompetent they can't keep what they have.  He has no problem buying their estates and businesses and making a profit on them by breaking up and reselling at higher prices.  As for woman, he never has trouble attracting the female species with his looks and fortune.  

Gabe and Penny are polar opposites, never meant to be breathing the same air until the day he moves in next door. Their lives will never be the same again.  Gabe knows that Penny is well above his touch, but he can't seem to help himself.  She is so different from any Proper Lady that he has ever met.  Penny has never met any man who she would ever consider giving up her life for.  Gabe knows he does not deserve a woman like Penny, he has done things in his life that would make her hate him. He doesn't realize that Penny doesn't care about any of that, she loves a person for who they are on the inside, and she knows that Gabe is good.  She just has to convince him.

I love Tessa's writing.  I laughed out loud a number of times while reading this story.  Tessa will make you cry too as she lets you into Gabe and Penny's hearts.  Penny is hiding a secret that no one knows, she has carried it with her since she was a little girl.  Can Gabe rise to the challenge of being worthy of Penny?  You have to read this book!!  It is Amazing!!

Review of One Fine Duke by Lenora Bell

This is Book 3 in The School for Dukes Series.  I am a big fan of Lenora's books.  I don't know how I missed the first two books in this Series.  I really enjoyed this story, read it in one day, could not put it down.  I was hooked from the first sentence "Stop the carriage!" roared Andrew, Duke of Thorndon, pounding on the ceiling with his fist".  This story is almost exclusively character driven with a stunning plot with moments of heartbreaking emotions, hair-raising danger, and steamy love scenes.

Andrew is a man damaged and tortured by a horrific incident when he was fifteen. He was kidnapped and kept chained to a wall in the hold of an old abandoned ship.  He has told no one what happened to him and is determined to keep his trauma buried deep.  He has isolated himself at his estate helping his tenants and other farmers improve their crop yield with new techniques and innovations that will help England's farmers become more profitable.  Keeping busy has helped get rid of his nightmares.    Now he has to go to London to make sure his younger sister and brother are safe after he receives a blackmail note stating that if he doesn't pay his sister will be kidnapped.

Miss Mina Penny has been practically a prisoner at her Uncle's estate, he says for her own safety.
She is desperate to have a life full of adventure and having a purpose in her life.   She finally gets to go to London to have a season.  She is not interested in getting married.  She has bigger plans for her life, but she has to find someone to help her.

Mina and Andrew are two strong-willed people who want something entirely different. Both equally stubborn and denying any feelings that they are experiencing for each other. They will have to learn to trust each other when Mina insists on helping him find the blackmailer.  Drew has no idea that Mina's Uncle is an intelligence chief and Mina wants to follow in his footsteps.

Both Drew and Mina are emotionally damaged from their pasts and it will take them on a journey that will reveal their secrets and insecurities. Do they have the courage to open their hearts and trust each other?  Drew and Mina are truly wonderful characters that you will fall in love with. 

I absolutely recommend this stunning story!!! 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Review of Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James

A young lady who had to grow up in the cloud of her mother's scandal. A gentleman who went to war and returned scarred and haunted by the deaths of his men.

They will resist each other to hide their secrets and protect the ones they love.  Are they strong enough to overcome what they see as their weaknesses?

Eloisa James has been writing beautiful love stories filled with amazing characters, surprising and original stories that will take you on an adventure that will delight and satisfy you from the beginning to the end.

My first Eloisa James book was Potent Pleasures and I have enjoyed her books ever since.  This is the fourth Wildes of Lindlow Castle. I will definitely be going back and reading the first three in the Series. 

Review of Project Duchess by Sabrina Jeffries

The first book in Sabrina's new Series is full of great characters, an ongoing mystery and a lovely story.  I enjoyed this story because I have been reading Sabrina's books since her first Historical Romance Novel written as Deborah Martin "Moonlight Enchantment" in 1992.  This story had me laughing in the first chapter.  Her writing is lyrical with lots of action, witty dialogue, steamy love scenes and a satisfying end to this story with an intriguing teaser for the next book in the series. 

ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book and the views expressed are my honest opinions.