Monday, December 29, 2014

ARC Review of Viscount of Vice by Shana Galen



A lovely and exciting novella with mystery, danger, suspense, true love between a man and a woman, a brother to another brother and a mother too her sons.  This is a great prequel to her new Covent Garden Clubs series.  Cannot wait to see how Robbie's story turns out.  Would recommend this to any lover of historical romance.

ARC Review of Secrets of A Scandalous Heiress by Theresa Romain




This is the second book I have read by this author.  I enjoyed it as much as the previous one.  Theresa writes with a lyrical sytle and the way the story plays out will surprise and delight you.  Her characters have such depth and feeling to them that you can really feel their pain and joy.  The transistions and realizations that the characters go through as they realize what it is that they want for themselves and for each other is truly a remarkable emotional journey that you do not want to miss. I will have to go back and read the other two books in this series.  Theresa is an amazing writier who has the ability to draw you into the story and  you never want it to end.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Holidays and Historicals with Kensington Book Tour



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SEASON FOR DESIRE  
Theresa Romain
Holiday Pleasures # 4
Released Oct 7th, 2014
Zebra/Kensington








PROPERLY WICKED

Like her four sisters, Lady Audrina Bradleigh is expected to marry a duke, lead fashion, and behave with propriety. Consequently, Audrina pursues mischief with gusto, attending scandalous parties and indulging in illicit affairs. But when an erstwhile lover threatens to ruin her reputation, Audrina has no choice but to find a respectable husband at once.

Who would guess that her search would lead her to Giles Rutherford, a blunt-spoken American on a treasure hunt of his own? When a Christmas snowstorm strands the pair at a country inn, more secrets are traded than gifts—along with kisses that require no mistletoe—and Audrina discovers even proper gentlemen have their wicked side…



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Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest. Please visit her at http://theresaromain.com.

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ONCE UPON A PLAID 
Mia Marlowe
Spirit of the Highlands # 2 
Released Oct 7th, 2014
Zebra




A wife may be courted, too…


Many would count Katherine Douglas fortunate indeed. Laird William Douglas is broad-shouldered, gentle-handed, everything a lass could dream. But after four years of marriage, Katherine still knows little of what goes on in his heart. And she has yet to bear him an heir. The distance between them is too great—and so she flees over the snowy highlands to Glengarry Castle, home of her childhood, to set her husband free.

But William won’t let his wife slip away without a fight. Before long, he’s at her father’s threshold himself, witness to the rumbles of discontent in Glengarry, the bright joy of Yuletide at a family hearth, and the hidden needs of his own beloved…


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Mia Marlowe learned much of what she knows about storytelling from singing. A classically trained soprano, she devised back stories to prepare for operatic roles. Since she’s worn a real corset, and had to sing high C’s in one, she empathizes with the trials of her fictional heroines. But in Mia’s stories, they don’t die in a Parisian garret. They get to live and keep the hero! Mia loves history, art, music and travel. Especially travel. Good thing, since she’s lived in 9 different states and is embarrassed to admit she’s lost track of how many times she’s been to Europe. She regards her frequent moves as vacations on which she drags along all her stuff. Currently, she and her DH make their home in New England.


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MADELEINE’S CHRISTMAS WISH
Ella Quinn
The Marriage Game # 5.5
Released Oct 27th, 2014
eKensingston 



The bachelors in Ella Quinn’s Marriage Game series make a habit of resisting the irresistible. But during the season for giving, surrendering to temptation may be the greatest gift of all…

A French spy, Georges, Marquis Cruzy-le-Ch√Ętel, has lived in England for years, sacrificing his life for his country—but not his heart. For he’s never been able to forget his childhood friend, Madeleine. And now, in her hour of need, he is there to rescue her…

The victim of a ruthless statesman, Madeleine, Comtesse du Beaune, has been abducted and sent to England to work in a brothel. Her greatest wish is to return home for Christmas, and her only hope of it is to marry Georges—though she will be his wife in name alone. Yet as they steal across the snowy countryside, Georges decides to woo her—with kisses that melt the winter’s frost and leave her longing for a holiday miracle…


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Ella Quinn lived all over the United States, the Pacific, Canada, England and Europe before finally discovering the Caribbean. She lives in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands with her wonderful husband, three bossy cats and loveable great date. Fans can find out more at www.ellaquinnauthor.wordpress.com


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AN OATH TAKEN  
Diana Cosby
The Oath Trilogy # 1
Released Dec 8th, 2014
eKensington






A man of honor. A woman of spirit.

As the new castellan, Sir Nicholas Beringar has the daunting task of rebuilding Ravenmoor Castle on the Scottish border and gaining the trust of the locals—one of whom wastes no time in trying to rob him. Instead of punishing the boy, Nicholas decides to make him his squire. Little does he know the thieving young lad is really…a lady.

Lady Elizabet Armstrong had donned a disguise in an attempt to free her brother from Ravenmoor’s dungeons. Although intimidated by the confident Englishman with his well-honed muscles and beguiling eyes, she cannot refuse his offer.

Nicholas senses that his new squire is not what he seems. His gentle attempts to break through the boy’s defenses leave Elizabet powerless to stem the desire that engulfs her. And when the truth is exposed, she’ll have to trust in Nicholas’s honor to help her people—and to surrender to his touch…


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Diana Cosby, a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, owes her passion for writing to a gypsy childhood of living, traveling and experiencing various cultures throughout the world. An avid romance reader her entire life, it was an easy decision to begin writing after her career as a meteorologist. Diana is married to Bob, the hero of her life, a naval officer with over 22 years of service, including a tour in Iraq. She is blessed with three loving children: Eric, Stephanie and Christopher, and enjoys the company of her dog, Duncan Trevor MacGregor, and two cats, Bad and Brat. She’s a member of various romance writing organizations and presents writing workshops for her local writing chapters.


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CHRISTMAS AT THORNCLIFF TOWERS 
Marina Myles
The Cursed Princes # 3.5
Released Nov 24th, 2014
eKensington 





THE WEREWOLF’S SERVANT

Thorncliff Towers is done up for Christmas, secure against wind and wolves. But Karina Petri is shut out, too, and the gypsy witch wants what’s inside. She envies the gifts, the feast, the pretty clothes, of course. But her true desire is for the love of Constantin Stoica. Her smolderingly handsome childhood friend agreed to serve Lord Draven after his brother was caught stealing last year. He suspects Karina was involved—and it would take more magic than she possesses to make him forgive…

Constantin has always been drawn to Karina’s dark curls, flashing eyes, and reckless ways. But trusting her has proven dangerous before, and this night holds more to fear than most. The wrong decisions could cost him his job, his safety—even his life. But letting Karina go could cost him his heart…



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Although Marina Myles lives under the sunny skies of Arizona, she would reside in a historic manor house in foggy England if she had her way. Her love of books began as soon as she read her first fairy tale and eventually led to a degree in English Literature. Now, with her loyal Maltese close by, she relishes the hours she gets to escape into worlds filled with fiery—but not easily attained—love affairs. She’s busy being a wife, a mother, and a member of Romance Writers of America, but she is never too busy to hear from her amazing readers. Visit her at www.marinamyles.com.


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CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS 
Heather Hiestand
The Redcakes # 5

Released Nov 1st, 2014

Kensington






The sweetest gift is the hardest to unwrap…

Lady Victoria Allen-Hill never dreamed she’d be a widow at twenty-one—let alone a virgin. Her father insists that she attend a matchmaking house party in the snow-covered seaside town of Pevensey in hopes she’ll find a suitable husband. But for Victoria, it’s an opportunity to indulge in a passionate affair—and the handsome inventor she meets at the Christmas Eve masquerade ball may be just the man for the job…

Lewis Noble is the cousin of London’s famed Redcake sisters, so it almost stands to reason that he’s just as irresistible as one of their sugar-iced pastries. Lewis catches the eye of every woman at the party—but Victoria is the only one who catches his. He won’t be tied down in her father’s business, but watching other men court her amid a flurry of engagements ignites a jealousy he’s never felt before. A dose of honesty may be just the thing to mend their broken hearts—for many holidays to come…


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Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the Victorian period and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels, novellas and short stories, she makes her home in a small town with her husband and son and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room.

For more information, visit Heather’s website at www.heatherhiestand.com. Heather loves to hear from readers! Her email is heather@heatherhiestand.com.




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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Review of An Oath Taken by Diana Cosby

This is a lovely romance novel set in a great time in history.  1291 in Scotland was period when there was war, treachery, hunger and a deep distrust of anyone English.  Sir Nicholas Beringar is the new Castellan to Ravenmoor Castle.  He is ordered to restore the Castle and win the trust of the people who live there.  Elizabet is a fiesty Scottish lass who wants to save her brother from the dungeons of Ravenmoor Castle.  She disguises herself as a boy and becomes Sir Nicholas's squire.  I really enjoyed this story,  the characters are strong, smart, and the plot moved at a nice pace. I would recommend this book to a friend.  I received this book free for an honest review.

Review of The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior by Megan Frampton




This is the first book that I have read by this author and I enjoyed it. The plot was good and moved at a nice pace. Loved the character and the premise of the story, new duke and governess. I am a big fan of down on their luck ladies who have to work for a living and meet the man of their dreams. I really liked the witty dialogue and the romance between Marcus and Lily. This was a good book that I enjoyed reading and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good historical romance. 
Received this ARC for an honest review.

ARC Review of Catch a Falling Heiress by Laura Lee Guhrke




This is the third book in The American Heiress in London and I enjoyed it just as much as the first two.  Linnet is a very strong woman who has been lied to and hurt in the past and gives the hero Jack fits!!!  They have great chemistry and I loved the way Jack was so patient and sweet even when all he wants to do is throw her over his shoulder and take her away, he does actually do it once in the book!!!  Linnet is afraid to trust a man again and Jack has to prove that he will never deliberately hurt her.  There are great ups and downs and plot twists in this book.  Laura Lee really knows how to draw you in to her stories.  You also get to revisit characters from the first two books in the series.  I loved the ending and cannot wait for the next book in the series.  Laura Lee's writing is lyrical, romantic, suspenseful and a wonderful read.  Do Not Miss this Author!!!

ARC Review of Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare







This is the second book in the Castles Ever After.  The first book was awesome.  This one is even better.  I have never laughed so hard while reading a book before.  Between cake fights, an engagement ring that winds up in a place you wouldn't believe and a 14 year old bulldog who has to be carried around there is a beautiful love story.  Clio has been waiting over eight years for her fiance to come home and marry her.  She is tired of waiting and being the butt of jokes by the gossips in London.  She decides to go to the brother of her fiance with papers to dissolve their engagement.  The only problem is that since she was young she has been in love with the brother.  Lord Rafe has never fit in Society.  He is a Champion Prize Fighter training for his next fight and running his brother's estates while he is out of the country. He refuses to sign Clio's papers and goes to her home to convince her to marry his brother and he wants to help plan the wedding, no expense spared.  Clio wants nothing to do with getting married anymore and Rafe has to try to convince her.  Tessa knows how to write an amazing story with wit, sensual love scenes, gut wrenching emotions and amazing characters that you love.  Do not miss this one!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Virtual Book Tour for A Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior By Megan Frampton





All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?
When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.
As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior.
But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything . . .

Guest Post from Megan

In praise of the interstitial

Interstitial, according to the dictionary, is the space occupying interstices, which is an intervening space, especially a very small one.

For books, specifically my books, the interstitial parts are the fragments from the fictional book The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior, which is just that—a guide for how to be a duke.

Once he makes up his mind, a duke will pursue what he wants, without hesitation. And he will get it. – The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior

Marcus, the hero of The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior, has no clue how to be a duke—correctly, that is. The interstitial fragments from the book are a way to highlight just how he is getting it wrong, while also pointing out, subtly, what he might be getting right.

I first encountered the beauty of the interstitial with Julia Quinn, who employed it brilliantly in her Bridgerton series. Her Lady Whistledown wrote a gossip column that revealed what Society was thinking about the Bridgertons and often specifically about the hero and heroine of that particular book. And of course, when she revealed who Lady Whistledown really was, that was also a brilliant piece of writing.

Elizabeth Hoyt also uses interstitial material to great effect, including story fragments in her Four Soldiers series that relate, but not always directly, to the action of the story. The interstitial material augments and highlights the action, and the story wouldn’t be as lovely without them, although the story itself would still be complete.

A duke should utilize all of his available resources when in pursuit of a ducal goal. Not just his financial ones, although those may be utilized. He should employ his position, his eminence, and most importantly, his eyebrows, to achieve what requires achieving. – The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior

Many historical authors, more than I can mention, use interstitial material to give the flavor of the historical period, from newspaper columns, to etiquette guides, to journals, and so on. I love how an author can perhaps show more flare and zany wit in those bits than in the actual story itself.

What are your favorite books with interstitial material?

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Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Review of The Earl's Defiant Wallflower



I am so glad I discovered Erica Ridley!!  This book was so much fun to read.  Her writing is witty, romantic and I loved every word.  I have been reading Historical Romance for over 30 years and I can say that she is one of the best in the genre today.  Oliver and Grace are drawn to each other from the very beginning, but he needs an heiress and all she wants to do is go back to America to her sick mother.  The plot is unique with lots of surprises, great sexual tension, lovely emotions and I laughed out loud several times.  As a life long Historical Romance Reader I recommend this book highly.  Also do not miss the prequel novella for The Dukes of War Series, The Viscount's Christmas Temptation.

Cannot wait for the next book in the Series.  Received this book for an honest review.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Book Tour for Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean





By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking-in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered...until now.


Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear...including her heart.

EXCERPT

The gown was pristine and white and designed for someone far more innocent than she. Far less scandalous. And that was before one knew what she had made of her life.
“I’ve seen you in a dress. This is …” Temple paused, taking in the ensemble. He coughed a laugh. “Not like any dress I’ve ever seen you wear.” He paused, considering her further. “You’ve feathers exploding from your hair.”
Georgiana gritted her teeth. “I’m told it’s the height of fashion.”
“You look ridiculous.”
As though she didn’t know it. As though she didn’t feel it. “Your charm knows no bounds.”
He grinned. “I wouldn’t like you to get too full of yourself.”
There was no chance of that. Not here, surrounded by the enemy. “Don’t you have a wife to entertain?”
His dark gaze flickered past her to settle on a gleaming auburn head at the center of the ballroom. “Your brother is dancing with her. As he is lending his reputation to her, I thought I might do the same for his sister.”
She turned to him in disbelief. “Your reputation.”
Mere months earlier, Temple had been known as the Killer Duke, thought to have murdered his future stepmother in a fit of passion on the eve of her wedding. Society had welcomed him back into the fold only once the accusation had been proven false and he’d married the woman he was to have killed—a scandal in her own right. But he remained as much a scandal as a duke could be, as he’d spent years first on the streets and then in the ring at The Fallen Angel as a bare-knuckle boxer.
While Temple might carry the title of duke, his reputation was tarnished at best—the opposite of her brother’s. Simon had been perfectly bred for this world; his dancing with the Duchess of Lamont would go miles toward restoring her name and, indeed, the name of Temple’s dukedom.
“Your reputation might do more damage to me than good.”

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Author Info
Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance and bemoaning the fact that she was born far too late for her own season. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book. Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, baby daughter, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She loves to hear from readers.
Please visit her at www.macleanspace.com 
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Website: http://www.sarahmaclean.net/
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