Saturday, January 17, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
The Duelist Seduction by Lauren Smith
I have read every Lauren Smith historical romance novel and have never been disappointed. This short story is no exception. I loved the way the book opens with a young woman disguised as a man about to participate in a duel with a very dangerous opponent. Helen is trying to protect her foolish twin brother from his own folly. He is an awful card player who keeps losing money they do not have. She has taken care of him since their parents death and is always there to get him out of trouble. This time she has gone too far but does not see any other alternative. The man that her brother owes the money to is Gareth Fairfax. He is a arrogant, rude, brooding man who has no patience for idiots and is tired of trying to recover his money in the traditional manner. When he realizes that his opponent is a women he decides to get his revenge by making her come home with him and become his mistress. After he has his fill of her, he will send her back to her brother disgraced. Things do not turn out as planned, Helen has secretly been fascinated by Gareth for a long time and her determination and sweet nature confounds Gareth and he finds himself falling for her. This is a very steamy romance story with Lauren Smith's wonderful plot twists, enthralling love scenes and tender emotions. I loved this short story and adore the way Lauren lets her characters become the person they never thought they could be. Do not miss this story, it is another great one from a fabulous amazing author.
The Christmas Knot by Barbara Monajem
Long lost love, a castle, a ghost, a lost treasure make this story a exciting and wonderful read. This is the first book I have read by this author and I enjoyed it very much. Her writing is very descriptive, lovely and the romance is captivating. Her characters are believable and you cannot help hoping for their HAE. I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a great love story.
Bride of Falcon by Collette Cameron
This is a great story of two strong people who have a second chance of love. A young woman who refuses to marry because the man she loves left her years ago to make his fortune in India. He returns disfigured and still broke just in time to save her from a scandal. A misunderstanding occurs and now she has to find someone to marry within a fortnight. He wants to marry her because he has always loved her but he is afraid that because of his injuries she won’t want him. This is the first book I have read by Collette Cameron and it won’t be the last. She writes with a wonderful lyrical style and the plot moves along at a great pace. There is a lot to this short story to like. Do not miss it.
Christmas Wishes by Wendy Vella
First let me say that I have not read a book that made me feel the emotions I felt while reading this story for some time. I laughed and cried. I was captivated from the first paragraph and I cannot believe I have never read this author before. This story has all the elements of a great historical romance. An Alpha male hero who grew up with uncaring parents and has lived his life as a rogue never feeling anything for anyone. He is a rake who goes from women to women leaving them satisfied but never himself. He has few friends and has never felt the loss until he meets a woman like no other. Hero Appleby is a woman alone in the world. Her parents are dead and her cousin takes over her father’s estate. Her cousin is a lecherous pig who wants her in his bed and will not take no for an answer, so she runs to an old run down estate that was left to her in her fathers will.
Hero then finds a purpose by taking in orphans to care for, the only problem is she has very little money to take care of them and the house is falling down around her ears.
The story opens as Hero is pushing her way into the house of a rich nobleman, our hero, Max, Viscount Caruthers, who is nursing a hangover. She is there to ask him for money to help the children in her care. What follows is hysterically funny, sensually charged first meeting that takes them both by surprise.
Finding each other makes them reflect on their lives, their hearts, and changes them in profound ways. Wendy’s writing is amazingly moving, the plot moves at a great pace and her characters are so full of life and surprises that I never wanted it to end. I enjoyed this story so much that I went right to Amazon and bought three more of her books to read. I am so glad I found Wendy’s writing and she will now be one of my go to authors.
Miss Watson’s First Scandal by Heather Boyd
A very sweet romance story. David Hawke a london banker has come to Brighton to collect a debt for his bank from an old friend who cannot pay. David has no choice but foreclose on his friends house if he can’t pay back the 3,000 pounds he owes the bank.
Miss Abigail Watson has known David most of her life, they live next door to each other, but she only sees him once a year when he comes to Brighton for a week every year. She has always liked him but she knows why he has come. Her brother doesn’t have the money to pay the bank back and she must find a way to convince David that she will find a way to help her brother pay the loan back. The more time that they spend together the closer they become and she realizes that she is falling in love with David and knows he will going back to London within the week. She has to find out how he feels about her before he leaves because she knows that she might never see him again if her brother can’t come up with the money.
I enjoyed this story, the characters were strong, the plot well written with lovely romance.
His Lordship's Vow by Cheryl Bolen
The story starts with Jane Featherstone assisting her beautiful cousin Lady Sarah prepare for her first ball. Lady Sarah is beautiful, sweet and rich. As they enter the ball Lady Sarah is swamped and Jane who seems to be invisible heads to the spinster seating area. Jane has had two seasons and no proposals.
She is not beautiful, but she is smart, level headed and has a good heart. Everybody likes her but no one has liked her enough to propose to her. So she lives with her elderly father, takes care of him and hosts his political dinners, which she enjoys very much. She would be a perfect wife for a politician.
Enter Lord Slade a newly minted Earl who has to marry an heiress to save his estate and dower his three young sisters. Lady Sarah has the requirements and she is sweet and beautiful. Lord Slade has an acquaintance with Jane and asks for her in wooing Sarah. Jane is secretly in love with Slade but she agrees to help him. To find out what happens next you have to read the book. This is a well written, lovely story with great characters and some truly wonderful moments. I enjoyed it very much.
To Wager the Marquis of Wolverstone by Bronwen Evans
A tale of love lost, sorrow, sacrifice, and revenge. Sbaine Fournier is back in England after a ten year absence to avenge the death of her parents by a monster disguised as a gentleman. When she was a young girl she fell in love with Marcus Danvers, the Marquis of Wolverstone and he with her. Suddenly Sabine elopes with an Italian Count and never tells Marcus why. Marcus has not been the same since Sabine betrayed him all those years ago and has never had a lasting relationship with any women, he doesn't trust them and refuses to even consider love. Marcus is so angry that the only way he will help Sabine is if she comes to his bed when her enemy is destroyed. This a great story about a second chance at love and redemption. Bronwen can write amazing steamy love scenes that will make you melt. The characters are likable, strong, smart and you root for them all the way. I loved this story and would read anything Bronwen writes.
Monday, January 12, 2015
A war hero returned from Waterloo should be able to indulge in a bit of bad behavior. Instead, Captain William Endicott is summoned by his father, the Duke of York, to investigate an assassination plot. The unlikely suspect: William’s former sweetheart. Will can’t believe that innocent Evie Whitney could be mixed up in anything so nefarious. Then again, almost everything about Evie has changed—except for his body’s instinctive response to hers…
Just as Evie’s life is finally coming together, Will saunters back into it. Should she slap him—or seduce him? Even as she tries to decide, scandal pushes her toward marriage with a man she can neither trust nor resist—and into the heart of a deadly conspiracy…
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Captivated by his Kiss
by Cheryl Bolen, Bronwen Evans, Barbara Montajem,
Collette Cameron, Wendy Vella, Heather Boyd,
and Lauren Smith
Collette Cameron, Wendy Vella, Heather Boyd,
and Lauren Smith
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency
Release Date: January 12, 2015
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Cheryl Bolen and USA Today Bestselling Author Bronwen Evans are joined by Barbara Monajem, Collette Cameron, Wendy Vella, Heather Boyd, and Lauren Smith in this exciting collection of short regency romances. Be CAPTIVATED BY HIS KISS in these seven emotional stories of second chances, scandalous wagers, and the quest for true love. Lose yourself again and again in beautifully written romance.
Cheryl Bolen ~ His Lordship’s Vow
Bronwen Evans ~ To Wager the Marquis of Wolverstone
Barbara Monajem ~ The Christmas Knot
Collette Cameron ~ Bride of Falcon
Wendy Vella ~ Christmas Wishes
Heather Boyd ~ Miss Watson’s First Scandal
Lauren Smith ~ The Duelist’s Seduction
HIS LORDSHIP’S VOW by Cheryl Bolen
Bereft of beauty as well as fortune, the exceedingly plain Miss Jane Featherstone has failed to attract any suitor during her three Seasons. Rather than be a burden to her brother and his obnoxious wife, Miss Featherstone vows to accept the first man who asks—even though she’s always worshipped a lord who’s far above her touch. . .
Lord Slade must marry an heiress in order to honor the deathbed vow he made to his father, and he needs Miss Featherstone’s help in wooing her beautiful cousin. After her initial anger, Miss Featherstone agrees to his scheme, telling him she’s doing so because she admires his Parliamentary record of humanitarian legislation and his reverence for truth. But the more he’s with the two cousins, the more attracted he becomes to Miss Featherstone. What’s a man of his word to do? Break a vow to a beloved father—or follow his heart with Miss Featherstone?
TO WAGER THE MARQUIS OF WOLVERSTONE by Bronwen Evans
Marcus Danvers, the Marquis of Wolverstone, is renowned for his cynical demeanor. It's rumored that long ago, a beautiful woman broke his heart. Now he lives life for pleasure. That is, until the beautiful, as she is deceitful, Contessa Orsini re-enters his life with a wager he cannot resist.
Widowed and destitute, Edwina White takes a position as governess in a remote village in the north of England—in a haunted house. She’s so desperate that she’ll take anything, and besides, she doesn’t believe in ghosts. Little does she know that her new employer is the seducer who lied and deceived her many years ago.
Sir Richard Ballister inherited an estate with a ghost and a curse, and every governess he hires leaves within a week. Finally, a woman desperate enough to stay arrives on his doorstep—but she’s the seductress who dropped him many years earlier for a richer man.
The last thing Richard and Edwina want is to work together, but they have no choice. Can they overcome the bitterness of the past in time to unravel a centuries-old knot and end the Christmas curse?
BRIDE OF FALCON by Collette Cameron
After five Seasons, Ivonne Wimpleton has accepted she’s a haute ton undesirable. Always a bit ungraceful, her suitors are men desperate to get their hands on her marriage settlement. Guarded and aloof, she’s resigned herself to spinsterhood. She doesn’t mind her fate, since Chancy Faulkenhurst—known as Chance to his friends and the man who once held her heart—left for India years ago without an explanation.
When Ivonne’s father, Viscount Wimpleton, refuses Chance’s request for her hand in marriage, he transfers to the East India Troops. Chance’s dreams of making Ivonne his wife are soundly dashed. Ignoring her letters, he closes the door on his heart and Ivonne and remains in India.
Six years later, severely injured during a battle, Chance returns to England physically and emotionally scarred. His love for Ivonne remains just as strong. When he learns due to a whim of Prinny’s she must choose one of the despots whose offered for her hand, Chance is determined that none should have her but him. Except, not only is she infuriated he made no effort to contact her, in Chance’s absence, his father arranged a marriage for him and fully expects Chance to honor the agreement.
CHRISTMAS WISHES by Wendy Vella
Past experiences have taught Miss Hero Appleby to distrust noblemen, especially self-indulgent rakes like Lord Caruthers. However she was desperate for money to support the orphans in her care this Christmas, so it is to him she must go. Perhaps it had been wrong of her to point out his many faults so boldly, but the man had reeked of last nights over indulgences, and that coupled with his indolent lifestyle, drove her to distraction and all thoughts of lady-like behaviour disappeared in his infuriating presence.
Max didn't remember much of his first meeting with the annoying Miss Appleby, thanks to the after effects of one good drink too many. But he vaguely recalled he'd promised her something, just to get her out of his house so he could suffer in peace. Unfortunately peaceful was the last word to describe her as he found out the next day. She was unlike any woman he knew - opinionated and rude certainly, but she worked selflessly to provide for children that were not even of her blood. Max had believed himself incapable of emotion yet Hero was making him feel things that he had believed were long dead. Could his long forgotten Christmas wish really come true?
MISS WATSON’S FIRST SCANDAL by Heather Boyd
Overworked London banker David Hawke has two goals for his week in the seaside town of Brighton: one, recover an overdue debt from a good friend and neighbor and two, relax for the remaining holiday without any further distractions. When his friend’s impulsive younger sister barges into his home to beg his aid, he’s drawn deeper into her life and scrambling to keep their relationship on a professional level.
Abigail Watson may be considered too young to have the cares of the world on her shoulders but her brother is in financial trouble and she’s desperate to help him recover. Despite the impropriety, she appeals to the bachelor next door for an extension on the debt and his help to secure her brother a wealthy wife. However, matchmaking never runs smoothly and falling in love is something neither one counted on.
THE DUELIST’S SEDUCTION by Lauren Smith
Helen Banks is going to die. There is no other option: either fight a duel in her twin brother’s place or see him die. But Helen never counted on the man she was to duel with being the same man she admired from afar for so long, Gareth Fairfax, a wealthy lord and the man sworn to exact his payment from the Banks twins through any means.
When Gareth discovers his opponent is a woman and more importantly, the sister of the man he means to kill, he demands satisfaction of some kind. He gives her two choices. She can return to his estate and become his mistress, or he can send her home and settle the matter with her brother by finishing the duel. Helen, unable to ignore the secret longing she’s had for Gareth, decides to accept his proposal and go with him back to his estate, thankful that her desire for him also saves her brother’s life.
Helen accepts the devil’s bargain and agrees to stay with Gareth, at his beck and call, putting more than her innocence in danger as Gareth begins his slow seduction. With each passing hour, she sees the tortured heart of a man who’d once loved and lost. Helen fears she may lose her own heart to him, and believing she can never lay claim to his heart. But as they challenge the limits of their passion and the sensual delight they find in each other’s arms, they may find that love is within their reach.
Since her first book was published to acclaim by Harlequin Historical in 1998, Cheryl Bolen has written more than 20 books, mostly historical romances. Several of her books have won Best Historical awards, and she's been a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.
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USA Today Bestselling Author Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes.
Her debut Regency romance, Invitation to Ruin won the RomCon Readers’ Crown Best Historical 2012, and was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Nominee Best First Historical 2011. Her first self-published novella, To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield, was a FINALIST in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 201,2 and a finalist in the RomCon Readers’ Crown Best Historical 2013. Her first contemporary released December 2012, The Reluctant Wife, won the RomCon Readers’ Crown Best Category 2013.
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Barbara Monajem wrote her first story at eight years old about apple tree gnomes. After dabbling in neighborhood musicals and teen melodrama, she published a middle-grade fantasy when her children were young. Now her kids are adults, and she's writing for grownups. Her Bayou Gavotte series of paranormal mystery and romance takes place near New Orleans and features hereditary vampires, a Native American telepathic rock star, and other characters with paranormal abilities. She also writes sexy Regency romances with bold, passionate heroes, spirited, adventurous heroines, and the occasional touch of magic. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia, with an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline strays.
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Award winning, Amazon best-selling author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master's in Teaching. Author of the Castle Brides Series and Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series, Collette writes Regency and Scottish historicals and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and five mini dachshunds. Mother to three and a self-proclaimed Cadbury Chocolate chocoholic, Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, trivia, and all things shabby chic. You'll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.
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Wendy Vella is a lover of all things romantic. Her novels are sensual with just a touch of wicked and set in the often intriguing backdrop Regency England. Writing is something she has always found time for; and penned her first novel at eighteen, though she is adamant it will never make an appearance further than the closet in which it currently resides.
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Bestselling historical author Heather Boyd believes every character she creates deserves their own happily-ever-after, no matter how much trouble she puts them through. With that goal in mind, she writes sizzling regency romance stories that skirt the boundaries of propriety to keep readers enthralled until the wee hours of the morning. Heather has published over twenty novels and shorter works. She lives north of Sydney, Australia, and does her best to wrangle her testosterone-fuelled family (including cat Morpheus) into submission.
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Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets—a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She's won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.
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