Friday, September 25, 2015

ARC Review of Falling Into Bed with a Duke by Lorraine Heath

Minerva Dodger is a young lady who has a huge dowry and no desire to be married for her money.  She is an independent, smart and frustrated.  She knows she will never marry because she thinks she is not attractive and men only court her for her dowry.  Why should she remain a virgin and miss out on discovering passion?  So she decides to visit an exclusive club where woman of her status can go and indulge their desires while remaining anonymous.  

Nicholas Lambert, The Duke of Ashebury is at the Nightingale looking for a woman for the night.   He chooses Minerva and the sexual tension is electric. They see each other more than once and the sex is amazing.  He wants to see her again but she refuses  share her identity with him.  He investigates and finds out who she is.  He has never been interested in marriage, he doesn’t want to let her go and the only way to keep her is to marry her.  Unfortunately he has found out that his finances are not as great as he thought and her dowry will help him.  He knows she is overly sensitive about her dowry and thinks that's the only reason men want her.

How does he court her and keep her from finding out about his financial situation.  

I have read all of Lorraine’s books and loved everyone of them.  She writes a beautiful love story with marvelous passion, great adventure, a plot that is intelligent and moves at a enjoyable pace.  This is the first in a new series called The Hellions of Havisham that includes beloved characters from her other books.  Anything Lorraine writes is worth the price!!!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

ARC Review of Forever Your Earl by Eva Leigh

This is the first book I have read by Eva Leigh (aka Zoe Archer)  and it will not be my last.  I loved it!!!  I laughed out loud alot and also cried.  Her writing is wonderfully romantic and lyrical intertwined with rich emotion and marvelous intelligent characters.  Eleanor Hawke is a commoner who runs a newspaper that she built from nothing.  She enjoys her life and doesn't need anyone.  Daniel Balfour is the Earl of Ashford and he is tired of being written about in the gossip newspaper called The Hawk's Eye.  He confronts Eleanor and they make a deal that will let her write about him in her newspaper if she accompanies him on his nightly adventures and writes about what she sees and not here say.  Daniel has another motive for letting her follow him.  As they spend more time together their feelings for each other grow and Daniel realizes that he has done nothing worth while with his life and really has nothing to show for it.  He admires Eleanor and respects the way she has taken charge of her life and has a purpose.  Eleanor also comes to an epiphany about her life.  She now knows that she wants to share her life with someone and maybe use her newspaper to help people who are less fortunate.  The plot moves at a great pace and the ending is a HAE of course.  There is love, laughter, adventure and hope in this story.  You will love it!!

Received ARC for honest Review

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ARC Review of The Last Chance Christmas Ball

A collection of short stories for the Holidays by The Word Wenches that will put you in the holiday spirit.
It is the Annual Christmas Ball at Holbourne House and the Dowager Countess of Holbourne is planning and scheming to use her Annual Ball to do some matchmaking, after all the Ball is known for producing true love matches over the 50 years it has been going on.

Each one of the eight authors writes a lovely story of love.  Some are lost loves found again.  New love that is a revelation for some and redemption for others.  Each one of these stories were a joy to read and I did it in one sitting because of the wonderful writing of these amazing authors.

This is a great holiday present for anyone on your list who loves Christmas and Happily Ever Afters.

Received this ARC for an honest review.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Virtual Book Tour for The Rogue You Know by Shana Galen

She's beyond his reach...
Gideon Harrow has spent his life in London's dark underworld-and he wants out. A thief and a con, he plans one last heist to finally win his freedom. But when everything goes wrong, he finds himself at the tender mercies of one of Society's most untouchable women-Lady Susanna Derring.
...and out of her depth.
Susanna has spent her life in London's glittering ton, under the thumb of a domineering mother-and she wants out. When a wickedly charming rogue lands at her feet, she jumps at the chance to experience life before it's too late. But as she descends into London's underworld, she finds that nothing- not even Gideon-is as it seems. As excitement turns to danger, Susanna must decide what price she's willing to pay...for the love of a reformed thief.

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Guest Post: Bad Boy Inspiration by Shana Galen

When we think about Regency England, we tend to think of the balls, the carriages, the gowns. We forget that for every duke or marquess, there were hundreds of thieves and pickpockets living in the slums of the city. Covent Garden was an area of London with plenty of rookeries, and the thieves who lived there often banded together because there’s protection in numbers. My fictional gang called the Covent Garden Cubs is made up of the leader Satin, his second-in-command Beezle, and an assortment of pickpockets and house-breakers with names like Gap, Racer, and Stub. The gang also has one girl, Marlowe, and I wrote about her in Earls Just Want to Have Fun. Her best friend in the gang in Gideon, and he’s the hero in The Rogue You Know. Gideon is the ultimate bad boy who can cheat, lie, and steal with the best of them. He was orphaned at a young age and had no choice but to steal to survive. Now Gideon wants a different life for himself, and if he can just complete one last job, he’ll have it…or die trying.

When writing about my bad boy hero, I had plenty of inspiration.

1)       Flynn Rider from Tangled
Yes, I know Flynn is animated, but he is the main inspiration for Gideon. Like the Disney bad boy, Gideon is charming, funny, and self-deprecating. Flynn makes no apologies for his lifestyle, and while he may try to hide his sensitive side, his love for Rapunzel brings it out.

2)       George Gordon Byron, Baron Byron
Byron was a poet, nobleman, and ultimate bad boy. Described as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know,” Byron titillated the Regency world. He generated enormous debts, had numerous affairs and liaisons, and ultimately died young and tragically abroad. A bad boy with the heart of a romantic is always an inspiration.

3)       Danny in Grease
We’ve all seen Grease so many times we forget that Travolta’s character was really a bad boy. He’s dangerous for Sandy’s reputation and just plain dangerous, period. But like any bad boy we love, love wins Danny over and he’s willing to change to be with the woman who means everything.

4)       Patrick in 10 Things I Hate About You
I love a bad boy who sets out to corrupt the good girl and then is corrupted by her instead. Heath Ledger is fabulous as the new kid in school who agrees to date the heroine…for a fee. “How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways.” The banter between Patrick and Kat makes this bad boy movie memorable.

5)       Nick Gentry in Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas
While Gideon may be on the wrong side of the law and Nick Gentry a Bow Street Runner, Nick definitely serves as an inspiration. He’s a man with a dark past and much to hide, but Charlotte is able to peel away the layers one by one. Her love for him, and his for her, redeems this bad boy and makes us love him all the more.

I enjoyed taking inspiration from each of these bad boys and creating the character of Gideon. He may be a thief and a rogue, but he is also capable of deep love. And that’s what my books are about—characters for whom love changes everything.

Who are your favorite redeemed rogues?

Shana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman.Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Book Reviews calls her books "lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she's up to daily on Facebook and Twitter. Stop by her website at

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Review of Seduced by a Lady's Heart by Christi Caldwell

Book 1 in the Lords of Honor Series

Seduced By a Lady’s Heart

Christi Caldwell is an amazing writer who knows how to tug at your heart strings.  I will admit that I cried while reading parts of this book.  Her characters are smart, strong, flawed and wonderful!

This is a story of a love that lasted through war, death, and despair.  The love of a woman that restored a man’s faith in the world and in their love.  Redemption and the celebration of life when you realize that living in the past is not really living.  

Christi is now one of my favorite Historical Romance Writers and I am adding all of her previous books to my to read list.  If you love a a beautful love story this book is for you.  Do not miss it!!!