Thursday, October 15, 2015

Spotlight Tour of Miss Merton's Last Hope by Heather Boyd




Over the years, Melanie Merton has used every trick and ruse to repel overeager gentlemen callers without ever revealing the real reason she won’t say yes to an offer of marriage. When neighbor Walter George jumps to her defense against slurs cast by suitor number twelve, he also pries into her past—uncovering the circumstances around a tragic loss in her childhood and her aversion to being touched by anyone. But even protective Walter must be kept at a distance for his own good, because despite a growing attraction between them, Melanie must deny him too.

Unlike other men his age in Brighton, Walter George hadn’t considered Melanie Merton for a wife because he was convinced he’d never have a chance to impress his haughty neighbor. But that was before he understood her better, before he uncovered why she kept friends and suitors alike at bay. The right husband could restore the woman he sees into some semblance of the fun-loving child of his memory, but would Walter stand a chance or become just another unlucky suitor?

Read an Excerpt

Melanie Merton hated her life. She hated the clothes she wore. The house she lived in that was no longer hers to manage. The smiles she had to bestow upon her brother’s friends while overlooking their scowls. Even without the responsibilities she’d always enjoyed, and the hours on her own, she never had a moment’s peace. She just wanted a quiet morning, and that never seemed to happen lately unless she confined herself to her bedchamber.

Today, she was entertaining Mr. Linus Radley until his sister, Julia, her new sister-in-law, came down that morning. The forms of proper behavior that had been drilled into her head since she was a young girl made it impossible for her to say what was really on her mind, even when she wanted to. She was too polite to ask Mr. Radley to go away until a more reasonable hour of the day, and had ordered tea and cake to fill the endless minutes until Julia relieved her of this duty.

“It looks to be a lovely day for a stroll,” Mr. Radley said suddenly. “Might I entice you to venture out with me to look upon the sea? With your maid, of course.”

Melanie sighed with what she hoped sounded like regret and not irritation. She would not go out walking with Linus Radley, with or without a suitable chaperone. She had seen enough of him in the past weeks not to want anything more to do with him than she absolutely had to. He was a bully. “Unfortunately, I am otherwise engaged today.”

“Oh?”

Dear God, the man wants particulars.

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About Heather Boyd

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. Catch her latest news     www.heather-boyd.com. 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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ARC Review of Scandal Takes The Stage by Eva Leigh



The second book in The Wicked Quills series is a wonderful read.  

Cameron Chalton,  Viscount Marwood is a gentleman who has it all.  Good looks, wealth, friends and any woman he wants.   He also has a love of the theater and spends most of his nights at The Imperial Theater.  He feeds off of the atmosphere, the excitement, the emotions of the actors and the words written by the writer.  He wanted to be a part of the theater since he was a young man, but knew he had responsibilites to his title and shelved his dream of becoming a famous playwright, but he never will give up his love attending and the excitement of watching the plays and wonderful characters and their emotional ups and downs.  

His favorite plays are called burlettas and he is entralled by the productions of a wrtier by the name of Mrs. Delamere more than any other.   Her writing calls out to him in a way that makes him feel all kinds of emotions  and he cannot get enough.  

Margaret Delamere is a woman who has suffered heartbreak and tradegy in her life but has pulled herself up and made something out her life.  She is strong, intelligent and independent.  Her wirting is what sustains and fulfills her.  The only problem is that she has a bad case of writers block and is in a panic because she cannot seem to get past it.  She knows that if she cannot write anymore she will soon be on the streets broke and alone.

When Marwood and Margaret meet the spark is instataneous.   He wants her as his mistress and she wants nothing to do with any nobleman.  She was betrayed by one of his kind and left heartbroken and destitue.  

This  is a story of love, redemption, fulfillment and compassion.  Marwood and Margaret each realize there is more to their lives and they find it with each other.  I enjoyed his book immensely, just like the first book in the series and cannot wait for the next one.  Eva writes a truly wonderful story that wil grab you and not let go and Marwood and Margaret will stay with you long after you have finished their story.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Review of First Season/Bride To Be by Jane Ashford


I always enjoy Jane's books.  Two full length historical romance novels in one book is awesome.  First Season is a lovely story of a young widow with three young children who goes to London for a season.  She did not have one when she was younger.  But she leaves someone behind, a neighbor and friend who becomes the center of her life. You never appreicate what you have at home until you leave it.     Bride to Be  is an story of survival, redemption, danger, inturigue with two main characters who find themselves hunted by a villian, a sham engagement that turns into true love.  Always beautifully written stories, Jane knows how to keep her readers entralled and eager for more.