Thursday, February 4, 2016

Virtual Book Tour for The American Duchess by ELoisa James

The arrogant Duke of Trent intends to marry a well-bred Englishwoman. The last woman he would ever consider marrying is the adventuresome Merry Pelford— an American heiress who has infamously jilted two fianc├ęs.

But after one provocative encounter with the captivating Merry, Trent desires her more than any woman he has ever met. He is determined to have her as his wife, no matter what it takes. And Trent is a man who always gets what he wants.

The problem is, Merry is already betrothed, and the former runaway bride has vowed to make it all the way to the altar. As honor clashes with irresistible passion, Trent realizes the stakes are higher than anyone could have imagined. In his battle to save Merry and win her heart, one thing becomes clear:

All is fair in love and war.

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Chapter One
April 6, 1803
Lady Portmeadow’s ball in honor of the East End Charity Hospital
15 Golden Square                                    

At 9 pm sharp, Lord Cedric Allardyce gracefully fell to his knees, signaling his intent to request Miss Merry Pelford’s hand in marriage. 
Merry stared down at his buttery curls, scarcely believing this was actually happening to her. She had to force back a nervous giggle when Cedric complemented her finger for its slenderness before slipping on a diamond ring.
It felt as if she were on a stage, playing a role meant for a delicate, feminine Englishwoman. That actress hadn’t shown up, and storklike Merry Pelford had taken her place. 
But at 9:02, after Cedric’s lyrical proposal drew to a close, she forced back a nervous qualm and agreed to become his bride.
Back in the ballroom, Merry’s guardian, her aunt Bess, didn’t seem to realize that Cedric and Merry were mismatched. “The two of you are exquisitely suited, like night and day,” she said, eyeing Cedric’s yellow hair. “No, midnight and the dawn. That’s not bad; I’ll have to write it down.”
“My aunt is a poet,” Merry told Cedric.
Before Bess could prove her credentials by tossing out a line or two, her uncle Thaddeus—who was bluntly unsympathetic to rhymes of any kind—dragged Cedric off to the card room. Merry instantly pulled off her glove and revealed her diamond ring.
“Cedric is friends with the Prince of Wales,” she whispered.
Bess raised an eyebrow. “It’s always helpful to be acquainted with those in power, though I can’t say I view the man as a desirable acquaintance on his own merits.”
Merry’s aunt had grown up in that cradle of American high society known as Beacon Hill; her father was a Cabot and her mother a Saltonstall. Her staunch belief that she represented the pinnacle of society had remained unshaken in the presence of the most haughty noblemen.
“I am looking forward to meeting His Highness,” Merry said stoutly. She was marrying an Englishman, and that meant she had to adapt English ideas.
“The only prince I’ve met to this date is that Russian who courted your cousin Kate,” Bess said. “There’s nothing worse than a man who bows too much. He popped up and down like a jack-in-the-box; it gave me a headache just to look at him.”
“Prince Evgeny,” Merry said, nodding. “He was always wearing white gloves.”
“White gloves on a man have their time and place. But what with the gloves and the bowing, he was like a rabbit, one of those that flashes its tail before it runs off.”
Aunt Bess certainly had a lively gift for metaphor.

Author Info
A New York Times bestselling author, Eloisa James is a professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but who can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. (Her husband is an honest to goodness Italian knight!) Eloisa’s website offers short stories, extra chapters, and even a guide to shopping in Florence. Visit her at
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Review of A Gentleman's Game by Theresa Romain

Another great book by Theresa.  I really like her writing, it is intelligent, witty and unique.  This book started out a little slow for me, but as the mystery of who Rosalind is and what she is up to make this book a page turner.  Nathaniel and Rosalind are forced to spend time together and their secrets are going to be revealed and the mystery that has brought them together will be revealed.  This is a lovely story with lots twists and turns and I enjoyed it very much.

Received a complimentary copy from Negalley for an honest review.

Review of THe Unforgettable Hero by Valerie Bowman

Cece Harcourt  is a young lady who has the responsibility of taking care of her ailing younger sister and trying to avoid marriage to her repulsive cousin.  She has just finished her first romance novel and is trying to sell it to so she can get the medicine her sister needs and avoid marriage.  On her way home from a disappointed meeting with her publisher she gets hit by a carriage while crossing a street.  Adam Hunt is a independent young man who is tired of being coddled by his two older brothers.  He is his own man and is on his way to let his older brother the Duke to stop interfering in his life.

He is on hand when Cece gets hit and takes her to his brothers house. When she wakes up she thinks she is the heroine of her romance novel and Adam is her betrothed The Duke of Loveridge.    The doctor tells Adam that her memory would probably return and do not push her, she will eventually regain her memory.

As she regains her memory she realizes that Adam is her only chance at learning what it is like to be a woman who can be make her own decisions, then she will go back home to marry her cousin and take care of her sister.

This was a really sweet romance that was witty and lighthearted read.  I enjoy Valerie's writing and would recommend this book for a first time Historical Romance Reader as well as a veteran reader of this genre.

Received complimentary copy for an honest review.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Review of The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne

The second book in the Victorian Rebel Series was an edge of your seat kind of read.  Christopher Argent was born and grew up in Newgate Prison .  He watched his mother sacrifice her body to the guards so that he could have a blanket or an extra piece of bread.  Until one night one of the cruelest guards let some vile male prisoners into their cell and raped, beat and cut his mother.  He held her dead bojdy and screamed all through the night calling for help that would never come.  That was the night that he lost his soul and vowed vengenance on all that had abused his mother.

Years later he is a assassin for hire.  He will kill anyone for a price and is ruthless.  He thinks of himself as an empty shell, a monster who has nothing and no one to care whether he lives or dies.  He accepts a contract ot kill an actress, he doesn;t know her and could care less why she has to die.  Millicent LeCour is an up and coming actress with a young son who is making her way in the world on her own.  When she first meets Christopher she thinks he is interested in her and there is something about him that fascinates her.  She accepts an inviatation to dance and then he leads her to a dark corner under a staircase to kill her and she thinks he is going to kiss her.  He is shocked to feel drawn to her and kisses her instead of strangling her.

This starts a journey that will test them both.  Millie is strong, determined and very protective of her son. Christopher cannot seem to kill her and makes a bargain to protect her from the person who wants her dead if she will have sex with him.

This book was amazing in so many ways.  Christopher is truly a man shaped by his experiences.  He doesn;t have friends or family and does not know what he is missing because he has never had anyone to care about him since his mother died.  Millie is hiding a secret that could get her and her son killed. This is truly a story about a love for the ages and a redemption of a man who was a victim of unspeakable violence and abuse. You have to read this book.  I admit I cried at the end, but oh was it worth it!!!