Friday, April 8, 2016

ARC Review of Secrets of a Soprano by Miranda Neville

First let me say that I will read anything Miranda Neville writes, and I have!!  Her books are well written with intelligent characters who have a deep morale core, are not necessarily beautiful but have tons of sex appeal and witty, snappy dialogue.

Teresa Foscari is a famous opera singer who is singing in London for the first time.  She has sung all over the world for Kings and Emperors, but she is hiding a secret.  She is broke and needs the money from her new engagement at the Tavistock Theater. There is also the chance that she will run into the only man she has ever loved. She was very young at the time and his betrayal drove her into the arms of her late husband, who was a thief, a wastrel and unfaithful

Maximilian Hawthorne is a lover of Opera and has financed and built an Opera House in London.  When he hears that Teresa is singing at his rivals theater he cannot resist going and listening to her.  She is still striking and her voice is astounding, even better than when he was younger.  She is the reason that he loves Opera. They met years ago and fell in love.  He was going to marry her and travel the world listening to her sing. But she betrayed him and has vowed never to love or get married.  Now she is in London and he doesn't know how he feels.

This story is beautiful and unique and I loved every minute of it.  Max and Teresa are made for each other, but will the past keep them apart or bring them together?  I recommend that you read this book and if you not read any of Miranda's books, do so, you will not regret it. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Virtual Book Tour for Six Degrees of Scandal by Caroline Linden

Olivia Townsend is in trouble and out of options. Pursued by a desperate man in search of a lost treasure, which she doesn’t have, she’s got only two things in her favor: her late husband’s diary, which she was never meant to see… and the man who was her first-and only-love. Losing him broke her heart, though she’s been careful to hide it for the last ten years. But when he comes to her aid and vows to stand by her this time, no matter what, she can’t help but hope things will be different this time.

James Weston has blamed himself for letting Olivia down when she needed him years ago, and he will not do it again. Fortunately, his unusual life has equipped him well to outsmart the villain chasing Olivia.Unfortunately, being so near her again threatens to expose every secret in his heart…even those that should stay hidden forever.

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Olivia Herbert knew James Weston was a rogue the first time he winked at her, one fine Sunday morning in August when butterflies were riding warm drafts of air through the open door of St. Godfrey’s and Mr. Bunce the curate was droning on and on as if he meant to put every person in the church to sleep.

She was staving off the urge to do just that by watching the butterflies. James Weston, it turned out, was watching her. As her gaze followed one butterfly—a delicate white one with spots of blue on its wings, who swooped and glided effortlessly on the hazy air—it connected with James’s. His family was sitting in the next pew over, and when their eyes met, the impudent boy winked at her.

She looked away at once. Not only had he caught her woolgathering, wishing she could flit about the church and out the door like that butterfly, but it was probably a sin to wink in church.With some effort she tried to focus her mind on the sermon, but within moments a bee flew overhead, and once again, quite independently of any wish to be well-behaved, her eyes tracked the insect as it buzzed away, right toward the Weston pew.

This time when he caught her eye, he grinned. Slowly he raised one hand, and with small, cautious movements, pretended to flick the bee as it flew by. Then he screwed up his face and mimed being stung, shaking his finger and sticking it into his mouth.

Olivia couldn’t help it. She smiled, and a tiny giggle shook her shoulders. His grin grew wider, and he wiggled his eyebrows at her.A sharp jab in her side made Olivia hastily jerk her gaze back to Mr. Bunce, whose voice had settled into a low drone, as if he, too, were falling asleep. Beside her, Mother glared from the corner of her eye. Olivia repressed a sigh. Ladies didn’t giggle in church, and Mother was determined that Olivia would be a lady.

Mother didn’t even wait until they reached home. Her scolding began as they walked to their carriage after the service. “Olivia Herbert, what were you thinking? Laughing in church! What a common, hoydenish thing to do.”

Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree fromUniversity and wrote computer software before turning to writing fiction. Ten years, twelve books, three Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision. Her books have won the NEC Reader’s Choice Beanpot Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA’s RITA Award. Since she never won any prizes in math, she takes this as a sign that her decision was also a smart one. Vi
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Monday, April 4, 2016

Review of Highland Awakening by Jennifer Haymore

This is only the second book I have read by Jennifer and I will be buying the rest of "The Highland Knights" series to add to my TBR list.  A wonderful story of adventure, romance, and true love.  

Lady Esme is a socially awkward young lady who doesn't like the requirements of going out into Society and finding herself a husband.  She has a secret that if it came out would ruin her and cause a scandal that would hurt her family.  She is content and has no wish to venture out of her comfort zone.  So she agrees to marry a nice man that she has known her whole life.  They will have a normal Ton marriage, see each other occasionally at the dinner table and maybe once a month in bed, in the dark.  Which is just fine with her.
And then she meets Cam McLeod,  a rough and tumble Scot who scares and attracts her at the same time.
She doesn't know what to make of him.  He is bold, brash, strong and very good looking.  Cam is attracted to her but doesn't exactly know what to do about it.  He has issues from his past that involve his whole family.  He has sworn that he will never marry after seeing how his father treated his mother.  But he really wants her in his bed and it seems Esme wants that too.

While they are trying to figure out how they feel about each other, there is someone trying to murder the Highland Knights.  One of them is dead and another near death after being attacked.  Who is trying to kill them and why?

A very good book with lots of passion, mystery and drama. If I had to have one criticism of the book it was that Esme was a little too wishy washy at times.  But overall it is a good story that you will enjoy reading.

Received a complimentary copy from Netgalley for an honest review.

ARC Review of Good Dukes Wear Black by Manda Collins

Manda Collins has done it again.  Another Breathtaking romance in the series "Lords of Anarchy".  I have read the previous two and loved them both, but I think this one is my favorite.  

Ophelia is a feisty, independent, stubborn young lady who does the unthinkable in that she writes articles for a newspaper.  Her mother is determined to marry her off to the most boring unappealing man because he is the son of her best friend.  

The Duke of Trent is a gentleman to the core.  He is an ex-soldier and just getting used to being a Duke.
He is handsome, honorable and is now the new Leader of the Lords of Anarchy club.  He is determined to repair the reputation of the club and is prepared to expel any member who does not meet his standards.

Trent knows who Ophelia as a casual acquaintance because his two best friends are married to her best friends.  When a fellow female writer gets carried away by two hulking brutes to a mental hospital she is determined to find out who and why.  She confronts the lady's husband at a ball and soon finds out he is a member of the Lords of Anarchy.  Trent intervenes and the sparks start to fly.

Trent is determined not to let this be linked to his club but he is also concerned about Ophelia going out on her own to try to find the culprit who is behind this injustice.  So begins the adventure.

Manda writes an exciting story with a great mystery to solve.  A powerful romance with marvelous sensuality, witty fresh dialogue and a really nasty villain. This is truly a excellent read and I would recommend this to you as a stand alone story or if you have read the previous books in the series.  I have all of Manda's Historical Romances, they are keepers.

Received a complimentary copy from Netgalley for an honest review.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

ARC Review of Suddenly In Love by Julia London

The first thing I need to say is that I very rarely read Contemporary Romance, I prefer Historical Romance. That said, I love Julia's Historical Romances so much I decided to try one of her Contemporary novels.  I am glad I did.  I already know what a wonderful writer she is, her stories are so original and her characters are strong, confident people who have their own special quirks and flaws that make them so lovable.
This story is about two people who think they have found at long last someplace they belong and can escape the life that was dragging them down.  Brennan is trying to start a new life out of the limelight and Mia is finally doing what she has always wanted, use her artistic talent.

Sparks fly when they first meet, and the sexual tension is palpable. Is this relationship what they were looking for?  Will it all blow up in their faces when Brennan real identity is uncovered?

Since I do not do spoilers in my reviews you will have to read this one for yourself.  Believe me it is worth it.

Received complimentary copy from Netgalley for an Honest Review.