Friday, August 12, 2016

Virtual Book Tour of This Earl is on Fire by Vivienne Lorret

The sheltered daughter of a country baron, Miss Adeline Pimm comes to London looking for adventure… and finds it in the form of a bloody, unconscious man slumped in the doorway of her family's rented townhouse. Though his identity is a mystery, Adeline is inexplicably drawn to the handsome, injured man and vows to nurse him back to health. 

Liam Cavanaugh, the scandalous Earl of Wolford, is startled when he awakens in an unfamiliar bed, wrapped in bandages that hinder his eyesight, with no memory of why he was beaten half to death. Although he can't see the witty young woman who tends to his wounds, her alluring voice--and a single stolen kiss from her soft lips--help soothe his pain. But when he is fully healed, Liam is not ready to let go of the one woman who stirs his deepest longings. 

Liam will do whatever it takes to see Adeline again, even if it means giving up his rakish ways. But his disreputable past is not so easily forgotten and his secrets are far more dangerous than he-or Adeline-ever imagined. 

Liam Cavanaugh grinned at the corrugated lines marking his cousin’s lifted brows. It wasn’t often that Northcliff Bromley, the Duke of Vale and renowned genius, showed astonishment.
Bending his dark head, Vale peered closer at the marble heads within the crates. “Remarkable. Even seeing them side by side, I hardly notice a difference. The fellows will be fascinated when you present this to the Royal Society at month’s end.”
“It was pure luck that I had the original as well.” Liam shrugged as if he’d merely stumbled upon the differences between a genuine article and an imposter.
Vale turned, and his obsidian eyes sharpened on Liam. “No need to play the simpleton with me. You forget that I know your secret.”
Liam cast a hasty glance around the sconce-lit, cluttered ballroom of Wolford House, ensuring they were alone. Fortunately, the vast space was empty aside from the two of them and a dozen or more large crates filled with artifacts. “By definition, a secret is that of which we do not speak. So lower your voice, if you please.”
No one needed to know that he actually studied each piece of his collection in detail—enough that he’d learned how to spot a forgery in an instant.
“Afraid the servants will tell the ton your collection isn’t merely a frivolous venture? Or that your housekeeper’s complaints of dusty urns and statues crowding each room would suddenly fall silent?” Vale flashed a smile that bracketed his mouth with deep creases.
Liam pretended to consider his answer, pursing his lips. “It would be cruel of me to render Mrs. Brasher mute when she finds such enjoyment in haranguing me.”
“She may have a point,” Vale said, skirting in between two crates when a wayward nail snagged his coat, issuing a sharp rip of rending fabric. He stopped to examine the hole and shook his head. “Your collection has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few months. So much so that you were forced to purchase another property to house it all.”
“The curse of immense wealth and boredom, I’m afraid.”
His cousin’s quick glower revealed that he was not amused by Liam’s insouciant guise. Then, as if to punish him for it, he issued the foulest epithet known to man. “You should marry.”
Not wanting to reveal the discomfort slowly clawing up his spine, Liam chuckled. “As a cure for boredom?”
Vale said nothing. He merely crossed his arms over his chest and waited.
It was a standoff now. They were nearly equal in regard to observation skills, but apparently Vale thought he had the upper hand.
Liam knew differently. He crossed his arms as well and smirked.
If anyone were to peer into the room at this moment, they might wonder if they were staring at matching wax figures. The two of them looked enough alike in build and coloring to be brothers, but with subtle differences. Vale’s features were blunter, while Liam’s were angular. And Vale’s dark eyes were full of intellect, while Liam’s green eyes tended to reveal the streak of mischief within.
“Marriage would do you good,” Vale said.
Liam disagreed. “You’re starting to sound like Thayne, always hinting of ways to improve my social standing.”
The Marquess of Thayne was determined to reform Liam into the ton’s favorite pet—the Season’s Original. In fact, Thayne had been so confident in success that he’d wagered on the outcome. What a fool.
“I never hint,” Vale said.
Liam offered his cousin a nod. “True. You are a forthright, scientific gentleman, and I appreciate that about you. Therefore, I will give you the courtesy of answering in kind: No. I should not marry. I like my life just as it is.” He lifted his hands in a gesture to encompass his collection within this room. “Besides, I could never respect a woman who would have me.”
Vale scoffed. “Respect?”
“Very well. I could never trust a woman who desired to marry me. Not with my reputation. Such a woman would either be mad or conniving, and I want neither for a wife.”
He’d nearly succumbed once, falling for the worst of all deceptions. After that narrow escape, he’d vowed never to be tricked again.
“Come now. There are many who care nothing for your reputation.”
That statement only served to cement his belief. If his despoiled reputation were the only thing keeping him far afield of the ton’s conniving matchmakers, then he would make the most of it. And the perfect place to add the crème de la crème to his list of scandalous exploits would be at Lady Forester’s masquerade tonight.
After all, he had a carefully crafted reputation of unrepentant debauchery to uphold.
Liam squared his shoulders and walked with his cousin to the door. “If the Fates have it in mind to see me married before I turn sixty, then they will have to knock me over the head and drag me to the altar.”
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Author Info
USA Today bestselling author, VIVIENNE LORRET loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two sons (not necessarily in that order … but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is an Avon Impulse author of works including: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone, The Wallflower Wedding Series, The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series, The Duke’s Christmas Wish, and the Season’s Original Series.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

ARC Review of If I Only Had A Duke by Lenora Bell

The second book in The Disgraceful Dukes Series is as sinful and exciting as the first in the Series, "How The Duke Was Won" (see my review on this blog).  

Lenora knows how to craft a wonderful tale of a Duke who hides his true self behind a facade of the decadent rake and the debutante who is a disaster in Society who hides her passion and strength.

Thea has a plan to get back to her aunt's cottage in Ireland where she can be herself and not ever have to worry about what other people think of her.  She has no plans to get married.  Her passion is finding lost paintings from female artists and introducing them to the world.  All she has to do is not to call attention to herself and she will packed off back to Ireland.  But you know what they say about best laid plans.  She didn't count on one stubborn, irritating Duke.

Dalton, the Duke of Osborne is hiding his true self behind a mask of ennui and lechery.  He has dedicated his life searching for the bastard that killed his younger brother because of his father's crimes.   He has to reverse the wrongs done by his profligate father who ruined many families and stop young bucks from bankrupting their legacy's. He has no time for a virginal young lady who wants, of all things to examine old paintings in the attic of his estate in Ireland.  He has vowed never to go back to the place of his younger brothers death. 

I really enjoyed the lively banter between Dalton and Thea.  Both strong characters that believe that the life they have planned for themselves is the correct one.  They are so wrong!!!  The adventure that takes them to Ireland is thrilling with lots of funny moments and witty banter.   Very steamy love scenes and a truly profound and captivating love story make this a must read for any Historical Romance fan.

Received complimentary copy from publisher for an honest reveiw.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Review of This Earl is on Fire by Vivienne Lorret

An amazing new novel by Viv Lorret.  This is the second in the Season's Original Series. I loved that Viv made Adeline slightly impaired with one leg shorter due to a complication at birth.  Her parents have always protected her and she is ready to stretch her wings and go to London for a Season.  She has lived in the same village her whole life and cannot wait to start her adventure.

Liam Cavanaugh is the Earl of Wolford.  He is rich, handsome and a connoisseur of ancient artifacts.  He is also a first class hedonist who lives a charmed life.  

The first morning after Adeline and her parents arrive at the town house they are renting in London they find a badly beaten Gentleman at their front door.  Of course they have no servants because the carriage that was carrying them broke down on the way to London.  But being from the country they are capable of helping take care of the injured Gentleman without any help.

When Liam wakes up he is in excruciating pain, disoriented and cannot see.  He doesn't remember what happened to him.  All he knows is that there is a woman who has a voice that draws him back from the nightmare of pain and darkness.

Adeline and Liam are both fascinating characters that would never have encountered each other in their lives.   Liam doesn't plan on getting married for another 30 years at least and Adeline does not want to be coddled and pitied.  She just wants to have some adventure before she goes back to the country to live out her life.

An outstanding historical romance with wonderful characters and a captivating plot with a surprising twist and harrowing adventure for Liam and Adeline.  A beautiful love story.  

Cannot wait for the next book in the series.

Received a complimentary copy for an honest review.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Review of The Scoundrel & I by Katharine Ashe

Being a big fan of Katharine's novels  I always anticipate that I will enjoy her books and this novella is another wonderful addition to her Historical Romance collection.

This story is a different take on the first meeting  in that the hero, Captain Anthony Masinter doesn't realize he has met the woman that will change his life and all Gabrielle Flood knows is that a stupid, careless man has cost her the job she loves and the means to help take care of her elderly grandmother.

Anthony Masinter, formerly of Her Majesty's Navy is weighed down with guilt over the death of his First Officer and is determined to offer himself on the altar of matrimony to take care of the widow and children.
He joined the Navy to get away from the family that made him feel insignificant and dumb.  He hid his most shameful secret all his life.

Gabrielle has been the sole support of her grandmother by working in a print shop.  She works hard and doesn't have much to show for it.  But she will do everything she can to make her grandmother's last days as happy as she can.   Running in Anthony Masinter puts her whole world in jeopardy and she has to find a way to correct her error before her employer returns from his holiday.  When Anthony finds out what he has set in motion he will not rest until he can make sure that Gabrielle is safe and secure.

Gabrielle wants nothing to do with him but Anthony will not take no for an answer and the sparks start to fly.
This is a lovely novella that tells the an orginal story that will lift your spirits and make you smile.  Anthony has never met anyone like Gabrielle and even though she knows his darkest secret she still cannot seem to stay away from him.

Katharine's novels are so well crafted and a joy to read that you will not want it to end.  I loved it!
Katharine crafts a wonderful novella that anyone who loves a divine Historical Romance will enjoy.