Thursday, September 8, 2016

Review of If The Rogue Fits by Eva Devon

This is the second book in the "Must Love Rogues" Series.  Everytime Eva releases another book she surpasses my expectations.  I absolutely loved the heroine Margaret!!   She might be my favorite that Eva has ever written.  She is a tough no nonsense kind of young lady.  She is no beauty, she knows this because her father and sister have told her all her adult life. The only reason a man would want to marry her is for her 80,000 pound dowry.  She still goes to Society events because her Father forces her.  He has dictated that her beautiful younger sister cannot marry until Margaret does.  So she attends and usually just finds a place out of the way where she can hide from the fortune hunters until it time to go home.

Lord William Deveraux, Earl of Carlyle needs a wife now!  His father bankrupted the Earldom before he died.  William spent the last 10 years traveling the globe so he would not have to be in the same country with his wastrel father.  When he asks a friend to show him to the richest girl in the room, he gets way more than he asked for. This young lady is a shrew and a man hater.  William cannot afford to be picky so he sets out to catch an heiress.

Margaret is hiding in the conservatory when the most beautiful man she had ever seen came in and was calling her name.  She tries to avoid him but he is presistent.  They wind up dancing and in an outright fashion she tells him that she knows he is only after her dowry.  Just like every other man.  She is supposed to believe this handsome Lord wants her not her money...Ha...she turns around and leaves him alone on the dance floor.  

This is the beginning of a journey of self discovery for both Margaret and William.  Eva delves into the heart of the characters, their weaknesses and strengths, and allows the reader to take the journey with them.  Her writing makes me laugh and cry.  Her secondary characters are remarkable and all deserve their own books.  If you never read one of her books, this is the one you should start with.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Virtual Book Tour for My Fair Princess by Vanessa Kelly

First, Vanessa Kelly brought readers The Renegade Royals. Now, in a delightfully witty new series, she introduces The Improper Princesses—three young women descended from royalty, each bound for her own thrilling adventure . . .
Despite being the illegitimate daughter of a prince, Gillian Dryden is happily ignorant of all social graces. After growing up wild in Italy, Gillian has been ordered home to England to find a suitable husband. And Charles Valentine Penley, the excessively proper, distractingly handsome Duke of Leverton, has agreed to help transform her from a willful tomboy to a blushing debutante.

Powerful and sophisticated, Charles can make or break reputations with a well-placed word. But his new protégée, with her habit of hunting bandits and punching earls, is a walking scandal. The ton is aghast . . . but Charles is thoroughly intrigued. Tasked with taking the hoyden in hand, he longs to take her in his arms instead. Can such an outrageous attraction possibly lead to a fairytale ending?

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Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Her current series, The Renegade Royals is a national bestseller. Vanessa also writes USA Today bestselling contemporary romance with her husband, under the pen name of VK Sykes.

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Excerpt #1

    The bandit scum had killed Step-papa, his two bodyguards, and the young groom accompanying him on that fateful trip through the Gorges of Tiberio.  It was fitting that Gillian would deliver justice in almost the same spot where those innocents had breathed out their last moments of existence.
    Her brother cursed under his breath. “Gillian, this should not be your life."
    “Do I look like a proper young lady to you?”
    He cast a sardonic glance at her attire—sheepskin coat, buckskin breeches, and riding boots. “You could be. You’re an attractive, respectable-looking girl when you’re not disguised as a bloodthirsty ruffian.”
    “I thought you, of all people, would understand,” she said, exasperated.
   “I do, but if you continue along this course, it will take its toll. Killing always does.”
She managed not to flinch. “I don’t have a choice.”
  “There is always a choice, Gillian.
   She flicked her gaze back to Falcone, who was sitting on a rock as he smoked a pipe. He was also splendidly out in the open, but she had to get closer.
“There’s no point in discussing this. I’m doing it,” she said.
“No, I will—”
“It was my fault,” she hissed. “That’s why I have to do it. No one else.”
He frowned. “I don’t understand.”
She had to swallow before she could answer. “It’s my fault that my stepfather was murdered. I sent him straight into Falcone’s line of fire.
“So . . . it’s guilt that motivates you. Killing Falcone will likely be nothing more than an empty victory, if such is the case.” Griffin squeezed her arm. “As long as you continue to blame yourself, you will never find peace.”
She hoped to God he was wrong. He had to be wrong. “You are the most irritating man I have ever met.”
“So my wife informs me on a regular basis. 
Below them, Falcone knocked the tobacco out of his pipe and then hauled his formidable bulk to his feet. Gillian mentally cursed as he began to stroll over to join his men under the trees.
She turned and signaled to Stefano and his grandson. The old man pulled his pistol from the brace on his saddle, ready to cover her back.
“Griffin, help me or not, but I’m doing this now.” Before he could answer, she slung her rifle across her back and slithered away from the edge. As quickly as she dared, she crawled down the narrow, rutted path that ran along the rim of the gorge. If she stood, it was unlikely the men below would notice her, but she was taking no chances. Falcone had evaded her too many times over the years.
Her brother followed her. She could practically feel him seething with frustration, but he made not a sound. She had to give him credit—he was awfully good.
    A few feet short of her goal, Gillian held up a hand to halt her brother’s advance. She stole a quick glance over her shoulder. Just behind them Stefano crouched, his tanned, leathery features cast into shade by his broad-brimmed hat. Griffin’s expression registered shock at the sight of the old man so close, pistols at the ready. Stefano might be getting on in years, but he was still vital and strong. He could move like a ghost, silent and lethal, at her command.
After crooking a finger to signal Griffin to follow, Gillian wriggled up to the edge of the cliff. She cautiously peered over the rocks and saw the bandits under a stand of beech trees, their attention on their flasks of wine as they waited for the rabbits to cook over the open flame. Unfortunately, Falcone was half obscured by one of his men and was partly in shade. She would have to stand up if she wanted a clear shot.
She came up in a crouch and pulled the rifle from her back. She’d already checked it three times, but did so once more. The Baker was a fine weapon. It had belonged to a Hussar, and had a light, short carbine, which made it easier to handle. But it was less accurate than rifles used by sharpshooters. Although she could reload quickly if she missed her shot, she’d make an inviting target while she did.
  So get it right the first time.
Griffin came up beside her. He gave her a terse nod as he brought his rifle to bear on the men below. But he then sucked in a harsh breath when Gillian rose swiftly to her feet, taking aim at Falcone.
As bad luck would have it, an eagle soared right overhead, screeching out a cry. The men below automatically glanced up, directly at her and Griffin.
 Gillian fired. The shot echoed through the gorge in a deafening report. Another boom followed as Griffin fired a second later. Falcone stumbled against a low rock, roaring as he clutched his shoulder. Another bandit went down like a sack of grain tossed from a cart. The other bandits scrambled for their weapons.
“Get down, you daft woman,” Griffin barked, reaching to pull her away from the edge
Gillian evaded his grasp, sliding on the rocky scree and almost losing her footing. Still, she managed to recover and reload. Griffin did the same as he let loose a string of hair-raising curses. She yanked up her rifle, took aim, and fired again.     
A moment later, a bullet slammed into her shoulder, throwing her to the ground. The back of her head connected with rock, and pain exploded through her skull. Gillian lay there stunned, staring up at a sky that shimmered with a milky haze. Her ears rang with the sound of a thousand church bells.
Move, you idiot.
She couldn’t—not even one blessed finger

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Review of Stolen Encounters With The Duchess by Julia Justiss

The second book in the Hadley's Hellions Series is an beautifully written love story.   David Smith is a Member of Parliament and a commoner.  Faith is the widowed Duchess of Ashedon.  They used to be friends a long time ago.  One evening David is walking home and comes across low born drunks acosting a woman.  He goes to the rescue and drives away the thugs.  To his surprise the Lady is Faith, the woman he fell in love with years ago before she married a Duke.  He has always loved her and until this encounter on the street he thought he had locked away his feelings for her so deep that they would never emerge again.

This is not the same lady he fell in love with.  She is still beautiful but she seems sad and alot more timid then he remembers.  Her abusive husband is dead but she is still under the thumb of her mother in law and does not want to do anything that would result in her losing custody of her three sons.  The minute she realizes that David has feelings for her she is intruigued and wants to feel alive again. Will they take the chance at happiness or will David's honor and Faith's fear keep them apart.

Julia truly touches her readers with her compelling stories that capture the nuances of the class differences that existed and her historical research is spot on. David and Faith are truly admirable and remarkable characters that make this book a must read for anyone who loves a divine love story.

Recieved a complimentary copy for an honest review.

ARC Review of Dressed to Kiss by Madeline Hunter, Caroline Linden, Megan Frampton and Myretta Robens

A new Anthology from three of my favorite authors and one new author that I have never read before.  This is four separate stories of a Madame Follette's Dress Shop in London.  This is a fairly new concept in Historical Romance where different authors contribute a story that connects the characters in all four stories.
What is great about this is that you do not have to wait two years to read the sequel to a book where you really like the secondary characters because they are in the next story.  

For the price of one book you get amazing stories with their own hero and heroine.   

In "The Duke's Dressmaker", Madeline Hunter tells the tale of a woman who was wronged and misjudged by a Duke.  When said Duke enters Madame Follett's with his young sister-in-law he cannot believe his eyes.  It is the woman that tried to trap his younger brother in marriage.  Selina Fontaine is has finally found a place where she can do what she loves and the Duke can ruin all with just one word.  She never expects that he has no intention of destroying her security.  They are immediately attracted to each other and then the sparks fly.  This is quintessential Madeline.  Witty, sexy and a breathtaking love story with remarkable characters.

"A Fashionable Affair" by Caroline Linden tells the story of the lady who runs the shop.  She has taken over for her mother, Madame Follette and is trying to make it a success again.  But Felicity Dawkins has a bigger problem.  The Earl of Carmarthen has bought all the shops on the street and plans to demolish the whole block and Felicity isn't going to sell.  Felicity proposes a bargain with the Earl that she feels is fair to both parties.  Only spending time together has different consequences that neither has foreseen.  Caroline has done it again.  Her writing is amazing, scandalous and a joy to read. 

"No Accounting for Love" by Megan Frampton is the story of the brother of Felicity, Henry Dawkins who does the books at the shop.  Katharine Grant is a companion is to spoiled young lady who drags Katharine to the dress shop just so she can show Henry and she has grown up and is a beautiful young lady now. Only Henry doesn't notice her at all, he cannot take his eyes off Katharine.  Henry is a very handsome giant of a man.  He has always been self conscious of his size but when he meets the pocket size venus he is entranced and will do anything to make her his for the rest of his life.  Megan always tugs at my heart in her stories. Her writing touches me and her characters are beautiful and the love story alluring.

"The Colors of Love" by Myretta Robens is a new author to me.  I enjoyed the story she wrote for this book.  The plot being that an Aristocratic Gentleman using a pseudonym to write a column on fashion. When he sees a lady dressed in a ridiculously colorful ensemble at a soriee he is determined to find the dressmaker who made the dress and what her motive was for making a fool out of a Lady.  The hero and heroine, Simon and Delyth are delightful characters.  Delyth is flashy and vibrant and she pulls Simon into her world of color and he finds that he likes her prespective.

Received a complimentary copy for an honest review.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Review of My Fair Princess by Vanessa Kelly

This is the first book in a new series from Vanessa, "The Improper Princesses"  .  Gillian Dryden is the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Cumberland.  She was raised in Italy by her mother and grandparents. After her step father is killed by bandits in the hills of Sicily her grandmother decides it time to go home to England.  Gillian did not have a proper upbringing in Italy and is more comfortable in trousers than a dress.

When they arrive in England her Grandmother asks a distant relative the Duke of Leverton to help get Gillian ready for Society.   Charles the Duke is the most proper Duke in England and the most powerful.  Gillian and Charles clash from the start.  They both are strong, stubborn individuals who insist that the other is wrong.  It is a battle of wills that blossoms into something more.

Vanessa writes a truly lovely story with wonderful characters and lots of action and adventure for them.  I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the next one in the series.