Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Review of The Earl's Encounter by Wendy Vella

I discovered Wendy's books last year and I have read all of her Historical Romances and loved every one of them.  Wendy is a truly talented writer with a rare gift of telling beautiful love stories that are filled with humor, adventure, and mystery.

Joseph, Viscount Haddon had no idea when he met his betrothed on a cold morning in a cemetery that she would break their engagement and disappear from his life.  Now four years later while riding through the country on his way home he encounters a lone woman walking in the cold night accompanied only by a small ugly dog.  He is shocked to learn that this woman is his ex-fiancee who left him for another man.  He sees through her disguise. Why is she walking in freezing weather all alone?  Where is the man that she left him for? He insists on escorting her to where ever she is going and not let on that he sees through her disguise.  He is determined to get some answers.

Lady Millicent Lawrence has been on the run for four years.  She has gone from being Society's darling and the fiancee of a wonderful nobleman to barely making it alone in a world that has made her into a survivor.  She has lived hand to mouth and is now on her way to her new post as a Governess when she encounters a Gentleman who she thought to never see again.   Joseph doesn't recognize her and she just wants him to go away.  She is not the same woman that he was engaged to.  She has done things to survive that she wants no one to know about, especially Joseph.

Milly is not the young romantic naive girl she used to be and Joseph is not the trusting starry-eyed young man he used to be.  Joeseph is determined to find out what happened and Milly doesn't want him to dig deeper.  She was protecting him four years ago from a dangerous situation and still believes she did the right thing.  When he finds out why she disappeared he is hurt and angry that she didn't come to him for help.  Will Milly tell him the truth?  Can Joseph forgive her?  They loved each other once, can they find love again?

I absolutely loved Milly and Joseph.  They are both strong characters who have lost their faith in love and their own judgment. There also is heart-stopping peril that they must face to be together again.  Do not miss this book, it is wonderful.❤

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Review of How a Scot Surrenders to a Lady by Julie Johnstone

Write a story about a sizzling hot Scottish Highlander and a beautiful Scottish Lass and you have a page-turner that will keep you reading late into the night.  This is the 2nd book I have read from Julie Johnstone and I adored it.  Her writing is powerful and lyrical and her characters are so vivid that they practically jump right off the pages.  This book takes place in the Middle Ages before Christianity where there were all kinds of superstitions.  You had Beltane, Samhain and Seers were highly regarded and feared by most Scots.  

Cameron Macleod is a Highland Warrior who has been given the privilege of escorting the King's Mistress to the King.  He is glad to have something to occupy his mind because of what a Seer in his Clan revealed about his future.  She said he will betray everything he holds dear, his Clan, his family and his King for a woman. He scoffs at the Seer but deep down he is uneasy and is determined to prove the Seer wrong.

Sorcha Stewart hears of a plot to kill the King's Mistress and rides out to try to warn her, but she gets caught up in the fight between the assassins and the soldiers of the King.  She falls from her horse and is found by Cameron who now has to tell the King that his mistress is dead.  He knows this will mean his death and he decides to bring the girl he found in the woods to the King.   Maybe she can help find the traitors that killed the King's Mistress.  

Sorcha has no memory of the attack or anything of her life.  Cameron feels familiar to her and doesn't know why.  There is an instant attraction between them that scares them both.  The interactions between them are intense and they can't seem to help themselves.  Is Sorcha the woman the Seer warned him about?  He finds himself protecting Sorcha against his brothers and his king.  He is determined to find the traitors and prove that Sorcha did not have anything to do with it. Can Sorcha and Cameron have a HAE? 

I highly recommend this book.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Review of A Counterfeit Heart by K.C. Bateman

This is my first K.C. Bateman Book and I really enjoyed this story.  She had me hooked from the beginning.  Her writing is so seamless, intelligent and stimulating that I was half way through the book before I even looked up.  Great character development with an intricate exciting plot.  

Richard is a Gentleman who has everything, money, a title, any woman he wants.  He is also a spy who has been trying to catch a Frenchman, Phillippe Lacorte, a counterfeiter.  He never expected that he would show up at his front door and that he was a she.

Sabine de la Tour is an artist who has used her artistic talent to become a counterfeiter to survive in war torn France.  Napolean is exiled and Sabine wants to leave her old life behind and start over.  She has a plan and Richard's cooperation is crucial.  

From the first meeting, they challenged each other.  I loved the witty back and forth. Richard and Sabine were perfect for each other.  Once Richard realizes that he doesn't want to live a life without Sabine he has to convince her that they could have their HAE.

This is the 3rd book in The Secret and Spies Series and is also a great stand alone story.  I will be going to Amazon to buy the first two in the Series.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Review of Secret Lessons with the Rake by Julia Justiss (Book 4 in The Hadley Hellions Series)

The fourth book in the Hadley Hellions Series is wonderful.  We finally have all the Hellions with their HAE.  Christopher Lattimar is the Rake of the group.  He enjoys the ladies and they enjoy him.
He is now the only Hellion not married and feeling a little left out.  He knows that if he decides to get married it will have to be a lady who has a sterling reputation and will be able to become adept at hosting political dinners and hold her own in intellectual conversations.

Ellie Parmenter is a lady who at 18 was sold to a man thirty years older as his mistress by her father to get out of debt.  Now that her protector is dead she is determined to make a difference in the lives of the young woman who have no resources or anyone to help them.  She opens a school to help indigent woman a place to live and learn a trade.  Ellie will never become another man's mistress again.

Christopher always had a secret crush on Ellie when he saw her out in Society when he was younger. He knew that she was terribly unhappy but could do nothing to help her while she was under another man's protection.  Now that she is free he cannot seem to stay away from her.  He sees it as his responsibility to protect her from other Gentleman who would insult or press their attentions on her. She is adamant that she will never be another man's mistress again and he cannot marry her.  There is such a powerful attraction between them, the chemistry sizzles and makes it impossible for them to keep their hands off each other.

The crux of their dilemma is that Christopher needs a wife who can help him politically, but he knows that only one woman can make him happy.  Can they overcome the obstacles to their happiness and follow their hearts?

Julia has concluded the Hellions Series is a spellbinding, heartwarming, beautiful story of two people who will have to examine their hearts.  The journey that Julia takes us on is worth every second of reading their story.  I loved this book!!!

And now I would like to introduce the Author of this Amazing book!

Welcome, Julia Justiss to The Reading Wench. 

Julia, can you tell your readers how you came up with The Hadley's Hellions?


It’s breathtaking to realize that it’s been almost twenty years since my first story, THE WEDDING GAMBLE, went into print.  Sarah Wellingford, the heroine, had a large family, but at the time, the editors for Harlequin Historicals weren’t keen on having a series of books that featured other family members or friends.  Bringing connected books out back-to-back was considered the best way to market a series, and with so many writers doing stories for the brand, it was difficult to schedule a single author several months in a row.

So after GAMBLE, I wrote other books, returning now and then to do another Wellingford family or friend.  (There are now five novels, THE WEDDING GAMBLE, THE PROPER WIFE, A MOST UNCONVENTIONAL MATCH, FROM WAIF TO GENTLEMAN’S WIFE, SOCIETY’S MOST DISREPUTABLE GENTLEMAN, and a novella, .)  When I wrote WAIF, Davie, a plucky farmer’s orphan who helps rescue the heroine from the villain, so impressed the hero that he decided to become the boy’s sponsor.  I knew Davie would grow up with ambitions to enter Parliament and help change the nation, and that one day I’d have to write his story.
Over the years, the thinking about publishing a series of books changed (because readers love them, don’t we?) and the editors encouraged us to write linked books.  I worked first on my Ransleigh Rogues, and then decided it was time to tell Davie’s story.
Although technically, his book links back to the Wellingford books (his heroine, Faith, is Sarah’s youngest sister) I also wanted him to have a series of his own.  But Regency Romanceland is populated by dukes and marquesses and duchesses and earls, not by humble farmer’s orphans.  I knew Davie would need to be part of a group whose leader was an aristocrat, albeit a disenchanted one.  
So Giles Hadley, estranged son of an earl came to life, the leader who gives his name to the whole group.  All the rest would need to be of aristocratic stock, too, but have some reason not to have fallen in with the comfortable complacency of their peers, oblivious to the needs and problems of anyone not born to their rank. So came Ben, bastard son of an earl and a governess, and Christopher, technically legitimate but suffering all his growing up from the taunts of his schoolmates about his immoral mother.
Wanting to insure his children never suffer the same fate, when Christopher (reluctantly) decides it’s time to look for a wife, he knows one of his chief requirements is a woman of impeccable reputation.  Unfortunately, the woman he finds most compelling, a young friend of his mother’s who was formerly a courtesan, is neither wealthy nor considered virtuous.  In fact, she would be nothing but a detriment to a man aiming for an illustrious career in Parliament.

But convincing his heart to abide by what his head tells him turns out to be far more difficult than Christopher imagined.  I hope you’ll enjoy Ellie and Christopher’s story!

Thank you, Julia!!!!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Review of A Rake's Guide To Seduction by Caroline Linden

I read this book when it was first published and it was a pleasure to read it again.  Anthony is a great character, a man who has the reputation as a rake and believes that he is not worthy of the love of his life.  Celia is a widow who has known Anthony a long time and knows that he is a good man but she has lost confidence in herself in the years that she was married.  They have a second chance at their own HAE. Will they have the courage to try?

Caroline characters have depth, intelligence, and a solid moral core.  Anthony is honorable and Celia is strong, and they are better together than apart.  That is what I loved about this story.  Everyone deserves happiness and Caroline knows how to feed your craving for an absolutely wonderful love story.
Received a Complimentary Copy for an honest review.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Release Day Blitz for When A Scoundrel Sins by Anna Harrington

Six years ago, a childish prank perpetrated by the reckless Quinton Carlisle ruined Annabelle Greene's reputation and any chance she had at securing a successful marriage.  Incensed, she moved to her beloved estate on the Scottish border and has reveled in the solitude...until now when the contents of a family will are revealed.  Suddenly, Belle's single status may cost her the only home she's ever known.  Now, with her only marital prospect a horribly greedy and completely undesirable man, Belle knows just the person to rescue her-the one person who owes her for his bad behavior...

There's nothing Quinn Carlisle wants more than to get out from his older brother's shadow and make a name for himself abroad. So when a mysterious letter arrives, promising adventure, he rushes to the Scottish border...only to find that Belle laid a trap for him.  The awkward, shy bluestocking whom he so enjoyed tormenting is gone, replaced by a graceful, elegant woman who ignites a desire in him he can't resist.  Can Quinn help her save her home-and win her heart in the process? 

“You look much more like your father now,” she commented, nervously licking her suddenly dry lips but only serving to draw his attention to her mouth. Which made her even more nervous, so nervous that she couldn’t stop the trembling of her fingertips as they wrapped into the skirt of her night rail. “But you’re still a troublemaker.”
A faint smile played at his mouth. “And you’re still a bluestocking,” he countered. Unintentionally simmering a slow heat low in her belly, he reached up to tuck a stray curl behind her ear. “Still retreating to the sanctuary of your library.”
“Because books are usually more pleasant than most people,” she answered, swallowing hard when he trailed his fingers down the side of her neck. She forced out, not at all as firmly as she’d hoped beneath the soft touch of his fingers,
“And more trustworthy.”
Ignoring that jab, he slid his hand lower to let his fingers play at the edge of her shawl. “Yet there are things that people can do that books can’t.” His fingers tugged gently at the shawl and pulled it down her shoulder to reveal the scooped neck of the nightdress beneath. His gaze flicked to the small patch of revealed skin at the base of her throat, then back to her eyes. “All kinds of interesting things.”
She should stop him, swat his hand away, shove him back—but she couldn’t bring herself to do it. Just as she couldn’t hold back the hot shiver that swept through her or the gooseflesh that formed on her skin. His touch was proving to be as equally intoxicating now as that night six years ago.
“Then I have no interest in learning them,” she countered, although from the way her blood hummed, her body was very interested.
Madness—that after what he’d done to her, she could ever want to be in his arms again. Yet she desired just that, although that could never happen. Kissing him once had ruined her reputation. Kissing him again might destroy her entire future.
She thrust her chin into the air. “I know of your reputation.”
“Thank you,” he half purred.
His finger hooked beneath the wide shoulder strap of her sleeveless nightgown and slid it slowly down her arm. But this time, with a stretch of bare shoulder revealed to his eyes, he didn’t bother feigning propriety by looking away and instead flamed a prickling heat beneath her skin everywhere he gazed.
She pulled in a deep breath to steady herself. Oh, why did she always go light-headed when she was alone with him?
“That was not meant as a compliment.”
“Wasn’t it?”
Anna Harrington fell in love with historical romances--and all those dashing Regency heroes--while living in London, where she studied literature and theatre. She loves to travel, fly airplanes, and hike, and when she isn't busy writing her next novel, she loves fussing over her roses in her garden.


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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Review of Once A Rebel by Mary Jo Putney

Mary Jo Putney is one of the Historical Romance Authors that got me addicted to Historical Romance years ago.  I have learned more about World and American History reading Historical Romance Novels than I ever did in school.  This story takes place during The War of 1812.  From England to the new United States of America and back to England. 

Lord Richard Audley and Callie Brooke grew up as neighbors and are best friends.  Fate has plans for them that will separate them as young adults and reunite them years later in America during a war.

Callie is in Washington when the British attack.  She sends her family away and stays to protect her home.  Just when she thought her life was over a hero emerges and saves her.  Only her savior is not a stranger, it's the boy grown into a man and he isn't dead like she was told.  

Richard is in America to rescue a British Widow and bring her back to her family in England.  Only this is no ordinary woman, it's Callie, the only person he has ever loved.

This book is non-stop action from the very beginning.  This story is about friendship, redemption, and a love that grows through life threatening acts of bravery and heart stopping danger.  Mary Jo writes with a unique style that has made her one of the best in the Historical Romance Genre.  Strong intelligent characters with honor ingrained are her hallmark.  This is the 2nd book in the Rogues Redeemed Series and I cannot wait for the next one.  I highly recommend this book.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Review of The Lady's Guard (Sinful Brides Book 3) by Christi Caldwell

Christi Caldwell is absolutely an amazing Historical Romance Author.  She is one of the most prolific writers today and I wish I had the time to read all her books.  I have read all three books in this series and can only say that I can not pick a favorite.  I loved them all.  Christi has the unique talent of pulling you into her stories and keeping you immersed to the very end.  She knows how to tug at your heart strings and I have to admit that I cried while reading this book.  Her characters are so human.  Their flaws and quirks make them special.  In this story, the big strong hero is the one hiding all his insecurities and the aristocratic debutante is strong and determined.

Niall Marksman is a St. Giles native who was given into the hands of a nasty crime lord when he was an infant.  He grew up hungry, cold and had to kill or be killed to survive.  He is low born, scarred and will protect what is his with his dying breath.  He values loyalty of above all else and when his adopted brother Ryker asks him to go to Mayfair and protect his half sister from danger, he balks but eventually agrees and leaves the safety of the gambling club and ventures into a world that he loathes.  He has no use for the Gentry, they care only for what they have and could care less about anyone or anything that would interfere with their pleasures.  He never expects to meet someone who will turn everything he has ever believed into dust and change the course of his life forever.

Lady Diana Verney is a typical Duke's daughter.  Dutiful, meek, and obedient.  She knows that she must enter the Season and marry well, until the day her whole world falls apart.  Her mother, the Duchess is committed to Bedlam for plotting to murder the children of her husband's dead mistress. Her father is a shell of the man he used to be and she is convinced that she will go insane like her mother. Now a year later she is convinced that someone is trying to kill her and she cannot depend on her father to help her.  She contacts her half-brother to ask for help and he sends her his head of security from the Club he owns.  She has never met anyone like Niall Marksman.  She is fascinated and awed at how he has survived and thrived in the world that he grew up in.  As they are in each other's company every day they learn more of each other's world and begin to understand each other and develop feelings for each other that seemed impossible just weeks earlier.

This story has wonderful secondary characters from the first two books in the series and a truly evil villain.  This is an addictive book that you will not be able to put down until you finish it.  A deeply satisfying love story filled with a wonderful fulfilling plot and spellbinding writing.  I recommend this book with all my heart.  I will continue to collect Christi's books and will read every one of them even if it takes a lifetime.

Received a Complimentary Copy for an Honest Review.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Release Day Blitz of How To Marry A Marquess by Stacy Reid

About How to Marry a Marquess

Lady Evie Chesterfield is a darling of the ton who refuses to become engaged. She’s been desperately in love with her brother’s friend, Richard Maitland, Marquess of Westfall, since forever. But the dark, dangerous Marquess only sees her as a friend and refuses to marry any woman. When circumstances change and Evie has no choice but to take a husband, she decides to convince London’s most notorious gentleman to marry her by seducing the scoundrel.

Richard Maitland decided long ago that he wanted nothing to do with love. So when the gorgeous, off-limits Evie asks him for lessons in seduction, Richard knows he’s playing with fire. Despite Richard’s determination to protect her from his dastardly reputation, he is tested at every turn by his need for the infuriating, but enticing, Lady Evie. Before too long he is faced with making an impossible choice…

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About Stacy Reid:

I am an avid reader of novels with a deep passion for writing. From an early age, I started writing short stories for pleasure. I knew the dozens of romance novels I devoured were onto something when I met my husband at fifteen and fell in love after a week!
Life got in the way and I stopped writing for years. Then at the age of twenty-six with a degree in Human Resource Management, I decided to focus on my passion—writing. I especially love romance and adore writing sensually hot paranormal fantasy, historical and contemporary stories.
I live a lot in the worlds I create and I actively speak to my characters (out loud). I have a warrior way “never give up on my dream.” When I am not writing, I spend a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, watching Japanese Anime and playing video games with my love—Dusean.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Review of Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses by Lorraine Heath

Book 4.5 of The Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James.  Lorraine has written a novella that reads like a full-length novel.  This story is about Rexton's younger brother and Tillie's younger sister.  

Lord Andrew Mabry is the spare.  He lives on an allowance and does what he wants and has no responsibilities to speak of.  He has no intention of ever marrying.  He is an expert at loving and leaving the ladies.  

Miss Virginia Hammersley is an American Heiress who wants to fall in love and marry.  The only problem is that she is attracted to her sister's brother-in-law Andrew.  She knows that he is not the marrying kind but she can't stop thinking about him.  Andrew seems to have the same problem.  The more time they spend together makes it harder to remember that their lives are supposed to go in opposite directions.

This is classic Lorraine Heath.   A wonderful story of two people who know what they want out of life until they meet.   This plot is engaging and charming.  Gina and Andrew are amazing characters that you will love from the beginning.  There is no angst and misunderstandings that you sometimes find in romance novels, just a well-written love story that you will enjoy  I have read all 45 of her books and loved them all.  I purchase all of Lorraine's books in print form so I can save them and go back and read them over and over again.

Review of The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

A truly wonderful tale of a love that will make you laugh and cry.  This is a highly creative take on Beauty and the Beast.  A great start to "Girl Meets Duke Series". 

The Duke of Ashbury is a recluse since he came home from the war.  He was badly burned and disfigured.  His fiancee has broken off their wedding and he knows that it will almost impossible to find someone who will marry him, he needs an heir to his title and estate.  

Emma Gladstone is a brave, practical young lady who has made a life for herself on her own.  As a seamstress, she is living a precarious existence.   She arrives at the Duke of Ashbury demanding payment for a wedding dress that she made for his ex-fiancee so she can pay her rent and eat.  She is not afraid of the Duke, his temper or his appearance.  

Ashbury cannot believe that the young lady that has barged into his house has not gone screaming into the night after seeing his horrid visage.  He immediately proposes marriage.  She thinks he is touched in the head from his injuries and just wants her money.  When he shows up at the dress shop she works at and lays out the reasons for the marriage she agrees to his conditions and she becomes his Duchess.

The witty back and forth that they engage in was smart and hysterical.  I haven't smiled and laughed this much while reading in awhile.  Emma is an amazing character who sees beyond Ashbury's appearance to the man beneath.  His heart, his bravery, his honor make him a man she can love. Ashbury cannot seem to keep Emma at a distance.  She keeps breaking through his guard and he finds himself caring for her and giving her whatever she asks.  This is a breathtaking love story that will bring joy to your heart.

I have always liked Tessa's writing.  This book takes her writing to another level.  I absolutely loved this book from the first paragraph.  This story had it all.  Everything a lovely romance should have.  All I can say is I cannot wait for the next book in this series.  Tessa is one of my go too authors and all of her books are keepers.

Review of Traitor in her Arms by Shana Galen

The first book in the new Scarlet Chronicles Series is an action packed adventure with heart stopping peril, steamy sex, and a truly wonderful love story.  What would you have done if the Scarlet Pimpernel contacted you and asked you to go France during the revolution and steal a valuable piece of jewelry to bribe the warden to free a mother and her child?  Gabrielle has had to learn how to survive to keep a roof over her head since her husband died and left her buried in debt. She is strong, stubborn and fearless.

Ramsey, Lord Sedgwick is living a lie.  If he is found out he will hang.  Only one person knows his secret, a Madam who expects him to do what she wants whenever she wants.  Now she wants to know the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel.  Sedgwick, even though he has secrets is still a good and honorable hero who only wants to help his tenants and his family.

Gabrielle and Ramsey wind up reluctant partners on the journey to France.  Both keeping their secrets close.   They find themselves in lust with each other and give into their passions.  But is it just lust or something stronger.  They will have to trust each other with their deepest darkest secrets.

I am a big fan of Shana's writing.  The first book of hers that I read was "When You Give A Duke A Diamond", and I was hooked.  Her characters are strong and intelligent.  Her stories are not the same old romance plots.  This book is a perfect example of using historical events and weaving in a story that will enjoy till the very end.  This one is a keeper!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Review of An Earl by Any Other Name by Lauren Smith

Sometimes if you haven't read one of your favorite authors in awhile you forget how much you loved their writing.  This new Series takes place eleven years into the Twentieth Century.  A Large number of the English Aristocracy were on the verge of losing their fortunes and the land that has been in their families for hundreds of years.  Leo, Earl of Hampton will do whatever is necessary to make sure the legacy that his father almost destroyed will last through his lifetime and that of his children.  He has to find a way to invest in other ways besides land management and tenant farmers.  But to do that he has to marry an heiress above reproach who will never cause a scandal.  He just doesn't count on his widowed mother's house party plans that will reunite Leo with the only girl he ever loved.

Ivy Leighton is the daughter of a rich newspaper man.  A modern woman who wants the vote and will never marry and become someone's property.  She watched her mother, a servant who never had control over her life.  Even if she fell in love she doesn't know if she can give up her freedom.  The only man that she ever loved was a childhood friend who she hasn't seen since she was seven.  She remembered he was a cheerful young man who was always nice to her.  When they meet again as adults, he doesn't know who she is, and she is sad to see him so proper and joyless.

This is a wonderfully written story that you will truly enjoy.  Lauren is a talented author who has the art of word craft down to a science.  I sincerely love her writing and know that if you read this book you will too.   I highly recommend this beautiful love story.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Review of Just Another Viscount in Love by Vivienne Lorret

The newest addition to The Season's Original Series.  From the first paragraph, I was hooked.  Viv's writing is lyrical and enchanting.  This book brought a smile to my face that lasted through the whole story.  

Gemma is a young lady who has spent most of her life trying to escape from her father.  He is a criminal that forced her to help him cheat people.  She has finally back in England with her Aunt, but she cannot escape the notoriety of her surname.  She is ostracized by the Ton.  Her Aunt decides it is better to leave London and tour England.  All Gemma wants is a family to love, a husband and children.  

Samuel Wortham, Viscount Ellery hasn't had much luck finding a bride.  So far he has selected two women who happen to love someone else.  He doesn't really trust his judgment so he decides to host a house party and invite debutantes looking for a husband.  He doesn't count on finding a captivating woman while walking on is property.  He is smitten almost from the start.  She is intelligent, lovely, and has a sense of humor that is unusual in young ladies he has encountered before.

There is no brooding, uncertainties, or those misunderstandings that usually occur in some romance novels.  Gemma is a sweet and is never mean or petty.  Sam is a truly honorable man with a heart of gold.  They are made for each other.  Unfortunately, there are other young ladies at the house party who want Sam for themselves and will do anything to break the fascination between Gemma and Sam.

When Sam finds a necklace belonging to another lady at the party he is confused and cannot believe that Gemma is a thief.   His reaction convinces Gemma that he is just like everyone else and she doesn't give him a chance to think through the circumstances of what happened.  She assumes that he is thinking what everyone else does, that she is a thief like her father.  She thought he was different maybe she is wrong.  Brokenhearted, will she run or stay and fight for love.

Do not miss this one.  It is a lovely novella that will keep you reading until the last word.  It is great to see Ellery get his HAE.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Release Week Blitz and Review of Too Scot To Handle by Grace Burrowes

As a captain in the army, Colin MacHugh led men, fixed what was broken, and fought hard. Now that a titled gentleman, he's still fighting—this time to keep his bachelorhood safe from all the marriage-minded debutantes. Then he meets the intriguing Miss Anwen Windham, whose demure nature masks a bonfire waiting to roar to life. When she asks for his help to raise money for the local orphanage, he's happy to oblige.

Anwen is amazed at how quickly Lord Colin takes in hand a pack of rambunctious orphan boys. Amazed at how he actually listens to her ideas. Amazed at the thrill she gets from the rumble of his Scottish burr and the heat of his touch. But not everyone enjoys the success of an upstart. And Colin has enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin him and anybody he holds dear.





He’d taken care that this kiss be private, and thus unhurried.

Anwen liked the unhurried part exceedingly. Lord Colin held her not as if she were frail and fragile, but as if she were too precious to let go. His arms were secure about her, and he’d tucked in close enough that she could revel in his contours—broad chest, flat belly, and hard, hard thighs, such as an accomplished equestrian would have.

Soft lips, though. Gentle, entreating, teasing…
Anwen teased him back, getting a taste of peppermint for her boldness, and then a taste of him.

“Great day in the morning,” he whispered, right at her ear. “I won’t be able to sit my horse if you do that again with your tongue.”

She did it again, and again, until the kiss involved his leg insinuated among the folds and
froths of her riding habit, her fingers toying with the hair at his nape, and her heart, beating faster
than it had at the conclusion of their race.

“Ye must cease, wee Anwen,” Lord Colin said, resting his cheek against her temple. “We must cease, or I’ll have to cast myself into yonder water for the sake of my sanity.”

“I’m a good swimmer,” Anwen said. “I’d fish you out.” She contemplated dragging a sopping Lord Colin from the Serpentine, his clothes plastered to his body….

“Such a sigh,” he said, kissing her cheek. “If ye’d slap me, I’d take it as a mercy.”

“I’d rather kiss you again.” And again and again and again. Anwen’s enthusiasm for that undertaking roared through her like a wild fire, bringing light, heat, and energy to every corner of her being.

“You are a bonfire in disguise,” he said, smoothing a hand over her hair. “An ambush of a woman, and you have all of polite society thinking you’re the quiet one.” He peered down at her, his hair sticking up on one side. “Am I the only man who knows better, Anwen?”

She smoothed his hair down, delighting in its texture. Red hair had a mind of its own, and by
the dawn’s light, his hair was very red.

“No, you are not the only one who knows better,” she said, which had him looking off across the water, his gaze determined.

“I’m no’ the dallyin’ kind,” he said, taking Anwen’s hand and kissing it. “I was a soldier, and I’m fond of the ladies, but this is… you mustn’t toy with me.”

Everlasting celestial trumpets. “You think I could toy with you?”

“When you smile like that, you could break hearts, Miss Anwen Windham. A man wouldn’t see it coming, but then you’d swan off in a cloud of grace and dignity, and too late, he’d realize what he’d missed. He wouldn’t want to admit how foolish he’d been, but in his heart, he’d know: I should ne’er have let her get away. I should have done anything to stay by her side.”

I am a bonfire in disguise. “You are not the only one who knows my secret. I know better now too, Colin.” She went up on her toes and kissed him. “It’s our secret.”


Another wonderful novel from Grace Burrowes.  I loved that Anwen is a strong young woman who takes on responsibilites that most young woman would not dream of doing.  She is also flexible and takes advice when she needs to.  Colin is a Scotsman who is practical, honorable and finds himself fascinated by Anwen.  He is torn because he wants to return to Scotland but knows that he will be miserable without Anwen in his life.  

Adventures and mystery abound in this delightful Regency Romance.  I love Grace's writing.  I enjoy the calmness and the deep character development.  I do not get antsy and skip pages when I read Grace's novels.  I especially love the Windham Series and now I have to go back and buy the stories that I have not read yet. I truly enjoyed every word of this book and know you will too.



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