Thursday, March 9, 2017

ARC Review of The Truth About Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke

I absolutely Loved this book.  Laura Lee Guhrke is one of my all time favorite writers.

Henry Cavanaugh is the Duke of Torquil.  He is responsible, loyal, an outstanding landlord, a staunch member of the Tory party in the Lords and an all around perfect Gentleman who will do anything to protect his family..  Until the day his widowed mother's letter to a lovelorn advice columnist in a gossip rag is published and reveals that his mother is planning on marrying an Italian artist 17 years her junior.  Henry is determined to stop her and also he wants to get his hands around the neck of the mysterious Lady Truelove for encouraging his mother to this reckless decision.

When he arrives at the office of Society Snippets he encounters the owner and editor of the gossip rag, Miss Irene Deverill.  He has never met any woman who immediately puts him on the defensive and is not afraid of what he could do to her and her little gossip paper.  She is opinionated, rude, dismissive and to his dismay, beautiful.  Even though he doesn't like her he hasn't been this attracted to a woman since he was young and made the biggest mistake of his life.

Irene Deverill has no use for the Aristocracy.  Her mother was the daughter of a Viscount who was disowned when she married her father.  After her mother died her father fell apart and almost lost their only source of income, the newspaper that her grandfather had built.  She took over the business and made a success by changing the format from a regular paper to a paper that appealed to the rich by printing all the scandalous goings on of the Ton.  She has no intention of stopping or changing the format of her paper. Henry the Duke of Torquil immediately rubs her the wrong way and she has no intention of letting him boss her around.

This is the start of a tumultuous relationship that will prove life alternating for both Henry and Irene.  Irene is completely baffled by the way Henry conducts himself and his views on everything from  how he protects his mother and sisters to the right of woman to vote.  Henry has never met a woman like Irene and has no clue on how to reason with her.

Laura Lee writes a witty, fiery story of two people who have nothing in common but can't seem to stay away from each other.  The situations that they get into with each other are explosive, surprising each other with the feelings that they bring out in each other.  Henry tries everything he can think of to stay away from Irene, but he cannot seem to stop thinking about her and how much he has grown to want her.  The struggle that he goes through is deeply moving  and Laura Lee's writing captures the frustration and conflict that he experiences.   The social conventions of the time period that are so important to Henry mean almost nothing to Irene.  Will she be able to convince him that her way of thinking is the key to happiness or will Henry stick to his principles and never see her again.

This is a must read if you love an intelligent, powerful love story that will have you cheering until the end.  I have read everything Laura Lee has written and have saved them to all to read again and again.  She really knows how to keep you reading late into the night.  Do not miss this the first book in The Dear Lady Truelove Series!

Received a complimentary copy for an honest review.

Monday, March 6, 2017

ARC Review of When The Marquess Falls by Lorraine Heath

I absolutely love reading this prequel to the Hellions of Havisham Hall.  This is the story of George and Linnie.  The Marquess of Marsden and his childhood friend Linnie Connor, the daughter of the village baker.

George finally convinces LInnie on Christmas Eve to marry him.  They are so in love and enjoy years of being happily married.  When Linnie goes into labor with their fist child the delivery is difficult, she delivers a healthy son and dies in George's arms due to uncontrolled blood loss.  George is devastated by her death. He buries her under the branches of the tree where he first met her as a child.

She promised him that she would be with him forever and never leave him, and she doesn't.  He sees and talks to her everyday until he is an old man.  Then on Christmas Day he wakes up and hears her say "It is time love".  He walks to her grave and there she is as clear as day.  They are now together, spirits and soul mates for all eternity. She waited for him and now they can continue the journey where ever it leads them together.

This is a love story about two people who were meant to be together forever.

Lorraine writes a breath taking story that you will bring you joy and sorrow.  She will take you on a journey of devotion that you will revel in.  A truly satisfying novella that adds a wonderful beginning and ending to the Hellions of Havisham Hall.

ARC Review of Romancing the Rogue b Erica RIdley

Erica has written a lovey novella that will bring a smile to your face.  Two people who love each other but are from to different worlds.  Rebecca is a poor relation and considered a spinster.  She lives in a supposed haunted mansion where she spends most of her time alone.  Then her relative dies and the new owner wants her out so he awards her a 500 dollar dowry.  If she cannot find a husband in 1 month he will find one for her.  When Daniel arrives for the reading of the will he and Rebecca engage in a battle of wills that will either have a HAE or both will spend the rest of their lives heartbroken and alone.  Erica writes a beautiful story of redemption and a love story that I enjoyed very much.

Review of The Duke Demands by Anna Harrington

The first book in The Capturing the Carlisles is a fabulous read. 

The book starts off with Sebastian Carlisle coming home from a night of carousing to find out that the father he adored has died in an accident.  The guilt will be with him for the rest of his life.  While he was in bed with an actress his father was asking for him.  Now Sebastian is the new Duke of Trent and he is going to be a man that his father would be proud of.  He is going to take care of his mother and his brothers and find a suitable woman to be his Duchess.

Miranda Hodgkins is a neighbor and has known the Carlisles since she came to live with her Aunt and Uncle when her parents died.  As a child she and the two youngest boys, Robert and Quinton get into all kind of mischief.

Now Miranda is 21 and has been in love with Robert for years.  Of course he has no idea and just sees her as the little girl who was always underfoot when he was young.  But she is determined for Robert to see her as a woman who loves him.  So she schemes to sneak into his bedroom after the house party ends and seduce him. Once in his bedroom she drapes herself across his bed and waits for him.  The last night of the party was a masquerade so they are both wearing masks.  When he enters his bedroom and sees a beautiful woman in his bed he does what any good rake would do, seduce her. In the heat of passion she says his name, Robert..that's when the masks come off and she realizes it is Sebastian, the Duke and not his younger brother Robert.

The journey that follows will test their friendship with lust, longing and heartbreak.  Will Sebastian marry the perfect woman to be his Duchess knowing that he will not be happy with her.  Or will he give in the feelings that have developed between him and Miranda.  She makes him laugh, she understands him like no one else but is she Duchess material?

Anna writes a lovely story that is full of beautiful verse.  It is witty, will pull at your heart strings and the lovemaking will have you squirming in your seats.  I really enjoyed this book.  The interaction between Sebastian and Miranda will make you laugh and cry.  The progression of their relationship is enthralling and a joy to read.  I read this book in one sitting.  I highly recommend it to lovers of Historical Romance and cannot wait for the next book in the Series.

Received a complimentary copy for an honest review.