Friday, March 17, 2017

Review of Lord Valorous by Wendy Vella

This is the third book in The Lords of Night Street Series.  The reason I really like Wendy's books is the character development.  Her characters are just wonderful.  Poppy March is simply marvelous.  She is smart, stubborn, brave and beautiful inside and out.  Jacob, the Viscount Hatherton is a member of the Lords of Night Street.  They are a group of nobleman who investigate, rescue and help those in need.  They insist that they remain anonymous  and do not accept money.  They are determined to fight evil and protect those who cannot protect themselves.

Poppy arranges a meeting with the Lords of Night Street and Jacob is the one who shows up.  Poppy has been a companion to an elderly lady who has control of her late husbands money.  The heir to the title, a real slimy individual shows up and kicks Poppy out of the house.  She knows that he is going to kill her employer to get the money that he feels should be his. When she tries to help her employer Poppy is almost run over by a carriage,  pushed into the Thames and almost abducted off the street.  She enlists Jacob to help her but refuses to wait in the background.

Jacob is a war veteran who has seen and experienced horrific situations that have left him wary of letting anyone into his life.  He is the calm and logical member of the Lords of Night Street until he meets Poppy.
She makes him crazy.  She never listens, does what she wants, will not accept help and she is impossible to reason with.  He has never met a woman like her and is completely dumbfounded on how to deal with her.

It is hysterical watching Poppy confound and confuse a man who is always, as he believes,  in control of every situation.  He doesn't realize that deep inside he needs someone like Poppy to fill the hole in his soul.
Poppy is a Vicars daughter who grew up with 8 brothers and sisters.  She knows how to deal with stubborn men,  The witty and sometimes laugh out loud banter between the two of them is splendid.

I absolutely loved this book.  Wendy knows how to write a fabulous Historical Romance that is heartfelt, witty, and a joy to read.  The plot moves at a great pace with adventure, hair raising peril, and a love that will satisfy you to the very end.  I cannot wait for the next Lords of Night book that will feature cynical Leo, The Marquis of Vereton.

Review of Three Renegades and a Baby by Vanessa Kelly

Absolutely Wonderful!!  This novella is both a sequel and a Prequel.  In this story you meet Jack Easton, Marquess of Lendale attending a house party given by Chloe and Dominic from "Talk, Dark and Royal". When he arrives he meets other Renegades and realizes that Chloe and Dominic are cousins to another Royal Bastard who has lived on his estate for 20 years, Lia Kincaid, who you will meet in the next Book in The Improper Princesses Book.

This story is about an abandoned baby left in Chloe and Dominic's stable and which one of the Renegades will adopt the child.  The wives decide the best way to see who can care for the baby is to leave them alone with the baby without help from them or the servants.  To make it more interesting the ladies have picked Jack to judge the competition and he cannot tell the Renegades.

I laughed so hard my husband looked at me like I was crazy.  Reading about an infant that reduces three grown men into helpless panic was hysterical.  Changing her diaper, feeding her and then putting her down for a nap has exhausted the men and they wonder how women do this everyday.

This is vintage Vanessa Kelly, handsome powerful men that are defeated by a strong female, and this time it is an infant.  Who gets to adopt the little girl and take her home?  You also get a peak into her next novel and the hero Jack.  I loved this novella, it always great when you have a love story and laughter combined in an Historical Romance.  Do not miss this novella for the bargain price of 99 cents.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

ARC Review of The Secret of my Seduction by Caroline Linden

For over a year Bathsheba Crawford has had no time for relationships or love.  She was doing all she can  to keep a roof over her head, food for the table and taking care of her brother who is injured in the war.

Now she is writing risque stories called Tales of Lady X anonymously for Liam MacGregor who owns the newspaper the London Intelligencer. She now has money in the bank and is no longer poverty stricken.  The stories that she writes are sexually explicit. She's only had two experiences with bed sport, both of which were uninspiring and passionless.  She has had to use her imagination in her stories and she is running out of ideas.  She plans to ask Liam, who is a known rake and womanizer to help educate her in different aspects of lovemaking.

At first Liam refuses and Bathsheba says she will go find someone else.  Liam gives in and they plan their first rendezvous.  They are both surprised by the passion that explodes between them.  The sex is amazing and the feelings they develop for each other are intense and completely surprising.  After the three agreed upon meetings their affair ends.  They are both denying the feelings that have taken them both by surprise.

Can either one of them find the courage to express their feelings or will they remain just business partners? Will they let down their guard and embrace a life together?

Caroline writes a deeply sensual love story about two independent people who have a chance at a HAE.
Her writing is intensely moving.  Liam and Bathsheba are both compelling and wonderfully intelligent characters.  Even though this is a novella it has all the emotional impact and enjoyment of a full Romance Novel.  I adored this addition to The Scandals Series.  It is only 99 cents and well worth it.

Received a complimentary copy for an honest review.