Friday, June 30, 2017

Review of Duke with Benefits by Manda Collins

The second book in the "Studies in Scandal Series" is a delightful read.  I am so glad Maitland and Daphne got their own story.  This story has a great mystery, a treasure hunt,  murder,  mayhem and a really nasty villain.

One of four young ladies to inherit an estate, Daphne is the mathematician who loves anything to do with numbers.  When a cipher that will lead to lost gold is found Daphne is the only one who can solve it.   She has always been an outsider to the world that she has lived in her whole life.  She doesn't mean to be socially awkward but her straightforward approach tends to rub people the wrong way.

Until she meets Dalton Maitland,  Dalton seems to understand her and is very attracted to her and would like to have a future with Daphne.  Daphne is perfectly willing to become Dalton's lover but she has no interest in matrimony.  Dalton will use all his Dukely wiles to convince Daphne to marry him.

Manda writes a fast paced exciting story that will have you reading non-stop.  Her characters are wonderfully witty and intelligent.  If you like adventure and a truly gorgeous love story, this is your kind of book.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Review of A Most Unlikely Duke by Sophie Barnes


This not my first Sophie Barnes Book, it's my favorite!!  The cover alone should sell this book!!  Raphe Matthews is an amazing hero.  Orphaned at a very young age by his father's suicide after his mother left him and his three young sisters.  Because of the huge debt left by his father he had no choice but to accept help from an unsavory character to survive and support his younger sisters.  Raphe is the perfect "Diamond in the Rough".   

After living for years in the slums of St. Giles he unexpectedly inherits a Dukedom and moves him and his sisters to Mayfair where they experience the attitudes and prejudices of the Aristocracy.  When he encounters Lady Gabriella Radcliffe he thinks she is just another spoiled young lady who has always had everything given to her on a silver platter.  He couldn't be more wrong.  Gabriella volunteers to help him and his sisters tutor them in everything that they need to know to become accepted members of Society.

As the story progresses Raphe and Gabriella spend time together and find themselves falling in love. 
Will they be able to make a life for themselves among the Ton?  What I love most about Sophie's writing is her characters.   They always have such depth that they practically leap right off the page. Add a well paced plot that is full of surprises that will make you smile throughout and you have the perfect Historical Romance Novel.  Do not miss this one!!