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.



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THE WINDHAM BRIDES SERIES

THE TROUBLE WITH DUKES, #1
TOO SCOT TO HANDLE, #2
NO OTHER DUKE WILL DO, #3


EXCERPT

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.”

MY REVIEW

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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Monday, July 24, 2017

Review of Lady Be Bad By Megan Frampton


A lovely story of two people who are opposite in situation and temperament who find themselves falling in love with each other.  Lady Eleanor has just been told by her father that her future husband has been chosen and she must marry him to help pull her family out of the scandal of one of her sisters running off with the dancing master.  She is to marry Lord Carson.  The problem is that she is attracted to Lord Alexander, Lord Carson's younger brother.  Alexander is a devil make care rascal who loves his older brother and will do anything to make him happy.  His father has no respect for him because of a mistake he made when he was younger.  All Alex has ever heard is that he is useless and he has no potential to be a productive member of Society.  Can Eleanor and Alex be together without causing pain to their families or can they find a way to help to make everyone happy?.
I liked that Eleanor didn't just do what was expected of her.  She is determined to take charge of her life and Alex is the man she wants.  Alex gradually realizes that he is capable of so much more and he wants to prove to his father, brother and Eleanor that he is a grown man who knows what he wants and he wants his brother to he happy and Eleanor to be his.
Megan writing is smart, witty and her plots are intelligent and her characters are wonderful, sensual and likable.  Alex and Eleanor are perfect for each other.  There is no hemming and hawing, or misunderstandings that sometimes plague romance novels.  They are both strong and honorable and know how they feel about each other.  A very nice romance that you will enjoy.
Received complimentary copy for an honest review.