Review: A Gentleman’s Bidding (The Scarlet Salon #1) by Jean Wilde

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A Gentleman’s Bidding by Jean Wilde

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Buy Link

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Blurb

Miss Emily Price is in desperate need of funds. With her family estate mortgaged and her young brother not yet of age, it falls to her to save her family from financial ruin. What is a lady with no title or connections to do? Auction her virginity at one of London’s most notorious brothels.

Heir to a baronetcy, James Hughes has always been caught between two worlds. His fortune and education help him pass for a member of the ton but his career as an engineer and his family ties stop him from actually becoming one. Quiet and serious-minded, he knows he needs to marry into the peerage for his sake, as well as, his family’s. But when he finds himself by chance at an auction in London’s infamous Scarlet Salon he throws his ambitions to the wind to bed the lovely Miss Price.

It doesn’t take long for Emily to lose her heart to her dry-humoured, generous benefactor. But when their affair goes public in one of the most scandalous newspapers in town, Emily must decide if she must cast her feelings aside and leave James to pursue his societal ambitions, and James must decide if family and duty are worth giving up the chance of love.

Scandal, manipulation and ambition hinder the lovers’ path to happiness. Only they can decide if love is worth fighting for.

My Review

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review

I love a book full of good scandal like this! This is one of those that you never dought if they will end up together, but you wonder what will happen along the way to cause problems. I loved that this was so different from most with the virgin action and that it wasn’t a rescue story like most. They hid their relationship but also didn’t in a sense because it was clear to everyone there was something there. I never expected to like Mr. Turner, but I did and I loved the whole story with him. I also didn’t see the twist of the paper coming and who was behind it at all. That was a surprise that added to everything.  I also loved his family especially he father who was not what you expect.

Emily doesn’t do anything without a plan. I loved that she was not shy and wasn’t going to back down from her plan. She always put others first and was determined to pay off the debts and then find justice. I loved how she embraced scandal and became the green lady.

James means it when he says that he doesn’t care for society. He was a refreshing person because of how he broke the rules and did what he wanted. I loved him from the start because it was clear why he had to have her. He was so torn about what to do and it was so sad to see him struggle.

I can’t wait for more of this series and hope that his sister gets what she wants. I also hope her friend finds happiness.

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Continue the journey of the Brides of Blessings with Mimi Milan’s Dueling the Desperado. Another strong woman is trying to find her own way and love is the last thing on her mind. If you’ve read The Blessed Bride, Blessed Beyond Measure, and Hell-Bent on Blessings then you will love this one and want to continue the series.

About the Book:

“This place is too dangerous for a face like yours.”
“I feel as if I’ve heard those words before.”

It’s been several years since Araceli Arroyo left behind the burning ruins of her family’s hacienda in New Mexico for a new start in California. Despite the time that’s passed and all the loss she’s suffered, the painful memory of war is like fresh paint on a blank canvas. Perhaps that’s why the prints she creates always hold a touch of sadness. However, she’s determined to produce something new – a masterpiece that will inspire the folks in the growing town of Blessings. Could the new hire at her father’s sawmill help her do that… or will the secrets he carries destroy them both?

From Texas to New Mexico, problems stick to Miguel Santiago like stink on old fish. Hoping to shed his old life, he’s thankful for a friend’s invitation to start anew in a place where he can be anyone – literally. Operating under the alias of Michael St. James, his fair looks and country twang allow him to pass as any other American cowboy in search of California’s promise of golden opportunities. Could the family he’s always wanted also be part of the prospect… or will the woman of his dreams discard him like her dried jars of paint when his past is revealed?

A story of desire and deception, dismay and deliverance, hearts burn as bright as the summer sun setting on the golden California coastline in this classic western.

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An Earl in Wolf’s Clothing (Rules of the Rogue #1) by Emily Windsor

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An Earl in Wolf’s Clothing by Emily Windsor

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Buy Link

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Blurb

A pursuit is underway…
From the hallowed halls of London’s Almack’s to the unkempt taverns of Drury Lane, from whispered words in glittering theatres to seductive kisses at Vauxhall Gardens – an earl must pursue his lady.

Propriety be damned. Anything is allowed. But for success, the Earl of Kelmarsh may have to enact the Rules of the Rogue…

A resolute lady.
Miss Sophie Beckford escaped to Ireland after her almost betrothed broke her heart. Now a year later, she’s back in London – stronger, better attired, armed with her cousin and determined not to fall for the blackguard’s wiles again.

A desperate gentleman.
What’s an earl to do when his almost betrothed refuses to speak to him, hear him out or even look at him after a misunderstanding of gargantuan proportions?

With dubious assistance from a roguish marquess, a strait-laced duke, and even the occasional poet and famous actor throwing in their sixpence, the earl will try any ruse, any rule in the book to recapture Sophie’s heart.

Failure is not an option.

A sensual Regency romance with warmth and wit.

My Review

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

I was hooked from the start with what happened that night and couldn’t put it down. I love the bits of comedy in this story because it made everything feel real. From the rules to her cousin’s curses I was laughing. I loved every character and how they all interacted with each other with teasing and planning. When they were on the boat I could picture everything happening. The secondary romance blooming between her cousin and the duke was a great bonus and hope to see them again. The ending was perfect even though it left me wondering if the guy was dead or not.

Sophie came back from Ireland stronger than before and ready to fight. I loved that she didn’t hide and wasn’t going to be left behind either. She knew exactly what to do to get a man to let go of her. I loved that she didn’t instantly forgive and forget.

Bram was living a life he didn’t want and it cost him his future. I loved him right away with the plan he had to win her back and then everything he did. He was great at every turn no matter what bad advice he followed. I loved that he could use a sword and have him the sword pictured perfectly.

I hope to see the others again.

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Random Friday: Book Buy Habits Tag

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It’s Random Friday and today is the Book Buying Habits Tag! I found this at Life of a Female Bibliophile

Where do you buy your books from?

I get most of my books from Amazon because I have prime and get ebooks most of the time.

Do you ever pre-order books and if so, do you do this in-store or online?

I just recently started pre-ordering some books. When I do it is online.

On average, how many books do you buy a month?

Hmmmm. Depends on my budget, but usually 2-5. I only use gift cards so that I don’t go wild.

Do you use your local library?

I haven’t been to the library since in years. Last time I went I was at that odd stage of too old for the kids books, but too young to go upstairs to the other books.

If so, how many do you borrow at a time?

I did find my card recently and hooked it up to the OverDrive app, but haven’t borrowed any yet.

 

What’s your opinion on library books?

They are great money savers and perfect if you aren’t one that wants to hold onto books.

How do you feel about charity shop/second-hand books?

I wish we had one in my town! I would love to get books from them.

Do you keep your read and TBR pile together/on the same bookshelf or not?

Yes. I don’t have many TBR books so I can keep it straight what it is what.

Do you plan to read all the books you own?

Yes. It may take forever because I keep getting more.

What do you do with books that you own and that you’ll feel you’ll never read/enjoy?

I don’t have any like that. I’m very careful about getting books that I will read.

Have you ever donated books?

Most of my books that aren’t ebooks are signed copies so I haven’t donated any yet.

Do you feel like you buy too many books?

Never!

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Miss Lucinda Parnell is out of money. A dismal failure at the Marriage Mart, she’d just as soon leave Society far behind. Desperate to earn funds to retire with her grandmother to the country, Lucy disguises herself as a man to gamble in London’s hells. But the Earl of Dartford, an Untouchable she never imagined speaking to let alone spending time with, is onto her in a trice. When he insists on acting as her protector, Lucy fears her chance to remain an independent woman is destined to go up in flames.

After losing his entire family, Andrew Wentworth, Earl of Dartford built a wall to keep attachments at bay. He believed he could keep Miss Parnell safe without compromising his defenses, but she’s exciting and irresistible. Their deepening relationship makes him even more determined to push her away. Nothing will stop him from trying to avoid reliving the anguish of loss. Love is the one risk he doesn’t have the heart to dare.

Review: Blessed Beyond Measure (Brides of Blessings #2) by Kari Trumbo

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Blessed Beyond Measure by Kari Trumbo

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋 1/2

Buy Link

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Blurb

Lenora Farnsworth’s family moves to untamed California, but will it mean the death of her dream to become a lawyer like her father?

Her father hires Victor Abernathy to protect the family. He’s just as foreboding as the land, but she’s drawn to him all the same. In gold-rush territory, she can be free of the restraints of Boston, but can she get past the rumors about his past enough to risk her future?

Victor is a displaced English heir, looking to make quick money panning for gold.

He’s never met a woman he couldn’t match, until Lenora. Whether it’s her rebuff, her beauty, or quick wit, he can’t keep away. He makes a wager with her—it’s his gambler’s nature—but he’s dealt a bad hand when his plans fall through. Lenora is a prize he can’t afford to lose, but when England calls, will he fold, or take his winnings and run?

My Review

This one will keep you guessing and wondering. I loved the back and forth between them and wondering when they would end up together. They were meant to be together and just needed Atherton Winslet to work his magic. I felt so bad for her mother because she just couldn’t take it. When Victor received that letter I held my breath because I had no clue what it would say. I cheered at the end.

Lenora was not going to be held back and wasn’t going to let anything stop her. I loved her right away because she didn’t keep quiet and she had plans. It took her awhile to open her heart up all the way, but many things had to happen first.

Victor had one plan when coming to America, but that changed once he got to know Lenora. I loved how he changed a bit over time to be more like her father believed him to be. He was more than what he appeared to be.

Review: The Siege of Lady Aloria (World of de Wolfe Pack) by Christina McKnight

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The Siege of Lady Aloria by Christina McKnight

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

Buy Link

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Blurb

Lady Aloria has experienced firsthand what balls, betrothals, and the ensuing betrayals can do to a woman. To heal her heart, Aloria’s aim is to simply survive her final grand ball before her twenty-fourth birthday, and hope that her parents finally come to terms with her spinsterhood and allow her to retire to the country in peace.

Unfortunately, Marcus Adair, the Duke of Wolfeton, has other plans for her future. In town to secure a bride, he has set his sights on Aloria, and no other woman will do. But after a chance meeting in a darkened hallway, Marcus realizes he not only needs Aloria in his life; he desires her above all others.

Can Lady Aloria forget her scandalous past to build a future with the Duke of Wolfeton?

My Review

I loved this one and couldn’t put it down. Sparks were flying with their first meeting and I was cheering him on throughout the story. Her parents are very different from most and truly want to see her safe and happy after everything that has happened. I loved that the person trying to put them together was not someone you would expect. Things worked out perfectly in the end.

Aloria is one of those heroines that many can connect with on many levels. She has put up with so much throughout her life for so many different people. I loved that she slowly came out of her shell and safe place to find happiness.

Marcus is someone that you will love instantly. He came for one reason, but quickly changed his mind and wanted to prove himself. I loved that he was ready to battle anyone that put her down and that he found his way.

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*This post contains affiliate links which means I may earn a small commission if you buy a book through my link. There is no extra charge and I use these funds to feed my book addiction and keep my puppy in sweaters and toys. I only post links for books I love.*Brides of Blessings Series

Not too long ago you saw my review for The Blessed Bride by Lynn Winchester and since I am loving this series and plan to read them all so I decided to feature it here. The first five are available to buy and pre-order right now.

This is series that I feel will be perfect for all readers and ages. They are sweet books that reflect each authors style and offer a wide range of characters, but all have one thing in common. They all have strong women that are trying to make it on their own. If you have been following me for awhile you know I love strong women in the books I read. These books also have an awesome matchmaker who loves his wife to the moon and back that loves to bring people together. These are all set during the gold rush which is something I love and know many of you will. Plus every single cover is gorgeous and makes you want to pick them up.

About the books available so far: 

lynn-wincherster-01-the-blessed-bride-final781554532.jpg Title: The Blessed Bride

Author: Lynn Winchester

Release Date: January 3, 2018

About the Book: Leaving Ireland for America, Patience “Pati” O’Connor has followed the trail of her heartbroken father west, to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With no money and a missing father, Pati has no choice but to settle down in a small, gold mining town of Blessings, California. Maybe the rough and tumble place could use a skilled seamstress…

Pete Jones has spent a lifetime fighting. Wounded in battle during the Mexican War, Pete is left with shaking hands, nightmares, and a sour disposition—but his new job protecting gold claims in Blessings just might be what he needs to kick the anguish of his past.

When Pati’s new business is robbed, she seeks help from the ornery yet honorable Pete, who doesn’t seem too keen on sticking his nose into her business. But Pete can’t seem to say no to the vibrant, fiery, oh so beautiful lass, which may spell trouble for his plans to stay lonely and single.

As the town begins to grow around them, and as trouble starts to slither in, Pati and Pete are desperate to find a love more valuable than all the gold in the mountain.

But can Pete be a man worthy of Pati’s love, and can Pati convince Pete she is destined to be his blessed bride?

Available Now: Amazon

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You can read my review by clicking this link Review: The Blessed Bride (Brides of Blessings #1) by Lynn Winchester to find out how much I loved it

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36663036Title: Blessed Beyond Measure

Author: Kari Trumbo

Release Date: January 24, 2018

About the Book: Lenora Farnsworth’s family moves to untamed California, but will it mean the death of her dream to become a lawyer like her father?

Her father hires Victor Abernathy to protect the family. He’s just as foreboding as the land, but she’s drawn to him all the same. In gold-rush territory, she can be free of the restraints of Boston, but can she get past the rumors about his past enough to risk her future?

Victor is a displaced English heir, looking to make quick money panning for gold.

He’s never met a woman he couldn’t match, until Lenora. Whether it’s her rebuff, her beauty, or quick wit, he can’t keep away. He makes a wager with her—it’s his gambler’s nature—but he’s dealt a bad hand when his plans fall through. Lenora is a prize he can’t afford to lose, but when England calls, will he fold, or take his winnings and run?

Aviable Now: Amazon

Connect with the author:

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I’m getting ready to read this one and I’m excited because she has a dream of becoming a lawyer.

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37547384Title: Hell-Bent on Blessings

Author: Heather Blanton

Release Date: February 14, 2018

About the Book: YOU KNOW MY STYLE OF WRITING—strong heroines who don’t mess around. They roll up their sleeves and get the job done. I love the stories of women who persevere and overcome, so you can imagine how much I enjoyed writing Hell-Bent on Blessings. It releases on Feb. 14 but you can pre-order TODAY!

Harriet’s worthless husband has snatched the world out from under her feet, and then gone and died on her, to boot. First, though, he left her in deep debt and facing foreclosure on the ranch that she loves almost as much as her own children. Livid, staring at bankruptcy and fighting hopelessness, she grits her teeth and comes up with a plan. Money, gold, and jobs are abundant in the boom town of Blessings, California. She’ll start over there, taking one step at a time to rebuild a life with her children, her financial independence, and her dreams of a new ranch.

God help the man who ever gets in her way again…

Jason Meredith, an old friend, has a few things he’d like to say to Harriet, especially now that she’s a widow. He might have better luck surviving a bear attack, though, than thawing her frozen heart. He’s got his work cut out for him, but Jason’s a patient man. At least, he used to think he was…

Pre-Order Now for .99: Amazon

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The title makes me want to read it and that she is bent of bent on starting over because of her dead husband.

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Title: Dueling the Desperado

Author: Mimi Milan

Release Date: March 7, 2018

About the Book: “This place is too dangerous for a face like yours.”
“I feel as if I’ve heard those words before.”

It’s been several years since Araceli Arroyo left behind the burning ruins of her family’s hacienda in New Mexico for a new start in California. Despite the time that’s passed and all the loss she’s suffered, the painful memory of war is like fresh paint on a blank canvas. Perhaps that’s why the prints she creates always hold a touch of sadness. However, she’s determined to produce something new – a masterpiece that will inspire the folks in the growing town of Blessings. Could the new hire at her father’s sawmill help her do that… or will the secrets he carries destroy them both?

From Texas to New Mexico, problems stick to Miguel Santiago like stink on old fish. Hoping to shed his old life, he’s thankful for a friend’s invitation to start anew in a place where he can be anyone – literally. Operating under the alias of Michael St. James, his fair looks and country twang allow him to pass as any other American cowboy in search of California’s promise of golden opportunities. Could the family he’s always wanted also be part of the prospect… or will the woman of his dreams discard him like her dried jars of paint when his past is revealed?

A story of desire and deception, dismay and deliverance, hearts burn as bright as the summer sun setting on the golden California coastline in this classic western.

Pre-Order now for .99: Amazon

Connect with the author:

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I’m really excited for this one because Mimi writes multicultural books and I wish there were more books like that out there.

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Title: Sweeten The Swindler

Author: Dallis Adams

Release Date: March 28, 2018

About the Book: To swindle a swindler is Jake’s idea of the ultimate revenge. His nemesis conned away his brother’s miner hat blueprints. In turn, Jake plans to woo his enemy’s bookish niece and then convince her to buy enough shares in Jake’s railroad ponzi scheme to bankrupt his nemesis’s miner’s hat business. Jake’s Trojan horse is a four-pound carnival trick dog.
Maxine Sweeten is a math whiz at keeping her uncle’s accounts on Pasley Miner’s Hats and dabbling in the stock market. She loves all God’s creatures.
When Jake brings Maxine the supposedly lame-legged terrier, she can’t help but soften toward the rugged stranger with his own emotional wounds that shadow his eyes. Once she realizes Jake is out to ruin both her and her uncle, she’s determined to discover why. His reasons open up a whole new bundle of trouble. What’s more, she must find a way to heal not only creatures from the forest, but Jake’s wild heart.

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You know I love bookish heroines so I can’t wait for this one.