ARC Review: The Scandalous Widow (Gothic Brides #3) by Erica Monroe

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The Scandalous Widow by Erica Monroe

Releasing April 24, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

Scandal proves deadly in this dark, emotional Gothic Regency Romance

Lady Jemma Forster knows all too well how ruthless gossip-mongers can be. She sacrificed her own happiness to restore her family’s reputation. Her marriage of convenience to an affluent earl meant saying goodbye to passion, and any chance at love with the dashing lawman who set her soul aflame. She leads a sedate, practical life as the Countess of Wolverston. Until her husband is murdered, and the only man who can bring his killers to justice is her former love.

Bow Street Runner Gabriel Sinclair has spent the last three years trying to forget about smart, beautiful Lady Jemma, who broke his heart when she married his best friend. The Earl of Wolverston’s death thrusts Gabriel and Jemma back together, as they work to find his murderer. Their investigation takes them into the darkest, most dangerous parts of London, with threats coming from all sides. They’re perfect partners for solving crimes, but can they be partners in love too?

Previously released in It Started With a Whisper

My Review

As with all of Erica’s books, I’m hooked right away and there’s always a twist to surprise me. I loved the whole story surrounding their past and her husband sounded like a good guy. I was shocked by who the killer was, the reason for it and what he did afterwards. The note she found was definitely a scary surprise, but also sweet in a way. I loved seeing Claire and Felicity again and how they were involved with things. The scene with her and the woman that had information was a favorite along with the scene about the grave.

Jemma knew who to call for help with not just the murder, but her heart too. I loved her and how she couldn’t really lie and didn’t really care what others thought. She did really care about her husband and had a special relationship with him. I didn’t expect her to be a good fighter to when in trouble.

Gabriel has always loved her and it was no secret to most people. I loved that he understood her and her reasons for marrying her husband. He is one of those people that you want to be friends with no matter what.

I also love Lady X’s little scandals she wrote because it added to it.

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Review: Captain Rockford’s Reckoning by Susan Lodge

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Captain Rockford’s Reckoning by Susan Lodge

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Esmie Elstone is thrown into panic when she hears of Captain Rockford’s return. But she is determined that the days of him interfering with her life are over. Destroying her chances of a happy future on his last visit, had resulted in her being foisted on her Aunt for a third pointless season in London.

To alleviate the boredom of society life, Esmie helps run a discreet betting enterprise under the guise of a sewing club. But there are some things you just shouldn’t wager on, and Esmie’s integrity is soon put to a dangerous test.

Richard Rockford had known Esmie almost all her life. As neighbours, her father, Admiral Elstone, had depended on Richard to keep an eye on his daughter when he was away at sea – a responsibility he had always taken on willingly. But her cruel and thoughtless actions, from the day he had left four years earlier, had shaken him. Now, he was back, and he wanted answers.

But when Esmie tumbles into a treacherous conspiracy, can he really turn his back on her?

My Review

This was my first book by Susan Lodge and I couldn’t put it down and was hooked from page one! Were they going to kill each other or kiss? I never knew what was going to happen between them. I knew her past was going to come back and cause more trouble but didn’t expect the amount of trouble. It was clear to everyone that they were perfect for each other because they balanced each other out. I was holding my breath when she was being questioned and then when it came to what they planned. The proposal and ending were perfect and I didn’t see the twist with her friend coming.

Esmie was definitely on the wild side even when she didn’t mean to be. She lived with such guilt for so long that it was heartbreaking. I loved her right away because she didn’t mean to always cause trouble and she knew how to take care of herself. Once her eyes were fully open to everything she was free.

Richard was always looking out for her no matter what and he didn’t realize fully why. I loved him because he really cared even though he wanted to make her suffer at first. Nothing would stop him from keeping her safe and I wouldn’t dare try to stop him.

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Review: Blaike: Secrets Gone Askew (Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper #4) by Collette Cameron

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Blaike: Secrets Gone Askew by Collette Cameron

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Blurb

“Sisters-in-law to marquises and wards of earls do not marry uneducated bastards with empty coffers.”

In this fourth installment of USA Today bestselling author Collette Cameron’s Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper series, a roguish sea captain battles his attraction to a gently-bred hellion.

Captain Oliver Whitehouse has two goals:

1. Make the final payment on his ship
2. Exact revenge for his grandfather’s murder

He certainly shouldn’t interrupt years of planning to rescue a damsel in distress and see her safely to England. Nor should he foolishly entertain romantic notions about a future with the impulsive beauty. Even if she is the loveliest creature he’s ever laid eyes on, and only she makes him forget his past.

Blaike Culpepper once craved adventure and excitement. Until her impetuousness nearly caused her ruin. Now shadowed by scandal, and pursued by a madman, she finds herself obligated to the darkly handsome Oliver Whitehouse. Though she saves the swashbuckling scoundrel’s life and enjoys a forbidden kiss, the infuriating man spurns her.

Dare Oliver risk everything to pursue Blaike, despite the vast difference in their social stations, or should he sail away? Leaving his heart behind?

Caution: This novel contains a dark-tempered, devilishly handsome sea captain, and impulsive, sometimes mischievous heroine, multiple villains you’ll love to loathe, and a foul-mouthed cockatoo sure to make you giggle. Or blush.

For an adventurous page-turning Regency Historical Romance novel brimming with suspense, passion, and tenderness, read the fourth installment of the Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper.

My Review

You will be hooked from the start with this one! I was holding my breath as soon as I realized what was happening in the office. I loved how they were together from the start because they couldn’t hide anything from each other. M’Lady Lottie adds to everything with how she interrupts and the things she says. I did not expect the reason for why his grandfather was murdered or everything surrounding it.

Blaike is one of a kind in many ways. I loved her right away because she wouldn’t go down without a fight for anything. She knew what she wanted and went after it. When she did what she did in front of everyone I couldn’t keep from laughing.

Oliver believes they can never be but is very wrong. I loved him from that start because of how open he was with her and the way he treated everyone including Lottie. He had no clue what secrets were buried about his family.

I loved that it also involved some Italian.

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Need Your Help! Which Contemporary Should I Read?

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If you follow me on Instagram (@sassybooklover) then you know that back in February I won a box full of books. This box was a mystery to me until it arrived and it was full of Contemporary romances. I’ve never read one before and It gave me the idea to once a month read one and post a review here. Now, this is where I need your help. I have no clue as to which one to start with and I know some of you also read contemporary. So you may have read some of these or could just be interested in them.

Here is the picture from my Instagram so you can see the covers. Please vote below and leave a comment. I am not the biggest paranormal fan outside of ghosts, but I will keep an open mind.

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Book Blogger Tag

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It’s Random Friday and time for another tag! I found this one on Trice Read and thought it was a great way for you to get to know how I work.

Enjoy!

Where Do You Typically Write Your Blog Posts?

In my living room with fur babies running around me.

How Long Does It Take You To Write A Book Review?

Depends on the book. It can take anywhere from fifteen minutes to an hour because I try to avoid spoilers and include what I love. Sometimes if the book wasn’t my favorite or the blurb is very short it takes me longer.

When Did You Start Your Book Blog?

It’s been two years now and I love it.

What’s The Worst Thing About Having A Book Blog In Your Opinion?

Falling into reader burn out. This is why I don’t post every day because I don’t want to get burned out and not be posting reviews.

What Is The Best Thing About Having A Book Blog In Your Opinion?

Helping authors get the word out about their books! Especially the new authors that are publishing their first book.

What Blog Post Have You Had The Most Fun Writing So Far?

I think my post about why I write reviews was the most fun.

What Is Your Favorite Type Of Blog Posts To Write?

I really love writing book reviews. I can share my love of a book and it helps me learn what I like and don’t like in books.

When Do You Typically Write?

In the afternoon most of the time.

How Do You Write YOur Book Reviews? With A Cup Of Coffee or Tea? With Netflix? Cuddled With YOur Fur Baby? 

Usually cuddled with my fur baby next to me while the tv plays in the background.

When Do Write You Write Your Book Reviews? Right After Finishing The Book? Two Weeks After Finishing The Book?

I read at night most of the time so I write my review the next day. That’s enough time to think and not forget anything. If I read during the day then right after I finish.

How Often Do You Post?

I post three times a week. Usually, two are reviews, but sometimes all three are reviews.

Review: Lord of Temptation (Rogues to Riches #4) by Erica Ridley

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Lord of Temptation by Erica Ridley

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Blurb

Be careful what you wish for…

When Lord Hawkridge inherits a penniless marquessate, he must abandon his courtship of the lowborn girl he loves. Years later, she rises from commoner to textiles heiress. Hawk has never banished her from his heart. Here’s their chance to share his home! But how can he convince a woman whose trust he destroyed that he desires her far more than her money?

Faith Digby’s chaotic world is too full to bother with men. She controls half a boarding school, one life-endangering secret, and two recently gentrified parents. There’s no time for the old flame roaring back into her life. Not when admitting she still loves him would imperil everything and everyone she holds dear…

My Review

This one has it all! A secret love, heartbreak, and more secrets. I couldn’t put it down because there was something at every turn to pull me in more. Their past story is heartbreaking and he wanted to make things right so much. I loved how no matter how hard she tried her heart reacted to him and wanted to believe him. I did not see her secret coming at all and held my breath when he found out. What he decided was not what I thought was going to happen, but I loved it.

Faith made it clear she never wanted to see him again, but fate brought him back. I loved her and the work she did at the school. She can break your heart when talking about the past. I loved when she realized he needed to forgive himself.

Hawk’s whole life has been a mess and he’s vowed to never be like his father or guardian. My heart melted at how much he was trying to restore things and how much he hated what he had done. He reacted but thought things through when it came to her secret.

I loved her parents throughout the story and his brother and mother.

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New Releases This Month That I’m Looking Forward To!

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It’s Random Friday and today I am kicking off the idea I talked about on Monday. A post about the new releases this month that I’m looking forward to. I know how hard it is to keep up with all the new releases especially when you love so many authors. I plan to do this once a month at the beginning of the month.

 

 

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Releasing April 18

I can’t wait to continue the series.

 

 

 

39685317Lord of Fortune by Darcy Burke

Releasing April 24

I have been waiting for this book for a long time and can’t wait to dive into it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: The Hellion (Wicked Wallflowers #1) by Christi Caldwell

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The Hellion by Christi Caldwell

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell’s Wicked Wallflowers series burns hot as two rivals meet in the flesh and feel the heat…

Adair Thorne has just watched his gaming-hell dream disappear into a blaze of fire and ash, and he’s certain that his competitors, the Killorans, are behind it. His fury and passion burn even hotter when he meets Cleopatra Killoran, a tart-mouthed vixen who mocks him at every turn. If she were anyone else but the enemy, she’d ignite a desire in him that would be impossible to control.

No one can make Cleopatra do anything. That said, she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her siblings―even if that means being sponsored by their rivals for a season in order to land a noble husband. But she will not allow her head to be turned by the infuriating and darkly handsome Adair Thorne.

There’s only one thing that threatens the rules of the game: Cleopatra’s secret. It could unravel the families’ tenuous truce and shatter the unpredictably sinful romance mounting between the hellion…and a scoundrel who could pass for the devil himself.

My Review

Christi does it again with another couple that will blow you away. I thought for sure they were going to tear each other to pieces a couple of times. But then they exploded in a very different way. It broke my heart that the club burned down, but it was another chapter that closed to open another. I loved that he began to trust and understand her more and that everyone was seeing it. I held my breath when she told her secret because I didn’t know how he would react, but I loved how it played out. I loved how everything with both sides turned out and the ending left me excited for the next one.

Cleo lives up to her name and has come along way. It was clear from the start that she was going to be different and needed love and friendship. I loved her the moment she had a gun a dagger ready to fight. When she finally opened up it was heartbreaking, but she needed to let it out.

Adair is stuck between two worlds and wanting to destroy the enemy. I loved how he softened and started listening because she helped him as much as he helped her. I loved him more when he made his promise to her. In the end, he realized she was right about many things.

I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.

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What I’m Reading This Week

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This week I am busy with work so I won’t have three reviews, but I will have at least one. This book will be The Hellion by Christi Caldwell which I have been looking forward to reading. If I’m able to do another review it will be Erica Ridley’s latest book.

Something I’m thinking about starting here on this blog is at the first of every month I will post a list of new releases I’m looking forward to that month. Or If there isn’t any I will post what I will be reviewing for sure that month. That way you can see if there is a book you are wondering about coming up in my reviews.

You can always ask me about a book and I will see if I have reviewed it before or if it is in my TBR list of books I already have and I can review it.

DUKERUIN_BT_BANNERThe Duke of Ruin, an all-new historical standalone from USA Today bestselling author Darcy Burke, is LIVE!

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With her betrothal to a duke in tatters and scandal imminent, Diana Kingman has two choices: live in certain ignominy or flee into obscurity. Diana wants solitude. She never wished to wed in the first place. However, her father will stop at nothing to betroth her to one of the finest titles in the realm…no matter how loathsome the bearer. Escape is Diana’s only option, and she’ll pay any price to achieve freedom.

Universally blamed for the death of his wife and unborn child, Simon Hastings doesn’t dispute his guilt over an accident he cannot even remember. He hasn’t had a drink since, nor a moment’s peace. Determined to be a better man, Simon rescues a young woman in need—only to be accused of kidnapping. They must marry to save him from prison. But how can a man haunted by the love he lost and a woman afraid to get too close find happiness together?

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He turned from the fire and contemplated the bed. It was neither big nor small and would support a blanket between them. However, there was no dressing screen to allow for privacy.
He wasn’t entirely sure how to broach the sensitive topic of disrobing, but since they would be spending several nights together, it had to be done. He looked back at her over his shoulder. “You aren’t planning on sleeping in your clothes again, are you?”
She turned in front of the fire but didn’t come toward him. “I’d rather not. But I’m afraid I’m in need of assistance. Unfortunately, my wardrobe depends upon a maid.”
“I’d be happy to provide help. Just remember I’ve no experience as a ladies’ maid.”
“Did you never undress your wife?” She looked away, angling herself back toward the fire. “Forget I asked that.”
He went back toward her and spoke softly. “Don’t.” She turned her head, her blue eyes dark and vivid in the firelight. “We are going to get to know each other much better than we ought, and I don’t want you to regret things you might say. I assumed you would be curious about my wife. Yes, I undressed her. Many times. If I close my eyes, I can still feel her skin.” But he didn’t close his eyes. He couldn’t. She—Miss Diana Kingman—held him captive with her gaze.
Miss Kingman exhaled. “You must promise not to look. Aside from what you must do to unlace my gown.
“I promise.” He kept his voice and his gaze steady. “We must trust each other on this journey. Implicitly. That’s why I won’t shy away from your questions.”
She nodded, then presented her back. “Will you leave while I undress? I’ll need ten minutes or so. I’ll be in bed when you return and will close my eyes while you disrobe.”
It was a good plan, particularly since he thought a walk outside in the cold might do him some good. A beautiful woman’s back presented to him for the purpose of assistance with disrobing was too reminiscent of a time gone by and yet wholly new. Miss Kingman wasn’t Miriam, nor did he want her to be.
Simon quickly unlaced her gown and helped lift it over her head. He laid it across one of the chairs set at a small table and returned to help her remove her petticoat and unlace her corset. When he finished, he dropped his hands to his sides.
“I can finish,” she said, without looking back. “Thank you.”
He left without a word, closing the door firmly behind him. He inhaled sharply, taking perhaps the deepest breath he had in the last ten minutes.
Thankfully he didn’t encounter anyone on his walk. He wasn’t in the mood to made idle chatter. His thoughts were bad enough—railing at him for being attracted to someone who wasn’t his wife.
But how could he expect to go through life as he had the past two years? A self-hating, forlorn monk. Oh, he put on a good face for everyone else, but no one knew how acutely his pain cut.
Tomorrow, they would be on their way to Northampton, and hopefully, things would go as smoothly as they had so far. But first he had to spend the night in her bed. Again. Only with less clothing.
Thinking it had been well more than ten minutes, he made his way back upstairs. The lantern next to the bed had been extinguished, leaving just the light from the fire to illuminate the room.
Simon looked toward the bed. Miss Kingman lay near the edge of one side—as close as she could get without falling off, he noted—her back to the center of the bed, where it looked as though she’d rolled one of the blankets and placed it between them. He hoped there were enough coverings on the bed to keep them warm. Last night, they’d worn more clothing to bed.
Hell. He wore a nightshirt to sleep in or, most often, nothing at all. Tonight, he should probably keep his smallclothes on.
Shrugging out of his jacket, he hung it on a hook in the wall. He sat down to remove his boots, working as quietly and quickly as possible. When he’d removed everything but his shirt and smallclothes, he went to his side of the bed and crawled between the icy covers. He shuddered involuntarily and felt her jerk.
“Sorry,” he murmured. “Cold bed.”
“Very,” she responded, her low, feminine voice rustling over him like a fine silk.
He considered making an offer to warm them both up—body heat would be most beneficial. But that was likely a bad idea. For so many reasons.
He turned to his side, away from her, but snuggled his back against the rolled-up blanket. That would help with the cold. And the warmer he got, the more easily he would fall asleep. And the sooner he fell asleep, the sooner he could put the proximity of Miss Kingman out of his mind.
Too bad none of that happened very quickly at all.

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My Review

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

I was looking forward to this so much since we got to know Simon in The Duke of Ice and it didn’t disappoint! I loved that it pretty much picked up from the last one and was an adventure from the start. They needed each other and both learned to open up about their pasts and secrets. I loved that her cousin started making plans and knew how things were going to turn out. I didn’t see the truth about his wife’s death coming in a thousand years because I thought that it would stay a full mystery that he would let go. That was a shocking and amazing twist to have. The wedding scene was another favorite of mine especially the ring.

Diana needs to escape, but not just because of the scandal from her engagement ending. She hid her secrets well, but they didn’t define her and only made her stronger. I loved that she didn’t hold back or shy away from anything. When she made up her mind to do something she did it.

Simon was going to make sure she was safe and had her freedom. He broke my heart everytime he thought about his wife and what happened. I loved how had no problem telling people they were rude and using being a Duke to shut them up. He was a gentleman as much as possible.

I didn’t like his mother at first, but she grew on me after Diana’s parents showed up

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About Darcy

Darcy BurkeDarcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.

Join her reader club at http://www.darcyburke.com/readerclub. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, two Bengal cats and a third cat named after a fruit.

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