What do I like to read?

What do I like to read-

If you are a follower of my blog you already know I read many historicals that are set in the 1800’s England which many just refer to them as regency even if they aren’t set in the regency time period as those are the most popular and available. I do read and love other romances. I go through phases of what I want to read like many people do.

Westerns are where I started and I absolutely love them (who doesn’t love a cowboy). I burned through many westerns , but find it hard to find ones that peak my interest nowadays. It seems there aren’t as many historical westerns out there as there are contemporary or other romances. I have been seeing more recently that are not sweet or inspirational.

Medieval, Celtic and Renaissance romances are something I like to read every once in awhile. These are ones that can be hard to find too and depending on what you are looking for they can also be time travel romances. I once read one set in medieval Wales and loved the history in it, but have yet to find another one like it. When it comes to Celtic romances I do actually like fairies, healers, and spirits which I usually don’t like to read (unless it’s a Halloween story), but they add to the stories and history for me.

Civil war and pirate romances are rare ones for me to read. I have read a couple that I enjoy and it just depends on the plot and my mood. If there is a funny story or mystery involved then I will be interested. I’m not a big fan of the fighting that can be in civil war or pirate romances because they can overshadow the romance for me.

As you can see I will read just about any historical romance and it’s a bonus if there is a mystery that I can try to solve. And this post has made me want to go on a book search on Amazon since I haven’t done that in a while.

If you are interested in what I have read that hasn’t made it on here yet then check out my Goodreads All Time Favorites below. If you click the title below it will take you to my Goodreads profile where more books are listed.

Kelly’s my-all-time-favorites book montage

The Earl's Inconvenient Wife
The Rancher
The Gambler
Lady Dearing's Masquerade
Intentions of the Earl
More Than Passion
Her Wicked Ways
The Outlaw
The Lawman
Lady Bess
No Greater Glory
His Wicked Heart
To Seduce A Scoundrel
To Love A Thief
Never Love a Scoundrel
Scoundrel Ever After
To Win His Wayward Wife
Her Sudden Groom
The Officer and the Bostoner
Sonata for a Scoundrel



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Review: A Dangerous Invitation by Erica Monroe

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 A Dangerous Invitation by Erica Monroe

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

Buy Links

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Blurb

Torn from her life of privilege by her father’s death, Kate Morgan relies on her knowledge of fine things as a fence for stolen goods in one of London’s dark and depraved rookeries. The last man she ever expects, or wants, to see again is Daniel O’Reilly, the man who promised to love, honor and protect her, but who instead fled amidst accusations of murder.

One drunken night cost Daniel O’Reilly the woman he loved and the life he’d worked so hard to create. If he ever wants to reclaim that life—and Kate—he’ll not only have to prove he’s innocent of murder, but convince the pistol-wielding beauty to forgive his many sins.

With a killer on the loose, time is running out for them…

My Review

I have read this book twice now because it is different from most historical romances. There are no balls and fancy estates in this book it gives you an insight into the life of living in the rookeries and slums of London and that’s what makes it a fantastic read. I loved that this book also involved real history with the murders and showed the horrible things that went on.

Kate is not your typical heroine, but also is at the same time. She is smart and strong and doesn’t take anything off of anyone, but she is also broken because of everything that has happened to her. She doesn’t want to rely on anyone again and thrives on being in control of her life now. At first, you may not like her, but you have to get to know her and you will slowly understand her and feel for her.

Danial is a different man than he was before, but he is still changing and finding his way. He was making a better life for himself when he was accused of murder and fled thinking that would protect Kate. When he came back he tried to pick up where they left off in a way and he ran hot and cold at times, but he also could see past everything that happened to Kate without judgment.

I knew there was something about Owen, but couldn’t put my finger on it until it was revealed. I never knew what was going to happen next and I want to know more about the gentleman thief so much.

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

What I’m Currently Reading

What I'm Currently Reading

20653373I am on to Secrets in Scarlet by Erica Monroe! Doesn’t that cover just scream read me to you? I’m in love with that dress.

I just finished A Dangerous Invitation by her for the second time (yes Goodreads had glitched showing I hadn’t read it before) and loved it! It’s review will up Wednesday. The series title really means what it says and that these books take place in the rookeries of London instead of ballrooms and fancy estates.

There are characters that were mentioned and in the first book that I hope make an appearance in this one and later ones. This will be next weeks review.

Sale Alert! I Spy a Duke by Erica Monroe

 

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On Sale July 25th to August 6th

A governess with a desire for revenge enters into a marriage of convenience with a duke—but she gets more than she anticipated, as he’s actually a spy for the Crown.

Genre: Historical Romance – Regency Romance, Historical Romantic Suspense

Series: Covert Heiresses, Book 1

Release Date: October 5, 2015

 Sale Price: $0.99

Regular Price: $3.99

                         

This is the first time this book has been on sale! If this book is on your to-buy list then this is the time to grab it. ***This book is also part of a cross-promotional sale with Emma Locke (The Trouble With Being Wicked), Christina McKnight (Hidden No More) and Kirsten Blacketer (The Jewel of Winter) who also have titles for $0.99 during this time.***

Blurb

In the first Covert Heiresses novel, a governess with a desire for revenge enters into a marriage of convenience with a duke with more secrets than she anticipated…

 

SHE WANTS REVENGE…

When bluestocking Vivian Loren becomes the governess for the wealthy Spencer family, she’s searching for clues about the murder of her brother, not a husband. But Vivian didn’t count on James Spencer, the infuriatingly handsome Duke of Abermont.

HE NEEDS A WIFE…

As head of Britain’s elite intelligence agency, James has no time to woo a wife. When he discovers Vivian’s quest for answers has made her a pawn in a treacherous plot, James realizes they can help each other. She’ll become his duchess, and he’ll keep her safe from one of Napoleon’s deadliest spies.

What begins as a marriage of convenience quickly becomes anything but, as they find out love is the most dangerous mission of all.

What Reviewers Are Saying

“Monroe creates an entertaining albeit slightly dark world filled with spies, humor, wit, intrigue, suspense, and an emotionally rich romance. Though heavily character driven, Monroe does a wonderful job of balancing the dynamic characterization of her characters with a story rich in details and plotlines.” –Smexy Books

“Filled with intrigue, danger, spies, loss,grief, secrets, passion, engaging characters, to say the least and of course romance, passion and finally finding love amongst grief and angst…feisty, dangerous and courageous females makes this a not to miss series.” –My Book Addiction
“A quick moving espionage subplot coupled with liberally peppered humor, introspection, kindness and simmering attraction adds to the momentum of this novel. Showcasing this author’s writing talent and marvelous imagination I Spy a Duke could easily be called I Spy a Great Read!” –Jenerated Reviews
“I get as giddy as a schoolgirl when an Erica Monroe Historical is going to be released! Ms. Monroe always makes the time period and the British settings come alive with the glorious details that she provides. And then her characters are so engaging: serious, vulnerable, and loyal.” –Lightning City Book Reviews

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How I Started Reading Romance

How I Got Started Reading Romance (2)

This question comes up a lot for me and probably other bloggers and I love telling the story and thought I should post it here.

I have always loved books and read all the time as a little girl, but as I got older life got in the way and my reading slowed down for quite a while with the last thing I read being a Star Trek book when I was probably twelve. I may have read here and there after that, but don’t remember.I didn’t really look at books anymore then in 2013 I discovered free ebooks on Amazon and got some random ones including my first romance.

I had heard all the serotypes about romance books and told myself I wouldn’t read them because I wasn’t into the knight and shining armor thing and that was what I had been told they all were. I went to the western section and picked a book that was a romance and thought maybe this is different from what I have been told. I was nineteen and hid that I had gotten this ebook until I read it.

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Review: Stormswept by Sabrina Jeffries

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Stormswept by Sabrina Jeffries

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

Buy Links

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Blurb

The first wedding night that Lady Juliana St. Albans spent with the dark and daring Rhys Vaughan was intoxicating, the heady culmination of her new husband’s driving hunger and her own awakened sensuality. When he mysteriously disappeared the next morning, she waited for him in hope and desperation. And when he was finally proclaimed dead in a shipwreck, she bitterly mourned the loss of her love.

The second wedding night that Juliana spent with Rhys Vaughan was six years later, after he returned to claim her just as she was about to wed another. This Rhys was different—bolder, harder, and convinced that she’d betrayed him. Only their blazing passion remains from their years apart. But is it enough to light their way through the maze of mystery, menace, and mistrust—to the love they once shared and would have to find again?

My Review

The blurb does not do this book justice it is an absolutely amazing read. I loved everything about it and was drawn in from the start. There is a character for everyone and you will find ones you love and ones you hate for good reason. Being set in Wales was a refreshing change and it was nice to have some insight into that history. This is a couple that fell in love quickly and was meant to be together, but it was a crazy and wild road to get them together and I could actually see this playing out in real life at some point.

Juliana is a smart woman even if she is a bit of a wild child that gets into trouble from time to time. Yes, she is impulsive at the start and a very innocent young lady, but she isn’t dumb and knows what she is doing at all times and that there can be trouble. She follows her heart and always sees the reason behind what people do. I cheered the moment she stood up to her family and she meant what she said. She grew into a very independent woman that wasn’t going to let anyone control her and had her ways of getting Rhys to come to his senses. The fact that she never gave up is what made her amazing.

Rhys is a mix of every man you could imagine. He’s a poet, a fighter, a lover, and a stubborn man that at times you want to smack. He was also very innocent in his own ways and probably didn’t always think thing through either. I felt for him when he was taken and then again when he returned because of everything that happened to him in those years. When he finally realized that he was wrong I wanted to jump and cheer because he let down the wall he built around his heart.

When it comes to everyone else involved I wanted to hug her one brother because he just did what he was told out of fear and I wanted to strangle the other for everything he did. I did feel a bit for him in the end when everything was said and done because he really did think he was doing good in a way, but it may have not always been for someone else. Lettice and Morgan’s story was a nice touch and added a bit more structure to Juliana and Rhys especially Morgan because he told him when he was wrong.

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

Writing Update: That Moment When You Get To That One Scene

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That moment you get to that one scene that has been in your head forever and you jump up and down. I have had a scene in my head and notebook for months, but it just didn’t fit in anywhere until last week when I finally reached a point in the story where it naturally fit in and connected to other scenes. I was jumping up and down because that meant I was getting somewhere with my hero and heroine’s story. I didn’t want them stuck in one limbo for too long. This scene was important for two reasons (1) to get them on the same page with everything and (2) for them to move forward against what’s in their way, but it could make things more dangerous. I think this will help me move forward at a quicker pace somewhat. They still have a lot to say, but this was a hill to climb and I know there are a few more they have in store for me.

I also have been able to start on my playlist for this story. It took some time to find the perfect songs, but they are popping up now since I have started understanding my hero and heroine more and have gotten past this scene. And just because this is a western doesn’t mean it’s all country music that helps me imagine a scene.

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The Duke of Daring by Darcy Burke Virtual Tour and Giveaway

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Love is the one risk he doesn’t have the heart to dare.

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THE DUKE OF DARING

The Untouchables #2

Darcy Burke

Releasing July 5th, 2016

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About The Book

 

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.

Buy It

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About The Author 

Darcy Burke

Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional 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.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids-who each seem to have inherited the writing gene in some form-and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

 

Author Links

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Review: Lady, It’s Cold Outside by Deb Marlowe

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Lady, It’s Cold Outside by Deb Marlowe

My Rating: ❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

Buy Links

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Blurb

Miss Glenna Bolton is not having a Happy Christmas. She’s lost her grandfather and the bookshop they ran together. If not for the invitation from the Duke of Danby, she would have no place to go.

No Christmas festivities for Baron Ellesworth this year. His newly inherited estate is in bad shape—and so is his bank account. He’ll spend the holiday traveling to do a bit of business with Lord Danby, in hopes of bringing Christmas to Elleshaven next year.

Traveling during the holiday season doesn’t sound romantic, but a star in the East, an abandoned child and a quest for holiday cheer might just convince these two that love is the best gift of the Season.

My Review

Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

A very short, but sweet Christmas romance. I wish it had been longer because it felt a bit too rushed to me, but I still enjoyed it. I did love that the title actually matched up with the story and that there was a child in the story that provided some funny moments.

I did love Glenna’s personality and how she was so forward when she wanted something and stood her ground. You love her instantly and can tell she is related to the Duke of Danby.

Alex Murray the Baron of Ellesworth is someone I want to know more about. He was a soldier and is an honorable man. I did like that he jumped into action without a second thought.

It did leave me wanting more which is a good thing. I just needed more and wanted to get to know Dowd and his family.

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

What I’m Currently Reading

What I'm Currently Reading

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This week I am starting Stormswept by Sabrina Jeffries. This is evidently my first book by her and I don’t know how that happened so this book will fix that. Just by reading the blurb I can’t wait to get started.

Blurb: The first wedding night that Lady Juliana St. Albans spent with the dark and da
ring Rhys Vaughan was intoxicating, the heady culmination of her new husband’s driving hunger and her own awakened sensuality. When he mysteriously disappeared the next morning, she waited for him in hope and desperation. And when he was finally proclaimed dead in a shipwreck, she bitterly mourned the loss of her love.

The second wedding night that Juliana spent with Rhys Vaughan was six years later, after he returned to claim her just as she was about to wed another. This Rhys was different—bolder, harder, and convinced that she’d betrayed him. Only their blazing passion remains from their years apart. But is it enough to light their way through the maze of mystery, menace, and mistrust—to the love they once shared and would have to find again?

Doesn’t that just make you want to read it?! If I finish by Wednesday this will probably Book Review Wednesday’s post.

I had planned to start this last week, but Sir Spot (our cat) was sick and he became top priority which if you follow me on social media then you might know he ended up at the vet Saturday but is on the mend now. If you have furbabies then you understand.