What I’m Currently Reading: How To Kiss A Rogue by Amanda Mariel

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I have been waiting for this book since reading A Kiss At Christmastide by Christina McKnight (click the link for my review)! After meeting the heroine of this one in A Kiss At Christmastide I can’t wait to see how she changes because in that book she was the character that caused problems and everyone wanted to hate, but I saw hope for her and can’t wait to see what happens.
The cover is gorgeous especially that dress! This will be this week’s Book Review Wednesday.

Bonus Writing Update

After a busy few weeks of reading, I am back to writing. I have new headphones (Claire the cat got ahold of my last ones) so I can listen to music again and write.

Happy Halloween! Fur Babies Photo Shoot Outtakes

Halloween is my favorite holiday so of course, I need to make costumes for my fur babies. I pet my sewing skills to the test this time by actually sewing a full costume for Abigail. I had to have a nod to historical romance by making her a little saloon/dance hall girl outfit. I hand sew everything so it took about a week for me to sew it, but it was fun and kept my hands busy. I went easy with Claire’s fairy costume since this is her first Halloween and I wanted to be able to use it again and we didn’t know how well she would take to being dressed up. She didn’t mind being dressed up at all, but holding still for photos was a challenge for her even with treats and knowing to say please by sitting (she has been taught to sit).

I call these photos the herding of flying squirrels because if one held still the other didn’t even though Abigail is the best at being a model she got annoyed with Claire jumping over her and not having as much space as we usually have to sit due to a different backdrop.

Photos are courtesy of Colt S. Photography and the full shoot will be on his blog Monday morning! There is a bonus shot of the back of Abigail’s costume.

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Review: The Glittering Prize (Book #6 of A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology) By Beverley Oakley

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The Glittering Prize ( book #6 A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology) by Beverley Oakley

My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ 1/2

Spice Level: 💋💋1/2

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Blurb

Blue-stocking Jemima Percy is too clever and too driven to be drawn into the life of a courtesan. Or is she?

Engaged in a secret search for lost treasure, she falls into the shadowy world of antiquity collectors. With a murderer hot on her heels, becoming the greatest treasure in a bored aristocrat’s exquisite collection may be her only hope of survival. Then one fateful Christmas, Jemima discovers a love that threatens her best laid plans.

My Review

This one was different from the others in the anthology. I liked that it surrounded a lost treasure, but it was a bit too fast paced for me. I liked how she made the best of what happened to her and so much stuff happened to her in a small amount of time. I would have liked a bit more about the treasure, but the ending was good especially when they realized her who each other was.

Jemima stayed strong through everything, but it also wore her down to where she was almost numb to her own feelings. I thought she would never be happy or find love after so many men dying or treating her badly.

Digby was a kind man. I wish there was more about him. It seemed he somewhat lived in the shadow of his brother. He was instantly drawn to her and was upset at not being able to do what his brother asked.

*I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

Review: The Danger of Desire (Sinful Suitors #3) by Sabrina Jeffries

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Releasing November 22, 2016

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

The third book in the sexy Sinful Suitors Regency romance series, this heart-pounding story shows why New York Timesbestselling author Sabrina Jeffries is one of the most beloved historical romance writers today.

To root out the card cheat responsible for her brother’s death, Miss Delia Trevor spends her evenings dancing her way through high society balls, and her late nights disguised as a young man gambling her way through London’s gaming hells. Then one night, handsome Warren Corry, the Marquess of Knightford, a notorious member of St. George’s Club, recognizes her. When he threatens to reveal her secret, she’s determined to keep him from ruining her plans, even if it means playing a cat-and-mouse game with the enigmatic rakehell.

Warren knows the danger of her game, and he refuses to watch her lose everything while gaining justice for her late brother. But when she starts to delve beneath his carefully crafted façade, can he keep her at arm’s length while still protecting her? Or will their hot desires explode into a love that transcends the secrets of their pasts?

My Review

As soon as I read what this one was about I wanted to read it! Who doesn’t love a story where the heroine dresses as a man to do something either for fun or revenge. I loved their meeting and that they both were playing a game with each other. There were times I believed he would reveal her secret to protect her or that she would be in more danger. Everything surrounding the wedding was amazing and I loved how his point of view at the alter. I was not expecting the ending and I could never have predicted who it was that cheated her brother.

Delia thought she had the perfect plan to catch the man that caused her brother’s death and save their home, but she didn’t realize how dangerous it the what if’s could be. I loved how bold she was and that she did what she wanted. She was sweet, protective and didn’t think the worst of things that Warren did.

Warren had painful secrets from his childhood that kept him up at all hours of the night so he said he would never marry. I loved how he took care of others without realizing it most of the time because it was in his nature. When his childhood was revealed It made him even more loveable.

They were perfect for each other and had odd, but cute nicknames for each other. I loved Flossie the cat and her aunt.

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

Review:Mystified (The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor, Book #3) By Renee Bernard, Jerrica Knight-Catania, and Erica Monroe

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Mystified by Renee BernardJerrica Knight-Catania, and Erica Monroe

My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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Blurb

The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor, Book #3
Greetings,
In regards to the Matter of the un-entailed Estate of the late-Jonathan Hambly, 10th Earl of Banfield, be advised that your attendance is urgently required at the reading of his lordship’s Last Will & Testament, to take place on November 1st of this year at Castle Keyvnor in Bocka Morrow, Cornwall.
Regards,
Mr. Timothy Hunt, Esq.

When the late-Earl of Banfield’s distant relations descend upon Bocka Morrow, they’ll find gypsies, witches, pixies, smugglers, and one very haunted castle. And if they’re lucky, they might just fall in love while they’re there.

MYSTIFIED, The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor includes:

Renee Bernard’s The Sweetest Curse
Blade Hambly believes in three things: logic, science and the notion that if a man just keeps his eyes forward, he is unlikely to be tripped up by the past. But how does a man keep his thoughts cool and focused when he meets a young woman like Miss Elethea Fairfax? A woman who heals with the touch of her hands, who talks to the air and radiates magic with every other-worldly fluttering of her eyelashes? What does a man of science do when the woman he is falling in love with is a witch?

Jerrica Knight-Catania’s Possessed by the Stranger
Lady Samantha Priske can hardly wait to make herself scarce in the allegedly haunted residence of her late great uncle, the Earl of Banfield. And when she meets a handsome stranger who is blessedly not a relation, she finds herself flirting uncharacteristically with him. Chadwick Kendall isn’t thrilled to be at Castle Keyvnor for the blasted will reading. His father is dying, and he’d rather be by his side. But Chad finds something at Castle Keyvnor far more valuable than anything the earl could have left for him: A beautiful redhead, whom he must convince to be his bride.

Erica Monroe’s The Mad Countess
Theodore Lockwood, Earl of Ashbrooke, has been in love with his best friend, Lady Claire Deering, for as long as he can remember. Claire too harbors a secret desire for him—but a witch cursed her family with madness, and she’s terrified she’ll only hurt him if they act on their feelings. When a will reading at a mysterious castle in Cornwall brings them both together, they’ll work to break her family’s curse…and find true love.

The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor includes twelve Regency romance novellas. Don’t miss the anthologies Vexed, Bedeviled, and Spellbound.

My Reviews

The Mad Countess by Erica Monroe

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

This is one of my top three in The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor anthologies! I was so engrossed in it that I read it in about an hour. I loved that they had been best friends forever because it made the story even better and everything happens at a great pace because of it. The rain in the maze scenes are my all time favorites and what some dreams are made of. I loved the detail that went into the witches and everything when breaking the curse (another favorite scene). Finding out a bit more about her mother and aunt was great especially finding out it was a curse and why the curse was put on them. My favorite lines included unicorns.

Claire’s heart is in the right place at all times. She thought she wasn’t strong, but she was because she visited her mother when most wouldn’t and she didn’t run from anything. I loved her spirit and how close she was to her maid.

Teddy is someone you fall in the love with from the start. He is not your typical hero he has many fears, loves to learn, and when he sets his mind to something he does it. I loved everything about him from the way he did things to the openness of his heart. He never lied or brushed off anything without proof and wanted to help.

The ending was amazing! I wasn’t left wondering about anything.

 Possessed by the Stranger by Jerrica Knight-Catania

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

This was a great read. The beginning with Chad will pull at your heart and you will feel for Samantha from the start. Little Toby was once again driving his sisters crazy by trying to protect them. I loved how they first saw each other and were drawn to each other so quickly. There is so much to love about this one from seeing the gypsy wedding to the ending that leaves you wanting more because it was fantastic.

Samatha is different from her sister. She always seems to say the wrong thing but doesn’t shrink away from anything. I loved how she tried to be like her mother wanted, but her true self always showed. When she set her mind to something she meant it.

Chad is someone that I don’t think could ever make someone mad. He is just so sweet and loveable. I loved how close he was with his father and that he didn’t care about titles. He understood her when no one else did.

You will love this one.

 The Sweetest Curse by Renee Bernard

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

The beginning will suck you thinking the curse has struck someone else. I loved seeing a bit more about the coven and the small battle between science and magic. Elethea’s father and grandmother are both very different in how they want her to be, but they both want her to be happy. I loved the parts where she used her touch to heal! This was a little fast paced, but it still was a great story.

Elethea seems like a very quiet girl that does as she is told but she does have a mind. I was not expecting her to stand up for herself when she did and it made me love her even more. She was very sweet and loved to take care of people.

Blade’s name draws you to him. I loved that he didn’t try to explain away what he saw or was told like most men of science would. He tried to avoid the past and the curse out of fear of what his mother had said before she died and how his father raised him.

The ending was perfect.

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

Review: Lord Misrule (Book #5 of A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology) By Donna Cummings

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Lord Misrule  ( book #5 A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology) by Donna Cummings

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

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Blurb

Juliana, Lady Courtenay, is no stranger to scandal. Not after her late husband died in the bed of another man. Now that the mourning period for her unwanted marriage is over, she is impatient to celebrate her freedom-and what better way than with a love affair during the most festive time of year? Finally she can experience the excitement of spending the entire night with a man completely devoted to her pleasure. Except when she asks Lord Misrule to be her very first lover, the rogue declines.

Lord Misrule is eager for a diversion that will banish the regrets that always resurface during the Christmas season. Yet he cannot accept the desirable widow’s tempting offer. If he did, he knew it would be impossible to adhere to his strict rules for affairs- no debutantes, no innocents, and no attachments-all of which are necessary to prevent future misfortune.

But when it seems Lady Courtenay will choose a loess-than-honorable man to be her lover, Lord Misrule’s chivalrous nature insists he charge to her rescue. He offers her a twelve-day affair, intent on providing her with a fortnight of pleasure without causing her heart, or his, a lifetime of harm.

My Review

I really enjoyed this one. It’s scandalous enough to have your husband die in the bed of another woman, but another man is a scandal that many would have hid from, but not Juliana. She is now free to do what she wants as a widow and has a plan. This one did have some Christmas magic to it by banishing their pasts. I loved how they both hand things they regretted and it brought them together.

Juliana is very forward and clear about what she wants but is also still innocent. She did not let her marriage and the scandal pull her down. I loved everything about her and the way she thought about things.

Nicholas got his nickname because of things he did and he has regretted it since it caused something tragic. He is a very honorable man even though he doesn’t realize it. I loved how he freaked out if he broke one of his rules.

They both had friends that knew them very well and told them what was what. I wanted a bit more back story, but there is enough to understand them.

*I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

Release Day Blitz And Review! Wicked Rivals (The League of Rogues #4) By Lauren Smith

 

 

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  Title: Wicked Rivals

Series: The League of Rogues #4

Author: Lauren Smith

Genre: Historical/Regency Romance

Release Date: October 17, 2016

Blurb

A LORD WITH LEGENDARY CONTROL…Merciless and powerful, Ashton Lennox is a wealthy man because he puts business before everything else, especially love. As a member of the infamous League of Rogues, he’s no stranger to scandal. His bedroom conquests are as legendary as his fortune. As he searches for a way to bring down an old enemy bent on destroying the lives of his friends, the last thing he needs is a Scottish widow getting in his way.

A FIERY WOMAN WHO WON’T BACK DOWN…

The daughter of a Scottish lord with a dark and treacherous past, Rosalind Melbourne has spent years distancing from her past. After escaping her tyrannical father and marrying an aging English lord, she has become a powerful widow with a business empire at her command. Her business dealings are everything to her, leaving her no time for love. Especially not with her business rival Ashton, a man with a scandalous reputation as striking as his blue eyes.

A GAME OF WITS TURNS TO A GAME OF SEDUCTION…

Ashton is fascinated by the strong-willed, intelligent and sensual lady who, up until now, had outsmarted him at every turn. Rosalind wishes she could deny she is falling for the brooding, handsome baron. How can she possibly trust him when doing so could cost her what she values most—her freedom? When Ashton discovers Rosalind might hold the key to saving the League of Rogues, he knows he will do anything to woo his wicked lass. As their pasts return to haunt them and dark forces rise to keep them from exposing a deadly spymaster, their game of love turns to a game of survival…

Warning: This book includes a brooding baron who’s wild in bed, a crafty Scottish lass who never knows when to quit, a wicked game of strip chess, and a merry band of rogues whose first instinct is to run they hear wedding bells ring.

My Review

My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋1/2

I was so glad to see Ashton was getting his own story and was not disappointed. Rosalind and Ashton are perfect for each other even though they don’t realize it. Like the other books, I never knew what was going to happen and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen between them and with Waverly. I loved how many people were trying to put them together and at first, it was just about saving their own businesses, but it turned into more. I was shocked to learn she might hold the key to saving the league and loved how it all ended. The chess game was a favorite.

Rosalind is one of my favorite heroines. She is a strong business woman and won’t let anyone control her. I loved her from the start because she fought for what she wanted and could compete with the men in more ways than one.

Ashton took his business dealing serious and not out of greed. I loved how he thought about things and the way he protected his family. His past explained a lot about him and why he fought so hard in business.

I loved meeting both of their families. His family is very unique and you have to love his mother and sister. Her brothers would do anything to protect her even after all this time. I can’t wait to see what will happen in the next book.

 

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Author Bio

Lauren Smith is an Oklahoma attorney by day, author by night for Grand Central Publishing, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. To connect with Lauren, visit her at http://www.laurensmithbooks.com/ or twitter at https://twitter.com/LSmithAuthor.

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Series Relaunch! Loved Ever More (A Lady Forsaken Exclusive Bonus) By Christina McKnight

 

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Series: A Lady Forsaken, Exclusive Bonus

Author: Christina McKnight

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency England

Word Count: 5,000 words

Cover Artist: Sweet n’ Spicy Designs

 

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 chrsitina-mcknightAbout the Author:

Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.

 

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

 

 

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Series Relaunch! Hidden No More (A Lady Forsaken #4) By Christina McKnight

 

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Series: A Lady Forsaken, Book Five

Author: Christina McKnight

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency England

Release Date: March 23, 2016

Word Count: 83,000 appox.

Cover Artist: Sweet n’ Spicy Designs

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Blurb 

A lady concealed from society…

Lady Ellington, the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy marquis, has spent her entire life hiding from London’s high society—both as a result of her own desires and those forced upon her by her overbearing and abusive father. When the marquis passes away suddenly, Ellie feels as though a weight has been lifted and immediately assumes her role as mistress of Drake House. Though she is constantly looking over her shoulder, wondering when it will all be taken from her. And for good reason—no sooner has she shed her black mourning garb than a missive arrives, announcing an heir to the Marquisate. A person she has never heard of before, but one with enough power to change her fate entirely.

A man uncovering the secrets of his past…

Taken in by his nursemaid in infancy and raised as an orphan, Alex has never had the benefits of a name or a bloodline. Yet he’s content to work hard and earn his keep as a stable hand in one of London’s finest homes, proving himself worthy of both his position and his friendship to the beautiful Lady Ellington. When Ellie asks for his help with a delicate matter, he’s happy to oblige, but soon finds himself in the middle of more than he bargained for. His innocent meeting reveals secrets from the past that he never could have imagined, and he discovers that he’s a duke by birth. But even with the possibility of a title and all that goes along with it, Alex is unsure whether he can tear down the walls Ellie has built to protect her heart.

A love neither can hide…

While the two have a love that’s undeniable, it may not be enough to bridge the gap and overcome the obstacles standing in their way. And now, with every secret revealed, there’s even more at stake.

 

Don’t miss the highly anticipated final novel in Christina McKnight’s A Lady Forsaken Series! Regency Romance at its best!

 

chrsitina-mcknightAbout the Author:

Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.

 

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

 

Follow her on Twitter: @CMcKnightWriter

Keep up to date on her releases: www.christinamcknight.com

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Review: Her Wicked Proposal (The League of Rogues #3) By Lauren Smith

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Her Wicked Proposal by Lauren Smith

My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

Buy Links

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Blurb

He doesn’t need his eyes to uncover her true beauty.

Cedric, Viscount Sheridan, is cursed. Once the ton’s golden boy, the loss of his sight has left him a reclusive shell of a man. His days of womanizing, horse racing and pistol shooting lost forever.

Offered the chance to recapture a small part of his old life, he can’t refuse-even if it means accepting the shocking proposal of the infamous ice maiden, Anne Chessley.

Still reeling from her father’s death, Anne’s deepest wish is to avoid the hordes of fortune hunters who will soon be beating down her door. Proposing marriage to Cedric is an act of desperation, his unexpected acceptance a strange and wonderful dream.

His only stipulation: she must respond passionately and wantonly in his bed. Her agreement barely crosses her lips before he begins a sensual assault on the icy walls bitter secrets have built around her heart.

Yet even as they catch a glimpse of true happiness, betrayal is poised to sweep them away on opposing tides of danger.

Warning: Contains an outwardly aloof heroine with a secretly tender heart, a once-notorious rake who isn’t quite as rusty at seduction as he feared, and a band of rogues who join together to make sure happily-ever-afters do come true.

My Review

After the last book, I couldn’t wait to read this one and it didn’t disappoint. This one kept me on the edge of my seat with everything that threatened them. I loved getting to hear the whole story behind the horses he won and how the league met. I really enjoyed how much the league has changed and I laugh at how they talk like the abduction was a normal thing for them to do. Just when I thought they were good her past came up and caused a fight that had a twist I did not expect to happen. I jumped up and down at the ending.

Anne is very smart and loving girl even if she does hide behind ice walls. I loved how she didn’t let her past define her and had no plans to hide it from him. She was very strong and didn’t seem to be afraid of anything. Her father sounded like a good man with how he didn’t like some of the rules and approved of Cedric.

Cedric’s blindness definitely affected him more than he realized. He lived in fear of falling and didn’t want to be around people. I loved how he changed when away from London and only wanted to shake him once during the fight, but he quickly realized his mistake. He is a very loving and open minded, but will kill anyone that threatens the people he loves.

Ashton is becoming a favorite of mine. He always seems to know what to do and doesn’t jump to conclusions. In this book, we get to know Jonathan a bit more and meet a great staff member of Cedric’s.

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