Early Review: A Wallflower’s Christmas Kiss (Connected by a Kiss 3) by Dawn Brower

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A Wallflower’s Christmas Kiss by Dawn Brower

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level:  💋💋

Release Date: December 5, 2016

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Blurb

Spinsterhood has never looked so good, but unfortunately even that won’t save Lady Juliette Brooks. Her father’s arranged a betrothal for her to a brute of a man. She has one choice left—force the Duke of Kissinger to honor a long ago promise to save her.

Grayson Abbot, the Duke of Kissinger, does not want to marry Lady Juliette. He doesn’t want to marry anyone. But he did make her a promise, and he doesn’t go back on his word… So he reluctantly agrees to run away with her.

They set off on an adventure during the Christmastide season. As they race to Scotland they experience delays, cold weather, and a friendship they’d almost forgotten about. Will Juliette finally find out what it’s like to be kissed, and in return, win the duke’s heart?

My Review

This one is different from the others in the series and I absolutely loved it! What else is a lady to do when her father is set to marry her off to a horrible man, but seek out her childhood friend that now has a certain reputation? They were childhood friends that haven’t spoken in fifteen years, but he made a promise then and will keep it. I loved that they headed for Greta Green and the ceremony when the were married because of the details.

Juliette may seem like a quite girl that does what her father says, but it’s more of an act and she proves them wrong as soon as she runs away. I loved how she never backed down and knew Grayson better than himself. She is an amazing girl and one of my favorite heroines.

Grayson has done the opposite of what his father wanted since he sent him away to school, but deep down there is still a bit of the boy Juliette loved. I loved how he slowly put away his rogue persona. He is one of my favorite heroes.

I wish it was longer because I loved it so much. I hope her stepmother wasn’t so mean to have known how bad a man she pushed her to marry was. I was glad her father realized what could have happened to his daughter.

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

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Review: Lady Hope’s Dashing Devil (Regency Seasons #9) by Ava Stone

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Lady Hope’s Dashing Devil by Ava Stone  (Previously found in Thwarting the Duke)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level:  💋💋💋

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Blurb

Lady Hope Post has suffered the most rotten luck over the last year. She’s lost the love of her life. Her great-uncle and Machiavellian matchmaker the Duke of Danby has a special license just waiting for her somewhere. And after one tiny little phaeton accident in the park, the most devilish earl attempts to blackmail her over the incident.

Thaddeus Baxter, the Earl of Kilworth has every intention of restoring luster to the earldom he’s inherited from his ne’er-do-well cousin, but when an adventurous lady upends his phaeton in the park, all of Thad’s perfectly respectable plans are tossed out the window. What are the odds he’d cross paths with the same girl who’d nearly brought down his cousin’s earldom in the first place? And what are the odds he’d lose his heart to her as well?

My Review

This one was at the top of my TBR list and it didn’t disappoint! That tiny little accident set off a chain of events that changed their thoughts about each other. I loved everything about it from beginning to end especially when they realized they loved each other and the scenes with the Duke.

Hope is an adventures girl that has broken my heart since she lost her love. The sparkle left her eyes and she has changed to a sad quite girl and says she doesn’t care about her future. That all changed when she met Thad. I loved how adventures she is and that when she loves someone she will do anything to save them.

Thad is the opposite of his late cousin, but there is still some adventure in him. He comes off a bit uptight at first, but really isn’t. I loved how he called her a menace but found himself drawn to her and then protecting her before realizing why.

The wedding is one of the best ones!

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

Review: Captivated By The Captain (Fabled Love #2) by Amanda Mariel

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Captivated by the Captain  by Amanda Mariel

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level:  💋 1/2

Release Date: December 1, 2016

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Blurb

What happens when an American heiress to a shipping company crosses paths with a pirate?

Miss Prudence Drake desires nothing more than to return to America and pick up the pieces of her life. After being held captive on the Black Dawn and witnessing her papa’s murder, the last thing she wants is to find herself in the hands of another pirate-even if he is handsome and honorable.

Captain Jasper Blackmore has forsaken his past, walking away from England’s shores in search of a new adventure after the war left him physically scarred and jilted by the one lady he dared to love. An American hoyden could never fit into his world despite his attraction to her.

Can two people whose life paths are at odds find common ground?

My Review

I rarely read historical romances that have pirates, but I loved this one! I was drawn in from the start with Prudence and her papa then shocked by his murder. I liked that they had a bit of a connection from the start and that they both had their secrets.

Prudence is a strong girl that knows what she has to do and won’t let anything get in her way. I loved her strong will and that she knew when she could trust Jasper and let everything out.

Jasper may be a pirate, but he is still a gentleman and an honorable one. I loved his story and how he was quick to realize what he needed to do. His secrets will warm our heart and pull at it too.

This is a great quick read!

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

Review: To Walk in the Sun (Wiggons’ School for Elegant Young Ladies) by Jane Charles

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To Walk in the Sun by Jane Charles (also part of It Started With A Kiss box set)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level:  💋💋

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Blurb

Hiding from a dangerous man, Tess Crawford thought The Wiggons’ School for Elegant Young Ladies would be the perfect place to disappear. Or it would be if the local villagers weren’t on edge because of the vampire in their midst, at least they think he’s a vampire. The fascination with the reclusive viscount disrupts the girls’ studies and Tess fights an unending battle to convince her students that monsters do not exist.

Vincent Latimer, Viscount Atwood, is not a vampire, no matter what the villagers believe. He wishes the book, Wake Not the Dead, had never been written. There is a very good reason he visits his wife’s grave at night, and it has nothing to do with trying to raise her from the dead.

When a storm thrusts Tess into Vincent’s path and destroys the school, both of their pasts collide.

My Review

This one will keep you on the edge of your seat! I never knew what was going to happen next or how it was going to end. This one is great to read on a rainy night. I never expected them to be connected the way they were or that the girls would play a part in things like they did.

Tess is hiding for a very good reason. The man she is hiding from will kill her once he gets what he wants and he will do anything to get it. She is a strong woman that will do anything to protect the girls she teaches even if it means sacrificing her heart and running again. I loved how she didn’t believe any of the rumors and actually fought them.

Vincent is plagued by rumors that he’s a vampire because he visits his wife’s grave every night at midnight. He has a very good reason for why he isn’t seen out during the day. I expected him to be cold, but he wasn’t most of the time. The way his wife died was tragic and he wants revenge. I loved how he surprised himself by inviting the girls there and becoming protective of them.

I absolutely loved his staff especially Wesley and loved all the girls.

Pre-Order Today! It Started With A Kiss Regency Romance Box Set By Jane Charles, Elizabeth Essex, Aileen Fish, Rose Gordon, Jerrica Knight-Catania, Emma Locke, Sue London, Amanda Mariel, Deb Marlowe, Christina McKnight, Erica Monroe, and Ava Stone

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Genre: Regency Historical Romance Anthology

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IT STARTED WITH A KISS… Twelve First In Series From Stars of

Regency Historical Romance! Enjoy dashing dukes, reformed rakes, and scandalous bluestockings in this sweet to sexy boxed set.

MAD FOR LOVE by Elizabeth Essex
Mignon du Blois needs an accomplished thief to steal back her father’s statue so he won’t be arrested for forgery–too bad the man willing to help her is actually Rory Cathcart, noted art expert.

A SCANDALOUS WIFE by Ava Stone
After living separate lives since their rushed wedding, an earl and countess stumble upon each other and begin to see the other in a whole new light.

TRIALS OF ARTEMIS by Sue London
An independent bluestocking sneaks into a library to read rare Greek texts and ends up with a husband instead.

HER SUDDEN GROOM by Rose Gordon
The overly scientific, always respectable, and socially awkward Alexander Banks has just been informed his name resides on a betrothal agreement right above the name of the worst chit in all of England. With a loophole that allows him to marry another without consequence before the thirtieth anniversary of his birth, he has only four weeks to find another woman and make her his wife.

THE ROBBER BRIDE by Jerrica Knight-Catania
Victoria Barclay is determined to make a difference in the world, so she finds a way to rob the rich and donate to the poor. But the Earl of Leyburn, her lifelong friend and neighbor, threatens to expose her in his constant pursuit of the truth.

SHUNNED NO MORE by Christina McKnight
Lady Viola Oberbrook longed for a quiet life in the country, far from London and the society who’d shunned her during her first season. She never expected to come face-to-face with Lord Haversham, the only man who had every right to despise her. 

A DANGEROUS INVITATION by Erica Monroe
Struggling to survive in London’s dangerous rookeries, Kate Morgan is determined not to give into the temptation of past love Daniel O’Reilly when he returns to win back her heart and prove he’s innocent of murder.

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING WICKED by Emma Locke
Courtesan Celeste Gray wanted a new life free of the infamy of her notorious past–the last thing she planned on was falling for the stuffy viscount next door, Ashlin Lancester.

HIS IMPASSIONED PROPOSAL by Aileen Fish
Stephen Lumley returns from battle wounded and jaded, only to find his home life had been changed forever. After proposing while drowning his sorrows in liquor, he now has only four months to convince himself and Jane Marwick he is worthy of her, before she’s off to London to find a man who is.

SCANDALOUS ENDEAVORS by Amanda Mariel
Lady Amelia’s willing to create a scandal to stay in her beloved England. A Scottish duke ignites her passion, but will she abandon her endeavor for love?

THE LOVE LIST by Deb Marlowe
Miss Brynne Wilmott will do anything to get her name off of the Love List—that wickedly witty register of London’s light skirts.  The Duke of Aldmere will do anything to be left alone.  But his brother is mixed up in the business, so he’ll work with the lady to unravel the mess…until they find that the plot is more twisted and treasonous than anyone suspects…and that the danger and intrigue pale next to the effect they have on each other.

TO WALK IN THE SUN by Jane Charles
Hiding from a dangerous man, Tess Crawford thought The Wiggons’ School for Elegant Young Ladies would be the perfect place to disappear…except she didn’t anticipate being drawn to the reclusive Viscount Atwood, who has many secrets of his own.

Learn more about the authors:

Jane Charles http://www.janecharlesauthor.com/

Elizabeth Essex http://www.elizabethessex.com/

Aileen Fish http://aileenfish.com/

Rose Gordon http://www.rosegordon.net/

Jerrica Knight-Catania http://www.jerricasplace.com/

Emma Locke http://emmalocke.com/

Sue London https://bysuelondon.com/

Amanda Mariel http://amandamariel.com/

Deb Marlowe http://www.debmarlowe.com/

Christina McKnight  http://www.christinamcknight.com

Erica Monroe http://ericamonroe.com/

Ava Stone http://www.avastoneauthor.com/

It Started with a Kiss features twelve sweet to sexy Regency romances from

award-winning and bestselling historical authors.

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What I Do When I’m Not Reading

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Yes, there are times that I don’t have a book in my hands I know it’s shocking. Lol. You already know I write and post a million photos of my fur babies, but there are other things I do and I’m going to tell you about them.

I love to do crafts and currently have a few projects that are waiting to be finished. I do hand embroidery and my reason for learning to do it was because of historical romance. I loved reading about the ladies doing it and the designs they did. I love to paint and it is also somewhat inspired by historical romance too, but I started doing it for fun as a kid.  I crochet and if you follow me on Instagram then you have seen the Outlander inspired fingerless gloves I’ve made and the dog clothes. Something I don’t do often, but love is sketching and I have done it since I was little.

Something else I do when I’m not reading is I play with hair and makeup. I love to do vintage hairstyles or at least try to do them, but I also love to put different colors in my hair for fun. I love makeup and seeing what looks I can create with it. I love learning new ways to do it and the same with nail polish. My family will tell you I am addicted to painting my nails.

I spend a lot of time on YouTube watching all kind of videos from vloggers to hair and makeup to movie clips and music videos. It’s a great way to relax at night and have a good laugh depending on the videos. I use it to learn things too especially when crocheting a new stitch or a hairstyle.

I have also started virtual assisting as a job. I realized it could give me the freedom to write my book and read while working from home or where ever I am that day.

Blog Tour Feature and Review: The Duke of Deception (The Untouchables #3) by Darcy Burke

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The Duke of Deception by Darcy Burke

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level:  💋💋💋 1/2

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Blurb

After five years on the Marriage Mart, Miss Aquilla Knox is ready for spinsterhood until a benefactress steps in to help her secure a husband. Only Aquilla doesn’t actually want to marry—her failure is entirely on purpose. When the earl she’s nicknamed the Duke of Deception sets his sights on her, she refuses to be drawn in by her attraction to him. If there’s one thing she knows it’s that a gentleman is never what he seems.

Edward Bishop, Earl of Sutton, has a reputation for courting young misses and dropping them without a second thought. This has earned him a reputation for deceit, a description he can’t refute because he does in fact, harbor secrets and will do anything—deceive anyone—to ensure they don’t come to light. As he comes to know the charming Miss Knox, his resolve is tested. However, trust comes at a price and Ned won’t pay with his heart.

Excerpt

Miss Knox, I hope you won’t think me overbold, but I must ask what you’re about. You’re quite different than you were during our other meetings. I am…surprised.”

And disappointed. She could hear it in his voice. Normally, this gave her a jolt of delight. She knew the gentleman would likely never trouble her again. Sutton, however, had seen her in another light. That was a mistake she hoped to fix.

She pursed her lips, sticking them out so that she looked like a fish. “I’m the same, I think.”

No, not at all, and please don’t insult me—or yourself—by saying otherwise. Tell me what is the matter.” His tone was direct and possessed a touch of hardness as well as concern. There was more of the latter, actually, but perhaps that was due to the way he was looking at her. As if he peered straight though her ruse and saw her.

This time when she stumbled, it wasn’t an act.

Pardon me,” she murmured.

Again he held her steady, his hands warm and secure.

Tell me,” he repeated. “Please.”

She couldn’t bear to look at him, so she fixed her gaze over his shoulder at the swirling ballroom. “I thought men liked vapid women.”

Not smart men.” His fingertips skimmed the space above her waist. Tingles of awareness danced up her spine. “Not the ones worth having,” he said softly.

She couldn’t keep from looking at him then. His gray eyes watched her intently, captivating her while he steered them about the floor with precision and grace.

She should keep up the act or do something else to deter him. But why bother? It wasn’t as if he would marry her. He didn’t marry anyone. So he might pay her attention for a while, but he would move on. That could not be disputed.

Aquilla allowed herself to relax. He was safe. Especially since her time on the Marriage Mart was nearly at an end. First thing tomorrow, she’d tell Lady Satterfield about her plan to become a companion.

Why did you really ask me to dance?” she asked. If he could be unflinchingly honest, so could she. It felt good actually.

He lifted a shoulder. “Because I wanted to. I’ve enjoyed your company. It also seemed you owed me a favor.” The side of his mouth curved up, but only briefly, as if he were trying to suppress a smile. Was he flirting with her?

Did I?”

He leaned his head a trifle too close and whispered, “Because I rescued you.”

Of course. She smiled. “Indeed you did. May we consider the debt repaid?”

He pondered this a moment, his gaze lifting toward the chandelier for a step or two. “I’m not certain that’s fair. You did falter, and your foot nearly stomped mine. I think I’ll have to demand another dance.”

Demand? I’m not at all sure I enjoy autocratic gentlemen.”

He looked suddenly terrified. “Do you mean to change my nickname to the Duke of Demanding?”

You’re joking.” She hadn’t been sure, but the crinkles next to his eyes gave him away. “Yes, you’re joking. Just for that I’m going to call you the Duke of Disagreeable.”

He laughed. “This is much better, thank you. I was horrified for a moment there that I’d misjudged you. I’m glad I did not.”

His gaze delved into hers, and she heard his words in her mind: Not the ones worth having. Were there truly any of those?

She doubted it very much, but for the first time wondered if there just might be. Could Sutton be one of them?

That she even entertained the thought filled her with trepidation. He was charming and clever, but he was still the Duke of Deception. He could be worth having, or he could be an utter fiend.

Neither mattered to her because she never planned to find out.

My Review

This is my favorite so far in this series! There are issues in this one that you normally don’t see in historical romance and I love it. They had chemistry from the moment they met and their wedding happened quickly to protect her, but you could tell they loved each other before they even knew it. I loved when they visited the hospital and the proposal. Only one scene had me screaming towards the end, but it worked out perfectly.

Aquilla is someone that I loved from the start. She may not want to marry and comes from not so good home, but she is strong and everyone loves her. I absolutely love her methods for keeping men away and she is very good at her acting. She did what she had to when it came to her family and saving herself.

Ned will make you fall in love with him the moment you learn his secret and the work he does. I loved that he kept putting ladies to his test until he met Aquilla. He doesn’t hold back when he doesn’t like someone or something they say, but he does it in a way that doesn’t cause a scene.

Their passion leaps off the pages. I wanted to smack her father and brother for how they treated her and their own wives. At first, I didn’t like her mother, but once I realized why she was that way I felt for her. I love his aunt like crazy because of how she helps him and that she doesn’t seem to shy away from anything.

Meet The Author

Darcy Burke

Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. 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, and three Bengal cats. Visit Darcy online at www.darcyburke.com and sign up for her newsletter, follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/darcyburke, or like her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/DarcyBurkeFans.

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Other Books in the Series

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  • Duke of Deception Prize Pack filled with the following:

    • Signed copy of The Forbidden Duke and The Duke of Daring

    • Jane Austen jigsaw puzzle

    • Jane Austen inspired candle

    • Pride & Prejudice board book

    • Bath salts from author Wendy LaCapra

    • Darcy Burke trading cards, bookmark, and cleaning cloth

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My Dream Author And Reader Conference

dream-blogI was asked  what authors I would love to have at my dream author and reader conference so I started thinking about it and this is what I came up with.

I would love to have these authors at mine (listed in no particular order):

Ava Stone. All her books are amazing, but her books that involve hauntings give me the chills and I love it. I look forward to anything spooky from her even if it keeps me up at night.

Darcy Burke. Her books always leave me wanting more and I can never put them down no matter the series. She has a series about treasure hunting that talks about King Arthur that I love (and more people should read) and can’t wait for the next one.

Christi Caldwell. Her heroes are not your typical heroes. They need to be loved and saved in some way which is a refreshing change at times. Her heroines are different too because they are perfect like the heroes, but with imperfections too.

Lily Graison. Her books are the reason I started reading romance in the first place. The cowboys in her books all have something that I love. There aren’t many westerns that I love as much as hers.

Erica Monroe. She writes the best historical romances that have suspense, but most of all they are feminist historical romances. That was what drew me to her books and her characters always surprise me in some way.

Renee Bernard. She has a trilogy that has a heroine that can defiantly take care of things. I was glued to it when I read it and loved it even though it was a bit darker than most.

Delilah Marvelle. Her books are ones that I can’t put down. Her characters don’t hide behind an innocent persona when it comes to what they want and sex. They let loose from the restraints of what everyone thinks they should be like.

Diana Gabaldon. Her books aren’t always considered romance, but I love the history and realness that she has in her books too.

My list could go on and on forever and of course, I would love if all the characters I love could jump from the pages and join us.

You can learn more about organizing a conference at  https://www.eventbrite.com/l/conferences/

Blog Tour Feature and Review: Rules for a Rogue (Romancing the Rules #1) by Christy Carlyle

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Rules for a Rogue by Christy Carlyle

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Buy Links

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Blurb

Kit Ruthven’s Rules (for Rogues)

#1 Love freely but guard your heart, no matter how tempting the invader.

#2 Embrace temptation, indulge your sensual impulses, and never apologize.

#3 Scorn rules and do as you please. You are a rogue, after all.

Rules never brought anything but misery to Christopher “Kit” Ruthven. After rebelling against his controlling father and leaving the family’s etiquette empire behind, Kit has been breaking every one imaginable for the past four years. He’s enjoyed London’s sensual pleasures, but he’s failed to achieve the success he craves as London’s premier playwright. When his father dies, Kit returns to the countryside and is forced back into the life he never wanted. Worse, he must face Ophelia Marsden, the woman he left behind years before.

After losing her father, Ophelia has learned to rely on herself. To maintain the family home and support her younger sister, she tutors young girls in deportment and decorum. But her pupils would be scandalized if they knew she was also the author of a guidebook encouraging ladies to embrace their independence.

As Kit rediscovers the life, and the woman, he left behind, Ophelia must choose between the practicalities she never truly believed in, or the love she’s never been able to extinguish.

Excerpt

Pushing his sizable booted foot forward, he wedged it between the door and its frame. “I don’t think we can count this as a visit until you invite me in.”

For a moment Kit doubted Ophelia would relent. Her eyes filled with blue thunder clouds, and her lush lips seamed together, quivering at the edges. Even when she scowled at him, he wanted to kiss her. Pressing his mouth to hers had been his first instinct the minute she opened the door.

Standing on her doorstep all evening seemed extreme, but now he stood close enough to trace the starburst indigo pattern in her eyes and see heat blooming in her cheeks. He wouldn’t turn away. He’d waited too long for this moment. Just a glimpse of her and he already felt lighter.

Come in, then. But only for a moment,” she grumbled, issuing the chilliest invitation he’d had from a woman in years.

Every step he approached, Ophelia retreated, as if determined to put as much distance between them as possible.

Maybe he only felt lighter because his chest constricted the longer he looked at her, and her reticence tightened the vice. The pinching ache behind his ribs vied with the thrill of being near her, hearing her voice, reacquainting himself with the buzz of pleasure she’d always sparked in him.

This close, he couldn’t help but note how she’d changed. The girl who’d let her rebellious curls hang in corkscrews down her back and wore wildflowers in the buttonholes of her gowns had been replaced with a woman who looked every inch an eager-to-chastise governess. Her drab dress imprisoned her figure behind a row of tiny, sentry-like buttons from belly to her chin. The coarse-looking fabric made Kit’s skin itch.

Whatever caused her to hide her passionate nature away behind a guise of propriety, it didn’t work. She still smelled like jasmine, though now the appealing scent was tinged with a bit of starch. Her red hair still glowed like a fiery halo in the afternoon light. Despite her changed appearance, Kit glimpsed the girl he’d once known as well as he knew himself. The young woman he’d missed every day for years.

You’re staring,” she accused, clearly displeased with the fact. Lifting an arm stiffly, she gestured toward the room he recalled as the family’s parlor for entertaining guests. “This way. I’ll ask Mrs. Rafferty to make us some tea.”

Don’t bother Mrs. Rafferty.” He recalled the Marsdens’ housekeeper fondly, but he wanted Phee to himself. “I’ve had my fill of tea today, thank you.”

As you wish.” Pivoting with the precision of a soldier, she marched into the parlor.

Kit loathed her cool politeness, but he didn’t mind studying the tight knot of curls and the pale flesh at the back of her neck. Mercy, she held herself ramrod straight. He dropped his gaze lower, and a patch of soot on the swell of her backside caught his eye. His hand twitched as he fought the urge to touch her curves and wipe the spot away.

You have a mark on your dress.”

Where?” She stopped abruptly, and he nearly bumped into her. She turned.

He stepped back. “Just there.” He reached to grip her waist and turn her.

She skidded away from him as if he’d set her gown on fire. “I can manage on my own.”

I have no doubts on that score.”

My Review

Who doesn’t love a heroine that writes a guidebook that encourages young ladies to be independent? I loved that this one talked about the city a bit more with the trains and publishers instead of balls and parties. It was a bit slow in the beginning, but once everything started happening then I got into it more. I loved how they were with their families and each other. At one time I was almost screaming thinking she was going to change her mind.

Ophelia is a different heroine. She loves her lists and to have order in her life. I loved her from the start and how much she cared about her sister. I felt for her because she didn’t have fun anymore.

Kit is someone that you are instantly drawn to. He is a playwright and a bit of a rogue. I loved that he kept trying to keep away from the publishing world because of his father, but he kept being pulled into it.

Meet The Author

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Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there’s nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.

Connect with Christy Website – Facebook – Twitter – Goodreads

Giveaway!

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  • Rules for a Rogue prize pack filled with the following items:
    • Book of Victorian etiquette (because RULES is all about etiquette)

    • “Opelia’s blue” 1928 teardrop earrings (blue is Ophelia’s color)

    • Harney and Sons English breakfast tea (because my characters are always drinking tea)

    • a Rules for a Rogue spiral lined notebook

    • Jasmine-scented hand lotion (jasmine is Ophelia’s scent)

    • Downton Abbey scone mix (my characters eat scones with their tea)

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Book Boyfriends And Why We Love Them

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Book boyfriends, we all have at least one (or five or ten) even if say we don’t. Yes, we love pretty much every hero in the book we read, but these are those heroes that stand out the most to us and hold a special place in our book loving hearts. They can all be one type of guy or a wide range because everyone is different. That first one will probably be one that you weren’t expecting. I know mine wasn’t because he was totally different than what I thought I would pick. I have Darcy Burke’s Scoundrel Ever After to thank for my first book boyfriend because of Ethan Jaggar a villain turned hero that stole my heart from the start.

So why do we love them? Everyone has different reasons, but usually, they have something that grabs us let it be they remind us of our real spouses or partners or they are just different and a fantasy that we love in a dream world. Many love bad boys turned good with a hint of bad, some love damaged heroes that need love, some love heroes that are very smart, and some like me have a mix of ones we love. For us that are single, they can be someone that we use as a model when looking for that real life hero. We also love to talk about our book boyfriends with other readers and sometimes we share them without realizing it at virtual parties. Lol.

Some Well know book boyfriends are Jamie Fraser from Outlander, Ross Poldark from Poldark, and Athos, Aramis, Porthos, and D’Artagnan The Musketeers. They have grown in popularity thanks to TV because we get to see them in action and because of the actors that play that bring them to life. They also are not the perfect do everything right type and at times do things that are not the smartest or a good idea and drive us crazy, but that’s why we love them.

Don’t worry if you haven’t found you first book boyfriend yet because that book is out there just waiting to be read.