ARC Review: The Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides #8) by Valerie Bowman

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The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman

Releasing October 31, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

Can two star-crossed lovers come together―until death do they part? 

Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride―ideally, one who’s also well-connected and well-funded. . .

Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the brother of her best friend, ever since she was an awkward, blushing schoolgirl. If only she had a large dowry―or anything to her name at all. Instead, she’s from a family that’s been locked in a bitter feud with Hart’s for years. And now she’s approaching her third London season, Meg’s chances with him are slim to none. Unless a surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark a rebellious romance. . .for all time?

My Review

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

I couldn’t put it down! There are so many characters to love, twists and schemes to keep you from putting it down. I loved that I never knew what was coming or how things would play out. The scandal with both sets of parents was unexpected and explained a lot of things. Lucy is favorite because I never knew what she was going to say or do. I loved the battle between the two of them after the wedding.

Meg deserved happiness and love. I loved her from the start because she saw the good in everyone and was determined. She was so sweet and caring. I loved how her friends had told her what to do and that she didn’t think twice about it.

Hart was scared to death of marriage for good reason. I loved him because he had no problem telling people off or making a scene when needed. He battled with himself over everything, but his heart won.

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Halloween Reads

Autumn

Halloween is almost here so I thought I would share my favorite Halloween reads.

I love the whole The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor series at Halloween. The new Christmas ones would also be great reads for around Halloween.

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Review: The Wallflower’s Wicked Wager (A Waltz With A Rogue Novellas #5) by Collette Cameron (book #5 in When a Lord Loves a Lady – A Waltz with a Rogue Collection)

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The Wallflower’s Wicked Wager by Collette Cameron (book #5 in When a Lord Loves a Lady – A Waltz with a Rogue Collection)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋 1/2

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Blurb

He loved her beyond anything and everything—precisely why he couldn’t ever marry her.

A wounded hero.
Love—sentimental drivel for insipid, weak, feckless fools.
Since an explosion ravaged Captain Morgan Le Draco’s face and cost him his commission in the Royal Dragoons, he’s fortified himself behind an impenetrable rampart of cynicism and distrust. Now destitute and shunned by the very society that once lauded his heroics, he’s put aside all thoughts of marrying and having a family. Until he risks his life to save a drowning woman. At once, Morgan knows Shona’s the balm for his tortured soul, but as a wealthy, titled noblewoman, she’s too far above his humble station and can never be his.

An intrepid wallflower.
Love—a treasured gift reserved for those beautiful of form and face.
Scorned and ridiculed most of her adult life, Shona, Lady Atterberry believes she’s utterly undesirable and is reconciled to spinsterhood. She hides her spirited temperament beneath a veneer of gauche shyness, until a strapping, scarred stranger saves her life, and she can’t deny her immediate, powerful, and sensual attraction to him. Despite how ill-suited they are and innuendos that Captain Le Draco is a fortune-hunter, she cannot escape her growing fascination.

Two damaged souls searching for love.
Others are determined to keep them apart, and Shona is goaded into placing a wicked wager. One that sets her upon a ruinous path and alienates the only man who might have ever loved her. Is true love enough to put their pasts behind them, to learn to trust, and heal their wounded hearts?

Warning: This book contains one devilish, seemingly irredeemable rogue, an on-the-shelf wallflower who dabbles in wicked wagers, an unexpected and most enticing swim in a lake, a villainess you’ll want to shove into said lake, and a cast of captivating secondary characters with their own tantalizing romantic tales.

My Review

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

The evil miss is back in this one! I loved that they both were very different from your typical hero and heroine. Both had scars from their pasts and the way they met was totally unexpected. No matter what people said they kept their heads high. I loved the wager.

Shona was not the typical shy lady and could spot a fortune hunter. I loved that she didn’t hide from everyone and that she took on the wager. She knew what she wanted and went after it.

Morgan battled his family and the people around him. I loved that he was determined to find his own way especially after what his father did. He didn’t think twice about telling people off.

review: To Tame a Scoundrel’s Heart (A Waltz With A Rogue Novellas #4) by Collette Cameron (book #4 in When a Lord Loves a Lady – A Waltz with a Rogue Collection)

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To Tame a Scoundrel’s Heart by Collette Cameron (book #4 in When a Lord Loves a Lady – A Waltz with a Rogue Collection)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

Could you give up what you’re most passionate about forever?

She had her whole life planned.
Katrina Needham intended to marry her beloved major and live happily-ever-after. Until he’s seen with another woman. Distraught, and needing a distraction, she agrees to assist the rugged, and dangerously handsome privateer, The Saint of the Sea, find a wife.

He loves everything about being a sea captain. 
When Dominic St. Monté unexpectedly inherits a dukedom and the care of his young sisters, he reluctantly decides he must marry. Afterward, he can return to the sea-faring life he craves and leave his duchess to oversee his dukedom.

Nic enlists a family friend’s help in finding an acceptable bride and soon realizes Katrina possesses every characteristic he seeks in a duchess. However, he cannot ask for her hand. Not only is she promised to another, a man still determined to make her his, she has absolutely no interest in becoming a privateer’s wife. Can Nic and Katrina relinquish their carefully planned futures and trust love to guide them?

Caution: This humorous historical Regency romance contains a scoundrel turned respectable duke, a precocious heroine whose tendency to say whatever scandalous thing that pops into her head lands her in scrapes, a spoiled feline with an attitude, and a sweet, meddling elderly aunt.

My Review

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

Another favorite! Many twists and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I was hooked from the start wondering how it was going to play out. I loved how they instantly were very open with each other like they had known each other for years. I felt bad for the major until he started talking and loved both families.

Katrina speaks her mind freely around everyone. She is a favorite of mine because of the way she was with everyone. I loved when she told the major off and how she was with his sisters.

Nic had his life flipped upside down with the new of inheriting the title. I loved him right away because of how he was with his aunt and that he was going to take care of his sisters.

 

Review: Her Scandalous Wish (A Waltz With A Rogue Novellas #3) by Collette Cameron (book #3 in When a Lord Loves a Lady – A Waltz with a Rogue Collection)

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Her Scandalous Wish by Collette Cameron (book #3 in When a Lord Loves a Lady – A Waltz with a Rogue Collection)

Collection Releasing October 23, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋 1/2

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Blurb

A marriage offer obligated by duty; an acceptance, compelled by desperation. 

Scarred from a fire, at two-and-twenty, Philomena Pomfrett is resigned to spinsterhood. But to ease her dying brother’s fretting, she reluctantly agrees to attend a London Season to acquire a husband. If she fails, when he dies, with no family and no money, her future is perilous. Betrayed once, Philomena entertains no notions of a love-match.

Newly titled,
Bradford offers marriage, but Philomena rejects his half-hearted proposal, convinced he’d grow to despise her. Then her brother collapses, and she’s faced with marrying a man who deserted her once already.

Caution: This Regency historical romance contains a jaded lord whom the ladies adore, a scarred spinster, willing to sacrifice everything for her dying brother, a feisty, portly cat, and an audacious aunt who say precisely what she thinks.

My Review

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

This is my favorite so far! Many emotions and a few twists I didn’t see coming. It was a whirlwind of events and I loved it. I did not expect the twist of what he thought had happened to them or the stuff about his uncle. I loved that they were drawn together in the dark. His aunt again adds to everything.

Philomena thought no man would ever love her because of her scars. I loved her because of how much she loved her brother and wanted to make him happy. She also spoke her mind at all times.

Bradford was left heartbroken because of his uncle’s lies. I felt for him as he thought about her and then when he saw her. I loved him in the first book and more in this one because it told his story more.

Review: Bride of Falcon (A Waltz With A Rogue Novellas #2) by Collette Cameron (book #2 in When a Lord Loves a Lady – A Waltz with a Rogue Collection)

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Bride of Falcon by Collette Cameron (book #2 in When a Lord Loves a Lady – A Waltz with a Rogue Collection)

Collection Releasing October 23, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

When is love not enough?

After five Seasons, Ivonne Wimpleton has accepted she’s an haute ton undesirable. Her only suitors are men desperate to get their hands on her marriage settlement. Guarded and aloof, and always a bit ungraceful, she’s resigned herself to spinsterhood. She doesn’t mind her fate since Chancy Faulkenhurst, the man who once held her heart, left for India without an explanation.

Six years later Chance returns to England physically and emotionally scarred. His love for Ivonne remains just as strong, and when he learns she must choose one of the degenerates who’ve offered for her, he’s determined that none should have her but him. Except, not only is she infuriated he made no effort to contact her in all their years apart, in Chance’s absence, his father arranged a marriage for him and fully expects Chance to honor the agreement.

Caution: This historical Regency romance contains an intrepid, spinsterish wallflower convinced she’s unworthy of love, a wounded hero determined to persuade her otherwise, and a cunning villainess you’ll hope gets her comeuppance.

My Review

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

One of the few times a rumor turns out to be a good thing! I was hooked from the start not knowing what was going to happen. I love that this one starts at the same ball as the first book and continues a bit of that story. There are a couple of twists with things and the proposal scene was one of the best!

Ivonne is not a force to me be messed with. I loved that she spoke her mind and didn’t hold back when telling someone off. She definitely knew how to protect herself and wasn’t shy.

Chance knew what his heart wanted, but thought he couldn’t follow it. I loved how he instantly was ready to help her and spoke freely with her. He didn’t hide his pain and or hold back either.

Review: A Kiss for Miss Kingsley (A Waltz With A Rogue Novellas #1) by Collette Cameron (book #1 in When a Lord Loves a Lady – A Waltz with a Rogue Collection)

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A Kiss for Miss Kingsley by Collette Cameron (book #1 in When a Lord Loves a Lady – A Waltz with a Rogue Collection)

Collection Releasing October 23, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

Can a beautiful spinster trust love again? Especially if the same man asks? 

Olivia Kingsley didn’t expect to fall in love and receive a secret marriage proposal two weeks into her first Season. However, one dance with Allen Wimpleton and her fate is sealed. Or so she thinks until her eccentric and ailing father announces he’s moving the family to the Caribbean for a year. Distraught at her leaving, and unaware of her father’s ill health, Allen demands she choose—him or her father.

Heartbroken at Allen’s callousness, but thankful he’s revealed his true nature before she married him, Olivia turns her back on their love. The year becomes three, enough time for her broken heart to heal, and after her father dies, Olivia returns to England. Coming face to face with an embittered Allen, she realizes she never purged him from her heart, and once again the flames of passion ignite. But is it too late for their love?

Caution: This humorous historical Regency romance contains a dashing, pessimistic rogue, a strong-minded heroine with a temperament as fiery as her red hair, an audacious aunt who says precisely what she thinks, and an uppity villainess who gets her comeuppance at last.

My Review

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

This was just the quick little pickup read I needed. I got many laughs with this one from her aunt and brother. I loved how everything happened and played out in the garden. You could tell from the moment they saw each other again that they still loved each other.

Oliva was frightened and overwhelmed by everything. I loved her because she didn’t hide her feelings and was ready to face everyone again. She spoke from her heart.

Allen was left heartbroken when she left. I loved that his heart and body wasn’t going to let him avoid her. He was very understanding once he listened to her.

A Sad Update

I have another update for today. I don’t know if there will be any posts the rest of this week. Around 12:30pm my little dog Abigail crossed the rainbow bridge and don’t know if I will be up to reading and posting at this time. If you have followed me for awhile you know she was a huge part of my family and had been my rock for the last 12 years.

Quick update

Normally I would be posting what I am reading this week, but I have not being feeling good for the last few days. I’ve barely done anything because of this including reading. Hopefully I will have a review Wednesday as I am going to start Collette Cameron’s When a Lord Loves a Lady box set and should be able to read on of the books.

The Book Blogger Test

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I’ve not had time to read the last two days so it’s another book tag. This time it’s The Book Blogger Test that I found on My Little Book Blog.

what are your top three book pet hates?

1. When a romance book has a risque cover and then you read it only to realize it is a 1 or 2 out of 5 on the heat level. It alienates readers from both sides because sweet readers won’t know it’s sweet so they don’t buy it and spicy readers who buy it will think it’s spicy.

2. Characters that hate each other one second then they are madly in love the next after something small happens. Yes, that something small can make a change in feelings, but you still need to build it up over time even if it’s a short amount of time, but not instantly.

3. Novella’s that don’t tie up loose ends or explain things fully. When there is something in a character’s backstory that is never fully explained or something happens and then forgotten about then it’s like a cliffhanger. If it will be explained in another book please let us know.

describe your perfect reading spot

I’m an in bed reader or an out in nature reader. So either a cozy bed, nice pjs, my fur babies, my tv in the background, and no loud noises. Or a nice comfy shady spot surrounded nature with no city noise.

tell us three book confessions

1. I still haven’t read Pride and Prejudices even though I have it as an ebook and have watched two film adaptions.

2. I have a massive TBR list of over 800 on Goodreads and don’t even own like 95% of them. I will read a book by a new to me author and then add all of their books to my TBR list, but rarely get around to buy them or forget I added them.

3.  I have been stuck read book 5 of the Outlander series for over a year. I took a break from it due to review requests at the time and haven’t picked it up since even when I have free time.

when was the last time you cried during a book?

A Scarlet Woman by Lorna Peel. There were many things in it that made me cry for different reasons and I loved it.

how many books are on your bedside table?

One and it’s The Fiery Cross book 5 of the Outlander series. It’s sitting there to remind me I haven’t finished it.

what is your favourite snack to eat while you’re reading?

I don’t eat while 99% of the time, but if I do eat then it’s usually some kind of chips.

name three books you would recommend to everyone

This is soooooo hard and I’m going to list series:

The Willow Creek series by Lily Graison

The Secrets and Scandal series by Darcy Burke

The Rookery Rogues series by Erica Monroe

show us a picture of your favorite bookshelf on your bookcase

No shelves! Just a stack of books on a cubbie.

write how much books mean to you in just three words

Hard one!!!

Escape for everything!

what is your biggest reading secret?

I love many types of heroes in romances, but unlike many, I don’t like the very alpha male type. The ones that like to be in charge at all times and don’t let up ever are a huge turn off for me.

That is the end of the tag! I’m not tagging anyone, but if you decided to do it let me know!