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They’re a mismatch to be sure. But can they still fall in love?

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Finding a worthy husband should be simple for three beautiful debutantes in Regency London. But the Somerset sisters have a way of making it delightfully complicated . . .

Violet Somerset has always preferred a library to a ballroom, but to please her grandmother she agreed to one London season. With nothing to show for it but heartbreak, she’s reconciled to spinsterhood. Until a notorious rogue known as the Devil of Dare requests an introduction to her timid, gentle youngest sister, Hyacinth. Violet will do anything to stop the match—even if it means posing as Hyacinth herself . . .

Nicholas Balfour, the Earl of Dare, is enjoying the life of a rake far too much to take a wife. But he must keep his promise to his grandmother. He’ll simply choose the meekest bride he can find, install her at his estate, then carry on as before. Hyacinth sounds perfect—until he discovers that her sweet demeanor hides the tongue of a viper and the mind of a bluestocking . . .

As Violet’s ruse threatens to unravel, however, she may find the tables turned. Soon she may have no choice but to tolerate her handsome fiancée—or fall in love with him . . .

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Iris Somerset has no intention of being wed to any man that isn’t completely taken with her. There’s just one problem: the more she exerts her newfound rebellious independence, the more desirable she becomes to one man she’s already spurned. Can the Lord of Huntington convince the wild, beautiful debutante to finally be his bride?

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About Anna

Anna Bradley is an award-winning author of Regency Historical Romances A WICKED WAY TO WIN AN EARL, A SEASON OF RUIN, LADY ELEANOR’S SEVENTH SUITOR, LADY CHARLOTTE’S FIRST LOVE, TWELFTH NIGHT WITH THE EARL, MORE OR LESS A MARCHIONESS, and MORE OR LESS A COUNTESS, coming in August, 2018.

Anna lives with her husband and two children in Portland, OR, where people are delightfully weird and love to read.

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Literary Book Gifts Review: Pride & Prejudice T-Shirt + Special Offer

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Today I have something special for you that is book related. I was contacted by Melissa who runs Literary Book Gifts about her shirts and bags recently. As soon as I saw her site I was instantly in love with her designs! It took me a bit to decide on which one I wanted to buy and show off. What better for this blog than a Pride & Prejudice shirt! be sure to scroll down for the special offer!!!

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Price: 💲💲💲 Quality: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Fit: 😍😍😍😍

I got the XL in Heather Grey and love it! The fit is a little snug, but it does say on the site that they run small and this is the largest women’s size. So I was expecting a snug fit on me. I was worried about the design being stretched across my chest because I’m big busted. It did not stretch or distort one bit on me. The shirt is super soft, well made, and the design is very well printed. The sleeves are the perfect length for me unlike most the do the little cap sleeves that I can’t stand.

The price is a bit on the higher side at $28 for me for one item that I can’t see in person (I’m cheap and on a budget). But I have no problem paying that for this quality shirt and design. I plan to buy more as gifts and for myself.

If you need up to 3XL in women’s or 5XL in men’s thet are available upon request and are being added to the site as soon as possible.

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ARC Review: Nightingale (Willow Creek #8) by Lily Graison

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Nightingale by Lily Graison

Releases August 7, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋 1/2

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Blurb

Elisabeth “Betsey” Atwater had plans as big as the Montana Sky. Marry the boy she’s loved since the day they met and become a famous singer. Getting Aaron Hilam to notice her took years of patience and when he did, life was so perfect she forgot all about singing. But dreams of spending her life with him were shattered when he left town and said he was never coming back. Her heart was broken beyond repair until she realized Aaron had left behind a piece of himself she could hold on to forever.

Aaron Hilam’s growing feelings for his best friend’s little sister spooked him more than anything ever had. He’d spent the past twelve years trying to avoid her but now that she was full grown and the prettiest girl in all of Willow Creek, he had a hard time ignoring her, especially when those kisses she gave him led to things her brother would probably kill him for if he knew. When an argument at home has him mad at the world, he leaves town vowing to never come back but like most things in his life, trouble is never far behind him. When he returns home he has a lot of broken hearts to mend, one in particular.

When Betsey spots Aaron riding into town, she’s heartsick when she sees he’s not alone. But her despair is short-lived when she meets a man who offers her a way past the heartache and a path straight to the other big dream she’s always yearned for. All she has to do is give up everything she’s ever held dear, and that includes Aaron Hilam.

My Review

It almost pains me to say this, but Aaron may be my favorite in Willow Creek! I have been wanting a story like this and Lily delivered it. I couldn’t put it down from page one with her brother doing what any brother would do. There is so much to their story that it pulls at your heart and waiting for something to keep them apart. I loved seeing their relationship build again and so many scenes were heart touching. I knew there was going to be trouble with the guy offering what she wanted but never saw that kind of trouble coming. I was holding my breath after that afraid that something else would happen. There is so much in the book that is amazing and I don’t want to giveaway. I loved the hint for the next book and can’t wait for it. This is one written so well that you can picture everything like a movie.

Betsey is a strong woman to do things on her own and work where she works. She wasn’t so stubborn that she wouldn’t listen even if it took a bit to get her to listen. I loved that she didn’t hide from the town and felt for her with what she had to agree to when protecting those she loved.

Aaron knew he made mistakes and wanted to make things right, but didn’t know everything. He had my heart from the start because he owned up to things and clearly loved her. I felt for him everytime something happened and he made my heart ache in many scenes.

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ARC Review: The Vixen (Wicked Wallflowers #2) by Christi Caldwell

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The Vixen by Christi Caldwell

Releases August 7, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell pits a fiercely independent beauty against a devilish investigator.

Set apart by her ethereal beauty and fearless demeanor, Ophelia Killoran has always been a mystery to those around her—and a woman they underestimated. No one would guess that she spends her nights protecting the street urchins of St. Giles. Ophelia knows what horrors these children face. As a young girl, she faced those horrors herself, and she would have died…if not for the orphan boy who saved her life.

A notorious investigator, Connor Steele never expected to encounter Ophelia Killoran on his latest case. It has been years since he sacrificed himself for her. Now, she hires orphans from the street to work in her brother’s gaming hell. But where does she find the children…and what are her intentions?

Ophelia and Connor are at odds. After all, Connor now serves the nobility, and that is a class of people Ophelia knows firsthand not to trust. But if they can set aside their misgivings and work together, they may discover that their purposes—and their hearts—are perfectly aligned.

My Review

I held my breath, I cried, I cheered, and I screamed throughout this story and loved every bit of it! You will need your tissues and if like me a fur baby nearby with all the intense emotions in this story. I was hooked from the start and every page pulled me deeper. Their story is such a powerful one with so many things against them, but love wins over some of the worst things out there. I loved that they always had a connection even though they didn’t see eye to eye. The investigation of his took a turn I did not see coming and there were more twists and turns I didn’t see coming at all. There were characters that I was set on loving and disliking that true colors came to light and changed my opinions of them so much. I was completely shocked by what happened near the end and wanted to scream, but absolutely loved the twist of how that turned out. I was left with serious book hangover and wanting more.

Ophelia is not a jewel she is an angel that does what she must to save the children on the streets. She is one of the few heroines to pull at my heart more than the hero. I cried and held my breath with the flashes of her memories and why she saved kids the way she did. Even with her tough front, she put out there I loved her right away because she would do anything for others.

Connor never let go of his roots and helped those that needed. His full story broke my heart, but he pushed forward with his mission and made a difference. He won me over from the start with how he sacrificed himself and how he saw others. I cried from him when his father did what he did and hoped it would turn out for the better. He was amazing and what she needed as much as he needed her.

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Review: My Earl’s Entrapment (Wicked Lords of London #3) by Tammy Andresen

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My Earl’s Entrapment by Tammy Andresen

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Lord William Addington has been forced into retirement as one of the Prince Regent’s domestic spies. But he still has one case to solve while attending a house party when an adorably feisty lady enters him room in the middle of the night. He now has another delicious mystery on his hands. Why is Lady Roselyn Pennington snooping about?

Rose is sure Lord Addington is a dullard at best and a criminal mastermind at worst. So why does her heart beat so rapidly every time he is near? And why does he rescue when she insists on landing herself into trouble time and again? It’s as though he isn’t the man everyone thinks he is or even the one he claims to be.

My Review

I’m a sucker for anything with spies and this one does not disappoint! You will be on the edge of your seat from the start with this one. There’s an instant spark between them and I was just waiting for them to burst. Their first meeting made it clear that it was going to be an adventure. I loved how this one also brought in the Duke and Duchess of Landon again and answered more about them. I also loved her dad because he clearly wanted her happy and didn’t listen to rumors.

Rose finds trouble everywhere she goes no matter what. I loved her personality from the start and how she didn’t jump to believe rumors. She was determined to get back what was her’s no matter the risks.

Will doesn’t and does have the picture perfect life because he’s cover is so good that most believe it, but also means he’s got a long road ahead of him. I loved him from the start because he was honest as much as possible and was willing to listen to her.

A favorite scene includes a sulute and french doors.

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Review: My Duke’s Deception (Wicked Lords of London #2) by Tammy Andresen

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My Duke’s Deception by Tammy Andresen

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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A mysterious man saves her life but can he save her heart?

Lady Eleanor McIntyre has been forgotten by society, unloved and left to ruin by her father. But just when she is at her lowest, she crosses paths with a mysterious man who saves her life. It is like a miracle but even more shocking is that he needs her help to find his lost sister.

Lord Matthew Evans, the Duke of Pennington, has an excellent reason for hiding his title from the lovely Ella. The only woman he had ever loved cared far more about his position than she ever did the man. Ella is too beautiful to be trusted with the knowledge he is a duke. But the longer he knows her, the more he wishes he hadn’t deceived her. Because as pure as her heart is, she could surely never love a man who lied about his identity.

My Review

Shattered worlds bring these two together in this lovely read. I was hooked from their first meeting wanting to know their stories. I loved that there wasn’t a ton of conflict between them and that it wrapped up everything nicely. It was clear they were meant to be together and just need a little pushing. I held my breath when she found out he lied because of how she found out, but it worked really well. I was hoping for a certain kind of ending and was thrilled to get it!

Ella will not let her father’s doing bring her down without a fight. I loved her spirit and how kind she was. There wasn’t a hateful bone in her body and she would do anything to help others.

Matthew was left shattered by so much, but his heart is still kind and loving. I loved that everyone could see how kind he was and that scene with the baby made my heart sing. He deserved a happy ending.

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Review: Scandal Above Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries #2) by Jennifer Ashley

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Scandal Above Stairs by Jennifer Ashley

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

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A mystery of stolen antiquities has Kat Holloway setting aside her apron once again for the intrigues of the upper echelons of Victorian London

Priceless artwork has gone missing from the home of a wealthy baronet, and his wife stands to take the blame. When Kat’s employer asks for help in clearing her friend’s name, Kat trades her kitchen for the homes of Mayfair’s wealthiest families.
Soon antiques are disappearing not only from the extravagant households of connoisseurs and collectors, but from the illustrious British Museum.

As the thefts increase in frequency, Kat calls upon her friend Daniel McAdam, who has already set himself up in a pawnshop on the Strand as a seedy receiver of stolen goods. When a man is murdered in the shop, Kat must use all of her wits to see that the thieves are caught and justice is done.

My Review

Kat and Daniel are back for another nail-biting mystery that you will never figure out. There are mysteries inside mysteries that will keep you guessing. I love seeing favorite characters again and meeting new ones as they all come together to solve everything. Every time I thought I had things figured out something would have me second guessing myself. Be prepared to hold your breath multiple times and ready to cheer at other times. The kiss of romance between them and others just adds to everything.

Kat is using her skills again and finding her self in trouble again. I loved getting to know her a bit more and seeing her bring people together too. She makes friends and helps others that you wouldn’t expect.

Daniel is slowly opening up, but still has a mystery surrounding him. I was so glad that more about him was in this story because it made him more understandable. He will do anything to protect those he cares about.

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How My Rating System Works & How I Write Reviews

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Welcome back!

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of talk about rating systems and reviews. Some don’t understand the process of how someone writes a review and rates a book. So I thought I would explain my process and rating system so you understand me and it may help you with others. Now my Review Policy goes into a lot of detail about what I review and don’t review and how to submit a request. It also explains each heart and kiss meaning. This post is going to elaborate on the ratings and writing of reviews.

My Ratings

I use hearts in place of stars. They mean the same as stars and are just what I prefer to use.  I rate a book on a whole which means that I base it on my overall feeling at the end of the book and how glued to it I was. For example, a book has 4 hearts, but my review looks to you like it should be 5 hearts. There are many reasons it could lose that one heart and usually, it’s in the review as to why. It could be that it was too slow for me, too fast or parts were dragged out. Sometimes it’s because of the hero or heroine just didn’t work for me. At times it can just be as simple as it didn’t leave me wowed, but I still liked it and there’s nothing I can pinpoint to put in the review.

3 heart reviews for me usually have equal positives and negatives in the review. I’m usually split on it where I liked parts but also didn’t like a lot of parts. These tend to be ones that are also affected by my kiss rating, lacking story details, and not liking the hero or heroine for most or all of the story. Too many plot holes without hints of they will be resolved in another book. Many 5 kiss rated books land here if they are mostly love scenes and not enough story for me.

Now my kiss ratings for spice level are going to be different for every reader. What I may consider still on the sweet side others may think it’s too steamy. I use halves at times in my kiss rating because some may be just in between ratings for me. I base my rating on how many love scenes there are, how often they appear and the details in the scenes. These ratings also can affect my heart rating depending on how natural to the story they feel and if they take up too much of the story.

For example, books I give 4 kisses to usually have 3 or more love scenes that are detailed and may have more adult language. The scenes can be close together in books, but they don’t take up pages and don’t take away from the story. They are still natural to the story and characters. 5 kisses usually for me take up too much of the story and the scenes happen too early in a full-length book.

It’s like watching a movie or show and asking myself would I watch it with kids around and would it make my dad uncomfortable. I consider Outlander (the show) to be 4 kisses and it makes my dad squirm and I wouldn’t want kids around for those love scenes. There is full on nudity and nothing is left to the imagination. 3 kisses have nudity but only show from the back and sometimes the side without showing things still. So in a book that would be skimming over details a bit leaving things to the imagination and having 3 or less scenes most of the time.

How I Write My Reviews

When I write reviews I break it into three parts my overall thoughts, the heroine, and the hero. I don’t like to rewrite the blurb or retell the whole story. I try to keep it to the point about what I like without spoilers or going into too much detail. I use the blurb as a guide as to what I can safely mention with more details if needed. My reason is that I want readers to get a taste of what’s in the book with enough detail to keep them guessing. I don’t want to give it all away and a reader not want to read it for themselves because they know what happens. That’s why I say I loved such and such scenes or I didn’t see that coming with whoever. I stay vague so readers will have to read to find out what I’m talking about. If I went into details they would be really long reviews and you wouldn’t have to read the book. I do all that when talking to my brother to organize my thoughts because he’s not going to read the book (and isn’t fully listening) and is being my sounding board.

When I talk about the heroine and hero I talk about their personalities a bit, if I like them, understand them, and some things they do. I do this because I know there are certain types that readers like and don’t like and like to know before buying a book. If a heroine is strong and bold I will talk about that. Same goes for heroes that are misunderstood and come off one way, but change. I don’t go into full details on them but hint at things.

I sometimes add a section about other characters that I loved. How I hope to see them again or wished to have an ending to their story.

I also will include trigger warnings if there is something in great detail and a big part of the story. When I do trigger warnings I still try to avoid spoilers, but I have to mention the specific trigger. I will sometimes praise an authors way of handling a topic if they didn’t use it as an add-in or didn’t ignore the effects it can have. Using it an add-in or treating it as nothing will lower my rating and be mentioned in the review.

I will also praise being historical accurate on things that many don’t even though I understand the reasons for not being accurate with some things. I don’t point out inaccuracies or let them affect my rating unless they are really bad (using modern slag like cool or modern clothing etc).

If you ever have a question about something in a review of mine feel free to ask me by commenting or contacting me.

Review: The Risk of Rogues (Sinful Suitors #5.5) by Sabrina Jeffries

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My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Lady Anne is shocked when Captain Lord Hartley Corry—her former fiancé who left for India after her father forbade their marriage—returns to England and acts as if everything is all water under the bridge. He never fought for her hand or eloped with her as he promised and he thinks she’d still be willing to marry him? Not a chance.

Hartley is equally shocked to literally run into his past love upon arriving at his brother’s house. Though he yearns to take advantage of this second chance to woo his beloved, he can hardly admit that he is secretly a spy—at least not until he can be sure he trusts her. But convincing Lady Anne to let him prove his sincerity by courting her respectably all over again might be his undoing. Because all he wants is to show her how much of a rogue he can be when the right woman is in his arms…

My Review

I love old loves finding each other again and this one is no smooth ride. This is a fast-paced story that will keep you on your toes. I loved how they found each other again and that they got to know each other again.  They have changed over the years, but are still drawn to each other. I loved the ending and how everyone was there to see it.

Anne never knew the full truth of what happened when he left. She is ready to be on the warpath with him, but her heart can’t let go that easily. I loved that wasn’t afraid to question his boss, but she was still scared.

Hart is all heart and did what he thought best years ago. I loved him from the start with how he wasn’t going to stop and wanted to tell her the truth. He didn’t realize how many had his back.

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Where Have I Been & Amazon Troubles

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Where have I been? I know that’s what you have been wondering for the past week. If you’re not friends with me on FB then you have been wondering why no reviews suddenly. I got hit with a bad summer cold that wore me out and I couldn’t read. I’m talking horrible sore throat for days followed by a bad cough and congestion after that. My mom was hit with Strep so there was the worry about me having that too. I just started to really feel better a couple of days ago, but wanted to give myself a good amount of time to rest.

I had planned to read yesterday and last night for a review today. But I was woken up at 7am yesterday to my mom taking my brother to the ER. He had gotten hit with this cold too, but he got a nosebleed that would not stop and wasn’t a little one. Good news is it was nothing serious but took almost two hours to stop it and most likely due to a sinus infection. The focus was on him for the day and making sure he was okay.

I will have a review for you on Friday.

Now my Amazon troubles. In short, I’ve been banned from reviewing on Amazon. This happened at the same time that I got sick so I’ve been dealing with that too. I contacted them three times before I heard back about why all my reviews were gone and why I couldn’t post any. I was told that elements of my account indicated that I have a relationship to sellers, publishers, and other reviewers. Or that I received compensation for my reviews or requested free or discounted products in exchange for reviews.

Do I have a relationship with these people? Not in the sense of being a close friend or family member. I’ve never met a single one in person. I’m a fan, reader, and blogger. My reviews show that I read the books and aren’t always 4 and 5 star reviews so they are honest too. I have bought many of the books and products I’ve reviewed on my own because I wanted them. Not because I was asked to review them.

Am I compensated for my reviews? No. I would never take payment for a review. I am given books to review, but I voluntarily review them. They are honest reviews which means authors don’t expect glowing reviews just because they gave me the books. The only money I make is as an affiliate and that is very little ( a few cents at a time). That’s not for reviews and is just links I post for things I love.

Have I requested free or discounted products in exchange for reviews? No. I know some bloggers will approach authors and publishers for books they want to read. But I don’t do that as I don’t feel its right to do. If I want to read a book I will buy it if there hasn’t been an opportunity to review through a tour, street team, or author asking me if I want to read it. I do have on my blog that if an author submits a book they need to provide a copy. This is standard for bloggers as we can’t possibly afford to buy every book and we usually buy the ones we love.