Review: The Blood and the Bloom (Men of Blood Book 1) by Rosamund Winchester

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The Blood and the Bloom by Rosamund Winchester

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

1410 A.D. – A man of honor, Sir Tristin LaDeux is the fearless and fierce captain of the Homme du Sang, a chivalric order, called to defend The Church and enforce its edicts. Known throughout Europe for his dedication to his cause, Tristin thinks nothing of embarking on a mission to arrest a common woman, suspected of witchcraft, and bring her to justice.

Practical, intelligent, and beautiful, Bell Heather Caire is determined to make her own way in life, using her skills and knowledge as the village apothecary. She spends her days making salves and powders, worrying not for the ways and means of men — especially the selfish, depraved Willem Mason, a man as determined to have her as she is determined to be left alone.

When Tristin comes upon Bell Heather bathing in a waterfall, he is immediately enchanted, but when he discovers that she is the witch he’s been ordered to arrest, everything within him revolts. His head tells him to follow orders, but his heart and his body crave the lush little wench with dirt beneath her nails and light in her soul.

As Tristin gives in to his desire for Bell Heather, she realizes she wants more than just herbs and solitude—she wants Tristin and the fire he ignites in her blood. But can these two have what they want most when the very thing Tristin believes in is trying to destroy him? And does Bell Heather have a chance against an evil man willing to risk everything to break her?

Can the man of blood and the lovely bloom find a place for themselves in a world ready to tear them apart?

The Blood and The Bloom is a part of the MEN OF BLOOD series, but can be enjoyed as a stand alone.

My Review

A knight in shining armor, an independent woman accused of being a witch, and a villain that will make your skin crawl. What more can you ask for!! I have read this book twice now and couldn’t put it down until I was finished each time. You will be on the edge of your seat from page one and never know what is coming next or guess how things will end. There’s a spark between them from the moment they lay eyes on each other, but it is not a fairytale road to love for them. Sword fights, kidnapping, and a dungeon meet them at every turn and have you sucked into the story. People will get what they deserve in the end and you will be cheering at the end.

Bell Heather will not be owned by any man and will do anything to help others. I loved her from the start because she stands her ground and stays positive most of the time. She is as strong as any man and will sacrifice her happiness to protect others. I laughed when she said what she needed to do and how she talked with the men at times.

Tristin is in his eyes a fallen man that failed his father years ago. He is a true knight that will not question his missions and is all about duty. I loved him from the start because he is loved by his men and doesn’t come off as cold and heartless. He wore his emotions on his sleeve when it came to Bell Heather. The scenes with his father and him are amazing.

You will love getting to know the other men.

I said this villain will make your skin crawl so be prepared. There isn’t anything very graphic, but he could be triggering to some with the things he does to women.

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ARC Review: A Suitable Wife (The Fitzgeralds of Dublin #2) by Lorna Peel

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A Suitable Wife by Lorna Peel

Releases September 5, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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The lives of the Fitzgerald family are about to change forever…

Dublin, Ireland, 1881. Will and Isobel Fitzgerald settle into number 30 Fitzwilliam Square, a home they could once only have dreamed of. A baby is on the way, Will takes over the Merrion Street Upper medical practice from his father and they are financially secure. But when Will is handed a letter from his elder brother, Edward, stationed with the army in India, the revelations it contains only serves to further alienate Will from his father.

Isobel is eager to adapt to married life on Fitzwilliam Square but soon realises her past can never be laid to rest. The night she met Will in a brothel on the eve of his best friend’s wedding has devastating and far-reaching consequences which will change the lives of the Fitzgerald family forever.

My Review

AMAZING!!! This book not only continues the story of Will and Isobel, but also those around them with many twists, shocking stories, and wonderful surprises. Just like in A Scarlet Woman Lorna covers a range of real subjects that play a part in the whole story. There are heartbreaking moments, but plenty of happy ones to heal those heartbreaking ones. I did not see everything about his brother happening or any of what happened with Fred coming. I really did not expect the twist when she had the baby after everything else. All of the characters are like real people because they aren’t perfect, don’t always do things you want, and do things they shouldn’t, but you love in the end. Loved the godparent frenzy.

Isobel continues to show how strong she is in every situation. She keeps a calm head at every turn and can calm anyone down. I loved that she still didn’t care what people thought about her including those close to her. She also doesn’t hold back with anyone including her father in law.

Will was put through the ringer this time, but he also kept his head high. He had his friends and Isobel around him to keep him afloat when he needed it the most. I worried about him at times when the hits just kept coming, but he didn’t let it pull him down.

This book handles subjects that could be triggering to some. It handles infant loss, miscarriage, suicide, adultery, and sexuality. They are all handled very well and are a part of the whole story like in A Scarlet Woman.

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Tour and Review: The Duke of Seduction (The Untouchables #10) by Darcy Burke

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Lady Lavinia Gillingham prefers rocks and dirt to marriage. Her passion is science, and she’s determined to marry if—and only if—she finds a man who supports her interests and intellect. So far, she’s managed to avoid attention on the Marriage Mart, but when the Duke of Seduction pens anonymous letters singing her praises, she suddenly become the toast of the ton and matrimony seems imminent.

William Beckett, Marquess of Northam possesses the reputation of a rake, but is secretly a romantic. Spurned at sixteen, he doesn’t expect to feel the sting of Cupid’s bow a second time, and yet he’s able to woo the coldest of hearts with the anonymous words he publishes. As the Duke of Seduction, he uses his skill to help Lavinia, never anticipating she has no desire for assistance. While Lavinia is pursued by several suitors, Beck is the one who is seduced when he learns that love can strike twice…

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My Rating: ❤❤❤❤ ❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Be still my heart! Beck and Lavinia story is one to top them all. There is so much in the book with secrets, romance, and libraries. They are both unique and different people that fit perfectly together. Not only was I glued to their story, but that of the other girls he wrote about and his sister. Their first meeting could have been a scandal, but it brought them together in a series of fun events. I loved seeing past characters and did not see the twist coming with one, but it was a twist well deserved.

Lavinia is a sharp-tongued girl that is not afraid of anyone. I loved her right away because she met him head on and didn’t hold back. She may have been angry, but she didn’t hold onto that anger and understood him more and more. I loved that she never held back when talking.

Beck is so different from any of the other in the series with his quest to help ladies and his talents. He feels deeply about everything and everyone and his heart was always in the right place. His music and writing reflected his mood and he had his friends that understood him completely.

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Excerpt:

The room wasn’t overly large, and it was—seemingly—empty. It also wasn’t terribly well lit, with a low fire burning in the grate and a pair of sconces flickering on the wall on either side of the fireplace.

She was either beneath the desk or behind the curtain. He couldn’t see the underside of the desk from the door. It wasn’t a pedestal as Lord Evenrude’s had been.

Circling around, he saw no one hiding there. That left the draperies on the window. He moved to the far wall and instantly noted the slight lump behind the blue damask. Moving forward, he reached for the fabric but hesitated before he pushed it aside. What if it wasn’t her?

The fabric moved, and she bared her face. “You found me.” Her dark gaze registered surprise. “Oh, it’s you!”

“It’s me.”

“Are you still looking for a place to hide?”

“I am.”

She reached for his lapel and held the drapery wide, pulling him into the darkness beside her. “He’ll be done counting shortly. If he isn’t already.”

“I should probably hide somewhere else,” he said, though he was loath to move. Ensconced in the dark with Lavinia, he was acutely aware of her heat and the intoxicating scent of lilies and honeysuckle.

“Yes, I suppose you should.” She turned toward him, and they were so close, her breasts brushed against his chest. “Sorry,” she murmured.

God, he wasn’t. He was only sorry he had to leave.

“Before you go, I wanted to thank you again for the fossils.” She whispered, her breath tickling his neck as she spoke. “I can’t stop looking at them. They’re absolutely extraordinary. I hope I have reason to visit Devon one day so I can hunt for my own.”

“I hope you do too. Consider yourself welcome at Waverly Court any time.”

“That’s very kind of you.”

He heard the smile in her voice and resisted the urge to run his fingers over her mouth so he could feel the curve of her lips. He really should go—

But first, he wanted to ask her something. “Do you know the Duchess of Kendal?”

“Yes, but not well. Fanny’s sister is a good friend of hers. Why?”

Why indeed. Beck wanted to enlist Lavinia’s help to see if the Duchess might be able to help him learn who SW and DC might be. However, if the Duchess had been part of a scandal, she might prefer to leave those memories in the past. Furthermore, he wasn’t sure he should include Lavinia in any of this.

And yet, he found he simply couldn’t resist. “Do you know what happened with the Duchess when she was out in Society—maybe sixteen years ago? The Duke mentioned something, and I was curious. Because my sister was out at the same time.” He added the last because he felt he had to share a reason for his inquiry. Still, he hated bringing Helen up since he didn’t want to answer too many questions about her, particularly regarding her fate.

“She was compromised. A gentleman—I can’t remember who—wooed her. They were caught kissing, and he refused to marry her. She was ruined. It was horrible because it wasn’t even her fault. It’s so unfair. Men can kiss whomever they want, and women are blamed for any indiscretion.”

“The key is to not get caught. It sounds as though this gentleman was rather inept.”

“Are you saying it was his fault?” She sounded surprised. “Most would argue they were at least both to blame.”

“Certainly she retains some culpability, but a decent gentleman would ensure they could kiss and not get caught.”

“And how would they do that?” Something in her tone changed. Her voice lowered, and it felt as though she’d moved just a hair closer.

If he leaned just a tiny bit forward, he was sure he’d feel her breasts again. God, how he wanted to. “They might hide themselves behind a drapery in the library.”

“During hide-and-seek?”

Beck’s cock lengthened and grew stiff as the air around them heated. “Probably not. In that case, someone is actually looking to find them.”

“And yet here we are.” Her voice had changed again, going nearly breathless.

“Yes, here we are.”

“Are you going to, then?” she asked, her breasts grazing his chest as she edged herself against him. “Kiss me.”

“By God, I think I am.”

“Oh, good.”

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Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Join her reader club at http://www.darcyburke.com/readerclub. 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, two Bengal cats and a third cat named after a fruit.

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ARC Review: Tortured by a Horrible Secret (Thieves of the Ton Book 6) by Sandra Sookoo

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Tortured by a Horrible Secret by Sandra Sookoo

Releases August 28, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Will the bonds of love prove stronger than a man back from the dead and bent on revenge?

Miles Lawrence Hawkins, the fifth Earl of Archewyne, is determined to retire from life as a king’s man. Working clandestine cases for the Crown might be in his blood, but keeping his family safe is a more paramount concern. When he and his wife are kidnapped, the chances of escaping slip away, especially when the man behind the insane plan is his brother, Nigel, who has been assumed dead for years.

A mysterious note arrives following the unexpected death of her father blaming her husband for that event, and the Countess of Archewyne wonders what game is afoot. Doubts and fears add to growing ennui when Emmaline lands in a world of pain and confusion. A masked captor makes hideous demands unless she and the earl provide classified information. Through it all, she clings to her love for her husband while biding her time.

Physical and emotional torture continues until the reason is finally revealed—to lure the Duke of Rathesborne into the web to answer for his alleged crimes against Nigel. As their world tilts on the whim of a mad man, they both battle to survive. Nothing short of a miracle can put their lives back together again or repair the damage gained in captivity, but fighting for the future is well worth any cost.

Trigger Warning: Some of the content found in this book may be triggering and/or sensitive. Physical and mental abuse, sexual violence, sexual assault and attempted rape/abuse may be some of the topics mentioned within the pages and might illicit a strong or potentially harmful emotional response.

My Review

Sandra does it again with another breathtaking adventure and story of love beating the odds. The emotions hit you from page drawing you into the story and not letting go. I was so worried about her and Miles because of that note that I didn’t see their kidnapping coming until it happened. The whole time they are held captive was another emotional rollercoaster. Between them willing to die for each other, knowing the secrets, and the torture they were going through I was holding my breath at every turn. I was really afraid of what would happen during another one of Sandra’s amazing fight scenes. So much going on and the details that keep you on the edge until the end. Nigel was truly evil and crazy and he may be the villain to top all villains. When it came to the end there were still many emotions. I was sad, relieved, happy, and amused with how their lives were going to change and that his decision was made for him.

Emmaline is in a bad place in her mind because of everything that has happened. I was hurting for her as she was going through everything from the start and cheering her on. She continues to be a favorite with how she’s strong, but also still a human and not immune to things. When that spark returned to her I wanted to jump up and down. Especially when she put on a show.

Miles is still trapped in that mindset of their work puts them in danger and afraid he will lose his wife. I love that his humor still comes through no matter what and that he doesn’t give up. He also was going through his own emotions because of everything, but his love for her would not let him give up. I feared he would have to make a decision he shouldn’t, but it all worked out.

I wanted to help Peter so much and loved seeing Jonathon again.

I agree with the trigger warning of this book. It is a pretty intense book and the emotions and many of the scenes could be triggering to some readers. To give you an idea of how intense scenes are I would say its up near Outlander level. Not as graphic, but the emotions are there and details are still intense.

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Blog Tour for Bree Wolf’s Condemned & Admired – The Earl’s Cunning Wife (#9 Love’s Second Chance Series)

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A French privateer’s daughter. A marquess’s son.

And a chance encounter on the high seas.


Twelve years ago, Lady Silcox fled England with her six-year-old daughter Violet to spare her the life she herself had been forced into: an arranged marriage to an older man.
Today, VIOLET WINTERS is a grown woman sailing the seas on her French stepfather
’s privateer, dreaming of commandeering a ship of her own. However, when she stumbles upon a betrothal announcement of the man she was set to marry, Violet cannot help but feel honour-bound to protect the woman who had been forced to take her place.
Fortune smiles on Violet and delivers an English lord into her hands – and with him the chance to return to England unrecognised.

OLIVER CORNELL, EARL OF CULLINGWOOD, is trapped in a life he abhors. Not seen as a son, but merely an heir, he dreams of sailing the seas, the epitome of freedom.
By sheer happenstance, Oliver ends up on a merchant vessel, which is promptly boarded by a French privateer. On board the Chevalier Noir, Oliver meets the captain’s daughter, a woman unlike any other he has ever met. Utterly fascinated by the adventurous gleam in her eyes, he does not hesitate to offer his assistance when Violet finds herself in need of a guide to London’s upper society.
Revelling in his first taste of adventure, Oliver poses as her husband…only to realise before long that posing as her husband will not be good enough.
Can a privateer’s daughter and a marquess’s son ever have a happily-ever-after? Or is their love doomed to fail?

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My Review

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋

Fate brought them together not just because a young lady needed saving, but because they needed each other. Every page turn brought something new to their romance and the story. There was a spark between them from the moment they met and it started their adventure. I could not put it down from the moment I picked it up. There were twists at every turn that I didn’t see coming and had me gasping and holding my breath at times. They were truly meant for each other and everyone could see it just by looking at them. The ending to everything was perfect. This was my first time reading a book by Bree Wolf and I can’t wait to read more and get to know characters.

Violet is driven by the need to rescue this girl and give her the chance to make her own choices. I loved her right away because she ran her life and was pretty much equal to the men around her. She had a large family behind her that supported her no matter what. She could use a dagger too and wasn’t afraid to use it or do what needed to be done to save her love.

Oliver seeks something more in life but doesn’t know what it is until he meets her. He was a thousand times more than what he father saw him has. My heart broke for him every time his father spoke, but he found the family he deserved. I loved that he didn’t hold back his emotions and would do anything to help others. He found what he needed in the end.

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Coming to stand beside her father, Violette could feel the stranger’s gaze on her, and she could not help but glance at him out of the corner of her eye. He had thick auburn hair, some strands dark, almost black, while others seemed to gleam in a dark red in the early morning sun. His pale blue eyes held curiosity and a sense for adventure. He stood tall, shoulders squared, and chin raised, meeting her father’s threatening gaze unflinchingly as he answered his questions with a strong voice. Still, there was a slight tremble in the way he held his hands linked behind his back, like a fish out of its element, nervous about what to expect.

“I ask you again, sir,” her father repeated, his dark eyes narrowing as he fixed the stranger with a sharp gaze, “what is your name as well as your purpose upon this ship?”

The stranger inhaled a slow breath, and his eyes flitted to Violette’s…as though she was his confidante and he needed her to reassure him. Strangely enough, Violette could not help but feel touched by this measure of unexpected trust.

“I’d appreciate it,” her father’s sharp voice cut through the moment of silence, “if you could refrain from staring at my daughter.”

Instantly, the stranger’s head snapped around to face the angry captain. “Your daughter?” he echoed, a touch of relief in his voice before his gaze met Violette’s once more.

Drawing in a slow breath, Violette tried to hide the unexpected shiver that danced up and down her spine at the intense look in the stranger’s eyes. Why did he look relieved? After all, he had no claim on her. They had not even met before today.

As suspicions rose in her mind, her eyes narrowed. What were his intentions? Was he an agent of the British crown?

“Speak!” Like a whiplash, her father’s voice cut through the air, the expression dangerously calm as he stared at the stranger.

To the man’s credit, he did not flinch. Instead, his gaze drifted to Violette one last time before he nodded. “As you wish,” he said, his voice even. Still, Violette thought to detect a hint of apprehension. “I’m Oliver Cornell, Earl of Cullingwood, and my purpose on this ship is…none. It was an accident.”

Although her father’s face remained mostly unreadable, his eyes narrowed. “An accident? Explain.”

Clearing his throat, Lord Cullingwood averted his gaze momentarily as though ashamed of what he was about to divulge. “Quite frankly, I spent the night in a tavern by the docks and…somehow found my way onto this ship. I do not recall much else until I woke up when we were already under way.”

Amused chuckles rose from the men of both crews as they observed the scene with interest.

“I see,” her father mumbled. Then he lifted his gaze and allowed it to sweep over the ship’s deck before turning to Henri by his side. “Bind his hands. Then take him to the Chevalier Noir,” he ordered before he turned to the rest of his crew standing guard around the sailors of the merchant vessel. “Lock them in the storage rooms below and then ready the ship. We’ll head back to France as soon as possible.”

The stillness on deck vanished as the prisoners were escorted below, loud footsteps and harsh curses echoing to Violette’s ears as she stood and watched her cousin tie Lord Cullingwood’s hands.

An English lord, she mused. He would have been the kind of man she would have been acquainted with had she stayed in her old life, would he not? Would he be able to tell her something about–?

No! Inhaling a deep breath, Violette pushed that thought away. After all, she could not believe anything he might say. He was English.

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profile_picture_01USA Today bestselling author Bree Wolf has always been a language enthusiast (though not a grammarian!) and is rarely found without a book in her hand or her fingers glued to a keyboard. Trying to find her way, she has taught English as a second language, traveled abroad and worked at a translation agency as well as a law firm in Ireland. She also spent loooong years obtaining a BA in English and Education and a MA in Specialized Translation while wishing she could simply be a writer. Although there is nothing simple about being a writer, her dreams have finally come true.

“A big thanks to my fairy godmother!”

Currently, Bree has found her new home in the historical romance genre, writing Regency novels and novellas. Enjoying the mix of fact and fiction, she occasionally feels like a puppet master (or mistress? Although that sounds weird!), forcing her characters into ever-new situations that will put their strength, their beliefs, their love to the test, hoping that in the end they will triumph and get the happily-ever-after we are all looking for.

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Tour and Review for Wicked Rogue of Mine by Scarlett Scott, Amanda Mariel, Gemma Blackwood, Dawn Brower, Ellie St. Clair, Tammy Andresen, and Jillian Eaton

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Wicked Rogue of Mine

Multi Authored Historical Romance Boxset

Release date: August 14, 2018

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Seven swoon worthy historical romances in one must read collection:

Lord of Pirates by Scarlett Scott 

When a dangerous-looking stranger raps on Lizzie Winstead’s door one stormy night, the peace of her humdrum life is shattered. She’s shocked to discover her visitor is Captain Edmond Grey, one of the most feared pirates of the realm and her lost love. Edmond is a wanted man throughout the Colonies, but despite his formidable reputation, he desperately needs help to nurse his wounded brother back to health. Only Lizzie can be trusted not to turn Edmond over to authorities for the price on his head. Is the love they once shared strong enough to reunite them forever and conquer the demons of Edmond’s past?

Scandalous Endeavors by Amanda Mariel

Sparks fly as the Duke of Goldstone and Lady Amelia find themselves at odds with each other and drawn to each other at the same time. Can they find a way to stop arguing long enough to explore their growing passion?

Grace Captures the Captain by Gemma Blackwood

The last thing Grace Rivers expects when she is sent to the country in disgrace is to receive a proposal from a handsome young army officer she hasn’t seen in years. Captain Charles Everly’s motive is far from romantic – his object is her inheritance: the beautiful country house that was his childhood home. As unexpected feelings develop between them, Grace’s past and Charlie’s rash actions throw everything they hold dear into peril. They must each decide which they value more: their childhood dreams, their damaged reputations, or their newfound love.

Searching for my Rogue by Dawn Brower

Alys Dewitt has always dreamed of finding her very own happily-ever-after, but she never would have envisioned the path she’d have to fall down to find him. James Kendall, the Duke of Weston returns from war to find an injured woman on his estate. She mumbles strange phrases and keeps calling him by another name. Thinking her a bit mad from her wounds, he takes her to the manor and calls for a doctor. As days goes by they are drawn to each other. If they’re brave enough they’ll discover a love that defies time.

Unmasking a Duke by Ellie St. Clair

When the life of his brother, the Duke of Elenford, is threatened, Lord Andrew Stephens must determine which of his enemies intends him harm. When Andrew takes the Duke’s place at a masquerade ball, he meets a woman who takes his breath away and haunts his dreams. Arabella Marley’s father gambled away their family’s most precious heirloom and is determined she will gain it back for him, no matter the cost. He presents her to the man believed to be the Duke at a masquerade ball, and she is shocked to find him both handsome and agreeable. She must guard herself against his charms to find her family inheritance and keep her heart intact. Can Andrew and Arabella fight the love that grows between them, or will the truth be too much to overcome?

My Enemy, My Earl by Tammy Andresen

Fleeing London, and scandal, Lady Clarissa Burton runs directly into the wife-hunting Earl of Dumfries while traveling on a rutted Scottish road. She wanted peace in Scotland, not a tall and brooding laird who makes her forget that handsome lords are nothing but trouble.

A Most Inconvenient Love by Jillian Eaton

Rough and common, Aiden Donovan is the exact opposite of Evie’s boring-as-lint fiance. But from the first moment they bump into one another on a crowded street, she finds herself utterly captivated by his dark roguish charm. As the day to her wedding draws closer, will Evie listen to her head? Or for the first time in her life will she risk everything to follow her heart?

My Reviews:

Lord of Pirates by Scarlett Scott

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

The passion between these two only got stronger over the years. This is a quick and steamy read that will take your breath away with their love and everything that happens. I was left holding my breath a couple of times and cheering at times. They definitely were meant to be together and the ending proved that even more.

Lizzie is a fiery one that doesn’t hold anything and is straight to the point. I liked her from the start with her reaction to his news. She is a strong woman that won’t go down without a fight.

Edmond thought he made the best choice, but his heart and fate took him o the right path back. I liked him because he tried to keep away from her, but couldn’t keep up the wall.

Scandalous Endeavors by Amanda Mariel 

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Scandal always makes for a great and book and I loved this one. I was a bit worried about her wanting to trap a husband, but she was desperate and it made perfect sense at the time. Instant attraction drew them to each other, but stubbornness from both caused conflict. I loved every time the interacted because I never knew what would happen.

Amelia is a bold girl that shocked people at her father’s funeral and she is not afraid to cause a scandal if it means she gets to stay in London. She loved her father but hated the rules of society and it was understandable that she wanted to dance and be herself.

Lord Goldstone had no plans of being the prey to a lady’s attempt to trap him again. He kept finding himself protecting her from scandal while trying to understand her plan. I loved how he kept fighting with himself over being drawn to her but avoiding the trap.

Her uncle was a very nice man and had good intentions when he planned to take her to America. Lady Grace is definitely a friend you want to have.

Grace Captures the Captain by Gemma Blackwood

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋

This is a great feel-good romance that I couldn’t put down. I was shocked by the way they got engaged but loved how they were with each other from the start. I did not expect the twists about her reputation coming but loved how it made him react. Her mother was amazing and her father deserved everything he got. I was a bit sad at the ending but loved what it meant.

Grace listens to heart and even when doing what her father says that spunk is there. She didn’t dwell on the past and I loved her when she would speak up. I really loved how she understood him more than anyone else seem too.

Charlie has a fast temper, but his heart is leading the way most of the time. He found what his heart really needed when he met her. I was holding my breath when he was on that hill and then when he went to talk to her father.

Searching for My Rogue by Dawn Brower

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

I’m not usually into ones like this, but loved it! They were both in positions they didn’t expect, but they were meant for each other. I loved them together especially when she took his challenge. I loved their battle and wasn’t sure if one would give in or not. I didn’t expect the twist of what happened to make them realize they loved each other. Love his sister and the back and forth between her and his best friend. Loved the thing about the painting.

Alys is one of those heroines many readers can relate too. She can take care of herself and knows how to take command of things. I loved her right away with her love of books and how she talked to men.

James needed her and he didn’t even know it. I loved how quickly he became protective of her and that he understood her. He didn’t think the way most men did and was willing to battle her.

Unmasking a Duke by Ellie St. Clair

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋 1/2

I love a good mistaken identity and ruse story. This is one of my favorites because both were doing it for other people. That spark between them was there from the start. I loved how they were alike in many ways. There were signs from both that something was up, but love is blinding at times. Did not expect his brother to come back like he did and wished to have seen something happen with her father.

Arabella is stronger than she realizes and deserves love. I loved her right away because she stayed true to herself and wanted to be honest. She took on her father and didn’t run or hide.

Andrew was doing what he needed for his brother and just got caught up in the life of his brother. I loved him right away because he didn’t set out to what happened. He stayed true to himself too and would do anything for her.

My Enemy, My Earl by Tammy Andresen

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Fate brought them together when they both needed each other the most. There was a spark from the start, but it was a long winding road to both seeing the love between them. Twists and turns bring them together and pull them apart and didn’t know what was going happen with them. Loved the ending and wanted to know what happens with the rest of the family.

Clarissa is a truly broken woman and running from it all. She was angry at everyone involved including herself and believing all men the same. I loved when she stood up for herself and finally let go of the anger.

Ewan is a true gentleman except when alone with her. I loved him from the start because he cared about everyone. He needed her and knew it, but had to convince her that not all men are the same.

A Most Inconvenient Love by Jillian

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋

This one is a whirlwind fairytale romance. I really liked the whirlwind of it and how they were clearly meant to be together. They are opposites, but also the same in many ways. I loved the bit of a twist with her fiance and how her friends kept pushing her. The ending left me wanting more.

Evie is not someone you will love right away. She is doing what her mother wants and it’s turned into a cold person. I liked her when she had that fire lit inside her and followed her heart.

Aiden knew from the moment he ran into that there was something special about her. I really liked him and wished there was more about him. He pushed her to follow her heart.

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First paragraph excerpt from each novella:

Lord of Pirates by Scarlett Scott 

Edmond Grey knew he damn well didn’t want to be a baker. Apprenticed from the time he was but a lad, he’d grown weary of flour, of baking buns, of never leaving the tedious life of shopkeeper. He’d finally settled upon the path that would lead him far away.

Scandalous Endeavors by Amanda Mariel

Amelia stood as still as a hollowed out tree as drizzle coated her body in cool little beads. Dark clouds hung stationary overhead. Water spattered into a small, deep hole carved out of the rain-soaked ground. She surveyed the surrounding landscape speckled with memorial stones and decorated in wilted flowers. Why?

Grace Captures the Captain by Gemma Blackwood

Blast that scoundrel’s eyes!” cried Captain Charles Everly, rising to his feet. “I’ll call him out this instant!”

Now, Charlie,” said his sister, affecting the most soothing tone she could manage. “That is uncalled-for, and you know it.”

Mrs Alison Henshaw, who was born Alison Everly, had only had a matter of hours to grow accustomed to the change in her brother. He had joined the army a big-hearted boy of twenty-one. This grown man who had returned from the war that morning was bearded, rash, and angry. He was no longer the sweet Charlie she thought she knew.

Searching for my Rogue by Dawn Brower

Aly, have you seen my shoes?”

Alys Dewitt rolled her eyes. “Did you check under the bed?” Her younger sister, Regina, was constantly losing something. They both sat in Regina’s chamber wearing their undergarments covered by a silk robe. If it wasn’t one thing, her sister would make something up so the attention would fall back to where she believed it belonged—on her.

Unmasking a Duke by Ellie St. Clair

I am not sure I agree with this,” Elias Stephens, the Duke of Elenford murmured with a frown. “The whole idea seems quite ridiculous.”

Lord Andrew Stephens, brother to the Duke, sighed in frustration as he attempted to convince his brother to do as he suggested. It had always been something of an impossible task, given that they were both as stubborn as mules. “Elenford, be reasonable. If there truly is someone attempting to harm you — perhaps even kill you,” he exclaimed, “then it is best you go into hiding for a time. We need to ascertain exactly where these threats are coming from.” And perhaps if you are gone for a time, without the ability to do further harm, they will stop entirely, he thought, though he didn’t voice his words aloud.

My Enemy, My Earl by Tammy Andresen

Lord Ewan McDougal, Earl of Dumfries, took a deep breath of Scottish air as he trotted down the rutted road toward Kirkcaldy. It was so good to be back in his home country. Even with the misting rain, the fresh smell of spring flowers lifted his spirits. With any luck, he’d never step foot on soil that wasn’t Scottish again.

A Most Inconvenient Love by Jillian Eaton
Genevieve knew she was beautiful. She knew it in the same way she knew it was raining outside and whenever Uncle Rigby came for dinner he would be half foxed and far too handsy for his own good. Her beauty was a fact, not an opinion. A fact she had been living with for her entire life.

Learn more about the author:

Scarlett Scott – http://www.scarsco.com/

Amanda Mariel – http://www.amandamariel.com

Gemma Blackwood – https://m.facebook.com/gemmablackwoodauthor/

Dawn Brower – http://www.authordawnbrower.com/

Ellie St. Clair – https://www.prairielilypress.com/ellie-st-clair

Tammy Andresen – http://tammyandresen.com/

Jillian Eaton – https://www.jillianeaton.com/

Who I am as a Reader in 500 words or less

Who I am as a Reader

I saw this idea on a list of ideas and had to try it. I will break mine down into sections.

Summary

I’m an avid reader of historical romance that is addicted to books and loves many authors. I like all kinds from Medieval to westerns and from sweet to steamy. I’m never without a book and proudly call myself a modern-day bluestocking. You won’t find spoilers in my reviews and I keep it honest and real.

My Challenges 

Finding the balance between books and life outside my blog. I can’t always accept a book due to my schedule and life can get in the way and cause me to miss a requested date. I hate writing 3 hearts or less reviews, but I have to be honest. Trying to read all the books and getting burnt out. Not taking time to read for fun.

My Missions

It has always been to help authors spread the word about their books. I want to pull people in just enough so they want to read the book themselves. I want to help end the stereotype people believe about romance readers and stop the shame some feel from reading romance. I want to bring attention to authors that dare to be different with their stories. I want to help new authors find their place in the book world and encourage them to keep going. All authors need to be encouraged to keep it up.

My Values

I believe in staying honest without being harsh. I don’t bash books or authors. I’m transparent about what goes on behind the scenes. I don’t believe in approaching others with offers of reviews just to get a book that I want. I will never promote getting a book from a pirate site. I don’t take on books I’m not truly interested or don’t have time for. Every review helps even in a small way good or bad.

Where I See Myself in the Book World

I see myself as a small blogger that will help any author if I can. I’m not perfect and I’m still learning. I have become known for taking on the books other won’t touch whether it be because it’s a new author, darker, handles tough subjects, is diverse, or anything else that isn’t considered the “norm”.

Review: Felicia’s Spirits (Regency Romance Suspense Book 3) (The Gifted Series) by Marie Higgins

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Felicia’s Spirits by Marie Higgins

My Rating: ❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

Former covert field agent for the Prime Minister, Felicia Adler wants a normal life living as a wealthy widow. Unfortunately, a man from her past won’t allow her this comfort. He’s back to bring havoc into her life and play with her heart just as he’d done four years ago. But her mother’s disappearance forces Felicia to rely on him. If that’s not enough, her spirits are trying to keep her out of danger and help her find love in her life, once again.

Investigative officer for the Metropolitan Police, Sebastian Harrington sails all the way to Italy to find the thief he’s been hunting for over a year now. When he meets her face-to-face, he’s shocked to see the woman who’d stolen his heart and crushed it four years prior. Now he needs to find evidence against her, have her arrested, and transport her back to England to stand trial. If only his heart will allow it.

My Review

If you are looking for a suspenseful read with a touch of paranormal then you will like this one. It just was lacking in the romance department for me. I loved everything surrounding the hunt for her mother and how they bantered back and forth at times. But for a couple that had been so in love four years ago that spark just wasn’t there. They worked great together and I didn’t see the twist about her husband coming. The flashbacks were my favorite and helped with understanding them more. I loved the spirits and how they tried to help.

Felicia has an amazing gift and she regretted what happened four years ago. I really like her and understood why she did what she had to. Her spirits were really trying to help but just didn’t make it clear. She wanted him to understand.

Sebastian wanted his thief, but he had blinders on. His broken heart was controlling him and he wasn’t looking at the big picture for a long time. I couldn’t get into him for the first half of the book but did like him as time went on.

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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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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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ARC Review: More or Less a Countess (The Somerset Sisters #2) by Anna Bradley

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More or Less a Countess by Anna Bradley

Releases August 7, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Blurb

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.

My Review

A wild ruse and past ghosts will bring these two together and it won’t be a fairytale. There are quite a few ups and downs with them and you may want to knock them both upside the head. But you will love them both in the end. Their first meeting was a confusing mess that led them on an adventure. I knew they were a perfect match when it came to the conversation in the museum and everything afterwards. The way he found out about the ruse was not how I expected and I didn’t see the rest coming. When they finally were happy I wanted to cheer.

Violet is not your average bluestocking with where her interests lay, but that’s what makes her perfect! I loved her from the start because of how different she was and that she wasn’t afraid to ask questions about anything. She almost gave up, but then she had the perfect plan that made me smile and laugh.

Nicholas is not how he appears to others and is haunted by ghosts of his past. As you get to know his story it’s heartbreaking and explains so much about his. When she made him see what the real problem was it was like he was a new man. I loved him from the start because he cared about her right away and didn’t realize it.

I absolutely loved Gibbs in every scene and agreed with her grandmother near the end.

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