Review: Charming Her Rogue (Enduring Legacy #10) by Dawn Brower

 

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Charming Her Rogue by Dawn Brower

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My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋1/2

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Lady Catherine Langdon is special, and not because she’s the daughter of a duke. She comes from a long line of individuals born with extraordinary gifts, and she is one of the few that has a variation of all three. On the brink of war she makes a decision that will irrevocably alter the course of her life—love or duty.

Asher Rossington, the Marquess of Seabrook, decided at a very early age that he would not live an idle life. His father forbade him from being a spy for the crown, but he chose to ignore it. Ash never regretted his choice, but wished he could have repaired his relationship with his father before he died. Now with the fate of the world in turmoil he has to make another hard decision—remain a spy for king and country, or go home and honor his father’s title.

The Great War brings Catherine and Asher into each other’s lives. Only time will tell if their destiny is to be together, or if they will ultimately serve a higher purpose.

My Review

I rarely get to read one set in this time period or a good war romance and this was an amazing read! The war kept them apart and brought them together many times. I loved that they seemed to instantly fall in love and that love kept them going through many horrible things. I held my breath many times afraid of what was going to happen with all the characters. The wedding and ending were perfect.

Catherine used her gifts to help people and she wasn’t going to let them go to waste. I loved her right away because she didn’t run from anything and had no problem saying what she thought.

Asher met her at the perfect time in his life. He was determined to help his country and rescue those he loved and cared about. I loved him right away because of how he talked and interacted with others.

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Tour and Review for No Ordinary Duke (The Crawfords #1) by Sophie Barnes

No Ordinary Duke

by Sophie Barnes
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance

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He’s everything she’s trying to avoid…But somehow precisely what she needs…

Caleb Crawford doesn’t want to be a duke. He’d much rather build houses for a living. So when fate disrupts his peaceful life and burdens him with the responsibilities of a newly inherited title, he does what any sensible man would do by fleeing London, disguising himself as a laborer, and seeking refuge with three young spinsters who need his help with a leaky roof.

Ruined by a marquess who promised her the world, Mary Clemens has sworn to avoid marriage forever. Instead, she intends to live out her days with her friends and the orphaned children they’ve taken into their care. But when Mr. Crawford comes knocking, Mary finds herself in real danger of risking heartbreak all over again. Especially when she discovers that he’s not at all what he seems.

My Review

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

I absolutely loved this hidden identity story because it is different from most. I was hooked from the start with the shock of him finding out he is the Duke now. The moment they met sparks were flying and everyone could feel the tension between them. I’m sure my face was similar to his when he found out who had ruined her. They would take one step closer only to fall back two, but it was all worth it in the end. I loved how they brought everyone together again. The epilogue is one of the best I’ve read because it is not the typical one and gives updates on many people.

Mary has sworn to guard her heart and never be fooled again, but her heart had other plans. I loved her from the start because she spoke her mind to everyone. Even though she was stubborn she would listen and realize when she was wrong.

Caleb is defiantly not an ordinary duke and was going to live the way he wanted to. He wasn’t what anyone would expect from a duke or most men. I loved that he was so honorably and wanted to make things right all around.

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About Sophie Barnes

Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world.

She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.

When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family. She currently lives on the East Coast.

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Delighted on a Summer’s Evening: a Thieves of the Ton novella by Sandra Sookoo

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Delighted on a Summer’s Evening by Sandra Sookoo

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Life isn’t always perfect, but the key to living happy is enjoying what you have.

Since the peril and danger stalking them has passed, the Hawkins family is at their country estate in Kent to rest. Emmaline, the Countess of Archewyne, is both excited and melancholy when she stumbles upon a note written by her father—the Earl of St. Ives—before he was murdered that outlines a treasure hunt just like he’d done for her when she was a child. Perhaps she can finally tell him goodbye.

Miles Lawrence Hawkins, the fifth Earl of Archewyne, has much on his mind now that his friend and mentor has died, leaving the responsibilities of the king’s agents to him. First and foremost, he wants to make certain his growing family is still intact after the horrors they’d come through, but how to usher in healing when well-meaning friends and colleagues keep dropping by and shattering the peace? Not to mention the damned geese that won’t leave him alone.

As Emmaline and Miles follow the clues her father hid about the estate, they make plans for a holiday to Egypt, the country where their love affair first began. Throughout it all, St. Ives’ written words bring them closer as a family. With their children and the ever-present geese gathered around, the treasure they seek is found, and serves to make them all delighted on a summer’s evening.

My Review

I am so glad that Sandra did this novella after how the last story ended (loved it) because I needed to know how they recovered from everything! The treasure hunt was so much fun because it helped them get back to normal. Jane had me laughing and rolling my eyes at every turn. They are a family that you just love no matter what and I can’t wait to see what they get up to next. I hope to see a grown-up Jane one day because she will be so much fun.

Emmaline was really shaken to her core by what happened and losing her father. I was so afraid she wouldn’t recover, but that note was just what she needed. She is strong, but stronger because of her family.

Miles has stepped into his new role with more ease than I expected. Now he just needs those geese to leave him alone. He will never lose his love for her and it only gets stronger.

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In the Spotlight: Rue Allyn’s A for Wish All Seasons – Part of the Bluestocking Belles Collection Follow Your Star Home

The past keeps Caibre and Aisla apart. Only Love and forgiveness

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The last thing Caibre MacFearann wants is to return to Scotland let alone be forced to stay there. But the chance to rekindle the lost love of his youth is too tempting to resist.
Losing Caibre MacFearann’s love once hurt so much that Aisla MacKai wants nothing to do with him when a blizzard brings the man to her doorstep. Kindness and human charity require that she give him shelter, no matter that her poor heart had never mended.

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Rue Allyn is the award-winning author of heart melting historical and contemporary romances. A USN veteran with a Ph.D. in medieval literature, Rue has retired south of the US border where she enjoys sunny days and heated inspiration. She continues to enjoy professional relationships in the Romance Writers of America, The Maumee Valley Romance Authors Inc. and the (in)famous Bluestocking Belles.

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An Eye for an Earl (The Scarlet Salon Book 2)

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An Eye for an Earl by Jean Wilde

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Isabelle Beaumont may be the most sought-after courtesan in London, but there’s more to this beautiful seductress than meets the eye. Born to nobility, yet consigned to a life on the streets, Isabelle has done more than just survive. Hell truly hath no fury like a lady of society scorned.

As the unexpected heir to an Earldom, the last thing Francis Gilbert needs is to become embroiled with the mysterious Belle Beaumont. A battle of wills can only lead to one thing… his inevitable surrender. But there’s more than just their hearts at stake. The devil lurks silently in the shadows, waiting for the opportunity to collect his dues.

My Review

An eye for an eye truly has meaning when it comes to a determined scorned woman like Isabelle. The opening was a complete shock that had me excited for the rest of the book. I knew there had to be a reason for it and that she wasn’t going to be the usual heroine. Their love is an instant passion that practically leaps off the pages. But it’s not an easy road for them. They are very much opposites in many ways but explode when they lose control. They had a way of understanding each other and knowing how to push each other’s buttons. I really didn’t expect what Becky did or how that would all play out. Lucifer was a tricky one that I couldn’t predict what he would do next. Victoria was the biggest shock in the end that I never saw coming at all.

Isabelle is truly a woman you do not want to harm and be on the receiving end of her revenge. I have an image of her in my head of her having the air and presence of a queen warrior ready for battle. She is one you have to learn about to understand and love because there is so much to her.

Francis is every woman’s dream with how much he cares about others. He is calmer and more cool-headed than her but can meet her head for head in everything. I loved that he figured out what happened to her and didn’t even bat an eye at what she did. He made sure things were set to right.

The girls in the Scarlet Salon have such unique stories and I can’t wait for more.

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Review: Brokken Knight (Brokken Road Romances Book 1) by Lynda J Cox

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Brokken Knight by Lynda J. Cox

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Hearts break. Armor tarnishes. Honor remains.
Brokken, Texas, 1867

Abigail Bailey isn’t sure her idea was wise. She’s not even sure she can love another man after her beloved Sam perished in a Union run prisoner of war camp. But her town needs a doctor, and she has decided to accept any man competent to do the job. Yet doubt plagues her. What will he think when he finds she is uneducated, so much so that she did not pen her own letters to him?

The Civil War broke Dr. Mathew Knight. His decisions of who to save, who to allow to die, even what to use, haunts his every step. He can never be unbroken, but he wants a chance for his son. Four-year-old Ethan has been left terrorized after witnessing atrocities no one should have to see. Mathew’s child needs a mother. He hopes Abigail Bailey may fill that role, an omission he made in his letters. Perhaps, too, he’ll have a chance to start over, maybe even to find a reason to practice medicine again.

Two broken people in a broken town might be what they each need to become whole again.

My Review

Knights in shining armor aren’t always men and sometimes there is more than one. These two needed each other more than they realized and weathered the storm together. I was hooked from the moment he bought the ticket because I knew he was going to need someone to pull him up. They had an instant connection that got stronger as time went on and helped them in many ways. Ethan needed them both to help him after what he had seen and the three of them together was the strongest. There are amazing scenes and I can’t wait to read more about the town of Brokken.

Abigail loved her husband and she loves this town. She is as stubborn as they come and will battle anyone that tries to tell her what to do. I loved her right away because she didn’t bat an eye at helping Ethan and seemed to know exactly what he needed.

Mathew is very much haunted by the war and what happened with his son. He didn’t come away without scars mentally and physically, but he would do anything to help his son. I loved how open he was with her and didn’t bat an eye at her past or anything she said.

Lynda did a great job writing a sweet romance without losing the spark between.

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Review: The Apothecary’s Assistant (Enduring Legacy #6) by Sandra Sookoo

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The Apothecary’s Assistant by Sandra Sookoo

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When destiny calls, you can run, or stand and fight for what you’ve always wanted. Either way you’ll have no choice but to change.

Mrs. Ava Southerly, apothecary assistant and widow, lives in fear. She’s become an expert at hiding to keep second sight visions at bay. In the year 1885, such things as witches surely don’t exist anymore, regardless of her ancestry. If she doesn’t emotionally engage her heart, those otherworldly powers will stay dormant and the people she cares for won’t be hurt, but she longs for acceptance and romance.

Douglas Wallace, an American doctor and descendant of a Scottish witch hunter, is in London to deliver a series of lectures on new medical advancements and techniques. As he meets the passing glance of a blonde beauty in a restaurant window, he’s compelled to follow her, as if their lives are linked on a supernatural level. Though he believes in logic and the evidence of his own eyes, spending time in Ava’s company shows him how wrong his thinking is.

When a three-hundred-year-old evil spirit possesses Douglas in an effort to kill Ava due to her witch status, she and the doctor must find a way to thwart the threat from beyond the grave despite personal peril. As their relationship evolves into something deep and abiding, they’ll discover just how powerful a force love truly is.

My Review

If you are looking for a great chilling romance to get into the Halloween spirit then this is it. Fate brought them together to create a powerful force to stop something of pure evil. I couldn’t put it down from the start with her vision and had no clue how it would play out. A glance through a window was all it took to spark the romance between them. The spirit will send chills through you especially when he reveals his true reasons. Sparks really fly between them and help them stop it for good.

Ava has tried to bury her power and heart for years since it’s caused such pain. She didn’t know how powerful she could be until she found love. I loved seeing her get stronger and embrace her power.

Douglas doesn’t from run from anything and won’t let her hide any longer. I loved how he understood her and didn’t think her crazy. He fought hard to stop the spirit and help her find love.

 

Review: A Deceptive Bargain (The Beckett Files, Book Five) by Laura Beers

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A Deceptive Bargain by Laura Beers

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Hiding from the horrors of her past, Miss Martha Haskett is content living her days serving as a lady’s maid to her friend Eliza, the Marchioness of Lansdowne. But then her father, the new Earl of Waterford, shows up, with the shocking news that she is now a titled lady. Further turning her life upside down, he proposes a bargain. She will have a single Season in London, and if she does not marry by the end of the Season, she will be gifted with her dowry and a small estate. Despite her mistrust of her father, Martha accepts his offer, but can’t seem to let go of the anger that has been festering inside of her, or her discomfort with a position in Society where she feels she does not belong.

Dr. Emmett Maddix is tired of the frivolity of the ton and spends his time atoning for his past sins by providing medical care to the poor. His life takes an unexpected turn when he is recruited to be an agent of the Crown. He is assigned to run a charity hospital as a front to collect information about a vicious band of smugglers known as The Cursed Lot, who have managed to overtake the entire town of Gravesend with a reign of murder and oppression.

As Emmett delves further into The Cursed Lot’s domain, he quickly discovers that not everything is what it seems, and it will take far more than one new agent to take down this ruthless gang. While the tangled web of intrigue begins to unravel, Martha and Emmett battle an undeniable but unspoken attraction that grows between them. But before either can be ready to share their hearts, they must overcome their past mistakes, and find their own reasons to keep fighting. With more than just their hearts at stake, surviving the mission will be more difficult than either of them could ever imagine.

My Review

This one will rock you to your core. It’s a journey to love through some shocking twists and learning to let go of blame. It’s a really nice change to see the hero be the one to saving someone from the dark they’ve put themselves in. Their relationship was very different and really took time to turn from friendship to love. I had a feeling to what her father was up to but had no clue to what everything was going to be. I didn’t see who was behind everything coming at all or the twist of the bow street runner. I got Musketeer vibes in the one scene and loved it! As always I love scenes with Shadow and her bow and when the others mention their name or her’s. I was holding my breath near the end. I was so excited to see what happened for them afterward.

Martha was shattered because of what she endured and Emmett was the perfect person to help her and understand her. She needed saving from her darkness before it was too late. She was also stronger than she thought and I loved seeing her grow stronger. I cheered when she stood up for herself and used that letter opener. She wasn’t going to let him slip away.

Emmett hasn’t let go of his self-blame fully, but he saw it in her and knew he had to help her. He helped himself by helping her. He was also stronger than he thought because he showed so much restraint in many situations. I loved how he wouldn’t give up on her and didn’t push.

This book could be triggering to some as it deals with rape and trafficking. There are no detailed scenes and it’s only talked about, but trauma and aftereffects play a big part in this story.

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Review: Captivated by an Adventurous Lady (Thieves of the Ton #1) by Sandra Sookoo

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Captivated by an Adventurous Lady by Sandra Sookoo

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The quest to break a mummy’s curse turns dangerous when a peer ends up dead.

Miles Lawrence Hawkins, fifth Earl of Archewyne, is alone and the last of his line, save for a young daughter, and he’s made peace with that…Yet unexpectedly finding an attractive female thief in his library gives him doubts. Drawn into the lady’s insane plot to retrieve various stolen mummies from around London—including the British Museum—he accompanies her merely to see what will happen next. Being captivated by her quest and intrigued by her talent for skirting the law is a much needed distraction from the stress of his own life’s misfortunes.

Lady Emmaline Darling, skilled thief and only child to the Earl of St. Ives, is under a mummy’s curse. Believing herself damned due to her father’s penchant for removing antiquities from Egypt, she’s vowed to return a pair of mummies to their eternal resting place in order to save his life and her own. Being caught by Miles wasn’t in her plan, and neither was falling for his charm, but she’ll do anything to see he’s free of the curse as well, for their histories are too intricately connected for his ills to just be bad luck.

When a peer with ties to them both ends up dead and Emmaline’s jewelry is found at the scene, Miles is honor bound to offer for her and lend her his protection. Despite her refusal, desire pulls at them and scandal surrounds them, and when Miles is summoned to once more embark upon a secret mission for the Crown, he must shed everything that will become a liability, but keeping Emmaline out of trouble—and out of his mind—is easier said than done.

My Review

A perfect start to an adventurous series! It’s steamy, has a mystery, and mummies! I was drawn in from the start when they met again and never knew what was going to happen. There is a scene with a book and a dart that is movie worthy that I love. They are a unique couple from the start because they both have reason to not want to get involved in romance. I really did not expect a rival to go as far as this one did and to bring a twisted person into it. The ending definitely leaves you excited for the next one.

Emmaline doesn’t give a care to what people think and won’t be stopped on her mission. She is strong, but also a bit broken because of everything she has gone through. I loved her right away because she knew what she was doing and how to do it.

Miles will do anything to protect his daughter and live in peace. He will win you over right away with how he doesn’t think twice to help. He doesn’t care what people think and has no plans to be tricked into marriage.

 

Review: On the Edge of Daylight: A Novel of the Titanic by Giselle Beaumont

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On the Edge of Daylight by Giselle Beaumont

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Esther Bailey is Titanic’s newest recruit and one of the first female officers of her time. Although she’s braced herself for the duties ahead, she never expected to clash with her own mentor, First Officer Murdoch.

His cool dismissal of her only turns colder as they bicker throughout their forced partnership, with Esther’s short temper challenging his own. But as Esther begins to prove her worth, blurring the line between subordinate and superior, she and Murdoch find themselves questioning what matters most: their careers . . . or the feelings they’re hiding from each other. As tragedy unfolds around them, will they overcome the sinking together and live to see daylight?

Blending fact with fiction, On the Edge of Daylight is a heart-wrenching historical romance that tells a different story of the RMS Titanic through the eyes of the crew, and shows the duty, loyalty, and sacrifice of two officers who were never supposed to fall for each other.

My Review

I’ve never had a book touch my heart and soul like this. I was in tears for the last few chapters because I knew what was coming. Giselle has the talent of making it all come to life in such detail that it’s like you are there. I couldn’t put it down and it’s one that you read slowly holding onto every detail. They had a love that everyone dreams of even when they were battling each other. I loved that others wanted them together if it meant he was happy. I normally don’t talk about the love scenes very much, but their first one was powerful after all the build-up and it made me believe they were soulmates. Thy did everything they could to help the others and wouldn’t leave each other. With a book like this with such a tragic ending overall, it does have a happy ending in its own way.

Esther was a strong woman with the mouth of a sailor that really proved herself. She overcame some terrible things in her past and while on the ship, but she never gave up. I loved her spark from the beginning and how bold she was in everything. She was willing to take the risks.

Will tried his best to treat her like any other officer and hide his feelings. He is one you have to get to know and understand but will love. When he finally let his feelings take over he was like another man. He would do anything for her and she was all he thought about.

I normally don’t comment on covers, but this one makes the story come to life even more. It gives you face to put with the people. Same goes for the artwork at the end. I also love that she includes notes about facts and fiction in the story and more info. It inspires me to research on my own.

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