Review: Lady At Last (Lord Love a Lady #4) by Annabelle Anders

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Lady at Last by Annabelle Anders

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋💋1/2

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She can’t make a baby without a husband! Or can she? 

After witnessing the miracle of birth, self-determined spinster Miss Penelope Crone is having second thoughts about swearing off marriage. She wants – no, she needs – to experience the blessed event herself. Dear God, she’s practically thirty! Time is running out! 

Hugh Chesterton, Viscount Danbury, is relatively intelligent, good looking, unmarried, and most importantly, close at hand. With a little décolletage, a sway of the hips, and a few drinks of brandy, Penelope is certain she can extract a respectable offer. 

If only she’d accounted for the power of passion. 

Because unchecked lust takes over, leaving Penelope in a most precarious predicament. And Lord Danbury –– the goose-brained jackanapes –– is proving far less attainable than she’d imagined. 

Is Penelope to be cast out of society or will Lord Danbury take a leap of faith and save her from ruin? He’d better act fast if he’s going to make her his lady. HIs Lady At Last…

Annabelle always surprises me by taking a rarely seen topic in HR and turning it into an amazing story! I had an idea of what was going to happen, but as soon as Penelope said “we should celebrate” I was shocked at how wrong I was. But it was a good shock. Then the surprises just kept coming with them and every time I thought he was going to find out I wanted to scream because they were interrupted. My heart ached when he finally found out and then sunk with his reaction.

These two clearly are meant to be together and both are stubborn and full of passion. I was jumping up and down when he finally remembered and then my heart sunk when he arrived home to what he did. Everything in that scene had my heart racing, holding my breath, and tears in my eyes all for good and bad reasons. Major book hangover after the amazing ending.

Penelope is a determined woman that always gets what she wants when she sets her mind to it. I loved how she could walk in and fix things like it was nothing. She just couldn’t fix this as easily and her emotions leap off the pages at every turn. If only she could get him to listen and give details

Hugh knew something changed when he saw that baby. his emotions when came to her were so clear. I wanted to shake him to make him remember everything. When he ordered the doctor out I could feel the pain in his voice. What he did next shocked me and melted my heart to his stubbornness and the way he acted.

There is a picnic scene that has something I have never seen in HR, but it was very well done and takes it to a 3 1/2 kisses on the spice level. But it was very well done.

The birth scene is a bit traumatic so it may be triggering to some, but it is very well done.

Review: The Heiress (Ladies of Miss Bell’s Finishing School Book 2) by Laura Beers

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The Heiress by Laura Beers

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋1/2


After the death of his father, Nicholas, Duke of Blackbourne, begrudgingly left behind his distinguished naval career to assume his proper role in Society. As he settles into the boring life of an aristocrat, he discovers that he has inherited something far worse than boredom, something that he is wholly unprepared for… an eighteen-year-old ward. 

Heiress Penelope Foster was banished to Miss Bell’s Finishing School only days after her parents died in a tragic accident. Five years later, she is still bitter about her guardian’s neglect. Her only goal is to avoid the duke and the dreaded marriage mart until she meets her majority. Then she will control not only her inheritance but will have the freedom to marry for love. 

Nicholas is duty-bound. Penelope is stubborn. Neither expect to find the other so intriguing, but when they are caught in a tangled web of greed and deceit, they will have to decide whether they are willing to risk everything for love. 

A very feisty spitfire and a use to his orders being followed duke make for a very fun and interesting couple. They went toe to toe from the start and it was always a laugh to see what would happen. I knew someone was going to try something and it was the person I thought it would be. But they were even creepier than I thought. I had to roll my eyes at the first proposal because I knew he would go back to orders.

Penelope is a quick thinker and won’t be told what to do. I loved her the moment she came up with her plan to make him leave. She could do anything she set her mind to and see right through his gruff persona to his heart.

Nicholas blames himself for a tragic accident and has locked away all emotions. He comes off as a strict person, but you get hints of the real him throughout the books. I loved that he was so protective of her, but also couldn’t hide his feelings.

His mother, best friend, and her cousin all made me smile. They all play important roles in getting them together and providing some laughs at times.

Review: The Claiming of the Shrew (The Survivors #5) by Shana Galen

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The Claiming of the Shrew by Shana Galen

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1/2 Spice Level:💋💋💋

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What happens when a marriage of convenience isn’t so convenient?

Lieutenant Colonel Benedict Draven has retired from the army and spends most of his days either consulting for the Foreign Office or whiling away the hours at his club with his former comrades-in-arms. He rarely thinks about the fiery Portuguese woman he saved from an abusive marriage by wedding her himself. It was supposed to be a marriage in name only, but even five years later and a world away, he can’t seem to forget her.

Catarina Neves never forgot what it felt like to be scared, desperate, and subject to the whims of her cruel father. Thanks to a marriage of convenience and her incredible skill as a lacemaker, she’s become an independent and wealthy woman. But when she’s once again thrust into a dangerous situation, she finds herself in London and knocking on the door of the husband she hasn’t seen since those war-torn years in Portugal. Catarina tells Benedict she wants an annulment, but when he argues against it, can she trust him enough to ask for what she really needs?

After finally finding out why Benedict wasn’t married I was excited about his story. I knew it was going to be interesting and different and it doesn’t disappoint. Their first meeting was a shocking one and five years later the next one was just as shocking. I wasn’t sure how the danger was going to end but loved how the cat was involved. The ending was perfect.

Catarina is a very skilled lace maker and loves her independence. She was afraid of love because it meant losing control. Her temper had a tendency to control her which lead to problems.

Benedict has loved her and took his marriage vows seriously for five years. There is something about him that you love from the first time you meet him and his story just makes you love him more. I loved that because he is older he knows his mind and heart.

One Night for Seduction (Wicked Dukes Club #1) by Erica Ridley

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One Night For Seduction by Erca Ridley

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋1/2

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When the Wicked Duke dares the Duke of Colehaven to find a suitor for an unmanageable ward, Cole immediately accepts. He’s on a winning streak, and besides, how unmarriageable can a pretty young lady be? He appoints himself bodyguard and duenna, only to discover his own desires may be the greatest danger of all.

Supposed wallflower Diana Middleton lives a double life, bringing dishonest businessmen to justice. Shaking off a meddling duke should be child’s play. Yet the more they lock horns, the more she wants to lock lips. Her scandalous secrets would derail his political career. But surely there’s no harm in one little seduction…

Meet the unforgettable men of London’s most notorious tavern, The Wicked Duke. Seductively handsome, with charm and wit to spare, one night with these rakes and rogues will never be enough…

The roles in seduction are reversed when it comes to Diana and Cole. You know it’s going to be interesting when the butler get unnerved by someone calling on her. They butt heads from the start, but they are so much alike. I loved their battles because I never knew what would happen next. Everyone around them seemed to know what was going to happen.

Diana is a spitfire that goes to great lengths to hide from people. She is extremely bold in everything she does and doesn’t shy away from anything. She just needed to see it wasn’t her battle to fight alone.

Cole wasn’t prepared for the battles when it came to Diana. I loved his story about his life and how he went about things with her. He didn’t hesitate once he knew his feelings.

Review: Mrs. Sartin’s Secretary by Wendy LaCapra (Second Chance Love: A Regency Romance Set)

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Mrs. Sartin’s Secretary by Wendy LaCapra

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: ❤️❤️❤️


Mrs. Amelia Sartin helms her late husband’s company and implicitly trusts her Secretary, Matthew Bellamy. However, as she cedes company control to her heir, can Bellamy persuade Amelia he is one thing she cannot leave behind? 

I love an unexpected second chance at love. When love hit these two it hit them hard and fast. People saw it before they did and it was only a matter of time. I was holding my breath when she left the house and when he went to talk to his mother.

Amelia didn’t see him as a man until she saw him outside of work. Then everything changed. I loved how she didn’t care what people thought. She had a friend that wasn’t going to let her run.

Matthew won’t give up that easily. He won’t let his mother’s plans or anyone stand in his way. He has a surprise that you won’t see coming.

Review: It Must be Love (Entwined Tales Book 2) by Sandra Sookoo

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It Must be Love by Sandra Sookoo

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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The most powerful force in the world is love. 

Lady Christiana Tremaine lives in the kingdom of Vesance, but ever since her father remarried, her stepmother—Lady Tremaine—has stripped her of everything befitting her station, has reduced her to that of a maid, and forced her to answer to the slur of Cinderella. Though the life of drudgery is horrid, she carries hope circumstances will change, especially when she remembers dancing with the prince who stole her heart. A chance meeting with that same man strengthens her resolve to change… if she can survive that woman’s deadly machinations. 

Alto August Henry Ferdinand Lansdowne, Prince Charming of Annanvale has been searching for the woman who sent his world upside down and ran from him at midnight leaving a glass slipper behind. Though he’s been cursed to shift into wolf form each night, he has faith that the woman he’s coming to love will overlook his affliction. When he finds her, they begin an unorthodox courtship and he falls ever deeper, but their romance is fraught with obstacles. 

When Christiana is locked into a high tower by her stepmother and kept there by an enchantment, Henry is quick to come, but when Lady Tremaine gets wind of their plot to escape, she lies in wait for the noble prince and leaves Cinderella to an ugly fate, for she desires power above all else. But as long as there is love, there is hope. The beleaguered pair will need to fight hard for their happily ever after. With luck and a little magic, they just might win. 

Sandra writes the only shifter romances I read. She weaves fairy tales together so it’s like being in a magical world when reading it. This one takes on Cinderella and Rapunzel in a very unique way. Christiana and Henry’s love is truly a powerful force that brings them together and keeps them fighting. They never gave up on each other and wasn’t going to let evil win.

Christiana will not let Lady Tremaine control her life or follow through with her evil plans. It’s clear from the start that she is not a meek girl that will do as she’s told. I loved ready to fight she was.

Henry wasn’t going to stop until he found her and would die to help her. I loved how he saw through the lies and started planning. It was clear that he wouldn’t back down.

7 Things All Romance Readers Can Relate To Featuring Chelsea Parker from Pillow Talk Books

People who read romance fiction all have some common qualities that ties us all together. If you’re a romance reader, here are seven things you are sure to relate to. 

1. They all enjoy reading

This one may seem obvious, but all romance readers enjoy reading. That also means they enjoy reading quality content. Most readers can distinguish between good and great writing. The better the writing, the more engaged the reader will be. 

2. Sick of the same stories

Readers of the genre want something new and unique. Sometimes it feels that every story has been told multiple times. Readers want brand new stories with new concepts. They want something different. 

3. Undecided

How many times have romance readers debated whether they were team Edward or team Jacob after reading Twilight? Romance readers, like the heroine, often have a hard time deciding who they think the main character should marry. Many of us find this relatable because we may have experienced uncertainty about what to do in love in our own lives. 

4. Defending the genre

Many people don’t understand the appeal of romance books. Some people think it’s only an excuse to get women worked up. Others claim romance books have terrible writing. There’s plenty of brilliant content and brilliant writing in romance books (Romeo and Juliet anyone?), and readers must constantly defend their reading material. With that being said, it is necessary to find the good and sort out the trash.

5. Escaping into the world of your new book

Many people read to escape, and romance books are a great way to leave the monotony of life for a short time and go to a new place or a new time and enjoy the setting with the interesting characters brought in front of you. It’s perfect for a couple of hours on a sunny day. 

6. Wanting more

After a great romance book, most of us want more. Sure, now we know how the main couple got together. What conflicts will they see in their new life together? Will their adversary come back to make their lives difficult? Will they truly live happily ever after? Only a sequel can answer these burning questions! 

7. Falling in love

Many people who read a romance book start to imaging the love interest in their story as a part of their own lives. This man is everything they are looking for- strong, handsome, mysterious, and romantic. With time, a reader can start to imagine the main character in bed with them. Just be careful not to use their name while in bed with your real husband!

Chelsea Parker is blogger and scheduling editor at Pillow Talk Books.  Pillow Talk Books sends out daily emails filled with romance books from all genres.  Stop by and sign up to start receiving great romance reads daily.

Review: The Baron’s Daughter (The Beckett Files #6) by Laura Beers

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The Baron’s Daughter by Laura Beers

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋1/2

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Lord Morgan Easton is, first and foremost, an agent of the Crown. To achieve his purposes, he has become Society’s golden boy, and a renowned rake. When it’s discovered that notorious French spy, Genet, is attending a house party in a small seaside village, he is tasked to infiltrate the gathering and arrest the spy. But first, he must convince a certain woman to become his partner and pose as his wife. The challenge is that she would rather see him dead.

Miss Josette Northcott guards her secrets fiercely, trusts few, and enjoys the anonymity that goes along with being the headmistress of a private school in the rookeries. When Lord Morgan offers her a deal she can’t refuse, she makes it clear that this is nothing more than a business arrangement. No man, no matter how charming or infuriatingly handsome he is, can know the truth of her sordid and twisted past.  

As a nefarious plot begins to unfold, threatening the stability of two countries, Morgan and Josette must learn to trust each other in order to stop the assassination of both the King of France and their own prince regent. However, trust does not come easily to either agent, and when the truth of Josette’s past is finally unveiled, will they be able to accept that not only is their mission on the line, but their hearts, as well?

My new favorite in the series! These two will make you smile from the start because they drive each other crazy. They battle with each other but make a great team when it comes to catching a spy. Once at the house party I had a feeling of who it was but wasn’t sure until it was revealed. After that everything was a hold your breath kind of moment full of twists I didn’t see coming.

It wasn’t just the mission that was full of twists. I never saw any of the twists with Josette’s past coming up when they did. She and Morgan are very different from each other but fit so well with each other. He won’t let her run from everything.

Josette is a very strong woman to have survived what she did, but it has left her ready to run when she feels her walls coming down. She broke my heart with her fear of being controlled blaming herself for things that she had no control over.

Morgan is a natural charmer and he is determined to find out her secrets. I loved him from the start because he never hid his feelings knew he couldn’t let her go. He would do anything to protect her and hurt anyone that hurt her.

I loved that no one has learned not to tell Eliza what to do yet. There’s so much good stuff in this one, but I don’t want to give away anything! A must read.