Review: The Monster of Montvale Hall (Saints & Sinners #1) by Nadine Millard

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The Monster of Montvale Hall by Nadine Millard

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋

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A childhood tragedy had shaped the life of Robert Forsythe, the Duke of Montvale Hall, forever. 

He kept himself isolated from the world and the people in it, reveling in his reputation as a monster. 

Locked in a world of guilt and grief, nobody had ever been able to break down the walls he kept around him. Nobody had ever tried. 

And if being a monster kept everyone away, then a monster he would be. 

Abigail Langton was as headstrong as she was mischievous, so it was no surprise that she wasn’t exactly welcomed at Montvale Hall with open arms. 

It didn’t take her long to understand why its owner was called a monster. 

It took even less time to realize that monster or not, Abigail’s heart called to him in a way she couldn’t deny or understand. 

Robert’s world is turned upside down and inside out by the irrepressible Abigail. And try as he might to avoid it, he finds himself drawn to her in ways he doesn’t want. In ways that scare the wits out of him. 

Will Robert give in to the temptation that is Abigail? And will Abigail find the heart of the man beneath the monster?

Abigail’s surprise arrival was just what Montvale Hall needed and she will flip everything upside down. These two are not a love at first sight couple, but they are drawn to each other no matter how much they try to fight it. The attraction between them is strong and everyone sees it, but until the past is brought forward they will battle at every turn.

The final battle breaks down the rest of the wall he has created by making him face the past once and for all. I loved Robert’s mother when she had a talk with him because she didn’t mince words. Abigail’s cousin knew she was exactly what his best friend needed.

Abigail won’t let him hide behind the monster he has created and is determined to find the man she knows that is hiding inside. I loved her right away with how she spoke her mind went toe to toe with Robert. She knew what she wanted and was going to get it.

Robert is a broken man behind the monster he created and it is slowly eating away at his life. You can tell from the start that he really has a big heart and the longer he’s around her the more the real him comes out. I loved when he finally realized he couldn’t give her up.

ARC Review: Never Have I Ever With a Duke (The Spitfire Society #1) by Darcy Burke

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Never Have I Ever With a Duke by Darcy Burke

Releasing August 27th

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

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Meet the smart, independent women who’ve decided they don’t need Society’s rules, their families’ expectations, or, most importantly, a husband. But just because they don’t need a man doesn’t mean they might not want one…

Graham Kinsley is shocked when he inherits a debt-ridden dukedom, and now he has just one month to repay a loan. He needs an heiress—or find a way to recoup the former duke’s losses. When he meets the alluring Arabella, he’s entranced. Unfortunately, she’s as bankrupt as he is, but if they work together they may be able to recover their fortunes. Though if they keep stealing kisses, they may lose their hearts instead.

Arabella Stoke can’t afford an attraction to the penniless duke who has vowed to help rescue her family from financial devastation. She needs to find a wealthy husband before her father succumbs to the stress of losing everything. However, as Graham brings them closer to finding the swindler who stole their money, the war between what they want and what they need may ruin them both.

This will definitely be an addicting series of books! These ladies are definitely spitfires that will surprise you at every turn. Arabella and Graham’s first meeting sent sparks flying, but they didn’t think their paths would cross again. Neither one is very good at following society’s rules and that just means they will surprise you with the things they do and say. I loved all their conversations and the passion between them.

I was on pins and needles when it came to the swindler and wondering what would happen when they found him. The shocking twist about who he was one I didn’t see coming at all! The ending was one of my favorites!

Arabella is nothing like you expect her to be and it’s clear from the start that she is a spitfire. She’s not shy about anything and wants to be apart of the action. I loved her right away with how she handled herself. She will shock you at times.

Graham may now by a duke, but the title hasn’t gone to his head at all. He doesn’t want to marry for money, but he desperately needs to pay off that loan. There is such a passion in him when it comes to talking about this history of his home, but the love for Arabella will force him to make hard choices.

I can’t wait for the next one in this series.

A Clever Alliance (Regency Brides: A Promise of Love #1) by Laura Beers

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A Clever Alliance by Laura Beers

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋

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Lady Madalene Ramsbury has been summoned home from Miss Bell’s Finishing School to some unfortunate news. In three weeks, she is to be married to a man she’s never met. Rather than face a life she does not want; she flees from her own engagement party and elicits help from a most unlikely source.

Society’s golden boy, Everett, the Marquess of Northampton, was outraged when a young woman suddenly appeared in his curricle. Was she attempting to trap him into an unwanted marriage? It would be just like some overzealous mother to put her up to such a ploy. However, it doesn’t take long for him to discover that Madalene is unlike any woman he has ever known.

With her reputation in shambles, Lady Madalene and Everett hatch a plan to solve both of their problems, a fake engagement. But as they spend time together, they realize more is on the line than just a blossoming friendship. And with danger ever present from her jilted suitor, Everett and Madalene find themselves relying on one another in ways they’d never imagined… but can they trust each other with their hearts?

You’re in for a treat with Madalene and Everett because they are not your typical couple. It’s clear to everyone around them that their friendship is more, but neither one sees it. Every threat against them just brought them closer and they would both die for the other if needed. I loved how they bantered back and forth and flirted without realizing it.

I knew her uncle had lied, but never imagined how far he had gone for himself. Between him and her crazy ex-fiance, I don’t know which was worse. Of course, I have to mention the amazing scene in the woods with Nicholas and how perfect it ended. The suspense was coming off the pages.

Madalene is no timed miss that will be forced into anything she doesn’t want. I knew I was going to love her as soon as she made her escape and didn’t even second guess her decision. She is a feisty girl that stands her ground and gives as good as she gets when threatened. My favorite scene was when she told her uncle what she was going to do about him.

Everett has no interest in any of the girls that have gone to great lengths to get him. He really has no plans to marry anytime soon, but the minute she fell into his curricle and asked for help his heart was gone. I loved how blunt and honest he was about things with everyone.

Their friends and his family will provide you with some great laughs along the way.

Review: Fortune’s Final Folly (Fortunes of Fate #10) by Christina McKnight

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Fortune’s Final Folly by Christina McKnight

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋

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A TWIST OF FATE… 

Miss Katherina Elliott leads a simple life, teaching impoverished children, just as her parents did before her. Kate knows little of her family’s past: only that every three months, a mysterious benefactor sends her enough money to pay the school’s mounting bills. The envelope is brought by the solicitor across the street–a man Kate knows she shouldn’t want but can’t resist.

Lord Joshua Stuart, the second son of the Duke of Beaufort, has never fit in with the rest of his family. Though he has a practice on Bond Street, he’s always preferred working in Cheapside, where he can make a real difference. It has nothing to do with his attractive, sweet neighbor across the street, or so he tells himself. But when Kate’s school is threatened, Joshua knows he must help her.

As Joshua and Kate work to save the school, they grow closer, until their love for each other can no longer be denied. Their search brings them to the famed fortune teller, Madame Zeta, who holds the key to Kate’s past. But when Kate’s fate intertwines with Madame Zeta’s, nothing will ever be the same. Will her love for Joshua survive fortune’s twists, or will they end up as the final folly?

Fate brought these two together at just the right time. The mystery of who is sending the money brings them closer and leads them answers they didn’t expect. You’ll never see who is behind the threat to the school coming or any of the surprises that pop up. Their love is a strong one that can withstand anything thrown at them.

Kate just wants to teach the local children and be happy, but fate has other ideas. I loved her from the start because she didn’t back down from anything. She didn’t run when she realized her feelings.

Joshua lives to help people and helping Kate is at the top of his list. I loved the work he did and how he treated everyone like family and friends. He wasn’t going to let her do anything alone.

Review: North of the Azores (Life on Another Island Book 1) by Ruth Danes

North of the Azores by Ruth Danes

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

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The year is 1780 and the Devil’s Isles, a group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, have recently been conquered by Britain after a brief war. The inhabitants of the Devil’s Isles practice magic and both human and animal sacrifice. Nebula, a young princess from the islands, struggles with this and is beginning to question what she has been taught. 

Aware of a plot to kill everyone on the islands, Nebula defects to the British side where she takes on a new identity and a new life. Under the name Adeliza, she works in England as a maid for a Dr Moon. Only two men know her real identity; the kind-hearted doctor and the seemingly terrifying Mr Lastman. 

This kind of historical fiction is new to me and while not my cup of tea there were parts I really enjoyed. You get to follow the journey of Adeliza over the course of a few years as she grows from a young girl to a young woman. She is very much like every teenage girl when it comes to her heart and I enjoyed seeing her go through real struggles of a teenager.

There really isn’t much romance except for her brief love for one guy. I kinda think this would be a good story for a teenager because they could relate a bit more to Adeliza and her struggles. Love scenes aren’t graphic and there are only a couple so it’s fine for a teenager.

The author has a great imagination and did a great job with creating this story.

Review: The Perfect Spinster (The Not So Saintly Sisters #2) by Annabelle Anders

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The Perfect Spinster by Annabelle Anders

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

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He’s more rake than gentleman and she’s more minx than spinster. 
Miss Olivia Redfield’s prospects for marriage are nonexistent, bleak at best. Removed from society for an ill-fated physical defect, she’s resigned herself to caring for others in a somewhat dreary existence. She’s determined to be the Perfect Spinster, that is, until she finds herself falling for the charming but unattainable, Lord Kingsley. 

Gabriel Fellowes, Earl of Kingsley is doing a favor for a friend by overseeing the dangerous–– but promising––mine on the border of Viscount Hallowell’s property. With extra time on his hands, he finds himself irresistibly provoked by the viscount’s nymph–like daughter and delights in needling her as well. In no position to promise more than a dalliance, Gabriel takes the unprecedented step of becoming her friend. 

Their flirtatious attachment threatens to erupt in passion, but duty and honor forbid anything more. Will love be defeated when tragedy strikes, or can these two overcome Society’s dictates and conquer a century old curse? 

A very unique and awkward meeting starts off this whirlwind romance that won’t go off without a couple of surprising hiccups. They tried to tell themselves that this was just friendship, but the connection between them is so powerful that nothing will keep them from each other. I was on pins and needles waiting for them to finally give in to the attraction fully because it leaps off the pages. When tragedy strikes it brings them together, but there is still one obstacle that stands in their way back in London.

I loved that this story covers a year because you really get a sense of how strong their love is. The added storyline with his sister was one I didn’t expect and what followed showed everyone what was between them. The ending was perfect for these two and the scene in the bed made me love him even more.

Olivia doesn’t let her eye define her or society rules control her. I loved her right away because of how much she cared about others. She had a way of say “my lord” that made it sound like the biggest insult when she was mad. I loved when she told her parents off and how she came to realize the curse wasn’t real.

Gabriel would marry her in a heartbeat if he hadn’t made a promise to his father about who he would marry. He’ll make you fall in love with him once you realize why he use to tease her and how he always manages to say the wrong thing around her. It took him long enough to realize he wasn’t to blame for the tragedy and he could have who he wanted. It’s also so cute when he says her name differently.

These two deserved an amazing story and they got it!