Review: The Gift of the Marquess (Love is All Around #2) by Darcy Burke

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The Gift of the Marquess by Darcy Burke

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

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The Marchioness of Darlington wants nothing more than to be a mother, but after nearly three childless years of marriage, Poppy believes she is barren. Her sadness is eclipsed by anger and hurt, however, when she learns that her husband does not share her despair, and she suspects he is having an affair. Unsure where to turn, she distances herself from him and rededicates herself to helping the women and children at the poorhouse—they are all she has.

Gabriel Kirkwood, the Marquess of Darlington, is certain his wife will die in childbirth just like her mother, his mother, and his sister, so he is relieved when they are unable to conceive. Even so, he knows how desperately she wants a child and watching her struggle with her disappointment is a knife in his heart. When he meets a young pregnant woman who doesn’t want her baby, he glimpses a possibility to give his beloved a happy ever after. But feeling Poppy slip away, he only hopes it won’t be too late.

This is a truly heartwarming and emotional story from beginning to end! It’s a unique story because they are already married and in love, but going through such a rough time that tests them. I loved that this is going on at the same time as the first book so you know what was going on with Poppy at the house party. It’s heartbreaking to see them both struggle in different ways and be torn apart.

The scene where Gabriel remembered everything that happened with his mother and everything after was so raw with emotion. I absolutely loved the moment they made up because their love was so strong and it was such a powerful moment for many reasons.

Poppy wants to be a mother so badly, but after three years she’s trying to come to terms with it won’t happen the way she dreamed. She so desperately wants a baby, but can’t help but try to help Dinah in any way possible. I loved her fire from the start and when she laid into her brother.

Gabriel thought he found a way to give Poppy her dream and banish his fears, but it only brought them up in full force. He will break your heart as he talks about his fear. I loved how much he cared about helping others and when he realized he couldn’t let fear control him.

The ending was absolutely perfect and I can’t wait to read her brother’s story and find out what happened to him.

ARC Review: Outlaw’s Redemption (Redemption Bluff Book 2) by Lynda Cox

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Outlaw’s Redemption by Lynda Cox

Releasing October 18, 2019

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

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Sometimes you can’t tell the end of a story by the color of hat someone wears and sometimes, second chances change everything…

Clay Denton is living on borrowed time. The only thing keeping him from a dance for the hangman is a promise he made to find a US Marshal’s niece. Clay doesn’t care if it’s vengeance the marshal really wants. As long as the man believes Clay’s looking for Josephine, he’s free to keep living.

Josephine Myers lives on the run, never straying too far from the towns of Purgatory or Redemption. She won’t leave, even though to stay means she’s putting herself right into the line of fire. She’s too frightened to fight back, and much too afraid to run far. Until Clay rides into her life, saving her from a terrible attack.

Clay and Josephine’s redemption might come at a steep price, depending on who wins. The white hat…or the black.

Lynda puts a unique spin on how this story of redemption is told. An angel and fallen angel are watching things unfold to see if love can really change the outcome of what they know will happen. I was on pins and needles throughout the whole story especially when there was unexpected interference.

Something else Lynda does an amazing job at is writing villains that make your skin crawl and having them meet the perfect ending. The ending will bring tears to your eyes for so many reasons and you won’t want it to end.

Josephine was frightened and alone in the world until Clay and Princess saved her and gave her the strength to fight. I loved seeing her remember the past and telling her uncle what she wanted for Clay. She wasn’t going to give up on Clay or let anyone else suffer as she had.

Clay has spent two searching for her to avoid hanging, but he also saw what happened all those years ago and wants the villains to pay. When he threatened people he meant it and it could send shivers down your spin. I loved that he wasn’t going to let her go back even if it meant his death.

Princess the dog deserves to be talked about because he is an amazing dog. He would give his life to protect Clay and Josephine and hated it when he was kept away. I loved how well trained he was.

Review: A Second Chance for Love (Bachelors of Bond Street) by Minerva Spencer

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A Second Chance for Love by Minerva Spencer

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

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An all-new anthology featuring novellas from acclaimed Regency historical authors Janna MacGregor, Shana Galen, and Minerva Spencer. Bond Street is famous for its elite clubs, fashionable shops and successful businesses. Now meet the bachelors who’ve made Bond Street their domain. Are these gentlemen as lucky in love as they are in business?

Justin Taylor is rich beyond his wildest dreams and he has everything he’s ever wanted: everything except revenge against the man and woman who wrecked his life a decade earlier.

When Oona Parker—one of the two people responsible for years of misery—suddenly reappears in his life, Juss knows fate has brought them together for a reason.

But is fate giving him an opportunity for vengeance—or a second chance at love?

I love a bit of enemies to lovers and a second chance at love. Neither one’s story is what the other thought and they will only realize that after striking a deal. It’s clear from that start that they weren’t going to be able to resist each other. Fate brought them together for better reasons.

Oona was shocked to see him again and wasn’t prepared to give up her secrets. She did what she had to for her future when agreeing to his deal, but her heart took over.

Juss is set on revenge, but being alone with her and telling his story makes him realize that’s not what he wants. The truth will come out and his heart will win.

Cover Reveals for The Witch’s Christmas Wish by Rebecca Lovell and How to Kiss a Debutante by Dawn Brower

Title: The Witch’s Christmas Wish

Author: Rebecca Lovell

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: December 5, 2019

Blurb: 

Terra Rendon’s first vision of the future was of her twin brother Tommy in a train accident, and as a result she became a mechanical engineer so she could keep him safe. When she is summoned to Virginia 

to help investigate a fatal trainwreck she meets Gardner Lewis, the newest detective in the Roanoke Police Department. Handed a case no one else wants, he relies on her instincts but finds himself wondering how she comes by her knowledge. Terra has never told anyone about her power but the 

more she gets to know Gard the more she wants to confide in him. When her childhood vision threatens to become a reality, only a miracle will be able to save Terra’s brother and make her Christmas wish come true.

About the Author:

A funny thing about my writing career is that I started out writing fan fiction when I was in middle school, and all of it had original characters and romantic entanglements. Over the years I’ve gotten much better at writing and moved on to my own work but the romance has always stayed the same.

I was born and raised in Texas, and have loved learning about history since my first visit to the Fort Worth Stockyards. I enjoy researching and studying new eras, and have also started to enjoy writing contemporary romance. I once was afraid of running out of ideas, but it seems like I’m always coming up with new ones and I occasionally manage to settle down and write.

When I’m not writing, I love running and watching horror movies, and I have a number of vocal and pushy cats that always demand my attention. Take a look at my blog and I’ll tell you all about all of it. I also love to talk about my life!

She can be found at these places:

Twitter: @becca_el

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaLovellBooks/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rebeccalovellbooks

Website: http://www.rebeccalovell.com

Title: How to Kiss a Debutante

Author: Dawn Brower

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: December 5, 2019

Blurb: 

Aletha Dewitt has led a charmed life. At least that is how it appears from the outside looking in. Yes, she has had everything a person could possibly desire—except real respect. Because she was born female her grandfather doesn’t believe she is capable enough to be a part of the family business. What he doesn’t realize is she has more ideas and ambition than her brother will ever have. She sets out to prove to him she’s more than up to the task. Nothing will stand in her way, not even love.

Rafael, Conte Leone is only in America to attend the wedding of one of his closest friends. He never imagined he’d meet the woman of his dreams on a train, but he fully intends to do everything possible to win her heart. Even help her take the mantle of one of the largest candy suppliers in the country. The problem is convincing the lady that they belong together…

With Christmas around the corner miracles are a very real possibility. Both Rafael and Aletha start to believe they could have it all with the magic of love…

About the Author:

SA TODAY Bestselling author, DAWN BROWER writes both historical and contemporary romance.There are always stories inside her head; she just never thought she could make them come to life. That creativity has finally found an outlet.

Growing up she was the only girl out of six children. She is a single mother of two teenage boys; there is never a dull moment in her life. Reading books is her favorite hobby and she loves all genres.

She can be found at these places:

Twitter: @dawnab33

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/AuthorDawnBrower

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/1DawnBrower/

Website:http://www.authordawnbrower.com 

Review: Love by the Letters (Bachelors of Bond Street) by Janna MacGregor

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Love by the Letters by Janna MacGregor

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

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An all-new anthology featuring novellas from acclaimed Regency historical authors Janna MacGregor, Shana Galen, and Minerva Spencer. Bond Street is famous for its elite clubs, fashionable shops and successful businesses. Now meet the bachelors who’ve made Bond Street their domain. Are these gentlemen as lucky in love as they are in business?

Bespectacled booklover and bluestocking Miss Portia Bellingham delivers a love letter on her sister’s behalf but there’s a problem—she gives it to the wrong man, a dashing and handsome bookseller, Mr. Gabriel St. Aulyn.

Wary of love, Gabriel can’t help but be enchanted by Portia, his newest customer who always seems to be looking for something—but when Gabriel finds Portia’s love letter, he knows she’s the woman he’s been waiting for all his life.

But when the mistake is revealed, can Portia and Gabriel trust fate and open their hearts to each other?

One little mistake leads to a romance that will make you giggle with the way things happen between them. They got off to a bumpy start with their first meeting, but it was clear they were perfect for each other. They are a couple that goes about things differently and won’t let anything stand between them. I loved the twist in the end with her family and didn’t see it coming at all!

Portia has a way with words and will do anything to help her sister get the man she loves. I loved how she didn’t really care about what others thought and wasn’t shy when it came to Gabriel.

Gabriel didn’t know what was missing from his life until he met Portia. He’s a good mix of going after what he wants, but also not hiding his feelings.

Review: How to Brew a Perfect Kiss (Bachelors of Bond Street Anthology) by Shana Galen

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How to Brew a Perfect Kiss by Shana Galen

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ ❤️ Spice Level: 💋

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An all-new anthology featuring novellas from acclaimed Regency historical authors Janna MacGregor, Shana Galen, and Minerva Spencer. Bond Street is famous for its elite clubs, fashionable shops and successful businesses. Now meet the bachelors who’ve made Bond Street their domain. Are these gentlemen as lucky in love as they are in business?

Raeni Sawyer is penniless and alone in a foreign country. When she finds a job at a coffee shop on Bond Street, she hopes it’s the beginning of a new life.

Thomas Gaines is intrigued by his new server—until she spills coffee all over him. Despite her clumsiness, he sees her potential to be more. But will Raeni’s dangerous past ruin their bright future?

I’ve loved Thomas since he appeared in An Affair With a Spare and was excited to see his story. There is heat between instantly and not just from the hot coffee on his pants. The dangers of the past weren’t going to keep them apart.

Raeni is a strong young woman that has fled from her home and is trying to make it on her own. I loved her right away with how brave she was and how smart she was.

Thomas will never think twice about helping someone that he knows needs helps. Add in that he loves the woman and he won’t stop at anything to protect her or help her.

ARC Review: Maid Under the Mistletoe (Lady it’s Cold Outside) by Annabelle Anders

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Maid Under the Mistletoe by Annabelle Anders

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ ❤️ Spice Level: 💋

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Eliza Drake is failing miserably at her duties as a lady’s maid. The Earl of Mapleton is failing miserably at wooing Eliza’s mistress. Perhaps they can fail together… aided by the magic of the season and some harmless mistletoe.

This is such a sweet and magical Christmas time story! These two were clearly meant to be together even though they come from very different backgrounds. Everyone can see what’s between them, but Christmas magic will make sure they are together.

Eliza is strong-willed and sharp-tongued and not meant to be a Lady’s maid. She has a way of knowing the perfect gifts for anyone and speaks her mind.

Anthony puts others first and that’s why he needs a wife with a dowry. He couldn’t stay away from Eliza no matter how hard he tried.

Cover Reveals for Spying on Christmas by Leona Bushman and Loving and American Spy by Dawn Brower

Title: Spying on Christmas

Author: Leona Bushman

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: November 26, 2019

Blurb: 

Christmas is not always what it seems.

Melody hated Christmas. Ever since her parents died on Christmas Eve, nothing had ever been the same. She and her brother had been forced to live with their grandfather. Her brother, the now presumptive heir, received most of the attention as he learned about the holdings. 

She had been given lessons on how to be a lady.

As if she wanted them. She would rather do anything else than be a lady with no rights. One night, at a soiree, someone had approached her to spy for them. Not giving her a choice, really. So, with great reluctance, she’d accepted the invite to her cousin’s Christmas house party. 

Two weeks pretending to be happy about Christmas? Worse punishment ever for simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Then she met her prey—Kit Stuart the third. Her heart raced, and her body yearned for something she never wanted before. 

Kit Stuart searched for a rebel spy said to be coming to the Christmas party of his best friend. Not hard to accept as ordered, but then he found the rebel spy, and his heart denied it. His body craved hers. How could he arrest and maybe kill the first woman to make him believe that maybe there was such a thing as Christmas miracles?

Then the real betrayal was revealed. Could they save their family and friends before it was too late?

About the Author:

Leona Bushman goes by many names but the most common one is superhero. She earned this name from saving a kangaroo from a tree—and yes that is as hard as it sounds. The dragons taught their queen how to write, and Queen Leona hasn’t looked back. Even when her muse tries to muck things up.

She can be found goofing off and loving dragons and other creatures of the supernatural at these places:

Twitter: @L_Bushman

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLeonaB…

Blog: http://lbushman.blogspot.com

Website: http://www.leonajbushman.com

Title: Loving an American Spy

Author: Katherine Bone

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: November 26, 2019

Blurb: 

William Collins never wanted to leave the comforts of Lilimar, his home. One day the plantation would be his, and he’d poured his heart and soul into making it thrive. War breaks out around the world, and it becomes clear that he has to do his part for his country. If he has any hope of living the life he dreamed of, he first has to find peace to do it. So he enlists as a gentleman spy and throws himself into danger without a second thought. 

Victoria Grant is the daughter of a vicar. She has a strong sense of duty and trained as a nurse. When her country is thrown into war, she steps forward to join other nurses in tending to the wounded. She travels from camp to camp and helps where she is needed. On a train to France, she encounters an American gentleman, and an unlikely friendship forms between them. 

William is taken with Victoria, but she has no idea he’s a spy, and he has to ensure his secret stays hidden. Along the way, they share letters and secret rendezvous. In a world torn apart by war, they find a love that may never have time to flourish…

About the Author:

SA TODAY Bestselling author, DAWN BROWER writes both historical and contemporary romance.There are always stories inside her head; she just never thought she could make them come to life. That creativity has finally found an outlet.

Growing up she was the only girl out of six children. She is a single mother of two teenage boys; there is never a dull moment in her life. Reading books is her favorite hobby and she loves all genres.

She can be found at these places:

Twitter: @dawnab33

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/AuthorDawnBrower

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/1DawnBrower/

Website:http://www.authordawnbrower.com 

Review: Lawfully Courted: A Spy Lawkeeper Romance by Laura Beers

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Lawfully Courted by Laura Beers

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋

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Marianne Notley knew her father, the Viscount of Rawlings, had secrets… many secrets. But when they are unexpectedly attacked, she must fight her way to the only man her father says she can trust… Lord Harington.

Edwin, the Earl of Harington, is one of the best spies the Crown has. When his partner’s infuriating daughter shows up injured on his doorstep, he’s forced to ensure her protection while he searches for Lord Rawlings.

As Marianne stumbles into his world of espionage, Edwin struggles with his growing attraction towards her, while still maintaining his own secrets. As traitors are revealed, can they learn to trust each other before it’s too late?

I wished this had been longer because I wanted more romance between Edwin and Marianne. They worked well together and I could see lots of fun between them as time went on. I couldn’t figure out who was helping the kidnappers until it was revealed and didn’t see the ending coming at all.

Marianne is nothing like other ladies and has been trained to take on anything. I loved her personality from the start because she did what she had too. She defended Edwin when he needed it and didn’t care about scandal.

Edwin hides his true self to protect himself, but Marianne saw right through that and saw the true him. I loved how he praised her skills and was determined to keep her safe.