Review: The Pursuit of Pleasure (Dartmouth Brides #1) by Elizabeth Essex

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The Pursuit of Pleasure by Elizabeth Essex

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

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Blurb

SHE DOES SAY SHE’LL NEVER MARRY…
Miss Elizabeth Paxton is a new sort of heiress–educated, opinionated and entirely independent. The last thing she wants is a husband mucking about her life. Even if he is the only man she’s ever loved.

BUT SHE HAS ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A WIDOW.
When dashing Captain Jameson Marlowe returns to Dartmouth, he proposes to give Lizzie exactly what she wants–a marriage without the man. After one night of searing passion, his sworn duty will take him far off to sea…or so she thinks until secrets and lies set a collision course with the smugglers along the south coast, and Lizzie is caught in the dark tide of treason. Can she salvage her pride and learn to trust in true love before it’s too late?
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The Pursuit of Pleasure was originally published in 2010. This new edition has been revised and reedited. This book was a 2009 Golden Heart finalist with the Romance Writers of America.

My Review

*I received a copy via NetGalley.

Another up until 2 AM read! This one is steamy and will give you chills for many reasons. I love a story with smugglers, secrets, and a bit of mystery. You will be hooked from the start like I was because you know right away how they will be with each other. I had my suspicions from the start about who was involved in the smuggling and was partially right. Some favorites include her a shooting and the twists surrounding everything. The ending was perfect.

Lizzie is definitely opinionated, educated and voices her thoughts to anyone. She comes off as a wild child many times, but also is very stubborn and doesn’t always think thing through. I did love her for fighting things she believed in and her struggle to be true to herself.

Jamie (Jameson) convinced himself that everything was apart of his plan and nothing else, but from the start, you know the truth. I loved him right away because he had a hint of mystery to him and also spoke his mind. He is on a mission that isn’t quite going to plan in many ways.

I highly recommend this one.

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Romancing the Rogue by Erica Ridley

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

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Blurb

When the new earl inherits, poor relation Miss Rebecca Bond must wed immediately or be out on her ear. The only man she’s ever loved is summoned to hear the will—but he already rejected her so soundly that they haven’t spoken in years. Yet who better than a rakish Viscount to teach her how to snare a gentleman who appreciates her charms?

Daniel Goodenham, Lord North Barrows, regrets nothing more than the lost friendship with the one woman who treated him like a man, not a title. Fate has given him the perfect pretext to win her forgiveness—even if it means having to matchmake her to someone else. But now that she’s back in his life, he’ll do anything to convince her to choose him instead…

This story was first featured in the Vexed anthology.

My Review

Loved the start of this story! I was shocked that pretty much everyone in the castle forgot she was there and thought everything was a ghost. The new earl seems to not care what happens to her as long as she is gone and he doesn’t have to take care of her. I loved the maze and how the back story.
You have to love Rebecca from the start. She kept herself busy by going over the estate books and correcting figures and she would stand up to anyone.She had no desire to marry and could actually make it on her own, she had proved that already. She is still angry at Danial but understood why he did what he years ago.

Danial did not come off as the rogue as much as I expected, but I loved him. He loved being in parliament and doing everything involved with it more than the parties. You fall in love with him the moment he leaves for the castle because what he did has bothered him for years.

I was expecting more from the haunted castle and for some reason, I want to know more about Danial’s grandmother and why she acted like she did. Overall a good story to get you in the mood for Halloween.

Excerpt

Just as the last hint of sunlight slithered past the horizon, the rocky, wind-lashed terrain of Cornwall came into view. Daniel straightened his spine. The chill was already seeping through the cracks in the buffeted carriage.

The driver gulped, his gaze uncertain. “Nightfall has arrived, milord. Shall I find a posting-house?”

Daniel shook his head, his skin tingling from the close proximity to Castle Keyvnor. “No. Let’s keep going. We’re almost there.”

Even as he said the words, the monstrous castle rose from the darkness, its looming towers an even deeper black than the interminable night enshrouding them.

A familiar prickle danced across his clammy skin as the carriage rattled over the ancient bridge across the long-dry moat, and on through a massive iron gate. The castle looked darker than he remembered. Larger. More menacing.

Rebecca was somewhere inside those walls. He just had to find her.

He dashed from the carriage and up the slick stone steps of Castle Keyvnor as torrents of rain spilled from the black, thunderous sky.

The horrendous downpour was not only a fitting welcome back to the castle grounds, but the only weather he ever recalled Castle Keyvnor having. If the sun happened to shine over the sparse seaside village of Bocka Morrow, the castle was still be buffeted by icy winds and cloaked in shadow.

Ignoring the sheet of rain cascading from the brim of his beaver hat, he reached for the brass doorknocker dangling from the maw of a stone lion.

The door swung open before his fingers even touched the knocker. Yet no one presented himself.

Daniel straightened his spine. No sense dallying. Time to head straight into the mouth of the beast.

Morris, the castle’s longtime butler, strode into the entryway just as Daniel slid his soaked top hat from his head.

No point in asking who had opened the door, given that the butler was only now arriving. Castle Keyvnor never had answers. Only a surfeit of questions.

“Lord North-Barrows.” The butler smiled. “Right on time. Your chamber has been readied.”

Daniel didn’t smile back. Nor did he know how he could be right on time, when he hadn’t sent word of his impending arrival because even he hadn’t known for certain when he would arrive.

As the butler divested Daniel of his wet outer garments, a quartet of footmen emerged from a darkened corridor without being summoned and marched outside to the waiting carriage.

Daniel eyed the castle’s dark interior with apprehension. If the servants knew he was coming, why the devil couldn’t they light a sconce or two?

“The footmen will bring your trunks to your chamber shortly.” The butler gestured toward the main stone staircase. “A fire awaits you in the hearth.”

Of course it did.

Daniel inclined his head, eager to dry himself before a fire regardless of how or why its warmth awaited him. But a shimmer of white caught his eye.

An apparition had appeared at the top of the stairs. No—not an apparition.

Rebecca.

Her bone-white gown fluttered from one of the castle’s many drafts, giving her haunting silhouette the blurred edges of a ghost. From this distance, the features of her pale face were smudged by shadow. The glossy dark curls he recalled so fondly were invisible against the yawning blackness of the unlit upstairs corridor. His entire body was on edge.

Nervous, he smiled up at her.

There was no way to know if she returned his smile.

He doubted it. The last time he’d seen her at Castle Keyvnor, he’d cruelly rejected her in front of witnesses. And the last time she’d been in London…he hadn’t spoken to her at all.

His chest tightened. He was lucky she hadn’t come to the landing solely to toss water upon his head.

Perhaps she was saving that for later.

“Rebecca?” Because the soaring stairwell had no balustrade, Daniel placed his damp palm against the cold stone wall for balance. The last thing he needed was for wet soles to send him sliding to his death before he could even make his grand apology.

“It’s Miss Bond,” floated the soft, familiar voice from overhead.

“I know,” Daniel called back as he hurried up the rest of the stairs. “Rebecca, it’s me. Daniel.”

“I know,” she echoed as he rounded the final step. Her eyes were dark and luminous in the pale porcelain of her face. “Good evening, Lord North-Barrows. I trust Morris has seen to your luggage.”

Ah. So he had lost first-naming privileges. And was to be treated with the same distant politesse one might use to welcome a stranger.

He deserved that and more.

“Please,” he said. “You must still call me Daniel. I know I was awful to you, and you have every right to be vexed with me. I admit it. I behaved abominably and am here to apologize. I was foolish and wrong.”

“Were you?” Her expressionless dark eyes gazed right through him. “I’m sure I don’t recall.”

His muscles tightened. Of course she recalled. She had the cleverest mind of anyone he’d ever met. But by pretending she couldn’t remember his crimes, she didn’t have to forgive him. Or acknowledge his heartfelt apology. He forced his fingers to unclench.

Despite the murky shadows of the ill-lit corridor, she was even more beautiful than last he’d seen her. He drank her in. She had been the prettiest of that year’s crop of debutantes during her come-out five years ago, but now she was ravishing.

Girlish cheeks had turned into high cheekbones. A willowy frame had become womanly curves. Her innocence had been replaced by mysteriousness. He didn’t know this Rebecca Bond any longer. But oh, how he wanted to. If only they could erase the past.

He yearned to reach for her. Once, she would have welcomed his touch, his embrace.

Tonight, she was just as likely to push him off of the landing.

 

About Erica Ridley

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Erica Ridley is a USA Today and New York Times best-selling author of historical romance novels.

In the new Rogues to Riches historical romance series, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses… Sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind rags-to-riches romance with rollicking adventure.

The popular Dukes of War series features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

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Long Overdue Writing Update

Writing Update

I know it’s been a long time since I posted a writing update and I slapped my hand and said bad writer to myself, lol. Things got hectic around my house with different work schedules, changes, and not being able to find time to write (again I slapped my hand). Part of the problem was I got into a bit of a writer’s block with not knowing if I liked where my hero and heroine going or if I wanted to change what I had them doing. Another thing was I had a lot of blog work to do with reviews and tours so I put writing on the backburner for a bit. But I’m back to it!

Did I decide to change what I had my hero and heroine doing?

Yes, I did and I now will be rewriting a small section. Better now than later when I might have to change multiple things to work with this change. I think this will help with the writer’s block since I was fighting with the characters on what to do.

What have I learned from this?

Finding other writers to talk things over is great. I’m apart of a couple of facebook groups that are for writing but my favorite is ran by an author and mostly the historical genre. I also have learned to find someone that will let to talk about your writing without judging. For me, it is my brother who is also a book lover even though he reads a totally different genre he will listen to me. I can run different things by him and he will help me figure out what sounds better.

Anything else?

If you have followed me for awhile then you know that I pretty much only read historical romances. I realized when going through some old stuff that as a teenager I wrote some romance stories that were contemporary westerns. I got to thinking about it and I could clean them up and they would be great stories so I’m toying with the idea of working on them too. I know many authors write in different genres.

The Book Tag/I Dare You

 

Book TagI Dare YouThanks to Christy Carlyle and Collette Cameron for the idea to do this!

I’m going to break the rules and not tag anyone because I think it’s more fun to see who does it without being tagged. So please feel free to play along! It’s fun to see people’s answers.

RULES:
You must be honest.
You must answer all the questions.
You must tag at least 4 people.
Here I go!

1.What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Captian’s Blood by William Shatner with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. I’ve had it since around 2005 when I was around 13 years old.

2.What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current read is The Pursuit of Pleasure by Elizabeth Essex, My last read was Encounter with a Rogue by Deb Marlowe, My next read will be The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin (a new to me author thanks to a friend)

3.What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Hmm, I don’t think I have read a book that everyone loved and I hated. Usually, I like something about every book. The only ones that I have not liked I did not finish.

4.What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Pride and Prejudice. I have it but have never gotten around to reading it.

5.What book are you saving for retirement?

I haven’t planned that far in advance.

6.Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

I have to wait until the end! I could never ruin the ending for myself by looking.

7.Acknowledgment: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I like them as long as they don’t drag on for pages. I know the excitement of having your name mentioned in a book!

8.Which book character would you switch places with?

I can’t pick just one! There are many in the historicals that I read that love and think it would be fun for awhile to be them.

9.Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

A lot of the westerns I have read remind me of being a little girl wondering in the fields among the cows and animals.

10.Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

I won an audio book copy of Her Imperfect Groom by Rose Gordon by posting a picture of my fur babies. It was a surprise giveaway.

11.Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Yes. I love to give books as gifts to other book lovers. I want to share the joy that books can bring.

12.Which book has been with you most places?

All of them. I have the Kindle app on my phone so pretty much all of my books are with me everywhere.

13.Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

I was homeschooled so I had a bit more choice with what I had to read. Anything I read I loved.

14.Used or brand new?

Both. I rarely actually have print books but I will take them either way.

15.Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nope.

16.Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Broken Trail. I loved the movie more than the book. The book was still good.

17.Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Yes! I’ve read a few historical romances that have mentioned food that sounds yummy. One even had recipes at the end.

18.Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

I can’t pick just one. All the authors I follow on Facebook are amazing.

19.Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Yes. Stolen by my Knave by Dawn Brower is slightly outside my usual genre because of time travel and I loved it. I usually don’t like any with time travel except for Outlander.

Review: Encounters With a Rogue (Half Moon House ) by Deb Marlowe

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Encounters With a Rogue by Deb Marlowe

My Overall Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Buy Links

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Blurbs

Two favorite, related novellas from the Half Moon House series, now available together!

An Unexpected Encounter

Tall, practical girls might not be worth much in man’s world, but Miss Lisbeth Moreton knows she’s worth more than the squire’s prized heifer.

To change her fate, she’s run off to a date with destiny at the British Museum. Her would-be swain never shows, but an unexpected encounter with Lord Cotwell and his lonely ward might lead to altogether new prospects . . . and perhaps to love.

A Waltz in the Park

James Vickers once believed honor and family duty to be his life’s work. Now he knows better–and he’s appointed himself as silent witness to his father’s sins. His greatest goal is to act as the continuously pricking thorn in his lordship’s side–and scandal is his greatest weapon. He has no use for an innocent young miss.

Propriety is Miss Adelaide Stockton’s most important asset. She must be all that is prim and proper if she’s to live down her parent’s misdeeds and have any hope of catching a husband. She must avoid scoundrels like Vickers at all costs.

Yet fate has thrown them together–and given each a key to the other’s ambition. A bargain is struck…but together they find that gaining what one desires most is far more difficult than a waltz in the park.

My Reviews

Encounters with a Rogue

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

I love that there are available together because they really do connect and I think need to be read together so you get a full understanding of some things. I loved both and how they go with the whole series.

An Unexpected Encounter

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

I was in love with this one from the start! When Hestia gets involved I’m never sure how things are going to happen, but know it will have some twists and a great ending. I loved how Aurelia was so quick to make up a story at first and everything that involved her. I wasn’t expecting the small twist with Lisbeth’s trustee or everything with James Vickers. One of my favorite parts involved little girls following on Lord Cotwell’s his heels.

Lisbeth is a very brave and strong woman that didn’t fully panic when her plans fell through. She had a very good reason to run from her family and a way of understanding people. I loved how she was with Aurelia and when she took over the household.

Lord Cotwell is a very smart man and honorable. He is my favorite kind of hero because he of things he does in his lab and that he didn’t blink an eye at taking Aurelia and would do anything for her. I loved how quick he was to defend people he cared about and how he came out of his shell.

A Waltz in the Park

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

I love that this one continues with James. This one has a mystery that involves people in their lives that you will not realize what it is until you get to the end.They started out just helping each other for different reasons and then slowly put down the walls. Hestia, of course, was involved in it and I loved the story about Adelaide’s parents and the scandal. The ending is my favorite out of all the books I have read.

Adelaide is definitely a girl with a plan. Everyone thinks her the prim and proper girl, but she has a sassy side and loves adventure. I loved her right away because she didn’t skirt around questions and knew how to read people. She was smart and at times forward in a good way.

James has changed a lot, but still makes it his mission to drive his father crazy. I knew there was a reason for why he did this stuff, but in no way expecting the reason. His reason made complete sense and showed the real him. I loved how he could see people for what they were and how he was with his mother.

Blog Tour and Review for Fool Me Twice by Philippa Jane Keyworth

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Fool Me Twice
by Philippa Jane Keyworth

Publication Date: December 1, 2016
Madison Street Publishing
eBook & Paperback
ASIN: B01M6TZ9UY
ISBN13: 9780996264846

Genre: Historical Romance

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In the gaming hells of eighteenth century London, orphan Caro Worth is leading a double life. By day she plays a proper gentlewoman on the lookout for a wealthy husband. By night she plays the infamous Angelica, her fictional half-sister with a talent for cards and an ability to finance the life her respectable self has built. An introduction to a rich Marquis brings marriage and security within Caro’s grasp…until the arrival of the unpredictable and totally ineligible Mr. Tobias Felton.

Dismayed by Felton’s persistent appearances, shocking frankness, and enigmatic green eyes, Caro watches helplessly as he comes closer than anyone to guessing her secret, but when complete and utter ruin threatens, she finds that Felton’s suspicions just might become her salvation. As the walls she has built to protect herself crumble down around her, Caro learns that no matter how careful your plans, life and love have a habit of falling quite spectacularly out of control!

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My Review

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

This was my first time reading a book by Philippa Jane Keyworth and I am now a fan! I stayed up until 2:30 am reading the whole book. I love that this one had the powdered hair and beauty patches because I rarely see books with that. They seemed like totally different people, but were alike in many ways when the walls were down. I was not expecting the twist with the Marquis and what he would do or how her brother would be.

Caro is a strong woman that has done what she must to survive after her father dies. I was on edge thinking someone besides Tobias would start to figure it out. She tried so hard to convince herself that Tobias plan would end a different way.

Tobias was very different because he was a gentleman when he wanted to be, but most of the time he said and did what he wanted. I loved how he started changing when he realized his father might follow through with his threat and when he met Caro.

I loved Lady Felton because she was not as quiet as you think at first. I love a good duel scene!

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Philippa Jane Keyworth, known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find. Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History. A born again Christian, Philippa lives in the south of England with her handsome husband.

Philippa has always written stories and believes that, since it is one of her loves and passions, she always will. In her early writing career, she dabbled in a variety of genres, but it was the encouragement of a friend to watch a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that began her love affair with the British Regency. Since then, she has watched every Regency film and TV series she could get her hands on and become well acquainted with Georgette Heyer’s novels which gave her the inspiration to write her own.

Both as a reader and a writer, Philippa believes it is important to escape into a world you yourself would want to live in. This is why she writes stories that will draw you into the characters’ joys and heartaches in a world apart from our own. Her debut novel, The Widow’s Redeemer (Madison Street Publishing, 2012), is a traditional Regency romance bringing to life the romance between a young widow with an indomitable spirit and a wealthy viscount with an unsavory reputation. The novel has been received well by readers and reviewers who have praised the heartfelt story and admirable characters. Her second novel, The Unexpected Earl (Madison Street Publishing, 2014), explores another romance in the Regency era when an impetuous young woman has her life turned upside down by the reappearance of the earl who jilted her six years ago. Her third novel a Georgian romance will come out at the end of 2016.

For more information, please visit Philippa Jane Keyworth’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 13
Review at The Sassy Book Lover
Review & Interview at The Book Junkie Reads

Tuesday, March 14
Spotlight at Passages to the Past

Thursday, March 16
Review at Rainy Day Reviews
Interview at Book Boyfriends & Booze

Saturday, March 18
Interview at Books, Dreams, Life

Monday, March 20
Review at Book Nerd

Tuesday, March 21
Interview at Aurora B’s Book Blog

Thursday, March 23
Interview at Ms. Stuart Requests the Pleasure of Your Company

Saturday, March 25
Review at Laura’s Interests

Monday, March 27
Review at Queen of All She Reads

Tuesday, March 28
Review at Mel’s Shelves

Wednesday, March 29
Review at Blushing Babes Are Up All Night

Sunday, April 2
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, April 5
Review at Jorie Loves a Story

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Fool Me Twice

Tour for Regency Ever After: Timeless Tales & Fables II by Dawn Brower, Amanda Mariel, Ari Thatcher, Meara Platt, Collette Cameron, Tammy Andresen, Sue London

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Dawn Brower, Amanda Mariel, Ari Thatcher, Meara Platt, Collette Cameron, Tammy Andresen, Sue London

Release Date: March 7, 2017

Length: 181,000k

Heat Rating: 1-3

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency

Price: .99 until March 13th then 2.99.

Short boxset blurb:

Once upon a time seven historical romance authors created a fairy tale inspired Regency world with all the romance of Regency and timelessness of fairy tales.

Join us on a Regency adventure of love and romance with seven brand new stories by some of today’s most sought after authors in Regency Ever After: Timeless Tales and Fables II.

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Individual novella blurbs:

Stolen by My Knave by Dawn Brower

As a child, Lady Elizabeth Kendall glimpsed an image of handsome gentleman in her looking glass. Imagine her surprise when years later she meets the Duke of Whitewood, who bears a striking resemblance to her imaginary man. Will they accept fate’s decision or ignore all the signs that brought them together?


Enticed by Lady Elianna by Amanda Mariel

Lady Elianna has been forced into servitude by her cousin. Still she dares to dream. Lord Sinclair is intrigued by her and determined to discover her secrets. Might he be the key to her freedom?


The Ugly Duckling Debutante by Meara Platt

Gennalyn, a lonely young woman far from home thinks of herself as an outcast, ugly duckling. But Roarke, a much sought after war hero just returned home, sees her for the beautiful swan she truly is.


A Diamond for a Duke by Collette Cameron

A dour duke and a wistful wallflower—an impossible match until fate intervenes one enchanted night, resulting in a passionate interlude neither can forget.


His Elusive Nightingale by Ari Thatcher

When a pompous duke offers a large reward to anyone who’ll bring his favorite opera singer to perform for him, an amateur sleuth and the singer’s maid conspire to accomplish the challenge. Little does the sleuth know what intrigue lies ahead, and the damage a few passionate nights with a maid will do to his heart.


The Fairy Palace by Sue London

Lord Williams indulges his sheltered ‘cousin’ with the visit to London she always wanted. Now he’s in trouble that the Mad Clan may not be able to get him out of.


Hunting for A Lady’s Heart by Tammy Andresen
Lord William Fairfield is an experienced hunter, so when he encounters the beautiful, raven-haired Lady Eirwen White in the forest running for her life, he knows that he must use his skills to save her. But will Eirwen allow him to put his life at risk to aid her against her wicked stepmother?

Today the spotlight is shining on Sue London and her The Fairy Palace inspired novella The Fairy Palace.

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Excerpt from The Fairy Palace:

Oscar stared out the window, waiting for dawn to tint the sky. Earlier, Melanie and her maid chatted and giggled between themselves for a time, but sleep claimed them in the wee hours when the carriage was gently rocking and the sky was dark as ink. Usually he would sleep as well, but just now he was wondering what in the bloody hell he’d gotten himself into. It was perhaps unfortunate that his driver and valet were fairly well used to decamping in the middle of the night, and not even the two young ladies in tow had received so much as a blink. Was he known to be so craven that nothing was a surprise anymore? He had, for want of a better word, kidnapped a lady of gentle breeding for unknown purposes. By God, he would make sure that her next household would defend her with some aplomb. Not that the lady herself had put up any resistance to his plan, and he would grant that most servants would prefer not to cross a duke’s son. But to let her be so casually abducted? Abominable.

It didn’t pass his notice that he was criticizing the servants for not stopping him from something he could have chosen not to do. But dammit, Melanie deserved better than a husband that she couldn’t even feign a liking for. He was aghast that willful, spirited Melanie sat there on her bed and spoke of growing up and leaving behind her dreams. Would Arthur give up on Camelot? Of course not. How, then, could she give up? He wouldn’t let her. He had, in fact, irrevocably changed the course of her life this night, with no idea of how that might play out. All he knew was that this Mr. Hartley couldn’t have her. Not if marriage to the man meant she gave up her dreams.

However, as the sky tinted with soft light and he could see her dozing on the opposite carriage bench, he began to doubt himself. What did he know of how to navigate polite society? Yes, he could be charming, and his last name opened a multitude of doors. But a young lady would need savvy to land a reasonable husband. She needed her reputation, flawless etiquette, and excellent sponsorship. God’s blood, he couldn’t spend five minutes without running afoul of polite rules! Primarily on purpose, but it still made him a poor gallant to escort an unmarried young lady. He should be protecting her reputation, not hying her off to London in the middle of the night.

She looked surprisingly sweet and innocent in sleep. Her dark lashes lay like tiny fans on her cheeks, and her mouth was curved in an enigmatic smile to rival Mona Lisa’s. It was almost hard to believe that she could steal a whole tray of tarts, or climb trees for the express purpose of making Lady Eunomia demand she come down. He smiled as he remembered her youthful indiscretions. She was a mix of wild and sweet, like a potent elixir. He loved her. He loved her, and would not stand idly while she made a loveless match. He would not be able to live with himself if a marriage broke her spirit.

Questions & Answers with Sue London:

Q1-What fairytale did you choose for your inspiration and why?

The Fairy Palace of the Quicken Trees, one of the tales in the Fenian Cycle of Irish myths that focuses on Oscar, who is our hero this time around. It is used very metaphorically, however, because I can’t have a Regency hero literally kill the King of the World.

Q2-What was your favorite fairytale as a child?

One of my favorites is The Princess and the Pea, which my husband says is very fitting because I can’t sleep if there is the slightest discomfort. (That’s his perspective. Since I have photos of him literally sleeping on rocks and Igloo coolers I say HE is the crazy one.)

Q3-What is your favorite line from your book?

If this was truly what ladies were wearing in Town, then she had to question their refinement.

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Author Bio and Links

Best selling author Sue London created the beloved Regency romance series The Haberdashers. If you like your historical romance with a little action, a little humor, and a lot of strong-minded women, then this is the series for you!

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Review: For The Love Of A Widow: Regency Novella by Christina McKnight

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For The Love Of A Widow: Regency Novella by Christina McKnight

Also available March 13, 2017 in the Hearts of Courage Anthology.

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋1/2

Buy Link

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Blurb

A widow scarred by love and loss…

After years spent following her husband as he fought against Napoleon’s troops, Lady Lettie Hughes returns to London a widow to take her rightful place among the ton as the daughter of an earl. Her parents and friends expect her to enter the marriage market and secure the match she should have pursued in her debut Season. But Lettie is not the same innocent girl she was before Waterloo. Nightmares of the battlefield plague her, and she doesn’t see a place for herself in society anymore.

A lord determined to save the woman he loves…

Daniel Greaves, the Duke of Linwood, is a man who knows rejection and loss. He’s lived the last six years alone after the woman he was betrothed to cast him aside for another man. Instead of taking control of his title and lands, Daniel fell into a life a debauchery—gaming, women, and spirits. But now the woman who stole his future and left him hollow is back in London.

When Lettie and Daniel are reunited, their connection burns as bright as it once did. But neither of them are the same people they were in their youth—they must trust one another to heal the wounds of their past to find a love that lasts forever.

My Review

*I was provided a copy by the author in exchange for my honest review

This is much more than just a romance its about two people that have suffered heartbreak, loss and need to heal and find each other. Both have been on downward spirals at different times and needed to grow and find each other again. I loved everything because of the raw emotion and how they both had horrible witnessed things that made them grow and change. They needed each other because they understood each other.

Lettie is a strong woman that is stronger than she thinks after what she has seen and done. She saved soldiers lives and saw more death than anyone in London can understand so they push her to be like them again. I kept cheering her on hoping she would find peace soon.

Danial was on his way to ruin when he witnessed a horrible thing that turned him sober. He changed in many ways but still had hints of the man she knew. It was easy to understand why he had acted the way he did before she left, but no one realized why or understood.

This one is high on my favorite list and a must read.

Happy Release Day Review: Regency Ever After: Timeless Tales and Fables II by Amanda Mariel, Dawn Brower, Meara Platt, Collette Cameron, Ari Thatcher, Sue London, Tammy Andresen

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Regency Ever After: Timeless Tales and Fables II by Amanda Mariel, Dawn Brower, Meara Platt, Collette Cameron, Ari Thatcher, Sue London, Tammy Andresen

My Overall Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Blurbs

Once upon a time seven historical romance authors created a fairy tale inspired Regency world with all the romance of Regency and timelessness of fairy tales.

Stolen by My Knave by Dawn Brower
As a child, Lady Elizabeth Kendall glimpsed an image of handsome gentleman in her looking glass. Imagine her surprise when years later she meets the Duke of Whitewood, who bears a striking resemblance to her imaginary man. Will they accept fate’s decision or ignore all the signs that brought them together?

Enticed by Lady Elianna by Amanda Mariel
Lady Elianna has been forced into servitude by her cousin. Still she dares to dream. Lord Sinclair is intrigued by her and determined to discover her secrets. Might he be the key to her freedom?

The Ugly Duckling Debutante by Meara Platt
Gennalyn, a lonely young woman far from home thinks of herself as an outcast, ugly duckling. But Roarke, a much sought after war hero just returned home, sees her for the beautiful swan she truly is.

A Diamond for a Duke by Collette Cameron
A dour duke and a wistful wallflower—an impossible match until fate intervenes one enchanted night, resulting in a passionate interlude neither can forget.

His Elusive Nightingale by Ari Thatcher
When a pompous duke offers a large reward to anyone who’ll bring his favorite opera singer to perform for him, an amateur sleuth and the singer’s maid conspire to accomplish the challenge. Little does the sleuth know what intrigue lies ahead, and the damage a few passionate nights with a maid will do to his heart.

The Fairy Palace by Sue London
Lord Williams indulges his sheltered ‘cousin’ with the visit to London she always wanted. Now he’s in trouble that the Mad Clan may not be able to get him out of.

Hunting for A Lady’s Heart by Tammy Andresen
Lord William Fairfield is an experienced hunter, so when he encounters the beautiful, raven-haired Lady Eirwen White in the forest running for her life, he knows that he must use his skills to save her. But will Eirwen allow him to put his life at risk to aid her against her wicked stepmother?

Join us on a Regency adventure of love and romance with seven brand new stories by some of today’s most sought after authors in Regency Ever After: Timeless Tales and Fables 2

My Reviews

*I was provided a copy from the authors for my honest reviews.

Stolen by My Knave by Dawn Brower

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋1/2

I normally don’t like books that involve time travel, but the prologue in this one hooked me and I liked it a lot. I really liked the whole story and the bits of back story to make everything more understandable. This has a fairytale romance feel which I’m always up for. I loved the way they interacted with each other and the little twists. I wished it was longer because I kept wanting to read more.

Elizabeth is definitely my kind of heroine. She is bold and speaks her mind no matter what. I loved her when she was trying not to roll her eyes and that she didn’t back down from what she wanted.

Jack is also bold and speaks his mind. I loved him when he told his tale and realized connections between them. He knew what he wanted and was quick to make it happen without anyone knowing what he was doing.

Enticed by Lady Elianna by Amanda Mariel

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

This one has a Cinderella feel and I love it! I was shocked from the beginning when her cousin arrived because of how he talked to her and then tricked her. One of my favorite parts was their meeting because I did not see it coming. I wanted to jump up and down at the ending.

Elianna’s life was torn apart when her father died and her cousin moved in, but she never gave up on one day getting her life back. I love the bit of rebellion in her when she made up her mind to do something. She was always was nice even when she was treated horribly.

Garrett see’s people for what they are and he doesn’t really hide his feelings. I loved that from the start he was determined to find the truth and set out to do it. He definitely was not one to be messed with and would make sure you paid for it. I wanted to know more about his past.

Rose is a woman that would want on my side because she was not afraid to fight.

The Ugly Duckling Debutante by Meara Platt

My Rating:  ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

This one matches it’s title perfectly. I loved how this one played out and that it also included ducklings to add to the story. Their first meeting was different and perfect because they probably wouldn’t have met any other way. There is a bit of a twist in the end and I wasn’t expecting what was happening in his family.

Gennalyn broke my heart. Her life had been turned upside down, her relatives treated her horribly, and everyone called her names and paid no attention to her. She needed a friend to help her before she wasted away. I loved that she talked to animals and was so excited to see her blossom.

Roarke seems perfect but he has his own problems. I loved how he was with his brothers and what he did with his father to help his brother. He saw the real Gennalyn when no one else did and would not give up on her no matter what.

The youngest girl is one I saw hope for in the end.

A Diamond for a Duke by Collette Cameron

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

Another great fairytale feeling book! I love when wallflowers find love with someone that no one thinks they would. It was clear from the moment they saw each other that they were going to be together. I loved Aunt Teo and Lady Lockhart because they were definitely not women to be messed with.

Jemmah has let her mother and sister walk all over, but she finally had enough. I loved her from the start and when she stood up to her mother. She never held anything against anyone and didn’t look down on herself.

Jules has decided to put off marriage until he felt like he had after his past. You have to love him because he makes it quite clear what he wants and that he will do whatever it takes to marry who he loves.

There are many characters that made me want to know more about them.

His Elusive Nightingale by Ari Thatcher

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

This one is different and I love it. I absolutely love the title and the whole mystery of where did the singer go and why did she leave. I loved that it started out has a challenge for him and a way to make money for her but quickly turned into more. I was not expecting the bit of a twist with the duke and the singer because I couldn’t decide on why he wanted to there so badly.

Kitty is a maid that has her own secrets and reasons to protect her boss. I really liked her from the start and how she got along with people. I loved how she wasn’t really shy and made sure she didn’t forget about her family.

Malcolm Doesn’t care about the money he just likes the challenge of finding the singer. I loved how he tended to be very straight forward when talking and didn’t think about how people would react.

The Fairy Palace by Sue London

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

I was glued to this one. This one is really like a fairytale from the start when he takes her to London the way he does because of the thrill of it. It’s a bit like a whirlwind with the twist that they have known each other for years. I loved how they just got each other and knew what the other needed. His father was a bit surprise and I wasn’t certain what he would do until the end.

Melanie is such a sweet girl even though she is a tiny bit bold. I liked her a lot especially when she was at the ball having fun because she was like a little girl. She is one you will love right away.

Oscar is a bit wild, but also a poet and followed his heart at the drop of a hat. I liked him from the start because I didn’t know for sure what he would do at any time. He is one that is different and a nice change from many.

Hunting for A Lady’s Heart by Tammy Andresen

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

This one is full of magic and a battle. Their meeting was definitely a shocking one and meant to happen for a good reason. I loved the whole family being involved and that they didn’t bat an eye at anything. I wasn’t sure how it would end and loved the ending.

Eirwen is a very sweet and would never hurt someone even though she’s been hurt multiple times. I loved her and that she was battling not just her stepmother, but her fears. She is powerful in many ways.

Will is someone that will do anything to protect those he loves. He is very understanding of things and listens to everything and everyone around him. I loved him from the start and how he was with his family.