Review: How the Lady Was Won (The Survivors #7) by Shana Galen

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How the Lady Was Won by Shana Galen

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

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When a master of disguise marries a woman who sees right through him…
Lady Daphne, daughter of the Duke of Warcliffe, is one of the Three Suns. Society revolves around her. But there’s one person who doesn’t seem to know she’s alive—her own husband. Lady Daphne was thrilled to marry Colin FitzRoy, the son of her mother’s dear friend, seven years before. But then he left for the army, and their marriage never really had a chance. Now she’s in trouble, and Colin has reentered her life. She’s determined to refuse his help, especially after the way he’s treated her, but Colin can be persuasive…especially when he has her alone.

Baring it all is part of the seduction.
Colin FitzRoy was known as The Pretender during the war. He’s an expert in the art of disguise, but even when he takes off the mask, he hides who he really is. Colin pretends he doesn’t have feelings, but when he’s thrust together with his estranged wife, his buried emotions resurface. Before long, Colin is juggling an elderly pug, a wife-hunting Scotsman, and a duplicitous street urchin in an effort to keep Daphne safe. But his greatest challenge is not only to seduce her but to win her heart. 

This may just be my favorite in The Survivors series! Their wedding night did not go as planned and they’ve not spoken in seven years, but that all changes when trouble brings them back together. I love them together because that spark is between them and you can tell they are both fighting it for different reasons. Their emotions and feels slowly start to come to the surface and once they give in it is fireworks.

I was on pins and needles when it came to her trouble because I didn’t know what was going to happen. It was fun seeing Jasper again because he caused some trouble along the way. There are a few surprising twists throughout the story that I didn’t see coming.

Daphne is nothing like her friends when it comes to gossip and how she treats people. She is stubborn and full of fire and wants to fix her trouble herself, but she doesn’t know the danger that comes with it. I loved her right away because she didn’t hold back with anything or anyone.

Colin knows things went badly seven years ago, but his past keeps him from showing his emotions. He would do anything to protect her and wants to be with her, but he runs when his emotions start to show. I loved his skills and when he finally was able to open up.

Review: A Gypsy’s Christmas Kiss )Lady it's Cold Outside) by Dawn Brower

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A Gypsy’s Christmas Kiss by Dawn Brower

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋

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Fin and Lulia have a history. One that neither one has forgotten. When they meet again they are drawn together. After that chance meeting they share a magical kiss. Along the way they discover that sometimes the one thing a person needs isn’t what they would expect.

This one is kinda a whirlwind romance in a way. They met when she told him he would have to choose a path one day and neither one forgot that meeting. Then a surprising chance encounter reignites the spark between them and they quickly realize their love for each other. They come from different worlds in some ways, but they are meant to be with each other.

Lulia is a woman that had taken care of herself for years, but she does have a secret that will change how some see her. I loved her right away because of how she was with people and seemed to float between to worlds. She anchors Fin and helps him realize what path he should take.

Fin has avoided choosing his path for years and meeting Lulia again will force him to decide. He is an impulsive man at times, but that makes you love him because he doesn’t hide his feelings. I loved that nothing was going to stand in his way when it came to her.

The Beastly Earl (The Reckless Rockwoods #5) by Monica Burns

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The Beastly Earl by Monica Burns

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

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After eight years in the Sudan, Ewan Colquhoun returns home minus an eye and arm. His cold, grim childhood home hasn’t changed except for the boy his wife died giving birth to—a son that isn’t his. Bitter and angry at life, he quickly earns the title, the Beastly Earl of Argaty. When he finds Louisa half-dead on the moors, she stirs something inside him. Soon, he finds his life turned upside down by a woman hell-bent on taming the beast.

When tragedy strikes, Louisa becomes a widow with two young children. For two years, she’s struggled with the grief and guilt from that terrible night. Eager to let go of the past, she returns to the Rockwood family’s estate in Scotland, but an unfortunate accident places her in the path of the Earl of Argaty. She soon discovers letting go of the past is easier than taming the beast and freeing the man she loves.

​Is her love strong enough to tame the beast and free the man inside? 

This book hit me with so many emotions as every secret was revealed. Monica did an excellent job of balancing out the darker stuff with some bits of comic relief and a powerful love story. Some scenes were hard to read because they felt so real especially what was seen in visions. Even with the visions, I wasn’t sure what was coming until it was revealed. Louisa and Ewan both are haunted by the past and fate brought them together when they needed each other the most.

I absolutely loved the paranormal elements and how much a part of the story they were. This story shows how powerful real love can be and that it sees past what’s on the outside and any obstacles. There’s so much in this story to love, but I don’t want to spoil anything!

Louisa is as stubborn as they come and she was going to fight as hard as she could to make Ewan see he’s not a beast. I loved her from the start because it was clear that you don’t want to mess with her. She had healing of her own to do and I loved seeing her realize she could let go of the past.

Ewan believes he a monster in everyone’s eyes and doesn’t know what love is. You grow to love him especially after learning more about his family. He slowly learned that he needed to change and could love and be loved.

In for a Penny (In For a Penny #1) by Rose Lerner

In for a Penny by Rose Lerner

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋 💋 💋

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He thought her money was the end of his problems, but it was just the beginning…

Young Lord Nevinstoke enjoys every moment of his deep-gaming, hard-drinking, womanizing life. Then his father is killed in a drunken duel, and Nev inherits a mountain of debts and responsibilities. He vows to leave his wild friends and his mistress behind, start acting respectable—and marry a rich girl.

Penelope Brown, a manufacturing heiress, seems the perfect choice. She’s pretty, ladylike, good at accounting, and looking for a marriage based on companionship and mutual esteem, not love. In fact, the only rash thing she’s ever done in her life is accept Nev’s proposal.

When the newlyweds arrive at Nev’s family estate, they discover that all the respectability and reason in the world won’t be enough to handle a hostile next-door neighbor, mutinous tenants, and Nev’s family’s propensity for scandal. In way over their heads, Nev and Penelope have no one to turn to but each other—but to their surprise, that just might be enough. 

I do enjoy a good marriage of convenience and this one definitely takes you on a journey to the happily ever after. These two are a good match for each other and liked that they both knew what they were going into. There just wasn’t enough passion between them for me and at times the romance got lost with the other stories going on. I loved the first half of the story, but the second half was full of drama outside of their relationship. I didn’t mind the added story with his sister or the stuff with the poachers and tenants but could have done without the neighbor stuff and Amy drama. If the book had focused more on the romance or maybe been shorter I think I would have liked it more.

When these two were together there was some wonderful teasing and good tension at times. The fact that they both knew what they were getting into was something I really liked. But even during their “first time” it wasn’t passionate like it should have been to me and kinda pulled me out of the story. It had too much of that old school way of how a woman’s first time should be and lacked something.

Penelope is a strong woman that is doing what she wants for once. I did love that she didn’t hide her skills and was working to help the estate. She is a very lovable character and I really liked her.

Nev will do anything he has to for his family and the people on his estate. I loved that he didn’t beat around the bush with her and wanted her to be happy. He really cared about people and making things right.

Review: Lady Be Good (Lord Love a Lady #5) by Annabelle Anders

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Lady be Good by Annabelle Anders

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

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In his arms, she didn’t feel like a maid… she simply felt like a woman.

Rose is a lady’s maid—albeit an educated, opinionated, hard headed and impetuous one.

Roman Spencer stands to become one of England’s most powerful earls. Sober and responsible, Viscount Darlington holds honor and duty above all else.

Stumbling upon one another at a Christmas House Party, the mismatched couple struggles to douse the smoldering attraction threatening to ignite between them. Will they succumb to society’s dictates or give in to the power of an everlasting love?

True everlasting love can survive anything and Rome and Rose will prove that over and over. Rumors, society, secrets, and their stations in society won’t keep them apart. I loved these two from the start because they instantly have something between them and feel safe with each other. There’s no judgment for their pasts and they push each other to break away from their safety net.

I was holding my breath when everything seemed to blow up with the rumor and the ball. But everything brought them together in the end. I was not expecting who started the rumor or why. His family is very unique and perfect for a couple like them.

Rose deserves a powerful love and to be the lady she was meant to be. I loved seeing her come out of her shell more and help him when he needed it most. I applaud her for how she shut down the rumor because that took a lot of courage.

Rome is a man that has let one thing in the past eat at him and he deserves love. I loved that he saw her for her and seemed to understand her better than most. He needed someone like her to push him to do what his heart wanted.

Review: Charmed at a Yuletide Ball (Thieves of the Ton #8) by Sandra Sookoo

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Charmed at a Yuletide Ball by Sandra Sookoo

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

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Unexpected surprises have the sweetest impact.

Emmaline, the Countess of Archewyne, is looking forward to Christmas Day. She and her family are assembled at their Cairo estate, and though she misses London and all the hustle and bustle and the snow, there is something endearing about the holiday away, for romance—and love—is always just around the corner.

Miles Lawrence Hawkins, the fifth Earl of Archewyne, is wrapping up the paperwork and packing as a result of a successful tomb discovery. However, when a valuable statue goes missing, he becomes distracted. Which is a blessing, for he’s also worried about the impending birth of his next child. So far away from home and civilization, anything could go wrong.

Their tranquil days leading up to a Yuletide ball are interrupted with the arrival of old friends and fellow king’s agents bearing news, gifts, and concerns of their own. As the house fills with anticipation, Miles fears they have a thief in their mix, while Emmaline’s worst fear comes true. A romantic tryst during the holiday revelry brings their lives into sharp relief, and if everyone survives the harrowing events that follow, Christmas will never be a happier time.

I’ve been waiting for this one and it does not disappoint! With Emmaline and Miles you know something is going to throw their plans off and a library will be probably be involved at some point. These two will always be evolving and their love just gets stronger. I loved seeing all the agents together again and all bringing news and tells of their adventures. You are in for a surprise with who the thief of the statue is and its a great added story.

This is one that will make you cry because emotions are high throughout the story. This new baby and the events surrounding its arrival will have you in tears for many reasons.

Emmaline like many women puts on a brave face and hides her worries and fears. When it comes to this baby she has many worries about how Miles is feeling, but she will find out that she doesn’t have to worry. I think this is one of the times she is the most scared and you can feel her emotions.

Miles has really changed over time when it comes to his temper and his worrying. He became the rock this time when everything started happening and Emmaline needed calming. The scene with him and Jane is one of the sweetest. I loved the ending where it hit him what the future is going to be like with these kids.

More and more Jane proves she is going a handful and a heart breaker when she gets older.

Review: Joy to the Duke (Love is All Around #3) by Darcy Burke

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Joy to the Duke by Darcy Burke

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

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Denied the woman of his dreams by his father’s meddling, Calder Stafford, has spent the last decade proving himself to be self-sufficient, austere, and utterly uninterested in joy. Now that he is the Duke of Hartwell, he’ll enact his revenge by abolishing the holiday traditions his father loved so well. His sisters will not sway him and neither will the woman—newly returned to town—who was stolen from him.

Returning to Hartwell to care for her mother, widow Felicity Garland is delighted to be back home, especially for the holidays. However, the jolly festivities she expects are nowhere to be found. When she goes to the source of the problem—the duke—she’s astonished to see how much the young man she once loved has hardened. It’s up to her to break through the impenetrable fortress around his heart—not just to save Christmas, but to save him.

I think this may be my favorite in this series! We finally find out what turned Calder so cold and the extent of that will surprise you. They were meant to be together and Felicity wasn’t going to let him continue on the downward spiral. When they came face to face again the sparks flew and I knew it was going to be a journey for them. The ending was perfect and I loved seeing the family together again.

Felicity is a strong-willed woman that isn’t going to give up and will fight him all the way. I loved her from the start because she saw the man she loved was still inside him. She brought joy back into his life.

Calder is bitter and pushing everyone that loves him away because of the past. Once you find out why he is the way he is you will understand him and love him as time goes by. He needs joy back in his life.

Hell’s Wedding Bells ( Once Upon a Christmas Wedding) by Annabelle Anders

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Hell’s Wedding Bells by Annabelle Anders

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

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Tis the season… for wedding bells!

But, the path of true love never did run smooth… as our brides and grooms soon discover.

From the snowbound Scottish Highlands to candlelit ballrooms, follow our fearless heroines as they scorn etiquette and defy danger in pursuit of their heart’s desire.
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This is a different kind of Christmas romance because its not full of cheer, but is a story of hope and finding peace. Lila and Vincent were forced together because of lies and cruelty and it gave them what they both needed. Need turns to love and pulls them through the hard times. The ending proves there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Lila has survived everything her father has thrown at her and it hasn’t broken her down. She may not have wanted this marriage, but she saw the hope of what it could bring for her and her sister.

Vincent thought he was only paying a debt left by his brother when he married her, but it was so much more. He quickly learned that she was something special and she changed things.

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.