Review: In Darkest Days May Blossom by Leila Snow

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In Darkest Days May Bloom by Leila Snow

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Bruised but not broken, she stood in the mud of the street, wearing nothing but a tattered shift the day Jonathan first saw her. He had watched in mesmerized fascination as the girl swiped a filthy arm across her split lip, squared her shoulders, and raised her chin in defiance of her assailants. But when, by random happenstance she turned her head and her piercing, blue eyes met his regard, Jonathan knew his entire world had tipped on end. 

Charlotte had known nothing but adversity and hardship the entirety of her life. Orphaned at a young age and condemned to fend for herself, she learned to trust no one and rely solely upon her own strength. Yet, when she’s cut down in the street for a crime she didn’t commit and Jonathan comes to her rescue, Charlotte is begrudgingly compelled to the realization that perhaps hope and love do exist in this miserable world. 

England, at the end of the 18th century, is a land exemplified by firm divisions between the social classes. What is a life of ease and prosperity for some, is an arduous existence for others. Nevertheless, ’tis true that love can bloom in the unlikeliest of places. But when a grievously injured Charlotte is falsely accused of a crime and sent to one of the most infamous prisons in the land, the tender bud of Jonathan and Charlotte’s love is threatened. Jonathan is forced to defy family in a desperate bid to save her from the hangman, whilst conspiracies and betrayal are afoot in a cruel effort to keep them apart. 

Love at first sight and being from two different classes means a long road of difficulty for Jonathan and Charlotte. Every time I thought they caught a break something else was thrown at them. It’s quite clear from the start who is going to be the problem, but I was shocked by how far he would go to keep them apart. I was holding my breath the whole time she was in London hoping he would find her before it was too late. When they finally found each other again there was still a threat that I didn’t see coming.

The added story of her friend was heartbreaking because the hateful way she acted was her way of coping. I was so glad that his brother came to his senses and in the end, he helped so much. The ending left me wanting for and I hope there is more to come.

Charlotte never gave up hope that he would find her and she never stopped fighting. I loved her from the start with how she wouldn’t go down without a fight. She also never gave up on her friend and was willing to do anything to help her.

Jonathan knew he lost his heart the moment he saw her and he didn’t care what anyone thought. He never gave up and wasn’t going to stop until he found her. I loved that he never hid his feelings.

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

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The Claiming of the Shrew by Shana Galen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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One Night For Seduction by Erca Ridley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mrs. Sartin’s Secretary by Wendy LaCapra

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

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

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

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

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

Review: Suitor by Surprise by Claudia Dain part of The Duke of Danby’s Holiday Hijinx (The Duke of Danby’s Christmas #1)

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Suitor by Surprise by Claudia Dain

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️  Spice Level: 💋

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Miss Judith Whitton, youngest niece of the Duke of Danby, is not yet married. Having met John Copley one year ago at her first Christmas in Yorkshire, she is puzzled that John has not yet offered for her, especially after the intimacies they shared. * Mr. Alfred FitzHerbert knows why Copley has not offered for Judith: Copley is a scoundrel. If Alfred can distract Judith from her fatal infatuation with Copley successfully, Danby will fund his bridge project. Distract, not wed. No one looking at Alfie could ever imagine him being any girl’s fatal attraction, an insult no true Englishman can be expected to ignore, not even one nicknamed ‘the archbishop.’

Never underestimate the Duke of Danby’s reach! This is a whirlwind romance that will have you waiting for the next surprise. You never know what is going to happen with them. I loved the ending and what happened with Copley.

Judith isn’t completely blinded by love. She is a surprise at every turn because you think she will do one thing and she does the opposite. I loved how she acted in the end.

Alfie Thought he knew the Duke of Danby better than anyone. I loved that he was so sure of himself and his plan. He was what she needed and didn’t know it.

Three Little Words by Samatha Grace part of The Duke of Danby’s Holiday Hijinx (The Duke of Danby’s Christmas #1)

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Three Little Words by Samantha Grace

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️  Spice Level: 💋

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Disheartened but not defeated, Gavin MacBride temporarily abandon’s plans for restoring the family coffers to escort his sister-in-law’s long-lost relative to Yorkshire for a reunion. Gavin might have failed to secure funds to ensure his family’s future prosperity, but surely, he can deliver a young woman to Danby Castle in one piece. * Heiress Victoria Eastland isn’t making his job easy, though, especially when she sets off for Yorkshire alone. With no carriages for hire at the local coaching inn, Gavin is resigned to give chase on horseback in inclement weather, but a Good Samaritan takes pity on Gavin and invites him to share his coach. Soon, the newfound friends are led on a merry chase that ends with a bold rescue and an unexpected discovery. The outspoken, foolishly brave Miss Eastland has been under Gavin’s nose the whole time—and a little too close when one is unprepared to lose his heart. 

One of the funniest cases of mistaken identity I’ve read! The whole chase was hysterical and ended very well for everyone. They were instantly drawn to each other and you wonder if the Duke of Danby had planned it or not. I knew there was more to the story of her family than she thought. I wish it had been longer.

Victoria is not a woman you want to make mad and she can take care of herself. She was not going to be told what to do by anyone, but she also didn’t hold back from what her heart said.

Gavin was determined to do something right for his family. He’s one of the few that isn’t afraid of the Duke of Danby. He also didn’t hold back from his heart.

Review: Romantically Enchanted by Rebekah Lewis, Madeline Martin, Dawn Brower, Sandra Sookoo, Amanda Mariel, Tammy Andresen

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Romantically Enchanted by Rebekah LewisMadeline MartinDawn BrowerSandra SookooAmanda MarielTammy Andresen

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Become immersed in tales that take on a new twist as fairytales become entwined together. Magic, mythology, legends—anything imaginable can, and will happen. These SIX, all new, stories from USA TODAY and bestselling authors will leave you mesmerized, enthralled, and romantically enchanted…

Her Highland Beast by Madeline Martin Cursed by a witch, Duncan Maclean watches his life pass as leaves fall from the great rowan tree, indicating the trickling end of his mortality. Only a special woman can break the curse, one who will be identified by the cut of an ancient spear under a layer of mattresses. Evina MacGregor cannot be injured in battle, even as her comrades fall around her, yet she cannot remember her past. After years of wandering the world in search of answers, she stumbles upon an enchanted castle and a beastly man who may hold the secret to her identity. She may be the one to break the curse, but time is running out for both of them.

Rescued by a Sea Nymph by Rebekah Lewis. Captain James Harlow loses his hand, and nearly his life, in an encounter with a group of young miscreants. When Ione, a mermaid, saves him from drowning, she decides to trade her fins for legs and leave her old life for one on land. They are given only three days to determine if they are meant to be together, but a sociopathic young Earl endeavors to ruin it all.

Scandalous Liaison by Amanda Mariel In her youth, Grace Stratton, the Duchess of Abernathy, gave her heart to Lewis Duffield, an American plantation owner. Family duty tore them apart as she was required to wed another man. After years of being widowed, Grace finds herself alone with Lewis and their old flames rekindle, but can they recapture the all consuming love they once shared?

Infinitely My Marquess by Dawn Brower. The Marquess of Cinderbury and Lady Annalise Palmer are two lost souls in search of salvation. Together they can help each other heal, if they can believe in love, and in each other long enough to escape the torment they’ve both suffered; as well as, uncover an unimaginable devotion.

It Must be Magic by Sandra Sookoo. When Averell Woode, a huntsman’s daughter hidden away in an enchanted tree, meets Quinn Lansdowne, the spare prince of Annanvale as well as a wolf shifter, sparks–and arrows–fly. Perhaps it’s fate or even destiny, but love blooms between them. Too bad an evil queen holds Averell’s life in the balance unless she kills Prince Charming, who is Quinn’s brother. Only the heart and freewill can decide the future… and a little magic won’t hurt either.

Luring a Lord’s Love by Tammy Andresen. When Arianna is attacked by men dressed as wolves in the forest, she is sure no one will help her and she dives into the icy ocean rather than be captured. Lord Nicholas Fairfield is a sailor at heart, and he can’t help but wonder about mermaids when he fishes a red-haired beauty from the sea. But the trouble engulfing her village is no myth and it’s up to him to save Arianna, her family, and the Scottish people who are under attack. But can he protect his own heart?

My Review

Her Highland Beast by Madeline Martin

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋 1/2

This one has some Beauty and the Beast vibes with some twists that I love. Fate brought them together after all those years. I love how much detail there is to the curses and how they bring them together. They were a good match for each other and the ending definitely had me holding my breath.

Evina is a warrior and a woman that does what she wants. I really liked her and how she made it clear what she wanted. I felt bad for her when it came to remembering her past, but she needed to know.

Duncan has been locked away watching that tree for so long that he doesn’t know how to be around people. He really was sweet and put her first after getting to know her. I really liked him and how he softened.

Rescued by a Sea Nymph by Rebekah Lewis

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

This is one of my favorites so far in this set. It’s full of suspense from the start and I couldn’t take my eyes off the pages. The way he lost his hand was shocking and their meeting was fate. I had no clue how it was all going to play out and loved everything from the connection between them to the story they told. The ending was perfect!

Ione wanted more than what her sisters had and was different from them. She had no problem saying what she thought or what she wanted. I loved her right away because she was such a quick thinker and wouldn’t be controlled.

James loved his sister and wasn’t going to let some young entAriannaitled kid take everything from him. He saw her for her and not like she was different. I loved how he didn’t act shocked by the gods or how she talked or acted.

Scandalous Liaison by Amanda Mariel

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

I was so glad to see these two get their story! I love a past loves story, especially in a quick read. These two deserved to be together after all the time that has went by. It was clear that they loved each other from the start and that they never stopped loving each other. I was worried about what would happen near the end, but they had a lot of support behind them.

Grace is a strong woman that wished she could have followed her heart years ago. I loved her when she first appeared in another story and loved her more in this one. She always put others first and it was time to put herself first.

Lewis never forgot about her and thought she never had forgotten about him. I loved him in the previous story he was in because his heart was always in the right place. He understood why she did what she had to and that their worlds were different.

Infinitely My Marquess by Dawn Brower

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Some Cinderella and Red Riding Hood vibes with this one! I loved how much was packed into this one and the twists were unexpected. They were meant to meet and help each other. I loved that there weren’t any loose ends to their pasts and that they got to know why some things happened.

Annalise is willing to take the risks to do what’s right and help others. I loved her right away because she kept a smile on her face and didn’t think twice about doing something. She was strong and brave at every turn.

Ryan should have had a black heart because of his upbringing, but he didn’t. I loved that he thought about others so much and wanted to help. He didn’t hesitate to help and wanted to protect those around him.

It Must be Magic by Sandra Sookoo

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

It really is magic in this one! The enchanted forest comes to life in full force and will have you on the edge of your seat. I was so into it that I jumped at their first meeting like I was there. There were twists at every turn that could have kept them apart, but they only brought them closer. Magic fought them and brought them together at the same time. The ending left me wanting more in a good way. I loved that it blended Snow White, Cinderella, and many other things together.

Averell had been hidden away by her father for a good reason, but she isn’t oblivious to the dangers in the woods. I loved her right away because she knew how to protect herself and listened to her heart. She was the complete opposite of the queen and couldn’t hurt an innocent person.

Quinn avoids marriage because of his curse, but his wolf instincts have other ideas. I loved that he was trying to be honest, but was enjoying the freedom of being himself. He wasn’t going to give her up or let her go alone into battle.

Luring a Lord’s Love by Tammy Andresen

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋 1/2

This one will give you chills! The wolves hooked me and I had no clue how everything was going to turn out. Magic lead them to each other and helped them battle evil. The magic explains the strong pull to each other and the visions make it interesting. The ending made me hold my breath because I didn’t know what would happen.

Arianna knew something was going on in her village just not how powerful it was. I loved her from the start because she knew she could trust him. She realized that magic was real and powerful.

Nick knew he had to protect her and the village. I loved that he didn’t hesitate to save her and listened to her granny. He knew magic was real and that it could be good or bad.

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Wicked Rogue of Mine

Multi Authored Historical Romance Boxset

Release date: August 14, 2018

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Seven swoon worthy historical romances in one must read collection:

Lord of Pirates by Scarlett Scott 

When a dangerous-looking stranger raps on Lizzie Winstead’s door one stormy night, the peace of her humdrum life is shattered. She’s shocked to discover her visitor is Captain Edmond Grey, one of the most feared pirates of the realm and her lost love. Edmond is a wanted man throughout the Colonies, but despite his formidable reputation, he desperately needs help to nurse his wounded brother back to health. Only Lizzie can be trusted not to turn Edmond over to authorities for the price on his head. Is the love they once shared strong enough to reunite them forever and conquer the demons of Edmond’s past?

Scandalous Endeavors by Amanda Mariel

Sparks fly as the Duke of Goldstone and Lady Amelia find themselves at odds with each other and drawn to each other at the same time. Can they find a way to stop arguing long enough to explore their growing passion?

Grace Captures the Captain by Gemma Blackwood

The last thing Grace Rivers expects when she is sent to the country in disgrace is to receive a proposal from a handsome young army officer she hasn’t seen in years. Captain Charles Everly’s motive is far from romantic – his object is her inheritance: the beautiful country house that was his childhood home. As unexpected feelings develop between them, Grace’s past and Charlie’s rash actions throw everything they hold dear into peril. They must each decide which they value more: their childhood dreams, their damaged reputations, or their newfound love.

Searching for my Rogue by Dawn Brower

Alys Dewitt has always dreamed of finding her very own happily-ever-after, but she never would have envisioned the path she’d have to fall down to find him. James Kendall, the Duke of Weston returns from war to find an injured woman on his estate. She mumbles strange phrases and keeps calling him by another name. Thinking her a bit mad from her wounds, he takes her to the manor and calls for a doctor. As days goes by they are drawn to each other. If they’re brave enough they’ll discover a love that defies time.

Unmasking a Duke by Ellie St. Clair

When the life of his brother, the Duke of Elenford, is threatened, Lord Andrew Stephens must determine which of his enemies intends him harm. When Andrew takes the Duke’s place at a masquerade ball, he meets a woman who takes his breath away and haunts his dreams. Arabella Marley’s father gambled away their family’s most precious heirloom and is determined she will gain it back for him, no matter the cost. He presents her to the man believed to be the Duke at a masquerade ball, and she is shocked to find him both handsome and agreeable. She must guard herself against his charms to find her family inheritance and keep her heart intact. Can Andrew and Arabella fight the love that grows between them, or will the truth be too much to overcome?

My Enemy, My Earl by Tammy Andresen

Fleeing London, and scandal, Lady Clarissa Burton runs directly into the wife-hunting Earl of Dumfries while traveling on a rutted Scottish road. She wanted peace in Scotland, not a tall and brooding laird who makes her forget that handsome lords are nothing but trouble.

A Most Inconvenient Love by Jillian Eaton

Rough and common, Aiden Donovan is the exact opposite of Evie’s boring-as-lint fiance. But from the first moment they bump into one another on a crowded street, she finds herself utterly captivated by his dark roguish charm. As the day to her wedding draws closer, will Evie listen to her head? Or for the first time in her life will she risk everything to follow her heart?

My Reviews:

Lord of Pirates by Scarlett Scott

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

The passion between these two only got stronger over the years. This is a quick and steamy read that will take your breath away with their love and everything that happens. I was left holding my breath a couple of times and cheering at times. They definitely were meant to be together and the ending proved that even more.

Lizzie is a fiery one that doesn’t hold anything and is straight to the point. I liked her from the start with her reaction to his news. She is a strong woman that won’t go down without a fight.

Edmond thought he made the best choice, but his heart and fate took him o the right path back. I liked him because he tried to keep away from her, but couldn’t keep up the wall.

Scandalous Endeavors by Amanda Mariel 

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Scandal always makes for a great and book and I loved this one. I was a bit worried about her wanting to trap a husband, but she was desperate and it made perfect sense at the time. Instant attraction drew them to each other, but stubbornness from both caused conflict. I loved every time the interacted because I never knew what would happen.

Amelia is a bold girl that shocked people at her father’s funeral and she is not afraid to cause a scandal if it means she gets to stay in London. She loved her father but hated the rules of society and it was understandable that she wanted to dance and be herself.

Lord Goldstone had no plans of being the prey to a lady’s attempt to trap him again. He kept finding himself protecting her from scandal while trying to understand her plan. I loved how he kept fighting with himself over being drawn to her but avoiding the trap.

Her uncle was a very nice man and had good intentions when he planned to take her to America. Lady Grace is definitely a friend you want to have.

Grace Captures the Captain by Gemma Blackwood

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋

This is a great feel-good romance that I couldn’t put down. I was shocked by the way they got engaged but loved how they were with each other from the start. I did not expect the twists about her reputation coming but loved how it made him react. Her mother was amazing and her father deserved everything he got. I was a bit sad at the ending but loved what it meant.

Grace listens to heart and even when doing what her father says that spunk is there. She didn’t dwell on the past and I loved her when she would speak up. I really loved how she understood him more than anyone else seem too.

Charlie has a fast temper, but his heart is leading the way most of the time. He found what his heart really needed when he met her. I was holding my breath when he was on that hill and then when he went to talk to her father.

Searching for My Rogue by Dawn Brower

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

I’m not usually into ones like this, but loved it! They were both in positions they didn’t expect, but they were meant for each other. I loved them together especially when she took his challenge. I loved their battle and wasn’t sure if one would give in or not. I didn’t expect the twist of what happened to make them realize they loved each other. Love his sister and the back and forth between her and his best friend. Loved the thing about the painting.

Alys is one of those heroines many readers can relate too. She can take care of herself and knows how to take command of things. I loved her right away with her love of books and how she talked to men.

James needed her and he didn’t even know it. I loved how quickly he became protective of her and that he understood her. He didn’t think the way most men did and was willing to battle her.

Unmasking a Duke by Ellie St. Clair

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋 1/2

I love a good mistaken identity and ruse story. This is one of my favorites because both were doing it for other people. That spark between them was there from the start. I loved how they were alike in many ways. There were signs from both that something was up, but love is blinding at times. Did not expect his brother to come back like he did and wished to have seen something happen with her father.

Arabella is stronger than she realizes and deserves love. I loved her right away because she stayed true to herself and wanted to be honest. She took on her father and didn’t run or hide.

Andrew was doing what he needed for his brother and just got caught up in the life of his brother. I loved him right away because he didn’t set out to what happened. He stayed true to himself too and would do anything for her.

My Enemy, My Earl by Tammy Andresen

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Fate brought them together when they both needed each other the most. There was a spark from the start, but it was a long winding road to both seeing the love between them. Twists and turns bring them together and pull them apart and didn’t know what was going happen with them. Loved the ending and wanted to know what happens with the rest of the family.

Clarissa is a truly broken woman and running from it all. She was angry at everyone involved including herself and believing all men the same. I loved when she stood up for herself and finally let go of the anger.

Ewan is a true gentleman except when alone with her. I loved him from the start because he cared about everyone. He needed her and knew it, but had to convince her that not all men are the same.

A Most Inconvenient Love by Jillian

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋

This one is a whirlwind fairytale romance. I really liked the whirlwind of it and how they were clearly meant to be together. They are opposites, but also the same in many ways. I loved the bit of a twist with her fiance and how her friends kept pushing her. The ending left me wanting more.

Evie is not someone you will love right away. She is doing what her mother wants and it’s turned into a cold person. I liked her when she had that fire lit inside her and followed her heart.

Aiden knew from the moment he ran into that there was something special about her. I really liked him and wished there was more about him. He pushed her to follow her heart.

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First paragraph excerpt from each novella:

Lord of Pirates by Scarlett Scott 

Edmond Grey knew he damn well didn’t want to be a baker. Apprenticed from the time he was but a lad, he’d grown weary of flour, of baking buns, of never leaving the tedious life of shopkeeper. He’d finally settled upon the path that would lead him far away.

Scandalous Endeavors by Amanda Mariel

Amelia stood as still as a hollowed out tree as drizzle coated her body in cool little beads. Dark clouds hung stationary overhead. Water spattered into a small, deep hole carved out of the rain-soaked ground. She surveyed the surrounding landscape speckled with memorial stones and decorated in wilted flowers. Why?

Grace Captures the Captain by Gemma Blackwood

Blast that scoundrel’s eyes!” cried Captain Charles Everly, rising to his feet. “I’ll call him out this instant!”

Now, Charlie,” said his sister, affecting the most soothing tone she could manage. “That is uncalled-for, and you know it.”

Mrs Alison Henshaw, who was born Alison Everly, had only had a matter of hours to grow accustomed to the change in her brother. He had joined the army a big-hearted boy of twenty-one. This grown man who had returned from the war that morning was bearded, rash, and angry. He was no longer the sweet Charlie she thought she knew.

Searching for my Rogue by Dawn Brower

Aly, have you seen my shoes?”

Alys Dewitt rolled her eyes. “Did you check under the bed?” Her younger sister, Regina, was constantly losing something. They both sat in Regina’s chamber wearing their undergarments covered by a silk robe. If it wasn’t one thing, her sister would make something up so the attention would fall back to where she believed it belonged—on her.

Unmasking a Duke by Ellie St. Clair

I am not sure I agree with this,” Elias Stephens, the Duke of Elenford murmured with a frown. “The whole idea seems quite ridiculous.”

Lord Andrew Stephens, brother to the Duke, sighed in frustration as he attempted to convince his brother to do as he suggested. It had always been something of an impossible task, given that they were both as stubborn as mules. “Elenford, be reasonable. If there truly is someone attempting to harm you — perhaps even kill you,” he exclaimed, “then it is best you go into hiding for a time. We need to ascertain exactly where these threats are coming from.” And perhaps if you are gone for a time, without the ability to do further harm, they will stop entirely, he thought, though he didn’t voice his words aloud.

My Enemy, My Earl by Tammy Andresen

Lord Ewan McDougal, Earl of Dumfries, took a deep breath of Scottish air as he trotted down the rutted road toward Kirkcaldy. It was so good to be back in his home country. Even with the misting rain, the fresh smell of spring flowers lifted his spirits. With any luck, he’d never step foot on soil that wasn’t Scottish again.

A Most Inconvenient Love by Jillian Eaton
Genevieve knew she was beautiful. She knew it in the same way she knew it was raining outside and whenever Uncle Rigby came for dinner he would be half foxed and far too handsy for his own good. Her beauty was a fact, not an opinion. A fact she had been living with for her entire life.

Learn more about the author:

Scarlett Scott – http://www.scarsco.com/

Amanda Mariel – http://www.amandamariel.com

Gemma Blackwood – https://m.facebook.com/gemmablackwoodauthor/

Dawn Brower – http://www.authordawnbrower.com/

Ellie St. Clair – https://www.prairielilypress.com/ellie-st-clair

Tammy Andresen – http://tammyandresen.com/

Jillian Eaton – https://www.jillianeaton.com/

Review: The Risk of Rogues (Sinful Suitors #5.5) by Sabrina Jeffries

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My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Lady Anne is shocked when Captain Lord Hartley Corry—her former fiancé who left for India after her father forbade their marriage—returns to England and acts as if everything is all water under the bridge. He never fought for her hand or eloped with her as he promised and he thinks she’d still be willing to marry him? Not a chance.

Hartley is equally shocked to literally run into his past love upon arriving at his brother’s house. Though he yearns to take advantage of this second chance to woo his beloved, he can hardly admit that he is secretly a spy—at least not until he can be sure he trusts her. But convincing Lady Anne to let him prove his sincerity by courting her respectably all over again might be his undoing. Because all he wants is to show her how much of a rogue he can be when the right woman is in his arms…

My Review

I love old loves finding each other again and this one is no smooth ride. This is a fast-paced story that will keep you on your toes. I loved how they found each other again and that they got to know each other again.  They have changed over the years, but are still drawn to each other. I loved the ending and how everyone was there to see it.

Anne never knew the full truth of what happened when he left. She is ready to be on the warpath with him, but her heart can’t let go that easily. I loved that wasn’t afraid to question his boss, but she was still scared.

Hart is all heart and did what he thought best years ago. I loved him from the start with how he wasn’t going to stop and wanted to tell her the truth. He didn’t realize how many had his back.

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Random Friday Review: Dead Men Do Come Back by Steven C. Levi

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Dead Men Do Come Back by Steven C. Levi

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

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 Why would someone kill a miner, freeze his body solid on a glacier and then drop it alongside the Juneau wharf, the one place where United States Marshal Gordon Whitford would be sure to find it?
Does it have anything to do with the 250 pounds of gold that have just been extracted from the Alaska Gastineau Mine? And how were both the frozen body and the gold able to disappear off a steamship that made no stops between Juneau and Seattle?
Now there is another shipment of 250 pounds of gold bound for Seattle – along with the miner’s frozen body that has been recovered – again – floating just south of Juneau. Will Marshal Whitford be able to solve the murder and the robbery before the next shipment of gold vanishes into thin air?

Steven C. Levi’s debut novel is a riveting historical thriller set in 1910 during the Alaska gold rush.

My Review

This is definitely a thrilling mystery that I couldn’t completely figure out. I really liked the Marshal and getting to know him and the way he sees things. I thought I had it all figured out but was nowhere close until the end to knowing who all was involved. There’s a lot of moving parts to who killed the miner, why, and how everything happened. This is not a book ou fly through because you will miss details. The ending didn’t quite satisfy me and left me wondering what was going to happen afterwards. I was shocked when it was revealed who was involved because I didn’t see it coming.

If you love a good mystery and this time setting then I think you will like it.

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