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

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Hell’s Wedding Bells by Annabelle Anders

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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: Lawfully Courted: A Spy Lawkeeper Romance by Laura Beers

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Lawfully Courted by Laura Beers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fortune’s Final Folly by Christina McKnight

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A TWIST OF FATE… 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Review: In Darkest Days May Blossom by Leila Snow

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In Darkest Days May Bloom by Leila Snow

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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.

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

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The Claiming of the Shrew by Shana Galen

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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