Review: Rebecca (Angel Creek Christmas Brides #15) by Lily Graison

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Rebecca by Lily Graison

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋

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Rebecca thought this Christmas was going to be another spent in the cold while looking into tinseled windows and dreaming of a life she’d never know. But fate throws her a lifeline when she jumps on a train headed west. When she arrives in Angel Creek, Montana to discover she’s assumed the identity of a mail order bride, she wonders how long it will take her new husband to realize she can’t cook, sew or clean a house properly?

Caleb Reilly bows to mounting pressure from his ailing mother and young daughter and sends away for a wife. The closer it gets to Christmas, the more he regrets the decision—until his new bride steps off the stagecoach. She isn’t what he’d been expecting. Nor does she resemble the woman he corresponded with and Caleb soon realizes Rebecca isn’t who she says she is. Can he trust this stranger with his daughter? And can he trust his own judgement when logic tells him one thing but his hearts begs he do another.

Another heartwarming Christmas time romance. Fate leads her on an adventure that changes her whole life. I love stories like this because one little thing leads to bigger and amazing things. There’s an instant connection between them and nothing can break it even when he realizes she isn’t who she claims to be. I loved how sweet they are and they seem to be perfect for each other and fate brought them together.

Rebecca is someone you just instantly like with her strong and spirited personality. She didn’t plan on getting on that train or pretending to be Diana, but the opportunity was literally handed to her. I loved how she was trying to become what he was expecting, but she had already won his heart.

Caleb wasn’t looking for love when he sent away for a mail-order bride, but something changed inside him the moment he saw her. He knew he loved her no matter who she was. He will melt your heart with how he talks about their wedding.

Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: A Dash of Romance by Paullett Golden

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A Dash of Romance by Paullett Golden

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋

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With quills and fantasies, they write their future.

Percival Randall lives an uncomplicated life of luxury, as he likes it. Not even an
ultimatum requiring marriage can tip the scales. A conniving young lady who
compromises his name to force a betrothal, however, is an impediment to happiness Percival must confront.

Abigail Walsley dreams of publishing novels rather than marrying dashing heroes. An unexpected proposal and a subsequent Banbury tale tumble her into a betrothal with a man she has never met. Following her dreams proves a challenge with a marriage of inconvenience on the horizon.
  
This is the love story of Percival and Abigail, two dreamers who write their love story one scene at a time.



From second chance romances to mistaken identities, experience A Dash of
Romance in this collection of one short novel and fourteen bonus flash
fiction pieces.

What a tangled web a case of mistaken identity, a tall tale, and fake engagement can create. This was my first time reading one of Paullett Golden’s books and it won’t be my last. She weaved romance and self-discovery perfectly together with a dash of humor that I loved. Abbie and Percy and complete opposites from their backgrounds to the lives they have, but when together they are the perfect combination.

You see their love grows slowly page after page and how they grow as themselves and with each other. Their love is a sweet and pure love that draws you in.

Abbie wants nothing more than to write her story of a knight in shining armor, Little did she know that she was describing her own knight. I loved her from the start with how independent she was and that she wasn’t going to be forced to do anything. You can feel her emotions near the end and you want to scream for her.

Percy gives off the vibe of rogue without a care in the world, but you quickly learn he’s not all that he seems. Yes, he’s full of charm, but he’s always honest in what he says and wants. He learned a lot about himself and discovered what he wanted out of life.

You got to love both families and the support and love they give.

Excerpt

“Honored guests of The Tangled Fleece,” Mr. Randall said, his words enunciated, his voice loud and clear. “I have read the sage advice of Mr. Stitch from Sidvale’s prestigious newspaper, and I have taken his words to heart. Mr. Stitch is a wise man, far wiser than myself.”
The crowd mumbled, a hushed buzz circling the room. Abbie sank lower into her chair.
“Although Mr. Stitch’s words were for Miss Lucy, I must heed his advice if I am to prove my affections for a certain young lady who has stolen my heart. I stand before you today, a man struck by Cupid’s arrow. From the moment I first laid eyes on Miss Abigail Walsley, I knew myself affected. There is no cleverer or enchanting woman of my acquaintance. Would my betrothed please join me?”
Heads swiveled. Abbie sank until only her eyes peered over the table.
“Abbie, my darling love?”
She ducked under the table. Boot heels against wood clopped their way to her, louder as they approached until she could see the black sheen. A hand reached beneath the table, palm up. When the floor did not open and swallow her, she heaved a sigh and took his hand. Hoisted to her feet, her first sight was the dimpled smile and hazel eyes of her counterfeit intended. Her
heart flip-flopped. Turning her to face the onlookers, he laced their fingers. “My love for the vicar’s daughter runs so deeply that nothing could tear us asunder.” He gazed down at her, his expression full of doe-eyed, fake love. “My only hope is that we will share the same taste in curtains, for if anything could fell our affection, it would be pink, lacy curtains.”
The crowd erupted in laughter, a few of the patrons sighing with contentment.
If it was the last thing she did, she would bury him in the flower garden.

About the Author


Paullett Golden is a Houston, Texas native who now divides her time between
Northumberland, England and her hometown. She has been a university professor for over 20 years. When an oncologist told her she had three months to live, she decided it was time to fulfill her dream of being a novelist. As a survivor, she focuses her attention on writing. Her debut novel has hit the Amazon bestseller list multiple times and has won literary awards. She loves historical fiction of all kinds as a way to transport us to a
different time and place. All research comes from authentic resources of the era and from scholarly and peer-reviewed articles from researchers specializing in the time period. Though she may take liberties with the fictional aspects, she does aim for the fiction to reflect the mores, culture, laws, and environment of the time. When not writing, she can be found in her butterfly garden or on a race track.

https://www.paullettgolden.com/a-dash-of-romance
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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.

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

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Outlaw’s Redemption by Lynda Cox

Releasing October 18, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Brew a Perfect Kiss by Shana Galen

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ ❤️ Spice Level: 💋

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Maid Under the Mistletoe by Annabelle Anders

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ ❤️ Spice Level: 💋

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

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

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

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

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

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Lawfully Courted by Laura Beers

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Clever Alliance (Regency Brides: A Promise of Love #1) by Laura Beers

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A Clever Alliance by Laura Beers

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋

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Lady Madalene Ramsbury has been summoned home from Miss Bell’s Finishing School to some unfortunate news. In three weeks, she is to be married to a man she’s never met. Rather than face a life she does not want; she flees from her own engagement party and elicits help from a most unlikely source.

Society’s golden boy, Everett, the Marquess of Northampton, was outraged when a young woman suddenly appeared in his curricle. Was she attempting to trap him into an unwanted marriage? It would be just like some overzealous mother to put her up to such a ploy. However, it doesn’t take long for him to discover that Madalene is unlike any woman he has ever known.

With her reputation in shambles, Lady Madalene and Everett hatch a plan to solve both of their problems, a fake engagement. But as they spend time together, they realize more is on the line than just a blossoming friendship. And with danger ever present from her jilted suitor, Everett and Madalene find themselves relying on one another in ways they’d never imagined… but can they trust each other with their hearts?

You’re in for a treat with Madalene and Everett because they are not your typical couple. It’s clear to everyone around them that their friendship is more, but neither one sees it. Every threat against them just brought them closer and they would both die for the other if needed. I loved how they bantered back and forth and flirted without realizing it.

I knew her uncle had lied, but never imagined how far he had gone for himself. Between him and her crazy ex-fiance, I don’t know which was worse. Of course, I have to mention the amazing scene in the woods with Nicholas and how perfect it ended. The suspense was coming off the pages.

Madalene is no timed miss that will be forced into anything she doesn’t want. I knew I was going to love her as soon as she made her escape and didn’t even second guess her decision. She is a feisty girl that stands her ground and gives as good as she gets when threatened. My favorite scene was when she told her uncle what she was going to do about him.

Everett has no interest in any of the girls that have gone to great lengths to get him. He really has no plans to marry anytime soon, but the minute she fell into his curricle and asked for help his heart was gone. I loved how blunt and honest he was about things with everyone.

Their friends and his family will provide you with some great laughs along the way.

Review: An Agent for Rosalie by Laura Beers

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An Agent for Rosalie by Laura Beers

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋

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Her father was gunned down by a ruthless gang. Enraged, Rosalie Addis leaves behind everything she knows, including her fiancé, to become a bounty hunter. She rounds up the members of the gang, one-by-one, until only the elusive leader remains. Hell-bent on vengeance, her heart is not prepared when her betrothed, Paden Brooks, shows up with the tip she’s been waiting for. The only catch is that she must marry him. 

Paden Brooks has a plan: convince Rosalie to marry him, train her to become a Pinkerton agent, then never let her go! For four years, he’s waited for his beloved to return to him. Finally, when a tip arrives at The Pinkerton Detective Agency, he knows this is his chance to bring her home. However, he quickly discovers Rosalie is not the same girl he knew and loved so long ago. Will that alter his plan? 

When the time comes for Rosalie to make a choice, will she choose vengeance or Paden? 

How have I not started this series yet?! I was hooked at female bounty hunter and couldn’t put it down after the way she got her latest bounty. There was no denying that they still loved each other, but her thrust for vengeance stands in the way. I loved how they worked together and understood each other. Even when they didn’t agree on things.

Rosalie was letting hate take over her life and didn’t know it. He came back into her life when she needed him most. I loved that she could handle a gun the way she did and that she was so quick on her feet.

Paden never stopped loving her and was willing to take the risk when he found her. He saw the real her and wasn’t going to give up. I loved when he got her to realize she couldn’t run anymore.

Review: The Heiress (Ladies of Miss Bell’s Finishing School Book 2) by Laura Beers

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The Heiress by Laura Beers

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

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After the death of his father, Nicholas, Duke of Blackbourne, begrudgingly left behind his distinguished naval career to assume his proper role in Society. As he settles into the boring life of an aristocrat, he discovers that he has inherited something far worse than boredom, something that he is wholly unprepared for… an eighteen-year-old ward. 

Heiress Penelope Foster was banished to Miss Bell’s Finishing School only days after her parents died in a tragic accident. Five years later, she is still bitter about her guardian’s neglect. Her only goal is to avoid the duke and the dreaded marriage mart until she meets her majority. Then she will control not only her inheritance but will have the freedom to marry for love. 

Nicholas is duty-bound. Penelope is stubborn. Neither expect to find the other so intriguing, but when they are caught in a tangled web of greed and deceit, they will have to decide whether they are willing to risk everything for love. 

A very feisty spitfire and a use to his orders being followed duke make for a very fun and interesting couple. They went toe to toe from the start and it was always a laugh to see what would happen. I knew someone was going to try something and it was the person I thought it would be. But they were even creepier than I thought. I had to roll my eyes at the first proposal because I knew he would go back to orders.


Penelope is a quick thinker and won’t be told what to do. I loved her the moment she came up with her plan to make him leave. She could do anything she set her mind to and see right through his gruff persona to his heart.

Nicholas blames himself for a tragic accident and has locked away all emotions. He comes off as a strict person, but you get hints of the real him throughout the books. I loved that he was so protective of her, but also couldn’t hide his feelings.

His mother, best friend, and her cousin all made me smile. They all play important roles in getting them together and providing some laughs at times.