Review: The Devil’s Submission by Nicola Davidson

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The Devil’s Submission by Nicola Davidson

My Rating: ❤❤❤1/2

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋💋

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Blurb

Disinherited by his parents and estranged from his wife, Fallen pleasure club co-owner Lord Grayson ‘Devil’ Deveraux long ago learned to place his trust in ledgers rather than people. But his ice-cold reserve hides the scandalous truth: he’s a man who craves pain with his pleasure, and a loving lady to instruct him.

Banished to the country when her whirlwind marriage collapsed, Lady Eliza Deveraux never knew why Grayson fell out of love with her: she’d tried so damned hard to quell her fiery self and be a proper, obedient wife. But when Eliza is forced to return to London and back into Grayson’s intoxicating world, banked passions reignite. Can a marriage built on secrets and pretense truly get a second chance?

My Review

*Received a copy via NetGalley

This is definitely not my usual style of book. I enjoyed the story between them and just wasn’t into the language being used and some of what went on in Fallen. It was different seeing other things besides what most romances have and I really like the characters. I did love the ending with her mother a lot and his brother.

Eliza is definitely bold and likes to be in charge, but her mother has drilled it into to be the opposite. When she finally realized that she needed to be her and not what her mother wanted it was great!

Grayson’s life is a bit shocking, but he is very likable and very nice even in business unless you did something wrong. He had his friends that he was open with, but he didn’t explain everything to his wife at first.

His friends sounded very interesting and fun. If you don’t mind the language and whips, feathers, and other detailed things then this is probably a good book for you.

 

Review: La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess by Mariana Gabrielle

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La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess by Mariana Gabrielle

My Rating: ❤❤❤1/2

Spice Level: 💋💋1/2

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Blurb

Sired by a British peer, born of a paramour to Indian royalty, Kali Matai has been destined from birth to enthrall England’s most powerful noblemen—though she hadn’t counted on becoming their pawn. Finding herself under the control of ruthless men, who will not be moved by her legendary allure, she has no choice but to use her beauty toward their malicious and clandestine ends.

When those she holds most dear are placed in peril by backroom political dealings, she enlists some of the most formidable lords in England to thwart her enemies. But even with the help of the prominent gentlemen she has captivated, securing Kali’s freedom, her family, and the man she loves, will require her protectors stop at nothing to fulfill her desires.

My Review

This is more than a romance (there isn’t a lot of it) and very unique. I liked a lot of it, but the first half was a little slow and jumpy to me. I did love the second half when everything really started happening and she started really getting her freedom. I liked that it wasn’t in the ballrooms and that Kali was from India because it made it different. I loved how she helped her friends. It just didn’t click fully with me at times.

Kali is a woman that has been trained to please men but knows how to use that power to get things that she wants and to get what her father forces her to. She did what she had to protect those she loved and to get her freedom.

She loved two men Fitz and Rook who both played parts in helping her and both were great men. I wouldn’t mess with them after everything they did to help her. The one she ends up with is a great man.

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

Review: The Cheer in Charming an Earl (The Naughty Girls, #3.5) by Emma Locke

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The Cheer in Charming an Earl by Emma Locke

My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ 1/2

Spice Level: 💋1/2

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Blurb

***As seen in the holiday anthology TIS THE SEASON***

FOR LOVE…

The second of five impoverished sisters, Miss Elinor Conley knows her dream of becoming a lady is farfetched. When an unmarried gentleman happens by her brother’s smithy, it is up to her to act quickly—and rashly—to secure his interest. But Grantham Wendell, Earl Chelford, isn’t in the market for anything more than a new horseshoe. What’s a bachelor to do when an innocent miss turns up at his Christmas Eve bacchanalia? He ought to make her leave, but his Twelfth Night party just became more entertaining…

My Review

This a sweet little Christmas time read. Elinor set her cap on Grantham after seeing him at her brother’s smithy and comes up with a plan to marry him, but it doesn’t quite go as planned. There are some twists that I loved like her aunt that I wasn’t expecting and his party that was very scandalous.

Elinor is bold in her plans but didn’t think it through all the way. She is extremely innocent which is cute at times and it somewhat protects her from things.

Grantham has this scandalous the party every year to cover up his pain. He quickly changed his thinking once he saw Elinor and tried to protect her.

If you like sweet read then you will like this one.

Review: The Glittering Prize (Book #6 of A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology) By Beverley Oakley

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The Glittering Prize ( book #6 A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology) by Beverley Oakley

My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ 1/2

Spice Level: 💋💋1/2

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Blurb

Blue-stocking Jemima Percy is too clever and too driven to be drawn into the life of a courtesan. Or is she?

Engaged in a secret search for lost treasure, she falls into the shadowy world of antiquity collectors. With a murderer hot on her heels, becoming the greatest treasure in a bored aristocrat’s exquisite collection may be her only hope of survival. Then one fateful Christmas, Jemima discovers a love that threatens her best laid plans.

My Review

This one was different from the others in the anthology. I liked that it surrounded a lost treasure, but it was a bit too fast paced for me. I liked how she made the best of what happened to her and so much stuff happened to her in a small amount of time. I would have liked a bit more about the treasure, but the ending was good especially when they realized her who each other was.

Jemima stayed strong through everything, but it also wore her down to where she was almost numb to her own feelings. I thought she would never be happy or find love after so many men dying or treating her badly.

Digby was a kind man. I wish there was more about him. It seemed he somewhat lived in the shadow of his brother. He was instantly drawn to her and was upset at not being able to do what his brother asked.

*I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

Review: Bedeviled (The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor Book 2) By Kate Pearce, Deb Marlowe, and Michelle Willingham

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Bedeviled by Kate PearceDeb Marlowe, and Michelle Willingham

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤1/2

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Blurb

Greetings,
In regards to the Matter of the un-entailed Estate of the late-Jonathan Hambly, 10th Earl of Banfield, be advised that your attendance is urgently required at the reading of his lordship’s Last Will & Testament, to take place on November 1st of this year at Castle Keyvnor in Bocka Morrow, Cornwall.
Regards,
Mr. Timothy Hunt, Esq.

When the late-Earl of Banfield’s distant relations descend upon Bocka Morrow, they’ll find gypsies, witches, pixies, smugglers, and one very haunted castle. And if they’re lucky, they might just fall in love while they’re there.

BEDEVILED, The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor includes:

Kate Pearce’s A Ghost of a Chance
Violet DeLisle is secretly delighted to have the opportunity to meet up with some of the more obscure branches of her family tree. She’s been in love with her stepmother’s second cousin, Charlie, since she was a child. But her beautiful half-sister has clearly set her sights on Charlie and he is obviously dazzled. Forced to hide from the lovebirds, she huddles under the stairs and meets a kindred spirit who not only turns out to be a rather feisty ghost, but a master of courtship.

Deb Marlowe’s Lady Tamsyn and the Pixie’s Curse
Her father inherited an earldom and a castle. Has Lady Tamsyn inherited a curse? It’s what it feels like when she discovers that she can see the truth behind the lies that men tell. All she wanted on arrival at Keyvnor was to avoid Mr. Gryffyn Cardew, but in a sea of lies, he is the one who always tells her the truth. Together they find that her curse might just be a gift—and their love the key to preventing a tragedy.

Michelle Willingham’s A Dance With the Devil
Devon Lancaster is fascinated by the beautiful vicar’s daughter, Jane Hawkins, who has been summoned to the will reading of the late Lord Banfield. But is she truly only a vicar’s daughter? Or does her past hold secrets that put her very life in danger? Jane knows she is unlikely to find a husband among the handsome men at Castle Keyvnor because of her poverty. But when she is locked in the cellar with Devon, she finds that the Devil of Lancaster sets her blood on fire.

My Reviews

A Dance With the Devil by Michelle Willingham

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋1/2

This story will suck you in from the start as soon as the ghosts start their magic. I loved that there is more about the castle and a mystery to solve that I couldn’t figure out until it was revealed. There is a ghost that will make you laugh with everything he does to help along the way. There are many secrets surrounding Jane and the castle and they can shock you. The library scene was my favorite and I could picture it perfectly.

Jane is a very sweet girl that fears what happened to her mother will happen to her. I loved that she didn’t believe in ghosts, but also didn’t ignore them when they did something. She never thought her life would be turned upside down when she joined her friends family at the castle.

Devon was a very open man. He felt the ghosts and listened to them. I loved his nickname even though it didn’t seem to match him most of the time. He thought about others first and realized that sometimes he needed to listen to his heart instead of his mind. I also liked that he didn’t blink at Jane’s past.

I was glad to see that the new earl was a good guy and treated Jane like one of his daughters even if he didn’t always show it.

Lady Tamsyn and the Pixie’s Curse by Deb Marlowe

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

You know it will be a great story when pixies are involved. This one was really magical and captivating from the start. I loved that the pixies were actually involved in everything and little Paul was able to do something for his mama. The backstory was great and made perfect sense to everything. I loved everything about it from beginning to end and was on the edge of my seat towards the end afraid of what might happen. Her gift of seeing the truth was perfect.

Tamsyn was great from the start. She may have held a grudge because of what happened in the past, but she wasn’t going to be rude and wanted to clear the air right away. I loved that she didn’t run from her gift and realized it would come in handy.

Gryff was quick to judge, but he was just as quick to see he was wrong. I loved that he didn’t blink an eye at her gift because of his family and that he believed in everything. He never lied and had nothing to hide like he was an open book.

I got chills when it came to the darkness she saw with the one man and wanted to know what it was and why it was there. I liked getting to know her family a bit more and his family said great.

A Ghost of a Chance by Kate Pearce

My Rating: ❤❤❤1/2

Spice Level: 💋💋

I loved seeing Benedict again and how he helped along the way in his odd, but fun way. It was a good story and liked it, but it just wasn’t my style. I liked that they had known each other for years and the way they were so straight forward with talking to each other. I did like the rescues and how there were two love stories going on and they were meant to be.

Violet was blinded by a love she has had for years and doesn’t see Charlie’s childish personality and that he see’s her as a sister. That love made her blind to what was right in front of her and she almost missed it forever. She put her everyone else’s happiness first.

Edwin seemed very uptight because of his responsibility to his family and his brother. He was always protecting his brother but realized he had to stop and let him prove himself. He didn’t always know how to show his emotions and it clear what he thought.

They were a unique couple and meant for each other. They needed each other to come out of the shadows of their siblings.

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

Review: Love at First Dance (Book #2 of A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology) by Barbara Monajem

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Love at First Dance (book #2 of A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology) by Barbara Monajem

My Rating: ❤❤❤1/2

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

Sir Colwyn North’s uncanny seductive powers made him an excellent spy- but they also gave him the worst sort of reputation. Given his dreadful past, his only hope of winning the hand of the very proper Lady Jane Dew is to trick her into marriage. By way of seduction. While in disguise.

Jane has had enough of tedious propriety; she wants excitement. Duty- bound, she attends a Christmas house party at the estate of a scheming marquis, who has plans of his own for her. She intends to choose her own husband, and the son of the marquis is not on her list. The enthralling but nameless seducer who visits her nightly in her dreams might be…but first she has to find out who he is.

Will Lady Jane reject Sir Colwyn when she discovers the truth? Or will he find another devious way to capture her heart?

My Review

This story was good, but just not what I expected. I liked the whole spy storyline and trying to figure out the mission. It felt a bit on the paranormal side for me with the people sending dreams and the master, but the rest of the story was good. I liked how the marquis kept trying to marry his son and Jane by making a scene. I also like the ending and how they did everything. I do love the title and how it was part of the story.

Jane was very proper, but she could also stand up for herself when she needed to. I liked when she through the fit and revealed so much stuff to keep from being forced to marry.

Colwyn was interesting and loved Jane. He just didn’t know how to go about getting her without causing more problems. I like that broke rules, but also followed them.

I loved the reason Gentry did whatever he was told and his ending. I wanted to know more about everyone.

*I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

Review: Lady, It’s Cold Outside by Deb Marlowe

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Lady, It’s Cold Outside by Deb Marlowe

My Rating: ❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

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Blurb

Miss Glenna Bolton is not having a Happy Christmas. She’s lost her grandfather and the bookshop they ran together. If not for the invitation from the Duke of Danby, she would have no place to go.

No Christmas festivities for Baron Ellesworth this year. His newly inherited estate is in bad shape—and so is his bank account. He’ll spend the holiday traveling to do a bit of business with Lord Danby, in hopes of bringing Christmas to Elleshaven next year.

Traveling during the holiday season doesn’t sound romantic, but a star in the East, an abandoned child and a quest for holiday cheer might just convince these two that love is the best gift of the Season.

My Review

Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

A very short, but sweet Christmas romance. I wish it had been longer because it felt a bit too rushed to me, but I still enjoyed it. I did love that the title actually matched up with the story and that there was a child in the story that provided some funny moments.

I did love Glenna’s personality and how she was so forward when she wanted something and stood her ground. You love her instantly and can tell she is related to the Duke of Danby.

Alex Murray the Baron of Ellesworth is someone I want to know more about. He was a soldier and is an honorable man. I did like that he jumped into action without a second thought.

It did leave me wanting more which is a good thing. I just needed more and wanted to get to know Dowd and his family.

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