ARC Review: Mrs. Brodie’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies by Shana Galen and Theresa Romain

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Mrs. Brodie’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies by Shana Galen and Theresa Romain

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Blurb

Mrs. Brodie’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies appears exclusive and respectable, a place for daughters of the gentry to glean the accomplishments that will win them suitable husbands.

But the academy is not what it seems. It’s more.

Alongside every lesson in French or dancing or mathematics, the students learn the skills they’ll need to survive in a man’s world. They forge; they fight; they change their accents to blend into a world apart. And the staff at the academy find a haven from their pasts…and lose their hearts.

The Way to A Gentleman’s Heart by Theresa Romain

Eight years ago, impoverished gentleman’s daughter Marianne Redfern fled her Lincolnshire home when her first love was forced to wed another. At Mrs. Brodie’s Academy, she learned the arts of cookery and self-defense—and as head cook, she can manage her staff, feed hundreds, and take down thieves. But she has no defense against Jack Grahame’s unexpected arrival two weeks before a dinner that will secure the academy’s fortunes.

Now a wealthy widower, Jack still has a wicked twinkle in his eye and a place in Marianne’s heart. Before long, he’s at her side in the kitchen all day and the bedchamber all night. But forgiveness doesn’t come together as easily as a sauce, and the wounds of the past could ruin Jack and Marianne’s chance at a future…

Counterfeit Scandal by Shana Galen

Bridget Lavery gave up her son Jimmy when she was sent to debtor’s prison. Now that she’s free and has found steady work at the academy as a teacher of art and counterfeiting, she’s desperate to reunite with her son—but he’s lost in the warrens of London’s streets. When she encounters Caleb Harris, a man from her past—a man she thought was dead—he agrees to help in her search. But both Bridget and Caleb have secrets. Some of them deadly…

Caleb Harris is a man with a price on his head. He knew his work during the war was dangerous, but he didn’t think it would haunt him the rest of his life. Before he left for the war, he and Bridget had a passionate affair. Finding her again means everything to him. He wants to help her and he definitely still loves her, but loving her might just be too dangerous for either of them.

My Review

The Way to A Gentleman’s Heart by Theresa Romain

My Rating: ❤❤❤ 1/2 Spice Level: 💋💋

I love a past love story and that this one was very different in how things happened. Family came first and tore them apart, but he never stopped loving her. I really liked how he came back into her life and helped in the kitchen. The story about his sister was a surprise and explained a lot.

Marianne found her own way after having her life flipped upside down. I liked that she didn’t hate him for doing what he had to for his family. I couldn’t really understand her reasons for not seeing or writing to her family.

Jack did what he had to and never gave up on getting her back. I really like him and that he made sure her family was okay. He didn’t really let money go to his head and wasn’t afraid of work.

Counterfeit Scandal by Shana Galen

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

This one will suck you in from the start! The war tore them apart, but they were meant to be together. I loved that they worked together to find Jimmy and it brought them closer. There are a couple of scenes that had me holding my breath waiting to see what happened. The ending was perfect.

Bridget had a very hard life and her son his the driving force that keeps her going. I loved her right away with how honest she was with the girls about things. She put her anger aside and opened her heart again.

Caleb is always looking over his shoulder because his former work haunts him. I loved that he was determined to be honest with her and not hide anything again. He still wanted to protect her.

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Review: Felicia’s Spirits (Regency Romance Suspense Book 3) (The Gifted Series) by Marie Higgins

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Felicia’s Spirits by Marie Higgins

My Rating: ❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

Former covert field agent for the Prime Minister, Felicia Adler wants a normal life living as a wealthy widow. Unfortunately, a man from her past won’t allow her this comfort. He’s back to bring havoc into her life and play with her heart just as he’d done four years ago. But her mother’s disappearance forces Felicia to rely on him. If that’s not enough, her spirits are trying to keep her out of danger and help her find love in her life, once again.

Investigative officer for the Metropolitan Police, Sebastian Harrington sails all the way to Italy to find the thief he’s been hunting for over a year now. When he meets her face-to-face, he’s shocked to see the woman who’d stolen his heart and crushed it four years prior. Now he needs to find evidence against her, have her arrested, and transport her back to England to stand trial. If only his heart will allow it.

My Review

If you are looking for a suspenseful read with a touch of paranormal then you will like this one. It just was lacking in the romance department for me. I loved everything surrounding the hunt for her mother and how they bantered back and forth at times. But for a couple that had been so in love four years ago that spark just wasn’t there. They worked great together and I didn’t see the twist about her husband coming. The flashbacks were my favorite and helped with understanding them more. I loved the spirits and how they tried to help.

Felicia has an amazing gift and she regretted what happened four years ago. I really like her and understood why she did what she had to. Her spirits were really trying to help but just didn’t make it clear. She wanted him to understand.

Sebastian wanted his thief, but he had blinders on. His broken heart was controlling him and he wasn’t looking at the big picture for a long time. I couldn’t get into him for the first half of the book but did like him as time went on.

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Review: When a Marquess Tempts a Lady (Kissed by Scandal) by harriet deyo

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When a Marquess Tempts a Lady  by Harriet Deyo

My Rating: ❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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A brooding rogue:
You can only avoid your past for so long… The Marquess of Glenarvon has been running away from himself for years—ever since the woman he once loved betrayed him. He swore never to love again, but everything changes when he meets Catherine…

A well-read vixen:
Fiery Catherine Edmonson has two great pleasures in life: family and books. No man could ever equal the heroes in her favorite novels. Marriage is simply not for her. That is, until she discovers that her sister has a most scandalous secret—one which could put the entire family in peril. Now, Catherine is convinced that a socially advantageous marriage is the only thing that can save her family from ruin…

A scandalous wager:
When an enemy forces Glenarvon into a wager for Catherine’s hand in marriage, he has no choice but to wed the head-strong lady. Passions ignite. But as secrets pile up between the newlyweds, they must find their way to the truth, or else sacrifice what may just be a love for the ages…

My Review

I was so excited to read this one because of the blurb, but it just wasn’t my style in the end. There was too much conflict between them for me and I think if it had been longer it would have worked better. I did really like when they finally gave into the spark between them. The story with her sister was really interesting and I liked it a lot. I wanted to strangle the other guy from the start because he even showed hints of his true character and no one saw it.

Catherine went into the marriage with not the best intentions, but her love for her sister was a good reason. She was stubborn which was nice until she needed to listen to someone. I did like how she understood when she heard the full story and opened her heart again.

Glenarvon could come off as cold, but really things just came out wrong. I did like him when he dropped his walls and let his heart take over. He really had good intentions even though the way he went about it was a bad idea.

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Review: Rescued By the Captain by Laura A. Barnes

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Rescued By the Captain by Laura A. Barnes

My Rating: ❤❤❤ 1/2

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

Abandoned at sea.
When Ivy Mallory awakens; she finds herself on the ship of the man who rejected her love years earlier. While he was away working for the Crown, she embraced the London Seasons trying to forget him. Caught in the middle of a treason plot; she must help save her brother. To do so she needs to put her trust in the one man who can protect her. But can she protect her heart from loving him again?

Found at sea.
Captain Marcus Thornhill never imagined he would find a lady floating unconscious in a lifeboat out in the middle of the open sea. But it wasn’t any lady, it was Ivy. Seven years earlier he rejected her love for a life at sea. As he rescues her he gets involved in a treason plot that will bring the war to their beloved shores of England. As he unravels the plot he is unable to deny his desire for her. Is he too late in saving her and the love he has for her?

My Review

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Scandal, threats, and pirates will keep you on your toes in this one. I loved how it started because it was different and hooked me into the mystery of what was happening. It’s clear that they have always loved each other, but there were reasons they were kept apart for so long. I wasn’t for sure what was going to happen when they found her brother and liked the little twist there with the girl. I did really love the ending and the scene with Tommy.

Ivy will do anything to save her brother but jumps before thinking at times. I didn’t really start to like her until over halfway through when she stopped running and started thinking about things first. I did like that she didn’t shrink away in battle.

Marcus has loved her for so long and will do anything to keep her safe. I loved him from the start because he kept his word and didn’t beat around the bush when it comes to anything. I loved what he did in the end with Tommy.

Review: Spellbound (The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor #4) by Claire Delacroix, Jane Charles, Claudia Dain

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Spellbound by Claire Delacroix, Jane Charles, Claudia Dain

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor, Book #4
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.

SPELLBOUND, The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor includes:

Claire Delacroix’s Something Wicked This Way Comes
Seven years ago, Sophia Brisbane lost everything—her father, her brother, her family fortune—but worse, was rejected by the man she loved. She’s determined not to yearn for the past and its pleasures—until she encounters Lucien de Roye again. Although he knew Sophia could never be his own, Lucien vowed to retrieve her squandered inheritance—even wagering his very soul to a demon. When Sophia learns what he has done, no force on heaven or earth will convince her to let him pay the demon’s due, no matter what the cost to herself.

Jane Charles’s Her Gypsy Lord
Lady Charlotte Beck craves just one little adventure, which is nearly impossible as her older brothers are the most diligent of chaperones. However, when her family is summoned to Castle Keyvnor for the reading of her great-uncle’s will, Charlotte can hardly contain her excitement. Ghosts, magic and gypsies seem to be the ingredients to the adventure she’s been searching for. However when she meets Adam Vail in the nearby gypsy camp, it may be another adventure all together that calls to her soul…if she can survive Castle Keyvnor and one very murderous ghost.

Claudia Dain’s Lady Ghost and Lord Death: A Love Story
Hal Mort, Viscount Blackwater, visits Keyvnor Castle in the company of friends and atop his new stallion. How was he to know that ghosts awaited him? Hal does not believe in ghosts. Unfortunately for Hal, the ghosts take an interest in him. One ghost wants to see him married to the lovely Lady Morgan. Another ghost is just as determined to see him slip the noose. As the ghosts work their supernatural magic, Hal can’t determine if the intense attraction he feels for Morgan is coming from him or from them. And after a few magical kisses, he’s not sure he cares.

The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor includes twelve Regency romance novellas. Don’t miss the anthologies Vexed, Bedeviled, and Mystified.

My Reviews

Claire Delacroix’s Something Wicked This Way Comes 

My Rating: ❤❤❤1/2

Spice Level: 💋💋

This one is very different. I wasn’t really into the selling his soul thing, but it made sense as it went on. I loved how they ran into each other again and both were shocked to see each other. I did love the ending and how everything wrapped up perfectly with one person getting what they deserved.

Sophia has been doing what she must to keep going and be hidden. I liked her because she spoke her mind and was quick to make a plan. Her backstory will make you understand her a lot.

Lucien’s heart was in the right place when he made that wager. I was afraid that it really changed into a different person, but the real him kept coming through. I did like that he had planned everything out.

Jane Charles’s Her Gypsy Lord

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Love the details in this one! The ghost in this one is one of the most terrifying out of all of them. I loved how his grandmother’s was in everything and working her own magic. Her brothers can make you laugh with how protective they are and how they act about things. I loved the wedding and the stuff with his grandfather.

Charlotte definitely loves adventure and wants proof before she will believe. I loved how determined she was when she wanted to do something and that she followed her heart. She was good at shocking her brothers.

Adam is one of a kind because he is in between two very different worlds with his family. I loved him from the start because of how he doesn’t look down on anyone. He is the perfect match for her.

Claudia Dain’s Lady Ghost and Lord Death: A Love Story

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋1/2

I loved how different this one was because the ghosts were a big part of the story. They instantly had something between them and just needed a bit of help. There are two stories going on that affect each other and it plays out perfectly for everyone. The ending was amazing and I didn’t want it to end.

Morgan is a girl that does not believe in anything that she has been told about the castle. I loved her personality and that she wasn’t fazed by everything in the castle even though it affected her. She did jump to a conclusion at one point but realized she shouldn’t have.

Hal didn’t know what the ghost had in store for him. I loved that he was more open than he thought and how much he cared about his horse and dog. He was nothing like his nickname, but it could creep you out at first.

Review: The Virgin Huntress (The Devil DeVere #2) by Victoria Vane

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The Virgin Huntress by Victoria Vane

My Rating: ❤❤❤ 1/2

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All’s Fair in Love and Abduction

Coddled and pampered, since her mother’s death, Vesta Chambers is preparing for her come-out only to have her father return from London with a bride of his own! With her world turned upside down, Vesta accompanies her godmother to London, where she is smitten the instant she lays eyes on Captain Hewett DeVere of the Seventeenth Light Dragoons.

Captain Hew DeVere, younger brother to Vesta’s godfather, Viscount Ludovic “The Devil” DeVere, has returned from the American war scarred, disillusioned, and looking forward to settling down to a quiet and respectable life. When Hew turns his eyes toward the widowed Diana, Vesta is prepared to take extreme measures to prove just how wrong he is. But, Hew didn’t survive the worst of the war only to succumb to Vesta’s wayward wiles.

Proving the adage that opposites attract, this hilarious romantic romp pits a would-be huntress against a gallant hero in an epic war of wills.

My Review

This is not my normal kind read, but I did enjoy most of it. I like that it was a different take on the typical troupes. It did provide some laughs which is different from most like this and I really liked that. It is a faster read than I tend to like, but I did love a couple of scenes because they were funny. Even though I don’t tend to read books like this I still want to know what happens in the other books.

Vesta is every bit the spoiled brat. I didn’t like her until near the end when she realized what her actions can cause. I felt for her because she never expected her father to come home with a bride.

Hew is the kind of man that is easy to fall for. He’s a war hero and every bit the gentleman. He was exactly what she needed because he was her opposite. I liked his backstory and the twist with him.

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

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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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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.

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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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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.

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