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 Lady’s Lover (Half Moon House #4) by Deb Marlowe

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The Lady’s Lover by Deb Marlowe

My Rating:❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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At Half Moon House, any woman can come to Hestia Wright for help. She’ll move heaven and earth to make things right for the downtrodden women of England—but she’ll never give her heart to another man. 

The Earl of Stoneacre has long admired Hestia. He can’t help but be smitten with a woman with her strength, honor and purpose—not to mention her legendary beauty. But she’s made her indifference plain, and Stoneacre is not a man to push in where he’s not wanted. 

Now they’ve been ordered to work together to defeat the Wicked Lord Marstoke once and for all. As the uneasy allies face untold peril and confront their pasts, trust and passion grow . . . but the greatest danger of all might be succumbing to a love that could never survive the obstacles in their way. 

Hestia finally gets her happily ever after in more ways than one! There’s always been something between them waiting to bloom and she can no longer ignore it when they are forced to work together. The longer they were together the closer they got and it was just a matter of time before they both realized it was forever. When she believed that letter I wanted to scream!

I did not see who was giving the info to Marstroke coming at all. None of my guesses were close even after the story of the person was told. It was a shock from the time that person was revealed to the end of everything. The ending was absolutely perfect!

Hestia has spent years putting others first and living behind a mask, but Stoneacre makes her want to drop the mask and live again. I’ve loved getting to know her throughout the books and this one just makes me love her more. She survived so much but was never broken. The scene with Stoneacre’s mother was another shock and so good!


Stoneacre has never hid his feelings when it came to Hestia and he sees through her mask like no one else. I loved that he never pushed her about the past, but pushed her to feel again. He would never give up on her are judge her for anything.

Review: One Night of Surrender (Wicked Dukes Club #2) by Darcy Burke

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One Night of Surrender by Darcy Burke

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

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After one passionate night a decade ago, Valentine Fairfax, Duke of Eastleigh, never forgot Isabelle, the intelligent, witty and forbidden daughter of a head of college at Oxford. However, since suffering a disastrous marriage to an unfaithful wife, the duke has vowed never to succumb to temptation again. Until the day he discovers his friend’s governess is the one woman who still haunts his dreams.

Once penniless, Isabelle Cortland has finally saved enough money to finance a school for impoverished girls. But when a chance encounter rekindles buried desires, Isabelle knows she can’t be a duke’s mistress and a headmistress at the same time. No longer a naïve girl, Isabelle won’t repeat the past. Not even for one night of surrender…

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…

They are two very stubborn people set on never marrying again, but fate has other plans for them. That spark was still there and hadn’t dulled in the past ten years. I loved that every time they tried to stay away from each other something would toss them together. Surrendering once wasn’t going to be enough for either of them. I loved how his sister and grandmother got involved and didn’t beat around the bush.

Isabelle loves her independence and isn’t going to let a sudden change make her relay on anyone. I loved that she wasn’t going to let anything stop and how educated she was.

Val knew they had something special all those years ago and knows he can’t let her go this time. I loved everything he did to make sure she was taken care of and that he knew it was her with his sister.

I hope his sister has a story coming soon because she was amazing and I wouldn’t mind seeing his grandmother again.

Review: Lady At Last (Lord Love a Lady #4) by Annabelle Anders

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Lady at Last by Annabelle Anders

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

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She can’t make a baby without a husband! Or can she? 

After witnessing the miracle of birth, self-determined spinster Miss Penelope Crone is having second thoughts about swearing off marriage. She wants – no, she needs – to experience the blessed event herself. Dear God, she’s practically thirty! Time is running out! 

Hugh Chesterton, Viscount Danbury, is relatively intelligent, good looking, unmarried, and most importantly, close at hand. With a little décolletage, a sway of the hips, and a few drinks of brandy, Penelope is certain she can extract a respectable offer. 

If only she’d accounted for the power of passion. 

Because unchecked lust takes over, leaving Penelope in a most precarious predicament. And Lord Danbury –– the goose-brained jackanapes –– is proving far less attainable than she’d imagined. 

Is Penelope to be cast out of society or will Lord Danbury take a leap of faith and save her from ruin? He’d better act fast if he’s going to make her his lady. HIs Lady At Last…

Annabelle always surprises me by taking a rarely seen topic in HR and turning it into an amazing story! I had an idea of what was going to happen, but as soon as Penelope said “we should celebrate” I was shocked at how wrong I was. But it was a good shock. Then the surprises just kept coming with them and every time I thought he was going to find out I wanted to scream because they were interrupted. My heart ached when he finally found out and then sunk with his reaction.

These two clearly are meant to be together and both are stubborn and full of passion. I was jumping up and down when he finally remembered and then my heart sunk when he arrived home to what he did. Everything in that scene had my heart racing, holding my breath, and tears in my eyes all for good and bad reasons. Major book hangover after the amazing ending.

Penelope is a determined woman that always gets what she wants when she sets her mind to it. I loved how she could walk in and fix things like it was nothing. She just couldn’t fix this as easily and her emotions leap off the pages at every turn. If only she could get him to listen and give details

Hugh knew something changed when he saw that baby. his emotions when came to her were so clear. I wanted to shake him to make him remember everything. When he ordered the doctor out I could feel the pain in his voice. What he did next shocked me and melted my heart to his stubbornness and the way he acted.

There is a picnic scene that has something I have never seen in HR, but it was very well done and takes it to a 3 1/2 kisses on the spice level. But it was very well done.

The birth scene is a bit traumatic so it may be triggering to some, but it is very well done.

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.

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: It Must be Love (Entwined Tales Book 2) by Sandra Sookoo

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It Must be Love by Sandra Sookoo

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

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The most powerful force in the world is love. 

Lady Christiana Tremaine lives in the kingdom of Vesance, but ever since her father remarried, her stepmother—Lady Tremaine—has stripped her of everything befitting her station, has reduced her to that of a maid, and forced her to answer to the slur of Cinderella. Though the life of drudgery is horrid, she carries hope circumstances will change, especially when she remembers dancing with the prince who stole her heart. A chance meeting with that same man strengthens her resolve to change… if she can survive that woman’s deadly machinations. 

Alto August Henry Ferdinand Lansdowne, Prince Charming of Annanvale has been searching for the woman who sent his world upside down and ran from him at midnight leaving a glass slipper behind. Though he’s been cursed to shift into wolf form each night, he has faith that the woman he’s coming to love will overlook his affliction. When he finds her, they begin an unorthodox courtship and he falls ever deeper, but their romance is fraught with obstacles. 

When Christiana is locked into a high tower by her stepmother and kept there by an enchantment, Henry is quick to come, but when Lady Tremaine gets wind of their plot to escape, she lies in wait for the noble prince and leaves Cinderella to an ugly fate, for she desires power above all else. But as long as there is love, there is hope. The beleaguered pair will need to fight hard for their happily ever after. With luck and a little magic, they just might win. 

Sandra writes the only shifter romances I read. She weaves fairy tales together so it’s like being in a magical world when reading it. This one takes on Cinderella and Rapunzel in a very unique way. Christiana and Henry’s love is truly a powerful force that brings them together and keeps them fighting. They never gave up on each other and wasn’t going to let evil win.

Christiana will not let Lady Tremaine control her life or follow through with her evil plans. It’s clear from the start that she is not a meek girl that will do as she’s told. I loved ready to fight she was.

Henry wasn’t going to stop until he found her and would die to help her. I loved how he saw through the lies and started planning. It was clear that he wouldn’t back down.

Review: Trapped in the British Museum (Thieves of the Ton Book 7) by Sandra Sookoo

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Trapped in the British Museum by Sandra Sookoo

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

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Some of the sweetest things are memories that life is built from. 

Miles Lawrence Hawkins, the fifth Earl of Archewyne, is on a rather urgent mission. He must visit the British Museum in London for the express purpose of finding and taking back an Egyptian relic that once belonged to his father, for it is needed on an upcoming dig. If he’s fortunate, he’ll have it in hand quickly and be on his way. 

Emmaline, the Countess of Archewyne, is thrilled that the new adventure in her life won’t come with danger nipping at their heels or people chasing them with murder in their hearts. A simple trip to London is just the thing to fire her excitement. Perhaps she’ll cajole Miles into kissing her in the Egyptian gallery, where their first mission for the Crown—as well as their romance—began. 

Their task careens down an unexpected path when they cannot immediately locate the Egyptian statuette. Throughout the extended search, they must elude the night watchmen while locked in the museum after dark. Miles and his wife revisit memories of their past as they pave their future with new ones. No matter how strong their love, somehow they have to find a way out with their reputations intact and the treasure secured lest all their dreams come to naught.

These two will always keep you on your toes with their adventures. This one is full of memories of their first adventure and even though they have changed over time. They are still the same passionate couple and their love keeps them strong. Looking for the final statuette brings up old wounds, but the trill of another adventure keeps them going.

Emmaline is still struggling some with everything that happened, but that adventurous fire is coming back more and more. I love how she is always pushing him to do something that could get them caught.

Miles is adjusting to being in charge and still worries about his reputation. But he can’t resist an adventure with Emmaline. I love how he only has eyes for her and opens his heart.

I absolutely loved how they repeated certain scenes from the last time they were there. The ending was perfect and I’m glad they kept their promise to Jonathan lol. I also can’t wait for this baby to be born or find out what Jane and Charles have done while their parents were away.

Review: Marquess to a Flame (Rules of the Rogue #3) by Emily Windsor

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Marquess to a Flame by Emily Windsor

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A winter’s heart…
“Debonair, handsome and with a devil’s smile. How could any woman resist?”

The Marquess of Winterbourne has long been guided by his Rules of the Rogue, but as emissary for the Crown, his next mission will break every single one. Sent to the wilds of Cornwall to beguile secrets from a country miss, the last thing this rogue expects is to unearth his own buried heart.

A taste of spring…
“A rogue and a fribble. How could any woman succumb?”

Miss Tamsyn Penrose remains far from impressed by charming London scoundrel Lord Winterbourne, preferring a wild gallop over the moors to flashing black eyes and fulsome flattery. But as danger lurks and prejudice ebbs, she uncovers a complex man who awakens her hidden strength and arouses her forgotten fire.

Seasons collide…

Desire sparks and passion flares in this Cornish land of cove and tor. Can Tamsyn step from the shadow of her past? And will Jack Winterbourne tear up the rules for a woman who maddens his senses and thaws his heart?

A sensual Regency Romance with warmth and wit, this story also includes a fusty valet with a secondary love story, picnics, swordplay, peacocks and…piskies.

Oh, how the mighty rogue has fallen. From the moment they met when she almost trampled him you know he’s met his match. She needed him to bring back the fire and he needed her to find his heart. They surprise you and each other at every turn with how they interact and understand each other. The scene with the months just has all the feels and you know they are soul mates.

You will be shocked with just how close the danger lurks and not seeing coming or who it is. I couldn’t decide between two people throughout the story and was still surprised in the end. I love a good sword fight and this one does not disappoint.

The added second love story of Oliver and Lowdy was also amazing. They were meant for each other and both just needed a little push.

Tamsyn survived a terrifying event and is just starting to live again when it all comes back to haunt her. I loved her from the start because that spark in her was waiting to fully come back. She saw the real him that others didn’t and knew she wanted him even if she would have to let him go.

Jack is very much the peacock that loves attention. But as soon as he interacts with Oliver you know there is more to him. He knows how to lift someone up and never lies. I loved that he thought he had caught something because he didn’t believe he could love. He’s been a favorite of mine since the other books he’s been in.

I loved how her father and so many others could see what was between them and kept pushing them to admit it. The scene in the ballroom said it all to everyone that he had fallen. I’m so glad that the weddings were included because everything that happened there made me smile.

Review: Meddle in a Marquess’s Affairs (How to Reform a Rake #2) by Tammy Andresen

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Meddle in a Marquess’s Affair by Tammy Andresen

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Rakes make the worst husbands… 

Not that Rex Baluster, the Marquess of Highwater would want her anyway. But when he arrived at Lady Camille Ducat’s door shot and near death, she didn’t hesitate to help him. She had no reputation to preserve after all. She’d given that up when she ended her engagement to another rake. And though her heart beat wildly every time she looked at Rex, she knew that to involve herself with such a man would only lead to heartache. 

When the Duke of Longley asked him to help right a wrong, Rex agreed without question. He wasn’t like most lords, having grown up as a street urchin in London’s notorious Docklands. He talked best with his fists. Nor was he afraid when he was wounded. Somehow, Rex had always assumed his end would be as violent as his beginning. What he didn’t expect was for a beautiful angel with the gentlest touch he’s ever known to nurse him back to health. If only he were the type of man who could be a good husband to Lady Camille. 

The more time Rex spends with Camille, however, the harder it is to deny his feelings. Can they put their pasts aside? Rakes, after all, make the BEST husbands. 

This series is just magical and makes me smile and laugh when it comes to what the men call the curse. These two are a perfect match and you know it from the moment they meet. Love hit them hard and fast and that’s what protected her from evil. I was shocked by how far her mother would go to get what she wants. But the scenes at the party were amazing!

Camille put on a strong front for her sister, but she feared she would pick another horrible man. I loved her from the start, but when she told Chase what she would have done to him, she became a favorite. She wasn’t going to do what her mother wanted no matter what.

Rex knew his heart was lost the moment he saw her. Even stuck in bed injured he could charm anyone. I loved how he didn’t bat an eye at going after Michael and was going to make him pay one way or another.

The ending with the gypsy was amazing and I can’t wait to see what happens next after that.