Review: What the Stubborn Viscount Desires (Lords of Happenstance Book 1) by Sandra Sookoo

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What the Stubborn Viscount Desires by Sandra Sookoo

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Blurb

Stubborn hearts might be the last to fall, but when the hard tumble comes, it’ll last forever.

Jonathan Banshire, Viscount Trewellain, has become a bitter, sarcastic lord and against anything remotely smacking of romance. Though engaged to a woman whose hand he’d won in a game of cards years ago, he hasn’t thought of her in years. But he’s also a king’s agent, and as his duty to the Crown, he’s being sent to Spain to track down a missing peer. He goes to escape his personal life.

Miss Sophia Wickham is tired of men deciding her future. She’s on a mission to live her life on her terms, but can’t due to an ambiguous engagement to the Viscount Trewellain. Determined to gain her freedom, she sneaks onboard the ship intent to have Jonathan release her from that old promise. When he refuses in a fit of pique, she’s stuck as a stowaway, bound to the one man she can’t stand.

In Madrid, they search for not only the missing lord, but also stolen Spanish crown jewels and an ancient relic. Through crashing a glittering ball to hunting down clues to exploring the hidden catacombs and caves beneath Barcelona, the unlikely pair comes to an understanding. Vulnerable and trapped, truths are revealed as well as the fragile state of their hearts. But machinations of a madman bent on revenge could destroy a budding romance, and when the specter of death makes an appearance, Jonathan must finally decide what it is he desires the most.

My Review

Three words. Spies. Relics. Romance. My three favorite things in books! When their story was hinted at in Caught with a Stolen Diamond I knew it was going to be a wild adventure, but had no idea of what it was between them. There is so much heat between them that it practically jumps off the pages. They are truly a unique couple that are opposites but perfect for each other. I was holding my breath wondering what was going to happen and wanting to know who was behind everything.

Sophia is the boldest heroine I have ever read and she my all time favorite! I loved her from the moment she stepped on the ship, but even more when she didn’t back down. She never gave up on him once she got to know him and saw the real him. When she kept at him to not give up was amazing. I loved how you could tell her tone depending on if she used his title or name.

Jonathan has the weight of so many things on his shoulders that he needs to let go of. Even though he one of the most stubborn people he is really very sweet. I loved that he didn’t send her back home and took her with him without a thought. The journey of him letting go of the past and realizing his true self was amazing.

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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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Blurb

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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Tour and Review: A Duke Like No Other (Playful Brides #9) by Valerie Bowman

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My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋 1/2

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Blurb

First comes love, then comes marriage. Unless it’s the other way around. . .

General Mark Grimaldi has sacrificed everything for his military career, working his way through the ranks without the benefit of a nobleman’s title. Now, his years of dedication are about to pay off—with an offer for a prestigious promotion to Home Secretary. There’s only one condition: Mark must be married. Aside from the small matter of not actually wanting to be wed, Mark faces another troubling problem: he already has a wife.

Nicole Huntington Grimaldi has spent ten contented years in France without her husband—and without regret. When Mark asks her to return to London and play the part of his beloved wife, she sees her chance. But neither of them is prepared for news that will throw Mark’s future into chaos…nor the undeniable desire they’ve rekindled. Maybe happily-ever-after can happen the second time around in A Duke Like No Other, the next Regency romance from Valerie Bowman.

My Review

I was hooked from chapter one with the news that he has a wife. Even after being apart for so long that fire was still between them no matter what they tried to tell themselves. I loved the back and forth when making the deal for her to come back to London and how much they thought alike. The shocking news was nothing I could have seen coming or expected what would happen afterwards. They both had things in their past that were surprising and amazing.

Nicole is straightforward and not like other ladies around her. I loved her right away because she enjoyed messing with him and the work she did. She thought she could detach herself from him, but her heart knew better.

Mark would do anything to get what he set his mind on excepts for revealing his secret. He is one that you have to get to know and understand. I loved him because of how he tried to control things, but it didn’t go as planned and because he put others first when needed.

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ARC Review: Nobody’s Lady (Lord Love a Lady #1) by Annabelle Anders

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Nobody’s Lady by Annabelle Anders

Releases May 2, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Blurb

Dukes don’t need help, or do they?

Michael Redmond, the Duke of Cortland, needs to be in London—most expeditiously—but a band of highway robbers have thwarted his plans. Purse-pinched, coachless, and mired in mud, he stumbles on Lilly Beauchamp, the woman who betrayed him years ago.

Ladies can’t be heroes, or can they?

Michael was her first love, her first lover, but he abandoned her when she needed him most. She’d trusted him, and then he failed to meet with her father as promised. A widowed stepmother now, Lilly loves her country and will do her part for the Good of England—even if that means aiding this hobbled and pathetic duke.

They lost their chance at love, or did they?

A betrothal, a scandal, and a kidnapping stand between them now. Can honor emerge from the ashes of their love?

My Review

I don’t think I’ve ever read one that intertwines the past and present like this and I loved it!! You really get to know both of them so much and it makes them seem so real. It was an adventure from the start with them and finding out who was behind the robbery. They didn’t realize it, but everything was working to bring them together again. I was holding my breath wondering how everyone would react and then the kidnapping had me on the edge of my seat. I wanted to do a happy dance when everyone came together to and supported love. I loved Hugh and can’t wait for Natalie’s story. I also loved that it handled some real history.

Lilly did what her father wanted all those years ago and now she was free from it all. She broke my heart when she talked about doing what her father had wanted. But her spirit wasn’t broken and I loved how she wouldn’t give up and her love of animals. She didn’t hold onto the past like some would.

Michael had changed in those years for many reasons, but duty doesn’t always win. I loved how even though he was a duke he saw the need for change to help others. When he saw the paper I knew a fight was coming. His story about what his father said made me tear up.

This book does contain a scene between Lilly and her husband that could be triggering to some due to the nature of it. Annabelle did a great job of handling it and I feel it was needed to understand things.

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Review: The Hellion (Wicked Wallflowers #1) by Christi Caldwell

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The Hellion by Christi Caldwell

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell’s Wicked Wallflowers series burns hot as two rivals meet in the flesh and feel the heat…

Adair Thorne has just watched his gaming-hell dream disappear into a blaze of fire and ash, and he’s certain that his competitors, the Killorans, are behind it. His fury and passion burn even hotter when he meets Cleopatra Killoran, a tart-mouthed vixen who mocks him at every turn. If she were anyone else but the enemy, she’d ignite a desire in him that would be impossible to control.

No one can make Cleopatra do anything. That said, she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her siblings―even if that means being sponsored by their rivals for a season in order to land a noble husband. But she will not allow her head to be turned by the infuriating and darkly handsome Adair Thorne.

There’s only one thing that threatens the rules of the game: Cleopatra’s secret. It could unravel the families’ tenuous truce and shatter the unpredictably sinful romance mounting between the hellion…and a scoundrel who could pass for the devil himself.

My Review

Christi does it again with another couple that will blow you away. I thought for sure they were going to tear each other to pieces a couple of times. But then they exploded in a very different way. It broke my heart that the club burned down, but it was another chapter that closed to open another. I loved that he began to trust and understand her more and that everyone was seeing it. I held my breath when she told her secret because I didn’t know how he would react, but I loved how it played out. I loved how everything with both sides turned out and the ending left me excited for the next one.

Cleo lives up to her name and has come along way. It was clear from the start that she was going to be different and needed love and friendship. I loved her the moment she had a gun a dagger ready to fight. When she finally opened up it was heartbreaking, but she needed to let it out.

Adair is stuck between two worlds and wanting to destroy the enemy. I loved how he softened and started listening because she helped him as much as he helped her. I loved him more when he made his promise to her. In the end, he realized she was right about many things.

I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.

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ARC Review: Caught with a Stolen Diamond (Thieves of the Ton Book 5) by Sandra Sookoo

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Caught with a Stolen Diamond by Sandra Sookoo

Releasing March 20, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋 1/2

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Blurb

Jewels and treasures hold no worth when held against the lives of loved ones.

Though thrilled to adventure again, the Countess of Archewyne worries their unexpected trip to India will delay her first official mission as a new king’s agent. But when Emmaline is told she and her husband will trade a priceless diamond for the kidnapped daughter of a marquess, she’s willing to make the sacrifice. Too bad no one knows exactly where the sought-after jewel is.

Miles Lawrence Hawkins, the fifth Earl of Archewyne, is looking forward to being out in the field again and away from the ton. Defending England’s interests from nefarious blackhearts is one of his favorite ways to spend time. But when he and his beloved wife embark on a fool’s mission to steal the Third Eye of Shiva and they stumble upon troubling clues from his past during their arduous journey across the world, he can’t help but think there should be a limit on men who wish his country ill.

As Emmaline and Miles are introduced to the exotic life behind an Indian prince’s palace walls, things aren’t what they seem. A bid for power reveals who truly controls the area while an insidious lie puts them both in danger. As peril dogs their steps and desperation fuels their actions, they must use every wile and skill they have in order to survive. For the sake of their little family and their own romance, they will give it their all. What else besides king, country and love is worth the fight?

My Review

This is my first time reading one of Sandra’s books and I’m hooked! She knows how to take you on an adventure that will have you holding your breath at every turn. I was up until 3am reading because I couldn’t put it down. I loved that they are married and this continues their romance in a way. I really like that this book shows every stop on the way to India and is full of surprises every place they go. It is full of twists and surprises while they try to save everything including each other.  There are also hints of other things going on with others that left me excited for more.

Emmaline is my favorite heroine! She can fight, is stubborn, and you do not want to mess with her. I loved that even though she would get mad at being told what to do she would realize the reason behind it. She doesn’t hold her tongue either.

Miles is also a favorite because he doesn’t hold back his feelings and you don’t want to even hint at hurting his family. I loved that even though he loved the life of being an agent he didn’t let that cloud his judgment.

I will definitely be getting the other books!

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Review: The Soul’s Expression by Amy Alston

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The Soul’s Expression by Amy Alston 

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋1/2

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Katherine did what was expected of her. She married the man her parents deemed suitable. However, she could not do all that was expected of her.

After less than a year of marriage, Katherine is coerced to a doctor’s office, where she must admit the humiliating fact that she hasn’t shared her husband’s bed. She knows what the diagnosis will be and the degrading treatments women with hysteria are subject to. But with a judgemental mother-in-law in tow and an impatient husband at home, the choice is not hers.

Despite herself, she comes to trust the unusual and unconventional man treating her. And, when her increasingly volatile husband threatens to force from her that which she’s unable to give, she feels she must acquiesce to all of her doctor’s recommendations.

Swept up in a surge of self-discovery and sexual awakening, Katherine faces a new reason to be terrified. One she could never have imagined.

Due to adult themes and language, this novel is intended for readers 18 and over.

My Review

This is not just a romance this about a woman’s journey to reclaim herself. This book shows another side of the times with the history of the standard treatments of any women’s problems. The double standard of the times is full focus too. I loved how they felt so complete with each other and knew they couldn’t be without each other. So much goes on this book that shows the darker side, but also brings them together as they overcome everything. I couldn’t put it down because I never knew what was going to happen next and never expected the twist at the end but loved it.

Katherine is an amazing woman. I loved seeing how she changed and getting to know her more over the whole story. I cheered when she found her voice and let her husband have it. She tried to protect herself by protecting others until she couldn’t anymore. She is an inspirational character and a favorite.

David is an amazing doctor that is ahead of his time. I loved how he seemed to know more than he let on and that he kept his promise to her. He would do anything to protect her and he did. I loved that he never gave up on her.

This book does handle some subjects that could be triggering to some people such as rape, domestic violence, and drugs. They are handled very well in this book.

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Review: His Wicked Embrace (The League of Rogues #6) by Lauren Smith

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His Wicked Embrace by Lauren Smith

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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HE’S A WILD ROGUE WITH A GUARDED HEART.

Notorious rogue, Lawrence Russell has no desire to marry—or heaven forbid, fall in love. Although he enjoys his fair share of pleasure, Lawrence prefers to protect his heart. Yet, when he comes to the rescue of a brave and passionate Persian princess, he discovers his heart may be at risk from the very thing he’s always feared…

SHE’S A PRINCESS WITH A DANGEROUS SECRET.

Zehra Darzi’s life has been turned on its head. When she flees her home after her parents’ brutal murder, she is kidnapped and transported to England. There, she awaits her doom—being auctioned off for a brothel. But fate intervenes in the form of a heroic man, who purchases her freedom. As Zehra adjusts to life in England, she can’t help but fall for her rescuer, Lawrence. But when an enemy from her past resurfaces in London, she knows it’s only a matter of time before her darkest secret is brought to light.

And this secret just might cost Lawrence his life…

My Review

I couldn’t put it down! From the moment they met you know they were supposed to be together. This is a fast-paced romance, but it works perfectly for this story. I loved that they brought out each others true selves and that they wanted to protect each other. As with anything involving the Russell family and the league you will be laughing at times. I was holding my breath a couple of times near the end, but it was perfect with how everything played out.

Zehra will never let someone break her or go down without a fight. I loved her because she was a refreshing change from the typical heroines. She was raised with stricter rules than London but also has had a very different education in things. When she decided to enjoy herself and be free it was perfect.

Lawrence has a huge heart that he tries to protect and hide. I loved how he would fight anyone to protect her. He knew she was special and so did he was around. His staff truly cared about him and his friends would stand by him no matter what.

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ARC Review: No Earls Allowed (The Survivors #2) by Shana Galen

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No Earls Allowed by Shana Galen

Releasing March 6, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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It is a truth universally acknowledged
that a lady can do anything a man can do:
backwards and in high-heeled dancing slippers.

Lady Juliana, daughter of the Earl of St. Maur, needs all the help she can get. She’s running a ramshackle orphanage, London’s worst slumlord has illicit designs on her, and her father has suddenly become determined to marry her off.

Enter Major Neil Wraxall, bastard son of the Marquess of Kensington, sent to assist Lady Juliana in any way he can. Lucky for her, he’s handy with repairs, knows how to keep her and the orphans safe, and is a natural leader of men.

Unfortunately for both of them, the scandal that ensues from their mutual attraction is going to lead them a merry dance…

My Review

The journey of the survivors continues and you won’t be disappointed! I laughed so hard when they were bickering and him and his friends that I almost dropped my book many times. There’s an instant spark between them, but both are so stubborn and set on their plans that its hysterical. I loved getting to know all the orphans and seeing how attached they were to them. I never saw the twist coming with the slumlord or the amazing one at the end! I loved seeing them help each other with their pasts and come together.

Juliana has vowed to never marry or trust men because of the past. I loved how well she could handle things on her own. When she decided to do something she didn’t and you don’t dare to tell her not to do it. She was so caring and loving.

Neil was sucked in as soon as he walked in the door. I loved how he was with the kids and that he tried not to get attached. He had his own past that set him in his ways and he just needed to find his place.

I also loved her father because his heart was in the right place. I can’t wait to get to know the other survivors.

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Review: Overruled by Fate by Leila Snow

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Overruled by Fate by Leila Snow

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A tale of an enduring love, powerful enough to survive time and circumstance. Two souls destined to be halves of a whole, but fated to be kept apart. And yet a love such as this is not content to blindly accept the bonds of fate…

Nathaniel can hardly recall a time he hasn’t adored Madeline. For Madeline, he truly is her knight in shining armour. Alas, one stolen night is all they are granted before Madeline is given in marriage to the wealthy and titled, Earl of Marbourne, who is fast friends with the king. A whirlwind of intrigue and contrivance follows Madeline as she joins the court and catches the eye of the king, while cruel fate conspires to keep Madeline and Nathaniel apart despite their desperate love.

It lies not in our power to love or hate,
For will in us is overruled by fate.
When two are stripped, long ere the course begin,
We wish that one should love, the other win;
And one especially do we affect
Of two gold ingots, like in each respect:
The reason no man knows; let it suffice
What we behold is censured by our eyes.
Where both deliberate, the love is slight:
Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight?
~ Christopher Marlowe

My Review

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

A forbidden love that overcomes so many things because fate overrules everything. I rarely get to read this time period and I’m so glad I got to read this one. It’s an emotional rollercoaster throughout this story and you will cry, be angry, and excited many times. I fell in love with their story right away and couldn’t put it down. So many things kept them apart at every turn even tragedies. I never saw the twists coming especially the one at the end.

Madeline is stubborn and that helps her keep her head high with everything that happens. I loved her right away because she didn’t just nod her head and go along without a fight. She feared nothing and didn’t hesitate to work to take down the person causing so much of the pain.

Nathaniel will break your heart in many ways. He is a knight ruled by his emotions at times. I loved him more and more throughout the story because he truly tried to let go and be happy without her. He would do anything to protect her even though his heart was broken. I was so happy that he was the one to follow the king’s orders.

This book has some very accurate information and has my favorite vows in it. The cover matches a scene in the book and I love that.