Review: Encounters With a Rogue (Half Moon House ) by Deb Marlowe

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Encounters With a Rogue by Deb Marlowe

My Overall Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Blurbs

Two favorite, related novellas from the Half Moon House series, now available together!

An Unexpected Encounter

Tall, practical girls might not be worth much in man’s world, but Miss Lisbeth Moreton knows she’s worth more than the squire’s prized heifer.

To change her fate, she’s run off to a date with destiny at the British Museum. Her would-be swain never shows, but an unexpected encounter with Lord Cotwell and his lonely ward might lead to altogether new prospects . . . and perhaps to love.

A Waltz in the Park

James Vickers once believed honor and family duty to be his life’s work. Now he knows better–and he’s appointed himself as silent witness to his father’s sins. His greatest goal is to act as the continuously pricking thorn in his lordship’s side–and scandal is his greatest weapon. He has no use for an innocent young miss.

Propriety is Miss Adelaide Stockton’s most important asset. She must be all that is prim and proper if she’s to live down her parent’s misdeeds and have any hope of catching a husband. She must avoid scoundrels like Vickers at all costs.

Yet fate has thrown them together–and given each a key to the other’s ambition. A bargain is struck…but together they find that gaining what one desires most is far more difficult than a waltz in the park.

My Reviews

Encounters with a Rogue

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

I love that there are available together because they really do connect and I think need to be read together so you get a full understanding of some things. I loved both and how they go with the whole series.

An Unexpected Encounter

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

I was in love with this one from the start! When Hestia gets involved I’m never sure how things are going to happen, but know it will have some twists and a great ending. I loved how Aurelia was so quick to make up a story at first and everything that involved her. I wasn’t expecting the small twist with Lisbeth’s trustee or everything with James Vickers. One of my favorite parts involved little girls following on Lord Cotwell’s his heels.

Lisbeth is a very brave and strong woman that didn’t fully panic when her plans fell through. She had a very good reason to run from her family and a way of understanding people. I loved how she was with Aurelia and when she took over the household.

Lord Cotwell is a very smart man and honorable. He is my favorite kind of hero because he of things he does in his lab and that he didn’t blink an eye at taking Aurelia and would do anything for her. I loved how quick he was to defend people he cared about and how he came out of his shell.

A Waltz in the Park

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

I love that this one continues with James. This one has a mystery that involves people in their lives that you will not realize what it is until you get to the end.They started out just helping each other for different reasons and then slowly put down the walls. Hestia, of course, was involved in it and I loved the story about Adelaide’s parents and the scandal. The ending is my favorite out of all the books I have read.

Adelaide is definitely a girl with a plan. Everyone thinks her the prim and proper girl, but she has a sassy side and loves adventure. I loved her right away because she didn’t skirt around questions and knew how to read people. She was smart and at times forward in a good way.

James has changed a lot, but still makes it his mission to drive his father crazy. I knew there was a reason for why he did this stuff, but in no way expecting the reason. His reason made complete sense and showed the real him. I loved how he could see people for what they were and how he was with his mother.

Review: For The Love Of A Widow: Regency Novella by Christina McKnight

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For The Love Of A Widow: Regency Novella by Christina McKnight

Also available March 13, 2017 in the Hearts of Courage Anthology.

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋1/2

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Blurb

A widow scarred by love and loss…

After years spent following her husband as he fought against Napoleon’s troops, Lady Lettie Hughes returns to London a widow to take her rightful place among the ton as the daughter of an earl. Her parents and friends expect her to enter the marriage market and secure the match she should have pursued in her debut Season. But Lettie is not the same innocent girl she was before Waterloo. Nightmares of the battlefield plague her, and she doesn’t see a place for herself in society anymore.

A lord determined to save the woman he loves…

Daniel Greaves, the Duke of Linwood, is a man who knows rejection and loss. He’s lived the last six years alone after the woman he was betrothed to cast him aside for another man. Instead of taking control of his title and lands, Daniel fell into a life a debauchery—gaming, women, and spirits. But now the woman who stole his future and left him hollow is back in London.

When Lettie and Daniel are reunited, their connection burns as bright as it once did. But neither of them are the same people they were in their youth—they must trust one another to heal the wounds of their past to find a love that lasts forever.

My Review

*I was provided a copy by the author in exchange for my honest review

This is much more than just a romance its about two people that have suffered heartbreak, loss and need to heal and find each other. Both have been on downward spirals at different times and needed to grow and find each other again. I loved everything because of the raw emotion and how they both had horrible witnessed things that made them grow and change. They needed each other because they understood each other.

Lettie is a strong woman that is stronger than she thinks after what she has seen and done. She saved soldiers lives and saw more death than anyone in London can understand so they push her to be like them again. I kept cheering her on hoping she would find peace soon.

Danial was on his way to ruin when he witnessed a horrible thing that turned him sober. He changed in many ways but still had hints of the man she knew. It was easy to understand why he had acted the way he did before she left, but no one realized why or understood.

This one is high on my favorite list and a must read.

Happy Release Day Review: Regency Ever After: Timeless Tales and Fables II by Amanda Mariel, Dawn Brower, Meara Platt, Collette Cameron, Ari Thatcher, Sue London, Tammy Andresen

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Regency Ever After: Timeless Tales and Fables II by Amanda Mariel, Dawn Brower, Meara Platt, Collette Cameron, Ari Thatcher, Sue London, Tammy Andresen

My Overall Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Blurbs

Once upon a time seven historical romance authors created a fairy tale inspired Regency world with all the romance of Regency and timelessness of fairy tales.

Stolen by My Knave by Dawn Brower
As a child, Lady Elizabeth Kendall glimpsed an image of handsome gentleman in her looking glass. Imagine her surprise when years later she meets the Duke of Whitewood, who bears a striking resemblance to her imaginary man. Will they accept fate’s decision or ignore all the signs that brought them together?

Enticed by Lady Elianna by Amanda Mariel
Lady Elianna has been forced into servitude by her cousin. Still she dares to dream. Lord Sinclair is intrigued by her and determined to discover her secrets. Might he be the key to her freedom?

The Ugly Duckling Debutante by Meara Platt
Gennalyn, a lonely young woman far from home thinks of herself as an outcast, ugly duckling. But Roarke, a much sought after war hero just returned home, sees her for the beautiful swan she truly is.

A Diamond for a Duke by Collette Cameron
A dour duke and a wistful wallflower—an impossible match until fate intervenes one enchanted night, resulting in a passionate interlude neither can forget.

His Elusive Nightingale by Ari Thatcher
When a pompous duke offers a large reward to anyone who’ll bring his favorite opera singer to perform for him, an amateur sleuth and the singer’s maid conspire to accomplish the challenge. Little does the sleuth know what intrigue lies ahead, and the damage a few passionate nights with a maid will do to his heart.

The Fairy Palace by Sue London
Lord Williams indulges his sheltered ‘cousin’ with the visit to London she always wanted. Now he’s in trouble that the Mad Clan may not be able to get him out of.

Hunting for A Lady’s Heart by Tammy Andresen
Lord William Fairfield is an experienced hunter, so when he encounters the beautiful, raven-haired Lady Eirwen White in the forest running for her life, he knows that he must use his skills to save her. But will Eirwen allow him to put his life at risk to aid her against her wicked stepmother?

Join us on a Regency adventure of love and romance with seven brand new stories by some of today’s most sought after authors in Regency Ever After: Timeless Tales and Fables 2

My Reviews

*I was provided a copy from the authors for my honest reviews.

Stolen by My Knave by Dawn Brower

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋1/2

I normally don’t like books that involve time travel, but the prologue in this one hooked me and I liked it a lot. I really liked the whole story and the bits of back story to make everything more understandable. This has a fairytale romance feel which I’m always up for. I loved the way they interacted with each other and the little twists. I wished it was longer because I kept wanting to read more.

Elizabeth is definitely my kind of heroine. She is bold and speaks her mind no matter what. I loved her when she was trying not to roll her eyes and that she didn’t back down from what she wanted.

Jack is also bold and speaks his mind. I loved him when he told his tale and realized connections between them. He knew what he wanted and was quick to make it happen without anyone knowing what he was doing.

Enticed by Lady Elianna by Amanda Mariel

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

This one has a Cinderella feel and I love it! I was shocked from the beginning when her cousin arrived because of how he talked to her and then tricked her. One of my favorite parts was their meeting because I did not see it coming. I wanted to jump up and down at the ending.

Elianna’s life was torn apart when her father died and her cousin moved in, but she never gave up on one day getting her life back. I love the bit of rebellion in her when she made up her mind to do something. She was always was nice even when she was treated horribly.

Garrett see’s people for what they are and he doesn’t really hide his feelings. I loved that from the start he was determined to find the truth and set out to do it. He definitely was not one to be messed with and would make sure you paid for it. I wanted to know more about his past.

Rose is a woman that would want on my side because she was not afraid to fight.

The Ugly Duckling Debutante by Meara Platt

My Rating:  ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

This one matches it’s title perfectly. I loved how this one played out and that it also included ducklings to add to the story. Their first meeting was different and perfect because they probably wouldn’t have met any other way. There is a bit of a twist in the end and I wasn’t expecting what was happening in his family.

Gennalyn broke my heart. Her life had been turned upside down, her relatives treated her horribly, and everyone called her names and paid no attention to her. She needed a friend to help her before she wasted away. I loved that she talked to animals and was so excited to see her blossom.

Roarke seems perfect but he has his own problems. I loved how he was with his brothers and what he did with his father to help his brother. He saw the real Gennalyn when no one else did and would not give up on her no matter what.

The youngest girl is one I saw hope for in the end.

A Diamond for a Duke by Collette Cameron

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

Another great fairytale feeling book! I love when wallflowers find love with someone that no one thinks they would. It was clear from the moment they saw each other that they were going to be together. I loved Aunt Teo and Lady Lockhart because they were definitely not women to be messed with.

Jemmah has let her mother and sister walk all over, but she finally had enough. I loved her from the start and when she stood up to her mother. She never held anything against anyone and didn’t look down on herself.

Jules has decided to put off marriage until he felt like he had after his past. You have to love him because he makes it quite clear what he wants and that he will do whatever it takes to marry who he loves.

There are many characters that made me want to know more about them.

His Elusive Nightingale by Ari Thatcher

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

This one is different and I love it. I absolutely love the title and the whole mystery of where did the singer go and why did she leave. I loved that it started out has a challenge for him and a way to make money for her but quickly turned into more. I was not expecting the bit of a twist with the duke and the singer because I couldn’t decide on why he wanted to there so badly.

Kitty is a maid that has her own secrets and reasons to protect her boss. I really liked her from the start and how she got along with people. I loved how she wasn’t really shy and made sure she didn’t forget about her family.

Malcolm Doesn’t care about the money he just likes the challenge of finding the singer. I loved how he tended to be very straight forward when talking and didn’t think about how people would react.

The Fairy Palace by Sue London

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

I was glued to this one. This one is really like a fairytale from the start when he takes her to London the way he does because of the thrill of it. It’s a bit like a whirlwind with the twist that they have known each other for years. I loved how they just got each other and knew what the other needed. His father was a bit surprise and I wasn’t certain what he would do until the end.

Melanie is such a sweet girl even though she is a tiny bit bold. I liked her a lot especially when she was at the ball having fun because she was like a little girl. She is one you will love right away.

Oscar is a bit wild, but also a poet and followed his heart at the drop of a hat. I liked him from the start because I didn’t know for sure what he would do at any time. He is one that is different and a nice change from many.

Hunting for A Lady’s Heart by Tammy Andresen

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

This one is full of magic and a battle. Their meeting was definitely a shocking one and meant to happen for a good reason. I loved the whole family being involved and that they didn’t bat an eye at anything. I wasn’t sure how it would end and loved the ending.

Eirwen is a very sweet and would never hurt someone even though she’s been hurt multiple times. I loved her and that she was battling not just her stepmother, but her fears. She is powerful in many ways.

Will is someone that will do anything to protect those he loves. He is very understanding of things and listens to everything and everyone around him. I loved him from the start and how he was with his family.

ARC Review: The Mistress Enchants Her Marquis (Craven House #2) by Christina McKnight

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The Mistress Enchants Her Marquis by Christina McKnight

Releasing February 21. 2017 

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

COURTSHIP WAS NEVER SO SCANDALOUS

The grandson of an unconventional marquis and son of a notorious woman, Elijah Watson, Marquis of Ridgefeld, has spent most of his life outside of London. His atypical upbringing has left him longing for roots and a traditional family life, and he’s determined to live his life above reproach. When he meets Miss Samantha Pengarden, he believes he’s found the woman he wants to marry—except she has other far more sensual ideas for him.

Known throughout the ton as the illegitimate rebellious daughter of London’s disreputable Craven House Madame, Samantha has never had to face the world without her shy twin by her side—until now. Her sister’s marriage and the return of her blackguard father leaves her alone and adrift. When Elijah agrees to escort her to the town’s most infamous establishments, she thinks she’s finally found a man with a taste for scandal and a knowledge of matters of the flesh.

But she never counted on Elijah being so honorable. When Samantha is listed as the mistress of the Marquis of Ridgefeld in White’s betting book, her reputation is in ruins—and only Elijah can save her. Can two total opposites come together for a love certain to last a lifetime?

My Review

*I received a copy via NetGalley

I knew Samantha’s story was going to be an adventure and I was right. The pain of their pasts brings them together to help and understand each other in many ways. I really liked that it picked up with her sister’s wedding and continued a bit of the story. I loved that they were opposites on some things, but not on others because it was like it made them think and understand each other. Their chemistry was amazing and the sparks definitely were flying.  The ending was perfect and I liked how it was working out with her father.

Samantha is not shy and can come close to be scandalous in her behavior, but that’s why I love her. She was in a limbo over her sister getting married and then her father showing up and it was heartbreaking because not everyone saw it. I loved her personality.

Elijah is a bit quieter and more careful, but just as adventurous if not more. He was in his own limbo over his grandfather and mother and no one knew the whole story. I loved how he was a bit out of place in the city after all of his travels, but still fit in at the same time.

I can’t wait to see what else Christina has in store for this series. I hope to see more on Samantha’s father and Elijah’s mother.

ARC Review: Lily, One Lord’s Temptation (The Garden Brides #1) by Jane Charles

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Lily, One Lord’s Temptation by Jane Charles

Releasing February 13, 2017

 My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

Lady Lilian Bliant appears to be a serene earl’s daughter, but under her exotic façade she has a spine of steel. She is determined to thwart her manipulative father’s plan to shackle her to a weak-willed man of the ton and is successful until Lord Maxwell Warrick becomes a suitor.

Lord Maxwell is anything but weak-willed. He is happy with his life until Lady Lilian wreaks havoc on his heart. No lady has ever tempted him as she.

Will Max be able to resist, or will he succumb? And, if he does, will Lily be able to resist?

*This book was previously published as The Healing Tree by Amy De Trempe*

My Review

*I was provided a copy by the author in exchange for my honest review

An amazing start to a series! I read this in one sitting because I could not put it down. When you have a father that is crazy and will do anything to make sure you marry who he wants and for crazy reasons, a lady only has one choice. And that to run off all the men that her father has picked with some very interesting plans. I loved all the unexpected twists in the story and differences between Lilly and Max. They were made for each other, but both had reasons they didn’t want to get married and the back and forth was great. I loved the ending and many of the characters.

Lily is very smart and wants to be free from her father for good reason. I loved how she ran off the men and how she got her cousins to help. Her ancestry was unexpected and very different from others and I loved it. My heart broke at her fears of what it would be like to be married and have children, but her reasons were totally understandable. She has some great skills to help people.

Max is pretty much the perfect man in the eyes of everyone and for good reason. I loved him from the start when he met with his father and the work he did. He had no plans to marry and to avoid her, but curiosity drew him to her. I liked that he never gave up on understanding her. At one time I wanted to knock him upside the head, but he quickly realized his mistake. The lengths he went to in the end was amazing.

Loved her cousins and his whole family especially his mother. I was shocked about Wesley and hope to see him again along with her cousins.

Review: The Gypsy Bride (Daring Debutantes #2) by Jerrica Knight-Catania

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The Gypsy Bride by Jerrica Knight-Catania

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

Engaged to a reprehensible baron, Bianca Manning knows she must do something to escape her fate. She decides that a Romany camp is the last place her mad fiance would think to look for her.

The last thing Emilian Carrol needs is a spirited Englishwoman in his life, but he can’t seem to say no when she begs to hide out in his tribe’s camp.

Thomas Barclay, future Viscount Grantham, is bored to tears and looking for a distraction. When his old friend Baron Tisbury asks for help in tracking down his missing fiancee, Tom decides to make himself useful.

Caught between two worlds, Bianca must figure out which man holds the keys to her heart.

My Review

This one will pull at your heart and have you on the edge of your seat. From the start, it was clear that Tisbury was not someone any girl would want to marry and Bianca and her sisters had a good plan. I loved how instantly she was drawn to Emilian and wasn’t sure who she would end up with because Emil and Tom were both good men that would take care of her.

Bianca is not one to be controlled. I loved her as soon as she told Tisbury what might happen to him in the garden. She spoke her mind and didn’t hide her feelings from anyone. She was so torn between them and she struggled with the choice.

Emil was very much the gentleman and was willing to do anything to protect Bianca. His story was shocking and made my heart ache for him. I loved what he offered to her if she married him and how he was with his mother.

Tom was a gentleman too and knew what Tisbury was so he had his own plans. He set out to protect her and found himself wanting to be with her. He could break your heart too with how he gave up things for his family and his sister.

I can’t wait to read the next one and find out what happens.

Review: The Renegade Wife by Caroline Warfield

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The Renegade Wife by Caroline Warfield

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋1/2

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Blurb

Upper Canada and England 1832
Desperate and afraid, Meggy Blair will do whatever it takes to protect her children. She’d hoped to find sanctuary from her abusive husband with her Ojibwa grandmother, but can’t locate her. When her children fall ill, she seeks shelter in an isolated cabin in Upper Canada. But when the owner unexpectedly returns, he’s furious to find squatters disrupting his self-imposed solitude.

Reclusive businessman Rand Wheatly had good reason to put an ocean between himself and the family that deceived him. He just wants the intrusive woman gone, but it isn’t long before Meggy and the children start breaking down the defensive walls he’s built. But their fragile interlude is shattered when Meggy’s husband appears to claim his children, threatening to have Rand jailed.

The only way for Meggy to protect Rand is to leave him. But when her husband takes her and the children to England, Meggy discovers he’s far more than an abuser; what he’s involved in endangers all their lives. To rescue the woman who has stolen his heart, Rand must follow her and do what he swore he’d never do: reconcile with his aristocratic family and finally uncover the truth behind all the lies. But time is running out for them all.

My Review

This one is going on my all-time favorites list! It’s been awhile since I was hooked on a book so much that I didn’t want to put it down and I didn’t want to put this one down. I  loved it from page one when we meet Meggy and her children. There is a lot in this book to keep you on the edge of your seat from Rand’s past and family to the battle to save Meggy and the kids. I loved the planning that went into stopping Meggy’s husband and what he was involved in. They both had walls built up to protect themselves for different reasons. I didn’t want this book to end.

Meggy is a very strong woman that can be admired for what she does. She has been through so much and will do anything to protect her kids from their father. I loved her from the start and how she kept her head up even when she was back with her husband. When she helps Rand in the plan to stop her husband it showed how brave she was and even with what happens to her she recovers.

Rand had my heart from the start when he saved Cat. He doesn’t fully trust women after what happened with his family so he comes off as mean, but you can he has been hurt in the past. I loved how protective he was and how he followed them to save them and how he was with his family. He put himself at risk to save them more than once and didn’t push things.

Ran’s family sounds like so much fun to be around and so do Meggy’s children. I wanted to know more about his family and know what happens to little Johnny.

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

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: Shunned No More (A Lady Forsaken #1) by Christina McKnight

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Shunned No More by Christina McKnight (also a part of It Started With A Kiss Regency Box Set)

My Rating

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋1/2

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Blurb

A Lady Shunned by All…

Lady Viola Oberbrook only wanted to forget the ill-fated early morning duel that took the lives of two young, wealthy, promising men of the ton and sent her fleeing for her father’s country estate. Eight years later, she has her life in order: a fulfilling business, a few trusted friends, and no plans to return to London society. What she doesn’t expect is to come face to face with her past.

A Lord Betrayed by One…

Brock Spencer, Earl of Haversham, only wants vengeance. Recently returned from his military service to the King, his plans include repairing his family estate, finding a bride, and destroying the girl responsible for the untimely death of his twin brothers. What he doesn’t anticipate is falling in love with the only woman who should never be part of his future.

An Impossible Match, Destined to Be…

My Review

This is not your typical romance. There is a lot of guilt, revenge, and redemption involved which does make for a good story. I love the Prologue because it really gives you an insight to everything that happened instead of just being mentioned here and there. I loved the chemistry between them and how everything falls into place. And any story that has horses like this is something I love.

Viola is one of those heroines that at first, you don’t like, but then you see how she changes and you love her. She grew up and became a very responsible woman that is one of the best in the horse breeding business.

Brock is a very damaged man after losing his family while he was in the war. He wanted revenge for his family and had no clue he was falling for the woman that he wanted to destroy.

There isn’t much of them as a couple and this is more about healing and second chances.