Review: Her Scandalous Wish (A Waltz With A Rogue Novellas #3) by Collette Cameron (book #3 in When a Lord Loves a Lady – A Waltz with a Rogue Collection)

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Her Scandalous Wish by Collette Cameron (book #3 in When a Lord Loves a Lady – A Waltz with a Rogue Collection)

Collection Releasing October 23, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋 1/2

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Blurb

A marriage offer obligated by duty; an acceptance, compelled by desperation. 

Scarred from a fire, at two-and-twenty, Philomena Pomfrett is resigned to spinsterhood. But to ease her dying brother’s fretting, she reluctantly agrees to attend a London Season to acquire a husband. If she fails, when he dies, with no family and no money, her future is perilous. Betrayed once, Philomena entertains no notions of a love-match.

Newly titled,
Bradford offers marriage, but Philomena rejects his half-hearted proposal, convinced he’d grow to despise her. Then her brother collapses, and she’s faced with marrying a man who deserted her once already.

Caution: This Regency historical romance contains a jaded lord whom the ladies adore, a scarred spinster, willing to sacrifice everything for her dying brother, a feisty, portly cat, and an audacious aunt who say precisely what she thinks.

My Review

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

This is my favorite so far! Many emotions and a few twists I didn’t see coming. It was a whirlwind of events and I loved it. I did not expect the twist of what he thought had happened to them or the stuff about his uncle. I loved that they were drawn together in the dark. His aunt again adds to everything.

Philomena thought no man would ever love her because of her scars. I loved her because of how much she loved her brother and wanted to make him happy. She also spoke her mind at all times.

Bradford was left heartbroken because of his uncle’s lies. I felt for him as he thought about her and then when he saw her. I loved him in the first book and more in this one because it told his story more.

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Review: Bride of Falcon (A Waltz With A Rogue Novellas #2) by Collette Cameron (book #2 in When a Lord Loves a Lady – A Waltz with a Rogue Collection)

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Bride of Falcon by Collette Cameron (book #2 in When a Lord Loves a Lady – A Waltz with a Rogue Collection)

Collection Releasing October 23, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

When is love not enough?

After five Seasons, Ivonne Wimpleton has accepted she’s an haute ton undesirable. Her only suitors are men desperate to get their hands on her marriage settlement. Guarded and aloof, and always a bit ungraceful, she’s resigned herself to spinsterhood. She doesn’t mind her fate since Chancy Faulkenhurst, the man who once held her heart, left for India without an explanation.

Six years later Chance returns to England physically and emotionally scarred. His love for Ivonne remains just as strong, and when he learns she must choose one of the degenerates who’ve offered for her, he’s determined that none should have her but him. Except, not only is she infuriated he made no effort to contact her in all their years apart, in Chance’s absence, his father arranged a marriage for him and fully expects Chance to honor the agreement.

Caution: This historical Regency romance contains an intrepid, spinsterish wallflower convinced she’s unworthy of love, a wounded hero determined to persuade her otherwise, and a cunning villainess you’ll hope gets her comeuppance.

My Review

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

One of the few times a rumor turns out to be a good thing! I was hooked from the start not knowing what was going to happen. I love that this one starts at the same ball as the first book and continues a bit of that story. There are a couple of twists with things and the proposal scene was one of the best!

Ivonne is not a force to me be messed with. I loved that she spoke her mind and didn’t hold back when telling someone off. She definitely knew how to protect herself and wasn’t shy.

Chance knew what his heart wanted, but thought he couldn’t follow it. I loved how he instantly was ready to help her and spoke freely with her. He didn’t hide his pain and or hold back either.

Review: A Kiss for Miss Kingsley (A Waltz With A Rogue Novellas #1) by Collette Cameron (book #1 in When a Lord Loves a Lady – A Waltz with a Rogue Collection)

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A Kiss for Miss Kingsley by Collette Cameron (book #1 in When a Lord Loves a Lady – A Waltz with a Rogue Collection)

Collection Releasing October 23, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

Can a beautiful spinster trust love again? Especially if the same man asks? 

Olivia Kingsley didn’t expect to fall in love and receive a secret marriage proposal two weeks into her first Season. However, one dance with Allen Wimpleton and her fate is sealed. Or so she thinks until her eccentric and ailing father announces he’s moving the family to the Caribbean for a year. Distraught at her leaving, and unaware of her father’s ill health, Allen demands she choose—him or her father.

Heartbroken at Allen’s callousness, but thankful he’s revealed his true nature before she married him, Olivia turns her back on their love. The year becomes three, enough time for her broken heart to heal, and after her father dies, Olivia returns to England. Coming face to face with an embittered Allen, she realizes she never purged him from her heart, and once again the flames of passion ignite. But is it too late for their love?

Caution: This humorous historical Regency romance contains a dashing, pessimistic rogue, a strong-minded heroine with a temperament as fiery as her red hair, an audacious aunt who says precisely what she thinks, and an uppity villainess who gets her comeuppance at last.

My Review

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

This was just the quick little pickup read I needed. I got many laughs with this one from her aunt and brother. I loved how everything happened and played out in the garden. You could tell from the moment they saw each other again that they still loved each other.

Oliva was frightened and overwhelmed by everything. I loved her because she didn’t hide her feelings and was ready to face everyone again. She spoke from her heart.

Allen was left heartbroken when she left. I loved that his heart and body wasn’t going to let him avoid her. He was very understanding once he listened to her.

Review: How to Find a Duke in Ten Days by Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen, Carolyn Jewel

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How to Find a Duke in Ten Days by Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen, Carolyn Jewel

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Blurb

For centuries, the volumes of a priceless Renaissance manuscript, The Duke’s Book of Knowledge, have been the subject of legend and rumor. Three members of London’s Bibliomania Club have promised a beloved professor they’ll find the manuscripts before the professor retires. They are determined to vindicate his faith in the Duke’s existence while rescuing a great literary work from obscurity. The problem? The book must be found in ten days. Matters of the heart intrude as each book hunter realizes that locating an ancient manuscript might just lead to happiness ever after.

The Will to Love by Grace Burrowes

The Earl of Ramsdale is convinced that his late uncle’s will holds the key to finding at least one portion of a long-lost Renaissance manuscript. The only person skilled enough to translate the will in ten short days is Miss Philomena Peebles, who has no patience with handsome, presumptuous earls. Will Ramsdale find the fabled literary treasure, or lose his heart to the last woman he should propose to?

How to Steal a Duke (in Ten Days, Give or Take a Few Days, But Definitely in Less than a Fortnight) by Shana Galen

Dominick Spencer, the Duke of Tremayne, is a powerful man used to having his way. When he and three other members of the Bibliomania Club set out to find the lost volumes of The Duke’s Book of Knowledge to present to their favorite Oxford professor, Dominick takes his task seriously, even hiring a cat burglar to help him gain entry to a remote castle in Cornwall inhabited by a mad earl.

Rosalyn Dashner knows accepting the duke’s assignment is dangerous, but her impoverished family and sick brother need the money. The daughter of a gentleman, Rosalyn is not impressed by titles. She’s not impressed by the haughty duke until she comes to know the kind but lonely man under the gruff exterior. The duke might be looking for a manuscript, but she’s found a man she loves. When Rosalyn must risk her life to obtain the manuscript, will Dominick choose her or his quest for the Duke’s Book?

The Viscount’s First Kiss by Carolyn Jewel

Viscount Daunt and the painfully shy Magdalene Carter turn friendship into love in their search for a legendary medieval manuscript for centuries, the volumes of a priceless Renaissance manuscript, The Duke’s Book of Knowledge, have been the subject of legend and rumor. Three members of London’s Bibliomania Club have promised a beloved professor they’ll find the manuscripts before the professor retires. They are determined to vindicate his faith in the Duke’s existence while rescuing a great literary work from obscurity. The problem? The book must be found in ten days. Matters of the heart intrude as each book hunter realizes that locating an ancient manuscript might just lead to happiness ever after.

My Reviews

The Will to Love by Grace Burrowes

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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What a way to start off this collection! I was hooked from the start with the Bibliomania Club and trying to find the manuscript in time. I didn’t know how he would react when he knew it was her but loved how he did react. I loved them together and loved how they figured out the clues. The cat was a great addition that I loved and I didn’t fully see the twist her father and Jane coming. The proposal was very different and one that I loved.

Philomena is a very different and unique in every way and I loved it. I loved the way she thought and did things because she wasn’t like other girls. She went into this with one goal and came out with it and another she never imagined.

Seton saw the real her and loved her uniqueness. I loved how he understood how she thought and her mind worked and at times better than she did. He had his mind made up and no question about it.

How to Steal a Duke (in Ten Days, Give or Take a Few Days, But Definitely in Less than a Fortnight) by Shana Galen

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

Hooked from the start and didn’t want it to end! This one is different from beginning to end from the way they met I knew it would be a good one. I loved how different they were from each other, but they balanced each other out. I did not see the twist coming at the temples and that scene caused me to sit straight up. I was on the edge of my seat wanting them to find and hoping the made it back in time for her brother. I kept wanting more when I got to the end.

Rosalyn lives up to her name The Cat and is a spitfire. I loved her right away because she was a quick thinker and didn’t hold back. She was determined to help him after hearing everything. She is my favorite heroine especially after the scene on the road.

Dominick is every bit a Duke and knows how to use that title. I loved him right away when he realized her family wasn’t what he expected and had the doctor looked into. He met his match in her and knew he was lost.

The Viscount’s First Kiss by Carolyn Jewel

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Another one that I couldn’t put down! This one will keep you on the edge of your seat with finding the manuscripts and wondering what will happen between the two of them. I loved the twist with Mrs. Taylor and could not figure out what she was up to until it was revealed. I loved that they were friends first. The ending was amazing and perfect for it.

Magdalene loved her husband and thought she would never love again. She really was shy and didn’t like crowds, but she fought it to help him find the manuscripts. I loved how it was a bit of a journey for her to opening up again.

Daunt knows who his heart has wanted for years, but he couldn’t have her. I loved him right away because he did not act like he had a title and kept trying to tell her how he felt. His felling showed in every way.

 

I am so glad that there was an epilogue to wrap up everything and showed the professor more.

ARC Review: A Talent for Temptation (Sinful Suitors #4.5) by Sabrina Jeffries

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A Talent for Temptation by Sabrina Jeffries

Releasing October 2, 2017

 

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

Widow Meriel Vyse is stunned speechless when someone tries to abduct her on her way to a ball. Fortunately, Quinn Raines, her secret beau, shows up to foil the attack. Unfortunately, as the two of them are struggling with her abductor, Meriel accidentally stabs Quinn with a knife.

Unbeknownst to Meriel, Quinn set up the fake abduction so he could play the hero and win her hand in marriage. But now that his plan has gone disastrously awry, can he convince her that he’s still the man for her?

My Review

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

I normally don’t like this quick of a read, but I loved this! When she stabbed him I knew it was going to be a good read. It’s very fast-paced but has enough about both of them so you understand them and will make you laugh at times. I loved the ending.

Meriel believes she isn’t good enough for him because of her past. I loved that she spoke her mind and when she made up her mind she followed it. I loved her in the end and what she did.

Quinn is worried about why she won’t marry him. I loved how he thought his plan would work until he saw the knife. His past was also one that he worried about. I loved when she told him everything.

Review: The Gentleman’s Heart (Dry Bayou Brides #6) by Lynn Winchester

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The Gentleman’s Heart by Lynn Winchester

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

Isadora Mosier never fit in, and she didn’t mind. She still laughed and loved and experienced life at its fullest. But when an accident steals the use of her legs, she’s left with a half-life…until she’s given a new one, as someone else.

Professor Allon Banks is a broken Civil War veteran who never thought he could find a mind and wit to match his. As he begins to correspond with Philomena Parks, he discovers a spirit that captures his heart. Overcome with his need to see her face to face, he travels to Dry Bayou to meet his Philomena and make her his own.

Dora is shocked with Allon arrives in town, searching for the woman he’d fallen in love with on paper. What happens when he finds out the woman he’s been writing to is a cripple? What happens when Dora falls for a man who is already in love with someone else? Someone who isn’t real?

Allon is torn between his love for the spirited Philomena of his letters and his attraction to the lovely, warm Dora who seems to know more than she’s saying. When he discovers Dora is keeping secrets, Allon must decide if the woman in the letters is the same one he can’t stop thinking about.

My Review

This is going on my All Time Favorites list! You will go through so many emotions while reading this one from happy to anger to sadness and back to happy. I loved the twist with how he found out the truth and the connection they had right away. I really wanted something to happen to her parents because they are beyond horrible. They shocked me every time they were around. The ending was amazing and perfect! I was so excited to see how things turned out for them.

Dora is broken body and soul. I felt so connected to her because she was different. I hated seeing her torn down and she needed someone to pull from the dark. I almost screamed when she stood up to her parents and then was afraid of what would happen next.

Allon was pulled from his darkness and now he will return the favor. I loved him right away because he’s smart, a bit sneaky, and what dreams are made of. I was not expecting what he said to her parents at all. When he went in the house I cheered.

Review: To Love a Highland Rogue (Heart of a Scot #1) by Collette Cameron

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To Love a Highland Rogue by Collette Cameron

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

She’s determined to end her betrothal, but he must make her his at all cost.

A Scottish lass determined to end her betrothal. 

As an infant, Mayra Findlay’s hand was pledged in marriage. So closely has her virtue been guarded, she’s never been permitted a beau—has never even flirted with a man. However, after a chance encounter with a dashing rogue who sets her pulse and imagination cavorting, Mayra initiates a scheme that’s sure to force her affianced to call off their union.

The laird who must make her his at all cost. 

Until Logan Rutherford, Laird of Lockelieth Keep, inherited a near bankrupt estate, he had no intention of wedding the lass he was betrothed to as a wee lad. Now he needs Mayra’s remaining dowry to save his beloved Lockelieth. However, before they exchange vows, he’s determined to know just what type of woman he’s reluctantly taking to wife. So he assumes his cousin’s identity; a decision that soon has him snared in a tangled web of deceit.

Caution: This historical romance contains one rakish fiery-haired Scot accustomed to getting his own way, a lass who’s fed-up with men dictating her life, and stubborn gelding with a superior attitude.

Buy this first installment in the Heart of a Scot series for a Highland adventure you won’t want to put down.

My Review

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

I was hooked from the start when it showed them as kids. I normally don’t like books where one is pretending to be someone else, but I loved this one because it didn’t drag on. When they first see each other there’s spark and I didn’t know how it was going to play out. I loved how she found out who he really was and that she had a different reaction than I expected. I loved the ending a lot!

Mayra has a very good reason for wanting to end their betrothal. She craved a bit of freedom and seemed so shy, but she really wasn’t. I loved when she started looking for a way to break the betrothal off. She understood things more than people gave her credit for.

Logan feared ending up married to a woman like his father had. I loved that his plan didn’t quite go the way he wanted. He learned things about his family and got a better understanding of her and her family. I also loved him as a child and how he acted during those events.

Review: The Rake’s Bride (Dry Bayou Brides #5) by Lynn Winchester

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The Rake’s Bride by Lynn Winchester

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

Jean-Luc La Fontaine is tired of sowing his wild oats. So, after a disastrous summer in France, he’s back in Dry Bayou, ordering himself a mail-order bride. A new wife will help him forget about the siren with sapphire eyes…

Intelligence, wealth, prestige… It means nothing when you fall in love with the wrong man. So, when scandal chases Isabeau Montefret from France, she runs to America, determined to forget the man with the wicked smile.

Isabeau hoped becoming a mail-order bride was the answer to her problems. She’d change her name, start a new life, and lose herself in a small town. When she discovers that the man who disappeared with her heart is the man she agreed to marry, Isabeau settles in for the fight of her life.

When the one woman he’d left France to forget arrives in town, claiming she’s his new bride, Jean-Luc doesn’t know what to feel. But when pain gives way to the truth, he must risk keeping a dark secret, one that would steal every chance at happiness. Isabeau once made him believe in happily ever after, now he must learn how to keep his new bride at a distance, lest he lose everything.

Can Jean-Luc be a true husband to the woman he’s been deceiving? Can Isabeau convince Jean-Luc she’s his one true love? Will these two rediscover what they had once upon a summertime?

My Review

The perfect amount of sweetness. Many sweet westerns loose their ruggedness or the sense of being a western, but this one doesn’t and I loved that! There is a lot of emotions in this one too that will pull at your heart and you will connect with them throughout the story. I loved that they weren’t your typical western couple and that they were brought back together. There was a twist with her family that I didn’t see coming. I didn’t want it to end but loved the ending because everything came out.

Isabeau was ruined by a scandal but wasn’t going to fall into a black hole and disappear. I loved that she actually could take care of herself with the upbringing she had and that she wouldn’t back down. She spoke her mind at all times and I loved that about her.

Jean-Luc was heartbroken without realizing it. My heart ached for him in the garden and how he changed after that. He was a hardened man after that and I loved how he slowly softened again. He will pull at your heart like crazy.

Don’t mess with a group of women that have a plan!

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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Blurb

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 Merchant’s Pearl (The Merchant’s Pearl Saga #1) by Amie O’Brien

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The Merchant’s Pearl by Amie O’Brien

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

Sarai was led to believe that the whole world could exchange their beliefs for hers. But when her parents are murdered, she quickly learns that the world never stops for just one person. The world takes, forgets, and swiftly moves on.

By 1875, she isn’t even Sarai anymore. She had spent her teenage years repackaged as Leila, a palace concubine-in-waiting for the overly indulgent, Ottoman Sultan, Abdul’Aziz. Leila does her best to stay out of the eye of ‘Aziz as well as his son, Prince Emre. But when young and thoughtful Emre claims Leila for his own harem, she is forced out of her shell and thrown into a ring of competitive women. Here, she cannot hide from the attention her young master wishes to lavish upon her. Nor can she can avoid the ruthless retaliations of his prior favorite, Aster. But it’s the unexpected gift of sexual sanctuary and an inside look into his family’s struggles that really collides with Leila’s upbringing. Soon, despite her better judgment, she finds her heart becoming increasingly tied to him.

But can she submit her faith and independent spirit to such a future—a future where to be loved means settling for the fact that she can only ever be his favorite? Will she be able to take turns sharing him among the four beautiful girls he had received before her, one being a jealous rival and another a closest friend? And what will happen to their love if Emre’s father can’t hold together his fragile kingdom, an empire that has grave threats encroaching from every side…including within?

My Review

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

This is very different from what I usually read and I really liked it! I loved the different setting, culture, and POV that is in this book. It’s not your typical romance and there is a lot more going on then their story. There is a journey for both of them in finding themselves and their way in everything. It’s a book that you want to take your time and read. The ending was good and it does end on a bit of a cliffhanger, but it does stand alone.

Leila is very interesting and different. She doesn’t belong there, but her heart says otherwise. I loved the internal fight she had while trying to find her place and herself. She will pull at your heart and have you cheering her on.

Prince Emre is not like his family. He was very different and needed to find his true self too. I loved how understood things and tried to keep the peace between everyone. He will have your attention from the start and you will love him in the end.