ARC Review: Windswept (Wales #2) by Sabrina Jeffries

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Windswept by Sabrina Jeffries

Releasing February 28, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

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Blurb

Originally written under the pseudonym Deborah Martin, this unforgettable tale of mystery, treasure, and passion is back in print at last and newly revised for today’s audience!

Welsh widow Catrin Price is haunted by a family death curse. Any man whom she marries without first drinking from an ancient Druid chalice sold by her ancestor long ago is unquestionably doomed. But when she hunts it down to purchase it, the chalice’s former owner ends up dead. Who will believe her innocent with the man’s treasure in her hands? Now she lives in fear of discovery, afraid to trust, afraid to give away her heart…

Even Newcome, a scholar struggling to overcome a difficult past, travels to Wales to find the mysterious woman last seen with his murdered friend. So when the lady proves to be a beautiful yet shy creature who shares his love of Welsh mythology, he’s torn between believing her guilty and trusting the passion blazing between them. But as unscrupulous men seek the chalice for their own devious purposes, will Catrin and Evan let their wall of mistrust stand between them? Or will they defeat their enemies together and embrace the love intended for them since time immemorial?

My Review

*I received a copy from the author via NetGalley

This story will make you want to read up on Wales and Welsh mythology. The opening was perfect and hooked me from the start with the tale of the chalice. I loved the mystery and had absolutely no clue who the murderer was or why and was taken by surprise when it was revealed. Catrin and Evan are perfect for each other and definitely have instant chemistry. I loved their first meeting and how they are kind of opposites in many things. The ending was AMAZING! So much happened that made non-believers into believers.

Catrin is so shy but so strong too. She has had so much happen to her that it’s easy to understand why she believes in the curse and doesn’t trust strangers. I loved her personality and her name. When she needs to take action and protect someone she loves she is powerful. I loved her with the gun.

Evan is not shy at all and is very smart. His past is heartbreaking and has convinced him to never marry, but he is not his past. I loved how he didn’t hide what he felt and the way he went about getting her to listen. He did have a bit of an inner battle and didn’t see what others saw in him which affected him in many ways.

I wanted to dislike Catrin’s father in law, but he proved himself to be a good man in the end. I was so excited to see Juliana and Rhys and how they played into the story.

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.

Cover Reveal! Georgina ( Lady Archer’s Creed #2) by Amanda Mariel with Christina McKnight

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Coming April 18, 2017

Georgina by Amanda Mariel writing with Christina McKnight

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Series Blurb

A love of archery brings four young girls together to form The Lady Archer’s Creed. Through their mutual love of the sport, they solidify an unbreakable bond, and each woman has a unique quality that adds to their dynamic friendship:

 

Theodora, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book One)

Lady Theodora with her sharp mind and love of academics becomes the perfect archery coach. Despite being the last to join their group, and the obvious outcast, she will risk her future for her friends.

 

Georgina, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book Two)

Lady Georgina makes the perfect financier. The forgotten daughter of a wealthy duke, she seeks to belong to something—or someone—by any means necessary.

 

Adeline, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book Three)

Miss Adeline is a natural leader. Having grown up in a large and often spirited family, she now allows no one to place her in the shadows.

Josephine, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book Four)

 

Lady Josephine, having a sweet and impressionable nature, strives to please everyone—and keep their bond intact, even after they return to London for the Season.

 

Adeline, Georgie, Theo, and Josie live each day by the Lady Archer’s Creed, which they developed during their school days at Miss Emmeline’s School of Education and Decorum for Ladies of Outstanding Quality. “Friendship, loyalty, and honor above all” is their mantra. Now, as they face the challenges that come with adulthood, the creed is more important than ever.

ARC Review: Theodora (Lady Archer’s Creed #1) by Christina McKnight

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Theodora by Christina McKnight

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

Friendship…

Lady Theodora Montgomery departed Miss Emmeline’s School of Education and Decorum for Ladies of Outstanding Quality to attend her first London Season—her three dearest friends by her side. With her sharp wit and skill on the archery field, Theo is far more interested in winning a large purse prize than securing a husband. But when she is unmasked on the tourney grounds, her face exposed to all, she fears her identity and days spent gallivanting around London will cause not only her undoing, but the downfall of her friends as well.

Loyalty…

Mr. Alistair Price, heir to the elderly Viscount Melton, arrived in London with his eight younger siblings in tow. He is charged with keeping his family name above reproach until the Season starts and his sister, Miss Adeline Price, is presented to society—though that proves far more difficult than Alistair ever expected when he discovers his rebellious sister climbing down the side of their townhouse and scurrying off to Whitechapel for an archery tournament. His focus remains on saving his family from the certain ruin and disgrace Adeline’s actions invited—until Alistair catches sight of another female archer, her arrow connecting with far more than the center of her target.

And honor above all…

With Theodora’s future—and that of her friends—in jeopardy, will she agree to a marriage devoid of affection, or risk everything for the man who won her heart?

My Review

What a start to a sure to be addictive series! I stayed up to two in the morning reading the whole thing because I couldn’t put it down. I loved having the little backstory at the start because it really helped with knowing the girl later on. When Theodora and Alistair meet you just know it’s going to be an adventure with them. I loved all the archery and the girls’ reason for sneaking around and competing is a great one even if they are putting themselves at risk.  When Theodora was found out and threatened I almost screamed because of how horrible the man was.

Theodora is amazing! She’s smart, can take care of herself, and will do anything to protect her friends. I loved her from the start because she came off as quite until she was stirred up and then she was ready to fight. The way she figures things out to hit her targets is amazing and her work with maps is interesting.

Alistair is great. He has such a weight on his shoulders taking care of his siblings and taking care of the estates while his father is sick that he doesn’t think about his future. He is overprotective and has some funny ways of keeping his sister in the house, but he is very caring and loves his family.

I can’t wait for the next one and see what else happens with them all.

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

Review: Captivated By The Captain (Fabled Love #2) by Amanda Mariel

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Captivated by the Captain  by Amanda Mariel

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level:  💋 1/2

Release Date: December 1, 2016

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Blurb

What happens when an American heiress to a shipping company crosses paths with a pirate?

Miss Prudence Drake desires nothing more than to return to America and pick up the pieces of her life. After being held captive on the Black Dawn and witnessing her papa’s murder, the last thing she wants is to find herself in the hands of another pirate-even if he is handsome and honorable.

Captain Jasper Blackmore has forsaken his past, walking away from England’s shores in search of a new adventure after the war left him physically scarred and jilted by the one lady he dared to love. An American hoyden could never fit into his world despite his attraction to her.

Can two people whose life paths are at odds find common ground?

My Review

I rarely read historical romances that have pirates, but I loved this one! I was drawn in from the start with Prudence and her papa then shocked by his murder. I liked that they had a bit of a connection from the start and that they both had their secrets.

Prudence is a strong girl that knows what she has to do and won’t let anything get in her way. I loved her strong will and that she knew when she could trust Jasper and let everything out.

Jasper may be a pirate, but he is still a gentleman and an honorable one. I loved his story and how he was quick to realize what he needed to do. His secrets will warm our heart and pull at it too.

This is a great quick read!

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

What I’m Currently Reading: How To Kiss A Rogue by Amanda Mariel

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I have been waiting for this book since reading A Kiss At Christmastide by Christina McKnight (click the link for my review)! After meeting the heroine of this one in A Kiss At Christmastide I can’t wait to see how she changes because in that book she was the character that caused problems and everyone wanted to hate, but I saw hope for her and can’t wait to see what happens.
The cover is gorgeous especially that dress! This will be this week’s Book Review Wednesday.

Bonus Writing Update

After a busy few weeks of reading, I am back to writing. I have new headphones (Claire the cat got ahold of my last ones) so I can listen to music again and write.

Review: The Danger of Desire (Sinful Suitors #3) by Sabrina Jeffries

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Releasing November 22, 2016

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

The third book in the sexy Sinful Suitors Regency romance series, this heart-pounding story shows why New York Timesbestselling author Sabrina Jeffries is one of the most beloved historical romance writers today.

To root out the card cheat responsible for her brother’s death, Miss Delia Trevor spends her evenings dancing her way through high society balls, and her late nights disguised as a young man gambling her way through London’s gaming hells. Then one night, handsome Warren Corry, the Marquess of Knightford, a notorious member of St. George’s Club, recognizes her. When he threatens to reveal her secret, she’s determined to keep him from ruining her plans, even if it means playing a cat-and-mouse game with the enigmatic rakehell.

Warren knows the danger of her game, and he refuses to watch her lose everything while gaining justice for her late brother. But when she starts to delve beneath his carefully crafted façade, can he keep her at arm’s length while still protecting her? Or will their hot desires explode into a love that transcends the secrets of their pasts?

My Review

As soon as I read what this one was about I wanted to read it! Who doesn’t love a story where the heroine dresses as a man to do something either for fun or revenge. I loved their meeting and that they both were playing a game with each other. There were times I believed he would reveal her secret to protect her or that she would be in more danger. Everything surrounding the wedding was amazing and I loved how his point of view at the alter. I was not expecting the ending and I could never have predicted who it was that cheated her brother.

Delia thought she had the perfect plan to catch the man that caused her brother’s death and save their home, but she didn’t realize how dangerous it the what if’s could be. I loved how bold she was and that she did what she wanted. She was sweet, protective and didn’t think the worst of things that Warren did.

Warren had painful secrets from his childhood that kept him up at all hours of the night so he said he would never marry. I loved how he took care of others without realizing it most of the time because it was in his nature. When his childhood was revealed It made him even more loveable.

They were perfect for each other and had odd, but cute nicknames for each other. I loved Flossie the cat and her aunt.

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

Review: Mistletoe And The Marquess (Book #4 of A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology) By Wendy Vella

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Mistletoe and the Marquess ( book #4 A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology) by Wendy Vella

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

Marriage was something Miss Partridge had hoped to delay indefinitely, but due to her father’s reckless behavior she is now expected to save the family from ruin. Determined to have one last night of freedom before marrying a man she detests; Jemma attends a Christmas Masquerade Ball. When a handsome highwayman awakens something inside her, with stolen kisses and whispered promises, she flees, vowing to forget about the man who touched her soul.

From the moment the Marquess of Harrington sees the Grecian Goddess enter the ball, he wants her. Harry is not usually one for irrational impulses – indeed his life does not allow for that – but this woman makes him lose all reason. Her touch ignites a fire inside him. and her kisses sear his soul. When she runs from him he is determined to find her and finally unmask the woman who has captured his heart.

My Review

This one will have you on the edge of your seat at times. I love masquerade balls in books because they alway add a mystery for one or more characters and this on definitely did that. I was surprised at how much she wanted a night of freedom and that her cousin would take her, but he wanted to protect her and know why she was marrying. I loved how they didn’t recognize each other right away and he knew he had to save her before it was too late. I didn’t know what was going to happen when her fiance showed his true colors, but it ended very well and I wanted to applaud her mother.

Jemma never wanted to get married and made it quite clear, but she would do anything to protect her mother. I loved her personality and that she thought she wasn’t a romantic woman and that she didn’t have longings and feelings until she met Harry.

Harry is not a fun loving person and takes everything serious. He always thinks thing through before doing something, but that all changed when he met Jemma. I loved how he would do anything to save her and he became for human because of her.

I really wanted to know more of why Jemma didn’t want to get married and I think it had to do with her parents. I liked her mother very much even though she was only around for a couple of scenes. I don’t know what made Harry so uptight, but his brother was the opposite.

*I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

Review: Joy To The Earl (Book #3 of A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology) By Nicola Davidson

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Joy to the Earl (book #3 of A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology) by Nicola Davidson

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋💋

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Blurb

Shunned for his mismatched eyes and awkward limp, Yorkshire carpenter Jack Reynolds lives a lonely and impoverished existence. Then comes a shocking discovery: he’s the discarded heir of a wealthy noble family, and if he travels to London by Christmas, he’ll not only gain and earldom, a home, and position like he’s never dreamed, but maybe – just maybe – he can finally lose his damned virginity.

Scandalous widow Rosalinda Nelson’s life centers around four things – her young daughter, helping couples suffering sexual discord, avoiding all peers, and definitely not falling in love. That is, until the day she rescues a mysterious stranger from a carriage accident. Kind, brave, and achingly seductive, Jack is everything she’s ever wanted. Nothing can destroy their growing bond…except the demons of his past…

My Review

If you like an extremely steamy read then this may be the story for you. This is normally not my cup of tea, but I did enjoy the story. It is a little shocking at first with how fast sex is brought up, but once you remember what Rosalinda does and her reputation because of it then it helps you to understand it a bit more and there is enough humor to offset it. The accident storyline is a great one and I love the Shakespree references.

I loved Rosalinda from the start. She did what she had to for her daughter and was only so scandalous because of talk. Yes, she did help couples, but not in the way people thought and she also had helped some men in other ways. Being a great listener was a good thing when she believed she had been lied to.

Jack was a great guy. You feel bad for him when he finds out being the heir and even more when you meet his mother. He didn’t shrink away when thrown into the title and stayed true to himself. I loved that he quickly thought up a plan to get Rosalinda back and never mopped. He was somebody that made friends quickly too.

Rosalinda’s daughter is something else. She can make you laugh at every turn with the things she says and does especially with her recruits and soldiers. Her aunt and uncle will also make you laugh with their craziness and frankness. There are many characters to love!

*I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

Review: Love at First Dance (Book #2 of A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology) by Barbara Monajem

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Love at First Dance (book #2 of A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology) by Barbara Monajem

My Rating: ❤❤❤1/2

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

Sir Colwyn North’s uncanny seductive powers made him an excellent spy- but they also gave him the worst sort of reputation. Given his dreadful past, his only hope of winning the hand of the very proper Lady Jane Dew is to trick her into marriage. By way of seduction. While in disguise.

Jane has had enough of tedious propriety; she wants excitement. Duty- bound, she attends a Christmas house party at the estate of a scheming marquis, who has plans of his own for her. She intends to choose her own husband, and the son of the marquis is not on her list. The enthralling but nameless seducer who visits her nightly in her dreams might be…but first she has to find out who he is.

Will Lady Jane reject Sir Colwyn when she discovers the truth? Or will he find another devious way to capture her heart?

My Review

This story was good, but just not what I expected. I liked the whole spy storyline and trying to figure out the mission. It felt a bit on the paranormal side for me with the people sending dreams and the master, but the rest of the story was good. I liked how the marquis kept trying to marry his son and Jane by making a scene. I also like the ending and how they did everything. I do love the title and how it was part of the story.

Jane was very proper, but she could also stand up for herself when she needed to. I liked when she through the fit and revealed so much stuff to keep from being forced to marry.

Colwyn was interesting and loved Jane. He just didn’t know how to go about getting her without causing more problems. I like that broke rules, but also followed them.

I loved the reason Gentry did whatever he was told and his ending. I wanted to know more about everyone.

*I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*