Excerpt Reveal for A Scottish Lord for Christmas by Lauren Smith

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Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: December 5, 2017

Synopsis

The best gifts come wrapped in a kilt…
Beautiful Lady Rowena Pepperwirth can have any man her heart desires. Unfortunately no gentleman has elicited even the slightest flutter—until she meets the brooding Lord Forres at a holiday house party. With just one look at the dashing Scottish lord, Rowena suddenly knows what she wants for Christmas.
Quinn MacCauley, Lord Forres, is in need of a wife. When he meets the lovely Lady Rowena, he knows she’ll be a good mother to his daughter and a capable household manager. But Quinn doesn’t count on Rowena being the most tempting woman he’s ever met. He’s determined not to risk his heart, but Rowena’s just as determined to give him the greatest holiday gift of all—a chance at true love.

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As much as he wished it weren’t true, he wanted to hold her deep into the night. It was one of the things he had dearly missed as a widower. There was no woman who belonged to him, no woman who he could tuck into his side and sleep with. Surely it would not be a bad thing to let himself have this one little joy in life.
We will sleep, nothing more. I hope. Even as he thought this, his mind replayed their wedding night, how wonderful it felt to have her beneath him, to taste her lips, to feel her body grip him tightly as they chased the building waves of pleasure.
“Thank you, Quinn.” Rowena was kissing him again and he lost control in a mere instant.
He rotated their bodies and pinned her against the wall, his hands exploring her curves, shaping the flare of her hips and the softness of her breasts. She arched into him, nipping at his lips playfully. He loved that about her, how she made him feel young and happy again. Losing Maura had aged him a decade, but being with Rowena, and her teasing kisses and playful nibbles, resurrected the ghosts of his youthful passions.
Years of practice had him lifting her up and carrying her to his bedroom. They only bumped into one wall and it was his arm he knocked into the wood paneling. With a little curse at the pain, he finally reached the bed and dropped her onto it. The woman was giggling. Quinn climbed up the bed over her and his clever wife was already working at the buttons on his waistcoat and peeling it off his shoulders. When she reached for his trousers, he gently pushed her hands away so he could get them off faster. Desire fogged his head, and his lips curved into a boyish grin that couldn’t be helped.
“You’re so lovely,” he whispered as he bent to kiss her. His hands rucked her skirts up to her thighs and he growled in frustration at all the fabric preventing him from reaching what he needed most.
Laughing, Rowena lifted her bottom so he could push the skirts to her waist. He covered one stocking-clad knee with his palm, urging her to part her legs as he tugged at her drawers. There was something wonderfully sinful about taking a woman fully clothed.
They shared a moan as he sank into her welcoming heat. She was damned tight, but wet and hot enough to burn him.
As he thrust into her deeper, their hips jerked together. She whimpered and threw her head back. Pins scattered as her blond hair broke free of the elaborate coiffure and rippled across the dark blue coverlet. Something inside him, a dark animal side, broke free. He didn’t want to hold back, not any longer. He covered Rowena’s mouth with his, kissing hard, giving her no chance to breathe as he drove into her again and again. He didn’t want to think about how he desired her, about how being with her like this drove him mad with hunger. It was like nothing else he’d ever experienced. When he was inside her, he couldn’t think past his next breath, the next surge back into her body, and how good it felt when she squeezed him with her inner muscles. His heart beat thunderously and boomed against his eardrums.
Her palms slid over his body, clawing at the shirt he still wore. They’d not gotten past his trousers and her undergarments. And he didn’t care. He needed more…he needed…Panting, he lifted up off her and rolled her over onto her stomach, raising her dress over her bare bottom. He gripped her hips, repositioned himself, and thrust back into her from behind. Rowena hissed in surprise and dug into the blankets as she stifled a low moan.
That never-ending sense of madness and the need to connect to her kept pulsing through him and he rammed into her over and over.
He was aware, dimly, of her coming apart beneath him by the sounds of her muffled cries. Quinn didn’t bother to do the same. He came with a shout and an exhalation as his body went limp. Doing his best to not crush her, he collapsed onto the bed and kept her tucked against him. Her bare bottom still rubbed against his groin and he moaned in lethargic pleasure.
Rowena was quiet, except for her shallow, quick breaths. His stomach clenched in sudden worry and he leaned over her, cupping her face to turn it toward his. Tears coated her lashes and her eyes were a little red.
“Rowena, lass, are you all right?” His voice roughened as his anxiety deepened. He’d hurt her? Been too rough? Bloody barbarian, I am…
“I’m fine,” she whispered. “I…well…it was so intense. I didn’t know…” Her cheeks were red as fresh cranberries.
“Aye, it can be intense.” He paused, wondering how to explain what they’d experienced. He’d been married and in love before. He knew from experience that sex with someone you loved was overwhelming, not just physically but emotionally. If Rowena was feeling that way now, she was falling in with love with him. He’d known she would fall for him. She was too open, too young and sweet not to fall for her husband. And what truly worried him was how powerful his feelings for her had been, still were…
“Have I upset you?” She tried to smile, but her lips quivered. It made something deep inside him stir, like a bird in its nest after winter had passed. It was strange…he had not felt…what it was he could not readily identify.
“I’m not upset,” he promised, and against his better judgment he bent his head to hers for a slow, lingering kiss that burned clear through him like shafts of winter sunlight piercing clouds.
“I forgot how young you are.” He smiled. Ten years felt like a lifetime between them in moments like this.
Her face was still dark with uncertainty and yet he didn’t know what to say to put her at ease.

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About the Author

  USA TODAY Bestselling author LAUREN SMITH is an Oklahoma attorney by day, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

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ARC Review: A Scandalous Destiny (Scandalous, #7) by Ava Stone

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A Scandalous Destiny by Ava Stone

Releasing November 14, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

THE HEIR TO AN EARLDOM RETURNS…
Major Gabriel Prideaux returns to England to find his claim to the earldom as tenuous as ever, his brother in a lunatic asylum, and his oldest friend guarding the streets at night as the Covent Guard. At every turn, there is another catastrophe just waiting for Gabe, but being home after many years away, he finds that his thoughts keep returning to the one girl he’s always loved, especially when he stumbles upon her in a most surprising place and in an even more surprising attire.
…STILL IN LOVE WITH THE ONE LADY HE CAN NEVER HAVE
Miss Sophia Hampton has always been reckless, but no more so than when she dons a pageboy outfit to sneak into her cousin’s bachelor lodgings to beg for his help with their dictatorial grandfather. However, the last person she ever expected to find upon her arrival was Gabriel Prideaux. How unfortunate that her heart still beats for him even after all these years, especially considering the way he left her and never looked back.

My Review

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

Another amazing read from Ava! I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I was hooked from the start with his brother and her dressing like a pageboy. I could not figure out why her father was the way he was to him until it was revealed and that was a twist I didn’t see coming at all. I didn’t expect her to do what she did when he was leaving or their wedding that is a favorite of mine. I never saw the twist about his brother’s treasure coming or everything that came from it. This was one I didn’t want to end, but the epilogue is my all time favorite.

Sophia is determined to know what her father isn’t telling her and to help her cousin. I loved her as soon as she talked to her father and how she knew how to get what she wanted. She didn’t hide her feelings and didn’t care what others thought about everything. She is a favorite.

Gabe had been told a shocking secret four years ago and then returns shocked to find his brother dying. I knew I was going to love him because of how much he cared about his brother. He tried so hard to protect everything and everyone, but it was going to destroy him. He is also a favorite of mine.

This is a must read and all time favorite.

First Look Celebration for The Lord Meets His Lady by Gina Conkle

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Can the scoundrel second son, Lord Marcus Bowles, and Genevieve Turner, a woman of ill-repute, find happiness? Or will his roguish ways and her dark past forever tear them apart? Fans of Tessa Dare’s Twice Tempted by a Rogue will love this sensual read releasing December 2017 from Sourcebooks Casablanca.

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About The Lord Meets His Lady:

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Author: Gina Conkle

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: December 5, 2017

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Series: Midnight Meetings

Format: Digital eBook / Print

Print ISBN: 9781492651901

Digital ISBN: 9781402294341

Synopsis:

Lord Marcus Bowles has stained his family’s reputation for the last time. Only after spending a scandal-free year restoring some far-flung property can this second son return in good graces. But Marcus isn’t one to abandon a lone damsel on a dark country lane.

One stolen kiss and Genevieve Turner’s handsome midnight savior disappears. Typical. No matter, Gen is finally on the way to her new post, and hopefully to finding her grandmother as well. Instead she finds her mischievous hero is her new employer. Surely a few more kisses won’t hurt…

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Excerpt:

He grabbed the papers, getting an eyeful of his housekeeper. Fresh arousal stiffened his cock. Tiny moisture beads clung to her breasts, shining like diamonds on ample cleavage. Her shift’s white tie dangled over her bodice, begging to be pulled.

If he wasn’t careful, he’d press his mouth to hers and cry defeat.

His hips shifted, sloshing water in the tub. “The thing is what we have is like a game of Fox and Geese. Are you familiar with the board game?”

A sweet laugh erupted. “Fox and Geese? Yes, I’ve seen it. Pray tell, what do you mean?”

Well, I’m the fox, outnumbered and outflanked by you.”

Because of this morning.”

His gaze dipped to her pretty bosom. He was the worst kind of wastrel; everyone expected it of him.

Why not give in?

Sweat trickled down his temple, owing nothing to the hot bath. Miss Turner had to know he’d be putty in her hands if she crooked her finger at him.

I’m not skilled with household matters.” He forced himself to look higher.

Dark lashes fringed her patient, knowing eyes.

He grinned aware he was caught ogling her. “You got the best of me, going on attack at the crack of dawn, no less. Very unsporting of you.”

It was well past dawn,” she corrected. “But do go on. This is quite interesting.”

Her chin rested in her hand. She was close enough he could count the freckles on her nose. Miss Turner was pretty but not in the conventional sense. Her jaw was too square, her eyes too dark, and her stature tall for most men, but her body housed a soul older than her years and he wanted to lose himself in her.

Fighting for clarity, he tapped the folded papers. “I have here something to even things out. A negotiation piece.”

In our game of Fox and Geese.” Her voice dipped with humor. “And here I thought we were all about cleaning up your unsightly cottage.”

A minor detail. Life is about the dance between men and women.”

A vicar’s wisdom, I’m sure.”

Firelight illuminated Miss Turner’s hair, the effect like honeyed threads. Desire shocked his system again, the jolt reaching between his legs. A medieval device could be slowly crushing him for all the sweet torture. He was ten times a fool for conversing with her while in his bath.

His vision glazed over all because messy hair and freckles entranced him. The current circumstances defined purgatory—him naked with a desirable woman he could never, should never touch.

About that negotiation piece.” She nodded at the broadsheet.

He blinked, willing the intense wave between his legs to subside.

I have a prime item, but it will come at a price.”

Miss Turner stilled and her eyes narrowed. “Go on.”

I’ve something inside for you, but I think it’s worth having my chamber pot cleaned all winter.”

What?” She balked. “You want…chamber pots cleaned. Not a service of another kind?”

Copyright © 2017 The Lord Meets His Lady by Gina Conkle

Other Books in the Midnight Meetings series:

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It’s going to take a Beast to tame this Beauty

Enigma Earl. The Phantom of London. That’s what the gossip pages call Lord Edward Greenwich, a mysterious nobleman who doesn’t show his face in London Society. With a reputation like that, no wonder Lydia Montgomery is horrified to be dragged from bed and packed off to live with him to save her mother from penury.

While Lydia has received all of the training a lady should endure, she’s decidedly un-ladylike. She despises her corset and isn’t interested in marriage. She’d prefer to remain unmarried and spend her time improving her art. But if she wants a chance at happiness, she’ll have to set aside her fear of the earl and discover the man hiding behind the beast.

Will Edward and Lydia’s greatest discovery be each other before time runs out?

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Locating Her Is Only Half The Battle…

Cyrus Ryland didn’t become England’s wealthiest bachelor by being a pushover, but the mysterious beauty he discovers sneaking around at his grand ball enflames his curiosity. When the clock chimes midnight, and she’s nowhere to be found, Cyrus vows to scour all of London to uncover who she is. Little does he know that not only does Claire Mayhew not want to be found, but she wants nothing to do with him at all…

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A Saved Scoundrel…

Jonas Bacon Braithwaite wants to make peace with his grandfather before departing England. Once Nottinghamshire’s favorite trouble-maker, he’s since become an upstanding man of honor. But, the lushly curved thief hiding in his bedchamber makes him think twice about one last conquest.

A Stubborn Siren…

Livvy Halsey bristles at life’s rules. Always has. Sneaking into the Braithwaite house to reclaim a treasured family heirloom is one way she upends the conventional life that awaits her. Duty demands she marry. But what harm is there in having a little fun with her childhood friend before the Twelfth Night ends?

And Twilight Temptation…

Stolen kisses fan hot flames. Surprising passion intertwines with friendship…but will it be enough to last forever?

Available at: Amazon

About Gina Conkle:

Gina Conkle 1 (1).pngGina Conkle writes lush Viking romance and sensual Georgian romance. Her books always offer a fresh, addictive spin on the genre with the witty banter and sexual tension that readers crave. She grew up in southern California and despite all that sunshine, Gina loves books over beaches and stone castles over sand castles. Now she lives in Michigan with her favorite alpha male, Brian, and their two sons where she’s known to occasionally garden and cook.

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ARC Review: The Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides #8) by Valerie Bowman

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The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman

Releasing October 31, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Can two star-crossed lovers come together―until death do they part? 

Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride―ideally, one who’s also well-connected and well-funded. . .

Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the brother of her best friend, ever since she was an awkward, blushing schoolgirl. If only she had a large dowry―or anything to her name at all. Instead, she’s from a family that’s been locked in a bitter feud with Hart’s for years. And now she’s approaching her third London season, Meg’s chances with him are slim to none. Unless a surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark a rebellious romance. . .for all time?

My Review

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I couldn’t put it down! There are so many characters to love, twists and schemes to keep you from putting it down. I loved that I never knew what was coming or how things would play out. The scandal with both sets of parents was unexpected and explained a lot of things. Lucy is favorite because I never knew what she was going to say or do. I loved the battle between the two of them after the wedding.

Meg deserved happiness and love. I loved her from the start because she saw the good in everyone and was determined. She was so sweet and caring. I loved how her friends had told her what to do and that she didn’t think twice about it.

Hart was scared to death of marriage for good reason. I loved him because he had no problem telling people off or making a scene when needed. He battled with himself over everything, but his heart won.

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

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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.

ARC Review: Kissed at Christmas (Christmas at Castle Keyvnor Book 3) by Christina McKnight, Ava Stone, Michelle Willingham

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Kissed at Christmas by Christina McKnight, Ava Stone, Michelle Willingham

Releasing September 26,2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Blurb

The Earl and Countess of Banfield cordially request your attendance at the wedding for their daughters: Lady Tamsyn Hambly to Mr. Gryffyn Cardew, & Lady Morgan Hambly to Harold Mort, Viscount Blackwater, on the 24th day of December, 1811, at Castle Keyvnor, Bocka Morrow, Cornwall.

KISSED AT CHRISTMAS

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Christina McKnight’s Bound By the Christmastide Moon
Silas Anson has spent his life dealing with other people’s mistakes. Now, as the Earl of Lichfield, he has a plan that will protect his siblings, and give him a chance at a normal life. His arranged marriage to Mallory Hughes should be perfect—except for one thing: she sees visions of the future. When a man determined to free himself from the shackles of the past marries a woman with precognition, happiness in the present may be just a kiss under the Christmastide moon away.

Ava Stone’s Once Upon a Midnight Clear
Only a duke will do for Lady Ivy Dallimore. If her unhappily married sisters have taught her anything, it’s that love is fleeting but a title lasts forever, which is all well and good in theory until she finds herself falling for the scandalous third son of a marquess who is bound and determined to make his fortune in trade! Lord Michael Beck courts scandal, living life to the fullest and dabbling in games of chance. Unfortunately, he’s neither heir nor spare to his father’s title, and the time has come to enter a profession. Michael is no soldier, and he certainly isn’t cut out for the cloth, so he embarks on the most scandalous and risky venture of his life. He will need capital, however, and collecting a number of outstanding gambling debts at a Christmas Eve wedding at Castle Keyvnor seems like the perfect place to start, at least until he stumbles across the lady of his dreams. But what are the odds the practiced gambler can win the girl without losing everything he’s worked for?

Michelle Willingham’s The Sweetest Christmas
Lady Marjorie despises the idea of marriage. After being engaged to a man who tried to command every aspect of her life, from what she wore to what she ate, she refuses to consider matrimony again. Though she isn’t at all opposed to playing matchmaker for her cousin… Sir William Crandall is startled when Lady Marjorie believes he is a shy, withdrawn knight in need of a wife. He has nothing at all in common with her bluestocking cousin, but he is fascinated by the spirited Lady Marjorie. Despite her attempts at matchmaking, he intends to avoid marriage at all costs, after being abandoned at the altar. But a stolen kiss, a feast of gingerbread, and two unexpected friends find that there is magic in the Christmas holiday and a match that neither of them expected…

My Reviews

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 Bound By the Christmastide Moon by Christina McKnight

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

The Christmastide moon is magical. I was hooked from the start, but as soon as she had a vision I couldn’t put it down. I loved how things played out to bring them together and the twists with his family and the vision were totally unexpected. There are a couple of characters that I really hope to see again. I also wondered about his parents.

Mallory is not a shy little girl like you think at first. I loved her as soon as she followed him and showed that she wasn’t shy at all. She knew her vision would come true and was going to do something.

Silas has always taken care of his siblings and will do anything to protect them. I loved that he didn’t jump to judge and was very open to everything. I loved how he was with his brother too.

Once Upon a Midnight Clear by Ava Stone

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

Ava does it again with the ghosts in the castle and causing me to jump. I was hooked from the start with how different they are from each other. I loved the back and forth between them and how everyone saw what was between them. I did not see the twist coming with the governess at all and thought it was the ghosts. The ending was perfect and I loved seeing Oscar the poodle again.

Ivy does come off as very spoiled and stuck up, but she really is afraid of her heart. I loved her once she started to let her guard down and when others said the same things about her sisters it explained her more. She is a favorite of mine.

Michael is determined to make a name for himself and get the girl he wants. I loved him right away because he didn’t want to live off of his father and that he didn’t hide his feelings about her. He knew how to charm everyone.

 The Sweetest Christmas by Michelle Willingham

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋 💋💋

This one will definitely spook you! I loved it from the start because the ghosts were up to their tricks again. From their first meeting, I knew it was going to be fun since he was not shy at all. I loved that because of their pasts they had no plans to marry but were drawn together. I loved seeing my favorite ghost Benedict again! There is a new ghost in this one that is terrifying and the pirate one again that I hope to find out more about. I loved her mother when she told her husband what she thought.

Marjorie does not hold back at all when it comes to something she sets her mind on. I loved her right away because she wasn’t going to let someone control her. She wasn’t really afraid of the ghosts and I loved her at the card game.

William wanted to prove he had moved on. He learned quickly to believe in the ghosts and that he had truly loved on. I loved him right away because he did seem shy at first and then when he talked to his ex I loved it.

ARC Review: Third Son’s a Charm (The Survivors #1) by Shana Galen

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Third Son’s a Charm by Shana Galen

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Releasing November 7, 2017

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Blurb

Ewan Mostyn thinks a job as a duke’s daughter’s bodyguard will be easy―but Lady Lorraine has a few tricks up her sleeve that spark an undeniable passion…

Fiercely loyal to his friends and comrades, Ewan Mostyn is the toughest in a group of younger sons of nobility who met as soldiers and are now trying desperately to settle back into peaceful Society. Ewan trusts his brawn more than his brains, but when he’s offered a job watching the Duke of Ridlington’s stubbornly independent daughter, he finds both are challenged.

Lady Lorraine wants none of her father’s high-handed ways, and she’ll do everything in her power to avoid her distressingly attractive bodyguard―until she lands herself in real trouble. Lorraine begins to see Ewan’s protectiveness in a new light, and she can only hope that her stoic guardian will do for her what he’s always done―fight for what he wants.

My Review

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

An amazing start to a new series! I was hooked from the moment Ewan threw the man out and then once they met I knew it was going to exciting and different with them. I loved how they were together from the start with trying to outsmart each other. I did not expect the trouble she found herself in or how desperate the person was to do that. I actually held my breath when her father told him no because I had no clue what was going to happen. The ending was perfect, especially with his friends. I also loved the story with her parents wondering what happened to them before.

Lorraine is extremely independent and when she sets her mind to something look out. Her way of thinking and doing what she wanted was going to cause some big trouble and scandal. I loved that she was free speaking and determined in helping him. I loved that she wasn’t so stubborn as to completely ignore what she was being told.

Ewan is one of those hero’s that has your heart right away. His past will break your heart and his sense of honor will make you love him. I loved that he took his job so seriously and how he could figure out what she was up to at every turn. When he went back to get her dog it said everything about their love.

I can’t wait for the next book!

ARC Review: Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane #12) by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

Releasing October 17, 2017

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Blurb

A LADY OF LIGHT

Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked-and nude!-Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him . . . only to find she may have been a trifle hasty.

A DUKE IN DEEPEST DARKNESS

Cynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them. Rescuing Lady Jordan was never in his plans. But now with the Lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice: marry the lady in order to keep her safe.

CAUGHT IN A WEB OF DANGER . . . AND DESIRE

Much to Raphael’s irritation, Iris insists on being the sort of duchess who involves herself in his life-and bed. Soon he’s drawn both to her quick wit and her fiery passion. But when Iris discovers that Raphael’s past may be even more dangerous than the present, she falters. Is their love strong enough to withstand not only the Lords of Chaos but also Raphael’s own demons?

My Review

*I received a copy from the author via NetGalley

The shocking opening will make sure you don’t put it down. It’s shocking and thrilling at the same time throughout the book. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time afraid of what would happen next and hoping she could help him get rid of his demons. I loved how the passion between them kept building until it exploded. The mystery of the leader of the Lords of Chaos kept me guessing if who I thought it was was right or not. The ending was another shocker and I loved it.

Iris is not as innocent as she seems and wants passion. I loved her right away because she wasn’t going to wilt away and was going to fight if she had to. She was very caring and understanding even willing to give up what she wanted most for him. Her compassion and strength was amazing.

Raphael is on a suicide mission to kill his demons. His personal demons are some of the most horrible and fuel him to take down the Lord of Chaos. I loved him because he would protect her to no end. He needed her more than he knew to fight his demons and find happiness and passion in his life.

There are many things that will shock you in the book so be prepared.

Review: A Gentleman Never Surrenders (Sins and Scandals #2) by Lauren Smith

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A Gentleman Never Surrenders by Lauren Smith

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Releasing September 12, 2017

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Blurb

Love is worth a little scandal.

Owen Hadley needs a wife. Preferably a wealthy one. Alas, there aren’t a great number of heiresses willing to marry a rogue of no particular fortune—luckily, if there is ever a gentleman capable of melting a lady’s chilly heart, it’s Owen.

Milly has had enough of the marriage mart. If matrimony means giving up her freedom for a foppish husband, then society can take their idea of marital bliss and toss it. But when the ton’s most notorious rogue mistakenly makes his way into her bedchambers, Milly finds herself unexpectedly and unwillingly at the altar . . .

Yet the more time she spends with her new husband, the more Milly starts to wonder if the marriage she never wanted may be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. Now it’s up to Owen to convince Milly that what started as a mistake is anything but—and that every night with him will be more wonderfully scandalous than the last.

My Review

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

Wrong directions lead to love! Neither one was what the other wanted, but was what they each needed. I loved how they each thought differently about each other and how they learned about each other. I did not see the twist with his friend coming and almost shot out of my bed when the gun was fired. I didn’t want it to end and wouldn’t mess with her mother.

Milly enjoys her freedom and has done her best to avoid marriage. I loved her from the start because she didn’t hide what she thought about anything. She was so protective of her sister that she didn’t think about herself all the time.

Owen needed money, but his reason was honorable. His past is something he keeps to himself and it haunts him. I loved how always told the truth and that he didn’t think twice about helping his friend.