Review: Tempted at Christmas (Christmas at Castle Keyvnor Book 4) by Kate Pearce, Jane Charles, Elizabeth Essex

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Tempted at Christmas by Kate Pearce, Jane Charles, Elizabeth Essex

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.

TEMPTED AT CHRISTMAS includes:

Kate Pearce’s And a Pigeon in a Pear Tree
When stuffy Benjamin Priske, Baron Saxelby, heir to the Earl of Widcome arrives at Castle Keyvnor, he not only falls in love at first sight, but is accidentally mistaken for his valet. As he spends time with Henrietta, the witty, beautiful, and self-assured granddaughter of the castle housekeeper, he’s increasingly reluctant to reveal his true identity and spoil the most remarkable days of his life. Can Benjamin overcome his rigid nature, embrace the magical nature of Keyvnor castle, and maybe indulge in a fairytale romance all of his own?

Jane Charles’ His Mistletoe Miss
Anthony Beck, Viscount Redgrave, has always done what was expected of his title and station. Ever the dutiful son, he abides by his mother’s requests even when they tend to the ridiculous. There is no other reason, after all, that he would visit a gypsy camp to acquire a piece of dead mistletoe that should rejuvenated itself once he is on the path of true love. Luckily at the gypsy camp, he happens upon the one lady he’s always wanted to court. Unfortunately, she’s in love with her guardian… Miss Holly Prescott is not in love with her guardian. It is her duty, however, to make certain that nefarious young ladies with hopes of becoming his duchess, don’t trap him into a loveless marriage. While attending the Christmas Eve weddings at Castle Keyvnor, Holly learns that the nearby gypsies could be of help in that regard. However, she did not expect to stumble upon the handsome and oh-so-honorable Lord Redgrave in the process.

Elizabeth Essex’s A Merry Devil
Captain Matthew Kent has always been bound by his service to the Royal Navy. But when the Admiralty rewards him handsomely for cleaning out a nest of Cornwall smugglers, he is tempted to throw it all away for a second chance with Tressa Teague, the very woman he should not admire—a smuggler. Tressa is the daughter of the vicar, expected to be everything sweetness and light. But instead she has the heart of a pirate. She thought she’d seen the last of the dangerous sea captain who left her heartbroken before. But when he returns to the rugged coast of Cornwall to offer her the chance of a lifetime, will she lose her freedom, or only her heart?

My Reviews

Elizabeth Essex’s A Merry Devil

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

*I received a copy from the authors in exchange for my honest reviews

This one is full of adventure! I was hooked as soon as she started making her plans in smuggling and loved that this connects to last years story. I loved how they thought alike and were upfront with each other. They really did set off on a dangerous adventure, but I could never see them doing anything else. I did not expect the twist with his sister at the end.

Tressa very much has the heart of a pirate and the mind for planning. She was determined to have her freedom and help other women have theirs. I loved how she knew pretty much everything about him and how she could figure out things.

Matthew knew where his heart was and it wasn’t where his family thought. I loved how he knew she was up to something and didn’t question offering her that adventure. He couldn’t fool anyone in his family.

Kate Pearce’s And a Pigeon in a Pear Tree

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

I love a love at first sight story that has the twist of mistaken identity. I was hooked right away when he arrived and all the confusion started. I loved how the name came into play a bit with the story. I did not know how it would all play out and was on the edge of my seat when he was found out because of the reactions. Loved the twist with her family! Loved seeing Benedict work his magic again.

Henrietta doesn’t expect much from anyone because of her family and past. I loved that she spoke her mind and decided what she wanted with no regrets. She had her reasons for thinking the way she did.

Benjamin has always taken care of others and never expected to be mistaken for his valet. I loved him right away because he got caught up in being free and not being seen for only his title. He knew what his heart wanted and went for it.

Jane Charles’ His Mistletoe Miss

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋1/2

This hooked me from the start because of the ghosts being around so many things going on. The mistletoe was a very unique item and I loved how it didn’t work the way he thought it would. I loved how they both thought the other loved someone else or didn’t notice the other. The treasure, knights, and all the ghost being around definitely kept me wanting to know more about everything. I have another favorite ghost in this one.

Holly wasn’t afraid of the ghosts at all and was determined to protect her guardian. I loved her secret and that she would talk to the ghosts. She didn’t really hide her thoughts or feelings and was someone you would want as a friend.

Anthony was just going to make his mother happy but hoped it worked the way he wanted. I loved when he found out how she felt about her guardian and how he reacted to the mistletoe when it worked. He wasn’t going to wait either in the end.

 

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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: 💋💋

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

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.

Review: Hot Winter Nights by Tammy Andresen, Amy Rose Bennett, Heather Boyd, Dawn Brower, Amanda Mariel, Nina Mason, Christina McKnight, Lauren Smith

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Hot Winter Nights by Tammy Andresen, Amy Rose Bennett, Heather Boyd, Dawn Brower, Amanda Mariel, Nina Mason, Christina McKnight, Lauren Smith

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Buy Link

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Blurb

Taming a Christmas Wallflower by Tammy Andresen
It started as a bet. Will Maddox simply needed to kiss the Duke’s daughter, a bluestocking and a wallflower. But the more time he spends with Lady Amelia Chase, the more he realizes he wants so much more.

An Improper Christmas by Amy Rose Bennett
When Miss Lily Godwin has a chance encounter with the mischievous Lord Nash at a Yuletide house party, she is sorely tempted to throw all dictates of decorum out the window. After all, it’s Christmas.

The Duke and I by Heather Boyd
The Duke of Stapleton abhors Christmas nonsense, but could a kiss exchanged under mistletoe with his daughter’s shy companion alter his opinion of the season?

Secluded with My Hellion by Dawn Brower
In the midst of the blizzard, Gavin Barrington, the Earl of Havenwood, and Lady Odessa Lynwood must overcome the earl’s worst fears and figure out if their love can conquer the challenges they must face.

Her Perfect Rogue by Amanda Mariel
When Julia Honeyfield is sent away to a brothel, she runs away…only to find herself in the Duke of Selkirk’s arms. Dare she trust him to protect her?

The Twelve Nights of Christmas by Nina Mason
Rollo Gillingham has only twelve nights to win back Penelope Pembroke, the woman he left with his promise to return ten years before. Come Christmas Day, which will she choose–the man she loves or the man her parents want her to marry?

Bedded Under a Christmastide Moon by Christina McKnight
Brigham Clarke, Viscount Whitmore, has endlessly championed those less fortunate than himself by introducing social reform bills in London…all while his wife, Melloria, remains alone in Hertfordshire. WhenBrigham arrives for the Christmastide holiday, Melloria has only one thing on her mind–the seduction of her husband!

The Rogue’s Seduction by Lauren Smith
London’s favorite lady seeks the help and protection of London’s most wicked devil to escape one marriage, only to fall into another.

My Reviews

Taming a Christmas Wallflower by Tammy Andresen

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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

I loved that this started with a bet and quickly turned to love! It’s a quick read, but everything moves along smoothly and doesn’t seem rushed. They were perfectly matched for each other and it was love at first sight.

Amelia is an extremely smart bluestocking and wallflower. I loved her right away because she didn’t hide the fact that she was so smart and she thought about stuff first. She followed her heart.

Will is quick to realize there is more to her than he thought. I also loved him right away because he understood her and admired her for being her. He didn’t hide his feelings at all from anyone.

An Improper Christmas by Amy Rose Bennett

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

I really loved this one! Fate brought them together and they were going to follow their hearts. I loved how they were instantly drawn to each other and understood each other perfectly. I got worried at the ball, but it was perfect and the ending was great.

Lily is not a woman that will stand by and get used to anything her fiance does. I loved her because she was not going to be told what to do and that she took control of her life. She was amazing.

Joshua has a reputation when it comes to women, but his heart wants something else now. I loved him right away because his was still a gentleman and didn’t hide his thoughts and feelings.

The Duke and I by Heather Boyd

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Different from most romances, but an amazing story. I loved that they were a more mature couple so there was a different vibe from both of them. I had fun trying to figure out who was putting up the mistletoe. His daughters were totally different from each other in how they expected him to be. The proposal scene is one of my favorites.

Gillian has no plans to ever be married again and doesn’t sense whats between her and the Duke. I loved her because she wasn’t one to be shocked by things and she went into things not expecting more. She was amazing at speaking her mind to everyone.

Nicholas avoided women at all cost except for Gillian and didn’t realize why he at first. I loved him because he quickly realized what was between them and didn’t care what he children or people thought. He was an amazing father no matter what his kids said or did.

Secluded with My Hellion by Dawn Brower

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

I wish this one was longer because I wanted to know more about them. I loved that there had always been a connection between them. This was a couple that as soon there was nothing to stop them their passions exploded. I really wanted to know more about his family curse and her family.

Odessa was stubborn, always had a plan, and would fight for what she loved. I loved her right away because she decided to take matters into her own hands and make him talk. She wasn’t going to hide away.

Gavin had loved her for years, but his family curse keeps him away from her. When you hear about what happened with his mother you understand him more. I loved him because he couldn’t hide from her.

Her Perfect Rogue by Amanda Mariel

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

This one will hook you from the start because it shocking what happens to her. I loved how different this one was with him helping her and his family accepting her the way they did. The ending sealed it for me!

Julia was strong and was not going to stay in that brothel. I loved her right away when she ran and that learned everything so fast. She never imagined how her life would change.

Charles is nothing like you would expect a Duke to be. I loved that he was so open and friendly right away. I also loved how he and his sister were with each other and what he decided to do right after meeting Julia.

The Twelve Nights of Christmas by Nina Mason

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

This one is a bit longer and will keep you on the edge of your seat at times. I loved that I couldn’t figure out exactly how things would work out. I did not see the twist of who had been helping keep them apart or that her fiance would show up when he did. I didn’t like her parents until the end. The ending was great.

Penelope was torn between her parent’s wishes and the man she loves. I loved how it was also a journey of her getting the courage to follow her heart and do what she wanted. I cheered when she really thought about everything and made her choice.

Rollo meant it when he made that promise years ago. I loved him right away because he wasn’t going to let his family’s past stand in his way. He never gave up on love beating all and was determined to prove it to her.

Bedded Under a Christmastide Moon by Christina McKnight

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

An emotional rollercoaster with this one. My heart ached for both of them because they loved each other, but neither knew it and they kept saying the wrong things. I loved everything in this one from the tension leaping off the pages to the title really fitting the story. I loved that they had known each other for years.

Mellie really had her life torn apart in many ways. I loved her right away because of how she handled everything that happened and that she was not going to back down. My heart ached for her when she tried to talk to him and it came out wrong.

Brigham saved Mellie and her mother only to spend all his time away. I loved him right away because it was clear he loved her and wanted her, but was afraid. He made my heart ache when he told her everything.

The Rogue’s Seduction by Lauren Smith

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Another one that had me on the edge of my seat! They were perfectly matched from the start and didn’t know it. I loved that as soon as he heard who she needed to keep away that he jumped to help. The second library scene had me holding my breath because Milburn was terrifying. I loved her parents because they added a laugh to everything.

Perdita is not afraid of anything and doesn’t back down. I loved her as soon as she knocked on his door and even more when she told Milburn he didn’t scare her. She is a favorite heroine of mine.

Vaughn doesn’t think he can love and his nickname really doesn’t fit once you know him. I loved him once he said what he wanted in exchange for helping her because it showed the real him. Add him to the book boyfriend list.

 

This whole collection is amazing!

 

Release Blitz: Hot Winter Nights by Tammy Andresen, Amy Rose Bennett, Heather Boyd, Dawn Brower, Amanda Mariel, Nina Mason, Christina McKnight, Lauren Smith

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Hot Winter Nights: A Racy Regency Christmas Collection: Release Day Blitz

Today is Release Day for Hot Winter Nights: A Racy Regency Christmas Collection, which features eight steamy new holiday novellas by beloved authors Tammy Andresen, Amy Rose Bennett, Heather Boyd, Dawn Brower, Amanda Mariel, Nina Mason, Christina McKnight, and Lauren Smith.

Here’s a summary of what you’ll find inside:

Taming a Christmas Wallflower by Tammy Andresen

It started as a bet. Will Maddox simply needed to kiss the Duke’s daughter, a bluestocking and a wallflower. But the more time he spends with Lady Amelia Chase, the more he realizes he wants so much more.

An Improper Christmas by Amy Rose Bennett

When Miss Lily Godwin has a chance encounter with the mischievous Lord Nash at a Yuletide house party, she is sorely tempted to throw all dictates of decorum out the window. After all, it’s Christmas.

The Duke and I by Heather Boyd

The Duke of Stapleton abhors Christmas nonsense, but could a kiss exchanged under mistletoe with his daughter’s shy companion alter his opinion of the season?


Secluded with My Hellion by Dawn Brower

In the midst of the blizzard, Gavin Barrington, the Earl of Havenwood, and Lady Odessa Lynwood must overcome the earl’s worst fears and figure out if their love can conquer the challenges they must face.

Her Perfect Rogue by Amanda Mariel

When Julia Honeyfield is sent away to a brothel, she runs away…only to find herself in the Duke of Selkirk’s arms. Dare she trust him to protect her?

The Twelve Nights of Christmas by Nina Mason

Rollo Gillingham has only twelve nights to win back Penelope Pembroke, the woman he left with his promise to return ten years before. Come Christmas Day, which will she choose–the man she loves or the man her parents want her to marry?

Bedded Under a Christmastide Moon by Christina McKnight

Brigham Clarke, Viscount Whitmore, has endlessly championed those less fortunate than himself by introducing social reform bills in London…all while his wife, Melloria, remains alone in Hertfordshire. When Brigham arrives for the Christmastide holiday, Melloria has only one thing on her mind–the seduction of her husband!

The Rogue’s Seduction by Lauren Smith

London’s favorite lady seeks the help and protection of London’s most wicked devil to escape one marriage, only to fall into another.
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The authors, right to left: Tammy Andresen, Amy Rose Bennett, Heather Boyd, Dawn Brower, Amanda Mariel, Nina Mason, Christina McKnight, and Lauren Smith.

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Release Tour and Review: The Duke of Danger (The Untouchables #6) by Darcy Burke

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My Rating:❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level:💋💋💋💋

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Blurb

After killing his opponent in a duel, Lionel Maitland, Marquess of Axbridge, is known as the Duke of Danger. Tortured by guilt, he shields himself with a devil-may-care attitude. However, when he kills another man in another duel, he’s beyond redemption, even though it wasn’t his fault. He refuses to smear a dead man’s name, especially when he’s left behind a blameless widow who doesn’t deserve an even bigger scandal.
Widowed and destitute, Lady Emmaline Townsend must marry the man of her parents’ choosing or beg unsympathetic relatives for support. The only way out is to ask for help from the one man she’s sworn to hate, the man who owes her anything she asks, the man who killed her husband. They strike a devil’s bargain in which passion simmers just beneath the surface. But her dead husband’s transgressions come back to haunt them and threaten their chance at love.

My Review

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

Another book hangover by Darcy! Every time I pick a favorite in this series she tops it. I was hooked from the start with the duel and the mystery surrounding the reason for it. I couldn’t believe her parents put her in the position they did and forced her hand. The sexual tension between them flies off the pages and when it explodes the whole house knows. I loved them together and how everyone was trying to help them. The ending was perfect and made me want more.

Emmaline has many feelings about her husband’s death and hatred is one of them. She had married for love but was not happy. I loved her from the start because she laid blame where it needed to be and did what she had to so she could have a chance at being happy. She was a quick thinker and when she opened her heart again it was great.

Lionel is a tortured soul and really the Duke of Honor too. Everything he did was because of honor and for other people. I loved him right away and he melted my heart with the kitten. He didn’t hide his feelings and his desire to have a life like his parents. I was on edge hoping nothing would happen to him.

 

Excerpt

At last, he heard footsteps. The latch clicked, and the door opened. Lady Townsend quickly stepped inside, closing the door firmly behind her.

She took in the small space and positioned herself as far away from him as possible. That still only allowed maybe four feet between them. “This is rather close.”

He straightened to his full height, pushing off the shelves behind his back. “It’s also out of the way.”

She elevated her chin. “I suppose it is.”

Forgive me, but I’ve been trying to reason why you’d want to marry me, and I’m afraid I’ve come up with absolutely nothing.”

I admit it’s a severe plan, but I’m at my wit’s end. I’m destined for a marriage I don’t want, and it’s all your fault. You did say you would do anything to help me. Didn’t you mean that?”

Of course I did. I’m a man of honor, for better or for worse.” Often for worse, it seemed.

She looked away from him, her jaw tightening. When her gaze found his once more, her eyes were fire and ice, a mixture of hot anger and frigid determination. “Your honor has definitely been worse for me. Which is why I am seeking your help—you owe me.”

I do.”

Yes, and I’d planned to demand money to settle Geoffrey’s debts. After I gave you the cut direct. Which I didn’t get to do.” She folded her arms across her chest, and he felt her frustration fill the small space. “Things are not going the way I’d planned.”

I’m sorry things aren’t progressing as you wanted.” His chest squeezed, and he fought to take a breath. “Your life isn’t at all what you’d expected it would be, and that’s entirely my fault,” he said quietly. “I will give you the money you need and anything else you require.”

Anything. Yes, you said that last summer too.” Her gaze locked on to his. “My parents have decided I should marry someone I don’t want to. They have already set things in motion. I need you to marry me instead.”

Forgive me, Lady Townsend, but I find it difficult to comprehend there is anyone you’d rather marry less than me.”

She laughed, a dark, hollow sound that made his guts twist. “Yes, I can see why you’d think that, and if we were to have a true marriage, it would likely be accurate. However, to save me from marrying Sir Duncan, we will wed, and it will be a marriage of utter convenience—for me. I shall be independent to do as I please, you will provide me with ample pin money, and there will be absolutely no intimacy.”

You want me to accept an agreement of marriage in which I have no children, not even an heir?”

Her icy gaze didn’t waver. “Yes.”

Bloodiest of hells. How could he possibly agree to that? He had a responsibility to his title, his family. Yes, there was someone—his second cousin’s son—who could inherit, but that wasn’t the point. His father, if he were still alive, would be devastated to think that Lionel would trade away their legacy in such a fashion.

And yet…he owed her. He’d promised her. And if he was nothing else, he was, above all, a man of honor.

 

Meet the Author

 

Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and three Bengal cats. Visit Darcy online at www.darcyburke.com and sign up for her newsletter, follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/darcyburke, or like her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/DarcyBurkeFans.

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35555307Title: Kissed at Christmas

Authors: Christina McKnight, Ava Stone, and Michelle Willingham

Genre: Historical Romance, Holiday Romance

Release Date: September 26, 2017

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

includes:

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…

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Christina Photo SmallAuthor Bio:
Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

You can visit her online at the following places: Website Facebook | Twitter Goodreads | Amazon

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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

includes:

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

* I received a copy from the authors in exchange for my honest reviews

 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.

Entangled Historical Romance Release Day Blast!

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We are excited to celebrate the release of four brand new, scintillating historical romances from Entangled Publishing! Read on for all of the details and a little sneak peek teaser from titles by Liana De la Rosa, Tamara Gill, Robyn DeHart, and Lily Maxton!

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About TO LOVE A SCANDALOUS DUKE:

Driven into exile years earlier, due to family scandal, Declan Sinclair is called home, devastated to discover his brother has been murdered and he’s the new Duke of Darington. When clues point to the man he blames for both his exile and his brother’s death, Declan resolves to ruin the culprit. If only the daughter of the man’s business partner, lovely Lady Alethea Swinton, didn’t tempt his resolve.

Lady Alethea Swinton has cultivated her pristine reputation in the hopes of winning her father’s praise. When her childhood friend returns, Alethea finds she’s willing to court scandal and defy her father to help the handsome Declan uncover the truth behind his brother’s death. Until she realizes Declan’s redemption will mean her family’s ruin.

 

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About TO CONQUER A SCOT:

Time-traveling isn’t what Abigail Cross had in mind for her Scottish vacation, nor was a potential marriage to the Laird Aedan Macleod. The fact that the obnoxious, yet hot, and definitely sexy Highlander sees the world very differently than she does, is beside the point.

Aedan Macleod knows what he wants in a wife, and Abigail certainly doesn’t meet his Highland standard, even though he must rein in his desire, because beautiful, opinionated Abigail would never suit as a laird’s wife.

Tempers flare yet passion is undeniable, as Abby navigates her way in seventeenth century Scotland—without toilet paper. When two rival clans threaten the maddening twenty-first century minx who’s captured Laird Aedan’s heart, the mighty Highlander is willing to sacrifice everything to keep Abigail safe.

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About THE SCOUNDREL AND THE LADY:

Iris Bennington is furious when she discovers her younger brother is following the instructions found in the acclaimed advice columns on How to be a Gentleman. The so-called “advice” is more likely to turn her brother into a scoundrel than a true gentleman. Iris decides to locate the author of the columns and confront him.

Merritt Steel, the Earl of Ashby, cannot help but be amused by the slip of a woman who comes calling. Unwilling to let such a delightful potential conquest go, he proposes a wager: bring him anyone off the street and he can pass them off as a gentleman. It’s a bargain she readily accepts—but with a twist.

Their bargain proves to be a greater challenge than either anticipated. Merritt finds it near impossible to keep his hands off Iris, and she begins to see the undeniable appeal of ungentlemanly behavior…

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About THE ROGUE’S CONQUEST:

Wallflower Eleanor Townsend is not like most women. She has no interest in marriage, the ton, or fashion. Instead, her heart lies with science. And when the opportunity to present a paper arises, she takes it, even though it means dressing as a man. But her disguise doesn’t quite work. Someone notices—and the brute intends to blackmail her!

Former prizefighter James MacGregor wants to be a gentleman, like the men he trains in his boxing saloon. His first step is gaining a beautiful, wealthy wife. Eleanor Townsend is not that woman, but a chance encounter gives him the leverage he needs. She’ll gain him entry to high society and help him with his atrocious manners, and in return, he won’t reveal her secret. It’s the perfect arrangement. At least until the sparks between them become more than just their personalities clashing. But there’s too much at stake for James to give in to his growing attraction.

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Release Blast: The Undaunted Debutantes box set by Christina McKnight

UDD_BoxSet_Blast.jpgThree innocent debutantes must work to solve the mysterious death of their childhood friend.

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Undaunted-boxset-ebook.jpgTitle: The Undaunted Debutantes Series (Books 1-3)

Series: The Undaunted Debutantes

Author: Christina McKnight

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency England

Release Date: September 19th

Length: 588 Pages

Three innocent debutantes must work to solve the mysterious death of their childhood friend. With undaunted determination they pledge to not only expose the man responsible for their friend’s tragic death on her wedding night, but to also uncover other unscrupulous men of the ton who would jeopardize the future of other young women. 

The Disappearance of Lady Edith, The Undaunted Debutantes (Book One)
One tragic night changed sensible, proper Lady Edith Pelton’s life: when her best friend fell to her death, pushed down a flight of stairs by a nefarious lord. Now, Edith dedicates her time watching the man she thinks is responsible, while gathering other information to expose other scoundrels posing as gentlemen of honor about London. But when her spying is noticed by a perfect stranger, Edith finds herself with two mysteries—what happened to her friend, and how to win the heart of a brilliantly handsome lord. 

The Misfortune of Lady Lucianna, The Undaunted Debutantes (Book Two)
Lady Lucianna Constantine, a quick-witted hellion, has no doubt who is responsible for the murder of her dear friend—and she will stop at nothing from exposing his transgressions, and those of every despicable man in London. Though her two dearest friends were unwilling to point a finger at the dastardly man, Lucianna has witnessed the cruelty of London’s Beau Monde her entire life…starting with her own father. She is more than willing to singlehandedly take down every vile man that crosses her path. However, what happens when a most honorable man discovers Luci is the abhorrent woman who ruined both his life and stripped him of his rightful future? 

The Misadventures of Lady Ophelia, The Undaunted Debutantes (Book Three)
If only Lady Ophelia Fletcher—quiet, reserved, with her nose always stuck in a book—had witnessed the death of her friend that fateful night. Now she writes a column, Mayfair Confidential, that she uses to expose men with unsavory pasts to make amends for holding her tongue the night her dear friend was murdered. She is more than willing to never call attention to herself. But when a handsome stranger arrives to meet with her father, Ophelia can’t help but do a little investigating for her own benefit. At last, Ophelia has stumbled upon an adventure of her own—but does she possess the skills necessary to solve the mystery without the assistance of her friends? 

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Christina Photo SmallAuthor Bio:
Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

You can visit her online at the following places: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

Release Day Blast: Lauren Smith’s A Gentleman Never Surrenders

Cover Designer: Elizabeth Turner

Release Date: September 12, 2017

Synopsis

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.

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About the Author

Lauren Smith is an Oklahoma attorney by day, author by night 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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