ARC Review: Separated from My Love (Linked Across Time #7) by Dawn Brower

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Separated from My Love by Dawn Brower

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

The love of Trenton Quinn’s life disappeared suddenly. He tried to move on with his life but couldn’t forget about her. When evidence arises suggesting she fell through a time hole he decides to figure out how to follow her to the past and bring her home.

Genevieve Byrne fell off a cliff landing in Regency England and total chaos ensued. Immediately upon her arrival she was kidnapped and held hostage by French spies. Only a miracle would see her through it and she prayed that somehow the love of her life would rescue her. But he never came and she had to find a way to save herself.

After careful research Trenton finds a way to travel through time, but will he be too late to save the woman he loves?

My Review

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

I was sucked in from the moment she went to the cliff. I loved how many people were involved in trying to find her and how open they were to time travel. When he finally found the way to save her I was not expecting where they landed or the reactions. Everything happened so quickly and I was worried they wouldn’t make it back.

Genevieve thought he no longer loved her or didn’t love her enough when she went to that cliff. She wanted him to be hurt when he found her, but her heart wouldn’t let her do it.

Trenton never really gave up hope on finding her. He had a secret that caused the problems with them and it was one I didn’t expect. I loved that he was not going to give up and didn’t listen to anything she said.

ARC Review: An Earl by Any Other Name (Sins and Scandals #1) by Lauren Smith

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An Earl by Any Other Name by Lauren Smith

Releasing August 1, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

An earl in the streets, a rogue in the sheets . . .

Leopold Graham, Lord Hampton, was never a man to let propriety stand in the way of his pursuit of pleasure. Hedonism is his only desire in life—until his father’s death saddles him with debts that threaten to bankrupt the entire family. Now the only thing that stands between him and utter ruin is marriage to a proper, and preferably wealthy, young lady.

Ivy Leighton is no sweet English rose. Perhaps it’s her gypsy roots, but she would rather make a spectacle of her independent spirit than sit quietly on the sidelines. If that means that the only place she’ll ever have in society is firmly on the shelf, then so be it. But when Ivy runs into the handsome, rakish Leo who’s looking for a respectable, well-bred wife, she can’t stop thinking about the troubles they can get into. Now she just has to convince him that a life with her is really what he needs.

My Review

*I received a copy from the author via NetGalley

If you’re looking a new time period to read then this one is perfect! It’s set in the Edwardian era which is new to me in historical romance and I loved it. Times are changing and the old ways are battling the new ways in this one so you get a feel for how it affected everyone. I loved his mother because she was so sneaky with her plans for them and got her own surprise in the end. They had an instant connection and she was exactly what he needed in his life.

Ivy had no plans to marry so she could keep her independence and fight for her rights. I loved her right away because of how she thought about things and didn’t stay quiet. Her backstory was different and I loved it.

Leo had changed since his father’s scandalous death and not for the better. I loved how he was with his mother and that he was doing what he thought best. When he realized who she was he changed to his true self.

I wish this was longer because I flew through it.

Review: Lord of Night (Rogues to Riches #3) by Erica Ridley

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Lord of Night by Erica Ridley

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Blurb

In the Rogues to Riches historical romance series, sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind romance with rollicking adventure.

Unlike proper debutantes, Miss Dahlia Grenville is secretly Robin Hood in a bonnet. Her home for wayward girls has too many dependents and not enough donations. But just as she’s about to pull off the heist of the Season, she tumbles straight into the arms of the handsome detective who has sworn to deliver Mayfair’s mysterious thief straight to the gallows.

Highly principled Bow Street runner Simon Spaulding’s world is black and white. There’s no mastermind too clever, no criminal alive who can escape the hangman. Until he realizes the delightful young lady he’s been courting is a liar and a thief. Suddenly, his career—and his heart—are in peril. How can he bring her to justice when it means losing her forever?

My Review

*I received a copy from the author via NetGalley

Sparks fly from the start with this one. How can you not love a female Robin Hood and a man who sees everyone as the same? Their first meeting is not one you expect and I loved how they didn’t deny or fight their attractions to each other. They were opposites in many ways but were perfect for each other. When she was found out I had no clue how he would react or what was going to happen but the way it worked out was perfect. His proposal is what dreams are made of and one of my favorites. The ending was amazing too.

Dahlia is one of my favorite heroines. She doesn’t hold back anything but has a bit of a mystery about her. I loved her right away because she was not afraid to protect a young girl and would do anything to help those girls. I could really connect with her.

Simon has set out to be the best he can. I love that he didn’t look down on the people in St. Giles and treated them the same in every way. His past can break your heart, but as the story unfolds and he learns more it changes in many ways.

I can’t wait for the next one to see what happens.

Excerpt

Simon did not pay calls upon ladies. Or anyone at all. He had no time for idle fraternization. Yet here he was on the threshold of the St. Giles School for Girls, adjusting his cravat.
The door swung open.
Just as the night before, no butler or housekeeper attended callers, but rather the headmistress herself.
He bowed. “Good afternoon, Miss Grenville. I trust the rest of your evening passed much more peacefully?”
“I’ll send for the others at once,” she said without curtseying. Her eyes twinkled. “I thank you for both your service and your punctuality. She has been looking forward to your visit all day.”
Before he could so much as blink, Miss Grenville motioned to a young girl in a frayed pinafore, who immediately raced up a somewhat lopsided staircase and disappeared into the next floor.
Miss Grenville turned back to him with a brisk nod. “There. She will be down any moment. We won’t keep you long.”
“She needn’t rush,” he found himself saying. “I’ve nothing but casework awaiting me.”
Miss Grenville gave him a long, considering look.
Simon straightened. He had the distinct impression this young lady was taking his measure in the same careful, detailed way he had taught the other men on the force.
Something like: Hat, medium quality. Not rich, not poor. Hair, a bit too long—too much time between visits to the barber. Jaw, clean-shaven. Suit, waistcoat, cravat, well-tailored and pristine. He was an inspector, not a beadle or a street watchman. And he had returned, just as he’d promised.
“Forgive me.” Miss Grenville dropped a curtsey elegant enough to rival a duchess. “We have just finished lessons, and I’m afraid my mind was with administrative responsibilities, and not on my manners.”
Simon could scarcely fault her for a trait his colleagues would claim he himself had perfected, so he merely tipped his hat. “There is nothing to forgive. A strong focus on one’s duty is a worthy quality indeed.”
“Is it? ’Twould be better if I could do less focusing, more achieving, but, well… Someday, things will turn around. I would invite you to tea, but we don’t often take it.” She pushed the door open wider. “But you can still come in. As long as you aren’t expecting crumpets.”
“I despise crumpets,” he assured her. “Ghastly things. Make me sneeze worse than cats.”
“Well, if you ever find yourself with a surplus, I am certain my girls will be happy to dispose of them for you.”
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About Erica Ridley

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In the new Rogues to Richeshistorical romance series, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses… Sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind rags-to-riches romance with rollicking adventure.

The popular Dukes of War series features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

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Release Tour and Review for Hell Hath No Fury by Annabelle Anders

Title: Hell Hath No Fury
Author: Annabelle Anders
Genre: Regency
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing

Most London Misses are looking to find a husband, Cecily Nottingham wants to get rid of one.

To keep the money, he has to keep her as well…

Cecily Nottingham has made a huge mistake.

The marriage bed was still warm when the earl she thought she loved crawled out of it and announced that he loved someone else.

Loves. Someone else.

All he saw in Cecily was her dowry.

But he’s in for the shock of his life, because in order to keep the money, he has to keep her.

With nothing to lose, Cecily sets out to seduce her husband’s cousin, Stephen Nottingham, in an attempt to goad the earl into divorcing her. Little does she realize that Stephen would turn out to be everything her husband was not: Honorable, loyal, trustworthy…Handsome as sin.

Stephen only returned to England for one reason. Save his cousin’s estate from financial ruin. Instead, he finds himself face to face with his cousins beautiful and scorned wife, he isn’t sure what to do first, strangle his cousin, or kiss his wife. His honor is about to be questioned, right along with his self-control.

Amid snakes, duels and a good catfight, Cecily realizes the game she’s playing has high stakes indeed. There are only a few ways for a marriage to end in Regency England and none of them come without a high price. Is she willing to pay it? Is Stephen? A ‘Happily Ever After’ hangs in the balance, because, yes, love can conquer all, but sometimes it needs a little bit of help.

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HHTF Review

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

*I was provided a copy for my honest review.

This one is so different from any other that I have read and it is amazing! You will not be able to predict how it ends at all. I was hooked from the start in the ballroom when it was clear to everyone what they thought of each other. I somewhat felt bad for her husband especially after the duels, but the twist in the end killed that feeling and he got what he deserved. There were sparks from the start between them and I wanted them together so much. The ending was perfect and I loved how everyone ended up.

Cecily was not going to become one of the ladies that turned a blind eye to her husband’s doings. I loved her right away because she did not hide her feelings from anyone and was set on finding a way to have her freedom again. I cheered her on every time she stood up to someone.

Stephen was such an honorable man that would help both of them in any way he could. I loved him because he realized he couldn’t always fix something and when he let her loose with the pool cue. He blamed himself for things that weren’t his fault and needed to let go of that feeling.

I loved her friends because they were helping to plot and I loved her father because he made sure the contracts were in her favor. I would also fear him too because he would protect her.

“Stephen!” she gasped, shocked by what he seemed intent upon doing. “What on earth are you doing?”
He looked up at her, smiling lustily. “Nothing.”
And then he went about his business.
Not in a million years had she ever imagined allowing a man to do… this!
And with his mouth no less!
“Oh, my God! Stephen, you are wicked,” she said, feeling quite wicked herself as she grasped the sides of his head.
He was not to be deterred. His tongue stroked and sucked in much the same way he’d done with her mouth, causing a new multitude of sensations to spiral inside of her.
He paused only a moment to look up at her.
“Surrender, Cecily.” He said. Giving her a lazy, sensual smile, “And prepare to die.”


A little about the music in the trailer…

The song for the trailer was written by myself and my sister, Marcie Stanley. Marcie’s beautiful voice is featured while she plays the piano… Due to illness, Marcie doesn’t perform much anymore so it was very special for me to be able to use the song that we wrote together, over twenty years ago.
The Song is titled “Disposable Relationship.” I have a few tweeks for the lyrics to fit Stephen and Cecily’s situation. Next time Marcie is up to recording I’ll change them to this:
For you, I would have done anything.
For you, can NOT have my soul.
For once you looked at me with empty eyes, the consequences… began to roll…
You’re a disposable relationship, damn the ton I’ll see your body gone. I’m throwing away a piece of my heart with you.
with the ash and the chamber pots of my life… you’re going down and I won’t cry… anymore…

Married to the same man for over 25 years, Annabelle Anders is mother to three children and two Miniature Wiener dogs. After owning a business and experiencing considerable success, she and her husband got caught in the financial crisis and lost everything; their business, their home, even their car.

At this point, she put her B.A. in Poly Sci to use and took work as a waitress and bartender.

Unwilling to give up on a professional life, she simultaneously went back to college and obtained a degree in Energy Management.

And then the energy market dropped off.

And then her dog died.

We can only be grateful for this series of unfortunate events, for, with nothing to lose and completely demoralized, she sat down and began to write the romance novels which had until then, existed only in her imagination.

She is happy to have found her place in life.

Finally.

I write under the name ANNABELLE ANDERS and my first book, Hell Hath No Fury released on 7-7-17. I love the date!

Anyway, my novel is an edgy Regency Romance. I say ‘ edgy’, because it’s a little off the beaten path. Whereas most heroines in Regency Romances begin the story NEEDING a husband, my character, Cecily, needs to get rid of one. The man she married (an earl) turned out to be a complete and utter toad (not literally! LOL)

 

My QUESTION FOR THIS GIVEAWAY is: Does it bother you that the hero is not the man she is married to in the beginning? E-mail your comment to andersannabelle@gmail.com along with your address and I’ll send you a Hell Hath No Fury Tasseled Bookmark. (First 20 Respondents) Please include the name of the group or blog you are responding from 🙂

I look forward to discovering your thoughts on this concept!

Review: A Scandalous Vow (Scandalous Series #7) by Ava Stone

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A Scandalous Vow by Ava Stone

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

A SPY NEVER REALLY RETIRES…
Long ago, Marcus Gray, the Marquess of Haversham, left the Home Office with a blackened reputation and a determination to never look back. He skirted the edges of London society, caring for little other than himself, until he crossed paths with Caroline Staveley. When Marc discovers the recently widowed Caroline has returned to London and her late husband’s actions have placed her in danger, he is quickly lured into the once familiar game of cat and mouse he thought he’d escaped.

…NOT WHEN THE LADY HE LOVES IS IN DANGER
Caroline, Viscountess Staveley, is struggling to raise her children and find her place in the world now that her steady and reliable husband is gone. The last thing she needs is another complication, and that is exactly what the notorious skirt-chasing Haversham is—a complicated, unapologetic rake that tempts her like no one ever has. As she starts to unravel his secrets, however, she begins to wonder who he really is and exactly how many secrets he’s keeping.

My Review

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

I never knew it was possible for a book to make you blush or make your eyes go wide until this one! I love a story with spies and this one is at the top of my list. There is a perfect mix of romance and suspense that goes perfectly together. There are a couple of twists that I didn’t see coming especially with the one lord that I never guessed at. I loved how they could be at each other’s throats, but that spark was still there waiting to burst. They are a couple that is totally comfortable with each other from the start and with the kids.

Caroline is a woman that knows her mind. She doesn’t fall at any man’s feet and knows what she wants to do. I loved her from the start because she didn’t hold anything back and was determined to find out everything. When she was worked up look out because she let you know how she felt.

Marc can charm anyone in many ways. He was not one to be embarrassed by anything or to lie. I loved him as soon as he found out she was in danger because it was very clear that he would protect her and her family no matter what. He can win you over with the way he is with kids.

Kids and pets are two of my favorite things and Ava has a way of including both perfectly. There is a scene with a bathtub that explains my first comment ;).

Available Now! Legacy by Lynn Winchester

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Joanna Stopay isn’t in Morgan’s Crossing to visit her godmother, as everyone thinks, she’s in town to find the man who killed her brother. Her plan for justice is working perfectly, until a smiling fool of a farmer’s son ruins her chances of nabbing the bandit who stole everything from her.
Timothy Hanlon is excited about his first adventure away from his family in Dry Bayou, Texas. He’s come to Morgan’s Crossing, Montana, to earn his fortune, but one nearly fatal encounter in a dark alley ties him to a very unlikely creature: a woman in trousers. JoJo is as feisty as she is beautiful, and her dangerous plan to find her brother’s killer can only spell trouble…so why can’t Tim stop himself from helping her?
JoJo doesn’t have time to fall for Tim’s charm, not if she wants to make Dalton Hess pay for his crimes. Tim Hanlon is too smart and much too distracting, but when these two get caught in a trap, JoJo must learn to lean on him to survive.
When these two young adventurers find what they’ve been searching for, will it be love or vengeance?

Release Tour and Review for The Misadventures of Lady Ophelia (The Undaunted Debutantes #3) by Christina McKnight

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Series: The Undaunted Debutantes Series (Book Three)

Author: Christina McKnight

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency England

Release Date: July 11, 2017

Word Count: 70,000

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Quiet, reserved, Lady Ophelia Fletcher always has her nose stuck in a book; hence why she didn’t witness the death of her friend the fateful night of her passing. Now, she writes the Mayfair Confidential column to expose unsavory men as a way of making amends for not backing her other friend’s claims of murder. When a handsome stranger arrives to meet with her father, Ophelia is helpless to keep from investigating the dashing lord.

Colin Parnell, Lord Hawke, has a promise to uphold: find the book that proves his grandpapa worked as a spy for King George II and did not die as a no-good smuggler off the coast of Kent. Shrouded in mystery and scandal, the Parnell family has been at war with one another for decades, and Colin is determined to put a stop to it all by discovering proof of the family’s honorable past. Unfortunately, the book he seeks is in the hands of a fiery-haired beauty, and he’ll need to enlist Ophelia’s help to uncover the truth.

Ophelia is more than happy to use her skills to help Lord Hawke. But will their search for answers lead to misadventure, or will they get something greater than they bargained for: the truth and each other? 

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My Review

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

*I received a copy from the author via NetGalley.

The perfect ending to a mystery! I loved it from the start and how everything kept me waiting to know how it would end. Molly adds a whole lot to the story with her interesting ways. The added mystery of the book was amazing and I loved how it brought everything together in the end. I did not see it coming when it was revealed who the murder I had my suspicions on the person, but wasn’t sure and thought something else.

Ophelia is my favorite out of the girls. She decided to go on her own adventure instead of following her friends around. I loved how she was with everyone especially Molly and that she wasn’t going to give up.

Colin is on a mission to end his family war and make his grandmother happy. The way he is with his grandmother will melt your heart and make you love him. I loved him right away and in the end when he was talking with his father.

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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.

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Review: West of Forgotten by Lynda J. Cox

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West of Forgotten by Lynda J. Cox

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

Banished from civilization to the Wyoming Territory, U.S. Marshal Harrison Taylor holds a deed to half the Lazy L. He isn’t sure why his beautiful new partner, Rachel Leonard, doesn’t trust him. He has to convince her he is nothing like the man who abused her and must earn her trust before the escalating attacks at the Lazy L turn deadly.
For six years, Rachel has worked to repair a shattered life. Caring for her son and invalid father leaves little time to keep the Lazy L profitable. She doesn’t want a business partner simply because her father gambled away half of her beloved ranch and most certainly doesn’t desire a husband. Unfortunately, she’s stuck with the former and can’t trust Harrison as the latter.
Unless she can learn to trust Harrison, everything and everyone Rachel loves will be lost.

My Review

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

I could not stop thinking about this book after reading it! It is such a powerful story with raw emotion and attention to detail. There is so much going in this book to keep you glued to it with the suspense of the attacks and threats to the ranch, their story, and the past coming back to haunt them. I loved everything from the start when they met and how they fit with each other. At one point I thought someone else was behind everything but was wrong. Her father was one that I wasn’t really liking until the whole story was out about the mine then I cheered. When I got to the end I didn’t want it to be over.

Rachel was a very strong woman. She overcame a horrible thing and kept going for her son and the ranch no matter what people said about her. I loved how she had a journey of getting to the point of trusting again and realizing she was not to blame. She was a fighter.

Harrison was the most honorable man. He did not even begin to judge and made it his mission to help her trust again and protect her. I loved him from the start because he didn’t try to take over and was very understanding. He also took his job as marshal serious.

This book does something rare and handles the subject of sexual assault in a way no other book has and I applaud the author for that.

Tour and Review for The Duke of Defiance (The Untouchables #5) by Darcy Burke

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The Duke of Defiance by Darcy Burke

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Blurb

Difficult and defiant as a child, Bran Crowther, Earl of Knighton left England as a young man to pursue independence and adventure. He never expected to inherit the title and when duty calls him home, he still finds Society’s codes constricting and others’ expectations oppressive. Nevertheless, he needs a wife to be a mother to his young daughter, preferably a woman of intelligence and warmth who is, above all, immune to his idiosyncrasies—and to falling in love.
Widow Joanna Shaw isn’t interested in a second marriage, not after the loveless, passionless union she endured. She’d much rather dote on her young niece and nephew since they will likely be the only children in her life…until she meets a precocious girl, in desperate need of a mother. But her father, the so-called Duke of Defiance, is as peculiar as he is handsome, and Jo won’t take another risk with her heart. Their rules, however, are made to be broken, even when the consequences could destroy them both.

My Review

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

Two words book hangover! I couldn’t put it down and couldn’t stop playing things over in my head. They are a unique couple and I love that there are kids in this one. Both were in positions they never thought they would be in and both had interesting back stories. You could tell there was something there from the start between them just waiting to explode. I loved the reasons they were working together and how the kids were working on a plot together. I didn’t see everything about her marriage coming or the letter from his father. The ending was perfect and I was jumping up and down.

Jo will win your heart right away. She had a horrible marriage that she kept to herself, but the way she was with kids was amazing. I loved that she didn’t push things on anyone and when she let everything out it was explosive, but needed. She deserved her happy ending.

Bran is a rule breaker and I love it. He clearly loved his daughter and would do anything to make sure she was happy. Once you find out about his childhood you understand him so much and more when his mother comes to visit. I really loved how he said things and that they usually didn’t come out right, but it was a cute quirk.

Excerpt

Feeling as constricted as he had in the ballroom, he shrugged out of his coat and draped it over his arm.

Are you disrobing again?” she asked.

You can hear that?”

I’m afraid so. But since I can’t see you, it really doesn’t signify.”

He chuckled, pleased with her logic. “As it happens, I’d already untied my cravat before I arrived here.”

I can’t even manage to feign shock.” Now her voice held a lilt of humor, as if she were smiling.

He laughed again, and a cool, early spring breeze wafted over him. How he missed the warmth of Barbados.

Will you tell me about it?” she asked.

Had he said that out loud—about Barbados? Apparently so. “I could stand here all night and not manage to tell you everything.”

Then just tell me something.”

He closed his eyes and summoned his home. “The colors there are like nothing you’ve ever seen—the blue-green water, the white-gold sand, colors that not even the rainbow can do justice to.”

It sounds beautiful.” Her voice was soft, almost reverent. “How did you decide to go there?”

He opened his eyes but still couldn’t see her. “That was where the ship was headed. I didn’t care where I was going, so long as it wasn’t here.”

You must have been terribly miserable.” She sounded as if she’d moved a bit closer.

I wasn’t needed here.” Or wanted, really. His entire family had encouraged him to buy a commission or perhaps take a vicarage. He’d considered both ideas, but after his brothers had spread that vicious rumor, he’d simply walked on the first ship leaving England. And he’d never looked back.

And now?” Her question whispered over him, lulling him with its sweet curiosity.

Now, I’m the earl. I’m needed.”

And your brothers are gone.”

He exhaled, as if realizing for the first time that they really were gone. That he could perhaps be here and be happy. Or at least not miserable. Still, it wasn’t home. Not yet. “I miss the blazing sun.”

Especially right now, I’d wager.”

He heard a tremor in her voice. “Wait, are you chilled? Where are you?” He reached out with his free hand and touched her.

Stepping forward—it didn’t take much to reach her—he settled his coat on her shoulders. “Better?” he asked.

Yes, thank you.”

He didn’t take his hands away. “Why did you come out here?”

I—”

He heard the hesitation in her voice and felt a shiver in her body. He didn’t think that was from the night air. “You can tell me. If you want.”

I felt…overwhelmed. As if I couldn’t breathe. I just needed to get out.”

God, he’d felt like that his entire life. “I was never able to sit still when I was younger. Or wear clothing. I often felt like I wanted to crawl out of my very skin. I used to scratch myself raw.”

That sounds horrid. How did you stop?”

I don’t know. Leaving here helped.”

And now that you’re back? Things aren’t as bad as they were?”

No, he supposed they weren’t. Just as he had a few moments ago, when she’d pointed out that his brothers were indeed gone, he felt a lightness. Because of her.

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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Review: Brynnde by M Pepper Langlinais

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Brynnde by M Pepper Langlinais

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

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Blurb

Brynnde Archambault needs to find someone to marry, else she’ll be stuck with dull Mr. Dallweather. The answer to her problem arrives in the form of handsome and witty Viscount Burbridge, but just when everything seems to be going smoothly, scandal strikes and the engagement ends.

Meanwhile, Brynnde has no trouble matchmaking her friends and even her own brother. But while she breezily finds suitors for everyone else, for her time is running out. Must she resign herself to becoming Mrs. Dallweather? Or will Brynnde yet succeed in making a match for herself?

“Brynnde” is a light, bubbly, and sweet Regency romance in the vintage style of Zebra and Signet.

My Review

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

So many matches going on in this story make it very entertaining. This one is different because of how things played out with everyone from the start. You get to know and love all the characters throughout the story. I loved that I didn’t see the scandal coming like it did and how it affected everyone around it. I loved how she got her name.

Brynnde had no wish to be married, but when given no choice she must decide. I loved that she wanted to make sure everyone was happy even when she was sick and facing marrying someone she didn’t want.

Garrick didn’t do something unless he wanted to. I loved how he had a habit of saying something and it comes out wrong. He will have your heart with how he takes care of her and listens to her.