Review: Unmask Me If You Can (The Survivors #4) by Shana Galen

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Unmask Me If You Can by Shana Galen

Releases November 6, 2018

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My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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This masked lord…
Lord Jasper, younger son of a duke, suffered horrible burns fighting in the Napoleonic Wars. He wears a mask to hide his face from the stares and screams and finds comfort in the shadows. Jasper is an exceptional bounty hunter, so when a woman summons him to her deathbed and asks him to find her runaway daughter before she passes away, he doesn’t refuse. Jasper is close to his quarry when he’s knifed by an assailant. Imagine his surprise when he regains consciousness in the arms of the woman he seeks. Except she’s not at all what he expected.

Is not the only one with scars.
On a remote cliff on the sea, Olivia Carlisle calls her five-year-old son in from an approaching storm. But the little boy is more interested in the man he’s found on the trail to their hidden cottage. Olivia fears men and wants nothing more than to leave the injured man where she found him. But his knife wound is severe, and with the approaching storm, she knows leaving him will condemn him to death. As Jasper begins to heal, Olivia acknowledges her attraction to him, even though such emotions terrify her almost as much as returning to London. Jasper must convince her that her only chance at safety is to challenge the man who pursues her. They must travel into the lion’s den—he to face his vulnerability and she to face her worst fears.

My Review

I knew the first time Jasper appeared in Third Son’s a Charm that his story would not disappoint. Jasper and Olivia are two people that have something horrible in their pasts that they need to overcome. Their passion and understanding of each other is rare and perfect. It was amazing how easily they seemed to click and light a spark between them. The whole time they were together in that cottage was like a fairytale. When they got to London it was another creature. Certain peoples lies and plans were at work to keep them apart. I was holding my breath at so many points with kidnappings, schemes, and the prince regent. I may have cheered at the end.

Olivia is one of my favorite heroines. She is extremely strong to spend all that time on the run and to go back to London to take on the man that mad her run. I loved seeing her learn to trust again and become braver and stronger. She had no problems standing up to anyone and didn’t think twice about doing what she needed to do. She was like a new woman in that ballroom when she said no and realized she loved Jasper.

Jasper is also a favorite hero on mine. He knew he right away he would not take her back and that he would protect her no matter what. He pulled at my heart every time he was alone with Richard. When he took off his mask and learned that it was not as bad as he thought I wanted to cheer. He realized that he was a hero and deserved to be loved and to stop hiding.

I did not expect the part with the friend being married or what happened there. Hope he also gets a happy ending.

This story could be triggering to some as the topics of fires and rape play a big part in it. There is nothing graphic and they are handled tastefully and perfectly in my opinion. Both topics are in the past.

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Tour and Review for No Ordinary Duke (The Crawfords #1) by Sophie Barnes

No Ordinary Duke

by Sophie Barnes
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance

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He’s everything she’s trying to avoid…But somehow precisely what she needs…

Caleb Crawford doesn’t want to be a duke. He’d much rather build houses for a living. So when fate disrupts his peaceful life and burdens him with the responsibilities of a newly inherited title, he does what any sensible man would do by fleeing London, disguising himself as a laborer, and seeking refuge with three young spinsters who need his help with a leaky roof.

Ruined by a marquess who promised her the world, Mary Clemens has sworn to avoid marriage forever. Instead, she intends to live out her days with her friends and the orphaned children they’ve taken into their care. But when Mr. Crawford comes knocking, Mary finds herself in real danger of risking heartbreak all over again. Especially when she discovers that he’s not at all what he seems.

My Review

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

I absolutely loved this hidden identity story because it is different from most. I was hooked from the start with the shock of him finding out he is the Duke now. The moment they met sparks were flying and everyone could feel the tension between them. I’m sure my face was similar to his when he found out who had ruined her. They would take one step closer only to fall back two, but it was all worth it in the end. I loved how they brought everyone together again. The epilogue is one of the best I’ve read because it is not the typical one and gives updates on many people.

Mary has sworn to guard her heart and never be fooled again, but her heart had other plans. I loved her from the start because she spoke her mind to everyone. Even though she was stubborn she would listen and realize when she was wrong.

Caleb is defiantly not an ordinary duke and was going to live the way he wanted to. He wasn’t what anyone would expect from a duke or most men. I loved that he was so honorably and wanted to make things right all around.

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About Sophie Barnes

Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world.

She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.

When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family. She currently lives on the East Coast.

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ARC Review: Mrs. Brodie’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies by Shana Galen and Theresa Romain

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Mrs. Brodie’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies by Shana Galen and Theresa Romain

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Mrs. Brodie’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies appears exclusive and respectable, a place for daughters of the gentry to glean the accomplishments that will win them suitable husbands.

But the academy is not what it seems. It’s more.

Alongside every lesson in French or dancing or mathematics, the students learn the skills they’ll need to survive in a man’s world. They forge; they fight; they change their accents to blend into a world apart. And the staff at the academy find a haven from their pasts…and lose their hearts.

The Way to A Gentleman’s Heart by Theresa Romain

Eight years ago, impoverished gentleman’s daughter Marianne Redfern fled her Lincolnshire home when her first love was forced to wed another. At Mrs. Brodie’s Academy, she learned the arts of cookery and self-defense—and as head cook, she can manage her staff, feed hundreds, and take down thieves. But she has no defense against Jack Grahame’s unexpected arrival two weeks before a dinner that will secure the academy’s fortunes.

Now a wealthy widower, Jack still has a wicked twinkle in his eye and a place in Marianne’s heart. Before long, he’s at her side in the kitchen all day and the bedchamber all night. But forgiveness doesn’t come together as easily as a sauce, and the wounds of the past could ruin Jack and Marianne’s chance at a future…

Counterfeit Scandal by Shana Galen

Bridget Lavery gave up her son Jimmy when she was sent to debtor’s prison. Now that she’s free and has found steady work at the academy as a teacher of art and counterfeiting, she’s desperate to reunite with her son—but he’s lost in the warrens of London’s streets. When she encounters Caleb Harris, a man from her past—a man she thought was dead—he agrees to help in her search. But both Bridget and Caleb have secrets. Some of them deadly…

Caleb Harris is a man with a price on his head. He knew his work during the war was dangerous, but he didn’t think it would haunt him the rest of his life. Before he left for the war, he and Bridget had a passionate affair. Finding her again means everything to him. He wants to help her and he definitely still loves her, but loving her might just be too dangerous for either of them.

My Review

The Way to A Gentleman’s Heart by Theresa Romain

My Rating: ❤❤❤ 1/2 Spice Level: 💋💋

I love a past love story and that this one was very different in how things happened. Family came first and tore them apart, but he never stopped loving her. I really liked how he came back into her life and helped in the kitchen. The story about his sister was a surprise and explained a lot.

Marianne found her own way after having her life flipped upside down. I liked that she didn’t hate him for doing what he had to for his family. I couldn’t really understand her reasons for not seeing or writing to her family.

Jack did what he had to and never gave up on getting her back. I really like him and that he made sure her family was okay. He didn’t really let money go to his head and wasn’t afraid of work.

Counterfeit Scandal by Shana Galen

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

This one will suck you in from the start! The war tore them apart, but they were meant to be together. I loved that they worked together to find Jimmy and it brought them closer. There are a couple of scenes that had me holding my breath waiting to see what happened. The ending was perfect.

Bridget had a very hard life and her son his the driving force that keeps her going. I loved her right away with how honest she was with the girls about things. She put her anger aside and opened her heart again.

Caleb is always looking over his shoulder because his former work haunts him. I loved that he was determined to be honest with her and not hide anything again. He still wanted to protect her.

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Review: Romantically Enchanted by Rebekah Lewis, Madeline Martin, Dawn Brower, Sandra Sookoo, Amanda Mariel, Tammy Andresen

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Romantically Enchanted by Rebekah LewisMadeline MartinDawn BrowerSandra SookooAmanda MarielTammy Andresen

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Become immersed in tales that take on a new twist as fairytales become entwined together. Magic, mythology, legends—anything imaginable can, and will happen. These SIX, all new, stories from USA TODAY and bestselling authors will leave you mesmerized, enthralled, and romantically enchanted…

Her Highland Beast by Madeline Martin Cursed by a witch, Duncan Maclean watches his life pass as leaves fall from the great rowan tree, indicating the trickling end of his mortality. Only a special woman can break the curse, one who will be identified by the cut of an ancient spear under a layer of mattresses. Evina MacGregor cannot be injured in battle, even as her comrades fall around her, yet she cannot remember her past. After years of wandering the world in search of answers, she stumbles upon an enchanted castle and a beastly man who may hold the secret to her identity. She may be the one to break the curse, but time is running out for both of them.

Rescued by a Sea Nymph by Rebekah Lewis. Captain James Harlow loses his hand, and nearly his life, in an encounter with a group of young miscreants. When Ione, a mermaid, saves him from drowning, she decides to trade her fins for legs and leave her old life for one on land. They are given only three days to determine if they are meant to be together, but a sociopathic young Earl endeavors to ruin it all.

Scandalous Liaison by Amanda Mariel In her youth, Grace Stratton, the Duchess of Abernathy, gave her heart to Lewis Duffield, an American plantation owner. Family duty tore them apart as she was required to wed another man. After years of being widowed, Grace finds herself alone with Lewis and their old flames rekindle, but can they recapture the all consuming love they once shared?

Infinitely My Marquess by Dawn Brower. The Marquess of Cinderbury and Lady Annalise Palmer are two lost souls in search of salvation. Together they can help each other heal, if they can believe in love, and in each other long enough to escape the torment they’ve both suffered; as well as, uncover an unimaginable devotion.

It Must be Magic by Sandra Sookoo. When Averell Woode, a huntsman’s daughter hidden away in an enchanted tree, meets Quinn Lansdowne, the spare prince of Annanvale as well as a wolf shifter, sparks–and arrows–fly. Perhaps it’s fate or even destiny, but love blooms between them. Too bad an evil queen holds Averell’s life in the balance unless she kills Prince Charming, who is Quinn’s brother. Only the heart and freewill can decide the future… and a little magic won’t hurt either.

Luring a Lord’s Love by Tammy Andresen. When Arianna is attacked by men dressed as wolves in the forest, she is sure no one will help her and she dives into the icy ocean rather than be captured. Lord Nicholas Fairfield is a sailor at heart, and he can’t help but wonder about mermaids when he fishes a red-haired beauty from the sea. But the trouble engulfing her village is no myth and it’s up to him to save Arianna, her family, and the Scottish people who are under attack. But can he protect his own heart?

My Review

Her Highland Beast by Madeline Martin

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋 1/2

This one has some Beauty and the Beast vibes with some twists that I love. Fate brought them together after all those years. I love how much detail there is to the curses and how they bring them together. They were a good match for each other and the ending definitely had me holding my breath.

Evina is a warrior and a woman that does what she wants. I really liked her and how she made it clear what she wanted. I felt bad for her when it came to remembering her past, but she needed to know.

Duncan has been locked away watching that tree for so long that he doesn’t know how to be around people. He really was sweet and put her first after getting to know her. I really liked him and how he softened.

Rescued by a Sea Nymph by Rebekah Lewis

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

This is one of my favorites so far in this set. It’s full of suspense from the start and I couldn’t take my eyes off the pages. The way he lost his hand was shocking and their meeting was fate. I had no clue how it was all going to play out and loved everything from the connection between them to the story they told. The ending was perfect!

Ione wanted more than what her sisters had and was different from them. She had no problem saying what she thought or what she wanted. I loved her right away because she was such a quick thinker and wouldn’t be controlled.

James loved his sister and wasn’t going to let some young entAriannaitled kid take everything from him. He saw her for her and not like she was different. I loved how he didn’t act shocked by the gods or how she talked or acted.

Scandalous Liaison by Amanda Mariel

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

I was so glad to see these two get their story! I love a past loves story, especially in a quick read. These two deserved to be together after all the time that has went by. It was clear that they loved each other from the start and that they never stopped loving each other. I was worried about what would happen near the end, but they had a lot of support behind them.

Grace is a strong woman that wished she could have followed her heart years ago. I loved her when she first appeared in another story and loved her more in this one. She always put others first and it was time to put herself first.

Lewis never forgot about her and thought she never had forgotten about him. I loved him in the previous story he was in because his heart was always in the right place. He understood why she did what she had to and that their worlds were different.

Infinitely My Marquess by Dawn Brower

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Some Cinderella and Red Riding Hood vibes with this one! I loved how much was packed into this one and the twists were unexpected. They were meant to meet and help each other. I loved that there weren’t any loose ends to their pasts and that they got to know why some things happened.

Annalise is willing to take the risks to do what’s right and help others. I loved her right away because she kept a smile on her face and didn’t think twice about doing something. She was strong and brave at every turn.

Ryan should have had a black heart because of his upbringing, but he didn’t. I loved that he thought about others so much and wanted to help. He didn’t hesitate to help and wanted to protect those around him.

It Must be Magic by Sandra Sookoo

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

It really is magic in this one! The enchanted forest comes to life in full force and will have you on the edge of your seat. I was so into it that I jumped at their first meeting like I was there. There were twists at every turn that could have kept them apart, but they only brought them closer. Magic fought them and brought them together at the same time. The ending left me wanting more in a good way. I loved that it blended Snow White, Cinderella, and many other things together.

Averell had been hidden away by her father for a good reason, but she isn’t oblivious to the dangers in the woods. I loved her right away because she knew how to protect herself and listened to her heart. She was the complete opposite of the queen and couldn’t hurt an innocent person.

Quinn avoids marriage because of his curse, but his wolf instincts have other ideas. I loved that he was trying to be honest, but was enjoying the freedom of being himself. He wasn’t going to give her up or let her go alone into battle.

Luring a Lord’s Love by Tammy Andresen

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋 1/2

This one will give you chills! The wolves hooked me and I had no clue how everything was going to turn out. Magic lead them to each other and helped them battle evil. The magic explains the strong pull to each other and the visions make it interesting. The ending made me hold my breath because I didn’t know what would happen.

Arianna knew something was going on in her village just not how powerful it was. I loved her from the start because she knew she could trust him. She realized that magic was real and powerful.

Nick knew he had to protect her and the village. I loved that he didn’t hesitate to save her and listened to her granny. He knew magic was real and that it could be good or bad.

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Review: The Blood and the Bloom (Men of Blood Book 1) by Rosamund Winchester

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The Blood and the Bloom by Rosamund Winchester

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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1410 A.D. – A man of honor, Sir Tristin LaDeux is the fearless and fierce captain of the Homme du Sang, a chivalric order, called to defend The Church and enforce its edicts. Known throughout Europe for his dedication to his cause, Tristin thinks nothing of embarking on a mission to arrest a common woman, suspected of witchcraft, and bring her to justice.

Practical, intelligent, and beautiful, Bell Heather Caire is determined to make her own way in life, using her skills and knowledge as the village apothecary. She spends her days making salves and powders, worrying not for the ways and means of men — especially the selfish, depraved Willem Mason, a man as determined to have her as she is determined to be left alone.

When Tristin comes upon Bell Heather bathing in a waterfall, he is immediately enchanted, but when he discovers that she is the witch he’s been ordered to arrest, everything within him revolts. His head tells him to follow orders, but his heart and his body crave the lush little wench with dirt beneath her nails and light in her soul.

As Tristin gives in to his desire for Bell Heather, she realizes she wants more than just herbs and solitude—she wants Tristin and the fire he ignites in her blood. But can these two have what they want most when the very thing Tristin believes in is trying to destroy him? And does Bell Heather have a chance against an evil man willing to risk everything to break her?

Can the man of blood and the lovely bloom find a place for themselves in a world ready to tear them apart?

The Blood and The Bloom is a part of the MEN OF BLOOD series, but can be enjoyed as a stand alone.

My Review

A knight in shining armor, an independent woman accused of being a witch, and a villain that will make your skin crawl. What more can you ask for!! I have read this book twice now and couldn’t put it down until I was finished each time. You will be on the edge of your seat from page one and never know what is coming next or guess how things will end. There’s a spark between them from the moment they lay eyes on each other, but it is not a fairytale road to love for them. Sword fights, kidnapping, and a dungeon meet them at every turn and have you sucked into the story. People will get what they deserve in the end and you will be cheering at the end.

Bell Heather will not be owned by any man and will do anything to help others. I loved her from the start because she stands her ground and stays positive most of the time. She is as strong as any man and will sacrifice her happiness to protect others. I laughed when she said what she needed to do and how she talked with the men at times.

Tristin is in his eyes a fallen man that failed his father years ago. He is a true knight that will not question his missions and is all about duty. I loved him from the start because he is loved by his men and doesn’t come off as cold and heartless. He wore his emotions on his sleeve when it came to Bell Heather. The scenes with his father and him are amazing.

You will love getting to know the other men.

I said this villain will make your skin crawl so be prepared. There isn’t anything very graphic, but he could be triggering to some with the things he does to women.

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ARC Review: A Suitable Wife (The Fitzgeralds of Dublin #2) by Lorna Peel

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A Suitable Wife by Lorna Peel

Releases September 5, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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The lives of the Fitzgerald family are about to change forever…

Dublin, Ireland, 1881. Will and Isobel Fitzgerald settle into number 30 Fitzwilliam Square, a home they could once only have dreamed of. A baby is on the way, Will takes over the Merrion Street Upper medical practice from his father and they are financially secure. But when Will is handed a letter from his elder brother, Edward, stationed with the army in India, the revelations it contains only serves to further alienate Will from his father.

Isobel is eager to adapt to married life on Fitzwilliam Square but soon realises her past can never be laid to rest. The night she met Will in a brothel on the eve of his best friend’s wedding has devastating and far-reaching consequences which will change the lives of the Fitzgerald family forever.

My Review

AMAZING!!! This book not only continues the story of Will and Isobel, but also those around them with many twists, shocking stories, and wonderful surprises. Just like in A Scarlet Woman Lorna covers a range of real subjects that play a part in the whole story. There are heartbreaking moments, but plenty of happy ones to heal those heartbreaking ones. I did not see everything about his brother happening or any of what happened with Fred coming. I really did not expect the twist when she had the baby after everything else. All of the characters are like real people because they aren’t perfect, don’t always do things you want, and do things they shouldn’t, but you love in the end. Loved the godparent frenzy.

Isobel continues to show how strong she is in every situation. She keeps a calm head at every turn and can calm anyone down. I loved that she still didn’t care what people thought about her including those close to her. She also doesn’t hold back with anyone including her father in law.

Will was put through the ringer this time, but he also kept his head high. He had his friends and Isobel around him to keep him afloat when he needed it the most. I worried about him at times when the hits just kept coming, but he didn’t let it pull him down.

This book handles subjects that could be triggering to some. It handles infant loss, miscarriage, suicide, adultery, and sexuality. They are all handled very well and are a part of the whole story like in A Scarlet Woman.

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ARC Review: Tortured by a Horrible Secret (Thieves of the Ton Book 6) by Sandra Sookoo

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Tortured by a Horrible Secret by Sandra Sookoo

Releases August 28, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Will the bonds of love prove stronger than a man back from the dead and bent on revenge?

Miles Lawrence Hawkins, the fifth Earl of Archewyne, is determined to retire from life as a king’s man. Working clandestine cases for the Crown might be in his blood, but keeping his family safe is a more paramount concern. When he and his wife are kidnapped, the chances of escaping slip away, especially when the man behind the insane plan is his brother, Nigel, who has been assumed dead for years.

A mysterious note arrives following the unexpected death of her father blaming her husband for that event, and the Countess of Archewyne wonders what game is afoot. Doubts and fears add to growing ennui when Emmaline lands in a world of pain and confusion. A masked captor makes hideous demands unless she and the earl provide classified information. Through it all, she clings to her love for her husband while biding her time.

Physical and emotional torture continues until the reason is finally revealed—to lure the Duke of Rathesborne into the web to answer for his alleged crimes against Nigel. As their world tilts on the whim of a mad man, they both battle to survive. Nothing short of a miracle can put their lives back together again or repair the damage gained in captivity, but fighting for the future is well worth any cost.

Trigger Warning: Some of the content found in this book may be triggering and/or sensitive. Physical and mental abuse, sexual violence, sexual assault and attempted rape/abuse may be some of the topics mentioned within the pages and might illicit a strong or potentially harmful emotional response.

My Review

Sandra does it again with another breathtaking adventure and story of love beating the odds. The emotions hit you from page drawing you into the story and not letting go. I was so worried about her and Miles because of that note that I didn’t see their kidnapping coming until it happened. The whole time they are held captive was another emotional rollercoaster. Between them willing to die for each other, knowing the secrets, and the torture they were going through I was holding my breath at every turn. I was really afraid of what would happen during another one of Sandra’s amazing fight scenes. So much going on and the details that keep you on the edge until the end. Nigel was truly evil and crazy and he may be the villain to top all villains. When it came to the end there were still many emotions. I was sad, relieved, happy, and amused with how their lives were going to change and that his decision was made for him.

Emmaline is in a bad place in her mind because of everything that has happened. I was hurting for her as she was going through everything from the start and cheering her on. She continues to be a favorite with how she’s strong, but also still a human and not immune to things. When that spark returned to her I wanted to jump up and down. Especially when she put on a show.

Miles is still trapped in that mindset of their work puts them in danger and afraid he will lose his wife. I love that his humor still comes through no matter what and that he doesn’t give up. He also was going through his own emotions because of everything, but his love for her would not let him give up. I feared he would have to make a decision he shouldn’t, but it all worked out.

I wanted to help Peter so much and loved seeing Jonathon again.

I agree with the trigger warning of this book. It is a pretty intense book and the emotions and many of the scenes could be triggering to some readers. To give you an idea of how intense scenes are I would say its up near Outlander level. Not as graphic, but the emotions are there and details are still intense.

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ARC Review: More or Less a Countess (The Somerset Sisters #2) by Anna Bradley

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More or Less a Countess by Anna Bradley

Releases August 7, 2018

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Finding a worthy husband should be simple for three beautiful debutantes in Regency London. But the Somerset sisters have a way of making it delightfully complicated…

Violet Somerset has always preferred a library to a ballroom, but to please her grandmother she agreed to one London season. With nothing to show for it but heartbreak, she’s reconciled to spinsterhood. Until a notorious rogue known as the Devil of Dare requests an introduction to her timid, gentle youngest sister, Hyacinth. Violet will do anything to stop the match—even if it means posing as Hyacinth herself.

Nicholas Balfour, the Earl of Dare, is enjoying the life of a rake far too much to take a wife. But he must keep his promise to his grandmother. He’ll simply choose the meekest bride he can find, install her at his estate, then carry on as before. Hyacinth sounds perfect—until he discovers that her sweet demeanor hides the tongue of a viper and the mind of a bluestocking.

As Violet’s ruse threatens to unravel, however, she may find the tables turned. Soon she may have no choice but to tolerate her handsome fiancée—or fall in love with him.

My Review

A wild ruse and past ghosts will bring these two together and it won’t be a fairytale. There are quite a few ups and downs with them and you may want to knock them both upside the head. But you will love them both in the end. Their first meeting was a confusing mess that led them on an adventure. I knew they were a perfect match when it came to the conversation in the museum and everything afterwards. The way he found out about the ruse was not how I expected and I didn’t see the rest coming. When they finally were happy I wanted to cheer.

Violet is not your average bluestocking with where her interests lay, but that’s what makes her perfect! I loved her from the start because of how different she was and that she wasn’t afraid to ask questions about anything. She almost gave up, but then she had the perfect plan that made me smile and laugh.

Nicholas is not how he appears to others and is haunted by ghosts of his past. As you get to know his story it’s heartbreaking and explains so much about his. When she made him see what the real problem was it was like he was a new man. I loved him from the start because he cared about her right away and didn’t realize it.

I absolutely loved Gibbs in every scene and agreed with her grandmother near the end.

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ARC Review: Promise of Redemption (Searching Hearts Book 5) by Ellie St. Clair

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Promise of Redemption by Ellie St. Clair

Releases August 7, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Descent into darkness…
Six years after his betrothed was murdered in the foyer of his London home, Daniel Harrington, the Marquess of Ravenhall, is consumed by rage and a thirst for justice. He spends his days searching for the man who killed his love and works tirelessly to right the injustices of others. Nothing, however, seems to heal the hole left in his heart. Though he vows to never love another, his father, the Duke of Ware, has other ideas. Tired of his son’s disregard for his birthright, the duke arranges for his son to be married to Lady Christina Princeton.

Longing for love…

Christina Princeton has longed for a Season to choose for herself the perfect companion with whom to share a life. Convinced by her father that she is too plain, too plump, and too practical, she wishes for a man who can see her for the woman she is inside. Dismayed when her father reveals his plans for her marriage, she considers the option until she finds the man she is to marry is the very same she witnessed carrying out an act of shocking violence.

Despite the wall Daniel has built around his heart, Christina slowly begins to pry through the cracks, searching for the kind, caring man of whom she has seen but glimpses. With the past haunting them and new dangers emerging, they must help one another fight all that threatens them. Will they be lost to the darkness forever, or will new love overcome all odds?

The last book in the Searching Hearts series, this can be read as a standalone novel. It’s a guaranteed happily ever after! For readers 18+, due to some steamy content.

My Review

A darker read that will have you hoping and leave you shocked! This one is not full of fluff which I love because you get characters that really need saving and love. Both will pull at your heart in different ways and shock you at times. Their first meeting most definitely was not a good one, but it lit the spark. They came to an agreement, but of course, their hearts aren’t going to listen. When they finally give in it’s an explosion. I was so sucked into the story that I jumped at the same time characters did because I did see the person coming. The killer was a complete shock that I did not see coming at all and the ending to that made me hold my breath.

Christina is not your typical lady and I wouldn’t mess with her. At first, she comes off a little pushing, but she grows on you with how forward she is in telling him what she wants. She really kept her head high even with everything her father would say to her. I loved her spirit.

Daniel is being held by such a powerful need for justice that its heartbreaking. There is so much more to him than meets the eye. The work he does is amazing, but also a bit scary with somethings that are hinted at. I held my breath when he went out for the last time afraid he would go through with his plan. When he let go it was like a new person.

I loved his family and friend because they all wanted him to be happy. Her father I think really was trying to make sure she was happy but didn’t know how to interact with her.

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ARC Review: Nightingale (Willow Creek #8) by Lily Graison

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Nightingale by Lily Graison

Releases August 7, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Elisabeth “Betsey” Atwater had plans as big as the Montana Sky. Marry the boy she’s loved since the day they met and become a famous singer. Getting Aaron Hilam to notice her took years of patience and when he did, life was so perfect she forgot all about singing. But dreams of spending her life with him were shattered when he left town and said he was never coming back. Her heart was broken beyond repair until she realized Aaron had left behind a piece of himself she could hold on to forever.

Aaron Hilam’s growing feelings for his best friend’s little sister spooked him more than anything ever had. He’d spent the past twelve years trying to avoid her but now that she was full grown and the prettiest girl in all of Willow Creek, he had a hard time ignoring her, especially when those kisses she gave him led to things her brother would probably kill him for if he knew. When an argument at home has him mad at the world, he leaves town vowing to never come back but like most things in his life, trouble is never far behind him. When he returns home he has a lot of broken hearts to mend, one in particular.

When Betsey spots Aaron riding into town, she’s heartsick when she sees he’s not alone. But her despair is short-lived when she meets a man who offers her a way past the heartache and a path straight to the other big dream she’s always yearned for. All she has to do is give up everything she’s ever held dear, and that includes Aaron Hilam.

My Review

It almost pains me to say this, but Aaron may be my favorite in Willow Creek! I have been wanting a story like this and Lily delivered it. I couldn’t put it down from page one with her brother doing what any brother would do. There is so much to their story that it pulls at your heart and waiting for something to keep them apart. I loved seeing their relationship build again and so many scenes were heart touching. I knew there was going to be trouble with the guy offering what she wanted but never saw that kind of trouble coming. I was holding my breath after that afraid that something else would happen. There is so much in the book that is amazing and I don’t want to giveaway. I loved the hint for the next book and can’t wait for it. This is one written so well that you can picture everything like a movie.

Betsey is a strong woman to do things on her own and work where she works. She wasn’t so stubborn that she wouldn’t listen even if it took a bit to get her to listen. I loved that she didn’t hide from the town and felt for her with what she had to agree to when protecting those she loved.

Aaron knew he made mistakes and wanted to make things right, but didn’t know everything. He had my heart from the start because he owned up to things and clearly loved her. I felt for him everytime something happened and he made my heart ache in many scenes.

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