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With her betrothal to a duke in tatters and scandal imminent, Diana Kingman has two choices: live in certain ignominy or flee into obscurity. Diana wants solitude. She never wished to wed in the first place. However, her father will stop at nothing to betroth her to one of the finest titles in the realm…no matter how loathsome the bearer. Escape is Diana’s only option, and she’ll pay any price to achieve freedom.

Universally blamed for the death of his wife and unborn child, Simon Hastings doesn’t dispute his guilt over an accident he cannot even remember. He hasn’t had a drink since, nor a moment’s peace. Determined to be a better man, Simon rescues a young woman in need—only to be accused of kidnapping. They must marry to save him from prison. But how can a man haunted by the love he lost and a woman afraid to get too close find happiness together?

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He turned from the fire and contemplated the bed. It was neither big nor small and would support a blanket between them. However, there was no dressing screen to allow for privacy.
He wasn’t entirely sure how to broach the sensitive topic of disrobing, but since they would be spending several nights together, it had to be done. He looked back at her over his shoulder. “You aren’t planning on sleeping in your clothes again, are you?”
She turned in front of the fire but didn’t come toward him. “I’d rather not. But I’m afraid I’m in need of assistance. Unfortunately, my wardrobe depends upon a maid.”
“I’d be happy to provide help. Just remember I’ve no experience as a ladies’ maid.”
“Did you never undress your wife?” She looked away, angling herself back toward the fire. “Forget I asked that.”
He went back toward her and spoke softly. “Don’t.” She turned her head, her blue eyes dark and vivid in the firelight. “We are going to get to know each other much better than we ought, and I don’t want you to regret things you might say. I assumed you would be curious about my wife. Yes, I undressed her. Many times. If I close my eyes, I can still feel her skin.” But he didn’t close his eyes. He couldn’t. She—Miss Diana Kingman—held him captive with her gaze.
Miss Kingman exhaled. “You must promise not to look. Aside from what you must do to unlace my gown.
“I promise.” He kept his voice and his gaze steady. “We must trust each other on this journey. Implicitly. That’s why I won’t shy away from your questions.”
She nodded, then presented her back. “Will you leave while I undress? I’ll need ten minutes or so. I’ll be in bed when you return and will close my eyes while you disrobe.”
It was a good plan, particularly since he thought a walk outside in the cold might do him some good. A beautiful woman’s back presented to him for the purpose of assistance with disrobing was too reminiscent of a time gone by and yet wholly new. Miss Kingman wasn’t Miriam, nor did he want her to be.
Simon quickly unlaced her gown and helped lift it over her head. He laid it across one of the chairs set at a small table and returned to help her remove her petticoat and unlace her corset. When he finished, he dropped his hands to his sides.
“I can finish,” she said, without looking back. “Thank you.”
He left without a word, closing the door firmly behind him. He inhaled sharply, taking perhaps the deepest breath he had in the last ten minutes.
Thankfully he didn’t encounter anyone on his walk. He wasn’t in the mood to made idle chatter. His thoughts were bad enough—railing at him for being attracted to someone who wasn’t his wife.
But how could he expect to go through life as he had the past two years? A self-hating, forlorn monk. Oh, he put on a good face for everyone else, but no one knew how acutely his pain cut.
Tomorrow, they would be on their way to Northampton, and hopefully, things would go as smoothly as they had so far. But first he had to spend the night in her bed. Again. Only with less clothing.
Thinking it had been well more than ten minutes, he made his way back upstairs. The lantern next to the bed had been extinguished, leaving just the light from the fire to illuminate the room.
Simon looked toward the bed. Miss Kingman lay near the edge of one side—as close as she could get without falling off, he noted—her back to the center of the bed, where it looked as though she’d rolled one of the blankets and placed it between them. He hoped there were enough coverings on the bed to keep them warm. Last night, they’d worn more clothing to bed.
Hell. He wore a nightshirt to sleep in or, most often, nothing at all. Tonight, he should probably keep his smallclothes on.
Shrugging out of his jacket, he hung it on a hook in the wall. He sat down to remove his boots, working as quietly and quickly as possible. When he’d removed everything but his shirt and smallclothes, he went to his side of the bed and crawled between the icy covers. He shuddered involuntarily and felt her jerk.
“Sorry,” he murmured. “Cold bed.”
“Very,” she responded, her low, feminine voice rustling over him like a fine silk.
He considered making an offer to warm them both up—body heat would be most beneficial. But that was likely a bad idea. For so many reasons.
He turned to his side, away from her, but snuggled his back against the rolled-up blanket. That would help with the cold. And the warmer he got, the more easily he would fall asleep. And the sooner he fell asleep, the sooner he could put the proximity of Miss Kingman out of his mind.
Too bad none of that happened very quickly at all.

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My Review

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

I was looking forward to this so much since we got to know Simon in The Duke of Ice and it didn’t disappoint! I loved that it pretty much picked up from the last one and was an adventure from the start. They needed each other and both learned to open up about their pasts and secrets. I loved that her cousin started making plans and knew how things were going to turn out. I didn’t see the truth about his wife’s death coming in a thousand years because I thought that it would stay a full mystery that he would let go. That was a shocking and amazing twist to have. The wedding scene was another favorite of mine especially the ring.

Diana needs to escape, but not just because of the scandal from her engagement ending. She hid her secrets well, but they didn’t define her and only made her stronger. I loved that she didn’t hold back or shy away from anything. When she made up her mind to do something she did it.

Simon was going to make sure she was safe and had her freedom. He broke my heart everytime he thought about his wife and what happened. I loved how had no problem telling people they were rude and using being a Duke to shut them up. He was a gentleman as much as possible.

I didn’t like his mother at first, but she grew on me after Diana’s parents showed up

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About Darcy

Darcy BurkeDarcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.

Join her reader club at http://www.darcyburke.com/readerclub. 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, two Bengal cats and a third cat named after a fruit.

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ARC Review: To Love a Spy (The Beckett Files #3) by Laura Beers

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To Love a Spy by Laura Beers

Releases April 2, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Freed from the clutches of her cruel, traitorous mother and impostor husband, Lady Camden wants to rebuild her fractured life. But the years of terror and pain she endured at their hands continue to grip her heart in an iron vice. Refusing to stray from the refuge of her country estate, Kate tentatively agrees to an unusual alliance with the new Lord Camden, being mindful to keep her trust, and her heart, firmly safeguarded.

Adrien, the Earl of Camden, had lost everything he held dear while working undercover in France as an agent of the Crown, known only as Hawk. Now an earl, he wants only to repair his tattered, lonely life. His efforts are interrupted, however, when he is called to accept another assignment: Stop French spies from passing a bill in Parliament that will eliminate British aid in the war against Napoleon.

When Kate’s past pulls her into a web of treachery and deceit, a life she is wholly unprepared for, Adrien must use any means necessary to stop the French spies from succeeding in their evil designs and keep her safe. When the truth is finally revealed, will Lady Camden be strong enough to seize her own future and happiness, or will her heart be too shattered to ever love a spy?

My Review

As always Laura will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat as you are thrown into yet another thrilling spy adventure! This one continues not long after the ending of the last one and brings everyone together again. Its not only the journey of catching the spies but of learning to love and trust again. I was hooked from the start because it was clear that he loved her and wanted to help her in every way. In no way did I see who was behind everything or the crazy reasons for some of it coming. The wedding scene tops all others I have loved with its own little twists. Serious book hangover with this one and hope there is more to the series soon.

Kate is stronger than she realizes and needs help to find her voice again. Her emotions and trauma of what happened rule her at times, but she is a favorite of mine. She didn’t wither away and everyone around her wanted to help her. I loved when she started acting like a spy without fulling realizing it.

Adrien wears his heart on his sleeve without knowing it. I loved how thought about things and his use of a sledgehammer made him a favorite. He could so easily transform and convince people of anything that you almost believe it yourself. When did what he did before the wedding I loved him more.

This is a must read series!

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USA Today Bestselling Author Erica Monroe writes dark, suspenseful historical romance. Her current series include Gothic Brides (Gothic Regency romances), The Rookery Rogues (pre-Victorian gritty working class romance), and Covert Heiresses (Regency spies who are the children of a duke). She was a finalist in the published historical category for the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Romantic Suspense, and her books have been recommended reads at Fresh Fiction, Smexy Books, Smart Bitches Trashy Books, and All About Romance. Her favorite things include coffee, profanity, comic books, and television. She lives in the suburbs of North Carolina with her husband, two dogs, two cats.

 

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Death is just the beginning in this dark, emotional Gothic Regency Romance…

After the death of her beloved guardian, Miss Felicity Fields is left adrift, her future uncertain. Grief-stricken, she launches a plan to use the ancient art of alchemy to bring back to life the woman who was like a mother to her. The last thing this blunt bluestocking needs is the return of Nicholas Harding, the Duke of Wycliffe and rightful owner of her home on the wild coast of Cornwall. He stirs an unexpected passion within her, and Felicity has had enough change in her life.
When they were children, Nicholas never understood his aunt’s brilliant but unemotional ward, or her many strange scientific studies. He ought to take her back to London, so she can make a proper society match–except he can’t stop thinking about her. But with the line between life and death blurred by Felicity’s experiments, can he convince her that she’s no longer alone, and her proper place is by his side?

 

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My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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This one will pull at your heart and give you goosebumps at times. I loved the spark that was between them and when it exploded it was like years built up. There’s a bit of Frankenstein vibes with her wanting to bring her back and the reason pulls at your heart. They were meant to be together and experiments brought them together.

Felicity is so different from any other heroine and I love her. She will break your heart with her reason for trying to bring her back and how long she has been trying to. It wasn’t that she needed to change who she was, but learn to understand and be around people.

Nicholas wanted to do what he thought was right for. I loved that he didn’t want to control her and wanted to help her. He was what she needed to help her deal with everything.

I previously reviewed this book in the Christmas in Castle Keyvnor series

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How dare he!

For a minute, Felicity stood there, glaring daggers at Nicholas’s retreating back. How dare he, she

thought again, and again, as she had so many times before when dealing with him. He made her want to

shake her fist, stomp her foot, and spit on him. Perhaps she’d do all three, with him here now.

Which no one had told her to anticipate.

If she’d had time to prepare, she could have had a strategy. Now she was caught at a disadvantage.

Why hadn’t anyone informed her? After so many years living at Tetbery, the servants knew she didn’t cope

well with the unexpected.

And now, she had too much at stake—if Nicholas learned about the true nature of her experiments,

he’d stop her from bringing back Margaret.

Gathering her skirts in one hand, Felicity broke into a jog. The wind smacked against her cheeks, the

harshness somehow fitting. The morning had started out sunny, but despite the clearness of the sky, the sun

simply wasn’t strong enough to abate the chill.

All the sun did was make Nicholas look like golden god.

Fitting, too, that even the weather was against her.

“Curb her wild ways,” he’d said, as if he was the one to do that.

When they’d been children, she’d always been the one to point out possible dangers. He’d never

listened. Not when she’d given him directions in her laboratory, and not when he’d sprained his ankle jumping

off the manor’s second story balcony to get away from her lecture on the pollination processes of honey bees.

Served him right, really. Honey bees were fascinating creatures, and he should have been thanking her

for enlightening him, not running away.

 

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Review: Earl of St. Seville (Wicked Earls’ Club #11) by Christina McKnight

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Earl of St. Seville by Christina McKnight

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋1/2

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When a bluestocking spinster sets her mind to something…

Lady Patience Lane, daughter of the Earl of Desmond and legendary boxer Ivory Bess, grew up learning to fight, not how to mind her manners. She always expected she’d become a trainer like her mother, until injuries from the ring led to her mother’s untimely death. Now, she’s determined to save other families from the same heartache, by teaching others about the dangers of boxing. Nothing could bring her back to the world she left—until she meets a mysterious stranger who sets her pulse racing.

And a dark, dangerous lord interferes…

Sinclair Chambers, the Earl of St. Seville and known as “Sin” to his cohorts, inherited an insolvent estate. He has to make money, and fast, or his tenants will starve. The prize purses from the bareknuckle mills will go a long way to solving his problems, if he can win them. To be a success in the ring, he needs the best trainer, and Patience Lane is the best there is—all he has to do is convince her that he’ll only fight once.

They just might find their happily ever after in each other’s arms.

The more time Sin and Patience spend together, the closer they become. Soon, Sin’s thoughts are less about winning in the ring, and more about winning Patience’s heart. But can a relationship born out of wicked deception stand the test of time?

My Review

How can you not love a woman training a man to fight! Their first meeting was very unique and I knew they were going to be very different in how they did things. I loved that they both were so set on their reasons, but also wanted to help and not hurt each other. Her family just added to everything from her father helping her with her cause to her brothers helping and having their own requirements for things. The ending and proposal was perfect.

Patience’s reason for her cause is heartbreaking, but Sin sparked something in her. She had me from the start with how set she was on things. Then as she realized what her actions had done broke my heart and made we love her more.

Sin stands out from all the other men in many ways. He was determined to save his home and could see through many people. I loved that he was so open to her and the reason behind his name is so sweet.

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ARC Review: The Duke of Ruin (The Untouchables #8) by Darcy Burke

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The Duke of Ruin by Darcy Burke

Releasing March 27, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

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With her betrothal to a duke in tatters and scandal imminent, Diana Kingman has two choices: live in certain ignominy or flee into obscurity. Diana wants solitude. She never wished to wed in the first place. However, her father will stop at nothing to betroth her to one of the finest titles in the realm…no matter how loathsome the bearer. Escape is Diana’s only option, and she’ll pay any price to achieve freedom.

Universally blamed for the death of his wife and unborn child, Simon Hastings doesn’t dispute his guilt over an accident he cannot even remember. He hasn’t had a drink since, nor a moment’s peace. Determined to be a better man, Simon rescues a young woman in need—only to be accused of kidnapping. They must marry to save him from prison. But how can a man haunted by the love he lost and a woman afraid to get too close find happiness together?

My Review

I was looking forward to this so much since we got to know Simon in The Duke of Ice and it didn’t disappoint! I loved that it pretty much picked up from the last one and was an adventure from the start. They needed each other and both learned to open up about their pasts and secrets. I loved that her cousin started making plans and knew how things were going to turn out. I didn’t see the truth about his wife’s death coming in a thousand years because I thought that it would stay a full mystery that he would let go. That was a shocking and amazing twist to have. The wedding scene was another favorite of mine especially the ring.

Diana needs to escape, but not just because of the scandal from her engagement ending. She hid her secrets well, but they didn’t define her and only made her stronger. I loved that she didn’t hold back or shy away from anything. When she made up her mind to do something she did it.

Simon was going to make sure she was safe and had her freedom. He broke my heart everytime he thought about his wife and what happened. I loved how had no problem telling people they were rude and using being a Duke to shut them up. He was a gentleman as much as possible.

I didn’t like his mother at first, but she grew on me after Diana’s parents showed up.

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Why I Review Books and Why You Should Too

Why I Review Books and Why You Should Too

I am asked why I review books all the time and if it’s because I get free books. The short answer is NO, but I thought I would explain why I review books. Maybe it will inspire you to review the books you read.

I started reviewing books way before this blog because I read a book that I loved and wanted to thank the author by leaving a review for others to see. Then I started reviewing all the books that I loved even though they were short reviews. If I won a book in a giveaway I left a review as a thank you then I joined some street teams of favorite authors and learned about ARCs and started reviewing those. That is also where I learned about book blogs and fell in love with the idea.

When I started my blog It was and still is my mission to help support authors and spread the word about their books. The way I write my reviews as changed over time from short say “I loved it” to longer with more details as to why I loved it. When I started I only had the books I bought to review and it was a long time before I was asked to review a book. I turned down quite a few then and still do because I’m not after a free book. I only accept ones I’m truly interested in and know I have time to read them. I still have street teams I’m apart of because I love those authors books. I know that my reviews help those authors spread the word about their books and people that are looking for a book to read can see that others liked it.

The best feeling in the world is when an author says your review touched them or made them feel great. Another great feeling is when a reader says your review made them want to read the book.

If you love a book leave a review to let the author know so they keep writing. They don’t have to be long or detailed reviews. Even if you didn’t love it, a review can still be helpful to the author to know what people aren’t liking. Just don’t be harsh or not explain why you didn’t like it. Reviews like that also help readers avoid something that might trigger them or has something they don’t like in it like foul language or open door love scenes.

My tips for writing a review:

Say what you loved, but leave out spoilers. Look at the blurb to see what is mentioned so you don’t give away something. How you avoid spoilers is to be vague about details like say you love the twist with a certain character or that you loved the proposal scene because it was different. You want to intrigue someone to find out what happened or is different.

If you didn’ like something then explain why, but in a nice way. You don’t want to bash it or spoil something for others, but want to explain that whatever didn’t work for you. If there is something that upset you, triggered you, or could bother others include that. I always put a note in my review if the book deals with a sensitive subject (abortion, abuse, etc) as a main part of the story and not just mentioned in passing, or if there is graphic violence or rape.

Size doesn’t matter. You can do the short and sweet “I loved it” or longer ones. whichever fits the book. The only time that I think short doesn’t work is if you didn’t like it because nothing is worse for an author or even a reader is to see “I hated it” without an explanation. Sometimes those reviews are for the wrong book or just someone being mean that has never read it.

Review: The Wicked Marquis (Blackhaven Brides #5) by Mary Lancaster

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The Wicked Marquis by Mary Lancaster

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋 1/2

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The lady meets her match – and he’s hopelessly ineligible.

Poverty stricken marquis, Lord Tamar, is regarded in Blackhaven as an amiable eccentric and a gifted painter, rather than as a wicked man. But Tamar has secrets that he dare not reveal to anyone, let alone to the delightful Lady Serena, the Earl of Braithwaite’s sister, who suddenly lights up his world.

To Serena, fed up with London etiquette and sent home to her family castle in disgrace after her engagement is broken, the fascinating Tamar is a breath of fresh air. Accepting his help with the mystery of the strange barrels in the castle cellar, she is soon in the midst of danger involving smugglers and spies and a friend’s broken heart.

But it is her own heart which is in most danger, as she falls swiftly and desperately in love. And neither her family nor Tamar himself would ever countenance a marriage between them. Moreover, the marquis turns out to have committed a far more shocking crime than mere poverty.

My Review

I was hooked from the moment they met because it was clear it was going to be different. I loved the adventure of the smuggling that kept throwing them together. I did not see the twist of what was being hidden in the castle or who was behind the smuggling coming at all. They were perfect for each other and nothing was going to keep them apart even when they tried to stay apart. I had no clue what his secret was going to be and was shocked but loved how it was handled.

Serena is loveable from the start because she doesn’t hide from anything. I loved her with her sisters and how she said what had to be said. She couldn’t be cold no matter what she tried and believed.

Tamar always says what he thinks and doesn’t hide anything about his family. I loved his right away and his paintings sounded amazing. He tried to push her away but was drawn back to her every time.

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Review: Whippoorwill by R.L. Bartram

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Whippoorwill by R.L. Bartram

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Barely fourteen, Ceci Prejean is a tomboy running wild in the hot Louisiana summer. After breaking the nose of a local boy, her father decides to enlist the aid of Hecubah, a beautiful Creole woman, with a secret past, who takes Ceci in hand and turns her into a lady.

Now, eighteen-year-old Ceci meets and falls passionately in love with a handsome young northerner, Trent Sinclaire. Trent is a cadet at the West Point military academy. He acts as if he knows Ceci. They begin a torrid affair, even as the southern states begin to secede from the Union.

Only weeks before their wedding, the Confederate army attacks Fort Sumter and the civil war begins. Trent is called to active service in the north, leaving Ceci heartbroken in the south. Swearing vengeance on the union, after the untimely death of her family at the fall of New Orleans, Ceci meets with infamous spy master, Henry Doucet. He initiates her into the shadowy world of espionage. After her failure to avert the catastrophe at Gettysburg, Ceci infiltrates the White House.

There, she comes face to face with Abraham Lincoln, a man she’s sworn to kill. Forming a reckless alliance with the actor, John Wilkes Booth, she is drawn deeper into the plot to assassinate the President of the United States. A Confederate spy in love with a Union officer, her next decision will determine whether she lives or dies…

My Review

Real history, romance, and revenge make this an amazing story! I love that this story didn’t just cover a little bit of time in the civil war, it covered the whole war. I was hooked from the start when she broke that boys nose and how she became a lady. I loved the instant connection between them that was a fire that no one could put out. The bird spies all had their reasons for why they wanted to help the south win. I was holding my breath during her missions and every time something happened. I loved Hecubah and her story because I wouldn’t want to mess with her. When I got the end I didn’t want it to end.

Ceci is bent on revenge and torn between both sides. I loved her because she reacted like anyone else would, but she didn’t completely see red. It was a journey for her to get back to the man she loved and the person she really was. I held my breath when she met up with Booth.

Trent always loved her and everything about her. I loved the way he reacted to anything she did. I held my breath anytime he was near a battle. He was the perfect person for her.

I loved all the real historical figures and facts.

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ARC Review: Caught with a Stolen Diamond (Thieves of the Ton Book 5) by Sandra Sookoo

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Caught with a Stolen Diamond by Sandra Sookoo

Releasing March 20, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋 1/2

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Jewels and treasures hold no worth when held against the lives of loved ones.

Though thrilled to adventure again, the Countess of Archewyne worries their unexpected trip to India will delay her first official mission as a new king’s agent. But when Emmaline is told she and her husband will trade a priceless diamond for the kidnapped daughter of a marquess, she’s willing to make the sacrifice. Too bad no one knows exactly where the sought-after jewel is.

Miles Lawrence Hawkins, the fifth Earl of Archewyne, is looking forward to being out in the field again and away from the ton. Defending England’s interests from nefarious blackhearts is one of his favorite ways to spend time. But when he and his beloved wife embark on a fool’s mission to steal the Third Eye of Shiva and they stumble upon troubling clues from his past during their arduous journey across the world, he can’t help but think there should be a limit on men who wish his country ill.

As Emmaline and Miles are introduced to the exotic life behind an Indian prince’s palace walls, things aren’t what they seem. A bid for power reveals who truly controls the area while an insidious lie puts them both in danger. As peril dogs their steps and desperation fuels their actions, they must use every wile and skill they have in order to survive. For the sake of their little family and their own romance, they will give it their all. What else besides king, country and love is worth the fight?

My Review

This is my first time reading one of Sandra’s books and I’m hooked! She knows how to take you on an adventure that will have you holding your breath at every turn. I was up until 3am reading because I couldn’t put it down. I loved that they are married and this continues their romance in a way. I really like that this book shows every stop on the way to India and is full of surprises every place they go. It is full of twists and surprises while they try to save everything including each other.  There are also hints of other things going on with others that left me excited for more.

Emmaline is my favorite heroine! She can fight, is stubborn, and you do not want to mess with her. I loved that even though she would get mad at being told what to do she would realize the reason behind it. She doesn’t hold her tongue either.

Miles is also a favorite because he doesn’t hold back his feelings and you don’t want to even hint at hurting his family. I loved that even though he loved the life of being an agent he didn’t let that cloud his judgment.

I will definitely be getting the other books!

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Review: Capturing the Viscount (Rakes and Roses Book 1) by Win Hollows

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Capturing the Viscount by Win Hollows

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋 1/2

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Blurb

She’s a bit odd. He’s more than a bit determined to have her. But can their chemistry survive a force that threatens to keep them apart?

Laura has never been to London, but she’s determined to document every moment of her first season with her illegal invention. And if she meets the perfect gentlemen along the way, all the better. Once she is an immediate success on the marriage mart, however, she begins to realize that not all gentlemen behave like one – especially one infuriating Viscount. When he’s around, she ends up thinking she might not want a gentleman at all…

Remington Rothstone hasn’t had much interest in the innocent misses of the ton, but when he finds Laura Parrington doing the oddest things in his conservatory one night, he can’t help himself. She’s different than anyone he’s ever met, and he can’t seem to keep his hands off of her. Determined to have her for his own, his only problem might be convincing the lady herself that she belongs to no one else.

And all the while, someone watches from the shadows, with an agenda neither of them could have predicted…

My Review

This one is full of twists and turns. I loved that is started with what happened to him as a child and that surrounded what was happening. The mystery was very shocking because even though I figured out who it was I didn’t see the reason for why coming. A lot happens in this story that can make you laugh and have you on the edge of your seat. I loved the instant connection and how different their story was. Both sets of parents are different and fun.

Laura is very different and stubborn and I loved that about her. She just made some crazy decisions that I wanted to shake her for. I did love how strong she was when in a horrible situation.

Rem is used to charming women in an instant and lost with her. I loved how he kept trying and messing up at times. He does know how to treat her and others around him. I held my breath with him near the end.

This one does get a bit graphic with details involving the mystery and that could bother some people.

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