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Review: A Fine Madness (Highland Brides #3) by Elizabeth Essex

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A Fine Madness by Elizabeth Essex

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

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Blurb

“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.” Jane Austen 

MISS OTIS REGRETS…

The entirely of Miss Elspeth Otis’s inheritance from her wastrel father is a battered old trunk with some scrawled-upon foolscap sheets. Nothing that could free her from a stifling life with her fusty maiden aunties in a musty old cottage in a misty corner of Scotland. Nothing that will give her the life she’s always dreamed of–a life full of kindness and kisses and love. Or will it?

NOTHING…

Mr. Hamish Cathcart wants more than anything to avoid the hasty marriage to a brewer’s daughter his father, the earl, has arranged to revive his fortunes. Hamish’s only hope is his failing publishing company, whose only asset is a scandalously banned book by an infamous, but unfortunately deceased, author. But when a new novel written by the same man lands on Hamish’s doorstep, he’ll go to any length to secure it–any length but love.
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This novella was previously released in the anthology Scandal’s Daughters.

My Review

*I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

How could you not love a story where a scandalous book brings people together. I was sucked in from the start when the trunk was delivered. I loved how her aunt seemed to always have a plan for everyone involved. They were meant for each other and I loved how it played out between them.

Elspeth has been sheltered by her aunts from many things. She was not a shy girl though and just needed room to break free. I loved that she accepted who her father was and was open to being herself.

Hamish was determined to not end up in an arranged marriage. I loved that he didn’t blink at working and didn’t run from his feelings. He was a quick thinker when it came to everything.

Review: Love Letters to a Victorian Spy (Spy Series) by Patricia Catacalos

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Love Letters to a Victorian Spy by Patricia Catacalos

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

England – 1865…Colin Layton, Viscount Evanston, is the spy ‘Fox’ who must ferret out a double-agent working with the Prussians searching for a ledger, containing the names of British operatives, which has gone missing. Colin must also determine who is writing ‘love letters’ to him. Are the letters taunts suggesting that someone knows he is a spy or were they truly written by a secret admirer?

My Review

* I was gifted a copy by the author in exchange for my honest review.

AMAZING! The blurb does not do this book justice to how amazing the mystery is. I loved how everything intertwined so there is a good amount of romance and mystery. I had my suspicions about who was sending the letters but was not sure until it was revealed because of twists. The identity of Raven was a total surprise that I didn’t see coming and so was Peacock’s because I couldn’t even begin to figure it out. I love the matchmaking going on and the chemistry between them from the start. People that I guessed were involved were not and that makes for a great mystery. It does end on a cliffhanger but in a good way so that the mystery continues, but things are wrapped up in this one too.

Eliza is a woman that has no wish to marry again. I loved her from the start because she was open and honest when talking to anyone. She had a bit of a temper, but she was quick to realize when she was wrong. I loved what she did in the end to get his attention.

Colin has a reputation that is perfect for a spy. He is a charmer and even if he’s just being nice you still love him. I loved that he tried to protect everyone and that he wasn’t always the proper hide your emotions persons. He has a bit of a temper too, but it works for him.

This is going on my all-time favorites list and I highly recommend if you love a good mystery like I do.

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: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

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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: The Virgin Huntress (The Devil DeVere #2) by Victoria Vane

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The Virgin Huntress by Victoria Vane

My Rating: ❤❤❤ 1/2

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋💋

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Blurb

All’s Fair in Love and Abduction

Coddled and pampered, since her mother’s death, Vesta Chambers is preparing for her come-out only to have her father return from London with a bride of his own! With her world turned upside down, Vesta accompanies her godmother to London, where she is smitten the instant she lays eyes on Captain Hewett DeVere of the Seventeenth Light Dragoons.

Captain Hew DeVere, younger brother to Vesta’s godfather, Viscount Ludovic “The Devil” DeVere, has returned from the American war scarred, disillusioned, and looking forward to settling down to a quiet and respectable life. When Hew turns his eyes toward the widowed Diana, Vesta is prepared to take extreme measures to prove just how wrong he is. But, Hew didn’t survive the worst of the war only to succumb to Vesta’s wayward wiles.

Proving the adage that opposites attract, this hilarious romantic romp pits a would-be huntress against a gallant hero in an epic war of wills.

My Review

This is not my normal kind read, but I did enjoy most of it. I like that it was a different take on the typical troupes. It did provide some laughs which is different from most like this and I really liked that. It is a faster read than I tend to like, but I did love a couple of scenes because they were funny. Even though I don’t tend to read books like this I still want to know what happens in the other books.

Vesta is every bit the spoiled brat. I didn’t like her until near the end when she realized what her actions can cause. I felt for her because she never expected her father to come home with a bride.

Hew is the kind of man that is easy to fall for. He’s a war hero and every bit the gentleman. He was exactly what she needed because he was her opposite. I liked his backstory and the twist with him.

Review: Brynnde by M Pepper Langlinais

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Brynnde by M Pepper Langlinais

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

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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.

ARC Review: Three Weeks with a Princess (The Improper Princesses #2) by Vanessa Kelly

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Three Weeks with a Princess by Vanessa Kelly

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

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Blurb

In Vanessa Kelly’s captivating series, three young women are descended from royalty–in the most improper way. But that doesn’t stop them from pursuing lives rich in adventure. . .

Lia Kincaid, illegitimate daughter of the Duke of York, comes from a long line of notorious women. Raised by her grandmother, formerly mistress to the late Marquess of Lendale, she has little hope of a respectable marriage. But the new marquess, her childhood friend, Jack Easton, would make a very desirable protector . . . if he weren’t too honorable to take her to bed.

It’s bad enough being saddled with a title he never desired. Now Jack must resist the beautiful woman he desires far too much. Duty calls, and he is duty-bound to choose a wealthy bride. But then Lia makes another outrageous suggestion: asking Jack to devise some tests to find her the perfect paramour. Tests that involve flirting, kissing, and other pleasurable pursuits. Tests that, in a matter of weeks, could transform friendship into the ton’s greatest scandal, igniting a passion even duty can’t deny. . .

My Review

*I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review

Two stubborn people make for great passion. From the start, I knew this was going to be a great story. There were both so stubborn that they would set their minds to something and misunderstand each other at times. I loved the back and forth and how it would erupt into passion. I did not see the twist coming with her friend near the end and how it would turn out. I loved how much family was involved and seeing characters for the first book again.

Lia was so determined to take care of herself and her grandmother that she was willing to follow the same path. Trouble followed her everywhere and sometimes it was very dangerous. I loved how she kept trying to do things and take care of everyone else first.

Jack has never had a problem with Lia or her family because they were like family to him. I loved that when he tried to explain something it always came out wrong and backfired on him. He realized that accepting help is okay and that love is important.

This is an amazing series and has so many amazing characters that I hope to see again.

 

Review: A Study in Scoundrels (Romancing the Rules #2) by Christy Carlyle

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A Study in Scoundrels by Christy Carlyle

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

Sophia Ruthven is the epitome of proper behavior. On paper at least, as long as that paper isn’t from one of the lady detective stories she secretly pens. She certainly isn’t interested in associating with the dashing Jasper Grey, the wayward heir to the Earl of Stanhope, and one of the stage’s leading men. But when she learns Grey’s younger sister Liddy has gone missing, she can’t deny her desire to solve the mystery…or her attraction to the incorrigible scoundrel.

Responsibility isn’t something Grey is very familiar with. On the boards and in the bedroom, he lives exactly how he wants to, shunning all the trappings of respectability and society. Grey knows he should avoid the bewitching Sophia, but he’s never been able to say no to what he wants. And having Sophia in his arms and his bed is quickly becoming the thing he wants the most.

As Sophia and Grey’s search for Liddy continues across the English countryside, can this scoundrel convince a proper lady that he’s actually perfect for her or will their adventure leave them both heartbroken?

My Review

*I was gifted a copy from the author.

I loved the first book in this series and loved this one! I was hooked from the start and the mystery of Liddy was weaved throughout perfectly so I couldn’t guess at anything. I loved the traveling and how something always was happening. When they went to his family you realize why he has ran from his title and you love him more. Her housekeeper was a favorite of mine especially in the end when they were getting ready. The scenes with the doctor were favorites. The ending is one of my favorite endings.

Sophia is very different in the ways she thinks and acts. I loved that she used her mind and seemed all about proper behavior, but she loved adventure and mystery. Her upbringing and some other things were why she was careful and knew how to handle people.

Grey will have your heart from the start. He was defiantly a scoundrel, but he didn’t hesitate to go after his sister and would do anything to protect her. I loved how he came off wild not caring person, but he really did care and his guilt from the past will break your heart.

Release Blast for Wicked Love: Seven Wicked Historical Love Stories

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Seven tales of passion, written by your favorite USA Today and bestselling authors, sure to make your heart flutter!

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Title: Wicked Love: Seven Wicked Historical Love Stories

Author: Christina McKnight, Dawn Brower, Amanda Mariel, Callie Hutton, Erica Monroe, Lauren Smith, Elizabeth Essex

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: June 20, 2017

When love is this good, it’s wicked. Seven tales of passion, written by your favorite USA Today and bestselling authors, sure to make your heart flutter!

 

 

The Mistress Enchants Her Marquis by Christina McKnight
Elijah Watson, Marquis of Ridgefeld, has spent his life away from society. As the illegitimate daughter of London’s disreputable Craven House Madame, Miss Samantha Pengarden has never had to face society alone–until now. When Samantha is named Elijah’s mistress in White’s betting book, her reputation is in ruins–and only Elijah can save her.

Surrendering to My Spy by Dawn Brower
A rogue, a marquess and a spy… Each an integral part of Dominic Rossington’s life and he does them all rather well. Love throws him off balance and he’ll do everything in his power to protect the one who holds his heart, Lady Rosanna. Danger lurks on the horizon and he’ll have to put it all on the line to save her.

Scandalous Redemption by Amanda Mariel
Can two wary people overcome past hurts, an old scandal, and social strictures to embrace true love?

For the Love of a Viscount by Callie Hutton
Bluestocking Lady Elise Smith and content bachelor Lord St. George made a pact to thwart Lady Elise’s father’s plans for her to marry. What they don’t understand is a pretend courtship can only if work if you don’t fall in love . . .

Beauty and the Rake by Erica Monroe
Police inspector Michael Strickland sees the beauty inside Abigail Vautille, not the scarred beast she believes herself to be–and he’ll do anything to protect her from the blackguard who left her disfigured.

Wicked Designs by Lauren Smith
Emily, a rebellious debutante, is kidnapped by a devilish duke and his infamous league of rogues as part of a revenge plan, but Emily gives the duke more than he’s bargained for.

Mad About the Marquess by Elizabeth Essex
Lady Quince Winthrop has been robbing from society’s rich and giving to the poor for years–but when the Marquess of Cairn returns to Edinburgh, Quince discovers love is even harder to resist than temptation.

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What I’m Reading This Week: Christy Carlyle and Vanessa Kelly

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I hope everyone had a great Father’s day! Ours was a quiet one with just my dad’s picking what he wanted us to make for supper (fish), a card, and gift. I didn’t get a chance to read all weekend but have some book to read this week.

Wednesday I will have a review of Christy Carlyle’s A Study in Scoundrels. I can’t wait to read this one. Friday will be an ARC review of Three Weeks with a Princess by Vanessa Kelly! I loved the first one in this series.

Tomorrow is release day for The Pleasures of Passion (Sinful Suitors #4) by Sabrina Jeffries and you can read my review by clicking that link.