Review: Dressed in White (Colors of Scandal #1) by Sandra Sookoo

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Dressed in White by Sandra Sookoo

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Surviving the wilds of Cornwall is more life changing than they thought.

Miss Caroline Sloane is on her way to Poughill, Cornwall. In highhanded fashion, her estranged grandfather has arranged a marriage for her to a sea captain she’s met but once, and she wishes to convince him otherwise. She’ll marry for love or not at all, but an accident with the crowded mail coach on which she’s traveling throws her existence into chaos.

Alan Blackmore, the Earl of St. Clair, has been summoned to his Devon estate by his ducal father. His engagement, designed by the duke years ago, has now come due and he must wed to merge holdings. The last thing he wants is a leg-shackling, for he enjoys his life of a rake too much, and he means to tell his father off, but one dark, rainy night on mud-slick roads changes his course forever.

Lost and injured in windswept and rugged Cornwall, the first order of business is survival. As their injuries heal, Caroline and Alan come to know each other while living a simple, uncomplicated life. A friendship of necessity slowly grows into something passionate and scandalous, but when reality returns to rescue them, they both must decide what is more important: duty, tradition, or an unexpected love.

Sandra took a “trapped in a cabin” story and put a twist on it because they were also fighting for survival and complete strangers tossed together. I was emotional from the start with the carriage accident since we got to know all the passengers and the details of it were haunting. They not only learn about each other while trapped but also about themselves. The spark between them is always there and you can see it getting hotter with each passing day until it finally ignites and then you will need a fan for those scenes. They are such as passionate couple and I was actually sad when they were rescued because the emotions of going back to their lives were so raw.

I cried when everything came full circle and their families’ true intentions showed. The wedding scene had me balling my eyes out because the emotions from everyone were nothing like I expected. I didn’t want it to end and had a major book hangover. This book will stay with me forever.

Caroline is my twin and all-time favorite heroine. Her tongue has a mind of its own and she says many wicked things. She doesn’t hesitate when she decides what she wants and grows into such a strong woman throughout the story. I loved that she didn’t play games or act silly about things.

Alan is one of those heroes that to the outside world he is a rake and hides his feelings, but with Caroline the true Alan shines through. He has such an upbeat attitude that could come off as not caring to some, but you have to love him. Even when he made a mess of things you still will love him. I loved how easily he opened up to her and how strong he became. He reminds me so much of my boyfriend.

I can’t wait for the next book in this series and see it becoming a favorite series!

Review: The Pirate’s Tempting Stowaway (The Dukes of War #6) by Erica Ridley

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The Pirate’s Tempting Stowaway by Erica Ridley

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Captain Blackheart leads a simple life of roving the seas, wenching and treasure-hunting. He steers clear of romantic entanglements that could tie him to land. He shouldn’t have any trouble keeping his hands off the gently-bred lady he’s commissioned to abduct—except his cargo turns out to be feisty and passionate! She’d be a prize worth treasuring, if having her aboard didn’t jeopardize everything…

Clara Halton thought the worst loss she could suffer was to be stripped of her family, stricken with consumption, and left to die alone. Then she meets Blackheart. Their attraction is ruinous…and irresistible. When he delivers her like so much plunder, his mission is over — but hers has just begun. She’ll force him to acknowledge their connection, even if she must storm his ship to do it! 

I was glued to this story from page one and couldn’t put it down! There is an instant attraction between them that can’t be denied no matter how hard they try they can’t stay away from each other. The moment he delivered her to her family and left made my heart hurt because there was something special between them. I loved when she decided to board the ship and hide because I didn’t know what his reaction would be and it was a total surprise!

She arrived back on the ship in time for a treasure hunt full of surprises and for them both to give in. I needed a fan when they couldn’t hold back anymore. Neither one is willing to give up their way of life for the other yet, but love won’t let them say goodbye that easily.

Clara believed she was dying and sent her daughter away to keep her safe and was surprised when a handsome stranger says he’s been sent to get her. I loved her from the start because she wasn’t anything like you’d expect and was ready to defend herself. She is one of the feistiest women and doesn’t hold back about anything.

Gregory tries to put up a hard front, but those that know him know he has a big heart. He couldn’t deny that he wanted her even when she drove him mad by sneaking on the ship and not staying put. I loved him right away because he knew she needed help and he wasn’t going to let her die.

I love that both are a bit older and know what they are getting into.

Review: The Rebellious Red by Rosamund Winchester

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The Rebellious Red by Rosamund Winchester

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Every Rose has a Thorn, and every love has a tale…

Rose “Red” isn’t a Rees. Washed ashore as a babe, she cannot remember her parents or the meaning the locket she still wears around her neck. When clues point north, Rose heads to Scotland to uncover the truth about family she had lost. Fortunately for her, the clan leader is more than willing to help her…because Rose is his long lost betrothed. 

Struggling to find peace after his father’s death and shocked at finding the woman he’d been betrothed to since childhood, Thorn is torn between marrying someone he knows and trying to convince the fierce Rose to remain with him as his wife. But Rose is more than just a beautiful woman; she is a puzzle, and much too tempting to let go. 

While unwilling to tie herself to a man who says he will be her husband, Rose cannot shake the desire to know what it feels like to be Thorn’s. But she quickly comes to realize that there is more to Thorn than a man of laws and steel, and more to their attraction than she ever thought possible. 

I need a fan after these two and the intense attraction between them. Sparks fly the moment they meet and intensifies with every second. They were made for each other in every way possible. They battle together and surprise each other in different ways.

I did not see the twist with Briar coming, but she lived up to her name in many shocking ways. As always the Rees family will surprise in the end and you won’t see it coming.

Rose is the one I’ve been the most excited for and her story went beyond my expectations. You will love her at the words “Oh, I cannot imagine what would have happened if these strapping men had not come to save me.” She is not the average woman and is as stubborn as they come.

Thorn is a man of honor and will do anything to protect his people and those he loves. I loved that he made it clear that he wanted her and it wasn’t just because of the contract between families. He’ll give you chills when he whispers “The most beautiful rose in the world,”

This has to be one of my all time favorite books!

Review: One Night of Temptation (Wicked Dukes Club #6) by Darcy Burke

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One Night of Temptation by Darcy Burke

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Meet the unforgettable men of London’s most notorious tavern, The Wicked Duke. Seductively handsome, with charm and wit to spare, one night with these rakes and rogues will never be enough…

Faced with a marriage she can’t abide, Lady Penelope Wakefield takes drastic measures to preserve her freedom. Her brilliant plan is foolproof until a sexy but imperious rector “rescues” her.

Rector Hugh Tarleton has no patience for the Society philanthropists who seek to bestow their pity—and not much else—on his oppressed flock in one of London’s worst neighborhoods. When the daughter of a marquess is kidnapped and brought to the rookery, he vows to protect her, but the temptation to surrender to their mutual desire will certainly ruin them both.

Darcy has done something I’ve not seen before and made the hero a rector and she now has me wanting more! A simple act of fate brought Huge to her rescue and linked their hearts to each other. Every second they are together the heat builds and just when you think they will cave something interrupts them. You are left waiting with bated breath many times for different reasons.

When you put multiple members of the Wicked Duke together you know they are going to come up with a wild plan. The man her father wanted her to marry made my skin crawl. That whole scene at the church had me on pins and needles. I have to applaud the bishop for how he reacted to everything because it was not what i expected.

Penelope is nothing like her parents and the more she is with Hugh, the more her true self comes through. I loved her from the start with how brave and bold she was to escape that marriage. She knew exactly what her heart wanted.

Hugh is nothing like you expect him to be and you will love him the minute he winks. He wants to help others and isn’t like most men in many ways. I loved how he thought about things bringing them together and the control he had over himself.

The Wicked Duke members are always there for each other. This was my favorite in the series!

Review: One Night to Remember (Wicked Dukes Club #5) by Erica Ridley

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One Night to Remember by Erica Ridley

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Notorious whip Giles Langford is surprised to learn his blacksmith is a girl, shocked to realize she’s the out-of-his-league sister of a duke, and horrified to discover he’s fallen in love with the impossible-to-tame woman anyway. With no money and no title, Giles has nothing to offer but his heart…

Felicity Sutton knows poverty firsthand, and she’s never going back. She might miss the smithy, but not the relentless desperation of no home and an empty belly. Of course she’ll accept the stability of a wealthy ton suitor. As for the penniless daredevil she loves, well… At least they’ll have one night to remember. 

Races, a smithy, and disguises make Felicity’s story such a unique one. The moment the met and were forced to work together there was a spark between them and it got stronger as every day went by. Anyone that saw them together knew they were meant to be together, but it wasn’t until that race that they both knew. The scene in the club was one of the best ever! This story is one of my top favorites ever.

Felicity has dreams of starting a charity to help children and only one man will make her brother happy and support her dream. But once she meets Giles her heart changes her plans. I love her from the first time she was introduced in this series. Her eyes are opened to a different way of life that could give her the best of both worlds.

Giles may not have a title or the money of the ton, but he lives a comfortable life. He shows Felicity that she can have what her heart wants without giving up true self. I loved him more and more every time he raised her up with his works and how he was with his parents.

Review: The Bluestocking (Wicked Wallflowers #4) by Christi Caldwell

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The Bluestocking by Christi Caldwell

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Gertrude, the eldest Killoran sister, has spent a lifetime being underestimated—especially by her own family. She may seem as vulnerable as a kitten, but given the chance, she can be as fierce as a tiger. Her adopted brother, Stephen, has just been snatched back by his true father, and she’ll be damned if she relinquishes the boy to the man reviled throughout London as the Mad Marquess.

Still haunted by a deadly tragedy that left him publicly despised, Lord Edwin holds only hatred for the Killorans—the people he believes kidnapped his son. And not one of them will ever see the boy again. But when Gertrude forces her way into the household and stubbornly insists that she remain as Stephen’s governess, Edwin believes he may have found someone madder than himself.

With every moment he shares with the tenderhearted Gertrude, Edwin’s anger softens into admiration…and more. Is it possible that the woman he loathed may be the only person who can heal his broken soul?

Hate can blind a person, but love can open their eyes and heart again if they will let it in. It’s like a shockwave the moment these two meet and I knew they were going to be a favorite couple of mine. Even Stephen saw what was between them and approved so you know it was meant to be. Every time they revealed something about themselves to each other it made me love them more and more. I was holding my breath when his brother in law started filling his head and I feared what would happen. But I was taken by surprise with how things played out!

I loved seeing Stephen go from the angry boy he was to the boy I knew was inside him. He made me smile with how protective he was of her. I hope he will get his own story when he’s older. I wasn’t sure where he and Edwin were going in the end until they arrived and definitely didn’t see what happened next coming!

Gertrude has always been the quiet one, but her fierce side comes out in this one. She set out to do what she knew was best for Stephen and she wasn’t going to back down. I loved every time she went to him about something because she commanded the room. She was always surprising him and understood him for than he did himself.

Edwin has let hate and fear control his life since that fire, but something about Gertrude chipped away at that stone heart of his. He melted by heart and became my next book boyfriend with his memories of nights with Stephen. His love was stronger than hate and he wasn’t going to let anyone tell him otherwise. I loved what he did to try and win her over.

This is one of my all time favorite books!

Review: Lady At Last (Lord Love a Lady #4) by Annabelle Anders

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Lady at Last by Annabelle Anders

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋💋1/2

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She can’t make a baby without a husband! Or can she? 

After witnessing the miracle of birth, self-determined spinster Miss Penelope Crone is having second thoughts about swearing off marriage. She wants – no, she needs – to experience the blessed event herself. Dear God, she’s practically thirty! Time is running out! 

Hugh Chesterton, Viscount Danbury, is relatively intelligent, good looking, unmarried, and most importantly, close at hand. With a little décolletage, a sway of the hips, and a few drinks of brandy, Penelope is certain she can extract a respectable offer. 

If only she’d accounted for the power of passion. 

Because unchecked lust takes over, leaving Penelope in a most precarious predicament. And Lord Danbury –– the goose-brained jackanapes –– is proving far less attainable than she’d imagined. 

Is Penelope to be cast out of society or will Lord Danbury take a leap of faith and save her from ruin? He’d better act fast if he’s going to make her his lady. HIs Lady At Last…

Annabelle always surprises me by taking a rarely seen topic in HR and turning it into an amazing story! I had an idea of what was going to happen, but as soon as Penelope said “we should celebrate” I was shocked at how wrong I was. But it was a good shock. Then the surprises just kept coming with them and every time I thought he was going to find out I wanted to scream because they were interrupted. My heart ached when he finally found out and then sunk with his reaction.

These two clearly are meant to be together and both are stubborn and full of passion. I was jumping up and down when he finally remembered and then my heart sunk when he arrived home to what he did. Everything in that scene had my heart racing, holding my breath, and tears in my eyes all for good and bad reasons. Major book hangover after the amazing ending.

Penelope is a determined woman that always gets what she wants when she sets her mind to it. I loved how she could walk in and fix things like it was nothing. She just couldn’t fix this as easily and her emotions leap off the pages at every turn. If only she could get him to listen and give details

Hugh knew something changed when he saw that baby. his emotions when came to her were so clear. I wanted to shake him to make him remember everything. When he ordered the doctor out I could feel the pain in his voice. What he did next shocked me and melted my heart to his stubbornness and the way he acted.

There is a picnic scene that has something I have never seen in HR, but it was very well done and takes it to a 3 1/2 kisses on the spice level. But it was very well done.

The birth scene is a bit traumatic so it may be triggering to some, but it is very well done.

Review: The Baron’s Daughter (The Beckett Files #6) by Laura Beers

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The Baron’s Daughter by Laura Beers

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋1/2

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Lord Morgan Easton is, first and foremost, an agent of the Crown. To achieve his purposes, he has become Society’s golden boy, and a renowned rake. When it’s discovered that notorious French spy, Genet, is attending a house party in a small seaside village, he is tasked to infiltrate the gathering and arrest the spy. But first, he must convince a certain woman to become his partner and pose as his wife. The challenge is that she would rather see him dead.

Miss Josette Northcott guards her secrets fiercely, trusts few, and enjoys the anonymity that goes along with being the headmistress of a private school in the rookeries. When Lord Morgan offers her a deal she can’t refuse, she makes it clear that this is nothing more than a business arrangement. No man, no matter how charming or infuriatingly handsome he is, can know the truth of her sordid and twisted past.  

As a nefarious plot begins to unfold, threatening the stability of two countries, Morgan and Josette must learn to trust each other in order to stop the assassination of both the King of France and their own prince regent. However, trust does not come easily to either agent, and when the truth of Josette’s past is finally unveiled, will they be able to accept that not only is their mission on the line, but their hearts, as well?

My new favorite in the series! These two will make you smile from the start because they drive each other crazy. They battle with each other but make a great team when it comes to catching a spy. Once at the house party I had a feeling of who it was but wasn’t sure until it was revealed. After that everything was a hold your breath kind of moment full of twists I didn’t see coming.

It wasn’t just the mission that was full of twists. I never saw any of the twists with Josette’s past coming up when they did. She and Morgan are very different from each other but fit so well with each other. He won’t let her run from everything.

Josette is a very strong woman to have survived what she did, but it has left her ready to run when she feels her walls coming down. She broke my heart with her fear of being controlled blaming herself for things that she had no control over.

Morgan is a natural charmer and he is determined to find out her secrets. I loved him from the start because he never hid his feelings knew he couldn’t let her go. He would do anything to protect her and hurt anyone that hurt her.

I loved that no one has learned not to tell Eliza what to do yet. There’s so much good stuff in this one, but I don’t want to give away anything! A must read.

Review: Marquess to a Flame (Rules of the Rogue #3) by Emily Windsor

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Marquess to a Flame by Emily Windsor

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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A winter’s heart…
“Debonair, handsome and with a devil’s smile. How could any woman resist?”

The Marquess of Winterbourne has long been guided by his Rules of the Rogue, but as emissary for the Crown, his next mission will break every single one. Sent to the wilds of Cornwall to beguile secrets from a country miss, the last thing this rogue expects is to unearth his own buried heart.

A taste of spring…
“A rogue and a fribble. How could any woman succumb?”

Miss Tamsyn Penrose remains far from impressed by charming London scoundrel Lord Winterbourne, preferring a wild gallop over the moors to flashing black eyes and fulsome flattery. But as danger lurks and prejudice ebbs, she uncovers a complex man who awakens her hidden strength and arouses her forgotten fire.

Seasons collide…

Desire sparks and passion flares in this Cornish land of cove and tor. Can Tamsyn step from the shadow of her past? And will Jack Winterbourne tear up the rules for a woman who maddens his senses and thaws his heart?

A sensual Regency Romance with warmth and wit, this story also includes a fusty valet with a secondary love story, picnics, swordplay, peacocks and…piskies.

Oh, how the mighty rogue has fallen. From the moment they met when she almost trampled him you know he’s met his match. She needed him to bring back the fire and he needed her to find his heart. They surprise you and each other at every turn with how they interact and understand each other. The scene with the months just has all the feels and you know they are soul mates.

You will be shocked with just how close the danger lurks and not seeing coming or who it is. I couldn’t decide between two people throughout the story and was still surprised in the end. I love a good sword fight and this one does not disappoint.

The added second love story of Oliver and Lowdy was also amazing. They were meant for each other and both just needed a little push.

Tamsyn survived a terrifying event and is just starting to live again when it all comes back to haunt her. I loved her from the start because that spark in her was waiting to fully come back. She saw the real him that others didn’t and knew she wanted him even if she would have to let him go.

Jack is very much the peacock that loves attention. But as soon as he interacts with Oliver you know there is more to him. He knows how to lift someone up and never lies. I loved that he thought he had caught something because he didn’t believe he could love. He’s been a favorite of mine since the other books he’s been in.

I loved how her father and so many others could see what was between them and kept pushing them to admit it. The scene in the ballroom said it all to everyone that he had fallen. I’m so glad that the weddings were included because everything that happened there made me smile.

Review: Controlled Burn by Lynda J. Cox

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Controlled Burn by Lynda J. Cox

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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A freak accident takes away every memory of Allison Adams’s life for the past decade. It also leaves her sightless. She isn’t sure of anything, not even who she has been for the past ten years, but when the man claiming to be her husband holds her, it feels familiar and right. How can she be certain this is where she belongs? 

Sharing his life with the woman he adores and their two children has given A.J. Adams the strength to keep his demons buried. When a murderous specter from the past rises, igniting new challenges, everything A.J. cherishes hangs in the balance. To win Allison’s love again, he’ll battle those demons. Fortunately, surrender has never been in his vocabulary. 
Is there any chance to regain sight of their past and see a way to a shared future?

Their love can truly survive anything thrown at them. It starts out with a bang and they just keep coming and every step of the way they stay strong. I was holding my breath with every second of them being in that mine and knew that with that coming to an end more was coming. The struggle with her having no memory or sight was heartbreaking, but there was always a hint of their love there.

They are two stubborn people and every argument brought back more of the spark between them. I never expected any of the things that threatened them and never knew what was going to happen next. I loved the advice she was given after her memory came back, but my heart sank at what caused her sight to come back. The ending though was amazing and I didn’t want it to end.

Allison is still the strong and stubborn woman she was ten years ago. She wasn’t going to let anything keep her down. I loved that she still kept going and telling him he wasn’t a gentleman.

A.J.’s charm has not faded with age and he still melts my heart. I loved that he wasn’t going to give up on her and even tried to start over in his own sweet way. He still has a temper that and being a judge just makes it more fun when he gets mad.

The scene with all the ladies and their guns would scare anyone. Little Pammy is going to be a force to be reckoned with more than she is now when she grows up. Doctor Archer’s advice had me laughing. This is definitely going on my favorites list.