ARC Review: The Scandalous Widow (Gothic Brides #3) by Erica Monroe

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The Scandalous Widow by Erica Monroe

Releasing April 24, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

Scandal proves deadly in this dark, emotional Gothic Regency Romance

Lady Jemma Forster knows all too well how ruthless gossip-mongers can be. She sacrificed her own happiness to restore her family’s reputation. Her marriage of convenience to an affluent earl meant saying goodbye to passion, and any chance at love with the dashing lawman who set her soul aflame. She leads a sedate, practical life as the Countess of Wolverston. Until her husband is murdered, and the only man who can bring his killers to justice is her former love.

Bow Street Runner Gabriel Sinclair has spent the last three years trying to forget about smart, beautiful Lady Jemma, who broke his heart when she married his best friend. The Earl of Wolverston’s death thrusts Gabriel and Jemma back together, as they work to find his murderer. Their investigation takes them into the darkest, most dangerous parts of London, with threats coming from all sides. They’re perfect partners for solving crimes, but can they be partners in love too?

Previously released in It Started With a Whisper

My Review

As with all of Erica’s books, I’m hooked right away and there’s always a twist to surprise me. I loved the whole story surrounding their past and her husband sounded like a good guy. I was shocked by who the killer was, the reason for it and what he did afterwards. The note she found was definitely a scary surprise, but also sweet in a way. I loved seeing Claire and Felicity again and how they were involved with things. The scene with her and the woman that had information was a favorite along with the scene about the grave.

Jemma knew who to call for help with not just the murder, but her heart too. I loved her and how she couldn’t really lie and didn’t really care what others thought. She did really care about her husband and had a special relationship with him. I didn’t expect her to be a good fighter to when in trouble.

Gabriel has always loved her and it was no secret to most people. I loved that he understood her and her reasons for marrying her husband. He is one of those people that you want to be friends with no matter what.

I also love Lady X’s little scandals she wrote because it added to it.

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ARC Review: The Secret of Flirting (Sinful Suitors #5) by Sabrina Jeffries

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The Secret of Flirting by Sabrina Jeffries

Releasing March 27, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

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Blurb

The moment spymaster Baron Fulkham meets the stunning Princess Anne of Chanay, he’s positive her royal persona is a ruse and that she’s actually Monique Servais, the mysterious actress he met three years before in Dieppe. But as he pursues his suspicions, he uncovers a plot of attempted assassination and betrayal that could very well destroy his career, expose his own secrets…and ruin the woman he’s rapidly coming to love.

The Secret of Flirting is a sizzling historical romance filled with fast-paced storytelling, an enchanting heroine, and a sexy hero, perfect for fans of Regency romance.

My Review

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

I was hooked from their start and never knew what was going to happen. This is very different from others with the politics have a big part in everything. I loved how they first met and then how they were years later with each other. You could feel the tension between them and I was just waiting for it to explode. When I was finally able to figure out who was behind everything I was shocked. I absolutely loved how it ended because I didn’t expect it at all.

Monique will do almost anything to take care of her grandmother. I loved how strong she was and that she made it clear that she could make her own decisions. When she made up her mind to do something look out because she wouldn’t be stopped without good reason.

Gregory has secrets and things in his past that make him keep his feeling locked away. I loved how much of a gentleman he was and that his mother was a big part of things. He needed a reason open up and let go of things in the past.

ARC Review: A Peculiar Courtship (The Beckett Files, #2) by Laura Beers

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A Peculiar Courtship by Laura Beers

Releasing December 1, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Lord Jonathon Beckett’s mission is simple: retrieve Lady Hannah and place her under the protection of the Crown. But he isn’t prepared for the havoc she inflicts on his world, making him question whether his duty as an agent of the Crown should always come before his heart.
Lady Hannah’s father has uncovered evidence exposing a French traitor to the Crown. Willing to do anything to silence him, the traitor’s primary target has become Lady Hannah. Keeping her safe means locking her away from Society, but she refuses to stand idly by, letting others put their lives on the line to protect her. Instead, she will stop at nothing to learn to defend herself, even at the risk of losing Lord Jonathon’s protection, or his affections.
With a sinister scheme in play to collapse the English government from within, Lord Jonathon must protect Lady Hannah from the French spies intending to use her as a pawn in their game of treachery. But can he protect her from herself?

My Review

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This is a favorite series!!! The story counties with trying to bring down the spy in this one and it even more thrilling than the last one. I was on the edge of my seat not knowing what was going to happen or how it was going to happen. It was clear from the moment they met that they were perfect for each other. I loved seeing so many from the last one and how they all worked together. I held my breath when they were talking to his mother and when they were on the ship. There was a twist at every turn with many things. The ending was great and I can’t wait for the next one!

Hannah is not a weak girl that will just sit and wait to be saved or see what happens. I loved her right away because she did what she had to and took to it like it had been her whole life. She was determined to learn to take care of herself and not be told what to do at every turn. The cover is a perfect example of her.

Jonathon was going to finish his mission, but never thought he would lose his heart in the process. I loved that he kept messing up when talking to her and that everyone could see what he couldn’t. He handled everything that was thrown at him very well and stayed calm most of the time. I would not want to get on his bad side.

 

ARC Review: A Talent for Temptation (Sinful Suitors #4.5) by Sabrina Jeffries

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A Talent for Temptation by Sabrina Jeffries

Releasing October 2, 2017

 

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

Widow Meriel Vyse is stunned speechless when someone tries to abduct her on her way to a ball. Fortunately, Quinn Raines, her secret beau, shows up to foil the attack. Unfortunately, as the two of them are struggling with her abductor, Meriel accidentally stabs Quinn with a knife.

Unbeknownst to Meriel, Quinn set up the fake abduction so he could play the hero and win her hand in marriage. But now that his plan has gone disastrously awry, can he convince her that he’s still the man for her?

My Review

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

I normally don’t like this quick of a read, but I loved this! When she stabbed him I knew it was going to be a good read. It’s very fast-paced but has enough about both of them so you understand them and will make you laugh at times. I loved the ending.

Meriel believes she isn’t good enough for him because of her past. I loved that she spoke her mind and when she made up her mind she followed it. I loved her in the end and what she did.

Quinn is worried about why she won’t marry him. I loved how he thought his plan would work until he saw the knife. His past was also one that he worried about. I loved when she told him everything.

ARC Review: Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane #12) by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

Releasing October 17, 2017

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Blurb

A LADY OF LIGHT

Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked-and nude!-Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him . . . only to find she may have been a trifle hasty.

A DUKE IN DEEPEST DARKNESS

Cynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them. Rescuing Lady Jordan was never in his plans. But now with the Lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice: marry the lady in order to keep her safe.

CAUGHT IN A WEB OF DANGER . . . AND DESIRE

Much to Raphael’s irritation, Iris insists on being the sort of duchess who involves herself in his life-and bed. Soon he’s drawn both to her quick wit and her fiery passion. But when Iris discovers that Raphael’s past may be even more dangerous than the present, she falters. Is their love strong enough to withstand not only the Lords of Chaos but also Raphael’s own demons?

My Review

*I received a copy from the author via NetGalley

The shocking opening will make sure you don’t put it down. It’s shocking and thrilling at the same time throughout the book. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time afraid of what would happen next and hoping she could help him get rid of his demons. I loved how the passion between them kept building until it exploded. The mystery of the leader of the Lords of Chaos kept me guessing if who I thought it was was right or not. The ending was another shocker and I loved it.

Iris is not as innocent as she seems and wants passion. I loved her right away because she wasn’t going to wilt away and was going to fight if she had to. She was very caring and understanding even willing to give up what she wanted most for him. Her compassion and strength was amazing.

Raphael is on a suicide mission to kill his demons. His personal demons are some of the most horrible and fuel him to take down the Lord of Chaos. I loved him because he would protect her to no end. He needed her more than he knew to fight his demons and find happiness and passion in his life.

There are many things that will shock you in the book so be prepared.

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

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An Earl by Any Other Name by Lauren Smith

Releasing August 1, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

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

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

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

My Review

*I received a copy from the author via NetGalley

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

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

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

I wish this was longer because I flew through it.

ARC Review: The Pleasures of Passion (Sinful Suitors #4) by Sabrina Jeffries

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The Pleasures of Passion by Sabrina Jeffries

Releasing June 20, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

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Blurb

When Niall Lindsey, the Earl of Margrave, is forced to flee after killing a man in a duel, he expects his secret love, Brilliana Trevor, to go with him, or at the very least wait for him. To his shock, she does neither and sends him off with no promise for the future. Seven years and one pardon later, Niall returns to England disillusioned and cynical. And being blackmailed by the government into working with his former love to help catch a counterfeiter connected to her father doesn’t improve his mood any. But as his role as Brilliana’s fake fiancé brings his long-buried feelings to the surface once again, he wonders who is more dangerous—the counterfeiter or the woman rapidly stealing his heart.

Forced to marry another man after Niall was exiled, the now widowed Brilliana wants nothing to do with the reckless rogue who she believes abandoned her to a dreary, loveless life. So having to rely on him to save her father is the last thing she wants, much less trusts him with….But as their scheme strips away the lies and secrets of their shared past, can she let go of the old hurt and put her pride aside? Or will the pleasures of their renewed passion finally enable them both to rediscover love?

My Review

* I was provided a copy from the author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review

Secrets and lies made his leaving worse for both of them. All these years they both hated each other, but once together there’s no mistaking there is still something there. Normally I don’t like books with misunderstandings and grudges, but I loved this one because there were many reasons for them. I loved the back and forth arguments between them because they had changed over the years and were learning about each other again. I had my suspicions over who was behind the counterfeiting but wasn’t sure until it was revealed. They worked together perfectly and some family members were a great help too.

Brilliana has a broken heart that left her wanting and hating. I loved her from the start because she wanted to make sure she didn’t have to rely on a man again. She was very strong because of everything that happened in those years that he was gone and for her son. She was also very smart and able to figure things out.

Niall wasn’t the same innocent boy from before. His reason for the dual and keeping it a secret was to protect people, but he realized that it also hurt others. I loved him from the start because he didn’t want to see others hurt, but knew it came with the job. He slowly let go of the hate as he found out things.

ARC Review: A Raging Madness (The Golden Redepennings Book 2) by Jude Knight

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A Raging Madness by Jude Knight

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

Their marriage is a fiction. Their enemies are all too real.

Ella survived an abusive and philandering husband, in-laws who hate her, and public scorn. But she’s not sure she will survive love. It is too late to guard her heart from the man forced to pretend he has married such a disreputable widow, but at least she will not burden him with feelings he can never return.

Alex understands his supposed wife never wishes to remarry. And if she had chosen to wed, it would not have been to him. He should have wooed her when he was whole, when he could have had her love, not her pity. But it is too late now. She looks at him and sees a broken man. Perhaps she will learn to bear him. 

In their masquerade of a marriage, Ella and Alex soon discover they are more well-matched than they expected. But then the couple’s blossoming trust is ripped apart by a malicious enemy. Two lost souls must together face the demons of their past to save their lives and give their love a future.

My Review

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This one had me glued to it from the start! There is a mystery from the start with why her in-laws hate her so much and why they are doing what they are doing to her. It was clear from the start that they were a perfect match, but so many things were keeping them apart. I kept hoping that they wouldn’t be ripped apart. I figured out parts, but still got hit with others and loved it. There are so many details that I loved and once it ended I didn’t want it to be over. This is one that you take your time reading for good reasons.

Ella wasn’t going to go down without a fight. I loved her spirit from the start because with everything she had been through she kept her head up. She was a fighter and slowly realized that she a lady even without a title and money. You just love her instantly.

Alex has always cared about and loved Ella. I loved him from the start because he didn’t let his injury get in his way and knew he had to help her. He was a bit surprising at times, but those surprises make you love him more from how he talks about horses and why he won’t breed for the army to the story he told about the lessons his brothers taught him.

I highly recommend this book.

Excerpt

Half an hour later, there was a knock on the door.

Ella, expecting a maid or Susan, called out, “Enter.”

Alex opened the door just enough to slide inside and closed it again behind him.

Before you say, I know I shouldn’t be here, but I had to tell you first, before anyone else.”

Ella frowned. He looked… stunned. As if someone had hit him on the side of the head with a large plank and he had registered the blow but not yet the pain. Swiftly, she crossed the room and took his hands.

What is it? What has happened? What can I do?”

I don’t think there is anything to be done. The King… They said a barony, but I never expected this.” He shook his head. “I am not making sense. I have had a shock.”

Sit down.” She tugged his hand and he followed her unresisting to the seat by the fire.

There. Can I get you some water? Where does it hurt?”

The King has made me a viscount, Ella. Aldridge said a baron, which was ridiculous enough. But apparently, he had a spare viscountcy, so there you are. Viscount Renshaw.” He bowed slightly in the chair, more of a nod of the head. “At your service.”

But…” She frowned, trying to understand. “That is not a bad thing, Alex, surely? My lord, I mean.”

See? That is exactly what I was afraid of.” He looked disgusted, but at least less pole axed than when he arrived. “I have spent weeks trying to get you to regard me as an ordinary man, and what does the King do? If you call me ‘my lord’, Ella, I swear I will not be accountable for my actions.”

You are though. Lord Renshaw.”

Me and the heirs male of my body,” he agreed, gloomily, then brightened a little. “The estate is not a bad size and is in the Lincolnshire Wolds, which is good horse country. It will be in terrible condition, I imagine, for the King to give it away, but it might be a good base for our horse breeding, do you not think? We could go and see it after Christmastide.”

Ella’s mind was still on the heirs male. He would have to marry. That is what peers did. She should not mind. After all, except for one kiss that burned in her memory, there was nothing between them. Only friendship. But when she had agreed to partner him in the venture, she had owned a colt, and she had not thought of him having a wife. Surely he understood it could no longer be ‘our’ venture?

He misunderstood her silence. “No. I suppose you will not come. I will go and inspect it, and report, Ella.” He pulled himself to his feet. “I had better go before someone catches me in your room. Please do not hate me for being a peer. I could not help it, and I cannot bear to lose you… Your friendship, I mean.”

Her smile was a thing of the lips, not the heart, but she did the best she could. “We will always be friends, Alex.”

About the Author

Jude KnightJude Knight’s writing goal is to transport readers to another time, another place, where they can enjoy adventure and romance, thrill to trials and challenges, uncover secrets and solve mysteries, delight in a happy ending, and return from their virtual holiday refreshed and ready for anything.

She writes historical novels, novellas, and short stories, mostly set in the early 19th Century. She writes strong determined heroines, heroes who can appreciate a clever capable woman, villains you’ll love to loathe, and all with a leavening of humour.

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ARC Review: Wild Horses (Willow Creek #7) by Lily Graison

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Wild Horses by Lily Graison

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Releasing April 11, 2017

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Blurb

Hiding from a future she doesn’t want…

When the new blacksmith in town announces they are to be married, Alexandra Avery does what any bride with cold feet would do. She disobeys her father, dresses in mens clothing, and sneaks away with the cattle drive he just sent east to avoid the inevitable. Little does she know, Jesse Samuels, the annoying boy who made her childhood nearly unbearable is the new trail boss and calling the shots. How will she ever survive being bossed around by him for the next two months?

Handed what he’s coveted the most…

Entrusted with over seeing a cattle drive for the Avery Ranch is exactly what Jesse Samuels needed, especially after hearing Alexandra Avery, the girl he spent the last ten years of his life planning a future with is now engaged. He regrets not staying and fighting for her until he finds her stowed away pretending to be one of the crew. When the other cowboys realize there’s a woman amongst them, his protective instincts kick in. His plan to send her home is thwarted at every turn so he does the only thing he can to ensure her safety. He drags her kicking and screaming to the altar and marries her.

Will love be enough to bind them…

Alexandra and Jesse have always had a love-hate relationship but when the dangers of the open trail take a turn that could cost them their lives, they have to put aside their differences to keep everyone safe. Will the truce be enough to show them what everyone else has always known? Or will they lose each other forever?

My Review

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

I have been excited for this book for a long time and it was so worth the wait!! I was hooked from page one and couldn’t wait to see how it played out between them. Just when I thought I knew what would happen next something unexpected would happen. I Loved the bickering between them and how it seemed like they would kill each other, but everyone else saw what was really there. There are a couple of twists that I was expecting at all and there are many scenes that made me laugh. Even the ending was a twist for me, but it quickly made sense.

Alexandra has wanted to work the ranch since she was a little girl and she is determined to prove everyone wrong. She may be grown, but a part of her still acted like that little girl the drove her father crazy. I loved how stubborn she was and that she could throw a punch even though that stubbornness caused a lot of trouble.

Jesse is just as stubborn, but he doesn’t let what he wants get in the way most of the time. I loved him especially when he decided to do what her father and thought about doing with her. He always seemed to know when something wasn’t right and was at times a bit hotheaded and getting into trouble himself.

This is going on my all-time favorites list and I highly recommend it and the rest of the series.

ARC Review: Windswept (Wales #2) by Sabrina Jeffries

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Windswept by Sabrina Jeffries

Releasing February 28, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

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Blurb

Originally written under the pseudonym Deborah Martin, this unforgettable tale of mystery, treasure, and passion is back in print at last and newly revised for today’s audience!

Welsh widow Catrin Price is haunted by a family death curse. Any man whom she marries without first drinking from an ancient Druid chalice sold by her ancestor long ago is unquestionably doomed. But when she hunts it down to purchase it, the chalice’s former owner ends up dead. Who will believe her innocent with the man’s treasure in her hands? Now she lives in fear of discovery, afraid to trust, afraid to give away her heart…

Even Newcome, a scholar struggling to overcome a difficult past, travels to Wales to find the mysterious woman last seen with his murdered friend. So when the lady proves to be a beautiful yet shy creature who shares his love of Welsh mythology, he’s torn between believing her guilty and trusting the passion blazing between them. But as unscrupulous men seek the chalice for their own devious purposes, will Catrin and Evan let their wall of mistrust stand between them? Or will they defeat their enemies together and embrace the love intended for them since time immemorial?

My Review

*I received a copy from the author via NetGalley

This story will make you want to read up on Wales and Welsh mythology. The opening was perfect and hooked me from the start with the tale of the chalice. I loved the mystery and had absolutely no clue who the murderer was or why and was taken by surprise when it was revealed. Catrin and Evan are perfect for each other and definitely have instant chemistry. I loved their first meeting and how they are kind of opposites in many things. The ending was AMAZING! So much happened that made non-believers into believers.

Catrin is so shy but so strong too. She has had so much happen to her that it’s easy to understand why she believes in the curse and doesn’t trust strangers. I loved her personality and her name. When she needs to take action and protect someone she loves she is powerful. I loved her with the gun.

Evan is not shy at all and is very smart. His past is heartbreaking and has convinced him to never marry, but he is not his past. I loved how he didn’t hide what he felt and the way he went about getting her to listen. He did have a bit of an inner battle and didn’t see what others saw in him which affected him in many ways.

I wanted to dislike Catrin’s father in law, but he proved himself to be a good man in the end. I was so excited to see Juliana and Rhys and how they played into the story.