A Clever Alliance (Regency Brides: A Promise of Love #1) by Laura Beers

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A Clever Alliance by Laura Beers

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋

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Lady Madalene Ramsbury has been summoned home from Miss Bell’s Finishing School to some unfortunate news. In three weeks, she is to be married to a man she’s never met. Rather than face a life she does not want; she flees from her own engagement party and elicits help from a most unlikely source.

Society’s golden boy, Everett, the Marquess of Northampton, was outraged when a young woman suddenly appeared in his curricle. Was she attempting to trap him into an unwanted marriage? It would be just like some overzealous mother to put her up to such a ploy. However, it doesn’t take long for him to discover that Madalene is unlike any woman he has ever known.

With her reputation in shambles, Lady Madalene and Everett hatch a plan to solve both of their problems, a fake engagement. But as they spend time together, they realize more is on the line than just a blossoming friendship. And with danger ever present from her jilted suitor, Everett and Madalene find themselves relying on one another in ways they’d never imagined… but can they trust each other with their hearts?

You’re in for a treat with Madalene and Everett because they are not your typical couple. It’s clear to everyone around them that their friendship is more, but neither one sees it. Every threat against them just brought them closer and they would both die for the other if needed. I loved how they bantered back and forth and flirted without realizing it.

I knew her uncle had lied, but never imagined how far he had gone for himself. Between him and her crazy ex-fiance, I don’t know which was worse. Of course, I have to mention the amazing scene in the woods with Nicholas and how perfect it ended. The suspense was coming off the pages.

Madalene is no timed miss that will be forced into anything she doesn’t want. I knew I was going to love her as soon as she made her escape and didn’t even second guess her decision. She is a feisty girl that stands her ground and gives as good as she gets when threatened. My favorite scene was when she told her uncle what she was going to do about him.

Everett has no interest in any of the girls that have gone to great lengths to get him. He really has no plans to marry anytime soon, but the minute she fell into his curricle and asked for help his heart was gone. I loved how blunt and honest he was about things with everyone.

Their friends and his family will provide you with some great laughs along the way.

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Review: Fortune’s Final Folly (Fortunes of Fate #10) by Christina McKnight

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Fortune’s Final Folly by Christina McKnight

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A TWIST OF FATE… 

Miss Katherina Elliott leads a simple life, teaching impoverished children, just as her parents did before her. Kate knows little of her family’s past: only that every three months, a mysterious benefactor sends her enough money to pay the school’s mounting bills. The envelope is brought by the solicitor across the street–a man Kate knows she shouldn’t want but can’t resist.

Lord Joshua Stuart, the second son of the Duke of Beaufort, has never fit in with the rest of his family. Though he has a practice on Bond Street, he’s always preferred working in Cheapside, where he can make a real difference. It has nothing to do with his attractive, sweet neighbor across the street, or so he tells himself. But when Kate’s school is threatened, Joshua knows he must help her.

As Joshua and Kate work to save the school, they grow closer, until their love for each other can no longer be denied. Their search brings them to the famed fortune teller, Madame Zeta, who holds the key to Kate’s past. But when Kate’s fate intertwines with Madame Zeta’s, nothing will ever be the same. Will her love for Joshua survive fortune’s twists, or will they end up as the final folly?

Fate brought these two together at just the right time. The mystery of who is sending the money brings them closer and leads them answers they didn’t expect. You’ll never see who is behind the threat to the school coming or any of the surprises that pop up. Their love is a strong one that can withstand anything thrown at them.

Kate just wants to teach the local children and be happy, but fate has other ideas. I loved her from the start because she didn’t back down from anything. She didn’t run when she realized her feelings.

Joshua lives to help people and helping Kate is at the top of his list. I loved the work he did and how he treated everyone like family and friends. He wasn’t going to let her do anything alone.

Review: Adrift With the Viscount (Lords of the Night #3) by Sandra Sookoo

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Adrift with the Viscount by Sandra Sookoo

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He doesn’t want a woman, let alone a wife… Valentine Sean Butler, the sixteenth Viscount Mountgarret, is cursed to spend half his life as a merman. Though he doesn’t mind his beastly side, he takes exception to warring for the cause of the mers. They hate humans and require his fighting skills, but all Valentine wants is to sail his ship and be left alone in peace… then one chance meeting with a lady in Hyde Park bends his plans. 

She has no use for men, but needs a convenient marriage… Lady Phoebe Winthrop, used, ruined, and disowned is ready to steer her own fate. Not content with the horrible birthmark or the life given her, she wants adventure, and the only way to gain that is to ask the viscount to marry her. Wedding will give them both a measure of respectability, and beyond that, perhaps the friendship she sorely craves. 

A union based on freedom… As Valentine and Phoebe sail from London following their wedding, they both have to come to grips with what they’re running from. Old insecurities dog their steps, but as the days go by, their unlikely friendship grows into much more. As love blooms and deepens, they must stay one step ahead of danger in the depths, and when a horrible contract comes due, one—or both of them—must make the ultimate, and most personal of sacrifices in order to chase a happily ever after.

I’ve said before I’m not really a shifter romance fan, but when I saw Sandra had done a merman one I had to read it! The call of the sea brought them together. Their marriage was supposed to be in name only, but they were just what each other needed. It’s a journey for both of them to gain each other’s trust and help each other deal with things. Their love is one of the strongest I’ve read in a long time and this one really touches my heart.

Sandra writes some of the best fights scenes and I always look forward to reading them and the underwater scenes in this were amazing. I knew there was going to be more to the deal he made, but I never expected what was coming. I was holding my breath throughout the battle and had no idea what was going to happen.

Phoebe has been through so much in her life that she doesn’t have a judgmental bone in her body. My heart broke for her when she finally told him her story, but it lifted so much off of her to tell it. I loved her right away because she didn’t hide away and did things no other lady would.

Valentine is pulled between two worlds and knows he will have to make a choice one day soon about it. His own story pulls at my heart because he thought he’d never find love after what happened before. I loved him right away because he held no judgment or listened to the rumors. His Irish charms came out with he did his own version of the wedding vows.

This one is packed with the message of self-acceptance and I know it will touch so many readers hearts. Phoebe’s story of what happened may be upsetting to some, but it’s very well written and not graphic.

Review: Miss Fortune’s First Kiss (Fortunes of Fate #9) by Annabelle Anders

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Miss Fortune’s First Kiss by Annabelle Anders

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“Your First Kiss holds the answer to all that you desire.” The fortune drew only laughter from Matilda Fortune when Madame Zeta, a visiting gypsy uttered the ridiculous words.. At eight and twenty, Tildy’s first kiss had long come and gone. As had the gentleman who bestowed it… 

The Earl of Willoughby, widowed and lost, has given up on love. Since the death of his wife, he’s lived in a fog. In route to London for the season, his mischievous daughters insist upon stopping at a small village to have their fortunes told at a traveling fair. If only he hadn’t allowed the gypsy to read his palm. Is it possible, his future is hidden in the past?

I love a story of past love and fate bringing them back together again. Neither one knew how those palm readings were going to change their lives or how much that change was needed. Fate had been at play for years getting them ready for when the time was right and they needed each other the most.

His daughters were the most precious things and needed to be protected from evil in their own home. I was holding my breath when that evil did the last attempt at taking control. I didn’t want this story to end.

Tilde is no ordinary governess and she sees people for who they really are. I loved her from the start because she wasn’t like most ladies and didn’t hold back her thoughts with anyone.

Jasper was lost after his wife’s death, but he knew he needed a special governess for his daughters. She opened his eyes to what was going on in his house and opened his heart again.

Review: The Rebellious Red by Rosamund Winchester

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The Rebellious Red by Rosamund Winchester

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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: Taming a Christmas Wallflower (Taming the Heart #7) by Tammy Andresen

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Taming a Christmas Wallflower by Tammy Andresen

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

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A wallflower and a rake 

Lady Amelia Chase is a wallflower and a bluestocking. William Maddox would never show interest in the likes of her. So why is he being so attentive? There must be a catch. 

It began as a friendly wager. But the more time he spends with the beautifully shy Amelia, the more he wishes it hadn’t. He can’t take it back now, and the thought of telling her makes his chest tighten. But should she find out… 

A quick read full of Christmas magic that shows love happens when you least expect it. Their hearts were lost the moment they met, but the knowledge of the wager could rip them apart. I loved how much they had in common. Her father was great with how he talked with both of them and saw the love.

Amelia is one that you just love instantly with her love of books. She doesn’t hold back her feelings and isn’t the quiet wallflower that everyone thinks.

William is a man that wears his heart sleeve and everyone can tell what his heart wants. I absolutely loved how far he was willing to go to marry her.

I can’t wait to see how their friends story goes.

Review: My Duke’s Desire (Wicked Lords of London #4) by Tammy Andresen

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My Duke’s Desire by Tammy Andresen

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

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Lady Violette knew two things for certain. She must make an advantageous match to save her family and the lord who agreed would be less than desirable. It didn’t matter that she wished to sail off on a great adventure. It wasn’t her choice to make. 

His Grace, The Duke of Waverly, had no intention marrying, no matter what his mother expected. That was one of the few advantages of being a duke and he’d sailed back from Barbados to inform her. On his journey home, however, a beautifully proper lady rescues him when his horse is injured. He can’t help but notice that Lady Violette is in need of rescuing herself. Much as she tempts him, he can’t be the man that saves her.

One runs from responsibility and the other has taken on it all and fate brought them together to rescue each other. There was a spark between them the moment he stepped into the carriage, but neither one knew how their paths would cross again. They worked out a plan, but his sister had other ideas of how that plan should go. His family can always make you laugh with how they do things. The ending was perfect for this couple.

Violette has tried to keep her family afloat, but marrying is the only thing that will save them. I loved her feisty personality that came out and how she didn’t hide her feelings. She made him see what he needed.

Theo has been trying to find himself for years while leaving his family to take care of things. Violette may just be the key for him to have both lives he loves, but his plan may not work. I loved how he started out one way and changed to the man his family knew he was.

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

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One Night to Remember by Erica Ridley

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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: What the Dashing Duke Deserves (Lords of Happenstance #3) by Sandra Sookoo

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What the Dashing Duke Deserves by Sandra Sookoo

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Nothing found in the sands of Egypt is as valuable as the treasure of the heart. 

Crispin Herrick, the newly minted Duke of Litton is anxiously awaiting his first mission as a King’s agent. Until then, a dig in the King’s Valley he’s sponsoring occupies his time… until he chases down a criminal at the Antiquities Museum. Once he catches her, he’s shocked and delighted to discover she’s the same woman he flirted with in London a year ago, but now she’s as skilled in lying as she is in keeping secrets. 

Miss Juliana Barrington lives under an assumed identity in Cairo, exiled there when her last mission for the Crown went catastrophically awry. All she wants is to redeem herself by finding a powerful relic before her enemies can, but when her path crosses that of the handsome ex-pawn broker, she can’t help but panic. No matter how her heart twinges, mixing desire with duty is a horrible idea. 

Crispin and Juliana join forces to find the pieces of the Staff of the Gods, allegedly belonging to Moses himself. Danger dogs their footsteps while romance flickers to life as the days go by, and when the trail leads to a mysterious tomb in the Valley of the Kings, treasure hunting evolves into running for their lives. Staying ahead of disaster is critical; evildoers and death are powerful foes, but hard-fought victory might bring happy endings… if they can survive long enough. 

Sandra does it again with another thrilling adventure and the heartbreaking story of Juliana. They both get a shock when they run into each other again in Egypt and a bigger shock when they realize they are both agents. Mile knew putting them together was what they both needed for different reasons. I loved every bit of the story they uncovered about Moses and the Staff. I didn’t see the reason the villain wanted it coming and was holding my breath for that whole part of the book.

Juliana and Crispin balance each other out perfectly when they need to. They never denied the passion between them. They were faced with many challenges and were both willing to die for the other. I loved the added magic to the ending and the gesture of Crispin’s with the file.

Juliana is a shattered woman that blames herself for a failed mission that hit close to home for many. She coped in the only ways she could and held everything in. My heart broke for her when she finally opened up completely. She had to learn that it wasn’t her fault and to believe in herself again.

Crispin wasn’t going to let Juliana blame herself or give up on herself. I loved how levelheaded he was until someone said the wrong thing about Juliana. He was willing to do whatever she needed to heal and feel again.

Miles grows a bit more with every book as the head of the agents.

New Cover Reveals for Charlene Raddon

Today I have the pleasure of sharing Charlene Raddon’s new covers for her books!

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5 Star Review by Quilt Lady Miss Raddon has done it again! I love this ladies work, her books are awesome. This is the Sequel to the book To Have and To Hold and I loved both of these books. You don’t have to read the first book to enjoy this one they both stand alone. The Scent of Roses offer a little of everything romance, mystery, suspense and even a little paranormal. It is a book that will keep you up half the night reading because you don’t want to put it down. I loved the characters and the butler really stood out to me. If you haven’t tried this author yet, you must give her a try. You want be sorry.

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About the author:

Bestselling author Charlene Raddon began writing in 1980 after waking up from a dream she knew had to appear in a book. She dragged out a portable typewriter and began writing. That book took nine years to write, as she learned her craft at the same time. A time travel, it has not yet been published. Next, she wrote Tender Touch (Brianna), entered it into the Colorado Gold contest, historical division, and won. That victory prompted her to enter the RWA Golden Heart Contest and Tender Touch became a finalist. She acquired an agent and a year and a half later, signed a three-book contract with Zebra Books, an imprint of Kensington Books.

In 1999, when the historical market plummeted and western romance became almost impossible to sell, she took a hiatus from writing, but her imagination wouldn’t leave her alone. Eventually, she got back into the game. In 2011, she won back her rights to her books and had them released as eBooks by Tirgearr Publishing. In 2012 Tirgearr released two of her books in print, Taming Jenna and Tender Touch.

Charlene grew up near Los Angeles but always felt she was in the wrong place and time. She yearned to live in a small town, maybe on a farm. Her ancestors had all been farmers. Perhaps her blood was calling to her. In 1971, she got her chance and moved to Nephi, Utah, a town of about 3,000. But the need for paying work forced her to move again and she ended up in the Salt Lake Valley. Now, she finds herself once again in a big city, still yearning to move to a small town.

Her most recent work is Maisy’s Gamble. At the moment, she has a new novella in an anthology called Under a Mulberry Moon up for preorder. A series called Widows of Cougar Creek is under development.

In 2011, Charlene’s artistic nature prompted her to try a different path and she began designing book covers. Today, she has a long list of clients and her own cover site, http://silversagebookcovers.com where she specializes in historical romance covers, primarily western.

Her writing and graphic arts business keeps her mightily busy and happy. But she always has time for family, travel, and helping other authors.

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