ARC Review: The Legend of a Rogue (Part of A Very Highland Holiday Anthology) (Legendary Rogues) by Darcy Burke

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The Legend of a Rogue by Darcy Burke

Available now in the anthology or on it’s own December 1, 2020

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

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Two years ago, storyteller Elspeth Marshall spent a magical afternoon with a handsome stranger. Roy enthralled her with the legend of a mystical sword—almost as much as with his kiss. When she encounters him at a Highland inn, she hears the sword may be real…and that his name isn’t Roy. She determines to find the blade as well as the truth about the enigmatic man she hasn’t been able to forget.

Wounded at Culloden, Tavish Crawford lost his family legacy, a centuries-old sword on the battlefield. Now many people would like to find it, including a villainous secret society and the captivating woman who has remained in his memory. When nefarious forces overtake the inn, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the sword and the woman who has stolen his heart.

If you love stories about magical treasures you won’t want to miss out on this story! This is the prequel to Darcy’s Legendary Rogues series and goes back to after the battle at Culloden and gives us a story of a sword called Lann Dhearg that flames in battle. Elspeth and Tavish work together to find the sword and protect it from a group that are hunting for treasures like it.

Elspeth has been telling stories of these legendary treasures for years and the story of Lann Dhearg told to her by a stranger leaves her wanting to know more and it and him. I loved that she collected these stories so they wouldn’t be lost forever and how brave she was at all times. She was hurt when he never returned and was shocked to see him two years later going by a different name.

Tavish always meant to go back to Elspeth, but he had to find Lann Dhearg after losing it at Culloden. He knew the sword was powerful and he needed to protect his family’s legacy before it ended up in the wrong hands. I loved the moment he figured out the secret to controlling the sword’s power and when he made it clear he wanted to marry her. Who he really is was a surprise I didn’t see coming and I loved it.

ARC Review: The Bachelor Earl: Includes Bonus Scenes from The Untouchables by Darcy Burke

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The Bachelor Earl by Darcy Burke

Releasing December 1, 2020

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

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The romantic prequel to the USA Today bestselling series, The Untouchables! This book includes bonus scenes from The Untouchables series featuring many of your favorite characters.

For two years following the death of her beloved husband, Eugenia, the Dowager Duchess of Kendal has grieved and kept to herself. Her cousin is hosting a house party and has persuaded Genie to attend—it’s the perfect opportunity to emerge from mourning. Genie is looking forward to seeing old friends but is shocked when she learns the true purpose of the occasion: to match widowed ladies with widowed and unmarried gentlemen.

Once infatuated with a young Eugenia Aldwick, Edmund Holt, Earl of Satterfield is thrilled when Genie arrives at the matchmaking house party. Mutual attraction sparks between them immediately, however he is in need of a wife who can provide an heir and she is unable to do so. Genie would also dearly love to be a mother after losing her daughter several years before. Can they embrace a second chance at love or will the demands of his title and the pull of her maternal heart prove too strong to ignore?

This is the prequel to Darcy’s Untouchables series and takes you back to a house party where the Duke of Kendal’s (the first Untouchable) stepmother found a second chance at love. I’m a big fan of second chance at love stories and this one doesn’t disappoint.

Genie and Edmund’s story was years in the making and everything brought them together at the perfect time. The scandalous house party allows everyone to be open and free to discover if they have a connection. I loved how scandalous it was especially the scene at the barn. I was holding my breath when she left the party and with events that followed.

Genie made a promise to her husband that she’d try to find happiness again, but she doesn’t think she’ll ever find that same happiness again. She pulled at my heart with the internal battle she had over being attracted to Edmund and then telling him her story. I loved seeing her go from kinda shy to a firecracker with him.

Edmund is a hopeless romantic that wants a love match and his heart has wanted Genie for years. There was no doubting his love for her even from the start because he only had eyes for her. He wasn’t going to let her go and didn’t care about duty. I loved him from the start because he would do anything for her.

Review: The Highlander’s Excellent Adventure (The Survivors #8) by Shana Galen

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The Highlander’s Excellent Adventure by Shana Galen

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

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Just because they’ve run away…
Ines Neves and Emmeline Wellesley have both run away. Ines hid in a carriage from a tedious suitor, only to find, too late, the carriage had traveled out of London, not just around the block. To make matters worse, the carriage is that of a stranger: a handsome Highlander. Or perhaps a big, strapping Highlander makes matters better? Emmeline Wellesley has had four Seasons and cannot tolerate another. To force her mother to listen to her, she’s run away. But things haven’t gone well. She’s been locked in a closet, had all her money stolen, and somehow adopted a dog. When an old family friend shows up to save her, she doesn’t exactly welcome his help.

Doesn’t mean they don’t want to be found.
Duncan Murray doesn’t know what to make of the Portuguese-speaking woman in his carriage. She refuses to return to London, so he takes her to meet Nash Pope, a so-called friend who speaks Portuguese. On the way, he meets up with former soldier Stratford Fortescue and Stratford’s opinionated distant cousin, Miss Wellesley. The four travel together to Nash’s estate, and that’s when everything goes really wrong. On the run to Scotland, Duncan finds himself increasingly attracted to Ines, even though he knows he can never marry her. Stratford has always wanted Emmeline, but his family secret means he doesn’t deserve her. This excellent adventure might bring the couples together, but only if they manage to elude gun shots, a murderous brother-in-law, a vicious dog, and outlaws.

Two romances in one book are hard to pull off without one getting more attention than the other or you lose track of who’s POV you are reading. But Shana gives both an equal amount of attention and the story flows perfectly! When the POV changes it’s labeled at the start so you don’t lose track. Each couple was perfect for each other and together they all have some adventures that bring them together.

Ines and Duncan are absolutely perfect for each other. Both are incredibly stubborn and have what each other needs to grow and learn about themselves. They are a very very passionate couple and there’s no denying the heat between them. I loved all the ups and downs that lead to the final push of them getting together because I never knew how either one would react to something. His mother will make your jaw drop with how she talks and she’ll shock you in the end.

Ines wants passion, adventure, and danger, but the man her sister wants her to consider is nothing like that. She unknowingly hides away in the carriage of the wild Scot that she’s admired from afar and goes to great lengths to hide who she is. I loved her right away because she saw the chance for an adventure and took it. She didn’t back down from anyone and was willing to risk her heart instead of running from Duncan.

Duncan was shocked to find her in his carriage and wanted her that moment, but his mother’s wishes of an English bride keep him from acting on it. But a man can only hold out so long when the woman is tempting him at every turn and has made it clear how much she wants him too. He needed her to help him rediscover his heart and know somethings aren’t his fault. I’ve loved him from the first time we met him in this series.

Emmaline is tired of being told, what to eat, how to dress and to keep her mouth shut. She has no intention to marry and wants to hide away until she’s firmly on the shelf, but she never expected Stratford to come after her for the reason he did. I loved how determined and outspoken she was because she surprised me at every turn. She would help anyone and anything she could.

Stratford has always been drawn to Emmaline, but a secret has kept him from acting on it until he’s alone with her and she’s how passionate and caring she is. He learns that what he’s been seeking is something he already has in his friends and Emmaline. I loved that he never tried to change her or put her down for speaking her mind.

The ending was perfect and I didn’t want to put it down because both couples were wonderful.

Review: A Secret Surrender (The Pretenders #1) by Darcy Burke

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A Secret Surrender by Darcy Burke

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

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A survivor of the mean streets of London’s East End, Selina Blackwell has learned to be a chameleon, and in her current iteration as a fortune-teller, she’s able to provide a Season for her sister. Only, Madame Sybila can’t be a chaperone, so Selina takes on another identity as the proper Lady Gresham. But when a Bow Street Runner takes too much of an interest in her business, it seems the crimes of her past will finally come to light.

Determined to prove that Madame Sybila is a fraud bent on fleecing London’s elite, Harry Sheffield enlists the help of the alluring Lady Gresham in exchange for introducing her to Society’s best. With his busy career and aspirations for the future, Harry has no time for marriage, but an affair is just right—until he discovers the lady’s disarming secret. Whatever his feelings for her, he can’t ignore who she is and who she’s been. And when she holds the key to the one case he couldn’t solve, he must choose justice or love.

Many secrets, lies, and gritty characters make for a book you can’t put down. I was hooked from the start with their first meeting and the instant attraction between them. This story continues the mystery of “the vicar” from the last book in The Spitfire Society series and it was a twist I never saw coming when it was all revealed.

Selina and Harry are made for each other and everyone can see it, but all the secrets hanging over them could destroy everything between them. I loved how the chemistry between them kept things light and pulled them from darkness when needed. They needed more than an affair and their love helped them find the truth in everything.

Selina has lost her true self over the years after having to do anything to survive and overcome the past. I loved her from the start because she did what she had to but also wanted to make things right and help people. She finally found her true self and the love she deserved.

Harry may come from a completely different upbringing than Selina, but he cares for people and wants justice for a crime that others forgot about. He knew deep down that he couldn’t let her go. I loved him from the start because he cares about those that others don’t seem too.

Review: A Duke Will Never Do (The Spitfire Society) by Darcy Burke

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A Duke Will Never Do by Darcy Burke

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

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From the USA Today bestselling author of The Untouchables series comes your next Regency obsession: The Spitfire Society… Meet the smart, independent women who’ve decided they don’t need Society’s rules, their families’ expectations, or, most importantly, a husband. But just because they don’t need a man doesn’t mean they might not want one.

After failing on the Marriage Mart, Jane Pemberton has two choices: submit to her parents’ edict to marry their boring neighbor or become a self-declared spinster and take up residence in the official headquarters of the Spitfire Society. It’s really no choice at all, and Jane is eager to embrace her newfound independence. She soon finds an unconscious viscount on her doorstep and nurses him back to health. When he offers to compensate her, she requests payment in the form of private instruction of a scandalous and intimate kind.

Having spiraled into a self-destructive abyss following the murder of his parents, Anthony, Viscount Colton, physically recovers under the care of an alluring spitfire. But it is her charm and flirtatiousness that soothes his soul and arouses his desire—until an extortion scheme forces him to face the sins of his past. Now, to save the woman who’s given him everything he lost and more, he’ll have to pay the ultimate price: his heart.

I was hooked from page one and couldn’t put it down all night. Secrets and scandals surround both of them and that makes for a very different kind of courtship. They both have a charm about them that makes you love them instantly and you never know what they are going to get up to. They give each other strength and passion to overcome anything that is thrown at them.

I never got close to predicting who was behind the extortion or rumor and was on pins and needles wanting to know who and why. It’s a journey of letting go of guilt and learning to feel along with letting go of the past. The ending was perfect and I didn’t want it to end.

Jane caused a scandal by declaring herself a spinster so why not be even more scandalous and enjoy the pleasures she’s heard about. I loved her right away because she saw the hurt inside him and wasn’t going to let him keep spiraling out of control. She did what no one else could do and pulled him from his guilt and helped him to feel again.

Anthony has been trying to drink his guilt and grief away, but Jane brings a new light into his life. He doesn’t want to love her, but he can’t be without her. I loved seeing him learn to let go of the past and that he is a good man. He realized that he could survive a scandal with Jane at his side.

This series get better with each book!

Review: A Duke is Never Enough (The Spitfire Society #2) by Darcy Burke

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A Duke id Never Enough by Darcy Burke

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

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Notorious rake Marcus Raleigh, Marquess of Ripley, is gracing the gossip pages for a new reason: the rumors he may have murdered his swindling cousin. His quest for answers regarding his cousin’s death leads him to an incomparable self-declared spinster, and he is—for the first time—beguiled beyond reason. Neither is what the other wants, and yet their intense mutual infatuation is inescapable.

After abandoning her philandering betrothed at the altar, Phoebe Lennox fled from London only to return an heiress who refuses to follow the ton’s rules. She won’t risk a relationship of any kind—until she meets the notorious Marquess of Ripley. Swept into his seductive embrace, her resolve falters in the face of a pleasure she never anticipated. But when the truth about Marcus and the murder come to light, Phoebe could lose everything she holds dear, including a love for all time. 

I knew I was going to love Marcus’s story and he met his match in Phoebe. Neither one of them cares about the ton’s rules or has a desire to marry until they meet. I loved how they started out making wagers and becoming friends, but anyone that saw them knew it was more. From the moment they met, there was heat between them and I knew they wouldn’t be able to fight it. I love when couples go into things not wanting to get attached because when they fall in love they fall hard.

The story of his cousin’s death will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what will happen and when. I wasn’t sure who the killer was until it was revealed. Marcus learned people care about him as much as he cares about them.

Phoebe doesn’t want anything to do with marriage after what happened with her ex. But Marcus opens her eyes to how things should be and piques her interest. I loved her from the start with how independent she was and that she helped him.

Marcus avoids relationships, but something about Phoebe draws him in and he can’t stay away. I loved him from the start because you could tell he wasn’t what the ton thought he was. He cared about people around him more than he realized.

Review: A Gypsy’s Christmas Kiss )Lady it’s Cold Outside) by Dawn Brower

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A Gypsy’s Christmas Kiss by Dawn Brower

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋

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Fin and Lulia have a history. One that neither one has forgotten. When they meet again they are drawn together. After that chance meeting they share a magical kiss. Along the way they discover that sometimes the one thing a person needs isn’t what they would expect.

This one is kinda a whirlwind romance in a way. They met when she told him he would have to choose a path one day and neither one forgot that meeting. Then a surprising chance encounter reignites the spark between them and they quickly realize their love for each other. They come from different worlds in some ways, but they are meant to be with each other.

Lulia is a woman that had taken care of herself for years, but she does have a secret that will change how some see her. I loved her right away because of how she was with people and seemed to float between to worlds. She anchors Fin and helps him realize what path he should take.

Fin has avoided choosing his path for years and meeting Lulia again will force him to decide. He is an impulsive man at times, but that makes you love him because he doesn’t hide his feelings. I loved that nothing was going to stand in his way when it came to her.

In for a Penny (In For a Penny #1) by Rose Lerner

In for a Penny by Rose Lerner

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He thought her money was the end of his problems, but it was just the beginning…

Young Lord Nevinstoke enjoys every moment of his deep-gaming, hard-drinking, womanizing life. Then his father is killed in a drunken duel, and Nev inherits a mountain of debts and responsibilities. He vows to leave his wild friends and his mistress behind, start acting respectable—and marry a rich girl.

Penelope Brown, a manufacturing heiress, seems the perfect choice. She’s pretty, ladylike, good at accounting, and looking for a marriage based on companionship and mutual esteem, not love. In fact, the only rash thing she’s ever done in her life is accept Nev’s proposal.

When the newlyweds arrive at Nev’s family estate, they discover that all the respectability and reason in the world won’t be enough to handle a hostile next-door neighbor, mutinous tenants, and Nev’s family’s propensity for scandal. In way over their heads, Nev and Penelope have no one to turn to but each other—but to their surprise, that just might be enough. 

I do enjoy a good marriage of convenience and this one definitely takes you on a journey to the happily ever after. These two are a good match for each other and liked that they both knew what they were going into. There just wasn’t enough passion between them for me and at times the romance got lost with the other stories going on. I loved the first half of the story, but the second half was full of drama outside of their relationship. I didn’t mind the added story with his sister or the stuff with the poachers and tenants but could have done without the neighbor stuff and Amy drama. If the book had focused more on the romance or maybe been shorter I think I would have liked it more.

When these two were together there was some wonderful teasing and good tension at times. The fact that they both knew what they were getting into was something I really liked. But even during their “first time” it wasn’t passionate like it should have been to me and kinda pulled me out of the story. It had too much of that old school way of how a woman’s first time should be and lacked something.

Penelope is a strong woman that is doing what she wants for once. I did love that she didn’t hide her skills and was working to help the estate. She is a very lovable character and I really liked her.

Nev will do anything he has to for his family and the people on his estate. I loved that he didn’t beat around the bush with her and wanted her to be happy. He really cared about people and making things right.

Hell’s Wedding Bells ( Once Upon a Christmas Wedding) by Annabelle Anders

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Hell’s Wedding Bells by Annabelle Anders

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Tis the season… for wedding bells!

But, the path of true love never did run smooth… as our brides and grooms soon discover.

From the snowbound Scottish Highlands to candlelit ballrooms, follow our fearless heroines as they scorn etiquette and defy danger in pursuit of their heart’s desire.
Buy ‘Once Upon a Christmas Wedding’ and unwrap twenty-seven stories of scandalous adventure, sizzling passion, and heartwarming holiday romance.

Fall in love with Regency rakes, kilted Highlander heroes, and Victorian viscounts, earls and dukes.

This set of all-new historical Yuletide novellas from your favourite authors is available for just three months, so don’t miss out.

Twenty-seven historical romances to enjoy

This is a different kind of Christmas romance because its not full of cheer, but is a story of hope and finding peace. Lila and Vincent were forced together because of lies and cruelty and it gave them what they both needed. Need turns to love and pulls them through the hard times. The ending proves there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Lila has survived everything her father has thrown at her and it hasn’t broken her down. She may not have wanted this marriage, but she saw the hope of what it could bring for her and her sister.

Vincent thought he was only paying a debt left by his brother when he married her, but it was so much more. He quickly learned that she was something special and she changed things.