Review: The Problem with Seduction (The Naughty Girls #2) by Emma Locke

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The Problem with Seduction by Emma Locke

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Blurb

AN OUTRAGEOUS PROPOSITION
Elizabeth Spencer needs a man. Preferably one who won’t be too picky about the morality of her proposition, or his reputation. Lord Constantine Alexander can’t afford another trip to debtors’ prison, which makes him the perfect candidate. She doesn’t expect him to have a heart of gold, or to hold up his end of the bargain—particularly when his high-in-the-instep family gets involved. Nor does she expect to find him irresistible, because while she needs a man, she doesn’t particularly want one.

A WICKED BARGAIN
When a beautiful courtesan offers to satisfy his creditors, Con leaps at the opportunity. Never mind his mother and brothers are suspicious of his newfound fortune—being with Elizabeth is intoxicating enough to wipe any thought of scruples away. He soon realizes it’s not just his future he’s been gambling, but his future family. How can he convince London’s premier courtesan he’s more than a callow rake?

My Review

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

I loved that this one picks up from the first book. The whole time I was wondering when someone was going to pop up and ruin their plans. I loved that they both didn’t want to marry, but kept being thrown together by everything and everyone. I did not expect her family to be the way they were or his family to be the opposite in ways. I got teary eyed in the end because of how everything happened and worked out.

Elizabeth has changed so much since becoming a mother and will do anything to keep her baby with her. I love how she doesn’t know what to do when Con doesn’t want money for helping more. She learned to open her heart again.

Con does whatever he can to help his family especially his one brother. He kind of grows up throughout the story and learns that he can’t fix everything and to love. I loved him because he would help anyone in need.

This one shows how hard it could be for women with children because the law wasn’t on their side.

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

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A Fine Madness by Elizabeth Essex

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

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

MISS OTIS REGRETS…

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

NOTHING…

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

My Review

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

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

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

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

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

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The Virgin Huntress by Victoria Vane

My Rating: ❤❤❤ 1/2

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋💋

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Blurb

All’s Fair in Love and Abduction

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

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

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

My Review

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

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

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

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

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A Study in Scoundrels by Christy Carlyle

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

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

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

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

My Review

*I was gifted a copy from the author.

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

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

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

Review: The Madam’s Highlander by Madeline Martin (Historical Hellions)

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The Madam’s Highlander by Madeline Martin

(only in the Historical Hellions box set)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Short Blurb

What’s the madam of a successful bawdy house in Edinburgh to do when she finds one of the English supported Black Watch soldiers needing to desert his post? She helps him, of course – but there’s a high price to pay.

My Review

*I received a copy of the box set in exchange for my honest review.

This was amazing! It was very different because she was a madam and that it showed the darker side of things. I loved how they interacted with each other and how they kind of evened each other out. It was a quick read that I wish was longer because I wanted more. I loved the ending and that everyone found happiness.

Freya wouldn’t hesitate to injure or kill someone if needed. I loved her because she was very different and that she had a secret that you wouldn’t expect. The moment she threated the one guy I knew she was going to be a favorite.

Ewan did what he thought was best to protect his mother. I loved the way he thought about things and what he did when he needed to think. When he told them to go I didn’t know what would happen to him.

Review: The Art of Seduction by Eileen Richards (Historical Hellions)

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The Art of Seduction by Eileen Richards

(only in the Historical Hellions box set)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Short Blurb

A spinster finds freedom as a theatre set painter until a chance meeting with the marquis who broke her heart has her questioning what she wants for her future.

My Review

*I received a copy of Historical Hellions in exchange for my honest review

This one is a bit different and I loved it. I loved that I didn’t really know what was going to happen for sure in this one. They both had changed in the few years since they last saw each other and fate brought them back together. I loved when they both got made and told people off.

Beth is stubborn and not always for the best reasons. She tended to blame herself for things and needed Micheal to make her see herself and lift her up. I felt for her from the start because she seemed so real in how she felt.

Micheal has been searching for Beth for a long time. He never stopped loving her and saw her worth when others didn’t always. I loved that he didn’t care about doing what his father wanted and followed his heart.

Review: Gray Places by Julia Byrd

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Gray Places by Julia Byrd

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

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Blurb

1790s Yorkshire, England – Katherine Gilbert sets out for Wainforth Manor in North Yorkshire to fulfill her father’s last request. The master of Wainforth, Thomas Norcliffe, does not welcome her unannounced arrival, so Katherine must tread carefully around his dark moods while attempting to unlock the history buried in his ancestral home.

After she receives more than one whispered warning from the townspeople in Wainforth Village, Katherine’s initial audacity begins to waver. Deadly secrets from the Norcliffe family’s past are resurfacing, and Katherine begins to realize that the biggest danger lies within herself—the wisest course is to leave, but she wants to stay at Wainforth Manor and uncover the truth about Thomas Norcliffe.

My Review

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

One of my favorite types of romance is gothic suspense and this one is now a favorite! It gave me chills and that’s what I want from a story like this. Every time something was revealed no matter how small it was shocking because I did not see it coming. The big secret and the reason for it are terrifying but explain so much. The romance isn’t completely front and center, but I don’t mind it with stories like this one. When I got to the end I wanted more.

Katherine is someone that when she sets her mind to do it then look out. I loved her from the start because she boldly showed up at the house and didn’t run at the sign of something was wrong. She could stand her ground and fight if needed.

Thomas is complicated and runs hot and cold but for good reasons. He guards his heart and those around him because of the past and it can break your heart. You have to get to know him throughout the book to love and understand him. When he lets his guard down he really does.

Review: The Merchant’s Pearl (The Merchant’s Pearl Saga #1) by Amie O’Brien

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The Merchant’s Pearl by Amie O’Brien

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

Sarai was led to believe that the whole world could exchange their beliefs for hers. But when her parents are murdered, she quickly learns that the world never stops for just one person. The world takes, forgets, and swiftly moves on.

By 1875, she isn’t even Sarai anymore. She had spent her teenage years repackaged as Leila, a palace concubine-in-waiting for the overly indulgent, Ottoman Sultan, Abdul’Aziz. Leila does her best to stay out of the eye of ‘Aziz as well as his son, Prince Emre. But when young and thoughtful Emre claims Leila for his own harem, she is forced out of her shell and thrown into a ring of competitive women. Here, she cannot hide from the attention her young master wishes to lavish upon her. Nor can she can avoid the ruthless retaliations of his prior favorite, Aster. But it’s the unexpected gift of sexual sanctuary and an inside look into his family’s struggles that really collides with Leila’s upbringing. Soon, despite her better judgment, she finds her heart becoming increasingly tied to him.

But can she submit her faith and independent spirit to such a future—a future where to be loved means settling for the fact that she can only ever be his favorite? Will she be able to take turns sharing him among the four beautiful girls he had received before her, one being a jealous rival and another a closest friend? And what will happen to their love if Emre’s father can’t hold together his fragile kingdom, an empire that has grave threats encroaching from every side…including within?

My Review

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

This is very different from what I usually read and I really liked it! I loved the different setting, culture, and POV that is in this book. It’s not your typical romance and there is a lot more going on then their story. There is a journey for both of them in finding themselves and their way in everything. It’s a book that you want to take your time and read. The ending was good and it does end on a bit of a cliffhanger, but it does stand alone.

Leila is very interesting and different. She doesn’t belong there, but her heart says otherwise. I loved the internal fight she had while trying to find her place and herself. She will pull at your heart and have you cheering her on.

Prince Emre is not like his family. He was very different and needed to find his true self too. I loved how understood things and tried to keep the peace between everyone. He will have your attention from the start and you will love him in the end.

ARC Review: The Most Dangerous Duke in London (Decadent Dukes Society #1) by Madeline Hunter

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The Most Dangerous Duke in London by Madeline Hunter

Releasing May 30, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

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Blurb

Three sinfully handsome dukes, three scores to settle, three hearts about to meet their matches. All in one thrilling new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Madeline Hunter . . .

NOTORIOUS NOBLEMAN SEEKS REVENGE
Name and title: Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton.
Affiliation: London’s elite Society of Decadent Dukes.
Family history: Scandalous.
Personality traits: Dark and brooding, with a thirst for revenge.
Ideal romantic partner: A woman of means, with beauty and brains, willing to live with reckless abandon.
Desire: Clara Cheswick, gorgeous daughter of his family’s sworn enemy.

FAINT OF HEART NEED NOT APPLY
Clara may be the woman Adam wants, but there’s one problem: she’s far more interested in publishing her women’s journal than getting married—especially to a man said to be dead-set on vengeance. Though, with her nose for a story, Clara wonders if his desire for justice is sincere—along with his incredibly unnerving intention to be her husband. If her weak-kneed response to his kiss is any indication, falling for Adam clearly comes with a cost. But who knew courting danger could be such exhilarating fun?

My Review

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

Who doesn’t love an independent heroine! I was hooked from the start wanting to know about the feud between the families and seeing how the romance would happen. I love stories about revenge and finding the truth and this one didn’t disappoint. I was not expecting the truth that was revealed or how scandalous everything was, but that’s why I loved it. Her family and his friends all added to the story and made me want more. When it ended I couldn’t believe it was over and now have a book hangover.

Clara is a very independent woman and ahead of her time. I loved how she handled things and could lead her life the way she wanted even if it would shock others. When she realized what her new servants thought I laughed because she didn’t blink an eye. She did have a temper, but could easily change once she understood.

Adam can make you fear him or blush depending on his mood and how he talks and looks at you. I loved how he wanted to find the truth, but didn’t let hate cloud his true feelings. He really couldn’t hide his thoughts or lie most of the time, especially with Clara. He realized what really mattered in the end.

 

Review: A Sense of Sin (Dartmouth Brides #2) by Elizabeth Essex

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A Sense of Sin by Elizabeth Essex

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

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Blurb

A LADY WITH A SECRET
The Ravishing Miss Burke has everything a young lady could want–beauty, status and suitors lined up just to beg for her hand. Until a blackmailer from her past holds her future for ransom.

A MAN HELLBENT ON REVENGE

Colonel Rupert Delacorte, Viscount Darling will go to any length to ruin the woman responsible for his beloved sister’s death. But the Ravishing Miss Burke is nothing like the icy murderer of his waking dreams–she’s nothing but a bluestocking with a shocking secret she’ll go to almost any length to keep. Even succumbing to his sinful seduction.
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A Sense of Sin was originally published in 2011. This new edition has been revised and reedited.

My Review

*I received a copy via Netgalley

Have a fan ready because the steam comes off the pages. I loved this one from the start because you quickly get to his plan and find a mystery. The attraction between them is very strong, but they won’t touch each other or it will explode. They are a different kind of couple that love to tease and drive each other nuts. When it came to the blackmailing I could not figure out who until near the end and then didn’t expect the why at all or what happened. A favorite scene involved guys and what was said that made me laugh.

Celia is nothing like you would expect. She doesn’t care for the balls or the lavish lifestyle, she is more at home in the country doing her work. I loved her as soon as she started saying what was on her mind and shocking her mother. She is super sweet and friendly.

Del definitely lives up to his reputation. He set out to ruin her and get to the bottom of his sister’s death, but his heart had other plans. I loved that he was very straight forward with what he said and didn’t hide.  He can shock you and charm you with his words very easily.

Like the first book, this one is amazing!