Release Day Blast for Historical Hellions Box Set

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 From bluestockings to scandalous heiresses, these strong-willed, unconventional historical romance heroines don’t let anything stand in their way when it comes to love and happily ever after.

Out April 11th – Historical Hellions Box Set – Featuring seven novellas and novels from award-winning and bestselling authors
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Author: Elizabeth Essex, Christina McKnight, Erica Monroe, Lila DiPasqua, Eileen Richards, Madeline Martin and Christy Carlyle

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency, Victorian, Scottish, Highland, French)

Release Date: April 11, 2017

 

The Pursuit of Pleasure by Elizabeth Essex
Independent, politically-minded heiress Elizabeth Paxton has never wanted to marry, but longs for the freedom afforded to widows. The last thing she wants is dangerously attractive Captain Jameson Marlowe as a husband.

The Thief Steals Her Earl by Christina McKnight
The Earl of Cartwright is determined to find out who stole from his family. When he finds out the thief is the woman he’s fallen in love with, he must choose between duty and love.

Secrets in Scarlet by Erica Monroe
When a bluestocking with a scandalous past meets an idealistic sergeant, sparks fly as they work to solve a murder…but her secrets may lead to their undoing.

Sleeping Beau by Lila DiPasqua
Inspired by the tale of Sleeping Beauty—a scorching hot historical romance novella from the Fiery Tales series. One sleeping rake, one scorching kiss, one night of unforgettable passion…

The Art of Seduction by Eileen Richards
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.

The Madam’s Highlander by Madeline Martin
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.

Reckless Wager by Christy Carlyle
Victorian propriety and passions collide when a beautiful widow makes a wager with a wounded police detective bent on solving the Ripper mystery.

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Blog Tour and Review: The Duke of Desire (The Untouchables #4) by Darcy Burke

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The Duke of Desire by Darcy Burke

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

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Blurb

Ten years ago Ivy Breckenridge’s life was ruined. She had to reinvent herself, and now, after painstakingly making her own way in the world, she’s nearly forgotten the dreams of home and family she’d once nurtured. Until one man peers into her soul and awakens every one of her hidden desires. But no matter how good he makes her feel, she can’t trust him—alone by choice is better than alone by necessity.

With a notorious reputation for training married women in the art of passion, Sebastian Westgate, Duke of Clare, is reviled by some and celebrated by others. He doesn’t allow anyone close enough to see past his charming exterior. When Ivy uncovers the man beneath, the seducer is suddenly the seduced. Enraptured by her mind and spirit, he wants more but revealing his darkest secrets is a price he won’t pay.

My Review

Just like every book by Darcy I was up to 2 am reading the whole book in one sitting. I loved it from the start because they both were different from what others saw. I was not expecting Ivy’s past to come to light the way it or the reasons for the way West acted. I could picture everything as it happened especially a certain scene involving a shirt be removed. I was not expecting his mother and loved when he put her in her place.

Ivy is such a sweet and strong girl. In the other books, I got an idea of what had happened to her but was still shocked at everything that had happened when it was fully told. She needed to be loved and everyone was there for her no matter what.

West most definitely lives up to the name Duke of Desire! He can seduce you just with the way he talks. I was shocked at how he got his reputation and how much of a demand there was for him. He was a rebel when it came to his mother.

I liked getting a glimpse of the Duke of Danger and a couple other characters.

 Excerpt 

What are you doing?” She looked utterly bemused, her red-gold brows pitched. It was rather fetching. She was normally quite self-possessed.

Waiting for the Travills to finish their rendezvous behind the bushes over yonder.”

Their wh—” She blushed. “Never mind. How do you know they’re there?”

I was going to conceal myself while I waited for you. Apparently it’s an excellent location for…concealment.”

I see.” She looked around. “As is this.”

He took a small step toward her. “Are you suggesting we have a rendezvous?”

Isn’t that precisely what we’re doing?” She blushed again. “Sort of.”

I don’t know precisely what we’re doing. I’d be more than happy to copy the Travills, however.”

I don’t—” She pressed her lips together. “No. I came to walk. If that no longer interests you, I’ll return to the house.”

She started to turn, but he touched her elbow. It was the slightest connection, but he felt it in every bone, every muscle, every nerve. “Please don’t. I’ll behave.”

She arched a brow at him. “Do you know how?”

He chuckled. “Clearly I do. I’ve been on excellent behavior since you took me to task.”

She nodded primly. “Indeed you have.” She exhaled and brushed her gloved hands down her skirt. “What are we to do then?”

They shouldn’t be too long. I’ll keep an eye out.” He peered around the shrubs and looked toward where the Travills were hidden.

How do you know?” she asked.

Given Travill’s open fall and the way his hand was lifting the hem of his wife’s dress, West was certain they wouldn’t be enjoying a protracted interlude. “If you recall, I’m very observant.”

She brought her hand to her mouth. “Oh goodness. Were they…in flagrante dilecto?”

He laughed and had to modulate his volume before he drew attention to their presence. “Not quite.”

Then how do you know how long they’ll be? Maybe you ruined the mood.”

He laughed again then sobered, looking at her a bit differently all of a sudden. “What do you know of that?”

She turned her head, but he caught the slight coloring of her cheeks. “Nothing. Just what I’ve heard.”

Confident she was the most fascinating woman he’d ever met, he was eager to spend the afternoon with her. He peeked around the hedge again and saw the Travills making their way toward the house.

He turned to Miss Breckenridge. “They’re finished.”

I’m beginning to think we should be too.”

He didn’t like the sound of that. “Why?”

She hesitated. “I don’t know. Because.” She looked as if she might say more but then only added another “because.”

That’s a riveting reason to be sure. I think we should take our walk. It’s not raining, and the view atop Wendover beckons.” He held his arm out for her. “Will you allow me to escort you?”

She glanced at his sleeve and her lip twitched, as if she’d nibbled the inside. “What if someone sees us? If the Travills were out here, someone else could be too.”

She had a point, but he wasn’t deterred. “It’s unlikely. And if we do encounter someone, I’ll come up with an excuse. I’m quite good at that.”

She eyed him warily. “I’m sure you are.”

Shall we then?”

She tentatively put her hand on his arm. “I hope I don’t regret this.”

He covered her fingers with his. “I promise you won’t.”

Stop promising me things.” She took her hand back. “On second thought, I shouldn’t be touching you. That surely won’t help with any of your possible excuses should we run into anyone.”

Fair enough.” He gestured for her to precede him. When she’d moved past him, he let her walk several steps before catching up with her. “And Miss Breckenridge?” She turned her head to look at him, her green eyes bright and intelligent. “I only promise things I know I can deliver.”

Meet the Author

Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and three Bengal cats. Visit Darcy online at www.darcyburke.com and sign up for her newsletter, follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/darcyburke, or like her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/DarcyBurkeFans.

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Romancing the Rogue by Erica Ridley

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

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Blurb

When the new earl inherits, poor relation Miss Rebecca Bond must wed immediately or be out on her ear. The only man she’s ever loved is summoned to hear the will—but he already rejected her so soundly that they haven’t spoken in years. Yet who better than a rakish Viscount to teach her how to snare a gentleman who appreciates her charms?

Daniel Goodenham, Lord North Barrows, regrets nothing more than the lost friendship with the one woman who treated him like a man, not a title. Fate has given him the perfect pretext to win her forgiveness—even if it means having to matchmake her to someone else. But now that she’s back in his life, he’ll do anything to convince her to choose him instead…

This story was first featured in the Vexed anthology.

My Review

Loved the start of this story! I was shocked that pretty much everyone in the castle forgot she was there and thought everything was a ghost. The new earl seems to not care what happens to her as long as she is gone and he doesn’t have to take care of her. I loved the maze and how the back story.
You have to love Rebecca from the start. She kept herself busy by going over the estate books and correcting figures and she would stand up to anyone.She had no desire to marry and could actually make it on her own, she had proved that already. She is still angry at Danial but understood why he did what he years ago.

Danial did not come off as the rogue as much as I expected, but I loved him. He loved being in parliament and doing everything involved with it more than the parties. You fall in love with him the moment he leaves for the castle because what he did has bothered him for years.

I was expecting more from the haunted castle and for some reason, I want to know more about Danial’s grandmother and why she acted like she did. Overall a good story to get you in the mood for Halloween.

Excerpt

Just as the last hint of sunlight slithered past the horizon, the rocky, wind-lashed terrain of Cornwall came into view. Daniel straightened his spine. The chill was already seeping through the cracks in the buffeted carriage.

The driver gulped, his gaze uncertain. “Nightfall has arrived, milord. Shall I find a posting-house?”

Daniel shook his head, his skin tingling from the close proximity to Castle Keyvnor. “No. Let’s keep going. We’re almost there.”

Even as he said the words, the monstrous castle rose from the darkness, its looming towers an even deeper black than the interminable night enshrouding them.

A familiar prickle danced across his clammy skin as the carriage rattled over the ancient bridge across the long-dry moat, and on through a massive iron gate. The castle looked darker than he remembered. Larger. More menacing.

Rebecca was somewhere inside those walls. He just had to find her.

He dashed from the carriage and up the slick stone steps of Castle Keyvnor as torrents of rain spilled from the black, thunderous sky.

The horrendous downpour was not only a fitting welcome back to the castle grounds, but the only weather he ever recalled Castle Keyvnor having. If the sun happened to shine over the sparse seaside village of Bocka Morrow, the castle was still be buffeted by icy winds and cloaked in shadow.

Ignoring the sheet of rain cascading from the brim of his beaver hat, he reached for the brass doorknocker dangling from the maw of a stone lion.

The door swung open before his fingers even touched the knocker. Yet no one presented himself.

Daniel straightened his spine. No sense dallying. Time to head straight into the mouth of the beast.

Morris, the castle’s longtime butler, strode into the entryway just as Daniel slid his soaked top hat from his head.

No point in asking who had opened the door, given that the butler was only now arriving. Castle Keyvnor never had answers. Only a surfeit of questions.

“Lord North-Barrows.” The butler smiled. “Right on time. Your chamber has been readied.”

Daniel didn’t smile back. Nor did he know how he could be right on time, when he hadn’t sent word of his impending arrival because even he hadn’t known for certain when he would arrive.

As the butler divested Daniel of his wet outer garments, a quartet of footmen emerged from a darkened corridor without being summoned and marched outside to the waiting carriage.

Daniel eyed the castle’s dark interior with apprehension. If the servants knew he was coming, why the devil couldn’t they light a sconce or two?

“The footmen will bring your trunks to your chamber shortly.” The butler gestured toward the main stone staircase. “A fire awaits you in the hearth.”

Of course it did.

Daniel inclined his head, eager to dry himself before a fire regardless of how or why its warmth awaited him. But a shimmer of white caught his eye.

An apparition had appeared at the top of the stairs. No—not an apparition.

Rebecca.

Her bone-white gown fluttered from one of the castle’s many drafts, giving her haunting silhouette the blurred edges of a ghost. From this distance, the features of her pale face were smudged by shadow. The glossy dark curls he recalled so fondly were invisible against the yawning blackness of the unlit upstairs corridor. His entire body was on edge.

Nervous, he smiled up at her.

There was no way to know if she returned his smile.

He doubted it. The last time he’d seen her at Castle Keyvnor, he’d cruelly rejected her in front of witnesses. And the last time she’d been in London…he hadn’t spoken to her at all.

His chest tightened. He was lucky she hadn’t come to the landing solely to toss water upon his head.

Perhaps she was saving that for later.

“Rebecca?” Because the soaring stairwell had no balustrade, Daniel placed his damp palm against the cold stone wall for balance. The last thing he needed was for wet soles to send him sliding to his death before he could even make his grand apology.

“It’s Miss Bond,” floated the soft, familiar voice from overhead.

“I know,” Daniel called back as he hurried up the rest of the stairs. “Rebecca, it’s me. Daniel.”

“I know,” she echoed as he rounded the final step. Her eyes were dark and luminous in the pale porcelain of her face. “Good evening, Lord North-Barrows. I trust Morris has seen to your luggage.”

Ah. So he had lost first-naming privileges. And was to be treated with the same distant politesse one might use to welcome a stranger.

He deserved that and more.

“Please,” he said. “You must still call me Daniel. I know I was awful to you, and you have every right to be vexed with me. I admit it. I behaved abominably and am here to apologize. I was foolish and wrong.”

“Were you?” Her expressionless dark eyes gazed right through him. “I’m sure I don’t recall.”

His muscles tightened. Of course she recalled. She had the cleverest mind of anyone he’d ever met. But by pretending she couldn’t remember his crimes, she didn’t have to forgive him. Or acknowledge his heartfelt apology. He forced his fingers to unclench.

Despite the murky shadows of the ill-lit corridor, she was even more beautiful than last he’d seen her. He drank her in. She had been the prettiest of that year’s crop of debutantes during her come-out five years ago, but now she was ravishing.

Girlish cheeks had turned into high cheekbones. A willowy frame had become womanly curves. Her innocence had been replaced by mysteriousness. He didn’t know this Rebecca Bond any longer. But oh, how he wanted to. If only they could erase the past.

He yearned to reach for her. Once, she would have welcomed his touch, his embrace.

Tonight, she was just as likely to push him off of the landing.

 

About Erica Ridley

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Erica Ridley is a USA Today and New York Times best-selling author of historical romance novels.

In the new Rogues to Riches historical romance series, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses… Sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind rags-to-riches romance with rollicking adventure.

The popular Dukes of War series features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

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Blog Tour and Review for Fool Me Twice by Philippa Jane Keyworth

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Fool Me Twice
by Philippa Jane Keyworth

Publication Date: December 1, 2016
Madison Street Publishing
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ASIN: B01M6TZ9UY
ISBN13: 9780996264846

Genre: Historical Romance

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In the gaming hells of eighteenth century London, orphan Caro Worth is leading a double life. By day she plays a proper gentlewoman on the lookout for a wealthy husband. By night she plays the infamous Angelica, her fictional half-sister with a talent for cards and an ability to finance the life her respectable self has built. An introduction to a rich Marquis brings marriage and security within Caro’s grasp…until the arrival of the unpredictable and totally ineligible Mr. Tobias Felton.

Dismayed by Felton’s persistent appearances, shocking frankness, and enigmatic green eyes, Caro watches helplessly as he comes closer than anyone to guessing her secret, but when complete and utter ruin threatens, she finds that Felton’s suspicions just might become her salvation. As the walls she has built to protect herself crumble down around her, Caro learns that no matter how careful your plans, life and love have a habit of falling quite spectacularly out of control!

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My Review

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

This was my first time reading a book by Philippa Jane Keyworth and I am now a fan! I stayed up until 2:30 am reading the whole book. I love that this one had the powdered hair and beauty patches because I rarely see books with that. They seemed like totally different people, but were alike in many ways when the walls were down. I was not expecting the twist with the Marquis and what he would do or how her brother would be.

Caro is a strong woman that has done what she must to survive after her father dies. I was on edge thinking someone besides Tobias would start to figure it out. She tried so hard to convince herself that Tobias plan would end a different way.

Tobias was very different because he was a gentleman when he wanted to be, but most of the time he said and did what he wanted. I loved how he started changing when he realized his father might follow through with his threat and when he met Caro.

I loved Lady Felton because she was not as quiet as you think at first. I love a good duel scene!

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Philippa Jane Keyworth, known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find. Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History. A born again Christian, Philippa lives in the south of England with her handsome husband.

Philippa has always written stories and believes that, since it is one of her loves and passions, she always will. In her early writing career, she dabbled in a variety of genres, but it was the encouragement of a friend to watch a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that began her love affair with the British Regency. Since then, she has watched every Regency film and TV series she could get her hands on and become well acquainted with Georgette Heyer’s novels which gave her the inspiration to write her own.

Both as a reader and a writer, Philippa believes it is important to escape into a world you yourself would want to live in. This is why she writes stories that will draw you into the characters’ joys and heartaches in a world apart from our own. Her debut novel, The Widow’s Redeemer (Madison Street Publishing, 2012), is a traditional Regency romance bringing to life the romance between a young widow with an indomitable spirit and a wealthy viscount with an unsavory reputation. The novel has been received well by readers and reviewers who have praised the heartfelt story and admirable characters. Her second novel, The Unexpected Earl (Madison Street Publishing, 2014), explores another romance in the Regency era when an impetuous young woman has her life turned upside down by the reappearance of the earl who jilted her six years ago. Her third novel a Georgian romance will come out at the end of 2016.

For more information, please visit Philippa Jane Keyworth’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 13
Review at The Sassy Book Lover
Review & Interview at The Book Junkie Reads

Tuesday, March 14
Spotlight at Passages to the Past

Thursday, March 16
Review at Rainy Day Reviews
Interview at Book Boyfriends & Booze

Saturday, March 18
Interview at Books, Dreams, Life

Monday, March 20
Review at Book Nerd

Tuesday, March 21
Interview at Aurora B’s Book Blog

Thursday, March 23
Interview at Ms. Stuart Requests the Pleasure of Your Company

Saturday, March 25
Review at Laura’s Interests

Monday, March 27
Review at Queen of All She Reads

Tuesday, March 28
Review at Mel’s Shelves

Wednesday, March 29
Review at Blushing Babes Are Up All Night

Sunday, April 2
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, April 5
Review at Jorie Loves a Story

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Release Tour Interview with Christina McKnight for The Misstress Enchants Her Marquis

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Out Feb 21st – Regency Romance, The Mistress Enchants Her Marquis by Christina McKnight, book two in the Craven House series.

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Title: The Mistress Enchants Her Marquis

Series: Craven House (Book Two)

Author: Christina McKnight

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency

Release Date: February 21, 2017

COURTSHIP WAS NEVER SO SCANDALOUS

The grandson of an unconventional marquis and son of a notorious woman, Elijah Watson, Marquis of Ridgefeld, has spent most of his life outside of London. His atypical upbringing has left him longing for roots and a traditional family life, and he’s determined to live his life above reproach. When he meets Miss Samantha Pengarden, he believes he’s found the woman he wants to marry—except she has other far more sensual ideas for him.

Known throughout the ton as the illegitimate rebellious daughter of London’s disreputable Craven House Madame, Samantha has never had to face the world without her shy twin by her side—until now. Her sister’s marriage and the return of her blackguard father leaves her alone and adrift. When Elijah agrees to escort her to the town’s most infamous establishments, she thinks she’s finally found a man with a taste for scandal and a knowledge of matters of the flesh.

But she never counted on Elijah being so honorable. When Samantha is listed as the mistress of the Marquis of Ridgefeld in White’s betting book, her reputation is in ruins—and only Elijah can save her. Can two total opposites come together for a love certain to last a lifetime?

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My Interview with Christina McKnight

What or who inspired you to become a writer?

Growing up, I was the student who wrote ten pages for a two page book report. In college my dissertation was twice the required page count. My mom hounded me for years to write fiction—specifically, romance. We frequently read the same books and I’d guess the ending half way through…to both our surprise, I was right most of the time. If I wasn’t right, my mom said my endings were better. It has always been my mom’s belief in me, as a writer, that inspires me to write the next story.

Has there been anything about being a writer that has surprised you?

I would have to say the amount of work that goes into a writing career. To think of all the time, effort, and resources that authors spend to release one book…now multiply that by 10 books, 20 books, or even 50. This takes more than a passion for writing, it takes dedication to your craft and commitment to the book industry.

Do you need quiet to write or do you listen to music or tv when writing?

I have to have quiet. I do my best work when holed up in my office and no one is home.

What’s your favorite snack when writing?

Oh, is wine a snack? LOL. For many years, before I became a full time writer, I wrote in the evenings and on weekends. This meant that my late night writing sessions were compliment with great wine. That meant having to work hard to break my craving for wine when I’m writing at 9am! Now, I keep a bag of pretzels close at all times.

Any advice for aspiring writers like myself?

Don’t give up. Allow yourself time to find your own process with writing. There is no right way to write a book. This means that there are unlimited ways to get the job done. Trust yourself and the process you settle on.

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Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

You can visit her online at the following places: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

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Feb 20th
I Love Romance – Review
The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Spotlight
Life, Books, & Loves – Spotlight
What Is That Book About – Spotlight
Caitlyn Lynch, Author – Review
Jen’s Reading Obsession – Spotlight
It’s All About the Romance – Spotlight
Sour Puss Reviews – Spotlight
Books, Dreams, Life – Spotlight

Feb 21st
Lisa’s Loves (Books of Course) – Spotlight
Bitten by Romance – Spotlight
Making It Happen – Spotlight
Rainne’s Ramblings – Spotlight

Feb 22nd
Barbara’s Book Blog – Spotlight
Home of A.L. Kessler – Spotlight
Yah Gotta Read This – Spotlight
Reese’s Reviews – Spotlight
OMG Reads – Spotlight

Feb 23rd
WTF Are You Reading? – Review
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Warrior Woman Winmill – Review
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm – Spotlight
Celticlady’s Reviews – Spotlight
Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Guest Post
Romance Reviews Today – Spotlight
Becky on Books – Spotlight

Feb 24th
The Sassy Book Lover – Interview
Twinsie Talk – Review
Sportochick’s Musings – Review
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The Romantic Fanatic – Spotlight
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Blog Tour Feature and Review: The Duke of Deception (The Untouchables #3) by Darcy Burke

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The Duke of Deception by Darcy Burke

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level:  💋💋💋 1/2

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Blurb

After five years on the Marriage Mart, Miss Aquilla Knox is ready for spinsterhood until a benefactress steps in to help her secure a husband. Only Aquilla doesn’t actually want to marry—her failure is entirely on purpose. When the earl she’s nicknamed the Duke of Deception sets his sights on her, she refuses to be drawn in by her attraction to him. If there’s one thing she knows it’s that a gentleman is never what he seems.

Edward Bishop, Earl of Sutton, has a reputation for courting young misses and dropping them without a second thought. This has earned him a reputation for deceit, a description he can’t refute because he does in fact, harbor secrets and will do anything—deceive anyone—to ensure they don’t come to light. As he comes to know the charming Miss Knox, his resolve is tested. However, trust comes at a price and Ned won’t pay with his heart.

Excerpt

Miss Knox, I hope you won’t think me overbold, but I must ask what you’re about. You’re quite different than you were during our other meetings. I am…surprised.”

And disappointed. She could hear it in his voice. Normally, this gave her a jolt of delight. She knew the gentleman would likely never trouble her again. Sutton, however, had seen her in another light. That was a mistake she hoped to fix.

She pursed her lips, sticking them out so that she looked like a fish. “I’m the same, I think.”

No, not at all, and please don’t insult me—or yourself—by saying otherwise. Tell me what is the matter.” His tone was direct and possessed a touch of hardness as well as concern. There was more of the latter, actually, but perhaps that was due to the way he was looking at her. As if he peered straight though her ruse and saw her.

This time when she stumbled, it wasn’t an act.

Pardon me,” she murmured.

Again he held her steady, his hands warm and secure.

Tell me,” he repeated. “Please.”

She couldn’t bear to look at him, so she fixed her gaze over his shoulder at the swirling ballroom. “I thought men liked vapid women.”

Not smart men.” His fingertips skimmed the space above her waist. Tingles of awareness danced up her spine. “Not the ones worth having,” he said softly.

She couldn’t keep from looking at him then. His gray eyes watched her intently, captivating her while he steered them about the floor with precision and grace.

She should keep up the act or do something else to deter him. But why bother? It wasn’t as if he would marry her. He didn’t marry anyone. So he might pay her attention for a while, but he would move on. That could not be disputed.

Aquilla allowed herself to relax. He was safe. Especially since her time on the Marriage Mart was nearly at an end. First thing tomorrow, she’d tell Lady Satterfield about her plan to become a companion.

Why did you really ask me to dance?” she asked. If he could be unflinchingly honest, so could she. It felt good actually.

He lifted a shoulder. “Because I wanted to. I’ve enjoyed your company. It also seemed you owed me a favor.” The side of his mouth curved up, but only briefly, as if he were trying to suppress a smile. Was he flirting with her?

Did I?”

He leaned his head a trifle too close and whispered, “Because I rescued you.”

Of course. She smiled. “Indeed you did. May we consider the debt repaid?”

He pondered this a moment, his gaze lifting toward the chandelier for a step or two. “I’m not certain that’s fair. You did falter, and your foot nearly stomped mine. I think I’ll have to demand another dance.”

Demand? I’m not at all sure I enjoy autocratic gentlemen.”

He looked suddenly terrified. “Do you mean to change my nickname to the Duke of Demanding?”

You’re joking.” She hadn’t been sure, but the crinkles next to his eyes gave him away. “Yes, you’re joking. Just for that I’m going to call you the Duke of Disagreeable.”

He laughed. “This is much better, thank you. I was horrified for a moment there that I’d misjudged you. I’m glad I did not.”

His gaze delved into hers, and she heard his words in her mind: Not the ones worth having. Were there truly any of those?

She doubted it very much, but for the first time wondered if there just might be. Could Sutton be one of them?

That she even entertained the thought filled her with trepidation. He was charming and clever, but he was still the Duke of Deception. He could be worth having, or he could be an utter fiend.

Neither mattered to her because she never planned to find out.

My Review

This is my favorite so far in this series! There are issues in this one that you normally don’t see in historical romance and I love it. They had chemistry from the moment they met and their wedding happened quickly to protect her, but you could tell they loved each other before they even knew it. I loved when they visited the hospital and the proposal. Only one scene had me screaming towards the end, but it worked out perfectly.

Aquilla is someone that I loved from the start. She may not want to marry and comes from not so good home, but she is strong and everyone loves her. I absolutely love her methods for keeping men away and she is very good at her acting. She did what she had to when it came to her family and saving herself.

Ned will make you fall in love with him the moment you learn his secret and the work he does. I loved that he kept putting ladies to his test until he met Aquilla. He doesn’t hold back when he doesn’t like someone or something they say, but he does it in a way that doesn’t cause a scene.

Their passion leaps off the pages. I wanted to smack her father and brother for how they treated her and their own wives. At first, I didn’t like her mother, but once I realized why she was that way I felt for her. I love his aunt like crazy because of how she helps him and that she doesn’t seem to shy away from anything.

Meet The Author

Darcy Burke

Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and three Bengal cats. Visit Darcy online at www.darcyburke.com and sign up for her newsletter, follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/darcyburke, or like her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/DarcyBurkeFans.

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Other Books in the Series

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    • Signed copy of The Forbidden Duke and The Duke of Daring

    • Jane Austen jigsaw puzzle

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    • Pride & Prejudice board book

    • Bath salts from author Wendy LaCapra

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Blog Tour Feature and Review: Rules for a Rogue (Romancing the Rules #1) by Christy Carlyle

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Rules for a Rogue by Christy Carlyle

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

Kit Ruthven’s Rules (for Rogues)

#1 Love freely but guard your heart, no matter how tempting the invader.

#2 Embrace temptation, indulge your sensual impulses, and never apologize.

#3 Scorn rules and do as you please. You are a rogue, after all.

Rules never brought anything but misery to Christopher “Kit” Ruthven. After rebelling against his controlling father and leaving the family’s etiquette empire behind, Kit has been breaking every one imaginable for the past four years. He’s enjoyed London’s sensual pleasures, but he’s failed to achieve the success he craves as London’s premier playwright. When his father dies, Kit returns to the countryside and is forced back into the life he never wanted. Worse, he must face Ophelia Marsden, the woman he left behind years before.

After losing her father, Ophelia has learned to rely on herself. To maintain the family home and support her younger sister, she tutors young girls in deportment and decorum. But her pupils would be scandalized if they knew she was also the author of a guidebook encouraging ladies to embrace their independence.

As Kit rediscovers the life, and the woman, he left behind, Ophelia must choose between the practicalities she never truly believed in, or the love she’s never been able to extinguish.

Excerpt

Pushing his sizable booted foot forward, he wedged it between the door and its frame. “I don’t think we can count this as a visit until you invite me in.”

For a moment Kit doubted Ophelia would relent. Her eyes filled with blue thunder clouds, and her lush lips seamed together, quivering at the edges. Even when she scowled at him, he wanted to kiss her. Pressing his mouth to hers had been his first instinct the minute she opened the door.

Standing on her doorstep all evening seemed extreme, but now he stood close enough to trace the starburst indigo pattern in her eyes and see heat blooming in her cheeks. He wouldn’t turn away. He’d waited too long for this moment. Just a glimpse of her and he already felt lighter.

Come in, then. But only for a moment,” she grumbled, issuing the chilliest invitation he’d had from a woman in years.

Every step he approached, Ophelia retreated, as if determined to put as much distance between them as possible.

Maybe he only felt lighter because his chest constricted the longer he looked at her, and her reticence tightened the vice. The pinching ache behind his ribs vied with the thrill of being near her, hearing her voice, reacquainting himself with the buzz of pleasure she’d always sparked in him.

This close, he couldn’t help but note how she’d changed. The girl who’d let her rebellious curls hang in corkscrews down her back and wore wildflowers in the buttonholes of her gowns had been replaced with a woman who looked every inch an eager-to-chastise governess. Her drab dress imprisoned her figure behind a row of tiny, sentry-like buttons from belly to her chin. The coarse-looking fabric made Kit’s skin itch.

Whatever caused her to hide her passionate nature away behind a guise of propriety, it didn’t work. She still smelled like jasmine, though now the appealing scent was tinged with a bit of starch. Her red hair still glowed like a fiery halo in the afternoon light. Despite her changed appearance, Kit glimpsed the girl he’d once known as well as he knew himself. The young woman he’d missed every day for years.

You’re staring,” she accused, clearly displeased with the fact. Lifting an arm stiffly, she gestured toward the room he recalled as the family’s parlor for entertaining guests. “This way. I’ll ask Mrs. Rafferty to make us some tea.”

Don’t bother Mrs. Rafferty.” He recalled the Marsdens’ housekeeper fondly, but he wanted Phee to himself. “I’ve had my fill of tea today, thank you.”

As you wish.” Pivoting with the precision of a soldier, she marched into the parlor.

Kit loathed her cool politeness, but he didn’t mind studying the tight knot of curls and the pale flesh at the back of her neck. Mercy, she held herself ramrod straight. He dropped his gaze lower, and a patch of soot on the swell of her backside caught his eye. His hand twitched as he fought the urge to touch her curves and wipe the spot away.

You have a mark on your dress.”

Where?” She stopped abruptly, and he nearly bumped into her. She turned.

He stepped back. “Just there.” He reached to grip her waist and turn her.

She skidded away from him as if he’d set her gown on fire. “I can manage on my own.”

I have no doubts on that score.”

My Review

Who doesn’t love a heroine that writes a guidebook that encourages young ladies to be independent? I loved that this one talked about the city a bit more with the trains and publishers instead of balls and parties. It was a bit slow in the beginning, but once everything started happening then I got into it more. I loved how they were with their families and each other. At one time I was almost screaming thinking she was going to change her mind.

Ophelia is a different heroine. She loves her lists and to have order in her life. I loved her from the start and how much she cared about her sister. I felt for her because she didn’t have fun anymore.

Kit is someone that you are instantly drawn to. He is a playwright and a bit of a rogue. I loved that he kept trying to keep away from the publishing world because of his father, but he kept being pulled into it.

Meet The Author

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Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there’s nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.

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  • Rules for a Rogue prize pack filled with the following items:
    • Book of Victorian etiquette (because RULES is all about etiquette)

    • “Opelia’s blue” 1928 teardrop earrings (blue is Ophelia’s color)

    • Harney and Sons English breakfast tea (because my characters are always drinking tea)

    • a Rules for a Rogue spiral lined notebook

    • Jasmine-scented hand lotion (jasmine is Ophelia’s scent)

    • Downton Abbey scone mix (my characters eat scones with their tea)

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