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.

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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 of Temptation (Wicked Dukes Club #6) by Darcy Burke

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One Night of Temptation by Darcy Burke

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

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Meet the unforgettable men of London’s most notorious tavern, The Wicked Duke. Seductively handsome, with charm and wit to spare, one night with these rakes and rogues will never be enough…

Faced with a marriage she can’t abide, Lady Penelope Wakefield takes drastic measures to preserve her freedom. Her brilliant plan is foolproof until a sexy but imperious rector “rescues” her.

Rector Hugh Tarleton has no patience for the Society philanthropists who seek to bestow their pity—and not much else—on his oppressed flock in one of London’s worst neighborhoods. When the daughter of a marquess is kidnapped and brought to the rookery, he vows to protect her, but the temptation to surrender to their mutual desire will certainly ruin them both.

Darcy has done something I’ve not seen before and made the hero a rector and she now has me wanting more! A simple act of fate brought Huge to her rescue and linked their hearts to each other. Every second they are together the heat builds and just when you think they will cave something interrupts them. You are left waiting with bated breath many times for different reasons.

When you put multiple members of the Wicked Duke together you know they are going to come up with a wild plan. The man her father wanted her to marry made my skin crawl. That whole scene at the church had me on pins and needles. I have to applaud the bishop for how he reacted to everything because it was not what i expected.

Penelope is nothing like her parents and the more she is with Hugh, the more her true self comes through. I loved her from the start with how brave and bold she was to escape that marriage. She knew exactly what her heart wanted.

Hugh is nothing like you expect him to be and you will love him the minute he winks. He wants to help others and isn’t like most men in many ways. I loved how he thought about things bringing them together and the control he had over himself.

The Wicked Duke members are always there for each other. This was my favorite in the series!

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

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One Night to Remember by Erica Ridley

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

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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: A December with a Duke: A Regency Romance (Seductive Scoundrels #3) by Collette Cameron

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A December with a Duke by Collette Cameron

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

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He’s entirely the wrong sort of man. That’s what makes him so utterly right.

After a horrific marriage, widow Everleigh Chatterton is cynical and leery of men. She rarely ventures into society, and when she must, she barely speaks to them. Her one regret for refusing to marry again is that she’ll never bear children. As a favor to a friend, she reluctantly agrees to attend a Christmas house-party. Unfortunately, Griffin, Duke of Sheffield is also in attendance. Even though Everleigh has previously snubbed him, she can’t deny her attraction to the confident, darkly handsome duke. 

For almost a year, Griffin has searched for the perfect duchess to help care for the orphan he’s taken on. He sets his sights on the exquisite, but unapproachable widow after her sweet interactions with the child impress him. Everleigh vows she’s not interested in him or any other man. But Griffin is convinced he can thaw her icy exterior and free the warm, passionate woman lurking behind the arctic facade. Only, as he pursues her, it’s his heart that’s transformed. 

Can Everleigh learn to trust and love again? Will Griffin get his Christmas wish and make her his bride? Or, has he underestimated her wounds and fears and be forced to let her go? 

This book is part of a series but it can be read as a stand-alone. 
Get this romantic heart-warming Regency Yuletide story you’ll want to read in one sitting.

Even with the dark subject matter of Everleigh’s marriage, this is a heartwarming magical Christmas story. They both thought the worst of each other until that moment in the ballroom with little Sarah. Their hearts were lost to each other in an instant, but they needed to open their hearts to it completely. I loved the scene with Sarah saying her three wishes and could just picture everyone’s reactions.

Everleigh’s life was controlled by a horrible event forcing her to marry and suffer one of the worst loses. Now with both horrible men dead she has freedom and won’t be controlled by a man again. I loved how she got stronger over time and handled the other Mrs. Chatterton. She knew what she needed before agreeing to marry Griffin and helped her heal more.

Griffin knew there was more to Everleigh than what the rumors said and see’s she isn’t an ice queen with Sarah. I loved how open and understanding he was with her even though he didn’t like her condition to thinking about his proposal. He knew he couldn’t let her go.

The ending was perfect and I loved what happened with the other Mrs Chatterton.

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

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

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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.

Review: One Night of Scandal (Wicked Dukes Club #4) by Darcy Burke

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One Night of Scandal by Darcy Burke

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

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Jack Barrett is an ambitious member of parliament with no time or desire for a wife. When he catches the Duke of Eastleigh’s sister sneaking inside one of London’s private gentlemen’s clubs, he’s shocked—and dangerously charmed—and assumes the role of protector, only to discover she has the means to destroy him.

Social pariah Lady Viola Fairfax masquerades as a man to pen a column in a popular women’s magazine. When she stumbles upon a brewing scandal that implicates a prominent MP, she seizes the chance to establish herself as a real journalist. However, the infuriating and intoxicating man may not be the radical he’s purported to be, and the more time they spend together, the more she risks the one thing she’s sworn never to do: fall in love. 

I knew after Viola took Isabelle to the Wicked Duke that her story was going to be fun. It’s clear from the moment he stopped her that he wasn’t going to be put off from her easily. Their search to find out the scandal was dangerous and I did not see the twist of who took care of everything coming at all. I loved how they just clicked and were able to talk to each other about anything. They way they got engaged was very different, but fit them perfectly.

Viola has managed to keep men at bay because of the past, but Jack is not like the other men. I loved when she grabbed him at the ball and how bold she was in every moment. She tried hard to please her grandmother.

Jack wasn’t looking for love, but it found him. I loved how ahead of his time he was and that he was willing to help her. He would do anything to protect her.

I loved her grandmother after what happened in the park because she did not act as I expected.

Review: The Bluestocking (Wicked Wallflowers #4) by Christi Caldwell

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The Bluestocking by Christi Caldwell

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

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Gertrude, the eldest Killoran sister, has spent a lifetime being underestimated—especially by her own family. She may seem as vulnerable as a kitten, but given the chance, she can be as fierce as a tiger. Her adopted brother, Stephen, has just been snatched back by his true father, and she’ll be damned if she relinquishes the boy to the man reviled throughout London as the Mad Marquess.

Still haunted by a deadly tragedy that left him publicly despised, Lord Edwin holds only hatred for the Killorans—the people he believes kidnapped his son. And not one of them will ever see the boy again. But when Gertrude forces her way into the household and stubbornly insists that she remain as Stephen’s governess, Edwin believes he may have found someone madder than himself.

With every moment he shares with the tenderhearted Gertrude, Edwin’s anger softens into admiration…and more. Is it possible that the woman he loathed may be the only person who can heal his broken soul?

Hate can blind a person, but love can open their eyes and heart again if they will let it in. It’s like a shockwave the moment these two meet and I knew they were going to be a favorite couple of mine. Even Stephen saw what was between them and approved so you know it was meant to be. Every time they revealed something about themselves to each other it made me love them more and more. I was holding my breath when his brother in law started filling his head and I feared what would happen. But I was taken by surprise with how things played out!

I loved seeing Stephen go from the angry boy he was to the boy I knew was inside him. He made me smile with how protective he was of her. I hope he will get his own story when he’s older. I wasn’t sure where he and Edwin were going in the end until they arrived and definitely didn’t see what happened next coming!

Gertrude has always been the quiet one, but her fierce side comes out in this one. She set out to do what she knew was best for Stephen and she wasn’t going to back down. I loved every time she went to him about something because she commanded the room. She was always surprising him and understood him for than he did himself.

Edwin has let hate and fear control his life since that fire, but something about Gertrude chipped away at that stone heart of his. He melted by heart and became my next book boyfriend with his memories of nights with Stephen. His love was stronger than hate and he wasn’t going to let anyone tell him otherwise. I loved what he did to try and win her over.

This is one of my all time favorite books!

Review: An Agent for Rosalie by Laura Beers

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An Agent for Rosalie by Laura Beers

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Her father was gunned down by a ruthless gang. Enraged, Rosalie Addis leaves behind everything she knows, including her fiancé, to become a bounty hunter. She rounds up the members of the gang, one-by-one, until only the elusive leader remains. Hell-bent on vengeance, her heart is not prepared when her betrothed, Paden Brooks, shows up with the tip she’s been waiting for. The only catch is that she must marry him. 

Paden Brooks has a plan: convince Rosalie to marry him, train her to become a Pinkerton agent, then never let her go! For four years, he’s waited for his beloved to return to him. Finally, when a tip arrives at The Pinkerton Detective Agency, he knows this is his chance to bring her home. However, he quickly discovers Rosalie is not the same girl he knew and loved so long ago. Will that alter his plan? 

When the time comes for Rosalie to make a choice, will she choose vengeance or Paden? 

How have I not started this series yet?! I was hooked at female bounty hunter and couldn’t put it down after the way she got her latest bounty. There was no denying that they still loved each other, but her thrust for vengeance stands in the way. I loved how they worked together and understood each other. Even when they didn’t agree on things.

Rosalie was letting hate take over her life and didn’t know it. He came back into her life when she needed him most. I loved that she could handle a gun the way she did and that she was so quick on her feet.

Paden never stopped loving her and was willing to take the risk when he found her. He saw the real her and wasn’t going to give up. I loved when he got her to realize she couldn’t run anymore.

Review: One Night of Surrender (Wicked Dukes Club #2) by Darcy Burke

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One Night of Surrender by Darcy Burke

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

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After one passionate night a decade ago, Valentine Fairfax, Duke of Eastleigh, never forgot Isabelle, the intelligent, witty and forbidden daughter of a head of college at Oxford. However, since suffering a disastrous marriage to an unfaithful wife, the duke has vowed never to succumb to temptation again. Until the day he discovers his friend’s governess is the one woman who still haunts his dreams.

Once penniless, Isabelle Cortland has finally saved enough money to finance a school for impoverished girls. But when a chance encounter rekindles buried desires, Isabelle knows she can’t be a duke’s mistress and a headmistress at the same time. No longer a naïve girl, Isabelle won’t repeat the past. Not even for one night of surrender…

Meet the unforgettable men of London’s most notorious tavern, The Wicked Duke. Seductively handsome, with charm and wit to spare, one night with these rakes and rogues will never be enough…

They are two very stubborn people set on never marrying again, but fate has other plans for them. That spark was still there and hadn’t dulled in the past ten years. I loved that every time they tried to stay away from each other something would toss them together. Surrendering once wasn’t going to be enough for either of them. I loved how his sister and grandmother got involved and didn’t beat around the bush.

Isabelle loves her independence and isn’t going to let a sudden change make her relay on anyone. I loved that she wasn’t going to let anything stop and how educated she was.

Val knew they had something special all those years ago and knows he can’t let her go this time. I loved everything he did to make sure she was taken care of and that he knew it was her with his sister.

I hope his sister has a story coming soon because she was amazing and I wouldn’t mind seeing his grandmother again.