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!

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Review: The Governess (Wicked Wallflowers #3) by Christi Caldwell

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The Governess by Christi Caldwell

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

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Regina (Reggie) Spark has loved Broderick Killoran, the resourceful and protective proprietor of the Devil’s Den, ever since he saved her from the streets and made her his right hand at the notorious gaming hell. For just as long, Reggie has never admitted her true feelings for him. Nor has she revealed her spirited ambitions—to buck convention and expectations and open a music hall.

While Broderick built his gaming empire with ruthless cunning, his loyalty to his employees is boundless. So when he learns of Reggie’s plan to leave his side and take charge of her own future, the betrayal cuts Broderick to the core. He responds as he would to any business rival…with swift retribution.

Instead of wilting, the savvy Reggie rebounds with a fury that shocks Broderick and stirs a desire he’s been holding in reserve for only ladies of nobility. But as their seductive battle of wills ignites under the harsh spotlight of the London Season, secrets are exposed as well—ones that could be ruinous in decent society but invaluable for the heart. 

Three of my favorite tropes in one! friends to lovers, rags to riches, and my all-time favorite a redeemed bad boy. These two will keep you on the edge of your seat with the back and forth and you wonder if they will kiss or not. They are two stubborn people going to battle and neither one wants to open up. I loved when Reggie’s secret came out and how Brodrick reacted. My heart almost dropped when he went to the opera because I thought he was going to listen to his sister.

Reggie will not let her secret ruin the family or let Brodrick control her life. I loved her from the start because she won’t give up or run from anything. She had a heart of gold and slowly everyone saw why she was trying to leave.

Brodrick melts my heart. We’ve gotten to know him a bit from the other books, but this time his story really comes out. He is stubborn to the core, but when kissed her that first time I knew his walls were coming down. I loved when he told his story.

Little Stephen breaks my heart in this one. He is struggling so much and taking it out on everyone at every chance. I loved seeing more of his story and hope he one day gets his own book.

ARC Review: The Vixen (Wicked Wallflowers #2) by Christi Caldwell

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The Vixen by Christi Caldwell

Releases August 7, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell pits a fiercely independent beauty against a devilish investigator.

Set apart by her ethereal beauty and fearless demeanor, Ophelia Killoran has always been a mystery to those around her—and a woman they underestimated. No one would guess that she spends her nights protecting the street urchins of St. Giles. Ophelia knows what horrors these children face. As a young girl, she faced those horrors herself, and she would have died…if not for the orphan boy who saved her life.

A notorious investigator, Connor Steele never expected to encounter Ophelia Killoran on his latest case. It has been years since he sacrificed himself for her. Now, she hires orphans from the street to work in her brother’s gaming hell. But where does she find the children…and what are her intentions?

Ophelia and Connor are at odds. After all, Connor now serves the nobility, and that is a class of people Ophelia knows firsthand not to trust. But if they can set aside their misgivings and work together, they may discover that their purposes—and their hearts—are perfectly aligned.

My Review

I held my breath, I cried, I cheered, and I screamed throughout this story and loved every bit of it! You will need your tissues and if like me a fur baby nearby with all the intense emotions in this story. I was hooked from the start and every page pulled me deeper. Their story is such a powerful one with so many things against them, but love wins over some of the worst things out there. I loved that they always had a connection even though they didn’t see eye to eye. The investigation of his took a turn I did not see coming and there were more twists and turns I didn’t see coming at all. There were characters that I was set on loving and disliking that true colors came to light and changed my opinions of them so much. I was completely shocked by what happened near the end and wanted to scream, but absolutely loved the twist of how that turned out. I was left with serious book hangover and wanting more.

Ophelia is not a jewel she is an angel that does what she must to save the children on the streets. She is one of the few heroines to pull at my heart more than the hero. I cried and held my breath with the flashes of her memories and why she saved kids the way she did. Even with her tough front, she put out there I loved her right away because she would do anything for others.

Connor never let go of his roots and helped those that needed. His full story broke my heart, but he pushed forward with his mission and made a difference. He won me over from the start with how he sacrificed himself and how he saw others. I cried from him when his father did what he did and hoped it would turn out for the better. He was amazing and what she needed as much as he needed her.

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Review: The Hellion (Wicked Wallflowers #1) by Christi Caldwell

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The Hellion by Christi Caldwell

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell’s Wicked Wallflowers series burns hot as two rivals meet in the flesh and feel the heat…

Adair Thorne has just watched his gaming-hell dream disappear into a blaze of fire and ash, and he’s certain that his competitors, the Killorans, are behind it. His fury and passion burn even hotter when he meets Cleopatra Killoran, a tart-mouthed vixen who mocks him at every turn. If she were anyone else but the enemy, she’d ignite a desire in him that would be impossible to control.

No one can make Cleopatra do anything. That said, she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her siblings―even if that means being sponsored by their rivals for a season in order to land a noble husband. But she will not allow her head to be turned by the infuriating and darkly handsome Adair Thorne.

There’s only one thing that threatens the rules of the game: Cleopatra’s secret. It could unravel the families’ tenuous truce and shatter the unpredictably sinful romance mounting between the hellion…and a scoundrel who could pass for the devil himself.

My Review

Christi does it again with another couple that will blow you away. I thought for sure they were going to tear each other to pieces a couple of times. But then they exploded in a very different way. It broke my heart that the club burned down, but it was another chapter that closed to open another. I loved that he began to trust and understand her more and that everyone was seeing it. I held my breath when she told her secret because I didn’t know how he would react, but I loved how it played out. I loved how everything with both sides turned out and the ending left me excited for the next one.

Cleo lives up to her name and has come along way. It was clear from the start that she was going to be different and needed love and friendship. I loved her the moment she had a gun a dagger ready to fight. When she finally opened up it was heartbreaking, but she needed to let it out.

Adair is stuck between two worlds and wanting to destroy the enemy. I loved how he softened and started listening because she helped him as much as he helped her. I loved him more when he made his promise to her. In the end, he realized she was right about many things.

I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.

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ARC Review: The Heiress’s Deception (Sinful Brides #4) by Christi Caldwell

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The Heiress’s Deception by Christi Caldwell

Releasing December 12, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

In the final installment of USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell’s Sinful Brides series, a runaway heiress entrusts her fate to the man she betrayed.

Lady Eve Pruitt has never forgotten her childhood friend, the young pickpocket Calum, who she feared had been condemned to the gallows. Now, years later, Eve is the one in danger. Her brother, made desperate by gambling debts, threatens to steal her inheritance, and Eve has no choice but to run.

Under an assumed name, she takes a job as a bookkeeper at the notorious Hell and Sin Club. Nothing in this bawdy den shocks her more than discovering that her employer is none other than Calum. Keeping her identity a secret is one thing—but hiding her feelings for him is another.

As Calum becomes increasingly taken with the strangely haunting beauty, he looks forward to exposing her mysteries. But when her masquerade is revealed, it’s left to Eve to prove that her desire for him is no deception.

My Review

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

My heart was in it from the start with what happened all those years ago. Then I was holding my breath when she was running and I was hooked even more. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see how she would be discovered and what would happen then. That instant feeling of knowing each other, but not realizing it at first kept the suspense going wondering when he would realize it. I held my breath when her brother showed up and did not expect at all how everything would end. I loved the journey of forgiveness of themselves and each other.

Eva was extremely strong to have made it all these years with her brother and is so close to being safe. I loved her right away because she knew what she had to do and didn’t back down when talking to her brother. She always put others first and wanted to protect everyone. She also was very understanding of why most people did what they did.

Calum always took care of his family and others and put himself last. He comes off as a person not to be messed with, but he is more understanding and kind than you realize. I loved how he was with everyone and that he asked his sister what to do. He reacts to somethings differently than you expect.

ARC Review: The Dukes of Vauxhall by Vanessa Kelly, Christi Caldwell, Theresa Romain, Shana Galen

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The Dukes of Vauxhall by Vanessa Kelly, Christi Caldwell, Theresa Romain, Shana Galen

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Blurb

Four dukes. Two balls. One prizefight.

Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens will never be the same.

After England’s victory in the Battle of Waterloo, the Prince Regent arranges a series of lavish celebrations at London’s notorious Vauxhall Gardens. The royal festivities bring together the rich and the desperate, the criminal and the lordly…and allow four very different dukes to find the love of a lifetime.

A proper viscount is kidnapped by a duke of the criminal underworld, only to encounter a mysterious woman from his past. A retired prizefighter, once known as the Duke of the Ring, stakes his reputation on a scrappy young boxer for the sake of a long-lost love. A traveler who inherited a dukedom needs a tightrope dancer’s help with a fake engagement that just might turn real. And the buccaneer son of a royal duke goes hunting for a respectable, highborn wife to salvage his scandalous reputation.

Let the pleasures begin…

My Reviews

*I was provided a copy by one of the authors in exchange for my honest review.

Taken by The Duke by Shana Galen

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

The beginning will definitely hook you! I loved everything about it from beginning to end. I love the setting of this one because it was not in ballrooms and showed the other side of London. I did not see the ending happening the way it did, but it was perfect.

Kate is definitely someone you want on your side. She is doing what she has to so she can stay alive and hide her identity.  I loved her because she acts tough and heartless, but she really just has walls up and has shut down.

Henry is a man who never expected to be in the position he is or have a title. I loved him from the start because he kept his cool and had always had a plan. He saw her for the real her and wanted to help.

Fighting for His Lady by Christi Caldwell

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

Who doesn’t love a good prize fight! Another one outside the ballroom that I love. lies tore them apart years ago, but the need for help brought them back together. I loved the details in the training and how it brought them together. I wasn’t expecting the part with her one brother or his father in the end.

Patience is a woman that made it clear how much she hated him years ago. She blames herself for not noticing the truth all those years ago but seeing him again wakes up her heart. I loved that she could break a nose and listened to the truth.

Godrick has made a name for himself and a fortune. He wasn’t your typical lord and was a great trainer. I loved how he understood why she hated him and that he was still willing to help.

The Prodigal Duke by Theresa Romain

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

A tightrope dancer and a Duke afraid of heights make a great match! I loved the back story and that they still got along. I was not expecting the twist with her or what happened later, but it played out well. They were one of those couples that were meant to be together from the start.

Poppy is a woman that doesn’t let anything keep her down. She was going to take care of herself after what happened to her and being a tightrope dancer was perfect for her. I loved her from the start and how she was with everyone because she understood things.

Leo is a man on a mission. He’s trying to help his uncle and do better than his brother. I loved him from the start when he told her his plan and how open he was about himself. He is unique in the best way.

The Buccaneer Duke by Vanessa Kelly

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋 1/2

Scandals and reputations are forgotten when love comes into play. I loved this one and how it included events from the other stories. Both of them had scandals that were not their fault from the past and they brushed them off. There are many characters that I loved from her parents to his family and her best friend. The ending was perfect for this story.

Antonia is very blunt and does what she wants. I loved her right away because of her bluntness and how she could protect herself even if things she did caused trouble. She surprised me with everything she did and said. Loved her nickname!

Roman scares ladies off because of his past and a scare he has, but he is a great man behind all of that. I loved him because he didn’t blink at the way she talked and could match her with the teasing and bluntness.

Review: For Love of the Duke (The Heart of a Duke, #2) by Christi Caldwell

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For Love of the Duke by Christi Caldwell

My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

After the tragic death of his wife, Jasper, the 8th Duke of Bainbridge buried himself away in the dark cold walls of his home, Castle Blackwood. When he’s coaxed out of his self-imposed exile to attend the amusements of the Frost Fair, his life is irrevocably changed by his fateful meeting with Lady Katherine Adamson.

With her tight brown ringlets and silly white-ruffled gowns, Lady Katherine Adamson has found her dance card empty for two Seasons. After her father’s passing, Katherine learned the unreliability of men, and is determined to depend on no one, except herself. Until she meets Jasper…

In a desperate bid to avoid a match arranged by her family, Katherine makes the Duke of Bainbridge a shocking proposition—one that he accepts.

Only, as Katherine begins to love Jasper, she finds the arrangement agreed upon is not enough. And Jasper is left to decide if protecting his heart is more important than fighting for Katherine’s love.

My Review

I absolutely loved this book! I read it in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. As always Christi’s characters feel so real that you can picture them and almost feel their feelings. I loved everything in the book especially how neither one realized that they needed each other. Neither one thought that a trip that they were against to the Frost Fair would change their lives forever and for the better. The way they talked to each other when they met will make you laugh with how straight forward they were and every time he talks about his fist wife your heart breaks.

Kathrine is a heroine I loved from the start. She is bold and has no problem standing up to Jasper. I laughed every time she got mad because I knew her finger would be waving and poking. When she made her offer to Jasper she did it in such a way that you knew she meant business and that she wasn’t going to run. She never backed down even when he told her about his wife and she was going to help him.

Jasper will break your heart and make you love him. He truly loved his wife and blamed himself for her death and punished himself. He could be cold to her at times, but because he loved her and didn’t want to belive it himself or open himself up to any feelings at all. I almost cried during the scene with her niece and him because it was so touching and a bit funny too. I did cry when he finally realized he loved and spoke to the painting.

Every character was interesting. I loved her twin sister because she wasn’t like everyone thought. Her mother feared what might happen to them so she pushed on her making her less than her sister. Both had people on staff that will make you smile and laugh.

Throwback Review: Forever Betrothed, Never The Bride by Christi Caldwell

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 Forever Betrothed, Never the Bride by Christi Caldwell

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Blurb

Hopeless romantic, Lady Emmaline Fitzhugh, is tired of sitting with the wallflowers, waiting for her betrothed to come to his senses and marry her. When Emmaline reads one too many reports of his scandalous liaisons in the gossip rags, she takes matters into her own hands.

War-torn veteran, Lord Drake devotes himself to forgetting his days on the Peninsula through an endless round of meaningless associations. He no longer wants to feel anything, but Lady Emmaline is making it hard to maintain a state of numbness. With her zest for life, she awakens his passion and desire for love.

The one woman Drake has spent the better part of his life avoiding is now the only woman he needs, but he is no longer a man worthy of his Emmaline. It is up to her to show him the healing power of love.

My Review

This is my first book by Christi Caldwell and I am hooked. I love a good scandal and this was different in a great way. An arranged marriage, a wallflower and soldier that is tortured by his time at war. I loved how Emmaline had a temper, but was still understanding and didn’t run when she found out about Drake’s past and how he suffered. I really understood Drake and why he didn’t want to get married because he thought he was crazy. they really were met to be together. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.