ARC Review: The Duke of Ruin (The Untouchables #8) by Darcy Burke

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The Duke of Ruin by Darcy Burke

Releasing March 27, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

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Blurb

With her betrothal to a duke in tatters and scandal imminent, Diana Kingman has two choices: live in certain ignominy or flee into obscurity. Diana wants solitude. She never wished to wed in the first place. However, her father will stop at nothing to betroth her to one of the finest titles in the realm…no matter how loathsome the bearer. Escape is Diana’s only option, and she’ll pay any price to achieve freedom.

Universally blamed for the death of his wife and unborn child, Simon Hastings doesn’t dispute his guilt over an accident he cannot even remember. He hasn’t had a drink since, nor a moment’s peace. Determined to be a better man, Simon rescues a young woman in need—only to be accused of kidnapping. They must marry to save him from prison. But how can a man haunted by the love he lost and a woman afraid to get too close find happiness together?

My Review

I was looking forward to this so much since we got to know Simon in The Duke of Ice and it didn’t disappoint! I loved that it pretty much picked up from the last one and was an adventure from the start. They needed each other and both learned to open up about their pasts and secrets. I loved that her cousin started making plans and knew how things were going to turn out. I didn’t see the truth about his wife’s death coming in a thousand years because I thought that it would stay a full mystery that he would let go. That was a shocking and amazing twist to have. The wedding scene was another favorite of mine especially the ring.

Diana needs to escape, but not just because of the scandal from her engagement ending. She hid her secrets well, but they didn’t define her and only made her stronger. I loved that she didn’t hold back or shy away from anything. When she made up her mind to do something she did it.

Simon was going to make sure she was safe and had her freedom. He broke my heart everytime he thought about his wife and what happened. I loved how had no problem telling people they were rude and using being a Duke to shut them up. He was a gentleman as much as possible.

I didn’t like his mother at first, but she grew on me after Diana’s parents showed up.

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ARC Review: The Secret of Flirting (Sinful Suitors #5) by Sabrina Jeffries

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The Secret of Flirting by Sabrina Jeffries

Releasing March 27, 2018

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

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Blurb

The moment spymaster Baron Fulkham meets the stunning Princess Anne of Chanay, he’s positive her royal persona is a ruse and that she’s actually Monique Servais, the mysterious actress he met three years before in Dieppe. But as he pursues his suspicions, he uncovers a plot of attempted assassination and betrayal that could very well destroy his career, expose his own secrets…and ruin the woman he’s rapidly coming to love.

The Secret of Flirting is a sizzling historical romance filled with fast-paced storytelling, an enchanting heroine, and a sexy hero, perfect for fans of Regency romance.

My Review

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

I was hooked from their start and never knew what was going to happen. This is very different from others with the politics have a big part in everything. I loved how they first met and then how they were years later with each other. You could feel the tension between them and I was just waiting for it to explode. When I was finally able to figure out who was behind everything I was shocked. I absolutely loved how it ended because I didn’t expect it at all.

Monique will do almost anything to take care of her grandmother. I loved how strong she was and that she made it clear that she could make her own decisions. When she made up her mind to do something look out because she wouldn’t be stopped without good reason.

Gregory has secrets and things in his past that make him keep his feeling locked away. I loved how much of a gentleman he was and that his mother was a big part of things. He needed a reason open up and let go of things in the past.

Tour and Review: The Duke of Ice (The Untouchables #7) by Darcy Burke

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Title: The Duke of Ice

Author: Darcy Burke

Genre: Historical Romance

Publishing Date: December 26th, 2017

Synopsis

Everyone Nicholas Bateman ever loved has died. Except Violet Caulfield, which must mean he never loved her. Eight years after she threw him over to marry a viscount, Nick is a widowed duke who prefers isolation. When a friend convinces him to leave his lair of self-imposed solitude, he considers taking another wife, provided she agrees to his terms: no emotional attachment of any kind.

Now widowed, Lady Violet Pendleton hopes for a second chance with the man she’s always loved. But she isn’t prepared for the desolation in his soul or the animosity he still bears toward her. Despite those obstacles, it’s clear their passion hasn’t dimmed. However, the heat between them isn’t enough to melt the Duke of Ice, and this time Violet may find herself the jilted party. Can love, once so tragically lost, finally be found?

My Review

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

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

The Duke of Ice lives up to his name. They both can break your heart with everything that has happened in those eight years to both of them. I loved how it was a journey for both of them learning to let go of the past and move forward. The scene at the hotel was amazing and a favorite. I loved his friendship with Simon and feared what might happen between them. I was holding my breath near the end, but the ending was perfect and I cheered at the surprise after they were married.

Violet’s heart has always belonged to Nick and fate brought them together again. I loved how she wanted to help the younger ladies and felt for them. She knew what her heart wanted. but tried so hard to move on.

Nick was afraid to feel anything ever again. He needed to be around other and be free again but didn’t know it. I loved him more and more as his story unfolded and he melted away. He almost lost everything.

Excerpt:

“Looks like it’s you and Lady Pendleton,” Simon said. His voice carried a hint of something.

Nick snapped his head toward his friend and detected the glimmer of a smile in his gaze. He was enjoying this. He was playing matchmaker. And he had his sights set on Nick and Violet. Bloody hell.

Nick wanted to be angry, but his pull toward Violet was too strong. He’d felt it last night and again today when Simon had asked if it would be odd for him to pursue her. Nick had been jealous. Shockingly, blood-boilingly, desperately jealous.

The realization shook him to the core.

“Who’s to be the crier?” Simon asked.

“Why not Mr. Adair since he won Kiss the Nun?” Seaver suggested.

With everyone in agreement, Violet and Nick moved to the center of the room.

“Is this awkward?” she whispered.

“No.” His pulse quickened. Should he kiss her or should he fail?

His mind screamed the latter. And really, that was for the best. Jealousy aside, he and Violet had no future, not when their past was so painful.

And yet when they knelt with their backs to each other, he caught her scent of rose and an earthy spice. It was wholly feminine yet slightly wild. He hadn’t smelled a rose in the past eight years without thinking of her. His body reacted, heating at her proximity.

“Make ready,” Adair said.

Nick looked over his right shoulder and felt the air move as she looked over her left.

“Present.”

Nick leaned close to her cheek. He could feel her warmth, and his skin tingled.

Fire.”

He moved closer, but she sprang up. Instinctively, he reached for her, his arm curling about her waist. He pulled her back down. To stop her from hitting the floor, he spun to his back and sprawled, bringing her down on top of him. He cupped the side of her face and kissed her, his lips sliding over hers for a brief but delicious moment.

“The cheek,” she murmured, her gaze locked with his.

He leaned up and brushed his mouth against the soft flesh of her cheek. His lips lingered perhaps a second too long, but he didn’t care. Desire coursed through him, and for the first time in years, he felt alive.

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Tour and Review: The Lord Meets His Lady by Gina Conkle

TLMHL_TwoWeek_Tour_BadgeCan the scoundrel second son, Lord Marcus Bowles, and Genevieve Turner, a woman of ill-repute, find happiness? Or will his roguish ways and her dark past forever tear them apart? Fans of Tessa Dare’s Twice Tempted by a Rogue will love this sensual read releasing December 2017 from Sourcebooks Casablanca.

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About The Lord Meets His Lady:

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Author: Gina Conkle

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: December 5, 2017

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Series: Midnight Meetings

Format: Digital eBook / Print

Print ISBN: 9781492651901

Digital ISBN: 9781402294341

 

Synopsis:

Lord Marcus Bowles has stained his family’s reputation for the last time. Only after spending a scandal-free year restoring some far-flung property can this second son return in good graces. But Marcus isn’t one to abandon a lone damsel on a dark country lane.

One stolen kiss and Genevieve Turner’s handsome midnight savior disappears. Typical. No matter, Gen is finally on the way to her new post, and hopefully to finding her grandmother as well. Instead she finds her mischievous hero is her new employer. Surely a few more kisses won’t hurt…

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My Review

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋1/2

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

The suspense of will they fall in love will drive you mad! I was hooked from the start with her red cloak and the mystery surrounding her. The instant connection and fun flirting between them throughout the story was perfect and a favorite part of the whole story. I was on the edge of my seat about her past and wondering what was going to happen. There is so much going on in this story that I couldn’t put it down. I was holding my breath every time that man came around because I had no clue what he had planned. The ending was perfectly unexpected and left me wanting to know about his brother.

Genevieve wants one thing and that is to start her new life where she doesn’t have to do what someone else says. I have a love-hate relationship with her because I love her spirit, bluntness and that she is not an innocent miss. But at times I wanted to shake her because she kept running and wouldn’t listen even though I understand why.

Marcus was determined to leave his vices behind him and restore his reputation. I loved him because he was always honest and didn’t hide what he wanted. He just wasn’t always the best at voicing things right and would get himself into more of a mess. The sacrifices he was willing to make will melt your heart.

Excerpt:

Have you kissed her yet?” Samuel asked.

Marcus and Samuel rode along the pasture’s perimeter with an eye to the cottage. Miss Turner’s vibrant red cloak stood out against mellow sandstone. Shovel in hand, she jabbed the earth with determined thrusts. The weeds didn’t stand a chance.

I assume we’re speaking of my housekeeper.” Marcus halted Khan. “A hardworking, respectable woman of excellent character. She’s done a fine job with Pallinsburn. I wouldn’t besmirch her honor with talk like that nor should you.”

Samuel rode on, his shoulders bouncing with laughter. “And every night she ascends to heaven on angel’s wings.”

If his friend saw right through him, how soon before others did?

Came on strong, did I?”

Samuel pinched a small space between his thumb and forefinger. “A little.”

He urged his horse forward. “I don’t want her reputation damaged.”

Should’ve thought about that before making her your housekeeper. People will talk.”

Marcus searched Miss Turner out again, a gust boxing his ears like some admonishing aunt.

Was it so wrong to want to help a woman in need?

His housekeeper cleared the last weedy invaders off his front step. Her serious exterior belied deep-seated passion, evidenced in the way she dove into every task. The enthusiasm fascinated him.

And yes, he admired her other parts.

What will people talk about? Her youth?” he retorted. “Does a woman have to be long in the tooth to hold a decent position?”

No, but it’d help if you were toothless. Or married.” Samuel stared ahead, the wind assaulting his queue. “We don’t set the rules, but we both know them.”

You hired her, and you’re not a married man.”

Samuel’s gaze pinned him. “Nor do I have your unsavory reputation.”

I’d wager my housekeeper has more honor, more determination in her little finger than any woman of my acquaintance,” he said fiercely. “Who I am should have no bearing on her.”

Me thinks you doth protest too much…or whatever that drivel is. A clear sign you have it bad for her, but haven’t touched her. Yet.”

Why did Samuel hunt for sordid details? Likely he’d seen through Miss Turner with her low-cut bodices and saucy skirts. Didn’t matter. She worked hard. He didn’t care if she fit the proper housekeeper stamp or not.

He ought to buy a dull grey gown for her, if only to aid her reputation. Smiling against his collar, he guessed she wouldn’t wear it. Nor should she have to. One look at his red-cloaked gardener and he was certain of one thing: he’d do his anything to keep his friend, or any man, on the straight and narrow when it came to Miss Turner. She deserved a fresh start.

His housekeeper had nabbed a piece of his heart.

But the afternoon ride wasn’t meant to discuss his housekeeper’s allure. Samuel pulled his hat low, failing to look him in the eye.

Quoting Shakespeare,” Marcus said. “You must be reading with Adam again.”

Copyright © 2017 The Lord Meets His Lady by Gina Conkle

Other Books in the Midnight Meetings series:

MtEaMMeet the Earl at Midnight

It’s going to take a Beast to tame this Beauty

Enigma Earl. The Phantom of London. That’s what the gossip pages call Lord Edward Greenwich, a mysterious nobleman who doesn’t show his face in London Society. With a reputation like that, no wonder Lydia Montgomery is horrified to be dragged from bed and packed off to live with him to save her mother from penury.

While Lydia has received all of the training a lady should endure, she’s decidedly un-ladylike. She despises her corset and isn’t interested in marriage. She’d prefer to remain unmarried and spend her time improving her art. But if she wants a chance at happiness, she’ll have to set aside her fear of the earl and discover the man hiding behind the beast.

Will Edward and Lydia’s greatest discovery be each other before time runs out?

Available at: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iTunes | Google Play

LMHMThe Lady Meets Her Match

Locating Her Is Only Half The Battle…

Cyrus Ryland didn’t become England’s wealthiest bachelor by being a pushover, but the mysterious beauty he discovers sneaking around at his grand ball enflames his curiosity. When the clock chimes midnight, and she’s nowhere to be found, Cyrus vows to scour all of London to uncover who she is. Little does he know that not only does Claire Mayhew not want to be found, but she wants nothing to do with him at all…

Available at: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iTunes | Google Play

 

 

MaRaMMeet the Rogue at Midnight

A Saved Scoundrel…

Jonas Bacon Braithwaite wants to make peace with his grandfather before departing England. Once Nottinghamshire’s favorite trouble-maker, he’s since become an upstanding man of honor. But, the lushly curved thief hiding in his bedchamber makes him think twice about one last conquest.

A Stubborn Siren…

Livvy Halsey bristles at life’s rules. Always has. Sneaking into the Braithwaite house to reclaim a treasured family heirloom is one way she upends the conventional life that awaits her. Duty demands she marry. But what harm is there in having a little fun with her childhood friend before the Twelfth Night ends?

And Twilight Temptation…

Stolen kisses fan hot flames. Surprising passion intertwines with friendship…but will it be enough to last forever?

Available at: Amazon

Gina Conkle 1 (1)About Gina Conkle:

Gina Conkle writes lush Viking romance and sensual Georgian romance. Her books always offer a fresh, addictive spin on the genre with the witty banter and sexual tension that readers crave. She grew up in southern California and despite all that sunshine, Gina loves books over beaches and stone castles over sand castles. Now she lives in Michigan with her favorite alpha male, Brian, and their two sons where she’s known to occasionally garden and cook.

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Review: Once Upon a Christmas Eve (Maiden Lane #12.6) by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

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Blurb

Adam Rutledge, Viscount d’Arque, really rather loathes Christmas. The banal cheerfulness. The asinine party games. And, worst of all, the obligatory trip to the countryside. His grandmother, however, loves the holiday—and Adam loves his grandmother, so he’ll brave the fiercest snowstorm to please her. But when their carriage wheel snaps, they’re forced to seek shelter at the home of the most maddening, infuriating, and utterly beguiling woman he’s ever met.

Sarah St. John really rather loathes rakes. The self-satisfied smirks. The sly predatory gazes. Oh, and the constant witty banter rife with double meaning. But in the spirit of the season, she’ll welcome this admittedly handsome viscount into her home. But as the snowstorm rages, the Yule log crackles, and the tension rises, Sarah and Adam find themselves locked in a fiery, passionate kiss. If love is the true meaning of Christmas, it’s the one gift this mismatched pair can’t wait to unwrap.

My Review

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

This one is perfect for a chilly night because you will need a fan otherwise. I loved the instant tension between the two of them plus the added fun from the families. I had no clue how things would happen and didn’t expect the twist from her past at all. The proposal was so different and perfect for them.

Sarah has a good reason for not trusting many men and she doesn’t hold back her dislike either. I loved that she learned to look past his walls and the show he put on or others. She learned to open up and let her heart take over.

Adam hides the real him and puts walls up to protect himself. I loved that his grandmother knew the real him and pushed him to show it and open his heart. He also had a past that explained him more.

Review: Hot Winter Nights by Tammy Andresen, Amy Rose Bennett, Heather Boyd, Dawn Brower, Amanda Mariel, Nina Mason, Christina McKnight, Lauren Smith

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Hot Winter Nights by Tammy Andresen, Amy Rose Bennett, Heather Boyd, Dawn Brower, Amanda Mariel, Nina Mason, Christina McKnight, Lauren Smith

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Taming a Christmas Wallflower by Tammy Andresen
It started as a bet. Will Maddox simply needed to kiss the Duke’s daughter, a bluestocking and a wallflower. But the more time he spends with Lady Amelia Chase, the more he realizes he wants so much more.

An Improper Christmas by Amy Rose Bennett
When Miss Lily Godwin has a chance encounter with the mischievous Lord Nash at a Yuletide house party, she is sorely tempted to throw all dictates of decorum out the window. After all, it’s Christmas.

The Duke and I by Heather Boyd
The Duke of Stapleton abhors Christmas nonsense, but could a kiss exchanged under mistletoe with his daughter’s shy companion alter his opinion of the season?

Secluded with My Hellion by Dawn Brower
In the midst of the blizzard, Gavin Barrington, the Earl of Havenwood, and Lady Odessa Lynwood must overcome the earl’s worst fears and figure out if their love can conquer the challenges they must face.

Her Perfect Rogue by Amanda Mariel
When Julia Honeyfield is sent away to a brothel, she runs away…only to find herself in the Duke of Selkirk’s arms. Dare she trust him to protect her?

The Twelve Nights of Christmas by Nina Mason
Rollo Gillingham has only twelve nights to win back Penelope Pembroke, the woman he left with his promise to return ten years before. Come Christmas Day, which will she choose–the man she loves or the man her parents want her to marry?

Bedded Under a Christmastide Moon by Christina McKnight
Brigham Clarke, Viscount Whitmore, has endlessly championed those less fortunate than himself by introducing social reform bills in London…all while his wife, Melloria, remains alone in Hertfordshire. WhenBrigham arrives for the Christmastide holiday, Melloria has only one thing on her mind–the seduction of her husband!

The Rogue’s Seduction by Lauren Smith
London’s favorite lady seeks the help and protection of London’s most wicked devil to escape one marriage, only to fall into another.

My Reviews

Taming a Christmas Wallflower by Tammy Andresen

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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

I loved that this started with a bet and quickly turned to love! It’s a quick read, but everything moves along smoothly and doesn’t seem rushed. They were perfectly matched for each other and it was love at first sight.

Amelia is an extremely smart bluestocking and wallflower. I loved her right away because she didn’t hide the fact that she was so smart and she thought about stuff first. She followed her heart.

Will is quick to realize there is more to her than he thought. I also loved him right away because he understood her and admired her for being her. He didn’t hide his feelings at all from anyone.

An Improper Christmas by Amy Rose Bennett

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

I really loved this one! Fate brought them together and they were going to follow their hearts. I loved how they were instantly drawn to each other and understood each other perfectly. I got worried at the ball, but it was perfect and the ending was great.

Lily is not a woman that will stand by and get used to anything her fiance does. I loved her because she was not going to be told what to do and that she took control of her life. She was amazing.

Joshua has a reputation when it comes to women, but his heart wants something else now. I loved him right away because his was still a gentleman and didn’t hide his thoughts and feelings.

The Duke and I by Heather Boyd

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Different from most romances, but an amazing story. I loved that they were a more mature couple so there was a different vibe from both of them. I had fun trying to figure out who was putting up the mistletoe. His daughters were totally different from each other in how they expected him to be. The proposal scene is one of my favorites.

Gillian has no plans to ever be married again and doesn’t sense whats between her and the Duke. I loved her because she wasn’t one to be shocked by things and she went into things not expecting more. She was amazing at speaking her mind to everyone.

Nicholas avoided women at all cost except for Gillian and didn’t realize why he at first. I loved him because he quickly realized what was between them and didn’t care what he children or people thought. He was an amazing father no matter what his kids said or did.

Secluded with My Hellion by Dawn Brower

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

I wish this one was longer because I wanted to know more about them. I loved that there had always been a connection between them. This was a couple that as soon there was nothing to stop them their passions exploded. I really wanted to know more about his family curse and her family.

Odessa was stubborn, always had a plan, and would fight for what she loved. I loved her right away because she decided to take matters into her own hands and make him talk. She wasn’t going to hide away.

Gavin had loved her for years, but his family curse keeps him away from her. When you hear about what happened with his mother you understand him more. I loved him because he couldn’t hide from her.

Her Perfect Rogue by Amanda Mariel

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

This one will hook you from the start because it shocking what happens to her. I loved how different this one was with him helping her and his family accepting her the way they did. The ending sealed it for me!

Julia was strong and was not going to stay in that brothel. I loved her right away when she ran and that learned everything so fast. She never imagined how her life would change.

Charles is nothing like you would expect a Duke to be. I loved that he was so open and friendly right away. I also loved how he and his sister were with each other and what he decided to do right after meeting Julia.

The Twelve Nights of Christmas by Nina Mason

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

This one is a bit longer and will keep you on the edge of your seat at times. I loved that I couldn’t figure out exactly how things would work out. I did not see the twist of who had been helping keep them apart or that her fiance would show up when he did. I didn’t like her parents until the end. The ending was great.

Penelope was torn between her parent’s wishes and the man she loves. I loved how it was also a journey of her getting the courage to follow her heart and do what she wanted. I cheered when she really thought about everything and made her choice.

Rollo meant it when he made that promise years ago. I loved him right away because he wasn’t going to let his family’s past stand in his way. He never gave up on love beating all and was determined to prove it to her.

Bedded Under a Christmastide Moon by Christina McKnight

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

An emotional rollercoaster with this one. My heart ached for both of them because they loved each other, but neither knew it and they kept saying the wrong things. I loved everything in this one from the tension leaping off the pages to the title really fitting the story. I loved that they had known each other for years.

Mellie really had her life torn apart in many ways. I loved her right away because of how she handled everything that happened and that she was not going to back down. My heart ached for her when she tried to talk to him and it came out wrong.

Brigham saved Mellie and her mother only to spend all his time away. I loved him right away because it was clear he loved her and wanted her, but was afraid. He made my heart ache when he told her everything.

The Rogue’s Seduction by Lauren Smith

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

Another one that had me on the edge of my seat! They were perfectly matched from the start and didn’t know it. I loved that as soon as he heard who she needed to keep away that he jumped to help. The second library scene had me holding my breath because Milburn was terrifying. I loved her parents because they added a laugh to everything.

Perdita is not afraid of anything and doesn’t back down. I loved her as soon as she knocked on his door and even more when she told Milburn he didn’t scare her. She is a favorite heroine of mine.

Vaughn doesn’t think he can love and his nickname really doesn’t fit once you know him. I loved him once he said what he wanted in exchange for helping her because it showed the real him. Add him to the book boyfriend list.

 

This whole collection is amazing!

 

ARC Review: Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane #12) by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

Releasing October 17, 2017

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Blurb

A LADY OF LIGHT

Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked-and nude!-Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him . . . only to find she may have been a trifle hasty.

A DUKE IN DEEPEST DARKNESS

Cynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them. Rescuing Lady Jordan was never in his plans. But now with the Lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice: marry the lady in order to keep her safe.

CAUGHT IN A WEB OF DANGER . . . AND DESIRE

Much to Raphael’s irritation, Iris insists on being the sort of duchess who involves herself in his life-and bed. Soon he’s drawn both to her quick wit and her fiery passion. But when Iris discovers that Raphael’s past may be even more dangerous than the present, she falters. Is their love strong enough to withstand not only the Lords of Chaos but also Raphael’s own demons?

My Review

*I received a copy from the author via NetGalley

The shocking opening will make sure you don’t put it down. It’s shocking and thrilling at the same time throughout the book. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time afraid of what would happen next and hoping she could help him get rid of his demons. I loved how the passion between them kept building until it exploded. The mystery of the leader of the Lords of Chaos kept me guessing if who I thought it was was right or not. The ending was another shocker and I loved it.

Iris is not as innocent as she seems and wants passion. I loved her right away because she wasn’t going to wilt away and was going to fight if she had to. She was very caring and understanding even willing to give up what she wanted most for him. Her compassion and strength was amazing.

Raphael is on a suicide mission to kill his demons. His personal demons are some of the most horrible and fuel him to take down the Lord of Chaos. I loved him because he would protect her to no end. He needed her more than he knew to fight his demons and find happiness and passion in his life.

There are many things that will shock you in the book so be prepared.

ARC Review: A Scarlet Woman (The Fitzgeralds of Dublin, #1) by Lorna Peel

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A Scarlet Woman by Lorna Peel

Releasing September 6, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋 1/2

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Blurb

Dublin, Ireland, 1880. Tired of treating rich hypochondriacs, Dr Will Fitzgerald left his father’s medical practice and his home on Merrion Square to live and practice medicine in the Liberties. His parents were appalled and his fiancée broke off their engagement. But when Will spends a night in a brothel on the eve of his best friend’s wedding, little does he know that the scarred and disgraced young woman he meets there will alter the course of his life.

Isobel Stevens was schooled to be a lady, but a seduction put an end to all her father’s hopes for her. Disowned, she left Co Galway for Dublin and fell into prostitution. On the advice of a handsome young doctor, she leaves the brothel and enters domestic service. But can Isobel escape her past and adapt to life and the chance of love on Merrion Square? Or will she always be seen as a scarlet woman?

My Review

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

This is a very different book in many ways and I loved it! There are many things covered in the book that you normally don’t see or if they are mentioned they don’t play a major part in the story. I never knew what was going happen next because something was always getting in the way for them, but also bringing them closer together. Many shocking scandals, secrets, and happy endings throughout the book that keep you hooked. Their love story intertwines perfectly with everything else. Their love could withstand anything. The ending was perfect and unexpected.

Isobel is a very strong woman to have held her head high and came through everything that happened to her. I admire her doing what she had to in every situation no matter how shocking it was and that she kept her head high. She didn’t let her father’s words fully pull her down, but did need the right person to show her that she was worthy.

WIll did not look down on anyone and wanted to help those less fortunate no matter what. I loved the way he tended to always be thinking like a doctor and how he could talk to people so easily no matter what. He needed Isobel and much as she needed him at the time they met.

This book does touch on many subjects that might shock some readers such as abortion, some characters sexuality, strong language, and things that could be considered erotic.

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: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

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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.

Tour and Review for The Duke of Defiance (The Untouchables #5) by Darcy Burke

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The Duke of Defiance by Darcy Burke

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋

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Difficult and defiant as a child, Bran Crowther, Earl of Knighton left England as a young man to pursue independence and adventure. He never expected to inherit the title and when duty calls him home, he still finds Society’s codes constricting and others’ expectations oppressive. Nevertheless, he needs a wife to be a mother to his young daughter, preferably a woman of intelligence and warmth who is, above all, immune to his idiosyncrasies—and to falling in love.
Widow Joanna Shaw isn’t interested in a second marriage, not after the loveless, passionless union she endured. She’d much rather dote on her young niece and nephew since they will likely be the only children in her life…until she meets a precocious girl, in desperate need of a mother. But her father, the so-called Duke of Defiance, is as peculiar as he is handsome, and Jo won’t take another risk with her heart. Their rules, however, are made to be broken, even when the consequences could destroy them both.

My Review

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

Two words book hangover! I couldn’t put it down and couldn’t stop playing things over in my head. They are a unique couple and I love that there are kids in this one. Both were in positions they never thought they would be in and both had interesting back stories. You could tell there was something there from the start between them just waiting to explode. I loved the reasons they were working together and how the kids were working on a plot together. I didn’t see everything about her marriage coming or the letter from his father. The ending was perfect and I was jumping up and down.

Jo will win your heart right away. She had a horrible marriage that she kept to herself, but the way she was with kids was amazing. I loved that she didn’t push things on anyone and when she let everything out it was explosive, but needed. She deserved her happy ending.

Bran is a rule breaker and I love it. He clearly loved his daughter and would do anything to make sure she was happy. Once you find out about his childhood you understand him so much and more when his mother comes to visit. I really loved how he said things and that they usually didn’t come out right, but it was a cute quirk.

Excerpt

Feeling as constricted as he had in the ballroom, he shrugged out of his coat and draped it over his arm.

Are you disrobing again?” she asked.

You can hear that?”

I’m afraid so. But since I can’t see you, it really doesn’t signify.”

He chuckled, pleased with her logic. “As it happens, I’d already untied my cravat before I arrived here.”

I can’t even manage to feign shock.” Now her voice held a lilt of humor, as if she were smiling.

He laughed again, and a cool, early spring breeze wafted over him. How he missed the warmth of Barbados.

Will you tell me about it?” she asked.

Had he said that out loud—about Barbados? Apparently so. “I could stand here all night and not manage to tell you everything.”

Then just tell me something.”

He closed his eyes and summoned his home. “The colors there are like nothing you’ve ever seen—the blue-green water, the white-gold sand, colors that not even the rainbow can do justice to.”

It sounds beautiful.” Her voice was soft, almost reverent. “How did you decide to go there?”

He opened his eyes but still couldn’t see her. “That was where the ship was headed. I didn’t care where I was going, so long as it wasn’t here.”

You must have been terribly miserable.” She sounded as if she’d moved a bit closer.

I wasn’t needed here.” Or wanted, really. His entire family had encouraged him to buy a commission or perhaps take a vicarage. He’d considered both ideas, but after his brothers had spread that vicious rumor, he’d simply walked on the first ship leaving England. And he’d never looked back.

And now?” Her question whispered over him, lulling him with its sweet curiosity.

Now, I’m the earl. I’m needed.”

And your brothers are gone.”

He exhaled, as if realizing for the first time that they really were gone. That he could perhaps be here and be happy. Or at least not miserable. Still, it wasn’t home. Not yet. “I miss the blazing sun.”

Especially right now, I’d wager.”

He heard a tremor in her voice. “Wait, are you chilled? Where are you?” He reached out with his free hand and touched her.

Stepping forward—it didn’t take much to reach her—he settled his coat on her shoulders. “Better?” he asked.

Yes, thank you.”

He didn’t take his hands away. “Why did you come out here?”

I—”

He heard the hesitation in her voice and felt a shiver in her body. He didn’t think that was from the night air. “You can tell me. If you want.”

I felt…overwhelmed. As if I couldn’t breathe. I just needed to get out.”

God, he’d felt like that his entire life. “I was never able to sit still when I was younger. Or wear clothing. I often felt like I wanted to crawl out of my very skin. I used to scratch myself raw.”

That sounds horrid. How did you stop?”

I don’t know. Leaving here helped.”

And now that you’re back? Things aren’t as bad as they were?”

No, he supposed they weren’t. Just as he had a few moments ago, when she’d pointed out that his brothers were indeed gone, he felt a lightness. Because of her.

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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