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.

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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: One Night of Passion (Wicked Dukes Club #3) by Erica Ridley

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One Night of Passion by Erica Ridley

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

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Lifelong romantic Thaddeus Middleton is on the hunt for a wife. He hopes to find a woman more attracted to him than to money. Instead, he finds himself drawn to a spitfire who isn’t interested in him at all! At least, that’s what she says when she’s not kissing him beneath the stars…

Miss Priscilla Weatherby will inherit a fortune… provided she remains unwed and scandal-free. Easy enough, until she meets a man more dangerous than haughty lords and heartless rakes. Thad is a sweet, sexy delight, whose passionate embrace will ruin everything—including her! She’ll sacrifice anything for independence. Even love… 

Be still my heart when it comes to Thad because any woman will fall at his feet and for good reason. There are many sparks between these two from the start and it just a matter of time before those sparks turn to flames. I loved that they were very different in their beliefs, but also very much alike when it comes to going after what they want. I did not see the reason for her grandmother’s pushing coming at all, but it was just what she needed. I’d love to see what kind of adventures these two get into.

Priscilla wasn’t expecting her plans to have someone like Thad thrown in the way and make her rethink things. I loved how she helped others and how she was with her grandmother. I cheered when she said no to her father.

Thad may not have a title, but he more charm than all the titled men of the ton put together. I love that he is such a romantic in everything he does and doesn’t let her push him away. He is one of those that you love from the moment you start reading.

Thad will be everyone’s next book boyfriend.

Review: The Heiress (Ladies of Miss Bell’s Finishing School Book 2) by Laura Beers

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The Heiress by Laura Beers

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋1/2

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After the death of his father, Nicholas, Duke of Blackbourne, begrudgingly left behind his distinguished naval career to assume his proper role in Society. As he settles into the boring life of an aristocrat, he discovers that he has inherited something far worse than boredom, something that he is wholly unprepared for… an eighteen-year-old ward. 

Heiress Penelope Foster was banished to Miss Bell’s Finishing School only days after her parents died in a tragic accident. Five years later, she is still bitter about her guardian’s neglect. Her only goal is to avoid the duke and the dreaded marriage mart until she meets her majority. Then she will control not only her inheritance but will have the freedom to marry for love. 

Nicholas is duty-bound. Penelope is stubborn. Neither expect to find the other so intriguing, but when they are caught in a tangled web of greed and deceit, they will have to decide whether they are willing to risk everything for love. 

A very feisty spitfire and a use to his orders being followed duke make for a very fun and interesting couple. They went toe to toe from the start and it was always a laugh to see what would happen. I knew someone was going to try something and it was the person I thought it would be. But they were even creepier than I thought. I had to roll my eyes at the first proposal because I knew he would go back to orders.


Penelope is a quick thinker and won’t be told what to do. I loved her the moment she came up with her plan to make him leave. She could do anything she set her mind to and see right through his gruff persona to his heart.

Nicholas blames himself for a tragic accident and has locked away all emotions. He comes off as a strict person, but you get hints of the real him throughout the books. I loved that he was so protective of her, but also couldn’t hide his feelings.

His mother, best friend, and her cousin all made me smile. They all play important roles in getting them together and providing some laughs at times.

One Night for Seduction (Wicked Dukes Club #1) by Erica Ridley

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One Night For Seduction by Erca Ridley

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋1/2

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When the Wicked Duke dares the Duke of Colehaven to find a suitor for an unmanageable ward, Cole immediately accepts. He’s on a winning streak, and besides, how unmarriageable can a pretty young lady be? He appoints himself bodyguard and duenna, only to discover his own desires may be the greatest danger of all.

Supposed wallflower Diana Middleton lives a double life, bringing dishonest businessmen to justice. Shaking off a meddling duke should be child’s play. Yet the more they lock horns, the more she wants to lock lips. Her scandalous secrets would derail his political career. But surely there’s no harm in one little seduction…

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…

The roles in seduction are reversed when it comes to Diana and Cole. You know it’s going to be interesting when the butler get unnerved by someone calling on her. They butt heads from the start, but they are so much alike. I loved their battles because I never knew what would happen next. Everyone around them seemed to know what was going to happen.

Diana is a spitfire that goes to great lengths to hide from people. She is extremely bold in everything she does and doesn’t shy away from anything. She just needed to see it wasn’t her battle to fight alone.

Cole wasn’t prepared for the battles when it came to Diana. I loved his story about his life and how he went about things with her. He didn’t hesitate once he knew his feelings.

Review: It Must be Love (Entwined Tales Book 2) by Sandra Sookoo

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It Must be Love by Sandra Sookoo

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

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The most powerful force in the world is love. 

Lady Christiana Tremaine lives in the kingdom of Vesance, but ever since her father remarried, her stepmother—Lady Tremaine—has stripped her of everything befitting her station, has reduced her to that of a maid, and forced her to answer to the slur of Cinderella. Though the life of drudgery is horrid, she carries hope circumstances will change, especially when she remembers dancing with the prince who stole her heart. A chance meeting with that same man strengthens her resolve to change… if she can survive that woman’s deadly machinations. 

Alto August Henry Ferdinand Lansdowne, Prince Charming of Annanvale has been searching for the woman who sent his world upside down and ran from him at midnight leaving a glass slipper behind. Though he’s been cursed to shift into wolf form each night, he has faith that the woman he’s coming to love will overlook his affliction. When he finds her, they begin an unorthodox courtship and he falls ever deeper, but their romance is fraught with obstacles. 

When Christiana is locked into a high tower by her stepmother and kept there by an enchantment, Henry is quick to come, but when Lady Tremaine gets wind of their plot to escape, she lies in wait for the noble prince and leaves Cinderella to an ugly fate, for she desires power above all else. But as long as there is love, there is hope. The beleaguered pair will need to fight hard for their happily ever after. With luck and a little magic, they just might win. 

Sandra writes the only shifter romances I read. She weaves fairy tales together so it’s like being in a magical world when reading it. This one takes on Cinderella and Rapunzel in a very unique way. Christiana and Henry’s love is truly a powerful force that brings them together and keeps them fighting. They never gave up on each other and wasn’t going to let evil win.

Christiana will not let Lady Tremaine control her life or follow through with her evil plans. It’s clear from the start that she is not a meek girl that will do as she’s told. I loved ready to fight she was.

Henry wasn’t going to stop until he found her and would die to help her. I loved how he saw through the lies and started planning. It was clear that he wouldn’t back down.

Review: The Baron’s Daughter (The Beckett Files #6) by Laura Beers

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The Baron’s Daughter by Laura Beers

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋1/2

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Lord Morgan Easton is, first and foremost, an agent of the Crown. To achieve his purposes, he has become Society’s golden boy, and a renowned rake. When it’s discovered that notorious French spy, Genet, is attending a house party in a small seaside village, he is tasked to infiltrate the gathering and arrest the spy. But first, he must convince a certain woman to become his partner and pose as his wife. The challenge is that she would rather see him dead.

Miss Josette Northcott guards her secrets fiercely, trusts few, and enjoys the anonymity that goes along with being the headmistress of a private school in the rookeries. When Lord Morgan offers her a deal she can’t refuse, she makes it clear that this is nothing more than a business arrangement. No man, no matter how charming or infuriatingly handsome he is, can know the truth of her sordid and twisted past.  

As a nefarious plot begins to unfold, threatening the stability of two countries, Morgan and Josette must learn to trust each other in order to stop the assassination of both the King of France and their own prince regent. However, trust does not come easily to either agent, and when the truth of Josette’s past is finally unveiled, will they be able to accept that not only is their mission on the line, but their hearts, as well?

My new favorite in the series! These two will make you smile from the start because they drive each other crazy. They battle with each other but make a great team when it comes to catching a spy. Once at the house party I had a feeling of who it was but wasn’t sure until it was revealed. After that everything was a hold your breath kind of moment full of twists I didn’t see coming.

It wasn’t just the mission that was full of twists. I never saw any of the twists with Josette’s past coming up when they did. She and Morgan are very different from each other but fit so well with each other. He won’t let her run from everything.

Josette is a very strong woman to have survived what she did, but it has left her ready to run when she feels her walls coming down. She broke my heart with her fear of being controlled blaming herself for things that she had no control over.

Morgan is a natural charmer and he is determined to find out her secrets. I loved him from the start because he never hid his feelings knew he couldn’t let her go. He would do anything to protect her and hurt anyone that hurt her.

I loved that no one has learned not to tell Eliza what to do yet. There’s so much good stuff in this one, but I don’t want to give away anything! A must read.

Review: The Savage Sabre (The Ravishing Rees #2) by Rosamund Winchester

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The Savage Sabre by Rosamund Winchester

My Rating : ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level:💋💋1/2

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It’s all hands on deck between a Welsh smuggler and his enemy Spanish lady-fair! 

As fierce and deadly as a sword, Saban “the Sabre” Rees runs his family smuggling business with a strong hand and an unmatched loyalty. He is determined to turn the name Rees into a legacy that will endure for generations. 

But he had not planned on her.

Esperanza “Essa” Fernandez is the loyal sister to a pirate lord. Determined to show her brother she can be an asset to the Demonios de Mar, she disguises herself and joins a raid. But instead of proving herself, she is captured by the most devilishly handsome man she’s ever met.

Trapped and unarmed—but never helpless, Essa cannot allow herself to fall under the devil’s spell. But the more time she spends with him, the more she wonders if she is fighting for the wrong side.

Saban cannot believe that the creature he captured is a stunning woman, one he cannot seem to exorcise from his blood. But exorcise her he must, because once he realizes she is the sister to one of his most hateful enemies, he must decide what he wants more…Esperanza or revenge. 

These two defiantly take you on an adventure from the start. I was holding my breath from the time they met and the whole time in the cottage. I never knew what was going to happen between these two. Rosamund has a talent for throwing in a twist just when you think you know how things are going to happen. You don’t see it coming, but it is always awesome.

I have to say the ending between her brother and her was the best ever!

Essa is a strong and stubborn women. I loved her from the start with how she planned to escape. She needed to see the truth with her own eyes to know which side was right.

Saban rules with a strong hand, but has a big heart. I loved that he listened to his heart and was ready to protect her. He can scare you at times, but you come to love him.

The cover on this ones matches what I picture him as really well.

Review: Taken by the Rake (The Scarlet Chronicles #3) by Shana Galen

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Taken by the Rake by Shana Galen

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

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Sometimes beauty…
Honoria Blake knows she must have had a moment of madness when she accepted a summons by the Scarlet Pimpernel to travel to revolutionary Paris and help his League. She’s an expert forger and glad her services can be of use, but the violence of the Reign of Terror has her longing for her quiet, unobtrusive life in London. Then a bloody man staggers to the door of the house where she’s hiding, claiming he was sent by the Pimpernel. Recently escaped from La Force prison, the former Marquis de Montagne is sinfully handsome and charming. He’s also desperate enough to kidnap Honoria. So much for her return to the quiet life. 

Can be a beast…
Laurent is a consummate rake, but even he is captivated by the beautiful Honoria. Laurent cares almost nothing for his own life, but he was always close to the royal family and the little princess was like a sister to him. He will risk everything to save her from a life of imprisonment and possible execution. His plan is risky and surely doomed, but if he can convince Honoria and the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel to help him, it just might succeed. The only question is how far he’s willing to go and whether he’s willing to risk the life of the only woman he’s ever loved to save a doomed princess. 

This series just gets better and better and you feel like you are there in the thick of the revolution. I knew they were going to be an interesting couple as soon as he kidnapped her. I loved every moment of them alone because they really got to know each other and develop into an awesome couple. They could be at each other’s throats at times, but it didn’t last long. The plan to save the princess kept me on the edge of my seat especially when it came to time to do it.

Honoria is one of the sweetest people and she sees the real Laurent. I loved her right away because she listened to him. Her reason for not liking male attention was heartbreaking, but she wasn’t going to let it hold her back anymore.

Laurent comes off as an arrogant man at first, but once you get to know him he will win your heart. I loved how he was willing to die for those he loved and would do anything to save them. He had a huge heart and when he loved someone it was with his full heart.

I’ve got major book hangover after this one and didn’t want it to end. I also learned some lovely words that my French lessons haven’t taught me. I can’t wait for the next one!

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.