Review: A Duke a Dozen (The Survivors #6) by Shana Galen

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A Duke a Dozen by Shana Galen

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

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They call him the Doomed Duke.
Phineas Duncombe, ninth Duke of Mayne, should not be the duke. After all, he had four—count them—four older brothers! Phin never wanted the dukedom, and the suspicious circumstances of the eighth duke’s death lead Phin to question the Countess of Longstowe. The beautiful widow isn’t at all what Phin expected. He’s intrigued by her and determined to seduce her. The countess is not interested in Phin romantically, but when she comes to him with another request, he can’t deny it. A few days in the country with Lady Longstowe reveal two truths to the new duke. One, he cares for the countess much more than any other woman he’s ever known. Two, Phin either has very bad luck or someone is trying to kill him.

They call her the Wanton Widow.
Annabel was barely eighteen when she was married to the elderly Earl of Longstowe. A harsh, sadistic man, the earl’s death was not something Annabel mourned. Now in her mid-forties, Annabel enjoys her widowhood and has no desire to ever be under a man’s thumb again. Not even a handsome duke like Mayne, who is far too young for her anyway. Annabel’s one desire is to find the daughter who was taken away from her. For that she needs a man with power and status. She needs the Duke of Mayne. When the two are thrust together, Annabel struggles to fight her attraction to the charming Phin. She’s losing the battle. But can she ever trust another man, especially with the one part of herself she’s never given away—her heart?

Two people have never gotten off to such a bad start, but that spark between them can’t be denied. That heat is constantly between them building and waiting to burst into one of the strongest love stories. Between them and wondering who is after him I couldn’t put it down and flew through the book. I loved the switch with her being older than him and how open with each other they were.

When it came to who was trying to kill Phin I didn’t see it coming at all and almost dropped my Kindle. I was on pins and needles during that scene. It just sealed their love even more and there was no denying it. Let the scandal sheets and gossips scream it from the rooftop because the doomed duke and wanton widow are never letting go of each other.

Annabel has to be one of the strongest women alive. She survived a cruel man that forced her to shut down parts of herself and left her fearing she could never get those parts back. I absolutely loved her from the start with how she could put someone in their place. She found just who and what she needed after all those years.

Phin never wanted to be the duke, but he was made to be the duke because he was nothing like his brothers. He saw in her what she tried to hide and was determined to help her find her daughter and show her she could get those parts of herself back. I love him and his skills for getting information and how he would give up control to her.

The stories in this series just keep getting better.

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A Clever Alliance (Regency Brides: A Promise of Love #1) by Laura Beers

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A Clever Alliance by Laura Beers

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋

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Lady Madalene Ramsbury has been summoned home from Miss Bell’s Finishing School to some unfortunate news. In three weeks, she is to be married to a man she’s never met. Rather than face a life she does not want; she flees from her own engagement party and elicits help from a most unlikely source.

Society’s golden boy, Everett, the Marquess of Northampton, was outraged when a young woman suddenly appeared in his curricle. Was she attempting to trap him into an unwanted marriage? It would be just like some overzealous mother to put her up to such a ploy. However, it doesn’t take long for him to discover that Madalene is unlike any woman he has ever known.

With her reputation in shambles, Lady Madalene and Everett hatch a plan to solve both of their problems, a fake engagement. But as they spend time together, they realize more is on the line than just a blossoming friendship. And with danger ever present from her jilted suitor, Everett and Madalene find themselves relying on one another in ways they’d never imagined… but can they trust each other with their hearts?

You’re in for a treat with Madalene and Everett because they are not your typical couple. It’s clear to everyone around them that their friendship is more, but neither one sees it. Every threat against them just brought them closer and they would both die for the other if needed. I loved how they bantered back and forth and flirted without realizing it.

I knew her uncle had lied, but never imagined how far he had gone for himself. Between him and her crazy ex-fiance, I don’t know which was worse. Of course, I have to mention the amazing scene in the woods with Nicholas and how perfect it ended. The suspense was coming off the pages.

Madalene is no timed miss that will be forced into anything she doesn’t want. I knew I was going to love her as soon as she made her escape and didn’t even second guess her decision. She is a feisty girl that stands her ground and gives as good as she gets when threatened. My favorite scene was when she told her uncle what she was going to do about him.

Everett has no interest in any of the girls that have gone to great lengths to get him. He really has no plans to marry anytime soon, but the minute she fell into his curricle and asked for help his heart was gone. I loved how blunt and honest he was about things with everyone.

Their friends and his family will provide you with some great laughs along the way.

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: The Beast of Blades: Pirates of Britannia Connected World (The Ravishing Rees Book 3) by Rosamund Winchester

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The Beast of Blades by Rosamund Winchester

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

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A man as cold and hard as the blades he wields, Brendan Rees is only interested in completing his mission, cutting his family’s ties to the Spanish, and returning to Wales. But his interests shift when he comes face to face with an intriguing and utterly ravishing “lad”. His curiosity piqued, he offers Rio a place in his crew, and his curiosity pays off in the form of a wicked diversion. 

Anamaria “Rio” Florian has spent her life on the streets of Calais, pretending to be a boy, and stealing and hiding to survive. But when the opportunity to make a better life is offered, she takes it, hoping that her greatest secret never comes to light. Because if it does, she may just fall into a trap set by The Beast. 

As the two battle with wits and passion, they discover that there is more to their attraction than they ever thought possible. But when Revenge comes for them, will they be able to overcome the greatest threat to The Beast and his most precious treasure? 

A passion like theirs is unmistakable to those around them and it will fuel them in battle with La Revanche. These two don’t mince words or hold back when it comes to their feelings for each other. The attraction was there from the moment they met face to face which confuses Brendan until a stupid choice lands them in the water tangled together. Both are willing to die to save the other when they have to fight, but together they are a force to be feared.

I didn’t see who was involved coming at all and that whole battle scene was amazing. There was no way to be sure who would come out alive or what would happen next. I knew a cousin would show up and was excited to see it was Rose because she is always to the point.

Rio knew the letter she found in the satchel was important and it could mean enough money to take care of her and the boys. I loved her from the start because saw a way to better their lives and went for it. She could handle herself and protect those around her without a second thought. I love how she knew exactly what to say to make him run to see Rio.

Brendan lives up to his name La Bête in so many ways. He can battle like no other and makes it clear what he wants and will get it. I normally don’t like a hero that is this sure of himself in getting what he wants in bedroom scenes. But the way he is written makes me really like him because he’s doesn’t give off a controlling vibe.

The ending scene with La Revanche is just so perfect and will make you shiver with how it ends. It has the vibes of the final “you have be weighed” scene from A Knight’s Tale but goes just a bit farther and I love it!

Review: In Darkest Days May Blossom by Leila Snow

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In Darkest Days May Bloom by Leila Snow

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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Bruised but not broken, she stood in the mud of the street, wearing nothing but a tattered shift the day Jonathan first saw her. He had watched in mesmerized fascination as the girl swiped a filthy arm across her split lip, squared her shoulders, and raised her chin in defiance of her assailants. But when, by random happenstance she turned her head and her piercing, blue eyes met his regard, Jonathan knew his entire world had tipped on end. 

Charlotte had known nothing but adversity and hardship the entirety of her life. Orphaned at a young age and condemned to fend for herself, she learned to trust no one and rely solely upon her own strength. Yet, when she’s cut down in the street for a crime she didn’t commit and Jonathan comes to her rescue, Charlotte is begrudgingly compelled to the realization that perhaps hope and love do exist in this miserable world. 

England, at the end of the 18th century, is a land exemplified by firm divisions between the social classes. What is a life of ease and prosperity for some, is an arduous existence for others. Nevertheless, ’tis true that love can bloom in the unlikeliest of places. But when a grievously injured Charlotte is falsely accused of a crime and sent to one of the most infamous prisons in the land, the tender bud of Jonathan and Charlotte’s love is threatened. Jonathan is forced to defy family in a desperate bid to save her from the hangman, whilst conspiracies and betrayal are afoot in a cruel effort to keep them apart. 

Love at first sight and being from two different classes means a long road of difficulty for Jonathan and Charlotte. Every time I thought they caught a break something else was thrown at them. It’s quite clear from the start who is going to be the problem, but I was shocked by how far he would go to keep them apart. I was holding my breath the whole time she was in London hoping he would find her before it was too late. When they finally found each other again there was still a threat that I didn’t see coming.

The added story of her friend was heartbreaking because the hateful way she acted was her way of coping. I was so glad that his brother came to his senses and in the end, he helped so much. The ending left me wanting for and I hope there is more to come.

Charlotte never gave up hope that he would find her and she never stopped fighting. I loved her from the start with how she wouldn’t go down without a fight. She also never gave up on her friend and was willing to do anything to help her.

Jonathan knew he lost his heart the moment he saw her and he didn’t care what anyone thought. He never gave up and wasn’t going to stop until he found her. I loved that he never hid his feelings.

Review: The Claiming of the Shrew (The Survivors #5) by Shana Galen

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The Claiming of the Shrew by Shana Galen

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

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What happens when a marriage of convenience isn’t so convenient?

Lieutenant Colonel Benedict Draven has retired from the army and spends most of his days either consulting for the Foreign Office or whiling away the hours at his club with his former comrades-in-arms. He rarely thinks about the fiery Portuguese woman he saved from an abusive marriage by wedding her himself. It was supposed to be a marriage in name only, but even five years later and a world away, he can’t seem to forget her.

Catarina Neves never forgot what it felt like to be scared, desperate, and subject to the whims of her cruel father. Thanks to a marriage of convenience and her incredible skill as a lacemaker, she’s become an independent and wealthy woman. But when she’s once again thrust into a dangerous situation, she finds herself in London and knocking on the door of the husband she hasn’t seen since those war-torn years in Portugal. Catarina tells Benedict she wants an annulment, but when he argues against it, can she trust him enough to ask for what she really needs?

After finally finding out why Benedict wasn’t married I was excited about his story. I knew it was going to be interesting and different and it doesn’t disappoint. Their first meeting was a shocking one and five years later the next one was just as shocking. I wasn’t sure how the danger was going to end but loved how the cat was involved. The ending was perfect.

Catarina is a very skilled lace maker and loves her independence. She was afraid of love because it meant losing control. Her temper had a tendency to control her which lead to problems.

Benedict has loved her and took his marriage vows seriously for five years. There is something about him that you love from the first time you meet him and his story just makes you love him more. I loved that because he is older he knows his mind and heart.

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: The Duke of Distraction (The Untouchables #12) by Darcy Burke

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The Duke of Distraction by Darcy Burke

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

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After witnessing how love embittered his uncle and broke his father, Felix Havers, Earl of Ware vows never to love. He conceals his emotions behind a wall of wit and charm, and is celebrated as the master of entertainments—parties, picnics, races. When his best friend’s wallflower sister needs to find a husband, he promises to make her the toast of London… without losing his heart. 

Miss Sarah Colton has given up on the pursuit of marriage. When her parents learn she intends to open a millinery shop, they give her an ultimatum: choose a husband or they’ll do it for her. She accepts Felix’s help, never imagining their scheme will ignite a mutual attraction neither of them dare indulge. But when tragedy strikes, can they heal each other or will the demons of Felix’s past consume them both?


I have never smiled reading a book a much as I have with this one. These two just make you smile from the start with how made for each other they are. They are alike in many ways and see in each other what others don’t. That spark was was always there waiting and it ignited with one game at a party. These two can’t keep their hands off of each other.

I was so unprepared for what happened with her parents that I almost dropped my Kindle. The emotions and aftereffects really came off the pages. Felix was there to help no matter what. When Anthony burst through the door I actually spoke out loud with what I was thinking. The ending was perfect and everyone was finally happy.

Sarah is full of sass and will not be told what to do by anyone. I loved her right away with her plans to open the shop and how she talked with Felix about it. She saw that there was more to him and was determined to help him and give to him like he did everyone else.

Felix is happy when he is making others happy and doesn’t know how to let others do the same for him. He made me smile at every turn and broke my heart when everything about his past came out. But it didn’t ruin him like he thought.

I was worried about Anthony and that something would happen to him and hope he finds happiness.

Review: The Perfect Debutante (The Not So Saintly Sisters #1) by Annabelle Anders

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The Perfect Debutante by Annabelle Anders

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

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A Duke, A Debutante, and An Arranged Marriage…

She secretly cut in the shadows and covered her scars with satin and lace. 

Louella Rose is perfect. Beautiful. Refined. The answer to all her family’s woes. No one knows that beneath her flawless complexion, behind her mesmerizing eyes, she hides her pain in shame.

Lord Stanton promised to marry the woman of his father’s choice by the age of thirty and that time has finally come. To his surprise and delight, the chosen lady is the perfect debutante, for him anyhow, and he couldn’t be happier… until he discovers the scars that make no sense – scars that shatter the illusion of perfection.

Lies, greed and blood lay waste to a most promising marriage. Can their love overcome the ravages of guilt and carry them through life’s imperfections? 

Historical romance unlike anything else.

A story that proves that we are all perfectly imperfect and we all have battle scars. This story shows how the strain of being perfect can lead to real scars. Cameron and Louella were meant to be together and their story is full of ups and downs. When they were together it was like they were new people not afraid to be themselves. I wanted to scream every time her mother spoke to her because she just made things worse. You will go through a rollercoaster of emotions reading this. There are many heartwarming moments especially the one with little Luke.

Louella has been told she is perfect and the strain is too much for anyone. She broke my heart every time she went to her sewing box and when she was trying to explain it. But this story shows her journey and the struggle to stop hurting herself. I wanted to cheer the moment it changed for her.

Cameron has always wanted to be himself and understands that people have flaws. He doesn’t pretend to understand why, but tries to and to help her when she needs it. My heart broke for him with the news about the mine. He always had her best interest from the start. I loved that he also had an imperfection from the start.

The ending will warm your heart with it being perfectly imperfect as things should be. I can’t wait for Oliva’s story.

This book does include a trigger warning which I applaud. Cutting is not something I have experience with, but I believe Annabelle did an amazing job. She approached it from all angles and did her research.

If you are self-harming or know someone that is To Write Love On Her Arms is a wonderful organization to find resources for help and care.