Tour and Review: The Duke of Lies (The Untouchables #9) by Darcy Burke

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“Darcy Burke is synonymous with passionate, emotional romance. Her heroines are intelligent and strong, and her unforgettable heroes melt my heart. Darcy never fails to deliver hot, keeper-shelf historical romance.” – Erica Ridley, New York Times Bestselling Author

The Duke of Lies, an all-new historical standalone from USA Today bestselling author Darcy Burke, is coming May 29th!

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Verity Beaumont has suffered domineering men most of her life, first with her father and then with her husband. Free from both men, she has finally found peace. Even meeting a kind and hard-working gentleman who just might be the perfect father her young son so desperately needs. But as she dares look to the future, her carefully ordered world is shattered when her dead husband returns.

Imprisoned in America during the war, Rufus Beaumont, Duke of Blackburn, wants nothing more than to return to his native England. He longs for comfort and safety away from the horrors of battle, only the life he returns to is not the life he left. He must convince his wife that their marriage is worth fighting for, that he’s not the man he was. But when the truth about what happened to him leaks out, he must prove that not everything about him, especially his love for her, is a lie.

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My Rating: ❤❤❤❤ ❤

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Just when I think I have a favorite Untouchable Darcy gives me the heart-melting Duke of Lies! I almost jumped out of my skin when he returned after hints of what he was like before. But he was definitely not the same person as before. There is so much to uncover and keep secret in this book that I was on the edge of my seat the whole time not know ing what was coming. The Duke of Lies fits him perfectly, but not for reasons you think and when the full truth comes out you will be jumping up and down. I somewhat figured out who was behind things, but not the full truth of it and it was shocking.

Verity is determined to make sure her son turns out to be a great man unlike the men in her life. She had been through a lot of things, but they just made her stronger. She found real love while seeing right through lies, but didn’t give up.

Rufus is not the person he seems to be and he will melt your heart. As his story came out I loved him more and more. He was determined to keep her and Beau safe no matter what happened. I loved him when he was reading to Beau and everything he did for her.

Of course, you know when the Untouchables get involved things are going to turn out perfectly.

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Excerpt:

The day was warm and bright, and she was looking forward to being outside. The door she’d come through suddenly burst open. Beau dashed out, his laughter immediately filling the courtyard.

He was quickly followed by Rufus, who chased him along the edge of the garden to the center path. Beau didn’t slow as he rounded the corner, and his feet slipped on the cobblestones. He fell down, landing on his side.

Verity dropped the blanket and ran toward him, but Rufus beat her by quite a bit. It was then that she realized he hadn’t been using his top speed to chase the boy. She’d seen that when he’d caught Racer that day at Mr. Maynard’s farm.

Rufus picked Beau up and set him on his feet and squatted down in front of him.“All right?”

Verity had expected Beau to cry, and his face had gone slightly pale. She lowered herself next to Rufus.“Did that scare you?” she asked, stroking Beau’s arm from shoulder to elbow and back again.

Beau nodded. Then a moment later, he ran to the top of the stairs leading to the courtyard.“Come on, Papa, catch me!”

Rufus stood and offered his hand to Verity to help her rise. She wasn’t wearing gloves, and neither was he. It was the first time their flesh had touched, and it was like grabbing lightning. Or how she imagined it to be—electrifying and hot, and it left a lasting impression.

“Please don’t chase him down the stairs. He already fell once.” She turned to Beau and called,“Please be careful.”

“I am being careful, Mama. And don’t worry about the stairs. I ran down them to the kitchen passage and didn’t fall.”

She looked over at Rufus.“Is that right?”

His gaze drifted to the side, and he hesitated a moment.“Er, yes. We were playing knights and villains.”

“Which one were you?”

“It was my turn to be the knight.”

Verity frowned and shifted a glance toward Beau.“I don’t like thinking of my boy as a villain.”

“It’s pretend,” Rufus said.“But if it makes you feel better, he only chooses to be the villain because he likes to be chased.”

“Can’t the villain chase the knight?”

His mouth tipped into a crooked smile, and her stomach did a flip. It was as if lightning had struck again.“It’s pretend. We can do whatever we like.” He looked back toward the basket and the blanket on the ground.“I’ll get the things for the picnic.” He turned and started along the path.

“I can grab the blanket,” she offered.

He waved a hand.“I’ve got it.”

Verity went to Beau instead. She took his hand, and they descended into the courtyard, then veered right toward the gateway to the stable yard.“Perhaps I should play knights and villains.” She wondered why they hadn’t done that before and felt bad. It was a stark reminder of how much he’d missed not having a father.

“But you’re a girl.” Beau sounded scandalized.

Rufus met them as they approached the gate.“Whats wrong with your mother being a girl?”

“She wants to play knights and villains.” He made a face that clearly showed what he thought of that idea.

Verity was caught between laughter and disappointment.

“It would be better if she joined us,” Rufus said, drawing Beau’s sharp attention.“A knight needs a fair maiden to rescue.”

“Then I am definitely going to be the villain. I don’t wanna rescue a girl.” He frowned, then sent his mother an apologetic glance.“Except I do want to save you, Mama.”

Verity surrendered to the laughter. “Thank you.”

“But Papa should be the one to save you. That’s what dukes do, right?”

“That’s what husbands do,” Rufus corrected,“whether they are a duke or not.”

About Darcy:

Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Join her reader club at http://www.darcyburke.com/readerclub. 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, two Bengal cats and a third cat named after a fruit.

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Tour and Review: You Never Forget Your First Earl (The Worthingtons #5) by Ella Quinn

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You Never Forget Your First Earl by Ella Quinn

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Blurb:

With her three good friends all recently married, Elizabeth Turley is ready for some husband-hunting of her own. One gentleman in particular sparks her interest. Geoffrey, Earl of Harrington is tall, handsome, and dashing. He’s also just a bit too sure of himself. But Elizabeth has observed enough about the rules of attraction to pique the earl’s attention. Yet once she has it, the discovery of a troubling secret taints her future happiness . . .

Lord Harrington must marry or lose a prestigious position in Brussels, and pretty, well-connected Elizabeth fits his needs admirably. But could it be that he has underestimated his bride? She doesn’t bat an eye in the face of the danger they encounter overseas. She’s strong-willed, intelligent, and more enticing each day—yet also more indifferent to him. Now Geoffrey faces his greatest challenge: to woo and win his own wife, or risk losing her for good . . .

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It would not be only you pretending you might be interested in me,” Lord Littleton explained. “I would be seen to be interested in you as well.”

This still seemed unnecessary. Either Lord Harrington would want her for herself or not. She did not like to engage in deceptions. “To what purpose?”

My dear lady.” Lord Littleton possessed himself of her hands, his gaze capturing hers.

Good Lord, the man was dangerous. She sent a prayer of thanks to the deity that she was not affected by him. “Do you do that on purpose?”

He shook his head and stared at her. “Do what?”

Elizabeth narrowed her eyes at him. “Look into a woman’s eyes as if she were the only lady on earth you wished to be with.”

Ah, no,” he said a little sheepishly. “It just happens. I can’t seem to stop myself.”

It’s like this, Lizzy”—her brother cut in—“any gentleman who’s interested in a lady don’t wish to see another man making up to her.” He gave his friend a disgusted look. “Littleton agreed to help, but you can see how dangerous it is for him to be in Town. He truly can’t help himself from flirting, and he’ll soon find himself in a bumble-bath if he remains too long. He’s not ready for a leg-shackle yet, but he’d be bound to raise some lady’s expectations and that won’t do.”

That’s it exactly.” Lord Littleton must have realized he was still holding Elizabeth’s hands and released them. “But that’s not the only reason Turley and I thought I’d be the best one. You see, Harrington and I never got on well together. That will give him the extra incentive to court you properly.”

And,” Gavin added, “Littleton is so full of juice that he is just as eligible as Harrington. Other than the title that is.”

Her brother and Lord Littleton focused their gazes on her, and she glanced from one man to the other. “I understand.” Or she thought she did. Men were such strange creatures. She wondered why Lord Harrington did not like Lord Littleton. He seemed amiable enough. “Very well, then. How do we begin?”

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

This one will keep you on the edge of your seat. I was hooked from the start with what happened with him. I loved his family and how they kept trying to help with things between them. They are not the usual couple leading up to their engagement and I liked how they got to know each other. I loved the added historical events and when they really got along.

Elizabeth knows what she wants in a marriage and it’s love. I loved her confidence because she didn’t run from anything. She was great under pressure and did not get embarrassed easily.

Geoffrey was on the hunt for the perfect wife and it didn’t matter if love was a part of it. I really loved that he just didn’t understand how to act with women. It made him so cute and loveable.

About the Author:

Ella Quinn

USA Today bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.

She is married to her wonderful husband of over thirty years. They have a son and two beautiful granddaughters, and a Portuguese Water Dog. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat. After cruising the Caribbean and North America, she completed a transatlantic crossing from St. Martin to Southern Europe. She’s currently living in Germany, happily writing while her husband is back at work, recovering from retirement.

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Review: Seductive Surrender (Highland Heather Romancing a Scot #6) by Collette Cameron

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Seductive Surrender by Collette Cameron

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Dalliances, flirtations, liaisons? Aye. 
But marriage? Nae. Spies dinna wed. 

Betrothed four times.
Gwendolyn McClintock has resolutely slammed the door on romance and marriage. Intent on beginning a new life, she sells her beloved familial home in America and totes her orphaned niece and nephew to Scotland’s Highlands. But the grand adventure she promised becomes a tangled muddle when her coach accidentally runs down a powerful laird’s much-too-attractive, far-too-brawny brother.

A covert agent. 
A confirmed, carefree rogue, Dugall Ferguson comes perilously close to being trampled beneath horses’ hooves. And the remorseful, deliciously tempting woman responsible for nearly killing him isn’t even aware of the peril awaiting her at her new home. Gwendolyn desperately needs protection, and though he’s on the cusp of realizing his life-long dream, Dugall rashly offers to aid the fiery lass.

Their futures collide.
Forced together in order to oust a would-be killer, irresistible passion erupts between Gwendolyn and Dugall. Dare she trust her traitorous heart one last time, especially to a known rake? How can he choose between his love for Gwendolyn and his desire to be a spy?

Read the sixth installment of the Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series for a suspenseful Scottish historical romance awash with intrigue, seduction, and passion you won’t want to put down.

My Review

A Scot and a Southern Belle are a different and amazing couple! Almost killing him was a great way to meet and their interaction afterward guaranteed they weren’t going to be like most. The passion between them practically jumped off the pages. I was sucked into trying to figure out who was the would-be killer and did not see who it was coming at all and that is rare for me. Accents are done perfectly and there is a fine use of “bless your heart” in this story.

Gwendolyn is a tough as nails southern belle that has absolutely no problem saying exactly what she is thinking. She put others first at every turn and even was willing to give up her future. I loved how she never shied away from anything and was ready to battle.

Dugall instantly knew what he wanted the moment he saw her, but getting it was not going to be easy. He would do anything to help and protect her and her family. I loved him from the start and how he was always honest and didn’t hide things.

Absolutely loved the kids, the southern sayings, and Gaelic. I felt like I needed a fan when picturing Dugall talking.

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Review: Let Sleeping Dukes Lie (Rules of the Rogue, #2)by Emily Windsor

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Let Sleeping Dukes Lie by Emily Windsor

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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“Strait-laced. Ruthless. Arrogant.”
Alexander Westhide, the Duke of Rakecombe has no quarrel with such faint praise as he has forever shunned marriage, women and anything remotely resembling love. Indeed, the damning words merely serve to enhance his haughty façade. But beneath the controlled demeanour lies a duke beset by tragedy, a man turbulent and restless.

“Forthright. Impudent… Capricious saucebox.”
Miss Aideen Quinlan can’t quite express why she feels the need to taunt, tease and generally annoy the Duke of Rakecombe. Maybe it was for the heart-racing spar of words that always ensued, or maybe it was to see the duke’s broad fist clench on his ebony cane, green eyes glittering.
Or maybe it was because she was unable to erase the memory of his vehement kiss…

An unlikely couple.
Torn between his world of espionage and this unquenchable passion, the duke still refuses to lower his fierce defences.
If Aideen is to capture her resistant duke’s troubled heart, it is she who must follow the Rules of the Rogue.
Resistance is futile…

A sensual Regency Romance with warmth and wit, this story also includes unpalatable chefs, a darling of the Season with a secondary love story, deadly walking canes and sheep…

My Review

They truly are an unlikely couple, but they are my favorite couple! The passion between them just intensifies with every insult and curse they throw at each other. I loved how different they were from each other, but also alike in many ways. They couldn’t lie to each other no matter how hard they tried and it was an adventure with them at every turn. Rules were meant to be bent and broken when it came to the two of them. They way they got engaged was a shock and everything after that was fun. Everyone kept telling them what they saw, but they had to find it out for themselves. The ending was one of the most amazing endings!

Aideen was just as fiery as she was in the last book. She was not one to act without thinking even when ready to wring his neck. I loved how her mind always went to his work instead of other things when he would do something. I was holding my breath when she went to help him.

Alex is amazing at his job, but when it comes to women he is clueless but in a loveable way. He will break your heart with the tragedy that haunts him and how much he wants to protect her. I loved him from the start with how much he clearly loved her but didn’t want her to be hurt. I loved him asking Jack what stuff meant.

I absolutely loved his mother and her offer to everyone. Jack will have you laughing at every turn with his rules and the added story of her friend’s love was amazing.

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Review: What the Stubborn Viscount Desires (Lords of Happenstance Book 1) by Sandra Sookoo

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What the Stubborn Viscount Desires by Sandra Sookoo

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Stubborn hearts might be the last to fall, but when the hard tumble comes, it’ll last forever.

Jonathan Banshire, Viscount Trewellain, has become a bitter, sarcastic lord and against anything remotely smacking of romance. Though engaged to a woman whose hand he’d won in a game of cards years ago, he hasn’t thought of her in years. But he’s also a king’s agent, and as his duty to the Crown, he’s being sent to Spain to track down a missing peer. He goes to escape his personal life.

Miss Sophia Wickham is tired of men deciding her future. She’s on a mission to live her life on her terms, but can’t due to an ambiguous engagement to the Viscount Trewellain. Determined to gain her freedom, she sneaks onboard the ship intent to have Jonathan release her from that old promise. When he refuses in a fit of pique, she’s stuck as a stowaway, bound to the one man she can’t stand.

In Madrid, they search for not only the missing lord, but also stolen Spanish crown jewels and an ancient relic. Through crashing a glittering ball to hunting down clues to exploring the hidden catacombs and caves beneath Barcelona, the unlikely pair comes to an understanding. Vulnerable and trapped, truths are revealed as well as the fragile state of their hearts. But machinations of a madman bent on revenge could destroy a budding romance, and when the specter of death makes an appearance, Jonathan must finally decide what it is he desires the most.

My Review

Three words. Spies. Relics. Romance. My three favorite things in books! When their story was hinted at in Caught with a Stolen Diamond I knew it was going to be a wild adventure, but had no idea of what it was between them. There is so much heat between them that it practically jumps off the pages. They are truly a unique couple that are opposites but perfect for each other. I was holding my breath wondering what was going to happen and wanting to know who was behind everything.

Sophia is the boldest heroine I have ever read and she my all time favorite! I loved her from the moment she stepped on the ship, but even more when she didn’t back down. She never gave up on him once she got to know him and saw the real him. When she kept at him to not give up was amazing. I loved how you could tell her tone depending on if she used his title or name.

Jonathan has the weight of so many things on his shoulders that he needs to let go of. Even though he one of the most stubborn people he is really very sweet. I loved that he didn’t send her back home and took her with him without a thought. The journey of him letting go of the past and realizing his true self was amazing.

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Review: Captain Rockford’s Reckoning by Susan Lodge

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Captain Rockford’s Reckoning by Susan Lodge

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Esmie Elstone is thrown into panic when she hears of Captain Rockford’s return. But she is determined that the days of him interfering with her life are over. Destroying her chances of a happy future on his last visit, had resulted in her being foisted on her Aunt for a third pointless season in London.

To alleviate the boredom of society life, Esmie helps run a discreet betting enterprise under the guise of a sewing club. But there are some things you just shouldn’t wager on, and Esmie’s integrity is soon put to a dangerous test.

Richard Rockford had known Esmie almost all her life. As neighbours, her father, Admiral Elstone, had depended on Richard to keep an eye on his daughter when he was away at sea – a responsibility he had always taken on willingly. But her cruel and thoughtless actions, from the day he had left four years earlier, had shaken him. Now, he was back, and he wanted answers.

But when Esmie tumbles into a treacherous conspiracy, can he really turn his back on her?

My Review

This was my first book by Susan Lodge and I couldn’t put it down and was hooked from page one! Were they going to kill each other or kiss? I never knew what was going to happen between them. I knew her past was going to come back and cause more trouble but didn’t expect the amount of trouble. It was clear to everyone that they were perfect for each other because they balanced each other out. I was holding my breath when she was being questioned and then when it came to what they planned. The proposal and ending were perfect and I didn’t see the twist with her friend coming.

Esmie was definitely on the wild side even when she didn’t mean to be. She lived with such guilt for so long that it was heartbreaking. I loved her right away because she didn’t mean to always cause trouble and she knew how to take care of herself. Once her eyes were fully open to everything she was free.

Richard was always looking out for her no matter what and he didn’t realize fully why. I loved him because he really cared even though he wanted to make her suffer at first. Nothing would stop him from keeping her safe and I wouldn’t dare try to stop him.

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Review: Blaike: Secrets Gone Askew (Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper #4) by Collette Cameron

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Blaike: Secrets Gone Askew by Collette Cameron

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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“Sisters-in-law to marquises and wards of earls do not marry uneducated bastards with empty coffers.”

In this fourth installment of USA Today bestselling author Collette Cameron’s Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper series, a roguish sea captain battles his attraction to a gently-bred hellion.

Captain Oliver Whitehouse has two goals:

1. Make the final payment on his ship
2. Exact revenge for his grandfather’s murder

He certainly shouldn’t interrupt years of planning to rescue a damsel in distress and see her safely to England. Nor should he foolishly entertain romantic notions about a future with the impulsive beauty. Even if she is the loveliest creature he’s ever laid eyes on, and only she makes him forget his past.

Blaike Culpepper once craved adventure and excitement. Until her impetuousness nearly caused her ruin. Now shadowed by scandal, and pursued by a madman, she finds herself obligated to the darkly handsome Oliver Whitehouse. Though she saves the swashbuckling scoundrel’s life and enjoys a forbidden kiss, the infuriating man spurns her.

Dare Oliver risk everything to pursue Blaike, despite the vast difference in their social stations, or should he sail away? Leaving his heart behind?

Caution: This novel contains a dark-tempered, devilishly handsome sea captain, and impulsive, sometimes mischievous heroine, multiple villains you’ll love to loathe, and a foul-mouthed cockatoo sure to make you giggle. Or blush.

For an adventurous page-turning Regency Historical Romance novel brimming with suspense, passion, and tenderness, read the fourth installment of the Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper.

My Review

You will be hooked from the start with this one! I was holding my breath as soon as I realized what was happening in the office. I loved how they were together from the start because they couldn’t hide anything from each other. M’Lady Lottie adds to everything with how she interrupts and the things she says. I did not expect the reason for why his grandfather was murdered or everything surrounding it.

Blaike is one of a kind in many ways. I loved her right away because she wouldn’t go down without a fight for anything. She knew what she wanted and went after it. When she did what she did in front of everyone I couldn’t keep from laughing.

Oliver believes they can never be but is very wrong. I loved him from that start because of how open he was with her and the way he treated everyone including Lottie. He had no clue what secrets were buried about his family.

I loved that it also involved some Italian.

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

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The Hellion by Christi Caldwell

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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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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“This place is too dangerous for a face like yours.”
“I feel as if I’ve heard those words before.”
 
It’s been several years since Araceli Arroyo left behind the burning ruins of her family’s hacienda in New Mexico for a new start in California. Despite the time that’s passed and all the loss she’s suffered, the painful memory of war is like fresh paint on a blank canvas. Perhaps that’s why the prints she creates always hold a touch of sadness. However, she’s determined to produce something new – a masterpiece that will inspire the folks in the growing town of Blessings. Could the new hire at her father’s sawmill help her do that… or will the secrets he carries destroy them both?
 
From Texas to New Mexico, problems stick to Miguel Santiago like stink on old fish. Hoping to shed his old life, he’s thankful for a friend’s invitation to start anew in a place where he can be anyone – literally. Operating under the alias of Michael St. James, his fair looks and country twang allow him to pass as any other American cowboy in search of California’s promise of golden opportunities. Could the family he’s always wanted also be part of the prospect… or will the woman of his dreams discard him like her dried jars of paint when his past is revealed?
 
Desire and deception, dismay and deliverance… hearts burn as bright as the summer sun setting on the golden California coast in this classic western.Available Now!!

Review: Overruled by Fate by Leila Snow

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Overruled by Fate by Leila Snow

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋1/2

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Blurb

A tale of an enduring love, powerful enough to survive time and circumstance. Two souls destined to be halves of a whole, but fated to be kept apart. And yet a love such as this is not content to blindly accept the bonds of fate…

Nathaniel can hardly recall a time he hasn’t adored Madeline. For Madeline, he truly is her knight in shining armour. Alas, one stolen night is all they are granted before Madeline is given in marriage to the wealthy and titled, Earl of Marbourne, who is fast friends with the king. A whirlwind of intrigue and contrivance follows Madeline as she joins the court and catches the eye of the king, while cruel fate conspires to keep Madeline and Nathaniel apart despite their desperate love.

It lies not in our power to love or hate,
For will in us is overruled by fate.
When two are stripped, long ere the course begin,
We wish that one should love, the other win;
And one especially do we affect
Of two gold ingots, like in each respect:
The reason no man knows; let it suffice
What we behold is censured by our eyes.
Where both deliberate, the love is slight:
Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight?
~ Christopher Marlowe

My Review

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

A forbidden love that overcomes so many things because fate overrules everything. I rarely get to read this time period and I’m so glad I got to read this one. It’s an emotional rollercoaster throughout this story and you will cry, be angry, and excited many times. I fell in love with their story right away and couldn’t put it down. So many things kept them apart at every turn even tragedies. I never saw the twists coming especially the one at the end.

Madeline is stubborn and that helps her keep her head high with everything that happens. I loved her right away because she didn’t just nod her head and go along without a fight. She feared nothing and didn’t hesitate to work to take down the person causing so much of the pain.

Nathaniel will break your heart in many ways. He is a knight ruled by his emotions at times. I loved him more and more throughout the story because he truly tried to let go and be happy without her. He would do anything to protect her even though his heart was broken. I was so happy that he was the one to follow the king’s orders.

This book has some very accurate information and has my favorite vows in it. The cover matches a scene in the book and I love that.