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

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

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Blurb

Four dukes. Two balls. One prizefight.

Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens will never be the same.

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

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

Let the pleasures begin…

My Reviews

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

Taken by The Duke by Shana Galen

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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

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

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

Fighting for His Lady by Christi Caldwell

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

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

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

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

The Prodigal Duke by Theresa Romain

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋💋

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

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

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

The Buccaneer Duke by Vanessa Kelly

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋 1/2

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

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

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

Random Friday: I’m All For Epilogues

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There has been a debate lately on if epilogues are needed or not and who is a fan or not of them in romances. Where am I in this debate? If the title didn’t give it away then I will say it again I’m all for them and love them. There are a few reasons I love them in romances and I will talk about them all.

1. Some books don’t need them

This is true. Every once in a while there is a romance that the ending covers everything and doesn’t leave you wanting to know a tiny bit more. But most of the time the book ends without a wedding and/or without you know the reactions of some characters to something. The epilogue can jump ahead and let you know if they had kids, how someone was punished for a crime, and if they are getting along with someone again. All things that if the book continued so you could get to that point it would be much longer and you probably wouldn’t care about the details.

2. It can lead you into the next book

There is almost always a secondary character in the book that gets your interest and you want to know more about. Many times the epilogue will have what character will be in the next book. The whole epilogue may only hint at it and it depends on how much the books connect, but you will most likely get a hint of the next book.

3. How the books in the series connect

You might be wondering how or if the books in the series connect and the epilogue can help with that. You might be introduced to a new character that knows the characters from the book you just finished. Or it can tell you if the next one picks up from where this one left. Sometimes the stories actually go on at the same time and intertwine and the epilogue will show it.

Just embrace the epilogue!

I know many others love them like me for the closure they provide and I know many think they don’t add anything or they can make you want to buy the next (which is one of the points).

Are there any reasons you love that I missed or anything you have to say about them? Leave a comment below and I will reply.

The Book Tag/I Dare You

 

Book TagI Dare YouThanks to Christy Carlyle and Collette Cameron for the idea to do this!

I’m going to break the rules and not tag anyone because I think it’s more fun to see who does it without being tagged. So please feel free to play along! It’s fun to see people’s answers.

RULES:
You must be honest.
You must answer all the questions.
You must tag at least 4 people.
Here I go!

1.What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Captian’s Blood by William Shatner with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. I’ve had it since around 2005 when I was around 13 years old.

2.What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current read is The Pursuit of Pleasure by Elizabeth Essex, My last read was Encounter with a Rogue by Deb Marlowe, My next read will be The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin (a new to me author thanks to a friend)

3.What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Hmm, I don’t think I have read a book that everyone loved and I hated. Usually, I like something about every book. The only ones that I have not liked I did not finish.

4.What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Pride and Prejudice. I have it but have never gotten around to reading it.

5.What book are you saving for retirement?

I haven’t planned that far in advance.

6.Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

I have to wait until the end! I could never ruin the ending for myself by looking.

7.Acknowledgment: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I like them as long as they don’t drag on for pages. I know the excitement of having your name mentioned in a book!

8.Which book character would you switch places with?

I can’t pick just one! There are many in the historicals that I read that love and think it would be fun for awhile to be them.

9.Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

A lot of the westerns I have read remind me of being a little girl wondering in the fields among the cows and animals.

10.Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

I won an audio book copy of Her Imperfect Groom by Rose Gordon by posting a picture of my fur babies. It was a surprise giveaway.

11.Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Yes. I love to give books as gifts to other book lovers. I want to share the joy that books can bring.

12.Which book has been with you most places?

All of them. I have the Kindle app on my phone so pretty much all of my books are with me everywhere.

13.Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

I was homeschooled so I had a bit more choice with what I had to read. Anything I read I loved.

14.Used or brand new?

Both. I rarely actually have print books but I will take them either way.

15.Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nope.

16.Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Broken Trail. I loved the movie more than the book. The book was still good.

17.Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Yes! I’ve read a few historical romances that have mentioned food that sounds yummy. One even had recipes at the end.

18.Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

I can’t pick just one. All the authors I follow on Facebook are amazing.

19.Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Yes. Stolen by my Knave by Dawn Brower is slightly outside my usual genre because of time travel and I loved it. I usually don’t like any with time travel except for Outlander.