ARC Review: The Mistress Enchants Her Marquis (Craven House #2) by Christina McKnight

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The Mistress Enchants Her Marquis by Christina McKnight

Releasing February 21. 2017 

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

COURTSHIP WAS NEVER SO SCANDALOUS

The grandson of an unconventional marquis and son of a notorious woman, Elijah Watson, Marquis of Ridgefeld, has spent most of his life outside of London. His atypical upbringing has left him longing for roots and a traditional family life, and he’s determined to live his life above reproach. When he meets Miss Samantha Pengarden, he believes he’s found the woman he wants to marry—except she has other far more sensual ideas for him.

Known throughout the ton as the illegitimate rebellious daughter of London’s disreputable Craven House Madame, Samantha has never had to face the world without her shy twin by her side—until now. Her sister’s marriage and the return of her blackguard father leaves her alone and adrift. When Elijah agrees to escort her to the town’s most infamous establishments, she thinks she’s finally found a man with a taste for scandal and a knowledge of matters of the flesh.

But she never counted on Elijah being so honorable. When Samantha is listed as the mistress of the Marquis of Ridgefeld in White’s betting book, her reputation is in ruins—and only Elijah can save her. Can two total opposites come together for a love certain to last a lifetime?

My Review

*I received a copy via NetGalley

I knew Samantha’s story was going to be an adventure and I was right. The pain of their pasts brings them together to help and understand each other in many ways. I really liked that it picked up with her sister’s wedding and continued a bit of the story. I loved that they were opposites on some things, but not on others because it was like it made them think and understand each other. Their chemistry was amazing and the sparks definitely were flying.  The ending was perfect and I liked how it was working out with her father.

Samantha is not shy and can come close to be scandalous in her behavior, but that’s why I love her. She was in a limbo over her sister getting married and then her father showing up and it was heartbreaking because not everyone saw it. I loved her personality.

Elijah is a bit quieter and more careful, but just as adventurous if not more. He was in his own limbo over his grandfather and mother and no one knew the whole story. I loved how he was a bit out of place in the city after all of his travels, but still fit in at the same time.

I can’t wait to see what else Christina has in store for this series. I hope to see more on Samantha’s father and Elijah’s mother.

ARC Review: Lily, One Lord’s Temptation (The Garden Brides #1) by Jane Charles

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Lily, One Lord’s Temptation by Jane Charles

Releasing February 13, 2017

 My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

Lady Lilian Bliant appears to be a serene earl’s daughter, but under her exotic façade she has a spine of steel. She is determined to thwart her manipulative father’s plan to shackle her to a weak-willed man of the ton and is successful until Lord Maxwell Warrick becomes a suitor.

Lord Maxwell is anything but weak-willed. He is happy with his life until Lady Lilian wreaks havoc on his heart. No lady has ever tempted him as she.

Will Max be able to resist, or will he succumb? And, if he does, will Lily be able to resist?

*This book was previously published as The Healing Tree by Amy De Trempe*

My Review

*I was provided a copy by the author in exchange for my honest review

An amazing start to a series! I read this in one sitting because I could not put it down. When you have a father that is crazy and will do anything to make sure you marry who he wants and for crazy reasons, a lady only has one choice. And that to run off all the men that her father has picked with some very interesting plans. I loved all the unexpected twists in the story and differences between Lilly and Max. They were made for each other, but both had reasons they didn’t want to get married and the back and forth was great. I loved the ending and many of the characters.

Lily is very smart and wants to be free from her father for good reason. I loved how she ran off the men and how she got her cousins to help. Her ancestry was unexpected and very different from others and I loved it. My heart broke at her fears of what it would be like to be married and have children, but her reasons were totally understandable. She has some great skills to help people.

Max is pretty much the perfect man in the eyes of everyone and for good reason. I loved him from the start when he met with his father and the work he did. He had no plans to marry and to avoid her, but curiosity drew him to her. I liked that he never gave up on understanding her. At one time I wanted to knock him upside the head, but he quickly realized his mistake. The lengths he went to in the end was amazing.

Loved her cousins and his whole family especially his mother. I was shocked about Wesley and hope to see him again along with her cousins.

Review: The Gypsy Bride (Daring Debutantes #2) by Jerrica Knight-Catania

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The Gypsy Bride by Jerrica Knight-Catania

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

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Blurb

Engaged to a reprehensible baron, Bianca Manning knows she must do something to escape her fate. She decides that a Romany camp is the last place her mad fiance would think to look for her.

The last thing Emilian Carrol needs is a spirited Englishwoman in his life, but he can’t seem to say no when she begs to hide out in his tribe’s camp.

Thomas Barclay, future Viscount Grantham, is bored to tears and looking for a distraction. When his old friend Baron Tisbury asks for help in tracking down his missing fiancee, Tom decides to make himself useful.

Caught between two worlds, Bianca must figure out which man holds the keys to her heart.

My Review

This one will pull at your heart and have you on the edge of your seat. From the start, it was clear that Tisbury was not someone any girl would want to marry and Bianca and her sisters had a good plan. I loved how instantly she was drawn to Emilian and wasn’t sure who she would end up with because Emil and Tom were both good men that would take care of her.

Bianca is not one to be controlled. I loved her as soon as she told Tisbury what might happen to him in the garden. She spoke her mind and didn’t hide her feelings from anyone. She was so torn between them and she struggled with the choice.

Emil was very much the gentleman and was willing to do anything to protect Bianca. His story was shocking and made my heart ache for him. I loved what he offered to her if she married him and how he was with his mother.

Tom was a gentleman too and knew what Tisbury was so he had his own plans. He set out to protect her and found himself wanting to be with her. He could break your heart too with how he gave up things for his family and his sister.

I can’t wait to read the next one and find out what happens.

Review: The Renegade Wife by Caroline Warfield

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The Renegade Wife by Caroline Warfield

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋1/2

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Blurb

Upper Canada and England 1832
Desperate and afraid, Meggy Blair will do whatever it takes to protect her children. She’d hoped to find sanctuary from her abusive husband with her Ojibwa grandmother, but can’t locate her. When her children fall ill, she seeks shelter in an isolated cabin in Upper Canada. But when the owner unexpectedly returns, he’s furious to find squatters disrupting his self-imposed solitude.

Reclusive businessman Rand Wheatly had good reason to put an ocean between himself and the family that deceived him. He just wants the intrusive woman gone, but it isn’t long before Meggy and the children start breaking down the defensive walls he’s built. But their fragile interlude is shattered when Meggy’s husband appears to claim his children, threatening to have Rand jailed.

The only way for Meggy to protect Rand is to leave him. But when her husband takes her and the children to England, Meggy discovers he’s far more than an abuser; what he’s involved in endangers all their lives. To rescue the woman who has stolen his heart, Rand must follow her and do what he swore he’d never do: reconcile with his aristocratic family and finally uncover the truth behind all the lies. But time is running out for them all.

My Review

This one is going on my all-time favorites list! It’s been awhile since I was hooked on a book so much that I didn’t want to put it down and I didn’t want to put this one down. I  loved it from page one when we meet Meggy and her children. There is a lot in this book to keep you on the edge of your seat from Rand’s past and family to the battle to save Meggy and the kids. I loved the planning that went into stopping Meggy’s husband and what he was involved in. They both had walls built up to protect themselves for different reasons. I didn’t want this book to end.

Meggy is a very strong woman that can be admired for what she does. She has been through so much and will do anything to protect her kids from their father. I loved her from the start and how she kept her head up even when she was back with her husband. When she helps Rand in the plan to stop her husband it showed how brave she was and even with what happens to her she recovers.

Rand had my heart from the start when he saved Cat. He doesn’t fully trust women after what happened with his family so he comes off as mean, but you can he has been hurt in the past. I loved how protective he was and how he followed them to save them and how he was with his family. He put himself at risk to save them more than once and didn’t push things.

Ran’s family sounds like so much fun to be around and so do Meggy’s children. I wanted to know more about his family and know what happens to little Johnny.

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

Review: Scandalous Endeavors (Ladies and Scoundrels #1) by Amanda Mariel

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Scandalous Endeavors by Amanda Mariel  (also a part of It Started With A Kiss Regency Box Set)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level:  💋💋💋

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Blurb

Lady Amelia has only known the comfort of life in mid-eighteenth century English aristocracy. But when first her mother and then her father die, she finds herself alone, grief stricken and….. not of age. Her appointed guardian, an American uncle, has ordered her travel to his plantation where she must remain for at least two years when she will come of age.

With the help of Lady Grace and Lady Sarah, Lady Amelia gets her uncle to agree to give her four weeks to settle her affairs and unbeknownst to him…find an English lord to marry so she can remain in her beloved England. Despite her mourning period she endeavors to trap one of London’s eligible bachelors in matrimony.

Lord Goldstone, Lady Grace’s nephew is devilishly handsome, but a Scottish Duke and so entirely unacceptable as a possible husband. After all Scotland is not her beloved London and environs. He also has a nasty habit of showing up at all the wrong moments and thwarting her carefully laid plans to ensnare a suitable husband. Sparks fly as the pair find themselves at odds with each other and drawn to each other at the same time. Can they find a way to stop arguing long enough to explore their growing passion? Is it strong enough to make Lady Amelia give up her English home after all? Or will Lady Amelia find a suitable English lord and avoid social exile in America? Time is running out.

My Review

Scandal always makes for a great and book and I loved this one. I was a bit worried about her wanting to trap a husband, but she was desperate and it made perfect sense at the time. Instant attraction drew them to each other, but stubbornness from both caused conflict.I loved every time the interacted because I never knew what would happen.

Amelia is a bold girl that shocked people at her father’s funeral and she is not afraid to cause a scandal if it means she gets to stay in London. She loved her father but hated the rules of society and it was understandable that she wanted to dance and be herself.

Lord Goldstone had no plans of being the prey to a lady’s attempt to trap him again. He kept finding himself protecting her from scandal while trying to understand her plan. I loved how he kept fighting with himself over being drawn to her, but avoiding the trap.

Her uncle was a very nice man and had good intention when he planned to take her to America. Lady Grace is definitely a friend you want to have.

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

Review: The Robber Bride (Daring Debutantes #1) by Jerrica Knight-Catania

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The Robber Bride by Jerrica Knight-Catania (also a part of It Started With A Kiss Regency Box Set)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level:  💋💋

Blurb

When Victoria Barclay, privileged daughter of the Viscount Grantham, has a life-altering experience as a young girl, it sets the course for the rest of her life. She is determined to make a difference in the world, no matter the consequence, and becomes a highwayman—or woman, as it were—robbing the rich and donating her pilfered gains to the poor.

Life-long friend and neighbor, Phineas Dartwell, Earl of Leyburn, suspects his dear friend is up to no good. She’s become evasive, and even worse, he cares that she’s become evasive. When she refuses to confide in him, claiming it’s for his own good, he severs the friendship out of wounded pride and a wounded heart.

But when Victoria’s activities are brought to light in the eyes of the magistrate, Phineas must find a way to acquit his friend—and dare he hope, future wife?—of the charges.

My Review

This is the second time I have read this book and love it. I can never pass up a book that has a Robin Hood feel to it! Victoria and Phineas have been friends forever and he looks over her like a brother until he notices she is up to something. Well planned out robberies, adventure, and new feelings pull you into this story.

Victoria is a female Robin Hood. She has been determined to help people since she was a little girl, but her parents don’t share that opinion so she has to do it on her own. She is smart and knows she could hang for what she does and that she could be found out. I loved her and that she was determined.

Phineas is a great man. He has always said Victoria was like a sister and that’s why he watched over, but he soon realized his true feelings. He is a very caring man and an artist that will help anyone that he can. I loved him from the start.

I wished it was longer because it went by so fast.

Review: His Impassioned Proposal (Bridgethorpe Brides #1) by Aileen Fish

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His Impassioned Proposal by Aileen Fish (also a part of It Started With A Kiss Regency Box Set)

My Rating: ❤❤❤

Spice Level:  💋1/2

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Blurb

The wounded hero comes home.

Six years she has waited for the man she hopes to marry to return from war and propose to her. When he finally does, he is so far in his cups as to not remember the event the next morning! Miss Jane Marwick can’t decide if she has wasted her heart on the wrong man or if he just needs some time to recover from too many life-changing events.

Stephen Lumley isn’t sure he’s capable of being a good husband to any woman, but he only has a few months to convince himself and Jane he is worthy of her love, or she’ll be off to London to find a man who is. He’s not certain what his future will bring, only that he needs Jane in it.

My Review

I love stories that have a wounded hero returning home and this one was good. I liked how everyone was like a huge family and knew that they were meant to be together and tried to help. It covers a few months, but it’s not jumpy and flows nicely.

Jane is a sweet girl that has always loved Stephen, but something she witnessed in the past and seeing him drunks causes fear to come between them. I liked her, but also didn’t like her because she kind of played with him by going back and forth.

Stephen is a wounded man physically and emotionally. He comes backs wounded thinking no woman would have him and then is hit with more bad new that sends him into his cups. He had to prove to himself that he was worth something.

Review: The Earl’s Hired Bride: A Half Moon House Novella by Deb Marlowe

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The Earl’s Hired Bride: A Half Moon House Novella by Deb Marlowe

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level:  💋💋

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Blurb

Because an unmarried Earl must be in want of a bride . . .

Every debutante in the ton wants to be the Countess of Hartford—and mistress of Hartsworth Castle. Never mind that Hart has no interest in marrying just yet, the young ladies hunt him as ruthlessly as a pack of hounds after the elusive fox. What he needs is a hired bride—one who is guaranteed to call it off at the end of the Season.

Because a girl with no prospects will do what she must to help her family . . .

Miss Emily Spencer must do something. Her mother’s health is failing and the notorious Duke of Danby is growing dangerously close. Why not hide in plain sight and pretend to be the Earl of Hartford’s betrothed? And getting paid for her troubles? It’s just what she needs to make her family comfortable again.

Because love comes when you least expect it . . .

Sparks fly when the two put their plan in motion—and deeper emotions grow. But how can they be together when the path they’ve forged only leads to their inevitable separation?

My Review

When the Duke of Danby is involved you know it’s going to be a good one! This one is like a fairy tale. They both entered into the arrangement with no thoughts about it turning into something more than a business arrangement. I loved how they didn’t fight it and protected each other.

Emily is different from other girls when it comes to how she acts and talks. I loved her when from the time she met his mother and helped the maid. Every time she spoke her mind it was with a purpose and she wasn’t afraid to take on someone.

Hart is a gentleman even when women hunt him down like they do. I loved him from the start when he left his house and had a plan. He didn’t care about parties and finding a wife. He just wanted to live his life.

This one has a twist that I was not expecting, but it worked out great.

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

Review: Captivated By The Captain (Fabled Love #2) by Amanda Mariel

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Captivated by the Captain  by Amanda Mariel

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level:  💋 1/2

Release Date: December 1, 2016

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Blurb

What happens when an American heiress to a shipping company crosses paths with a pirate?

Miss Prudence Drake desires nothing more than to return to America and pick up the pieces of her life. After being held captive on the Black Dawn and witnessing her papa’s murder, the last thing she wants is to find herself in the hands of another pirate-even if he is handsome and honorable.

Captain Jasper Blackmore has forsaken his past, walking away from England’s shores in search of a new adventure after the war left him physically scarred and jilted by the one lady he dared to love. An American hoyden could never fit into his world despite his attraction to her.

Can two people whose life paths are at odds find common ground?

My Review

I rarely read historical romances that have pirates, but I loved this one! I was drawn in from the start with Prudence and her papa then shocked by his murder. I liked that they had a bit of a connection from the start and that they both had their secrets.

Prudence is a strong girl that knows what she has to do and won’t let anything get in her way. I loved her strong will and that she knew when she could trust Jasper and let everything out.

Jasper may be a pirate, but he is still a gentleman and an honorable one. I loved his story and how he was quick to realize what he needed to do. His secrets will warm our heart and pull at it too.

This is a great quick read!

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

Review: The Cheer in Charming an Earl (The Naughty Girls, #3.5) by Emma Locke

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The Cheer in Charming an Earl by Emma Locke

My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ 1/2

Spice Level: 💋1/2

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Blurb

***As seen in the holiday anthology TIS THE SEASON***

FOR LOVE…

The second of five impoverished sisters, Miss Elinor Conley knows her dream of becoming a lady is farfetched. When an unmarried gentleman happens by her brother’s smithy, it is up to her to act quickly—and rashly—to secure his interest. But Grantham Wendell, Earl Chelford, isn’t in the market for anything more than a new horseshoe. What’s a bachelor to do when an innocent miss turns up at his Christmas Eve bacchanalia? He ought to make her leave, but his Twelfth Night party just became more entertaining…

My Review

This a sweet little Christmas time read. Elinor set her cap on Grantham after seeing him at her brother’s smithy and comes up with a plan to marry him, but it doesn’t quite go as planned. There are some twists that I loved like her aunt that I wasn’t expecting and his party that was very scandalous.

Elinor is bold in her plans but didn’t think it through all the way. She is extremely innocent which is cute at times and it somewhat protects her from things.

Grantham has this scandalous the party every year to cover up his pain. He quickly changed his thinking once he saw Elinor and tried to protect her.

If you like sweet read then you will like this one.