Review: Adrift With the Viscount (Lords of the Night #3) by Sandra Sookoo

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Adrift with the Viscount by Sandra Sookoo

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He doesn’t want a woman, let alone a wife… Valentine Sean Butler, the sixteenth Viscount Mountgarret, is cursed to spend half his life as a merman. Though he doesn’t mind his beastly side, he takes exception to warring for the cause of the mers. They hate humans and require his fighting skills, but all Valentine wants is to sail his ship and be left alone in peace… then one chance meeting with a lady in Hyde Park bends his plans. 

She has no use for men, but needs a convenient marriage… Lady Phoebe Winthrop, used, ruined, and disowned is ready to steer her own fate. Not content with the horrible birthmark or the life given her, she wants adventure, and the only way to gain that is to ask the viscount to marry her. Wedding will give them both a measure of respectability, and beyond that, perhaps the friendship she sorely craves. 

A union based on freedom… As Valentine and Phoebe sail from London following their wedding, they both have to come to grips with what they’re running from. Old insecurities dog their steps, but as the days go by, their unlikely friendship grows into much more. As love blooms and deepens, they must stay one step ahead of danger in the depths, and when a horrible contract comes due, one—or both of them—must make the ultimate, and most personal of sacrifices in order to chase a happily ever after.

I’ve said before I’m not really a shifter romance fan, but when I saw Sandra had done a merman one I had to read it! The call of the sea brought them together. Their marriage was supposed to be in name only, but they were just what each other needed. It’s a journey for both of them to gain each other’s trust and help each other deal with things. Their love is one of the strongest I’ve read in a long time and this one really touches my heart.

Sandra writes some of the best fights scenes and I always look forward to reading them and the underwater scenes in this were amazing. I knew there was going to be more to the deal he made, but I never expected what was coming. I was holding my breath throughout the battle and had no idea what was going to happen.

Phoebe has been through so much in her life that she doesn’t have a judgmental bone in her body. My heart broke for her when she finally told him her story, but it lifted so much off of her to tell it. I loved her right away because she didn’t hide away and did things no other lady would.

Valentine is pulled between two worlds and knows he will have to make a choice one day soon about it. His own story pulls at my heart because he thought he’d never find love after what happened before. I loved him right away because he held no judgment or listened to the rumors. His Irish charms came out with he did his own version of the wedding vows.

This one is packed with the message of self-acceptance and I know it will touch so many readers hearts. Phoebe’s story of what happened may be upsetting to some, but it’s very well written and not graphic.

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Review: A Rose for a Rogue (A Waltz With A Rogue Novellas #6) by Collette Cameron

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A Rose for a Rogue by Collette Cameron

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What’s a future duke to do when the most unsuitable woman possible captures his heart?

Eden had tried to avoid even a hint of scandal her whole life. 
Plowing headlong into the Marquis of Sterling and dropping eggs on his boots wasn’t the most foolish thing Eden Haverden had ever done. Imprudently agreeing to take the charming rogue home when his horse went lame wasn’t either. But reluctantly accepting Chester’s invitation to stay the night at his familial estate after she nearly drowned? Yes, that assuredly was a rash decision and invited utter ruin. So why doesn’t she listen to her common sense?

The DeCourcy sins have haunted Chester his entire life. 
Determined to create a new legacy for the tainted duchy, Manchester’s every action and decision are governed by diligence and discipline. A man of reason and purpose, he should not be distracted by the wholly unsuitable Eden Haverden. Not only is she the illegitimate offspring of his father’s arch enemy, she’s also the sister of the man who’d killed his brother. Why then, can’t he resist the powerful connection between them?

Can Chester convince Eden to put aside their families’ feud and trust him with her heart and love?

I absolutely love the magic of this one! Fate brought them together and nothing was going to keep them apart. The moment they met their common sense and ways of doing things went out the window. They definitely had obstacles to get past, but none were like his father.

I got giddy when they were told the meaning behind the rose. Then I was holding my breath with his father’s last attempt, but loved that scene and how it played out. I was just beginning to think he had changed when that happened. At least I wasn’t wrong about her brother in the end even though that scene had me on the edge of my seat. The proposal was one of the best I’ve read.

Eden is very different from any of the women Chester could meet. She has a fun collection of pets and stands her ground against anyone. I loved her right away because she didn’t hold back her thoughts about anything.

Chester is also very different from the men Eden is used to. He doesn’t bat an eye at her birth and will do anything for her and her mother. He loved to be one step ahead of his father and jumped at the chance put him in his place.

I loved in the end how everything worked out for everyone.

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

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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!

ARC Review: To Ruin a Gentleman (The Scarlet Chronicles #1) by Shana Galen

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To Ruin a Gentleman by Shana Galen

Releases January 15, 2019

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The true story of the Scarlet Pimpernel . . .
Angelette, the recently widowed Comtesse d’Avignon, only invited Viscount Daventry to her country house party as a favor to her sister. When the handsome British lord arrives—two days late—he’s full of unnerving tales of unrest and violence in Paris. Angelette assumes it’s all exaggeration…until her chateau is attacked and her life threatened. Daventry rescues her, and the two are forced to run for their lives. But when danger closes in, will the viscount stand at her side or save himself?

Is not the one you’ve been told. 
Hugh Daventry visits France frequently to import wine for the family business. On his way out of the country, he stops at the comtesse’s house party out of obligation. But after meeting the raven-haired beauty, he tries to persuade her to leave France with him. When the peasants attack, he realizes he’s already too late, and now he must protect Angelette, whose sharp tongue is far from angelic. Too soon the couple is caught up in the rising revolution, dodging bloodthirsty mobs, hiding from soldiers, and embroiled in the attack of the Bastille. Hugh wants nothing but to leave tumultuous France for the calm of England. He knows Angelette is intelligent and resourceful—a survivor. But can Hugh survive without her? 

Be prepared for a wonderful story time that hooks you from the start and surprises you in the end! I love that it starts with Hugh telling his son the story. You will fall right into the brutal story of the attacks and riots and be holding your breath afraid of what will happen next. They are a couple at odd from the start with him trying to save her while she is determined to stay. There are many times that you think the story will go one way and it takes a turn in another way. The ending to their story will totally surprise you and it’s sweet at the same time.

Angelette is very loyal and it’s almost to a fault. She didn’t understand what was coming until it was too late, but she was different than her friends. You won’t love her right away, but you will in the end with how she surprises you.

Hugh lost his heart quickly and didn’t even know it. I loved him right away because he kept trying to make people understand what was coming. No matter what he kept coming back to her.

Review: The Gentleman’s Seduction (Seduction #4) by Lauren Smith

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The Gentleman’s Seduction by Lauren Smith

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‘Tis the season…for revenge. 

Eleven years ago, during Christmas, Martin Banks’ family was thrown into the streets by wealthy landlord Edwin Hartwell. Now, this holiday season, Fate has handed Martin an unexpected gift. Vengeance. Defeating Hartwell at cards gives Martin the chance to financially ruin the man—but, damn, instead of money, Hartwell offers his daughter as payment. And, double damn, Martin stupidly accepts. How did retribution turn into seduction? Martin refuses to let himself fall in love, so there must be rules to this game.

And perhaps a bit of romance. 

Desperate to save her father from ruin, Livvy Hartwell agrees to accompany Martin as his paramour. She long ago accepted that a penniless bluestocking like herself had no chance for a well-suited marriage. If a few passionate months with a man like Martin is all she’ll ever have as far as romance, it’s an opportunity she will take. But she must guard her heart. He might be handsome as the devil and tempting as sin, but she can’t be a typical mistress and doesn’t want Martin to call her such. In fact, she has a list of rules.

My Review

Christmas time definitely brings the magic in this one. Their meeting and the whole arrangement is very shocking but makes the story perfect. There is an instant spark between them and it’s just a matter of time before they lose control. I could picture his face when she told him what she would do at the fair and l love it. They are a very passionate couple and you may need a fan for some scenes. I was not expecting what happened near the end and her father will shock you in many ways. The ending is one of my favorites too with the surprise of it.

Livvy is a bold woman that will do anything for her family. I loved her right away because she didn’t hesitate and made it clear what she expected in the arrangement. She saw the real him and understood him more than others.

Martin tries to come off as cruel and cold, but his heart wins every time. He is definitely tempting as sin with how he teases and can turn any moment into seduction. I loved him when he made it clear that he was going to make her happy.

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Review: The Earl and the Reluctant Lady (Lords of Vice #3) by Robyn DeHart

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The Earl and the Reluctant Lady by Robyn DeHart

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He knew he could never have her…

From the very moment Agnes Watkins walked into his life, Fletcher Banks, Earl of Wakefield, has wanted her. Agnes is not just beautiful, she’s clever and determined. Despite her uncommon beauty, she refuses to conform to society’s standards. She’s also the sister of the man who holds Fletcher’s career as a spy in his hands. And that makes her completely off-limits.

She thought she could change him…

Tall, impossibly broad, and handsome as a sin, Fletcher Banks is a brazen scoundrel. Known for his reputation as the greatest lover in London, he’s the only man who’s ever proved a temptation for Agnes. Her duties with the Ladies of Virtue means she can’t overlook his lustful ways. The time has come to reform this rake.

Together their desire is undeniable.

With Agnes setting her virtuous sights on him, Fletcher can’t ignore her any longer. Maybe spending more time with her will release him from his infatuation with her without falling further from her brother’s good graces. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is to deny that this infatuation may be more than lust…

My Review

It’s a charming story, but there are things I just didn’t like and somethings that went unanswered. I love a forbidden love that is forced together story like this. There’s a bit of a mystery with someone threating the group and a man that wants her for himself that brings them together. I loved that he had loved her for so long and that everyone sees it so clearly. Her brother was just like I thought he would be when it came to her. I also loved her friends seeing what she wasn’t seeing.

To me, they just seemed mismatched and I didn’t really get the passion between them that I would expect. The thing of needing to change him just rubs me the wrong way. I love a reformed rake/rogue, but the setting out to change him I don’t like. The Ladies of Virtue group doesn’t fully make sense to me because it’s not explained enough.

Agnus lives in the shadow of her mother and is constantly hounded by men thinking she is like her mother. She just wasn’t my cup of tea because she came off cold most of the time. I didn’t like how she was ready to take on things but then turned around and mad decisions that made no sense to her kind of character. Just a little too naive at times for me.

Fletcher has been beaten down by his grandfather for years and only wants to prove himself. I loved him right away because he was so naturally charming and spoke his mind. He never doubted his feelings and fought for her when he needed to. I only wish the stuff about his grandfather had been explained because it would have made it easier to understand him at times.

Overall it wasn’t my kind of read, but I know many that would love this kind of story.

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Review: To Redeem a Highland Rake: A Historical Scottish Romance (Heart of a Scot #2) by Collette Cameron

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To Redeem a Highland Rake by Collette Cameron

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One forbidden kiss sets them on a path from which there’s no return.

In a desperate final attempt to force her cruel betrothed to call off their arranged marriage, Arieen Fleming deliberately creates a public scandal. Aware she’ll likely be shunned by Society and remain unmarried, she kisses a dashing swashbuckler at a masked ball. What she doesn’t anticipate is her powerful fascination and sensual reaction to Coburn Wallace. And she most certainly doesn’t foresee her father casting her out as a result of her madcap scheme.

Coburn Wallace is a man who enjoys life and women to the fullest. As cousin and second-in-command to a laird, he has no need or desire to marry and produce an heir. When a beautiful female pirate demands he kiss her, who is he to refuse such an unexpected gift? Upon learning Arieen’s been disowned and is destitute, he’s seized with an inexplicable urge to protect her even as his honor demands he marry Arieen for his unwitting contribution to her ruination.

Arieen has no choice but to accept Coburn’s offer, and though they can’t deny their overwhelming, mutual attraction, dare they hope for more? Can attraction blossom into love in a marriage neither wanted?

For an enthralling, emotional Scottish Highland adventure you won’t want to put down, read this second book in the Heart of a Scot Series.

Though this book is part of a series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel.

My Review

Desperate times call for desperate measures and they might just redeem a rake. I was hooked from the moment her plan was revealed and her back up plan. That spark between them ignited from across the room and they were goners as soon as they kissed. I was completely shocked by every word that came out of her father’s mouth when he saw them. When Coburn showed her where he came from and told her he couldn’t let her be homeless made my heart melt. The way they got married is one of my favorite scenes and I rarely see that way of doing it. A tiny part of me wished someone would really knock her father down a few more pegs, but I loved how it all ended.

Arieen will not stand by and let her father trade her like property to a man that didn’t care about her at all. She is not shy at all and has no problems saying what she heard or thinks. I loved how she kept her head up after everything her father said and with the gossip going.

Coburn may love women to the fullest, but he has a heart of gold and won’t let her suffer. He knew he wanted her and would do anything to protect her. I loved how he was just as blunt as her and that he went to great lengths to make her happy.

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On the Way to the Castle by Ava Stone part of The Duke of Danby’s Holiday Hijinx (The Duke of Danby’s Christmas #1)

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On the Way to the Castle by Ava Stone

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Identical twins, Ladies Lily and Amelia Woodward may look the same, but they’re as different as night and day. Ever-dutiful Lily is resigned to whatever destiny their great-uncle the Duke of Danby has in store for her, while free-spirited Amelia is determined to fight His Grace every step of the way. With Christmas upon them, the Woodwards set out for Danby Castle and stumble across an overturned coach and a pair of handsome gentlemen in peril. Will this fateful encounter alter the future for both sisters and the likely plans the duke had in store for all of them?

My Review

The Duke of Danby is at it again and this time it’s double the work. I think this is the most we’ve heard him talk or leave his study. You have two romances going on at once, but they blend perfectly together. Brought together because of a carriage accident their brother Jamie is going out of his mind trying to watch his sisters for different reasons. Lily and Richard are a love at first sight couple that are perfect for each other. They just have misunderstandings and a curse to get past.  Amelia and Daniel’s romance is more lust filled because she’s loved him from afar and he just now see her for her. Theirs is one that is fast, but sweet and you know they are going to be happy.

Lily takes life as it comes and is very level-headed. She doesn’t hide her feelings and has no secrets. I loved how she is with everyone and doesn’t hold back with him. She is the opposite of her sister and the center of her family.

Richard had a plan that was derailed as soon as he met Lily. I loved how he instantly was taken with her and quickly regretted his plan as soon as it was out of his mouth. He needed the Duke without realizing it.

Amelia is dramatic and afraid of what the Duke has planned for her. She can come off as childish, but really isn’t and is very sweet. I loved how she just came up with a plan and didn’t hesitate to ask.

Daniel isn’t really as perfect as he appeared back in Lady Grace’s Husband Hunt. He has a very passionate side that comes out around Amelia. I was so happy to see him get a happy ending.

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Review: The Season of Lady Chastity (The Undaunted Debutantes #4) by Christina McKnight

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The Season of Lady Chastity by Christina McKnight

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For years, Lady Chastity Neville has stood in the shadows of her dour older sister. But while bluestocking Prudence might be content to wile away her hours alone with a book, Chastity secretly yearns to shed her wallflower ways. When she finds an old letter indicating her mother may have had a scandalous past, Chastity is drawn to the mystery of the woman she never knew. This Christmastide, she’s determined to uncover the truth—and start a scandal of her own.

Bastian Stanhope, the Earl of Mansfield, has lived his life in accordance to the wishes of others. Caring for his ailing mother is his main responsibility. But when he meets Lady Chastity, he’s drawn to her compassion and adventurous spirit. For the first time, he’s thinking of his own future. ‘Tis the season for merry mischief, so to win Chastity’s heart, he’ll have to be a little bit wicked.

With kisses underneath the mistletoe, Chastity’s scandalous quest might just turn into the love of a lifetime…

My Review

A forgotten letter was all it took to ignite Chastity and pull her from the shadows. These two are very different, but also alike in many ways. Their first meeting set the tone for the story and it does not disappoint. I loved how they brought out the best in each other and some of the wickedness too. It hurt my heart to see her and her sister at odd, but it just makes me more excited for the next story. I laughed at their brother with how he was acting and absolutely loved the ballroom scene.

Chastity is ready to be herself and have some scandalous fun at the same time. She really struggled after finding that note, but without it, she would still be in the shadows. I loved that she was ready to take on anyone and didn’t care what others thought.

Bastian is one of the shyest and quiet lords I’ve seen. He puts everyone else first and doesn’t think he’s worth notice. I loved seeing him go from shy and quiet to ready to fight because of her. He needed her more than he knew.

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ARC Review: Hell of a Lady (Devilish Debutantes #4) by Annabelle Anders

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Hell of a Lady by Annabelle Anders

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Regency Romance between an angelic vicar and a devilish debutante: A must read if you love sweet and sizzle with an abundance of heart.

THE DEVILISH DEBUTANTE
Miss Rhododendron Mossant has given up on men, love, and worst of all, herself. Once a flirtatious beauty, the nightmares of her past have frozen her in fear. Ruined and ready to call it quits, all she can hope for is divine intervention.

THE ANGELIC VICAR
Justin White, Vicar turned Earl, has the looks of an angel but the heart of a rake. He isn’t prepared to marry and yet honor won’t allow anything less. Which poses something of a problem… because, by God, when it comes to this vixen, a war is waging between his body and his soul.

SCANDAL’S SWEET SIZZLE
She’s hopeless and he’s hopelessly devoted. Together they must conquer the ton, her disgrace, and his empty pockets. With a little deviousness, and a miracle or two, is it possible this devilish match was really made in heaven?

My Review

This book takes place at the same time as Hell’s Belle so I was excited to see what happened between these two. I’ve never seen a story with a Vicar turned Earl so that was definitely something new that I loved. These two clearly have something between them from the start, but they have battles to win first. I loved how much confusion there was between them about everything. There was a couple of times that I was afraid of what a certain person would do. Her father was a total shock and I wanted to wack him. A real surprise was her mother and I loved her for it. There are some fun twists with the ladies and a well-deserved end for one person. The ending left me laughing and happy to see them all happy.

Rhoda is almost a shell of herself, but there is still a fire in her. I loved how she opened up to him and was ready to battle the ton. She needed someone that would understand her and help her get over the past and see she is safe.

Justin had loved her longer than anyone knew and he would do anything for her. He came to her resue in more ways than one. I loved how he always stayed positive and didn’t give up.

There are a few scenes that could potentially be triggering to some. There are attempted sexual assaults, but they are brief and not graphic.

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