Review: The Perfect Spinster (The Not So Saintly Sisters #2) by Annabelle Anders

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The Perfect Spinster by Annabelle Anders

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

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He’s more rake than gentleman and she’s more minx than spinster. 
Miss Olivia Redfield’s prospects for marriage are nonexistent, bleak at best. Removed from society for an ill-fated physical defect, she’s resigned herself to caring for others in a somewhat dreary existence. She’s determined to be the Perfect Spinster, that is, until she finds herself falling for the charming but unattainable, Lord Kingsley. 

Gabriel Fellowes, Earl of Kingsley is doing a favor for a friend by overseeing the dangerous–– but promising––mine on the border of Viscount Hallowell’s property. With extra time on his hands, he finds himself irresistibly provoked by the viscount’s nymph–like daughter and delights in needling her as well. In no position to promise more than a dalliance, Gabriel takes the unprecedented step of becoming her friend. 

Their flirtatious attachment threatens to erupt in passion, but duty and honor forbid anything more. Will love be defeated when tragedy strikes, or can these two overcome Society’s dictates and conquer a century old curse? 

A very unique and awkward meeting starts off this whirlwind romance that won’t go off without a couple of surprising hiccups. They tried to tell themselves that this was just friendship, but the connection between them is so powerful that nothing will keep them from each other. I was on pins and needles waiting for them to finally give in to the attraction fully because it leaps off the pages. When tragedy strikes it brings them together, but there is still one obstacle that stands in their way back in London.

I loved that this story covers a year because you really get a sense of how strong their love is. The added storyline with his sister was one I didn’t expect and what followed showed everyone what was between them. The ending was perfect for these two and the scene in the bed made me love him even more.

Olivia doesn’t let her eye define her or society rules control her. I loved her right away because of how much she cared about others. She had a way of say “my lord” that made it sound like the biggest insult when she was mad. I loved when she told her parents off and how she came to realize the curse wasn’t real.

Gabriel would marry her in a heartbeat if he hadn’t made a promise to his father about who he would marry. He’ll make you fall in love with him once you realize why he use to tease her and how he always manages to say the wrong thing around her. It took him long enough to realize he wasn’t to blame for the tragedy and he could have who he wanted. It’s also so cute when he says her name differently.

These two deserved an amazing story and they got it!

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

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Adrift with the Viscount by Sandra Sookoo

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

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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.

Review: Miss Fortune’s First Kiss (Fortunes of Fate #9) by Annabelle Anders

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Miss Fortune’s First Kiss by Annabelle Anders

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“Your First Kiss holds the answer to all that you desire.” The fortune drew only laughter from Matilda Fortune when Madame Zeta, a visiting gypsy uttered the ridiculous words.. At eight and twenty, Tildy’s first kiss had long come and gone. As had the gentleman who bestowed it… 

The Earl of Willoughby, widowed and lost, has given up on love. Since the death of his wife, he’s lived in a fog. In route to London for the season, his mischievous daughters insist upon stopping at a small village to have their fortunes told at a traveling fair. If only he hadn’t allowed the gypsy to read his palm. Is it possible, his future is hidden in the past?

I love a story of past love and fate bringing them back together again. Neither one knew how those palm readings were going to change their lives or how much that change was needed. Fate had been at play for years getting them ready for when the time was right and they needed each other the most.

His daughters were the most precious things and needed to be protected from evil in their own home. I was holding my breath when that evil did the last attempt at taking control. I didn’t want this story to end.

Tilde is no ordinary governess and she sees people for who they really are. I loved her from the start because she wasn’t like most ladies and didn’t hold back her thoughts with anyone.

Jasper was lost after his wife’s death, but he knew he needed a special governess for his daughters. She opened his eyes to what was going on in his house and opened his heart again.

Review: The Rebellious Red by Rosamund Winchester

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The Rebellious Red by Rosamund Winchester

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Every Rose has a Thorn, and every love has a tale…

Rose “Red” isn’t a Rees. Washed ashore as a babe, she cannot remember her parents or the meaning the locket she still wears around her neck. When clues point north, Rose heads to Scotland to uncover the truth about family she had lost. Fortunately for her, the clan leader is more than willing to help her…because Rose is his long lost betrothed. 

Struggling to find peace after his father’s death and shocked at finding the woman he’d been betrothed to since childhood, Thorn is torn between marrying someone he knows and trying to convince the fierce Rose to remain with him as his wife. But Rose is more than just a beautiful woman; she is a puzzle, and much too tempting to let go. 

While unwilling to tie herself to a man who says he will be her husband, Rose cannot shake the desire to know what it feels like to be Thorn’s. But she quickly comes to realize that there is more to Thorn than a man of laws and steel, and more to their attraction than she ever thought possible. 

I need a fan after these two and the intense attraction between them. Sparks fly the moment they meet and intensifies with every second. They were made for each other in every way possible. They battle together and surprise each other in different ways.

I did not see the twist with Briar coming, but she lived up to her name in many shocking ways. As always the Rees family will surprise in the end and you won’t see it coming.

Rose is the one I’ve been the most excited for and her story went beyond my expectations. You will love her at the words “Oh, I cannot imagine what would have happened if these strapping men had not come to save me.” She is not the average woman and is as stubborn as they come.

Thorn is a man of honor and will do anything to protect his people and those he loves. I loved that he made it clear that he wanted her and it wasn’t just because of the contract between families. He’ll give you chills when he whispers “The most beautiful rose in the world,”

This has to be one of my all time favorite books!

Review: Taming a Christmas Wallflower (Taming the Heart #7) by Tammy Andresen

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Taming a Christmas Wallflower by Tammy Andresen

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

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A wallflower and a rake 

Lady Amelia Chase is a wallflower and a bluestocking. William Maddox would never show interest in the likes of her. So why is he being so attentive? There must be a catch. 

It began as a friendly wager. But the more time he spends with the beautifully shy Amelia, the more he wishes it hadn’t. He can’t take it back now, and the thought of telling her makes his chest tighten. But should she find out… 

A quick read full of Christmas magic that shows love happens when you least expect it. Their hearts were lost the moment they met, but the knowledge of the wager could rip them apart. I loved how much they had in common. Her father was great with how he talked with both of them and saw the love.

Amelia is one that you just love instantly with her love of books. She doesn’t hold back her feelings and isn’t the quiet wallflower that everyone thinks.

William is a man that wears his heart sleeve and everyone can tell what his heart wants. I absolutely loved how far he was willing to go to marry her.

I can’t wait to see how their friends story goes.

Review: My Duke’s Desire (Wicked Lords of London #4) by Tammy Andresen

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My Duke’s Desire by Tammy Andresen

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

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Lady Violette knew two things for certain. She must make an advantageous match to save her family and the lord who agreed would be less than desirable. It didn’t matter that she wished to sail off on a great adventure. It wasn’t her choice to make. 

His Grace, The Duke of Waverly, had no intention marrying, no matter what his mother expected. That was one of the few advantages of being a duke and he’d sailed back from Barbados to inform her. On his journey home, however, a beautifully proper lady rescues him when his horse is injured. He can’t help but notice that Lady Violette is in need of rescuing herself. Much as she tempts him, he can’t be the man that saves her.

One runs from responsibility and the other has taken on it all and fate brought them together to rescue each other. There was a spark between them the moment he stepped into the carriage, but neither one knew how their paths would cross again. They worked out a plan, but his sister had other ideas of how that plan should go. His family can always make you laugh with how they do things. The ending was perfect for this couple.

Violette has tried to keep her family afloat, but marrying is the only thing that will save them. I loved her feisty personality that came out and how she didn’t hide her feelings. She made him see what he needed.

Theo has been trying to find himself for years while leaving his family to take care of things. Violette may just be the key for him to have both lives he loves, but his plan may not work. I loved how he started out one way and changed to the man his family knew he was.

Review: One Night of Temptation (Wicked Dukes Club #6) by Darcy Burke

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One Night of Temptation by Darcy Burke

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

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Meet the unforgettable men of London’s most notorious tavern, The Wicked Duke. Seductively handsome, with charm and wit to spare, one night with these rakes and rogues will never be enough…

Faced with a marriage she can’t abide, Lady Penelope Wakefield takes drastic measures to preserve her freedom. Her brilliant plan is foolproof until a sexy but imperious rector “rescues” her.

Rector Hugh Tarleton has no patience for the Society philanthropists who seek to bestow their pity—and not much else—on his oppressed flock in one of London’s worst neighborhoods. When the daughter of a marquess is kidnapped and brought to the rookery, he vows to protect her, but the temptation to surrender to their mutual desire will certainly ruin them both.

Darcy has done something I’ve not seen before and made the hero a rector and she now has me wanting more! A simple act of fate brought Huge to her rescue and linked their hearts to each other. Every second they are together the heat builds and just when you think they will cave something interrupts them. You are left waiting with bated breath many times for different reasons.

When you put multiple members of the Wicked Duke together you know they are going to come up with a wild plan. The man her father wanted her to marry made my skin crawl. That whole scene at the church had me on pins and needles. I have to applaud the bishop for how he reacted to everything because it was not what i expected.

Penelope is nothing like her parents and the more she is with Hugh, the more her true self comes through. I loved her from the start with how brave and bold she was to escape that marriage. She knew exactly what her heart wanted.

Hugh is nothing like you expect him to be and you will love him the minute he winks. He wants to help others and isn’t like most men in many ways. I loved how he thought about things bringing them together and the control he had over himself.

The Wicked Duke members are always there for each other. This was my favorite in the series!

Review: One Night to Remember (Wicked Dukes Club #5) by Erica Ridley

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One Night to Remember by Erica Ridley

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

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Notorious whip Giles Langford is surprised to learn his blacksmith is a girl, shocked to realize she’s the out-of-his-league sister of a duke, and horrified to discover he’s fallen in love with the impossible-to-tame woman anyway. With no money and no title, Giles has nothing to offer but his heart…

Felicity Sutton knows poverty firsthand, and she’s never going back. She might miss the smithy, but not the relentless desperation of no home and an empty belly. Of course she’ll accept the stability of a wealthy ton suitor. As for the penniless daredevil she loves, well… At least they’ll have one night to remember. 

Races, a smithy, and disguises make Felicity’s story such a unique one. The moment the met and were forced to work together there was a spark between them and it got stronger as every day went by. Anyone that saw them together knew they were meant to be together, but it wasn’t until that race that they both knew. The scene in the club was one of the best ever! This story is one of my top favorites ever.

Felicity has dreams of starting a charity to help children and only one man will make her brother happy and support her dream. But once she meets Giles her heart changes her plans. I love her from the first time she was introduced in this series. Her eyes are opened to a different way of life that could give her the best of both worlds.

Giles may not have a title or the money of the ton, but he lives a comfortable life. He shows Felicity that she can have what her heart wants without giving up true self. I loved him more and more every time he raised her up with his works and how he was with his parents.

Review: A December with a Duke: A Regency Romance (Seductive Scoundrels #3) by Collette Cameron

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A December with a Duke by Collette Cameron

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

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He’s entirely the wrong sort of man. That’s what makes him so utterly right.

After a horrific marriage, widow Everleigh Chatterton is cynical and leery of men. She rarely ventures into society, and when she must, she barely speaks to them. Her one regret for refusing to marry again is that she’ll never bear children. As a favor to a friend, she reluctantly agrees to attend a Christmas house-party. Unfortunately, Griffin, Duke of Sheffield is also in attendance. Even though Everleigh has previously snubbed him, she can’t deny her attraction to the confident, darkly handsome duke. 

For almost a year, Griffin has searched for the perfect duchess to help care for the orphan he’s taken on. He sets his sights on the exquisite, but unapproachable widow after her sweet interactions with the child impress him. Everleigh vows she’s not interested in him or any other man. But Griffin is convinced he can thaw her icy exterior and free the warm, passionate woman lurking behind the arctic facade. Only, as he pursues her, it’s his heart that’s transformed. 

Can Everleigh learn to trust and love again? Will Griffin get his Christmas wish and make her his bride? Or, has he underestimated her wounds and fears and be forced to let her go? 

This book is part of a series but it can be read as a stand-alone. 
Get this romantic heart-warming Regency Yuletide story you’ll want to read in one sitting.

Even with the dark subject matter of Everleigh’s marriage, this is a heartwarming magical Christmas story. They both thought the worst of each other until that moment in the ballroom with little Sarah. Their hearts were lost to each other in an instant, but they needed to open their hearts to it completely. I loved the scene with Sarah saying her three wishes and could just picture everyone’s reactions.

Everleigh’s life was controlled by a horrible event forcing her to marry and suffer one of the worst loses. Now with both horrible men dead she has freedom and won’t be controlled by a man again. I loved how she got stronger over time and handled the other Mrs. Chatterton. She knew what she needed before agreeing to marry Griffin and helped her heal more.

Griffin knew there was more to Everleigh than what the rumors said and see’s she isn’t an ice queen with Sarah. I loved how open and understanding he was with her even though he didn’t like her condition to thinking about his proposal. He knew he couldn’t let her go.

The ending was perfect and I loved what happened with the other Mrs Chatterton.

Review: What the Dashing Duke Deserves (Lords of Happenstance #3) by Sandra Sookoo

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What the Dashing Duke Deserves by Sandra Sookoo

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

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Nothing found in the sands of Egypt is as valuable as the treasure of the heart. 

Crispin Herrick, the newly minted Duke of Litton is anxiously awaiting his first mission as a King’s agent. Until then, a dig in the King’s Valley he’s sponsoring occupies his time… until he chases down a criminal at the Antiquities Museum. Once he catches her, he’s shocked and delighted to discover she’s the same woman he flirted with in London a year ago, but now she’s as skilled in lying as she is in keeping secrets. 

Miss Juliana Barrington lives under an assumed identity in Cairo, exiled there when her last mission for the Crown went catastrophically awry. All she wants is to redeem herself by finding a powerful relic before her enemies can, but when her path crosses that of the handsome ex-pawn broker, she can’t help but panic. No matter how her heart twinges, mixing desire with duty is a horrible idea. 

Crispin and Juliana join forces to find the pieces of the Staff of the Gods, allegedly belonging to Moses himself. Danger dogs their footsteps while romance flickers to life as the days go by, and when the trail leads to a mysterious tomb in the Valley of the Kings, treasure hunting evolves into running for their lives. Staying ahead of disaster is critical; evildoers and death are powerful foes, but hard-fought victory might bring happy endings… if they can survive long enough. 

Sandra does it again with another thrilling adventure and the heartbreaking story of Juliana. They both get a shock when they run into each other again in Egypt and a bigger shock when they realize they are both agents. Mile knew putting them together was what they both needed for different reasons. I loved every bit of the story they uncovered about Moses and the Staff. I didn’t see the reason the villain wanted it coming and was holding my breath for that whole part of the book.

Juliana and Crispin balance each other out perfectly when they need to. They never denied the passion between them. They were faced with many challenges and were both willing to die for the other. I loved the added magic to the ending and the gesture of Crispin’s with the file.

Juliana is a shattered woman that blames herself for a failed mission that hit close to home for many. She coped in the only ways she could and held everything in. My heart broke for her when she finally opened up completely. She had to learn that it wasn’t her fault and to believe in herself again.

Crispin wasn’t going to let Juliana blame herself or give up on herself. I loved how levelheaded he was until someone said the wrong thing about Juliana. He was willing to do whatever she needed to heal and feel again.

Miles grows a bit more with every book as the head of the agents.