Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Lord Dragoner's Wife by Lynn Kerstan

Lord Dragoner's Wife by Lynn Kerstan.

Delilah has been waiting five years for her husband to appear. She wants to have a real marriage and would love to have children.  Unknown to Dragoner, Delilah picked him after carefully examining several eligible gentlemen.

Dragoner marries Delilah because his parents need money and Delilah's father wanted a title. He comes to his wedding drunk and disappears right after the wedding night.

Dragoner suddenly appears in England and Delilah is hoping for a chance to make their marriage a true one. Unfortunately, Dragoner has returned to seek a divorce. He thinks that Delilah will want the divorce as much as he does.

When Dragoner discovers that getting a divorce in England is not as easy as he assumes, he allows Delilah to persuade him to take some time to finalize a decision. Dragoner heads back to France and his life of a spy for Wellington.

Not knowing that Dragoner's reputation is made up to cover his life as a spy, Delilah follows him to France in hopes of learning that his reputation is not as bad as she has heard. As soon as she arrives, Dragoner tells Delilah to go back to England. Unfortunately for him, she doesn't listen.  Delilah is soon caught up in spying business and learns that all is not as it seems.

I enjoyed reading this book, but I have to say that it took me a little while to get into it.  I'd read a little here and a little there. It wasn't until about the second half of the book that it caught my attention enough to sit for a longer period of time to read it.

***I don't know who to blame for this, but the Kindle version has horrible spacing issues. That might have been why it took me so long to get through it. The spacing issues were very distracting when reading.

You can purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Thanks go to NetGalley and BelleBooks for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

All's Fair in Love and Seduction by Beverley Kendall

All's Fair in Love and Seduction by Beverly Kendall.

This novella is book 2.5 in the Elusive Lords series:    Sinful Surrender, A Taste of Desire, and An Heir of Deception.

Let me start this by saying that I almost always wait until a whole series is out to read it.  After reading the first two books and this novella, I went right to Amazon and downloaded the third book. I NEVER pay full price for a book. I usually go to the used bookstore or check it out from the library.  I couldn't wait to finish reading the series!

Elizabeth Smith has had a crush on Viscount Derek Creswell since she saw him before her debut. Derek has noticed her sneaking looks at him when they are out at evening entertainments. One night Elizabeth follows Derek out to the gardens and he ends up kissing her. Unfortunately, they are caught by one of the biggest gossips of the ton.

Derek soon learns of the connection he has with Elizabeth's family and thinks that she has trapped him into marriage.

How they work through this misunderstanding is a very enjoyable quick read.  It was nice to catch up with some of the people from the previous stories and I can't wait for the next book in the series!

You can get this FREE novella at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and iTunes.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Cover Reveal: Romancing Lady Stone by Delilah Marvelle

He believes in destiny. She just wants to survive it...

At forty, Lady Cecilia Evangeline Stone thinks she has everything a woman could ever want. A title, a fortune, and four children who make her proud. After a marriage of convenience that was anything but convenient, she has no desire to complicate her life by including a man in it again. When her eldest son announces his engagement to a Russian actress in Saint Petersburg, Cecilia sets out to do what any good mother would do:  stop the wedding. Unfortunately, destiny has other plans.

Konstantin Alexie Levin never considered himself to be a villain, In fact, he considers himself to be a Russian gentleman. Having grown up in a refined and well-educated family that embraced criminal life to avoid debtor's prison, the only thing preventing him from knowing happiness is the rest of the world. Everything changes, however, when Konstantin is given a chance to start life anew and travel to London to collect an unexpected reward for saving a man's life. To his surprise, he is about to become a hero at midnight to a beautiful aristocrat who desperately needs his help. The problem is...he wants to do more than save Lady Stone. He wants to make the woman his, all his.

Warning:  This book is Rated Double S (Sweaty & Sinful) and contains language and sexual content which may cause respectable people to swoon.

You can purchase the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo.

Delilah Marvell is the winner of the Reviewer's Choice for Best Sensual Historical Romance of the Year and had Booklist name her historical romance 'Forever and a Day' on of the TOP 10 Romances of 2012. When she isn't writing, she's digging through research book.

You can visit Delilah at DelilahMarvell.com, Facebook and Twitter.

Delilah is giving away five (5) ebook copies of LADY OF PLEASURE (Kindle, Nook or Kobo, winner’s choice). Giveaway ends August 25.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Loving the Marquess by Suzanna Medeiros

Loving the Marquess by Suzanna Medeiros.

This is book one in the Landing a Lord series. There is actually a prequel novella titled Dancing with the Duke.

I really liked this book and stayed up reading until three in the morning.

Louisa, her sister and her brother are barely making it. Their father gambled away their home and fortune with the help of an unscrupulous man.

One night, a stranger comes to their door hardly able to stand. Louisa is the only one up at that time of the night and quickly takes care of the situation. In the morning, Louisa finds out that the stranger is the head of the family that ruined hers. The stranger, the Marquess of Overlea, leaves after recovering and tells Louisa to call on him if she ever has need of anything.

Well, or course, Louisa has a need to get back in contact with Overlea. The Marquess's cousin is the landlord of Louisa's property. He has told her that they need to come up with the rent (or another way to "pay") or they will be forced to leave their cottage. Overlea's grandmother has given him an ultimatum to marry. When Louisa goes to Overlea for help, he suggests marriage. It solves both their problems.

What follows are the trials and tribulations of a marriage of convience. But add to that the added ingredient of Overlea trying to get his best friend, Kerrick, to father his baby as he doesn't want his heir to have the same disease he does. I loved Kerrick and can't wait for his story.

This story is out now. You can get it at the following stores.

Thanks go to NetGalley for the free copy of the book for exchange of an honest review.

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Notorious Lady Anne by Sharon Cullen

The Notorious Lady Anne by Sharon Cullen.

I LOVED this book and can't wait for the next in the series!

Nicholas Addison has just recovered from a very debilitating injury and is about to embark on a mission for discover who keeps attacking the Blackwell Shipping Fleet. He is told that he has a passenger on his voyage, which he does not appreciate one bit. The passenger turns out to be Mrs. Emmaline Sutherland, whom Addison had met earlier at a ball in London. Emmaline  had intrigued Addison as soon as they met, but he tried to suppress those feelings as Mrs. Sutherland was a married woman.

Part way through the journey, their ship is attacked by pirates and Addison soon learns that Mrs. Emmaline Sutherland is really the feared pirate Lady Anne and the person responsible for all the attacks on the Blackwell Shipping Fleet.

As their feelings for each other grow, they must each make decisions on how to proceed.  Will Emmaline continue her quest for revenge or will she give it up for love? Addison must decide id love is more important than finishing his mission.

This was a very good book and I can't wait to read more from this author!

You can find this book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Thanks to NetGalley and Random House for copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Guest Blogger: Jess Michaels

Jess Michaels here! When I found out Amy was going to be doing her own review blog, I said, “Sign me up!” Then I said, hey, do you want me to do an interview with you for your blog? As an author I’m always the one answering the questions, so it was fun to put them together instead. So here you go, everything you ever wanted to know about Amy Alvis and her brand new Historical Romance Lover blog:

1. So your new blog is called Historical Romance Lover, how long have you been reading historical romance? 

I started reading them sometime shortly after college, so about 17 yrs.

2. Do you have a favorite sub-genre of historical romance (Regency, Victorian, Medieval, American)?

I don’t know that I have a favorite sub-genre because I like and read them all. I will say that I probably read Regency era the most.

3. Who are your favorite historical romance authors or books? 

Oh, goodness! How can I choose?  I have so many favorite authors…I have over 100 authors that I read everything that they publish.

4. What made you want to start a review blog?  

Reading is one of three big passions that I have, the other two being scrapbooking and teaching. Since I have blogs for my other two loves, I figured it was time to start a blog about the books that I love. I also started reading and posting reviews for NetGalley and wanted some place else to post my reviews.

5. How many books do you think you read a month (ballpark)? 

As a teacher, I do most of my reading in the summer. During the month and a half that I have off in the summer and during my other breaks, I read at least a book a day and sometimes more.  During the school year, I’m lucky to read one book a week.

6. Do you have any reading “pet peeves” (things that make you fling a book across the room as soon as you see them)? 

This is a hard one…I guess when an author keeps bringing something up over and over again. Like some character trait that the hero or heroine have. I sometimes think to myself, “OK, I’ve got it already. Stop mentioning it so often!”

7. Paperback or eBook? 

Can I say both? I do enjoy reading books on my Kindle, but I’m the type of reader that goes to the back of the book to read what happens and that is a little harder to do with an e-book.

8. If authors want to contact you to review their books, how should they do it? And do you have any rules for them (no eBooks, only eBooks, only new releases, etc)? 

They can e-mail me at digibyamy (at) att (dot) net. No rules, as long as it is a historical novel I’m game! Although I do like time-travel books as long as part of the story is historical and not jumping into the future.

Just for fun:

1. What is your favorite word? I honestly don’t think I have one. 

2. Biggest vice? Sweets, hands down!

3. Cat or Dog Person?  Neither, I’m allergic to both!

4. Biggest fear? Heights…but that doesn’t stop me from doing things.  I bungee jumped many moons ago and would love to jump from an airplane.

5. Astrological symbol? Aries

6. What are you most proud of? The thousands of children whose lives I have impacted over the years. I still keep in contact with many of them.

7. Favorite color? Purple and pink

Thanks go out to Jess Michaels for guest blogging!  I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little better.  Until next time!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan

The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan.

This is book 2 in The Brothers Sinister series.

Jane Fairfield is very loud and socially inept. Her hideous clothes and her outrageous plain speaking are the talk of the ton. She is constantly being talked about behind her back and even though she is very wealthy, no man will consider marrying her....and she likes it that way! She and her sister are living with their uncle, their guardian. Jane wants to remain unwed so she can stay at home and protect her sister from the nut-job physicians that her uncle brings to treat her sister's seizures. If they wait just a little longer, they will be free of their guardian and can live their own lives.

Mr Oliver Marshall, the son of Serena from The Governess Affair, is trying to climb the political ladder. He is doing his best to overcome the stigma of being born a bastard and will do anything to further his political ambitions.

The Marquess of Bradenton has tasked Oliver with the job of humiliating Jane in exchange for his help with the bills that Oliver wants passed. So Oliver sets out to befriend Jane as he believes that will be the best way to understand her and ultimately humiliate her.

As Oliver gets to know Jane, he must make the decision of furthering his political ambitions or to pursue the blossoming friendship he is developing with Jane.

I LOVED this book!  The things that Jane says to others, had me laughing out loud. I loved the secondary romance that involved Jane's sister, Emily. It's not common to have people of other nationalities in historical romances. I also loved seeing characters from the series making an appearance. The next book in the series, The Countess Conspiracy, is about Sebastian. I can't wait for it to be released at the end of the year!

You can find this book at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance, iBooks, and Smashwords.

Special thanks to NetGalley for the review copy.

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

The Duchess War by Courtney Milan.

This is the first book in The Brothers Sinister Series. There was a prequel novella, which you can read about HERE.

Minerva is hiding out in the library when she encounters Robert Blaisdell. She has a few words with him, but quickly leaves keeping with the wall flower persona she has developed.  Later, she is introduced to her mystery man and finds out that he is the Duke of Clermont.

Later, she is accused of writing sedition pamphlets by her best friend's fiancée. After thinking about it, she comes to the conclusion that the real author of those pamphlets is none other than the Duke of Clermont.

Robert is trying to right the wrongs that his father created. He feels that the only way to do this is to write the pamphlets. He knows that with his position in society, he will not be charged with a crime.

With knowledge in hand, Minerva approaches Robert. She is going to blackmail him with what she knows because she is hiding secrets of her own and is afraid of being exposed.

We see both characters struggle with their identity and eventually come to terms with who they are.

The secondary characters in the novel were a joy to read and I eagerly await their stories.

Lydia and Dr. Jonas in A Kiss for Midwinter (out now)
Oliver in The Heiress Effect (out now)
Sebastian in The Countess Conspiracy (Dec. 2013)

One thing that I really LOVED in this story was the banter between Minerva and Robert. There were multiple times where I was laughing out loud. That is one of the important details that really makes a story for me.

You purchase this book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble,  All Romance,  Smashwords, iTunes, and Diesel.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan

The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan.

This is book 0.5 in the Brothers Sinister Series.

Serena has lost her job because of a deceitful Duke and she wants compensation. Hugo Marshall, the Wolf of Clermont and the Duke's man of business, has been tasked with taking care of the problem.

Since the Duke will not take Serena seriously, she decides to sit outside of his home and let others come to their own conclusion as to why she is there. Hugo befriends Serena without her knowing who or what he is.

Serena soon confesses all to Hugo and he doesn't know if he can "take care of the problem" anymore. As his feelings for Serena grow, Hugo must make a decision to go with his heart or to go after the dream he has had since he was a child.

I liked this book and can't wait to read the rest of the series! The end of the story introduces us to Serena's child and the child the Duke has with his Duchess.

You can find this book for FREE at Amazon, Barnes & Noble,  iTunes, Smashwords,  All Romance, and Diesel.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Sin by Jess Michaels

Sin by Jess Michaels.

Sin is a novella which includes three stories by Jess Michaels: Wager of Sin, The Sweetest Sin and Sin's Mistress.

Wager of Sin:  Bianca's scandalous ways are barely tolerated by the ton and her father has threatened to lock her away if her behavior does not approve. She has been spending a lot of her time in gaming hells with her late husband's best friend, Hawk. Unfortunately, she has lost a large sum of money to him and needs it to move far away from her family. She approaches him with a bargain. Bianca will be his mistress for a month and if at the end of their time together he begs her to stay she will get all her money back from him. Hawk agrees on the condition that she has to continue to be his mistress if she is the one begging at the end of the month.  Who will be the winner of this bargain?

The Sweetest Sin:  The story opens with Landon (Hawk's brother) and Juliana enjoying their wedding night. It is soon disrupted when Juliana's father snatches her away. He quickly has the wedding annulled (illegally) and she is soon married to another. It is now 5 years later and Juliana is a widow. She needs Landon's help finding her sister whom has been sold off to pay her father's gambling debts. Juliana doesn't want what happened to her to happen to her sister. Landon agrees on the condition that Juliana is in his bed from sunset to sunrise everyday. Will Juliana find her sister in time? Will Landon get his wife back?

Sin's Mistress:  Evelyn (Juliana's sister) has been sold off to Sin to pay off her father's gambling debts. She arrives at Sin's home in the country with no idea who she has been sold off to. Sin has found out a secret about Evelyn and uses it against her after she arrives. But will this secret make Juliana's stay with Sin unbearable or will it be the most exciting 10 days of her life.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved that the characters were carried throughout each one. Please note that this is an erotic romance and not for the faint of heart! While there were lots of explicit sex scenes there was still a very nice storyline and I enjoyed getting to know the characters.

You can find this book at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.