Thursday, January 29, 2015

Never Surrender to a Scoundrel by Lily Dalton

Never Surrender to a Scoundrel by Lily Dalton

This is book 3 in the One Scandalous Season series.

Lady Clarissa Bevington is excited for her coming out. What no one else knows is that she will be announcing her engagement that night also. Just as she is set to appear at her ball, she is given the devastating news that her secret intended has married another. Passing out at the news, the rakehell Kincraig comes to her rescue by whisking her off to another room followed by her family.

Lord Donovan Blackmer has been masquerading for the last two years as Kincraig to protect Clarissa's grandfather. Having grown close to the family, he is there when Clarissa needs help. But he didn't count on having to marry her to provide that help. After several misunderstandings by Clarissa's family, Donovan agrees to marry her to save her from ruin.

Can this marriage ever turn into true love after such a rocky start?

So at the end of Never Entice an Earl, we learn that Kincraig is not who we think he is. I was so excited to see where Dalton would take this and she did not disappoint.  As with her other stories, there are many twists and turns and a few surprises that pop up. This is definitely one of my favorites reads!

I don't want to give away too much of the story so I won't say much more than this:  Go buy the book!! You will definitely enjoy it!


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

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries

If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries

This is book 4 in the Duke's Men series.

Years ago, Dominick (Dom) Manton was disowned by his brother the Viscount Rathmoor. He had to give up the life that he knew which included his fiancee Jane Vernon. Now Dom is the Viscount and Jane comes to him to help her locate the late Viscount's missing wife.

Jane wouldn't go to Dom except he is the only one she can turn to. Her cousin has disappeared and she fears something dreadful has occured.  Convincing Dom to help her takes some doing and after spending time with him realizes that her feelings for him never disappeared.

Dom soon realizes that he never stopped loving Jane and will do anything to get her back. Unfortunately, Jane just sees that he is still making all the decisions for them and doesn't want to live that way. 

Can Dom fix the mistakes of their past and present so that they can finally get their HEA?

I have loved this entire series and Jeffries did not disappoint with the final book! Dom has been a favorite of mine since the beginning of the series and I loved seeing him get his HEA.  

I'm so glad that George, the villainous brother is dead. This means that Dom is trying to adjust to a life that he had given up and never expected to have back.  Other complications from George's death add many challenges to Dom settling into his new role.

I liked Jane. I don't blame her for not wanting to get her heart broken again. She had waited all this time for Dom to change his mind about getting back together with her. When she finally decides to move on, that is when Dom comes back into her life.  As you can predict, this causes many antics! 

Jeffries tied the series all up by letting us see many of our H/H from the previous books. I can't wait for her next series to begin. As with previous series, this one starts with a couple in which we have seen the H/H in a previous series.


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Thanks go out to Pocket Books via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Devil Takes a Bride by Julia London

The Devil Takes a Bride by Julia London

This is book 2 in the Cabot Sisters series.

Trying to save her family, Grace Cabot has a plan to trap a man into marriage. What she didn't count on was trapping the wrong man. Finding out that Geoffrey, the Earl of Marryton, was the man that she shared a passionate embrace with was quite to shock to Grace. Having thought to trap his brother, Grace is unsure about marrying Geoffrey. But as she has no other choice, she will make the best out of the situation.

Geoffrey had no plans to marry someone like Grace. She plows right into his very organized life and changes everything. Unable to resist her, Geoffrey must decide if she is worth an unordered life.

I really liked this story, but parts of it went a little too far for me. 

Geoffrey's life was so ordered because he was OCD. I could handle that. What I didn't like were his sexual fantasies. With every young attractive woman he encountered, he had fantasies about them doing things to him and to each other.  I could see putting that out there a little bit, but it just seemed a little over the top for me.

Even saying that, I did quite enjoy the story. I just tended to gloss over his "fantasies." I look forward to reading the next book in the series that comes out in April.


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

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Midnight Rake by Anabelle Bryant

The Midnight Rake by Anabelle Bryant

The author doesn't have the books linked as a series, but it has characters from To Love a Wicked Scoundrel and Duke of Darkness.

Penelope Rosebery and her sister have been left penniless by her disreputable fiancee. Hoping to find him in London, they are waylaid by a broken axle when the Viscountess of Fenhurst comes to their rescue. Inviting them to join her to London, she eventually gives them shelter in her son's home.

Phineas Betchum is surprised to find his mother and her guests in his home. Having promised his mother to help, he is now required to escort Penelope around town in hopes of her finding her missing fiancee. Having no desire to marry, Phineas is dismayed to realize how strong of an attraction he feels for Penelope.

Can Phineas help Penelope with her problem before he secums to her charm?

I definitely enjoyed this story as much as the other two in the series. It was also nice to see the characters from the other stories again.

I liked Penelope. She was a very strong woman to take off on her own to try to get justice for herself. Phineas was very likeable too. It was interesting to watch him struggle with what he thought he wanted and what his heart knew he needed.

Bryant did a good job of adding a bit of a mystery to the story to keep it interesting.  There is one last friend in the group, so I'm assuming that his story will come next. I look forward to seeing what Bryant has in store for us.


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Thanks go out to Carina UK via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tempting the Pirate by Tamara Hughes

Tempting the Pirate by Tamara Hughes

Charity Goswick is on the run from her uncle and an unwanted marriage.  Hope to escape he boards a ship to hide, not knowing that it was a pirate ship. 

James Lamont is on the pirate ship to locate his missing brother. When he finds Charity, he does his best to hide her from the others on board.

Having been warned by her governess of the evil of men, Charity to leary of staying in James' cabin but she doesn't have any other options. As the two spend time together, their mutual attraction grows.  Can they get to safely before they are found out?

This is my first book by Tamara Hughes and I did enjoy it.  I always love a good pirate story and this one was pretty good.

I will say that I felt like almost everything James said to Charity for the first half of the book alluded to sex. I thought that was a little strange. He knew she was scared and apprehensive about being in a room with him, why did he need to go on and on about it...

Having said that I still look forward to the next book which will be about James' missing brother.


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Thanks go out to Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Other Duke by Jess Michaels

The Other Duke by Jess Michaels

This is book 1 in the Notorious Flynns series.

Serafina McPhee has been engaged to marry the heir to the Duke of Hartholm since she was a child. She has been trying to find a way out of the marriage for almost as long. It appears that she has gotten her wish when her fiancee dies days before the wedding until she learns that the betrothal contract is still in place and she must marry the new Duke, Rafe Flynn.

Rafe Flynn never wanted to be a duke and certainly didn't want a wife not of his choosing. So when Serafina proposes that they have a marriage in name only, he quickly agrees. He soon learns that the previous duke did horrible things to Serafina and understands why she wants this kind of marriage. 

But what happens when Rafe realizes that he is in love with his wife? Can he undo all the damage that the previous duke did and get Serafina to agree to a real marriage?

I pretty much fell in love with Rafe myself while reading this story. After marrying Serafina and finding himself falling for his wife, he sets out to seduce her.  I loved watching him earn her trust and her love over the course of his "courting" period.

Serafina was a very strong woman. Without going into too many details, she went through a lot and came out a stronger person. I love reading about strong women!

I also fell in love with the Flynn family and can't wait to see what Michaels has in store for them!!


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Thanks go out to Jess Michaels for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

The Baron's Betrayal by Callie Hutton.

The Baron's Betrayal by Callie Hutton.

This is book 4 in the Marriage Mart Mayhem series.

Lady Marion Tunstall has been mourning her husband for two years and is finally ready to re-enter society.  Having decided to go to a country dance she is shocked to see her not so dead husband and faints dead away.

Lord Tristan Tunstall never planned to let his wife know he was alive. Having become blind in battle, he believes that his wife is better off without him.  When he tries to dissolve the marriage, Marion refuses. She wants her husband no matter that he is blind. They married through sickness and health!

Can Marion convince Tristan that their marriage is worth saving?

I loved Marion! Here is a woman who has spent 2 years grieving for the love of her life. She is finally ready to go out into society and what happens? Her not so dead husband. 

Tristan on the other hand was another story. I just couldn't like him. He claims to love his wife as much as he ever did, but refuses to stay married to her. He believes that he can't be the kind of husband and father that Marion needs him to be.  I honestly feel like he was just feeling sorry for himself and then he made life decisions for both him and Marion. Which in any loving, committed relationship (which he supposedly had with Marion), you just don't do.

Tristan did redeem himself a little at the end of the story, but I still didn't like him much. I'm giving this book 3 stars because I really did enjoy Marion.


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Thanks go out to Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy by Vanessa Kelly

How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy by Vanessa Kelly

This is book 3 in the Renegade Royals series.

Captain William (Will) Endicott has been ordered by his father, the Duke of York, to uncover an assassination plot. This is nothing out of the ordinary except that one of the suspects is Will's former sweetheart Evie Whitney.  Will can't imagine that Evie has anything to do with the plot, but he has to investigate her regardless.

Evie can't believe that Will has come back into her life after all this time. Even with her impending engagement, Evie can't seen to fight her attraction to Will. He broke her heart all those years ago, but her heart doesn't seem to care.

What will Evie do when she finds out that the only reason Will came back into her life was to investigate her?

I've LOVED this series from the start and Will and Evie's story is no different. Kelly sucks you into the world of the characters and you don't want to leave!

We visit a few of the characters from the previous books, but this story mainly focuses on William, his cousin Alec, Evie and her twin sister Eden. I know that the next book in the series will feature Alec and I'm hoping that Kelly pairs him with Eden. They were so much fun to read about.

I loved reading the scenes between Will and Evie. The chemistry between the two of them practically leapt off the page. As with other Kelly stories, the banter between the characters had me laughing out loud throughout the story.

I can't believe that I have to wait until July to read Alec's story. I'll be waiting on pins and needles!


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Thanks go to Kensington Books via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Viscount of Vice by Shana Galen

Viscount of Vice by Shana Galen

This is book 0.5 in the Covent Garden Cubs series.

Henry Flynn, Lord Chesham, is surprised to see that his best friend's sister is all grown up. Even though he is very attracted to Lady Emma Talbot, he has promised his friend to keep away from her which proves to be difficult.

After believing his brother dead for many years, Henry is informed that his brother has been found. Even though he has been found, Henry blames himself for his disappearance. Because of this, he believes that he is not good enough for someone like Emma.

Emma has been in love with Henry since she was 16.  Now out in society she compares every man she meets to him and finds them lacking. Known for helping those in need, she is soon helping Henry with his brother.

Can Emma convenience Henry that he is good enough for her so they get their HEA?

I've loved all of Galen's work and this did not disappoint! This is a great introduction to her new series and I can't wait to read it.


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Thanks go out to Sourcebooks via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress by Theresa Romain

Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress by Theresa Romain.

This is book 3 in the Matchmaker Trilogy.

Heiress Augusta Meredith is in Bath to find a lover. But because of her notoriety, she is posing as the Widow Mrs. Flowers. Hoping to find a lover without anyone else the wiser, she is dismayed to encounter someone from London that she knows. Joss Everett knows who she is and calls her out on her charade.

Hoping he will keep her secret, she offers to help him with his task of finding a buyer of some land his is trying to see for his employer. Having already turned down Augusta's offer to be her lover, Joss finds himself becoming more and more attracted to her.

Can Augusta keep her identity a secret and find a lover or will the attraction that she feels for Joss consume them both?

I really enjoyed the conclusion to Romain's Matchmaker trilogy.  I like stories that are in the world of the ton, but feature an unlikely H/H.

Romain's addition of a blackmailer just made the story that much more interesting and kept me reading to the very end to see who it was (big surprise!) I also liked that the H/H got to know each other as friends first.  Augusta proposed that Joss become her lover and after he turns her down, they proceed to develop a friendship that ultimately lead to love.

I'm excited to see what Romain has in store for us next!


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Thanks go out to Sourcebooks via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Texas Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday

Texas Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday

This is book 1 in the Bachelors of Battle Creek series.

Having arrived in town to wed a stranger, Delta Dandridge is taken aback when rancher Cooper Thorne says he didn't write the letters that brought her to town. Not having a home to go back to, she finds a job at the local store and starts to make a life for herself in the new town.

Cooper is happy to remain a bachelor for the rest of his life, but the sweet charm of Delta keeps him guessing if it is the right decision. When a person from his past comes back to take revenge, Cooper realized just how much Delta means to him. Is he willing to give up bachelorhood for the chance of a once in a lifetime love?

This is my first book by Linda Broday and I really enjoyed it. I usually read stories set in Europe, but do love a good western thrown in every once in awhile. This story was a nice change of pace.

I really liked Delta. She came out to the west to make a new life for herself. When things didn't go her way, she made the most of it. She stepped up and really tried to be a productive member of society which meant that she stepped on a few toes along the way. But that just added to the antics of the story and made it move along a good pace.

I am intrigued by Cooper and his "brothers" and look forward to reading the rest of the series which will include their stories.


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

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Knight in Highland Armor by Amy Jarecki

Knight in Highland Armor by Amy Jarecki.

This is book 1 in the Highland Dynasty series.

Grieving the death of his wife, Lord Colin Campbell knows that he needs a mother for his newborn son. He petitions the king for help in finding a woman that can be a mother to his son but won't be a danger to his broken heart.  He didn't get what he asked for. Instead he gets the beautiful, young and spirited Margaret Robinson.

Margaret is delighted to find out she is to marry by order of the king, until she finds out that she is to wed the notorious Black Knight. Making the best of her situation, Margaret is determined to make her marriage work. If only her husband would cooperate. Knowing that he is grieving his previous wife, Margaret gives him time to get to know her.

When the two finally seem to be connecting, the Pope calls Colin to continuing fighting in the holy wars. Can their budding romance survive his time away?

I loved Jarecki's Highland Force series and couldn't wait to read this one. While I did enjoy this story, I didn't love it as much as her other stories that I have read.

I really liked Margaret and loved that she was forceful in her determination to be a good wife to Colin.  He was just looking for a mother for his child and NOT a wife for himself. He was still grieving for his wife and didn't want another one but he did need a mother for his son.  Margaret understood this, but knew she wanted more than to just being a mother. She fought for what she wanted and ultimately got it.

I liked Colin too. It seemed that he really loved his wife and needed time to grieve her before moving one. As much as he didn't want to come to care for Margaret, she made that possibility very difficult.
I do look forward to reading the next story in the series which will be out in March.


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Thanks go to Rapture Books via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.


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