Thursday, February 26, 2015

What a Devilish Duke Desires by Vicky Dreiling

What a Devilish Duke Desires by Vicky Dreiling

This is book 3 in the Sinful Scoundrels series.

Harry Norcliffe never wanted his uncles title. He was not raised among the peerage and is not your typical Duke. When he meets Lucy, he doesn't tell her that he is a Duke right away. She works among the ton, but has no idea who he really is. He enjoys spending time with her, because he knows she is not after something from him other than his friendship.

Lucy is just trying to make ends meet for her grandmother and herself. Her dream is to open her own dance studio to train you debutants how to dance.  Having been let go from her seamstress job, and working for a tyrannical dance instructor, Lucy welcomes the opportunity to branch out on her own. A chance meeting introduces her to Harry. 

Thinking him a well to do businessman, she befriends him needing someone to talk to during her troubling times.
What happens when Lucy finds out that not only is Harry a member of the peerage, but a Duke? Their two worlds soon collide and mischief ensues. Can their budding romance survive?

I really enjoyed Harry and Lucy's story. I've always enjoyed stories in which members of the peerage don't act like they are better than everyone else. Having not grown up with a title, Harry hates all the attention that comes with being a Duke. He desperately misses his uncle that he inherited the title from and feels like it shouldn't even be his. He is intrigued by Lucy for what she isn't, a young debutant looking to marry a title.

Lucy has been educated like a young society miss because her mother was from the peerage. But having married beneath her, her family disowned her. After Lucy's mother and then father passed away, she didn't have anyone to rely on but herself. Taking care of her blind grandmother became another job in of itself, although she never begrudged her for it. Meeting Harry took some of the load off of her mind, not because her life became easier, but because she had someone to talk to about it.

Another great read by Dreiling!! I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Sinful Deception by Isabella Bradford

A Sinful Deception by Isabella Bradford

This is book 2 in the Breconridge Brothers series.

Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy is captivated by Miss Serena Palmer from the moment he sees her across the ballroom floor. No where near ready to settle down and take a wife, he starts a flirtation with her.

Because of something she is hiding from everyone, Serena doesn't let any of men that might want her hand get close to her. But with all the charm that Geoffrey is pursuing her with, it is hard to resist him. They are soon caught in a compromising position and forced to marry.

What will Geoffrey do when he learns the secret that Serena has been hiding from him? Will it ruin the happy marriage that neither thought they wanted?

Loved this story! Geoffrey was a rake, but once he found what he wanted there was no stopping him.  He hadn't planned on falling in love but when it did he did everything in his power to hold on to it.

Serena had secrets that would ruin everything if they came to light. She was determined that no one find them out. She thought that if she got close to anyone, they would find out and she would be ruined.  Because of this she became known as an ice queen.  Lucky for her, Geoffrey was able to break through her barrier and she the wonderful woman she was keeping from everyone.

I can't wait to read the next book in the series which is about Geoffrey's brother River!


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Thanks go to Random House for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
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Monday, February 23, 2015

A Stolen Season by Tamara Gill

A Stolen Season by Tamara Gill

Sarah Baxter has made a huge mistake. Traveling back in time, she has left a piece of 21 century equipment in 19th century Regency England. When going back to retrieve it, she makes a mess of things. Not only did she not retrieve the device, but she inadvertently causes the death of an English Earl. Going back again is her only option. What happens when she finds out the Earl's brother is looking for her?

Eric, the new Earl of Earston, is determined to find his brother's killer even if it is the last thing he does. When he meets Sarah, he is instantly attracted to her even though it seems as if she is hiding something from him. What will he do when he learns that Sarah is the person that is responsible for his brothers death? Will he give up his chance of true love for revenge?

I'm a sucker for time travel so when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it.  This one is a little different from the others that I have read. Usually the hero or heroine is thrown back in time without them knowing why or how. In this case, Sarah's father owns a time travel company. They go back in time to learn more about the artifacts the find (the time they are from), which in of itself is a pretty interesting idea.

Without giving too much away, I'll say I really enjoyed this book and I had tears in my eyes at the end!  I loved the story, but the writing was a bit off....hence the lower rating.


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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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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Highland Guard by Hannah Howell

Highland Guard by Hannah Howell

This is book 20 in the Murray Family series.

Lady Annys MacQueen's home was under attack. She knew of only one person that she could call upon to help her, Sir Harcourt Murray.  5 years ago, Harcourt had agreed to father a child for Annys' husband to repay the debt of saving his life. Having gotten close to Harcourt during this time, Annys was heartbroken when he leaves without saying goodbye.

Annys has never been far from his mind, so when she calls for his help Harcourt rushes to her aid. It's hard to ignore the passion to simmers just under the surface whenever they are near one another. They soon give into it just as their enemy strikes.

Both have obligations to their home and people. Can they find a way to make their love everlasting?

I love Howell's Murray series and this one is no exception. With this being the 20th book in the series, you would think that Howell would run out of good stories to tell but she clearly hasn't.

I loved Harcourt and Annys. I hated that they had to hide their feelings for each other for the sake of her clan and her child.  When they finally gave into their passions, I yelled a little cheer.  Their son, Benet, was adorable and added much to the story. As did their pets, Roban and Roberta.

I can't wait to see what Howell has in store for the Murrays next, but I know it will be awesome!


You can purchase this book on Feb. 24, 2015 at the following retailers:


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

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Claimed by the Rogue by Hope Tarr

Claimed by the Rogue by Hope Tarr

This is book 1 in the Claimed series.

Having given up her beloved for dead, Lady Phoebe Tremont has decided that she must marry. Even though her heart is still with Robert Bellamy, she thinks she can have a comfortable life with a dashing French aristocrat. But that all changes on the night of her engagement ball. Her long-thought dead, lost love is suddenly by her side.

Thinking to be gone 6 short months, which turned into 6 years, Robert never let himself believe that he wouldn't get back to Phoebe. He will do everything in his power to get her back, but can she ever forgive him for not letting her know he was alive?

This was my first book by Hope Tarr, but it definitely won't be my last.  I loved the romance/adventure/mystery story that she wove together.  She had me hooked from the very beginning and I couldn't put the book down.

I can't wait to see what she does with the next book in the series!


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

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Spinster Bride by Jane Goodger

The Spinster Bride by Jane Goodger

This is book 4 in the Lords and Ladies series

Lady Marjorie Penwhistle will do anything for her brother. When she receives a note from Mr. Charles Norris about settling a debt her brother owes him, she quickly sets out to their meeting.

Charles has been unlucky in love, so when an opportunity presents itself he blackmails Marjorie to help him find a bride. If she will help him find a bride, he will forgive the debt that her brother owes him. Marjorie is perfect for this position because Charles is not attracted to her and she (her mother, really) requires a husband with a title. Its a win win for both of them.

But what happens when each of them start to have feeling for the other? Will Marjorie go against her mother to marry for love instead of a title?

I thoroughly enjoyed this story which was actually a story within a story. You have the story of Marjorie and Charles, but you also have the backstory of Marjorie's mother and how she became the woman she is.  I thought this was a very clever idea as it gave more insight into why Marjorie's mother acted the way she did.

I loved that Marjorie would do anything for her brother. Her brother is a little strange (this is what other people say about him, I'm guessing he has Aspergers) and people make fun of him. Even though Charles as blackmailing her into helping him, Marjorie saw it as an adventure. She has lived a fairly boring life up until this time and anything out of the ordinary seemed like great fun.  As she spent more and more time with Charles, she came to appreciate the things that annoyed her at the beginning. She also saw him treating her brother with the respect that he deserves.

I really liked Charles too.  Most of all for the way he treated George (Marjorie's brother). He wanted to fall in love and have a family. Unfortunately all the women he had fallen in love with didn't feel the same way. I think he just fell in love with the idea of love until he met Marjorie and realized what it really felt like. 

I've loved every one of Goodger's books that I have read. She has me laughing throughout her books and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.  She is starting a new series titled, The Lost Heiresses series in which the first book is schedule for publication in August.


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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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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Earls Just Want to Have Fun by Shana Galen

Earls Just Want to Have Fun by Shana Galen

This is book 1 in the Covent Garden Cubs.

Marlowe is startled to have the person she just pickpocketed suddenly tell her that he has been looking for her and call her Elizabeth.  It's only the rare times when she is alone that she thinks of her time as Elizabeth.  Days later, while on a job, she is snatched off the street and thrown into a carriage.

Maxwell, Lord Dane, can't believe that his brother, a bow street runner, talked him into helping him kidnapping this hellion. When his brother runs off on another case, Maxwell is left to deal with Marlowe himself. He can't believe that his brother believes that this pickpocket could be Lady Elizabeth.

After an interesting several days, Marlowe decides to stay with Maxwell and learn if she is truely Lady Elizabeth. But her real decision is whether to give in to the attraction she feels for Maxwell knowing that she would never be more to him than a short fling?

Loved this story and can't wait for the rest of the series!! Galen is one of my favorite authors and really knows how to keep me intrigued with the characters. With this new series, she takes us away for the glittering ballrooms and into a side of London not normally written about in historical romance. 

I really liked Marlowe. She was obviously not your typical heroine having grown up in the Seven Dials, one of the worst parts of London. Her colorful language had me laughing out loud. She was the opposite of any debutant and that made the story so much more interesting.

Maxwell comes off as a snob at the beginning of the story, but we see him grow as a person as he gets to know Marlowe. She gets him to see the reality of what is happening in the poorer parts of London and he changes his tune by the end of the story.

I really liked Maxwell's sister Susanna and Marlowe's friend Gideon and hope that Galen give each of them their own story (maybe pair them up...).


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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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