Friday, July 31, 2015

Do Not Forsake Me by Rosanne Bittner

Do Not Forsake Me by Rosanne Bittner

This is book 2 in the Outlaw Hearts series.

It's been two years since Jake Harkner got out of prison and started being a U.S. Marshall. He knew that it would not be an easy life, but hoped that it wouldn't endanger the lives of his family. After a run-in with a particularly nasty family of outlaws, Jake must hunt them down. 

Right before he is to leave, Jake finds out that his beloved Miranda is sick. He wants to be there for her, but he has to go after the outlaws for he could risk going back to prison.
Jake soon learns that the outlaws are after his family to get back at him for killing several members of their family. Can he catch the outlaws before they destroy the only good thing to ever happen to him?

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this!!! I grew to love Miranda and Jake while reading Outlaw Hearts and am so glad that Bittner continued their story (and there is going to be another one!!!) The kids are grown up and have families of their own making Miranda and Jake grandparents. But their passion is still red hot.

There are few characters that I would be able to read three full length novels about their lives without getting bored, but Jake and Miranda are definitely two people that I could keep reading about.  I can't wait to see how Bittner finishes off the series!! Although I'll be very sad to see it end...


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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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Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Best of Both Rogues by Samantha Grace

The Best of Both Rogues by Samantha Grace

This is book 3 in the Rival Rogues story.

Lady Eve Thorne was devastated when Mr Benjamin Hillary left her at the alter. She has finally given up hope of his return and is about to get engaged when he shows back up in London. She is doing her best to not let his presence interrupt her life, but everytime she sees him she realizes that her love for him has not changed.

The worst thing Ben ever did was to give up Eve. Now he must convince her that he is the right man for her. He even goes so far as to approach her fiancee to help him.
Can Ben win back the love that he walked away from?

LOVED this story! I have read any of the other Hillary stories (Beau Monde series), but after reading this one I'm going to have to go back and read about Ben's brothers and sisters.

While reading In Bed with a Rogue, I felt so sorry for Eve. I hoped that Grace would give Eve her HEA because Ben was such a fiend for leaving her. So having read the previous book in the series, I didn't like Ben much at the beginning. But he quickly grew on me as I saw his love for Eve shine through in everything he did. 

Throughout the book, we see Eve struggle with what she knows she should do and what her heart is telling her she needs to do.  It's hard to give up that first love!

I kinda fell in love with Jonathan (Eve's fiance) toward the end of the book and hope that Grace gives up his story in the future! He deserves his HEA too!

Can't wait to see what Grace gives up next!


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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

In the Spinster's Bed by Sally MacKenzie

In the Spinster's Bed by Sally MacKenzie

This novella is book 0.5 in the Spinster House series.

Annabelle Frost has made a life for herself after being thrown out of her home by her father for her wanton behavior. She has a home of her own and a job that she likes. But what happens when her past finds her in this new life?

Lord William Wattles has come to Loves Bridge to get away from his notorious wife. He never expects to see Annabelle in this tiny town or to see he is as attracted to her as he was 20 years ago. William would love to take up where they left off all those years ago, but Annabelle won't get involved with a married man.

Can they keep their mutual attraction from getting the better of them?

I enjoyed this short story. It gave us a nice introduction to the town of Loves Bridge and some insight to what the rest of the series will be like. I always like reunion stories and this was no exception.  I can't wait to read the next book in the series.


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

How to Marry a Royal Highlander by Vanessa Kelly

How to Marry a Royal Highlander by Vanessa Kelly

This is book 4 in the Renegade Royals series.

Eden Whitney has gotten herself into trouble one too many times and her mother is insisting that she take a break from the ton. Eden's BIL suggests she go to Scotland and stay with his best friend, Alastair (Alec) Gilbride. The problem with that is Eden and Alec clash at every turn.

Alec hasn't been home in ten years, but his grandfather is ailing and he must do his duty...get married. Only Alec doesn't want to marry the woman his grandfather has picked out for him. He wants Eden.

Can Alec convince Eden that he is the right man for her?
LOVED this story. I fell in love with Alec while reading How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy. After watching Alec and Eden interact in that story, I knew that Kelly would pair them up next.

As I've mentioned before, I love to read stories in which the H/H banter back and forth. This story is full of that!!! I didn't want the story to end...I think Kelly needs to do another Renegade Royals story where she reunites all the characters just so I can see them again!!

What a wonderful conclusion to one of my favorite series ever!!!


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


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Monday, July 27, 2015

A Duke But No Gentleman by Alexandra Hawkins

A Duke But No Gentleman by Alexandra Hawkins

This is book 1 in the Masters of Seduction series.

The Duke of Blackbern and the Marquess Norgrave are the best of friends. They spents their days and nights drinking, gambling and making bets against each other. This time the bet is over who can win the affections of Lady Imogen Sunter.

Imogen soon makes her preferences known for Blackbern, which upsets Norgrave. He doesn't like to lose. Will the love of two change the lives of all three of them?

I really like this story until the rape occurred and then I had to force myself to continue reading it. I'm really disappointed that Hawkins felt the need to add this to the story. The same outcome could have been achieved without the scene going that far.

I will say that the actual rape scene was not written in the story, but it is talked about and you know it happened.  
This is my first full size story by Hawkins that I have read (I have read a novella) and I had such high hopes. I haven't given up on the author, but I think I will read the reviews before picking up another by her.


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Sunday, July 26, 2015

An Oath Broken by Diana Cosby

An Oath Broken by Diana Cosby

This is book 2 in the Oath Trilogy.

Giric Armstrong, Earl of Terrick, just needs some money to get his keep up and running. He takes a job of escorting Lady Sarra Bellacote from England to her betrothed in Scotland. There personalities clash from the moment they met which makes for an interesting journey.

Sarra doesn't want to leave her keep get married to a man that she doesn't like, but her guardian has decreed it so she is complying. She starts butting heads with her escort and soon has to count on him to save her life when they are set upon reivers determined to get her.

To get away from the danger, Sarra and Giric must break from the group they are traveling with. Giric and Sarra soon find they have a mutual attraction, but since she is spoken for by another man they must not act on it.
But what happens when they are forced to get closer than they ever thought they would?

I've been waiting for Giric's story since I read An Oath Taken. After suffering for so long in the dungeon, I wanted him to get his HEA. Cosby did not disappoint. No way would he have been happy with a weak woman and Sarra definitely challenges him at every turn. 

Forced into a situation in which it was just the two of them, they quickly came know the other intimately.  They are forced through circumstances to survive on their own, which meant that they had to learn to trust the other quickly.  Cosby did an awesome job showing how their feeling grew for each other through all of the obstacles put in their way.

My only complaint is that I felt the story ended too abruptly. I would have like another chapter or two. I can't wait to read Colyne's story which comes out in December.


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Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Leading Lady by Deb Marlowe

The Leading Lady by Deb Marlowe

This is book 2 in the Half Moon House Series

Miss Callie Grant is on a mission to find her sister. She is taken aback when she is told she must work with Lord Truitt (Tru) Russell to do so. Callie and Tru had had run-ins before and she doesn't think they can work together, especially when she find out that they are to pose as husband and wife.

Tru is determined to restore his honor. The only way he can do so is to help capture the man that destroyed him, Lord Marstoke. Reluctantly agreeing to work with Callie, he soon learns that what he thought about her might not be true. He also does his best to make Callie see him in a new light.

Could this faux marriage turn into one in truth?

I had hoped that Tru would get his own story and Marlowe didn't disappoint. It was nice to see that under all that troubled exterior, there was a very nice man trying to get out.

We discover many hidden depths of both Callie and Tru whom we met in The Love List. It was pure joy watching Callie and Tru pretend to be married and falling in love in the process. Once they let each other in, they were finally able to see the true person behind the facade that each of them had in place.

I've really enjoyed the Half Moon House series and can't wait to see what Marlowe has in store for us next.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

It Started at Waterloo by Lynne Connolly

It Started at Waterloo by Lynne Connolly

Amelia Hartwell loves working aside Will Kennaway in the hospital. She would much rather be there then trying to catch a society husband as her mother wishes. After working for three days straight, Amelia collapses in the nearest bed only to wake hours later to feel Will's warm body next to hers.

Amelia's mother catches them in bed together but is so determined to marry her off to a wealthy peer that she lets it all go. Knowing that Amelia doesn't want to marry the man her mother has picked out for her, Will offers himself as a husband.  As Amelia has had feelings for Will since they met, she accepts his proposal.

What happens when she finds out the Will has a title and they must go back to London so Will can fulfill his duty as the earl? Will they ever find the happiness they shared while in the hospital?

I enjoyed this story. You don't often find an earl working as a surgeon because that is what he enjoys doing.  We go from the battlefield to the ballroom following this couple and their journey to love. 

Because to lack of communication we see their journey take many twists and turns. It is finally when they talk to one another and get back to what they both love that they find the love that they both need. 

If you are looking for an enjoyable short read, then this is the book for you. I look forward to reading more by this author.


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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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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Beauty's Curse by Tamara Hughes

Beauty's Curse by Tamara Hughes

This is book 2 in the Love on the High Seas series.

Followed by bad luck her entire life, Amelia Archer has decided to leave her family and travel to America to live with her aunt. Unfortunately, her luck didn't change. The ship she was on wrecked and they were rescued by pirates. Sailors don't like having women aboard their ships to begin with, but when other unlucky things start happening they decided to set her adrift to survive on her own.

Having stuck up for Amelia when she first boarded the pirate ship, David Lamont does it again when they insist on getting her off the ship. He won't let her go alone. 
Can they survive in the middle of the ocean with very little supplies or will Amelia's bad luck follow them to the bottom of the ocean?

I always enjoy a good pirate story and this one was no exception. Hughes had the added twist of making them survive on their own. They were in the middle of the ocean with very few provisions and only had a tiny boat for protection. On board a ship, the H/H are thrown together often because there is just not much space to get their distance from one another. By placing the H/H in a tiny boat and making them count on one another to their very survival, Hughes takes her story to another level.

This was a great read and I can't wait to see what Hughes has in store for us next!


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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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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

An Improper Proposal by Heather Boyd

An Improper Proposal by Heather Boyd

This is book 6 in the Distinguished Rogues series.

With her father in debtors prison, Iris Hedley is forced to what is necessary to survive.  She has been spying on the ton for an unscrupulous robber, but knows that she can't do that any longer. She decides that only way to survive is to become a rich man's mistress. She asks the one man she trusts to teach her everything she needs to know for this new role.

Martin Andrews, the Earl of Louth, can't believe that Iris is asking for his help in learning how to become a mistress. He sets out to convince her that this road is not the one she should take. He didn't count on falling for her himself.

As Iris and Martin get closer to each other, Iris is worried that Martin will learn the truth about what she has done to survive and the location of her father. Will Martin's feelings change when the truth is revealed?

I really enjoyed this story. Iris was not your typical society miss. She didn't want to live off of the woman she was staying with. She felt like she needed to provide for herself. She got into some trouble trying to keep her father safe, but didn't know how to get herself out of the situation which leads to all kinds of drama. 

I liked Martin. He had known Iris since she was a kid and felt like he needed to protect her. Lucky for us, his need to protect her turned into something more!

I can't wait to see what Boyd has in store for us next!


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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries

The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries

This is book 1 in the Sinful Suitors series.

Artist Jeremy Keane has been traveling and painting instead of taking over his father's business. In London for a wedding, he encounters the perfect woman for his latest painting. But since she is a member of the ton, there is no way he will be able to paint her. That is until he makes a deal with the lady herself.

Lady Yvette Barlow makes a deal with Jeremy. She will be his model for the painting IF he will help her track down a woman at one of the city's brothels. Jeremy agrees...but what happens when they each find themselves attracted to the other? Will it interfere with both of their plans?

LOVED the first novel in Jeffries' new series. We are introduced to Jeremy in Jeffries previous series, The Duke's Men. I liked him even them. He had this aloofness that attracted me to his character.

Yvette was very enjoyable too. She had this innocence about her and saw the good in everyone. But she also had this wicked side to her (agreeing to pose for Jeremy's "other" painting) that made her very interesting.

Another wonderful start to what I'm sure will be an A++ 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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Monday, July 20, 2015

Only a Promise by Mary Balogh

Only a Promise by Mary Balogh

This is book 5 in the Survivors' Club series.

Chloe Muirhead is running from her father and the ton after several disastrous seasons. She takes refuge at her mother's godmother's home where she acts as companion to the Duchess of Worthington. She has given up ever finding a husband and having a family. She soons meets Ralph Stockwood, the duchesses grandson, and comes up with a plan that might work for the both of them.

Ralph knows that he needs to get married and provide an heir as the next in line to the dukedom. But after being the only survivor of the Napoleonic Wars amongst his friends, he has nothing to offer a wife except his title, money and position in society. When Chloe proposes to him, he believes that might be the solution. She is older and knows that love will never be a part of their marriage.

But what happens when both Chloe and Ralph realize that their hearts have entered the equation?

Just as with the other stories in the Survivors' Club series, I enjoyed watching Ralph realize that he wasn't as broken as he thought he was or as cold-hearted.  Both Chloe and Ralph go into this marriage to satisfy certains needs. Chloe wants children to love and Ralph needs an heir.

There was no denying the attraction between Chloe and Ralph. It was there from their very first meeting. They thought that they could keep that attraction at the physical level and both are surprised when their hearts are touched.

I can't wait for the next book in the series, which is Imogen's story. I comes out in September.


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

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Only Marriage Will Do by Jenna Jaxon

Only Marriage Will Do by Jenna Jaxon

This is book 2 in the House of Pleasure series.

Lady Juliet Ferrers can't believe that Phillipe St. Cyr is claiming to be her husband. Luckily a stranger comes to her rescue. He shows up at her door and she claims him as her fiance. Juliet knows that she must leave town to get away from Phillipe, even it it means traveling on her own.

Captain Amiable Dawson, unwittingly came to the rescue of Juliet. Being the gentleman that he is, he is unable to let her travel on her own. Trying to resist their mutual attraction, they eventually give in and get married. But are they indeed married, or is Juliet actually married to Phillipe?

I was going back and forth about my rating on this book. I really liked Amiable, but Juliet got on my nerves. I thought she was a little too manipulative for my tastes.
I enjoyed the storyline, but wasn't blown away by the story.


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Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Undercover Scoundrel by Jessica Peterson

The Undercover Scoundrel by Jessica Peterson

This is book 3 in the Hope Diamond Trilogy.

12 years ago, a very young Lady Caroline married Henry Lake. Unfortunately, he ran off on their wedding night. Realizing that he wasn't coming back, Caroline married his best friend and became Duchess of Berry. She is now a widow and just now coming back into society. No one is more surprised than Caroline, when Henry shows up in London.

Unbeknownst to Caroline, Henry works for the government as a spy. He left all those years ago to protect her. He is only in town to help recover the French Blue diamond. He was hoping to avoid seeing Caroline, but a chance meeting in the park changes everything. The attraction between the two of them is as strong as ever.

Can Caroline help Henry find the diamond without having her heart broken again?

Loved this series!! I highly recommend reading the whole series together (as I did), because the books are so intertwined. They cover the same period of time and with each book you see the same things occur, but from a different perspective.

I loved this particular book because the H/H have a history together. They are married to each other even though they have not seen each other for 12 years. The chemistry that was there then, is still burning hot.

I loved that Peterson took some real life people and gave us a story about what might have happened to what became known as the Hope Diamond. This series is her first and I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!!


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Thanks go out to Penguin Group via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Lady Scandal by Wendy LaCapra

Lady Scandal by Wendy LaCapra

This is book 2 in the Furies series.

Sophia Baneham holds gambling parties for some of the most dangerous men in London. No one knows the true reason she does this, not even her two best friends. Accepting a wager from one man who has ever gotten under her skin, she soon finds herself married again. She didn't know that her marriage would turn her life upside down.

Lord Randolph made a promise to his mentor, protect his daughter at all costs. I don't think that marriage to Sophia was what her father had in mind, but from the moment he set eyes on her, didn't did have any other option. When Sophia finds out the truth about Randolph's relationship with her father, she runs off with no clues to her whereabouts.

Can Randolph find Sophia and protect her as much from herself as the enemy? Can there marriage ever be more than in name only?

Loved, loved, loved this story!! It is hard to believe that this is only the second book that LaCapra has written. It takes most authors many years to find their "voice". LaCapra hit it out of the park from the gate.

In Lady Vice, Sophia seems to have it all together. But we soon learn that she is very good at hiding what is really going on in her life.  She runs because she doesn't know who she can trust. She feels like Randolph has completely blindsided her with his revelation about who he is. I really enjoyed watching how Randolph gained Sophia's trust and seeing their love for one another grow.

I can't wait for the third book in the series!!!


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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Highlander's Choice by Callie Hutton

The Highlander's Choice by Callie Hutton

This is book 5 in the Marriage Mart Mayhem series.

Lady Sybil Lacey can't believe that she has to travel to the Highlands to see her best friend married. Knowing that all the men are heavy drinking lechers, Sybil is surprised to find herself attracted to one of them. Even though all they do is trade barbs, she keeps finding herself drawn to the highlander.

Liam MacBride's best friend might be marrying an English lady, but there is no way that he would be caught by one of the silly ladies that talk of nothing more than the latest fashions and spreading gossip. Then why does he keep finding himself drawn to the bride's best friend and fellow Englishwoman? 

Can these two put aside their misconceptions of each other to find an everlasting love?

LOVED this story!! I think I'm drawn to the stories where the H/H end up sparring with words. The banter in Hutton's latest romance had me laughing out loud throughout the story.

Both Sybil and Liam have misconceptions about what the other will be like based on their upbringing and how the people of their countries feel about the other. It was very amusing to see them work through those misconceptions and find the real person instead of the stereotype they believed each other to be.

Hutton's latest story is one NOT to miss!


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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, July 7, 2015

To Tame the Wind by Regan Walker

To Tame the Wind by Regan Walker

This is a prequel to the Agents of the Crown series.

Having lived her life inside the walls of the Saint-Denis convent, Claire Donet had no idea her father was a pirate. So when Simon Powell steals her away in retaliation of something her father did, she is taken by complete surprise.

Simon is furious that his ship and crew have been taken. In hopes of getting both back, he takes the one thing that means more than anything to the thief...his daughter. Simon didn't count on finding a mutual attraction with his captive.

Knowing that he will never get his crew and ship back if he gives into his passions, Simon fights what could be his toughest battle yet.

I really liked the storyline, but the writing was not as strong as the previous book I'd read by Walker. Maybe she was trying to convey an innocence in Claire which she tried to convey in her dialogue, but it just didn't satisfy me as a reader. It turned me off from the whole story. I usually devour a story in one or two sittings, but this one I could put it down and did...


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


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