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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: In Bed With a Rogue by Samantha Grace



He's the Talk of the Town
The whole town is tittering about Baron Sebastian Thorne having been jilted at the altar. Every move he makes ends up in the gossip columns. Tired of being the butt of everyone's jokes, Sebastian vows to restore his family's reputation no matter what it takes.
She's the Toast of the Ton
Feted by the crème of society, the beautiful widow Lady Prestwick is a vision of all that is proper. But Helena is no angel, and when Sebastian uncovers her dark secret, he's quick to press his advantage. In order to keep her hard-won good name, Helen will have to make a deal with the devil. But she's got some tricks up her sleeves to keep this notorious rogue on his toes...


What a truly heartbreaking and heartwarming story of secrets and familial love and devotion. Helena, Lady Prestwick has a reputation as a very proper woman and she will use that reputation to help her keep her deep, dark secret. Baron Sebastian Thorne's reputation is in shreds but he is determined to win over society for the sake of his younger sister. Witnessing these two interact was a treat, they both have so much love for their family and have such deep feelings for one another. I loved how this story moved beyond the upper classes and gave details of some various different classes at this time. The details were beautifully woven in the story without distracting from the entertainment and the flow of the story. I enjoyed meeting so many of the characters in this story and am hoping to catch up with them again in some new adventures. It has been days since I completed reading this story and 
yet I find myself still thinking about it and smiling.



Review: Why Lords Lose Their Hearts by Manda Collins



THE TRUTH COULD RUIN HER
In Manda Collins's Why Lords Lose Their Hearts, Perdita, the widowed Duchess of Ormonde, keeps a dangerous secret—the truth of how her brutish husband died. But a mysterious avenger seems to know it, too, and when anonymous threats turn into public attacks, there’s only one friend she can turn to for help—her husband’s former secretary, Lord Archer Lisle. The man who witnessed her every heartache. The kind of man whose love she can only dream of …

WILL HIS LOVE SAVE HER?

The youngest of the Duke of Pemberton’s five sons, Lord Archer Lisle is used to waiting his turn. For years, he could only stand by, seething, as Perdita suffered at the hands of her husband, but now she’s under threat from another source—one who will stop at nothing to make her pay for the late duke’s death. But the good-natured Archer can be dangerous when crossed—and he’ll do anything to keep the woman he’s adored for so long safe in his arms…


Once again Manda Collins provides intrigue and romance in a fabulous historical setting. and once again her story is loaded with fantastic characters headed by an engaging lead couple. And once again backdrop of an amazingly serious situation is woven seamlessly throughout the story but does not add a dark depressing note, rather I once again found myself buoyed by the attitudes and optimism of the women forced to deal with brutish men. Perdita is such a strong heroine and I couldn't help but feel a connection to her and a genuine curiosity upon meeting her in a previous story. Archer's devotion to Perdita won me over from the beginning. Here is an intelligent, strong, capable man who will stop at nothing to keep the woman he loves safe. How could he not win me and the woman of his dreams? I find myself once again highly recommending a Manda Collins book!



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Review: His Every Need by Terri L. Austin



Allie Campbell is determined to take care of her family, no matter the cost.  But when her father loses their home to British tycoon Trevor Blake, Allie finds herself forced to plead for more time to pay off the loan... and if she has to use her own body as collateral, then so be it.

Trevor isn't moved by Allie's story.  But when Allie impulsively offers to do anything to keep the house, he's intrigued enough to raise the stakes; for the next two months, she must cater to his every need, no matter how depraved.  To his amazement, she agrees.


Allie has no intention of enjoying her time with the arrogant, domineering Brit, but it doesn't take long before he's got her aching for his touch--and he'll do whatever it takes to make her beg....


I was pleasantly surprised with this interesting adventure that has surprises of human nature at every turn. There were lots of unusual emotional issues and how they were handled was great.  I liked that there were several subplots going on and it kept you very interested. 

Allie was shown as a giving person, but was she giving too much for her family that didn't seem to care. Trevor a Brit was standoffish at first, but it was great to see how he broke that down when he realized just what Allie was willing to give and give up for her family.

An intriguing story of family dynamics and how they work everything out.



Review: Behind The Scandal by M.A. Stacie



Sent to the family ranch to overcome his addiction, Taylor Reese is angry and hurt. Feeling rejected by his father and brother, Taylor throws himself into ranch life to help him forget.  He struggles with his addiction though refuses help.  However, it isn't long before the stark realization of how much his life has spiraled out of control hits him hard.  He begins to question every aspect of his life, the confusion leaving him floundering and looking for something, or someone, to cling to.

Libby Karlin is cautious, wary of Taylor's presence.  His brutal honesty and lack of respect claw at her composure.  Her dark past makes her reluctant to let anyone near her family, but when Taylor strikes up a friendship with her son, Libby finds herself drawn to the sadness within him.. His experiences are no secret to her.  She sees where his world turned upside down and offers him a helping hand.  Her own secrets stay buried, locked away until a knock on her door has her gasping for breath.

Libby's fear paralyzes her as she comes face to face with her demons.  Knowing she couldn't hide forever doesn't help her situation yet determined to stay strong, she battles for a way out.


Could dealing with their past really give them a future?


I thought that M.A. Stacie was terrific in her novel of drug addiction, abuse and overcoming horrible obstacles.  The compassion shown in helping people instead of ignoring them is a lesson many need to know.

I really enjoyed how Taylor fought off his addiction and became friends with Libby's son, even though he wasn't used to children and was going through his own hell.  Libby let in Taylor even though her past made it hard for her to trust again. Then she was willing to do everything to keep her son safe.





Review: The Game and the Governess by Kate Noble



Trading Places meets Pride and Prejudice in this sexy, saucy romance—first in a new series from the author of YouTube sensation The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Three friends. One Wager. Winner takes all.

The Earl—‘Lucky Ned’ Ashby. Pompous, preening, certain that he is beloved by everyone.
The Miller—John Turner. Proud, forced to work as the Earl’s secretary, their relationship growing ever more strained. 
The Doctor—Rhys Gray. Practical, peace-loving, but caught in the middle of two warring friends.

Their wager is simple: By trading places with John Turner and convincing someone to fall in love with him, Ned plans to prove it’s him the world adores, not his money. Turner plans to prove him wrong.

But no one planned on Phoebe Baker, the unassuming governess who would fall into their trap, and turn everything on its head…



It almost pains me to write this review as Kate Noble is one of my favorite Regency authors and while this story was as skillfully written as all the previous I have read I just could not feel anything for the hero. Okay well that isn't quite true, I disliked him and while I have read plenty of stories where the hero starts off needing redemption I could not get over his grandiosity. I fully expected him to be somewhat arrogant, haughty and even a tad pretentious but he was just too much so. I  could not forgive him the wager and the carefree way he decided to hurt some unknown woman to simply win it. Phoebe Baker was an appealing heroine, in an unfortunate situation and yet she was able to smile and find a niche for herself. While I did not find this book as entertaining as the previous I have read by this author it is still a solid read and a good way to while away a cozy evening.



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: Rogue with a Brogue by Suzanne Enoch



A ROGUE FOR EVERY LADY
London, 1817: Stuck in a Mayfair ballroom thanks to his lovestruck brother, highlander Arran MacLawry wants nothing but a bit of distraction from an arranged betrothal—and a clever auburn-haired lass in a vixen’s mask promises just that...until he discovers that she’s the granddaughter of the Campbell, chief of clan MacLawry’s longtime rival. Despite their families’ grudging truce, falling for fiery Mary Campbell is a notion too outlandish even for this Highlander…
THE THRILL OF THE FORBIDDEN
Raised on tales of savage MacLawrys, Mary is stunned to realize the impressively strapping man in the fox’s mask is one of them. Surely the enemy shouldn’t have such a broad chest, and such a seductive brogue? Not that her curiosity matters—any dalliance between them is strictly forbidden, and she’s promised to another. But with the crackling spark between them ready to ignite, love is worth every risk…in Rogue with a Brogue by Suzanne Enoch.


I freely admit that I have a huge weakness for sexy Scots and let me tell you, Suzanne Enoch definitely knows her Scottish men! And let me say she has a good few in this book. This story with its take on forbidden love kept me turning the pages late into the night and it was worth my lost hours of sleep. Arran MacLawry is not your typical Regency hero and readers and the heroine are happy about that. Honestly I don't think my heart could swell so much as it did when he was chasing the unwanted visitor in his brother's house. I'm still smiling over the entire incident. Mary Campbell might not have been raised in the Highlands but she has all the fiery qualities associated with the region and I appreciated them as much as MacLawry did. I cannot wait to read a follow up story containing these characters as I'm sure there are so many more adventures to be had.



 

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