Review- Atonement by B.J. Daniels

Title: Atonement

Atonement

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspence/Western

Author: B.J. Daniels

Publisher: Harlequin HQN, Feb.2014

Source: Free for review from the Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating:3

Description from Amazon.com:

Just how far are people willing to go to keep their secrets?  Protecting the citizens of Beartooth, Montana, is never an easy job. It’s been one year, and Sheriff Dillon Lawson still feels guilty that he couldn’t save his twin brother, Ethan. But the biggest test of his bravery comes when Tessa Winters arrives, claiming to be pregnant…with Ethan’s baby. At first, Dillon can’t decide if this beautiful woman is a con artist or a victim. If Ethan didn’t die in that car crash, then where is he—and why is he hiding?  Now, Dillon is prepared to do anything to uncover the truth—anything except admit his growing feelings for Tessa. But with violence threatening, Tessa and Dillon must trust in each other to save not only themselves…but also Tessa’s unborn child.

**

I had only read one other book by this author, Crime Scene At Cardwell Ranch, but I liked it so I thought that I would like this one as well. It was just not for me. I just could not engage with Tessa or Dillon and the plot did not engage my interest either. The romance was almost non-existant. The side story with Nettie and Frank was okay.   This author writes well that is why I gave it 3-stars, but this book was flat for me.

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Review- A Promise of More

Title: A Promise Of More (Libertine Scholars)

A Promise of More

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency

Author: Bronwen Evans

Publisher: Random House, Loveswept, April 15, 2014, for e-reader

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

When Beatrice Hennessey sets out to confront Lord Coldhurst, the notorious rogue who killed her brother in a duel, her intent is to save her family from destitution. She’s determined to blackmail the man into a loveless marriage. She’ll make the wealthy Lord Coldhurst pay for the rest of his life. But while greeting his ship, Beatrice takes a tumble into the Thames—only to be fished out by a pair of strong masculine arms that tempt her to stay locked in their heated embrace forever. That is, until she realizes those arms belong to Sebastian Hawkestone, Lord Coldhurst himself.   The little drowned mermaid has an interesting proposition indeed; one that Sebastian is surprised to find quite agreeable. Although he’s had women more beautiful, she is pleasing to the eye, and besides, it’s time he fathered an heir. Beatrice promises to be the ideal wife; a woman who hates him with an all-consuming passion is far too sensible to expect romance. However, it isn’t long before Sebastian’s plan for a marriage of convenience unravels, and he’s caught up in the exhilarating undertow of seduction.

**

This is the second book in the Libertine Scholars Series. Sebastian and Beatrice agree to a marriage of convenience but soon Beatrice is falling in love with her husband and Sebastian wants no part of love. There is a mystery that plays throughout the book but is never resolved in this book, perhaps in the author’s next offering in this series we will solve the mystery. This is a very sensuous romance and unless you like lots of bed-action then you may not like this book. The characters were well drawn and the side characters were intriguing, especially the other Libertine Scholars. This is a standalone book with hints as to what transpired in book #1 and what is to come in future installments in the series.

I would have rated this book higher except I was disappointed in not having the mystery wrapped up in this book.

Libertine Scholars Series:

1. A Kiss of Lies

2. A Promise of More

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Review- My Lady, My Lord by Katherine Ashe

Title: My Lady, My Lord

My Lady My Lord

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Katherine Ashe

Publisher: Billet-Doux Books, March 2014

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Book #1 in a new series of historical romances… with a twist. The Bluestocking ~ Lady Corinna Mowbray has three passions: excellent books, intelligent conversation, and disdaining the libertine Earl of Chance. The Rake ~ Lord Ian Chance has three pleasures: beautiful women, fast horses, and tormenting high-and-mighty Corinna Mowbray. Neighbors for years, they’ve been at each other’s throats since they can remember. But when a twist of fate forces them to trade lives, how long will it be before they discover they cannot live without each other?

**

If you are craving an original take on the usual historical romance tropes then this is the book for you. Katherine Ashe can certainly shake up a genre, in a very good way. This offering is creative and very well written. In spite of my personal dislike of the H/h always bickering, I was just enthralled with this story. I’m being very careful not to give away the plot. I want that you should have a delightful surprise. But here is a hint, there is a Goddess involved.

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Advance Review- To Charm A Naughty Countess by Theresa Romain

Title: To Charm a Naughty Countess

To Charm a Naughty countess

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency

Author: Theresa Romain

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, May 6, 2014 (available for preorder)

Source: Free For review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Can a reclusive duke…

Brilliant but rumored mad, Michael Layward, the impoverished Duke of Wyverne, has no success courting heiresses until widowed Lady Stratton takes up his cause—after first refusing his suit.

Win London’s most powerful countess?

Caroline Graves, the popular Countess of Statton, sits alone at the pinnacle of London society and has vowed never to remarry. When Michael—her counterpart in an old scandal—returns to town after a long absence, she finds herself as enthralled with him as ever. As she guides the anxiety-ridden duke through the trials of London society, Caroline realizes that she’s lost her heart. But if she gives herself to the only man she’s ever loved, she’ll lose the hard won independence she prizes above all.

**

This is a really good read. Theresa Romain has come up with some very original facets in this novel. Michael is saddled with sever social anxiety, which doesn’t bode well for finding and wooing a young woman to be his wife. But he desperately needs a wife and she better be wealthy because his estates are near bankrupt. Caroline loved him back in the day about eleven years ago, but there was some scandal and Michael ran off to his country estate. Now he is back and she agrees to help him in finding a wife but the more they are together the more she knows she is still in love with him.

Ms. Romain has given us a very flawed man and he is also a virgin which is not too often found in the Historical Romance genre. Caroline is a widow and is actually the perfect Yin for Michaels’ Yang. There are some humorous moments as we watch Michael bumble through some regency style meet-and-greets.

The writing is good, the plot is original, the characters are engaging and I enjoyed reading every page.

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Recent Release Review- The Scandalous Love of A Duke by Jane Lark

Title: The Scandalous Love of a Duke(book #3, The Marlowe Intrigues Series)

The Scandelous Love of a Duke

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Jane Lark

Publisher: Harper Impulse, april 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Isolated by life and choice, John Harding, the Duke of Pembroke, sees an angel in a pale mauve dress across a room and is drawn closer as lust grips firm and hard in his stomach.   The wheat-blonde hair escaping her dull dove-grey bonnet and caressing her neck lures his eyes to a spot he’d like to kiss.   She speaks with animation her hands moving. Then as if she senses his gaze the stranger turns and looks at him. A rush of pain and longing spilled from Katherine’s heart into her limbs. It was so long since she’d seen John but her reaction was the same as it had been more than half-a-dozen years before. She loved him, secretly, without hope, but a chasm of years and status stood between them.

**

The characterization of these two star-crossed lovers is spot on. They are flawed; both have deep problems. Jane Lark gives us a deeply moving back story for both John and Kate. We are treated to all the societal taboos against this union and yet as they long for each other we long for their happily-ever-after.

This is the first book I have read by this author and it definitely will not be my last. Her writing is eloquent and moving. She brings this 19th century scene to life and this reader felt like I was there in this restrictive time that actually fosters passionate liaisons because of the taboos. I fell in love with John in spite of his flaws and I felt sympathy for Kate and her devotional love.

This is a wonderful historical romance and I highly recommend it. Although it is #3 in the series it is a standalone novel.

Deet’s note: Don’t you love that great cover???!!!

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Review- Three Weeks With Lady X by Eloisa James

Title: Three Weeks With Lady X (Desperate Duchesses)

Three Weeks With Lady X

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Eloisa James

Publisher: Avon, March 2014

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized façade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India.

Exquisite, headstrong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks.

But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them.

Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option.

But there is only one thing that will make India his . . . the one thing Thorn can’t afford to lose . . . his fierce and lawless heart.

**

Lady Xenobia India St. Clair is the orphaned daughter of a destitute marquess. She had no money but she had a kind godmother, Adelaide, and a talent for organization and decorating that was wanted by the aristocracy. India and Adelaide spent their time traveling from one estate to another so that India could put to rights each household. That is how she met Thorn Dautry. Mr. Dautry had recently bought an estate in disrepair that he needed fixed up so that he could propose to Lady Laetitia Rainsford. Thorn’s stepmother, Elinore, asked India to accomplish this task in three weeks after which he would hold a house party for Laetitia and both families.

This was a most delightful offering in Ms. James’ Desperate Duchesses series. The banter between India and Thorn is witty and it is accomplished through written notes and dialog. Thorn’s back story as a “mudlark” adds to understanding his nature. India’s past as the daughter of eccentric parents underscores her traits.  Side characters are well developed and add to the story. Ms James brings all the characters to life with distinct personalities. Especially Thorn’s friend Evander Septimus Brody, future Duke of Pindar and Thorn’s six year old ward, Rose. References are made to other characters from the series but this is a standalone novel.

**

Deet’s Life: I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Eloisa James at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival in March of this year. She is a warm, friendly, intelligent woman and signed my copy of Three Weeks With Lady X.

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Recent Release Review- Between The Devil and Ian Eversea by Julie Anne Long

Title: Between The Devil and Ian Eversea (book #9, Pennyroyal Green Series)

Between The Devil and Ian Eversea

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julie Anne Long

Publisher: Avon, March 2014

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

She might look like an angel . . .

The moment orphaned American heiress Titania “Tansy” Danforth arrives on English shores she cuts a swath through Sussex, enslaving hearts and stealing beaux. She knows she’s destined for a spectacular titled marriage—but the only man who fascinates her couldn’t be more infamous . . . or less interested.

But it takes a devil to know one . . .

A hardened veteran of war and inveterate rogue, Ian Eversea keeps women enthralled, his heart guarded and his options open: why should he succumb to the shackles of marriage when devastating good looks and Eversea charm make seduction so easy?

And Heaven has never been hotter!

When Ian is forced to call her on her game, he never dreams the unmasked Tansy— vulnerable, brave, achingly sensual—will tempt him beyond endurance. And fight as he will, this notorious bachelor who stood down enemies on a battlefield might finally surrender his heart . . . and be brought to his knees by love.

From the author:

You know, things just seem to happen to Everseas (and if we’re being honest, because of Everseas). After all, in The Perils of Pleasure, Ian watched his brother Colin disappear from the gallows in a puff of smoke; in What I Did for a Duke, Ian was ushered naked out an upper-story window by the pistol-wielding Duke of Falconbridge. And just ask the Redmond family what they think of Ian’s sister Olivia—she allegedly broke golden boy and heir Lyon Redmond’s heart, which is why he disappeared. But Ian is a war hero and he has the scars to prove it. He can handle just about anything with equanimity, whether it’s taking a bayonet in the gut or walking home at midnight through the Sussex countryside naked, in just one boot, but there are two things he knows with unshakeable certainty: he can seduce any woman he chooses, and there isn’t a woman alive who can convince him to become leg-shackled in marriage. Oh, Ian. If you only knew what was in store for you…

**

Tansy is a not-quite-as-innocent as she looks young woman. She knows in order to make her way in the regency world she must marry well, perhaps a Duke, and soon. Ian Eversea has plans for his life; he is to sail the world on a voyage of discovery, he has no time or inclination to marry. Need I mention that the best laid plans often go ….well you know.

This is another delightful entry in the Pennyroyal Green Series. Julie Anne Long never disappoints,  It is a standalone novel but if you want the crème de la crème of historical romances you would do well to read the entire series. This author has plots that keep us turning pages, characters that have unique personalities and hot, hot, hot romance that will have us turning on the fan.

I highly recommend this book and the entire series.

 

 

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Review-Afterburn and Aftershock by Sylvia Day

Title: Afterburn and Aftershock (Cosmo Red-Hot Reads)

Afterburn and Aftershock

Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance

Author: Sylvia Day

Publisher: Harlequin, March 2014 (Reprint)

Source: Free for review from The Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Never mix business with pleasure. Never bring politics into the bedroom. In a way I did both when I took Jackson Rutledge as a lover. I can’t say I wasn’t warned. Two years later, he was back. Walking into a deal I’d worked hard to close. Under the tutelage of Lei Yeung, one of the sharpest businesswomen in New York, I had picked up a thing or two since Jax walked away. I wasn’t the girl he once knew, but he hadn’t changed. Unlike the last time we’d drifted into each other’s lives, I knew exactly what I was dealing with… and how addictive his touch could be. The inner circle of glamour, sex, and privilege was Jax’s playground–but this time, I knew the rules of the game. In the cutthroat business world, one adage rules all: keep your enemies close and your ex-lovers closer…

**

Gianna Rossi comes from a family of Restaurateurs; Jackson (Jax) Rutledge comes from a political dynasty. He loves her but finds it impossible to be upfront and honest with her. She loves him but can’t come to grips with his evasive answers. Together they have a sexual chemistry that is off the charts but is it enough for a lasting relationship?

Sylvia Day can write rings around most authors in this genre. She has a superb way of bringing her characters to life. The family dynamics of the Rossi’s is fun and believable. It makes us hope that we will see more of those hunky Rossi brothers. Gianna and Jax are so caught up in their lusting for each other that they can’t seem to find time to really get to know one another. Even by the end of the book we are still hoping for some meaningful dialog between the two, but they have decided to forge ahead anyway.

I recommend this page-turner. You may not especially like Jax but he is one hot, sexy rich guy. You may want to sit Gianna down for a heart-to-heart but she is going to do what she wants anyway. This is a good book to take you out of the everyday into the life of those in the fast lane.

 

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Deet’s Life- Things to do with all those books

35 things to do with all those books from buzzfeed.com.  I wonder if I can get hubby to build me a bookcase door.  Those stairs are a little scary, but the Christmas Tree might be doable.  For more follow the URL down below the photos.35 things book door

35 things book stairs

35 things xmas tree

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