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Dangerous to know

Dangerous To Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes and Gentlemen Rogues

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I don’t have a review because I just bought it, but this book has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon and it looks intriguing.  All those fab bad boys from Jane’s novels and their back stories. Let’s face it, even though we reviled them we really thought they were HOT!

 

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Advance Review- The Graves A Fine And Private Place by Alan Bradley

The Graves a Fine and Private Place

Title: The Graves A Fine And Private Place: A Flavia de Luce novel
Genre: Mystery
Author: Alan Bradley
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Bantam, January 30,2018
Pages: 384
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 0
Violence rating: 5
Description from Amazon:

In the wake of an unthinkable family tragedy, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is struggling to fill her empty days. For a needed escape, Dogger, the loyal family servant, suggests a boating trip for Flavia and her two older sisters. As their punt drifts past the church where a notorious vicar had recently dispatched three of his female parishioners by spiking their communion wine with cyanide, Flavia, an expert chemist with a passion for poisons, is ecstatic. Suddenly something grazes her fingers as she dangles them in the water. She clamps down on the object, imagining herself Ernest Hemingway battling a marlin, and pulls up what she expects will be a giant fish. But in Flavia’s grip is something far better: a human head, attached to a human body. If anything could take Flavia’s mind off sorrow, it is solving a murder—although one that may lead the young sleuth to an early grave.

**
Don’t get me wrong, I love Flavia novels, every single one of them but the ick-factor in this one was really high. Flavia is still remarkable and really far beyond precocious, she is a genius chemist for such a young girl. She is undaunted by a dead body even as her older sisters are retching and definitely daunted. Flavia’s old family retainer, Dogger, is at her side both protecting her and encouraging her. This is truly another page turning read from a remarkable author.

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Novella Review- Relentless by D.B. Reynolds

Relentless

Title: Relentless: A Cyn and Raphael Novella (Vampires in America 11.5)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: D.B. Reynolds
Source: purchase
Publisher: ImaJinn, Oct. 2017
Pages: 112
Rating: 4.5
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating:5
Description from Amazon:

TREACHERY . . . Something the powerful Vampire Lord Raphael has seen far too much of lately.

RAGE . . . An emotion that, left unchecked, can burn like the fires of hell.

REVENGE . . . A dish that philosophers claim is best served cold.

It’s been months since the powerful French vampire Mathilde used Raphael’s arrogance against him and nearly succeeded in taking his life. His fury has grown stronger with every day since, fed by new bloody incursions onto North American soil by the Europeans, while vampire politicking has forced him to wait. But no longer. Someone has attacked his home, killing vampires, threatening Cyn. They’ve taken it one step too far, and Raphael’s tired of waiting. His enemies are about to discover that revenge can taste damn good when it’s hot, too.

**
I really can’t explain why I am reading/reviewing this fabulous novella months after its release. Usually I devour anything from the Vampires in America Series the minute I can get my hands on it. Anyway, better late than never and this was another can’t-put-down book, so clear your schedule and hunker in for a terrific read.

There is plenty of action and suspense, sexy times with Cyn & Raphael (thank you D.B. for not making it all about the sex), a good intro to Quinn (can’t wait for his book) and the real beginning of the vampire war in Europe. You will not be lost if this is your first foray with these vampires but you will enjoy it so much more if you follow the series from the beginning.

Why did I take off .5 in the rating? Well, it was just because I thought Cyn was a bit too blood thirsty. I see her as a tough, action oriented female, but never have I viewed her as bloodthirsty as she is in this novella.

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Review- The Duke of Ice by Darcy Burke

The Duke of Ice

Title: The Duke of Ice (The Untouchables book #7)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Darcy Burke
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Darcy Burke Publishing, Dec. 2017
Pages: 262
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 0
Description from Amazon:

Everyone Nicholas Bateman ever loved has died. Except Violet Caulfield, which must mean he never loved her. Eight years after she threw him over to marry a viscount, Nick is a widowed duke who prefers isolation. When a friend convinces him to leave his lair of self-imposed solitude, he considers taking another wife, provided she agrees to his terms: no emotional attachment of any kind.

Now widowed, Lady Violet Pendleton hopes for a second chance with the man she’s always loved. But she isn’t prepared for the desolation in his soul or the animosity he still bears toward her. Despite those obstacles, it’s clear their passion hasn’t dimmed. However, the heat between them isn’t enough to melt the Duke of Ice, and this time Violet may find herself the jilted party. Can love, once so tragically lost, finally be found?

**
Nick is truly a tortured soul. Violet has been drowning in guilt since she jilted him eight years ago when they accidentally meet at the house party of Violet’s friend, Hannah. They realize the spark is there but that eight years of tragedy has made them different people. We are treated to sizzling chemistry that vibrates with romantic intensity. We know that Nick and Violet belong together but Nick can be a stubborn fool. His best friend Simon, the Duke of Ruin, tries again and again to set him straight.

I thoroughly enjoyed this standalone book in this series. Ms. Burke gave Nick and Violet powerful emotional conflict along with fiery sexual tension. We get a strong look at Simon the hero of the next book in the series, THE DUKE OF RUIN.

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Advance Review- A Scandal By Any Other Name by Kimberly Bell

A Scandal By any other name

Title: A Scandal By Any Other Name (Tale of Two Sisters Series, book #2)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Kimberly Bell
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Entangled: Amara, January 30, 2018
Pages: 300
Rating: 5
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 4
Description from Amazon:

Julia Bishop has led a very sheltered life. Protected by her family from those who might ridicule her for her secrets, she stays hidden away in the country. But she longs for more, if only for an evening. To kiss a rake in full view of the stable boy. Unchaperoned picnics. Romance. But she knows she’ll never experience any of those things.
That is, until a handsome duke with a mysterious past of his own arrives…
Duke Jasper DeVere left London to grieve his grandfather’s death privately, away from the prying eyes and gossips of the ton. Seeking solitude at a friend’s country manor, he’s surprised he finds himself drawn to the company of the shy beauty determined to present the epitome of proper behavior.
That is, until the mysterious woman makes an indecent proposal…
Julia can’t believe what she’s suggested to the duke. Nor that he agrees a distraction is what they both need. But what will happen when Jasper must return to his duties and leave Julia behind? Will the memories of their time together be enough for a lifetime of solitude for either of them?
Because Julia can never leave her country haven and a duke can never stay…
Each book the Tale of Two Sisters series is STANDALONE:
* The Importance of Being Scandalous-
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* A Scandal By Any Other Name

**
This is the second book in the “Two Sisters” series and I loved it. After being introduced to Jasper and Julia in the first book I couldn’t wait for them to get together in this book and I wasn’t disappointed. Julia has suffered a debilitating condition all her life but instead of giving in she fights back and grabs hold of life with gusto. Jasper has some serious self-confidence issues in spite of his wicked sense of humor. Together they are a couple for the age, but will they overcome their secrets and shyness to grab what is waiting for them?
Each book in this series is a standalone but to enjoy them fully I encourage you to read both books one right after another. You will have your heart warmed and enough romance to last until Ms Bell treats us to another fine romantic novel.

 

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Review- The Heiress’s Deception by Christi Caldwell

The Heiress's Deception

Title: The Heiress’s Deception (Sinful Brides Series, #4)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: ChristiCaldwell
Source: Free, I won this books on a Goodreads Giveaway
Publisher: Montlake Romance, Dec. 2017
Pages: 284
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 5
Description from Amazon:
In the final installment of USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell’s Sinful Brides series, a runaway heiress entrusts her fate to the man she betrayed.
Lady Eve Pruitt has never forgotten her childhood friend, the young pickpocket Calum, who she feared had been condemned to the gallows. Now, years later, Eve is the one in danger. Her brother, made desperate by gambling debts, threatens to steal her inheritance, and Eve has no choice but to run.
Under an assumed name, she takes a job as a bookkeeper at the notorious Hell and Sin Club. Nothing in this bawdy den shocks her more than discovering that her employer is none other than Calum. Keeping her identity a secret is one thing—but hiding her feelings for him is another.
As Calum becomes increasingly taken with the strangely haunting beauty, he looks forward to exposing her mysteries. But when her masquerade is revealed, it’s left to Eve to prove that her desire for him is no deception.

**

Yes, this was another good book by Christi Caldwell, not my favorite of the series. Callum was just too Alpha-unlikable for me and I tend to get disgusted with heroines, Eve, who find it necessary to keep “the” secret for pages on end. These two had a history of a childhood friendship that lasted a year when he was a teen and she was younger, yet he didn’t recognize her or even wonder if they had met. The idea that because she ran for help when he was wounded made her responsible for his imprisonment is just ludicrous. She was a child!

Okay, after all those objections how can I say it was “a good book” and give it 4-stars? Easy, Ms Caldwell can write a story that sucks you in and makes you believe the impossible. I was totally enthralled. I wanted to know Callum’s story because I’ve been mesmerized by the entire series. We didn’t get Adair’s romance but I know for a fact that his story will lead off the next series and I can’t wait.

I highly recommend this series and if you can, listen to the books on Audio with the wonderful performance/narration by Tim Campbell.

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Release Day Review- The Rogue Is Back In Town by Anna Bennett

The Rogue is Back in Town

Title: The Rogue is Back in Town (Wayward Wallflowers, book #3)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Anna Bennett
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Jan. 2, 2018
Pages: 366
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 4
Description from Amazon:

 

Hide your daughters and your maiden aunts…Lord Samuel Travis is back.
—The London Hearsay, special society edition
Equal parts scoundrel and seducer, he’s returned to London determined to mend the rift with his older brother. All Sam must do is take possession of a tumbledown town house. A seemingly simple task, except the house is occupied—by an infuriating, whip-smart beauty who refuses to do his bidding.
Miss Juliette Lacey’s wallflower days are over. She has a plan to turn her eccentric family into the toast of the ton—but the devilishly handsome rake trying to oust them from their home thwarts her at every turn. How can one man be so vexing and make her simmer with desire?
As her attraction to Sam deepens, Julie’s problems grow—she may have, once upon a time, secretly shared a kiss with his honorable older brother. Suddenly, Julie’s caught between a rogue and a marquess, between passion and respectability. Torn between two brothers, what’s a girl to do?

Don’t miss the Wayward Wallflower books by Anna Bennett!
My Brown-Eyed Earl (Book 1)
I Dared the Duke (Book 2)
The Rogue is Back in Town (Book 3)

**

This is a fun read but you do have to be gracious about the actions of this heroine. She often does things that will have you saying ”huh?” If her uncle is so brilliant why doesn’t anyone consult with him about the problem? Who is the bad guy? It isn’t hard to figure out. It does seem a bit too pat that Sam gets everything he wants. Why couldn’t he figure that out earlier? Now I’m being too picky about a book that I did enjoy reading. Perhaps not my favorite but certainly entertaining.

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Happy New Year

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For all my friends, followers and dear family…Happy New Year!!

May our year be filled with good health and an abundance of happiness.

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Best Books of 2017 in Romance Novels Compilied by Deet

I could not choose just ten “Best Books of 2017” so this is a very long list of fabulous reads of 2017. Most are Historical Romance/Regency but there are some other genres which I indicate. If you would like my reviews just plug in the title or author’s name in the search box to the left. (The book covers are at the bottom of the post, scroll down.)

Jan:
Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen

The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne

On Second Thought by Kristin Higgins (Contemporary Romance)

Feb:
If The Duke demands by Anna Harrington

Mar:
Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn
Let me get this out of the way; I am in love with the Bridgerton Series. There, now you know so that is why I am totally biased about each of the books. Every time I read one I think “Oh, this is the best one.” And then I read another and think the same thing again. Start with the first and read through, even a re-read is so satisfying.

A Ladies Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran

May:
Shacking Up by Helena Hunting (Contemporary Romance)

Behind the Mask by Carolyn Crane (Romantic Suspense)

June:
Say Yes to the Scot (Anthology) by Cornwall, Harrington, York, McGoldrick
This Anthology is really a cut above the usual in that every novella was a winner. I’m used to finding stories in anthologies that are good and not so good and in this one they are all better than good. They are excellent. There is beautiful romance, suspense and sexy times. This is one for the keeper shelf.

Kato by d.B. Reynolds (Paranormal Romance)

A Fallen Lady by Elizabeth Kingston

July:
The Red by Tiffany Reisz (Fantasy Erotic Romance)

The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell

Aug:
Traitor In Her Arms by Shana Galen

Dec:
Temptations of a Wallflower by Eva Leigh

His Mistletoe Wager by Virgina Heath

The Christmas Stranger (Novella) by Anna Campbell

Deadly Engagement by Lucinda Brant (Kindle and Audio)

 

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Review- Temptations of a Wallflower by Eva Leigh

Temptations of a Wallflower

Title: Temptations of a Wallflower (Wicked Quills of London, book #3)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Eva Leigh
Source: purchase
Publisher: Avon, 2016
Pages: 387
Rating: 5
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 0
Description from Amazon:

 

Eva Leigh’s deliciously sexy Wicked Quills of London series continues as a Lady’s secret career writing erotic fiction is jeopardized by real-life romance . . .
In society circles she’s known as the Watching Wallflower—shy, quiet, and certainly never scandalous. Yet beneath Lady Sarah Frampton’s demure façade hides the mind of The Lady of Dubious Quality, author of the most titillating erotic fiction the ton has ever seen. Sarah knows discovery would lead to her ruin, but marriage—to a vicar, no less—could help protect her from slander. An especially tempting option when the clergyman in question is the handsome, intriguing Jeremy Cleland.
Tasked with unmasking London’s most scandalous author by his powerful family, Jeremy has no idea that his beautiful, innocent bride is the very woman he seeks to destroy. His mission must remain a secret, even from the new wife who stirs his deepest longings. Yet when the truth comes to light, Sarah and Jeremy’s newfound love will be tested. Will Sarah’s secret identity tear them apart or will the temptations of his wallflower wife prove too wicked to resist?

**

This is the third book in this series but I can attest to the fact that it is a standalone novel with cameo appearances of characters from the first two books.

What’s not to love about a straight laced Vicar and a woman whose writings are steamy romances. Romances so steamy that if she were to be discovered as the author she would cause irreparable damage to her reputation. And if discovered by the Vicar it could mean devastation.

This book is beautifully written, carefully plotted and has characters that have human foibles as well as definite personalities. I loved it and look forward to playing catch-up with the first two books in the series.

 

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