Advance Review- As Rich As A Rogue by Jade Lee

Title: As Rich As A Rogue (Rakes and Rogues, book #3)

As Rich as a Rogue

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Jade Lee

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, August 2, 2016 Pre-order available

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 416

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Third in the saucy, vibrant Rakes & Rogues Regency romance series from USA Today bestselling author Jade Lee

A most unusual wager

Mari Powel’s fiery Welsh temper is up. Peter Norwood, Lord Whitly, is back in town after six years romping around India making his fortune. Mari blames him for her social downfall and has spent all this time clawing her way back into the ton’s good graces. How dare he show up on his first day back and publicly embroil her in a bet involving long-awaited apologies, illicit kisses, and Lady Illston’s unruly parakeet? Mari is outraged, and is going to show him-and everyone else-what she’s made of. Little does she know, the unrepentant Lord Whitly has been dreaming of her all this time. Now he’ll do anything to win the wager-along with Mari’s heart.

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This starts off seeming a pretty straight forward enemies to lovers story and yes it starts that way, but along the way we have some surprises and upsets that seem to be unresolvable.  However in the hands of one of the masters of the romance genre, Ms. Jade Lee, all is worked out and accomplished with apparent ease. I can’t recall how many of Ms Lee’s novels I have read but they are many and every single time I am enthralled with the story and this book is no different.

We see Mari’s development from a wound-tight perfectionista to a woman that loosens her stays and states her mind.  Peter also makes some heartbreaking decisions because it is the right thing to do. Together they discover how they complement, need each other and fall in love. There are moments of danger and some villains. There are fun moments while they each try to teach the parakeet “Greenie” a new phrase to win a bet.  We know Mari’s phrase but we must wait to hear Peter’s phrase.  Can you guess? I didn’t.

This is a well written page turner. Highly recommended.

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Deet’s Life- Kitchen Renovation

We have been up to our ears in a Kitchen renovation for about 5 weeks now.  We are almost completed but still have to add lighting.  I didn’t hate my old kitchen, although the appliances were often a trial, but it was built in the 1970’s and it was tired and out of date. Here in photos are our progress. This is the old kitchen.

 

Here is the installation and finish of the new kitchen, and the new kitchen floor which is cushioned vinyl to replace the ceramic, hard on my feet, tile. The dowels in the drawers keep the dishes from sliding around when the drawer is opened and closed.  The appliance garage is keeping things tidy.  The new pantry doors are most welcome since the old ones were nearly falling apart.  The scale is set in a piece of quartz counter material so it matches the marble-look countertops. I got a bit carried away with the size of the fridge but it does have plenty of room inside. BTW the appliances are GE Profile in a slate color.

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Review- The Spring Bride by Anne Gracie

Title: The Spring Bride (The Chance Sisters, book #3)

Gracie spring bride

Genre: Historical Regency romance

Author: Anne Gracie

Publisher: Berkley, June 2015

Source: Public Library

Pages: 308

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

On the eve of the London Season, Jane Chance is about to make her entrance into high society. And after a childhood riddled with poverty and hardship, Jane intends to make a good, safe, sensible marriage. All goes according to plan until a dark, dangerous vagabond helps her rescue a dog. Zachary Black is all kinds of unsuitable—a former spy, now in disguise, he’s wanted for murder. His instructions: to lie low until his name is cleared. But Zach has never followed the rules, and he wants Jane Chance for his own. If that means blazing his way into London society, in whatever guise suits him, that’s what he’ll do. Jane knows she shouldn’t fall in love with this unreliable, if devastatingly attractive, rogue. But Zach is determined—and he‘s a man accustomed to getting what he wants.

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Another yummy story of those delightful Chance sisters.  This time it is Jane, who wants a marriage of convenience to a wealthy titled gentleman so that she will never again be cold or hungry and feel unsafe and she wants the same for her children to come. She believes that she will grow to love whomever she marries, even her betrothed, chubby, balding, Lord Cambury.  That is until a dark, dangerous, gypsy looking man saves her from a gang of youthful thugs and keeps contriving ways to see her. Zach Black is not a gypsy but an Earl recently returned from the continent to claim his title but he discovers he is wanted for a murder he did not commit.  Meeting Jane was not on his list of priorities but she quickly becomes his number one priority.

Anne Gracie has a marvelous way of making a story come to life with strong personalities and unique plots.  Here we have a strong heroine who is bent on saving the man she has fallen in love with.  There is some deceit, some misunderstanding, some strong sexual tension, some action and adventure all adding up to a page turning delight.

Please read this series from the beginning but this is a standalone novel if you must.

(Now I have just the latest book to read.  I will be disappointed that this series will come to an end.)

The Chance Sisters Series:

 

  1. The Autumn Bride (Abby and Max)
  2. The Winter Bride (Demaris and Freddy)
  3. The Spring Bride (Jane and Zach)
  4. The Summer Bride (Daisy and Flynn)

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Review- The Winter Bride by Anne Gracie

Title: The Winter Bride ( Chance Sisters, book #2)

Gracie Winter Bride

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Anne Gracie

Publisher: Berkley

Source: borrowed from the public Library

Pages: 338

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Four young women face a life of destitution—until a daring act changes their fortune and turns them each into a beautiful bride.  In The Winter Bride, a compromising situation leads to an unexpected wedding and delicious temptation…. Damaris Chance’s unhappy past has turned her off the idea of marriage forever. But her guardian, Lady Beatrice Davenham, convinces her to make her coming out anyway—and have a season of carefree, uncomplicated fun.  When Damaris finds herself trapped in a compromising situation with the handsome rake Freddy Monkton-Coombes, she has no choice but to agree to wed him—as long as it’s in name only. Her new husband seems to accept her terms, but Freddy has a plan of his own: to seduce his reluctant winter bride.  Will Damaris’s secrets destroy her chance at true happiness? Or can Freddy help her cast off the shackles of the past, and yield to delicious temptation?

**

Last week I reviewed Anne Gracie’s THE AUTUMN BRIDE and I could not wait to read this the second book in the Chance Sisters series.  I was not disappointed.  Damaris and Freddy are truly two people who are determined to remain unwed.  Together they devise a scheme to help each other remain single.  Damaris will pose as Freddy’s fiancée to show his parents he is ready for marriage and for her help Freddy will buy Damaris a cottage of her very own.  Of course nothing goes along as it was planned.

Once again I delighted in more of those fascinating Chance Sisters.  We still get snippets of Jane, Daisy and Abby but this is Damaris’ story.  This is a standalone novel but you will enjoy it even more if you read THE AUTUMN BRIDE first.  Now I’m on to THE SPRING BRIDE which is Jane’s story.

The Chance Sisters Series:

  1. The Autumn Bride ( Abby and Max)
  2. The Winter Bride (Damaris and Freddy)
  3. The Spring Bride (Jane and Zach)
  4. The summer Bride (Daisy and Flynn) 

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Advance Review- A Duke To Remember by Kelly Bowen

Title: A Duke To Remember ( A Season For Scandal, book #2)

A Duke to Remember

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Kelly Bowen

Publisher: Forever, July 26, 2016 preorder available

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 386

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

Elise deVries is not what she seems. By night, the actress captivates London theatergoers with her chameleon-like ability to slip inside her characters. By day, she uses her mastery of disguise to work undercover for Chegarre & Associates, an elite agency known for its discreet handling of indelicate scandals. But when Elise is tasked with locating the missing Duke of Ashland, she finds herself center stage in a real-life drama.

Noah Ellery left the glamour of the London aristocracy to pursue a simpler life in the country. He’s managed to avoid any complications or entanglements-that is, until he lays eyes on Elise and realizes there’s more to this beautiful woman than meets the eye. But when Elise reveals her real identity-and her true feelings for him-the runaway duke must confront the past he left behind . . . to keep the woman he loves forever.

***

This is an absolute delight of a romance novel.  We are treated to a heroine evocative of Annie Oakley.  Elise can shoot like a sniper and track through the forest like an Indian guide and dresses in disguises.  Noah is the reluctant Duke who does not want to assume his responsibilities and Elise is hired to find him and convince him to return to his duty and family.  Falling for him was not part of the job.  Noah experiences love-at-first-sight and tries to convince Elise that the difference in their social classes is not a problem.

Here we have a very original plot, written with fun banter and some dangerous action and adventure.  It also has steamy, sexual tension. (Keep your fan handy) If I thought that some of the dialog was a bit too modern and some scenes a bit too obvious that only kept me from giving another half star in the rating.  This was still a truly enjoyable book. Kelly Bowen is now on my must-buy list. Highly recommended.

 

 

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Review- The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie

Title: The Autumn Bride (The Chance Sisters, book #1)

The Autumn Bride

Genre: Historical Regency Romance

Author: Anne Gracie

Publisher: Berkley, Feb. 2013

Source: Library borrowed

Pages: 321

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Governess Abigail Chantry will do anything to save her sister and two dearest friends from destitution, even if it means breaking into an empty mansion in the hope of finding something to sell. Instead of treasures, though, she finds the owner, Lady Beatrice Davenham, bedridden and neglected. Appalled, Abby rousts Lady Beatrice’s predatory servants and—with Lady Beatrice’s eager cooperation—the four young ladies become her “nieces,” neatly eliminating the threat of disaster for all concerned! It’s the perfect situation, until Lady Beatrice’s dashing and arrogant nephew, Max, Lord Davenham, returns from the Orient—and discovers an impostor running his household… A romantic entanglement was never the plan for these stubborn, passionate opponents—but falling in love may be as inevitable as the falling of autumn leaves…

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Once again Sonya (  https://sonyaheaneyblog.com/ )has led me to a terrific book and since all four books are now available in this series I don’t have to wait to read the next one. YAY!! Thanks Sonya!

Abby is the oldest of the four “sisters” and she assumes the leadership role.  Having been adopted as “nieces” by Lady Beatrice the four young women try to help Lady B. recover from abusive servants, but Lady B.’s nephew Lord Davenham is not so sure about the “nieces”.  He knows there must be a story that he is not privileged to know and he makes every effort to uncover the “nieces” history.  He is attracted to Abby but he has a betrothal of 9 years standing in the way of this overwhelming attraction.

The author develops the personalities and traits of each character beautifully.  There are some laugh out loud moments that make this book even more enchanting. Lady Beatrice is one of those feisty old ladies that nowadays we might call a clone of Katherine Hepburn.  She brooks no nonsense and will not be thwarted in pursuit of her desires and one of those desires is to see each “niece” married well.

Truly a lovely page turning read with just the right amount of angst, adventure, and sexual tension. I have the next two books in this series waiting for me to read them so I’ll close hear and get right on that.

The Chance Sisters series by Anne Gracie:

  1. The Autumn Bride ( Abby and Max)
  2. The Winter Bride (Damaris and Freddy)
  3. The Spring Bride (Jane and Zach)
  4. The summer Bride (Daisy and Flynn) 

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Review- The Beast of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood

Title: The Beast of Clan Kincaid (Highland Warrior, book #1)

The Beast of Clan Kincade

Genre: Historical Romance/ Highlanders

Author: Lily Blackwood

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, May 2016

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 318

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

A Highland warrior battles to reclaim his birthright in the first of a new series filled with seduction, revenge, and soul-stirring passion…

They call him the Beast—a hardened mercenary whose heart seems as cold as his icy blue gaze. They do not know his true name: Niall Braewick, son of the Laird of Kincaid. It has been years since he escaped into the forest the night his father was murdered. Now he has returned, ablaze with a vengeful hunger. He will gain the MacClaren chief’s trust, gather his clan, and take back his lands. And take the MacClaren’s daughter as well…

Though he pulled her from the river, saving her life, Elspeth has been warned to keep her distance from her father’s hired warrior. He is a barbarian—a shame, as he is far more compelling than the lechers and fools competing for her dowry. Little does she know that, like the castle itself, she is a prize Niall intends to claim…but will he extract blood for blood and possess what is his, or will his enemy’s beautiful, innocent daughter tempt him to forsake his dream of conquest?

**

I thought I did not have this book for review but there it was on my Kindle.  I debated, should I read & review it or not since I obviously had forgotten about it for over a month.  Well I thought to just read a page or so and decide.  I read the first page and before I knew it I was way into the book and not stopping.  Yes, it is that good.

Set in medieval Scotland, Elspeth is The MacClarens eldest daughter.  He is being threatened by rival clans so he needs for Elspeth to marry to achieve an alliance.  She is knowing this is her duty and she will obey her father but she has grown very fond of the mercenary, Niall, who we know to be the rightful heir of the Kincaid lands and clan.

There is so much suspense and action in this book.  The sexual tension between Niall and Elspeth is off the charts.  There are truly evil villains who are willing to make events go their way.  Plus some twists and surprises that made this just one terrific read. This is a guaranteed page turner.

There is a hint at the end of this book as to the protagonist of the next in the series.

 

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Advance Review- An Affair In Winter by Jess Michaels

Title: An Affair In Winter (Seasons, book #1)

An affair in winter

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Jess Michaels

Publisher: Passionate Pen, July 12, 2016 (Preorder available)

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 215

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

The newest historical romance series from USA Today Bestselling Romance Author Jess Michaels Widow Rosalinde Wilde is on her way to her beloved sister’s wedding when an unexpected storm waylays her at an overcrowded inn. There she meets a tempting stranger who sweeps her into a night of unforgettable passion. Grayson Danford never expected a night with the irresistible Mrs. Wilde, but she was a welcome distraction from the unpleasant duty of breaking up his brother’s impending nuptials. He’s shocked when he discovers his passionate lover is none other than the sister of his brother’s intended. Now Rosalinde and Gray will butt heads, even as their simmering desire for each other threatens to boil over. Who will win? And who might lose it all?

**

This is a good read.  Just the right length to tell the tale of Gray and Rosalinde and introduce us to Celia and the Earl of Stanfax. This is a lust-at-first-sight trope, which evolves into love.  Gray and Rosalinde cannot get enough of each other even though they both try to talk themselves out of the attraction.  There is Gray trying to break up his brother’s pending nuptials because he sees no attraction between Stanfax and Celia.  Rosalinde is trying to talk Gray out of his mission.  But wait then there is a twist, a surprise that might just turn everything on its ear.  Throw in an evil relative and you have some exciting happenings.

At the end of this book there is an introduction to the next book in the series with characters from this book.

***

P.S.- Once again we have a very good book with a really awful cover.  The book is so much better than this cover.

I would caption this cover:

her: Do you see it? Right there behind my left ear.

him: Yeah I think so. Hold still, no, no, don’t try and get it yourself.

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Release Day Review- Once Upon A Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: Once Upon A Moonlit Night (A Maiden Lane Novella)

Once Upon A Moonlit Night

Genre: Historical Romance/ Georgian

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Forever, July 5, 2016

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: Not available (Kindle 529 KB), $1.99

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Hippolyta Royle is running for her life. Pursued by hounds on a cold rainy night, the heiress flags down a passing carriage and throws herself at the mercy of the coach’s occupant. Whoever this handsome traveler may be, he is her only hope to escape a terrible fate. But should he agree to escort her to safety, he’s in for much more than he bargained for . . . At first Matthew Mortimer doesn’t believe Hippolyta’s story, that she’s a fabulously wealthy heiress who’s been kidnapped. He assumes she’s a beggar, an actress, or worse. But once his new travel companion washes the mud from her surprisingly lovely face, and they share a breathtaking kiss, there is no turning back . . .

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If you are a Maiden Lane Series reader then you know that Hippolyta was kidnapped by the Duke of Montgomery in the previous book, DUKE OF SIN.  This book opens with Hippolyta’s escape in the night.

If you are familiar with Ms. Hoyt’s Maiden Lane Series then you will agree with me that this just has to be a terrific read. I’m here to tell you that it certainly lives up to all expectations.  So why only a 4.5 star rating and not a 5 star rating? Because I’m being nit-picky! I loved this story, her daring escape from her kidnapper, the interaction between Hippolyta and Matthew and their progress from adversaries to lovers. But…I would have loved more, more, more.  Not that there isn’t Hoyt’s beautiful characterization and a thoroughly charming story. It is just that I never wanted it to end.

There are some side characters from previous books but they are icing on the cake for series readers and if you are new to the series you can start here and not be lost.  In fact I recommend you take the plunge with this reasonably priced novella and then I guarantee you will want to read the series.

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Happy 4th of July

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Happy 4th Home

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To all of my USA friends and followers,

God Bless America!

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