4 Fridays ‘Til Christmas Review- The Heiress and the Hothead by Sabrina Jeffries

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( I give this beautiful cover 5 stars)

Title: The Heiress And The Hothead (A Sinful Suitors Holiday Novella)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Sabrina Jeffries

Publisher: Pocket Star, November 28, 2016 for Kindle

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: ? novella length

Rating: 2.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 4

Christmasy Feeling: 3

Description from Amazon.com:

Stunned by the heat of an unexpected kiss on a cold winter’s eve, two strangers from vastly different worlds turn hotheaded principles into burning passion in Sabrina Jeffries’s charming yuletide story,

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Some of the characters we have met in Ms. Jeffries previous book, The Art of Sinning. The heroine of the story, Amanda Keene, is the heiress to a cotton mill in America.  Lord Stephen Corry is the second son of an earl and a journalist.  He is a reformer and she wants to prove to him she doesn’t need to reform her mills.  The action takes place in an English mill town at an aristocratic house party at Christmas time.  This story was predictable even though it had quite a bit of information about cotton mills in the 19th century.  The intimate scene was so totally ridiculous in the setting that it took me out of the story.  I expect more from this author and usually she delivers but not in this story.

(This novella originally appeared in the anthology WHAT HAPPENS UNDER THE MISTLETOE, 2015)

Now the elves are invading my blog.

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Recent Release Review- The Danger of Desire by Sabrina Jeffries

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Title: The Danger of Desire (The Sinful Suitors, book #3)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Sabrina Jeffries

Publisher: Pocket books, Nov. 2016

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 416

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

To root out the card cheat responsible for her brother’s death, Miss Delia Trevor spends her evenings dancing her way through high society balls, and her late nights disguised as a young man gambling her way through London’s gaming hells. Then one night, handsome Warren Corry, the Marquess of Knightford, a notorious member of St. George’s Club, recognizes her. When he threatens to reveal her secret, she’s determined to keep him from ruining her plans, even if it means playing a cat-and-mouse game with the enigmatic rakehell. Warren knows the danger of her game, and he refuses to watch her lose everything while gaining justice for her late brother. But when she starts to delve beneath his carefully crafted façade, can he keep her at arm’s length while still protecting her? Or will their hot desires explode into a love that transcends the secrets of their pasts?

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Who writes those book blurbs like the one above? Delia and Warren meet at a lawn party where Delia’s friend Clarissa (Warren’s cousin) wants Warren to keep an eye on her friend because she thinks something is wrong but she doesn’t know what it could be. So Warren follows Delia to the gaming hell and discovers what she has been up to.  Warren on the other hand has his own secrets. Secrets that would cause him embarrassment if he were to reveal them.  He decides that Delia’s refusal to give up her nightly sojourns to the clubs means in all good conscience that he must continue to protect her and try to dissuade her.

There is nothing particularly new in this book. We have a heroine who dresses as a man to wade into the gentleman’s realm, a soul-tortured, rakehell hero and again a will-she-won’t-she scenario. This is a long book with a rather slow start.  BUT don’t ever count out a talent like Sabrina Jeffries. This book takes off about a third of the way in and you are in for a wild ride.  There are surprises ahead that keep the pages turning and the midnight oil burning.  This is a delightful addition to a most entertaining series.

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Release Day Review- The Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Title: Duke Of Pleasure (Maiden Lane Series, book #11)

Genre: Historical Romance/Georgian

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, Nov. 2016

Source: Free for Review From the Publisher

Pages: 337

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

IN THE ARMS OF DANGER Bold. Brave. Brutally handsome. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king’s secret weapon. Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed in a London alley-and rescued by an unlikely ally: a masked stranger with the unmistakable curves of a woman.

IN THE HEAT OF DESIRE Cocky. Clever. Courageously independent. Alf has survived on the perilous streets of St. Giles by disguising her sex. By day she is a boy, dealing in information and secrets. By night she’s the notorious Ghost of St. Giles, a masked vigilante. But as she saves Hugh from assassins, she finds herself succumbing to temptation . . .

ONE KISS WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOREVER When Hugh hires Alf to investigate the Lords of Chaos, her worlds collide. Once Hugh realizes that the boy and the Ghost are the same, will Alf find the courage to become the woman she needs to be-before the Lords of Chaos destroy them both?

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Elizabeth Hoyt is the Queen of Dark Historical Romance.  This book is number eleven in the series and number twelve will be arriving in 2017.  That she can continue to keep us poised on the edge of our seat and gasping as we turn pages rapidly to find out what will happen next, is attributed to her fine command of the genre and her expertly rendered prose. Once again we are treated to fabulous entertainment. There is action, adventure and sizzling sexuality. This book will leave you enthralled with these characters for days.

Hugh Fitzroy, The Duke of Kyle is a warrior. He left his unfaithful wife and two sons for 3 years and only returned when she died.  He loves his sons and is trying to erase their fear of abandonment.  He is also charged, by the King, to unearth the identities of the monstrous cult called the Lords of Chaos.

Alf, has been disguised as a boy all her life.  This is the way she has survived in the slums of St. Giles. She is clever, athletic and is known to ferret out the most secretive information. For these reasons Hugh hires her to help find out who attempted to kill him. But Hugh does not know that Alf is a woman nor does he know that she is the celebrated avenger The Ghost of St. Giles. Although Alf looks like a youth, she is a woman of twenty-one and is instantly enamored with Hugh.

“ He turned his face a fraction and then she was drawing from his mouth. Inhaling all his hurts, all his needs, all the hopes he could never dream. This Man. This man she couldn’t have for her own.”

This is a standalone book with characters from previous books in the series as well as characters introduced who will appear in the next book, Duke of Desire. This is an outstanding addition to what has become a classic series of the genre.

The Maiden Lane Series by Elizabeth Hoyt:

  1. Wicked Intentions (Temperance and Lazarus)
  2. Notorious Pleasures (Hero and Griffin)
  3. Scandalous Desires (Silence and Mickey)
  4. Thief of Shadows (Isabel and Winter)
  5. Lord of Darkness (Megs and Godric)
  6. Duke of Midnight (Artemis and Maximus)
  7. Darling Beast (Lily and Apollo)
  8. Dearest rogue (Phoebe and Trevillion)
  9. Sweetest Scoundrel (Eve and Asa)
  10. Duke of Sin (Bridget and Val)

Once Upon a Moonlit Night (e-book only, novella)

  1. Duke of Pleasure ( Alf and Hugh)

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Recent Release Review-The Untouchable Earl by Amy Sandas

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Title: The Untouchable Earl (Fallen Ladies, book #2)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Amy Sandas

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Nov. 2016

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 416

Rating: 2

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 4

Description from Amazon.com:

He’s a reclusive Earl with a painful secret that’s kept him from knowing a lover’s touch. She’s a sheltered debutante tired of living by society’s rules. But when she’s forced from the ballroom to the brothel, Lily discovers the dark thrill of falling from grace…and into the arms of a man who could destroy her as easily as he saved her.

Lily Chadwick has spent her life playing the respectable debutante. But when an unscrupulous moneylender snatches her off the street and puts her up for auction at a pleasure house, she finds herself in the possession of a man who fills her with breathless terror and impossible yearning.

Though the Earl of Harte claimed Lily with the highest bid, he hides a painful secret—one that has kept him from knowing the pleasure of a lover’s touch. Even the barest brush of skin brings him physical pain, and he’s spent his life keeping the world at arm’s length. But there’s something about Lily that maddens him, bewitches him, compels him…and drives him toward the one woman brave and kind enough to heal his troubled heart.

“Are you afraid?” “Yes,” she replied in a soft voice. “But I love the way you frighten me.”

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That description sounds intriguing, right? Well, I thought so, that’s why after reading book #1 (Luck Is No Lady) in this series and giving it 4 stars I thought this one would be just as good if not better.  I was wrong.  Although it has a terrific premise the execution was downright repetitive. The book starts out good, but then it becomes the same scene done a slightly different way over and over.  I didn’t like the characters and although they “talked” attraction, I never got the feeling that there was very much emotional attachment. Yes, he saved her, yes, he stares into her eyes forever and she his, yes, he acts mysterious…wait, that’s not mysterious, that’s just boredom.

Okay, you get it, this one I can’t recommend.  

 

 

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Recent Release Review- Campbell’s Redemption by Sharon Cullen

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Title: Campbell’s Redemption (Highland Pride, book #3)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Sharon Cullen

Publisher: Loveswept, Nov. 22, 2016

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 256

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

With Cait Campbell hiding Scottish fugitives from the British crown, who should arrive wearing his English-style coat but Iain Campbell, the traitorous clan leader and the man responsible for her husband’s death. Iain seeks a healer for his fallen kinsman, and out of a sense of duty Cait is obliged to help. Her uncanny ability to read people is powerless against his dark, impassive gaze, yet Iain is kind in a way that moves her.   In Cait’s company, Iain is overcome by painful memories of his best friend, her husband, who died protecting him. But grief shows weakness—a luxury he cannot permit, because Iain is playing a dangerous game with the British army. One small misstep and he could be branded a traitor or executed as a spy. But even with political tensions mounting to a fever pitch, Iain can’t get Cait out of his mind. What he doesn’t know is that Cait is playing a deep and deadly game of her own, and their love could put everything—even Scotland itself—in peril.

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This is not only a Historical Romance novel, it is most definitely Historical Romantic Suspense and throw in quite a bit of Thriller. The romance is at the core but hang onto your seat because this is a thrilling, page turning ride from start to finish.  Cait Campbell is a broken woman who lost everyone who was important to her and gets through each day by ministering to those who need her healing arts.  Iain Campbell is a clan chieftan who looks to be friendly with the English while trying to advance Scotland’s agenda, but his people think he is a traitor. In this novel we have a twist from the usual tortured Hero, he has his problems but here we have a heroine who has the tortured past in need of the healing power of love. There is quite a bit of will-she, won’t-she. I think we all can conclude that she-will. But so much happens on the way to the HEA that it makes us wonder if either protagonist will survive.  The action and suspense is heart pounding. The love scenes are passionate.

This is a sensuous, beautiful, violent addition to a terrific series.  It is a standalone book with characters from previous books in the series playing pivotal roles. I encourage you to read the entire series.

Highland Pride series by Sharon Cullen:

  1. Sutherland’s Secret
  2. MacLean’s Passion
  3. Campbell’s Redemption 

     

     

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5 Fridays ‘Til Christmas Review-Marian’s Christmas Wish by Carla Kelly

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Title: Marian’s Christmas Wish

Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday

Author: Carla Kelly

Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (September 1, 2011)

Pages: 304

Source: Purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 2

Christmasy Feeling: 5+

Description from Amazon.com:

Miss Marian Wynswich is a rather unconventional young lady. She plays chess, reads Greek, and is as educated as any young man. And she’s certain falling in love is a ridiculous endeavor and vows never to do such a thing. But everything changes when she receives a Christmas visit from someone unexpected—a young and handsome English lord.

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If you haven’t read a Carla Kelly book then you must start here.  Then like me you will search out her backlist.

This is a delightful story with some youthful hijinks, humor, intrepid lovers, soon-to-be lovers and Christmas in the country appeal. All is not Christmas candy, there is an estate in need of a cash infusion and a very overworked young woman trying her best to hold all together. Highly Recommended!!

Oh Really! Now we have Sexy Elves invading my posts!

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Thanksgiving Wishes from Deet

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Review-Faithful by Alice Hoffman

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Title: Faithful

Genre: Literary Fiction

Author: Alice Hoffnman

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Nov. 1, 2016

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 272

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5 (not explicit)

Violence Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt. What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.

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The book blurb pretty much says it all. This a story of the journey from the depths of despair to the realization of dreams and happiness. Shelby is nearly totally destroyed by the accident that left her best friend in a vegetative coma.  She struggles through that despair with drugs, time in the mental ward and self-hatred by shaving her head. She makes mistakes that cost her emotionally but at the same time encourage her growth as a mature person.  The prose in this book is superb, the characterization of every character true to each personality.  You will laugh and cry for Shelby and with her but you won’t forget this book.

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Releasing Tomorrow- The Dare and The Doctor by Kate Noble

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Title: The Dare and The Doctor (Winner Takes All, book #3)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Kate Noble

Publisher: Pocket Books, Nov. 22,2016 (preorder today)

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 384

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 4

Description from Amazon.com:

Dr. Rhys Gray and Miss Margaret Babcock are friends—strictly friends. But over the course of the year, as they exchange dozens of letters, they share personal details that put them on the path to something more. When Dr. Gray helps Margaret realize her dearest dream and she comes to his defense in the uproar that follows, it seems that their connection cannot be denied. But will their relationship stand the scruples of society and jealous intendeds, or are they destined to be only friends, and nothing more?

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If you like your plots with a few surprises then you will like this book.  It is also filled with a friends to lovers theme which will cause you to shout at the hero and heroine.  Not in an angry way, no, you will just want them to realize how they truly feel for each other.  There are some interesting developments that kept me turning pages as it will for you also.  I won’t divulge here because I don’t want to give any spoilers but you will like it I’m sure.

Margaret Babcock is all about her interest in roses.  She hybridizes them and is looking forward to presenting her findings to the London Horticultural Society.  Rhys Gray is a physician who has encouraged Margaret in her botany pursuits and arranges for her to present her findings to the Society.  Rhys and Margaret correspond frequently and have a strong friendship. This is a standalone novel with characters from the previous books in the series making appearances and participating in the story. There is action and sexual tension and some very real doubts about an HEA.  This is a terrific series and I encourage you to delve into it.

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6 Fridays ‘Til Christmas Review- Winter Wonderland by Elizabeth Mansfield

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Title: Winter Wonderland

Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday

Author: Elizabeth Mansfield

Publisher: Open Road Media, Oct. 2016 (E-Reader)

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 161

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 1

Violence Rating: 4

Christmasy Feeling: 4

Description from Amazon.com:

For inexperienced, painfully shy Barnaby Traherne, the glittering society ball is akin to a battlefield . . . that is, until his attention is captured by an auburn-haired beauty. Scandalous rumors swirl around Miranda Pardew and now she has set her cap for a renowned rake. Ignoring the gossip, the already-smitten Barnaby gathers his courage and asks Miranda for a dance. When she rejects him—in a very public humiliation—he vows that when he reenters the fray, he will be better prepared. Eleven years later, he gets his chance, along with the opportunity to deliver to a certain haughty beauty her long-overdue comeuppance.   Once the belle of the ball, Miranda is now an impecunious widow. A stroke of luck lands her a governess position in Norfolk. Before she arrives, her stagecoach is ambushed by highwaymen, and Miranda finds herself stranded with an attractive stranger. She has no idea he’s the nobleman she rebuffed years earlier. But Barnaby has not forgotten her—and is shocked to discover that Miranda has been employed to look after his nephews. At his brother’s estate for Christmas, Barnaby tries in vain to conceal his still-wild attraction to Miranda, but a capricious fate conspires to throw Barnaby and Miranda together at every turn.

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He truly dislikes her; she truly can’t understand why he does.  She is attracted to him, in fact she is falling in love with him but he rebuffs her and is rude to her at every turn.  And yet, he is attracted to her in spite of the fact that he despises her.  He takes a rather careless turn and we the reader, are left to wonder if this relationship can be salvaged.  Set at Christmas in Barnaby’s brother’s home, with all the family around and the new governess, Miranda, winning over everyone but Barnaby.  We hope all can be merry and bright.

This was a fun read.  Since we really already know there will be a HEA, seeing how Ms. Mansfield gets our lovers to that point is the fun.  And she does so skillfully. This is a short read, only takes an afternoon or an evening and you will be filled with some Christmasy, heartwarming feelings.  This is a sweet, tender(eventually) story, not sensuous but ultimately satisfying.

How do these sexy Santas keep getting in my posts?

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