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Quotes By Mark Twain and Carl Sagan

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“Today’s mighty oak was once a single nut who held it’s ground.”~Mark Twain

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“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.” -Carl Sagan

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Review-Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

 

Title: Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover (Rule of Scoundrels, book #4)

MacLean Never Judge a Lady

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

Author: Sarah MacLean

Publisher: Avon, Nov. 2014

Source: Purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from the back of the book blurb:

By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a Duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking—in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered . . . until now.

Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear . . . including her heart.

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This is MacLean’s final book in The Rule of Scoundrels Series. I’m sure I am among legions who wish this series would continue. The series is full of everything we love about Historical Romance; redemption of Bad Boys, feisty heroines, dire straits, sexy encounters, action, adventure and of course Happily Ever Afters.

This final book about Chase, AKA Lady Georgiana, AKA Anna, enveloped us in characterization born of exquisite dialog. This is about a woman forced to be a hard as nails fighter against society because of a scandal who meets the love of her life while she is trying to marry another man.   How she and Duncan reach their HEA is a beautiful tribute to MacLean’s word mastery. The dialog between Georgiana and Duncan is everything witty, snarky, wise and all couched in deceit by both protagonists. But there is that undeniable attraction between the two that no amount of fighting the feeling, continues to fuel their encounters.

Do read this series and I guarantee you will enjoy every one of the books. The series ends here with book #4 but in this book we are introduced briefly to the protagonists of MacLean’s new series Scandal & Scoundrel, to be published later this year.

Rule of Scoundrels Series:

1. A Rogue By Any Other Name

A Rogue by any other name

 

 

 

2. One Good Earl deserves a Lover

MacLean One Good Earl

 

 

 

3. No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

MacLean No Good Duke

 

 

 

4. Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover

 

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Recent Release Review- Mad, Bad and Dangerous in Plaid by Suzanne Enoch

Title: Mad, Bad and Dangerous in Plaid

Mad Bad Dangerous in Plaid

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Suzanne Enoch

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, March 3, 2015

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

She used to be mad about him.

In Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid by New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch, high-spirited Rowena MacLawry has come to the Highlands after a spectacularly successful debut Season in London, and has made it painfully clear that she’s outgrown her girlhood obsession with Lachlan MacTier. That’s just fine with him, as he never had any intention of marrying the lass anyway! Yet how can he ignore the fact that the once rough and tumble Winnie has become a very fashionable–and incredibly desirable–young woman…

And now he’s got it bad

Brawny, rugged Lachlan is nothing like the aristocratic English gentlemen who pursued Winnie–with a passion–in London. Three months away was more than enough to show her a world infinitely more glamorous than the untamed Scottish Highlands–and her beloved childhood crush. But now that she’s decided to find a prospective husband with a bit more polish, could Lachlan finally appreciate her?charms? And is it remotely possible to ignore the wild attraction she feels for him??

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In this the third book in The Scandalous Highlanders Series we continue with the youngest sibling in the MacLawry family, Rowena, who has just turned eighteen and is ready to find a husband. For Rowena not just any husband, she has, all her life, set her sights on Lachlin MacTier. As for Lachlin, he has not been interested in the annoying little sister of his best friend, Munro MacLawry. When Rowena talks elder brother, Ranulf, into a Season in London, she decides to find a husband who is actually interested in her. Upon her return to the Highlands with English suitors in tow, she indicates to Lachlin that he is off her list of husband possibilities. Naturally Lachlin immediately starts to decide that perhaps he should take another look at Rowena as a woman not a girl, but it could be too late.

Suzanne Enoch has given us three lush books about this wonderful family. These siblings care deeply for one another. The characterization is beautifully drawn for each one. The plot is sexy, action and adventure filled and elegantly written. I loved this book. I love this series. I highly recommend both for all Historical Romance fans and Kilt lovers.

The Scandalous Highlanders Series:

  1. The Devil Wears Kilts (Ranulf and Charlotte)Available
  2.  Rogue With A Brogue (Arren and Mary)Available
  3.  Mad, Bad and Dangerous in Plaid ( Rowena and Lachlin) Available

3.5 One Hot Scot (Duncan Lenox and Julia) Novella, Oct.2015

 

 

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Cover Reveal and Blurb-The Legend of Lyon Redmond by Julie Anne Long

 

 

The Legend of Lyon Redmond

Debuting in October 2015 We will finally get Lyon’s story.  This is one of my all time favorite Historical Romance Series.  Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green Series.  Right now you can get E-Book #1, The Perils of Pleasure at B&N and Amazon for $.99.  Other books in the series are discounted also.  The next book in the series Book# 10, IT STARTED WITH A SCANDEL will be out on March 31st.

Here is the back cover blurb for THE LEGEND OF LYON REDMOND:

Bound by centuries of bad blood, England’s two most powerful families maintain a veneer of civility…until the heir to the staggering Redmond fortune disappears, reviving rumors of an ancient curse: a Redmond and an Eversea are destined to fall disastrously in love once per generation.

An enduring legend

Rumor has it she broke Lyon Redmond’s heart. But while many a man has since wooed the dazzling Olivia Eversea, none has ever won her—which is why jaws drop when she suddenly accepts a viscount’s proposal. Now London waits with bated breath for the wedding of a decade…and wagers on the return of an heir.

An eternal love

It was instant and irresistible, forbidden…and unforgettable. And Lyon—now a driven, dangerous, infinitely devastating man—decides it’s time for a reckoning. As the day of her wedding races toward them, Lyon and Olivia will decide whether their love is a curse destined to tear their families part…or the stuff of which legends are made.

The Pennyroyal Green Series:

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Spotlight Tour Review and GIVEAWAY!- Kiss Me Hello by Grace Burrowes

Title: Kiss Me Hello (The Sweetest Kisses, Book #3)

kiss me hello

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Grace Burrowes

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, March 3, 2015

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

He loves her, she loves him not…? In the third novel of The Sweetest Kisses series, single mom Sidonie Lindstrom has her hands full with a troubled foster son, an abrupt adjustment to country living, and an unforeseen lack of funds. When her taciturn neighbor, MacKenzie Knightley, repeatedly offers practical help, Sid reminds herself she’s not interested in the neighbor-despite his kindness, pragmatism and quiet charm. MacKenzie sees the vulnerability beneath her pride, and he’s determined to change her mind…

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In this the final book in The Sweetest Kisses trilogy, we meet Mackenzie Knightly. Well we have met Mac previously in the first two books but here he gets what we’ve been hoping for, his own true love. Along with his brothers, Mac is a lawyer in the family firm but he is also a farrier (horseshoer) on his days off. This is how he meets Sidonie and her foster son Luis. In conversation, Sidonie indicates that she has absolutely no use for lawyers and thus starts the slippery-slope of secrets and omissions by Mac.

This is another example of the impeccable writing of Grace Burrowes. Throughout this series she has brought to life the intricacies of family law as it pertains to foster children and their families. She gives, those of us who have not had the experience of knowing or dealing with the legalities of this area of law, an up close look at what foster families encounter in “the system”. She does this so well because she is an attorney in the area of family law. That she can combine this often heart wrenching scenario with sizzling romance of the true love variety is all the more indicative of her writing prowess.

Mac and his brothers, Trent and James, who had their romantic stories in the first two books, are truly over the top perfect. A few more true flaws would have made them a bit less god-like and more human. The fact that they all fell in love with women with children is also a bit too pat. And my last annoyance, everyone drinks tea!! How about some coffee once in a while. But those very trite annoyances aside this series is not to be missed if you want to totally escape into a world that you may not have encountered previously. You can’t miss with Grace Burrowes writing the novel.

Reading order:

  1. Novella: Kiss and Tell, a prequel novella
  2. Novella: A Kiss for Luck, a prequel novella
  3. Book 1: A Single Kiss (January 2015)
  4. Book 2: The First Kiss (February 2015)
  5. Book 3: Kiss Me Hello (March 2015)

(All of these books have been reviewed by Deet. Just plug in Grace Burrowes in the search box in the left column.)

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Excerpt from Kiss Me Hello:

 “This is a nice spot,” Mac said. “The horses will loaf here in the hotter months because the trees make for good shade, but the canopy isn’t quite done leafing out yet, so we’ll be able to see the moon come over the ridge.” He spread the blanket on a patch of grass up the slope from the pond.

 Sid settled on the blanket, running her hand over what felt like soft flannel, while Mac lowered himself beside her.

 “Give me your foot.” Mac didn’t wait for her to comply. He took Sid by the foot, and drew her running shoe off. “Other one.”

 He peeled her socks down and tucked them into her shoes, then unlaced his boots and set them beside the blanket, stuffing a sock in each one. “Moonrise is always best appreciated barefoot.”

 The sentiment was poetical; the words were not. “Is that a rule?”

 “Suppose it is.” He took off his jacket, balled it up, and lay back to rest his head on it. “Come here and let me hold you, Sidonie. I haven’t watched the moon come up with a lovely woman in my arms for years.”

 She settled against him, resting her head on the slope of his shoulder. “We’re going to talk about rules like this?” He thought she was lovely.

 “We’ll come to some understandings.” His arm came around her shoulders, and his hand stroked over her hair. “I’ll undo this braid while we’re at it.”

 “Don’t lose my elastic.”

 His fingers were soon winnowing through her hair, drawing the length of it over her shoulder.

 “How am I supposed to think about rules when you’re touching me like this, MacKenzie?”

 “You don’t need to think. You just tell me what’s true for you.”

 “True about what?”

 He went quiet again, while Sid repositioned herself against him. She could hear his heart beat, feel the slow, steady thud of his life’s blood beneath her cheek.

 “What do you want from me, Sidonie Lindstrom? What do you need?”

 “Nobody has asked me that before.” She considered her answer, while Mac’s hand drifted through her hair, across her back, down her arm. “I want a friend, I guess. You’ve been a friend to me, and I wasn’t expecting to find that here.”

 “Is that all you want? I can be a good friend. My brothers would vouch for me in that regard.”

 She could not tell from his voice if he was disappointed with her answer, or pleased. “No, that isn’t all I want, but I’ll settle for it, and be grateful if that’s where you want to draw the line. A friend, a real friend, is nothing to scoff at.”

 Another silence, while Mac got his hand on her nape and started massaging the tension there. His idea of friendship would soon leave Sid witless and boneless.

 “I can’t expect you to put yourself out there without showing I’m willing to do likewise: I want you.” Mac’s voice was quiet in the gathering darkness. “I want you at least for a friend, an intimate friend, Sidonie, but I don’t share something that precious. If you allow me the privileges of a lover, then I will expect that for whatever time I enjoy that status, those privileges are exclusively mine. You will agree to this, or our friendship keeps its clothes on.”

 Sid shivered, though the night wasn’t uncomfortably cool, and Mac gave off heat like a woodstove. He was so serious about this, when they could have shared a casual romp in the moonlight.

 She would have settled for that—and settling would have been a mistake.

 She traced his facial features. Beyond serious, he was solemn, as if these understandings he sought could be the foundation for something even greater than friendship.

 “If you agree to my terms,” he said, his hand slowing in her hair, “you agree because it’s what you want too, not because I need to hear the words and you have a private agenda that’s different from what you’ll say to me.”

 He was asking for honesty, the most basic tenet of a real friendship. Friends were kind to each other, considerate, patient, reliable, but above all, a friend was somebody who told the truth.

 “I don’t have much practice with relationships, MacKenzie.”

 He rolled slowly, like the earth heaving up, until Sid was on her back with Mac blanketing her. “There’s more to say.” He rested his forehead against hers. “A lot more, but right now, Sidonie, I have to kiss you. Have to.”

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21527250-kiss-me-hello

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Review- The Duke’s Guide To Correct Behavior by Megan Frampton

 

Title: The Duke’s Guide To Correct Behavior: A Dukes Behaving Badly Novel (book #1)

The duke's Guide to Correct Behavior

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

Author: Megan Frampton

Publisher: Avon, Nov. 2014

Source: Free for review from the Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from the Back of Book Blurb:

All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?

When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.

As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior.

But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything…

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Lilly Russell, along with friends Annabelle and Caroline, has opened an employment agency to help women of unfortunate circumstances to find respectable employment as household servants. The day that a footman shows up at the agency she is alone and he is making a request for a governess for a child at his employer’s home. The employer is the Duke of Rutherford, Marcus, and he needs someone immediately. Lily has no governess on the books so she decides to take the job herself because if the agency can say they successfully placed someone at a duke’s home than it would bode well for future opportunities.

That is how this delightfully, light and breezy love story gets it’s start. Ms. Frampton gives us a newly minted Duke who knows how to sound autocratic like a Duke but he is really insecure about the manners of society. He has suddenly become a father and his only way to learn society’s ways is through the help of the governess. According to all of society’s dictates he should not be lusting after the help and falling in love with the help is even worse. Ms. Frampton imbues this enjoyable story with humor and sexual tension. She also adds in a charmingly astute child in four year old Rose.

The ending seemed a bit contradictory to the previous assertions of the characters but all in all this was a quick, witty escapist read.

Dukes Behaving Badly Series:

1.   The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior (Nov. 2014)

1.5 When Good Earl’s Go Bad (Novella, Feb. 2015)

2. Put Up Your Duke (June 2015) pre-order  available

 

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Free today for Kindle- Romancing Lady Stone by Delilah Marvelle

Romancing Lady Stone

Deet’s 4.5-star review from September, 2013:

This offering of Romancing Lady Stone, in the School of Gallentry Series, is a standalone novella but the writing is so lyrical and the romance is so full of delicious sensuality that I will have to read this series which has three books already published.  Ms Marvelle can infuse characters with personality and the story with exquisite romance.  Cecilia is an older woman (40) who becomes romantically involved with a younger (30) man.  How refreshing!  Neither apologizes or thinks twice about the age difference.  Again, how refreshing!  They do know that their union will not be accepted in Cecilia’s London society because Cecilia is an aristocrat and Konstantin is from a lower class.  How a happily ever after is achieved  kept me turning pages.  Another romance is introduced and we are promised by Ms Marvelle that we will see more.  I highly recommend this book.

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