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Recent Release Review- Undone By His Kiss by Anabelle Bryant

Title:  Undone By His Kiss (Regency Charms, book #2)

Undone by his kiss

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Anabelle Bryant

Publisher: Carina, August 6, 2015

Pages: E-Book, 2473KB

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

A most delicious challenge…   Experience has taught Emily Shaw that men are best avoided, so she’s determined to take her place in society alone and unrestrained by marriage. Renting a room in the heart of London, she establishes a Women’s League to promote equality between the sexes and teach women to be independent.   Jasper St David isn’t looking for distractions, but he’s fascinated by beautiful, fiercely opinionated Emily when she moves into the office above his. And when he learns of her determination never to succumb to male charms, he can’t help but see it as a challenge! After all, Jasper’s always found nothing more tantalizing than the thrill of the chase…

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Jasper and Emily meet for the first time when she is gathering the members of her suffragette type organization on the sidewalk in front of his newly opened office.  The meeting is not friendly for Jasper is in high dungeon thinking that the gaggle of women will drive away his potential clients.  Emily sets him straight as to the public area of the sidewalk and Jasper is quite chagrined at his ungentlemanly demeanor.  Of course this is just the first of many meetings since Emily’s organization rents the office on the floor above Jasper’s office.  There is the coincidence of a dove on her charm bracelet and the dove painted on the window of Jasper’s office.

Anabelle Bryant can weave a very unique story.  There are some surprises that pop up about Emily that add to the drama.  Although when revealed to Jasper they don’t have the effect that one would think.  This is a lighthearted sweet and sexy read that will leave you wanting to read the story of Whimsey and Dash in the first book of this series.

Throughout my reading of this story I had problems with this being set in the Regency Era.  It felt like a mid to late Victorian story.  Emily walked all over London without a chaperone or maid.  She rented an office which seems unlikely in the Regency. The other young ladies in her League of Virtuous Enlightenment also were unaccompanied by chaperones.  This may not be an annoyance to some readers but I found it disconcerting.  However that does not keep me from recommending this book to HR fans.  The story is unique and well written.

P.S.- This cover does not portray “Regency”, the gown is wrong for the Era.  The man looks to be a ruffian not an aristocrat.

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Kindle Daily Deal- The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley $1.99 (Today only)

The Winter Sea

This is practically a classic in my opinion.  A wonderful story steeped in history and so very entertaining.  Grab it at this price.

Here is the synopsis from Amazon:

Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series will devour this hauntingly beautiful tale of love and time travel by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley.

History has all but forgotten…

In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.

Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.

But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth-the ultimate betrayal-that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her…

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Review: Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Title:  Eight Hundred Grapes

Eight hundred Grapes

Genre:  Fiction/Romantic Elements

Author: Laura Dave

Publisher: Simon and Schuster, June 2015

Pages: 272

Source: Free for review from the Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from Amazon.com:         

There are secrets you share, and secrets you hide…. Growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. The secret behind ending a fight: hold hands. But just a week before her wedding, thirty-year-old Georgia discovers her beloved fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive, it will change their lives forever. Georgia does what she’s always done: she returns to the family vineyard, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents, and her brothers, and everything familiar. But it turns out her fiancé is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets….

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Once you start this book there will be no snack and potty breaks.  You will be compelled to continue reading so shut off the phone.  Laura Dave sucks us in immediately when we want to find out why Georgia Ford is driving furiously north from L.A. to Sonoma County. After that it is one surprise after another for both the reader and Georgia.  Just when you start to get comfortable with how you figured things out there is another twist.  Then there is all the truly fascinating information about winemaking.  Delightful, that’s what this book is.  True book readers’ joy. So why did I knock off half a point in my rating?  As much as I enjoyed every twist and bump the drama got to be a bit excessive by the end.  I also couldn’t follow a line of thinking between Georgia and Ben at times.  It was as if the author expected me to intuit what each was thinking or feeling and I was just a bit lost.  That may have been me, just being slow on the uptake. However you slice it this is a good read. I’m sure you’ll agree.

P.S.- Let’s hope that in Ms. Dave’s next book they give her a better cover.

 

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Release Day Review- Brown-Eyed Girl: A Novel by Lisa Kleypas

Title: Brown-Eyed Girl: A Novel   

Brown Eyed Girl     

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Aug. 11, 2015

Pages: 300

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn’t believe in love-at least not for herself. When she meets wealthy bachelor Joe Travis and mistakes him for a wedding photographer, she has no intention of letting him sweep her off her feet. But Joe is a man who goes after what he wants, and Avery can’t resist the temptation of a sexy southern charmer and a hot summer evening.

After a one night stand, however, Avery is determined to keep it from happening again. A man like Joe can only mean trouble for a woman like her, and she can’t afford distractions. She’s been hired to plan the wedding of the year-a make-or-break event.

But complications start piling up fast, putting the wedding in jeopardy, especially when shocking secrets of the bride come to light. And as Joe makes it clear that he’s not going to give up easily, Avery is forced to confront the insecurities and beliefs that stem from a past she would do anything to forget.

The situation reaches a breaking point, and Avery faces the toughest choice of her life. Only by putting her career on the line and risking everything-including her well-guarded heart-will she find out what matters most.

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They are not calling this “Book #4 in The Travis Series” but that is precisely what it is. This is the long awaited story of Joe Travis, youngest son in the testosterone-rich Travis family. The first book in this series SUGAR DADDY(Gage Travis) debuted in 2007, followed by Blue-Eyed Devil(Haven Travis) in 2008 and in 2009 Smooth Talking Stranger(Jack Travis). All are top-notch reads as is this new offering.

Lisa Kleypas has a phenomenal way of weaving her characters in and out of stories from one book to the next while never taking away from the main story line in the current book. What this accomplishes is an in depth look at the lives and world that these characters inhabit.

In Brown-Eyed Girl Avery is a wedding planner along with her sister. A fairly new business that they hope to have a big success. Avery has opportunities to reach her goals but not without some definite moral decisions to make. Joe is not content to take “no” for an answer when Avery tries to repeatedly push him away. The chemistry is explosive between the two but Avery is reluctant because of past hurts and business opportunity.

I didn’t want this book to end at page 300. I wanted more of the Travis family and more of Avery, her sister, her assistant Stephen and definitely more of Joe. This is certainly a page-turning novel. I welcomed the morning light on this one. Don’t miss out on this terrific contemporary romance. Great beach read!

Travis Series by Lisa Kleypas:

1. Sugar Daddy (Hardy Cates, Liberty Jones & Gage Travis)

2. Blue-Eyed Devil (Hardy Cates & Haven Travis)

3. Smooth Talking Stranger ( Ella Varner & Jack Travis)

4. Brown-Eyed Girl ( Avery Crosslin & Joe Travis)

 

 

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Recent Release Review- A Radical Arrangement by Jane Ashford

Title: A Radical Arrangement

A Radical Arrangement

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Jane Ashford

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Aug 4, 2015

Pages: 288

Source: Free for review frim the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from Amazon.com:

Brash and Handsome Sir Justin Keighley is all wrong for a proper young lady like Margaret Mayfield. Everyone knows he is shocking in his opinions, arrogant in his manner, and completely without respect for the common decencies of civilized society. Margaret absolutely will not marry him-no matter what her parents say.

Beautiful and Shy Margaret was everything Sir Justin detested in a woman-timid, sheltered, and obedient to a fault. It’s not until she runs away from him that he finds he must give chase. Margaret is discovering she can be bold and rebellious-intrepid enough to do what she must, and more exciting than Justin ever imagined possible. She’s the last woman he would have expected to lead them both into uncharted territory…

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This is a very delicious from dislike to love, story. Margaret and Justin are so overwhelmingly mismatched that it is hard to believe that they could ever find love. But throw two people together for long enough and perhaps they will find the soft spots under all the rough edges.

I enjoyed seeing Margaret go from a naïve, overprotected debutante to a person who could stand on her own two feet. Justin was a bit too Alpha but I liked how he came around to appreciating Margaret.

This is not a sexy romance but it is very romantic.

(this book is a reprint of a book previously published )

 

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Free on Kindle and NOOK- Novella by Tessa Dare

I’m always on the hunt for a bargain for you and for me, too.  Here is what popped up today.  Available for FREE in the USA and UK and on Kindle and NOOK. (check out some other books by Tessa Dare, I saw one or two for $.99 and $1.99)

 

How to catch a wild viscount

She’s on the hunt for a hero…
Luke Trenton, Viscount Merritt, returned from war a changed man. Battle stripped away his civility and brought out his inner beast. There is no charm or tenderness in him now; only dark passions and a hardened soul. He has nothing to offer the starry-eyed, innocent girl who pledged her heart to him four years ago.

But Cecily Hale isn’t a girl any longer. She’s grown into a woman–one who won’t be pushed away. She and Luke are guests at a house party when a local legend captures their friends’ imaginations. While the others plunge into the forest on a wild goose…er, stag chase, Cecily’s on the hunt for a man. She has only a few moonlit nights to reach the real Luke…the wounded heart she knows still beats inside the war-ravaged body…or she could lose him to the darkness forever.

This is a novella of approximately 20,000 words, or 80 pages. It was originally published under the title The Legend of the Werestag.

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From Author Grace Burrowes, “What makes a man a gentleman?” Plus Great Giveaway

I am pleased to have bestselling author Grace Burrowes here to give us this timely message.  Her new series starts with yesterday’s release of TREMAINE’S TRUE LOVE (See Deet’s review yesterday Aug. 4, 2015)

GraceBurrowes

What makes a Gentleman?

For a romance writer, this question has to be answered in every book, because implicit in the term “hero” is something of the gentleman. Heroes need not be charming, handsome or wealthy, and they might not even be obviously heroic, at least at the start of the book, but they have to be worthy of our loyalty for the duration of an entire book.

In the True Gentlemen series, I took three men who’d wandered across my pages in previous stories—Tremaine St. Michael, Daniel Banks, and Willow Dorning—and found them each a happily ever after. Tremaine is a flinty business man, Daniel is poor and pious, Willow finds polite society an enormous trial and would far rather be with his dogs. These fellows were not obvious choices as romance heroes, but they each had something that tempted me to write stories for them.

When we met Tremaine in an earlier book (Gabriel: Lord of Regrets), Tremaine was convinced that he’d found a good candidate for the position of wife. He offered marriage, listing all the practical advantages to both parties, and he congratulated himself on how much sense his proposed union would make.

The lady turned him down flat, and as a gentleman is bound to do, he graciously ceded the field. He didn’t like it, he didn’t entirely understand how or what he’d lost, but he wished the happy couple well.

Daniel’s role in David: Lord of Honor was to charge to London with sermons at the ready in an attempt to restore his sister’s honor. The very man Daniel accused of wronging that sister had already set her back on the path to respectability.

Oops. But again, being a gentleman, Daniel wishes the couple every happiness, even if doing so costs him the future he’d envisioned for himself and his loved ones. Like Tremaine, he’s a gracious and even dignified loser.

Willow’s appearance in Worth: Lord of Reckoning is brief, but he too is determined to see a sister rescued from a possibly compromising position, and again, rescue is simply not on the heroine’s agenda.

In all three cases, the true gentleman acts in the best interests of those he loves and is responsible for, regardless of the inconvenience or cost to himself. Because Tremaine, Daniel, and Willow were honorable, I liked them. I trusted them, I wanted them to have the happiness they clearly already deserved.

In the Nicholas Haddonfield’s sisters—Nita, Kirsten, and Susannah—I found ladies willing to oblige my ambitions for these men. In each case, our hero has lessons yet to learn, and in each case, his inherent honor wins the day. He might not be handsome, wealthy, or charming in the eyes of the world, but because he’s a true gentleman in the eyes of his lady, he wins her true love.

I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I enjoyed writing them!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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Tremaine's True Love

Title: Tremaine’s True Love (True Gentleman series, book#1)

Author: Grace Burrowes

Release Date: August 4, 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Genre: Historical Romance

 

 

Available from these sellers: 

Amazon: http://bit.ly/AmazonBurrowesTremaine

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/BNBurrowesTremaine

iBooks: http://bit.ly/AppleBurrowesTremaine

IndieBound: http://bit.ly/IndieBurrowesTremaine

More about Grace Burowes here: 

Website: http://graceburrowes.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grace-Burrowes/115039058572197

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GraceBurrowes

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4152482.Grace_Burrowes

 

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$1.99 The Duke and the Lady In Red by Lorraine Heath (Kindle & NOOK)

The Duke and the Lady In Red

Sparks fly in the finale of the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Place series, as the last wicked rogue meets his match.

When Rosalind Sharpe gains the attention of the deliciously wicked Duke of Avendale, she’s torn between her distracting attraction to the notorious rogue and the knowledge that he—rich as Croesus—is the perfect target for a deception that will put her swindling days behind her.

However, Avendale is no fool. After he discovers the tantalizing lady packing up to leave London with his coins in tow, he confronts her with a scandalous proposition: she can have all the money she requires…for a week in his bed.

Desperate for the funds, Rose agrees, but on one condition: he must never question her motives. Avendale quickly sees beneath her mask and discovers she is more than passion and pleasure—she is everything he has ever desired. But claiming her requires he unveil her secrets and lose her forever. Unless he can put his own dark past aside and risk everything for a chance at love.

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Release Day Review- Tremaine’s True Love by Grace Burrowes

Title: Tremaine’s True Love (True Gentlemen, book #1)

Tremaine's True Love

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Grace Burrowes

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Aug 4, 2015

Pages: 416

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

He’s had everything he could ever want…until now Wealthy wool magnate Tremaine St. Michael is half French, half Scottish, and all business. He prowls the world in search of more profits, rarely settling in one place for long. When he meets practical, reserved Lady Nita Haddonfield, he sees an opportunity to mix business with pleasure by making the lady his own.

Nita Haddonfield has a meaningful life tending to others, though nobody is dedicated to caring for Nita. She insists the limitations of marriage aren’t for her, then Tremaine St. Michael arrives-protective, passionate, and very, very determined to win Nita’s heart.

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If you have read books by Grace Burrowes then you will recognize the Haddenfield family from Burrowes’ Lonely Lords series. Nita is one of Nicholas’, Earl of Ballefonte, sisters. His other sisters are Della, Susanna and Kirstin all of whom will have their own story in this new True Gentlemen series.

Tremaine St. Michael arrives at Nicholas’ estate in order to negotiate business for a herd of Nick’s precious merino sheep.   Nicholas is bent on matchmaking one of his sisters with St. Michael. There is some back and forth negotiations with St. Michael not going along with the matchmaking until he gets caught up in the lives of the Haddenfields and totally falls for Nita. Nita falls for Tremaine but there are obstacles and a side story that involves the entire family.

This is a most complex and riveting novel. I have to say that Grace Burrowes is at the top of her game with this delightfully, insightful and compelling novel. She has us holding our breath through hair raising scenes and moments of terrifying events. The romance is so very believable in its slow development with realistic dialog and breathless love scenes. We are given in depth looks at each sister so that we look forward to their romantic stories.

I highly recommend this book to all romance fans. This one is truly at the top of my best-of-2015 list.

(It is not necessary to have read the Lonely Lords Series to enjoy this book, but if you haven’t read that series, I think this book will compel you to read Nicholas’ story when you finish..)

Coming Tomworrow: Grace Burrowes  comes by La Deetda Reads

P.S.- Isn’t that the most romantic cover???

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Read A Romance Month starts today

Romance Read a 2015 tooGo to Read a Romance Month for your chance to read three essays each day by popular romance authors.  They are also giving away a ton of books.  Today featuring the fabulous Lisa Kleypas and Sonali Dev.  The theme this year is “joy”.

Brown Eyed GirlThe bollywood bride

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