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Recent Release Review- Highland Spitfire by Mary Wine

Title:  Highland Spitfire (Highland Weddings book #1)

Highland Spitfire

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Mary Wine

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Feb. 2016

Pages: 322

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Passion flares between enemies Two hotheaded Highlanders, the offspring of feuding lairds, are tricked by the King’s Regent into a desperate choice: marry or die. Bhaic MacPherson is more disposed to lead his clan into battle than stay married to the daughter of his enemy. But perhaps the intensity of his feelings has more to do with desire than hostility.

And the Highlands ignite Ailis Robertson wanted a husband, not a savage-but when her family was faced with a deadly ultimatum, she had no choice. The union of a MacPherson and a Robertson could end three generations of hostilities between the two families, but can bitter rivals truly become lovers?

**

Alis and Bhaic were forced to marry by The Earl of Morton.  They came from two feuding clans and the marriage was supposed to unite the clans in peace.  But Ailis was wary of her new husband and his clan and they didn’t make it easy for her by watching her every move.  Bhaic did not want to scare her away so he was giving her time to adjust to him and the idea of marriage. But the longer he put off the consummation of the marriage the more his brother, Marcus, distrusted Alis.

This was an interesting look at Highland customs and how the clans operated.  I enjoyed the budding relationship between Bhaic and Ailis. I also liked the feisty character of Ailis and the kind, compassionate character of Bhaic.  The story started out with a bang and slowed a bit in the middle but picked up speed at the end.  This is my first book by Mary Wine but I did enjoy the way she writes and I will search out more of her books.

I can recommend this book to those who like historical romances set in the Highlands of Scotland.

 

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Review- Forbidden by Jess Michaels

Title:  Forbidden (The Wicked Woodleys book#1)

Forbidden

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency

Author: Jess Michaels

Publisher: The Passionate Pen, Aug. 2015

Pages: 250

Source: Purchase for Kindle, $.99

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Jude Samson has worked for the Woodley family for such a long time that he is seen as a brother. But he has very unbrotherly feelings toward the youngest of the clan, Lady Audrey. When they find themselves off at the family’s country estate, long simmering desires will come to the forefront and Jude won’t be able to stop himself from taking that one, oh-so-forbidden taste. After seeing what it has done to her family, Audrey is afraid of passion. But the moment Jude touches her, fear is washed away by intense and powerful lust. Only Jude has a secret that could destroy everything that is beginning to develop between them. And when it comes out, it will change everything.

**

I do like the way Jess Michaels writes.  Her Hero and Heroine are very realistic.  They have much to recommend them but they also have some serious flaws.  Jude’s flaw was to be too hard on himself.  For years he has carried around guilt that affects all his interactions with his best friends and employers the Woodley family. Audrey Woodley’s flaw is to be too impulsive wherein she imperils her own well being/life and that of those around her.  But all flaws aside these two characters have a lust filled, sizzling attraction to each other that they feel unable to deny. The attraction is not new, it has been simmering for seven years and only now boils over.

This is the first book in the Wicked Woodleys Series and Each of the three brother Woodleys are introduced, Edward first born, Evan, And Gabriel whose twin Claire has gone missing for three years since she ran off with a nefarious rogue. Audrey is the youngest Woodley and Jude Samson is the family business manager/steward.

I enjoyed this easy, steamy read and Highly recommend it to all Historical Romance readers.  I have already pre-ordered book #4 Ruined coming in April.  I also intend to read the others before that one comes out.  I just love it when I don’t have to wait for the next book in a series.

The Wicked Woodleys Series:

  1. Forbidden (Audrey’s story)
  2. Deceived (Evan’s Story)
  3. Tempted  (Gabriel’s story)
  4. Ruined (Claire’s story) coming March 8, 2016

 

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Recent Release Review- A Girl’s Guide To Moving On

Title:  A Girl’s Guide To Moving On

A girl's guide to moving on

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Debbie Macomber

Publisher: Ballantine Books, Feb. 23, 2016

Pages: 354

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from Amazon.com:

In this powerful and uplifting novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber, a mother and her daughter-in-law bravely leave their troubled marriages and face the challenge of starting over. Leaning on each other, Nichole and Leanne discover that their inner strength and capacity for love are greater than they ever imagined. When Nichole discovers that her husband, Jake, has been unfaithful, the illusion of her perfect life is indelibly shattered. While juggling her young son, a new job, and volunteer work, Nichole meets Rocco, who is the opposite of Jake in nearly every way. Though blunt-spoken and rough around the edges, Rocco proves to be a dedicated father and thoughtful friend. But just as their relationship begins to blossom, Jake wagers everything on winning Nichole back—including their son Owen’s happiness. Somehow, Nichole must find the courage to defy her fears and follow her heart, with far-reaching consequences for them all. Leanne has quietly ignored her husband’s cheating for decades, but is jolted into action by the echo of Nichole’s all-too-familiar crisis. While volunteering as a teacher of English as a second language, Leanne meets Nikolai, a charming, talented baker from Ukraine. Resolved to avoid the heartache and complications of romantic entanglements, Leanne nonetheless finds it difficult to resist Nikolai’s effusive overtures—until an unexpected tragedy tests the very fabric of her commitments.

**

A stunning and revealing novel of the devastation of two marriages and the redemption of two broken hearts.   Actually all the hearts are broken because no one wins when marriages dissolve.  I read this book in one sitting because I had to know what would happen to Nichole and Leanne as well as Rocco, Nicholi and Jake and Sean.  I had tears more than once both sad and happy.  The author dealt with the emotional issues of separation beautifully and truthfully. I highly recommend this book.

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Kindle Deal-Mariana by Susanna Kearsley

Mariana

This $1.99 Kindle sale may only be for today so jump on this one.

Description from amazon.com:

The first time Julia Beckett saw Greywethers she was only five, but she knew at once that it was her house. Now, twenty-five years later, by some strange chance, she has just become the new owner of the sixteenth-century Wilshire farmhouse. But Julia soon begins to suspect that more than coincidence has brought her there. As if Greywethers were a portal between worlds, she finds herself abruptly transported back in time. Stepping into seventeenth-century England, Julia becomes Mariana, a beautiful young woman struggling against danger and treachery, and battling a forbidden love for Richard de Mornay, handsome forebear of the present squire of Crofton Hall. Each time Julia travels back, she becomes more enthralled with the past, falling ever deeper in love with Richard…until one day she realizes Mariana’s life threatens to eclipse her own–and that she must find a way to lay the past to rest, or risk losing a chance for love in her own time.

Deet’s Review previously posted on this blog:

Rating: 5 glorious stars

sexy rating: 3

Here we have a ghost, reincarnation, time travel a heartrending love story of soulmates all wrapped up in exquisite prose. I could not put this book down, I had to read until the last page no matter the late hour. There is an element of subtle danger that culminates in heart pounding action and suspense. The ending is satisfying and romantic.

Romantic quote: “Ordinarily,” he went on, evenly, “I’m a patient man. But I think I’ve waited long enough.”……”Time we both stopped waiting, and began to live.”…. “These are your beautiful days, Julia Beckett.” He promised me softly.

I recommend this book to all romantics who like their stories well written and totally engrossing.

I thought her book THE ROSE GARDEN was my favorite until I read this one although I have loved each of her novels.

 

 

 

 

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Reblog from BookRiot.Com

This is a reblog from BookRiot.com that I think will at a minimum put a smile on your face but more than likely have you rolling on the floor holding your gut. Enjoy!

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: 69 Book Titles that Double as Terrible Sex Advice

Someone pumped laughing gas into the Riot headquarters. That’s the only explanation for this post.

ryan reynolds flirt

So what happened is, someone (ahem…Jeff) mentioned that Me Before You also makes for awful sex advice. And that just opened the floodgates. I only take responsibility for a few of these…and I’m not saying which ones.

  1. All My Puny Sorrows
  2. My Struggle
  3. Purity
  4. Crime and Punishment
  5. Avenue of Mysteries
  6. Small Wonder
  7. The Turn of the Screw
  8. Rules of Civility
  9. Hyperbole and a Half
  10. A Manual for Cleaning Women
  11. A Storm Of Swords
  12. The Night Circus
  13. The Stranger
  14. All Quiet on the Western Front
  15. Disgrace
  16. The Chamber of Secrets
  17. Stone Mattress
  18. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  19. Tiny Beautiful Things
  20. Everything That Rises Must Converge
  21. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
  22. The Queen of the Night
  23. No Country for Old Men
  24. Into the Wild
  25. Catching Fire
  26. Great Expectations
  27. The Dark Tower
  28. The Lovely Bones
  29. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again
  30. Anything That Moves
  31. Lean In
  32. Howard’s End
  33. The Sound And The Fury
  34. The Bone Season
  35. Single Carefree Mellow
  36. The Naked And The Dead
  37. True Grit
  38. Welcome to the Monkey House
  39. So Good They Can’t Ignore You
  40. Persuasion
  41. Why Not Me?
  42. And Then There Were None
  43. The Book Of Strange New Things
  44. The Little Friend
  45. The Taming of the Shrew
  46. The Secret History
  47. Behind the Beautiful Forevers
  48. Fight Club
  49. Paddle Your Own Canoe
  50. How To Win Friends And Influence People
  51. Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
  52. Invisible Man
  53. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  54. The Big Short
  55. The Color Purple
  56. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  57. The Bone Clocks
  58. I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You
  59. Things Fall Apart
  60. Cry, the Beloved Country
  61. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City
  62. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
  63. She’s Come Undone
  64. Naked Lunch
  65. Stranger in a Strange Land
  66. Consider The Lobster
  67. The Art of The Deal
  68. Bossypants
  69. Getting Things Done

I promise, the fact that there are 69 of these is purely coincidence.

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Release Day Review-The Rogue by Katharine Ashe

Title:  The Rogue (The Devil’s Duke book#1)

The Rogue

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Katharine Ashe

Publisher: Avon, Feb. 23, 2016

Pages: 389

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

Book #1 of The Devil’s Duke

Lady Constance Read is independent, beautiful, and in need of a husband—now. The last man on earth she wants is the rogue who broke her heart six years ago, never mind that his kisses are scorching hot . . .

Evan Saint-André Sterling is rich, scarred, and finished with women—forever. He’s not about to lose his head over the bewitching beauty who once turned his life upside down.

But Constance needs a warrior, and Saint is the perfect man for the job. Only as a married woman can she penetrate Scotland’s most notorious secret society and bring a diabolical duke to justice. When Constance and Saint become allies—and passionate lovers—he’ll risk everything to protect the only woman he has ever loved.

**

I’m sure everyone has heard about those opening scenes that grab you and suck you into the story.  Well, hold onto your hats because the opening of this book will certainly keep you reading far into the night.  Constance is an innocent18, peeking through a door at a rather scandalous party when she is spotted by the one man she has been staring at all night. He crosses the room to her hiding spot and she runs, he follows, this is Saint. There are many layers to this story that unfolds throughout the book.  But one constant remains; these two are destined to have their lives intertwine.

Katherine Ashe is the mistress of sensual encounters.  In this novel we have innocent but steamy kisses as well as indications of demon worship and wife swapping.  But at the core is the romance of these two people who because of class differences are never to be together.

I highly, highly, recommend this book.  You’re gonna love it!

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Recent Release Review- A Gentleman’s Game by Theresa Romain

Title:  A Gentleman’s Game (Romance of The Turf book #1)

A Gentleman's game

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

Author: Theresa Romain

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Feb 2 2016

Pages: 352

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

How far will a man go Talented but troubled, the Chandler family seems cursed by bad luck-and so Nathaniel Chandler has learned to trade on his charm. He can broker a deal with anyone from a turf-mad English noble to an Irish horse breeder. But Nathaniel’s skills are tested when his stable of trained Thoroughbreds become suspiciously ill just before the Epsom Derby, and he begins to suspect his father’s new secretary is not as innocent as she seems.

To win a woman’s secretive heart? Nathaniel would be very surprised if he knew why Rosalind Agate was really helping his family in their quest for a Derby victory. But for the sake of both their livelihoods, Rosalind and Nathaniel must set aside their suspicions. As Derby Day draws near, her wit and his charm make for a successful investigative team…and light the fires of growing desire. But Rosalind’s life is built on secrets and Nathaniel’s on charisma, and neither defense will serve them once they lose their hearts…

**

I am a fan of Theresa Romain’s books.  She has a way of bringing to life her setting and her characters and once again that was well done here.  This book was refreshing in that we were treated to the lower working classes, gentry and minor aristocrats instead of Dukes and Debs.  The care and dangers of raising horses for racing I found very interesting.  What I did not enjoy was the extremely slow pace of the book and I never really felt the romantic connection of Rosalind and Nathaniel. The mystery was intriguing and the plot unique.

 

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Recent Release Review- The Unforgettable Hero by Valerie Bowman

Title:  The Unforgettable Hero: A Playful brides Story

The unforgetable Hero

Genre: Historical Romance Novella

Author: Valerie Bowman

Publisher: Swerve, Feb. 2016

Pages: 100

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

To escape a forced marriage to her loathsome, social-climbing cousin, Cecelia Harcourt banks on selling a romantic novel. But when she’s hit by a coach on the way home from meeting a potential publisher and loses her memory, the accident leads to an encounter with a fascinating man. . . who she’s convinced is the hero of her novel.

Due to his brother’s influence, Lieutenant Adam Hunt finds himself honorably discharged from the army. Adam intends to make his way in the world without the help of a war-hero duke, brother or no. He finds his plans for independence sidetracked by a chance encounter with a lady whose memory has gone. She believes he’s a hero. Can Adam become the man he was meant to be and fill that lofty role?

**

This is a funny, amnesia story with heroine Cecilia convinced that Adam is her fiancé and that he is a Duke.  Told to play along with her delusion by the doctor, Adam, his brother (the real duke), and his sister-in-law all do their humorous best to help Cecilia recover her memory.

A quick read, only 100 pages, this was a delightful way to spend an evening curled up by the fire.  Obviously Cecelia had a concussion when she was in the accident so it was a bit odd that she would go out to a ball the following night.  But I’m willing to suspend some disbelief because the story was so delightful.

 

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Audiobook Review- The Parfit Knight by Stella Riley

Title:  The Parfit Knight (Rockliffe Book #1)

The Parfit Knight

Genre: Historical Romance / Georgian

Author: Stella Riley

Publisher: Riley

Pages: Audio available from Audible.com (Also available as a paperback and for e-reader)

Source: Free For review from the author

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 2

Description from Amazon.com:

When the Marquis of Amberley’s coach is waylaid by highwaymen and his coachman shot, he is forced to take shelter at the first house he finds and is subsequently trapped there for a week by a severe snow storm. Oakleigh Manor is the home of Rosalind Vernon who lives alone but for her devoted servants and an ill-natured parrot, cut off from the outside world by the tragic result of a childhood accident. But Rosalind is brave and bright and totally devoid of self-pity – and it is these qualities which, as the days pass and the snow continues to fall, touch Amberley’s heart. On his return to London, the Marquis persuades Rosalind’s brother, Philip, to bring her to town for a taste of society, despite her handicap. But the course of Amberley’s courtship is far from smooth. Philip Vernon actively dislikes him; Rosalind appears to be falling under the spell of the suavely elegant Duke of Rockliffe; and worse still, Amberley is haunted by a dark and terrible secret that, if revealed, may cause him to lose Rosalind forever.

**

This is only the second or third time I’ve listened to an audio book and I was blown away by the narrator/reader, Alex Wyndham.  He read the book with all the various characters with different voices, I’m not sure if he voiced the Parrot but if he did I’ll give him additional Kudos. There were several male characters and several female characters and they all had distinct voices which certainly added to the enjoyment of the audio book.

This is such a lovely romantic story about a blind young woman and a slightly older gentleman who falls in love with her.  The description truly gives all the details that I won’t repeat here.  The characters were superbly developed and this gave an absolute feeling of reality to the story. The description of the fashions of the time also helped to place the story in the Georgian period. The varied characters and their personalities also brought the book to life; the bully, Robert; The Duke, Rockliffe; Phillip, Rosalind’s brother & Isabel his fiancée, just to name a few of the interesting side characters.  The parrot ads a dose of comic relief. It was such a pleasure to read/listen about a hero who sought out his mother for advice and then followed it.  I highly recommend this audio book and I look forward to the release of Rockliffe’s book on audio, THE MESALLIANCE.

P.S.- I just bought The Mesalliance on e-book because I can’t wait for Rockliffe’s story. Yes, I am impatient and in need of instant gratification.

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Recent Release Review- How To Wed A Warrior by Christy English

Title:  How to Wed a Warrior

How to wed a warrior

Genre: Historical Romance/Highland

Author: Christy English

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Feb. 2, 2016

Pages: 352

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

He’s the scourge of the Season…

Reasons to quit London: 1. It’s not the Highlands. 2. It will never be the Highlands. 3. It’s full of the bloody English.

When his wild spitfire of a sister makes a scene by drawing a claymore in Hyde Park, Highlander Robert Waters knows something must be done. To forestall the inevitable scandal, he hires widowed Prudence Whittaker to teach his sister how to be a lady-never expecting to find unbridled passion beneath the clever Englishwoman’s prim exterior.

Mrs. Whittaker is a fraud. Born Lady Prudence Farthington, daughter of the ruined earl of Lynwood, she’s never even been married. In order to make her way in the world, she has to rely on her wits and a web of lies…lies a sexy Highlander is all too close to unraveling.

He swears he will possess her; she vows he will do nothing of the sort. Yet as passions heat, Prudence comes to realize the illicit pleasure that can be had in going toe-to-toe with a Scot.

Broadswords and Ballrooms:

  1. How to Seduce a Scot- Deet’s review- https://ladeetdareads.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/recent-release-review-how-to-seduce-a-scot-by-christy-english/ 

2. How to Wed a Warrior

3. How to Train Your Highlander

**

Prudence is hiding in plain sight from the London ton by wearing frumpy gray or brown gowns, a cap on her hair and eyeglasses that she doesn’t need for seeing. She does this because she has been declared an outcast because of the scandal created by her brother when he disappeared at sea with half the tons money. Pru believes her brother, Albert, to be dead but there are those in the ton who believe he is alive and living off of their money. When Pru meets Robbie Waters in Hyde Park after Pru saves Mary, his sister, from a scandal, there is an instant attraction between them.  That attraction grows by leaps and bounds and soon they are in love but with Pru worrying over her own scandal she is reluctant to commit to a relationship with Robbie.

This is a lighthearted read.  There are moments of danger and adventure but all is easily resolved.  Prudence doesn’t always live up to her name and causes difficulties and social faux-pas that seem a bit unbelievable for a woman of her time and also her station. She continues in this vein with Robbie by being the aggressor in their relationship sometimes exasperating Robbie who acts more honorably. The mystery of Albert is one that holds the readers interest.

I enjoyed this second book in the Broadswords and Ballrooms series.

 

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