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Recent Release Review- How To Impress A Marquess by Susanna Ives

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Title: How To Impress a Marquess (Wicked Little Secrets, book #3)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Susanna Ives

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Nov. 1, 2016

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 384

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating:

Description from Amazon.com:         

TAKE ONE MARQUESS: Proper, put-upon, dependable, but concealing a sensitive artist’s soul. ADD ONE BOHEMIAN LADY: Creative, boisterous, unruly, but secretly yearning for a steadfast love, home, and family. STIR in a sensational serialized story that has society ravenous for each installment. COMBINE with ambitious guests at an ill-fated house party hosted by a treacherous dowager possessing a poison tongue. SHAKE until a stuffy marquess and rebellious lady make a shocking discovery: the contents of their hearts are just alike.

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An Enemies-to-Lovers trope with a huge smattering of humorous banter. Did that grab you, because it certainly is what I live for in a historical romance novel? The hero and heroine are trounced with issues. We have a curmudgeon of a 32 year old bachelor and an emotionally damaged young woman who is not going to take it anymore. He is her guardian with a tight hold on the purse strings.  She wants control of her own life. That is the battle.  Their HEA is truly up for grabs and I turned pages laughing and nervous about how they could get together.

I loved this story, I loved these characters and I urge you to read this book, which is a standalone book in this series. You’re gonna love it.

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Review- Learning To ride by Erin Knightley

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Title: Learning To Ride

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Western

Author: Erin Knightley

Publisher: BookShots, July 2016

Source: Free for review from the Amazon vine Program

Pages: 144

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 0

Description from Amazon.com:         

She never wanted to love a cowboy. . . . Rodeo king Tanner Callen doesn’t want to be tied down. When he sees Madeline Harper at a local honky-tonk and everything about her screams New York, he brings out every trick in his playbook to take her home. But soon he learns that he doesn’t just want her for a night and, instead, hopes for forever. . . .

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This is a fun, fast read. The emotional/sensual tension is off the charts. Tanner is a retired rodeo champion helping his grandparents on their ranch. Madeline is a high powered executive in the Texas town to help in the acquisition of a local company. They meet in the local honky-tonk bar and sparks fly and they fall in lust. This is not exactly a new storyline but it is one with so much emotion that you will flip pages and breathe heavy. It is short so you can finish in an evening during this busy time of year. I’m now going to read Erin Knightly’s backlist.

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7-Fridays ‘Til Christmas Review- A Christmas Kiss by Elizabeth Mansfield

Title: A Christmas Kiss

Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday

Author: Elizabeth Mansfield

Publisher: Open road Media, Oct. 2016, Kindle

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 180

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 1

Violence Rating: 1

Christmasy Feeling: 3

Description from Amazon.com:

After defending her virtue by striking the besotted son of her employer, Miss Evalyn Pennington is discharged from her position under a cloud of scandal. With no place to go and no prospects for the coming year, the impoverished governess accepts an invitation from Jamie Everard, heir to an earldom, to spend the holidays at his family’s estate. But Evalyn has barely settled in at Gyllford Manor when she catches the eye of Philip Everard, the fourth Earl of Gyllford—and Jamie’s father.   After his wife died, Philip vowed to never marry again, despite his sister’s best efforts to reintroduce him to London society. Then, his son brings a guest home for Christmas. Is the lovely, intelligent Evalyn the woman to make his footloose son settle down at last? But why does Jamie treat Evalyn in such a cavalier manner? And what is Philip to do about the reigning beauty of London who has set her cap for him—and is about to set in motion a scheme that will have far-reaching consequences for them all?   A witty and warm tale about morals, mores, marriage, and mistaken intentions, this classic Regency holiday romance introduces a woman who refuses to surrender her ideals, and a man in danger of losing the one thing he swore never again to give: his heart.

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This book was originally published in 1978.  It has just recently been made available on Kindle.  I enjoyed this short book.  The story was well plotted and the characters were perfectly realized.  It is a story of misinformation and misunderstandings.  Evalyn is a no-nonsense spinster governess and Phillip is an Earl 20 years older than her with a 22year old son.  Phillip has no intention of remarrying and he is somewhat chagrined to find out his son has brought home a lovely woman to wed.  Or has he?  It is the holidays in the country and the family has gathered along with friends and Jamie’s guest Evalyn.  False assumptions are made in this humorous story.

This is the second holiday story I have read by the late Elizabeth Mansfield and there is one more on my TBR (To-Be-Read) pile that I’m excited to get to read.  I have enjoyed this story and once again I am looking forward to reading more romances from the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s. I’m enjoying the fact that so many of these out of print books are being made available on e-readers.

These Sexy Santas keep sneaking in my blog!

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Advance Review- Lucifer by D.B. Reynolds

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Title: Lucifer (Vampires In America: The Vampire wars, book11)

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Suspense

Author: D.B. Reynolds

Publisher: ImaJinn, Nov. 18, 2016 (preorder available)

Source: Free For review from the publisher

Pages: 303

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5+

Violence Rating: 5+

Description from Amazon.com:

Montreal, Quebec . . . A charming city on the St. Lawrence River, historic, sophisticated, but beneath it all lies an extensive underground where treacherous vampires are plotting to seize the country. Lucifer Scuderi is a vampire—handsome and charismatic, a powerful hunter of unusual skill—who arrives in Montreal to take on the most important hunt of his life. Someone has kidnapped the mate of Canada’s ruling vampire lord, and it’s up to Lucifer to find him before his death sets off a crisis that could engulf the entire continent. Eleanor Morel lost everything—including the love of her life—when she became a vampire. But now, twenty years later, she’s a trusted bodyguard to the Canadian lord, Sophia, and the only person Sophia can count on to lead the search for her endangered mate. But what Eleanor doesn’t know is that the special hunter she’ll be working with is none other than her long-lost love. And he’s demanding answers. Lucifer’s love for Eleanor burns as hot as his anger towards her for leaving him. But they’ll have to find a way to set history aside and work together if they’re going to unravel the twisted betrayal that threatens not only Sophia and her mate, but the whole continent. Because the European vampires are on the move. And if Canada falls, the rest of North America could follow . . .

(D. B. Reynolds is the RT and EPIC Award-Winning author of the Vampires in America series of paranormal romance and an Emmy-nominated television sound editor. She lives with her husband of many years in a flammable canyon near Los Angeles, and when she’s not writing her own books, she can usually be found reading someone else’s. Visit her blog at dbreynolds.com for details on all of her books, for free stories, and more.)

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I’m always wondering how to classify the genre of the Vampires In America Series.  Yes, it is Paranormal Romance but it is also Urban Fantasy, Romantic Suspense and Erotic Romance.  It is romance in that the focus is always on the romantic involvement of the main characters but the running side story is all about vampire politics which is often violent and conniving.  In this installment we are treated to the most romantic of all of Reynolds’ vampires.  Lucifer Scuderi loved Eleanor before she was made a vampire and lost her twenty years ago. Now he finds her again as his aide in recovering the kidnapped Colin and he has no intentions of losing her again. Eleanor is still besotted with Lucifer but thinks that their relationship is doomed because she thinks two vampires cannot find happiness together. Together they make a formidable team in the search for Colin.

This series is still going strong after eleven books which is to the credit of terrific writing and an author not afraid to change things up. Always, Ms. Reynolds’ heroines are feisty and quite able to take care of themselves in this violent world. Eleanor is a vampire to be reckoned with. Humans, those not a love interest of the protagonists, are relegated to bit-part players, usually as daytime trusted guards of the vampires. I would like to see humans playing a more pivotal role in the series. There is a lot of sex in this book. A lot! I personally would have liked less because the story did not need this amount to carry the plot or theme. I even found myself skipping some sex scenes, which is far beyond what I usually do, so I could get back to the meat of the story. The action scenes are truly well choreographed and leave us biting our nails to wait for the end of the confrontation.  The suspense is riveting.

This is a superb addition to a superb series.  Yes, this is a standalone book but you would do well to enjoy the entire series starting with book #1 RAPHAEL. You can type in my search box Vampires In America to find my reviews for all of the books in the series.

 

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Recent Release Review- The Legendary Lord by Valerie Bowman

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Title: The Legendary Lord (The Playful Brides Series, book #6)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Valerie bowman

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, Nov. 1, 2016)

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 318

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 0

Description from Amazon.com:

When Christian Forester, Viscount Berkeley, flees the stuffy ballrooms of London for his Scottish hunting lodge, the last thing he expects to find ensconced before his fire is an incredibly beautiful woman. But the plight of lovely young Sarah Highgate, who has run away from an unwanted betrothal, inspires an eminently practical exchange. He’ll safeguard her reputation with the ton while she advises him how to best attract a proper bride…

 

As the undisputed belle of the season, Sarah has enchanted plenty of suitors. Still, she isn’t interested in marriage, especially not to the pompous bore her father has chosen for her. But her hasty escape seems reckless now that she’s estranged from her family and has no one to count on besides Christian. Turning the luckless lord into such a catch has another unplanned consequence for Sarah: Has he run away with her heart?

The Legendary Lord is the sixth installment of Valerie Bowman’s Regency-set Playful Brides series.

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Christian Forester arrives at his hunting lodge in rough clothes and sporting a beard.  Sarah Highgate has sought shelter from the winter prior to his arrival in the lodge.  After some tense first moments they become sociable and she agrees to tutor him in the ways to become the most sought after bachelor in the London Season.  He agrees to get her back to London, her fiancé and strict parents without a breath of scandal.  They both succeed and then the trouble starts.

Ms. Bowman has given us characters with personality, some flaws and much likability.  There is some angst about their outcome and I turned pages quickly to find out how these two people would be brought together. There are some very sexy scenes and I always question if a sweet sheltered Regency Miss would have been such a willing participant. But since those scenes are expected in Romance novels today, I encourage readers, who do object, to just skip the parts that offend you instead of missing out on superb storytelling.

I have loved every one of the books in the Playful Brides Series.  I confess I did miss book #2 but I still intend to right that wrong.  This is a standalone book but Characters from past books in the series do make appearances and they do make for interesting reading here as well as in their own previous books.  Also side characters here, Meg and Hart, definitely need their story told in a future volume. I usually hope that a series ends about this number of books but in the case of Playful Brides, I never want it to end.  Too much fun is anticipated with each new book.

I encourage you to read Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides series:

  1. The Unexpected Duchess, Lucy and Derek’s story (Deet’s rating 4-stars)
  2. The Accidental Countess, Cass and Julian’s story
  3. The Unlikely Lady, Jane and Garrett’s story (Deet’s rating 4-stars)
  4. The Irresistible Rogue, Daphne and Rafe’s story (Deet’s rating 4-stars)
  5. The Untamed Earl, Alex and Owen’s story (Deet’s rating 5-stars)

Here are excerpts from my reviews of the books in the series:

What a delight to find an author who is so accomplished at bringing forth stunning characterization and a plot filled with good writing and humorous moments. (The Unexpected Duchess, book#1)

Jane and Garrett are two of the most likeable protagonists in romance. She is a deep intellectual who discovers her passionate side and he is the thoughtful pseudo-rake who suddenly is captivated by a woman he thought he didn’t like. (The Unlikely Lady, book#3)

There is some fast and loose playing with actual Regency Era language and actions of a virgin young lady.  Sometimes this bothers me, but in this book I was laughing too hard to care. (The Irresistible Rogue, book#4)

Are you looking for a feel good book.  This is the one.  Valerie Bowman has given us a wonderfully witty love story of a young woman who knows what she wants and an older man who has to be taught what he wants. (The Untamed Earl, book #5)

 

 

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8 Fridays ‘Til Christmas Review- Holiday House Parties by Elizabeth Mansfield

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Title: Holiday House Parties

Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday/Novellas

Author: Elizabeth Mansfield

Publisher: Open Road Media, Oct. 2016

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 117

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 3

Violence Rating:0

Description from Amazon.com:

Unlikely lovers find passion under the Christmas mistletoe in this duet of Regency tales from an award-winning romance author.

In “The Girl with Airs,” Lord Dunvegan—Laird Geordie to his friends—attempts to persuade bluestocking Caroline Woolcott to give his besotted, tongue-tied friend Sir Archibald Halford a chance to win her hand in marriage. A Scotsman banished to England to cultivate a more genteel manner, Geordie has yet to meet a female who tempts him to settle down. It certainly isn’t the headstrong lass who wants nothing to do with Archie—or Geordie. But then Geordie’s father decides the standoffish Caroline would make an ideal bride for his wayward son, and a sizzling kiss in the doorway of a grand Lancashire estate turns two warring hearts to love . . .

** Deet’s Thoughts: This is a very cute story in spite of Caroline’s grumpy demeanor. She frequently berates him for his use of Scottish expressions.  Archie finds another lady more interesting so there is no impediment to Geordie’s pursuit, if he was so inclined. We do wonder if these two will manage to get together. Christmasy feeling: 4

In “A Sneeze on Tuesday,” Elinor Selby succumbs to the worst cold she’s ever known five days before Christmas, and her entire future takes a catastrophic turn. After an absence of five years, Elinor’s betrothed, Julian Henshaw, Lord Lovebourne, is due home any day. Were it not for her quick-thinking, curmudgeonly neighbor, Miles Endicott, on whom she’s relied since childhood, she might not be able to cope with the momentous reunion. But then an unexpected series of events forces Elinor and Miles to take part in a scandalous deception that will ignite a firestorm of longing and love.

** Deet’s Thoughts: Julian makes his biggest homecoming mistake in thinking Elinor’s cousin is Elinor and gives her a hug.  It’s been five years and Elinor has changed but she didn’t think that much of a change.  Elinor thinks herself indispensable around the house and because of her over active demeanor she ends up sick in bed for the holiday.  Miles is the one person she has been able to count on and they do realize that they are destined to fall in love.  A nother cute story with plenty of Christmassy spirit. Christmassy Feeling: 5

These two stories are perfect reads for your hectic holiday season. They are short, filled with Christmassy feeling and give you happily ever afters.

Sexy Santa compliments of Deet

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