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Release Day Review- Outrageous by Minerva Spencer

Title: Outrageous (Rebels of the Ton, book#2)

Genre: Historical Romance/ Regency

Author: Minerva Spencer

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Publisher: Kensington Books, June 29, 2021

Pages: 342

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 5

Description from Amazon:

From handsome hostage . . .
 
When Eva de Courtney kidnaps Godric Fleming, her only plan is to stop the irritating earl from persecuting her beloved brother. But once she has the intriguing rogue in the confines of her carriage, she longs to taste the passion she senses simmering beneath his rugged exterior. Her forbidden plan is foiled, however, when Godric turns the tables, taking her hostage instead—and demanding they marry at once . . .
 
To unexpected suitor . . .
 
The last thing Godric wants to do is make the fiery, impulsive Eva his wife, despite her delectable mouth and alluring innocence. He knows from experience that nothing is forever, not even love. But honor demands he do right by the lady, no matter how stubbornly Eva tries to hold on to her independence. And while the road to the Scottish border is beset with danger, Godric’s greatest challenge is to keep his hands—and his heart—from his captivating bride-to-be . . .

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There is so much more to this book than the description blurb indicates. In the beginning Eva is very whiny and naïve and so over-the-top that I disliked her, but she becomes more mature as the book goes on. Godric is our typical handsome hero who shows he is capable of being strong as well as kind. The plot starts out being rather tame and then all kinds of action takes over. So there are some surprises as well as twists. I highly recommend this book as well as others by Minerva Spencer.

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Advance Review- The Importance of Being Wanton by Christi Caldwell

itle: The Importance of Being Wanton (The Wantons of Waverton, book#2)

Genre: Historical Romance/ Regency

Author: Christi Caldwell

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Publisher: Montlake, June 29, 2021

Pages: 332

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 0

Description from Amazon:

Emma Gately and the Earl of Scarsdale were betrothed as children—less a vow of future happiness than an obligation. Seventeen years later, the independent miss severs the contract with the now notorious libertine in an unprecedented act of independence. And Emma cofounds the Mismatch Society, where like-minded ladies are free of the constraints and inevitable broken hearts that men bring. But Emma’s rejection sparks in her intended a new consideration of the spirited woman he took for granted—and a determination to win her back.

Despite his wicked reputation, misguided and suddenly lovestruck, Charles Hayden is on a mission to gain Emma’s respect, and he has just the idea—one that the daringly unconventional Emma is sure to appreciate. But as Charles takes bold steps and sets tongues wagging, he makes himself an accidental opponent of his former betrothed. Soon a rivalry is born that has the whole ton abuzz.

Emma never anticipated that with every fiery test of wills, passion would surge. Passion that’s impossible to ignore. In going toe-to-toe with Charles, she risks her heart and pride by falling in love with the one man she vowed to scorn.

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We are introduced to Emma and Charles in book #1(SOMEONE WANTON HIS WAY COMES) of this series and although this is a standalone novel I liked knowing a bit more about these two by reading the first book (or rather listening to book#1 since I listened to the audiobook). Christi Caldwell has once again made me forget about sleeping by writing a good story that kept me turning pages.

Emma, at times, was annoying in her inability to acknowledge her lust for Charles. Instead she just melted every time she sought him out and then couldn’t understand why. Charles was trying to be honorable with Emma but she kept showing up at the most scandalous times and places.

This was certainly a fun, sexy read.

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Release Day Review- The Devil’s Own by Liana LeFey

Title: The Devil’s Own (The Wicked Waywards, book #1)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Liana Lefey

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Publisher: Entangled: Amara,

Pages: 242

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 4

Description from Amazon:

Lord Devlin Wayward, gambler and dedicated rake, returns home for the first time in years, and lands himself and his identical twin, Daniel, the good reverend, in deep trouble. Devlin ends up with a broken leg and unable to travel to London, yet he must return. He’s got an important deal that will make or break his fortune. He persuades the reluctant reverend to take his place in London while he temporarily minds his brother’s flock.

Miss Mary Tomblin is taken with the devastatingly handsome reverend. He represents everything she desires in a husband, after narrowly evading a ruthless rake last Season. Mary knows she’ll make him an excellent wife, but the vicar rebuffs every advance – until he suddenly accepts her help with pastoral duties while his broken leg heals. Mary seizes the chance to show the good reverend what an excellent helpmeet she will be.

The devil takes on the role of village vicar and discovers it’s nowhere near as easy as he imagined—especially when he falls in love with an angel who mistakes him for a saint.

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This is a cute (if unrealistic) premise; twins switching places. They are so identical that even close family takes some time to figure out who is who. Mary is totally infatuated with Daniel the real vicar who won’t give her the time of day. But he persuades his devil of a brother to please try and dissuade Mary. The ruse backfires when the Devil, Devlin, falls for Mary.

I enjoyed this as a sit down and relax, no angst, romance. It was witty and charming and rather sexy but not over the top. It did feel a bit repetitious toward the middle but the side characters were so well drawn and interesting I didn’t mind. I can recommend this book to romantics everywhere. It is a breath of fresh air in these troubled times.

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