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Audiobook Review- A Marquess For Christmas by Christi Caldwell

Title: A Marquess For Christmas (Scandalous Seasons book #5)

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Genre: Historical Romance/Novella

Author: Christi Caldwell

Publisher: Christi Caldwell, Nov. 2014

Source: purchase, Audible $1.99, Kindle $3.99

Pages: 149

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 4

Violence Rating:0

Description from Amazon.com:         

Lady Patrina Tidemore gave up on the ridiculous notion of true love after having her heart shattered and her trust destroyed by a black-hearted cad. Used as a pawn in a game of revenge against her brother, Patrina returns to London from a failed elopement with a tattered reputation and little hope for a respectable match. The only peace she finds is in her solitude on the cold winter days at Hyde Park. And even that is yanked from her by two little hellions who just happen to have a devastatingly handsome, but coldly aloof father, the Marquess of Beaufort. Something about the lord stirs the dreams she’d once carried for an honorable gentleman’s love. Weston Aldridge, the 4th Marquess of Beaufort was deceived and betrayed by his late wife. In her faithlessness, he’s come to view women as self-serving, indulgent creatures. Except, after a series of chance encounters with Patrina, he comes to appreciate how uniquely different she is than all women he’s ever known. At the Christmastide season, a time of hope and new beginnings, Patrina and Weston, unexpectedly learn true love in one another. However, as Patrina’s scandalous past threatens their future and the happiness of his children, they are both left to determine if love is enough.

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This is a standalone novel with characters appearing from the previous book in the series. Although it can be followed quite easily I believe the readier will realize more enjoyment if they have read AWAYS A ROGUE, FOREVER HER LOVE book #4 in the series.

Because of Patrina’s scandalous recent past she is convinced that she will never wed.  She is also extremely contrite over the effect of her scandal on her sisters’ future.  Weston is a widower who also thinks he will never remarry because his marriage was unhappy.  Christi Caldwell tugs at our emotions in this wonderful story of two lost souls finding each other.  This is only incidentally related to the holiday season. It could have been placed in any winter setting.

Note: this book is also found in the box set of SCANDALOUS SEASONS BKs 4, 5 &6 on Kindle for $5.99 and individually on Audible for $1.99.

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Audiobook review-Always A Rogue, Forever Her Love by Christi Caldwell

Title: Always A Rogue, Forever Her Love ( Scandalous Seasons, book #4)

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Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Christi Caldwell

Publisher: Christi Caldwell, Sept. 2014

Source: purchase , Audible $1.99, Kindle $3.99

Pages: 253

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 3

Description from Amazon.com:

Miss Juliet Marshville is spitting mad. With one guardian missing, and the other singularly uninterested in her fate, she is at the mercy of her wastrel brother who loses her beloved childhood home to a man known as Sin. Determined to reclaim control of Rosecliff Cottage and her own fate, Juliet arranges a meeting with the notorious rogue and demands the return of her property. Jonathan Tidemore, 5th Earl of Sinclair, known to the ton as Sin, is exceptionally lucky in life and at the gaming tables. He has just one problem. Well…four, really. His incorrigible sisters have driven off yet another governess. This time, however, his mother demands he find an appropriate replacement. When Miss Juliet Marshville boldly demands the return of her precious cottage, he takes advantage of his sudden good fortune and puts an offer to her; turn his sisters into proper English ladies, and he’ll return Rosecliff Cottage to Juliet’s possession. Jonathan comes to appreciate Juliet’s spirit, courage, and clever wit, and decides to claim the fiery beauty as his mistress. Juliet, however, will be mistress for no man. Nor could she ever love a man who callously stole her home in a game of cards. As Jonathan begins to see Juliet as more than a spirited beauty to warm his bed, he realizes she could be a lady he could love the rest of his life, if only he can convince the proud Juliet that he’s worthy of her hand and heart.

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This is another yummy romance from Christi Caldwell’s Scandelous Seasons series.  I am personally delighted that the entire series is available for me to read and I don’t have to wait for any of the books.  I listened to this on audio from Audible, it was inexpensive, and narrated by Tim Campbell who is excellent at delivering the many male and female voices.

The author is adept at bringing these characters to life with delightfully differing personalities.  The side characters are as interesting and involving as the main characters. The entire story and premise is original and if I had been actually reading instead of listening I’d call it a page turner.  As it was, it kept me up late into the night listening. Now I’m off to read book #5 in the series. I’m nearing the end of the series but lucky for me there is another series already with a few books.

Note: This book (#4) can be found along with books # 5 & 6 in a boxed set for $5.99 on Kindle. The Audio books are $1.99 each.

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Free on Nook and Kindle- David by Grace Burrowes

FREE now on Nook and Kindle but I don’t know for how long so go and grab it now. Below is my review from March 2014. I loved this book!

Title:  David (The Lonely Lords Series)

David

 Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Grace Burrowes

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, March 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

David, Viscount Fairly, has imperiled his honor…Letty Banks is a reluctant courtesan, keeping a terrible secret that brought her, a vicar’s daughter, to a life of vice. While becoming madam of Viscount Fairly’s high-class brothel is an absolute financial necessity, Letty refuses to become David’s mistress-though their attraction becomes harder to resist the more she learns about the man…

Perhaps a fallen woman can redeem it.David is smitten not only with Letty’s beauty, but also with her calm, her kindness, her quiet. David is determined to put respectability back in her grasp, even if that means uncovering the secrets Letty works so hard to keep hidden-secrets that could take her away from him forever…

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Oh yes! Being a fallen woman is no fun at all in Regency England.  But being able to honor your responsibilities and have food on your table requires a woman to forgo many respectable employment opportunities.  So it happens with Letty Banks.  Lucky for her she meets up with David, Viscount Fairly, and he employs her as a Madam in his brothel.  Not respectable but she does not have to “go upstairs” with any customers.

This final installment in Burrowes’ Lonely Lords Series is the most gut wrenchingly emotional of the entire series.  I confess I went through many tissues while trying to turn pages and find out how the happily-ever-after would come about.  I have loved David through Burrowes’ series and I wanted him to find love.  Letty is a very sympathetic paramour.

If you have been following this series then you already know what wonderful dialog and characterization you are in for.  I look forward to more, more, more from Ms. Burrowes’ pen.

 

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Review- The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley

Title: The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation (Duke’s of War, book #1)

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Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Erica Ridley

Publisher: Intrepid Reads, October 2014

Pages: 180

Source: purchase, Kindle Free

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: Passionate Kisses

Description from Amazon.com:         

Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fete of the year because he hasn’t time for silly soirees. He doesn’t need time—he needs her! When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for his family’s annual Christmas ball, Lord Benedict Sheffield intends to enjoy a relaxing holiday for once. But after twelve days of beguiling Lady Amelia’s guerrilla tactics, he’s up to his cravat with tinsel… and tumbling head over heels in love. Regency-set Historical Romance Novella The Dukes of War historical romance books in series order:

  • The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation
  • The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower
  • The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress
  • The Major’s Faux Fiancée

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I confess!!! I got this book because it was Free on Amazon. Yes, I like free. But this one was so delightful that I am truly happy I “bought” another free book. (I’m not always delighted) This novella starts out like a totally ditsy farce like an Oscar Wilde play, then it settles down only a little and we get some romance. Like many novellas, I wanted more of both Benedict and Amelia but I will forgive everything because this was so well written and it left me grinning for hours after I finished. I will definitely be looking at the remainder of books in this series. Erica Ridley is a diamond of the first water.

Free on Amazon USA and UK and possibly others.

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“Romantic Times” Award Winner Review- The Viscount Who Lived Down The Lane by Elizabeth Boyle

Title: The Viscount Who Liveed Down The Lane: Rhymes with Love

The Viscount who lives Down the lane

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

Author: Elizabeth Boyle

Publisher: Avon, 2014

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

She has no desire for love . . .

As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor’s house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights.

. . . until she meets the viscount who lives down the lane

Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her “improvements,” and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he’s scorned society ever since his return . . . until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance.

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This is a book chock-a-block full of wit, humor and splendid writing. We are treated to Louisa’s indomitable spirit for she is a young woman who knows her own mind and certainly thinks she knows what ought to be done when she sees an aristocratic mess. Pierson, Viscount Wakefield was perfectly content to wallow in his depression and drink until Louisa invaded his home with her good intentions. Louisa is the whirlwind that cannot be stopped no matter how much bluster and foot stomping is done by the Viscount.

This is the fourth book in the RHYMES WITH LOVE series. It is a standalone novel so feel free to pick it up and not be lost. There are kisses and more so keep your fan at the ready for things can get steamy hot. Winner of the Romantic Times 2014 Love and Laughter award. If you are looking for a lighthearted read dripping with romance than this is the one.

 

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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)

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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 and Giveaway_ The First Kiss by Grace Burrowes

Title: The First Kiss (The Sweetest Kisses, book #2)

The First Kiss

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Grace Burrowes

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Feb 3, 2015

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Summary:

Classical pianist Vera Waltham is recovering from a bad break up by taking a hiatus with her daughter in the Damson Valley countryside. She’s content with her music, and has no interest in complicating her life with further attempts at romance.

Attorney James Knightley is a numbers guy who reads contractual fine print for lunch, and wants nothing to do with damsels, in distress or otherwise. Nobody is more surprised than James when he falls for Vera Waltham, and the only contract on James’s mind when it comes to Vera is holy matrimony.

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This series is sweet and sexy and James Knightly is probably the sexiest of those Knightly brothers. I found James to be almost too good to be true. He is an over the top romance hero who is kind, protective, super smart, handsome, he can fix a flat and change a car battery not to mention play classical music on the piano, he has a thorough knowledge of horses and is a crackerjack attorney. Whew! Talk about an overachiever!

Now Vera Waltham is pretty much just a classical pianist and piano teacher, cookie baking mother who needs all the protection James can help her with. There is a bad guy stalking her and vandalizing her home. She is also having trouble with her ex-husband. She has a well-adjusted 8 year old daughter, Twyla, who falls for James even before her Mother does.

I enjoyed this book as much as the first book, Trent Knightly’s love story in A SINGLE KISS. However I felt the stories were a bit too much the same with single mothers and school age daughters. I personally would have liked a bit more diversity. That is not to say that both of these books were not a good read. They are very interesting and certainly well written. Grace Burrowes is an attorney so we get the feel of reality when she deals with legal matters.

I can recommend this book for Contemporary Romance fans and also those who like a bit of Lawyers and the legal in their books. This is a standalone but you will enjoy reading the novellas and book #1 also. Mac Knightly’s story is coming in March.

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Recent Release Review- Just In Time For A Highlander by Gwyn Cready

Title: Just in Time for a Highlander (Sirens of The Scottish Borderlands, book#1)

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Genre: Historical Romance/Time Travel

Author: Gwyn Cready

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Feb. 3, 2015

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 2.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

For Duncan MacHarg, things just got real… Battle reenactor and financier Duncan MacHarg thinks he has it made-until he lands in the middle of a real Clan Kerr battle and comes face to face with their beautiful, spirited leader. Out of time and out of place, Duncan must use every skill he can muster to earn his position among the clansmen and in the heart of the devastatingly intriguing woman to whom he must pledge his oath.

Abby needs a hero and she needs him now When Abigail Ailich Kerr sees a handsome, mysterious stranger materialize in the midst of her clan’s skirmish with the English, she’s stunned to discover he’s the strong arm she’s been praying for. Instead of a tested fighter, the fierce young chieftess has been given a man with no measurable battle skills and a damnably distracting smile. And the only way to get rid of him is to turn him into a Scots warrior herself-one demanding and intimate lesson at a time.

**In this time-travel historical romance it is Duncan who is plucked from the 21st century and deposited in 1706 Scotland in the midst of a skirmish between the Scots and the English. There is an immediate attraction between him and the Scottish clan Chieftess, Abby. Abby is told by her friend and confidant, Undine, that Duncan’s presence is the result of the magic Undine has performed and he is there to help Abby by being her “strong arm”.

I was immediately put-off by the opening scene with a modern day historical reenactment battle being performed in the midst of a city or town’s streets. These are usually held in wide open, park like settings not city streets. People walking around carrying their Macy shopping bags would not be part of the historical scene.

There is plenty of action and sexual tension. The scenes are vivid and the side characters are more developed than the protagonists. I never got on board with the manipulations that Abby was fond of. They were always termed jokes but at Duncan’s expense and they were not funny just humiliating for him. The enemy English Colonel seemed smarter than both Abby and Duncan, which made them look foolish.

Too get involved in a book I have to either like or understand the characters. That did not happen for me in this novel.

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Recent Release Review & Giveaway- Earls Just Want to Have Fun by Shana Galen

 

Title: Earls Just Want To Have Fun (Covent garden Cubs, book #1)

Earls Just Want to Have Fun

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Shana Galen

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Feb. 3, 2015

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

His heart may be the last thing she ever steals…

Marlowe is a pickpocket, a housebreaker-and a better actress than any professional on the stage. She runs with the Covent Garden Cubs, a gang of thieves living in the slums of London’s Seven Dials. It’s a fierce life, and Marlowe has a hard outer shell. But when she’s alone, she allows herself to think of a time before-a dimly remembered life when she was called Elizabeth.

Maxwell, Lord Dane, is intrigued when his brother, a hired investigator, ropes him into his investigation of the fiercely beautiful hellion. He teaches her to navigate the social morass of the ton, but Marlowe will not escape so easily. Instead, Dane is drawn into her dangerous world, where the student becomes the teacher and love is the greatest risk of all.

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We are introduced to the villain of this book, Satin, in Galen’s VISCOUNT OF VICE novella (reviewed by Deet on Jan. 30, 2015).  Marlowe is a cub, or thief, in his gang of young pickpockets. She has grown up with this monster after he abducted her in Hyde Park when she was five years old. Now Sir Brook has found her and is certain she is the missing Lady Elizabeth but her parents are away in Scotland. He takes her to his brother, Maxwell, Earl of Dane’s townhouse and soon leaves her to be taken care of by his brother. Nothing about this arrangement is satisfactory to fiery Marlowe, the handsome Earl, his demanding mother or the disgruntled butler.

This is a terrific story with a Pygmalion vibe. Marlowe is naïve and totally out of her element and Max feels he just doesn’t have time or desire to put up with her. Of course that all changes over the next few days as Samantha, the Earl’s sweet, kind sister, works her magic in making Marlowe presentable.

In this, Galen’s first full length novel in the Covent Garden Cubs series, we are treated to heated encounters and sizzling chemistry as well as action and adventure. There is humor and accomplished writing from a talented author. I highly recommend this book and this series promises to be an award winner.

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Release Day Review and Giveaway- Rough Rider by Victoria Vane

 

Title: Rough Rider (Hot Cowboy Nights Series, book #2)

Rough Rider

Genre: Contemporary Western Romance

Author: Victoria Vane

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Feb. 2015

Source: Free for review from the author

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Two wary hearts … Janice Combes has two loves, bucking bulls and Dirk Knowlton. But Dirk only has eyes for a dazzling rodeo queen. How can Janice ever compete while mired ankle-deep in manure? Exchanging playful banter with Dirk is all Janice can expect-until the stormy night he knocks on her door dripping wet and needing a place to crash.

Different Dreams… Dirk Knowlton is living the cowboy dream. Life should be good-roping, branding, backing broncs, riding bulls, but there’s a void he can’t seem to fill. After getting hung up by a bull, he wonders if this is really the life he wants. Restless and rebellious, he bolts…but there’s a certain cowgirl he can’t forget.

When a battle-scarred Dirk returns to his Montana ranch he’s determined to hang on at any cost. Janice has come back home to lick her own wounds. When old dreams turn to dust, can two wary hearts take another chance on love?

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Leave it to Victoria Vane to introduce this eastern seaboard girl (me) to the life of rodeo cowboys and cowgirls. I was totally enthralled with the workings of the rodeo and the lives of the rodeo people. She brought to life this world that I only remember from a childhood visit to Madison Square Garden in NYC when I was just a kid. But beyond the vivid atmosphere of the rodeo world there is a story of a guy who makes some very bad decisions and a woman who hangs on to her love even when it looks like it will never mean a relationship.

I didn’t always like Dirk. He was so stubborn in his thinking that it was rather annoying. I wanted to tell Janice to “snap out of it” and move on with her life since Dirk really did look like a dead-end. But when she did attempt to move on it also looked like a bad move. Could these two ever make a solid relationship? To be perfectly honest I didn’t think it could happen.

This is a really good book and if you have never read a western romance then you are really in for a treat. This is the second book in the series, it is a standalone but do read Victoria Vane’s SLOW HAND about Dirk’s brother Wade.

SLOW HAND Deet’s review here:  https://ladeetdareads.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/recent-release-review-slow-hand-by-victoria- vane/

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 Hot Cowboy Nights Series:

1. Slow Hand (Nov. 2014)

2. Rough Rider (Feb. 2015)

3. Sharp shooter (June 2015)

 

 

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