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Release Day Review- The Rogue Is Back In Town by Anna Bennett

The Rogue is Back in Town

Title: The Rogue is Back in Town (Wayward Wallflowers, book #3)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Anna Bennett
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Jan. 2, 2018
Pages: 366
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 4
Description from Amazon:

 

Hide your daughters and your maiden aunts…Lord Samuel Travis is back.
—The London Hearsay, special society edition
Equal parts scoundrel and seducer, he’s returned to London determined to mend the rift with his older brother. All Sam must do is take possession of a tumbledown town house. A seemingly simple task, except the house is occupied—by an infuriating, whip-smart beauty who refuses to do his bidding.
Miss Juliette Lacey’s wallflower days are over. She has a plan to turn her eccentric family into the toast of the ton—but the devilishly handsome rake trying to oust them from their home thwarts her at every turn. How can one man be so vexing and make her simmer with desire?
As her attraction to Sam deepens, Julie’s problems grow—she may have, once upon a time, secretly shared a kiss with his honorable older brother. Suddenly, Julie’s caught between a rogue and a marquess, between passion and respectability. Torn between two brothers, what’s a girl to do?

Don’t miss the Wayward Wallflower books by Anna Bennett!
My Brown-Eyed Earl (Book 1)
I Dared the Duke (Book 2)
The Rogue is Back in Town (Book 3)

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This is a fun read but you do have to be gracious about the actions of this heroine. She often does things that will have you saying ”huh?” If her uncle is so brilliant why doesn’t anyone consult with him about the problem? Who is the bad guy? It isn’t hard to figure out. It does seem a bit too pat that Sam gets everything he wants. Why couldn’t he figure that out earlier? Now I’m being too picky about a book that I did enjoy reading. Perhaps not my favorite but certainly entertaining.

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Merry Christmas

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‘Twas The Night Before…

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Santa’s Elves vacationing in my state of Florida. Reason enough to get away from the snow. 

Enjoy your night before Christmas with those you love gathered around your tree.

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Review- His Mistletoe Wager by Virginia Heath

The Mistletoe Wager

Title: His Mistletoe Wager
Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday
Author: Virginia Heath
Source: Purchase for Kindle
Publisher: Harlequin Historical, Oct. 2017
Pages: 288
Rating: 5
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 4
Christmasy Feeling: 4
Description from Amazon:

“Five berries equal the five separate kisses I challenge you to steal.”
Notorious rake Henry Stuart, Earl of Redbridge, is certain he’ll win his Christmas bet—until he learns he’ll be stealing Lady Elizabeth Wilding’s kisses. A woman who refuses to be charmed!
Once jilted, Lizzie must guard her heart, because the ton is unaware of her scandalous secret—her son! Despite their increasing attraction, she can’t risk the persistent Hal bringing down her defenses. But when her former fiancé returns, Lizzie realizes that perhaps Hal’s the one man she can trust—with her heart and her son…

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Here is another gem of a story for the holidays. Her father who is determined to see her settled in a marriage is carting Lizzie to all the ton holiday events. But Lizzie has plans to go to a cottage in the north with her son ,Georgie, where they can live without fear of scandal. Hal has made a wager with his brother-in-law, Aaron, that he can steal 5 kisses from Lizzie before Twelthnight. All manner of attraction, lust, villainany and secrets abound.

Terrific characterizations, a strong heroine and a handsome hero plus some excellent prose and plotting. All add up to a 5 star romance.

 

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Novella Review- The Christmas Stranger by Anna Campbell

The Christmas Stranger

Title: The Christmas Stranger: A Regency Novella
Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday
Author: Anna Campbell
Source: Purchase ($.99-Kindle)
Publisher: Anna Campbell, Nov. 2017
Pages: 153
Rating: 5
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 0
Christmasy Feeling: 4
Description from Amazon:

At Christmastime, a stranger crossing the threshold means good fortune…

When Josiah Hale, society’s favorite aristocratic architect, stumbles upon an isolated manor house in the middle of a snowstorm, he feels like he’s entered a fairytale world. And Sleeping Beauty in this secret corner of Yorkshire is lovely, vulnerable Maggie Carr, surely a princess disguised as a humble housekeeper. Is Josiah her prince – or the man who will break her heart and leave her life in ruins?

But is the stranger’s arrival lucky for the girl Christmas forgot?

Maggie Carr has worked as a housekeeper at isolated Thorncroft Hall since her beloved mother died five years ago. No matter how often she tells herself she’s accustomed to being poor and alone, Christmas always stirs poignant memories of a time when she had a place in the world and a family to love. But this Christmas, a handsome stranger bursts into her solitary world and makes her feel like a desirable woman. Maggie has already lost so much to cruel fate. Now as the season advances and she finds herself in thrall to the man who challenges her loneliness and turns winter nights to sultry summer, what price will this irresistible passion demand of her?

Will the Yuletide enchantment vanish with the season’s decorations? Or have Maggie and her Christmas stranger discovered a magic to sustain them through a lifetime of happiness?

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There are storytellers, and then there are master storytellers, Anna Campbell is the later. This novella was so refreshing after reading several highly touted authors who left me bored and sorry I spent money on their uninteresting novels. Novellas are notorious for lacking the length to develop characters but Anna Campbell seems to not have heard that remark, for Maggie and Joss are very well-rounded. We are treated to significant background on both as well as important side characters. There is enough snow and evergreen gathering to give us that Christmasy Feeling and who among us doesn’t like a snowed-in-at-Christmas tale. Maggie falls in love over a few days but Joss is smitten at first glance. Not an original trope but in the deft hands of Ms. Campbell it is altogether enthralling.

Since it is only 3 days ‘til Christmas, and you are tuckered out from all that baking, cooking, shopping and wrapping not to mention decorating, this book is $.99 on Kindle so treat yourself an take a well deserved reading break. Don’t forget the Hot Chocolate, after all this is a regency novella.

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So sorry, those Santa elves just pop up uninvited. Anyone for a trip to the North Pole?

 

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Review- Deadly Engagement by Lucinda Brant

Deadly Engagement

Title: Deadly Engagement
Genre: Historical Mystery/Romance
Author: Lucinda Brandt
Source: Purchase
Publisher: Sprigleaf 2011
Pages: 328
Rating: 5
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 5
Description from Amazon:

Spring 1763. Career diplomat Alec Halsey returns to London to the shocking news his estranged brother, the Earl of Delvin, has not only killed his friend in a duel but is engaged to the woman Alec hoped to marry. The dead man’s mother wants Alec to investigate, so he reluctantly attends a weekend house party celebrating the engagement. Houseguests get more than they bargained for when a lady’s maid is murdered, the bride-to-be is attacked, and a guest is shot dead. Uncovering a connection between these sinister acts and his brother’s duel, Alec confronts a cruel twist of fate and why his brother will go to any lengths to ruin him in Polite Society.
Lucinda Brant’s mysteries explore the darker side of her richly authentic 18th century world. Along with her trademark wit and high drama there are deeper subplots and even quirkier characters that will have you shuddering and laughing in equal measure.

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There are some unflattering reviews of this book online, don’t pay attention to those. This book is full of well developed characters, a well crafted plot, an intriguing mystery and to top it off a hero, Alec Halsey, to give any reader swooning palpitations. The book blurb gives you the gist of the plot so I don’t find it necessary to repeat. If, like me, you find delight in figuring out who-done-it and like handsome, intelligent, down to earth heroes and you like your historical settings well researched then by all means get this one. Oh yes, Alex Wyndham narrates this book in audio, he is absolutely the best.

Other books in this series:

Deadly Affair

Deadly Peril

 

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Review: The Rules Of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic

Title: The Rules of Magic (The practical Magic Series)
Genre: General Fiction
Author: Alice Hoffman
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Oct. 2017
Pages: 384
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 3
Violence rating: 2
Description from Amazon:
From beloved author Alice Hoffman comes the spellbinding prequel to her bestseller, Practical Magic.

Find your magic.

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic is a story about the power of love reminding us that the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself.

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I did not love this book as I had Hoffman’s first book, Practical Magic, and the movie by the same name. That said, this was still a page turning read. When you have magical powers there is adventure, mystery and problems. This is also a story of love. I look forward to more in this series.

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Release Day Review- Completely by Ruthie Knox

Completly

Title: Completely (The New York Trilogy, book #3)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Ruthie Knox
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Loveswept
Pages: e-book
Rating: 3
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 0
Description from Amazon:

Everest. If they can make it there, they can make it anywhere. Maybe even New York, where Ruthie Knox takes her charming rom-com style to new heights.

Beneath her whole “classic English beauty” appearance is an indomitable spirit that has turned Rosemary Chamberlain into something of a celebrity mountain climber. But after an Everest excursion takes a deadly turn, Rosemary is rescued by her quick-thinking guide, New York native Kal Beckett. Rosemary’s brush with death brings out a primal need to celebrate life—and inspires a night of steamy sex with the rather gorgeous man who saved her.

The son of a famous female climber with a scandalous past, Kal Beckett is still trying to find himself. In the Zen state of mind where Kal spends most of his time, anything can happen—like making love to a fascinating stranger and setting off across the world with her the next morning. But as their lives collide in the whirlwind of passion that is New York City, the real adventure is clearly just beginning. . . .

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I’m a fan of Ruthie Knox and this series, but this offering is one I didn’t like as well as the others. Completely is more depressing than either book that went before. I didn’t really like Rosemary. I thought her selfish and self centered. Kal was a nice guy but really not hero material in the romance area. He seemed unfocused in his life and was in love with a woman who bounced from one focus to another. Of course this was well written and the characters drawn very well because Ruthie Knox is a terrific author. You will learn a lot about Sherpas in Nepal and New York City and some about Mt. Everest. I just never could get behind this romantic couple.

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Advance Review- Lady Eleanor’s Seventh Suitor by Anna Bradley

Lady Eleanor's Seventh Suitor

Title: Lady Eleanor’s Seventh Suitor (The Sutherland Sisters book #1)
Genre: Historical Romance/ Regency
Author: Anna Bradley
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Sept 5, 2017
Pages: 272
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 0
Description from Amazon:

Two sought-after sisters, a slew of suitors—and a vow to hold out for true love. How many proposals will it take to get to “I do”—especially when the stakes are high . . .

There have been six suitors so far, all vying for the attention—and generous dowry—of the beautiful, elusive Eleanor Sutherland. What does this woman really want? Who has what it takes to melt the heart of the so-called Lady Ice? These are the questions Camden West keeps asking himself. But rather than wait for answers, Cam takes matters into his own hands . . . for he has a secret weapon.

Cam knows that Ellie’s sister, Charlotte, harbors a scandalous secret—one that could bring ruin to the Sutherland name. If Ellie marries him, Cam promises to keep mum. But is she willing to sacrifice her own happiness for her sister’s reputation?

To Ellie’s surprise, it becomes clear that Cam doesn’t need her money, nor is he interested in her status. Soon, what begins as a sham engagement transforms into something deeper, and more passionate, than Ellie could have imagined. Is it possible that all Cam truly wanted was her? And is that reason enough to say yes—or is handsome Cam hiding something else? Even for a lady in love, only the truth will do . . .

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Oh yes! This is a very yummy enemies-to-lovers romance. The characters are so well drawn that I never once thought of them as anything but real people, certainly not like so many cardboard cutout characters we get in so many novels. Eleanor wants a love match and all she has been offered are fortune hunters and unsuitable suitors. Cam has very definite reasons for wanting to marry Eleanor and he is going to make that happen, even if his methods are not above board. Anna Bradley sets us down in Regency England to become voyeurs to this apparently mismatched courtship. Can anything good come from this match; I kept turning pages to find out.

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Advance Review- When The Scoundrel Sins by Anna Harrington

When The Scoundrel Sins

Title: When The Scoundrel Sins (Capturing The Carlisles book #2)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Anna Harrington
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Forever, Aug. 29, 2017-preorder available
Pages: 352
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 4
Description from Amazon:

A MOST INDECENT PROPOSAL

Annabelle Green needs a husband-and quickly. To inherit the only home she’s ever known, she must be married by her twenty-fifth birthday. But finding a suitor has been next to impossible after a reckless rogue named Quinton Carlisle seduced her into a scandalous midnight tryst. Her reputation in ruins, Belle now needs a rather large favor. And she knows just who to turn to . . .

Quinn can hardly believe that the shy bookish girl he teased as a child has grown into such a brazen beauty. The very idea of marrying Belle to right the wrongs of his past is downright shocking . . . and deliciously tempting. Too bad marriage, convenient or otherwise, is the last thing Quinn wants. He’ll help Belle find a husband and be on his way. But if he can’t control his attraction to the bride-to-be, this marriage could go up in flames-of wicked desire.

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Anna Harrington gives us another delightful romance in her Capturing The Carlisles series. Quinn caused Annabelle to be ruined some years prior and she has not forgiven or forgotten. Now she must find a husband so that she can claim her inheritance. Her Foster mother sends for Quinn, her nephew, to help in finding that husband. The local neighbor thinks he should be the bridegroom since her land would benefit his coffers and he seems to be a dastardly villain capable of all kinds of evils. Quinn realizes that if he is to help Annabelle he must find a way to circumvent his Uncle’s will.

Yes, there is romance. Two people so intent on not believing their true feelings for each other and sexual tension that just seems to grow more lusty. Well written with characters who although blind to their own feelings are none the less well drawn. A good book to curl up with on a rainy summer afternoon.

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