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Release Day Review- The Singular Mr. Sinclair by Mia Marlowe

The Singular Mr. Sinclair

 

Title: The Singular Mr. Sinclair ( The House of Lovell)

 

Genre: Historical Romance

 

Author: Mia Marlowe

 

Source: Free for review from the publisher

 

Publisher: Lyrical Press, July 17, 2018

 

Pages: 222

 

Rating: 4

 

Sexy rating: 5

 

Violence rating: 4

 

Description from Amazon:

Lord and Lady Chatham were blessed with five sons and only one daughter. But when it comes to Caroline, one is more than enough . . .

Caroline is about to embark on her third Season and her parents fear she’ll be permanently on the shelf if she fails to make a match this time. Unfortunately for them, that is precisely what Caroline wants! Curious and adventuresome, Caroline longs for a life of travel, excitement, and perhaps even a touch of danger . . .
If only she can remain unmarried until she turns twenty-one, Caroline will inherit her grandmother’s bequest and gain her freedom. It’s not a staggering amount, but it’s enough to fund her dreams without a husband’s permission. She has her future all planned out—until Lawrence Sinclair appears on the scene . . .

Intense, intriguing, and handsome, the man reminds Caroline of a caged lion. In fact, the more she knows of him, the more questions she has. And when she learns how dangerous he really is, he may just become her new fascination—the one she can’t resist . . .

**

No man interests Caroline until her brother brings  home a friend from his year abroad. That friend, Lawrence, feels like a fish-out-of-water as he tries to fit into the Season. He grew up being ignored by  his uncle Lord Ware so he knows little of ton-ish manners and he can’t dance. Caroline takes him in hand to help him navigate but in spite of her vow to never marry, finds she is falling for Lawrence. Lawrence has been in love at first sight. There are several obstacles in the way of true love and fulfilled dreams.

 

This is my first book by this author and I was quite pleased.  The characters were well presented and the plot held enough angst to make it interesting. The wrap-up at the end was a bit too much of a fortunate surprise. But all in all a good read.

 

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Recent Release Review- A Lady’s Guide To Passion and Property by Kate Moore

A Lady's Guide to Passion and Property

Title: A Lady’s Guide To Passion and Property
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Kate Moore
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Lyrical Press, July 3, 2018
Pages: 239
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 5
Description from Amazon:

Lucy Holbrook has recently inherited her father’s south London inn, the place she’s always called home. Now her fashionable friends, arming her with The Husband Hunter’s Guide to London, are urging her to sell the establishment and become a society lady, just as her father always hoped. Lucy would rather toss the little book into the hearth—she could never desert the alehouse or its patrons, including an elderly blind man who depends on her care. But she may need every bit of good advice when a handsome stranger arrives with a secret agenda and a baffling crime to solve . . . and Lucy finds herself navigating a most dangerous attraction!
**
If you want to feel like you are actually a part of the Regency era then Kate Moore is your go-to author. Her dialog sets the scenes and feels so authentic. Captain Clare is perfect for Lucy. Lucy is a kind caretaker of Adam. It is only surprising that Lucy’s father didn’t give her more information about Adam and her own history. But then there wouldn’t have been a book with such a page turning mystery and romance.

This is the second book in the series and can standalone but it does make you want to read the first book.

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Review- Six Weeks With A Lord by Eve Pendle

Six Weeks With A Lord

Title: Six Weeks With A Lord
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian/debut novel
Author: Eve Pendle
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Entangled Amara, June 25, 2018
Pages: 300
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 0
Description from Amazon:

Grace Alnott is out of time. To save her younger brother from an abusive guardian, her merchant father’s will demands she must marry a peer. Handsome but destitute Everett Hetherington, Earl of Westbury agrees to her offer of a marriage of convenience but stipulates she must live with him for six weeks. No matter how honorable he seems she can’t allow him to get too close, because the aristocracy cannot be trusted.
Six weeks. Major Everett Hetherington, new Earl of Westbury, has exactly six weeks to convince the very independent Grace Alnott to spend the rest of her life with him. Despite her belief she doesn’t belong in his world, he must tempt the alluring Grace into staying, because he has fallen for her. Hard. He just has to ensure she never discovers his secret.

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Eve Pendle has brought us a look at the societal restrictions that formed cages around both men and women in the Victorian era. Grace is unable to access her inheritance unless she marries a Peer due to her father’s Will. She needs this money to fight for custody of her young brother in court. Everett is trying to salvage his Earldom from crushing debt he inherited from his father and brother. Marrying Grace on her terms would give him half of what he needs but if he can seduce from her the remainder of her dowery then he will be debt free. Neither expects to fall in love.

An especially well written first novel. It is full of complicated Victorian societal pressure that brings this era to life. I can recommend this novel to all fans of Historical Romance.

I received this book free for review from the Publisher.

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Review- Vampire’s Faith by Rebecca Zanetti

Vampire's Faith

Title: Vampire’s Faith (Dark Protectors, book#8)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Lyrical Press, June 19 2018
Pages: 292
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 5
Description from Amazon:

Vampire Ronan Kayrs wasn’t supposed to survive the savage sacrifice he willingly endured to rid the world of the ultimate evil. He wasn’t supposed to emerge in this time and place, and he sure as hell wasn’t supposed to finally touch the woman who’s haunted his dreams for centuries. Yet here he is, in an era where vampires are hidden, the enemy has grown stronger, and his mate has no idea of the power she holds.

Dr. Faith Cooper is flummoxed by irrefutable proof that not only do vampires exist . . . they’re hot blooded, able to walk in sunlight, and shockingly sexy. Faith has always depended on science, but the restlessness she feels around this predatory male defies reason. Especially when it grows into a hunger only he can satisfy—that is if they can survive the evil hunting them both.

**
Once again this series delivers on action, adventure, sex and evil immortals as well as the good kind. This is book #8 in the series but there is enough background offered so that the reader is not lost. Ronan has been out of touch and has had to catch-up with the modern world and he does so in record time while desperately trying to convince Faith that he is her true mate. Faith is a doctor on a mission to save her comatose sister, Grace. At first she is skeptical of the Immortal world but then she comes around. Annoying for the reader is how often she endangers herself and others. Fans and newbies alike will enjoy this new addition to a wonderful series.

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Recent Release Review- I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting

I Flipping love you

Title: I Flipping Love You (Shacking Up Series, book #3)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Helena Hunting
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, May 29, 2018
Pages: 320
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 0
Description from Amazon:
From New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting comes I Flipping Love You, a love story about flipping houses, taking risks, and landing that special someone who’s move-in ready.
Rian Sutter doesn’t usually get hit on in the grocery store, but when she notices a sexy man in a suit checking her out, she thinks maybe it’s her lucky day. Either that or the suit has a thing for sweaty, yoga-pant wearing women with excellent price matching skills.
Turns out it’s neither.
Pierce Whitfield can’t believe his luck when he’s able to track down the woman who scratched up the paint job on his car at the scene of the crime. But when he confronts the hit and run hottie, he discovers there’s not just one, but two of them, and he’s been throwing accusations at the wrong twin.
As repair costs are negotiated, and the chemistry between them flares, Rian and Pierce find out they have more than mutual attraction in common. They’re both vying for the same pieces of prime real estate in The Hamptons and neither one plans to give up without a fight.
Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance—without burning down the house?

**
The answer to that last question is absolutely “No”. Another sexy, smoldering book from the talented Helena Hunting. Rian Sutter and her twin sister, Marley, are real-estate agents looking to flip some beachfront property so they can earn enough to purchase the ramshackle Mission Mansion and turn it into a B&B. But coincidentally, Pierce and his brother Lawson are also doing the same beachfront flipping in the same area as the Sutter sisters. I really enjoyed the back and forth of these two lovers. They had many tiffs but still couldn’t keep their hands off each other with Rian always afraid Pierce would find out the family secret.

Totally a standalone book in the series with cameos by previous characters.

This is a perfect beach read. Not much angst but loads of steam and humor.

 

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Release Day Review-Never Deceive A Viscount by Renee Anne Miller

Never Decieve A Viscount

Title: Never Deceive A Viscount ( The Infamous Lords, book#2)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Renee Anne Miller
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Zebra Shout, May 29, 2018
Pages: 336
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 4
Description from Amazon:

Clearly, Emma Trafford’s new neighbor is a lady killer—but is the scoundrel with the scar capable of murder? Emma can barely contain her precocious younger sister, Lily—the child swears she spied their neighbor engaged in foul play in his Bloomsbury love nest. But when Lily goes too far searching for “evidence,” Emma must save the imp by distracting Simon—with an all-consuming kiss rife with danger and desire . . .

Simon Marlton, Viscount Adler doesn’t know which is more infuriating: that an anonymous intruder set his soul on fire and left a deep longing in her wake . . . or that during their encounter his signet ring, a token of his painful past, went missing. With the memory of a faint scent of paint spirits and the knowledge that his neighbor Emma is a portraitist, Simon sets out to capture his thief. He draws Emma into a flirtatious game, commissioning the talented lass to paint him—and enticing them both to reveal their whispered suspicions and deepest
secrets . . .

**
Lily is a child with a vivid imagination and she doesn’t obey her older sister, Emma, so all manner of hijinks ensues. Simon wants his signet ring back so he is following clues that lead him to Emma and Lily. Emma has his ring that Lily took, but doesn’t want Simon to know. Can she return it without his finding out?

A Viscount is falling for his portraitist and she for him. This is a fun and comfy book to curl up with.

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Advance Review- It’s All About The Duke by Amelia Grey

It's All about the Duke

Title: It’s All About The Duke: The Rakes of St. James, book #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Amelia Grey
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, May 29, 2018
Pages: 352
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 0
Description from Amazon:

Nearing thirty, the Duke of Rathburne is finally ready to make amends for the wager that caused him and his best friends such scandal—but taking on a ward who needs a husband is a feat he’s not sure he can manage. The last he saw of Miss Marlena Fast, she was a spirited little ruffian, not the sort of bride most bachelors on the marriage mart sought. But one glance at the lovely lady she has become is enough to convince him otherwise…
Orphaned young and shuffled from family to family, Marlena counts on her fierce independence and quick wits to keep herself content. Being the responsibility of a notoriously wicked duke who upended so many lives is an unexpected challenge when she realizes he arouses her decidedly feminine desires. Marlena must be careful. She has her own scandalous secret to protect. If he finds out, will it shatter her chances of a happily-ever-after with the notorious rake?
**
Cute and coincidental, that is how I view this book. I enjoyed Marlena and her BFF Eugenia and even some of Eugenia’s fainting whenever she saw the duke. That this consummate Rake had an epiphany and became an honorable gentleman who could sponsor a ward who is in her twenties…well, that was a stretch. Okay, now you think I didn’t like the book but that is not true. Ms. Amelia Grey can write circles around most others and give you laughs one minute and have you tearing-up the next. This was a most enjoyable Historical Romance, cute and coincidental.

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Recent Release Review- The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor

The Luck of the Bride

Title: The Luck of The Bride (Cavensham Heiresses Series, book #3)
Genre: Historical Romance/ Regency
Author: Janna MacGregor
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, May 1, 2018
Pages: 384
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 0
Description from Amazon:

She’s leaving nothing up to chance. Not even love…
March Lawson is an orphan who, for the past eight years, has struggled to raise her siblings on a meager allowance. Most women March’s age would be picking out ball gowns for the upcoming season. But March’s focus is not on finding a husband. First, she must devote her energies to just one man: the coldhearted skinflint who refuses to release her inheritance.
Michael Cavensham, the Marquess of McCalpin, is not a heartless man. When he learns that Miss Lawson has been forging his name to procure funds, he can’t bring himself to have her arrested—not when the bold-faced embezzler is so enchantingly beautiful. Instead, McCalpin agrees to visit her home to assess the situation more closely. March has no choice but to accept. But how can she manage the handsome trustee who controls her purse strings—when he tugs at her heart strings as well?

**
Filled to over flowing with heartwarming characters we settle in for a feel good novel of a certain Happily Ever After. That is, as long as the H & h prove that they are not their own worst enemy. But there is an enemy, cousin Rupert is villain enough for them and causes a rift that may tear them apart.

This is a heartwarming story that will give the reader feel-good vibes. I enjoyed it but I did think that the impact of scandal in the 19th century was given little credence. I do recommend it for the delightful story and characters.

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Release Day Review- Quinn by D.B. Reynolds

Quinn

Title: Quinn (Vampires In America, book #12)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: D.B. Reynolds
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: ImaJinn, April 27, 2018
Pages: 308
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 5
Description from Amazon:

Ireland—a land of magic and fantasy, of fierce warrior kings and fairy mounds . . . and, of course, vampires who’ve been around for nearly as long as those beguiling fey.

Brilliant and ambitious, Quinn Kavanagh was aiming for the top, even before he was turned. But now, as a powerful vampire lord, he’s driven by the demands of his blood, compelled to conquer and destroy, to defeat Ireland’s criminal ruler, and make the territory a better place for all its vampires and humans alike.

Smart and beautiful, Eve Connelly was a graduate student with life’s endless possibilities stretched out before her. She knew nothing of vampires and didn’t care . . . until she watched two of them murder her beloved brother. Now she’s driven, too. But she doesn’t want to help Ireland’s vampires—she just wants to kill them.

Bound together by love and hate, Quinn and Eve will risk everything to bring down the bloody regime of Ireland’s current vampire ruler. But in order to find revenge for Eve and the ultimate power for Quinn, they first have to learn to trust each other. And that might be the most dangerous thing of all . . . .

**
In this book the American vampires have left the states for Ireland. Vampire Quinn means to wrest control of the Irish vampires from the villainous lord Sorely, this to establish a foothold for bringing the vampire war to Europe. Frequently getting in the way of Quinn’s plans is determined vampire hunter, Eve. Falling in love was not in the plan.

This being book #12 in the Vampires In America series, what can I always count on when I read one of these books? I can count on a smoking hot, dangerous, over the top Alpha vampire Lord, an intelligent heroine that can hold her own in…most situations, although at times she may be naïve about vampires, super sizzling sexual tension and sex scenes and action scenes to rival the best thriller movies. This latest entry in the series does not disappoint on any of these points. The world of Quinn and Eve is fraught with danger at every turn because as we know vampires are a dangerous lot.

It was once again easy to fall under the spell of D.B. Reynolds’ vampires and lose myself in her vampire world. I loved the background information on how Quinn and Garrett were turned. The action scenes were well done and if I have any complaint it is that I wanted more from Quinn’s entourage in those scenes. This is not my favorite book of the series but I am falling for Quinn.

Do understand that there is violence aplenty and smokin’ hot sex .

Another goody in the series but do be sure to check out those that came before.

 

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Recent Release Review-You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

You Think it I'll Say it

Title: You Think It I’ll Say It: Stories
Genre: Contemporary Short Stories
Author: Curtis Sittenfeld
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Random House, April 24, 2018
Pages: 226
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 4
Violence rating: 0
Description from Amazon:

Throughout the ten stories in You Think It, I’ll Say It, Sittenfeld upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided. In “The World Has Many Butterflies,” married acquaintances play a strangely intimate game with devastating consequences. In “Vox Clamantis in Deserto,” a shy Ivy League student learns the truth about a classmate’s seemingly enviable life. In “A Regular Couple,” a high-powered lawyer honeymooning with her husband is caught off guard by the appearance of the girl who tormented her in high school. And in “The Prairie Wife,” a suburban mother of two fantasizes about the downfall of an old friend whose wholesome lifestyle empire may or may not be built on a lie.

With moving insight and uncanny precision, Curtis Sittenfeld pinpoints the questionable decisions, missed connections, and sometimes extraordinary coincidences that make up a life. Indeed, she writes what we’re all thinking—if only we could express it with the wit of a master satirist, the storytelling gifts of an old-fashioned raconteur, and the vision of an American original.

**
This book chronicles the often misinterpretations that arise between men and women. The author shows how seemingly innocent encounters or games or interactions between men and women are misconstrued. Sometimes a women feels she is in love only to find that the man isn’t onboard. Or the man thinks he has an innocent relationship where the woman wants more. Each story is different and well worth the read. So sit down and enjoy the mystery of the sexes. Highly recommended.

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