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Advance Review- A Duke In The Night by Kelly Bowen

A Duke In The Night

Title: A Duke In The Night (The Devils of Dover, book#1)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Kelly Bowen
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Forever, Feb. 20,2018 (preorder available)
Pages: 336
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 4
Description from Amazon:

Duke. Scoundrel. Titan of business. August Faulkner is a man of many talents, not the least of which is enticing women into his bedchamber. He’s known-and reviled-for buying and selling companies, accumulating scads of money, and breaking hearts. It’s a reputation he wears like a badge of honor, and one he intends to keep.

Clara Hayward, the headmistress of the Haverhall School for Young Ladies, on the other hand, is above reproach. Yet when she’s reunited with August all she can think of is the way she felt in his arms as they danced a scandalous waltz ten long years ago. Even though her head knows that he is only back in her life to take over her family’s business, her heart can’t help but open to the very duke who could destroy it for good.

**
This is a good story and HR fans are going to like it, maybe even love it but (you knew there was a “but” coming here) along with an original premise there were too many instances of modern American language and 21st century politically correct actions. This is early 19th century England. Women, spinsters like Clara were more circumspect in their sexuality and ideas even if they were trying to change the plight of women. If this timeline had been pushed forward to the early 20th century it would have been more believable.

Objections aside, Ms. Bowen can capture a reader with her witty dialog and I do recommend this book to romance readers who want a hunky hero, a feisty heroine and an original premise.

Nice cover! Love the cleft chin. How about this cover of the next book in the series coming in Sept. 2018 Last Night With An Earl

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Advance Review- The Graves A Fine And Private Place by Alan Bradley

The Graves a Fine and Private Place

Title: The Graves A Fine And Private Place: A Flavia de Luce novel
Genre: Mystery
Author: Alan Bradley
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Bantam, January 30,2018
Pages: 384
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 0
Violence rating: 5
Description from Amazon:

In the wake of an unthinkable family tragedy, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is struggling to fill her empty days. For a needed escape, Dogger, the loyal family servant, suggests a boating trip for Flavia and her two older sisters. As their punt drifts past the church where a notorious vicar had recently dispatched three of his female parishioners by spiking their communion wine with cyanide, Flavia, an expert chemist with a passion for poisons, is ecstatic. Suddenly something grazes her fingers as she dangles them in the water. She clamps down on the object, imagining herself Ernest Hemingway battling a marlin, and pulls up what she expects will be a giant fish. But in Flavia’s grip is something far better: a human head, attached to a human body. If anything could take Flavia’s mind off sorrow, it is solving a murder—although one that may lead the young sleuth to an early grave.

**
Don’t get me wrong, I love Flavia novels, every single one of them but the ick-factor in this one was really high. Flavia is still remarkable and really far beyond precocious, she is a genius chemist for such a young girl. She is undaunted by a dead body even as her older sisters are retching and definitely daunted. Flavia’s old family retainer, Dogger, is at her side both protecting her and encouraging her. This is truly another page turning read from a remarkable author.

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Review- The Duke of Ice by Darcy Burke

The Duke of Ice

Title: The Duke of Ice (The Untouchables book #7)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Darcy Burke
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Darcy Burke Publishing, Dec. 2017
Pages: 262
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 0
Description from Amazon:

Everyone Nicholas Bateman ever loved has died. Except Violet Caulfield, which must mean he never loved her. Eight years after she threw him over to marry a viscount, Nick is a widowed duke who prefers isolation. When a friend convinces him to leave his lair of self-imposed solitude, he considers taking another wife, provided she agrees to his terms: no emotional attachment of any kind.

Now widowed, Lady Violet Pendleton hopes for a second chance with the man she’s always loved. But she isn’t prepared for the desolation in his soul or the animosity he still bears toward her. Despite those obstacles, it’s clear their passion hasn’t dimmed. However, the heat between them isn’t enough to melt the Duke of Ice, and this time Violet may find herself the jilted party. Can love, once so tragically lost, finally be found?

**
Nick is truly a tortured soul. Violet has been drowning in guilt since she jilted him eight years ago when they accidentally meet at the house party of Violet’s friend, Hannah. They realize the spark is there but that eight years of tragedy has made them different people. We are treated to sizzling chemistry that vibrates with romantic intensity. We know that Nick and Violet belong together but Nick can be a stubborn fool. His best friend Simon, the Duke of Ruin, tries again and again to set him straight.

I thoroughly enjoyed this standalone book in this series. Ms. Burke gave Nick and Violet powerful emotional conflict along with fiery sexual tension. We get a strong look at Simon the hero of the next book in the series, THE DUKE OF RUIN.

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Review- The Heiress’s Deception by Christi Caldwell

The Heiress's Deception

Title: The Heiress’s Deception (Sinful Brides Series, #4)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: ChristiCaldwell
Source: Free, I won this books on a Goodreads Giveaway
Publisher: Montlake Romance, Dec. 2017
Pages: 284
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 5
Description from Amazon:
In the final installment of USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell’s Sinful Brides series, a runaway heiress entrusts her fate to the man she betrayed.
Lady Eve Pruitt has never forgotten her childhood friend, the young pickpocket Calum, who she feared had been condemned to the gallows. Now, years later, Eve is the one in danger. Her brother, made desperate by gambling debts, threatens to steal her inheritance, and Eve has no choice but to run.
Under an assumed name, she takes a job as a bookkeeper at the notorious Hell and Sin Club. Nothing in this bawdy den shocks her more than discovering that her employer is none other than Calum. Keeping her identity a secret is one thing—but hiding her feelings for him is another.
As Calum becomes increasingly taken with the strangely haunting beauty, he looks forward to exposing her mysteries. But when her masquerade is revealed, it’s left to Eve to prove that her desire for him is no deception.

**

Yes, this was another good book by Christi Caldwell, not my favorite of the series. Callum was just too Alpha-unlikable for me and I tend to get disgusted with heroines, Eve, who find it necessary to keep “the” secret for pages on end. These two had a history of a childhood friendship that lasted a year when he was a teen and she was younger, yet he didn’t recognize her or even wonder if they had met. The idea that because she ran for help when he was wounded made her responsible for his imprisonment is just ludicrous. She was a child!

Okay, after all those objections how can I say it was “a good book” and give it 4-stars? Easy, Ms Caldwell can write a story that sucks you in and makes you believe the impossible. I was totally enthralled. I wanted to know Callum’s story because I’ve been mesmerized by the entire series. We didn’t get Adair’s romance but I know for a fact that his story will lead off the next series and I can’t wait.

I highly recommend this series and if you can, listen to the books on Audio with the wonderful performance/narration by Tim Campbell.

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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)

**

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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Recent release Review- The Lord Meets His Lady by Gina Conkle

The Lord Meets His Lady

Title: The Lord Meets His Lady (Midnight Meetings)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Gina Conkle
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Dec. 5, 2017
Pages: 450
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 4
Description from Amazon:
Lord Marcus Bowles has stained his family’s reputation for the last time. Only after spending a scandal-free year restoring some far-flung property can this second son return in good graces. But Marcus isn’t one to abandon a lone damsel on a dark country lane.
One stolen kiss and Genevieve Turner’s handsome midnight savior disappears. Typical. No matter, Gen is finally on the way to her new post, and hopefully to finding her grandmother as well. Instead she finds her mischievous hero is her new employer. Surely a few more kisses won’t hurt…
Midnight Meetings Series:
Meet the Earl at Midnight (Book 1)
The Lady Meets Her Match (Book 2)
The Lord Meets His Lady (Book 3)

**
This is a well written historical romance based on the Little Red Ridinghood fairytale. Genevieve even has the red cloak. Marcus is a worthy hero and it is obvious that these two will be together in spite of the bad guy (wolf?). It was an enjoyable read, but for me, too long. If you don’t mind the length than this will be for you. Ms. Conkle is a terrific author. This is a standalone novel.

 

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Release Day Review- Christmas At Thorncliff Manor by Sophie Barnes

 

Title: Christmas At Thorncliff Manor (Secrets At Thorncliff Manor, book #4)
Genre: Historical Romance/MysteryChristmas at Thorncliff Manor
Author: Sophie Barnes
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Sophie Barnes, Dec. 5, 2017 (Kindle)
Pages: 244
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 4
Violence rating: 3
Christmasy feeling: 4
Description from Amazon:

More than love is in the air …
Join the Heartly family as they return to Thorncliff Manor for the holiday season where four sisters and four very handsome, very eligible bachelors, are about to enjoy a lively Christmastime filled with laughter and love. But aside from the covert matchmaking undertaken by the eccentric hostess, Lady Duncaster, the thrill of adventure is sweeping through the estate. Soon, all the guests will be entangled in a treasure hunt for a lost heirloom and secrets hidden for decades will rise to the surface as matters of the heart are finally revealed.
Will Fiona ever see the Earl of Chadwick as more than a friend? Will Emily find an unlikely love in the Marquess of Montsmouth? Can Laura recognize the man of her dreams in the Duke of Lamont? And is Viscount Belgrave able to open Rachel’s eyes to romance? The magic of Thorncliff is about to offer the last unmarried Heartly sisters a chance at their own happily-ever-afters. So sit back with a warm mug of cocoa and lose yourself in a Regency Christmas Romance…

**
Pause your holiday rush and read this bit of romance about 4 sisters about to get their happily-ever-afters. It is a bit short to fully develop all the couples but it was a most enjoyable romp through the manor, it’s tunnels, gallery, library and skating pond. There is a treasure to be found and everyone is looking and trying to solve the mystery. You need not have read the first three books to thoroughly enjoy this one.

I received this book free for review from the publisher.

 

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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.

**
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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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 . . .

**
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.

**
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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