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Big E-Book HR Sale May 22-May 28, 2016

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Release Day Review- The Reluctant Duchess by Sharon Cullen

Title:  The Reluctant Duchess

The Reluctant Duchess

Genre: Historical Romance/Mystery/e-book

Author: Sharon Cullen

Publisher: Loveswept, Nov. 10, 2015

Pages: 265

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

Lady Sara Emerson was jolted out of her dull provincial life by her cousin’s murder. Now that the killer seems to be targeting her, Sara seeks help from the man who was once her cousin’s fiancé, Gabriel Ferguson, Duke of Rossmoyne. With his towering frame and fiery personality, Ross cuts an intimidating figure. Living under his protection, however, has its own hazards—like the sudden urge Sara feels to take their relationship in new, exquisitely inappropriate directions.   Dazzled by the social graces of his betrothed, Ross never noticed her shy, blushing cousin. Looking at Sara now, though, he’s drawn to her lovely eyes and calm disposition. Funny how a year away from the hustle and bustle of the ton changes a man. But Ross has no intention of allowing a woman to interfere with his plan to return overseas. He will simply capture the murderer and set sail once again. The problem is, with her beguiling lips and heavenly touch, Sara makes him never want to leave home—or his bed—again.

**

Sara has received several letters from an anonymous sender.  They are not threatening but they are not bland either, they ask her to remember her murdered cousin.  They are strange enough that Sara is frightened and seeks help from Ross, the Duke of Rossmoyne, who was her cousins betrothed before the murder.  Ross insists that she stay with him in his mansion along with Ross’ mother as chaperone.  Even chaperoned the two find time to be alone and their attraction blooms.

This is a well written romance.  There is an attraction between Sara and Ross that causes fireworks whenever they are alone.   The side characters are well drawn and their actions move the story along. This is my first book by Ms. Cullen.  I enjoyed the mystery and the romance.

 

 

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Recent Release Review- Christmas At Evergreen Inn by Donna Alward

Title:  Christmas At Evergreen Inn ( A Jewel Cove Novel)

Christmas At Evergreen Inn

Genre: Holiday Contemporary Romance/ Novella

Author: Donna Alward

Publisher: St Martin’s, October 6, 2015 (E-Book)

Pages: 94

Source: Free For review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

When a December Nor’easter roars up the eastern seaboard, Jewell Cove cop Todd Ricker spends his day off being a Good Samaritan to stranded holiday travelers. But when the roads close and Todd can’t make his way home, he discovers that the Evergreen Inn is full up. Until another Good Samaritan opens her doors and offers him a place to stay…

Lainey Price is not looking forward to Christmas, but just because she’s not filled with the holiday spirit doesn’t mean she’s going to turn Todd out into the stormy night. Even if it means offering the handsome police officer the couch in her tiny cottage. But when the weather takes a turn for the worse, the two are snowed in for a wintry evening by the fire. With Christmas only a few days away, can Todd convince Lainey to open her heart to the season…and love?

**

This novella is short, sweet and perfect to read during the hectic holiday season.  The characters are surprisingly well fleshed-out for a novella.  There is not a slow build to the romance, the H and h are instantly attracted to each other.  The setting is made for romance; snowbound with a roaring fire….yes! Donna Alward gives us realistic dialog, breathless love scenes and lots of Christmasy feeling.

 

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Advance Review- Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie

Title:  Hot Toy

Hot Toy

Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance Short Story

Author: Jennifer Crusie

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, October

Pages: 77 (e-book)

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from Amazon.com:

Previously published in the anthology Santa, Baby, HOT TOY is now available as a standalone e-story for the first time! Mayhem ensues under the mistletoe as a determined shopper grabs the very last hot toy action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the middle of a real-life spy game and in the arms of a sexy secret agent…

**

Unless you want to wake the entire household with your laughs, you better not read this at night in bed.  I nearly choked trying to stifle laughs as I read this at 11pm.  This is a mad-cap Christmas adventure with bad guys and good guys and….wait a minute, who is the bad guy and who is the good guy?  Jennifer Crusie can write humor that is not silly (hate that) but very witty.  Even though there is a lot of slap-stick scrambling it all plays well in this delight of a short story.  Yes, this is the perfect quick read for when the holidays are starting to get you down.

 

 

 

 

 

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Release Day Review- What A Lady Requires by Ashlyn Macnamara

Title: What A Lady Requires (The Eton Boys Trilogy, book #3)

What a Lady Requires

Genre: Historical Romance/E-Book

Author: Ashlyn Macnamara

Publisher: Loveswept, Feb. 2015

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Unlike every other proper young lady, Miss Emma Jennings views marrying well as little more than a means to an end. Such a merger would provide her industrious father with social credibility, and Emma with a chunk of her vast inheritance. Emma’s practical views are shattered, however, when her father ties her to the fabulously handsome ne’er-do-well Rowan Battencliffe, a man she loathes on sight—from the smile that promises all manner of wickedness to the way he ogles her with those striking blue eyes.   Deep in debt, especially to his wine merchant, Rowan figures the sooner he gets his finances in order, the sooner he can go back to doing what he does best: burning through ridiculous sums of cash. Which is why Rowan agrees to marry the merchant’s daughter, a prim and proper woman with delightful curves and an ample dowry. But Emma seems to think it’s her business to reform him! Their marriage is a tinderbox—and it’s just too tempting to resist playing with fire.

**

This book was just not my cup of tea. The handsome hero was rather stupid when he couldn’t even follow his wife’s tutelage in simple accounting. The heroine was smart and feisty and much more likable. Together they kept secrets from each other and it all became a bit boring.

The characters were well fleshed out but the plot seemed tacked together with random scenes. Side characters were from previous books in the trilogy and added to the story. Although this book can be read as a standalone, reading the two books before it will add to the enjoyment.

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Kindle Book Review- A Passionate Affair With A Total Stranger by Lucy Robinson

Title:  A Passionate Love Affair With a Total Stranger

A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger

 Genre: Contemporary Romance/Chick-Lit

Author:  Lucy Robinson

Publisher: Notting Hill Press

Source: Purchase, Kindle $3.99

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 4

Description from Amazon.com:

Charley Lambert has worked hard at creating a perfect life. She has an aspirational flat, a job of international significance and a very good pair of legs, thanks to a rigorous health and fitness regime. Best of all, her boss has asked her out after seven years’ hard flirting and a covert fumble in a cleaning cupboard. 
Then she breaks her leg in three places, watches her boss propose to someone else and – horror – is forced to hand over her job to her nasty deputy. Charley, a certified workaholic, fears that she will go mad. 
Dangerously bored, she starts helping people who are talentless at internet dating. Then William arrives in her inbox and rocks her world. Helpless, she watches herself fall in love with him and discovers she’s not who she thought she was. 
 But can she turn her back on her old life – all for a total stranger?

**

This is Chick-Lit the way it should always be written; funny, sweet, angst-ridden, character driven and full of romance.  I read this over 400 page book in one day.  I could not put it down.  I became so entwined in the lives of Charley, John, Sam, Hailey and the Lambert family that I had to stay up all night to see them safely to the end of the book.  All but one made it that far.  Take this one along on your August vacation for an entertaining beach read.

It is set in England, written by a British author, so there is a plethora of British Slang, or as my Oxford English Dictionary calls most of it “vulgar British slang”.  So you don’t have to run to the dictionary here is a brief list:

Slapper– A promiscuous woman

Muff– A woman’s genitals

Fitties-( I couldn’t find a definition of this anywhere.)

Slag– A Promiscuous woman

Wanker– A contemptible person

Buggered– Extremely tired

Skive– Avoid work or duty by staying away or leaving early.

Pash– A brief infatuation.

(Let’s not hold it against the author for that truly awful book cover.  Inside is what really counts.)

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Recent Release Review- The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecelia Stanton by Viveka Portman

Title: The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecelia Stanton

the wicked confessionsof lady cecelia

 Genre: Historical Romance/ erotic/e-book/novella

Author: Viveka  Portman

Publisher: Harlequin Escape, Dec 1, 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from Amazon.com:

What is a proper English wife to do but educate herself in the art of bedplay?

“Marriages are strange things, none stranger perhaps than this betwixt me and my lord husband.”

Lady Cecelia is married to the dashing and philandering Lord William Stanton, a situation that would distress even the most composed and refined gently-born lady. However, Cecelia has a secret balm to her dissatisfaction: her maid, Bess Miller.

Cecelia’s inexperience and William’s insatiable appetites fuel her desire to learn, and Bess is a willing teacher. Then, when Cecelia blossoms into pregnancy and can no longer accommodate William’s needs, he distances himself, and Bess becomes her only solace and comfort — and the channel for her most intimate desires. As Cecelia struggles to understand her own feelings, gossip begins to spread. William starts asking questions, and wicked confessions must be made…

**

This is another novella by Viveka Portman in the same erotic vein as her novella THE SECRET DESIRES OF LADY CATHERINE BEXLEY as I reviewed here .

We are listening to the lament of a woman who loves her husband but is left alone much of the time, sometimes for months.  Her maid becomes her lover although it is never indicated as quite a love relationship although that is exactly what it is.

I continue to be impressed by this author’s ability to bring the Regency era to life with the intimate details of marriages with a reality of the times.  Ms Portman shows the people of this era as they, more than likely, actually were and not coated in modern ideas.  The eroticism is intrinsic to the plot and not included for the sake of titillation.  Written in first person, diary format lends it a feeling of authenticity.

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Review-A Vampire’s Christmas Carol by Cynthia Eden (novella)

Title: A Vampire’s Christmas Carol

A Vampire's Christmas Carol

 Genre: Paranormal Holiday Romance/e-book/novella

Author: Cynthia Eden

Publisher: Cynthia Eden, Nov. 2013

Source: Free for Review

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

This holiday season has bite.

Ben Prescott hates Christmas–he’s a vampire, and to him, there’s certainly nothing jolly about the holiday season. While the humans are running around being merry, he’s hunting in the shadows. Ben plans to spend the holidays his way…by stalking deadly prey.

But fate has other plans for Ben.

Three visitors are coming Ben’s way…A demon who will force Ben to face his past, a ghost who will show Ben the present he could have, and a shifter who will reveal the darkness that waits in Ben’s future. Unless Ben can change his ways, he may just turn into a real monster, one who can’t be saved by anyone or anything.

‘Tis the season…to be undead.

Ben’s redemption rests in the hands of the one woman he loved and lost–Simone Laurent. If Ben is going to have a chance at being more than just the beast in the darkness, he has to prove himself to the lovely Simone. A very hard task, considering that, once upon a Christmas Eve, Simone died in Ben’s arms…

Warning: This story features one very tortured vampire, a sexy ghost from his past, and hot scenes designed to melt the winter snow. Plenty of action, adult situations, and steamy times are ahead. Happy holidays!

(A VAMPIRE’S CHRISTMAS CAROL contains approximately 23,000 words.)

**

This is Cynthia Eden’s reimagining of Dicken’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL.  It is well done and has all the scary feel of the original novel only this time with a scary vampire.  The apparitions are magical but also totally relatable to Ben, the vampire.  The demon, who visits to show the past, was once saved by Ben.  The ghost, who comes to show him the present, was the love of his life.  Last to come was a shifter who was present when Ben saved the demon and he shows Ben a dreadful future if he does not change his ways.

If you are new to Ms Eden’s writing then this is a perfect introduction to a wonderful wordsmith.  This is an ideal holiday offering for those who love paranormal romance stories.

P.S.- I love the cover.

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E-Book Romance Review- Penelope: A Madcap Regency Romance

Title: Penelope (A Madcap Regency romance)

Penelope a mad cap

Genre: Historical Romance (e-book)

Author: Anya Wylde

Publisher: Amazon Digital

Source: purchase, Kindle, $.99

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from amazon.com:

Leaving behind the rural charms of Finnshire, Miss Penelope Fairweather arrives in London with hope in her heart and a dream in her eye. The dowager, no less, has invited her for a season in London, where she will attempt to catch a husband.

Thus begins our heroine’s tale as she attempts to tackle the London season with all her rustic finesse. Unfortunately, her rustic finesse turns out to be as delicate as a fat bear trying to rip apart a honeycomb infested with buzzing bees.

What follows is a series of misadventures, love affairs, moonlit balls, fancy clothes, fake moustaches, highwaymen, sneering beauties, pickpockets, and the wrath of a devilishly handsome duke.

**

The title should tell you right off that this is going to be a wildly funny ride.  Penelope is a heroine that cannot put a foot right and cannot manage to stop talking when she is nervous.  She embarrasses herself and everyone around her.  The Duke wants to ship her back to Finnshire, The Dowager Duchess and Lady Anne want her to stay and try to make her into a lady ala Eliza Doolittle.  Penelope falls in love, her objective in coming to London, but it is with the one person who wants nothing to do with her. (Isn’t that always the way of things?)

This was a fun light read.  Well written with entertaining if over the top situations.  The Duke’s name calling was a bit off putting especially in light of the stories outcome.  But enough of my dithering here or there will be spoilers!  Read this when you are looking for something totally fun.

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Recent Release Review- To All The Rakes I’ve Loved Before by Anne Barton (novella)

Title:  To All The Rakes I’ve Loved Before

To All The Rakes I've Loved Before

Genre:  Historical Romance Novella

Author: Anne Barton

Publisher: Grand Central, Forever, Sept 3, 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

After being jilted by her former beau, Miss Amelia Wimple retreated to her Mayfair town house and her ever-growing collection of gossips rags. Now, almost two years later, not even her beloved cousins, Rose and Olivia Sherbourne, can persuade her to give love another chance. But an unexpected midnight caller may open her heart once more.

Lord Stephen Brookes is the prince of pleasure, the duke of decadence-and it seems his exploits have finally caught up with him. When Stephen comes to Amelia seeking refuge, she can’t deny him . . . or the intense desire he sparks. As he attempts to heal her broken heart, they indulge in a private passion unlike anything either has experienced. Stephen knows sweet, sensual Amelia is meant to be his one and only. Now, he will do whatever it takes to convince her that a rake really can change his ways.
(25,000 words)

**

This is a well written regency historical romance novella.  When Stephen, Lord Brookes lands on Amelia’s doorstep beaten to a pulp she agrees to take him in and call a doctor.  Amelia’s mother is away and although she knows it is improper she agrees to keep Stephen at her home for a few days while he recovers from his wounds.  I think we can say that the rest of the story is quite predictable but Barton does have a way with deft characterization .

This is a lovely story for a quick read to satisfy your urge for some hot regency ro

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