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Recent Release Review- Lord Bredon and the Bachelor’s Bible by Mia Marlowe

Lord Bredon and the Bachelors Bible

Title: Lord Bredon and the Bachelor’s Bible (The House of Lovell book#2)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Mia Marlowe

Publisher: Lyrical Press, April 2019

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 214

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 4

Description from Amazon.com:

With the dowries of all the season’s debutantes exposed in its scandalous pages, The Bachelor’s Bible is a handy tool for an earl in need of an heiress . . .
Edward Lovell, newly minted earl, bears a weighty responsibility: to restore his family’s estate to its former grandeur. The task requires not simply a wife, but a wealthy one. Thanks to The Bachelor’s Bible, he already has a particular lady in mind. He has only to convince her sponsor that he will make a suitable husband. There’s just one complication: the sponsor is none other than the only woman he’s ever loved—and inexplicably lost. Now a young widow, Lady Anne Howard is more beautiful than ever . . .
Anne is not about to be taken for a fool a second time. When they last met, Edward was Lord Bredon, the man she adored—the man who destroyed her dreams of a happy future. Now he is pursuing the hand of the young lady Anne must keep safe from unscrupulous suitors. But who will protect Anne from the earl who still possesses her heart?. . .

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There seems to be no way these former lovers, Anne and Edward, can be reunited. He has an estate that is going bankrupt and his only hope of saving it is to marry for money. The hitch is that he loves widowed, penniless, Anne Howard who returns his love but also refuses to marry him and cause his estate to fall to ruin. How can this lead to a Happily-Ever-After? It takes a clever, intelligent author to bring about this HEA and this we have in Mia Marlowe. There are some twists and total surprises which are always my favorites. If this book seemed a bit slow to start it certainly picked up the pace later on. I look forward to the next book.

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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 . . .

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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-Never Resist A Rake by Mia Marlowe

Title: Never Resist A Rake (Somerfield Park, book #2)

Never Resist A Rake

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency

Author: Mia Marlowe

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, June 2, 2015

Pages: 384

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 2

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Can he fool his new family? John Fitzhugh Barrett, surprised to learn he is heir to a marquessate, is determined his new status won’t mean giving up his freedom. But as families from all over England descend upon Somerfield Park for the shooting season, their unmarried daughters are lining up to bag the newest trophy buck-him.

Or is he only fooling himself? John’s instinct for self-preservation inspires him to divide his attentions between a scandalous young widow, and the safely ineligible Rebecca Kearsey, daughter of a destitute baron.

The charade gives John the illusion of controlling the game but when he loses his heart to the beautiful Rebecca, all bets are off.

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I cannot tell a lie! I really liked the first book in this series. I found it near impossible to finish this one. Not a bit of it felt like the regency era except maybe the carriage rides. The heroine was supposed to be a proper young lady but continually delved into compromising situations. She was to instruct the hero in properly comporting himself when she continued to be improper. Although I can look away when there are some discrepancies in the manners of the time period, there were so many that they ruined the story for me.

 

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Recent Release Review- A Rake By Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe

Title: A Rake By Any Other Name (book#1, Somerfield Park Series)

A Rake by Any Other Name

Genre: Historical Romance/ Regency

Author: Mia Marlowe

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Nov. 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from author’s website:

When his father Lord Somerset tumbles off the roof, Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, is called home from his Grand Tour to take the reins of the estate while the marquess recuperates. Somerset is in serious financial difficulty which can only be remedied by marriage to an heiress, Miss Sophie Goodnight, lately arrived from India with her nabob father.

Unfortunately, Richard believes he has already lost his heart to Lady Antonia Pruett. And Miss Goodnight isn’t too keen on becoming Somerset’s purse with feet, so she foils their families’ attempts to throw her and Richard together at every turn. To make matters worse, the reason Lord Somerset fell off the roof in the first place is a secret that threatens to upend all their lives.

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Richard feels the overwhelming responsibility of his duty to his estate. He knows he must add to the coffers but he is reluctant to do it by marriage. He wants to find another way because he wants to marry Antonia a suitable match. Sophie is a bit of a “wild child” who doesn’t want to marry but is being herded that way by her father, a newly wealthy tradesman, who wants a titled grandchild. We are also introduced to the below stairs characters, their gossip and lives which makes this a uniquely original romance. There is a curmudgeon of a Dowager Duchess with a heart of gold who reminds me of Downton Abbey.

Mia Marlowe has given us a book with witty banter, some well-placed hilarity and a peek at the goings and comings of the servant class in the Regency era. This is a well-constructed plot with some surprises and mystery. The sexual tension is superbly developed. All in all a terrific start to the new Somerfield Park Series.

 

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Recent Release Review- Between A Rake And A Hard Place by Mason and Marlowe

Title:  Between a Rake and a Hard Place (Book#3, The Royal Rakes series)

Royal Rakes Between a rake and a hard place

 Genre: Historical Romance

Author:  Mia Marlowe and Connie Mason

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Jan 2014

Source: Free for review from the Publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

The Fate of England’s Monarchy Is In The Hands of Three Notorious Rakes.

To prevent three royal dukes from marrying their way onto the throne, heroic, selfless agents for the crown will be dispatched…to seduce the dukes’ intended brides. These wickedly debauched rakes will rumple sheets and cause a scandal. But they just might fall into their own trap…

 

Lady Serena’s List of Forbidden Pleasures

Attend an exclusively male club.

Smoke a cigar.

Have a fortune told by gypsies.

Dance the scandalous waltz.

Sir Jonah Sharp thinks Lady Serena Osbourne will be just like any other debutante, and seducing her will be one of the easiest services he’s ever done for the Crown. Then he catches her wearing trousers and a mustache in his gentleman’s club and she demands he teach her to smoke a cigar. But what will truly be Jonah’s undoing is finding out he’s an item on her list too, which makes him determined to bring her all the forbidden pleasures she can handle.

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This is a standalone, third book in a trilogy written by two accomplished Historical Romance authors. There are three rakes out to deflower three virgins who might be the intended fiancées of the Royal British Dukes.  That is the trilogy.  This, the third in the series, is about one of those rakes, Sir Jonah Sharp and his pursuit of Lady Serena Osbourne.  The authors take us on a witty traipse through Regency attitudes and peccadilloes.  The plot is well crafted and includes sensual romance, action, political machinations and a villain we love to hate, the same villain that was in the first two books of the trilogy.

A fitting finale to the trilogy we fall in love with Jonah and want his redemption and love from Serena. We are hopeful that she will make the right choice for this book is all about the choices we make and the consequences that ensue.

I recommend this book for Historical Romance fans who like there romances based on actual historical happenings of the era.

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Review-New Release- One Night With A Rake by Connie Mason & Mia Marlowe

Title:  One Night With A Rake (Royal Rakes Series, book #2)

One Night With A Rake

Genre:  Historical Romance

Author: Connie Mason & Mia Marlowe

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, June 2013

Source:  Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Since the death of his fiancée, Nathaniel Colton‘s polished boots have rested beneath the beds of countless wayward wives and widows of the ton. He’s careful to leave each lady smiling, and equally careful to guard his heart. So seducing Lady Georgette should pose no problem. But the beautiful reformist is no easy conquest, and Nate’s considerable charm fails to entice Georgette to his bed. To woo her, Nate will have to make her believe he cares about someone besides himself—and no one is more surprised than Nate when he realizes he actually does.

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This is the second book in this series but it is not necessary to have read the first book in order to thoroughly enjoy this one which was just released yesterday, June 4th, 2013.

This superbly written novel shows much of the grittier side of London life in the Regency Era.  Nathaniel is a second son and has a scandal in his past and someone wishes to blackmail him.  Lady Georgette is an only surviving child and feels her duty is to her parents’ wish that she marry royalty. Georgie is also a charitable woman and uses her position in society to foster good work among the harlots of Covent Garden but this charity places her in the path of  danger.  Georgette is young, idealistic and naïve .  Nathaniel is older,  jaded and in need of justice and redemption. There is also another romance brewing below stairs between a lady’s maid and a footman.

There is much action, truly sensuous sexy encounters and a view of London’s back alleys that we don’t always encounter in the romance genre.  There is a mystery and an evil villain.  A totally engrossing and good read.

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