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Advance Review- Charming Ophelia by Rachel Miles

Charming Ophelia

Title: Charming Ophelia (The Muses Salon Series)

Genre: Historical Romance (Novella, e-book)

Author: Rachel Miles

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Publisher: Zebra, May 30, 2017

Pages: N/A

Rating: 4

Sexy rating: 3

Violence rating: 0

Description from Amazon:

 

Ophelia Elliot has delayed marriage long enough. Now, for the sake of her future, she must choose between three impatient suitors. But she’s determined to use only the most rational of methods to make her decision. And when her dear friend, Sidney Mason, offers to help, how can the discerning debutante resist? Besides, spending time with him is no hardship—his dashing looks and irresistible laughter have delighted her for years. Not that Sidney is a suitable prospect. As a member of Parliament, he’s already married to the state. No matter how chivalrous his attentions, falling in love with him would be most unreasonable . . .

The fact is, Sidney finds Ophelia infuriatingly stubborn—and yet there is no other woman for him. Convincing her that she must marry for love—his love—will be a formidable challenge. So he concocts a clever strategy to expose her suitors’ true natures—and show the strong-willed beauty that when it comes to marriage, it is imperative that she follow her heart—straight into his strong and loving arms.

 

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This is a delightful novella.  The book description gives a true synopsis of the story and the book is entertaining in the ways that Sydney tries to convince Ophelia that there is no other suitor for her hand than he. The “ways” are a bit outlandish but they seem to work. This is a quick and easy, sweet bon-bon of a book.  Sydney is the perfect Hero but I do wonder why Ophelia hasn’t seen his worth before now. I highly recommend this book to all romance readers.

 

 

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Last Friday ‘Til Christmas Review- I Will by Lisa Kleypas

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Title: I Will

Genre: Historical romance/Holiday/Novella

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Publisher: Avon Impulse, Dec. 2016

Source: Purchase

Pages: 96

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 0

Christmasy Feeling: 3

Description from Amazon.com:         

Andrew, Lord Drake, has been cut out of his father’s will because of his dissolute manner of living. To be reinstated, Andrew decides to pretend that he has changed his wicked ways.

As part of his plan, he wants to convince his father that he is courting a respectable woman with the intention of marrying her. The problem is, he doesn’t know any decent women, except for his friend’s spinster sister, Miss Caroline Hargreaves. He blackmails the reluctant Caroline into helping him, and so the charade begins . . .

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This is a novella previously published in a 2001 anthology, Wishlist.wishlist

It has been reissued in this current e-book.

I did not read this in the anthology so I was looking forward to this novella.  It certainly did not disappoint me.  It is classic romance from classic Kleypas. Nobody does it better!

Andrew is rude, sarcastic and in general quite obnoxious. Caroline is trying to protect her brother from this dissolute rogue.  However Andrew makes her a proposition that she cannot refuse. She agrees to help him in return for him leaving her brother alone and covering her brother’s debts. All should be good for both parties except they never factored in their growing attraction for each other.

There is a predictable story here but there are also some very clever twists that keep us turning pages to discover the results. This was a terrific holiday read and I highly recommend it.

It looks like the real Santa has finally paid us a visit.

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Holiday Novella Review- A Match Made In Mistletoe by Anna Campbell

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Title: A Match Made In Mistletoe

Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday

Author: Anna Campbell

Publisher: Amazon Digital, Nov. 2016

Source: purchase for Kindle

Pages: 153

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 3

Christmasy Feeling: 4

Description from Amazon.com:         

A mistletoe wish… All her life, Serena Talbot has been in love with the handsome boy next door, Sir Paul Garside. She always eagerly looks forward to Paul’s visit to her family over the Festive Season, even if he usually brings along his dark, sardonic friend Lord Hallam. This year, Serena is determined that Paul’s kiss under the mistletoe will lead to a proposal. Even if she has to enlist every ounce of Christmas magic she can get her hands on to make that happen. But the mistletoe gets it wrong! When Serena slips a sprig of mistletoe from the village kissing bough under her pillow, it’s not Paul who turns up in her dreams as the man she’s going to marry, but brooding, intense, annoying Giles Farraday, Marquess of Hallam. Still more annoying, once everyone arrives for the annual Christmas house party, she can’t stop watching Giles, and thinking about Giles. And kissing Giles, whether there’s mistletoe about or not. Now Paul wants to marry her, and Giles wants to seduce her–and Serena has a bone to pick with the old wives who came up with all this superstitious nonsense in the first place. A Christmas of confusion lies ahead! Will mistletoe magic lead the way to a happy ending?

***

You should not miss this absolutely delightful Christmas romance.  Serena is confused, Paul is ready to propose and Giles is no longer holding back his feelings for Serena. She can’t stay away from Giles and she is trying to avoid Paul. It is very obvious to us, the readers, that she should be with Giles but will she see it that way.  Anna Campbell has given us another well written, deeply romantic Christmas novella filled with sexual tension.

This one is perfect for reading by the fire, with your hot toddy (or cocoa) and just enjoying the holiday spirit.

Oh No! I think this is Bad Santa invading my blog.

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2 Fridays ‘Til Christmas Review- Mistletoe, Mischief and The Marquis by Amelia Grey

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Title: Mistletoe, Mischief and The Marquis (The Heir’s Club)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Amelia Grey

Publisher: Swerve, Nov 29 2016, Kindle

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 87

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 1

Violence Rating: 0

Christmasy Feeling: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

The Marquis of Wythebury, is expecting an ordinary Christmastide at Hurst—until he is set upon by a beautiful miss who takes him to task for not allowing his young nephews to play outside. In his mind, a five and seven year old needn’t get chilled in the snow; better to plop them in front of the fire with a book. Few people have ever been brave enough to challenge him over anything, much less the rearing of his wards. The cheeky Miss Prim has no such compunction. No matter how fetching he finds her, he can’t give in to his attraction…for she is the sister of his best friend.

Growing up the middle child of five rambunctious girls, Lillian Prim doesn’t understand why two young boys visiting Hurst don’t know how to play until she meets their dashing guardian. The Marquis of Wythebury is commanding and intensely serious-minded. To her surprise, she’s captivated by him. It’s all she can do not to give into her feminine fantasies about her kissing him. Lillian has no intention of falling in love with the Marquis, but she will create Christmastide mischief and teach the boys and the handsome Marquis how to play,

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A playful young woman and a serious Marquis.  Lillian Prim is a fun woman who knows her own mind and will stand up for the young boys against their uncle, the marquis.  Seth, the Marquis of Wythebury, is doing his best to raise his orphan nephews Fallon and Heron and he doesn’t need any help from Miss Prim.  No matter that he is instantly besotted with her when she fires a snowball at him and scores a facial bullseye. Miss Prim has feelings for the marquis also but she knows they are incompatible he being stodgy and she not.

This is a delightful, Christmasy read and I highly recommend it.  Just sit back after the wrapping and decorating and enjoy a short quiet heartwarming romance.

I think he needs to come in for some cocoa by the fire.

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Recent Release Review- Twas The Night Before Scandal by Christi Caldwell and Eva Devon

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Title: Twas The Night Before Scandal (Two Novellas)

Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday/E-Reader

Author: Christi Caldwell and Eva Devon

Publisher: Christi Caldwell Inc., Nov. 2016

Source: won in a contest

Pages: 168/E-Reader

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 0

Christmasy Feeling: 5

Descriptions from Amazon.com:       

“Only For Their Love” by Christi Caldwell Miss Carol Cresswall bore witness to her parents’ loveless union and is determined to avoid that same miserable fate. Her mother has altogether different plans—plans that include a match between Carol and Lord Gregory Renshaw. Despite his wealth and power, Carol has no interest in marrying a pompous man who goes out of his way to ignore her. Now, with their families coming together for the Christmastide season it’s her mother’s last-ditch effort to get them together. And Carol plans to avoid Gregory at all costs. Lord Gregory Renshaw has no intentions of falling prey to his mother’s schemes to marry him off to a proper debutante she’s picked out. Over the years, he has carefully sidestepped all endeavors to be matched with any of the grasping ladies. But a sudden Christmastide Scandal has the potential show Carol and Gregory that they’ve spent years running from the one thing they’ve always needed.

***

The more I read from Christi Caldwell the more I like.  This novella is just packed with romance, Christmas feeling and even a surly Dowager Duchess and unrelenting matchmaking mother.  It is an enemies to sweethearts trope that is well developed considering the brevity of the format of the novella. Carol and Gregory are not exactly enemies they just have avoided each other for the past four years because of their mother’s matchmaking. Having never actually been thrown together where they could develop a relationship they are quite overcome with liking each other when they do get to know each other. But, of course,  there is a serious problem that arises.

Deet’s Rating: 5-stars    Christmasy Feeling: 5-stars

“A Kiss From a Rogue” by Eva Devon Bah and a hum bug: Sebatian Rutherford, the new Earl of Gray, has no desire to settle down. Ever. The only thing he dislikes more than the idea of taking over his recently inherited earldom, and all it’s responsibilities, is Christmas. So, when he agrees to an arranged marriage to the former earl’s daughter, he plans on a quick wedding and a quicker return to his adventures abroad. Surely, even a hint of Christmas cheer won’t need to be shared? But when his clever new wife, Lady Marabelle begins to thaw his heart, he finds that not only is family a joy, but Christmas may be the best season to lose one’s heart. Deck the Halls: Lady Marabelle loves Christmas. She loves everything about it. So, when she faces her first Christmas since the death of her beloved father, married to a man she’s never met, she decides to make sure that the Christmas hating new Earl must be taught the spirit of the season. But with each day toward Christmas that comes her way, she begins to find that perhaps a marriage of convenience can be a marriage of the heart and a veritable Christmas miracle.

**

Oh this is truly a yummy romance.  A handsome, adventurous, troubled man is about to marry a very astute, lovely woman whom he has never met.  They speak only a few words before they become man and wife.  Through the magic of her sweet personality she transforms this “Grinch” into a most enjoyable, loving person. All it takes is love.

Deet’s rating: 5-stars   Christmasy Feeling: 5-stars

Uh huh, another shirtless elf snuck in here.

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Review- The Headmaster (Shivers) by Tiffany Reisz

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Title: The Headmaster (Shivers)

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Author: Tiffany Reisz

Publisher: Harlequin Digital, April 2015

Source: Purchase

Pages: 135

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 2

Description from Amazon.com:

A fever dream of desires fulfilled.

Nestled in the shadow of the Appalachians is where Gwen Ashby stumbles upon the William Marshall Academy, and she’s given a trial position as a literature teacher. The gothic boarding school seems trapped in time yet it feels like home the moment Gwen arrives.

She’s charmed by the lovely buildings, bewitched by the eager students…and utterly seduced by the headmaster. Edwin Yorke is noble, handsome and infuriatingly proper. But his tweedy exterior and courtly manners conceal a raw sensual power that Gwen longs to unleash.

It’s strangely thrilling to be the only woman on campus—save one other. An eerie white-clad figure roams the grounds by night. She never speaks. She leaves no trace. But this ghostly blight on Gwen’s new dream life is the key to the Marshall Academy’s mysterious allure.

RITA® Award nominated title from International Bestselling Author Tiffany Reisz.

**

It’s that time of year when there is bubble, bubble toil and trouble.  But it isn’t easy to come across a romance that can give you a few shivers without also being a bit terrifying.  This one is shivers not terrors. I have wanted to read this author and since Harlequin is now having a big $1.99 sale this seemed the perfect time to pick up one of Ms. Reisz’ books.  This is a novella so it is a quick read but I started it late in the evening and was up until the wee hours because I had to finish it.  There are ghosts and mystery and twists and surprises along the way. Truly a delightful read.  The romance is sizzling. Gwen is intelligent and beautiful.  Edwin is a hot and hunky headmaster. The side characters are a delight. I highly recommend this book to all romance lovers and especially to paranormal fans.

 

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Advance Review- A Kiss At Christmastide by Christina McKnight

Title: A Kiss At Christmas Tide

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Genre: Historical Romance/Novella

Author: Christina McKnight

Publisher: La Loma Elite Pub., Sept. 27, 2016, preorder available Kindle $.99

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 121

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 3

Violence Rating: 0

Description from Amazon.com:

Lady Pippa Godfrey has suffered the most ruinous London Season. She escapes to her Somerset estate for a quiet Christmastide holiday with her family, away from society’s prying eyes. But before her parents can join her, a storm crashes down on Somerset to destroy any hope of Pippa’s white Christmas dream. The roads have flooded and travel is impossible, leaving her stranded and alone. But a muddied, angry and devilishly handsome lord appears at her door demanding shelter. Lucas Hartfeld, the Earl of Maddox, has been summoned by his parents, the Marquis and Marchioness of Bowmont, to attend a holiday party in the wilds of the country, far from his London townhouse. He suspects they command his attendance for far different reasons than a simple country party. When a storm strands his carriage, he’s forced to seek shelter at the only home for miles around, a local manor called Helton House. When Lady Pippa is reluctant to admit him, he does what he’s been raised to do—demand she provide him and his servants with shelter until the storm passes. But the beautiful woman draws his interest far more than he’s willing to admit. Can Lucas find a way out of the predicament his parents are planning? As Lady Pippa scrutinizes another arrogant, demanding lord, she is bombarded with memories of betrayals in her past. Can she forget those difficult life lessons to claim a Christmastide kiss from a perfect stranger?

**

Oh yes, this is my favorite trope, two people stranded together by a storm. Both have troubles in their pasts to overcome and those same troubles prevent them from moving forward with their lives. However perhaps, as the author shows us, they can move forward together.

This is a sweet Christmas time story.  We not only hope for an HEA we hope that the H & h both can put the past to rest. I personally would have enjoyed a bit more dialog between the characters but that didn’t impact my enjoyment of the story.

This novella is only 121 pages, so it is perfect to sit by the fire and enjoy during the hectic holiday season. At this posting it is only $.99 on Kindle. I encourage you to take advantage.

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Advance Review- Miss Goodhue Lives For A Night by Kate Noble

Title: Miss Goodhue Lives For A Night (Winner Take All Series)

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Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Kate Noble

Publisher: Pocket Star, Sept. 19, 2016, Kindle preorder available

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: ? (number unavailable but it is short like a novella)

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 0

Description from Amazon.com:

Cecilia Goodhue is a schoolteacher with a past, living with her sister and her husband in a tiny English village. Resigned to a quiet life, Cecilia is surprised when she finds out that her young cousin has run off with a man of no means. Cecilia had once been a teenaged girl who also fell for a young man’s charms—only to be devastated by his betrayal. Determined to not let her cousin meet the same fate, she heads off to London to but is shocked when her investigation leads her right to the front door of the very man who broke her heart: Theo Hudson. Together, they reluctantly embark on finding her cousin and returning her to her family. During their searching in London, it soon becomes clear that they both remember their short-lived romance differently and perhaps now, years later, they have a fresh chance at love.

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This is a very humorous romance.  Cecilia is a spinster schoolteacher who has a scandalous past.  She has been atoning for that past by being circumspect and the acquiescing roomer in her sister’s home with her sister’s vicar husband.  But when the need to rescue her cousin from the same fate that was the cause of her scandal became apparent, then she is off to do what she can to set things right.  That is when she runs into Theo who was the cause of her scandal, the boy who is now a man and the love of her life.

This is a short entry in the Winner Take All series.   It is such a pleasant, humor filled addition to a wonderful series that I must give it a high recommendation.  You do not need to read the beginning books to enjoy this one but there are side characters that make an appearance from previous books.

 

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Release Day Review- Once Upon A Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: Once Upon A Moonlit Night (A Maiden Lane Novella)

Once Upon A Moonlit Night

Genre: Historical Romance/ Georgian

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Forever, July 5, 2016

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: Not available (Kindle 529 KB), $1.99

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Hippolyta Royle is running for her life. Pursued by hounds on a cold rainy night, the heiress flags down a passing carriage and throws herself at the mercy of the coach’s occupant. Whoever this handsome traveler may be, he is her only hope to escape a terrible fate. But should he agree to escort her to safety, he’s in for much more than he bargained for . . . At first Matthew Mortimer doesn’t believe Hippolyta’s story, that she’s a fabulously wealthy heiress who’s been kidnapped. He assumes she’s a beggar, an actress, or worse. But once his new travel companion washes the mud from her surprisingly lovely face, and they share a breathtaking kiss, there is no turning back . . .

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If you are a Maiden Lane Series reader then you know that Hippolyta was kidnapped by the Duke of Montgomery in the previous book, DUKE OF SIN.  This book opens with Hippolyta’s escape in the night.

If you are familiar with Ms. Hoyt’s Maiden Lane Series then you will agree with me that this just has to be a terrific read. I’m here to tell you that it certainly lives up to all expectations.  So why only a 4.5 star rating and not a 5 star rating? Because I’m being nit-picky! I loved this story, her daring escape from her kidnapper, the interaction between Hippolyta and Matthew and their progress from adversaries to lovers. But…I would have loved more, more, more.  Not that there isn’t Hoyt’s beautiful characterization and a thoroughly charming story. It is just that I never wanted it to end.

There are some side characters from previous books but they are icing on the cake for series readers and if you are new to the series you can start here and not be lost.  In fact I recommend you take the plunge with this reasonably priced novella and then I guarantee you will want to read the series.

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E-Book Review- One Pink Rose by Julie Garwood

Title: One Pink Rose (Clayborne Brides, Book #1)

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Genre: Historical romance/Western/novella

Author: Julie Garwood

Publisher: Pocket Books Star, May 2016, E-Book

Pages: 123

Source: Free for review from the publisher.

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

THE CLAYBORNES ARE BACK, AND LOVE IS IN BLOOM! First introduced in Julie Garwood’s magnificent New York Times bestseller For the Roses, the Clayborne brothers of Blue Belle, Montana, have been embraced by millions worldwide. Their story begins in One Pink Rose.

Travis Clayborne may be the youngest of the Clayborne brothers, but he’s most definitely his own man—unless it means saying no to his beloved Mama Rose. And that’s why Travis is escorting young Bostonian Emily Finnegan to Golden Crest, Montana to her new home as a mail-order bride. Emily has made it perfectly clear that she’s taken charge of her destiny and nothing is going to interfere, not even falling in love with a perfect stranger. But they don’t call it the wild west for nothing…

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Here we have another feel-good book that is definitely in my comfort zone.  To tell the truth I didn’t think I would like a romance based in the wild west of America but this one has totally changed my perspective. First we have Travis, a hot hunk of a man who loves his Mother.  Then there is Emily who is suffering from the humiliation of being jilted at the altar and has become a mail order bride.  Emily has been raised in Boston as a fine lady and knows little of the wild west but she is a quick learner and intelligent to boost.  As Travis agrees to escort Emily to her betrothed all manner of adventures transpire.

This is a laugh out loud book that will leave you with a smile on your face for days.  But don’t think for a minute that it is a silly book.  There is much drama and plenty of wild west action that causes our protagonists no end of trouble.

This is a reissue of a novella originally published in 1998. I highly recommend this quick read.  I’m looking forward to reading the stories of Travis’ brothers Adam, Douglas & Cole, as well as sister Mary and her husband Harrison.

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