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Advance Review- Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman

Never Trust A Pirate

Title: Never Trust A Pirate (Playful Brides Series)

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

Author: Valerie Bowman

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, May 2, 2017

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 304

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 4

Description from Amazon.com:         

The rules of engagement were never so scandalous. . .

A rumored pirate and the scurrilous black sheep of his well-to- do family, Cade Cavendish relishes his world of rebellion, deception, and seduction. Nothing and no one can hold him to be the duty-bound, honorable man he is expected to be. But when an unexpected run-in at his twin brother’s estate with a ravishing, raven-haired maid leads her to believe he’s actually a viscount, Cade’s renegade life is thrown wildly off-kilter. And even though a case of mistaken identity can be quickly set to rights, matters of the heart are quite different…

Miss Danielle LaCrosse is startled to learn that the handsome gentleman who radiates sin and has the devil in his eyes is not her employer the Viscount, but rather his infamous brother. A former heiress, orphaned and left penniless, Danielle has more than a few secrets of her own. Cade may be skilled at coaxing even the most hidden desires out of Danielle but can he earn her trust—and win her heart—as they embark on an adventure to confront a dangerous enemy from both of their pasts . . . and uncover the identity of the so-called Black Fox along the way?


If you like novels that give you some twists and surprises then I’m sure you will like this one.  There are secrets that both Danielle and Cade are hiding.  This novel is about the business of spies and also revenge and falling in love.  The side characters we have met before in previous novels of the series but in no way will you be lost if this is your first time.  Some characters, like Grim, are particularly mysterious and I hope their story is on the horizon. There is action, adventure and steamy, sexy times.  Our hero is handsome and totally HOT and our heroine is feisty and full of surprises. I highly recommend this book and Valerie Bowman’s entire Playful Brides series.



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New Book Review and Giveaway- The Untamed Earl by Valerie Bowman

Title: The Untamed Earl  (Playful Brides)

The Untamed Earl

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Valerie Bowman

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, May 2016

Pages: 302

Source: Free For review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 4

Description from Amazon.com:


Lady Alexandra Hobbs, the daughter of the Duke of Huntley, has intended to marry Lord Owen Monroe since she first glimpsed him from the window of her bedchamber, back when she was just a girl. But the duke has already chosen Alex’s infamously spoiled elder sister, Lavinia, for Owen. And now there’s no turning back.

Owen has spent most of his bachelor years drinking, gambling, and skirt-chasing. He won’t see another pound from his parents, however, until he’s engaged to Lavinia. Desperate, he accepts an offer from her innocent and spirited—and absolutely beautiful—sister Alex: She will turn him into a perfectly tamed suitor, and show him how to woo the shrew. But when Alex’s true motives come to light, will their bargain lead to recriminations—or to a romance that defies everyone’s expectations?


Are you looking for a feel good book.  This is the one.  Valerie Bowman has given us a wonderfully witty love story of a young woman who knows what she wants and an older man who has to be taught what he wants.

Alex is smart enough to know that if she wants Owen then she is going to have to make him fall in love with her and not her sister.  Therefore she starts on a plan that actually is making headway but of course runs into obstacles.  Owen has been cowed by his father the Duke for so long that he really doesn’t have a mind of his own anymore.  It takes all of Alex’s wiles and some help from his friends to set him straight. Lavinia, Alex’s sister, is the villain here and she is truly a shrew.  She doesn’t want Owen but she doesn’t want Alex to have him either.

I really enjoyed this book.  It had me laughing and rooting for Alex in her quest of her true love.  Characters from Ms. Bowman’s Playful Brides series were on hand to help in the matchmaking but this is a standalone book.

I encourage you to read Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides series:

  1. The Unexpected Duchess, Lucy and Derek’s story (Deet’s rating 4-stars)
  2. The Accidental Countess, Cass and Julian’s story
  3. The Unlikely Lady, Jane and Garrett’s story (Deet’s rating 4-stars)
  4. The Irresistible Rogue, Daphne and Rafe’s story (Deet’s rating 4-stars)
  5. The Untamed Earl, Alex and Owen’s story (Deet’s rating 5-stars)

 Now the Giveaway

YAY !!!

I have two copies of this book (complments of St. Martin’s Press)in paperback to giveaway to two commenters from the USA.  All you have to do is comment here on this post today Friday May 6th, Saturday May 7th or May 8th until midnight.  I will draw from those comments (add your e-mail) and pick the winner to announce on Monday May 9th. ( No rafflecopter, only my scientific selection, which is putting names in a hat and having hubby draw the winner.  the winner will have three days to respond with their snail mail address or I will pick another name. Be sure my email address is in your  contacts list, deetda2@yahoo.com.Your odds of winning are determined by the number of entries.)

Next week I will have more GIVEAWAYS!

Yes, I have a big blogaversary on the horizon.


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