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Release Day Review- To Woo A Wicked Widow by Jenna Jaxon

To Woo A Wicked Widow

Title: To Woo A Wicked Widow (The Widows Club, book #1)
Genre: Historical Romance/ Regency
Author: Jenna Jaxon
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Lyrical Press, March 27, 2018
Pages: 368
Rating: 3.5
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 4
Description from Amazon:
The war years are behind them.
The future is before them.
And one by one, the widows of Lyttlefield Park are getting restless . . .

Lady Charlotte Cavendish is still the spirited girl who tried to elope in the name of love. That dream was thwarted by her father who trapped her into a loveless, passionless marriage. But now widowed, Charlotte is free to reenter the giddy world of the ton—and pursue her desires. For hardly your typical widow, she remains innocent to the pleasures of the flesh. Yet her life is finally her own, and she intends to keep it that way . . .

Nash, the twelfth Earl of Wrotham, is beguiled by Charlotte at first sight—and the feeling is mutual. When he receives her intriguing invitation to a house party, the marriage-minded lord plans to further their acquaintance. But even he cannot sway her aversion to matrimony, and only with great restraint does he resist her most tempting offer. For unbeknownst to Charlotte, the misadventures of the past are revisiting them both, and bedding her could cost him everything—or give him everything he ever wanted . . .

A very clever premise; several widows in need of new husbands (or not) are gathered together by their friend Charlotte at a house party. There are gentlemen invited, some honorable and some not so much. Interesting relationships are hinted at but Charlotte and her neighbor, Nash, The Earl of Wrotham, have an attraction that is instant and pretty much overwhelming. The problem is that Charlotte does not want to give up her freedom for marriage and Nash will not make her his mistress. When Charlotte starts to yield in the direction of marriage a secret of Nash’s tears them apart.

This first book in the new series deftly sets up the series to follow. The romance is steamy and the writing is well done. I did not like Charlotte finding her at times silly. Nash was a likable character and I wondered what he saw in Charlotte beyond her beauty. The side characters, future heroines/heroes of the series, were introduced and personalities were established. I found this to be a decent Regency romance and an original concept.

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Rereading The Bridgertons- An Offer From A Gentleman by Julia Quinn

An Offer from A Gentleman

Title: An Offfer From A Gentleman With 2nd Epilogue (The Bridgerton Series book #3)

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

Author: Julia Quinn

Publisher: Avon, 2015

Source: Purchase for Kindle

Pages: 421

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 4

Description from Amazon.com:         

Sophie Beckett never dreamed she’d be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton’s famed masquerade ball—or that “Prince Charming” would be waiting there for her! Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, spinning in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight.

Who was that extraordinary woman? Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other—except, perhaps, this alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid’s garb whom he feels compelled to rescue from a most disagreeable situation. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. Yet, if he offers her his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?


This is most definitely a reworking of “Cinderella”.  The beginning is so much like the fairytale that I was tempted not to go on.  But I did, and I’m so happy that I did continue reading.  I should never have doubted that the skills of Julia Quinn would transform this fairytale and make it lots more fun.  Benedict is a perfect Prince Charming even if he has a singularly one tract mind when it comes to Sophie.  Sophie is the voice of reason throughout the relationship but she is also in love and when one loves a Bridgerton it is impossible to not follow.  We have here a truly wicked step-mother, some not very nice stepsisters (except for Posy), a very wise Violet Bridgerton, the Dowager Viscountess and Once again the gossip columnist Lady Whistledown who happily reports all ton gossip but especially about the Bridgertons.  We are left to guess who is behind the Lady W. persona but some strong hints come along in this book.

(I have titled this post “Rereading The Bridgertons” but I confess that this is my first reading of this one in the series. I purchased this book in 2015 but never got around to reading it, my loss.  But I’m happy to have finally read this delight of a story.  The second epilogue was a fun read, we finally find out what becomes of Posy Reiling.)

The Bridgerton Series:

  1. The Duke and I (Daphne)
  2. The Viscount Who Loved Me (Anthony)
  3. An Offer From a Gentleman (Benedict)
  4. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (Colin)
  5. To Sir Phillip, With Love (Eloise)
  6. When He Was Wicked (Francesca)
  7. It’s In His Kiss (Hyacinth)
  8. On The Way To The Wedding (Gregory)



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Rereading The Bridgertons book #2 Review- The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn



Title: The Viscouint Who Loved Me (The Bridgerton Series, book #2)

Genre: Historical romance/Regency

Author: Julia Quinn

Publisher: Avon, 2000

Source: My Keeper Shelf

Pages: 352

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 0

My review from 2011 (it would still be the same today):

( last week I mentioned in my review of book#1 in this series, THE DUKE AND I, that I thought Anthony, Viscount Bridgerton, was a bit overbearing and actually quite stuffy.  Well he is certainly redeemed in this book where he becomes a truly wonderful Hero.)

For me, there is no romance more delicious than the kind where the H/h are truly disliking each other and then fall in love.  It is wonderful to see them transform from antagonists to lovers and Julia Quinn has written the perfect story in this theme with her delightful THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME.

Kate Sheffield is the older, plainer of two sisters at their first London Season.  It is imperative that the sisters find marriage partners who are, if not wealthy then at least well off since they cannot afford to come to London for another season.  Edwina the younger sister is considered the beauty and most likely to attract a proposal.  Because of this Kate is devoting her attention to her sister’s cause and screening likely suitors.

Anthony, Viscount Bridgerton, has a reputation as a rogue and a rake of the first order.  He is the head of a large family that relies on him for their protection and wealth.  He is 29 and he feels it is his duty to marry and produce an heir and this is the Season he intends to do just that.  Edwina Sheffield seems to be the ideal candidate.  For him it will be a marriage of convenience and certainly not love.

The fun of this book starts with Kate’s determined attempts to thwart Bridgerton’s pursuit of her sister since she does not want Edwina marrying a man with his reputation. They are like cats and dogs and of course they are both strongly attracted to the other but refuse to acknowledge the attraction.

There is humor and pathos in this book which makes for a totally satisfying read.  This book was rated by readers of www.likesbooks.com as # 9 out of 100 (2013)all-time top romance novels in print.  It is truly deserving of the distinction.

(This book is now available for purchase with a second Epilogue that was not in my keeper-shelf book)

The Bridgerton Series ( H or h)

1.The Duke and I (Daphne) reviewed on Monday July 25,2011 & Wed., March 1, 2017

  1. The Viscount Who Loved Me (Anthony)
  2. An Offer From A Gentleman (Benedict)
  3. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (Colin) ]
  4. To Sir Phillip With Love (Eloise)
  5. When He was wicked (Francesca)]
  6. It’s IN His Kiss (Hyacinth)
  7. On The Way To The Wedding (Gregory)




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


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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Erotic Romance Review- Dark Fancy by Sabrina York

Title: Dark Fancy (book #1, Noble Passions Series)

Dark Fancy

Genre: Regency Historical Romance/Erotic

Author: Sabrina York

Publisher: Sabrina York, June 2016 (2013)

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 160

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5+

Violence Rating: Mild BDSM

Description from Amazon.com:

Book 1 in the steamy Regency Noble Passions Series

When Lady Helena Simpson flees an unwanted marriage to a revolting lord, she finds refuge with James, a charming, handsome man unlike any she’s ever known. Helena concocts the perfect solution to her problem. She asks—begs—James to ruin her. Surely her betrothed will repudiate her if she is no longer pure. And if all her efforts fail and she still ends up married to a horrid man until the end of her days, she will at least once have known true passion. But James is not all he seems. He is, in fact, a wicked lord with a dark fancy. When Helena awakens his desire, he becomes determined to take everything she has to offer and more. No matter the cost.


This short book is over the top sexy with very well written sex scenes. Besides being very entertaining and educational it has a delightful romantic story.  It has charming moments of laugh out loud humor with Helena (Eloise) surprising James with her enthusiasm for his various fetishes. It is apparent from the beginning that these two are meant for each other but, of course, there are some problems thrown in to make their HEA in question. If you want to read a historical erotic book then you can’t do better than Sabrina York’s Dark Fancy unless perhaps you read the rest of the books in this series.

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recent Release Review- The Redemption of Julian Price by Victoria Vane

Title: The Redemption of Julian Price

The Redemption of Julian Price

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Vitoria Vane

Publisher: Vane Publishing LLC, April 2016

Pages: 197

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

She gave him a chance to bury his past… but the price would be his heart Burdened by the past…Orphaned at a young age and left to run wild, at eighteen Julian Price joins the fight against Napoleon in the hope of attaining honor. Devastated when his best friend, Thomas, is killed in battle, Julian returns home burdened with guilt, only to find his wastrel uncle has squandered his inheritance. Desperate to live her own life… Facing a bleak future caring for her aging mother and raising her brother’s children, Henrietta Houghton believes her chance at a real life died with Thomas, the only man who ever wanted her. But Henrietta is still full of dreams. When her wealthy aunt offers her a gift of ten thousand pounds, Henrietta finally has the chance to choose her own destiny. Everything has a price…With a fortune at her command, Henrietta offers Julian a marriage of convenience, unaware that she really offers Julian a means of salvation—not just his fortune, but his very soul.


This book was a delight.  Henrietta is a heroine that we all can love.  She is intelligent and forthright.  She grasps the problem and seeks a solution.  Well, her notorious Aunt helps the solution along. Julian is Henrietta’s childhood friend.  He thought of her as a pal for those formative years until one day she started maturing and she was no longer allowed to cavort with her twin brother Henry and friends Julian and Thomas.  Julian went off to war and came back to find his uncle had squandered his fortune.  Now in debt and troubled by the war Julian feels his only recourse is to become a mercenary soldier. Henrietta has other ideas.

This is a lovely story of a woman who knows what she wants and a man who is not too obtuse to grasp the carrot when it is dangled.  The romance was always there and it is wonderful to see how the characters discover it.

This is a short book, only 197 pages, so it is a quick and most satisfying read.  Highly recommend


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Advance Review- Three Weeks To Wed by Ella Quinn

Title:  Three weeks To Wed (The Worthingtons book #1)

Three weeks To wed

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

Author: Ella Quinn

Publisher: Kensington/Zebra, March 29, 2016

pre-order available

Pages: 338

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 2.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Ella Quinn introduces the soon-to-be Earl and Countess of Worthington–lovers who have more in common than they yet know. The future promises to be far from boring… Lady Grace Carpenter is ready to seize the day–or rather, the night–with the most compelling man she’s ever known. Marriage would mean losing guardianship of her beloved siblings, and surely no sane gentleman will take on seven children not his own. But if she can have one anonymous tryst with Mattheus, Earl of Worthington, Grace will be content to live out the rest of her life as a spinster. Matt had almost given up hope of finding a wife who could engage his mind as well as his body. And now this sensual, intelligent woman is offering herself to him. What could be more perfect? Except that after one wanton night, the mysterious Grace refuses to have anything to do with him. Amid the distractions of the Season he must convince her, one delicious encounter at a time, that no obstacle–or family–is too much for a man who’s discovered his heart’s desire…


This book failed to engage me even though I read the whole thing.  It was a bit like that old movie “Yours, Mine and Ours” since the heroine, Grace, was guardian of 7 brothers and sisters and the hero, Matt, was guardian to his 4 sisters.  This sets up this new series with lots of potential future heroes and heroines but I’m not of a mind to read about them.

Every time there was a potential crisis it was resolved in one or just a few pages so it never really felt like a crisis or even a problem.  The heroine was a bit of a fainting, anxious, weak person so I found it difficult to like her.  The hero was a bit too much “there, there, all will be well.” Goodness, why did he think 11 children was going to be a piece of cake? The bad guy was quickly in and out of the narrative negating another crisis.

I’m afraid I can’t recommend this book.





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Kindle Deal- Never Less Than A Lady by Mary Jo Putney $1.99

OOPs, here is another Mary Jo Putney novel for $1.99.  I haven’t read this one but it has 72, 4 & 5 star reviews on Amazon out of 88 total.  That’s good enough for me and I’m going to pick it up.  If you get it let me know what you think.

Never Less Than A Lady

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Review- How to deceive A Duke by Lecia Cornwall

Title:  How to Decieve a Duke

How to Deceive A Duke

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Lecia Cornwall

Publisher: Avon, 2012

Source: Kindle purchase, $1.99

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

When her stubborn sister runs off the night before her arranged marriage, Meg Lynton
hardly hesitates before donning the wedding veil and walking down the aisle herself. It’s the only way to save her family from sure destitution. By the time her wealthy groom discovers he has married the wrong sister, it will be too late to annul their vows. And too late for Meg to escape her wifely duty to a man reputed to be a devil in battle and the bedroom . . .

A bride is the last thing Nicholas Hartley, Duke of Temberlay, wants. Then he sees Meg and realizes that his wedding night will be a great pleasure indeed. But aside from the agreeable business of begetting an heir, Temberlay will never change his wicked ways for a wedding vow—until he discovers Meg’s deception, and decides to teach the scheming beauty how to be a proper duchess, kiss by devastating kiss . . .


There is almost too much misunderstanding, secrets,  flighty mother, scheming grandmother and idiotic men.  So I think that this book was just not for me.  I could not like many side characters and even the hero left a lot to be desired.  The only admirable character was Meg the heroine, and even she had her unrealistic moments.   The author can write well enough and in fact, I have enjoyed immensely another of her books go to the link for a review.

Secrets of a Proper Countess




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Review- The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn

Title: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever

(Book 1 in the Bevelstoke Series)

Genre: Regency Historical Romance

Author: Julia Quinn

Publisher: Avon, 2007

Source: purchase

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from the back of the book:

At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her—until the afternoon when Nigel Bevelstoke, the handsome and dashing Viscount Turner, solemnly kissed her hand and promised her that one day she would grow into herself, that one day she would be as beautiful as she already was smart. And even at ten, Miranda knew she would love him forever.

But the years that followed were as cruel to Turner as they were kind to Miranda. She is as intriguing as the viscount boldly predicted on that memorable day—while he is a lonely, bitter man, crushed by a devastating loss. But Miranda has never forgotten the truth she set down on paper all those years earlier—and she will not allow the love that is her destiny to slip lightly through her fingers . . .


Julia Quinn knows all the ways to get me caring about her characters.  The protagonists are never one dimensional even if some side characters appear to be.  She knows how to make me care about the feelings of our heroine when at the same time I understand our hero’s actions even if I cannot approve.

There is a bit of the “soap-opera” about this novel, overly dramatic at times but I can still forgive the dramatics because the romance is so delicious.

This is perhaps not my favorite Quinn romance but I certainly liked it and recommend it.

This book is also introducing characters that will appear in the next book (Olivia Bevelstoke) in this series (the Bevelstoke Series).  Each book is stand alone but it is nice to know the various family members. 

The Bevelstoke Series:

The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever-2007- reviewed today June 17th

What Happens in London-2009-reviewed on Monday, June 20th

Ten Things I Love about You-2010-reviewed on Wednesday June 22nd

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