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Free on Nook and Kindle- David by Grace Burrowes

FREE now on Nook and Kindle but I don’t know for how long so go and grab it now. Below is my review from March 2014. I loved this book!

Title:  David (The Lonely Lords Series)

David

 Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Grace Burrowes

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, March 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

David, Viscount Fairly, has imperiled his honor…Letty Banks is a reluctant courtesan, keeping a terrible secret that brought her, a vicar’s daughter, to a life of vice. While becoming madam of Viscount Fairly’s high-class brothel is an absolute financial necessity, Letty refuses to become David’s mistress-though their attraction becomes harder to resist the more she learns about the man…

Perhaps a fallen woman can redeem it.David is smitten not only with Letty’s beauty, but also with her calm, her kindness, her quiet. David is determined to put respectability back in her grasp, even if that means uncovering the secrets Letty works so hard to keep hidden-secrets that could take her away from him forever…

**

Oh yes! Being a fallen woman is no fun at all in Regency England.  But being able to honor your responsibilities and have food on your table requires a woman to forgo many respectable employment opportunities.  So it happens with Letty Banks.  Lucky for her she meets up with David, Viscount Fairly, and he employs her as a Madam in his brothel.  Not respectable but she does not have to “go upstairs” with any customers.

This final installment in Burrowes’ Lonely Lords Series is the most gut wrenchingly emotional of the entire series.  I confess I went through many tissues while trying to turn pages and find out how the happily-ever-after would come about.  I have loved David through Burrowes’ series and I wanted him to find love.  Letty is a very sympathetic paramour.

If you have been following this series then you already know what wonderful dialog and characterization you are in for.  I look forward to more, more, more from Ms. Burrowes’ pen.

 

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New Release Review- David by Grace Burrowes

Title:  David (The Lonely Lords Series)

David

 Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Grace Burrowes

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, March 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

David, Viscount Fairly, has imperiled his honor…Letty Banks is a reluctant courtesan, keeping a terrible secret that brought her, a vicar’s daughter, to a life of vice. While becoming madam of Viscount Fairly’s high-class brothel is an absolute financial necessity, Letty refuses to become David’s mistress-though their attraction becomes harder to resist the more she learns about the man…

Perhaps a fallen woman can redeem it.David is smitten not only with Letty’s beauty, but also with her calm, her kindness, her quiet. David is determined to put respectability back in her grasp, even if that means uncovering the secrets Letty works so hard to keep hidden-secrets that could take her away from him forever…

**

Oh yes! Being a fallen woman is no fun at all in Regency England.  But being able to honor your responsibilities and have food on your table requires a woman to forgo many respectable employment opportunities.  So it happens with Letty Banks.  Lucky for her she meets up with David, Viscount Fairly, and he employs her as a Madam in his brothel.  Not respectable but she does not have to “go upstairs” with any customers.

This final installment in Burrowes’ Lonely Lords Series is the most gut wrenchingly emotional of the entire series.  I confess I went through many tissues while trying to turn pages and find out how the happily-ever-after would come about.  I have loved David through Burrowes’ series and I wanted him to find love.  Letty is a very sympathetic paramour.

If you have been following this series then you already know what wonderful dialog and characterization you are in for.  I look forward to more, more, more from Ms. Burrowes’ pen.

 

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Holiday Erotica- All She Wants For XXX-Mas: An Erotic Christmas Story

Title: All She Wants For XXX-Mas: An Erotic Christmas Story

All She Wants for XXXmas

Genre: Erotica

Author: Nathan Stratton

Publisher: Kindle digital

Source: Free for review from the author

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy feeling: 4

Description from amazon.com:

Christie’s fresh off a breakup, and seems to be in for a lonely Christmas. But her new boss, Michael, is handsome, charming — and a total flirt.

Is Michael for real? Or is he just looking for a holiday fling? Either way, Christie might be getting more than just a kiss under the mistletoe…

Steamy office romance, witty dialogue, and a juicy plot. What more could you ask for this holiday season?

**

Christie seems to be a bit like a teenager in her lusting after her boss but I do believe she is supposed to be twenty something.  Michael seems like a take charge type which he exhibits by following up weeks of flirting with a surprise visit to Christie in the ladies room.  After their work place encounter these two were an item. Since it was a volunteer organization I guess there was no worry about a sex harassment lawsuit.

In a short story such as this it is difficult to create the romantic sexual tension that is needed to make it totally satisfying.  Just telling us that she is lusting after him and he …well he just shows up in the ladies room.  In their subsequent encounters he seems rather violent but perhaps he just likes rough sex.  We are left to ponder this as it isn’t elaborated upon.

For me, this was just an okay read.  The sex was more graphic than romantic the way I like to read it. The heroine was a bit immature and a bit slutty and I wished she had owned up to both.  The hero was an enigma, I couldn’t quite decide where he was coming from.  I recommend this story to those who want to read some light erotica.  No chains and whips here.

 

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Review- To Seduce A Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: To Seduce A Sinner (book #2, The Legend of The Four Soldiers Series)

Genre: Historical Romance/Georgian Era

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Forever, 2008

Source: purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, has a problem: he needs to marry and produce an heir to the title. All Jasper wants is to find a lady who will put up with him long enough to wed so he can retreat to his life of debauchery–a life that keeps the haunting memories of his past at bay. Knowing that Jasper is under pressure to marry, Melisande Flemming grasps her fate with both hands and volunteers to wed him. Although Jasper is initially only interested in producing an heir, he soon becomes entranced by his wife–prim and proper by day, wanton by night– and vows to learn her secrets.

Melissande, however, is determined to keep her husband at a distance. She has loved, and lost, before, and will do anything to keep him from learning her terrible weakness: she’s secretly been in love with him for years. But to her chagrin, her husband pursues her, wooing her as if she were a paramour, not his lady wife. As Melissande and Jasper embark on a passionate game of cat and mouse, secrets from the past begin to resurface…. threatening to tear them asunder.

**

Once again Hoyt has master crafted a tale that grows from a marriage of convenience to sublimely sensual devotion, at the same time intriguing us with a mystery and secrets that could prove disastrous.  For the hero, Hoyt crafts a character study in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as it might appear in the Georgian Era.  It is also a glimpse into the social mores of that era.  There is action and pathos and sizzling sensuality.  There are references and some  graphic description of torture and violence that some may find disturbing although integral to the story.

The ending was a bit of a letdown.  I thought it could have been handled differently although it did fit in with the story.  Elizabeth Hoyt is a master story teller and although I have read this book out of order in the series, It was not necessary for me to have read what came before in order to enjoy the read.  I can’t wait to read the rest of this series.

The Legend of the Four Soldiers Series:

1. To Taste Temptation (Smauel Hartley’s story)

2. To Seduce a Sinner (Jasper Renshaw’s story)

3. To Beguile a Beast (Alistair Monroe’s story)

4. To Desire a Devil (Ranaud St. Aubyn’s story)

 

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Review- How To Seduce A Scoundrel by Vicky Dreiling

Title:  How to seduce a Scoundrel (Book 2 in a series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Vicky Dreiling

Publisher: Grand Central, 2011

Source: purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Miss Julianne Gatewick is in a pickle. It started when her brother’s best friend-for whom she’s long nursed a secret tendre-agreed to act as her guardian for the Season, only to seduce her with a risqué waltz. But when the music stopped and the expectant ton waited for Marc Darcett, Earl of Hawkfield, to claim her as his own, he made his disinterest clear. Rather than succumb to humiliation, Julianne does what any self-respecting, recently discarded young miss with a wicked sense of humor would do. She secretly pens a lady’s guide to enticing unrepentant rakes . . . and it becomes the hottest scandal sheet in London.

Every honorable rake knows that friends’ sisters are forbidden. But suddenly Julienne has a spark of mischief in her eyes that Hawk can’t resist. Try as he might to push her away, he spends his days listening for her laughter and his nights dreaming of kissing her senseless. He’s always avoided innocents and their marriage-minded mothers, but has the man least likely to wed finally met his match?

 

**

I fell in love with Hawk in Vicky Dreilling’s first book in this series, HOW TO MARRY A DUKE.  He is the best friend of the hero of that first book.  They are a couple of regency rakes. Tristan needs a wife and Hawk is sidestepping that particular issue.

In this delightful book Hawk is coerced into acting as a guardian for Tristan’s sister’s fourth season on the marriage-mart.  Hawk takes his role way too seriously causing Julianne many moments of frustration as she tries to enjoy the attentions of beaus and her season in London.

In the beginning I thought Hawk came off as a bit over bearing and not like the love of my heart from book #1.  But we begin to understand that he feels an overwhelming obligation to protect Julianne because of his friendship with her brother.  He knows he is attracted to her and he continually overcompensates for his imagined shortcomings.  He is also tormented by a past mistake that makes him feel that he is not honorable enough to marry.

Julianne has been biding her time waiting for Hawk to fall in love with her.  She has loved him since they were children. When he starts acting so tyrannical, she is all but ready to give up on him .  She is naïve and innocent and becomes more mature throughout the story.

These characters are well known to us because of Dreilings first book and that is why I recommend this series be read from the beginning.

Vicky Dreiling’s series:

1. How to Marry a Duke (reviewed on Monday, August 6, 2012)

2. How to Seduce a Scoundrel

3. How to Ravish a Rake (reviewed on Friday, Aug. 10.2012)

 

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Review- Lady Iona’s Rebellion by Dorothy McFall

Title: Lady Iona’s Rebellion

Genre: Historical romance

Author: Dorothy McFall

Publisher: Barking Dog Press, 2010

Source: Kindle, $.99

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

When obedient Lady Iona is pressured into accepting a husband of her father’s choosing, she seeks out notorious rake, Lord Nathan Wynter, for lessons in rebellion.

**

This is a light read.  It is about a naïve, innocent Regency era woman who has about had enough of parental and society expectations.  She approaches the one man she knows and trusts to aide her in some adventures.  Of course, everything spins out of control and the threat of scandal looms.

Dorothy McFalls writes this novel about a beguiling beauty and Rake of the Ton with a clever plot and easy style.  We know Iona is a bit of a flibbertigibbet and Nathan is a much maligned man of good character.  One escapade follows another on their way to admitting their love for each other.  This is a sweet, sexy romance.  Enjoyable even if predictable.

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Review- A Secret Love by Stephanie Laurens

Title:  A Secret Love (Bk 5 Cynster Series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Stephanie Laurens

Publisher: Avon, 2000

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from amazon.com:

She was desperate for his help…

When a mysterious lady, her face hidden by a black veil, begs Gabriel Cynster for his help, he cannot refuse her plea. For despite her disguise, Gabriel finds the woman alluring and he is powerless to deny her. But he exacts payment as only a Cynster would demand: with each piece of information he uncovers, she must pay him – in the form of a kiss.

He was powerless to resist…

Lady Alathea Morwellan knows Gabriel is intrigued, but despite the sparks that fly between them, they have never passed a civil moment together. Yet as the stakes get higher, so does Gabriel′s desire for payment. And with each overpowering kiss, each passionate embrace, Alathea knows that she will not be able to resist his ultimate seduction…but what will happen when she reveals the truth?

**

I think this was my favorite of the Cynster Series, so far, although DEVIL’S BRIDE comes close.  I felt like this one was truly the most passionate.  All of Ms Lauren’s books are very steamy but this one had passion.

Most all the books I’ve read do have a common theme of confirmed bachelor who turns into a man hell-bent on marriage and a strong minded woman who is hell-bent on not getting married.  In other words just the challenge our hunky, hero Cynster men thrive on.  But I think I really like Gabriel and Alathea the best of all the heroes and heroines.  They grew up together and have been fighting their attraction since their teens, they even think they don’t like each other.  But fate intervenes.

Ms Laurens can write characterization like nobody else.  Her side characters just brim with personality and I long for their stories.

Then why does this one rate only a 4.5?  Well, there are a couple of plot devices that are just a bit too cliché and convenient.  Not enough to detract from the story, or my loving it, but enough for this jaded reviewer to find annoying. Yes, it was hard to believe Gabriel did not recognize her, yes, it was too predictable that Gabriel was not by her side when she was called to a dangerous situation and it was a bit unbelievable that she went alone.

The Cynster Series books I have read and reviewed: (use the author’s name in my “search” widget on the left to find these reviews)

  1. Devil’s Bride (4.5 stars)
  2.  A Rake’s Vow (3.5 stars)
  3. Scandal’s Bride (4 stars)

5 .    A Secret Love (4.5 stars)

14.   A taste of Innocence (3 stars)

The Cynster Sisters Trilogy:

  1. Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue (3.5 stars)

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Review- Shattered Rainbows by Mary Jo Putney

Title:  Shattered Rainbows

Genre:  Historical Romance/Adventure

Author: Mary Jo Putney

Publisher:  Signet, Penguin 1996/2000

Source: purchase

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

captivating tale about a lady and an earl who are shocked when a harmless masquerade turns into a shattering vortex of danger and betrayal-and a fiercely passionate love.

**

The book description hardly gives you a clue so I will elaborate a bit.

Michael Kenyon, the younger son of the Duke of Ashburton, is an officer in the Peninsular War.  He is nursed back to health following battlefield injuries by Catherine Melbourne, wife of another officer at the battle.  They meet again in Belgium at the battle of Waterloo and again Catherine saves his life.  After the war Catherine seeks help from Michael but will their feelings for each other be thwarted by evil?

This novel is written in two parts, The Road to Hell Book 1 and The Road to Heaven Book 2.  The Road to Hell is a tour de force of gripping action, romance and adventure.  It tugs on the heartstrings and I was moved to tears in the first beginning pages. Ms Putney is so talented in her characterizations; I could visualize her characters as if they were in front of me, as if in a movie.  I could not wait until I found out how the plot would evolve in Book 2.

Book 2 was one level of disappointment after another.  There were so many fortunate coincidences and unbelievable developments I was questioning if the same author wrote this part.  It was totally over-the-top in drama.  The characters were acting in ways that seemed false to their nature.

In spite of the let down in the second part of this book this was still an interesting and enjoyable if frustrating read.  Mary Jo Putney is a talented author. I will definitely read more of her books.

 

 

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Review-Charlotte Collins by Jennifer Becton

Title: Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Jennifer Becton

Publisher: CreateSpace, 2010

Source: Free from Kindle, now $3.99 (paperback $11.10)

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 3.5

Description from amazon.com:

When Charlotte Lucas married Mr. Collins in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, she believed herself to be fortunate indeed. Her nuptials gained her a comfortable home and financial security. If she acquired these things at the expense of true love, it did not matter one whit. To Charlotte, love in marriage was nothing more than a pleasant coincidence.

As the years of her marriage dragged by, Charlotte began to question her idea of love as she suffered continual embarrassment at her husband’s simpering and fawning manners. When Mr. Collins dies, finally relieving everyone of his tedious conversation, she must work feverishly to secure her income and home. She gives no further thought to the prospect of love until her flighty sister Maria begs her to act as her chaperone in place of their ailing parents. Hoping to prevent Maria from also entering an unhappy union, Charlotte agrees, and they are quickly thrust into a world of country dances, dinner parties, and marriageable gentlemen.

But when an unprincipled gentleman compromises Charlotte’s reputation, her romantic thoughts disappear at the prospect of losing her independence. As she struggles to extricate herself from her slander, her situation reveals both the nature of each gentleman and of true love.

**

This book was offered for free on Kindle for a short time.  I’m happy I picked it up because I might have hesitated if I was required to pay the $3.99 price since I was totally unfamiliar with this author.  This is a self published book and it goes to prove that fabulous writers are now self publishing.

I have read several Pride and Prejudice sequels, some I have enjoyed and some not so much.  This one is the very best I have ever read.  The characters are well developed and we are treated to an in depth look at Regency morals and mores.  No regency era author I have read made me feel the impact of societal customs like this novel.  We are thrown into the time of Jane Austen and we experience the fear and impact of what ostracizing society can do to individuals, especially women of that time.  There is romance but it is totally in keeping with the times where the touch of a hand was considered an erotic encroachment and where seductive looks could mean public downfall.

I cannot praise this book highly enough.  It was a total delight to read.  Jennifer Becton has another sequel currently available (Caroline Bingley )and I shall spend the $3.99 for it happily.

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Review- Vampires In America: The Vignettes, Vol. 1 by D B Reynolds

Title: Vampires In America: The Vignettes, Vol. 1

Genre: Paranormal Romance Anthology

Author: DB Reynolds

Publisher: Create Space

Source: Free for Review

Available online: Kindle, $.99; Paperback $5.89

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5, very explicit

Description from amazon.com:

From award-winning author D. B. Reynolds, nine stories of seduction and intrigue set in her Vampires in America universe. Note: this is a collection of short stories, not a complete novel. For the first time in print … The Vampire Vignettes From New Year’s Eve on the beaches of Malibu, to love in a penthouse over Manhattan, and a challenge fought on a snowy night in Montreal, Reynolds takes us behind the scenes with seven steamy Vignettes featuring her ultimate alpha Vampire Lords and their beautiful and independent mates. And Never Before Published – Two brand new, full-length short stories. You Belong To Me follows Duncan and his mate Emma as they consolidate power in his new territory, while generating plenty of heat in the bedroom. And then it’s time for The Wedding, as readers join Rajmund and Sarah for their big weekend … and Cyn’s girls-night-out bachelorette party. Unfortunately, some local kidnappers have other plans, and Cyn and Sarah will have to outwit their abductors before Raphael and Raj start hunting, and the entire wedding is ruined!

**

This is a delightful collection of nine, very sexy short stories featuring the vampires and their lovers from DB Reynolds’ wonderful Vampires In America Series.  This is my all time favorite series in the Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy Romance genre. 

The short stories, vignettes, were first published on Ms. Reynolds’ website except for the last two in this volume.  It was her way to appease fans who were clamoring for more about these hunky vampires while waiting for her next book.  That said, you might think that these are just erotic tales if you haven’t read the series of novels.  For those of us who have read and reread the series, these stories help to flesh out the personalities of the romantic couples while giving us another glimpse into their lives.  With the two new stories we are treated, once again, to can’t-put-it-down writing by this accomplished author.

Reynolds’ Vampire Lords are Alpha males to the max, but become putty in the hands of their mates.  Their mates are no simpering shrinking violets but are strong self assured women who have found the love of their lives.  There is always lots of action and adventure in the series.  The vignettes have some action but are more centered on the personal interaction of vampire and mate.

This volume is a welcome addition to the series as we look forward to the next in the series LUCAS later this year.

The Vampires In America Series:

  1. 1.       RAPHAEL
  2. 2.       JABRIL
  3. 3.       RAJMUND
  4. 4.       SOPHIA
  5. 5.       DUNCAN
  6. 6.       VIGNETTES, VOL. 1
  7. 7.       LUCAS (2012)

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