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4 Fridays ‘Til Christmas Review- The Heiress and the Hothead by Sabrina Jeffries

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( I give this beautiful cover 5 stars)

Title: The Heiress And The Hothead (A Sinful Suitors Holiday Novella)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Sabrina Jeffries

Publisher: Pocket Star, November 28, 2016 for Kindle

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: ? novella length

Rating: 2.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 4

Christmasy Feeling: 3

Description from Amazon.com:

Stunned by the heat of an unexpected kiss on a cold winter’s eve, two strangers from vastly different worlds turn hotheaded principles into burning passion in Sabrina Jeffries’s charming yuletide story,

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Some of the characters we have met in Ms. Jeffries previous book, The Art of Sinning. The heroine of the story, Amanda Keene, is the heiress to a cotton mill in America.  Lord Stephen Corry is the second son of an earl and a journalist.  He is a reformer and she wants to prove to him she doesn’t need to reform her mills.  The action takes place in an English mill town at an aristocratic house party at Christmas time.  This story was predictable even though it had quite a bit of information about cotton mills in the 19th century.  The intimate scene was so totally ridiculous in the setting that it took me out of the story.  I expect more from this author and usually she delivers but not in this story.

(This novella originally appeared in the anthology WHAT HAPPENS UNDER THE MISTLETOE, 2015)

Now the elves are invading my blog.

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Recent Release Review- The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries

Title: The Study of Seduction (Sinful Suitors, book #2)

The Study of Seduction

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Sabrina Jeffries

Publisher: Pocket Books, March 22,2016

Pages: 384

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

When Edwin Barlow, the Earl of Blakeborough, agrees to help his best friend’s impetuous ward, Lady Clarissa Lindsey, in her time of need, he knows he’s in for trouble. He’s been hunting for someone to wed, and she’ll just get in the way. Although captivated by the witty, free-spirited beauty, he fears she’d be all wrong as a wife…if she would even take such a gruff cynic for her husband. Yet he wants nothing more than to have her for his own. Clarissa has no intention of marrying anyone—not Edwin, whom she’s sure would be an overbearing husband, and certainly not the powerful French diplomat stalking her. But when matters escalate with the diplomat, she chooses Edwin’s gallant offer of a marriage between friends in hopes that it will deter her stalker. She expects nothing more than an amiable union, but their increasingly tempestuous kisses prove more than she bargained for. When her stalker’s vow to expose the lovers’ deepest secrets threatens to destroy their blossoming attraction, will their tenuous bond withstand public ruin, or will Edwin lose all that’s important to him to protect his bride?

**

This is a Frenemy to Lovers story.  Clarissa doesn’t like Edwin because he is too stiff, strident and stuffy although she has known hi most of her life.  Edwin is attracted to Clarissa but she is far too argumentative and unruly for his taste. Edwin’s best friend, and Clarissa’s cousin, wants Edwin to escort Clarissa through the season in London because he thinks that her stalker is up to no good.  Edwin reluctantly agrees but both he and Clarissa find evading Count Durant more difficult than they ever imagined.  When the Count threatens blackmail they feel they have no option but to marry for convenience.

This is a delight of a book in a delight of a series.  There is slow developing romance and lots of suspense and action scenes.  If on occasion there are times of incredulous happenings then we just roll with it because the whole of the book is such a pleasure. This one will keep your interest and turning pages.

P.S.- Another cover with a very compelling Rake.

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Advance review-What Happens Under The Mistletoe By S.Jeffries, K. Hawkins, C. Camp & M. Duran

Title:  What Happens Under the Mistletoe

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Genre: Historical Romance Anthology

Author: Sabrina Jeffries, Karen Hawkins, Candace Camp, Merdith Duran

Publisher: Pocket books, Oct. 27, 2015 (pre-order available, E-book & Paperback)

Pages: 400

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy feeling: 3

Descriptions from Amazon.com:

Stunned by the heat of an unexpected kiss on a cold winter’s eve, two strangers from vastly different worlds turn hotheaded principles into burning passion in Sabrina Jeffries’s delightful yuletide story, The Heiress and the Hothead.

**

Some of the characters we have met in Ms. Jeffries previous book, The Art of Sinning. The heroine of the story, Amanda Keene, is the heiress to a cotton mill in America.  Lord Stephen Corry is the second son of an earl and a journalist.  He is a reformer and she wants to prove to him she doesn’t need to reform her mills.  The action takes place in an English mill town at an aristocratic house party at Christmas time.  This story was predictable even though it had quite a bit of information about cotton mills in the 19th century.  The intimate scene was so totally ridiculous in the setting that it took me out of the story.  I expect more from this author and usually she delivers but not in this story. Deet’s Rating: 2.5, Sexy Rating: 5 Christmasy feeling: 3.

 

In the snowy Scottish countryside, Karen Hawkins’s rakish duke has an unforgettable holiday encounter in Twelve Kisses when the alluring lady he surprises under the mistletoe is not who he expected, but a long-lost love with a score to settle.

**

This one is right in my wheel-house, a snowbound romance.  The protagonists, Marcus Sutherland, the Duke of Rothesay and Kenna, Lady Montrose, a widow, are ex finances with some bitter memories.  They get caught in a scandalous situation at a house party and in Kenna’s try to get to her father for help they become snowbound in a cabin.  Marcus fights his attraction to Kenna and it does seem that all is lost.  Although this one again is rather predictable it is more palatable when the intimate scene is not ridiculous but a slow simmer until fireworks. In this story we are also treated to a character from Ms. Hawkin’s previous book The Prince Who Loved Me, Tata Natatasha who is a delightful feisty old lady.  There is no Christmasy feeling in this story.  It could be set any time during the winter. Deet’s Rating: 4, Sexy Rating: 5, Christmasy Feeling: 0

 

In By Any Other Name, Edinburgh is aglitter for Christmastime as Candace Camp sends a curious gentleman in hot pursuit of an intriguing lady in disguise—one who refuses to reveal her true identity, though she fears he has already stolen her heart with his kiss.

**My first reading of Candace Camp and I was so pleased to find a new-to-me author with such a fine grasp of storytelling.  Rylla, short for Amaryllis, sneaks out of the house dressed as a man trying to find her brother Daniel who had a row with their father.  Shei searching in gambling halls and as she leaves is set upon by a thief but saved by Gregory who carries her (him) to his rooms.  Their it becomes obvious that Rylla is female but she refuses to give Gregory her name for fear of ruining her reputation. The story from here takes off as Gregory is in pursuit and Rylla is determined to avoid him.  This is very cute with some sexy scenes and romance.  There is little Christmasy feeling except for wanting the brother home for the holiday. Deet’s rating: 4, Sexy Rating: 5, Christmasy Feeling: 1

 

In Sweet Ruin, will the festive spirit of the season sweep Meredith Duran’s feisty heroine beneath the mistletoe—and back into the arms of the dashing rogue whose carelessness soiled her reputation and sent her into exile in London?

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Georgiana Trent fell in love with Lucas Godwin and then he left her without even a good-bye.  Now he is back at the behest of her diplomat father to find a stolen letter at their Christmas house party.  This is a story of misunderstanding and deceit. This well constructed story is full of Christmas spirit as we are made to feel like participants in the holiday house party.  Romance is slow to overcome the past wrongs but there is a sexy and lovely turnabout. Deet’s Rating: 5, Sexy Rating:5, Christmasy Feeling:5

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Release Day Review- The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries (plus a note on the Regency Era)

Title: The Art of Sinning (Sinful Suitors, book #1)

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Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Sabrina Jeffries

Publisher: Pocket Books, July 21, 2015

Pages: 400

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

The first novel in the Sinful Suitors series by New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries! At St. George’s Club, guardians conspire to keep their unattached sisters and wards out of the clutches of sinful suitors. Which works fine…except when the sinful suitors are members! American artist Jeremy Keane refuses to return home and take over his father’s business. He’d much rather sample bevvies of beauties abroad, in search of a model for the provocative masterpiece he’s driven to paint. When he meets Lady Yvette Barlow at a London wedding, he realizes she’s perfect for his work—and determines to capture the young heiress’s defiant spirit and breathtaking sensuality on canvas. No stranger to scandal, Yvette agrees to be Keane’s subject—in exchange for his help gaining entry to the city’s brothels he knows intimately, so she can track a missing woman and solve a family mystery. But when their practical partnership leads to lessons in the art of sinning, can they find a bold and lasting love?

**

This is a grand start to a new series. The synopsis gives you the pertinent details so I will not elaborate. Jeremy Keane is a character we have met in a previous book by Sabrina Jeffries and it is good to see him get his own love story. Yevette Barlow’s brother the Earl was jilted in the last book of Jeffries’ The Duke’s Men Series. He has no hard feelings and thus attends the wedding of his former fiancé where he meets Jeremy and hires him to paint his sister’s portrait. The book slows down a bit in the beginning but not for long. This is a romance with some surprises and secrets that long to be uncovered. The Close proximity of the H/h while the paintings are being painted leads to lust and love. An easy, comfortable read even if it is a bit long at 400 pages.

(This book takes place in the 1820’s, technically not the Regency period as pointed out by fellow blogger Sonya at Sonya’s Stuff.  The period after 1820 is when The Regent, George IV, became king following his father’s death.  George IV only reigned for the next 10 years when at his death his younger brother William became king.  When William died without a legitimate heir the crown went to his niece, Victoria. For purposes of ease of qualifying the timeline, the Regency period is often referred to as being through George IV’s reign as king and his brother William’s short reign when the next era is referred to as the Victorian Era. So that although not technically Regency Period  the time from 1810-1837 is referred to as “Regency”, especially in works of Historical Romance.  After that is the Victorian Era.)

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One Thursday ‘Til Christmas Review- ‘Twas The Night After Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries

Title: ‘Twas The Night After Christmas (the Hellions of Halstead Hall, book #6)

Twas the night after Christmas

Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday

Author: Sabrina Jeffries

Publisher: Pocketbooks, 2012

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 4

Christmasy Feeling: 4

Description from Amazon.com:

Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, has never forgiven his parents for inexplicably abandoning him to distant relatives as a child. Nevertheless, when he receives word that the stranger he calls “Mother” is gravely ill, the unabashed rogue makes a rare return to Montcliff, his country estate. There he finds that the woman is perfectly healthy—and that he has fallen for a cunning ruse crafted by her lady’s companion, Mrs. Camilla Stuart. The lively vicar’s widow, too bright and beautiful not to arouse the scoundrel in Pierce, is determined to reconcile the Earl and Lady Devonmont. None of them can predict the secrets, both heartening and shocking, divulged between a mother and son, and between two lovers, each haunted by their pasts, that will make Christmas night at Montcliff one to remember—and the glorious night after, one to treasure for a lifetime.

**

Here we have a good book with a serious plot that Ms. Jeffries relieves with spots of humor, a story of true love between two damaged souls who heal each other and loved ones around them.

There is a strong feeling of winter and Christmas spirit. I found it hard to put this book down because I kept turning pages to find out what the scandalous family secret was all about. It was not as predictable as I thought while reading, although it explained the reluctance of the characters to reveal their secrets. All was tied up in a neat Christmas package at the end although I felt it could have been a bit shorter than its 392 pages.

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Recent Release Review- When The Rogue Returns by Sabrina Jeffries

Title:  When The Rogue Returns (Book #2, The Duke’s Men Series)

When the Rogue Returns

 Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Sabrina Jeffries

Publisher: Simaon and Schuster, January 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

They are the Duke’s Men: an investigative agency born from family pride and irresistible passion, risking their lives—and sometimes their hearts—as they unravel shocking deceptions and scandalous transgressions!

Victor Cale never imagined that his sweet, shy bride, Isabella, would use her talent for creating exquisite imitation jewels in a criminal way. But there’s no denying that Isa’s handiwork was used in the brazen heist of the Dutch royal family’s diamonds—after she disappeared into the night.

Ten years later, still reeling from her betrayal and enraged that her duplicitous side was so undetectable, Victor is sent to Edinburgh to investigate a wealthy baron’s mysterious bride-to- be. Simple enough—until the “fiancée” proves to be Isa, masquerading as an alluring young widow.

No longer the meek and mild girl he once knew, the bold woman vehemently asserts that it was Victor who abandoned her after he helped steal the royal diamonds! Piecing together the truth of the past reawakens their volatile passion, which burns hotter than ever. But with a decade of secrets between them, Victor and Isa must trust each other in order to bring the real thieves to justice—without getting burned themselves.

**

No simpering misses here, no ballrooms and, more or less, a the-ton-be-d*&%ed attitude.  Yes! Not your usual historical romance.  I will not repeat the fine description given.  This is a book rife with misunderstandings and the resolution of a decade of deception.  There is lots of action and our hero and heroine are somewhat reluctant to trust each other, with good reason.  But, their happily ever after cannot come about until some old wounds are not only healed but expunged.  Ms Jeffries gives us a unique look at the Regency era and a welcome addition to her “The Duke’s Men Series”.  Well developed characters, in a standalone book with plenty of reference to the protagonists past.  I recommend this book to all Sabrina Jeffries fans and those who like an infusion of originality in their Historical Romances.

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3 Fridays ‘Til Christmas Review- Snowy Night With A Stranger by Feather, Jeffries & London

Title:  Snowy Night With A Stranger

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Genre:  Historical Romance Anthology

Author: Jane Feather, Sabrina Jeffries, Julia London

Publisher: Pocket Star Books, 2010

Source:  Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 4

Descriptions  from amazon.com:

Jane Feather leads an unwitting Yuletide traveler down a twisting path. . . .

Edward Vasey, Viscount Allenton, is journeying precariously through a snowstorm when his coach is overtaken by highwaymen! Robbed of his money, Ned takes refuge at Selby Hall, where a spirited beauty with a shocking secret may steal something more—his heart.

Deet’s thoughts:  Jane feather made me feel the bitter cold of the blizzard that stranded Ned.  The romance is heightened by the fact that the heroine is in dire need of saving.  The bad guys are really quite abhorrent and again the author makes us shiver with dislike. The heroine is no retiring miss, she is quite capable of defending herself but it is indicated that she may be very much at risk.  Characters are brought to life in a well plotted story.

Deet’ Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy feeling: 3

Sabrina Jeffries unlocks the heart of an embittered lord. . . .

When a coach accident strands heiress Elinor Bancroft at the home of the notorious Black Baron, she discovers the Christmas Day heartache that darkened his soul years ago—and her generous heart brings a festive air to his home and reawakens his spirit to love.

Deet’s thoughts:  Martin, Baron Thorncliff, aka the Black Baron, is a grumbling curmudgeon of a young man.  He is reclusive and does not appreciate Elinor and her Aunt and cousins descending upon his home.  However, his delightful butler is more than happy that some life has been brought into the mansion. This is a well written story of a tortured man redeemed at the holidays by a kind hearted heroine.  There is an instance, or maybe two, of some purple prose which brought me out of the sensuous scene but it was still a very well written story.

Deet’s rating: 4

Sexy rating: 5

 Christmasy feeling: 5

 

Julia London sends a debutante into the wintry Scottish wilds. . . .

Searching for her rakehell brother, an earl lying low in the wake of a scandalous affair, Fiona Haines is led by a rugged Highlander who obscures his scarred face. As they journey on, Fiona draws closer to her brave, enigmatic protector—but will fury or passion ignite when he reveals his identity?

Deet’s thoughts: This was my favorite story in this anthology.  Again there is a tortured hero and again he is saved by the kindness of the heroine.  The romance is very well done and the chemistry between the protagonists is very hot. The hero is redeemed and the heroine finds love. Just a delightful story. This is one story I didn’t want to end.

Deet’s rating: 5

Sexy rating: 5

 Christmasy feeling: 5

I like anthologies at this time of year because I can read a story/novella quickly and still have time to bake some cookies or wrap some gifts.  Also because of the holiday hub-bub I can steal some time for a cup of tea and a cozy break that doesn’t pull me in for a day and a half.  I give this anthology high marks for a holiday feel to each story, enough to put you, and me, in a holiday mood.

(Although the stories in this anthology are not newly written this book is still available on Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle.)

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Coming next Friday: The Heart of Christmas

The Heart of Christmas

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Review- A Hellion In Her Bed by Sabrina Jeffries

Title: A Hellion In Her Bed (Bk 2, The Hellions of Halsted Hall)

Genre: Historical Romance, 1825 (England)

Author: Sabrina Jeffries

Pub: Pocket Star Books , division of Simon and Schuster, 2010

Source: purchase

Rating: 3.5

Sexy rating: 5

Description from back of the book: Mired in scandal after his parents’ mysterious deaths, notorious gambler Lord Jarret Sharpe agrees to tamely run the family brewery for a year if his Machiavellian grandmother rescinds her ultimatum that he marry. But the gambler in him can’t resist when beguiling Annabel Lake proposes a wager. If she wins their card game, he must help save her family’s foundering brewery. But if he wins, she must spend a night in his bed. The outcome sets off a chain of events that threatens to destroy all his plans . . . and unveils the secret Annabel has held for so long. When Jarret discovers the darker reason behind her wager, he forces her into another one—and this time he intends to win not just her body, but her heart.

**

I liked this addition to the series.  I read the first in the series, The Truth About Lord Stoneville  online at pocketafterdark.com  when it was offered as a free read.  I knew when I finished that I would have to read about each of the Sharpe siblings.

I must confess that this entry in the series did not grab me as much as the first although I found it an interesting page turner.  For some reason Lord Jarret does not seem as roguish as I thought he should,  Annabel acted in ways that a regency lady would not and the dialog of the boy, George, did not sound like a twelve year old.  Even though there were lackings, Jeffries can write beautifully and keep the story going.  This may not be the best in the series but it is worth the read.

The Hellions of Halstead Hall Series:

  1. The Truth About Lord Stoneville (Oliver)
  2. A Hellion In Her Bed (Jarret)
  3. How To Woo A Reluctant Lady (Minerva)
  4. (Gabe- coming in November 2011)
  5. (Celia)

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