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Recent Release Review- The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan

Title:  The Heiress Effect (The Brothers Sinister Series)

The Heiress Effect

Genre: Victorian Historical Romance

Author: Courtney Milan

Publisher: Courtney Milan, July 15, 2013

Source: Free for review from the author

Rating: 5+

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com: Miss Jane Fairfield can’t do anything right. When in company, she always says the wrong thing–and rather too much of it. No matter how costly they are, her gowns fall on the unfortunate side of fashion. Even her immense dowry can’t save her from being an object of derision.

And that’s precisely what she wants. She’ll do anything, even risk humiliation, if it means she can stay unmarried and keep her sister safe.

Mr. Oliver Marshall has to do everything right. He’s the bastard son of a duke, raised in humble circumstances–and he intends to give voice and power to the common people. If he makes one false step, he’ll never get the chance to accomplish anything. He doesn’t need to come to the rescue of the wrong woman. He certainly doesn’t need to fall in love with her. But there’s something about the lovely, courageous Jane that he can’t resist…even though it could mean the ruin of them both.

The Heiress Effect is the second full-length book in the Brothers Sinister series. It is preceded by The Governess Affair, a prequel novella, and The Duchess War, the first book in the series. Each book stands alone, but those who prefer to read in order might want to start at the beginning.


I’m a huge Courtney Milan fan.  She does not ever disappoint in her novels and The Heiress Effect is another example of a superbly constructed and executed story.  This book starts off by bringing forth the heroine with terrific wit; Jane’s over-the-top shenanigans at a society dinner had me in stitches.  But beneath the laughs are the very real problems that plague her sister and herself.  The hero has his own problems to deal with but he is the only one at the dinner that can see through Jane’s ploy to the person beneath the disguise.

Ms Milan can breathe life into characters that resonate with purpose and she gives the reader the sense of being thrust into the Victorian era along with them.  She captures the societal concerns of the day from women’s rights to working men’s rights.  She has fashioned two outcast protagonists who are more alike than they think they are.  They both fight against their growing attraction knowing in their hearts that a union would be futile.  The romance is slow to develop and wonderfully realized. The side characters of Jane’s uncle and her sister are full of personality. There is a surprise that you won’t see coming. We are given brief looks at Robert and Sebastian from the first full length book in this series, The Duchess Wars. (Sebastian will be the hero in the next book of the series.)

This book is going on my list of best books of 2013.  I highly recommend!

The Brother Sinister Series:

1/2. The Governess affair (prequel novella)

1. The Duchess Wars (Robert and Minnie)

1 1/2. A Kiss For Midwinter (Lydia and Dr. Grantham, novella)

2. The Heiress Effect (Jane and Oliver)

3. The Countess Conspiracy(Sebastian)

4. The Mistress Rebellion (Free Marshall)



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Tessa Dare Week:Review- A Lady By Midnight

Title:  A Lady By Midnight (Spindle Cove, Book #3)

A Lady by Midnight

Genre:  Historical Romance

Author:  Tessa Dare

Publisher: Avon, 2012

Source: Kindle Purchase $.99

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Author’s website:

After years of fending for herself, Kate Taylor found friendship and acceptance in Spindle Cove–but she never stopped yearning for love. The very last place she’d look for it is in the arms of Corporal Thorne. The militia commander is as stone cold as he is brutally handsome. But when mysterious strangers come searching for Kate, Thorne steps forward as her fiance. He claims to have only Kate’s safety in mind. So why is there smoldering passion in his kiss?

Long ago, Samuel Thorne devoted his life to guarding Kate’s happiness. He wants what’s best for her, and he knows it’s not marriage to a man like him. To outlast their temporary engagement, he must keep his hands off her tempting body and lock her warm smiles out of his withered heart. It’s the toughest battle of this hardened warrior’s life…and the first he seems destined to lose.


Tessa Dare has another Spindle Cove Series novel being published tomorrow, May 28,2013, ANY DUCHESS WILL DO.  A LADY BY MIDNIGHT, is the full length novel that precedes along with the novella, BEAUTY AND THE BLACKSMITH, which I will review on Friday of this week. All novels in this series are stand-alone but they are all delightful so don’t miss any.

Tessa Dare can write dialog better than most.  She is witty and light hearted with her characters.  She creates a place that is fairytale happy and we all want to travel back in time to holiday at Spindle Cove.  Most of the mishaps are of the silly sort and we know that somehow Kate will convince Thorne that they are meant to be together in spite of the not so terrible lies of omission.  This is classic Tessa Dare, sweet, lovely and so hot the pages scorch.

Tessa can write lovely romantic dialog, too:

“I don’t know what is between us, but I know I’ve hungered for it all my life.  Maybe other women could walk away, but not me.  Never me.”

Tessa Dare Week at La Deetda Reads:

Monday A LADY BY MIDNIGHT A Lady by Midnight





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Review- How To Ravish a Rake by Vicky Dreiling

Title: How to Ravish a Rake (Book #3)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Vicky Dreiling

Publisher: Grand Central, 2012

Source: purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:



Amy Hardwick has one last Season to shake off her wallflower image and make a love match. If she can’t, she’ll set aside her dreams of romance and return home to a suitor who can provide security-if little else. What she doesn’t count on is the inappropriate-and irresistible-attention lavished on her in a darkened library by rake extraordinaire Will “The Devil” Darcett . . .


When Will is caught in a tryst with the ton’s shyest miss, he knows he must offer for her hand. Yet Amy is not the shrinking violet she seems to be. Passion lies beneath her prim exterior and Will is eager to release it. But winning Amy isn’t simply a matter of seduction; first, Will must convince her that he’s mended his wicked ways . . .



We first meet Amy in Dreiling’s first book HOW TO MARRY A DUKE.  She is shy and anxiety ridden but strives to overcome these obstacles to her enjoyment of life.  We don’t meet Will Darcett until this book and that is the biggest problem for me.  I wished I had become as invested in his story as I was in Amy’s.  Although the plot was an interesting one there was a bit of repetition that took away from the story.

I did enjoy this book!  This is a sweet ending to the series and I liked that familiar characters appeared throughout all three books.  There is lots of steamy love scenes in this final offering and Dreiling does a good job of writing them.  I look forward to reading more from Vicky Dreiling.


(Sometimes, when reading, I get a feeling that some editor or publisher said to the author, “Oh, this book needs to be longer.”  I’ve also thought the opposite where I think necessary pages have been edited out of the book.  I do wish the publishers would just leave these good authors alone.  In this book I don’t know if there was any interference with the author but it felt like it.)

Vicky Dreiling’s series:

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

2. How to Seduce a Scoundrel (reviewed here on Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012)

3. How to Ravish a Rake



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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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Sexy Man Tuesday- The Midnight Breed Series by Lara Adrian

Lara Adrian writes a fabulous paranormal romance series titled The Midnight Breed.  She recently ran a Facebook contest for her latest book in the series DEEPER THAN MIDNIGHT.  The contest was called “Deeper Than Midnight on Summer Vacation”.  Readers were asked to send in photos of the new book in summer vacation settings.  This photo won the top prize of a bag of books and swag.  I would have voted for this pic… although the baby reading the book was cute…Nah, I’ll stick with this one.

 I have read all of the series but I have yet to read DEEPER THAN MIDNIGHT.  It is on my wishlist since The Midnight Breed series is one of my top PNR picks.  This series is on my “Keeper Shelf” for rereads.  If you like your romance with some really scary evil guys,some really hunky good guys and steamy romance then this is your destiny.  Well written, with wonderful heroes and heroines, I recommend every book in the series. 

Here is a list of the Midnight Breed Series Novels:

  1. Kiss of Midnight
  2. Kiss of Crimson 
  3. Midnight Awakening 
  4. Midnight Rising 
  5. Veil of Midnight
  6. Ashes of Midnight
  7. Shades of Midnight
  8. Taken By Midnight 
  9. Deeper Than Midnight 
  10. Darker After Midnight – anticipated release, January 24th 2012 (Sterling Chase’s book

( AND if you are just starting this series you have 9 books ready to read.  I just hate waiting for a new release on a fave series.)


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