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Release Day Review- The Arrangement by S. Day, M. Spencer and K. Vayden

The Arrangement

Title: The Arrangement

Genre: Historical Romance/Anthology

Authors: Sylvia Day, Minerva Spencer, Kristin Vayden

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Publisher: Kensington Books, Feb. 1, 2020

Pages: 336

Rating: 4-5-4

Sexy Rating: 5+

Violence Rating:

Description from Amazon:

Mischief and the Marquess by Sylvia Day
Justin, the Marquess of Fontaine, and Lady Sophie Milton-Riley are completely ill-suited to one another. But they will have to prove it in order to end their mothers’ insistence that they should marry. Yet the more they attempt to demonstrate how wrong their union would be, the more surprisingly, irresistibly right things feel . . .

Deet’s review: Sizzling, smoking, on fire, this is very explicit and if you don’t like that much sex than it is not for you. I don’t know if it is for me either. I have no objections to sex scenes but when they comprise most of the book then it becomes overload. Sylvia Day can write a good story and the side characters are certainly entertaining, so for that it gets 4-stars.

THE DUKE’S TREASURE by Minerva Spencer
Plain, prickly Josephine Loman has loved Beaumont Halliwell, the Fifth Duke of Wroxton, since the first time she saw him. But the most beautiful man she’s ever met had eyes only for Jo’s erstwhile friend, who betrayed Beau’s trust by marrying his brother. Beau hasn’t been home in years, but when his brother dies in an accident, he must marry to save the impoverished dukedom. And Jo is the overlooked heiress who will turn his world upside down . . .
Deet’s review: Minerva Spencer blew me away last year with her THE OUTCASTS series, so I was expecting a good read here. She never disappoints! This is a marriage of convenience story. Beau needs Jo’s money and Jo has been infatuated with Beau for years yet he has no recollection of her. The reader longs for Beau to fall for Josephine, but we wonder if Beau’s former love Victoria will get in the way. This one gets 5-stars.

As the eldest in a poverty-stricken family of daughters, Miss Diana Katherine Lambson’s only option is a marriage of convenience. Her only prospect is a rogue with a miserable reputation. Her only true desire: freedom. And that is exactly what Charles Brook, Earl of Barrington, is willing to offer, in return for the respectability their union will give him. He will even provide Diana with a contract. But does she dare entrust her future to a scoundrel? Does she dare not to?
Deet’s review: This was a unique take on the marriage of convenience trope. Charles and Diana are together for their mutual benefit. Diana to see that her mother and sisters are taken care of and Charles to devise the appearance of respectability so that he can complete a business deal. They quickly discover that they have a love match and of course there are problems. This story was well developed and written well. I give it 4-stars.

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From Deet’s TBR Pile- Seven Years To Sin by Sylvia Day

Title:  Seven Years To Sin

Seven years to sin

Genre: Erotic Historical Romance

Author: Sylvia Day

Publisher: Kensington, Oct. 2013

Pages: 340

Source: purchase (available on e-reader now for $2.99)

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5++

Description from Amazon.com:

Seven years ago, on the eve of her wedding, Lady Jessica Sheffield witnessed a scene so scandalous she could not erase it from her memory. Shocked, yet strangely titillated, she nevertheless walked down the aisle into a life serene yet unremarkable. But what she kept hidden fueled wildly imaginative and very illicit dreams. . . Alistair Caulfield ran far from the temptation of the prim debutante–all the way to the West Indies. As a successful merchant, he has little in common with the rakehell youth Jessica once knew. But when newly widowed Jessica steps aboard his ship for a transatlantic passage, seven years’ worth of denied pleasures are held in check by nothing more than a few layers of silk–and the certainty that surrender will consume them both. . .


First off, I’m a huge fan of this author.  I can’t believe I’ve left this sit on my TBR pile for over two years. Sylvia Day is well known for her Crossfire Erotic Series but this book has so much more than erotica.  It delves deeply into the aftermath of child abuse and also marital physical abuse.  It is very romantic and is one of those books where you want to underline and commit passages to memory. Alistair is very flawed but very heroic.  Jessica is damaged by childhood abuse but very loving and adventurous.  Hester, Jessica’s sister is married to an abusive husband and this side story is very moving.  Yes, there is an abundance of sex in this story, but it is all relevant to the story. Accomplished writers can write good sex scenes and if you want to read a master then this is the book for you.

I really can’t rate this book high enough. I would give it a 10 if I had the chance.

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Review-Afterburn and Aftershock by Sylvia Day

Title: Afterburn and Aftershock (Cosmo Red-Hot Reads)

Afterburn and Aftershock

Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance

Author: Sylvia Day

Publisher: Harlequin, March 2014 (Reprint)

Source: Free for review from The Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Never mix business with pleasure. Never bring politics into the bedroom. In a way I did both when I took Jackson Rutledge as a lover. I can’t say I wasn’t warned. Two years later, he was back. Walking into a deal I’d worked hard to close. Under the tutelage of Lei Yeung, one of the sharpest businesswomen in New York, I had picked up a thing or two since Jax walked away. I wasn’t the girl he once knew, but he hadn’t changed. Unlike the last time we’d drifted into each other’s lives, I knew exactly what I was dealing with… and how addictive his touch could be. The inner circle of glamour, sex, and privilege was Jax’s playground–but this time, I knew the rules of the game. In the cutthroat business world, one adage rules all: keep your enemies close and your ex-lovers closer…


Gianna Rossi comes from a family of Restaurateurs; Jackson (Jax) Rutledge comes from a political dynasty. He loves her but finds it impossible to be upfront and honest with her. She loves him but can’t come to grips with his evasive answers. Together they have a sexual chemistry that is off the charts but is it enough for a lasting relationship?

Sylvia Day can write rings around most authors in this genre. She has a superb way of bringing her characters to life. The family dynamics of the Rossi’s is fun and believable. It makes us hope that we will see more of those hunky Rossi brothers. Gianna and Jax are so caught up in their lusting for each other that they can’t seem to find time to really get to know one another. Even by the end of the book we are still hoping for some meaningful dialog between the two, but they have decided to forge ahead anyway.

I recommend this page-turner. You may not especially like Jax but he is one hot, sexy rich guy. You may want to sit Gianna down for a heart-to-heart but she is going to do what she wants anyway. This is a good book to take you out of the everyday into the life of those in the fast lane.


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Review- The Stranger I Married by Sylvia Day

Title:  The Stranger I Married

The Stranger I Married

Genre:  Historical Romance/erotic

Author: Sylvia Day

Publisher: Kensington

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from back of book: Lady Pelham could not have designed a husband more suited to her needs. The Marquess of Grayson is a dear and enchanting friend and an unrepentant ladies’ man. Their union is solid; their hearts safe from one another. But every marriage has its surprises…

They were together for all the wrong reasons…

They are London’s most scandalous couple. Isabel, Lady Pelham, and Gerard Faulkner, Marquess of Grayson, are well matched in all things–their lusty appetites, constant paramours, wicked wits, provocative reputations, and their absolute refusal ever to ruin their marriage of convenience by falling in love with one another. Isabel knows such a charming rake will never appeal to her guarded heart, nor will she sway his philandering one. It is a most agreeable sham…until a shocking turn of events sends Gerard from her side.

Now, four years later, Gerard has come home to Isabel. But the carefree, boyish rogue who left has been replaced by a brooding, powerful, irresistible man who is determined to seduce his way into her affections. Gone is the devil-may-care companion who shared her friendship and nothing more, and in his place is temptation itself…a husband who desires Isabel body and soul and who will stop at nothing to win her love. No, this is not at all the man she had married. But he is the man who might finally steal her heart…


This is Sylvia Dare at her erotic, historical best.  I have not read her bestseller list contemporary romances but I have enjoyed this historical and one other.  I will certainly read more and perhaps the contemporary offerings.

Lady Pelham and Gerard, the Marquess of Grayson, have a marriage of convenience.  They are both  libertines and she is tired of having her lovers wanting to marry her and he is tired of  every debutant wanting to marry him because his heart already belongs to a married woman who is carrying his child.  They agree to have a sham marriage and each go their own way.  But a twist of fate sends Gerard off and away from Isabel for four years.  When he comes home he is smitten with his wife and needs to convince her to make this a marriage for real.

This is a very sexy, read.  Not only are we entertained by Isabel and Gerard but also Isabel’s brother Lord Trenton has his own seduction story.  Sylvia Day writes superbly constructed plots along with sizzling sensuality and wit.

A conversation between Isabel and Gerard (possible spoiler):

“Do you find any oddness in our sudden fascination with one another?” she asked in a tone that begged for reassurance.

“Is it so sudden? I cannot seem to remember a time when I did not think you were perfect for me.” (Gerard)

“I have always thought you were perfection , but never did I think you were perfect for me.”(Isabel)

“Yes you did or you would not have wed me.” He nuzzled his mouth against hers.  “But you did not think I was perfect for loving, which I was.”

“We really need to work on building your selfconfidence.” She whispered.


There is a problem that arises that did seem to be a bit contrived.  There is perhaps even an overabundance of sex but then this is an erotic romance.  At first Isabel and Gerard are not the type of protagonists that are generally well liked but Day does bring us around to champion their love.


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Review- Pride and Pleasure by Sylvia Day

Title: Pride and Pleasure

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Sylvia Day

Publisher: Kensington, 2011; Amazon Digital

Source: Kindle

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

There are disadvantages to being an heiress, as Eliza Martin knows well. Fortune hunters flock to her, acquaintances lie and pander, and lately, someone is engineering “accidents” to propel her to the altar. But Eliza will not be bullied, and she will get to the bottom of this plot. All she needs is a man to infiltrate her assemblage of suitors and find the culprit. Someone not easily noticed; a proficient dancer, quiet, and even-tempered.

…so do certain men

Thief-taker Jasper Bond is entirely too large, too handsome, and too dangerous. Who would believe that an intellectual like Eliza would be seduced by a man of action? But the combination of her stubbornness and the mystery makes the case one Jasper can’t resist. Client satisfaction is a point of pride and it’s his pleasure to prove he’s just the man she needs after all…


Sylvia Day currently has a book on the NY Times bestseller list that is running right behind that erotic trilogy everyone but me talks about.  Ms. Day can write really great characters, prose and plot.  This was a fun, page turning, and sexy read.  If credibility was stretched in Eliza’s uncharacteristic refusal to check out Jasper’s background, then I will attribute it to creative endeavor on the part of Ms Day.  Jasper is the Alpha hero we all love, strong, determined yet caring and loving.  Eliza is the heroine who is loveable because she is independent and feisty and yet willing to change out of her stubborn ways.  The bantering, snarky dialog between the two is delightful.   The mystery is secondary to the romance but will still bring a few surprises.

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