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Classic Romance Review- Scandal In Spring by Lisa Kleypas

Title: Scandal In Spring (Wallflowers, book#4)

Scandal In Spring

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Publisher: Avon, Dec. 2012

Pages: 384

Source: purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

“I want you to do everything you’ve ever imagined doing with me…” With those scandalous words, Daisy Bowman, the sole “Wallflower” yet to be married, seals her fate with the last man she ever expected to tempt her.

After spending three London seasons searching for a husband, Daisy Bowman’s father has told her in no uncertain terms that she must find a husband. Now. And if Daisy can’t snare an appropriate suitor, she will marry the man he chooses—the ruthless and aloof Matthew Swift.

Daisy is horrified. A Bowman never admits defeat, and she decides to do whatever it takes to marry someone . . . anyone . . . other than Matthew. But she doesn’t count on Matthew’s unexpected charm . . . or the blazing sensuality that soon flares beyond both their control. And Daisy discovers that the man she has always hated just might turn out to be the man of her dreams.

But right at the moment of sweet surrender, a scandalous secret is uncovered . . . one that could destroy both Matthew and a love more passionate and irresistible than Daisy’s wildest fantasies.

**

Daisy never ever expected to fall for Matthew. She has known him for ten years as her father’s right hand man and has never thought of him as even interesting, that is until she hasn’t seen him in two years and he appears at Marcus’ estate for a house party. Then she can’t keep her eyes off of him for he has changed over those two years into a handsome and altogether interesting man. Or has Daisy just grown up? Daisy’s sister Lillian doesn’t trust him and tries to persuade her sister to look at other men. The other “wallflowers”, Evie and Annabelle think Matthew is just right for Daisy. But there is a scandal in Matthew’s past and it could ruin everything.

This is the last of the wallflower romances. Lisa Kleypas has done a bang up job of getting the reader deeply involved with these wonderful characters. We cheer for the happiness of Lillian, Annabelle and Evie but we long for Daisy to be happy also and there is a chance that her romance may be doomed. That Ms. Kleypas brings about a HEA is almost miraculous. This is a stand alone book but there are so many characters from previous books in the series that I encourage you to start at the beginning of the series (Secrets of A Summer night) or even at the unofficial prequel (Again The Magic). Lucky you! All of these books are available so you can sail from one to the next.

There is one more related book, A Wallflower Christmas, which features Lillian and Daisy’s brother. That review is coming up on Thursday, July 23, 2015.

The Wallflower Series:

Again The Magic- full length prequel (Reviewed by Deet on July 9, 2015)

  1. Secrets of A Summer Night- Annabelle and Simon (Review on Monday, July 13, 2015)
  2. It Happened One Autumn- Lillian and Marcus (Review on Tuesday July 14, 2015)
  3. The Devil In Winter- Evie and Sebastian (Review on Thursday, July 16, 2015)
  4. Scandal In Spring- Daisy and Matthew (Review on Monday, July 20, 2015)
  5. A Wallflower Christmas (Review on Thursday, July 23, 2015)
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Review- The Duke’s Guide To Correct Behavior by Megan Frampton

 

Title: The Duke’s Guide To Correct Behavior: A Dukes Behaving Badly Novel (book #1)

The duke's Guide to Correct Behavior

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

Author: Megan Frampton

Publisher: Avon, Nov. 2014

Source: Free for review from the Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from the Back of Book Blurb:

All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?

When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.

As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior.

But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything…

**

Lilly Russell, along with friends Annabelle and Caroline, has opened an employment agency to help women of unfortunate circumstances to find respectable employment as household servants. The day that a footman shows up at the agency she is alone and he is making a request for a governess for a child at his employer’s home. The employer is the Duke of Rutherford, Marcus, and he needs someone immediately. Lily has no governess on the books so she decides to take the job herself because if the agency can say they successfully placed someone at a duke’s home than it would bode well for future opportunities.

That is how this delightfully, light and breezy love story gets it’s start. Ms. Frampton gives us a newly minted Duke who knows how to sound autocratic like a Duke but he is really insecure about the manners of society. He has suddenly become a father and his only way to learn society’s ways is through the help of the governess. According to all of society’s dictates he should not be lusting after the help and falling in love with the help is even worse. Ms. Frampton imbues this enjoyable story with humor and sexual tension. She also adds in a charmingly astute child in four year old Rose.

The ending seemed a bit contradictory to the previous assertions of the characters but all in all this was a quick, witty escapist read.

Dukes Behaving Badly Series:

1.   The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior (Nov. 2014)

1.5 When Good Earl’s Go Bad (Novella, Feb. 2015)

2. Put Up Your Duke (June 2015) pre-order  available

 

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Recent release Review-What A Lady Needs For Christmas by Grace Burrowes

Title: What a Lady Needs For Christmas

What a lady needs for Christmas

Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday

Author: Grace Burrowes

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Oct. 7, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

The Best Gifts are the Unexpected Ones...

To escape a scandal, Lady Joan Flynn flees her family’s estate in the Scottish Highlands. She needs a husband by Christmas, or the holidays will ring in nothing but ruin.

Practical, ambitious mill owner Dante Hartwell offers to marry Joan, because a wellborn wife is his best chance of gaining access to aristocratic investors.

As Christmas—and trouble—draw nearer, Dante and Joan’s marriage of convenience blossoms into unexpected intimacy, for true love often hides beneath the most unassuming holiday wrapping…

**

Yes, all you romance lovers, Grace Burrowes has done it again. She has given us a damsel in distress, a hunky, hot hero to come to her rescue, a smarmy, evil villain and some adorable children that this reader hopes for more of in future books. So well composed and written you will lose yourself in the chill of the Victorian Scottish winter. You will have your senses assaulted by the smell of the coal fired Steam Engine trains. You will be seduced along with the heroine by a hero who is kind, good and tough when he needs to be. The romance here is slow developing but ultimately superbly sensual. This couple does not have instant sexual rapport which is unusual for the genre. The story is taking place at the holidays but that is really incidental to the plot. I highly recommend this book. I highly recommend this author.

( I’ve been reading some new release holiday romances and saving my reviews for closer to the holidays but this one I couldn’t wait to post.  Go and pick it up, read it now, you won’t be sorry.)

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Review- Untie My Heart by Judith Ivory

Title:  Untie My Heart

Untie My Heart

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Judith Ivory

Publisher: Avon, 2002

Source:  purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Stuart Aysgarth, the new Viscount Mount Villiars, doesn’t know he’s playing with fire when he inadvertently runs afoul of Emma Hotchkiss. True, the exquisite Yorkshire lady is a mere sheep farmer, but she also guards a most colorful past that makes her only more appealing to the handsome, haunted lord. Emma has come to him seeking justice — and Stuart is determined that she will not leave until she has shared her secrets … and his bed. Her clever revenge scheme must fail in the face of his soft words and tender caress — and then he turns the tables on his bewitching adversary, seducing her into a daring deception of his own …

**

Published 11 years ago, this Judith Ivory novel truly stands the test of time.  The writing here is captivating.  The characters are so well fleshed out.  The romance is breathtaking.  I always enjoy a book that gives me insight into something that I didn’t know.  This book gives that insight into the minds of con artists.  Each chapter is introduced with a snippet from a fictional book, a recipe or an actual quote.  Here is my favorite:

It well may be that in a difficult hour,

pinned down by need and moaning for release

or nagged by want past resolution’s power,

I might be driven to sell you love for peace,

Or trade the memory of this night for food.

It may well be.  I do not think I would.

(Edna St. Vincent Millay, “What Love Isn’t”, Lines 9-14)

This book is going on my ‘Best of 2013” reading list and I encourage all of you HR fans to read this fabulous author.

When I read Ms Ivory’s THE PROPOSITION I knew I would be reading her entire list.  Since she has not published a book since around 2005,or perhaps earlier, I am delighted that her back list is now becoming available for e-readers.  When I tried to find out why she stopped writing the only reason I found was that she had “back trouble”.  Truly our loss.

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Recent Release Review- The Marquess of Cake by Heather Hiestand

Title: The Marquess of Cake

The Marquess of Cake

Genre: Victorian Historical Romance

Author: Heather Hiestand

Publisher: Kensington, July 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Scotch trifle fit for Queen Victoria, scones with clotted cream. . .Alys Redcake knows the way to a man’s heart. Yet she is unaware that with each morsel–and flash of ankle–she is seducing the handsome marquess frequenting her father’s tea shop. Unmarried at twenty-six, Alys’s first love is the family business. But thoughts of the gentleman’s touch are driving her to distraction. . .

With his weakness for sugar, the Marquess of Hatbrook can imagine no more desirable woman than one scented with cake and spice. Mistaking Alys for a mere waitress, he has no doubt she would make a most delicious mistress. And when he finds himself in need of an heir, he plans to make her his convenient bride. Yet as they satisfy their craving for one another, business and pleasure suddenly collide. Will Hatbrook’s passion for sweets–and for Alys–be his heart’s undoing?

**

Actually when I picked this book I thought it was going to be a Victorian version of Chik-Lit.  My oh my was I mistaken.  This is a wonderful Victorian Romance with a heroine longing to be let loose of the societal confines and a hero who has an illness that he is totally unaware that he has.  There are moments of sensuality and misunderstanding.  Most assuredly there are times when you will have to put this book down and search your kitchen for some cake.

Heather Hiestand has crafted a novel that is sexy and sweet with believable characters who demonstrate foibles as well as a willingness to change.  This is a really good read.  I highly recommend it for Victorian Romance enthusiasts.

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Review- And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke

Title: And Then He Kissed Her

Genre: Historical Victorian Romance

Author: Laura Lee Guhrke

Publisher: Avon, 2007

Source: Purchase, Kindle $.99

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

An expert in etiquette, Emma takes her pristine reputation most seriously.

But the devilish Lord Marlowe is determined to prove that some rules of proper behavior are made to be broken

**

Yes, this may be a bit predictable but the slow seduction of straitlaced Emma is rather fun.  At first they are indifferent to each other, then they are antagonistic and then in the throes of a torrid affair.  But can a woman who earns a living writing a newspaper column on her firm Victorian Etiquette beliefs really play this game?

Laura Lee Guhrke can lead us down a path where all things are possible.  She can write emotional scenes where Emma struggles with the choices she makes and scenes where our hero is sometimes clueless or self centered or so understanding that we become envious of Emma.

I recommend this book to HR fans.  This was my first book by this author; I will certainly read more from Laura Lee Guhrke.

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