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Release Day Review- How To Love A Duke In Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne

How to love a duke in ten days

Title: How to Love A Duke In Ten Days

Genre: Historical romance/Victorian

Author: Kerrigan Byrne

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, August 27, 2019

Pages: 448

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 5

Description from Amazon:
These men are dark, bold, and brave. And there is only one woman who can bring them to their knees…
Famed and brilliant, Lady Alexandra Lane has always known how to look out for to herself. But nobody would ever expect that she has darkness in her past—one that she pays a blackmailer to keep buried. Now, with her family nearing bankruptcy, Alexandra strikes upon a solution: Get married to one of the empire’s most wealthy eligible bachelors. Even if he does have the reputation of a devil.
Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne, is seeking revenge and the first step is securing a bride. Winning a lady’s hand is not so easy, however, for a man known as the Terror of Torcliff. Then, Alexandra enters his life like a bolt of lightning. When she proposes marriage, Piers knows that, like him, trouble haunts her footsteps. But her gentleness, sharp wit, independent nature, and incredible beauty awakens every fierce desire within him. He will do whatever it takes to keep her safe in his arms.
Yay, a new Kerrigan Byrne series! We have a feisty archeologist, Lady Alexandra who along with her two best friends is hiding a secret from their school days. But someone has discovered the secret and is blackmailing her. Her family is destitute and she can no longer pay the blackmailer. That is when the idea of marrying the Terror of Torcliff becomes a good one. Evil follows Alex and Piers.
This is a great start to a new series. The meeting of Alex and Piers is a perfect start to this original plot. Ms Byrne once again kept me glued to the book, only getting up to refresh my coffee. I wanted Piers to be a bit more terrifying. He was just too easy to love. I loved the independent, accomplished Alexandra. The action and adventure was pitch perfect. Highly recommended.


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Advance Review- The Sins of Lord Lockwood by Meredith Duran

The Sins of Lord Lockwood

Title: The Sins of Lord Lockwood (Rules For The Reckless, book #6)
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian
Author: Meredith Duran
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Pocketbooks, Feb. 27, 2018 (preorder available)
Pages: 368
Rating: 4.5
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 5+
Description from Amazon:


Liam Devaliant, Lord Lockwood, was born into a charmed life. Charismatic, powerful, and wild, he had the world at his feet—and one woman as his aim. His wedding to Anna was meant to be his greatest triumph. Instead, in a single moment, a wicked conspiracy robbed him of his future and freedom.


Four years later, Liam has returned from death with plans for revenge. Standing in his way, though, is his long-absent bride. Once, he adored Anna’s courage. Now it seems like a curse, for Anna refuses to fear or forget him. If she can’t win back Liam’s love, then she means at least to save his soul…no matter the cost.


Another page turner from Meredith Duran. Liam is a tortured soul with the scars to prove it. Anna is his wife who felt abandoned by him on their wedding night. But Liam is back after 4 years and Anna wants answers. Liam feels that he has no answers for himself or Anna.

This book delves into the dark world of torture, slavery and corrupt politics in 1860’s Britain. The theme is Liam’s revenge against the persons who caused his harm and Anna’s attempt to bring back his humanity.

The format of the early to middle of the book is back and forth each chapter between Liam and Anna’s courtship and their present reunion. This gave the story added interest. We see their relationship as it developed and how Anna’s past impacted her reaction to Liam’s disappearance.

I loved this book and this author never disappoints. The ending was just a bit too pat for me but that is my only complaint. I highly recommend this book to romance readers who don’t mind some graphic descriptions of violence.




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Review- Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas


Title: Marrying Winterborne (the Ravenels, book #2)

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Publisher: Avon, May 2016

Source: Purchase

Pages: 416

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 4

Description from Amazon.com:         

A ruthless tycoon

Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better . . .

A sheltered beauty

Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable . . . the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…

Marrying Mr. Winterborne


This is the second book in the Ravenel Series and although you will follow along with this one easily I feel you will enjoy it so much more if you read COLD HEARTED RAKE first. 

Helen discovers a secret that may ruin her chances of happiness.  Rhys is a wonderful hero who will let nothing deter him from marrying Helen.  This is all typical, delicious Kleypas.  There is some angst but also plenty of sensuous, love scenes.  We are treated to side characters we met in book #1 of the series and who will continue on in book#3.  The writing is eloquent, the characters well drawn and the story delightful.

The Ravenel Series:

  1. Cold Hearted Rake (Devon and Kathleen)
  2. Marrying Winterborne (Rhys and Helen)
  3. Devil In Spring (Gabriel and Pandora)



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Review- Shattered Dreams by Laura Landon

Title: Shattered Dreams 

Shattered Dreams

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

Author: Laura Landon

Publisher: Prairie Muse Publishing, 2010

Source: Purchase

Pages: 320

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 4

Violence Rating: 4

Description from Amazon.com:         

Brentan Montgomery, Earl of Charfield has one love – his stable of Arabian horses. When he is offered breeding rights to the Marquess of Fellingsdown’s prize Arabian, El Solidar, if for two weeks he acts as companion to Fellingsdown’s sister, he doesn’t care if the reclusive Lady Elyssa has three chins and a dozen hairy moles, the prize at the end is worth anything he has to endure. But when he meets the elusive Lady Elyssa Prescott, all thoughts of gaining a prize Arabian colt disappear. He realizes he’s met the woman of his dreams – if only he can keep her from discovering the deceit that brought them together and convince her that her imperfections don’t matter to him.

Lady Elyssa Prescott knows what it’s like to be ridiculed and shunned. But when Brent Montgomery lets her glimpse a world where her limitations aren’t important, she believes it’s possible for her dreams to become a reality. Until she discovers the man with whom she’s fallen in love was ‘hired’ to offer her everything she’s always dreamed of having. The cruel reality of a love built on deceit shatters both their dreams and threatens to destroy their lives forever.

(also found in the box-set “Proper Scoundrels” on Kindle for $.99)


This is a predictable Historical Romance but truly delightful. Besides the angsty romance of Elly and Brent we also get to see Harrison, the Duke of Fellingsdown, rekindle his romance with Cassie.  But the main romance goes to Brent who is a known rake and Elly who has a severe limp from a childhood accident. Their initial courtship is sweet, heartwarming and totally romantic until Elly finds out about Brent being hired to pay attention to her. There is violent danger that erupts and causes injury to a main character.

I totally enjoyed reading this novel.  It was a sweet escape into a world of the Victorian house party.  I turned pages to find out what would become of Elly and Brent and the horrific violence that nearly killed one.

I recommend this book but suggest you buy the box-set and get this one plus 3 more full length novels all for $.99. Proper Scoundrels


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Advance Review- Discovery of Desire by Susanne Lord

Title: Discovery of Desire (London Explorers, book#2)

Discovery of Desire

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

Author: Susanne Lord

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Sept 6, 2016, preorder available

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 384

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 0

Description from Amazon.com:

The one man who’s not looking for a wife Seth Mayhew is the ideal explorer: fearless, profitable, and unmarried. There is nothing and no one he can’t find-until his sister disappears en route to India. His search for her takes him to Bombay, where Seth meets the most unlikely of allies-a vulnerable woman who’s about to marry the wrong man.

Discovers a woman who changes his dreams forever Teeming with the bounty of marriageable men employed by the East India Company, Bombay holds hope for security for Wilhelmina Adams. But when the man she’s traveled halfway around the world to marry doesn’t suit, Mina finds instead that she’s falling in love with a man who offers passion, adventure, intimacy-anything but security…


This is a love story about an intrepid world explorer and a woman who is desperate to marry to save her family. Seth Mayhew went to Brazil and sent back to England exotic plants and seeds but now he is in India to find his missing sister who also is sheltering an orphan. Tom Grant has been hired and is meeting him when he docks in Bombay and will help him in his quest.  Tom is also meeting his “venture” bride (a mail-order bride), Wilhelmina (Mina) Adams, who is on the same ship with Seth as well as her sister, Emma.  Emma is also betrothed to an Englishman in Bombay whom she has yet to meet. Seth and Mina are falling in love but realize there can be no future. She needs security for herself and family and Seth is a world explorer.

Like the first book in this series, this book is so well written you will think the author is telling you about real people.   The romance develops over time and there is a great deal of angst about not only the romance but about Seth’s quest for his missing sister. We are made to understand Seth’s and Mina’s reluctance to marry each other but it did go on for a long time in this long book. However I could not put this book down.  I had to know how the author would craft a happily-ever-after when there was so much against there union. Beautifully written and skillfully realized, I highly recommend this book and series. (this is a standalone novel with cameos by characters from the first book.)

There are hints about the story of Emma and Colin Rivers. Perhaps in the next book.

Deet’s note: I love the covers on both of these books.

In Search of Scandal (London Explorers, book #1)

In Search of Scandal



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