Rogue Most Wanted by Janna MacGregor

May 13, 2019

Rogue Most Wanted by Janna MacGregor

My rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Series: The Cavensham Heiresses, Book 5
Publication Date: June 25, 2019

Wanted: an engagement of convenience. Found: A noble suitor.

Raised on a remote Scottish estate by her adoring grandfather, Lady Theodora Worth has inherited an earldom as well as the land itself. But when an upstart duke challenges her claim to the title and the Ladykyrk estate, Thea is suddenly in need of a husband―in name, at least. An elderly neighbor with a thoroughly modern sensibility and a dashing great-nephew just might be the answer to Thea’s prayers. Except she has no intention of marrying the first man she meets. That would be utterly ridiculous.

It just can’t be him. . .

Lord William Cavensham is entirely too devoted to his family’s estate―ever since he was jilted as a lad–to wed, but he agrees to meet the woman his aunt has taken under her wing―and introduce her to possible suitors. But after just one meeting with beautiful, spirited Thea, Will is determined to help her reclaim her title. And even moreso, he can’t stop thinking that perhaps marriage to this bold, passionate woman may be the one thing he’s been missing all along?

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R.A.W. E.M.O.T.I.O.N.!! Janna MacGregor has simply outdone herself! Every once in a great while a book comes along that simply blow you out of the water. This is one of those books. A heroine who needs a marriage of convenience to save the family estate; the unwilling hero who has no desire to ever marry, a meddling aunt and her best friend; and members of the Cavensham family making appearances make this a must read.

5++++
I received a arc copy from the author for an honest and unbiased review.

The Bluestocking by Christi Caldwell

May 13, 2019

The Bluestocking by Christi Caldwell

My rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Series: Wicked Wallflowers, Book 4
Publication Date: May 7, 2019

Two damaged hearts learn there’s a fine line between love and hate.

Gertrude, the eldest Killoran sister, has spent a lifetime being underestimated—especially by her own family. She may seem as vulnerable as a kitten, but given the chance, she can be as fierce as a tiger. Her adopted brother, Stephen, has just been snatched back by his true father, and she’ll be damned if she relinquishes the boy to the man reviled throughout London as the Mad Marquess.

Still haunted by a deadly tragedy that left him publicly despised, Lord Edwin holds only hatred for the Killorans—the people he believes kidnapped his son. And not one of them will ever see the boy again. But when Gertrude forces her way into the household and stubbornly insists that she remain as Stephen’s governess, Edwin believes he may have found someone madder than himself.

With every moment he shares with the tenderhearted Gertrude, Edwin’s anger softens into admiration…and more. Is it possible that the woman he loathed may be the only person who can heal his broken soul?

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Christi Caldwell never fails to amaze me and she really upped the ante in this story. An extraordinary story that not only involves two damaged souls but includes a third – a child. As always, Ms. Caldwell’s characters have flaws and an unexceptional strength to their characters. From the heart wrenching first sentence to the happily ever after last sentence this book will keep you engaged. Just be sure and have the hankies handy!

5++++
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Lady at Last by Annabelle Anders

May 13, 2019

Lady at Last by Annabelle Anders

My rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Series: Lord Love a Lady, Book 4
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
She can’t make a baby without a husband! Or can she?

After witnessing the miracle of birth, self-determined spinster Miss Penelope Crone is having second thoughts about swearing off marriage. She wants – no, she needs – to experience the blessed event herself. Dear God, she’s practically thirty! Time is running out!

Hugh Chesterton, Viscount Danbury, is relatively intelligent, good looking, unmarried, and most importantly, close at hand. With a little décolletage, a sway of the hips, and a few drinks of brandy, Penelope is certain she can extract a respectable offer.

If only she’d accounted for the power of passion.

Because unchecked lust takes over, leaving Penelope in a most precarious predicament. And Lord Danbury –– the goose-brained jackanapes –– is proving far less attainable than she’d imagined.

Is Penelope to be cast out of society or will Lord Danbury take a leap of faith and save her from ruin? He’d better act fast if he’s going to make her his lady. HIs Lady At Last…
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Oh, where to begin with this tale by Annabelle Anders??? Fabulous, stupendous, amazing, outstanding…none of these do justice! This is a breathtaking tale of a once confirmed spinster and her wayward plan to obtain something she never thought she wanted…a family of her own. The only man she would contemplate this with is proving to be a major pain. The writing, the characters…exceptional!!

I received a arc copy from the author for an honest and unbiased review.

Deceiving the Highlander by Emma Prince

May 13, 2019

Deceiving the Highlander by Emma Prince

My rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Series: Highland Bodyguards, Book 10
Publication Date: March 28, 2019

 

A spy determined to protect her secrets. A Highlander hell-bent on the truth. All’s fair in their game of deception.

When an English spy working for Robert the Bruce falls inexplicably silent, Will Sinclair is sent to determine if she needs protection. But if he discovers her allegiances have turned…the Scottish cause must come first. Yet instead of answers, he finds a beautiful but mysterious woman who refuses to explain herself. Will has been betrayed before—which cost him an eye—so the last thing he’ll tolerate is a traitor. Can he uncover the truth before he loses his head—or his heart?

In the four years Eleanor de Monteney has worked as a spy in the English court, never have matters been more delicate—or dangerous. The last thing she needs is a rough-edged Highlander jeopardizing all her carefully constructed plans. Worse yet, in order to get close enough to assess her loyalties, he claims to be her fiancé. To protect her secrets, Eleanor must keep Will at arm’s length, but the smoldering desire between them threatens to ignite into an all-consuming blaze. With the fate of two nations hanging in the balance, will her deception cost them everything?

This full-length Scottish historical romance is part of the Highland Bodyguards Series, but also can be enjoyed as a standalone novel.

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Emma Prince writes a fabulous tale set during the tumultuous times of Robert the Bruce. Her writing captures the strife and uncertainty of the times; as proven by the hero not knowing if the heroine is a traitor and the heroine trying to prove herself while providing security for a member of the enemy’s inner circle. Hang on to you seats because you are in for a wild ride as these two go head to head on their way to their happily ever after.

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The Wayward Bride by Anna Bradley

February 20, 2019

The Wayward Bride by Anna Bradley

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My rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Series: Besotted Scots, Book 1
Publication Date: February 26, 2019

In only six weeks, Isla Ramsey is due to marry Henry Northrup, the sixth Earl of Sydney. But she remains haunted by memories of the dashing Hugh Courtney, the Marquess Pierce. The handsome aristocrat had hinted at forever and then tossed her aside, leaving Isla with few viable options. Now, as she awaits her new fiancé’s arrival from London, she rides her horse past Hugh’s estate at Hazelwood every day, pining for a man who was never truly hers.

Hugh Courtney may have left Isla’s life, but he can’t erase her from his thoughts. When he rescues her from a sudden snowstorm, they are forced to take shelter together at his private estate. In such close quarters there is no escaping each other. Yet no man wants a reckless wife—or a woman promised to another. As fate draws Isla further into his world, Hugh vows to keep her out of his bedchamber. However, some vows are meant to be broken . . .

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Oh my, oh my, oh my! A horrible misunderstanding has torn our hero and heroine apart forever. At least, until fate and mother nature step in. This first book in Anna Bradley’s newest series, Besotted Scots, is a humdinger of a launch. Ms. Bradley ripped my heart out with Isla’s suffering and she had my emotions flip flopping between wanting to wring Hugh’s neck (okay , there was another character I wanted to smack) and feeling sorry for him. Then just when you think Isla and Hugh’s suffering is healing, Ms. Bradley rips the sore open making you wonder if there is a HEA after all? Anxiously waiting for book 2 and what Ms. Bradley has in mind.

5++++
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The Duke of Kisses by Darcy Burke

January 2, 2019

The Duke of Kisses by Darcy Burke

51eQF-PRE9L._SY346_My rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Series: The Untouchables, Book 11
Publication Date: November 27, 2018

Frances Snowden can hardly believe her good fortune when she’s whisked away from her boring life by her sister who is now a duchess. Instead of becoming the third wife of her parents’ stuffy neighbor, she can be anything she wants: a doting aunt to her newborn niece, a debutante in London, or even an independent spinster. But when she meets and kisses a mysterious man on a walk in the countryside, she knows exactly what she desires—him.

David Langley, Earl of St. Ives, is resigned to marrying the dull woman his parents chose when he was a child. His future is suddenly, and happily, diverted when he encounters a captivating young woman who shows him everything he’s been missing. Ready to embark on a blissful life together, a long-buried feud between their families makes their marriage impossible. Nothing is more important than duty and family, but can he turn his back on love?
 

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Oh, those Untouchables! Who knew a forbidden kiss would linger over time then ignite into so much heat and strife?

Frances Snowden is thrilled to 1) have escaped the plans her parents had for her and 2) live with the sister who was torn from her at an early age. She’s content in the knowledge she can do/be pretty much anything she desires. A chance encounter leads to a kiss that proves that may not be the case when she cannot forget a handsome stranger or his kiss.

David Langley, Earl of St Ives, isn’t ready for the duties thrust upon him after the sudden premature death of his father. As the demands become to much he escapes for some solitude. A solitude broken by the enchanting nymph he comes across. A nymph who helps him forget who he is if only for a brief moment.

As time goes by David decides his nymph isn’t real and he resigns himself to his duties. At least until another chance encounter reveals his nymph is flesh and blood and standing in front of him.

I loved the way Darcy Burke wrote these characters. Frances is strong and not afraid to say what she thinks or go after what she wants without coming across as to independent and crass. Ms. Burke does an excellent job walking the fine line with David as he decides between duty and love without making him appear wishy-washy.

Darcy Burke continues to write fabulous stories involving those rakes, The Untouchables, and the women who capture their love. PLUS, each story includes past Untouchables making each book feel like your visiting old friends. That said….each book can be read as a stand-alone but don’t deprive yourself! Read them all!!!

I received a arc copy from the author for an honest and unbiased review.

The Highland Renegade by Amy Jarecki

December 30, 2018

The Highland Renegade by Amy Jarecki

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My rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Series: Lords of the Highlands, Book 5
Publication Date: January 8, 2019
She is the daughter of his sworn enemy.
Famed for his fierceness, Laird Robert Grant is above all a loyal Highland clan chief. But when redcoats capture his rival’s daughter, he sets aside their feud and races to her rescue. Aye, Janet Cameron is beautiful, cunning, and so very tempting, but a Cameron lass is the last woman he should ever desire.
 
He is her one hope of happiness.
Janet refuses to meekly surrender, not even when surrounded by foes. She takes every chance to escape, first from the English soldiers and then from the wickedly handsome Robert. Yet with each day they spend together, his unexpected gallantry chips away at her reserve little by little. As danger and treachery loom, can she trust him enough to choose love over vengeance?

 

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Ach, just when I thought Amy Jarecki had written her best ever story with The Highland Chieftain (and my Amy Jarecki forever boyfriend is Dunn MacRae) she releases The Highland Renegade!

Caught between his animosity for the Cameron family and his sense of Highland chivalry Robert Grant rescues the daughter of his nemesis.

Strong willed Janet Cameron is no meek miss and refuses to give into surrendering to her enemies – whether they be English redcoats or the sinfully handsome Laird of her family’s rival.

When it becomes apparent it’s a decision of English justice or escape with the enemy they both decide on the latter. What follows next is a nail-biting journey over treacherous country and weather with the common enemy in hot pursuit.

I loved these two out-spoken, hot headed characters! Janet has a strength that carries her through circumstances that would make an English rose wilt. And Robert, our dear hero may be gruff, demanding, and opinionated but he may not be as gruff as he seems.

I would say that The Highland Renegade is now my favorite Amy Jarecki book and Robert my favorite book boyfriend but I have a feeling I would have to eat my words. So….. for now this tale is at the top of my Amy Jarecki favorites list and Robert is number one on the forever book boyfriend list.

I can’t wait to see who Ms. Jarecki brings us next!
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