The Duke of Kisses by Darcy Burke

January 2, 2019

The Duke of Kisses by Darcy Burke

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

Lord of Vice by Erica Ridley

September 6, 2018

Lord of Vice by Erica Ridley

Lord of Vice

My rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Series: Lord of Vice, Book 6
Publication Date: August 31, 2018
Appearances can be deceiving…

Vice merchant Maxwell Gideon is wickedly handsome, sinfully arrogant, and devilishly ruthless. Rumor has it, his gaming hell has the power to steal souls and grant miracles. Truth is, Max only owns half of The Cloven Hoof. He’d buy out his silent partner if he knew the man’s identity. But it’s hard to focus on business matters when a fallen angel tumbles right into one’s lap…

Miss Bryony Grenville has a well-earned reputation as an unrepentant hoyden. But even the gossipiest of the pinch-faced matrons ruling High Society could never imagine the daughter of a baron secretly financing the ton’s most infamous gambling parlor. Its maddening, sexy proprietor doesn’t suspect a thing… and two can play at temptation!

 

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Oh, how I love the Grenvilles! Bryony Grenville is just as smart and entertaining as her siblings and she definitely has a mind of her own. Preferring to be an independent woman rather than married to someone she doesn’t love, Bryony has spent years investing (with the help of her “fixer” brother, Heath). When the owner of The Cloven Hoof wants to buy out her silent owner share she is determined to find out how he’s coming up with the money. A venture that teaches her more than she expected.

Maxwell Gideon, known throughout London as the Lord of Vice, is fastidious in every aspect of his life. His gaming hell caters to the rich and poor alike. A highly profitable venture that he wants to own 100%. If only he could get the silent partner to sell. Max is a man with a harden heart that a maddingly intrustive, smart, beautiful angel threatens to soften.

Thank you, Erica Ridley for another entertaining tale that had me laughing, wanting to smack characters (Max), and crying. Now that the Grenvilles have found their HEA – who’s next?

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The Duke of Seduction by Darcy Burke

September 3, 2018

The Duke of Seduction by Darcy Burke

Duke of Seduction

My rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Series: The Untouchables, Book 10
Publication Date: August 21, 2018

Lady Lavinia Gillingham prefers rocks and dirt to marriage. Her passion is science, and she’s determined to marry if—and only if—she finds a man who supports her interests and intellect. So far, she’s managed to avoid attention on the Marriage Mart, but when the Duke of Seduction pens anonymous letters singing her praises, she suddenly become the toast of the ton and matrimony seems imminent.

William Beckett, Marquess of Northam possesses the reputation of a rake but is secretly a romantic. Spurned at sixteen and knowing his sister was victimized by Society, he uses music and poetry to fill the void in his soul. As the Duke of Seduction, he uses his skill to help Lavinia, never anticipating she has no desire for assistance or that she could be the balm he needs. But when she’s on the verge of becoming engaged, can Beck beat back the shadows of the past and open his heart again?

 

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In a world where wallflowers are ignored, the Duke of Seduction strives to improve their chances of making good matches.

William Beckett, Marquess of Northam, has long hidden his romantic side. Now, after a devastating family death, Beck uses his talents to ensure the spotlight shines on those girls that society shuns. Until he meets a certain lady makes him question whether he’s helping or hurting their chances of happily ever after.

Lady Lavinia Gillingham doesn’t mind her status as a wallflower; she’d rather spend her time with her friends there than be paid court by men who will not appreciate her love of science. Until she meets a devilishly handsome man and the Duke of Seduction targets her as his next wallflower to help.

Darcy Burke writes another superb story! Beck’s range of emotions jump off the pages as does Lavinia’s frustration with the secretive Duke of Seduction and her parents. Ms. Burke’s inclusion of characters from previous books feels like a homecoming while providing the reader with a little history that ties the stories together.

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

 

 

Lady Charlotte’s Christmas Vigil by Caroline Warfield

September 3, 2018

Lady Charlotte’s Christmas Vigil by Caroline Warfield

Lady Charlotte's Christmas Vigil

My rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Publication Date: October 20, 2017

Venice 1818

Lady Charlotte clings to one dream—to see the splendor of Rome before settling for life as the spinster sister of an earl. But now her feckless brother forces her to wait again, stranded in Venice when he falls ill, halfway to the place of her dreams. She finds the city damp, moldy, and riddled with disease.

As a physician, Salvatore Caresini well knows the danger of putrid fever. He lost his young wife to it, leaving him alone to care for their rambunctious children. He isn’t about to let the lovely English lady risk her life nursing her brother.

Love is the best medicine and the sweetest things in life are worth the wait, especially at Christmastime in Venice for a stranded English Lady and a handsome physician.

 

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She grabbed the chance to see the splendors of the continent by following her brother on his tour. Little did she know he’d turn into wastrel and brings disease to their door, at Christmastime no less, effectively halting their trip short of the one city she most wanted to see.

He’s dealt with this disease before, has seen the devastation it brings and has suffered his own loss because of it. As he is called to attend a young Englishman he finds there is a resurgence and a very tempting English lady who tries his patience and ignites his soul.

What could be nicer than a love story at Christmas? Having that love story being written by the talented Caroline Warfield. Add in some rambunctious children, a worried Mother, and a little Christmas magic and you have a 5+ star read.  

 

 

 

The Illegitimate Duke by Sophie Barnes

September 2, 2018

The Illegitimate Duke by Sophie Barnes

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My rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Series: Lords of London, Book 1
Publication Date: August 28, 2018

United in a common cause…

Lady Juliette Matthews longs to be much more than just another pretty ornament in society. But using her recently acquired fortune to do some good is more complicated than she anticipated. Young ladies are not expected to risk their safety in helping the less fortunate. And the one gentleman who could help in her mission is stubborn, infernally handsome—and far too honorable to act on their mutual attraction.

And in a desire impossible to deny…

Florian Lowell has suddenly been made heir to the Duke of Redding—a far cry from his status as a dedicated physician. Yet even with his new role as the country’s most eligible bachelor, the beautiful, fearless Juliette is utterly beyond his reach. The scandalous circumstances of his birth would destroy both their reputations if they became known. But when a more urgent danger threatens Juliette’s life, Florian must gamble everything…including the heart only one woman can tame.

 

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Born on the wrong side of the blanket, Florian Lowell’s true love is medicine and a quiet simple life. An unexpected title upends that life. His paternity and the secret he holds close guarantees the one woman he craves is still beyond his reach. Fate, his friendship with her family, and her headstrong determination to help those in the less savory parts of London are continually throwing them together. As if protecting her wasn’t enough, he is determined to fight the attraction between them despite her determination to see what they can make of it. However, if she knew the truth of his parentage he knows he will lose her forever.

Sophie Barnes takes two headstrong people and helps them find love despite the “differences” in their station. At times I wanted to beat sense into Florian while cheering Juliette on. These two are truly “Diamonds in the Rough”. I can’t wait to see which diamonds Ms. Barnes chooses to polish into love.

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

 

 

An Italian Count for Christmas by Sasha Cottman

August 31, 2018

An Italian Count for Christmas by Sasha Cottman

An Italian Count for Christmas

My rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Series: Lords of London, Book 1
Publication Date: August 31, 2018

Count Nico de Luca has been blessed with wealth, power, and a seductive Italian body. Though women lust after him, the one thing Nico has never been able to possess is the love of a woman.

After his intended bride jilts him to marry another, Nico decides that he will stick to matters of business and leave love to other fools.

Arriving in London to inspect his investments, he is invited to stay for Christmas as the guest of one of his tenants, a poor young widow, Isabelle Collins.

In Isabelle, Nico discovers a rare beauty, and as much as he fights temptation, he soon loses his heart to her.

Left in reduced circumstances by her blackguard of a late husband, Isabelle is in no hurry to hand her heart over to yet another self-assured male, especially one who has no intention of remaining in England.

But Nico is persuasive and nights of passion spent in his arms soon have Isabelle questioning the sort of future she wants. Can she risk giving up her country and home on the chance of finding love again?

When Nico discovers the shocking truth of how Isabelle’s husband died, he realizes that he will have to risk everything he has to win Isabelle’s heart and finally break his love curse.

 

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He hates England and has sworn off women; however, Christmas sees the jilted Nico de Luca in London for business. This Christmas may just see Nico revising his opinion on one of those matters.

Having loved and been made a near penniless fool, Isabella Collins has determined she will only wed for money and security. To reenter the marriage mart she needs the boon that having her absentee landlord stay in her home for a few weeks will bring. Will Christmas see another boon in the way of love?

Great story by Sasha Cottman of two souls who have having suffered and Christmas miracles. I truly felt Isabella’s frustration and despair while falling for Nico and his determination to find the truth and go after what he wants.

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