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.

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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.

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Outlaw King by Julie Johnstone

August 25, 2018

Outlaw King by Julie Johnstone

NR Julie Johnstone

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

She’s the weapon intended to destroy him. He’s the key to her freedom.

Dark days have come to Scotland, and fierce warrior Robert the Bruce would do anything to release his country from English rule—and not just because he’s the rightful heir to the Scottish throne. As the bloody war rages on, enemies on both sides of the fight surround him, and Robert must dance a dangerous line between truth and deception. One misstep could topple his nation and cost him his life, yet one woman tempts him—and threatens his mission—as no other ever has.

Elizabeth de Burgh longs for freedom in a time when women have none. So when she finds herself ordered by her ruthless father and her godfather, the King of England, to seduce the leader of the Scottish rebellion and reveal his secrets, she yearns to fight back against their cruel plot. But they threaten to kill her beloved cousin, leaving her no choice but to comply. As she grows close to Robert and the mask that hides the man who would be king is peeled away, she cannot imagine aiding in the destruction of the noble Scot bent on liberating his people.

Bound by duty and honor but ensnared by passion, Robert and Elizabeth must determine if they are each other’s biggest threat or greatest source of strength. And moreover, they must decide how much they are willing to risk for the one thing neither ever imagined they’d find with the other—extraordinary, boundless love.

 

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History and romance collide in this fabulous tale of the man destined to free Scotland from English rule and the woman sent to destroy him.

I will be completely honest, I wasn’t sure if I would like a story based on real people and actual events. Having thoroughly enjoyed Julie Johnstone’s books in the past I knew it was well worth a try. Boy, am I glad I did…this book is FREAKIN’ FANTASTIC! The perfect blend of history, fiction, and romance.

Ms. Johnstone’s writing skills were shining brightly as she brought Robert the Bruce and Elizabeth de Burgh to life in Outlaw King. Emotions leapt from the pages as Robert struggled with what he needed to do (and hold his tongue while doing it). As Elizabeth walked the line of doing what was expected and what she felt was right, you could see her strength and steely determination. Add the twists of forces that would see them brought down and uncovering who was friend or foe and you have a 10+star tale.

Thank you, Ms. Johnstone for one hell of story that opened my eyes to the perfect blend of history, fiction, and romance.

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A Fierce Wind by Regan Walker

August 21, 2018

A Fierce Wind by Regan Walker

NR Regan Walker

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 Roses
Series: Donet Trilogy, Book 3
Publication Date: August 23, 2018

France 1794. Zoé Ariane Donet was in love with love until she met the young commander of the royalist army fighting the revolutionaries tearing apart France. When the dashing young general is killed, she joins the royalist cause, rescuing émigrés fleeing Robespierre’s Reign of Terror.

One man watches over her: Frederick West, the brother of an English earl, who has known Zoé since she was a precocious ten-year-old child. At sixteen, she promised great beauty, the flower of French womanhood about to bloom. Now, four years later, as the Terror seizes France by the throat, Zoé has become a beautiful temptress Freddie vows to protect with his life.

But English spies don’t live long in Revolutionary France.

 

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He’s known her for half her life and he’s loved her all that time. Oblivious to his feelings she considers him a good friend. Until danger intercedes.

Set in the time of a volatile France, Zoé Donet is determined to do what she can to save those fleeing the Reign of Terror, danger be damned. Until the one person she knows will always be there for her is hurt while helping which forces her to examine what she thought she knew and felt for him

Frederick West has watched her grow from a precocious child to a stunning woman. Now his mission is to keep her safe; a feat made difficult with her penchant for courting danger in a time when no one is spared. Between aiding her cause and protecting her can he change her perception of him or is she destined for someone else?

Regan Walker has a talent for weaving history and romance luring the reader into the story and keeping them enthralled. A slightly slow start (THE ONLY REASON IT’S NOT A 5 STAR) but quickly picked up pace for a “can’t put down” read.

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