Rogues Rush In by Tessa Dare and Christi Caldwell

May 22, 2018

Rogues Rush In by Tessa Dare and Christi Caldwell

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My rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Publication Date: May 22, 2018

Two scandalous brides…
Two rogues who won’t be denied…

His Bride for the Taking by NYT Bestselling author Tessa Dare
It’s the first rule of friendship among gentlemen: Don’t even think about touching your best friend’s sister. But Sebastian, Lord Byrne, has never been one for rules. He’s thought about touching Mary Clayton—a lot—and struggled to resist temptation. But when Mary’s bridegroom leaves her waiting at the altar, only Sebastian can save her from ruin. By marrying her himself.

In eleven years, he’s never laid a finger on his best friend’s sister. Now he’s going to take her with both hands. To have, to hold…and to love.

 

His Duchess for a Day by USA Today Bestseller Christi Caldwell
It was never meant to be…
That’s what Elizabeth Terry has told herself while trying to forget the man she married–her once best friend. Passing herself off as a widow, Elizabeth has since built a life for herself as an instructor at a finishing school, far away from that greatest of mistakes. But the past has a way of finding you, and now that her husband has found her, Elizabeth must face the man she’s tried to forget.

It was time to right a wrong…
Crispin Ferguson, the Duke of Huntington, has spent the past years living with regret. The young woman he married left without a by-your-leave, and his hasty elopement had devastating repercussions. Despite everything, Crispin never stopped thinking about Elizabeth. Now that he’s found her, he has one request—be his duchess, publicly, just for a day.

Can spending time together as husband and wife rekindle the bond they once shared? Or will a shocking discovery tear them apart…this time, forever?

 

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His for the Taking by Tessa Dare

A code of honor – never, ever make a move on your best friend’s sister. Sebastian, Lord Byrne, has lived by that code from the moment he met Mary Clayton. Even with the death of her brother the most Sebastian has done is make sure she is protected. Now with Mary alone at the altar he offers marriage in name only to protect her from ruin and a life of spinsterhood.

Mary Clayton has now been left at the altar twice; though she cannot be sad about it. When her deceased brother’s friend, who she has known since childhood, offers her his name to keep her from being ruined she must decide between a spinster’s life, a marriage in name only, or fighting for a true marriage.

Can Sebastian keep his vow of a marriage in name only or will Mary’s temptation bring her what she really wants?

A sense of honor, a woman who knows what she wants, a little subterfuge and a happily ever after tale from the talented Tessa Dare.

 

His Duchess for a Day by Christi Caldwell

Elizabeth Terry has spent 10 years trying to convince herself that she’s better off without Crispin Ferguson. While being an instructor at a finishing school is not what she envisioned her life to be she knows she’s better off there than tied to a man who thinks of her as a mistake.

Crispin Ferguson, Duke of Huntington, has spent 10 years looking for the wife who broke his heart. A chance encounter soon leads Crispin to his runaway bride and he requests she briefly join him to prove to the ton that she exists; then she can go back to the life she has.  

As the two get to know each other again certain facts come to light; facts that are the crux of their separation. Can these two regain what they had or will outside forces continue to keep them apart.

I absolutely adore Crispin and Elizabeth! As always Christi Caldwell writes a tale full of heartbreak and happiness rolled together with characters you root for and others you want to slap.

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More or Less a Marchioness by Anna Bradley

May 7, 2018

More or Less a Marchioness by Anna Bradley

More or Less a Marchioness

My rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Series: The Somerset Sisters Book 1
Publication Date: February 6, 2018

The Somerset sisters, three beautiful, headstrong debutantes in Regency London, are discovering that a bit of scandal is a delightful thing . . .
 
For the sake of propriety, and her younger sisters’ reputations, Iris Somerset has kept her rebellious streak locked away. But though she receives a proposal from Phineas Knight, Lord of Huntington, Iris can’t marry a man she knows isn’t truly enamored with her. In fact, Iris no longer wants to be chosen—she wants to choose. Under the clandestine tutelage of “wicked widow” Lady Annabel Tallant, she’ll learn how to steer her own marriage prospects—and discover her secret appetites . . .
 
What kind of debutante refuses a marquess? Finn is surprised, a little chastened—and thoroughly intrigued. This new, independent version of Iris is far more alluring than the polished socialite she used to be. Finn believed he needed a safe, quiet wife to curb his wilder impulses. But the more Iris surprises him, the more impossible it becomes to resist their deepest desires . . .

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How can a lady possibly take offense at her hand in marriage being wagered on and being the consolation prize? If you’re Iris Somerset, you take major offense. Especially when marquess does a remarkable job of making you feel like you’re the chosen one. At least until he won’t kiss you and you overhear him with his mistress talking about the bet.

Phineas “Finn” Knight, Lord Huntington wants a quiet biddable wife; which is why Iris Somerset isn’t the one he’s chosen if he wins the bet at cards. Unfortunately (maybe) he loses and he sets out to make Iris his marchioness. Until, without any indication as to why, Iris calls off the betrothal. Intrigued, Finn sets out to win the lady’s hand. Will he be the winner after all?

A charming story by Anna Bradley, my first by Ms. Bradley. I loved Iris’ spunk and Finn’s determination. Add in the behind the scene string pulling of a certain “wicked widow” and you have a fun story. Now I want to see which of the Somerset sisters gets into mischief next!

This is a definite must read and Anna Bradley is on my auto-buy author list.

How to Land an Earl in Ten Days or Less by Ava Stone

May 7, 2018

How to Land an Earl in Ten Days or Less by Ava Stone

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Series: Regency Hearts Book 3
Publication Date: May 8, 2018

A WAGER HEARD ‘ROUND TOWN…
Known for his charm and silver tongue, Reese Delacy, the Earl of Darling, wagers that he can make any proper girl fall in love with him in less than a fortnight. Unfortunately, the boast catches the ear of the notorious gossip behind the Whispers of Lady X. In no time, details of Reese’s wager spreads through Town, making him a pariah in short order. All seems lost until he stumbles upon a Bermudian beauty who is seemingly unaware of his scandalous wager.

…THAT HAS THE POWER TO CHANGE EVERYTHING
With control of the Caribbean salt trade hanging in the balance, Miss Cara Beckett, left the pink, sandy beaches of Bermuda to represent the interests of her family’s empire and to solicit the support of parliament. She’d bargained for batting her lashes and flirting with peers, but she’d never imagined she’d become embroiled in a reckless wager with a handsome earl that has captured all of Society’s interest.

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Recipe for How to Land an Earl in Ten Days or Less


1. Take a handsome, full of himself Earl.

2. A dash of an out of hand bet.

3. Add a determined to get what she needs from Parliament to save her family’s business Miss.

4 .Stir with a matchmaking Duchess and Countess.

5. Toss with a dose of Ava Stone’s amazing writing.

For an amazing story that will have you laughing, threatening some characters, and wanting to slap others silly.

A definite must read.

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His Christmas Angel by Jerrica Knight-Catania

May 7, 2018

His Christmas Angel by Jerrica Knight-Catania

His Christmas Angel

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Series: Castle Keyvnor
Publication Date: April 26, 2018

Ethan Dallimore, Duke of Westbury, would like a little peace in his life. Unfortunately, he has the weight of the world on his shoulders with one demanding sister and one always-underfoot ward. To make matters worse, he arrives at Castle Keyvnor with a debilitating headache that won’t go away. All he wants to do is sleep until it’s gone, but that’s not an option as he’s traveled to the tip of Cornwall to attend a holiday wedding, and even houseguests have their duties. However, Ethan’s desire to sleep is soon replaced with his desire to get to know the mysterious beauty whose mere presence seems to take his pain away.

Miss Angel Quinn doesn’t exactly belong at Castle Keyvnor with all its aristocratic guests, even if she does share a bloodline with some of them. But she knows it’s important to accept the invitation to her long-estranged cousins’ weddings, so she puts on her grown-up bloomers and heads for the castle. But so much more awaits her in the mystical village of Bocka Morrow, and the young witch may soon discover just who she was always meant to be.

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Oh, what happens at Castle Keyvnor when those ghosts get to playing!  In this instance it’s Jerrica Knight-Catania’s Ethan Dallimore, Duke of Westbury, that they are wreaking havoc on. Poor guy has his hands full with his sister and ward constantly keeping him on his toes. Now he has a headache that won’t go away. Until he crosses paths with a beautiful stranger who seemingly wants nothing to do with him.

Long lost relative Miss Angel Quinn may be blood related, but she is nothing like her cousins at Castle Keyvnor. With mystical powers around her Angel must find her place within the family and avoid the handsome stranger who seems to have his own spell over her.

Poor Angel, thrown into an unknown atmosphere, drained by the handsome stranger, and struggling to find just where she fits in the world. And Ethan, you can’t help but laugh at what his sister and his ward are putting him through while feeling every throbbing pain in his head.

I love Castle Keyvnor stories and Ms. Knight-Catania’s is no exception. My only beef…novellas are just way too short.

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The Realm of Silence by Jude Knight

May 7, 2018

The Realm of Silence by Jude Knight

The Realm of Silence

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Publication Date: May 22, 2018

Rescue her daughter, destroy her dragons, defeat his demons, return to his lonely life. How hard can it be?


When Susan Cunningham’s daughter disappears from school, her pleasant life as a fashionable, dashing, and respectable widow is shattered. Amy is reported to be chasing a French spy up the Great North Road, and when Susan sets out in pursuit she is forced to accept help from the last person she wants: her childhood friend and adult nemesis, Gil Rutledge.

Gil Rutledge has loved Susan since she was ten and he a boy of twelve. He is determined to oblige her by rescuing her daughter. And if close proximity allows them to rekindle their old friendship, even better. He has no right to ask for more.

Gil and Susan must overcome danger, mystery, ghosts from the past, and their own pride before their journey is complete.

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Two decades and hundreds of battlefields has not helped Gil Rutledge forget the love of his life. Nor has it lessened his hatred of certain members of his family that cost his that love. Now facing a familial responsibility, he never wanted Gil must try to find his way through handling the family who wants nothing to do with him. Until the one person he never thought to have any interaction with appears before him in need.

Two decades, a marriage, and three children have Susan Cunningham thinking she has forgotten the one man who held her love. Until he shows up on her doorstep in her hour of need. Her determination to keep the wall built around her heart where it concerns him may not be as strong as she thinks.

As Susan and Gil work together to first find Susan’s daughter then uncover the nefarious plot she discovered will they continue to deny their attraction or give in to the love they’ve always had?

As always, a wonderfully written tale by the talented Jude Knight. Ms. Knight’s writing draws the reader into the story so she feels each emotion the character feels. And what feelings Gil and Susan have!!  Susan’s frustration with Gil had me wanting to shake the man! While shaking Susan and asking why she hesitates to tell Gil what she wants. Then yelling at them both to COMMUNICATE!! Oh, and the history of these two, both together and apart, had me bawling while Gil’s interaction with his nieces had me falling in love with him.

Thank you Ms. Knight for another 5+ star read.

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When a Scot Gives His Heart by Julie Johnstone

May 7, 2018

When a Scot Gives His Heart by Julie Johnstone

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Series: Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts Book 7
Publication Date: May 2, 2018

Love touched them. Treachery divided them. One night of passion binds them.

Betrayed by her father, Marsaili Campbell risks her life to recover what he has stolen from her. But when she’s kidnapped and wagered away, she has no one to help her escape other than the very man she’s spent the past three years trying to forget—Highland warrior Callum Grant. She once gave her heart and her innocence to the handsome Scot, only to regret her naive decisions. Still, with more enemies than she can battle alone, she needs an ally, even if she must hide the truth of her circumstances from him.

Laird Callum Grant thrust his clan into war for the love of a woman, only to lose her forever. But when the woman he believed dead appears at his clan’s tourney in dire trouble, there’s no denying Marsaili has been alive all this time. With his clan weakened from the years of raids and battles, however, he cannot afford to do anything that would ruin the betrothal he’s made to secure his clan’s future. Yet he can’t turn away from the woman who once beguiled him body and soul.

As Callum and Marsaili embark on a dangerous journey, each touch, each look, each clash of wills reignites their desire in an all-consuming inferno. But the secret Marsaili keeps and the duty that shackles Callum are threatening to destroy them. That is, unless they can learn that love, once truly given, is unbreakable.

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Marsaili Campbell has been disliked and abused her entire life. Until a warrior shows her how beautiful she really is and what love can feel like; only to abandon her to face her family alone and leaving Marsaili with a burning hatred for his betrayal. A family that she is not really a part of. When Marsaili soon learns the truth of her father’s initial betrayal and the ultimate betrayal that threatened to consume her soul. Now knowing both truths, Marsaili sets out to recover the one thing she’d give her life for; even if it means betraying those who really care.

Laird Callum Grant has spent the last few years trying to forget the woman who is etched in his soul and trying to repair the damage he inflicted upon his clan in breaking contracts to have her in his life, even when she was lost to him. With a new betrothal approaching that will go far in rebuilding his clan the one thing he thought he lost lands at his feet. Now Callum must decide if he’s willing to risk losing the safety of his clan or more of his heart.

My oh my! Marsaili has the strength of a thousand warriors trying to recover so much of what she’s lost; even when she comes face to face with her past. While Callum’s struggles to do what is right versus what he wants shows a strength and a vulnerability. And the forces trying to prevent Marsaili and Callum from their hearts desire are truly the best evil that Julie Johnstone has written.

For the last book in Ms. Johnstone’s Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts series this is a superb piece of writing. It was a delight to see appearances from the characters in the other stories from the series; weaving the threads for a family series that is outstanding. While each book can be read as a standalone, you would be depriving yourself of some loving, heart wrenching stories by the talented Julie Johnstone.

 

Her Wild Highlander by Emma Prince

April 30, 2018

Her Wild Highlander by Emma Prince

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Series: Highland Bodyguards Book 8
Publication Date: May 10, 2018

When a lone wolf warrior must protect a woman with a secret, can love heal their wounded hearts?

A Rogue Highlander…

After earning a spot in King Robert the Bruce’s elite Bodyguard Corps, Kieran MacAdams is tasked with his first mission. Vivienne, a lady-in-waiting in the French court, has become a target after helping thwart a plot against the King. Kieran is used to working alone and getting his way through brute strength, but Vivienne refuses to bend to his blunt orders. Though he can defend her against any threat, can he protect his heart from the desire that burns hot between them?

A Refined Lady…

To hide a shameful scandal in her past, Vivienne has taken great pains to position herself in French society. But when Kieran charges into court, he threatens to ruin her carefully controlled life. With the danger against her mounting, Vivienne has no choice but to let her wild Highland protector whisk her away to Scotland for her safety. Thrust into close quarters, they are forced to face their budding love, but an old enemy may hunt them down before they can find happiness.

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Nothing is more fun than a hard-headed, broken-hearted, sexy Highlander being brought down by a wisp of a woman who is just as hard-headed and determined to forge her own future. This is exactly what Emma Prince delivers in Her Wild Highlander.

Losing someone he loved has made Kieran MacAdams into the man he is. Fiercely independent, Kieran has built a fortress around his heart and is determined to keep others at arms-length. Which for years this has served him well. Until an undeniable attraction leads him to insist on providing protection to the French lass who helped capture a traitor.

Lady Vivienne is set on one goal – to marry well. In order to do this she must avoid even a hint of scandal. As a lady-in-waiting to the Queen things seem to be progressing to that end. Until a Scottish warrior returns and demands she be whisked away and hidden until those threatening her life are taken care of. Things may not be so bad if it wasn’t for the chemistry she feels towards this Highland brute.

I loved the banter between these two. And the journey to safety and love….oh my. Vivienne exudes a strength that no one knew she had. Kieran was a clot-heid that I wanted to slap on many an occasion. It took “death” to make him see what he could lose and it would be 100 times worse than before.

Though I have several of Ms. Prince’s books in my TBR pile this is the first book of Ms. Prince that I’ve read. Those books have quickly moved up to the top. AND I’m waiting to see which character gets their story next.

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