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LADY EMILY’S EXOTIC JOURNEY by Lillian Marek…a review

Lady Emily's Exotic Journey (Victorian Adventures, #2)Lady Emily’s Exotic Journey by Lillian Marek

http://lilmarek.indiemade.com/

Genre: Historical Romance (Victorian)

Series: Victorian Adventures #2

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Gallery

  • Series: Victorian Adventures (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (August 4, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492602299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492602293

(From Amazon)

From sensible, sheltered girl
Safe in the embrace of her loving family, Lady EmilyTremaine longs to feel more intensely alive. Surely the magic and mystery of Assyria and the fabled ruins of Nineveh will bring about the transformation she seeks.

To the woman his heart desires
Scarred by his past and estranged from his noble grandfather, French adventurer Lucien Chambertin desires neither a home nor the chains of emotional attachment. He seeks only to explore the far reaches of the world. But he did not know the world contained the likes of Lady Emily-whose curiosity and sense of wonder match his own.

Praise for Lady Elinor’s Wicked Adventures:
“Lively Victorian adventure…wonderfully different and colorful…sure to charm readers.” –RT Book Reviews

“A simply delightful tale of love, passion, and family.” –Fresh Fiction 

MY THOUGHTS

Book 2 of the “Victorian Adventures”, but can be read as a stand alone. See, “Lady Elinor’s Wicked Adventures”, book 1.
A wickedly seductive and charming tale. With a bit if mystery, lots of romance, a unique setting, and charming, witty characters, makes for an interesting and intriguing story.
French adventurer, Lucien Chambertin meets sheltered, Lady Emily Tremaine and more than sparks fly. Set against the backdrop of Assyria and the fabled ruins of Nineveh in Constantinople.
Written with vivid descriptions, passionate embraces, suspense, a bit of mystery and lots of romance. An enduring and epic love story. Follow these wonderful, seductive characters on a journey of self-discovery, as they each learn to deal with their past to find their HEA.
Wild, enticing, and adventurous characters, with a bit of danger, passion and romance makes for a wonderful, dramatic romance. I look forward to the next installment. Adventurous and exciting, but be warned, it does have it’s slow moments, that’s why I gave it a 4, overall, an excellent Historical Romance.

*Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Gallery*

**Cross-posted on My Book Addiction Reviews dot com**

Rating: 4
Heat Rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

RELENTLESS LORD by Amy Sandas…a review

Relentless LordRelentless Lord by Amy Sandas

http://amysandas.wordpress.com/

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Gallery

  • Print Length: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (August 11, 2015)
  • Publication Date: August 11, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B010D3KPMG

(From Amazon)

He is a hunter at heart…but her heart is no easy prey.

Hannah Walpole suspected the etiquette lessons her parents insisted upon were a wasted effort. Now, looking around at theton at her debut, she’s sure of it. Her home is the African continent. She simply does not fit in English Society. Nothing will convince her otherwise, especially not a devilishly handsome lord with black hair, vivid green eyes and a wicked reputation for debauching innocent young women.

Lord Miles Whitely admires Hannah’s adventurous spirit and cool composure in the face of adversity. It doesn’t hurt that their first encounter provides him with the delightful opportunity to get his hands beneath her skirts.

When the lady declares she cannot be seduced, he cheerfully takes up the gauntlet she has unwittingly thrown down. But Hannah has no intention of succumbing to his striking gaze or honeyed flattery. Until a crisis leads her to suspect he’s not truly the cad everyone warned her about…

Warning: Contains one misfit debutante, one shamelessly flirty rake who finds humor in nearly everything, and a long, hot summer party in the country. Deploy your fans, ladies. Things are about to get steamy.

MY THOUGHTS

A quick, cheeky, fun read. The characters are engaging, if a bit usual for a Regency Historical, but an enjoyable read, nonetheless. I found “Relentless Lord” to be a fun read, not too complex. It does have a “bad” cousin, who I would have enjoyed seeing her getting her due. A great afternoon read!

*Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Gallery*

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

THE EARL’S NEW BRIDE by Frances Fowlkes…a review

The Earl's New BrideThe Earl’s New Bride by Frances Fowlkes

http://www.francesfowlkes.com/

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Gallery

  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous (September 7, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 7, 2015
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0140MQWSC

(From Amazon)

No woman dared to love him…

England, 1819

The Earl of Amhurst has returned to his estate in search of a wife and, more importantly, an heir. Simon Devere isn’t interested in some comely, simpering creature. A beautiful woman only brings heartbreak and ruin, and Simon’s disfigured visage is proof enough of that. No, he wants a wife who is unattractive and undesirable-and the homelier, the better.

But nothing about Lady Henrietta Beauchamp is homely. She is lovely and sweet… and struggles to mix with polite society when she would so much rather have plants for company. And yet Simon is her only hope for keeping Plumburn Castle in her family’s possession. Even if it means marrying a man she doesn’t love.

It’s an impossible and unlikely match… unless this awkward beauty can bring hope back into a solitary beast’s life.

MY THOUGHTS

A twisted version of Beauty and the Beast. The heroine in this story has a stutter and the hero has a disfigurement.
An interesting Regency tale with a few twists and turns. “The Earl’s New Bride” will keep the reader engaged. I found it to be a quick read with some interesting characters and a unique storyline. Well written. An enjoyable and satisfying read. I look forward to reading more from this author.

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

THE MADNESS OF LORD WESTFALL by Mia Marlowe…a review

The Madness of Lord Westfall (The Order of the MUSE, #2)The Madness of Lord Westfall by Mia Marlowe

http://www.miamarlowe.com/

Genre: Historical Romance with Paranormal elements

Series: The Order of the M.U.S.E. #2

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Gallery

  • Publisher: Entangled: Select Historical (September 21, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 21, 2015
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014CR0R7M

(From Amazon)

He thought he knew madness… until he met her.

Pierce Langdon, Viscount Westfall is mad. Everyone knows it. He fell from a tree when he was a boy and woke to hear strange voices. When the voices grow stronger as he grows older, his family commits him to Bedlam. But what he hears are the thoughts of those around him-a gift to be used in service to the Order of the M.U.S.E. Until he falls again…this time for a totally unsuitable woman.

Lady Nora Claremont hides her heartbreak behind the facade of a carefree courtesan. Viscount Westfall is the most confusing man she’s ever met. He seems to know exactly what she wants…and what she’s thinking.

Which is a dangerous thing, because what Nora wants is Pierce. And what she’s thinking could expose her as a traitor to the crown…

MY THOUGHTS

#2 in “The Order of the Muse”, but can be read as a stand alone. A Historical romance with a touch of paranormal elements. In this case, reading someone’s thoughts.
Fast paced filled with forgiveness, healing,secrets, psychic powers, second chances, passion, treason, blackmail, romance and finding understanding, acceptance and love. Powerful, dangerous, with complicated friendships, mystery, danger, and suspense. The characters are engaging, dramatic, and intriguing. The storyline is unique, a bit complex, very passionate with a cast of characters that will bring the reader back for more.
A delightful, enjoyable and satisfying read! Fans of both paranormal Romance and Historical Romance are sure to enjoy “The Madnesss of Lord Westfall”. I enjoyed the relationship between Honora and Pierce, the way they accepted each other’s flaws, and loved each other because of them. Finding their HEA, wasn’t an easy journey but well worth the challenges involved. Another it for Ms. Marlowe, she never disappoints her fans.

*Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Gallery*

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Hot
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

NIV BIBLE FOR TEEN GIRLS: Growing in Fairh, Hope, and Love by Zondervan…a review

NIV Bible for Teen Girls: Growing in Faith, Hope, and LoveNIV Bible for Teen Girls: Growing in Faith, Hope, and Love by Zondervan

Genre: Bible/Youth/Teen/Religion

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher

  • Imitation Leather: 1728 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Lea edition (August 25, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310749786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310749783

(From Amazon)

The NIV Bible for Teen Girls, designed specifically for girls ages 13 to 18, is for real teenage girls with real lives. Packed with daily readings, highlighted promises of God, challenging insights, smart advice, and open discussion about the realities of life, this Bible is designed to help teen girls grow in faith, hope, and love. The NIV Bible for Teen Girls is as sincere about your walk with God as you are, helping you discover his will for all areas of your life, including relating to your family, dealing with friends, work, sports, guys, and so much more.

Features include:

  • Daily readings for teen girls by popular Christian female authors (Annie Downs, Bekah Hamrick Martin, Christine Caine, Crystal Kirgiss, Bethany Hamilton, Nicole Weider, Elsa Kok Colopy, Denise Van Eck and more)
  • Character profiles of women in the Bible
  • Book introductions for each book of the Bible
  • Highlighted promises of God: verses worth remembering
  • A concordance for help in finding verses
  • The complete text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV) of the Bible

MY THOUGHTS

Designed specifically for girls ages 13 to 18. WOW! I absolutely love this book. It is filled with daily readings, hope, faith, love, profiles of women in the Bible, introductions for each book in the Bible, insight, promises of God, and so much more. A must have for not only, teenage girls but adults as well.
Powerful, concise, educational and perfect for a young reader’s daily walk with God. I loved it and highly recommend this Bible. Well done! I hope the publisher will seek a version for teenage boys as well. A must for any library!!

*Received for an honest review from the publisher*

**Cross-posted on My Book Addiction Reviews dot com**

Rating: 5
Heat rating: N/ A
Reviewed by: April R, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

TWELFTH NIGHT AT EYRE HALL b Luccia Gray…a review

Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall (The Eyre Hall Trilogy, #2)Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray

http://lucciagray.wordpress.com/

Genre: Historical Romance(Victorian)

Series: Eyre Hall Trilogy #2

Source: Received for an honest review from the author

  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 28, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B010KFLAVC

(From Amazon)

Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall is the second volume of The Eyre Hall Trilogy, which will chronicle the lives and vicissitudes of the residents of Eyre Hall from the beginning to the height of the Victorian era. 
Following Edward Rochester’s death, Jane Eyre, who has been blackmailed into marrying a man she despises, will have to cope with the return of the man she loved and lost. The secrets she has tried so hard to conceal must be disclosed, giving rise to unexpected events and more shocking revelations. 

Romance, mystery, and excitement will unfold exploring the evolution of the original characters, and bringing to life new and intriguing ones, spinning a unique and absorbing narrative, which will move the action from the Yorkshire countryside, to Victorian London, and across the Atlantic Ocean to Colonial Jamaica.

MY THOUGHTS

#2 in “The Eyre Hall” Triology, while, it can be read as a stand alone, I’d suggest reading Book 1 as well, “Eyre Hall”.
Written in first person from each character’s point of view. From a backdrop of the English countryside, to Victorian England to across the Altantic Ocean to Colonial Jamaica and back. Blackmail, suspense, mystery, passion, secrets, many secrets, treachery,tragedy and romance, makes for a page Turner. Some shocking revelations are revealed with some circumstances. A unique, and tragic tale with multiple facets, many cast of characters, who are engaging and intriguing. An exciting, but complicated tale from the beginning to end. A high stakes game, with a high sea adventure, much drama, is involved around Eyre Hall, all its secrets, passion and romance.
Well written in a complicated, compelling and challenging way. Fans of the Eyre Hall mystery, and romance with some suspense will enjoy this Trilogy.
An interesting and intriguing tale. Enjoyable and satisfying!

*Received for an honest review from the author*

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

TREMAINE’S TRUE LOVE by Grace Burrowes…a review

Tremaine's True Love (True Gentlemen, #1)Tremaine’s True Love by Grace Burrowes

http://www.graceburrowes.com/

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Series: True Gentlemen #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Gallery

  • Series: True Gentlemen (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (August 4, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492621021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492621027

(From Amazon)

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes introduces a brand new gorgeous Regency Romance series featuring the Haddonfield ladies and their loves.

He’s had everything he could ever want…until now
Wealthy wool magnate Tremaine St. Michael is half French, half Scottish, and all business. He prowls the world in search of more profits, rarely settling in one place for long. When he meets practical, reserved Lady Nita Haddonfield, he sees an opportunity to mix business with pleasure by making the lady his own.
Nita Haddonfield has a meaningful life tending to others, though nobody is dedicated to caring for Nita. She insists the limitations of marriage aren’t for her, then Tremaine St. Michael arrives-protective, passionate, and very, very determined to win Nita’s heart.

Grace Burrowes writes heroes you’ll never forget.
“Exquisite…breathtaking and heartwarming.” -Long and Short Reviews for Nicholas
“Delightfully different…Burrowes brings to life a deeply moving romance that’s sure to be remembered and treasured.” –RT Book Reviews Top Pick for Darius

MY THOUGHTS

1 in a new and exciting series, “True Gentlemen”. Well written with Ms. Burrowes’ usual aplomb. The characters are engaging, passionate, and endearing. The storyline is a bit unique in it’s concept, exciting, a bit thrilling at times and emotional at others. Fans can never be disappointed with a Grace Burrowes’ story. Her storytelling is fantastic and very satisfying. Can two lonely souls truly find their HEA? You have to read “Tremaine’s True Love” to find out. This series has the making of another magnificent series. Well done! I’d say another hit, for me anyway.

*Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Gallery*

**Cross-posted on My Book Addiction Reviews dot com**

Rating: 4
Heat Rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

BROTHERS OF BAIRD’S COVE: RENEGADE by Caroline Lee…a review

Brothers of Baird's Cove: RenegadeBrothers of Baird’s Cove: Renegade by Caroline Lee

Check out Caroline’s posts and links: http://www.facebook.com/CarolineLeeRomance

Genre: Historical Romance (Victorian/American)

Series: Brothers of Baird’s Cove #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Gallery

  • Series: Brothers of Baird’s Cove
  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 20, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1515029271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1515029274

(From Amazon)

Smuggling gave him the revenge he needed…. 

 To no one’s surprise, McKee Baird never fought in the War Between the States. His fiercely independent nature made it impossible for him to take orders, and his close friendship with a black man stopped him from fighting for his father’s South. But he’s found his own way to rebel against the new government the United States has imposed on him… and right now, the only thing standing in the way of his smuggling business is the intriguingly uninhibited Becks Middleton.
Their chance meeting gave her the excitement she’d been craving…
 Becks has a life of freedom away from Charleston society’s rules. So of course she can’t help but be drawn to the stimulating renegade her mother invites to visit Beckett Plantation, even if she doesn’t approve of his profession. When the opportunity to seduce Mac arises, Becks takes that chance, planning on one night of passion before the dangerous smuggler leaves. But when she accidentally becomes part of his schemes, she can’t reveal the truth without risking his freedom. Joining him on his ship, Becks will face not just her growing love for Mac but a confrontation with authorities that will threaten their very lives.
Can the two of them reconcile their differences before their future is stolen away?

MY THOUGHTS

Excellent tale of the Reconstruction phase in the South and smuggling…

#1 in the “Brothers of Baird’s Cove”. Fast paced, intriguing and interesting. Unique take of the Reconstruction phase in The South, prejudices, smuggling, the challenges of a new era and the ;romance of the “Brothers of Baird’s Cove”. Beck, Mac, and Robert were true Renegades, with Mac and Robert having a special bond, as well as Beck and her sister, Pearl. You will understand more once you read the story.
Smuggling, passion, love and romance makes for an interesting and intriguing story. Well written with engaging characters and a unique storyline.
Well done! Can’t wait to read the next installment and learn more if Holt’s story. He’s the heir and oldest brother of Baird’s Cove. An enjoyable read!

*Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Gallery*

Rating:4
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: April R, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

NOT ALWAYS A SAINT by Mary Jo Putney…a review

Not Always a Saint (The Lost Lords, #7)Not Always a Saint by Mary Jo Putney

http://www.maryjoputney.com/

Genre: Historical Romance

Series: Lost Lord’s #7

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Gallery

  • Series: Lost Lords (Book 7)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; Reprint edition (August 25, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420127179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420127171
  • (From Amazon)

“Adventure, passion and pure reading pleasure!”  –Jo Beverley

After the death of his sweetheart when he was at university, Daniel Herbert buried his grief in medical studies and his passion for healing. Viewed as a saint by those who know him, in his own mind he never quite manages to live up to his own high standards.

Most men would be thrilled to learn they’ve inherited a title and estate from a distant relative, but Daniel is appalled because the burden of wealth will interfere with his medical calling.  Warily he accepts that he must enter society and seek a wife—a sensible woman who can oversee his properties, leaving him free to continue his work. He does not expect to become intoxicated by a woman called the Black Widow, who is as mysterious as she is shockingly beautiful…

Jessie Kelham’s looks have always been a curse. Now alone with a young daughter and a perilous secret, she is in need of protection. But dangerously attractive Daniel Herbert is not the kind of husband she has in mind. If he recognizes her, the demons of her past will surely erupt. Yet they cannot keep apart—and soon they are drawn into a union that may bring joy—or shattering danger…

MY THOUGHTS

#7 in the popular and intriguing “Lost Lords”series, but can be read as a stand alone.
Fast paced tale of second chances, passion and romance. This is a romance to savor on a cold night. The characters are engaging and entertaining. The storyline is well written with an interesting and intriguing concept. There is some danger involved, lots of lust, romance, adventure, some suspense and mystery as well. And of course, as any good romance, finding love, and healing. I found “Not Always a Saint” to be interesting and thought-provoking with a few facets and surprises to the story, concerning humanity, such as white slavery, brutality and sacrifices. A well written, thought out tale that is both compelling and entertaining. An enjoyable and satisfying read. Ms. Putney always manages to keep the reader engaged in her stories of life and romance. Another hit for Ms. Putney!

* Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Galley *

Rating : 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

HANNAH AND THE HIGHLANDER by Sabrina York…a review…RELEASES SEPTEMBER 1, 2015

Hannah and the Highlander (Untamed Highlanders, #1)Hannah and the Highlander by Sabrina York

http://www.sabrinayork.com/

Genre: Historical Romance (Scottish)

Series: Untamed Highlanders #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Gallery

  • Series: Untamed Highlanders (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (September 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250069696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250069696

(Courtesy of Amazon)

First in a brand-new series from New York Times bestselling author Sabrina York about the bold, brawny men of the Highlands-and the lovely lasses who bring them to their knees…

Scotland 1813:

Highlanders are her weakness.
Hannah Dounreay has no time for suitors who only seem interested in her family’s land, which she manages as well as any man. If she marries, she wants to be loved for the educated, independent woman she is. But when a strong, silent-and spectacularly handsome-Highlander saves her from a violent attack, her heart is stirred. Who is this man? And if he asks for Hannah’s hand, will she be able to resist him?

Love is the most powerful weapon of all.

Alexander Lochlannach, Laird of Dunnet, has no time to lose. The Highlands are in an uproar as clans battle for land-without mercy-and Alexander can’t afford to fall for the wildly attractive, strong-willed Hannah. What’s more, he has a desperate secret, one that could destroy them both. But as their attraction turns into an all-consuming passion, Alexander has no choice but to prove to Hannah that he’s the only man for her-body and soul…in Hannah and the Highlander.

MY THOUGHTS

#1 in a new and intriguing series, “Untamed Highlanders” Brilliantly written with unique content, brawn highlanders, Highland clearances, strong, stubborn lasses, oh, yes, a feline and a couple of canines, round off an impressive cast of characters. This tale is so much more than a Highland romance. It embodies the Highlander way of life during the 1800 clearances, the greed, the treachery and the passion of the Scottish Highlands, the clans, and the people of Scotland. I enjoyed the interaction between the H/H, and the ghostly encounters young Lana encounters. A quick read, but well worth the time. Simply impressive, with engaging and endearing characters and a unique, effectively written plot. I read it in one setting, kept turning pages. It does have several twists and turns, I hadn’t expected. An enjoyable and satisfying read! Can’t wait to read the next installment. Those sisters, the Dounreay sisters, are a real treat. Feisty, stubborn, and strong-willed, it will take a determined, brawn Scot to tame them, to be sure. More, please! A definitely must read for Scottish Historical Romance readers, and fans of Highland Romance.

*Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Gallery*

**Cross-posted on My Book Addiction Reviews dot com**

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Hot
Reviewed by: April R, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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