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UNBREAKABLE HEART by Kara Griffin….review

Unbreakable Heart (Legend of the King's Guard Book 2)Unbreakable Heart by Kara Griffin

Genre: Historical Romance (Medieval)

Series: Legend of the King’s Guard #2

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

  • Publication date: February 28, 2017
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06WLJ2NGV
  • Length: 272 pages

(Courtesy of Amazon)

Product Description

After losing the love of his life, Liam of Clan Kincaid is sent in service for what his uncle considers betrayal. Liam gives himself to the battle wearied king, Robert the Bruce, and vows to mend his tarnished reputation. That would be easy if not for the lass who insists he aids her.

Makenna Mackenzie has lived through hell. Her home and land taken by the English. All she wants to do is seek vengeance on the man who cut off her ear and destroyed everything dear in her heart. The only way to achieve her goal is to plead with the legendary king’s guard. She wants them to train her to be a mercenary like they so she can use her sword to the fullest when she finally meets her enemy.

Liam finds himself in a quandary because Makenna is not the sweet lass he deems her to be. But his UNBREAKABLE HEART can withstand her, can’t it?

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My Thoughts:

Unbreakable Heart (Legend of the King’s Guard Book 2) by Kari Griffin is such an intriguing tale of love and passion. While, Book 2 in “Legends of the King’s Guard”, it can be read as a stand alone. See, “Conquered Heart”.
Well written, fast paced, adventure filled with engaging, with well-developed and intriguing characters. The characterization and vivid descriptions will have the reader in awe.

This is the story of Liam of Clan Kincaid and Makenna Mackenzie. Liam is one of Robert the Bruce’s legendary “Legend of the King’s Guard”. Makenna has been though a nigtmare, she seen her entire family and clan killed by a group of English soldiers. Her younger sister was also, raped and brutalized, by the commanding officer, known as, Hawk. Makenna thought her sister dead. Out for vengeance, MacKenna, meets with the legendary guard, Liam, who happens to be her long time absence betrothed. She needs Liam to teach her how to use a sword, to kill her enemy. So they make a pack, she would marry him and he would train her to weld a sword.
Liam needs Makenna in order to have his father’s lands returned to him. Liam and his friends live in a cave, in hiding due to a misundstanding with Robert the Bruce, now King, which could get them all hanged for treason.

Together, can Liam and Makenna find their HEA or loss all to the need for revenge? I enjoyed watching Liam and Makenna become friends, lovers and soul mates. Liam would do anything to protect Makenna including death. Can she and Liam’s friends save him, before it’s too late?
Secrets, second chances, danger, passion, friendship, love and romance brings “Unbreakable Heart”, to an awesome climax. I absolutely loved Liam and Makenna’s story. It was compelling, powerful and enticing. I enjoyed how they each came to terms with their past, their heartache and find their way to a possible future of love and happiness.
Ms. Griffin, has written with emotion, the visualizations so real the reader feel Makenna’s horror, her desire for vengeance, and smell the Highland atmosphere. What an impressive Scottish Romance! A must read for fans of Highland Warriors, Scottish romance, Medieval romance, delicate situations, and great reads. Highly recommended! I can’t wait to read the next “Legend of the King’s Guards” book. This series is such an adventure, I was held spellbound and could not put this title down. Read it in one reading. Masterful and brilliantly written!!
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

ROMANCING THE ROGUE by Erica Ridley. …review

Romancing the Rogue (Gothic Historical Romance, #2)Romancing the Rogue by Erica Ridley

Genre: Historical Romance  (Regency)

Series: Gothic Historical Romance #2

Source: Personal buy

 

  • Publication date: March 21, 2017
  • Publisher: WebMotion
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N1UH2GA
  • Length: 188 pages

 

(Courtsey of Amazon)

Product Description

When the new earl inherits, poor relation Miss Rebecca Bond must wed immediately or be out on her ear. The only man she’s ever loved is summoned to hear the will—but he already rejected her so soundly that they haven’t spoken in years. Yet who better than a rakish Viscount to teach her how to snare a gentleman who appreciates her charms?

Daniel Goodenham, Lord North Barrows, regrets nothing more than the lost friendship with the one woman who treated him like a man, not a title. Fate has given him the perfect pretext to win her forgiveness—even if it means having to matchmake her to someone else. But now that she’s back in his life, he’ll do anything to convince her to choose him instead…

This story first appeared in the Vexed anthology.

 

 

**Available for 99 cents**

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MY THOUGHTS: 

Romancing the Rogue by Erica Ridley is an absolute delight to read. #2 in the her exciting “Gothic Historical Romance” series, which, it can be read as stand alone.
**It originally featured in the Anthololoy “Vexed”, which is were I first encountered this fantastic read.** I also enjoyed it so much, when the opportunity arose, I purchased it as an individual read. Yes, it is that good!

A quick read that is easy to read and the characters easily capture your heart. 188 pages, packed full of entertainment, an interesting and intriguing plot, as well as characters who are charming and need a second chance in life and love.

“Romancing the Rogue” is the story of
Daniel Goodenham, Lord North-Barrows and Miss Rebecca Bond. Daniel, unfortunately, shunned Rebecca years ago, he was the only man she ever loved and Rebecca was the only woman who ever treated Daniel as a man not a title.
When the new earl inherits, Rebecca finds herself the “poor relation”, about to be kicked out of her home. Enter, fate and Daniel…. Can Daniel, now win her forgiveness and win her heart?
Rebecca is a strong, self reliant, and self sufficient lady with brains and intelligence. A very strong, likable and realistic character. Daniel, on the other hand, needed time to mature into the man he has become in order to realize what he really wants out of life.
Together these two great characters find forgiveness, healing, the discovery that old wounds can heal to find HEA.

Easy to read, the characterizations and the vivid descriptions added the emotionally charged moments to make “Romancing the Rogue” a really wicked, but delicious romp in Regency England. I was so captured by the characters, the scenery and of course, the plot, I couldn’t put “Romancing the Rogue” down, until the very last page. This is one of those read you can re-read over and over again.

Once again, Ms. Ridley has brought readers a perfect escape through the world of Regency England. I have never been disappointed in one of Erica Ridley’s masterfully written stories, in fact, I always look forward to her next grand adventure. She is one of my favorite Regency Romance authors.

Fans of Regency Romance, strong heroines, determined heroes, redemption, forgiveness, captivating characters, quick reads, and the thrill of romance are truly in for a treat.
A definite must read Regency Romance! I strongly recommend picking up a copy of “Romancing the Rogue”, for yourself, I don’t feel your be disappointed.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

**DEBUT AUTHOR** ASHLEY: A SWEET MAIL-ORDER BRIDE by Kate Connors. ..review

Ashley: A Sweet Mail-Order Bride Romance (Brides of Cinnabar Book 1)Ashley: A Sweet Mail-Order Bride Romance by Kate Connors

Genre: Historical Romance (Montana)

Serie: Brides of Cinnabar #1

Source: Personal buy

  • Publication date: February 21, 2017
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06WWDQWQF
  • Length: 170 pages

 

(Courtesy of Amazon)

Description

Mal McElhoes’ spur-of-the-moment purchase of a sheep herd might not have been his smartest decision. The ranch in rough and tumble Cinnabar, Montana, on the outskirts of Yellowstone Park, is more work than he can manage, especially with good-for-nothing ranch hands. And he’s even losing those, thanks to the new railroad coming through. He needs more help and companionship than his loyal, whip-smart collie can offer. What he really needs is a wife.

Ashley Sullivan’s prospects in New Hampshire are bleak. Her family’s fallen on hard times. She does what she can to help out, but she doesn’t want to be a burden on them. Besides, she’s holding a few secrets in her heart: she’d like to run her own boarding house someday, she’d like a grand adventure, and, just maybe, she could fall in love. So when an offer to be a mail order bride to a sheep rancher in Montana comes up, she leaps at the chance.

Construction on the National Pacific Railroad nearby brings new opportunities for Mal and Ashley. But it also brings new dangers. When his sheep start disappearing, mail ordering a bride might turn out to be the smartest decision Mal ever made…

 

**Available for 99 cents! Pick up your copy today! !**

MY THOUGHTS :

Ashley: A Sweet Mail-Order Bride Romance (Brides of Cinnabar Book 1) by Kate Connors is a sweet, heartwarming tale of life, and challenges on the Western frontier. Definitely, promises to be an interesting and intriguing series! Set in Cinnabar, Montana, which is on the outskirts of Yellowstone Park. A debut author, and what a debut!

Mal McElhoes purchases a sheep herd on the spur-of-the-moment, which may not have been such as great an idea, as he first thought. He keeps losing his ranch hands and his herd due to the railway coming through. His companion, is a smart, savvy and loyal, border collie, named, Cindy.
Ashley Sullivan’s from Portsmouth, New Hampshire where her prospects are bleak, especially, with her family fallen on hard times. A secret she as held within within her heart….she would like to run her own boarding house one day. What’s a girl to do, when she wishes not to be a burden to her family….become a mail order sheep rancher’s bride, of course. She is business savvy, smart, can run the buckhouse, and her organizational skills are great. She is also looking for a grand adventure of her own. So when she is offered this mail order bride position she accepts without a second thought.
Trouble and danger is on the horizon for this young, newly married couple…
Ashley and Mal run into a few difficulties along the way, someone is running off their sheep, the construction on the National Pacific Railroad nearby brings new opportunities but also brings problems, as danger lurks, they could lose everything. They have to work together to save their ranch, face danger head on, and learn to accept each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

Steady paced, well written tale with many emotions and a unique mail order bride read, I don’t think I’ve read a story where the ranch involves sheep not cattle, which made it even more interesting, to me. The characters were entertaining, strong-willed, determined, likeable and realistic. The cast of characters were a great contrast of troublesome, witty and strong characters, which definitely added to the appeal of “Ashley”. There were some laugh-out-moments.
Kate Connors is a debut author, and I thoroughly enjoyed her charactization, her detail to history, her writing style and her ability to draw me into the story and hold me glued to the pages, as I read Mal and Ashley’s story. Definitely an author to watch for in the future! A page turner, with grit, substance and clean romance. A heartwarming and uplifting story of life’s challenges, struggles, hope, triumphs, trials, and the thrill of finding acceptance, love and sweet romance. An absolute great read! This story leads the reader into the next grand adventure of the “Brides of Cinnabar” series, which I can’t wait to read!

Pick up “Ashley”, for your next Western Historical Romance read. Strongly recommended for fans of Sweet, Clean romance, Western Historical romance with a few twists, a bit of mystery, suspense, and HEA. Great job, Kate Connors! !

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Sweet/Clean
Reviewed by: AprilR

 

REGENCY ROMANCE: THE GENTLEMAN’S LAW OF LOVE by Eleanor Meyers…a review

Regency Romance: The Gentleman's Law on Love (A Wardington Park Book): The Elkins Brothers : Historical RomanceRegency Romance: The Gentleman’s Law on Love (A Wardington Park Book): The Elkins Brothers : Historical Romance by Eleanor Meyers

 

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Series: A Wardington Park Novel, The Elkins Brothers #2

Source: Personal buy

  • Publication date: February 19, 2017
  • Publisher: ShermanBrooks Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06X94ZRZJ
  • Length: 330 pages

 

(Courtesy of Amazon)

Product Description

They were ill-matched… The rules didn’t matter, after all…

Page Count: around 330 pages

As the daughter of a very powerful earl, Lady Rebecca Garrett has lived under the rule of Society by day.
However… at night, she becomes one of London’s most notorious authors.

Living under the shadows no longer fulfills this heiress, so she’s ready to come out of the dark with her own book and has found just the story…

A story that she least expected!

But this comes with a condition.
She’ll have to go through a very stern, dull, yet very attractive solicitor to get it.

All work and no play has made the handsome Mr. Neil Elkin a very dull gentleman.
At least, this is what Lady Rebecca Garrett believes…
So, she’s self-appointed herself to be the one who challenges everything the young and successful lawyers knows.

But when work passions turn into a very different passion altogether, both will question if their story can end in happily-ever-after…

Page Count: around 330 pages

MY THOUGHTS: 

Regency Romance: The Gentleman’s Law on Love (A Wardington Park Book): The Elkins Brothers: Historical Romance by Eleanor Meyers is another intriguing tale of romance, love, ghost writers, intrigue and mystery. While, part of a continuating series, each book can be read as a stand alone.

This is the story of Mr. Neil Elkin, one of the Elkins brothers, a very dull solicitor, but who is also, mysterious and elusive gentleman, and maybe not so dull, after all. He meets his perfect match with the elusive and mysterious Lady Rebecca Garrett, daughter of a very powerful earl, who has lived by society’s dull, frustrating and sometimes difficult rules, all her life. She is also one of London’s most notorious writers, Thomas Ludlow. Until she meets the elusive Neil…..

I found myself drawn into Neil and Rebecca’s story, their struggles, which is, addictive, intriguing and entertaining, by the way, as their attraction blossoms into something more, maybe into the promise of love.

Ms. Meyers has once again brought readers a tale of intrigue, while, chasing a ghost, real or not, that is the question. Does have twists and turns abound! Think you can guess who the ghost is, maybe not? ?

What happens when you cross an elusive but confirmed bachelor with a bluestocking authoress writing under a male pseudonym, through in a mixture of gypsies, some mystery and suspense, you get an enticingly addictive, heart pounding Regency Romance. Another great Wardington Park adventure with an added twist of the Elkins brothers. Whew, what an adventure full of surprises! ! I think each book just keeps getting better and better. This was the best one so far!!

My hat goes off to Eleanor Meyers for her talented writing, who manages to pull off a clean romance with exticement and pseudo-naughtism, with only heated kisses. Yes, I know no such word as pseudo-naughtism!! An exciting Clean Regency Romance!

Highly recommended for fans of clean romances, Regency romance, fast paced stories with suspense, mystery and intrigue. Well done, Eleanor Meyers!! Can’t wait for the next adventure!

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Sweet/Clean
Reviewed by: AprilR

 

ONLY A DUKE WILL DO by Tamara Gill…review

Only a Duke Will Do (To Marry a Rogue, #2)Only a Duke Will Do by Tamara Gill

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Series: To Marry a Rogue,  #2

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

 

  • Publication date: February 20, 2017
  • Publisher: Entangled: Select Historical
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N9X5VB3

 

Book 2 of a 2 book series,  “How to Marry a Rogue”.

 

(COURTESY of Amazon)

Product Description

Without a Season, Lady Isolde Worthingham captured the Duke of Moore’s heart at a country dance. But on the eve of her wedding, a scandal that rocked the ton and sent her fleeing to Scotland alone and unwed, leaves her perfectly planned future in a tangle of disgrace and heartbreak.

Merrick Mountshaw, the Duke of Moore loathes the pitiful existence he hides from the ton. With a scandalous wife he never wanted, who flaunts her many indiscretions, life is a never-ending parade of hell. When the one woman he loved and lost returns to London, he knows he can no longer live without her.

But vows and past hurts are not easily forgotten. Love may not win against the ton when a too proper Lord and Lady play by the rules.

Each book in the To Marry a Rogue series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS: 

 

Only a Duke Will Do by Tamara Gill is a deliciously wicked Historical Romance.
Book 2 of the 2 book series, “To Marry a Rogue”, but can be read as a stand alone. See, Book 1 “Only an Earl Will Do”. Set in Scotland and London.

This is one of those WOW, stories. Well written, fast paced, action packed with realistic situations, challenges and hope of finding a HEA.
This is the story of Lady Isolde Worthingham and Merrick Mountshaw, the Duke of Moore.

With hatred, anger, scandal, heartbreak, separated lovers, secrets, betrayal, hope, healing, misunderstandings, and an unknown foe, readers will be turning pages as they have a few cries, some smiles, a bit of bitterness, and overwhelming desire for Isolde and Merrick to face the challenges presented to them, force the past hurts to heal, overcome the obstacles to find their HEA and a forever love. Merrick is married to a scandalous wife, one he never wanted, and who flaunts her many indiscretions. What a hell he’s been through. Then the only women he’s ever loved returns to London, all changes. I enjoyed Merrick and Isolde’s
story. Can heartbreak and scandal find healing, hope, and a second chance, amongst the chaos of their lives?

Ms. Gill presented readers with an emotionally charged read, that will have you turning pages as they are engrossed in an exciting and enticing read. Powerful, compelling, emotional and an absolute delight to read. Strongly recommended for fans of Historical Romance, fast paced and action packed stories with a strong heroine and a proper Lord who face the ton. Can Merrick and Isolde win if they by they follow the rules of the ton? I can’t wait to read Book 3, coming May 22, 2017 “Only a Viscount Will Do”.
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Received by: AprilR

BEDDING THE HIGHLANDER by Sabrina York. ..review Available for Pre-order!

Bedding the HighlanderBedding the Highlander by Sabrina York

Genre: Historical Romance  (Scotland)

Series: BookShots Flames

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

 

  • Publication date: March 7, 2017
  • Publisher: BookShots
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01IN5B2IM
  • Length: 150 pages

 

Product Description

Only a Scot can steal her heart.
 
There’s nothing ladylike about Katherine Killin. She’s a spitfire who cannot be tamed. To rid himself of her, and to honor a truce set by the Duke of Glencoe, her father agrees to wed her to his clan’s mortal enemy, Ben Rannoch. But when Katherine meets the enticingly masculine Kirk Rannoch, brother of her betrothed, she suddenly craves domination.
BookShots Flames

  • Original romances presented by JAMES PATTERSON
  • Novels you can devour in a few hours
  • Impossible to stop reading

For more on SabrinaYork,  visit her website: http://www.sabrinayork.com

Available for Pre-order! Reserve your copy today!

MY THOUGHTS:

**A bit about… “BookShots Flames,
Original romances presented by JAMES PATTERSON. Novels you can devour in a few hours. Impossible to stop reading.”**

Bedding the Highlander by Sabrina York with forward by James Patterson is a deliciously wicked Medieval Scottish Romance. Set against the backdrop of the Scottish Highlands.

Quick read, only approximately 160 pages, but WOW. Easy to read with snarky characters, witty diagolue, steamy romance, a bit of danger and suspense, plus an air of mystery that surrounds the characters. There was some laugh at loud moments, as well as some extremely serious moments. All together, these elements makes for some entertaining reading.

I enjoyed watching Kirk and Katherine, find true love and their HEA. They were a perfect match, both dominaning, opinionated, likeable, and they both will capture reader’s heart, if not their heart then at least their interest. Elise’s sister was meek and even spoken, Katherine was determined to keep her safe from their brute of a father, and brother. Katherine at first was a bit hard to like, she lied, keep a huge secret from Kirk to get what to wanted. She was afterall, betrothed to Kirk’s brother and Laird, which, was by the way, an unwanted marriage, but overall it was easy to understand why she did the things to did to protect herself and her sister. Very entertaining and enticing!

The secondary characters helped bring this story to fruition. I can’t wait to see if, Ben, Kirk’s eldest brother and Laird of the Rannoch clan, Brodie, a friend, Elise, Katherine’s sister, Heather, Kirk and Ben’s younger sister, and Paden, will have stories of their own, I hope so anyway.

A perfect read for an lazy afternoon, can easily be read in one setting. Fans of Medevial Scottish Romance, quick reads, longer than a Novella, but not as long as a full length novel, snarky characters, strong female characters and brawn Highlanders, I feel will enjoy “Bedding the Highlander”. Ms. York did an excellent job of bringing these characters to life through the pages of “Bedding the Highlander”.
Enjoyable and satisfying read! Strongly recommended!
*Be aware, there are some steamy moments between Kirk and Katherine. Nothing demeaning, and only a few scenes.* I do hope you will pick up this enjoyable and quick read for yourselves. What a great way to spend the afternoon.
I received a complimentary copy

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild to a bit Steamy
Reviewed by: AprilR

PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE ~~OTHER HIGHLANDER by Adrienne Basso. ..review

No Other Highlander (The McKennas)No Other Highlander by Adrienne Basso

Genre: Historical Romance (Scotland Highlands)

Series: The McKennas

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

 

  • Publication date: February 28, 2017
  • Publisher: Zebra
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GBAG3AS
  • Length: 368 pages

 

(Courtesy of Amazon)

Description

Scottish Highlands, 1334: The McKenna clan flourishes under a family of warriors, fierce and righteous, faithful to their own until the last. But to produce an heir, the widowed eldest son must risk his heart again . . .
 
Lady Joan Armstrong Fraser was once the indulged and pampered daughter of a laird. But marriage to a brute changed her. When he sets her aside, she has only her wits and her beauty to protect herself and her child from the chaos of her former home. She will have to find another husband—a man whose strength is more than a weapon against the weak. A man she can trust . . . if such a man even breathes.

Sir Malcolm McKenna has known Lady Joan since her childhood, a spoiled princess as dangerous as she is lovely. But when she steps forward to protect him against a false accusation, he discovers a character stronger than he guessed—and an attraction he yearns to explore . . .

Release date: February 28, 2017! Reserve your copy today! 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

No Other Highlander (The McKennas) by Adrienne Basso is an intriguing Medieval Scottish Romance set in 1334 Scottish Highlands.
WOW! Fast paced, adventure filled, heart -pounding and very captivating tale of heartbreak, healing, forgiveness, learning to trust and finding HEA, peace and happiness. Such a powerful and compelling story!

Lady Joan Armstrong Fraser, was an abused wife with a small son Callum, escapes her abusive husband. While, she used to be a pampered and indulged daughter of a laird, her marriage to a brute and tyrant changed her, forever. Now she only wishes to provide her son with protection, security and love. Unfortunately, she’ll get no help from her father.
Sir Malcolm McKenna has known Lady Joan since her childhood he remembers her as a spoiled princess who is both dangerous and lovely. When she steps in to protect Malcolm he sees another side to the woman she’s grown into, she is fierce, tolerate and loves her child unconditionally.

Ms. Basso has written a sensitive, complicated, compassionate story of second chances that will captivate readers and capture their hearts from the first page to the last. Can horrors from the past, find healing and learn to trust and love, leaving all the baggage as a distance memory?

I adore how Ms. Basso brings this masterfully written story full circle to provide readers with mystery, suspense, passion and love. A must read Medieval Scottish Romance!
I can’t wait to read more of “The McKennas”.
Ms. Basso provided me with a few hours of escape from realism to the world of Highlanders, clans, and the lasses who loves them. I read it in one setting. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading! Strongly recommended!
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild to a bit steamy
Reviewed by: AprilR

THE THIEF’S COUNTESS by Cecelia Mecca. ..a review

The Thief's Countess (Border Series, #1)The Thief’s Countess by Cecelia Mecca

 

Genre: Historical Romance  (Medieval England )

Series: The Border #1

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

Publisher Altiora Press
Publication date February 5, 2017
Language English
Product Dimensions 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight 14.6 ounces
Book length 268
ISBN-10 1946510025
ISBN-13 978-1946510020

 

 

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A thief turned reluctant protector… A countess who resents but can’t resist him…

The Reiver
Sir Geoffrey has dedicated his life to exacting revenge on the men who killed his parents and stole his birthright. The son of a baron, he has been reduced to stealing the resources he needs to reclaim his family legacy. Just when he’s on the verge of success, his uncle asks him to put his plans on hold to help protect a wealthy countess. It’s a distraction Geoffrey resents, even more so when he meets Lady Sara. The gorgeous, complicated and alluring lady is everything he’d want in a woman—and everything he can’t have.

The Countess
With her betrothed coming to claim her hand in marriage and a distant cousin intent on usurping her earldom, Lady Sara Caiser feels beset by controlling men including two lawless border reivers who serve as her protectors. Despite her misgivings, an undeniable attraction pulls her into Sir Geoffrey’s arms. The man is more dangerous than she believed, for he’s noble, caring and sinfully attractive. As the threats against her continue to mount, Sara must decide what’s more important—her duty or her heart.

 

MY THOUGHTS 

 

The Thief’s Countess by Cecelia Mecca is an addictive and brilliantly written story of honor, duty and love. Book 1 in what promises to be an extraordinary series, “Border” series. See the prequel, “The Ward’s Bride”. Set against the Anglo-Saxon border in the 13th century (1271), Northumbria, England. What a great Medevial Romance!

From the first page to the last, I was intrigued and glued to the pages. I couldn’t figure how Sir Geoffrey,
a Reiver, who needs to reclaim his inheritance, who seeks his revenge and Lady Sara Caiser, a Countess, an extraordinary lady of good breeding, alluring and complicated, would find their HEA, with so much against them. However, Ms. Mecca manages to pull it all together in a dramatic and heart felt ending. I loved these two characters, they were so caring, honor bound and determined to make the best out of the hand life dealt them. The secondary characters were perfect, Geoffrey’s Uncle Hugh and Sara’s lady’s maid, Faye, were perfect together, even in secret.

Fast paced with historical details, much research, Medevial challenges and the pressures of Medevial life, brings “The Thief’s Countess”, to life and adds more intrigue to the story. My only complaint, the ending felt a bit rushed, but was satisfying, as well as, exciting.
Many questions were answered. Filled with danger, suspense, mystery, intrigue, adventure, passion and romance. Everything Medevial Romance fans will love with twists and turns and a few surprises. I feel Cecelia Mecca is a new debut author to watch for, her writing is masterful, talented and an author I intend to follow. Her writing feels as if she’s been writing for years. Very impressive indeed! An outstanding Medevial Romance from a very talented author! I can’t wait to read Book 2, coming soon! A must read! Bravo, Cecelia Mecca! !
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

RUNAWAY WALLFLOWER by Bianca Blythe. ..review

Runaway Wallflower (Matchmaking for Wallflowers Book 3)Runaway Wallflower by Bianca Blythe

 

Genre: Historical Romance  (Regency)

Series: Matchmaking for Wallflowers #3

Book 3 of 3 in “Matchmaking for Wallflowers” series

Source: Personal buy

  • Publication date: January 3, 2017
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MR2PNY4
  • Length: 228 pages

 

(Courtesy of Amazon)

Description

One Swarthy Sea Captain
Lord Rupert Haywood, future Duke of Belmonte, has no desire to manage an estate with his corrupt father. He prefers to roam the ocean with his crew of rugged pirates.

One Awkward American
Ever since Louisa Carmichael’s brother unexpectedly inherited a dukedom, her mother’s expectations for her have veered in a distinctly vertical direction. Louisa dreams not of glittering ballgowns, but of exploring the tropical waters of the Caribbean with her latest invention, an underwater breathing apparatus.

One Forbidden Journey
When her mother arranges a marriage for her, Louisa decides she might just don a pair of breeches and discover the Caribbean in disguise. The only problem is a certain very handsome captain…

Available at Amazon!

MY THOUGHTS 

Runaway Wallflower by Bianca Blythe is a beautifully written story of a science-minded wallflower finding love but will she found her HEA?
Book 3 of 3 in “Matchmaking for Wallflowers” (3 Book Series), but can be read as a stand alone.

Lord Rupert Haywood, future Duke of Belmonte, and a Swarthy Sea Captain, who roams the sea with his rugged crew of pirates. Louisa Carmichael’s, is an American whose brother unexpectedly inherits a dukedom, but she would rather roam the waters of the Caribbean
and try her new invention, an underwater breathing apparatus, than follow her mother’s edicts. When Louisa’s mother arranges a marriage for her, she desires to don breeches and take an adventure on a forbidden journey on the sea.
What follows is hilarious at times, charming, heartwarming and a familiar tale of finding love, and a HEA. Also, filled with intrigue, romance, a bit of mystery and a new scientific “breathing” apparatus. A science minded heroine and a strong, handsome ex-Royal Navy Sea Captain, turned pirate, what could be better. Oh, did I mention sea adventures, pirates and a slow burn romance, considering the hero thinks the new member is a young man. A great Regency Romance! Very heartwarming, and charming romance with a few twists and turns on this couple’s adventure. Well written with engaging and interesting characters. The storyline was intriguing, charming and very entertaining. An enjoyable and satisfying read!

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

 

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