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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

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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

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…

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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

 

Pre-order available ~~THE SCOUNDREL’S HONOR by Christi Caldwell. ..review

The Scoundrel's Honor (Sinful Brides, #2)The Scoundrel’s Honor by Christi Caldwell

Genre: Historical Romance  (Regency)

Series: Sinful Brides #2

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

  • Publication date: February 14, 2017
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01KZOA5BE
  • Length: 354 pages

 

(Courtesy of Amazon)

Product Description

London, 1822.

Thanks to her older siblings, Lady Penelope Tidemore is no stranger to scandal. In order for her to make a good match, her secret longings for intrigue and romance must be quelled. Yet it is through terrible mischance that Penelope is caught in a compromising position—however innocent—with the darkly enigmatic viscount Ryker Black.

Mr. Black is no gentleman. Raised from the streets and proprietor of the most notorious gaming hell in London, Black lives in a world filled with debauchery and danger. Taking a Society wife from the very ton he despises is not part of his plan, even if the innocent Penelope turns his blood hot with desire.

But Penelope isn’t afraid of Mr. Black, and she soon discovers that his reputation as a scoundrel may be designed to hide a surprising vulnerability. As this unlikely husband and wife grow closer, they learn that what started as chance could end up sealing their fates.

 

 

 

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Available for pre-order, now! Reserve your copy today. Releases February 14, 2017 from Montlake Romance. 

 

 

 

 

MY THOUGHTS 

The Scoundrel’s Honor by Christi Caldwell is another example of writing from the heart. Set in 1822 London. While, Book 2 in her mesmerizing series, “Sinful Brides”, it can easily be read as a stand alone. See, “The Rogue’s Wager”. If you have read Ms. Caldwell’s intriguing stories before, you will probably remember Lady Penelope Tidemore and Ryker Black, as appearing characters.

Lady Penelope Tidemore is in no way a stranger to scandal. Her older siblings caused such a scandal, her family’s good name was mudged. She longs for adventure, romance and passion for herself, as well. The enigmatic but darkly Viscount Ryker Black, is a very dangerous man, he owns a gambling hell and does not enjoy, in fact, he despises the nick picking society, he was raised from the streets of London, afterall. He lives in a world filled with danger and debauchery. Therefore, does not desire a society miss to marry, until he meets the enchanting Lady Penelope who makes him burn with desire. When, Penelope is caught in a compromising postion, due to no fault of her own, will Ryker take responsibility and marry Penelope? Even through she is his sister’s new friend, will he leave Penelope to face the gossip, whispers and innuendoes alone? Can Ryker and Penelope find their HEA as danger lurks?

Fast paced, emotionally charged, intriguing, suspenseful, with mystery, and adventure. Christi Caldwell has a way with her stories that draws readers in and holds them spellbound throughout. I love her details to a story, her charactizations in my opinion are right on, the detail to the era is enlightened and the reader can tell she researches her topics to give the reader a more realistic view of the era, characters, their challenges and the storyline. The depth of her stories are heart stirring, powerful, as well as, captivating and seductively intriguing. Please, don’t get me wrong she in no way writes explicit scenes nor scenes that may embarrass the reader in anyway. Or to me, at least. Readers will find a read where ladies were treated as property and gentlemen their owners. But will Ryker be able to protect his cherished, and enchanting Penelope from the dangers his choice of living may cause? And society gossip?

Fans of Regency Romance, Historical Romance with complications, challenges, a bit of violence, ton scandal, intrigue and passionate characters, “The Scoundrel’s Honor” is a perfect read for you to start reading.

Ms. Caldwell is one of my favorite Regency Romance authors. She is such a dedicated author to her readers, her fans, and family, she simply is a powerful and compelling author of Regency Romance. “The Scoundrel’s Honor” is a not to miss Regency, it will capture your heart and hold you in awe! Well done again, Cthristi Caldwell!
Simply compelling and powerful!
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE ~~HIGHLAND VIXEN by Mary Wine. ..review

Highland Vixen (Highland Weddings, #2)Highland Vixen by Mary Wine

Genre: Historical Romance  (Scottish)

Series: Highland Vixen #2

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

  • Publication date: February 7, 2017
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M0JOD9N
  • Length: 320 pages

 

(Courtesy of Amazon)

Description

Product Description

Fierce Highland war chief seeks comely lass for fun, frolic, and marriage

Marcus MacPherson is every inch the fearsome Highlander. He’s used to men averting their eyes and women cowering before him. He thinks he’ll eventually settle down with a nice, obedient bride. Instead, he gets Helen Grant… Stubborn as the day is long, fearless and dedicated to raising as much hell as possible, Helen is definitely going to challenge Marcus. And challenge him some more. And then some.

It’s anyone’s guess who’ll win this battle of the heart…

Praise for Highland Spitfire:
“Wine always gets the heart of the history, atmosphere, and traditions of the Highlands… Wondrous.” –RT Book Reviews, 4 stars, Top Pick
“I absolutely loved this book and the only complaint…is I stayed up way too late reading it.” –Night Owl Reviews, 5 stars, Top Pick

Review

“Impossible to put down…one of the genre’s finest Scottish-set romance writers” – RT Book Reviews

“Marcus and Helen are so perfect for each other.” – The Eater of Books

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MY THOUGHTS 

Highland Vixen by Mary Wine is a memorable and intriguing story. Book 2 in her amazing “Highland Weddings” series, however, can be read as a stand alone. See, Book 1. “Highland Spitfire”.
What an intriguing and fast paced tale!

Meet, Marcus MacPherson, a fierce Highland war chief and Helen Grant, stubborn, feisty lass, who causes all kinds of unexpected trouble. Will Marcus and Helen be able to tame each other or lose all, without finding their HEA?
I absolutely love Mary Wine’s detail to history, her rich dialog, her characterization brings the characters to life, her descriptions and the atmosphere of Scottish Highlands, makes the story particularly, fly off the pages. I was addicted from the first sentence to the last, “Highland Vixen”, lingers long after the last sentence.

Filled with danger, intrigue, suspense, mystery, adventure, action, a feisty heroine, a brawn Highlander, the passion between them is off the charts, while, they butt horns often, their attraction and chemistry is apparent from the beginning. This story is magnificently written! I love how Ms. Wine blends fact with fiction, and the magic of the Highlands with the love of a beautiful, indepentent and head-strong lass, a seductive, but fierce Highlander with a kind heart, together to give readers a captivating and seductive read. WOW, what a wondrous story, to be sure! A not to miss Scottish Historical Romance.

“Highland Vixen” is one of those stay up all night reads. Marcus and Helen are a perfect match! Mary Wine is one of my favorite Scottish-set Romance authors! Another great read! Simply fantastic! ! Well done, Ms. Wine!
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

THEODORA by Christina McKnight. ..review

Theodora (Lady Archer's Creed #1)Theodora by Christina McKnight

Genre: Historical Romance  (Regency)

Series: The Lady Archer’s Creed,  #1

Source: Personal buy

 

  • Publication date: January 17, 2017
  • Publisher: La Loma Elite Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M4KL3BP
  • Length: 363 pages

 

BOOK 1 OF THE FOUR BOOK “THE LADY ARCHER’S SERIES

 

 

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Product Description

Friendship…

Lady Theodora Montgomery departed Miss Emmeline’s School of Education and Decorum for Ladies of Outstanding Quality to attend her first London Season—her three dearest friends by her side. With her sharp wit and skill on the archery field, Theo is far more interested in winning a large purse prize than securing a husband. But when she is unmasked on the tourney grounds, her face exposed to all, she fears her identity and days spent gallivanting around London will cause not only her undoing, but the downfall of her friends as well.

Loyalty…

Mr. Alistair Price, heir to the elderly Viscount Melton, arrived in London with his eight younger siblings in tow. He is charged with keeping his family name above reproach until the Season starts and his sister, Miss Adeline Price, is presented to society—though that proves far more difficult than Alistair ever expected when he discovers his rebellious sister climbing down the side of their townhouse and scurrying off to Whitechapel for an archery tournament. His focus remains on saving his family from the certain ruin and disgrace Adeline’s actions invited—until Alistair catches sight of another female archer, her arrow connecting with far more than the center of her target.

And honor above all…

With Theodora’s future—and that of her friends—in jeopardy, will she agree to a marriage devoid of affection, or risk everything for the man who won her heart?

More about the Lady Archer’s Creed Series:
A love of archery brings four young girls together to form The Lady Archer’s Creed. Through their mutual love of the sport, they solidify an unbreakable bond, and each woman has a unique quality that adds to their dynamic friendship:

Theodora, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book One)
Lady Theodora with her sharp mind and love of academics becomes the perfect archery coach. Despite being the last to join their group, and the obvious outcast, she will risk her future for her friends.

Georgina, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book Two)
Lady Georgina makes the perfect financier. The forgotten daughter of a wealthy duke, she seeks to belong to something—or someone—by any means necessary.

Adeline, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book Three)
Miss Adeline is a natural leader. Having grown up in a large and often spirited family, she now allows no one to place her in the shadows.

Josephine, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book Four)
Lady Josephine, having a sweet and impressionable nature, strives to please everyone—and keep their bond intact, even after they return to London for the Season.

Adeline, Georgie, Theo, and Josie live each day by the Lady Archer’s Creed, which they developed during their school days at Miss Emmeline’s School of Education and Decorum for Ladies of Outstanding Quality. “Friendship, loyalty, and honor above all” is their mantra. Now, as they face the challenges that come with adulthood, the creed is more important than ever.

From the Author

More about the Lady Archer’s Creed Series: 
A love of archery brings four young girls together to form The Lady Archer’s Creed. Through their mutual love of the sport, they solidify an unbreakable bond, and each woman has a unique quality that adds to their dynamic friendship:

Theodora, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book One)
Lady Theodora with her sharp mind and love of academics becomes the perfect archery coach. Despite being the last to join their group, and the obvious outcast, she will risk her future for her friends.

Georgina, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book Two)
Lady Georgina makes the perfect financier. The forgotten daughter of a wealthy duke, she seeks to belong to something–or someone–by any means necessary.

Adeline, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book Three)
Miss Adeline is a natural leader. Having grown up in a large and often spirited family, she now allows no one to place her in the shadows.

Josephine, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book Four)
Lady Josephine, having a sweet and impressionable nature, strives to please everyone–and keep their bond intact, even after they return to London for the Season.

Adeline, Georgie, Theo, and Josie live each day by the Lady Archer’s Creed, which they developed during their school days at Miss Emmeline’s School of Education and Decorum for Ladies of Outstanding Quality. “Friendship, loyalty, and honor above all” is their mantra. Now, as they face the challenges that come with adulthood, the creed is more important than ever.

From the Back Cover

Theodora is a Regency romance with the following tropes:

  • Bluestocking Heroine
  • Wallflower Heroine
  • Academic Heroine
  • Societal Outcast Heroine
  • Self-Made Man
  • Family Man
  • Family Loyalty

 
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MY THOUGHTS 

Theodora (Lady Archer’s Creed Book 1) by Christina McKnight is a humorous romp through the Regency era of England.
Four friends formed a childhood bond through their school years that continues through their first season in London. Their mantra is friendship, loyalty and honor above all, but will their mantra carry them through the challenges of life into adulthood? Or will the challenges of adulthood leave their mantra behind as they face unforeseen obstacles?
Their love of archery brings these four young girls together, Theodora aka Theo, Georgina aka Georgie, Adeline and Josephine aka Josie, to form “The Lady Archer’s Creed”. Through their love of the sport of Archery, they solidify their unbreakable bond, and each Lady brings a unique quality that adds to their unbreakable friendship.
First up in what promises to be an amazing four book series is….
Lady Theodora Montgomery….

This is the story of Theodora and Mr. Alistair Price, who is heir to the elderly Viscount Melton. He brings his eight siblings to London, one of which is his sister, the rebellious Adeline. Who is alsi one of the Lady Archer’s Creed.
While the friendship of these four young ladies are more important than ever, will they be able to continue their mantra of friendship, loyalty are honor throughout their adulthood? Will love and desperation destroy all they hold dear? Will they be able to find their true love or give their lives to another, who hasn’t gained their heart? This is only a few obstacles they will face.

“Theodora” is a delicious romp through archery contests, the facts of life, growing up, and facing events of the real world, including, possible scandal, finding love and a HEA.

Readers will find an intriguing story of friendships, romance and passion with some twists and turns. Ms. McKnight brings this story to life with her funny antics, her wonderful charactizations, her development of the background of these young ladies and her trueness to Regency London. A wonderful story, indeed! While “Theodora” has passionate kisses, there are no actual love scenes, making this a sweet Regency Romance.
Readers of Regency Romance, sweet romances, forthright young ladies, Lady Archery contests, and deliciously amazing stories, will enjoy Book 1, “Theodora” in this four book series. I certainly did! I think laughter is good for the soul, and must thank Christina McKnight for writing such a wonderful story! I especially needed this at this time in my life. Thank you Christina McKnight! ! A very enjoyable and satisfying read! I look forward to Book 2, “Georgina”, can’t wait to see what she gets into, and her adventures. Well done, indeed!!

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild with only passionate kisses
Reviewed by: AprilR

THE DUKE’S DARK SECRET by Jessie Bennett. ..review

Clean Regency Romance: The Duke's Dark Secret (Truth & Lies) (CLEAN Historical Romance)Clean Regency Romance: The Duke’s Dark Secret (Truth & Lies) by Jessie Bennett

Genre: Historical Romance  (Regency /Clean)

Series: Truth & Lies

Source: Personal buy

 

  • Publication date: December 24, 2016
  • Publisher: Carlton House Publishing Co.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01NBO7JUT
  • Length: 221 pages

 

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Description

A Lady dying for love. A marriage of convenience. A selfish father. A Duke’s dark secret. Will she gets to marry the man of her dreams?

Only $0.99 for a very LIMITED TIME OFFER only.

She never wanted to feel ignored by her father, sent away to live with her aunt.

The man she loves believes her absurd, the type of woman no man should be forced to marry.

Beautiful Jessica Davenport loves her Aunt Georgette—who mostly raised her—and her father, successful businessman Maxwell Davenport, but she often feels alone in the world. On her twentieth birthday, her father makes a surprise appearance, one that could make or break her chance to marry Benedict Percy, the love of her life. However, nothing goes according to plan and her heartbreak could be just the catalyst for a new life, if only she can overcome the grief and depression.

To make things worse, her father has now promised her in marriage to the aloof but handsome Duke Alexander…and promised her again to the abhorrent Marquess Elliott. How could she marry twice? What scheme could they possibly have that involved two weddings? Jessica is distraught—she must get to the bottom of this quickly, because more than her reputation is at stake now!

Will Jessica find the right man at the right time—and will he love her despite her differences from the average genteel, well-rounded, but dull females amongst the peerage?

Can Alexander find a way to change his mind, and his heart, concerning the woman that he’s been forced to marry?

This is a clean historical regency romance novel.

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MY THOUGHTS 

Regency Romance: The Duke’s Dark Secret (Truth & Lies) (CLEAN Historical Regency Romance) by Jessie Bennett is yet another superbly written Clean Regency Historical Romance.
Ms. Bennett has a definite way of drawing readers into her intriguing and masterfully written story of love, desperation and determination to find love and a HEA.
I enjoyed Duke Alexander and Jessica Davenport’s story! A strange but totally enjoyable read by an amazing storyteller, Jessie Bennett. A Clean Romance for readers of Regency Romance who enjoy a marriage of convenience, and a refreshing and captivating story.
A selfish father, dark secrets, a marriage of convenience, a desire for an undying love and the possibility of a forever love and a HEA, will hold readers glued to the pages. But will Alexander and Jessica find their HEA together or lose all to a selfish father?

I enjoyed “The Duke’s Dark Secret” and was caught off guard by the revelations revealed. I was totally entranced from the first chapter forward. Ms. Bennett will keep readers on their toes in this refreshing Clean Romance. Strongly recommended!

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

PRE-ORDER NOW AVAILABLE~~HER HIGHLAND HEART by Willa Blair. ..review

His Highland HeartHis Highland Heart by Willa Blair

Genre: Historical Romance  (Medieval Scottish)

Series: His Highland Heart, #1

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

 

  • Publication date: February 1, 2017
  • Publisher: Willa Blair
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MXJVN8V
  • Length: 352 pages

 

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Product Description

Shipwrecked in enemy territory, Euan Brodie fears the rest of his crew are at the bottom of the Moray Firth. While he searches for his crew, the youngest barely fifteen years old, he must evade Clan Ross warriors. Yet when he sees a lass about to drown in the incoming tide, he risks capture to save her.

Along with two other Munro lasses, Muireall Munro was taken by Clan Ross raiders nearly a month ago. She’s yet to be claimed as a Ross bride. Still, after two failed escape attempts, her hope is waning of ever seeing her home and the younger brother she was raising. But the stranger who pulls her from the surf will change her life forever.

If Muireall reveals who she really is, the delicious man who just saved her life will want nothing further to do with her—yet she needs him if she is ever to escape her Ross captors. If Euan reveals who he really is to the woman he saved, he risks not only his life, but his clan. Left with no choice, can they save each other while they fall in love?

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER AT AMAZON AND OTHER OUTLETS!!

MY THOUGHTS 

His Highland Heart by Willa Blair is a heart pounding and captivating Scottish Medieval Romance. “HIS HIGHLAND HEART” series is Book 1 in what definitely promises to be a magnificent series. Oh what a beginning!

This is the story of Euan Brodie and Muireall Munroe.

Shipwrecked in enemy territory, Euan fears the rest of his crew are lost at the bottom of the Moray Firth. He knows he must escape from the Ross Clan before he becomes a captive. Three Munro lasses, Muireall Munro, Ella Munro, and another of their friends, are taken from their home, by Ross raiders nearly a month ago. Two of the lasses have already been claimed by the Ross raiders as brides. However, not Muireall, she is determined to escape thier nightmare. Enter Euan, who will risk capture to save the fascinating and enchanting, Muireall, from the rising surf. Together, they embark on a mission to escape the hellish nightmare, that’s happening in the Ross terriory. But, will they be able to resist their fierce attraction to each other? Will Euan still adore Muireall when her secret finally comes to light?

Well written story, with captivating characters and an intriguing storyline. Emotionally charged, with a wide range of emotions for the reader. I cried, was filled with angst for Euan,Muireall, and the others, but in the end some will find their happiness. Will the villains finally get what they deserve?

Once again, Ms. Blair has written a powerful Scottish Romance, with many twists and turns, secrets, the danger is palpable, the romance exciting with an unexpected but welcomed outcome. Ms. Blair never disappoints me. She is another of my favorite Scottish Historical Romance authors. I can’t wait to read more from this mesmerizing and compelling series, Ella and, which promises to be yet another high octane story. Callum is Euan’s best friend, and one of the crew members to survive, on that fated voyage. Ella is Muireall’s best friend and wishes to escape her ordeal from the Clan Ross. What amazingcharacters! Can’t wait to read their story!

Whew! “His Highland Heart” is definitely a keeper and a treasure! One I feel will be re-read again! Definitely a not to miss Scottish Historical Romance! Highly recommended!
Fans or Scottish Romance, Medieval Romance, uniquely written stories, and the power of friendships and finding a HEA, will definitely enjoy this masterfully written story. I know certainly did and am still reeling from the Muireall and Euan’s story.
I received a complimentary copy.

 

Rating: 5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

 

STEALING THE ROGUE’S HEART by Erica Monroe, now available on pre-order…a review

 

Stealing the Rogue's Heart (The Rookery Rogues Book 4)Stealing the Rogue’s Heart by Erica Monroe

Genre: Pre-Victorian Romance

Series: The Rookery Rogues #4

Book 4 of 4 in “The Rookery Rogues” series.  

  • Publication date: January 24, 2017
  • Publisher: Quillfire Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M7XO6O9

 

(Courtesy of Amazon)

Product Description

Scoundrels, thieves and rebels inhabit the rookeries–where the women are fierce and the men are dangerous. Are you willing to take the risk?

WHEN AN UNDERWORLD PRINCESS…

Beautiful, innocent Mina Mason has led a sheltered life as the sister to the most notorious crime lord in England. Her family’s wealth and expectations keep her in a gilded cage, never able to act on her true desires. Like kissing — and engaging in far more scandalous behavior with–Charlie Thatcher, her childhood best friend. As a member of a rival gang, Charlie is distinctly off-limits.

FALLS FOR THE WRONG MAN…

Charlie Thatcher has known since he was a boy where his loyalties should lie: with the Chapman Street Thieves, who saved him from a brutal death in the dark alleys of the Ratcliffe rookery. As a bartender for the Three Boars public house, he protects his fellow brothers with his mind and his fists. But when one of those members threatens Mina’s safety, Charlie’s primal, protective instincts are triggered–and his defense of her puts them both in danger.

PASSION MAY BE THEIR DOWNFALL. 

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Stealing the Rogue’s Heart is a dark, gritty, and sexy romantic suspense set in pre-Victorian working class London. While it is book four in the Rookery Rogues series, it can be read as a stand-alone historical romance.

 

Books in the series, in order:

A Dangerous Invitation – Kate Morgan and Daniel O’Reilly
Secrets in Scarlet – Poppy O’Reilly and Thaddeus Knight
Beauty and the Rake – Abigail Vautille and Michael Strickland
Stealing the Rogue’s Heart (1-24-17)– Mina Mason and Charlie Thatcher
The Lady Rebels (7-10-17) – Sally Fletcher and Matthew Harper
For a free short story prequel to A Dangerous Invitation, sign up for Erica Ridley’s newsletter here: bitly.com/mlem4

Pre-order your copy today!!

MY THOUGHTS 

Stealing the Rogue’s Heart (The Rookery Rogues #4) by Erica Monroe is one of those WOW, Pre-Victorian Historical Romance, set against the backdrop of London’s working class. While, Book 4 of 4 in the famous “The Rookery Rogues” series, it can be read as a stand alone, with re-appearances from characters in the previous books.

This story captured my heart, in the first chapter and I held on tight throughout, as I read Mina and Charlie’s story. Mina Mason, has led a sheltered life as the youngest sister to the notorious street gang crime Lord, the Kings but she has been friends with Charlie Thatcher for years. Charlie is a member of the Mason family’s street gang rival, the Chapman Street Thieves. They saved Charlie from certain death on the streets of the Radcliffe Rookery. Still, Charlie captured her heart, he’s the only person in her life who doesn’t make her feel like she’s in a gilded cage.

Charlie works as a bartender, at the Three Boars Public house, which is in Chapman terriory, there he protects Mina and she has always known he would keep her safe. Then one night Mina gets herself in trouble and Charlie, keeping her safe, fights a member of his gang, to protect her and her honor, which, causes Charlie much trouble.
Can a childhood friendship actual cause a gang war? Will Mina and Charlie find the help they desperately need before it’s too late from her two brothers? Or will all be lost, including their lives, to jealousy and hate? You will found the answers within “Stealing the Rogue’s Heart” both surprising and redemptive.

What a dark, sexy, romantic suspense with plenty of secrets, twists and turns plus gritty, edgy, romance!! What a heart pounding but heart warming story!! I have loved this series from the start, however, I believe Mina and Charlie’s story is my favorite, thus far. A not to miss Pre-Victorian Romance! Hold on to your seats, dear readers, as you’re sweep away in “Stealing the Rogue’s Heart”! Well done, Ms. Monroe! I can’t wait to read Cyrus and Jane’s story!

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

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