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Genre: Historical Romance(Regency)

Series: Loring-Abbott series #1



  • Series: Loring-Abbott Series
  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1500401668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1500401665


(From Amazon)

Elinor Abbott was only 14 years old when she and her father left England for America. Six years later, with war at their doorstep, she is being forced to return to her land of birth and a life amongst the aristocracy she abhors. A return to England also means facing the man who brutally attacked her as an adolescent. Viscount Easton came to the United States at the behest of His Majesty’s Army, for his last assignment. He was sent home early due to an injury and must face his new destiny as the heir to an earldom. An unexpected encounter with the unrefined beauty links Elinor and Easton together in society, and he must decide whether or not to save Elinor’s reputation or hold on to bachelorhood. Can Elinor navigate the perils of coming out in aristocratic England and still retain her sense of identity? Can Easton help her overcome her aversion to men or will her past keep her from facing her future?



SURRENDER THE PAST by Elizabeth Johns is an intriguing Regency Historical Romance set in 1814 America and England. #1 in the Loring-Abbott series, and what a beginning! An intriguing tale!

With a sexual assault, betrayal, secrets, healing, finding forgiveness, and finding love and happiness. A well written tale where with healing comes forgiveness. This is a new author to me, but will not be my last read by the author.

I believed the author handled the sexual assault on Elinor Abbott as an adolescent, with tact, poise and realism. After many years of angst, Ms. Elinor is willing, finally, to have a man touch her, and find her peace and happiness.

Viscount Easton, Captain in his Majesty’s Army sent to America for his last assignment,finds his Godfather, who happens to be Elinor’s father, and is deeply attracted to her, plus is faced with a Courts Martial for something done in America, when he returns to England.  Can Elinor overcome her past, and face her future?

You MUST read “Surrender Your Past”, you will not regret your choice of reading material. I read it in one setting, yes, it was that incredible. Be aware, while, it has a satisfying ending, it has a continuance coming soon, for the rest of the characters, for which I look forward to reading, tentatively titled “Seeking Redemption”. What does the future hold for Nataniel, Elinor’s attacker and his sister, who made her life horrible, when she returned to England? So far as Nataniel’s youthful attack on Elinor, well, I will just say justice is sometimes best served cold, hopefully. I don’t know if I could have done what Elinor did, but it seemed to worked for her.

Face a future with the man you love, overcome your past and be able to find peace, happiness and love, this a tale in itself. A unique tale to be sure! I loved the way Elinor found her inner strength to move forward and how Easton moved past his obligations to find his future.

I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced story of the consequences of one’s past, letting go of the past to have a future, and how with healing comes acceptance and forgiveness. And of course, you have the consequences of war. The only fault I found was with the phrasing of words at times,which to me was more contemporary wording than Regency period. But, I would still, highly recommend “Surrender Your Past”. An enjoyable read from beginning to end.

Rating: 4

Heat rating: Sweet

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More






*Debut Author*

Genre: Historical Romance (America & England)

Series: The Southold Chronicles #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.


  • Series: The Southold Chronicles (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800722183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800722180


*From Amazon*

Book Description

June 3, 2014
Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Puritan Barnabas Horton is still in love with his deceased wife and needs only a mother for his two young sons. And yet these two very different people with very different expectations will take a leap of faith, wed, and then embark on a life-changing journey across the ocean to the Colonies. Along the way, each must learn to live in harmony, to wait on God, and to recognize true love where they least expect to find it.

This heartfelt tale of love and devotion is based on debut author Rebecca DeMarino’s own ancestors, who came to Long Island in the mid-1600s to establish a life–and a legacy–in the New World.

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A PLACE IN HIS HEART by Rebecca DeMarino is a wonderful inspirational Historical Romance set in 1630 London and Long Island. A debut for this author. #1 in “The Southold Chronicles” and what a beginning.

“Based on the author’s ancestors, who came to Long Island in the mid 1600’s to establish a life and a legacy in the New World”. To learn on this visit her website.

Follow, Anglican Mary Langton and Barnabas Horton, as they embark on a journey that will test their faith and love. Mary is left at the altar, disgraced and disheartened. Barnabas, a Puritan widower, and father of two young sons, embark on a leap of faith and marry. But when Mary learns her new husband plans to take them across the sea to the New World to escape persecution, her life is turned upside down. For she will be leaving her beloved father and sister and all she has known.

With secrets, faith, hope, and a wish to heal a broken heart, Barnabas and Mary embark to a New World, in more ways than one. Ms. DeMarino is an author to watch for in the future. Well written story of love, trust, secrets and faith. From England to Long Island, the characters are strong, faced challenges head on, to leave behind a legacy. This story spans over a few years. A compelling story of romance,and love, that weaves an old and new world together and love thrives. An enjoyable read! I can hardly wait for the next installment in this interesting series.
Received for an honest review from the publisher.

*Coming in June from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group*

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: Sweet

Reviewed By: AprilR, courtesy of My Book  Addiction and More


Mail-Order Brides of the West: Evie (McCutcheon Family Series - Book 3) | [Caroline Fyffe]


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Narrated by: Lara Asmudson

Genre: Historical Romance(Western Romance/America)

Series: A McCutcheon Family Novel #3

Source: Received for an honest review from the author


Publisher’s Summary*Audible Amazon*

The well-educated daughter of a lawyer, Trudy Bauer, arrives at the St. Louis based Mail-Order Brides of the West agency full of excitement for an adventure of a lifetime. She befriends the agency’s maid, Evie Davenport, and the two form a strong and lasting friendship. They vow to stay in contact through letters when Evie takes hold of her destiny and arranges a marriage on the sly. Each brave young woman is ready to face whatever an unknown groom and life in Montana can throw her way.

In Fyffe’s Novel, house servant Evie Davenport travels by stagecoach to Y Knot, Montana in a McCutcheon Family Novel. In Holland’s book, bride-to-be Trudy Bauer rides the train to Sweetwater Springs, in a Montana Sky Novel. Through their correspondence, the friends keep each other abreast of their hardships, trials and tribulations – some of heartbreak, some of love.

©2013 Caroline Fyffe (P)2014 Caroline Fyffe

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MAIL-ORDER BRIDES OF THE WEST: EVIE by Carolone Fyffe is another awesome Western Historical Romance set in 1880 St. Louis and Y Knot, Montana. #3 in the “A McCutheon Family novel”, but is a stand alone. While, I have not read or listened to any of this series so far, I was not lost or disappointed.

This a little over 6 hours of pure delight. Narrated by Lara Asmudson, whose voice is smooth,delightful and easy to listen to for all of those six hours.

Of course, you will enjoy the story of  Evie Davenport,mail-order bride, who works for the West Agency, a mail order bride agency. And Chance McCutheon, who wishes to raise a new kind of cattle from France, the first of their kind in Montans.

A Mail-order bride just may find her HEA! This is the story of second chances, finding happiness, and finding your soul mate. A sweet romance with heartache, hardships, trials,tribulations and of course love. A wonderful addition to this series. I intend to go back and obtain the other two in this series. A delightful series for any one who enjoys America Westerns, new beginning, faith and a everlasting kind  of love. Loved it and look forward to reading or listening to the next in the series, HEATHER. Well done, both Ms. Fyffe and Asmudson. A great way to spend a few hours of your time, while do relax. Delightful, heartwarming, and intriguing! A must read! Received for an honest review from the author.




REVIEWED BY: AprilR,  courtesy of My Book Addiction and More





Genre: Historical Romance

Series: Malory-Anderson Family #11

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.


  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (June 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476714274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476714271



June 10, 2014
#1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey returns to the dazzlingly passionate world of the Malorys, an aristocratic family of rakehell adventurers and spirited ladies, in a thrilling new tale of unbridled desires.

James Malory sets sail for America to honor a promise he made to his in-laws: His and Georgina’s daughter, Jacqueline, will have her come-out in America. Judith and Jacqueline Malory are not simply cousins; they are inseparable best friends. Refusing to miss Jacqueline’s come-out in Connecticut, Judith convinces her parents to let her delay her London debut by a few weeks so she can accompany her cousin. Neither girl intends to fall in love during her first Season. But Judith’s plans are overturned when aboard ship she comes face-to-face with the ghost who has been haunting her dreams.

Unknown to the Malorys, deckhand Nathan Tremayne is a smuggler with a noose around his neck. Determined to carry out a covert mission in America that could gain him a pardon, Nathan senses that beautiful Judith Malory is trouble. Somehow the minx knows his secret—and now she’s blackmailing him into doing her bidding. While passions can soar on the high seas, Nathan knows this aristocratic beauty is merely amusing herself with a scoundrel like him.

When the unthinkable happens in Connecticut and the elder Malorys’ hands are tied, Nathan takes command of a dire situation. Captaining his own ship, he turns the tables on Judith, as he steers them into some intense Caribbean heat where he will fight with all his mettle to win the right to her heart.

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STORMY PERSUASION by Johanna Lindsey is an exciting Historical Romance. #11 in the “Malory-Anderson Family series, but can be read as a stand alone. I loved this tale of sacrifice, family relationships, pirates, passion, selflessness, romance and the power of love.
This is Judith Malory and Nathan Tremayne. Nathan, a smuggler with a noose around his neck, on a convert mission to America, looking for redemption and Judith looking for adventure and love.
Malory fans are sure to enjoy Ms. Lindsey’s return to the Malory clan. Even if you haven’t read one of the Malory tales, you will enjoy “Stormy Persuasion”.  It was not hard to follow the storyline, and characters. Well written with the most engaging characters, and an intriguing as well as interesting storyline and very entertaining indeed. A bit of humor is added to this tale, which, is a plus. A new generation of Malory’s are on the horizon. Look out fans, there is sure to more coming. I absolutely loved this story. I was turning pages as fast as  I could, and didn’t want to put it down. I would highly recommend this title. Oh did I mention the passion,the danger around the corner and the betrayal. Well done!!
Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


REVIEW: SINCERELY YOURS by Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes, and Ann Shorey

Sincerely Yours: A Novella CollectionSINCERELY YOURS





Genre: Christian Historical Romance

*A Novella Collection*

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.


  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800722043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800722043



In this collection of brand-new historical novellas from four outstanding storytellers, four young women find their lives altered after each receives a letter that sets her on a new path toward a changed life–and perhaps lifelong love. From a Hudson River steamboat to a lush drawing room, from a carousel carver’s workshop to a remote and controversial hospital, readers will love being swept into the lives of four young women who are making their way in the world and finding love where they least expect it.

*From the back cover/Amazon*

Four unexpected letters. Four intrepid women. Four lives changed forever.

Spanning a century and a continent, these romantic novellas will lead you on a journey through the landscape of love. Four young women find their lives altered after each receives a letter that sets her on a new path. From a Hudson River steamboat to a lush drawing room, from a carousel carver’s workshop to a remote hospital, you’ll be swept into the lives of women who are making their way in the world and finding love where they least expect it.

Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes
Camilla Renfrew is a highborn English lady fleeing false accusations when she runs smack into love on a steamboat bound for the new Erie Canal. But can this unexpected attraction survive the treacherous journey?

Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey
Marigold Montgomery Bentley writes marriage advice for Kipler’s Home Weekly even though she is single. Everyone assumes from the initials that “M. M.” is a man. When the editor asks to meet Mr. Bentley, can Merrie come up with a ruse to keep her writing job?

One Little Word by Amanda Cabot
Lorraine Caldwell will lose her family fortune to a reckless cousin if she doesn’t marry quickly. When she learns her long-lost brother is alive, she hopes she’s found the answer to her problems. What she finds instead is a mysterious carousel carver who turns her life upside down.

A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick
Grace Hathaway must rescue a dear friend from a remote and notorious clinic that promises healing but delivers only heartache. In a place laced with deceit, where lives hang in the balance, whom can she trust to help her?

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SINCERELY YOURS by Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes, and Ann Shorey is a wonderful collection of inspirational historical Romance set in 1825 -1892, from New York City to Chicago.A Novella Collection.

Revell Books’ first Christian novella anthology and what a great beginning!

Four talented authors lend their talents to four incredible tales of love,faith, and romance. From a steamboat on the Hudson River, to a remote hospital, to a Carousel carver’s workship, to a lush drawing room to the Erie Canal, four young women find their lives altered forever and find more than they ever expected.

SINCERELY YOURS is a must read for so many reasons, from engaging characters, to well thought out storylines, to drama, family,faith,suspense,a bit of mystery,and an adventure inward finding true love and happiness. With peace though into the mixture.

You will not be disappointed with this collection from the first page to the last page. These are talented authors, whom I enjoy reading, put together they are unbeatable, to be sure. What a collection and a true treasure to anyone’s library. I would highly recommend this collection of powerful, delicious tales of love and romance. Simply delicious! Well done, ladies!! Received for a honest review.

*Available April, 2014 from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group*



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


A Talent for TroubleA TALENT FOR TROUBLE


Genre: Christian Historical Fiction(America)

Series: Ladies of Distinction #3

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764211269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764211263


Charming Wit and Romance from an Author Sure to Delight Readers

Miss Felicia Murdock firmly believed her destiny was to become a minister’s wife. When the minister on whom she had set her sights marries another lady, Felicia is forced to take a close look at her life and comes to a few uncomfortable conclusions. Determined that something needs to change–and soon–Felicia discovers she is finally ready to spread her wings and embrace life the way she’s always wanted.

Grayson Sumner–or Lord Sefton, as he’s officially known–has had more than enough of spreading his wings and only hopes to settle into the life of a normal, respectable New York gentleman. Prompted by some well-meaning friends to lift the spirits of the disappointed-in-love Miss Murdock, he is surprised to encounter a young lady who seems to have become quite adventurous and quite determined to get herself into all sorts of troublesome situations.

Intent on remaining independent, Felicia is reluctant to accept Grayson’s help, especially as she finds herself developing feelings for him. However, just as Grayson decides he’s had quite enough of her antics, his past comes back to haunt him and his presence in her life has endangered Felicia. Will Grayson and Felicia decide they want to spend the rest of their lives keeping one another out of trouble?



A TALENT FOR TROUBLE by Jen Turano is another wonderful Inspirational Historical Fiction set in 1881 New York City. #3 in the “Ladies of Distinction” but can be read as a stand alone. See,”A Change of Fortune”, and “A Most Peculiar Circumstance”.

This is the tale of Miss  Felicia Murdock and Grayson Sumner, Lord Sefton and what a tale. Fast paced. Filled with faith, healing, forgiveness, adventure, romance, trouble, danger, and love.

With strong characters and an interesting storyline, you will not be disappointed with “A Talent for Trouble”.

Received as a gift.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More



The Power of the Penny book and movement





Genre: Children’s (Age 8+ and grade level 3rd and up)

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher/Publicist

  • Reading level: Ages 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Spencer Publishing; 1st edition (June 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981551505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981551500

Book Description(From Amazon)

Publication Date: June 15, 2009 | Age Level: 8 and up | Grade Level: 3 and up
Invest in a child. Read and teach a child about the power of the penny and its symbolism of beloved hero Abraham Lincoln, liberty, faith, E Pluribus Unum. THE POWER OF THE PENNY book empowers a child to build a life with civic values, financial literacy and philanthropy. This will keep alive the American dream for young citizens. For ages 5-12. Included are 10 activities for kids to take action. Spiderman/Superman illustrator Scott Stewart draws beautiful thematic images of Abe Lincoln and the vision of the Founding Fathers, igniting a new generation of heroes. After reading this book, one will never see the penny the same way again! Included on the website is a free Penny toolkit to have your own PENNY PARTY!
THE POWER OF THE PENNY by Elaina Redmond is an amazing Children’s Book. Very educational and informative with beautiful illustrations. A very good book. “Written by a 8 year old”.
I might add. What a wonderful book! Not only for its educational and informative thoughts but also as a tool to help teach young children the meaning of a penny. What our forefathers gave to each American,this country and the faith,”In God We Trust”. I would highly recommend this book to grandparents,school educators and children of all ages and anyone who enjoys reading educational tools. A must read! A definite keeper. I would also recommend “The Power of The Penny” to every school across across our grand country and to be available at your local library. Received for an honest review from the publisher/publicist. Visit the author’s website, Spencer Publishing,and My Book Addiction and More for more details.
*Visit the power of the penny website,for a free Penny Toolkit and 2 free videos for fun activities and party ideas*
REVIEWED BY: An 8 y/o and AprilR, My Book  Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND by Sibelle Stone… review…



Genre: Paranormal romance

Series: Mystic Moon series Book #1

Source: Personal buy

File Size:432 KB

Print Length:278 pages

Publisher:Moon Valley Publishing (March 6, 2012)

Language: English


Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: March 6, 2012
Escaping from the persecution of the European witch hunts, a beautiful witch with the power to control the wind joins forces with a handsome Cavalier on a mission to save the King of England and the colony of Virginia.
Catlin Glyndwr is a tenth generation Mistress of Elements — a hereditary witch who can call upon her elemental spirits for assistance in casting spells. Accused of witchcraft in seventeenth century England, she faces the hangman. If her true powers are revealed, she’ll be executed.
Sir Griffin Reynolds is on his way to the colony of Virginia on a secret mission to locate Puritan rebels intent upon seizing the throne of King Charles II. When his best friend becomes deathly ill while interrogating a beautiful Welsh maiden accused of using magic to attack a local official – Griffin is forced to strike a bargain with her in order to save his friend’s life.
When Catlin and Griffin travel together on a voyage to the American colonies, they try to resist the pull of erotic sensuality that flares between them. It is a temptation they both soon crave. But danger lurks aboard ship and evil haunts Catlin.
In a dangerous and unexplored world, where superstition exists along side the new discoveries of science, powerful elemental spirits are capable of assisting their magical adepts. But there is always danger in harnessing magic and a price to pay when one calls to the spirit world for help.
When Griffin pledges his love and vows to protect Catlin, she isn’t sure she can divulge all of her secrets to him. Can she take a chance that the man she’s trusted her heart to will accept her and her magical powers?
Together, Catlin and Griffin learn that a journey of the heart requires courage, trust and the ability to believe in the astonishing gift of love.
A beautiful witch discovers there’s more then one way to be wicked!
WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND by Sibelle Stone is a fantastic,fast paced paranormal romance set in England and America. It is book 1 in the “Mystic Moon” series. It is the story of love and sacrifice.With witches,druids,dark magic,witch hunts,love,danger,and beginning a new life in a new world(America). While,Catlin and Griffin travel to America,Virgina to escape the Witch Hunters of England and Catlin’s family,Griffin is on a mission for the King of England. They encounter dark magic druid Lord Shelfield and the danger of his desire t o process Catlin and her magic power. But Catlin proves to be stronger than Lord Shelfield though and fights back. With the love of her live threatened,Griffin,Catlin uses her magic to save them both with the hlep of  a “Windago”. Ms. Stone is a wonderful storyteller,who draws the reader into the story and captures their interest and holds you into the story,while you journey with the characters from beginning to end. I can hardly wait for the next installment in the “Mystic Moon” series,to see what happens next for this amazing group of sisters who process special powers. “Whistle Down the Wind” was a personal buy. Details can be found at the author’s website,Moon Valley Publishing and My Book Addiction and More.


HEAT RATING: Mild: Mild detailed scenes of intimacy,mild violence or profanity

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More


Series: Book 4 in The Carte Blanche Series
Genre: Erotic American Set Georgian Romance
Source: Received for an honest review from the author and publisher.

Book Details(from the publisher)

Book Details

Number of pages 154
Genre BDSM/ Historical
Book Length Novel
Erotic Rating Total-e-burning
Sexometer 2
eBook Format ePub/HTML/PDF/MSReader(lit)/Mobipocket(prc)
eReaders Supported All current eReaders
Send direct to Kindle? Yes
Cover art by April Martinez
ISBN# 978-0-85715-946-5
Book Four: Emily’s Seduction
Coming April 23, 2012
Before he can share his deepest, darkest secrets with her, he has to show her what seduction truly means.
For the first time in a long time, Alex is genuinely happy. He’s found a woman he can love. Now he wants only to enjoy his life. But the past won’t let him go. His dark secrets threaten to engulf him. Yet how can he tell his innocent fiancé about the horrific things he’s experienced?
Emily finds herself locked in a battle with the darkness that appears to hold Alex captive. As he reveals more of his inner torment, as he seduces her into carnal decadence, she wonders who is this man she’s so desperately in love with.
Can their love survive this intense journey of erotic exploration, shocking revelations and unsettling discoveries?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of slavery, torture and dubious consent, light BDSM, sensual spanking, anal sex, toys, voyeurism and once scene of ,ménage à trois M/F/M
**Warning 18+ content**
EMILY’S SEDUCTION by Natasha Blackthorne is an exciting Erotic American Set Georgian Romance set in 1794 Philaphidia,PA. It is Book #4 in the Carte Blanche series,but can be read as a stand alone. See,”Emily’s Grey”,”White Lace and Promises”,and “Alex’s Angel”. “Emily’s Seduction” is the continuing story of Alexander Dalton and Emily Eliot after becoming betrothed,now they explore their relationships. With dark secrets,regrets,sexually explicit scenes,lost innocence,romance,slavery past,and love. “Emily’s Seduction” is more than erotic romance it is a story of healing,forgiveness of oneself for past sins,friendship,and finding happiness after years of searching for something. This author knows how to pull a reader into the story and hold them there.Fast paced with hot sex scenes,rich characters, and a plot rich in details.A must read for anyone who enjoys Erotic Romance, Georgian era,and Americana.I can hardly wait for the next installment of this amazing,exciting, erotic series. Received from an honest review from the author. Details can be found at Total-E-Bound Publishing,the author’s website and My Book Addiction and More.
*Warning sexually explicit scenes, light BDSM, sensual spanking, anal sex, toys, voyeurism and once scene of, M/F/M*
HEAT RATING: Wild Ride: Graphic sex scenes,including multiple partners,alternate lifestyles,explicit adult language and/or graphic violence.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More

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