Reviews of Great and Not so Great Books.


Historical romance


 Amelia and the Viscount (Bluestocking Brides, #1)Amelia and the Viscount by Samantha Holt


Genre: Historical Romance

Series: Bluestocking Brides, #2

Source: Personal buy


  • Publication date: July 26, 2017
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B073G7D92H
  • Length: 94 pages


Product Description (From Amazon)

“No eligible bachelor wants to marry a bluestocking…especially not those frightful Chadwick girls.” – Lady Jersey, Almacks Patroness.

Amelia’s writing was often prone to getting her into trouble. Hence why she eventually took on a penname. But it seems, once again, her unthinking need to spill out everything onto paper will land her in hot water.

After her sisters persuade her the only way to get over her love for Lord Nicholas Wentworth is to write about him, Amelia devotes hours and hours of ink to the subject. However, she never expects for Nicholas to end up in possession of this information. How could she admit her affection for him when she knows full well he is still in love with her now married sister?

To save herself embarrassment—and more importantly to keep her penname hidden—Amelia must find a way to intercept these letters, and if she cannot, she must persuade Nicholas it was all some awful jest and that she is certainly not A. Hardwick—purveyor of stories so scandalous that it would mean utter ruination for all the Chadwick girls should the truth come out.


If you enjoy Amelia and the Viscount, you might also like these titles:
You’re the Rogue That I Want
When a Rogue Loves a Woman
Sinful Confessions


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My thoughts:

Amelia and the Viscount (Bluestocking Brides Book 1) by Samantha Holt in what promises to be a funny and delightful series. Those Chadwick sisters may been bluestockings, have noteriety, are different and not popular with the ton, but you can’t help but love them.
This is Nicholas and Amelia’s story. A quick read, approximatingly 100 pages. A novel. Nicholas and Amelia make such a wonderful couple. Amelia, a writer who writes stories anonymously, but she knows she is meant for Nicholas. A friend’s to lovers story.

Funny, charming with an engaging cast of characters. The plot flows seamlessly and effortlessly. I was glued to the pages from the first page forward. Steady paced, well written and we’ll worth the time to read. Laugh out loud moments. Amelia’s secret may just bring her HEA.
Such a wonderful story. A charming, enjoyable and pleasing story. Great for an afternoon read! Does have a few heated kisses and one hot sexual encounter.
Strongly recommended. Can’t wait for the next book. I have already pre-ordered book 2.


Rating: 5

Heat rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilR








A Marquess for Convenience (Matchmaking for Wallflowers Book 5)A Marquess for Convenience by Bianca Blythe


Genre: Historical Romance

Series: Matchmaking for Wallflowers #5

Source: I received a complimentary copy, however, all opinions are my own.


  • Publication date: July 20, 2017
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07448QCCN
  • Length: 200 pages




Lord Arthur Carmichael, Marquess of Bancroft, excels at everything, even cultivating a wild reputation to cover for the spy missions he undertakes for the Crown. Unfortunately now that he’s helped secure the peace, his roguish reputation is a hindrance to continuing in his career–unless he takes a wife.

Lady Madeline Mulbourne, the beautiful widow of a renowned art critic, is known for her pristine reputation. Who could make a more convenient bride? But when jewels disappear at balls she’s attended, Arthur suspects she might not be nearly as prim and proper as she appears.



My thoughts:


A Marquess for Convenience (Matchmaking for Wallflowers Book 5) by Bianca Blythe is a sweet, heartwarming story of a jewel thief, a bluestocking, romance and love. While, each book is a stand alone, I’d suggest reading the previous books in the WALLFLOWERS series, but not necessary to enjoy this story.

Lord Arthur Carmichael, Marquess of Bancroft, is a spy for the Crown. Lady Mulbourne, is a jewel thief not by choice but by necessity. Set against the French Riviera as a backdrop, second chances, danger and romance follows this couple on an adventure of hope, forgiveness, healing and a chance of an HEA.

Steady paced with an enjoyable cast of characters. A plot that flows seamlessly and effortlessly, readers will be transfixed by this sweet story. I enjoyed watching the characters come to grips with their passion, their love for each other and watching the story unfold.
Once again Ms. Blythe has written a story readers will thoroughly enjoy as they watch the characters grow. Ms. Blythe writes with compassion, emotions and her research shines through the pages of her story. Another great read!
I received a complimentary copy, however, all opinions are my own.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

SUMMER’S REIGN by Elizabeth Rose

Summer's Reign (Seasons of Fortitude Book 2)Summer’s Reign by Elizabeth Rose


Genre: Historical Romance

Series: Seasons of Fortutude, #2

Source: Personal buy


  • Publication date: July 6, 2017
  • Publisher: RoseScribe Media Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071VP35MS
  • Length: 296 pages


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Product Description

Book 2

At a young age, Summer has sacrificed herself for the sake of her family by marrying the evil and abusive Baron Mowbray of Suffolk. A few years after birthing him a son, the baron mysteriously dies, leaving her toddler heir to his estate. The king grants Summer one month to find and marry a man of her choice. But Summer would never consider marrying any relative of her late husband, especially not his domineering nephew.

Sir Warren Mowbray returns from battle to find his uncle has died and with him went the man’s promise that Warren would inherit his holdings. Now, to add insult to injury, the king has assigned him as the widow’s guardian and advisor while she chooses a husband. Once he arrives at the castle, he discovers Summer is a beautiful, smart, determined woman but with a mind of her own. He plans to woo her, but she wants nothing to do with him. He also has his suspicions that the hated baron might have been murdered – and Summer is the main suspect.

Can a strong, determined woman and a controlling warrior find love between them or will they destroy each other first?

Watch for Autumn’s Touch – Book 3, and Winter’s Flame – Book 4 coming soon! And if you haven’t already read it, be sure to read Highland Spring – Book 1 as well!

From the Author

Watch for the entire Seasons of Fortitude Series coming soon.

Highland Spring – Book 1 
Summer’s Reign – Book 2 
Autumn’s Touch – Book 3 – (Preorder now)
Winter’s Flame – Book 4 – (soon)
Also be sure to read the Legendary Bastards of the Crown Series:
Destiny’s Kiss – Prequel
Restless Sea Lord – Book 1
Ruthless Knight – Book 2
Reckless Highlander – Book 3



Pick up your copy today for only 99 cents! AUTUMN’S TOUCH is on pre-order for only 99 pennies, as well!!


My thoughts:

Summer’s Reign by Elizabeth Rose is a wonderful Historical Romance. While, #2
in her amazinf “Seasons of Fortitude” series, it can be read as a stand along. See, book 1, “Highland Spring”.

Summer has sacrificed herself for the sake of her family when she marries the evil and abusive Baron Mowbray of Suffolk. She has a small son, finally, has had several miscarriages, a stillborn and still her evil husband, is not satisfied. After the last stillborn, he’s furious, so he plans to kill her, but he mysteriously dies instead. Of course, Summer is under suspicion. …enter her family to help, the “Bastards of the Crown” triplets and a young Knight to her rescue.

Sir Warren Mowbray, her late husband’s nephrew, when he’s called from battle by the King, he finds his uncle has died and with him went the man’s promise that Warren would inherit his holdings. The King gives Summer thirty days to find a new husband, or he will choose her for her. Love or duty! At first, she doesn’t trust nor like Warren, aka War, but as their love blossoms so as does the mystery of Summer’s late husband. He was more evil then she even knew.

Well written, with enjoyable characters, who will capture her heart. Summer suffered so much for her family, more than they were even aware. The story flowed seemingly and was well executed, in my humble opinion. The plot was interesting and intriguing, with a bit of mystery, some twists and turns, passion and finding a HEA. I so wanted Summer to find her HEA.

Once again, Elizabeth Rose, has brought her readers an intense story, were it begins tragically, but comes full circle by the end. I was surprised to learn what truly happened to Summer’s husband and why. “Summer’s Reign” will capture your heart as you watch her grow and find her HEA. Another great read by one of my favorite Historical Romance authors. I can hardly wait for “Autumns’ Touch”, coming soon. Fantastic read, beautifully written and masterfully executed! Well done, Ms. Rose!!

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

For your reading pleasure, here’s a list of the “Seasons of Fortitude” titles.

“Highland Spring – Book 1
Summer’s Reign – Book 2
Autumn’s Touch – Book 3 – (Preorder now)
Winter’s Flame – Book 4 – (soon)


Jane Grey: A Homage to the Brontë Classics (The Brontë Brothers Book 1) by Nina Mason….my review

Jane Grey: A Homage to the Brontë Classics (The Brontë Brothers #1)Jane Grey: A Homage to the Brontë Classics by Nina Mason

Genre: His toric all Romance/ fiction

Series: The Brontë Brothers Book 1


  • Publication date: May 16, 2017
  • Publisher: Nina Mason Creations
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XGKX571
  • Length: 256 pages


(Courtesy of Amazon)


The only happiness in life is to love and be loved…

Set in the Loire Valley in 1850, Jane Grey tells the story of a frustrated painter and a beleaguered English governess who comes to France to tutor a flirtatious young heiress in the social graces. Jane meets Matthew Brontë, a wealthy count and gifted painter, the same way Jane Eyre met Edward Rochester in the book our Jane is reading at the time. Jane finds it uncannier still that Matthew is a cousin to the author of Jane Eyre.

As the weeks pass, Jane and Matthew discover they have much in common. They seem perfectly suited, apart from one significant snag: Matthew can’t marry without forfeiting his fortune, and Jane can only marry a man with the means to support her and her dependent relations back in England.

When faced with the choice between love and money, which will each of them choose?


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My Thoughts: 

Jane Grey: A Homage to the Brontë Classics (The Brontë Brothers Book 1) by Nina Mason, set in the Loire Valley, France and England in 1850.
In “Jane Grey” the reader will
be shocked and thrilled by the similarities between the story of “Jane Eyre” to Matthew Brontë and Jane Grey. Matthew is the cousin of the author of “Jane Eyre” books.

A story of a frustrated painter, and a “kept” man and a beleaguered English governess who comes to France as a teacher, to a young heiress, thus meets Matthew, in much the same manner as Jane Eyre met her Mr. Rochester, except Jane ran away from and her feelings for Matthew until she just couldn’t possibly run anymore.

Readers will also find a slight departure from Nina Mason’s other stories. Masterfully written, I felt, anyway.
This is a story of disappointment, fortitude, unwavering love, hardship, the difficulties of a painter, in the 1850’s, and the romance of the century.
Can wealth come before love? If you had a choice between weath or love, which would you choose love or the money? A delimma for most, especially when you meet the love of your life.
“The only happiness in life is to love and be loved.”, my favorite passage.

“Jane Grey” has many avenues for which to take the reader on, here’s just a few, forfeiting a fortune but never marry, never marry unless the spouse can provide for the other’s dependent family, or throw all away for marriage, love and finding a HEA.

I found “Jane Grey” to be endearing and romantic with a bit of a sad side. I enjoyed watching Matthew and Jane find their joy and contentment. Don’t be mistaken, in “Jane Grey”, while the story has similarities, this story takes a few twists, turns, with a few surprises along the way, lingering doubts and and a round about detour to happiness.

Ms. Mason is a talented author and once again, her talent shines through with the telling of “Jane Grey”. She never disappoints her readers in her plots, her characterizations, or her details. I’m truly excited for this new adventure. I hope readers will enjoy reading “Jane Grey”, it truly makes you wish to read “Jane Eyre” after all these years. Yes, I haven’t read it since high school! This story is definitely a departure from her other stories. The passion is not explicit nor over done, if that makes sense. I throughly enjoyed “Jane Grey” and I think you will as well.

Fans of the “Brontë Classics” will surely enjoy “Jane Grey”, with unusual circumstances, contentment and finally finding true love, what’s not to enjoy. This is an incredible story by Nina Mason! I can’t wait to read the next installment in what promises to be an amazing series.
Bravo, Ms.Mason!! Well done, indeed!

Rating: 5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

NEVER TRUST A SPY by Valerie Bowman….review

Never Trust a Pirate (Playful Brides, #7)Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman


Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Series: Playful Brides #7

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

  • Publication date: May 2, 2017
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M8G3HBN
  • Length: 321 pages


(Courtesy of Amazon)

Product Description

The rules of engagement were never so scandalous. . .

A rumored pirate and the scurrilous black sheep of his well-to- do family, Cade Cavendish relishes his world of rebellion, deception, and seduction. Nothing and no one can hold him to be the duty-bound, honorable man he is expected to be. But when an unexpected run-in at his twin brother’s estate with a ravishing, raven-haired maid leads her to believe he’s actually a viscount, Cade’s renegade life is thrown wildly off-kilter. And even though a case of mistaken identity can be quickly set to rights, matters of the heart are quite different…

Miss Danielle LaCrosse is startled to learn that the handsome gentleman who radiates sin and has the devil in his eyes is not her employer the Viscount, but rather his infamous brother. A former heiress, orphaned and left penniless, Danielle has more than a few secrets of her own. Cade may be skilled at coaxing even the most hidden desires out of Danielle but can he earn her trust—and win her heart—as they embark on an adventure to confront a dangerous enemy from both of their pasts . . . and uncover the identity of the so-called Black Fox along the way?
Never Trust a Pirate is part of the Regency-set Playful Brides series by Valerie Bowman

Now available!!


Never trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman is another exciting Regency Historical Romance in her “Playful Brides” series. While #7, it can be read as a stand alone. It does have re-appearing characters from previous books. This does not distract nor interfere in enjoying “Never Trust a Pirate”. Refreshing and intriguing story!

This is the story of Cade Cavendish and Miss Danielle LaCrosse. Cade is the “black sheep of the Cavendish family, with secrets. He is the twin brother to Rafe from a previous story. Danielle, is Rafe’s wife Daphne’s, lady’s maid. Ah, there is so much more to her than meets the eye. Is Cade the so called pirate “Black Fox”, a famous spy for the Crown? Afterall, he’s very good at deception, seduction, secretive and is very rebellious. Let’s not forget he’s devilishly handsome, with a devil may care care attitude. But lay all aside, he’s out for revenge, on the man who hurt his brother, Rafe. Ah, he’s also a spy. Danielle, is more than a French maid, she’s beautiful, sensual, and drives Cade mad with desire. It’s hard to decide which side she’s on at first, or rather who’s she working for, the Crown or the bad people. As she seems to be spying on Cade.
“Never Trust a Pirate” is not your everyday spy adventure. There are many twists and turns, surprises, witty banter, danger and adventure.
Let’s forget not, who is the “Black Fox”, I was totally shocked and surprised by who it was. Brilliant!!
I enjoyed the way Ms. Bowman mixed the spying with the interaction between the characters, and the true intend of the story. I enjoyed the witty banter between Cade and Danielle, their interaction was brilliantly written. They didn’t forget their responsibilities, for their own desires nor do they forget what their goals are, but intend to carry them through to the finish. They completed their mission, although, Cade and Danielle faced the ruthless French spy. Will one of them lose they life?

Brilliantly executed, with an easy to follow plot, that flowed smoothly and continously throughout the story. The characters were enduring, engaging and easily capture your heart. I personally was glued to this story from the first page forward. A very captivating, intriguing and suspensive story. Unique in many ways, not just a predictable spy story. The suspense and mystery with the romantic interest was enough to keep the reader intrigued throughout “Never Trust a Pirate”. A great read for fans of mystery, suspense, intruigue, romance, spies, and an overall splendid read. Very well done, Valerie Bowman !!! I can’t wait to read the next “Playful Brides” story.
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

ALWAYS, RANSOM by Reina Torres….review

Always, Ransom (Three Rivers Express Book 1)Always, Ransom by Reina Torres


Genre: Sweet Western  Historical Romance (Wyoming)


Series: Three Rivers Express

Source: Personal buy


  • Publication date: April 20, 2017
  • Language: English
  • Length: 177 pages


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The Express took men and rode them hard across the West. That adventuring spirit belonged to men full of life, ready for whatever met them on the trail, everything, except for love.

Ransom McCain was the last man hired to ride for the Three Rivers station, but he was chosen to take the first ride west because he could think on his feet. Tensions are high because there are people determined to make the express fail, and little does Ransom know that he would fall for a woman caught in the crossfire.

Delia Burroughs is a young woman with plenty of heart and the strength of spirit to help her family survive in the West. But one by one they’ve left until it’s just Delia and her father. His grief and struggles may make it impossible for her to leave and make a family of her own. When she met Ransom, she knew she’d found a man she could love, but forces are determined to take her new home from her and perhaps her chance at real love.

Ransom and Delia will have to decide if what’s happening between them is something they want to fight for, or will they let themselves be pulled apart by the danger they’re both facing.

The Three Rivers Express Series is a set of Sweet Western Historical Romance which will be written alternately by Reina Torres and Nan O’Berry

Starting with the Spring of 1860 when the Pony Express began their service of mail delivery between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California, each of the Three Rivers Express books will take on a new season and a different rider.

Spring 1860 – “Always, Ransom” by: Reina Torres
Summer 1860 – “Always, Clay” by: Nan O’Berry
Fall 1860 – “Always, Wyeth” by: Reina Torres
Winter 1860 – “Always, Stone” by: Nan O’Berry

Ride the trails with our intrepid heroes and heartwarming heroines of the town of Three Rivers, Wyoming

Now available! !

Pick up your copy today and ride the trails with the Pony Express!!


Always, Ransom by Reina Torres is Book 1 in the new and what promises to be exciting “Three Rivers Express” series, set in Three Rivers, Wyoming in the Spring of 1860. A Sweet Western Historical Romance!

*”The Three Rivers Express Series is a set of Sweet Western Historical Romance which will be written alternately by Reina Torres and Nan O’Berry. Starting with the Spring of 1860 when the Pony Express began their service of mail delivery between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California, each of the Three Rivers Express books will take on a new season and a different rider.”*

With this said, get ready to ride the trails, with the pony express rider, with heartwarming heroines and some most intrepid heroes!! Feel the danger, the breeze on your face, hear the horse hooves, as they ride by fast and hard to get to the next relay station with the mail delivery and escape the danger that nay await around the next bend. Very exciting read! !

“Always, Ransom”, features Ransom McCain, and Delia Burroughs, her father owns the Burroughs station. She is spirited, courageous, brave and beautiful. She is strong enough and determined enough to help her family survive in the West. But one by one her brothers leave to go eleswhere, and persue their own lives and dreams, leaving only Delia and her father to attend to the relay station and keep it running. Her father’s struggles and grief, is made worse by all his crew having been run off. This will make it near impossible for Delia to leave and make a family of her own. She must stay and help her father, succeed.
Ransom, is the last man hired to ride for the Three Rivers station, since all the others either were killed or scared off. Ransom was chosen to be the first man to ride west because he could think fast on his feet, and had an adventureous spirit, he’s also alone in the world. Tensions are running high, some does not wish for the Express to make it through, they wish it to fail, for their own selfish reasons.

Steady paced, well written with well rounded and engaging characters. I love reading about the early days of the Pony Express rider and the relay stations. The plot was fasticating and intriguing.
From the first page I could not put this amazing story down, it was a spellbinding and quick read, only approximately 177 pages, packed full of a sweet romance, danger, some intrigue, and suspense. I read “Always, Ransom” in one setting.

This sweet, heartwarming story will keep you turning pages as Ransom and Delia figure out the attraction between them and if they are willing to risk what they’ve found, as the danger that surrounds them tries to pull them apart. Will they risk theit possible HEA and their love? Will their love be strong enough to prevent the nefarious things that are happening from destroying what they’ve found and the life they both wish?

There are NO cliffhanger, per se, this is a continuous story, however. Book 2 is to be released soon, “Summer 1860 – “Always, Clay” by: Nan O’Berry”. I can’t wait to see what is next for the “Three Rivers Express” riders and the relay station.

Think of the T.V. shows, “Larmine”, or “Young Riders”, yes, telling you my age. These shows are probably before most of your time, but I still watch them today, re-runs, of course.

*Note: this is a sweet romance, it does have a few curses words, nothing we all don’t hear often, such as “d**mn, he*l etc, they are not vulgar words. There is NO sensual interaction, only kissing.*

A most enjoyable and very satisfying read. Bravo, Reina Torres!! A definite must read for fans of Sweet Romance, Western Historical, Pony Express early days and the brave riders. Powerful and compelling read, “Always, Ransom”!!

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Sweet, other than a few curse words
Reviewed by: AprilR



Miss Millington's Dilemma (Lake District Brides Book 1)Miss Millington’s Dilemma by Vikki Vaught


Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Source: I received a complimentary copy


  • Publication date: April 12, 2017
  • Publisher: Enticing Pleasures Romance
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071Y7NM8W

(Courtesy of Amazon )

Product Description

Vikki Vaught’s newest series, Lake District Brides, begins with Miss Lizabella’s Dilemma, a historical novel of a woman’s despair in the aftermath of war. This Regency romance brings you endearing characters to love, and a moving love story of deep sensuality.

Lizabella Millington’s intended goes missing after the Battle of Waterloo. She’s afraid he may have perished on that fateful day. Her fear turns to panic when she realizes she carries his child. Her uncle discovers her shame and tosses her out, leaving her with no alternative but to seek shelter from her beloved’s eldest brother.

Marcus, Viscount Loring, grieves for his brother, who loses his life to injuries received in battle. The last thing he expects is a grieving young woman arriving on his doorstep and claiming his brother’s the father of her unborn child.

Should he believe her tragic tale and offer her succor or turn her away?


Miss Millington’s Dilemma by Vikki Vaught is an amazing Regency Romance.
Ms. Vaught manages to pull the reader into this incredibly beautiful and heartwarming story.

The characters were realistic and believable. The heroine was a bit naive at first, but she matures quickly, having a child tends to do that to a person. The heroine had a reason to be scared, feel alone and unwanted, in her desperate time of need, her family, per say, kicked her out with nothing but the clothes on her back. So off she goes to find her beloved at his brother’s house, to ask for help. I could see and feel a true gentleman doing as our hero did and accept his deceased brother’s child and help the mother, even to marrying her to make the child legitimate. I loved how they fall in love with each other and became a family. Melted my poor heart. Both our heroine and hero were motivated to do the right thing for all involved. I loved how the hero took responsibility of his brother’s child and claimed it as his own.

There is much to appeal to Regency fans, such as, conflict, a bit of danger, drama, love and finding a HEA for all concerned. The sensual tension was palpable, and exceuted well by Ms. Vaught, in my humble opinion.

Such an enjoyable and very satisfying read!
A great read that will hold the reader’s attention from the first page to the last. An absolute delight to read! Strongly recommended! !
I received a complimentary copy.


Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

A MOST UNLIKELY DUKE by Sophie Barnes….a review

A Most Unlikely Duke (Diamonds in the Rough, #1)A Most Unlikely Duke by Sophie Barnes

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Series: Diamonds in the Rough, #1

Source : I received a complimentary copy.

  • Publication date: June 27, 2017
  • Publisher: Avon
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LXF0026
  • Length: 384 pages


(Courtesy of Amazon)

Product Description

He never thought he’d become a duke, or that the secrets of his past would cost him his greatest love…


Raphe Matthews hasn’t stepped foot in polite circles since a tragedy left his once-noble family impoverished and in debt. The bare-knuckle boxer has spent the last fifteen years eking out an existence for himself and his two sisters. But when a stunning reversal of fortune lands Raphe the title of Duke of Huntley, he’s determined to make a go of becoming a proper lord, but he’ll need a little help, and his captivating neighbor might be just the woman for the job…


After her sister’s scandalous match, Lady Gabriella knows the ton’s eyes are on her. Agreeing to tutor the brutish new duke can only lead to ruin. Although she tries to control her irresistible attraction to Raphe, every day she spends with him only deepens her realization that this may be the one man she cannot do without. And as scandal threatens to envelop them both, she must decide if she can risk everything for love with a most unlikely duke.

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A Most Unlikely Duke by Sophie Barnes
is an interesting and stimulating Regency Romance. Book 1 in a new and what promises to be an incredible series, “Diamonds in the Rough”. Fast paced, exciting with engaging characters and an intriguing plot. Our hero, Raphe, is certainly a diamond in the rough, but an exciting one, to be sure.

Raphe Matthews, a bare-knuckle boxer who, was born into the gentry, but due to a tragedy, he and his family are left impoverished and in debt. Raphe, at age of eight, started taking care of himself and his three siblings, working on the docks and prize fighting. Unfortunately, one sibling was lost to the streets St. Giles, which still eats at him. He has spent the last fifteen grueling years, attempting to make a living for himself and his two surviving younger sisters. When a stunning reversal of fortune hands Raphe the title of Duke of Huntley, he is determined to become a proper Duke and give his sisters a better life.

Lady Gabriella, Ralpe’s new neighbor, has been brow beaten by her parents, since her sister’s scandalous match, she knows the ton’s eyes are on her to find a proper match. However, she agrees to tutor the new duke, a brutish hunk of a Duke, at that, but it can only lead to her ruin, but she agrees anyway. Raphe, is an honorable man, who honors his commitments, even if it would bring scandal to them all.

Together, Raphe and Gabriella, fight their attraction to each other, as well as
the scandal that is brewing. This story is heartwarming, as well as, intriguing, entertaining and proves, you can overcome the circumstances you are born into, by no fault of your own.
I was drawn into this story from the first page until the last, and can not wait to see what the next book in what promises, to be a most incredible series, will be about.

Ms. Barnes, is an amazing and talented author, who draws the reader into her stories with her characterizations, her details to Regency history, and her dramatization of the situations her characters find themselves in. “A Most Unlikely Duke”, is powerful, compelling and an excellent choice for any fan of historical fiction, romance, drama with stunning characters and a most unlikely plot. Masterfully written. A really great read, in my opinion!
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Received by: AprilR

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
  • 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?

Available at Amazon! Pick up your copy today! 

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

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