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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)

Description

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

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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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MY THOUGHTS:

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

RISING FIRE by Terri Brisbin…a review

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Rising Fire (Stone Circles #1)

Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance
Series: Stone Circles #1
Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.
  • Series: A Novel of the Stone Circles (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (March 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451469070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451469076
(Courtesy of Goodreads)
What if the standing stones and stone circles across the old Celtic world had a secret origin and use? What if some opened into another world? What if the goddess of fire was trapped beneath one?

Lovely and innocent, Brienne of Yester has always been able to manipulate fire, but when her powers suddenly surge, the simple life she once knew explodes.

Handsome, fearless, and commanding, William de Brus has been summoned by the king to investigate a nobleman rumored to have powers linked to the fabled fire goddess. When he chances upon Brienne, his desire for her is immediate. But as his mystical quest unfolds, William realizes that she is at the center of it — for Brienne possesses the very power he has been sent to vanquish….

As their attraction deepens, William attempts to free Brienne from the dark force beginning to control her — even when his duty demands that he treat her as an enemy. With emotions flaring, fire rising, and evil threatening at every turn, can the two lovers survive the coming battle and save all of humanity?

MY THOUGHTS:
RISING FIRE by Terri Brisbin is a fascinating Fantasy/Paranormal Romance. #1 in her new “Stone Circles” series. WOW! What a amazing beginning! The world building is wonderful and intriguing. The characters are challenging, engaging and endearing. A delightful and riveting new series.
Well written, with rich details, and an old Celtic world. Simply put WOW!
I loved the intrigue and the promise of more to come. With danger, mystic powers, fantasy, romance, the power of fire, secrets, and a  great battle. Well done, Ms. Brisbin! I look forward to the next installment. For fans of Fantasy as well as Paranormal, Old Celtic readers and Romances, alike.
*Received for an honest review from the publisher*
Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Hot
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

WHEN MORNING COMES by Francis Ray…review

WHEN MORNING COMES

*Image from the author’s website*

WHEN MORNING COMES

FRANCIS RAY

http://www.francisray.com

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: A Family Affair series(Book #1)

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin; First Edition edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312681623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312681623

*from the author’s website*

In this unforgettable new series, five men and women who grew up as orphans seek out their lost brothers and sisters, finding love and family along the way.

Dr. Cade Mathis learned early that he was not the son of the man who raised him. His adoptive father, a cruel, bitter man had always been quick to tell him that he was a bastard and an embarrassment to the rich society family whose daughter got pregnant with him. So when Cade received a full scholarship to college, he was only too happy to leave the only home he had ever known behind and never looked back. Now a successful doctor and one of the best neurosurgeons in the state, the only thing he still wants are answers about where he came from. What he doesn’t expect to find is Sabrina Thomas, the new patient advocate at his hospital or how this woman will lead him to the family he has been searching for and a love he never expected to find.

MY THOUGHTS:

WHEN MORNING COMES by Francis Ray is an interesting contemporary romance. It is the beginning of a new series,”A Family Affair”. A touching tale of family,forgiveness,secrets,love,friendship,choices we make,the consequences they bring and the love we find along the way. A powerful beginning to what will hopefully bring a powerful series. Follow Dr. Cade Mathis, a Neurosurgeon,who was adoptive by a cruel and bitter man and Sabrina  Thomas,a  patient advocate as  they navigate through an unexpected love,and finding family. Ms. Ray as always as written a powerful and complex story that will leave the reader wanting to find out what awaits “A Family Affair”. If you enjoy multicultural romances,contemporary romance full of emotions than you do not want to miss “A Family Affair”. Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details  can be found at the author’s website,St. Press,and My Book Addiction and More.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: MILD

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book  Addiction Reviews

 

 

 

 

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