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 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.


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You’re the Rogue That I Want
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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








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)


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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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


THE DUKE’S FORBIDDEN LOVE by Jessie Bennett. ..a review

Regency Romance: Duke's Forbidden Love (The Fairbanks Series - Love & Hearts) (Historical Romance Fiction)Regency Romance: Duke’s Forbidden Love (The Fairbanks Series – Love & Hearts) by Jessie Bennett

Genre: Historical Romance  (Clean Regency)

Series: The Fairbanks Series  – Hearts & Love

Source: Personal buy

  • Publication date: January 29, 2017
  • Publisher: Carlton House Publishing Co.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N27R43I


(Courtesy of Amazon)


Duke’s Forbidden Love returns to full price, $2.99 on Feb 13th.

A beautiful widow. A daring younger man. A society-threatening age gap. Keep it a secret or risk the wrath of the ton? Will there be any happily ever after for them?

Mrs. Anna Vanessa Maddy is a beautiful widow, now in her early 40s, although she’s always told that she looks much younger.

Duke Bryan Michael Watson has never minded a challenge, especially when society would not approve of the match.

The duke knows that if he hurts the pretty widow, regardless of her age, the members of his peerage—and all generations surrounding—will never forgive him. She’s a beautiful lady on the inside and out, and well loved by all those who know her. However, he’s immediately attracted to her, despite an age gap of more than twenty years.

Anna is lonely, despite the attempts of her teenage son and father to distract her from the sadness caused by her husband’s untimely death a few years earlier. At a grand ball, she meets a handsome young man who draws her into his aura, creating a magnetism that neither of them can deny.

Her father does not approve of the match, mostly due to the age difference, and they couple fears that society will never accept them for this reason. Without her father’s blessing, Anna cannot wed her handsome love, regardless of how she feels, and even if it means ignoring the fact that she already loves him more than she ever loved her husband.

Will Anna be forced to marry the much older Duke Doughtery, her father’s friend, instead of the love of her life?

Can Lord Bryan convince her father that his age is truly not a factor, and that his business savvy and maturity should be considered first—along with his love for Anna and her son?

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Regency Romance: Duke’s Forbidden Love (The Fairbanks Series – Love & Hearts) (Historical Romance Fiction) Kindle Edition by Jessie Bennett is another superb addition to “The Fairbanks series – Love & Hearts”. While, part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone. A Clean Regency Romance with intrigue and a unique plot. A older woman and a younger Duke find their attraction can cause a scandal. Can they face the wrath of the ton or will they chose the ton over finding their HEA? Well written with wonderful charactization and a well developed story. Mrs. Anna Vanessa Maddy, a widow, the age of 40, with a young son meets the very dependable, mature, and business savy, Duke Bryan Michael Watson, 20 years her junior. The ton and Anna’s father does not approve of the match. Will Anna marry the match her father wishes, to his much older friend, the Duke Dougherty or will she follow her heart? What’s best for her young son, love or social acceptance? This couple has much to deal with as well as her father’s unwillingness to approve or bless the match, mostly due to their age difference, they must face the ton’s reaction. Do you believe age really matters or is love more important than acceptance? Steady faced with engaging characters, who will capture your heart. Definitely has difficult decisions, consequences, with another much older suiter, and the age difference as problems. Ms. Bennett did a great job in conquering the age difference between an older woman and a younger gentleman. I enjoyed the story from the first page to the end. The conflict was not between Anna, Bryan or her son but Anna’s family, scandal and the whispers of the ton. An older, widow Lady, and a younger, impedious but mature Duke, along with the age difference must deal with society threatening their happiness. Whew! What a great story! Ms. Bennett has done it again. Well done! I recommend “Duke’s Forbidden Love” to fans of Regency Romance, as well as, Clean Romance, unique stories, older women and younger men, and sweet Romances. Enjoyable and satisfying read!


Heat rating: Sweet/ Clean Romance

Reviewed by: AprilR

ADORED IN AUTUMN by Jess Michaels.

Adored in Autumn (Seasons Book 4)Adored in Autumn by Jess Michaels

Genre: Historical Romance  (Regency)

Series: Seasons #4

Source: I received a complimentary copy.


  • Publication date: January 10, 2017
  • Publisher: The Passionate Pen
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N9IIF0V
  • Length: 213 pages

Book 4 of 4 in The “Seasons” series.


(Courtesy of Amazon)

The final steamy chapter in the popular Seasons series from USA Today Bestselling Author Jess Michaels.

Viscountess Felicity Barbridge escaped a violent marriage with her life because she was willing to make desperate choices. Now those choices are back to haunt her, as is the object of her girlhood obsession, Asher Seyton.

Asher was never anything more than a servant’s son, but he’s elevated himself through an education and is now a respected solicitor. He only returns to his childhood home to help with a financial issue, but when he realizes Felicity is being threatened, he’s driven to stay and help. Even if he must now face all the feelings for her he tried to repress over the years.

Will Felicity be able to trust Asher enough to share more than passion? And will Asher’s own secrets unravel all they’ve built?

Length: Full-Length
Heat Level: Intensely passionate

Part of the Seasons series but can be read as a standalone story.


Adored in Autumn (Seasons Book 4) by Jess Michaels is another superb addition to her “Seasons” series. While it can read as a stand alone, Book 3 touches a bit on the heroine of “Adored in Autumn”, Felicity, but not necessary to enjoy this story. This is however, the final installment of the “Seasons” series. I am a bit saddened to see it end.

This is the story of second chances, love and the ending of the hopeless feelings for Felicity, hopefully.

Viscountess Felicity Barbridge, a widow from an abusive marriage, barely escapes with her life, after making difficult choices. Asher Seyton, was her childhood crush, once a servant’s son, now he had elevated himself through hard work and education, and is now a respected solicitor. He never abandoned his childhood feelings for Felicity either.
A twist of fate brings them face to face once again, but will love be enough to overcome the dangers facing them? Or will all be lost to the danger that threatens to tear them apart, once again? A steamy, well written, fast paced story that will leave readers breathtaken.

Once again, Ms. Michaels has created a story that envelopes around her characters like a glove envelopes your hand, leaving a warm and cozy feeling. Albeit, I have to admit to being a bit frustrated with the prejudice of women and social class during this era, but that’s the era they were born into.

Filled with forgiveness, redemption, inner strength, courage, blackmail, danger and a second chance at love and happiness. Readers will be drawn into “Adored in Autumn”, from the first page to the last page. Ms. Michales has a way of pulling readers into her stories through her characters, descriptions of their surroundings and her observations of the obstacles in life. A powerful, compelling and emotionally charged story by a masterfull storyteller. Be swept away by “Adored in Autumn”, you’re be thrilled you did! Ms. Michaels brings the “Seasons” series, together with this final farewell to the seasons. Captivating, compelling, powerful and intriguing from beginning to end.

Fans of Regency Romance, steamy romance, and compelling but compassionate romance are sure to enjoy “Adored in Autumn”.
Another hit by Jess Michaels! I adore her stories, for sure! She never fails to amaze me with her complexities of life and finding a HEA. Another not to miss Regency Romance! Bravo, Ms. Michaels! !
I received a complimentary copy.

*Do be aware, this is a hot, steamy, intensely passionate Regency Romance.*

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Hot/ steamy
Reviewed by: AprilR


BRETTE: Intentions Gone Astray by Collette Cameron. ..a review

Brette: Intentions Gone Astray (Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper Book 3)Brette: Intentions Gone Astray by Collette Cameron

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Series: Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper Book 3

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

  • Publication date: January 10, 2017
  • Publisher: Blue Rose Romance LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N3OIT9X
  • Length: 174 pages
  • Book 3 of 3 in Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper (3 Book Series)


(Courtesy of Amazon)

He thought his adventures were over…

A rogue reluctantly turned rector, Alexander Hawksworth, prefers soirées to sermons and parties to prayers. Though impoverished, he seizes every opportunity to escape parish duties, preferring to hob nob with London’s finest–especially after the precocious and petite Brette Culpepper arrives in Town. Alex secretly fantasizing about claiming the breathtaking beauty as his very own, and when he unexpectedly inherits an earldom, he’s determined to make her his countess… Until he’s accused of murdering the previous earl.

Then she burst headlong into his life…

New to Society, Brette adores the whirlwind social scene, the stream of invitations… the slightly-sensual verbal sparring with the devilishly attractive, much too witty, and oh so unsuitable Mr. Hawksworth. But her fairytale existence crashes to a halt when rumors circulate she’s a peer’s illegitimate granddaughter. Even though he’s left her a tidy inheritance, formerly hospitable doors slam in her face as a newly appointed guardian emerges, intent on stealing her wealth and forcing her to wed an elderly despot.

Time is against them as Alex struggles to clear his name and deliver the woman he loves from an unthinkable fate.



Brette: Intentions Gone Astray (Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper Book 3) by Collette Cameron is at times a humorous and compelling Regency Romance. While, Book 3, it can be read as a stand alone. I’d suggest reading the other two books in this fantastic series, I feel you would benefit from reading them to get the full benefits from “Brette”, there are some events, situations, and revelations revealed, that could spoil your entertainment, by not reading the other two books in this series, first, although, not necessary to enjoy “Brette”.

This is Brette Culpepper and Alexander Hawksworth’s story. Brette, is new to society, and finds she rather enjoys the soirees, dancing, balls and the social whirlwind, until that is….a horrible rumor circulates, everything changes in her newly discovered social world. Alexander Hawksworth, aka Alex, is a handsome, witty rogue turned rector, relucantly, I mind add. But what’s a impoverished man to do to survive? He prefers the social world to prayers and sermons. Especially, after he meets the whirlwind named Brette. Then, he unexpectedly inherits an earldom, but his inheritance and freedom is threatened by rumors and innuendoes of him murdering the previous Earl. Brett, unexpectedly learns a secret that devastates her new found world, when rumors fly that she may be the illegitimate granddaughter of a peer, who has left her a tidy inheritance. Then, Alex learns that her newly appointed guardian is not a nice man, he intends to forcefully, if necessary, marry Brette off to an elderly despot man. He is after her wealth and cares nothing about her happiness or welfare. Whew, talk about roadblocks for a blossoming relationship! Can they overcome the obstacles thrown in their way or lose all to others actions?

Follow, Brette and Alex on a whirlwind, sometimes, and devastating world, while, other times you will smile, with their witty banter, and their undeniable attraction to each other.

Well written tale of life, love, and obstacles, but will they be able to find gold after the rainbow, after everything life throws their way?

I enjoyed Alex and Brette’s story, it was not a typical romance, where the characters find love and live HEA, there are so many obstacles and ill will thrown in their path.

Once again, Ms. Cameron has written a captivating, yet thought-provoking tale, where the road to happiness has many curves, and not a clear path. Whew, an awesome, lively, unlikely Regency romance, with many twists and turns.
Bravo, Ms. Cameron! Brette, I think is my favorite of the magnificent “Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper” series, thus far.
A must read Regency Romance by the never disappointing Collette Cameron!! Fans of witty banter, Regency Romance, and complicated stories, will definitely enjoy reading Brette and Alex’s story. Pick up a copy today to find out the twists and turns of Brette and Alex’s story, I think you will enjoy this masterfully written story, I sure did.
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR


THE EARL’S RETURN by Callie Hutton…review 

The Earl's Return (Marriage Mart Mayhem #7)The Earl’s Return by Callie Hutton

Twitter: @CallieHutton

Genre: Historical Romance  (Regency )

Series: Marriage Mart Mayhem #7

Source: Received for an honest review from Net Galley. However, all opinions, insights and thoughts are my own personal opinions. 

  • Publication date: August 22, 2016
  • Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01IN8ZW8K
  • Length: 208 pages 

(Courtsey of Amazon )


Product Description

London, 1819. Four years ago, Darius, the Earl of Redgrave fled London two weeks before his wedding to Lady Mary’s sister and married another woman. Now a widower, he has returned to seek a new wife.

One woman catches his eye . . .

At first, Lady Mary doesn’t recognize the handsome lord as the cad who ran out on her sister. After giving him the cut direct in a London ballroom, she finds herself running into him everywhere she goes, and fighting a forbidden attraction. Not only has Mary sworn off men, Redgrave is so very wrong for her. But she cannot stop thinking of his kisses. Redgrave means to stay away from Mary but it is impossible. Passion between two people who can never be together is a dangerous game.

The Marriage Mart Mayhem series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 The Elusive Wife
Book #2 The Duke’s Quandary
Book #3 The Lady’s Disgrace
Book #4 The Baron’s Betrayal
Book #5 The Highlander’s Choice
Book #6 The Highlander’s Accidental Marriage
Book #7 The Earl’s Return

My Thoughts: 

The Earl’s Return (Marriage Mart Mayhem, Book 7) by Callie Hutton is a fantastic Regency Historical Romance. Can be read as a stand alone. Set in 1819 London. What a great finale to the “Marriage Mart Mayhem”! I’m a bit saddened to see this series go, but all good things must come to an end.

Well written, steady paced, with engaging, well-developed and captivating characters. The storyline is full of mayhem, passion, scandal, adventure, secrets, betrayal, forbidden love, second chances, healing, forgiveness, manipulation, and finding and holding onto that special HEA.

This is the story of Darius, the Earl of Redgrave, who fled London, and his betrothed, in order to marry another, under suspicious circumstances. Now he’s a widower, he’s come back to London, seeking a wife. Lady Mary, whose sister was jilted at the altar by Darius, four years prior, is now in search of another wife. He never expected to see Mary, again.

Can Darius and Mary get past the past, and the mistrust to find a HEA? Or will they lose all to secrets, deception and lies?

“The Earl’s Return” is an unforgettable, and captivating tale with re-appearing characters, a wide range of emotions, interwoven characters and a great Regency Romance.

Once again, Ms. Hutton will steal the reader’s heart with her tanalizling, and unforgettable characters. She is an amazing storyteller who writes masterfully and brilliantly. I adore her stories! If you have not read “The Marriage Mart Mayhem” I’d strongly recommend you start now. Another great Regency Romance by Ms. Hutton!
I can’t wait to see what awaits the reader next. I absolutely loved “The Earl’s Return”! A satisfying and enjoyable read!
Received for an honest review from Net Galley. However, all opinions, insights and thoughts are my own personal opinions.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

Check out this review of The Lure of a Rake (The Heart of a Duke Book 9)

Here is a review by April:

THE LURE OF A RAKE by Christi Caldwell!
Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)
Series: The Heart of a Duke #9
Source: Received for an honest review from the author.  However,  all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Visit the author’s website for more information on this exciting series and upcoming releases.

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SCHEMES GONE AMISS by Collette Cameron…a review

Schemes Gone Amiss (Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper Book 2)Schemes Gone Amiss by Collette Cameron

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Series: Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper #2

Source: Received for an honest review from the author

  • Print Length: 173 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blue Rose Romance LLC (February 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01A0E42HW


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Intrepid and outspoken, Blythe Culpepper is dragged against her will to London for a Season. To her dismay, her guardian enlists the devilishly attractive Lord Leventhorpe, the one man she detests, to assist with her Come Out. Since their first encounter, hostile looks and cutting retorts have abounded whenever they meet, yet she cannot deny the way her body reacts when he’s near. So perhaps it’s no surprise that upon overhearing another woman scheming to entrap Tristan into marriage, Blythe risks all to warn him.

Haunted by childhood trauma, Tristan, the austere and controlled Marquis of Leventhorpe, usually avoids social gatherings. So why, against his better judgement, does he agree to aid his closet friend in presenting the Culpeppers to the ton? Might it be because one Culpepper stirs more than his interest? Blythe taxes him to his limits with her sharp wit and even sharper tongue. Yet, he cannot deny the beauty fascinates him. However, when an old enemy comes calling, using Blythe to settle old scores, Tristan must decide if protecting his honor is more important than winning the heart of the woman he has come to love.


#2 in the intriguing “Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper”, but can be read as a stand alone. Fast paced tale during the Regency England era, with schemes, and romance. Well written with engaging and interesting characters. Readers will find themselves engrossed in the opinionated, confident Miss Blythe Culpepper. Schemers find themselves in cohorts with each other, but will their schemes be flaunted by our dashing hero, Lord Leventhorpe?
Although, our H/H find themselves hostile to each other, they also find their bodies are very much attracted to each other, but can lust find a HEA between these two very different characters? Will trying to flaunt a scheme, compromise, and disgrace Blythe or will she be saved by an unexpected hero? You MUST pick up and read this fascinating, complicated, engrossing, passionate, very entertaining and most enjoyable read! An engrossing story from the first page to the last page and long after you have finished reading.
Once again, Ms. Cameron, will have her fans turning pages. She is an amazing storyteller, one who draws the reader into a different time and place. Another grand Historical Romance adventure! A must read for fans of Regency England, Historical Romance, adventure and readers who simply enjoy an enjoyable and satisfying read. Ms. Cameron’s storytelling just keeps getting better and better. Highly recommended!

*Received for an honest review from the author*

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

Check out this review of Loved by a Duke (The Heart of a Duke Series Book 4)

Loved by a Duke by Christi Caldwell…a review

Here is a review by April:

Genre:  Historical Romance ( Regency)
Series : The Heart of a Duke #4
Source: Received for an honest review from the author

Length: 271 pages Usage: Unlimited
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.Language: English


Publication Date: April 27, 2015 ( courtesy of Amazon)

For ten years, Lady Daisy Meadows has been in love with Auric, the Duke of Crawford. Ever since his gallant rescue years earlier, Daisy knew she was destined to be his Duchess. Unfortunately, Auric sees her as his best friend’s sister and nothing more. But perhaps, if she can manage to find the fabled heart of a duke pendant, she will win over the heart of her duke. 

Auric, the Duke of Crawford enjoys Daisy’s company. The last thing he is interested in however, is pursuing a romance with a woman he’s known since she was in leading strings. This season, Daisy is turning up in the oddest places and he cannot help but notice that she is no longer a girl. But Auric wouldn’t do something as foolhardy as to fall in love with Daisy. He couldn’t. Not with the guilt he carries over his past sins… Not when he has no right to her heart…But perhaps, just perhaps, she can forgive the past and trust that he’d forever cherish her heart—but will she let him?

Length: 271 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: UnlimitedSold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.Language: EnglishASIN: B00WT0H42G

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