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THE ELUSIVE MISS WINSTON by Layna Pimentel

The Elusive Lady Winston (Regency Rendezvous Book 5)The Elusive Lady Winston by Layna Pimentel

Genre: Regency Romance

Series: Regency Rendezvous Romance, #5

Source: Personal buy

  • Publication date: July 24, 2017
  • Publisher: Scarsdale Publishing, Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B073X5TBQ5
  • Length: 181 pages

 

Description (From Amazon)

A Regency Rendezvous Romance

With two scandals behind him, the Earl of Chisholm never expected his third to land him in love.

Scandal, thy name is Evan. After learning of his sister’s unfortunate predicament, the Earl of Chisholm sets out to find her a husband as quickly as possible. Instead, he discovers a previous love affair stands to ruin the family’s chances of landing a respectable offer. Even worse, the earl stumbles into scandal number three; Lady Winston.

While visiting a cousin in London, Lady Eliza Winston finds herself in unfamiliar territory when a handsome earl rescues her from two vagabonds. Despite the decision to keep her distance from the charming rogue, he persuades her to give them a chance at love.

Neither can deny their passion. Yet, when the earl’s previous lover decides she should be the next Countess Chisholm, no one is safe until she and her band of thugs are apprehended.

Other Regency Rendezvous Romances

The Devil of Montlaine
The Blue Drawing Room
The Archaeologist’s Daughter
Ice and Embers
Wreck and Ruin
The Earl’s Encounter
P.S. I Loathe You
Romancing the Rogue
The Stablemaster’s Daughter
The Enigma of a Spy
A Rake Like No Other

 

 

 

 

 

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My thoughts:

The Elusive Lady Winston, by Layna Pimentel, is a “A Regency Rendezvous Romance”, #5. Each book is from fabulous new series, by different authors and each book can be read as stand alone. A Novella that is as charming as it is enjoyable. The cast of characters are delightful, entertaining and believable. The plot is delightful, flows seamlessly and is very interesting. An unlikely attraction and a unlikely meeting catch these two characters off guard, and thus the story begins….
This is the story of Evan, the Earl of Chisholm and Lady Eliza Winston. A story of scandal, deceit, secrets, danger, passion and finding a HEA after years of sorrow and grief.
Fast paced with twists and turns that will keep the reader turning pages to see who does what and why. An unlikely villian, and second chances, makes THE ELUSIVE LADY WINSTON a captivating story. I enjoyed Evan and Eliza’s story very much. These two characters just may heal each other from their past to begin a new future, not without struggles, and danger, though. While, a novella, of approximately 151 pages, Ms. Pimentel manages to write a story without flaws, unanswered questions nor does it leave the reader wondering. A captivating and exciting story of second chances, love and the struggles to get to a HEA. Mesmerizing tale! Well done, indeed, Layna Pimentel! !

Other Regency Rendezvous Romances:

The Devil of Montlaine
The Blue Drawing Room
The Archaeologist’s Daughter
Ice and Embers
Wreck and Ruin
The Earl’s Encounter
P.S. I Loathe You
Romancing the Rogue
The Stablemaster’s Daughter
The Enigma of a Widow
A Rake Like No Other

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

WHERE THE VISCOUNT MET HIS MATCH by Tabetha Waite

Where the Viscount Met His Match (Ways of Love Book 2)Where the Viscount Met His Match by Tabetha Waite

 

Genre: Historical Romance

Series: Ways of Love, #2

Source: Received a complimentary vopy, however, all opinions are my own.

 

  • Publication date: June 14, 2017
  • Publisher: Etopia Press
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072KPQVMH
  • Length: 380 pages

 

(From Amazon)

Description

Secrets. Lies. And a second chance at love…

Torn from the only man she’d ever loved by a tragic secret, Mara Miller has traveled a long and difficult road. From poverty and the workhouses, she’s finally made a life for herself as the owner of a small haberdashery in London. With her companion, Big B, an African slave she’d helped escape from a Brazilian slaver, she’s made a fresh start. But when the past walks into her shop—in the form of the ever-handsome Roarke Garrott, Viscount Eversleigh—Mara feels her whole world crash to her feet. Thrust back into a web of lies, deceit, and manipulation, Mara is forced to face the one man she’d sworn to forget.

For the past seven years, Roarke had sequestered himself in India to mourn Mara’s death. Vowing to move on and put the past behind him, he returns to London, only to find himself gazing into those beautiful green eyes he believed he’d never see again. Now he’s found her—alive and trying to deny who she was. A million feelings wash over him. Joy. Fury. Heartbreak. He would have the truth from her—of where she’d gone, and why—but when trouble from the past finds Mara and Big B, the truth becomes secondary to saving Mara’s life. After just learning that the woman he’d loved is alive, Roarke is not about to lose her again…

 

Book 1, WHY THE EARL WANTS THE GIRL

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My thoughts:

Where the Viscount Met His Match (Ways of Love Book 2) by Tabetha Waite is a Regency Romance by this amazing and masterful author. While, book 2, it can be read as a stand alone.
I absolutely love Mara Miller, which we met in book 1, and Roarke Garrott, Viscount Eversleigh, the love of Mara’s life, but she lost him several years prior due to a tragic event that forced Mara to fake her own death. A story filled with a web of lies, deceit, manipulation, sacrifice and so much more. Now, he’s walked back into her life. I found these characters to be tortured souls, torn apart by a huge secret then thrust back together again, by unseen circumstances, to be heart a wrenching, engaging and very enjoyable read. The secondary characters are enjoyable and help move the story along. The plot is intriguing, very interesting and captivating. The storyline flows seamlessly and is well executed, in my humble opinion.

A story of love, grief, secrets, a tragic kidnapping, deceit, mental illness and second chances at finding a HEA. The twists and turns were magnificent and well done to deliver a most fantastic Regency Romance. A bit of mystery, suspense and the romance, was absolutely enticing and delightful to read.
Ms. Waite, captured my attention and held me glued to the pages of this gripping and brilliantly written story.

This is Ms. Waite’s second novel but she writes like a master, fully engaging her readers with characterizations, her descriptions, her detail to research, and the Era she’s writing. Just stunning and very well written! Fast paced with page turning mystery and suspense. The romance to me was wonderful, seeming realistic and believable.

A powerful, yet sweet romance with twists and turns. I look forward to reading more, in this fascinating series!
WHERE THE VISCOUNT MET HIS MATCH ends with the reader learning some of Roarke’s sister’s story, which just made me want more. A must read Regency Romance by an upcoming and rising author, Tabetha Waite! A definite keeper. I can see me reading this story and book 1, over again. A true treasure! Well done, Tabetha Waite! !
I received a complimentary copy, however, all opinions are my own.

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!!

MY THOUGHTS:

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

PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE ~~OTHER HIGHLANDER by Adrienne Basso. ..review

No Other Highlander (The McKennas)No Other Highlander by Adrienne Basso

Genre: Historical Romance (Scotland Highlands)

Series: The McKennas

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

 

  • Publication date: February 28, 2017
  • Publisher: Zebra
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GBAG3AS
  • Length: 368 pages

 

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Description

Scottish Highlands, 1334: The McKenna clan flourishes under a family of warriors, fierce and righteous, faithful to their own until the last. But to produce an heir, the widowed eldest son must risk his heart again . . .
 
Lady Joan Armstrong Fraser was once the indulged and pampered daughter of a laird. But marriage to a brute changed her. When he sets her aside, she has only her wits and her beauty to protect herself and her child from the chaos of her former home. She will have to find another husband—a man whose strength is more than a weapon against the weak. A man she can trust . . . if such a man even breathes.

Sir Malcolm McKenna has known Lady Joan since her childhood, a spoiled princess as dangerous as she is lovely. But when she steps forward to protect him against a false accusation, he discovers a character stronger than he guessed—and an attraction he yearns to explore . . .

Release date: February 28, 2017! Reserve your copy today! 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

No Other Highlander (The McKennas) by Adrienne Basso is an intriguing Medieval Scottish Romance set in 1334 Scottish Highlands.
WOW! Fast paced, adventure filled, heart -pounding and very captivating tale of heartbreak, healing, forgiveness, learning to trust and finding HEA, peace and happiness. Such a powerful and compelling story!

Lady Joan Armstrong Fraser, was an abused wife with a small son Callum, escapes her abusive husband. While, she used to be a pampered and indulged daughter of a laird, her marriage to a brute and tyrant changed her, forever. Now she only wishes to provide her son with protection, security and love. Unfortunately, she’ll get no help from her father.
Sir Malcolm McKenna has known Lady Joan since her childhood he remembers her as a spoiled princess who is both dangerous and lovely. When she steps in to protect Malcolm he sees another side to the woman she’s grown into, she is fierce, tolerate and loves her child unconditionally.

Ms. Basso has written a sensitive, complicated, compassionate story of second chances that will captivate readers and capture their hearts from the first page to the last. Can horrors from the past, find healing and learn to trust and love, leaving all the baggage as a distance memory?

I adore how Ms. Basso brings this masterfully written story full circle to provide readers with mystery, suspense, passion and love. A must read Medieval Scottish Romance!
I can’t wait to read more of “The McKennas”.
Ms. Basso provided me with a few hours of escape from realism to the world of Highlanders, clans, and the lasses who loves them. I read it in one setting. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading! Strongly recommended!
I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild to a bit steamy
Reviewed by: AprilR

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

His Highland HeartHis Highland Heart by Willa Blair

Genre: Historical Romance  (Medieval Scottish)

Series: His Highland Heart, #1

Source: I received a complimentary copy.

 

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

 

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Product Description

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

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

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

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MY THOUGHTS 

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

This is the story of Euan Brodie and Muireall Munroe.

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

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

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

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

 

Rating: 5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

 

Regency Romance: Loving The Reluctant Viscount (The Fairbanks Series – Love & Hearts) (CLEAN Historical Regency Romance) by Jessie Bennett …a review

Clean Regency Romance: Loving The Reluctant Viscount (The Fairbanks Series - Love & Hearts) (CLEAN Historical Romance)Clean Regency Romance: Loving The Reluctant Viscount (The Fairbanks Series – Love & Hearts) (CLEAN Historical Regency Romance )

Jessie Bennett 

Genre: Clean Regency Romance

Series: The Fairbanks Series -Love & Hearts #3

Source: Personal buy

  • Publication date: December 24, 2016
  • Publisher: Carlton House Publishing Co.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MZ36NPO
  • Length: 2

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MY THOUGHTS 

Regency Romance: Loving The Reluctant Viscount (The Fairbanks Series – Love & Hearts) (CLEAN Historical Regency Romance) by Jessie Bennett
is Book 3 in “The Fairbanks Series -Love & Hearts”, but it can be read as a stand alone.
This is the story of Lady Janelle Dowling and Viscount Allan Gray. Lady Janelle is considered on the shelf, she is the only unmarried sister of Elizabeth, Duchess of Worthington. Viscount Allan is visiting from Australia with his sister to further is business interest.
However, there is a nefarious plot to destroy a young couple’s love. Will this happen or can the plot be stopped before it’s too late? Will a young couple’s love be lost forever? Can the mystery of who is behind the theft be found before it’s too late?
A bit slow in the beginning but picks up nicely. With a mixture of mystery, intrigue, and romance, Ms. Bennett will once again delight her readers, with her intriguing plot and her engaging characters. Readers will be captivated and held in suspense, as they try to figure how why and who is responsible for the loss of the peace and tranquility at Fairbanks. I must say, I was a bit shocked and surprised.
Another great Clean Regency Romance by Jessie Bennett! Strongly recommended for fans of Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Clean Historical Regency, stories with extended families, suspense, mystery and romantic intrigue. A must read!

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Sweet
Reviewed by: AprilR

CONQUERING WILLIAM by Sarah Hegger. ..review 

Conquering William (Sir Arthur's Legacy,  #3)Conquering William by Sarah Hegger

Website: http://sarahhegger.com/

Twitter: @SarahHegger

 

Genre: Historical Romance  (Medieval /England )

Series: Sir Arthur’s Legacy #3

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

  • Publication date: August 30, 2016
  • Publisher: Lyrical Press
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0190HGX9A

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“Sarah Hegger has a gift for storytelling that is not to be missed. She’s a personal favorite of mine.” —Kathryn Le Veque, USA Today bestselling author

A practical marriage…

He married for convenience, but William of Anglesea had hoped for more than piety from his new bride. Raised in a convent and thrice widowed, prim Lady Alice of Tarnwych seems like an innocent when it comes to the marriage bed—except for the tentative passion he senses in her touch, and sees in her eyes. It seems the bold knight has a new challenge in alluring Alice. But will seducing his intriguing wife lead to his downfall?

An inconvenient desire…

Everything about charming, free-spirited William defies the cloistered world Lady Alice comes from. Duty brings her to their bed—and a long-held hope for a child. Yet after three indifferent husbands, the desire William shows her awakens her own. Little did Alice expect the powerful feelings he would inspire, emotions that make her ready to abandon her rigid beliefs, and the only family she’s ever known—when William’s life is on the line…




My Thoughts: 

Conquering William by Sarah Hegger is a mesmerizing Medieval Historical Romance. Set with the English borderland as a background. Book 3 in the “Sir Arthur’s Legacy”, but can be read as a stand alone. See, “Sweet Bea”, and “My Lady Faye”.

Sir William of Anglesea, a Knight, free-spirited, sexy, steadfast, loyal, has a large, loving family just married for convenience and duty. But he’s hoping for more than a piety marriage, from, Lady Alice of Tarnwych. Who is a widow three times over, comely, loyal to a fault, duty-bound, cloistered from the outside world, but dreams of one day having a happy, loving marriage with children of her own.

Sister Julianna, the nun who raised Lady Alice, and is also her Aunt, has big secrets of her own. There is an uneasy feeling that surrounds Sister Julianna. She influences Lady Alice, to distraction and is very selfish, self-serving and not very kind. I wanted to just slap her and send her packing, but bless William, he has the patient of a saint, in this regard. Lady Alice’s father had no time or desire to be with his daughter, so she was raised by Sister Julianna, in a near-like convent environment, although, in a stronghold.

Fast paced, heart-pounding, tale of secrets, treachery, lies, deception, mystery, suspense, danger, passion and the beauty of finding love and hopefully, a peaceful HEA.

“Conquering William” has such a uniqueness that surrounds the story, and the characters, that the impact it has is tremendous, captivating and mesmerizing, or to me, anyway.
I was totally surprised from beginning to end and all throughout. While, the reader may think they know the secrets within, they will be shocked when they learn the biggest secret of all. It was hard to understand Lady Alice’s reaction to William’s youngest brother, who is handicapped. The reader knows it will be something overwhelming and catastrophic to a young Lady Alice, but will it destroy the tender relationship her and William are building?
Will Sister Julianna destroy the HEA William and Lady Alice is searching for, or will they stop her before it’s too late?

What an amazing storyteller, Ms. Hegger is, one who draws the reader in and holds them in awe. You can feel the sensual tension, the tension amongst the people, the angst, turmoil and love as it flows off the pages. WOW! What a captivating and mesmerizing Medieval Historical Romance! Highly recommended for fans of Medieval Romance, uniquely written, highly explosive story with many twists and turns. I read it in one setting. Once you get started it was hard to put down.

Magnificent storytelling! Powerful, compelling and emotionally charged!
I can’t wait to see what Ms. Hegger has in store for readers next. I hope you will put up a copy, of “Conquering William” you will not regret your choice of reading material.
Received for an honest review from Net Galley. However, all opinions, insights and thoughts are my own personal opinions.

Rating: 5
Heat rating: Hot
Reviewed by: AprilR

Check out this review of The King’s Executioner (Pict King, #1)

Here is a review by April: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1646599619

THE KING’S EXECUTIONER by Donna Fletcher

Genre: Historical Romance  (Medieval Picts)
Series: Pict King Series #1
Source: Received for an honest review from the author

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Check out this review of My Lady, My Spy (Secrets and Seduction, #4)

Here is a review by April: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1633247059

Coming soon, June 2016!
From Sheridan Jeane!
Seduction and Secrets, Book 4.

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