Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Captivating the Scoundrel (#4 Legendary Rogues) Darcy Burke - Blog Tour

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Captivating the Scoundrel, an all-new historical standalone in the Legendary Rogues series from USA Today bestselling author Darcy Burke, is available now!


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Daphne Foliot has always known she’ll be married off to a man who, like her, descended from one of King Arthur’s fabled knights. That doesn’t mean she wants to be, even if it is her beloved father’s wish. Raised without a mother, she owes everything to the man who encouraged and funded her education and supports her dream of becoming the first female member of the Order of the Round Table. But when she suspects her chosen husband is a traitor to the Order, she plans to expose his treachery, regardless of their extraordinary mutual attraction.

Heir to the thirteen treasures of Britain, Gideon Kersey vows to do anything to protect his family’s legacy from a secret society bent on exploiting the items for personal gain, including marry a woman he doesn’t love. Except she ignites a passion he was certain died with his first wife, and when the truth behind the Order’s objectives threatens everything Daphne knows, Gideon must fight to save her—and any future they hope to share.

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Review 
4 Stars 
🌟⭐🌟⭐

This is a captivating read with lots of actions, mysteries, intrigues and a beautiful romance.

Gideon is a reputable rogue who will do anything to preserve his legacy. Down to an arranged marriage, even though getting married is the last thing on his mind. 

Daphne is rather an interesting character. Her ambition is to become the first lady of the Round Table. 

Daphne's first meeting with Gideon is under false pretenses. Even if Daphne knows that her future is already determined by her beloved father, Gideon isn't what she expects. In view of what are at risk, he goes along with Daphne's father, but deep down he is hoping for a change of plans. Can he find the well sought after thirteen treasures without succumbing to his feelings for Daphne?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Gideon's and Daphne's story. It's surrounded with superstitious beliefs and deceits. I like the gradual build up of their relationship and the way it all ends. Once again, justice and love prevail.

I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are
my personal opinion. 


Excerpt

Daphne took the opportunity to peruse the bookshelves in case something spectacular leapt out at her—such as the name Anarawd. As if Bowen would keep such a valuable item out in the open or that it would be so clearly labeled.


Instead, what leapt at her was the stoic Earl of Stratton. Well, not leapt, precisely, but he did approach her. “You look as though you’d like to spend the next week in here with Rhys’s books.”


She pivoted toward him. “I would, in fact. I see your interest is similar.” She inclined her head toward the book in his hand. His forefinger was inserted between the pages to keep his place. “What are you reading?”


“Just an old poem.”


“Is that like Cate’s ‘old sword’?” The words fell out of her mouth before she could censor herself. “Pardon me,” she murmured, turning from him and edging away along the bookshelf.


“Are you suggesting this book and Cate’s artifact are more than what we say?”


She shrugged. “I find with antiquarians, you can never be quite certain they speak the truth.” She cast him a cautious look, thinking she should probably stop talking entirely. Better still, she should take her leave before she said something truly regretful.


He surprised her by chuckling. “You are, of course, correct. But this really is just an old poem.” He opened the tome and showed it to her. It was written in Middle English.


“‘Pierce the Ploughman’s Crede,’” she said, recognizing the lines.


“Very good. Tell me, if I pull a random text from the shelf and read a few lines, will you be able to guess what it is?”


That sounded like a terribly fun game. And she wanted to play it—with him. Her heart picked up speed. “Probably.”


“Astonishing,” he whispered.


About Darcy

Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Join her reader club at http://www.darcyburke.com/readerclub. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, two Bengal cats and a third cat named after a fruit.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Hollywood Playboy (#1 Hollywood Royalty) Natasha Madison - Blog Tour









Jessica

An entertainment journalist was the last thing I thought I would be doing.

I thought once I got my degree, I would be reporting on stories that made a difference, but now all I do is report on who broke up with who and who is dating who.

I was over it.

Then I got my next assignment.

He’s Hollywood’s bad boy.

He works hard, and he plays even harder.

He’s rude, he’s condescending, and he’s made it known he doesn’t want me on the tour.

With one month on the road with him, two things might happen

One, I may never work in this industry again.

Two, I may just be like everyone else and fall for Hollywood’s Playboy.




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Review 
4 Stars
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I like the storyline. Although it's an enemy to lover romance, most of the contents are innovative.

Jessica is a celebrity journalist who has meant to move away from this field so many years ago, but she still is doing the same thing and she is the best at what she does.

Tyler is a famous actor, and surprisingly enough, even though he comes over as being a "typical Hollywood star," it couldn't be further from the truth.

Neither Tyler nor Jessica wants each other to be part of a tour organised to promote his forthcoming film release. Unfortunately, they don't have a choice and they both have to suck it up. They both go on their best behaviour and as they get to know each other, something shifts. But, as we all know, nothing is ever that easy. Someone else has her sight on the prize and would stop at nothing to claim this prize. Can they overcome all the barriers put in their way?

I like this storyline because, it takes a hold and doesn't let go. Tyler has it all, the looks, the fame and everything else to go with it. I find it endearing when his true self breaks through. Jessica is professional and even when she gives as good as she gets, she does so with a smile on her face. Her time on the tour isn't easy, but she endures. There is plenty of emotions in this story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every page. A little gem of a romance.

I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.







When her nose isn't buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she's in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It's a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn't listen to her...



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Friday, January 18, 2019

Wish Upon A Duke (#3 12 Dukes of Christmas) Erica Ridley


Author 
Erica Ridley 

Publication Date 
20 November 2018 


Genre 
Historical Romance 



From a New York Times bestselling author: The 12 Dukes of Christmas is a laugh-out-loud historical romance series of heartwarming Regency romps nestled in a picturesque snow-covered village. After all, nothing heats up a winter night quite like finding oneself in the arms of a duke!







 

4 Stars
🌟⭐🌟⭐

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this charming story. We are still in the village of Cressmouth where it's always Christmas.

Christopher has always lived in the shadow of his brother, Nick. Now that Nick is taken, Christopher sets about finding his own wife. He is looking for specific qualities.

Gloria is one of Cressmouth's residence and has no intention of ever stepping out.

Gloria finds herself playing matchmaker to Christopher, but she has a crush on him. This crush develops into romance, but there is a problem. Christopher has made it clear that travelling is his passion and Gloria hates travelling. This creates a predicament where Gloria has no other choice, but to let him go. She has a month to find him a match. 

This is a fun and sweet romance where a little encouragement goes a long way. It's also about compromise. I really enjoyed this short and easy to read romance. Gloria is the ultimate main character and Christopher is full of surprises. It's an entertaining read.

I was kindly issued with an eARC from Netgalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion. 




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Erica Ridley is a USA Today and New York Timesbest-selling author of historical romance novels. 

In her new Rogues to Riches historical romance series, sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind romances.

Fan-favorite Dukes of War features charming peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England. 

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest. 










Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Come Undone (A Love Triangle) Crystal Kaswell



Author 
Crystal Kaswell 

Publication Date 
27 December 2018 

Genre 
Contemporary Romance 



Her fiance doesn’t want her anymore. Her new neighbor would do anything to have her.

From the outside, Alyssa has the perfect life. Beautiful apartment. Handsome high school sweetheart. Impending wedding.

Only her fiance doesn't love her anymore. He disappears into work, leaving her alone with her emptiness.

Until Luke. The brooding lawyer needs a beautiful distraction. Soft lips against his chest, hard nails against his back, Alyssa groaning his name.

He doesn't care that she belongs to someone else. He's going to claim her anyway.







3 Stars 
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This book isn't so much of a love triangle, rather accepting a marriage proposal out of obligation and fear of going back to the old ways! Emotional blackmail.

Ryan and Alyssa are or were good friends before dating each other. He is always there when needed. He doesn't hesitate to point out this fact to Alyssa whenever he wants to get his way. Taking her on guilty trips. She accepts everything he throws at her as he knows best. He is always right! Is it the right path for a relationship?

Anyway, the night that he proposes, he expects a positive reply and just like that, she is engaged. Instead of celebrating their engagement, he returns to the office after taking an urgent call. Everything is an emergency! This is the first time that Alyssa sets eyes on sexy Luke, his partner. There is an instant spark between them and one thing leads to another. The problem is Alyssa is still engaged and keeps on misleading Luke. Can she or will she ever break away from Ryan and give Luke a chance?

As hard as I tried, I found it hard to take to Alyssa. Ganted, she had her problems and Ryan helped her. Now, she is stuck in a loveless relationship and is selfish enough to lead Luke on. Ryan might well love her in his own way, but staying at the office late, seven days a week isn't what a relationship is about. He sees her as arm candy and shows her off whenever the need arises. She goes along with it and more or less does what he demands. Luke who is my favourite character is stuck in the middle. He has all good intentions, but unfortunately cannot and doesn't speak for Alyssa. I can't say that I like Ryan and Alyssa, but thankfully she comes to her senses and does the right thing.

The story itself is well written, but I don’t like the storyline. It also touches on the delicate subject of eating disorders which is the reason why Ryan behaves the way he does. All in all, a good read, but not one of my favourites.

I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.




Crystal Kaswell writes fun, sexy new adult romances with damaged heroes and the strong women who unlock their hearts.

She is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller. Her best known series are Sinful Serenade and Dangerous noise–both follow the men in a rock band the the women they love. She adores writing bad boys, alpha males, and tortured heroes (and sometimes men who are all three).
Her weaknesses include dark chocolate, homemade chai lattes, Netflix marathons, and tattooed men in skinny jeans (especially if they’re wearing eyeliner). She is a diehard defender of pop-punk music, the present tense, and Katniss Everdeen.











Thursday, January 10, 2019

Privilege (#1 Renzo + Lucia) Bethany-Kris - Blog Tour



PRIVILEGE

by Bethany-Kris

Renzo + Lucia , #1


Publication Date

 January 7, 2019


Genres


Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance

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SYNOPSIS


They didn't come from the same world


Born rich to a family of mafia royalty, Lucia Marcello was already destined to succeed. She wanted for absolutely nothing, until she met him.


Born poor to parents who never cared, Renzo Zulla was already destined to fail. He has struggled for absolutely everything, but she'll prove to be his biggest fight yet.


She's high society from the upscale suburbs.

He's a drug dealer from New Yorks slums.
They just weren't meant to be  until they were.


What would it take to change a life, an entire perspective? All the things you thought you knew and wanted?


For them, it took thirty-six days.
And the privilege of meeting each other.
They shouldn't be.
They don't fit.
Love doesn't care.


Note: Privilege is book one in a three-book trilogy following the same couple.


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Review 

5 Stars 
🌟⭐🌟⭐🌟

The synopsis of this book is dead on. The rich and the poor whose hearts can"t and be dictated or won't be denied. The hoops that they go through bring out the mix emotions. From joy and laughter, to threats, despair and destruction.

Renzo aka Ren is from a poor family and would do anything for those he loves and never breaks his promises.

Lucia is the youngest of the Marcello principessas. She wants for nothing and yet she feels for those who are less fortunate.

Ren and Lucia have a brief encounter where she is warned to stay away from "his kind". Yet when she volunteers at the shelter, she feels a kinship with Ren and his four year old brother, Diego. They are not so different after all, except that Ren comes from poverty whereas she comes from wealth. This kinship with Ren turns into friendship and then into something more.

Lucian, whom I love can't stand to lose his little girl and thinks that Ren is bad news. That doesn't stop them from seeing each other, but Lucian has all the means to break them up. He can even destroy Ren, if he needs. Can the two young lovers keep up their relationship which has blossomed into love or will the Marcellos tear them apart?

I was completely rooted to this story. I love Ren for who he is, and how he looks after his siblings, Rose and Diego. Lucia is full of compassion, and her comparison of her family and Ren's family is admirable. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this installment and looking forward to the next as I haven't got a clue where this is going next. Loved it.

I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.

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Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something  when she can find the time.


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Monday, January 07, 2019

A True Cowboy Christmas (#1 Cold River Ranch) Caitlin Crews




Author 
Caitlin Crews

Publication Date
30 October 2018 

Genre 
Contemporary Romance 



From USA Today bestselling author Caitlin Crews comes A True Cowboy Christmas, the first in a sensational series debut about a cowboy, a farm girl, and the greatest gift of all. . .

Gray Everett has a heart of gold but that doesn't mean he believes in the magic of Christmas. He's got plenty else to worry about this holiday season, what with keeping his cattle ranch in the family and out of the hands of hungry real-estate investors looking to make a down-and-dirty deal. That, plus being a parent to his young and motherless daughter, equals a man who will not rest until he achieves his mission. Now, all Gray needs is the help of his lifelong neighbor. . .who happens to have grown into a lovely, spirited woman.

For Abby Douglas, the chance to join forces with Gray is nothing less than a Christmas miracle. Much as the down-to-earth farmer's daughter has tried to deny it, Abby's been in love with stern, smoking-hot Gray her whole life. So when Gray proposes a marriage of convenience as a way to combine land--and work together toward a common cause—Abby can't refuse. But how can she convince Gray that sometimes life offers a man a second chance for a reason. . .and that their growing trust and mutual passion 
may be leading to true and lasting love?












3 Stars
🌟⭐🌟

This book is more about parental's abusive control and its lasting effects. The magic of Christmas doesn't come until the end.

Gray is dedicated to his farm and the land which has been in his family for centuries is the most important thing in his life besides his fifteen year old daughter. His controlling father makes sure that he doesn't trust anyone. The fiasco of his first marriage doesn't help either.

Abby is hardworking and down to earth. Abondoned by her verbally abusive mother from a young age, she is raised by her grandparents. She has a good life with her grandmother, but this is marred whenever her mother decides to make an appearance. She thrives on demeaning Abby, robbing her of any confidence in her appearance.

Gray's father's funeral kicks off this story. Although there is a good turn out, there isn't much grieving. His brothers Ty and Brady give the impression that they want to sell the land, and that on its on triggers an argument. Gray fears that he is like his father. Doomed to a life of loathing and misery! When he spots Abby, his nextdoor neighbour, he notices a couple of things about her and at the same time decides that she would make a convenient wife. A mother for his daughter and an opportunity for Abby to have her own family.

Abby has been harbouring a crush on Gray for as long as she can remember and when Gray appears on her doorstep, she is gobsmacked. The only thing is that, this proposal is nothing like what she expected. In some ways, it's quite comical, but insulting in other ways. Will she accept the proposal and hope for the best?

Although Gray has his own different character, I can't say that I was charmed by him. His father did quite a number on his self esteem and his word is law. I admire Abby for her perseverence, but not for putting up with her mother's insults and Gray's attitude. I like the way she handles Becca, Gray's daughter. I was beginning to despair about their future, when the Christmas miracle changes Gray's way of thinking, and they get their HEA. Where there is love, there is hope and despite everything Abby's love never wanes and Gray learns how to love. I like the storyline, but there is a little too much angst for my liking. Worth reading though.

I received an eARC from Netgalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion.






Caitlin Crews discovered her first romance novel at the age of twelve, in a bargain bin at the local five and dime. It involved swashbuckling pirates, grand adventures, a heroine with rustling skirts and a mind of her own, and a seriously mouthwatering and masterful hero. The book (the title of which remains lost in the mists of time) made a serious impression. Caitlin was immediately smitten with romances and romance heroes, to the detriment of her middle school social life. And so began her life-long love affair with romance novels, many of which she insists on keeping near her at all times, thus creating a fire hazard of love wherever she lives.

Caitlin has made her home in places as far-flung as York, England and Atlanta, Georgia. She was raised near New York City, and fell in love with London on her first visit when she was a teenager. She has backpacked in Zimbabwe, been on safari in Botswana, and visited tiny villages in Namibia. She has, while visiting the place in question, declared her intention to live in Prague, Dublin, Paris, Athens, Nice, the Greek Islands, Rome, Venice, and/or any of the Hawaiian islands. Writing about exotic places seems like the next best thing to actually moving there.

She currently lives in Oregon with her animator/comic book artist husband and their menagerie of ridiculous animals.












Thursday, January 03, 2019

The Duke I Once Knew (#1 Unlikely Duchesses) Olivia Drake - Blog Tour



Author 
Olivia Drake 

Publication Date 
31 December 2018 

Genre 
Historical Romance 











Award-winning author Olivia Drake begins her new Unlikely Duchesses series with THE DUKE I ONCE KNEW (St. Martin’s Paperbacks; December 31, 2018). With compelling characters and skillful plot twists, Drake’s latest novel will take your breath away.

First love is always the sweetest…

For years, Abigail Linton devoted herself to caring for her parents and her siblings’ children. Now, eager to create a life of her own, Abby seizes upon a position as a governess on a neighboring estate. Unfortunately, her absentee employer is Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell, the notorious rake who once broke her youthful heart. But since he hasn’t set foot on his estate for fifteen years, Abby assumes she’ll never have to lay eyes on him ever again. 

Then, from out of nowhere, Max appears. He is stunned to come face to face with the girl next door he fell for years ago—before he went away, and she stopped writing to him … even though Abby swears that he is the one who left her without a word. Could it be that this spirited, witty spinster has won Max’s heart all over again—and that they may have a second chance at love?




4 Stars 
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This is a second chance historical romance, when one becomes a "spinster" at thirty. It's quite acceptable to be married before the age of twenty. 

Abby and Max were childhood friends and sweethearts. Unfortunately, Max and his sister were whisked off to London when he was only fifteen. 

Fast forward to fifteen years later, and Abby wants a change in her life. She loves her family dearly, but answers to every beck and call, and now they are talking about her as if she isn't there. She makes the decision of earning her own way. She applies for a governess position and now that she feels secure, Max reappears. 

Max is the most eligible bachelor and the rake of London. He has to make a last minute change to stop at his Dukedom for the forthcoming week. He has brought his questionable entourage, including his mistress. Imagine his surprise on encountering the governess. It would appear that there has been a misunderstanding, but the old spark is still present. Will they clear up the misunderstanding or will Max continue to be the rogue that he is renowned for? 

It's a well written historical romance. The two main characters are very well portrayed as are the secondary characters. 

I was kindly issued with an eARC from Netgalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion.




Olivia Drake is the author of the Cinderella Sisterhood series (Seducing the Heiress, Never Trust a Rogue, Scandal of the Year, If the Slipper Fits, Stroke of Midnight, Abducted by the Prince, Bella and the Beast, His Wicked Wish, and The Scandalous Flirt). She has been a member of Romance Writers of America since 1981, and her novels have won the Golden Heart Award, Best Historical Romantic Suspense and Best Regency Historical from Romantic Times. She has also won the prestigious RITA award. She currently resides in Houston, TX.











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