Review: The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright by Tessa Dare

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Tessa Dare has unbelievably beautiful prose, and she showcased it here once again in THE SCANDALOUS, DISSOLUTE, NO-GOOD MR. WRIGHT. It made for delicious reading, as we are swept away into an engaging romance with a delightful heroine and her equally delightful, yet roguish, hero.

Miss Eliza Cade isn’t allowed to come out until her three older sisters are all wed. In the meantime, she keeps bumping into Mr. Wright, who seems to recognize in her a kindred spirit.

I like Eliza, who is a spirited girl, lively and full of sass, which more often than not gets her into trouble. While her family doesn’t understand her, Mr. J. Harrison Wright does, becoming a (sort of) friend as they encountered each other over the years. He teases her, provokes her, and in the end, he couldn’t resist her. And though he may be a rogue and a scoundel, Harry is in fact, quite kind and patient, and has his own brand of honor.

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Review: Once Upon a Winter’s Eve by Tessa Dare

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Another keeper from Tessa Dare! She crafts characters that worm their way into your hearts, hook their nails in and stay for a long visit.

Violet Winterbottom suffered The Disappointment, which was why she was in Spindle Cove, a place for spinsters. After a year in hiding, her family was exasperated with her and was calling her back to London in order to marry her off. On the eve of her departure, at a Christmas ball, an injured stranger crashed the ball and collapsed at her feet. He was speaking a strange language, and only Violet, who knew at least 6 languages, could decipher what he said. Also, he looked strangely familiar. Could he be…?

I read with bated breath as I strove to find out the answers together with Violet. Could he be The Disappointment? But how had this happened when he was in the West Indies, half a world away? Continue reading

Review: A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare

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A WEEK TO BE WICKED is simply magical! This is what romance should be! Tessa Dare has outdone herself with this delightful and thrilling romance between two unlikely souls who complemented each other to perfection.

Bookish Minerva Highwood can’t compare to her lovely, refined, elegant sister, so she focused her attention to the study of rocks. She’d just found the footprint of a giant lizard that she was sure would change the way the world view its history, and she needed to give her presentation at the symposium, where she hoped to make a name for herself as a serious geologist and gain the accolades of her peers. For this, she needs someone to protect her on her travels and who better than Colin Sandhurst, the man with whom she’d bickered during their entire time in Spindle Cove? Continue reading

Review: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

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It’s always a great pleasure to read any one of Tessa Dare’s books, not the least of which is the witty banter between her main characters, and her prose, which is also witty, refreshing and almost poetic.

“I’ll take you home. My carriage is just outside.”
“Thank you, I prefer to walk.”
“More convenient still. My feet are even closer than the carriage.”

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He’d gone beyond anger, sailed straight past rage, and crashed into a place of primal fury, where blood ran in colors he hadn’t known to exist.

*****

They found themselves alone, the three of them. Emma, the duke, and a thick, uncomfortable silence.

And there are lots more peppered throughout the entire story.

THE DUCHESS DEAL is a reimagining of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast in historical England, where the Beast is not a prince, but a duke (Ash) who got his scars in the war. Beauty is Emma, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, who was exactly what the lonely duke needs. But THE DUCHESS DEAL is more than the fairy tale; it goes much deeper to plumb at the hurt and insecurity on Ash’s side, and how, underneath his beastly appearance, he is very much a man in need of love. Continue reading

Three Chapter Test: How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days by Harmony Williams

The Three Chapter Test was created due to the mountain of books I have in my Kindle, and because in contrast to that, there’s so little time. So, in order to get to the books that I want to read, or that intrigue me and capture my imagination and attention, I decided to do a Three Chapter Test on the books. Meaning, I must read at least the first 3 chapters or 17% of the book, whichever comes first, in order to make a more or less informed judgement on whether to continue or to abandon.

So, here goes:

Title: How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days
Author: Harmony Williams
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance
Buy Link: Amazon

Plus Points:

  1. The author’s prose is refreshing with new ways of saying things.
  2. The story is in written from the 1st person POV, which is not my preferred style, but the heroine’s voice was engaging and delightful. See point #1.
  3. Julian, the hero, is mysterious and sounds dashing.
  4. It’s a friends-to-lovers story, my favorite trope!

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Review: The Highwayman’s Proposal by Vanessa Liebe

Why does Lady Godwin find it so hard
to obey her highwayman?
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The Highwayman’s Proposal is a fun, short story that is both heartwarming and sexy and erotic. The chemistry between Gabe and Caroline shoots sparks off the pages, and their romance is both believable and spine-tingling. Caroline is a relatable and sympathetic heroine; I can’t imagine what she must have gone through with her father bedbound and the debts he incurred resting heavily on her shoulders. I’m happy to be living in these present times, where women have more agency and power. Still, Caroline made do with what she has (and good she found a friend in Gabe), and her courage is something to aspire to.
It was certainly fun to see Caroline in the role of a highwaywoman, and though it was a set up for the eventual spanking, her motivations for her actions, no matter how rash, were believable and realistic. Though there’s some spanking involved between consenting adults, it’s light and something you might see in general romance novels.  The mystery of Gabe’s identity is easily solved toward the end, and I wish there could be a bit more scene between him and his brother and Caroline. But maybe there’ll be like a big Blakeney family reunion in the last book. It’s certainly something to look forward to. Though The Highwayman’s Proposal is the 3rd book in the series, you don’t have to read the previous 2 books to enjoy this.
Rating: 4 stars

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Review: Lord Dashwood Missed Out by Tessa Dare

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Tessa Dare is back with another fun, funny, romantic novella in the Spindle Cove series.

Elinora Browning is on her way to Spindle Cove to give a talk (she’s an authoress) when the coach left without her. Forced to share a ride with Lord Dashwood, her friend who’d left her so precipitously years before and who “unknowingly” inspired “Lord Ashwood Missed Out”, the pamphlet she wrote that made her famous, she hoped just to get to her destination unscathed. Alas, Dash was determined that she prove to him what he missed out on…

I’m not sure what it is about the Spindle Cove series, but it seems to inspire Ms. Dare to write the kind of stories I love–light, funny, with artful turn of phrases and tongue-in-cheek humor that made me breeze through this novella in one sitting and wishing for more. (And yes, there’ll be more with a Spindle Cove book #5 in 2016! Yay!) Continue reading