Review: Lords of Love and Legends by Allie Mackay, Brenda Jernigan and Sue-Ellen Welfonder

From USA Today Bestselling and
National Award-winning Authors
Allie Mackay, Brenda Jernigan and Sue-Ellen Welfonder

Four magical tales of timeless desire

MY REVIEW

What a marvelous collection of historical romances! Though each story is different, the characters just come alive and transport me into their story. I found myself rooting for each couple, that they would get their HEA. The difficulties they experienced spurred on their growth, rounding out their character, and their romantic developments are realistic and very enjoyable to read.

It was a new thing for me to read Scottish dialogue, all those “didnae” and “ye” etc, but once I got used to it, I thought it brought an authenticity to the story that immersed me fully in that time and place. Love also the hint of magic and supernatural/mystery in the stories–like how the heroine in Winter Fire by Sue-Ellen Welfonder thought the hero is a god, but is he really? As well as the presence of the Cailleach (witch) Devorgilla, and the ghost in Some Like it Kilted by Allie Mackay, and just who is Jewel in The Duke’s Lady by Brenda Jernigan.

There are 4 stories in all in this collection, so there’s something for everyone in this book. Happily for me, I truly enjoyed each and every one of these stories, and I’m looking forward to more.

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Review: Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

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HE CAN GUARD HER

Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by her side at all times-the very irritating Captain Trevillion.

FROM EVERY DANGER

Captain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and cursed with a leg injury from his service in the King’s dragoons. Yet he can still shoot and ride like the devil, so watching over the distracting Lady Phoebe should be no problem at all-until she’s targeted by kidnappers.

BUT PASSION ITSELF

Caught in a deadly web of deceit, James must risk life and limb to save his charge from the lowest of cads-one who would force Lady Phoebe into a loveless marriage. But while they’re confined to close quarters for her safekeeping, Phoebe begins to see the tender man beneath the soldier’s hard exterior . . . and the possibility of a life-and love-she never imagined possible.

Available at Amazon

Rating: 4 stars

The Romance Review

Review:

DEAREST ROGUE is a sweet romance that warms the heart. Continue reading

Review: Four Nights with the Duke by Eloisa James

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As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him—so years later she is horrified to realize that she has nowhere else to turn.

Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia’s audacious proposal, but there’s one thing he won’t give his inconvenient wife: himself.

Instead, he offers Mia a devil’s bargain . . . he will spend four nights a year with her. Four nights, and nothing more. And those only when she begs for them.

Which Mia will never do.

Now Vander faces the most crucial challenge of his life: he must seduce his own wife in order to win her heart—and no matter what it takes, this is the one battle he can’t afford to lose.

Available at Amazon

Rating: 5 stars

The Romance Review

Review:

Eloisa James does it again! FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE is a delicious Regency romp you won’t want to miss.

Years ago, Mia heard exactly what Vander thought about her, and so she declared that she would marry anyone but him. But now, she had to eat her words as she blackmailed him into marriage–all to save her nephew Charlie. For his part, Vander was angry at the circumstances that forced him into marriage with her (he didn’t know about Charlie though), and he mistakenly thought that she was still so enamored of him that she would blackmail him into marriage, and thus, he issued his edict–that he would spend only four nights a year with her. But soon, he finds himself enamored of his wife, and he ends up wondering if four nights would be enough. Continue reading

Review: Silk & Scars by Cassandra Dean

gardenFor over a year, Miss Gwendolyn Parkes and the Duke of Sowrith have corresponded. At first an error, the letters quickly became something much more—a friendship forged on like minds and perhaps the hope of something more….

When Gwen is compelled by her employer to attend the duke at his Dartmoor estate, she is devastated to find her beloved friend cold and imperious, even if he is the most handsome man she’s ever seen—despite his scars.

Edward, Duke of Sowrith, has longed to meet Gwen. After arranging her passage to his estate, he is tongue-tied when confronted with her quiet beauty. All too aware of the twisted ruin of his face, he allows fear to hold him silent…until Gwen’s safety is threatened.

Finally together, they grow closer until it seems they can never again be apart. But can a commoner and a duke find a happily ever after?

Available at Amazon

Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5 stars

Review: 

A gem!

SILK AND SCARS is a very enjoyable historical romance, complete with the heightened angst and delicious tension that I love. I see shades of Beauty and the Beast in this story, but definitely better than the fairy tale. For one, I didn’t feel so strongly for the Beast. And, devoid of talking candlesticks and dancing cutlery, I was able to concentrate on the developing romance between Edward and Gwen. Continue reading

Review: If the Viscount Falls by @SabrinaJeffries @Pocket_Books “Sweet, romantic. Must read!”

From New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries, the deliciously sexy fourth book in the “Duke’s Men” Regency romance series—the first of which was called “a totally engaging, adventurous love story” (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick).

The heir presumptive to the Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton once had his heart’s desire within reach—a bright future as a barrister and engagement to Jane Vernon, a wealthy baron’s daughter. Then a shattering betrayal by his vindictive brother George snatched away Dom’s inheritance and his hopes of offering Jane a secure future. Brokenhearted, and attempting to end their engagement without destroying Jane’s reputation, Dom staged a betrayal of his own to convince her that he’s not the husband-to-be that she thought.

Now George is gone and the viscountcy restored to Dom, since his brother’s widow, Nancy—Jane’s cousin and closest confidant—never bore an heir. But when Nancy goes missing, a panicked Jane calls on her former fiancé to track down her cousin. Dom knows the mistakes of the past may be unforgiveable—but now, entangled together in mystery and danger, will they rekindle a passionate longing that was never lost to begin with?

Available at Amazon

The Romance Review

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

I’m not a fan of second chance romance, but IF THE VISCOUNT FALLS made me change my mind. Sabrina Jeffries delivers a sweet, romantic tale of two lovers who found love with each other again after being separated for twelve long years by circumstances and sacrifice (or betrayal, depends on how you look at it). Continue reading

Reading Challenge: Finishing the Series

Series are best read when all the books have been written. It’s hell waiting, but there are advantages: 1) you get to see the series arc, 2) you remember the details, and 3) you don’t have to wait.

Then there are the series where I’ve read the first xxx books, but haven’t caught up on subsequent releases. So, when I saw Yvonne’s (@ Socrates’ Book Reviews) series challenge, I couldn’t be more pleased.

The rules:

1) All books that are part of a continuing series qualify (i.e. Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, James Patterson’s Alex Cross, etc. etc.)
2) It doesn’t matter if you have 1 or 10 books in a series to complete it, it qualifies (i.e. if you only need to read one more Sookie Stackhouse book to complete the goal, that’s fine) The goal is to complete a series from wherever you are up to until the last published book.
3) The qualification period is January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. Books must be read during this time frame to count.
4) Take the button above and post about it on your blog. 
5) If you don’t have a blog, that’s fine. Just leave a comment to sign up and tell us which series you are reading. 
6) Any format of book counts – print, audio, ebook, etc.
7) You should choose the series you want to finish before the challenge begins, but it isn’t necessary. It’s fine to change series during the year – as long as you complete whichever series it is.
8) Choose a level….

Level 1 (Novice series reader) – Complete 1 series.
Level 2 (Testing the waters) – Complete 2 series.
Level 3 (Experienced) – Complete 3 series.
Level 4 (Expert series reader) – Complete 4 or more series.

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I choose Level 4 (Expert series reader) – Complete 4 or more series. Go, me!

Below are the series I hope to complete this year. I reserve the right to change the list during the year. Once the book is read, there’ll be a link (if there’s a review), a date and a rating.

Dr. Charlotte Stone Series by Karen Robards (romantic suspense)
The Last Time I See Her (#4)

Darkest London by Kristen Callihan (paranormal)
Soulbound (#6)

Death Sworn series by Leah Cypess (young adult, fantasy)
Death Marked (#2)

The Twelve Kingdoms by Jeffe Kennedy (fantasy)
The Talon of the Hawk (#3)

Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt (historical romance)
Darling Beast (#7)
Dearest Rogue (#8) – squee! Phoebe’s story!

Mistborn (Original) Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson (fantasy)
Mistborn (#1)
The Well of Ascension (#2)
The Hero of Ages (#3)

The Sevenwaters Trilogy by Juliet Marillier (fantasy)
Heir to Sevenwaters (#4)
Seer of Sevenwaters (#5)
Flame of Sevenwaters (#6)

Redemption Novel by Lauren Layne (contemporary)*
Broken (#1)
Crushed (#2)

* I included this series because I had previously read a Redemption Novel book, titled “Isn’t She Lovely?”, where the hero is friends with the characters in books #1 and #2. I’m not sure why Isn’t She Lovely? isn’t book #1 instead, since it was published first.

London Steampunk by Bec McMaster (paranormal, steampunk)
Tarnished Knight (#1.5)
Heart of Iron (#2)
My Lady Quicksilver (#3)
Forged by Desire (#4)
Of Silk and Steam (#5)

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I’ve always wanted to read this series, but I’m not sure if I can. I just thought I’d list it anyway. 🙂

Novel of the Nine Kingdoms by Lynn Kurland (fantasy)
Star of the Morning (#1)
The Mage’s Daughter (#2)
Princess of the Sword (#3)
A Tapestry of Spells (#4)
Spellweaver (#5)
Gift of Magic (#6)
Dreamspinner (#7)
River of Dreams (#8)
Dreamer’s Daughter (#9)

 

Updates are posted here for easy reference.