A loyal agent to the Crown.
A path of deception that tests the bonds of love.
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Etopia Press
Publication Date: January 10, 2018
Rating: 4 stars
From USA Today Bestselling and
National Award-winning Authors
Allie Mackay, Brenda Jernigan and Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Four magical tales of timeless desire
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.
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.
Rating: 4 stars
DEAREST ROGUE is a sweet romance that warms the heart. Continue reading
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.
Rating: 5 stars
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
For 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?
Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 5 stars
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
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?
Rating: 5 stars
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