Tuesday, August 29, 2017

How a Scot Surrenders to a Lady by Julie Johnstone

Book: How a Scot Surrenders to a Lady
Author: Julie Johnstone

I have read the other books in this series, but I think this one is my favorite! Cameron is the youngest brother of the MacLeod family and feels that he has to prove himself to his family, his king, and himself. Sorcha, the daughter of an evil man, tries to stop an attempt to kill the king's mistress.  She is hurt when trying to escape and is unable to remember who she is. 

Years before, a seer foretold that this woman would cause heartache for Cameron, but he is drawn to her anyway. As he tries to fulfill his duty to his king because his life is at risk, he also falls in love with Sorcha. He must call on his brothers to do what needs to be done, even though he's spent years trying to prove his independence.

This book is book 5 of the Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts series, but it's not necessary to read in order.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Scandalous Vow by Ava Stone

This book is part of a series, but it's not necessary to read them in order. (Although I do recommend it!)

Marcus Gray, the Marquess of Haversham, has some enemies from his past. While he has been in love with Caroline, Viscountess Staveley, for years, they were unable to be together as she was married to someone else.  Now widowed with three children, Caroline holds tight to her dislike of Marc because she believed he caused her husband's death. Because Caroline's husband and Marc used to both work at the Home Office, he knows secrets that she is unaware of. When her life is in danger, Marc must protect her, even though she hates him!

This book had all the things I love - intrigue, passion and romance!  Ms. Stone does a fantastic job of bringing these characters' love for each other to light. I highly recommend this book. I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Gone Gull: A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews

Gone Gull is the newest book in the Meg Langslow series.  This time, Meg and her family have headed up to Biscuit Mountain to help her grandmother, Cordelia, with her summer program.  Meg is teaching a blacksmith class, and the prior week had been wrought with pranks.  As they head into the second week, Meg and Cordelia try to make sure the prankster has left.  However, now the pranks have been upgraded to murder! When a fellow artist is found stabbed to death in his studio, we see Chief Heedles again visiting a crime scene. Meg is determined to do what she can to stop the vandal and the murderer!  As usual, her curmudgeonly grand father gets involved when the murder victim also holds the secret to finding a rare breed of gulls previously thought extinct. After another murder victim pops up, there is a direct threat to her family as well.  Meg steps up her game with the help of her beloved family members.

What I love about these mysteries (other than Meg herself) is Meg's family!   My only complaint is that as her twins get older, we see less interaction between Meg and Michael. But as usual, Ms. Andrews has written a very entertaining mystery!

I received a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sweet Tea and Spirits by Angie Fox

Verity Long and her ghostly sidekick, Frankie, are on track for another adventure! The book starts out with Verity receiving a mysterious call from the Sugarland Historical Society, stating there was a murder. But how can there be a murder when no body is found? She enlists Frankie's help to investigate, which leads to a humorous and engaging story!

The book is well-written, like the others in this series.  I enjoy reading cozy-mysteries, especially those that focus on the paranormal.  The author does a great job of creating funny characters with depth.  I definitely recommend this series, and do feel that the reader should start at book one.

*I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Danger of Desire, Sinful Suitors #3 by Sabrina Jeffries

I really enjoyed the third book in this series. While I love Ms. Jeffries' writing and the other two books in this series, it's not necessary that you read the other two first.

Miss Delia Trevor is on a mission to find who cheater her brother out of his life savings. She does this by dressing as a man and trying to infiltrate London's gaming hells. During the day, she plays the part of a young woman out in her first season, yet she pays no attention to the men that are interested in her, including the Marquess of Knightford, Warren Corry. Warren agrees to help keep an eye on Delia to make sure that no men are just after her for her dowry, but finds himself becoming intrigued with her. He catches on quickly to what she does in the night and to make sure he keeps her secret, Delia must play his game.

I have been a big fan of Ms. Jeffries' writing since the beginning. She has a way of drawing the reader in, and writes great love scenes.

*I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Monday, November 21, 2016

IT STARTED WITH A KISS: Regency Romance Box Set

Hi everyone! This isn't a review, rather it's a promotion for a great new boxed set that I've had the privilege of receiving an advanced copy!

IT STARTED WITH A KISS: Regency Romance Box Set is a great new box set that will be released on December 13, 2016!

But you have the chance to pre-order it now!  Follow one of these links to take advantage of the pre-order:

IT STARTED WITH A KISS... Twelve First In Series From Stars of
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MAD FOR LOVE by Elizabeth Essex
Mignon du Blois needs an accomplished thief to steal back her father's statue so he won't be arrested for forgery--too bad the man willing to help her is actually Rory Cathcart, noted art expert.

After living separate lives since their rushed wedding, an earl and countess stumble upon each other and begin to see the other in a whole new light.

An independent bluestocking sneaks into a library to read rare Greek texts and ends up with a husband instead.

The overly scientific, always respectable, and socially awkward Alexander Banks has just been informed his name resides on a betrothal agreement right above the name of the worst chit in all of England. With a loophole that allows him to marry another without consequence before the thirtieth anniversary of his birth, he has only four weeks to find another woman and make her his wife.

THE ROBBER BRIDE by Jerrica Knight-Catania
Victoria Barclay is determined to make a difference in the world, so she finds a way to rob the rich and donate to the poor. But the Earl of Leyburn, her lifelong friend and neighbor, threatens to expose her in his constant pursuit of the truth.

SHUNNED NO MORE by Christina McKnight
Lady Viola Oberbrook longed for a quiet life in the country, far from London and the society who'd shunned her during her first season. She never expected to come face-to-face with Lord Haversham, the only man who had every right to despise her. 

Struggling to survive in London's dangerous rookeries, Kate Morgan is determined not to give into the temptation of past love Daniel O'Reilly when he returns to win back her heart and prove he's innocent of murder.

Courtesan Celeste Gray wanted a new life free of the infamy of her notorious past--the last thing she planned on was falling for the stuffy viscount next door, Ashlin Lancester.

Stephen Lumley returns from battle wounded and jaded, only to find his home life had been changed forever. After proposing while drowning his sorrows in liquor, he now has only four months to convince himself and Jane Marwick he is worthy of her, before she's off to London to find a man who is.

Lady Amelia's willing to create a scandal to stay in her beloved England. A Scottish duke ignites her passion, but will she abandon her endeavor for love?

THE LOVE LIST by Deb Marlowe
Miss Brynne Wilmott will do anything to get her name off of the Love List—that wickedly witty register of London’s light skirts.  The Duke of Aldmere will do anything to be left alone.  But his brother is mixed up in the business, so he’ll work with the lady to unravel the mess…until they find that the plot is more twisted and treasonous than anyone suspects…and that the danger and intrigue pale next to the effect they have on each other.

TO WALK IN THE SUN by Jane Charles
Hiding from a dangerous man, Tess Crawford thought The Wiggons’ School for Elegant Young Ladies would be the perfect place to disappear…except she didn’t anticipate being drawn to the reclusive Viscount Atwood, who has many secrets of his own.

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Jerrica Knight-Catania - http://www.jerricasplace.com/
Emma Locke - http://emmalocke.com/
Amanda Mariel - http://amandamariel.com/
Christina McKnight – http://www.christinamcknight.com
Erica Monroe - http://ericamonroe.com/

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Rhythm & Clues (The Odelia Grey Mysteries)

I love love love Odelia Grey! In the 11th installment of this series, we find paralegal and "corpse magnet" Odelia embroiled in a new mystery.  Her mother has asked her to look into the disappearance of a neighbor in her retirement community, Bo Shank.  Before she can get too involved, a dead body is found in Bo Shank's house and Odelia's niece is a suspect! To help her niece, and figure out what happened to Bo, Odelia starts her investigation.

Odelia Grey stories are humorous, engaging, and always exciting.  Ms. Jaffarian keeps you guessing who the murderer is until the end! I normally have an easy time figuring out the "whodunit" but in this case, I was wrong! I give this book 5 stars. I really recommend you read the whole series, but it's not required if you want to jump right into this story!

I received an advanced copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.