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
Regency Historical Romance! Enjoy dashing dukes, reformed rakes, and scandalous bluestockings in this sweet to sexy boxed set.

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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Aileen Fish - http://aileenfish.com/
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/

It Started with a Kiss features twelve sweet to sexy Regency romances fromaward-winning and bestselling historical authors

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.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Vexed - Castle Keyvnor

This is one of four books about Castle Keyvnor. Each book contains three romantic stories set against the spooky background of the Castle. The stories are slightly intertwined, yet each can be read as a stand-alone story.

Erica Ridley’s Romancing the Rogue:
Miss Rebecca Bond finds herself in need of a husband (and a new home)! The only problem: after years of being alone with no one to talk to, she needs to practice her flirting before she searches for true love. What better man to start with than the rake who broke her heart years before? Daniel Goodenham, Viscount North Barrows, knows this is finally his chance to apologize for his past behavior, but is surprised when Rebecca only wants him to teach her how to snag a husband. As the story progresses, Daniel finds that he wants to be the man she marries. But can she overcome the hurt he has caused in the past?

Ava Stone’s Once Upon a Moonlit Path:
What happens when you see ghosts, but no one else does? Lady Cassandra "Cassy" cannot wait to leave Castle Keyvnor. The ghostly man in black is not helping her reputation of being a sane woman. Jack Hazelwood, Lord St. Giles, finds himself falling in love with Cassy. However, she keeps having visions no one else does. Can he get past this (and the fact that her father hates him), or will these factors keep them apart?

Elizabeth Essex’s Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea:
Nessa Teague never stopped thinking of Lord Harry Beck, and she is delighted to see he has returned to Bocka Morrow. ​She attempts to enchant him, but her plan goes awry. Not only does she think of delving deeper into magic by contacting a local witch, but Harry finds himself in a mystery as well as he searches for smugglers. This one had more action that the other two, but still was a good read.

​I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ​

Monday, August 15, 2016

Brier (The Kingsbrier Quintuplets #2) by Jody Kaye

I really enjoyed this second book in the Kingsbrier Series. Brier Cavanaugh ran away from Drew Newhouse once before, but she never stopped loving him. Years have passed, but Drew also is not over Brier. He attempts to win her back, but it's not going to be easy. She's ready to put a fight at every turn.

I loved the writing in this story. The author does a great job with making the readers fall more in love with the Kingsbrier quints. The story just doesn't revolve around Brier, but also her siblings. We see how Eric and Ginny are doing, and we learn more about Adam and Colton's lives. Daveigh's struggle to find love without her siblings' interference plays a role in the men she dates. But the one she really wants doesn't realize that he actually does have a chance with her. I can't wait to read more in this series!

The Widow's Auction by Sabrina Jeffries

This was a fast-moving and very-enjoyable novella. Isobel, the widowed Lady Kingley, is at odds with Lord (Justin) Warbrooke most of the time. However, after she is talked into taking part in a widow's auction by a friend, she finds out that her alter-ego, the masked "Bella" catches Justin's eye. Justin actually realizes who she is, but decides to teach her a lesson by seeing how far he can seduce her. Bella is intrigued at what is being offered, yet she struggles with enjoying the moment because of a secret in her past. If her mask is removed and her true identity comes out, she worries that her life will be destroyed. Both of them find themselves caught up in the night, but what happens when morning comes?

I highly recommend this book. Fun, sexy and well-written.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Review - Lady Grace's Husband Hunt by Ava Stone

Lady Grace Post knows her great-uncle, the Duke of Danby, wants to see her married. She decides to find her own husband before he can shackle her to some boring old man. Since she can't have the man she's loved for years, she begins to search for someone to marry.

The Earl of Prestwood, Oliver Ashbee, wants nothing more than to be the husband Grace desires. Yet despite their feelings for one another, they cannot be together. Can the Duke of Danby work his magic before Grace marries a substitute for true love? Will Oliver spend his life pining for the woman who owns his heart?

This was such a lovely story! I can't even express how much I loved this novella. At one point, my heart broke during the scene in the garden. I've never teared up so many times in a novella before. The author's writing truly reflects the pain of living through a break-up, and what happens after - when you cannot have what your heart wants.


Monday, August 1, 2016

A revamp

I created this blog a long time ago, as a replacement to my original one. Long story as to why, and longer one as to why I changed back to Embracing Chaos. So this one sits, alone and free.  With the suggestion of a friend floating around in the back of my mind every so often, I've decided to transform this blog, Under a Gypsy Moon, into a book review blog. Then all my reviews can be in one happy place.  Eventually I'll take the time to move over the ones placed on Embracing Chaos, but for now, I will start fresh for August. :) 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

I liked this better than the first one. Although I think that's because a lot of the back story and characters had to be set up in Lowcountry Boil. With the second in the series, the reader could jump right in and get involved with the story. Liz is working on a new (and quite fascinating) new investigation, while dealing with her ex, Michael, and a possible new love interest, her partner Nate. I really enjoyed this one!

The Lady in the Attic (Annie's Attic Mysteries #1) by Tara Randel

I found this book on accident when looking for something else at the library. I love a good mystery, and this is definitely one! After her grandmother passed away, Annie returns to the place she spent many childhood summers. Widowed and feeling lonely, Annie had no plans to stay long, but soon finds herself caught up in a mystery that her grandmother left her. This was a fun cozy mystery and I'm looking forward to more in the series.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Eric and his siblings (a set of quintuplets living on a Texas ranch) have just graduated high school - and are all on different paths. What one planned in the naive land of high school is not always the the future that will happen. Eric and his girlfriend, Ginny, have their lives ahead of them. Through his eyes and others, we are drawn quickly and deeply into the quints' lives. As the high school sweethearts deal with an unexpected pregnancy, we see the couple grow up suddenly before our eyes.

The author, Ms. Kaye, is able to create a world that is easy to imagine yourself in. Whether it's Momma Rose providing a caring shoulder or a strict parental command, or a sister who is constantly pushing her boundaries, the reader feels as though he/she is part of the family. I cannot wait to read more about the Kingsbrier quints!

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