Release Day Blast! New Historical Releases!

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What an exciting release week for historical romance! I’m so excited to celebrate these releases! Some of these are part of a series, but they are all standalone stories.

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A Dance with Seduction

A Dance with Seduction
Alyssa Alexander
Release Day: July 24, 2017

Vivienne La Fleur is one of London’s most sought after opera dancers and one of England’s best weapons: the spy known as the Flower. When a French agent pressures her to change allegiance by abducting her sister, Vivienne is forced to seek the help of the only man in London who doesn’t want her, Maximillian Westwood.

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An Earl for the Archeress

An Earl for the Archeress
E. Elizabeth Watson
Release Day: July 24, 2017

Lady Mariel is an archeress of unrivaled skill, as is Robert, the Earl of Huntington. With a tongue as sharp as her arrows, Mariel wants nothing to do with the gallant earl. Robert is intrigued by his Scottish wilding but they are no match made in heaven.

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My Hellion, My Heart

My Hellion, My Heart
Amalie Howard & Angie Morgan
Release Day: July 24, 2017

Lord Henry Radcliffe can only exorcise the demons of his past through physicality. Intent on scandalizing London, Princess Irina Volkonsky is a hellion and every gentleman’s deepest desire. She knows better than to provoke the earl, but will stop at nothing to win the heart of the only man she’s ever loved.

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The Importance of Being Scandalous

The Importance of Being Scandalous
Kimberly Bell
Release Day: July 25, 2017

Nicholas would give up his family and his fortune if Amelia would ever see him as more than a childhood friend. He’ll go along with her scheme, even if it means ruining both, because he’s got a plan that will change her mind.

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To celebrate these releases, Entangled Publishing is giving away a Historical Tea Time prize pack with a Royal Albert Teacup & Saucer set, a tea sampler, and 4 print Entangled Select Historical books! Enter here.

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Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
Mackenzi Lee
Audiobook, narrated by Christian Coulson

About the Book: 
A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi LeeSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s.

Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, dazzling, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is an irresistible romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

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REVIEW: 

4 stars

This book had a lot going on. It was really enjoyable, but there was a lot. Like, maybe too much.

Historical fiction with a male/male romance, bisexual representation, biracial representation, a bluestocking sister, a disapproving abusive father who is also a hypocrite, a boring chaperone, an evil duke, thievery, pirates (sort of), alchemy and magic.

All of this is stuff I enjoy in a book, but maybe it should have been two books? I would have read both of them happily. The first half of the book felt like an absolutely delightful m/m historical romance full of adventure and steep obstacles for our heroes to overcome. I was 100% in.

Then things title a little and now we are in a fantasy novel… sort of? (I’m not against this sudden switch from realism to magical realism on principle. It can really work for me. See: Magonia.) It was a little too jarring. Maybe it wasn’t enough for me? Instead of one piece of magic in an otherwise standard historical setting, I could have used more magical underground in this setting. I think that would have helped.

The last half of the book just wasn’t as cohesive as the first. The ending was a bit unsatisfying – I’d rather see a real path to an HEA, rather than a “screw you dad, we’ll figure something out.”

I really did love the three main characters, even spoiled Monty. I want to know Felicity and Percy more and the single POV did prevent that – though it appears that I’ll have that desired fulfilled by Felicity’s companion POV novel! I loved the relationships between the three. It felt realistic and comfortable, which made me ache more when things weren’t right between them. Really looking forward to Felicity’s story.

Happy Book Birthday! The Scars Between Us by MK Schiller!

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I am so excited to celebrate the release of The Scars Between Us by MK Schiller, out today!

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About The Scars Between Us

Emma Cooper is determined to fulfill her mother’s dying wish to scatter her ashes with Aiden Sheffield in Linx, Texas. Just one problem. Why Texas and who the hell is Aiden Sheffield? The only clue is a faded piece of her mother’s stationary. Emma imagines Aiden is a former love of her mother’s, but when she meets the beautiful, damaged stranger, she realizes her assumptions couldn’t be more wrong. He’s hot and young. And Emma is as confused as ever.

Aiden Sheffield would rather go to hell than Linx. Who does Emma think she is disrupting his carefully built life? The last thing the Marine needs is to slice open the sealed wounds of his painful past. Yet, as he gets to know the lovely Emma, a woman who manages to smile even though she’s lost everything, he changes his mind. He will not let her go to hell alone.

But neither is prepared for the devastating evil waiting for them at the end of the road. It might just destroy them.

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About MK Schiller

Not knowing a word of English, MK Schiller came to America at the age of four from India. Since then, all she’s done is collect words. After receiving the best gift ever from her parents—her very own library card—she began reading everything she could get her greedy hands on. At sixteen, a friend asked her to make up a story featuring the popular bad boy at school. This wasn’t fan fiction…it was friend fiction. From that day on, she’s known she wanted to be a writer. With the goal of making her readers both laugh and cry, MK Schiller has penned more than a dozen books, each one filled with misfit characters overcoming obstacles and finding true love.

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To celebrate the release, MK Schiller is giving away a basket of goodies, including a Michael Kors bag! Enter here.

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