ARC Review: The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne

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Duke with dragon Tattoo coverTHE DUKE WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Victorian Rebels (Volume 6)
Kerrigan Byrne
St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Pub Date: 08/28/2018
(eARC provided by publisher)

 

 

 

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About the Book:

The bravest of heroes. The brashest of rebels. The boldest of lovers. These are the men who risk their hearts and their souls—for the passionate women who dare to love them…

He is known only as The Rook. A man with no name, no past, no memories. He awakens in a mass grave, a magnificent dragon tattoo on his muscled forearm the sole clue to his mysterious origins. His only hope for survival—and salvation—lies in the deep, fiery eyes of the beautiful stranger who finds him. Who nurses him back to health. And who calms the restless demons in his soul…

A LEGENDARY LOVE

Lorelei will never forget the night she rescued the broken dark angel in the woods, a devilishly handsome man who haunts her dreams to this day. Crippled as a child, she devoted herself to healing the poor tortured man. And when he left, he took a piece of her heart with him. Now, after all these years, The Rook has returned. Like a phantom, he sweeps back into her life and avenges those who wronged her. But can she trust a man who’s been branded a rebel, a thief, and a killer? And can she trust herself to resist him when he takes her in his arms?

Kerrigan ByrneABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kerrigan Byrne
Whether she’s writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, Kerrigan Byrne uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in every book. She lives at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her handsome husband and three lovely teenage girls but dreams of settling on the Pacific Coast. Her Victorian Rebels novels include The Highwayman and The Highlander.

 

Social Links:  Author Website: http://www.kerriganbyrne.com/ | Twitter: @Kerrigan_Byrne | Facebook: @KerriganByrneAuthor | Instagram: @KerriganByrne

MY REVIEW:

5 Stars

I just looked it up and THANK GOD this is not the last of the Victorian Rebels books. I want more, but this one almost felt like the end because it tied together so many things from the other books and answered so many questions I had. The romance was tender, then tormented, then very sexy, and overall something to cheer for. But I was more excited by all the revelations surrounding The Rook’s identity and his connections to other characters in the series.

It had the Kerrigan Bryne trademark angst and anti-hero, but there were times when I giggled. I really enjoyed the injection of humor into this book.

She sang to him sometimes, her voice high and sweet and… unencumbered by talent or pitch of any kind. Christ, she was really terrible. But every time she finished a song, he promised the devil his soul for one more.

“Do pardon him, Doctor, he really is working on making fewer death threats on my behalf.”

 

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Review: The Governess Game by Tessa Dare + Giveaway

He’s been a bad, bad rake—and it takes a governess to teach him a lesson.

The accidental governess.

After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud: duke’s heir in the streets and devil in the sheets. The ladies of London have tried—and failed—to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart . . . without risking her own.

The infamous rake.

Like any self-respecting libertine, Chase lives by one rule: no attachments. When a stubborn little governess tries to reform him, he decides to give her an education—in pleasure. That should prove he can’t be tamed. But Alexandra is more than he bargained for: clever, perceptive, passionate. She refuses to see him as a lost cause. Soon the walls around Chase’s heart are crumbling . . . and he’s in danger of falling, hard.

 

About the Book

The Governess Game: by Tessa Dare
Series:  The Girl Meets Duke Series
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: August 28, 2018

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Review:

5 Stars

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Sale Blitz: 99 Embrace Books for 99¢ Each + Giveaway

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Calling all new adult readers! You don’t want to miss this special Entangled Embrace sale. All full-length Embrace books are on sale for just 99¢ for a very limited time! Shop all books on sale here

To celebrate this very special Entangled Embrace sale, we have a lightning round of questions and answers with some Embrace authors! Get to know them a little bit better, then shop the sale – 99 books for only 99¢ each!

What kind of Romance Hero is the sexiest?

Amanda Weaver: Brooding intellectual.
Beth Anne Miller: Man in Uniform.
Reese Monroe: Vampire
Magan Vernon : Man in a suit.
Delancey Stewart: Brooding Artist
Jennifer Blackwood: Man in uniform.
A.J. Pine: Tall, Dark, and Bearded.
Julie Patricka: Artist
Jocelyn Adams: Villain-turned-hero of any kind, but I am partial to vampires.
Robin Bielman: I love them all.
Lynn Stevens: Athlete.
D.R. Graham: The sensitive tough guy.
Kendra Highley: Snowboarder.
Christina Phillips: Man in uniform.
Katana Collins: Mmmm. I’ve always been partial to the bad boy with a heard of gold. The bad boy who loves animals or has a pet will always win me over!
Stacy Wise: Athletes are super sexy!
Season Vining: Tattooed and educated.
Cindi Madsen: Athlete.
Megan Westfield: Athlete.
Lindsey Frydman: An artistic and charming, yet tortured hero.
Jessica Lee: Vampire.
Amy Murray: All of the above as long as he’s strong!
Jen McLaughlin: Man in uniform.
MK Schiller: Marine
Ciara Knight Man in Uniform.

Do you prefer romance that gets steamy or that closes the door?

Amanda Weaver: Steamy!
Beth Anne Miller: I like a little steam!
Reese Monroe: Closes the door.
Magan Vernon: Steamy, but not too steamy.
Delancey Stewart: I like sweet with heat (steamy with the door closed!)
Jennifer Blackwood: Steamy, please!
A.J. Pine: The steamier, the better!
Julie Patricka: Give me some steam!
Jocelyn Adams: Steamy all the way.
Robin Bielman: Steamy 😉
Lynn Stevens: Both!
D.R. Graham: A little bit of both.
Kendra Highley: In the middle.
Christina Phillips: Steamy.
Katana Collins: Oh, steamy! For sure, steamy!
Stacy Wise: I prefer romance that closes the door.
Season Vining: The more steam the better.
Cindi Madsen: I like both! Romantic chemistry & slow burn is my fave.
Megan Westfield: Closes the door.
Lindsey Frydman: I love a steamy romance read, but I do prefer to keep the door half-way closed in my own writing.
Jessica Lee: Steamy!
Amy Murray: Closes the door.
Jen McLaughlin: Steamy!
MK Schiller: Steam, please.
Ciara Knight: Both.

What is your all time favorite trope?

Amanda Weaver: Enemies to lovers.
Beth Anne Miller: Enemies to lovers.
Reese Monroe: Ugly duckling.
Magan Vernon: Enemies to lovers with a one night stand and accidental pregnancy
Delancey Stewart: Friends to lovers.
Jennifer Blackwood: Enemies to lovers.
A.J. Pine: Enemies to lovers!
Julie Patricka: Reading=enemies to lovers, writing=fake relationship.
Jocelyn Adams: Opposites attract.
Robin Bielman: Friends to lovers.
Lynn Stevens: Enemies to lovers.
D.R. Graham: Bad boy, good girl.
Kendra Highley: Fake relationship.
Christina Phillips: Enemies to lovers.
Katana Collins: Enemies to lovers. There is something about the contrast and then the couples discoveries about where they were wrong about one another that wins my heart.
Stacy Wise: Friends to lovers always satisfies.
Season Vining: Enemies to lovers.
Cindi Madsen: Friends to lovers.
Megan Westfield: Love triangle.
Lindsey Frydman: Enemies to lovers. *Swoons*
Jessica Lee: Enemies to lovers.
Amy Murray: I love a good enemies to lovers romance!
Jen McLaughlin: Best friend’s little sister.
MK Schiller: Fish out of water.
Ciara Knight: Friends to lovers.

Coffee vs. Tea?

Amanda Weaver: Tea
Beth Anne Miller: Coffee
Reese Monroe: Coffee
Magan Vernon: Coffee
Delancey Stewart: Coffee
Jennifer Blackwood: Tea
A.J. Pine: Coffee
Julie Patricka: Water. I have finally accepted that I need to drink all the water.
Jocelyn Adams: Coffee
Robin Bielman: Coffee
Lynn Stevens: When I run out of coffee, I drink tea. 🙂
D.R. Graham: Tea
Kendra Highley: Tea
Christina Phillips: Depends on the time of day!
Katana Collins: Coffee
Stacy Wise: Coffee
Season Vining: Neither (gasp!)
Cindi Madsen: Diet Mtn Dew
Megan Westfield: Coffee
Lindsey Frydman: Coffee
Jessica Lee: Coffee
Amy Murray: Coffee
Jen McLaughlin: Coffee
MK Schiller: Coffee
Ciara Knight: Coffee

Abs vs. Arms

Amanda Weaver: Arms
Beth Anne Miller: Arms
Reese Monroe: Arms
Magan Vernon: Arms
Delancey Stewart: Arms
Jennifer Blackwood: Arms
A.J. Pine: Arms
Julie Patricka: Arms
Jocelyn Adams: Arms
Robin Bielman: Can I pick both?
Lynn Stevens: Abs
D.R. Graham: Jawline, piercing eyes.
Kendra Highley: Arms
Christina Phillips: Arms
Katana Collins: Abs
Stacy Wise: Abs
Season Vining: Arms
Cindi Madsen: Forearms
Megan Westfield: Abs
Lindsey Frydman: Arms
Jessica Lee: Arms
Amy Murray: Arms
Jen McLaughlin: Abs
MK Schiller: Abs
Ciara Knight: Solid chest.

Mountains vs. Beach

Amanda Weaver: Paris
Beth Anne Miller: Beach
Reese Monroe: Beach
Magan Vernon: Forest
Delancey Stewart: I can’t choose! I love both.
Jennifer Blackwood: Mountains
A.J. Pine: Beach
Julie Patricka: Beach
Jocelyn Adams: Forest
Robin Bielman: Beach
Lynn Stevens: Mountains
D.R. Graham: I live in the Sea to Sky corridor of British Columbia, so both mountains and beach in one day!
Kendra Highley: Disney World!
Christina Phillips: Beach
Katana Collins: Beach
Stacy Wise: Beach
Season Vining: Beach
Cindi Madsen: Mountains
Megan Westfield: Mountains
Lindsey Frydman: Mountains
Jessica Lee: Mountains
Amy Murray: Beach
Jen McLaughlin: Beach
MK Schiller: Mountains
Ciara Knight: Mountains

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Release Day Review: Born to be Wilde by Eloisa James + Giveaway

The richest bachelor in England plays matchmaker…for an heiress he wants for himself! 

For beautiful, witty Lavinia Gray, there’s only one thing worse than having to ask the appalling Parth Sterling to marry her: being turned down by him.

Now the richest bachelor in England, Parth is not about to marry a woman as reckless and fashion-obsessed as Lavinia; he’s chosen a far more suitable bride.

But when he learns of Lavinia’s desperate circumstances, he offers to find her a husband. Even better, he’ll find her a prince.

As usual, there’s no problem Parth can’t fix. But the more time he spends with the beguiling Lavinia, the more he finds himself wondering…

Why does the woman who’s completely wrong feel so right in his arms?

 

About The Book

Born to Be Wilde
by Eloisa James

Series
The Wildes of Lindow Castle Series

Genre
Adult
Historical Romance

Publisher
Avon Books

Publication Date
July 31, 2018

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Review:

3 and a hlaf stars

I was really looking forward to this one – I was so intrigued by Parth in book 1 & 2, but ended up more drawn to Lavinia. I knew that she wasn’t as frivolous and shallow as Parth saw her originally, but this really explored the way her love of fashion and fabrics was actually a passion, talent, and cultivated skill. After her mother’s laudanum addiction left her without a dowry or, well, anything, she managed to turn her passion into a commission. I loved how dedicated she was and how hard she worked alongside the seamstresses.

I also loved that the woman Parth planned to marry turned out to be someone Lavinia genuinely liked, instead of some woman vs. woman battle. Their interactions, along with Lavinia and Diana’s, were lovely, but I did miss Willa and Lavinia’s friendship.

Parth and Lavinia have always had an adversarial relationship up until this book. We knew they were obsessed with each other and called each other names like children, but this book revealed that Parth’s jabs cut Lavinia deeply because of her low self-esteem, which was actually really interesting to me. She would throw barbs and he would jab back, but the things he said about her were things she actually believed about herself, so they affected her a lot.

The pacing was a little off at times, slow to develop sometimes and rushed in others. My main complaint, though, is that Parth’s background seems almost insignificant. Parth is half-Indian, but grew up in England and was raised by the Wilde family from age 5. The author includes a note about how there were many, many half-Indian children growing up in England at the time, so I get that she didn’t want him to seem different. But, he was just like the other Wildes. There was no mention of boys at Eton treating him differently because of his heritage, no adjusting to English culture, no foods or customs he missed from home. I get that he was very young when he arrived in England and very much a part of the Wilde family, so maybe that’s realistic, but it seemed like a cop-out. Like a way to say the book has a diverse cast but really just having a “golden-skinned” Englishman.

Overall, I did really enjoy it but I think book 2 was stronger. Maybe that’s because North and Diana’s relationship and wedding was still such a big part of this book, too.

Tour Wide Giveaway

To celebrate the release of BORN TO BE WILDE by Eloisa James, we’re giving away one hardcover set of THE WILDES OF LINDOW CASTLE series!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. One winner will receive a hardcover set of The Wildes of Lindow Castle series by Eloisa James. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance.  Giveaway ends 8/10/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address. Duplicates will be deleted.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

 

 

About the Author

ELOISA JAMES is a New York Times best-selling author and professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at http://www.eloisajames.com.

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Blog Tour Review: Wicked and the Wallflower + Giveaway

Note: I just realized that my review of Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James was stuck in drafts and never went live! See it here.

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Book Cover - Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLeanWicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
Series The Bareknuckle Bastards Series
Genre Adult Historical Romance
Publisher Avon Books
Publication Date June 19, 2018
Format: eARC curtesy of Avon & Edelwiess – thank you.
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When a man known only as Devil finds his way into her bedchamber and offers her his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees. She might be a spinster, but she’s seen love in action and is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that her future husband will love her beyond reason—even if it means she must make a deal with a man more dangerous than she could imagine.

Bastard son of a duke, and king of London’s darkest corners, Devil has made a lifetime of wielding power and seizing opportunity, and Felicity Faircloth is everything he needs to exact a perfect revenge. All he has to do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy. If the girl is ruined in the process, so be it.  

Except there’s nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, and soon it’s Devil who is trapped…along with his heart.

3 and a hlaf stars

Sarah MacLean is always good, but this wasn’t my favorite of hers. It kind of felt like it was setting up the rest of the series more than standing alone. The first half kind of dragged for me, lacking the emotional impact I usually get from Sarah MacLean books. The later half, though, made up for that and packed a good punch that had me up far past my bedtime.

I did love Felicity, the heroine. Actually, all the women in the story were strong and inspiring – Felicity, Nik, Grace/Dahlia. They were all equal to the men in their abilities and smarts. I think Grace/Dahlia is probably smarter than everyone.

Devil’s darkness and mysteriousness, unfortunately, extended to the reader. I never felt like I really got to know Devil. I think, as the series goes on and we get to know him through his friends and brothers, I’ll feel a deeper connection to him.

My favorite things about this book:

  • Scarred, criminal, working class hero with a perfect head.
  • Clever, lock-picking aristocratic heroine who talks to herself.
  • VERY sexy depictions of enthusiastic consent alllll through the book.
  • Many badass women in trousers.

I’m really, really, really looking forward to Whit/Beast’s book.

 

Author Pic - Sarah MacLeanNew York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller SARAH MACLEAN is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her advocacy for romance and the women who read it earned her a place on Jezebel.com’s “Sheroes” list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her “gracefully furious.”

A graduate of Smith College & Harvard University, Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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Blog Tour Review: Too Wild to Wed by Eloisa James + Giveaway

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Series The Wildes of Lindow Castle Series
Genre Adult Historical Romance
Publisher Avon Books
Publication Date May 29, 2018
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No one is more surprised than Lord North when he returns from war to find his ex-fiancee in his ancestral home…working as a governess in a sexy, fiery new Wildes of Lindow Castle romance by New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James…

The handsome, rakish heir to a dukedom, Lord Roland Northbridge Wilde—known to his friends as North—left England two years ago, after being jilted by Miss Diana Belgrave. He returns from war to find that he’s notorious: polite society has ruled him “too wild to wed.”

Diana never meant to tarnish North’s reputation, or his heart, but in her rush to save a helpless child, there was no time to consider the consequences of working as a governess in Lindow Castle. Now everyone has drawn the worst conclusions about the child’s father, and Diana is left with bittersweet regret.

When North makes it clear that he still wants her for his own, scandal or no, Diana has to fight to keep from losing her heart to the man whom she still has no intention of marrying.

Yet North is returning a hardened warrior—and this is one battle he’s determined to win.

He wants Diana, and he’ll risk everything to call her his own.

4 and half stars

Reading Diana & North’s story made me realize how much I love a second chance romance – especially when we’ve met both characters before. We meet both Diana & North in Wilde in Love. Both spend that book dressed in over the top clothing and wigs, North strutting around like a peacock and Diana crying helplessly. It was clear there was more to each of them, but the early versions of Diana and North weren’t people I loved. So, this kind of second chance romance is a second chance for the characters to fall in love, but also for the audience to get to know and fall in love with them.

I’ve read a few reviews that didn’t like Diana. She’s not a strong, independent, capable woman. She works as a governess, but is not good at it. She doesn’t know how to make change. She doesn’t know how to do much. That said, I liked her. She knew her weaknesses and she didn’t lie or hide them. She tried to do well and made the best she could with her situation.

I liked North, too. Eloisa’s choice to have him fight in the Revolutionary War was a smart one. It helped transform him from the over the top dandy we met in Wilde in Love to a rugged hero in readers’ minds (at least this reader’s mind). I don’t really believe that he loved Diana when they were first engaged, though he clearly does, but I did like the way he never wavers. He knew what he wanted – Diana.

The whole Wilde family is fun and I’m excited for Parth’s story.*

Giveaway – A Hardcover copy of Wilde in Love by Eloisa James & a Peacock Keychain! https://goo.gl/gceRD3

ELOISA JAMES is a New York Times best-selling author and professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at http://www.eloisajames.com.

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*I know there has been some controversy about why and how Eloisa James decided to write Parth, who is half Indian. Her explanation does seem to be a very convenient way to inject some diversity without having to go all in and address issues of colonization or create a fully developed identity that includes that part of himself. I sincerely hope that she dove back into her research, worked with a sensitivity reader, and has addressed that. I still plan on reading it, but I respect anyone who was turned off by those comments and chooses not to.

Review: Wilde in Love by Eloisa James

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Series 
The Wildes of Lindow Castle
Genre
Adult Historical Romance
Publisher
Avon Books
Publication Date
October 31, 2017
Format 
Print (MMP)
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About the Book:

Lord Alaric Wilde, son of the Duke of Lindow, is the most celebrated man in England, revered for his dangerous adventures and rakish good looks. Arriving home from years abroad, he has no idea of his own celebrity until his boat is met by mobs of screaming ladies. Alaric escapes to his father’s castle, but just as he grasps that he’s not only famous but notorious, he encounters the very private, very witty, Miss Willa Ffynche.

Willa presents the façade of a serene young lady to the world. Her love of books and bawdy jokes is purely for the delight of her intimate friends. She wants nothing to do with a man whose private life is splashed over every newspaper.

Alaric has never met a woman he wanted for his own . . . until he meets Willa. He’s never lost a battle.

But a spirited woman like Willa isn’t going to make it easy. . . .

4 and half stars

I really loved Willa and Alaric! Alaric is like an historical romance Indiana Jones – traveling the world and writing books about his adventures. But once his books made their way to England, they – and he – were romanticized. An unauthorized, very fictional play about his life swept the nation and Alaric returns to find he’s England’s #1 Heartthrob. He does not like this.

Willa and her best friend Lavinia are both stunning and sought after. They play the London Season like a game, being perfect prim and proper potential wives in front of society and laughing at dirty jokes to themselves when no one is looking.

Willa wants nothing to do with Lord Wilde, certain that he’s an egotistical fraud. Alaric, though, realizes his feelings for Willa early on and dedicates himself to wooing her. I really like romances where the hero is the first to realize his feelings. His wooing includes gifting Willa a baby skunk, Sweetpea, who is an adorable side character and plays a very important role in the end.

There is a bit of a Shakespearean drama theme throughout the whole story, including a wicked villain and high stakes drama at the end.

I felt really connected to both Willa and Alaric. They felt evenly matched. All of the secondary characters, including Sweetpea, were delightful and I am excited to read more of the Wildes.

Blog Tour & Review – A Scandalous Deal by Joanna Shupe

EDIT: REVIEW: 

Howww is Joanna Shupe so good?

Just like with A Daring Arrangement, when I started I wasn’t sure if I was going to fall in love with these two and then somehow I’m halfway through the book and can’t stop reading. The Joanna Shupe word vortex pulled me in and didn’t let me go.

I absolutely love this setting. I want more historical romance outside of Great Britain.

The story has a diverse cast, dealing with real issues, real fears, and finding real love. (For the record, I would absolutely LOVE to read Becca’s story). I felt Eva’s frustration and anger at the unfairness of the way society was catering to the absolute fragility of all the men around her. I felt her pull to Phillip, even when she was annoyed with him. I felt her pride seeing her dreams come true and, finally, being recognized for her own worth.

I was annoyed at Phillip, but I was still rooting for him to figure it out and I am deeply satisfied with the story’s conclusion. There were a few times at which the dialogue felt a little awkward and unnatural, which didn’t take me out of the story or anything, but might if you are listening in audio.

4.5 stars, you should read it.

ARC provided by Avon & Edelwiess for an honest review.

 

Final review coming – Okay, SO. I signed up to review this book because I LOVED A Daring Arrangement. But, I didn’t plan my life correctly and I haven’t finished reading it yet. HOWEVER I am almost done and confident that you should go get it because it’s excellent. I’ll finish tonight and post my actual review other than “OMG JOANNA SHUPE I LOVE HER” this week!

Joanna Shupe returns with another unforgettable novel set in the glittering world of  New York City’s Gilded Age…

They call her Lady Unlucky…

With three dead fiancés, Lady Eva Hyde has positively no luck when it comes to love. She sets sail for New York City, determined that nothing will deter her dream of becoming an architect, certainly not an unexpected passionate shipboard encounter with a mysterious stranger. But Eva’s misfortune strikes once more when she discovers the stranger who swept her off her feet is none other than her new employer.

Or is it Lady Irresistible?

Phillip Mansfield reluctantly agrees to let the fiery Lady Eva oversee his luxury hotel project while vowing to keep their relationship strictly professional. Yet Eva is more capable—and more alluring—than Phillip first thought, and he cannot keep from drawing up a plan of his own to seduce her.

When a series of onsite “accidents” make it clear someone wants Lady Unlucky to earn her nickname, Phillip discovers he’s willing to do anything to protect her—even if it requires a scandalous deal…

About the Book

A Scandalous Deal
by Joanna Shupe

Series
The Four Hundred Series

Genre
Adult
Historical Romance

Publisher
Avon Books

Publication Date
April 24, 2018

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Tour Wide Giveaway

To celebrate the release of A SCANDALOUS DEAL by Joanna Shupe, we’re giving away for two paperback copies of A DARING ARRANGEMENT!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. Two winners will each receive a paperback copy of A Daring Arrangement by Joanna Shupe. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance.  Giveaway ends 5/4/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address.  Duplicates will be deleted.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

 

Excerpt

“Yes…. I will.”

His nostrils flared ever so slightly.

“Why?” he asked, brows lowered in confusion. “Why now?”

She understood perfectly. A few days ago, she’d insisted on professional distance. Yet how could she explain it? They were high above the city, just the two of them, in a cocoon of warm July air. “Does it matter?”

“It does to  me. I’d like to know why you’ve changed your mind.”

Because she wanted him, wanted him to do the same wicked things he’d done on the ship. The insides of her thighs grew slick just thinking on it. She went with a coy answer instead. “Isn’t that what women do?”

One side of his mouth kicked up. “Most women, perhaps. However, you’re not most women. There’s no one else who can begin to compare.”

About Joanna Shupe

Joanna Shupe has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels. In 2013, she won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband. To connect with Joanna, visit JoannaShupe.com.

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New Release & Review: Tempest by Beverly Jenkins!

 

4 and half stars

I was SO ready for Regan’s story after finishing Breathless – in Breathless, Regan surprised me when she taught her sister about contraceptive sponges and then decided she was going to be a mail order bride. I knew I was in for a ride with Tempest.

OKAY BUT I did not expect Regan to shoot Colton! I know it’s laid out in the blurb, but I didn’t read the blurb. I just saw “Beverly Jenkins. Book #3 in the Old West series” and I was sold. I love her boldness. She and Colton were perfect together.

Some historical romance authors are like 90% romance & 10% history. Some are the opposite. Some, like Miss Bev, are perfectly balanced. I love learning about the Old West in this series and the lives of those who lived and loved there. Romance and fiction in general allow authors to teach us about forgotten histories. People and populations that have been overlooked by the history books. Most of the history I was taught growing up was the history of white dudes. I love Dukes and Earls as much as any other historical reader, but traveling to the Old West and learning about the lives of People of Color there is refreshing.

From USA Today Bestselling Author Beverly Jenkins comes a new novel in a mesmerizing series set in the Old West, where an arranged marriage becomes a grand passion . . .

What kind of mail-order bride greets her intended with a bullet instead of a kiss? One like Regan Carmichael—an independent spirit equally at home in denims and dresses. Shooting Dr. Colton Lee in the shoulder is an honest error, but soon Regan wonders if her entire plan to marry a man she’s never met is a mistake. Colton, who buried his heart along with his first wife, insists he only wants someone to care for his daughter. Yet Regan is drawn to the unmistakable desire in his gaze.

Regan’s far from the docile bride Colton was expecting. Still, few women would brave the wilds of Wyoming Territory for an uncertain future with a widower and his child. The thought of having a bold, forthright woman like Regan in his life—and in his arms—begins to inspire a new dream. And despite his family’s disapproval and an unseen enemy, he’ll risk all to make this match a real union of body and soul.

About the Book

Tempest
by Beverly Jenkins

Series
Old West #3

Genre
Adult
Historical Romance

Publisher
Avon Books

Publication Date
January 30, 2018

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To celebrate the release of TEMPEST, we’re giving away two paperback sets of FORBIDDEN and BREATHLESS by Beverly Jenkins!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. Two winners will each receive a paperback set of Forbidden and Breathless by Beverly Jenkins.  This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance.  Giveaway ends 2/9/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address.  Duplicates will be deleted.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

 

About Beverly Jenkins

Beverly Jenkins is the recipient of the 2017 Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for historical romance. She has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature, was featured in both the documentary Love Between the Covers and on CBS Sunday Morning. Since the publication of Night Song in 1994, she has been leading the charge for multicultural romance, and has been a constant darling of reviewers, fans, and her peers alike, garnering accolades for her work from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, and NPR. To read more about Beverly, visit her at http://www.BeverlyJenkins.net.

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Review: Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas

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Again the Magic
Lisa Kleypas
(there is a new cover for this title, but my copy looks like the above image.)
The Wallflowers Book #0

5 Stars

McKenna!

Some romances are perfect, dreamy fairy-tales and some are deeply intense, passionate, emotional rollercoasters. This was the latter.

I love an across-the-tracks romance, especially in historicals. Again the Magic gave me that plus childhood friends-to-lovers plus second chance romance AND revenge. The perfect trope blend of FEELINGS. And Aline and McKenna have no shortage of feelings. They are both overflowing with love and hurt and insecurity and their happily ever after was so hard to come by but so satisfying. And, unlike most historical romance, we get steam from the get-go and I LOVE IT.

The secondary romance, between Gideon & Livia is just as swoony, hard-earned, and well-deserved.

I loved it.