Lord Holt Takes a Bride (The Mating Habits of Scoundrels Book 1)

Published March 31, 2020 by bookbesties

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USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret launches a charming new trilogy about three debutantes who get more than they bargained for when it comes to the mating habits of scoundrels . . .

Heiress Winnifred Humphries refuses to marry the odious man her parents have chosen. She’ll marry for love or not at all. But how does a woman know a man truly loves her? Needing answers, she sets out to discover the marriage habits of London’s aristocrats. Yet when her friends kidnap a lord for research, Winn knows they’ve gone too far. Now she’s facing a wickedly handsome scoundrel who wants revenge.

Lord Asher Holt has the perfect plan to free himself of his father’s debts. But when a trio of foolish debutantes abducts him, their scheme ruins everything! Fuming and tied to a chair, Holt overhears that one of them is an heiress. Perhaps he isn’t above a little kidnapping either.

Yet, when the heiress runs away from her own wedding and straight into his waiting carriage, Holt finds himself on an adventure he’ll never forget, falling in love with a woman worth more than any treasure. But will Winn ever believe his heart only desires her . . . and not her fortune?

Welcome to the first book of The Mating Habits of Scoundrels series.  Let me just start by saying the heroine in this book is by far the most relatable character I have EVER has the pleasure to read.  This leading lady is my spirit animal, ya’ll.  I am not going to go into a bunch of detail on why I say that because I don’t want to ruin your experience of getting to know her.  Just know that seeing myself in her seriously sucked me down the rabbit hole, to the point where I was addicted to reading this book.  With all that being said I feel like certain aspects of the ending completely left me hanging.  I want to know what happens to the Marques!  But maybe that is just me being for more of this story, or my inherent need to see justice served to all villains.  I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see what adventure Jane’s story will take us on.

Winnifred Humphries is nothing any man would find attractive. She is overweight, freckled, and her hair is terribly unruly- or at least that’s what her mother has told her for her whole life.  So it is no wonder that she is willing to submit to an arranged marriage to a man who wants her dowry so he can spoil his mistress.  On the morning of her wedding, in a crazy scheme thought up by her best friends, she jumps in a carriage and runs away.  Her journey to freedom with an unlikely traveling companion will lead her on an adventure she never would have dreamed of.

Asher Holt will stop at nothing to get out from under the manipulations of his greedy father.  Just when he is about to sail away and make a new start he is kidnapped and robbed by debutantes.   Now he must find a quick way to make his money back so he can chase his treasure and his freedom.  After a night of drinking waking up in a carriage with run-a-way bride just might be his key to escape.  Will this adventure give him what he needs so he can finally be free from his terrible father?  Or will he lose more than money in the attempt?

After this book, I cannot wait to see what the rest of this series has in store for us!

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Danielle

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An Heiress to Remember by Maya Rodale(Review Post)

Published March 31, 2020 by bookbesties

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USA Today bestselling author Maya Rodale’s Gilded Age Girls Club series continues with an enemies-to-lovers romance that shows love is sweeter than revenge.

Can a scandalized heiress…

Beatrice Goodwin left Manhattan a duchess and has returned a divorcee, ready to seize control of her fate and the family business. Goodwin’s Department Store, once the pinnacle of fashion, has fallen from favor thanks to Dalton’s, its glamorous competitor across the street. But this rivalry has a distinctly personal edge…

And a self-made tycoon…

For Wes Dalton, Beatrice has always been the one—the one who broke his young heart by marrying a duke, and now, the one whose cherished store he plans to buy, just so he can destroy it. It’s the perfect revenge against a family who believed he’d never be good enough for their daughter—until Beatrice’s return complicates everything…

Find happily ever after at last?

While Goodwin’s and Dalton’s duel to be the finest store in Gilded Age Manhattan, Beatrice and Wes succumb to a desire that has only deepened with time. Adversaries by day, lovers by night, both will soon have to decide which is sweeter: winning the battle, or thoroughly losing their hearts…

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As you all know I am a SUPER FAN of The Gilded Age Girls Club series and have been anxiously waiting to get my hands on the next book.  Well it’s here and like the first two, this one has a fierce leading lady who is ready to fight for what she wants in life.  This heroine is a power house not only because she is determined to become a successful business woman and save her father’s legacy, but because she had the courage to divorce a Duke in a time where divorce was unheard of especially if it was a woman who was petitioning for it.  Naturally she needs a leading man with as much will power and cunning as she has to make the story good and our hero does not disappoint. I couldn’t put this book down, I loved it so much!   I cannot wait to see who we meet in the next book.

After gaining her freedom from a very unhappy marriage in England, Beatrice Goodwin headed straight home to New York.  Her first stop once she gets off the boat is to her favorite place in the entire world, her family’s department store.  She is shocked to see the store looks outdated and there are very few customers.  This isn’t the Goodwin’s she remembers.  However, it isn’t hard to see why business is slow, there is a brand-new state of the art department store directly across the street.  Who would be so ruthless?

Wes Dalton is the best. He has worked his way from the bottom all the way to the top.  He only has one goal left to achieve and he is so very close to making it happen.  Revenge is the name of the game, and he is in it to win it.  He is determined to see Goodwin’s Department Store destroyed just like that family destroyed his heart.  It’s unfortunate that the woman who left his heart in tatters has returned and is set on giving him a run for his money.   Will his heart heal?  Will old feelings get in the way of his success? Or will he realize there is more to life than work?

I adore this book and truly cannot recommend it enough!!!

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Danielle

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From Blood And Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Review Post)

Published March 31, 2020 by bookbesties

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A Maiden
Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.
A duty
The entire kingdom’s future rest on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And a longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden
A Kingdom
Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked threat that holds her together begins to unravel.

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In this exciting new novel by Jennifer L. Armentrout, she introduces a fantastical world filled with immense detail, and characters who are poignant and fierce, Jennifer truly has out done herself!
I have been a long time avid reader of Jennifer and I can say that as her debut high fantasy novel she KILLED IT! Whenever I see ‘high fantasy’ I don’t really know what to expect because it’s always the authors take on what high fantasy is to them and you just never know.   Poppy has been hidden away her whole life, and has a duty to her people and kingdom but has always longed for more…more than just sitting in her room, more than just the few people who are allowed to speak to her and def more than no one ever looking at her fully without her veil in place. And that longing only grew since Hawke came to the castle. There is much that Poppy is unsure of, so question, but the one thing she does know is that she is drawn to Hawke and she is not sure why.  But then things start to happen and Poppy’s world is turned on its axes leaving her with even more questions and uncertainties.
This story gripped me from the beginning to end. This is a different take on Vampires and I loved every second of this high paced, fun witty and surprising plot twisting story.
As always Jennifer has a way with making readers fall in love with her Hero’s and Hawke is no exception…..

“With my sword and with my life, I vow to keep you safe, Penellaphe… from this moment until the last moment, I am yours.”

That’s not to say that her Heroien is anything less than amazing..Poppy is strong minded and an all around BAD A!
This book is at my top read for 2020 and Jennifer captured perfectly all the aspects of a first book in a series to keep you wanting more. Action, suspense comedy and romance. I can’t wait to see where this world and these characters lead us next!
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My Bestie’s Ex by Piper Rayne(Review Post)

Published February 18, 2020 by bookbesties

 

I can’t borrow him.

He’s not a sweater or a skirt.

 

He’s not even her favorite dress—the lucky one she wears on first dates. The one she probably wore on her first date with him.

 

In my defense, I didn’t know who he was. To me, he was a cool, calm, confident stranger. He was perfection for the entire hour and a half train ride while the concrete jungle turned into a rolling green landscape.

 

To an outsider, we probably appeared more friends than hopeful lovers. But my blush came quickly, and his dimples indented with every smile. We definitely shared a spark of what could be.

 

Too bad I didn’t know who he was before I fell for him, because he can’t be mine.

 

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Piper Rayne starts off a new series and of course it’s a win. This duo work well together and really know how to warm us up and really bring us in to feel like we are part of the clan. I love the side characters which of course gets you excited for the next books in the series.
 I was a bit hesitant because of the title and thought okay this is different. One, I love The Mancini family so of course I enjoyed Blanca. Loyal and a breath of fresh air. Ethan is a bit hard to pin at first but he resists the attraction between himself and Blanca. Then when you think you are on cloud 9 the wrench is thrown into the mix and there are some decisions to be made and that HEA is in jeopardy. Overall I enjoyed meeting the rooftop crew the banter is funny and you can tell everyone has a great bond. I can’t wait to see more especially Rian book!

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Damaris

 

 

 

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). 

 

 

 

A little about us…. We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both marries to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

 

 

 

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Fake it Til you Break it by Meagan Brandy

Published February 12, 2020 by bookbesties

Release Date: February 4 

From USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Meagan Brandy comes a new standalone, fake relationship romance with a twist! 

 

Fake.

That’s what we are.

 

That’s what we agreed to be.

 

I thought it would be harder, convincing everyone our school’s star receiver was mine and mine alone, but we played our parts well.

 

So well, the lines between us began to blur until they disappeared completely.

 

The thing about pretending, though, someone’s always better at it, and by the time I realized my mistake, there was no going back.

I fell for our lie.

And then everything fell apart.

It turned out, he and I were never playing the same game.

He didn’t have to break me to win.

But he did it anyway. 

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This was a new author to me so I was very interested as I love a enemies to lovers trope. I was thinking at first YA ok let’s see how this goes! At first glance I was on the fence with how to feel about Nico. My first impression is broody and a bit of a jerk. Right from the jump the dynamic between Nico and Demi was interesting and you can feel the tension. Demi has a crush on a fellow guy but he doesn’t see her. Nico decides to help her get seen. They are both neighbors and do not like each other. At least so it seems. The silly thing is when you start seeing someone in a different light and now feelings start to change. Nico is a bit rough at first glance but he starts to win you over once you start peeling back the layers. Demi has her own hang ups in life but Nico is there to help. Demi is sweet but strong and they both at first seem like opposites but really compliment each other. I enjoyed this read and would like to check out some of her other books.

 

 

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Meagan Brandy is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of New Adult and Sports Romance books. Born and raised in California, she is a married mother of three crazy boys who keep her bouncing from one sports field to another, depending on the season, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. 

 

Starbucks is her best friend and words are her sanity.

 

 

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A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane (Review Post)

Published February 4, 2020 by bookbesties

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A generation past, the western realms were embroiled in endless war. Then the Destroyer came. From the blood and ashes he left behind, a tenuous alliance rose between the barbarian riders of Parsathe and the walled kingdoms of the south. That alliance is all that stands against the return of an ancient evil—until the barbarian king and queen are slain in an act of bloody betrayal.

Though forbidden by the alliance council to kill the corrupt king responsible for his parents’ murders, Maddek vows to avenge them, even if it costs him the Parsathean crown. But when he learns it was the king’s daughter who lured his parents to their deaths, the barbarian warrior is determined to make her pay.

Yet the woman Maddek captures is not what he expected. Though the last in a line of legendary warrior-queens, Yvenne is small and weak, and the sharpest weapons she wields are her mind and her tongue. Even more surprising is the marriage she proposes to unite them in their goals and to claim their thrones—because her desire for vengeance against her father burns even hotter than his own…

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 A Heart of Blood and Ashes (A Gathering of Dragons, #1)A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok, here it is, fair warning that this book is NO WHERE NEAR what I typically read and review for y’all. Originally this book was presented as a Viking story, so as your Historical Romance Book Bestie I took it on. After reading this book I will tell you that this is not a Viking book at all but rather it is a barbarian book full of warriors, battle, sex, enemies turned lovers, and sweet revenge. While this is wildly different from my normal reading material that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this book and the adventure it took me on. This is book number one of the series: A Gathering of Dragons. It is also the first book I have read by this author. I enjoyed how this author made both men and women equals. Both sexes were represented with matching strength, intelligence, and value to their people. This was done with such skill that unless a description or the pronoun of a character specifically designated a gender I wouldn’t have been able to distinguish one from the other. To me that shows the author’s close attention to detail as well as her creativity and ability to create and maintain a world and society different than the norm. I am truly impressed with this author in that regard. Again, while this book is very different from what I primarily read I enjoyed it very much and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

Upon learning of the murders of his parents, Ran Ashev and Ran Marek, the Parsathean queen and king, Maddek wanted nothing more than vengeance upon those responsible. While the alliance council has forbade him to take up arms against Zhalen, King of Syssia and his son’s, no one has said he cannot find his vengeance through Zhalen’s own daughter.

Yvenne is the direct descendant of Syssia’s most revered warrior queens, and as such upon reaching a queen’s age or delivering a child she may claim the Syssian throne and save her people from her evil father and brothers. It is with this knowledge that she risks her life to offer an alliance through marriage to a warrior who would see her dead before he heard her words.

Will he help her become the warrior queen her people need? Will her lessons give him the heart of a king? Will their alliance built on a foundation of mutual hate turn them from enemies to more?

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have.

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Ignite on Contact by Jaci Burton (Review Post)

Published February 4, 2020 by bookbesties

512a2QWMssLNew York Times bestselling author Jaci Burton is back with a friends-to-lovers romance sure to melt hearts as one smokin’-hot fireman turns up the heat on love.

Relationships. Firefighter Rafe Donovan avoids them whenever possible. He loves dating women, but he makes sure they know up front that he’s in it for fun, great sex and nothing more.

Fun. As an ER nurse and official caretaker of her disabled grandfather, Carmen Lewis doesn’t have time for fun. But Rafe has been there for Carmen–and her grandfather–time and again, and he’s clearly interested in her. She knows he’s a player, but she’s tempted by his charm and incredible body. And maybe a little fun isn’t a bad thing, as long as she keeps her heart away from this fiery game she’s enjoying with a very hot man.

Love. It doesn’t take Rafe long to realize that until now he’s only been playing at romance. With Carmen he feels searing passion and heart-tugging emotion for the first time. Now he has to convince Carmen that what they have together is the real deal.

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 Ignite on Contact (Brotherhood by Fire, #2)Ignite on Contact by Jaci Burton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book 2 in the brotherhood by fire series and I was first introduced to Rafe in book 1 of the series.
Rafe is a sexy firefighter, who is not looking for anything serious and enjoys the life he lives. Carmen is his next door neighbor and also the nurse who is there when Rafe is brought in to the ER following an accident on the job.
With some time off after the accident Rafe is restless but starts to spend time with Carmen. They both have their own issues that they are dealing with, but are drawn top each other. Rafe is sweet and Carmen has feelings for her hot neighbor. As they spend time together you see the chemistry spark up. The question is can they both get past their issues to make things work? This romance is sweet and it builds. The way Rafe is with Carmen and her grandfather makes you fall for him. I have enjoyed the series so far. Another well written romance by Jaci Burton that will have you smoldering.

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Damaris

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