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The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard(Review Post)

Published November 27, 2019 by bookbesties

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THE BEAST OF BESWICK by #AMALIEHOWARD

Beauty and the Beast meets Taming of the Shrew in this laugh-out-loud and heartfelt #RegencyRomance.

Lord Nathaniel Harte, the disagreeable Duke of Beswick, spends his days smashing porcelain, antagonizing his servants, and snarling at anyone who gets too close. With a ruined face like his, it’s hard to like much about the world. Especially smart-mouthed harpies—with lips better suited to kissing than speaking—who brave his castle with indecent proposals.

But Lady Astrid Everleigh will stop at nothing to see her younger sister safe from a notorious scoundrel, even if it means offering herself up on a silver platter to the forbidding Beast of Beswick himself. And by offer, she means what no highborn lady of sound and sensible mind would ever dream of—a tender of marriage with her as his bride.

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As you all know I became a big fan of this author after meeting her at Shameless BookCon 2018. Since that initial meeting I have greedily searched for and read every historical romance book with her name on it. With that being said, THIS IS MY FAVORITE AMALIE HOWARD BOOK (so far at least)!!!!! From start to finish I was completely hooked. I started this book after chatting with the author at this year’s Shameless BookCon and experiencing how excited she was about it and why. The story is a mix of Taming of the Shrew and Beauty and the Beast. This leading lady or “Beauty” as you will, is so sassy and self-aware. Her “take no sh!+” attitude and determination to save her sister from her vengeful ex-fiancé, makes her one of my favorite heroines for 2019!

After having her reputation ruined and the death of their parents, Lady Astrid Everleigh and her younger sister, Isobel find themselves in the country, secluded from society, and at the mercy of their greedy Uncle Reginald and Aunt Mildred. But Astrid has a plan! In one year she will be of age to inherit the remainder of her inheritance and give her sister the opportunity to have the proper coming out she deserves. When Astrid’s scorned ex-fiancé, Edmund Cain, Earl of Beaumont, uses her Uncle’s greed as a means to have his ultimate revenge. Astrid is forced to find a creative way to thwart the plans of a monster by seeking the assistance of a “beast”.

Having been severely scarred on both his face and his disposition, Lord Thane Harte, the seventh Duke of Beswick, chooses to live a very secluded and solitary life on his country estate. Aside from his staff, his favorite aunt, and a select few “friends” he does a very good job avoiding other people. That is until a smart mouthed, bluestocking, spinster barges her way into his home and issues him a most unconventional “business” proposition. Will he leave his life of seclusion behind and take her up on her offer or will he slam the door in her face?

Obviously I loved this book! And as always I am excited to see what all of you think of it as well.

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Danielle

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Diamond in the Rouge by Wendy LaCapra(Review Post)

Published November 26, 2019 by bookbesties

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Diamond in the Rogue will captivate you! It is sensual, lush, beautifully romantic, and I recommend it! -Stacy Reid, Author of the House of Calydon Series

In an act of revenge, Lord Rayne kissed Lady Julia and was sent packing to America. But now he’s back to settle his affairs and give away his sister in marriage, until he meets up with the alluring yet innocent Lady Julia again. He doesn’t regret their first kiss, but he was never good enough for her.

Lady Julia had two years to forget the moody and mercurial Earl of Rayne. But one look, and she knows they’re meant to be together. Be damned with his and her brother’s objections, she’ll just jump on the back of Rayne’s departing carriage and compromise them both thoroughly.

Only, Julia never expected her forbidding Lord to be so good at resisting temptation…

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I was so very excited to read this book for a couple of reasons; first- the author herself asked me to read and review this book (yes I totally fan girled over that), second- I really enjoyed the previous book in the series and couldn’t wait to see what the author had instore for this next book, and third- once I discovered this was Rayne and Julia’s story I was beyond stoked. After meeting these two characters in the last book and the hints about what broke up a long time group of best friends and forced Clarissa’s brother Rayne to flee to America I was praying it would be a good as the last. Let me tell you all this book was better than I ever imagined! I couldn’t put it down. This book has all the things I adore: A strong and sassy leading lady, a dark and brooding hero, and some seriously steamy love scenes (please remember this is a historical romance and while most love scenes can be pretty vanilla these most definitely were not). I can honestly say this is one of my favorite books for 2019!!! I can only hope we get to see how Farring’s story plays out in the next book.

Graham Laithe, Earl of Rayne has spent the last 2 years in America working very hard to forget the biggest mistake of his life. When he is forced to return to England for his sister’s wedding and to settle his affairs, the last thing he wants is to face his once bet friends or see the one woman he can never have and the cause of all his troubles. Will he be able to successfully part ways with his sister and his life in England as he plans or will he find himself with a reason to stay?

Lady Julia Stanley has a personal rule of never making the same mistake twice. Just as she is prepared to give up on finding love of her own, she is challenged by a dear friend to break that rule. Faced with the prospect saving the only man she loves from his own self-destruction, she forms a risky plan involving disguise, kidnapping, and possibly pirates to take her own destiny in hand and fight for the love she thought was lost. Will she succeed or will all her efforts leave them both heartbroken all over again?

This seriously is one of my favorite books of 2019 and I can’t wait to see how all of you like it.

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Danielle

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My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh(Review Post)

Published November 26, 2019 by bookbesties

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n the first book in Eva Leigh’s new Union of the Rakes series, a bluestocking enlists a faux suitor to help her land an ideal husband only to be blindsided by real desire…

Lady Grace Wyatt is content as a wallflower, focusing on scientific pursuits rather than the complications of society matches. But when a handsome, celebrated naturalist returns from abroad, Grace wishes, for once, to be noticed. Her solution: to “build” the perfect man, who will court her publicly and help her catch his eye. Grace’s colleague, anthropologist Sebastian Holloway, is just the blank slate she requires.

To further his own research on English society, Sebastian agrees to let Grace transform him from a bespectacled, bookish academic into a dashing—albeit fake—rake. Between secret lessons on how to be a rogue and exaggerated public flirtations, Grace’s feelings for Sebastian grow from friendship into undeniable, inconvenient, real attraction. If only she hadn’t asked him to help her marry someone else…

Sebastian is in love with brilliant, beautiful Grace, but their bargain is complete, and she desires another. Yet when he’s faced with losing her forever, Sebastian will do whatever it takes to tell her the truth, even if it means risking his own future—and his heart.

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This book owns my heart!!!!!

Not only does this follow a friends turned lovers trope but THIS IS A STORY WERE 2 NERDS FIND LOVE!!!! The female lead in this book is intelligent, independent, and compassionate, everything I look for in a heroine. I loved watching her nurture the leading gentleman as he grows into his full potential. The fact that the author wasn’t afraid to write a hero for this book who is not a typical Historical Romance leading man makes me eager to read more books by her. Getting a candid view of the Seb’s struggles with selective mutism and how he overcomes the obstacles it presents was very refreshing and endeared him to my heart. This is one of those books that I immediately grin when I hear the title or think of the characters. I love this book so much.

Sebastian “Seb” Holloway is the impoverish son of a miner who prefers science and observing societies over interacting with and being a part of them. So much so that unless someone is a member in his very small circle of friends they could be lead to believe him to be brainless and odd. But those closest to him know he is loyal, intelligent, and devoted to his study of anthropology, if only he could just get over his in-ability to speak to strangers. He would do anything for his friends especially, Grace, including sacrifice his heart by pretending to be a rake and court her so she can gain the notice of the man of her dreams.

Lady Grace Wyatt spends more of her time in the Benezra Library than attending society functions. If she had her way she would stop attending society functions all together and spend her time in the field studying her beloved reptiles. But being a woman born of the ton there are certain expectations she must uphold, like getting married. There is only one man she could ever see herself happily marry, Mason Fredericks. Too bad he sees her as merely a scientific colleague and not a woman. That is until she convinces her dearest friend Sebastian to transform himself into a rake and “court” her with the intent to make Mason take notice of her. Will their crazy plan succeed or will it be her eyes that are opened to another’s potential?

I truly loved this book! I hope you do too. NERD LOVE WINS!!!!

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DANIELLE

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Someone to Remember (The Westcott Series Book 7) by Mary Balogh

Published November 5, 2019 by bookbesties

51rbxkfylXLt’s never too late to fall in love in this enchanting new story, a novella in the Westcott series from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh.

Matilda Westcott has spent her life tending to the needs of her mother, the Dowager Countess of Riverdale, never questioning the web of solitude she has spun herself. To Matilda, who considers herself an aging spinster daughter, marriage is laughable—love is a game for the young, after all. But her quiet, ordered life unravels when a dashing gentleman from her past reappears, threatening to charm his way into her heart yet again.

Charles Sawyer, Viscount Dirkson, does not expect to face Matilda Westcott thirty-six years after their failed romance. Moreover, he does not expect decades-old feelings to emerge at the very sight of her. When encountering Matilda at a dinner hosted by the Earl of Riverdale, he finds himself as fascinated by her as he was the first day they met, and wonders whether, after all these years, they have a chance at happiness together. Charles is determined to crack the hard exterior Matilda has built up for more than three decades, or he will risk losing her once again….

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As you all know I love this series and this family so I was very excited to get my hands on this next book. This short and sweet, Westcott Series novella is our chance to get to know Matilda’s story. While I love that we get to know Matilda and Charles better I feel like this story should have been a full length novel of its own. I feel like by making this a novella the story was rushed and when it ended I was left wanting more. Don’t get me wrong just like the rest of the Westcott Series this book was well written and the characters have the depth I have come to expect from this author. It’s the story that I didn’t get enough of. I would have loved to have learned more about Matilda and Charles’ early romance considering the amount of devastation experienced by them both in its ending. This was a love that caused Matilda to never marry and devote her life to overprotecting her mother while leading Charles’ into living the life of a rogue, and siring a bastard before eventually marrying another. The few references to that time in their story suggest the kind of love that make me love reading romance. I think giving us that story as well as how their story ends would have given this book a true value as part of the series.

I did enjoy this book, I just wish there would have been more.

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Danielle

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The Duke’s Stolen Bride by Sophie Jordan(Review Post)

Published October 22, 2019 by bookbesties

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From USA Today bestselling author Sophie Jordan comes a scandalously sensual romance in her beloved Rogue Files series.

“Deliciously sexy!”—Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author 

An urgent dilemma…

To save her impoverished family, Marian Langley will become a mistress. But she will not be just any mistress. Marian intends to become so skilled, so coveted, that she can set her own terms, retaining control over her body and her fate. Only one problem remains: finding a tutor…

A scandalous solution…

Other men deprive themselves of pleasure for propriety’s sake. Nathaniel, Duke of Warrington, would much rather be depraved. He slakes his desires with professionals who ask nothing of him but his coin. Marian’s proposal—that he train her without taking her virtue—is an intriguing diversion, until their lessons in seduction spin out of control.

And a most unlikely duchess…

When Marian is blackmailed into engagement by a man she despises, Nate impulsively steals her away. Though he never intended to take a wife, he can’t tolerate the idea of Marian forfeiting her freedom to another. But can he bear to give her what she demands—a real marriage?

This book is a jaw dropper!!!

As always Sophie Jordan has written an incredibly fun story that I couldn’t put down.  I don’t think I have encountered a stronger heroine than this one.  The level of self- sacrifice this leading lady is willing to undertake to provide for her family is unparalleled.  I cannot even begin to explain how truly excited and relieved I was when she found her happy ending and was able to fully secure her family’s future.

Marian Langley is doing everything she can to support her three younger siblings.  Desperate times lead her to befriend a once “kept woman” to gain knowledge on becoming a courtesan.  But she has no desire to become just any ordinary courtesan she is determined to become a comfortably kept companion of a member of high society.  Too bad she has no experience in attracting such men.  Her new friend advises her to seek tutelage from “The Depraved Duke”, who they are certain is just the man for the job andconveniently lives near the town. Will their scandalous arrangement teach her the skills she needs to become a world class courtesan or will fate have other plans for them both?

Nathaniel, Duke of Warrington, tries to avoid interacting with people as much as possible unless he chooses to do so, meaning that most of the people he interacts with are either his staff or the paid courtesans who leave once their services are no longer needed.  That is until a series of events has him crossing paths with a sassy towns-woman with a smart mouth and fire in her eyes.  The last thing he ever wanted or expected was for her to show up at his door with a very scandalous proposition that could completely ruin them both if anyone found out.  Will he be able to remain aloof and fulfill their agreement or will he make a proposal of his own?

This book was an adventure and an inspiration that I am completely in love with.  I am excited for all of you to read it and tell me your thoughts.

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Danielle

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When the Marques was Mine by Caroline Linden(Review Post)

Published September 29, 2019 by bookbesties

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In the game of love…

Georgiana Lucas despises the arrogant and cruel Marquess of Westmorland even before learning that he’s won the deed to her friend Kitty’s home in a card game. Still, Georgiana assures Kitty the marquess wouldn’t possibly come all the way to Derbyshire to throw them out—until he shows up, bloody and unconscious. Fearing that Kitty would rather see him die, Georgiana blurts out that he’s her fiancé. She’ll nurse the hateful man back to health and make him vow to leave and never return. The man who wakes up, though, is nothing like the heartless rogue Georgiana thought she knew…

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He wakes up with no memory of being assaulted—or of who he is. The bewitching beauty tending him so devotedly calls him Rob and claims she’s his fiancée even as she avoids his touch. Though he can’t remember how he won her hand, he’s now determined to win her heart. But as his memory returns and the truth is revealed, Rob must decide if the game is up—or if he’ll take a chance on a love that defies all

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      Mistaken identities that turn enemies to lovers is the name of the game in this fantastic book!  Caroline Linden never fails to deliver a leading lady who has everything I love in a heroine as well as great story lines to make them shine.

  Reading this story and watching these characters not only blossom into their authentic selves (away from the pressure of society expectations) and overcome their misconceived judgments of each other to fall in love was incredibly touching.

     Georgiana Lucas’ shows her compassionate nature when she risks her own safety and rushed to the aid of a stranger who was being attacked on a remote country road.  She shows the depth of that compassion when she discovers the stranger is none other than the enemy of her dear friend and hostess but chooses to hide his identity and nurse him back to health.   Will the lie she told to conceal his true identity comes out and ruin her friendship or will it have her falling in love with a man she once despised?

     When Lord Robert Churchill-Gray, Marquess of Westmorland, won the house of Sir Charles Winston in a drunken card game, he didn’t want or need the house and planned to promptly return it to its rightful owner.  That is until the sore loser blackens his name to anyone who will listen including Rob’s own mother.  Not wanting to keep the property but wanting to teach Winston a lesson in humility, Rob travels to the estate to return the deed to Winston’s family and tell them just what he has been up to in London.  On the way there he is attacked: robbed and beaten unconscious.  When he awakens in an unknown bed, with no memory of who or where he is, he is forced to rely on the hospitality of strangers and the care of the beautiful woman everyone claims is his fiancé.  Will he recover his memories and return to his prior bachelor life of drinking and scandal or will he choose to change his ways and win the heart of a woman he once overlooked?

Such a great story that I couldn’t put down.

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Danielle

How to Catch a Wicked Viscont(Review Post)

Published August 27, 2019 by bookbesties

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A young lady’s tarnished reputation might cost her everything in this first book in the Disreputable Debutantes series. 

Shy, bookish Sophie Brightwell is expected to make an advantageous match to improve her family’s fortunes. However, Sophie’s plans to make a spectacular debut go horribly awry when she and her three closest friends are expelled from a young ladies’ academy for unbecoming conduct. Since the ton will be sure to close their doors on these disgraced debutantes, they determine that unconventional means need to be employed in the husband-hunting market. Rakehells—the beau monde’s wickedest members—might be the only men willing to overlook a young lady’s besmirched reputation.

But how does one catch a rake?

Nate Hastings, the devil-may-care Viscount Malverne, is the older brother of Sophie’s best friend, fellow disgraced debutante Lady Charlotte. When a terribly foxed Nate accidentally compromises Sophie, Charlotte strikes a wicked bargain: in order to avoid a scandal and the parson’s mousetrap, Nate must help Sophie snare a husband. But as Nate fulfills his obligation and begins to instruct the lovely Sophie in the art of luring rakes, he soon finds himself battling his own fierce attraction to her.

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This is the first book in the Disreputable Debutantes series and the first book by this author that I have read.  If the rest of the series is as good as this book I will be a huge fan of both!!   Normally I fall in-love and gush over the characters, while these characters are adorable, it is their story I am over the moon for.  This is such a cute and fun romance!!! From page one to the last punctuation mark this author had me hooked.  The thing that sticks out about this story are the interactions between Sophie and Nate as well as their individual interactions with Charlie and how they all influence the direction of the growing romance.

Sophie Brightwell is certain she has ruined her chance of having a society marriage and saving her family from their financial strife, when late night mischief gets her and her 3 best friends expelled from school and labeled as the Disreputable Debutantes.   Her best friend Lady Charlotte “Charlie” Hastings offers her an opportunity to rejoin society, and try to win over the only men who would be willing to over-look their tarnished reputations.   The only problem with their plan is that Sophie only has eyes for one man, and while he is a rake he is off limits.

Nate Hastings, Viscount Malverncan’t afford to love ANYONE, so he lives a life of alcohol, gambling, and debauchery.  All that ends when his father forces him to move back home and threatens to take everything away if he doesn’t keep his name out of the gossip rags.  When a serious mistake from a night of excessive drinking causes him to make a deal with his sister, Charlie, he is forced to help her best friend find a husband.  Will he be able to keep Sophie at arms-length and help her find a husband or will he succumb to his own desires and claim her for his own?

This was a great start of the series and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the series holds.

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Danielle

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