Historical Love

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WICKED with THE SCOUNDREL(REVIEW POST)

Published February 11, 2019 by bookbesties

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After ten years of adventure, Colin Smith, the bastard son of a viscount, returns to the place he most despises ––London. But only until he can sell off some of his treasures. He has no use for the stifling rules of the ton, but he’s more than happy to play the game if it gets him what he wants.

Lady Claire, daughter of a marquess, is everything Colin loathes about the ton, but she is determined to win him over. Her life is a catalogue of dances and evening gowns, and thanks to an eidetic memory, she can remember every blasted, boring second of it. A treasure hunt for the Cleopatra Emerald promises adventure, but Claire wants more. If she can convince Colin Smith to take her with him as he travels the world, then she’ll have the life she’s always dreamed of. There’s just one problem, he doesn’t seem to like her much.

But Lady Claire loves a good challenge and the intellectual beauty may be on her way to the grandest adventure of all.

Each book in the Wicked Secrets series is STANDALONE:
* Twice As Wicked
* Lady Gone Wicked
* Wicked With the Scoundrel

    This book is so much fun!! I love the adventure in this story!!  I love the characters in this story!!! I love the unlikely romance in this story!!! Basically I love this story!!

Lady Claire Harrisonis the daughter of the Marquis of Chatwell, who is an avid collector of Egyptian artifacts.  On behalf of her father Claire attends an exhibition of the very artifacts her father hoards.  At the expedition she meets the explorer who uncovered the artifacts and it is love at first sight… at least on her side.

    Colin Smith despises London and its’ high society is only good for the money they invest in his expeditions.  It’s in the interest of his next expedition that he makes a deal with the Marquis of Chatwell to help his adventurous daughter find a treasure.  Little does he know that by the end of this adventure he will have found a true treasure.

   Again this book was so much fun to read and it had me laughing out loud quite a few times.  I can’t wait to read the next book from Elizabeth Bright to see what new adventure awaits.

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DANIELLE

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My Scot, My Surrender(Review Post)

Published December 26, 2018 by bookbesties

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SCOTLAND, 1819. Brandt Montgomery Pierce is a bastard—and proud of it. Raised by the Duke of Bradburne, Brandt enjoys an uncommon life of privilege. Despite the mystery surrounding his birth, he has wealth and opportunity, and wants nothing more. Especially not a wife.

Lady Sorcha Maclaren, the fiery and scarred daughter of Laird Maclaren, the Duke of Dunrannoch, is desperate to avoid marriage to a loathsome marquess at any cost…even if it means risking a kiss with a handsome stranger at a Scottish border festival.

But after an innocent kiss turns into a scandalously public embrace, Sorcha and Brandt get more than they bargained for—a swift trip to the altar. When danger chases them into the Highlands, and deceit threatens to tear them apart, their only hope will be to surrender…to each other.

Each book in the Lords of Essex series is STANDALONE

*My Rogue, My Ruin
*My Darling, My Disaster
*My Hellion, My Heart
*My Scot, My Surrender

This is the first book by these wonderful authors that I have had the immense pleasure of reading.  In this book we follow the story of The Beast of Maclarenand an English stable master as they find themselves in a very dangerous situation.

    These two characters were not at all what I expected when I started this book, I was quickly surprised and beyond enamored with their story.  Brandt’s ability to see Sorcha’s beauty past all her defenses and scars it what made endeared him to my heart.  Sorcha’s fast thinking and strength of character are the traits I constantly look for in a heroin.  The dangerous predicament they find them in and the team work and trust they build lays a very strong foundation for a friendship and a romance that will last all their lives.

    The fierce protective instincts in both of these characters is what I have come to expect from books about Highlanders, and while all of the characters in this book live up to that standard Sorcha and Brandt raise the bar.  These characters were well thought out and even more well written, and the dynamics of their story line show case them beautifully.  This book was a great read and I am very happy to add these author’s to my list of favorites.

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Danielle

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Ten Kisses to Scandal(Misadventures in Matchmaking Book 2)

Published December 26, 2018 by bookbesties

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The Bourne Matrimonial Agency has one rule: Never fall in love with the client. However, they never said anything about kissing a rake…

Briar Bourne’s matchmaking career could be summed up in two words—comic disaster. Unless she can learn about the irresistible forces that draw men and women together, her professional future looks rather bleak. But Briar has an intriguing plan—enlisting London’s most irredeemable rake to teach her everything he knows about attraction. Given his notorious reputation, it’s no surprise that Nicholas Blacklowe, the Earl of Edgemont, requests one thing in exchange for his tutelage. For every lesson, he wants a kiss in return. And what harm could there be in a simple kiss? After all, Briar would never fall for a scoundrel…

Nicholas has no romantic notions about love, and no intention of changing his ways. He’s only helping Briar so that she can find the perfect bride for his jilted cousin. Yet Briar is so clever, so curious, so candid—so blasted tempting—that soon, Nicholas can’t stop wondering what it might be like if he was irresistible to her.

Ten lessons. Ten kisses. And a million ways to fall hopelessly, scandalously in love.

This is the second book in the Misadventures in Matchmaking series and it is just as good as the first!!!! I love the imagination, tenacity, and courage of Briar and seeing how all three traits played into this story.  I adore this family and seeing the success of their matchmaking agency (even if the sisters seem to be the primary ones who find their perfect matches) in a time where such things were taboo warms my heart.

   This is one of few books where I can honestly say many times I genuinely laughed out loud at the banter between the naive yet witty leading lady and the smug, self-assured leading gentleman.  Their relationship had me giggling and sighing all at the same time and that isn’t normally something that happens for me in H.R. books.  I am eager to read the next installment of the Misadventures in Matchmaking and see if the oldest sister finds her perfect match.

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Danielle

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Dare to Love a Duke: The London Underground(Review Post)

Published December 26, 2018 by bookbesties

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Named one of Amazon’s Best Romances of December!

For a dashing duke and the proprietress of a secret, sensual club in the London Underground, passion could lead to love… if they dare

Thomas Powell, the new Duke of Northfield, knows he should be proper and principled, like his father. No more dueling, or carousing, or frequenting masked parties where Londoners indulge their wildest desires. But he’s not ready to give up his freedom just yet. The club is an escape, a place where he can forget about society and the weight of his title… and see her, the woman he’s wanted forever.

Lucia—known as Amina—manages the Orchid Club, a secret society where fantasies become reality. But for Lucia, it’s strictly business, profitable enough to finance her dream: a home for the lost girls of the streets. Surrounded by lovers, she only observes, unwilling risk her future for any man. No member has ever intrigued her…until him, the masked stranger whose heated looks sear her skin. After months of suppressed longing, they dare to give in to temptation…

But the late duke’s legacy comes with a shocking secret, and the scandal threatens to destroy everything Tom loves… his family, the Orchid Club, and even Lucia.

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This is a really good book!!!  I was hooked from page one!!  This book has a little bit of everything all mix in together to make this one of my favorites from 2018.   I love these characters and their dedication to their causes and their determination to see even their most unconventional dreams come true.  From a secret masquerade sex club to blackmail to a girl’s home to a steamy romance this book had me itching to see what happened next with every page I turned.

Thomas is one of my favorite heroes for 2018 due to his strong sense of honor and his ability to grow and adapt his sense of duty to insure he both fulfills family obligations as well as standing steadfast in what is personally important to him.  It’s those qualities that same qualities in Lucia that make them such a strong couple.  Each of their individual drive made them strong characters, added together it made them an unstoppable couple.

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I loved this book!

Danielle

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The Duke That I Marry(Review Post)

Published November 27, 2018 by bookbesties

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Once upon a time there were three young ladies who, despite their fortunes, had been on the marriage mart a bit too long. They were known as “the Spinster Heiresses” . . .

Is it wrong for a woman to want more?

Not if she is a Spinster Heiress. They do not settle. Any young miss would be very lucky to find herself promised to a man like the Duke of Camberly. However, Miss Willa Reverly has watched her friends marry for love. Camberly may be the prize of the season, but she will not be “sold” to any man. She wants his devotion or she wants nothing at all.

When is a Marriage of Convenience inconvenient?

Newly named to the ducal title, Matthew Addison is determined to discover the secrets behind Mayfield, the bankrupt estate he has inherited. He doesn’t have time to coddle a headstrong heiress who is determined to ditch him over something as silly as “love.” Little does he know that his questions will place her in jeopardy. Now he must do what he must to save them both.

Could it be that in running from danger they might be racing headlong into a truly unexpected fate: falling in love?

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The last of the spinster heiresses has found love!   It just took her standing up for what she thought she wanted in her life for her to get everything she actually wanted.  As you all know I adore these ladies and their misadventures as they navigate the Season as “spinsters” to find their true loves, and this book was a perfect close to that time in their lives.   Willa is yet another brilliant display of this author’s ability to create strong women characters who are feminine and smart as well as independent and steadfast.

    I really like how this book is both a continuation of the stories told in the first two books and the story of the relationship of the individual couple without compromising either story line.  I am going to miss these ladies but can’t wait to see what is next from this author.

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Danielle

 

Someone to Trust(Review Post)

Published November 27, 2018 by bookbesties

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The Wolf of Kisimul Castle (Highland Isles Book 3)REVIEW POST

Published October 25, 2018 by bookbesties

 

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Mairi Maclean is kidnapped on her wedding day by the enemy of her dead husband. Taken north to the water-surrounded Kisimul Castle, she is held captive in the name of retribution. But The Wolf of Kisimul Castle soon learns Mairi is not a docile pawn in this game of war between neighboring Scots. Nor will she be frightened into walking down the aisle to wed the fierce Highland chief.

Alec MacNeil is set on revenge. When he finds his enemy dead, he takes his wife to replace the one that was murdered. An eye for an eye. A bride for a bride. But Mairi is more tiger than kitten and refuses to bend to his will. Set stubbornly against one another, the passion that flares between them threatens to tear Alec’s strategy to shreds.

Each book in the Highland Isles series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order. 
Series Order:
Book #1 The Beast of Aros Castle 
Book #2 The Rogue of Islay Isle
Book #3 The Wolf of Kisimul Castle

 

This is a new author for me and I am so glad I found her!!  This book was such a fun read.  From the first page I was hooked.  I will admit that after I saw that this book was based in the Scottish Highlands, I was a little worried if the dialogue in this book was going to annoy me since some authors like to try to write all dialogue with Scottish accents.  But my worries were completely unfounded.  Yes, this author uses phrasing and language from the time and location of the book, but it is not over done and I found it only enhanced both the dialogue and story line of the book.

  The twist at the end of this book was awesome!  I feel like it really brought the entire story and the romance together in a way that had my heart racing and my pages turning.  I love the adventurous, cunning, and determined leading lady just as much as the stubborn, arrogant, and kind leading male character of this book.  I like that while Kisimul Castle is a secluded fortress on an island the author made sure to show The Wolf’s dedication to his people by including the strong community of Barra and the love of the people for their Laird.

I can’t wait for all of you to read this book and start this series with me.

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Danielle