Historical Love

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Born to be Wilde(Review Post)

Published August 2, 2018 by bookbesties

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The next enthralling installment in New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James’ The Wildes of Lindow Castle series

The richest bachelor in England plays matchmaker…for a 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?

Out NOW. Get it HERE

This is the third book in this series that I have read, and I’m beyond hooked, I AM COMPLETELY ADDICTED TO THIS SERIES.  I love how this book included Parth even though he is not a Wilde by blood he is a Wilde in every way that matters, and I really hoped that he would be a feature in the series.  I love the depth we get to see in Lavinia.  Having access to her internal vulnerability and seeing that she was more than bonnets and lace made her more relatable and human.  I love historic fashions from all eras so reading about looms, silk, and lace was a real treat for me.  Add all of those things together and you have this book which is now my favorite in the series.  I am now eagerly waiting for the release of the next book in the series to see how this author feeds my new addiction to this family.

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Danielle

Unmasked by the Marquess(Review Post)

Published August 2, 2018 by bookbesties

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Robert Selby is determined to see his sister make an advantageous match. But he has two problems: the Selbys have no connections or money and Robert is really a housemaid named Charity Church. She’s enjoyed every minute of her masquerade over the past six years, but she knows her pretense is nearing an end. Charity needs to see her beloved friend married well and then Robert Selby will disappear…forever.

May not be who you think…

Alistair, Marquess of Pembroke, has spent years repairing the estate ruined by his wastrel father, and nothing is more important than protecting his fortune and name. He shouldn’t be so beguiled by the charming young man who shows up on his doorstep asking for favors. And he certainly shouldn’t be thinking of all the disreputable things he’d like to do to the impertinent scamp.

But is who you need…

When Charity’s true nature is revealed, Alistair knows he can’t marry a scandalous woman in breeches, and Charity isn’t about to lace herself into a corset and play a respectable miss. Can these stubborn souls learn to sacrifice what they’ve always wanted for a love that is more than they could have imagined?

OUT NOW!! Get it HERE

This is the second book I have read by this author and I can happily say I am falling in love with her work!  I love the fact that her stories are historically accurate and that she isn’t afraid to build romances and characters who stray from the cis/ hetero normal world.  As a member of the LGBTQ+ community I find it very important that LGBTQ+ characters and romantic story lines show the internal struggles that the characters (as individuals and as couples) face as they grow as people and as romantic entities.  This author does an incredible job of including all of it without losing any of the story line or needing to create a different society where all love is accepted. 

  I absolutely adore Charity and love her unwavering dedication to Louisa and to her most genuine self.  I see this character and this book as having the ability to inspire people to stand fast in who they are and that as long as they hold on to their authenticity they too can find their own love and unconditional acceptance.  I see this book as a beacon of hope for people who may feel like they have none.  I can’t wait to add this book to my collection and I am doubly excited to read my next Cat Sebastian book.

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Danielle

To Love A Duchess

Published July 24, 2018 by bookbesties

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From New York Times Bestselling Author Karen Ranney comes the first book in a royally romantic and deeply emotional new series about taking risks and allowing the power to love satisfy the questions of the heart . . .

Undercover as a majordomo, spy Adam Drummond has infiltrated Marsley House with one purpose only—to plunder its mysteries and gather proof that the late Duke of Marsley was an unforgivable traitor to his country. At the same time, Adam is drawn to a more beguiling puzzle: the young and still-grieving duchess—a beauty with impenetrable secrets of her own. For Drummond, uncovering them without exposing his masquerade will require the most challenging and tender moves of his career.

That a servant can arouse such passion in her is too shocking for Suzanne Whitcomb, Duchess of Marsley, to consider. Yet nothing quickens her pulse like Drummond’s touch. It’s been two years since the duke lost his life in a tragic accident—and even longer since she’s been treated like a woman. But when Drummond’s real mission is revealed, and the truth behind Suzanne’s grief comes to light, every secret conspired to tear them apart is nothing compared to the love that can hold them together.

OUT July 31st!!!(Click on cover for link)

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This is the first book by this author and in this series that I have read, and I am intrigued to read more.  I love how this book explores the grief and loss of both main characters and how they find solace in one another.  I truly love how well the author allows you to see into Suzanne’s mind and emotions, giving her a depth both as a written character and as a Duchess that I don’t see much in Historical Romance characters.  I found the rawness and the honesty of her emotions addicting.  I did feel like I would have loved a little more of an ending once the characters admitted their love for one another.  I felt like the ending was cut short.  I want to know things like: How her father responded to the relationship? How did they adjust to their new life together? Do they eventually have children together?  Do they actually get their happy ending? I feel like with the ending the way it is I will never know for sure.  However I overall thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next book in the series.

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The Duke Buys a Bride: The Rogue Files(Review Post)

Published July 17, 2018 by bookbesties

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A bride wasn’t in his plans . . .

The last thing Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, expects to see after sleeping off a night’s drunken shenanigans is a woman being auctioned in the village square. Before he can think about the ramifications, he buys her, thinking he’s winning the girl her freedom. Instead, he discovers he’s bought a wife.

A duke wasn’t in hers . . .

Alyse Bell is almost rid of the shackles that bound her in a name-only marriage, but the day her friend promised to purchase her in a wife auction, he vanishes, leaving her to face a mob of unsavory bachelors intent on owning her body and soul. But the appearance of a wicked, wealthy stranger changes her path forever.

The road to ruin . . .

Marcus doesn’t know what to do with the impertinent chit who clearly isn’t duchess material! Insisting their marriage isn’t legitimate, they leave for his estate in Scotland, hoping to devise a plan to get rid of each other. However, on a journey fraught with misadventure, their attraction grows and Marcus realizes he’ll do anything to keep this fiery woman for his own.

OUT July 24th!(Click on cover for link)

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This is book number 2 for me in this series and by this author.  I will admit I was expecting a completely different story based off of the title of this book, but I am not at all unhappy about the story I got.  This book has humor and adventure and a strong-willed woman in difficult situations beyond her control, all things that make for a great historical romance novel.  I love how in the ending of the book the author hints to a scandal with one of the Duke’s sisters and left me curious and eager for the next book. 

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Danielle

A Gentleman Never Keeps Score(Review Post)

Published July 10, 2018 by bookbesties

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Once beloved by London’s fashionable elite, Hartley Sedgwick has become a recluse after a spate of salacious gossip exposed his most-private secrets. Rarely venturing from the house whose inheritance is a daily reminder of his downfall, he’s captivated by the exceedingly handsome man who seeks to rob him.

Since retiring from the boxing ring, Sam Fox has made his pub, The Bell, into a haven for those in his Free Black community. But when his best friend Kate implores him to find and destroy a scandalously revealing painting of her, he agrees. Sam would do anything to protect those he loves, even if it means stealing from a wealthy gentleman. But when he encounters Hartley, he soon finds himself wanting to steal more than just a painting from the lovely, lonely man—he wants to steal his heart.

This is my second M/M historical romance and the first book I have read by this author.  I really liked how the author made sure to be historically accurate with the dangers that homosexual couples faced in 1817 England as well as the societal stigmas faced by black citizens.   The fact that this couple is very diverse is something I found very intriguing.  Witnessing Hartley find himself and overcome his past was both inspiring and heart -warming.  I am very glad that the author did not use Hartley’s troubled history as a means to explain his attraction to men and that in spite of his trauma related quarks he was able to find acceptance and love.  I would love to read more of this author’s work and hope I get that opportunity soon as this was such a great read!

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Danielle

The Highlander’s Promise: Highland Brides (Review Post)

Published June 21, 2018 by bookbesties

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In a spellbinding new Highlands story from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands, the laird of the Buchanans finds the one woman who is his equal in passion and courage

Aulay Buchanan has retreated to his clan’s hunting lodge for a few days of relaxation. But the raven-haired beauty he pulls from the ocean puts an end to any chance of rest. Though he christens her Jetta, she knows nothing of her real identity, save that someone is trying to kill her. As she recovers, it will not be easy for Aulay to protect her and keep her honor intact when she mistakenly believes they are man and wife…

Jetta sees beyond Aulay’s scars to the brave, loyal warrior she’s proud to call her own. But as the attempts on her life grow more brazen, Jetta realizes that not all is as she believes. And if Aulay is not her husband, can she trust the desire flaring in his eyes, or his promise to defend her with his life?

This is the second book in this series that I have read.  After the issues I had with the verbal dialogue aspects of the first book, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that those issues had been resolved in this book. I had residual attachment to the Buchanan family from the first book and that made me super excited to read this book and dove right in.  Sadly,as read this book I became extremely let down.  The plot in this book almost mirrored the plot line from the first book exactly.  There were slight differences between them but, the key plot points were all the same, and that left me feeling like this book lacked originality.  That being said I still hold a soft spot in my heart for the Buchanan’s and am eager to read their next book.

3 and a half

Danielle

Runaway Heiress:A Dare to Defy novel(Review Post)

Published June 4, 2018 by bookbesties

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OUT JUNE 12TH!(CLICK ON COVER FOR LINK)

When a runaway heiress runs into trouble, she may end up exactly where she belongs… 

Brainy and college-educated, American heiress Alexandra Atherton will do anything to avoid marriage to the English peer her mother has chosen for her–even abandon the life of privilege she’s always known. But as her escape goes horribly wrong, Alexandra must invent a new identity to gain the help of a handsome stranger.

Thomas Carlyle, the Earl of Longford, sweeps in and out of London disguised as a humble artist, earning just enough to keep his ancestral Cornwall estate afloat. When Alexandra crashes into his life, she awakens feelings and desires that he vows will stay buried. Despite himself, he needs this beautiful newcomer, for his sisters have run off another governess.

Alexandra is surprised to find she thrives in her new position at Longford’s home. But as she grows closer to Thomas and his sisters, and her relationship with the emotionally guarded earl unleashes their hidden passions, the truth Alexandra’s been forced to hide may end up coming between her and the only man she’s ever loved. 

I could not put this book down!!!  This book is all about desperate times and even more desperate measures and the consequence of both is an incredibly sweet romance.  I found myself inspired by the determination of both the leading male and female characters to remedy their situations at all costs.  I feel like this story focuses more on the support relationships and supporting details than it does on the romance between the leading characters and I LOVE IT!!!  Because the story isn’t soley focused on the romance factor of the story it allows the romance to happen naturally and I really like that in a romance novel.   This is my first book by this author and if this is her writing style for all of her work I can’t wait to read more of her work.

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Danielle