Historical Love

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

Published June 4, 2018 by bookbesties



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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How to Forget a Duke (Misadventures in Matchmaking)

Published May 22, 2018 by bookbesties


The Bourne Matrimonial Agency has one rule: Never fall in love with the client. A simple thing to remember . . . unless you’re a matchmaker with amnesia.

The Duke of Rydstrom requires a wife. Preferably one with a large fortune and a complete lack of curiosity. The last thing he needs is a meddling matchmaker determined to dig up his dark family secrets.

All Jacinda wants is to find a bride for a duke. How hard could that be? He’s handsome, enigmatic . . . and hiding something. She’s sure of it. Determined to discover what it is, she travels to his crumbling cliffside estate. Yet, by the time she washes up on his beach, she can no longer remember who she is or why the duke is so familiar to her. All she knows is that his kisses are unforgettable—and she intends to use every skill she can to discover what’s in his heart . . .

When Miss Bourne can’t remember what brought her to his ancestral home, Rydstrom intends to keep it that way. Yet as the days pass, his true challenge will be safeguarding his secret while resisting this woman who—confound it all—may well be his perfect match.

OUT MAY 29th!!!

This is my first RUN READ ADVISORY of 2018! I repeat; RUN AND READ!!!!

  I could not put this book down!  I love every part of it from the setting, to the characters, to the story line.  This book is absolutely going on my top 10 of the year list.  From the surly glower of the duke to the Mr. Lemon’s snout the attention to detail when building the characters of this book made it very easy to see everyone and feel like I actually knew them as the story unfolded.  As you all know I am a sucker for a strong heroine and this one does not disappoint, her tenacity shines through in a manner that makes me see a lot of myself in her.  I am so glad I read this book and I can’t wait to read more from this author.



Unforgivable Love: A Retelling of Dangerous Liaisons(Review Post)

Published September 26, 2017 by bookbesties

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“A dazzlingly dark and engaging tale full of heartbreak, treachery, and surprise.” – Kirkus

In this vivid reimagining of the French classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses, it’s the summer when Jackie Robinson breaks Major League Baseball’s color barrier and a sweltering stretch has Harlem’s elite fleeing the city for Westchester County’s breezier climes, two predators stalk amidst the manicured gardens and fine old homes.

Heiress Mae Malveaux rules society with an angel’s smile and a heart of stone. She made up her mind long ago that nobody would decide her fate. To have the pleasure she craves, control is paramount, especially control of the men Mae attracts like moths to a flame.

Valiant Jackson always gets what he wants—and he’s wanted Mae for years. The door finally opens for him when Mae strikes a bargain: seduce her virginal young cousin, Cecily, who is engaged to Frank Washington. Frank values her innocence above all else. If successful, Val’s reward will be a night with Mae.   

But Val secretly seeks another prize. Elizabeth Townsend is fiercely loyal to her church and her civil rights attorney husband. Certain there is something redeemable in Mr. Jackson. Little does she know that her worst mistake will be Val’s greatest triumph.

I am not going to lie to you, I am struggling with how I feel about this book. First let me start by saying that this is a very well written book. I truly enjoyed reading it. The struggle comes from how the book left me feeling. Most of the books I read have happy endings that I can typically predict with in the first two chapters. This book is not like that at all. While yes it does end well it is nowhere near what I expected. This book has one of the “darkest” romance story lines I have ever read. I truly don’t know how I feel about this book. I loved the characters and again it was very well written, and it ends well, but I just can’t get past the plot twist. I hope you will read this book and enjoy it just as I did and that it will make you question what really makes a happy ending.

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