Love Is a Rogue: Wallflowers vs. Rogues(Review Post)

Published November 13, 2020 by bookbesties

Once upon a time in Mayfair a group of wallflowers formed a secret society with goals that had absolutely nothing to do with matrimony. Their most troublesome obstacle? Rogues! 

They call her Beastly Beatrice.

Wallflower Lady Beatrice Bentley longs to remain in the wilds of Cornwall to complete her etymological dictionary. Too bad her brother’s Gothic mansion is under renovation. How can she work with an annoyingly arrogant and too-handsome rogue swinging a hammer nearby?

Rogue. Scoundrel. Call him anything you like as long as you pay him.

Navy man Stamford Wright is leaving England soon and renovating Thornhill House is just a job. It’s not about the duke’s bookish sister or her fiery copper hair. Or the etymology lessons the prim-yet-alluring lady insists on giving him. Or the forbidden things he’d love to teach her.

They say never mix business with pleasure. But when Beatrice and Ford aren’t arguing, they’re kissing. 

Sometimes temptation proves too strong to resist…even if the cost is a heart.

In this book the wallflowers win and being a bluestocking can endear you to the heart of even the most handsome rogue. I am a sucker for underdog stories and this one fits the bill. Between the bluestocking, wallflower, self-isolating, dictionary author heroine and the devilishly handsome, born on the wrong side of the cloth, sea faring, Naval carpenter hero this
story is full of underdogs determined not to let the world get in the way of their plans for the future. I adore how wonderfully smart AND witty this leading lady is.

And I may or may not have been inclined to add a few words from Beatrice’s dictionary to my vocabulary as they are too fun to pass up. I found this story empowering and I am excited to read the rest of this
series to see where it takes us. Lady Beatrice Bentley also known as Beastly Beatrice is ready to retire to life as a spinster so she can finally immerse herself in her own pursuit of happiness, she just needs to get through this last season and her mother’s determination to see her married at all costs. In an attempt to get work done on her life’s work, her etymological dictionary she went looking for solace in the library of her brother’s Cornwall estate. Little did she know that her brother had hired a handsome rogue of a carpenter to do renovations and thusly disrupt her peace
while she was there. Armed with a long list of that entirely too loud, to attractive, to distracting, carpenter’s transgressions to give to her brother, she returns to London to be subjected to her mother’s scheming and ministrations to find her a husband.

While there she
discovers that she has not only a long-lost aunt who shares her same passion for books but that she inherited a book shop that specializes in rare and antique books. Determined to keep the bookshop and the priceless books from being sold out from under her she is forced to hire none
other than that same roguish carpenter from Cornwall to make the repairs and help her save her legacy. Will she find a friendship where she least expects, or will she lose it all for trusting a
rogue? Stamford “Ford” Wright comes from a long line of carpenters, only he follows a different path by becoming a ship’s carpenter for the Navy. He is happy with his life at sea and has only come ashore while waiting for his next ship to help his injured father finish a renovation on Thornhill House. He is there to work, not to flirt with the vibrant redheaded, bookish, sister of the Duke.

But she is always staring at him and he finds himself constantly looking for her too. Good thing the job is finished, and he is heading to London to meet his next ship. He just needs to meet with the Duke to let him know of some suspicious accounting activity he noticed before heading back to sea. He does not need to get involved with helping that same redheaded
bluestocking renovate a bookstore or to fall in love with her.

This book was so much fun to read. I can’t wait to see how all of you like it.

A Duchess a Day: A Novel (Review Post)

Published November 13, 2020 by bookbesties

USA Today bestselling author Charis Michaels enchants with her Awakened by a Kiss series, taking our favorite fairy tales’ forgotten characters and making them the hero of their own story.

An heiress with a plan…

Lady Helena Lark has spent years trying to escape her wedding to the vain and boring Duke of Lusk. She’s evaded, refused, even run away. When her family’s patience runs out, they pack her off to London to walk down the aisle. But Helena has another idea: find a more suitable bride to take her place, even if she must look for a replacement duchess every day.

A bodyguard with a job to do…

Declan Shaw, better known as “The Huntsman,” is a mercenary who can pick and choose his clientele. After his last job, escorting a young noblewoman to France, landed him in jail under false accusations, he wants nothing to do with aristocrats or women. But the law isn’t done with him, and if he agrees to babysit a duke’s errant fiancé, the payout could make his legal troubles go away.

A most unexpected alliance…

When their worlds collide, Declan realizes that containing his new client is only slightly harder than keeping his hands off her. Helena senses an ally in her handsome new bodyguard and solicits his help. Together they must escape the forces that oppose them and fight for the fairy-tale love they desire.

This book had me hooked from the first sentence!! I love how it starts with us meeting our hero even though the main character is our heroine. Getting to know Declan first and getting to see just what Helena was up against before we ever meet her made me want to champion her even more than I
would have had we met her and her side of the situation first. This author has done a great job pair these two characters and writing a story where they both get to showcase their strengths and weaknesses and how they complement each other.

I really like how even though Declan is a mercenary by trade he hasn’t been made to be overly dark and brooding. This made it easy to fall in love with him just as easily as it was to fall in love with Helena. I really enjoyed getting to know these characters and I see so much potential for this to be the start of an incredible series. I only hope I am right and we get to see more from the characters in this world. Lady Helena Lark is in London staying with her family at the home of; Bradley Girdleston, Duke of Lusk, the man her parents have arranged for her to marry in spite of her best efforts to dissuade them of the match. Determined not to be forced in to marriage with a man who she cannot abide she comes up with a plan to find someone else to catch the Duke’s eye in the hopes that he will overturn the betrothal and set her free. To achieve her plan she makes an alliance with a groom whom she is certain is a spy for the Duke’s Uncle. Will their plan to find her replacement work or will they have to resort to desperate measures to finally gain her freedom and save her livelihood?

Declan Shaw started the day in a dungeon cell in Newgate Prison. In a matter of hours not only would be released from prison but he would be offered a job that will give him enough money to take care of his father and sisters for the rest of their lives. The only catch is this job won’t be easy. In fact it is the kind of job he swore he wouldn’t take again….. working with a headstrong woman. Unable to refuse the offer of the money or his freedom he reluctantly takes the job. Never did he expect the woman he is now responsible for to be the most beautiful, stubborn, and enchanting woman he ever laid eyes on. Will he be able to keep his head and see to his duties or will he become her accomplice in the plot to end her betrothal?

I had so much fun being immersed in this story and going on this adventure. I can’t wait to see how you all like it and to see if it is the great start to a series like I hope it is.

A Very Bossy Christmas by Kayley Loring(Review Post)

Published November 3, 2020 by bookbesties

An Amazon Top 100 Bestseller

What’s the actual last thing you’d ever want your executive assistant to see you doing the morning after you had hot, drunk, angry sex with her in a terrible hotel room? Dancing around your terrible hotel room to “Come and Get Your Love” like Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy–naked? Yeah. Me too.

And yet, here we are.

This isn’t even the most unprofessional thing that’s happened between us in the past couple of weeks.

The first was when I agreed to let her have Christmas Day off, but only if she goes with me to three family gatherings as my fake girlfriend.
The second was when she caught me belting out a Christmas song on stage in the awful hotel bar.
The third was the hot, drunk, angry sex that followed, but I do not regret it.

And she hasn’t even found out the real reason I need her by my side this holiday season.

I need to pull it together before I do the dumbest, most unprofessional thing of all–fall head over heels in love with the only assistant who’s lasted more than a month at the job and claims to hate me and my moods more than she hates eggnog.

And I’ve seen how much she hates eggnog.


Its time for some holiday romance to get you in the holiday spirit and this was a great start. I fell in love with Kyley style of writing and was excited for this read. This story doesnt only bring some holiday jingles but some laughter that will have you smiling till the end. Declan is a workaholic who used to work at a big time law firm and now works at a general counsel. He is demanding of his assistant Maddie who he feels is a god send of a assistant.  Maddie likes to ruffle her boss feathers and has a insane attraction to Declan secretly. The dynamic between these two is refreshing and funny. You feel the heat between them and you know they will combust soon. Declan finds himself in a situation needing a fake girlfriend and he has his sights set on Maddie being the fill in. The warmth in Maddies eyes the more she spends time with Declan is so sweet. This was a feel good and funny read that was refreshing break from your normal reads. So far any read from this author has been a hit for me.

Our Star Crossed Kiss by Piper Rayne(Review Post)

Published November 3, 2020 by bookbesties
Release Date: October 13

She’s got two strikes against her.
Her name is Erickson and her parents own The Bagel Place.

It wasn’t always that way. When we were nine, we were best friends. But then a feud between our dads ripped their successful business apart—and my best friend was ripped away too.

Our paths were bound to cross again. When both our families vie for the same spot on a Food Channel’s reality show, the producers decide to change the format, aligning us as allies.

In order to get our parents to agree to work together, Evan asks me to pretend to be her boyfriend, but I dare her to up the ante—be my fiancée. Fake fiancée… obviously.

As usual, I didn’t think things through. Turns out our parents have a lot of demands neither one of us expected.  And all those demands lead to things feeling more real than fake.
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This continues with the Rooftop crew and highlights Seth and Evan who have history and both of their families have been feuding. One Evan is such a cool name for the heroine who is straight boss material. She has been holding down the bagel business  but secretly she wants out and she wants to have her own identity. Seth family has the local rivalry bagel shop and he has separated himself and has his own photography business. You see hints of the fued between these two in past books but really get the full picture in this book. These two have that love hate relationship that keeps you turning the pages. The chemistry is great and its wonderful to see them work through all the obstacles that they have to jump. Once they sign up for the TV show and they have to spend time together the hotness level amps up. Seth is sexy and funny and Evan is strong and independent. Its always great to see the other friends who are great to see and see the interactions. This Rooftop Crew has been warming and always a great time. I always say Piper Rayne knows how to write relatable and real characters. Loved it!
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Secret Puck by Rebecca Jenshak(Review Post)

Published November 3, 2020 by bookbesties

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Secretly hooking up with the team captain’s sister was a bad idea.

In my defense, the first time I saw her I didn’t know who she was.

Kind, gorgeous, a little naïve. Ginny brightened my world from day one.

I knew I was no good for her. She was just out of a relationship and I had a reputation for having a new girl in my bed every weekend.

I tried to do the right thing. Honest.

I’m the one who insisted we should be just friends.

That lasted about as long as you’d expect.

But Ginny? She’s the best–best friend, best everything.

So yeah, hooking up with the team captain’s sister wasn’t a great idea.

Would I do it again?

In a heartbeat.

Secret Review by Rebecca Jenshak

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College sports romance at its finest and it will have you swooning. Ginny finds herself at the same school as her hockey hot shot brother. She is fresh off a heartbreak and just ready to make friends and find her way in life. Heath meets his teammates/roommates sister and he thinks she is hot. Of course it’s not that easy. Ginny has walls up since her breakup has her shy to make a move and Heath has some past family issues that has him enjoying the hookup life since he started school. Ginny challenges him and keeps Heath on his toes. The more time they hang out and try the friend zones the more you see the sparks start to turn to flames.
I was happy to read this book because you get to see past characters and the friend dynamic among this group is fun and light. Heath I absolutely loved. You know we love to see that one guy fall to his knees for the heroine. Ginny is funny and smart and feisty in one little package. The chemistry is fire between these two and everytime I turn the page I get butterflies. Very well written with a great group of characters.

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Twisted Love by Piper Lawson(Review Post)

Published November 3, 2020 by bookbesties

Release Date: October 15

When your rich, handsome best friend asks you to be his fake girlfriend?
Say no.


One of the wealthiest self-made men in New York needs a woman to secure his spot at the helm of his venture firm.

Problem is, Ben doesn’t want any girlfriend…

He wants me.

It will never work.

We’d have to lie to everyone.
He’s incapable of a healthy relationship, and I’ve been living a secret I can’t reveal – especially to my best friend.

It’s an impossible choice: 
Bail on the friend who got me through the hardest time in my life…
…Or pretend to fall for the man who already owns my heart?
 
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Here is a friends to lovers/fake relationship trope that was delightful. Ben and Daisy have been friends for a long time and have kept it platonic. Both are hard workers and they choose to have a fake relationship in order to move their careers in the right direction. You know the thing is that feelings come to the surface and it always tends to get messy. Sparks are intense but they don’t want to ruin the friendship. How far are they willing to go and can they stop the lines from being blurred?  Ben and Daisy had a great start with their friendship that made you cross your fingers and hope that they would be able to stay truly together. There was some heat in the sexy scenes and these two were adorable. Great read for me.

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Only One Kiss by Natasha Madison(Review Post)

Published November 3, 2020 by bookbesties
Release Date: September 1From USA Bestseller Natasha Madison comes a brand new Hockey series The Only One.

Ralph
Being traded to Dallas was a dream come true. I had everything I wanted, my game had never been better, and my wife was due to have our baby any day now.
What could go wrong?
Everything.
I was now raising our baby on my own. After hockey practice and games, I didn’t have time to sleep, let alone make sure my social media was up to par.
I never thought I’d get a second chance at love.
Candace
When my hotshot brother was drafted in the NHL, he didn’t have time to do his social media, so I took over for him. Little did I know it would become my career.
My plate was full with over fifty NHL players, and I wasn’t taking on any new clients.
Yet when he showed up on my doorstep with the cutest little girl in the whole world, I couldn’t say no.
I was just helping, but it turned into more than that. He’s the man I’ve been waiting for.
All it takes is one touch, one night, one chance, and only one kiss.
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Can I get a single dad hockey romance? Check here it is! Candance is the hot shot Social Media handler that everyone is using so why not for Ralph to try to hire her? Ralph has too much on his plate after his girlfriend died during birth. Now he has a child who is not even a year old and camp is starting soon. Here to save him is his buddies sister Candance. When she first sees Ralph she is frozen with how good he looks! She must remind herself of her rule of not dating players or her clients. These two are so hot together and the more time they spend together the steamier the pages are. Ralph with baby Ari is sweet and ups his sexy meter even higher. Now if they can commit without dealing with ghosts then things might go smoothly. I loved these two and to see how Candance is with Ari puts a smile on your face.

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My Last Duchess by Eloisa James(Review Post)

Published October 27, 2020 by bookbesties

Every Duke needs a Duchess…

Hugo Wilde, the Duke of Lindow, has a drafty castle, eight naughty children—and no wife. Ophelia, Lady Astley, has a fine house, one well-behaved daughter—and no husband.

Hugo takes one look at Ophelia and loses his heart, but she doesn’t want more children or a castle. She takes one look at him and heads for her carriage.

Desperate to find a duchess, Hugo identifies an appropriate lady to woo. Yet when he meets Ophelia again, the duke realizes that he will marry her, or no one.

Now he faces the greatest challenge of his life.

He must convince Ophelia that their blazing sensuality, his exquisite castle, and his eight charming children add up to a match made in heaven.

When duke finds his duchess, can he win her heart?

FINALLY!!!!!

Finally, we get to learn about how the extraordinary Wilde Family came to
be. We also get to see how love truly can not only happen at first sight but, that it can also happen twice in a lifetime. This is a book not only about love but about hope and incredibly the hope comes from the hero of this story rather than the heroine. This book has the hero of my
dreams. Hugo is a dedicated husband (even when his wife is not), a devoted and loving father, and a hopeless romantic. What more could you ask for? How for lightening to strike twice in his life and for him to fall head over heels in love at first sight for a second time. This story is so
sweet and warm, and it just felt good reading it. I am so glad this was Hugo and Ophelia’s story it fits them so perfectly.


Hugo Wilde, Duke of Lindow is the newly divorced father of 8 children in desperate need of a mother. With a set of rules from his sister to help him find his next wife he heads to London with half a heart and low expectations for success. After his first marriage was a based
on flirtatious love at first sight, and his second marriage ended miserably, love wasn’t a priority for this next one. All he needed was a strong society lady who could help him successfully present his daughter’s to society and who had no interest in the marital bed. Well, he thought that was all he needed until at the very first appearance at the very first ball when he laid eyes on Lady Astley and fell instantly in love. Can he convince her he isn’t crazy? Will she want to take on such a large family? Can she love him and his children as much as he does? Ophelia, Lady Astley is happy in her life as a young widow and mother.

She had a content marriage that left her with the freedom to live in luxury and raise her daughter as she chooses. Her whole world revolves around her little girl and she cannot imagine her life any other way. Never would she let a handsome Duke desperate to find a wife to mother his spirited children into her heart or her life to change her little family. Especially not when said Duke accosts her in her own carriage so he can propose marriage to her after barely meeting one time.

The nerve of that man moving on to another woman days after she turned down his harebrained proposal. So much for his claims of love. So why can’t she get him or his children out of her head? Why does she think the only woman who can love any of them the way they need and deserve is her? This book was so sweet and it just makes my heart happy thinking about it. I hope you
enjoy.

The Brightest Night (Origin Series Book 3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published October 20, 2020 by bookbesties

#1 New York TimesUSA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with this steamy, shocking third installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling.

The hardcover edition of The Brightest Night includes a bonus short story, and the first printing will be signed by the author.

He is the darkest star.
She is the burning shadow.
And together, they will bring about the brightest night.

Less than a year ago, Evelyn Dasher was a normal girl, living a safe, rather unremarkable life—a life that was a total lie. Now she’s learned the truth about who she was and what she is.

Hidden within Zone 3, she knows that if she loses control of her dangerous abilities again, she not only puts everyone in the secret community at risk, but also the beautiful, deadly inhuman Luc. He will do anything to keep her safe. Lie. Barter. Beg. Kill.

But there are truths that not even Luc can prepare for, and as Evie’s abilities evolve, the consequences of everything he’s done turn devastating.

Luc is stepping into the darkness. But Evie might already be lost to the shadows.

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I feel like I’m Luc’s biggest fan, I have re-read the last book in this series(The Burning Shadow) a million times because I love him so much. The Brightest Night picks up exactly where TBS left off, with Luc and Evie and their bunch finally at a safe location after running from the big bad. People, Luxen, Hybris and human alike are kinda weary of Evie and are keeping her at an arm’s distance. All expect Luc, never Luc. This book, to my delight, it JAM-PACKED with a lot of Luc and Evie goodness!! There were so many good moments between them, sweet and funny and also a little steamy. Evie has to basically control what’s controlling her all the while exploring her budding romance with Luc as well as uncovering her memories. With all our favorites from the Lux world sprinkled in, this book will answer a lot of Evie’s questions as well as the readers. Like how much her life intertwined with Luc’s even before she meet him (for the second time) and how far Luc is willing to go to protect her, even from herself. But, in true JLA fashion, it will also leave you with a lot of questions, like what happed to the(Spoiler) and a jaw dropping ending that no one saw coming.

I laughed and blushed and laughed so more, then I cried..so hard. With a year until the last one come out, I will defiantly be re-reading this one as much as the last!

Beauty Tempts the Beast by Lorraine Heath(Review Post)

Published October 1, 2020 by bookbesties

Lorraine Heath ends her bestselling Sins for All Seasons series with the hero readers have been waiting for!

She wants lessons in seduction

Althea Stanwick was a perfect lady destined to marry a wealthy lord, until betrayal left her family penniless. Though she’s lost friends, fortune, and respectability, Althea has gained a scandalous plan. If she can learn to seduce, she can obtain power over men and return to Society on her terms. She even has the perfect teacher in mind, a man whose sense of honor and dark good looks belie his nickname: Beast.

But desire like this can’t be taught

Benedict Trewlove may not know his parentage but he knows where he belongs—on the dark side of London, offering protection wherever it’s needed. Yet no woman has ever made such an outrageous request as this mysterious beauty. Althea is out of place amongst vice and sin, even if she offers a wicked temptation he can’t resist. But as the truth of his origin emerges at last, it will take a fierce, wild love to overcome their pasts.

Lorraine Heath must have heard our prayers because this is it!  The finale of the A Sin for All Seasons series is all about the mysterious Beast Trewlove.  Throughout this series we have come to know and love each of the Trewlove siblings as well as the people they let into their hearts.  From Mick to Fancy and now to Beast this crew of bastards, raised by the same woman in the slums of London show what it means when they say the ties with the family you choose can be stronger than the family you are born into.  Knowing the circumstances of their start in life only makes the amazing things they have accomplished in their lives that much more incredible.  This theme continues in this final book where we get to meet and know the notorious Beast Trewlove and see what makes him who he is and just where he fits in the Trewlove family.  

As a lady born into high society, Althea Stanwick would have never imagined that she would find herself working as a bar maid or that she would ever consider becoming a “kept woman”.  But after a scandal involving her father sees her and her brothers penniless and ostracized by the society to which they once belonged that is exactly where she has ended up.  The only problem is she has no clue on how to be seductive or draw a man’s intrigue.   For her plans for the future to work she not only needs to learn these skills, but she needs to learn them quickly and be the best at them.   Who better to teach her than the dark and dangerous proprietor of a successful brothel?  

Sure, Beast Trewlove has earned a reputation that goes along with his name, and sure he owns a brothel, but he didn’t come by either of them for any reason other than insuring the safety of himself and the women who work for him when they could not protect themselves.  In fact, he hates prostitution and he has made a plan to help all of the girls working in his brothel get respectable jobs so he can close up shop and find a new venture.  If only he could find a proper lady, who may or may not be down on her luck, who could teach the girls the expectations of high society and help them polish their rough manners he is sure his plan would be a success.   It is with this in mind that he makes a proposal to the beautiful, but obviously out of place, siren working as a bar maid at his sister’s pub.  Will he get the deal he was expecting, or will her counter proposal bring the Beast to his knees?

As you all know I LOVED this series and I am sad to see it end but I am beyond happy that it ended with us knowing Beast.  I adored Beast and Althea to the point where I can say this was my favorite book in the series.  I really hope all of you enjoy it as much as I did.   

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