To Wed an Heiress by Karen Ranney(review post)

Published March 28, 2019 by bookbesties


Rebellion drove Mercy Rutherford to Scotland to escape the possessive grip of her fiancé. But it’s fate that lands her in the crumbling highlands castle of Lennox Caitheart. A dreamer with visions of inventing airships, he’s most certainly mad. Handsome beyond words, he’s also causing an irresistible flutter in her stomach beyond reason. When Gregory arrives to see their arranged marriage to its bitter end, Mercy desperately turns to Ross with an offer of her fortune—and her hand in marriage.

The Earl of Morton has a reputation for being a daredevil eccentric, but even he is hesitant to engage in such a rash proposition—no matter how utterly beguiled he is by the wildly independent American heiress. And yet, with so much at stake, how can he possibly say no? But when their unconventional union grows into a passionate and inseparable love, more than Gregory’s obsession threatens them. Now, Lennox and Mercy will have to risk more than their hearts to save it.


  This book has such an exciting beginning that turns into the dramatic meeting of the leading characters that made me gasp, laugh, and have an anxiety attack all in the first chapter.  This book was so much fun to read.  Every chapter had me eager to reach the next. 

    On an errand to see her Aunt and Grandmother in Scotland the last thing Mercy Rutherford expected was to have the roof of her carriage ripped off by a “dragon”, or to fall in love with the insane Scotsmanshe saw riding it. 

    When Lennox Caitheart launched his airship from the side of a mountain the last thing he expected was to have to rescue an American women whose carriage was in the middle of his landing path.  Less than that he never expected to be attracted to her.

    I enjoyed this book for so many reasons, the biggest was the references to the innovations and scientific exploration in engineering of the era.  Add to that its Romeo and Juliet style romance and it has earned a place on my 2019 favorites list.





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The Infamous Duchess by Sophie Barnes(Review Post)

Published March 28, 2019 by bookbesties


A woman with a shocking past…

Branded a money-hungry con artist for marrying the elderly Duke of Tremaine days before his death, Viola Cartwright has found refuge in her work at St. Agatha’s Hospital. No one must know the painful reason behind her marriage. She steers clear of attachments—until Henry Lowell, heir to the Viscount Armswell, lands on her operating table after a duel. Charming and wickedly handsome, Lowell is one of London’s most inveterate scoundrels. Yet he may not be all that he appears.

And the man who can promise a future filled with love…

Posing as an unrepentant rake has helped Lowell avoid women pursuing him only for his title. But now that duty has finally called on him to marry, he finds himself entranced by the mysterious, independent-minded Viola. Then her late husband’s son returns from overseas, contesting Viola’s inheritance. Lowell longs to help her and sets out to convince Viola that a strategic union may be the best way to save all she holds dear. But can he also persuade her to take a chance on love…?


It feels like I have been waiting for—-ev—er to get my hands on this book!  And as always Sophie Jordan’s ability to create an incredible story around a strong leading lady made this book irresistible!  Watching this story unfold was a pure joy and I hope you all like it as much as I did.

Viola Cartwright, Duchess of Tremaine works hard as proprietress St. Agatha’s Hospital to make sure every patient receives the quality care no matter who they are.  As a widow she has devoted her life to her work and has no aspirations for love or the social life of the ton. But when a certain brother of her business partner requires her devoted medical care she may just have to change her mind.

Henry Lowell has been known as “a proper scoundrel” who is “always flirting with one woman or another.” And it is no wonder that he found himself in a hospital bed at his brother’s hospital with a bullet wound in his shoulder.It’s in that hospital bed that he meets the one woman who makes him want to change his ways.  Too bad he is a Duke and he is required to marry someone with noble blood and she is merely a nurse…. Or is she?

I loved reading this book and how these characters work together to make incredible things happen.   I want all of you to love it just as much as I do.




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This Scot of Mine by Sophie Jordan(Review Post)

Published March 28, 2019 by bookbesties


From USA Today bestselling author Sophie Jordan comes the next heartstopping romance in her beloved Rogue Files series.

A daring deception…

Desperate to escape her vile fiancé, Lady Clara devises a bold lie—that she’s pregnant with another man’s child. With her reputation in tatters, Clara flees to Scotland to live out her days in disgrace, resigned to her fate as a spinster…until she claps eyes on the powerful and wickedly handsome Laird Hunt MacLarin.

She’s the answer to his curse…

Laird of an ancient clan, Hunt needs an heir, but he comes from a long line of men cursed to die before the birth of their firstborn. When the Duke of Autenberry approaches him with a proposition—marry my ruined sister—it seems the perfect solution. Even better, the defiant lass stirs him to his very soul.

No escaping the truth…

Except marriage cannot set them free. No matter how much Hunt desires her. No matter how much Clara burns for him. Soon she is falling for her husband, but is love enough to end the curse? Or is the tragic history of the MacLarin Clan doomed to repeat itself?

I adore Sophie Jordan and I adore this book!  As with most Historical Romance books I read this book brings the couple together due to social scandal, but unlike most of the books in its genera it’s a curse that gives this book its dramatic flair. 

    Lady Clara Autenberry has been shipped to her brother’s house in Scotland after her reputation was destroyed by her own self preservation efforts. On the road to sanctuary she has chance run in with the spectacular faced Highland Laird.

   Hunt MacLarin is the newest Laird in his family to be faced with “the curse”, who on a chance meeting with the “ruined” sister of his neighbor the Duke of Autenberry finds new hope for a future he never dreamed possible. 

  This book has a very happy ending but on the way it has quite a few twists and turns that will keep you eager to see what happens next.

P.S. I MET SOPHIE JORDAN AT APOLLYCON 2019!!!!!   Be on the lookout for a possible give away.

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Advice from a Jilted Bride by Piper Rayne(Review Post)

Published March 21, 2019 by bookbesties

What’s a girl to do after being ditched at the altar by text message? That’s right. Text. Message.

How does she pick up the pieces and move on? I’m no Dear Abby but here’s a little free advice…

Advice #1 – First, purge your apartment of all things him—by tossing his belongings off the balcony.

Advice #2 – Do not, I repeat do not, throw anything out into the hallway because you’ll injure your hot new neighbor.

Advice #3 – When said neighbor brings over Chinese Food do not let him stay and keep you company. It’s awkward when you realize he’s your boss.

Advice #4 – Accept his offer to help you with your side business but think twice before using a date to his sister’s wedding as collateral.

Advice #5 – Investigate who your mystery neighbor really is. Don’t trust his word even if he’s the world’s best kisser.

If you listen to nothing else, pay attention to that last one. It’s the most important and will save you a lot of heartache.



This is book 2 in this series and technically can be read without reading the first, Lesson From A One Night Stand but its better after having read the first.

This is another great read from the PR Duo and it does not disappoint. First I will say that this story was a switch up from the author because it was a slow burn and friends to lovers in the sense the characters marinated for awhile with their attraction. But, as always, Piper Rayne did it well!

From the first book, we all know that Brooklyn’s fiance was not liked by the family and we see why in the opening of this story. On her 2nd most crappiest day she(Brooklyn) meets her new neighbor. Wyatt is not looking for any distractions and is ready to get in and out of this little town in Alaska so he can prove himself to his dad who owns a chain of hotels. He must learns the different jobs there and he goes undercover. Brooklyn is heart broken and now trying to navigate out of the fog. Her and Wyatt have cute banter and the attraction is definitely mutual. I liked the way the bond develops slowly between these two. It will have you turning the page and rooting all the way! Again cant say enough that you add the dynamic of the Bailey family(introduced in the first book) and there are non stop laughs! You get all the great feels with Brooklyn and Wyatt! Cant wait for the next sibling in the Bailey family!!

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Published March 19, 2019 by bookbesties

We finally caved and joined instagram…I’m not sure why I(Vonetta) fought it for so long, but I did and with slight pressure from the blogosphere I caved. Follow us on there for teasers of books we are currently reading and upcoming books as well!!

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Lady Derring Takes a Lover by Julie Anne Long(review Post)

Published February 26, 2019 by bookbesties


A mistress. A mountain of debt. A mysterious wreck of a building.

Delilah Swanpoole, Countess of Derring, learns the hard way that her husband, “Dear Dull Derring,” is a lot more interesting—and perfidious—dead than alive. It’s a devil of an inheritance, but in the grand ruins of the one building Derring left her, are the seeds of her liberation. And she vows never again to place herself at the mercy of a man.

But battle-hardened Captain Tristan Hardy is nothing if not merciless. When the charismatic naval hero tracks a notorious smuggler to a London boarding house known as the Rogue’s Palace, seducing the beautiful, blue-blooded proprietress to get his man seems like a small sacrifice.

They both believe love is a myth. But a desire beyond reason threatens to destroy the armor around their hearts. Now a shattering decision looms: Will Tristan betray his own code of honor…or choose a love that might be the truest thing he’s ever known?


This is one of those that you get hooked on because you know all the back story for the characters and you can’t wait to see how it affects the relationship between all of them.   This book has it all; loss, betrayal, law breaking, strong leading ladies, and steamy romance!

After the loss of her unfaithful husband, Delilah Derringthought she was left with nothing but betrayal and debt. Until she received the only inheritance left to her that couldn’t be claimed by creditors, a building that was probably a brothel before it was abandoned.  Partnered with her late husband’s mistress (yeah they went there) Delilah turns her building into a successful boarding house.

Captain Hardy is on the hunt for a cigar smuggler on behalf of the king.  His search for the culpritleads him to The Grand Palace on the Thames, the boarding house owned by Delilah.While he takes a room with the intention of uncovering its connection to the criminal, he makes a love connection with Delilah in the process.

This was a fun read and I can’t wait to see what is next from this author.

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A Wicked Reputation by Liana LeFey(Review Post)

Published February 26, 2019 by bookbesties


Betrayed by her fiancé and her best friend, Lady Diana Haversham’s reputation is left in ruins, and she is unjustly cast out by her family. Left with little choice, she agrees to pretend to be a courtesan to protect her benefactor’s secret. What she didn’t count on was meeting temptation in the form of one Lord Lucas Blackthorn.

Lucas is fascinated by the shameless Diana, whom his friends claim is his perfect counterpart. He can’t stop thinking about her sultry smile and captivating eyes, but what draws him most is the sharp mind she reveals—and the certainty she’s hiding something.

When Lucas learns the scandalous truth, Diana will have to make a life-and-death choice.

Each book in the Once Wicked series is STANDALONE:
* To Love a Libertine
* Once a Courtesan
* A Wicked Reputation


This book had me hooked from line one!  The plot twist has made this book one I will always hold close to my heart.  This book is an emotional roller coaster and I loved every minute of the wild ride!!  Lady Diana shows so much strength and loyalty it has endeared her to me in so many ways I can’t even begin to list them all. Seeing her get her happy ending consumed my life while I read this book.

Diana Havershamhas been jilted by her best friend and her fiancé and disowned by her family.  With no other options she becomes the widely coveted, and well taken care of, mistress of Lord Harrow.  Her entire existence hinges on her relationship with Harrow and her unrelenting desire for Lucas can ruin it all.

Lucas Blackthorn is a rogue with a wicked reputation for doing whatever it takes to get what wants.  And right now he wants the one woman everyone says he can’t have.  Will the ends be worth the means for Lucas as he pursues another man’s notorious mistress?

    A fun book that I couldn’t put down, with characters that I am crazy about.   I’m very excited to see who Liana LeFay introduces me to next




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