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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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A Duke Changes Everything(Review Post)

Published November 27, 2018 by bookbesties

 

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In the first novel in Christy Carlyle’s sizzling Duke’s Den series, three men, intent on making a fortune, discover irresistible opportunities

Nicholas Lyon gambled his way into a fortune and ownership of the most opulent, notorious gentlemen’s club in England. But when Nick’s cruel brother dies, he inherits a title he never wanted. The sooner Nick is rid of the estate that has always haunted him, the sooner he can return to the life he’s built in London. But there’s one obstacle—the exquisite Thomasina Thorne.

When the new heir to the Tremayne dukedom suddenly appears in Mina Thorne’s life, she’s flustered. Not only is he breathtakingly handsome, but he’s also determined to take away her home and position as steward of the Enderley estate. If Mina learns what makes the enigmatic duke tick, perhaps she can change his mind—as long as she doesn’t get too close to him.

With each day Nick spends with Mina, his resolve weakens as their colliding wills lead to explosive desire. Could she be the one woman who can help him finally bury the ghosts of his past?

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This is the first book by Christy Carlyle that I have had the great pleasure to read.  I love how independently strong both Mina and Nick are but when they are together their vulnerabilities are bared for the other to see.  The trauma of Nicks childhood gives him such depth of character it would have been easy for Mina’s character to be lacking in compassion, but impressively this author used her unwavering loyalty to give her a depth that matches his.  I really enjoyed this book and these characters and I cannot wait to see what comes next in this series.

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Danielle

Falling for the PlayBoy(Review Post) Kennedy Fox

Published November 15, 2018 by bookbesties

 

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FallingforthePlayboyHighResEbookNever trust a man who gets paid to take off his clothes for a living and then uses it as a pick-up line to get girls in bed with him.

That should’ve been enough for me to call in sick that day.

I’ve worked with male cover models like him before and they’re all the same—smooth-talking, sexy as sin, egotistical know-it-alls who think they’re God’s gift to women—all traits I know to steer clear of.

Assisting authors comes with many perks—reading on the job, using my organizing skills on a daily basis, drinking coffee by the gallons—but Maverick Kingston barges into my life and demands more than I can handle.

When we’re forced to road trip across the country together, he pushes every boundary I have and rearranges my thoughts on playing it safe. And when he “accidentally” drops his towel, he makes it very clear what he’s offering and proves he’s packing more than abs of steel under his clothes.

Working with him was brutal, but falling for him was unexpected.
And playing by the rules will be impossible.

This is a complete STANDALONE novel — filled with plenty of humor, steam, & romance! 18 & up only due to explicit sexual content, language, and adult content.

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I have found a new book boyfriend and his name is Maverick! Even his name is sexy and exciting!

In this book we are introduced to Olivia who is an assistant to a best selling (and infuriating) author. Olivia has her insecurities but is hard working and loves the benefits she gets from her job. Enter Maverick, one of Rachel’s, the author, cover model and yes he is a sexy, charming playboy. Rachel has a book tour coming up and Maverick does not do airplanes so  guess who has to take the road trip with him and babysit? Oh yes Olivia it is! The moment these two meet its love for me.

Olivia is firm and sassy but intriguing and Maverick plays that charm on but Olivia seems like the only lady immune to it! This is truly a great recipe for a great romance book! You will fall in love with these two and I was Team Maverick all the way and was rooting for him and hoping that he would be seen in a different light than being the playboy because deep down they he is more than that.

There are so many layers to Maverick and it was exciting to have Olivia peeling back all the layers one at a time! The chemistry between them is off the charts and you won’t be disappointed!

As usually with Kennedy Fox I loved it and cant wait for the next book!

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Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up to write under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!

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Damaris

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