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When the Marques was Mine by Caroline Linden(Review Post)

Published September 29, 2019 by bookbesties

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In the game of love…

Georgiana Lucas despises the arrogant and cruel Marquess of Westmorland even before learning that he’s won the deed to her friend Kitty’s home in a card game. Still, Georgiana assures Kitty the marquess wouldn’t possibly come all the way to Derbyshire to throw them out—until he shows up, bloody and unconscious. Fearing that Kitty would rather see him die, Georgiana blurts out that he’s her fiancé. She’ll nurse the hateful man back to health and make him vow to leave and never return. The man who wakes up, though, is nothing like the heartless rogue Georgiana thought she knew…

You have to risk it all

He wakes up with no memory of being assaulted—or of who he is. The bewitching beauty tending him so devotedly calls him Rob and claims she’s his fiancée even as she avoids his touch. Though he can’t remember how he won her hand, he’s now determined to win her heart. But as his memory returns and the truth is revealed, Rob must decide if the game is up—or if he’ll take a chance on a love that defies all

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      Mistaken identities that turn enemies to lovers is the name of the game in this fantastic book!  Caroline Linden never fails to deliver a leading lady who has everything I love in a heroine as well as great story lines to make them shine.

  Reading this story and watching these characters not only blossom into their authentic selves (away from the pressure of society expectations) and overcome their misconceived judgments of each other to fall in love was incredibly touching.

     Georgiana Lucas’ shows her compassionate nature when she risks her own safety and rushed to the aid of a stranger who was being attacked on a remote country road.  She shows the depth of that compassion when she discovers the stranger is none other than the enemy of her dear friend and hostess but chooses to hide his identity and nurse him back to health.   Will the lie she told to conceal his true identity comes out and ruin her friendship or will it have her falling in love with a man she once despised?

     When Lord Robert Churchill-Gray, Marquess of Westmorland, won the house of Sir Charles Winston in a drunken card game, he didn’t want or need the house and planned to promptly return it to its rightful owner.  That is until the sore loser blackens his name to anyone who will listen including Rob’s own mother.  Not wanting to keep the property but wanting to teach Winston a lesson in humility, Rob travels to the estate to return the deed to Winston’s family and tell them just what he has been up to in London.  On the way there he is attacked: robbed and beaten unconscious.  When he awakens in an unknown bed, with no memory of who or where he is, he is forced to rely on the hospitality of strangers and the care of the beautiful woman everyone claims is his fiancé.  Will he recover his memories and return to his prior bachelor life of drinking and scandal or will he choose to change his ways and win the heart of a woman he once overlooked?

Such a great story that I couldn’t put down.

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How to Catch a Wicked Viscont(Review Post)

Published August 27, 2019 by bookbesties

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A young lady’s tarnished reputation might cost her everything in this first book in the Disreputable Debutantes series. 

Shy, bookish Sophie Brightwell is expected to make an advantageous match to improve her family’s fortunes. However, Sophie’s plans to make a spectacular debut go horribly awry when she and her three closest friends are expelled from a young ladies’ academy for unbecoming conduct. Since the ton will be sure to close their doors on these disgraced debutantes, they determine that unconventional means need to be employed in the husband-hunting market. Rakehells—the beau monde’s wickedest members—might be the only men willing to overlook a young lady’s besmirched reputation.

But how does one catch a rake?

Nate Hastings, the devil-may-care Viscount Malverne, is the older brother of Sophie’s best friend, fellow disgraced debutante Lady Charlotte. When a terribly foxed Nate accidentally compromises Sophie, Charlotte strikes a wicked bargain: in order to avoid a scandal and the parson’s mousetrap, Nate must help Sophie snare a husband. But as Nate fulfills his obligation and begins to instruct the lovely Sophie in the art of luring rakes, he soon finds himself battling his own fierce attraction to her.

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This is the first book in the Disreputable Debutantes series and the first book by this author that I have read.  If the rest of the series is as good as this book I will be a huge fan of both!!   Normally I fall in-love and gush over the characters, while these characters are adorable, it is their story I am over the moon for.  This is such a cute and fun romance!!! From page one to the last punctuation mark this author had me hooked.  The thing that sticks out about this story are the interactions between Sophie and Nate as well as their individual interactions with Charlie and how they all influence the direction of the growing romance.

Sophie Brightwell is certain she has ruined her chance of having a society marriage and saving her family from their financial strife, when late night mischief gets her and her 3 best friends expelled from school and labeled as the Disreputable Debutantes.   Her best friend Lady Charlotte “Charlie” Hastings offers her an opportunity to rejoin society, and try to win over the only men who would be willing to over-look their tarnished reputations.   The only problem with their plan is that Sophie only has eyes for one man, and while he is a rake he is off limits.

Nate Hastings, Viscount Malverncan’t afford to love ANYONE, so he lives a life of alcohol, gambling, and debauchery.  All that ends when his father forces him to move back home and threatens to take everything away if he doesn’t keep his name out of the gossip rags.  When a serious mistake from a night of excessive drinking causes him to make a deal with his sister, Charlie, he is forced to help her best friend find a husband.  Will he be able to keep Sophie at arms-length and help her find a husband or will he succumb to his own desires and claim her for his own?

This was a great start of the series and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the series holds.

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Danielle

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Duchess in his Bed(Review Post)

Published August 20, 2019 by bookbesties

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“Heath is known for her beautiful, deeply emotional romances.”—Washington Post

For a duchess with practical desires, falling in love is an inconceivable part of her plan…

As owner of the Elysium Club which caters to women’s fantasies, Aiden Trewlove is accustomed to introducing adventurous ladies to sin and vice. But he is uncharacteristically intrigued by the mysterious beauty who visits his club one night, yearning to indulge in the forbidden—with him. Drawn to her indomitable spirit, he breaks his rule of never becoming personally involved with his clientele and is determined to fully awaken her desires.

A recent widow, Selena Sheffield, Duchess of Lushing, has never known passion, not until Aiden’s slow, sensual seduction leads her on a journey of discovery and incredible pleasure. But her reasons for visiting the notorious club are not all that they seem.

As Selena’s motives become complicated by love, she finds herself with a most unexpected choice: forge ahead with a secret plan that could secure her future—or follow her heart which could prove ruinous.

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I could not put this book down!!! Another wonderful tale of the Trewloves and how they find love.  As you all know from my reviews of the previous books in this series I LOVE THIS FAMILY!  I especially love Aiden and this book.  I really hoped Aiden would find a lover who would be perfect for him and Lorraine Heath surely did not disappoint with Selena.

          Aiden Trewlove is one of the bastards who was raised by EttieTrewlove and made a name for himself -in spite of his low up-bringing- by owning and running a notorious “ladies only” club, where women from all walks of life can come and enjoy themselves by whatever means took their fancy. His success has been attributed to his ability to charm the patrons of the club all the while maintaining a strict policy to never get involved with any of them and to NEVER give his heart away. 

        Selena Sheffield, Duchess of Lushing, is newly widowed and facing the loss of the financial backing needed to keep her family afloat.  In an attempt to save it all she make a trip to the notorious Elysium Club with the plan to get pregnant and pass the baby off as the heir of her late husband.  Will the gentleman she chooses go along with her scheme and save her family or will they both have a change of heart?

Again I could not put this book down! It is my favorite of the series and I hope you all will love it as much as I do.

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A little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian(Review Post)

Published August 7, 2019 by bookbesties

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A seductive thief

Lady’s maid Molly Wilkins is done with thieving—and cheating and stabbing and all the rest of it. She’s determined to keep her hands to herself, so she really shouldn’t be tempted to seduce her employer’s prim and proper companion, Alice. But how can she resist when Alice can’t seem to keep her eyes off Molly?

Finds her own heart

For the first time in her life, Alice Stapleton has absolutely nothing to do. The only thing that seems to occupy her thoughts is a lady’s maid with a sharp tongue and a beautiful mouth. Her determination to know Molly’s secrets has her behaving in ways she never imagined as she begins to fall for the impertinent woman.

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When an unwelcome specter from Alice’s past shows up unexpectedly at a house party, Molly volunteers to help the only way she knows how: with a little bit of mischief.

 

 

 A Little Light Mischief (The Turner Series, #3.5)A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is my first time reading a F/F romance let alone a Historical F/F romance. I’m glad my first was written by an author I adore! As usual for Cat Sebastian the heroines are well written and have lots of character. I like how she made the intimate scenes between Alice and Molly more real to life rather than the crap you see in adult films, that was one of the biggest reasons I hadn’t yet read any f/f romance books. This book has adventure, strength, empowerment, and acceptance, all things that make up a great story.

As the daughter of a impoverish Vicar, Alice Stapleton,was not prepared for her new life as a lady’s companion. But her new position not only saved her from starvation, it led her to make friends withMrs. Wraxhall’s lady’s maid. Through her friendship with Molly she not only discovers her sense of self, she is empowered to stand up for herself and right the wrongs done to her in her past. Her friendship with Molly also gives her the confidence her to embrace other aspects of herself that she denied herself in the past.
Molly Wilkins needs her position as Mrs. Wraxhall’s lady’s maid and she is determined not to mess it up or let anyone get in the way, not even the very attractive new lady’s companion, who can’t seem to take her eyes off of Molly. Will sharing the thievery skills she acquired to survive in the past help her and her new friend gain their independence, or will they be caught red handed and lose it all?

I am glad this was my first f/f romance. Let me know what you think of it?

3 and a half

Danielle

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The Rouge to Ruin by Vivienne Lorret(Review Post)

Published July 30, 2019 by bookbesties

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The Bourne Matrimonial Agency has one rule: Never fall in love with a client, which shouldn’t be a problem when one’s faking an engagement to the rogue across the street . . .

Ainsley Bourne needs the family business to succeed. But one obstacle stands in her way—Reed Sterling, the huge, handsome, former prize fighter and owner of the gaming hell across the street. His scandalous customers scare off all her marriage-minded patrons and since the devilish brute has no intention of relocating, she sets out to ruin his unsavory establishment. Yet when a vile suitor from her past reappears, Ainsley hastily claims an attachment to the first man who comes to mind . . . Mr. Sterling, to be exact.

Reed doesn’t know who is more surprised by Miss Bourne’s declaration. She clearly hates him, and he’d never admit their arguments simmer with unrequited attraction. Something about the pleading look in her eyes calls to Reed, and against his better judgment, he quickly plays the part of the besotted fiancé.

Pretending to be in love requires a convincing charade. But with each tantalizing touch and every scandalous kiss, Ainsley starts to wonder if Reed was ever really the enemy at all.

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The Rogue to Ruin (Misadventures in Matchmaking, #3)The Rogue to Ruin by Vivienne Lorret

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OK so you guys know how much I enjoyed the first two books in this series and how much I have been looking forward to Ainsley’s story and the close to the Misadventures in Matchmaking series? Well I can say 100% that Vivienne Lorret did not disappoint! This was the ultimate finale book for any series. While this is in fact Ainsley’s happy ending we still get the perfect amount of little continuation tid-bits about Jacinda and Briar to make each of their stories come full circle, making this a beautiful end to the series.
Each of the Bourne sisters has their own strength and gifts that they bring to the Bourne Matrimonial Agency, but it’s the eldest sister Ainsley who has the taken on the task of holding everything together and making their dreams of a successful business come true. She isn’t about to let the gaming hell across the street with it’sunsavory patrons and infuriating owner stand in the way of their success. She has declared war against Sterling’s and is determined to see it’s doors closed forever until a threat from her past forces her to need the help of the man she is set to destroy.
Reed Sterlinghas one goal for his life, leave his mark on the world as the owner of “London’s most elite gambling club.” Will his plans be thwarted by the haughty, highborn, matchmaker that lives next door? Or will circumstance push them together in the most unexpected ways and turn them from enemies to passionate lovers?
This was such a fun story and the perfect ending to the series. I can’t wait for you all to read it!

Danielle

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Brazen and the Beast(Review Post)

Published July 30, 2019 by bookbesties

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The Lady’s Plan

When Lady Henrietta Sedley declares her twenty-ninth year her own, she has plans. Plans to inherit her father’s business, to make her own fortune and to live her own life. But first, she has plans to experience a taste of the pleasure she’ll forgo as a confirmed spinster. She does not, however, plan to find the most beautiful man she’s ever seen tied up in her carriage and threatening to ruin The Year of Hattie before it’s even begun.

The Bastard’s Proposal

When he wakes in a carriage at Hattie’s feet, Whit, a king of Covent Garden known to all the world as Beast, can’t help but wonder about the strange woman who frees him—especially when he discovers her plans for a night of pleasure…on his turf. He is more than happy to offer Hattie all she desires…for a price.

An Unexpected Passion

Soon, Hattie and Whit find themselves rivals in business and pleasure: she won’t give up her plans; he won’t give up his power…but neither of them sees that if they’re not careful, they’ll have no choice but to give up everything…including their hearts.

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I am head over heels in love with The Barenuckle Bastards!!!!!!  Two books in and I am addicted to this series!  I can’t wait for the next book!    Another strong leading lady who refuses to let any man steal her dreams.  So much inspiration can be found in the determination, drive, and cunning of this single female character that I am interested to see who we meet next and how she will compare.  Writing an equally strong hero who is able to support such a lady is a major reason why I adore this author.  The fact that this leading male character has so much stand-alone character without over shadowing the leading lady makes this book a truly fantastic read! I loved every page of this book!

   Lady Henrietta Sedleyhas a plan and this will be the year of “Hattie”, where she achieves all her dreams.  She isn’t about to let an unconscious stranger on the floor of her carriage,on the eve of her birthday stop her from putting that plan in motion.  If only she knew how that one night and that one unconscious strangerwould change her whole life.

Saviour “Beast” Whittington is a Barenuckle Bastard and with that comes a certain level of respect.  Or at least it is supposed to, that is when he isn’t being kissed then thrown out of a moving carriage by a brazen Lady of London’s high society.  Convinced he must find her for the sake of his business, his employees, and his way of life he must find that Lady, he soon learns he must find her for  far more emotional reasons.

  Another incredible book by Sarah MacLean. I can’t wait to know what you all think of it!

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Highland Solution by Ceci Giltenan (Review Post)

Published July 23, 2019 by bookbesties

Laird Niall MacIan needs Lady Katherine Ruthven’s dowry to relieve his clan’s crushing debt but he has no intention of giving her his heart in the bargain.
Niall MacIan, a Highland laird, desperately needs funds to save his impoverished clan. Lady Katherine Ruthven, a lowland heiress, is rumored to be “unmarriageable” and her uncle hopes to be granted her title and lands when the king sends her to a convent. King David II anxious to strengthen his alliances sees a solution that will give Ruthven the title he wants, and MacIan the money he needs. Laird MacIan will receive Lady Katherine’s hand along with her substantial dowry and her uncle will receive her lands and title.
Lady Katherine must forfeit everything in exchange for a husband who does not want to be married and believes all women to be self-centered and deceitful. Can the lovely and gentle Katherine mend his heart and build a life with him or will he allow the treachery of others to destroy them?
Highland Solution is a romance about a married couple and thus contains several mildly explicit love scenes, as one might expect to occur in married life. If you want more steam than that, you might be disappointed. If you prefer to stay out of the bedroom this title is available in an Inspirational version.

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WARNING: This book is a run read Alert!!!

This is another new author I discovered while researching the attending authors of the Space Coast Book Lovers event your Book Besties attended. As you all know I get quite a bit of Highland romance books to read and review and no matter how many I read I always start them with a little apprehension as to how thickly accented they will be written and if the author is going to be able to give the story its own originality.

This book was beyond expectations! There was the perfect amount of brogue used to enhance spoken dialogues without overdoing it and making it slow to read. As for the story’s own originality; the characters, and how their personal back stories affect their romance is both unique and refreshing. We don’t often see a historical romance, high born, heroine who comes from a place of physical abuse nor an author confident enough in that character to write about the mental and physical effects of that abuse. As a survivor of abuse this heroine not only speaks to my own life’s journey but the fortitude of Katherine’s character and the strength of her love for her fellow man/ woman is deeply inspiring. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book and I loved it from start to finish.

Lady Katherine Ruthven has dedicated herself to tirelessly protect her people from her cruel uncle at all costs. Sadly when her uncle buys favor with King David II her only options are to marry a stranger or join a convent, neither of which will protect her people, so she chooses to keep some of her freedom and marries the dark, and brooding Highlander. Will her choice to marry this stranger lead to a happy ending or will she face a life of continued abuse at the hands of her new family?

Niall MacIan, Laird of Clan MacIan is desperate for money when he meets with King David II to ask for a loan. Due to high debts of his own the king has no money to lend but he does offer another way for the Laird to get the money he needs, all he has to do is marry the very wealthy Lady Kathrine Ruthven and turn over her title and lands to her uncle. Will his new wife be just as conniving and manipulative as every other woman he has ever met or will she be as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside?

I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to get my hands on the next in the series.

Danielle