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Lord Holt Takes a Bride (The Mating Habits of Scoundrels Book 1)

Published March 31, 2020 by bookbesties

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USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret launches a charming new trilogy about three debutantes who get more than they bargained for when it comes to the mating habits of scoundrels . . .

Heiress Winnifred Humphries refuses to marry the odious man her parents have chosen. She’ll marry for love or not at all. But how does a woman know a man truly loves her? Needing answers, she sets out to discover the marriage habits of London’s aristocrats. Yet when her friends kidnap a lord for research, Winn knows they’ve gone too far. Now she’s facing a wickedly handsome scoundrel who wants revenge.

Lord Asher Holt has the perfect plan to free himself of his father’s debts. But when a trio of foolish debutantes abducts him, their scheme ruins everything! Fuming and tied to a chair, Holt overhears that one of them is an heiress. Perhaps he isn’t above a little kidnapping either.

Yet, when the heiress runs away from her own wedding and straight into his waiting carriage, Holt finds himself on an adventure he’ll never forget, falling in love with a woman worth more than any treasure. But will Winn ever believe his heart only desires her . . . and not her fortune?

Welcome to the first book of The Mating Habits of Scoundrels series.  Let me just start by saying the heroine in this book is by far the most relatable character I have EVER has the pleasure to read.  This leading lady is my spirit animal, ya’ll.  I am not going to go into a bunch of detail on why I say that because I don’t want to ruin your experience of getting to know her.  Just know that seeing myself in her seriously sucked me down the rabbit hole, to the point where I was addicted to reading this book.  With all that being said I feel like certain aspects of the ending completely left me hanging.  I want to know what happens to the Marques!  But maybe that is just me being for more of this story, or my inherent need to see justice served to all villains.  I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see what adventure Jane’s story will take us on.

Winnifred Humphries is nothing any man would find attractive. She is overweight, freckled, and her hair is terribly unruly- or at least that’s what her mother has told her for her whole life.  So it is no wonder that she is willing to submit to an arranged marriage to a man who wants her dowry so he can spoil his mistress.  On the morning of her wedding, in a crazy scheme thought up by her best friends, she jumps in a carriage and runs away.  Her journey to freedom with an unlikely traveling companion will lead her on an adventure she never would have dreamed of.

Asher Holt will stop at nothing to get out from under the manipulations of his greedy father.  Just when he is about to sail away and make a new start he is kidnapped and robbed by debutantes.   Now he must find a quick way to make his money back so he can chase his treasure and his freedom.  After a night of drinking waking up in a carriage with run-a-way bride just might be his key to escape.  Will this adventure give him what he needs so he can finally be free from his terrible father?  Or will he lose more than money in the attempt?

After this book, I cannot wait to see what the rest of this series has in store for us!

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An Heiress to Remember by Maya Rodale(Review Post)

Published March 31, 2020 by bookbesties

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USA Today bestselling author Maya Rodale’s Gilded Age Girls Club series continues with an enemies-to-lovers romance that shows love is sweeter than revenge.

Can a scandalized heiress…

Beatrice Goodwin left Manhattan a duchess and has returned a divorcee, ready to seize control of her fate and the family business. Goodwin’s Department Store, once the pinnacle of fashion, has fallen from favor thanks to Dalton’s, its glamorous competitor across the street. But this rivalry has a distinctly personal edge…

And a self-made tycoon…

For Wes Dalton, Beatrice has always been the one—the one who broke his young heart by marrying a duke, and now, the one whose cherished store he plans to buy, just so he can destroy it. It’s the perfect revenge against a family who believed he’d never be good enough for their daughter—until Beatrice’s return complicates everything…

Find happily ever after at last?

While Goodwin’s and Dalton’s duel to be the finest store in Gilded Age Manhattan, Beatrice and Wes succumb to a desire that has only deepened with time. Adversaries by day, lovers by night, both will soon have to decide which is sweeter: winning the battle, or thoroughly losing their hearts…

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As you all know I am a SUPER FAN of The Gilded Age Girls Club series and have been anxiously waiting to get my hands on the next book.  Well it’s here and like the first two, this one has a fierce leading lady who is ready to fight for what she wants in life.  This heroine is a power house not only because she is determined to become a successful business woman and save her father’s legacy, but because she had the courage to divorce a Duke in a time where divorce was unheard of especially if it was a woman who was petitioning for it.  Naturally she needs a leading man with as much will power and cunning as she has to make the story good and our hero does not disappoint. I couldn’t put this book down, I loved it so much!   I cannot wait to see who we meet in the next book.

After gaining her freedom from a very unhappy marriage in England, Beatrice Goodwin headed straight home to New York.  Her first stop once she gets off the boat is to her favorite place in the entire world, her family’s department store.  She is shocked to see the store looks outdated and there are very few customers.  This isn’t the Goodwin’s she remembers.  However, it isn’t hard to see why business is slow, there is a brand-new state of the art department store directly across the street.  Who would be so ruthless?

Wes Dalton is the best. He has worked his way from the bottom all the way to the top.  He only has one goal left to achieve and he is so very close to making it happen.  Revenge is the name of the game, and he is in it to win it.  He is determined to see Goodwin’s Department Store destroyed just like that family destroyed his heart.  It’s unfortunate that the woman who left his heart in tatters has returned and is set on giving him a run for his money.   Will his heart heal?  Will old feelings get in the way of his success? Or will he realize there is more to life than work?

I adore this book and truly cannot recommend it enough!!!

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Never Kiss a Duke: A Hazards of Dukes Novel by Megan Frampton

Published January 28, 2020 by bookbesties

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A disinherited duke and a former lady are courting much more than business in the first novel in Megan Frampton’s newest titillating series, Hazards of Dukes.

Everything he had ever known was a lie…

Sebastian, Duke of Hasford, has a title, wealth, privilege, and plenty of rakish charm. Until he discovers the only thing that truly belongs to him is his charm. An accident of birth has turned him into plain Mr. de Silva. Now, Sebastian is flummoxed as to what to do with his life—until he stumbles into a gambling den owned by Miss Ivy, a most fascinating young lady, who hires him on the spot. Working with a boss has never seemed so enticing.

Everything tells her he’s a risk she has to take…

Two years ago, Ivy gambled everything that was precious to her—and won. Now the owner of London’s most intriguing gambling house, Ivy is competent, assured, and measured. Until she meets Mr. de Silva, who stirs feelings she didn’t realize she had. Can she keep her composure around her newest employee?

They vow to keep their partnership strictly business, but just one kiss makes them realize that with each passing day—and night—there’s nothing as tempting as what is forbidden…

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This book is so much fun! It has literally everything I look for in a good book; a strong, smart, independent leading lady matched by a handsome, determined, and slightly lost in life leading gentleman. As well as gambling, life altering events, and last but not least a steamy romance. This couple had me laughing and crying along within minutes of their first meeting. Their individual stories created a unique dynamic to their romance that has made this book unforgettable.

Miss Ivy Holton, is determined to give her sister Octavia the future that she didn’t have. After her father carelessly gambled away her future forcing her to do the same to win it back, failure is not an option. Never again will she allow a man to jeopardize the things she hold dear. So when a very handsome gentleman customer starts vocalizing his observations on how she runs her club, in the middle of her gaming floor she quickly has him evicted and doesn’t expect to see his face again. Little did she know that he would not only return, but he would come back with creative ideas on how to bring in more business, and that she would end up hiring him. Will she be able to maintain an employer/ employee relationship or will she give in to desire and gamble with her heart?

Sebastian de Silva, Duke of Hasford, has his whole world turned upside down when not only his title but his entire way of life is suddenly taken away from him. But rather than wallow in the loss or take the offered support of his family and friends he is determined to make his own future and to learn how to be independent. A chance meeting with an intriguing gaming club owner presents the opportunity he needs to do just that. Not only does she become his employer and his landlord, she becomes a valued friend. Will they take their relationship past working and friendship risking it all or will they play it safe?

This book drew me in from the first page right to the last and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series!

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DANIELLE

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Hunting for a Highlander by Lynsay Sands(Review Post)

Published January 28, 2020 by bookbesties

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Four Buchanan brothers have found their brides…only three more to go in this scintillating romance from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands…

Lady Dwyn Innes feels utterly out of place among the eligible women who’ve descended on Buchanan Keep, vying for the attention of the last unmarried brothers. She isn’t long-legged and slender like her sisters, or flirtatious and wily like other lasses. Since her betrothed died, Dwyn has resigned herself to becoming an old maid. Yet a chance encounter with a stranger in the orchard awakens her to a new world of sensation and possibility…

After weeks away, Geordie Buchanan returns to find his home swarming with potential brides, thanks to his loving but interfering family. But one lass in particular draws his attention from the moment he spies her climbing a tree. Lady Dwyn is not nearly as plain as she thinks. Her lush figure and eager kisses delight him, as does her honesty. But the real test lies ahead: eliminating a hidden enemy, so that he and Dwyn can seal their Highland passion with a vow.

As you all know I have really enjoyed this series, but this book is a total run read! I. COULD. NOT. PUT. IT. DOWN. I was able to relate to the leading female character in this book on a level that I have never been able to relate to any character before. From climbing a tree to escape the torment of bullies, to her body image insecurities this character made me feel like I was looking in the mirror throughout the entire book. And I feel like she will be that character for a lot of other women. The leading male character in this book is everything a true hero should be: he is caring, compassionate, loyal, a fierce warrior, and not to mention good looking. He truly melted my heart when he climbed the tree and actually listened to our leading lady instead of writing her off when she refused his aid. I adore these characters so much!

Lady Dwyn Innes is not above climbing a tree to steal a moment of peace away from her overbearing sisters, the other husband hunting ladies turned bullies, and the anxiety of being so far from home. It is in that tree where she found sanctuary and a very unlikely friend. Had she known that the kind warrior who offered to help her out of the tree and became her first kiss is actually one of the reasons she is so far from home, she may not have left him in the orchard to read quietly in her room. But it would seem that something is determined to push them together all the while someone is trying to keep them apart by causing her harm. Will she lose her heart to her new friend or will she lose her life an unknown enemy?

When Geordie Buchanan returned home to find a keep full of strangers the last thing he expected was to be the focus of a hoard husband hunting ladies and their families. The last thing he wanted was to get married. He had wild oats left to sew and drinking to do. A wife would put an end to that before it even started. Or at least that’s how he felt when he first arrived home, before he met and kissed the very intriguing and very busty lady who climbed the tree he was sleeping under. As he gets to know her more and more his desire for her grows. Will he choose her and marriage or will he let her go and lose her forever?

This book had me hooked from page one. I absolutely loved it!

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DANIELLE

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The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe(Review Post)

Published December 30, 2019 by bookbesties

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In the second novel in Joanna Shupe’s the Uptown Girl series, a ruthless casino owner bent on revenge finds his plans upended by a beautiful women who proves to be more determined than he is–and too irresistible to deny.

Powerful casino owner.

Ruthless mastermind.

Destroyer of men.

He lives in the shadows…

As the owner of the city’s most exclusive casino, Clayton Madden holds the fortunes of prominent families in the palms of his hands every night. There is one particular family he burns to ruin, however, one that has escaped his grasp…until now.

She is society’s darling…

Florence Greene is no one’s fool. She knows Clayton Madden is using her to ruin her prestigious family…and she’s using him right back. She plans to learn all she can from the mysterious casino owner—then open a casino of her own just for women.

With revenge on his mind, Clay agrees to mentor Florence. However, she soon proves more adept—and more alluring—than Clay bargained for. When his plans are threatened, Clay must decide if he is willing to gamble his empire on love.

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Ok fellow Greene Family fanatics, Florence’s story is here, and it’s pretty great!

In the first book of the series we met the Greene sisters: Mamie, Florence, and Justine. That book is all about Mamie and how her drive, and dedication to help the downtrodden women of the city lead her to find her very own true love. I am starting to think determination is an inherited trait for these sisters because Florence too has it in spades. At first glance she is clever, cunning, charming, and beautiful with a seemingly “devil may care” attitude. But once you get to know her you will see that she is all that and so much more. So far, she is my favorite of the sisters, yet I’m going to hold out on final judgement until we get to experience Justine’s story.

Florence Greene is the middle child of Duncan Green – one of few men at the top of the New York food chain. Her independence and disregard for society and its rules is sure to be her ruin. Or so her father says. Little does he know it, but Florence has a plan that will secure her future independence and leave her at no mans mercy. To make this plan a reality she will stop at nothing to learn the skills needed to open and run a successful gaming hall for women. To get the training she needs she seeks out the owner of New York’s most exclusive casino as her private tutor. Will she acquire the skills she needs to secure the future of her dreams, or will attraction to her mentor get in the way?

Clayton Madden has a reputation as being cold and unfeeling. As the owner of the Bronze House this well-earned reputation helps dissuade his guests from cheating, stealing, or breaking any of the establishment’s rules. Well it works on most of his guests, all of them except her. The beautiful middle daughter of the man he has spent the better part of 20 years plotting revenge against just so happens to keep sneaking into his club and winning. What could be her purpose, surely, she knows gambling is illegal and that women aren’t allowed in the Bronze Horse. What reason could she possibly have to keep coming back? And will her reasons thwart his plans to ruin her father?

I love this family and I completely enjoyed this book! I can’t wait to get to know Justine and see where her story leads us.

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DANIELLE

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The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard(Review Post)

Published November 27, 2019 by bookbesties

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THE BEAST OF BESWICK by #AMALIEHOWARD

Beauty and the Beast meets Taming of the Shrew in this laugh-out-loud and heartfelt #RegencyRomance.

Lord Nathaniel Harte, the disagreeable Duke of Beswick, spends his days smashing porcelain, antagonizing his servants, and snarling at anyone who gets too close. With a ruined face like his, it’s hard to like much about the world. Especially smart-mouthed harpies—with lips better suited to kissing than speaking—who brave his castle with indecent proposals.

But Lady Astrid Everleigh will stop at nothing to see her younger sister safe from a notorious scoundrel, even if it means offering herself up on a silver platter to the forbidding Beast of Beswick himself. And by offer, she means what no highborn lady of sound and sensible mind would ever dream of—a tender of marriage with her as his bride.

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As you all know I became a big fan of this author after meeting her at Shameless BookCon 2018. Since that initial meeting I have greedily searched for and read every historical romance book with her name on it. With that being said, THIS IS MY FAVORITE AMALIE HOWARD BOOK (so far at least)!!!!! From start to finish I was completely hooked. I started this book after chatting with the author at this year’s Shameless BookCon and experiencing how excited she was about it and why. The story is a mix of Taming of the Shrew and Beauty and the Beast. This leading lady or “Beauty” as you will, is so sassy and self-aware. Her “take no sh!+” attitude and determination to save her sister from her vengeful ex-fiancé, makes her one of my favorite heroines for 2019!

After having her reputation ruined and the death of their parents, Lady Astrid Everleigh and her younger sister, Isobel find themselves in the country, secluded from society, and at the mercy of their greedy Uncle Reginald and Aunt Mildred. But Astrid has a plan! In one year she will be of age to inherit the remainder of her inheritance and give her sister the opportunity to have the proper coming out she deserves. When Astrid’s scorned ex-fiancé, Edmund Cain, Earl of Beaumont, uses her Uncle’s greed as a means to have his ultimate revenge. Astrid is forced to find a creative way to thwart the plans of a monster by seeking the assistance of a “beast”.

Having been severely scarred on both his face and his disposition, Lord Thane Harte, the seventh Duke of Beswick, chooses to live a very secluded and solitary life on his country estate. Aside from his staff, his favorite aunt, and a select few “friends” he does a very good job avoiding other people. That is until a smart mouthed, bluestocking, spinster barges her way into his home and issues him a most unconventional “business” proposition. Will he leave his life of seclusion behind and take her up on her offer or will he slam the door in her face?

Obviously I loved this book! And as always I am excited to see what all of you think of it as well.

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Diamond in the Rouge by Wendy LaCapra(Review Post)

Published November 26, 2019 by bookbesties

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Diamond in the Rogue will captivate you! It is sensual, lush, beautifully romantic, and I recommend it! -Stacy Reid, Author of the House of Calydon Series

In an act of revenge, Lord Rayne kissed Lady Julia and was sent packing to America. But now he’s back to settle his affairs and give away his sister in marriage, until he meets up with the alluring yet innocent Lady Julia again. He doesn’t regret their first kiss, but he was never good enough for her.

Lady Julia had two years to forget the moody and mercurial Earl of Rayne. But one look, and she knows they’re meant to be together. Be damned with his and her brother’s objections, she’ll just jump on the back of Rayne’s departing carriage and compromise them both thoroughly.

Only, Julia never expected her forbidding Lord to be so good at resisting temptation…

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I was so very excited to read this book for a couple of reasons; first- the author herself asked me to read and review this book (yes I totally fan girled over that), second- I really enjoyed the previous book in the series and couldn’t wait to see what the author had instore for this next book, and third- once I discovered this was Rayne and Julia’s story I was beyond stoked. After meeting these two characters in the last book and the hints about what broke up a long time group of best friends and forced Clarissa’s brother Rayne to flee to America I was praying it would be a good as the last. Let me tell you all this book was better than I ever imagined! I couldn’t put it down. This book has all the things I adore: A strong and sassy leading lady, a dark and brooding hero, and some seriously steamy love scenes (please remember this is a historical romance and while most love scenes can be pretty vanilla these most definitely were not). I can honestly say this is one of my favorite books for 2019!!! I can only hope we get to see how Farring’s story plays out in the next book.

Graham Laithe, Earl of Rayne has spent the last 2 years in America working very hard to forget the biggest mistake of his life. When he is forced to return to England for his sister’s wedding and to settle his affairs, the last thing he wants is to face his once bet friends or see the one woman he can never have and the cause of all his troubles. Will he be able to successfully part ways with his sister and his life in England as he plans or will he find himself with a reason to stay?

Lady Julia Stanley has a personal rule of never making the same mistake twice. Just as she is prepared to give up on finding love of her own, she is challenged by a dear friend to break that rule. Faced with the prospect saving the only man she loves from his own self-destruction, she forms a risky plan involving disguise, kidnapping, and possibly pirates to take her own destiny in hand and fight for the love she thought was lost. Will she succeed or will all her efforts leave them both heartbroken all over again?

This seriously is one of my favorite books of 2019 and I can’t wait to see how all of you like it.

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My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh(Review Post)

Published November 26, 2019 by bookbesties

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n the first book in Eva Leigh’s new Union of the Rakes series, a bluestocking enlists a faux suitor to help her land an ideal husband only to be blindsided by real desire…

Lady Grace Wyatt is content as a wallflower, focusing on scientific pursuits rather than the complications of society matches. But when a handsome, celebrated naturalist returns from abroad, Grace wishes, for once, to be noticed. Her solution: to “build” the perfect man, who will court her publicly and help her catch his eye. Grace’s colleague, anthropologist Sebastian Holloway, is just the blank slate she requires.

To further his own research on English society, Sebastian agrees to let Grace transform him from a bespectacled, bookish academic into a dashing—albeit fake—rake. Between secret lessons on how to be a rogue and exaggerated public flirtations, Grace’s feelings for Sebastian grow from friendship into undeniable, inconvenient, real attraction. If only she hadn’t asked him to help her marry someone else…

Sebastian is in love with brilliant, beautiful Grace, but their bargain is complete, and she desires another. Yet when he’s faced with losing her forever, Sebastian will do whatever it takes to tell her the truth, even if it means risking his own future—and his heart.

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This book owns my heart!!!!!

Not only does this follow a friends turned lovers trope but THIS IS A STORY WERE 2 NERDS FIND LOVE!!!! The female lead in this book is intelligent, independent, and compassionate, everything I look for in a heroine. I loved watching her nurture the leading gentleman as he grows into his full potential. The fact that the author wasn’t afraid to write a hero for this book who is not a typical Historical Romance leading man makes me eager to read more books by her. Getting a candid view of the Seb’s struggles with selective mutism and how he overcomes the obstacles it presents was very refreshing and endeared him to my heart. This is one of those books that I immediately grin when I hear the title or think of the characters. I love this book so much.

Sebastian “Seb” Holloway is the impoverish son of a miner who prefers science and observing societies over interacting with and being a part of them. So much so that unless someone is a member in his very small circle of friends they could be lead to believe him to be brainless and odd. But those closest to him know he is loyal, intelligent, and devoted to his study of anthropology, if only he could just get over his in-ability to speak to strangers. He would do anything for his friends especially, Grace, including sacrifice his heart by pretending to be a rake and court her so she can gain the notice of the man of her dreams.

Lady Grace Wyatt spends more of her time in the Benezra Library than attending society functions. If she had her way she would stop attending society functions all together and spend her time in the field studying her beloved reptiles. But being a woman born of the ton there are certain expectations she must uphold, like getting married. There is only one man she could ever see herself happily marry, Mason Fredericks. Too bad he sees her as merely a scientific colleague and not a woman. That is until she convinces her dearest friend Sebastian to transform himself into a rake and “court” her with the intent to make Mason take notice of her. Will their crazy plan succeed or will it be her eyes that are opened to another’s potential?

I truly loved this book! I hope you do too. NERD LOVE WINS!!!!

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Someone to Remember (The Westcott Series Book 7) by Mary Balogh

Published November 5, 2019 by bookbesties

51rbxkfylXLt’s never too late to fall in love in this enchanting new story, a novella in the Westcott series from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh.

Matilda Westcott has spent her life tending to the needs of her mother, the Dowager Countess of Riverdale, never questioning the web of solitude she has spun herself. To Matilda, who considers herself an aging spinster daughter, marriage is laughable—love is a game for the young, after all. But her quiet, ordered life unravels when a dashing gentleman from her past reappears, threatening to charm his way into her heart yet again.

Charles Sawyer, Viscount Dirkson, does not expect to face Matilda Westcott thirty-six years after their failed romance. Moreover, he does not expect decades-old feelings to emerge at the very sight of her. When encountering Matilda at a dinner hosted by the Earl of Riverdale, he finds himself as fascinated by her as he was the first day they met, and wonders whether, after all these years, they have a chance at happiness together. Charles is determined to crack the hard exterior Matilda has built up for more than three decades, or he will risk losing her once again….

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As you all know I love this series and this family so I was very excited to get my hands on this next book. This short and sweet, Westcott Series novella is our chance to get to know Matilda’s story. While I love that we get to know Matilda and Charles better I feel like this story should have been a full length novel of its own. I feel like by making this a novella the story was rushed and when it ended I was left wanting more. Don’t get me wrong just like the rest of the Westcott Series this book was well written and the characters have the depth I have come to expect from this author. It’s the story that I didn’t get enough of. I would have loved to have learned more about Matilda and Charles’ early romance considering the amount of devastation experienced by them both in its ending. This was a love that caused Matilda to never marry and devote her life to overprotecting her mother while leading Charles’ into living the life of a rogue, and siring a bastard before eventually marrying another. The few references to that time in their story suggest the kind of love that make me love reading romance. I think giving us that story as well as how their story ends would have given this book a true value as part of the series.

I did enjoy this book, I just wish there would have been more.

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Danielle

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The Duke’s Stolen Bride by Sophie Jordan(Review Post)

Published October 22, 2019 by bookbesties

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From USA Today bestselling author Sophie Jordan comes a scandalously sensual romance in her beloved Rogue Files series.

“Deliciously sexy!”—Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author 

An urgent dilemma…

To save her impoverished family, Marian Langley will become a mistress. But she will not be just any mistress. Marian intends to become so skilled, so coveted, that she can set her own terms, retaining control over her body and her fate. Only one problem remains: finding a tutor…

A scandalous solution…

Other men deprive themselves of pleasure for propriety’s sake. Nathaniel, Duke of Warrington, would much rather be depraved. He slakes his desires with professionals who ask nothing of him but his coin. Marian’s proposal—that he train her without taking her virtue—is an intriguing diversion, until their lessons in seduction spin out of control.

And a most unlikely duchess…

When Marian is blackmailed into engagement by a man she despises, Nate impulsively steals her away. Though he never intended to take a wife, he can’t tolerate the idea of Marian forfeiting her freedom to another. But can he bear to give her what she demands—a real marriage?

This book is a jaw dropper!!!

As always Sophie Jordan has written an incredibly fun story that I couldn’t put down.  I don’t think I have encountered a stronger heroine than this one.  The level of self- sacrifice this leading lady is willing to undertake to provide for her family is unparalleled.  I cannot even begin to explain how truly excited and relieved I was when she found her happy ending and was able to fully secure her family’s future.

Marian Langley is doing everything she can to support her three younger siblings.  Desperate times lead her to befriend a once “kept woman” to gain knowledge on becoming a courtesan.  But she has no desire to become just any ordinary courtesan she is determined to become a comfortably kept companion of a member of high society.  Too bad she has no experience in attracting such men.  Her new friend advises her to seek tutelage from “The Depraved Duke”, who they are certain is just the man for the job andconveniently lives near the town. Will their scandalous arrangement teach her the skills she needs to become a world class courtesan or will fate have other plans for them both?

Nathaniel, Duke of Warrington, tries to avoid interacting with people as much as possible unless he chooses to do so, meaning that most of the people he interacts with are either his staff or the paid courtesans who leave once their services are no longer needed.  That is until a series of events has him crossing paths with a sassy towns-woman with a smart mouth and fire in her eyes.  The last thing he ever wanted or expected was for her to show up at his door with a very scandalous proposition that could completely ruin them both if anyone found out.  Will he be able to remain aloof and fulfill their agreement or will he make a proposal of his own?

This book was an adventure and an inspiration that I am completely in love with.  I am excited for all of you to read it and tell me your thoughts.

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