Coffee and a Review: The Captain and the Countess by Rosemary Morris

I know its late for my review today, but here is for those who like to relax at night with a cup of coffee.  So, while you are relaxing tonight here is a book you are going to want to settle down with.  The Captain and the Countess by Rosemary Morris is a wonderful regency romance.  This has a great mystery along with the steaminess of a regency romance.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

21790832Book Blurb:

Why does heart-rending pain lurk in the back of the wealthy Countess of Sinclair’s eyes?

Captain Howard’s life changes forever from the moment he meets Kate, the intriguing Countess, and resolves to banish her pain.

Although the air sizzles when widowed Kate, victim of an abusive marriage, meets Edward Howard, a captain in Queen Anne’s navy, she has no intention of ever marrying again.

However, when Kate becomes better acquainted with the Captain she realises he is the only man who understands her grief and can help her to untangle her past.

Review:

When Captain Howard first lays eyes on Countess Sinclair he is completely taken aback by her.  But as he gets to know her he sees the many facets that the widow hides.  It is through her eyes that Captain Howard sees the truth that the Countess is hiding.  As the Countess Sinclair and Captain Howard get closer their feelings toward each other change and a trust between the two becomes very important.  Important for the Countess needs help to find what she has lost and important for Captain Howard because he sees more for him and the countess then just friendship.  Though the Countess is beginning to trust the Captain she has a long way to go before she trusts a man enough to possibly marry him.  Will Captain Howard be able to help the Countess find her hearts desire?  Will the Countess let the Captain close enough to break the walls that she has built around her heart?

This was a really great read.  I like a good regency romance but when you add in some intrigues and a heroine that doesn’t just fall on her back for the handsome hero I am hooked.  This story will draw you in and take you through the streets of Drury lane and all the way out into the Chelsea country side.  You will see the characters develop and change both their attitudes and thoughts through the actions of the story.  I fell for both Captain Howard and Countess Sinclair.  They were each others match in every way.  Overall, you will be enchanted by both the story and the characters.  This is definitely a book worth picking up and laying on the beach or by the pool.

Fresh Face Friday: Duke by Day, Rogue by Night by Katherine Bone

Happy Friday!  I don’t know about you guys but it seems like this week has taken forever to get to the end.  So to celebrate working for the weekend I am spotlighting a great Regency Romance by Katherine Bone.  This one has it all.  It has pirates, espionage, romance, sex and of course a Duke with a secret identity.  This is definitely a fantastic beach read.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a great weekend.

16034309Book Blurb:

Constance Danbury is fleeing an arranged marriage to lecherous Lord Burton, a man who has blackmailed her father and is nearly twice her age. Her escape takes her aboard a merchantman bound for Spain, where she hopes an aunt will help her procure funds to save her father’s dwindling reputation. But fate intervenes. Constance is captured by a pirate with a wit and stubbornness to match her own, and a secret he’ll do anything to keep.

Nobleman Percival Avery is a member of Nelson’s Tea, an elite group whose members are first sons from every tier in society. Undercover, he disguises himself as a pirate to infiltrate the gang of cutthroats responsible for his sister’s death. But when his vessel attacks a merchantman with valuable cargo, Percy is forced to choose between vengeance and saving the life of his commander’s niece, Constance Danbury. Mutiny is sure to obliterate his well-laid plans. It also aligns him with the one woman sure to see through his disguise. Forced to play the fop by day to outwit his enemies, he masquerades as a rogue by night in order to avenge his sister’s death – and to win his true love’s heart.

Review:

Lady Constance Danbury is aboard the Octavia when it is attacked by pirates.  When the room that she and her governess are in is stormed by the band of pirates she immediately panics but won’t let her fear over take her back bone against the one-eyed pirate.  She is soon taken by this pirate who demonstrates that there are more facets to a pirate then what you see.  Captain Frink, who is the pirate captain, soon fights with the one-eyed pirate and mutiny soon follows.  Once Frink is dispatched and the one-eyed pirate is captain Constance is taken to the new captains bunk as his prize.

Percy Avery, aka Thomas Sexton, aka the one-eyed pirate immediately recognizes Lady Constance as his real captain’s niece.  So for her safety she is taken to his quarters where he thinks he can keep her safe.  The problem is that Percy finds Constance too much of a distraction and too appealing for someone such as himself.  While he is protecting Constance who can protect her from him.  Soon neither can resist and Constance gives Percy or Thomas the one gift a woman has to give in Regency England.  Percy knows that even after indulging in his pleasure with Constance they must part and never meet again.  This plan is nice but doesn’t work.  Both Constance and Percy need each other to solve mysteries that tie both of their families together.  When the smoke finally clears can Constance and Percy find what is real or will they be left with only empty half-truths.

This was quite a fun and entertaining read.  I really like indulging in a good Regency romance especially when there are pirates involved.  This one provides for all those readers out there who like a little adventure with your regency romance.  There aren’t as many dances but a lot more witty banter and word play amongst the characters.  I really loved both Constance and Percy.  They were definitely good for each other and evolved in a very believable way.  Besides the romance I also liked the little bit of intrigue that came along with book.  It was very reminiscent of Sally MacKenzie’s The Naked Viscount.  This book really reels you in and won’t let go until you feel like you are the one that was taken captive.  I really recommend this as a great beach read.

Coffee and a Review with Hearts in Barbed Wire by Linda Andrews

tumblr_lg99y6rYfX1qbokf9Sorry that today’s post is a day late.  Yesterday was my birthday and I didn’t have a chance to post with all the celebrating.  Never fear I have an awesome historical romance for you today.  Hearts in Barbed Wire by Linda Andrews is a love story set in the middle of World War I.  This is totally and completely unique to me.  I have read others that have been during WWII and more recently the Revolutionary War but this is definitely unique and shows a side of war-torn Europe during a time that America wasn’t as involved in the war as we will be during WWII.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Oh and if you’re wondering what a girl like me would want for a belated birthday gift…well that would be your vote for the June blogger of the month.  https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/104371-blogger-of-the-month-of-june

22573023Book Blurb:

Lieutenant Lucien Duplan is wounded and trapped behind German lines. To reach the Dutch border and freedom, he needs Madeline Thevenet—a woman who eases his pain but is destined to become a nun.

Aiding the man responsible for her parents’ death is the last thing Madeline wants to do. But to get her young brother safely to Holland, she will do anything to avoid being caught by the Germans and tried for treason, including putting her heart on the line.

Madeline and Luc must stay one step ahead of the enemy. But the war around them is nothing compared with the battle raging inside. For honor and duty demand one action; and love requires another.

Love’s Great War: Belgium, 1914

Review:

Madeline has returned home after being dismissed by the Germans from her nursing job.  She is unsure what she will find or if she will find anything at all.  What she finds is her family helping wounded soldiers.  This is being done with some great peril.  So, when Madeline comes home and is forced by her father to both promise to go into the convent and to help the soldiers she has no other choice.  When she leaves to retrieve another wounded soldier with the very handsome Luc.  As she returns with the soldier she finds her parents dead and her brother in a catatonic state.  Knowing the peril they are in Luc, Madeline and the others begin to try to make their way to Holland.  It is on this journey that both Madeline and Luc find more than war, loss and fear with each other.  But, can love withstand a war that is tearing their country apart or will they go their separate ways as they have intended to do so all along?

I really enjoyed this book.  It was definitely a unique setting with a wonderful love story.  It was completely believable and full of horrible truths that happened during this war.  Madeline is a wonderful character and definitely one you could see walking off the page and right into history texts.  Luc and his fellow soldiers are no slouches though.  They are captured very well with Linda Andrews’ story telling skills.  Overall, this is a shorter story but very fulfilling.  I enjoyed this immensely and would recommend it to anyone looking for a romance in a different setting.  Looking forward to reading more by Linda Andrews.

 

Fresh Face Friday: Betrayed Bride by Allison Knight

Happy Friday, folks!  I hope you all have had a great week.  I am gonna start your weekend off with a little intrigue.  Betrayed Bride by Allison Knight takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions.  You really feel what the characters feel and are drawn into their story.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a great weekend and don’t forget my giveaway is running until Sunday and please vote for The Book Maven for blog of the month.

20758409Book Blurb:

In the hospital they keep calling her Sam and telling her she’s married to Alex Porter but she doesn’t know this Alex. Then she discovers she’s lost more than a year of her life and Alex can’t, or won’t, tell her what happened. He refuses to let her see or talk to her father and there is also something very important about Samantha, she can’t remember.

Alex Porter can’t explain how Sam was either pushed or jumped from a moving car traveling away from him, or why Sam’s memory disappeared but he’s sure her father played a role. All he can do is offer support as she recovers and wait for her to come to him as she had before the accident, hoping against hope, Sam’s father has not ruined his marriage and driven away the woman he is starting to love.

Review:

Sam awakens to surroundings she isn’t familiar with and a constant beeping sound that just perpetuates the headache she has.  When nurses come in to see that she is awake they explain to her she is in the hospital.  Sam is very confused and doesn’t understand why her father isn’t anywhere to be found.  It is then that the doctor tells her she has been in the hospital for a couple of months and that she can ask her husband all the questions she needs answering.  This confuses Sam since she has never been married and has no clue who they are referring to.  Sam has lost over a year of her memory and even after being shown proof of her marriage is still skeptical.  Sam must try to regain the memories she lost and rebuild what she doesn’t remember having.  As Sam tries to do this more questions than answers pop up until she can regain her memory.  Can Sam start anew or will her memories or lack there of ruin what could be the love of her life?

This was quite an intriguing story.  I was a little unsure at first.  I didn’t really like her husband and I liked his assistant even less.  But, as the story went on and you could actually see Sam growing into the person she probably would have been without her father’s interference I grew to care about both Sam and Alex.  This is a story where getting amnesia and being forced to start anew was the best thing that could have happened to them.  Though the mystery of Sam’s memories is the most prominent part of the story, the romance and love that grows between Alex and Sam weaves its way into it quite nicely.  This is definitely a refreshing read.  Overall, I enjoyed the story once it got going.  You have to kind of bear with it for the first couple chapter then its full speed ahead until the last page.

Release Blitz: Cowboy Dreams by Kasey Milstead

 

 

Title: Cowboy Dreams
Series: Down Under Cowboy #3
Author: Kasey Millstead
 Release Date: June 16, 2014

 

My decision for moving from Sydney, NSW, to Pine Creek NT, was purely selfish…to begin with.

My best friend, Edie, had gone off on an adventure to find herself, and instead she’d found the love of her life. Not wanting to be left behind, I decided to follow her. I made this choice for a few reasons. First, I didn’t want to be without my best friend. Second, I’d slept with my boss, and trust me, once that happens, shit just gets awkward! And third, on a visit with Edie, I’d met a man.

Clay Forde.A hunk of Aussie, crocodile egg collecting, cowboy, badass, hotness.

We had a one-night stand…and then another one when I visited again.

Then, I found out I was pregnant.

So now, moving to the Northern Territory wasn’t just about me escaping the awkwardness at work, or tagging along with my best friend. It was about developing a relationship with a man I hardly knew, who I was about to have a baby with.

I’m loathe to admit it, but I’m scared and I’m nervous. But most of all, I’m petrified he’s going to reject me. Because even though our “relationship” so far has been limited to two sexual encounters, I can’t help the feelings that have taken root in my bones…feelings for Clay. And the worst part is, I don’t even know if he feels an inkling of what I do.

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Cowboy Dreams (Down Under Cowboy Series) is the 3rd instalment of the #1 Bestselling series. Each book can be read as a stand alone as each of books is about interconnecting characters and they all have happy ever afters. However, the author recommends they be read in order to avoid spoilers.

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Coffee and a Review with Lawless Love by Andrea Downing

coffee-and-kahlua-pots-de-creme-4Sorry this is so late today, but here it is for you late night coffee drinkers.  I’m gonna start your week off with a novella by Andrea Downing.  Lawless Love is a nice little western romance.  Definitely a nice start to your week.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a great week everyone.  Oh and don’t forget my giveaway I still have going on til Sunday.

18172090Book Blurb:

Lacey Everhart has carved out a tough existence in the wilds of 1880s Wyoming, working hard to build a secure life for herself and her younger brother, Luke. She will stop at nothing to protect what’s hers and keep them safe. Even if it means keeping a secret that could destroy their lives.

Marshal Dylan J. Kane is a man who considers everything as black and white, right or wrong. He’s never seen life any other way until he sets eyes on Lacey. Suddenly the straight and narrow that he’s followed has a few twists and turns. Loving Lacey offers the home life for which he hankers…but can he really love a woman who seems to be plain lawless?

Review:

Lacey has worked very hard to provide a life in the west for her and her brother.  When Marshal Dylan Kane waltzes into her life investigating a possible homicide and horse thievery Lacey is thrown for a loop.  Dylan finds he can’t help himself when it comes to Lacey.  Everything he has ever known is black and white, but when it comes to her there is so much gray.  Dylan must make some hard decisions when his case and Lacey’s life collide and she and her brother are suspects.  Will Dylan follow the black and white of the law or the gray of his heart?

I really liked this novella.  I think it was a very complete story for a novella.  The character development and story came full circle.  I really felt fulfilled with this story when it was finished.  I totally fell for Dylan and loved Lacey’s spunk.  Their was also an emotional level I wasn’t expecting with this story.  I think you will be surprised when you read this book.  It is definitely a novella you feel is a novel.  I can’t wait for Andrea Downing’s next western romance!

 

Fresh Face Friday: An Ecstatic Rendezvous by David Russell

Today I am going to start your weekend off with an erotic novel.  This will start your weekend off with some steam and lovely fantasies.

21778987Book Blurb:

A very handsome but shy man yearns to have a one-night stand with a sexy woman. One day he decided to step out of his comfort zone and gained enough courage to ask a girl out.

Review:

When a handsome yet shy guy decides its time to break out of his comfort zone and finally have a one-night stand he can’t wait.  His days of sculpting his body have finally allowed for him to find another person looking for just one time of ecstasy.   When the woman he finally asks out is equally interested in sharing a steamy night they both will come together to have one memorable time.

Ok…this book was a bit blah to me.  The language was a bit too academic for the type of story it was.  It felt very stilted and slowed down the story.  What had a lot of potential in being a sexy read ended up being a bit pretentious along with not as sexy as it could have been.  For instance, when describing the clothing they were wearing for this rendezvous they had on so many layers I didn’t even see how some of it was sexy.  It was a bit redundant.  The story had a lot of promise but I felt the language was unrealistic and not sexy or sensual at all.  This is probably one of the toughest reviews I’ve written but for a short story it fell very short for me.  Though I didn’t take to this novella doesn’t mean that you may not.  I’d give it a try if you are looking for an intellectual sexual story.

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