Review: My Rogue, My Ruin by Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan

Happy Thursday!  Today I get to bring to you  fantastic historical romance.  This has all the intrigue of robin hood and the sexy hero from a regency  romance wrapped into one engaging story.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a great rest of your week.

mrmr_1600About MY ROGUE, MY RUIN

“Smart and fast-paced with plenty of steam! This writing duo is a powerhouse of talent!” – New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan

He stole their riches, she stole his heart  

The Marquess of Hawksfield’s lineage is impeccable and his title coveted, but Archer Croft is as far from his indulgent peers as he can get. His loathing for the beau monde has driven him to don a secret identity and risk everything in order to steal their riches and distribute them to the less fortunate.

Lady Briannon Findlay embraces her encounter with the Masked Marauder, a gentleman thief waylaying carriages from London to Essex. The marauder has stirred Brynn’s craving for adventure, and she discovers an attraction deeper than the charming thief’s mask.

Brynn is a revelation, matching Archer in intelligence, wit, and passion. Stubborn and sensuous in equal measure, she astonishes him at every turn, but when someone sinister impersonates Archer’s secret personality, and a murder is committed, Archer begins to think he doesn’t stand a fighting chance without her.


Lady Briannon has a shocking experience with a roguish highwayman that robs her and her family on their way to a ball.  Her connection to him is something she can’t quite place.  Archer Croft, the Marquess of Hawksfield, didn’t expect to see the now grown up Lady Briannon when he robbed their coach.  Her defiance intrigues him and soon she winds her way into his every day thoughts.  Soon his secret is found out and someone is taking it upon themselves to act as his alter ego of the Masked Marauder.  The problem is they aren’t taking from the rich for the poor and they are hurting people in a way he wouldn’t dream.  When he thinks Lady Briannon knows about him he finds himself linked as the two of them try to uncover the mystery and find who is doing such harm.  While they are forced together, they begin to find they are attracted to each other in ways they haven’t anticipated.  Will they be able to solve this mystery and keep their hearts apart or will they finally give in and open themselves up to a happily ever after with each other?

I really loved this romance.  Historical and Regency romances are one of my favorites to read.  The robin hood aspect of this story really added depth to a story that could have been just another bodice ripping story.  That’s not to say there wasn’t any bodice ripping.  There is definitely some very steamy scenes in this book.  One of the best aspects of this book was the anticipation.  Their aren’t many steamy scenes but the sexual tension every time Archer and Brynn are in a scene together really makes the story go.  You can’t wait until they finally have their first kiss and then it just builds until finally they are together.  This is definitely not a fall into bed with each other kind of book.  Another great part of this book was the mystery and intrigue surrounding the Masked Marauder.  This added level of excitement to an already great story.  I truly look forward to the next book I get to read from Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan.

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About Amalie Howard

AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.

She is the award-winning author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller, and the sequel, Bloodcraft, was a national silver IPPY medalist. She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children.

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About Angie Morgan

Angie is the author of several critically acclaimed young adult and middle grade books written under two other names (Page Morgan and Angie Frazier), and is now thrilled to be taking a much-anticipated leap into the world of adult romance. My Rogue, My Ruin is the first of three books in her new Lords of Essex series, co-written with good friend and fellow author, Amalie Howard. Angie lives in New Hampshire with her husband, their three daughters, and a menagerie of pets.

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Review: Camulus: Gods of the Highlands, Book One by Bambi Lynn

Welcome to Friday!  Today I am bringing to you a short book by Bambi Lynn.  This is a Highland romance that incorporates Gods and mortals alike.  Though a short read this is one that I thoroughly enjoyed and can’t wait for the next in the series. Keep reading after the book blurb.  Be sure to pick up a good book this weekend.

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Camulus Vass wants a simple life, absent the power and responsibility that can consume a man. But being laird of a clan as large as the Munro does not offer such luxury. Always under the domineering heel of his uncle, Cam has allowed himself to become a pawn. But the arrival of a mysterious newcomer awakens a beast within him that will not be tamed.

Màili has been given the task of rooting out the spawn of an ancient god. It’s the only way to take her revenge against the man who betrayed her. But getting what she wants means taking the life of the man she loves. Will her hunger for a mortal man wreak further havoc on her already bleak future?


Cam Vass is a laird that only wants a simple life.  When Maili comes into this life as the maid to his cousin/fiancee it makes his life much more challenging.  All he wants is to be with her.  He can’t stop himself from wanting her more than anything, but he knows that his uncle is devious and if he knew of his feelings for her would hurt her.  What Cam doesn’t know is that Maili is a fallen Goddess that is on a quest for revenge.  But, if she succeeds in her quest she will kill the man she loves.  Will Maili choose love or revenge?

This was a very enjoyable read.  I always love a good highland romance. But, when that romance has the added twist of the paranormal it adds some excitement.  Cam and Maili were very interesting interesting characters.  That being said, I wished this story had a bit more too it.  I thought the story was well written and entertaining but definitely left me with some questions that I wish had more in depth answers than what was given .  Overall, a good book and I look forward to reading another from Bambi Lynn.

Review: Somewhere down the Road by Mary Eleanor Wilson

Hi Everyone!  I hope you are all having a wonderful week.  Today I am bringing to you a wonderful historical romance.  This is a Civil War romance that really illustrates the feelings of both the Yankees and the Rebs.  Adding the element of romance, creates a story that you don’t want to put down until you are done.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a great rest of the week and for those of you who get to celebrate Labor Day, I hope you have a great one.

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When the Civil War tears her family apart, Tassie Folden must journey from her Tennessee home to a new life with her aunt in Cincinnati. When she runs into trouble in dangerous territory, she is aided by a handsome Union officer. When their paths cross again, Tassie begins to wonder if her future might include him. But Major Micah Corchoran is the most secretive man she’s ever met. What is he hiding? And how can they have a future together if he won’t trust her?

Micah Corchoran uses his position in the Union Army to aid in a dangerous and secretive cause. Returning home from the war, he again encounters the lovely Southern belle he aided on the road. He’s already fallen for Tassie, but loving her could put his family at risk. Can he trust her with his secret?

When his secret comes to light and the schemes of a blackmailer are exposed, Tassie hopes her journey is complete. Does her future lie here or somewhere down the road?


Tassie has lost everything.  With both her parents gone and her brother unaccounted for she must go to Cincinnati to live with her Aunt.  The journey is dangerous and along the way she must face Union soldiers, robbers, runaway slaves and sickness.  But, she also encounters a family she will fall in love with.  Not only the family but the very handsome union soldier that is all too familiar to her.  As her life becomes more entwined with this family she must make decisions that could change her world forever and put her in grave danger.  Can Tassie survive a world in turmoil and save her own heart or will she lose not only her heart but her soul to a world ravaged by war?

This was a fantastic historical romance.  I loved Tassie.  Her place in a world that didn’t allow for young women on their own was refreshing.  She was strong-willed and independent at a time when that as a liability instead of a strength.  Her story is woven so seamlessly with the history going on around her.  When she falls in love, like all women in her time, she feels it can be forever, but the challenges she faces seem insurmountable.  Her character is so relatable even though it is another time.  Many women today would have made some of the same choices she makes with a lot more resources than what she has in this era.  Overall, Mary Eleanor Wilson writes an unforgettable story about history, love and strength. The strength it takes to love at all costs, the strength it takes to stand by your convictions when you’re the only one and the strength to be yourself in a dangerous world.

Review: A Love by Any Measure by Killian McRae

Happy Thursday everyone!  Today I have the great pleasure of bringing to you a great historical novel.  A Love by Any Measure is set in Ireland in the mid 1800’s.  This is definitely a love story that you fear will never come to be.  A wonderful historical that illustrates love can overcome even the widest of expanses.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope all of you are having a wonderful week so far.

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An Irish lass. An English lord.
A love that overcomes all boundaries, but at what cost?

Lord August Grayson, English landlord, has secretly, and much to the dismay of his father, held in reverence the object of his first fancy: poor Irish tenant Maeve O’Connor. Returning to Ireland for the first time since his youth, August discovers that Maeve has grown into a woman of beauty and tenacity. He understands, however, that he could offer Maeve nothing but shame if her pursued her. But when circumstances allow him an opportunity to indulge his fancy, even if only in a limited scope, August finds himself unable to resist the temptation.

Maeve,for her part, knows the danger falling for August holds, but finds her heart and her good senses becoming confused the longer she spends in his company. As two hearts become hopelessly entangled, both Maeve and August are forced to question the costs of their love. As consequences of their romance manifest, both struggle with the pain and difficulties their love causes, both for themselves and those who care for them.


August and Maeve knew each other since they were both small and life was simpler.  Unfortunately, many years later they are reunited when he is now the Lord and Maeve is still only a tenant on his land.  When Maeve goes to him to negotiate terms of payment August devises another plan.  He knows he wants her and must have her but his title and her station prevent that so he plans to use this to love her the only way he can.  This began as just a ruse to get a few kisses and be done but they both don’t plan for what their hearts have in store.  Can August and Maeve overcome the world they live in or will their love slip through their fingers?

I will be honest this was a difficult book to begin.  I felt it had a slow start and a bit confusing as to where it was going.  That being said I ended up falling for this book.  The love story has a bit of a Romeo and Juliet kinda feel.  Though it spans many years, Killian McRae does a fantastic job pulling it all together.  You will become entrenched with the lives of Maeve and August.  These two characters are so different but made for each other.  When the trials that test their love come crashing down it is their character that helps to bind them.  The vivid landscape of Ireland and then eventually America helps to paint the world that they lived in and that unto itself lends the reader to understand the motivations behind the characters.  Overall, this is a great historical romance that I would recommend to anyone…even those who are not fans of historical romance.  I can’t wait to read another by Killian McRae.

Promo: Predestined Hearts by Kelly Elliot and Kristin Mayer

This week I am going to have a lot of celebrations for new books.  We are starting off today with Predestined Hearts by Kelly Elliot and Kristin Mayer.  I know this book looks too good to resist.  So, help me celebrate with them on the release of Predestined Hearts.


Love has existed since the beginning of time. For Ashlin Thomas, love was an illusion that she desperately wanted to make a reality.

Returning home to Savannah, after her aunt’s death, Ashlin must deal with the harsh realities life has dealt her.

As Ashlin begins sorting through her aunt’s personal effects, she stumbles upon a journal. Not just any journal, but the words of her great great great grandmother, Sophia.

Two love stories intertwine with each other as Ashlin reads the beautiful words, written over a hundred years ago.

The intense connection Ashlin feels with Sophia begins to allow her to find herself. Never thinking love was possible for her, Ashlin now sees it is within her grasp.

But, life is never perfect. Life is never fair.

When faced with the decision that could change Ashlin’s future … will she sacrifice one love for another, or will her predestined heart lead her home?



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A light rap on the counter brought my attention to the man in front of me. He had dark-brown hair that was tousled about in disarray. His warm brown eyes melted through me. The five o’clock shadow from the stubble on his face showcased his strong jaw line. He was sinfully gorgeous and I could feel my insides turn all gooey from the sight of him in front of me.

My mouth was dry as he looked at me expectantly. In that moment, it was as if something within me altered and changed. I couldn’t explain it.

Get it together, Ashlin.

“I’m sorry. It’s been a long day. Can you repeat what you said?” My voice came out fairly normal, which I was proud of, versus the crazy energy I felt pulsating within me.

He gave a gentle look; it wasn’t cocky or knowing, but only sweet. “Is there anything I can get you?”

Smiling back, I responded, “I’ll have the beef stew and a water.”

“Good choice. Coming right up.” He rapped his knuckles on the counter as he walked off to the left.

I wasn’t paying attention to how his white shirt was rolled up to his elbows. Nope. And I wasn’t paying attention to how his khaki pants hugged him in all the right places. Nope. And I for sure wasn’t staring at him as if he would be sex on a stick. Nope.

Seriously get it together, Ashlin. My life has turned inside out and the last thing I need to be thinking about is sex.

The man turned back toward me and I looked up at the television screen that was above, hoping I wasn’t caught ogling the bartender. I need a life, seriously. Time passed and before I knew it, a steaming bowl of beef stew with a little plate of bread was set in front of me.

It smelled delicious. “Thank you.”

The bartender smiled. I glanced back to my stew as I ate.

He responded, “You’re welcome.”

Taking a bite, it was one of the most delicious stews I had ever tasted. I moaned in appreciation.

“It’s that good, eh?”

I licked my lips and felt heat creep up on my face. Not realizing I had closed my eyes, I tentatively opened them and glanced at the bartender, who was looking at me more intensely than before. “Oh, I did not mean to do that out loud.” Picking up my napkin, I dabbed the corner of my mouth. “Give my complements to the chef. It’s incredible. I’d love to get the recipe.”

He leaned on the counter. “I’ll let the chef know. I know him pretty well, and I’d say if he could get that type of reaction out of every beautiful woman who ate the stew, he’d serve it all the time versus only on special occasions.”

The bartender moved a little closer to me and I smiled at his playful face while wanting to reach out and trace that devastatingly handsome jaw line. Conspiringly, he whispered, “I’ve heard that the recipe is a family secret. You’d have to marry the chef in order to get it.”

I giggled as he winked at me. “Okay, if I get that desperate to have it, I’ll know to bring a ring and my bended knee.”

He chuckled and stood. “So, what brings you to Savannah?”

“Is this where I lay all my troubles on the line for the bartender to listen and give advice?” I teased with him as I cocked my head.

He shrugged as he mixed a drink. The bar was otherwise vacated except one person at the end who nursed a beer. “I happen to listen and give advice for free on Wednesday’s.”

My smile was wide. There was something magnetic about this man and I didn’t want our conversation to end. “Well, it’s a good thing


Gazing around the room, I searched for Daniel. My father and mother were busy talking to Mr. and Mrs. Stowe along with two other couples, whom I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing. A young gentleman had been talking my ear off and I was in desperate need of fresh air.

Turning to him, I asked, “Will you please excuse me? I am in need of some fresh air.”

“Shall I join you?” he asked.

I quickly shook my head. “No. No, that will not be necessary. I have a slight headache and need some time alone.”

Nodding his head, he smiled and took a step back, giving me a quick bow. Returning the polite gesture, I began toward the kitchen. One look over my shoulder showed my mother watching me intently. I’m sure she was distressed at the idea of me wandering off and being late to sit down for dinner.

Somehow managing to find my way to the back gardens, I smiled and inhaled a deep breath. All I smelled were azaleas. I walked along the cobblestone pathway that intertwined among Magnolia trees and some of the most amazing flowers I’d ever seen. My mother would be green with envy were she to lay her eyes upon this colorful garden.

“It goes on forever,” I whispered.

“One can easily get lost back here.”

I stopped the moment I heard his voice. Closing my eyes, I placed my gloved hands on my stomach to calm the butterflies. Inhaling a deep breath through my nose, I slowly blew it out as I turned to face him.

  1. His eyes widened and he licked his lips. I raised the corner of my mouth and bowed slightly. Daniel walked up to me and smiled, causing my knees to shake. For a moment, it felt as if the earth was moving and I fought to stand upright.

He took a step closer to me as his eyes moved about my face. When they landed on my lips, I instinctively licked them. His eyes were ablaze with fire. I took a step back as he took another step forward. My breathing increased as I felt something I’d never felt before.




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Kelly Elliott is married to a wonderful Texas cowboy who has a knack for making her laugh almost daily and supports her crazy ideas and dreams for some unknown reason…he claims it’s because he loves her!

She’s also a mom to an amazing daughter who is constantly asking for something to eat while her fingers move like mad on her cell phone sending out what is sure to be another very important text message.

In her spare time she loves to sit in her small corner overlooking the Texas hill country and write.

One of her favorite things to do is go for hikes around her property with Gus….her chocolate lab and the other man in her life, and Rose, her golden retriever. When Kelly is not outside helping the hubby haul brush, move rocks or whatever fun chore he has in store for her that day, you’ll find her inside reading, writing or watching HGTV.

Kristin Mayer is a wife, a proud mother, and a full-time Analyst and Import Manager.
Since an early age, she has always enjoyed reading and writing. While visiting
her father one weekend, he suggested that she should take up writing again.
With family and a career, she didn’t give it a lot of thought, until a story
entered her mind and wouldn’t leave. It just kept forming and developing over a
couple of months.
At the beginning of 2013, she decided to sit down and write it all down, but she kept
it to herself. One sentence developed into two, and before she knew it, she had
the makings of a novel.
Kristin tries to live life to the fullest during every moment. She loves to travel and
meet new people. She holds a degree in International Business and uses it daily
in her job. Kristin now adds “author” on her list of jobs, and feels very
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Review: Trail of Kisses by Merry Farmer

Today I have the great privilege of reviewing another great historical romance by Merry Farmer.  Trail of Kisses takes us on a journey from Missouri to Denver City.  With all the hazards of the wagon train and the cross-country travel that the mid 1800’s, this story weaves those realities with a love story that is very natural and heartwarming.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Someone is trying to kill Lynne Tremaine. After her father sentences two members of The Briscoe Boys gang to death, Judge Tremaine feels he has no choice but to send Lynne to Denver City along the Oregon Trail to live with her Uncle George…against her will. For Lynne, the only thing worse than being sent away to the wild west is making the journey with the handsome, arrogant, wicked man her uncle has hired to escort her. Especially when the anger she feels toward him begins to turn to something hotter.

Cade Lawson is determined to prove himself to his employer, George Tremaine, after letting him down months earlier. But what he thought would be his second chance may, in fact, be a harsh punishment for his past mistakes. Lynne is headstrong, fiery, and determined to show him she is fearless. She is also beautiful and tempting, and when Cade sees just how afraid she really is underneath her brave act, he may be in danger of losing his heart to her forever. When her would-be killer attacks, it’s all he can do to keep Lynne safe.

He swore to protect her, but who will protect him from her?


Lynne is being sent away from all she loves.  She and her family are being threatened and her father decides to keep her safe by sending her away.  With her is her protector Cade.  Cade is meant to keep her safe at all costs.  What Cade doesn’t realize is that Lynne is not some wilting flower.  She is independent and adamantly refuses to adhere to anything he says.  It is Lynne’s tenacity that also attracts Cade and soon they both find their attraction is undeniable.  As their love grows Cade vows to protect Lynne but what he doesn’t realize is there is a very dangerous snake in their midst that threatens their happily ever after.

This was another great historical romance by Merry Farmer.  I loved the characters and the story.  They were both compelling and entertaining.  Lynne’s independent nature resonates with a very modern woman and of course Cade’s very alpha male will attract any woman with a working dirty mind.  The back drop of a wagon train going across the country and the stories of those who chose to travel using one was a great setting.  It is fairly historically accurate and brings to life the struggles of those who lived in those times.  Overall, this is fantastic historical romance that will definitely warm up any cold nights this Christmas season.

Review: In Your Arms by Merry Farmer

Today I am bringing to you a wonderful historical romance.  In Your Arms is both captivating in the the romance and in the historical significance of the story.   The characters are engaging and well-written.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all are having a great week.

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Lily Singer has never belonged. Taken from her tribe as a child and raised in a white man’s school, she no longer has a place in either world. Teaching has become her life. When that life is threatened by rumors and prejudice after a string of robberies, she must turn for help to the one man who spells disaster for her carefully ordered existence. Will he save her or steal her heart?

Christian Avery, Justice of the Peace, is used to having things his way. Cold Springs is his responsibility, and when its citizens blame the local Indian population for the mysterious robberies, it’s up to him to restore order and maintain calm. The one person who refuses to follow his lead is the beautiful, native-born Lily. Her defiance turns his life upside down and ravages his heart.

But when town gossip shifts from robberies to romance after a foolish indiscretion, Lily’s job and reputation are on the line. She must choose between the only life she has ever known and the only place she has ever felt at home, in Christian’s arms


Christian Avery has been a thorn in Lily Singer’s side ever since she became the teacher in Cold Springs.  He is constantly challenging her and her progressive views.  But, its not just Christian she must fight.  Her heritage and skin color is a challenge for many to accept.  So, when robberies start happening and the local Indians are being pegged as the perpetrators Lily is thrust into a political climate that could end with her losing her job.  As the turmoil progresses so does her relationship with Christian.  Their spark becomes a flame in more ways than one.  But, can their love save her, her job and the town or will it just leave ashes behind?

I really loved this story.  I’m a sucker for a good historical romance and this is definitely one of those.  I loved Christian and Lily.  Their fiery relationship was great.  I loved that Lily didn’t just fall all over herself around Christian and Christian didn’t pull punches (verbal) when he sparred with Lily.  I think another great level to this book was the historical significance of interracial marriage between native Americans and whites during this time period.  In today’s day and age I think we forget how tumultuous loving someone who didn’t look like you effected not just your relationship but those around you and quite possibly your livelihood.   This aspect is beautifully portrayed.  Overall, I think this was a fantastic novel and now I’d like to go back and read more by Merry Farmer.  I know once you pick this up you won’t let it go until the final page is turned. 

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