Review: From London with Love by Diana Quincy

Happy Friday!  Today I get to bring you a wonderful regency romance.  This is full of intrigue, romance and lots of naughty bits.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Emilia St. George is moments away from marrying the admired grandson of a duke when the man who once jilted her decides to kidnap her at the altar. It’s the second time in five years Hamilton Sparrow has ruined her wedding day, and Emilia isn’t about to forgive him. The mere sight of her ex-fiancé revives painful memories—and, most regrettably, aching desires that refuse to be ignored.

Scanning the guests at Emilia’s wedding, Sparrow spots a familiar face: an assassin he recognizes from his days as a spy in France. Whisking Emilia away, he’s pleasantly surprised by her newly formed curves. Could this be the same flame-haired slip of a girl once promised to Sparrow? And does the fop she still insists on marrying realize what a prize she is? True, Sparrow left Emilia at the altar. But he’s afraid that the only way to right that particular wrong is to risk the one thing he’s always guarded: his heart.

Review:

Emilia is only minutes from walking down the aisle and marrying a man that will make her future great.  That is until the man that jilted her years before kidnaps her to save her from an assassin. As Sparrow tries to find who is trying to kill Emilia he begins to find that the girl he once knew is completely different.  The closer the two come to finally discovering the mastermind, they also get closer to realizing what a mistake not getting married is.  But, can Sparrow leave his past in the past or will he willingly let Emilia go on to marry a man she doesn’t love just because he doesn’t want to lose his heart again?

I loved this regency romance.  The dialogue between Sparrow and Emilia was exciting and entertaining.  The story was engrossing and really takes the reader on a trip to a time when marriage was hardly ever for love and more for what the other person could provide.  Emilia and Sparrows affections for one another grew as the story did.  It was very organic. Overall, the story, intrigue, romance and London truly came alive within Diana Quincy’s story.  I can’t wait to read another. If you are looking for a book with a strong heroine and a hero that can clearly fill out his pantaloons then you want to pick this up for a great weekend read.

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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.

Review:

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: The Rogue’s Surrender (Nelson’s Tea #3) by Katherine Bone

Happy Friday!  I’m bringing to you a wonderful regency romance filled with spies and pirates.  A story like this will transport you back to the time of dukes, duchesses, Napoleon and French intrigues.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a wonderful weekend and keep your eyes open for more reviews on Saturday and Sunday.

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He’d become a beast only she could tame.

Marked for death! Lady Mercedes Vasquez Claremont has been betrayed by a member of Nelson’s Tea. Now her life is in the hands of the man she couldn’t save, a beast forged by Spanish hatred.

Lord Garrick Seaton, aka Captain Blade, is the only one who has a chance of pulling off a lifesaving mission. To do so, he must go to Spain and face memories of captivity and torture. But the fiery Spanish lady he seeks to rescue proves to be the greater threat. Can he protect his heart, or will she demand his complete surrender?

Review:

Garrick must return to Spain.  He wants to never have to return to the scene of where his greatest torture occurred.  Reluctantly he agrees to return to save a senorita that will save someone very important to Nelson’s Tea.  Mercy doesn’t expect to be kidnapped by the infamous Captain Blade.  Though she feels kidnapped, Garrick sees it as saving her life.  He continues to save her life and she will return her appreciation by saving more than one of Nelson’s Tea and using herself to try to capture an enemy to England.  Can Garrick and Mercy save England and their love for each other or will Napoleon and his revolution win?

This was a very exciting read.  Mercy and Garrick’s push and pull between each other was both intriguing and fun to be a part of.  I was captivated by the blend of intrigue and piracy.  That is truly what this story is about.  The romance between Mercy and Gerrick was sweet and not as important, but none the less you will want your own pirate by the end of the book.  This is not your typical regency romance.  Though there are stolen kisses and moments there isn’t a lot of bodice ripping action you look for in a novel such as this.  There is quite a bit of action and suspense to make up for the lack of romance.  Overall, though this wasn’t a typical regency romance it was still very entertaining and fun to read.

Review: Spy Fall by Diana Quincy

Happy 4th of July for those celebrating.  For everyone else, Happy Monday!  Today, we celebrate by having two reviews.  First up is Diana Quincy’s Spy Fall.  It is a bodice ripping, regency romance that will have you loving every moment.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Remember to come back later today for part two of the celebration.

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When a fiery French parachutist lands on a drunken Lord Cosmo Dunsmore, he surmises she’s an angel sent from above. But is she a spy after something far more sinister than his debauched soul?

A fearless parachutist is out of her depth…

Mari Lamarre is gaining fame for her daring aeronautic endeavors, but her riskiest adventure begins when she collides with the darkly charismatic son of the Marquess of Aldridge. If her mission succeeds, Cosmo’s father will be ruined.

A rakehell falls for a dangerous woman…

Surrendering to a fierce passion, the two embark on a torrid affair, even as Cosmo vows to protect his family at all costs. But in doing so, will he risk losing the captivating beauty who’s swept into his life and made off with his heart?

Review:

Mari Lamarre literally falls from the sky and lands on the very handsome Lord Cosmo Dunsmore.  Her aim couldn’t have been more perfect.  She is a parachutist with a hidden background.  Though she has ulterior motives being on the Marquess’ land she can’t help herself when she begins to fall for the heir.  Though she  knows he’s a rake and could really jeopardize her true mission she can’t help falling for him and falling into his bed.  But when all becomes known will she allow herself to risk everything or will the next fall be her last?

This was a truly fun read.  I do like a good regency romance and this one had a lot of sexy times, suspense, mystery and lots of regency propriety.  Spy Fall reminds me of the Naked series by Sally Mackenzie which happens to be one of my favorite in this genre.  Mari and Cosmo are the perfect characters in this book.  Mari is the the strong unique female for her times and Cosmo is the heir that doesn’t take anything but drink and women seriously.  This is truly a fantastically fun summer read.  If you are looking for a good bodice ripping novel for your vacation, look no further than Spy Fall by Diana Quincy.

Fresh Face Friday: Never Had a Dream Come True by Jennifer Wenn

Happy Friday!  I hope all of you have had a great week but if you haven’t I hope you are looking forward to a great weekend.  I am starting your weekend off with a fabulous regency romance by Jennifer Wenn.  Never Had a Dream Come True  is the second book by Jennifer Wenn.  If you read her first book A Family Affair you will see some familiar faces.  That being said you can read this as a standalone also.  So, if I have caught your fancy with this intro keep reading after the book blurb for my full review.  I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

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Lady Penelope de Vere has been in love with Rake for as long as she can remember, daydreaming over him constantly. But as her debut in the ton comes closer, she decides to finally let go of her silly childhood dream and accept someone else’s wish to court her, someone who appreciates a quiet, book-filled life as she does. She wants marriage and, despite all the hints she throws his way, Rake only wants a mistress…she thinks.

Lord Richard Darling has known Penny since she was a child and not once thought of her as anything but his niece’s best friend and a very convenient scone-fetcher. That is, not until he happens upon her swimming in the lake at Chester Park dressed only in her thin chemise. A most eligible bachelor with a libertine reputation, he suddenly finds the girl he’s always appreciated has turned into a woman he could love forever. So why won’t she accept his proposal?

Review:

Penny has been in love with Rake for her whole life.  Rake has looked at Penny like a little sister until he caught her swimming and he realized what a woman she has grown to become.  Once Penny realizes that Rake is now interested in her she knows she must guard her heart against the well-known womanizer.  Rake doesn’t give up easily.  Even after Penny agrees to court a more sensible man she is still madly in love with Rake and knows she always will.  Penny must decide whether she wants the life she has always dreamt of or a much more sensible one.

I really liked this book.  It was a quick read and my two favorite characters from A Family Affair are back with their own story.  Penny and Rake are well written and become very intense once things start heating up.  The story and the ill-mannered way that Penny is treated by her own family adds a bit of intrigue to a typical Regency Romance.  Though this may ring as a typical Regency romance I find that Jennifer Wenn’s characters and story-lines are still catching and draw in the reader.  This is the second book with these characters but you don’t have to read them in a series.  I suggest you do because both are great stories.  Overall, this is another winner by Jennifer Wenn.

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.

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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.

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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.

Guest Post and Review: The Letter by Sandra Owens

Today I am lucky enough to hand over the reigns to Sandra Owens.  She is the author of a wonderful Regency Romance called The Letter.  It is a wonderful story with amazing characters.  You can’t help fall in love with both.  Be sure to check out my review after Sandra’s take over.  So, without any other babbling from myself I am handing you over to Sandra Owens!

Hello, I’m Sandra Owens, author of THE LETTER and THE TRAINING OF A MARQUESS. I’m honored to be invited to guest post today. I write both historical and contemporary romance. Although I love both, there is something about the Regency period that fascinates me.

The Regency era lasted from 1811 to 1820, not a very long span of years. Plenty of time, however, for the men and women of that period to create many scandals. In THE LETTER, my heroine, Diana, is unknowingly embroiled in a scandal the night before her wedding to the man she loved that resulted in her being married to an evil man. As THE LETTER is a romance, Diana does get her happily ever after with Michael.

Without doubt, truth is better than fiction applies to this time in history. For those nine years, it was a contradiction of strict rules and anything goes…as long as you weren’t caught, especially if you were a woman. Unless their disgrace was beyond unforgivable, in most cases men could weather a scandal. Women, rarely. Often, when their deeds came to light, their fathers or husbands would send the woman in question to one of their country estates, out of public view. Out of sight, out of mind, at least, that was the hope.

There are so many delicious true scandals of that time to inspire a writer searching for ideas. Diana’s story is fiction, but my favorite true scandal of the Regency era is that of Caroline Lamb and Lord Byron.

Born Carolyn Ponsonby, she married William Lamb, the second son of an earl and eventually Prime Minister. They had one child, a son deemed mentally defective, but in today’s terms might have been classified as autistic. At first, Carolyn and William’s marriage appeared idyllic. It was not to last, however.

At the age of twenty-six, Caroline met the then twenty-four year old poet, Lord Bryon, the sixth Baron Bryon, a man rumored for his many affairs, including an incestuous liaison with his half-sister.

After seeing Lord Byron, Caroline wrote in her diary, “That beautiful pale face will be my fate.”  And so, he was. I doubt when she wrote those words, she had the slightest idea how true they would prove to be.

Lord Byron was Caroline’s tortured hero, he of the cherub face and lame leg. Sadly, he tired of her before she was ready to give him up. Her antics after receiving his letter ending the affair were to the extreme, such as dressing up as a man to stalk him and building a bonfire to burn all his gifts and letters. At one point in her attempt to win Byron back, she even sent him a letter, enclosing her pubic hair. When society shunned her, her husband sent her to Ireland.

Yet, as she lay dying, her husband, William, returned to her side. Don’t think he was all that heroic as he’d had numerous affairs of his own. Still, some of her last words were to ask for William, and one must wonder how great their life might have been if only they’d turned to each other instead of others in their search for happiness.

The scandal of Carolyn and Lord Byron was just one of many from an era of excess and debauchery, but I believe with all my heart that there was true love to be found amidst all the self-indulgence, such as that of Michael and Diana in THE LETTER.

Thank you for inviting me here today. I’ve enjoyed it immensely.

Sandra Owens

www.sandra-owens.com

The Letter:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C1IHMGY

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THE LETTER is the story of a betrayal that wasn’t. Even so, it still tore apart two lovers for eleven years.

On the eve of their wedding, Michael Jeffres, Earl of Daventry, found his betrothed— the woman who meant as much to him as the air he breathed—in bed with his cousin, Leo. Diana remembers nothing of that night. All she knows is that she was forced to marry Leo and then spent the next eleven years in hell.

When the two lovers are brought back together by a letter from Leo a year after his death, Michael and Diana must struggle through all the lies and secrets before they can find a love that far surpasses the one of their youth.

Review:

The Letter is a fantastically addictive Regency romance.  It’s a wonderful story that begins with a letter sent from beyond the grave to turn the worlds of both Michael and Diana upside down.  The undercurrents of trauma and recovery is wonderfully woven within the story of a love regained.  Michael and Diana are the quintessential couple.  She must regain who she once was after a horrifically abusive marriage that, if it weren’t for the trickery of Michael’s cousin Leo, she wouldn’t ever have been in.  It isn’t just the characters of Diana and Michael though.  It’s the story of a journey that both must make to come to where they should have been if it weren’t for evil in the world.  I also adored many of the supporting characters such as Jamie, Derebourne and Aubry.  They were colorful and added wonderfully to the story instead of weighing it down.  Overall, I would recommend this book to all those who love a good Regency romance.  It is definitely one you must get your hands on.  After you read it, you will be like Michael and Diana and hope that there are windows in Hell.

I’d like to thank Sandra Owens for stopping by today and talking about her favorite Regency scandal.   I’d also like to thank ABG Reads Book Tours for giving me this stop on the tour.  For more information about Sandra you can visit her website mentioned above.  If you’d like to learn more about The Letter you can go to Amazon, Barnes and Noble or any other book retailer.

Author Bio:

Sandra lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Most days, you can find her with her fingers on a keyboard, her mind in the world of her imagination. It’s a land where romance and happy endings exist, a land where anything is possible.

When her husband can drag her away from her computer, she likes to travel with her very own hero in their RV, but she always brings her laptop. There are still stories to write, after all.

A few highlights of Sandra’s life she fondly recalls are jumping out of a plane, flying upside down in a stunt plane, and riding her Harley in the mountains of Southern California and along the coast of Maine. She’s managed a private airport and held the position of General Manager of a Harley-Davidson dealership.

Although those events in her life were great fun, nothing compares to the joy and satisfaction she gets from writing her stories.

 

Review: Bedding Lord Ned by Sally MacKenzie

I finished yet another book on my Summer reading list.  Sally MacKenzie’s newest book Bedding Lord Ned is the first in her Duchess of Love series. This is Sally MacKenzie’s first series following her Naked Nobility series.

In Bedding Lord Ned we meet Ned and Ellie.  Lord Edward or Ned is finally ready to remarry after 4 years of mourning his wife and child.  Ellie has secretly lusted after Ned since they were children.  Even after Ned married her best friend she hid in the shadows avoiding any possible suitors while still pining after Ned.  She stood by and helped him get through his mourning of his love.  This is the year Ellie has decided that she is too old to hope for Ned to see her as anything other than a friend.  She wants children and is desperate enough to marry anyone.  So, Ellie has decided to use the house party held by the Duchess of Love, also known as Ned’s mother, to find a man who will give her children.  The Duchess of Love is a well-known and successful matchmaker.  She has decided to ensure that both Ned and Ellie find who they are looking for no matter what. This conniving matchmaker has more than one trick up her sleeves that will allow both Ned and Ellie to find out the depth of real love and how after loss love is still very possible.

I adore Sally MacKenzie’s books.  She knows how to weave a good Regency romance with humor and a little bit of sex mixed in.  Ned and Ellie are excellent characters to start a new series with.  I think the ways the Duchess came up with to push and pull with her guests was phenomenal.  I especially loved Lord Reginald and his stealing of personal items.  For just being a cat he had a very important role in the story.  I know this book is only one of a trilogy.  I can’t wait to see what she has planned for Jack and Ash.  No matter what it is sure to be an excellent story.

For more on Bedding Lord Ned by Sally MacKenzie go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

Lounging by the Kiddie Pool (My Top 10 Summer Re-Reads)

One of the main points of summer is relaxation, vacation and letting the winter blues float away on waves of summer sun and fun.  For me, summer forces a choice between reading new books and/or  re-reading some of my favorite books.  I can never choose between the two so I do both.  I read a new book then to almost do a sort of cleansing I re-read a book that I have read many times already.  The upside to doing this is you get the excitement of the new book/author but also get to be re-acquainted with previous enjoyable stories.

Choosing what to re-read is one of the biggest challenges.  Sometimes for me it’s just a matter of what kind of mood I am in.  But, for the most part there are certain books I tend to gravitate to when I need to read something that feels like new each time but I have the comfort of knowing what is going to happen and know the characters like they are old friends. One of the many upsides of the summer re-read is that you don’t have to go in series order.  If your favorite book is not the first one it is not necessary to re-read all of them to get to your favorite.  It’s the summer go crazy and start in the middle.  This was a hard list to come up with because I have a lot of books that I could put in this category.  But, I figured I would pick some lesser known authors to include in the list to introduce to a wider audience.  Plus, they are really good and should get noticed!

10.  Juliet by Anne Fortier-This is a unique twist on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  I enjoy the jumping from the past to present and connections between the past characters and the present ones.  Plus, who doesn’t like a good Romeo and Juliet type of story.

 

 

9.  The Mating by Nicky Charles-This is one of the best free books I have ever come across.  The author publishes her own books so you have to take some of the editing with a grain of salt and just focus on the writing.  She reinvents the idea of werewolves and make it seem very believable.

 

 

8.  Lover Reborn (Black dagger Brotherhood #10) by J.R Ward-This is the 10th book in the Blackdagger Brotherhood Series.  This book focuses on Tohrment and No’One/Autumn.  I feel the need to re-read this one because I read it so fast the first time through I don’t think I got everything I wanted and needed.  Plus, for those BDB fans out there…I need my Qhuinn and Blay fix.

 

 

7.  Darkfever (Fever Series #1) by Karen Marie Moning-We meet MacKayla Lane from Ga in this first book in the Fever Series.  You quickly fall for her as she discover’s who she is and why she is being hunted.  All the while she is searching for the killer of her sister. But for those familiar with the Fever Series all I really have to say about this is…BARRONS!!!

 

 

6.  Marked (Eternal Guardians #1) by Elisabeth Naughton-Marked is the first in Elisabeth Naughton’s Eternal Guardians series. You are introduced to the Guardians, but this book focuses on their leader Theron.  If you like Greek mythology with a twist you will like this series.  The story is fast paced and an excellent beginning to a wonderful series.

 

 

5.  The Naked Viscount by Sally Mackenzie-This is definitely my favorite in Sally Mackenzie’s Naked Series.  You won’t find two better Characters than Jane and Edmund.  She is headstrong and he just doesn’t know what hits him when she does.  It’s a really fun Regency romance.

 

 

4.  A Certain Wolfish Charm by Lydia Dare-I really like all of Lydia Dare’s books.  This is the first in her series with the Westfield brothers.  Once you meet them you will be coming back for more.    Simon is brutish and Lily doesn’t put up with his act.  All the while you throw in some paranormal (werewolves) and its a unique Regency Paranormal Romance.  Not many of those out there!

 

 

3.  Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey-If you like Carly Philips’ books you will like Shannon Stacey.  There writing is similar and very cute.  This is a nice fresh read especially between books.  Her characters are funny and very relatable which helps the story move very fast.  I would recommend all of her books, but this one in particular is my favorite.

 

 

2.  Shadow Bound by Erin Kellison-This book has to be my all-time favorite book that I found for free.  It is definitely a different take on Death (Grim Reaper) and the idea that he falls in love and has a child.  This story is about the child and the powers she has.  The characters are well-formed and the story is very well thought out leading us to believe there is a continuing story.  Adam and Talia are unforgettable characters that will leave you wanting more or to just go back and read about them all over again.

 

1.  A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness-Not much more I can say about Matthew and Diana that I haven’t already said in my book review.  There story is epic and since there continuation in Shadow of Night is coming out I have to re-acquaint myself with all the nuances of the story so they are fresh for the next one.

 

 

If any of these books interest you I would suggest going over to Amazon or Barnes and Noble to see the actual overviews of that book.  Also, if you haven’t read the series I wouldn’t always suggest jumping into the middle.  It could be confusing and possibly turn you off of a good series.

For more information about any of these books, series or authors please go to Amazon, Barnes and Noble or your local retail book seller.  You may also ask me if you have any specific questions.  Happy Reading!!

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Eternal Guardians by Elisabeth Naughton Dark-Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter Lords of Deliverance by Larissa Ione discovery of witches love at stake
The Fallen Angels by J.R. Ward Fairy Tales by Eloisa James Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost Fever by Karen Marie Moning Guild Hunter by Nalini Singh Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews
Mercedes Thompson by Patricia Briggs Midnight Breed by Lara Adrian The Hollows by Kim Harrison Witch by Carolyn MacCullough westfield wolves
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