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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Super Sunday Review 2: The Loyal Heart by Merry Farmer

Here is your second dose of Super Sunday.  This is a wonderful story that takes the Robin Hood story and spins it on its head.  It was highly enjoyable and entertaining.  This is yet another great book by Merry Farmer.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

12774574Book Blurb:

Lady Aubrey has a problem. Several problems. Her childhood love, Ethan, has returned home from the Crusades, but he’s more interested in winning his land back than wooing her. She has to rescue a pair of nuns who are being held prisoner in Derby Castle’s tower by the sadistic Sheriff Buxton. And to top it all off, she’s developing scandalous feelings for Buxton’s lackey, the dark and devilish Crispin. Faced with all that what’s a girl to do but don her disguise as the Derbywood Bandit and take matters into her own hands?

Sir Crispin is at his wit’s end. Not only does he have his hands full keeping Buxton from killing half the shire, now his arch nemesis, the Derbywood Bandit, has joined forces with his old rival Ethan. And that’s nothing compared to the burning torch he carries for his ex-fiancé, Lady Aubrey. He would do anything to win Aubrey’s love …

… until he suspects that there could be a closer connection between Aubrey and the Derbywood Bandit than anyone knows.

Review:

You first meet Lady Aubrey while she is dressed as her alter ego, The Derbywood Bandit.  She is stealing from a lord she knows intimately, her ex-fiancée Sir Crispin.   Just as she is about to be found out by Sir Crispin she is rescued by Ethan an old rival.  After Aubrey’s close call she escapes home to her brother with Ethan.  Ethan finds out some devastating news and soon plans revenge and a way to get back what is his.  Unfortunately, due to the sadistic Sheriff Buxton everyone there is no easy way.  So with the help of Aubrey, Ethan tries to do all he can to get his land back.  Though Aubrey is helping Ethan she is also trying to get information out of Sir Crispin who still burns a torch for her.  As Aubrey gets closer to Crispin and Ethan’s priorities aren’t what she thought her feelings are getting confused.  Aubrey must choose her loyalties and with that her heart will choose who it really belongs to.

This robin hood like story was a very fun read.  I loved the twists and turns with the added drama of a historical romance.  The love triangle of Crispin, Ethan and Aubrey.  Aubrey’s character was so dynamic she really helped to propel the story.  I also really liked how as Aubrey’s opinion of both Crispin and Ethan changed so did their characters.  They really began to show their true colors.  There were a few times though that Aubrey was a bit frustrating, but she does redeem herself.  Overall, this robin hood like story was a great read that makes you rethink who is really the bad guy.

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