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Friday, July 25, 2014

ARC Review: For Her Spy Only by Robyn DeHart

For Her Spy Only (Masquerading Mistresses, #2)
For Her Spy Only by Robyn DeHart
Publication date: July 21, 2014
Series: Masquerading Mistresses #2 
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous
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~~Reviewed by Lisa~~
Alistair Devlin, Marquess of Coventry, is a brilliant, if peculiar man who does not suffer fools. He feels he is above the base needs and emotions the rest of humanity falls prey to. He works for the Crown as a spy and code breaker. Under the hard crust he shows the world is a caring, loyal and vulnerable man.

They met when he rescued Winifred (Wilmington) and her maid during a terrible snow storm. They had a brief affair while the snow was blowing. Fast forward six years and he is looking for a map maker, Winifred’s dead husband, Sir Mirren. Winifred is a strong, loving and very practical woman. Alistair needs several maps to break a code and is surprised to see Winifred again.  Throughout their story Alistair discovers he does have those pesky feelings and emotions and they are for her. He has never had much contact with children but finds he is drawn to Winifred’s son Oliver. There is murder, danger, misunderstandings, and ultimately tender acceptance and love. 

It was interesting seeing Alistair discover his emotions and his need to have Winifred near him, she clams him and does not always feel the need to fill every moment with conversation. As he discovers his need for her his protective instincts kick in and ends uncomfortable encounters with Oliver’s guardian and Winifred, I cheered! The danger he inadvertently puts Winifred in is the catalyst to him taking the step to have her in his life forever. 

Ms DeHart always brings a richness to her characters, she uses humor and fast paced conversations to keep you interested and wanting more. The grace with which Ms DeHart handles both Alistair’s and Oliver’s quiet ways is brilliant. I am excited to see what happens with the other members of the Seven.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

ARC Review: The Danger in Tempting an Earl by Sophie Barnes

The Danger in Tempting an Earl (At the Kingsborough Ball, #3)
The Danger in Tempting an Earl by Sophie Barnes
Publication date:  July 29, 2014
Series: At the Kingsborough Ball #3
Publisher: Avon
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~~Reviewed by Lisa~~
For Lady Katherine Langdon, widowed Viscountess Crosby, danger comes in two forms- Lucien Marvaine, Earl of Roxberry, who was the spare, and attempts on her life. The first is understandable; he’s handsome, has known her since her christening, they are friends and she finds herself attracted to him. The attraction is a bit disconcerting as she does not want to lose their friendship. A relationship that has become strained for reasons she is not sure of. The second form of danger has both her and Lucien at a loss.

When they meet again, Lucien is the Earl and Katherine is widowed. He sets about making her his as he should have done four years ago. He discovers the bright, confident woman he loves has been replaced with one that is timid, lacking self-confidence and wishes to blend into the background. 

The pace of the story fast and the conversations are lively and the characters are brilliant. The twists and turns are beautifully orchestrated to keep you on your toes. Watching Katherine re-emerge and become the “bold and brazen” woman she once was is fabulous. The delightful characters of Lucien’s sister and grandmother and Katherine’s friend, Louise are elegantly written and help to keep Lucien on his toes. The villain is artfully hidden until the climax of the book- brilliant. I always enjoy Ms. Barnes’ work and this is no exception, well done. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #35: The Prince Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week an upcoming book I can’t wait to read is…
The Prince Who Loved Me (The Oxenburg Princes, #1)
The Prince Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins
Publication date: September 23, 2014
Series: The Oxenburg Princes #1
Published: Pocket Books
A handsome, rakish prince who doesn't believe in true love meets a stubborn lass who will settle for nothing less...

In a lighthearted retelling of a classic fairy tale, bestselling author Karen Hawkins gives Cinderella a Scottish twist!

Prince Aleksey Romanovin enjoys his carefree life, flirting—and more—with every lovely lady who crosses his path. But when the interfering Grand Duchess Natasha decides it's time for her grandson to wed, Aleksey finds himself in Scotland, determined to foil her plans. Brainy, bookish, and bespectacled, Bronwyn Murdoch seems the perfect answer—she isn't at all to the duchess' taste.

Living at the beck and call of her ambitious stepmother and social butterfly stepsisters, Bronwyn has little time for a handsome flirt—no matter how intoxicating his kisses are. After all, no spoiled, arrogant prince would be seriously interested in a firm-minded female like herself. So . . . wouldn't it be fun to turn his "game" upside down and prove that an ordinary woman can bring a prince to his knees?

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We all love Karen Hawkins' books and this new book sounds very interesting.
Thanks for visiting the blog to see what book I'm waiting for this week! So...what book are you waiting for?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ARC Review: Why Lords Lose Their Hearts by Manda Collins

Why Lords Lose Their Hearts (Wicked Widows, #3)
Why Lords Lose Their Hearts by Manda Collins 
Publication date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: St. Martins Paperbacks
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~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
Why Lords Lose their Hearts, a new romantic mystery by Manda Collins to be released on July 29, 2014, begins with a plot that promises excitement and intrigue, and main characters that are likeable and sympathetic.  The heroine, the young and beautiful Perdita, the Duchess of Ormond, has endured years of abuse at the hands of her husband, Gevase.  When he is accidentally killed by falling on the same knife that he was holding at her throat seconds earlier, she feels genuine relief.  This quickly turns into fear, however, as there is someone out there who blames her for the Duke’s death and wants her to pay for it with her own.

After Perdita’s sisters are threatened and an attempt is made on her own life, Lord Archer Lisle, private secretary to her late husband, vows that he will do anything it takes to protect her and to find out who is putting her life in danger.  He is also secretly in love with Perdita, and is determined to prove to her that it is safe to love again even though she no longer trusts her own judgment when it comes to men.

This is where the promises ended for me.  I had high hopes for this book, but I found the first half very slow and, at times, bogged down by endless dialogue that seemed to over-power the action.  The pace of the book improved in the second half, however, and the events that happened became more compelling, but when I finally reached the finale, with its expected twists and turns, it just didn’t ring true for me.

I’m giving this book three stars. I did like the characters in very much.  I felt they were well developed and their reactions to events in the story rang true.  I could recommend this book to someone who would enjoy reading it for the love story between Perdita and Archer and would ignore the short-comings of the style and the plot.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: How to Lose a Lord in Ten Days or Less by Elizabeth Michels

How To Lose A Lord In 10 Days Or Less (Tricks Of The Ton, #3)
How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less by Elizabeth Michels 
Publication date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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~~Reviewed by Ezrah~~
HOW TO LOSE A LORD IN 10 DAYS OR LESS is the first book by Elizabeth Michels that I read. 

This book is the third of the series but can read as a standalone.  I initially picked up this book because I had read a couple of books with the same title (or very, very similar) last month and I loved it!  I thought that this book would be the same.  The story focuses on a stuffy aristocrat, Andrew Clifton, Lord Amberstall and country girl recluse, Katie Moore.  Both have been a little estranged in society and found each other, quite by accident on a country road when Andrew fell off his horse.  Once the two meet, sparks fly and they fall in love.

HOW TO LOSE had a lot of promise.  I love the stuffy-stickler-for-propriety aristocrat and an eccentric girl trope, unfortunately, I had a hard time finishing this book.  I honestly did not like both Katie and Andrew at all!  I felt that Katie was too much for Andrew.  Andrew, on the other hand, was too much of a stickler that I didn't warm up to him at all.  And although sparks were flying between the two, I wasn't into their paring.  It would have been a different story if there were more tender moments between them.  Unfortunately, this was not the case.  

The plot was ok, nothing really special, and a little bit unbelievable at certain parts.  I think it was when I found out why Andrew left society, that I find unbelievable.  Certainly it was a reason to be absent from society but it felt a little too weak, too cowardly.

HOW TO LOSE is an okay lighthearted read.  And although the book was a hard read for me, I am still glad that Andrew and Katie got their HEA.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review: The Whisky Laird's Bed by Donna MacMeans

The Whisky Laird's Bed (The Rake Patrol, #2)
The Whisky Laird's Bed by Donna MacMeans
Publication date: July 15, 2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
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~~Reviewed by Debbie~~
Claire Starke is a member of the Women for a Sober Society.  The fellow lady members are her family now that her father had died.  She loved being active in the cause of spreading the word of the evils of drink.  Also, she was involved with the Rake Patrol (Donna MacMeans's previous series), a group that warns and rescues innocent women from being duped by fraudulent and misleading personal ads placed in the paper.  This was the situation Claire found herself in after she returned from passing out pamphlets against drink. A Miss Townsend was determined to go to Scotland to an answer an ad looking for a wife.  She had come to ask advice from Claire. Claire and her friend, Faith, were convinced it was a fraudulent ad.  Miss Townsend was determined to go as it might be her last chance to be wed.  Faith accompanied her to Scotland.  When Claire found out, she followed to save both ladies.  

In Scotland, Cameron Macpherson was tired of his mom placing ads, luring society ladies to his home to get him a wife. He was too busy trying to build up Ravenbeck Whisky distillery.  Since it had burnt down a few years ago, he had scarce money and the last thing he needed was to be hunting for a wife.  
Determined to save her friend, Claire burst into the room, to find Miss Townsend and Faith in the presence of Lady Macpherson, Cameron’s mother, along with Cameron.  Before realizing her friends were in no danger, she had insulted Cameron, accusing him of luring innocent women to Scotland and being a white slaver.  


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