The Duke (Victorian Rebels, #4)

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Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Series: Victorian Rebels #4

Print Length: 384 pages

Characters: Collin, Imogen

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He’s noble. notorious. And takes no prisoners…

Strong as a Viking. Handsome as Adonis. Rich as Midas. Collin “Cole” Talmage, Duke of Trewyth, is the stuff that legends are made of. He’s the English Empire’s golden son–until fate has its way with him. Cole’s family is killed and his closest comrade betrays him on the battlefield, leaving him gravely injured. But Cole is not one to dwell on misfortune. He is a man of duty, honor–and desire. And now he’s ready for the fight of his lifetime…
Imogen Pritchard is a beautiful lass who works in a hospital by day and as a serving maid at night. Years ago, when she was young and penniless, she ended up spending a scandalous night with Cole, whose tormented soul was matched only by his earth-shattering passion. Imogen entered a marriage of convenience—one that left her a wealthy widow—but she never forgot Cole. Now that her long-lost lover has turned up in her hospital, injured and with no memory of her, Imogen is torn: Is it a blessing or a curse that their past remains a secret to Cole, even as his new passion for her leaves him wanting to protect and possess her…at all costs, in The Duke, the next Victorian Rebels novel by Kerrigan Byrne.

I don’t know it was just something about this book that I couldn’t really get into the characters. It was interesting at the beginning but somewhere in the second chapter, it went downhill, and never really recover until I turned the last page. That was back in December. I decided to give the book another go, and maybe just maybe something would change. I found that it was the two main characters.

Colin is blaming the world because of his missing body part and Imogen always the victim. I thought that sooner or later the characters would come to know that you and only you can change your destiny or life as it may. But with the lack of character development comes the lack of knowledge on the characters.

Even though this was part of a series book #4 of Victorian Rebels. The Duke can be read as a stand-alone. I never read any of Kerrigan Byrne other books. I might just have to give this book a third read after reading the other books in this series.

Constantine (The Brotherhood of Fallen Angels #4)

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Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Series: The Brotherhood of Fallen Angels #4

Print Length: 260 pages

Characters: Jonah, Alice

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A shadow has fallen over the medieval Holy Land, and four courageous Crusaders have banded together to root out the enemy. The Brotherhood of Fallen Angels have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of justice. But is there room in their hearts for love?

Evil is everywhere, and General Constantine Gerard has witnessed more than his share. Yet he never dreamed the ugliness that darkened the castle at Chastellet would cost him his wife and child.  Now he has nothing left to lose—and nothing to live for, save the vengeance he vows to unleash on Glayer Felsteppe, the man who destroyed his family.

Theodora Rosemont, too, has suffered at Glayer’s hands. When Constantine finds her, she is barely alive, and desperate to find her baby, who was snatched away by Glayer’s men mere moments after his birth. Bonded by their common enemy, Constantine and Dori embark on a treacherous journey, determined to rescue the child and vanquish the father. But as emotions run high and secrets are revealed, passion could compromise their quest, leaving more than just their hearts in peril . .

When it came to historical events Heather Grothaus went all out to make sure that the events were accurate. However, when it came to the romance that was another thing altogether lacking. Constantine was a hero of men, a loving husband, and father. But, when an enemy took all that away from him. Constantine became a man of vengeance.

Constantine is the 4th book in The Brotherhood of Fallen Angels. This story was very intriguing with a lot of twist and turns. With some reveals being a big shocker. Where Constantine lacked romance, it made up for it by having a well-developed plotline.

My recommendation would be to start this series from the beginning to get the full backstory of the Brotherhood of Fallen Angels and what made these men tick.

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Valentine (Brotherhood of Fallen Angels Book 1)

Adrian (Brotherhood of Fallen Angels)

Roman (Brotherhood of Fallen Angels)

Constantine (Brotherhood of Fallen Angels)

Last Night with the Duke

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Genre: Regency Romance

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Publication Date: March 7th, 2017

Series: The Rakes of St. James

Print Length: 304 pages

Characters: Griffin, Esmeralda

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Could finding love be his greatest scandal of all?

The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumors are swirling around London that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind–until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways, he could never have expected, she arouses more than just his curiosity.

Esmeralda Swift considered herself too sensible to ever fall for a scoundrel, but that was before she met the irresistibly seductive Duke of Griffin. His employment offer proves too tempting for her to resist. She can’t afford to be distracted by his devilish charms because the stakes are so high for his sisters’ debut Season. . .unless one of London’s most notorious rakes has had a change of heart and is ready to make Esmeralda his bride in Last Night with the Duke, the first novel in the brand-new Regency Rakes of St. James series by New York Times bestselling author Amelia Grey.

The Duke of Griffin is the first title in Amelia Grey’s Rakes of St. James. When Griffin heard that a plot to ruin his sisters at their debut, just because of what he and his friends done some years ago, the protection of Griffin’s twin sisters became paramount. With his aunt, unable to attend the season with the twins. Griffin decides to take matters into his own hands and hire a chaperone. What he finds was an intriguing Esmeralda Swift.

Esmeralda has her own problems mainly taking care of her 12-year old sister and her employment agency. But with the shady landlord swindled her into a higher price for ownership of the agency. She needs a cash flow. When Griffin enters her world with an offer she couldn’t refuse, she accepts but swore that she wouldn’t fall for one of the Rakes of St. James.

The plotline had so much promise. But fell flat on the delivery. For instance, the mystery of the person doing the plotting of ruining his sisters. The revelation was so lackluster. That I found the reuniting of pet and owner more enjoyable.

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Highland Vixen (Highland Weddings Book 2)

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Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Series: Highland Weddings #2

Print Length: 320 pages

Characters: Marcus, Helen

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Fierce Highland war chief seeks comely lass for fun, frolic, and marriage

Marcus MacPherson is every inch the fearsome Highlander. He’s used to men averting their eyes and women cowering before him. He thinks he’ll eventually settle down with a nice, obedient bride. Instead, he gets Helen Grant… Stubborn as the day is long, fearless and dedicated to raising as much hell as possible, Helen is definitely going to challenge Marcus. And challenge him some more. And then some.

It’s anyone’s guess who’ll win this battle of the heart…

Highland Vixen is the 2nd book in Mary Wine Highland Weddings series. This book can be read as a stand-alone which was good since I never read the first book in this series.

In Highland Vixen we are introduced to a strong will woman. A woman who knows what she wants and is tired of waiting for the man that she loves to finally realize that she is the woman that he wants.  So, with her friend that she became close with at the MacPherson they ran off to court.

Marcus realizing that Helen has escaped the protection of his clan, headed to court to reclaim his lady love. But instead of rescuing Helen, it was Helen who had to come to Marcus rescuing when the Earl of Morton was going to force Marcus to wed and child. Now they have made an enemy that is willing to do anything to make Helen a widow.

Highland Vixen was different than your other historical romance. Where other authors will try to overload a reader with historical facts. Mary Wine has put sexual tension back into historical romance that it was a real treat to read.

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Highland Spitfire (Highland Weddings Book 1) by [Wine, Mary]

Highland Vixen (Highland Weddings Book 2) by [Wine, Mary]

Princess of Fire (Fire #1)

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Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Zebra

Publication Date: January 31st, 2017

Series: Fire #1

Print Length: 512 pages

Characters: Alaric Fallon

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ALARIC
The mighty Norman warrior destined for greatness—forced to take sides in a bloody battle for power and glory…

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The willful Saxon princess born into a land divided by blackest treachery—fighting for her life against the despised Norman invaders…

He would rescue her from certain death. And she would flee, determined to resist this seductive enemy who vowed to conquer her with a passion that would turn her heart to fire…

Normans and Saxons are at again in Heather Graham’s Princess of Fire. Alaric had a surprise coming if he thought that the Saxon’s were going to lie down and die quickly without given it they’re all. So, he found when after he thought the war was one, there was one warrior who refused to go quietly into the night. But when he unmasked the warrior he didn’t find a Saxon warrior but a Sax Princess.

Fallon didn’t know that her father was dead she didn’t know that the war was lost. She totally refutes that a Norman would be king of her land. She would fight to the death to make sure that England is set free from the Norman invaders.

You could see that Heather Graham did her research when it came time to writing this story. However, it’s all about the romance and not history when I read a romance book. Princess of Fire was full of historical facts which to me overshadowed the romance aspect of the tale. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the book because I enjoying reading about history. But I would have enjoyed it more if Princess of Fire had more interaction between the two main characters and fewer history facts.

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Waiting For an Earl Like You (Masters of Seduction, #3)

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Genre: Historical

Publication Date: January 3rd, 2017

Series: Masters of Seducation#3

Print Length: 352 pages

Characters: Justin “Thron” Reeve, Olivia “Olive” Lydall

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Get lost in Waiting for an Earl Like You, the next lush, sensual Regency romance in the Masters of Seduction series by USA Today bestselling author Alexandra Hawkins.

Justin Reeve Netherwood, Earl of Kempthorn—a.k.a. Thorn—has never cared much for his neighbor’s daughter. But his twin brother, Gideon, befriended the wild, reckless, and wholly inappropriate Miss Olivia Lydall in youth, and two have been close ever since. So when Olivia finds herself in a state of romantic conflict and seeks out Gideon for advice, he’s only too pleased to oblige. Only problem: The man Olivia is speaking to is Thorn. And now it’s too late for him to tell Olivia the truth…

Thorn always believed that Olivia was too smitten with Gideon for her own good. So what’s the harm in steering her away from him? But Thorn’s charade turns out to be anything but harmless once he begins to see Olivia for who she really is: A woman full of spirit and passion…and someone he can’t live without. But how can Thorn claim Olivia’s heart when their deepening connection—and burning desire—is built on lies and deceit?

Waiting For an Earl Like You was a beautiful tale about never judging a book by its cover and Not everything is black or white. Justin “Thorn” Reeve never cared much for Olivia “Olive” Lydall or so Olivia thought. Thorn concealed his feeling for Oliva so deep that he began to believe it himself. I enjoyed this title a lot. Especially the interaction between the two main characters.

Seeing that this was book #3 in the Master of Seduction series and I began this book with this title, I didn’t feel that I missed anything and the story flowed nicely. The title had a nice pace and a well-developed storyline.

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A Duke but No Gentleman

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My Highland Rebel (Highland Trouble #2)

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Genre: Historical

Publisher: Loveswept

Sold by: Source Casablanca

Publication Date: January 3rd, 2017

Series: Highland Trouble #2

Print Length: 416 pages

Characters: Cormac, Jyne

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Second in a passionate, fast-paced Scottish Highlander romance series from critically acclaimed author Amanda Forester

A conquering hero
Cormac Maclean would rather read than rampage, but his fearsome warlord father demands that he prove himself in war. Cormac chooses what he thinks is an easy target, only to encounter a fiery Highland lass leading a doomed rebellion and swearing revenge on him.

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Jyne Cambell is not about to give up her castle without a fight, even though her forces are far outnumbered. She’s proud, hot-blooded and hot-tempered, and Cormac falls for her hard.

It’s going to take all of Cormac’s ingenuity to get Jyne to surrender gracefully-both to his sword and to his heart…

Cormac was a man seeking knowledge and not like his father who is feared only by his people that he rules with an iron hand. No matter how hard Cormac tried, he is and would never be the son that his father wanted him to be. So, to outsmart his father he chose to take over what he presumed was a dilapidated Abbey.

These two characters had so much in common I think that is the reason these two was certainly mint for each other. Whereas, Cormac had to prove that even though he seeks knowledge that he was capable of defending himself and others. Jyne had to prove that she had the ability to be strong like her other siblings.  But together they went on to prove that presumption of others could and would always lead man to their downfall.

My Highland Rebel could be read as a stand-alone, it had a steady pace and well-developed and likable characters. This is one title that all lover of Scottish romance will certainly enjoy.

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Highland Trouble Series:
The Highlander’s Bride (Book 1)
My Highland Rebel (Book 2)