Romancing the Rogue (Passion & Promises Book 3)

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Publisher: WebMotion

Series: Passion & Promises #3

Publication Date: March 21, 2017

Characters: Daniel, Rebecca


When the new earl inherits, poor relation Miss Rebecca Bond must wed immediately or be out on her ear. The only man she’s ever loved is summoned to hear the will—but he already rejected her so soundly that they haven’t spoken in years. Yet who better than a rakish Viscount to teach her how to snare a gentleman who appreciates her charms?

Daniel Goodenham, Lord North-Barrows, regrets nothing more than the lost friendship with the one woman who treated him like a man, not a title. Fate has given him the perfect pretext to win her forgiveness—even if it means having to match-make her to someone else. But now that she’s back in his life, he’ll do anything to convince her to choose him instead…

The story unfolds when Daniel gets an invitation to a will reading. Whereby, giving Daniel a chance to apologize for slitting the only friend that treated him as a person and not a title.
Rebecca life was a solitary one. After the death of her beloved parents. She lived in a household where everyone forgot she was even there. But soon all that will change with the death of her uncle and the new Earl giving her only three months to marry. The only option she has left is the assistance of an old friend. But could old friendships be rekindled by just one word? Or will old wounds keep Daniel and Rebecca apart?
Romancing the Rogue would be my first title I’ve read by Erica Ridley and have to say that this book even surprised me. On how well written the storyline was. Romancing the Rogue would be the type of book that I would have started out with if I was still a young adult. Very tame in the way of romance.

Highland Barbarian (Murray Family, #13)

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Publisher: Zebra; Reprint Edition

Publication Date: March 28, 2017

Characters: Sir Artan Murray, Cecily


Sir Artan Murray was right when he decided that the dying old man who bid him collect his niece, Cecily Donaldson, didn’t know her at all. The furious woman facing him is neither “sweet” nor “biddable.” Cecily demands the brawny Highlander return her to the wedding party from which he took her. But Artan has no intention of allowing so spirited and bewitching a creature to endure a loveless marriage to a ruthless lord for her clan’s sake. He aims to woo Cecily and show her that true love also yields unforgettable pleasure….

Highland Barbarian is book #13 of bestselling author Hannah Howell’s Murray Saga. This is a release with the original published date of 2006.

Highland Barbarian is book #13 of bestselling author Hannah Howell’s Murray Saga. This is a release with the original published date of 2006.

All through this book the characters of Artan Murray and Cecily reminded me of another book. “The Bride” written by Julie Garwood. I found that Highland Barbarian was rather good. But then again, Hannah Howell’s Murray Sagas is always entertaining. It had a strong character development and likable characters. What I liked mainly about this book, was that for once it was the woman, in this case, Cecily who had to come to the rescue of the strong and capable man.

Highland Barbarian had plenty of drama with the main characters always in peril. This book fits right in with the rest of the rest of the series.
But the greatest thing about this series, no matter how many times you read them, it never gets old…. That and all the stories could be read as a stand-alone.

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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