Blackthorne’s Bride (Bitter Creek #15)

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Genre: Western

Publisher: Dell

Publication Date: July 25, 2017

Series: Bitter Creek #15

Print Length: 432 pages

Characters: Marcus, Josie

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A rogue nobleman, a rescued lady, and revenge undone by romance all play a part in New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston’s irresistible novel of best-laid plots, delicious deception, and unexpected passion.

Two years have passed since Josie Wentworth was bought from the Sioux for a gold watch and whisked back to England by Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne. When Marcus breaks his promise to return Josie to America, she ends up as a maid in the home of his charming but neglected nephews. Once Josie’s long-lost family finds her, however, the suddenly wealthy heiress sets out to save the two boys from their indifferent uncle—and teach the duke a lesson in honor.

Learning that Marcus is seeking a rich American bride to save his estate, Josie plots to catch his eye—certain he’ll never recognize the beauty she’s become as the ragged captive he rescued. But Josie doesn’t wager on her marital charade taking a tender turn, as the nobleman she’s despised for years proves to be a very different man than she’s imagined. And there’s no denying his passionate caresses, as she falls deeper under the spell of a husband determined to claim her heart.

Out of A Bitter Creek series, I missed only one book. But Blackthorne’s Bride is right up there with her early works. Josie reminded me of Sloan, Bayleigh and Creighton (Joan Johnston’s Sisters of the Lone Star Series) Josie was just as strong and determined just like those women. Strong in that he takes a strong person to overcome be almost bitten to death. And later finding yourself kidnapped and held against your will.

Of course, behind a strong female character must be a strong male character. And Marcus Wharton fit that bill. Marcus had his own issues. Getting over the death of his wife and child. And, caring the responsibility of taking care of twin sisters and the estate that was left to him by the death of his father the Duke of Wharton. To do that he must find an heiress, but Marcus isn’t ready to take on another bride so soon.

Blackthorne’s Bride illustrated that you can overcome just about anything if one sets their mind to it.


The Bitter Creek Series (Contemporary Novels)
The Cowboy
The Texan
The Loner
The Price
The Rivals
The Next Mrs. Blackthorne
A Stranger’s Game
Shattered
Sinful
Shameless
Surrender

The Bitter Creek Series (Historical Novels)
Texas Bride
Wyoming Bride
Montana Bride
Blackthorne’s Bride

Sisters of the Lone Star (Prequel to The Bitter Creek Series)
Frontier Woman
Comanche Woman
Texas Woman

To Love a Texas Ranger (Men of Legend #1)

To Love a Texas Ranger (Men of Legend Book 1) by [Broday, Linda]To Love a Texas Ranger by Linda Broday

My rating: Golden starGolden starGolden star

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Print Length: 448 pages


A Ranger. A Cowboy. An Outlaw.
Men of Legend

The Texas Ranger
Gravely injured on the trail of a notorious criminal, Texas Ranger Sam Legend boards a train bound for his family ranch to recuperate…only to find himself locked in battle to save a desperate woman on the run. Determined to rescue the beautiful Sierra, Sam recruits an unlikely ally. But can he trust the mysterious gunslinger to fight at his side?

Sam is shocked to discover his new ally is not only an outlaw, but his half-brother. Torn between loyalty to his job and love of his family, Sam goes reeling straight into Sierra’s arms. Yet just as the walls around his battered heart begin to crumble, Sierra is stolen away. Sam will risk anything to save her-his life, his badge, his very soul-knowing that some bonds are stronger than the law…and some legends were born to be told.

To Love a Texas Ranger is the first book in Linda Broday’s Men of Legend series about a band of siblings and the ladies who will soon come to love them.

I don’t know whether my Kindle or life was attempting to disclose something to me. Each time I attempt to pick this book to start it, either my Kindle was dead or only had two bars left or life sets in.

Either way, making sure that the Kindle fully charged and the outside world was left outside. I made sure that nothing interferes with me starting and completing To Love a Texas Ranger.
I attempted to get into the romantic tale of Sam & Sierra, yet for reasons unknown, they wouldn’t let me. Both were just too damaged. I ended up instructing them to get over it. I was trusting that some place, amid the course, of the 448 pages that they would resigned themselves.

In any case, I found something to like about this book. For example, I found that it was bound for me to have perused Houston’s book. I enjoyed Houston’s character or what little foundation that we saw in the brief timeframe. I also need for it to be November as of yesterday. Yes, I am wishing my summer away before it even arrives to make sure I could buy a book and read about a fictional character that I come to love. The woman who comes to love Luke will have her hands full.
This story was alright not awesome like the second book. But, by reading this series out of order. I came to realize that these books could be read out of order of publication. By no means will you find yourself missing anything regarding to storyline. However, by reading this story I learned something that I never thought I wanted to know…the birthing order of the three Legend siblings.
 

To Love a Texas Ranger (Men of Legend Book 1) by [Broday, Linda]

   To Love a Texas Ranger (Men of Legend #1)

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       The Heart of a Texas Cowboy (Men of Legend #2)

*****The Heart of a Texas Cowboy comes out May 1, 2017.*****

Thanks for stopping by to read this review. Leave a comment if you want to know anything more about this book.

Linda Broday

Biography

I’m a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and make my living writing western historical romance. I am truly fortunate to live in the Texas Panhandle on land where the American Indian and Comancheros once roamed. I’m inspired every single day. I’ve always been fascinated with cowboys and the American West way of life because to me these men and women embody the spirit and strength I want in my characters. My desire to keep history alive is what drives me. Also, these pesky characters in my head that refuse to go away! I can’t imagine writing anything else. My wish is to touch a reader’s heart in some way and have them coming back for more. If I can do that, I’ll have succeeded.

I’m a regular contributor at http://www.PetticoatsandPistols.com and blog there every third Tuesday of the month. You can also find me at http://www.casablancaauthors.blogspot.com. I think it’s important to promote western historical romance any way I can and that’s what I strive to do.

My Best to each of you! May you always find a book that takes you on an unforgettable adventure.

 

The Heart of a Texas Cowboy (Men of Legend #2)

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Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Publication Date: May 1, 2017

Print Length: 384 pages


Three Brothers. One Oath.
No Compromises.
The MEN of LEGEND


The Cowboy

One bullet is all it takes to shatter Houston Legend’s world. He swore he’d never love again, but with the future of the Lone Star Ranch on the line, he finds himself at the altar promising to love and cherish a woman he’s never met—a woman whose vulnerable beauty touches his heart.

All Lara Boone wants is a name for her baby. She never expected to fall in love with her own husband—or any man—after the heartache she’s endured. Yet when her troubled past catches up with them, Houston will move heaven and earth to protect his bride…and discover depths to a marriage of convenience neither realized could be theirs.

With one bullet this story began. Houston Legend was looking forward to getting married. Cut, of a finger and blood, is flowing, something bad will happen. Houston Legend didn’t believe in any of that. This was a joyous occasion for him and nothing and he means absolutely nothing will spoiling that for him, not even a shallow cut, of a finger.
The groom is ready the music starts to play. The woman of his dream is walking down the aisle. He’s not nervous. One brother is beside him where is the other. He looks up there he is. He turns, he smiles at his soon to be wife. A shot is heard his bride goes down, his life is changed, forever.
With that one instance, Houston swore he wouldn’t love again. Until he founds that his father put the Lone Star Ranch up for collateral in a poker game. Now he stands before a priest swearing to love and cherish a woman that he’s never met, a woman he learns that was attached a born a child from that atrocious day.
Lara Boone wants nothing more than a name for her baby. She never hoped that any man would except her baby as his own. She never thought she would grow to love the man that she calls husband.
When I read the synopsis of The Heart of a Texas Cowboy, the plotline sounded good and since it has been awhile that I even picked up a cowboy romance. I thought I give it a try. Well, this book surprised even me how good it was.
Normally when the action takes place at the beginning of the story it seems very hard for some authors to maintain that flow of excitement throughout the book. However, Linda Broday seems to have no problem. The Heart of a Texas Cowboy was actioned packed throughout the entire book. The characters grew on me, especially the younger brother Henry. I just knew that something bad was going to happen to him. I am not going to tell you if something did or not that is your mystery that you must solve.
The romance between Houston and Lara was beautifully written and progressed naturally. What I loved about this book was Houston he was attentive and very protective of his little family. Even when Lara past came knocking Houston was there to answer the door.
Since I didn’t get the chance to read Sam’s book I just should. If his book was anything like this book, must catch up with the Legends before Luke’s book comes out. Now, that book is the one I will be anxiously waiting to read. If what I’ve read in this book, Luke is one dangerous hombre.

The Heart of a Texas Cowboy comes out May 1, 2017. Thanks for stopping by to read this review. Leave a comment if you want to know anything more about this book, before its debut.

To Love a Texas Ranger (Men of Legend Book 1) by [Broday, Linda]

   To Love a Texas Ranger (Men of Legend #1)

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       The Heart of a Texas Cowboy (Men of Legend #2)

Lord of Chance (Rogues to Riches, #1)

Lord of Chance (Rogues to Riches Book 1) by [Ridley, Erica]Lord of Chance by Erica Ridley

My rating: Golden starGolden starGolden starGolden starGolden star

Publisher: WebMotion

Publication Date: April 11, 2017

Print Length: 232 pages


Even though Lord of Chance was a Regency Romance. Erica Ridley tackled a serious issue. That of gambling addiction. Anthony Fairfax, supported his family by his luck at the tables. But it seems his luck has turned when his, supposed to be best friend bought up his debt and now Anthony only was a couple of weeks to come up with two thousand pounds or face going to debtor’s prison. His luck seems to change again when he spotted lady luck across the room. Everything seems to go his way until again that fickle lady had opted to abandon him again. Or did she?
Charlotte Devon had her own problems, the only person she has to rely on is her mother, because of who she was, Charlotte didn’t have any friends growing up. To correct how her life was going, Charlotte is on a mission to find her long-lost father, and hopefully, his name would open doors. But like Anthony, everything wasn’t going her way. She couldn’t locate her father no matter how hard she tried and without even trying to, she gains a husband.
Lord of Chance was a good read from beginning to end. When it came to character development you didn’t have to ask yourself did these characters grow and how? Erica Ridley basically answered all the questions for you, leaving you to enjoy a nice Cinderella story.

 

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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My rating: Golden starGolden starGolden starGolden starGolden star

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.