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When we first meet Gil or as he is really called James August Victor Laughton ninth Viscount Gilmorton. Is at a ball watching Deborah dance with her brother Randolph Lord Kirkster from the sideline of the dance floor and his first thought at seeing Deborah is that he thought her a dowd and not all attractive, and so Gil puts his revenge into place by seducing Deborah and then dropping her.
Gil’s revenge is centred around that his brother and his sister have died and is convinced that Randolph has something to do with it. So for two weeks Gil has been staying at a Inn in Falbridge and is going by the name of Mr. James Victor, but his valet John Harris who was Gil’s sergeant in the army isn’t happy about Gil’s plan and wasn’t afraid to voice his opinion.
At first I wasn’t to sure of Gil but the more I read the more I got to like him at first he comes across as being angry and that I can forgive but underneath that hard exterior he does have a loving heart and that’s what I loved about Gil. but there two things that Gil won’t do and that’s (1) fall in love and (2) get married. Well that all changes when he meets Deborah.
Ah the lovely Deborah who is well respected in Falbridge and is always helping doing charitable errands and visiting neighbours. There is one person who Deborah is trying to help and that’s her brother Randolph who has just moved to Falbridge she is desperate to get him away from his friends who have lead him to drink and drugs. But Randolph is having non of it and keeps fighting her all the way.
To some people Deborah may come across as being to meek and lets people walk all over her, well I disagree Deborah to me is a strong and feisty woman and fights to get what she wants. when Deborah was younger she eloped with a young man who wasn’t what she thought he was and through this Deborah has been left badly scarred, and also Deborah is determined that she won’t fall in love or get married.
Along the way you will meet one of Randolph’s friends Sir Sidney Warslow from here I can’t say anymore because Sidney does have a connection to Gil which makes things very difficult.
I will give this book 5/5 stars and as I said before I can highly recommend this book. This book is released on 1st September and can be purchased from Amazon.
I received this book from the author for a honest review.
This is book 2 in the trilogy, in this book we meet Matteo and Natasha, who as we know Pieta has died and the family are coming to terms with his death and they are building a hospital in his memory.
As always I won’t go into to much detail, mainly because this book answered a lot of the questions that I was wondering about mainly the link with Alberto which I wasn’t expecting. So I will give my thoughts on Matteo and Natasha.
Matteo is the cousin of Francesca and Daniele and has lived with the Pellegrini family since he was thirteen, and his parents have never forgiven Matteo for a terrible accident that involved his brother Roberto, (but this is more out guilt on his parents side because they left Matteo in charge of his brother while they went out). Then five years ago Matteo changed his name and his brother died.
What I loved about Matteo is that he is a man who when he falls in love he gives that love wholeheartedly and that is what he did when he met Natasha when she was seventeen and Matteo had come home from America for Christmas, but Matteo doesn’t like liars and he thinks that is what Natasha had done.
Well what I can I say about Natasha is that she desperately wanted her parents approval from a young age and she would always try to please them and in her own words spineless. At first I thought I wouldn’t like Natasha but as I read more I came to like Natasha and at times wanted to give her a hug, (and give Matteo a good shake).
If you’ve read the first book then you will definitely like this one and I loved how the two books link with each other. I can highly recommend this book and all of Michelle’s other books.
I give this book 5/5 stars. This book is released on 1st September and can be purchased from Amazon.
I received this book from Netgalley for Mills and Boon Insiders in return for a honest review.
Alison’s Review Of:
Pandora by Anne Rice
***** 5 stars
A Vampire Chronicles novella from the internationally bestselling Anne Rice
In a cafe in modern-day Paris, in the aftermath of a fresh kill, the fearless and beautiful Pandora begins to tell her tale of treachery, vengeance and love stretching across two millennia. As a young mortal in Imperial Rome in the time of Caesar Augustus, Pandora was first introduced to the blood-tainted cult of Isis. Later, in exile in Antioch, she was drawn even further into the dark, ancient rites. Now looking back across the centuries, Pandora decides to return once more to New Orleans, to find the love of her early life, Marius, and to see once again the Vampire Lestat…
This is the first book in the series of New Tales of the Vampires and tells the story of Pandora.
Pandora was born 15 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. She has lived a long and interesting life, at first with her love Marius and then alone. She is a vibrant character full of life and immensely intelligent. Always ready to learn from others and to teach her skills to young vampires.
David a young vampire seeks out Pandora to ask her to write her life story. She does this and takes the reader on a wonderful journey.
This book was written so beautifully, giving the reader a vivid image of Rome and its history.
Highly recommended to lovers of thought provoking fiction.
Waltzing With The Earl.
By Catherine Tinley
A wallflower’s time to shine
The Earl of Shalford needs to marry into money to save his estate. Wealthy and beautiful Henrietta Buxted should be the perfect candidate. So why does his eye keep wandering to her quiet cousin, Charlotte Wyncroft?
Charlotte watches Henrietta’s games of courtship with wry amusement. That is, until a stolen dance reveals a hidden side to the earl. Penniless Charlotte knows she’s far from a suitable match, yet, in Adam’s arms, she can dream of the happily-ever-after she’s always wanted!
Goodreads My rating 5*
Received in return for an honest review.
This is the first of Catherine’s books I’ve read and I’m extremely happy I did because I very much loved it. I had to pace myself due to health reasons but wanted to enjoy it. I very much adore it and will most definitely be collecting more as they are captivating and very well written.
As always I will not give spoilers but what I will say about Catherine’s debut is that it most surely has a full house of emotions a hugely diverting book and I can definitely say I wept more than once and was enraged more than once for both hero and heroine, as well as manically laughing at one point, though there are lots of reasons to giggle too, but if you read it you will know where. I very highly recommend you do read this book and the no doubt many more which will follow.
I can very easily say that anyone who loves regency high jinx and a hell of a good read to escape in to, will most definitely love this book. Thank you so very much Lady Catherine for writing it.
This lovely book was recommended to me by my fellow review sisters so when offered the chance to read it I gave a resounding yes. This awesome book is currently available for £2.99 on kindle.
Alison’s Review Of:
Distracting The Duke by Elizabeth Keysian
***** 5 stars
Devonshire, England, 1820
Determined to avoid the strife-filled marriage of his parents, Marcus, the Duke of Ulvercombe, wants an amenable, biddable wife, and has set his cap for a certain pretty miss. Unfortunately, her vastly opinionated, frustrating, and lamentably beautiful guardian, Lady Clara Tinniswood, keeps distracting him, tempting him to consider a far more tempestuous—and passionate—union.
Recently widowed Lady Clara Tinniswood wants only to organize a quiet new life for herself, beyond the control of any man. But one shockingly unguarded moment while confronted by Marcus’s gloriously naked body catapults her headlong into a forbidden passion and threatens to undermine all her well-laid plans.
Even if Marcus abandons his sweet ideal and surrenders to his growing desire for Clara, there’s one unalterable issue which could destroy their hopes forever…
I was completely hooked on this book from the very first page!
It was a beautiful love story with everything needed to make it an excellent book.
The writing was fresh and engaging with wonderfully drawn characters.
Marcus was a Duke searching for his Duchess and Clara was hoping to find a good match for her ward Ellie. As she herself was a widow after an unhappy marriage with a total tyrant. Clara was not looking for another husband for herself but a quiet life with her own household.
Though cupid had other ideas, and Clara did her best to fight against him.
Would she give in and marry the man she was in love with and he with her? Giving them both a happy ever after?
A excellent historical romance and another author added to my favourite list.
James Drake, Marquess of Devlin, had everything—until he was found covered in blood, standing over a dead girl. Now locked away in a madhouse, he has one short year to recover his memories and prove his sanity, or be condemned for life. But the demons inside Devlin’s head are far easier to battle than the evil surrounding him at Ballencrieff Asylum.
Anne Winton hardly expects to find her calling—or love—while working in a lunatic asylum. But despite all warnings, the “Mad Marquess” proves dangerously fascinating to innocent Anne. She vows to save him not only from his adversaries, but from himself.
Initially, Anne is only a pawn in Devlin’s bid to gain his freedom, until he begins to see her not just as a means to an end, but as a beautifully passionate woman. He must choose: compromise the woman he loves, or languish forever in hell.
Review by Frankie
I had read an awfully lot of good things about this book, so I did go into reading it with a very high expectations of what it would be like, but what I thought it would be like was completely different to what I actually thought and felt about this book.
It is seriously good in every sense of the word, I do say this a lot but this is simply stunning, it is a heart wrenching and at times very disturbing but I couldn’t get enough of it.
James Drake, Lord Devlin after being discovered by the murdered body of a young girl was locked up n a lunatic asylum, where he has steadily got worse, his illness has got to stage where he is addicted to laudanum. He must prove his innocence or he will be forced to languish in the hell that he is in for the rest of his days, but how on earth can he do that when most of the time he doesn’t quite know who he is?
Anne has secrets of her own too which is why she is at the asylum working as a maid come assistant come dogs body, she doesn’t want anyone to know her past or anything about her life. She is a highly private person she does come across as a bit of a naive little girl at times, but she is strong, good woman who knows to get on with the job. She understand the concept of hard work and of loyalty and of respect to the resident’s. Which is why I think James is so drawn to her, he sees something in her that he hasn’t seen in anyone else. She doesn’t see a lunatic but a vulnerable, highly sexy man who has got a real gift, he is a real artist.
I have never read anything like this before the whole concept of the plot is surprising and brilliant. The detailing of James illness and his so-called treatment is harrowing and so brutally honest, and it is those details that get to me eve time.
Russell had created characters that you fall in love with and you urge them on through their own personal battles and tribulations. The two lead characters you genuinely care about, you go through so much with them as they go along their own paths.
I really, really like this it is so different to the regular Historical Romance it is new and fresh and at times difficult but it’s cleverly written and Russell has treated the characters who are suffering from various mental illness with the utmost respect and dignity.
This is a terrific book and I cannot recommend enough. But I do warn you that you may need tissues because there is some high-octane emotion going on here.
Full Review can be found over at Chick’s Rogue’s and Scandal’s
His Mistletoe Wager
By Virginia Heath
“Five berries equal the five separate kisses I challenge you to steal.”
Notorious rake Henry Stuart, Earl of Redbridge, is certain he’ll win his Christmas bet—until he learns he’ll be stealing Lady Elizabeth Wilding’s kisses. A woman who refuses to be charmed!
Once jilted, Lizzie must guard her heart, because the ton is unaware of her scandalous secret—her son! Despite their increasing attraction, she can’t risk the persistent Hal bringing down her defenses. But when her former fiancé returns, Lizzie realizes that perhaps Hal’s the one man she can trust—with her heart and her son…
Goodreads My Rating 5*
As always Virginia never fails to have me captivated by every book she writes, the hero and heroine you want to champion, any who do them wring you want to take ain at in a duel to fight fir their honour and the giggles to be had are epically done.
As always I will never give spoilers what I can tell you is that if you love romance Regency adventure and the magic of Christmas as well as a lovable rogue and endearing characters, you all without a doubt laugh, be enraged in their honour at some point because you love them so much they become kin.
I was in tears a fair few points I was moved so much and also tears if joy thank you Virginia for writing tho amazing book for us to escape into away from the madness currently ongoing in the world today, I am as always in awe of your gift for story telling and am blessed to know you. thank you for writing it and the privilege of reading it. 💕
Virginias book is up for pre order for release on kindle 1st October for £2.99p