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Feature Post – An Introduction to Author Laurie Benson and The Secret Lives of The Ton

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An Introduction to Laurie

Laurie Benson is an award-winning historical romance author and 2015 Golden Heart® finalist. She began her writing career as an advertising copywriter, where she learned more than you could ever want to know about hot dogs and credit score reports. Her interest in history began when she was in elementary school, and that interest was fueled by many visits to many museums.

When she isn’t at her laptop avoiding laundry, Laurie can be found browsing antique shops, going on ridiculously long hikes, or sitting in her car on the school pickup line. She lives with her husband and two sons in a house filled with testosterone—even her bunny is a boy.

The Secret Lives of The Ton Series

What Society doesn’t know…

Book 1 ~ An Unsuitable Duchess

The scandal of the season! 

For American Katrina Vandenberg, the rules of London society are stifling. So, when a rare moment of solitude at a particularly tedious ball is interrupted, she’s disappointed…until she lays eyes on a very handsome stranger!

Julian Carlisle, Duke of Lyonsdale, is destined for a dull marriage of convenience, and Katrina couldn’t be further from the docile, blue-blooded bride he needs. An affair would be scandalous, but could there be a way for this highly unsuitable woman to become Julian’s perfect duchess after all?

The Sisters Thoughts

Gwessie’s Thought’s

Completely and utterly adored this wonderful book, so much I couldn’t put it down until I finished it, I was completely captivated and moved by all aspects of the journey of our Hero and heroine and also driven nuts in the best possible way into shouting at the book due to certain peoples stubbornness.

Highly recommended, a must read and a 5/5 from me.

Alison’s Thoughts

Katrina is a diplomat’s daughter from America and Julian is The Duke of Lyonsdale. When they first meet it is instant attraction and before long they are having clandestine meetings to spend time together as Katrina is not Duchess material or is she?

The more time they spend together the more their feelings grow for one another. After a scandal tears them apart can they really survive without each other? And can tradition be ignored so that Julian can follow his hearts desire this time around?

A brilliant start to this series and I cannot wait to read the stories of The Duke of Winterbourne and The Earl of Hartwick next! Very highly recommended historical romance!!

Book 2 ~ An Uncommon Duke

Confessions of a Regency duke…

When the Duke of Winterbourne proposed to Olivia, she felt like the luckiest girl alive. Their happy marriage was the envy of the ton. But all that changed when Gabriel wasn’t there the night Olivia needed him the most. Now, five years later she wants another child. But can she trust herself to give Gabriel her body without losing her heart?

Gabriel’s life is dedicated to protecting the crown, and he’s learned the hard way not to trust anyone with his secrets. Now his estranged wife wants to try for another child just as an assassination attempt is made on the Prince Regent. His mind should be on uncovering the would-be killer, except having Olivia in his bed and in his life again is proving to be a big distraction

The Sisters Thoughts

Frankie’s Thoughts

This is just about the perfect Historical Romance novel that you can get, it has everything that you want from a good book. suspense, intrigue, fabulous love story, character’s that you adore from page one, brilliant plot and I absolutely loved it.

Secret’s of the Ton is a suburb series and this is one of those rare gem’s that you can read and re-read over and over again with tiring of and I absolutely insist that everyone read’s this.

Absolutely stunning, a joy from page one and a series that can only get better and better.

Gwessie’s Thoughts

I loved this story so very much and will not be giving any spoilers, truly utterly beautiful story and fantastically done,I lave been captivated by this story as much as its predecessor in the series loved laughed and cried very very touching at times to.

Completely recommend and adore this book thank you Laurie for writing it xxxx

Book 3 ~ An Unexpected Countess

“Dash it, Miss Forrester, what are you doing up here?” 

The Earl of Hartwick delights in scandalizing the ton with his behavior. But it’s his turn to be scandalized when, on an escapade, he bumps into Miss Sarah Forrester—in the rain, at night, on a rooftop!

Sarah is hunting for a diamond, and the last thing she needs is the infuriating Hart distracting her. But he’s looking for the jewel, too! They may be rivals, but the sparks between them are uncontrollable. And soon Sarah finds herself longing for another treasure—becoming Hart’s countess!

 

Amy’s Thoughts

An Unexpected Countess is a romance that will grip you from the get go with it’s sizzling dialogue, fast pace and unexpected plot twists. But be warned, it will leave you howling when it’s over. I wanted to stay in Hart and Sarah’s world and see them through to old age!

An Unexpected Countess is Book #3 in the Secret Lives of the Ton and I read it as a standalone. But I cannot wait to read the other two books in this series. My first Laurie Benson title but it certainly will not be my last. 5/5 stars from me!

Shell’s Thoughts

Who knew that looking for a diamond could lead to love.

I loved this book from start to finish it made laugh at certain parts and also made me cry. That is a sign for me that Laurie understands her characters and her readers.

In the beginning Hart and Sarah are on top of a very wet rooftop but for entirely different reasons, Hart is leaving Lady Hemlford’s residence, and Sarah is breaking into a vacant house. At this point Hart and Sarah are not aware that they are both looking for The Sancy Diamond.

I loved the twists and turns of the book. I can highly recommend this book a must read.

All three books in “The Secrets of the Ton” series is out now and they can be found at Amazon.

Laurie loves hearing from her reader’s so why not get in touch with her, you can connect with her on social media, check out her website where you can sign up for her Newsletter and why not follow her blog The Cozy Drawing Room? All the links below.

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Feature Post – An Introduction To Author Janice Preston and The Beauchamp’s.

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About Janice Preston

Janice grew up in Wembley, North London, with a love of reading, writing stories and animals. After leaving school at eighteen, she moved to Devon and any thoughts of writing became lost in the hectic rush of life as a farmer’s wife, with two children and many animals to care for. When her children left home for university, she discovered a love of history and of the Regency period in particular and began to write seriously for the first time since her teens.

Real life then got in the way and Janice didn’t write again until 2009. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association in 2012 and her first Regency romance was accepted for publication by Harlequin Mills & Boon in late 2013.

Janice now lives in the West Midlands with her second husband and two cats and continues to write Regency romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon.

Cinderella and the Duke;  Beauchamp Betrothal’s 1

Falling for a duke in disguise! 

Never welcomed into society circles, Rosalind Allen gave up her marriage prospects long ago–life has taught her she’ll only get hurt. So she’s shocked when an encounter with a mysterious stranger makes her long to reconsider…

Little does Rosalind know that her mystery man is Leo Beauchamp, Duke of Cheriton, traveling in disguise to evade the ladies of the ton! Impoverished Rosalind is the first woman to captivate Leo–but can he persuade this wary Cinderella to trust him with her heart? 

Read the Review Sisters Thoughts.

Amy’s Thoughts

Our hero Leo Beauchamp, Duke of Cheriton, is a mature and deliciously moreish hero. I found it really refreshing to have a mature hero; seasoned in the ways of the world but, none the less, just as delicious as a twenty or thirty something hero.

This romance screams that it’s never too late to find true love and that love can be found in the most unusual and unexpected of circumstances.

Rosalind and Leo’s journey to find their happily-ever-after is full of obstacles, but as they face each one, you will be willing them to overcome them. A romance centered around the unconditional love for family and that love can conquer all.

Alison’s Thoughts

Oh what a beautiful love story!!

Leo is a Duke and Rosalind a spinster who has spent her life looking after her siblings. They meet quite by accident both under false identities and from that very first moment sparks fly between them, but can they learn to overcome their fears and learn to trust each other and trust in their feelings even though both have been terribly hurt in the past. And can they also put aside their different stations in life and come together through their obvious love for each other.

The real hero of the story however is Hector but you will need to read this wonderful book to find out just who or what Hector is!!

A fabulous story that I truly loved every minute of. The author is a very talented storyteller who you know can deliver a magical read every time!

Frankie’s Thoughts

I really like this, even though the title is “Cinderella and the Duke” the fairy-tale isn’t pushed into you face, it is very subtle. You get the Cinderella undertones with a young woman having to do all the chores while the step parent does what he wants, and yes she does meet her own prince charming, but there is just so much more to this.

This isn’t just a sweet and tender Historical Romance about love after loss, there is a real dark undertone to this that makes it intriguing especially when we get into both their individual stories The dark twists in the story do revolve around Lascelle’s who is Leo’s cousin.

This is a sweet story of two people who seem to think that they are both not destined for happiness but in amongst a turbulent time they find a kindred spirit. This is book one in the new Beauchamp Betrothal Series and judging by this one, this is going to be a delicious series and I can’t wait to read more of this especially if it is going to feature Leo’s brother and all round cheeky chappy; Vernon.

Gwessie’s Thoughts

This book I one of the first I have read by the lovely Janice Preston and most definitely will not be the last, I utterly adored every aspect of this wonderful story and was completely hooked on every page.

As always I will not give spoilers ever however I will Say this wonderfully written story grabs hold of you in your mind and heart. It is impossible not to feel every emotion that is happening along with each twist and turn until we reach the end which I must admit had me weeping with a huge smile on my face which is always what I need at the end of the books I read, so I can most definitely highly recommend this book to all who love historical romance,

Thank you Lady Janice for writing it.

Shell’s Thoughts

This is the first book that I have read by Janice and it definitely won’t be the last. I loved this book so much that I didn’t want it to end.

I won’t go into to much detail from here, but lets just say Leo pushes and challenges Ros, especially when Leo and Ros help a little girl named Susie and there is a difference in how Leo and Ros want to bring up Susie, that’s mainly because Ros feels that she is loosing her family and she doesn’t has a purpose and she fights Leo right up until the end.

There is also Leo’s cousin Mr Anthony Lascelles, who is not a very nice man. Leo and his brother Vernon and Richard Lord Stanton are staying at Anthony estate, because Richard is looking for ponies for his wife Felicity. For reasons that become apparent Leo and Anthony don’t get on, and that really shows further on in the book.

As I’ve said before I loved this book and it also made me cry, especially the end when Leo does something for Ros. I’m not telling you what that is you will just have to read the book.

This book is a absolute must read and comes highly recommended.

Cinderella and the Duke is out now and can be found at Amazon.

Scandal and Miss Markham; The Beauchamp Betrothal’s Book 2

A scandalous journey…

Glassmaker’s daughter Thea Markham is devastated when her brother Daniel goes missing. Then a mysterious lord turns up asking questions about Daniel and offers to find him. Unsure she can trust the handsome peer, Thea dresses up as a boy and follows him!

Lord Vernon Beauchamp feels his life lacks direction. Meeting Thea gives him a renewed purpose. And when they are thrown together on their scandalous adventure, friendship soon gives way to desire…

Review’s coming soon.

Scandal and Miss Markham is released on 1st October and can be pre-orded at Amazon

Janice loves hearing from her readers, why not check out the links below to connect and to find out more about Janice’s work.

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Cover Reveal – Fatal Masquerade by Vivian Conroy

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Here at Review Sisters we have the great pleasure of being apart of Vivian Conroy’s latest Cosy Mystery Cover Reveal of Fatal Masquerade, which is book four in the Lady Alkmene Cosy Mystery series.

Blurb

Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois are back in a gripping new adventure facing dangerous opponents at a masked ball in the countryside.

Masked Danger….

Lady Alkmene Callender has always loved grand parties, but when she receives an invitation to a masked ball thrown by Franklin Hargrove – oil magnate, aviation enthusiast and father of her best friend, Denise – she’s never seen such luxury. The estate is lit up with Chinese lanterns in the gardens, boats operated by footmen float across the pond and the guest list features the distinguished, rich and powerful!

But below the glamour, evil is lurking. When a dead body is discovered, it forces Lady Alkmene to throw off her mask and attempt to find the true killer before Denise’s family are accused. If only her partner, Jake Dubois, weren’t hiding something from her…

This case might just be more dangerous than either of them could have imagined.

Fatal Masquerade is to be released on 4th October and can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.