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Feature Post – An Introduction to Elisabeth Hobbes and Her Rogue Knight

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Elisabeth grew up in York where she spent most of her teenage years wandering around the city looking for a handsome Roman or Viking to sweep her off her feet. Sadly it never happened but Elisabeth developed a love of the past and went on to read History and Art History at university before venturing into the world of teaching.

These days Elisabeth hold’s down jobs as a teacher and mum and she has strong views on SPaG and the National Curriculum.

Elisabeth lives in Cheshire with her husband, two young children and two cats with ridiculous names because the car broke down there in 1999 and she never left.

Elisabeth has a love of historical fiction and has a fondness for dark haired, bearded heroes. When she’s not writing, she spends a lot of her spare time reading and has become something of a pro at cooking one-handed while holding a book!

Elisabeth fondness of ginger mojitos and Thai hot and sour soup, though not at the same time.

You can find Elisabeth hanging around The Unlaced Book Club on Facebook along with other Harlequin Historical authors.

Elisabeth loves hearing from her readers so why not check out the links below.

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The spy who sought refuge…

When injured spy Sir Roger Danby comes asking for shelter at her inn, Lucy Carew is wary. He may be strikingly handsome, but the disgraced single mother has learnt the hard way with men like him. Against her better judgement, she gives him refuge.

Sir Roger has never been at the mercy of a woman before, and he’s never met one as mysterious and bewitching as Lucy. He hasn’t come looking for redemption, but Lucy is a woman who could reach in and touch his closely guarded heart…

The Review Sister Thought’s

Amy’s Thoughts

I confess I didn’t think this knight was redeemable – boy was I wrong. I went from completely loathing him to cooing and swooning all over him
Roger and Lucy’s story is tender whilst being passionate.
A story of finding true love in the most unexpected place and being stronger because of that love. The writing is clever and witty! Redeeming the Rogue Knight has truly confirmed that medieval romance rocks – read it, you won’t be disappointed!
5/5 stars from me!
Alison’s Thoughts
This is the first medieval romance that I have read and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I have to say that I really did enjoy it!
Roger is a Knight on a mission from the King when he gets ambushed and injured. Lucy is a single mother running an Inn and trying desperately to make ends meet. When Thomas her brother arrives with Roger and leaves him in his sister’s care. Lucy does not like Roger on sight and certainly does not trust him! But after spending time with him are her feelings changing towards him and is Roger becoming a better person around Lucy than he has done in the past?
Can they both put their past mistakes behind them and create a future together? Very well written with a great storyline.
Would definitely recommend!
Frankie’s Thoughts
I read it as a stand alone, the story does very much revolve around Roger and Lucy so it’s an easy and highly enjoyable read. This is glorious, the detail of everything about the era is breath-taking, Hobbes has created this superb and compelling story and she has backed it up with intricately detailed historic fact.
This is what I really like about Hobbes, her writing is raw and real. It is the language in particular that the characters use that I really like, it is very normal and of the age. There isn’t any dithering about with polite small talk, it’s always straight to the point and like Roger himself hugely blunt, and I absolutely love it.
It is sharp and precise, from the language right down to details of the joust. It’s an highly charged tale of finding love in the most unexpected places, it is thrilling and emotional.

Another great read that I cannot recommend enough

Gwessie’s Thoughts

Knowing some of my friends had recommended this book to me, I was delighted to be offered the honour of reading it, I can honestly say that I have not read a huge number of medieval romances but the ones I have read, including this I absolutely adore, I will most definitely be collecting more of Elisabeth’s books this is the first of Elisabeth’s books I’ve read it certainly won’t be the last.

As always I will not give spoilers as its not fair to the author or possible new readers that is what blurbs are for. I can tell you I am most definitely addicted to medieval as well, just haven’t had the chance to read alot of them this I believe is my 5th possibly 6th medieval romance. I will definitely be collecting more especially this lovely author. Elisabeth can write a full roller coaster of emotions beautifully,which can have you weeping one minute with one character, to giggling the next with another, I was able to connect with the story and characters very much so.

Definitely highly recommend this book.

Shell’s Thoughts

This is the second book that I have read of Elisabeth’s, and she promised me that I would like this book more than the The Saxon’s Outlaw Revenge, for a introduction to Medieval romances it was a bit gory. Well not only do I like this book I love it, and can’t wait to read more.

The characters are wonderful, Lucy is strong well she has to be being a single mother to a little boy, and Roger who has his own troubles but finds he likes being with Lucy and her son. They have their own conflicts with each other, and at the end have there own happy ending.

I will give this book 5/5 stars and I can highly recommend this book. Also Elisabeth you have given me such joy in reading this book.

You can purchase Redeeming the Rogue Knight via the links below.

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His Mistletoe Wager by Virginia Heath

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“Five berries equal the five separate kisses I challenge you to steal.”

Notorious rake Henry “Hal” 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…

Frankie’s View

This is my first Christmas book of the year and it is a doozy, and it can’t be kept just for Christmas “His Mistletoe Wager” should be read now and then again and again and then at Christmas and then again…

Five years earlier Elizabeth (Lizzie) Wilding is waiting in the church for the love of her life, only to be horrible jilted by only to be told by a note hastely scribbled. She is broken this man was suppose to be her happy ever after, she had given him everything even her innocence only for him to jilt her. Leaving her facing scandal and censor, not only that but leaving her pregnant.

Now she is five years older she has sworn off men for the rest of her life, she has built a wall around her heart and no man will ever broach it again, the only man she wants in her life is her son; George. She has decided that now her son is getting older she is to leave her aristocratic life and move to Yorkshire in peace where her and her cute as button son, George can live without all the cloak and dagger, creeping around as what happens now. She has planned to live her life as a widow, which is entirely proper and also she knows that as a widow her son will be accepted. But unfortunately for lizzie her father has yet again decided that she needs to get herself back on the marriage market and it would be in her best interest to find a gent and get married.

To not only complicate things and make matters worse for her, she has caught the attention of the rakish and womanizing Henry Stuart, the new Earl of Redbridge, for whatever reason he has suddenly decided that she is exactly what he needs to get through this Christmas. He makes her a bargain that she cannot possibly pass up, but in dealing with the devil himself will she be able to fulfil her dream of living independently? Or will she succumb to his charms?

The initial meeting between her and Hal is really very funny, he forces himself in to her little bubble and she is just so irritated by him. She literally think of him as a pesky wasp that first needs swatting with a good old fashioned barbed, tongue lashing. When that doesn’t work she decided that the only way to make the wasp go away is to ignore it, which is highly amusing.

Hal has got to the point in his life where he is bored of the rakish behaviour, he want’s something more to fill his days. Not just a quick tryst with a willing widow, he finds that since gaining the title he has found an whole new love of books and politics and how things are run.

He has spent his life going against the grain and flaunting his rakish ways for all and sundry to see but now that he has taken his rightful place in parliament he finds that he enjoys the debates. He is growing into the Earl we know deep down he is and, we as readers can see what he’s missing in his life and why he isn’t as bothered with bed hopping as he used to be. But as ever with our heroes it does take them a while to get to the conclusion that; Yes, he needs a woman! A good, strong woman who can put him in his place…….

do love a Christmas story and this is such a sweet, festive tale that can be read at any time. For me Lizzie’s personal struggle and trials that she has to face and what she has gone through is the centre stone of the book, and that’s what Heath is particularly very good at. She brings the character’s alive and as always Heath transports you to another time and place with her charming and enigmatic writing, which is as ever spot on.

Full Review can be found at Chick’s Rogue’s and Scandal’s Blog

Feature Post by The Review Sisters – An Introduction to Author Virginia Heath and Her Wild Warriners

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All About Virgina Heath

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling.  As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down.

Fortunately, Harlequin Mills and Boon saw some potential in her stories and decided they would publish them. So far, she has been commissioned to write ten books for their Harlequin Historical series. Her first Regency Romance, That Despicable Rogue, was published in May 2016, and since then there are another five somewhere in the publishers pipeline for 2016 and 2017. Her 3rd book, The Discerning Gentleman’s Guide was shortlisted for a RONA (Romantic Novel of the Year Award).

She is currently working on her first series for Harlequin Historical- The Wild Warriners- which will hit the shelves in 2017 and a stand alone Christmas story as well.

She would love to hear from you on either Facebook or Twitter, especially if you love history as much as she does, and promises to try to remember to Blog about something interesting every month.

A former history teacher and enthusiastic tea drinker, Virginia lives near London with her wonderful husband and two teenagers. When she is not making up stories of her own, Virginia likes to travel to far off places, shop for things she doesn’t need and read other peoples’ stories.

Despite all of that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

A Warriner to Protect Her Book 1 in the #WildWarriners Series by Virginia Heath

The Blurb

An heiress in distress and an earl in disgrace… 

When heiress Violet Dunston escapes from an abduction, she finds an unlikely protector in Jack Warriner–a member of one of England’s most infamous families. Ensconced with mysterious Jack behind his manor’s walls, soon escape is the last thing on Letty’s mind! 

Jack may be an earl, but his father’s exploits have left him with nothing to offer except a tarnished name. He’s turned his back on the ton, but with Letty tempting him day and night, he finds himself contemplating the unthinkable–a society marriage!

The Review Sisters’s Thoughts

Amy’s Thoughts

I would have happily stayed in… what’s the opposite of a man cave? Delightful den! Until this tale was over but I’ve carried this book around with me for days and now I’m devastated that it’s over!

Jack Warriner, is the eldest of four brothers protects what is his fiercely and without reservation. His past shaping him into a man I’d take out to dinner anytime.

Jack wanted to “slay Dragons” for Letty. Theoretical Dragons, but Dragons nevertheless! All to protect his damsel in distress, Letty…

Not only have I fallen in love with one brother Jack, I have fallen in love with four, Jack, Jamie, Joe and Jacob, ‘The Wild Warriners.’

Amy Ella. Read the full review over on the Mills & Boon Book Reviews and Chat Blog. 

Frankie’s Thoughts 

This is just fabulous! It is thoroughly enjoyable and I think it is singularly the best book I have read this year. Ms Heath better pull her socks up because this is going to take some beating, I am fairly certain that she I’ll do it. Especially when we get to Jamie’s story, I was warned I would love him and I am very much looking forward to his outing. He reminds me of Gaelen Foley’s; Damien knight. Anyone who knows me will know how high a praise that is.I cannot say enough good thing’s about it.

The story is fast paced and keeps you gripped from that first page, it keeps you teetering on the edge of your seat as you read wondering where earth this is going to take you next. It really does have all the ingredients for a classic a love story with fabulously complicated characters which is all wrapped up with that wonderful Heath wit that we have come to know and love. I can see this being read and loved for years to come. I must warn you though you will never look at a sheep farmer in the same way again ..

Frankie Reviews. Read the full review over on the Chicks, Rogues and Scandals Blog.

Shell’s Thoughts 

‘If you ask me there are not enough feathers in the food. They are wasted in pillows.’

‘Only a fool would develop such a powerful emotion for a man who largely behaved as if she didn’t exist.’

These are my two favourites quotes from the book. If you liked the film Seven Brides For Seven Brothers then you will love this book, but even if you have never seen the film then I highly recommend that you read this book, Virginia you did a wonderful job and a different take on the film I loved it this book from start to finish.

Shell Cunliffe. Read the full review over on Shell’s blog – Boonies123

Alison’s Thoughts

I absolutely loved every minute of it. On the one hand not being able to put it down and on the other not wanting it to end!

The story had me riveted from the very first paragraph. The writing flowed and the characters were very engaging.

I cannot wait to read the next book in the series about these four brothers.
This author has quickly become one of my favourites and I will be purchasing her future novels and also her back catalogue.

Very highly recommended to all lovers of historical romances!!

Alison Pearson. Read the full review on Mills and Boon Book Reviews Blog.

Gwessie’s Thoughts

I had the privilege and honour to read this wonderful story, and beginning of what I am sure will be an amazing series. Utterly brilliant adored this book very much, ticks all of the boxes for me definitely romance, action, adventure cheekiness truly adore it. Thank you Virginia xxx

Gwessie Tee. Read her full review over on Goodreads.

Purchase here –  A Warriner to Protect Her Out Now! 

A Warriner to Rescue Her Book 2 in the #WildWarriners Series by Virginia Heath

The Blurb 

Tempted by the damsel in distress! 

Captain James Warriner is startled to find a curvaceous beauty caught up a tree in his orchard! Despite his shattered leg, he rescues Miss Cassandra Reeves, then is determined to have nothing more to do with the enticing vicar’s daughter. 

Except when Cassie seeks Jamie out to apologize, they find themselves persuaded to work together on her storybook. Secret liaisons with the dashing soldier make Cassie wish Jamie would rescue her once more…by making her his wife!

The Review Sisters’s Thoughts

Alison’s Thoughts 

My Oh My Oh My!!! What a beautiful love story this was. I thought I had fallen in love with Jack Warriner from the first book of the series but I fell just as hard for Jamie Warriner in this second book.

The story was just so enchanting that I really didn’t want it to end, you just knew from the very beginning that Jamie and Cassie absolutely belonged together.

I cannot wait to fall in love with the next Warriner brother in the third book of this series. Highly recommended read, this lady has become one of my favorite authors.

Alison Pearson.  Read the full review over on the Mills and Boon Book Reviews Blog.

Amy’s Thoughts

Jamie and Cassie are kindred spirits, souls destined to meet each other in this life or the next. Jamie rescues Cassie only for her to rescue him straight back and they thoroughly deserved their happily-ever-after!

This love story is breath-takingly written. A love story that had me spell-bound from the get-go and continued to weave it’s magic until the final page.

A romance that is devilishly funny but just as emotionally charged as a love scene in the rain. A highly, highly recommended read.

Amy Ella. Read the Full review over on the Mills & Boon Book Reviews and Chat Blog.

Frankie’s Thoughts

Move over Heathcliffe there is a new gruff, monosyllabic, tormented hero in town in the form of Captain Jamie Warriner. Oh my word! I was warned I would love him and he has more than lived up to the hype, he really is something special. He is a proud man who after serving his country with courage facing down more horrors than any man should face he is back and he is in pain, not just physically but he is trying adjust to civilian life but like a lot of soldiers today poor Jamie is struggling. I was drawn to him the moment I met him in the previous book “A Warriner to protect her” there is just something about this gruff but hugely sensitive man, that draws you in. Yes, he may be as stubborn as an OX – as well as built like one – but he has a good and kind heart, who needs a little love.

Frankie Reviews. Read the full review over on the Chicks, Rogues and Scandals Blog.

Shell’s Thoughts

If he’d had any breath left in his lungs, he probably would have screamed in agony. All that came out instead was a weird hiss.’

‘Jamie thanks to his ancestors and over a decade of growing, he was now an ox of a man. An ox of a man with a useless left leg.’

Two of my favourite quotes! This is book 2 in Virginia’s Warriner Series. Well were do I start I loved it as I knew I would from start to finish, it made me laugh and also made me cry, I love the way Virginia writes she makes you engage with the characters.

Shell Cunliffe. Read the full review over on Shell’s blog – Boonies123

Gwessie’s Thoughts

I literally could not put this awesome book down, was completely drawn in to the story and emotions of the characters as they unfolded having read #1 which I loved I knew what I may expect but it still blew me out of the water and I so very much enjoyed it, definitely cant wait to read #3 in the near future as the characters unfold more definitely adore this series and the author who wrote them cannot fault a single word any who love Historical Romance will love this it has everything from humour to tears in every setting truly wonderful read I must admit I did weep myself along with the characters but gladly come the end was weeping I joy.

Gwessie Tee. Read the full review over on Gwessie’s GoodReads profile.

Purchase here – A Warriner to Rescue Her Out Now! 

IMG_1590‘I’m Trevor and I think my very silly human is very clever! Go and say hello to Virginia, my Mum, on the links below. I’m currently taking over my silly human’s author page so come and say hello to me too!’

Virginia Heath Website

The Unlaced Book Club – Facebook

Virginia Heath Author Page – Facebook

Virginia Heath- Twitter 

A Warrior’s Desire By Pamela Palmer

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Alison’s Review of:

A Warrior’s Desire by Pamela Palmer

**** 4 stars

Book Blurb:

A love that could destroy the world…

Former navy SEAL Charlie embarks on the most dangerous mission of his career when he dives through a portal to rescue the only person who knows how to seal the gates between faery land and the mortal world. But meeting Tarrys, his guide and companion, is the true revelation.

As the pair traverse the Forest of Nightmares they’re pursued by deadly creatures. But the greatest danger is the electrifying attraction that’s growing between them, an attraction that could doom humanity…

Review

This is book three of the Esri series, I have read these books out of sequence but it does not detract from the story in any way.

This is the story of Charlie and Tarry’s relationship.
They are on a mission to rescue Princess Ilaria from the Forest of Nightmares in Esria where she has been imprisoned for 300 years.
Tarry is not Charlie’s usual type of woman but then Tarry is not human!
On this quest together they become so much closer and Charlie starts to see Tarry for the woman she really is. Strong, brave and resilient and also very beautiful. But can they complete this quest and get home safely to start a life together?

This is a very entertaining series of books, even though a little far fetched at times. I am looking forward to reading the first two books in this series.

Highly recommended paranormal romance!

The Convenient Felstone Marriage by Jenni Fletcher

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Alison’s Review Of:

The Convenient Felstone Marriage by Jenni Fletcher

***** 5 stars!

Book Blurb:

‘I have a proposal for you…’

The last place respectable governess Ianthe Holt ever expected to be proposed to is in a train carriage…by a stranger…who has just accused her of trying to trap another man into marriage!

Shipping magnate Robert Felstone may be dashing but he’s also insufferable, impertinent—and Ianthe’s only possible saviour from her uncertain fate. She’s hesitant to play the perfect Felstone wife, but Robert soon shows Ianthe there’s more to him than meets the eye, and more to marriage than vows…

Review

This was a truly beautiful love story, one that I enjoyed from the very first page!

Robert Felstone is a fierce business man who meets Ianthe Holt on a train journey that will change both their lives.

Robert asks Ianthe to marry him as he needs a wife to complete his business deal and Ianthe is running away from a scandal in her past and a hateful man in her present who her brother has promised her to.
So she accepts this business deal and marries Robert at the very first opportunity.
But will her past and present collide just when she and Robert are starting to develop true feelings for each other.

Does this have to be just a business deal or can they get over the obstacles standing in their way and make this a real marriage so that they both can be happy?

Excellent read and highly recommended to all lovers of historical romances.

 

 

The Prince’s Nine Month Scandal by Caitlin Crews

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Alison’s Review Of:

The Prince’s Nine Month Scandal by Caitlin Crews #millsandbooninsiders

***** 5 stars

Book Blurb:

A shocking royal pregnancy!

Personal Assistant Natalie Monette’s life transforms when she meets her secret identical twin. Except Valentina is a sophisticated Princess, unhappily engaged to the supremely arrogant Crown Prince Rodolfo. Impulsively, Natalie agrees to swap identities for six weeks. Her plan is put Rodolfo in his place…until she’s enticed by the heat between them!

Prince Rodolfo can’t understand why, having never felt any desire for his betrothed, he now can’t keep his hands off this captivating woman. But scandal abounds when he discovers who he’s taken to his bed…and that she’s carrying his heir!

Review

Natalie and Valentina meet quite by accident in a London bathroom, they are identical but both from very different backgrounds and on the spur of the moment they decide to swap places!

This is where you would think to yourself, how many times has this story been done before! But I have to admit that this was a thoroughly enjoyable read, which I loved!

Will they get caught? And will the handsome Prince Rodolfo fall in love for the first time in his life with the Princess who has been promised to him since his birth or will he fall in love with the secret sister Natalie?

Excellent romance and I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series about Valentina’s story.

Recommended!!!

His Shy Cinderella by Kate Hardy

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Alison’s Review Of:

His Shy Cinderella by Kate Hardy

***** 5 stars

Book Blurb:

The real woman behind his rival…

Racing driver Brandon Stone is intent on proving he has what it takes to run his family business – first stop: procuring rival race car designers the McKenzies. But shy Angel McKenzie has no intention of selling up!

Angel has avoided the limelight most of her life. But with her family business under threat, she’ll do anything it takes to save it. Working closely with Brandon ignites feelings she never knew existed…he may be the last person she should ever date, but her heart is telling her to break the rules!

Review

This was a beautiful love story from start to finish, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Brandon Stone thought to be a ruthless business man courts Angel McKenzie with the intention of buying out her company but Angel is adamant that she is not selling!!
Though the do start to spend a lot of time together and their feelings for each other start to grow which takes Brandon by surprise as he has never wanted to settle down and has very much been living the play boy life style.

Angel is very serious and hardworking and nothing like the women Brandon usually dates.
Angel has problems with her hearing but that has not stopped her from becoming a successful business woman.

Have they got a future together even though at first meeting they seem totally incompatible?

I really enjoyed this book and I will be reading more books from this author in the future.