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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.

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Amazon / Goodreads / Blog

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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.

Website / Amazon / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

 

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.

Amazon / Harlequin / Mills & Boon / Barnes & Noble

Introduction to Review Sister – Frankie Reviews

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Hello Lovelies, welcome to The Review Sisters blog!

If you don’t know me I’m Frankie, I am the founder, owner and sole reviewer of book review blog Chick’s Rogue’s and Scandal’s, and I am very honored to call myself one of The Review Sisters along side four of the most amazing women.

I am a very proud Yorkshire Lass, tea drinker and a huge Historical Romance fan who has an addiction to a certain Tom Hardy, but don’t tell anyone…😉 I am never happier then when I am curled up with a good book, a cuppa and with my dog at my feet.

I am the “Jack of all Trades” of the group, I’m not too fussy about what kind of Historical Romance I read, whether that be Regency, Medieval or Georgian. I don’t mind!

Unfortunately at the minute I’m not accepting review requests from new authors as my ARC pile has grown to mammoth proportions.

Thank you for dropping by, I hope you will find my reviews interesting and helpful and I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts on the books I read. 💜

 

Book Review by Amy Ella – Redeeming the Rogue Knight by Elisabeth Hobbes

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The Blurb

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

Our hero, Sir Roger Danby was given an unforgettable introduction in his brother’s, Hal’s, story ‘The Blacksmith’s Wife’ and 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 is stripped bare of all the things he deems his right and privilege to have; he is vulnerable and in this time of vulnerability his true-self is revealed and damn, it’s quite a revelation! Roger becomes stronger by allowing himself to be weak… 

Roger is hurt and needing help, our heroine, Lucy Carew takes him in. Lucy is one of the strongest heroines I’ve met – she is fierce, no doubt about it, she’s my kind of girl! 

Determined to make the best out of her lot in life , for her son, she trudges forward, and I think her attitude towards the moments that ‘could have’ defined her sets her apart from other heroines and really pulls you into the historical era. 

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! 

Pre-order here – Redeeming the Rogue Knight 

Introduction to Review Sister – Amy Ella

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Hellloooo everyone and thanks for joining us on the brand new review blog from The Review Sisters!

If you haven’t met me before I’m Amy Ella – the book lover and Mills & Boon aspiring writing of the group. I’m also a #MillsandBoonInsider and you can find me with Shell, over on the Mills & Boon Book Reviews and Chat blog/ FB page too.

I’m thrilled to call myself a Review Sister and to be in such good company!

I read and review any title published by Harlequin, Mills and Boon. Unfortunatley at the moment, I’m not accepting any new authors to review as I’ve decided to tackle the ‘to-be-read’ pile! Wish me luck 😉

I hope you find my reviews helpful and they introduce you to some great books 📚 Happy reading ❤️

Gwessie Tee

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Hi everyone and welcome to our blog, we sisters five met through Mills and Boon Insiders a group who read and review books due to come out by the publisher, as the main page shows we met and formed a close friendship and from there Review Sisters was born.

it was kindly pointed out that most people who we so far have invited from our own friends lists that people liking both or of the pages and twitter may know one of us but not all of us as yet so we decided before posting individual reviews we would post our own introductions.

I’m a married mother of two, eldest is hopefully about to start Uni my youngest is 9 has autism. I myself am also disabled due to spinal injuries that to cut a long story short fractured in a fall then started crumbling years later. Im also a sepsis survivor ( my mother says I don’t do things by halves she’s right lol).

my reading is mostly like a meditation I for the most part read romance I need the positive endings the happy ever after even though they could go through abject hell on their way to achieving it I need that buzz to show and remind myself as I escape into books daily to keep me sane silver linings are still out there you can go through hell and come out the other side, also knowing that there are people out there in a worse state than I’m in though heartbreaking knowing this it also in a strange way helps as you forget your not alone in how you feel or cope with it reading helps me hugely with this and also the people I meet on the way the fellow book lovers who become close as family and the authors who become saviour’s who help keep me sane when everyone’s out, it was this that started me reviewing I noticed that when I came to fb that reviews help authors and potential new readers find books to read.

As above I prefer romance but have read fantasy and Paranormal without romance being the main genre but romance is my preference ( I love the buzz of a happily ever after ), and Biographies of people I admire eg Michelle Visage Willam Belli Shane Dawson, they have come through a lot and use humor alot and have a message to give to the world to inspire others with comedy entwined to be uplifting.

With Romance I always loved romance first thanks to Jane Austen and Colin Firth as Mr Darcy when I was young so Regency is definitely my first love, Medical I got hooked on just after I was poorly in honour of those who along with my husband fought to save me so I could be here today I adore Medical romance you will notice me often say Love is the best medicine it truly is. I also love Paranormal romance and sci-fi romance ones would find me not reading are bdsm books I’m no prude at all but I want the story of the couple not fifty shades of grey lol it’s not for me.

 

So that’s me I hope you will like my reviews along with my sisters, I hope you find plenty of book recommendations, also new authors to start stalking in the best possible  way. Author friends thank you always you keep me sane you will never realise how much you do for me by sharing your gift of story telling with the world, I truly do thank you always. My fellow Review Sisters thank you for friending me in the first place love to you all xxxxx.

Shell Cunliffe

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Hi I’m Shell I am one of The 5 Review Sisters, we got together because of our love of reading romances.  My love for romances started when I was 12 and have loved reading them ever since.  My biggest love is Mills and Boon and this year I became a Insider which means I read and review books.  These are the books I like reading:  Modern, Historical and Regency, Blaze, Desire, Cherish and Medieval.  I also like reading Historical and Regency Romances from other authors that don’t write for M&B, I also like reading HOT Historical and Regency Romances as well.  I’m also a carer for my disabled husband and doing the Insiders is something that fits in when my husband is feeling poorly.  I also have my own blog which is http://5h3llcunliff3.blogspot.co.uk/ you are more than welcome to view my blog at anytime.

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