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Shell’s review of Sarah Mallory Pursued For the Viscount’s Vengeance

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Blurb

Beneath that puritanical dress she was quite beautiful
Viscount Gilmorton had never seduced a woman before but, as the only way to avenge himself on her deceitful brother, he was prepared to disgrace the buttoned-up Deborah Meltham.
He was planning nothing more than to shame her, but not beyond repair. Gil would ensure that she came to him willingly, because if Deborah was as lonely as he thought, she should be receptive to him. Only Gil hadn’t counted on his feelings for her changing – nor her reaction when she realised he’d been deceiving her from the start…
 
My Thoughts
 
I absolutely loved reading this book, this is the first time that I have read one of Sarah’s books and it won’t be the last.  I will definitely be reading more of Sarah’s books.  I will say a little on Gil and Deborah.

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.

Shell’s Review of Michelle Smart Claiming His One-Night Baby

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This is book 2 in the 51Y-deRyIbLtrilogy, 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.

Pandora by Anne Rice

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Alison’s Review Of:

Pandora by Anne Rice

***** 5 stars

Book Blurb:

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…

Review:

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.

Gwessie’s Reviews

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Waltzing With The Earl.

By Catherine Tinley

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Blurb:

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!

Gwessie’s Review:

Goodreads My rating 5*

Received in return for an honest review.

Naughtiness 1*

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.

Distracting The Duke by Elizabeth Keysian

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Alison’s Review Of:

Distracting The Duke by Elizabeth Keysian

***** 5 stars

Book Blurb:

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…

Review:

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.
Highly recommended!!

Gwessie’s Review

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His Mistletoe Wager 

By Virginia Heath

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Blurbs:

“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…

 

Gwessie’s Review:

Goodreads My Rating 5*

Naughtiness 4*

 

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

Gwessie’s Review

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Sweet Surrender 

By Naima Simone

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Blurb:

Killing the messenger is frowned upon. Okay, then… What about laying the messenger on the nearest flat surface and making her scream with pleasure?

 

From the moment Hayden Reynolds approaches Griffin Sutherland in the local, Florida dive bar, all he can think about is fisting her dark curls and stroking those gorgeous curves. But hell would freeze over before she allowed him to touch her because she’s the woman he left behind five years earlier. And now she’s there to deliver a message—an ultimatum—from his estranged father. Blackmail forces Griffin, black sheep of his powerful Texas family, back home to play nice. But the terms of his bargain say nothing about not satisfying his need for the woman he’s never forgotten…never stopped wanting…

 

Hayden is no longer the naive girl who once fiercely loved a golden Sutherland and believed he and a maid’s daughter could live happily ever after. Griffin broke her all those years ago, but she forced herself to pick up the pieces and move on. Now he’s back in Texas, acting the part of the proper, dutiful son. But there’s nothing proper about the detailed—dirty—descriptions of how he wants to touch her…take her… Though her body heats every time he’s near, she refuses to surrender to his special brand of passion. Griffin may have returned home, but he’s leaving again. And this time he won’t take her heart with him…

 

Author’s Note: This book was originally included in The Sutherlands anthology, published in 2016. New content has not been added to this erotic contemporary romance novella.

 

Gwessie’s Review: 

Goodreads My rating 4*

Naughtiness 4*

 

Utterly loved this book most definitely a story I adore and very much love, only reason I finished on 11th was I was reading it well past midnight when I’d finished.

 

As always I will not give spoilers but I will say though there is naughtiness, there is very much the right amount in balance with the story, not many authors get the naughtiness and romance level right but Naima and many more I adore reading do, this fantastic book has everything you can want and a roller coaster of twists and turns I do hope we see our hero’s brother with his own story in the future along with the others in the series.

 

Thank you so much Naima for writing it. 💕

This book publishes tomorrow 15aug pre order kindle price £0.99p

I don’t know if the whole series is being revised,  but I will definitely be collecting them.