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Scandal and Miss Markham.

By Janice Preston

 

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Blurb:

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…

 

The Beauchamp Betrothals

 

Diamond rings for the dynasty…

 

Review:

Goodreads my rating 5*

 

Naughtiness 3.5*

 

Another amazing book from Janice I absolutely loved it, had to slow down a lil bit for family reasons but finally finished reading this brilliant book in the early hours of this morning, again got engrossed. I’m a night owl at the moment it seems,I digress. Truly though completely loved it more if you can believe than the last book it had even more in it that kept me engrossed as all good books do.

 

As always I will not give spoilers there is a Blurb. What I can say that this book took me from every side and made me weep with both sorry and dispare at their plight utter joy, every emotion conceivable you experience with addies twists and turns not many would guess the out come. I’m sure we will see more in the near future from them and I’m most hoping that two characters that haven’t met yet might be in the next, but I’m saying nothing and hope to ask Lady Janice or even beg if they are next.

 

Thank you so very much Lady Janice for writing this awesome book and the privilege of reading it I am Addicted xxxx

Currently available for pre order on Amazon £2.99for release on October 1st

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The Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke

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Alison’s Review Of:

The Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

***** 5 stars

Book Blurb:

Falsely accused victim? Or cold-blooded killer?
Casey Carter was convicted of murdering her fiancé fifteen years ago. But Casey claims – has always claimed – she’s innocent. And although she was charged and served out her sentence in prison, she is still living ‘under suspicion’. She hears whispers at the grocery store. She can’t get a job. Even her own mother treats her like she’s guilty.
Her story attracts the attention of Laurie Moran and the Under Suspicion news team – it’s Casey’s last chance to finally clear her name, and Laurie pledges to exonerate her.
Now Laurie must face an egomaniacal new co-host, a relentless gossip columnist who seems to have all the dirt and Casey’s longstanding bad reputation to once and for all prove Casey’s innocence –that is, if she’s innocent…

Review:

This really was an edge of your seat thriller and had me hooked from the very first page!

Crazy Casey Carter has just been released from prison after serving 15 years for manslaughter, but everyone believed that she deserved much more for murdering her fiancé Hunter Raleigh.
As soon as she is able she contacts Laurie Moran who’s show Under Suspicion tries to solve cold cases. Casey is adamant that she was completely innocent of the crime she was committed for, but can Laurie find evidence to prove this or to prove that she really was guilty?

I just couldn’t put this book down, even though I had an inkling of who did to it about half way through.
I would highly recommend this thriller as it had me turning the pages in anticipation of the outcome!

 

Redeeming the Rogue Knight by Elisabeth Hobbes

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Alison’s Review Of:

Redeeming the Rogue Knight by Elisabeth Hobbes

**** 4 stars

Book 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…

Review:

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!

Shell’s Review of Wicked Scandal Regency Sinners Book 3 by Carole Mortimer

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My Review

As we now know from the previous books the Sinners are looking for the lady who is working for Napoleon against the crown this past year.

Well what can I say the fabulous Carole has done it again, I just loved this book.  If you like hot steamy books then this is for you.

I just adored Devil he is strong and very handsome, their is one other thing that I loved about Devil is that he feel in love at first sight, its such a shame that Alys didn’t know at the time.  but we will get to that in a bit.

Alys is the much loved daughter of Sir Peter Newcomb (she does have a brother I will get to him later).  To me Alys is a strong woman and very caring.  Devil first meets Alys when she was seventeen but because of the age difference he feels that Alys should make up her own mind and in the mean time Devil goes into business with her father.  Until one night when Devil was staying at Newcomb Manor something happened to Sir Peter and for three years Alys blamed Devil.

So now three years later Devil is back at Newcomb Manor because he has being invited to a hunting party by Alys brother Teddy.  As we know Devil is there not for the hunting but to find out if Alys is the spy working with Napoleon.  When Alys finds out that Devil has been invited she isn’t too pleased with her brother.  But things start to happen that bring Devil and Alys together.

Now I come to the one person that I didn’t like and that is Teddy who only thinks about money and nothing else not even his sister who he is absolutely vile to.  Unbeknown to Devil and Alys, Teddy has hatched a plan that will give him something that he constantly craves and that is money, he caught Devil and Alys in her bedchamber in a compromising way and demand that they get married but only when Devil gives him the money.

Last of all we have a character that had a small part (but already I’m looking forward to his book), and that is Lord Maximilian Smythe the Earl of Carlton or Maxim who has brought the special licence from Prinny.  While Maxim is at Newcomb Manor a rather awkward situation arises were Maxim has to hold back Devil from punching Teddy (I really wish he had hit him).  But like with all baddies they get there comeuppance.

Because I loved the book I never got round to introducing the characters properly, so we have Devil or Sebastian Trentham Marquis of Deveril, Miss Alys Newcomb and her brother Edward Newcomb or Teddy.

I also found that there was a lot of humour and because Devil didn’t hit Teddy I so wished I could have done that for the vile things he said about his sister.  As always I can highly recommend this book and will give it 5/5 stars.

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

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Gwessie’s Review

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The White Lily.

By Juliette Cross

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Blurb:

To the north of the Varis empire, a mysterious faction spreads propaganda against the vampire monarchy. Friedrich Volya, the Duke of Winter Hill, seeks to discover who they are before his uncle finds them first. King Dominik will punish the traitors with brutal force.

 

Local schoolteacher, the raven-haired Brennalyn, is on her own mission—to spy on the duke and discover what she can for the Black Lily. She longs to help the commonwealth and bring justice to the many orphans left behind from the ravages of the blood madness, like the children she lovingly keeps in her care. What she doesn’t plan for is the heart-pounding attraction she feels for the duke, enemy to the Black Lily.

 

But when Brennalyn’s secret puts her life and the life of her children in danger, Friedrich steps in as her protector, she finds out there’s more to the duke than she thought.

 

Review:

Goodreads my rating 5*

Recieved in return for an honest review via NetGalley

 

Naughtiness 3.5*

 

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, one of the first I’ve read by Juliette but most definitely will not be the last. Though part of a series this can be read as a stand alone but purely because of how fantastic it is I’d recommend getting all of them and reading them back to back, I haven’t had chance to read all of its sisters to date but will be doing so.

 

As always I will not give spoilers it would be unjust to the book and author to do so, I will however tell you that if you love vampire romance, adventure and an epic roller-coaster of a story that completely pulls you in to the point of not knowing whether you are in said story or the real world then this is for you. I highly recommend this book and hope to read many more in future by Juliette.

 

Thank you Juliette for this amazing book, I love it very much. can’t wait for the next to comeText you copy will automatically show here out xxx

 

Gwessie’s Review

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To conquer A Scott.

By Tamara Gill

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 Blurb:

Time-traveling isn’t what Abigail Cross had in mind for her Scottish vacation, nor was a potential marriage to the Laird Aedan Macleod. The fact that the obnoxious, yet hot, and definitely sexy Highlander sees the world very differently than she does, is beside the point.

 

Aedan Macleod knows what he wants in a wife, and Abigail certainly doesn’t meet his Highland standard, even though he must rein in his desire, because beautiful, opinionated Abigail would never suit as a laird’s wife.

 

Tempers flare yet passion is undeniable, as Abby navigates her way in seventeenth century Scotland—without toilet paper. When two rival clans threaten the maddening twenty-first century minx who’s captured Laird Aedan’s heart, the mighty Highlander is willing to sacrifice everything to keep Abigail safe.

 

Review:

Goodreads my rating 5*

Recieved in return for an honest review

 

Naughtiness 4*

 

Wow does not do this book justice, I’m trying tu figure out a word that would but at present cannot find one, but rest assured I utterly loved it. Tamara never ever fails to move me and captivate me in her books. Just when I think I’ve read her best book ever she ups the ante in the very next book.

 

As always I will never give spoilers I can say though that I loved, raged, laughed and wept with sadness and joy throughout this whole book, every emotion you could connect with very easily as you were drawn in by not just the story but the characters also. I utterly loved the epilogue and highly recommend this book to all who love romance and adventure with a little magic, I defy anyone who is a true lover of romance not to love it.

 

Thank you so much for writing it Tamara, can’t wait for the next of your books.