{Lisa} Review: Smitten Book Club by Colleen Coble

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NOTE: I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Book Description: At a rummage sale, Heather, a member of the Fireside Book Club, discovers a turn-of-the-century romantic advice book written by a once-famous Smitten, Vermont, resident. When she shares the precious volume with her friends in the club, they find clues about a hidden treasure rumored to be buried in their tiny town.

As Heather, Abby, Lia, and Molly take turns reading the book, each projects onto it her own literary tastes. Heather sees it as a mystery. Abby discovers delicious dashes of Jane Austen. Lia sees in it the idealism of a bygone day. And Molly just wishes they’d made the book into a movie!

One by one, each of the women finds romantic love–often in spite of the historic book’s advice. And in searching for the legendary gold, the friends discover the best kind of treasure. The kind that brings hope and healing to each of their hearts.

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Lisa’s Review: Combine one concept and four authors and you have a wonderful story! Each of the authors creates a story for a different friend in Molly Moore’s circle. Molly’s husband, Curtis, was a volunteer fireman who lost his life in a fire and the community of Smitten, Vermont rallies to help Molly, and her son, with fundraisers and help from various members of the town. During a fundraiser at the local library a book is discovered and shared between the friends. “The Gentlewoman’s Guide to Love and Courtship” was written by Molly’s husband’s relative, Pearl Chambers. The friends hope they can uncover the secret the book holds that will lead them to a treasure to help Molly.

“Love by the Book” by Colleen Coble, is the story of Heather DeMeritt and Paul Mansfield. Paul left Heather because he was scared; scared that their small town was too small and he wanted a life. He discovers he was wrong and comes back hoping for a second chance. Heather was hurt and is guarded about putting her heart on the line again. “The Gentlewoman’s Guide” helped Heather learn that forgiveness is essential to love.

“Shelved Under Romance” by Kristen Billerbeck, is Abby and Wyatt’s story. Abby is 27, the town librarian and caregiver to her mother. She would do anything for others and puts herself last. Wyatt has had a thing for Abby for a long time, but he becomes tongue-tied around her. He is into extreme sports and she is cautious. When Wyatt tries to fulfill a dying wish, Abby needs to decide if she and her heart are worth the risk.

“A New Chapter” by Dianne Hunt, is Elliana “Lia” Burton and Joey Oliver’s story. Lia is a kindergarten teacher and is always willing to help a friend. She lost her heart to Joey long ago. She has a fear of dentists, wishes she were more independent and daring and is clueless about men. Joey is a dentist and a tragedy has brought him back to Smitten with his five year old daughter. He always thought of Lia as a good friend, but is seeing her differently now. They travel the road to love needing to put their hearts out there and get loving nudges and shoves from her mother.

“Happily Ever After” by Denise Hunter, is Molly and Gage Turner’s story. When Molly lost her husband her ability to trust was rocked to the core. She is left a single mother, owner of an outdoor adventure business that was her husband’s dream, and wishing for someone to love, trust and be a helpmate. Gage is the owner of Molly’s competition and his business is doing my better than hers. He offers to help her and in the process she learns to trust again. She learns that she can d things if she puts her mind to it and she finds her joy along the way.

This was a brilliant book written by four different women, but you would not know that. The hunt for treasure pulls all four stories together into a sweet and charming book. I really enjoyed the read and found four new authors to learn more about. 4/5 stars.

Interested in reading Smitten Book Club by Colleen Coble? Copies are available for purchase HERE.

{Lisa} Review: One Night With An Earl by Jennifer Haymore

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NOTE: I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Book Description: Beatrice Reece, Lady Fenwick, has retired from polite society. Everyone knows her late husband treated her abominably, and she simply cannot bear the whispers of the ton. But it’s the night of London’s premier masquerade ball—and Beatrice’s one chance to revel in anonymity. She hopes no one will recognize her beneath her mask, not even the sinfully sexy stranger across the room who holds her captive in his gaze.

Andrew Sinclair would know beautiful Beatrice anywhere from the gentle sway of her hips, the richness of her hair and the lushness of her body. When he asks her to dance, the attraction is instant and all-consuming. The only woman he’s ever truly wanted is finally in his arms. But when the clock strikes twelve, will this one reckless night fade into the morning light?

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Lisa’s Review: What a charming and fun concept for a book! Ms Haymore is helping Lady Esme Hawkins get her novel out to the public.

This is all about second chances. Two people who had both thought the other would be the perfect mate and fate got in the way. She is given to a brute and he was not fast enough to get to her first. The night of a masquerade they find each other again. Beatrice Reece, Lady Fenwicke, is venturing out for the first time since scandal hit two years ago. She is nervous and a bit excited. Andrew Sinclair, the ninth Earl of Weston, is attending to humor the patroness of his botanical studies. He has the power to renew her faith in herself and the world. Ms. Haymore pours years of love, yearning and promise into a novella and it is brilliant. 4/5 stars.

Interested in reading One Night With An Earl by Jennifer Haymore? Copies are available for purchase HERE.

{Lisa} Review: The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell by Paula Quinn

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NOTE: I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Book Description: A HIGHLAND ROGUE

Edmund MacGregor will do anything to save Scotland from English rule-even kidnap Lady Amelia Bell for ransom. As the daughter of a duke and the chancellor’s betrothed, she’s the perfect pawn in this game. But from the moment he first lays eyes on his spirited captive, he can’t resist stealing a kiss . . .

AN ADVENTUROUS LADY

Lady Amelia’s duty is to marry well, but that hasn’t stopped her from fantasizing about true love. So when a sexy Scot appears in her home, she’s beguiled. When he kidnaps her, she’s furious. Yet as Edmund introduces her to a world of passion beyond her wildest dreams, can she leave her family behind for this handsome Highlander? And will Edmund risk the only true home he’s ever known to capture the heart of this lovely lass?

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Lisa’s Review: How can you go wrong with kidnappers in Kilts?

Edmond MacGregor is a man that adopted Scotland and is willing to fight to the death to keep it from becoming ruled by England. He is a Highland warrior, who is loyal, driven, brave, intelligent and not one to take lightly. He has always thought nothing could sway him from his goal of an independent Scotland, until he sees, then meets, Amelia.

Amelia Bell, is the daughter of the Duke of Queensbury and soon to be betrothed to the Lord Chancellor of Scotland, Earl of Seafield. She does not like the Earl, does not want to marry him, but is doing it out of duty to her parents. She is beautiful, gentle, kind and accident prone. Her power hungry mother harangues and demeans her any chance she gets and erodes her self-esteem making her feel she carries misfortune with her. She does not want a marriage where she is expected to be pretty, empty-headed and silent.

She dreams of a life of love, not duty, but know it cannot happen. He has decided to use her to further his cause. They meet on the eve of her betrothal, which does not happen. She is kidnapped and the road to true love begins. There are clan feuds, sneak attacks, fights, betrayals, chases on horseback and heartwarming conversations. Edmond helps Amelia to see she is NOT an accident waiting to happen, but a gift and one worth fighting for. Amelia helps Edmond discover he can fight for his cause, but he happy at the same time. The secondary characters, Edmond’s brothers at arms and Amelia’s best friend Sarah are equally rich in depth and bring humor to the story. I find myself hoping for each of them to find their happily ever after. This is the first in a new series for Ms. Quinn and I am excited to see where she takes this motley group of highland kilt wearing characters! 5/5 stars.

Interested in reading The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell by Paula Quinn? Copies are available for purchase HERE.

{Lisa} Review: What a Reckless Rogue Needs by Vicky Dreiling

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Book Description: Will the Rogue’s Perfect Plan…

Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, has no desire to wed, this season or any other. So when his father demands he give up his wild ways and take a wife, Colin refuses. But his father raises the stakes and threatens to sell the ancestral home if Colin doesn’t comply. Now Colin has no choice but to find a wife. Unfortunately, the only woman he wants is the one whose heart he broke years ago.

Lead to the Perfect Seduction?

Regardless of the ton’s whispers, Lady Angeline Brenham won’t settle for anything less than true love. After rejecting more than her share of suitable suitors, spinsterhood looms before her—until the devilishly handsome Colin reappears in her life with a proposition. Angeline vows to keep her feet on the ground and her heart in check. That is, until one searing kiss melts her resolve and reignites a burning desire for more.

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Lisa’s Review: Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, has lead a very selfish life up to this point. He lost his mother, his home at a very young age and typical of aristocratic boys, was sent off to school. Colin feels like an outsider in his own family and has neglected his twin half-sisters. He has taken many things for granted and when confronted with this fact he is thrown for a loop as he fights to maintain possession of the property where his mother is buried. He is intelligent, astute and good looking, but his father makes him feel useless.

Lady Angeline Brenham, daughter of the Duke of Wycoff, has experienced a deep betrayal and her reputation is ruined. She is convinced will have to live as a spinster and worries her ruin will also ruin her sister’s chances of a good match. She is not your typical lady of the ton; she dislikes the pursuits of embroidery and music. She is beautiful, spirited and clever.

Colin’s father, the Marquess of Chadwick, has decided to take his son in hand by selling the property, Sommerall. This brings Colin up short and he travels to the family estate to confront his father. Once there he runs into Angeline, who has no love for him since he cast a shadow over her debut ball by being late and drunk. The fact that their parents are very close friends adds to the tension. Now they find they have several things in common; self-loathing, a need to prove themselves to their families and a very strong attraction to each other. The marquess’s plan to help his son is endearing and when the occasion presents itself to start to repair his relationship with Colin, there were tears. Well don of Ms. Dreiling! What was once an oil and vinegar relationship turns to love and they start to heal each other’s broken hearts. Their parents, the twins and Hercules, the twin’s dog add humor to the story and I could really feel for Colin’s father with the dog issues! I found myself laughing out loud numerous times because of the twin’s and the dog’s antics! I have read other books by Ms. Dreiling, but somehow missed the first in this series. I will be going back to catch up. 4/5 stars.

Interested in reading What a Reckless Rogue Needs by Vicky Dreiling? Copies are available for purchase HERE.

{Lisa} Review: Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom by Vanessa Kelly

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NOTE: I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Book Description: Only one woman is worthy of his secrets…

They are the Renegade Royals, illegitimate sons of the Royal Princes, each finding his rightful place in society—and the woman destined to be his perfect match…

Some men are born into scandal. Others pursue it with a passion. Griffin Steele, secret son of the Duke of Cumberland, is guilty on both counts. Yet somehow London’s most notorious scoundrel has been saddled with an abandoned baby boy—and with the unflappable, intriguing spinster summoned to nurse him…

Justine Brightmore may be a viscount’s niece, but she’s also a spy’s daughter, determined to safeguard the infant when his suspected royal parentage makes him a target. Yet how to protect herself from the rakish Griffin? Marriage might shield her reputation, but it can only imperil her heart, especially with a groom intent on delicious seduction…

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Lisa’s Review: Griffin Steele is shrewd, intelligent, feared by many men of the ton (most because they owe him money) and is the illegitimate son of the younger brother of the Prince Regent, the Duke of Cumberland. He is selling his gaming clubs and the one brothel he owns, at a huge profit, so he can leave the country, travel and be accountable to no one, save himself. His younger years were not pretty and he has a firm dislike for the ton. He has very definite rules that he lives by, likes order in every aspect of his life and keeps his circle of confidantes to a minimum.

Justine Brightmore is smart, strong willed, not easily intimidated, astute and a crack shot. She never “took” on the marriage mart and her red hair has been a trial for her. She is the daughter of a well known spy for the crown and dislikes chaos in her life because of her life while her father was alive. Justine has worked very hard to be invisible and wants to live quietly without having to depend on her family. She has learned when to ask questions and when to be quiet and listen.

Griffin and Justine are thrown together by her godparent, and good friend of his, Dominic Hunter; a spymaster for the crown. They are charged by Dominic to care for a baby that has been unceremoniously dropped off at Griffin’s home. They find an instant dislike of each other and both wonder what Dominic has up his sleeve. The mystery the baby brings with him is wonderfully interlaced with the growing attraction and admiration Griffin and Justine feel. Her reputation is threatened and it adds to the chaos that neither of them likes. The girls from the brothel are charming and add a delightful pinch of humor and some giggles. The way Ms. Kelly ties up the loose ends and brings things in Griffin’s life full circle is heartwarming. Ms. Kelly continues to provide wonderful glimpses into the lives of her Royal by-blows. This is a remarkable series and I have enjoyed each installment. 4/5 stars.

Interested in reading Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom by Vanessa Kelly? Copies are available for purchase HERE.

{Release Day} Orange Blossom – Sarah Daltry

Orange Blossom, the penultimate title in Sarah Daltry‘s bestselling New Adult romance series, Flowering, is available now! The reading order and information about the other titles follows.

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Title: Orange Blossom

Author: Sarah Daltry

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18+ New Adult Contemporary Romance

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“I’ve never understood a year. A year was always a measurement of something bad for me. A year in my father’s prison sentence, a year since my mom’s death, a year left of school before I could get far, far away from here. Now, as I look down the end of my college career, with only a little more than a semester to go, a year seems like something magical. It has been a year since Lily chose me, since she sat with me on the old swing set and made a decision that I was worthy of her. And every minute of the entire year has been better than the last.”

You already know their stories: Lily, the perfect princess, always living someone else’s life. And Jack, the broken boy, who had stopped believing in hope. Somehow, though, they found each other and what was one night blossomed into a love story.

Now, a year later, Jack and Lily are dreaming of the future. Despite all of his promises to himself that he would never be indebted to anyone, Jack makes a new promise – this time to Lily – that he will be there for her forever. But when life unravels for them, he starts to pull away, and Lily worries he’s out of reach for good.

When Jack does the unthinkable, Lily is left destroyed. Is it possible to have a happily ever after? Does love ever really save anyone?

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He’s smiling. Not that smirk he gets when he’s bitter but also pleased about something. It’s not the smile that says that he knows happiness is temporary. When he lines up his Skee-ball shot, there is a smile on his face that is pure. Genuine. It’s like taking a step back and seeing Jack in a photograph. One from years before his life went crazy. He’s just a dorky kid playing Skee-ball and he’s so happy when he nails the shot. He does an awkward little dance and it’s the kind of thing about Jack that makes me love him. He’s gorgeous and sexy and aggressive yet sweet. He’s kind and considerate of me, both sexually and in general. But I don’t love Jack for that. I love him because there is light in the world in the space he takes up. I know he doesn’t see it, but he’s inside himself. From the outside, all I see is the absolute electricity and fire that fills the air around him.

“That’s how it’s done,” he tells me when he finishes his game, wrapping up his ridiculous stack of tickets. I’m so going to lose, but I don’t care. He’s happy. I just almost wish I was better at this, so we could stay here longer, so that Jack could be this part of himself for as long as he needs.

“I think you’re perfect,” I say.

“Because I’m good at Skee-ball? Shit, that’s all it takes?”

I shake my head. “No, but you tell me all the time. I don’t think I ever say it to you. I don’t like the idea of perfection. It’s too much of a standard to live up to, but I don’t think you even understand. It’s cheesy and probably cliché, but I just can’t imagine how I could breathe without you. How did I exist before this?”

He looks down, uncomfortable because it’s one thing to tell Jack he’s hot or sexy; he can handle that and he gets cocky and ridiculous when I tell him that. But this part of him, this vulnerability, he buries it so deep that drawing attention to it makes him want to disappear. But I don’t want that. I want him to embrace it, because it’s sweet and beautiful.

“Don’t look down,” I say and I lift his face to look at me. His eyes explode with light, the way fireworks do on New Year’s when the sky is like ink and then it’s suddenly on fire. I lean in and kiss him, feeling his hands tighten on my arms and his lips opening against mine. He’s scared. I can feel it in the way he kisses me today; he feels himself falling and he’s trying to hold on and I need to figure out how to be steady enough to hold him. “Trust me,” I plead. “Let me take some of what you’re feeling. I can handle it, Jack.”

He nods. “Another day. Today, I just want to stay here, to be here with you, where it’s safe and comfortable and my entire world is this. Where strawberries and popcorn and Skee-ball and shitty plastic toys are the entirety of what exists.” He pauses. “I promise, Lily. I will. Soon. But let me hide from it. Just for a little longer?”

“Okay, but don’t hide from me, okay?” I ask.

“I’ll try,” he offers and it’s okay that he can’t promise. He’s honest and I would rather he is than say something he knows is a lie. I’m not fragile. I won’t break if he hurts me. I just don’t want him to worry about doing it. I never signed up for it to be easy. I knew from the start that it wouldn’t be. “Now, stop distracting me. Unless you want to concede defeat?”

“Never gonna happen,” I say and I settle in to play more Skee-ball. I don’t really care about winning since whatever the prize ends up being is going to be more of him, regardless. But I try my best and actually win two games in a row. Of course, that’s as long as it lasts.

When he beats me, by eight games, he gloats in his victory, but he ends up using his tickets to get me a green plastic piggy bank. The options are pretty bad, but I love that he picked the bank, because it’s hideous and cheap and we spent far more than we could even fit in the bank. I love it because I’ll never use it, but it will always be like this day – something that doesn’t really belong but needs to exist because the world is simply better for it being there.

Series Reading Order: Forget Me Not, Lily of the Valley, and Blue Rose can be read in any order. There is some crossover in scenes between the titles, but each stands alone as one character’s story. Star of Bethlehem is a direct continuation from Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley. Orange Blossom and Ambrosia (releasing June 6, 2014) assume readers have read the other four titles and read as sequels. In essence, the first three are #1, Star of Bethlehem is #1.5, Orange Blossom is #2, and Ambrosia is #3.

FMNTitle: Forget Me Not (Lily’s Story)

Author: Sarah Daltry

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18+ New Adult contemporary romance

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This is a coming of age story, but it isn’t always sweet and innocent. If dirty talk, bedroom toys, and threesomes offend you… this is not your book.

“No one tells you when you start school just how homesick you will be, or how hard it will be to start life over with no direction and no friends or family. No one says that becoming your own person is terrifying.”

I never wanted anything but Derek, my brother’s best friend. When I chose a college, it didn’t seem to matter that he would be an hour away. We could survive it. After all, we were in love. But almost immediately, things change between us. I blame myself. Maybe I’m just not sure how to be a girlfriend and independent.

Life seems to be getting away from me – and then there’s Jack, the guy down the hall. He’s rude and vulgar and my parents would be shocked by him, yet every single time I see him, I feel like I’m being pulled toward him. It’s physical, sure, but there’s something in Jack’s eyes – and I want to know him.

I know I don’t always make the right choices, and I’m the only person at fault when everything falls apart. How do I tell Derek, the guy who was supposed to be everything, that I don’t feel like fighting for him anymore? And do I run to Jack, when I know his past is way too much for me to handle when I’ve just turned 19? Finally, where do I end up in all of this? Can I be more than just someone else’s idea of what I should be?

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LotVTitle: Lily of the Valley (Jack’s story)

Author: Sarah Daltry

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18+ New Adult contemporary romance

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Jack’s story isn’t pretty. He’s suicidal, depressed, and he uses meaningless sex and alcohol to survive. However, the story is about finding light in the darkness, but sometimes the road there isn’t always easy to walk.

“No one tells you about pain. They tell you that it hurts, that sometimes it’s consuming. What they don’t tell you is that it’s not the pain that can kill you. It’s the uncomfortable numbness that follows, the weakness in your body when you realize your lungs may stop taking in air and you just can’t exert enough energy to care. It’s the way taste and color and smell fade from the world and all you’re left with is a sepia print of misery. That’s when the shift starts – the movement from passive to active. I fall asleep, hoping that the morning will bring back the pain. At least the pain is a thing.”

I’m a plague, a cancer. My mom is dead – and my father is in prison for it. I survived high school because college was my way out. I needed to escape, to get away from my family and the people who tortured me, but it hasn’t grown any easier.

I don’t pretend that I’m a good person. I drink far more than I should, and I use my best friend, Alana, because together, we thrive on destroying each other – as well as the parts of us we hate. I don’t believe in love, but sex is fun and it also makes me feel something.

The morning I see Lily, the beautiful princess who smells inexplicably like strawberries every time I see her, I realize I’m in trouble. I should hate her. I want to hate her, because the alternative terrifies me. However, as she continues to crash into my life (often literally), I can’t avoid feeling something that is the one thing I swore I would never feel. I can’t fall in love, because people like me don’t live in a world where love saves anyone.

She just won’t go away, though, and I don’t know if I can keep running. The voices and the darkness hover over me and they threaten to bring me back to the safety of my hate, but the stupid scent of strawberries lingers on the horizon, as something like hope.

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BR_frontTitle: Blue Rose (Alana’s story)

Author: Sarah Daltry

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Warning: This book deals with topics of abuse and may trigger reactions in people who have experienced those things in their own lives. It remains a story about healing, but it’s not always an easy journey.

“Four. My life has been shaped by four people. Four men, to be more specific. My father, my stepfather, my best friend, and my boyfriend. The first two shaped it in horrible ways, but what I am, who I am, is all because of four men.”

Over the last twenty years, I’ve learned how to keep secrets. It doesn’t really matter, since everyone already seems to think they know everything about me. So I hide. I avoid confrontation, I treat Xanax like a magic pill that will make it all go away, and I become everything they think I am. A slut. A whore. Nothing but trash.

I can only name two guys who have ever made me feel like I was more than that. Jack is my best friend and I’ve loved him since I met him. Now, though, he’s in love… with someone else, and I guess I need to get over him. Somehow.

And then there’s Dave. The guy I never gave a chance. The guy I used almost as much as people used me, because I wanted to pretend I was someone worth loving. Two years have passed since we last spoke, but I don’t know how to stop thinking about him.

My new therapist is making me face my past, and she tells me that life inevitably changes without our permission. I believe it, but I know what I am. I hear what she’s saying to me, and I want to try again with Dave, to help Jack find joy, to love myself, and to move on. I just wonder if anyone can do that, really.

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SoBTitle: Star of Bethlehem

Author: Sarah Daltry

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18+ NA contemporary romance

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This is a holiday novella-length story that follows Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley.

“With you, Jack, it was the first time I ever felt real. It was the first time anyone looked at me and saw substance. It was the first time I wanted to make someone see me.”

Jack: New Year’s Eve. I’ve somehow managed to get here, and now I’m wearing a hideous and unreasonably itchy sweater, because I want to impress Lily’s family. I want to do anything for this girl who has made me believe in second chances.

Lily: The house is beautiful and shining with light, but it feels empty. At least until Jack gets here. I know how desperately he wants this – a family, love, a home. If I can be the person who can give it to him, it’s all I need, but I hope I can keep him from seeing how hollow it all really is.

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Sarah Daltry writes about the regular people who populate our lives. She’s written works in various genres – romance, erotica, fantasy, horror. Genre isn’t as important as telling a story about people and how their lives unfold. Sarah tends to focus on YA/NA characters but she’s been known to shake it up. Most of her stories are about relationships – romantic, familial, friendly – because love and empathy are the foundation of life. It doesn’t matter if the story is set in contemporary NY, historical Britain, or a fantasy world in the future – human beings are most interesting in the ways they interact with others. This is the principle behind all of Sarah’s stories.

Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really anything because learning is fun.

When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

Sarah has also written Bitter Fruits, an urban fantasy romance, and Backward Compatible, a gamer geek romantic comedy.

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{Promo} Live: The Burnside Series – Mary Ann Rivers

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Live: The Burnside Series
By: Mary Ann Rivers
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Blurb: Mary Ann Rivers kicks off a new contemporary romance series—sure to please readers of Ruthie Knox, Kristan Higgins, and Jill Shalvis—where love can be found unexpectedly.

If there’s an upside to unemployment, Destiny Burnside may have found it. Job searching at her local library in Lakefield, Ohio, gives her plenty of time to ogle the hottest man she has ever laid eyes on: the sexy wood-carver who’s restoring the building. But as the rejection letters pile up, Destiny finds an unexpected shoulder to cry on. With his rich Welsh accent, Hefin Thomas stirs Destiny so completely that, even though he’s leaving soon, she lets herself believe the memory of his scorching kisses will be enough.

Hefin can’t help but notice the slender, confident woman with ginger hair who returns each day, so hopeful and determined. So when the tears start to fall, his silence—penance for a failed marriage—finally cracks. Once he’s touched her, what Hefin wants is to take her back to Wales and hold her forever. But Destiny’s roots run too deep. What they both need is each other—to learn how to live and love again.

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Mary Ann RiversAuthor Info: Mary Ann Rivers was an English and music major and went on to earn her MFA in creative writing, publishing poetry in journals and leading creative-writing workshops for at-risk youth. While training for her day job as a nurse practitioner, she rediscovered romance on the bedside tables of her favorite patients. Now she writes smart and emotional contemporary romance, imagining stories featuring the heroes and heroines just ahead of her in the coffee line. Mary Ann Rivers lives in the Midwest with her handsome professor husband and their imaginative school-aged son.

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{Spotlight} Nothing to Lose – Christy Reece

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Nothing to Lose
A Grey Justice Novel
By: Christy Reece
Releasing March 31st, 2014

CoverChoices Are Easy When You Have Nothing Left To Lose…

Kennedy O’Connell had all the happiness she’d ever dreamed—until someone stole it away. Now on the run for her life, she has a choice to make—disappear forever or make those responsible pay. Her choice is easy.

Two men want to help her, each with their own agenda.

Detective Nick Gallagher is accustomed to pursuing killers within the law. Targeted for death, his life turned inside out, Nick vows to bring down those responsible, no matter the cost. But the beautiful and innocent Kennedy O’Connell brings out every protective instinct. Putting aside his own need for vengeance, he’ll do whatever is necessary to keep her safe and help her achieve her goals.

Billionaire philanthropist Grey Justice has a mission, too. Dubbed the ‘White Knight’ of those in need of a champion, few people are aware of his dark side. Having seen and experienced injustice—Grey knows its bitter taste. Gaining justice for those who have been wronged is a small price to pay for a man’s humanity.

With the help of a surprising accomplice, the three embark on a dangerous game of cat and mouse. The stage is set, the players are ready…the game is on. But someone is playing with another set of rules and survivors are not an option.
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Christy also writes steamy, southern suspense under the pen name Ella Grace.

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{Michelle} Review: A Sensible Arrangement (Lone Star Brides #1) – Tracie Peterson

18059816 Marty Dandridge Olson is a widow looking for a way out of Texas. Widower Jake Wythe has secured a job as a bank manager in Denver, only to discover that the bank board wants him to be a married man. With Texas in his roots, he advertises for a Lone Star bride, and Marty answers the call. They both agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience.
Marty works to carve out a new life in high-society Denver as Jake works to guide the bank through a collapsing economy. But when money goes missing at the bank and accounting discrepancies point to Jake, he must find a way to prove his innocence. Yet all he wants to do is go back to Texas and own his own ranch. Marty, on the other hand, owns a ranch–one she’s never told her husband about. She hates Texas because it represents the losses in her life. But as the couple grows closer and love begins to bloom, Marty realizes she needs to tell Jake the truth. Can she come to terms with the past and her anger toward God in order to make room for love?

Disclosure: Michelle received a review copy in exchange for her honest opinion.
Michelle rated A Sensible Arrangement 4/5 stars.

Michelle’s Review: I thought that this was a really good book by Tracie Peterson. I really liked the story and the characters Marty and Jake. Marty is a widowed ranch wife and a strong no-nonsense kind of woman. Jake is a rancher at heart. He is also widowed and is now in a business that he just isn’t happy with. His dream is to one day buy his own ranch and go back to his beloved Texas. Jake and Marty meet and make an arrangement that will benefit both of them. It will get Marty away from the harsh ranching life and help Jake look more presentable to his colleagues by being married.

I enjoyed taking the journey with Marty to finding God again. There are a couple of things I would have liked to have been done differently. There was one situation that was pretty big and was talked about a lot. I would have liked more of a closure with the subject. It had this big build up like a big reveal was going to be made, then it was just like ok well this is what happened. It felt almost as if it was swept under the rug so to speak. The other thing I would’ve liked done differently was the ending. I wanted more detail. There was a lot that still could’ve happened or been wrapped up a little better. Overall I really liked this book. I thought it had a good Christian message and I liked the way that Tracie incorporated in bible versus to fit the story. If you are looking for a good Historical Christian romance, then I would recommend this book.

{Cover Reveal & Excerpt} Entice (Eagle Elite #3) – Rachel Van Dyken

Entice Cover Art From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken comes the third book in the bestselling Eagle Elite Series…

“As burns this saint, so burns my soul. I enter alive, and I will have to get out dead.”

Chase Winter let the love of his life slip through his fingers and into the hands of his best friend and mafia boss of the Abandanato family. Now that he’s been given a second chance to right a wrong–he refuses to let his own selfishness stand in the way. The only problem? He’s not fully in possession of his heart, so when Mil De Lange, the girl who’s innocence he stole, and heir to the worst of the worst mafia families in the US, asks him for a favor. He actually says yes, not realizing that that one yes has the power to destroy them all.

Mil’s been in love with Chase as long as she can remember, but as the years went by, the love turned to hate, and now that he’s agreed to help her, she’s wondering if she made a fatal error. Because Chase isn’t a teenager anymore. He’s a hot blooded male, bent on owning every part of her body and soul, and willing to kill anyone in his path who dares stand in the way.

It’s time for secrets to finally be revealed…but make no mistake, it’s going to take a lot of bloodshed for those truths to be discovered.
You’ve never read a New Adult Mafia story like this before…loyalties will be tested, lovers reunited, and friendships obliterated. Welcome to the Family. Blood in–No out.

247600_504453141374_598_nAbout Rachel Van Dyken: Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!

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Nixon

I checked the time on my cell and leaned against the wall. The desert heat was not in any way helping my already-tense mood and irritated disposition. A guy walked by, flicking his cigarette into the dirt. Note to self: you know you’re tense as hell when you’re halfway tempted to grab said cigarette and suck the nicotine dry from the remains.
And I didn’t even smoke.
Shhhit.
My head hurt, my muscles were sore, and Trace was pissed. I closed my eyes and leaned back against the building.
“Hey there.” A flirty voice interrupted my self-inflicted torture session. I opened one eye, then two. A blond-haired girl in six-inch heels and something I can only assume at one point use to be a shirt, hanging over her shoulder, walked into my personal space. Her shirt-dress thing barely met her thighs.
“Yes?” I kept my sunglasses on. If I took them off and glared, she’d probably run screaming down the street, and I wasn’t into scaring females… at least not in that way. I knew I looked downright pissed as hell.
“Just thought you looked lonely.” She lifted her shoulder and offered a teasing smile. Did that really work on other guys?
“You thought wrong,” I said simply. “I’m holding the wall up like Samson.”
“Samson?” She looked around as if waiting for another man to appear.
“From the Bible,” I clarified.
“The what?”
“Gotta love Vegas,” I muttered under my breath. “Look, I don’t want any.”
“Any what?” She ran a manicured nail down my chest, biting down on her lip at the same time. I could only imagine her point was to get me to stare at her lips, but all I felt was irritation. Damn Chase and Mil. I just wanted to go to bed, but I needed to talk with him before tomorrow.
“Sex.” My voice clipped. “I. Don’t. Want. Any.”
“But” She twirled a piece of blond- hair in her fingers.
“I’m gay.”
“Right.” She snorted.
“I’m into men.”
“Oh really?” She closed the distance between us. Just as I was ready to seriously put my hands on her and push, I felt an arm wrap around my shoulder.
“Hey there, hot stuff.” Tex said in a low voice as his hand grabbed my ass, cupping it with a little too much enthusiasm. “You ready?”
I ground my teeth together and forced a smile. “Yup.”
“Oh…” The girl stepped back. “Um, sorry, you guys, uh, enjoy your night.” She pushed past Tex so fast I was afraid she was going to teeter off her heels and get hit by a taxi.
“Tex.” I seethed.
“Hmm?” He took off his sunglasses and tilted his head as the girl hurried away.
“You can take your hand off my ass now.”
“Why? Afraid you like it too much?”
I pushed against him.
“Just embrace your feelings!” He shouted, earning the attention of a family walking by with their two little kids.
I grabbed him by the front of his shirt and threw him few feet away from me, trying my damnedest not to smile.
“Admit it. You keep me around for comic relief.” Tex nodded with a smirk.
“I admit nothing.” I lost the war against smiling and started laughing. “But I do keep your ass away from Campisi, so remember that next time you start yelling about me being your lover.”
“True.” Tex grinned. “Oh, and P.S., don’t knock it till you try it.”
“P.S.,” I repeated in the same voice. “Still pissed at you for screwing over my sister.”
“Yeah well.” Tex sobered. “It’s for the best.”
“Breaking her heart and bringing in whores is what’s best for her?”
Tex lifted his hands into the air. “Look, I didn’t say my methods were sound or that they were intelligent, just let us deal with it, okay? We’re big kids.”
“Kids.” I snorted. “That about sums it up.”
A town car pulled up next to the curb. Chase got out and then held out his hand to Mil. My eyes narrowed; she looked different. Happier.
Her mom had just died, and she’d survived a bombing.
And she was smiling like the Taliban had just declared world peace.
Chase gripped her so tight that I saw the white of his knuckles.
I tilted my head, still watching them when Tex said. “Dude, you get laid?”
“Tex,” I snapped. “Go get something for their luggage.”
“But
“Go.”
Tex flipped me off, but ended up jogging over to the main entrance while I inspected both Mil and Chase. “I’m not saying this to be an ass
“Here we go.” Mil crossed her arms.
Chase waited.
I licked my lips and tried to appear indifferent. “But if you guys start screwing each other now, I may have to shoot one or both of you. It’s not the time to play house, got it?”
“Play house,” Chase repeated in a deadpan voice as he dipped his free hand into his back pocket, most likely clenching a pair of brass knuckles.
“I know it’s your honeymoon,” I continued. “But this [P1] little scenario you’ve got going on with the whole hot and cold is going to have to wait until everyone’s safe. So Chase, keep it in your pants for once in your life, and Mil, stop trying to seduce the poor kid, alright? It’s like dangling a damn fry in front of a seagull.”
“Who’s a fry?” Tex asked, pulling the luggage cart with him.
“Mil.”
“Are we eating dinner or something? Because I have to admit,” Tex leaned against the cart, “I’m freaking starving.” He eyed Chase and Mil. “Then again, I’m sure you both are too. All those extracurricular really take it out of ya.”
Chase took off his sunglasses, his face twisting in irritation and annoyance, no smile. Nothing. He was pissed.
“Chase,” I said slowly. “You know I’m right. You’re the best I have. I need your focus to be on The Family. Your family. Then you can screw all you want, okay?”
Mil looked like she wanted to punch me in the face. Chase took a step forward, but she stopped him.
“Good talk.” I exhaled. “Chase, I’ll see you down in the bar in a half-hour, okay? We have business to discuss. Mil, you can go find the girls. They’re having dinner out by the pool.”
Nobody moved.
After a few seconds of tense silence where I was pretty sure Chase was trying to convince himself not to strangle me to death, Tex cleared his throat and pointed to the luggage. “You guys need help, then?”
“Yeah,” Chase croaked. “Thanks.”
We loaded them up and sent them on their way.
“Tell me,” Tex asked once we were walking back toward the bar. “Is your only goal to see how far you can push Chase before he kills you in your sleep?”

{Angie} Review: Walking on Air (Valance Family #1) – Catherine Anderson

18210693 Random, Colorado, is just another stop on the road for solitary gunslinger Gabriel Valance. Known for his drinking, gambling, and womanizing, he prefers to remain a stranger to anyone who crosses his path. But when an upstart gunslinger catches Gabe off guard and shoots him down, he regrets his empty, lonely life with his dying breath….

Golden-haired beauty Nancy Hoffman settled in Random after fleeing an abusive past. Caring for her younger sister and working in a hat shop help her to forge ahead, though she remains fearful and mistrustful of men—and marriage….

Their paths will cross when Gabe gets a second chance at life and a divine mission: to sweep Nancy off her feet, gain her trust, and convince her to believe in his love. And in doing so, the once-hardened cowboy may save himself….

My Review: I received a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

When I saw that Catherine Anderson was looking for reviewers for her new book on Facebook I couldn’t help but sign up and hope for the best; I was SO HAPPY that I received a copy in the mail!

As it’d been awhile since I read one of her books, I was looking forward to reading a somewhat “new to me” author in one of my favorite genres; historical romance.

Gabriel Valance doesn’t liken himself as a likable sort of guy, but I found him interesting from the very beginning. He genuinely CARES about people, even if he doesn’t seem the type seeing as how he’s an infamous gunslinger known for being one of the quickest draws in the country. He tries to hide behind an impenetrable facade, but “unfortunates” {prostitutes} know better; he pays double, sometimes triple what they charge.

Nan Hoffman doesn’t want to be noticed as she is hiding from her past. She has her own business as a hat-maker and seamstress and ekes out a well enough living for her and her “daughter” Laney. She keeps to herself, but manages to still be pleasant and fit in with the rest of the town. I liked her from the start, especially as it was so evident that she was a survivor and not a victim of her circumstances.

Ms. Anderson knows her craft and quickly captures your attention. It was hard to put this book down in order to get anything done as I was impatiently awaiting to see what would happen during Gabe’s second chance.

Each page has you quickly turning as the words flow across them in a steady rhythm that has you entranced from start to finish. Will he make it in time? Will he be able to avoid changing anyone else’s destiny? Will he win Nan’s trust before it’s too late?

It’s hard to discuss a book that you love when you don’t want to spoil the read for anyone else. All I can say is that if you enjoy historical romance set around Christmas, with a bit of comedy thrown in in all the right places {Laney is ADORABLE}, then you definitely want to pick up Walking on Air. I cannot wait to see what else is to come in this series and will impatiently wait for the next to be released {Amazon one-click here I come!}.

Though it’s not a completely “clean read” {no overly explicit sex}, there is an overall faith feel. However, there is some minor language {no “f-bombs” that I remember}, including the use of the Lord’s name in vain. 5/5 stars

{Michelle} Mom Seeks God: Practicing Grace in the Chaos – Julia L. Roller

18639640 The first months and years of motherhood can be the most challenging and disorienting of your life and faith. When you re surrounded by the happy chaos of children, how do you spend quiet time with God if the only quiet time you get is while you sleep? How can you demonstrate a solid spiritual life to your children if you don t have time to pursue one yourself? When Julia Roller discovered that her spiritual growth had been stunted by the busyness of life with her toddler, she embarked on a yearlong journey through ten spiritual disciplines: prayer, fellowship, submission, study, simplicity, silence, worship, fasting, service, and celebration. As she focused on each discipline, she discovered practical ways to observe them even in the chaos of her every day.

“Mom Seeks God” offers a highly relatable story and useful advice to help new moms grow in their faith as they address life changes with grace, patience, and prayer. As readers discover ten essential faith practices, they ll learn that motherhood, itself, is a spiritual discipline, and may be God s most effective technique for forming a more Christ-like life.”

Disclosure: Michelle received a review copy in exchange for her honest opinion.
Michelle’s Rating: 4/5 stars

Michelle’s Review: As a Mother of two pre-school children I know first hand how hard it is to find time for yourself, let alone for God. Between balancing two children, school and busy schedules there isn’t always a lot of time left over for in-depth ministries. In Julia’s book Mom Seeks God, she explains that you don’t always have to sit for 20 minutes to meditate and pray. Find times throughout your day to thank God for all that He has done for you, for all the gifts you have been blessed with. Be thankful of your children and the time you have to spend with your loved ones. Sometimes the best time to talk with God is while you are folding laundry or before you go to sleep at night. Find the times that work best for you, and the way that you feel most comfortable with. While reading this book, Julia describes different disciplines that I as a Christian can practice. They range from Prayer, Fellowship, Fasting, and Service. Prayer is something that we are all familiar with, but Julia gives us three different types of prayer that we can try. They may not all work for you but that is ok. As long as you are communicating with God that is what is important! Fellowship is important because as you read the bible you will notice that everyone read and discussed the scriptures together. Whether you go to church regularly or you have Fellowship meetings with family or friends, learning about God in a group helps you take in the scriptures from different perspectives. Fasting can be especially hard for people, myself included. It doesn’t mean that you have to go without food or starve. Give up something that is important to you even if it’s just for a little while, and take that time to reflect on God. Serivce is one of the easier disciplines, help others. You can do this by helping a family member or friend that is in need. Volunteer in your community. It could be delivering Meals on Wheels to those that are home bound. Adopting a family that is having a hard time near Christmas. The best thing I learned from this book is to keep your heart open and communicate with God.

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{Jessa} Review: Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin

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NOTE: I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Book Description: Maybelle Kazinzki can t sew. She was after all, the only girl in the seventh grade Home Economics class to sew the zipper in the neck hole of the A-Line dress they were supposed to make. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother s house she gets the crazy idea to finish it somehow, come heck or high water. She thinks it will help fill the lonely nights while her husband, Holden, is serving overseas during World War II. Her recently departed mother s quilt is made from scraps of material Maybelle traces back to her mother s childhood, her grandmother s childhood and her own childhood. She tries to add one of Holden s stripes to it but the sewing is not going well and neither is her life.After receiving some harsh news, Maybelle’s faith falters and she puts the quilt away and stops trusting God. But God is faithful- no matter what. And it’ll take a group of neighborhood women armed with quilting needles to help Maybelle believe that.

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Review: I was looking forward to reading this book and had high hopes for it. The cover is gorgeous, the story has a great deal of potential, and the plot sounds interesting. Unfortunately the execution left a lot to be desired and ultimately the book was predictable and boring. I wanted to know more about some of the minor characters, while the main character of Maybelle seemed stiff and hard for me to feel for. It wasn’t all bad though – the author had obviously taken a lot of time to research the period, incorporating popular music, radio shows, and slang that was used during the era. I enjoyed learning tidbits about rationing and how shipyards operated (and wouldn’t have minded learning more!). This is an easy-to-read, short book, but it fell a little short for me.
Jessa’s Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Are you interested in reading Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin? Copies are available for purchase HERE.

{Lisa} Review: The Raider by Monica McCarty

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NOTE: I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Book Description: After consolidating his gains against the enemy English, King Robert the Bruce of Scotland sends his best soldiers to fortify the lawless borders. These legendary warriors of the Highland Guard let nothing come before king and country—except the calling of their heart.

Of all Bruce’s elite warriors, Robert “Raider” Boyd is the most formidable. A true patriot whose bare hands are a deadly weapon, Robbie is the fierce enforcer of the Guard, and his hatred of the English has been honed to a razor-sharp edge. But vengeance proves bittersweet when his enemy’s beautiful sister falls into his hands and he finds himself fighting temptation—a battle he badly wants to lose.

Lady Rosalin Clifford barely recognizes the rebel prisoner she saved from execution six years ago. Though her girlish ideals for fairness have matured into a passion for justice, Rosalin believes she betrayed her brother when she helped this dangerous man escape. Now her traitorous act has come back to haunt her. But she can’t deny the longing this tormented warrior ignites in her, or deny the passion that turns sworn enemies into lovers. Is the gentle love of a true English Rose enough to free Scotland’s most brutal warrior from a path of vengeance—before it’s too late?

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Review: Robert “Robbie” Boyd is King Robert the Bruce’s authority in the borders and is warrior name is Raider. His job is to bring the English barons under control no matter what. He is strong, smart, and loyal and hates the English and their treachery and cruelty. While fighting with William Wallace for freedom for Scotland he sees the treachery and he is bent on revenge.

Rosalin Clifford is English. She is kind, compassionate, and loyal and has spunk. She is also courageous and honorable. Her tender heart has gotten her in trouble and made people admire her. She is the sister of Sir Robert Clifford, the man that lied to, and imprisoned Robbie.

They met in the pit prison where Robbie had been placed by Clifford and Rosalin is infatuated and helps Robbie escape. Fast forward 6 years and they are thrown together again during a raid not far from her brother’s strong hole on the border. Rosalin becomes his hostage and they struggle to come to terms with their mutual attraction and deeply divided loyalties. He is awed by Rosalin and the feelings she loosens in him. Robbie’s grand gesture of faith and love had me reaching for tissues- everyone should have a grand gesture in their life! They each learn lessons in trust, jealousy and love. Together they learn that freedom, like love is worth fighting for. The historic tidbits that are peppered throughout the story are brilliantly woven in. When I read this I was not aware that there were other books in this series, but I will be catching up! 4/5 stars

Are you interested in reading The Raider (Highland Guard #8) by Monica McCarty? Copies are available for purchase HERE.

{Lisa} Review: To All the Rakes I’ve Loved Before (Honeycote #1.5) – Anne Barton

17724807 After being jilted by her former beau, Miss Amelia Wimple retreated to her Mayfair town house and her ever-growing collection of gossips rags. Now, almost two years later, not even her beloved cousins, Rose and Olivia Sherbourne, can persuade her to give love another chance. But an unexpected midnight caller may open her heart once more.

Lord Stephen Brookes is the prince of pleasure, the duke of decadence-and it seems his exploits have finally caught up with him. When Stephen comes to Amelia seeking refuge, she can’t deny him . . . or the intense desire he sparks. As he attempts to heal her broken heart, they indulge in a private passion unlike anything either has experienced. Stephen knows sweet, sensual Amelia is meant to be his one and only. Now, he will do whatever it takes to convince her that a rake really can change his ways.

Disclosure: Lisa received a review copy in exchange for her honest opinion.
Lisa’s Rating: 4/5 stars

Lisa’s Review: Amelia Wimple is an heiress, from trade, that has had her heart broken and been humiliated in front of the ton. She has remade herself and has given up on marriage. Lord Stephen Brooks, son of a marquess, is a Rake of the first order; gambler, drinker and seducer of women.

They met two years ago at a house party given by Stephen’s mother, Lady Greystone, and he came to her aid. She never forgot his kindness and is finally given a chance to return the favor. Being thrown together they had a chance to explore their attraction to each other and get to know each other in a way propriety would not allow. It is a charming story of chivalry and mended hearts, with a rake discovering he wants to be the man she thinks he is. The humor that runs through their dialogue is refreshing, she prefers honest plain speaking, not the usual fluff that is exchanged at a party. It is a wonderful read, perfect for a chilly afternoon and a cuppa tea.