The Girl with the Make- Believe Husband -Review.

I  finally  read  the  Girl with the make-believe  husband.  And  holy  shit!  Julia Quinn has   delivered!  Also  if you  know me  well enough any book by this  Author I expect to be a win and  she  did not  disappoint.

This is the second  book in the Rokesby  series.  Here is a quick  run down of the  story  Cecilia comes  to the  war torn  colonies  looking for her  brother  who  has  gone missing  but  no one will  help her, that  is until she claims to be   the  wife of his best  friend  Edward  Rokesby.  Edward  is  injured and  unconscious  which  works out perfectly  for her….until he wakes up.

Where  do I  going to start?  This  book was wonderful plain and simple. Cecilia  and  Edward  wrote letters  to each other, but not  directly because that would have  been  improper since they were  both unmarried. However she wrote to her brother she would  add a line  to Edward and when her brother would write to her  Edward  would   add a little something to her. it was  freakin adorable.  So  naturally  there is  a connection between them. Even though  it was lie that he was her  husband  for  Edward it  felt  right. Because he  truly  fell in love with her through her letters.  He would even  sneak  the  letters  and  re-read the parts  that were just  for him and  kept  some of them!

That  was just everything.  he  even stole her  picture!  Okay maybe that might a little  weird  but I think it’s  sweet!

Cecilia’s  love  for  Edward  was there but  little  slower  at least I  felt  like it was.  she  seemed more  obsessed with  finding her  brother and  trying to keep her lies  straight.  I  really  didn’t  connect  with her like I wanted  or  like I normally  do with a  Quinn’s  heroines ,  but I  did like her but not as much as I liked  Edward. Cecilia’s  desperation was extremely  strong  at points  and  had me kind of  go “girl  calm  the  hell down!”

What you might like-   if you like   hero and  heroine  letter writing  or in this case   sort of letter  writing to each other.  Little  whites that  spiral.  Pfft  so he’s not really her  husband…..     a hero who  is secretly  in love with a  girl  he  has never met.  That  my  dear  reader  was the best part of all.  Hero’s  who lose their  memory, regain it and  then  all hell breaks loose.  and  lastly  a very  snotty  governess  who  needs  the  stick  removed  from her  ass.

What you might  not like- I will admit the  story  did   lag  in places  however once it  reached it  peak you  were left  with that feeling  one  can only  get  from a Julia  Quinn novel, which is that  feel good  feeling  all  romance novels  should leave the reader with.  As a personal note I will admit I did not love  cover.

Over all this  book was worth  the read  and everything you  would  expect  from this  author  including    appearances  from  other characters  i from the  previous  book and  a slight peek into  what might be the next  book in the series which I have to  say  I  am excited about!

I gave this  4 stars on  goodreads.

 

The Untouchable Earl By Amy Sandas -Review

Hey  world  remember me?!  I’m  back!  and I  finished a new  book!  Well new to me one  anyways.  This  is the second book in  the fallen ladies  series by  Amy Sandas   her  first book Luck is no lady  was  amazing  and I loved it  so  hard. Sex on  a card table? yes please!.  That book was  main reason I  went to  get this one,   the Untouchable Earl   had a very interesting   story  line.

Here’s  the  deal  our  hero. Avenell, The Earl of  Harte. I loved his  name  by the way.   cannot be  touched.  literally   it  causes the man  pain. So he  avoids being  touched at  all costs.  Now this  is interested  because  he  goes to a brothel to learn how to  tolerate  touching other  people and being  touched  causally. He knows  one  day he will have to marry to he is basically taking one for the team.

Our  Heroine  Lily  on  the  hand  wants  adventure and  passion like in the erotic  novels she reads and  is  all for  becoming  the  earls  mistress.

The good.  it was interesting  story  line  with a  very  damaged hero, who  basically  fought himself and his  past  to  be with the  girl who wouldn’t  give up on him.

The not  so good.  This  book picks up basically in the  first one, toward the  end so if  you haven’t  read  Luck is no lady then  you are  going to be slightly confused.  I  found that  annoying.  I also  didn’t like how  the  Earl  wanted Lily  to only calling him  “my lord”  like  really  buddy?  keeping it cold and  causal not  sexy. Also this book came off very tense for me  and  I was hoping for more a   sexy  feel. I didn’t  get it.

Sadly this book for ally my high hopes  fell  flat  for me. But never  fear  there are somethings  you might like!

Virgin hero, oh yes  that’s  right our  hero was a virgin  which I  was like  “oh, hell yes!”  I loved it!   Damaged hero!  don’t  we all just love man  who  damaged and  broken  in some way? Like Boy  I am going to  fix you!   The  Earl not only has a physical  affliction  but he  also has the  unloved/unwanted  son  thing  going  because of it. So he  basically  feels  worthless  (naturally  Lily  fixes that)

Bondage! He doesn’t like to  be  touched  right? so what happens  when  our heronie  can’t  control herself  and touches him after he told  her not to? he  ties her hands up of course.  it was a very nice and very  surprising  twist.

Before I  wrap this  up  let me just  the  cover  is  amazing!  Sexy and  just all around  hot.  I gave the  book 3  stars on  good reads but  sadly it  did  fall short  I  didn’t  feel for either  character and   was thrown off  by the interlocking story line. Also I love a  good  broody man and  hero  but  really  The  earl  was  bit of  an asshole at times, which made me almost  put  the book down.

 

This on sale on amazon for for $1.25.

 

 

Duke with Benefits By Manda Collins- ARC Review. Plus an exclusive excerpt!

 

I want to start this review off with a disclaimer.  I read and reviewed the first book in this series.  Ready Set Rogue and I loved it, in the first book we meet the four Bluestocking Heiress who inherit a house filled to the brim with not only Mystery but with anything and everything a Bluestocking could want. Now, in the first book we were introduced to the ladies and even though she was a secondary character   at the time I became a huge fan of Lady Daphne.  So, when I saw the next book was   her story I pre-ordered  it  without a  second  thought.. I went into this book with high expectations and already loving the characters.  I was not disappointed and  I don’t think you  will be  either.

 

Lady Daphne   Forsyth is a mathematical genius and  one of four bluestocking heiresses who inherited Beauchamp house from Lady Celeste Beauchamp.  But along with house filled everything that would appeal to a bluestocking’s heart Lady Celeste also left Daphne   a mystery the   Cameron Cipher which leads to an unimageable pile of treasure. Not only does she have her fellow Bluestockings to help her but she has Dalton Beauchamp, the Duke of Maitland nephew to the late Lady Celeste.

Daphne and Dalton are attracted to each other which is very clear and Daphne being Daphne   just tells him out right  she wants to sleep with him which I can’t blame her.  Daphne is known for basically not having a filter so she tells the Duke outright “you like me, I like you let’s bang” okay she didn’t say that exactly but still,  naturally  he’s shocked and   goes on to say he won’t bed her unless they marry. But my girl Daphne is not having   it she sees no reason why they need to marry.  At that I   was like freak in couch jumping Tom Cruise because let’s face it not every heroine wants to be married so she can bang a hot duke.  But he refuses and Daphne and I were both like “why?”

The Duke is not only a very honorable man  so  he  goes and  drops  the  “do you know how many other girls would want to be a Duchess” **raises hand**  because the man  has  point…  and I want to be  a  duchess,  can you say life goals?  Besides that   little bit of   conceded  show  The  Duke has a heart of  gold  that is  enough to  melt  the panties off  any girl,  example? when he was boy he wanted to be a stable hand but now that he had come into his title he has expanded the stables to include…. are you ready?  A place for aging horses and horses bound for the slaughter house to live out the rest of their days.  Oh, My God he is just too perfect!

I loved the how the book revolved around code breaking and explained how Daphne   could break a cipher, she had done a series of them years ago for a newspaper contest.  While we started to see the bond between the heiress in the first book this book highlighted their friendship even more and if  you love when your heroines bond with others then you are going to love this book because what better way to bond then over solving a mystery for hidden treasure and a murder…. Oh, did I forget to mention that   people   get murdered?!  Well now, how could   any good mystery not involve a murder… or two.

Topes you might like   Fake fiancé, smart fearless  heroines, female friendships.  This book would fall under the Romance/ Mystery category.  Also, this book isn’t overly sex filled so for those looking for more chemistry/banter and adventure   this book is for you.

One last thing   in the first book you could see the beginnings of   the bond between the heiress forming but now in this second book you can see it more clearly. I know that female friendships are something that some readers look for, and this book has it and the best part? These women are bonding over more than just dresses and men!

While you have probably guessed, I loved this book and loved it hard.   It’s priced at $7.99 and   it is well worth the price.   I am so excited to see what the author has in store for the remaining heiresses!

 

 

Below  you  will  find  an  exclusive  excerpt  graciously  provided  by  the  Author and  Publisher! 

 

“There you are, my dear,” said the Earl of Forsyth with a beaming smile that didn’t quite reach his eyes.

Maitland saw at once that Daphne favored him. Her green eyes were the same shade as his, though there were lines of dissipation bracketing the earl’s. And though his expertly cropped blond hair was shot through with silver, what remained of its original color was the same shade as hers. But whereas Daphne’s gaze was focused off to the left of whomever she conversed with, like a bird hovering just over a branch, Forsyth’s speared one with cold calculation. As he did to Daphne now.

“You are looking well, Daphne,” the earl continued, stepping forward to embrace his daughter, who looked as uncomfortable with the contact as Maitland had ever seen her. “The sea air agrees with you. As I knew it would.”

“The sea is very beautiful,” Daphne replied woodenly. “Why are you here, Father?”

“Is that any way to greet your Papa?” the earl chided, stepping back from her and wandering farther into the room, standing to stare out at the gardens below through the window. “I’ve traveled all the way from London to see you. And this lovely estate. I must admit that when I first learned of your inheritance, I thought it was all some sort of trick. But you would have your own way and leave the loving bosom of your family no matter what I said. Now that I’m here, though, and see it in person, I must admit that it’s a lovely spot. And your chaperone, Lady Serena, is quite beautiful, isn’t she? A widow, I take it?”

His jaw clenched at the man’s mention of Serena, and Maitland thought perhaps it was time to announce himself. Daphne seemed not to realize he’d followed her in, and the earl was too busy waxing rhapsodic over the beauties of Beauchamp House.

“I don’t believe we’ve met, Forsyth,” he said forcefully, stepping up to stand side by side with Daphne. He gave a slight bow, perhaps not quite as deep as was warranted, but not caring. “The Duke of Maitland. I am a friend of your daughter’s, you might say.”

What he meant by that last, he could not say, but the man made every bit of protective instinct within him go on the alert. He was her father, but all the same Maitland knew that Daphne was no safer with him than she would have been with Sommersby if he still lived.

At the sound of the duke’s voice, Lord Forsyth turned with almost comical haste from the window and stared. For the barest flicker, he looked angry. Well, if he were upset at the knowledge that his daughter was not without friends, then he would simply have to swallow it. Because Maitland was damned if he’d leave her alone with the fellow.

“Duke,” Lord Forsyth said with a tilt of his head, “I am pleased to make your acquaintance. I was a friend of your father’s, and had little notion I’d be meeting you here. He was a good man, your father.”

His father had been nothing of the sort, but Maitland was hardly going to discuss it with Forsyth.

“I am here visiting my sister, Lady Serena,” Maitland said coolly, letting the other man know in tone rather than words that he had not appreciated the older man’s speculative words about her earlier. “And of course my cousin, Kerr. He only recently married another of the heiresses here, and resides here with her.”

Forsyth’s eyes narrowed at the implication that Daphne was well protected should her father wish to cause trouble. At least that was the message Maitland was endeavoring to send. And by the looks of it, Forsyth read him loud and clear.

“Capital, capital,” the earl said with false cheer. “A merry party you must all make here. I had no idea you were in such fine company here, Daphne. No notion at all.”

“Because we have not spoken since I left,” Daphne said, looking from her father to Maitland then back again, as if wondering what went on between them. “And now, father, I really must ask you to leave. I have a great deal of work to do and . . .”

“Don’t be absurd, Daphne,” her father said with a shake of his head. “I only just arrived. And there is something very important I must speak to you about.” He turned to Maitland with a raised brow. “I’m sure you’ll excuse us, Duke. I’m afraid what I need to tell my daughter is private family business.”

Maitland was opening his mouth to tell the man he would leave Daphne alone with him when hell froze over, when Daphne did it for him.

“Maitland stays,” she said, reaching out to grasp him by the arm. It was as much of a cry for help as he’d ever thought he’d see from her. Wordlessly, he slipped her arm into his, as if they were about to promenade round the room. He covered her hand with his, keenly aware of the thread of tension in her.

Once more, the earl’s eyes narrowed, and he turned an assessing gaze on Maitland, perhaps realizing for the first time the threat coming at him from that direction.

His jaw clenched, Forsyth said grimly, “Very well. If you wish your friend to witness our dirty linen, so be it.” As if needing to be in motion in order to speak, the earl began to pace the area between the window and the fireplace. “You know, Daphne, you left me without any obvious means of recouping what I lost from years of paying that tutor of yours, old man Sommersby.”

“You agreed to pay him,” Daphne said tightly. “After I threatened to expose . . .”

Hastily, Forsyth continued, “And I am currently in need of funds. As such, I must insist you return to London with me for the time being and meet a particular gentleman who has expressed interest in marrying you. Though his birth is not as high as yours, he’s quite wealthy and will make you a good husband, I trust. He’s assured me he has no concern about your odd ways, if you’re as beautiful as your portrait.”

Before Maitland could burst out with the string of invectives the other man’s pronouncement inspired in him, Daphne said, “I cannot marry this person. I’ve never even met him. You promised me that I would not have to marry someone for money as long as I won enough at the tables. I did so. You promised me, father.”

“I never actually promised, Daphne.” Forsyth said with a shake of his head. “If you chose to interpret it as such, that is not my fault. Now, go pack your things.”

Daphne’s hand on Maitland’s arm gripped him tightly. And before he even knew what he was doing, he said, “I’m afraid that’s impossible, Forsyth. Daphne is staying here.”

“I don’t know who you think you are, Maitland,” said the earl through clenched teeth, “but I am her father, and I am well within my rights to take her back to London. Now, kindly take your hands off of her and let her go pack.”

“It might once have been your right, Forsyth,” Maitland said coldly, “but Lady Daphne is my betrothed now and as such, she will remain here. With me.”

Copyright © 2017 by Manda Collins and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press.

When the Unexpected happens.

It will be  almost  three weeks this  Thursday that I lost my mom.  It was unexpected and  tragically so.   For  right now my  blogging  will slow  down due to this  but I am going to  try to  keep going. Book  blogging  has been my  safe  place and I have met so many wonderful people,  other  bloggers and  publishers.  I wanted to get this out there, so that you all know  I have not  disappeared or stopped blogging. I’m just here, slightly  lost  but here.

 

 

When to Engage an Earl- ARC review

I  was  given When to  engage  an Earl  by  Sally  Mckenize  by  the  publisher.  Special  thanks  to Kensington Books  for  the chance  to  review  this  title!

This book is about babies.  Holy mother of god I have never so many baby crazy people in my life.  Someone was either   having a baby, had a baby or wanted one.    Just why?  Yes, I understand   this happens but I like my romance without babies. More importantly  baby  crazy  characters.

Before you all jump on me   for hating babies.  I don’t…technically. I don’t mind    them in my romance sometimes they can even be entertaining or even charming   but babies are not the center of the universe and sadly they are   in this book.

The   hero Alex Earl of Evans   feels his biological clock ticking. Now let’s face it we all know   men of title and fortune in romancelandia   he needs to marry to produce an heir and a spare at some point.  However, this hero   had the baby bug so bad that is was ridiculous   I feel like the heroine was basically forced   to say   that she wanted   marriage and babies because everyone else was telling her   that it was   what she should want.  Jane   started  to  come off  as  strong  independent  character  until  everyone   was  all  like “  he loves  you”  “everyone  wants  to marry at  some point”   Spoiler!  No.  Not everyone  wants  to marry  or have  children. Lord Evans also disliked the  fact  that Jane was not a “restful sort of   female” in other words he was looking to marry a damsel in distress  type that he could   rule over and protect.  In  the beginning  he  was  very  big on  protecting and being manly

Then when they finally do have sex and Jane refuses to   marry him, he treats her like a prostitute and    throws money at her for her “services”.  He was an asshole. It  was  hard  to  connect either of these characters  because between the baby bug being repeated and enforced and  one character giving birth   what  should have been the main  focus of  the book  became  lost  at times turning this into a rage read for me.  Which  was  sad because  the book  held  so much  promise.

I will admit there was one likeable   thing about this book Poppy the cat, which as you can see on the cover is   watching over this hot mess. She is featured on all three book covers watching over the other couples who appear in this book  with their babies or babies in waiting, oh yes, more babies There is supernatural undertone  with Poppy that author alludes to but  never confirms. That sadly is   the end of my praise for this book.

 

So, here’s the deal if you like babies, heroes who want   babies more than   I  want  coffee  then this book is for you.  Because everyone in this book has them, wants them, or going to give birth to them at any second.  Then this book is for you.  If you are like me and not baby crazy in anyway shape or form then this might not be for you.

The book is priced at $4.99

The Most Dangerous Duke in London by Madeline Hunter – ARC Review.

I  was given a  copy t  The most  Dangerous  Duke  in London  By  Madeline Hunter  for  a  fair and  honest  review.

 

The Most Dangerous Duke in London is the first book in a new series by Madeline Hunter.  This is the first book I’ve read by her and I enjoyed it.

Adam Penrose who is the Duke of Stratton is known to be dangerous because he’s rumored to be a killer. He is back in London after leaving    for France with his mother after his father’s death. A death he blames Lady Clara Cheswick’s family for.  However, the Dowager Countess of Marwood who is the mother of the man Adam believes   killed his father wants to put   stop to Adam trying to kill her grandson or figuring out if the family was connected to the late Duke’s death.  So, she summons him to her home and throws her granddaughter at him because what better way to end a   feud than by joining two families in marriage?  Unfortunately, Adam is more interested in Clara than her sister and starts to pursue her.  The chemistry  between these  two  was just hot  from the start.

“Do not blame me for the delay in knowing my mind on the matter. There I was, making my decision about a lovely dove, when a black crow flew by and distracted me.”

Crow? Why, the—

“Then the crow flapped her wings in my face and turned her tail to fly away.” He walked over until he loomed above her. “I never stand down from a challenge, Lady Clara.”

Clara publishes a lady’s journal, thanks to being   her father’s favorite she has her own land and her own money, best of all she knows her own mind.  She was such a strong female character and just fun to read.  She  was a wonderful  character  who  had no  problems  with  showing and  demanding her  independence without  apology.

While Adam was wicked and very sexy.  During his first encounter, he threatened to use a riding crop on Clara. Which I was all there for that  even though  he  never  followed through. He was great hero   and at times a cheeky bastard which I loved him for.

This book was well written though slightly slow at times but otherwise very well done and worth the read.  I can’t  wait  to see what she has in store for the other Dukes..

So, if you love male friendships, a sexy duke, strong heroines who are all for having an affair with the sexy duke, and a good mystery.  Then this book has it.

It’s priced at $5.99

Six Impossible Things By Elizabeth Boyle

 

I was so excited to finally read Six Impossible Things by Elizabeth Boyle.  She is one of my automatic buy authors.  While I admit, I am not a fan of spy novels I still went for because of her.  I was shockingly surprised at how much I loved it, Roselie is a badass heroine who takes crap from no one including the hero!   Roselie who uses the code name Asteria   is the only   female agent for the home office though technically she isn’t, because she’s a woman. However, she’s better than any and every  male  agent the home office has, and she’s driving all them all crazy and not just because they want to find out who she is.  However, Brody, Lord Rimswell is the only agent she wants to catch her, oh and he does and that my dear friends  is just everything. Because our hero is the only agent to almost catch Asteria  not once  but  twice  and  the effort he makes to hold on  to her is steamy  to the  point  I  was  fanning myself!

When things end up leading to a hasty marriage between Roselie and Brody, no thanks to chatty busy body.  The conflict between them because of her wanting to stay an agent  becomes  intense, Roselie won’t back down or even give in a little even when it might her life is at stake, so naturally being the sexy hero that he is Brody decides to help her. Which even entails a “honeymoon” visiting insane asylums Because she is convinced that a supposedly dead Duchess is   locked away in one. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth the more someone wants to stop them which brings in the fight scenes and dear god Roselie can fight, even when she ends up cut up and bruised afterwards she plays it totally cool. Now you all know I am normally team hero but in this book as much as I liked Brody I am   all team heroine, also I might want to   go work the home office…. just saying.

Before I move on to tropes you might like with this book, I want to talk about Brody’s mother. She is a nasty old dragon who loathes Roselie and yet for some reason I kind of liked her.  There was a moment of bonding when Brody wanted to send both his mother and Roselie away for their safety but when her mother-in-law found out she was like “I have to go on this trip with you?!  Fuck me” and Roselie being the badass she is   replied “you can leave you want, I’m staying” okay it didn’t really happen that way but you get the idea and that is basically what his mother was thinking when she found out I am certain of that. But the point is his mother seemed shocked   because she had never defied her   husband the way Roselie was defying  Brody and this in turn made her   follow suit and defy her son. Kind of like “Well, if you aren’t going neither am I” But I will say this even with her bout of nastiness and being a terrible mother (  she  didn’t even know  what he liked for  breakfast), when the time came she   was on Brody and Roselie’s side.

Now on to Tropes you might like, badass take no shit heroines, spies both male and female kind, Friends to lovers.  Cheeky secondary  characters. Okay that  last one  might not be a  trope  but  seriously!  Hero and  the  Hathaway brothers!

This book was action packed from start to finish, it was fun and sexy with a shocking mystery that will leave you saying oh my god or if you’re like me holy shit. The HEA was simply perfect it was the kind that will if you’re anything like me  will leave you with a happy feeling that I think all romance novels should.

This book is listed at   $4.99 which is a great price and well worth the read.

 

One last thing the Hathaway brothers need their own novel.  This all I am saying about that but once you read the book, dear lord you will be saying the same, that these charming rogues need a story of their own…. Of course, now that I think on it the author did seem to be dropping some hints…