Absolutely delightful! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
Charlotte Highwood’s mama has become quite desperate in her attempts to find her dauAbsolutely delightful! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
Charlotte Highwood’s mama has become quite desperate in her attempts to find her daughter a titled gentleman to marry. She even pushed her in front of an eligible man, making her a laughing stock in the local scandal sheet, which gained her the name, The Desperate Debutante. But Charlotte is in no hurry to marry. In fact, she wants to stay untangled and just get through this season. She and her friend Delia have plans to travel through Europe, taking the Grand Tour next season. But first she has to show the Parkhursts, Delia’s parents, that she can be trusted to travel with their daughter. Invited to their fortnight-long house party, Charlotte attends with this goal in mind. Knowing that her mama will set her sights on the Marquess of Granville next, Charlotte follows him to the private library, hoping to let him know that she is not interested in marrying him and to warn him of her mother’s machinations. But everything backfires when she is discovered there alone with him. Although she claims that nothing happened, a scarlet garter with the initial C, which was left by an amorous couple, is found and everyone believes it is hers.
Piers Brandon, the Marquess of Granville, has spent years in diplomatic appointments overseas. A worthy, educated man, Piers works for the Crown, hiding his true emotions beneath an arrogant demeanor and comes across as being cold. In fact, he is attending the house party to secretly investigate Delia’s father, Vernon Parkhurst. Piers ventures to the private library, hoping to find any ledgers or communications that will help him with the task. He never expects to run into Charlotte. But her inability to be anyone but herself is endearing to him. He finds it a rare quality and a very refreshing one. He has no plans to marry for love, and is not quite ready for a wife yet. But their engagement would preserve his sterling façade and ward off questions about his true purpose there.
Piers and Charlotte agree to a private understanding; they will announce their engagement after a fortnight has passed to make it more believable. This also gives Charlotte a little more time to find the owner of the garter and get her off the hook. She is determined that if she has to marry it will only be for love, so she is doing everything to end this before they announce the engagement. But Charlotte is shaken by their first kiss, which makes her knees go weak and makes her want him.
After sharing her plan with Piers, he has his qualms, but finds himself helping her. Working together, Charlotte soon learns another side to him. His ability to pick locks and land punches as well as his sly wit and talent for making her melt with just a kiss seem out of place for a marquess. As she begins to fall for him, she knows she has some decisions to make. Will she risk everything to prove that she has done nothing wrong, or should she give in to the man who has stolen her heart?
A tantalizing tale, DO YOU WANT TO START A SCANDAL, the fifth book in New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare’s SPINDLE COVE series, is a clever, sensual historical romance that will have you eagerly turning the pages. While Charlotte considers her accomplishments to be modest at best, she is kind and smart, as well as a bit sassy. But her true ability lies in her ability to read people. As for Piers, his interactions with Charlotte are helping him to love and find peace once more as she begins to see him as no one else does. The romance and love between them is allowed to grow gradually, but the attraction is there from the beginning. I really liked this couple and enjoyed watching them overcome their differences to be together.
Humor, a bit of mystery, danger, engaging characters, romance and true love in one story; what more could you ask for? In writing this novel, Ms. Dare actually combined two of her series. Piers is a character from her CASTLES EVER AFTER series while Charlotte is from her SPINDLE COVE collection. Although this book can be read as a standalone, I advise reading all of the delectable books in these wonderful series. A consummate storyteller, Ms. Dare has timing and lighthearted banter down to an art form. If you are looking for a truly engaging light historical romance, look no further than Tessa Dare.
A Recommended Read! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
Two years ago, Natalie Hale lost her best friend. The funeral in the midst of the snowA Recommended Read! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
Two years ago, Natalie Hale lost her best friend. The funeral in the midst of the snow left Natalie freezing and unable to find warmth. Her grief left her without an appetite to the point that she lost fifteen pounds. She could not bear hearing her husband call her honey anymore - something he only started after her friend was diagnosed with cancer. All she wants is for him to leave her alone to grieve. With her mind wrapped in numbness, she refuses to let the emotion out, lest it destroy her. Cleaning is the only thing that makes her feel warm and no matter what her husband does, she knows they are losing the closeness that has always been between them. Blade is desperate to draw her out of the soothing numbness, but she doesn’t want to feel the pain. So she decides to leave him.
Now divorced, NFL quarterback Blake Cunningham leaves his pro-football career behind after hearing that Natalie is leaving Denver to take a job as head caterer at the Grand Mountain Hotel, an upscale boutique hotel. Moments after the press conference, Blake lets her know that they aren’t finished. But, shortly before the announcement, Blake’s brother Adam dies from cardiac issues. Trying to work through his grief and still win his wife back, Blake relocates, purchasing the house next door to Natalie and building a bridge between their properties. For Blake, it represents a bridge to a new life, the one he lost with Natalie. He hopes that all the steps he is taking, including giving up football, will prove to her how much he loves her.
Natalie knows that Blake is going to make another play for her, but she never expected that he would buy the house next door and build a bridge between their properties, complete with the same infinity signs that had been engraved in their wedding bands. While Blake takes major, patient steps to win her back, Natalie is afraid of losing someone again and so she would rather not risk her heart. The fact that she has never addressed her grief only makes matters worse. However, she cannot deny her desire for her ex-husband as the sparks of their mutual desire flare up. Blake’s ability to make her laugh and fill her with ecstasy leads her to give him a second chance. But can they overcome the ghosts of their pasts so they can find the happiness together they once had, or is the life they once knew over for good?
A heartwarming tale, THE BRIDGE TO A BETTER LIFE, the eighth book in USA Today bestselling author Ava Miles’ DARE VALLEY series, is an emotion-packed, sexy contemporary romance that will leave readers glued to the pages. This is a book that is hard to put down once started. Blake and Natalie deeply love each other, but before they can make a go of their relationship, they will have to get beyond not only the tragedy that triggered their separation, but also some hidden memories that they have never shared. I was quickly caught up in their story, but I also found a great deal of delight in the secondary characters, especially Blake’s very loyal team mates.
Despite the heartrending subject matter of this story, there are also light, humorous moments as the story takes readers from laughing to shedding a tear or two. This story is sure to touch the hearts of its readers and I happily recommend it to lovers of romance and great fiction. Heartache, hope, humor, realistic characters, friendship, family, tragedy, divorce, communication, sweet romance and true love infuse this story, giving readers an unforgettable tale. Since reading my first Ava Miles novel, I have become a fan and cannot wait to see what she comes up with next. Why not pick up a copy of THE BRIDGE TO A BETTER LIFE today and discover the world of Ava Miles for yourself!
Loaded with heat, humor and heart, this story is a must read. Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
Confident and competitive, Chief Petty OfficeLoaded with heat, humor and heart, this story is a must read. Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
Confident and competitive, Chief Petty Officer Gabriel Thorne, explosives expert and Navy SEAL, never seems to lose a bet, whether it concerns the pool table, the shooting range or the ladies. In fact, his luck with the ladies has left him with the call name Romeo. Following the rules his grandfather taught him, Gabriel managed to survive leaving the reservation and living on the streets after the old man’s death. Finally, he left the slums, joined the Navy and became a SEAL. Those rules defined him. But team member Jackrabbit, who lost to Gabriel, is not so enthused. He believes that Gabriel’s luck will run out one day and he doesn’t want to be on a mission with him when it happens.
Tessa Monroe is used to being admired to the point that she barely notices it anymore. Her best friend, Olivia Kane, is marrying Gabriel’s commander. At a party for the couple, Tessa meets Gabriel. The highest thing on Tessa’s off limits test is military men, especially those devoted enough to the service that they become SEALs. Adding to Tessa’s prejudice against marriage is the fact that her own mother had married six times. Tessa knows that her friend is making a mistake, but she cannot do anything about it. So, acting completely out of character, she ignores her instincts, puts aside her personal prejudices and for the first time fakes delight over Olivia’s impending marriage to a military man and a SEAL at that. Seeing her friend’s glow of happiness and aware of Olivia’s pregnancy, Tessa drops the subject and looks for a distraction. Seeing Gabriel, Tessa nearly runs. He causes emotions to run through her that she refuses to identify. The intensity of those feelings have not lessened in the six months since she first met him.
The men are his team and Gabriel never lets them down. That evening at the party, Gabriel receives many intriguing offers, but there is only one woman who interests him – Tessa, the only one who has ever turned him down. Neither Gabriel nor Tessa are interested in a serious relationship, but they cannot deny the chemistry that exists between them. However, while Tessa is willing to give into her desire for him temporarily, he is set on romancing her. Discovering that Tessa is Olivia’s maid of honor while he is the best man gives Gabriel the opportunity he is looking for. As he puts his plans into action, the desire between them turns into something more as their hearts become involved. Will they be following Olivia and her fiancé down the aisle, or will they walk away from each other?
A sexy tale, A SEAL’S PLEASURE, the latest book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tawny Weber’s SEXY SEALS series, is a witty, sensual, contemporary romance that will have readers avidly turning the pages. Gabriel and Tessa are perfectly matched and the sparks fly whenever they are near each other. Getting the chance to revisit the characters from the previous books in this series provides additional enjoyment.
The buildup to the sex scenes is just as explosively hot as the actual scenes themselves. Each time I read one of Ms. Weber’s books, I believe that this one cannot possibly be surpassed, but she continuously manages to surprise me. Although I fell in love with all of the stories in this series, this one may be the best yet. If you are looking for a great story with plenty of heat, humor and heart, pick up a copy of A SEAL’S PLEASURE. I am sure you will love it as much as I did!
An action-packed, adrenaline-pumping beginning to a promising series! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
For the past eight years, Sergeant GaAn action-packed, adrenaline-pumping beginning to a promising series! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
For the past eight years, Sergeant Gage Dixon has been the commander of the Dallas Police Department SWAT team. Gage’s team is comprised of huge wolf-shifters like him, although that fact is unbeknownst to everyone else. Called out on a hostage situation which had already caused massive injuries, including cops and civilians, the men waste no time from arriving on the scene. With half of their team out on weapons qualifications at the police academy and most of the others out conducting joint training with the ATF, they are working with a reduced force.
Dallas Daily Star reporter Mackenzie Stone has been trying to do an investigative report on the local SWAT team, but she has not been allowed access to the men. She had spent two days waiting and sweating as she and her photographer tried to find a way into the SWAT team’s inner sanctum. She wouldn’t have to be so underhanded if they would just allow her an interview with the team’s commander. She has covered all kinds of dangerous stories and never flinches when the going gets rough. The team had successfully taken down some of the baddest of the bad and they have very few complaints filed against them. Something just does not add up about the team and Mackenzie is determined to get to the bottom of it.
Believing he can control the information Mackenzie receives, Gage invites her to a tour of the SWAT team’s department. But he doesn’t plan on his feelings for her or the fact that she could be The One. As things turn intimate between Gage and Mackenzie, she discovers that she is falling in love with him. But when she finds out the truth about the team, she will have to make a choice. Will she choose the story of a lifetime or the man she loves?
An adrenaline packed tale, HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF, the first book in author Paige Tyler’s new SWAT series, is an action-packed, passionate paranormal romance that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. I loved the interaction between the members of the team and their loyalty to each other in maintaining their secrecy. The emotional push and pull between Gage and Mackenzie is very entertaining as they each try to get their way, yet they are unable to deny their feelings for one another.
For this particular SWAT team the letters stand for Special Wolf Alpha Team, for obvious reasons. Infused with secrecy, missions, sexual tension, humor, danger, hunky wolf-shifters, a spunky heroine with her own agenda, romance and love, this story is sure to enthrall its readers. From the moment I read my first Paige Tyler novel, I have been a fan. I have never been disappointed by one of her books and this one is no exception. I enjoyed it from the first page to the very last. Pick up a copy of HUNGRY LIKE A WOLF and discover Ms. Tyler's unforgettable shifters for yourself!
The latest addition to author Erin Knightley's delightful Prelude to a Kiss series! Actually rated 4.5. Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
AlwThe latest addition to author Erin Knightley's delightful Prelude to a Kiss series! Actually rated 4.5. Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
Always one to see the silver lining in any situation, Sophie failed to find one in her sister’s scandalous elopement with the estate manager’s son. This action not only ruined her family’s name, it spells doom to Sophie and her younger sister’s chance at a successful season and finding a husband. Her only way out is to secure her future before the scandal spreads. Fortunately, her sister Sarah’s marriage the previous month allows Sophie to attend the two-month-long first annual Summer Serenade in Somerset, where the eligible bachelors are plentiful. But Sophie only has one man in mind. She has been in love with an earl for years. However, her chance of winning him is slim since she is awkward around him, never knowing what to say, despite her propensity for chattering.
Due to a dark secret in their past John “Evan” Fairfax, the Earl of Evansleigh, and his sister have made a pact. Neither one will marry or procreate, not willing to take a chance on the past being revisited again. Therefore, although Evan may flirt, he never gets serious. One evening, as he tries to escape a tenacious debutante, the earl turns to Sophie, claiming the next dance with her. After a mishap on the dance floor leaves Sophie injured, Evan sees her home and perceives the perfect opportunity for his headstrong sister who recently arrived in town. Believing that Sophie will have a calming influence on her, Evan asks Sophie to befriend her.
As Sophie spends time with Evan’s sister, she also finds herself in Evan’s company more often. Growing accustomed to him, she finds herself relaxing as her natural personality shines through, obliterating the awkwardness the earl has witnessed thus far. Soon Evan realizes how much he enjoys Sophie’s company and looks for ways to spend time with her, even though he knows nothing can come of it. However, he can’t help falling for her. Will these two be able to overcome the problems they face and find a way to have their own happily-ever-after together?
With THE EARL I ADORE, the second book in her PRELUDE TO A KISS series, award-winning, USA Today bestselling author Erin Knightley has penned another delightfully sexy, emotion-packed historical romance that lovers of this genre are sure to savor. Evan is the only man in society who interests Sophie and it does not take long for him to return her feelings. Where she is shy and endearingly awkward at times, Evan is the perfect gentleman and readers are sure to fall in love with him. The chemistry between these two is undeniable and their foibles and vulnerabilities make them more believable. Additionally, the secondary characters add even more humor and excitement to this story.
In the beginning, readers are left to wonder about Evan’s dark secret, but all is slowly revealed as the story unfolds. This is not a steamy novel, but the first kiss scene is sizzling. Scandal, crushes, secrets, friendship, tender romance and true love combine in this delightful tale that will leave readers longing for the next installment of this wonderful series. THE EARL I ADORE can be read as a standalone, but if you enjoy this novel, you may want to also check out the first novel in this emotion-packed series entitled THE BARON NEXT DOOR as well as the upcoming book, THE DUKE CAN GO TO THE DEVIL, due out in July 2015.
Absolutely captivating, do not miss this deliciously sexy contemporary romance! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
Navy SEAL Mitch “Irish” DonAbsolutely captivating, do not miss this deliciously sexy contemporary romance! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
Navy SEAL Mitch “Irish” Donovan comes from a military background with both his grandfather and father still actively serving. His one passion is his career and he doesn’t let anything interfere. His dedication and the risks he takes are moving him swiftly up the ladder. Although his mother does her best to get him married off, he has been successful at sidestepping her plans. He enjoys women, but a serious relationship is not something he wants.
Olivia ‘Livi’ Kane has already been through one disastrous marriage and that was enough for her. Her husband had taken everything and Livi had to start over with the help of her mother. A fitness expert with her own line of exercise tapes, Livi has such a perfect body she is known as The Body Babe. But despite her public persona, she is a very shy person, and hates the tours that she is obligated to do. She longs to overcome the shyness.
Attending a Halloween party at Livi’s Aunt Roz’s bar, Mitch, dressed as Superman, and Livi, donning a Twinkie costume, meet and the sparks fly almost immediately. They soon find themselves pitted against each other in a push-up contest to determine who the best man/woman is. When the contest ends in a tie, it is decided that Livi owes Mitch a kiss and he owes her a date, according to the terms of the bet. Although they share a heated kiss that night, they have to wait on the date since Mitch is due to ship out on a mission. Livi’s mother has always warned her about military men, so Livi keeps her involvement with Mitch a secret from her. Still, Livi cannot help wondering if she will ever see him again.
For the first time, Mitch finds himself distracted during a mission when thoughts of Livi keep intruding, to the point that even his grandfather warns him to dump her. Will he put his career first and give up the woman he loves?
With A SEAL’S SECRET, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tawny Weber has penned another fabulously sassy, sexy contemporary romance that readers are sure to adore. I enjoyed watching the blistering passion between Mitch and Livi slowly evolve into love. They are a perfect match and the chemistry between them is explosive. The secondary characters are a delight also, adding even more humor and fun to the story.
I have read and loved every book in this series, but this one may be the best yet. Secrets, sizzling sensuality, complex characters, clever banter, tender romance and true love prevail in this unforgettable story that you won’t want to miss! As a fan of Ms. Weber’s work, I am always thrilled to get my hands on one of her books. Each one is a treasure.
Now that I have read Mitch and Livi’s story, I cannot wait to read about Romeo, Mitch’s fellow SEAL and best friend, and Tessa, who is Livi’s best friend. Their story entitled A SEAL’S PLEASURE is the next book in this exciting series. The excitement is already building in A SEAL’S SECRET as Romeo and Tessa seem to be butting heads already. In the meantime, be sure to pick up your own copy of A SEAL’S SECRET. Each of the books in this series can be read as a standalone, but take heed; it is hard to stop at just one of these captivating books.
Cozy mystery fans will not want to miss this captivating addition to author Cindy Sample's LAUREL MCKAY series! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkiesCozy mystery fans will not want to miss this captivating addition to author Cindy Sample's LAUREL MCKAY series! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
Single mom Laurel has her hands full with her job, raising two children and trying to find time to spend with her sweetie, detective Tom. But then a 150 year-old skeleton is found on her grandmother’s property, smearing the family name, and the body of a prominent citizen is found hanging in the town center, with her ex-husband as the prime suspect. With Laurel’s help, her grandmother is determined to prove that their ancestors were not involved in the murder. Working in the local bank, Laurel does a bit of amateur sleuthing on the side when necessary, against her boyfriend’s wishes. She is still wondering how she got roped into performing with the Sassy Saloon Girls for Hangtown’s annual Wagon Train parade, especially since her snug fitting outfit may gain her more attention than she wants, and if her wardrobe malfunctions like she fears.
Just as she sets out to prove that her great-great-grandfather was not the killer that some imagine him to be, another body is found hanging next to a dummy in the town center. But this time the prime suspect is Laurel’s ex-husband, Hank. When Tom arrests Hank for the murder, Laurel must find evidence that the father of her children did not do it. With the aid of her grandmother and daughter, an aspiring detective, Laurel now has two murders to investigate. Will the women find out whodunit before they are next on the killer’s list? Will Hank’s reappearance in Laurel’s life and her defense of him ruin things with Tom?
A fast-paced read, DYING FOR A DUDE, the fourth book in national bestselling author Cindy Sample’s LAUREL MCKAY series is a humorous, action-packed cozy mystery that will immediately draw you in and keep you guessing right up to the very satisfying ending. I enjoy reading about Laurel, a sassy, single mom of two and her escapades, with a bit of chocolate thrown in to help her get through it. In this story, she is caught between her ex-husband, who is the prime suspect in a murder, and her boyfriend, who arrests him. Previously, her husband left her for a younger woman, but now he seems to realize what he lost and is doing everything he can to get her back. But Laurel is past that. She does not mind having him for a friend since he is the father of her children, but that is where she draws the line. When Laurel begins investigating, it seems that nearly everyone in town could be a suspect. But before the investigation is through, a hilarious, wild west-like romp through town may leave more than one casualty.
Filled with murder, intrigue, a plethora of suspects, humor, mystery and romance, this novel will keep readers captivated. Laurel McKay is an endearing character that readers can easily relate to and the secondary characters add even more charm to the story as the clues build up. Treat yourself to a copy and find out for yourself. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did!
Although this book is the fourth in the series, it can be read as a standalone. But for even more entertainment and additional insight into the series, I recommend reading all of the books in this delightful series in the following order: DYING FOR A DATE, DYING FOR A DANCE, DYING FOR A DAIQUIRI and the newly released DYING FOR A DUDE. The first three books can also be purchased as a boxed set.
Fans of historical romance will not want to miss this intriguing, sexy tale. Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
Colonel Ian Ferguson of the BlFans of historical romance will not want to miss this intriguing, sexy tale. Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
Colonel Ian Ferguson of the Black Watch, a Scot, is accompanying the Duke of Wellington home to England when he discovers that the duke’s new aide, Horace Stricker, has his own agenda. Seeing Stricker in the shadows with a gun aimed at the duke, Ian pulls his gun. But everyone believes Ian is trying to kill the duke, instead of protecting him. In the chaos, Ian is shot and the impact of the bullet sends him over the edge of the ship into the water. But a flask in his pocket takes much of the damage. The flask is the evidence Ian needs to prove that Stricker is not who he appears to be. Hearing Stricker issue orders to shoot him, Ian dives under the water, but not before being shot as he sinks below the waves.
When Sarah Clarke, the illegitimate daughter of a duke, discovers that her pig, Willoughby, has escaped his pen, she immediately sets out for the cliffs. But she arrives there to find her pig tied to a tree. For the past few days, she has noticed that some of the eggs have gone missing, but she has not seen anyone around. Whoever the culprit is, he has also been helping her. Each morning she finds some chore already done for her. Willoughby’s capture seems to be just another act by her mysterious benefactor. Sarah was left with taking care of her home and those who live with her when her husband left for war some time ago and she has been waiting for four months for his return. Other soldiers have already returned and her husband’s cousin, Martin, is eager to get her off the land and take possession, believing her husband to be dead. But Sarah has not given up hope yet.
Believed to be a traitor, Ian hides out, trying to recover and gain back his strength. When Sarah discovers him, she knows he is the man everyone is looking for and is torn. If she gets caught with him, she will hang. But his wound is badly infected and he can barely stand on his feet. Hiding him, as soldiers and Martin close in, Sarah finds herself falling in love for the very first time. All it takes is one heated kiss and neither can deny their passion for each other. Can they evade Ian’s pursuers long enough to prove his innocence, or will Ian be found guilty of treason and drag Sarah down with him?
A suspenseful tale, ONCE A RAKE, the first book in the second trilogy of award winning author Eileen Dreyer’s DRAKE’S RAKES series, known as LAST CHANCE ACADEMY, is an intriguing, passionate historical romance that captivated me from the very beginning. Sarah and Ian are both vulnerable in their own way. Sarah was raised as an unwanted child, the illegitimate offspring of a duke. No one has ever wanted her, not even her own husband, who took her dowry and purchased his commission, leaving her with his responsibilities at home. As the heir to a British marquess, Ian has been working with his grandfather and Drake’s Rakes, a group of government spies who helped him get his sisters into Last Chance Academy to keep them safe. There is no love lost between Ian and his grandfather, who did not acknowledge Ian or his sisters until later in life. Ian has worked hard, taking on extra assignments to provide for his two sisters, who first met Sarah at the academy, but it meant that he had no time to spend with them. Together, Sarah and Ian find what they have been missing from life. But Sarah has a missing husband and Ian is contracted to wed Lady Ardeth, who was introduced to him by his grandfather.
Ms. Dreyer’s unique storytelling prose brings her characters to life, making it impossible not to empathize with their situation. Packed with suspense, spies, treason, assassins, clever dialogue, sizzling sensuality, a forbidden romance and one-of-a-kind love, this story is not to be missed. I enjoyed this book immensely and look forward to the next installment in this trilogy, TWICE TEMPTED. In the meantime, be sure to check out ONCE A RAKE. I highly recommend it!