THE DUKE'S SURPRISE by Meara Platt... Cheyne Lyon, Duke of Mar isn’t surprised when his wastrel brother dumps a wife and baby on his doorstep, but Jennifer is intelligent, nurturing, and sweet, just the sort Cheyne could love, if only she wasn’t already taken. When unsavory strangers come around looking for a runaway young lady, Cheyne realizes Jennifer isn’t who she claims to be, and he isn’t about to give her up.
THE SCOT'S BAIRN by Tabetha Waite... Damaris Honeywell suffers from an unwanted betrothal. Her solution? Ruin her reputation. But one night with a handsome Scotsman leads to certain…complications that can’t be ignored. When Callum Murray, Laird O’Donogue encounters her again, he intends to show her that they are meant to be.
THE DUKE AND THE GOVERNESS by Tammy Andresen... The Duke of Chance is tired of leaving his life to fate. When he becomes ward to his niece, he knows he needs a governess to raise the girl right. But is Miss Lucy Frank the answer to all his troubles?
THE PERFECT LITTLE MARQUESS by Annabelle Anders... His grandfather dies before turning forty. His father turns up his toes at the age of two and thirty. And this year, his older brother gets shot in a duel at the tender age of nine and twenty. Things aren’t lookin good for this spare turned heir. The new duke of Warwick needs a son... And Quickly!
THE SUBSTITUTE LOVER by Merry Farmer... Lord Benedict Killian needs an heir of his own blood as fast as possible, but he has no intention of marrying. Disgraced Miss Meg Wallace needs money, and a lot of it, to start a new life. Agreeing to a deal to conceive a child for Benedict to pass off as his own seems like an easy solution for both of their problems. Until the red-hot passion between them proves irresistible.
WOOED IN WINTER by Scarlett Scott... The Marquess of Haven has finally decided to do his duty and settle upon a bride, preferably before the new year begins. What better place to find her than a country house party? There’s just one problem, and she’s the beautiful widow who once owned his heart. Surely there’s no harm in indulging in one night of passion with her to get her out of his mind. But Haven is about to discover old habits are hard to break, especially when the consequences last forever…
Meara Platt is happily married to her Russell Crowe look-alike husband, and they have two terrific children. She lives in one of the many great towns on Long Island, New York, and loves it, except for the traffic. She has traveled extensively, occasionally lectures and finds time to write. Her favorite place in all the world is England’s Lake District, which may not come as a surprise since many of her stories are set in that idyllic landscape, including her Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award winning story.
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 💋 Eek. A beautiful novella with a passionate and gruff Duke, who has such a soft centre.
He’s Lyon, a Scot, a Duke, a brother ,an uncle, and a great holder of tradition, but more than that ,to Jenny he’s the man she loves on first sight. Believing she is married to his brother is what keeps them apart, but so do the lies she told him.
His green eyed selki bewitched him from the beginning, but what he feels is wrong, immoral and he tries so hard to stay away. Jenny is becoming an infatuation, and addiction, this can’t go on.
Will they sort out the lies an make peace with the truth, such a brilliant story by Meara.
I received an Arc copy of this book and chose to post this review
Lords, Ladies and Babies A Regency Romance Set with Little Consequences with stories by Meara Platt, Tabetha Waite, Tammy Andresen, Annabelle Anders, Merry Farmer, Scarlett Scott
Love doesn’t always go as planned and sometimes it results in adorable little consequences! Six tales of Regency love, each including a bundle of joy. Don’t miss this very special set of books written by your favorite Historical Romance authors! Meara Platt, Tabetha Waite, Tammy Andresen, Annabelle Anders, Merry Farmer, and Scarlett Scott!
THE DUKE'S SURPRISE by Meara Platt
BLURB : Cheyne Lyon, Duke of Mar isn’t surprised when his wastrel brother dumps a wife and baby on his doorstep, but Jennifer is intelligent, nurturing, and sweet, just the sort Cheyne could love, if only she wasn’t already taken. When unsavory strangers come around looking for a runaway young lady, Cheyne realizes Jennifer isn’t who she claims to be, and he isn’t about to give her up.
MY REVIEW :
Will her lies doom their burgeoning attraction...
This first novella is a sweet tale with two characters having to hide their awakening feelings. Jenny is on the run, with a child to protect so his family is her best option, a good way to hide herself from those looking for her. But she never expected to fall for the man who offers her shelter, how can she repay him for his kindness when she lied to him. Lyon feels guilty for being attracted to his brother’s wife, if she is as some doubts gnaw at him. Soon he must face he has fallen for her. Their relationship quickly moves to something deeper even with each one holding back their sentiments and secrets. They are cute likable characters with a sweet little boy to bring them together. 4 stars
THE SCOT'S BAIRN by Tabetha Waite
BLURB : Damaris Honeywell suffers from an unwanted betrothal. Her solution? Ruin her reputation. But one night with a handsome Scotsman leads to certain…complications that can’t be ignored. When Callum Murray, Laird O’Donogue encounters her again, he intends to show her that they are meant to be.
MY REVIEW :
When a passionate encounter leads to a more permanent souvenir, will they find their again to one another...
What a lovely read this novella was! I loved both Damaris and Callum. Damaris took a very incalculable risk and alas, the price to her freedom might’ve heavier than she expected. She was naive as many young women from her time, but I loved she was strong to accept her fate and willing to rethink her future. Whatever the sheltered life she had priorly, she is ready to find her own way even in her new condition. Callum is such a lovable man, not the one to sprout poems but with his acts he shows his respect and attraction. While their encounters was twice unexpected, it was surely a trick of fate as they are definitively made for one another. Even with this novella format, Mrs Tabetha Waite allows her characters a soul and a life of own. 5 stars.
EARL OF SIN by Tammy Andresen
BLURB : The Earl of Sinclair vowed never to marry again. But when a pretty spinster befriends his daughter, he begins to wonder.
MY REVIEW :
Will her desire to help be her downfall or salvation ...
Oh great! I so wanted to read more about Sinclair after the debacle in Earl of Exile. So even if it is the last installment in the Lords of Scandal series, I am very happy to know he gets his own story as I was very sorry for him despite his deeds when he was first introduced. He is a father and for his daughter, he will do anything even betray his kin if it means she is safe. Since, he over reacted and put his daughter in a gilded cage, but still a cage. Why he is so afraid to open his heart again, fear of losing again. Mary has the opposite reaction, her loss brought a need for her to live life at the fullest, she has to feel alive, useful. She failed as a debutante, but if she can give a new meaning to her spinster life, she thinks she will be satisfied enough. This novella is a lovely conclusion to the series, even if I have still two books to read, I loved the meddling kin and the cute little girl. 5 stars
THE PERFECT LITTLE MARQUESS by Annabelle Anders
BLURB : His father dies before turning forty. His oldest brother, the original heir, turns up his toes at the age of two and thirty. And this year, the spare gets shot in a duel at the tender age of eight and twenty. Things aren’t looking good for this third–son–turned–heir. The new duke of Warwick needs to secure the line... And quickly!
MY REVIEW :
Will their hasty marriage be their salvation or doom ...
Whatever Mrs Annabelle Anders writes, I have not once been disappointed. Short or long, all her stories are so moving and breathtaking with damaged heroes. And here, I feel deeply the pain and hurt of Christian and Lillian. Even if he is wrong, Christian is so sure of his impending death, he might even unknowingly call it to him. Because of it, he is trapped in the present, unable to project himself in the future. His only goal is to secure his sister’s avenir and his blood line. Lillian has few dreams, but she wishes for her independence. Thus her answering what she thinks is the perfect opportunity for her. And while she should have questioned more at length if she was making the right choice, she took matter in hands and her new husband, whatever his flaws, is a man who stirs deep feelings from her. If only he could accept for them to have a destiny together. I do not know how she does that but Mrs Annabelle Anders infuses her characters with such blood and flesh they appear real, poignant in their dealing of their fears. A big fat 5 stars.
THE SUBSTITUTE LOVER by Merry Farmer
BLURB : Lord Benedict Killian needs an heir of his own blood as fast as possible, but he has no intention of marrying. Disgraced Miss Suzanne Porterfield needs money, and a lot of it, to start a new life. Agreeing to a deal to conceive a child for Benedict to pass off as his own seems like an easy solution for both of their problems. Until the red-hot passion between them proves irresistible.
MY REVIEW :
Will his scandalous proposal be the end or the beginning of them together ...
I sometimes find Mrs Merry Farmer’s novella a bit on the silly side, and while here the villain is bordering craziness, and Suzanne makes some errors, they are not those which make me cringe. Their relationship is sweet and scorching while they learn to know one another but as the reason for Benedict’s demande stands between them, will their burgeoning affections get a chance. It was a fun and entertaining read with plenty of actions and very peculiar side characters. 4.5. stars
WOOED IN WINTER by Scarlett Scott Blurb : The Marquess of Haven has finally decided to do his duty and settle upon a bride, preferably before the new year begins. What better place to find her than a country house party? There’s just one problem, and she’s the beautiful widow who once owned his heart. Surely there’s no harm in indulging in one night of passion with her to get her out of his mind. But Haven is about to discover old habits are hard to break, especially when the consequences last forever…
This is a great boxed set to help get your mind of COVID-19. Secret babies are one of my favorite tropes so I was hoping this set would give me my fix and it did.
THE DUKE'S SURPRISE by Meara Platt... Wow, I’m a fan of the name Cheyne now! This is a relationship based on deception. Jennifer is dumped on Cheyne’s doorstep with a baby. But is she who she really says she is? I enjoyed this story very much. Very funny!
THE SCOT'S BAIRN by Tabetha Waite... Damaris Honeywell ruins herself to try to escape an arranged marriage with Laird O’Donogue and there are some unintended consequences including a baby. This is one of my favorite tropes and I enjoyed this story. Very steamy!
THE DUKE AND THE GOVERNESS by Tammy Andresen... The Duke of Chance needs a governess for his niece and Lucy Frank is just the lady. Maybe she could become more than a governess? Sweet story. Love heals all!
THE PERFECT LITTLE MARQUESS by Annabelle Anders... The Duke of Warwick’s family has had many tragedies befall them and this spare heir needs to secure an heir for himself. There was a lot of emotion and angst, which I love!
THE SUBSTITUTE LOVER by Merry Farmer... Lord Benedict Killian calls upon Meg Wallace to give him an heir without the shackles of marriage. There’s some money in it of course! There is a little more chemistry than they bargained for, however. This novella is scorching hot.
WOOED IN WINTER by Scarlett Scott... Mrs. Scott is one of my all-time favorite historical romance authors. She can do no wrong. I love everything she writes. This one has the angst I love. The Marquess of Haven is reunited with Hannah at a country house party. They each blame one another for ruining their lives. They soon realize that there was meddling that intervened in now-widowed Hannah’s ill-fated marriage to an odious man.
I love boxed sets because they give me a lot of variety and a chance to find new authors I like of the same genre!
I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It's difficult for me to review anthologies but I am going to give it a go. The stories were alright, the pace was quick but not a lot of depth to them. I won't get into a plot summary for each book, just a quick opinion.
The Perfect Little Marquess - Reminded me of a poor man's version of 'The Viscount Who Loved Me' but less intelligent. The heroine, Lillian was interesting enough I guess. The hero was whiny, if I had to read once more about how much he was going to die, I would have killed him myself.
The Earl of Sin - Apparently it's book 6 in some series, not even sure which one. Although it works as a stand-alone, some references flew over my head. The story was insta-everything, lust, love & marriage! If you feel like reading the 'I am afraid my wife will die in childbirth' trope, try 'Accidentally Compromising The Duke' by Stacy Reid, you will enjoy it more.
Substitute Lover - I tend to skim a lot of Merry Farmer books. They are quasi erotica-esque but with a bit of romance thrown in. They can be hilarious if you don't think about historical accuracy. Have a bemused chuckle and move on.
Wooed In Winter - I am writing a detailed review of this book separately. The big misunderstanding was the theme of the story!
I think I skipped the other 2 stories. I will edit the review when & if I get to them!
The Duke’s Surprise 2/5 - Plot hinged on a dumb secret The Scott’s Bairn 2/5 - Heroine is TSTL Earl of Sin 1/5 - Completely lost the plot with this one The Perfect Little Marquess 4/5 - would have loved if this was a full length novel The Substitute Lover 2/5 - Asinine storyline Wooed in Winter 3/5 - Second chance romance after a plethora of misunderstandings that were solved with a single conversation
The Duke’s Surprise by Meara Platt 4 1/2 stars Starring Cheyne Lyon, Duke of Mar and Jenny Bramwell. Heroine in disguise trope.
I really loved this novella. Cheyne believes Jenny and baby belong to his brother... Jenny knows that once he discovers the truth, Cheyne will ask her to leave. I know, right?! I love the tension as they fight off their attraction for one another. But when Cheyne and Jenny do finally got together, it’s very sweet and totally made me smile. Definitely gave me all the feels. I mean, really, gotta love a big and yummy Scottish hero.
So many wonderful characters in this story that made it enjoyable. Even the servants were a hoot. But little Johnny’s nappies and spittle PLUS two of Cheyne’s brothers = an awesome laugh fest!! And the annual swim/spyglass scene had me doubling over!!
Meara Platt is a fabulous author and I love everything she writes. * Keeper Shelf Author *All Time Favorite Author _________________________________________
The Scot’s Bairn by Tabetha Waite 5 stars Starring Miss Damaris Honeywell and Callum Solomon Murray, Laird O’Donogue. Need a rake to break a betrothal trope.
What’s Damaris to do when she needs to break off her betrothal to an odious lord? Why, go to a Cyprian Ball and find herself a rake to ruin her, of course. Not only does her plan work... (and she spends one night of amazing passion with Callum) but she leaves that night with a wee keepsake... that causes her to get banished to Scotland.
I enjoyed every single second I spent with this novella.... and I was SO ugly crying AF at the end. Totally loooooove Damaris and Callum!! These two made my toes curl with their deliciousness. And I love that fate definitely brought them together... twice!! Totally destined for each other. Le sigh!
Tabetha Waite’s stories are definitely Squeeeeee-worthy!! Her books are amazing. *Keeper Shelf Author *All Time Favorite Author _________________________________________
The Earl of Sin by Tammy Andresen 4 1/2 stars Starring Lord Colbert “Sin”/“Cole” Sinclair, Earl of Sinclair and Miss Mary Chase. Governess and Lord, spinster, and matchmaking friends tropes.
This was a heartfelt story of moving on from tragedy.... and not letting fear direct your life. Both Sin and Mary have suffered loss and have embraced the guilt and worry that comes from it. Together they will heal each other as they explore their attraction and finally give in to love. Totally enjoyed watching Mary and Sin find their HEA... they deserve every happiness coming their way. I also loved Anne, Sin’s daughter. She was a wonderful bundle of energy.
My first Tammy Andresen experience and I loved it. It’s part of a series so did not know some of the characters and events that were discussed, but it didn’t take away from the story... and it did get me intrigued enough to look for her other titles. *New to me author and I can’t wait to “discover” her other stories.
The Perfect Little Marquess by Annabelle Anders. 5 Stars Starring Christian Masterson, Duke of Warwick and Lady Lillian Prentiss. Married in haste trope.
Christian thinks his time on earth is limited, so he is taking extra steps to ensure his sister will be taken care of after his demise. Which means he needs a bride and an heir NOW!! Lillian enters his life unexpectedly but fortuitously. She thinks Christian is ill and dying... so she agrees to his terms to a possible short term marriage. Failure to communicate and misunderstandings have them re-evaluating their marriage... especially when strong emotions start to enter the mix.
Omg... I was an ugly crying AF, completely puffy eyes mess right up to the last word. This novella will absolutely punch you in the feels!! I actually read this story twice... and I ugly cried AF, TWICE!! Christian and Lillian are a wonderful pair. I’m glad that they both chose to live in love and hope... and cherish every single second life gives them. I cheered for their HEA.
Annabelle Anders just keeps writing hits.... and I happily continue to gobble them up. *Keeper Shelf Author *All Time Favorite Author _________________________________________
The Substitute Lover by Merry Farmer 4 stars Starring Lord Benedict Killian and Miss Suzanne Porterfield. Mutual arrangement trope.
Benedict needs a baby to win back an old flame.... Suzanne needs money and protection ASAP. Together they make an arrangement that meets both their needs. But somewhere along the way the heart gets involved and things get a little complicated... but that the way love is, right?!
Benedict and Suzanne where definitely a hawt couple and I enjoyed their road to HEA. I love that they got to know one another in the months during her pregnancy. Oh and there’s a villain involved to add intrigue and tension in the story.
I discovered Merry Farmer last year (2019). This is only my 3rd story from her. I can’t wait to read her other titles. _________________________________________
Wooed in Winter by Scarlett Scott 4 1/2 stars Starring Graham, Marquess of Haven and Hannah, Countess of Fawkesbury. Past lovers and Second chances tropes.
Wowza!! Graham and Hannah are freaken Haaaaaaawt, y’all!! Torn apart lovers... and grudges... but the passion is still there... oh my!! Despite the fact that these two have hurt feelings towards one another, their chemistry is still very strong. I kept hearing the song “coz you are the magnet and I am steeeeeeel” throughout this novella. Totally loved these two and glad they got their HEA.
Scarlett Scott’s stories are always keepers for me. She’s a “gets you in the feels” wizard with a pen... uh... keyboard. * Keeper Shelf Author *All Time Favorite Author _________________________________________
I received a complimentary copy of this anthology. I voluntarily review it and the comments are 100% my own.
My star ratings: 4 stars.... Book was great. Loved the characters. Book kept me entertained... but did not make me cry. Will re-read this story again.
4 1/2 stars... Book was great. Loved the characters. Gave me the feels and aaaaaaalmost made me cry in some parts. Will re-read this story again.
5 stars... Ugly cried AF. Major book hangover. Characters and storyline were freaken amazeballs. Made me wanna hug the author for writing a book that gave me all the feels!! Will definitely be re-reading this story over and over and over again!!
N`Lord, Ladies and Babies A Regency Romance Set Annabelle Anders, Scarlett Scott, Tabetha Waite, & etc.....
Perfect Little Marquess Annabelle Anders, author
The perfect compliment to Ms. Anders' Perfect series. A darling novella about the two young people finding love in the most unusual way, an agreement to marriage for the sole purpose of producing an heir in exchange for independence.... This is Lady Lillian Prentiss, stepdaughter of the late Duke of Crawford and Christian Masterson, Duke of Warwick's story. I always enjoy anything written by this author.
The Scott's Bairn Tabetha Waite, author
It was my pleasure to read this darling story of a young English lady and a handsome Scottish laird.
Lady Damaris Honeywell has been unfortunately promised to an older gentleman of the ton. Seeking to escape the unwanted marriage, she does the unthinkable and makes the decision to end her virginity. Although, this will ruin her reputation, she cannot see herself married to someone that is old enough to be her father, much less, someone she cares nothing about. Carefully planning the encounter, she attends a ball and meets a handsome Scottishman and identifies herself as Lady Chemistry. Weeks later, she finds herself in the family way. Disgusted with her and her situation, her parents send her away to have the baby and to ultimately give the baby up. But, fate takes hold and decides something totally different for Lady Damaris and her babe.
Meanwhile, Laird Callum Murray is at his wits end after the one evening with Lady Chemistry. He can't seem to forget her. Then, the unthinkable happens for him, as he runs into the Lady herself at an inn in Scotland. And, as they say, the rest is history.
Ms, Waite has written a darling story that portrayed sweet characters in a situation that befell women in that Era. I enjoyed this story quite a bit and know that I will always be entertained with one of her stories. I recommend this novella to all who enjoy a happily ever after ending.
This was a fun collection of stories from six great romance authors. I loved the common theme of surprise babies. The lords were not expecting to fall in love and have a baby already on the way! The stories were well written and had wonderful characters. Even though they were short stories with the same plots they were each unique to the author and their style of writing. This is certainly the perfect book if you are looking for some quick romance stories that vary in style and heat level! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
A great boxset from six very talented story tellers!
Six stories bursting with simmering desire, suspense and the gift of instant family. Born from desperation, need and a burning palpable connection, that just plain refuses to be denied, draws you in and keeps you invested in each couple's happy every after. Some tales maybe linked to other serieses but each has the power to captivate and shine as a standalone.
Meara Platt's A Duke's Surprise: Cheyne and Jenny's tale is immeasurably lovely, both touching in its secrets and hidden desires. The chemistry is strong as attraction bubbles under the surface as they fight to deny their feelings while bonding over wee Johnny. There is an innocence and sweet burning between the pair that feels almost a live entity as you fall for the hero and heroine instantly. I really hope it won't be the last time we hear from the de Mar brothers as Lucas and Matthew are positively swoon worthy too. A fabulous start to a boxset that sucks you into the rugged beauty of Scotland and its people.
Tabetha Waite's A Scot's Bairn: A reckless moment of defiance and desperation sees Damaris grasp escape from an unwanted distasteful marriage. Concocting her own plan to see herself ruined and finding herself with child may just be the best decision she has ever made. It might have taken me a while to warm to Damaris but stubborn and determined Callum - so beguilled and yearnful of her affection - drew me in instantly and really held my attention as I became invested in their happily ever after. With moments of yearning and uncontrollable heat with the addition of some delightful subcharacters, in Gavin and Jamie, made this tale both enjoyable and heartwarming.
Tammy Andreson's Earl of Sin: Instant absorption. Mary and Cole's tale emits the perfect balance of sexual attraction and touching musings with an endearingly comforting and engaging plot line. Where hope was thought lost as vulnerabilities, past tragedies and integrity war with deep attraction. Touching, sweet and full of heart and heat that progresses the story and strengthens their bond. Anne (Cole's daughter) is just so adorable and adds so much depth, passion and delicious banter to the pairs interactions. Part of a series I haven't yet read but is clearly full to brimming with intriguing rogues each with their own vulnerability and hidden yearning for love. Definitely a series I'm now extremely keen to check out!
Annabelle Anders' The Perfect Little Marquess: Really loved this sweet tale. The hero in all his bumbling endearing affection and sense of emcompassing doom and the heroine, who isn't about to give up on the desire burning between them. I liked the pair instantly and they only grew in my affection. With a compelling plot where the romance blooms from the prospect of tragedy and fear of dying too soon and builds and grows into so much more as they navigate and attempt to overcome his fear to grasp ultimately at a happily ever after. Touching and engaging - rather wonderful!!
Merry Farmer's The Substitute Lover: Suzanne and Benedict’s story is full of passion, born from an act of sheer desperation and heart pounding fear, one fantastical proposition and a repulsive villian so consumed by arrogance and greed he'll let no one stand in his way. Loved this perfect blend of lighthearted, sweet romance with lustful passion, deep connection, gripping anticipation and an ominously dark, hateful, cloud that threatens to destroy everything.
Scarlet Scott's Wooed in Winter: The tormoil of betrayal, raw vulnerability, secret manipulations and a resounding love that refuses to be denied. Touching, heart churningly compelling and full of passion hazed yearning, desire and magnetic draw. Hannah and Graham are a delight in this second chance at love romance.
Overall a collection I will enjoy reading again and again - much recommended!!
The Duke's Surprise by Meara Platt 4.5 Stars Cheyne Lyon, Duke of Mar isn’t surprised when his wastrel brother John dumps a wife and baby on his doorstep, but Jennifer is intelligent, nurturing, and sweet, just the sort Cheyne could love, if only she wasn’t already taken. When unsavoury strangers come around looking for a runaway young lady, Cheyne realizes Jennifer isn’t who she claims to be, and he isn’t about to give her up. A lovely story of misunderstandings & secrets that I read in one sitting. Strong characters & a lovely story
The Scot’s Bairn by Tabetha Waite 4.5 Stars Damaris Honeywell suffers from an unwanted betrothal. Her solution? Ruin her reputation. So she goes to a Cyprian masquerade ball where she has one night with a handsome Scot but there are complications that can’t be ignored. When Callum Murray, Laird O’Donogue encounters her again, he intends to show her that they are meant to be. A delightful story which was well written with strong characters, I loved it
The Earl of Sin by Tammy Andresen 4 .5 Stars The Earl of Sinclair vowed never to marry again after losing his wife in childbirth. His daughter Anne is suffering after being kidnapped so on the advice of his friend Daring he agrees to hire Mary Chase. A lovely novella of learning to love again & letting go of the past. Strong characters & a well paced story had me engrossed for a couple of hours
The Perfect Little Marquess by Annabelle Anders His father dies before turning forty. His oldest brother, the original heir, turns up his toes at the age of two and thirty. And this year, the spare is killed most suddenly in a duel. Things aren't lookin good for this second spare turned heir. The new duke of Warwick needs a son... And Quickly!
The Substitute Lover by Merry Farmer Lord Benedict Killian needs an heir of his own blood as fast as possible, but he has no intention of marrying. Disgraced Miss Meg Wallace needs money, and a lot of it, to start a new life. Agreeing to a deal to conceive a child for Benedict to pass off as his own seems like an easy solution for both of their problems. Until the red-hot passion between them proves irresistible.
Wooed in Winter by Scarlett Scott 5 Stars The Marquis of Haven has finally decided to do his duty and settle upon a bride, preferably before the new year begins. What better place to find her than a country house party? There’s just one problem, and she’s Hannah the beautiful widow who once owned his heart. Surely there’s no harm in indulging in one night of passion with her to get her out of his mind. But Haven is about to discover old habits are hard to break, especially when the consequences last forever. Oh my this was one sizzling read, a second chance romance where both Graham & Hannah tried so hard to hate each other but as the saying goes it's a fine line between love & hate. I devoured it in a sitting & loved every word
Six lovely novellas from some of my favourite authors, each one different but each one a delight. Short enough to be read in a sitting but long enough to capture my interest & hold me captivated My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read
When his brother's bride and son show up on his doorstep, Cheyne couldn't be more surprised. But what is even more surprising is that he has falling for the woman.
What Cheyne doesn't know is that Jennifer is not his brother's bride, she is the woman's best friend. When the couple leave town, Jennifer was left taking care of their baby. With an unwanted marriage in her future, she goes to the only place that can keep the baby safe. She knows that she shouldn't lie to Cheyne, but doesn't know what else to do.
THE SCOT'S BAIRN by Tabetha Waite - 4 stars
Damaris doesn't want to marry the man her father has promised her to, so she decides to compromise herself. She just didn't count on their being unwanted consequences for their night of passion. She is sent to a distant family member to wait out the pregnancy.
Callum can't seem to forget that woman he spends the magical night with. When he runs into her again and finds her pregnant with his child, he isn't about to let her go. But she doesn't want to get married. Can he convince her that the three of them can have their HEA?
EARL OF SIN by Tammy Andresen - 4 stars
Mary needs to do something with her life since it appears that she won't be marrying. She can't keep living off of the generosity of her aunt and uncle. When she learns the the Earl of Sinclair is looking for a tutor for his daughter, she applies for the position. He hesitates to give her the position, but eventually gives her a trial run.
Colbert desperately needs help with his daughter. But when he meets Mary, he doesn't know that he wants her in his home. He is wildly attracted to her the moment they meet. But after seeing her with his daughter, he can't say no. Will he be able to fight his attraction to her?
THE PERFECT LITTLE MARQUESS by Annabelle Anders - 4 stars
Christian needs to marry. All the males in his family die at an early age and he needs an heir. A friend ends up writing an ad for the position of Christian's wife and it inadvertently ends up in the hands of Lillian.
Lillian is desperate for independence, so when answers the ad and learns that a marriage to Christian would be short lived, she jumps at the chance. But what happens when they both start to have feelings for the other, will it end in tragedy?
THE SUBSTITUTE LOVER by Merry Farmer - 4 stars
Benedict needs an heir. The woman he is in love with refuses to marry him because she is barren. His solution is to get a heir, say that he is now a widower and take the woman he loves in marriage. He discreetly lets it be known what he needs.
Meg needs money to start a new life. The only way to earn the money she needs is to work at the local brothel. But when she hears of Benedict's offer, she thinks it is the answer to her prayers. But the more time she spends with Benedict, the harder she falls for the man. When she becomes pregnant with the wanted heir, their intimacy stops. When this baby is born, is Meg only going to be left with a broken heart?
WOOED IN WINTER by Scarlett Scott - 5 stars
Graham is in need of a wife. The house party he has been invited to seems like the perfect place to start looking. Too bad Hannah, the woman who broke his heart, is the only woman to interest him. He can't seem to stay away from her...
Hannah is at the house party to chaperone her sisters. She never imagined that she would encounter Graham as she had done her best to avoid him over the years. But after all these years it appears that the attraction between the two has not dissipated. While the hurt they both endured is still fresh, can these two make another go at it?
This was a wonderful collection of short stories that kept me throughly entertained. Scarlett Scott's was my favorite of the bunch. It ties into her Wild Winter's series and throughly had me entranced. Definitely one to pick up for a very enjoyable afternoon read!
Wooed in Winter - Scarlett Scott Another great Wicked Winters story. I love the enemies (I hate you, but I want you) to lovers trope. Their back and forth in this manner is so delightful to read. But you can feel that they cannot keep their hands off each other. The tension is right there to touch. Whew, I wish this were a longer story. But what happened to Adele? Guess we have wait to find out.
The Substitute Lover - Merry Farmer Oh Benedict…he is totally swoon-worthy. Yes, he said he was in love with another woman but once he and Suzanne start interacting, the “gas” is thrown on the fire. I just love how he made Suzanne feel confident in their intimacies and their romance progressed so nicely as they talked and spent time in each other’s company. A truly wonderful read that will made you root for them the entire time.
The Perfect Little Marquess – Annabelle Anders What a charming and lovely story. Bless his heart, Christian is bound and determined that he is going to die shortly and needs an heir to protect his younger sister from a distant relation who will inherit if Christian does not produce an heir. In walks Lillian who just needs to get away and be independent. Their meeting and wedding are very quick and over a period of time Christian discover that life should be lived to fullest. I really loved this story and could have read more.
The Earl of Sin – Tammy Andresen Sweet. This lovely story shows that the you do not have to let the pain of losing a loved one rule your life. Sin and Anne learn that they can be happy again and Mary is the catalyst. Sin, Mary and Anne are all such sweet characters – you want to hug them.
The Scot’s Bairn - Tabetha Waite I am just not into Scots, says no one ever! Totally over the moon for Callum. I loved him from the first moment we met him. And who cannot feel for Damaris. She takes control of her life and oops she is pregnant but do not worry her Scot will find her. Their courtship is unconventional but that is what I loved about it. And the ending, wow, just terrific.
The Duke's Surprise - Meara Platt Little Johnny is such a cute addition to this story. I dare you not to get that glazed over look when you read parts with him in it. Oh yeah, Cheyne and Jenny are sweet also. Is Jenny Johnny’s mother? Is Johnny a Lyon? Cheyne and Jenny dance around these questions in this slow burn romance that has some doubts and lots of sensual tension. A very nice story.
This is a very clever compilation of novellas with children (born and not yet born!) as major plot devices. Each author has their own spin on the trope and this is a delightful read. My spoiler-free thoughts on each story follow:
The Duke’s Surprise by Meara Platt: The best thing about this particular story is Cheyne - he’s just a lovely hero. I can imagine most people being able to picture falling in love with him. I also think that Meara paints a beautiful picture of where this book takes place. I enjoyed imagining their surroundings very much while reading this one!
The Scot’s Bairn by Tabetha Waite: I would describe the heroine in this one as impetuous, yet very strong. She certainly doesn’t let others make decisions for her! She was also extremely adaptable, which made me really like her. You definitely keep your fingers crossed for these two throughout the story.
The Earl of Sin by Tammy Andresen: This was my second favorite of this compilation. I saw a lot of myself in the heroine, which I always enjoy. She’s strong, loving, and sometimes speaks without thinking first! Ha... And Sin, the hero...he’s absolutely dreamy with a protective heart. Loved it!
The Perfect Little Marquess by Annabelle Anders: I always love the stories (and conflicts) this author creates. She’s one of my faves. I have to say, this one really made me laugh in some spots. The hero is tragic in an unexpected way and there is a misunderstanding (quickly resolved) between the hero and heroine that resulted in some humorous dialogue. I’d call them both unlikely stars, but I really rooted for them throughout the story.
The Substitute Lover by Merry Farmer: This storyline was probably the most fanciful in this collection, but Merry always (in my experience) writes a strong heroine, even in the face of adversity, and her characters’ chemistry is always great. I did want to bop some sense into the hero several times, though! Ha
Wooed in Winter by Scarlett Scott: Definitely my favorite in this collection - I just love Scarlett Scott’s writing and her stories. These two characters suffered greatly from a major misunderstanding that makes you want to yell at the book, “just tell each other already!” It’s hard knowing the secret sometimes! But Scarlett’s writing paints such a vivid picture and I love revisiting the Winters series.
I received an advanced complimentary copy of this book, but all comments and opinions in this review are my own.
The Duke's Surprise by Meara Platt 5 stars Meara is among my favorite HistRom authors, so I had high hopes for this one - and she didn't disappoint. Cheyne and Jenny's story was perfect. I do wish she'd clarified baby Johnny's age a little better for my own mental images. Hoping she takes the world further with the other Lyon brothers' stories!
The Scot's Bairn by Tabetha Waite 3.5 stars This was the first book I've read by Tabetha. I liked the plot, but toward the end it felt more rushed than necessary. I think a couple additional chapters exploring Damaris and Callum's relationship could have really fleshed this novella out to its full potential.
Earl of Sin by Tammy Andresen 3.5 stars I've read most of Tammy's books. This one is the sixth in her Lords of Scandal series, of which three full-length books have been released as of the time I read this one. Because of events referenced from others in the series, I felt that this one doesn't work well as a standalone. Some of the facts in this one don't line up with the others in the series either. The plot is rather rushed and I didn't really warm up to the hero and heroine. Since the child in this book is introduced as a five year old, it doesn't seem to fit well with the theme of the anthology. It has promise, with some editing and maybe some expansion, as an installment in the Lords of Scandal series - but I don't love it as a part of this anthology.
The Perfect Little Marquess by Annabelle Anders 5 stars This novella belongs to Annabelle's Perfect series (aka her Not So Saintly Sisters series). It references characters in earlier books - the heroine in this one is a younger sister of the hero in the first book - but it works well as a standalone. I was glued to the pages and couldn't wait to see how their story would turn out!
The Substitute Lover by Merry Farmer 3 stars This was the first book I've read by this author. The plot was okay, but predictable. It was too short to really get to know and empathize with the hero and heroine.
Wooed in Winter by Scarlett Scott 3.5 stars This was the first book I've read by Ms. Scott. Lots of steam for only eight chapters, and an almost fairy tale resolution to the issues keeping the hero and heroine apart at the beginning.
All of these fall into what I would call 'fantasy regency' they all have elements that aren't really that historically accurate and often a lot of Americanisms. That's not to say that I don't enjoy them, but I'm reading for escapism and romance rather than accuracy.
THE DUKE'S SURPRISE by Meara Platt This is a nice story, with a slightly disney view of Scotland, but I'll let that slide as overall I enjoyed the story and the romance. The hero and heroine both work well as a couple and I enjoyed reading their story.
THE SCOT'S BAIRN by Tabetha Waite Another 'Scottish' story, although in this case written by someone who has at best come across a handful of the worst stereotypes and thrown them together. Really, if you know nothing about a country, why try and set a story there. It didn't even have a redeeming feature of a good heroine, she was annoying. Book wasn't particularly 'Regency' either. Not for me.
THE DUKE AND THE GOVERNESS by Tammy Andresen This one was quite good. Again, there was a lot that was not particularly regency, but taken as a nice romance and ignoring that, it was good. I liked both the hero and heroine and I think that they worked well together.
THE PERFECT LITTLE MARQUESS by Annabelle Anders I actually really liked this one, the hero was a bit different to the usual strong alpha types or rakes that often appear in these books. The heroine was quite nice too. Overall a good 'fantasy regency.'
THE SUBSTITUTE LOVER by Merry Farmer This was quite a nice love story, there were a couple of things that didn't make much sense (why would he hide her from his staff, surely he'd either need to pretend that she was his wife if they were going to pass the baby off as a legitimate heir or have them on board to back up the story and how would a regency lady know that she couldn't have children before she was married?) overall not bad.
WOOED IN WINTER by Scarlett Scott This was my favourite I think and much more 'Regency' than the other offerings. I enjoyed the romance and the setting.
The Duke’s Surprise - 3.5 Stars The first few chapters were ok but after that it went down the hill and I had to skip some pages. The deception by heroine went too long for my liking. The Scott’s Bairn - 4.5 Stars This is the first time I read the author’s writing. It was well written. I love the fact that the hero had feelings for heroine from the beginning. I’d like the heroine more if she is less stubborn.
Earl of Sin - 3 Stars Normally I love stories by this author but this one just didn’t work for me. I didn’t feel the chemistry between characters. There was also a glaring mistake in the story. In previous books (Lords of Scandal Series), Cordelia was married to Lord Malice and Lord Viceroy (Sin’s cousin) was married to Ada but in Chapter 3 in this book it seem Cordelia was married to Lord Viceroy. Such mistake shouldn’t happen.
The Perfect Little Marquess - 4.5 Stars A kind and endearing hero with nervous habit of foot tapping. He did something stupid but when he made up for his mistake it was so sweet. I love the heroine. She is strong, smart and honest.
The Substitute Lover - 3.5 Stars The story plot seem a bit unbelievable to me. I’d like this story more if the hero is not so foolish. I just don’t understand why he thinks he need to keep pursuing the other woman when he is obviously in love with the heroin and he doesn’t even make any promises to the other woman (for heaven’s sake the other woman had rejected his proposal!!). He only realised that he wanted to marry the heroin after finding out the other woman was married.
Wooed in Winter - 4.5 Stars The hero and heroine spent 5 years believing the worst of each other and this could be avoided if they really talked to each other. It’s old trope but I enjoyed the story because the writing is excellent and the love they had for each other is so very heart-warming. I would give 5 stars if there were less of internal monologues and more communication between hero and heroine.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Wooed in Winter This series is a collection of works by some of my favorite authors. They are the type of authors who immediately lure you into their stories, hold you captive, and cause you to neglect your family 😂 But seriously, they do an amazing job of transporting you into their worlds & making you wish the stories would never end. I sighed, hoped, laughed, and teared-up at times. I’ve had the pleasure of reading 3 of these stories (reviewing one here) & can’t wait to read the rest!
Wooed in Winter by Scarlett Scott - I love Scarlett Scott’s books and this one is no exception! Graham, the Marquess of Haven, and Hannah, Lady Fawkesbury are our H and h. They have a heartbreaking past. Now, both are attending a house party, unaware the other will be in attendance. Graham is seeking a bride, while Hannah is essentially playing chaperone to her sisters. Graham & Hannah spot each other. Emotions are high. Both are bitter, confused & hurt by the past, yet neither can control their feelings and soon sparks fly (big sparks...and lots of them!!) My heart ached for these two! I couldn’t wait to see if they got their HEA - definitely some angst, but not too much. This is a touching story of second chances, trust, & forgiveness. The epilogue...wow. The epilogue is absolutely beautiful.
This book is part of Scott’s The Wicked Winters series of novellas, but can be read as a stand alone. If you enjoy Wooed in Winter, read the rest of her Wicked Winters stories! You won’t be disappointed!
I received a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
This book is a collection of 6 Authors which I was very excited to read. Normally when you get a collection book there is an author or two which you have never read before, but not this book, I have read and enjoyed books by each of these authors. At this time I have only read 3 of the books in the collection, but I will be reading the rest as soon as possible. The Duke’s Surprise by Meara Platt – a nice love story between Cheyne (Lyon) and Jennie. They meet when Jennie brings Cheyne’s nephew to him and tells him she is his brother’s wife. The chemistry between both of them is undeniable. Cheyne is a good guy who loves his family. Meara Platt is a wonderful writer and makes the time go so quickly. The Perfect Little Marquess by Annabelle Anders -this story was enjoyable. Christian and Lillian are a sweet couple and I loved their story of them falling in love. Annabelle Anders is a one of my to be read authors. Wooed in Winter by Scarlett Scott – was so enjoyable I read it in one night. Haven and Hannah’s story was about lost love, misunderstanding and love not being lost at all. I enjoyed them and their story so much. Scarlett Scott is an amazing writer and I always enjoy her books. I received a free copy of this book for my complete honest review – but I would have paid money for this book it was so good.
A collection of some of my favorite authors brought together in one entertaining book.
Meara Platt, brings a special story of a big, broken hearted Scott who falls for the right Jenny. I loved this story. I hope we hear more of Lyon's brothers.
The Scott's Bairn by Tabatha Waite A lovely story where a chance encounter changes two lives forever. Beautifully written.
Earl of Sin by Tammy Andresen This is part of an entertaining series "Lords of Scandal" which I highly recommend. Lord Sin and cousin Mary have loved and lost. Some meddling from her family gives them the perfect opportunity to live.
The Perfect Little Marquis Annabelle Anders also brings us the best stories. Christian and Lillian find there way to each other in an unusual set of circumstances.
The Substitute Lover by Merry Farmer is part of her series When the Wildflowers Were Wicked. Benedict and Suzanne's is a great addition filled with love and desperation.
To finish this lovely book out, Scarlett Scott brings us a story of loss, lies and forgiveness with Graham and Hannah.
Wooed in Winter, by Scarlett Scott: I received an ARC of this book by Scarlett and this is my honest review. This was a beautiful story of lost, but not forgotten, love. I loved everything about this book, the love/hate relationship, the shared past, the dialogue ...it was great! While it was a short story, you still get Scarlett’s beautiful narrative, great love scenes and it doesn’t feel rushed. I could not put this one down.
The other stories in this novels are also a great read. These short stories are a quick read and all include babies...who doesn’t love babies?!! I always enjoy a story that gives an epilogue to include an update on the growing family.
Delightful, charming, wonderful, unique, laugh out loud are just some of the many positive words that describe this Regency Romance Set. Each story is unique and loaded with wonderful characters you will never forget. One that sticks in my mind was 'Lady Chemistry'. These stories were a true delight and so enjoyable. The stories have just the right amount of romance and steam. I will be rereading these stories again and again. These authors are super at delivering stories you will fall in love with.
I highly recommend this set. You won't want to miss the fun.
Fabulous series! Loved this box set. Original stories, great characters, all different but all wonderful...some new authors I haven’t read before that I’ve fallen in love with. Each story was great in its own right and not too long that you could get through them in one sitting. Especially loved Wooed in Winter by Scarlett Scott. This book was on 🔥. Great addition to the Wicked Winter series. Dying for Adele’s story to come out. Well worth the read and a fabulous box set I will revisit time and again!
I received an ARC of this book and this is my honest review. Thanks 😊
These are all very interesting books! The first set in Scotland, the Duke thinks his younger, reckless brother sent his wife and sone to him to take care of while he’s gone. The second is also set in Scotland but very different. The other are set in England and one in the Caribbean and eventually England! Worth reading for a good diversion.
This anthology provides hours of delightful reading enjoyment. A mixed bag of stories, some poignant, others a bit predictable, but all interesting. The authors’ styles are also of varying degrees of prowess, but each brings their unique stamp to the stories.
This is a good group of stories, with a common thread of an unexpected baby. The authors take different paths, from Scotland to Antigua, from all parts of England. Each story contains a noble, a lady and a baby in some way. The ladies may be desperate, or they may be willing, but there will be a baby somwhere. Even when an heir is needed and a girl arrives instead it's still a happy occasion.
This was a good series. I love these stories from way back when. To imagine having no electricity, hot water at your fingertips and the only way to travel is horse back or carriage. Wow makes me wonder how people kept from being bored. I like how each story had a twist. Kept you on the edge of your seat. I like stories like that. Thank you, I enjoyed all of these stories.
Wonderful group of authors (all auto buys for me) with wonderful stories from each. Read together or once in a while as a quick read - they all have a common theme but are quite unalike as well. Highly recommend.
Enthralling tales as diverse as the authors! Beautiful page turners as friends to lovers, strangers to lovers, suspense and drama from some of the very best in historical romance! Swoon worthy love finds away always!!! A must read!!!!
This is a fun collection of different stories of Lord and babies. Some babies show up on doorsteps, some have yet to be conceived. The most fun are the rough, scary scottish lords who melt like a marshmallows when babies come into the picture.