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Brides of Fremont County #4

Secrets, Scandals, and Seductions

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Desiring a Duke? Craving a Cowboy? Longing for a Laird?

This sweet and steamy collection of historical romance will transport you to a time when gentlemen were plentiful, and every scoundrel capable of seduction possessed a heart waiting to be uncovered.

Hidden identities, scandalous secrets, second chances, and happily ever afters fill this boxed set of more than 15 standalone romances, guaranteed to make you swoon.

Each unique tale in the Secrets, Scandals, and Seduction Boxed Set delivers a stand-alone story that fans of Julia Quinn, Diana Gabaldon, and Lorraine Heath are certain to love.

How do you capture a man’s heart… A lady never tells.

Authors included in this set are Lynn Donovan, Sofie Darling, Alyssa Drake, Emily E K Murdoch, Cat Cahill, Emmanuelle de Maupassant, A.S. Fenichel, Marie Higgins, Robyn DeHart, Christine Sterling, Linda Rae Sande, Adara Luann, Sophie Smith, C.K. O'Connor, Marianne Spitzer, and Rose Pearson

1972 pages, Kindle Edition

First published June 7, 2022

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3,712 reviews30 followers
June 6, 2022
The Truth about the Earl – Rose Pearson 4s
After the untimely death of her aged husband, Lady Norah Essington was left with not more than a pittance to live on so when given the opportunity to write a weekly piece for the local society newspaper, detailing news, scandals and secrets of the ton that surrounded her – and all under a fictitious name – it’s an opportunity too good to miss. Norah is horrified when letters begin to arrive at her door, demanding that she write what they tell her – or else suffer the consequences. James, Earl of Yarmouth, is disgusted with what he reads in society papers, particularly when one such comment is made about himself! Determined to put things to rights, he tries to discover who is writing such lies
A well written romance I really liked both James & Nora, I also loved how their initial attraction floundered & then gradually grew but of course she's hiding her secret & then someone's determined to ruin them both. A captivating read with the added bonus of a mystery
1,753 reviews7 followers
June 5, 2022
It Was Only a Kiss – Sofie Darling
One of the most romantic stories I have read. Will is a dreamboat. Even though I thought Violet too swayed by good looks I felt that she really grew during this short story. Real love always prevails and Sofie wrote a fabulous story full of romance. Loved it!

A Marriage Most Convenient – Robyn DeHart
Robyn can write a story that sucks you in and always leaves you smiling. Wonderful to see the Ladies Amateur Sleuth Society. Didn’t know I loved this trope so much. Can the Jack of Hearts win the fair, conceited, Charlotte? Appearances are not always what we think. Robyn writes a wonderfully romantic story that I loved!

I received a complimentary copy from the author.
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115 reviews3 followers
June 9, 2022
I’m reviewing A Perfect Recluse by A Drake which is only one story in the 1900 page anthology, Secrets, Scandals, and Seduction.

Sad to say I didn’t care for this story. I really wanted to get more into it——which finally happened around the halfway mark. The location and characters didn’t appeal to me. I wouldn’t presume to know how lighthouse-keepers operate, but I couldn’t imagine a story taking place there.

The lead woman, Miss Varner, was bumbling—always having accidents and getting caught in awful wind/rain. She wasn’t able to do much of anything. able to do much of anything. There wasn’t enough background info on her or the 3 lighthouse-keepers. The romance between Miss Varner and Patrick was the (end) saving grace for the book. Sadly, I give this 2 stars, but giving the book 3 stars. I would still purchase the anthology.

I received a copy of this story for my honest opinion.
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697 reviews29 followers
June 7, 2022

I reviewed two of the novellas in this collection at this time, the rest of the reviews will come later. The two stories were entertaining, romantic, and easy to read. Extremely different, these two stories captured my attention and I enjoyed them both.

The Bride Of A Baronet
Linda Rae Sande
I was impressed with this intricate, complex, captivating novella. This is a messy, complicated love story that breathes new life into second chance romances. In some ways it was a love triangle between Adam, Charlotte, and Adam’s deceased wife. Adam’s first wife affects many aspects of Adam and Charlotte’s burgeoning feelings. These feelings at first was unrequited and honestly, at times, uncomfortable for the characters. The character development was stunning and the plot was inventive and unusual. This was somewhat more serious that other books I have read by Linda Rae Sande. It showed another layer of writing excellence and I enjoyed reading Adam and Charlotte’s romance.
Steam - 🔥🔥
Tropes: governess, jerk hero, matchmaking, second chance love, unrequited love, widow, widower, adorable child

It Was Only A Kiss
Sofie Darling
For me, when I read an unrequited love trope it is usually the heroine who is pining for the hero. This novella is the reverse. I loved that! Will Sinclair has admired Violet Hotchkiss from afar since childhood. Violet wants nothing to do with Will. Will and Violet go through a gambit of emotions and passionate liaisons before Violet realizes what is in from of her. Will is a great character, unsure and shy. Violet can be clueless and curt, but those qualities endeared me rather than repelled. This was a cute, easy read that I enjoyed immensely.
Steam - 🔥🔥
Tropes: tryst, unrequited love, spinster

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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2,283 reviews14 followers
June 8, 2022
Alyssa Drake
Patrick Flannery left his life of privilege and became a lighthouse keeper. All he wants is to be left alone to do his job. Miss Susannah waits for her sister and her husband to return from America, only their ship is attacked by pirates and do not survive. To make matters worse, her father is in prison. Down to no money and lacking knowledge and references, she resorts to her version of stealing. Mr. Flannery repeatedly saves her life and takes her in as a housekeeper, eventhough she can't cook. The surliest person in England does not stand a chance against Miss Varner.
A delightful story of two people learning how much they need each other with a little help from fellow lighthousekeepers. Mr. Flannery, you almost blew it.
4 1/2 *STARS*
Heat level 3.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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1,422 reviews72 followers
June 3, 2022
I found Adam and Charlottes love story to be sweet and humble. The story had a bit of a slow start for me, but after all three characters entertained themselves under one rough the excitement of getting to really know each other and become familiar with one another, that’s where the excitement began. I loved the story line where Adam was a father to young Penelope. Charlotte and Penelope’s relationship was so sweet and beautiful. I tripped over some of the verbiage of the book, but I had an idea of where the story was going and what the characters were conveying to each other.
155 reviews1 follower
June 8, 2022
Secrets, Scandals, and Seduction is a fun collection of sixteen short stories written by various authors. The stories are all quite different, & I personally think that’s one of the best things about this type of anthology. There’s a good mix of spicy & sweet, but all HEA. I liked most of the stories, & loved some of them. A few of the authors were new to me, & I will seek out their additional works.
I’d recommend it as a great summer read, especially for the low price!
I received an advance copy of the book, & this is my honest review.
585 reviews8 followers
June 8, 2022
I just adore a collection of stories by different authors. Most of these authors I have read before, but there are some, I have not. That is another reason why I love books like this, it gives me a chance to find new authors to put on my “to be read book list”. It also gives me a chance to explore authors I might not have read in a while. Each of these books are different and enjoyable in their own way. As of this time, I have not read all of the stories, but I am not starting another book, until I finish these.
I received an ARC of this book and am leaving my honest review.
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1,344 reviews
June 9, 2022
A great mix of sweet and steamy historical romances. Everything from Duke's, Laird's and Cowboy's. I enjoyed the collection and as the title suggests lots of secrets, scandals and seductions to be had and enjoyed.
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520 reviews7 followers
June 14, 2022
What a great collection of stories, some a bit steamy, some not, but all are wonderfully written by many of my favorite authors. I especially loved “It Was Only a Kiss” by Sophie Darling. This charming romance between Will and Violet, had me hanging on the pages as Will patiently endured the woman he loves gushing over his worthless cousin rather than
himself when she couldn’t see what was right in front of her. Loved her time of awakening.
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1,362 reviews5 followers
June 7, 2022
Great collection of very nice stories.

It Was Just a Kiss by Sofie Darling
Will has just arrived back home after three years abroad. As soon as he sees Violet at his welcome home ball, he realizes that he is in love with her, maybe always has been. Violet believes herself in love with Oliver Quincy, Will’s rather handsome cousin. Violet doesn’t see it, but Oliver is in truth a pompous jerk. Will needs to convince her that he is a much better choice than his arrogant cousin. Cute story.

The Perfect Recluse by Alyssa Drake
Patrick Flannery doesn’t like going into town; he doesn’t like crowds of people. He is happy with his job and being a recluse in the lighthouse. Susannah Varner is running from a scandal created by her father, and waiting for her sister to send for her to come to America. From the moment she stumbles into his live in the middle of a storm, Patrick finds he is unable to deny her anything (and that he has to rescue her a lot). Both these characters have known scandal, and recently tragedy. Can they prove to themselves and each other that they are worthy of love, of each other? Very good story with some tension and a good dose of humor. I received an ARC of this story via BookSprout.

Wartime With a Warrior by Emily E. K. Murdoch
After three years of correspondence, Barnaby and Fred will finally meet. Captain Barnaby Lewes is an espionage agent waiting for his informant, but Fred is late. Hopefully it is due to the storm and not the French army. He is shocked when a woman, drench from the storm arrives at the manor. He is even more shocked when he finds out that she is his informant, Fred. Fred, Winifred, is competent and confident, practical and pretty. Barnaby is impressed. His hope of friendship takes a different turn. The story has a few twists and turn, some secrets that are not about the war, and a tragic fire. Intrigue, mystery, and romance. Good story.

The Bride of a Baronet by Linda Rae Sande
This is a sweet story. Adam hires Charlotte, his late wife’s best friend to be his daughter’s governess. Charlotte is the widow of the former vicar at the local church and needs to move from the parsonage so that the new man, who is staying at the boarding house (that’s another story) can move in. She promised Alice to make sure Penelope was cared for and educated. When Adam sees how Penelope responds to Charlotte and is blooming under her charge, he decides it is time to remarry and give that sweet girl a mother. His plan to find a wife is unusual, and funny, but apparently has worked before. It might be simpler if he saw what was right in front of him, and trusted his heart. Heartwarming story.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of these stories.
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1,250 reviews10 followers
June 7, 2022
PERFECT RECLUSE by Alyssa Drake, 4 Stars - Miss Susannah Varner is on her own; penniless, homeless & trying to overcome her father's disgrace. She was born & raised a lady but now she must do whatever she can to survive. She asks to become the lighthouse keeper's housekeeper. Mr. Patrick Flannery a surly loner, & enjoys his solitude as a recluse lighthouse keeper. When Susannah stumbles into his lighthouse he finds himself unable to deny her anything. Can Susannah trade her lack of housekeeping knowledge for money & a roof over her head; or an attraction that could very well change their lives. This was full of romance, steam & emotions that kept me turning pages -it is a short read but an entertaining read. I voluntarily read & reviewed an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book; all thoughts & opinions are my own.

IT WAS ONLY A KISS by Sofie Darling, 5 Stars - Violet Hotchkiss and Will Sinclair grew up as country neighbors. Violet couldn't remember when she didn't dream of Will but she was a bespectacled bluestocking & Will was to tall, too handsome and just too far above her. Will had left for his Grand Tour over three years ago and now he has returned and even after all this time, he thought he had gotten over her but seeing her again only proved she was in his heart. Violet has self proclaimed she is heading for spinsterhood but after seeing Will again she needs to have an experience between a man and a woman. The desire, romance and keeping their feelings from each other was very enticing and it made for a wonderful HEA. This was a wonderful read!
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289 reviews
June 4, 2022
This collection of stories as many great ones in it. All different stand alone reads. Each will capture your interest for an enjoyable experience.
It Was Only A Kiss: Sophie Darling
The story of Lady Violet Hotchkiss and Will Sinclair started in
there childhood years. Only now Violet believes she is heading
into spinsterhood. Will just returning from his travels after three
years still has eyes for Violet and she has no idea.
Sophie Darlings writing is so detailed that she makes you feel like
you are there and living the experience. The hidden love, desire, and
the seductiveness all add to the story.
It is a Great, Enjoyable Read .Highly Recommend.
The other Stories in the Anthology were all in the same theme of
Love Stories that take place at Christmas Time.
When is it not a good time to sit down and read a Romance Story.
Enjoyable Reading anytime of the year.

An Honorable Arrangement : A.S.Fenichel
A Story that starts out as an errand and turns into and Adventurous tale Along with Love Romance. Two people so different. She growing up think she was an orphan. Being moving house to house over years never feeling wanted or loved. He a Nobleman having it all. Doing an errand for his Uncle opened the door to so much more.
Sarah Sommers and Lord Montgomery Witmore met when he picked her up to take to his Aunt and Uncles home as they were her new guardians. Only she didn’t want to go had others plans in mind. Nothing was going as right . Things took all kinds of turns. Feelings were happening. Emotions were changing. Secrets came out.
Friendship, Trust, and Love all wrapped together. Enjoyable Story.
1,858 reviews17 followers
June 7, 2022
The Truth About the Earl by Rose Pearson. 4*
I did like the main characters of Norah, Lady Essington and James, Earl of Yardley. Now that Norah was a widow, she felt she was in control of her life for the first time. James has been keen on a lady since last season but his friend is trying to steer him on the right path concerning her. When Norah and James first meet, they are attracted to each other, but James is still thinking about the other lady. This has a mystery and some dangerous events which made an entertaining read.
I received a copy via Booksprout and have voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own. However, I did preorder my own copy and I look forward to reading the rest of the stories.
327 reviews2 followers
June 3, 2022
I started to read a couple of the stories but my favorite was by Linda Rae Sande. I laughed out loud at the antics8 of the people. My kids looked at me funny but it was well worth it. Just for this story alone this collection is worth reading. I will say that some of the other stories I skimmed through because they didn't hold my attention. Another I thought was worth my time was the story by Emily Murdoch. Looking at the other reviews I might go back and thoroughly read a couple of the others.
I recieved a free copy so that I might tell you what I honestly think. Hope you enjoyed my review. Now go enjoy the book.
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693 reviews17 followers
July 4, 2022
mostly “clean” Historical Romance Collection

Yeah most of these stories have no sex at all in the story. There is one Christian one that I skipped because I don’t read them and there is maybe one or two that have a little bit of sex, if you like your Historical Romance pretty much without sex or close to it then this is a good collection for you. If you are looking for smutty historical romances look elsewhere.
3,401 reviews29 followers
June 6, 2022
Secrets, Scandals, and Seduction by Alyssa Drake is a good, and enjoyable steamy historical romance read. The story has a good story line. The characters are good, and they have good chemistry. The story is one full of romance, emotions, and steamy read that will keep you turning the page until the end it is a short but is an entertaining story.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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2,289 reviews7 followers
June 7, 2022
The Truth about the Earl by Rose Pearson
This story was deep, emotional, suspenseful, with twists and turns, and secrets, . That keeps you glued to the pages of this fascinating story. All this within a love story. A must read.

His Lady by Marie Higgins
 multi-author boxed set Secrets, Scandals, & Seduction
A sassy heroine and a hero to die for. An interesting story with all the drama, intrigue and suspense to keep you guessing and wanting more.
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1,873 reviews13 followers
June 16, 2022
Great collection

I have read several of the stories and have been pleasantly surprised. Some sweet, some saucy but the theme of love is ever present. Many great authors are included.
1,736 reviews11 followers
June 7, 2022
Really Good!
I have just finished reading an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of The Bride of a Baronet by Linda Rae Sande which is part of the 'Secrets, Scandals & Seduction Anthology' and here is my voluntary and unbiased review of it.
This story was so beautiful and the characters so very lifelike. I have to mention the young daughter, Penelope. She stands out for her cuteness!
Nothing too shabby about Charlotte and Adam either and their story is one to write home about. It is that good!
I look forward to reading more of the stories from the Secrets, Scandals & Seduction Anthology.
993 reviews
June 12, 2022
This review is only for one of the novellas, THE BRIDE OF A BARONET by Linda Rae Sande.

This was a delightful book about a man, whose wife had died in childbirth; and her best friend who had promised to be there for her daughter. The precocious, daughter, Penelope is such a delight! The best friend, Charlotte becomes a guardian for the girl; and ends up in a contest at the village fair, as the Baronet chooses his next wife.

I finished the whole thing. Stories were all good; but many needed better editing; especially the one written by Sophie Smith. Very distracting with the changes of tense it was written in.
1,079 reviews8 followers
June 24, 2022
Really appreciated the blurbs prior to each story. A few typos here and there but nothing major.

1. SWEET WHITE LIES by Lynn Donovan - 5 STARS

Sweet and clean story with a few kisses.

The h/H are to be betrothed and they aren't informed until a few hours before they are to meet. Neither are happy about this being sprung on them.

The h grabs the most gruffy looking man at her party and due to a white lie asks him to go along with her plan. The H just got back for a cattle drive and is smelly and dirty.

Enjoyed the banter back and forth. No cheating, HEA, little on romance and clean.

2. IT WAS ONLY A KISS by Sofie Darling - 5 STARS

What a touching story.

The h is 24 and realizes life as she knows it will not change. She has had a tendre for the H but knows she is out of his league. So she sets her sights on his obnoxious cousin. Problem is the H has wanted more than friendship from the h. So off we go to everyone keeping their feelings in check.

This couple worked and I felt a connection to them. Lovemaking outside of marriage, heat level 4 out of 5 and described a few times.

No cheating, HEA, romantic and steam.

3. A PERFECT RECLUSE by Alyssa Drake - 3.25 STARS

I needed more info on the main character's. It's a unique story, but just lacked depth. Little on romance, lovemaking outside of marriage - heat level 3 out of 5.

Two people lose someone very close to them, and near show emotion to the loss.

No cheating, HEA, little on romance and some spice.

4. WARTIME WITH A WARRIOR by Emily E.K. Murdoch - 3.75 STARS

Unique story about two spies for England working in France. The H can't wait to meet a man who has helped him for almost a year. The War is coming to an end and they will finally meet in person.

Little on romance but is a sweet story. There is lovemaking outside of marriage - heat level 2.5 out of 5.

I did enjoyed the epilogue. No cheating, HEA and spice. I received an ARC of this story only and all opinions are my own and freely given.

5. CHARLOTTE by Cat Cahill - 5 STARS

This is what I love about bundles with different author's, you find a new author. I absolutely loved this amazing novella and will be buying more stories. In a span of a new pages, I liked the H/h and felt a connection to them.

This is a clean story with a few kisses. The h is rich and runs after a friend to escape an arranged marriage.

This is set in the old west of Colorado. The H is hired to protect the h from any mischief she may find. I enjoyed the honest dialogue and the kindness of both the main character's. I did want to know more about the friend she chased after - the outcome.

No cheating, HEA, romantic and clean. Great epilogue 6 years in the future that's funny.


I checked my library because I swear I've read this story before, but couldn't find proof.

Our h has been passed around for most of her 20 years due to her mother's death. She was told her father died and that's why others are raising her. But, she discovers that isn't the truth and leaves to meet her father. Not all goes smoothly for her and her heart is breaking. How the h handles all the pitfalls of life had me rooting for her.

The H is surprised how protective he is of the h. There honesty with each other made the story very enjoyable. Just when I thought other people would ruin their chances, the author didn't do a cookie cutter story line - much appreciated.

Lovemaking and foreplay prior to marriage - heat level 4 out of 5 and described several times.

No cheating, HEA, romantic and steam.

7. HIS LADY by Marie Higgins - 4.5 STARS

Another new author for me and will be reading more from her.

This story had a few twists that surprised me in a good way. The h is loyal to her friend and feels strongly there is something about her friend's almost betrothed that is not right.

The story has suspense and maybe some outlandish things happen, but it was entertaining.

No cheating, HEA, little on romance and clean with only kisses.


Secrets kept by both the H/h with similar reasons what they were protecting.

The h comes across as a flirt and spoiled by that is so far from the truth. The H hates crowds but he forces himself to go out to events.

I did like this couple and they worked. There is lovemaking/foreplay outside and within marriage - heat level 5 out of 5 and described several times.

The villain is captured near the end with the help of H's family. How was the villain found out to implement their plan?
This was told off page and I felt it needed to be within the story.

Many twists and surprises made the story worth reading. No cheating, romantic, HEA, Lord's name used in vain a couple of times and steam.

9. THE LETTER WIFE by Christine Sterling -5 STARS

Another new author for me and I am now following her.

Sweet, clean story set in the old west with engaging characters. I definitely want to read about the rest of the H's brothers and their HEA.

No villains, just a sweet story about two people not realizing they are made for each other.

No cheating, HEA, romantic and clean.

10. THE BRIDE OF THE BARON by Linda Rae Sande - 4 STARS

Loved the little girl in this story. Enjoyable characters and you get the feeling how a small town looks out for each other.

At times, the story was slow. The ending and epilogue were satisfying. Lovemaking within marriage - heat level 4 out of 5 and only described a few times.

No cheating, HEA, some romance and loved the unique way the town had a hand at picking the H's wife.


A retelling of the story of Lady Godiva. This may have worked better as a full novel, but I just didn't feel a connection to this couple or story, it felt very disjointed.

The h's husband is an Earl and they are supposedly deeply in love and have 9 children. Never in the story do any of the children appear. After 9 children she still has an amazing figure.

The H buys her expensive jewelry, she wears it a few times and then donates it to the church and the cycle repeats. They've promised to build a monastery for the church so money is plentiful. The next thing you know, they don't have money and must raise the taxes of the people. He makes a wager with her, if she rides through town naked and no-one sees her he will not raise taxes.

Prior to this she is in town and gets the hots for a handsome merchant named Tom. She can't stop thinking of him - so much for her being madly in love with her husband. Tom, does peek at her naked form and all hell breaks loose and he now has the moniker of PEEPING TOM.

The ending is ridiculous, no cheating, no romance and basically clean, had no HEA for me.

12. THE LAIRD'S PROMISE by C.K. O'Connor - 5 STARS

Some funny and sad moments - story just the right pace. Believable H/h and I felt a connection to them. The secondary characters added to the story.

Lovemaking outside of marriage - heat level 4 out of 5 and filled with love.

Some suspenseful moments and twists. No cheating, HEA, some romance and a tad of steam.

13. A HERO FOR AMARYLLIS by Marianne Spitzer - 3.5 STARS

Set in the old west. The story was interesting but I had some problems with it. Many facets to the story but felt it was never flushed out fully.

The h's father is a really trip - awful and controlling. Some moments that seemed unrealistic on how it unfolded. No cheating, no romance, violence, some suspense and clean.

14. THE TRUTH ABOUT THE EARL by Rose Pearson -3.5 STARS

Some twists, especially near the end. I didn't care for the H - he was just wishy washy in his relationships. Didn't spend much quality time with the h, so romance little.

This is a clean story.

The villain was a surprise and I wondered how the villain discovered the h's secret.

No cheating, HEA, little on romance and clean.

15. DUKE OF DESPAIR by Sophie Smith - 3.25

A lot happens in this story and I kept feeling I was going down a rabbit hole over and over. I just didn't feel a connection to the H/h. The H becomes engaged rarely quickly to the h's younger sister. Then he realizes he would be better suited to the h. The h warns her sister against the H because he is a Rake of the first order. Does she take her own advice - NO!

The story starts out with a ghost and nothing really comes to anything about it. It was mentioned then nothing really ties it all together.

I did appreciate the author warns you at the end if you don't like cliffhanger's stop reading, because it is an epilogue 2 months in the future and ends in cliffhanger. Not for the H/h but someone else. So no cliffhanger for our H/h, HEA, cheating if you considered he was betrothed, little on romance and some steam. Heat 4 out of 5 and described twice. It was more wham-bam- thank you ma'am and not much tenderness to it the first time. - lol. Also, names incorrect used at times.

16. ISLE CELARE by R.L. Ashly - 5 STARS

Another new author to me and I will be following for sure.

This has a touch of murder, suspense, intrigue and romance that builds slowly. I absolutely loved this story and felt a connection to this couple. Only a few kisses - so clean!

No cheating, HEA, romance and clean. (ljb)
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2,187 reviews3 followers
June 17, 2022
This is a great group of books by a great group of authors. Each of these books is a stand a lone historical romance. We get scandal, second chance romance and more. A great set of books
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3,641 reviews85 followers
June 12, 2022
An amazing collection of stories by some of the best authors in historical romance! Sit back and enjoy hours of entertainment!

Perfect Recluse by Alyssa Drake
When a woman is desperate to obtain a job and survive on her own, she finds herself at the lighthouse and the reclusive keeper. Becoming his housekeeper seemed the best idea, unfortunately, she knew nothing about how to do that! But an attraction develops that neither can deny and it seems true love may be bring them together!

It was only a Kiss by Sofie Darling
Two childhood neighbors reunite after three years apart. She feels unworthy of him because she is was almost a spinster and a bluestocking. But she had always held him in her dreams! He thought he had gotten over his feelings for her, but seeing her again he knew he had not. Such a wonderful romance and wonderful story!

His Lady by Marie Higgins
She doesn't think he is good enough for her best friend Jane, although Jane thinks otherwise. When she sets out to prove it, but it seems she may be wrong about the man. The problem is, she becomes attracted to him! A wonderful journey to true love and this author is famous for...

Wartime With a Warrior by Emily E K Murdoch
An amazing story as two people correspond for over three years and then they finally meet. He is an agent of war waiting for information and cannot believe it is a woman who is delivering it! Secrets, intrigue and an attraction that cannot be denied bring this story to a great end!

The Bride of a Baronet by Linda Rae Sande
A heartwarming story of a widower who hires his late wife's best friend to be governess to his daughter. She is a widow, needing to find a place to live and having promised her best friend to look after her daughter, lands as governess. When he sees how his daughter begins to thrive, he decides he needs to remarry. But why can he not see she would be perfect? Great story.

Sweet White Lies by Lynn Donovan
It was her birthday soiree and knows her parents are to present her to the groom they have chosen she will marry. He is told by his father he is to meet the bride that has been arranged for him.
Unknown to each other as they meet, a white lie brings this story full of humor, deception and secrets to a wonderful conclusion!

The Letter Wife by Christine Sterling
A mail order bride is ready to get away from society and marry a man out west. What she doesn't realize is she may be marrying the wrong groom! A wonderful story that will make you smile and warm your heart!

557 reviews4 followers
June 10, 2022
“Secrets, Scandals, and Seduction” A Historical Romance Boxset by another group of all star authors such as: C.K. O'Connor, Lynn Donovan, Sofie Darling, Alyssa Drake, Emily E K Murdoch, Cat Cahill, A.S. Fenichel, Marie Higgins, Robyn DeHart, Christine Sterling, Linda Rae Sande, Rose Pearson, Sophie Smith, Marianne Spitzer, Adara Luann, RL Ashly

This is a well written, fantastic collection of romances! There’s something here for everyone to enjoy. Just as the cover says, you’ll be enticed by secrets, scandals, and delicious seductions. Within these pages you’ll find second chances, love at first glance, dashing rakes and rogues who come to realize the thing they least expect is the thing they need the most, strong, intelligent and sassy heroines.

“A Perfect Recluse” - AlyssaDrake
Available in the Secrets, Scandals, and Seduction Historical Romance boxed set

Patrick Flannery Is perfectly content to live as a recluse. Then Susannah Varner, running from scandal, blows into his life in the middle of a storm. Born a lady and now forced to make her own way in the world, Susannah takes a job at the ill tempered recluse’s lighthouse. She hasn’t any idea what she’s doing and Patrick finds himself rescuing her repeatedly. This is such a sweet story of two people who find a lovely didn’t realize they wanted and needed. The author does a wonderful job of creating characters you’re sure to root for. I enjoyed this sweet story immensely.

I will be adding to my review of this wonderful collection.
4,616 reviews31 followers
June 6, 2022
What I have read was great.
Please note when I read this I did not realize it was part of a collection I picked up Rose’ and Alyssa’s work. I cannot review the whole but based on these two books it is one worth reading and having in your library.
The Truth about the Earl Rose Pearson Norah was a lovely person.
Norah is caught between a rock and a hard place when someone finds out her secret occupation. Now with a heavy heart and in true fear she does something she knows is wrong. James will enter into the picture now and will find that he needs to locate the person who has slander him. It is a very good story with some great twists and when the true villain of the piece is named it was an eye opener. The compassion the heroine had was first rate and showed such a depth character. I highly recommend this book I truly think it is one you will enjoy reading. I did receive a free copy of this book from Booksprout and voluntarily chose to review it.
A Perfect Recluse Alyssa Drake She really wanted a chair.
It was a very interesting way that the hero and heroine meet in this piece. Our lady is a real firecracker I must say and the hero he was a lovable grump. There were a few awesome twists in the tale with both some sad and happy moments. I think for such a short story it was very well done. I did receive a free copy of this book from Booksprout and voluntarily chose to review it.
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6,824 reviews59 followers
June 16, 2022
Burning bridges burt! This insanely talented, artistic and imaginative group of authors deliver with this incredibly thrilling collection. Serving up some fervent facts, tantalizing lessons and ruthless decisions, holding you from start to finish, skyrocketing this jewel to unbelievable heights. Surprising events and unexpected occurrences descend in a flurry of clever perceptions and cunning stealth, attentive the dramatic twists and wicked turns unfolding. Secrets are exposed, revelations unearthed and promises pledged, catapulting each gem to life spectacularly. Every story is extremely thrilling with gripping intrigue, dramatic twists and electrifying suspense, each different and unique, with all the vivacity and fervor, testing our characters in ways they could have never imagined, wrapping this little blockbuster up sleek, shiny and tight. The characters, banter, dialogue, interactions and charged atmosphere along with relatable qualities and individual traits, blend and flow, adding depth and diversity, transforming into outstanding personalities. The scenes are vividly colorful with abundant details and graphic descriptions creating an majestic backdrop so rich and lively it feels as though you're part of the tales instead of on the sidelines. Amazing job guys, thanks for sharing this amazing thrill with us.
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May 30, 2022
Review of The Truth about the Earl by Rose Pearson is as follows: Lady Norah Essington has been approached with an opportunity to write a piece weekly under a fictitious name listing secrets and scandal for the newspaper under the society column. As the untimely death of her elderly husband, she has asked for a year to decide if she wants the job or not. With her having to leave the estate after a year of mourning, she has moved to the townhouse left to her as part of the will but with the small allowance she will receive, she will survive but just barely. Because of that, she has decided to take on the challenge. Things were going good until she started receiving blackmail letters demanding she print what they tell her to or something awful will happen to those she cares about. Among those are James, Earl of Yarmouth who was drooling over Lady Maude who wanted nothing to do with him until he sets his sights on Lady Norah. Now Lady Maude has decided to get his attention back. Up to this point everything Lady Norah has sent has been truths, now she is to tell lies that will cause harm to others. Who is a mystery, and why?.

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751 reviews5 followers
June 11, 2022
Alyssa Drake - A Perfect Recluse

Such a different and wonderful tale! Two people crushed by the judgment of society find solace in a lighthouse. Patrick, was reputed to be gruff and inhospitable, but it was a result of his self imposed punishment. Heartbroken and humiliated, he made himself a life wherein he offered a valuable service, but interacted with a minimal number of people. Susannah was on the coast awaiting a response from her sister. She too was fleeing society’s sensure. A rescue from a near death experience acquainted them and complicated both of their lives. The author has done an outstanding job of creating the four prime characters. They are all complex, complicated and so much deeper than they portray. Susannah’s clumsiness is offset by her tenacity, and Patrick’s ill humor by his good heart. The real hero of the story is Mr. King, whose wisdom and loyalty save the day. There is a cetrain heaviness hovering over this tale, but it is permeated by a quiet sense of hope that makes the ending all that much sweeter.

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648 reviews3 followers
June 17, 2022
I do enjoy anthologies, as I often discover new or new to me authors, whose work I like. With so many authors contributing to this collection one is bound to like some, and not like others. Unfortunately, there were several I just could not finish, either due to the style or I found the story line too ridiculous. I have not yet finished - the last 3 stories to go - so I'll concentrate on those I enjoyed most and would give each 4 stars (I really liked it):

Sofie Darling's It was Only a Kiss: Violet could not imagine her handsome neighbor would have any romantic feelings for her. Will has his work cut out for him to convince her otherwise. This was such a delight to read.
Alyssa Drake's A Perfect Recluse: The story was a nice change of pace for me, the story is of an indigent young lady and a gruff, reclusive lighthouse keeper.
A. S. Fenichel's An Honorable Arrangement: A bit of a roadtrip, as the heroine eludes her escort (who, of course, becomes rather smitten of her) in the hope of locating her father.
Linda Rae Sande's The Bride of a Baronet: A slight twist on the governess trope including a bride seeking contest, aided by the servants, made for an very amusing read.
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