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Monday, 29 October 2012 18:09

Review: Twelfth Night Secrets

Twelfth_Night_Secrets“Twelfth Night Secrets” by Jane Feather (historical, Pocket, October 2012, $6.99, 272pp)

 

Summary:

While others dance and flirt, Lady Harriet Devere has a secret life, assisting her older brother Nick with his duties as a British spy. When Nick is killed, however, Harriet assumes that her work passing coded messages to the Ministry of War will cease. Instead, she is charged with a vitally important mission: spend Christmas determining if Julius Forsythe, Earl of Marbury, is a double agent for the French.

 

Harriet expects danger, just not to her heart. . . . As the hostess of a holiday house party, she is perfectly placed to closely observe her noble guest—his elegant clothes, his penetrating dark eyes, his virile athletic build. But when passion flames between them, Harriet realizes that only a holiday miracle will allow her to find true love—in the arms of this spy who has come for Christmas.

 

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Sunday, 28 October 2012 12:43

Review: Lord Gray's List

lordgrayslist“Lord Gray’s List” by Maggie Robinson (historical, Brava, November 2012, $14.00, 352pp)

 

Series: The London List, book 1

 

Summary:
From duchesses to chamber maids, everybody’s reading it. Each Tuesday, The London List appears, filled with gossip and scandal, offering job postings and matches for the lovelorn–and most enticing of all, telling the tales and selling the wares a more modest publication wouldn’t touch.

 

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Monday, 22 October 2012 11:40

Review: Captive Bride

Captive_Bride“Captive Bride” by Katharine Ashe (historical, self-published, October 2012, $1.99, 232pp, ebook)

 

Summary:
Sensible, practical Beatrice Sinclaire has two secret passions: gothic novels and Lord Peter Cheriot, the man her beautiful sister left heartbroken years ago. When Bea’s scapegrace twin brother begs her help to rescue a maiden from a haunted castle, Bea seizes the chance for real adventure. If only Lord Cheriot didn’t insist on protecting her! How can she maintain a clear head in the face of terrible danger when all she wants is to be in his arms?

 

Lord Cheriot may be the catch of the London season, but he has only ever loved one woman, Bea Sinclaire. And he’s determined to have her. He doesn’t count on a meddling ghost whose demand for a virgin bride threatens Bea in the direst manner. But the specter has a deadline, All Hallows Eve, and it’s fast approaching. In the race to capture the heart of one daring lady, it’s every man—and ghost—for himself.

 

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Saturday, 20 October 2012 11:05

Review: His Mistletoe Bride

His_Mistletoe_Bride“His Mistletoe Bride” by Vanessa Kelly (historical, Zebra, October 2012, $6.99, 352pp)

 

Summary:
Blame It On The Mistletoe--

When Major Lucas Stanton inherited his earldom, he never dreamed his property would include the previous earl's granddaughter. Phoebe Linville is a sparkling American beauty, yes, but with a talent for getting into trouble. Witness the compromising position that forced them into wedlock. Whisked away to Mistletoe Manor, his country estate, it isn't long before she is challenging his rules--and surprising him in and out of bed--

Phoebe has no intention of bowing to Lucas's stubbornness even though he offers all that she wants. His kisses and unexpected warmth are enticing, but Phoebe is determined to show the earl of Merritt what real love is all about. And if that takes twelve nights of delicious seduction by a roaring fire, she's more than willing to reveal her gifts very slowly--

 

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Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:40

Review: Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed

seven_nights_in_rogues_bed_US“Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed” by Anna Campbell (historical, Grand Central, October 2012, $5.99, 416pp)

 

Series: Book 1 in the Sons of Sins series

 

Summary:
WILL A WEEK OF SEDUCTION . . .

Desperate to save her sister's life, Sidonie Forsythe has agreed to submit herself to a terrible fate: Beyond the foreboding walls of Castle Craven, a notorious, hideously scarred scoundrel will take her virtue over the course of seven sinful nights. Yet instead of a monster, she encounters a man like no other. And during this week, she comes to care for Jonas Merrick in ways that defy all logic-even as a dark secret she carries threatens them both.

. . . SPARK A LIFETIME OF PASSIONATE SURRENDER?

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Sunday, 30 September 2012 17:43

Review: The Lady Risks All

TLRAcovermedium“The Lady Risks All” by Stephanie Laurens (historical, Avon, October 2012, $7.99, 496pp)

 

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Series: While not part of a series, the hero, Neville Roscoe, appears in both “The Edge of Desire” and “The Reckless Bride.”

 

Summary:
Neville Roscoe, notorious and enigmatic, lives resolutely outside society, bound only by his own code of honor - until challenged by his desire for the one woman he cannot have.

 

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Monday, 17 September 2012 13:18

Series Review: The Devil DeVere Series

The_Devils_Match_600x900The Devil DeVere Series including “A Wild Night’s Bride” by Victoria Vane (historical, Breathless Press, April 2012, $0.99, 105pp), “The Virgin Huntress” by Victoria Vane (historical, Breathless Press, June 2012, $3.49, 99pp), “The Devil You Know” by Victoria Vane (historical, Breathless Press, July 2012, $4.99, 127pp) and “The Devil’s Match” by Victoria Vane (historical, Breathless Press, August 2012, $3.49, 132pp)

 

Summary:
For more on this series, check out what the author has to say about it.

 

Review:
There are four short books (each about 100 pages) in the Devil DeVere series by Victoria Vane chronicling the amorous adventures and happily ever afters of three couples. Each successive book builds upon the previous ones, making this a series that should be read in order. While the first story wasn’t my favorite of the group, it set the foundation for a strong and highly memorable romance between the debauched Ludovic DeVere and the reluctant and gun shy Lady Diana Palmerston-Wriothesley.

 

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Saturday, 15 September 2012 09:37

Review: Sins of a Virgin

sinsofvirgin200“Sins of a Virgin” by Anna Randol (historical, Avon, September 2012, $7.99, 384pp)

 

Nicole gives this one a rating 4 stars

 

Summary:
To the world, Madeline Valdan is a scandalous courtesan, with society's most eligible gentleman at her feet. But no one knows her shocking secret: she had never experienced the most intimate touch of any man. So she astonishes the ton by telling them the truth...and announcing the auction of her virginity to the highest bidder.

 

Handsome and disciplined, Gabriel Huntford knows his time is best spent hunting down criminals from the darkest corners of London. As a Bow Street Runner investigating his sister's death, he has no desire to join London's strutting peacocks in this competition when there are more important tasks at hand.

 

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Sunday, 02 September 2012 07:14

Review: A Little Mischief

ALittleMischief_reissueLittle Mischief, by Amelia Grey (historical, Sourcebooks, August 2012, reissue, $7.99, 320pp)

 

Summary:
How can a lady avoid a scandal...

Just as Miss Isabella Winslowe is finally achieving comfortable respectability, the fascinating and decidedly unrespectable Earl of Colebrooke inconveniently appears...

 

When a gentleman is so determined to flirt...

The darkly handsome Daniel Colebrooke is intrigued and alarmed when an alluring young lady arrives at his door in need of assistance. In a moment of impetuosity, Daniel decides he must keep a close watch on Isabella, and what better way than to strike up a not–so–innocent flirtation...

 

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Saturday, 01 September 2012 19:32

Review: A Study in Seduction

StudyinSeduction635x1024“A Study in Seduction” by Nina Rowan (historical, Grand Central, August 2012, $5.99, 400pp)

 

Summary:
A HEART DIVIDED

The lovely Lydia Kellaway can solve the most complex puzzles. The one challenge she can't top? Managing the most infuriating man she's ever encountered.

Alexander Hall, Viscount Northwood, has purchased a one-of-a-kind locket from a pawnshop, unaware of the priceless sentiment it holds for Lydia. The gentlemanly thing to do would be to simply return it. But Alexander is curious to see just how bold this brilliant beauty will be...

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