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Friday, 29 June 2012 19:36

Review: Scandal Wears Satin

Scandal_Wears_Satin“Scandal Wears Satin” by Loretta Chase (historical, Avon, July 2012, $7.99, 384pp)

 

Series: The Dressmakers #2

 

Summary:
The Earl of Longmore's sister Lady Clara has gotten herself into trouble and must marry a man neither she or her family like.  But with the help of her dressmaker, Sophy Noirot, things just maybe all will turn out right.

 

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Monday, 25 June 2012 18:30

Review: Call of the Sea

Call_of_the_Sea“Call of the Sea” by Rebecca Hart (historical, paranormal, Inkspell, June 2012, $13.99tp/$4.99e)

 

Summary:
Elysandra Winters has always yearned for a life of adventure on the rolling seas and is willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill her dream. When her Privateer father continually refuses to allow his only daughter to sail, Ellie defies him, disguises herself as a boy, and goes in search of a captain who will give her a chance to prove her worth.

Thanks to the cursed selkie blood coursing through his veins, Daniel O'Rourke needs the sea to survive. After giving up on his humanity and spending three years in seal form, he decides to give his human side another chance. Daniel goes in search of a job and a sense of normalcy, earning himself a position aboard Captain Winter’s ship, The Siren's Call. However, his new captain’s first assignment has nothing at all to do with sailing, and everything to do with his headstrong young daughter.

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MissSophieValentine_final_2“The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine” by Jayne Fresina (historical, Sourcebooks, June 2012, $6.99, 384pp)

 

Summary:
A SCANDALOUS LADY

Sophie Valentine knew placing an ad for a husband in the Farmers Gazette would bring her trouble-and she was right. When the darkly handsome, arrogantly charming Lazarus Kane shows up on her doorstep, the nosy residents of Sydney Dovedale are thrown into a gossiping tizzy. After all, it's common knowledge that Sophie is a young lady In Need of Firmer Direction. But even Sophie isn't so scandalous as to marry a complete stranger. .. is she?

SEEKS HANDSOME STRANGER

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Saturday, 02 June 2012 13:50

Review: Never Wager Against Love

Never_Wager_Against_Love“Never Wager Against Love” by Maureen Driscoll (historical, selp-published, March 2012, $3.99, 280pp)

 

Series: The Kellingtons

  1. “Never a Mistress, No Longer a Maid” – Edward Kellington (Ned) and Jane Wetherby
  2. “Never Miss a Chance” – Lady Elizabeth Kellington & Marcus Redmond, Marquess of Riverton
  3. “Never Wager Against Love” – Vanessa Gans & Arthur Kellington

 

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Tuesday, 29 May 2012 18:56

Review: A Night Like This

Night_Like_This“A Night Like This” by Julia Quinn (historical, Avon, June 2012, $7.99, 384pp)

 

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Series: The Smythe-Smith Quartet

  1. “Just Like Heaven” – Honoria Smythe-Smith & Marcus Holyroyd
  2. “A Night Like This” – Anne Wynter & Daniel Smythe-Smith

 

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Taming_Scottish_Princess“The Taming of the Scottish Princess” by Karen Hawkins (historical, Pocket, May 2012, $7.99, 400pp)

 

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Series: The Hurst Amulet

  1. “One Night in Scotland” – Mary Hurst & the Earl of Erroll
  2. “Scandal in Scotland” – Marcail Beauchamp & William Hurst
  3. “A Most Dangerous Profession” – Robert Hurst & Moira MacAllister
  4. “The Taming of a Scottish Princess” – Michael Hurst & Jane Smyth-Haughton

 

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Saturday, 19 May 2012 18:52

Review: The Runaway Countess

Runaway_countess“The Runaway Countess” by Leigh LaValle (historical, Samhain, March 2012, $6.50, 299pp)


Summary:
Her heart longs for justice, but her body clamors for sin.

 

Once the darling of high society, Mazie Chetwyn knows firsthand how quickly the rich and powerful turn their backs on the less fortunate. Orphaned, penniless and determined to defy their ruthless whims, she joins forces with a local highwayman who steals from the rich to give to the poor.

Then the pawn broker snitches, and Mazie is captured by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire. A man who is far too handsome, far too observant…and surely as corrupt as his father once was.

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Tuesday, 08 May 2012 19:49

Review: Beguiling the Beauty

beguiling-the-beauty-150x240“Beguiling the Beauty” by Sherry Thomas (historic, Berkley Sensation, May 2012, $7.99, 304pp)

 

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Series: The Fitzhugh Trilogy

  1. “Beguiling the Beauty” – Venetia Easterbrook & the Duke of Lexington
  2. “Ravishing the Heiress” – Millicent Fitzhugh & the Earl Fitzhugh
  3. “Tempting the Bride” – Helene Fitzhugh & David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings

 

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Saturday, 05 May 2012 12:01

Review: The Saint Who Stole My Heart

Saint-Stole1-200x326“The Saint Who Stole My Heart” by Stefanie Sloane (historical, Ballantine, May 2012, $7.99, 304pp)

 

Series: The Regency Rogues

  1. “The Devil in Disguise” – Lord William Randall, the Duke of Clairemont & Lucinda Gray
  2. “The Angel in My Arms” – Marcus Maxwell, the Earl of Weston & Sarah Tisdale
  3. “The Sinner Who Seduced Me” – James Marlowe & Lady Clarissa Collins
  4. “The Saint Who Stole My Heart” – Dashiel Matthews, Viscount Carrington & Miss Elena Barnes
  5. “The Scoundrel Takes a Bride” – Nicholas Bourne & Lady Sophia Southwell (to be releasesed)
  6. “The Wicked Widow Meets Her Match” – Langdon Bourne, the Earl of Stonehcliffe & Grace Crowther (to be released)

 

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Wednesday, 02 May 2012 19:09

Review: The Proposal

proposal-newface292The Proposal by Mary Balogh (historical, Delacorte, May 2012, $36.00, 320pp)

 

Summary
Lady Gwendoline Muir is rescued by Hugo Emes, Lord Trentham, an ex-military officer, while visiting a friend.  As she recovers the two develop a friendship, but fight their attraction as they struggle with class differences and inner demons.

 

Review
This was a wonderful story.  Lady Gwendoline is a minor character in other books by Mary Balogh but one does not have to have read those books as this story stands independently on its own.

 

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