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Wednesday, 08 February 2012 15:13

Review: Not Wicked Enough

nwe_h“Not Wicked Enough” by Carolyn Jewel (historical, Berkley, February 2012, $7.99, 320pp)

 

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Series: Seducing the Scoundrels

  1. “Not Wicked Enough” – Lily & Mountjoy
  2. “Not Proper Enough” – Ginny & Fenrith (to be released in September of 2012)

 

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Tuesday, 07 February 2012 19:18

Review: The Rogue Pirate's Bride

rogue-pirate-200“The Rogue Pirate’s Bride” by Shana Galen (historical, Sourcebooks, February 2012, $6.99, 352pp)

 

Series: Sons of Revolution

  1. “The Making of a Duchess” – Julien Harcourt, Duc de Valere & Sarah Smith
  2. “The Making of a Gentleman” – Armand Harcourt, Comte de Valere & Felcity Bennett
  3. “The Rogue Pirate’s Bride” – Sebastien Harcourt, Marquis de Valere & Raeven Russell

 

Review:
“The Rogue Pirate’s Bride” by Shana Galen is the last of three books about the Harcourts, a family of French aristocrats that was pulled apart and devastated by the French Revolution. This one is the story of Sebastien Harcourt, a man who made his way in the world by becoming a privateer on the open ocean. Known as Captain Cutlass, Bastien has spent his life trying to forget his past and making a notorious name for himself. But, he meets his match in Raeven Russell, the daughter of an admiral in the British navy. Raised at sea, Raeven is no debutante. She is a woman on a mission – a mission to make Captain Cutlass pay for his sins.

 

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Sunday, 05 February 2012 14:04

Review: Secrets of an Accidental Duchess

Secrets_Countess“Secrets of an Accidental Duchess” by Jennifer Haymore (historical, Grand Central, February 2012, $7.99, 432pp)

 

Series: The Donovan Sisters

  1. “Confessions of an Improper Bride” – Serena and Jonathan Dane, Earl of Stratford
  2. “Once Upon a Wicked Night” – bridge ebook between “Confessions” and “Secrets”
  3. “Secrets of an Accidental Duchess” – Olivia and Max
  4. “Pleasures of a Tempted Lady” – Captain William Langley and Meg Donovan (to be released August 1, 2012)

 

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Saturday, 04 February 2012 15:02

Review: Firelight

cover-firelight“Firelight” by Kristen Callihan (historical, paranormal, Grand Central, February 2012, $5.99, 400pp)

 

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From this moment that I started reading Kristen Callihan’s “Firelight,” I was hooked. I couldn’t resist the firestarting heroine and the deeply tortured hero finding true love in dark London. The mystery kept me turning the pages with gusto as I tried to figure out what possible ailment affected said hero, Lord Benjamin Archer and how it all might be resolved. Callihan kept me guessing with this riveting romance.

 

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Thursday, 02 February 2012 20:50

Review: How to Dance With a Duke

howtodancewithaduke-200x330“How to Dance With a Duke” by Manda Collins (historical, St. Martins, January 2012, $7.99, 352pp)

 

Series: The Ugly Ducklings, book 1

 

Review:
Miss Cecily Hurston has a big problem. Her father, Viscount Hurston, is in trouble. He is very sick, but is also the subject of some cruel rumors that suggest he may have killed his assistant, Will Dalton. Cecily wants to continue her father’s work with Egyptian antiquities to prove that Hurston had no hand in any scandalous behavior. However, no one is willing to help – especially not Will’s brother Lucas, Duke of Winterson.

 

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Monday, 16 January 2012 19:02

Review: The Lesson Plan

JackieBarbosa_TheLessonPlan_800px-682x1024“The Lesson Plan” by Jackie Barbosa (historical, erotic, December 2011, Circe Press, $2.99, 22,500 words/64pp)

 

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I’ve read several of Jackie Barbosa’s historical novellas over the past several months. Her books are set during the Regency period, my favorite time period for historical romances, and they have an intense eroticism that titillates. As such, I jumped at the chance to review Barbosa’s recent release, “The Lesson Plan,” the first story in the Lords of Lancashire trilogy. While I have way too many books that I have committed to read, I could not resist reading this one as soon as it hit my inbox.

 

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Wednesday, 04 January 2012 20:38

Review: Sunrise with a Notorious Lord

Sunrisewithanotoriouslord“Sunrise with a Notorious Lord” by Alexandra Hawkins (historical, St. Martins, January 2012, $7.99, 304pp)

 

Series: the Lords of Vice

  • “All Night with a Rogue” – Juliana and Sin
  • “Til Dawn with the Devil” – Sophia and Reign
  • “After Dark with a Scoundrel” – Regan and Dare

 

Review:
The meddling mother is a staple character in romance novels, and Alexandra Hawkins plays on this theme in her latest installment of the Lords of Vice series, “Sunrise with a Notorious Lord.” The Marchioness of Netherley wants her son, Christopher Courtland, Earl of Vanewright, to marry, and she isn’t afraid to pull out all the stops to ensure a successful campaign. These machinations give “Sunrise with a Notorious Lord” an entertaining twist that makes this romance one to remember.

 

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Tuesday, 27 December 2011 19:02

Review: A Lady Awakened

lady-225“A Lady Awakened” by Cecilia Grant (historical, Ballantine, January 2012, $7.99, 368pp)

 

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When there is significant buzz about a book, I can’t help but want to read it. There is nothing quite like the feeling of coming home to find an advance copy of a title that people are talking about waiting in the mailbox. This is exactly what happened with Cecilia Grant’s “A Lady Awakened.” I was so curious about this book and could not wait to read it.

 

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Tuesday, 27 December 2011 17:29

Review: The Duke is Mine

duke-mine_350“The Duke is Mine” by Eloisa James (historical, Avon, January 2012, $7.99, 400pp)

 

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“The Duke is Mine” is the latest of Eloisa James’ fairy-tale-based romances and has loose ties to “The Princess and the Pea.” James gives us a romance between Olivia Lytton and Tarquin, Duke of Sconce, two lovers who are not supposed to be together. Olivia is engaged to another, and Tarquin, or Quin, is meant for Olivia’s sister. But love has a funny way of happening, even at the most unexpected of times. And this unexpected love story left me somewhat breathless with delight.

 

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Monday, 26 December 2011 12:24

Review: The Pleasure of Your Kiss

PleasureYourKiss“The Pleasure of Your Kiss” by Teresa Medeiros (historical, Pocket, January 2012, $7.99, 528pp): Teresa Medeiros’ “The Pleasure of Your Kiss” is an intimidating book to behold. At 528 pages, it is a big book that one must make a commitment to actually read. This is one of the reasons that it took me a long time to find the time to read it. This past week, I finally did. I was intrigued by the harem setting, and well, I am a fan of Teresa Medeiros’ books. The book did seem long at times, but the exotic setting and the fiery relationship between the hero and the heroine made this one a winner for me.

 

Miss Clarinda Cardew and her best friend Miss Penelope (Poppy) Montmorency are on their way to Burma where Clarinda will marry Maximillian Burke, Earl of Dravenwood. However, their ship is overtaken by Corsairs, and Clarinda and Poppy are abducted, to be sold at auction. Farouk, an English-educated sultan, buys the two Englishwomen and takes them to his home in Northern Africa. Max hires his brother Ash to rescue his fiancé.

 

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