Cocky Butler by Annabelle Anders


Oh, how I hate seeing the Regency Cock Gents series end!   I have been impatiently waiting for Cocky Butler, Blackheart’s story, and the sixth and final book.  Simon Cockfield, the Duke of Blackheart, has been a favorite secondary character of mine throughout the entire series.  Cocky Butler is the grand finale fireworks of an enticing, sexy, heartwarming series.

In the first book, Simon, the Duke of Blackheart, loses a bet to his friend, Greystone, and begrudgingly becomes Greystone’s butler for the London season.  Miss Violet Faraday is a cousin to Greystone, and she is sponsoring her niece’s come out.  The sparks fly when Violet and Simon meet, and they must navigate tragedies, misconceptions and come to terms with some brutal truths to find their happily-ever-after.

I have loved Simon from the first chapter of the first book.  Simon has always stood out, offering sage advice at times and getting his friends out of trouble at others.  He is open-minded, prizes honor, and is lonely, wanting what his friends have found but doubting he ever will find it.   He is a protective friend, a loving brother, and has the largest heart of all the gents.  Simon’s character burst forcefully from the page and demands the reader’s attention.   One is helpless but to be enamored of Simon.

Violet is a stand-out character as well.  Violet has seen tragedy and has been used and put aside.  She has lost her sense of self-value.  Violet tries so hard to ensure other’s happiness that she forgets that she deserves happiness too.  Violet climbs numerous emotional mountains in this story.  There is a moment in the story where Violet must choose to lovingly accept and encourage or be disappointed and unbending.  Violet fiercely decides to stand by those she loves.  Violet demonstrates integrity, strength, and vulnerability that is breathtaking.   

If I try to sum the heart of this plot,  it would be that unbreakable, soul-changing love isn’t neat and tidy.  Love doesn’t always follow societal rules and beliefs.  Love doesn’t always make sense, but when love can transcend all these obstacles, it is well worth the struggle.  For all these reasons and more, this plot resonated with me on a certain level.  The story flowed effortlessly, and the actions and reactions were organic and seamless.  

Cocky Butler exceeded all my expectations.  This is a love story with grit, determination, and purpose.   It is all-encompassing,  sweetly romantic, and quietly passionate.  I couldn’t wait to read Cocky Butler, and I did not want this journey with the gents to end, but what a way to go!  The novel had a brilliantly executed plot, lively characters, and an emotional purpose.  I couldn’t think of a better finale for an outstanding series!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book from the author.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Release Date: September 14, 2021

The Vixen Of A Viscount by Linda Rae Sande


The Vixen Of A Viscount is another electric, breathtaking novel in a fantastic series.  This story takes us on a romantic journey of two best friends finding love.  

Reformed rake Sebastian Peele has returned from a monastery in the Alps, ready to woo and marry a certain prim and proper young lady.  Vivian is tired of abiding by the rules and decides to take a page from Sebastian’s roguish playbook.  The sudden personality reversal is an entertaining, wild ride!  The push and pull between reformed rake Sebastian and bad girl Vivian is spot-on.  Funny at times, passionate at others, this couple keeps the reader on their toes, wanting more.

Richard and Christina are on the opposite side of the coin.  Both are reserved and proper.  This couple’s love story unfolds differently from Sebastian and Vivian’s.  Many secrets could destroy Richard that he must come to terms.  Christina is patient, kind, and understanding.  The couple’s sweet yet passionate journey was heartfelt and beautiful.

The plots of the two couples intertwine flawlessly.  The secondary characters complemented the novel perfectly.  These characters were vivid, sharp, and entertaining.  They also brought levity to the plot that made me smile.  The story raced and kept my interest until the last page.

The Vixen Of A Viscount is the sixth book in The Heirs Of The Aristocracy.  This is a lively, refreshing addition that compliments the series.  I always eagerly anticipate the next book, and this one sets the bar high!  I found myself laughing, not wanting to put the book down.  These are two passionate love stories combined in a unique, fresh way.  If you have read other books in this series, this one answers some questions posed in previous books.  I fell in love with both couples, each main character grabbing my attention and pulling at my heartstrings.  I was enamored with this book from page one.  This novel set the highest of standards from the characters to the plot to the epilogue.   This book was a fantastic read I didn’t want to end.  Linda Rae Sande has delivered yet another enthralling romance that will warm your heart!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through the author.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Release Date: September 21, 2021

The Dishonored Viscount by Sophie Barnes


The Dishonored Viscount is a beautiful, haunting story that I didn’t want to end.  This book takes you on a journey of struggle, hope, and all-consuming love.  It is an excellent example of forbidden love and undeniable passion.  This is a book that brilliantly displays the powerful healing qualities of love.

I must first disclose a warning, this book contains a graphic description of painful surgery.  Marcus Berkley has been stripped of his title and ostracized due to a heinous crime committed by his father.  Marcus has pulled himself from despair to become the foremost doctor in eye surgery.  Lady Louise has struggled with her vision since childhood, always knowing complete blindness was a possibility.  Going against her father’s wishes, Louise goes through a complicated surgery performed by Marcus that could save her eyesight.  A passion and tender love develop through this ordeal that ignites the page.

I admired how Marcus didn’t wallow in what he had lost; instead, he made something productive of himself.  Marcus’ desire to heal and his unselfishness and acceptance of his past resonated with me.  Louise was an outstanding, quietly fierce character.  Her willpower and determination were awe-inspiring.  Louise withstood pain and anger stoically and with grace and kindness.

Marcus fought his instant attraction to Louise for what he considered her good.  Marcus loved Louise so much that he couldn’t subject her to the scorn and hatred he faced from society.  Louise’s unfailing belief in her love for Marcus took my breath away.  The passion and love the couple share are genuine.

The plot unfolded perfectly at the right pace and with emotional depth.  My attention was caught in the first chapter.  The couple’s journey was perilous. However, the story was intimate and written with loving care.  The Dishonored Viscount is the eighth book in the Diamonds In The Rough series.  This story is a sweeping tale of how the power of love can withstand all obstacles.  Although tragic and fraught with peril at times, the grit and determination of the couple were fascinating.  This book left me breathless.  I enjoyed the struggle and redemption qualities of the book.  This book is a fantastic read that touched me on an elemental level.  This is a story of how sacrifice can lead to undeniable love.  I recommend this book wholeheartedly; get ready for an intense, gratifying read!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Release Date: September 21, 2021

Mistletoe Christmas by Eloisa James, Christi Caldwell, Janna MacGregor, and Erica Ridley

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Overall

Mistletoe Christmas is a perfect way to get into the spirit of Christmas!  These individual stories each take place at the annual Duke’s Christmas Revelry.  An event where everyone who is anyone hopes to attend.

A Mistletoe Kiss by Eloisa James


The success of the Duke Of Greystoke’s Christmas Revelry is dependent on his daughter, Lady Cressida.  Cressie feels unattractive due to her father’s constant critiques.  Elias is at the party for his friend.  Elias is rich, titled, and handsome.  With a touch of Christmas magic, these two might find love.  Cressie is a beautiful character.  She is strong in some aspects yet timid and unsure in others.  Elias is much more than a handsome face.  I enjoyed how he could see underneath the façade to true beauty. This was a swoon-worthy romance!  The descriptive backdrops were breathtaking.  The connection between the couple was slowly nurtured from mistrust and misunderstanding to acceptance and love.  This is a lovely Christmas romance!

Wishing Under The Mistletoe by Christi Caldwell


I love a “Scrooge” themed Christmas story, and this one was wonderful!  Isabelle and Cyrus were well-developed, lovable characters.  The plot brought elements of A Christmas Carol in a fresh, exciting way.  The history and connection between the couple were tragic yet passionate.  The Christmas party was the perfect backdrop to the action.  This was a fantastic story of redemption and how true love never truly fades.  I read with a smile and light heart, an excellent Christmas read!

Compromise Under The Mistletoe by Janna MacGregor


Caroline and Stephen Whitmore are estranged and must attend the Duke’s annual Christmas party together.  This is an exciting story of reconciliation and renewal.  The plot weaves a beautiful tale of how two people who have a world of separation between them can find compromise and love.  Both Caroline and Stephen are exquisitely flawed.  The heartache and hope intertwine to build a heart-pounding love story.  This is a Christmas tale with love, passion, and understanding.  It left me with a sense of love and hope; what Christmas is all about!

Mischief & Mistletoe by Erica Ridley


Miss Louisa Hardcourt’s mother is desperate for Louisa to snare a titled gentleman before she becomes a spinster.  Unfortunately, Louisa is attracted to Mr. Ewan Reid, a kindred spirit.  Ewan and Louisa are both passionate souls hiding secrets that could destroy them.  The couple must discover if love can conquer even the most challenging obstacles.  Both Ewan and Louisa are tragic figures with burdens that they cannot discard.   The weight of these burdens creates believable, approachable characters which you cheer for a happy ending.  This was a warm, charming story about two passionate people that deserve love.  The couple’s connection was perfectly balanced.  It is a lovely tale of what beautiful things can happen if one only takes a chance on love.

Each four of these five-star reads are breathtaking and oh so swoon-worthy!  Every one of these stories is completely different, showcasing the creativity of each author.  The backdrop of the party is fantastically descriptive, and the secondary characters are enigmatic and bewitching.  All four couples are as unique as their stories.  I couldn’t put this book down.  Mistletoe Christmas is one of the best Christmas collections I have read.  I didn’t want the stories to end.  I would love a continuance for next year.  This is a collection that the reader will not want to miss!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Release Date: September 28, 2021

Cover Reveal: Much Ado About Dukes by Eva Devon

Hello fellow romance lovers! Today I am revealing this beautiful cover of Much Ado About Dukes by Eva Devon. Below you will find book details, synopsis, Goodreads link, pre-order links, and author bio and links. I look forward to reviewing this book!

Much Ado About Dukes
by Eva Devon
(Never a Wallflower, #2)
Published by: Entangled: Amara
Publication date: January 25th 2022
Genres: Historical Romance, Romance

The matchmakers’ playbook goes out the window in this bold Regency romance that’sEmma meets 10 Things I Hate About You from USA Today bestselling author Eva Devon.

Each book in the Never a Wallflower series is STANDALONE:
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USATODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR, Eva Devon, was raised on literary fiction, but quite accidentally and thankfully, she was introduced to romance one Christmas by Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory novella, The Present. A romance addict was born. She devoured every single Lindsey novel within a few months and moved on to contemporary and paranormal with gusto. Now, she loves to write her own roguish dukes, alpha males and the heroines who tame them. She loves to hear from her readers. So please pen her a note!

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The Lady’s Guide To Deception And Desire by Emmanuelle De Maupassant


The Lady’s Guide To Deception And Desire is a journey fraught with mystery, peril, and passion.  This book is an exciting ride of obsession and love.  With many twists and turns, this story is bound to get your heart racing!

This is a prequel; for those who read The Lady’s Guide To Scandal, this is Ethan’s sister, Rosamund’s story.  Rosamund is destitute and desperate.  Conveniently, she finds the Duke Of Studborne, who is looking for a wife and heir.  Inconveniently, Rosamund is drawn toward his nephew, Benedict, who is as poor as she is.  Rosamund is a study of desperation and where it can lead.  She also has a strong moral compass and loving heart that steers her well.  Benedict is shy, scholarly, and clueless when it comes to women.  Benedict is endearing, and I fell in love with his character.

The couple’s connection is there with the first meeting.  Their journey to love is sweet and passionate, enhanced by danger and misunderstanding.  The couple’s scenes near the end are adorable.

The plot was intricate and constantly evolving.  The twists and turns demanded my attention.  There is an extravagant amount of plot packed into a relatively short story.  The plot is fast-paced and leaves the reader guessing at every turn of the page.  All of The Lady’s Guide books can be read separately. However, I think reading this one before Ethan’s story is preferable.  I enjoyed this little gem of a story immensely.  The Lady’s Guide To Deception And Desire is a fantastic addition to a series that keeps you wanting more!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through the author.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Release Date: September 15, 2021

Not Even For A Duke by A. S. Fenichel

⭐️⭐️1/2 rounded to ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Not Even For A Duke tells the story of a victim of domestic abuse and the man that loves her unconditionally and wants to help her heal.  The novel, at its heart, is about unrequited love and second chances.  Aurora is a widow whose late husband was a monster who physically abused her.  Garrett is a childhood friend who has always loved Aurora.  Aurora rebuffs Garrett at every turn.  Aurora must come to terms with her past before she can ever move forward.

I tried everything to warm to this book, but I could not.  I understood that Aurora had horrendous trauma in her past.  I didn’t particularly appreciate how Aurora treated Garrett, and I could not understand her reasoning.  There were times she used him, knowing how he felt about her.  Aurora suppressed her feelings out of fear. However, she took advantage of Garrett over and over.  Garrett was the bright star in the story.  His character was well-developed, and he was loving, patient, and  understanding to a fault.  His unrequited love for Aurora was palpable, and it broke my heart how he was treated.  The connection between the couple was one-sided to me, favoring Garrett.  The relationship took one step forward and two steps back throughout the entirety of the book.

The story was well-written; it was a slow burn but flowed well.  The plot was thin in places.  The happily ever after developed abruptly.  The conclusion in the final chapters was entertaining, and I could feel the love Garrett felt was finally reciprocated.  I rounded this rating to three stars based on the beautiful complexity of Garrett and how the conclusion ended fantastically for Garrett and Aurora. 

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Release Date: September 14, 2021

Her Wanton White by Tammy Andresen


I eagerly look forward to each new installment of the Dark Duke’s Legacy.  Each book contains a thread of mystery weaved through each book.  Between the compelling intrigue and genuine romance, Her Wanton White delivers a compelling love story.

Extremely rough around the edges, Lord Justice White, the third brother, is a fighter and a rake.  Lady Violet finds herself embroiled in an untenable situation.  Both characters find themselves flung into the middle of Justice’s family’s troubles.  Justice is curt and solitary.  He is emotionally scarred from the past.  Violet feels lacking, her beauty her only attribute.  Both characters discover much more about themselves; it just involves leaps of faith and love.

The writing, descriptions, and characters throughout the novel are superb.  This is a short novel, and the plot races along, keeping me riveted to the page.  The mystery and action woven throughout each book create vivid worlds and a unique plot.  Within the love story, there are always underlying questions that remain unanswered; this makes me want to read the next book!  The couple’s connection was tentative. First, there were trust issues.  However, the resolution of these issues took time which added to the development of the story.

Her Wanton White is the fourth book of Dark Duke Legacy.  This is the ongoing saga of a family whose tyrannical father left them with many confounding questions and imminent danger after his death.  Slowly each family member succumbs to love and find happiness despite their terrible upbringing.  This story is a fantastic, romantic telling of redemption.  I look forward to Sayden’s story.  These are always a good investment in a mysterious, passionate, unique series of novels.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through the author.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Release Date: September 14, 2021

An Outsider At The Highland Court by Celeste Barclay


An Outsider At The Highland Court is a gritty, sexy, turbulent romance that adds to the greatness that is The Highland Ladies series.  Rab and Catherine find themselves embroiled in a star-crossed lover’s affair that has them keep their love hidden.  The characters had rich layers and were multifaceted.  Rab’s honor and integrity shone through his personality.  Rab had flaws and imperfections, which help create a larger-than-life character.  Catherine is feisty, spunky, and knows her mind.  Her inner beauty lights the page.  The couple’s connection is potent from the beginning.  The passion is hot and fiery yet tender and romantic at the same time.

The plot…wow!  It is intricate and perfectly developed.  The history is mixed in with the story in a way that is organic and believable.  Although graphic at times, the violence added to the validity of the story.  The plot flowed well; I did feel it picked up speed at the halfway point.  The many layers of the plot added to the beautiful world that the Highland Ladies have created.  There were many moving parts to this story, all flowing and falling effortlessly in place.

An Outsider At The Highland Court is the fourteenth book in The Highland Ladies series.  These stories of intrepid ladies-in-waiting and the brawny highlanders they tame are a mix of everything.  Each story is as unique as it is beautiful.  I gave this installment four and a half stars rounded to five.  I had no complaints; it was a fantastic book.  I already have several five-star favorites in this series; I loved those a fraction more than this book.  That being said, this was an electric, bright-shining star of a novel.  This series is phenomenal, and this book is a testament to skilled, entertaining writing.  As usual, Celeste Barclay outdid herself!  This novel is a heart-pounding romance that grabs you on page one and takes your breath away.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Booksprout.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Release Date: September 7, 2021

August BOM and September Preview

Hello, fellow romance lovers!  Whew!  August was hot, and September is undoubtedly starting that way.  I am looking forward to fall and hoping the cooler weather comes sooner rather than later.  This month I am featuring an overview of my August reviews and features.  After that, I will showcase what is coming up for September.  All my book reviews for August can easily be viewed by clicking on the book name.  Books are organized by release date.  Without further ado…here we go!


I read and reviewed fifteen books in August.  The rating stats are nine five-star reviews, four four-star reviews, and one three-star review.  The quality of writing was excellent.  I had so many fantastic five-star reviews.  I read extremes from angsty to hilarious and steamy to sweet.  I discovered popular must-have reads and those jewels that slipped under the radar.  Below is my book list and a link to each book’s review.  


Earl Of Excess ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book one in Rakees Of Mayhem by Anna St. Claire

Tides Of Love ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book one in Garrett Brothers by Tracy Sumner


Love And The Lawman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book Three in Lawmen Of The West by Alexa Aston

Lady Mary’s Dangerous Encounter ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book one in Beresford Adventure by Cheryl Bolen

The Wrangler’s Ready Made Family ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book fifteen in Wind River Hearts by Lacy Williams


His Wallflower White ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book Three in Dark Duke’s Legacy by Tammy Andresen


The Highlander’s Pirate Lass ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book Two in Brothers Of Wolf Isle by Heather McCollum


Along Came A Lady ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book one in All The Duke’s Sins by Christi Caldwell

A Duke Worth Fighting For ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book three in Isle Of Synne by Christina Britton

The Brides Of London ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An Advertisements For Love Collection books 1-2 by Vanessa Riley

Hitched To The Gunslinger ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stand Alone novel by Michelle McLean

Lord Maxwell’s Quest ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book two in The “Other” Trents by Jane Charles

The Marquess’s Darling Match ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book nine in A Wallflower’s Wish by Katherine Ann Madison


The Duke Who Loved Me ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book one in Duke Estates by Jane Ashford

Highland Thief ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book five in Sons of Gregor MacLeod by Alyson McLayne




I decided to be different in my choice of August book of the month.  There were several stand-out novels that I adored.  However, I have decided to go with the book that had me smiling and laughing until the last page.  Gray and Mercy’s quirky, fun gunslinger western was entertaining and quick-witted.  There is no angst or sorrow here.  Look for a wild, passionate shoot-out of a story!  Gray sparkled and shone as the lonely, retired gunslinger, only looking for peace, quiet, meals, and many naps!  Mercy finds herself in a bind and wrangles Gray into the mess.  Mercy is feisty and Gray’s opposite. Throw in a want-to-be gunslinger and a town full of meddling, colorful townspeople, and you get a happy, joyful read!

Hitched To The Gunslinger Review


August Events Recap


Below is a recap of the events I hosted throughout August.  Authors and publishers, feel free to reach out if you would like to feature your books here!  


The Highlander’s Pirate Lass by Heather McCollum


Along Came A Lady By Christi Caldwell


The Wedding Wager by Eva Devon Cover Reveal


August Preview


So far, I have fourteen advance copies from various authors and publishers.  I also look forward to two other books that release in September that I have not received information.  These are Cocky Butler by Annabelle Anders and The Vixen Of A Viscount by Linda Rae Sande.  Many of these titles listed below are my favorite series which I have been waiting.  There are a few Christmas novels and collections included.  Finally, I get to experience new authors.  The titles are listed by release date, and the blog feature date is listed at the end.  


Christmas At Castle Dunrannoch, a collection by Emmanuelle de Maupassant


An Outsider At The Highland Court, book fourteen in Highland Ladies by Celeste Barclay



Pippa And The Prince Of Secrets, book two in Lady Charlotte’s Society Of Angels by Grace Callaway



Her Wanton White, book four in Dark Duke’s Legacy by Tammy Andresen


Not Even For A Duke, book four in Wallflowers of West Lane by A. S. Finichel



The Lady’s Guide To Deception And Desire, book four in The Lady’s Guide by Emmanuelle de Maupassant



His Rival’s Daughter, book one in Stafford Family by Catherine Woodville


The Dishonored Viscount, book eight in Diamonds In The Rough by Sophie Barnes



Mistletoe Christmas, an anthology by Eloisa James, Christi Caldwell, Janna MacGregor, and Erica Ridley


A Reckless Match, book one in Ruthless Rivals by Kate Bateman


Infamous, book three in Rebels Of The Ton by Minerva Spencer


Kissing Under The Mistletoe, a collection by Suzanne Enoch, Amelia Grey, and Anna Bennett


A Cowboy Christmas Legend, book two in Lone Star Legends by Linda Brody


Cheers To The Duke, book three in Widow’s Brew by Sally MacKenzie



September Events


The following are scheduled events for September. Keep checking back, I receive more and more of these as the month goes on.

  • 9/9/21 Much Ado About Dukes by Eva Devon, Cover Reveal


Until Next Month!


August was an exciting, fun reading month.  I was swamped; it always seems these advance copies come in groups!  September promised to be a compelling reading month.  Several books that I have impatiently been waiting for come out this coming month.  I enjoy sharing my reading exploits with you!  Thanks for stopping by, have a look around my site, and hopefully discover your next favorite read!  To all authors and publishers, I am always looking for opportunities to showcase fantastic books with cover reveals and blog tours.  Contact me for more information.  Let me know what you think of my blog.  I love sharing thoughts on the books I read.  I guess that does it!  Have a great September, and keep reading!