Mistress MacKintosh And The Shaw Wretch by Rose Prendeville

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Mistress MacKintosh And The Shaw Wretch is a fun, quick, romantic journey that left me smiling.  Finley Shaw, the disgraced heir to his older brother, is tasked with escorting Jury to a convent.  Jury has dedicated her life to healing and has no intention of being a wife or a nun.  Finn and Jurys set out on a road trip to the convent fraught with danger, passion, and runaways.

Both Finn and Jury are lovable, warm, sparkling characters.  Both are atoning for past decisions.  I loved the journey of Finn and Jury finding kindred spirits and a passionate connection.  The story unfolded in a way that developed the characters well and was easy to read.  There were a few times the flow of the story wavered.  However, the plot was entertaining and kept my interest.  I loved the dialogue between Finn and Jury; their verbal battles were fun to read.  Mistress MacKintosh And The Shaw Wretch is the first book in the Brides Of Chattan series.  Rose Prendeville has done an amazing job creating characters I cared about and a story I couldn’t put down.  This is an excellent start to a promising series.

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 10, 2022

Rebellion’s Fire by Mary Lancaster

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I adored Mary Lancaster’s Regency and Victorian-era books and was delighted to read a medieval-era book from her.  I am conflicted about this book.  The plot is exciting and moves quickly. The characters are vivid and intriguing.  Two things held this book back for me.  There are multiple points of view throughout the book, which I found distracting.  Also, the book is more action than romance.  I would have liked more time with Adam and Christian; this is a personal preference.  I felt the romantic side of the book needed more development.

Overall I found the book enjoyable; the story grew more intense in the second half.  Adam is wild and enigmatic; he has a dangerous edge that is appealing.  Christian is strong, independent, and doesn’t back down from Adam.  There is an undeniable pull between the couple.

Rebellion’s Fire is the first book in the Last Flame Of Alba series.  I loved the blending of historical fact and fiction.  Overall there was room for improvement; however, I felt Rebellion’s Fire did an excellent job of being an exciting and vivid 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 8, 2022

The Lady Of A Grump by Linda Rae Sande

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The Lady Of A Grump is a fun, easy-to-read, second-chance romance.  If you are looking for a quick, entertaining, passionate read, this is for you.  Max and Patience’s love story stole my heart!

Many years ago, Patience had to jilt her beloved Max for a hideous man to whom she had been betrothed.  Max married another, yet as time passed, he became bitter and angry.  Known as the Earl of Grump, Max lived miserably until a chance encounter brought Max and Patience back together.

I loved the dynamic between Max and Patience.  No one wants to be around Max, and for a good reason.  Patience is the only one that can melt that hard exterior.  The first time Max smiled melted my heart!

The characters and plot were well developed for such a short story.  There is also a secondary love story that blends perfectly with the primary storyline.  The passionate connection between Max and Patience smoldered.  I read this very quickly and didn’t want it to end.    The Lady Of A Grump is part of the Beyond The Aristocracy series.  This novella has all the sparkle and flare that always enchants me with any Linda Rae Sande book.  If you haven’t read this author, this novella is a perfect introduction.  Linda Rae Sande always delivers romance perfection!

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

Release Date: September 6, 2022

The Lyon’s Share by Cerise Deland

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The Lyon’s Share is an easy-to-read, engaging romance.  If you want a quick angsty read, this book is for you.  Adriana has endured a tragic, horrendous marriage and now is a poor, lonely widow that vows to never be passionate with a man ever again.  She seeks a husband in name only to support her financially and platonically.  Sidney has loved Adriana from afar since they were teenagers.   Finding Adriana widowed after he returns from war, Sidney vows to make her his wife, even if he can never have anything but friendship.  

Sidney’s character is tragic at times, having to compete with a dead man who, at the end of his life, treated Adriana horribly.  He gets Adriana in marriage yet cannot display his passionate emotions and sensual desires.  I had trouble warming to Adriana.  I felt she acted selfishly and used Sidney’s infatuation for her gain.  She then gets angry towards the end; I never fully understood why. The unrequited love had me feeling sorry for Sidney.  The plot got too sentimental at times.   However, I enjoyed the ending.  Sidney and Adriana have an excellent happily-ever-after.

The Lyon’s Share is part of The Lyon’s Den series.  I liked this book; I felt Adriana could have been more likable.  This was a short, easy, entertaining read that flowed well with the other books in this series.   

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: August 31, 2022

A Scot To Love And Protect by Maeve Greyson

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A Scot To Love And Protect is an engaging, exciting medieval romance.  Full of sensual passion, this story also has page-turning action.  I do have a trigger warning for a brief but vividly described sexual assault and violence.  I immensely enjoyed this passion-filled romance during a seize of the castle.

Elspet cares for and fights for her deceased husband’s clan.  Elspet is fierce when defending her people and her daughter.  Valan has been tasked to help end the attack on Elspet’s home.  Sparks fly and intrigue abound when Valan and Elspet meet.

I enjoyed the action that occurred consistently with the burgeoning romance.  The plot was full of passion and intrigue.  I did feel slightly uncomfortable when Elspet described the circumstances of her first marriage and the young age she was when forced to marry.  I did feel the storyline moved well, and the passion and action flowed together seamlessly.  The characters were fierce and vivid.

A Scot To Love And Protect is the third book in the Once Upon A Scot series.  Maeve Greyson has created characters and a story I could invest in and enjoy.  For lovers of medieval romance, I recommend this series.  I was engaged with the plot, characters, and non-stop intrigue.  Maeve Greyson is an author whose books I will look out for, a good read for those who enjoy this genre.

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: August 30, 2022

The Loner’s Bride by Ruth Ann Nordin

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The Loner’s Bride is my first Ruth Ann Nordin historical western, and I fell in love with Jeremiah and Katie from the beginning.  This is the fourth and final book in the series. However, I never felt lost.  I want to go back and read the previous three stories.

Jeremiah is a forty-something widower who thinks he’ll never marry again or find love.  Katie has come to town to work in Jeremiah’s orphanage while trying to find a husband.  Katie is soon drawn to Jeremiah’s maturity, kindness, and sensual pull.  Jeremiah fights the attraction because of the age difference, but Katie has none of that!

Jeremiah’s character had such depth.  His past has shaped him, yet when he lets his guard down, he finds love and youthfulness he long since forgot.   Katie is charming and knows her mind.  She is sheltered but knows what she wants and doesn’t give up on Jeremiah.  It was entertaining watching the relationship built between Jeremiah and Katie.  The intellectual and sensual sides of the relationship grew at a perfect pace.

The Loner’s Bride is a delightful, easy-to-read western romance.  I read this book quickly, and it kept me entertained.  The story unfolds quickly, and I instantly like Jeremiah and Katie.  I enjoyed my first Ruth Ann Nordin book and will be reading more.

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

Publication Date: March 13, 2022

Only Rakes Would Dare by Charlie Lane

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Only Rakes Would Dare is an entertaining, eye-catching, opposites attract romance.  Griffin and Edith are as different as night and day, yet they have the same problem – they need a fiancé quickly!  Griffin reluctantly agrees to Edith’s plan for a fake engagement; he does not expect it to grow into something more profound.

Griffin is determined to drag his sullied family’s reputation up to impeccable.  Edith has been ignored and brushed aside her entire life, and more than anything, she wants to be appreciated.  Edith has made some poor choices. However, she is a kind, intelligent, lovely young lady.  I loved watching the journey of the couple finding a middle ground and an unrelenting passion.

I felt the main characters were in their heads too much at times, and the story thus went in circles at the halfway point.  However, I never lost interest and thoroughly enjoyed this romance.  Only Rakes Would Dare is the fifth book in The Debutante Dares Series.  Charlie Lane has created an elegant, sassy story with unforgettable characters and a wonderful romance.  The storyline is enchanting, and the passionate connection the couple forges is electric.  I encourage you to give this entire series a try!

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

Release Date: August 25, 2022

The Finding Of Miss Fairfield by Grace Hitchcock

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The Finding Of Miss Fairfield is an engaging, sweet, easy-to-read romance.  This reasonably short read has a lovely storyline with an adorable couple and undesirable protagonists.  Sophia is promised to a man she does not love, and she fears him.  Carver is the groom’s stepson tasked with looking over Sophia.  Carver and Sophia fall hopelessly in love.  Sophia takes drastic, desperate measures to ensure she marries the man she loves.  

I enjoyed Sophia’s journey of finding her sense of self-worth and independence.  I loved the Harvey Girl storyline.   Sophia finds her voice and discovers hidden strength.  Carver is a romantic, and his search for Sophia is heart-warming.

The Finding Of Miss Fairfield is the first book in the Aprons & Veils series.  Carver and Sophia’s love story is sweet and romantic.  I enjoyed the protagonists, and their presence in the book gave a sense of uncertainty and danger that created action and fearlessness in the couple.  The finding Of Miss Fairfield was a lovely, sweet romance that is completely enjoyable.

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: August 29, 2022

A Bride For Frank by Cynthia Woolf

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A Bride For Frank is the second book in The Prescott Brides series.  It is the story of Maisie, a prisoner with a commuted sentence in return for becoming a mail-order bride to Frank Prescott.  Maisie doesn’t want another husband after her first abusive husband died; she doesn’t trust men.  Maisie gets married to protect her twin and finally reach her freedom, even if it means running away from Frank.  Frank is lonely, wants a family, and uneasily agrees to the mail-order bride solution.  Neither expects the passionate draw they would experience.

Most of this book is the sweetly romantic journey Frank and Maisie take.  I loved Frank’s patience, respect, and time he gave Maisie.  Maisie slowly learns that Frank is nothing like her deceased abusive husband.  Maisie’s journey to learn to trust and love Frank is beautiful.  Frank and Maisie go on a dangerous adventure; through this adventure, they discover truths about each other.  

Cynthia Woolf outdoes herself with this second installment in The Prescott Brides series.  She weaves an enchanting western romance with command and finesse.  I look forward to the conclusion of each book; they are always a joy to read.  A Bride For Frank builds on the foundation of the first book and creates an adventurous tale full of discovery and love.  This is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon.  You will pleasantly immerse yourself in a vivid western full of engaging characters and excellent writing.

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

Release Date: August 25, 2022