The Wicked Wallflower by Tracy Sumner

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Well, first, let me just say this…Gaming Hell Owner! My favorite! Need I say more? Xander is the epitome of a Lord of the Underworld. Raised in the stews, Xander has fought and clawed his way to being one of the richest men in London. On the cusp of opening the city’s premier gaming establishment, Xander has to rescue his best friend’s little sister. The sister he is inexplicably attracted to. All Lady Philippa wants is independence and meaning in her life. However, she can’t deny the thrill she feels every time she is around Xander.

The push and pull between Xander and Philippa are entertaining and fiery. I loved everything about Xander! His secret goodness is a joy to read. Xander and Philippa’s connection is hot, hot, hot! I loved every scene the couple had together. The plot was captivating and fast-paced. The characters were phenomenal – I was lost in Xander and Philippa’s romance. The Wicked Wallflower is the third book in The Duchess Society series. Each one of these carefully crafted stories is a joy to read! Full of entertaining characters, steamy love scenes, and an intriguing plot, Tracy Sumner has again created magic!

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

Release Date: April 21, 2022

Rules For Engaging The Earl by Janna MacGregor

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Oh, how I loved Jonathan and Constance’s romantic journey! This is a story of best friends finding each other again after tragedy. Both Jonathan and Constance have suffered greatly in the years they have been apart. Jonathan is a shell of the man he once was. Ravaged by war injuries, both emotional and physical, he barely exists. Jonathan’s journey to healing was hauntingly beautiful. His struggles were visceral, and at times he was horrible towards Constance, lashing out at those who loved him the most. But my, his redemption was beautiful to behold! With Constance’s help, Jonathan grows into a loving, resilient version of himself; he is still broken but is healing.

Constance has gone through heartache and deception. She is left with a daughter and the scandal of her late husband’s three wives. Constance turns to the one constant in her life – Jonathan. She feels she and Jonathan can find healing together. Constance is independent, fierce, and loyal. She fights for Jonathan when he refuses to fight for himself – until she can’t. I loved the moment when Constance realized only Jonathan could save himself, and she must do what is best for her and her daughter. That moment was heart-wrenching, and it took my breath.

The chemistry of these friends-to-lovers is sizzling. Their connection was held together by a single thread at times; however, love found a way through the pain. The plot was thoughtful and poignant. The pace flowed well, and the writing was sharp and unrelenting in telling the difficulties wounded soldiers face. The secondary characters were wonderfully written, giving depth and feeling to the novel. The last chapter and epilogue were mesmerizing. Rules For Engaging The Earl is the second book in The Widow Rules series. I enjoyed this book even more than the first. It took me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Janna MacGregor weaves a gritty, starkly human romance full of angst, healing, and love. This book was captivating, hard to read at times, is so visceral, but well worth the journey.

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: April 26, 2022

Rescued By The Rake by Annabelle Anders

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What I enjoyed most about Rescued By The Rake were Edge and Chloe’s huge personalities! I can tell both main characters were painstakingly created, giving them an organic, intimate feel. Edge is a soldier on leave who feels disillusioned. Chloe is an outspoken bluestocking caught in the middle of an enormous lie. Edge and Chloe clash at their first meeting, the passionate connection evident in their first scene. I loved the couple together. The arguing and steamy scenes were excellent, but it was quiet in between scenes that caught my heart.

My only issue is with the flow of the plot. The storyline is non-linear; it starts in the present, goes to the past, then picks back up with the present. I prefer straight, linear timelines. I feel they make the story flow better. However, this is purely a personal preference, and it doesn’t negate the fact that this is a beautiful book.

Rescued By The Rake is the fourth book in Miss Primm’s Secret School For Budding Bluestockings. This has been an excellent series, and this particular book was another fantastic addition. Another thing I loved about this book is we get not one but two epilogues! I always look forward to this author’s epilogues; they always complete the story perfectly. Annabelle Anders has been writing books I love to read for quite a while. She outdid herself with Regency Cocky Gents, and The Miss Primm’s series builds on this firm foundation creating another bright, shining example of excellence in historical romance!

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

Release Date: April 19, 2022

Once Upon An Accidentally Bewitching Kiss by Bree Wolf

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Troy and Nora’s love story was incandescent in its storytelling. A young couple torn apart and brought back together are still held apart by so many secrets. Troy and Nora’s connection was achingly sweet; my heart broke for the pain both had gone through. The pages lit up when Troy and Nora were together, stealing kisses and embraces. There were a lot of secrets and turmoil, and at times I felt overwhelmed by the enormity of what the couple faced. However, the level of storytelling was exquisite.

The story flowed well. The secondary characters added so much to the story. The conversation between Troy and his father was breathtaking. Grandma Edie, Christopher, and Nora’s mother all played significant roles. What I love most about this series and this book, in particular, are the dynamics between the main characters, but especially between the secondary characters. Each person is intricately written to add substance and grace to the pages.

Once Upon An Accidentally Bewitching Kiss is the sixth book in The Whickertons In Love series. I suggest reading these in order as the family plays an intricate part in each book. Troy was the last sibling; however, the ending opens the door to the next book; one I cannot wait to read! Bree Wolf has delivered as story that creates a family I want to join. I love the Whickertons, and Troy and Nora’s book was the icing on the cake of a tremendously romantic, heartfelt series.

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

Release Date: April 14, 2022

Crying Wolfe by Kerrigan Byrne

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Crying Wolfe is everything I expect from a Kerrigan Byrne novel. All the Victorian Rebels and Goode Girls books are captivating, angsty, passionate romances. I fell in love with the author’s writing style and prose in The Highwayman. These hauntingly broken, sensual characters take my breath away every time.

Elijah Wolfe is a rough, gruff, ruthless American businessman. Hone in the black pits of the Nevada mines, Elijah has amassed an unfathomable fortune. Yet Elijah is restless and distrustful. He cannot navigate the delicate, obnoxious social circles of the English elite. Brought to London on the quest for a stolen treasure, the last thing he wants is a proper, fragile, English wife. But that is what he is saddled with. I love a gritty, brutal, ruthless American hero, and Elijah is the epitome. Elijah has been torn apart by betrayal. I loved everything about Elijah Wolfe; he is my new favorite book boyfriend!

Rosaline is fragile, timid, and broken. She, too, has demons who haunt her from the past. I adored how Elijah brings out Rosaline’s strength, and with his help, she learns how to slay those demons. Rosaline’s psychological scars gutted me. I viscerally felt her frustration and pain. Unbelievably, Rosaline was everything Elijah’s soul needed but refused to acknowledge.

The physical, sensual connection between Elijah and Rosalind was off-the-charts pure fire! The way the couple’s emotions evolved was effortlessly described and executed. Elijah and Rosaline’s journey is messy and ugly at times, but their passionate, loving link is undeniable.

Crying Wolfe is the fifth book in the Goode Girls series, a continuance of the Victorian Rebels series. I have read every book in both series and have been blown away by the consistent excellence in the plots, characters, and writing. These books are always a must-buy. Kerrigan Byrne has the uncanny ability to produce an excellent quality romance that is heart-wrenchingly beautiful. Haunting and tragic, this book brings out the raw humanity in each character and drives the reader to devour the book to find that all-encompassing happily-ever-after. Crying Wolfe is historical romance at its best.

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

Release Date: April 19, 2022

Clarity by Sydney Jane Baily

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Clarity is the first book in the new series, Diamonds Of The First Water. These books will follow each Diamond sibling’s journey. This is Alex and Clarity’s story. Clarity is the eldest Diamond sibling and is outgoing, beautiful, and sparkling. Alex is the opposite; he is a dull, awkward, rule-following bore. Both Clarity and Alex try to find spouses similar in temperament; however, they are inexplicably drawn to each other.

I felt this was a strong showing for the first book in a new series. A good foundation was created, and exciting characters were introduced. I enjoyed both Alex and Clarity. The plot dragged during the middle of the book; it did pick speed back up towards the latter half. The characters’ psychology was excellent – each character had both deep flaws and admirable attributes. The connection between Alex and Clarity had history yet blossomed into something more. The couple’s chemistry was good, and their relationship, which had its ups and downs, was believable.

I felt this was a solid beginning to an exciting new series. The Diamond family was entertaining and vivacious. I look forward to Purity’s adventure next! Sydney Jane Baily has created a bright romantic world full of passion and heart.

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

Release Date: April 7, 2022

Forgetting The Earl by Kathleen Ayers

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Kathleen Ayers has created magic again! I always impatiently wait for new books from this author. I was excited to hear of a new series. Forgetting The Earl is as unique as it is eye-catching. This revenge romance brings heartbreak, grit, and second chances to life in a beautifully written passage.

Honora suffered a heartbreaking humiliation at the hands of Gideon’s friends. Years later, Honora is back, beautiful and alluring; she wants to make the dashing earl pay. Time has not been kind to Gideon; karma can be cruel. Honora must decide if love or hate will win.

I was concerned at the beginning because revenge romances make me nervous; they can go terribly wrong with the reader hating the aggressor. However, written ever so thoughtfully, this heart-wrenching, breath-taking story of redemption and forgiveness was exceptional.

I could viscerally feel Honora’s pain and humiliation. I loved the strong, loving person that is Honora. I liked how Gideon wasn’t painted as a good guy who made bad choices but as a selfish, inconsiderate jerk at the beginning. Gideon had to experience his pain to have empathy. Gideon and Honora’s experiences were starkly different, yet their emotional journeys were mirror images.

The plot was visceral and painful at times and done organically. This book moved fast and was a quick read. The connection between the couple is difficult yet inevitable. Honora’s journey to happiness, however rocky, was well worth the time. I was angry at Gideon initially, yet his character unfolded in a way that showed many layers and was vivid and complicated.

Forgetting The Earl is the first book in the exciting new series The Arrogant Earls. This romance is everything I expect from a Kathleen Ayers romance. Complicated characters, lush descriptions, and hauntingly beautiful writing made this book shine.

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: April 5, 2022

Queen Of Hearts by Tammy Andresen

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Tammy Andresen always delivers a quick, romantic, fun read in her Lords Of Scandal series. Queen Of Hearts is yet another jewel in the series. I have been waiting to read Arabella’s story, and I loved it!

Edge has inherited a broke earldom and needs to marry an heiress quickly. Arabella is part owner in a gaming hell; she is independent, intelligent, and wary when it comes to titled lords. I enjoyed how Edge wasn’t the one-dimensional fortune hunter villain. Edge hates that he has to marry for money, but he has dependents who need him. Under Arabella’s fierceness are a vulnerability and enormous capacity to love that she keeps hidden. Both characters stole my heart; they had depth and personality.

This is another quick, easy read. The plot reads fast and is entertaining. I read this in a couple of hours. Even though short, this has an involved plot and interesting characters. In a universe of men owning businesses, having Arabella as the part-owner was refreshing. Queen Of Hearts is the eighteenth book in the Lords Of Scandal series. These books are fun to read and never disappoint!

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

Release Date: April 5, 2022

Lady Scot by Jade Lee

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I have been a fan of Jade Lee since the Lords Of The Masquerade trilogy. Lady Scot is the second book in the spin-off series Always A Scot. Although this book can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend reading at least the first book in this series as it sets up Mairi’s background.

Connall Aberbeag and Mairi MacAdaidh have been dancing around each other since childhood. Connall has been in love with Mairi forever. Mairi had a different plan for her life until her world got turned upside down. Mairi decides she wants a biddable English husband; Connall chases Mairi to London to make her see he is the man she loves. Mairi has many doubts and tragedies in her past that makes her distrust her feelings toward Connall. The couple meet in a battle of wills; the winner will decide their fates.

I liked how Connall is flawed, yet he owns it. Connall has infinite patience with Mairi, even when she confounds and aggravates him. Connall fights for Mairi. Mairi’s stubbornness is her worse enemy. I admired Mairi’s grit and determination, even when it was misplaced. Both characters were dynamic and lovable. The couple’s energy was perfect, and their connection was off-the-charts.

The storyline centered mostly around Mairi’s inner conflict regarding her feelings towards Connall. There are many exciting and amusing secondary characters. Some characters were introduced whom I feel will get their books. The plot flowed well and kept my interest. It was easy to read and was a quick read. I am always delighted with Jade Lee’s romances. She has again created an engaging, passionate romance.

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: April 1, 2022

One Night His Lady by Sofie Darling

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What I loved most about One Night His Lady is how it contrasts young, untried love to mature, understanding love. After one night in Gretna Green, Lucien and Eva are torn apart by lies. Four years later, the two are forced together for the shared purpose of severing their connection forever. However, as more and more truths come to light, the couple realizes how much they have changed and begin to face their past mistakes.

It is love at first sight for Lucien and Eva. Their past is shared in flashbacks, which is not my favorite way, but it worked nicely. The couple is put through numerous upheavals throughout the story. I liked how Lucien matures; he realizes he is not the only injured party. Lucien’s open heart and unconditional understanding towards Eva’s past at the ending undid me. Eva has had a horrific four years. She has many tough secrets she reveals to Lucien throughout the book. Eva’s last revelation was gut-wrenching; my heart broke for Eva.

The couple’s connection was fire. The connection grows throughout the novel as the untried couple learns more and more about each other and themselves. This romance is about forgiveness, acceptance, and moving forward. Sometimes it takes periods of painful maturity to lead us to find happiness. The plot moved a little slowly at first but picked up pace about twenty-five percent into the book. There were a lot of secrets and misdirection; it could get frustrating at times. However, the poetic love story between Lucien and Eva was perfect.

One Night His Lady is the sixth book in the Shadows And Silk series. This is a passionate, dramatic second-chance romance. Sofie Darling has created two unforgettable characters and weaved them into a story of heartbreak, redemption, and healing love. This was an intricate, spellbinding journey I will not soon forget.

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

Release Date: March 29, 2022