Pippa And The Prince Of Secrets by Grace Callaway

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We all have our top ten list of favorite romances.  It has been forever since I have read something that enthralled me enough to add to my list.  The book must be unique, something that resonates with me on an elemental level; it must have a beautiful storyline, intense passion, and unforgettable characters.  Pippa And The Prince Of Secrets check all those boxes.

Pippa, the widowed Countess of Longmere, and Timothy “Cull” Cullen met as children, and with a single kiss, their lives were altered.  Cull is from the rookeries, and Pippa leads a privileged life.  As adults, the couple orbit two different worlds.  Cull becomes the powerful underworld Prince of Larks.  Pippa finds herself a widow from an unhappy marriage that had suppressed, degraded, and alienated her.  Pippa now works as a private investigator helping desperate women.  Flung back together by a dangerous mystery, the couple finds acceptance and healing through an unbreakable bond of love.

Both Cull and Pippa’s characters stole my breath.  Cull is in the top three of my favorite heroes.  Cull is physically scarred and emotionally distant, pushing away loved ones for their safety.  Beneath the fierce façade, Cull has unfathomable depths of kindness.  His thoughtful care of everyone around him, especially Pippa, despite his ruthlessness, is poignant.  Pippa’s character resonated with me from page one.  She is also in my top three favorite heroines.  Pippa is skittish and afraid to trust men after her disastrous marriage to a wastrel of a husband.  Always the quiet peacemaker, Pippa finds her voice throughout the journey of the book.  Pippa evolves into a strong, independent, sensual woman.  To put it plainly, Pippa was stunning.  The organic connection the couple held for each other was off-the-charts passionate.  The raw sensuality, brought forth by the trust created by undeniable love, was swoon-worthy.  As with the storyline and individual characters, the couple left me breathless and demanded my attention.  

This re-telling of a Beauty And The Beast love story focusing on tender acceptance and loving empowerment is heart-stopping.  Mixed in are a dangerous mystery and charismatic secondary characters.  The power of the love between the couple isn’t something you read every day; this includes the exquisite physicality of the novel.  The story stirred my emotions and delighted my imagination.  Pippa And The Prince Of Secrets is the second book in Lady Charlotte’s Society Of Angels.  These are powerful, sexy love stories with an underlying theme of mystery.  The ladies in these books find strength, empowerment, and resourcefulness; the men find healing and unconditional love.  As usual, the ending delivers a joyful, resplendent happily-ever-after.  I found myself re-reading chapters, which is something I don’t do.  Always a fan of Grace Callaway, she has outdone herself with this sparkling tale of unbreakable, undeniable love.  

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

Release Date: September 9, 2021

The Wedding Wager by Eva Devon Cover Reveal

Hello, fellow romance lovers! Here is the gorgeous cover for The Wedding Wager by Eva Devon. This book is the first in a new series. I am looking forward to reading and reviewing this one!

The Wedding Wager is the first of a fun new sexy historical romance series from USA Today bestselling author Eva Devon.

When a gambler wagers his grown daughter as the winner’s wife, a duke who has sworn off marriage is so disturbed by the bet that he ensures the woman’s safety by making certain he wins her.

The Wedding Wager
by Eva Devon
Published by: Entangled: Amara
Publication date: September 27th 2021
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance

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AUTHOR BIO

USA TODAY 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. 

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Christmas At Castle Dunrannoch by Emmanuelle de Maupassant

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Christmas At Castle Dunrannoch are two Scottish Christmas romances in one collection.  Although many centuries apart, the castle takes the forefront in both stories.   The two novels had vastly different plots; both were highly entertaining.  These short stories were quick, romantic, exciting reads.

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The Lady’s Guide To A Highlander’s Heart

Trigger Warning:  There is a scene with the heroine fighting an attempted assault.

The Lady’s Guide To A Highlander’s Heart is a romance filled with passion, intrigue, and danger that leads to a very satisfying happily-ever-after.

Lady Flora’s father arranges a betrothal between herself and Ragnall, the next in line for the clan’s leadership.  Flora finds her father stabbed to death, believing Ragnall is the killer.  Flora flees, vowing revenge.  Years later, Flora returns, but nothing is what it seems for both Flora and Ragnall.

Flora is an excellent example of how hate can blind us from the truth.  Ragnall is a perfect example of not allowing the past to define you.  The couple’s attraction is powerful and raw.  Their connection is fragile. However, the couple’s bond is strong.  Both characters are strong-willed and formidable.  I enjoyed how both characters were written with great attention to detail.  The passion is off the charts!

The plot was exciting and moved quickly.  The story was gut-wrenching at times and passionately tender at others.  I enjoyed the solid character development and how intricately the story progressed.  Ragnall and Flora’s story was a violent yet romantic journey that flowed and was delivered at a perfect pace.  The novel was an entertaining read that kept me riveted to the page until the very end.

Tropes:  arranged marriage, back from the dead, Christmas, dark past, highlander, medieval, mistaken identity, revenge, runaway bride, Scottish, secret identity, steamy

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The Lady’s Guide To Mistletoe And Mayhem

The Lady’s Guide To Mistletoe And Mayhem takes place in the wild moors of Scotland in 1904.  Rye Darleagh, a Texas rancher, is the long-lost heir to Castle Dunrannoch.  Rye needs help navigating this new world.   Ursula, through a chance meeting, becomes Rye’s etiquette instructor.  Ursula is on the run and hiding out, while Rye is trying to adjust to a new life, that includes murderers, a curse, and five potential brides.

Rye was a lovable character.  He is wild and unrefined but has a heart of gold.  Ursula is determined and proper.  The two could not be more opposite.  The connection is instantaneous when the couple first meets and builds to a fever pitch.  I enjoyed how even though Rye is rough around the edges, he is still a gentleman.  The couple has electric chemistry that combusts off the page.

The plot is different and intriguing.   The story moves quickly and keeps the reader’s attention.  There was much happening at once, which made the story exciting and enticing.  This was a fantastic Scottish Christmas story!

Tropes:  big secret, Christmas, cowboy,  estranged family, opposites attract, Scottish, secret identity, steamy, stranded, unexpectedly becoming heir, 1900-1910

I enjoyed both stories.  They were eye-catching.  Both had varying themes,  yet a curse binds them together.  The writing was excellent.  All in all, a fantastic, enjoyable, different Christmas read.  If you are looking for a cozy, dramatic read, you will enjoy these books.

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

Release Date: August 3, 2021

Along Came A Lady by Christi Caldwell Blog Tour

Hello fellow romance lovers! Today I am featuring Along Came A Lady, the first book in the All The Duke’s Sins series by Christi Caldwell. This is a beautiful, heart-racing story of belonging and love. I gave this book a deserving five stars. I wanted to share this unique love story with all my readers! In this tour you will find the synopsis, my review, an excerpt, and author information. So scroll down, I know you will love this book as much as I do!

USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell makes her Berkley debut this summer with ALONG CAME A LADY (Berkley Mass Market; August 24, 2021), a sparkling, banter-filled, enemies-to-lovers tale about letting go of society’s preconceived notions and finding love.

In a reverse retelling of My Fair LadyALONG CAME A LADY follows the budding romance between the irascible son of a duke and the lady hired to teach him the ways of a gentleman. As the lessons go on, the two engage in a battle of wits and passion. Rafe Audley detests his father, the Duke of Bentley, for abandoning his family. Born illegitimate, Rafe has worked the mines his whole life to care for his younger siblings. Edwina Dalrymple has spent her life making a name for herself as an instructor in etiquette, and she has yet to fail in preparing her charges for Polite Society. Edwina soon learns that Rafe is no ordinary charge. He is wholly uninterested in joining the Gentry, making his lessons Edwina’s most difficult undertaking yet. Taming the foreman would surely elevate her status, but can Edwina put her own feelings aside in order to get the job done? As the bold teacher and stubborn pupil work to sabotage each other at every turn, Edwina and Rafe will learn that while opposites attract, the unlikely pair have more in common than they think.

My Review

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Along Came A Lady weaves a mesmerizing story of redemption and love.  This opposite attracts love story enchants and delights the reader at every turn.

Rafe Audley and his three siblings are the abandoned illegitimate children of the Duke of Bentley.  After thirty years, the Duke reaches out.  A recalcitrant Rafe refuses to have anything to do with the representatives the Duke sends; Rafe wants to keep his everyday life in a coal-mining town.  Edwina Dalrymple is the latest weapon in the Duke’s arsenal to get Rafe to London.  Edwina prepares young ladies for their entry into society.  Edwina is tasked with instructing Rafe in the ins and outs of the peerage while convincing him to go to London to meet his father.  

I have never read two more tenacious characters than Rafe and Edwina; they meet their match in each other.  The banter between the couple is deliciously written.  As the book progresses, we discover the tragedies that have sculpted our couple.  Both are damaged and untrusting.  Rafe and Edwina have many similar difficulties, yet they handle them oppositely.  Rafe’s loyalty and love for his family and community radiate off his character.  At first, Edwina’s constant cheerfulness was grating; however, once I got to know and understand her, I learned to love Edwina.  

The love-hate relationship of the couple flourished under the sharp, witty dialogue.  Their journey to love for these enemies turn lovers is tumultuous, yet so well designed that I couldn’t put the book down.  The attraction between the couple grew exponentially as the book progressed.  The sensuality built gradually to a fiery culmination.

The plot unfolded effortlessly and flawlessly.  There were so many nuances and depth that built layer upon layer of the poignant story.  The story was engaging and written exceptionally well.  Along Came A Lady is the first book in the All The Duke’s Sins series.  These novels focus on the illegitimate children of a Duke who tries to enter into their lives many years too late.  The bare bones of this story are the different facets of forgiveness.  It focuses on the forgiveness of others. However, it also addresses how one must forgive themselves for situations that one cannot control.  There is no peace with others until one finds peace within themselves, which resonated with me.  A first-class, excellent start to an exhilarating romantic saga!

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

Excerpt

“Are you going to drink it or cradle it?” he asked, changing the subject. Rafe lifted his tankard, clarifying his question.

Edwina raised the steel cup to her lips and inhaled. Her pert nose wrinkled, and her face pulled in a grimace, and with that, Rafe managed another smile since he’d caught sight of his brother in all his happiness. “It smells horrid.”

Holding his tankard out, he clanged the ring against hers in a mock toast; challenging her. 

He thought for a moment she intended to reject that challenge,he should have known better. 

Taking in a deep breath, Edwina raised a glass, tipped it back, and chugged. 

Deeply. 

The long, graceful column of her neck moved rhythmically and quickly as she downed the contents of her drink. 

“Whoa, you are not supposed to consume it quite so quickly,” he instructed, hastily reaching across the table, and resting a hand on the fingers cradling her mug.

Edwina set it down with a little splat, and then ever so gingerly, dabbed at the corners of her mouth. “That is…rather horrid stuff,” her shoulders and chest lifted as she hiccoughed, and he grinned. 

Mr. Ward immediately reappeared and eyed Edwina’s empty tankard approvingly. “I knew I was right about this girl,” he said proudly. “Knows her spirits, she does.”

From over the top of the innkeeper’s hand, as he poured, Edwina caught Rafe’s eye. 

“Do not say anything,” she silently mouthed, perfectly annunciating each syllable.

“I wouldn’t dream of it.” Rafe followed that assurance with a wink.

“What is that, Mr. Audley?”

“I was just saying to the lady I couldn’t dream of a more splendid ale,” he expertly substituted, and the already tall innkeeper grew several inches under that praise. Bustling off, Mr. Ward went to refill the tankards of the table of nearby patrons.

“You’re not horrified.”

Her tankard still in her hands, Edwina dropped her elbows on the table and leaned across the small, cylindrical surface. “That was your intention and plan.”

Rafe’s cheeks went warm. 

Edwina’s eyes rounded. “Why…why…you are blushing, Mr. Audley.”

“That is p-preposterous,” he sputtered. “I would never do anything like… Like…”

“Blush?” she winged up an eyebrow and edged forward another fraction so that their elbows touched. “You needn’t worry,” she whispered. “Your secret is safe with me. The men and women who work for you will never learn about your blushing.”

And that brief good humor, ended with that reminder; the reminder of his brother’s new role. And their father’s determination to control Rafe’s life.

From ALONG CAME A LADY published by arrangement with Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2021 by Christi Caldwell.

Photo by Kimberly Rocha

Christi Caldwell is the USA Today bestselling author of the Sinful Brides Series and the Heart of a Duke Series. She blames novelist Judith McNaught for luring her into the world of historical romance. She enjoys torturing her couples before they earn their well-deserved happily ever after. Originally from Southern Connecticut, Christi now resides in North Carolina, where she spends her time writing and being a mommy to an energetic little boy and mischievous twin girls who offer an endless source of story ideas. Learn more at christicaldwell.com.

The Highlander’s Pirate Lass by Heather McCollum Book Blitz!

Hello romance lovers! Today we are celebrating the release of The Highlander’s Pirate Lass, book two of The Brothers Of Wolf Isle series by Heather McCollum. I loved this romantic, action-packed adventure! Included in this blitz is the book and author details, synopsis, an excerpt, my review, author info, and a giveaway! I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I did, this is a don’t miss read!

Book & Author Details:
The Highlander’s Pirate Lass
by Heather McCollum
(The Brothers of Wolf Isle, #2)
Publication date: August 23rd 2021
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance
Synopsis:

Eliza Wentworth is no lady. After the notorious pirate Jandeau murdered her family, she vowed to spend the rest of her life at sea, saving others. She’d rather be firing cannons than embroidering pillows—or worse, bowing to the demands of a husband. But when she’s stranded on an island off the coast of Scotland, now she is the one in need of help. And, annoyingly, that help comes not only from a man, but a man she struggles to resist.

Highlander Beck Macquarie has never met a woman like Eliza. He hasn’t met many women, period, thanks to the blasted curse set upon Wolf Isle decades ago. To save the clan, he needs a wife and bairns, and rough-around-the edges Eliza is anything but wife material. She has no intention of staying once she’s able to set sail again. He should let her go. But the desire between them is impossible to ignore.

When she asks Beck to teach her the ways of the bedroom while she bides her time on his island, he can’t say no. As they learn more about each other, though, past trauma and secrets resurface. Now, Eliza must choose between the freedom and comfort of the only life she’s ever known and sacrificing it all to save the people she loves…including Beck.


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My Review

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The Highlander’s Pirate Lass is an entertaining rollercoaster of a romance.  The characters, plot, and action combine to create an unforgettable journey.  This book is a fast-paced, action-packed, passionate adventure.

Eliza Wentworth finds herself stranded on a Scottish island, not knowing what became of her ship and crew.  Beck Macquarie sails the seas capturing pirates.  Beck and his brothers are trying to re-populate their island. However, the island is cursed.  Eliza is independent and strong-willed, yet she also has a quiet vulnerability that shows in certain moments.  Beck is courageous and will do anything for those he loves.  I enjoyed both Beck and Eliza’s characters.   Captain John, a father figure, raised Eliza.  I found Eliza’s quoting of what Captain John would do tiresome at times; however, it was a well-used device to showcase Eliza’s strengths and weaknesses.  

The attraction between Beck and Eliza is instant and all-consuming.  The couple’s passion is off the charts.  Beck and Eliza’s connection is strong from the start and grows in heat and intensity throughout the book.

The plot held a bit of romance, adventure, danger, and battle.  There was something eye-catching occurring throughout the story.  The cast of characters was colorful and added spice to the story.  The book flowed well, keeping me interested and turning the page.  The Highlander’s Pirate Lass is the second book in The Brother’s Of Wolf Isle series.  These stories focus on the Macquarie brother’s road to love and the breaking of their island’s curse.  This novel grabbed me and didn’t let go.  It was an exhilarating journey of romance and adventure.

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

Excerpt

Beck pivoted on his boot in time to see… Eliza? 

The woman wore sailor’s clothing. No petticoats, but the breeches that she’d worn under her skirts. Tall boots hugged her shapely legs up past her knees. She wore a longish coat of wool and leather with an intricate braid trim, a white tunic, and a floppy hat over her hair. A crossbow swung by her side. She charged across the deck, Alice, who was also dressed in trousers, hurrying behind her with a lantern. 

“Holy Lord,” Rabbie said next to him. 

“Beck,” Drostan yelled, pointing at Eliza. As if he hadn’t seen her. Half his men had stopped to stare at the lass as she leaped up onto the forecastle at the bow of the ship. 

“Eliza,” he called. He caught up to her and Alice where Eliza climbed onto the rail, wrapping one of her legs in the line to steady herself. “What are ye doing?” 

Alice pulled a long dagger from her skirt, holding it before Beck so he couldn’t advance on Eliza. Eliza swung around, pointing her nocked arrow directly at his chest. “Taking over your bloody ship, Macquarie, so I can save it.” 

Mo chreach! He had a crew of twenty armed men, and she thought she could just take over his ship? “First of all, I rescued ye from starving on that isle.” 

“And I am showing my appreciation,” she said, “by preventing your certain death. Now give me space to do it, Macquarie.” She met his gaze with a hard one of her own. In it, he saw fury and fear. What had she been through at Jandeau’s hands? 

“I will shoot you if I must,” she said. 

“Beck,” Drostan yelled, pointing to the pirate ship skimming along the water with the wind. Jandeau’s ship was gliding close enough that he could see the bastard standing along the rail, his beard regrown from when he’d shaved it as part of his disguise two years ago. 

Men, young and old, stood ready along the rails, each with a blade or a gun. Two cages were suspended over them, one with a skeleton tied upright inside, bits of sinew dried to the poor bastard’s bones. The other cage held a more intact corpse, his body slumped over. The tangy whiff of death tinged the breeze as Jandeau maneuvered the Borreau into a position of attack, aiming his cannons along his gunwale at the Calypso

Beck leaped past Alice to stand next to Eliza. The rail pressed against his shins to keep him from falling into the narrowing space between the ships. “Ye plan to take on the Borreau with one crossbow?” Beck asked. 

“One lit with fire,” Alice said, raising the lantern. 

“It will do little damage on its own,” he said, trying to remain calm. The woman thought she could take over his ship! The ship he’d spent a full year building. The ship he loved more than everything other than his family. 

“’Tis a warning shot,” Eliza said. Granite-hard determination in the set of her mouth showed no room for negotiation. “I plan to frighten him away.” 

Beck stared into her intense blue-gray eyes. “First off, Jandeauis not a coward.” Especially when faced with twenty less guns. “Second, I want to capture him, not frighten him away.” Beck reached toward her and felt the sting of a blade along the back of his hand. He looked down to see that she’d slid a dagger across it. Not deep, but blood swelled from it. Her warning shot to him. 

Crossbow along her side, she held the bloodied dagger pointed at his throat. “We are on the leeward side,” she said, “going against the wind in an attack. Whatever that ship is out there will not get here before Jandeau’s heathens board to steal your ship, kill all the men, and take my children to sell or rape. 

Those swinging ropes along his side…” Beck knew they were there. “They are for sending at least half his fifty crewmen over here as soon as he’s close enough. The swine will overrun us within minutes.” 

Her eyes snapped with fury. Teeth clenched, she leaned slightly closer to him. “I will not let that happen. You will have to kill me to get me down from here, because I would rather die than end up in the hands of that crew.” 

He could grab her and lock her in his cabin, although he’d likely suffer more bloodletting. Dammit. She was right about Jandeaustealing the children if he won against the Calypso. As much as Beck wanted to capture the French pirate, he wouldn’t sacrifice children in the attempt. 

Beck inhaled through his nose. “What is your plan?” 

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Heather McCollum is an award-winning, historical romance writer. With over twenty books published, she is an Amazon Best Seller and a Readers’ Choice winner.

The rugged beauty and rich history of Great Britain captivates Ms. McCollum each time she visits. The country’s history and landscape have been a backdrop for her stories since her very first book.

When she is not dreaming up adventures and conflict for brawny Highlanders and feisty heroines, she spends her time educating women on the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer. She is a survivor and resides with her very own Highland hero and three spirited children in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.

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Highland Thief by Alyson McLayne

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Highland Thief is a breathtaking, intriguing, sensual journey.  Alyson McLayne weaves a heart-pounding, exciting escapade full of sensuality, action, and romance.

Isobel MacKinnon is the heart and soul of her clan.  She has been in love with Kerr MacAlister since childhood.  However, an encounter at fifteen when Kerr rejects her kiss and hardens Isobel’s heart.  The only woman for Kerr is Isobel, and he is willing to do whatever it takes to secure Isobel’s hand.  Through a reckless decision, Kerr and Isobel are thrust into an adventure full of danger and passion.

Isobel is feisty and passionate.  She is a lovely character that enchants the reader.  Kerr is a battle-hardened warrior with a heart of gold.  His is a heart that belongs to Isobel.  His strength and intensity are breathtaking.  The couple’s connection is fire, and the push and pull between hurt and desire are palatable.  Their passion burns brightly off the page; the sensuality is scorching hot.  This novel is a story of a family; every character is well developed and unforgettable.

The plot takes the reader on an epic journey.  There are twists and turns, fun at times, and an unforgettable ending.  The story develops rapidly, following the ardent couple from mistrust and regret to electric heat and fiery love.  Highland Thief is the fifth book in The Sons Of Gregor MacLeod.  These novels tell the stories of each of Gregor’s sons.  Kerr is the final brother; his tale reveals a series-long threat and leaves the reader feeling complete.  The story is a splendid tale that excites and entices.  It leaves the reader satisfied and happy with such an excellent read.  I cannot recommend this novel enough!

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

The Duke Who Loved Me by Jane Ashford

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The Duke Who Loved Me is a flirtatious, funny journey of an enemies-to-lovers romance.  This is the perfect blend of unrequited love and outrageous situations.  Passionate glances, just enough laughs, and a happily-ever-after are the cornerstone of this joyful, energetic read.

James Cantrell, the new Duke of Tereford, and Cecelia Vainsmede have butted heads ever since they were teenagers.  Cecelia acted as liaison between James and her father; she knows more about Jame’s estates and financials than he does.  Being new to the title, James is overwhelmed; he wants to keep to his shallow, selfish lifestyle.  Cecelia has been in love with James for years.  James hatches a plan to enter into a marriage of convenience with Cecelia so she can manage and he can do as he pleases.  Outraged and heartbroken, Cecelia adamantly refuses the proposal.  James, who has never taken no for an answer, charges ahead with his plan; only a German prince stands in his way.  James must realize what Cecelia means to him before she is lost forever.

James is a shallow, selfish man who has always gotten what he wants.  At first, I found James off-putting.  However, throughout the story, James’ metamorphosis from a wastrel to a man of honor is breathtaking.  James is redeemable and worth the work.  I felt Cecelia’s disappointment and frustration.  Cecelia is resourceful and reliable, and she is tired of only being seen as such.  She is a strong, relatable character.  The friction of the couple from the situation of enemies to lovers is palpable.  Their connection is strong and deceivingly passionate.  The love they find is slow-building yet satisfying.

The plot was quick-witted and captured my attention.  Each character, including the secondary ones, was written with love and care.  The tension between the couple was spot-on.  Numerous comical situations added lovely levity to the plot.  Jame’s journey is fraught with self-discovery and impossibly quirky situations.  This story is blended with the perfect amount of comedy and love.  The Duke Who Loved Me is the first book in The Duke’s Estates series.  The novel was a robust and stand-out read.  My only critique was the brevity of the conclusion.  Much wasn’t reconciled until a final couple of paragraphs; I like a more lengthy, decisive conclusion.  That being said, I enjoyed reading this eye-catching book.  This was an intricate, entertaining love story that made me smile.

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

Publication Date: August 31, 2021

Hitched To The Gunslinger by Michelle McLean

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Sometimes, I read a book, and I can’t wait to share my review; this is one of those times.  I could not stop laughing at this non-stop, swoon-worthy, romantic comedy.  Hitched To The Gunslinger is a passionate western with lots of heart.  I smiled throughout the entirety of the book!  If you are looking for a light-hearted, energetic read, this romance is for you.

Gray “Quick Shot” Woodson, the fastest gun in the west, has lived longer than anyone expected, including himself.  He has decided to find someplace quiet and out-of-the-way where he can retire to a rocking chair and takes lots of naps.  Gray stumbles upon a sleepy hole-in-the-wall town called Desolation.  He instantly finds himself embroiled in a town vendetta and engaged to a bossy, mouthy stranger he can’t keep his eyes off.  Mercy is at her wit’s end, fighting to save her livelihood and legacy when Gray stumbles onto her path.  Unbeknownst to Gray, he is everything Mercy has been searching for.  

Gray is a fantastic character; he is comical yet holds enough substance to make the role enjoyable.  He is naturally an untrusting loner and finds himself suddenly surrounded by a vivacious wife and meddling, colorful townspeople.  Mercy is headstrong and opinionated; everything Gray tries hard to avoid.  The couple is total opposites, yet make an excellent match.   Their passionate connection is lace with danger and levity.  I fell in love with both Gray and Mercy; they were a perfect combination.

The plot was engaging, and the pages flew by.  If you don’t laugh while reading this book, I do not know what will make you smile.  At one moment, the story was passionate and dangerous, then suddenly something off-the-wall happens, and hilarity ensues.  Each character was lovingly and beautifully written, down to Gray’s horse.  The secondary characters added that extra dimension to the novel.

I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard as I did reading this book.  The humor was quick-witted and sharp, adding to the engrossing storyline.  I didn’t want to put this book down and let this fantastical, entertaining story conclude.   The ending was perfection, completing the storyline of a lonely gunfighter that finds love and belonging in the most unexpected of places.  This book was an absolute joy to read.  If you need some pleasure, pick up this book, and it will have you smiling in no time!  I love a book that makes you feel good yet still entertains.  This novel does that in spades.  This was my first venture with this author; it will certainly not be the last.  So sit down, relax, and prepare to be entertained with a story full of heart, action, wit, and romance.

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

PUBLICATION DATE: 8/24/21

Lord Maxwell’s Quest by Jane Charles

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I love action-adventure romances, and Lord Maxwell’s Quest exceeds expectations.  This is an exciting, heart-pounding read.  The book is the perfect blend of excitement and romance.

Lord Maxwell Trent and Miss Rosemary Fairview are both explorers and adventurers.  They race across the world hunting lost and stolen antiquities, returning them to their rightful owners.  The couple has clashed and has become competitors.  The sword of The Maid of Orleans is rumored to be in London, and Max and Rosemary must work together to retrieve the sword.  When nefarious forces attack the couple, they must learn to trust each other to survive; and throughout this harrowing journey, they might find love.

Max is dashing and the perfect gentleman.  Rosemary is feisty and independent.  These two are opposites on every level.  The couple’s energy is contagious.  Their attraction has been simmering and spreads lightning fast throughout the novel.  Max and Rosemary’s verbal sparring is entertaining and made me smile.  Through only the physicality of slight touches and stolen kisses, the couple’s bourgeoning passion is felt.  I loved Max and Rosemary as a couple; they were a pleasure to read.

The plot is fast-paced, energetic, and fun.  Look for angst and pain somewhere else.  The story captured my interest from the beginning and stole my heart by the end.  Although an action-adventure, the plot is full of sharp dialogue and suspense.  Lord Maxwell’s Quest is the second book in The “Other Maxwell’s” series.  Max and Rosemary’s journey was quick, fun, and swoon-worthy.  I was ensnared at page one, and the book was a delight to read.  This was a page-turner with a beautiful, romantic ending.

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

The Highlander’s Pirate Lass by Heather McCollum

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The Highlander’s Pirate Lass is an entertaining rollercoaster of a romance.  The characters, plot, and action combine to create an unforgettable journey.  This book is a fast-paced, action-packed, passionate adventure.

Eliza Wentworth finds herself stranded on a Scottish island, not knowing what became of her ship and crew.  Beck Macquarie sails the seas capturing pirates.  Beck and his brothers are trying to re-populate their island. However, the island is cursed.  Eliza is independent and strong-willed, yet she also has a quiet vulnerability that shows in certain moments.  Beck is courageous and will do anything for those he loves.  I enjoyed both Beck and Eliza’s characters.   Captain John, a father figure, raised Eliza.  I found Eliza’s quoting of what Captain John would do tiresome at times; however, it was a well-used device to showcase Eliza’s strengths and weaknesses.  

The attraction between Beck and Eliza is instant and all-consuming.  The couple’s passion is off the charts.  Beck and Eliza’s connection is strong from the start and grows in heat and intensity throughout the book.

The plot held a bit of romance, adventure, danger, and battle.  There was something eye-catching occurring throughout the story.  The cast of characters was colorful and added spice to the story.  The book flowed well, keeping me interested and turning the page.  The Highlander’s Pirate Lass is the second book in The Brother’s Of Wolf Isle series.  These stories focus on the Macquarie brother’s road to love and the breaking of their island’s curse.  This novel grabbed me and didn’t let go.  It was an exhilarating journey of romance and adventure.

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