The Baron And The Bluestocking by Katherine Ann Madison

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The Baron And The Bluestocking is a sweet, cute, easy-to-read romance.  At first, it seems that Alex and Tillie are opposites.  Tillie thinks Alex only sees her as his best friend’s troublesome, wild sister.  As the house party unfolds, the couple finds common ground and kindred spirits.  

Alex’s interests are in astrology and Tillie’s is entomology. However, in entirely different sciences, their passion and intelligence spark a connection that quickly evolves into love.  I enjoyed how Alex not only allowed Tillie to be herself, he actively sought to help her in her studies.  Alex and Tillie have perfect chemistry.  

The Baron And The Bluestocking is the third book in the Matchmaking On The Marriage Mart series.  Alex and Tillie’s romance was unconventional and unusual.  The plot centers around the couple getting to know each other and learning how to express their feelings.  This is a short, fun romance that will make you smile.  Katherine Ann Madison delivers yet another lovely, smart, tender romance.

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

Release Date: August 23, 2022

The Millionaire Marquess by Scarlett Scott

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Just when I think Scarlett Scott’s books can’t get any better or steamier, she proves me wrong!  The Millionaire Marquess has an intense, complex storyline matched with a passion that ignites the page.

The Marquess of Greymoor, or “Grey,” is obsessed with Francesca, a housekeeper with a mysterious past and dubious path to her current occupation.  Grey gives Francesca a proposition she can’t refuse.  If she is his for one month, she will receive a fortune.  The couple soon finds that a relationship based on a transaction doomed by Francesca’s duplicity doesn’t lessen the intense sensuality and growing emotions created in their illicit month together.

Grey has been hurt, sworn off love, and detests lies.  At first, I was a little disappointed in Grey; he offers a deal to a servant who cannot resist.  However, that disappointment evolved into adoration when he displayed warmth and kindness to Francesca.  Francesca is a tragic figure forced to lie to the man with who she has burgeoning feelings for survival.  Grey and Francesca are forced to face their demons as they discover their raw, sensual pull toward each other.  

Wow, this book was pure fire!  The couple creates intense, heart-pounding scenes that keep you riveted to the page.  The moments of passion are rivaled by the couple’s tenderness and romantic connection.  Underneath the amazing passion is a romantic story that steals your heart.

The Millionaire Marquess is the third book in the Unexpected Lords series.  Scarlett Scott’s books keep getting more emotional and steamier with each new book.  Grey and Francesca’s is a stunning, enchanting, heart-wrenching romance with a swoon-worthy happily-ever-after.  I love Scarlett Scott’s endings. They are always amazing!  If you’re looking for a steamy love story with romance and off-the-charts sensuality, this book is for you.  This is another crowing jewel in Scarlett Scott’s fantastic collection of romances.  I never miss one of her books; I know I’ll be enchanted by the characters, writing, and passion each exquisite book creates.  If you’re a Scarlett Scott fan, prepared to be dazzled if you haven’t read her, what are you waiting for?

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

Heartbreaker by Sarah MacLean

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I am always thrilled to read Sarah MacLean’s books, and Heartbreaker is the most romantic book I have read from her so far.  The way Henry and Adelaide’s relationship unfolds is romantic perfection.  Henry is a duke with a flawless reputation.  Adelaide is a thief raised with criminals.  She now poses as a wallflower in ballrooms, secretly exposing the aristocracy’s dirty secrets and saving debutantes from horrible marriages.  Henry and Adelaide slowly learn to trust each other with their darkest, deepest secrets.  They find themselves racing to a wedding and opening their hearts slowly along the way.

Henry and Adelaide’s connection is instantaneous and ignites the page.  What I loved most was as the plot developed, Henry became more and more open with his feelings.  Henry was much more demonstrative with his burgeoning feelings toward Adelaide.  Henry’s personality stole my heart.  Adelaide is a fantastic character.  She was raised in poverty and crime and is reborn into a breathtaking, fierce warrior for justice for those that usually escaped punishment.  Henry and Adelaide are lonely and always emotionally closed off until they meet their match.  The couple’s sensual connection was addictive and delicious to read!

The plot kept me fascinated by the amazing dialogue, characters, and love story.  The secondary characters were integral to the plot and enriched it.  Heartbreaker is the second book in the Hell’s Belles series.  Sarah MacLean has outdone herself in writing a poetic, heart-pounding, fiery romance that enchanted me and stole my heart.   Read the Hell’s Belles series; I guarantee Heartbreaker will play havoc with your emotions. By the end, you’ll be smiling.  Thank you, Sarah MacLean, for writing such a gorgeous, engaging romance that I never wanted to end!  I wait impatiently for Thomas and Lady Imogen’s story!

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 23, 2022

To Catch A Raven by Beverly Jenkins

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To Catch A Raven grabbed my attention from the beginning and didn’t let go until the final sentence.

The characters, writing, and romance within the pages were perfection.  Braxton and Raven are strangers thrown together to retrieve the Declaration Of Independence.  Braxton and Raven have different motives for completing the task.  What Braxton and Raven didn’t expect was the sensual pull toward each other and the passion that ignited the page.

Braxton is wealthy, handsome, and has a sensuality about him that is pure fire.  Braxton is respected in his community.  What made Braxton stand out was his giving heart and kind nature.  Raven is a grifter.  Raven and her family are, for lack of a better word, criminals with morals and purpose.  Even though Raven steals and deceives for a living, she has a moral compass and cares for her large family dearly.  Raven is a fascinating character; she is complex and intriguing.

Braxton and Raven shone brightly through the backdrop of the plot.  Their passionate sensuality was pure fire.  At first, the couple seems opposites, yet as the story unfolds, the couple finds common ground.  This story moved quickly; the secondary characters added depth and charm.

To Catch A Raven is the third and final book in the Women Who Dare series.  Beverly Jenkins has written a sensual and exciting romance that will enthrall the reader from page one.  This book is passionate romance at its best.

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 23, 2022

Debauchery And The Earl by Mary Lancaster

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Calton and Josephine’s romance was a joy to watch.  Colton is an unrepentant rake, and Josephine has vowed that Calton will do the right thing and marry her pregnant sister.  Unfortunately, Josephine quickly discovers she has the wrong man.  Colton is inexplicably drawn to Josephine and offers to help the family; falling in love wasn’t in their plan.

Calton is a scoundrel with a heart of gold.  His kindness and respect toward Josephine and her sister were sweet.  Josephine will do anything for her sister.  She acts before thinking at times.  Calton and Josephine both have emphatic hearts.  The passionate exchanges between Calton and Josephine are sweetly sensual.  I loved watching the romance develop.  The plot stole my heart, and I read this novel quickly.      

Debauchery And The Earl is the fourth book in the Gentleman Of Pleasure series.  I have read several of Mary Lancaster’s books, and each one has enchanted me.  Calton and Josephine’s journey to their happily-ever-after was a pleasure to read.  This entire series is wonderfully romantic.

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 16, 2022

My Darling Rogue by April Moran

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My Darling Rogue is my first April Moran book.  All I can say is wow!  I can’t believe I’ve overlooked this author until now!  This novel was everything I was looking for in a steamy, sexy, poignant read.

Gabriel, what a leading man!  Gabriel is all dark, mysterious, and dangerous; he is also super sexy!  However, with these qualities, he also exudes a quiet power and fierce protectiveness over those he holds close.  Gabriel has been raised as an illegitimate son of the aristocracy.  Gabriel is mind, soul, and body obsessed with Celia, the one woman who he thinks is unattainable.  Then circumstances change.

Celia has her pick of suitors yet is held back by a traumatic secret.  Celia is a flirt; she steals kisses and flits from suitor to suitor, never serious.  She cannot commit to any of them due to her dark secret and even more so because none of them steals her breath – until Gabriel.  Celia is overwhelmed by Gabriel.  Gabriel’s dark sensuality calls to Celia, frightening and exciting her.

The sensual dynamic between Gabriel and Celia is all-encompassing; their undeniable connection demands everything from them.  I love how Celia gives herself fully to Gabriel trusting him completely.  I loved how Gabriel is both master and protector over Celia.  The passion between Gabriel and Celia is electric; steamy doesn’t even come close to describing it.  However, these heart-stopping scenes are done exquisitely, drawing the reader in and giving them a glimpse of unbridled passion.

My Darling Rogue is the first book in the Wicked Rogues series.  I am immediately going back and reading The Taming series by this author.  I loved how all the many elements of this book fell into place perfectly.  Gabriel and Celia go through a lot of turmoil, yet even during the emotional moments, you can still feel the lightning connection.  Reading this was pure joy.  I was blown away by this book.  This book grabs your attention and relentlessly doesn’t let go!  The themes, writing, and unapologetic sensuality made this a wickedly addictive treat!  April Moran, where have you been?  I could not put down this book, and I can’t wait for the next in this series!  I one hundred percent recommend this book to those who love wickedly sensual, poetically romantic books.  This is a must-read; you won’t want it to end!

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

Release Date: August 15, 2022

Much Ado About Dukes by Eva Devon

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William and Beatrice are two of the most charismatic, original, organic characters I’ve had the pleasure of reading.  The story is eye-catching and entertaining.  William and Beatrice shone so brightly within the pages.  This is a character-driven plot, and William and Beatrice demand attention from the beginning.

Willian was a lovely character.  He is emotionally closed off due to a traumatic past.  As a Duke, he is powerful and arrogant, yet he is also forward-thinking and open-minded.  I loved how earnestly William listened to Beatrice.  William could not say love in words and thought he was incapable of the emotion when in reality, he conveyed it through actions for his family and Beatrice.  It took a long time for William to realize this; his journey of self-discovery was enjoyable to read.

Beatrice is fiercely independent and is devoted to fighting for women’s rights.  Beatrice has her future planned out.  She wants to champion her causes and never marry…unless it is for love.  When Beatrice finds herself in dire circumstances, she is forced to act against everything she is fighting for.  Beatrice’s humbling experience from being well off and happy to destitute and scared was exquisite.

I enjoyed how the couple’s intellectual connection developed alongside the passion.  I loved the verbal sparring and witty dialogue.  Much Ado About Dukes is the second book in the Never A Wallflower series.  Eva Devon has created an intellectual, passionate world for two vivid, endearing characters.  This book caught my attention early on, and I loved turning every page!

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 23, 2022

The Finding Of Miss Fairfield by Grace Hitchcock Spotlight

Hello, fellow romance lovers!  I am doing a spotlight for The Finding Of Miss Fairfield by Grace Hitchcock.  Below are the buy links and some beautiful graphics and quotes from the book.  Remember, my review will post on August 15, 2022, and the book will be released on August 29, 2022.  Enjoy!

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The Hellion And The Hero by Emily Sullivan

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The Hellion And The Hero is a second-chance romance that will grab your attention and your heart.  Henry and Georgiana were torn apart by misunderstanding and responsibilities.  Eight years later, the couple is thrown back together; Henry and Georgiana are yet again at risk of a broken heart.

Both Henry and Georgiana had excellent character development.  Through a series of flashbacks, we glimpse a young, naïve couple struggling to do what is expected rather than following their heart.  The Henry and Georgiana of eight years later are entirely altered.  Henry has become a decorated naval hero with a hardened heart.  Georgiana has risen from the ashes of a terrible marriage, strong and independent.  The couple had to evolve into wiser versions of themselves.    Henry and Georgiana carried the burden of their family’s needs without consideration of their unhappiness.  I loved the personal growth and maturity Henry and Georgiana gained through time and experience.

The plot was engaging, and I invested in the characters right away.  The story of two battered hearts finding love after heartache was poignant and heart-warming.  The Hellion And The Hero is the third book in the League Of Scoundrels series.  Emily Sullivan has done a fantastic job creating a riveting storyline and profoundly passionate characters.  The Hellion And The Hero is a lovely second chance romance that is passionate, enchanting, and emotional.

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 23, 2022

The Scoundrel Falls Hard by Sophie Jordan

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I loved The Scoundrel Falls Hard for many reasons, firstly because of its uniqueness.  There are no balls, debutantes, or even a rake to be found!  This is a story of what happens when a female blacksmith ends up in a fake engagement with a lifelong con man.  The plot grabbed my attention from the first chapter.  The first few chapters of this book had me laughing.  The situation Kellan and Gwen find themselves stuck is so ludicrous that it is hilarious.  Even though the story is humorous at times, it still delivers an unusual romance, quirky characters, and a super entertaining plot!

Kellan is a criminal, a lifelong thief with a conscience.  Kellan is dragged from con to con by his worthless, conniving, very charming father.  The kind of life Kellan lives is transitory, lonely, and almost gets him killed.  I liked how Kellan was a thief, but he still had rules he followed, lines he wouldn’t cross.  He preys on the gullible but tries not to harm anyone truly, and yet he does.  I loved Kellan’s inner battle between being a better man or staying the untrustworthy, charming villain.  This desire sneaks up when he meets a beautiful, unconventional woman.

Gwen Cully is an unforgettable character.  Gwen is six feet tall, physically strong, and fiercely independent.  Gwen has carried on her father’s and uncle’s occupation as the town’s blacksmith.  Without any help and a shady competitor, Gwen is on the verge of poverty.  Although Gwen is capable and intelligent, her insecurities about her physical appearance have erased her self-esteem. Gwen sees herself as the oddity her town has called her.  

From the first scene, this couple’s antics entertain.  I loved Kellan and Gwen’s dynamic.  Both barely hang on in their occupations, yet they find strength and belonging in one another’s arms.  The romance and passionate connection the couple creates is a joy to watch unfold.

The Scoundrel Falls Hard is the third book in The Duke Hunt series.  This outstanding and entertaining romance stole my heart!  Sophie Jordan has outdone herself, creating characters that catch your eye with a plot that is as endearing as it is eye-catching.  I loved every second of this book.  Do not pass up this sparkling, witty, unforgettable romance!

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

Release Date: August 23, 2022