An Extraordinary Lord by Anna Harrington

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Merritt Rivers is a returning soldier that has returned to London as a solicitor.  At night he patrols the underworld.  Veronica Chase maneuvers between the aristocracy and the rookeries, not belonging anywhere.  Together they form an uneasy alliance and a fiery attraction.  The connection between the charismatic couple is earth-shattering.  Their attraction burns as bright as their mistrust.

The plot married the action, romance, and passion perfectly.  Both Merritt and Veronica were tragic, haunted characters driven by ghosts and revenge that almost ruins them.  The dialogue was smoldering, sexy, and sizzling!  The dynamic between the couple was mesmerizing.  The plot went at a lightning pace and kept my rapt attention.  From street fighting, riots, and ballrooms, this swoon-worthy story had it all.

Anna Harrington has the brilliant ability to write organic, original characters that sparkle and shine!  Veronica is a strong sensual woman that is more than a match to any man when it comes to a battle of wills or fighting.  Merritt is flawed and damaged yet vulnerable to Veronica at the same time.  I loved everything about the plot, sometimes so much was packed into a chapter, I had a hard time keeping up.  The secondary characters and locations helped bring this lush novel to life.  It was an exciting, heartbreaking, joyous journey.  There are no critiques to a beautifully written romance.

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

An Extraordinary Lord is book three in the Lords Of The Armory series.  The first two books are An Inconvenient Duke and An Unexpected Earl.  Although it can be read alone, I recommend reading them all to appreciate the series entirely.  This series is about a group of former soldiers finding their way through London peerage.  All these men are more than meet the eye, and their heroines are feisty and cantankerous.  I enjoyed the writing style and the pace of the story.  An excellent series and a fantastic author!

Advising The Viscount by Annabelle Anders Cover Reveal!

Miss Primm’s Secret School for Budding Bluestockings

Hello again and happy Friday! This is the last in the four cover reveals. It has been a pleasure revealing these covers throughout the week! I believe this is my favorite cover. What’s your favorite? Which book are you most excited to read? Let me know in the comments! So with no futher ado….

ADVISING THE VISCOUNT, Book Five

Preorder coming soon – Releases June 28, 2022

Blurb: Miss Adelia (Addy) Royal, daughter of an American industrialist, teaches science, math and art at Miss Primm’s Seminary for the Education of Ladies. She’s nothing if not a problem solver but after meeting the incredibly handsome Lord Bloodworthe at one of the local assemblies, knows this viscount might become her biggest problem of all…
(Cover by Barbara at Forever After Romance Designs)

Rescued By The Rake by Annabelle Anders Cover Reveal!

Hello again fellow romance lovers! It is time for the cover reveal for book four!!!! I thought it is such a beautiful cover! Enjoy and remember the final cover reveal is tomorrow!

Miss Primm’s Secret School For Budding Bluestockings

RESCUED BY THE RAKE, Book 4

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Blurb: Miss Chloe Fortune went straight from being a student to a teacher at Miss Primm’s Seminary for the Education of ladies. She teaches philosophy, dance, and a smidgeon of self-defense. Men are not to be trusted–especially those who claim to be gentle.
Is it possible the brother of a student she has agreed to chaperone for the summer is different from all the rest? Or is Captain Damien Sterling just as rakish as the rest of them?
(Cover by Barbara at Forever After Romance Designs)

A Duke In Time by Janna MacGregor

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It has been a long while since a historical romance has resonated deeply with me.    This book was everything I could want in a romantic story.  This was a rollercoaster of a book.  I felt both the character’s heartbreaking anguish and unconditional love.  The story was complex and enthralling, yet when you peel back the layers, you get a simple, beautiful love story.

At the beginning of the book, Katherine discovers she is married to a polygamist.  She is reluctantly introduced to the two other wives and her husband’s half-brother, Christian, the Duke of Ranford.  Poor Katherine is thrown into the maelstrom of a disaster of epic proportions.  Katherine has raised her station by hard work, determination, a little deception.  Katherine resolves all these issues with dignity and grace.  She is all heart, making friends with the other wives.  I loved her generosity and selflessness.  She deserves someone who would love her unconditionally and respect her.

Christian is the epitome of what a duke should be.  He is a returning soldier who wants to help his less fortunate veteran friends.  This book discusses how difficult it is for a soldier to reintegrate into society after the war is over.  A lot of times, there is no support system, even in this time period.  I found it a timely topic relative to now.  I liked everything about Christian.  He had a strength of character both physically and emotionally.  He had dignity.  Christian had such grace and gentleness when he dealt with Katherine and the other wives. 

The relationship and love between Christian and Katherine were genuine and organic.  The burgeoning love was felt on the first page where they met.  They were two halves of a whole.  There was no denying their chemistry.  I don’t have strong enough words for the passion between the couple.  The electric energy jumped and sizzled from the page.  There was no denying they belonged together. 

The plot navigated the aspects of conflict vs. angst perfectly.  The couple had many obstacles, but it wasn’t too stressful for the reader.  I enjoyed this aspect; I like to be entertained with a generous amount of emotional depth but not so much as it takes away from the story.  The plot was the best I have read in quite a while.  I have felt like most of the books I have been reading lately were mediocre.  This book decimated this trend.  It was a fantastic plot.  There was intrigue and mystery.  The plot unfolded perfectly.  It was a most endearing love story.  It is one of the few books I would read again.  I love epilogues, and this book had a terrific one.  

Overall the book was a joy to read.  I felt every heartache and triumph.  I was captivated on page one.  This book is an excellent introduction to a series I believe will be unique.  I am on the edge of my seat for more!

I received this ARC through Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press.  This is my honest, voluntary opinion.

Hello fellow readers!  This book is the first in the Widow Rules Series.  As you can probably tell I absolutely loved this book!  It was such a compelling story.  I fell in love with the characters.  I haven’t had such a pleasant read in months!  This is one of my favorite books this year!  I cannot wait for the next book in the Widow Rules series.  

The Angel Of An Astronomer by Linda Rae Sande

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Linda has the uncanny ability to create an epic love story that is still organic and flows seamlessly.  Her world-building and character development are mind-blowing!  Each of her carefully crafted dual love stories embody passion and connection.

This story centers on a pair of twins, George, Viscount Hexham, and Lady Angelica.  Both siblings fall fast and hard in love with their prospective love matches.  Lady Anne is a friend of Angelica, and she and George fall in love at their first meeting.  Sir Benjamin is an astronomer that just moved into the house by Angelica.  The two meet under the stars and fall hopelessly in love.

The four main characters were brilliant.  I enjoyed the male leads because neither was a rake.  They were responsible, educated, kind, and respectful gentlemen.  This was a refreshing change for all the rogues I usually read.  Although similar in temperament, there is quite the difference in the two gentlemen’s station and age.  Anne is very young and idealistic. George is her perfect match.  Their connection is immediate and oh so sweet!  I enjoyed reading about their romantic journey.  Angelica is slightly older, and both she and Benjamin are a little jaded and shy.  I related to this couple more.  It is fascinating to watch their relationship evolve.

Reading about how each couple finds each other was a delight.  The development of both plot and characters combined with the rich worlds the author has created makes for an epic, entertaining read!  I always know I am in for a special treat when I open a book in one of the Aristocracy series.  A devilishly good page-turner!

The Angel Of An Astronomer is the first book in the Heirs of the Aristocracy series.  Linda has created a complete, complex world of intertwining stories and characters.  She has written nine different Aristocracy series.  I have read them out of order, and I haven’t gotten to go back to the beginning, but I desperately want to!  I would start with The Kiss Of A Viscount, book one of the Daughters Of The Aristocracy series.  I love these books so much I have recommended them to my mother.  These are beautiful stories that make me smile!  

Pretending To Be A Debutante by Annabelle Anders Cover Reveal!

Hello fellow historical romance lovers! This week I have the great privilege of helping to reveal four new covers for Annabele Anders series:

Miss Primm’s Secret School For Budding Bluestockings

Below is the cover reveal of book three!

PRETENDING TO BE A DEBUTANTE, Book 3

Preorder Now! This book releases Feb. 1, 2022!
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B096BPGPRM
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Blurb:
Lady Priscilla, declared ruined the year of her come-out, loves teaching home economics and history at Miss Primm’s Private Seminary for the Education of Ladies. She adores most of her students and will do almost anything for them. In fact, under the direst of circumstances, she’s even willing to pretend to impersonate one of them…
Everything goes swimmingly until she finds herself falling in love with Emerson Huntington, the Baron of Middlebrook–aka—her student’s betrothed…
This beautiful cover is by Barbara at Forever After Romance Designs

I absolutely LOVE this beautiful cover! All these new covers are breathtaking. This is such an exciting reveal week! Stay Tuned! The next cover will be revealed on June 17th! Book four!

Never Mix Sin With Pleasure by Renee Ann Miller

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This novel was an exciting, romantic, adventurous escapade!  The writing was beautifully executed.  The plot was multifaceted and innovative.  I was delighted as I read the turbulent love story of Anthony and Olivia unfold.

This ultimately was a story about forbidden love, revenge, and self-discovery.  Anthony and Olivia are from two different worlds, he was born into privilege, and she was an orphan.  Through a twist of fate, they meet, and they start working together.  Both hold self-destructive secrets.  One is covering up what is perceived as mental weakness, and one is hiding a dark secret that could prove disastrous.  I believe dyslexia is portrayed well in this novel—the plot deals with preconceived prejudices attached to learning challenges in this era where differences were not tolerated.  Anthony was so much more than a rake.  With Olivia’s help, he discovers talents he did not know he possessed.  I enjoyed Anthony’s journey into the man he could be rather than what society portrays.  Olivia was a complex, haunted character.  Driven by the past, it nearly destroys her chance at a happy future.  I admired her determination and grit. The couple’s romance is built throughout the entirety of the story.  Their attraction started slowly but evolved into a fiery passion.

The plot was well-paced and exhilarating.  Several different plot points merged perfectly at the end.  My one critique had to do with the ending.  The conclusion was a little rushed.  I wished the ending was better developed, giving a clearer insight into the resolution and future of the couple.  Also, a secondary character’s reaction to the couple’s future is not addressed.  It left me curious.  However brief, it was a very satisfying happily ever after.

This author has created a delightful, intriguing romance.  It was bursting with content yet held its own.  I enjoyed the many layers and emotions the book conveyed.  The couple’s love story was endearing and electric.  I enjoyed this romantic adventure.  A can’t miss read!

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

Never Mix Sin With Pleasure is the fifth book in the Infamous Lords series by Renee Ann Miller.  This author created an intricate, delicate, and fresh story.  I loved the action and adventure intertwined with the love and passion.  Although abrupt, I was very satisfied with the ending.  The epilogue could have been extended.  All in all, it was an entertaining story!

Educated By The Earl by Annabelle Anders Cover Reveal!

Miss Primm’s Secret School For Budding Bluestockings

EDUCATED BY THE EARL, Book 2
(Some readers have already had a sneak peek at this one but it’s too beautiful not to feature again!)
Preorder Now! (Releases Nov. 16, 2021)
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Miss Victoria Shipley has long since abandoned hope for a happily-ever-after. She is straight-laced, proper and takes her position as assistant headmistress quite seriously.
The Earl of Rosewood, however, has different ideas for Miss Shipley. He’s decided to provide her with an educations she most certainly cannot obtain while teaching at Miss Primm’s.
(Cover by Barbara at Forever After Romance Designs)

The Princess Stakes by Amalie Howard

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I immensely enjoyed this unique, thought-provoking, refreshing story.  The novel had discerning differences from the regular Regency novel.  The book goes from India to a boat to London.  I fell in love with the all-encompassing spirit of the story.  This book is a love story between two characters who have to go through tragedy and adversity to shape them into brave, confident individuals.

At heart, this was a second-chance, star-crossed lovers story.  I loved the characters; they were multifaceted and fascinating.  Sarani was a wonderful, spunky character.  I loved most her transformational outlook on life.  She is caught between two worlds, truly belonging in neither.  She fights hatred, prejudice, and ignorance.  Although she is often forced to acquiesce to societal dictates, by the end of the book, she finds her voice and power.  Rhystan was disillusioned and destroyed by how Sarani handled their doomed love affair in India.  He is a stubborn, free spirit thrust into the role of Duke, which he detests.  His sense of duty clashes with what is truly in his heart—both Rhystan and Sarani place family and honor over their wants and needs.  The couple sees their relationship as untenable due to Sarani’s heritage.  Together the couple finds the inner strength to face the injustices and prejudices of the aristocracy.  Eventually, Sarani embraces all of herself, and Rhystan discovers that gossip and malevolence are quieted by those who actively choose to ignore ignorance and embrace differences.

The plot was intricate and delivered a well-thought-out love story.  The story flowed well; there was a pronounced split in the middle of the book from the journey to the destination.  I felt the conclusion was rushed.  I would have better enjoyed a more extended section of resolution.  Overall I was captivated by this story.  It was thought-provoking, romantic, and passionate.  The love-hate relationship between the couple was electric.  I loved the epilogue.  This novel was a well-rounded, exciting read.  

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley and the Publisher.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

This is, as far as I know, a stand-alone novel.  I have not found any information regarding a sequel as of yet.  This book had a first draft and a different title that was controversial.  The author produced a second draft, and that is where I came in.  It was a little confusing, not knowing what had changed in the novel.  I based my review on what I read.  I enjoyed the book.  I do dislike when book-long issues are resolved on one page in the last chapter.  It unbalances the story.  It occurs in this book.  However, the excellence of the writing made up for this issue.  Sarani was a woman of color thrust into the cruel, narrowed-mined world of Victorian British Aristocracy.  I felt her struggles and victories were handled respectfully.  I recommend this book; it is a thought-provoking yet fun read.

The Devil and The Heiress by Harper St. George

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I adored Christian and Violet’s story!  This was a fast-paced, passionate, and extravagant wild ride of a novel!  The dynamic connection between the couple was off the charts sizzling.  The journey complete with lust and deception resonates with the reader.

Christian Halston, the Earl of Leigh, is an impoverished nobleman searching for a wealthy heiress to fill his coffers with her dowry.  At first sight, Violet catches his eye and he becomes obsessed with her.  Yet his suit for her is dismissed by a greedy father.  Christian seeks more nefarious means to pursue.  He wants Violet.  Violet’s passion is writing.  She is getting inundated with pressure to wed the suitor her father has picked to be her husband.  All Violet wants is the ability to write and be free from a dominating male.  Violet falls under Christian’s spell, but is he the man he claims to be?  The physical connection between the couple had an ebb and flow.  Their relationship is complicated and multi-faceted.  The romantic element wasn’t formulaic or standard.  It had a flare and was unpredictable.  Their relationship kept the reader guessing as to where it would lead next.  The couple’s emotions were messy and confusing; this made their confrontations resonate as organic and believable.  The couple’s issues were not easily reconciled, and it took the majority of the book to work through them.  Christian and Violet had to learn to trust each other even when there was no reason to trust.  The leap of faith the couple takes was breathtaking. Their happily ever after was hard-fought yet beautiful in its resolution.

The plot had so much happening; I felt I was on a rollercoaster in the best possible way.  The fast pace grabbed me and was relentless.  The action was mixed with the emotional to create a well-rounded story.  I cared deeply about these characters; they were vibrant.  The storyline was fresh and imaginative.  The secondary characters were well-rounded and contributed to the story.

I had a high expectation for this novel, as I didn’t think anything could overshadow the first book, which I gave five stars.  I was wrong.  I enjoyed this novel more than the brilliant first one.  The sisters in these two books have a brother, and I can only hope he gets his book, as I do not want this saga to end!  Christian and Violet’s love story outshines the usual stories of this time period.  The story was a unique, fascinating, romantic read.  I advise reading the first book in the series before this one to get a more well-rounded experience, yet it is not necessary as the book stands well on its own.  This adventure is a romantically turbulent ride to all-consuming love.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Fellow readers, this was an excellent read!  The Devil And The Heiress is book two of the Gilded Age Heiresses.  The first book is titled The Heiress Gets A Duke.  I reviewed that book earlier in the year.  Both novels are breathtaking.  I loved the background of London in the 1870s.  I also enjoyed that a large section of the book focuses on a road away from London.  I adore a story with American Heiresses; they are always fiercely independent and progressive.  It was interesting that the male lead was the protagonist and one of the antagonists.  I am delighted that I stumbled onto these books and author through a suggestion from a member of one of the Facebook groups I belong.  I do not regret one moment it took to devour this novel!  Read these fantastic books; you won’t be disappointed!