Tag : Historical

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Young, pregnant witch, Alainn McCreary, is forced to rely on her mysterious and unpredictable magical powers in an attempt to protect the life of her strong and courageous new husband, Killian O’Brien, and the life of their unborn child, battling against all odds waged by a powerful and corrupt chieftain, a vengeful curse, and malevolent dark forces unleashed by a scheming demon. 

Set in mystically enchanting, but dark and dangerous 16th Century Ireland where fairies, witches, spirits, and demons dwell among humans, the Chieftain’s Daughter is an enticingly romantic and lustful tale of love, desire, danger, and adventure. 

Titles in the Irish Witch series include:  The Farrier’s Daughter – The Witch’s Daughter – The Chieftain’s Daughter – A Chieftain’s Wife

The Duke's Accidental WifeTitle:  The Duke’s Accidental Wife
Series:  The Dukes of War #7
Author:  Erica Ridley
Genre:  Regency Romance, Historical Romance
Published:  March 1, 2016
Publisher:  Intrepid Reads
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Miss Katherine Ross is a wealthy, eccentric socialite who knows precisely what she wants: No husband. No children. No candlelit tête-à-tête with the insufferably emotionless Duke of Ravenwood. She’s convinced his heart is ice — until she touches that chiseled chest for herself. One lapse in judgment is all it takes to turn both their lives topsy-turvy…

The Duke of Ravenwood isn’t cold and haughty, but a secret romantic who has always dreamt of marrying for love. Instead, he gets Miss Katherine Ross — a headstrong hoyden intent on unraveling his carefully ordered world. He doesn’t know whether to kiss her or throttle her. Can they survive each other’s company long enough to turn a compromise into love?

Read on for my thoughts on The Duke’s Accidental Wife.  No true spoilers, promise.

A Marquis for MaryTitle:  A Marquis for Mary
Series:  The Notorious Flynns #5
Author:  Jess Michaels
Genre:  Historical Regency Romance
Published:  June 9, 2015
Publisher:  The Passionate Pen
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Mary Quinn is almost at the end of her rope. After two years under her sister and brother-in-law’s protection she may soon have to return to her terrible father’s house if she cannot find a husband. In her desperation, she bumps into Edward, Marquis Woodley. Drawn to each other, they are soon thrown into a scandal that leads to an engagement.

But as the pair grow closer and their wedding looms, Woodley’s past and the horrific circumstances of his first wife’s death may keep them from the happy ending that will save them both.

Read on for my thoughts on A Marquis for Mary.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Daring Exploits of a Runaway HeiressTitle:  The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress
Series:  Millworth Manor #5
Author:  Victoria Alexander
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  April 28, 2015
Publisher:  Zebra
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  Owned, Personal Collection
Cover Blurb:

To Do:
Swim naked in the moonlight
Play in a high stakes card game
Ride an elephant
Be painted sans clothing.
Take a lover…

Lucy Merryweather has inherited a fortune—and her great-aunt’s list of unfulfilled wishes. What better way to honor her memory than by accomplishing as many of them as possible? And with Lucy’s family an ocean away in New York, nothing stands in her way—if one ignores the private investigator hired to spy on her.

Yet Cameron Effington is infuriatingly difficult to ignore…

As a reporter, Cameron is always looking for a good story. An American heiress running rampant between Millworth Manor and Mayfair is the perfect subject. Not to mention captivating. And extremely kissable. And if Lucy believes he’s a detective? Well, the truth should never get in the way of a good story—or hinder delicious, impetuous passion.

Read on for my thoughts on The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress.  No true spoilers, promise.

Never Resist A RakeTitle:  Never Resist A Rake
Series:  Somerfield Park #2
Author:  Mia Marlowe
Genre:  Historical, Regency Romance
Published:  June 2, 2015
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Blurb:

John Fitzhugh Barrett is surprised to discover that instead of being a bastard, he’s the legitimate heir to the Somerset marquessate. Once word gets out that he must continue the Somerset line, eligible bachelorettes from across the country descend upon Somerfield Park, hoping to snatch John up before it’s too late. But John has no interest in a woman who’s only after his title.

Rebecca Kearsey, the daughter of a threadbare viscount, is the only one who understands. However, as her desire for John begins to build, she becomes painfully aware that she isn’t considered grand enough by Polite Society to be a future marchioness. Intrigued by the idea of challenging society’s rigid values, John’s interest in Rebecca grows. But can she show him that love is more than just childish rebellion?

Read on for my thoughts on Never Resist A Rake.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Major's Faux FianceeTitle:  The Major’s Faux Fiancee
Series:  The Dukes of War #4
Author:  Erica Ridley
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  June 1, 2015
Publisher:  Intrepid Reads
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

When Major Bartholomew Blackpool learns the girl-next-door from his childhood will be forced into an unwanted marriage, he returns home to play her pretend beau. He figures now that he’s missing a leg, a faux fiancée is the best an ex-soldier can get. He admires her pluck, but the lady deserves a whole man—and he’ll ensure she gets one.

Miss Daphne Vaughan hates that crying off will destroy Major Blackpool’s chances of finding a real bride. She plots to make him jilt her first. Who cares if it ruins her? She never wanted a husband anyway. But the major is equally determined that she break the engagement. With both of them on their worst behavior, neither expects their fake betrothal to lead to love.

Read on for my thoughts on The Major’s Faux Fiancee.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Beautiful One

Title:  The Beautiful One
Series:  The Scandalous Sisters #1
Author:  Emily Greenwood
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  June 2, 2015
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4.5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Tomboy Anna Black has no idea how a book containing nude drawings of her is traveling around town. Everyone’s calling the woman in the drawings the “Beautiful One,” but Anna knows that if her true identity is revealed, she’ll be ruined. To escape scandal, she becomes a temporary companion to the outrageous teenage ward of Will Halifax, Viscount Grandville.

Will wants nothing but to be left alone. When cheeky Anna unexpectedly arrives with his scandalous ward, suddenly he has two intolerable women filling up his once-quiet manor. But as Anna’s charms begin to soften Will’s hard exterior and uncover his shrouded heart, she hopes that love can fully blossom before her scandal erupts.

Read on for my thoughts on The Beautiful One.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Lady HellionTitle:  The Lady Hellion
Series:  Wicked Deceptions #3
Author:  Joanna Shupe
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  May 26, 2015
Publisher:  Kensington Books, Zebra
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

A rabble rouser for justice, Sophie’s latest mission is to fight for the rights of the poor, the wretched—and the employees at Madame Hartley’s brothel. She’s not concerned about the criminals who will cross her path, for Sophie has mastered the art of deception—including the art of wearing trousers. Now her fate is in her own hands, along with a loaded gun. All she needs is instruction on how to shoot it. But only one person can help her: Lord Quint, the man who broke her heart years ago. The man she won’t let destroy her again…

The last thing Damien Beecham, Viscount Quint, needs is an intrusion on his privacy, especially from the beautiful, exasperating woman he’s never stopped wanting. A woman with a perilously absurd request, no less. For Damien is fighting a battle of his own, one he wishes to keep hidden—along with his feelings for Lady Sophia. Yet that fight is as hopeless as stopping her outlandish plan. Soon all Quint knows for certain is that he will die trying to protect her.

Read on for my thoughts on The Lady Hellion.  No true spoilers, promise.

Passionately YoursTitle:  Passionately Yours
Series:  The Hellions of High Street
Author:  Cara Elliott
Genre:  Regency Romance, Historical Romance
Published:  May 26, 2015
Publisher:  Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
My Rating:  5 star
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Proper young ladies of the ton-especially ones who have very small dowries-are not encouraged to have an interest in intellectual pursuits. Indeed, the only things they are encouraged to pursue are eligible bachelors. So, the headstrong Sloane sisters must keep their passions a secret. Ah, but secret passions are wont to lead a lady into trouble . . .

With her older sisters both happily married, Caro Sloane yearns for a romantic adventure of her own. Unfortunately the muddy, sulfur-scented waters of Bath seem the least likely setting for love or excitement. But the aspiring young poet soon finds inspiration when she runs into a familiar-and achingly handsome-Scottish laird.

Visiting Bath with his sickly sister, Alec McClellan is shocked to be reunited with Caro Sloane. He hasn’t been able to forget the English beauty since their brief but exhilarating first meeting. But Bath is not nearly as serene as it appears, and soon Alec must protect Caro from a danger that threatens to extinguish the sparks flying between them. Little does he know that a bit of danger is exactly what Caro is looking for.

Read on for my thoughts on Passionately Yours.  No true spoilers, promise.

50 Ways to ruin a rakeTitle:  50 Ways To Ruin A Rake
Series:  Rakes and Rogues #1
Author:  Jade Lee
Genre:  Regency Romance, Historical Romance
Published:  May 5, 2015
Publisher:  SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Mellie has a plan…
Mellie Smithson is trapped in the country with no suitors and no prospects on the horizon except, perhaps, the exasperating—although admittedly handsome—guest of her father. She’s looking for any excuse to go to London to meet more eligible men.

Trevor has a problem…
Trevor Anaedsley’s grandfather has cut off his funds until such time as he gets engaged. Trevor escapes to the country—ostensibly to visit his old tutor, Mr. Smithson, but actually to duck his creditors—where he meets Smithson’s lovely daughter, Mellie. The obvious solution is suddenly before him—but the lady has ideas of her own, and Trevor’s going to have to measure up.

Read on for my thoughts on 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake.  No true spoilers, promise.

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