Review: Always by Lynsay Sands

Always was a fun, romantic read that left my heart full.

Rosamunde was raised in a convent and prepared to take the veil to become a nun. But her father, King Henry, had a different path in mind for his illegitimate daughter. She was his favorite after all, and he would see that she was well cared for and loved.
Aric, just ending his engagement to a cheating harlot and left with major trust issues, had absolutely no desire to ever marry. King Henry, however, gave him no say in the matter. Aric was always the king’s first choice when thinking of a husband for his daughter. And thanks to Aric’s recent single status, the king gets what he wants.
Of course it isn’t exactly marital bliss for the newly wedded couple. There are plenty of bumps to smooth out. Which is to be expected from two strangers unexpectedly thrown together.
Rosamunde may be the king’s daughter, but she is in no way spoiled. Raised to be fully self-efficient and reliable, she is used to caring and tending to her own matters. Her main responsibility and passion at the convent was working in the stables with the animals. Aric, however, still feeling the effects of his ex-betrothed, lets his jealousy and fears consume him in regards to Rosamunde. He stifles and tries to control her actions, thinking that by limiting her he can prevent her from being unfaithful. Sadly, he misses the point that Rosamunde is nothing like his vile ex or other women from his past. But, he will learn.
There were quite a few times throughout the story that had me shaking with laughter. Obviously, Rosamunde is naïve when it comes to matters of the bedroom, and one really shouldn’t get sex advice from a nun and a bishop. Just…no. I felt for Aric during those times. He actually feared bedding his wife at one point. Then there was her affinity for caring for animals. There’s a scene where she’s nursing a horse back to health that you really need to read for yourself. It was hilarious.
Best of all about this book though was seeing these two people slowly come to trust in each other and love one another–to the point where they’d risk their own lives for the other. Watching Aric come to learn what is was to be truly loved and cared for and feel those things in return is pretty heartwarming. And seeing Rosamunde bloom from a young woman out of her element into a strong, fierce protector and lover is pretty amazing.
This was a 4 star read for me.
 

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Blog Blitz & Giveaway: The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal & Scoundrel #1) by Sarah MacLean


News Flash:  Announcing a sublime – and scandalously wonderful – new series from New York Times, USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Sarah MacLean!
The author aroused immediate interest when she announced this high-concept affair: “I’m thrilled to announce my next project — the Scandal & Scoundrel series, which I pitched to my editor as ‘Old School TMZ,’” says MacLean.  “It’s modern celebrity gossip with a pre-Victorian twist. Basically, this is my way of convincing my husband that all those glossy magazines in our house are ‘work necessities.’ 
The first novel in the series, THE ROGUE NOT TAKEN, is a riff on a certain elevator incident made famous at a Met gala several years ago.  But in MacLean’s imagination, the scurrilous turns absolutely sensational, as a ballroom imbroglio sets off a very heated carriage journey along the Great North Road.  It’s a long way from London to Scotland…you would be quite amazed at how much drama can ensue between a seemingly ill-matched duo on such a wild ride! 

Lady Sophie’s Society Splash
When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocracy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn’t saving her from ruin . . . it’s filled with it.

Rogue’s Reign of Ravishment!
Kingscote, “King,” the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he’s more pretty face than proper gentleman, and an irate summons home to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the journey becomes anything but boring.

War? Or More?
He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, making opposites altogether too attractive . . .

Sophie would want love. She’d want it pure and unfettered, given freely, along with all its trappings. She’d want the marriage and children and happiness and promise that came with it.
King could see it, the life she wanted. The line of little girls, blue-eyed and brown-haired, in love with books and strawberry tarts. For a moment, he imagined them smiling at him the way their mother did, filled with happiness and hope.
For a moment, he let himself believe he might be able to give it to her.
But she would want love, and he would never be able to give it.
He didn’t have it to give anymore. And those children, they would never be his.
He set her down on the edge of the fountain, coming to his knees, as though she was Ariadne and he the Minotaur, worshipping at her feet, adoring her even as he knew she could not survive in the labyrinth, and he could not survive beyond it.
“Tell me about last night,” he said softly, looking up at her, his hands at the hem of her skirts.
“What—” She caught her breath as his fingers explored the skin of her ankles. “What about it?”
“I hated it,” he said. “I hated stopping.”
She pressed her lips into a thin, straight line. “I hated that you stopped.”
His hands were beneath her skirts, pushing them back, farther and farther, up and over her knees. He pressed his lips to the inside of her knee, swirling his tongue there, loving the little gasp of surprised pleasure that came at the touch.
“I hate that I will have to stop today, as well.”

 

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Great North Road Map Reveal: Destinations and author annotations:
Stop #1:  “Sophie Stows Away” (English Country Estate near London)

Author Commentary:
There are moments in life when you know that you just can’t go on without a change. Lady Sophie Talbot, the youngest of the infamous Talbot Sisters (darlings of the gossip rags and nicknamed the Dangerous Daughters) knows this is the case when she lands her odious, philandering brother in law backside-first in a fish pond at a major event of the London Season. And so, Sophie does what’s necessary. “I simply need conveyance home,” she requests of Kingscote, Marquess of Eversley, notorious rake and her only chance of escape. Sophie’s desperate, and in possession of the Marquess’s boot, so she thinks she has a leg up, so to speak. King has other ideas.

Stop #2:  “The Carriage”
Author Commentary:
Lady Sophie Talbot, youngest and least interesting of the scandalous Talbot sisters (think 19th Century Kardashians) isn’t so uninteresting once she’s decided to stow away atop a carriage belonging to the Marquess of Eversley — notorious rogue and her recent nemesis. Indeed, she cannot wait for the horrible man to discover that she’s disguised herself as an outrider and stolen conveyance home to central London. There’s just one problem…
Stop #3: “The Fox and the Falcon Posting Inn”
Author Commentary:
By the time Lady Sophie Talbot finds herself outside the Fox & Falcon Posting Inn, miles from her home in London, she’s realized she’s made a huge mistake. She only ever intended to hitch a ride home to Mayfair–and simultaneously stick it to the arrogant, handsome, horrible Marquess of Eversley, who happens to be minus a boot, thanks to Sophie. Suffice to say, things got out of hand. And now, dressed as a male servant in the drive of a roadside inn, things are about to get much much worse.
Stop #4: “Beware Highwaymen!”
Author Commentary:
Suffice to say, being on the road with an arrogant aristocrat is no fun at all, so Lady Sophie Talbot does what any self-respecting woman would do, she “borrows” his money, and gets herself on the next mail coach north. All seems fine — until Highwaymen arrive, and that arrogant aristocrat arrives just in time to see her entire plan go pear-shaped.
Stop #5: “The Warbling Wren”
Author Commentary:
Being shot on the Great North Road isn’t exactly a thing people expect to happen, and Lady Sophie Talbot finds herself in the rooms above The Warbling Wren pub, under the welcome care of a rather mad doctor and the watchful eye of the rather infuriating (and infuriatingly handsome) Kingscote, Marquess of Eversley. There are worse things, she supposes. Or are there? Not for King.
Stop #6: “Mossband”
Author Commentary:
Lady Sophie Talbot, youngest and least interesting of the infamous Talbot sisters, has decided that her best bet to escape London and the aristocratic life for which she’d never been intended is to take herself home — to the small village on the Scottish border where she spent the first ten years of her life. And perhaps, after a disastrous journey north, something would go right, and her childhood friend Robbie, now the village baker, would make good on their silly youthful promises and marry her. Of course, Sophie isn’t alone. She’s saddled with the horrible, handsome Marquess of Eversley. Who has done everything to ruin her plans. Until now.
Stop #7: “Lyne Castle”
Author Commentary:
The Country seat of the Dukes of Lyne, Lyne Castle is the childhood home of Kingscote, Marquess of Eversley, who left home at eighteen after a terrible tragedy and never returned. Summoned home by his ailing father, King finally returns–with the unexpected addition of Lady Sophie Talbot, irritating and somehow irresistible. The estate boasts one of the most complicated labyrinths in Britain…where King and Sophie find solace, and heartbreak, and each other.

 

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Virtual Tour: The Highlander Takes A Bride By Lynsay Sands

A bold, seductive laird meets his passionate match in a scintillating Highland romance from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands.
Sword fighting, swearing, and riding astride come naturally to Saidh Buchanan. Simpering and holding her tongue-definitely not. Raised alongside seven boisterous brothers, Saidh has little interest in saddling herself with a husband…until she glimpses the new Laird MacDonnell bathing naked in the loch. Though she’s far from a proper lady, the brawny Highlander makes Saidh feel every inch a woman.
She has an angel’s looks, a warrior’s temper, and seeks out his kisses with wanton eagerness. Little wonder that Greer is intrigued by his comely guest. When reckless desire overtakes them, he’s more than willing to make an honest woman of her. But Saidh is the target of a hidden enemy, and Greer faces the battle of his life…to safeguard the woman he wants above all others.

It has been a long time since I have read any type of historical romance book so when I saw that Lynsay Sands had a historical series I was very excited.  I have been a fan of hers for many years so I just knew this was one that I had to try.  I am so happy that I did, she made me want to read more historical romances, well to be more specific more of hers.  I plan on getting the previous two books in this series to read as well.  Yep I didn’t read the previous two but I am going to rectify that very quickly. The Highlander Takes A Bride was funny, had the right amount of suspense, had a sassy heroine who I loved and a hero who I want for my own.  This is one book that historical romance lovers need to check out, especially if you like a bit of humor as well.

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Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/119124-highlander

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Author Info
LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there’s occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. Please visit her on the web at www.lynsaysands.net.
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Review: A Good Debutante’s Guide To Ruin (The Debutante Files, Book 1) by Sophie Jordan


A Good Debutante’s Guide To Ruin, book 1 in The Debutante Files, is an amazing start to a new series! Filled with intrigue, sensuality, innocence, and a touch of taboo, I refused to put this book down.
 
Rosalie Hughes has nowhere to go. Having been all but abandoned by her mother, Rosalie ends up at her stepbrother’s door. She’s the second to last person he ever wanted to see.
 
Declan, the Duke of Banbury, holds nothing but hatred for his stepmother. Though he and Rosalie may have fond childhood memories, he finds it hard to separate mother from daughter.
 
Wanting to quickly rid himself of Rosalie, Declan sponsors her through the debutante season and offers a hefty dowry with her marriage. Unfortunately for him, Rosalie won’t just go off with the first man to propose. She wants romance and love. But the longer she stays under Declan’s roof, the more she wants those things with him.
 
I was hooked and sucked in, on the edge of my seat waiting to see where this would go. Declan is never lacking in the company of women, but when Rosalie re-enters his life he unknowingly changes his rakish ways. She gets under his skin. He knows it’s a bad idea. He can’t go there with her. Looking for escape and to release some pent up frustrations, he runs off to Sodom for the night.
 
Rosalie, afraid the debutante season won’t bring her the romance she imagined, wants to experience life on her own terms…just once. She too finds herself at Sodom, a private club for illicit activities, donned in costume to protect her identity. There she’s only seeking out her first kiss. And oh my steaminess what a first kiss it is…with Declan! Holy mother of first kisses those two have hot chemistry!

“That’s it,” he growled. “Take what you want.”

 
Of course things can’t be that simple though. He has no clue the woman at Sodom, that makes him want more out of life, is the same woman currently living under his roof. Explosive is the word I’d use to define what happens when he puts two and two together and stops fighting his feelings for Rosalie.
 

His kiss deepened, grew harder, hungrier. Fast and desperate.

                                                          
Oh but, Sophie Jordan, wasn’t done with us readers yet. Declan and Rosalie would have to fight for their happy ending. Rosalie’s conniving, twisted mother wants her daughter’s dowry and she doesn’t care about hurting her daughter to get it.
 
Who knew a historical romance can be so fun! I’m looking forward to the next one in this series and more of Sodom. Seriously add this book to your TBR list.
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Book Spotlight and Giveaway: The Devil DeVere Series by Victoria Vane

One of my favorite authors is Victoria Vane. I have a deep fondness for historical romances. After all I did cut my romance reading on good old fashioned bodice rippers! Victoria Vane has written a wonderful series that takes place in Georgian England. It’s fun, it’s erotic, and it’s romantic. At the center of it all is the Devil DeVere! He’s the original bad boy, the original Jerk of My Dreams. Because let’s face it, he’s a jerk. He has his reasons, but yeah, he’s a jerk. And we love him! Once the obstacles are out of his way, he takes what he wants and loves with all he has!

Today, we’re spotlighting the series the Devil DeVere. In addition, the lovely author Victoria Vane is giving away an Kindle Fire! So, check out her books and enter the giveaway!

With the Devil in Charge … there could be Hell to Pay!

She needs a protector… Once seduced by whispered promises of a faithless lover, Phoebe Scott is determined to make a name on the Covent Garden stage, but after three years of bit parts, she realizes she’ll never achieve her goals on her own merits. Acknowledging her success is dependent on a powerful patron, Phoebe is now resolved to find a protector to secure her future. With this goal in mind, she seeks out the best prospects at London’s most notorious brothel.

He’s avowed to celibacy… Sir Edward “Ned” Chambers has been lost and lonely since his wife’s death in childbirth. Burdened with blame, he has sworn to a life of celibacy, but after three years, he is inwardly edgy, irritable, and increasingly discontent. Perceiving the cause behind Ned’s unhappiness, as well as the obvious cure, his best friend and rake of the first order, “The Devil” DeVere, is hell-bent to return Ned to the land of the living. DeVere’s machinations result in an outrageous wager that could lead Ned to a new love… or land them all in the Tower! 


All bets are off in in this racy Georgian romp! (romantic comedy with mature content)




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Review and Giveaway: Jewel of the East by Victoria Vane

I love happy endings. The guy the gets the girl. The girl gets her romantic fairy-tale ending. It’s just what the heart needs. Add into that a wounded warrior and I’m all over it!
Jewel of the East continues the story of friends formed in England in the 1700’s. A group of boys joined forces at their school and have remained friends as they’ve grown older. The exploits are legendary and their prowess as loves is unrivaled. But, just like any bad-boy, when they fall in love, they fall hard.
Simon Singleton is a lover, a poet and as bawdy as they come. His dad, tired of Simon’s antics, purchases a commission for him and sends him off to the army. Little do they know, this will forever alter Simon’s life. And not in a good way.
Simon is thought dead. He’s not. He’s just been held prisoner for six years. Those six years have changed him. Scared him. Those scars are not just on the outside, they’re on the inside as well.
Salime is just as scared. Her story is much more tragic. But she’s a remarkable woman. She’s made the best of her circumstances and has done everything she can to take care of herself. She’s honorable, desirable and beautiful on the inside and the outside.
Together Salime and Simon embark on a journey. She’s there to help Simon. But Simon ends up helping her just as much. Unfortunately things are not always easy. Sometimes they take some effort, a little heartache and whole lot of faith.
I loved this story from beginning to end. It tugged at my heartstrings, it made me believe in love and happily ever afters all over again.  I loved listening to the stories Salime told. Stories of another time, another place. Stories that will bring you to your knees. But the most amazing thing? The most amazing thing was watching what Simon did for Salime. It goes beyond the physical into the emotional.

Jewel of the East is a beautiful story of love and healing.
Author Victoria Vane is giving away copies of The Trouble With Sin. To win a copy, leave a comment on the blog. Be sure to leave your contact information, so we can get the copy to you!  You have until midnight EST 1/23/14 to leave a comment and win!
The Trouble with Sin … Is the devil within… Aspiring poet Simon “Sin” Singleton, has lived his life only for larks, laughter, and ladies of easy virtue, eluding defying, and flouting all manner of authority until his impetuous misdeeds finally catch up with him. Having lost his muse, his allowance, and even his friends by edict from a tyrannical father and puritanical mother, Simon is ready to drown himself in drink, until receiving an ingenious proposition that could change everything.

Review: Rowan’s Lady by Suzan Tisdale

Suzan Tisdale is an amazing author who weaves stories that will have you laughing, crying, sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. The intrigue, mystery and romance contained in her pages will keep you up well past your normal bedtime as you can’t stop reading!
We have a “new” series from Suzan with the Clan Graham. Why is new in quotes you ask? Well, we actually met Rowan in the Clan MacDougall series. So, while this is his clan we’re now reading about, he’s not really new to us. We’ve met him before.
And like the Clan MacDougall, Clan Graham are proud and honorable highland warriors.
Rowan has lost his wife. The woman he loved. He lost her to the black death, the plague. He’s been left with a wee bairn to raise and two promises to keep. Promises to Kate, his wife. Promises made on her deathbed. Now, Rowan is an honorable man, but will he be able to keep both promises?
Arline has had a hard life. She’s been married before, yet she’s never felt love. Not the kind of love a man feels for his wife. Her dad is a jerk and uses her for his own gain. She’s alone in the world. But now, she has a purpose. It may be a temporary one, but it’s still a purpose.
I loved Rowan and Arline. I think this one is now my favorite of Suzan Tisdale’s stories.
Rowan is one of those men you hope you meet for your spouse. He’s handsome, fierce when he needs to be, soft and tender when called for, and always a gentleman. He tries to do the right thing, but makes mistakes. He’s strong enough to realize when he’s wrong and he’s not afraid to say I’m sorry.
Arline is the perfect heroine for Rowan. She’s strong willed, fierce when called to be, clever, and willing to learn from her mistakes. She doesn’t always act rationally but she does realize when she’s wrong and face it.
This story pulled at my hearstrings and made me feel like I was falling in love again! I laughed, I cried, I sat on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen. We got to see some of our old friends from Clan MacDougall. I loved seeing them again. We also meet some new people that will hopefully be in future stories.

I’m excited about getting more from Clan Graham and can’t wait to read them.
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The Viscount’s Vow by Collette Cameron

You know, it’s funny. London in the 1800’s is full of polite society. Act this way, be this way, dress this way. Anything that meet with the standards of polite society are shunned, made fun of, gossiped about, in general, thought to be less than everyone else.
Evangeline suffers from that problem. She’s part Roma, or gypsy. As a result those in politesociety gossip about her and call her loose. Even though she’s followed all the rules, the men continue to say she loose and the women are just harridans! It’s awful!
Ian has come to London to avenge the death of his brother and father. He’s been told by his step-mother and sister that Evangeline is responsible for their deaths AND she stole away his sister’s beau. Due to his honor, he ends up married to Evangeline and risking everything to protect her.
In many ways Ian was lovable. While I did love him, I also wanted to smack him on the head! He needed a serious wake-up call. He did get that wake-up call unfortunately it came a bit too late. Part of his lovability was his honor. He wanted to believe in the goodness of others. Part of the reason I wanted to smack him upside the head was his ability to believe in the good of others. That ability to believe in the goodness of others cost both Ian and Evangeline.
Evangeline was an interesting character. Her Roma heritage managed to give her a positive outlook when most of us would have only expected the worst. It also gave her the ability to look at what was going on around her and listen with her heart. Unfortunately it also cost her dearly.
Many lessons can be learned from the characters in this book. Look for the good in others. Watch the actions of others to learn their true intent. Forgive each other. Love with your whole heart.

I really enjoyed this story. Collette Cameron has quickly become one of my favorite historical romance authors!
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Review: Matthew (The Circle Eight #1) by Emma Lang

Matthew is the oldest of the Graham siblings. After their parents are murdered and the youngest turns up missing, Matthew takes over as head of the family. He’s doing everything he can to keep the family together and ranch going.
One thing Matthew does, is go to Houston to extend the family ranch with a land claim. Only one problem, Matthew has to be married. So, Matthew does what anyone else would do, he lies. He says his wife is Hannah. Now he just has to find a wife, named Hannah and in 30 days. No problem!
This was a fun read. It started off with a bang and kept on going. I was hooked from the first chapter and couldn’t put it down. The romance between Matthew and Hannah was sweet and very realistic to the time they were living in.  
They had to deal with so many things, sibling rivalry, the missing youngest brother, threats on their land, dishonest neighbors, and of course the biggest one of all, getting to know each other.
The suspense in the book was the right amount. It added to the story and didn’t distract from the main focus of the story. The periphery characters were awesome and only added to the story.
I’m looking forward to the others in this series. This is a great historical cowboy romance.


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Review: A Devil’s Touch by Victoria Vane

“I need you Diana. You are my light, my sustenance. You are everything to me.”
Diana and the Devil DeVere have had a turbulent, rocky, hot romance from the very beginning. Their marriage is no less turbulent and HOT!
Diana is in the last month of pregnancy. DeVere, feeling scared for Diana, refuses to touch her. He’s edgy, frustrated and trying his best. Diana misreads him and thinks he’s fallen out of love and lust with her and has moved on. Boy is she ever wrong. But then, pregnant women aren’t exactly calm and rational. Diana finds “proof” of his infidelity and confronts him. When he explains what the “proof” really was, he demands her total trust. He’s tired of living through her reservations.
What follows is a night of unbridled hotness that will leave you panting!
Diana will show DeVere how much she loves him. DeVere will show Diana that he’s all hers, now and forever.
This is a must read for all Devil DeVere lovers. It gives us a glimpse into the married life between Devil and Diana.
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