Sunday, June 24, 2018

Wicked Surrender (Regency Sinners 2) by Carole Mortimer

Eight friends have returned from Waterloo and are now spies for the Crown.  They have been best friends since school and call their group The Sinners after their leader, the Duke of Stonewell, Dominic Sinclair.

As Stonewell is the leader, he has been told that there is a woman in Society that has been passing government secrets to help Napoleon.  However, there were eight women that attended the same six functions when the information was exchanged.  Stonewell has each of the men pick a name of the lady from a hat.  They have to prove the lady's innocence or guilt.

This book revolves around Dante St. Juste, the Duke of Huntley and Lady Isabella Aston.  Isabella's mother married Dante's cousin.  Isabella fell in love with Dante and she was crushed when Dante rejected her affections.  Now, Dante needs to discover if Isabella is the spy they are searching for.

I have been a fan of Carole Mortimer's for a long time.  I love this series.  The characters are great.  The length is perfect.  They have a strong sexual content that works well with the characters and plot.

Wicked Torment (Regency Sinners 1) by Carole Mortimer

Eight friends have returned from Waterloo and are now spies for the Crown.  They have been best friends since school and call their group The Sinners after their leader, the Duke of Stonewell, Dominic Sinclair.

As Stonewell is the leader, he has been told that there is a woman in Society that has been passing government secrets to help Napoleon.  However, there were eight women that attended the same six functions when the information was exchanged.  Stonewell has each of the men pick a name of the lady from a hat.  They have to prove the lady's innocence or guilt.

The first book revolves around Darius Strong, the Duke of Wolferton and Lady Beatrix Hanwell.  Wolferton invades Bea's house party and won't leave. 

I have been a fan of Carole Mortimer's for a long time.  I love this series.  The characters are great.  The length is perfect.  They have a strong sexual content that works well with the characters and plot.

Breathless by Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan

This novel is told as a historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense in alternating POV.   It was truly Breathless.  The characters were well written and the two separate plots juxtaposed and harmonized.

I received a complimentary ARC from NetGalley and the publisher.  Thank you.



A Mistress for Penndrake by Tammy L. Bailey

This was a book that I really wanted to love. But, it just didn't pop.  Before Lord Wesley's father died, he gambled away their ancestral home.  The new owner is now blackmailing Wesley into marrying his cousin.  Lord Wesley is the cousin of the woman that broke Kate Holden's heart. 

Throughout the book, Wesley and Kate never directly talk, they are always verbally dancing around, yet they fall into instant lust when Wesley visits Kate's home.  It just didn't work for me.

I received a complimentary ARC from NetGalley and the publisher.  Thank you.

All Night With the Cowboy by Soraya Lane

This is a second chance romance for high school sweethearts, Tanner and Lauren.  Tanner injured himself on the rodeo circuit bull riding and Lauren is the physical therapist that Tanner's sister hired to help him recover. 

I liked the interaction between the characters and the setting.  This was a great summer read.

I received a complimentary ARC from NetGalley and the publisher.  Thank you!

It's All About the Duke by Amelia Grey

Marlena Fast was orphaned young.  She had a guardian, but because he was unmarried, she lived with various relatives.  Marlena is now living with her cousins.  Her one cousin, Justine, is a widow who is thrilled that the Duke of Rathburne is her new guardian.

When I read the synopsis, I thought that the book sounded good.  I liked Marlena and the Duke.  However, the surrounding characters were too much.  There was Justine who was living in the past and thought that the Duke would propose to her as soon as he remembered their dance during her season.  There were several times I wondered who was the main character because Justine overshadowed and overpowered Marlena.    

Marlena was writing a gossip column and using the money to help a friend and her married sister that lived down the street.  The husband was spending all of their money on fossils and was now spending the unmarried sister's money for her season.  The epilogue was a wrap up of what happens with the fossil guy.  

While I did finish the book, I found it hard to complete.


I received a complimentary ARC from NetGalley and the publisher.



Monday, June 18, 2018

Two Dukes and a Lady by Lorna James

This book could have been so much more if it had been just a little bit longer.  There were several sub-plots that were started and hurridly resolved.  Lily's dead husband was a crook and scammed other crooks.  She discovered that after he died.  As soon as she was able, she fled back to London from America.  Her dead husband's creditors keep sending her letters and Lily keeps putting them in a pile, hoping they will go away.   When the crooks shows up at her door and says he has her husband's son and demands fifty thousand pounds or he will go the papers, the boy just shows up several days later.  Lily doesn't have the money, but poof, situation resolved.  Did  Lily pay him? 


That both the Dukes never told her that the one chick was her frenemy?  Come on Dukes!  Clue your girl in earlier.  When the frenemy suggests that the Dukes will not want Lily because of the boy and helps her run off to Paris, the Dukes find her.  Again, poof, the whole situation with the little boy resolved.