Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Arden by Melody Anne

Arden Forbes is a dedicated High School history teacher and football coach.  Few people know that he is a billionaire thanks to his families wealth. 

Keera Thompson is running from her troubled past.  Finding a job as a High School principal in this small, sleepy town is just the thing she needs for a new start.  When her past finds her, Arden steps in and protects her every time there is a problem.

Keera does not want to share her past with Arden because it will bring back the memories. As the situation escalates, Keera must tell Arden about her past.  Will it bring them closer together or drive him away.

The first chapter or two moved slowly as the plot was established, but once I got past the second chapter, the story picked up.  I liked the twists and turns in this novel.  Arden was a great hero and poor Keera was such a strong character that had been through a lot. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

I received a complimentary ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks!

The Sheikh's Tempting Assistant by Leslie North

Laura Bliss is an assistant location scout stuck scouting in the desert because her boss is a jerk.  She gets lost and stumbles upon the campsite of Raheem and his family.  Raheem and his brothers are trying to save their country from the disaster their father left.  He hires Laura to help him with a PR campaign to promote tourism in his country. 

Another wonderful Sheikh book from Leslie North.  I loved Laura and Raheem.  This was a great short and steamy read!

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

Six Weeks with a Lord by Eve Pendle

Grace Alnott's father was a successful dry grocer.  His one dream was for her to marry into the aristocracy.  When she did not find a husband in her first season, Grace's father sent her to finishing school.  While she is away, her father dies and leaves her four-year-old brother in the hands of an abusive guardian.  To get her dowry, she must marry a member of the aristocracy and her father wants her to marry her brother's guardian. 

Major Everett Hetherington is the new Earl of Westbury.  As the second son, he never expected to inherit.  What he inherited was an estate on the verge of ruin, his older brother's gambling debt and a major issue on his estate.  Grace Alnott is the solution to his problems.  They get married, he gets her dowry and she marries an aristocrat and gets the guardianship of her brother.  Only, Grace will only give him half her dowry because she wants a marriage of convenience.  Everett stipulates that she must live with him for six weeks.  In the six weeks, Everett must convince Grace to stay with him.


This was an amazing debut novel.  I loved the characters.  Grace was a very determined heroine and Everett was just attempting to navigate his way through the mess he inherited.  He was a very strong hero.  I liked that the plot moved at a steady pace with the chemistry between Grace and Everett growing. 

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


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.