Sunday, June 25, 2017

Say Yes to the Scot by May McGoldrick; Sabrina York; Lecia Cornwall; Anna Harrington

"Say Yes to the Scot" is a 4 book boxed set.  I normally steer clear of boxed set books because I haven't had good luck in the past.  I took a chance with this one and I was thrilled.  Every book was different and amazing.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

The Pleasures of Passion by Sabrina Jeffries

When Brilliana Payne was seventeen, she fell madly in love with Niall Lindsey, heir to the Earl of Margrave.  Niall is forced to flee England after killing a man in a duel.  He begs Brilliana to go with him or asks her to wait for him.  Because of her mother's health, Brilliana tells him she can't leave.  Crushed, Niall is forced to flee alone.

Seven years later, Niall returns to England after being pardoned.  He is recruited by the government to catch a counterfeiter connected with his former love.  

Brilliana was forced by her father to marry another man shortly after Niall was exiled.  She is now a widow and wants nothing to do with Niall.   Brilliana is furious that she is being forced to work with Niall as his fake fiance to help save her father.  Her role brings out her long buried feelings toward Niall and her father. 

Will they be able to mend the broken ties that they once shared?

Niall was a wonderful hero.  I loved his back story and how his character evolved.  Brilliana was one of my favorite heroines.  She was determined to save her son's estate and was a devoted mother.  I loved how they slowly discovered what had happened and Brilliana was able to trust Niall again.

This was an amazing story that I couldn't put down.  I did not want it to end.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

Addicted to the Duke by Bronwen Evans

When Lady Hestia Cary was sixteen, she was captured by Turkish pirates.  She was rescued by Alexander Sylvester Bracken, the Marquess of Tavistock.  Hestia didn't know that Alexander was rescuing her because he had been the captive of Sultan Murad Bayezid and he wanted vengeance.

Four years later Alexander is the Duke of Bedford.  After he has escaped his captivity, he has been using sex and laudanum to escape the demons that drive him. He has been summoned by Lady Hestia.  Her cousin has declared that her father died and is claiming his title.  Hestia knows that her father is not dead, but the only way to keep her safe is if she goes with Alex on the mission to find her father.

I was really torn about my feelings towards this book.  On many levels, it is a classic, sweeping romance that takes you from England to the Mediterranean and back to England.  There was the hero worship that Hestia had for Alex and the way it brutally crashed to returning to a strong love.  I thought the book was beautifully written.

But, I felt like I was constantly being reminded of Alex's addiction to opium and what he endured in Murad's captivity.  Then there was Murad.  I felt like the evil sultan was more of a main character than Alex or Hestia.

I wish the focus could have been more on Alex healing rather than man-whoring, laudanum drinking character he was while Hestia was in Wales pining for him to realize he loved her.

In the end, after Hestia realizes the true brutalities that Alex suffered, her hero-worship destroyed, she realizes that Alex is a strong man because of the brutalities he survived.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in return for an honest review.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Eloping with the Princess by Robyn DeHart

Isabel Crisp has lived at St. Bartholomew's School for Girls for as long as she can remember.  Her uncle, Lord Thornton was too busy for her to come to his home during school breaks.  Her Aunt Lilith has come to get her along with Lord Lynford.

When she is nearly abducted as she left the school gate, they took her to the house of Viscount Jason Ellis.  As a member of the Brotherhood of the Sword, Jason is sworn to protect Isabel once it is revealed she is the last remaining member of the royal family from the island nation of Saldania and she is being used in a plot to usurp the throne from Victoria.

When Isabel realizes that the easist was to stop the attempts is to find a husband, she asks Jason to marry her.  Jason agrees to a marriage in name only but he is having a difficult time keeping his hands off his beautiful and tempting wife.

What a splendid book.  When I wanted to shake Jason for being so over the top with his situation, Isabel balanced it out by falling in love with Jason for who he was and wanting a real marriage.  There was a quiet sensuality to the book that flowed through the pages once Jason met Isabel.  I was on the edge of my chair with wanting to know what was going to happen next but not wanting the book to end.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Stirring Up the Sheriff by Leslie North

Marianne Stanton has bought her Aunt's Honky Tonk and is turning it into a brewpub.  Sheriff Trent Wild doesn't want his favorite bar to change.

I normally love Leslie North's books.  However, this one fell flatter than a beer left out on Marianne's bar.  I could not connect with Marianne or Trent.  Even Sabrina's walk-through in the beginning of the book felt off.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Obsession by Calista Fox

Obsession is the fourth book in the Bayfront Billionaires series.  Roxy Shea is an artist on the run from an abusive relationship.  She meets Nick Faulkner who owns a movie studio and has an instant attraction.  Nick's best friend, Hunter Valens, has returned after several years away while he researched a book.  When Roxy meets him, she is also attracted to him.  Since menage relationships are becoming common among their friends, Roxy, Nick and Hunter begin a menage relationship.

For me, this book fell flat and felt very forced.  I just did not enjoy reading it.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Cougar Bait by Evangeline Anderson

Samantha Becker is a trauma surgeon who's life revolves around her career.  Her sister has recently discovered she has the special Shifter Gene.  Samantha is positive she does not have the Gene and doesn't want to be part of the Shifter life.  Liam Keller is an Alpha cougar and the mayor of Cougarville.  Liam has discovered that Samantha is his mate.

Liam isn't willing to let Samantha go and will protect her from the person who is stalking her.  When things start heating up between Samantha and Liam can he keep her safe and still have his mate?

This is the second book in the series and I loved it!  I like the author's shifter world.  The "juvie" and Shifter Gene made both books dynamic.  Liam was a supporting character in the first book.  I liked that he got his own book.  I loved the characters.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Billionaire's Virgin by Jackie Ashenden

Xavier De Dantis has one goal - to get his mother's ranch in Wyoming.  He works for his father's company and when he is ordered to clean up his image, he volunteers at a homeless shelter.  Mia is on the streets, homeless, after escaping from her mean grandmother's house.  Mia wants an apartment of her own and a job.  She is being held back because she doesn't have any information to get any identification.

Mia is leery when she meets Xavier.  Can she let Xavier through her defenses when he offers a safe home?

This was a great read.  I enjoyed the characters and admired Mia's spirit.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Her Favorite Duke (The 1797 Club) by Jess Michaels

Margaret Rylon has loved her brother Jame's best friend as long as she can remember.  Simon Greene, Duke of Crestwood has always been by her side.  After their father dies, James arranges a marriage for Meg to another friend, Graham Everly, the Duke of Northfield.  As her brother pushes her to set the wedding date, Meg becomes more upset.  After Meg and Simon are trapped in a cottage overnight during a storm, Simon is forced to marry Meg.

Due to guilt, Simon becomes cold.  Can he fix their relationship and regain their passion before their marriage is destroyed.

Jess Michaels is one of my favorite authors.  I love her erotic historical books and have been waiting for this novel since I read "The Daring Duke".  I was hoping that Meg and Simon would get their HEA.

Once I started reading this book, I didn't stop.  I was hooked.  There were times I wanted to shake Simon and tell him to talk to James and make him understand how much he loved Meg.  I also wanted to yell at James for being the only one in their friend group that didn't realize that Meg and Simon had feelings for each other.

So, now I am waiting for Graham to find his HEA.  I love this series!

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank You!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Blaze by Donna Grant

Blaze is book 11 in the Dark Kings series.  I love Donna Grant's story telling.  I feel like I was dropped into the world.  There were parts of the book that I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen next.  The characters are great.  I loved how Anson found his HEA.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

Healing the Quarterback by Leslie North

Healing the Quarterback is the second in the Wildhorse Ranch Brothers Series.  Charlie Wild is the starting quarterback for the Texas Teamsters.  Women are always fawning over him and Charlie is like a kid in a candy store.  After a season ending injury, the Teamsters demand that Charlie overhaul his reputation by recuperating in his home town.  His doctor is Dylan Rose, the woman that he met and blew off before his final game.

Dylan Rose is passionate about medication and her patients.  She left Houston for the quieter paced Lockhart Bend because she was tired of the high profile stars she kept fixing.  When she is told that she will have to help Charlie Wild with his rehabilitation, she wants to get him healed and watch his hot ass walk our the door.

I absolutely loved the interactions between Charlie and Rose.  Their flirting and banter throughout the book kept the action going.  I love Charlie Wild.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!