Disciplined by the Duke by Alyson Chase #BlogTour #Review

Can she succumb to the hot sting of his hand and the gentleness 
of his kisses without revealing her true identity and darkest secrets? 

 DISCIPLINED BY THE DUKE
Lords of Discipline #1
Alyson Chase
Releasing Aug 15, 2017
Swerve

 

The day her sister murdered their abusive father, Elizabeth Wilcox stopped being a gentleman’s daughter. Willing to do anything to save her sister from the hangman’s noose, now she is a spy… A servant. A liar. A thief. A submissive.
Masquerading as a parlor maid and entrenched in the Duke of Montague’s estate, Liz is willing to risk all to uncover the secrets that would save her sister. But submitting to the duke’s peculiar brand of discipline surprises her with a heady mixture of pleasure and pain. Eager to relinquish control of her messy life, Liz soon craves the rough hands of Montague and his powerful, passionate attentions. Can she succumb to the hot sting of his hand and the gentleness of his kisses without revealing her true identity and darkest secrets? And what punishment will she face when he realizes her betrayal?
 

Liz’s sister killed their father and now sits in a prison. Liz is determined to keep her sister from being hanged and is willing to do anything to save her. The Earl of Westmore says he will help if Liz does everything he asks of her. Her final assignment is to pose as a maid in the Duke of Montague’s house and retrieve a letter. Sounds easy right? They have a chemistry that makes it hard for the Duke to stay away even though he doesn’t tup the help. Add in the vague connection she has to the Earl and he sees all these red flags.

For the most part, I enjoyed this story. The plot is unique and the actual story is fascinating. Reading the blurb, I was expecting there to be more BDSM which intrigued me of course. However, I found the steamy scenes to be lacking. There is a hint of BDSM but it’s not what was expected. If I read the next book in this series, I will readjust my expectations and I feel like I will enjoy it better.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Alyson Chase writes historical romances that are just a bit…naughty. She is a former attorney, and thought that her flair for dramatic and sexy writing was seriously undervalued in her legal career. She also writes under the name Allyson Charles. 

She lives in Northern California where the incredible weather and natural beauty so far outweigh the overcrowding and congested freeways. Also, the food in the Bay Area rocks. 
If you want to know when the next book is coming out, visit her at website and sign up for her newsletter.
 

 

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The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas #BlogTour #Review

The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas #BlogTour #Review

The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas #BlogTour #ReviewThe Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published by Grand Central Publishing on August 8th 2017
Genres: Erotica, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
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FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE THIS MAN TRILOGY....
What do you do when you can't control your feelings for someone? When you know you shouldn't go there? Not even in your head.
Annie has never experienced the 'spark' with a guy-the kind of instant chemistry that steals your breath and blindsides you completely. Until a night out with friends brings her face to face with the wickedly sexy and mysterious Jack. It's not just a spark that ignites between them. It's an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise.
Overwhelmed by the intensity of their one night together, Annie slips out of their hotel room. She is certain that a man who's had such a powerful impact on her and who could bend her to his will so easily, must be dangerous. But she's already in too deep. And Jack isn't only dangerous. He is forbidden.

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I want to start by saying this book will not be for everyone. There is cheating in this romance and I know that is a big no for some, so if that is you then you will not want to read this. With that being said, I don’t condone cheating in books or real life but I really think this book gives you a good view on it regardless of what you’re stance on it is, you’ve been cheated on, or you have cheated on someone.
Annie is an architect who has put her career above her personal life. During a night out with her friends, she has a one night stand with sexy, mysterious Jack who she thinks she will never see again. The chemistry between them is smoking hot and it overwhelms Annie. She is so flustered that she rushes out of the hotel room before the sun comes up. A few days later, she is still thinking about that night and contemplating if she should have stayed or at least left her number. When it turns out Jack is the contractor on her latest project, she discovers that while their connection is intense, he is “forbidden”.
The Forbidden is so intense and some parts are so dark that it took me over a week to finish this book and I had to read other happier things in between. There were a couple of times where I didn’t think I could finish it because I felt so wrecked. However, my need to know what happened in the end won out. I can see that Jodi Ellen Malpas will be one of my go to authors in the future. She has a way with words that got me to read a book with elements that I normally refuse to read simply because the writing was that good.

The Forbidden Music Playlist

Unlike This Man & One Night, I didn’t really use much music in The Forbidden. But I did listen to it during the writing process, and there are a few tracks that had a place within the story for one reason or another.

Madonna – Like A Prayer

When Annie is getting ready for her girls night out, she’s dances around her bedroom in her towel with a glass of wine singing along. Because what woman doesn’t like a bit of Madonna? It’s like the perfect track to get ready to. Any everyone knows the words!

Above & Beyond – Sun & Moon

This was the track of the moment for me while I was writing The Forbidden. The lyrics ring so true for Annie’s disposition at this moment in the story, and I kept imagining her bursting through Hyde Park on a spontaneous morning run, feeling like she had a new lease of life. “We’re in heaven, you and I. When I lay with you and close my eyes, my fingers touch the sky.” Perfecto!

Moby – Go

Annie’s friend, while slightly drunk on their night out, puts herself on the dance floor and has a bit of a drunken sway. This track has always been a firm favourite of mine, the tempo intense, and it was perfect for the atmosphere in the bar when Annie and Jack first set eyes on each other.

Jean Jacques Smoothie – 2 People

This track was originally in the book, but after edit was removed. The words are perfect for the chemistry and feels that Jack and Annie had on their first encounter. There are literally 16 words in the whole track, and each one is perfect. To me, the lyrics represent the joining of two people who are just meant to be.

Two people, just meeting
Barely touching each other
Two spirits greeting
Trying to carry it further

Zedd – Clarity (Feat Foxes)

This didn’t make it into the book, but it was a huge track at the time I was writing The Forbidden and always seemed to be on the radio everytime I got in the car! I always thought how apt the words were for Annie & Jack.

“If our love is tragedy why are you my remedy
If our love’s insanity why are you my clarity”

The Forbidden – Alfie Malpas

This seems a bit strange to share, but, ultimately, it deserves first place in my list in terms of ‘the feels’. This is the track for the book trailer, and it was produced by my son J He’s a bit of a whizz when it comes to music, and there have been many tracks I’ve used in past books that Alfie has brought to me because he just knows I’ll love them. He has a knack of finding immense music by artists many haven’t heard of yet. But this track he actually produced from scratch himself. I went to him with a brief. I wanted intense, almost uncomfortable. He came back with this, and though it is massively far removed from what he usually produces, he done me so proud. It is perfect for The Forbidden.

James – Top Of The World

One of my all-time favourites. There’s a scene in The Forbidden when Annie is aimlessly wandering the streets of London. It’s a moment in which she is lost and trying to silently comprehend where she is at in her life and what she is doing. Top of The World couldn’t be more fitting for her frame of mind.

Alanis Morissette – Uninvited

Another old favourite. Simple, really. “You’re not allowed. You’re uninvited.” In my mind, that’s what Annie is saying to herself all the time about Jack. She’s angry at his persistence. Tries to tell herself to steer clear. But your heart doesn’t always listen to your head.

About Jodi Ellen Malpas

Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands’ town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys. Working for her father’s construction business full-time, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing until it became impossible. She wrote in secret for a long time before finally finding the courage to unleash her creative streak, and in October 2012 she released This Man. She took a chance on a story with some intense characters and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters have become her passion, a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.

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Ethan’s Daughter by Rachel Brimble #BlogTour #Review

There’s safety in solitude isn’t there?

 

 ETHAN’S DAUGHTER
Templeton Cove #7
Rachel Brimble
Releasing Aug 8, 2016
Harlequin Superromance

There’s safety in solitude isn’t there?

Single dad and best-selling thriller writer Ethan James has no problem being Templeton Cove’s most famous recluse until a surprise visit from the past plunges him into a real-life crime drama just as feisty nurse Leah Dixon barges her way into his world.

Ethan’s first priority is to protect his daughter. His second priority is to
keep Leah out of this dark web and that means out of his bed. Except Leah isn’t going anywhere; she’s afraid little Daisy is in danger.

Ethan couldn’t live with himself if anything happened to Leah but pushing her away may be even harder!
 

Ethan’s Daughter is book 7 in the Templeton Cove series but it is the first book I have read by Rachel Brimble. I feel it can be read as a standalone though there are characters mentioned that must be from the other books.

Leah is a nurse who finds a little girl alone on the beach. She takes her home to find her dad is none other than Ethan James, a famous writer and recluse. Ethan is hurt and she discovers he was attacked by his ex-wife. She immediately tends to his wounds and the more time she spends with him and his daughter, Daisy, the more she wants to be in their lives. Ethan tries to push Leah away from fear of the people his ex is involved with. He doesn’t want Leah caught in the cross-hairs but that proves more difficult than he thought.

I really enjoyed this story. I love a good romantic suspense and this was very suspenseful at times. I couldn’t put this book down and I didn’t want it to end. I was hooked from the very beginning. The fact that Daisy was in danger made me want to know what would happen even more. This is a definite must read!

Rating: 4.5 stars

Rachel Brimble lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had seven books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and an eight coming in Feb 2018. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press. 
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
 

 

Eye Candy by Jessica Lemmon #BlogTour #Review

Don’t trust lust at first sight. 

 EYE CANDY
Real Love #1
Jessica Lemmon
Releasing July 25th, 2017
Loveswept
Don’t trust lust at first sight. One woman chooses reality over fantasy in this friends-to-lovers romance. 

Jacqueline:
 
As an adult woman—and the vice president of a marketing firm—I shouldn’t be waiting by my office window to ogle the mystery man who jogs by every morning at 11:45. Sure, he’s a gorgeous, perfect specimen of the human race, but I can’t bring myself to hit on a total stranger. However, my best friend–slash–colleague Vince Carson thinks I should do more than talk to the guy. In fact, he’s borderline obsessive about “getting me laid.” (His words.) But the more time we spend together, the more it’s clear: The one I’m falling for is Vince.
 
Vince: Jackie Butler’s got it bad for some pompous, over-pumped A-hole who struts his stuff past her window. That doesn’t bother me. I know she deserves nice things. What does bother me is that she friend-zoned me big-time last year, so I can’t ask her out myself. But what if I set her up with Mr. Steroids? Then, when he breaks her heart, I can swoop in and save her like the nice guy I am. Everything’s going according to plan . . . until we share a ridiculously epic kiss. And suddenly anything is possible.


 
Eye Candy is the first book in the brand new Real Love series by Jessica Lemmon. This a friends-to-lovers story about two friends who helped each other through their divorces.
Jackie has been divorced three years but hasn’t been able to bring herself to date after her ex cheated on her. Every morning she watches a gorgeous guy jog by her window and she has no idea how to approach him but she wants to. Her best friend and co-vice president, Vince, decides to help her. He has an ulterior motive though. He plans to wait until this guy breaks her heart so that he can swoop in and make her see that she belongs with him. Things back fire when they share an intense kiss but it may be just what was needed.
I enjoyed this book and it’s take on the friends-to-lovers trope. This is a trope that is slightly overdone but this story was believable and the characters were well developed. I liked Jackie and how she was willing to finally put herself back out there. It’s hard when you have been cheated on and I’m glad she didn’t rush back out into the dating world before she was ready. Jessica Lemmon did a great job with these characters in that both of them were divorcees who were left but neither of them played the victim. Jackie didn’t date for awhile but she never came across as the “woe is me” type.  I also liked that Vince wasn’t the type of businessman who was all about his job. That was really refreshing. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!
Rating: 4 stars
A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.
Jessica is a social media junkie who loves to hear from readers. You can learn more at her website.
 

 

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Where I Need to Be by Jamie Hollins #BlogTour #Review

How can their relationship survive when it’s built on half-truths? 

 WHERE I NEED TO BE
McKenna Series #3
Jamie Hollins
Releasing July 18, 2017

 

When heroin stole James Foley’s wife and destroyed his marriage, he poured all his energy into raising his young son and running his auto garage. There’s no room in his life for anything else until Megan McKenna walks into his shop. He finds it impossible to resist the sexy school teacher.
 
After an ugly divorce, Megan lost her home, her job, and a big chunk of her self-respect. With her posh lifestyle now a memory, she starts over by
indulging in an unexpected fling with a hard-bodied mechanic.
 
What begins as something casual turns into something meaningful. But how can their relationship survive when it’s built on half-truths? 
James and Megan soon discover that being honest with themselves is just as important as being honest with each other. Only then will their relationship fire on all cylinders.

James wants nothing more than to raise his son and run his auto repair shop. He isn’t interested in love after his ex-wife had unrecognized postpartum depression that led to a heroin addiction. He tried to help her but after many failed attempts he took their son and left when he came to the realization that she would always pick the drug.
Megan thought she had it all. She was living a life of luxury until she found her husband of 7 years cheating on her. She leaves him and ends up with no job, no home, and no car. Falling back on her teaching degree, she ends up with a roommate and a car that is basically a piece of junk.
Megan ends up at James auto shop and he instantly thinks she was like every other privileged customer since she is a former customer of his. She proves him wrong though and the two of them are able to learn from their past mistakes to have a good relationship.
This is the first book by Jamie Hollins that I have read and I really enjoyed it. Both Megan and James had experienced the pain of a marriage ending and instead of it making them bitter, they used the experience to learn how a relationship is supposed to work. They both were a little hesitant of course but I enjoyed watching their relationship blossom.
Rating: 4 stars
DON’T MISS ANY OF THE 
MCKENNA SERIES

Jamie Hollins was born and raised in rural Northeast Ohio. After graduate school, she embarked on a perilous career in Human Resources where she met plenty of real life characters.  When she’s not writing or chasing after her toddler, she enjoys reading and golfing. Jamie lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and their dog, Winston.

The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell #BlogTour #Review

The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell #BlogTour #Review

The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell #BlogTour #ReviewThe Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell
Published by Entangled: Select on July 25th 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 310
Format: Paperback
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A horse race in trousers on Rotten Row. Visiting a gaming hall in a dress that would make her mother faint. Sneaking an invitation to a masquerade ball attended by only the wickedest, most debauched members of society…
None of these things are scaring off bookish but strong-willed Amelia Bishop’s stuffy, egotistical fiancé.
The only thing left is to entice childhood friend Nicholas Wakefield into a truly engagement-ending scandal. The Wakefields are the height of propriety, and Nicholas’s parents have made it clear a wife from the neighboring Bishop family would be unacceptable…
But Nicholas would give up his family and his fortune if Amelia would ever see him as more than just a childhood friend. He’ll go along with her scheme, even if it means ruining them both, because he’s got a plan that will change her mind about him being merely the boy next door.

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Amelia’s family have been outcasts in society since her older sister Julia was born with a disability. That didn’t stop Nicholas, the second son of Lord and Lady Wakefield, from becoming friends with both sisters. Nick and Amelia have always liked each other but were both too afraid to admit it. Now Nick has been summoned home after two years abroad to find his father losing his mind and Amelia engaged to Embry. Amelia thinks Nick could never be attracted to her and is surprised when just being near him gives her tingles. She doesn’t feel that way when she is with her fiance. Speaking of Embry, he is older and was previously engaged to the woman he loved but it ended when she tragically died. He is trying to make Amelia fit the image of his beloved and will go to any means to marry her including blackmail. Amelia tries to call off the engagement after Embry insults her sister but he will not have it. What follows is hilarity at its finest with several attempts at causing a scandal to become single again. Of course Amelia will need help from her sister, Nick, and Nick’s friends and we also get introduced to Jasper, the heir to the Duke of Albemarle, who is quite scandalous himself.
I really loved this cast of characters except for Embry and Lady Bishop but seeing as one is the villain it’s not surprising. I felt that Amelia went through a lot during her engagement and I loved when she finally put her foot down and stopped letting her family tell her what to do. Nick was quite swoon-worthy but could be a real jerk at times. He was dealing with a lot as well though and did eventually fix his wrongs. Julia was so fascinating. She didn’t let anyone pity her and if they tried she made sure they saw the error of their ways. I cannot wait for her story. I loved Jas and hope to see more of him in the next book.

About Kimberly Bell

Kimberly Bell writes historical romance from her cabin in South Lake Tahoe or the beaches of Southern California (it’s a super tough life).
She's a pretty hardcore introvert that loves dogs, cheeseburgers, and occasional day drinking. She also spends way too much time on twitter because she thinks she's super hilarious and she’s trying to get that rumor to catch on.

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Carson by Melissa Foster #BlogTour #Review

She needs to move forward with her life, 

but how can she when Carson still owns her heart?

CARSON
Bad Boys After Dark #3
Melissa Foster
Releasing July 11, 2017
World Literary Press

Second chances really do exist…

As the founder of a multimillion-dollar international security business, Carson Bad exposes secrets for a living. He knows better than to forge relationships built on them. But for years he did just that with his best friend, and secret lover, Tawny Bishop. She brought a sense of calm and understanding to his life–in and out of the bedroom. Until one fateful night when a knock at the door changed everything.

Tawny is no longer a naive college student. She’s a sought-after perfumer living in Paris. She has plenty of resources at her fingertips, and lots of lonely nights to think about the only man she’s ever loved–the one she ran away from all those years ago. She needs to move forward with her life, but how can she when Carson still owns her heart?

Maybe showing up in the middle of the night unannounced isn’t the best route to unraveling the past and figuring out her future, but Tawny has played it safe for ten long years, and it’s only made her long for the man she never should have walked away from. Now she’s back in Carson’s life, and he’s determined not to make the same mistake twice. If only he knew what that mistake was…

 
 
Carson is the third installment in the Bad Boys After Dark series but can be read as a standalone. One of the things that I love about Melissa Foster is that she has a much larger series called Love In Bloom that these books are a part of too. I love how she made this whole world in which to put her characters and it shows in each book.
Carson screams bad boy. I mean he does expose secrets for a living at his international security business. He should know relationships forged on secrets don’t last but that doesn’t stop him from having one with his best friend, Tawny. She ends up running away from him though and he has no idea why. Tawny can’t get Carson out of her head. Now she’s back and he’s determined not to screw it up.
Another great book in this series! I have loved all three so far. Melissa Foster is excellent at character development and telling a story in a way that captivates you. I look forward to more from her!
Rating: 4.5 stars
 

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.
 

Legacy Strain by Taylor Brooke #BlogTour #Review

Legacy Strain by Taylor Brooke #BlogTour #Review

Legacy Strain by Taylor Brooke #BlogTour #ReviewLegacy Strain by Taylor Brooke
on June 6th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 259
Format: eBook
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Brooklyn Harper’s friends have betrayed her, her heart is broken, and all of humanity is at risk.

After Kirin’s unannounced arrival in Louisiana, Brooklyn finds herself scrambling for a way out of an impossible situation. Kirin is creating the deadly Genesis Cull, and Brooklyn doesn’t know who to turn to for help.

With no other options, she’s forced to trust her nemesis, Juneau Malloy. His support allows the group of Special Omen Operatives to gear up, form a plan of action, and train for the day when they come face-to-face with their worst fear—going to war with their friends.

There is a divide in the once inseparable group of Omens, and their only hope is to put the pieces back together.

Julian Yu Matsumoto agonizes over the difference between right and wrong, love and sacrifice, genocide and revolution. While he struggles with his feelings for Kirin, his moral compass is spinning round and round, his heart is being pulled in different directions, and Julian is desperate to answer questions he never thought he would have to ask.

Is Kirin’s Genesis Cull a revolution or genocide?

Could there be another way to save themselves and humanity as they know it?

Will Julian pay the ultimate price for loving a monster?

Their only hope for redemption is—the Legacy Strain.

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Legacy Strain is the final book in the Isolation series by Taylor Brooke. It is an incredible conclusion to this series. The story is so intense and I didn’t want to put it down. I had to know how it ended even though I didn’t want it to end.
There is a lot of different emotional things taking place in this book; trust, betrayal, secrets, lies, hope, denial, confusion, sacrifices, etc. It will make your head spin a little as you try to keep up with everything that is going on. However, it is written in a way that you get a conclusion for every single character and it is so intricate in the details that what you thought you knew may not be the truth.
I liked the diversity in this book with the LGBT+ community being represented in a way that the characters sexual orientation wasn’t the main focus, it was just part of who they are. It’s rare to see that done and it was refreshing because it seemed more realistic and not like a flashing sign saying “Look at me”.
I’m a little torn on how I feel about Brooklyn and Julian now though. So much has happened during the course of that series and they changed a lot. Also, there is something that is revealed that was a little shocking to me and makes me want to not like a character that I initially loved. I don’t want to give anything away so that is all I will say on that subject. I would highly recommend this entire series.
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The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean #BlogTour #Excerpt

A love that neither can deny…
 THE DAY OF THE DUCHESS
Scandal & Scoundrel #3
Sarah MacLean
Releasing June 27, 2017
Avon Books

 

The one woman he will never forget…

Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in
self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one.

The one man she will never forgive…

After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist.

A love that neither can deny…

The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day…

 

Chapter 1

DESERTED DUKE DISAVOWED!

August 19, 1836

House of Lords, Parliament

 She’d left him two years, seven months ago, exactly.

Malcolm Marcus Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven looked to the tiny wooden calendar wheels inlaid into the blotter on his desk in his private office above the House of Lords.

August the nineteenth, 1836. The last day of the parliamentary session, filled with pomp and idle. And lingering memory. He spun the wheel with the six embossed upon it. Five. Four. He took a deep breath.

Get out. He heard his own words, cold and angry with betrayal, echoing with quiet menace. Don’t ever return.

He touched the wheel again. August became July. May. March.

January the nineteenth, 1834. The day she left.

His fingers moved without thought, finding comfort in the familiar click of the wheels.

April the seventeenth, 1833.

The way I feel about you . . . Her words now—soft and full of temptation. I’ve never felt anything like this.

He hadn’t, either. As though light and breath and hope had flooded the room, filling all the dark spaces. Filling his lungs and heart. And all because of her.

Until he’d discovered the truth. The truth, which had mattered so much until it hadn’t mattered at all.

Where had she gone?

The clock in the corner of the room ticked and tocked, counting the seconds until Haven was due in his seat in the hallowed main chamber of the House of Lords, where men of higher purpose and passion had sat before him for generations. His fingers played the little calendar like a virtuoso, as though they’d done this dance a hundred times before. A thousand.

And they had.

March the first, 1833. The day they met.

So, they let simply anyone become a duke, do they? No deference. Teasing and charm and pure, unadulterated beauty.

If you think dukes are bad, imagine what they accept from duchesses?

That smile. As though she’d never met another man. As though she’d never wanted to. He’d been hers the moment he’d seen that smile. Before that. Imagine, indeed.

And then it had fallen apart. He’d lost everything, and then lost her. Or perhaps it had been the reverse. Or perhaps it was all the same.

Would there ever be a time when he stopped thinking of her? Ever a date that did not remind him of her? Of the time that had stretched like an eternity since she’d left?

Where had she gone?

The clock struck eleven, heavy chimes sounding in the room, echoed by a dozen others sounding down the long, oaken corridor beyond, summoning men of longstanding name to the duty that had been theirs before they drew breath.

Haven spun the calendar wheels with force, leaving them as they lay. November the thirty-seventh, 3842. A fine date—one on which he had absolutely no chance of thinking of her.

New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on Jezebel.com’s Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her “gracefully furious.” A graduate of Smith College &
Harvard University, Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Three Weeks With a Princess by Vanessa Kelly #BlogTour #Review

Three Weeks With a Princess by Vanessa Kelly #BlogTour #Review

Three Weeks With a Princess by Vanessa Kelly #BlogTour #ReviewThree Weeks with a Princess by Vanessa Kelly
Published by Zebra on June 27th 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

In Vanessa Kelly's captivating series, three young women are descended from royalty--in the most improper way. But that doesn't stop them from pursuing lives rich in adventure. . .
Lia Kincaid, illegitimate daughter of the Duke of York, comes from a long line of notorious women. Raised by her grandmother, formerly mistress to the late Marquess of Lendale, she has little hope of a respectable marriage. But the new marquess, her childhood friend, Jack Easton, would make a very desirable protector . . . if he weren't too honorable to take her to bed.
It's bad enough being saddled with a title he never desired. Now Jack must resist the beautiful woman he desires far too much. Duty calls, and he is duty-bound to choose a wealthy bride. But then Lia makes another outrageous suggestion: asking Jack to devise some tests to find her the perfect paramour. Tests that involve flirting, kissing, and other pleasurable pursuits. Tests that, in a matter of weeks, could transform friendship into the ton's greatest scandal, igniting a passion even duty can't deny. . .
Praise for Vanessa Kelly's Renegade Royals series"Will definitely resonate with fans of Mary Jo Putney and Joanne Bourne." --Booklist
"Kelly combines diverting dialogue, delightful surprises and finely tuned pacing to make this a winner." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Three Weeks With a Princess is the second book in Vanessa Kelly’s The Improper Princesses series. This series plays off her Royal Renegades series and is about the illegitimate daughters of titled men who are living their lives to the best of their abilities and fighting off the stigma of their birth.

Lia is the daughter of the Duke of York and comes from a long line of “notorious” women. She is raised by her grandmother who is a former mistress of a Marquess. Given her family’s reputation and her birth she doesn’t expect to have a fortuitous marriage so she doesn’t care what anyone thinks and won’t take advice or help from anyone.

Jack has a title he doesn’t want and that requires him to marry a woman with a substantial dowry. He wants to help Lia on her path to marriage and he wants to protect her, but he doesn’t consider her as a romantic option.  They have been somewhat friends since childhood but Jack’s mother always made sure there was a distance created and kept. He doesn’t want to treat her like the other women in her family have been treated but she has little objection.

Gillian and Charles from book 1 are featured strongly in this book and I was glad to learn more about them. I loved their characters and Gillian could see what was happening and played a matchmaker of sorts. The banter between Lia and Jack was perfect and their arguments were humorous. I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow and change as well as Lia’s character development. I look forward to more in this series.

About Vanessa Kelly

Vanessa Kelly is a USA Today Bestselling, award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance.
Vanessa’s previous series, The Renegade Royals, was a national bestseller. She is currently writing a spin-off series called The Improper Princesses. My Fair Princess, book 1, was named a Goodreads Romance of the Month. Vanessa also writes USA TodayBestselling books with her husband, under the pen name of V.K. Sykes.

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