Historical Romance

#BookReview An Unexpected Earl (Lords of the Armory #2) by Anna Harington @SourcebooksCasa #AnUnexpectedEarl #AnnaHarrington #LordsoftheArmory #SourcebooksCasa

#BookReview An Unexpected Earl (Lords of the Armory #2) by Anna Harington @SourcebooksCasa #AnUnexpectedEarl #AnnaHarrington #LordsoftheArmory #SourcebooksCasa Title: An Unexpected Earl

Author: Anna Harrington

Series: Lords of the Armory #2

Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca on Feb. 23, 2021

Genres: Historical Romance

Pages: 384

Format: Paperback

Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Book Rating: 8.5/10

Twelve years ago, Brandon Pearce, former brigadier and now Earl West, had to give up the girl he loved, Amelia Howard. Now Teddy is a grown woman with a past she desperately needs to keep hidden in order to save her brother Frederick’s reputation. In an effort to avoid blackmail, Frederick needs to place a list of gentlemen into government positions, and for that, he’ll need an ally in Parliament―Pearce.

Pearce has been investigating a criminal group he believes is behind the government appointments. Pearce must pretend that he sides with the blackmailer, even though it means breaking Teddy’s heart. But Pearce is willing to do anything he can for a second chance with her, even when he discovers she’s been keeping secrets of her own.


Review:

Scandalous, sinful, and romantic!

An Unexpected Earl is a lighthearted, spirited, second-chance romance that introduces the kind, troubled Amelia Howard who loved, lost, and made some costly mistakes in the past, as well as the dashingly handsome, Earl of Sandhurst, Brandon Pearce, who after twelve years of separation will still do whatever it takes to protect his first and only true love.

The prose is sultry and sweet. The characters are strong-willed, determined, and resourceful. And the plot is an arousing combination of family, friendship, heartbreak, secrets, action, adventure, societal expectations, wicked intentions, tender moments, and unconditional love.

Overall, An Unexpected Earl is a provocative, entertaining, delightful read by Harrington with a little bit of suspense that I really enjoyed. This may be the first novel I’ve read by this author, but I can guarantee you it won’t be my last.

 

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About Anna Harrington

Anna Harrington is an award-winning author of Regency romance. She writes spicy historicals with alpha heroes and independent heroines, layers of emotion, and lots of sizzle. Anna was nominated for a RITA in 2017 for her title How I Married a Marquess, and her debut, Dukes are Forever, won the 2016 Maggie Award for Best Historical Romance. A lover of all things chocolate and coffee, when she's not hard at work writing her next book or planning her next series, Anna loves to fly airplanes, go ballroom dancing, or tend her roses. She is a terrible cook who hopes to one day use her oven for something other than shoe storage.

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#BookReview The Duke Heist (The Wild Wynchesters #1) by Erica Ridley @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #Forever2021 #TheDukeHeist #EricaRidley #TheWildWynchesters

#BookReview The Duke Heist (The Wild Wynchesters #1) by Erica Ridley @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #Forever2021 #TheDukeHeist #EricaRidley #TheWildWynchesters Title: The Duke Heist

Author: Erica Ridley

Series: The Wild Wynchesters #1

Published by: Forever on Feb. 9, 2021

Genres: Historical Romance

Pages: 332

Format: Paperback

Source: Forever

Book Rating: 10/10

A NYT bestselling author kicks off a new Regency series of “irresistible romance and a family of delightful scoundrels” as a woman looking to recover a stolen painting accidentally kidnaps a duke instead. (Eloisa James)

Chloe Wynchester is completely forgettable—a curse that gives her the ability to blend into any crowd. When the only father she’s ever known makes a dying wish for his adopted family of orphans to recover a missing painting, she’s the first one her siblings turn to for stealing it back. No one expects that in doing so, she’ll also abduct a handsome duke.

Lawrence Gosling, the Duke of Faircliffe, is tortured by his father’s mistakes. To repair his estate’s ruined reputation, he must wed a highborn heiress. Yet when he finds himself in a carriage being driven hell-for-leather down the cobblestone streets of London by a beautiful woman who refuses to heed his commands, he fears his heart is hers. But how can he sacrifice his family’s legacy to follow true love?


Review:

Humorous, passionate, and fabulously entertaining!

The Duke Heist is a heartwarming, playful romp that sweeps you away to London during 1817 and into the life of Chloe Wynchester, a clever pickpocket who is determined to reclaim a family painting stolen by the late Duke of Faircliffe at any cost, even if it means befriending the handsome, newly appointed Duke of Faircliffe, Lawrence Gosling who is in the process of securing a wealthy bride to save his inherited dukedom from financial ruin.

The prose is amusing and light. The characters are unique, intelligent, and a wee bit zany. And the plot is a delightfully enchanting tale full of family, friendship, societal expectations, scheming behaviour, tricky situations, desire, and steamy romance.

Overall, The Duke Heist is an enticing, swoon-worthy, outrageously funny read by Ridley that hands down has some of the best characters I’ve ever read about in a historical romance novel. They’re a talented, eccentric, compassionate group of misfits you can’t help but root for, and I am super excited to read about all the hijinks this family of scoundrels gets up to next. 

 

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About Erica Ridley

Erica Ridley is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical romance novels. When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rain forests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

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#BookReview Her Wicked Marquess (Sinful Wallflowers #2) by Stacy Reid @st_reid @entangledpub @angelamelamud #HerWickedMarquess #StacyReid #SinfulWallflowers

#BookReview Her Wicked Marquess (Sinful Wallflowers #2) by Stacy Reid @st_reid @entangledpub @angelamelamud #HerWickedMarquess #StacyReid #SinfulWallflowers Title: Her Wicked Marquess

Author: Stacy Reid

Series: Sinful Wallflowers #2

Published by: Entangled Publishing on Dec. 29, 2020

Genres: Historical Romance

Pages: 383

Format: Paperback

Source: Entangled Publishing, Angela Melamud

Book Rating: 8.5/10

Miss Maryann Fitzwilliam is too witty and bookish for her own good. No gentleman of the ton will marry her, so her parents arrange for her to wed a man old enough to be her father. But Maryann is ready to use those wits to turn herself into a sinful wallflower.

When the scandal sheet reports a sighting of Nicolas St. Ives, the Marquess of Rothbury, climbing out the chamber windows of a house party, Maryann does the unthinkable. She anonymously claims that the bedchamber belonged to none other than Miss Fitzwilliam, tarnishing her own reputation—and chances of the dastardly union her family secured for her. Now she just needs to convince the marquess to keep his silence.

Turns out Nicolas allows for the scandal to perpetuate for his own reasons… But when Maryann’s parents hold fast to their arranged marriage plan, it’ll take a scandal of epic proportions for these two to get out of this together.


Review:

Dark, edgy, and passionate!

Her Wicked Marquess is an engaging, rousing tale featuring the intelligent, fiery, MaryAnn Fitzwilliam who will do whatever it takes to escape a loveless marriage to the elderly Lord Stamford to whom she is betrothed, and the handsome, rakish Nicolas St. Ives who is determined to identify and seek revenge on all those who violated his childhood friend five years prior.

The prose is enticing and fluid. The characters are troubled, protective, and witty. And the plot is an alluring, mysterious mix of societal expectations, family, friendship, secrets, scandal, tender moments, retribution, and unconditional love.

Overall, Her Wicked Marquess is a sultry, adventurous, entertaining tale by Reid that is a pleasant surprise with its exceptional character development, unexpected ending, and twisty, surprising storyline that is quite atypical and somewhat grittier than you usually find in this genre.

 

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About Stacy Reid

I am an unapologetic romance lover. I read it. I write it. Enough said. Well..I also have a warrior way "Never give up on my dreams." I spend a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, watching Japanese anime and playing video games with my love, Dusean.

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#BookReview Someday My Duke Will Come (Isle of Synne #2) by Christina Britton @cbrittonauthor @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #Forever21 #ChristinaBritton #IsleofSynne

#BookReview Someday My Duke Will Come (Isle of Synne #2) by Christina Britton @cbrittonauthor @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #Forever21 #ChristinaBritton #IsleofSynne Title: Someday My Duke Will Come

Author: Christina Britton

Series: Isle of Synne #2

Published by: Forever on Jan. 12, 2021

Genres: Historical Romance

Pages: 333

Format: Paperback

Source: Forever

Book Rating: 9/10

A fake engagement becomes the real thing in the next book in the series New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes calls “first-rate Regency fun!”

Lady Clara Ashford’s world changed fifteen years ago at the hands of a rogue who took her innocence. Determined never to give into temptation again, she settles into a life as caregiver for her family. With her younger sister recently engaged and about to embark on a life of her own, Clara feels adrift and without purpose―until Quincy, the new Duke of Reigate, arrives on her doorstep in need of a fake fiancée.

When Quincy Nesbitt unexpectedly inherits a dukedom, he’s determined to do his best by the title. One thing he won’t do? Marry a woman he’s never met just because she was engaged to his older brother. So, he enlists Lady Clara’s help, since he can’t marry another when he’s engaged to her. But as they pretend for the ton, Quincy finds himself falling for real. Now, he just has to convince Lady Clara to take a chance on him.


Review:

Warm, scandalous, and seductive!

Someday My Duke Will Come is set in England during 1818 and features the laidback, newly-appointed Duke of Reigate, Quincy Nesbitt and the sweet, kind, Lady Clara Ashford as they navigate a fake engagement, a meddling mother, histories strife with heartache, a newly acquired dukedom impoverished due to mismanagement, and a sizzling attraction that’s hard to deny. 

The prose is light and amusing. The characters are tentative, passionate, and supportive. And the plot is an engaging mix of familial drama, redemption, desire, manipulation, shame, matchmaking, scheming behaviour, and steamy romance.

Overall, Someday My Duke Will Come is a fun, easy, swoon-worthy read by Britton that I can honestly say is quickly becoming one of my favourite historical romance series.

 

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About Christina Britton

Christina Britton developed a passion for writing romance novels shortly after buying her first at the tender age of thirteen. Though for several years she turned to art and put brush instead of pen to paper, she has returned to her first love and is now writing full time. She spends her days dreaming of corsets and cravats and noblemen with tortured souls.

She lives with her husband and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area. A member of Romance Writers of America, she also belongs to her local chapter, Silicon Valley RWA, and is a 2017 RWA® Golden Heart® Winner.

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#BookReview The Truth About Dukes (Rogues to Riches #5) by Grace Burrowes @GraceBurrowes @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #Forever20 #GraceBurrowes #RoguestoRiches

#BookReview The Truth About Dukes (Rogues to Riches #5) by Grace Burrowes @GraceBurrowes @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #Forever20 #GraceBurrowes #RoguestoRiches Title: The Truth About Dukes

Author: Grace Burrowes

Series: Rogues to Riches #5

Published by: Forever on Nov. 10, 2020

Genres: Historical Romance

Pages: 371

Format: Paperback

Source: Forever

Book Rating: 8/10

A new duke and a woman with a secret in her past get a second chance at love in this delightful and charming Regency romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the Windham series.

Robert Rothmere is hiding a past no duke should have endured, but he’s not hiding it well enough. Sooner or later, his enemies will learn that he spent years locked away at a private asylum. To get their hands on his wealth, they’ll try to send him right back to his worst nightmares. If Robert is to foil their schemes, he needs to marry a perfectly proper, blessedly boring, deadly dull duchess, immediately—and he knows exactly which quietly delightful lady he’d love to entrust with that role.

Lady Constance Wentworth has cultivated a reputation for utter forgettability. She never speaks out of turn (in public), never has a daring thought (that she admits aloud), and never comes close to courting scandal… as far as anybody knows. Her path crossed Robert’s years ago, though, and she’s never forgotten the extraordinary lengths he traveled to keep her safe when she hadn’t a friend in the world. She longs to be his demure duchess…but little does he know that to marry her would be utter madness.


Review:

Engaging, heartfelt, and romantic!

The Truth About Dukes is a lighthearted, passionate, second-chance romance that features the kind, intelligent Duke of Rothhaven, Robert Rothmere who after spending the majority of his life incarcerated in an asylum due to epilepsy just wants to resume a normal life and enjoy the company of the one woman, Lady Constance, who befriended him all those years ago.

The prose is smooth and authentic. The characters are troubled, supportive, and vulnerable. And the plot is a heartwarming combination of family, friendship, heartbreak, secrets, societal expectations, tender moments, villainous intentions, prejudices, and unconditional love.

I think what I enjoyed most about The Truth About Dukes was the intriguing storyline. In a world where we are still trying to break the barriers down on discrimination and inequality, it was almost refreshing to read a historical novel where the characters were triumphant even when society deemed them outcasts and prime targets for vilification.

 

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About Grace Burrowes

Grace Burrowes grew up in central Pennsylvania and is the sixth of seven children. She discovered romance novels in junior high and has been reading them voraciously ever since. Grace has a bachelor's degree in political science, a bachelor of music in music history (both from the Pennsylvania State University), a master's degree in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, and a juris doctor from the National Law Center at George Washington University. Grace is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes Georgian, Regency, Scottish Victorian, and contemporary romances in both novella and novel lengths. She enjoys giving workshops and speaking at writers' conferences.

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#BookReview When a Rogue Meets His Match @ElizabethHoyt @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #Forever20 #ElizabethHoyt #Greycourt #WhenaRogueMeetsHisMatch

#BookReview When a Rogue Meets His Match @ElizabethHoyt @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #Forever20 #ElizabethHoyt #Greycourt #WhenaRogueMeetsHisMatch Title: When a Rogue Meets His Match

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Series: Greycourt #2

Published by: Forever on Dec. 1, 2020

Genres: Historical Romance

Pages: 511

Format: Paperback

Source: Forever

Book Rating: 9/10

The second novel in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt’s Greycourt Series features an enemies-to-lovers romance with her signature blend of captivating characters and sensual romance.

Ambitious, sly, and lethally intelligent, Gideon Hawthorne has spent his life clawing his way up from the gutter. For the last ten years, he’s acted as the Duke of Windemere’s fixer, performing the most dangerous tasks without question. Now Gideon’s ready to quit the duke’s service and work solely for himself. But Windermere wants Gideon to complete one last task, and his reward is impossible to resist: Messalina Greycourt’s hand in marriage.

Witty, vivacious Messalina Greycourt has her pick of suitors. When Windermere summons Messalina to inform his niece that she must marry Mr. Hawthorne, she is appalled. But she’s surprised when Gideon offers her a compromise: as long as she plays the complacent wife, he promises to leave her alone until she asks for his touch. Since Messalina is confident that she’ll never ask Gideon for anything, she readily agrees. However, the more time she spends with Gideon, the harder it is to stay away.


Review:

Engaging, seductive, and entertaining!

When a Rogue Meets His Match is set in London during the late eighteenth century and features the spirited, intelligent Messalina Greycourt who after reluctantly agreeing to wed the dangerous, yet roguishly handsome Gideon Hawthorne finds herself inadvertently falling for his hidden charms and tender nature.

The prose is witty and sharp. The characters are tough, feisty, and passionate. And the plot is a delightfully scandalous blend of familial drama, Georgian traditions, desire, deception, betrayal, danger, gossip, tricky situations, and titillating romance.

Overall, When a Rogue Meets His Match is an adventurous, compelling, highly amusing tale that I thoroughly enjoyed. It is the second title in the Greycourt series by Hoyt, and if you ask me this series just keeps getting better and better.

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About Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.
The winters in Minnesota have been known to be long and cold and Elizabeth is always thrilled to receive reader mail.

#BookReview A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins @MandaCollins @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #Forever20 #MandaCollins #LadysGuide #ALadysGuidetoMischiefandMayhem

#BookReview A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins @MandaCollins @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #Forever20 #MandaCollins #LadysGuide #ALadysGuidetoMischiefandMayhem Title: A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem

Author: Manda Collins

Series: A Lady's Guide #1

Published by: Forever on Nov. 10, 2020

Genres: Historical Romance, Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 352

Format: Paperback

Source: Forever

Book Rating: 9/10

An intrepid female reporter matches wits with a serious, sexy detective in award-winning author Manda Collins’ fun and flirty historical rom-com!

England, 1865: As one of England’s most notorious newspaper columnists, Lady Katherine Bascomb believes knowledge is power. And she’s determined to inform and educate the ladies of London on the nefarious-and deadly-criminals who are praying on the fairer sex. When her reporting leads to the arrest of a notorious killer, however, Katherine flees to a country house party to escape her newfound notoriety-only to witness a murder on her very first night. And when the lead detective accuses Katherine of inflaming-rather than informing-the public with her column, she vows to prove him wrong.

Detective Inspector Andrew Eversham’s refusal to compromise his investigations nearly cost him his own career, and he blames Katherine. To avoid bad publicity, his superiors are pressuring him to solve cases quickly rather than correctly. When he discovers she’s the key witness in a new crime, he’s determined to prevent the beautiful widow from once again wreaking havoc on his case. Yet as Katherine proves surprisingly insightful and Andrew impresses Katherine with his lethal competency, both are forced to admit the fire between them is more flirtatious than furious. But to explore the passion between them, they’ll need to catch a killer.


Review:

Mysterious, atmospheric, and delightfully entertaining!

A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem is a clue-like murder mystery set in England during 1865 that features Lady Katherine Bascomb, a widowed newspaper owner who after stumbling upon what appears to be another victim of the elusive Commandments Killer on the country estate of her friend Lord Valentine Thorn, joins together with the disgruntled, enigmatic, handsome, Inspector Andrew Eversham of Scotland Yard to try and solve the case.

The writing style is light and witty. The characters, including the intelligent, independent heroine, are well-developed, multi-layered, and intriguing. And the plot is a well-paced whodunit full of amateur sleuthing, red herrings, suspects, deduction, attraction, and of course a touch of romance.

A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem is the first book in the Lady’s Guide series, and if you love historical mysteries/romance this novel won’t disappoint. It is a passionate, enjoyable, refreshing read that is the first novel I’ve read by Collins but undoubtedly won’t be my last.

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About Manda Collins

Manda Collins grew up on a combination of Nancy Drew books and Jane Austen novels, and her own brand of historical romantic suspense is the result. A former academic librarian, she holds master’s degrees in English and Library & Information Studies. Her novel Duke with Benefits was named a Kirkus Best Romance of 2017. She lives on the Gulf Coast with two lazy cats, a very spoiled Shih Tzu, and more books than are strictly necessary.

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#BookReview A Duke to Die For (The Rogues’ Dynasty #1) by Amelia Grey @SourcebooksCasa #ADuketoDieFor #AmeliaGrey

#BookReview A Duke to Die For (The Rogues’ Dynasty #1) by Amelia Grey @SourcebooksCasa #ADuketoDieFor #AmeliaGrey Title: A Duke to Die For

Author: Amelia Grey

Series: The Rogues Dynasty

Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca on Aug. 25, 2020

Genres: Historical Romance

Pages: 384

Format: Paperback

Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Book Rating: 8/10

Henrietta doesn’t want a husband… Miss Henrietta Tweed is convinced that she carries a curse―one that’s responsible for killing her previous guardians. So when she’s sent to Lucien Trent Blakewell, the fifth Duke of Blakewell and the last man her father trusted to care for her, she knows the only way to save the duke is to persuade him to sign over her inheritance and set her free.

Does she? Lucien doesn’t believe there’s a curse and just wants to get his new ward off his hands by finding her a suitable husband. But as the chemistry between him and Henrietta grows, he is increasingly tempted to fill that role himself. And when suspicious accidents begin to endanger the Duke’s life, Henrietta must take drastic measures to save the one man she could love…


Review:

Spirited, alluring, and witty!

A Duke to Die For is set in London during the early 1800s and features the bold, feisty,   Henrietta Tweed who after her previous five guardians have passed, possibly due to a childhood curse, finds herself under the care and the ward of the roguishly handsome, fifth Duke of Blakewell, Lucien Trent.

The prose is authentic and mischievous. The characters are confident, daring, and endearing. And the plot is an amusing blend of mystique, attraction, regency lifestyle, desire, yearning, gossip, tricky situations, danger, and titillating romance.

Overall, A Duke to Die For is adventurous, enticing, and delightfully steamy. It’s the first book in The Rogues’ Dynasty series by Grey and is a wonderful choice for anyone who enjoys the historical romance genre.

 

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About Amelia Grey

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Amelia Grey read her first romance book when she was thirteen and she's been a devoted reader of love stories ever since. Her awards include the Booksellers Best, Aspen Gold, and the Golden Quill. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, she won the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter, and the prestigious Maggie Award. Her books have sold to many countries in Europe, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and Japan. Several of her books have also been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs. Amelia is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the Heirs' Club trilogy and the Rakes of St. James series. She's been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over thirty-five years and she lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Northwest Florida.

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#BookReview Gone With the Rogue (First Comes Love #2) by Amelia Grey @smpromance #FirstComesLove #smpromance

#BookReview Gone With the Rogue (First Comes Love #2) by Amelia Grey @smpromance #FirstComesLove #smpromance Title: Gone With the Rogue

Author: Amelia Grey

Series: First Comes Love #2

Published by: St. Martin's Press on Apr. 28, 2020

Genres: Historical Romance

Pages: 304

Format: Paperback

Source: St. Martin's Press

Book Rating: 7.5/10

She had an acceptable marriage of convenience. Now widowed, can this determined and beautiful mother find true and forever love?

The sinking of the Salty Dove took her husband’s life―but it didn’t drown Julia Fairbright’s courage to endure. She creates a proper life for herself and her young son. But now, the ton’s most notorious rogue is back in London, and how he makes Julia feel is anything but proper. She can’t deny the desires he awakens in her, even though she knows that the handsome devil will surely break her heart.

Garrett Stockton owns a successful shipping company and is rumored to have a woman on every continent and half-a-dozen in England. The truth, however, is that Garrett has but one mistress: the wide open sea. That is, until he meets Julia, whose spirit of independence matches his own. What begins as a flirtatious battle of wits turns far more passionate than either of them could have imagined. Suddenly, Garrett’s only desire is to sail into the sunset with Julia as his wife and young Chatwyn his son. But she won’t take his hand―how can he convince her that his love is real and his heart is hers?


Review:

Enticing, witty, and seductive!

Gone With the Rogue is set in London during the early 1800s and features the independent, spirited widow, Julia Fairbright and the dashingly handsome, womanizer, Garrett Stockton as they navigate undeniable attraction, a mystery involving scandalous businesses and encrypted documents, and an overbearing, controlling, powerful father-in-law.

The prose is engaging and light. The characters are resolute, focused, and passionate. And the plot is a push-pull tale of familial drama, scoundrel behaviour, mystique, admiration, chemistry, friendship, tricky mishaps, danger, and steamy romance.

Overall, Gone With the Rogue is a fervent, amusing, alluring read by Grey that is an enjoyable, solid addition to the First Comes Love series.

 

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About Amelia Grey

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Amelia Grey read her first romance book when she was thirteen and she's been a devoted reader of love stories ever since. Her awards include the Booksellers Best, Aspen Gold, and the Golden Quill. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, she won the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter, and the prestigious Maggie Award. Her books have sold to many countries in Europe, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and Japan. Several of her books have also been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs. Amelia is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the Heirs' Club trilogy and the Rakes of St. James series. She's been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over thirty-five years and she lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Northwest Florida.

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#BookReview A Good Duke is Hard to Find (Isle of Synne #1) by Christina Britton @cbrittonauthor @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #Forever20 #ChristinaBritton #IsleofSynne

#BookReview A Good Duke is Hard to Find (Isle of Synne #1) by Christina Britton @cbrittonauthor @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #Forever20 #ChristinaBritton #IsleofSynne Title: A Good Duke is Hard to Find

Author: Christina Britton

Series: Isle of Synne #1

Published by: Forever on Jun. 30, 2020

Genres: Historical Romance

Pages: 351

Format: Paperback

Source: Forever

Book Rating: 8/10

Get swept away by a Regency romance of broken engagements, second chances, and stolen kisses from the author whom Publishers Weekly calls “irresistible”.

After her third fiancé leaves her at the altar, Lenora Hartley is beginning to think she’s cursed. One thing’s for certain: she needs to escape London and her father’s tyrannical attempts to find her yet another suitor. The Isle of Synne, an isolated and idyllic retreat off Britain’s northern coast, is blessedly far from society’s gossip, but it also carries haunting reminders of her first fiancé. Letting go of the past to find happiness seems impossible—until Lenora is thrown in the path of a gruff, mysterious blue-eyed man who makes her pulse race.

Next in line for a dukedom he doesn’t want to inherit, Peter Ashford is only on the isle to exact revenge on the man who is responsible for his mother’s death. Once he’s completed the task, he’ll return to America where his life can finally be his own. Yet when he meets the beautiful and kind Miss Hartley, he can’t help but be drawn to her. Can Peter put aside his plans for vengeance for the woman who has come to mean everything to him?


Review:

Impassioned, engaging, and romantic!

A Good Duke is Hard to Find is set on the idyllic Isle of Synne during 1817 and features the handsome, bitter Peter Ashford, the heir to the Dane dukedom, who is bound and determined to revenge the man he holds responsible for his mother’s death until he meets the kind, disheartened Lenora Hartley, a young woman with heartache and troubles of her own.

The prose is light and authentic. The characters are intelligent, unsettled, and warm. And the plot is a push-pull blend of Regency lifestyle, familial expectations, palpable attraction, undeniable chemistry, desire, friendship, heartbreak, and steamy romance.

Overall, A Good Duke is Hard to Find is an entertaining, passionate, delightful read by Britton that may be the first novel I’ve read by this author but definitely won’t be my last.

 

This novel is available now.

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Thank you to Forever & Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Christina Britton

Christina Britton developed a passion for writing romance novels shortly after buying her first at the tender age of thirteen. Though for several years she turned to art and put brush instead of pen to paper, she has returned to her first love and is now writing full time. She spends her days dreaming of corsets and cravats and noblemen with tortured souls.

She lives with her husband and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area. A member of Romance Writers of America, she also belongs to her local chapter, Silicon Valley RWA, and is a 2017 RWA® Golden Heart® Winner.

Photograph courtesy of Author's Goodreads Page.

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