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Ever Crave the Rose

Ever Crave the Rose (The Elizabethan Time Travel Series Book 3) - Morgan O'Neill

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Ever Crave the Rose, the final installment of Morgan O’Neill’s The Elizabethan Time Travel, has been one of my most anticipated releases over the past 2.5 yrs. ever since I read book 1. I was very excited when I found out this sequel to The Thornless Rose is finally getting published; couldn’t wait to find out how Anne and Jonathan’s journey ends! The biggest query, on my mind, was to see whether they stayed in the Elizabethan-era, or returned to the present time. If so, how will that work out when we consider Jonathan’s own past with Anne’s grandmother and 2014 not being his original time-frame of living. Did I get my answers? I’ll try to elaborate in my review...

It’s true that I’ve never been overtly interested in the history of Tudor England but The Elizabethan Time-Travel series changed that for me. Apart from the chapters set in present time, much like book 1, book 2 also connects and heavily relies on Tudor England without being made to feel like taking a History lesson. The fusion of the historical facts with the fiction was done so well that you won’t think Dr. Jonathan Brandon once wasn’t one of Queen Elizabeth I’s royal physicians! Some major historical figures such as Robert Dudley, Thomas Howard, the Duke of Norfolk, Queen’s chief adviser Robert Cecil, not to mention the venerable Queen Elizabeth I played their roles as needed throughout, which is why I had to research online to find out who was who and how they were related to the story. The authors’ knowledge of Tudor history was admirable.

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Let’s start with the first book you’ve read. Did that title made you a book lover?

 

OOn the Night of the Seventh Moon - Victoria Holth, I don’t really remember what the first book I ever read was but I do know that  reading books was something that has been instilled in me from childhood. My first book very well may have been a nursery rhyme or a fairytale. But I can tell you the first book that introduced Romance to me. It was a translated copy of Victoria Holt’s On the Night of the Seventh Moon. Yes I loved the title of this book enough to go in search of more Victoria Holt books. It sure did make me a Romance novel lover!

 

On your blog page you write that you love reading romance and watching anything that is related to ghosts and haunting. What’s the best romance book and the best ghost movie/series you’ve ever read and watched?

 Dreaming of You - Lisa Kleypas

I have quite the list of favorite books, mainly under Historical Romance, which is my  favorite Romance sub-genre. Lisa Kleypas’s Dreaming of You is one of my all-time favorite Historical Romances. I enjoy reading real life haunting stories. I don’t watch as many movies as I read books, but I do watch some ghost hunting shows.

Ghost Adventures is my favorite show. I also enjoyed a very short lived show called The Great British Ghosts. This show was quite fascinating because of the legends and folklore that went with the so-called haunting of an old castle or an even older inn. I wish there were more seasons.

 

Since you’re a huge music lover we’re wondering whether the music influences your book picks or is it just a reading time companion?

 

I don’t choose music based on a book but I have, at times, thought of a certain book while listening to a certain song, and vice versa. I never do both at the same time. For me, it’s either reading or listening to music.

 

What made you start writing about books/book blogging?

 

Probably my love for reading and writing both. When I joined goodreads for the first time back in 2010, it was simply going to be a place to keep track of my reading. I have written long papers while doing my MA but I never thought about actually becoming a book reviewer. Then I begin writing down my thoughts about the book I was reading in the comments section of goodreads, and this kind of started my interest in book review going. In 2011, my blog Punya Reviews… also started as another place to post my reviews. However, within a year I knew I’d like to continue book blogging as long as I can because I vastly enjoyed the process of talking about a book from my own perspective.

 

Did blogging have an impact on your reading life?

 

Yes, it had. When I started doing blog tours, it did take up quite a bit of my time. Alongside my work hours, I was juggling regularly. My reviews are generally long, and writing those reviews took time too. I had to figure out how to balance it all. How many tours I can do a month so I can read and review the books I want to. Yet, through book blogging, I have discovered new authors and their books. So yes, blogging has had quite an impact on my reading life.

 

You have a MA degree in English Literature (Bravo!), does it mean you’re lucky to be reading books at your workplace? :)

 

Unfortunately, no. I don’t try to read at my workplace because I’m always distracted by this or that and reading, for me, is like meditation. I don’t like distractions when I’m reading. It’s also the reason why I prefer an e-ink reader (kindle paperwhite in my case), rather than a smart phone or devices like that.

 

What are your favorite book covers?

 

There are many of those. I generally love the book covers of the Historical Romance published from different publishers; the vibrant colors and the dresses really appeal to me. If I can mention stepbacks, I absolutely LOVE the original stepback of Dreaming of You. I thought this should’ve been the cover!

 

I also really liked the cover of an old bodice ripper by Sharon Salvato called Bitter Eden. I’ve never read it but I added it to my TBR just for the cover. Then there were those where I’d gotten enamored of a cover because of the hot guy featured on it. That’s one list that’s gonna take up pages. hahaha  

 

 

Which books are your most exciting recommendation to your followers?

 

I always recommend books by my favorite authors like Lisa Kleypas or Elizabeth Hoyt or Carla Kelly if they’re a Historical Romance lover like me. Lisa Kleypas’s Wallflowers  and Hathaways series or Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane  series. Carla Kelly has some ah-meh-zing books out there, most traditional regency or Christian-themed but I don’t mind.

By Lisa Kleypas Secrets of a Summer Night (The Wallflowers, Book 1) (The Wallflowers, Book 1) - Lisa Kleypas Wicked Intentions - Elizabeth Hoyt

 

I recently read A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz. The narratives in that story were marvelous. The suspense in the end simply blew my mind. Very emotional, as well was a rewarding experience. If you’re going for a little erotically edgy Paranormal Romance, I’d highly recommend Janine Ashbless’s The Book of the Watchers series. I’m yet to finish book 2 cause I’m scared of another long wait until book 3 (waited for book 2 for almost 3yrs). I’m reading that one bit by bit, savoring it. I know, I’m weird like that.

 

A Moonbow Night - Laura FrantzCover Him With Darkness: A Romance - Janine AshblessIn Bonds of the Earth (Book of the Watchers) - Janine Ashbless

 

There are many authors I can mention here whose works I’ve recently come to admire, like Ramona Flightner, Emily Larkin, Morgan O’Neill, Scottie Barrett (steamy historical romance). The list can go on.

 

What’s your reading spot? We’d love to see the photos :)

 

Haha, I generally prefer my bed for reading, when I’m totally relaxed and not bothered by the outside world. I really wish I had a reading nook I could feature here. However, if you’d like to see a picture of the type of reading nook I’d love to have someday, here is one:

 

via Pintrest

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

At the moment, definitely ebooks! I’m in love with my kindle PW and wouldn’t exchange it for anything the world. I do understand the appeal of paperbacks but ebooks are just too convenient to “carry around”, if I may say so.

 

Three titles for a dessert island?

 

Hmmm, I’ve never given thoughts on DIK books. Still, if I had to choose in a nutshell: Lisa Kleypas’s Dreaming of You, any Carla Kelly title, Scottie Barrett’s Branded.

 

Dreaming of You - Lisa Kleypas Branded - Scottie Barrett Marrying The Captain - Carla Kelly

 

A book that changed your life?On the Night of the Seventh Moon - Victoria Holt

 

Again I’d like to refer back to Victoria Holt’s On the Night of the Seventh Moon. It got me interested in the Romance genre, inspiring me to explore and discover the many wonderful authors and books that I’ve read in the years since then.

 

Favorite quote?

 

Funnily enough, my most favorite quote isn’t from a book but from a song. Don’t get me wrong, there are numerous book quotes I’ve loved but this one is just…special. It’s from Sting’s An Englishman in New York, where he goes…

 

Be yourself, no matter what they say.

 

He’s one of my favorite singers and I love to sing along with him. :)

 

 

If you could meet one author, who would it be?

 

Okay, this will be a VERY difficult task to choose only one author. I want to meet all my favorite authors at least once in my life but… Lisa Kleypas, definitely! I’d like to ask her Derek’s whereabouts. I miss him. hahaha

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

Sadly, I don’t have a home library. More specifically nothing that I can actually show off. I don’t own many paperbacks cause I’ve been buying and reading ebooks for a while. For now, that’s where I’m building my library. But I hope to build a home library someday.

 

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In Bonds of the Earth

In Bonds of the Earth (Book of the Watchers) - Janine Ashbless

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

I have no idea where to start, seriously! The Book of the Watchers series by Janine Ashbless is SO complex and absolutely amazing that I’m just....... speechless really. This series is rich in story telling with a great research and a marvelous writing style where the author blends many dimensions, of facts and fictions, together in such a way that the only thing I can say for this series is WOW! I had to read In Bonds of the Earth at a snail’s pace just to savor each chapter.

I’ve never read anything by the author prior to this series. I picked up book 1 of the Watchers series, Cover Him With Darkness, because 1. I was in search of a good angel-demon type book and 2. I loved the title. And boy it sucked me right in from the start; from the moment when little Milja met Azazel the Fallen, bound in a dank, dark cave, for eternity... awaiting another eternity. Azazel is called a demon, a fallen angel, Prince of Darkness or Satan as I found in some sources. I’ll personally stick to the story itself because many of these notions discussed in the book connected to the Book of Enoch is rather vague to me. But that didn’t hinder my enjoyment at all. The whole story behind Azazel and his many brothers’ fight with the good angels and how they were then entombed in various places in the world is told in book 1. It was such a fascinating story, with excellent visuals, such as Azazel’s fight with St. Michael and the destruction of his human family.

Milja, a girl born in a small mountain-bound village of Montenegro, has known The Prisoner since her childhood. The Prisoner was there always. Many had been in charge of him over the uncountable years, her father the priest, being the latest. Milja’s mother was already dead, so her father has been the center of her world... until the day she started having dreams of The Prisoner, whom she’d only met a few times; always with her father by her side. Her father has forbidden her to ever communicate with the prisoner, let alone release him, no matter how much he begs. Yet, the sad, heart-wrenching dreams of him in pain, absolutely misery of many, many years tore at Milja. Then one day, when she was around 20, she does the unthinkable. She goes to the cave alone to meet him for the first time in years since she went to school. The Prisoner was always in her thought, in her dreams, so much so that she only had one boyfriend but couldn’t even maintain that relationship. She knew by then who she belonged to, and she decides instantly that she’s going to release him.

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The Lady's Companion

The Lady's Companion - Carla Kelly

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

The Lady’s Companion by Carla Kelly is the latest in her backlist I finished a few days ago. It was amazing, to say the least. A very heartwarming traditional regency with an sweet heroine, a superb hero made grand with Ms. Kelly’s beautiful storytelling.

I decided to bring The Lady’s Companion up my TBR pile because for a reason. A few months ago, I read another book by Ms. Kelly titled Marriage of Mercy, where the reviewers criticized the book for having almost the same storyline as this one. Marriage of Mercy is a later publication (2012) whereas The Lady’s Companion was first released in 1996. The whole notion definitely intrigued me. I was expecting a pretty same storyline with different names for characters, and I agree with them to a certain extent. However, the storyline itself was very different. I mean very, if you can excuse the first 2 chapters where the h Susan’s fate spin almost exactly like that of Grace’s. I would call it plagiarism had the later not also been Ms. Kelly’s publication. I still don’t know how can anyone say both had the same stories so I decided I’m just gonna ignore it and enjoy. Which I did thank you!

Susan Hampton, daughter to Sir Rodney, should’ve had an amazing life with balls and parties and dreams of suitors, marriage and her own family. But no thanks to her spendthrift father, it’s now all just that— a dream. Since her mother passed when she was young, Susan, now 25, had been living on her father’s extravagant, and very fantastical, dreams of this and that—a grand life with loads of money he’d win of these days. Sir Rodney’s gambling habit was so extreme that everyone knew him, and avoided him as much as possible. So far, he’d sold every single thing worth selling one by one to get the money needed. Not only that, he has to live like a peer of the realm that he was, which he does even if he can’t afford it. You can only imagine Susan’s shattered dreams as well as disillusionment.

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My Dear Lord Forrester

My Dear Lord Forrester (The Infamous Forresters Book 2) - Eliza Lloyd

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My Dear Lord Forrester is a novella  and book 2 of Eliza Lloyd’s The Infamous Forresters series. Honestly, I find no fault in the books of this series that I’ve read so far, only that I always end up wishing they were full-length novels instead of novellas.

Book 1, What A Mistress Wants is the story of the widowed Duke of Sterling, Adam Forrester and his mistress, Eloisa. Mistress stories don’t always appeal to me, but this one was an amazing read. It was a novella, but the author packed a lot of emotions between the pages. Adam and Eloisa had been together for at least 4yrs. when the story opens so they already have a long history. However it didn’t feel like I missed too much. Adam was devoted to his wife, Nellie, until the day she died. He’s got 4 kids, including the future heir to the Sterling Dukedom. He still misses his wife.

Adam hopes to remarry one day, but right now, he’s all set with an adventurous paramour to take care of his more basic needs. He adores Eloisa and has no intention of giving her up anytime soon. But Eloisa, who is the daughter of a gentleman fallen on hard times, has something else in mind. Though their liaison was build on needs based of money and pleasure—each helping the other out with what they desperately needed at that time—Eloisa is now hopelessly in love with Adam. However, he’s a Duke and he’d never marry his mistress. She certainly has no interest in competing with a ghost for his affection. Just how could she carry on being his mistress knowing her feelings are not returned? Eloisa decides she’d have to make a quick decision to whether or not she’d continue to suffer in silence or put her foot down and do something about it. To find out what she did and the turn of events, you must give this novella a try!

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Dark Obsession

Dark Obsession (Blackheath Moor #1) - Allison Chase

This book had a good storyline (Gothic toned with paranormal happenings - a combo I generally love!). I also liked the writing style, however too much melodrama between the characters ruined it for me. There were times I wasn't sure whether I should SMH or roll my eyes. *sigh*

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A Suitable Affair

A Suitable Affair (The Macalisters) - Erica Cameron-Taylor

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

A Suitable Affair is Erica Taylor’s debut historical romance and book 1 of The Macalisters series. I do love well-written family sagas. When I went into this book, I didn’t know what to expect but glad to report that I emerged quite happy because the story and writing-wise, A Suitable Affair was wonderful.

In the beginning of the story, our H Ian and h Susanna met with quite a, uh, bang. Well, kind of a bang. She was strolling Hide Park with her soon-to-be fiancé Lord Riverton, while Ian was on the way to attend a meeting. And his horse almost collided with her, which could’ve been seriously bad but thankfully, it wasn’t. But it did introduce our H and h unofficially. Even from then I could tell these two are going to be a handful, their banters were already fun to read. True to that, I enjoyed most of Ian and Susanna’s banters to the fullest. After a while, you simply know these have to be together cause they’re going to have a lot of fun! :D

Susanna is one of the daughters of the Macalister family/Bradstone Dukedom, which somewhat reminded me of Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons. They have 10 siblings, now minus their eldest brother Sam, the heir to the Duke of Bradstone, who died in a carriage accident alongside their father. After Sam’s passing, the responsibilities of the Dukedom fell onto the next bother, Andrew, who wasn’t quite ready to shoulder it. This sudden and tragic transformation in their family took a toll on everyone, least of all Andrew, who had become distant and cold in the intervening years until he met Clara and fell in love. He’s now happily married to her. Susanna’s older sister, Sarah, was also married but now widowed. She’s got more brothers that I couldn’t keep a count on, 2 of them being overseas. Younger sister Norah has already had her come-out while the youngest, Mara is waiting. If all of them are getting a book each, we can safely say we’re in for quite a journey here!

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"The Great Fruitcake Quest"

The Wedding Ring Quest (Harlequin Historical) - Carla Kelly

... should be the more appropriate title. :P

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Miss Milton Speaks Her Mind

Miss Milton Speaks Her Mind - Carla Kelly

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Miss Milton Speaks Her Mind isn’t one of Carla Kelly’s best but it wasn’t bad either. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would because the first half of the story went over my head completely. The other half, of course, made the read worthwhile.

Miss Milton Speaks Her Mind is an older release by Ms. Kelly; a traditional (clean) regency at that. The story begins with Miss Milton AKA our h, Jane and her monologues. This book is mainly based on her POVs, though not first person. She’s the poor relation to a Marquess, Lord Denby. Orphaned at a young age, Jane had to go to the workhouse; an incident that had shaped her life so far. She had to grow up early, and ever since she’s been brought back as a charity case to Lord Denby’s household when her mother died, she’s been cruelly shown her place in the world many, many times. Though Lord Denby’s son Blair was nice to her, his sister, Lady Carruthers was another thing. She’s a mean, viciously entitled woman and a bully to boots. As a result, Jane has always been left in a place of neither a lady, nor a servant. More like a governess. If Lady Carruthers could, she’d be a servant of Denby House by now. However, Jane has persisted, maintaining a semblance of dignity so far.

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A Moonbow Night

A Moonbow Night - Laura Frantz

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

First of all, let me start by saying I didn’t know what a moonbow was until I read this story and went to check it out online. I never saw a moonbow but now I seriously want to! There were many such references in A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz which I absolutely loved. I mean WOW!

A Moonbow Night is my third Laura Frantz book, and boy this was one explosive novel! It’s a clean, slightly Christian themed historical romance and her latest release. Previously I’ve read The Mistress of Tall Acre and The Colonel’s Lady; I loved the first, was very frustrated with the other but I knew I’d like to try another of her book soon. This one definitely takes the cake! It wasn’t just the writing and the historical research (loved how she integrated the Daniel Boone and family as a part of the storyline) - Ms. Frantz excels in both gracefully - but also the story itself. So many things were happening; sometimes warm and fuzzy that’ll put a smile on your face, while other times something really, really heart-wrenching! It says a lot when it took me about the first 40% of the book to get into the story cause I found all the references made quite confusing.

Sion Morgan, a Welsh descendant surveyor, was on a mission to survey the areas around the Shawnee Rivers (pardon my geography; I don’t live in the US). He had to check out this backwaters, where the lands are equally full of temptation and danger, for the approaching settlers. Sion knew it would be one of the most dangerous jobs out there, with the Indians on the hunt for human scalp, but he was very dedicated. He had a small group of men helping him, which included an elderly man called Nate, their mapmaker, and not so helpful, Cornelius Lyon and Cornelius’s manservant Aidan. Two chain bearers as well.

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The Wedding Journey

The Wedding Journey - Carla Kelly

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

It’s always a little difficult for me to review a Carla Kelly book, mostly because I know I won’t be able to capture the life of her stories. So I can only hope that I make anyone reading my reviews intrigued enough to consider checking out that book. The Wedding Journey is one from her quite lengthy backlist (thank God for that, I hope she continues to write for years to come!) and a book that was equally heartwarming and heartwrenching. I just don’t know how to else to put it but this is what her books do to you. They make you feel every single emotion her characters are going thru!

Much like many of Ms. Kelly’s books, The Wedding Journey, is set around wartime. The Napoleonic Wars to be precise. The story begins in a camp somewhere in Spain where we find little Elinore, AKA Nell Mason, working around the Head Surgeon’s tent. Her parents were the dumbest people out there, or so everyone knew them to be. She had a younger brother whom she had to take care of most of the times, much like she had taken care of herself since she’s learned to walk and talk. Her father, Major Mason, was always in his cups and never had enough money to take care of his family. Not that he bothered. Her mother, Audrey, had suffered thru it all. She’s now a shell of a woman after years of trudging thru war-zones with her husband. She simply didn’t care anymore. But Nell, even at the age of 10, knew she had to take care of her family.

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The Ice Duchess

The Ice Duchess: Scandalous Regency Widows, Book 2 - Amy Rose Bennett

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

This is what I thought in a nutshell. Looking at the reviews, I seem to be the minority here but it’s what it is. The Ice Duchess by Amy Rose Bennett wasn’t what I had anticipated it would be. I have been waiting for this one since I read book 1 of Scandalous Regency Widows, Lady Beauchamp’s Proposal. While I absolutely adored book 1, this did not hold my attentions for long.

Our h, Georgiana had a sad past, which made her so wary of men that she’d not fall in love or marry. Since she also didn’t want to spend her life as a spinster, Georgiana or Georgie as her family calls her, ended up marrying a good friend Teddy, who was also a Duke. But there was a secret to their marriage not everyone knew, and the few who did, never talked about it. Georgiana’s brother, Jonathan, is gay. And Teddy was his lover. With the taboo surrounding the whole thing, they had to find a way to continue on. Georgiana was eager to help too.

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The Danger of Desire

The Danger of Desire (The Sinful Suitors Book 3) - Sabrina Jeffries

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The Danger of Desire is book 3 of Sabrina Jeffries’s Sinful Suitors series. Can’t say I was too impressed with this one. This series, as a whole, has been a downer for me, both story and character-wise. But I am giving it a try, hoping that things will improve. *sigh*

I wasn’t surprised to find that The Sinful Suitors is connected to The Duke’s Men. Most of SJ’s series are interlinked thru characters; secondary characters of one series having their own books in a new one. I don’t think you must read The Duke’s Men to enjoy Sinful Suitors, however, the characters have links to the previous series so things may make more sense if you have already read the former.

The first book of the series, The Art of Sinning, is the story of a character appeared shortly in The Duke’s Men series; an American artist named Jeremy Keane. He was the cousin of one of the central characters there. I never thought him important enough to have his own book so this was a surprise! The heroine, Yvette, was never introduced before. Keane was running from a sad secret of his past eschewing his own responsibilities back in America, and his artistic whimsies gave him the perfect escape route to do so. He travelled extensively for the sake of his vocation and their vast family run empire is now managed by his elder sister Amanda. When Keane arrived in England, he was set to have a title from one of his English relatives as the next living male heir. However, due to some twists and turns and Keane’s own disinclination to take on added responsibilities makes him decline this in the end.

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Rose Bride

Rose Bride - Elizabeth Moss

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

Rose Bride is the the last installment of Elizabeth Moss’s Lust in the Tudor Court series, which I just finished. I’ve been really enjoying the author’s writing style and how history is melded in this series with a healthy dose of naughtiness thrown in it. Unfortunately, can’t say I enjoyed Rose Bride as much as I thought I would.

Book 1, Wolf Bride, is the story of Eloise Tyrell, a lady-in-waiting of former Queen Anne Boleyn. When she was betrothed to the cold and aloof Lord Wolf, she wasn’t expecting anything but a miserable married life. She had a sweetheart in court but it didn’t work out. Even though their married life wasn’t a bed of roses, Wolf and Eloise came to know each-other and acknowledged the love blooming between them. For that they had to weather some storms in their relationship; some stemmed from Eloise’s own lack of self-confidence. She was always thinking Wolf will ditch her for another court beauty, leaving her lonely in his estate. When Wolf’s one-time love, and the source of much scandal in the court, Margerie Croft suddenly returns, Eloise’s insecurities grew twofold. But Margerie had no intentions of snagging Wolf once again, and she extends her help when Wolf needed to move the attention of lecherous King Huge Henry from his wife. Other troubles came because Wolf wasn’t a man of words and he could be pretty curt and rude, hurting Eloise more than once in the process. Though their sex life was superb, the lack of communication sometimes could be painfully apparent.

The climax of the story comes with the execution of Anne Boleyn and the King courting Lady Jane Grey within weeks of it. Though Wolf was one of the King’s closest people, he didn’t agree with his verdict where Anne was concerned. Eloise’s life came under threat due to her connection with her but Wolf did his best to save her from the gallows. Overall, I really enjoyed book 1 and was waiting for the next installment, Rebel Bride.

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Ruining Miss Wrotham

Ruining Miss Wrotham (Baleful Godmother Historical Romance Series Book 5) - Emily Larkin

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I had been eagerly awaiting the 5th installment of Emily Larkin’s historical romance series, Baleful Godmother, titled Ruining Miss Wrotham for the past couple of months, and it was well worth the wait. For me, this has to be the best installment of this series! I had this feeling of profound happiness when it ended, that even with wanting to read a few more chapters, I was content with how it all played out.

The Baleful Godmother is a Regency-set series based on female characters who have special “gifts” or powers. But if you want to start from the very beginning, you can with The Fey Quartet. These are a set of novellas listed as “prologue” to this series. Set in Medieval-era England, the prologues explain exactly how our unique heroines come to

Books 1 and 2, Unmasking Miss Appleby and Resisting Miss Merryweather had something common in them apart from Baletongue, our dubious Fairy Godmother. Heroines of both of these books, Charlotte and Anne AKA Merry (respectively), were bestowed their gifts at the age of 25, which I thought was THE age they were supposed to have their wish fulfilled and 2. They were cousins so the stories were linked that way. However, the h of book 3 Trusting Miss Trentham, Letty, has had her wish fulfilled at 21. “Why” is explained in this installment as the h, Eleanor or Nelly, had her wish fulfilled at 23. The women, who were originally granted a wish each, were sisters, and our heroines simply descended from a different sister each, hence the age of their wish fulfillment differs from one another. Though Charlotte and Merry were cousins, Letty wasn’t even known to them at all. Same goes for Eleanor. Therein lies the uniqueness of this series, you never know to which direction the author is going to lead you. An element of surprise is always there.

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The Heart of a Texas Cowboy

The Heart of a Texas Cowboy - Linda Broday

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The Heart of a Texas Cowboy is the second installment of Linda Broday’s new series, Men of Legend. I have read her Bachelors of Battle Creek series and loved it, and now I’m loving this series as well. From book 1, I had thought Houston was the brother who had already had his HEA and won’t have a book. Who knew he had such a story to tell of his own?!

Much like Bachelors of Battle Creek, Men of Legend focuses on a family or a ‘band of brothers’ if you can call them. Even though, the brothers of Bachelors of Battle Creek series weren’t brothers by blood, these Legends brothers certainly are! The first book focuses on Sam Legend, a former Texas Ranger, who was estranged from his family because of the demands his job used to put on him. Houston is his older brother and shoulders the responsibility of the huge Legend ranch called Lone Star. They met Luke, a brother they didn’t know existed, in Sam’s story.

Sam had enjoyed his job as a Texas Ranger until he thought death had finally caught up with him. A pretty terrifying description is given at the beginning of book 1, To Love a Texas Ranger, when he’s almost hanged by a group of outlaws. When he thought he was done for, a known outlaw he’s been chasing, Luke Weston becomes his unexpected savior. Luke has been so elusive that Sam had a tough time tracking him down, unable to catch him even once despite Sam’s expertise. Yet there was this odd game was being played between the two where Luke seems to chase Sam just as much as he did. And they enjoyed it as well. Why, he couldn’t tell. Until the day Luke saved his life, Sam wouldn’t have thought he’s capable of any good deed. Now he’s willing to rethink his opinion of the outlaw.

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