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How to Fool a Duke (The Husband Dilemma #1) by Mary Lancaster, Violetta Rand. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Young women in need of second chances find sympathy and assistance with the enigmatic Lady Whitmore in her seaside castle and village. The ultimate goal: to find husbands for these rejected ladies of the ton. Yet, not every young woman is motivated by the same emotions, for some of these ladies possess rakish hearts that can only be tamed by true love.

Her voice is pure, her motives wicked.

Lady Sarah Merrington will never forget being spurned by the duke she was supposed to marry. After all, that is the very reason she finds herself as a personal guest to the enigmatic Lady Whitmore in her village on the coast, a place of sanctuary where a lady might learn new accomplishments and, perhaps, the necessary skills to charm the elites of society. And Sarah is determined to reinvent herself so she can seek satisfaction, if not a bit of feminine revenge against the Duke of Vexen.

Leonard Blackmore, the Duke of Vexen, is invited to host a charitable event in a place he's never heard of before and by a lady he's never met. Pleased by the opportunity, he accepts the invitation only to find his gracious hostess, Lady Whitmore, is not only a fellow patron to the arts but provides second chances to young ladies who simply need a helping hand. Unexpectedly, the duke meets a beautiful woman who sings like an angel. He swears he's seen her before but can't quite remember where or when. It doesn't matter, for she's captured his deep interest, and he always gets what he wants.

Sarah can't believe her duke has arrived, giving her the chance to fulfill her dream for revenge. But the more she's around him, the more she admires and likes him. And it's only a matter of time before he realizes who she is.

Will Sarah take advantage of the perfect opportunity to fool her duke, or will she forgive and forget in order to give love a second chance?


Lady Sarah Merrington was humiliated by a prospective husband. Even though she really had behaved childishly, she doesn't accept any fault.  Now our heroine is staying in a village where everyone minds their own business and the Lady who owns the castle and village encourages learning of all sorts.  
Leonard Blackmore,  the Duke of Vexen is a man with a passion for archeology and a patron of the arts.  An invitation to an area that could be rich in Viking treasures tempts him.  
A lovely historical romance with lots of secrets being revealed by our fascinating characters. 
 This is the first in a new series and I'm looking forward to reading more.  
I loved it.  


Mary Lancaster's first love was historical fiction. Since then she has grown to love coffee, chocolate, red wine and black and white films - simultaneously where possible. She hates housework.

As a direct consequence of the first love, she studied history at St. Andrews University, after which she worked variously as editorial assistant, researcher and librarian. Although she has always written stories for her own entertainment, she began to make serious efforts toward publication in order to distract herself from a job she disliked. She now writes full time at her seaside home in Scotland, which she shares with her husband and three children.

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Raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, Violetta Rand spent her childhood reading, writing, and playing soccer. After meeting her husband in New England, they moved to Alaska where she studied environmental science. Violetta spent a decade working as a scientist before quitting her day job to pursue her dream as a full time writer.

Violetta still lives in Anchorage, Alaska, and spends her days writing evocative contemporary and historical romance. When she’s not reading, writing, or editing, she enjoys time with her husband, pets, and friends.

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Her Reluctant Highlander Husband (Clan MacKinlay #2) by Allison B. Hanson. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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After nine lonely years as her father’s prisoner, Dorie McCurdy is forced to marry the new war chief of clan MacKinlay. Terrified and unwilling to speak, she imagines the worst of her handsome, imposing new husband.

Bryce MacKinlay Campbell’s wife and child were taken by illness years ago, and all he’s wanted since is to be alone. Unfortunately, he is ordered to marry the McCurdy laird’s daughter for an alliance between their clans. He’s appalled by the way his bride is treated by her family when she shows up looking like a ragged, homeless waif. Bryce can provide for her needs, and offer his name, but not his heart—that will never happen again.

In her husband’s strong arms, Dorie slowly emerges from her silence...and gradually the ice around Bryce’s heart begins to melt. But when she is unexpectedly offered an annulment, she must choose—stay with Bryce, who she’s fallen in love with but who never wanted her, or choose the unknown possibilities of a different future.


Bryce MacKinlay Campbell lost his wife and child to illness many years ago and struggles to go on without them.  Now his Laird is forcing him to marry for the sake of the Clan.  
Dorie McCurdy has been locked away by her father since a childish tantrum caused tragedy years ago.  Her brother has decided he can sell her off for his benefit.  
This is a shockingly realistic look at just how powerless some women were all those years ago.  A very emotional story that will require a box of tissues.  There is also a lot of joy and excitement.  
This book is part of a great series, but easily read on it's own.  
I loved every page.  


One very early morning, Allison B. Hanson woke up with a conversation going on in her head. It wasn't so much a dream as it was being forced awake by her imagination. Unable to go back to sleep, she gave up, went to the computer, and began writing. Years later it still hasn't stopped. Allison lives near Hershey, Pennsylvania. Her contemporary romances include paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery suspense. She enjoys candy immensely, as well as long motorcycle rides and reading.

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Lord Lucifer (Lords of the Masquerade #1) by Jade Lee. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Three titled gentlemen throw a masquerade party at Vauxhall for their own secret purposes. Three ladies attended for fun but find something far greater in the shadows of the pleasure garden.

Welcome to the fabulous new series Lords of the Masquerade by USA Today Bestselling Author Jade Lee. Read for Free in Kindle Unlimited!


Twelve years ago, Lucas failed to protect the love of his life from being forced into an arranged marriage. The day she wed another man, he left England to join the fight against Napoleon. Now he’s back with scars on his body and soul. He’s happy hidden from the peerage as he helps his men reintegrate back into society. Then he discovers the woman he still loves is in terrible danger.


Diana is not the same obedient girl who wed a man three times her age. She’s grown up and found a strength she didn’t have before. Now the one man she can’t forget is back and talking about things that can’t be true. Then her husband is murdered, the estate is in jeopardy, and every finger points at her.


No one will help her except Lucas who defies constables, thieves, and his own family to save her. But when she begs him to do more than stand guard, he decides on a dangerous ploy.

He risks everything to save more than her life. He dances with the devil to win her heart. 


As a love struck teen-ager Lucifer disappointed himself by failing to protect the girl he loves from marriage to an old man.  Going off to war and being declared dead doesn't seem to have improved matters.  
Diana has made a decent life out of her marriage,  after some struggles.  She rules her household with determination and kindness.  Unfortunately her stepson is becoming more and more dangerous, and not just to her.  
A very exciting historical romance with lots of danger and emotional characters.  Our hero has been hiding from his old life.  Our heroine needs to live life to the full. There is a certain gambling hell from another series that is mentioned in this book , but this is the start of a totally different series.  I will definitely be looking forward to the next books.  
Great fun.  


A USA Today Bestseller, JADE LEE has been scripting love stories since she first picked up a set of paper dolls. Ball gowns and rakish lords caught her attention early (thank you Georgette Heyer), and her fascination with the Regency began. An author of more than 40 romance novels and winner of dozens of industry awards, her latest series is RAKES AND ROGUES. The first one, 50 WAYS TO RUIN A RAKE, is an awesome tale of love and laughter.
And don’t forget Kathy Lyons.. She’s Jade’s paranormal half. Check out her new shifter series GRIZZLIES GONE WILD.

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A Governess Should Never... Tempt a Prizefighter (The Governess Chronicles #1) by Emily Windsor. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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“So tell me, Miss Griffin, why should I employ you as governess?”

A question to rouse fear within the breast of any prospective governess but for Matilda, a lady without references, appropriate brown clothing or any experience with children whatsoever, doubly so.

Yet alone in the world except for a brutish guardian and a malodorous betrothed, Matilda must seek her own future, even if that means employment in the household of a rugged ex-prizefighter with sizeable muscles and doubtless minuscule intellect.


“Please continue to enlighten me, Miss Griffin.”

Mr Seth Hawkins, owner of famed Boxing Academy, has reached the point of desperation in his search for a governess.

Yet with no other suitable candidates, could this yellow-clad, bespectacled female who seemed to think him a witless dolt with calloused knuckles and no books, teach his daughter the ways of a lady?


The Lady and the Prizefighter.

One should never judge a man by his well-defined muscles or a lady by her yellow-silk slippers, for beneath both façades lay yearning hearts, shared dreams and a taste for adventure.

With scandalous kisses in midnight carriages, tavern excursions, whifflers, nobblers and dressing as a nefarious footpad on the prowl, the vocation of governess has never been so exciting…


A fun, heart-warming Regency romance, this is the first book in a companion series to the Games of Gentlemen.

This tale contains sensual scenes.


Miss Matilda Griffin is desperate to get away from her hated guardian before he marries her off to one of his old cronies.  Work as a governess is all she can think of,  but with no references or experience jobs are hard to come by.  
Mr Seth Hawkins was born in the rookeries of St. Giles,  and literally fought his way out.  He was a champion prize fighter and now runs his own boxing academy all while bringing up his daughter on his own. 
This is an unusual historical romance and so much fun.  I loved the use of boxing "Cant". It really made it more realistic and caused a lot of giggles.  Our hero has lots of surprises up his sleeve with his large muscles.  There is much more to him than our heroine believes.  Our heroine is highly educated but very realistic and adventurous,  with a fabulous outgoing personality.  
Great fun,  I loved it.  


Emily grew up in the north of England on a diet of historical romance and classical mythology.
Unfortunately, you couldn’t study Georgian slang or the Regency London Season, so she did the next best thing and gained a degree in Classics and History instead. This ‘led’ to an eight-year stint in engineering. 
Having left city life, she now lives in a dilapidated farmhouse in the country where her days are spent writing, fixing the leaky roof, battling the endless vegetation and finding pictures of well-tied cravats.

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Destined for Love (Runaway Medieval Wives #3) by Alexa Aston. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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A widow who seeks to protect her unborn child. A knight willing to shield her from harm. A journey where two souls come together—and a destined love is born...

A lazy, jealous brother banished Sir Drake Harcourt from his home once their parents died. Drake comes to Mallowbourne, home to the Baron and Baroness of Gaynesford, and makes his mark with superb combat skills and a kind heart.

Lady Faylinn d’Albert wed her father’s close friend, a man more than three decades older. After ten years of marriage, her husband dies—and Faylinn finds herself with child. Her bitter stepdaughter shoves Faylinn down the stairs, hoping it will kill her and the babe, so she can offer herself to the king as a bride for the new baron and remain in her beloved home.

Drake finds the injured Faylinn and learns of the threat she faces, nursing her with skills learned from his mother, an exceptional healer. Faylinn pretends she doesn’t remember the attempt on her life, trying to buy herself time. But when her stepdaughter poisons Faylinn’s wine and Drake prevents her from drinking it, he knows her life is in danger and spirits her away.

On the journey to her brother’s estate, the pair fall in love but their future is uncertain. If Faylinn births a daughter, she is free. If she delivers a son, she must return to Mallowbourne and raise the next baron—and wed a man of the king’s choice. Their fate hangs in the balance, even as new threats appear.

Will Faylinn and Drake find happiness—or will they be torn apart forever?

Each book in Medieval Runaway Wives is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.


Lady Faylinn d'Albert found out she is pregnant and became a widow on the same day.  Her elderly husband was happy to hear the news but would never meet his child.  Unfortunately her stepdaughter is furious and lays dangerous plans.  To save her own and her baby's life Faylinn must run.  
Sir Drake Harcourt was turned out of his home by his brother after the death of their father.  Now he must make a life for himself ,maybe he can become a Captain of the guard somewhere. 
First though he must protect his liege lord's widow. 
A long and dangerous journey is ahead for our characters with only uncertainty at the end of it.  
You will be involved in their travels from the first to the last page and enjoy every step.  You will meet old friends from other books in the series but you can easily read this and each of the others as stand alone stories.  
I loved it.  


Alexa Aston’s historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love.

She is the author of The Knights of Honor, a medieval romance series that takes place in 14th century England during the reign of Edward III and centers on the de Montfort family. Each romance focuses on the code of chivalry that bound knights of this era.

A native Texan, Alexa lives with her husband in a Dallas suburb, where she eats her fair share of dark chocolate and plots out stories while she walks every morning. She enjoys reading, watching movies, and can’t get enough of Fixer Upper or Game of Thrones. Alexa also writes romantic suspense, western historical, and standalone medieval novels as Lauren Linwood. 

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The Highlander's Unexpected Proposal (The Brothers of Wolf Isle #1) by Heather McCollum. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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A lass begging to marry him might top the list of “oddest things to happen,” but Chief Adam Macquarie is desperate. And no matter how much he hates to do it, he’s not above lying to get what he wants. Starting with the fact that he just omitted the truth about the situation back at his home—where there are no women and only a handful of other people. Because he has a secret need for a wife himself, one she won’t be too happy about when she finds out.

Lark Montgomerie is thrilled the brawny chief agrees to save her from her drunken father’s machinations of wedding her off to the first fool that agrees. He’s easy on the eyes and no one can be worse than her current options. Now a new life awaits her, on an exciting Scottish isle no less, and nothing will dampen her spirits. That is, until she arrives in her new homeland and realizes more than a few things are amiss…


Chief Adam Macquarie is desperate to find brides for him and his brothers.  He promised his father they would rebuild their clan.  The beltane festival looks like a good place to start.  Maybe they should not tell the ladies about their home just yet.  
Lark Montgomerie cannot return home after this festival,  home is not a safe place.  She needs to find a husband before her father sells her off. 
Secrets can be dangerous,  especially when they are revealed but sometimes honesty can be as bad.  
A cursed island, desperate families and enemies, all add to the excitement.  A big sexy hero and a brave and capable heroine. All the characters are great fun and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.  The brothers are all very different.  
I loved it.  


Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical and YA paranormal romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology, much to her English professor’s dismay, and was a 2009 Golden Heart Finalist.When she is not picking her teen’s brain for authentic attitude for her YA books and finding time to write, she is usually found educating women on ovarian cancer symptoms. Ms. McCollum has recently slayed the cancer beast and resides with her very own hero and 3 kids in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.

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Lyon's Prey (Rakes of Mayhem #0.5) by Anna St. Claire. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Enter the world of the most notorious gambling den in London, where matches are made... unusually. Welcome to the world of THE LYON'S DEN: The Black Widow of Whitehall Connected World, where the underground of Regency London thrives... and loves.

Haunted by his wife’s death, he vowed to never marry again...until he meets her!

Evan Prescott, the fifth Earl of Clarendon lost his wife during the birth of their child. Broken, Evan seeks solace in the Lyon’s Den, a world of drink, cards, and excess—where wins and losses are easier to navigate than responsibilities. Overconfident and in his cups, he makes a bet that will change his life.

Still mourning the loss of her father and elder brother…

Lady Charlotte Grisham saves her young brother from the path of a speeding carriage. In a fit of pique, she throws propriety to the wind and storms up the steps of the owner’s London townhouse—and meets the man that upends her world.

The stars align when his high stakes bet and her lapse in judgement give the Black Widow of Whitehall the perfect opportunity to spin her web of hearts, while untold danger lurks a step behind.

Can a marriage of convenience give rise to love in time to avoid deadly disaster?

(Note: This is an introductory novella to the Rakes of Mayhem Series - The Earl of Excess, Book One, coming soon!)


Evan Prescott,  Earl of Clarendon lost his wife to childbirth. In the year since he has drowned his loss in drink.  His son is being cared for by Evan's sister.  This cannot carry on,  and he's already feeling guilty for it when he is told in no uncertain terms of the damage he very nearly caused. 
While Lady Charlotte Grisham is still mourning the recent death of her father, something happens that very nearly cost the life of her little brother.  Her temper causes her to act rashly and that could ruin her.  
This is an exciting story with lovely characters,  a wicked villain and more than a few surprises.  It's part of a series of books by various authors centred on the Widow who owns the Lyon's Den gambling hall and her matchmaking.  They are all good fun and I've enjoyed each one that I've read.  
I loved it. 


Escape to a Time of Romance and Adventure, Where Rakes and Rogues Meet Sass and Spice!

Anna St. Claire is a big believer that nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself. She sprinkles her stories with laughter, romance, mystery and lots of possibilities, adhering to the belief that goodness, love, dark chocolate and popcorn will win the day.

Anna St. Claire is an avid reader, and now author, of both American and British historical romance. She and her husband live in Charlotte, North Carolina, where their once empty nest has two dogs. They have also just become grandparents.

Anna relocated from New York to the Carolinas as a child. Her mother, a retired English and History teacher, always encouraged Anna's interest in writing, especially, after discovering short stories Anna would write in her spare time.

Her fascination with history and reading led her to her first historical romance, Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With The Wind.' The day she discovered Kathleen Woodiwiss' books, 'Shanna' and 'Ashes In The Wind,' Anna was hooked. She read every historical romance that came her way.

Today, her focus is primarily the Civil War and Regency eras, although Anna enjoys almost any period in American and British history. She would love to connect with any of her readers at

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