ARC Reviews

30/11/2015

3 Scandalous Historical Romances. by Calle Hutton, Stacy Reid, & Ally Broadfield.

Get your highlander fix, follow the search for missing family heirlooms and meet mysterious Russian royalty in this month's new Scandalous releases.

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The Highlander's Accidental Marriage by Callie Hutton

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Scotland, 1817

The Duke of Manchester’s sister, Lady Sarah Lacey, always abides by the rules of etiquette. Fate, however, has no such confines. On a journey to the Scottish Highlands, Lady Sarah is set upon by misfortune-leaving her without carriage or chaperone, and left to the mercy of a kind and handsome gentleman. Whom (in order to secure a room at an inn) she announces is her husband.

When she proclaims they’re married in public, Professor Braeden McKinnon can’t bring himself to correct the lovely Lady Sarah. After all, her reputation would be ruined. Nor can he tell her that her proclamation is not only legally binding in Scotland, but sharing a room is considered to be an act of consummation…

Now they are bound together until death do they part-even if Sarah has no intention of becoming anyman’s wife.

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The Royal Conquest by Stacy Reid

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After being cruelly jilted by a lord who claimed to adore her, Miss Payton Peppiwell swore her future husband would be as ordinary as she. Now if only her family would listen to her. Then she meets Mikhail Konstantinovich, an untitled horse breeder, in a highly improper and scandalous encounter. Never had Payton expected to be so attracted to the dark, intriguing man, who seduces her to recklessness with a mere stare.

Mikhail abhors anything to do with intimacy. Yet Miss Peppiwell stirs hunger and a need long forgotten in him. But Mikhail has a dark past—one that means his lust must be sated in a way entirely unsuitable for a lady. But his biggest secret will be the hardest for Payton to overcome: Mikhail is not only titled, he’s a prince…


Miss Payton Peppiwell is an American at her friend's estate coming to terms with the fickleness of the British aristocracy that her parents so want to join. She has been jilted by a Viscount through no fault of hers. He was only interested in her father's money anyway.  But  the gossips whisper about her , she is obviously unworthy of a Lord. She is determined to shrug it off and enjoy herself. So she has dressed in trousers to take one of the fabulous horses out for a ride. 
Mikhail Konstantinovich is travelling incognito,  he doesn't want all of society bowing and scraping.  He is looking for a quiet life before he must take on his responsibilities.  He has had personal trauma in his life that makes it impossible for him to allow himself to be touched in any way. 
This is a Victorian romance and as we know that was a time when women had to be above reproach, and the Russian aristocracy were a large presence in high society. This story has our hero suffering the after effects of abuse , and the demands of his titles. Our heroine is wonderfully strong, and refuses to bend to the pressures of her family. All the while the gossips find more to belittle her for. 
A sexy, intense read. I loved it.


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How to Bewitch an Earl by Ally Broadfield

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Edward Adair, heir to the Duke of Boulstridge, is more interested in finding a missing family heirloom than a wife. But when his parents issue an ultimatum – marry or lose your allowance – he reluctantly agrees to attend a house party to find a bride. Instead, he discovers attractive but infuriating Miss Isabella Winthrop in his library, reading the private family journal that holds clues to the location of the heirloom.

Though Isabella finds Edward haughty and arrogant, she offers to take him to the next clue mentioned in the journal if he will pay her, which will enable her to help her brother restore his estate. Edward counters with an offer of an even larger payment…if she agrees to masquerade as his betrothed to deter the other ladies until the house party ends.

As they work together to solve the mystery their mutual attraction grows, but just when they begin to think they should make their engagement real, a secret is revealed that could destroy everything.

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Edward Adair, the Earl of Kenworth  has been given an ultimatum by his father. He must stop wasting his life,  get married and start taking some responsibilities. To that end they invite several young women to a house party. Edward would rather be searching for the family mystery of a hidden tiara.
Isabella Winthrop is a paid companion , and has accompanied her employer to a house party.  She is hoping none of the guests will know who she really is, so will do her best to be unobtrusive.  When she finds an old journal she gets caught up in trying to solve the mystery.
This is a lovely historical romance. The characters are fun and realistic.  The hunt for the tiara has lasted for generations. It is already responsible for Edward´s parents marriage. A very entertaining read.



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