ARC Reviews

10/03/2017

Regency Ever After: Timless Tales & Fables,(7 Books) by Various Authors. ONLY 99c.


 Regency Ever After: Timeless Tales & Fables II
Dawn Brower, Amanda Mariel, Ari Thatcher, Meara Platt, Collette Cameron, Tammy Andresen, Sue London
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Length: 181,000k
Heat Rating: 1-3
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Price: .99 until March 13th then 2.99.

Short boxset blurb:
Once upon a time seven historical romance authors created a fairy tale inspired Regency world with all the romance of Regency and timelessness of fairy tales.
Join us on a Regency adventure of love and romance with seven brand new stories by some of today’s most sought after authors in Regency Ever After: Timeless Tales and Fables II.
Grab your copy of Regency Ever After today for just 99 cents! The price goes up to $2.99 on March 13th so hurry!

Individual novella blurbs:
Stolen by My Knave by Dawn Brower
As a child, Lady Elizabeth Kendall glimpsed an image of handsome gentleman in her looking glass. Imagine her surprise when years later she meets the Duke of Whitewood, who bears a striking resemblance to her imaginary man. Will they accept fate’s decision or ignore all the signs that brought them together?

Enticed by Lady Elianna by Amanda Mariel
Lady Elianna has been forced into servitude by her cousin. Still she dares to dream. Lord Sinclair is intrigued by her and determined to discover her secrets. Might he be the key to her freedom?

The Ugly Duckling Debutante by Meara Platt
Gennalyn, a lonely young woman far from home thinks of herself as an outcast, ugly duckling. But Roarke, a much sought after war hero just returned home, sees her for the beautiful swan she truly is.

A Diamond for a Duke by Collette Cameron
A dour duke and a wistful wallflower—an impossible match until fate intervenes one enchanted night, resulting in a passionate interlude neither can forget.

His Elusive Nightingale by Ari Thatcher
When a pompous duke offers a large reward to anyone who’ll bring his favorite opera singer to perform for him, an amateur sleuth and the singer’s maid conspire to accomplish the challenge. Little does the sleuth know what intrigue lies ahead, and the damage a few passionate nights with a maid will do to his heart.

The Fairy Palace by Sue London
Lord Williams indulges his sheltered 'cousin' with the visit to London she always wanted. Now he's in trouble that the Mad Clan may not be able to get him out of.

Hunting for A Lady’s Heart by Tammy Andresen
Lord William Fairfield is an experienced hunter, so when he encounters the beautiful, raven-haired Lady Eirwen White in the forest running for her life, he knows that he must use his skills to save her. But will Eirwen allow him to put his life at risk to aid her against her wicked stepmother?


Today the spotlight is shining on Sue London and her The Fairy Palace inspired novella The Fairy Palace.


Excerpt from The Fairy Palace:
Oscar stared out the window, waiting for dawn to tint the sky. Earlier, Melanie and her maid chatted and giggled between themselves for a time, but sleep claimed them in the wee hours when the carriage was gently rocking and the sky was dark as ink. Usually he would sleep as well, but just now he was wondering what in the bloody hell he'd gotten himself into. It was perhaps unfortunate that his driver and valet were fairly well used to decamping in the middle of the night, and not even the two young ladies in tow had received so much as a blink. Was he known to be so craven that nothing was a surprise anymore? He had, for want of a better word, kidnapped a lady of gentle breeding for unknown purposes. By God, he would make sure that her next household would defend her with some aplomb. Not that the lady herself had put up any resistance to his plan, and he would grant that most servants would prefer not to cross a duke's son. But to let her be so casually abducted? Abominable.
It didn't pass his notice that he was criticizing the servants for not stopping him from something he could have chosen not to do. But dammit, Melanie deserved better than a husband that she couldn't even feign a liking for. He was aghast that willful, spirited Melanie sat there on her bed and spoke of growing up and leaving behind her dreams. Would Arthur give up on Camelot? Of course not. How, then, could she give up? He wouldn't let her. He had, in fact, irrevocably changed the course of her life this night, with no idea of how that might play out. All he knew was that this Mr. Hartley couldn't have her. Not if marriage to the man meant she gave up her dreams.
However, as the sky tinted with soft light and he could see her dozing on the opposite carriage bench, he began to doubt himself. What did he know of how to navigate polite society? Yes, he could be charming, and his last name opened a multitude of doors. But a young lady would need savvy to land a reasonable husband. She needed her reputation, flawless etiquette, and excellent sponsorship. God's blood, he couldn't spend five minutes without running afoul of polite rules! Primarily on purpose, but it still made him a poor gallant to escort an unmarried young lady. He should be protecting her reputation, not hying her off to London in the middle of the night.
She looked surprisingly sweet and innocent in sleep. Her dark lashes lay like tiny fans on her cheeks, and her mouth was curved in an enigmatic smile to rival Mona Lisa's. It was almost hard to believe that she could steal a whole tray of tarts, or climb trees for the express purpose of making Lady Eunomia demand she come down. He smiled as he remembered her youthful indiscretions. She was a mix of wild and sweet, like a potent elixir. He loved her. He loved her, and would not stand idly while she made a loveless match. He would not be able to live with himself if a marriage broke her spirit.

MY ARC REVIEW

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Miss Melanie Garrett is thinking hard about marriage.  She knows it must come but the only prospective man around is not to her liking.
Lord Oscar Williams is the youngest so of a Duke, and has always done his best to annoy his Father.  Drinking too much and generally wasting his life.  Now he is bored again and can only think of one person who might cheer him up.
A sweet romance with lovely characters.  I think I may have met some of them in another book.  It may be part of a series,  but is easily read as a stand alone.  I really enjoyed it.
The title of this story confuses me because it doesn't seem to relate to the story at all.
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Questions & Answers with Sue London:

Q1-What fairytale did you choose for your inspiration and why?
The Fairy Palace of the Quicken Trees, one of the tales in the Fenian Cycle of Irish myths that focuses on Oscar, who is our hero this time around. It is used very metaphorically, however, because I can't have a Regency hero literally kill the King of the World.
Q2-What was your favorite fairytale as a child?
One of my favorites is The Princess and the Pea, which my husband says is very fitting because I can't sleep if there is the slightest discomfort. (That's his perspective. Since I have photos of him literally sleeping on rocks and Igloo coolers I say HE is the crazy one.)
Q3-What is your favorite line from your book?
If this was truly what ladies were wearing in Town, then she had to question their refinement.


Author Bio and Links
Best selling author Sue London created the beloved Regency romance series The Haberdashers. If you like your historical romance with a little action, a little humor, and a lot of strong-minded women, then this is the series for you!

Recent reader reactions:
"Sue London is a very gifted writer. I always enjoy reading her books." ~ Annie
"It was so well written, and the storyline is wonderfully thrilling. If I could I would have rated this book a ten, but five is all they allow so that's what it is." ~ Pattimari
"This witty love story enchanted me, and I look forward to reading more of the Haberdashers series." ~ ReaderLady

Keep up with Sue and the Haberdashers on these websites:

Sue on Twitter: http://twitter.com/cmdrsue
Haberdashers on Twitter: http://twitter.com/haberdashersfic
Sue's author website: http://bysuelondon.com

Don't forget to connect with Sue on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bysuelondon).

MY ARC REVIEW of the BOX SET.

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Stolen By My Knave. 
By Dawn Brower. 
☆☆☆☆
This is the first book in the box set, but it's also in a series.  You don't need to have read the series to enjoy this. 
Lady Elizabeth Kendall comes from a family that has had someone come through time and found love.  The story has been passed down through the family and Elizabeth has a special fascination with one of the characters in it. 
Jackerson Morgan Carwyn the Duke of Whitewood was on the deck of his ship one moment and the next he is rescuing someone from bandits. 
This is a fun,  historical romance that has definitely tempted me to go and find the rest of the series.  I loved all the characters and can't wait to read their stories. 
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Enticed By Lady Elianna. 
By Amanda Mariel. 
☆☆☆☆
After the death of her father,  Lady Elianna is left to the less than tender mercies of a distant cousin and his family.  They take over completely. 
Garrett Tumbly, Viscount Sinclair likes to solve puzzles.  The young companion of Lady Caroline has got a secret and is in distress, even if she doesn't admit it. 
A lovely Cinderella type story,  with a very determined hero. 
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The Ugly Duckling Debutante. 
By Meara Platt. 
☆☆☆
Lord Roarke Hawthorn has come home from the war a hero.  As a second son he has had to make his own way.  His brother has been too busy trying to save the ancestral home from ruin to look after Riarke's lands. 
Miss Gennaglyn Saroyah Beauclerk lost her family in India , and even months later she still feels dead inside.  Living with distant relatives that don't want another young female around doesn't help. 
Our hero sees past the shell our heroine gas become to the treasure inside. 
An emotional story. 
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A Diamond For A Duke. 
By Collette Cameron. 
☆☆☆
Miss Jemmah Dament has been down trodden for most of her life by her mother and older sister.  She has still managed to keep her own sweet personality.  Her mother and sister bad mouth everyone who disagrees with them. 
Jules, Duke of Dandrige had a similar experience in childhood,  but now he has the title it gives him power.  It doesn't, however stop his family from trying to force a bride on him. 
A sweet romance where personality  wins over beauty. 
This enforces the old saying "if you can't say something nice, say nothing at all".
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His Elusive Nightingale. 
By Ari Thatcher. 
☆☆☆☆☆
Ooh this one is much better. 
Malcolm Lennox is a Justice of the Peace. He catches criminals.  At the moment he is bored because they haven't had an interesting case in months.  He hears about a bounty offered by a Lord who wants yo find an opera Singer. 
Kitty Fairfax worked for an opera singers who has now decided not to perform any more.  That leaves her struggling for a living.  When someone offers to pay her to find the singer ,her mother insists she take it. 
This is a lovely adventure with lots if twists and turns.  I loved it. 
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The Fairy Palace. 
By Sue London.
☆☆☆☆
Miss Melanie Garrett is thinking hard about marriage.  She knows it must come but the only prospective man around is not to her liking. 
Lord Oscar Williams is the youngest so of a Duke, and has always done his best to annoy his Father.  Drinking too much and generally wasting his life.  Now he is bored again and can only think of one person who might cheer him up. 
A sweet romance with lovely characters.  I think I may have met some of them in another book.  It may be part of a series,  but is easily read as a stand alone.  I really enjoyed it. 
The title of this story confuses me because it doesn't seem to relate to the story at all.
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Hunting For A Lady's Heart.
By Tammy Andresen.

This is a retelling if Snow White with a few touches of other fairy tales thrown in.  No really my thing. 


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