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21/10/2021

The Defiant Daughter (The Ashmead Heirs #2) by Caroline Warfield. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Madelyn assumed marriage as an old man’s ornament would be better than life with her abusive mother. She was wrong.

Now the widowed Duchess of Glenmoor, she wrestles with ugly memories and cultivates a simple life. She is content. At least, she was until her half-brother returned to Ashmead bringing a friend with knowing eyes and coal black hair to capture her thoughts.

Colonel Brynn Morgan’s days as an engineer in his father’s coal mines in Wales are long behind him. With peace come at last and Napoleon gone, he makes a life for himself analyzing the reports about military and naval facilities worldwide for a shadowy government department. What income he has is committed elsewhere. He has nothing to offer a wife, much less a dowager duchess.

More lies between the duchess and the man she wants than money and class. They have personal demons to slay.


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Madelyn, the widowed Duchess of Glenmoor is at last living a peaceful life without being under the control of horrible men.  She is not about to let any man control her again,  even her well meaning family. When someone turns up to threaten the peace and possibly turn other peoples lives upside down she only has one person to turn to. 
Colonel Brynn Morgan long ago left behind his life in the mines of Wales. That doesn't mean he's forgotten the painful memories.  When a friend asks for help there's only one answer,  even if it might cause him heartache. 
Our heroine really wants to be independent but our hero wants to look after her. 
This is a very entertaining historical romance that is full of great characters dealing with difficult family issues.  
This is the second book in the series,  and while you don't have to have read the first one to enjoy this, I personally think it would be better.  
A very enjoyable read. 


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Caroline Warfield is the pseudonym of a writer who wishes she had walked through fascinating times in the shoes of one of her characters—but which one?

Caro has at various times been an army brat, a librarian, a poet, a raiser of children, a nun, a bird watcher, an Internet and Web services manager, a conference speaker, an indexer, a tech writer, a genealogist, and, of course, a romantic. She has sailed through the English channel while it was still mined from WWII, stood on the walls of Troy, searched Scotland for the location of an entirely fictional castle (and found it), climbed the steps to the Parthenon, floated down the Thames from the tower to Greenwich, shopped in the Ginza, lost herself in the Louvre, gone on a night tour of the Singapore zoo, walked in the Black Forest, and explored the underground cistern of Istanbul.

By far the biggest adventure has been forty-five years of marriage to a prince among men.

She sits in front of a keyboard at a desk surrounded by windows, looks out at the trees and imagines. Her greatest joy is when one of those imaginings comes to life on the page and in the imagination of her readers.




21/09/2021

Serve 'N' Protect. Federal K9 Series. by Tee O'Fallon. Romantic Suspense Release & ARC Review.

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Ambushed and left for dead, U.S. Secret Service K-9 Officer Markus York is on the mend and laying low in a safe house while his team tracks down his attacker. But Markus isn’t good at sitting still. Even with his K-9, Ghost, for company, he gets restless and decides now is the perfect time to do some repairs around the house…and inadvertently tears open his wounds.

Fresh out of a bad relationship that ended after a car accident left her with limited mobility, freelance accountant Cassidy Morgan has sworn off men. At least, that’s the plan. Until a frantically barking dog leads her to a neighbor’s house where she finds a mysterious man out cold and bleeding on the floor...and mumbling things like “no, they’ll find me” when she tries to call an ambulance.

Yeah, that’s not at all concerning.

Despite Markus’s surly attitude, Cassidy senses there’s something else at work beneath his rugged, keep-your-distance exterior. Whatever it is, it’s sexy as hell.

With someone still trying to kill him, Markus doesn’t want an innocent to get hurt, let alone take care of him.

If only his dog wasn’t crazy in love with her.

If only the chemistry between Markus and Cassidy didn’t explode whenever they were in the same room.

If only Cassidy wasn’t a target now, too.

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U S secret service agent Markus York us supposed to be resting while recovering from an attack that almost killed him.  He and his K9 Ghost have to keep a low profile until his attacker is caught. Unfortunately he's not the type to be able to be idle. 
Cassidy Morgan is trying to rebuild her life after an accident that changed her life drastically. She is about to need to draw on even more strength when faced with the trouble that's coming from a new neighbour. 
A fabulous, action packed romantic suspense filled with great characters,  both human and canine. Ghost is actually the biggest hero of the whole story.  A very believable tale with a lot of danger and a little sex.  
This is from a great series where each book can be read on it's own.  
I loved it. 


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Unleashed by her Bear (Black Ridge Bears Shifter Romance Series Book 4) by Felicity Heaton. Paranormal Romance Release & ARC Review.





Bear shifter Rune hates wolf shifters. Wolves and the hunter organization Archangel have taken too much from him and the only good wolf is a dead wolf… so when a howl goes up in Black Ridge territory, Rune is out for blood. Only he's not prepared for the sleek, beautiful and fiery female he finds trapped in a hunter's snare… or the shadow of his past she has on her tail.

On the run from a pack leader determined to enslave her, Callie is desperate to reach the sanctuary of the White Wolf pack. When she finds herself caught in a trap, things look as if they can't get any worse… until a mountain of a man emerges from the night, an ice-cold bear who is equal parts alluring and terrifying, and might just be the key to securing her freedom.

Can Callie crack the ice around Rune's heart and convince him to help her? And when the price of his revenge is risking getting another female killed, will Rune be willing to pay it?


If you love bear shifter romances featuring hot alpha heroes and strong heroines in an immersive paranormal romance world, the Black Ridge Bears series is for you!

Discover five growly bear shifters guaranteed to become your next book boyfriends in this hot new shapeshifter romance series from New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author Felicity Heaton, set in the same rich and addictive world as her Eternal Mates and Cougar Creek Mates paranormal romance series.
Book 1: Stolen by her Bear
Book 2: Rescued by her Bear
Book 3: Saved by her Bear
Book 4: Unleashed by her Bear 
Book 5: Awakened by her Bear - Coming Oct 2021


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Wolf shifter Callie is on the run from her abusive Alpha.  She's hoping the pack she has heard about will take her in.  Unfortunately running through an unknown territory has more danger than just the evil shifters on her tail.  
Rune is a bear shifter with a tortured past. That past makes him very suspicious of strangers,  particularly wolf shifters.  
This is an action packed paranormal romance with brave and strong characters.  This is the forth book in the Blackridge Bears series.  Each book is fun on it's own, and they will tempt you to read the whole series.  
Good fun. 


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Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling London Vampires series. Seven sexy and sinful Greek god brothers can be your new addiction in the Guardians of Hades series. Or how about four hot alpha shifter brothers in her Cougar Creek Mates series? Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the Eternal Mates series.

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

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16/09/2021

WolfeLord (De Wolfe Pack Generations #5) by Kathryn Le Veque. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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It’s William de Wolfe’s (The Wolfe) eldest grandchild and namesake, William “Will” de Wolfe in an unconventional romance that is going to break your heart... and then put the pieces back together again.

Welcome to the greatest de Wolfe Pack generation!


William “Will” de Wolfe has the weight of the entire de Wolfe empire weighing on him. Perfection is key. Living up to the grandfather he was named for has been something he’s had to deal with his entire life. But Will is strong, noble, true, and powerful… everything a man named William de Wolfe should be.

Except he’s living through a personal tragedy no man should have to live through.

Will was very young when he married his wife, Lily de Lohr. As the great-granddaughter of Christopher de Lohr, the marriage forever linked the Houses of de Wolfe and de Lohr. The children born of the marriage are considered to have some of the finest bloodlines in England. But tragedy strikes when pregnant Lily is diagnosed with a terminal illness.

And she wants to pick her husband’s next wife.

More than that, she wants him to fall in love with her.

When his dying wife plays matchmaker, how successful can the relationship be between Will and Adria de Geld, the daughter of a de Lohr ally? Lily is determined that Adria should replace her in Will’s heart and in his bed, something Adria is reluctant to do but she cannot help but feel the attraction to the handsome, tortured knight. She soon finds out that his torment is not only because of his dying wife, but because of a terrible secret that Lily hides. Will only found out by accident and it is that, more than anything, tearing him to pieces.

A terrible secret that could tear apart two of England’s greatest families.

Can Adria and Will’s love take flight in spite of the dire circumstances? Or will Will’s torment overshadow a truly gifted, intelligent, and beautiful woman who has managed to fall in love with him?

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Will de Wolfe has the weight of a dynasty on his shoulders. As the eldest grandson and namesake of a very powerful warrior he must protect his family honour at all costs. His wife is going to die and there are several things she wants settled before she does.  One of them is to make her husband marry her friend. 
Adria de Geld has been with Lady Lily since before her marriage.  She thought she knew everything about her.  What will happen in the next few weeks will prove that wasn't true.  
Both our hero and heroine are loyal and loving people that will sacrifice themselves for others.  
You will definitely need a box of tissues handy with this story.  Our talented author knows just how to wring every emotion from us.  Giggles as we imagine the pranks of the old guard and tears at the unfolding tragedy.  If you need a refresher on the family history, it's in the author's notes at the front of the book.  
I'm very sure you will enjoy this wonderful addition to the "de Wolfe Pack Generation" 
I loved every page. 


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Juggernaut Indie author Kathryn Le Veque is a 'tour de force' in publishing.

Kathryn is a critically acclaimed 21-time USA TODAY Bestselling author, a charter Amazon All-Star author, an Indie Reader top seller, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance with over 100 published novels.

Among her many accomplishments, she is the CEO of Dragonblade Publishing, the #1 Historical Romance e-book publisher on Amazon. In 2020, Kathryn collaborated with Sourcebooks publishing for a Medieval Fight Club series set in Scotland.





14/09/2021

Thoroughly in Love (Aldbey Park #1) by Chantry Dawes. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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A beautiful young widow trying to save her estate.
A murderer determined to ruin her.
A duke in disguise who has vowed to get to the bottom of it all.
And a life changing kiss...


Welcome to book 1 in a fabulous new series titled Aldbey Park from the very talented Chantry Dawes!


Widowed at a young age, Lady Amelia Darley is left struggling to save her estate ever since her husband died in a suspicious riding accident. She has only the dwindling sales from the thoroughly bred horses that Aldbey Park is known for, for her home is where one of the first Thoroughbred horses was bred so long ago. And now it has been left in a woman’s hands for the first time. Lady Amelia’s hands.

Lady Amelia does not care if the men of the Ton do not think she should be training horses or wearing breeches. It seems that there are those among the Ton that will do whatever it takes to see Lady Amelia Darley fail so they can take her estate and her prized Thoroughbreds.

Are they the same men responsible for her husband’s death?

Enter Alexander Godolphin Hawke, the Duke of Leids. He has returned to England to collect a debt from Aldbey Park from horses sold before the war. He is battle hardened and unrecognizable after being away fighting wars for so many years.

He is surprised to find that Lord Darley is dead, and it is his beautiful young widow that has been stubbornly trying to manage all the work of the estate and its stables. He soon realizes that not only are the estate’s horses in danger, but Lady Amelia is, as well.

Can Amelia trust Alexander enough to tell him her plan? Can the two of them keep each other from harm while falling thoroughly in love with one another?

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Widowed, Lady Amelia Darley is determined to keep her horse stables running and her daughters in the estate they all love. Her husband left her the estate but also a huge amount of debt. Our heroine has more danger to face.  Even the horses will not be safe. 
Alexander Hawke,  Duke of Leids has returned from years away.  On his way home he will collect the money for the horses sold before the war.  Unfortunately there is a mystery to solve before he can collect.  Working undercover he will solve it.  
This is a marvelous historical romance with wonderful characters.  All the females are brave,  hardworking and talented.  I especially loved Auntie Eggs.  Our hero is a little sneaky, but with an honourable reason.  The horses are very special, thoroughly bred for heart.  
A very exciting story that is the start of a series.  I will definitely be reading the rest.  
I loved it.  


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 This seems to be a debut novel as I can´t find any Bio for her. 



09/09/2021

The Earl's Iron Warrant (The Dukes' Pact #6) by Kate Archer. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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An Icy Lady and an Implacable Lord...

Charles Battersea, Earl of Dalton and heir to the Duke of Glastonburg, is the last holdout among the six young heirs who have been pressured to marry by way of the Dukes’ Pact. This surprises precisely nobody, especially not himself. He has unaccountably lost his friend, Grayson, to Miss Dell, but if he is forced to tow the bachelorhood line alone, so be it. He has his reasons for avoiding marriage, and they are not what people imagine.

Daisy Danworth, daughter of the dreaded Lord Childress, presents a cool and confident face to the world, as would anybody who’d grown up in such a house. It’s been a matter of survival, and she and her companion, Mrs. Jellops, have survived. Daisy has a certain long-held plan in mind for her future—a charming house in Brighton where she can finally be free. Free of society, and especially, free of men.

A sudden turn of events tosses everybody’s plans topsy-turvy and throws Daisy and Charles unwillingly together. Through managing servants, murderous lotharios, and a missing crown jewel, the cold Lord Dalton and the frosty Miss Danworth might just begin to thaw.

As for their friend, Lord Burke, it seems he’s been harboring a secret all along...

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Charles Battersea,  Earl of Dalton came back from the war a changed man.  He never wants to marry,  no matter what pressure his father puts on him. Even his friends don't know his reasons.  
Daisy Danworth feels only relief when her father dies.  He was a terrible man who mixed with other awful men.  Happily the guardian she will now have is a much better person.  Only one more year and she can set up house with her own money and live a peaceful quiet life.  
Six devious Dukes made a pact to get their sons married and have children to carry on their lines.  
A very amusing series filled with great characters.  
I loved it.  


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By the time I was eleven, my Irish Nana and I had formed a book club of sorts. On a timetable only known to herself, Nana would grab her blackthorn walking stick and steam down to the local Woolworth’s. There, she would buy the latest Barbara Cartland romance, hurry home to read it accompanied by viciously strong wine, (Wild Irish Rose, if you’re wondering) and then pass the book on to me. Though I was not particularly interested in real boys yet, I was very interested in the gentlemen in those stories—daring, bold, and often enraging and unaccountable. After my Barbara Cartland phase, I went on to Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen and so many other gifted authors blessed with the ability to bring the Georgian and Regency eras to life.
  
 I would like nothing more than to time travel back to the Regency (and time travel back to my twenties as long as we’re going somewhere) to take my chances at a ball. Who would take the first? Who would escort me into supper? What sort of meaningful looks would be exchanged? I would hope, having made the trip, to encounter a gentleman who would give me a very hard time. He ought to be vexatious in the extreme, and worth every vexation, to make the journey worthwhile. 
 
I most likely won’t be able to work out the time travel gambit, so I will content myself with writing stories of adventure and romance in my beloved time period. There are lives to be created, marvelous gowns to wear, jewels to don, instant attractions that inevitably come with a difficulty, and hearts to break before putting them back together again. In traditional Regency fashion, my stories are clean—the action happens in a drawing room, rather than a bedroom.  
 
As I muse over what will happen next to my H and h, and wish I were there with them, I will occasionally remind myself that it’s also nice to have a microwave, Netflix, cheese popcorn, and steaming hot showers. 
 

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08/09/2021

Lord of Forever (Lords of the Borders #3) by Mary Gillgannon. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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An ambitious English knight. A beautiful Welshwoman. A few fateful moments in a hidden forest glade spark a love passionate love. But is it strong enough to survive violent rivalries, deadly politics and two cunning, scheming royals?

As the second son of a minor baron, English knight Nicholas Breutel will never inherit the family lands. But he vows to rise high and someday control a castle. His ambitions go awry when he captures a young Welsh warrior who turns out to be a beautiful woman.

Cristyn ferch Hywel is certain the terrifying knight looming over her intends to rape or murder her. She’s astonished when he treats her with courtesy and concern. And even more surprised by the sense of connection she feels growing between them.

Nicholas yearns to protect Cristyn, but as a knight in the garrison at Carwent Castle, there is little he can do but involve himself in the negotiations for her ransom. Then the Welsh double-cross the negotiators and Nicholas ends up a hostage himself.

While Nicholas languishes in a Welsh prison, Cristyn becomes a pawn in the plans of Llywelyn ap Ioworth, the most powerful prince in Wales. It will take the king’s degree, a violent battle, a risky escape and a desperate journey before the two lovers will have any hope of fulfilling their dreams and knowing a forever love.

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Sir Nicholas Breutel is an ambitious man.  As a second son it's up to him to find a way to improve his status.  He is prepared to take every opportunity.  The Welsh border will give him that chance. 
Cristyn ferch Hywel lost her original betrothed and is now at the mercy of the strained politics in Wales.  With her countrymen always fighting between themselves nowhere seems safe.  
When kings or princes are plotting power struggles,  the ordinary men and women are just pawns to be used as they please.  
This is a medieval romance with lovely characters that take really unexpected risks at the most dangerous places.  
This is part of a series but each book can easily be read alone. 
I loved it.  


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I write romance novels set in the dark ages, medieval and English Regency time periods and fantasy and historical novels with Celtic influences. My books have been published in Russia, China, the Netherlands and Germany. I was raised in the Midwest but I’ve lived in Wyoming for over thirty years. I work at a public library where I have the enviable job of ordering adult fiction. I’m married and have two grown children, When not working or writing, I enjoy gardening, traveling and reading, of course!

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07/09/2021

A Dangerous Scheme (Regency Spies & Secrets #4) by Laura Beers. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.


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Is it possible for love to persist if it was built on a lie?

Mr. Guy Stewart, now an agent of the Crown, has been sent to determine if an illegal labor union has formed in the town of Anmore. It is a simple enough assignment, but nothing seems to go as planned when he arrives, and he quickly learns that one wrong move can lead to his death.

Miss Daphne Locke has just received the most extraordinary news—she has just been named her grandmother’s heir! When her meddlesome cousin shows up unannounced, she must do her best to ignore his constant criticism of her and focus on her new responsibilities.

When the two stranger’s cross paths, neither can deny the instant attraction between them. But Guy is under pressure to complete his assignment and doesn’t have time for pesky feelings, and Daphne is far above his station.

As his heart tugs him in an impossible direction, will Guy do what his conscience dictates, or put duty above all?

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Mr Guy Stewart is an agent for the crown,  with the task of rooting out a possible illegal union in a mining town. He has the gift of an incredible brain that was to be the family's ticket out of poverty,  that was until his father's death. Now he must use different talents to feed his family. 
Miss Daphne Locke has been living with her grandmother for years.  She has been trying to help the people up at the mine as much as she can.  
The compassionate hearts of our characters are going to cause them many difficulties. The terrible conditions at the mine were all too common in that era.  Some truths are hard to read about.  
This fabulous historical romance is filled with secrets, intrigue and wonderful characters.  
This is part of a series but each book can be read on it's own. They are all very good stories.  
Great fun. 


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Laura Beers is an award-winning author. She attended Brigham Young University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. She can't sing, doesn't dance and loves naps.

Besides being a full-time homemaker to her three kids, she loves waterskiing, hiking, and drinking Dr. Pepper. She was born and raised in Southern California, but she now resides in South Carolina.

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