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Highland Crown (Royal Highlander #1) by May McGoldrick. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Inverness, 1820
Perched on the North Sea, this port town―by turns legendary and mythological―is a place where Highland rebels and English authorities clash in a mortal struggle for survival and dominance. Among the fray is a lovely young widow who possesses rare and special gifts.

WANTED: Isabella Drummond
A true beauty and trained physician, Isabella has inspired longing and mystery―and fury―in a great many men. Hunted by both the British government and Scottish rebels, she came to the Highlands in search of survival. But a dying ship’s captain will steer her fate into even stormier waters. . .and her heart into flames.

FOUND: Cinaed Mackintosh
Cast from his home as a child, Cinaed is a fierce soul whose allegiance is only to himself. . .until Isabella saved his life―and added more risk to her own. Now, the only way Cinaed can keep her safe to seek refuge at Dalmigavie Castle, the Mackintosh family seat. But when the scandalous truth of his past comes out, any chance of Cinaed having a bright future with Isabella is thrown into complete darkness. What will these two ill-fated lovers have to sacrifice to be together…for eternity?


Dr. Isabella Drummond is on the run from just about everyone.  Her husband was a revolutionary and since his death the authorities want to catch her to find out who his accomplices are,  and the revolutionists want to kill her to make sure she never talks.  She managed to send her younger sister and her stepdaughter to safety with a friend and is now hiding until she can safely get them all out of the country. 
Captain Cinaed Mackintosh smuggles arms into Scotland from Canada several times a year,  but this time a storm changes his plans. 
This is a very exciting and dangerous journey through a Scotland that is suffering under tryanny.   The people are broken and starving.  Nobody can be trusted to look after anyone except themselves. 
Our brave heroine will always put the safety and health of others over her own.  Our hero is a born leader and incredibly strong. 
An action packed story I couldn't put down. 
I loved it. 



Two peas in a pod, a pair of halfwits, the Laurel and Hardy of romance fiction...Nikoo & Jim McGoldrick were married in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin 68 years ago before a worldwide television audience. After a honeymoon tour of their oil fields in Iran, they embarked on a writing career that has produced dozens of New York Times bestsellers, two Academy Award Winning film adaptations, and a Nobel Prize for Literature. After all this, fortune FINALLY smiled on them and they won the New Jersey Lottery. Taking their two sons, Nikoo and Jim spent a year backpacking through Africa and then seven years in Tibet, teaching the Dalai Lama the subtle intricacies of Scrabble. Upon returning to the States, these two storytellers wrote forty adult and young adult novels, four of which were RITA finalists and three which were NJRW Golden Leaf winners. They have also written two nonfiction works. Nikoo picked up an engineering degree somewhere along the way, and Jim has a PhD in 16th Century British literature. 

These two write under the pseudonyms of May McGoldrick and Jan Coffey and now reside in southern California.

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The de Wolfe of Wharf Street (Pirates of Britannia Connected World) by Elizabeth Ellen Carter. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Grab the next exciting addition to the Pirates of Britannia World with this action packed rescue on the high seas in "The de Wolfe of Wharf Street" 

1629 A.D. -Gabriel Hardacre is one of three orphan brothers with a talent for acrobatics and performing.

It's how they make their living... mostly. If a few jewels and trinkets make it into their hands from time to time... well, a man has to eat after all. Their haunt is the Wharf Street Tavern at the docks in Barnstaple.

Perspicacity Glenwood, known as Cassie to her friends, is a forthright and determined young woman. She runs a small school that teaches the children of the docks - as well as some of the adults - who want to learn to read and write. 

One of her older students is the handsome Gabriel, but a burgeoning romance between them is thwarted when Cassie receives word that an ailing aunt in Ireland needs her care.

The voyage across the Irish Sea is a short one and ought to be without peril, but the evil Dutch pirate Jan Janszoon controls Lundy Island just outside the Bristol Channel, picking off ships for their bounty of goods - and people to sell as slaves in North Africa.

Gabriel learns from a mysterious man, who simply calls himself de Wolfe, that Cassie's ship has been taken. The man's wife is also among the captives and he's putting together 'a wolf pack' to destroy Janszoon's base of operations for good.

The mission will be hazardous, it will be deadly - and it has to be done within the next two weeks before Cassie and the other captives are taken out of reach forever.

Can Gabriel save the woman he's fallen in love with?


Gabriel Hardacre and his two brothers might have different fathers but that doesn't mean they are any less a family.  They took an oath to stay together.  So they travel the country earning a living any way they can.  Mostly it's as acrobats entertaining the crowds or doing odd jobs. 
Perspicacity Glenwood (Cassie) is making a new life for herself with the help of her cousin and his wife.  She will be teaching little ones in the almshouse school. 
This is a very unusual historical romance.  It has fantastic characters and lots of action.  The danger and excitement comes in unexpected places.  It ties in nicely with two of my favourite series.  The World of De Wolfe and The pirates of Britannia.
Great fun,  I loved it. 

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Elizabeth Ellen Carter writes richly detailed historical romantic adventures. Her full length 3 book Regency era series Heart Of The Corsairs is released in 2017 and 2018 - Captive Of The Corsairs (July 2017), Revenge Of The Corsairs (November 2017) and Shadow Of The Corsairs (early 2018). Her other full length titles include the Roman era thriller Dark Heart, the medieval romantic adventure Warrior's Surrender, and the Regency titles Moonstone Obsession and Moonstone Conspiracy. Also available are the novellas Nocturne and The Thief Of Hearts.

A former newspaper journalist, Carter ran an award-winning PR agency for 12 years.

One Night of Surrender (Wicked Dukes Club #2) by Darcy Burke. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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After one passionate night a decade ago, Valentine Fairfax, Duke of Eastleigh, never forgot Isabelle, the intelligent, witty and forbidden daughter of a head of college at Oxford. However, since suffering a disastrous marriage to an unfaithful wife, the duke has vowed never to succumb to temptation again. Until the day he discovers his friend’s governess is the one woman who still haunts his dreams.

Once penniless, Isabelle Cortland has finally saved enough money to finance a school for impoverished girls. But when a chance encounter rekindles buried desires, Isabelle knows she can’t be a duke’s mistress and a headmistress at the same time. No longer a naïve girl, Isabelle won’t repeat the past. Not even for one night of surrender...

Meet the unforgettable men of London's most notorious tavern, The Wicked Duke. Seductively handsome, with charm and wit to spare, one night with these rakes and rogues will never be enough…


Valentine Fairfax,  the Duke of Eastleigh is allowing a friend and his family to stay with him until their town house is ready for them.  He doesn't expect to run into an old friend from when he was at Oxford .
Mrs Isabelle Cortland has been working as a governess since her husband died.  She loves the girls she has been teaching but their mother is jealous of the relationship.  When they need to stay at the Duke of Eastleigh's home she knows things could get complicated.
This is a lovely second chance romance.  Our characters are socially incompatible but have a history together.  Both have bad marriages behind them and are nervous about the future.  The wicked dukes are fun and unusual characters and their families are very entertaining. 
This is part of a series but each book can be read alone. 
I loved it. 



Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Join her Reader Club at

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, two Bengal cats and a third cat named after a fruit. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

Corrupted (Saint Cecilia Slayings #2) by N. Isabelle Blanco & Dee Garcia. Dark Romance Release.

Title: Corrupted
Series: Saint Cecilia Slayings Book Two
Author: N. Isabelle Blanco & Dee Garcia
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: April 30, 2019
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. - 2 Corinthians 11:3
I let her go.
Her, the killer.
The very same killer I’ve been after for almost a decade.
After catching her in the act and chasing her onto the rooftop, what transpired in her presence allowed a greater evil to sink its claws deep within my already disheveled psyche.
An evil I never knew existed.
One so debased and perverse, I know I can never speak of it.
Not even in the house of our Lord.
No, especially in the house of our Lord.
Confession won’t cleanse me anyway, for to repent, one must be open and honest.
And I am neither these days.
I’m not just harboring one secret now, I’m hoarding several, each one attributing to what could very well be my ultimate demise.
My job.
My sobriety.
My goddamn heart.
Everything lies at risk, held captive and torn to shreds between two women.
Both whom exude malice.
Both whom are forbidden.
Both whom have led me to the corrupt edge of insanity.

N. Isabelle Blanco is the Amazon Bestselling Author of the Allure Series, the Need Series with K.I.Lynn, and many others. At the age of three, due to an odd fascination with studying her mother’s handwriting, she began to read and write. By the time she’d reached kindergarten, she had an extensive vocabulary and her obsession with words began to bleed into every aspect of her life. 
That is, until coffee came a long and took over everything else.
Nowadays, N. spends most of her days surviving the crazy New York rush and arguing with her characters every ten minutes or so, all in the hopes of one day getting them under control.
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Dee Garcia is a voracious fan of romance novels and a long time lover of the written word. Her mission is to craft unique, compelling stories that will give her readers a place to briefly escape the trials and tribulations of everyday reality. With headstrong heroine's who don't need a man to stand on their own two feet, Dee hopes to leave her mark in the Indie world, one plot twist at a time.