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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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02/09/2021

To Stop a Scoundrel (Ashton Park #1) by Abigail Bridges. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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She wants to protect the innocent. He wants to regain his reputation. Will working together bring redemption—or ruin?

Welcome to Book 1 in the fabulous new series from Abigail Bridges.


Spinster Lady Rose Timmons has one purpose in life: protecting the vulnerable young women in London's Society from the scores of scoundrels who would prey on their innocence. She has an extensive network of informants who keep her up to date on all their misdeeds and schemes, and she will take any action needed—even public humiliation.

Thomas Ashton, Lord Newbury and heir to the Duke of Kennet, is one of those Lady Rose has in her sights. Despite being a childhood friend—and a man she has long been fascinated with—Lady Rose is determined not to let his rakish behavior spoil the debut season of her beloved sister or any other woman.

Lord Newbury, however, has his own ulterior motives about rejoining Society after years as a rogue. He desperately needs an heir—and an heiress. Society, however, is not so eager to welcome home a prodigal son. When he crosses paths—and wits—with Lady Rose, he proposes an unexpected bargain: if she will help him regain his reputation, he will help her destroy the one scoundrel she has never been able to touch, a man who has hurt dozens of people, including Rose herself.

Lady Rose, intrigued and as fascinated by Newbury as ever, accepts the challenge. But even as they are drawn ever closer to each other, they remain unaware that their efforts to bring down a ruthless man could endanger more than their reputations—it could cost them their lives.

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Thomas Ashton,  Lord Newbury and his two brothers have been given an ultimatum from their father. It's time to grow up and behave the way they should or face the consequences. That just might be harder to do than first appears. 
Lady Rose Timmons is well and truly on the shelf,  and uses her spinster status to behave in ways unmarried ladies normally can't. She has made it her mission to protect innocent young ladies from unscrupulous rakes. 
This is an unusual historical romance.  The characters, especially the heroine are different to what you might expect. There is danger,  complicated families and some very sexy scenes.  
This is the first book of a new series that I am already addicted to. 
I loved it. 


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Abigail Bridges wrote her first historical romance, titled The Belle of the Ball, when she was thirteen. It was, of course, horrid. But it firmly established her love of all things Regency, a mild obsession with Georgette Heyer, and a determination to become a writer.

After a master’s degree in English and years of being paid to write and edit other types of material, she has returned to her first love. She is busily binge-reading all her favorite authors, resuming her study of the history and culture of the Regency era, and plotting like a madwoman. She does all this in a small cottage near Birmingham, Alabama.



31/08/2021

Unmasking the Hero (Pleasure Garden #1) by Mary Lancaster. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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“He is the core of all my hate—and all my love.”

Welcome to book 1 in the the exciting new series from
 USA Today Bestselling author Mary Lancaster.


Two years ago, the charismatic young Earl of Wenning abandoned his bride on their wedding night, leaving her to face the humiliation and inevitable suspicion of guilt alone, while he pursued his diplomatic ambitions abroad.

But the resilient Grace refused to crumble. Setting aside her bewildered grief, she has become a fashionable socialite living on the edge of scandal, surrounded by male admirers. Now, she awaits her husband’s return with a little revenge in mind.

However, a foolish wager has caused her to lose his wedding gift during a masquerade ball at the infamous Maida Pleasure Gardens, and she is worried it could be used against her. And, by the time Wenning comes home, she has befriended a mysterious stranger she met at Maida whom she believes might just serve as her means of revenge.

The earl and the countess circle each other in a wary, dangerous dance where either might win—or ruin what’s left of their marriage. Meanwhile, a more deadly enemy stalks them.

Can the couple rise above the past and unite before death parts them forever?

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Lady Grace Wenning has spent the last two years showing a cheerful face to society.  Her husband, who she thought loved her,  abandoned her the day after the wedding.  Now he is due home from assignment in China,  and she has no intention of changing her life for him. 
Oliver,  the Earl of Wenning has had two years to brood over the letter that ruined his marriage.  He's finding no evidence that it could possibly be true. Maybe it's time to find out just who his wife really is.  
This is a fabulous historical romance that is fun and quite sad at the same time. Plenty of secrets and underhanded people set around a slightly disreputable venue. We have lots of great characters in this new series.  I'm sure we are going to have lots of fun with them all.  
Great fun. 


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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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26/08/2021

The Prizefighter's Hart (Headstrong Harts #4) by Emily Royal . Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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A spinster. A prizefighter. A marriage of convenience. This bout can’t end well.

Plain, prim, and beyond marriageable age, Dorothea Hart is resigned to the life of a spinster aunt. But she yearns for a family of her own, and is hopelessly attracted to the ‘Mighty Oak’—a prizefighter renowned for his prowess—who stirs previously unknown passions in her.

Widower Griffin Oake made his fortune in the ring—but he can’t buy respectability, or a footing in society for his daughter. After a disastrous first marriage, he has no wish to wed again, but is looking to employ a genteel woman to chaperone the rebellious teenager—preferably the plainest, dullest woman in London.

When Dorothea is publicly compromised, she’s pushed into a marriage of convenience with the object of her infatuation. Exiled to the country, with a husband who avoids her, and a stepdaughter determined to defy her, Dorothea’s dream of a loving family seems further away than ever… and she begins to suspect that Griffin’s first wife’s death was not an accident.

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Miss Dorothea Hart has fallen into the role of spinster aunt. Since her brother made his fortune and moved the family to London,  he concentrated on finding husbands for his more marriageable sisters.  Dorothea was already considered on the shelf. None of that stops her tender heart wishing for a loving family of her own. 
Widower Griffin Oake has literally fought his way to wealth.  Now he can afford to give his rebellious daughter the life he wants her to have.  His problem is to find a real lady to work for a savage like him. 
This is an exciting historical romance filled with repressed passions. Both our lead characters hide their true selves behind a hard shell.  The world of bare knuckle fights holds many risks for all involved. Respectable society looks down on anyone who is different. 
Although this is part of a series which should be read in order,  each book can be read on it's own. 
A fascinating story. 


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Emily Royal is a mathematics geek who grew up in Sussex, England and has always had a passion for romance and hot alpha males in need of redemption. After graduating from Oxford and enjoying a brief dream of becoming an airline pilot she started a career in financial services to indulge her love of mathematics.

She now lives in rural Scotland with her husband, two daughters and a menagerie of pets including Twinkle, an attention-seeking boa constrictor. She re-ignited her love of romance when she joined the Romantic Novelists' Association.

When not working on algebra, writing or keeping Twinkle from slithering over her keyboard, Emily enjoys painting, playing the piano and can often be found wandering in the Highlands of Scotland looking for inspiration.

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