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Kiss of the Lyon (The Lyon's Den Connected World) by Meara Platt. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Enter the world of the most notorious gambling den in London, where matches are made... unusually. Welcome to the world of THE LYON'S DEN: The Black Widow of Whitehall Connected World, where the underground of Regency London thrives... and loves.

He was only supposed to win the high stakes game of chance, not a bride along with it.

Lord Matthew Lyon is often called upon by the Crown because of his mathematical brilliance, and participating in a high stakes game of chance at the notorious Lyon’s Den should have been the easy part of his assignment...only it goes terribly wrong. He wins the pot, as expected since his probability calculations never fail. But no one calculated on his winning the hand of Lady Danielle Haverfield, daughter of the Earl of Haverfield, the prime suspect in a treason plot against the Crown and the very man he is assigned to bring down.

She was only trying to stop her brother from gambling his life away.

Lady Danielle Haverfield knew she did not belong in the Lyon’s Den, but she had to stop her brother before he gambled away his entire inheritance. Not only did she fail to stop him, but she’s ruined her life as well. Lady Dove-Lyon will not allow her brother to go unpunished, even though the handsome Scottish lord who’s wiped him out is willing to forgive the debt. But the Black Widow of Whitehall has a fearsome reputation to maintain. Someone is going to have to pay for her brother’s inability to pay up, and she’s decided it is to be Danielle. Well, the handsome Scot could have asked for her only for the one night, but he’s proposed marriage instead.

Can their love survive his secrets and her father’s betrayal?


Lady Danielle Haverfield us trying to stop her brother from trouble, only to end up in worse trouble herself.  The gambling house known as the Lyon's Den is really no place for a Lady to be found. 
Lord Matthew Lyon must find a way into the lives of a certain family to find a traitor.  His aunt's gambling house is just the place to do it.  
A fun historical romance with lovely characters.  
An other good addition to the Lyon's Den series. 
Good Fun. 


Meara Platt is happily married to her Russell Crowe look-alike husband, and they have two terrific children. She lives in one of the many great towns on Long Island, New York, and loves it, except for the traffic. She has traveled extensively, occasionally lectures and finds time to write. Her favorite place in all the world is England’s Lake District, which may not come as a surprise since many of her stories are set in that idyllic landscape, including her Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award winning story.



Bewitched by the Bluestocking (The Perks of Being an Heiress #1) by Jillian Eaton. Historical Romance Release & Arc Review.

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It's British versus American in this engaging battle of wits!

British private investigator, Thomas Kincaid, thinks he’s seen it all . . . until a gorgeous, soaking-wet American shows up and demands he help her find a stolen family heirloom. Having had his heart crushed once before by a beautiful woman, Kincaid has no intention of tempting fate a second time. But Joanna Thorncroft isn’t about to take no for an answer.

Joanna has to find her mother’s ring and discover the secrets it contains. Secrets that have brought her all the way across the Atlantic and onto the doorstep of a sinfully handsome detective. While falling in love is the furthest thing from her mind, fiercely independent Joanna can’t help but find herself drawn to Kincaid…and the blazing passion that soon threatens to consume them.

But when the scandalous truth about the ring’s history is unveiled, it changes both the past and the present. If Joanna and Kincaid want a future together, they must risk everything to get it…including their hearts.


Joanna Thorncroft is the eldest of three sisters and sees it as her responsibility to look after the others.  Since the death of their father it's only been them and their grandmother. When money gets really tight her grandmother suggests selling their mother's ring.  That will lead to a journey to England and adventure.  
Thomas Kincaid has been a private investigator in London since a disastrous affair ended his career with the Peelers.  When a beautiful American woman turns up on his doorstep he tried his hardest to get rid of her.  
This historical romance is lots of fun.  The characters are refreshingly different.  With mysteries to solve and secrets to uncover.  
Great fun. 


Jillian Eaton grew up in Maine and now lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. When she isn't writing, Jillian is doing her best to keep up with her young son and three very mischievous dogs.

She loves horses, coffee, getting e-mail from readers, ducks, and staying up late finishing a good book.

She isn't very fond of doing laundry.

Highland Defender (Scots and Swords #2) by Kathryn Le Veque. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Gladiator meets Fight Club in the Scottish Highlands in a new series from USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Le Veque

Ashamed of a choice that cost good men their lives during battle, Bane Morgan escapes to Edinburgh to forget his past. But the more time he spends away from his Highland home, the more he's filled with regret and despair.

Lucia Symington knows something about despair. Forced to work off a family debt for a clan with little moral compass and a particular hatred for her, Lucia loses herself a little more each day. When a chance meeting with Bane gives them both a glimpse of what their future together could be, Bane turns to the Ludus Caledonia to find the warrior still within him. The Highland Defender has returned...but his quest to free his lady could cost him everything...


Once known as the Highland Defender,  Bane Morgan has fallen into a deep depression.  He has been living on the filthy streets of Edinburgh and drinking far too much.  His shame changed his life, can the scream in the alley change it again?? 
Lucia Symington is paying off a debt by being in service.  Unfortunately for her the "Lady" she serves has some very naughty habits and a dragon of a nurse who abuses everyone.  
Our hero can't deny his nature. He must defend the weak., even if he has to trade himself for years to do it.  Our heroine is a brave and caring woman who tries to make the best of a bad situation. She has dreams of a much better life.  Saving one down and out man to improve his life is just the start of that. 
An action packed story from the Highland version of Fight Club.  The warriors we meet are the best of the best.  That's why the Lady wants them.  In truth who can blame her.  However honour is a big part of the code these men live by, so she's not always going to get her way.  
All the characters in this story are fabulous and I'm glad to say we will meet them again in the rest of the series.  
A great story. I loved it. 


KATHRYN LE VEQUE is a USA TODAY Bestselling author, an Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Historical Fiction. She has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY's HEA blog. In March 2015, Kathryn was the featured cover story for the March issue of InD'Tale Magazine, the premier Indie author magazine. She is also quintuple nominee (a record!) for the prestigious RONE awards for 2016.
Kathryn's Medieval Romance novels have been called 'detailed', 'highly romantic', and 'character-rich'. She crafts great adventures of love, battles, passion, and romance in the High Middle Ages. More than that, she writes for both women AND men - an unusual crossover for a romance author - and Kathryn has many male readers who enjoy her stories because of the male perspective, the action, and the adventure.

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Lord of Secrets (Lords of the Borders #2) by Mary Gillgannon. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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An enigmatic Welsh wise woman. A bold English knight. The first time they are alone, she draws a knife on him. From there, things get interesting.


William Fitzhugh is the new Lord of Higham . It will be his first time in total control of a castle and all the people that come with it.  That is made even more difficult when he finds out that the previous Lord stripped everything out before he left.  William is left with a huge responsibility and no experience. 
Rhosyn learned her healing skills from her mother,  but had to flee after her mother's death at the hands of a brutal English Lord.  As a Welsh woman living in an English stronghold she can only hope that her trade as a healer can keep her safe.  
There are lots of problems for our hero to battle with and lots of confusion for our heroine.  They both have to fight for the strength they need to save themselves and the people that depend on them.  
Lovely characters and really good fun.  


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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Unmasked by Her Lover (Season of Scandal #4) by Mary Lancaster. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Revealing the true love of her life! The thrilling conclusion to the Season of Scandal series!

Lady Meg’s parents decide that the best solution to the scandal breaking over her head, is to marry her to her old childhood friend, Harry. Meg will not allow it. Instead, she persuades Harry to take her secretly to her twin sister’s house in Kent to ride out the storm.

Captain Lord Harry de Vere, a brave and dashing veteran of the Peninsular war, has never forgotten the enchanting playmate who once won his heart and rejected him. He is happy to enter one more adventure with her, though he has no intention of falling in love with her again.

But this is Meg, and inevitably their simple plan is quickly complicated. Her sister Martha is mysteriously missing. Her brother-in-law. Lord Calvert, talks her into masquerading as Martha – which might have been more amusing had she not once been Martha’s rival for Calvert’s heart and hand.

But Lord Barden, the architect of the scandal that was supposed to ruin four innocent young women, is expected for Martha’s masked ball. Meg and Harry prepare to bring him down once and for all – and invite the other three ladies and their new husbands to assist.

Will Barden finally get his just desserts? And will Meg’s feelings finally be unmasked by the man she never wanted to love?


Lady Meg Winters is one of four innocent young women with the same scandal breaking over them.  Her father has his idea of how to solve her problem and protect her reputation, but she doesn't agree.  She is going do things her way,  with the help of an old friend and her twin sister. 
Captain Lord Harry De Vere is back from the war against Napoleon. He was wounded and has a task to perform for a dead comrade, but gets delayed by an old friend.  
This is the last book in a series of four and if you are reading the full series,  it should be read in order.  You could read each book on it's own and thoroughly enjoy them,  but the dastardly villian works his way through each story, getting more dangerous as he goes.  There is much more to this story than just that villian.  Our heroine has a very hectic,  but strangely enjoyable few weeks to get through.  Our hero faces many challenges not the least of these battling his own desires.  
Wonderful characters on a fun-filled adventure. 
I loved it. 


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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My Highland Bride (Legends of Meria #2) by Cecelia Mecca. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Our kingdom sits on the brink of another war with Meria, and as the queen’s commander, it is my duty to pull it back. Unfortunately, Lord Moray, the one man who could help us establish lasting peace, is a notoriously stubborn Highlander . . . and also my father’s nemesis.

I expect resistance when I approach Lord Moray at the Tournament of Loigh, but he surprises me by agreeing to help—on one condition. I must marry his daughter, the fiery girl I once knew as a child. An appealing proposition, except there is, of course, a catch: Lady Reyne must accept my proposal of marriage, and she insists on marrying for love.

The sparks are immediate when Reyne and I first see each other again. Pursuing her is no mere duty, but new obstacles block our path at every step. Reyne has heard rumors of my supposed affection for the queen, and worse, the men who conspire against the queen are planning something wicked.

I am on the brink of everything I’ve ever wanted—stopping this endless war and starting a family—but it could all come crashing down in an instant.


Erik is the Queen's second commander and has been told to go to a tournament to form an alliance. Despite a lot of complications he might just find more than he is looking for.  
Lady Rayne is on her way to her first ever tournament with her father.  She has been grieving the loss of her sister for far too long.  It's time to start living again. 
The political intrigue is very dangerous to not only the Queen.  Some people are out to start a war.  
A great story with fabulous characters and a fascinating storyline.  
I loved it.


Cecelia Mecca is the author of steamy historical romance that transports readers to the middle ages. A former English teacher, Cecelia combines two of her passions, romance novels and the middle ages, transporting readers to an admittedly romanticized time of knights and castles. Her first series, set along the Anglo-Scottish border in 13th century Northumbria, turned Cecelia from educator to full-time author. Readers love the Border Series for its focus on well-developed characters and their steamy relationships leading to satisfying happily ever afters. Cecelia lives in Northeast, Pennsylvania with her husband and two young children where she can be found either planning a Disney trip, watching period dramas or convincing her children to watch Star Wars. She is firmly House Stark and Gryffindor.


Dark of Knight (Gentlemen of Knights #4) by Elizabeth Johns. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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The most dangerous thing in battle turns out to be a beautiful lady.

Major Lord Felix Knight has always known he was destined for the army and is fiercely loyal to the Crown. Thriving on adventure and danger, there is no room in his life for the love and relationships which have cast their spells over his brothers. After healing from his time as a prisoner of war, he returns to the Peninsula to continue the fight against Napoleon. Despite Felix’s vows to the contrary, a beautiful lady causes him to lower his guard and soon he finds himself torn between love for country and woman.

Lady Catalina Mendoza has followed the drum with her father since her mother’s death. Men are drawn to her beauty and connections, but without exception, those gentlemen her father deems suitable bore and frustrate her. The only way she can tolerate the tedium is to glean information from her suitors to help her father. One night, she is caught at the game by a devilishly handsome Englishman—and everything changes.

Amidst assaults and danger, Felix and Catalina find themselves thrown together in a bid to discover a traitor before it is too late.


Major Lord Felix Knight is a spy in Wellington's army and he is on the hunt for a traitor.  Spain and England are allies against Napoleon's France. The mountainous Basque area is the border between Spain and France can be a dangerous place even without battles and traitors. 
Lady Catalina Mendoza looks like a perfect Spanish aristocrat but she has a secret.  Her father is in command of the Spanish contingent and is also looking for a traitor.  
This is a wonderful historical romance full of intrigue, danger and excitement.  The characters are lots of fun,  even the canine ones. You might have met our hero in a previous book in the series but that doesn't spoil this one.  
Great fun,  I loved it.  


Like many writers, Elizabeth Johns was first an avid reader, though she was a reluctant convert. It was Jane Austen's clever wit and unique turn of phrase that hooked Johns when she was "forced" to read Pride and Prejudice for a school assignment. She began writing when she ran out of her favorite author’s books and decided to try her hand at crafting a Regency romance novel. Her journey into publishing began with the release of Surrender the Past, book one of the Loring-Abbott Series. Johns makes no pretensions to Austen’s wit but hopes readers will perhaps laugh and find some enjoyment in her writing.
Johns attributes much of her inspiration to her mother, a retired English teacher. During their last summer together, Johns would sit on the porch swing and read her stories to her mother, who encouraged her to continue writing. Busy with multiple careers, including a professional job in the medical field, author and mother of small children, Johns squeezes in time for reading whenever possible.

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