Genre: Historical

THE HIGHLAND DUKE by Amy Jarecki

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THE HIGHLAND DUKE by Amy JareckiThe Highland Duke by Amy Jareki
Series: Lords of the Highlands #1
Published by Forever Genres: Historical, Scottish

Author Amy Jarecki sizzles with The Highland Duke! I am so excited about the Lords of the Highlands series! I could not put The Highland Duke down! Jarecki takes the reader on one hell of an adventure in The Highland Duke!  Akira and Geordie are sensual, smart and exhilarating.  The Highland Duke is non-stop action from page one!

Author Amy Jarecki creates suspense with ease in The Highland Duke.  The world she built is easy to imagine.  I could feel the breeze and see the Highlands while reading.  It made me ache to be there. Jarecki forges a magical experience with The Highland Duke.

Akira and Geordie are in the race for their lives in The Highland Duke.  The dramatic tension is high as they flee the redcoats. I love that Akira is a strong woman with a mind of her own.  She is not one to be run over. Geordie is a loyal warrior determined to do right by his clan.  He is not prepared for fiery Akira but is ready for the challenge.   It is so much fun taking this journey with them as they get to know each other and fall madly in love.

Akira and Geordie are a fierce couple! It’s easy to fall in love with them in The Highland Duke.  If you are looking for a thrilling story with a passionate couple then Amy Jarecki’s The Highland Duke is for you.

BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON

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BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTONBecause of Miss Bridgerton Series: Rokesbys #1
Published by Avon Genres: Historical


 

Billie Bridgerton has long known she would likely marry a Rokesby brother.  After all, the Bridgertons and Rokesbys are more family than neighbors and she grew up running wild with Edward, Andrew, and Mary Rokesby.  But when a feral feline rescue goes wrong, it’s George Rokesby, the heir to the earldom, who Billie finds herself stranded with.  George is the one Rokesby Billie cannot abide.  And the feeling is mutual; the two of them are always sniping at each other.

 

Except…something strange seems to be happening.  Billie feels like she’s truly seeing George for the first time.  And he her.  She couldn’t possibly be falling in love with her favorite nemesis…could she?

 

Because of Miss Bridgerton is bright, engaging, and utterly charming.  As a longtime fan of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series, I was delighted to get a chance to revisit the beloved family, even if in a prequel series.  The titular Miss Bridgerton in this tale is the aunt of the eight beloved siblings, and the clever, competitive, and endearing apples don’t fall too far from the tree.  Billie is the oldest of the Bridgerton siblings, and as there’s such an age gap between her and her younger brother, for a longtime she was raised almost like a boy.  At twenty-three she runs her family estate, taking an interest in agriculture that would surely scandalize society, and she has no interest in settling down.  Billie assumes she’ll one day marry Edward or Andrew Rokesby, and as they are more like brothers to her she’s in no rush to wed.  George is the one Rokesby who drives her mad.  He seems staid and serious and they constantly needle one another.  George complements Billie perfectly.  Yes, he’s quieter than the rest and has been raised never to forget he will inherit an earldom one day.  But George can match Billie jab-for-jab and when they’re not bickering things get surprisingly heated.

 

Billie and George have a wonderful slow-burn romance and it was fantastic to watch them unwittingly fall in love with one another.  I loved that George not only accepted Billie for the unusual woman that she was, but adored that about her.  And Billie never pressures George to change, but rather comes to admire and love him for his true nature.  They’re both fairly well-adjusted characters, but in falling in love they come fully into who they’re meant to be and it was lovely to watch.

 

As I previously mentioned, Because of Miss Bridgerton is a prequel of sorts to the beloved Bridgerton series.  It easily stands on its own, but there are some incredibly fun callbacks to the Bridgerton series.  From the Mallet of Death to the appearance of a couple of jovial (if slightly dim) Berbrookes to the behavior of the wonderful Bridgerton and Rokesby siblings, there’s enough in Because of Miss Bridgerton to satisfy Brigerton fans while not overtaking the story.  All in all, I had a blast reading Billie and George’s book – it’s bright, fun, and has all the charm I’ve come to expect from Ms. Quinn’s writing.  I devoured Because of Miss Bridgerton in one sitting and my only complaint is that I have to wait to read the next Rokesbys book, The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband.

PURSUED BY THE VISCOUNT by Carole Mortimer

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PURSUED BY THE VISCOUNT by Carole MortimerPursued by the Viscount by Carole Mortimer
Series: Regency Unlaced #4
Published by Self Published Genres: Historical
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Lady Rachel Shaw’s awful marriage was finally over upon the death of her husband.  Believing that she may have finally found her life to be beginning, Rachel reveals things to an intimate via the written word…letters.  However, Rachel soon discovers that your deepest most intimate secrets and desires should never be put to paper.  She now has to scramble to jump fences that her cruel blackmailer has placed before her, or risk her and her child’s future in the ton.

Amateur sleuth, Lucien Brooke, Viscount Brooketon, doesn’t take on foolish endeavors, but he can see that Rachel is a woman that has suffered more than anyone could dare imagine.  Seeing beyond the face she presents to the ton, Lucien agrees to help her regain her letters, but he never thought he’d loose his heart to the young widow in the bargain.

Pursued by the Viscount is a short, steamy hot read with a dash of curiosity thrown in to break up the scenes between Lucien and Rachel.  Pursued by the Viscount was a quick read, but it offered a little more depth in character development and fears as both Lucien and Rachel worked to find their joint path.

SINFUL SCOTTISH LAIRD by Julia London

SINFUL SCOTTISH LAIRD by Julia London

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SINFUL SCOTTISH LAIRD by Julia LondonSinful Scottish Laird by Julia London
Series: Highland Grooms #2
Published by HQN Books Genres: Historical

English widow Daisy Bristol, Lady Chadwick is in an untenable situation.  Per her Husband’s will she must remarry within three years of his death or forfeit her son’s inheritance.  As the deadline quickly approaches Daisy takes her family and flees to a hunting lodge in Scotland to avoid the fortune hunters vying for her hand in marriage and to wait for the possible return of her once love, Captain Robert Spivy.  She had no idea what she would find when she arrived or how it would change her life.  But will it change her for the better?

 

Cailean Mackenzie of Arrondale is satisfied to lead his life alone as Laird of his land and as a smuggler.  Cailean’s heart was broken long ago by an English woman and he has no intention of ever letting another woman rule his heart. However, he never counted on the vivacious woman that would plant herself in his life with her bold and sexy demeanor.

 

Daisy is eager to oversee her life but the world seems to be against her.  Therefore, she is determined to have fun while visiting the Highlands and Cailean is exactly the man she would like to play with. He is determined to deny her regardless of the feelings she stirs within.

 

Will Daisy’s long lost love come and rescue her from her predicament or will her season of freedom end with a forced marriage to a stranger?  Find out what happens when this Sinful Scottish Laird faces one determined English Lady.

 

Julia London’s Sinful Scottish Laird hits all the right spots.

 

Sinful Scottish Laird features fascinating characters, intense sexual tension and one hell of a story.  Historicals are not usually my first choice but I simply cannot resist the men of the Highlands.  Ms. London does an amazing job of taking the reader into the highlands.  The world building in Sinful Scottish Laird is superb.  I could picture it all in my mind and I wanted to go and see it for myself.  I wouldn’t mind running into a man like Cailean either.  While that seems rather unlikely to happen I must live vicariously through Ms. London’s characters.

 

My heart went out to Daisy and the situation she faces.  I could feel her pain and frustration as I sped through the pages.  When she lays eyes on Cailean the first time the attraction is powerful.  Cailean is dealing with his own inner demons when it comes to trusting women.  He is baffled by the boldness Daisy exhibits toward him and does everything he can to ignore her.  Their bickering is simply hilarious and adorable.  I could not get enough of it. They made me laugh out loud so many times!

 

Cailean may be sexy as SIN but he melted my heart with his kindness towards Daisy’s son Ellis.  I was expecting more intrigue as Captain Robert Spivey entered the picture.  I was disappointed a bit but the rest of the novel exceeds expectations making Sinful Scottish Laird a Joyfully Recommended Read for February.

 

Sinful Scottish Laird is a romance you will not soon forget.  This sexy couple will sweep you off your feet and have you racing through the pages to discover if they find their happily ever after. Ms. London gives us a remarkable read with Sinful Scottish Laird.  I cannot wait to take my next trip to the Highlands when Cailean’s brother Rabbie discovers love in Hard-Headed Highlander.

 

WHEN A MARQUESS LOVES A WOMAN by Vivienne Lorret

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WHEN A MARQUESS LOVES A WOMAN by Vivienne LorretWhen a Marquess Loves a Woman by Vivienne Lorret
Series: Season's Original #3
Published by Avon Genres: Historical


 

I first fell in love with Vivienne Lorret’s writing in the previous book in the Season’s Original series, This Earl is on Fire and I have been hooked ever since. Ms. Lorret’s characters are full of wit that keeps me wanting to devour each and every story over and over again.

 

When a Marquess Loves a Woman is the third book in the Season’s Original series and it’s Max and Juliet’s story. Five years ago Max had his eye on Juliet but with her set to become that Seasons Original she could have picked any man to marry, but when she lost out to another woman, Bram, Max’s brother choose her instead. After being devastated by the news she ends up sharing a kiss with Max before Bram’s engagement announcement. Max offers to marry Juliet but her father isn’t too happy and needs some time to cool down. The next day when Max returns Juliet is gone and he finds out she is to be married to another.

 

Now five years later Max is still heartbroken and is shocked that Juliet has moved back to London. Juliet wants to buy the house she grew up in but Max isn’t going to make it easy even after all this time. Max and Juliet set a wager in guessing who this season’s original will be. Will Max win and be finally happy if Juliet moves away again or will Juliet win and finally get the house?

When a Marquess Loves a Woman was an enjoyable read that kept me guessing how it would turn out in the end and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. It took me a few chapters to really get into the characters unlike the pervious book, but I still couldn’t resist their pull to one another. Once I could see that the love was still there even though Max was trying to deny it I ended up having high hopes for this couple and Ms. Lorret delivered.

When a Marquess Loves a Woman made me laugh, cry and root for this couple. Since I haven’t read much of Ms. Lorret’s work I know that I will be definitely looking forward to read more. If you are looking for a historical romance that will not only have you swooning but also believing in second chances you won’t want to miss When a Marquess Loves a Woman.

WHY DO DUKES FALL IN LOVE by Megan Frampton

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WHILE THE DUKE WAS SLEEPING by Sophie Jordan

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DO YOU WANT TO START A SCANDAL by Tessa Dare

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ONE FOR THE ROGUE by Charis Michaels

ONE FOR THE ROGUE by Charis Michaels

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THE VISCOUNT AND THE VIXEN by Lorraine Heath

THE VISCOUNT AND THE VIXEN by Lorraine Heath

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HEART OF A HUNTER by Lara Adrian

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PERSUASION by Brenda Joyce

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FRENCH WAR BRIDE by Robin Wells

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MARRYING WINTERBORNE by Lisa Kleypas

MARRYING WINTERBORNE by Lisa Kleypas

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A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO SCANDAL by Kathleen Kimmel

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THE BEAST OF CLAN KINCAID by Lily Blackwood

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ONLY BELOVED by Mary Balogh

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THE SECRETS OF SIR RICHARD KENWORTHY by Julia Quinn

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IF THE VISCOUNT FALLS by Sabrina Jeffries

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NO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED by Sarah MacLean

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