Genre: Historical

THE WICKEDEST LORD ALIVE by Christina Brooke

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THE WICKEDEST LORD ALIVE by Christina BrookeThe Wickedest Lord Alive by Christina Brooke
Series: The Westruthers #3
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Historical
Reviewed by Vanessa

Eight years ago, Lady Alexandra agreed to a marriage bargain in order to escape her father.  After running away the night the marriage was consummated, Lady Alexandra was no more.  She became Elizabeth “Lizzie” Allbright, the adopted daughter of a small town pastor.  Planning on returning to claim what is hers, she is shocked when her husband, the Marquis of Steyne, appears in the small town demanding an heir from her!

 

The Marquis of Steyne, Xavier Westruther, wed the young Alexandra in order to repay his mother’s debts.  Now, eight years on, he finds that he needs an heir to carry on the family name, and what better way than to track down his runaway bride?  Yet, Xavier soon finds there is more involved than just begetting that child, as someone intends to do him harm.  However, he isn’t too sure of how close that villain is to him or his wife.

 

The Wickedest Lord Alive was an interesting novel that seemed to be missing a little something for me.  I couldn’t understand how Lizzie could be half in love with Xavier so early on.  There was no real chemistry between the two characters, and I had a hard time dealing with him showing back up like that.  I had to continually remind myself that The Wickedest Lord Alive is a historical novel, and the contemporary female wouldn’t have the rights she enjoys back then.

 

The mystery and villain in The Wickedest Lord Alive was engaging, but I prefer my heroes to have more well-thought out plans and not be able to have the wool pulled over their eyes so quickly.  I’m still wondering why Xavier thought it would be a good idea to bring a baby into this mess in The Wickedest Lord Alive and not wonder about the safety of said child and/or mother!  Overall Lizzie and Xavier were two enjoyable characters, but he didn’t really seem too wicked as that was never really shown in The Wickedest Lord Alive, it was told.  Lizzie was really too good to be true and seemed a lot braver than her love match.  I’m kind of wishing that Xavier had been led on a more interesting chase in their HEA quest in The Wickedest Lord Alive.  Another sticking point for me in The Wickedest Lord Alive was a confusing scene in that we are given a point “A” and a point “C”, but no linear point “B” to show how we got to point “C”.

DESIRE BY BLOOD by Melissa Schroeder

DESIRE BY BLOOD by Melissa Schroeder

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DESIRE BY BLOOD by Melissa SchroederDesire By Blood by Melissa Schroeder
Series: By Blood #1
Published by Self Published Genres: Historical, Paranormal
Reviewed by Miranda

Five-Hundred year old vampire Nicodemus Blackburn does not care for London’s ton. Unfortunately, he has no choice but to immerse himself within it when a rash of murders looks like the work of a sadistic Made vampire killer. He must find the culprit and put them down before they call too much attention to vampires. However, Nico finds himself distracted by the beautiful Lady Cordelia Collingsworth.

Lady Cordelia Collingsworth has basically been abandoned by her family. She is in London working to pay for her household. She is using her ticket into the ton to research the man everyone is talking about, but she never counted on Nicodemus Blackburn changing her life forever. How will Cordelia respond to the possessive Nico and what will she do when she learns of his true nature? More importantly will either of them survive the villain determined to ruin them both?

Vampires, vampires, vampires they are fierce and they are fantastic in Desire By Blood! I haven’t been this excited about a new vampire series in a long time! I am shocked by the fact that this is a historical and I am still so in love with it. I have always been a fan of my vampires staying in the present or future. I’ve never been one to enjoy the flashbacks to a vampire’s past but Desire By Blood is simply decadent! The thrilling thing about Desire By Blood is Ms. Schroeder’s world-building. The reader gets to enjoy a memorable setting. I literally felt pulled into the era. Next thing you know I will be taking afternoon tea! We learn the basic differences between Born and Made vampires while also learning about the sought after female Carriers. I am totally intrigued by the hierarchy of this vampire world and look forward to learning more in the next book which I hope is coming very soon!

Nico and Cordelia give new meaning to the word desire! I swear I had to fan myself when these two are in the room together. The reader can absolutely feel the powerful lust between them. Nico drips sex appeal while Cordelia is a bit modest but I love how as the story goes on Cordelia becomes stronger and more forceful with her opinions. These two will be fighting and making up for centuries to come!

I cannot wait to see what happens next with the rest of these fascinating characters. Specifically, Malik and Lady Diana; it was pretty obvious these two could be mates but it is also obvious that they may have to travel a much longer and harder road to find happiness. I can’t wait to discover more about the Egyptian vampire and I just know that Lady Diana is keeping secrets of her own.

Melissa Schroeder’s passionate and poignant Desire By Blood is destined to leave a mark on your heart! It’s unforgettable and a Joyfully Recommended Read!

A GENTLEMAN TIL’ MIDNIGHT by Alison DeLaine

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A GENTLEMAN TIL’ MIDNIGHT by Alison DeLaineA Gentleman 'Til Midnight by Alison DeLaine
Published by Harlequin on 2014-01-01
Genres: Historical
Pages: 384
Reviewed by Miranda

The complication they don't want… Lady Katherine Kinloch survived captivity once. Now the notorious captain of her own ship, she refuses to let anyone jeopardize her hard-won freedom. But on a voyage to England to fight for her family's endangered estate, Katherine is thrown off course when she unknowingly rescues celebrated naval captain James Warre…a man who stands for everything she despises. The passion they desperately need… Haunted by regret for his role in her dark past, James is determined to be more than the cold, calculating officer Katherine expects. Her seduction is his obsession, but his pride hangs in the balance if he gives in to temptation. And hiding beneath the scorching attraction between them lies a secret that could force the two apart for good.

Lady Katherine Kinloch was abducted and spent years in captivity.  She has persevered and now she is the Captain of her own ship.  She is famous among shipmen for her pirate tactics. Now, her inheritance is in jeopardy and she must head back to London to claim what is rightfully hers.  First, she must reluctantly rescue a shipwrecked man from the turbulent seas.

 

Famous Naval Captain James Warre went down with his ship.  He was about to give up on his chances of survival when a pirate ship plucked him from the water.  He lies about his identity for fear he might not be welcome if they knew he was a Naval Captain.  The journey back to London allows him to get to know Lady Katherine and her crew.

 

High seas are very dangerous but they do not hold a candle to the ladies of the London ton.  Katherine and James may bond at sea but things heat up once they hit the streets of London.  Will they be able to survive the sceptics of the Ton?

 

A Gentleman ‘til Midnight is a swashbuckling adventure bursting with steamy romance and witty characters.  I love that Katherine is the captain of her ship and she is an excellent one at that.  She commands her people and they love her for it.  I especially love the scenes with her daughter. They are so tender and sweet.  James is weak and desolate when we meet him but it doesn’t take long to learn there is much more to this man. Ms. Delaine definitely knows how to write strong characters that leave an impression long after the last line.

 

Katherine’s ship and the rough seas make a wondrous backdrop.  The way Katherine and James banter and flirt is fun and romantic.  I really fell in love with these two!  While there is plenty of romance the story features tons of laughs and drama as well.  A Gentleman ‘til Midnight captures the reader and will leave them wanting more after the last page.

TO WED A WICKED HIGHLANDER by Victoria Roberts

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TO WED A WICKED HIGHLANDER by Victoria RobertsTo Wed a Wicked Highlander by Victoria Roberts
Published by Sourcebooks on 2013-09-03
Genres: Historical, Scottish
Pages: 320
Reviewed by Miranda

Torn between his duty and his soul mate, what will this Highland bad boy choose? In the third book of this fun, action-packed Highland trilogy, Victoria Roberts introduces her baddest bad boy yet. Laird Alexander MacDonnell must choose between his duty or losing his heart forever to the woman who betrayed him- his own wife. Lady Sybella MacKenzie is forced to search for her clan's ancient seeing stone under the roof of her father's enemy. When she finds the precious artifact, will she choose the family who raised her, or will she stand with the man who has captured her soul?

Sybella MacKenzie has always been the adventurous sort.  She wanted to do things like her brothers, important things.  Unfortunately, when she finally gets called on by her father to do something important it’s marrying a rival clan’s laird.  Alexander MacDonnell isn’t exactly keen on marriage as he’s used to playing the field.  However, there is something about Ella that draws Alex.  He wants to figure out everything about the lovely Ella but she keeps holding back. Will he be able to woo Ella or will this marriage be over before it begins?

 

Victoria Roberts To Wed a Wicked Highlander is a great addition to the Bad Boys of the Highlands series.  Alex and Ella make for an entertaining couple.  Ella who has always wanted to be one of the boys isn’t exactly happy to be married off to the bed hopping Alex. Which makes for a great starting point for the pairing.

 

Roberts excels at witty banter and this couple are masters at it.  To Wed a Wicked Highlander is a wonderful highland romance.  It makes the reader feel like they are breathing in the Highland air with the characters.

THE TROUBLE WITH HONOR by Julia London

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THE TROUBLE WITH HONOR by Julia LondonThe Trouble with Honor by Julia London
Series: The Cabot Sisters #2
Published by Harlequin on 2014-03-01
Genres: Historical
Pages: 384
Reviewed by Miranda

Passion and scandal collide in New York Times bestselling author Julia London's brand-new series about four sisters determined to rescue themselves from ruin… Desperate times call for daring measures as Honor Cabot, the eldest stepdaughter of the wealthy Earl of Beckington, awaits her family's ruin. Upon the earl's death she and her sisters stand to lose the luxury of their grand home—and their place on the pedestal of society—to their stepbrother and his social-climbing fiancée. Forced to act quickly, Honor makes a devil's bargain with the only rogue in London who can seduce her stepbrother's fiancée out of the Cabots' lives for good. An illegitimate son of a duke, George Easton was born of scandal and grows his fortune through dangerous risks. But now he and Honor are dabbling in a perilous dance of seduction that puts her reputation and his jaded heart on the line. And as unexpected desire threatens to change the rules of their secret game, the stakes may become too high even for a notorious gambler and a determined, free-spirited debutante to handle.

The Mischievous Honor Cabot is ready to do whatever it takes to keep a roof over her and her sister’s heads after the passing of their step-father.  Her brother is about to marry a woman that really has no use for Honor or her sisters.  She is terrified of what will happen next so she comes up with a daring plan.

 

Honor decides to enlist the scandalous George Easton, the bastard son of a duke, in her plan.  Honor would like Easton to seduce her stepbrother’s fiancée away but she doesn’t count on the sparks that fly between herself and Easton.  Will Easton be able to complete her task or will his feelings for Honor change his feelings regarding love?

 

The Trouble with Honor is a fantastic start to London’s new Cabot Sisters series.  Honor and George made me laugh so many times while reading!   They have such a natural chemistry that steadily grows into something else, something stronger.  Their love story is a fun and entertaining read! Honor’s shenanigans are hilarious.  London writes her characters and plotlines with style.

SWEET TALK TO ME by Keiran Kramer

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WARRIOR REBORN by Melissa Mayhue

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THE BEGINNING by Mychael Black

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HOW TO SCHOOL YOUR SCOUNDREL by Juliana Gray

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SILK IS FOR SEDUCTION by Loretta Chase

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