Genre: Historical

WHY DO DUKES FALL IN LOVE by Megan Frampton

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WHY DO DUKES FALL IN LOVE by Megan FramptonWhy Do Dukes Fall in Love by Megan Frampton
Series: Dukes Behaving Badly #4
Published by Avon Genres: Historical


 

Ah, my first Megan Frampton book and while I have been meaning to read one for a while now I’m so glad that Why Do Dukes Fall in Love was my introduction to the Dukes Behaving Badly series. After reading this one I can guarantee I will be heading back at some point to start from the very beginning.

 

Newly windowed Edwina needs to find work because her late husband has left her and her young daughter with nothing. Michael the Duke is looking for a secretary and he really doesn’t care who fills the position as long as they are competent. When Edwina shows up for her interview he notices right away that she is attractive but he quickly dismisses that because he isn’t looking for a wife.

 

The characters were likable and just jumped out at me from the beginning. Michael was such a grouchy Duke at times but I really enjoyed the journey that Frampton took him on. I enjoyed the little changes, from the man who wouldn’t say please and thank you, to him saying it all the time without having to be reminded. Both Michael and Edwina are very different in personality but they do have being outspoken in common. They are also both very bright and that really showed when they were conversing.

 

Of course Michael came off as a big sourly grouch but underneath that he was a good guy. I really liked how he took to Edwina’s daughter and took the time to get to know the both of them. Little by little the relationship between Edwina and Michael starts to shift and things start to get heated between them. I enjoyed that sometimes they just couldn’t keep their hands off one another yet it didn’t affect their working relationship at all.

 

This story was funny and really sweet, and although the story lacked some deep emotional parts I didn’t find it taking away from the entire read. There were a few unexpected events but I found them welcoming and honestly couldn’t see the story without those parts. If you’re looking for a fun and light read I would suggest picking up Why Do Dukes Fall in Love.

WHILE THE DUKE WAS SLEEPING by Sophie Jordan

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WHILE THE DUKE WAS SLEEPING by Sophie JordanWhile the Duke was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan
Series: Rogue Files #1
Published by Avon Genres: Historical


 

When Poppy Fairchurch meets the Duke of Autenberry for the first time she is working in a flower shop. With her parents gone and her raising her younger sister, she believes in happily ever after’s and hopes that one day the Duke will take notice of her. On the days that he comes into the shop she takes extra care of herself in hoping to turn his head, but one day after his purchases the Duke is confronted by a man and a fight breaks out. Poppy rushes to the rescue and interferes almost getting herself run over by a carriage when she is saved by the stranger who was fighting with the Duke. She is introduced to the Duke’s family as his betrothed, but sooner or later the Duke will wake up and she has to come clean about how she really knows him and her feelings toward the Scot who is slowly claiming her heart.

 

Struan Mackenzie lost his mother which was the only family he had left. He sets out to meet his father only to find out he passed and his step brother, the Duke, wants nothing to do with him. When Struan confronts the Duke outside the flower shop things get a little heated and the Duke ends up in a coma. Struan doesn’t believe this woman to be his step brothers soon to be wife and not only because she is a shop girl but there is something about her that intrigues him to dig a little deeper. The more he digs and gets to know Poppy the more he starts to fall for his step brothers soon to be wife. What will happen when his brother finally wakes up? Or will Struan claim the fearless Poppy as his own?

 

After Reading Sophie Jordan’s Devils Rock series I was interested in picking up one of her historical romances because the Devils Rock books were just so good. While the Duke Was Sleeping came at the perfect time and as soon as I received it I dived right into a fun new world that contained a witty and sassy heroine and a Scot with a sourly attitude that kept me wanting more. From the moment these two are around one another they rub each other the wrong way but there is something deeper simmering under the surface and when they had their first kiss it was explosive. I think maybe I even gasped right along with Poppy at that moment. I couldn’t wait to see how she would react because little by little she finds herself wondering more about him and what his touches would feel like. And these two have more than a few moments to know exactly what they like from one another.

 

I liked how Struan was at war within himself about liking Poppy and yet not wanting a long term commitment with her. While I did enjoy this story I did feel like it lacked in originality. This story was almost a carbon copy to the movie of While You Were Sleeping with all the same set up with just a historical twist added in. While reading I was just waiting for something more to happen to set it apart from the movie, but that never really came.

 

I did like the characters and they were honestly the best part about While the Duke Was Sleeping. Sometimes Struan’s pursuit of Poppy was downright hilarious and yet at times it came off as a little creepy. For more than half the book I felt as if he were perusing her just to get back at his step brother and other times it felt as if he was really interested in Poppy. While the Duke Was Sleeping contained humor, romance and a story that reeled me in, it just didn’t hit me on the emotional level that I was looking for.

DO YOU WANT TO START A SCANDAL by Tessa Dare

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DO YOU WANT TO START A SCANDAL by Tessa DareDo You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After #4
Published by Avon Genres: Historical


 

 

I have been slowly getting into historical romances author by author but after reading a few of Tessa Dare’s stories I knew I had to read Do You Want to Start a Scandal. This was such a fantastic read and I really enjoyed every moment of it.

 

Charlotte’s mother is ready to have her youngest daughter married off but Charlotte has other plans that don’t include a husband. Charlotte follows Piers into the library to warn him of her mother’s intentions. After overhearing a couple having sex Charlotte needs to escape before being noticed, but when Piers and her are caught together with no supervision the story begins and the plot starts to thicken. While Charlotte is looking for the mysterious lovers some abnormal things start to happen around her and what started out as a little investigation turns into something much more.

 

Charlotte has been added to my list of favorite heroines in a historical romance. She was smart, witty, and very sassy. She also held the power of reading people and being genuinely kind. There were some parts in the story that I just couldn’t help but laugh at because of the way her character was. Having the sex talk with her mother really cracked me up and that was one of the moments where I just loved her more. Of course she doesn’t want to be rude and she has to sit there and listen to it, yet she brings so much humor into the conversation.

 

The romance that was building between Charlotte and Piers was out of this world wonderful. Dare brought these two together so perfectly I couldn’t imagine them not ever getting together. Piers and Charlotte had instant attraction yet they were also building a friendship along the way that leads to them falling for one another. Them falling in love was paced perfectly, I mean after all they are practically thrown into an engagement but it was building and the more time that passed the more I believed this couple would really make it.

 

While Charlotte was falling in love with Piers and breaking down his walls I was doing the same thing. Piers had moments were he got all alpha male but yet I could see his barriers that he had in place start to fall for this sassy and witty woman. The plot reminded me a little bit of Clue without the murder and the candlestick but Do You Want to Start a Scandal was fun, heartfelt and full of humor. Dare writes with passion and her characters just shine! This is truly one of the best historical’s I have read all year and I can’t wait to see what Dare will come up with next.

ONE FOR THE ROGUE by Charis Michaels

ONE FOR THE ROGUE by Charis Michaels

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ONE FOR THE ROGUE by Charis MichaelsOne for the Rogue by Charis Michaels
Series: Bachelor Lords of London #3
Published by Avon Genres: Historical


 

Beauregard “Beau” Courtland was free to do whatever he wanted and was completely fine with that until it was discovered that Beau should have been the Viscount not his brother Bryson. Bryson immediately renounces his title to give it to Beau as he wouldn’t have felt right keeping it even though no one would know, but Beau wants nothing to do with becoming the new Viscount Rainsleigh and all the responsibilities that come with it.

 

Lady Emmaline is out to teach Beau some manners and to be respectable as a viscount but it’s not solely for his benefit. Emmaline took Bryson’s suggestion to heart to help his brother in order to secure her safe passage to New York, along with her brother to sell her late father’s stories. She became a widow at 23 when her elderly husband, a Duke, suddenly drops dead and she needs a way to be self-sufficient. But Beau wants nothing to do with the lessons and Emmaline finds herself more attracted to him the more time they spend together.

 

One for the Rogue picks up where The Virgin and the Viscount ended in regards to where the bothers find out who the true Viscount should be and why but don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous book in the series because Charis Michaels gives a prologue that really does set her readers up for the story.

 

As soon as I started reading One for the Rogue I knew I was already half in love with the story. I just adored Beau and couldn’t wait to really dig deeper as to why he didn’t want to be the Viscount. Both Beau and Emma were well developed and Ms. Michaels gave them room to grow. Beau learns to step up and be the Viscount because Emma needs him yet he’s still uncertain that he can do the job. Emma was a tough heroine and I loved her spirit and determination trying to advise Beau, taking care of her brother and wanting more out of life than just want she had.

 

Right away Beau and Emma are attracted to one another, but since Emma is supposed to still be in mourning for her late husband she knows nothing will come of it but I loved how Beau was chasing her and making her feel things she never felt even with her late husband.

 

I don’t know much about historical romances so I’m not sure if everything in One for the Rogue was authentic but it all made for an entertaining story in the end. Regardless, One for the Rogue was my favorite story in The Bachelors of London series and I highly recommend it to readers who just adore a hard working heroine and a hero that is a work in progress.

THE VISCOUNT AND THE VIXEN by Lorraine Heath

THE VISCOUNT AND THE VIXEN by Lorraine Heath

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THE VISCOUNT AND THE VIXEN by Lorraine HeathThe Viscount and the Vixen by Lorraine Heath
Series: The Hellions of Havisham #3
Published by Avon Genres: Historical


 

In the past few years I have read a few of Lorraine Heath’s stories and really enjoyed them but this was my first book in The Hellions of Havisham series and I just couldn’t put it down. The Viscount and the Vixen takes readers on a journey of love and desperation that quickly won me over from the beginning.

 

Killian St. John, Viscount Locksley, has watched his father’s grief turn to madness after his mother’s death years ago but his latest madness has gone too far. When Viscount Locksley finds out his father has put an ad out for a new bride he knows he has to try to stop it, but upon meeting Portia he realizes there is only one thing he can do to protect his father and that is to offer a marriage of convenience, after all he needs an heir. Upon their first meeting Killian knows he is attracted to her so bedding her won’t be a problem but what he doesn’t count on is his feelings growing stronger as the days begin to pass and he comes to realize that he may not be able to live without Portia.

 

Portia is desperate so when she starts exchanging letters with Killian’s father she knows exactly what she is getting into but what she doesn’t count on is Killian offering up to take his father’s place to protect him from another heartbreak. Portia begins to care for Killian but when a trip to London threatens to reveal her big secret she flees only to have Killian come to find her, but can their love last on a lie?

 

I really got caught up in The Viscount and the Vixen right from the beginning. While this trope has been done before Ms Heath brings a fresh new voice to these thrilling characters that really blew me away. I loved the banter and the attraction between Killian and Portia. I wasn’t sure about them as a couple but after their first night together I was floored on how well these two were made for one another.

 

At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Portia because she seemed so desperate to hide out just to be protected from something, but as her story starts to unfold my heart started to go out to her and I couldn’t believe how strong she was after everything she has been through and was going through. While I never wished myself in a historical novel before, if I had to now it would definitely be in The Viscount and the Vixen.

The Viscount and the Vixen was a beautifully told story that was entertaining but also brought many emotions to the surface. I believe readers will find they won’t be able to put it down. Since this was my first book in The Hellions of Havisham series I am already dying to start at the very beginning. I highly recommend The Viscount and the Vixen to everyone especially those who believe in fairytale endings.

 

HEART OF A HUNTER by Lara Adrian

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PERSUASION by Brenda Joyce

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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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FORBIDDEN by Beverly Jenkins

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MASTERING LOVE by Morticia Knight

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