Genre: Historical

FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE by Eloisa James

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FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE by Eloisa JamesFour Nights with a Duke by Eloisa James
Series: Desperate Duchesses #8
Published by Avon Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyShayna

At fifteen, a heartbroken, embarrassed Mia Carrington swore she’d never marry Evander Brody.  At twenty-eight, Mia has no choice but to take back her words.  In order to secure guardianship of her nephew and thus protect him from his evil uncle, Mia must marry – fast.  Having just been jilted at the altar, she’s desperate enough to blackmail the long ago object of her affections.

 

Vander can’t believe Mia’s audacious proposal – or her blackmail scheme.  Against all better judgment, he agrees to marry Mia, but with a condition of his own: he’ll only bed her for four nights a year, and only if she begs for it.  But when Vander learns there’s more to Mia than meets the eye, he knows he’s made a mistake.  Because four nights with Mia will never be enough when he’s rapidly falling in love with his new wife.

 

Four Nights with the Duke is a fast-paced, addictive read filled with lively, interesting, strong-willed characters.  Author Eloisa James knows how to capture your interest and not let go, and I found myself unable to put Mia and Vander’s book down.

 

I absolutely adored Mia.  She has a big heart and is protective of those she cares about.  Mia’s been hurt over and over, but though she has insecurities because of it, she remains a strong, resilient woman.  I wanted to see Vander fall head over heels in love with her, because they fit together so well.  Vander inadvertently hurt Mia in the past, and he makes plenty of mistakes with her in the present.  Vander’s got hidden scars of his own that have given him a distorted view of what love and marriage would mean for him.  He’s flawed, realistically so, and doesn’t always choose his words wisely.  I actually liked that about him, because he grows over the course of the story and realizes what a treasure Mia is.

 

Aside from the romance, we get to see Mia and Vander’s other passions.  Vander’s for buying, breeding, and racing horses and Mia’s for writing.  Mia’s work as a writer of popular romances was particularly fun to read about, and watching her struggle with writing her latest gothic romance was delightful.  Historical romance fans will also surely delight in the nods to authors Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas that are sprinkled throughout Four Nights with the Duke.

 

Four Nights with the Duke is the eighth book in the Desperate Duchesses series and the second book in the spinoff Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers series.  Though Mia and Vander’s story can easily be read as a standalone, it was a treat to see Thorn and India (of Three Weeks with Lady X) and Villiers (of A Duke of Her Own) again.  But the most captivating secondary characters are those new to the series, namely Mia’s spirited young nephew Charlie and Vander’s cheerful, often-drunk uncle, Chuffy (a nod to Twelfth Night’s Sir Toby Belch).  Charlie and Chuffy bring a sprightliness to Four Nights with the Duke that I loved.

 

Ms. James’s stories are always wonderfully entertaining and Four Nights with the Duke was no exception.  I devoured the book in one sitting and I cannot wait to read the next Desperate Duchesses story, Seven Minutes in Heaven!

THE WARLORD’S WIFE by Sandra Lake

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THE WARLORD’S WIFE by Sandra LakeThe Warlord's Wife by Sandra Lake
Series: The Sons of the North #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyMiranda

Independent Lida is used to fending for herself.  When her husband, the love of her life, died he left her with a gift. Unfortunately, his family called her a whore when they discovered her pregnancy and sent her packing.  Now she has a beautiful daughter and lives with her family.

 

Jarl Magnus is a celebrated Warlord looking for a sturdy wife to bear his sons.  He makes an offer to wed Lida and expects no objection.  He was sorely mistaken.  After much deliberation Lida agrees to marry him.  He doesn’t understand why Lida isn’t content to be his wife and wallow in his riches.

 

Lida and Magnus have no trouble in the bedroom but if they don’t learn to communicate outside the bedroom their marriage is doomed. Danger lurks on the horizon. Will they learn to communicate before it’s too late?

 

Author Sandra Lake’s debut novel The Warlord’s Wife is a gem! I had such a wonderful time reading this novel.  I even finished it in one sitting.  Lida has been dealt a rough set of circumstances. She isn’t keen to be under someone’s thumb.  But Magnus makes a deal she cannot refuse.  At some points both Lida and Magnus aggravated me because they are so darn stubborn. For two people that are so hot in the bedroom they should be able to talk outside it for five minutes without making each other mad.

 

Poor Magnus! While his male chauvinist side rubbed me the wrong way at times I felt bad for him as well. He could not figure out Lida’s mind but he really wanted to.  There are some really funny moments in the story as well.  Ms. Lake has created multi-layered loveable characters.  I could not get enough of Lida’s daughter Katia and how Magnus was with her.  Magnus and Katia’s relationship was adorable.

 

The Warlord’s Wife has it all; a feisty couple, cute kids, bad guys and an outstanding plot.  When Magnus and Lida begin working together as a team they cannot be defeated.  I loved taking the journey to happily ever after with them!   I look forward to the next book in the series, The Iron Princess.

IN THE HANDS OF THE OUTLAW by Renee LaRuse

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IN THE HANDS OF THE OUTLAW by Renee LaRuseIn the Hands of the Outlaw by Renee LaRuse
Published by Self Published Genres: Historical, Interracial, Western
Reviewed by Talia Ricci

Tilly Jackson is a barmaid in the West.  Usually content, she sometimes gets a ‘feeling’ and realizes that the time to move on from where she is to another town. She’s getting that feeling now, but something else has caught her eye, or rather someone else…

 

Leo Samuels can’t believe that someone as lovely as Tilly would want to be with him – which is why he is a bit leery of her request.  But as more time passes, what started out as a brief encounter turns into something more.

 

First off, Tilly was brave and I adored her.  She wasn’t afraid to go after what she wants and she wanted Leo.  Speaking of Leo, he was a long tall drink of blue eyed water and was sexy with a capital S.  I like how he treated Tilly and I loved that he loved her.

 

Not a bad novel. I found that some of the typos pulled me out of the story, other than that, In the Hands of an Outlaw wasn’t a bad book – but it could have been a bit more polished.  I think Renee LaRuse is a talented author having read more books from her and I can honestly say that her books are entertaining and quite erotic.  Which are both winners in my book.

CROSSING OVER by Christopher Riley

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CROSSING OVER by Christopher RileyCrossing Over by Christopher Riley
Series: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Vampire
Published by MLR Press Genres: Historical, MM, Paranormal
Reviewed by Lisa

Years of service to the Roman Empire enabled Jovian to have a plot of land free and clear once he retired from the military.  Flourishing fields of wheat and a healthy herd of sheep allow Jovian to prosper and enjoy life with his lover Betto.   When their home is attacked by werewolves Jovian manages to kill a female.  Taking the body to Rome as proof they need further protection proves to be the wrong action as Jovian almost dies on the journey.  His savior is none other than Rome’s ruling Caesar, Titus.  Unbeknownst to Jovian he’s been saved by a vampire who forms a cloying attachment to the retired soldier. Leaving Titus and going home to Betto ends up destroying Jovian’s entire life.  He is forced to witness the murder of his parents, young sister, and his lover. The final horror happens as Titus changes Jovian into a vampire.

 

Watching the world as twenty centuries come and go, his name and identity change with the times as well.  Living as Roman Stafford and owning the Blue Moon bar the vampire continues to be plagued by his nemesis throughout the long years.  Each time love enters Roman’s life his hated enemy makes certain that his happiness is destroyed in one form or another.

 

For the past two months Roman’s been dating artist Cole Ryan. He can’t explain it but the talented artist is special and calls to the vampire’s soul.  Roman discovers Cole nearly dead from a drug overdose and the vampire is forced to step in to help the artist whether he wants it or not.   As he tries to cure Cole of his addiction Roman can also feel Titus nearby.  Somehow, some way, it’s time to make a stand to love Cole and rid the world of Titus.

 

Crossing Over proves to be an intriguing romance blended with a suspenseful historical story.  The far past comes alive as Jovian/Roman’s life unfolds, his lovers, and his struggles to be free of Titus.  The main character experiences the high of true love and the emotional destruction of losing that love because of a mad man.  Enjoy the fascinating tale Crossing Over, a long time journey of true love.

THE PILLAR by Kim Fielding

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THE PILLAR by Kim FieldingThe Pillar by Kim Fielding
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Historical, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

The town of Zidar prides itself on following many time honored traditions in a place where Christians and Muslims are able to live in relative peace. One such tradition concerns punishment at the town pillar.  Those found guilty are whipped and left for dead.  If they survive the ordeal the matter is over.  In the case of a slave being punished at the pillar, they are freed if they survive.

 

Years ago Faris was flogged for thievery and left to die at the pillar.  The healer cut him down, took him home and saved his life though Faris would always bear severe scars.  The elderly healer sees something in the orphaned thief and gives him the chance nobody else ever had.  Over time Faris learns everything his mentor can teach him about herbs and healing.  After his beloved mentor passed Faris becomes the town healer and follows the tradition of releasing those sentenced to the pillar.

 

Faris swore he wouldn’t continue the tradition after what happened the last time, but there he was on that cold, wet night cutting down the large, badly injured man with the obvious scars of wearing a slave collar.  It does take all of Faris’s formidable skills to save Boro from the flogging, as well as injuries and starvation caused by his previous master.  Once on the road to recovery the lonely healer discovers a kindred spirit in the arms of Boro, a captured soldier turned slave.  As Faris and Boro begin to accept the gift of finding each other, though under harsh circumstances, the ex-slave’s old master comes calling.  And guess what he wants back…

 

A simple tale gathers strength and evolves into a moral, honest romance in The Pillar.  Author Kim Fielding paints a moody, introspective story of redemption and love for readers to embrace.  Faris is a man of many layers, a complex man who saves Boro which saves them both in the end.  Enjoy The Pillar, a complicated, fascinating story that proves the power of love on so many levels.

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