Genre: Historical

MASTERING LOVE by Morticia Knight

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MASTERING LOVE by Morticia KnightMastering Love by Morticia Knight
Series: Hampton Road Club #4
Published by Pride Publishing Genres: BDSM, Historical, MM
ReviewedbyLisa

Nestled in a Los Angeles suburb, the exclusive Hampton Road Club thrives.  It is a place where consenting adults can explore their Dominant and submissive personalities without censure.  Rich and powerful in the public eye, discretion is necessary to enjoy their private tastes.

 

Dismissed by his Master for a younger virginal sub Evan’s life is a mess.  Evan can’t even go back to his previous Master because he recently found a permanent submissive.  A Hampton Road Club member has been kind enough to offer the sub the use of a small guesthouse at the rear of the Dominant’s property.

 

Master Ned Wilkinson has sampled quite a few D/s clubs as business took him around the country.  Deciding that the Hampton Road Club is the perfect fit Ned makes plans to settle in the area, permanently join the club, and chose a virginal sub of his own.

 

Persuaded to attend the club one evening Evan is introduced to Master Ned and agrees to a night together.  The sub and Dom are perfectly matched and enjoy a blissful joining.  The next day Evan is heartbroken when he learns that Master Ned also plans to find a virginal sub rather than re-train an older one.  Too late Ned comes to his senses.  The damage is done.  At this point convincing Evan of his worth will be a long, slow road.  Luckily Ned can’t wait to get started.

 

The roaring twenties come to life in Mastering Love where a complicated D/s relationship is thoroughly explored.  Evan’s confidence is crumbling badly.  Master Ned is partly to blame and willing to make things right.  Their story plays out in this character driven, expansive plotline.  Very descriptive the romance slowly unfolds.  A solid, pleasant tale Mastering Love plays out as expected.  It is Evan and Ned’s messed up romance that make this story worthwhile.

 

DARK BEFORE THE RISING SUN by Laurie McBain

DARK BEFORE THE RISING SUN by Laurie McBain

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DARK BEFORE THE RISING SUN by Laurie McBainDark Before the Rising Sun by Laurie McBain
Series: Dominick Trilogy
Published by Sourcebooks Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyMelissa

Lady Rhea Claire and her new husband Dante Leighton are trying to find their way in their new marriage while dealing with her family. A family that isn’t exactly pleased that their much loved daughter has married such a scoundrel, even if he is reformed. While awaiting the birth of their child, Dante plots his revenge against the man he holds responsible for death of his mother and the destruction of his ancestral home. Can they win with so much stacked against them?

 

Dark Before the Rising Sun is the conclusion of Rhea and Dante’s love story from Chance the Winds of Fortune. Both Dark Before the Rising Sun and Chance the Winds of Fortune are re-releases of titles that were originally published in the 80’s. I read them when they first came out and to this day they are two of my favorite all time historical romances. Books that I have on my keepershelf to be re-read when the mood strikes. Dark Before the Rising Sun comes from a writer who is a true storyteller.  Readers who have never had the chance to read Laurie McBain shouldn’t miss out on this chance!

CHANCE THE WINDS OF FORTUNE by Laurie McBain

CHANCE THE WINDS OF FORTUNE by Laurie McBain

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CHANCE THE WINDS OF FORTUNE by Laurie McBainChance the Winds of Fortune by Laurie McBain
Series: Dominick Trilogy
Published by Sourcebooks Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyMelissa

Lady Rhea Claire Dominick has been kidnapped by her father’s greatest enemy and is sent to be a bond servant in the colonies. She manages to escape and finds herself hiding on Dante Leighton’s ship. Dante is hunting a treasure and thinks that Rhea is there to steal information on the treasure. He has no intention of letting Rhea leave his ship and he certainly doesn’t believe that she’s the kidnapped daughter of a duke. But the longer Rhea remains on his ship, the more Dante wants her. When the time comes will he let her return to her family?

 

Rhea and Dante are two of my favorite all time characters. Rhea is a protected young lady who is thrown into a situation totally outside anything she knows. Dante is a man bent on revenge and doesn’t intend to let anything or anybody get in his way but he never expected Rhea to come into his life. Watching them stumble their way into each other’s hearts made Chance the Winds of Fortune a book that I recommend to all historical romance lovers!

 

Chance the Winds of Fortune is one of very first historical romances that I read and one of the reasons I fell in love with romance books. It’s also one of those books that I have on my keepershelf and re-read every so often. Picking it up again to review was like a walk down memory lane and made me fall in love all over again. I am so excited to see that Laurie McBain’s books are being offered by Sourcebooks so that readers who have never read Chance the Winds of Fortune will have the chance to enjoy it as much as I do!

THE BEDDING PROPOSAL by Tracy Anne Warren

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THE BEDDING PROPOSAL by Tracy Anne WarrenThe Bedding Proposal by Tracy Anne Warren
Series: The Rakes of Cavendish Square #1
Published by Signet Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyVanessa

Leo Byron is bored with his life. Looking for a more challenging female, he spots the social outcast Thalia Lennox across the room.  Despite the warning of his twin brother about the notorious divorcee, Leo sets out on his course to woo the tempting Lady.

Lady Thalia Lennox has been badly burned by the ton that she once belonged to.  Wanting only to maintain a spot on the fringes of polite society, Thalia does not relish the thought of getting into the thick of things with a playboy who is adamant in his pursuit of her.  However, as Leo continues to doggedly pursue Thalia, she soon finds herself enmeshed upon a new path, and the possibility of some things from the past coming to light may just give her and Leo the HEA they both deserve.

The Bedding Proposal is a charming historical tale that brought to light some of the difficulties women of that time faced.  I liked that Leo wasn’t put off by the scandal that followed Thalia around in The Bedding Proposal, and I found his pursuit of her rather endearing.  As is common in most romance novels, Leo didn’t start out with the best of intentions, but he ended up with more than he bargained for in The Bedding Proposal.  Despite the fact that things were tidied up rather nicely in The Bedding Proposal for Leo and Thalia, I still enjoyed their tale.

THE EARL I ADORE by Erin Knightley

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THE EARL I ADORE by Erin KnightleyThe Earl I Adore by Erin Knightley
Series: Prelude to a Kiss #2
Published by Signet Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyVanessa

Sophie’s older sister has eloped for true love.  However, this presents a quandary for ever-positive Sophie: marry in haste or face a life alone with a damaged reputation.  Setting her sights on the man she thinks she can love, Sophie embarks upon her journey to HEA.

John “Evan” Fairfax, Earl of Evansleigh, has no idea that Sophie has matrimony plans for him.  He never intended to lead Sophie on, and issues in his family prevent him from promising a HEA to any woman let alone Sophie.  Soon one thing leads to another and despite his best intentions, it appears that they may have to give up their dreams of a HEA, unless fate can intervene.

The Earl I Adore was a nice entry into the romance genre.   Sophie and Evan were likable characters who took the time to actually spend some time together in The Earl I Adore.  However, I found the beginning quite tedious and couldn’t really get into the story.  Discovering Evan’s secret felt anticlimactic, but I was glad that things could work out for them.

THE HIGHLANDER TAKES A BRIDE by Lynsay Sands

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ONLY A PROMISE by Mary Balogh

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MIRAGE by Monica Burns

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THE BUTCHER AND THE BEAST by Sean Michael

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THE DUKE’S GUIDE TO CORRECT BEHAVIOR by Megan Frampton

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CATCH A FALLING HEIRESS by Laura Lee Guhrke

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THE DUKE’S DILEMMA by Grace Burrowes

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FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE by Eloisa James

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THE WARLORD’S WIFE by Sandra Lake

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IN THE HANDS OF THE OUTLAW by Renee LaRuse

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CROSSING OVER by Christopher Riley

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THE PILLAR by Kim Fielding

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THE WICKEDEST LORD ALIVE by Christina Brooke

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DESIRE BY BLOOD by Melissa Schroeder

DESIRE BY BLOOD by Melissa Schroeder

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A GENTLEMAN TIL’ MIDNIGHT by Alison DeLaine

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