Genre: Historical

THE SCOT’S BRIDE by Paula Quinn

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THE SCOT’S BRIDE by Paula QuinnThe Scot's Bride by Paula Quinn
Published by Forever Genres: Historical, Scottish


 

 

Patrick MacGregor is a rogue.  He’s uninterested in commitment of any kind especially marriage.  He’s traveling to see his family when he’s sidetrack by a beautiful fairy.

Charlotte “Charlie” Cunningham spends most of her days finding ways to escape her father’s tyranny.  She wants to find a cure for her sister’s mysterious disease then take her far away from her murdering family.

Charlie and Patrick make an adorable twosome.  Neither is eager to be trapped by a marriage.  The love of Charlie’s life was murdered and the thought of being with someone else disturbs her.

The Scot’s Bride is a sweet and thrilling read.  There are many great moments throughout the novel.  Charlie is a strong character.  I loved her tenacity.  She’s smart, brave and she turns Patrick’s life upside down.

Patrick doesn’t want to be attracted to the sassy Charlie but one look at her and he’s smitten.

Patrick and Charlie have a lot of obstacles in their way.  It’s exciting overcoming them with the couple.  The Scot’s Bride is a magical romance that will leave you smiling.

DEVIL IN SPRING by Lisa Kleypas

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DEVIL IN SPRING by Lisa KleypasDevil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Ravenels #3
Published by HarperCollins Genres: Historical


 

Lady Pandora Ravenel doesn’t wish to be like other ladies of the ton.  Pandora would prefer to make a name and a go at her board game business, making her own money, and not being dependent on a man.  She wishes to work!

Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, is a rake that every debutante would like to ensnare, however he has managed to avoid that trap until he stumbles upon Pandora.  After “compromising” Pandora, Gabriel is forced to offer for her, but her family isn’t the typical family of the times, and she is allowed to make a choice. Gabriel must pull out the stops to ensnare Pandora or let her walk away.

Devil in Spring was a sweet story with a bit of suspense tossed in towards the end.  I really enjoyed Gabriel, but I couldn’t quite understand Pandora’s originality in the context of the tale.  It seemed that Devil in Spring took a contemporary female protagonist and mixed her up with a historical male figure.  I felt that some things could’ve been fleshed out a bit more in Devil in Spring, as well.  Pandora was a likeable character, but Gabriel was the best part of Devil in Spring, however his proclivities could have stood a bit more exploration, maybe more showing and less telling.  The supporting characters lend a bit more to the story, but some weren’t too deep and could’ve been more rounded in Devil in Spring.  In the end, Devil in Spring, is a cute light romance to cut your teeth on, but one would expect a bit more from such a seasoned writer as Lisa Kleypas.

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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WHEN A MARQUESS LOVES A WOMAN by Vivienne Lorret

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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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