Genre: Historical

HEART OF A HUNTER by Lara Adrian

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HEART OF A HUNTER by Lara AdrianHeart of a Hunter by Lara Adrian
Series: Dragon Chalice #1
Published by Self Published Genres: Historical, Paranormal
ReviewedbyMiranda

If the pieces of The Dragon Chalice are united the world will be finished. The duty to protect the Chalice has fallen to a trusted few. Will they prevail or will evil reign?

Ariana of Clairmont is on a mission to save her beloved brother. She knows she is entering dangerous territory but she must save the only family she has left. Ariana hits the first bump in the road when a nefarious man attempts to kidnap her. Thankfully, a man comes to her rescue. Too bad the brute has such an attitude.

Braedon le Chasseur is known as the hunter. He has the gift of finding things. When he comes across a woman in danger he rescues her but he is unable to let her go forward in her journey when he knows she will end up dead. Braedon is haunted by his past and refuses to get close to the beautiful woman he has decided to protect.

Will Ariana and Braedon be able to deny the feelings between them forever? Can they save her brother from people holding him? And more importantly can they keep The Dragon Chalice out of evil hands?

Lara Adrian’s Heart of the Hunter features a thrilling plot with exciting action and fiery passion. Ariana and Braedon are addictive. You can’t miss the heat between these two. Ariana’s fierce determination drives this novel. I love it when she stands up to Braedon. Of course, he is right about the danger to her but she will not be deterred from saving her brother. Braedon’s character is so complex and interesting. He has been through so much the emotion in him is palpable. Ariana is a natural healer and she is the perfect person to heal Braedon’s heart. Heart of the Hunter is full of great scenes between these two. This historical is fast-paced and teeming with inspiring romance.

PERSUASION by Brenda Joyce

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PERSUASION by Brenda JoycePersuasion by Brenda Joyce
Series: Spymaster's Men #2
Published by HQN Books Genres: Historical, Suspense
ReviewedbyMiranda

British spy Simon Greenville, The Earl of St. Jude is walking a fine and dangerous line. His spying on the French led him to a cell but he miraculously convinced his keepers that he can spy for them. Simon must figure out how to get out of this perilous situation but first he must deal with the death of his wife and find someone to take care of his children.

Amelia Greystone may not be completely over the romance she had with the Earl of St. Just ten years ago. She thought she was but seeing him at his wife’s funeral cracked open her resolve. However, Amelia is willing to put her feelings aside for the sake of Simon’s beautiful children. They need someone to take care of them and she is the woman for the job.

Simon hires Amelia to take care of his children even though he knows he will be putting her in danger. There is something about Amelia that gives Simon peace and hope and he needs that right now more than ever. But will Simon be able to protect Amelia and his children from the danger that is stalking him?

Brenda Joyce’s Persuasion is a thrilling romance filled with high emotion and intrigue. Persuasion opens fast out of the gate sucking the reader in with its dramatic story and romantic tension. Amelia and Simon make a great couple. Both characters are strong and in need of some happiness. I love Amelia’s relationship with Simon’s children it is so sweet and precious. There is a whole secondary plotline surrounding the children that I just loved but I don’t want to spoil it for the reader!

Ms. Joyce continues the excellent Spymaster’s Men series with Persuasion. There is a lot of spying going on and we learn more about the Spymaster himself. I love that we get to see what is going on now with Amelia’s sister Julianne and her husband Dominic. It is also exciting to learn more about the Greystone men. I look forward to reading their stories!

If you’re a fan of spy thrillers you don’t want to miss Persuasion because it has all the excitement you need and even gives the reader one heck of a great romance as well!

**2012 Review**

FRENCH WAR BRIDE by Robin Wells

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FRENCH WAR BRIDE by Robin WellsThe French War Bride by Robin Wells
Series: Wedding Tree
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyMelissa

Amelie O’Connor is 93 and living in an assisted living center when she gets a surprise. She receives a visitor she never expected, the ex-fiancé of her late husband. Amelie was a “war bride” who came back with Jack from France, even though he was already engaged to Kat. After all these years, Kat finally wants the truth about what happened with Amelie and Jack. Amelie finally tells Kat the truth of what happened during the horrendous years of World War 2 when the Nazi’s occupied France and how she and Jack fell in love.

 

I have to admit, this review for The French War Bride was hard to write but not as conflicting as book was to read.  I both liked and disliked Amelie at different times.  I couldn’t quite warm up to her relationship with Jack due to her constant deception. I could understand the reason why she was deceptive.  However, I was also left feeling as though the author had made Kat a thoroughly unlikable person to justify Jack and Amelie’s actions.  While having given both Jack and Amelie shades of gray, the author seemed to make Kat a one- dimensional character.  I’ve read many books by Robin Wells and truly enjoyed them so I have to admit I was shocked to find myself so dissatisfied with this one.  But I think there will be those for who this book hits the right spot but it wasn’t my cup of tea.

MARRYING WINTERBORNE by Lisa Kleypas

MARRYING WINTERBORNE by Lisa Kleypas

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MARRYING WINTERBORNE by Lisa KleypasMarrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas
Published by Avon Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyMelissa

Before I say anything about the storyline let me get this out of the way *SQUEAL!!!!!* A new historical romance from Lisa Kleypas!!!!!!!!!

 

Rhys Winterborne has money and success. He can pretty much have whatever he wants. That is, until he meets Lady Helen Ravenel. She’s everything Rhy’s isn’t, shy, innocent and he’s determined to do whatever it takes to possess her. Even if that means compromising her to ensure she marries him. Helen knows that Rhys is beyond anything she’s experienced before. But that doesn’t stop her from falling for him.  But when unexpected issues from the past come back and try to come against them can they survive and have a future together?

 

When I first saw that Lisa Kleypas had a new historical available, I was so excited. I’ve loved her Travis series but have to admit I have missed reading her historicals. I wasn’t disappointed! Marrying Winterborne is everything that I have come to expect and love from Lisa Kleypas. Enthralling and sexy, this one will definitely be re-read many times!!

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO SCANDAL by Kathleen Kimmel

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A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO SCANDAL by Kathleen KimmelA Gentleman's Guide to Scandal by Kathleen Kimmel
Series: Birch Hall Romance
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyMelissa

Colin Spencer, Marquess of Farleigh, can’t believe it when he finds himself having feelings for his best friend’s little sister. So much so that he quickly enters into an agreement for marriage. Elinor Hargrove is determined to keep her feelings for Colin under wraps. But when he kisses her, twice, she finds she can’t. That’s why the discovery that he is engaged is so devastating and infuriating! However, when danger from the past comes into their life, they are forced together. Can they find their way to each other and what about Colin’s engagement?

 

I’ve never read Kathleen Kimmel before and I did enjoy A Gentleman’s Guide to Scandal. However I have to admit, at times I felt extreme frustration with both Colin and Elinor. So much so, that it took some of the enjoyment out of the book. It just seemed to me that they both tried too hard to not be together and had no reason that justified the extremes. I certainly won’t hesitate to pick up another book by Kathleen Kimmel in hopes I’ll fall in love with the characters.

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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I MARRIED THE DUKE by Katharine Ashe

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FORBIDDEN by Beverly Jenkins

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MASTERING LOVE by Morticia Knight

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DARK BEFORE THE RISING SUN by Laurie McBain

DARK BEFORE THE RISING SUN by Laurie McBain

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CHANCE THE WINDS OF FORTUNE by Laurie McBain

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THE BEDDING PROPOSAL by Tracy Anne Warren

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THE EARL I ADORE by Erin Knightley

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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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