Genre: Historical

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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SINFUL SCOTTISH LAIRD by Julia LondonSinful Scottish Laird by Julia London
Series: Highland Grooms #2
Published by HQN Books Genres: Historical

English widow Daisy Bristol, Lady Chadwick is in an untenable situation.  Per her Husband’s will she must remarry within three years of his death or forfeit her son’s inheritance.  As the deadline quickly approaches Daisy takes her family and flees to a hunting lodge in Scotland to avoid the fortune hunters vying for her hand in marriage and to wait for the possible return of her once love, Captain Robert Spivy.  She had no idea what she would find when she arrived or how it would change her life.  But will it change her for the better?

 

Cailean Mackenzie of Arrondale is satisfied to lead his life alone as Laird of his land and as a smuggler.  Cailean’s heart was broken long ago by an English woman and he has no intention of ever letting another woman rule his heart. However, he never counted on the vivacious woman that would plant herself in his life with her bold and sexy demeanor.

 

Daisy is eager to oversee her life but the world seems to be against her.  Therefore, she is determined to have fun while visiting the Highlands and Cailean is exactly the man she would like to play with. He is determined to deny her regardless of the feelings she stirs within.

 

Will Daisy’s long lost love come and rescue her from her predicament or will her season of freedom end with a forced marriage to a stranger?  Find out what happens when this Sinful Scottish Laird faces one determined English Lady.

 

Julia London’s Sinful Scottish Laird hits all the right spots.

 

Sinful Scottish Laird features fascinating characters, intense sexual tension and one hell of a story.  Historicals are not usually my first choice but I simply cannot resist the men of the Highlands.  Ms. London does an amazing job of taking the reader into the highlands.  The world building in Sinful Scottish Laird is superb.  I could picture it all in my mind and I wanted to go and see it for myself.  I wouldn’t mind running into a man like Cailean either.  While that seems rather unlikely to happen I must live vicariously through Ms. London’s characters.

 

My heart went out to Daisy and the situation she faces.  I could feel her pain and frustration as I sped through the pages.  When she lays eyes on Cailean the first time the attraction is powerful.  Cailean is dealing with his own inner demons when it comes to trusting women.  He is baffled by the boldness Daisy exhibits toward him and does everything he can to ignore her.  Their bickering is simply hilarious and adorable.  I could not get enough of it. They made me laugh out loud so many times!

 

Cailean may be sexy as SIN but he melted my heart with his kindness towards Daisy’s son Ellis.  I was expecting more intrigue as Captain Robert Spivey entered the picture.  I was disappointed a bit but the rest of the novel exceeds expectations making Sinful Scottish Laird a Joyfully Recommended Read for February.

 

Sinful Scottish Laird is a romance you will not soon forget.  This sexy couple will sweep you off your feet and have you racing through the pages to discover if they find their happily ever after. Ms. London gives us a remarkable read with Sinful Scottish Laird.  I cannot wait to take my next trip to the Highlands when Cailean’s brother Rabbie discovers love in Hard-Headed Highlander.

 

WHEN A MARQUESS LOVES A WOMAN by Vivienne Lorret

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WHEN A MARQUESS LOVES A WOMAN by Vivienne LorretWhen a Marquess Loves a Woman by Vivienne Lorret
Series: Season's Original #3
Published by Avon Genres: Historical


 

I first fell in love with Vivienne Lorret’s writing in the previous book in the Season’s Original series, This Earl is on Fire and I have been hooked ever since. Ms. Lorret’s characters are full of wit that keeps me wanting to devour each and every story over and over again.

 

When a Marquess Loves a Woman is the third book in the Season’s Original series and it’s Max and Juliet’s story. Five years ago Max had his eye on Juliet but with her set to become that Seasons Original she could have picked any man to marry, but when she lost out to another woman, Bram, Max’s brother choose her instead. After being devastated by the news she ends up sharing a kiss with Max before Bram’s engagement announcement. Max offers to marry Juliet but her father isn’t too happy and needs some time to cool down. The next day when Max returns Juliet is gone and he finds out she is to be married to another.

 

Now five years later Max is still heartbroken and is shocked that Juliet has moved back to London. Juliet wants to buy the house she grew up in but Max isn’t going to make it easy even after all this time. Max and Juliet set a wager in guessing who this season’s original will be. Will Max win and be finally happy if Juliet moves away again or will Juliet win and finally get the house?

When a Marquess Loves a Woman was an enjoyable read that kept me guessing how it would turn out in the end and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. It took me a few chapters to really get into the characters unlike the pervious book, but I still couldn’t resist their pull to one another. Once I could see that the love was still there even though Max was trying to deny it I ended up having high hopes for this couple and Ms. Lorret delivered.

When a Marquess Loves a Woman made me laugh, cry and root for this couple. Since I haven’t read much of Ms. Lorret’s work I know that I will be definitely looking forward to read more. If you are looking for a historical romance that will not only have you swooning but also believing in second chances you won’t want to miss When a Marquess Loves a Woman.

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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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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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

FORBIDDEN by Beverly Jenkins

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