Genre: Historical

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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THE BEAST OF CLAN KINCAID by Lily BlackwoodThe Beast of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood
Series: Highland Warrior
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyMelissa

Since the murder of his parents all Niall Braewick has been waiting for is revenge. Now the time has finally arrived and he has positioned himself perfectly. He has been working towards this goal for a very long, becoming The Beast, a feared mercenary. He’s sold his sword to one of the very men he holds responsible for the crime, Laird MacClaren. Finally his revenge is in sight. Only one problem, MacClaren’s daughter Elspeth is making him want more than revenge. Elspeth has enough problems dealing with her witchy stepmother so finding herself drawn to a barbarian like Niall. But will their attraction to each other derail the plans Niall has made?

 

 

The Beast of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood is just what every historical romance lover is looking for.  Niall is looking for revenge not love and Elspeth is loyal to her father, which creates a tangle for both of them. The Beast of Clan Kincaid is sweet and exciting and Lily Blackwood has added herself to the list of historical authors I’ll be keeping my eye on!!

ONLY BELOVED by Mary Balogh

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ONLY BELOVED by Mary BaloghOnly Beloved by Mary Balogh
Series: Survivors' Club
Published by Signet Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyMelissa

George, Duke of Stanbrook is lonely. He’s never seriously considered remarrying until now but wants a companion. And there is only one lady who he can see as his wife. Dora Debbins gave up on the idea of being a wife a long time ago when family scandal left her caring for her younger sister. When George proposes, Dora is stunned but finds herself agreeing. What begins as a marriage for companionship becomes something more as George and Dora find themselves falling in love. But when an enemy from George’s past returns, determined to prevent George from being happy, can he protect the unexpected love he’s found?

 

I love Mary Balogh. I think I’ve read every book she’s ever written! Only Beloved is a wonderful addition to the stellar historical romances I’ve come to expect from Mary Balogh. George and Dora were characters that I enjoyed every minute I spent buried in the pages with. I know that this is one that will quickly find it’s way to my keepershelf!!

THE SECRETS OF SIR RICHARD KENWORTHY by Julia Quinn

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THE SECRETS OF SIR RICHARD KENWORTHY by Julia QuinnThe Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn
Series: Smythe-Smith #4
Published by Avon Genres: Historical
ReviewedbyShayna

Sir Richard Kenworthy needs to find a wife, and he needs to do it in less than a month.  Though he hopes to find someone he can have a decent life with, Richard knows he can’t be too picky.  Then he spots Iris Smythe-Smith trying to hide behind her cello at her family’s musicale and he knows he’s found the perfect woman to suit his plans.  Now if only he can get her to marry him quickly without asking too many questions…

 

Iris Smythe-Smith is no fool.  She knows Richard is hiding something, but for once she has met a man who not only sees her, he seems to actually like and understand her.  Still, after a lifetime of being overlooked she doesn’t quite trust his motives.  Then Richard forces them into a compromising position, and Iris has no choice but to marry him.  Though she doesn’t understand his actions, Iris truly believes she has a chance at happiness with her new husband.  Then Richard’s true reason for needing a wife comes to light, threatening to break their fragile bond forever…

 

Julia Quinn knows how to pen stories that are fun, charming, and impossible to put down.  The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy isn’t quite Ms. Quinn’s usual fare, but thanks to the author’s talent, the pages of the story do fly by.

 

Iris Smythe-Smith is a gem.  She’s a smart, quiet woman with a quick wit who generally blends into the background.  You want to see her shine and get the attention such a compelling heroine should get.  Simply put, Iris is easy to love.  She’s no saint, but that only makes her an even better heroine and it’s impossible not to root for her to get the love she deserves.  When Richard first courts her, even though you know it’s because he’s using her, the two of them are so delightful together it’s easy to be swept away by their banter.

 

However, some of the shine soon wears off of The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy, and that’s due to the hero.  All the internal flagellation in the world doesn’t make up for the fact that he locks in on Iris from the start in order to use her.  The ends may justify the means in his mind, but it won’t in anyone else’s.  His secret – the reason for him marrying Iris – seems pretty obvious from the start, and if this plotline hadn’t dragged on for so long, I might have liked Richard a lot more.  Ms. Quinn does a good job of showing that he isn’t a bad man, but that doesn’t make him a great hero.  And Iris really deserved a great hero.  I’m afraid I can’t say more about Richard without spoiling the story, so suffice it to say it would have been nice had there been a bit more to him that I could have latched on to so that his negative qualities (lying and manipulation) weren’t so stark.

 

It’s a testament to Ms. Quinn’s skill as a writer that even though I had issues with Richard I was entertained by The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy.  Ms. Quinn makes even the most serious of her books feel light on their feet and I devoured this story in one day.  Even though this is the final book in the Smythe-Smith quartet, I do hope that Ms. Quinn returns to the supporting characters one day, because after the all-too-brief appearances of the comical Winston Bevelstoke and the unicorn-obsessed Frances Pleinsworth, I am desperately hoping these two get books of their own.

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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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

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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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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