Review : The Best of Both Rogues by Samantha Grace

My Rating : 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The worst thing Mr. Benjamin Hillary ever did was leave his bride-to-be on their wedding day. After two long years abroad, Ben finds Eve every bit as captivating as she was the first time he saw her, and he vows to set things right.

Lady Eve Thorne has a new man in her life, and Ben is nothing but trouble. She is no longer a starry-eyed young woman, and now that he’s back, he can go hang for all she cares. At least that’s what she keeps telling herself… 

I found the premise a bit different from most of the Regency romances I read, and it was quite a nice change.

A little melodramatic, whimsical and fun, I absolutely enjoyed the ride. There were some instances (read: people) I wanted to slap at times, and others when I wanted to hug them senseless.

I loved the flow of the story and the witty remarks thrown all around, and I definitely recommend this book to read at least once!

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Review : Never Resist a Rake by Mia Marlowe

Just finished Never Resist a Rake, and omg! It was so cute!

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Can he fool his new family?
John Fitzhugh Barrett, surprised to learn he is heir to a marquessate, is determined his new status won’t mean giving up his freedom. But as families from all over England descend upon Somerfield Park for the shooting season, their unmarried daughters are lining up to bag the newest trophy buck-him.
Or is he only fooling himself?
John’s instinct for self-preservation inspires him to divide his attentions between a scandalous young widow, and the safely ineligible Rebecca Kearsey, daughter of a destitute baron.
The charade gives John the illusion of controlling the game but when he loses his heart to the beautiful Rebecca, all bets are off.

The story by itself was simple, but well-crafted. A very nice take on how the 100,000 normal residents of London viewed the Upper 800/900 during the regency era.

John, our hero grows a lot through the book, and so do the others, especially the grandmother 😉 I also really enjoyed having the servants’ views interspersed throughout.

I didn’t particularly enjoy the fact that some of the scenes were quite abrupt, and the stories of quite a few characters were ended vaguely. Now, I don’t know if this was done purposely, so that the stories could continue in the sequels, or was an editing error, or was simply not regarded as important enough, but I didn’t like that. 

But at the end, I must say I’m satisfied enough that I’ll definitely be picking up the next books😃

Review: The Beautiful One by Emily Greenwood

Release date : June 1, 2015

Reviewed for NetGalley SourceBooks Casablanca 

Blurb:

The first book in a delightfully scandalous new Regency romance series from blossoming author Emily Greenwood…

Tomboy Anna Black has no idea how a book containing nude drawings of her is traveling around town. Everyone’s calling the woman in the drawings the “Beautiful One,” but Anna knows that if her true identity is revealed, she’ll be ruined. To escape scandal, she becomes a temporary companion to the outrageous teenage ward of Will Halifax, Viscount Grandville.

Will wants nothing but to be left alone. When cheeky Anna unexpectedly arrives with his scandalous ward, suddenly he has two intolerable women filling up his once-quiet manor. But as Anna’s charms begin to soften Will’s hard exterior and uncover his shrouded heart, she hopes that love can fully blossom before her scandal erupts…

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Cute, typical stubborn protagonists, engaging side characters:)

The cover is absolutely gorgeous;)

While an adorable one-time read, this book does not make it to any of my favourite lists, just because it’s quite the same storyline as most other romances. The summary made me expect quite a bit, but I was disappointed that the full novel didn’t match up. Also the ending was quite abrupt and anticlimactic. 

I do have higher hopes for the next books in the series, though:)

Review: Night of the Highland Dragon by Isabel Cooper

Releasing on June 1, 2015!

Blurb:

Acclaimed author Isabel Cooper’s thrilling paranormal romance series continues with a sexy Highland dragon shapeshifter and an inquisitive hero…


William Arundell is a detective working for a secret branch of the English government. When a young man is found dead, William’s investigation leads him to a remote Highland village and the intoxicatingly beautiful lady who rules MacAlasdair Castle.

The charismatic Judith MacAlasdair is not what William expected. The only daughter in a long line of shape-changing dragons, Judith is wary of William and his unrelenting questions. However, when William’s investigation takes an interesting turn, they must put aside years of bad blood and a mutual distrust of outsiders to band together to save the British Islands from its deadliest foe… 

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Complete FIVE STARS!

Absolutely loved this book!

I really liked the fact that both the protagonists are mature and level-headed. These days, more often than not, we find flighty females with lofty dreams and broken/damaged men who only see light in the aforementioned flighty members of the fairer sex. So, it really was a good and refreshing change to read about more staid people. 

Really looking forward to the other books in the series:)

Check it out : The Duke’s Disaster by Grace Burrowes😊

Title: The Duke’s Disaster

Author: Grace Burrowes

Release Date: April 7, 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Genre: Historical Romance

 

Summary

Noah Winters, Duke of Anselm, exercises the pragmatism for which he’s infamous when his preferred choice of bride cries off, and her companion, Lady Thea Collins, becomes his next choice for his duchess. Lady Thea’s mature, sensible and even rather attractive-what could possibly go wrong?

As a lady fallen on hard times, Thea doesn’t expect tender sentiments from His Grace, but she does wish Noah had courted her trust, lest her past turn their hastily arranged marriage into a life of shared regrets. Is His Grace courting a convenient wife, or a beautiful disaster?

Excerpt

 

The Duke and Duchess are having a rocky start to their marriage, also to their day…

 

“Your tea, Duchess.”

 

Noah had woken up beside his wife—again, despite all plans to the contrary—creating another first for him. Thea had risen several times during the night to tend to herself. He hadn’t realized that monthly courses caused a woman’s rest to be interrupted. 

 

Crashingly bad planning, for a lady’s sleep to be disturbed when she most needed rest.

 

“You’re not about to steal my tea?” Thea held out the cup, her gaze shy as she sat propped against the headboard.

 

“Where’s the fun in stealing what’s freely offered?” Noah settled in beside her and filched a bite of her cinnamon toast. “Would you rather have chocolate this morning?”

 

“Because?”

 

“You’re”— Noah waved a hand in the direction of her middle—“indisposed.”

 

“I am not indisposed.” Thea set her teacup down with a little clink. “The discomfort has passed, as it always does. You needn’t be concerned.”

 

“I am not concerned, Thea.” Not greatlyconcerned, now that she’d stopped ordering him to go away and was ready for a proper spat. “I am attempting in my bumbling way to dote. You will allow it.”

 

Drat. He’d given another order.

 

“You couldn’t bumble if one gave you written instructions, Anselm,” Thea said, looking a little less peaked for having run up her flags. “That was my toast you appropriated.”

 

“Appropriation is what happens when one’s wife can’t appreciate a little doting. You’re being stingy with the tea, just as you were stingy with the covers. How long does this indisposition last?” 

 

Her chin came up. “I am the Duchess of Anselm. I am not stingy with anything, but you are a very presuming husband.”

 

“Doting.” Noah took Thea’s free hand to kiss her knuckles— lest she mistake his point. “Also in need of my duchess’s guidance on this one marital matter.”

 

“This is so personal.” Thea’s gaze was on their joined hands— for Noah would not have her haring off in a fit of mortification. “I didn’t think you’d be a personal sort of husband. You were supposed to appear in my dressing-room doorway a few nights a month, silently take a few marital liberties, and then leave me in peace. We’d trade sections of the Times over breakfast the next morning.”

 

“Prosaic.” Boring and exactly what Noah himself had envisioned. “Hard to see any doting going on, though.”

 

“Husband?” Thea’s tone was hesitant. “Thank you, for keeping me company last night. I would not have known how to ask.”

 

“I suppose that’s the definition of doting.” Noah lingered at the cart to assemble a plate. “It’s the little things you can’t bring yourself to ask for, that an attentive spouse will enjoy providing to you. Bacon or ham?”

 

“A little of both, please.”

 

“Feeling carnivorous?”

 

“I’m a trifle indisposed. I need the sustenance.”

 

Noah piled both ham and bacon on Thea’s plate, and stole better than half of it, because he needed the sustenance too.

 

Goodreads Link:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21996394-the-duke-s-disaster

 

Buy Links

 

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Author Biography

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s IndiscretionThe Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldierwas a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011,Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish won Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 from RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

 

Social Networking Links

 

Website: http://www.graceburrowes.com/  

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4152482.Grace_Burrowes

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grace-Burrowes/115039058572197

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Review : Bad Romeo by Leisa Reyvan

Loved the storyline, but I found the scenes a little too similarly repetitive.
Also, the narrative shifts multiple times from past to present and I felt there was way too much emphasis on the past. This would have made a great prequel!
What I really liked was the ability of the author to draw my interest and keep me reading long after I thought I would put it down.
Also, I felt that the end was really abrupt. Like, really, really abrupt.
Not too sure if I’m going to pick up the next book.

Review : Wicked My Love by Susanna Ives

I received an ARC copy of this book from SourceBooks and here is my review. This is the second book in the Wicked Little Secrets series, and will be released on March 3, 2015.

A smooth-talking rogue and a dowdy financial genius…

Handsome, silver-tongued politician Lord Randall doesn’t get along with his bank partner, the financially brilliant but hopelessly frumpish Isabella St. Vincent. Ever since she was his childhood nemesis, he’s tried—and failed—to get the better of her.

Make a perfectly wicked combination…

When both Randall’s political career and their mutual bank interests are threatened by scandal, he has to admit he needs Isabella’s help. They set off on a madcap scheme to set matters right. With her wits and his charm, what could possibly go wrong? Only a volatile mutual attraction that’s catching them completely off guard…

Five stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

OMG! I don’t know why I took so long to get to this book, but OMG!! I absolutely loved the storyline. The characters are so real and involving. And there is actually a really good background to the main theme, which is not often seen in historical romances.
Through some unfortunate (not soooo unfortunate 😉😉) circumstances, Isabella and Randall are forced to pretend to be a married couple. The hilarity that ensues is amazing😂
“When I said that part about sticking assets in other promising openings in the market, do you think that they thought that I was talking about…
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I loved how both Isabella and Randall grow as individuals and as a pair through the story. It really makes me want to read more from this author.
Big thumbs up:)