Who Wants to Marry a Duke – Sabrina Jeffries

Welcome back everyone, I’ve got a bunch of reviews over the coming weeks that I’m really excited to bring to you. It’s been a bit touch and go being able to get them all read in time but I think I’m getting there!

Returning to the Dukes Dynasty we’re on another murder mystery with just as much action as the previous books. If anything, I feel like it got amped up a little!

Olivia’s confidence in her skills amazed me given this book is a regency romance and women didn’t have many career choices. And yet she’s not comfortable moving around society like most of the women in regency romances.

Although Thorn is made out to be a bit of an arrogant rake, we know from the first two books that he’s more than he seems. As Olivia and Thorn work together we see more aspects of both their personalities coming out that, usually, complement each other quite well.

Roughly the first half of the book focuses on the romance, then as things escalate it twists into more of a murder mystery that happens to have some romance spattered in. Normally I’d find this change frustrating, but since we’re now three books into the series it’s good to see the wider story develop.

I can’t wait to find out more with Sheridan when the next book comes out next year. I really need to know who did it!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Friday I’ll be reviewing Lost Time and Dead Time by D.L. Orton.

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The Return of the Disappearing Duke – Lara Temple

Welcome back everyone, you know that feeling when you start a book and realise it’s a sequel, yet can’t figure out to what? Yea I had that with this one.

Within like 2 pages I knew this was a sequel to another book I’d read. Yet when I looked through all of Lara Temple’s books on Goodread’s that I’ve read I should figure it out based on the series names.

After a quick email to Rachel I figured it follows the Sinful Sinclairs but I’m still not sure if it’s meant to be part of that series or not since there was barely a Sinclair in this one.

If you are a fan of reading a series books in order you’ll find this one slightly annoying since most of it is set before The Lord’s Inconvenient Vow, yet if you tried to read this first you’d just spoil some of the good things in that. So please don’t read this one first!

The way Cleo is treated by others and how she acts in response felt authentic to me, mostly because she often pretends to be a man in order to go about doing things that women can’t otherwise do. She even made a comment about how much easier it is to be a man. A sentiment I don’t think has changed too much in all these years for many women.

The slow development between them was such a bonus. It wasn’t something that happened too quickly, they respected when the other didn’t feel the same. I mean, Rafe was in touch with his emotions enough to actually clear up the misunderstanding between them!

That is a rare man that can do that without even realising it!

I loved every minute of this book and easily finished it within a few days.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Friday I’ll be reviewing Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters. Continue to read further down to find out about the author and any extra giveaways available.

Author Bio

Lara Temple writes strong and sensual Regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion. She lives with her husband, two children, and one very fluffy dog and they are all very understanding about her taking over the kitchen table so she can look out over the garden as she writes and dreams up her Happy Ever Afters.

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The Bachelor – Sabrina Jeffries

Welcome back everyone, I’ve been looking forward to reading today’s book since like, July last year. Since its release date is next week, I thought this would be a great way to break up all those tours for you!

I read the first book in the series, Project Duchess, in July 2019 and stumbled across the sequel on NetGalley available for request. Obviously, I asked for it and, luckily, was approved! YAY!

Given the time this series is set in I was a little confused as to why the cover art had the heroine holding a bow and arrow. After finishing the book, I can now see the clever use of one tiny part of the story to create that image. Genius!

Since it’s been ages since I read the first book, I struggled to remember what had happened to understand what some of the references were to. After a little bit I managed to remember the gist and remembered more as more bits and pieces were hinted at. I recommend re-reading the first book if you’re wanting to read this one to refresh your memory. Especially because this book continues some key aspects from that book.

Like with Project Duchess I found myself wrapped up in both the action and the romance. It felt like the pace alternated from slow, methodical and filled with anticipation to fast and suspense driven. Normally I’m not a fan of this, yet it worked really well to keep the story moving at a good pace without dragging on too much while still giving us the details we needed to truly enjoy the story.

Some of the emotional issues Sabrina raises between Gwyn and Joshua truly surprised me. Some of them I could understand, while others confused me. Given the age I don’t understand why one of them thought something was so uncommon. I thought people of that time spoke about those things more openly than we have tended to in the past 100 years or so. I’m struggling to explain this without ruining that little tid-bit. And I really don’t want to spoil that for you, coz it’s a pretty major part of the story.

With the way the story ended I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next instalment. Fingers cross I won’t have to wait TOO long for it since it’s scheduled for release in August.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Wednesday I’ll be reviewing Erotic Fiction? by Hannah Lynn.

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Lilian and the Irresistible Duke – Virginia Heath

Welcome back everyone, I know I did the Wrap Up with this review still to come. But I have another review tomorrow, so I wanted to get it out without releasing stuff four days in a row. You know, give you guys a chance to see everything without it being overwhelming!

I’m not sure if I read the blurb of Miss Amelia’s Mistletoe Marquees before Jenni sent me a copy to review. Since I’ve loved everything of hers, I may have just assumed I’d like it and said I’d review her book. If I did happen to read the blurb, I’d totally forgotten about it when I signed up for today’s review.

So when I read the first like, 2 pages, of this book I instantly realised it was a sequel to Miss Amelia’s Mistletoe Marquees and then promptly realised that the series was one of a few I’ve noticed in the past few months where different authors write one book each in the series so they can be released quickly. Does anyone know where this trend is coming from? Coz I’m curious!

The consistency of the character’s personalities across multiple authors was amazing. The fact that Lillian and Millie are quite similar was great. I’m assuming a lot of work had to go into getting these kinds of facts aligning, but I’m so glad they took the time to do it!

For those that are reading multiple books in the series this means a lot. While also allowing each character to have their own unique voice and style as each book is written by someone new. Rather than feeling weird that the writing style was a bit different it was great!

It allowed me to focus more on the story I was reading rather than why they felt too different, or too similar. And I was definitely engrossed in the story! Damn all those times I had to stop reading to get off a plane, to get ready for my new puppy and to have to go to the gym. Those times sucked!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, as I said I have another review tomorrow for Getting Dirty by Rachael Stewart. Continue to read further down to find out about the author and any extra giveaways available.

Author Bio

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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Forbidden – Tracey Cooper-Posey and Julia Templeton

Welcome back everyone, I’m breaking up my Rach Random Resources tours with this review since I know I won’t be able to bring you another review from my own library until mid-March.

I pulled this one out of my TBR thinking I was being so clever knocking off the last of my Aussie author challenge in 2019. Only to remember ¼ of the way into it that I needed to read a book from a male author, and this one is by two females. One of which is half Australia and half Canadian. Somehow, I don’t think I was ever going to have a chance of using this for an Aussie author challenge!

After realising that, I figured I’d read this as just a book to enjoy. And I did enjoy it. I figured I should share my thoughts with you to give you a break from tours!

Now I’m sitting here trying to think straight after a day of mindless writing (creating feedback and fixing closed captioning on a training session I ran and recorded) looking ahead to a VERY stressful weekend (I need to evaluate data and write it up and submit it within 48 hours 😐 save me now…) so I may need to come back and edit this review later to make it make sense.

Ok! Well. This story is essentially a stepson falling in love with his step-mum and them ending up together. Vaughn is set on revenge against his father while Elisa just wants her son back. Nothing could possibly go wrong right?

Well, as an erotica I found it quite light on until maybe the last third of the book? Before then it was more suggestive, basic quick foreplay kinda stuff to build the tension and need. That last third though took off and it did feel like they were a bit rabbit like. But more because it’s an erotica and so skips some of the storytelling that a you’d expect in a romance.

There is character development, which I think a lot of people miss with erotica’s. That development is tied up in more base emotions than true romances, so I feel like people mistake it for something else.

The struggle that Vaughn and Elisa fight have more to do with their responses to each other and their emotional ties than anything else. You see this in the times Elisa takes control and really shows Vaugh who she is, what she will and won’t accept and stands up to the horrible attitudes of the woman of that time.

I found myself really enjoying this story and wished for more at the end. Yes, a little bit more editing could happen to fix a couple of typos/grammar errors. But overall, I had a really fun time reading this book this week!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, on Friday I’ll be reviving my series review with Chants to Persephone by Jennifer Macaire.

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Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley – Kelly Miller

Welcome back everyone, I’m continuing this week with another regency novel. This one is less of a romance than the Miss Amelia’s Mistletoe Marquis and more of a reflection on what’s important in life.

At the beginning of the book Kelly gives a brief introduction to the language she’s chosen to use for the book, great idea! By setting me up with the expectation that the language is going to be different to what I’m used to hearing every day I wasn’t shocked and the transition to comfortably reading it wasn’t too long.

Based on my limited knowledge of the original Pride and Prejudice, which this is meant to be a continuation of, I’m assuming the choice of language was deliberate to ensure it remained as true to the original story as possible.

Given the blurb I was expecting Darcy to have a kind of three ghosts of Christmas experience. Yet Kelly surprised me by having the angel of death be surprisingly human and compassionate. By bringing more characters than just Darcy and Elizabeth into the fold Kelly was able to weave a story that reminded me of so many life lessons. The type that most people can only learn through experience.

By incorporating a raft of characters into this story Kelly was able to include more life lessons and considerations than would’ve been possible with just Darcy and Elizabeth. It felt so well done without being over the top that it really worked.

The key themes I felt expressed throughout were those of love, acceptance, forgiveness, thinking before acting and their impacts on others when either displayed, or not displayed. The little twist at the end was such a sweet touch that left me feeling really happy with how everything was left.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Monday I’ll be reviewing The Cake Fairies by Isabella May. Continue to read further down to find out about the author.

Author Bio

Historical fiction author Kelly Miller discovered writing late in life, but it has quickly become a favorite pastime. When not pondering a plot point or a turn of phrase, she may be found playing the piano, singing, reading, or walking. Kelly Miller resides in Silicon Valley with her husband, daughter, and their many pets.

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Miss Amelia’s Mistletoe Marquess – Jenni Fletcher

Welcome back everyone, I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year break. I know I’ve released a few posts, but this is my first review in TWO WEEKS!

You might have seen that I read this as part of the Reindeer Readathon, that’s because I like to try and read books at least 4 weeks in advance of the review date so I don’t have to stress. Because we all have too much stress in our lives to begin with.

I read this entirely at home (except for the day I finished it, I will admit I took it to work with me that day) because it was a physical ARC (thank you Jenni Fletcher for shipping this to me!) and I hate bringing books to work with me because I inevitably damage them. Yet when I got to the last portion of the book (and I’d just finished another book on my Kindle) I knew I had to bring it in with me.

Whenever I was away from this book, I was thinking about what was happening between Amelia and Cassius. How were they reacting to each other, what were they going to do next, what could happen now since they’re married, and I’ve got a good portion of the book to go? Etc etc etc.

Given it was set at Christmas time I was obviously going to love that aspect of the book. Yet there were some very modern issues of depression and self-worth that were openly discussed and explored. Not only did the characters discuss these issues (maybe not in those terms, but they did) they also coloured all their actions and interactions.

It was fascinating to me seeing such a “modern” thing as mental health be addressed headfirst in a setting where I wasn’t expecting it. Because of this I got the sense that Jenni was trying to say that mental health has always been an issue. Just maybe not talked about in the same was that we talk about it now.

I read this as a standalone, and it can be read as a standalone, but I’ve just (as I’m writing this review) discovered that it’s part of a trilogy that’s been written by 3 different authors! I know I keep coming back to Jenni’s work, but I might consider getting the others to see how their stories play out!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, on Friday I’m reviewing Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley by Kelly Miller.

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A Lord’s Inconvenient Vow – Lara Temple

Welcome back everyone, after finishing up another month we have just two more left to the year. What a year it’s been! I’m pretty sure this is one of the last, if not the last, regency/historical romance I’ll read this year.

Unless of course I give in to my cravings and read another one anyway!

I’ve read a couple of Lara Temple books since I first started blogging, unfortunately I missed out on the second book of this series. Which I think contributed to me finding it hard to connect the first book, The Earl’s Irresistible Challenge, to this story.

I found myself constantly looking back and trying to remember if the first book mentioned a little sister. If it mentioned time in Egypt. If it mentioned the family dynamic. Because I honestly couldn’t remember it.

In typical Lara Temple style, I found myself drawn into the characters. Although there were a few concerns about how quickly they got together, how they reunited etc that really bugged me. I was completely drawn into the adventure of the story.

Yet I was still left lacking in the emotional build up. Yes, I got the connection and the drama. But it’s not the same as the build up over several chapters. If not, most of a book.

Yes, of course the HEA ending really did suck me in But I felt like I was missing a little something in the meantime.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, next week I will be reviewing A Christmas Kiss by Eliza J Scott. Continue to read further down to find out about the author and any extra giveaways available.

Author Bio

Lara Temple writes regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion.

After moving around the world as a financial analyst she returned to her childhood love of making up stories, and was surprised to discover that other people don’t mind reading them. She lives with her husband, two children, and Lord Oscar the pooch who are all very forgiving about her taking over the kitchen table when she’s writing.

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Project Duchess – Sabrina Jeffries

Welcome back everyone, after reviewing Zoe Ann Wood’s first sweet romance I’m on to my first approved NetGalley review! Which means I need to tell you that I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review (I always give honest reviews but I don’t want to get in trouble for not explicitly saying this).

I’m pretty excited about this one because it’s the first one I requested to read and got approved for. The other’s I’ve requested I got rejected for, so this feels like a milestone for me. And the story was a pretty good milestone one as well. It would’ve sucked if my first approved book wasn’t great.

Luckily it was good!

A scoundrel who isn’t a scoundrel. An innocent who isn’t so innocent. A murder that’s possibly not a murder. There were a few different layers to this book that I found really engaging. Although there were a couple of moments where I wasn’t sure which story was meant to be more prominent. The romance or the murder?

The story is written in third person from either Grey’s or Beatrice’s point of view. However, there were a few points where we seemed to shift mid chapter. Mostly it only switched characters at the end of a chapter. Or if it did change mid-way through there was an obvious break in the chapter to show the change. Which made it a bit weird when it swapped part way through.

I quite liked this, but for those wanting a pure romance, you should be prepared for the murder investigation aspect. Unfortunately, I was left hanging at the end. I didn’t get the closure I wanted as to who murdered who and why.

On the romance front, however. The ending was very satisfying. So much so that I’ve gotten a copy of the sequel which is due for release in February 2020. So make sure you come back to find out if that carries as well!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, on Monday I will be reviewing When you were Mine by Lisa Swift.

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