#BlogTour | Duke Darcy’s Castle (Dare To Defy #3) by Syrie James #DukeDarcysCastle #DareToDefySeries @SyrieJames @AvonImpulse @Austenprose

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Hello Sunshines, I hope you are all safe and well?! I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this wonderful blog tour for; Duke Darcy’s Castle, which is the third and final book in the Dare to Defy series by Syrie James. As always take a seat, grab a cuppa and enjoy!

Duke Darcy’s Castle by Syrie James

Series: Dare to Defy #3

Genre: Historical Romance

Lance Granville, the Tenth Duke of Darcy, was none too happy to give up his career in the Royal Navy to inherit the family title, complete with an ancient castle he needs to renovate. When an architect arrives on his doorstep, Darcy is astonished to discover that she’s a woman.

Kathryn Atherton has one goal: to become the first woman architect in Britain. Marriage doesn’t figure in her plans. Despite the odds, her schooling is behind her. Now she needs experience. When she’s sent to a small tidal island in Cornwall to remodel a castle, the last thing Kathryn wants is to be attracted to its roguishly handsome owner.

Kathryn is determined to keep things professional, but the sizzling attraction between her and the duke quickly blazes out of control. When Darcy learns that Kathryn is an heiress whose fortune would save St. Gabriel’s Mount, he wages the most important battle of his life: to woo and win the woman who’s captured his heart. But (in an homage to Austen), the Duke’s first proposal is so Darcyesque, he is refused. In any case, duchesses can’t be architects. And Kathryn has worked too long and too hard to give up her career for anyone ….




I have read so many great things about this authors works, yet this is the first of her books I have read which seems to be happening a lot lately, I can say for a fact that I am definitely going to grab the previous books from this series, in fact, I will be grabbing other books from this author when I can. I thoroughly loved her immersive, articulate, clever and hugely romantic writing.

As always I have started a series at the end, no change there and as always I seem to be playing catch up on what is going on in this series. I did hugely enjoy this but I do think that I should have read the previous books in the series first. Even though this is very much a stand-alone, I did have this feeling I had missed out on something by not getting to know the series and the characters before now. But saying that,! still hugely enjoyed it.

Gorgeous Captain Lancelot Granville – deep sigh! Has had to give up his much loved and hard-worked for career in the Royal Navy to claim the title of the Tenth Duke of Darcy – a nice hint to that famous hero 😉 to say that Lancelot isn’t happy about these turn of events is a nit of an understatement, but he is a dutiful man and he will always do what is right. What he didn’t count on that when he reaches the family seat he finds the castle in the midst of a renovation and a eye-watering mountain of debt that his late brother has racked up, not to mention the young beautiful architect that turns up at the front door stating she has been hired by the previous Duke. Poor Lancelot, it’s one thing after another for him!

Kathryn Atherton is the last of her sisters to marry, and she is determined to do be pushed into the vicar’s mousetrap for as long as she can. She is determined to forge her own way in life ad that plan doesn’t include getting hitched to a member of the British elite, just because it is what she should do – according to her family that is. She is an accomplished architect in her own right and when she arrives at the Castle to do the job she has been employed to do. That is until her head is turned and her lust wanting body sees the devilishly handsome Duke himself, believe me, any woman with a pulse in their body would have their heads turned by this man.

They are instantly attracted to each other, their first introduction is a great start to what follows to be sexy, at times very raunchy seduction on both parts. The chemistry between them is scorching, the banter is fun and clever and hugely enjoyable to follow throughout the book.

So the Dare To Defy series is a three-book trilogy, which follows the stories of the three Atherton sisters, as they go in search of not just love but of forging careers for themselves. These women are bright and beautiful young heiresses from America, who have been brought to Britain to find a title… mean a husband – in those days most marriages of convenience was the same thing right? 😉 Do excuse my cynicism but title hunting mama’s trope really doesn’t sit well with me. What is wrong with marrying for love?

What really caught my attention about this book and why I took a chance on reading the last book in a series without reading the previous and that was it has so many things that I look for and love about historical romance. For anyone who follows my blog will know that I have a real fondness for the Victorian era which for me is an era that is hugely fascinating.

Add to that a brilliant heroine, I do love strong, willful, determined and intelligent heroines who go against the grain to seek what they truly want despite rules and regulations – Kathryn really appealed to me she was so much fun to get to know and very likeable. I loved her passion for architecture, I love her determination for really pushing for what she believes in.

And, finally, it was that briefest mention of a man in uniform and – well I was hooked before even opening the first page – again I think my love for a man in uniform is universally known and I may just have to swoon and lay in a happy heap on the floor – my Gawd, this guy is gorgeous!!

Overall, a wonderfully written, richly romantic, sexy engrossing and delightful love story. Fabulously engaging plot and marvellously developed and likable character’s. I hugely enjoyed my first foray in Syrie James’s writing and look forward to reading more from her.

This was a complimentary copy via Edelweiss from Laurel-Anne at Austen Prose, which I voluntarily reviewed as a part of this blog tour, thank you Laurel-Anne. xx


Runaway Heiress/Dare To Defy Series

Three American heiresses defy their family’s wishes, and social convention, to strike out and find their own happiness in late Victorian Cornwall.

Runaway Heiress: A Dare to Defy Novel (Book 1)

Brainy and college-educated, American heiress Alexandra Atherton will do anything to avoid marriage to the English peer her mother has chosen for her—even abandon the life of privilege she’s always known. But as her escape goes horribly wrong, Alexandra must invent a new identity to gain the help of a handsome stranger.

Summer of Scandal: A Dare to Defy Novel (Book 2)

An American heiress and an English earl fight against the conventions of society — and their attraction to each other — in the second book in the Dare to Defy series by USA Today bestselling author Syrie James.


About the Author

SYRIE JAMES is the USA TODAY and Amazon bestselling author of thirteen novels of historical, contemporary, and young adult fiction and romance. Her books have hit many Best of the Year lists, been designated as Library Journal Editor’s Picks, and won numerous accolades and awards, including Best New Fiction by Regency World Magazine (the international bestseller “The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen”), and the national Audiobook Audie for Romance (“The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte”, also named a Great Group Read by the Women’s National Book Association). Los Angeles Magazine dubbed Syrie the “queen of nineteenth century re-imaginings,” and her books have been published in twenty languages. A member of the Writer’s Guild of America, Syrie is also an established screenwriter and playwright who makes her home in Los Angeles. An admitted Anglophile, Syrie has addressed audiences across the U.S., Canada, and the British Isles. WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS | BOOKBUB

#BookPromo | The Magnolia Sisters (Full Bloom Farm #1) by Alys Murray #TheMagnoliaSisters #FullBloomFarmSeries @writeralys

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Hello Sunshines, I hope you are all safe and well! I have the huge pleasure to be sharing this amazing book in the whole new Chicks, Rogues and Scandals; Book Promo Feature, for; The Magnolia Sisters by Alys Murray, let me tell you a little about this gorgeous book!

The Magnolia Sisters by Alys Murray 

Series: Full Bloom Farm Book 1
Genre: Contemporary/Women’s Fiction

Harper Anderson has a to-do list longer than the Colorado river, and fields of tulips to tend to at her family’s flower farm in Hillsboro County, California. It’s her dream to run the business with her sisters when their father retires, keeping up traditions that began with her great-great-grandmother.

That is, if there’s a farm left to run. Rich out-of-towners looking for a slice of country living are hiking up the prices in town and it’s putting her family out of business. So she has no time for the arrogant LA tech mogul who makes her an offer to use their farm as his sister’s wedding venue. No amount of money could make up for the destruction it would wreak on next season’s crop. The sooner Luke Martin is on his way, the better.

But Luke isn’t willing to go. He’s been looking out for his sister ever since their deadbeat parents left them to fend for themselves, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make her happy. So when Harper’s newest farmhand leaves her in the lurch, he sees an opportunity to strike a deal. He’ll work on the farm for free if she’ll give him the chance to change her mind.

Harper and Luke each expect the other to crack first. What they don’t expect is the chemistry that sparks between them as they work side by side among the budding roses. But Luke’s presence is turning over more than the earth, and just as Harper is starting to let her guard down, he stumbles upon a secret that could spell disaster for the entire Anderson clan.

With her family’s happiness at stake, can Harper put her trust in a man who is worlds apart from everything she knows?

An emotional, spellbinding story about family, first impressions and the transformative power of love. Fans of Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber and Carolyn Brown will be carried away by The Magnolia Sisters.

Currently on offer for 99p/99c

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What readers are saying about The Magnolia Sisters

“This was truly the PERFECT sweet romance! I fell in love with Harper and the other Andersons immediately, and could almost smell flowers blooming around me as I read… Murray created an adorable, quirky small town that felt like home.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

“Swept me away in its warmth. I couldn’t stay away until I finished the book. This was a complete book of feels and fun, family and love, where the complex and varied characters made the romance come alive.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

“I absolutely loved it! A perfect love story.” NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

“I simply loved The Magnolia Sisters… From the opening paragraph, I was hooked.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
“This is a fabulous read, beautifully written. It’s the kind of book that will remain with you long after you’ve reached the last page. I’m absolutely not going to give anything away, only to say HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.” Brook Cottage Books Blog, 5 stars

“This was another 2 a.m. read! I absolutely could not put this book down. Funny, emotional, all at once. The author did an amazing job with the characters and was a well written story. You wanted to be there on that cozy beautiful farm.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

“It made my heart melt.” B for Bookreview

“So sweet—a story that is hard to put down, full of emotion, and with plenty of feelings to go around.” NetGalley reviewer

“I loved this book! A sweet romance story that would be a perfect Hallmark movie… It was the type of story I’d want to be part of. The perfect book.” Goodreads reviewer


About the Author

Alys Murray writes novels for the romantic in all of us. Born and raised in New Orleans, she received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and her Master’s in Film Studies from King’s College London. She loves black and white movies, baseball games that go into extra innings, and reminding people like Michael Bay has two films in The Criterion Collection.

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If you are a Romance and/or Historical author and would like a free Book Promo which will feature on the blog and across Chicks, Rogues and Scandals social media, then do get in touch via the Contact Me page quoting ‘Book Promo’

#Exclusive Author Interview with Julie Stock #BookPromo #TheBistrobyWatersmeetBridge @wood_beeze48

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Hello Sunshines, I hope everyone is safe and well. I have the huge pleasure to welcome the wonderful Julie Stock, author of feel-good contemporary romances, we are talking about relaxing with a good book, writing and Kit-Kats – you know me, chocolate must be involved 😉 So sit back, grab a cuppa and enjoy.

Frankie: Hi Julie, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.

Julie: Thanks so much for having me on your lovely blog, Frankie.

Frankie: Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?

Julie: Romantic; Friendly; Passionate; Organised; Hard-working.

Frankie: Can you tell us a little about your latest/up and coming release?

Julie: My latest release is The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge, a feel-good contemporary romance set in a bistro beside the sea in Devon.

Here’s the blurb:

When Olivia goes to manage Finn’s failing bistro, will they end up sharing a table for two, or will it be a recipe for disaster?

Olivia Fuller longs to manage one of the restaurants in her father’s chain and to break free to live the independent life she’s wanted for so long. When her father finally puts his trust in her and sends her to a failing restaurant in Devon, she’s confident she can prove herself capable of doing the job.

Finn Anderson is about to lose his beloved seaside bistro, unless the bank can find a buyer to dig him out. When George Fuller offers Finn a deal, he has no choice but to accept if he wants any chance of getting his bistro back one day. And then the new manager arrives…

Even after meeting the prickly chef and discovering his complete lack of business skills, Olivia is confident she can turn the struggling business round. But as Olivia and Finn start working together, a mutual attraction develops between them, and soon, nothing is going according to Olivia’s plan. 

When there’s a real chance that the bistro might be sold off, Olivia and Finn determine to fight for it, united by their hard work and their growing feelings for each other.

But can they save the bistro and be together, or does destiny have a different path in mind?

You can up pick up your copy here.

Frankie: When not writing, what do you like to do to relax?

Julie: My favourite relaxing thing to do is to read. I love reading romance of all kinds, but I enjoy reading other genres too, including women’s fiction and thrillers.

Frankie: If you could have a holiday home anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Julie: This is something I’ve discussed with my husband a lot! It would probably be in France or Spain. We’ve travelled across most of France so it would be hard to pick one place, but we really love Alsace in eastern France (and I set another of my books, The Vineyard in Alsace, there so that would make sense!), and we also love the Vendée/Charente regions of western France. If we were going to live in Spain instead, we loved Valencia when we went there a couple of years ago and would be very happy to settle there.

Frankie: If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead characters?

Julie: I’d love for any of my books to be made into a film, but I’d really like to see my début novel, From Here to Nashville on the screen. When I wrote it, I imagined my main female character, Rachel, being played by Emma Watson, and my male lead, being played by country music singer, Sam Hunt.

Frankie: When writing, do you plot or do you go with the flow?

Julie: When I wrote my first book, I was definitely a ‘pantser’, writing by the seat of my pants, as writers call it, but over time, I’ve realised that it helps me to plot a little before I start writing so that I don’t get stuck along the way. I really only outline the plot in the loosest way so that there’s room for me to explore where the story might go but it’s very helpful to have that outline to turn to as I write.

Frankie: What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?


  • Make time for your writing. As someone once said, you can’t edit a blank page. If you can write 300 words a day, you’ll have 10,000 words by the end of a month.
  • Be prepared to accept help. Join an organisation like The Romantic Novelists’ Association or one for your genre. The RNA has a great New Writers’ Scheme and that will help you gain confidence in the early days of your writing career.
  • Remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time to find your voice as a writer, and to find the path to publishing that suits you. Try not to worry if it doesn’t all happen overnight. Just keep writing and keep improving, and you’ll get there.

Frankie: If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite?

Julie: I would have to invite Barbra Streisand because she’s my favourite singer of all! I’d also invite Matthew Goode because he is just gorgeous but also I imagine he’d be a great conversationalist. Finally, I’d invite someone who could make us all laugh, so I think I’d invite Rob Brydon.

Frankie: Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, Julie. I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun; What is your favourite snacking food?

Julie: I love most foods so this is hard, but I’m partial to cashew nuts, or pitta bread and hummus, if savoury. If something sweet, I love a Kit-Kat!

Frankie: Oooh, yes!! Bread for me in any form and I will never say no to a Kit-Kat 😉 Thank you, Julie!

Julie: Thanks so much again for having me on your blog, Frankie. I loved answering your questions.


About the Author

Julie Stock writes contemporary feel-good romance from around the world: novels, novellas and short stories. She published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in February 2015 and her second novel, The Vineyard in Alsace in March 2017. Over You (Sam’s Story) and Finding You (Jenna’s Story), her follow-up novellas to From Here to Nashville were published in 2018, making the From Here to You series complete. She has also published a boxed set of the From Here to You trilogy of books.

The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge was published in August 2019, followed by Bittersweet, a collection of 12 Short Stories for Modern Life in September 2019.

If you’d like to sign up to her newsletter list, you can do so here: NEWSLETTER. As a thank you, you’ll be able to download Before You, the prequel story to the; From Here to You series, for free.

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Book Promo

The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge

A feel-good contemporary romance, set in a bistro beside the sea in Devon. 

When Olivia goes to manage Finn’s failing bistro, will they end up sharing a table for two, or will it be a recipe for disaster?

Olivia Fuller longs to manage one of the restaurants in her father’s chain and to break free to live the independent life she’s wanted for so long. When her father finally puts his trust in her and sends her to a failing restaurant in Devon, she’s confident she can prove herself capable of doing the job.

Finn Anderson is about to lose his beloved seaside bistro, unless the bank can find a buyer to dig him out. When George Fuller offers Finn a deal, he has no choice but to accept if he wants any chance of getting his bistro back one day. And then the new manager arrives…

Even after meeting the prickly chef and discovering his complete lack of business skills, Olivia is confident she can turn the struggling business round. But as Olivia and Finn start working together, a mutual attraction develops between them, and soon, nothing is going according to Olivia’s plan. 

When there’s a real chance that the bistro might be sold off, Olivia and Finn determine to fight for it, united by their hard work and their growing feelings for each other.

But can they save the bistro and be together, or does destiny have a different path in mind?

Pick up a copy here.


If you are a Romance and/or Historical author and would like a free Book Promo which will feature on the blog and across Chicks, Rogues and Scandals social media, then do get in touch via the Contact Me page quoting ‘Book Promo’

#Review | Daniel’s Daughter (Cornish Tales #6) by Victoria Cornwall #DanielsDaughter #CornishTales @VickieCornwall @ChocLituk

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Hello Sunshines, I hope you are all safe and well. I am super excited to be sharing my review of this gorgeous book; Daniel’s Daughter, which is the sixth book in the wonderful Cornish Tales Series by Victoria Cornwall. As always grab that cuppa, and a box of Jaffa cakes and enjoy!

Sometimes the truth is not easy to say and even harder to hear …

Cornwall, 1895.

Grace Kellow is a young woman with a strong sense of who she is and where she comes from. As the daughter of a well-respected Cornish dairy owner Daniel Kellow, her existence in the village of Trehale is comfortable and peaceful.

But then handsome Talek Danning comes striding over Hel Tor, and soon after his arrival Grace is hit with a revelation that leaves her questioning her identity and her place in the Trehale community.

In her hour of need, Talek and his sister Amelia offer Grace sanctuary – but wherever Grace runs, her secret will follow …

The queen of the Cornish love story has done it again! Victoria Cornwall has once again brought us all another beautifully heart-warming, surprising, atmospheric and vividly enchanting story full of secrets, lies and love.

Daniel’s daughter is the sixth book in the Cornwall Tales series, each one can be so easily read as a stand-alone. I haven’t read the book which is connected to this, but that didn’t make any difference as this is an amazing story in his own right. But saying that I was so intrigued by the characters and what happened in this that I have downloaded The Captains Daughter which is waiting patiently on my kindle.

Grace Kellow has spent her life knowing that her adoring parents love her dearly, she has had a happy and fulfilled childhood and grown into a beauty with a smart mind and vivid imagination. Being the daughter of the hugely respected and charismatic Daniel Kellow, owner of the local dairy, she has always known her place in the community, she has always felt privileged with that knowledge. Even though she wishes she could do more to earn the respect of the community instead of having it just because of who she is. Her life in her little village of Trehale is happy, comfortable and excepted.

But then after a mistake on her part in the beginning, which is highly amusing and honestly it could happen to anyone who has imagination or who reads a lot. Grace meets handsome, smouldering, brooding, kind, caring and sexy-as-hell; Talek Danning…oh, be still my beating heart!!! Unfortunately, as much as Grace may think him as handsome as he really is, she also on first sight blames him of a terrible crime, but hey he isn’t one to hold too much of a grudge. Not long after meeting Talek, Grace’s life is changed completely, she is devastated and confused when she learns a terrible secret….but what is it? Well, I am not going to tell you that! Grace is such a state of shock that she flees, wanting to make a new life for herself in London.

Once again our gorgeous….sigh!!! Hero; Talek comes striding into the scene to help the damsel in distress, oh yes I can just imagine him riding in a stallion wearing armour….Hmmm!!!

Anyway…enough of my daydreaming about knights in shining armour, with Talek’s help Grace becomes the bookkeeper at Bothik Mine, and she was so good at her job she earned the trust of many in the company, yet again something isn’t quite right and no matter where Grace goes that secret keeps following her. Can she ever regain the peace she so direly wants, or find the happiness that she once had before her life fell apart?

I absolutely loved the sweeping and vivid descriptions of Cornwall, something which Victoria does to perfection! I thoroughly enjoyed this, I loved the steady pacing of the story, the characters are fabulous, you instantly like Grace and you are cheering her on throughout, you laugh and cry with her. The plot is wonderful and full of hope, charm which fills you with happiness and sunshine – which is what we all need right?

This was an Arc copy via the publisher, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you, Liz. Xx

Daniel’s Daughter is available now and can be found at Amazon.

#Review | The Colour Of Mermaids by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead #TheColourOfMermaids @e_harkstead @MadameGilflurt

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Hello Sunshines! I am super excited to be sharing my review of this breathtaking book; The Colour of Mermaids by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead. Before I start with this review, I wish to take a moment to say just say something…

Over the last month or so I have really struggled with keeping motivated and my focus on reading, which for someone who loves reading, who finds so much joy in books and has always used books as an escape from the real world; that slump made me really sad. I blame too much time on social media mixed with obsessively watching the chaos on the news, it all got a bit much. But even so, I can’t even express how depressing it was not being able to enjoy a book! Then I started this and I have to say that this became a balm, I was gripped from the first chapter and by the end, I felt as though a weight had been lifted, but more than that; I re-found my love of reading again. So a massive thank you to Catherine and Eleanor for reminding me, without knowing it; how much I love reading! xx

So, grab that cuppa, sit back and enjoy the book that gave me the kick up the rear and gave me back my mojo!

In a world of childhood secrets and tabloid scandals, is falling for the bad boy of British art as risky as it is raunchy?

When artist Eva Catesby is invited to an exhibition in honour of art world enfant terrible Daniel Scott, she’s expected to follow the crowd and sing his praises. Instead she tells him what she really thinks and sparks fly. As they plunge headlong into a wild affair, Eva becomes the target of unwanted attention from an unseen enemy.

Daniel Scott is famous for his paintings. Filled with darkness and tormented imagery, his canvases are as mysterious as his background. Until he meets Eva, Daniel is a stranger to criticism and doesn’t know what it means to fall in love.

Can Eva help Daniel overcome his childhood demons or will a fatal secret from the past destroy their future?

Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of drug use/abuse, mental illness, depression, stalking and sexual assault. There is mention of suicide, child abuse, rape, murder and non-romanticised brother-sister incest.

How much do I love this book?! Let me count the ways….honestly, I’m already waxing lyrical, you can see how this review is going to go, can’t you? But once you have read this book you will all understand my excitement and inability to actually string two legible words together that don’t consist of ‘OMGs, I love it’ and various swooning gif’s…

I will just say the one thing then, should I?…


Absolutely and utterly heart-stopping, powerful and emotionally wrenching, intoxicatingly gripping, romantic and brilliantly thrilling; perfection!!

Will that do?

Plus, I was so wrapped up in this book I let many cups of tea go cold (shock and horror!!!) and the dog ate my shortbread, but was I bothered when I was so immersed in this glorious book? Not on your nelly!!

When Eva Catesby is invited to the exclusive exhibition for the world-renowned, the bad boy of the art world; Daniel Scott, a man as dark and mysterious as that of his all-black attire and bleakly sinister paintings. Unlike the throng of people who have turned up to pour more praise on to the already inflated head of the ‘enfant terrible‘, Eva tells it how it is, she holds nothing back and she doesn’t believe in shading the great artist from criticism if it will help him make even greater work.

Eva is a fabulous character, she is so passionate; about her work as an artist and especially about her work with a group of underprivileged kids, who she is trying to help with art. Even though she comes from a well-to-do family she really wants to help those in worse off circumstances than her and I really admired her for that! She is a kind, caring, talented and compassionate woman.

Daniel has never met anyone like Eva, she is the breath of fresh air he needs in his dark, drug-fuelled existence, he is drawn to her but knows that he can’t allow anything more than a moment of lustful passion to pass between them, as our bad boy isn’t exactly what he appears, there is more to discover about the mysterious sunglasses-wearing Daniel Scott and Eva soon finds that as tempting, handsome, mysterious and talented as he is, there is a more heart-breaking, self-destructive and darker side to her brooding bed mate.

As Eva and Daniel begin their passionate affair, they soon to see their relationship as something other than just sex, they grow closer with each passing day. The more they fall in love and get to know each other, the more dark and hidden secrets are revealed, secrets which may come between our couple but only if Daniel can find the courage to seek the help he needs to move forward from his heart-breaking past.

I do absolutely love this book…I think I have said that already, right? …

As I said it is completely different if you love your edgier, super sexy, darker romances with an added bonus of a thrilling yet eerie stalking subplot which really makes the hairs stand up and you sit back and shiver a little of what Eva experienced.

My heart absolutely broke for Daniel when he reaches the lowest when his depression becomes overbearing for him there is a child-like quality; broken, lost in deep darkness and unable to reach past the heavy cloud that has eclipsed the sunshine. There are a few scenes that are very bleak, heart-wrenching and uncomfortable to read, but they are so brilliantly and expertly written. Talk about emotional; there were moments between Daniel and Eva which left me a sniffling mess, which soon followed by lots of real cliff-hanger of a twist at the end – whoa, I didn’t see that one coming!!

This is easily one of the best that Catherine and Eleanor have written – I do know I sound like a record stuck on repeat as I say that every single time I lay my hands on a new Harkstead/Curzon book, but oh, boy, is this beauty a cracker or what?! I am in complete love with it, I was glued to every single page, it was intoxicating to read, with thrills, romance, secrets and real darkness that had me hooked. Plus it’s super, super sexy and that is just gorgeously complex and heart-breaking Daniel.

You all know that I love a fragile and tormented guy in black, and this man broke me completely, I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same again!

I have always known that Catherine and Eleanor are masters of emotional and witty romance, but this one shows just how impressive their writing is. The way they tackled such deeply sensitive and somewhat taboo subjects such as; depression, mental health illness, drug abuse is impeccable.

Did I mention how much loved this book?… Well I did, I do hope that there will be more stories like this in the pipeline from this marvellous duo!

This was an Arc copy via the authors, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you, Catherine and Eleanor! Xx

The Colour of Mermaids is released today and can be found at Amazon and I cannot recommend enough that you go and grab this gorgeous book.

#BookBlast | Her Side Of History by Claudia Severin #HerSideOfHistory #HFVBTBlogTour @hfvbt

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Hello, Sunshines! I hope you are all safe and well. I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this brilliant book blast for; Her Side Of History by Claudia Severin, I am very excited to be sharing this book with you all, so take a seat, grab that cuppa and enjoy!

Her Side of History by Claudia Severin

Publication Date: February 24, 2020
Publisher: Pella Road Publishing
Format: Paperback & eBook; 303 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction



Author Claudia J. Severin took things into her own hands when her genealogy research seemed limiting. Follow her foremothers, four mothers plucked from her family tree. She reimagines the lives of ancestral families in this anthology. Ina, the tragic suffragette, traded her college degree and teaching career for a loving husband and children in the 1910s, in the shadow of the Great War, but things did not work out as she planned. Mary, a German immigrant, finds love with an Iowa farmer, and crosses the state in a covered wagon with his entire family to become a homesteader on the Nebraska plains in 1869. She didn’t know that Indian encounters, prairie fires and locusts would threaten her and her rapidly growing family. Nellie fell for the bad boy, the Good Time Charley who didn’t let a little thing like Prohibition stand in his way. She tries to control his drinking and spending, while supporting her family in times of calamity in the 1920s and 1930s traveling from Nebraska to Kansas and back again. Katie finds herself the sole heir to her father’s farm in southeastern Nebraska decades after the Homestead Act took most of the land ownership out of play. She enjoys playing the flirtatious games learned from her older half-sisters. But are her suitors interested in her or her inheritance?

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About the Author

Claudia Johnson Severin lives with her farmer husband on a southeastern Nebraska farm that was homesteaded in 1869 by her husband’s great-grandparents, a setting for a portion of her anthology. At one time, the farm was home to dairy cows and chickens, as well as children. The cows, chickens, and children have all moved on, along with her day job. She spent a year researching many branches of her family tree but decided the facts she uncovered did not leave enough to the imagination. She applied imagination to the facts and came up with this book.

When she is not writing, she is constructing one-of-a-kind play structures for her grandchildren. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Journalism and a Cornhusker football fan.

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Hello Sunshines, I hope you are all safe and well, I was supposed to have posted this on Friday but for some reason, I had scheduled it in the diary to post today, Doh!! My fault entirely!! Apologies to Catherine and Amy at HFVBT for the mix up. Anyway, I am super excited to be apart of this amazing blog tour and to be sharing my review of the awesome; The Bridled Tongue by Catherine Meyrick, so sit back and enjoy, and hopefully better late than never?!

The Bridled Tongue by Catherine Meyrick

Publication Date: February 1, 2020
Publisher: Courante Publishing
Format: Paperback & eBook; 342 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance



Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

England 1586

Alyce Bradley has few choices when her father decides it is time she marry as many refuse to see her as other than the girl she once was–unruly, outspoken and close to her grandmother, a woman suspected of witchcraft.

Thomas Granville, an ambitious privateer, inspires fierce loyalty in those close to him and hatred in those he has crossed. Beyond a large dowry, he is seeking a virtuous and dutiful wife. Neither he nor Alyce expect more from marriage than mutual courtesy and respect.

As the King of Spain launches his great armada and England braces for invasion, Alyce must confront closer dangers from both her own and Thomas’s past, threats that could not only destroy her hopes of love and happiness but her life. And Thomas is powerless to help.

‘People never forget. When the fancy takes them, they bring the old stories out and embroider them further.’

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Well, this was wonderful, what a brilliantly, enthralling and richly textured story! I haven’t read any of Catherine Meyrick’s work before – how she has passed me by, I don’t know but I defiantly will be reading more of her work.

Set between 1586 and 1589, this tells the story of our heroine; Alyce Bradley who at the age of 28 she is told by her father that she is basically a bit long in the tooth and her suiters will be slim on the ground, but being an heiress she has isn’t worried of her future as she knows she has the last say in whom she ends marrying. Which is a good job really as being an outspoken and very opinionated young woman who also has links to suspected witchcraft in her family in the form of her much loved grandmother. So when she meets handsome privateer; Thomas Granville; a man who is seeking a large dowry, it is match of convenience that does blossom into romance.

I love the relationship between Alyce and Thomas, at first their was a bit of a match of convenience but they are so perfect for each other, both industrious, intelligent and opinionated. I love the beautiful romance and their is a wonderful chemistry between them, there is a mutual love and respect for each other.

They’re happily ever after isn’t going to be straight forward as first Alyce and the readers must endure the horrors and uncertainty of the dreaded Witch Trail, the actual scenes with Alyce in the prison and what she has to go through are very difficult to digest, their moments where you will just stare at the page over what you have just read. But, these horrific things actually happened to a lot of those poor people who were suspected of Witchcraft and so we need to read and learn about them, for me the way Catherine Meyrick has written it, it all draws you into their dark and perilous world and makes this a really engaging, thrilling and exciting read.

I adored the backdrop of the Elizabethan age, which I think is a fascinating and at times quite bizarre era and this book is full of the most remarkable and vivid detail, along with some amazing and era accurate characters – plus a few actual historical characters pop up throughout. This is a hugely satisfying book, if you love your historical romance which is full drama and thrills, plus are fascinated by the deadly Witch trials then this is the book you need to read.


About the Author

Catherine Meyrick is a writer of historical fiction with a particular love of Elizabethan England. Her stories weave fictional characters into the gaps within the historical record – tales of ordinary people who are very much men and women of their time, yet in so many ways not unlike ourselves.

Although she grew up in regional Victoria, Australia, she has lived all her adult life in Melbourne. She has worked as a nurse, a tax assessor and finally a librarian. She has a Master of Arts in history and is also a family history obsessive.

For more information, please visit Catherine Meyrick’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


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Review at Nursebookie
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Review at Books and Zebras

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Review at YA, it’s Lit
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Review at Historical Romance Lover

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Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

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Review at Historical Graffiti
Review at Reading is My Remedy

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Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Wednesday, March 25
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Thursday, March 26
Review at Jessica Belmont
Review at Passages to the Past



During the Blog Tour, we are giving away two paperback copies of The Bridled Tongue! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – Bridled Tongue

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