Hello, Sunshines, I hope everyone is well, I for one am so happy that the sun has retired behind the clouds for the time-being – my ghostly-vampire-ish skin can’t handle all this heat (I am resembling a burnt lobster) and my all black dog isn’t too keen on the blazing sun either, the clouds and occasional drizzle have been very welcome.
We are heading into the summer months which means sitting in the garden reading with a favourite ice cold tipple – or in my case a good old fashioned cuppa, while sitting in the shade. I have been preparing for those relaxing lazy days as over the last couple of months I have been stocking up the Kindle – I may have gone overboard, as you will soon see (there goes my Amazon gift card I had been saving for emergencies and my personal vow to stop buying books).
I thought I would share my huge bookish binge with you all, and hopefully encourage more to share their own book binges or even better encourage more of you to join the book binge army. 😉
All of the books below are from Amazon UK, a few were on offer when I purchased them but I am unsure if any of those offers are still available, but they are all great books and highly recommend you give in and join the binge.
Take a Peek and Treat Yourself!
Return of Scandal’s Son by Janice Preston
Scandal comes courting!
Caught in a coach accident, Lady Eleanor Ashby seeks help from a mysterious stranger. But the dashing Matthew Thomas is not all he seems. And when it appears someone is trying to hurt her, Eleanor doesn’t know who to trust.
Disowned by his family, Matthew is living under an assumed name. Falling under Eleanor’s spell, he is determined to protect her. It’s time for Matthew to return home and confront his scandalous past, if Eleanor is to be part of his future…
Regency Gamble by Bronwyn Scott
A Lady Risks All
It would be unwise to mistake me for an innocent debutante – for years I have graced the smoky gloom of many a billiards club and honed my skills at my father’s side.
But now he has a new protégé – a Captain Greer Barrington – and while my father would see me attract the attentions of an eligible lord, I, Mercedes Lockhart, have other ambitions… Even if that means seducing the Captain to earn back my father’s favour! I know I must avoid falling for Greer’s charming smile . . . but his sensual kisses could be worth the risk …
A Lady Dares
According to society, I, Elise Sutton, haven’t been a lady for quite some time – a lady couldn’t possibly run the family company and spend her days on London’s crowded, tar-stained docks. And she most certainly wouldn’t associate herself with the infamous Dorian Rowland – privateer, smuggler and The Scourge of Gibraltar himself!
But I need Rowland and his specialised expertise, especially with the wolves circling, waiting for me to fail. I yearn to feel alive and Rowland, who can kiss like the devil, inflames my senses and makes me dare to break free …
The Soldier’s Rebel Lover by Marguerite Kaye
When Major Finlay Urquhart was last on the battlefield, he shared a sizzling moment with daring Isabella Romero. Two years later, Finlay has one final duty to perform for his country, one that reunites him with this rebellious senorita! Except Isabella has her own mission, which means that no matter how much she craves Finlay’s touch, she can never tell him the truth.
But she’s underestimated Finlay’s determination to protect her, and soon she finds herself letting her guard down, one scorching kiss at a time!
Whispers of the Runes by Christina Courtenay
Time is no barrier for a love that is destined to be.
When jewellery designer Sara Mattsson is propelled back to the ninth century, after cutting herself on a Viking knife she uncovers at an archaeological dig, she is quick to accept what has happened to her. For this is not the first Sara has heard of time travel.
Although acutely aware of the danger she faces when she loses the knife – and with it her way to return to her own time—this is also the opportunity of a lifetime. What better way to add authenticity to the Viking and Anglo-Saxon motifs used in her designs?
As luck has it, the first person Sara encounters is Rurik Eskilsson, a fellow silversmith, who is also no stranger to the concept of time travel. Agreeing that Sara can accompany him to Jorvik, they embark on a journey even more perilous than one through time. But Fate has brought these two kindred spirits together across the ages for a reason…
The Scarlet Gown by Sarah Mallory
WHAT IS HE HIDING FROM HER?
When impoverished Lucy Halbrook arrives at Lord Adversane’s estate she knows her assignment is unusual—not only will she act as hostess at his Midsummer’s Eve play, she must also pretend to be his fiancée!
What Lucy doesn’t know is that Ralph is hiding something dark and dangerous. He must uncover the truth behind his wife’s death—and Lucy is the key. She challenges him at every turn and, as each day passes, unlocks a little more of Ralph’s guarded heart…
The Highlander’s Secret Son by Jeanine Englert
His first love
Now his sworn enemy…
What was Fiona MacDonald doing on the run across his lands? With a wee baby, as well! Brandon had once loved this woman with all his heart, until her family had killed so many of his clan. As the new Campbell laird, he must make sure she pays the price of her betrayal. But how can he claim his vengeance if what she says is true? That her child is his son and heir!
A Marriage Made in Secret by Jenni Fletcher
She must choose…
…her queen—or love!
As the queen’s new lady-in-waiting, Mathilde Gosselin tumbles straight into Parisian palace intrigue when she meets courtier Henry Wright, who she discovers is a spy! Mathilde’s loyalties are now divided—between this enigmatic, courageous man and her queen. And amid the turmoil, her falling for the unsuitable, illegitimate Henry means they’ve no choice but to hide their new love from the world…
Bought for Revenge by Sarah Mallory
A Soldier’s Return
Captain Lucas Blackstone has survived Waterloo and come home uninjured while many of his loyal men have not. His body might be whole and still handsome, but as he returns to the burned-out shell of what was once his family mansion, his soul is dark and troubled.
Bright-eyed debutante Annabelle Havenham has no idea her fate is in his hands. His plans to settle old scores could mean her ruin. Is he villain enough to do it? Especially when Annabelle’s innocence has started to melt his black heart….
Come Date Me in Paris by Helena Fairfax
Come Date Me in Paris includes some delicious French recipes, a delicious French hero (c’est vrai!) and a poodle who steals the show.
Come Date Me in Paris is the most popular blind date show in France. Alice’s editor wants her to go on the show and write about it for their magazine, and so Alice agrees. After all, it’s not likely she’ll pass the screen test. But then a letter arrives telling Alice she’s won a place, and she’s thrown into a panic. The show involves cooking for your date – and in the country of haute cuisine, Alice can’t even boil an egg.
Forced to throw herself on the mercy of her chef neighbour, Edmond, Alice asks him for lessons. But will she be cooking up a romance…or cooking up disaster?
The Longest Echo by Eoin Dempsey
Against the backdrop of WWII-ravaged Italy comes a powerful and emotional novel of love, survival, justice, and second chances by the bestselling author of White Rose, Black Forest.
Occupied Italy, 1944. In the mountain regions south of Bologna, Liliana Nicoletti’s family finds escaped POW James Foley behind German lines. Committed to the anti-Fascist cause, they deliver him to a powerful band of local partisans. But when the SS launches a brutal attack against the Resistance, Liliana’s peaceful community is destroyed. Alone and thrown together by tragedy, James and Liliana fight together as Monte Sole burns. Forging an unbreakable bond, their only hope of survival is to make it to the Allied lines.
Twelve years later, fate reunites Liliana, newly widowed, and James, now a journalist for a New York magazine. Liliana reveals to him the obsession that has haunted her since the massacre at Monte Sole: finding and bringing to justice the SS officer who ordered her family killed. James has a revelation too. He might know how to hunt the man down. Joining forces once more, and increasingly drawn to each other, Liliana and James discover new levels of conspiracy on a journey that leads them to Argentina—and to a choice that will change their lives forever.
Behind the Rake’s Wicked Wager by Sarah Mallory
“So what do you say to the wager, Miss Prentess? A diamond worth thousands against a night with me?”
No London beauty has managed to tame the incorrigible Jasper Coale, though many have lost their reputations trying. In sedate Bath on a family errand, the viscount expects to find little in terms of entertainment—certainly no female company to tempt him.
Miss Susannah Prentess’s discreet card parties in Royal Crescent offer a welcome distraction. And the glint in Susannah’s hazel eyes tells Jasper he’s met his match at last. But is she game enough to accept the most outrageous wager of all?
An Officer But No Gentleman by Bronwyn Scott
Former cavalry officer Captain Grahame Westmore is restless for change, but escorting a diplomat’s spoiled daughter to Vienna isn’t what he had in mind—though for once he hasn’t been hired for his skills in pleasuring women! Independent, fiery and strong willed, Elowyn Bagshaw is not the simpering lady he expected. Used to getting her own way and giving the orders, Elowyn will not be controlled so easily.
Grahame soon realizes that he’s got a fight on his hands—and it’s one they’re both going to enjoy!
Rakes Who Make Husbands Jealous
Only London’s best lovers need apply!
Rags-to-Riches Wife by Catherine Tinley
To wedded Lady?
Lady’s maid Jane Bailey’s life is turned upside down by the arrival of wealthy gentleman Robert Kendal. He’s come to take Jane to visit her long-lost, aristocratic grandfather. Travelling together, they succumb to a mutual attraction. Yet Jane knows a maid should not hope to love a gentleman, even if she’s suddenly wearing silk dresses and dining with the Family.
Society decrees they cannot marry, but how long can Jane deny her heart?
The Silk Romance by Helena Fairfax
Sophie Challoner made her dying mother a promise to look after the rest of her family, and she forgets to enjoy her own life while caring for others. Everything changes when Sophie’s French grandmother throws a party for her in Paris. Here, Sophie meets Jean-Luc Olivier for the first time, and she does something reckless and brilliant she never forgets…
Years later, Sophie and Jean-Luc are reunited, and Sophie realises her Prince Charming isn’t the shallow person she thought.
Jean-Luc is a force to be reckoned with…
Sheikh’s Mail-Order Bride by Marguerite Kaye
Shipwrecked with the sheikh!
Sailing to India to marry a stranger, Constance Montgomery is shipwrecked off the Arabian coast of Murimon. The world believes her lost at sea, and only the kingdom’s ruler, Kadar, knows the truth. She’s honor-bound to leave, but the brooding prince tempts Constance to stay…
Kadar knows that no matter how beautiful Constance is, she is forbidden. But every moment with her seduces him, until temptation becomes torment! Kadar thinks he has no heart left to offer any woman… Can Constance prove him wrong?
His Abductor’s Desire by Harper St George
Montana Territory, 1887
Heiress-turned-outlaw Charity Blake is determined to get back the fortune the Davenport banking family took from her father—even if she has to hold Brent Davenport ransom to do it! After all, the seductive charmer stole something even more valuable from her five years ago: her heart. But once she has Brent in chains, Charity must face the fact that her desire for the man has grown from the sweet dreams of a young girl to the unquenchable passion of a woman. And soon it’s not clear whether she’s the captor, or the captive…
Never Trust a Rebel by Sarah Mallory
Flirting with danger!
Ten years ago, Drew Castlemain fled England, disowned by his family and branded a traitor. So returning to escort his new ward, Elyse Salforde, to her husband-to-be is not only frustrating, it’s downright dangerous!
Drew is honor-bound to protect Elyse, but when he discovers she is beautiful, intelligent and far too spirited for her own good, that’s easier said than done! Drew is in no position to offer her anything, but when every touch is forbidden yet oh-so-delicious, he won’t be able to fight temptation for long…
From Wallflower to Countess by Janice Preston
She Was Always Overlooked…
Most girls would dream of marriage to the dashing Earl of Stanton, darling of the ton. For plain Lady Felicity Weston, used to being ignored, it’s a terrifying prospect!
Richard has always thought love is for fools. Although after an explosive wedding night he’s intrigued by his shy new bride. Day by day the tentative trust between these newlyweds grows. But the stakes in this marriage of convenience are raised when Felicity falls pregnant…
Will giving the Earl an heir finally help this wallflower blossom into a confident Countess?
A Lady at Midnight by Melinda Hammond
When Amelia Langridge accepts an invitation to stay in London as companion to the beautiful Camilla Strickland, her thoughts are merely to enjoy herself a little before settling down as the wife of the dull but dependable Edmund Crannock.
Camilla’s intention is to capture a rich and noble husband, and when she attracts the attention of the pleasure-loving Earl Rossleigh it seems that she will realise her ambition, but the earl is intent on another, much more dangerous quarry, and it is the level-headed Amelia who finds herself caught up in the earl’s tangled affairs.
Paris Time Capsule Ella Carey
New York–based photographer Cat Jordan is ready to begin a new life with her successful, button-down boyfriend. But when she learns that she’s inherited the estate of a complete stranger—a woman named Isabelle de Florian—her life is turned upside down.
Cat arrives in Paris to find that she is now the owner of a perfectly preserved Belle Époque apartment in the ninth arrondissement, and that the Frenchwoman’s family knew nothing about this secret estate. Amid these strange developments, Cat is left with burning questions: Who was Isabelle de Florian? And why did she leave the inheritance to Cat instead of her own family?
As Cat travels France in search of answers, she feels her grasp on her New York life starting to slip. With long-buried secrets coming to light and an attraction to Isabelle de Florian’s grandson growing too intense to ignore, Cat will have to decide what to let go of, and what to claim as her own.
There you go, I said I had gone way overboard – but when you have a gift card sitting in the drawer begging to be used what else can I do? So, I have shared mine what about you, have you been on a book buying binge, if so what have you treated yourself too?