Ruined by a rake…
Rescued by the reclusive Baron!
Following the death of his fiancée, Lord Quinn has sworn off all matters of the heart. But when he happens upon an innocent lady being assaulted his sense of honour insists he step in and rescue her…even if that means marriage to protect Serena’s reputation! However, his new wife remains distant—a stranger to his bed. Can Quinn help Serena fight her demons and finally defeat his own?
Oooh, I do really love this book, The Beauty and the Brooding Lord has a simple yet fully engrossing plot that will have the reader hooked. I will admit that it was only last year that I was introduced to this wonderful author’s work but each one I have read so far has been brilliantly written with memorable plots and character’s that keep you wanting to read more, I think that this book could be the best I have read by Ms Mallory to-date.
Lord Rufus Quinn is a man holding on the shards of his broken heart, after the death of his fiancée, he is adamant that this is it for him, he will never open up his heart to anyone again. He is known for being rude, brooding and not at all very pleasant. He isn’t one for society, and only enters it when necessary, which is when he meets an alluring creature with real fire and wit, a woman who makes his blood boil with lust.
Serena Russington is fed up of her sister-in-law trying to match make her with every dull man of their acquaintance, she knows that she must marry as she cannot keep living with her brother and her sister-in-law, getting in the way but she wants something more than a marriage of convenience, she wants more than what most of society have. She wants excitement, and she has her eyes on the more…notorious men. Any woman can relate to Serena, her head is turned not by prim and proper gent’s but by rakes and bad boys. But her quest for excitement leads to finding herself in a dangerous situation, one that changes her life.
Quinn comes across the very woman who he met that night at a ball, the woman who had much fire and brimstone running through her vein’s. He saves her from being attacked, Quinn knows that as she is an innocent he must do the right thing and marry her. Once married their problems don’t just disappear, both have issues that they need to work past to finally be happy, they have to learn all over how to be themselves and how to love. Which I really think those moment’s when they are learning about each other, the little caresses are very sensitive and beautifully portrayed.
Serena has changed from her ordeal, she is a shell of the feisty woman that caught Quinn’s eye, she has become reserved and mouse-like, even her clothing has had a drastic overall – thanks to her pushy sister-in-law. She is still reliving that moment when she was attacked and blames herself for her foolishness. She is just a woman that needs that security that she finds with Quinn, she wants to be herself and free of the constraints of society. Yes, she acted rash and made a silly mistake, but I think that meeting Quinn was the making of her.
Oh, how much do I love Quinn? ….Way too much to count, he is a wonderfully complex character that has real depth, I really like how the readers get to know Quinn through the book, he has issues with allowing others into his guarded heart, but I have to say that any woman who has that privilege to have this man’s love, are hugely fortunate. It really Quinn is the perfect man to gently bring her out of her shell, all of society may think that he is rude but he isn’t, he is honest and forward, he says what is on his mind he just isn’t very good with small talk and compliments – after all who is? I like his quiet, gentle and brutally honest persona. He is a breath of fresh air and not like other heroes – dare I say, he has a wee but of Heathcliffe in him? 😉
I love, love that we can a peek into how Russ and Molly are faring from the previous book ‘The Ton’s Most Notorious Rake’ I loved that story, it is great to see the rakish Russ now he is happily married with Molly.
Oh, I have to talk about the cover too…I am so in love with it, and the scene it depicts is such a great one. 🙂 The Beauty and the Brooding Lord is a wonderful fairy-tale style story that will leave the reader feeling very warm, the message I got from this is that no matter what has happened in your life or who you are there is always someone out there. Which is exactly what happened with Quinn and Serena. The story is very character driven, their journey to their happy ever after is an enjoyable, passionate and thoughtful tale that will keep the reader turning the pages. Quinn and Serena a wonderfully pared couple, I love the little looks and caresses between them which proves that even the smallest detail can be very sexy and romantic and Ms Mallory has once again proved what a wonderfully skilled writer she is.
A utterly romantic and enchanting tale, and highly recommended.
This was a ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
Beauty and The Brooding Lord is to be released on 1 November and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.
From the streets of London…
…to Venetian high society!
A Matches Made in Scandal story: To catch his father’s murderer, broodingly arrogant Conte Luca del Pietro requires help from a most unlikely source―Becky Wickes, London’s finest card-sharp. Against the decadence of Carnival, Becky’s innocence and warmth captivates Luca, but as their chemistry burns hotter the stakes in their perilous game are getting higher. For Luca is no longer playing only for justice―but also to win Becky’s heart…
My, oh, my!! What a thoroughly enchanting book, I have been following this series from day one and every time Ms Kaye blinds me with her romantic and skilful writing. Just when I think that this series cannot get any better, then boom! This beauty comes along swirling romance around the reader, and takes you on a magical journey through a Venice carnival. In my view this one could be the best yet. I am in absolute love with this book, it is utterly romantic.
This is book three in the unbelievably good Matches Made in Scandal series, which as we know follows The Procurer as she orchestrates second chances for people who genuinely are down on their luck and need a little push in the right direction. This time we meet scared and innocent card-sharp Becky who after trusting the wrong person which led to one of the worst scandals she is forced into hiding in the dreaded slums of London. When the famous, yet mysterious Procurer knocks on her door with a proposition she cannot say no to, she finds this is the beginning of a trip to Venice that chances her life.
Once Becky reaches Venice she is greeted by her new employer; Conte Luca del Pietro who needs her unique set of skills with the cards. The job he has asked of her is one that will fore her to return to her past role as a card sharp, a role she never intended to ever play again. But as ever in these cases it is never as simple as playing a game of cards as Becky has to don not one, but two mask’s – quite literally in on sense – as two roles: t of Luca not only needs her card skills to be able to play the part of “The Queen of Coins” in the carnevale’s gaming halls at night, but to keep all whisper of scandal at bay she must also play the part of his innocent and demeanour “cousin Rebecca” by day.
Charming yet arrogant Luca has his reason’s for why he needs Becky’s help, he has got revenge in his mind and his heart. When we first meet him he appears dark and dangerous and yet oh, so sexy! I love that description of how Becky sees him, that he reminds her of a pirate, which is bang on the mark. He is a seduction, secretive and deadly charmer, and doesn’t he know it!
What I essentially love about this series, and the thing that really caught my attention from the start is that the heroines are just ordinary women who have been on the wrong side of the scandal mill, they have found themselves lost and unable to find a way to be able to move past what has happened to them, these heroines are so deserving of a happy ever after and I think Ms Kaye does a brilliant job at creating these complex character’s and storylines.
This is simply splendid, for me the true star of the whole book has to be the setting; Venice! Marguerite Kaye is a wonder at transporting the reader to another place, the descriptions of everything from the Carnivale, the Gondala ride to the city itself, the sights, smells and what our character’s are hearing is perfectly precise and wonderfully atmospheric. So much so that I am in complete awe of the fact that Ms Kaye has openly said that she has never been to Venice, that all details are purely from research, and there is a lot of research you can feel the authors passion and knowledge leap of the page.
The story flows with absolute ease from the slums of London to the grandeur of Venice, I was completely immersed in this wonderfully vivid world. It is no merely a romance His Rags to Riches Contessa is full of intrigue and suspense, and that is just the sizzling chemistry between Luca and Becky. This really is marvellous and I cannot wait for the next one!
This was an ARC via the author in exchange for an honest review.
His Rags to Riches Contessa is released on 4th October and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.
In Anabelle Bryant’s wickedly romantic new series, secrets and seduction go hand in hand . . .
Lunden Beckford, Duke of Scarsdale, has chosen to exile himself far from London, with its painful memories and cruel gossip. Forced back to town on business, he’s eager to make his stay as brief as possible. But first, he must honor his promise to find a suitable husband for his friend’s little sister. On one hand, Amelia Strathmore has grown into a stunning, statuesque beauty. On the other, the willful chit is more likely to scandalize a drawing room with her outspoken opinions than blush prettily. At least she agrees to accept his help—if he fulfills
certain conditions . . .
Though duty-bound to marry, Amelia longs to secretly enjoy some of life’s freedoms first. In this, as in many things, Lunden proves an excellent guide. In fact, Amelia’s girlhood admiration for her brother’s friend is fast becoming something far less innocent. Lunden believes he’s known too much darkness to offer any woman happiness. Yet Amelia is starting to see how much pleasure can lie within the right partnership—especially if one is willing to be a little wicked . .
Firstly, I want to say a huge congratulations to Anabelle Bryant for her first in-print book!! So hugely deserved and what a wonderful start to this new series, I have been looking forward to reading this for ages, and I can honestly say that this does not disappoint. Ms Bryant’s Midnight Secret’s series has started with a blast and going by this first instalment, I can say that we are in for something very special. As always with this fine ladies writing, the story is spell-binging with drama and flawlessly written with real wit an skill.
After years away from London the notorious and equally mysterious Lundon is back, having been forced from his voluntary exile with the death of his brother and rightful Duke, Lundon has to face the one thing that he has been dreading and hiding from, actual public and people. He has been traumatised by the cruel and backstabbing nature of society, which was one of the reason’s he chose to stay away in the first place. But, now he has not choice! But before he can do what he intends to do and then return to his reclusive life he must do one thing; he has been giving the task by his best friend; Matthew to help find Matthew’s rebellious and spirited sister Amelia a husband. Lundon is very reluctant, but he agree’s but he soon finds that the task given to him is far more challenging then he thought, especially once he reacquaints himself with the tantalizing beauty.
Lundon is a wonderfully sensual and complex man, there is so much about this mysterious man he has deep pain and issues that he hides well behind his glacial mask, but I just wanted him to find his happiness that he so deserves. He is so very hard on himself over thing’s that were out of his control, he has been through the mill and doesn’t deserve all the anguish he puts himself through. He is such great hero, he doesn’t think of himself as anything worth loving but I think he is, Lundon is kind, generous, protective and honourable. If you are lucky enough to be under this man intelligent and soothing gaze, you are a very lucky lady.
Amelia has a romantic heart and soul, she refuses to marry any man just because society and her brother dictate it. She believes in love, she wants that in her life and she will not be coerced into something she doesn’t want. At first I thought that Amelia was a little brash and spoilt little thing, she as been indulged to the point she thinks a little too much of herself, But, I love tat my initial thought of her was challenged and soon changed as I soon saw her for the women that she really is; a soulful and a tenacious young woman just wanting love. She is also very high-spirited and free- thinking, and she knows exactly what she wants, and she isn’t afraid to voice those wishes.
This is a delightful, energising read that will keep the reader on their toes. I love the intricate storyline and the relationship between Amelia and Lundon is tense and sensual, there is a spark that jumps at you off the page and keeps you engaged as you wonder what is going to happen between these two. Ms Bryant has created a fun, wonderfully atmospheric and engaging love story that will dazzle and enthral the reader with every page.
Romantic, thrilling and beautifully written, very highly recommended!
This was an ARC copy via the author and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
London’s Wicked Affair is out today and can be purchased from Amazon.
Life as a duchess…
Or something more dangerous?
Part of The Kings Elite: constantly told her beauty and charm are all she has to offer; Lady Clarissa is intent on marrying a duke. And intriguing spy Sebastion Leatham will help her! Only, first she’ll assist him with his new assignment – playing the part of a confident aristocrat Lord Millcroft.
Sebastion awakens a burning desire within Clarissa that leaves her questioning whether becoming a duchess is what she truly longs for…
Oh, my! Oh, my! Virginia Heath, what are you doing to me? There was me thinking that this author could never create a character who will send me into a swooning, dithering mess like I was, when I first met lovely, damaged Jamie Warriner. But she has gone and done it again with this magnificence specimen of a man, who I have fallen completely and utterly in love with. Oh, Seb! Be still my beating heart!
After being shot and nearly killed while on his last mission, spy Sebastion Leatham is recuperating at the home of a fellow agent’s brother; Dr Joe Warriner. He finds himself sharing the house with the spellbindingly beautiful and too perfect to be true, sister of Bella Warriner. Seb is instantly tongue-tied and shy around this gleaming goddess, but his well-honed spy intuition tells him that there is more to this beautiful woman then meets the eye, surely someone cannot be that perfect!
Clarissa is harbouring a secret which is the reason why she has ventured to her sister’s in the first place, she has been wanting to marry the Duke of Westbridge since the first moment she met him. She knows he is dazzled by her, what man isn’t? and yet he hasn’t made a moved unless you count the roses he sends.
It is not long before Clarissa and Seb realise that they need each other’s help, Clarissa needs Seb to catch her Duke and Seb needs her in the next part of his mission with those pesky smugglers. I would never have thought that two completely different character, characters who are as far removed from the others world as you can get would work so beautifully together. Their individual personalities as different as they may be, seem to blend with each other so perfectly. They really are a couple I never expected to work, but they do!
I truly believe that Seb Leatham could be the best character that has sprung from this author’s fabulous mind – except maybe delicious Jamie, but I may be a tad biased where that chap is concerned 😉 Really, this is what I look for in a hero. Not only is he brilliantly gruff and brave but I love how painfully shy around women he is, such a refreshing change from the usual overly confident heroes that are so popular, I would much rather have a quiet, genuine and kind hero than one who talk’s more than me.
Those of you who have read the Warriner series (really is there anyone out there who hasn’t?) then you will remember Clarissa, the sparkling and perfect sister of Bella. When I first met Lady Clarissa, I will be honest and say that I wasn’t a fan of her, she could be the only character of Ms Heath’s that I didn’t take to. Clarissa perceived herself as way too good for the hard-done by, brilliant Warriner’s and as I am terribly attached to those four brothers’, her attitude really put me off her. Sorry, I do hate to say that, but she did get on my nerves a little when we first met her. So, I was in two frames of mind about her having her own story, but I was interested to see where Ms Heath would take this character and wondering if the little strumpet would redeem herself to me. And I can gladly say that Ms Heath has pulled it off, I will put my hands up and say to the author; “You were right, to give Clarissa her own story.” Clarissa is so much more than the woman I originally thought her to be, her transition from spoilt little madam, to the complex social butterfly is quite an eye-opener and I have now grown to love her as much as I do her sister; Bella.
As beautifully perfect as Clarissa is, there is a fragility about her that quite catches not just Seb off guard but also the reader. My heart bled for her when she think’s herself as good for nothing more than looking beautiful, she is a multi-layered, deeply delightful young lady who at times I wanted to shake and tell her that she is far more than she perceives herself to be.
As well as the captivating blossoming romance between Seb and Clarissa, I have to mention the spine-tingling and gripping smuggling and spying branch of the story. As soon as I heard that Virginia Heath was going to be writing a series based on the spy ring that popped up in the Warriner’s I was so excited about it, and this first instalment of the King’s Elite is so damn good! I cannot wait to properly meet the rest of the spy’s, I just know that this is going to be an invigorating and breath-taking series. The King’s Elite spying world is dark and perilous, you can literally feel the danger, Ms Heath has created a marvellously real and all-consuming deadly world of spies that could be right out of an Ian Fleming novel.
This is an exhilarating, edge of your seat, thrilling and beautifully sensual romance, one that I guarantee with keep you engaged right from page one and never want it to end. I love the sweet and tender romance that between Seb and Clarissa, their relationship blooms from mutual trust to friends to something more. This is a masterpiece of character development each scene is beautifully written to portray each moment of our character’s role in the story. I cannot wait to read the rest of The King’s Elite, thoroughly satisfying and highly recommended.
This was an ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
The Mysterious Lord Millcroft is to be released on 23rd August and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.
“He’s completely unsuitable…
he’s a rake.”
Part of The Beauchamp Heirs: after being plucked from peril by resolute bachelor Lord Hugo Alastair, Lady Olivia Beauchamp is secretly outraged that he doesn’t even try to steal a kiss! He’s a notorious rake among the ton, and as a result, utterly forbidden to an innocent debutante like her. But their attraction is magnetic. Will she risk her reputation for a passionate encounter?
Well, what can I say about this? Only that it is perfection! I have been really looking forward to meeting the newest branch of the Beauchamp family, this is book one in the Beauchamp Heirs mini-series and what a doozy it is! Oh Ms Preston, what are you doing to me? First you steal my heat and enchant me with gorgeously mysterious Zach and now we have the sinful rake with a heart; Hugo!
When she win’s a bet with her brother Alex, she forces him to take her on a night out to Vauxhall Garden’s. She think’s that as long as she stays masked will be fine, after all how much danger can she be in while with her brother and anonymous? Well let me tell you, a lot of trouble. One thing leads to another and Olivia is stranded amongst the revellers as Alex is nowhere to be found, a hint of blackmail and scandal hanging over her head and being rescued by the deadliest rake of all (not to mention the swoon on the spot, sexy as hell rake ;-)).
As soon as he see’s the masked young woman in Vauxhall Garden’s Hugo knows that she isn’t like the rest of the women that usually frequent the gardens at that time of night, especially within the company she finds herself in. After whisking her away from what could be her down fall, sparks fly between the two. He is amused and rather taken with her fire and tenacity as well as her nativity and goodness, even though he does think of her as a spilt little madam. But even though he acted like the knight in shining armour doesn’t mean that he is going to go down that path, he is determined that their encounter is purely platonic. He will not be giving into the troublesome chit, he believes that she is way above him and that she is too good for just a brief affair, as what he usually goes for – plus there is his aversion to marriage. But alas fate and Olivia soon have other plans for him.
Olivia, well what a little spirited minx she is, wild and impetuous and immensely naïve to the ways of the world. Like all ladies from society she has been cloistered away, protected from the world and any nastiness by her powerful father and brothers. Which as we soon see with Olivia, isn’t really the best course of action, especially as this headstrong young lady can get into trouble faster than you can blink. Yet I found Olivia not just a spoilt little girl she is very protective of her brother’s, especially Alex she will do all she can to make sure that he get’s the inheritance he deserves, and she wants nothing more than to prove to the family that her brother isn’t just a tear away, that there is some goodness in him. I really like that part of her personality, she is quite the contradiction. Flighty, but caring!
Oh Hugo, be still my beating heart, that is if my heart is still there as I am pretty sure this man has blatantly stolen from me. What a delicious rogue he is! Hugo has a reputation, one that he has well and truly earned but now as he get’s older he starts to tire of the very thing that at one time gave him some joy and he is beginning to mend his ways. He really wants to do the right thing for everyone and I love that trait in him.
As well as the glorious ‘will they, won’t they’ romance, that Ms Preston always writes to perfection, there is also another secondary plot that concern’s Olivia’s brother; Alex. Now, Alex is a fascinating character and one that I am looking forward to learning more about.
This is a riveting, enthralling utterly romantic, love story that captures the reader’s attention from the first page, and takes you on a beautifully romantic and thrilling journey. I love how the romance blossoms between Hugo and Olivia, there is a real passion between them and I love how the author keeps the mutual lusty, hunger between the two leads present throughout, which is so engrossing. I loved this one, I am completely and utterly smitten with these two hugely lovable characters’, the story is brilliantly paced, Hugo and Olivia’s romance develops at a steady and completely believable pace.
A wonderfully and captivating love story! Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended book roll on the next Beauchamp Heir!
This was an ARC copy via the author in exchange for honest review.
Lady Olivia and the Infamous Rake is to be released on 23rd August and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.
Grace Alnott is out of time. To save her younger brother from an abusive guardian, her merchant father’s will demands she must marry a peer. Handsome but destitute Everett Hetherington, Earl of Westbury agrees to her offer of a marriage of convenience but stipulates she must live with him for six weeks. No matter how honorable he seems she can’t allow him to get too close, because the aristocracy cannot be trusted.
Six weeks. Major Everett Hetherington, new Earl of Westbury, has exactly six weeks to convince the very independent Grace Alnott to spend the rest of her life with him. Despite her belief she doesn’t belong in his world, he must tempt the alluring Grace into staying, because he has fallen for her. Hard. He just has to ensure she never discovers his secret.
What a wonderful introduction to a new to me author, Eve Pendle has crafted a well-developed, engrossing and very romantic marriage of convenience story. Ms Pendle has created a wonderfully fresh and very romantic story. I love the whole concept of this, it is a refreshing take on the stereotypical marriage of convenience trope.
On the death of her father, who was a very wealthy merchant in his own right; Grace learns that to secure her independence, claim her dowry and to free her little brother from the clutches of his evil guardian, she must marry. Which is easier said then done as her father specifically stated that she must marry a peer. Something that rankles a bit with Grace as she has this aversion to aristocrats, she doesn’t trust or believe a word that comes out of their silver spooned mouth – she would much rather marry someone who has made an honest living for themselves, but she has no choice. She decides that if she must marry she will do so but with some conditions that her new ‘husband’ will have to adhere to; So, she sets out to find her peer!
Enter Major Everett Hetherington, the new Earl of Westbury, Everett needs an heiress. He is desperate his estate needs money, he charms her into a deal that she would live with him for six weeks while he gets his estate and family back on track. And he is also hoping that in those six weeks he can woo her into staying, maybe set a life with each other. She takes Everett up on his deal, hoping that the weeks will fly by, so she can whisk her brother away to safety.
Everett is a really good man, he is honourable, proud and way out of his depth where the whole running an estate lark comes in. He very quickly starts to fall for his reluctant, head-strong wife but he also has a dark secret that he fears is Grace ever finds out she will turn tail and run faster then she plans to.
I love this story, it is a dynamic, charming and stylish, the characters are as different as you can get, yet their ongoing development throughout keeps you engaged and at the edge of your chair waiting with baited breath to find out if they finally get their happy ever after. You are willing them on, I was rooting for Grace and Everett all the way. They are two people that deserve happiness. Another I love about this is how thoroughly Ms Pendle has described every emotion and feeling that this reluctant couple go through. Six Week with a Lord is a wonderfully charming, endearing and absolutely romantic story which I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.
This was a complimentary copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
Six Weeks with a Lord is available now and can be purchased from Amazon.