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#Review : Daring To Love The Dukes Heir (The Beauchamp Heirs #2) by @JaniceGPreston #DaringToLoveADukesHeir #TheBeauchampHeirs @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hello my lovelies, I am so excited to be sharing my review of the amazing book with you today; Daring To Love The Dukes Heir by the wonderful Janice Preston, honestly this book is so gorgeous. I have been waiting for Dominic’s story for what seems like a lifetime and now it’s here, well…boy, oh boy is this a keeper!
She’s totally unsuitable…
…to be his Duchess!
Part of The Beauchamp Heirs: Dominic Beauchamp, Lord Avon, is a powerful duke’s heir and it’s his duty to marry well. His bride must have impeccable breeding, manners and grace. But can anyone meet his exacting standards? Certainly not the irrepressible Liberty Lovejoy, who’s been thrust into society after years of being a provincial nobody. She’s too bold, too bubbly…so why is she the only lady he’s thinking about?
Well, Janice Preston you have just blown me away, this is stunning. I don’t think that I have the capacity to truly do this book justice, would it be OK if I just sat here shouting “Amazing! Gorgeous!…I loooovvvve it!!!” or something along the lines of; “OMG, Dom, Swooooon!” do you think I could get away with that as a review?
I have been so looking forward to this book, ever since we were first introduced to the Beauchamp’s way back…honestly, there was something about those Beauchamp children that ignited my interest, your heart went out to them and then you fell in love with them. It feels like an age since I last had a Beauchamp in my hands – not literally, unfortunately; but Dom or Alex if your ever in Yorkshire, you know where I am 😉
This is the second book in the ‘Beauchamp Heirs’ mini series, set four years on from the previous book, we have the eldest and heir to the Dukedom; Dominick Beauchamp but don’t fear if you haven’t read the first book you, you can read these very easily as stand-a-lone’s, each sibling has their own glorious story to tell and I cannot wait for Alex, I just know that he is going to not only steal my heart but he just break it too.
The story opens with Liberty Lovejoy (Is that the best name for a heroine, or what? I love it, we need more names like this in the world) she is on her way to confront the mighty Duke of Cheriton about his son; Alex’s behaviour. She is worried that the insufferable rake is leading her darling brother; Gideon astray. Gideon has just inherited the Earldom of Wendover, but now he is throwing all caution to the wind and blowing the money, left right and centre. Liberty blames Alex Beauchamp completely for her brothers transgression from the caring and considerate brother she loves to the wild and careless rake he has become. You have to give Liberty a round of applause for her pluck, she is desperate so she goes to the one person who can sort out the young buck, only problem once she arrives at the Duke’s grand house she finds her self face to face with a different man.
That scene where she basically accosts him in his own home is so funny, she hasn’t got any scruples about what is proper all she knows is that this man could help and she will damn well wear him down until he does. She thinks that Dom is arrogant and a bit too fond of himself and his position, yet she can’t deny just how much she is drawn toward the hulking Lord Avon, even though he does drive her crazy.
Dominic is astounded to find a beautiful is a little shabby woman standing at his fathers door, he is equally taken back by her outspoken and rather blunt way of speaking to him she is like a breathe of fresh air, even though she does rub him up the wrong way. Especially bringing her problems to his doorstep, but he knows his brother’s antics he knows that Alex can and does go way of the rails as he has before and Dom not wanting to bring his father back to town and get Alex into further trouble he decides to look into the mater himself. As if he hasn’t got enough to do, especially as he has chosen that moment to start looking for the perfect wife and fulfill his duty as the heir. Even though he has his list of perfect candidates who would be the perfect future Duchess of Cheriton he can’t hide the fact that he is rather taken with a certain protective hellcat.
I really like how their romance evolves over the length of the story, it’s not meet and then boom straight into bed, no its a slow progression to their happy ending, both have obvious feelings for the other, yet they are a bit disillusioned by their difference in stations. I think that this is a real genuine love story, you have two passionate, caring and honourable individuals who in some way are flawed into thinking that they don’t deserve love or that love just isn’t for them. The way Ms Preston has made them open their hearts to what they feel and what they truly deserve is a beautiful piece of wiring, she has captured every human emotion and entwined it so naturally into a story that is ll about two people finding their way to love.
Even though Dom’s personality isn’t my usual type, I always find heirs who have been groomed to be the Duke they can at times be a little on the stiff side, but he just grabbed my attention. He made me love him with his sincerity, his charisma, his loyalty and love for his family, his gentleness and unrelenting want to do right.
What really makes this book stand apart from others is the interaction between Liberty and Dom, they have this energy that is intoxicating, there is something very magical about them as a individuals, they bicker and make up, they have the best chemistry that I have come across, even when they don’t see eye to eye – which is quiet often in the beginning, they have great banter, at times I did wonder if they were ever going to get on with it and finally declare their feelings – I love a good declaration between couples.
Oh, the ending!! My goodness, that is pure class, honestly Janice Preston is the master of the movie-esque ending. It is perfect for Liberty and Dom, and I did fall in love with Dom that little bit more – if that was even possible.
This is such a gorgeous love story, its rich in emotional and heartfelt passion, the everyday internal conflict of each character is laid bare for all to see and it is all the more heart-warming as we readers watch these two finally find their happiness. Yes, it does give you a real warm glow at the end and I did feel like shouting ‘I told you so’ to both Liberty and Dom.
This was a Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, Thank you Janice. X
Daring To Love The Dukes Heir is to be released on 27th June and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.
#Review | The Rakes Enticing Proposal (Sinful Sinclairs #2) by Lara Temple #TheRakesEnticingProposal #SinfulSinclairs @laratemple1@MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hello my lovelies, I have the massive pleasure to be sharing my review of the gorgeous; The Rakes Enticing Proposal by the very talented Lara Temple, to say I have been excited about this book is an understatement, and to actually get my hands on it and read it I was blown away, Lara Temple, you have a real gift!!
The rake has a proposition…
Will she accept?
Part of The Sinful Sinclairs. When globe-trotting Charles Sinclair arrives at Huxley Manor to sort out his late cousin’s affairs, he meets practical Eleanor Walsh. He can’t shake the feeling that behind her responsibility to clear her family’s debt, Eleanor longs to escape her staid life. Chase can offer her an exciting adventure in Egypt… But that all depends on her response to his shocking proposal!
I am utterly lost for words, OK, I do say that a lot and to be honest I have words but they are more along the lines of “Brilliant, gorgeous, perfect, stunning, amazing, one of the best books I have read….” my embarrassed babble has no bounds, I could carry one about just perfect this book is, I knew it was going to be a good one, I knew that Chase would steal my heart, but I didn’t count on him locking it away, so no other hero can ever have it again. Honestly though, this book…I am in utter awe of just how marvelous it is.
The Rakes Enticing Proposal is book two in the Sinful Sinclairs series, and really this is one of those books that it is so brilliantly written it is like reading a stand-a-lone, honestly I have read and loved the previous book but even I forgot that I was reading part two of a series, this is book is just all class, there is no other words for it. I cannot wait for the third book; Sam’s story – now I have a feeling that her story is going to be spellbinding.
The story opens in very Temple-esque dramatic style, a great meeting between out hero and heroine one which does end with them in each others arms, in a fashion. Ex-military man and adventurer Chase Sinclaire received a letter from his late cousin, it is both puzzling and mysterious, he is confused by the contents of the letter and knows that it must be serious if his late cousin had sworn him to secrecy so he sets out to look through his late cousins belongings to see if he can find what in the blazes Huxley is talking about.
Ellie Walsh is at Huxley Manor in a deep deception of her own, she had the now Baron Huxley have come to an arrangement; a fake engagement that must be kept secret, something that will benefit both parties. She is in dire need of funds, she is facing destitution and even worse debtors prison, she has debt collectors banging on the door and nothing to pay them with, which is where Huxley comes in. He wants to get his terrifying aunt; Lady Ermintrude off his back and dispel her idea that he will be marrying one of her precious daughters. But all does not exactly go to plan, when she meets, charming, enticing and roguish Chase.
When Ellie helps Chase organise the late Lord Huxley’s belongings, she soon realises that there is far more to the ‘Lucifer’ before her then what she first thought, they see something in each other while going though all those old diaries and he soon sees just how brilliant she is with a notebook and pen in hand at managing everything, and lets her into the secret of the letter. An act that will take them from the dusty, overbearing Huxley Manor across the sea’s to golden Egypt.
Chase…..Oh, my goodness!!! I have died and gone to perfect hero heaven, there is nothing I don’t like about this man, not only gorgeous – you know me, my head is always turned with a charming smile 😉 I can’t even begin to describe how perfect Chase is, he is my kind of hero inside and out; charming, charismatic, mysterious, ex-military, multi-layered, thoughtful, considerate, passionate, intelligent, dashing, roguish, loyal, protective, sexy – oh, lordy is this man sexy or what!!! There is just something about him that reached my heart, there is a certain vulnerability about him too, something that made him all the more beautiful. I could go on forever about just how awesome this man is, but that would mean me talking about his perfectly shaped rear end and how well his shoulders fill out a coat – but, I don’t think people want to hear about that.
But, as well as leering over Chase, I must talk about Ellie, what a wonderful young woman she is. I felt a real connection with her, she spoke to me in ways that doesn’t often happen, I am one of those readers that oddly connects with the hero of the story far more then the heroine, but not in this case. I could really relate to her, from her worry about finances, to her love of her family, her passion for reading, her thirst for something more in her life, even her constant need for tea. She has a lot of her shoulders and deep down all she wants is the chance to be able to go off and explore the world, she wants to see things that has only ever read about, but she also knows that she has responsibilities, she would never desert her family for something so selfish. She really is a remarkable woman.
This book has everything I look for in a historical romance; amazing characters, that are both thoughtful as well as sexy, intelligent heroines who don’t take no nonsense, multi-layered heroes that have a roguish twinkle. A plot that is like something from a movie – in fact this book could very easily be a blockbuster. Gorgeous settings, stunning and intricately researched history that is so perfectly woven through out the story you don’t even realize your soaking up historic fact – now that is a skill – and with a breathtaking romance one that will last the test of time, one that will make you fall in love .
I love that Ms Temple is never afraid to push the historical romance boundaries, she steps out of the classical romance zone that so many authors hold on to like a comfort blanket and she stride purposely through new and untrodden lands to bring us some of the most thought-provoking, fascinating, stylish and adventuresome romances that are around today, as I said from the beginning, this lady has a real natural talent for spinning a great tale of absolute love.
The writing is spectacular, the descriptions of each scene is so vivid you can literally see everything in your mind, especially once they reach Egypt. That is a stunning piece of writing, it’s so visual and realistic you can instantly see that the Ms Temple has a real passion for Egypt, it comes through every word, she sweeps the reader along with the characters, the story has a magical almost daydream like quality that sparkles likes the Egyptian sun.
This book is a work of art, it’s as beautiful as the Egyptian setting-sun and as charming as the English countryside, I cannot recommend this book enough, it is dazzling.
This was a Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Lara. x
The Rakes Enticing Proposal is to be released on 27th June and can be pre-ordered now at Amazon, do go and pre-order it, you will not be disappointed.
#Review | The Highborn Housekeeper (Saved From Disgrace #3) by Sarah Mallory @SarahMRomance #TheHighbornHousekeeper #SavedFromDisgrace @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hello my lovely readers! I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of this gorgeous book; The Highborn Housekeeper by Sarah Mallory, I feels I have been waiting an age for book three in the Saved From Disgrace series; Nancy’s story, but it was well worth the wait, this is so good.
A disgraced lady
Turned lowly housekeeper
Earl’s daughter Nancy turned her back on the aristocracy when she fled a forced marriage, working as a cook and housekeeper. But in nursing an injured man back to health, Nancy uncovers a deep longing for the dangerously attractive Gabriel, and a surprise: he’s working to protect government secrets! She wants to help him. But to do so, Nancy will have to return to the life she once cast aside…
My goodness, this book! The minute I met Nancy in the previous books, I knew she must have a story, there was something intriguing about her, there was a hint of mystery and like a lot of fellow readers, I needed to know her past and to see where her future lay. So, you wouldn’t believe how happy I was when I heard that she was having a story of her own, even though it seems an age since we last delved into this glorious series – or maybe that’s just me, I am very impatient after all. I can happily say that it was well worth the tortuous wait for her HEA, as this is a doozy.
This is book three in the ‘Saved From Disgrace’ series, this can be very easily be read as a stand-a-lone, even though Nancy is from the previous books all you need to know about her part and her history is here for you, but I would highly recommend checking out the others in the series, only because they are just too good not to miss.
This could be my favourite in all of the series, in fact not could be, it definitely is – which seems a bit disloyal to the previous, I’m sure I said the same about those – I love it, the story is ….well, it is beyond my capacity to describe just how good this is, I could say devastating, gorgeous, engaging, thrilling, sizzling chemistry, lies, secrets with a dash of mystery – and that is is just the hero….. oh, do not get me started on the hero.
Oh, my word Gabriel, serious sighing is going on here, he is wonderful, Sarah Mallory, what have you done to me? I am a swooning mess after meeting this gorgeous, grumbling, mysterious man with the playful, twinkling eyes. I may be ruined for other heroes for life. Ah, Gabriel, I need more heroes like this in my life…hint, hint, if anyone is reading this!
Well, I best get on with this review, it’s no good me whittling on about a great chest and fine pair of take me to bed eyes, you want to know a wee bit about this book….or maybe I could get away with just babbling on about Gabriel’s….unmentionables 😉
The story opens with Nancy on her way back from London, home to Prospect House where as you will know if you have followed the series is a home for women who are in need. Our Nancy is far more then just a great cook and housekeeper, she is far more then what she appears. Which is why I wanted to know her story, she is a fascinating woman. The snow is falling heavily when their party briefly stop at an inn that Nancy comes across a man left for dead in the road – as you do. Even though it is going against her better judgement, after all he could be anyone – he could be a bandit, pirate, rogue who knows….and especially as she is precariously close to the very person she has been running away from all these years, Nancy is a good woman and can’t leave the poor man to die so she bustles him into her carriage, even though he could be a pirate, he definitely has the manners for one.
I really, really like Nancy, she is a real bright spark, I always knew that she had a smart head on her shoulders and that she had a real, genuine caring nature and this book has just enforced what I had already thought of her. She has her own secrets , I love that she is very independent she is proud of the life she has found, even though she tries to act all proper even she can’t resist Gabriel when he is tantalising her…well, she is only human how can she not fall under his spell?
So decamping at his home, to a bemused valet, she starts to nurse the mystery man back to health, which is very funny seeing her take over his house hold as though it were her own. Let us just say once he has woken and regained enough of himself he isn’t too happy about the fact that he is now under the wing of an interfering woman who just so happens to have a great bust beneath her prim widows weeds.
Gabriel is like a lion with a thorn in his paw, he is grouchy, brooding, grumbling but he has been attacked and left for dead and is woken to a busy bee of a women stamping around his house, it’s understandable that he’s a little put out and he wants her gone as soon as possible. But, Gabriel has a secret, a huge reason why he doesn’t want an enchanting woman around the house taking up all is attention. Gabriel’s secret and why he was attacked is a major part of the plot, so I ain’t going to go too deep into that, I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you, let us just say that there is far more to Gabriel then a fine pair of twinkling, cheeky and sexy eyes.
This is just marvellous, the chemistry between Gabriel and Nancy is on fire, from the moment he wakes you can feel the heat coming of the page whenever he looks at her, honestly it’s scorching. There is a real buzz between them, the banter is funny, sexy and real, even the more serious moments is enthused with an underlying ‘take me to bed’ atmosphere. The writing is brilliantly engaging, it takes the reader on a real journey and not just straight to bed. Honestly, this book is gorgeous, from the cover to the words within, I cannot recommend this enough, but I do need more from this series, please! Sarah Mallory, you cannot leave me hanging, I need more of Gabriel and Nancy. 🙂 These two are definitely a new favourite couple, they are just perfect!
This was an Arc copy from the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Sarah. x
The Highborn Housekeeper is to be released on 27th June and can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.
#Review : A Wife Worth Investing In (Penniless Brides Of Convenience #2) @MargueriteKaye #AWifeWorthInvestingIn #PennilessBridesOfConvenience @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hello my lovely readers, today I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of this gorgeous book; A Wife Worth Investing In by the marvellously talented Marguerite Kaye. This is an extra celebration too as this book is Marguerites 50th book for Mills and Boon/Harlequin, wowzers!! Huge congratulations Marguerite. xx
A convenient proposal…
Makes a scandalous match!
Part of Penniless Brides of Convenience: Knocking on Owen Harrington’s door, impoverished and desperate, Miss Phoebe Brannagh wonders if London’s most eligible catch will recognise her. But injured and reclusive, Owen is no longer a carefree man. And he’s in urgent need of a convenient wife! Owen’s shock proposal allows Phoebe to fulfil her life’s ambition to open a restaurant…but his heated kisses tempt her to hope for a new dream – marriage, for real!
I have been waiting – not, so patiently – for this book since I closed the last page of the previous, and I can say without a doubt that this was well worth the wait. This book is gorgeous in every way, shape and form. This book is a testament to just how brilliant Marguerite Kaye is, she is the queen of the marriage of convenience trope. Honestly, there are very few authors who can nail this trope as perfectly as Ms Kaye can.
A Wife Worth Investing In, is the second book in the gorgeous Penniless Bride of Convenience series. This series is connected with three sisters, each sister is as different as the next yet each share a passion for their chosen hobby, which as you will see in this book Phoebe’s turns into a career. As with the previous you can read this as apart of the series, but it can very easily as a stand-a-lone. Another reason to celebrate is that this gorgeous book is also Ms Kaye’s 50th book with Mills and Boon/Harlequin, which is an astonishing achievement. Congratulations Marguerite. I have seriously got some back reading to do, I am making it my mission to read them all.
The story opens, two years previously in a little café in Paris where; aspiring Chef, Phoebe wants nothing more the to open her own restaurant, she is an accomplished cook in her own right and has a great passion for sharing her food with others and really accomplishing something for herself. But, this is the Regency era and it is not as easy for a woman. Which is why she is training in Paris under an acclaimed Chef, it is while she is waiting for her chef and lover that she meets by chance; rakish, charming, handsome and wandering Owen. A man she is instantly attracted to, but not just for his sinful good looks but she sees a kindred spirit in him, a man who actually sees and listens to her as herself. Owen is fascinated with the young woman, he sees so much passion in her a passion that he wishes he had for something, instead of a constant recklessness that sees him living on the edge. Owen and Phoebe make quite the impression on one and other that they agree to meet each other again in the same café two years to the day, to see how they are fairing.
Two years later, and Phoebe and Owen are as changed as they can be. Phoebe is destitute, she has lost everything which includes her self respect, her confidence, her passion and the little light behind her eyes that makes her Phoebe. She has fell on hard times, yet even though she has nothing she refuses to go back home to her sister and aunt, she turns to the one persons she hopes can help her.
Owen is also a shell of the man we first meet, after he left her in that café a terrible, life changing accident. He is in constant pain, unable to walk properly and has turned into a recluse. Yet, he is still the gentleman she knew him to be and as soon as he hears of her plight, it is like she has given him a new lease of life and he is soon planning how t help her. As well as helping himself, as he is in need of a wife and she is in need of security. Perfect, he proposes; they both get what they need. Her the ability to open her restaurant and him the wife his rank states he must have, all very practical and proper.
But, we all know that in historical romances and especially Marguerite Kaye’s book nothing will stay practical and proper, especially once our two start seeing the other as something other then a means to improve their circumstances and delve into their feelings for one and other.
There are some really loving and tender moments between Phoebe and Owen, they are both scarred, both their scars more than skin deep. They have both been through the mill, they have both suffered in more ways than and now need to find happiness – even though neither of them think that they deserve to be happy. I love how they bring each other out of their shells its so subtle and real.
They have a real connection right from the moment they meet in that cafe, and I love how Ms Kaye has built that up from a budding friendship which had a lot of mutual attraction then through difficulties they must both face once married to where they end up, it written with such understated longing and passion, its quite breath taking really.
This is a brilliant story, a real master class of romance writing, its mesmerising and dazzling, honestly its perfect!
For me I saw more as second chance romance too as that is essentially what both Owen and Phoebe have in one another, they have that second chance to have happiness. The journey they go on to their happily ever after is an emotional ride, there are many ups and down for these two and that is just with their personal issues that they must face. I do love them though, Owen is the hero that you need to love, you want to hug him you want to love him and you feel every emotion and every painful step right down in your heart 0 that is how excellent the writing is.
Marguerite you has stolen my breathe away with this, I am absolute awe.
This was an Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Marguerite. x
A Wife Worth Investing In is to be released on 30th May and can be pre-ordered at Amazon and I definitely say go and pre-order.
#Review : Tempted By His Secret Cinderella (Allied At The Altar #3) by @BronwynScott #TemptedByHisSecretCinderella #AlliedAtTheAltar @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hello my lovely readers! I am very excited about sharing my review of this utterly gorgeous book, I have been avidly reading this series and was so exited to meet Sutton and Elidh and it does not disappoint. So, without further ado grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy!
He’s falling for a princess…
But she’s a commoner!
An Allied at the Altar story: A madcap scheme to secure a patron for her father’s play finds Elidh Easton at a house party, dressed as Italian royalty! But Elidh catches the eye of their dashing host, Sutton Keynes, who has four weeks to find a noble bride. He’d never look twice at her normally – poor, plain and untitled – but in the moment, it’s easy to imagine they have a future!
My goodness, Bronwyn Scott you have gone and done it again! I am, as ever in complete awe at the excellence of this fine lady’s writing. I have been so excited about this book and it did not disappoint; Tempted By His Secret Cinderella blew me away, its stylish, seductive, intriguing and utterly romantic, honestly its perfect!
This is book three in the Allied At The Altar series, I cannot believe that we are on book three already, how can that be? It only seems like yesterday that I first opened the first book, this series is so engaging and that you literally just fly through book after book. A lot like devouring a full share bag of M&M’s, you keep reading then you want to weep when it comes to an end – I don’t want this series to end!! As with the previous two, Tempted By His Secret Cinderella can be read very easily as a stand-a-lone, as the series is linked together with specific characters which appear or are mentioned in each book when the story calls for them.
Sutton has been informed that if he is to inherit he must marry within four weeks, but not just marry anyone – oh, no! There are clauses that state very specially the type of women he is to marry, but also that they must stay together – well, I never! Sutton isn’t exactly averse to marrying, but he would rather it be on his own terms and that the lady be agreeable to him and his project. So he decides to host a house party where he can do proper ‘research’ on his prospective brides, but the one that catches his eyes isn’t on the list at all, the girl in the red dress fascinates him from the moment he sets eyes on her.
Elidh and her father are destitute, they are practically broke. Her little wage which she gets for sewing isn’t near enough to keep them going through the winter and her play write father hasn’t sold a play in so long, that Elidh is worried. Even more so when she hears of her fathers newest scheme. He plans to gate crash Sutton Keynes house party in the disguise of Italian royalty so that he can find a new patron for his latest play. No amount of persuading can change his mind so Elidh must done the mask of confident, stylish, sexy; Principessa Chiara and w her way into Suttons world and she is soon caught in the gaze of Sutton himself.
I really, really like Sutton, he is a man who knows his duty, he knows what he must do and he isn’t one to shirk that duty. He has loyalty to his family ingrained in him right down to the core, he is loyal and honest and just wants to do what’s right. But it’s the other side of his personality that caught my eye and drew me to him – like a moth to a flame, he is highly intelligent, he prefers science and fact over whimsical and the ton. He has a passionate side of him that willingness to work that is very seductive.
The instant chemistry between Elidh and Sutton just jumps off the page, it sizzles those little glances and touches that pass between them are wonderfully vivid that you can feel the tingles along with them. Even though Elidh is trying to be disinterested in him, she can’t deny that she – like the rest of us – is transfixed with the quiet and at times brooding Sutton.
I have been completely in love with this series from the beginning, the further we go along the better and better it gets. It takes the reader on a beautifully crafted journey as Sutton and Elidh traverse the great road towards their happily ever after.
I adore the premise of this, the Cinderella-esque storyline isn’t at all what you would think it to be, there is an imaginative twist to it. I really like how Ms Scott has gone deep into the reason why Sutton must marry within weeks to inherit, it is a brilliantly dark secondary storyline, one that is constantly present in the background throughout the story, it is the driving force of why Sutton does what he does.
Overall this is a magical love story; its enchanting and fun, as well as being highly addictive reading, its one of those will they, won’t they gripping romances that will have you turning the pages with lightning speed.
I cannot wait for the fourth and final…..weeps for ten minutes …..book in the series, I am eagerly awaiting that one!
This was an Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Bronwyn.
Tempted By His Secret Cinderella is to be released on 30th May and can be pre-ordered now.
#Review : The Determined Lord Hadleigh (Kings Elite #4) by @VirginiaHeath_ #TheDeterminedLordHadleigh #KingsElite @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hello my lovely readers! Well this was a hard review to write, I couldn’t find the words to full express what I wanted to say, even after reading my review back I know that I babble a fair amount, so apologies for that. Another reason is that this will be the last time I get to write a Kings Elite review……sobs, uncontrollably for ten minutes….I can’t believe it! But, I have to say that this series goes out in smashing style 😉
He’s got iron control…
But she might be his undoing!
Part of The King’s Elite. Haunted by Penny Penhurst’s courage on the witness stand, meticulous barrister Lord Hadleigh offers her a housekeeper position at his estate. Despite trying to stay detached, Hadleigh is charmed by her small child and surprised by how much he yearns for this proud woman! Can this he break through his own – and Penny’s – barriers to prove he’s a man she can trust…and love?
Well this was a sad day coming where I would be writing my review for the last Kings Elite book, I need tissues, I want to weep. Do I really need to write this review? Can’t I just skip it, bury my head in the sand so that I don’t have to face the fact that this is it for the glorious Kings Elite?
OK, well if I must break my heart, I will do it with aplomb – don’t you just love that word? By Jove, has this been an incredible series or what? From those first few pages of book one, I have been avidly turning the pages, becoming more and more absorbed into the Kings Elite world that they are now more known to me than family – Hmmm, Not sure that if that is a good thing or not!
So this is book four in the sensational Kings Elite, we have come face to face – figuratively speaking – with the most charming, shy, courageous, loyal, lovable, passionate and gorgeous characters, they have taken us on a whirlwind journey across four books. A journey full of intrigue, smuggling, spies, danger, romance and adventure and now we are here at the finale…..someone hand me the tissues, please! As with each of the previous books; The Determined Lord Hadleigh, can be read as a stand-a-lone very easily, my personal recommendation would be that you do at least read the previous one first; The Disgraceful Lord Gray before this, if you haven’t read the others, there are particular moments in this one that will give away a few spoilers in regards to the sub plot that has been running throughout the series.
After testifying against her husband, a man linked with the Smuggling ring – that as been one of the best subplots that has ever come out of a Mills and Boon book – Penny is shocked to find that after his sentence she loses everything, she and her young son are left destitute. Poor Penny, she does the right thing, she stands up for the first time in her life against the man who has made hasn’t just made her life unbearable, but also who has scared the living daylights out of her and now she has nothing. The man who was prosecuting her vile husband, the honourable if a wee bit pompous Lord Hadleigh feels a sense of injustice over what happened to the young woman, so much so he tries to help her. She is a proud, determined woman who after being on the wrong side of a manipulative and controlling man she is very uncomfortable about the charming, golden eyed barristers help. She sees it as being no better off then where she was, she is an amazing woman she may be fragile but I got a sense of real inner strength, like a lioness when times get tough she will do anything in her power to protect her child and I completely admire her for that.
To say he is an educated man he really doesn’t have a clue when it comes to women, as he goes about things all wrong. He has good heart, he is noble and honourable and loyal, he does try to help her, even if at first he doesn’t go down the proper avenue. Bless him, he gets it all wrong – thank goodness that Seb ……swoon! Has word with the young barrister. I really, really like Hadleigh, he isn’t at all how I thought he would be from those previous appearances, you are first introduced to a calm, intelligent and caring man but you soon realise that there is more to this man then meets the eye. There is another man beneath the cavernous barristers cloak.
So, we finally have Hadleigh’s story, after much waiting and wondering he is here and he does not disappoint. I saw this very much as a second chances story, Tristan Hadleigh and Penny Penhurst, what a remarkable couple they are. Both have complexities, both have vulnerabilities and both learning to love and trust. It is beautiful to watch their blossoming romance throughout the story, the journey they go on as individuals is one of the greatest pieces of writing I have read. It is powerful and gorgeous, it makes you shiver with anticipation about what will happen next and make you sigh with pure elated joy when they get there.
This book is packed with deep emotion, which the reader can feel right within them which for me is a testament to how brilliant this author is. Her grasp of language is as ever astonishing, the way this book can take hold of the readers emotions with a few words is perfect writing.
This book is absolutely delightful, what a joy it is to read.
Before I finish, one last note….Love, Love, Love the epilogue! Its gorgeous and fun, it is the perfect ending for all our heroes and heroines and Trefor 😉 brilliantly written, it brings all what you know and love about the Kings Elite together as a, shall we say; goodbye? Perfect, thank you Virginia for an astounding series, this is why we readers love you! X
This was an Arc from the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Virginia!
The Determined Lord Hadleigh is to be released 27th June and can be pre-ordered at Amazon and do go an pre-order it.
#BlogTour : The Pursuits Of Lord Kit Cavanaugh (The Cavanaughs #2) by Stephanie Laurens #Review #ThePursuitsOfLordKitCavanaugh @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonInsiders
Hello everyone! I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on the; The Pursuits of Kit Cavanaugh blog tour, I can wait to share my review of this wonderful book with you all, so take a seat grab a cuppa and enjoy!
Bold and clever, THE CAVANAUGHS are unlike any other family in early Victorian England. #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens continues to explore the enthralling world of these dynamic siblings in the eagerly anticipated second volume in her captivating series.
A Gentleman of Means
One of the most eligible bachelors in London, Lord Christopher “Kit” Cavanaugh has discovered his true path and it doesn’t include the expected society marriage. Kit is all business and has chosen the bustling port of Bristol to launch his passion—Cavanaugh Yachts.
A Woman of Character
Miss Sylvia Buckleberry’s passion is her school for impoverished children. When a new business venture forces the school out of its building, she must act quickly. But confronting Kit Cavanaugh is a daunting task made even more difficult by their first and only previous meeting, when, believing she’d never see him again, she’d treated him dismissively. Still, Sylvia is determined to be persuasive.
An Unstoppable Duo
But it quickly becomes clear there are others who want the school—and Cavanaugh Yachts—closed. Working side by side, Kit and Sylvia fight to secure her school and to expose the blackguard trying to sabotage his business. Yet an even more dastardly villain lurks, one who threatens the future both discover they now hold dear.
I have been reading Stephanie Laurens for years, she is definitely a queen amongst the Historical Romance genre, she is in a league of her own for excellence and this is right up there with the best. For those who have read Ms Laurens will know what I mean, and for those who haven’t read a Stephanie Laurens book yet, why? You really must, for anyone who loves historical romance then this is the book and the author to go to.
1843, Bristol Kit Cavanaugh; after years of playing the rake, of building up a reputation that will keep all those pushy mama’s and debutantes at bay – but he did it all for reason, it was a way to protect himself from his manipulative and using mother. But with his mother’s death he and his siblings are free to do as they please, free to actually live rather then constantly looking over their shoulders wondering when the old coot was going to come down on them. Now he has found what he is passionate about and fully intend turning his back on the life his mother and all of the Ton would want and pursue his own, to build up his Yacht building business; Cavanaugh Yachts.
Kit and his business partner Wayland plan to rent out a warehouse on the docks, they have big plans not only to forge their new Yacht building business but rather admirably plan on using the destitute dock workers who are in dire need of work – I’m telling you, this man has stolen my heart. But, by doing so they unknowingly push out the charity which is currently using the space and whom have a week to move out for Kit and Wayland to move in.
Sylvia Buckleberry (don’t you just love that name?) runs a charity school out of the warehouse Kit has just stolen from her, and now she must either find a new place to relocate her school too or say goodbye to her noble venture which means letting down all those unfortunate children who rely on the school. She fully plans on confronting the man who has the nerve to take away not just her passion but the future of her children’s education – something she does with great gusto! What she doesn’t realise is that she has already met the devilishly handsome and very swoon-worthy Kit at the wedding between her best friend and Kit’s brother, earlier in the year. Kit is very taken with the feisty, intriguing and passionate young woman who has taken it upon herself to face him down and he vows to help her.
But all is not as easy as it may appear as it soon comes to light that there is a mysterious villain out there who not only would very much like to hurt Sylvia but also destroy both their ventures, can Kit and Sylvia find the truth?
I loved their relationship, they are sweet, loving and adorable. They both tread very carefully as they have found themselves in the company of another who they don’t usually find in their sphere. Sylvia is fresh parsons daughter who isn’t the usually glitzy butterfly that Kit is used to and as such he must be patient when wooing her, she isn’t usually his type but you can see instantly that he is fascinated by her. She knows all about his notorious rakish reputation, she is wary around him, but even she can’t deny that this gorgeous man with the twinkle in his eye has charm.
I thoroughly enjoyed this, it was such a joy to read. As ever with a Stephanie Laurens you will not be disappointed, the plot is intricate, romantic and fun with a hint of mystery that will have you reading late into the night. But it is the character’s that really pull you in, they are beautifully written, charming and each adorable in their own way.
A definite must read, even though this is book two in the Cavanaugh’s series as with all of Ms Laurens work this can be very easily read as a stand-a-lone.
Enchanting and highly recommended!
This was a complimentary copy via the publisher in exchange for an honest review as apart of this blog tour, thank you to the Mills and Boon’s Insiders team.
The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh is available now and can be found at Amazon.
Do have a look at the other blog’s which are participating in this blog tour.