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#Review – Lady Joy And the Earl : A Christmas Novella by Regina Jeffers (@reginajeffers) #Christmas #Regency #Romance

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They have loved each other since childhood, but life has not been kind to either of them. James Highcliffe’s arranged marriage had been everything but loving, and Lady Joy’s late husband believed a woman’s spirit was meant to be broken. Therefore, convincing Lady Jocelyn Lathrop to abandon her freedom and consider marriage to him after twenty plus years apart may be more than the Earl of Hough can manage. Only the spirit of Christmas can bring these two together when secrets mean to keep them apart.

My View

Well this is a wonderfully heart-warming and emotional seasonal story. I am a big fan of Regina Jeffers work, she has a real gift at story telling, she magically captures the readers attention with her charming stories which have some of the most wondrous characters who the reader can really get behind and cheer on. Lady Joy and The Earl is no different, I found this to be a magical story full of raw emotion and a delightful cast of character’s.

Jocelyn (or Joy) and James have been in love with each other since they were children, as their family’s estates are right next door to one and other, they often used to spend many hours and days together. They both new where they wanted their lives to go and that was to be together, unfortunately James’ father had already arranged a marriage for James ever since he was still in the cradle and it wouldn’t be with the neighbouring Marquess’ daughter. Joy was obviously devastated when hearing of James’ marriage, because she didn’t know the details of the arrangement she felt both cheated and disappointed that James would do such a thing to her after she had loved him all her life. Which into the an arranged marriage of her own, never to see each other for another twenty two years.

Both had very unhappy marriages, in different ways so twenty-two years later once widowed and past their moaning period they can both be and do what they want to be. For Joy that means she finally has her freedom, even if that freedom does come at a cost due to what happened when her husband died. She wants nothing more than to go about her life with her children and finally be able to live. For James there is only one thing that he wants, the one thing that was stolen from him; Joy! He is set on finally claiming his Joy for his own, just as he wanted in the first place. But first he must make it past her high defences, for she is far from the spirited woman he knew she has become a shell of her self and he knows that gentleness and a little Christmas magic is the only way forward for both of them to be happy.

Joy hasn’t had the best of luck, first the one man she loved with all her heart suddenly ups and marries someone else, true that it was all arranged when he was a baby, but she doesn’t know that. Her confusion and hurt is always there, even after twenty years apart her heart may do a jolt and speed up at the mere sight of this distinguished, handsome man but also present is her devastation. She was then married off to a horrible man and his treatment of her has left an imprint on her, she is such a wonderfully kind and loving woman but that sparkle tat James loved about er has been put out. But James, being the wonderfully self assure and slightly arrogant man – but in a very good way he can see that there is a flicker of the woman beneath the hurt, I love this man he really is wonderful and oh, so handsome he isn’t cruel or nasty he is utterly charming and he oozes sex appeal. Joy is an amazing woman, she is strong when it comes to her children and she is fierce yet she is vulnerable and fragile. I love the gentleness James shows her and how with his careful wooing she becomes her real self, I particular love the way he subtly flirts and cajoles her into bantering with him. So sweet and funny!

I love this book! The story is very well developed and refreshingly new for the genre, it moves from scene to scene flawlessly. But the thing that I do love about this sweet short story is the chemistry between the leads, James and Joy are a match made in heaven they have both been scarred – if emotionally scarred by the turn of the events when they were young. The feelings for each other is constant, you can feel the emotion on every page, from the rapidly beating hearts to the fact that they can’t stop gazing at one an other. It’s beautiful written, but I expected no less from talented Ms Jefffers .

Gorgeous story, just perfect!!

This was a complimentary copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.

Lady Joy and The Earl can be purchased from Amazon.

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#Review : Beauty and The Brooding Lord (Saved from Disgraced) by Sarah Mallory (@SarahMRomance)

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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?

My View

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.

The Makings of a Lady (#ChadcombeMarriages Book 3) by @CatherineTinley #Review #BlogBlitz @rararesources @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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Be calm, she thought.
Be gracious. Be twenty-two.

Lady Olivia Fanton is eager to prove she’s no longer a child. However, just as she thinks she’s found a suitable match in the suave Mr Manning, charismatic Captain Jem Ford walks back into her life, bringing with him all the embarrassment of her infatuation four years before! She’s determined to appear mature, distant, friendly. But does she dare hope he’ll notice her as the lady she’s become?

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My View

Well, this is charmingly different, but in anew entirely good way! This is book three in The Chadcombe Marriages series, and what a wonderfully, different story, Ms. Tinley has created. I think everyone who has been reading this series form the very start has been waiting for Lady Olivia’s story, I know that I have and I can say without a doubt that this is well worth the wait, Ms. Tinley has not disappointed. I was instantly intrigued by the premise of this, of there being two suitors vying for the attention of the lady.

When Jem Ford returned home from the war wounded, his Captain and best friend; Harry Fanton took Jem to his home to mend. Whilst there Harry’s sister; Olivia and Jem grow closer and closer as she helps him regain his strength. Olivia falls in love with the dashing hero that she thinks he is about to propose, only to have her heat broken when he heads to Australia to make a name for himself. She thought he felt the same for her, and think’s that when he chose to take the position in Australia he proved that he didn’t feel anything for her. Which really as far from the truth as can be!

Four years later and the man she had fallen head over heals for and still hold a torch in her heart for, even though he broke it is back. He has risen through the ranks, he has done exactly what he set out to do; make a name for himself. But none of that matters to Olivia all she can think of whenever his name is mentioned, is how much he hurt her when he ran off. Jem’s return coincides with the arrival of the cheekily handsome; George Manning, who is proving quite the distraction for Olivia, he is exactly what she needs.

Both men are highly handsome and charming, they are very different in character George is confident, he likes the limelight, he enjoys the attention and he likes how his life would be if he and Olivia ever married, whereas Jem he is just as confident, but he has a more quieter and calmer way about him that draws you to him without a word, from page he thinks himself not good enough for the aristocratic Olivia, I rather found his determination to better himself very endearing and George is very rakish and cheeky, I found was something very secretive about him. He is attentive towards Olivia you can see there is a mutual attraction between them, but right from the off you can see very clearly where Olivia’s heart lies.

Unlike the previous book in the series, for me there isn’t as much romantic interaction between Olivia and the man she eventually ends up with as I would have liked, but that takes nothing away from the story that Catherine Tinley have written. She has created an exciting, sensitive and edge of your seat story that I will guarantee will keep you up past your bed time – and that is just finding out if Olivia and the man you know she is meant for finally get their happily ever after. The slow burning romance is sweet, loving and tender, there is a lot of emotion building up between our lead couple thst does keep you hanging on waiting to see what will happen. I love the added kidnap and ransom twist in the story, it is an exciting and thrilling twist and really takes the story from sweet romance to romantic suspense and which I think is the making of this book.

What I particularly liked about The Makings of a Lady is that, it is highly detailed, unlike a lot of romances where the story is led by character’s and their feelings for one and other and some of the plot is sort of masked by that, this isn’t. This is plot driven, every aspect is finely honed and detailed from the kidnap and ransom to the child birth scene, which I thought was a refreshing take on the historical romance genre.

I do really like this, it is an enjoyable story which has a mixture of regency authenticity from customs to traditions, mystery and it’s full of warmth and wit that engages and entertains. Ms Tinley has a real way with words that captures the readers attention and keeps them glued right to the last page.

A more than it meets the eye, romance that will entertain all romance readers.

Highly recommended!

This was a ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review for this blog tour.

The Making’s of a Lady is to be released on 4th October and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.

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About Catherine

Catherine Tinley writes heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works in Sure Start. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, cat, and dog and can be reached over at her website and on social media.

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Review : One Night Under The Mistletoe (Convenient Christmas Brides Anthology) by Laurie Benson.

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A convenient arrangement
Three festive Regency romances…

In The Captain’s Christmas Journey, by Carla Kelly, Captain Everard is escorting Verity to her governess job—and for propriety’s sake that means a convenient engagement!

In Louise Allen’s The Viscount’s Yuletide Betrothal Eleanor advertises for a ‘suitable’ gentleman to pose as her betrothed over Christmas.

And in Laurie Benson’s novella, Juliet’s One Night Under the Mistletoe leads to a marriage of convenience with handsome former love Lord Montague…

My View

One Night Under The Mistletoe is book two in The Sommersby Brides series, which for those who haven’t read the first one yet (I highly recommend that you do) is a mini series which follows three sister’s in their pursuit of finding their happily ever after, even if they don’t realise they are looking for it, and that is exactly what you can expect with this one. Ms Benson really has become my go-to author for tender and sensual romances that take, not just the character’s on a journey of discovery to find their happy ever after but also the reader.

When I heard that Laurie Benson was writing a story in a Christmas anthology, I was very excited to see what would come out of it and I was not disappointed with this. I particularly like the fact that instead of writing a stand-a-lone to go in this anthology – which a lot of other authors would have done – Ms Benson chose to carry on the Sommersby Bride series.

Montague is in search of the perfect kiss, a kiss that will blow his mind. He has kissed a lot of women in his life, but he has only ever had a mind blowing, great kiss just once, and since that day he has tried to find a woman who can match and then hopefully he will find the wife that he knows deep down he needs. He doesn’t find anything like the kiss he wants, but what he does find in a secluded library at a ball changes his life forever.

Juliet is quietly reading in the library when she is come upon by the deadly handsome Monty. She remembers when they shared a secret kiss and like Monty she has never really been able to move on from it, only that the man himself broke her heart so terribly she can’t allow herself to love him again.

An innocent and unexpected encounter, forces them to do exactly what neither of them want; to find themselves in Marriage of Convenience. Juliet thinks that this is it, she is stuck in a loveless marriage. Without giving too much away, I love how they begin to reconnect with each other and it is very lovely seeing how they begin to see one an other as more than just a ball and chain. Their road to happily ever after isn’t an easy one as at first their relationship is strained, but the magic of Christmas allows them to finally find what they are both so desperately wanting.

This ticks all boxes for me wonderfully, romantically challenged character’s, beautiful story that enchants and entertains, plus a flawless Christmassy setting that is magical and season wrapped up with that Benson gift to make the reader fall in love. The only downside is that I would have liked it to go on a little longer, which is always the case with novella’s, but this really set’s us up for the next sister’s story. I am really looking forward to seeing where Ms Benson will take Lizzie, she was the sister that I was intrigued by from day one.

A wonderfully seasonal, ever so romantic and magical story that will leave you feeling all warm and ready to put up your own Mistletoe.

This was an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

One Night Under The Mistletoe (The Convenient Christmas Brides Anthology) is to be released on 1st November and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

Review : The Mrs MacKinnons by Jayne Davis

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England, 1799

Major Matthew Southam returns from India, hoping to put the trauma of war behind him and forget his past. Instead, he finds a derelict estate and a family who wish he’d died abroad.

Charlotte MacKinnon married without love to avoid her father’s unpleasant choice of husband. Now a widow with a young son, she lives in a small Cotswold village with only the money she earns by her writing.

Matthew is haunted by his past, and Charlotte is fearful of her father’s renewed meddling in her future. After a disastrous first meeting, can they help each other find happiness?

My View

Well this is truly wonderful, I am simply amazed at the quality of this debut and will definitely be reading more from Jayne Davies. I was instantly hooked from the prologue which is basically a brief look into why the hero is how is, I make it no secret how much I love a vulnerable, troubled veteran and this one is a beautifully crafted one who will pull at your heartstrings. I loved those first few pages during the bloody war, it reminded me of a Bernard Cornwall book. It was honest and gritty and instantly made me sit up and take notice.

Our very unlikely hero; Major Matthew Southam returns from the war in India, he is basically a wreck of the man he was, emotionally anyway. He has seen and experienced way too much to ever have peace of mind with his wonderfully adapt Sergeant Webb at his side Matthew is forced to face having to take on the responsibility of an unwanted title and estate, pus having to navigate his way around a family who hoped he had died in the war as they have been helping themselves to his fortune for years. Matthew wants nothing more than to lock himself away with a drink…and another drink and try to forget everything or just to drink himself into a stupor he may never wake up from, which ever comes first. Anyone who has read any of my reviews will know how much I love a good war hero, and Matthew is a wonderfully flawed character, how he suffers from his experience from the war is heart-wrenching.

Thank goodness for Sergeant Webb, who really is a miracle worker. This intelligent, conniving and fun man really takes control of Matthews life, he takes care of him and subtly manoeuvres him around where he needs to be. I was very taken with this Webb, he has a real charm and wit, for an extra he certainly stood out to me.

Charlotte MacKinnon is a widow, living a quiet life that is until her mother dies and suddenly she and her son are thrust into her malicious father’s gaze. The only reason Charlotte entered into her loveless marriage was to escape the marriage her father had proposed for her. To make ends-meat and make certain that she can always provide for her young son, she writes charming children’s stories and she has a column in the local newspaper. I do really admire Charlotte she has forged this life for herself, she is resilient and determined that her manipulative father doesn’t get his hands on her son. She is strong willed, intelligent and caring she takes no-nonsense form anyone.

They may not appear at the first like peas in a pod, but there is something very magical about them. They both have not just personal issues with family getting in the way of them doing what they need to. But they do work well together, they bring out the lightness that has disappeared in their lives and I think it is rather beautifully done. Matthew needs someone special in his life that will love him and help him move forward from the horrors of his war past and Charlotte needs a man who will truly love her for herself and who will help her when her malicious father returns into her life.

For me though, the star of the show is definitely Webb, he is such a fun and magical character who can really make you laugh and sigh. This is a wonderfully different story that has reall heart to it. Their is darkness and passion in equal amounts, the charming characters draw the readers into their lives and you are gripped by the intricate and engaging story. Ms Davis has a stylish and articulate writing style that really captures the readers attention and I Cannot wait to read more from her.

This was a complimentary copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Mrs MacKinnons is available now and can be purchased at Amazon.

 

Review : Christmas Revels V : Four Regency Novella’s by Hannah Meredith, Anna D Allen, Louisa Cornell & Kate Parker

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Christmas with the Regency Lords and Ladies is Always Unexpected—So Let the Revels Begin

Mr. Hunt’s Christmas Caller – After his anticipated betrothal falls apart, Matthias Hunt wants nothing to do with Christmas festivities. Yet, when quiet, demure Constance Blackwell unexpectedly gives him a piece of her mind, he wonders why he never considered her. Delivering gifts for her aunt, Constance dreads facing Mr. Hunt in the wake of her hasty words. After years of secretly loving her neighbor, she can hardly expect a Christmas miracle… until the weather changes.

The Christmas Gamble – In exchange for her guardian’s gambling debts, Lizzie Hancock is pledged to marry the Earl of Stonebrook, a man she’s never met. When she arrives for the Christmas wedding, the bridegroom is missing, the servants are secretive, and a prodigal brother has returned. Could Lizzie gain everything she desires—if she’s willing to gamble on love?

The Gnome and the Christmas Star – The Earl of Marle has an uncanny ability to judge political candidates, but he’s a failure in matters of the heart. After years spent caring for her late husband, the Dowager Viscountess Lyndon fiercely clings to her new independence. An unlikely meeting offers them both a second chance at happiness, but a Christmas miracle is needed to claim it.

A Perfectly Ridiculous Christmas – Valerian, Viscount Keynsham will do anything to ensure his best friend’s marriage to a wealthy heiress, including claim the man’s three young Creole daughters as his own. Lady Catherine Chastleton needs a manageable husband to claim her inheritance. As the children try to keep their stories straight, Christmas will be anything but manageable.

My View

I only came across the Christmas Revels anthology last year, and I was instantly charmed by the wonderfully seasonal stories. Since reading my first Christmas Revels I was avidly awaiting the next, and I can say that again these four wonderful author’s have not disappointed. For those of you who haven’t read any of the Christmas Revels, it is four Christmas novella’s written by Hannah Meredith, Anna D Allen, Louisa Cornell and Kate Parker.

Mr Hunt’s Christmas Caller is a wonderful story with two very different character’s, Matthias and Constance are not exactly a match made in heaven at first as neither are exactly what the other is looking for in a partner as they are so different. Matthias isn’t the strongest of men, I felt he was more self conscious then your stereotypical hero and Constance isn’t one to mince her words she, she has got a lot of confidence. I found these two to be very refreshing. After they – or should that be Constance – trade a few heated words, they find themselves stuck with each other.

The Christmas Gamble this has a really different feel to it, this is much more than your regular regency romance I love that this has a mystery entwined in the romance. Lizzie finds herself betrothed to a man she has never even set eyes on, all to cover her guardian’s gambling debts. But when she arrives for her own wedding, she is shocked to find that the groom is missing, the servants are secretive and there is definitely a hint of suspicion in the air which I find fascinating. Between Lizzie and her intended brother; Gabriel, they must find out what is going on, but in the process they soon find that there is an attraction blossoming between them.

The Gnome and The Christmas Star is a fun second chance romance about widowed Sophia who is very happy with her new found freedom and independence, she is very reluctant to give that up anytime soon, so she sets out trying to help her stepson move on after he lost an arm during the war. She may be selfless in her pursuit of her stepson’s happiness she soon starts to learn that magic does happen at Christmas and if she is willing to take to chance on her own happiness. This is a wonderful and loving romance.

A Perfectly Ridiculous Christmas this has got to be the funniest Christmas story, Valerian is basically living in a mad house after he moved his two best friends, one being a priest who has some of the best one-liners, the other a father of three hellish girls, a motley crew of feral cats and now a lie that just keeps growing and growing. Valerian is an honourable man, but with a lot on his shoulders has vowed that he will help his widowed friend find an heiress, but when they do find the said woman this is when the trouble starts and let us just say Christmas will never be the same again especially as Valerian and his friends to-be heiress; Catherine find themselves inexplicably attracted to each other. The real highlight of this story for me has to be the three friends bantering, that is hugely entertaining and a great finishing story to this anthology.

Each story is so different just like each of the author’s writing styles, and yet they all come together to create this sweet, charming and loving Christmas romances that will stand the test of time, these books I can assure you will be read and re-read again and again and can be enjoyed by any and all who love Christmas stories. Usually at this point I would day that so and so was my favourite, but this time I can’t because each novella has a different feel each one stands out.

Sweet, charming and very Christmassy, love it and highly recommended!

This was a ARC copy via the authors in exchange for an honest review.

The Christmas Revels is out today and can be purchased at Amazon.

Review : His Rags to Riches Contessa ( Matches Made in Scandal #3) by Marguerite Kaye

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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 View

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.