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#Review | A Convenient Fiction (Parish Orphans of Devon #3) by Mimi Matthews #AConvenientFiction #ParishOrphansOfDevon @MimiMatthewsEsq

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Hello Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of this incredible book; A Convenient Fiction, which is book 3 in the beautiful Orphans of Devon series by Mimi Mathews. To say I have been looking forward to this book is a pretty understatement, I have been in love with this series from day one and this book just blew me away. So settle down, grab a cuppa and a snack – really, you’re going to need it, this is going to be a long review.

She Needed a Husband…

It’s been three years since Laura Hayes’s father died, leaving her and her invalid brother to subsist on the income from the family’s failing perfume business. But time is swiftly running out. What she needs is a husband, and fast. A noble gentleman who can rescue them all from penury. When a mysterious stranger arrives in the village, he seems a perfect candidate. But Alex Archer is no hero. In fact, he just might be the opposite.

He Wanted a Fortune…

Alex has no tolerance for sentiment. He’s returned to England for one reason only: to find a wealthy wife. A country-bred heiress in Surrey seems the perfect target. But somewhere between the village railway station and the manor house his mercenary plan begins to unravel. And it’s all the fault of Laura Hayes—a lady as unsuitable as she is enchanting.

From the beaches of Margate to the lavender fields of Provence, a grudging friendship slowly blossoms into something more. But when scandal threatens, can a man who has spent his entire life playing the villain, finally become a hero? Or will the lure of easy riches once again outweigh the demands of his heart?

It has taken me an age to write this review, as there are so many things that I want to say about this, yet every word I write seems a little redundant and doesn’t do this stunning book justice. I have written and deleted and banged my head on the desk in frustration because I can’t begin to describe just how beautiful this book is.

This is the third book in the Parish Orphan’s of Devon series and by Jove, have I been looking forward to this book. Each of these beautiful books can be read very easily as stand-alone, as each of them hold their own stories and any reference to the other ‘Orphan’s’ are done as background to Alex’s story, yet I would read the previous books only because they are so good, I wouldn’t want you to miss a moment. This is the one I have been looking forward to, and we finally get to meet the elusive and mysterious; Alex who after the accident that set the course of the Orphan’s lives, he left never to look back, never to be heard from again.

Alex Archer left England many years ago, now he is back with one goal; to find himself a rich wife! He doesn’t care about anything else other than to marry rich, preferably to marry someone connected, love and emotions don’t even get a second thought, he knows what he wants he will damn well get it. He may sound mercurial and pretty villainous and that is the persona he likes to show the world, he enjoys playing the bad boy, but our boy has many layers which over time we slowly peel away and uncover the captivating and vulnerable man beneath, something which our heroine Laura see’s too.

His plan’s for a wealthy wife soon get pushed to the back of his mind and quite soon really, and that is when he sees a nymph in the pond – said water nymph happens to be our brilliant heroine; Laura Hayes.

Laura is one of the most ordinary and relatable heroines that you will ever meet, and she is one that spoke to me more then most, after her father’s death she is left caring for her sick bother, trying to keep a roof over their heads, food on the table and coal in the fire, she deals with every aspect of their life and is loyal and protective of her brother, she is a stubborn lioness hiding in meek mice clothing, she is resilient and as savvy as hell with their finance. This is a character’s that doesn’t suffer fools easily even if she has always held a tender for a certain neighbour. She is the finest, strongest and independent woman I have met in a historical romance for a while, one of the reasons I liked her so much is that Ms Matthews has done this incredible job at creating a character that 99% of women can relate to.

Alex, oh my word! He had me hooked like a fish on a line from the first peacock-esque swagger and roguish twinkle, I fell completely, he is by far the sexiest and swoon-some of all of Mimi’s Matthews heroes – if ever there was a time for a #DoubleSigh then this is it, the way Mathews has so perfectly created this character is a testament to just how incredible a writer she is, he tries to be the bad boy he thinks himself to be, and some of his actions may make people think that true, but like Laura you can see beneath his manipulative, villainous mask to the unwittingly good heart and there are moments when he makes me sigh and go weak and the knees.

I utterly loved that very first moment these two met, and it is a little on the scandalous side than what we are used to with Ms Matthews, it sets up the relationship between them perfectly, yet they are an adorably sweet couple, the chemistry smoulders beneath the surface, it’s electric the atmosphere around them crackles. Ms Matthews has a brilliant gift at hinting at things that makes the reader really think and imagine, I loved that style of writing it enhances the reading experience. There are some truly beautiful moments between these two there is a scene where Laura tells him that all he wants deep down is a family and not money or property, that really spoke to me it’s a simple very normal truth that so many can relate to.

I have to mention the ending, without giving away any spoilers, it is perfection, it’s heart-warming and so good to see all the Orphan’s together, I cannot wait for the fourth and final book; I know that that one is going to be a tear-jerker, but that man needs a happy ending too.

This is a truly beautiful story of second chances, of moving from your past and embracing the future, it will enchant you from the moment you open the first page. I have said it before, and I am not ashamed to say it again, but Ms Matthews really does have a beautifully rare gift at writing the most enchanting and magical stories. She is the queen of the Victorian romance there are no others that can compare to her mastery, as ever I am enthralled by her sparkling words.

This was an Arc copy via the author, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you Mimi and massive apologies for how ridiculously late my review is.

A Convenient Fiction is available now, I cannot recommend that you go and grab a copy, this book is stunning!

#BlogTour | How To Love A Duke In Ten Days (Devil You Know #1) by Kerrigan Byrne #HowToLoveADukeInTenDays #Review & #Exclusive Excerpt @Kerrigan_Byrne @StMartinsPress

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Hello my friends, I have the huge pleasure to be todays stop on this amazing blog tour, for the equally incredible How To Love a Duke in Ten Days, which is book on in the whole new series by Kerrigan Byrne. Not only will I be sharing my review of this amazing book with you, I also have an exclusive excerpt, so settle in grab a cuppa and enjoy.

About the Book

These men are dark, bold, and brave. And there is only one woman who can bring them to their knees…

Famed and brilliant, Lady Alexandra Lane has always known how to look out for to herself. But nobody would ever expect that she has darkness in her past—one that she pays a blackmailer to keep buried. Now, with her family nearing bankruptcy, Alexandra strikes upon a solution: Get married to one of the empire’s most wealthy eligible bachelors. Even if he does have the reputation of a devil.

LOVE TAKES NO PRISONERS

Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne, is seeking revenge and the first step is securing a bride. Winning a lady’s hand is not so easy, however, for a man known as the Terror of Torcliff. Then, Alexandra enters his life like a bolt of lightning. When she proposes marriage, Piers knows that, like him, trouble haunts her footsteps. But her gentleness, sharp wit, independent nature, and incredible beauty awakens every fierce desire within him. He will do whatever it takes to keep her safe in his arms.

Links

Macmillion Books / Amazon / Goodreads

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Exclusive Extract

Chapter One

Maynemouth, Devonshire, 1890 Ten years later

Alexander,

Accept the invitation to Castle Redmayne. I’m in danger. I need you.

Frank

Alexandra Lane had spent the entire train ride from Lon- don to Devonshire meticulously pondering those fourteen words for two separate reasons.

The first, she had been unable to stop fretting for Fran- cesca, who tended to give more than the appropriate amount of context. The terse, vague note Alexandra now held was more of a warning than the message contained therein.

The second, she could no longer afford a first-class, pri- vate railcar, and had, for the last several tense hours, been forced to share her vestibule face-to-face with a rough- featured, stocky man with shoulders made for labor.

Alone.

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He’d attempted polite conversation at first, which she’d rebuffed with equal civility by feigning interest in her cor- respondence. By now, however, they were both painfully aware she needn’t take four stops to read two letters.

It was terribly rude, she knew. Her carpetbag remained clutched in her fist the entire time, except when her hand would wander into its depths to palm the tiny pistol she always carried. The sounds of the other passengers in ad- joining vestibules didn’t make her feel safer, per se.

But she knew they would hear her scream, and that pro- vided some relief.

For a woman who’d spent a great deal of the last ten years in the company of men, she’d thought these painful moments would have relented by now.

Alas, she’d become a mistress of manipulating a situa- tion so, even if she had to endure the company of men without a female companion, there would be more than one man. In the circles she tended to frequent, people be- haved when in company.

It had worked thus far.

Alexandra braced herself against the slowing of the train, breathing a silent prayer of relief that they’d finally arrived. She’d been terrified that if she’d glanced up once, she’d be forced into conversation with her unwanted com- panion.

Rain wept against the coach window, and the shadows of the tears painted macabre little serpents on the conflict- ing documents in her hands. One, a wedding invitation. The other, Francesca’s alarming note.

A month past, she’d have wagered her entire inheritance against Francesca Cavendish’s being the first of the Red Rogues to capitulate to the bonds of matrimony.

A month past, she’d assumed she’d had an inheritance to wager.

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Their little society had seemed destined to live up to the promise they’d once made as young, disenchanted girls to never marry.

Until the invitation to an engagement masquerade— given by the Duke of Redmayne—had arrived the same day of her friend’s cryptic and startling note.

The invitation had been equally as ambiguous, stating that the future duchess of Redmayne would be unveiled, as it were, at the ball. Included in Alexandra’s particular envelope was a request for her to attend as a bridesmaid.

The subsequent plea for help from Francesca—Frank— had arrived in a tiny envelope with the Red Rogue seal they’d commissioned some years prior.

Alexandra hadn’t even known Francesca had returned from her romps about the Continent. Last she’d heard, the countess had been in Morocco, doing reconnaissance of some sort. Nothing in her letters had mentioned a suitor. Not a serious one, in any case. Certainly not a duke.

Francesca had a talent for mischief and a tendency to interpret danger as mere adventure.

So, what could possibly frighten her fearless friend?

Marriage, obviously, Alexandra thought with a smirk.

A risky venture, to be sure.

From How to Love a Duke in Ten Days. Copyright © 2019 by Kerrigan Byrne and reprinted with permission from St. Martin’s Paperbacks.

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I am a late arrival to Kerrigan Byrne’s books (I only discovered her in the late year or so) but my goodness, she has quickly become a firm favourite, I have loved every book I have read by her, so when I got offered a place on this blog tour for her brand new series, I literally jumped at the chance.

Btw, yes you did read that right; a brand new series and what a corker this is, talk about starting with a bang, this is an explosive and hugely emotional start to what I know is going to be a brilliant series, one that I can’t wait to see what comes in the future for these Devils and Rogues.

The story opens in shocking style, unlike a lot of stories where the heroine has a dark and bleak past we learn their past as the story moves along, here we are wham, bam right in the middle of Alexandra’s horrific ordeal, right from the first page we know what happened to her, and keeping that in mind as we move forward ten years we know just why Alexandra is the way she is, why she finds trusting men and even allowing them near her to difficult.

Alexandra is a brilliant heroine, she is deeply scarred yet she hasn’t allowed that to stop her from doing she dreams of, she has made a name for herself, she has fame, she is intelligent, brave and at times very witty and she will do anything for her two best friends; Francesca and Cecily, who were there by her side when she was going through the worst time of her life, so when she gets a mysterious not from Francesca she goes to her friends aid, even though she has issues of her own, as her family are now on the cusp of bankruptcy and with a blackmailer on her tail, there is only one way for her to find a way out of this except for her to marry, but she won’t marry any man, it has to be one of the most powerful men in the country and the deadliest devil of them all.

Piers – the brilliant, ruthless and heart-breaking man that has ever walked this earth (even if it is on page and not on actual earth) is out for revenge, he wants it like nothing else and he will get it, but first dashing Piers comes up with a plan to marry, in a twist of fate the woman he was about to marry; Francesca, turns out to be the best friend of the woman who we know is supposed to be by his side; Alexandra, he soon sets his eyes on her. There is something about her that makes his more animalistic then ever, he craves her, he wants her more then anything and he wants to brush away her fears and keep her safe.

But with so much past to overcome in each of their lives, can this scarred star crossed couple find their so much deserved happily ever after?

This has everything that you would want in a romance story; fantastic and engrossing plot, that captivates and entertains, humour, realism, and angst, but for me the star of this book is the two lead character’s, they are both hugely scarred, emotionally and physically they have had to endure so much, each in their own way from emotional and physical abuse to attacks and family misfortune, add to that the backstabbing society and you have a couple who really deserve happiness.

What I love about Ms Byrne’s writing is that her stories aren’t your stereotypical historical romance novel’s, these are gritty and dark, they are an edge to them that really grabs your attention, they cover subjects that aren’t your usual for romances, and at the same time they are highly emotional, tenderly loving and breath-taking, you will fall in love, you will weep and you will be at the very edge of your seat as the story unfolds. How to love a Duke in ten days is no different, there aren’t enough words to really say how good this book is; amazing, brilliant, stunning, emotional, mesmerising….I could go on, but you get the idea.

This is a stunning, beautifully written story, it is masterpiece of thought-provoking, poignant and emotional writing. I word of warning though, that there is some graphic scenes of what happened to Alexandra, that some readers may find uncomfortable, especially if you have your own #MeToo story in your past, but I can guarantee that her ordeal is handle with such sensitivity.

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About the Author

Whether she’s writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, Kerrigan Byrne uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in every book. She lives at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her handsome husband and three lovely teenage girls, but dreams of settling on the Pacific Coast. Her Victorian Rebels novels include The Highwayman and The Highlander.

Author Website / Twitter: @Kerrigan_Byrne / Facebook: @KerriganByrneAuthor / Instagram: @KerriganByrne

#Review | No Stone Unturned (The Lucy Lawrence Mysteries #1) by Pam Lecky #NoStoneUnturned #TheLucyLawrenceMysteries #HistoricalFiction #VictorianMystery @pamlecky

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Hello my lovely friends! Today I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of the amazing book with you all, I can tell you now that everyone is going to be talking about The Lucy Lawrence Mysteries….if you love the likes of Sherlock Holmes or Ripper Street, with a brilliant leading lady, then this is the book you need to read. So grab yourself a cuppa and let me introduce you to Lucy Lawrence.

A suspicious death, stolen gems and an unclaimed reward: who will be the victor in a deadly game of cat and mouse?

London October 1886: Trapped in a troubled marriage, Lucy Lawrence is ripe for an adventure. But when she meets the enigmatic Phineas Stone, over the body of her husband in the mortuary, her world begins to fall apart.

When her late husband’s secrets spill from the grave, and her life is threatened by the leader of London’s most notorious gang, Lucy must find the strength to rise to the challenge. But who can she trust and how is she to stay out of the murderous clutches of London’s most dangerous criminal?

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Before I share my review, check out the Trailer for No Stone Unturned, I love it!

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My, oh my!! What a fantastic book, my goodness I absolutely loved it!! I couldn’t put it down, I was turning the pages at lightning speed, I was completely gripped by the drama that was unfolding before my eyes. Honestly I don’t think I have the adequate words to fully describe just how blooding brilliant this book is, I feel like I have been waiting my whole life for this book and here it is and it is amazing!

So this is the first of this whole new series; The Lucy Lawrence Mysteries – I think the series title itself, gives it away why I love this book so much – I am hoping that this will be a long running series, as I can see many adventures a head of Lucy and off course Phin… I can’t wait for more, I am not the most patient of people so waiting for the second instalment is going to be pure agony, I will just have to re-read this one.

London 1886, Lucy Lawrence is not quite happily married, she has a adventuresome and wild soul and doesn’t do well with sitting at home knitting, but seeing as they are practically broke and because of her marriage her family have cut her off she is a bit stuck. Then she gets the worst news that any woman could get, her husband Charlie has been found dead in what is said to be a tragic accident; he apparently fell under the wheels of a coach. But the more trouble part of this is he was supposed to be in Scotland, so why was he in London? Which is when she meets charming and intriguing Mr Phineas Stone, who is far more then he appears. Phin is brilliant, he is a perfect mysterious hero; dashing, intriguing, intelligent, he is more then just the handsome investigator, but where does this charmer come in? Secrets and lies start spilling, one thing leads to another and Lucy is stuck in the midst of a theft investigation and ends up with one of the most ruthless London gangsters after her. But why is this Mr Marsh after her? What has her late husband got to do with it all and more importantly who does she trust?

I instantly liked Lucy, she is a one of those characters that you can’t help but like, she has been through the mill our Lucy, but she has such a strength of character, she has a adventurers heart and a whip smart mind that you can see turning and she shines when the investigation really gets going. I love the hint of a romance, and the ending does intrigue make you wonder about what will happen in the future between them.

The tension in every scene ripples, you feel everything it is a like a mist swirling around, your not sure what is going on, like Lucy you are only seeing snippets through the fog which builds up as the story goes along, and then boom, like a steam train the intrigue and the mysteries start unravelling and your like; “Woah, is this really happening? Where did that come from?”

This is a stunning book, the story is a edge of your seat game of cat and mouse, it has everything you would ever want from a historical; fantastic characters, thrilling heart stopping chases, excitement, a dash of a romance, intrigue and its deeply atmospheric. Each scene is so perfectly detailed the reader literally falls into the book, it’s like your standing in the Victorian era with Lucy. As the story is written in Lucy’s point of view, the reader goes on the same journey of discovery as her, it really is brilliantly engaging.

Honestly, I cannot say enough great things about this, It is definitely one of the best books of the year with out a doubt!

I don’t usually give my reviews rating’s, I prefer my review to speak for it’s self and to show what I thought of a book, but this is the rare exception, this is far more then a mere 5 star book this is a whopping 10 star….can you have 10 stars? Well I am giving this a 10 star rating!

If you love your historical, if you love a good old fashioned mystery, with a brilliant heroine then this is the book you need to read, I am telling you now this will end up being a classic.

This was an Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much Pam. X

You can grab a copy of No Stone Untuned now from Amazon, and I highly recommend that you do!

#Review | Bringing Down The Duke (A League Of Extraordinary Women #1) by @evie_dunmore #BringingDownTheDuke #ALeagueOfExtraordinaryWomen

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Hello my friends, have I got a stunning book to share with you all today, or what? I will admit that I have been very excited about this book for a long, long time and it really didn’t disappoint, it is one of the finest debut’s I have read and I cannot wait to share my thoughts with you all. So, do take a seat make sure you have your cuppa and let me introduce you to Annabelle and Sebastian.

A fiercely independent vicar’s daughter takes on a powerful duke in a love story that threatens to upend the British social order . . .

England, 1879. Annabelle Archer, the brilliant but destitute daughter of a country vicar, has earned herself a place among the first cohort of female students at the renowned University of Oxford. In return for her scholarship, she must support the rising women’s suffrage movement. Her charge- recruit men of influence to champion their cause. Her target – Sebastian Devereux, the cold and calculating Duke of Montgomery who steers Britain’s politics at the Queen’s command. Her challenge- not to give in to the powerful attraction she can’t deny for the man who opposes everything she stands for.

Sebastian is appalled to find a suffragist squad has infiltrated his ducal home, but the real threat is his impossible feelings for green-eyed beauty Annabelle. He is looking for a wife of equal standing to secure the legacy he has worked so hard to rebuild, not an outspoken commoner who could never be his duchess. But he wouldn’t be the greatest strategist of the Kingdom if he couldn’t claim this alluring bluestocking without the promise of a ring…or could he?

Locked in a battle with rising passion and a will matching her own, Annabelle will learn just what it takes to topple a duke…

My, oh My!! What a book, what a debut, what an author!! I was blown away by this, and if I didn’t know that this was Evie Dunmore’s debut I would have thought she had been writing for years, the quality of this is unbelievable, her writing is reminiscent of the likes of Gaelen Foley, Sarah McClean and Julia London. This book is easily one of the best I have read, it is stunning! Evie Dunmore is an author to watch, I know that she will go far, she will have a sparkling long career in writing and I endeavourer to devour every single book she writes in the future…..Hmmmm? That sounds a little stalker-ish.

I will admit, that I have been excited about this for an age, I loved the sound of it from the off, I knew that this book was so me – if your follow my reviews, then you may have an idea of why this book fascinated me so much. The heroine spoke to me in ways that not many heroines have before, her passion for her own rights, for the rights of women and her passion to educate herself and to be the very best she can be is utterly inspiring.

So, this is book one in the whole new ‘A League of Extraordinary Women’ series, that alone caught my attention before I had even opened the book. It follows as expected a group of ‘Extraordinary Women’ who are on the Suffrage path, who are starting their fight for their rights. In this book we meet the four ladies which I am hoping make up the series; their leader; Lucie (who is brilliant, I cannot wait for her book) Catriona, Harriet and off course Annabelle. Each as different as the next, each with her own story to tell and each with a thirst and a passion for women’s rights. I am also hoping for a story with Sebastian’s younger, rakish brother; Peregrin, he is a hoot and I can definitely see him having a story of his own.

Honestly, this series is going to be mind-blowingly great!

Set in 1879, country lass and destitute vicars daughter; Annabelle Archer has just been given a place at Oxford, she is amongst the first women to be allowed to attend university even though there are rules to her being able to study there. She really has to fight for her place to be there, she is brilliant scholar, she is intelligent, hardworking and ready to take her place and to prove to all those doubters that a woman can go on to further education, that her life isn’t all about being the unpaid servant that she is while at the home of her aunt and uncle’s. What a amazing character Annabelle is, she has such a great passion poring through her, she is kind, caring, loyal, she runs herself ragged for others and asks for nothing in return, but she has also a murky-ness lurking in her past, one which she has made her build a wall around her heart to protect herself from becoming hurt. As well as being the brilliantly educated woman, she is also passionate about women’s rights and she is apart of a ‘Radical’ Suffragist party who are campaigning for the amendment of the Married Women’s Property Act of 1870, along with her brilliant co-activists; Lucie, Catriona and Harriett. Annabelle’s task for the cause if to target the mighty Duke of Montgomery to persuade him to assist them, or to see where his loyalties lie.

Easy-peasy, right? – Wrong!

Powerful, cynical and slightly jaded; Sebastian Devereux; the Duke of Montgomery has been charged by none other then Queen Victoria herself to lead the Tories to victory in the up and coming election. Sebastian is renown for being the strategical mastermind who has the ear of the crown, a man who puts honour and duty over everything else which is why he accepts the Queens order, no matter his personal thoughts of the leader of the Tories, there is something worth risking his precious time and scruples for, something that the Queen can help him with. As well as steering the Tory ship to peaceful waters Sebastian has a rebellious younger brother and a bunch of Suffragists to contend with – honestly, this is not Sabastian’s week.

Sebastian – Oh Sabastian, talk about sex on legs!!. My goodness, this man…..sigh! Swoon!! You have stolen my heart, turned my head and made me into a melting mush of lusty want…If your ever in Yorkshire, you know where I am 😉 I may never be the same again… If he’d have propositioned me as he does Annabelle, well I wouldn’t have said no…#DoubleSigh!!

He is renown as the cool, straight-laced, commanding and heartless Duke, a man who has his own scandal which he has had to weather and which has hardened him, he see’s manipulating and calculating women – and men – where ever he goes. Which is more or less what he thinks of Annabelle when he finds her in his home, and not just her but a whole band of Suffragist’s. As much as he hates everything she stands for, he can’t deny that the moment he sees her, the moment her emotional green eyes alight on him, he is struck with her, as much as he is taken with her as much as his body and his heart are conspiring against him when it comes to her, and as much as he would like nothing better then to make her his, he knows that in reality that is impossible as he is a Duke and she is a commoner.

I love the relationship between them, the moment you meet Sebastian and Annabelle you know that these two are going to take you on a heart-breaking, and emotional journey. Their feelings for each is constantly simmering beneath the surface in everything they do, but my goodness they don’t half make life hard for themselves, they are both as passionate, as stubborn, as proud and as in need of love as the other. I love how independent Annabelle is, she knows that she has fallen head over heels for him and yet she repeat turns down him proposition not just to protect herself but for him too, she knows that a man in his position could never be with her common vicars daughter and Suffragist and she does all she can to spare him that scandal, even at the risk of her own heart.

Bringing Down The Duke is one of the best debut’s I have read, it is simply stunning! The character’s are beautifully written, each one sparkles with life, the story is fun and original, it is an exciting, gorgeous and mesmerising love story. Evie Dunmore captivates and enthrals the reader with her intelligent, passionate and dazzling writing.

I cannot wait for the next book; Lucie’s story, even though I do have to wait until next year, this is going to be torture, I will definitely pulling this off the shelf again just to immerse myself in it’s brilliance.

Evie Dunmore I bow down to you, I cannot express just how inspirational and captivating this book is, I am in utter awe of just how perfect this is.

This was an Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much Evie. X

Bringing Down The Duke is to be released on 3rd September and can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.

#Review | Captivated By Her Convenient Husband (Allied at the Altar, Book 4) by @BronwynScott #CapticatedByHerConvenientHusband #AlliedAtTheAltar @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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Hello my lovely readers, I am so excited to be sharing my review of the utterly gorgeous; Captivated by Her Convenient Husband by Bronwyn Scott with you all. This book is stunning, to say I have been excited about this book is an understatement, and yet I may need to have a jolly good weep as to have this beautiful book in my hand means that the Allied at the Altar series is finished, I am not ready for this series to end. So while I try to compose myself after blubbering all over Fortis and Avaline, grab a cuppa and enjoy.

‘Looks like I’ve come home just in time.’

The Duke’s son returns!

Part of Allied at the Altar. Avaline hasn’t seen her husband, Lord Fortis Tresham, for seven years, after he was presumed dead at war. Now her convenient husband has returned in time to save her from an unwanted suitor! Yet as he returns to her life―and her bed―Avaline is cautious… Why is he so mature, courteous, thoughtful―so different from the selfish soldier she married?

Well, what can I say about this? I have been waiting for this book for such a long time and it was well worth the wait, I knew that this book; Fortis’ story was going to be an emotional one and by Jove, does it pull at your heartstrings! I am a weeping mess after that, not only because this is the last book in what has been an incredible series *sobs* really this series is so, so good I am lost for words just how amazing this series is, for the last few months we have been left tiny breadcrumbs of Fortis Tresham, there have been little whispers about him which intrigued me so much, I was so impatient to get hold of his story – I am not the most patient person at the best of times, but waiting for this book has been like torture, so to finally get my hands on Fortis was not only brilliant to finally get his story, but very emotional as this is the last in the series. I don’t want to leave these amazing character’s.

Bronwyn Scott, you really have excelled yourself with this book, I am in absolute awe of it and I bow down to your excellence. I am a huge fan of Bronwyn Scott’s work, her writing is second to none, her stories are supremely rich in emotion and romance, in other words they are flawless, but this really is right up at the top. This book is truly beautiful, and it is one of the very best, I am so in love with it. I was utterly blown away with Fortis’ story, this is emotional, tender, loving, surprising and so romantic. It is sad that this wonderful series has come to an end – unless of course there is more, please let there be more! But this is a fantastic ending, it answers all those niggling questions that have been arising throughout the series and it feels as though we have come full circle and all the ends have now been linked together.

As those who of you who have been following this series will know, that for the last three books we have been left breadcrumbs of what happened to Fortis when he went missing after the battle of Balaclava. He has been missing for a year and then all of a sudden Fortis Tresham comes walking out of the forest without a clue of who or where he is. I was intrigued, I needed to know his story and I really wanted him to find the peace that he deserved, and yes this does happen but there is a real twist and a surprise the story, that makes the reader stop and go; wow!

The story opens with Avaline, who is fearful of her future, she is trying to fend off the horrid Haywood who is trying to muscle in and get his hands on not only her but her land all in an attempt to gain his much sought after knighthood. The only protection she has from him and his manipulations is the fact that she is married into one of the old Dukedoms in the country, unfortunately her husband, third son; Fortis Tresham went to war eight years ago, and in the last year she has had word that her husband after falling in battle is now missing. With the help of her amazing in-laws she tries to move forward constantly hoping that her husband will return to her.

Well, she certainly doesn’t have to wait long as he returns, and what an entrance!! Scooping the swooning damsel up in his strong arms, after giving the baddie a good old fashioned ‘talking to’ and storming out is like something out of the movies, it is like something from a dream and by jove is it romantic – I may need to swoon myself, and that is just the beginning of getting to know this fine and vulnerable man.

As you can expect there is a lot that stand in the way for their happily ever after, there are things that Avaline and Fortis must over come, some expected and some not. Fortis is changed from the man she remembers, yes just as handsome with the same beautiful blue eyes but there is a shadow that is hanging over them. I really say too much about that aspect of the story, but believe me when I say that Fortis will break your heart, you will be at the edge of your seat hoping and praying thing everything works out that they both find the happiness that they both so desperately want and deserve. I absolutely love how Bronwyn has gone about revealing what happened to Fortis throughout the story with flash backs, you can really feel his fear, his confusion, his anguish and his desire to learn the truth.

Avaline really stood out for me, she is a wonderful, caring, kind and gentle woman. She isn’t a complex woman, she just wants love, she wants a happily ever after, but she is a practical woman if anything which is why she married Fortis in the first place, she needed protection and he was able to give it. But, that was all he gave her, within days he was off to war again. She didn’t know her husband then and after eight years she still doesn’t know him, what she does know is that he man who has returned to her has changed and it those changes that make her fall in love with him, but she is scared of having her heart broken as it was last time Fortis was home, which is why she holds back from him as she does, I can’t blame her, my heart goes out to this woman she has faced a lot in the years he has been away, not only faced the backstabbing of the ton but she has found a new independence while he has been away and she is fearful of long that now he is back.

Do not think that this is just a mere tortured hero comes homes and heroine tries to bring him back to his old self, because this book is far, far more then that, the story goes from the expected to the utterly heart in mouth unexpected and then finishes with the most beautiful ending, that was so fitting for Fortis and Avaline.

This is a gorgeous second chance love story, which really pulls at the heartstrings and it is the perfect ending to what has been an amazing series, one that I am very sad to see finish.

Perfect, there is no other words for this book, just perfect, I cannot recommend this book and this series enough.

This was an Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Bronwyn. x

Captivated By Her Convenient Husband can be pre-ordered now and I would say go and pre-order.

#Review | Falling For A Rake; A Victorian Romance (Fallen Book #1) @EvePendle #FallingForARake #AVictorianRomance #TheFallenSeries

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Hello my lovelies, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of this wonderful book; Falling For A rake by Eve Pendle, so take a seat and let me tell you a little about this book.

Falling For The Rake by Eve Pendle

Tropes: forced proximity; fake engagement; opposites attract;

Characters: rake hero; perfect socialite heroine;

Setting: mid-Victorian England

Heat level: medium-high

Length: 71,000 words

Content notes can be found before the Contents page.

He’s the most notorious rake in England. She’s a Perfect Lady. Neither is what they seem.

Lady Emily can’t afford a scandal. Her sister’s debut is just weeks away and she has her pteridology group to safeguard. It’s bad enough to be stuck in a hole overnight with Lord Markshall, and worse to have kissed him. Marriage is unthinkable. But newspaper hearsay on their “frolics and fernication” after a fern hunting accident puts everything she’s worked for in jeopardy.

Lord Markshall’s whole political career is based on manipulation and disguise. Lady Emily’s polite insults are just the thing to prove to himself, and everyone else, that he’s still an unworthy rake. He wants her desperately, but even a fake engagement is too good for him.

With Emily’s sister’s debut and a major political vote coming up, their reputations-good and bad-have never been more critical. The newspaper gossip is edging toward the truth, threatening to incinerate everything they hold dear. Can they understand, accept, and love each other, before it’s too late?

What a wonderfully fascinating story, which is just what I had expected from Eve Pendle, she never disappoints to deliver a fully immersive and intelligent love story, she has got a great way with words that brings the story alive and this is no different. This is fully of intense emotional and sexual tension, secrets and lies and marvellously likable characters, for me this is a real winner.

I love that the story literally jumps right into Emily and Oscar’s world, they already know one and other from the first page and it is like we readers are sort of stuck in the middle of a private joke between tow people, they know what they are on about but we have to learn what is going on with them and their lives and I really like that. It’s different to being introduced to them separately, Ms Pendle just drop’s you straight into their conversation.

Our heroine Emily is a smart and savvy lass, if I ever knew one she is the leader of a woman’s group who takes expeditions into the wild to learn about collect ferns, our Emily is an enthusiastic fern hunter you see, unfortunately for her the rakish and ridiculously irritating Lord Oscar has tagged along too, not as though he is interested one jot about ferns, and from that first page we get a real sense of how much he pesters and irritates the life out of Emily. You get a sense that our Emily wants nothing to do with the re-known libertine, she has a smart head on her shoulders that one, but being the impudent and spoiled little rakehell that he is, he doesn’t take no for an answer.

But, as though fate – or mother nature – is against her from the start, Oscar and Emily end up falling down a mine shaft, something which will change their lives….especially after one hell of a scorching kiss, phew!! We may need an nice long ice cold shower to cool down after all that heated tension 😉 Neither of them can afford to have scandal swirling around their heads, Emily must think of not just herself, but her sister who is about to make her debut and also with a majorly important vote coming up, scandal is the last thing that is needed. So they come up with a brilliant ploy that could save them both and others from the cess-pit that is the ton scandal sheets, but there is a foe that could destroy all that they ae trying to protect, a fabulous baddie who goes by the name ‘Lady X’ – brilliant character, I do love a good baddie and really there should be a good villain in every story, and this one you will take huge pleasure in booing and hissing.

The only thing that I would say against this book is the front ‘spoilers’ page, yes very handy if you are of more sensitive nature and various topics upsets you easily then this is a great thing to look over to see if this is the book for you. But I found it a little off putting having the ins and out of the story laid bare before I had even started the book, so I did skip that part and read the story as intended. I know some appreciate knowing what they are going to be in for, but I prefer the surprise. But, hey that’s just me and do not for a second allow this to put you off reading this fascinating book.

Overall a great read, the story well developed and interesting for the reader to follow, what I particularly loved about it was the attention to detail and the research that has gone into the sub plot concerning the Contagious Diseases Act. It is so evident that Eve Pendle has done extension research into every aspect of the act and how it effects peoples lives, her passion for the story and the subject just leaps of the page and makes the reader care about the characters.

Great story, highly recommended!

This was an Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Eve and apologies for the late review.

Falling For A Rake is available now and can be found at Amazon.

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#Review : Tempted By His Secret Cinderella (Allied At The Altar #3) by @BronwynScott #TemptedByHisSecretCinderella #AlliedAtTheAltar @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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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.