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Chicks, Rogues and Scandals; 50 Favourite Historical Romances…Part 5/5. #ShareTheBookLove

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Hello Sunshines, I hope you are all safe and well?! Here it is the final ten book in my 50 Favourite Historical Romances, thank you for tagging along as I share my ultimate favourite books from this wide and varied genre. I hope you have enjoyed this series of posts and that you have found a few new romances to fall in love with and a new author or two. I could do this series all over again as I have at least another 50 more books I love, but for now, without further ado or waffle here is my fina ten favourite historical romances.

Part Five in my; 50 Favourite Historical Romances.

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The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper (Captivating Captains #1) by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead

As the Great War tears Europe apart, two men from different worlds find sanctuary in each other’s arms.

Captain Robert Thorne is the fiercest officer in the regiment. Awaiting the command to go to the front, he has no time for simpering, comely lads. That’s until one summer day in 1917 when his dark, flashing eye falls upon the newest recruit at Chateau de Desgravier, a fresh-faced farmer’s boy with little experience of life and a wealth of poetry in his heart.

Trooper Jack Woodvine has a way with strong, difficult stallions, and whispers them to his gentle will. Yet even he has never tamed a creature like Captain Thorne.

With the shadow of the Great War and the scheming of enemies closer to home threatening their fleeting chance at happiness, can the Captain and the Cavalry Trooper make it home safely? More importantly, will they see peacetime together?

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Severed Knot by Cryssa Bazos

Barbados 1652. In the aftermath of the English Civil War, the vanquished are uprooted and scattered to the ends of the earth.

When marauding English soldiers descend on Mairead O’Coneill’s family farm, she is sold into indentured servitude. After surviving a harrowing voyage, the young Irish woman is auctioned off to a Barbados sugar plantation where she is thrust into a hostile world of depravation and heartbreak. Though stripped of her freedom, Mairead refuses to surrender her dignity.

Scottish prisoner of war Iain Johnstone has descended into hell. Under a blazing sun thousands of miles from home, he endures forced indentured labour in the unforgiving cane fields. As Iain plots his escape to save his men, his loyalties are tested by his yearning for Mairead and his desire to protect her.

With their future stolen, Mairead and Iain discover passion and freedom in each other’s arms. Until one fateful night, a dramatic chain of events turns them into fugitives.

Together they fight to survive; together they are determined to escape

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The Inconvenient Elmswood Marriage (Penniless Brides of Convenience #4)

Their marriage was a solution…

Until passion turns it into a problem!

Lord and Lady Elmswood’s convenient marriage has allowed them to live separate lives for years. Until larger-than-life Daniel almost dies and Kate must nurse the husband she barely knows back to health…and discover how maddeningly attractive he is! With the clock ticking on his departure, they disagree on everything – except the impossibility of resisting each other!

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The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo (Victorian Rebels #6) by Kerrigan Byrne

The bravest of heroes. The brashest of rebels. The boldest of lovers. These are the men who risk their hearts and their souls—for the passionate women who dare to love them…

He is known only as The Rook. A man with no name, no past, no memories. He awakens in a mass grave, a magnificent dragon tattoo on his muscled forearm the sole clue to his mysterious origins. His only hope for survival—and salvation—lies in the deep, fiery eyes of the beautiful stranger who finds him. Who nurses him back to health. And who calms the restless demons in his soul…

A LEGENDARY LOVE

Lorelei will never forget the night she rescued the broken dark angel in the woods, a devilishly handsome man who haunts her dreams to this day. Crippled as a child, she devoted herself to healing the poor tortured man. And when he left, he took a piece of her heart with him. Now, after all these years, The Rook has returned. Like a phantom, he sweeps back into her life and avenges those who wronged her. But can she trust a man who’s been branded a rebel, a thief, and a killer? And can she trust herself to resist him when he takes her in his arms?

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Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal (Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies #2) by Lara Temple

Alan Rothwell, Marquess of Ravenscar, is furious when unconventional heiress Lily Wallace refuses him purchase of her property. He can’t even win her over with his infamous charm.

But when fever seizes him and they’re trapped together, horrified, Alan realizes Lily’s attentions will compromise them both! His solution: take Lily as his betrothed before desire consumes them completely…

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Seduce Me at Sunrise (The Hathaways #2) by Lisa Kleypas

He has tried hard to forget her.

Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins—and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation… and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.

Can she remember the man he once was?

Then, Win returns to England… only to find that Kev has hardened into a man who will deny love at all costs. Meantime, an attractive, seductive suitor has set his sights on Win. It’s now or never for Kev to make his move. But first, he must confront a dangerous secret about his destiny—or risk losing the only woman he has lived for…

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A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove #1) by Tessa Dare

Welcome to Spindle Cove, where the ladies with delicate constitutions come for the sea air, and men in their prime are… nowhere to be found. Or are they?

Spindle Cove is the destination of choice for certain types of well-bred young ladies: the painfully shy, young wives disenchanted with matrimony, and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men; it is a haven for those who live there.

Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Rycliff, knows he doesn’t belong here. So far as he can tell, there’s nothing in this place but spinsters… and sheep. But he has no choice, he has orders to gather a militia. It’s a simple mission, made complicated by the spirited, exquisite Susanna Finch—a woman who is determined to save her personal utopia from the invasion of Bram’s makeshift army.

Susanna has no use for aggravating men; Bram has sworn off interfering women. The scene is set for an epic battle… but who can be named the winner when both have so much to lose?

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The Mysterious Miss Fairchild by Sarah Mallory

An accomplished beauty…

But a most unsuitable match!

Natalya Fairchild can’t help but be drawn to Tristan Quintrell, Lord Dalmorren, with his effortless charisma, even if he’s not her intended bridegroom. Tristan is an eligible society catch…whereas Natalya’s unknown heritage could label her ruined! As he helps Natalya investigate her mysterious past, she starts to hope the truth of her conception won’t destroy her prospects…of a life with Tristan!

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The Saxon Outlaw’s Revenge by Elisabeth Hobbes

At the mercy of her enemy!

Abducted by Saxon outlaws, Constance Arnaud comes face-to-face with Aelric, a Saxon boy she once loved. He’s now her enemy, but Constance must reach out to this rebel and persuade him to save her life as she once saved his

Aelric is determined to seek vengeance on the Normans who destroyed his family. Believing Constance deserted him, he can never trust her again. Yet, as they are thrown together and their longing for each other reignites, will Aelric discover that love is stronger than revenge?

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Rogue Knight (Medieval Warriors #2) by Regan Walker

York, England 1069… three years after the Norman Conquest. The North of England seethes with discontent under the heavy hand of William the Conqueror, who unleashes his fury on the rebels who dare to defy him. Amid the ensuing devastation, love blooms in the heart of a gallant Norman knight for a Yorkshire widow.

Angry at the cruelty she has witnessed at the Normans’ hands, Emma of York is torn between her loyalty to her noble Danish father, a leader of the rebels, and her growing passion for an honorable French knight.

Loyal to King William, Sir Geoffroi de Tournai has no idea Emma hides a secret that could mean death for him and his fellow knights.

War erupts, tearing asunder the tentative love growing between them, leaving each the enemy of the other. Will Sir Geoffroi, convinced Emma has betrayed him, defy his king to save her?

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You can find all books featured in this post on Amazon or your own favourite book-buying site. I also want to urge everyone to support their local independent book shops, most of which are delivering directly to your door.

So there you have it, my 50 Favourite Historical Romances, do have a look at the previous posts for the full 50 and I will be back sometime in the near future with my 50 Favourite Historical Fiction Novels – that is once I have whittled the huge list down, becasue that list is huge.

50 Favourite Historical Romances; Part 1

50 Favourite Historical Romances; Part 2

50 Favourite Historical Romances; Part 3

50 Favourite Historical Romances; Part 4

 

Chicks, Rogues and Scandals; 50 Favourite Historical Romances…Part Four! #ShareTheBookLove

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Hello Sunshines, I hope you are all safe and well?! It is the penultimate day of my; 50 favourite Historical Romances, this list has been so hard to compile and I could so easily have done 100 favourites, but I don’t wish to bombard every one with constantwaffled posts.

You will notice unlike a lot of those other ‘50 Favourites‘ I haven’t made a numbered list for them, I refused to do that as I think all these books are equal and shouldn’t be given a ranking, so I hope you will all follow over the next few days to see all of my favourites.

So without further ado, here is Part 4 in my; 50 Favourite Historical Romances.

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Marquess to a Flame (Rules of the Rogue #3) by Emily Windsor

A winter’s heart…

Debonair, handsome and with a devil’s smile. How could any woman resist?”

The Marquess of Winterbourne has long been guided by his Rules of the Rogue, but as spy for the Crown, his next mission will break every single one. Sent to the wilds of Cornwall to beguile secrets from a lady, the last thing this rogue expects is to unearth his own buried heart.

A taste of spring…

“A scandalous rake. How could any woman succumb?”

Miss Tamsyn Penrose remains far from impressed by London scoundrel Lord Winterbourne, preferring a wild gallop over the moors to sinful lips and fulsome flattery. But as danger lurks and her prejudice ebbs, she uncovers a man of contradictions, a man who awakens her forgotten fire.

Seasons collide…

In a Cornish land of cove and mystery, desire sparks and passion flares. But will Jack Winterbourne tear up the rules for a woman who maddens his senses and thaws his heart?

A sensual Regency Romance.

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Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane #3) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Can a pirate learn that the only true treasure lies in a woman’s heart?

Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind–and nine months ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back…and he’s asking for her help.

“Charming” Mickey O’Connor is the most ruthless river pirate in London. Devastatingly handsome and fearsomely intelligent, he clawed his way up through London’s criminal underworld. Mickey has no use for tender emotions like compassion and love, and he sees people as pawns to be manipulated. And yet he’s never been able to forget the naive captain’s wife who came to him for help and spent one memorable night in his bed…talking.

When his bastard baby girl was dumped in his lap–her mother having died–Mickey couldn’t resist the Machiavellian urge to leave the baby on Silence’s doorstep. The baby would be hidden from his enemies and he’d also bind Silence to him by her love for his daughter.

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Besieged and Betrothed by Jenni Fletcher

Bound to her enemy

Ruthless warrior Lothar the Frank has laid siege to Castle Haword, but there’s a fiery redhead in his way—and she’s not backing down!

More tomboy than trembling maiden, Lady Juliana Danville would rather die than lose the castle. When she’s caught on opposite sides of a war, a marriage bargain is brokered to bring peace. But is blissful married life possible when Juliana has a dangerous secret hidden within the castle walls?

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The Devil Wears Plaid by Teresa Medeiros

Passion sparks in USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Teresa Medeiros’s irresistibly tempting new romance after a sexy Highlander kidnaps his rival’s spirited English bride Emmaline Marlowe is about to wed the extremely powerful laird of the Hepburn clan to save her father from debtor’s prison when ruffian Jamie Sinclair bursts into the abbey on a magnificent black horse and abducts her in one strong swoop. Though he is Hepburn’s sworn enemy, Emma’s mysterious captor is everything her bridegroom is not: handsome, virile, dangerous . . . and a perilous temptation for her yearning heart.

Jamie expects Emma to be some milksop English miss, not a fiery, defiant beauty whose irresistible charms will tempt him at every turn. But he cannot allow either one of them to forget he is her enemy and she his pawn in the deadly Highland feud between the clans. So why does he still want her so badly for himself? Stealing his enemy’s bride was simple, but can he claim her innocence without losing his heart.

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The Warrior’s Viking Bride (Western Isles Vikings #2) by Michelle Styles

A Viking maiden destined for the battlefield…

in bed with her captor!

As a female warrior, Dagmar Kolbeinndottar knows she’s not meant for marriage and a family. Until she’s kidnapped by Celtic warlord Aedan mac Connall, who has been tasked with returning Dagmar to her estranged father. Fighting her father’s orders to marry, Dagmar declares she will take no one but her abductor, expecting Aedan to refuse…but he’s intent on making her his bride

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The Matrimonial Advertisement (Parish Orphans of Devon #1) by Mimi Matthews

She Wanted Sanctuary…

Helena Reynolds will do anything to escape her life in London, even if that means traveling to a remote cliffside estate on the North Devon coast and marrying a complete stranger. But Greyfriar’s Abbey isn’t the sort of refuge she imagined. And ex-army captain Justin Thornhill–though he may be tall, dark, and devastatingly handsome–is anything but a romantic hero.

He Needed Redemption…

Justin has spent the last two decades making his fortune, settling scores, and suffering a prolonged period of torture in an Indian prison. Now, he needs someone to smooth the way for him with the villagers. Someone to manage his household–and warm his bed on occasion. What he needs, in short, is a wife and a matrimonial advertisement seems the perfect way to acquire one.

Their marriage was meant to be a business arrangement and nothing more. A dispassionate union free from the entanglements of love and affection. But when Helena’s past threatens, will Justin’s burgeoning feelings for his new bride compel him to come to her rescue? Or will dark secrets of his own force him to let her go?

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The Crown Spire by Catherine Curzon & Willow Winsham

Scotland, 1795

Alice Ingram escapes her brutish husband and leaves a glittering life in London far behind. With her niece, Beth, at her side she flees north, determined to save the girl from the fate she has endured but after an encounter with two mysterious highwaymen, life for the women will never be the same again…

Devoted to his daughter and resigned to a life of loneliness, James Dillingham has built a reputation as the finest physician in the land and a man for whom romance is a notion best avoided. He leaves all that to his best friend, Ed Hogan, who is just the sort of rogue to catch a girl’s adventurous eye…

By day Alice finds herself ever more at odds with the straight-laced doctor who becomes her neighbour whilst by night, moonlit escapades with a masked highwayman lead her into a life of excitement in the shadow of the Crown Spire. Yet with her husband in relentless pursuit, are some shackles too strong to break?

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One Night with the Major (Allied at the Altar #1) by Bronwyn Scott

One daring encounter

Binds her to his marriage bed!

Part of Allied at the Altar: In England, innocent tea heiress Pavia Honeysett has always been judged for her face or her fortune. She would much rather return to her uncle’s palace in India. So to escape marriage to the aged man her father has chosen, she will ruin herself! But her red-hot night with Major Camden Lithgow changes everything. Suddenly, this stranger will become her husband…

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An Unexpected Countess (Secret Lives of the Ton #3) by Laurie Benson

“Dash it, Miss Forrester, what are you doing up here?” 

The Earl of Hartwick delights in scandalizing the ton with his behavior. But it’s his turn to be scandalized when, on an escapade, he bumps into Miss Sarah Forrester—in the rain, at night, on a rooftop! 

Sarah is hunting for a diamond, and the last thing she needs is the infuriating Hart distracting her. But he’s looking for the jewel, too! They may be rivals, but the sparks between them are uncontrollable. And soon Sarah finds herself longing for another treasure—becoming Hart’s countess!

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Lady Cecily and the Mysterious Mr. Gray (The Beauchamp Betrophals #3) by Janice Preston

Love or family…

How can she choose between them?

Lady Cecily Beauchamp has always put her family first. Until she falls under the spell of the mysterious Zachary Gray—a man of Romany descent. Knowing her family will forbid their match, Cecily steels herself to do her duty and marry someone else. Only she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Zach as the spark between them ignites a passion neither can deny!

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You can find all books featured in this post on Amazon or your own favourite book-buying site. I also want to urge everyone to support their local independent book shops, most of which are delivering directly to your door.

Do stop by tomorrow for the final ten in my Favourite 50 Historical Romances, why not have a look back at the previous posts?

50 Favourite Historical Romances; Part 1

50 Favourite Historical Romances; Part 2

50 Favourite Historical Romances; Part 3

Chicks, Rogues and Scandals; 50 Favourite Historical Romances…Part Two! #ShareTheBookLove

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Hello Sunshines, I hope you are all safe and well?! I thought that I would jump on the bandwagon of sharing your ‘50 Favourites‘ and share my 50 Favourite Historical Romances with you all, there could have been 50 more but that would mean these post’s going on for weeks and weeks. Instead, I have split it up; ten books per post, five parts of the series….make sense?

You will notice unlike a lot of those other ‘50 Favourites‘ I haven’t made a numbered list for them, I refused to do that as I think all these books are equal and shouldn’t be given a ranking, so I hope you will all follow over the next few days to see all of my favourites.

So without further ado, here is Part 2 in my; 50 Favourite Historical Romances.

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Sent as the Viking’s Bride (Western Isles Vikings #3) by Michelle Styles

She’s the wife he doesn’t want…

and the woman he needs!

Desperate to escape her murderous brother-in-law and protect her young sister, Ragnhild agrees to marry an unknown warrior, and arrives penniless on his remote island. Only, Gunnar Olafson’s belief in love died with his family—he does not want a bride! But as yuletide approaches, Ragnhild transforms his isolated existence. Can she melt her Viking warrior’s frozen heart?

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Devil in Winter (Wallflowers #3) by Lisa Kleypas

Four young ladies enter London society and band together to each find a husband. Has the third “Wallflower” now met her match?

A Devil’s Bargain

Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition: marriage!

Sebastian’s reputation is so dangerous that thirty seconds alone with him will ruin any maiden’s good name. Still, this bewitching chit appeared, unchaperoned, on his doorstep to offer her hand. Certainly an aristocrat with a fine eye for beauty could do far worse.

But Evie’s proposal comes with a condition: no lovemaking after their wedding night. She will never become just another of the dashing libertine’s callously discarded broken hearts—which means Sebastian will simply have to work harder at his seductions… or perhaps surrender his own heart for the very first time in the name of true love

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The Captain’s Disgraced Lady by Catherine Tinley

Who is Captain Harry Fanton?

When Juliana Milford first encounters Captain Harry Fanton, she finds him arrogant and rude. There’s no way she’ll fall for his dazzling smile! Her visit to Chadcombe House was always going to prompt questions over her scandalous family, so she’s touched when Harry defends her reputation. She’s discovering there’s more to Harry than she’d first thought…

A man so plagued by the demons of war, he’s sworn he’ll never marry, no matter how tempted…

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

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…

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Mrs. Sommersby’s Second Chance (The Sommersby Brides #3) Laurie Benson

She’s played Cupid for others

Now she’s met her own unlikely match!

Widowed society matchmaker Mrs. Clara Sommersby thinks handsome, self-made businessman Mr. William Lane is just the man for her neighbor’s overlooked daughter. He’s successful and confident, if somewhat emotionally distant, until suddenly—shockingly—his attention turns to Clara herself! She thought her days of romance were over, but is this younger man intent on giving her a second chance?

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The Ghost Garden (The de Chastelaine Chronicles #1) by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead

Within the tangled vines of a forgotten garden, can a blossoming new love overcome an ancient evil that threatens both the living and the dead?

After losing her brother in the trenches of the Great War, Cecily James is a prisoner of Whitmore Hall, the respected but remote boys’ school where her brutish husband reigns as headmaster. With its forsaken walled garden, a hauntingly tragic past, and midnight footsteps heard from an unoccupied clocktower, Whitmore Hall is a place where the dead are rumored to walk.

Whitmore Hall is a place filled with mysteries and as a ghost garden emerges from the sun-bleached soil, long-buried secrets cry out to be told.

When new teacher Raf de Chastelaine blunders into an impromptu seance, Cecily finds an unlikely and eccentric ally. In a world of discipline and respectability, barefoot Raf is unlike any teacher Cecily has ever met. With his tales of the Carpathian mountains and a love of midnight gardening, he shakes Whitmore Hall to its foundations. Could there be more to Raf than meets the eye? And as he and Cecily realise that their feelings run deeper than friendship, dare they dream of a world beyond Whitmore Hall?

As Cecily and Raf team up to unite long-dead lovers and do battle with an ancient evil that has long haunted Whitmore Hall, Cecily finds her chance of happiness threatened by her tyrannical husband. But is the controlling headmaster acting of his own free will, or is he the puppet of a malevolent power from beyond the grave?

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The Warrior’s Bride Prize by Jenni Fletcher

Daughter of a slave…

wedded to the warrior!

Livia Valeria is furious when she’s ruthlessly gambled away by her intended bridegroom. Luckily, it’s tall, muscled and darkly handsome Roman centurion Marius Varro who wins her as his bride! She must hide her Caledonian roots, but when Marius faces a barbarian rebellion at Hadrian’s Wall, Livia must make a choice: her heritage or the husband she’s falling for…

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A Lady Dares (Ladies of Impropriety #2) by Bronwyn Scott

A LADY IN A GENTLEMAN’S WORLD 

According to society, I, Elise Sutton, haven’t been a lady for quite some time—a lady couldn’t possibly run the family company and spend her days on London’s crowded, tar-stained docks. And she most certainly wouldn’t associate herself with the infamous Dorian Rowland—privateer, smuggler and the Scourge of Gibraltar himself! 

But I need Rowland and his specialized expertise—especially with the wolves circling, waiting for me to fail. I yearn to feel alive, and Rowland, who can kiss like the devil, inflames my senses and makes me dare to break free…. 

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Her Every Pleasure (Spice Trilogy #3) by Gaelen Foley

From the glittering ballrooms of Regency England to the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean, the dazzling finale of Gaelen Foley’s Spice trilogy unfurls the passionate tale of a rebel princess and the powerful warrior destined to become her champion.

Princess Sophia was only a child when Napoleon conquered the island paradise ruled by her father. Raised in England and now twenty-one, she means to claim the throne that is rightfully hers and bring peace to her war-torn land. But an ambush by enemies forces Sophia into hiding outside London. Disguising herself as a peasant girl until she can safely return, she meets Major Gabriel Knight, a wounded warrior whose brush with death has utterly changed him.

Heir to a great fortune, and a master swordsman, Gabriel has given up his worldly possessions and laid down his arms. Sophia is fascinated by his brooding magnetism, and Gabriel, lured by her fiery beauty and healed by her touch, is drawn back inexorably toward the world of the living.

But when Sophia’s royal destiny is revealed, Gabriel knows he must take up his sword again, whatever the cost, to protect his princess from those who would destroy her. And as longing blossoms into passion, Gabriel discovers the one cause that is truly worth fighting for. . . .

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No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (The Rules of Scoundrels #3) by Sarah Maclean

A rogue ruined…

He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London’s corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he’s dreamed of… absolution.

A lady returned…

Mara planned never to return to the world from which she’d run, but when her brother falls deep into debt at Temple’s exclusive casino, she has no choice but to offer Temple a trade that ends in her returning to society and proving to the world what only she knows… that he is no killer.

A scandal revealed…

It’s a fine trade, until Temple realizes that the lady—and her past—are more than they seem. It will take every bit of his strength to resist the pull of this mysterious, maddening woman who seems willing to risk everything for honor… and to keep from putting himself on the line for love.

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You can find all books featured in this post on Amazon or your own favourite book-buying site. I also want to urge everyone to support their local independent book shops, most of which are delivering directly to your door.

Do stop by tomorrow for the next ten in my Favourite 50 Historical Romances, why not have a look back at the previous posts?

50 Favourite Historical Romances Part 1

#Review | The Man in Room 423 by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead #TheManInRoom423 @e_harkstead @MadameGilflurt @Totally_Bound

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Hello Sunshines, I hope you are all staying safe and well?! Today I am super excited to be sharing my review of the wonderful and hugely thrilling; The Man In Room 423 by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead. This book is as enticing as the gorgeous cover, so grab that cuppa and what’s left of the Easter Egg’s and enjoy!

In a heady cocktail of passion and poison, who can you really trust?

When Lizzie Aspinall and her sister meet for cocktails in a high-rise bar, the last thing she’s expecting is to spend the night in the arms of the nameless man in room 423. As a one-night stand with a stranger turns into a steamy affair with a dedicated detective, Lizzie finds herself in the sights of a stalker.

Ben Finneran has spent ten years pursuing a ruthless serial killer who poisons victims at random before disappearing into the shadows. He wants to believe that the attraction he and Lizzie share is just physical, but when they find themselves falling for each other, is Ben unwittingly leading a murderer straight to her door?

Pursued by the past and threatened by the present, who can Lizzie and Ben really trust?

Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of violence, murder and attempted murder. There is a scene of public sex, and scenes involving gaslighting and references to a past emotionally abusive relationship.

 

I have to mention one thing first before any other waffle begins; The cover!! I adore this cover, isn’t it striking? I am in love with it! I love the simplistic yet alluring design which is certainly eye-catching, with it’s a subtle nod to certain aspects of the story. Very nicely done, bravo to the art department!

It is always an exciting and thrilling moment when I open the page of a brand new Curzon Harkstead story, I am always full of awe and wonder of the story before me; whether it’s another episode of the Captivating Captains series or a Romantic Suspense. I am never disappointed! In fact, I very rarely read the back blurbs any more, in my view these two can do nothing wrong in my eyes, if it has Catherine and Eleanor’s names on the cover, then you know I’m going to read it. I know that no matter what is happening in the world, I am going to be transported away and all cares and stresses will melt into the near distance.

The Man in Room 423 is a lot darker in tone than other books from the dynamic duo, but I loved, loved, loved the edgier and adult feel about it. I can only describe it as that expectant thrilling feeling that you would usually get from watching the latest episode of your favourite crime drama such as Happy Valley/Midsomer Murders or Bergerac only with a wee bit more romping in the undergrowth ….or in this case; hotel room, not to mention other more risqué places.

I suppose, I should say something about the actual story instead of bleating on, because you NEED to meet Ben….and Lizzie, best not forget her!

Interior designer; Lizzie Aspinall isn’t known for being reckless or a risk-taker, yet when she is having drinks with her sister; Donna in a wine bar, and looks out of the window to see a sexy as sin man in the window of a room in the hotel opposite inviting her across to spend a hot and very steamy night with him, well she can’t say no.

Yes, it’s unwise, yes she may be heading into trouble, but she can’t deny that the thought of rolling around a hotel bed with this man who unashamedly strips for her, is making her blood boil with lust and to be honest where this particular man is concerned, ignoring his blatant mimed sexy seduction through the window would be downright rude.

So our Lizzie enjoys a rampant sex-a-thon with her unknown handsome gent…and by Jove is that hot or what? Phew, I’m feeling a flustered swoon coming on …an amazing one-night stand turns into having an affair with the most dashingly well dressed, saucy detective a woman could ever meet.

Think Mr Reece from Person of Interest and you will have an idea of what I mean when I say; dashing ‘Man in the Suit‘ ….Swoon!

Lizzie is a fabulous character, she has been a little downtrodden by those around her. She has lost a little confidence in herself, she is always careful and not one to take risks – or as those who have squashed her for so long call her; boring, how dare they!! Well, that is until she sees a certain dreamy nearly naked detective in a window, from that one night the inner passion and sexiness comes out. Our gorgeous Ben unlocks the side of Lizzie she has hidden away, don’t you just love a man who actually sees the woman for who she is?

DCI Ben Finneran is in Manchester on the trail of an evil serial killer who notoriously likes to poison his victims and spread fear far and wide. Ben has been chasing this criminal for ten long years and now he has the chance to bring the murderer he as obsessed over for a good portion of his career to justice. Yet a chance meeting with a beautiful woman changes everything not just for Ben and his life, but also for the case as things start becoming increasingly dangerous for all.

If this is what DCI’s are like, phew; I may need to commit a crime…if this gorgeous, waist-coat wearing silver fox wishes to arrest me, then I’m more than happy to comply 😉

Before I go on, I have to share this, for no other reason then it made me smile and melt a little when I read it…

Lizzie smiled at him tenderly. She whispered close to his ear, “I love you.”

“I’ve waited ten years for you and I didn’t even know it. ” Ben told her, bringing his hand up to caress her face. “I love you too Ms. Lizzie Aspinall.”

They kissed, slow and tired, until they finally fell asleep in each other’s arms.

Ben is so determined to catch this villain, there is a pang of past guilt and weariness laced with love and passion. He is a copper through and through. He knows his job, he is good at his job and he has a great copper’s instinct, whether that is in pursuit of a criminal or in the bedroom. He is just marvellous! He is always selfless, protective, fiercely loyal, very funny and yes, I have said it once but I’ll say it again; he is as sexy as hell and then there is a real sadness about him that makes you want to hug him tight.

I love the chemistry between Ben and Lizzie, there is a buzz, a shimmer in the air that crackles around them. Their relationship starts with a bang and sets off at lightning speed (a lot like the entire book itself). They both bring something to the relationship that the other needs in their life. Lizzie is the bright spark, the happiness and the companionship Ben needs, whereas he is the honest, protective and passion that she needs to really be herself. They are a match made in heaven and are so perfect for each other.

This book has a great cast of characters, from the two brilliant leads to the secondary characters, each one brings something vital to the story, whether you loved them or booed and hissed at them they all have an impact. I especially liked Ben’s boss, DCS Worthington, he is a real hoot and makes me think of a cross between Columbo and Vera. He only makes a few brief appearances, yet he stole every scene.

This is Catherine and Eleanor’s second romantic suspense novel, and I love it just as much as the first (maybe a little more, if I am being perfectly honest) that first book; The Colour of Mermaids was emotionally character-driven; there was a lot of angst and deep despair, which completely hooked you. This one is all about the suspense element, it’s all about the plot with the romance between Ben and Lizzie flawlessly riding alongside, which makes for a perfect and undoubtedly epic love story with a twist.

The Man in Room 423 is striking, utterly fascinating and addictive reading. I flew through the pages and read it in two days flat, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the character’s, blushing profusely at those very saucy scenes and following the intricately written plot, which had me hooked right up until the villain is revealed. This is thrilling, seductive and seriously sexy. If I was a nail-biter I wouldn’t have any fingernails left, this book is gripping from the start. There are twists and turns, an explosive ending when we find out ‘who dunnit’ which was a real shocker.

I absolutely loved it, perfect escapism!

This was an Arc copy via the authors, which I voluntarily reviewed. Thank you, Catherine and Eleanor! Xx

The Man in Room 423 is to be released on 5th May and can be pre-ordered now, and I cannot recommend that you grab it when you can, it’s a doozy!

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Hello Sunshines! I am super excited to be sharing my review of this breathtaking book; The Colour of Mermaids by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead. Before I start with this review, I wish to take a moment to say just say something…

Over the last month or so I have really struggled with keeping motivated and my focus on reading, which for someone who loves reading, who finds so much joy in books and has always used books as an escape from the real world; that slump made me really sad. I blame too much time on social media mixed with obsessively watching the chaos on the news, it all got a bit much. But even so, I can’t even express how depressing it was not being able to enjoy a book! Then I started this and I have to say that this became a balm, I was gripped from the first chapter and by the end, I felt as though a weight had been lifted, but more than that; I re-found my love of reading again. So a massive thank you to Catherine and Eleanor for reminding me, without knowing it; how much I love reading! xx

So, grab that cuppa, sit back and enjoy the book that gave me the kick up the rear and gave me back my mojo!

In a world of childhood secrets and tabloid scandals, is falling for the bad boy of British art as risky as it is raunchy?

When artist Eva Catesby is invited to an exhibition in honour of art world enfant terrible Daniel Scott, she’s expected to follow the crowd and sing his praises. Instead she tells him what she really thinks and sparks fly. As they plunge headlong into a wild affair, Eva becomes the target of unwanted attention from an unseen enemy.

Daniel Scott is famous for his paintings. Filled with darkness and tormented imagery, his canvases are as mysterious as his background. Until he meets Eva, Daniel is a stranger to criticism and doesn’t know what it means to fall in love.

Can Eva help Daniel overcome his childhood demons or will a fatal secret from the past destroy their future?

Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of drug use/abuse, mental illness, depression, stalking and sexual assault. There is mention of suicide, child abuse, rape, murder and non-romanticised brother-sister incest.

How much do I love this book?! Let me count the ways….honestly, I’m already waxing lyrical, you can see how this review is going to go, can’t you? But once you have read this book you will all understand my excitement and inability to actually string two legible words together that don’t consist of ‘OMGs, I love it’ and various swooning gif’s…

I will just say the one thing then, should I?…

Perfect!!!

Absolutely and utterly heart-stopping, powerful and emotionally wrenching, intoxicatingly gripping, romantic and brilliantly thrilling; perfection!!

Will that do?

Plus, I was so wrapped up in this book I let many cups of tea go cold (shock and horror!!!) and the dog ate my shortbread, but was I bothered when I was so immersed in this glorious book? Not on your nelly!!

When Eva Catesby is invited to the exclusive exhibition for the world-renowned, the bad boy of the art world; Daniel Scott, a man as dark and mysterious as that of his all-black attire and bleakly sinister paintings. Unlike the throng of people who have turned up to pour more praise on to the already inflated head of the ‘enfant terrible‘, Eva tells it how it is, she holds nothing back and she doesn’t believe in shading the great artist from criticism if it will help him make even greater work.

Eva is a fabulous character, she is so passionate; about her work as an artist and especially about her work with a group of underprivileged kids, who she is trying to help with art. Even though she comes from a well-to-do family she really wants to help those in worse off circumstances than her and I really admired her for that! She is a kind, caring, talented and compassionate woman.

Daniel has never met anyone like Eva, she is the breath of fresh air he needs in his dark, drug-fuelled existence, he is drawn to her but knows that he can’t allow anything more than a moment of lustful passion to pass between them, as our bad boy isn’t exactly what he appears, there is more to discover about the mysterious sunglasses-wearing Daniel Scott and Eva soon finds that as tempting, handsome, mysterious and talented as he is, there is a more heart-breaking, self-destructive and darker side to her brooding bed mate.

As Eva and Daniel begin their passionate affair, they soon to see their relationship as something other than just sex, they grow closer with each passing day. The more they fall in love and get to know each other, the more dark and hidden secrets are revealed, secrets which may come between our couple but only if Daniel can find the courage to seek the help he needs to move forward from his heart-breaking past.

I do absolutely love this book…I think I have said that already, right? …

As I said it is completely different if you love your edgier, super sexy, darker romances with an added bonus of a thrilling yet eerie stalking subplot which really makes the hairs stand up and you sit back and shiver a little of what Eva experienced.

My heart absolutely broke for Daniel when he reaches the lowest when his depression becomes overbearing for him there is a child-like quality; broken, lost in deep darkness and unable to reach past the heavy cloud that has eclipsed the sunshine. There are a few scenes that are very bleak, heart-wrenching and uncomfortable to read, but they are so brilliantly and expertly written. Talk about emotional; there were moments between Daniel and Eva which left me a sniffling mess, which soon followed by lots of real cliff-hanger of a twist at the end – whoa, I didn’t see that one coming!!

This is easily one of the best that Catherine and Eleanor have written – I do know I sound like a record stuck on repeat as I say that every single time I lay my hands on a new Harkstead/Curzon book, but oh, boy, is this beauty a cracker or what?! I am in complete love with it, I was glued to every single page, it was intoxicating to read, with thrills, romance, secrets and real darkness that had me hooked. Plus it’s super, super sexy and that is just gorgeously complex and heart-breaking Daniel.

You all know that I love a fragile and tormented guy in black, and this man broke me completely, I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same again!

I have always known that Catherine and Eleanor are masters of emotional and witty romance, but this one shows just how impressive their writing is. The way they tackled such deeply sensitive and somewhat taboo subjects such as; depression, mental health illness, drug abuse is impeccable.

Did I mention how much loved this book?… Well I did, I do hope that there will be more stories like this in the pipeline from this marvellous duo!

This was an Arc copy via the authors, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you, Catherine and Eleanor! Xx

The Colour of Mermaids is released today and can be found at Amazon and I cannot recommend enough that you go and grab this gorgeous book.

#Review | The Captain And The Prime Minister (Captivating Captains #6) by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead #TheCaptainAndThePrimeMinister #CaptivatingCaptains @e_harkstead @MadameGilflurt @PridePublishing

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Hello, my Sunshines! I am super excited to be sharing my review of the latest instalment of the amazing Captivating Captains series by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead. I will be waffling my way through another attempt at a review, this time for the gorgeous; The Captain and the Prime Minister. So as always grab that cuppa and cake – you will need a cake, get comfy and enjoy!

When a devoted prime minster has a second chance at romance, he discovers that love is love on Downing Street.

Captain Tom Southwell has swapped bullets for babies and works as a manny at one of the world’s most famous addresses. Behind the doors of Downing Street, he cooks dinner, puts the children to bed and is the prime minister’s best friend.

Alex Hart is the prime minister Great Britain’s been dreaming of. He’s dedicated, caring and has a conscience. He’s also a widower with two small children. The last thing he can let himself do is fall in love with the manny who has held his family together.

When an old flame from Tom’s past gets in touch, Tom’s first instinct is to keep him at arm’s length, but hell hath no fury like a yoga teacher scorned. As Alex fights to push a life-changing bill through Parliament, the tabloid vultures are circling. With rumors swirling about the prime minister and his gorgeous manny, every shark in Westminster senses blood.

Will Alex put love ahead of duty, or will the most important man in the country be the loneliest, too?

Happy Dance Alert!!

Another Captivating Captain book has landed and as per usual the ladies do not disappoint, you know what that means; time for me to dance happily around like a wonky spinning top on way too many sugary sweets. (Yes, while writing this review did, in fact, involve devouring a whole share bag of Jelly Babies) This one has such a sweet old fashioned romance feel to it, the two leading men are perfect for the roles Catherine and Eleanor have written them in; as the star-crossed friends who eventually become lovers; and what charming – and may I say, well endowed? (You know me by now, I can never write a review without mentioning a well-formed bottom or a shapely set of arms) – lovers they make.

Dishy Captain Tom Southwell, after hanging up his rifle and uniform for good, he now is the widowed prime minister’s nanny – or ‘manny’ as the papers have named him. While taking care of the equally dishy prime minister’s two little adorable tearaways, aptly dubbed the Mini-Harts, Tom begins to see his ridiculously attractive boss in a completely different way – it’s those blue, blue eyes – isn’t everyone susceptible to a set of handsome blue eyes? Or maybe it’s the arms? ….Sigh!! Or maybe it’s just me and my overly active imagination?

But really Alex is such a charismatic man, who has this old school charm about him, plus a hidden naughty mischievousness which compliments Tom’s bold, romantic and vivaciousness perfectly – really who doesn’t love a man who is so at ease with his own nudity.

But Tom knows that he can’t take his crush on his boss further after all the guy is straight! So its a bit of a surprise to Tom to find that Alex is attracted to him too, but how can they explore their newfound love when Alex is in the midst of a parliament bill battle and the sudden appearance of an ex, who doesn’t like to hear no?

I was completely pulled into the lad’s little romantic bubble, Tom and Alex are an adorable couple; Alex is so tentative, shy and unsure of himself, he is full of doubts and I think at the beginning he is still full of confusion over his growing feelings for Tom and there is a little guilt in there where his late wife is concerned. Should he have told her he also liked men? Would she approve of how he wishes to live his life? Tom is a rock of support and encouragement, over the past four years he has been the unwavering supportive shoulder that the little family needed when Alex’s wife died, Tom is the voice of honesty and clarity, he never pushes or forces anything. No matter how much he wants to have his wicked way with the Prime Minister in the shower, Tom never allows his lustier raunchy thoughts override his gentlemanly side, the side that takes each milestone with Alex one step at a time. But when they do give in to their more baser needs it’s well worth the wait and so wonderfully done, it’s not super saucy like a lot of the previous Captains books, their bedroom antics is mild but those moments are still full of total love, cheekiness, flirty wit and respect.

I particularly loved how Alex’s situation was handled, a straight widowed father of two who for the first time in his life he is accepting and embracing who he is and Tom’s patience with Alex is so touching and loving. He, after all, knows what he wants, he has already done the whole ‘coming out’ moment in his life, so he can understand Alex’s feelings, he knows that for Alex their relationship won’t be an easy one. Coming out after a long relationship as a bisexual man is one thing, but our Alex is the most powerful man in the country where his every move is watched and scrutinized, where any sniff of scandal at such an important moment in his career could be the turning point for the country as he teeters on verge of pushing his new bill through parliament, that is one of the key factors of the whole book and it is all written so beautifully, you can feel Alex’s raw passion for what he believes in through the story, which is quite something indeed as the whole book is written through Tom’s point of view, yet Alex’s presence and his opinions are so strong throughout.

This has got to be the most sensitive, gentle-paced and emotional book of the entire Captivating Captains series, instead of; Boom, let’s rip off the clothes and jump into bed for a good old romp at the mere whisper of a saucy glance, this is a slower more tentative and tender romance that builds up steadily as their love and trust in each other grows. I always thought that I preferred faster-paced plots, but as always the ladies have proved me wrong with this book as everything about this just works. Every aspect of the story from the character’s, their own personal histories, the hurdles they have to overcome, plus the addition of the cutest four-year-olds that anyone could ever meet, all wrapped up with that instantly recognisable Curzon Harkstead flare and marching under the beautiful ‘Love is Love‘ banner, then you have yourselves am charming and hugely appealing true- love story.

This book is definitely more about the emotional conflicts of a new and complex relationship, which shows off Catherine and Eleanor’s writing at it’s very, very best, there is no other author who can compare to these two amazing ladies! I best leave my overly enthusiastic gushing there, otherwise, I will go on all night about how bloody brilliant they are!!

Just a slight warning though, you may never look at a courgette in the same way again 😉 who knew that preparing vegetables for dinner, could be so….suggestive?! Ouh, La La the innuendo’s in that one little scene!

Overall, an original, delightfully sweet love story, another winner for our award-nominated, dynamic duo.

This was an Arc via the authors, which I voluntarily reviewed, Thank you, Catherine and Eleanor. xx

#Review | The Dishevelled Duke by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead #TheDischevelledDuke #ALittleBitCupidCollection @e_harkstead @MadameGilflurt @PridePublishing

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Hello Sunshines! I am so super excited to be sharing with you all my review of the charming; The Dishevelled Duke by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead, which is apart of the A Little Bit Cupid Valentines Collection, so grab that cuppa, a large slab of cake and enjoy!

Will a photographer be swept off his feet by a duke who’s more dishevelled than dashing?

It’s Valentine’s Day and it’s Billy last shift at The Chelsea Bunn. His photography career never took off, so it’s time to leave London, parcel up the leftover heart-shaped cakes and head back home to Hampshire.

Rumpled Charlie and his two mischievous dogs are Billy’s favourite customers, so when Charlie turns up at closing time with a mysterious wrapped gift and the offer of a whirlwind trip on the London Eye, Billy can’t say no. But Charlie is keeping a secret that could turn Billy’s world happily upside down.

As the snow falls over London and the big wheel grinds to a halt, Billy discovers that wishes aren’t just for Christmas.

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A Little Bit Cupid Collection

Cupid is aiming his arrows and we’re all aquiver! Whether it’s a second chance at love or a whirlwind small-town romance, these stories are all about falling in love on Valentine’s Day.

Pride Publishing

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Time to do the overly enthused happy dance, we have another Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead romance in the house!! How much do I adore these ladies? I do love these short seasonal stories which Catherine and Eleanor are so good at treating us all to, they are just perfect for those moments when you crave for something delicious and sweet, so instead of reaching for yet more Jaffa Cakes (honestly, the number of Jaffa Cakes I consume I am going to end up looking like one) I now reach for a Curzon/Harkstead story, which is far more delectable and long-lasting and far more addictive. The only thing I have to worry about is letting one’s tea go cold…. I really have gone completely off-topic, yet again!

So, The Dishevelled Duke is a very short story, set over the course of one day; Valentines Day to be accurate and it is apart of the appropriately named; A Little Bit Cupid Collection, which is a collection of short Valentine’s day stories written by an array of authors – each one looks so good, so I hope you will go and check out the other’s in the collection too.

As you would have gathered it’s Valentines Day in London, Billy who is as cute as a button is having to leave the bright lights of London when his photography career refused to take off, his hopes and dreams shattered he decides that now is the time to return home to lick his wounds, which means giving up his job as a barista in the brilliantly named; The Chelsea Bun – how much do I love the name of that little cake/coffee shop? and that also means leaving the object of his unwavering secret affections, his favourite customer; the handsome if deliciously unkempt; Charlie. Who suddenly turns up with a mystery parcel under his arm (but what is in the parcel??) just as Billy is closing The Chelsea Bun and saying a sad farewell one last time.

Delectable Charlie and his two gorgeous and immensely huge dogs have been visiting the bun every day for the past year, always sitting in the same spot and just enjoying a hot drink while reading the paper of doing the crossword – as you do! But he has secretly been admiring the hot little barista all along and trying to work up the courage to ask Billy on a date. Honestly, these two are the cutest, I adore their blossoming romance each one is very reluctant up until this point to even test their mutual attraction and yet once they open that door you know that these two are for keeps, but there is a little thing Billy doesn’t know and that is our dear, dishevelled Charlie has a wee bit of a secret….and what a bobby-dazzler that is!

Oh, gawd, did I honestly just write bobby-dazzler??

So with Charlie determined to send Billy off with a lasting memory we embark with the lads on a snowy rush through the city to the London Eye, but will a turn on the eye reveal more than just an eagle-eyed view of London to the boys, or will plans and futures change?? Well, you know me, I ain’t going to tell you what happens or what secrets they are both holding from each other, your just going to have to read it. But, I will say that you will sigh deeply into your mug of hot chocolate while ramming an iced bun into your mouth…it has to be done!

As always Catherine and Eleanor have written another winner, honestly they could write a dinner menu or a phone book and I’d be happy…did I mention how much I adore these ladies? The writing is as always flawless, it’s got great pacing sometimes with very short stories they can at times feel a little rushed, but not with this one, it moves along perfectly as we all make a dash across London.

The Dishevelled Duke is a delightful, charming delicious little romance with a wee twist and quite unusually for a Curzon/Harkstead romance there are no steamy scenes, I know!! Shocking, but to be honest this didn’t need a romp in the hayloft type of scene it is like it’s leading men; perfect exactly how it is.

This was an arc copy via the authors, which I voluntarily reviewed. Thank you, Catherine and Eleanor. xx

The Dishevelled Duke is to released on 11th February.

#Review | The Captain And The Squire (Captivating Captains Series ) by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead #TheCaptainandtheSquire #CaptivatingCaptains @e_harkstead @MadameGilflurt @PridePublishing

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Hello my wonderful Sunshines, on this grey and blustery day! I am soooo excited to be sharing my review of the next Captivating Captains novel….squeals!!! Not only will I be boring you silly with my babble which after reading the review back does seem to focus a lot of bottoms, but I also have an exclusive excerpt for you all to devour, so settle in grab that cuppa and cake, and enjoy!!

A sexy city boy and a country squire will set the countryside alight!

Tarquin Bough is a tweedy squire with an ambitious fiancée who controls his every move. He’s also the owner of the finest collection of saucy artefacts in the world. From Christine Keeler’s eyelash to the Virgin Queen’s dildo, they’re all safe in Tarquin’s care.

Christopher Hardacre is a city-slicker with the tightest jodhpurs and the most smackable bottom in London. He’s given up the rat-race for a country life as captain of the village rowing team. The only trouble is, he’s lost his money to a ruthless scam and Bough Bottoms is his last hope of a home.

But Chris hasn’t reckoned on his late uncle’s will. The house comes with a sitting porcine tenant and if Chris can’t look after his newly-acquired pet pig, he’ll lose his inheritance and his last chance at happiness.

When Tarquin sees Chris it’s lust at first sight, but dare he be honest about his feelings in a village where being gay is bound to be a hot topic? As soon as Chris and Tarquin get together, it’s the hottest summer this little corner of England has ever known.

With a scheming local hotshot out to turn the beloved pig into sausages, can the captain and the squire save everybody’s bacon?

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Exclusive Excerpt

Tarquin yawned and stretched in his deckchair. Although most of the blossom had gone from the orchard, blown away by the storms in late spring, it was still a beautiful place to sit in the evening. He took a mouthful of brandy and scratched the head of the pig who was snuffling at the grass beside his chair.

Now look here, Oracle!” Tarquin held up the length of carved wood that he had been nursing on his lap. “The craftsmanship is second to none.”

The Oracle seemed to be listening, even if she was still busy hunting for truffles. But over the contented snorts of the pig, Tarquin heard the music from next door rise in volume and yet another car revved in the private lane outside his house.

His new neighbor had arrived.

The bastard.

The car doors slammed and the sound of braying laughter carried on the breeze as yet more visitors arrived to greet—who? Who was it who was moving into the Hardacre house anyway? Who was it who’d had removal vans and tradespeople coming and going for weeks to the empty house? Who was responsible for the smell of fresh paint and the sound of hammering and drilling from that tottering, crumbling pile where the late Beardsley Hardacre had lived for his one hundred and three years? Who had landscaped that wild garden?

Who was it who had arrived by nightfall not quite twenty-four hours earlier and was apparently already throwing a party?

And why had this interloper made no effort to claim the Oracle of Delphi?

Your new mummy and daddy have arrived, my friend,” Tarquin told the pig, his voice soft. But as another toot and another bray of laughter reached him in his formerly tranquil orchard, he rose from the chair, fire in his tone as he declared, “And I’m going to have words!”

Tarquin ran across the orchard and, his brandy in one hand and the carved wooden length in the other, took the fence in a single bound like a steeplechaser.

The evening air was torn by that most dreadful of sounds—the cry of ripped corduroy trousers.

Now in the Hardacre garden, Tarquin cast a glance back at the fence, where a ragged square of golden-colored corduroy waved back at him like a tiny flag. It must’ve caught on a nail, but instead of going home to change, Tarquin was too inflamed with rage to turn back, and instead plunged on through the garden.

And what an improvement it is!

What had once been a tangle of brambles amid a sea of grass that would have hidden an army was now a manicured lawn so flat that it could have been a golf course. Bright bursts of color sprang from well-tended borders and for the first time in years Tarquin could actually see the banks of the river that ran along the bottom of their neighboring gardens. How strange it was to think that such a beautiful view had been hidden all these years, but the cantankerous old gentleman who had lived here far longer than Tarquin had even been alive’d had little time for gardening. He had been too busy with wine, women and song for that.

And whoever was now in his house seemed to be of similar appetites, Tarquin realized, as he rounded the corner and froze on the edge of the patio.

Everyone appeared to be in swimwear, or something resembling it. Tall, elegant women wearing sarongs and high heels with their jewelry chatted with handsome young men in shorts and little more, each of them holding a fizzing glass of champagne, each of them exuding money and confidence and…the city.

A huge hot tub that bubbled on the patio contained yet more of the incomers, tan and braying and so bloody loud and one of them, he knew, must be the new master of Hardacre Grange.

It had to be the man whose braying laughter was louder than anyone else’s. The man who seemed to be holding court in that absurdly overstated hot tub.

The only one wearing sunglasses on an evening that required no such thing.

Tarquin strode straight up to the hot tub and bellowed, “Which of you ruddy coves is in charge here?”

The chatter fell silent but the thump of the music, of course, did not. The man in sunglasses took a leisurely sip from his glass of champagne and said, “That would be me, squire. Why don’t you grab a glass and hop on in?”

Tarquin shook with fury, the brandy slopping up against the brim of his glass. “Hop in? Hop bloody in? The bally cheek of it—I don’t bathe in public with strangers!”

Oh, you’ve brought your own booze, I like it!” He lowered his sunglasses just a little and peered closely at Tarquin’s other hand. “And you appear to have also brought a large wooden penis. Is that a traditional welcome in Bough Bottoms? Hello, old man, here’s a penis from all of us on the parish council!”

The partygoers guffawed that braying laugh, every eye now focused on Tarquin’s hand.

Penis?” Tarquin thundered. Then he recalled the antique object in his hand. “This? This is a Tudor dildo! It belonged to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I herself!” Tarquin wagged it under the nose of the man in sunglasses, because surely the man couldn’t see properly wearing Ray-Bans in the dusk.

Although Tarquin could see his new neighbor very well, smarmily grinning at Tarquin from under his arrogant flop of blond hair. Tarquin wasn’t going to admit it, but the fellow was in exquisite form, with swimmer’s shoulders and toned arms that Tarquin would have happily spent hours squeezing like a shopper deciding on a grapefruit. And that angular jaw was worthy of a statue, finished off with a square chin that Tarquin would never tire of nibbling on.

Not that he would. Tarquin threw a furious glance at the woman chortling at his new neighbor’s side.

Married. Has to be. Bugger it.

Or sadly not.

A Tudor dil— oh, just a minute!” The man pushed his sunglasses up into his hair, his welcoming smile evaporating. “You’re Bough! You’re the man who did Great-Uncle Beardsley out of Prince Albert’s ceremonial Prince Albert!”

No, I bloody didn’t! It’s mine!” Tarquin stamped his foot. Oh, my dander’s most definitely getting up! “And besides which, you could at least extend the courtesy of pronouncing my surname properly. It’s Boff, to rhyme with cough, not Bow as in bough as in part of a tree! It’s bloody Anglo-Saxon and if my ancestors weren’t conquered by the Normans, I won’t be conquered by a bloody blow-in Yuppie like you, accusing me of theft, who’s got a bath on his patio like a peasant!”

A collective intake of breath sounded around the patio. And where had the patio come from anyway? The last time Tarquin had glimpsed the back of the neighboring house before the brambles had claimed it, this had been a mud pit.

An eyesore.

But the man who now rose from the water of the hot tub was certainly not an eyesore.

Bloody hell, he’s no old Uncle Beardsley.

Uncle Bea said you were a Bow,” he said in a plummy sneer. Then he grinned and held out his hand, as though Tarquin weren’t juggling a glass of French brandy and Queen Elizabeth’s favorite dildo. “Christopher Hardacre. You can only be my new next-door neighbor. You’re exactly like Bea said you were in his letters. I feel like I already know you!”

Tarquin shoved the dildo into his pocket, its curved end poking out like a rhino horn. He held out his hand. “Your Uncle Beardsley was a dreadful old git—never got on with him, and he always pronounced my name wrong just to rile me. I’m Tarquin Bough, as in cough, and that’s the end of it. Christopher Hardacre, eh? My new neighbor!”

As Tarquin shook Christopher’s square hand, his gaze wandered down the planes of Christopher’s dripping chest, down to his muscular stomach and those wet shorts that clung to his every contour.

My other dander’s up now, blast it.

**Excerpt provided via the publisher’s website**

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I love, love, love, love this book!! Can I put anymore ‘loves’ in that first sentence? I know, I know, I say the same every single time I read a Captivating Captain book, but I can’t help myself this series is just…..well, I am unable to say, as I think I have used every word that has been listed under amazing in the thesaurus…hmmm, went slightly off subject.

Anyway, Just when I think that this series has peaked and it can’t possibly get any better, and I have found my new love and favourite, then boom! The ladies-only go and pull out another winner and turn me into a melting, withering and babbling wreck, yet again, but this is too damn good!! It is in times like this when I need my heart-eye emoji’s to say what I can’t seem to put in words. Honestly, I don’t think that I have the adequate vocabulary to really do this amazing book the justice it deserves, but I’ll give it a darn good shot.

There are so many things that I want to say about this, and yet I don’t want to give away too much – I would rather hint and intrigue then give spoilers. But like all of the Captivating Captains series, this has everything that I look for in a good romance, it has the perfect mix of enigmatic character’s, sizzling chemistry, lots of fun and laughter, love to hate villains, a wonderfully original plot, plus the sharp, clever and very English wit which we have all come to know and love about this series.

When his elderly neighbour dies, Tarquin Bough – alias the very naughty ever so slightly kinky Squire – meets the new Hardacre to grace their little village of Bough Bottoms, Tarquin is all set to hate his new neighbour as there had been a small neighbourly war going on between the Hardacre’s and the Bough’s, but when our Squire meets sexy, confident and constantly unbuttoned Christopher Hardacre sparks fly and trousers rip (literally). For Tarquin it is an instant attraction, he feels proper raging lust for the first time, yet with his fiancée Petunia back at Bough Towers and who insists on wearing the trousers for him, his secret lust and desperate yearning to really get to know their new neighbour may not be as easy to accomplish as he hopes.

Oh, goodness me, that first meeting between Chris and Tarquin is hilarious, I was up most of the night giggling away with that first chapter which is full ripped trousers, lot of bottom showing, super tight swimwear; which leaves very little to the imagination and a squire brandishing an Elizabethan dildo; that alone ensures for some very tongue in cheek, hilarious and very, very cheeky banter between our boys, something which carries on throughout. These two are the best, I love their instant attraction, the trust they place on one and other, I love their chemistry it doesn’t just sizzle it steams up the windows with a mere peacocking, cheeky glance… I will never look at a simple barn or a shower cubicle in the same way again….phew!

City boy and newly named Captain of the rowing team; Christopher has moved to Bough Bottoms with the hope of making a whole new life for himself, a slower life, unfortunately, our golden-haired, fine bottomed Christopher has been through t’mill, after being caught in the snare of terrible con he is now broke, Bough Bottoms is his saving grace, Well it would be if it wasn’t for a certain clause in his late uncle’s will, basically, there is a pig and said pig has Christopher’s fate and future happiness in her trotter, because if Christopher and the cute as a button Oracle of Delphi don’t get along then its goodbye Christopher.

The Oracle of Delphi, what a brilliant addition to the story, I love that a pig is such an important part of the plot, there are some very funny and very touching moments where the Oracle is concerned, especially with Christopher. But, it’s not all sweetness and sexy jodhpur clad bottoms, there is a dastardly villain in the village, one with a plan and whom wants to serve our Oracle with apple sauce….the absolute cheek!!

There is a slight different feel to this one that the previous ‘Captivating Captains’ didn’t have, nothing bad just a little different, it’s a lot more saucier then the other’s that’s for sure. I love how it’s written predominately through Tarquin’s point of view, I really liked the way that Tarquin’s personal story is written how he knows he is gay yet for his own reasons won’t actually come out and say it openly, he doesn’t want scandal or to be the only gay squire in Bough Bottoms, I think he just lacks the confidence to actually be himself, and this is what Christopher does so perfectly, he shows Tarquin how happy he can be if he just allowed the saucy Squire to come out and once he does, there is no locking him away again.

The Captain and the Squire is an excellent, gloriously funny and sexy romance, the tongue-in-cheek humour, great banter and brilliant interaction between all the characters is perfect. The writing is as you’d expect from Catherine and Eleanor strong, witty, immensely clever and entertaining. Even the villains are brilliantly written – there is one that in particular, which I just loved hating – this character definitely mad me want to ‘boo’ and ‘hiss’ every time they were in a scene – which makes it all sound very pantomime-ish, but this is far, far better than sitting through another version of Aladdin for a start there are far more cheeky winks, pig wooing and well-shaped thighs and bottoms (Its official, I have a perversion for fine rear ends, someone help me)

I don’t think I have to say how much I loved this book, do I? Because I did, I thought that I was ruined with Guy the Pilot in The Captain and the Best Man and of course my beloved Captain Thorne from The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper, but this has galloped in right to the top.

If you love a jolly good ride through the country with two scandalously seductive gent’s then you need to read it!

This was an Arc copy via the authors, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you, Catherine and Eleanor. Xx

The Captain and the Squire is available from today, do go and grab yourself a copy, it’s definitely worth it!

Chicks, Rogues and Scandals; Countdown To Christmas, Advent Calander Day 4 #CountDownToChristmas

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Hello my lovely festive sunshines, I hope you are enjoying my little count down to Christmas, we are on day four, where has the time gone, so what is behind the door today? Go on, take a peek.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Shall we start with a festive Hottie?

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Let me introduce you to three of the most gorgeous men (Raf is to die for, swoon!) ….and an adorable lady, you’ll meet 😉

The Captain’s Cornish Christmas

A Captivating Captains story

For a lonely Cornish lifeboatman and an author who’s more used to crime scenes than love scenes, this Christmas is going to be very merry indeed!

When Jago Treherne agrees to man the Polneath lifeboats one snowy Christmas, he knows he can forget turkey and all the trimmings.

Yet when he boards a seemingly empty yacht and stumbles upon sexy Sam Coryton enjoying an energetic afternoon below decks, Jago soon realizes that he might be unwrapping a very different sort of Christmas gift this year!

The Ghost Garden

Within the tangled vines of a forgotten garden, can a blossoming new love overcome an ancient evil that threatens both the living and the dead?

After losing her brother in the trenches of the Great War, Cecily James is a prisoner of Whitmore Hall, the respected but remote boys’ school where her brutish husband reigns as headmaster. With its forsaken walled garden, a hauntingly tragic past, and midnight footsteps heard from an unoccupied clocktower, Whitmore Hall is a place where the dead are rumored to walk.

Whitmore Hall is a place filled with mysteries and as a ghost garden emerges from the sun-bleached soil, long-buried secrets cry out to be told.

When new teacher Raf de Chastelaine blunders into an impromptu seance, Cecily finds an unlikely and eccentric ally. In a world of discipline and respectability, barefoot Raf is unlike any teacher Cecily has ever met. With his tales of the Carpathian mountains and a love of midnight gardening, he shakes Whitmore Hall to its foundations. Could there be more to Raf than meets the eye? And as he and Cecily realise that their feelings run deeper than friendship, dare they dream of a world beyond Whitmore Hall?

As Cecily and Raf team up to unite long-dead lovers and do battle with an ancient evil that has long haunted Whitmore Hall, Cecily finds her chance of happiness threatened by her tyrannical husband. But is the controlling headmaster acting of his own free will, or is he the puppet of a malevolent power from beyond the grave?

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I hope, I have inspired and started your Festive season with some swooning heat, I absolutely adore these ladies, Catherine and Eleanor are queens of the male/male romance (you need to check out their Captains) their books are so full of passion and laughter, then when the glorious Ghost Garden came about, I had died and gone to tattooed hero heaven and I know you all will fall in love with Jargo & Sam and Raf & Cecily.

 

Until tomorrow, have a lovely day!

#Review | The Captain And The Best Man (Captivating Captains Series) by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead #TheCaptainAndtheBestMan #CaptivatingCaptains @e_harkstead @MadameGilflurt @PridePublishing

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Hello Sunshines, I am super excited to be sharing my review of the latest gorgeous Captivating Captains book; The Captain and the Best Man by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead. Have I been looking forward to this book, or what? Not only will I be sharing my review of this fabulous book, but I have an exclusive excerpt for you all. So settle in, be prepared for a fair amount of gushing, grab your cuppa, a cinnamon bun and enjoy.

When Josh meets handsome airline pilot Captain Guy Collingwood on a sun-kissed island, he finds out what flying first class really means!

When Josh leaves the rainy shores of England for the sun-drenched tropical island of St Sebastian, his biggest worry is remembering his best man’s speech. But a chance meeting with dashing airline pilot Captain Guy Collingwood leads to a hot and raunchy holiday romance.

Guy’s everything Josh is looking for in his ideal man. Mature, dashing and confident, he’s also single and more than happy to show Josh the pleasure of St Sebastian. Yet Guy’s unruffled demeanor hides a past regret. Is the wedding of Josh’s best friend about to reopen a painful chapter that has never fully closed?

As a fearsome tropical storm threatens the island paradise and a broken family threatens Josh and Guy’s happiness, the stakes have never been higher. Can St Sebastian work its magic to heal past wounds and will Josh and Guy’s holiday fling take flight?

Pride Publishing / Goodreads / Amazon / First For Romance

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Exclusive Excerpt

The farthest Josh had ever traveled before was Magaluf. He glanced at his boarding pass again as he headed to the departure lounge, still not quite believing what it said.

Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe.

Nine hours on a plane.

At least I can have a nap.

Josh trundled his cabin bag through Duty Free and left with aftershave and sunglasses that he wasn’t sure he needed. Then he found a café, the perfect place to camp out with a book and kill time before the flight. Half-asleep, Josh clambered over other people’s luggage to join the queue.

Nine hours in steerage.

The cafe’s prices seemed only slightly more reasonable than the eye-watering first-class ticket that Josh couldn’t afford, but he could treat himself at least. An array of elaborate, decadent pastries filled the glass-fronted cabinet, tempting any travelers who were about to submit to airline food, and Josh was happy to surrender to their charms. It was a nice way to start the holiday, after all.

Where are all these people going? he wondered idly as he waited to be served. Screaming babies, excited gaggles of students with packs on their backs, stressed-looking business types and children zooming around making plane noises, all of them ready to escape the autumn drizzle.

Josh ordered a latte, then selected a cinnamon bun from the pastries on offer. It was the last one, a complicated twist of pastry zigzagged with icing and dark with cinnamon. He’d never seen a bun like it.

“If that’s really the last bun, you’d better hope you’re not on my flight,” a plummy voice announced from behind Josh. “Or I’ll make it a bumpy landing.”

“It’s the last one,” the young woman who was serving Josh said with a comical pout, a red flush creeping over her throat. “Sorry, Cap!”

Cap?

When Josh turned to face the man behind him, his fringe swished into his eyes. He brushed it away with the back of his hand as he looked up.

Bloody hell.

There behind him in the queue was a pilot clad in the sort of immaculate uniform he could only have dreamed of—every button shiny, every seam straight, his hat at a perfect angle on his head. But Josh barely noticed because his gaze was drawn to the pilot’s handsome, chiseled face.

“I…erm…sorry! I don’t mind having an almond croissant instead, if you’ve got your heart set on a cinnamon bun.”

“Well it is my birthday,” the pilot told him, his expression somber. Then he blinked his blue eyes and smiled. “But I’m a nice fellow, so take it. It’s my treat.” He looked to the woman behind the counter, who was beaming at him, Josh entirely forgotten in the wake of the Cap. “Throw me something nice with pistachios into a bag and a huge cup of tea, please! I’m paying for His Cinnamon Munching Majesty here, too. And something for you as well, of course! Happy birthday to me, eh?”

Josh smiled. A stranger—a pilot, no less—was footing his bill. “You really don’t have to!”

The bright lights of the café picked out discreet flecks of silver in the pilot’s hair and Josh couldn’t look away. The man was so effortlessly confident and self-assured. Radiant. And at this time of the morning, too. “But…if you insist. And—happy birthday, by the way.”

“Thirty again.” The pilot grinned. “I’ve been thirty for about nineteen years now, but don’t tell anyone.”

“Do you keep a portrait in your attic or something? You’re never—” Forty-nine? Josh stopped himself before he announced the man’s age across the café. “I’m thirty next year,” Josh volunteered, though he had no idea why.

“Happy early thirtieth.” He chuckled, handing a note to the woman. “Take my advice and always claim to be thirty next birthday. It’s a good age to be, even for nineteen years.”

Josh chuckled. “And what if I claim to be twenty-nine again next year? Then I’ll always be a year younger than you!”

Always? Josh glanced away. You don’t say always to the man stood behind you in the queue, who’s about to fly off to God knows where. Josh looked instead at the bottles of syrup along the shelf and caught the pilot’s reflection in the mirrored wall behind.

What a smile.

“It’s a deal,” was the reply. “Maturity is vastly overrated, after all.”

“Oh, I don’t know about that.” Josh turned back to the pilot with a grin. Why not? If he was straight, the bloke wouldn’t notice he was flirting. “Maturity can be very nice indeed.”

He heard the tinkle of coins as the pilot dropped his change into the tip cup. “Well, this birthday’s getting better. No cinnamon bun this morning, but you’ve more than made up for it.”

They stood at the end of the counter, waiting for their drinks.

“Is it your favorite?” Josh asked. “I honestly don’t mind relinquishing it. Seeing as it’s your birthday. That bun does look amazing, but so do all the others.”

“I wouldn’t dream of it!” The pilot nodded toward a brightly decorated paper bag on the counter. “Whatever’s in there will be just as tasty. Besides, I can always have something special when you and I go out to dinner. If you’d let an old reprobate like me take you to dinner, that is?”

Stunned, Josh rubbed his tired eyes and blinked. “I’m not imagining things, am I? You did just invite me to dinner?”

“Don’t tell me you’re flying out of Blighty for good?” The pilot’s grin grew more mischievous. “I’m off on a bit of a jolly once I clock off but I’m safely back on British shores in a fortnight. What do you say?”

“I’d say very definitely yes. I’m going to my friend’s wedding, but I’ll be back in a week. So…once you’ve returned from your jolly, let’s meet.” Josh’s face began to ache from smiling. He added, “I’m Josh, by the way.”

“Guy,” he replied. Guy. How well the name suited him. Guy the pilot. Guy with the immaculate uniform and blue eyes. Happy birthday to Guy. “Hello, Josh!”

Not knowing what else to do, Josh held out his hand to shake. “Hello, Guy.”

Gorgeous Guy. 

Who was about to hop into the cockpit and fly off who knew where.

Guy took Josh’s hand in his own and shook it. Josh was barely aware of the drinks arriving, his placed on the tray with a clink of crockery, Guy’s in a takeaway cup. When Guy released Josh’s hand, he reached into the well-cut jacket of his uniform and took out a silver pen.

A fountain pen, Josh noted. Just right.

“Let me give you my number,” Guy said. Josh resisted the urge to tell him he could put it straight into his phone, because there was something about that dark blue ink and the swirl of handwriting as Guy wrote on one of the napkins, something wonderfully traditional. Romantic, even. “There you go!”

“Thanks.” Josh carefully laid the napkin on his tray. “Enjoy your flight. And your jolly, Captain Guy.”

“Enjoy the wedding.” Guy gave a little bow. “And my cinnamon bun.”

“I intend to!” Josh said. “We’ll speak soon.”

With another flash of that brilliant smile Guy picked up the cup. He raised his cap momentarily to Josh, then picked up the bag and said, “Happy flying!”

“Bye!” Josh waved.

Why did they both have to go their separate ways so soon after meeting? But Josh had Captain Guy’s number. They’d meet again, he knew it.

He watched Guy stride away across the wide expanse of gleaming floor. He wasn’t the only person watching, Josh knew, but he was the one with Guy’s number.

Dinner. How could I say no to that?

In a daze—partly brought on by an early start, but mainly due to the last few minutes of his life—Josh took a seat at a table. He put down his tray and tore a piece from his bun. It really was delicious, the pastry melting on his tongue and the—

His table jolted as a little boy in a striped T-shirt accidentally barreled into it.

“You okay?” Josh asked, but the child ran off. Josh shrugged and went back to his bun, only to discover that the child’s impact with his table had sent his coffee sloshing over the side of the cup.

And it had saturated the napkin.

Guy’s phone number, written with such crisp elegance in fountain pen, was nothing now but a smudged, smeary watercolor. Josh carefully peeled the napkin off the tray and stared at it, trying to decipher the blurred mess. He could just about see a seven… It definitely started with a zero. And there was a three…or was it an eight?…at the end.

The number had gone. Lost. Just as suddenly as Captain Guy had entered Josh’s life, he had left it.

Oh, well.

It had been a nice little fantasy while it had lasted. The HR manager and the airline pilot. And now a fantasy was all it’d ever be.

**Excerpt provided via the publisher’s website**

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How much do I love this series? Honestly, l don’t have the adequate words to fully describe how much I love this series, I could say the usual; glorious, splendid, fabulous – but they don’t really do it justice, maybe I should just stick with heart-eyed emoji’s and swooning gifs? Those would probably be easier to read than my waffle, which is what I do whenever I get my hands on another Captivating Captain.

The Captain and the Best Man is book four in the Captivating Captains series, as I always say they are stand-alone stories, the only thing that connects them together is that there is a ‘Captain’ in each one, each book is as different as the next. So if you are new to the series, you can pick up any and start reading straight away and I cannot say it enough how much I recommend these books.

Isn’t it everyone’s fantasy to be swept off their feet by a gorgeous man in uniform and to be flown away to a romantic island in the middle of nowhere? Sound’s amazing right? Well this is exactly what happens to Josh, there is minding his own business waiting to fly off to be best man at his mate’s wedding, when all of a sudden is he accosted over the last cinnamon bun by this charming, sexy as hell silver fox in – yep, you guessed it – uniform. I may have died and gone to heaven there and then! In fact our Josh thinks the same, he is utterly amazed that this gorgeous, suave and very gentlemanly pilot with the voice like chocolate would be interested in a run of the mill HR manager, with very floppy hair like him, but he is, which begins the start of what is a whirlwind frolicking romance on a Caribbean island.

Our Captain Guy is one enticing chap indeed, he definitely knows the way to a girl’s – or should that be in this case; boys? – heart, from the moment he wrote his number down – yes actually takes a pen and writes his number on a napkin, which is unheard off now isn’t it? – for Josh, I knew that this fella was something special…plus the fact that he’s in uniform, honestly I am beginning to sound a little obsessed! He is a proper gent, and he certainly knows how to woo, this is how you steal a heart!

Once they reach the beautiful island of St Sebastian Guy and Josh don’t waste any time at all getting to know each other, they really are a randy couple, I’m exhausted just by reading, I love that it’s very passionate and tender sex between them, it doesn’t overshadow the story in any way, it’s written so beautifully that even though they are at it like a couple of rabbits on Viagra, you get a real sense of just how much they mean to each other, even though they have only known each other for a short period of time their love for each other and the chemistry between them leaps off the page.

But, it isn’t all sunshine in paradise for our adorable couple, as there are storms coming – and I’m not just talking about the tropical one about to hit the island. There are deeply ingrained heartaches that arise which our couple must work through too, a lot to ask for a brief holiday fling, but what happens when they are back in old Blighty, well you’re going to have to read it and find out what happens and what the unexpected twist is.

I adored this one! There isn’t a single moment I didn’t love, everything is perfect, I loved ‘floppy-haired’ cutie-pie Josh, dazzling uniformed Guy, the story, the setting, the romance, the banter, the twist that occurs – which I won’t be talking about, as I refuse to spoil any part of this gorgeous book 😉 everything is just perfect! This could be my favourite of all the Captains, except now after admitting it, I feel like I am cheating on my beloved Captain and the Cavalry Trooper – how could you do this to me ladies?

This is such a great addition to the Captains series, I loved the cheeky, flirty, sexy and fun banter between Guy and Josh, they had me giggling away well into the early hours. The plot is pure escapism, it’s a fantasy we all have dreamed about at one time or another and lucky bugger Josh (or as our Captivatingly cheeky Captain has dubbed him; Josh with the poets hair, it’s not just me who has a love of a heavy fringe on a man) gets to live it.

A glorious romance, that will whisk you away.

This was an Arc copy via the author’s, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you, Catherine and Eleanor. xx

The Captain and the Best Man is to be released on 3rd December and can be pre-ordered now.