#BlogTour : The Earl’s Runaway Governess by Catherine Tinley @CatherineTinley #Review, Exclusive Extract & #Giveaway #TheEarlsRunawayGoverness @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks via @rararesourses
Hello my lovelies, I am so excited to be one of the blogs to be kicking off this smading blog tour, for the beautiful; The Earl’s Runaway Governess, the new realease by Catherine Tinley. Not only will be sharing my review of this amazing book, but I also have an exclusive extract and a giveaway. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a cuppa and let me tell you about this marvellous book.
The Earl’s Runaway Governess by Catherine Tinley
Genre : Historical Romance
Publisher : Mills and Boon/Harlequin
Who knew living with an Earl…
…would lead to such temptation?
Marianne Grant’s new identity as a governess is meant to keep her safe. But then she meets her new employer, Ash, Earl of Kingswood, and she immediately knows his handsome good looks are a danger of their own! Brusque on first meeting, Ash quickly shows his compassionate side. Yet Marianne doesn’t dare reveal the truth! Unless Ash really could be the safe haven she’s been looking for…
The interior of the inn was dark, cosy, and well-maintained. A fire burned in the grate, for the January day was chilly. Marianne made her way towards the wooden counter at the far end of the room, where a woman who must be the landlady was busy pouring ale. As she walked, Marianne found herself warily assessing the strangers in the room. Since the day and hour she had left home she had not felt truly safe, for even a minute. She had no experience with which to assess where danger might lurk, so she found herself constantly on edge.
Her fellow passengers were already seating themselves in various parts of the taproom, and there were also two men who looked like they might be farmers, each with a mug of beer in front of him.
Then she saw him. Her heart briefly thumped furiously in her chest, and the hairs at the back of her neck stood to attention.
He was seated with his back to her, at the table closest to the counter. She could see his dark hair, swept forward in a fashionable style. He wore a driving cloak with numerous capes. She could also see long legs encased in tight-fitting pantaloons and gleaming black boots. He looked like any one of a dozen London bucks. Except this time, she reminded herself, you have no reason to fear him.
She kept walking, soothing herself with calm thoughts. As she reached his table, she turned her head, compelled to confirm it was no one she knew.
This man was a few years older than Henry – perhaps in his late twenties or early thirties. His hair was similar – thick, dark, and luxuriant. But the face was totally different. This man was handsome – or at least, he would be if he were not scowling so fiercely. His strong bones and lean features contrasted with Henry’s slight pudginess and rather weak jawline. And, now that she could see all of him, she realised that his body shape was totally different to Henry’s. He was lean and muscular, with no sign of a paunch. The clothing was similar to that favoured by Henry – and indeed, by all the young bucks of London. There the resemblance ended.
Sensing her there, he looked up from his mug and their eyes met. Stormy blue eyes bore into hers and Marianne felt a slow flush rise. My, but he was attractive! – and, she realised, his gaze was doing strange things to her. Breaking away from that endless, compelling contact, she bit her lip and took the final four steps to the counter.
Marianne summoned a polite smile. She felt slightly lost and shaky, and she could feel the man’s gaze boring into her back. Still, she managed to reply to the landlady. ‘I am expecting someone to meet me here. I have travelled from London on the mail coach.’
‘Who is it you are expecting, miss?’
Marianne’s brow creased. ‘I am not exactly sure.’ Inside, panic was rising. What if there has been some mistake? What if there is no governess position? ‘I am to take up a position as governess at a place called Ledbury House. I was told to travel here by mail coach today.’
‘Ledbury House? This gentleman –’ she indicated the fashionable buck ‘– is also travelling there. Perhaps you are expected to travel with him?’
Heart sinking, Marianne swung round to face him. His scowl had deepened as he listened to their exchange, and he now raised a quizzical eyebrow. ‘Curious’ he mused. ‘And to think I was unaware of the delights this day would hold.’
Marianne was taken aback. She was unsure how to take this. The man’s words were perfectly polite, but something about the tone suggested the possibility that he was not, in fact, delighted. Accustomed as she was to straightforward politeness, his words and tone felt disconcerting. Something of what she was feeling must have shown on her face because, as she watched him, his expression changed to one of chagrin.
‘I have no doubt,’ he murmured cryptically, ‘that this is a mess of Fanny’s making, and I am expected to fix it. Well, I shall do so this one time, but no more.’ With this enigmatic statement, he drained his mug, then stood. ‘You’d best come with me.’
Not waiting for her reply, he swung away towards the door.
Marianne stood rooted to the spot, uncertainty bedevilling her. Should she go with him? A stranger, and she was to travel with him unaccompanied. Miss Marianne Grant, a lady, would never have done so. Miss Anne Bolton, governess, could.
Conscious that all eyes were all on her, Marianne was surprised to find determination rising within her. Surprised, because she did not often need to be brave. She was normally a placid, timid creature, most at home with a book in her hand and harmony and peace all around.
This unknown gentleman was expecting her to simply climb into a carriage beside him – without any chaperone, maid, or footman accompanying them. Perhaps he had a groom? Well, even if he didn’t, it was clear that everyone expected the governess to go with him and be grateful for the ride.
Although he was handsome and strangely compelling, she was almost relieved to be wary of him – being guarded would be much, much safer than being attracted to him.
Torn between the surprising temptation to sit down somewhere safe and wait for an unknown rescuer, and the (even stronger) temptation to run, to get as far away as she could from the danger inherent in being alone in a carriage with a man, Marianne recognised that instead, her best option was simply to get into the carriage and hope she would be safe with him.
*Extract was provided and used with permission from the author as apart of this blog tour post.
Well this is a beautifully written, hopeful and very loving story that really instils in the reader that love really can appear in the most surprising of places when you least expect it. I have said it before but I will say it again, that Catherine Tinley wondrous writer, she takes the reader on an emotional journey to find that elusive happily ever after, I have always felt that she genuinely loves the era and the stories she writes about as her passion just jumps of the page with every word.
Marianne runs away from home after her lecherous, foul and drunken step-brother makes it abundantly clear exactly what he expects from his ward; Marianne. She knows that for as long as she is under his roof she will never be safe, so she flees and takes a position as a governess under the alias of ‘Anne Bolton’. She hopes that as her position is in the country and far away from London she will be safe, but as we all know nothing is ever as it may appear in historical romance and there is always road blocks in the way. That said road block just happens to be the rakish, rude and society loving new Earl Kingswood; Ash.
Ash neither expected the Earldom or wanted it, he has been raised to live life free and basically to do as he pleases with no responsibility, something which he loathes more than actually having the title. So, you can imagine what a kick in the rump it was that the notorious playboy must put others before himself for a change. He had planned to settle what needs to be settled with the estate and then hop it back to London as fast as his beautiful horses will take him, but things tend to always get in the way especially when h meets Marianne.
You can see that there is a spark between them, there are little glances but in all essence it is a will they, wont they love story; which I found utterly charming. But with Marianne having deep secrets and Ash not ready to commit himself, there is a wall between them. What will happen when Marianne’s true identity comes out? – when that does happen it is a fabulous piece of writing.
Even though I did end up falling in love with Ash, I will admit that it took me a while to warm to him. I can’t explain why, I just didn’t feel as drawn to him at first as I usually do with heroes. There was something very self-centred about him that put me of. He did have to work all that much harder to win me over, but I am pleased to say he did. This is what I love and admire about Catherine Tinley, to be able to completely change the readers initial opinion of a character from; ‘Hmmm, I’m not sure I even like this guy.’ to ‘Oh, my goodness! I’m in love!!’ that is a real gift in writing and there are few authors out there who can so easily accomplish it. So, I whole-heartedly applaud you Catherine!
Whereas I instantly connected with Marianne, she is this an amazing young women, to leave home and everything she knew; her whole life is such a strong act. Yes, she had no choice about leaving she knew that if she stayed something terrible would have happened to her at the hands of her foul, lecherous step-brother. Knowing that one must leave is one thing, but for her actually to do it without even a shred of thought of what would happen to her is another. But, yet she takes the bull by the horn and plunges into her secret life as a governess.
This book really conveys just how powerless women were, not just with Marianne having her awful step-brother becoming her guardian, meaning in the eyes of the law she is his and can basically do as he wishes with. But you also see that power being flaunted in the case of the Dowager Countess of Kingswood and her daughter, I won’t say too much about the details as it would give too much of the plot away but there were times when I did feel a pang of pity for the Countess. This is what makes Ms Tinley’s writing pure, realistic and so brilliantly powerful, that us reader go through a monopoly of emotions as we read.
Overall this is a definite must read, I love the personal journey Ash and Marianne go on through out the story, they both have to get past their own personal issues, but I also like that there is an undercurrent of suspense that runs throughout the story. It’s alike a tingling of what is to come, of something more. I have loved every book of Ms Tinley’s that I have read so I knew that I would be in for something great and it doesn’t disappoint.
Very highly recommended!
This was an Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review as apart of this blog tour, Thank you Catherine and Rachel.
About The Author
Catherine Tinley writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings.
After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works in Sure Start. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, and dog and can be reached via the links below.
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The Makings of a Lady (#ChadcombeMarriages Book 3) by @CatherineTinley #Review #BlogBlitz @rararesources @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
About the Book
Be calm, she thought.
Be gracious. Be twenty-two.
Lady Olivia Fanton is eager to prove she’s no longer a child. However, just as she thinks she’s found a suitable match in the suave Mr Manning, charismatic Captain Jem Ford walks back into her life, bringing with him all the embarrassment of her infatuation four years before! She’s determined to appear mature, distant, friendly. But does she dare hope he’ll notice her as the lady she’s become?
Well, this is charmingly different, but in anew entirely good way! This is book three in The Chadcombe Marriages series, and what a wonderfully, different story, Ms. Tinley has created. I think everyone who has been reading this series form the very start has been waiting for Lady Olivia’s story, I know that I have and I can say without a doubt that this is well worth the wait, Ms. Tinley has not disappointed. I was instantly intrigued by the premise of this, of there being two suitors vying for the attention of the lady.
When Jem Ford returned home from the war wounded, his Captain and best friend; Harry Fanton took Jem to his home to mend. Whilst there Harry’s sister; Olivia and Jem grow closer and closer as she helps him regain his strength. Olivia falls in love with the dashing hero that she thinks he is about to propose, only to have her heat broken when he heads to Australia to make a name for himself. She thought he felt the same for her, and think’s that when he chose to take the position in Australia he proved that he didn’t feel anything for her. Which really as far from the truth as can be!
Four years later and the man she had fallen head over heals for and still hold a torch in her heart for, even though he broke it is back. He has risen through the ranks, he has done exactly what he set out to do; make a name for himself. But none of that matters to Olivia all she can think of whenever his name is mentioned, is how much he hurt her when he ran off. Jem’s return coincides with the arrival of the cheekily handsome; George Manning, who is proving quite the distraction for Olivia, he is exactly what she needs.
Both men are highly handsome and charming, they are very different in character George is confident, he likes the limelight, he enjoys the attention and he likes how his life would be if he and Olivia ever married, whereas Jem he is just as confident, but he has a more quieter and calmer way about him that draws you to him without a word, from page he thinks himself not good enough for the aristocratic Olivia, I rather found his determination to better himself very endearing and George is very rakish and cheeky, I found was something very secretive about him. He is attentive towards Olivia you can see there is a mutual attraction between them, but right from the off you can see very clearly where Olivia’s heart lies.
Unlike the previous book in the series, for me there isn’t as much romantic interaction between Olivia and the man she eventually ends up with as I would have liked, but that takes nothing away from the story that Catherine Tinley have written. She has created an exciting, sensitive and edge of your seat story that I will guarantee will keep you up past your bed time – and that is just finding out if Olivia and the man you know she is meant for finally get their happily ever after. The slow burning romance is sweet, loving and tender, there is a lot of emotion building up between our lead couple thst does keep you hanging on waiting to see what will happen. I love the added kidnap and ransom twist in the story, it is an exciting and thrilling twist and really takes the story from sweet romance to romantic suspense and which I think is the making of this book.
What I particularly liked about The Makings of a Lady is that, it is highly detailed, unlike a lot of romances where the story is led by character’s and their feelings for one and other and some of the plot is sort of masked by that, this isn’t. This is plot driven, every aspect is finely honed and detailed from the kidnap and ransom to the child birth scene, which I thought was a refreshing take on the historical romance genre.
I do really like this, it is an enjoyable story which has a mixture of regency authenticity from customs to traditions, mystery and it’s full of warmth and wit that engages and entertains. Ms Tinley has a real way with words that captures the readers attention and keeps them glued right to the last page.
A more than it meets the eye, romance that will entertain all romance readers.
This was a ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review for this blog tour.
The Making’s of a Lady is to be released on 4th October and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.
Catherine Tinley writes heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works in Sure Start. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, cat, and dog and can be reached over at her website and on social media.
It’s that time of year again where I look back through the year and pick out my favourite books that I have featured on Chicks, Rogues and Scandals, it has been especially hard this time to pick my favourite’s as this year has been full of the most amazing books you can imagine. I have found new author’s that are now go to authors for their genre, new style books and series’ it has been an amazing year of reading. I have ditched my usual formula of best Hero/Heroine/Plot but I have still got a book of the Year – right at the bottom of the post. There are others books that I have loved this year, but if I kept adding books it would end up being my top 50 – I have already added more then I intended, as I only intended on doing my top ten, but there were some books that I couldn’t possibly leave off. So, in no particular order here are my favourite Books of 2017 followed by my Book of the Year!
14 Best Books of the Year; 2017
Echo in the Wind by Regan Walker
Echo in the Wind is a beautifully written story, its thrilling and exciting but yet the love story is so tender. Jeán Donèt really steals every scene he is featured in. He is a hero who can make any woman swoon with just a smouldering look, he is an enigmatic and suave individual who has a breath-taking Gaelic confidence and charisma. A heroine, who is not a wilting wallflower she is a vibrant and strong-willed, independent woman who has her own beliefs and views on the world and she isn’t afraid of voicing them. Together these two are a force to be reckoned with, but they compliment each other too. There isn’t anything about this that I don’t like!
The Viking Warriors Bride by Harper St George
This is so sexually charged, the chemistry between Vidar and Gwendolyn is red hot, any hotter and your eyes would smoke with just reading it, they are made of the same stuff. I love when they start getting to know each other, there is a real spark between them and the respect he shows her is sweet and uplifting. As always the writing is strong and articulated as we have come to expect from St. George. When I read an historical I like the historic detailing within the story and St George doesn’t disappoint, she has got it all spot on, everything is crystalized and explained to a high degree from the smells of our characters to the actual Viking marriage ceremony – which I found absolutely enchanting, the trading of the swords is a beautiful ritual.
Angel Comes to the Devils Keep by Regina Jeffers
This is highly enjoyable read, the romance between Angelica and Hunt simmers and sizzles nicely, Ms Jeffers has done a lovely job at building up their relationship from when Hunt gets injured right to the end, you never know in which direction their story is going to take as there is so much that stands in their way. Yet, that connection that they share, that Hunt has especially, is tender and loving and at times you are just as agonised as he is. I really like how Jeffers has mixes a romance novel with a murder, kidnapping an espionage thriller, I found it exciting, romantic and one that I highly recommend.
The Unexpected Countess by Laurie Benson
This is great read, there is the perfect amount of romance and adventure with a huge, fabulous twist that is so unexpected. The Unexpected Countess is a huge success, a thrilling jaunt with an original plot. It is just so good! Benson has really out done herself with Hart and Sarah she has done such a great job with them, especially Hart who is a seriously great man to get to know I like Benson’s work her fun and charming personality just oozes off the page. But what I particularly like about her writing is that you get a real feeling of a writer who loves what she does, she puts her heart and soul into her work, her warmth is so palpable, her work is comforting as well as thrilling which I find so rare.
The Lost Letter by Mimi Matthews
Now I loved this book, I do love my heroes to be trouble and vulnerable and wanting a strong women to help them back to happiness and this is just that, this is truly breath-taking and I loved every single moment of it, the plot is gorgeously written. The simplicity of the story is what gives it real back bone, there isn’t twists turns at every corner so you lose track of the initial story. The Lost Letter is a beautiful, romantic and emotionally shattering, as the writing is so well-defined that you feel every emotion and I just love it to bits. For me this is one of those books that you keep on the bookshelf for ever, you will read and re-read it and you will never tire of Sylvia and Sebastian’s love story.
Besieged and Betrothed by Jenni Fletcher
What a terrific read, I will apologise for the amount of gushing I will most likely be doing about this book, but I have so much to say about it. Jenni Fletcher has real out done herself with this, it is such a compelling and highly charged romance that grips you from that very first page where our bulking, tank of a hero spots the fiery haired, tomboy on the battlements. I was literally hooked, and I was eager to finish and yet when I did turn the last page it was a sobering moment as that was it, done. I could’ve read this again as soon as I had finished. It’s fun, witty and at times heart-breaking, and fabulously engrossing. I just love it.
The Lions Embrace by Marie Laval
The Lions Embrace follows on from Angel Heart in the last book we met Marie-Ange and Hugo Saintclair who are the parents of our hero in this one; Lucas Saintclair and oh, my word what a man! He is simply delectable! Lava’s talent at entwining history of area and the cultures and languages, with a thrilling game of cat and mouse plus the tantalizing love story is faultless. She sprinkles The Lions Embrace with her customary Gaelic charm and she enhances your reading with detailing the sights, aromas and culture of each area we visit during the book and it enhances the reading experience. You become transported to this hot, dusty and dangerous place and it is utterly exhilarating.
The Knights Scarred Maiden by Nicole Locke
I love this, this is absolutely superb! It sticks with you and gets under your skin, but in a very good way you become absorbed in their dark and dangerous world. I have read Historical Romances that has stuck with me long after finishing the book, but this is right up there with some of the best books I have read. It’s beautiful, heart wrenching and you get tingles while reading it. I do genuinely love this book, the plot is fast, complex and thrilling. Rhain and Helissent take you on this sensual, nerve wrecking journey as they find their feet and try to survive and move on with their lives.
The Last Gamble by Anabelle Bryant
This is the third instalment of “The Bastards of London Series” and I do think this is the best one yet. I have been really looking forward to reading this one, after meeting the dark and shadowy Luke Reece in the previous book’s he intrigued me. I wanted to know his story, his past and what in the hell his happening with his lost son and Bryant doesn’t disappoint. This series caught my attention from day one and it’s gone from strength to strength, Bryant has yet again created an entertaining, thrilling and sensuously attractive story. The thing that does set this one apart from the others has to be Luke, we have had snippets of this shadowy man’s turmoil in the previous two books “The Den of Iniquity” and “Into The Hall of Vice” and to finally get to see his story unfold and see his Happy Ever After is very satisfying
No Rest for the Wicked by Cora Lee
No Rest For The Wicked is apart of the “Heart of a Hero” series and it is a series I am looking forward to reading more of. The chemistry between out estranged couple is heated, the tension just ripples as well as the distrust for each other. This is fast, fun and exciting a fabulous read. I do really like this, it is smart, sexy and so well written but the more than that it makes you think. It is really lovely watching as these two get to know each other all over again and as their defences lower and they get closer and closer. They are both very reluctant to reveal their hearts, so it’s quite sweet when they finally do.
lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress by Lara Temple
This is book one in this new series; The Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies Series by the highly talented Lara Temple, and one that I have been looking forward to reading. But nothing prepared me for the huge emotion that surges through you as you read it. I know that Temple has said that this series is her baby, this is a personal story for her and you can really understand as you are reading it just how much of herself she has put into this. I have always liked her work but this really resonates with me, this touched a cord with me more than any other book I have read before, you can feel Temple’s heart and soul running through this, it is very emotional and it packs a real punch and it stays with you long after the last page.
The Crown Spire by Catherine Curzon & Willow Winsham
On first meeting their highway men our ladies fall for their irresistable and roguish charm in a heartbeat, not unsurprising really! They are saved and taken to an inn where they meet the cheeky, charming Innkeeper Ed Hogan and the shy, gentlemanly Doctor James Dillingham. There is something irresistable and provoking about these two handsome Scotsmen, not to mention something very familiar, could it be that Alice and Beth may have met these two rogues before? I love this, the chemistry between both our couples is rich and sensual and very sexy, like all Historical Romance fan’s I do particularly like a good rogue and The Crown spire doesn’t disappoint, in fact we are spoilt as there are two highway men to get to know and adore. It’s going into the super market and getting a two for one deal. Curzon and Winsham have created two strong and charming heroes, that you are bound to fall for.
A Warriner to Rescue Her by Virginia Heath
Ms Snow is was a new to me author and I can say this is simply stunning, there is pure and honest anguish which oozes of the page, It’s raw and immensely real to the era and really shows what life in the Victorian era was like for regular, working-class people. It’s so realistic, it’s like you are in the work house and mill alongside Emma, and you are experiencing her turmoil and suffering. It is gloriously detailed and graphic, some may think that for a historical romance it is too graphic of their suffering, but for me that is what makes an historical. This is how they should be, it has real meat on the bone. I can absolutely say for certain that Ms Snow is going to go very far in this genre, her way with language and fact is mesmerizing. If you’re like me and you like grittier, brutally honest and very real historical where the romance is hard fought for genuinely deserved, than this is the book for you.
So Chicks, Rogues and Scandals all time Book of the Year, 2017 is…
The Captains Disgraced Lady by Catherine Tinley
Tinley has captured the mixed emotions of Waterloo war is mesmerizing. You feel the sadness and despondency of the men and the civilians. Those chapters that cover the battle are superb, the detailing of what was going on and how everyone was coping and the actual battle scenes where Harry is in hand to hand combat is brutal and engrossing. This is atmospheric and so beautifully written and from reading this, I do think Tinley has a gift for capturing those little nuances in human thought and feeling and placing on the page. I had been looking forward to this story and it was so much more than I expected, you’ve probably guessed by my gushing how much I love this book and that I cannot recommend this enough, this is a must read! If you like your charming yet fragile heroes, feisty independent heroines all brought together with a stonking good plot and tied off with some beautiful romantic scenes and moments then this is the book for you.
So there you have my favourite books of 2017, have you read any of them and if so what you think? I’d love to know what your favourite’s have been from the past year.
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…
Let me just start with just what a beautiful book this is, I literally devoured this in on go, I couldn’t stop reading. It was one of those moments of “just one more page. Let me finish this chapter, oh wait what’s going on? I best read the next.” and on and on it went and before I realised it, I was on the last page, I absolutely love it!! I was drawn to Harry Fanton the minute I met him in the previous book; Waltzing with the Earl and I am so pleased that Tinley has shared his love story with us. I have always loved an enemies to lovers trope and whether that was intentional by Catherine Tinley, but that is how I saw this, their bickering and sniping at one another and the way they have this private war burning below their polite façade is hugely enjoyable to see evolve through out the story.
The story begins in – Dover, Juliana and her mother have just got off the boat from their long journey from Brussel’s as they make their way to visit her newly wed best friend Charlotte Fanton; Countess of Shalford. After taking refuge out of the pouring rain in the Kings Head pub they unexpectedly meet a suave, arrogant and breathtakingly beautiful soldier who riles Juliana up into a right tizzy, they immediately have a battle of wills – which does carry on through out the book, and yet as much as Juliana at times absolutely detests the Captain, he makes her blood boil with his interference and his arrogance and yet she cannot stop him from persistently popping into her mind and drams at every available moment which really cannot happen she has thing’s that needs to be achieved while at Charlotte’s.
Harry has been sent back to England on an assignment for his commanding officer at Horse Guards, being a man of action, he thinks this is a waste of his time he would rather be on the battle field with his men than carrying out tedious – if important – tasks. He cannot wait to be back in Brussel’s again, he feels guilty that he has had to leave his regiment and all his personally trained men behind at the front, he hates the thought of his own men being under the command of another. On his way to see what his task is, he and his faithful Lieutenant stop at one of his regular stopping posts, The Kings Head to take cover out of the down pour, but what he finds there is quite worth being dragged back to English shores. Harry finds this feisty, argumentative and beautiful beyond compare, woman who irritates the life out of him and in the same way gets under his skin in a way that has never happened to him before.
she had tried to keep him at a distance, something which he had taken as a personal challenge. Her coolness was no match for his confidence in his ability to charm young ladies.
Both think that once they leave the Kings head that, that’s the last they will see of each other, how wrong they were. Once at – Juliana spots an intruder trying to break into her friend’s home, obviously she does the only thing she can do, and wallops the potential thief with a shovel only to realise that it’s the arrogant and irritating man from Dover, but not only that he is her best friends brother-in-law. That is very amusing and Harry even though he has just been attached by the spritely young woman he is just as flirtatious and wickedly charming as ever. Now they are both in the same house for the next few weeks it is highly amusing seeing them get to know each other, and what we found out about these two individuals throughout the story is emotional and dramatic.
There are secrets lurking in both Harry’s and Julian’s lives, she knows that her mother is keeping things from her, information about her history Juliana doesn’t know what that could be, but she knows that this is the prime time to try to garner what those secrets are. But once Juliana does finally learn the truth she is both saddened and shocked, how could her mother not tell her? Especially as this could change her life. Harry’s secret is that through his experiences from war he is wounded not physically, but psychologically he is a very vulnerable man who has seen too much horror, seen things that no man should see and those experiences have imprinted themselves on to him. He still acts the cheeky go lucky chap, with his dazzle smile but deep down he needs help, he is hurting he sees himself as a coward, as damaged and unworthy which is so far from the truth he is a beautiful man inside and out.
This led his thoughts to Juliana, for the thousandth time that day. His chest swelled as he thought of her—her fiery, passionate nature, and the miracle that she could love a man as broken as he.
As I knew he would be, Harry is a real charmer of the highest order and when he decides to flirt and woo, no lady has a chance, Juliana intrigues him he instantly drawn to her and also calmer around her, even when they are bickering. As he works his own unique magic on her icy armour it is lovely to see how he slowly cracks the ice away with just a smile. But then it isn’t called the “Dazzle Smile” for nothing. But he is a man who is in real pain, beneath the flirtatious military persona he is a man who is suffering, he is tormented. Which is why Juliana is such a great match for him, she can match his argumentativeness, his stubbornness and his fire and pride, and yet she knows how to sooth those that need it. She knows how to take care of those that need caring for and vise-versa, Harry is firm and solid, he is the reliable strong-arm that she needs to guide her past her own volatile pride.
I do like Juliana after always doing things for herself and never relying on anyone but herself, she absolutely hates any kind of help or as she calls it interference. I feel a really strong connection with Juliana, she is caring for her much weaker mother, and running their everyday lives single-handedly all this is a tough job and she does it with so much dignity. She has got so much pride and just by accepting assistant from this stranger is a real wrecking ball to that pride. I think that Juliana could be the best heroine I have met this year she is just a wonderful testament to what a woman can do, and what we who care for loved ones do and how much we sacrifice.
‘You are a diamond!’ he declared. ‘A rare find—and I know you will test me.’
I won’t give too much away but the way Tinley has captured the mixed emotions of Waterloo war is mesmerizing. You feel the sadness and despondency of the men and the civilians. Those chapters that cover the battle are superb, the detailing of what was going on and how everyone was coping and the actual battle scenes where Harry is in hand to hand combat is brutal and engrossing. This is atmospheric and so beautifully written and from reading this, I do think Tinley has a gift for capturing those little nuances in human thought and feeling and placing on the page.
I have been looking forward to this story and it was so much more than I expected, you’ve probably guessed by my gushing how much I love this book and that I cannot recommend this enough, this is a must read! If you like your charming yet fragile heroes, feisty independent heroines all brought together with a stonking good plot and tied off with some beautiful romantic scenes and moments then this is the book for you.
This was an ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
The Captains Disgraced Lady is released from 28th December and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.
Just over a year ago nine incredible Historical Romance author’s banded together to create the hugely popular Facebook based; Unlaced Book Club, a very special place where authors, readers and like-minded individuals all get together to discuss Romance, History and have a lot of cheeky fun in between.
Now a year on and with enough books to fill a library and with over two hundred members this club is going from strength to strength and I feel very privileged to be a part of it and be able to experience the fun and good-natured banter that makes this Book Club so special.
So, who are these nine women who brought all this fun and hilarity to the world?
Each one of them are extraordinary writers with the best Romance brain’s in the business, between the nine of them they have brought to the world Rugged Medieval Knight’s, Sinfully Handsome Rakes, Roguish Agent’s, Tormented Military Men, Scandalous Dukes and Gorgeously Brave Vikings. Plus some one the strongest and resilient heroine’s that are the only women in the world that can put up with theses adorable heroes.
Let me introduce you to nine of the best women you will ever meet.
“We are a group of authors who write sassy and sexy historical romance. If you like good books, giggles, and giveaways you’ve come to the right place! At The Unlaced Book Club, we adore heroes that wear breeches or wield a broadsword. We love to chat and have fun, the only thing we ask is that members are respectful of each other and if you’d like to post promotional material, you check with one of the administrators first.
So, dive right in and join the conversation. You know you want to…”
When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Fortunately, the lovely people at Harlequin Mills & Boon took pity on her and decided to publish her romances, but it still takes her forever to fall asleep. Virginia is the author of the incredible Wild Warriners series.
That Despicable Rogue
The Discerning Gentleman’s Guide
Miss Bradshaw’s Bought Betrothal
Her Enemy at The Alter
A Warriner to Protect Her
A Warriner to Rescue Her
His Mistletoe Wager
If you want to find out more check out virginiaheathromance.com or follow her on Twitter @VirginiaHeath_ Click Here
Laurie Benson is an award-winning historical romance author who writes books about men in boots and the women who fall for them. She began her writing career as an advertising copywriter, where she learned more than you could ever want to know about hot dogs and credit score reports. Her interest in history began when she was in elementary school, and that interest was fueled by many visits to many museums. In 2015 Laurie was honored to become a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist. When she isn’t at her laptop avoiding laundry, Laurie can be found browsing antique shops, going on ridiculously long hikes, or sitting in her car on the school pickup line. She lives with her husband and two sons in a house filled with testosterone—even her bunny is a boy.
The Unsuitable Duchess
The Uncommon Duke
The Unexpected Countess
Learn more about Laurie by visiting her website at lauriebenson.net. You can also follow her on Twitter at @lauriebwrites and like her on Facebook Click Here
When Lara was fifteen she found a very grubby copy of Georgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter in an equally grubby book store. Several blissful hours later she emerged, blinking, into the light of day completely in love with Max Ravenscar and with Regency Romance. Lara writes strong, sexy, and suspenseful regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but deliver plenty of passion. Lara recently went back to look for that grubby crowded little bookstore but couldn’t quite remember around what corner it was…hopefully it is still there and another girl is in the corner by the window, reading and dreaming…
Lord Crayles Secret World
The Reluctant Viscount
The Dukes Unexpected Bride
His Cinderella Heiress
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Nicole first discovered romance novels hidden in her grandmother’s closet. Convinced hidden books must be better, Nicole greedily read them. It was only natural she should start writing them (but now not so secretly). If she isn’t working on the next book in the Lovers and Legends historical series.
Her Enemy Highlander
The Knights Broken Promise
In Debt to the Enemy Lord
The Highland Brides Laird
The Knights Scarred Maiden
She can be reached at NicoleLocke.com, on Facebook, or Twitter as @NicoleLockeNews. Click Here
Harper was raised in rural Alabama and along the tranquil coast of northwest Florida. It was a setting filled with stories of the old days that instilled in her a love of history, romance, and adventure. By high school, she had discovered the historical romance novel which combined all of those elements into one perfect package. She has been hooked ever since. Harper is the author of the fabulous Viking Warrior series and the Outs of The WildWest series.
Enslave by the Viking
One Night With The Viking
The Innocent and the Outlaw
In Bed With The Viking Warrior
Marriage Deal with the Outlaw
Catherine writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works in Sure Start.
Waltzing With The Earl
She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, and dog and can be reached at catherinetinley.com, and @CatherineTinley on twitter. Click Here
Janice Preston writes emotional, sensual and satisfying Regency romance for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She grew up in Wembley with a love of reading, writing stories and animals and has worked as a dairy farmer, a police call-handler and a university administrator. She has two children, two step-children (all now adult) and a gorgeous, cheeky grandson. She now lives in the West Midlands with her husband and two cats and enjoys swimming, yoga and pottering about the garden when the sun is shining.
Mary and the Marquess
Cinderella and the Duke
The Governesses Secret Baby
Saved by the Scandal’s Heir
Jenni was born on the north coast of Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire, where she writes historical romance novels set in the Medieval and Victorian eras. She studied English at Clare College, Cambridge and Hull University, before starting to write books of her own Combining her love of history and literature with a special emphasis on alpha males and feisty heroines.
Married to Her Enemy
The Convenient Felstone Marriage
Jenni loves hearing from her readers so why not get in touch Click Here
Elisabeth grew up in York where she spent most of my teenage years wandering around the city looking for a handsome Roman or Viking to sweep her off her feet. Sadly it never happened but Elisabeth developed a love of the past and went on to read History and Art History at university before venturing into the world of teaching. These days she holds down jobs as a teacher and mum. She lives in Cheshire with her husband, two young children and two cats with ridiculous names. Elisabeth loves historical fiction and has a fondness for dark haired, bearded heroes. When she’s not writing, she spends a lot of her spare time reading and has become something of a pro at cooking one-handed while holding a book!
The Saxon outlaws Revenge
Redeeming the Rogue Knight
The Blacksmiths Wife
Falling for her Captor
A Wager for the Widow
You can find Elisabeth on Facebook and Twitter Click Here
Aren’t they fabulous?
So why not check out each of these author’s work and follow the Unlaced Book Club on Twitter to keep up to date with all their comings and goings. I can guarantee that getting to know these fine women will be the best thing that you will do today. TheUnlacedBookClub
A wallflower’s time to shine…
The Earl of Shalford needs to marry into money to save his estate. Wealthy and beautiful Henrietta Buxted should be the perfect candidate. So why does his eye keep wandering to her quiet cousin, Charlotte Wyncroft?
Charlotte watches Henrietta’s games of courtship with wry amusement. That is, until a stolen dance reveals a hidden side to the earl. Penniless Charlotte knows she’s far from a suitable match, yet, in Adam’s arms, she can dream of the happily-ever-after she’s always wanted!
This debut novel of Tinley is rich in details for the era, what makes Tinley an exiting new to me author is how she builds up her characters, their history and personalities they are extremely likable even the irritating and snobbish Mrs Buxton and Henrietta .
Adam after gaining the title after his father death finds out that to keep his ancestral estate running he must find some money and fast, the only way he is going to find the money he needs he must marry a rich woman. He had his eyes set on Henrietta Buxton for a while or more accurately he has had his eyes on her large dowry for a while so it is obviously the next step, to marry her.
They are both the darlings of the ton, both beautiful and both titled and in society that means everything it is all moving In the right direction, all he has to do is pluck up the courage and ask. that is until he meets Henrietta’s cousin, Charlotte.
He bent his head towards hers. ‘And we will waltz together whenever we choose.’
‘Yes, we will,’ she whispered as their lips met.
After living her life traveling around following the drum of he army with her colonel father Sir Arthur, Charlotte is sent back to London to stay with her aunt, uncle and cousins while her father is in France doing his last mission for the crown.
Sir Arthur thinks that while she is there she may pick up some lady like manners and graces from her aristocratic cousins. The only problem with that is that her family, especially Henrietta don’t want her there they belittle her at very opportunity and she is thoroughly miserable there. Until she meets the dashing Captain Fanton and his stiff and uptight brother Adam.
Apart from the constant moaning and whining she has to put up from her cousins and aunt she is having brilliant time until she gets word that her father is missing and what more she has no money to support herself and as much as she has fallen for the Earl why on earth would he want a penniless orphan?
Adam is a complex man who for me, took some warming to. He did at first came across as very pompous and a too starched man who was a bit callous with how he was going about things with getting the money he needed. But as you get to know him as the man instead of the Earl his stiff and guarded exterior melts away, you see just how caring, passionate and hugely protective he is.
‘Are you well today, Miss Wyncroft?’
Unexpectedly he lifted her hand, bent over it, and kissed it. Charlotte was acutely conscious of the sensation of his lips on her bare hand, and the fact that her heart was beating rapidly.
‘I am well, my lord,’she said, trying to keep her voice steady. ‘As you see, I am cutting some of your flowers. Are they not beautiful?’Still holding her hand, he looked intently up at her.
The chemistry between Charlotte and Adam is at first is strained, she thinks him to be too arrogant too stiff and too set in his ways But all that changes as his quick witted-ness, intelligence and kind nature soon win her over and she realises that he isn’t what she thought him to be. Adam was drawn to Charlotte more or less ad soon as he saw her, her intelligent mind and conversation mixed with her flirtatious natural manner caught his eye .
I love the fact that Charlotte is very normal, she has been following the drum since childhood, due to her father being a Colonel who in my view he has raised an independent, intelligent woman who knows how to look after her self. She has grown a thick skin, she is sassy and opinionated and its been an absolute joy getting to know this spunky woman throughout the book.
For me the star of the show is Harry, oh my word! I absolutely adore Captain Harry Fanton he is a chipper, witty and highly sensual man who oozes sex appeal and he definitely has the best one liners. He is cheeky, sarcastic and loyal and such a great character and one that I am definitely looking forward to getting to know, he is fabulous!
‘Well, only time will show. But to the purpose of my visit today—’
‘Yes, do get on with it, Adam.’ The Captain made a childish face at Charlotte, whose eyes danced in mischievous response.
I found Henrietta and her mother to be a complete and utter pain the arse, they are spoilt, vein and self-centred madams. I do have to say that spoilt little brat Henrietta really got under my skin, the way she flings her self around and acts the poor little miss at every opportunity, the way she humiliates and ridicules not just Charlotte but her own sister is irritating. I have never come across a character that I love to hate, as much as I did her. Which shows what extraordinary talent Tinley has.
Henrietta was now lying down on the expensive carpet, drumming her feet on the floor. She was also becoming louder in her cries. Charlotte had never seen a display quite like it.
I really like how Tinley had mixed the Romance story with Sir Arthur’s mission in France, it’s a really pleasant change to see what the supporting characters are doing and I do really like Sir Arthur. He is blunt, straight to the point and practical he loves his daughter dearly, more than that, there is a true friendship between father and daughter. A friendship that has been born from first losing Charlotte’s mother too soon and secondly with Arthur keeping her with him to follow the drum, and I really like seeing that parent, child relationship.
This is an absolute success and a great introduction to this charming and talented author, I am really looking forward to reading more of Tinleys work.
Waltzing with the Earl is out now and can be found at Amazon.
This was a complimentary copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.