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#Review : The Determined Lord Hadleigh (Kings Elite #4) by @VirginiaHeath_ #TheDeterminedLordHadleigh #KingsElite @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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Hello my lovely readers! Well this was a hard review to write, I couldn’t find the words to full express what I wanted to say, even after reading my review back I know that I babble a fair amount, so apologies for that. Another reason is that this will be the last time I get to write a Kings Elite review……sobs, uncontrollably for ten minutes….I can’t believe it! But, I have to say that this series goes out in smashing style 😉

 

He’s got iron control…

But she might be his undoing!

Part of The King’s Elite. Haunted by Penny Penhurst’s courage on the witness stand, meticulous barrister Lord Hadleigh offers her a housekeeper position at his estate. Despite trying to stay detached, Hadleigh is charmed by her small child and surprised by how much he yearns for this proud woman! Can this he break through his own – and Penny’s – barriers to prove he’s a man she can trust…and love?

Well this was a sad day coming where I would be writing my review for the last Kings Elite book, I need tissues, I want to weep. Do I really need to write this review? Can’t I just skip it, bury my head in the sand so that I don’t have to face the fact that this is it for the glorious Kings Elite?

 

OK, well if I must break my heart, I will do it with aplomb – don’t you just love that word? By Jove, has this been an incredible series or what? From those first few pages of book one, I have been avidly turning the pages, becoming more and more absorbed into the Kings Elite world that they are now more known to me than family – Hmmm, Not sure that if that is a good thing or not!

 

So this is book four in the sensational Kings Elite, we have come face to face – figuratively speaking – with the most charming, shy, courageous, loyal, lovable, passionate and gorgeous characters, they have taken us on a whirlwind journey across four books. A journey full of intrigue, smuggling, spies, danger, romance and adventure and now we are here at the finale…..someone hand me the tissues, please! As with each of the previous books; The Determined Lord Hadleigh, can be read as a stand-a-lone very easily, my personal recommendation would be that you do at least read the previous one first; The Disgraceful Lord Gray before this, if you haven’t read the others, there are particular moments in this one that will give away a few spoilers in regards to the sub plot that has been running throughout the series.

 

After testifying against her husband, a man linked with the Smuggling ring – that as been one of the best subplots that has ever come out of a Mills and Boon book – Penny is shocked to find that after his sentence she loses everything, she and her young son are left destitute. Poor Penny, she does the right thing, she stands up for the first time in her life against the man who has made hasn’t just made her life unbearable, but also who has scared the living daylights out of her and now she has nothing. The man who was prosecuting her vile husband, the honourable if a wee bit pompous Lord Hadleigh feels a sense of injustice over what happened to the young woman, so much so he tries to help her. She is a proud, determined woman who after being on the wrong side of a manipulative and controlling man she is very uncomfortable about the charming, golden eyed barristers help. She sees it as being no better off then where she was, she is an amazing woman she may be fragile but I got a sense of real inner strength, like a lioness when times get tough she will do anything in her power to protect her child and I completely admire her for that.

 

To say he is an educated man he really doesn’t have a clue when it comes to women, as he goes about things all wrong. He has good heart, he is noble and honourable and loyal, he does try to help her, even if at first he doesn’t go down the proper avenue. Bless him, he gets it all wrong – thank goodness that Seb ……swoon! Has word with the young barrister. I really, really like Hadleigh, he isn’t at all how I thought he would be from those previous appearances, you are first introduced to a calm, intelligent and caring man but you soon realise that there is more to this man then meets the eye. There is another man beneath the cavernous barristers cloak.

 

So, we finally have Hadleigh’s story, after much waiting and wondering he is here and he does not disappoint. I saw this very much as a second chances story, Tristan Hadleigh and Penny Penhurst, what a remarkable couple they are. Both have complexities, both have vulnerabilities and both learning to love and trust. It is beautiful to watch their blossoming romance throughout the story, the journey they go on as individuals is one of the greatest pieces of writing I have read. It is powerful and gorgeous, it makes you shiver with anticipation about what will happen next and make you sigh with pure elated joy when they get there.

 

This book is packed with deep emotion, which the reader can feel right within them which for me is a testament to how brilliant this author is. Her grasp of language is as ever astonishing, the way this book can take hold of the readers emotions with a few words is perfect writing.

 

This book is absolutely delightful, what a joy it is to read.

 

Before I finish, one last note….Love, Love, Love the epilogue! Its gorgeous and fun, it is the perfect ending for all our heroes and heroines and Trefor 😉 brilliantly written, it brings all what you know and love about the Kings Elite together as a, shall we say; goodbye? Perfect, thank you Virginia for an astounding series, this is why we readers love you! X

 

This was an Arc from the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Virginia!

The Determined Lord Hadleigh is to be released 27th June and can be pre-ordered at Amazon and do go an pre-order it.

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#Review : A Runaway Bride For The Highlander (The Lochmore Legacy #3) by @ElisabethHobbes #ARunawayBrideForTheHighlander #TheLochmoreLegacy @MillandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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Hello my lovely readers! I am so excited to be sharing my review of the amazing A Runaway Bride For The Highlander by Elisabeth Hobbes, which is book three in the incredible Lochmore Legacy series. Honestly to say I was excited about reading this one was an understatement, think more along the lines of a dog in the squeaky toy aisle and you may have an idea of my excitement, and that was only when I saw the cover. Seriously though, this whole series has been amazing and this one…well it’s so good words did fail me. So take a seat, grab yourself a cuppa and let me tell you about this gorgeous book.

Lost in Tudor Scotland
Found by the Highlander!

Part of The Lochmore Legacy: a Scottish castle through the ages! Far from her home in France, Marguerite Vallon escapes her arranged marriage to a man she despises. Stowing away in a stranger’s cart, she finds herself headed deep into the Highlands with Ewan Lochmore, new Earl of Glenarris! Ewan vows to protect her. But maybe the freedom Marguerite has been searching for can be found with this rugged warrior…

My, oh, my!! This book is why I read historical romance!!

Just when I thought that this series couldn’t possibly get any better, then boom! The incredible Elisabeth Hobbes comes along with her Tudor romance and just blows me away. There is a real dangerous and dark undertone to this, it has that Gothic edge to it that the previous books in the series have which I do love, I am a fan of the darker romances, the stories that have a bit of edge to them. As well as that it has the unmistakable Hobbes feel to it, that gritty, honest and clever romance that you can only get from Elisabeth Hobbes.

When I heard that this was a Tudor era story, I was excited – even though, we really shouldn’t be calling it a Tudor given that it is set in Scotland and we should be calling it a Stewart Romance. If you know any Tudor history then you will know what I mean, if not then I suggest you have a good old read of this 😉

This is book three in the Lochmore Legacy Series, you can very easily read them as stand-a-lones as each book as it’s own story, it’s own era but personally I would recommend that you read them all in order as there are elements in this one that connects with both the previous books. For those who have been reading this series, you will have an inkling of what I’m on about, but I ain’t going to be spoiling anything for those who haven’t – only that this does answer a few of those niggling questions that have arisen from the previous two books, only for more questions to pop into my mind. I can’t believe that we are on book three already, I feel like weeping as the end to this wonderful series is getting closer and closer, I don’t want it to end. In one hand I need to know why the Lochmore and McCriefs hate each other and on the other I will be a wailing, sobbing mess that the end is nigh.

Set during 1513, just after the battle of Flodden Ewan Lochmore has lost both is father and brother in that horrendous battle, now the new Earl of Glenaris, Ewan must make the trip to the Kings Court to officially claim the title, something that he isn’t looking forward to. Ewan isn’t comfortable with the whole being at court thing, and the sooner he gets confirmed as the new earl the better. He wasn’t meant to be the Earl he never had the training that all went to his brother, he doesn’t quite know what to make of it all or what to do. He has suddenly found himself with all of this responsibility on his young shoulders and no guiding hand to help him. Add to his woes, a murky world that his father was involved in and one that also ‘may’ concern the Lochmores arch enemies; the McCrief’s – I won’t elaborate, yes I have been purposely vague but it is a crucial sub plot – and the beautiful ‘ghost’ he sees in the garden, lets us just say, he is more than happy to indulge in a wee dram.

Marguerite has been ‘sold’ into marrying the vile, inscrutable obnoxious Duncan McCrief, something which she isn’t overly excited about. She is still grieving for her mother and can think of nothing worse than being the wife of such a brutish man, a man who she knows would do as he wanted with her. She knows that if she stays at the Kings court much longer she will trapped forever at the hands of such a vile man – honestly this man is a menace, as soon as he comes into the story there was a shiver of unease about him that you feel right down in your marrow. Marguerite after meeting the young, very attractive and kind Ewan Lochmore, plots to escape in Ewan’s cart, none the less. She plans to make her way to the coast where she will be able to find a boat to take her back home to France. But, as we all know plans never really go as they are expected to and she soon finds herself deep In the highlands instead of on a ship.

Ewan is a gentleman through and through, he would never allow a young woman in need of his help and protection to come to any harm. Yes, he is vexed that she has put it upon herself to bring him unwittingly into her scheme for freedom, but that feeling soon changes to something he wouldn’t have expected. Now he is faced with not only protecting her from others but from his more baser urges. These two are such a cute couple, on the outside they have nothing at all in common but the more you see them together and for who they are, you start see the similarities and the way they compliment one and other.

The story starts at a sedate and leisurely pace as we are introduced to the characters and garner their backgrounds and who they are. Then comes the trip to Lochmore where Both Ewan and Marguerite start to see the other as something far more than their original opinions of each other. Nothing much happens on their trip, I had expected something but the story is all the better for that period of calm. There is a constant feeling of danger as well as the atmosphere crackles with lust and want, even though they are very well behaved even if their thoughts are anything but sedate.

I’ve got to quickly mention the settings, Elisabeth you have out done yourself, every scene is vivid and clear it’s as-though you have been transported from the comfort of your armchair to the windswept, perilous and beautiful Scottish highlands. This is an assault on the senses, you can smell, taste and see every detail, from the dusty roads, to the beautiful mountains to the tiny details of their clothing, everything is so accurate and vivid.

It is no secret just how much I love Elisabeth’s work, her writing is like no other, her books are so romantic and beautifully written there is never any doubting that, but the thing that I particularly love about her work is they have a real edginess that grabs my attention. I love how grittier her books are compared to others within the Mills and Boon range, they can be brutally raw and realistic, yet sensual, tender and sexy….Plus, not to mention that her books hold some of the best heroes ever…swoon!

Honestly this has it all; romance, danger, mystery, gorgeous settings, swoon-worthy hero, one of the most heart-warming and beautiful epilogues I’ve read. Honestly that last chapter is gorgeous. I literally fell in love with Ewan all over again, but in a completely different way to how I felt for him in the beginning. There are answers and more questions all bundled into this one single piece of writing, and I just loved it!

It really is a stonking great read, one which is full of romance, Gothic atmosphere, warring clans, secrets and lies, fabulously engaging and lovable characters, all tied up with a thrilling and enchanting bow. I am in love with it, and I do hope that this is the first of many more Tudor/Stewart romances to come from Elisabeth Hobbes.

Overall, there is no other word but perfect!

This was an Arc from the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Elisabeth!

A Runaway Bride For The Highlander is to be released on 30 May and can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.

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The series is linked by setting – a castle in the Highlands of Scotland – and by a feud between two clans that spans the centuries. It is different in that book 1 (His Convenient Highland Wedding) is set in the Victorian era. The heroine makes a shocking discovery, and clues to the mystery are gradually uncovered as we go back in time through the Regency era (Lara Temple), Tudor (Elisabeth Hobbes) and finally Medieval (Nicole Locke), when the truth about that mysterious discovery is finally revealed.

#1 His Convenient Highland Wedding (Victorian) Janice Preston – 21 March 2019

#2 Unlaced by the Highland Duke (Regency) Lara Temple – 18 April 2019

#3 A Runaway Bride for the Highlander (Tudor) Elisabeth Hobbes – 30 May2019

#4 Secrets of a Highland Warrior (Medieval) Nicole Locke – 27 June 2019

If you want to find out more about The Lochmore Legacy, then check out their Goodreads page and the new The Lochmore Legacy Facebook page and make sure you have a read at this great interview with Janice Preston at the Romantic Novelist Association where she is talking all about The Loch More Legacy.

Romantic Novelist Association; Janice Preston Interview / Facebook / Goodreads

#Review : The Marriage Rescue by @JoannaJoJohnson #TheMarriageRescue @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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Hello everyone! Today I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of this amazing debut book; The Marriage Rescue by Joanna Johnson. This is an amazing book, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

Rescued by her enemy

Will she meet him at the altar?

Romani Selina Agres has despised the gentry ever since her mother was murdered by a cruel aristocrat. But she’s not sure what to think when Edward Fulbrooke, that very man’s nephew, rescues her from an angry horde. Edward may be different from other nobles but Selina’s distrust runs deep. So she’s shocked when he proposes marriage to protect her and her people! Can she accept?

Wow! Just wow, I am completely blown away by this beautiful book. If I didn’t know that this was Joanne Johnson’s debut, I would never have believed it. The quality of Ms Johnson’s writing is beyond good, she had me gripped from that very first page, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I was gripped by the original and imaginative plot, this is a fantastic addition to ever-increasing Mills and Boon Historical Romances.

My goodness, what an opening! From that very first fast action and thrilling page, I was hooked. I could feel Selina’s fear as she rode to evade the mob out for her blood, the tension was palpable, my heart was in my throat as I read. That is great skill to have the reader go through so many emotional and feel completely connected with the character from the very first page. Ms Johnson certainly knows how to grab a person’s attention, this is a stonking great start to what I know is going to be a long and brilliantly successful career.

This is predominately an ‘Enemies to Lovers’ trope, which is my whole time favourite in all the romance tropes. Romani Selina has grown to detest all gentry, which once you find out her history and the story behind her hate you can really understand her. So when she finds herself in the unforeseen position that in order to protect her people, her family she must marry one of the very people she hates.

Edward and Selina are an incredible couple, they appear as different as they can get at first, but you soon realise – as do they – that they have far more in common then originally expected. There is an instant connection between Edward and Selina, the air crackles around them as they navigate their way through this whole new and unexpected life.

I love how Selina and Edward first meet as children, before each of their families can instil the prejudice and hatred for each other. They are just children who find a moment of happiness and kindness from the other. I love how Ms Johnson has written it as both Edward and Selina remember that moment all those years ago when they first met.

Romani Selina is accused of trying to steal away with Edward Fullbrooke’s little sister. Selina is running for her life from the angry mob who are fuelled with anger, ignorance and hate. She is completely innocent but knows better than to try to explain what really happened, she knows what the gentry could do to her so she ploughs on trying to evade capture. With the help from an unexpected place, Selina manages to escape and she is safe. But, for how much longer will she and her people be safe once the village people those from the estate know where they are?

Edward must marry if he is to keep his estate and lands from the clutches of his ‘evil’ uncle – once you read the book, you will know what I mean. Edward doesn’t want marriage, especially to any off those ninny-headed gold diggers that always seem to appear whenever there is a wealthy man, which is when he realises that the answer to his problems is right there under his nose. He pitches a proposition to Selina; he will personally protect her and her fellow Roma, they can stay on his land without fear if she will marry him. He proposes a marriage in name only for a short period of time and after she is free to go or stay and do as she pleases.

It’s a win, win situation!

The writing is flawless, you can really see how much research the author has put into this everything from the Roma campsite, clothes, customs and every scene is vivid in detail and rich in history. Ms Johnson has put so much of herself into this, you can feel her passion for story and the character’s coming right off the page with every word.

Over all this is gorgeous story! Utterly romantic, atmospheric, sensual, full of passion and charm. Amazing clear and realistic character’s, great edge of your seat plot. I absolutely loved it and I cannot wait to see what will come next from this new author.

This was an Arc from the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Joanna!

The Marriage Rescue is to be released on 2nd May and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.

#Review : Reunited With His Long-Lost Cinderella (Scandalous Australian Bachelors #2) by Laura Martin @lauramartin2788 #ReunitedWithHisLongLostCinderella #ScandalousAustralianBachelors @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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Hello my lovelies! I have the great pleasure to be sharing my review of the gorgeous Reunited With His Long-Lost Cinderella by Laura Martin, which is the second book in the amazing Scandalous Australian Bachelors series. So with put further ado, let me tell a little of this book.

The Society lady

And the return of her first love…

Part of Scandalous Australia Bachelors: When widow Lady Francesca attends a masquerade ball, she’s shocked to meet Ben Crawford again. She’d loved him, once, before her awful marriage, before he’d been transported to Australia as a convict. Now a wealthy landowner, Ben’s contempt of her burns almost as strong as their attraction. She knows he believes she betrayed him – so she must put the past right, before it’s too late…

My, oh my!! What a book, I’m in love – yes, I know it happens on a regular basis! I have been so looking forward to this one since we first met Ben in Sam’s story, there was something about the quietly charismatic man who caught my attention and I am so happy to say that he does not disappoint – he is even more sexy and dashing then I thought he would be. Laura Martin you are killing me with your heroes!

Widowed Francesca is nearing the end of her moaning period and now she is facing the prospect of another love-less arranged marriage. She cannot think of anything worse than having to marry another bore, but she knows her place and she is a good girl who will always do as she is supposed to. But, her heart has always been to another, a boy long ago had stolen that before he was stolen away from her in the most brutal of ways. On the first ball since she was allowed out from her moaning she attends a Masquerade ball, where she meets the most enigmatic, suave and ridiculously sexy man she has ever met only to have her whole world rocked when she finds that he is none other than the boy who because of her was accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Francesca is full of guilt over what happened to Ben, even though she tried to help as a child she knows that he blames her for what happened to him. She wants to make amends to him, before he returns to Australia.

Ben Crawford is back in London after eighteen long years in Australia, first as a prisoner and then working is way to becoming a wealthy man in his own right. In those long years Ben has always had one woman on his mind, one woman who had kept him going through all those hard, back-breaking days. Even though he has loved Francesca ever since they used to run around like feral children on Francesca’s father’s land, Ben has always though her partly to blame for what happened to him and that resentment has buried itself deep into Ben. Yet, he can’t get away from the fact that she has always been his one true love. Which is why he is so desperate to see her, he wants to know what she is like now how the past eighteen years have been to her and deep down he wants to know if she will remember him …. which he doubts! Which is where the masquerade ball comes in.

I do feel for Ben he was charged with a crime he didn’t commit and at the tender age of twelve was put on a boat and transported to the other side of the world to serve his sentence in Australia. He has been treated so harshly and cruelly especially by the aristocrat’s and this is mainly because he of working class stock. For me Ben is worth a thousand of any of those struck up snobs who look down their noses at him, he is a brilliant man; kind, charming, protective, hard-working, sensual, sexy-as-hell. Who wants a fop in a strangling cravat and perfectly manicured nails when you could have rugged, tousled Ben who can be a gentleman when the occasion calls for it but he is much happier getting his hands dirty – sigh!! I know who I would go for 😉

Oh, lordy how much do I love these Bachelors? I was completely smitten with gorgeous Sam from the previous book, then Laura Martin goes and introduces me to this stud of a man!! My goodness, I am feeling all hot and bothered – I have always had a weakness for a set of green eyes and does Ben know how to use those cunning dreamy greens or what? Swoon!! So many heart eyes for him, I am a melting wreck because of this sinfully attractive man.

But dear Ben is far more than just a chiselled physic, tousled hair and the most damn gorgeous smile on either side of the equator – oh, no he has brains as well as brawn. What I love about this series is that it is all about these ordinary men who have been unfairly treated – they were transported to Australia as children all because of lies – they served their sentence, which they shouldn’t have had to serve and once released from their chains they made a whole new life for themselves; both Sam and Ben have created a life that doesn’t consist of aristocrats and all the pomp, stupid rules and brash ignorance that circulated through the ton. This series is all about them finally finding the happiness that for the last eighteen years has been elusive to them.

I won’t say too much as there is a secondary plot going on about why Ben got transported and why Francesca feels so guilty, but I will say that ending, my goodness my heart wept and soared at the same time. That moment when Ben is about to leave on the ship is like something from a movie, utterly romantic! I had shivers while reading it, one of the best scenes ever.

This book is just gorgeous, It is an intricately woven romance which takes the reader on an enchanting journey. Ms Martin has created a beautiful story that has real heart and lots of love, her writing is full of passion for the story and the character’s. This is a brilliant second chance romance with two thought-provoking and complex character’s who will grab your attention and you will cheer them both on to their happily ever after.

I cannot wait for the next book in this series, I just know that it is going to be just as emotional as this one.

This was a complimentary copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Laura!

Reunited With His Long Lost Cinderella is available now at Amazon.

#Review The Earls Countess Of Convenience (Penniless Brides Of Convenience #1) by @MargueriteKaye #TheEarlsCountessOfConvenience #PennilessBridesOfConvenience @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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Hello my lovelies, I have the great pleasure to be sharing with you all my review of this amazing book; The Earls Countess of Convenience by Marguerite Kaye which is the first book in the whole new Penniless Brides of Convenience – to say I have been excited about this new series is an understatement and I am so pleased to say that this book does not disappoint. But, don’t take my word for it grab yourself a cuppa an a piece of cake and have a read.

A countess in name only…

tempted by a night with her husband!

Part of Penniless Brides of Convenience: Eloise Brannagh has witnessed first-hand the damage unruly passion can cause. Yet she craves freedom, so a convenient marriage to the Earl of Fearnoch seems the perfect solution! Except Alexander Sinclair is more handsome, more intriguing, more everything, than Eloise anticipated. Having set her own rules for their marriage, her irresistible husband might just tempt Eloise to break them!

Well, this is fabulous! What a great introduction to this whole new series, I was instantly interested in the Penniless Brides of Convenience just going by the title of the series alone I knew that this was going to right up my street. I was fascinated by the sound of it, I do love stories where the lead character is a little down on their luck and we see them really come into their own throughout the book and this is exactly what happens here.

Judging by this one, I know that the rest of this series is going to be great. I am really looking forward to see what Ms Kaye has got in store for us next and where these Penniless Brides takes us. Alexander, the new Earl of Fearnoch needs a wife! Because of a clause when he inherited the title, if he is to keep his estates he must marry before he turns 30 otherwise everything would revert to his already married cousin and the next in line. Alexander because of reasons you will find when you read the book he doesn’t want this cousin anywhere near the title, so when his friend Daniel says his niece Eloise would be perfect for him he knows that this could be his chance to fulfill the clause. Alexander doesn’t want a marriage in the regular sense, if it was up to him he wouldn’t marry at all due to his choice of career. All he wants is a wife in name only, and Eloise who is as reluctant for an intimate marriage as he is perfect.

After the death of their parents; Eloise and her two sisters are currently living with their aunt Kate, when she receives a letter from her uncle Daniel who says that his friend the Earl of Fearnoch is in search of a wife and dear uncle Daniel has put her name forward as the perfect candidate.

Eloise and her sister’s have a ball guessing what Alexander will be like, it is a very funny scene where the twins are coming out with these hilarious descriptions about the as yet unknown Earl. But, Eloise being the practical older sister she can see ahead that this marriage could be very beneficial for everyone – that is as long as she likes him.

The deal is made, they understand each other and marry but can their marriage really be just in name only? Let me tell you with the seductive looks that pass between them, I think not. There is an energy in the air whenever they are in the same room, they have real chemistry. Eloise and Alexander are a great couple, they both have issues, there is a vulnerability about both of them that is heart-breaking they have both suffered which has ingrained itself on both of them, turning them both cynical towards happily ever after’s. Which is why they work together so well, they can see themselves in the other and it is this part of their relationship that really speaks to the reader and where Ms Kaye comes into her own as a writer.

What I really loved about this one is that the first half of the book is basically Eloise and Alexander getting to know each other, it is them negotiating their marriage deal and finding their feet as a married couple and learning each other’s little tells and quirks. I really love that, and it’s so new for a couple to sit down and actually talk about themselves. True, Alexander doesn’t reveal all, there is more to this man then meets the eye and Eloise senses that too, she knows that Alexander isn’t exactly what he proclaimed himself to be.

I am a huge fan of Marguerite Kaye’s work, I love how descriptive her books are, you can really visualise every scene with such clarity it is as though you have been transported into the book. As always you become utterly submerged into her writing, but I do particularly like this one – I would even go as far as saying that this is one of the best I’ve read – I love the progression of the story and watching Eloise and Alexander find their way is utterly charming. Yet there is far more to this then a marriage of convenience, something which I won’t go into as it would give away the whole story and I can’t have that, you need to read this and find out what the sub plot is for yourself.

The Earls Countess of Convenience is a captivating and tender romance that will make you feel utterly besotted with the story and the character’s; are perfectly written they have real depth and energy. The story is flows gracefully from page one and takes the reader on a wonderfully journey right to the last.

Overall, I cannot recommend this book enough, this really is a heavenly read.

This was an Arc from the author in exchange for an honest review, Thank you Marguerite!

The Earls Countess of Convenience is available now and can be purchased from Amazon.

#Review Unlaced By The Duke (The Lockmore Legacy #2) by Lare Temple @laratemple1 #TheLockmoreLegacy #UnlacedByTheDuke #Regency #HistoricalRomance @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a lovely day! Today, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of Unlaced By The Highland Duke and do have to warn you I may babble on a bit, but seriously this book is stunning! It has taken me a long time to write this review, mainly because I couldn’t seem to find the words to completely express my thoughts. So, without further ado grab yourself a cuppa and let me tell you a wee bit about this book

A plain Regency governess

In bed with the Duke!

Part of The Lochmore Legacy: a Scottish castle through the ages! Unceremoniously packed off to Scotland to care for the Duke of Lochmore’s young son, practical widow Joane Langdale fears she will be ignored—as always. But the deep connection and heated passion that develops between her and Benneit is far more dangerous! When Benneit is expected to propose to another, how can Jo dream of becoming his duchess?

Firstly, before I waffle on about men in kilts – you know it’s going to happen 😉 let me say Lara Temple you have seriously outdone yourself with this beautiful, beautiful book! I found writing this review so hard, not that it isn’t good the complete opposite that this book is way too good to be true, I couldn’t find the right words. This book is testament to the fact that Lara Temple is a master in writing Regency Romance and I am in absolute awe of this fine ladies work.

This is book two in The Lochmore Legacy series, even though you can very easily read them as stand-alone’s I highly recommend that you do read all the series (once all four are released, of course) as there is links that are starting to emerge from the previous book; His Convenient Highland Wedding and I would hate for you to miss out on the mystery that is slowly being unravelled.

Widowed Joane a poor relation of the Duke of Lochmore’s late wife; Bella. Being from a poorer branch of the great Uxmore’s she is used to being basically ignored and treated as nothing more than a servant. She is then unceremoniously passed to the Duke of Lochmore as a governess for his young son Jamie; who is such an adorable and entertaining young lad. Benneit is in the middle of securing a marriage deal between him and Lady Tessa McCrieff, he is hoping that the marriage will not only help him with his plans for a new distillery plus finally put an end to a centuries long rift between the two mighty clans. But, as we know not everything goes to plan in historical romance and with the arrival of prickly Jo.

Jo is an amazing women she takes everything in her stride, she never complains and yet she isn’t a meek little mouse she has a lot of inner strength she has a stubborn, argumentative, witty and sarcastic streak in her that she keeps very well hidden beneath her staid grey gowns. But, be warned, if you ever find yourself on the wrong side of her, take shelter! She is also so caring and loving, she has a real passionate nature all of which Benniet finds so enticing – even if he won’t admit it.

Benniet is, well what a man! He is a brilliant father, when he allows himself to just have fun with his son and the way young Jamie looks up to his mighty father is heart-warming. He does feel a lot of guilt that he doesn’t spend as much time with his son as he would like to, and there is a little bit of jealously at how much Jamie has taken to Jo, and how they seem to be as thick as thieves. He is a good man, a man who is trying to do what is right and he genuinely cares deeply for his estate and those who live on it. As soon as I laid eyes on Benneit I felt that there was a fragility about him, there is something that he keeps locked a way, a pain lurking behind those green eyes that instantly made me love him. Not, to mention how good he looks in a kilt and those eyes…sigh, I have always gone weak at the knees for green-eyed men 😉

Stunningly beautiful, that is the first thing that popped into my mind whilst reading. This is regency writing at it’s very best, with enchanting and beautifully created character’s who are as mesmerizing, as they are realistic. Jo and Benniet are the perfect couple, there is a spark between them that shimmer’s below the surface. They are incredibly passionate even though they do start off rubbing each up the wrong way, the bantering between them is a lot of fun to watch, the frustration and tension that circulates around them is palpable and draws you fully into their personal story. You are willing them on, you know instantly that these two are going to be a sensual and very relatable couple and to me it is their journey to their happily ever after that is truly breath-taking, their relationship develops in a very natural way. It is like watching your two best friends finally realise that they love each other. Oh, and then there is Aunt Morag who lives in her own tower, she is such a weirdly compelling and very entertaining creature.

I have to comment on the scenery, I was utterly blown away with it. The attention to detail captures your attention from the moment Jo, Benniet and Jamie set off on their journey to Lochmore the whole scene is played out in your mind, you see the sweeping landscapes, the rolling seas the wind blowing through the trees. While they are on the boat sailing north, you can almost taste the sea salt in the air, and once in Lochmore you can hear and feel the eerie silence – if you’ve ever been in the middle of an empty wood or in the middle of nowhere whilst walking the dog, you will understand that last sentence. There were moments where I felt goose-bumps while reading, this book is stunning, in every way you can imagine!

Overall, this is exquisite! Beautiful, full of grace and passion, wonderfully atmospheric, a true love story with a hint of a Gothic-ish mystery. I honestly cannot recommend this book enough, I am completely lost for words at just how amazing this book is.

This was an Arc copy from the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much Lara!

Unlaced By The Highland Duke is to be released on 18 April and can be pre-ordered at Amazon, and yes do pre-order it!!

The Lochmore Legacy

The series is linked by setting – a castle in the Highlands of Scotland – and by a feud between two clans that spans the centuries. It is different in that book 1 (His Convenient Highland Wedding) is set in the Victorian era. The heroine makes a shocking discovery, and clues to the mystery are gradually uncovered as we go back in time through the Regency era (Lara Temple), Tudor (Elisabeth Hobbes) and finally Medieval (Nicole Locke), when the truth about that mysterious discovery is finally revealed.

#1 His Convenient Highland Wedding (Victorian) Janice Preston – Available now!

#2 Unlaced by the Highland Duke (Regency) Lara Temple – 18 April 2019

#3 A Runaway Bride for the Highlander (Tudor) Elisabeth Hobbes – 30 May2019

#4 Secrets of a Highland Warrior (Medieval) Nicole Locke – 27 June 2019

If you want to find out more about The Lochmore Legacy, then check out their Goodreads page and the new The Lochmore Legacy Facebook page.

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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…

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Extract

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.

Yes, Miss?’

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.

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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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