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An Outlaw to Protect Her (Outlaws of the Wild west #3) by Harper St George

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Running from her past…

Into the arms of an outlaw!

In this Outlaws of the Wild West story, gunslinger Zane Pierce is the only man who can shield brothel madam Glory Winters against a dangerous threat. But safety at the smouldering Zane’s side comes at a price, and soon it’s not just the secrets of her past that have Glory on edge…it’s the realisation that she might be losing her heart to an outlaw!

My View

Wow! – Just wow, that basically sum’s this book up for me, I have been really excited to read this book and find out what happened with the final Reyes brother – and the man who caught my attention from day one; Zane! And I can tell you now that this exceeds my expectations, this is the last book in the Outlaws of the Wild West series and as sad as it is that this series (the series that started my love for western romances) has come to an end, but it finishes with a blast. I may babble on about how much I love this book – and Zane! But, really I can’t help myself I have so much I want to say about this that I’m afraid this review may turn into a full length novel of it’s own.

For the first time ever with a book, I was left playing this story back like a movie in my mind every detail is so vivid and real. From each scene to the characters and the language it all grips right from the first page to the last – oh, the ending, it’s like something from a Hollywood movie! It isn’t like reading a book, it’s like watching a movie play out. Which really show’s off just what an amazing writer Harper St George is, her way with words and creating a story that instantly grabs your attention is marvelous and I do hope she writes more Western Romances.

This pick’s up from where we left off in the previous; A Marriage Deal With The Outlaw – Castillo’s story ended. For those who haven’t read Castillo’s story then I won’t be spoiling the ending but I will say that our Outlaws have found themselves in the grand Victoria House in Helena, under the watchful eye of the Madam herself; Glory Winters.

Glory Winters – don’t you just love that name? Is the madam of the well respect and opulent Victoria House, along with her best friend Able – who really is the kind of friend a woman wants in her life, he is wonderful. Glory is beautiful, resilient and tenacious she rules her world with pride, she is kind and treats her girls with care and respect that these ladies deserve. But, Glory has a secret – infact she has more secrets than the secret service – one that if ever revealed could lead not just to her own death but that of Able’s too.

When she suddenly becomes threatened and blackmailed, she turn’s to the only men she knows will look after her; The Reyes Brother’s! Which means that the one man who has ever caught her eye and made her heart flutter, will be closer that is comfortable.

Glory is an extraordinary woman, I completely admire her. She is feisty, independent and strong yet below that façade lies a vulnerable, scared and lonely woman. Who I believe needs a little love in her life.

Zane Pierce, notorious and wanted outlaw and the third member of The Reyes Brother’s has always been fascinated by the beautiful and intriguing Glory, never in his life has a woman enthralled him as much as she does. But, he knows that nothing can ever happen between them. He is a wanted man, what sort of life could he give her? But when she reaches out to him and his ‘brothers’ for help, his protective instinct kicks him into action – not so much Knight in shining armour, more brooding gunslinger. Zane will go above and beyond to protect her, as he and Glory spend more time with each other his fascination with her and how she starts to make him feel, confuses him.

My goodness me, how much do I adore this man? Too many to count! I was intrigued by this huge, scarred and quietly spoken man the moment I met him in Marriage Deal with the Outlaw. I so wanted to read his story and I can happily say, he does not disappoint. Zane very well have become one of my new favourite heroes. He is such a fascinating, complex man, he has a proper Outlaw edge about him. He has a dangerous and predatory aura about him that even makes Glory stop in her tracks. I love how St. George has described him as “not classically handsome” that make’s him far more realistic than if he was ‘perfect’. I like his flawed look, to me his is the perfect hero – a bit like Heathcliffe but with a warmer heart, and he actually smiles! He is a supremely intelligent, thoughtful and charming man – when he wants to be – when he does turn on that oh-so sexy, teasing flirtatious charm then no woman has a chance.

But there is also a vulnerable side to him that I found heartbreaking, Zane has issues with love. Like Glory he has been through the mill and he has had his heart-broken and other parts of him destroyed so cruelly, which is why his feelings for Glory confuse him so much.

They are such a sweet and loving couple, each see’s the other in ways that no one else does and each has the one thing the other needs. Glory see’s past his scarred face and sees the good man beneath and he knows instantly that there is something about this beautiful woman then meets the eye. They are a wonderful couple who are made for each other!

This is an amazing book that really packs a punch – plus, did I mention how much I loved Zane? This is a vibrant, mesmerising romance, skillfully written with a wonderfully immersive plot and characters that engage and delight throughout. It really is a gorgeous story, it’s fast and thrilling. The sexual tension between our couple leaps from the page, it’s a will they won’t they story your reading it with bated breath waiting to see what comes next. A definite page turner, that will keep you hooked.

I loved it, very highly recommended.

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

An Outlaw To Protect Her is to be released on 23rd August and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

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Chicks, Rogues and Scandals Best Books of The Year, 2017

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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!

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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

Move over Heathcliffe there is a new gruff, monosyllabic, tormented hero in town in the form of Captain Jamie Warriner. Oh my word! I was warned I would love him and he has more than lived up to the hype, he really is something special. He is a proud man who after serving his country with courage facing down more horrors than any man should face he is back and he is in pain, not just physically but he is trying adjust to civilian life but like a lot of soldiers today poor Jamie is struggling. I was drawn to him the moment I met him in the previous book “A Warriner to Protect her” there is just something about this gruff but hugely sensitive man, that draws you in. Yes, he may be as stubborn as an OX – as well as built like one – but he has a good and kind heart, who needs a little love.
Proof of Virtue by Leila Snow

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.

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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.

New Review – The Viking Warrior’s Bride (Viking Warriors #4) by Harper St George

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A battle for power and passion

A skilled archer with the heart of a warrior, Gwendolyn of Alvey has proved herself capable of defending her homeland. But the threat of invasion and her father’s deathbed wish force her to do the unthinkable: wed Vidar, leader of the enemy.

Duty to form an alliance between two powerful clans binds Vidar to Gwendolyn, but desire tempts him to distraction. Her nature is to dominate, but he’s determined to seduce her into submission on the battlefield—and in the bedchamber…

My View

Oh, how much do I love this series? And it is very sad that this is the last in the series. As it was reading “In Bed with the Viking Warrior” that really got me hooked with Medieval/Viking Romances, I have a real soft spot for “The Viking Warriors ” but Harper St. George has finished this remarkable series in a good place. It’s a good send off and great to see what St. George has done with proud and cunning Vidar, pairing him up with an equally strong and battle hardened, Lady Archer is genius.

Warrior Vidar is being forced to marry the daughter of a Saxon lord who just happens to hold a very vital piece of land and with the enemy Rogues still on the loose causing havoc and the pics from the north testing the Danes. The only way to guarantee power is in their hands, is for the powerful Danish Jarls to join forces and make a pact with the Saxon; Alvey. In other word’s one of them has to marry in to the Alvey clan and as his brothers have all gone and married leaving him the one remaining high-ranking warrior, the duty is firmly on him.

He decides that if he must marry this woman he will do it for his people and his brother the Jarl, but he fully intends on bedding her and leaving her as soon as humanly possible. That is until he meets the fiery Gwendolyn. She turns his head and his plans upside down, and that’s before he even put’s a ring on her finger – which is a trial of its own, I can tell you.

She was full of fire and a wildness that drew him in. He had no doubt that she would fight him at every turn and for some reason he was starting to enjoy it….

Since the death of her father, Gwen is the Lady of the house but not just that she is also the leader of Alvey’s warriors. She has become their sharp shooting lady Archer and through valiant battles of her own she has gained the trust and respect of these hardened warriors. On finding out about the bargain that her father had made with Eirik, the Danish Jarl she is appalled, the very last thing that she wants is to be forced to marry especially marry a Dane; her enemy. How on earth can she lead her men and go on in her father’s stead, with a husband around?

Gwen was more or less been raised as a boy, since her father seeing that she wasn’t interested in girly things allowed her to train with the warriors and in doing so she is the remarkable highly skilled archer she is today. She is fierce, stubborn and very stuck in her ways she has a resilient determination that can rival any warrior and she isn’t afraid of fighting for what she believes in and for her people. She will do anything to make sure that her family and the people of Alvey are protected, even if that mean’s marrying a Dane. She is definitely living way a head if her time, she’s quite the little Saxon suffragette, demanding rights and equality.

Gently, he took the ring from her and slid it on her finger. He didn’t say anything, but it felt like he’d claimed her. A knot churned in her stomach. The idea of being owned by any man revolted her, but there was something about this man that terrified her….

She takes an instantly dislike to Vidar and she has a feeling that the large, arrogant Dane doesn’t want to be married any more than she does, but like her he has no choice either. So, they go through with it, and the battle of wills and power begins. Even at the marriage ceremony itself they battle for control and they don’t let up right through. Yet, she soon comes to realise that to keep the peace amongst her Alvey people and the Danes, Gwen and her new husband must put on a united front, they have to be seen to actual tolerate one another.

Vidar soon changes his original plan to leave his wife as soon as possible, he is drawn to the daring and intelligent Gwen, especially after seeing her climb down from a tree in her tight-fitting leather trousers. She isn’t like any other woman he has ever met, he thinks that having a wife means having a mousy little woman around to do exactly what he wants of her, but how wrong he is. Gwen is like fire and brimstone and he finds that he is constantly on guard around her.

‘Do you submit?’ His voice was soft, but held a husky note that raked across her senses. It prickled her skin and caused a flutter of response in her belly.
‘Never….’

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. This has everything you want in a Historical Romance.

Perfect! A great end to a fabulous series.

   

This was a ARC via the author in exchange for a honest review.

You can purchase The Viking Warriors Bride at Amazon

 

Introducing The Unlaced Ladies.

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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…”

 

Virginia Heath

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.

Reading List

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

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.

Reading List

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

 

Lara Temple

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…

Reading List

Lord Crayles Secret World
The Reluctant Viscount
The Dukes Unexpected Bride
His Cinderella Heiress

To learn more about Lara Click Here

 

Nicole Locke

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.

Reading List

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 St George

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.

Reading List

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

She would love to hear from you. Please visit her website at http://www.harperstgeorge.com or find her on Facebook Click Here

 

Catherine Tinley

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.

Reading List

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

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.

Reading List

Mary and the Marquess
Cinderella and the Duke
The Governesses Secret Baby
Saved by the Scandal’s Heir

If you’d like to know more, please visit Janice’s website at http://www.janicepreston.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @janicegpreston or Click Here

 

Jenni Fletcher

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.

Reading List

Married to Her Enemy
The Convenient Felstone Marriage

Jenni loves hearing from her readers so why not get in touch Click Here

 

Elisabeth Hobbes

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!

Reading List

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

 

Review – A Marriage Deal With The Outlaw (Outlaws of the Wild West #2) by Harper St. George

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A dangerous attraction in Montana!

Castillo Jameson has been hunting a murderer for years. The notorious outlaw never expected his search to lead to a standoff on a train—or having to save a beautiful woman caught in the crossfire…

Caroline Hartford has her own troubles—she wants to become a physician, but her parents demand she marry first. Then Castillo arrives at the wedding she’s attending, and Caroline has the perfect solution.

She will keep the outlaw’s true identity a secret…if he’ll pretend to be her fiancé!

My View

This is my first Western Historical Romance and it’s not at all what I was expecting, the nearest I have come to westerns is watching old cowboy movie’s, so in my ignorance I was thinking it would be the same – with gunslinger wearing wide-brimmed hats, as they ride through various deserts. But this is fabulous, this completely blew my mind.

It’s intelligently written, super sexy and funny with a dark and dangerous undercurrent.

Caroline just wants to follow her dreams and become a doctor, but her selfish parents, especially her mother putting the boot in and telling her she must marry first. What’s even worse is that her mother has gone and picked out a suitor for her.

I really respect Caroline, she has got a very wise head on her shoulders. She is having the same dilemma that a lot of women have today; Career first or family?

“My virtue doesn’t belong to my husband. It belongs to me. I can do with it what I like.”

She wants to forge out a career for herself And achieve something that she is hugely passionate about, then settle down and have children – that is if she finds anyone acceptable, but like today people find it odd when a young woman doesn’t do as expected and wants to wait and have children, that’s if she wants them at all and from that you get scorn and distrust.

I like how St. George has created this free-thinking and independent woman, who in all accounts I can really relate to. Caroline isn’t one to mince her words she knows exactly what she wants, she has a perfect picture of where her life is heading and she fights tooth and nail to make sure it does.

I really like how Castillo respect’s Caroline? when he finds outs what she wants.

Castillo Jameson or as he prefers to be called Reyes is out for revenge, he has been on the hunt for a murderer for years and Castillo won’t rest until he has it. But he also, desperately wants a family of his own, he wants a normal life. But seeing as he is wanted outlaw he can’t see that ever happening to him anytime soon.

That is until he meets Caroline.

She was beautiful. She was strength. She was all the things he wanted and admired….

Castillo has a lot of issues, is full of bitterness, that is directed mainly towards his father. Tanner Jameson married Castillo’s mother only to up and leave both Castillo and his mother to marry a young, well-connected woman from Boston. A woman with a name and more importantly political connections and money. For me I can completely understand Castillo’s resentment towards his father, what Tanner did was unforgivable.

Castillo is a suave and ultra sexy man, I have always loved a pair of green eyes and Castillo has the most amazing eyes. St. George has done a brilliant job at how well she had written Castillo, he springs up into your mind fully formed and he really is one brutally handsome man, he is charismatic, suave and his sex appeal just simmers off the page, that you end up in a melted puddle on the floor.

Castillo just so damn sexy and he knows it. He knows his effect on women and yet he isn’t arrogant, he just knows how to use his natural charm to get what he wants – and my goodness is he charming.

I adore it when he uses his Spanish charm on Caroline – especially when he uses the Spanish equivalent of her name “Caroleena” and that alone can make you squirm with pure delight.

“Carolina?” That name spoken in a whisper in his deep, raspy voice made butterflies take flight in her belly. The fluttering of their dainty wings sent ripples of awareness out along her nerve endings. He said the name using the Spanish pronunciation. Caroleena. She quite liked it….

It’s like a battle of wills between our two, they are both stubborn, and both are people who don’t back down in a fight, so the arguments and the bartering between them is fiery and highly enjoyable.

I love the relationship between Hunter and Castillo, they are solid they have a genuine, brotherly love and respect for each other. They don’t see each other as half-brothers, in Hunters eyes Castillo is his true brother. The way they communicate with each other with just a look, speaks just how in sync these two brothers are.

I also really like the third member of their little band of outlaw brothers; Zane! He is an intriguing man who I would really like to get to know more about. He has got so many hidden depths beneath that monosyllabic and rough exterior.

For me though – as much as I adore Castillo – Caroline is the star of the show.

St. George has done it again, she has yet again introduced me to an era that I wouldn’t have read and made me want more, that to me is the is the proof of just how talented author she is.

I loved it to bits, I definitely have had my eyes opened to just how marvellous this era in Historical Romance can be, and I will definitely reading more.

A stylish and thrilling foray into Western Historical Romance, love it and I highly recommend this.

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

A Marriage Deal With The Outlaw is out on 27th July and can be Pre-ordered now at Amazon

In Bed With The Viking Warrior by Harper St George : Review

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Back Blurb :

” I still don’t know who I am. . .What if I am an enemy?”

Injured in battle, Magnus awakens with no memory of who he is. Knowing he is in danger, he flees. . .only to encounter a Saxon maiden in peril.

Aisly hates the Danes who invaded her land and killed her husband. Yet, when a mysterious wounded warrior saves her life, she cannot turn her back on him. As Aisly tends to Magnus’s injuries, desire surges between them. But when Magnus’s true identity is revealed, she’s thrown into turmoil – she has invited her enemy into her bed!

My View :

First review of 2017 and I am starting off the new year with a doozy, This is such a heart warming and sometimes heart wrenching book that shows just how difficult, yet rewarding love can be even between so-called enemies.

Viking warrior Magnus is seriously injured while in battle, he has extensive and life threatening wound’s and when he is conscious he doesn’t even know who he is. All he knows is that someone is out there in those wood’s trying to do him harm. Along comes beautiful and kind Aisly who after being saved by Magnus – takes him back to her Saxon settlement to care for him. With her intelligence and persistence, Magnus soon recovers from his physical injuries and start’s falling in love with the gentle Aisly. The more he recovers the more he start’s getting glimpses of the man he is – unfortunately for both him and Aisly he start’s to realise that he may well be his loves enemy.

” They won’t let you back through the gate.”

His lips twitched in the beginnings of a smile, “Neither gate nor wall can keep me from you.”

Her foolish heart began to beat faster. She wanted to believe it was fear, but she couldn’t lie to herself. It beat with excitement. . .

Magnus is a fabulous character, he just eat’s up every page that he is on, he is a large and powerful man but not just in his physique, he just oozes power and influence, a true leader and he has a rakish arrogance that we love in our heroes. He really is a force to be reckoned with. Even at his most vulnerable when he is in and out of conscious and plagued with fever and infection due to his injuries he is still a captivating and provoking man. Magnus is intelligent, caring, extremely protective and has a will of iron, nothing get’s in his way of what he want’s. He is a warrior to the core.

Small unassuming, brave Aisly is the perfect partner for the large, powerful Viking. She may think that she hates his kind but how on earth can she not fall in love with the magnificent Magnus? Poor Aisly has had a hard life she was orphaned at a young age, became the ward/ servant of the powerful lord of their settlement only to be married off to a bully and brute of a man. She was widowed very young, had all her belongings taken from her and now she is at the mercy of her lecherous father in law. But even though all of her hardship and what she has suffered at the hands of not only her husband but his father she is still such a strong individual. She is so courageous and as proven with how she helped Magnus she has like him has a kind heart and iron will.

“Not all men treat you so harshly. some men would count themselves lucky to have you as a wife and do anything to keep you happy”.

Giving him a wry smile, she asked “And how would you know? You can’t even remember your own name”. . . .

. . .”I know because I am one of those men.”

I really do like In Bed With The Viking Warrior, the story is so charming with a simplistic brilliance that is very hard to find. It is intelligent, well written and very well researched by the author. This is very character driven the relationship between Aisly and Magnus is very, very heated, it is steamy and emotional and so sweet. You feel their happiness and their pain and you are at the edge of seat wondering what will happen to them.

I would highly recommend In Bed With The Viking Warrior, it has everything that we would want from a Historical Romance, great plot, strong and likable character’s. It is sexy and atmospheric and highly enjoyable.

This was an ARC version provided by the author for an honest review, In Bed With The Viking Warrior e-book version is released 1st January 2017.