#BlogTour | Duke Darcy’s Castle (Dare To Defy #3) by Syrie James #DukeDarcysCastle #DareToDefySeries @SyrieJames @AvonImpulse @Austenprose
Hello Sunshines, I hope you are all safe and well?! I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this wonderful blog tour for; Duke Darcy’s Castle, which is the third and final book in the Dare to Defy series by Syrie James. As always take a seat, grab a cuppa and enjoy!
Duke Darcy’s Castle by Syrie James
Series: Dare to Defy #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Lance Granville, the Tenth Duke of Darcy, was none too happy to give up his career in the Royal Navy to inherit the family title, complete with an ancient castle he needs to renovate. When an architect arrives on his doorstep, Darcy is astonished to discover that she’s a woman.
Kathryn Atherton has one goal: to become the first woman architect in Britain. Marriage doesn’t figure in her plans. Despite the odds, her schooling is behind her. Now she needs experience. When she’s sent to a small tidal island in Cornwall to remodel a castle, the last thing Kathryn wants is to be attracted to its roguishly handsome owner.
Kathryn is determined to keep things professional, but the sizzling attraction between her and the duke quickly blazes out of control. When Darcy learns that Kathryn is an heiress whose fortune would save St. Gabriel’s Mount, he wages the most important battle of his life: to woo and win the woman who’s captured his heart. But (in an homage to Austen), the Duke’s first proposal is so Darcyesque, he is refused. In any case, duchesses can’t be architects. And Kathryn has worked too long and too hard to give up her career for anyone ….
I have read so many great things about this authors works, yet this is the first of her books I have read which seems to be happening a lot lately, I can say for a fact that I am definitely going to grab the previous books from this series, in fact, I will be grabbing other books from this author when I can. I thoroughly loved her immersive, articulate, clever and hugely romantic writing.
As always I have started a series at the end, no change there and as always I seem to be playing catch up on what is going on in this series. I did hugely enjoy this but I do think that I should have read the previous books in the series first. Even though this is very much a stand-alone, I did have this feeling I had missed out on something by not getting to know the series and the characters before now. But saying that,! still hugely enjoyed it.
Gorgeous Captain Lancelot Granville – deep sigh! Has had to give up his much loved and hard-worked for career in the Royal Navy to claim the title of the Tenth Duke of Darcy – a nice hint to that famous hero 😉 to say that Lancelot isn’t happy about these turn of events is a nit of an understatement, but he is a dutiful man and he will always do what is right. What he didn’t count on that when he reaches the family seat he finds the castle in the midst of a renovation and a eye-watering mountain of debt that his late brother has racked up, not to mention the young beautiful architect that turns up at the front door stating she has been hired by the previous Duke. Poor Lancelot, it’s one thing after another for him!
Kathryn Atherton is the last of her sisters to marry, and she is determined to do be pushed into the vicar’s mousetrap for as long as she can. She is determined to forge her own way in life ad that plan doesn’t include getting hitched to a member of the British elite, just because it is what she should do – according to her family that is. She is an accomplished architect in her own right and when she arrives at the Castle to do the job she has been employed to do. That is until her head is turned and her lust wanting body sees the devilishly handsome Duke himself, believe me, any woman with a pulse in their body would have their heads turned by this man.
They are instantly attracted to each other, their first introduction is a great start to what follows to be sexy, at times very raunchy seduction on both parts. The chemistry between them is scorching, the banter is fun and clever and hugely enjoyable to follow throughout the book.
So the Dare To Defy series is a three-book trilogy, which follows the stories of the three Atherton sisters, as they go in search of not just love but of forging careers for themselves. These women are bright and beautiful young heiresses from America, who have been brought to Britain to find a title… mean a husband – in those days most marriages of convenience was the same thing right? 😉 Do excuse my cynicism but title hunting mama’s trope really doesn’t sit well with me. What is wrong with marrying for love?
What really caught my attention about this book and why I took a chance on reading the last book in a series without reading the previous and that was it has so many things that I look for and love about historical romance. For anyone who follows my blog will know that I have a real fondness for the Victorian era which for me is an era that is hugely fascinating.
Add to that a brilliant heroine, I do love strong, willful, determined and intelligent heroines who go against the grain to seek what they truly want despite rules and regulations – Kathryn really appealed to me she was so much fun to get to know and very likeable. I loved her passion for architecture, I love her determination for really pushing for what she believes in.
And, finally, it was that briefest mention of a man in uniform and – well I was hooked before even opening the first page – again I think my love for a man in uniform is universally known and I may just have to swoon and lay in a happy heap on the floor – my Gawd, this guy is gorgeous!!
Overall, a wonderfully written, richly romantic, sexy engrossing and delightful love story. Fabulously engaging plot and marvellously developed and likable character’s. I hugely enjoyed my first foray in Syrie James’s writing and look forward to reading more from her.
This was a complimentary copy via Edelweiss from Laurel-Anne at Austen Prose, which I voluntarily reviewed as a part of this blog tour, thank you Laurel-Anne. xx
Runaway Heiress/Dare To Defy Series
Three American heiresses defy their family’s wishes, and social convention, to strike out and find their own happiness in late Victorian Cornwall.
Runaway Heiress: A Dare to Defy Novel (Book 1)
Brainy and college-educated, American heiress Alexandra Atherton will do anything to avoid marriage to the English peer her mother has chosen for her—even abandon the life of privilege she’s always known. But as her escape goes horribly wrong, Alexandra must invent a new identity to gain the help of a handsome stranger.
Summer of Scandal: A Dare to Defy Novel (Book 2)
An American heiress and an English earl fight against the conventions of society — and their attraction to each other — in the second book in the Dare to Defy series by USA Today bestselling author Syrie James.
About the Author
SYRIE JAMES is the USA TODAY and Amazon bestselling author of thirteen novels of historical, contemporary, and young adult fiction and romance. Her books have hit many Best of the Year lists, been designated as Library Journal Editor’s Picks, and won numerous accolades and awards, including Best New Fiction by Regency World Magazine (the international bestseller “The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen”), and the national Audiobook Audie for Romance (“The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte”, also named a Great Group Read by the Women’s National Book Association). Los Angeles Magazine dubbed Syrie the “queen of nineteenth century re-imaginings,” and her books have been published in twenty languages. A member of the Writer’s Guild of America, Syrie is also an established screenwriter and playwright who makes her home in Los Angeles. An admitted Anglophile, Syrie has addressed audiences across the U.S., Canada, and the British Isles. WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS | BOOKBUB
#Review | Daniel’s Daughter (Cornish Tales #6) by Victoria Cornwall #DanielsDaughter #CornishTales @VickieCornwall @ChocLituk
Hello Sunshines, I hope you are all safe and well. I am super excited to be sharing my review of this gorgeous book; Daniel’s Daughter, which is the sixth book in the wonderful Cornish Tales Series by Victoria Cornwall. As always grab that cuppa, and a box of Jaffa cakes and enjoy!
Sometimes the truth is not easy to say and even harder to hear …
Grace Kellow is a young woman with a strong sense of who she is and where she comes from. As the daughter of a well-respected Cornish dairy owner Daniel Kellow, her existence in the village of Trehale is comfortable and peaceful.
But then handsome Talek Danning comes striding over Hel Tor, and soon after his arrival Grace is hit with a revelation that leaves her questioning her identity and her place in the Trehale community.
In her hour of need, Talek and his sister Amelia offer Grace sanctuary – but wherever Grace runs, her secret will follow …
The queen of the Cornish love story has done it again! Victoria Cornwall has once again brought us all another beautifully heart-warming, surprising, atmospheric and vividly enchanting story full of secrets, lies and love.
Daniel’s daughter is the sixth book in the Cornwall Tales series, each one can be so easily read as a stand-alone. I haven’t read the book which is connected to this, but that didn’t make any difference as this is an amazing story in his own right. But saying that I was so intrigued by the characters and what happened in this that I have downloaded The Captains Daughter which is waiting patiently on my kindle.
Grace Kellow has spent her life knowing that her adoring parents love her dearly, she has had a happy and fulfilled childhood and grown into a beauty with a smart mind and vivid imagination. Being the daughter of the hugely respected and charismatic Daniel Kellow, owner of the local dairy, she has always known her place in the community, she has always felt privileged with that knowledge. Even though she wishes she could do more to earn the respect of the community instead of having it just because of who she is. Her life in her little village of Trehale is happy, comfortable and excepted.
But then after a mistake on her part in the beginning, which is highly amusing and honestly it could happen to anyone who has imagination or who reads a lot. Grace meets handsome, smouldering, brooding, kind, caring and sexy-as-hell; Talek Danning…oh, be still my beating heart!!! Unfortunately, as much as Grace may think him as handsome as he really is, she also on first sight blames him of a terrible crime, but hey he isn’t one to hold too much of a grudge. Not long after meeting Talek, Grace’s life is changed completely, she is devastated and confused when she learns a terrible secret….but what is it? Well, I am not going to tell you that! Grace is such a state of shock that she flees, wanting to make a new life for herself in London.
Once again our gorgeous….sigh!!! Hero; Talek comes striding into the scene to help the damsel in distress, oh yes I can just imagine him riding in a stallion wearing armour….Hmmm!!!
Anyway…enough of my daydreaming about knights in shining armour, with Talek’s help Grace becomes the bookkeeper at Bothik Mine, and she was so good at her job she earned the trust of many in the company, yet again something isn’t quite right and no matter where Grace goes that secret keeps following her. Can she ever regain the peace she so direly wants, or find the happiness that she once had before her life fell apart?
I absolutely loved the sweeping and vivid descriptions of Cornwall, something which Victoria does to perfection! I thoroughly enjoyed this, I loved the steady pacing of the story, the characters are fabulous, you instantly like Grace and you are cheering her on throughout, you laugh and cry with her. The plot is wonderful and full of hope, charm which fills you with happiness and sunshine – which is what we all need right?
This was an Arc copy via the publisher, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you, Liz. Xx
Daniel’s Daughter is available now and can be found at Amazon.
Hello Sunshines! I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this amazing book blast, for what is set to be an incredible book, which just happens to have been written by some incredible historical romance authors; Elizabeth; Obstinate, Headstrong Girl by Christina Boyd, Tessa Dare, Elizabeth Adams, Karen M. Cox, J. Marie Croft, Amy D’Orazio, Leigh Dreyer, Jenetta James, Christina Morland, Beau North, Joana Starnes. So settle back, grab that cuppa and let me tell you all about this wonderful collection, plus there is an exclusive to the book blast giveaway, you won’t want to miss.
Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl
by Christina Boyd, Tessa Dare, Elizabeth Adams, Karen M. Cox, J. Marie Croft, Amy D’Orazio, Leigh Dreyer, Jenetta James, Christina Morland, Beau North, Joana Starnes
Publication Date: March 2, 2020
Publisher: The Quill Ink, LLC
Genre: Historical Romance
“Obstinate, headstrong girl!”
For over two hundred years, the heroine of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, Elizabeth Bennet has enchanted and inspired readers by being that “obstinate, headstrong girl” willing to stand up to the arrogance and snobbery of her so-called betters. Described by Austen as having a “lively, playful disposition,” Elizabeth embodies the perfect imperfections of strong-willed women everywhere: she is spirited, witty, clever, and loyal.
In this romance anthology, ten Austenesque authors sketch Elizabeth’s character through a collection of re-imaginings, set in the Regency through contemporary times. In ELIZABETH: OBSTINATE, HEADSTRONG GIRL, she bares her most intimate thoughts, all the while offering biting social commentary about life’s absurdities. Elizabeth overcomes the obstacles of others’ opinions, not to mention her own flaws, to find a love truly worthy of her—her Mr. Darcy—all with humor and her sparkling charm. “I think her as delightful a character as ever appeared in print…” wrote Jane Austen in a letter to her sister Cassandra, January 1813―and we think so too!
Foreword by NY Times & USA Today bestselling author Tessa Dare.
Stories by: Elizabeth Adams, Christina Boyd, Karen M Cox, J. Marie Croft, Amy D’Orazio, Leigh Dreyer, Jenetta James, Christina Morland, Beau North, and Joana Starnes.
“A wonderful collection for Elizabeth Bennet admirers everywhere.” –Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author
“The Quill Ink has done it again, in a splendid anthology of new stories reimagining the most delightful creature ever to appear in print.” –Devoney Looser, author, editor, Guggenheim Fellow
“Austen fans, you are in for a treat.” –Marilyn Brant, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of According to Jane and The Knight Before Christmas
“…enjoy following one of Jane Austen’s favourite heroines as she is superbly portrayed across a selection of tales set from the Regency era to the present day.” –Cass Grafton
“…all beautifully written. Each one feels true to the time in which it is set…a fun and interesting collection of stories that take a different look at characters we all know and love.” –Readers’ Favorite
“Edited by Christina Boyd, Elizabeth, Obstinate Headstrong Girl is an endearing and spunky anthology of short stories by a group of fine writers whose understanding of Elizabeth shines. Readers will fall in love with our obstinate, headstrong girl in all her many avatars including suffragette, a football expert and speech pathologist in training, a stage actress breaking into films at Pemberley Pictures, a teenage Elizabeth looking for love in the wrong places as well as much older and wiser Elizabeth who muses on the love of her life, Mr. Darcy. A cozy and heartwarming read, Elizabeth, Obstinate Headstrong Girl is a worthy companion to Boyd’s earlier anthology The Darcy Monologues.” –Soniah Kamal, award winning author of the novel Unmarriageable, Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan
From Christina Boyd
This Dream Team of authors–Elizabeth Adams, Karen M Cox, J. Marie Croft, Amy D’Orazio, Leigh Dreyer, Jenetta James, Christina Morland, Beau North, and Joana Starnes–joined me on another adventure with no promise of success but countless hopes. Like many journeys, we encountered unexpected turns, and even a few disappointments, but “it was our business to be satisfied” and prefer to “think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.” I am forever indebted for their creativity, inspiration, great suggestions, and adherence to schedule. And for bolstering my own offering of an Elizabeth story. I can easily count you all as my friends. I am really proud of their work and how well this collection of stories came together.
In my previous anthologies, we were blessed to have such stellar Austen academics like Dr. Claudine DiMuzio and Dr. Devoney Looser write our forewords, and it was doubly important to find someone who really understood Austen, especially Elizabeth Bennet, for this project as well. I had heard that New York Times and USA Today bestselling Regency romance author Tessa Dare had once upon a time written Jane Austen fan fiction. When author Beau North suggested we ask her to write the foreword, there was a resounding “Yes!” You might say we were audacious to even ask but, in the temperament of Lizzy Bennet, our “courage always rises…” When she ardently accepted, you can imagine us: “What delight! What felicity!”–well, more like fangirl squeals! Tessa’s love of Elizabeth Bennet and her deft understanding for the scope of this anthology left me wholly gratified, knowing we asked the right person to introduce this fifth anthology of the QuillCollective series.
We hope this homage to one of Jane Austen’s best-beloved heroines will not disappoint, especially those that suggested an “Elizabeth” anthology back in 2017. Like Darcy, we “had never been so bewitched by any woman” and writing this collection has been diverting/gratifying/delightful. Please accept these stories in the same affectionate spirit they were written. Elizabeth:Obstinate Headstrong Girl is dedicated to “the Elizabeth Bennet in all of us” because I’d like to think she resides in our hearts, even if but a little spark of courage, wit, loyalty–and whether we reveal her to the outside world or not, she is there inspiring us to find our own felicity and dignity. –Christina Boyd, editor
Follow the Authors
Elizabeth Adams https://eadamswrites.com
Christina Boyd https://www.thequillink.com
Karen M Cox https://karenmcoxauthor.wordpress.com
J. Marie Croft https://jmariecroft.wixsite.com/j-marie-croft
Amy D’Orazio https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100030788056041
Leigh Dreyer https://m.facebook.com/authorleighdreyer
Jenetta James https://m.facebook.com/jenettajameswriter
Christina Morland https://christinamorland.wordpress.com
Beau North http://beaunorthwrites.com
Joana Starnes http://www.joanastarnes.co.uk/news
Tessa Dare https://tessadare.com
Book Blast Schedule
Monday, March 2
Passages to the Past
Tuesday, March 3
Saturday, March 7
Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
Sunday, March 8
Journey in Bookland
Monday, March 9
Tuesday, March 10
Wednesday, March 11
#OmgItsOHG (as in Oh-my-gosh, it’s Obstinate Headstrong Girl)
One book (e-book, paperback, or Audiobook of your choosing) from EACH of the eleven authors’ backlist are up for grabs. Ends March 31.
#Review | The Winter Companion (Parish Orphans of Devon #4) by Mimi Matthews #TheWinterCompanion #ParishOrphansOfDevon @MimiMatthewsEsq
Hello Sunshines! I have the massive pleasure to be sharing my review of this utterly beautiful and enchanting book; The Winter Companion by Mimi Matthews with his the fourth and final book in the gorgeous Parish Orphans of Devon series. So prepare for waffle – I know whenever I have a Mimi Matthews book in hand I have to babble about it, I can’t help it though her writing is just exquisite – and settle back grab that cuppa and enjoy!
A winter reunion for the orphans brings romance for Neville Cross in Book 4 of Mimi Matthews’ USA Today bestselling Parish Orphans of Devon series
She Needed to be Seen…
As a lady’s companion, Clara Hartwright never receives much attention from anyone. And that’s precisely how she likes it. With a stormy past, and an unconventional plan for her future, it’s far safer to remain invisible. But when her new employer is invited to a month-long holiday at a remote coastal abbey, Clara discovers that she may not be as invisible as she’d hoped. At least, not as far as one gentleman is concerned.
He Wanted to be Heard…
Neville Cross has always been more comfortable with animals than people. An accident in his youth has left him with a brain injury that affects his speech. Forming the words to speak to his childhood friends is difficult enough. Finding the right things to say to a lovely young lady’s companion seems downright impossible. But Miss Hartwright is no ordinary companion. In fact, there may not be anything ordinary about her at all.
During a bleak Devon winter, two sensitive souls forge an unexpected friendship. But when Clara needs him most, will Neville find the courage to face his fears? Or is saying goodbye to her the most heroic thing he can do?
To say I have been looking forward to this book is an understatement, the moment I read the very first book in this series I just knew that Neville needed his story and then his story was going to be an emotional one. Mimi Matthews is a master at heart-wrenching and thought-provoking stories, but, even I am stunned by just how beautiful this book is.
This is a truly magical, richly emotional and captivating love story, with two of the most complex and deserving characters that I have come across. I knew that Neville would take me on an emotional roller coaster ride and I was right, he brought all boundaries crashing down and made everyone love him for who he truly is and Clara is absolutely perfect for our strong and shy hero, I adore her caring, gentle and unwavering support and love of him. It makes the heart melt so much, I am a mess, this is perfection in every single way.
So for those who haven’t been hanging on to the every word of this beautiful series like I have, then let me re-cap; The Parish Orphan’s of Devon is a group of four friends who as you have guessed it are orphan’s, they all grew together and after an incident that changed their lives, especially that of our hero here; Neville they went their own ways. This is book four and as you may have guessed the one that myself and many, many other readers have been avidly waiting for. You can very easily read them as stand-a-lones, as each book is very much its own story centring around one of the orphan’s, personally though I would read them in order there is just something very special about this series that needs to read in order to fully see just how mesmerizing this is.
When Neville was a young parish orphan, along with his three best friends and practical brothers, a horrific accident happened which changed his life forever. It fractures their little band of brothers and leaves him with a disability, one of which he knows people see or hear before they even give him the chance. He finds talking with his friends hard enough, but at least they know him, he finds it near enough impossible to converse with others outside his little circle, much preferring the companionship of his animals.
It’s Christmas at Greyfriars Abbey, which those who have been following this series will know it is held by one of the orphans whom the whole series has been following; Justin and his lovely wife; Helena. He has brought his friends all together again after so many years apart to finally have their much deserved happily family Christmas together. With the guests, is lady’s companion; Clara Hartwright, who has no wish to be the centre of any attention, her only asperations in life is to study and to be an academic something which as we all know wasn’t conventional or even allowed during the era. Whilst there she meets silent, strong and complex Neville a huge man with a kind and caring soul who like her has a love for being in the background and a passion for animals.
Can you see why I love this man so much?
Aw, my darling Neville, he broke my heart, he mended it again, he made me sigh with joy and shed tears of happiness. He is easily one of the most thoughtful, inspiring and complexly gently creature that has ever walked out of Mimi Matthews brilliant mind. I adore her writing there is something very magical about the way she can capture every emotion in a single scene, honestly, this lady could write a phone book and make it enchanting, but I really fell in love with Neville, I think that he is easily the best hero Mimi has written – which feels a little traitorous saying an I have loved every single one of the Orphans, yet this man just caught my heart and even now refuses to relinquish it.
I love that Clara unlike so many others sees past his disability and really sees the true and gentle man beneath, it breaks my heart sees those moments when Neville really struggles with his speech and how others perceive him to be, they judge him to be simple and feeble-minded instead of getting to know him and this is another reason I like Clara so much she is kind, caring and patient she knows better than to judge on sight. This is another reason why they are so perfect for each other. Mimi Matthews really has out written herself with Clara and Neville.
Their romance isn’t a boom and it’s over, it’s slow and but the emotion and the atmosphere shimmers, I really love that they do become friends before anything else they get to know each other and that builds up into something more.
What I absolutely loved about this series, especially with the first book is that Neville is the soothing balm in the midst of three very different personalities in the form of his friends and fell orphans; Justine, Tom and Alex, I totally see him as the glue that holds their little group together even if at times through heir lives there has been difficulties and incivility towards one and other, they all have their love for Neville that brings them once again together. I really loved seeing them all in this and how at ease they all are now they have all found happiness and contentment its a beautiful piece of writing and some of Mimi’s very best.
I really must mention the vivid Victorian detail that is in itself a story, Mimi’s skill at capturing every single scene so well that it is like looking down a lens into their world, every aspect of Victorian life is beautifully portrayed, the way they live whether that be the wealthy of the more, the simple rustle of the ladies skirts, the weather, the scents, the sights the feel of fabric, how the house is decorated and even the atmosphere when certain characters are in the room together, not a single thing is missed and it draws the reader into the flawless and sensual world that Mimi has built around her characters. You just feel Mimi’s passion for the era, her absolute love of this period in time is reflected in each word she writes.
Yet again Mimi Matthews has created the most enchanting true love story, she has once again proved that she is the queen of the emotional, tender and magical historical romance.
This was an Arc copy via the author which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you Mimi and massive apologies for how ridiculously late this review is. xx
#BlogTour | Wild, Wild Rake (The Cavensham Heiresses #6) by Janna MacGregor #WildWildRake #Review #HFVBTBlogTour @JannaMacGregor @hfvbt
Hello Sunshines! I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this amazing blog tour, for the wonderful; Wild, Wild Rake by Janna MaGregor. I am very excited to be sharing my review of this book with you all, so grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy!
Wild, Wild Rake by Janna MacGregor
Publication Date: February 25, 2020
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Format: eBook & Paperback; 368 Pages
Series: The Cavensham Heiresses, Book #6
Genre: Historical Romance
Her first marriage was an epic fail.
Lady Avalon Warwyk never did love her husband. Arrogant, selfish, and cruel, it’s a blessing when she’s widowed and left to raise her son all by herself. Finally, Avalon can live freely and do the work she loves: helping fallen women become businesswomen. She’s lived these past ten years with no desire to remarry―that is, until Mr. Devan Farris comes to town.
Can he convince her to take another chance at happily ever after?
Devan Farris―charming vicar, reputed rake, and the brother of Avalon’s son’s guardian―is reluctantly sent to town to keep tabs on Avalon and her son. Devan wishes he didn’t have to meddle in her affairs; he’s not one to trod on a woman’s independent nature and keen sense of convictions. But she’ll have nothing to do with vicar with a wild reputation―even though he’s never given his heart and body to another. If only he could find a way to show Avalon who he really is on the inside―a good, true soul looking for its other half. But how can prove that he wants to love and care for her…until death do they part?
Praise for the Cavensham Heiresses Series
“Full-bodied romance…with intelligence and heart.”―New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell
“Sparkling…MacGregor brings England’s Regency era to life.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Beautifully defined, exceptionally appealing.” ―Booklist (starred review) on The Bad Luck Bride
Well, what can I say about this marvellous book, that hasn’t been said already? It’s a beautifully intense and emotional story with two complex and sensitive characters.
This is actually the first I have read by Janna Macgregor, I don’t know how her books have gone under my radar for as long as they have done, I love her emotional and enlightening writing which is richly textured and engaging, I will certainly be reading more from this fine author,
Devan wasn’t at all how I thought he would be, I know the book is all about a; Wild, Wild Rake, but to actually have a vicar in that role is a new one on me, he certainly makes you stop and go; ‘Oh, my!‘ But not so much in the ‘oh, my goodness he is soooo sexy‘ which he is, but more in an ‘aww, he is melting my heart with his tenderness‘. Devan being the brother of Avalon’s son’s guardian, he has come in to keep an eye on the young widow. There was a moment when I saw him as a bit of a bad ‘un, I thought there was something not very nice about him, but that soon melted away to reveal that he is a genuinely good man who unfortunately has a very dark reputation for a vicar. Yes, he may now be a man of the cloth but he has a notorious reputation as a rake, as a rogue and Avalon wants nothing to do with him, after ridding herself of one foul, arrogant man of a husband she doesn’t want to become entangled with another.
Poor, Devan he doesn’t like the idea of spying on and interfering in this woman’s life, but he can’t deny that he is inexplicably drawn to her; like a moth to a flame. He senses there is something beneath her icy and proud exterior and it is her caring and kind inner self that he so desperately wants to know, but can he really chisel his way through the cemented wall she has built around herself to guard herself against men like him?
Avalon is a woman after my own heart, she wants to be independent, she wants the ability to care for herself and her son without outside interference. She wants to be able to provide for herself and not having to rely on others, but more than that she really wants to help those who are less fortunate or those who have fallen on hard times and that to me speaks of such a commendable, caring, kind and passionate woman. She is wonderful if guarded character, I also felt that in her thirst to be free and to be rid of her own personal demons, she has built this wall around herself that is almost impenetrable, she has locked off her heart, she hates to think of being helpless and she hates others coming in and taking everything she has away from her. At times I really wanted to weep for her, plus shout at her to give love a go. She is such a broken and lonely woman, she hasn’t had the best start in life, which is why she looks on Devan as the enemy she wants to hold him back.
Overall, this is a great second chance love story, full of pent up emotion, that will take the reader on a roller-coaster ride from page one right to the finale. Thoroughly entertaining and highly recommended!
This was an Arc copy, provided by the publisher and HFVBT via Netgalley, which I voluntarily reviewed as apart of this blog tour
About the Author
Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, February 24
Review at Rose is Reading
Wednesday, February 26
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals
Thursday, February 27
Feature at YA, It’s Lit
Saturday, February 29
Review at Reading is My Remedy
Monday, March 2
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Tuesday, March 3
Excerpt at What Is That Book About
Wednesday, March 4
Review at Bookish Bellee
Friday, March 6
Review at Historical Romance Lover
Monday, March 9
Review at Amy’s Booket List
Wednesday, March 11
Review at Bookish Rantings
Thursday, March 12
Review at Jessica Belmont
Friday, March 13
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Monday, March 16
Excerpt at The Lit Bitch
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#Review | Redeeming The Reclusive Earl by Virginia Heath #RedeemingTheReclusiveEarl @VirginiaHeath_ @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hello Sunshines! Well, have a got a long, waffled review for you all today, honestly you will need that cuppa to sustain you through my rambling, but this book is so amazing I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of the gorgeously perfect; Redeeming The Reclusive Earl by Virginia Heath. So have you got that cuppa ready, well then go and enjoy!
His heart is a fortress.
And she’s trespassing!
After losing all he holds dear in a horrific fire, Max Aldersley, Earl of Rivenhall, shuns the world – until he catches Effie Nithercott digging holes on his estate! He banishes the intrepid archaeologist and the unsettled feelings she rouses within him. But she returns even more determined and infuriatingly desirable than before! He wonders just how deep she is prepared to dig – so far she’ll reach the man beneath his scars…?
When I sat down to write this review, I literally stared at the blank page for what much have been twenty minutes as the words I desperately wanted to say about this sensational book alluded me. My thoughts were as scrambled and illegible as those of my notes in my notebook….and believe me, a handwritten doctors note is neater and more legible than my shorthand….but the problem I was having was simple;
How do you describe perfection?
Because, I am telling you, that is exactly what this book is; Perfection!!
I have been an avid reader of Virginia Heath since the start, I have devoured book after book after book and loved everyone, there are some that have really stuck with me ***Warriners*** and every single time I say that Virginia you have outdone yourself which is the truth, but this one, my goodness!!….. Not only has Virginia literally out written herself, but this has ‘one of the Classics‘ written all over it, in years to come people will be talking about this book in the same breath as the literary giants, such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, in my humble opinion this could easily rival and dominate those greats.
This book is something very special indeed!
Virginia has literally taken every aspect of what I (and thousands of other romance readers) love about historical romance and placed it in inside this book. Everything that we love about historical romance is here; romance, intrigue, history, intelligent and courageous heroines, flawed and fragile heroes, great banter, wit, unique and inspiring plot, perfect pacing and character development, heart-breaking moments of honesty, laughter and sadness…plus my beloved Heathcliffe has now been resigned to the ‘oh, he’s not too bad‘ category and well and truly been replaced by my now beloved Max (hhmmm….which sounds very possessive, but honestly this guy is very special)
I do realise I’m waffling and really making a complete hash of this review, plus most likely not making any sense what-so-ever, but this book is just so beautiful and mesmerising I really want to do it justice, but I’m afraid, I’m not; maybe I should stick to gifs and emoji’s!
After losing everything in a fire, a fire that not only stripped him of his possessions but it stole a part of him too, not just leaving his horrifically scarred both physically but his new scars run deep and have crept in and taken hold of his mind and his heart. Max Aldersley; Earl of Rivenhall becomes a recluse – or he wants to, he wants to run away from the world, from society from all hope so he retires to his newly inherited estate to as he hopes perhaps be forgotten about and I believe die in peace. But, that all get thrown out of the window when he meets the most startling and unusual woman he has ever met in his life; Miss Effie Nithercott, who is only digging up his land in the most alluring breaches which inflame the dormant lust he thought was dead.
He just cannot be having a distraction such as her curvaceous bottom roaming his land digging holes everywhere, even if is looking for archaeology, all our lovely Max wants is peace, so there and then he bans her from his property, well our plucky, determined and uniquely intelligent; Effie has never done wants she was supposed to do if she had maybe she would have been married off by now, but alas her smarts intimidate those poor boys. She very rarely hears the word ‘no’ which I supposed makes you think she is a right spoiled little madam, but that is the complete opposite, Effie is a remarkable, passionate and determined woman, whom I think is rather lonely herself due to her unique talent, she just turns up in the dead of night to dig, something which infuriates the hell out of Max.
Max, oh Max!!! Oh my goodness, I can’t write this, my heart is bursting with too much love for this scarred, fragile, sad, lonely and beautiful-in-his-own-way man. A man who is beyond heart-breaking and easily one of the most tortured individuals that Virginia has ever created, I just don’t know how this fabulous man can be topped, I don’t think he can be, in my eyes he is perfect!! My heart broke for him, he is so full of grief over the future he thinks he has lost, he is uncomfortable around everyone and even more confused and uncomfortable with his growing awareness for the marvellously unique Effie. Plus, I love that hint of a quirky sense of humour, I love that when he gets riled with Effie he changes her surname with hilarious results – but, I am easily amused, but calling her ‘Miss Nitwit’ fabulous.
The whole book is a beautiful masterpiece, a setting example of how a historical romance is supposed to be, it’s so perfectly crafted from start to finish, it’s actually criminal how heartbreakingly beautiful this book is! It’s sensual, traumatic, emotional, mesmerising, alluring, full of drama and romance, with that ever-present Virginia Heath humour and wit, which we have all come to know and love.
With its solid narrative, richly textured details and amusing and thought-provoking plot. Plus two of the most perfectly imperfect lead characters that have ever walked out of the pages of a book, this is an amazing never-ending pull at the heartstrings love story. One of the very finest that any historical romance reader can ever read, this book has ruined me, it’s exhausted me and sent me into a tizzy of happiness, just perfect! (I do realise I have said that about a hundred times, but there are books that can never have it said about them enough)
Plus, can I just mention the cover? Glory, glory, glory me!! Before I even opened the book, that cover got me; those penetrating, lost and beautiful eyes gazing out at you, Mills and Boon/Harlequin have literally outdone themselves with this beauty but it’s more than just easy on the eye, once you start reading it hits you like a storm that cover model IS-MAX, that is how I envisioned him in my head. I bow down to whoever created this cover, they need an award!
I don’t think I can say much more, without sounding like a broken record, but I will say it again just one more time; IT’S PERFECT!!
This was an Arc copy via the author, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you so much Virginia. X
Redeeming the Reclusive Earl is to be released on 19 March, do go and pre-order it, you won’t be disappointed.
Hello, Sunshines! Today I have the huge pleasure to be featuring this gorgeous book on the blog today; Impassioned Deceit by the very lovely Faye Hall. Not only will I be telling you all about the book, but I also have an exclusive excerpt, which is amazing and will make you want to read more. So sit back, grab that cuppa and enjoy.
Would you risk your life for the one you love?
At thirty-two, Hannah Wagstaff’s scandalous past, and the scar it left her with, has made her a spinster, scaring away any offers of marriage. She had given up on love until by chance she was reunited with Patrick, a man who had lit a flame in her heart years ago before disappearing from her life.
Patrick O’Doherty couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw Hannah. He had been certain he would never see her again, but there she was, and this time he would do anything to keep her in his life.
Things take a drastic turn when Patrick’s vengeful stepfather starts demanding ownership of the cattle station that was left to Patrick by his father. Suddenly, Patrick finds himself on the run for his life, trying to uncover the secrets of his stepfather’s past and the reason he would be willing to murder for a cattle station.
Hannah is distraught when she’s told Patrick died in a fire. Her grief continues when her sister is kidnapped without any clue to who could have taken her. Months later, when her sister returns, Hannah goes looking for the culprit. What she finds is Patrick, alive and working as a bartender at a hotel.
Passionately reunited with Hannah, Patrick discovers that not only is his life under threat, but hers as well. What secrets tie their families together? Will he be able to protect Hannah, or will his love for her ultimately cost him his life?
Content Warning: contains sex, strong language, and some violence
Patrick walked toward the waterhole, the sound of his father’s departing carriage drifting off in the distance behind him. He had come here to swim several times over the years, finding it a welcomed solace from the heat in this country. Was that why Hannah had invited him here? He could think of no other reason. Even if his assumption was wrong, and this visit was brief, he was just happy to be seeing her again.
As he neared the water, his gaze went to the dark-haired woman sitting on the bank, her feet dangling in the water. He was going to announce himself, but in truth, he didn’t know what to say. He cleared his throat nervously, hoping that would be enough to draw her attention.
She turned to look at him, a huge smile filling her face. “I feared you wouldn’t be able to come.”
“My father dropped me off on his way to deal with some business in Inkerman,” he explained. “He’s going to collect me on his way home.”
She stood and stepped toward him. “How long can you stay?”
He shrugged. “Maybe an hour. Maybe longer.”
The pair stood there, their gazes joined. He wanted to ask her so many questions, hungering to know just who she was.
“Can you swim?” she asked. “Or we could just go for a walk around the area.”
Her uncertainty confused him. “Why did you ask me to meet you here?”
She bent down and slipped off her shoes. “A swim seems like a better idea in this heat.” Her hands went to the buttons on her blouse, unfastening them.
“What are you doing?”
She giggled. “You can’t expect me to go swimming in this. I’ll drown from the weight of it.”
Patrick watched as she stripped down to her chemise and drawers before turning and running into the water. Hesitating only a moment longer, he took off his shoes, then his shirt, throwing it beside her clothes.
“Is that all you’re taking off?” she asked.
He walked toward her and waded through the water until he was only a few feet from her. “I think it’s for the best.”
She began to giggle. “Are you shy?”
He shook his head, sharing in her humor. “I just think what lies beneath my trousers is a bit too much of an introduction given we only met an hour ago.”
Her laughter began to fade, and he watched as a cheeky grin spread across her lips. “I’ll take my chemise off if you take your trousers off.”
He couldn’t believe what he was hearing. “You can’t be serious?”
She raised her brow. “What if I am?”
The pair waded in the water, their gazes joined, each wondering if Hannah would indeed go through with her side of the bargain. Patrick knew he shouldn’t encourage such behavior, but the thought of being so close to this woman—and so revealed—both thrilled and scared him. Never had he met a woman so forward, and he needed to know now more than ever if she was serious or just all bluff.
“You have yourself a deal,” he finally said.
About The Author
Faye Hall spent her early years listening to stories about the families – including her own – who settled townships in and around her hometown in North Queensland, Australia. The local townspeople, including her own parents, told her stories of corruption and slavery, along with family secrets and forbidden love.
Desperate to remember what she’d been told, along with her already growing love of writing, Faye began to write about the history of her local area. Never could she have imagined the history of her small home town in Australia would become a growing list of published books.
Faye’s passionate stories combine controversial subjects and provocative encounters as her characters struggle to survive the lifestyle in early rural townships throughout Australia. She explores slavery and abortion, drug addiction and murder, as well as forbidden love and passionate affairs of the heart.
When she’s not writing, Faye enjoys sharing a bottle of wine with her husband in their ever-growing garden, and encouraging the varied interests of their combined family of nine children.
Explore the world of Faye Hall, Australian Historical Romance Author at her website.