Janice Preston

Review: Lady Olivia and the Infamous Rake (The Beauchamp Heirs #1) by Janice Preston.

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“He’s completely unsuitable…

he’s a rake.”

Part of The Beauchamp Heirs: after being plucked from peril by resolute bachelor Lord Hugo Alastair, Lady Olivia Beauchamp is secretly outraged that he doesn’t even try to steal a kiss! He’s a notorious rake among the ton, and as a result, utterly forbidden to an innocent debutante like her. But their attraction is magnetic. Will she risk her reputation for a passionate encounter?

My View

Well, what can I say about this? Only that it is perfection! I have been really looking forward to meeting the newest branch of the Beauchamp family, this is book one in the Beauchamp Heirs mini-series and what a doozy it is! Oh Ms Preston, what are you doing to me? First you steal my heat and enchant me with gorgeously mysterious Zach and now we have the sinful rake with a heart; Hugo!

When she win’s a bet with her brother Alex, she forces him to take her on a night out to Vauxhall Garden’s. She think’s that as long as she stays masked will be fine, after all how much danger can she be in while with her brother and anonymous? Well let me tell you, a lot of trouble. One thing leads to another and Olivia is stranded amongst the revellers as Alex is nowhere to be found, a hint of blackmail and scandal hanging over her head and being rescued by the deadliest rake of all (not to mention the swoon on the spot, sexy as hell rake ;-)).

As soon as he see’s the masked young woman in Vauxhall Garden’s Hugo knows that she isn’t like the rest of the women that usually frequent the gardens at that time of night, especially within the company she finds herself in. After whisking her away from what could be her down fall, sparks fly between the two. He is amused and rather taken with her fire and tenacity as well as her nativity and goodness, even though he does think of her as a spilt little madam. But even though he acted like the knight in shining armour doesn’t mean that he is going to go down that path, he is determined that their encounter is purely platonic. He will not be giving into the troublesome chit, he believes that she is way above him and that she is too good for just a brief affair, as what he usually goes for – plus there is his aversion to marriage. But alas fate and Olivia soon have other plans for him.

Olivia, well what a little spirited minx she is, wild and impetuous and immensely naïve to the ways of the world. Like all ladies from society she has been cloistered away, protected from the world and any nastiness by her powerful father and brothers. Which as we soon see with Olivia, isn’t really the best course of action, especially as this headstrong young lady can get into trouble faster than you can blink. Yet I found Olivia not just a spoilt little girl she is very protective of her brother’s, especially Alex she will do all she can to make sure that he get’s the inheritance he deserves, and she wants nothing more than to prove to the family that her brother isn’t just a tear away, that there is some goodness in him. I really like that part of her personality, she is quite the contradiction. Flighty, but caring!

Oh Hugo, be still my beating heart, that is if my heart is still there as I am pretty sure this man has blatantly stolen from me. What a delicious rogue he is! Hugo has a reputation, one that he has well and truly earned but now as he get’s older he starts to tire of the very thing that at one time gave him some joy and he is beginning to mend his ways. He really wants to do the right thing for everyone and I love that trait in him.

As well as the glorious ‘will they, won’t they’ romance, that Ms Preston always writes to perfection, there is also another secondary plot that concern’s Olivia’s brother; Alex. Now, Alex is a fascinating character and one that I am looking forward to learning more about.

This is a riveting, enthralling utterly romantic, love story that captures the reader’s attention from the first page, and takes you on a beautifully romantic and thrilling journey. I love how the romance blossoms between Hugo and Olivia, there is a real passion between them and I love how the author keeps the mutual lusty, hunger between the two leads present throughout, which is so engrossing. I loved this one, I am completely and utterly smitten with these two hugely lovable characters’, the story is brilliantly paced, Hugo and Olivia’s romance develops at a steady and completely believable pace.

A wonderfully and captivating love story! Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended book roll on the next Beauchamp Heir!

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

Lady Olivia and the Infamous Rake is to be released on 23rd August and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

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Review – Mary and The Marquis by Janice Preston

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CURED WITH A KISS…

When destitute widow Mary Vale aids an injured man on the road, she is shocked to discover that he is the reclusive Lucas Alastair, Marquis of Rothley! She’s intrigued by the dark marquis, but when she offers to nurse him back to health in return for shelter, he proves a difficult patient!

Lucas hides some deep emotion beneath his brusque manner, and a stolen kiss leaves her longing for more…. Able to help mend his physical injuries, can Mary heal the wounds of his painful past?

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I am a huge fan of Ms Preston’s work, I have yet to come across a book of hers that I haven’t loved and yet again she has rolled out another amazing story that grabs your attention and won’t let go right until the last page. And even after the last page, I am still thinking about Mary and Lucas. You literally become transported to another time and place, this isn’t just good, this is breathtakingly good. What I can’t believe is that Mary and the Marquis is in fact Janice Preston’s debut…What? No way! I have always known that she is an accomplished writer, I would never have put this amazing book at being a debut. It reads like as beautifully and perfectly as all the other’s I have read by Ms Preston and it is wonderfully written!

Secretive widow; Mary is traveling to places unknown, due to reason’s she would rather keep close to her chest she is destitute she has no home no friend’s and no way to go, all she has is the clothes on her back and her two adorable children. So, when she comes across an injured man in the middle of the woods, she fully plans to leave him where he is, after all he could be anyone. What if he’s a highway man? But Mary has a good heart and her conscience would have allowed her to leave a man in need, so she helps him. But she is astounded to find out that this isn’t a highway or a pick-pocket, he is in fact the elusive and shadowy Marquis of Rothley.

Once she has manhandled the Marquis to his home – which is surprising sparse of staff and into bed, not in the way you’re thinking 12 she involuntary becomes in charge of nursing back to health which is all well and good until he wakes up. It becomes very apparent to Mary that he isn’t going to sit idly by, be a good buy and do as he is told. No, he is gruff, growly, evasive but more than that he is breathtakingly handsome, with a fragile and sexy gleam in his eyes that draws her to him like a moth to a flame. While she is dealing with his mood swings and bad temper, she senses that there is something lurking beneath his mask and as much as she tries not to, she is instantly intrigued by him.

But she is a proud woman and a wonderful mother who will do anything to make sure that her two children are safe, even if that means working as a nurse to a grumpy Lord just so they will have a roof over their heads and food in the bellies. I love her strength, her nature and her determination to look after her family and do the right thing.

Now I do tend to latch on to character’s and not let them go, and Lucas has definitely become one of my favourites. Oh, my word; Lucas!! What a complex and fascinating man, sinfully sexy – really a man shouldn’t be allowed to turn your blood to boil while he is recuperating, no wonder Mary has a hard time trying to compose herself. He is a perfect brooding hero, who oozes raw, brawny sex appeal. Lucas has a real tortured mind and everyone knows how much I love a good tormented hero! He has got skeleton’s well, l and truly hidden away in the closet. He has troubles bubbling in that gloriously fine head of his, which have caused him to close himself off, starved himself of the friendship and love that he so deserves. That is until he meets his little nurse!

I love this couple they are both as complex as the other, the chemistry is sizzling and sensual. They are loving, passionate and affectionate. There is an instant attraction that bubbles and boils over, mainly due to his at times lucid imagination and constant flirting.

I was hooked with this story, I devoured every page and then I came to want more at the end. I was captivated and engaged throughout, Mary and the Marquis is delicious! Preston’s writing shines with charm, magic and personality. I cannot recommend this author and this book enough, roll on the next Janice Preston book!

Mary and the Marquis is available now and can be purchased at Amazon.

Review – Lady Cecily and The Mysterious Mr Gray (The Beauchamp Betrothals #3) by Janice Preston

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Love or family…
How can she choose between them?

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

Oh. My word! What an incredible edition to this series, after reading the previous book ‘Scandal and Miss Markham’ I did wonder if this series could get any better but along came ‘Lady Cecily and the Mysterious Mr Gray’ and boom! This was how a perfectly great series, that I loved from the start can become something extortionary – it was one of those ‘How have I gone through life, without this in it??’ moments. This is a book that has got pride a place on my bookshelf and one that I know for a fact, I will be pulling off to read again, and again and again….

Cecily is feeling out of sorts since her two-brother’s married, she has always looked after her family, she has always been the one responsible for the day to day running of the Beauchamp home and now, but now with Leo getting himself a new Duchess she feels like she isn’t needed any more. She feels like an interloper amongst her own family, she is at a loss and is contemplating what her future will be as the spinster sister and aunt. Then she meet’s a mysterious stranger with the twinkling diamond in his ear and she is mesmerised by him, she knows she shouldn’t, but she can’t help herself. When he looks at her it’s like he is looking into her very heart and soul, and when they talk, he says so much in just few words and it is in those few words that he gives her the best advise anyone has ever given her; she has choices!

“Zach. Call me Zach,” His touch sent tingles racing up her arm and another flush to heat her cheeks. The memory of his lips on hers seared her brain.

“Zach?”

“Zachary. That is my name”

“But…Absalom. They said you are Absalom Grey.” She stared up at him. At the intensity of his expression’

“Absalom is my middle name. I should like to hear my given name on your lips. But I shall not insist, you do s you wish.”

As I wish…it reinforced the message he had tried to convey about her future. She could choose.

She smiled “Zachary, then. Thank you for listening, Zach.” He bowed over her hand, turned it and feathered war, soft lips across her sensitive skin at her wrist…

Zach due to a secret’s that he would rather know one know about has chosen to live his lonely Romany life, constantly moving on, he is trying catch up with his family who are already on the move. But as he is good friends with Danial Markham he has stopped off at Markham Manor where he meet’s innocent and enchanting, Cecily – or as he dub’s her ‘Lady Perfect’. Being the sister of a Duke Zach knows that she is way out of his league but he see’s something in her that she doesn’t show to the world. A sensual and passionate woman who seems so lost. Meeting her confuses him, he knows that he really should move on and follow his own – but, he can’t walk away from her. Especially when she tells him that she has finally made a choice about her life, one he knows won’t give her the freedom she so desperately craves but one that will destroy her.

After a passionate encounter on a moon lit night, they both cannot get enough of each other, they are inexplicably drawn to each other. They enjoy stolen kisses and moments until their attraction is soon discovered and they are forbidden from seeing each, but they cannot deny their feeling for each other. For the first time in Cecily’s life she has found someone who genuinely understands her, but she is torn. She loves her family dearly and she doesn’t want to do anything that will hurt them, or even worse she doesn’t want to lose them. But, her feelings for Zach have taken on a whole life of their own, can she really have her perfect life with both sides?

Now I liked Leo, I was intrigued by Vernon, but I am drawn to Zach. Like a moth to a flame! He is a magnificent specimen of am man. Pure, honest, sexy as hell 😉 there is a sensitive, calmness about him that mystifies you, It’s true, I am a little in love with this charismatic, dashing and mystical creature.

What I particularly like about Zach is that he really listen’s, he really listens to Cecily when she as at her most vulnerable, he hears what her heart is saying without her speaking a word. He is a man of few words but when he chooses to speak, he is honest and profound. He is by far one of the sexiest hero’s I have come across, he has a fabulous mind and an intelligence that blows your mind. He is a calming influence on unsettled souls, he draws you in with his mysterious charm and twinkling dark eyes and soothes your ruffled feathers with nothing more than his presence. No wonder animals love him like they do, he oozes serenity!

He popped his elbows on his knees and rested his chin on his hands. “Tell me”

He said no more but waited. Where should she start?

But, she knew the answer to that, for what had he been telling her all along? She would speak from her heart. “I have been thinking about what you said.”

I have said a great many things.” His teeth gleamed as he smiled…

Zach has secrets that he would rather not share with anyone, and he has a real sadness deep down, he has a wound of his own that he has carried around with him for a long time. When he meets Cecily, he not only helps her to be the person she really is, but she helps him. He is enchanted by her she is like a beacon of light to him, she is so pure and other worldy that he can’t get enough of her.

It is such a beautifully written love story our couple face their fair share of trials and predjudice from society – especially Cecily’s family! But they are magical together, it’s like they were born for each other. The only thing I didn’t like about this was how disregarding and disrespecting I thought Leo – Cecily’s Ducal brother – was to Zach. True like any brother he was just looking out for his sister, but there was a certain unpleasantness to how he started to treat Zach as soon as he realised that Cecily and Zach had feelings for each other. I thought Leo’s character was so different to what we have come to know, I saw him in a completely different light in this. I knew that he was a bit of a stick in the mud and stuck in his arrogant Ducal ways. This one for me, really showed just how disregarding to those below his status he can be. How much prejudice he holds when it comes to people outside of his sphere and truthfully my opinion of him lowered dramatically. I don’t know if that was intentional by Ms Preston, and if it was then it is a brilliant piece of writing – but then the whole book is anyway!

What an ending, it is hugely romantic, spectacularly composed! With the addition of beautiful Athena the owl, the end is the stuff of dreams. It is a beautiful scene and one that I can definitely see as a movie scene is just perfect, as is all the book!

I absolutely love this book, these characters – especially a few of the animals that have been added to the story, I do have to say that little Myrtle has to be a favourite of mine and I am sure that anyone who knows me will know why. This has to my favourite of this series, I don’t know how Ms Preston is going to top this, personally I don’t think it’s possible to get a better love story.

Loved every moment of it, and I am looking forward to seeing where this series is going to go.

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

Lady Cecily and the Mysterious Mr Gray is to be released on 3rd May and can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.

Review – Regency Christmas Wishes by Janice Preston, Carla Kelly & Christine Merrill

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Three Regency tales of festive wishes come true…

CAPTAIN GREY’S CHRISTMAS PROPOSAL by Carla Kelly

Captain Grey had been fighting malarial fever in Savannah when he met Theodora Winnings. He proposed by letter – but it’s taken ten years to receive her reply. The answer was ‘yes’! – but is she still free to become his Christmas bride?

HER CHRISTMAS TEMPTATION by Christine Merrill

Faith Strickland’s plan to marry to save her family backfires when notorious rake James Foley sets out to break her unhappy engagement. He’ll storm her twelfth night celebrations and scorch her into surrender!

AWAKENING HIS SLEEPING BEAUTY by Janice Preston

Lonely Diana Fleming knows handsome knights don’t really exist. But can a festive kiss from the man she loves reawaken her frozen heart?

Three highly romantic and Christmassy stories from three great romance authors, each one is as different from the other’s and yet brought together in this anthology they become entwined and complement each other. Just as with the authors themselves, each author’s own unique writing style is obvious as you read from one story to the next they don’t over whelm each other, they complement each other beautifully.

In this anthology we have the best character’s, all need some Christmas cheer and season good spirits and that is exactly what they find in each of these stories.

Captain Grey’s Christmas Proposal by Carla Kelly

I love the start of this how James and Teddy start telling their love story to their children. While seriously ill while in Savannah James falls madly in love with Theodora, being so far from home and on his death bed he does the only thing that a man in love can do; he proposes to her by letter. Ten years later after being James is wounded again while doing his duty, he can’t seem to get beautiful spirited Teddy out of his head, especially after all these years he finally receives her reply to his question that he asked her. With her yes clutched in his hand he sets sail to America to find the woman who stole his heart, with a prayer that she is still able to marry him, as he fears that he may have lost her after so many years apart.

Will James make it to America and claim the bride that should have been his ten years ago?

Her Christmas Temptation by Christine Merrill

Faith needs to marry, and she needs to marry well other wise her family will be ruined she must make a good match and fast. But her well laid plans till back fire on her the minute she meets James, the most notorious rake in London, he may be charming and too handsome for his own good, but Faith knows that he is not the marrying kind and the thing that he wants from her she cannot give without ruining herself. So, James takes matters into his own hands and goes out to get what he wants, he always gets what he wants and he wants Faith.

Will she give in to his rakish charm?

Awakening His Sleeping Beauty by Janice Preston

Diana is a woman who is so lonely and down-trodden by her demanding and selfish mother, she has lost all sense of who she is until the man who is to one day take on her father’s title and who she has loved since she was a child turns up for Christmas brining with him chaos and happiness. Arron turns her life upside down and he pulls her from her dream like state and makes her believe that she can be happy, and she isn’t the little mouse that every thinks her to be and for the first time in since the death of her brother Diana genuinely looks forward to festive season, Arron awakens her dormant love of the season.

But can he thaw her completely and make her believe in Christmas – and herself again?

Each story is beautifully crafted, they are fun, enchanting and Christmassy to the core. After reading Regency Christmas Wishes you closed the last page with a real, happy buzz, you get a real lovely message of how love can conquer all no matter what stands in our way.

This is such a feel good seasonal read and very recommended!

Regency Christmas Wishes is available now and can be found at Amazon.

New Review – Scandal and Miss Markham (Beauchamps Betrophal’s #2) by Janice Preston

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A scandalous journey…

Glassmaker’s daughter Thea Markham is devastated when her brother Daniel goes missing. Then a mysterious lord turns up asking questions about Daniel and offers to find him. Unsure she can trust the handsome peer, Thea dresses up as a boy and follows him!

Lord Vernon Beauchamp feels his life lacks direction. Meeting Thea gives him a renewed purpose. And when they are thrown together on their scandalous adventure, friendship soon gives way to desire…

My View

This is book two in “The Beauchamp Betrothals” the new series by the talented Ms Preston and it is a doozy this time we are getting to know the roguish and charming Vernon, younger brother to Leo Beauchamp from book one. Preston has come out with a real winner with this one and it has definitely become my favourite book out of her work.

Dorothea or Thea (isn’t that a gorgeous name?) Markham’s brother Daniel has gone missing, it isn’t like her brother to just do a bunk without telling her. They have been inseparable since their father had his stroke, they have had to single-handedly run the family glass-making business. Thea has this suspicion that something must have happened to him other-wise he would have come back, and she is desperate to find him but there is a problem she doesn’t want word to get back to her parents about Daniel’s disappearance, her father isn’t well enough and her mother still hasn’t forgiven her for what happened all those years ago that resulted in her father’s stroke.

So how on earth does she find her brother? Right on cue, the answer to her problem turn’s up or should that be adding extra problems!

He was a handsome aristocrat, experienced in the art of flirtation and accustomed to having his own way…well, he would soon find she was too shrewd to allow weasel words and admiring glances to fool her….

Vernon’s brother the Duke received a letter from Daniel Markham which was full of intrigue and not a lot else, and it also mentioned that him and the Beauchamp’s cousin are embroiled in something to find out what the hell is going on Vernon sets out to confront the young buck. So, he sets out to the Markham’s cottage only to find that on arriving he finds only Markham’s insanely intelligent and beautiful sister Thea.

Vernon has never met anyone – especially as young woman to be as plucky and down-right irritating as Thea, she gets under his skin with just a scathing look she tells him in no uncertain terms that she hates him and his kind. He is mesmerized by her intelligence and her vulnerability even as she is cutting him with an icy stare that could fell a forest.

He finds that Thea is there running things single-handedly the business, her father’s ill health and her mother – well she really doesn’t like Thea, she blames her daughter for everything that has happened. Vernon see’s for himself how Thea’s cold fish of a mother treat’s her daughter he see’s how she resents Thea in just one glance. He is instantly drawn to her, he want’s to help this little spitfire and he agrees to look for her brother for her.

She put him in mind of a cornered kitten, fur fluffed up and claws out, ready for a fight.
‘There is no need to stand every time I do,’ she said, placing her fists on the desk and leaning on them. ‘I am not one of your fine ladies, ready to take affront at imagined slights.’
‘Maybe you are not,’ Vernon said, quashing down the laugh that tickled his throat. That really would infuriate her. ‘But I, you see, am a gentleman. And I therefore stand when a lady does. Whether she considers herself a lady or no. And taking affront, I quite see that particular emotion is alien to your sunny nature.’

Vernon is an interesting man and, yes we have met him before in the previous book and he had always come across as a rake, but I see so much more to him that. You see that his behaviour is just a cover, a mask so to speak to hide his unsettled mind. Being the so-called “spare to the heir” he feels like no one needs him and he wants to be useful and he wants to be able to do something other than bed hop and be the side kick for his powerful brother. He wants to prove that he is his own man who I don’t think he has anything to prove you see instantly that he is a good man.

I really like Vernon he such an interesting man, he has so many layer’s and the more you strip away one layer another more surprising one comes out into the open. What Preston has done with him is a stroke of pure genius, pairing this vulnerable, if slightly naive to the real world, aristocrat with an aristocrat-hating, working class normal lass is just brilliance and it also mean that you get a lot of fun with them along the way.

She needed reassurance that this man was precisely what he appeared to be: a charming, cultured gentleman. She recalled her fanciful notion that she had glimpsed a wolf beneath his surface: a wolf that watched and waited. What if he had a hidden agenda?

After being burnt by his people Thea wants nothing to do with his kind, she sees them as nothing but a useless waste of space. People who wouldn’t know the concept of good honest, hard work if it danced naked in front of them, and I can relate to her. Thea is cut from the same cloth as so many in the present day and I absolutely believe that like myself and thousands of other working-class women we can all relate and understand Thea in a way that you can’t an aristocratic.

She is a breath of fresh air she is pure and principled and she knows the value of a day’s good honest toil, the bitter sniping that she constantly does at him is so very funny and his reaction to her is of sometimes shock and bemusement. She is not one to think first, she says what’s on her mind and damn the consequences. So, when Vernon tells her that yes, he will help her look for her brother she is jumping for joy and can’t wait to get going, until he informs her that she is not going too. He has said no and she must stay at home while the men do the job.

Well obviously, she is fuming that this arrogant aristocrat dare tell her what she can and can’t do, she is not letting this man go without her so she cuts her hair, dresses like a boy and follows. That is where the fun really starts as these two get tangled in everything from attempted highway robbery to the tortures of having to share a room under the disguise as uncle and nephew.

‘I am not one of your fine ladies who needs mollycoddling. I have dealt with hard reality and survived. Please do not patronise me. Do me the courtesy of dealing with me as an intelligent adult, not a child.’ He sighed.

I hugely enjoyed the last book with Vernon’s brother Leo, but I think The Scandal of Miss Markham outshines its predecessor. I have always liked stories where the heroes/heroines are normal people, regular, run of the mill people who are trying to forge out a life of themselves, and this is absolutely spot on. I think Preston has done a very clever thing at putting two completely different people together, they are from different worlds and so watching the way they interact with one another is very lovely.

The way they show each other their way of life, Thea shows him her way of life in the working class and Vernon shows her his glitzy and privileged world. It is an intelligent, thoughtful and quite poignant piece of writing.

This is sexually charged smooth and enticing, the writing is beyond flawless but it’s the characters that bring this to life they are two beautifully written people who both need love and it is a pure joy to read and I can’t wait to see where Preston is going to take this series.

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

Scandal and Miss Markham is released from 1st October and can be pre-ordered 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 – Cinderella and the Duke (The Beauchamp Betrothal #1) by Janice Preston

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Falling for a duke in disguise!

Never welcomed into society circles, Rosalind Allen gave up her marriage prospects long ago―life has taught her she’ll only get hurt. So she’s shocked when an encounter with a mysterious stranger makes her long to reconsider…

Little does Rosalind know that her mystery man is Leo Beauchamp, Duke of Cheriton, travelling in disguise to evade the ladies of the ton! Impoverished Rosalind is the first woman to captivate Leo―but can he persuade this wary Cinderella to trust him with her heart?

Brief Preview

Leo Beauchamp, after being widowed isn’t interested in marrying again or for that matter anything to do with the opposite sex. He has more pressing matters with three children and a ramshackle of an extended family, which includes a rakish morally deficient libertine of a cousin, who has is own views on how and more importantly who should be running the family. And quite frankly he is a right pain in Leo’s, ducal rear end.

So he has more important things on his mind, that is until he comes across a mysterious widow in a lane, she intrigues him more than any woman has done for a very long time. So he decides to take his brothers advise and finally have some fun, he introduces himself as plain old Leo Boynton and soon he finds himself falling under this alluring woman’s spell.

Rosalind Allen and her brother are out casts from the tonish society because of her parents, they eloped and married for love sending the gossips into over drive and bring so-called shame to both families and since then no one in society want to even acknowledge that they exist. But behind the scenes was very different as her Parents soon grew bored and this is what Rosalind thinks all marriages end in. She like Leo finds it difficult to trust even on meeting a handsome and provoking gentleman man, she can’t seem to let herself be happy.

My View

I really like this, even though the title is “Cinderella and the Duke” the fairy-tale isn’t pushed into you face, it is very subtle. You get the Cinderella undertones with a young woman having to do all the chores while the step parent does what he wants, and yes she does meet her own prince charming, but there is just so much more to this.

“silvery eyes narrowed, boring into hers with such intensity her insides performed a somersault. She felt a blush creep up her neck to her cheeks. Despite her aversion to his kind, she could not deny his magnetism. Try as she might, she could not tear her gaze from his, even though the slow curve of his lips in a knowing smile made her blood simmer.”

Leo finds it very difficult to trust people, his marriage wasn’t a love match and it wasn’t a happy match either, it was a more of a duty ticked off this list kind of thing for him. His late wife Margaret; by all account was a real light weight, she was actually a bit of a floozy (I love that word, and I don’t get to use it enough) but she really didn’t deserve what eventually happened to her.

After going through years of what he did with his wife and then when she was murdered he did lose a lot of himself, he shut himself away. He retreated back into his safe, little shell and in some way he has just shut himself down, away from society and family. It’s a way to protect himself but it is such a shame because Leo is a tender, loving and kind man who loves absolutely he is fiercely protective and he is a wonderful father who tries his best for his children, even though all three are legally adults he worries about them like any parent would, and after their shared trauma he is worried how and when I they will get on with their lives.

He is such a catch but not because he is a Duke but the man he is, his character and patience and steel determination makes him the prize. Rosalind is such a very lucky woman to have that silvery gaze locked on her.

“She stamped her foot back to the ground, dropped her skirts and whirled to face Leo, narrowed eyes shooting sparks. ‘Now look what has happened. That…’ she waved towards the hat, floating off downstream ‘…was my favourite hat.’ She was all womanly wrath, full breasts heaving. She is magnificent.”

Leo’s three children are all grieving and tormented by their mothers passing and the way she was brutally taken from them, the eldest Dominic is far too serious for his young years. Then we have the second son, Alex who has been deeply affected by his mothers tragic death; and once you have read it and found out the details you will understand completely why he is so sullen and reclusive. It is actually very heart-breaking once the whole tragic story get unveiled.

I particularly like Leo’s youngest and only daughter Olivia, who after growing up in a predominantly male environment and she has well and truly turned in to a tomboy. But she is definitely a bit of a feminist, she doesn’t like how the men of the world get to basically do what they wish. She is a little spitfire she is cunning and intelligent and not averse to pulling the wool over her families eyes she. She is such a fabulous character she has this great personality.

“‘That would hardly be appropriate, sir. Why, I hardly know you.’ ‘That can soon be remedied.’ He stepped closer, effectively trapping her between his body and that of her horse. A faint gasp—intrinsically feminine—whispered past his ears and his heart responded with a lurch and a yearning he hadn’t experienced for a very long time. He studied her: her fine, creamy skin, the peachy blush of her cheeks and her straight yet delicate nose, the lush pink lips, the fine golden-brown threads of her brows. Her eyes, framed by long lashes, gleamed as they held his gaze. There was curiosity in their depths. No hint of fear or apprehension. Leo stripped off his glove and touched his fingertips to her jaw. Her skin was silky-smooth, soft and warm. The scent of jasmine and warm woman weaved through his senses and blood…”

I really like Rosalind, she is real breath of fresh air and such a good influence on Leo, even though at first they are both in disguise her as a widow and him as a gentleman they soon found solace in each other there is something about these tow that catches your attention. She brings a lightness into Leo’s life something that he hasn’t had for a very long time.

She really does dislike aristocrats and actually with the way she has been treated by them I can’t blame her. She is so much better off away from their world, the only problem is that her step father was an aristocrat and so are her half-brother and sister. So on the death of her step father and to protect herself and he brothers and sister from the new heir and guardian she moves them to the country and takes the name Mrs Pryce so not bring attention to them.

But she soon realises that there is a bigger problem, she finds herself attracted to one of their lot unbeknown that he is actually one of the highest ranking aristocrats in the country.

This isn’t just a sweet and tender Historical Romance about love after loss, there is a real dark undertone to this that makes it intriguing especially when we get into both their individual stories The dark twists in the story do revolve around Lascelle’s who is Leo’s cousin, even though he is a horrid creature he is an excellent character. He really is the kind of character that you just love to hate right from the first moment we see him you just know that there is something very wrong with this guy.

I really do like this, Preston as before has created a hugely likable, edge of your seat thrilling love story that is so much more than what your first think. Yet again Preston doesn’t disappoint with her story telling skills, the plot is a mixture of a story of revenge, betrayal and a fun courtship between two individuals who are both as cynical about love and who both have serious trust issues.

This is a sweet story of two people who seem to think that they are both not destined for happiness but in amongst a turbulent time they find a kindred spirit. This is book one in the new Beauchamp Betrothal Series and judging by this one, this is going to be a delicious series and I can’t wait to read more of this especially if it is going to feature Leo’s brother and all round cheeky chappy; Vernon.

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

Cinderella and the Duke is on sale on 29th June and it can be found at Amazon.