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#BlogTour | The Wallflower Wager (Girl Meets Duke #3) by Tessa Dare #Review & #Excerpt #TheWallflowerWager #MillsandBoonInsiders @TessaDare @MillsandBoon
Hello my wonderful friends, have I been excited about this book, or what? And finally The Wallflower Wager has come to Chicks Rogues and Scandals…..I feel like dancing with joy! I am so excited to be sharing my review of this gorgeous book with you all and I have an exclusive (no spoilers) excerpt for you all to devour, so grab a cuppa and a snack of your choice and enjoy.
They call him the Duke of Ruin.
To an undaunted wallflower, he’s just the beast next door.
Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society―and now he wants to get even.
Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart.
When her imposing―and attractive―new neighbour demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes.
Done, Gabriel says. How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittens?
And a two-legged dog.
And a foul-mouthed parrot.
And a goat, an otter, a hedgehog…
Soon, cold-hearted Gabriel, who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse, is covered in cat hair, knee-deep in adorable animals, and bewitched by a shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist. Now she’s set her mind and heart on saving him.
Not if he ruins her first.
“Stop,” she said with perfect calm. “Don’t move.”
He heard a strange flutter, and in the next moment it happened.
A bird landed on his shoulder. A parrot, she’d said? The creature’s toes prickled along his skin. His muscle twitched with the urge to shrug it off.
“No, don’t,” she said. “I’ll come for her.”
Usually, Gabe would balk at taking orders from a lady – or anyone else. However, this was a decidedly unusual situation.
“Pretty Girl,” the bird squawked.
Gabe set his jaw. Do you think I haven’t noticed that, you cursed pigeon with pretensions?
She crept towards him, padding noiselessly over the carpet, step by silent step. And as she came, sweet words fell from her lips like drops of raw honey.
“That’s it, darling,” she murmured.
The fine hairs on the back of his neck lifted.
The hairs on his arms lifted, too.
“Yes,” she breathed. “Just like that.”
Now she had the hairs on his calves involved. Damn it, he had too many hairs. By the end of this they would all be standing to attention.
Along with other parts of him.
“Don’t stir.” she said
He couldn’t speak for the parrot, but Gabe was doing some stirring. One part of him had a mind of its own, especially when it came to beautiful women in translucent chemises. He hadn’t lain with a woman in some time, but his body hadn’t forgotten how.
He couldn’t help himself, he stole a glance at her face. Just a half-second’s view. Not long enough to pore over every detail of her features. In fact, he didn’t get any further then her lips. Lips as lush as petals, painted in soft tender pink.
She was so close now. Near enough that when he breathed, he inhaled a lungful of her scent. She smelled delicious. A faint hunger rose in his chest.
“I know you’re feeling lost. And not a little frightened. You miss her terrible, don’t you? But I’m here, darling. I’m here.”
Her words sent a strange ache spreading from his teeth to his toes. A painful awareness of all his hollow, empty spaces.
“Come home with me,” she whispered. “And we’ll sort out the rest together.”
He couldn’t take any more of this. “For God’s sake, get the damned thing off me.”
At last she collected the feathered beast. “There we are.” Cradling it in her arms, she carried the parrot to it’s birdcage and tucked it in.
Gabe exhaled in relief.
“She’d settle more if I covered her cage,” his beautiful intruder said. “I don’t suppose you have a towel?”
He glanced at the linen slung about his hips.
“How badly do you want it?”
Her cheek’s flushed. “Never mind, I’ll be going.”
“I’m going to walk you.”
“Truly, you needn’t do that. It’s only next door. No more than twenty paces down the street.”
“That’s twenty paces too many.”
Gabe might not operate by polite society’s rules, but he understood them sufficiently to know this situation violated at least seventeen of them. And anything that damaged her reputation would decrease the profit he stood to collect on this house.
Until he sold this property, her worth was intertwined with his.
“You’re no doubt accustomed to having your own way, Your Ladyship. But I’ve ruined enough lords, baronets, knights and gentlemen to fill the whole of Bloom Square.” He arched and eyebrow. “Believe me when I say, you’ve met your match.”
Penny watched in silence as the Gabriel Duke turned and stalked to his dressing room.
Then she melted into a quivering pool on the floor.
he’d left the door ajar. As his towel dropped to the floor, she caught a glimpse of taut, muscled backside before tearing her gaze away.
Oh Lord oh Lord oh Lord.
Once she’d latched and re-latched Delilah’s cage for good measure, Penny stood and attempted to piece herself back together.
She glanced hat her dressing gown. The faded toile print was years behind the fashion, and the end of the sash were hopelessly frayed – the casualty of many a playful kittens swipe. And her hair …Oh, she could only imagine the state of her hair after this adventure.
She peered into the dressing-table mirror. Worse then she feared. Her plait made Delilah’s ruffled crest look sleek. Penny quickly unknotted the muslin around her braid and combed her hair with her fingers before re-braiding it and tying it off.
She squinted into the mirror again. Better, she judged. Not a great deal better. But better.
From the dressing room, Mr Duke gave an annoyed groan.
“I’m so sorry for the imposition,” she called “Delilah only came to live in Bloom Square a few weeks ago. Her mistress passed away. Parrot’s are very loyal an intelligent, and they often outlive their human companions. So she’s not only been uprooted from her home, she mourning.”
“I must say she doesn’t sound particularly aggrieved to me.”
“She does say the most amusing things, doesn’t she? ‘Pretty girl’ and ‘yes’, and – Do you hear that one? ‘Fancy a …’ what? I never can catch what she’s saying at the end. It’s not biscuit.’Fancy a cuppa,’ perhaps? But who gives a parrot tea? It sounds like ‘fancy a foxglove,’ but that makes even less sense. I don’t mind saying the mystery is driving me a bit mad.”
She froze. “I’m not that upset about it.”
He returned to the bedchamber, not clothed in a pair of trousers and an unbuttoned shirt.
“It’s what the parrot’s saying. ‘Fancy a fuck, love.’ that bird came from a whore house.”
She spend a few moments in scandalized silence. No one had ever spoken to her in such a manner – but that wasn’t the disturbing part. The disturbing part was that she liked it.
“That can’t be,” she said. “She belonged to a little old lady. That is what I was told.”
“Bawds turn into little old lady’s too.”
“Pretty girl.” Delilah gave a cheeky whistle. “Fancy a f-”
Penny pressed a hand to her mouth. “Oh, no.”
“Yes! Yes! Ooh! Yes!”
Mr. Duke sat to pull on his boots. “Please tell me I don’t need to translate that for you.”
***Excerpt was used with permission from Mills and Boon as apart of this blog tour. ***
Once again Tessa Dare has blown me away with her wonderous way with words, again and again she proves that she is in a whole league of her own when it comes to historical romance, there isn’t a single negative thing that I can say about her work, she is pure class and this one maybe the best I have read to date, it is unbelievably good.
This is the third book in the Girl Meets Duke series, and the best yet, in my personal opinion. What makes this my personal favourite is the fact that our hero is a regular self made man, instead of an aristocrat, he has worked hard to pull himself out of the gutter to become such a powerful tycoon. I don’t anyone who reads my reviews will find that a surprise that I prefer regular Mr. Duke to an actual Duke, but seriously though this man is….well, I think I need a gif to say what I think of Gabe…
Lady Penelope, what a fabulous character she is! From the first page when she was trying to coax a stubborn parrot from the windowsill with a biscuit, I knew that I had found a kindred spirit, she is brilliant, she babbles on from one topic to the next, she loves her animals and will do anything in her power to look after them and she will fight tooth and nail to protect them, she is kind, caring and very misunderstood by the ignorant people of society that find her odd – Penny, you are not odd, you are unique! She has gathered a menagerie of animals a fact that her family are at odds with and soon give her an ultimatum; if she wishes to stay in London and live independently as she is now, then she must be rid of the animals and enter society or she goes home to become the much loathed role of spinster aunt. Enter Gabriel Duke, the notorious Duke of Ruin who has just moved in next door and after an hilarious first encounter offers to help her, but it is while helping her that sparks start to fly and our unlikely duo become more then just ‘acquaintances’
Gabriel Duke, I think you all know what I think of him; sexy, ruthless, protective, brooding, growling, hard-working, self-made man, enthralling, mesmerising…he is just so damn hot, I need a bucket of water thrown over me!! I don’t think I can take the heat that radiates from this testosterone fuelled hulk of a man.
Mmmm!! …..Where was I? Gabe, yes…he has clambered , dragging himself out of the dirt and the gutter to become this powerful, ruthless tycoon who doesn’t take no for an answer. He has just bought the house next door to Penny and plan’s to do it up and sell it for a huge fortune, and he knows that with the house being so close to the beautiful spinster’ Penny he will get so much more for it as every young buck and rogue will want to live next door to her. The only problem with his plan to renovate the house and bring it up to date is none other then the girl next door – if he hasn’t got enough to deal with, now he has to deal with a house full of animals.
This is just so good, the relationship between Penny and Gabe is brilliant, they are laugh out loud funny and the chemistry is off the charts sizzling hot. I loved them because they are so different, I wouldn’t never have believed that they would work as well together as they did.
This is everything that we all have come to love about Tessa Dare books; humour, twists and turns, sexual tension, fabulously engaging plot, gorgeous couple all entwined with that unmistakable Tessa Dare gift for mesmerising story-telling. Honestly I cannot recommend this book enough, it will appeal to all Dare fans and also for those who haven’t read a Tessa Dare book yet – really is there any one out there who hasn’t read on of this fine authors work? – then this is the perfect introduction to her wonderful work.
This was a complimentary copy from the publisher, which I voluntarily reviewed as apart of this blog tour, thank you Mills and Boon Insiders.
About the Author
Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty historical romances.
Mixing wit, sensuality, and emotion, Tessa writes Regency-set romance novels that feel relatable to modern readers. With her bestselling “Spindle Cove”, “Castles Ever After”, and “Girl Meets Duke” series, she has had great fun creating heroines who defy the conventions of their time—engaging in “unladylike” pursuits that range from paleontology to beer-making—and dreaming up the strong-willed, sexy heroes who find their hearts ensnared by them.
A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties.
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#BlogTour | Dare To Love A Duke (London Underground #3) by @EvaLeighAuthor #DareToLoveADuke #Review #MillsandBoonInsiders @MillsandBoon
Hello my lovely readers! I have the massive pleasure to be today’s stop on this amazing blog tour for; Dare To Love a Duke by Eva Leigh, this book is gorgeous, the hero especially is a definite favourite of mine 😉 So grab a cuppa, sit back and try and endure my waffling right to the end of the review.
The outrageous new book in the Scandalous Ladies of London series that’s perfect for fans of Poldark and Vanity Fair.
For a dashing duke and the proprietress of a secret, sensual club, passion could lead to love…
Thomas Powell, the new Duke of Northfield, knows he should be proper and principled, like his father. No more duelling, or carousing, or frequenting masked balls. But he’s not ready to give up his freedom just yet.
Lucia—known as Amina—manages the Orchid Club, a secret society where fantasies become reality. Yet no member of the club has ever intrigued her…until him, the masked stranger whose heated looks sear her skin. After months of suppressed longing, do they dare to give in to temptation… ?
Well, this is dazzling! By far one of the most seductive and erotic books (apart from Dare) that I have read from Mills and Boon, it’s spine-tinglingly good, its sexy, sensual and enchanting romance, that is so different to the stereotypical historical romance.
This is the third book in what has been an amazing series; The London Underground, and when I say that this is amazing I don’t just say it because I can’t think of another word to use (even though that is true) but it seriously is amazing. I have been hooked from the start, but don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous two, these books are pretty such stand-a-lone stories, but with shared character’s. I have to admit that this book is my favourite out all three, there is just something very sinful and deadly about this one, it makes you want to hide away with it and never let anyone near it, you want to be selfish and keep it all to yourself – or, what I actually ,mean is you want to keep a certain devilishly gorgeous, Irish rogue to yourself…ah, Tom you can ruin me any day….#DoubleSigh
I best move on and actually talk about the book, and not just talk about Tom’s well shaped rear end…;-) Honestly, I have become obsessed, I can’t help myself, this man is the epitome of delectable masculinity, sexy as hell, cheeky, roguish – come one who doesn’t love twinkly eyed rogue? Not to mention he’s Irish, I do love a Irish accent and I am not ashamed to say it but I did hear Cillian Murphey’s swoon-worthy voice in my mind whenever Tom spoke…sigh!
Thomas, the new Duke of Northfield knows that he really must start acting the Duke he is instead of the rake he has been for many years, but if he is to give up his wild life of duels, gambling, debauchery that means he also must give up the one thing in his life that has come to actually mean something to him; the secret ‘Orchid Club’ one of the most sought after clubs in the whole city – if you know about it- a secret paradise where no matter your station in life once you are through the door and the mask is in place you can be who you want to be. Thomas has become bored of the trivial fun of town, he no longer gets pleasure from being the rake he once did, but the moment he stepped into the Orchid Club and met the tempting and mysterious Amina his life changed.
‘Amina’ or otherwise known as Lucia has recently taken over the management of the club, coming from Italy she understands more then most what Thomas feels about being on the outside, but unlike Thomas she has had to face some real struggles in her life. She is a grafter, and that instantly made me like her she isn’t afraid to put in the hours and get the job done, being from poverty she knows just how precarious life can be, she needs the club to succeed as there is more at stake here then just her future.
Have I mentioned how much I adore this man? He’s not just a walking sex god, even though he is very…shall we say; skilled? He is a man who to be honest I don’t think he likes the aristocracy very much (nothing that Thomas) even though he is reluctantly apart of it. Being part Irish and having spent his early years with his mother in Ireland he has always felt on the outside of society, he has been tolerated because of his status but not liked or respected for the man he is and that grates on him, a lot. Now he is Duke, he knows he should start acting as he is supposed to but deep down he is still that wild lad from Ireland who really doesn’t care, he wants to have fun. But above all the thing I love about this man is how much he deeply cares for his family and his closest friends. He also is very passionate about helping those who genuinely need help, unlike his late father and most of society Thomas isn’t ashamed to voice on the rising poverty in the country, if anything his good heart and conscious spoke to me far more then what he can do in the bedchamber.
I adore the relationship between Lucia and Thomas, at first its all about sex the lust between them is palpable from that first meeting when she sees him as nothing but a charming buccaneer, the air sizzles around them, I felt like I was holding my breath, not daring to exhale in case I miss something between them. Then that soon turns into something more profound, something deeper.
What I do love about this book – in fact the whole series, is that these heroines are not your run of the mill sighing, swooning debutantes, these woman have fire and spirit, they aren’t afraid to challenge the hero, they are independent woman in their own right, they can play the seduction game and have the hero eating out of the palm of their hands. The hero’s fully respect these amazing woman for who they are, and this is so rare in historical romances, these couples are equals.
Overall, this is wonderful, a brilliantly original love story with amazingly different and complex characters.
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#Review | His Innocent Seduction by Clare Connelly #HisInnocentSeduction #DoYouDare #MillsandBoonInsiders @clarewriteslove @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
A sexual initiation…
I enjoy the finer things—aged whisky, gourmet meals, beautiful women… So when sweet virgin Millie Davis propositions me, I vow we’ll savor every moment. It’s completely no-strings—love is too dangerous. Yet, how can someone so innocent bring me to the brink of losing control?
Phew, this is hot!! When I say hot, I mean scorching, you need to go and through yourself in frozen lake; hot. It’s a fast paced, scorching hot romance that will leave the reader gasping for more. For those who aren’t a fan of erotic romances, this maybe not the best book for you, but for those who love a good getting twisted within the bedsheets, then I say grab a copy and snuggle down for a bit of carnal lust. 😉
I’ve not read any of Clare Connelly’s books before, but I have heard some really great things about her work, well I have to say that she doesn’t disappoint, she definitely lives up to her marvellous reputation as a stonking great Dare author, as this is amazing and I will definitely be grabbing as many of Clare’s books as I can get my little hands on.
This book – as you would expect from a Dare, is sizzling, the temperature sours, the sex is steamy and raunchy and to be honest that really is the focal point of the story, as our heroine Millie being a virgin, she has basically had enough and wants – to put it bluntly; sex and lots of it – which is what she gets with lusty, workaholic Michael.
Millie is in the middle of travelling around Europe and she finds herself in Ireland where she starts working in a bar for a short time until she What I really like about this is how Millie, even though she is very naïve and there is something very innocent about her, she knows what she wants and she isn’t afraid to go out and get it. She wants Michael, she has been watching for a while as he goes into the bar she works in, she is fascinated by this enigmatic and suave looking man with the glorious Irish accent and she has got to the point in her life where she want to throw all rules out of the window and have a night of hot sex – which is where Michael comes in. He is a machine, his whole life revolves around work, he doesn’t want a relationship he is more than happy with one night stands and casual sex, so he is more than amiable when Millie puts her no strings proposition to him.
This is a fun, quick read that does entertain, the Irish setting is gorgeous – as gorgeous as our hero. The character’s are passionate and even though I felt that there was something missing about them, I can’t quite put my finger on it, it’s nothing huge that impacts on their relationship with each other or the story, it was just a niggling feeling I got, but apart from that, they are good fun and very likable.
I really liked the way it this was written it has a great flow to it that does make the reader keep turning the pages, Ms Connelly has got a wonderful way at developing a scene and enhancing the already simmering sexual tension between the two leads, she doesn’t keep pushing sex in your face while reading, the tension builds up brilliantly.
Overall a very entertaining book that you will devour in one sitting.
This was an Arc copy from Mills and Boons Insiders via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
His Innocent Seduction is available at Amazon.
#Review | Untamed Billionaire’s Innocent Bride (The Combe Family Scandals #2) by Caitlin Crews #UntamedBillionairesInnocentBride #TheCombeFamilyScandals #MillsandBoonInsiders @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
A long-lost billionaire…
A virgin to tame him!
Dedicated personal assistant Lauren Clarke always does as she’s asked. Her latest task? To prevent a media scandal, she needs to find reclusive Dominik James—her boss’s estranged brother—and convince him to marry her! But in Hungary’s darkest forests she discovers more than just an untamed billionaire… Dominik’s brooding masculinity awakens Lauren’s long-dormant desire. Once they’ve exchanged their convenient ‘I do’s’, will innocent Lauren accept that their hunger can’t be denied…?
This is only my second book by Caitlin Crews, and I really enjoy her easy and fluid writing style, there is a real fun and classic feel to her stories. This is the first Modern/Present’s of hers I have read as the last book of hers was a Dare and you can really see, that this lady has got talent, I am in awe of any author who can so easily change lines like this, to be able to jump from Dare to Modern/Presents and back again, is a real skill.
My first impression of this was “It’s Little Red Riding Hood!” which is one of my favourite Brothers Grimm stories, I love how that dark fairy tale has been given a real fresh twist.
You have innocent, sweet little Lauren walking into the woods in very insensible shoes looking for the big, bad wolf; which finds her, and literally tries to eat her from the first moment. Dominik, is very much that big, very bad wolf – oh, be still my furiously beating, bad boy loving heart, swoon!! He is more then welcome to devour me anytime 😉 Dom, when you’re ready to leave your little cabin in the woods, you know where I am…I’m happy to let you chop wood as I ogle you through the window.
Honestly, I best get on with this review, before I start lamenting about Dom’s perfectly formed rear-end and well sculptured torso….sigh, stop me, please someone! So the story opens with Lauren stomping through the Hungarian woods, in pretty heels and in a bit of a huff, as she has been sent to track down the estrange brother of her boss, she is a loyal and dedicated PA and will go above and beyond to do her job, which does include stomping about the woods looking for a wolf. She must find this brother to prevent a huge scandal, the only way to avoid scandal is for the reclusive Dominik to marry her – an odd twist on the story, but believe me once you start reading it, everything becomes clear.
Only problem with this plan is the man himself; Dominik isn’t exactly what she would have thought him to be, he is far larger, broodier, wild, fierce and he has this dangerous aura about him, that makes her want something that she has never wanted in her life, it has awakened her desire and her more baser urges and needs…in other words, she wants to tame the big bad wild wolf, preferably in bed 😉
I do love the story, I love the take on the old fairy-tale and I loved how their very intense relationship is covered over a few days, as the reader we are thrown right into their world. The sexual tensions between then is off the page, it’s hot, fierce and but not so much that the story is lost amongst sex, it’s a good balance of the two.
The only thing that I have against it is at times both Dom and Lauren can be a little off putting, Lauren can be so selfish and a little in your face, she doesn’t really take into account Dom’s feelings. Whereas Dom is so brooding and wild he can come across as a little harsh, I felt at times that he did humiliate her. But, really my personal misgivings didn’t take anything away from the story in it’s entirety, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Dom and Lauren, they are as different as you can get but surprisingly once they get over their personal issues, they are a very likable couple.
Overall, a fun and quirky read, for those who have read and enjoy the Modern/Presents Line then you will have an idea of what you will expect, definitely recommended.
This was a complimentary copy via Mills and Boon Insiders via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
#BlogTour : The Pursuits Of Lord Kit Cavanaugh (The Cavanaughs #2) by Stephanie Laurens #Review #ThePursuitsOfLordKitCavanaugh @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonInsiders
Hello everyone! I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on the; The Pursuits of Kit Cavanaugh blog tour, I can wait to share my review of this wonderful book with you all, so take a seat grab a cuppa and enjoy!
Bold and clever, THE CAVANAUGHS are unlike any other family in early Victorian England. #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens continues to explore the enthralling world of these dynamic siblings in the eagerly anticipated second volume in her captivating series.
A Gentleman of Means
One of the most eligible bachelors in London, Lord Christopher “Kit” Cavanaugh has discovered his true path and it doesn’t include the expected society marriage. Kit is all business and has chosen the bustling port of Bristol to launch his passion—Cavanaugh Yachts.
A Woman of Character
Miss Sylvia Buckleberry’s passion is her school for impoverished children. When a new business venture forces the school out of its building, she must act quickly. But confronting Kit Cavanaugh is a daunting task made even more difficult by their first and only previous meeting, when, believing she’d never see him again, she’d treated him dismissively. Still, Sylvia is determined to be persuasive.
An Unstoppable Duo
But it quickly becomes clear there are others who want the school—and Cavanaugh Yachts—closed. Working side by side, Kit and Sylvia fight to secure her school and to expose the blackguard trying to sabotage his business. Yet an even more dastardly villain lurks, one who threatens the future both discover they now hold dear.
I have been reading Stephanie Laurens for years, she is definitely a queen amongst the Historical Romance genre, she is in a league of her own for excellence and this is right up there with the best. For those who have read Ms Laurens will know what I mean, and for those who haven’t read a Stephanie Laurens book yet, why? You really must, for anyone who loves historical romance then this is the book and the author to go to.
1843, Bristol Kit Cavanaugh; after years of playing the rake, of building up a reputation that will keep all those pushy mama’s and debutantes at bay – but he did it all for reason, it was a way to protect himself from his manipulative and using mother. But with his mother’s death he and his siblings are free to do as they please, free to actually live rather then constantly looking over their shoulders wondering when the old coot was going to come down on them. Now he has found what he is passionate about and fully intend turning his back on the life his mother and all of the Ton would want and pursue his own, to build up his Yacht building business; Cavanaugh Yachts.
Kit and his business partner Wayland plan to rent out a warehouse on the docks, they have big plans not only to forge their new Yacht building business but rather admirably plan on using the destitute dock workers who are in dire need of work – I’m telling you, this man has stolen my heart. But, by doing so they unknowingly push out the charity which is currently using the space and whom have a week to move out for Kit and Wayland to move in.
Sylvia Buckleberry (don’t you just love that name?) runs a charity school out of the warehouse Kit has just stolen from her, and now she must either find a new place to relocate her school too or say goodbye to her noble venture which means letting down all those unfortunate children who rely on the school. She fully plans on confronting the man who has the nerve to take away not just her passion but the future of her children’s education – something she does with great gusto! What she doesn’t realise is that she has already met the devilishly handsome and very swoon-worthy Kit at the wedding between her best friend and Kit’s brother, earlier in the year. Kit is very taken with the feisty, intriguing and passionate young woman who has taken it upon herself to face him down and he vows to help her.
But all is not as easy as it may appear as it soon comes to light that there is a mysterious villain out there who not only would very much like to hurt Sylvia but also destroy both their ventures, can Kit and Sylvia find the truth?
I loved their relationship, they are sweet, loving and adorable. They both tread very carefully as they have found themselves in the company of another who they don’t usually find in their sphere. Sylvia is fresh parsons daughter who isn’t the usually glitzy butterfly that Kit is used to and as such he must be patient when wooing her, she isn’t usually his type but you can see instantly that he is fascinated by her. She knows all about his notorious rakish reputation, she is wary around him, but even she can’t deny that this gorgeous man with the twinkle in his eye has charm.
I thoroughly enjoyed this, it was such a joy to read. As ever with a Stephanie Laurens you will not be disappointed, the plot is intricate, romantic and fun with a hint of mystery that will have you reading late into the night. But it is the character’s that really pull you in, they are beautifully written, charming and each adorable in their own way.
A definite must read, even though this is book two in the Cavanaugh’s series as with all of Ms Laurens work this can be very easily read as a stand-a-lone.
Enchanting and highly recommended!
This was a complimentary copy via the publisher in exchange for an honest review as apart of this blog tour, thank you to the Mills and Boon’s Insiders team.
The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh is available now and can be found at Amazon.
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#BlogTour : You Say It First (Happily Inc. #1) by @SusanMallery #Review and #BlogPost. #YouSayItFirst #HappilyInc @MillsandBoon
Hello everyone! I have the great pleasure to be today’s stop on this great blog tour for You Say It First by Susan Mallery. I am very excited to be sharing my review of this wonderfully fun book, plus for my themed blog post I will be chatting all about Weddings In Boxes. There is a lot of love on the blog today!
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool’s Gold romances invites you to visit Happily Inc., a wedding destination founded on a fairy tale
Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion only leads to pain. As he waits on a new commission, he takes a day job as a humble carpenter at a theme wedding venue. The job has its perks—mainly the venue’s captivating owner, Pallas Saunders. Although he won’t let love consume him, for ecstasy with an expiration date, he’s all in.
Pallas adores Weddings in a Box. But if she can’t turn the floundering business around, she’ll have no choice but cave to her domineering mother and trade taffeta for trust funds working at the family’s bank. Then when a desperate bride begs Pallas for something completely out of the box, her irresistible new hire inspires her. Nick knows she doesn’t belong behind a desk, and she knows in her heart that he’s right—where she really belongs is in his arms.
This is book one in the whole new Happily Inc series and what a wonderful introduction, not just to this new series but to this author. I haven’t actually read any of Susan Mallery’s work before ‘You Say It First’ but there will definitely be more of this fine ladies work on my future TBR pile.
Pallas runs the little company Weddings in a Box, at the moment she is in a spot of trouble with her finances. She doesn’t want to give up and have to go and do an ordinary day job as her family would love her to do, she loves Weddings in a Box, she loves making people happy, she just needs to find a way put of the hole she has found her self in;
Enter centre stage gorgeous, sexy god that is the carpenter; OK so Nick may not just be any old carpenter he is a world re known sculptor who at the minute is a bit in limbo he is currently awaiting word of a commission he has gone in for in Dubai but in the meantime he needs something to do.
Nick knows that he is just there temporarily as he waits for the go a head to jump on the plane and fly off to sunny Dubai for two years, but from the moment of meeting down to earth and impossibly seductive Pallas he is a bit torn as to which path he is going to take. Where as Pallas knows exactly that Nick belongs well and truly there, but can they both see past their own personal thoughts about love and actually take the dive?
I really like this, it is a simple down-to-earth and very normal girl meets boy type story, both Nick and Pallas are ridiculously likable which I found so refreshing, it is so nice to come across a bunch of character’s in abook that you can’t but like on the spot it makes watching their journey to their own HEA that more comforting, you can really relate to both they are very much the girl and boy next door who you just know will make a great couple. There are curve balls to the story that both our leads have to over come and I won’t spoil it for you all you will have to read it and see what happens.
I adore the little town of Happily Inc, what a great place with some genuine fascinating people, and I can’t wait to meet more of the residents – especially the furry kind as we have had a little glimpse of in this one.
This is a sweet, imaginative, sexy and very fun romance that will capture the reader’s imagination. The character’s are brilliantly written, they are kind, caring, hard-working, in need of love and very realistic. You will instantly fall in love with them and cheer them on as the story progresses.
Over all this is a great little book that is perfect for the long spring afternoons.
This was a complimentary copy via the publisher in exchange for an honest review as apart of this blog tour, thank you the lovely Mills and Boon Insiders team.
Do check out the rest of the great blogs that is being features on this blog tour!
Saying, I Do!
You Say It First is basically all along the theme of wedding’s, as Pallas has her own little company which is a Weddings In A Box – which is such a brilliant idea. The different wedding’s and themes that Pallas organises are fun and original and makes for great reading.
After reading this it did get me wondering about the whole ‘Weddings In A Box’ thing which led me to write this post. My first thought of the concept of a wedding in a box is that you build up the wedding at the venue and then dismantle at the end of the day, which I suppose in some case it could be, but while doing a bit of research for this post I found that the whole ‘Wedding in a Box’ is way bigger and at times far more complex then I originally thought.
There are some companies while I was researching that will do exactly what Pallas does and covers everything, and then there are smaller ‘Wedding’s in a Box’ that are just about the little extra touches; such as invitations and table décor. Really this whole wedding in a box craze is huge.
Which got me thinking for something fun for us all to do, if you could have a Fantasy ‘Wedding in a Box’ what would it be like? Would you have a traditional wedding box? Or would yours be themed? What would you wear? Where would your ‘Wedding in a Box’ be sent to (eg: Where would your dream wedding be?) This can be anywhere in the world and off course as this is all make-believe you can have your wedding in a box in any era and who would your dream Bride/Groom be? Lets have some fun you can really go to town on this one, I will share my fantasy ‘Wedding in a Box’ why not share yours?
My Fantasy Wedding In A Box
When I first thought of this post, I was like; Yeah, this will be as easy as chips – how wrong I was! This is actually a lot harder than you think, especially if your like me and have a more eclectic taste, literally my first draft of this part of the post, my fantasy wedding in a box ended up being a wild explosion of Victorian Gothic dresses, lots of black and purple, Scottish traditions, men in kilts – or more accurately Jamie Frasier, Whitby Abbey with Dracula, lots of animals, brass bands, fish and chips with gravy (I am from Yorkshire, it has to be done) and Tom Hardy in various stages of being undressed….you see how my mind works?
How on earth do brides actually makes these decisions in real life? I would be a wreck within an hour! Thank goodness this is just for fun. But, I did finally make my ‘Fantasy Wedding in a Box’ there is not theme, only because I couldn’t stick to just one.
So my Wedding in a Box basically consists of lots chocolate muffins, windswept eerie Yorkshire Moors (Think Wuthering Heights) a touch of Scotland (I do have real love for those old Scottish traditions, men in kilts, lots of tartan, hand tying – so romantic) lots of black, my old dog – off course she would have to be there and finally I would have to add Tom Hardy to my Wedding in a Box, how could I not? Even if it’s just to stand him in a corner for me to ogle at, I’m happy! 😉
There you go, that’s mine now it’s your turn. I will open this up for discussion on Twitter and Facebook so why not hop on over and join in, you know me I love seeing all your picture and Gifs.
#BlogTour : #Review What We Find by Robyn Carr @RCarrWriter #WhatWeFind @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonInsiders
I have the great pleasure to be today’s stop on this great blog tour, I will be sharing my review of What We Find by Robyn Carr. So grab a cuppa and let me tell you about this sweet little book.
Under extreme pressure, neurosurgeon Maggie Sullivan knows she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best place she can do that is Sullivan’s Crossing.
Named for Maggie’s great-grandfather, the land and charming general store at the crossroads of the Colorado and the Continental Divide trails now belong to Maggie’s eccentric father, Sully. She relishes the opportunity to indulge in his simple way of life.
But Maggie’s world is rocked and she must take responsibility for the Crossing. When a quiet and serious-looking hiker, Cal Jones, offers to lend a hand, Maggie is suspicious of his motives—until she finds out the true reason for his deliberate isolation.
Though Cal and Maggie each struggle with loss and loneliness, the time they spend together gives Maggie hope for something brighter just on the horizon…if only they can learn to find peace and healing—and perhaps love—with each other.
This is sweet little, easy to read romance that will be perfect for those who are just starting to read the romance genre. But, for me I thought it was a little too predictable and a little too sweet. Don’t get me wrong it is a lovely story, with a satisfying ending, and the scenery and setting is beautiful, but for me it just lacked a certain magic. This is actually the first I have read by Robyn Carr and even though this particular story didn’t rock my romantic soul I would happily read more from Ms Carr.
Neurosurgeon Maggie is on the verge of a breakdown, she has so much piled on top of her, so much that has happened – some which are absolutely heart-breaking – and she knows that if she doesn’t just step back, take a breath and just remove herself from her stressful life she will burn out completely. So, she packs up and heads home, back to her childhood town – which is what we all do right? When life gets difficult we head to the one place where we are happy and that is usually home. From the beginning your heart really goes out for Maggie, she has had to face some really terrible things – things that would have broken many other’s long before now. But she is strong, maybe not at first but I like how as the story goes along her inner strength really comes out.
Once home at Sullivans Crossing all doesn’t exactly go to plan when, yet again Maggie is knocked over by another tragedy, when her father has a heart attack forcing her to stay on and look after him and the family business. This is where charming Cal walks in and offers a friendly helping hand, usually this is where I would go into a huge detailed chapter of how much I liked the couple and how much I loved the hero, but I felt that I couldn’t really envisage Cal – or Maggie for that fact – there isn’t a lot of description about who they are, yes there is a lot of back ground to tell you how they came to be where they are, but that didn’t enlighten me to who they are, what they looked like. And because of that, I couldn’t connect with them or their romance as I usually would. This is what the story was missing, I am a very visual reader, I like knowing who a character is and what they look like but I couldn’t see the character’s.
Overall a basic, sweet romance, a little cheesy and predictable at times but enjoyable none the less. Perfect for those readers who are more about character history and their past journeys instead of readers like me who like to connect and visual the book.
This was a complimentary copy via the publisher in exchange for an honest review as apart of this blog tour, Thank you Sanjana and the Mills and Boon Insiders team.
What We Find is available now and can be found at Amazon.