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.
Do have a look at the other blog’s which are participating in this blog tour.
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 knownsculptor 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.
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.
Hello my lovelies, I have the huge pleasure to be the next stop on this fantastic blog tour. I am so excited to be sharing my review of Mr One Night Stand by the very lovely Rachael Stewart, plus I have an exclusive extract to whet your appetite, and on top of all that, I have an exclusive to Mills and Boon copy of Mr One Night Stand to giveaway to one very lucky winner – you may have seen the gorgeous black books popping up all over social media, Yep, I have a spare, Phew! So, grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy.
About The Book
One night only. Just think of the possibilities…
The second she sees Mr Oh-So-Delicious, Jennifer Hayes knows she needs one night of crazy. No names, no strings, no rules. Except that Jennifer’s naughty one-nighter is actually Marcus Wright—her new business partner! Now they’re mixing business with all kinds of pleasure. But when it comes to falling in love her sexy Mr Wright is either Mr Wrong or the best mistake of her life…
Mr One Night Stand is to be released on the 21st February, and can be found at Amazon
Her breathe caught, a peculiar awareness taking hold.
He sat at a table beside the glass wall. A great seat from which to enjoy the far-reaching cityscape below, although his eyes showed no interest in the vista. No, they were well and truly pinned on her, projecting an intensity that had her skin prickling with such thrill.
Hell, she wanted to stride straight over – the urge was almost making her do just that – but sense prevailed. Tony wanted her. Hopefully he could explain away his crazy behaviour, and put her mind at rest over the future.
Giving a small sigh, she headed for the bar. A drink – that was what she needed. Anything to take the edge off.
Slipping on to the bar stool, she crossed her legs and replaced her clutch with the leather-clad drinks menu.
“Good evening, Miss Hayes, what can I get you?” She looked up to find Darren, the head bar tender, approaching with a smile, his hands busy drying off a glass. She returned his smile easily and scanned the list, honing in on a Vodka Martini and figured that had to be strong enough.
He cocked an eyebrow when she made her request, “Shaken, not stirred madame?” his Scottish-accented Bond impression had her laughing, and the sound was alien to her eyes. It had to be weeks – months, even – since she had a proper giggle. Maybe she was the one in need of a good shake, never mind the drink.
He knew her too well. She didn’t do spirits. A spritzer was her usual drink of choice. But a spritzer just wasn’t going to cut it. Nit tonight. It wasn’t just Tony, it was her concern of her mother too. She was getting worse and there was nothing Jennifer could do to stop it.
Her heart fluttered painfully and she pushed the thought aside. Not now!
“Sounds perfect,” she said, flipping open her and retrieving her mobile to check if Tony had at least messaged. But shed not eve lit the screen before her eyes sidled away drawn to the brooding silhouette not twelve feet away.
He was tall – she could tell that even though his body folded deep into the bucket seat. The ankle of one leg casually rested atop the knee of the other. The designer cut f his dark suit and tan leather shoes spoke money. Although whether he had any was an entirely different matter. She’d learned tat quickly enough in the city. People only had to dress to impress and it attracted wealth like bees to honey.
But there was something in the broad set of his shoulder’s, accentuated as they were by this tailored jacket, and the confident air in his relaxed poise that had her certain he was all about the front.
And what a front…
Her eyes drifted upwards. The crisp white shirt say smoothly over his torso, no hint of spread. Then they drifted higher, to the last fastened button of his open collar and the hint of dark hair curling there.
Her pulse skipped, her mouth watered, and her eyes snapped back to her phone. Not now!
Seriously, what was wrong with her? Was she that desperate to get laid? That fed up with her trusty vibrator that her body was putting up a fight? Truth was, there was no time in her life for that complication. Mr Dildo didn’t talk back, didn’t require care and affection. He didn’t require time that she didn’t have.
Between dashing back and forth between London and Yorkshire each weekend to be with her family she was all out of that.
But one night, though. Think of the possibilities…
Heat simmered low in her belly as she activated her phone scree. No notifications. She fired off a brief ‘Where are you?’ Message and placed the device back on the bar, her heighten awareness picking on movement from the man’s direction. She watched him crook his finger to the blonde waitress hovering nearby and an inexplicable pull ripped through her.
Christ, he was reeling her in too.
She nibbled the inside of her lip, drinking in his rakishly long dark hair, chiselled set of his jaw that softened delectably with his easy grin. And then there were his eyes – so compelling. She couldn’t make out the colour, but there was something about them, something deliciously sinful…
Her tummy contracted with a barrage of heat, and in that second she knew she wanted to leave with him. That she wanted one night of crazy. No names, no real talk, just wild, no-holds-barred sex.
Could she do it? Hell, would he?
My, oh, my!! What a book! Ms Stewart has been cutting her teeth with saucy, sexy romances for a while now, but what surprised me most is thatthis is her debut Mills and Boon Dare novel. And what a debut! The quality of this is astounding, I can see a shining long and successful writing career ahead of her. This is – and I am rather embarrassed to say – first full length novel I have read by her, why is this? I don’t have an answer to that, only I must have been living in a Historical focused bubble for the best part of a year. But, that will change. I can’t wait to read more from this talented author.
I am a late-comer to Dare books, after only reading my first this year – again living in a bubble, so when I got offered to participate in this blog tour, I did jump at the chance as fast as I could. And I am so pleased that I did, as this is fabulous!
When Jennifer has to attend a business meeting, she is rather more peeved at her boss Tony not only because he does tend to use and lay a n awful lot on her shoulders. But mainly by the fact that he doesn’t even appear to meet her as promised, he was supposed to do all the introductions with the man who has bought into their business; a Mr Marcus Wright. Jennifer is frustrated – in mores way then one, she has had enough of how lax Tony is being lately and she is in an emotional state worrying about her ill mother. So when she sees the sinfully attractive man sitting in the airport, she has only one thing on her mind – and it has nothing to do with business meeting and corporate partners, it has everything to do with a partner in a completely different sense.
She makes it very clear to the stud in the suit that she only wishes for one night, one night of no strings and good old-fashioned – and may be a bit of new-fashioned – sex. But what she doesn’t realise that she has just gone and had the night of her life with not any old random from the airport lounge, but her new business partner; the enigmatic Marcus Wright!
Now she knows the truth, can she really go on as thought nothing happened? Can she forget what they did with each other, how he made her feel sexy and special and how she melted him with a mere smile? Or should she do what is said never to be done, and mix business with a whole load of pleasure?
What really appealed to me about ‘Mr One-Night Stand’ was just how real and relatable the two lead character’s are, I sometimes find it difficult to relate or even like character’s who like nothing more than to sip champagne while wearing a cat-walk named suit, people who do nothing but complain about breaking nails and not being able to jet off on holiday. Those people – I hate to admit it, irritate me. I am more of a fan or very real character’s who have actually lived and understand the world; which is Marcus and Jennifer down to a tee. Yes, they are both powerful and wealthy individuals who have forged their way into their world with hard graft, but beneath their cool masks of powerful business magnets they are very complex and fascinating people, especially Jennifer.
I so related to certain aspects of Jennifer’s life, she spoke to me, I understood her far better than I do most character’s. Her need for her own life, her career, to protect and look after her family. The fact that she has an ailing parent at home and her guilt at not being able to be there all the time and help spoke volumes about her to me. She is an amazing women who has fought for what she has, she has toiled and worked her arse off to get to where she is, and I really admire her for that. She is a strong, independent, no-nonsense woman who knows what she wants….and she wants Marcus!
Overall, this is hot! Fiery, sexy, raunchy, spicy, steaming-up-the-windows hot. A great twisty plot that will keep the reader hooked and engaged, but the real pull of this has to be the character’s. They are wonderfully developed, each one real and with their own back story which makes you sit up even further to pay attention. Jennifer and Marcus don’t iust steam up the page, they burn the book right out of your hand. Their attraction for one and other is instant, it’s sizzlingly hot – and this is before they proceed to the bedroom, once there…well, phew pass me the ice ;-) The writing is solid, it’s stylish and flowing, it’s very easy to become fully absorbed into the story, I got a real sense that Ms Stewart has put her heart into this book and I for one cannot wait to read more from her.
If you like your romances very hot, then this is the book you need to read, even if erotic romances aren’t your bread and butter then I would say give it a go as there is far more to this then just a good old fashion romp between the sheets.
This was an Arc copy via the publisher in exchange for an honest review as apart o this blog tour, thanks you Sanjana and the Mills and Boon Insiders team.
About The Author
Rachael adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press.
She’s been writing since she could put pen to paper as the stacks of scrawled on A4 sheets in her loft will attest to, and the lovingly bound short stories that her father would run off at work and proudly share out with his colleagues. Thinking it was a pipe dream to be published one day, she pursued a sensible career in business but she was really play-acting, achieving the appropriate degree and spending many years in the corporate world where she never truly belonged. Always happiest when she was sat at her laptop in the quiet hours tapping out a story or two. And so here she is, a published author, her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.
A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.
Rachael loves hearing from her readers, why not check out the links below.
I was so lucky to be sent two proof copies – you know the gorgeous black one’s which really do look amazing! – of Mr One Night Stand. One to review (Which I am ashamed to say, does look a little worse for wear now – or in other words, it looks loved.) and a spare. I so want to share this saucy and amazing book with you all, so I am giving away my spare copy plus I will throw in a selection of tea’s and chocolate for you to enjoy while reading.
How do I enter? I hear you ask.
Just comment below telling me who makes your pulse race that bit faster? Mine is below and for those who know me, it isn’t a surpise 😉
The giveaway is open across Twitter and Facebook too, same rules apply; just like the giveaway post/s and comment with your answer. (Each post you comment on is a separate entry, eg; If you comment here, Twitter and Facebook you have three chances to win.)
Good Luck, my lovelies!
*T&C’s – Closing date is 26th February at 9pm GMT, the winner will be chosen at random and will be announced shortly after, winner will be contacted directly by myself whether that be by email or DM via Twitter or Facebook. This Giveaway belongs to meand it is not sponsored or endorsed by anyone. Open to UK only, sorry!
I have the very great pleasure to be the next stop on this wonderful blog tour with Mills and Boon Insiders, and to be sharing not one review – oh, no! I have a double whammy for you lovelies to read, as I have reviews for both From Duke Till Dawn and Counting On A Countess by Eva Leigh. So sit back for ten minutes and take a look at these two amazing books!
Eva Leigh is a romance author who has always loved the Regency era. She writes novels chock-full of smart women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, spending too much time on the Internet, and listening to music from the ’80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.
Eva also writes in multiple romance genres as RITA-award nominated Zoe Archer.
From Duke Till Dawn (The London Underground #1)
Eva Leigh launches a seductive new series that sizzles with the dark secrets of London’s underworld…
‘It’s not my habit to seduce impoverished widows…’
The Duke of Greyland lost his heart – and a princely sum – to a charming, beautiful and destitute widow who, after one passionate night, vanished without a trace. Cassandra Blair grew up on the city streets, picking pockets to survive. Greyland was a rich mark – to be fleeced and forgotten – only she’d never forgotten him.
Years later, chance brings them together again, in a London gaming hell. Grayland is desperate to have her… never suspecting everything about his lover was a lie. But finding herself in dire financial straits, at risk of losing everything, Cassandra has no choice but to beg the man she betrayed for help.
The proud Duke will assist her under one condition: she doesn’t leave his sight until her debts are paid! But can the real Cassandra – the smart, streetwise survivor – steal his heart all over again?
This is the first I have read Eva Leigh, really? I can’t believe that myself, I must constantly walk around with my eyes closed off to the world, to have missed out on such a fabulous author. But, I can guarantee that this will not be the last, I am determined to read more by Ms Leigh.
I was instantly taken with the premise of this book, was the way the hero is portrayed she is independent, strong, reliant and manages to manoeuvrer her way through a man’s world and manages to hold her head up high and say “Yes, I can do exactly what I want and will have the respect” At times in Historical romances it can be hard to have the heroine really stand out as herself, there is very few authors who can really make their heroines likeable as well as real and Ms Leigh has definitely made it on to that list of the very few who can create a real heroine who you not only can relate to but who is incredible in her own right. Anyone who knows me, will know how much I love a romance where the character is a self made man/woman and yet another reason why I love this book.
Years before Alex; the Duke of Greyland met the most glorious woman he has ever set eyes on, he gave her his heart and soul. For a Duke who lives by the code of responsibility and the rules that surrounds his station letting anyone peer past his aristocratic cool exterior to the sensual man within wasn’t easily done. So, when she disappears with a large amount of his money he is devastated. Now at the ripe old age; of thirty- eight Alex knows that he really needs to get on with finding himself a wife and procuring the mandatory heir, but when he does he is yet again left all on his tod. As the chit goes and elopes with a cavalry officer and runs of to Gretna Green. Yep, Alex isn’t having the best of times and things become even more complicated for Alex as he comes face to face with his ‘Queen’ in an unarmed gaming hell. What the hell was she doing, and more importantly who exactly is this mysterious woman who stole his heart.
I will admit that it took me a while to warm to Alex, but once you get past the moody egotistical and self-pitying Duke and get to the man warm, sexy, sensitive man behind the mask, he is quite the catch. He thinks that because everyone has so far let him for whatever reason he now believes him to be unlovable, unwanted – which is totally wrong, and something he does soon learn.
To say that Cassandra Blake is shocked to bump into the very man who she stole from but the man she has unfortunately fallen in love with after she dumped him so callously is an understatement. She is now working for her old mentor Martin Hughes in his gaming hell, Hughes on finding out about her and Alex’s brief encounter wants to cash in once again and she has no choice but to go along with his plan. After all this man could put her on that transportation ship or even worse put the noose around her neck as he knows all about her life of crime.
One thing leads to another and as with all historical romances our hero and heroine get their happy ever after, but there is some twists to the tale, there is hurts, lies and harsh truths which must be faced before that happens.
I adore Cassandra, again and again she has found herself in a precarious place, from picking pockets as a child to pulling cons and ending up working the floor and tables in a gaming hell – one that unusually has no name. She has been through some really tough times, she has seen her fare share of troubles but she has taken the bull by it’s horn and battled through to become the mysterious ‘Queen’ I found Cassandra to be highly intelligent, resilient, independent, great at thinking on her feet and even though she has spent a life conning and swindling – but all or a good reason- she isn’t heartless or cold. She feels genuinely bad about all the things she has done especially what he did to Alex. She is a kind woman, maybe not an honest one but we can see past that once you get to know her. And her love and friendship with Alex shows just what kind of warm and caring woman she is. All she wants now is to go on the straight and narrow, she’s had enough of the cons and the criminal aspect of her past hanging over her head.
This is a brilliant introduction to a new-to-me author, I love Ms Leigh’s writing style, it’s fast-paced and flows with absolute ease taking the reader on a whirlwind journey through he criminal underworld of London. The research is spot on the mark, the detailing of everything from the clothes, scenery and setting makes the whole story come to life with dazzling effect. The story is imaginative, sensual, atmospheric, rich with allure and shines with regency glitter. I absolutely loved it.
Counting On A Countess (The London Underground #2)
For a shameless libertine and a wily smuggler in the London Underground, marriage is more than convenience—it’s strategy…
Christopher “Kit” Ellingsworth, war veteran and newly minted Earl of Blakemere, buries his demons under every sort of pleasure and vice. His scandalous ways have all but emptied his coffers…until a wealthy mentor leaves him a sizeable fortune. The only stipulation? He must marry within one month to inherit the money. Kit needs a bride and the bold, mysterious Miss Tamsyn Pearce seems perfect.
Husband hunting isn’t Tamsyn’s top priority—she’s in London to sell her new shipment of illicit goods—but she’s desperate for funds to keep her smuggling operation afloat. When a handsome earl offers to wed her and send her back to Cornwall with a hefty allowance, Tamsyn agrees. After all, her secrets could land her in prison and an attentive, love-struck spouse could destroy everything.
But when an unexpected proviso in the will grants Tamsyn control of the inheritance, their arrangement becomes anything but convenient. Now, Kit’s counting on his countess to make his wildest dreams a reality, and he plans to convince her, one pleasurable seduction at a time..
After reading ‘From Duke Till Dawn’ I was looking forward to reading this book, anyone who knows me will know how much I love a scarred soldier. So the minute I was introduced to Kit in the previous book, I knew that I needed read this one and I am so pleased that I got the chance as this is fabulous! Even though this is only the second book I have read by Ms Leigh I can instantly see that this lady has a skill with creating sensual, engaging and ultimately absorbing stories which will stay with you long after bedtime, or even keep you up way after your bedtime. All readers know what I mean by that, you start reading in bed, promising you’ll just read one more chapter and before you know it you’ve nearly finished the book.
Oddly enough with the previous book, it took an age for me to arm to the hero and yet the heroine instantly struck me and stayed with me. This time it was the complete opposite, I was instantly drawn to Kit, I wanted to shake him for his stupidity, hug when he was feeling blue and just be with him all the time, he has a mesmerizing quality about him that any woman with a pulse will instantly flock to. Anyone who has seen the film; Michael will know what I mean when I say, he was definitely my pie. ;-) Google Michael and you will understand!
Kit; Earl of Blackamoor is sort of stuck in a bit of a rut, since leaving the military with scars – which are definitely more psychological then physical – which make him want to loose himself to drink. He has received the title which he never wanted, and still doesn’t want and all the time flitting from one scandal to the next as he searches for a way to drown his sorrows, his memories, either in the bottom of a bottle, in the darkness of a gaming hell or in the arms of a willing woman. He is definitely on a road to self destruction, but unfortunately for him he has now squandered his inheritance and his now skint. Which really is no good especially as he had his heart set on building a garden where veterans and their families can go and have a little happiness.
But all isn’t doomed as he finds out he has been left a substantial sum from a former commanding officer who not only looked after Kit, but who Kit regarded as more family then officer, but there is one thing that is in the way of him getting his hands on the money; in the will, it states Kit must marry. But, old Lord Somerby was a sly old fox. He knew exactly what would happen to his money if Kit got his hands on it so he put yet another clause in the inheritance contract, not only must Kit find himself a wife, but said wife will ave full control of the money.
So with that in mind, Kit goes on the search when he suddenly and literally bumps into the staggering beautiful, mysteriously clever Tamsyn. But there is more to this fiery red-head then meets the eye. She has her own secrets and her own reason for being in London and her own reasons for suddenly needing a husband, can you seen were this is going? each need to marry, and standing before them is the person who could save both their lives. Match made in heaven! Sort of, that is until a certain smuggling secret rears it’s ugly head sending our couple on a tense, sexually charged and engagingjourneywhich will see them go through so much.
I loved the plot, there seems to be so much going on within one story, a scarred hero and feisty heroine with a marriage of convenience, mixed with a smuggling scheme then you have you hands on a compelling, engaging, fast paced, sensual and very hot historical romance. Yet again this is another wonderfully written, captivating story that will keep the reader glued to the last page.
These two books were supplied by the publisher in exchange for honest reviews as apart of this blog tour, Thank you Sanjana and the Mills and Boon Insiders team.
From Duke Till Dawn and Counting On A Countess can be found at Amazon.
Self-made businesswoman Lucinda Graves is determined to add a tropical hotel to her company’s empire—and devastatingly handsome owner Jason Kaoki is willing to negotiate… But only if Lucinda rises to each challenge he sets! Lucinda passes every test, but as each dare grows hotter and wilder than the last will she be able to keep her eyes on the prize?
I can’t believe that it has taken me this long to read a Mills and Boon Dare book, but better late then never, right? This is a great introduction to this whole new series of books and a whole new-to-me author.
Even though this is apart of the Dare range from Mills and Boon, it is also book three in the Hotel Temptations series, which very easily can be read as a stand-a-lone. There are mentions of character’s that I believe are apart of the series, but I saw them more as backing story about Jason.
Lucinda has been sent to an unnamed tropical island in the middle of the Pacific, her task is to get the reclusive owner; billionaire Jason Kaoki to sign over his hotel to her companies ever expanding empire. The only problem is that he has already sent four of her colleagues packing within minutes, she is adamant that she will not be leaving his island empty handed. She is a sassy, bold as brass, determined woman who has worked hard to get to where she is, which means she will do what ever it takes to get the contract signed.
Jason Kaoki just wants to live in his isolated in peace, yet he keeps getting harassed by all this ‘suits’ who want to buy him out. He didn’t become a multimillionaire by being manipulated into doing what he doesn’t want to by large companies, so he knows exactly how to get rid of the pests in suits, that is until he sees the latest one sent; a vivacious fiery red-head who knows her mind and is far more determined then any of the other’s. He plan’s to see how far she will go to get what she wants, so he presents her with a few challenges which will push her to the limit, but how far will she go?
The story is set across a couple of days, as Lucinda and Jason play a game of sexy cat and mouse, as they fight each other for control over the situation they have found themselves in. I found that we don’t really get a sense of who these two until further into the book, their true character’s are quite shadowed to the reader which also makes you keep reading as you are intrigued as to who these people are. I like the pacing of this, nothing is slow or long winded, not dragging of the feet waiting for the bedroom scenes. From the moment Lucinda and Jason meet, boom; pent up sexual tension ripples and hangs in the air like a heavy fog.
I don’t think I need to warn you as this is a ‘Dare’ book, but I will anyway; that this is very hot, there are some extremely spicy scenes, so if aren’t fans of erotic romances with strong language then maybe this isn’t the best book for you the language is shall we say colourful with very hot scenes.
Its a great little story about two lonely and work focused people who aren’t so much looking for love but just fall into it by chance, the story is very much focus on the challenges between Jason and Lucinda and how far they can push each other before one breaks. I found their romance a little slow as it is very much focused on their sexual relationship rather then the emotional one, but those moment when they are truly getting to know each other near the end is very tender and well written. The only thing I didn’t like about this was how Lucinda allowed herself to be manipulated into these challenges. She is an intelligent women who really shouldn’t have to resort to wearing teeny-weeny bikini’s, surfing and showing off her ‘arse’ just to get a contract signed. I didn’t like how he exploited her like that in the beginning, apart from that I enjoyed the story, I just would have preferred Lucinda to stand up to Jason a bit more, like she did when she first arrived at his hotel.
Overall an enjoyable weekend read.
This was an Arc copy from Mills and Boon Insiders via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Untamed is to be released on 21 February and can be pre-orded at Amazon.
Years ago, penniless Lorene Summerfield wed for duty, giving her siblings the chance to marry for love. But now the generous-hearted countess finds herself widowed…and the man she’s loved in silence for years is falsely accused of her husband’s murder!
Although he closed his heart to love long ago, the Earl of Penford has always found Lorene irresistible. Their newly ignited passion may be scandalous, but now he’ll stop at nothing to clear his name and win Lorene’s hand!
The opening of this see’s Lenore enjoying a family Christmas, after sneaking out of her home so that her bullying husband couldn’t stop her. She has a cheerful and happy time and then she returns home. The moment she steps through the door her jealous and nasty husband begins his bullying, but it’s not just her that he is raging at, he is venting at the Earl of Penford; who just happens to be the very man the man she secretly loves and the man that she knows se will never have. In his rage her aged husband, Lord Tinmore slips on the steps of their home and is killed instantly. Only for Dell, Lord Penford to be accused of pushing the elderly Earl, in a jealous rage in the hopes of getting his hands on Lorene.
Being an ex military Captain, Dell Summerfield has more experience with battle then the average Joe but the battle he is faced with now is much more dangerous that what he is used, this is a not a skirmish this is a legal battle to prove that he didn’t do what the Tinmore staff said he did.
He settled into the other chair, but immediately she felt ashamed of herself for wanting his company.
‘Do not feel you have to stay with me,’ she said. ‘I would despise myself if I ruined your time at the ball.’
‘You do not ruin it.’ His voice was low, and, although he was clean-shaven, he seemed as rakish as that night in the inn.
‘Do you not miss the dancing?’ she asked.
He faced her. ‘Do you?’
She wrapped her arms around her and tucked her feet under her. ‘I did not expect to dance, but I thought you might.’ With that pretty young lady he’d greeted as soon as walking away from her.
‘I remember you were a very good dancer,’ he said. She smiled.
‘My goodness, that seems so long ago.’ He stood.
‘Come. You enjoy dancing. I remember you do.’ She shook her head.
‘I just want to stay here for a little while.’
‘Then let us dance here.’ He extended his hand….
As much as I like a good Historical Romance with a Military hero, I couldn’t seem to get into this, I did find that it was a little drawn out for my liking. Which really was a shame because the actual storyline is something that I would pick up and read, but I couldn’t relate to the character’s as I usually would do. I am usually drawn to a particular character, one who I want to follow and get to know more about them but for some reason there wasn’t that usually pull that I tend to get. Whether that is because this is the last book in the series or something else, but I do hate to say it; especially when regarding Historical Romance but I’m afraid I didn’t enjoy this as I should do.
The story is very safe and follows a much used recipe for this genre, not that there is anything wrong with that. This is the first time I have read Gaston’s work so I am not going to judge on this one outing. I do like the over all writing or Gaston’s work though, she is a witty, smart and very charming writer who knows her craft and the fact that I got that impression from my first of her work just goes to show that what a skilful writer she is.
I would recommend this to avid Gaston fans who have already read and enjoyed the Summerfield Series, just because this isn’t for me doesn’t mean that the won’t appeal to others.
This was an ARC version, which I received via Mills and Boon Insiders in exchange for an honest review.
Bound By Their Secret Passion is released 1st April and you can find at AMAZON for more information then visit Diane’s WEBSITE
At the county mental health center where Diane worked, she and her colleagues would sometimes fantasize about what job they dreamed of having. Diane always said her dream job would be writing romance novels. When her life settled down enough, that’s exactly what Diane set out to do. It took years, but finally the dream came true with a phone call from Mills and Boon’ Diane soon put her mental health career behind her and became a full-time writer of Regency romance. Her books have gone on to win prestigious romance awards such as the National Readers Choice Awards, the Orange Rose, and, the biggest award of all, Romance Writers of America’s RITA. Before ever selling a book, though, Diane reaped a world of friendships through her romance writing, a wonderful bonus to living her dream. When not writing, Diane enjoys emailing with her friends and traveling to England for research. But no more moving. She’s lived in the same house for over 20 years now, shared with her husband and three very ordinary house cats. Diane loves to hear from readers and friends.